Friday, December 12, 2014

Razed by Shiloh Walker ~ Review

Source:  Received an eBook copy from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About RAZED:

Tattoo artist Keelie Jessup can handle that someone else has claimed the man of her dreams. She’s just not pleased with her remaining options…

Keelie doesn’t believe in the “perfect man.” But the men who are worth the trouble are usually taken—like her business partner Zach Barnes. After a string of bad luck and the lost chance with Zach, Keelie decides that maybe flying solo—and living with suppressed desires—is the key to happiness.

As a photographer, Zane Barnes has an eye for the human form, and his eyes can’t get enough of Keelie’s curves. Unfortunately, Keelie is like most women—always fawning over his little brother, Zach. Zane is about ready to give up, but then a few stolen moments at his brother’s wedding have him thinking maybe there’s a chance there after all. Now he just has to prove that the perfect man does exist…for her.


So. Yeah. This is a hard review to write.  There are a couple things I liked and a lot I didn't like.  Here goes.

Things that didn't work...

I prefer first person writing.  I've come to be okay with some third person writing.  But the style of this books third person writing just didn't work for me.  It had that omnipresent thing going.  In everyone's head and jumping around a lot.  It made me dizzy.  I spent way too much time trying to keep it straight who's head I was in at any given moment.  I don't enjoy books that have me thinking so much that I'm not just sailing through the story. 

Then there was the feeling of things taking forever to happen.  Keelie has a secret past.  And we don't get the last piece until the very end.  It's woven through the story, revealed a piece at a time.  While that might seem interesting and dramatic to some, it just annoyed me.  By the time I knew the whole story, I was like meh about her pain.  I'm pretty sure that wasn't what was supposed to happen.  The story just dragged too much. 

And speaking of Keelie.  I didn't like her.  She's tough and there's a reason she is.  But she can be down right mean too.  She pushed Zane away so much, I'm not sure what kept him coming back.

There's a couple of things that weren't tied up in the story.  I'm sure it's setting the stage for the next book but one thing in particular seemed oddly dangling.  I don't like that.  

Things that did work...

Zane.  Love him.  He's this guy that a lot of people misunderstand.  They think one thing about him when they see the glasses wearing photographer but really he's this super hot guy that has all the right words and moves.  I loved that he wore glasses and was practically blind without them.  I love that he had to ask Keelie to help him find said glasses after a passionate encounter had them lost.  I love that he cooks for her.  I love that his dreams and plans were tied up in her.  I love how he risked and kept coming back for more because he was sure about Keelie.  He just kept trying.

I enjoyed that this is a series about a bunch of brothers.  Those are always fun.  It was easy to read this one without having read the first.

Oh, and the passion between these two - so hot.  Zane is trying to go slow and he has this girl on a slow, painful burn.  Those parts were very yummy.

The second half of the story picked things up and I enjoyed it more but in the end, this one really wasn't my thing.

I'm sure anyone who has read and enjoyed the first book will enjoy this one.  Fans of this author will like it too.  And if you love that third person vibe with some yummy heat, then you'll like it too.


About the series...

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  1. Hmm I'm not sure about this one, I really don't like it when the heroine is overly mean... I'm glad this one had its good moments though and Zane does sound great. Great review.

  2. It's a shame that you weren't able to get into this as much as you liked. I don't like those third person POV's that are scattery either. Zane sounds yummy!

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