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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Early Review: Falling Hard by JK Coi

After a life filled with tragedy, rocker Gabriel Gunn thinks he's finally getting the better of his personal demons. Then he's attacked after a concert—and rescued by a warrior goddess brandishing a sword and white wings. As hard as it is to believe in an angelic bodyguard, Gabriel must face an even more impossible truth: he carries the devil's soul within him.
Amelia has been watching over Gabriel for years, using her angelic powers to prevent Lucifer's return. Now she must also protect him from warring angel factions with their own agendas. Amelia would do anything to avert another angelic war, even sacrifice her own emotions to avoid temptation. Yet with Gabriel she feels things she no longer wants to deny, and pleasure she never imagined.
But the closer Gabriel and Amelia get, the stronger Lucifer becomes. Will Amelia be forced to kill the man she's come to love to stop the war she's always feared?
Expected publication: July 18th 2011 by Carina Press
ASIN: B005078OJM

***I must preface this review by saying that I hate to not finish a book.  It’s a compulsive need to follow-through, to bring a story to completion by closing the proverbial chapter on it.  I don’t mind giving a bad review, we all have our own opinions about things, and that’s cool.  However, I just could not finish Falling Hard.  I tried, I really did.  It just didn’t do it for me.***

So, here’s the…ahem…long & short of it:  Blah blah blah, action sequence, sexual tension builds, blah blah blah, more action blah blah blah, major sex scene, blah blah blah.  I just couldn’t get into this story as much as I wanted to.  JK Coi conjures up her on brand of angel, an interesting concept—the whole reason I decided to request this on netGalley.

There is so much talk about destiny, and fulfilling destiny, and destiny not being finished.  I’m just not buying it.  I wanted to love Falling Hard, the characters, the plot, but I just didn’t…or maybe couldn’t.  There wasn’t enough to them.  If you removed the lust Gabriel and Amelia have for each other, there was really nothing to them, nothing to make me like them.  They were so flat they were almost transparent.  Don’t get me wrong.  There was action, violence, blood,  and cussing (lots of cussing), so I should have enjoyed it, but I just didn’t.

Ugh, I got very frustrated with the story, to the point where I just wanted it over.  Finito.  So, I stopped reading it.  And, I don’t care how the story ends…so there.

After my first successful experience with a romance novel, I decided to give this one a try.  Epic fail on my part.  So, maybe I’m not man enough to read romance after all…

??? Star: It felt like falling hard…and not in the good way.

Many Adventures,

*This pre-release was provided to me by the publishers through netGalley*

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