August 11, 2012

Book Review: Captured In Sin by Devlin Chase

Title: Captured In Sin (The Vengeful Elements, #1)
Author: Devlin Chase
Release Date: February 29th 2012
Publisher: Self published
Source: Received from the author for an honest review.

Seven Sinners. Seven Innocents. One Prophecy.

Catherine De Sano is quite happy with her life, despite the trauma of her childhood. The last thing she needs is to be stalked by a devastatingly sexy man who's trying to convince her that her life is in danger...that she's being hunted by a rogue vampire. If it weren't for the fact that he knows how she spends her evenings she would have had him arrested. Now she's stuck with him, whether she likes it or not.

Darien Hawkwood has never met such a stubborn young woman before. The fact that she might be the key to an ancient prophecy seems to be having little impact and the instant attraction between them isn't helping him keep his emotions under control either. But he also knows that he needs her - more than she could ever begin to imagine.

As danger closes in around them and forces of nature are unleashed, Darien will need to turn his back on everything he's known if he's to protect Catherine - and give her the chance to fulfil her destiny.

My Thoughts

I really like the premise of this book.
A strong willed, independent women meets her match in a vampire who stubbornly stalks here every move, professing to keep her safe; only to find herself repeatedly caught in the grasp of the evil and mad rogue vampire that wants her dead - or does he?

For me, the first 50 or so pages of Captured In Sin were a little bumpy and disjointed to read. Some of the sentence structuring was difficult to follow and the repeated use of words in a sentence frustrating. The flow of the story and world building was a bit clumpy also. 

The dinner scene between Catherine and her estranged brother was awkward and felt unnatural and I didn't get what the author was trying to do with them, I didn't connect with them at all. And while Cat is obviously very good at her day job, she feels the need to burgle her clients at night - this scenario came out of nowhere and threw me for a loop. There really was no clue as to why this would be something she'd do until a little later in the book when she gets to the convent; where more of Cat's character is revealed and I started to get a better idea about the person she was. 

But for those first 50 or so pages I was confused and lost. I think that section of the book could do with an edit, or at least iron out some of the wrinkles, a more cohesive story flow would better hold the reader's interest.

However after those first bumpy pages, the writing starts to flow more easily and really finds its rhythm. I found myself connecting with the characters and enjoying the continual sexually charged banter. 
I was also intrigued by the secondary characters, and the roles that they may play in the rest of this series. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself thoroughly enjoying this book. And there is a lot to like. 
New hero's, new rules; a new and exciting world of danger, intrigue, and of course, plenty of romance and sex!

Overall, a surprisingly good read once you get past the bumpy start.

3.5 Stars :]

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