I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Gena Showalter
Released: February 25 2020
Series: Lords of the Underworld #15
Published by Harlequin Books
Narrator: Max Bellmore
Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
“I don’t think this book lived up to my expectations.”
~ Under the Covers
This review is going to be hard to write because I have a lot of feelings and at the same time, not much to say. We’ve waited over a decade for William’s book and any time there’s this much anticipation it can be hard for the book to live up to expectations. I’m going to go with that in the end. I don’t think this book lived up to my expectations. Of William as a hero, of his romance, of the story.
At this point in the series I rarely read blurbs. I didn’t read the blurb for this one before going in. So imagine my surprise when the talk about unicorn shifters started. I still can’t remember where this has been a thing before now in the series and having not been prepared for it, it took a long time for me to settle into that idea. In the end, I don’t think I’ve fully embraced that new development or the fact that William’s heroine is a unicorn shifter.
The romance was off the charts steamy though. *fans self* Grab an ice bucket and keep it handy to cool off. William lives up to his name of the panty melter! As much as I couldn’t really fully get behind Sunny or her personality, I did like how they meshed together. Even though William felt very different than how I’ve pictured him throughout this whole series.
Some things I reflected on looking back at years of reading this series: the humor, the personalities. I’ve started to feel as if Ms. Showalter’s characters personalities have become interchangeable. Change the name and you can literally swap them out. And the humor could border on the over the top for me. Not just with this one but the last few books I’ve read by her. Could be this is just me. At times it felt like this book was trying too hard to be funny, inserting Facebook meme type conversations that made no sense within the context of what was happening.
Then there’s the curse. We’ve had this big looming thing over our heads the whole series about William’s curse and how when he falls in love with his mate she will kill him. When it’s finally revealed what’s happening it was both so simple it made perfect sense, and at the same time anticlimactic. I wanted so much more drama about how the curse would break!
In the end, this book did make me laugh. A LOT. William has always been great at comedic relief and he didn’t disappoint in this book. I have so many great one-liners. It was so very steamy. And it was a good time. But was it what I thought it would be? Definitely not.
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