Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Rees by Allyson James [Review]

 Rees by Allyson James
Rees (Tales of the Shareem #1) by Allyson James
Format: ebook
Source: free ARE download
Date read: November 24, 2015

Tales of the Shareem
0.5. Eland
1. Rees - Paperback | Kindle
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3. Aiden and Ky
4. Calder
5. Braden
6. Justin
7. Kieran

Allyson James
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Shareem: Males created for the pleasure of women. They come in three levels: Level one, sensuality; Level two, fun and games; Level three, dark and dangerous pleasures.

The Shareem were made to be all things to women, to live to please, and to have no emotions—not anger, jealousy, joy, or love.

Lady Talan d’Urvey has never seen a Shareem. But she’s read the diary of a woman who long ago spent two glorious weeks with one. Intrigued, Lady Talan, studying to be a celibate, decides to find a Shareem and have one heady taste of carnality before she takes the robes and shuts herself from the world.

But Talan finds Rees, a Shareem experiment who terrified his captors and then escaped. Rees is all levels of Shareem rolled into one, his capabilities far beyond those of a level three. No one knows who Rees is, and Rees likes it that way.

When Lady Talan encounters him, Rees is captivated. Who is this woman under her prim robes who wants to study him? He thinks it hilarious to be appointed as the man to teach her about Shareem, but Rees never bargains for losing his heart, proving the hard way that Shareem can indeed fall in love . . .
Thoughts on Rees: This is a series that's been on my radar for a while. Because, you know, men who are all about pleasing a lady in every way imaginable AND who were created in a lab are basically my crack. There were definitely things I liked about this book overall, but it took me a while to get into Rees's head. Which wasn't necessarily a bad thing, mind you. Rees is complicated and dangerous and he almost doesn't know himself. So it stands to reason it would take a while for the reader to get to know him.

Now, I liked Talan. She was straightforward and unpretentious and kinda naive. While I get the naivety part, there were times I wanted to give her a good shake for believing the things she believed about the Shareem as a whole. On the other hand, when one is repeatedly told something, eventually they internalize it and start believing it. Since she's been told Shareem have no emotions, she runs with it. Honestly, Rees didn't help in that regard. Whenever things start to get heavily emotional, he turns the conversation and keeps her thinking he doesn't feel deeply.

I guess I can't blame the girl for thinking what she thought. Her lack of experience coupled with the misinformation told about the Shareem gets her all tangled up.

Bottom line: Sexy sci-fi with plenty of stories left to be told. I like it!

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