Series: The Hidden #3
Published by Hachette-Forever Source: Netgalley
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Urban Fantasy
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My name is Kye Rivers. I am a Deuce Crescent, which means I have magick running through my veins. Even though my family is Deuce, too, I have always felt like an outcast. Why? Because my particular gift revolves around sensuality, which makes my family uncomfortable. I get my validation and satisfaction from helping people with their sexual pathos. The price for my magick is that falling in love interferes with my abilities. Losing my abilities, and my career, isn’t worth getting involved with some guy who will probably break my heart anyway.
When I met the new bartender, a rare Caido who works at the nightclub that serves as my office and second home, I felt an electric draw like never before. Even scarier, Kasabian isn’t like other angel/human Crescents, who are cool and asexual. Kasabian craves emotions…and he craves me. I fear that what’s different in him is dangerous for both of us.
I used to be really leery about starting a series in the middle, but so many books in the romance genre can be read out of order, even in the paranormal romance or urban fantasy genre, so I didn’t think twice about reading this book even though I haven’t read the prior two books in the series. In this case, I’m not sure if the fact that I haven’t read the first two books was a disservice or if I just didn’t like the book.
I had a really hard time connecting with this book. The writing style was perfectly fine, but I didn’t connect with the characters or really even with the plot. I wish I had more answers as to why that is. I really like Angel fantasy books, I liked the concept, and I liked in this book/series that there were different types of angel bloodlines (even though it did get confusing at times). I personally think that the world building in this story needed more time, but that might be because I hadn’t read the prior books.
So Kye, is a sex therapist, and she uses her powers to help facilitate helping people with there relationships. She is able to help Caidos have relationships because of her powers that they wouldn’t otherwise be able to have. It seems like she has a good heart and just wants to help people which makes her and honorable woman in my book.
Kasabian is a different type of angel than Kye, and he has a hard past, involving kidnapping and memory loss. He looks to Kye to help him unlock the secrets to his past after similar events start happening to children like they happened to him. My biggest problem with Kasabian and Kye’s relationship is that Kye is so quick to help this man who she barely knows in a way that puts herself completely at risk. And I really didn’t like that Kasabian would be willing to put her on the line, without giving her the full scope of his reality.
The storyline about the missing children had a lot of pontential to be a good one, because who isn’t going to root for the good guys to put a stop to hurting innocent children. But the storyline didn’t jump of the page to me, it was just kind of dry, and because I didn’t really feel much of a connection to Kasabian I wasn’t all that invested in the outcome.
I really do believe that this book has an audience. I do think that I did a disservice to this book by not reading the first two books two, I think maybe if I had I would have enjoyed this book more.