This book was provided to Paranormal Romance Lovers and the reviewer for free in return for a review.
Renee Maxwell lands her dream job as assistant to archaeologist Damon Cubins in wondrous Turkey. However, she starts seeing strange things after finding a unique crystal. For one, hot Damon now looks like the sexy demi-god and underwear model of her dreams. Her feminist ideals are challenged with each bit of banter and seductive look he gives her, but she's not falling for his charm.
Time is of the essence for incubus, Damon Cubins, who must find a one-of-a-kind crystal or turn into a full-fledged demon. He has neither the time nor desire for love, but his new assistant tests his resolve. When he discovers she’s got the crystal he needs to save himself, he must make a decision to either romance it from her or walk away. But can he?
Where to start with this book? There were parts that I loved, and parts that I didn’t like as much. I’ll start with the parts that I loved.
The story itself is a good one. Aspiring archaeologist Renee Maxwell finds herself working under Damon Cubbins, a sexy incubus. Both resist their attraction to the other for very different and valid reasons. I was drawn into the characters and cared enough to root for their happily ever after from the start. Refusing to be a notch in his bedpost, the heroine sticks to her guns when it comes to resisting the hero, which I can always appreciate in a story. As for the hero, he’s sexy, charming, and refuses to put Renee at risk as his needs to feed intensify. The slow simmer between them kept the passion burning throughout the story.
The story blends history, mythology, and the contemporary lives of the characters in a fun and interesting way. I’m not a history buff, nor did I do any fact checking, but it all seemed quite realistic and plausible, which really is all I need in a paranormal romance.
The things I wasn’t as fond of were more technical than storyline issues. I thought the pace dragged in places and found myself wanting to skim pages here and there rather than be enraptured by the story. There were a few editing issues that I couldn’t help but notice. Things like a missing word here and there, or words that didn’t quite fit the context of the sentence, even though it was evident what the author was trying to say. The formatting was a little wonky in places as well. It made me question whether I got the ARC version of the story or the fully edited version. Nothing, however, so horrible that would make me close the book and not finish the story.
Despite these errors, I did enjoy the story of Andrea R. Cooper's Claimed and I look forward to reading more from her.
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