There were a few stories that I was looking forward to in the early days of 2019, and since we are well-past spoiler time I would see what you thought of them.
Last year, I really enjoyed J.R. Ward‘s Dearest Ivie novella from the Black Dagger Legacy series – and that made me excited for the next one, Prisoner of Night, which was released on January 7th. Unfortunately, I didn’t connect with this one. At all. I tried a few times to get into it, but it just didn’t happen and I DNF’d at about the half-way point. I plan on getting through it when I managed the BDB re-read at some point in my future, but right now I don’t feel any urge.
Summoned to Thirteenth Grave was a biggie. The final book in any series has a lot of baggage with it, but I was all for Darynda Jones wrapping this one up. I have said before that as much as I like the Charley Davidson books, I did cool a bit on them once the whole God angle cropped up. It made the storyline more convoluted and hard to follow (at least for me), and didn’t flow as well. And I didn’t feel the connection as much between Charley and Reyes, either. But the supporting gang was great as always, and there was a ton going on. Maybe it was just me, but I almost felt that there was too much going on, and the wrap up felt…rushed? Not sure if that was what it was, but I am still on-board for a Beep and Osh spin off. Hopefully.
And my final big read for January was Vengeance Road from Christine Feehan. Yeah. This one is tough. I love everything Sea Haven based, but this story hammered home a couple of truths for me. One is that I am probably not a fan of MC stories. Not sure what doesn’t quite work for me, but the vibe feels off. And I completely, absolutely, utterly despise the term “old lady”. With a burning passion, I hate that expression. I know that in the MC world it is a thing, but it just comes off as so crude and disrespectful (even though it isn’t meant in that way – I think it is meant as a compliment). My father made the mistake of using it once – ONCE – in the presence of my mother, and if he didn’t know what he was before he said it he did when she got done with him. Let’s just say it was never, ever uttered again.
Another thing that I have been realizing for a while now is that I am kind of getting done with the tortured past storyline. I don’t mean something bad in a character’s backstory – that’s a given – but I mean the rape and torture since childhood thing like every Torpedo Ink character has (it was what finally made me give up my Dark-Hunter marathon, too). I am no delicate flower, but to see each character abused worse than the last is putting me through the ringer. And it is giving the characters hang-ups and kinks that I don’t usually go for in my reading, too. I don’t expect unicorns and rainbows, but I think I am hitting the point where enough is enough. Same with the whole human trafficking/kidnapped and raped kids that is going on in the background. I need a break.
But I am still on the Sea Haven train, even though it might not sound like it. I guess it is like an addiction that I just can’t shake – and there is something about them that I do like. But let’s just say I am not sad there there is only one book released a year. And give me a few months, and I will be looking forward to the next one, I’m sure.
Did you check any of these out? What did you think?