- Copertina flessibile: 267 pagine
- Editore: Montlake Romance (29 gennaio 2013)
- Collana: A Caitlyn O'Connell Novel
- Lingua: Inglese
- ISBN-10: 1611098815
- ISBN-13: 978-1611098815
- Peso di spedizione: 340 g
Shattered Souls (Inglese) Copertina flessibile – 29 gen 2013
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Delilah Devlin was born in Spokane, Washington, and spent her childhood as a US Air Force brat. As an adult, she rebelled and went into the army, the first of several careers that would guide her around the world. Today she makes her home in Arkansas and continues to travel. The award-winning author of several paranormal romance, erotic romance, and erotica novels, novellas, and short stories, she channels her interests in mythology, history, and the occult into her writing.
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Okay, let's get to the nitty-gritty: the sex. I'm sorry, but when I read the sex scenes in this book, I could literally hear the cheesy "bow chicka wow wow" music, see the harsh lighting, and the jerky camera movements of a porn movie. The way Cait and Sam behaved during sex, the way they kept changing positions, it just didn't feel like two real people having real sex. It was artificial and thus not sexy at all. Plus, whenever Cait got wet, it either dripped down her thighs or was so plentiful that Sam could detect it through her jeans. Now, thanks to some research, I realize that some woman suffer from excessive lubrication. However, it's actually not something that's desirable: it's distracting, it's messy (and, yes, I know sex can be messy, but this is like can-only-have-sex-in-the-bathtub messy), and the excess fluid actually reduces pleasure for both parties in that women lose out on vaginal stimulation and men lose out on that "tight" sensation. Most women actually seek medical help for this problem. Being so wet it runs down your legs like urine is not desirable and it's far from sexy. You might think this is an absurd or even gross point to bring up, but when I was reading, I was utterly distracted when I came across mention of this condition in Cait (and it comes up three times, if I remember correctly). It brought me right out of the story. So not only were the sex scenes not sexy and occasionally perturbing, they were long. I mean, dragging on to the point that I ended up flipping past them. One scene required nine and a half pages! The other three scenes were nearly as long. Oy. And for such a short book, the fact that there are four long sex scenes in it, taking up at least a quarter of the story, doesn't bode well for a deep, involved, or engaging plot. Which it wasn't.
Honestly, I'm not really sure what the whole point of the book was. There's some stuff about demons and magic, and the prerequisite family drama involving secrets and betrayal--frankly, all fairly standard stuff for this genre with no unique twist or take on the subject. Basically, it came across as just an excuse to string together the sex scenes, like those thin plots they give to porno movies so people can feel less guilty about watching them because, hey, it's more than just sex, there's a real story here! Thin, flimsy, and not at all compelling, the story is pretty lackluster. I didn't feel any real sense of danger, mystery, or excitement while I was reading the book and even when the action ramped up or the characters were supposedly in danger, I never once felt a corresponding increase in my pulse or interest level, or sensed that the characters were in any real peril.
Oh, and that whole 'We're divorced, but we both are still in love with each other, and we still have hot monkey sex, and, oh boy, we're getting back together at the end of the book to live happily ever after!' trope is so freaking tiresome! Is it like some kind of law that if you have a male and female protagonist, you have to use this template?
You know, if I had to sum up Shattered Souls in one word, the one that keeps coming to mind is "beige." Other possibilities are "generic," "lightweight," and "forgettable," all of which perfectly describe the overriding sensation I get whenever I go back over the book in my memory: absolutely nothing stands out. Not the characters, not the story, not even the setting. It all blends together into one bland blur.
Even when the focus of the story are paranormal events, demonic killings, possession, and other dark happenings, Delilah's tales are full of sensual promise and seductive heroes. And how could her characters be anything less, when the resolution of her plots depends as much on the resolution of relationship conflicts, and of inner struggles, as on the discovery and solution of clues, and the occasional well-choreographed pitched battle, satisfyingly intense, from which the heroes do not come out unscathed.
The characters of Shattered Souls are as flawed as real people could be, but like true heroes they rise above their own weaknesses and needs when the situation demands it. Cait O'Connell works as a private detective, because the voices haunting her destroyed her Memphis PD career. She drowns them in liquor, and only then can she sleep. Her former partner Sam Pierce doesn't know about the voices, or else he might try to commit her to a mental facility. Sometimes Cait even doubts herself - if it weren't for the memory of her mother's spell-casting, and the lessons of a powerful and seductive wizard. She's tried to set all thought of supernatural power aside, but when her mentor disappears in an impossible manner, she calls on her innate abilities and goes to battle. Her lingering attraction to Detective Pierce makes the situation more difficult - or maybe this one case holds a faint hope to mend her shattered soul.
Plan on setting chores aside once you open Shattered Souls. Its world (set in modern-day Memphis) and its characters will come alive and take you away. Don't resist the pull of a Delilah Devlin book - it's hopeless. Her storytelling skill will hold you spellbound and leave you waiting for more of Cait O'Connell and Sam Pierce and their "full-moon" cases.
"Shattered Souls shocked me with its exhilarating story line and its magical world of Witches, Wraiths and Demons. Ms. Devlin wrote an intriguing urban fantasy with just the right balance of romance, nail-biting scenes and well-developed characters. She really got me hooked from the beginning until the end." ~Under The Covers
Shattered Souls shocked me with its exhilarating story line and its magical world of Witches, Wraiths and Demons. Ms. Devlin wrote an intriguing urban fantasy with just the right balance of romance, nail-biting scenes and well-developed characters. She really got me hooked from the beginning until the end.
Caitlynn O'Connell AKA Cait is an ex-cop and now a private investigator. Due to her alcohol problem, she had lost her job and her husband. She lost everything due to attempts to forget her past and the voices in her head. Yes, she hears voices in her head. I just love how Ms Devlin touches alcoholism and what can drive people to it. In this case, Cait is trying to drown out what she is, a witch.
Unfortunately, it is not something she had accepted, hence her escape to drinking. Cait's family background of witches and the "other worldly" beings around this life makes this novel dark and mysterious. And let me tell you, there are some scenes that scared the heck out of me. I swear there was scary music playing as I read certain scenes. Cait is an intriguing character and I wanted to know more about her, her background and what she can do. I have a feeling her character will even grow stronger by the next book.
Cait's ex-husband and ex partner, Sam Pierce makes this book light and seems to give Cait's dark story hope. When he contacts Cait to help him on an "unsual" case, you automatically see he has strong feelings for her. The detail of their break up was not discussed in detail
but you get the jist of it. I found myself cheering them on to get back together. Sam is a sexy, classy, cop and his alpha-ness just shines when danger or another man gets near Cait. I love it when the hero get jealous, possessive but then backs off for trust. Talk about jealousy, there
is another man that I thought was super hot. This guy is someone from Cait's distant past and boy he is just sin incarnate. His name is Morin and hear me now, he is claimed.=P Though he was in this book a good amount of time, part of what he is and what place he will have on
Cait's future is not very clear. I can tell you one thing; they definitely had a scorching hot past.
Overall, this book was amazing in the mystery, romance, suspense and story line. The ending is more a teaser than a cliffhanger. It left me re-reading the last sentences making sure I understood what I read. I'm still a bit puzzled but I'm dying to know. Shattered Souls has made it to my Top Read of the year. I have no doubt the second installment will do the same.
*Review copy provided by publisher
"Shattered Souls" by Delilah Devlin is the first book in the delicious `Caitlyn O'Connell' series featuring an ex-policewoman turned private investigator. Caitlyn (Cait) has suppressed many of the events and challenges from her past but she unwillingly discovers that the flame between her and her ex-husband, former partner Sam Pierce, still burns brightly. The horrific murder of her mentor draws Cait into a hunt for a non-human entity which is threatening to wreak havoc on Memphis as it grows in power. Cait learns that there is more to her current associate, Jason Crawford, than she previously realized and that the powers that she has rejected for so long may need to be embraced if she and those she loves will survive her quest for justice.
This is an intriguing paranormal tale that combines romantic suspense with a mesmerizing tale of otherworldly beings. The vivid image of the anomalous clue in the mirror is spine-chilling and the description of the subsequent investigation is sprinkled with unexpected developments. The Memphis police department may have to take on new consultants regularly given its connection to eerie phenomena but fortunately there are those who are willing to step up and this feisty heroine is one of them. I like that she is flawed yet has people around her to see that she can be so much more than she believes. The gradual reveal of the backgrounds of a couple of the men in Cait's life is fascinating and I look forward to learning more about her capabilities as well as their roles in helping her grow. A couple of the scenes remind me of a certain movie about psychic phenomena and I suspect that Cait's life is going to get progressively more complicated since the voices in her head are not only multiplying but are also developing personalities and demands. An enjoyable read, can't wait to read more!
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