|New Beginnings by Brandy Rivers - mediocre, with one unpardonable sin
||[Nov. 23rd, 2015|11:59 pm]
Julius Caesar's great-great-granddaughter
I am sure that there are going to be people out there who really enjoy this book - after all, it has hot sex scenes with good looking people, enough plot to fill pages between sex scenes, and a committed relationship in the end to give it a veneer of respectablity.
It does not have good writing, or even ok writing. The characters exhibit what I call soap opera stupidity - for instance: Guy - I didn't want a relationship; girl - OMG, you don't want a relationship now. Guy - there's an insane guy who wants to hurt you, lock your windows; girl - don't tell me what to do!
Plot is basic: Sassy independent woman arrives in town, falls for the alpha male (literally the alpha, since this is a werewolf story). However, since the alpha male is perfect, the auther has to make the villian insane (he hears voices), so that we can have some dramatic tension without having to write realistic interactions or flawed characters.
And this is where the author commited what I consider an unpardonable sin. It's not enough that we had to make the villain insane, then we make him gay as well, and all very "hush, hush, no one can know" gay. It certainly doesn't add to the story, and - at best it comes across as "no one will care if I kill off a gay", and at worst "gays are icky, so he needed to be killed anyway". Dear Ms Rivers - this is the new millenium - gays are not cannon fodder, nor are they throwaway evil.