Friday, October 24, 2014

Trapped by Caris Roane [Review]

Trapped by Caris Roane
Trapped (Blood Rose Tales #1) by Caris Roane
Format: ebook
Source: purchased
Date read: July 7, 2014

Blood Rose Tales
1. Trapped - Kindle
2. Hunger

Caris Roane
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Mastyr Vampire Zephyr, a one-man fighting force, struggles to save the life of a woman who despises his warrior ways.

He won’t give up his warrior life to please a woman…

Zephyr can’t keep away from Alesia and feels obligated to keep her safe. They’d broken up, unable to reconcile painfully opposing views on what should be done to the evil Invictus pairs. But when several wraith-pairs attack her diner, he flies her to safety, taking her home where they’re trapped together for the entire day. His chronic blood-starvation problem surfaces and it soon becomes apparent that she’s the key to taking away decades of suffering. But if she offers to take care of his needs, will he be drawn in once more only to have her disapproval ruin the moment yet again?

Surrendering is dangerous…

Alesia wishes Zephyr would just leave her alone. She broke up with him months ago and wants to start a new life. The trouble is, he’s still the one man who can curl her toes. But when several deadly Invictus pairs attack her diner, Alesia has no choice but to go home with Zephyr, something she’s promised herself never to do. Trapped all day with the powerful warrior, she finds it hard to resist the comfort of his arms and the sensual feel of his lips pressed to hers. Will it hurt to offer to meet his blood-needs just this once or will surrendering leave her more vulnerable than ever?
Thoughts on Trapped: I had a tough time with this book. I spent the first half of it trying to understand what was going on (I'm still a little unclear on what Invictus pairs are, to be honest, but I think I stopped trying after a while) and the second half realizing that although this is book 1 in a series, it's a spin-off from another series. I really think I would have been more engaged if I had either known that before or if there was a little more explanation in the beginning. Stepping into an established world can be tough and I never quite caught up with what was going on.

So. Zephyr and Alesia have some issues they need to work out. They dated, they broke up, they both still want each other. If Alesia had simply explained why she took the stance she did on Zephyr's fighting, I think a lot of misunderstandings could have been avoided and they could have kept on having stellar sex without taking a break.

So it goes.

Meanwhile, there's this whole Blood Rose thing. Again, stepping into an established world isn't easy when it's assumed you know some of what came before. In this case I didn't and I stumbled.

Ultimately, I think this seems like an interesting world, I just wish I hadn't started it with this book. A little prior knowledge of the world would have gone a long way in this case.

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