Ian Dex is a genetically-enhanced individual – as are most of the team of the paranormal police in Las Vegas. These enhancements also make him- and the rest of his team, very horny – which is frankly a weird thing to make a core part of your world building, but whatever it’s different I guess…
In terms of plot the book is largely about how Ian has slept with most of his team and pretty much anything female with a pulse, although there is a number of super-sized and super-strong vampires, werewolves and succubus picking fights all over town
Apparently this book is meant to be action and comedy – urban fantasy with a bit of police procedural and a sense of humour, I noticed the action and it was ok however the comedy aspect passed me by almost completely. I’m wondering if I just wasn’t in the mood for it as the Amazon reviews for ‘The Merging’ seem really positive and I was totally indifferent to it
The only real impact this book had was to generate a thought-chain about why HR hadn’t got involved over what was very clearly appropriate sexual behaviour in the workplace
It’s been an odd week, due to a small (and I really do mean small) influx of cash and a few annoyances at work I decided to treat myself to some cheap rubbish that promised to be fleetingly entertaining.
Which is how I ended up buy the sequel to a book that I wasn’t even sure I was ever going to reread – Keith Melton’s ‘The Zero Dog War’ was ok once so I’m not entirely sure what possessed me to by ‘Dark Ride Dogs’.
The book is irreverent and mildly amusing, but the team’s constant bickering is slightly grating – I didn’t need reminding quite so many times that the Andrea is holding together a team of misfits who don’t play well with themselves or anyone else.
The sex crazed goblins were more creepy pervy than serious villain material and the ghost clowns were under used.
It was distracting and mildly amusing – which was the aim of buying it, but it did demonstrate how much the original book relied on sheer novelty value to hang together.
Even at the bargain basement price of £2.50 I feel slightly cheated.
I started reading Richelle Mead’s Georgina Kincaid series at my local library, however the library only had the first four books and in order to find out what happened I had to buy the last two books.
The first four books were a long time ago but they must have been interesting enough to make me care about the ending. I’m aware that my taste in music has, bluntly, grown up noticeably in the past couple of years and I am wondering if the same is true with books as on rereading I found ‘Succubus Shadows’ to be a 276 page long build up to a rather dull sex scene.
Things improved slightly with ‘Succubus Revealed’ as stuff at least happened, even if it was a long wander into a demonic trial with a predictable and dull Happy Ever After ending.
The plot and characters felt disposable and predictable, perhaps it was all the cheating, lying and being unfaithful but I didn’t really feel like the Happy Ending went to those who deserved it most. Perhaps the charity shop can find a happy final resting place for these books.