Monday, August 19, 2013

Review: Zoey Rogue

Zoey Rogue
Zoey Rogue by Lizzy Ford

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the intro, this book really tells you that you are not reading your typical Lizzy Ford book. It sort of smacks you in the face with it; just to make sure you don’t get shocked later on (even though, to be honest, I did). I’m your usual contemporary paranormal romance reader, so I appreciate some smut with my romance – when this adult book was announced, I gladly signed up for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. Adult, in this book, comes in the form of lots of hot succubus/incubus loving with very few boundaries. If you’re into that, you won’t be disappointed.

This book was a little slow to get into, but it really grabbed me about halfway through. The fact that the Declan/Zoey relationship really started to blossom at about 50% probably helped me get more invested in the story. There was so much action going on that I sometimes felt like I wanted more of the Zoey/Declan story than the overall storyline. I generally prefer more romance to action, but with their “occupations”, it seemed hard to avoid.

While Zoey and her gang of misfits did finally grow on me by the end of the book, I really preferred to see more of the brothers in the story. I loved the witty banter they had and all the “suffering” they talked about for their soul mates. Their characters were a lot easier for me to like than Zoey, who often seemed like she went back and forth between robot and whiney teenager.

This story certainly had a futuristic feel to it, even though it was presumably set in contemporary times. The energy drinks and technology as well as these “alien” races made me feel like it was less based on earth and more based on some other alternate universe. Either way, I appreciated the normality that the author injected in the form of Eric and the Professor. Without them, Zoey might have seemed even more robotic and alien to me.

To summarize, this adult book was an interesting departure from Lizzy Ford’s typical “fade to black” paranormal romance. I’m eager to see where she takes us, although I’m not sure how willing I am to forgive Declan his sins in this book. He better do some serious groveling in the installments to come!

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