I was intrigued by the premise of the story. I liked the cast of characters and thought they were mostly well rounded. I just didn't believe the romance between Wulf and Theresa. I found it very choppy and not flowing at all. I understand suspense and having moments ratchet emotions higher and higher, and there was a bit of that between the H and h. But it ended up falling flat. It blew hot and cold. One minute, there is a movie night and they are having exploration hand make out sessions in the dark, then avoiding each other for days on end. I understood the 'duty before desire' Theresa had going on, but it got a little old really fast.
Theresa was a doctor in the army, but I just didn't buy some of her actions and responses in the story. With the amount of training and repetitive motions with guns, one would believe that she would be proficient with them...but then she couldn't hit a target? What? I know her profession 'saves' lives, but during some of the combat scenes, the outcome was not what I would have expected.
I found the romance had huge gaps in the progression. It read more of a high school crush at times than an adult romance. Both didn't seem to know what to do with the other except in bed. They wanted each other sexually, but there wasn't much 'getting to know you outta bed' kind of action. That was taken up by the being chased by mysterious men and escape and evade in the sewers of Rome. There was more of a 'bromance' with Wulf's army family, than with Theresa. I could see the camaraderie between Wulf and his unit. More so than there was between him and Theresa. And Theresa worried that Wulf was lying to her, yet she didn't open up and share with him. He learned her past through his brother. Being in constant high stress situations doesn't help to get to know one another either! No contact for months on end didn't gel for me. Seven months to be precise! No phone, email, letter, homing pigeon....Nothing! Hero returns and..... Theresa might have rolled over and exposed her belly for all the anger and hurt he left her in! Sad state of affairs that reaction! Even Theresa's mother folded quicker than a house of cards falling! So much for support from that corner. Another fizzer.
I did enjoy the Norse mythology woven into the story. I did like the Agatha Christie-esque mystery happening. The who dun it. Then the end which lead to more questions and sets up nicely for the next instalment of the story. That was a great piece of writing and would keep me buying the next book.
Would I recommend this? Yes.
Would I read it again? No.
Would I read the next book? Yes.
If I could, I would give this 3 1/2 stars.
I was provided a free copy for an honest review.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1213 KB
- Print Length: 456 pages
- Publisher: Carina Press (27 January 2014)
- Sold by: Harlequin Enterprises
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00GV1C4FQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 35 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #308,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)