by Laurann Dohner
Released: December 22nd 2015
Published by Laurann Dohner
” I haven’t fallen in love … however, I am in like with it.”
~ Under the Covers
Call me lazy *distantly hears shouts of “lazy”* but I have decided to review the first two books in Laurann Dohner’s VLG series within one review. There are a few reasons for this, one may be the aforementioned laziness, but it actually has more to do with the content. Whatever I want to say about Drantos I know I want to say about Kraven and vice versa. They were very similar books taking place in almost the exact same time frame between a duo of sisters and a duo of brothers. I’m not trying to say the books are interchangeable, although someone harsher than I could perhaps justify that statement, but I found that I liked them about the same amount and for similar reasons.
So, VLG (Vampires, Lycans, Gargoyles) Dohner’s new series. I am a huge fan of hers, mainly because I have fallen in love with her New Species series and I put a call out on Facebook a while ago asking for someone to point me in the direction of something similar. A very helpful person asked if I had read her VLG series. I hadn’t. So I started it. I haven’t fallen in love with like I have the New Species series; however, I am in like with it.
I am going to divide this review neatly into what I did like and what I wasn’t as sold on:
So, this one straddles the line, I don’t think that the world makes much sense, however, it wasn’t so dissonant that I couldn’t enjoy the story and it also wasn’t so silly that I could shake my head fondly and then move on. It straddled that middle line where it niggled at the back of my mind. But, I wanted to like it. I especially wanted to like it because I was intrigued by the gargoyles. We’ve all seen vampires and lycans before and it’s hard to do anything original, however gargoyles are less explored territory.
The romance was typical Dohner…gorgeous muscle bound alpha male and the tiny female who has to put up with him. I suck this stuff up. Each couple had good chemistry and sex at weirdly inappropriate times, which made me like the book that teensy bit more for its silliness. There was also an added dose of humour with each couple which kept the book nice and light.
Will I read on and would I recommend it?
Yes and maybe! For the first, I will read on because I want a gargoyle hero in my life and would be interested in how Dohner does this. As for recommending it…I’m not sure, it isn’t the greatest example of PNR, but it is fun. Conclusion: I still miss New Species and VLG didn’t quite manage to fill that hole in my reading life.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?