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The story started very well the performance was great but as it progressed, Dusti's character just became weak and non-redeemable. The people of the clan whilst initially understandably shocked and such, their cruelty just became vindictive and. The author never gave Dusti vindication from it. The little she seemed to consider in the end even that she took away from her. Drakos who had been the epitome of Alpha male just wasn't well rounded by the end of the book. The book just left one hanging for something more spectacular or more finished but didn't quite deliver. I would still recommend it and but tone down on expectation. It passed the time nicely, didn't blow me away. I'm not inspired to pick the next book, but if I were short of something to read would consider it hence the 3 starts, the author clearly has talent but she just didn't make her characters endearing to the reader. I kept hoping Dusti might suddenly develop some neat tricks from drinking Drakos blood to show the clan that she was worthy but .....
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I didn't like this book as well as the Species series and I won't be continuing on, I barely finished this one. While I liked the whole Vampire, Lycan, Gargoyle aspect to the story, the rules not so much. It was also hard to like the book because I hardly liked any of the characters in the story. I did not like Drantos's clan. Everyone wanted Dusty to grovel at Drantos feet and continually told Dusty how she was not good enough for him. It was beyond degrading how everybody treated Dusty, especially since she was new to the clan and did not know the ways, they basically thought she was only good as a brood mare. Drantos also had a mentality of "Me Tarzan, you Jane, do what I say", which he later lightens up a bit on. Dusty was also annoying, half the time she was cowering behind Drantos and the other she was blindly running into danger without thought. Plus the whole book had a Damsel in distress vibe to it, which I wouldn't mind if I actually liked any of the characters. But mainly I like women with a bit of a back bone and isn't too stupid to live. Also I would have been fighting tooth and nail for my sister, that part of the book bugs me because they were separated at the beginning and then Bat is just gone. I know the next book is about her but that wouldn't fly in my world. The best part of the story was the narrator and I would certainly listen to her again.
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Overall, I liked Drantos, but honestly it wasn't my favorite by Dohner.
Laurann Dohner is a talented writer who has created a complex world of lycans, vampires and gargoyles.The story's fresh, fascinating, full of humor, but there's a lot to take in with the characters, clan politics, and the history of these supernatural beings (it almost had my head spinning.) I believe die hard fans of shifter romances will appreciate the complexity and mix of these supernatural beings; however, I can tell this will be one of those stories where some will love it, while others will dislike it.
True to Dohner's writing style, there's a lot of heat, attraction and sexual tension between the H/h. In the beginning, it felt a bit forced but as the story progresses, the chemistry between Drantos and Dusti develops and becomes genuine. At times, Dusti's character could be annoying, and stubborn but at least she had a backbone. I actually felt bad for Drantos when he discovered she was his mate. Because of his clan's politics and their dislike of supernatural beings who have been diluted with human blood, Drantos had an uphill battle protecting, keeping and convincing his clan and Dusti of her place as his mate. From the moment he realizes Dusti's his mate, I loved how this dominate alpha's world changes as he becomes focused on making her happy and helping her fit in.
The subplot and characters were really good. Dusti and Bat were tricked by their grandfather, Decker, to come to Alaska for a sinister plot. He wants to use one of the sister as leverage to start a conflict between the different clans all in an attempt to gain power over all the clans. When Drantos's clan learns Decker is plotting something bad, Drantos and Kraven are sent to intercept and retrieve the sisters before Decker can put his plans into motion.
This was the first story I've listened to narrated by Savannah Richards and was impressed with how she portrayed the characters. She did a fantastic job!
I'm a huge fan of PNR's and loved both the New Species and Cyborg series! This is the first story in the VLG series I've listened too and thought it was intriguing but not as intense as her other series. I am curious enough to listen too the other audios that have been released; however, I would only buy these stories on a whispersync deal or sale and save my credit.
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