Rating: 3 Stars
Steamy: J. Lynn style
Okay here is the thing: Ms Armentrout (JLA) writes YA that are just fantastic. Sometimes she uses her alter ego J. Lynn and writes NA that are … well … not my cup of tea. It never seized to amaze me how someone could write such great YAs and such
awful not so great NAs. Now she wrote a NA as JLA. Sounds confusing? Colour me confused when I read the book. It was like watching the good and the evil twin fighting each other (unfortunately the evil twin had the upper hand most of the time). Here comes the review that contains no spoilers (well the book is predictable enough anyway):
What the official synopsis reads: Things are about to get Wicked in New Orleans.
Twenty-two year old Ivy Morgan isn’t your average college student. She, and others like her, know humans aren’t the only thing trolling the French Quarter for fun… and for food. Her duty to the Order is her life. After all, four years ago, she lost everything at the hands of the creatures she’d sworn to hunt, tearing her world and her heart apart.
Ren Owens is the last person Ivy expected to enter her rigidly controlled life. He’s six feet and three inches of temptation and swoon-inducing charm. With forest-green eyes and a smile that’s surely left a stream of broken hearts in its wake, he has an uncanny, almost unnatural ability to make her yearn for everything he has to offer. But letting him in is as dangerous as hunting the cold-blooded killers stalking the streets. Losing the boy she loved once before had nearly destroyed her, but the sparking tension that grows between them becomes impossible for Ivy to deny. Deep down, she wants… she needs more than what her duty demands of her, what her past has shaped for her.
But as Ivy grows closer to Ren, she realizes she’s not the only one carrying secrets that could shatter the frail bond between them. There’s something he’s not telling her, and one thing is for certain. She’s no longer sure what is more dangerous to her—the ancient beings threatening to take over the town or the man demanding to lay claim to her heart and her soul.
What I read: Whoop … oh no wait for it … meh
Ok the good thing first: I love her description of New Orleans. No, I have never been there but it feels accurate (to an outsider) and it really made me want to go to New Orleans (well maybe also because I have been watching too many episodes of the Originals lately). But then again, JLA is known for describing surroundings very well!
Ivy the main character is also a very well-developed character (we might have come around her personalities in other JLA books but hey why waste good character traits).
One of the side-kicks, Tink (a muffin) is adorable, hilarious and so much fun. It was rather unusual but I soooo liked him!! (mini spoiler: Wait for the Braveheart scene!)
The okay thing: Again we have a sex crazy best friend. I still do not understand why this character shows up in literally EVERY YA and NA and why this character is always SO over the top. I get it, if the heroine is rather modest she needs a friend that pushes her to take a romantic risk. But why are these friends always girls that – from the description – jump on everything with a heartbeat?
The bad thing: First of all, Ren was the most flat character I have come across in a long time. It seems like his right to exist is limited to pursue Ivy while dropping cheesy lines. There is nothing special about him. No justification for his cockiness. This was the first time when I was hoping for a love triangle.
Second, the name dropping. I personally do not like too much reference to modern-day culture if it is not necessary but I don’t mind it and I would never comment on it negatively. But in this case it was like a freaking ongoing product placement: Amazon Prime, Jay Crownover. Why? I mean, by now JLA must for sure be super rich. Why mention Amazon Prime all the time (well 9 times)?
To sum up: As it still has some JLA elements it is readable (I wouldn’t recommend it though and I will not continue with this series).