Jack’s about to lose his friends, family, and even his life unless he finds a powerful witch to call his own. Fate brings him the perfect woman except for one fatal flaw. She never learned the art of dangerous foreplay, the mating duel.
Can he train her in time?
Zoe is a warrior-healer, orphaned at birth. She believes magic is all a harmless game until one night a dominant, brooding, sexy-as-sin warrior collapses in her tea room. When he ignites a craving deep within, she must decide if he’s worth fighting for.
Is there a place for hearts in this magical world or will their love destroy them both?
Point of view:
3rd person. Alternating perspectives.
This didn’t work for me. I think part of the problem was the world building – when there’s magic/fantasy and so many characters I like to get to understand it all better. Unfortunately, I never really felt like I was in the story. The magic wasn’t really fleshed out and didn’t feel consistent. Thrown at objects, it was destructive, thrown at enemies it could kill/repel, thrown at someone trying to have sex with you (enemy or not) it was an aphrodisiac? Why?
Jack & Zoe are fated mates, but Jack only wants one to strengthen his power and Zoe doesn’t know she has magic. It felt like their whole relationship was miscommunication, arguing about how they weren’t compatible, and then sex. Zoe is TSTL a lot but that’s sometimes instigated by Jack not being clear. The story wasn’t really fleshed out and the end was Zoe all of a sudden perfectly understanding and mastering her powers and Jack suddenly deciding he loves her. There’s nothing to substantiate these changes.
Sorta side note: I get that parents can be really cutesy and give all their kids a name that starts with the same letter. But an author can name them whatever they want and if you’re going to name the brothers Jack, Jace, & Josh AND they’re going to appear frequently – they need to be distinguishable. Yeah, I caught Jack after a bit… but Jace and Josh added confusion when there didn’t need to be.
I sort of liked the bones of the story, but the execution will keep me from continuing the series.
I enjoyed Simone Gayuma’s performance. I’d be interested in checking out more of her work paired with a different author.