Sunday, July 3, 2011

Review: Magnetism (Savoy Valley #1) by Aliyah Burke, McKenna Jeffries, Taige Crenshaw

Synopsis (Goodreads):
When death comes calling and you live, you can withstand anything life throws in your path. Even the most tempting man imaginable, who will change the very foundation of all you believe.

Despite being told she imagined it, Kira Winters knows what she saw that dark night her life changed. Beings that should be myths. The same creatures that took her newly found brother and almost her life. One thing kept her alive – the need for vengeance. When a man comes to her confirming all she saw, and surprising her with a revelation that rocks her world, Kira does not know what to believe. It doesn't matter that her body cries out to be taken by this man, who seems to be the very thing that she despises most. There is no way she can give in to the call of her most basic need and forget what she needs to do--find those who tried to kill her and make them pay.

Heller Sidorov knows that getting emotionally involved with Kira Winters is the worst thing he could possibly do. Being able to resist her is another thing entirely. In his line of work, involvement can get you killed, or be used as a weapon to control you. Kira may claim to hate him, but her scent tells a different story. Her eyes give away the need she feels despite all her denials. They should not mix business with pleasure. Usually, he is able to resist the temptation. But one taste of Kira led to too many to count, and then a whole heap of trouble. If he could avoid her, he might be able to keep from ripping her clothes off and taking her every way possible. But he does not have that option. They both agree on terms to fulfill their animal attraction--terms that clearly state, while they search for those who tried to kill her, they will fulfill all their fantasies, erotic and otherwise. Once they complete what they must do, they will walk away from each other.
My Thoughts:  I really don't know where to start with this review.  On the surface it seems like there are a lot of different elements that would make this is a fun, exciting, interesting book.  Unfortunately, those different pieces never quite came together.  What seemed like a straightforward shapeshifter idea got muddled up with the sudden inclusion of Gods, people who control the weather and any variety of other supernatural critters.  The mythology never had a chance to sink in before a new element was being introduced.  Frankly, it was too much information in too short a time.

Now, I could have moved past that confusing info dump if the characters had acted consistently and their relationship had developed in a more realistic manner.  However, the narrative moved in fits and starts and Kira and Heller go from meeting one another to sleeping together to suddenly being in a weeks long relationship and we never got to experience it with them.

Considering I have the next two in the series on my Kindle waiting for me to read them, I didn't want to be disappointed with this book.  Unfortunately, I didn't connect with the book on any level (character, mythology or plot) and although it's likely that I'll give the next book a try I'm not holding my breath that it'll blow me away.

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Paranormal Romance Challenge, The Shifter Challenge, The Show Me the Free Challenge
Magentism was a free download from ARE I picked up on 04/09/11.

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