Thursday, June 9, 2016

Book Review: Of Demons & Stones (A Tri-Stone Trilogy #1) by Anne L. Parks

Kylie Tate is highly successful and focused on her future. No one sees the fear that consumes her, ravaged by demons from a past that left her distrustful of love.

Alex Stone is rarely denied. Not by business associates, and certainly not the women he dates and forgets. Romance is never an option. That is until beautiful, sexy, too damned independent Kylie comes into his life and frustrates the hell out of him. She sparks a desire in him to protect her from the one demon that haunts her - and threatens to destroy them both.

Pushed to her limit and unwilling to be a victim any longer, Kylie takes control of her life.

But a madman’s quest for revenge not only threatens to destroy the love she has finally found – but also her life.


I'm not going to waste any time getting down to business on this one. Let's get down to it. I absolutely adored this book. At first. And by at first, I mean the first couple of chapters. I really enjoyed both main characters, Kylie and Alex, and I thought that the story had this fun, spunky feel to it. I thought that the story had this effortless feel to it ... I didn't have to force myself to get lost within the story or fight to stay focused ... I just really was enjoying reading this book. 

But then it happened ... the kiss of death for a romance novel: an unrealistic relationship. Ugh. I just didn't get it. The progression of Kylie and Alex's relationship was just ridiculous. It was just so fast. Alex was all possessive and it wasn't in the cute way ... it's not cute when you know someone for 4 days and then you're forcing them to stay in your house. That's called kidnapping. That shit is against the law and in no way attractive. Then you get to the sex scenes. These also felt unrealistic. They were stiff (not in the good way) and forced. The dialogue was also awkward. It didn't seem like something that would actually happen because they both sounded like broken records because they just said the same stuff over and over. For the love of everything fluffy ... spice it up, people!

And then there's Kylie's ex. If you don't want spoilers, you'll want to turn away immediately. Because while I'm not saying anything super-big, it is still a spoiler. Anyhow ... Kylie took this big step to get away from her abusive boyfriend (making him an ex) and she cut most ties but then she doesn't go to the police ... because of her job ... dude. That's having your priorities straight. Your job is definitely more important than getting killed by this sadistic freak because after he finally kills you, you'll at least have a place to work, right?

And THEN ... you know how when you're watching a horror film and this chick is getting terrorized by some psycho? You know the deal ... she gets a call from said nut-job and he says that he's in the house and then the dumb chick decides to go upstairs and grab her bobby-pins or some stupid shit and then you're left screaming at the screen that she needs to leave the damn house because he's right behind her ... yeah. That happened in this book. Numerous times. I wanted to just toss my Kindle out the window and call it a day. 

Basically, by the time I was about 75% through with the book, I had checked out. It felt like I had been reading Of Demons & Stones for a couple of decades. I just wanted it to end. 

Once again, I find myself in the minority with my feelings about a book. There are a ton of people who really enjoyed this novel. Don't take my word for it, check it out and let me know what you think!

* I received this novel in exchange for an honest review *

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