|By The Light Of The Moon by Jodi Vaughn - *yawn*
||[Dec. 24th, 2015|02:05 pm]
Julius Caesar's great-great-granddaughter
This book covered nearly every romance cliché I loathe. It's an alpha male vs. feisty female set up and what I call the "F" plot (because they're always fighting or doing the f word). He's hot, she's gorgeous, they're attracted instantly. A touch of soap opera stupidity, such as when he pulls away from a steamy kiss, she decides he must not be attracted to her. Insane demonstrations of jealousy - people, if your SO is this jealous, it's not a sign of love, it's a sign of toxic levels of insecurity! The hero can't be with the heroine because she's some kind of werewolf royalty and he's just a nobody. (I suspect this writer either writes medieval romances, or is at least a fan). The plot is sparse at best, and resolved by a deus ex machina.
One trend I've noticed in this and several other books is the use of swearing. I have no objection to vulgar language (I can swear like a sailor), but it makes for very weak writing, especially when the only swear words you use are the f-word and a couple of minor ones. Authors, do yourself a favor - when you finish your book, find every swear word and ask yourself if there's another more descriptive word to use. It's sort of like the verb "to say".
Two positives about this book - the actual stringing together of words is ok (which is definitely more than I can say about some of these books), and for once, while it is part of a series, it is definitely an independent book - while you meet some characters that are going to be heroes later in the series, all of the (did I mention sparse) plot lines are wrapped up in this book.
If you don't mind swearing and cliché-ridden stories that don't do anything but tread over the same paths as others, you'll love this book. Otherwise, give it a pass