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Supernatural Bonds: Drui Claiming Paperback – 13 October 2008
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- Publisher : Ellora's Cave Publishing (13 October 2008)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 184 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1419957953
- ISBN-13 : 978-1419957956
- Dimensions : 13.34 x 1.07 x 20.96 cm
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How, for anyone that actually read this book, can they possibly give it 5 stars!? I actually got to a point where I started skipping pages because Jory changed nothing about relaying the story from the last book, so I knew exactly what was going to happen! I understand blending stories, going over important key factors in your story to bind it to the new one; after all, that's what makes a series a SERIES. However, in this case, Jory literally took chapters of the previous book & reprinted them into this one with a few added sentences to preface it. It seemed to me to be a book that was rushed, written because of need, rather than the enjoyment of writing.
I was anxious to read this book, because of my slight disappointment in the last book, but it seems as though the series is going down the more books that come forward. I do not like rating a book as bad, because I KNOW how much work and personal love & conviction goes into each piece, but this book really is nothing more than a reprint, with a novella added at the end.
Summary: The book starts by re-introducing the characters (that had already been in previous stories). Once the introductions are made, the gauntlet is set & you are (again) reminded of who wants who & the challenges of that happening. That is maybe the first chapter or two. Then the next several (and I mean several) chapters are spent repeating what just occurred in Sophie's Dragon. FINALLY, towards the end of the story (maybe 3-4 chapters worth) we actually get to a NEW story, about the newest characters, and the challenge that they must face together. It was so short, so brief, especially after having spent 3/4 of the book re-reading a book, that I was left with my mouth hanging open going WHAT?!?
In my experience, anyone who gave this a 5 star rating either had not read the previous book (it might be good in that case), or they don't expect to read a new story when they buy a new story. I did and I do. I have read all of them and I expect more. As for continuing the series, I think I will at least try one more, the next in the series, to see if Jory gets back on track. She has a wonderful idea going here, but this story? I'm not sure if she just ran out of creativity, had a deadline & page count that had to be met or what, but it did not work for me at all!
In case you are interested in reading the series, and enjoying the others (which I did), as well as seeing first hand what I am referring to in reference to this story, here is the order of Supernatural Bonds thus far:
1 - Trace's Psychic
2 - Storm's Fairies
3 - Sophie's Dragon
4 - Drui Claiming
Let's see what Jory does with the next in the series, as I will purchase the next in the series to see if she gets back on track. If that one too ends up a repeat, I'm done. If its an original story, a CONTINUATION of a series, then I will continue. As I write this review, Jory is now at book #8 in the series, so there are many more to enjoy if the stories are self-supporting. Enjoy!! :)
I love a good angsty romance, but somehow the angst in the beginning of this didn't do it for me. In a nutshell, Marika loves both Tallis and Xanthus; Tallis and Xanthus each love Marika. Both boys want Marika *and* another male. Unfortunately, Marika and Tallis are convinced that Xanthus, a dragon, will never, ever share, so her dream of being with him are hopeless... until Marika finally finds out that Xanthus is that rare dragon who *wants* to share. Thank goodness for serendipity!
I had a hard time really liking any of the characters. Marika is a submissive, but she's the sort of sub who tops from below, which tends to annoy me. I'm not sure if Strong didn't want to show a submissive female because she didn't want to turn off her readers or if she just likes that sort of odd strong-weak female character. I'm sure if that's the case, she's not alone, topping from the bottom just doesn't do it for me.
I also got a little annoyed that these three couldn't be in a room together without slick panties, fluttering wombs, hard nipples... and other body parts. I love erotica, but it *is* possible to be in the same room with the person you love and have a conversation... which is something these three don't do a whole lot of. I know we jumped into the story with the relationships already established, but all I could see was blind lust, not slow burning love. They said they loved each other (and I did believe it), but all they did was boink. I would have loved to have seen fond looks, gentle caresses, soft kisses... but maybe that's just me. My expectations may have been high because this was recommended by a friend who found it *very* romantic. I found it very erotic (and no complaints there), but I never got that warm fuzzy feeling, I was never rooting for the three of them to live happily ever after the way I've done with other stories.
Although the boys do get into some lovely male on male action, I wanted more where it was the three of them together, not just Markia instigating sex between the two boys so she could watch (and mastrabate, before the 'winner' of the boys' little sexual wrestling match got to mount her, too.)
So all in all, great sex scenes, great fantasty (well constructed world, believable mythos), but I didn't fall in love with the characters so them falling in love with each other didn't mean much to me.
This would have been a 4 star rating from me if it hadn't been for all the copy and paste that was going on in this book. I understand filling in a little back story from previous books, many authors do that, but this was .... literally PAGES of repeat from the last book.
That said, I did love the story line and have already picked up the next book in the series. I do like this story she's going with.