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Posted November 29, 2012
Some character inconsistency, but overall entertaining read ...
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Argh! I am struggling just a bit to write this review. The story wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t as great as all of the other 1 Night Stand books I have read so far. I am not quite sure what it was about the characters that I didn’t like that much, but I will figure it out as I write this. That is generally how the reviews play out for me; especially those that I have difficulty explaining when I first begin to write. The best thing to do is start by explaining the story.
Ariel is, of course, offended to be in the presence of a demon, but after Edison pushes the right buttons she finds herself staying with him even though she tells herself to leave several times. He is crude, disgusting, completely gorgeous, and Ariel desires him – but she will die before she admits that to him. After watching the “adult entertainment” channel with Edison, Ariel starts to get some ideas of her own … looks like Madame Eve knew what she was doing once again, but then she always does.
I think that my problem with this story is that the characters do not stay true to who they are presented as. Ariel as flat out against Edison, which wasn’t hard to believe. But then she completely turns around and is ready to run away with him. And Edison is straight bad ass, but instead of getting down and dirty with Ariel, he flips and treats her tenderly like he says she deserves. I don’t know. I guess they characters just didn’t seem consistent. Good girl and bad ass. And while that combination generally works well, they characters also have to maintain some sort of sense of self or else they get lost in all of the sex and I think that is what happened with this story. The end is abrubt and realistically makes no sense. I do not want to give anything away, but their “plan” for afterward seems rushed and ill planned. And again, doesn’t seem to fit with the characters.
The sex was hot and the basis of the story was steamy. I just felt like it didn’t quite work the way I had expected it to. I would say that if you are looking for a way to pass the time without getting overly invested in the characters, then this story is still a good pick. And yes, this is a novella, so overly invested is not really a big concern, but I still like the thoughts/actions of the characters to make sense. People who enjoy the 1 Night Stand series and Ms. Stewart will more than likely find the read enjoyable. But if you are a little more particular, then you might agree with me. Either way, the story is still steamy and entertaining. I just wish it had met my expectations to a higher level.
(eBook copy provided by author/tour company in exchange for an honest review.)