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Kresley Cole is brilliant at world building. At character building however, she tends to suck. After reading a few of her books, it dawned on me that all the female characters seem unable to think logically or even think well at all. They seem bimbotic, sticking to their guns (reasons for not going together with their fated man despite literally EVERYTHING pointing that they should be together). Accepting the premise of the Lore, the insta-attraction can be understood (the whole mate deal). But stubbornly sticking to something to avoid happiness for the sake of obstacles that are already debunked seems immature and stupid. The epitome of cutting off one's nose to spite one's face.
Also, the women can do no wrong. No, even if they grossly betray and severely injure their males, that's ok. He's meant to take it and worship them afterwords and retaliation from the males is never understandable. The women in the book claim to understand--but in the same breath say they really don't. Despite a book being labelled romance, this is very unhealthy in any romance. I'm all for women's equality. But there's the rub, if I reverse the roles and the man were doing all that to the woman, it would feel wrong. He would seem petty and shallow.
Conflict in a relationship builds story, true. But only if the conflict is believable and not derived of deliberate obtuseness. The flimsiest of excuses in the minds of heroines that make no sense.
Of all Kresley's books I like Lothaire the most. I would like for Kresley to create a story where the main character is mature and the conflict is believable. I think people would read Kresley's books for the sex. The meagre plot helps make it a little more exciting. Also, I didn't like the extreme references to American pop culture in her supposedly "ancient beings". Sigh, they can't all be totally Americanised. It's just not believable.
I prefer Daughter of Smoke and Bone for romance and strong female lead. Or even books by Juliet Marillier.