Copy received via netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre: – Contemporary Erotic Romance
Series: – 1st in the series (there is a previous story marked as 0.5)
Love triangle? – No
Cheating? – No
HEA? – Seems more of a HFN as it ends very abruptly
Would I read more by this author/or in this series? – No
Rating – 2
I have to admit, this started off quite strongly, the prologue offering a hint at a possibly darker character in Adam and an intriguing hint at what to expect in the story.
Unfortunately this was not realised in the actual story itself.
While I did like Adam, it did not seem true to his character for him to fall so quickly and be all about the future. Given the history that was hinted at (and yet never actually really made an impact on the story) When it is mentioned in the story, it is told in a very mechanical way that offered nothing or had moved the story on in any way, or offered any real insight into him as a man.
Olivia I found rather difficult to like. She was just a very bland character, no highs or lows, or particularly strong feelings. Just a very calm passive presence almost, that was hard to connect to. And again, her history was hinted at, or mentioned very briefly, to not really amount too much.
The insta lust/love here was too too much. Constantly being told, that the “woman” in her had fallen in lust and was powerless to resist him, was quite frankly, not enough. Or him going on about “time is like age, it doesn’t matter” does not make it seem more real. And given they had spent maybe 3 nights and a total of about 35 hours in each others company at one point, for her to witness him massively overreact (and seriously injure someone) and then find out something a bit shocking about his past, and have almost no reaction to it AT ALL, and then just forget about it seemed a bit daft in all honesty.
I was not a fan of the one scene in the POV of another couple. I got this , thinking it was book 1 and unaware there was a 0.5, before this, and tbh, that scene (in a very short book that lacked depth and development with the 2 main characters) was an annoyance and felt almost like I as being forced to like this other character and be intrigued enough to go back and read about them. It had the opposite effect in all honesty.
And I apparently have the edited version that offers an “epilogue” of 6 weeks later, yet it still felt like it ended very abruptly, and I was missing a bit of the story, and indeed, I was expecting more, since that ending came at 89% in the kindle. It was very jarring.
I like Adam, but, I finished the book feeling very detached from both main characters, with no real feeling of who they were as characters, and like there was a chapter that should have been added on the end but had been chopped off.
Amazon Uk Link: Primal: an Overwatch story (Overwatch series Book 1)