by Christine Feehan
Reviewed by Era-hime
I don’t care to be restricted by how a book review should be formatted, so I’m doing this my own way. First of, it will be a mix of positive and negative points I’ve read from the novel, so anything pointed out out here is basically my opinion of the book. Secondly, the points will be in randomized order, so if anyone wants to read the novel, please remember that what I had pointed out will not be in the chronological order of the story. Lastly, consider this book review a rant and a rave at the same time, since that will be what this post is basically about.
Before moving onward to the points I’ll be mentioning, let me give some brief and pertinent details about the book:
Sam Johnson = the hero of the book
Azami “Thorn” Yoshiie = the heroine of the book
Dr. Peter Whitney = the villain of the whole series
Now that that’s over, shall we move on to the points that I’ve gathered from the book? Still with me? Well, here they are!
Lashes: Lashes, lashes lashes! Seriously, that is what I’ll always remember Azami as a character. She’s all “lashes” to me. I felt that it was overused by the author in defining the heroine. Yes, I understand that it was a “turn on” for the hero, but I just felt it was overused as a description of Azami. By the time I was halfway into the story, the “lashes” description was making me crazy! Any other characteristic details of Azami was overshadowed by the “lashes”. Her beautiful, long and silky hair; her innocent yet fierce warrior aura; her Asian features…all were overshadowed by the “lashes” that frequently described her throughout the book. Not a good way to remember her by, that’s for sure.
That “Missing” Tension: I understand that it was love/lust-at-first-sight for Sam and Aazami, and I get that, but I was missing that “tension” in the first 100 pages of the book. I felt that the action overpowered the “tension” between the couple. Now, don’t get me wrong, I adore action, especially in this series, but I felt that the short tidbits of “tension” between the couple didn’t really go smoothly for that section of the book. What I meant is that the action was forefront in that section with the “tension” being a huge second place in that. It just felt like the ‘link’ between the action and the “tension” isn’t as smooth as previous books. Yes, the relationship of the couple became foremost in the middle part of the book, which was nicely done by the author. Yes, there is also action in the last part of the book. I really am unsure if it was my mood when I was reading the first part or if it is the story, but I just felt that there was not “balance” between the action and the “tension” of the couple. Therefore, I’m missing the critical “turning point” of the relationship between Sam and Azami. It just felt like the relationship between Sam and Azami “jumped” a few steps forward and I missed those “steps” from the book.
Daniel: Can I say he’s a CUTE infant?! Someone commented in a online community that he somehow ‘stole’ the show in the book. I sorta agree with that person. I don’t think that he ‘stole’ the whole book, but he sure is a highlight of the book. I will say this: I really see this nine-month-old superkid as an infant and not as a toddler, even though Daniel can walk and do sign language. Just because he’s a superkid doesn’t mean that he is a toddler, per se. The switch between “toddler” and “infant” bugged me when I was reading the book. It felt like the author couldn’t decided on Daniel’s age.
Okay, back to the good about the infant. It was nice to learn more about the first of the GW children (how I know that he is the oldest of the brood I got from reading this book). He was simply an adorable child, having his parents and the rest of Team One, particularly his ‘uncles’, wrapped around his little finger. Learning about his gifts, and how he is advanced for his age, makes it more concrete that Daniel will be a challenge for his parents and the rest of the team. That said, I want to read more of him!
Random “Missing” Details: I’m really upset about random details in this book. For example, what happened to the ring (the one that Azami’s adopted father forged for his daughter) that Sam had on his palm before he and Azami took that next step in their relationship? Where did it go the morning after? Also on that same morning, what happened to the coffee that Sam was holding on to before Azami gave him a morning “pleasure”? Does the reader need to infer for themselves about such details for themselves? Why can’t the author give a concrete answer to that within the story? So not cool.
Team One: The team is rocking! I loved the story of how some members of the team were rescuing a Frenchman and they encountered some difficulties during their rescue. How it was told made it seem so ‘lighthearted’ but in reality, it was truly something else. The camaraderie between each member made them all seem like a “family”, and I liked that.
Azami: I couldn’t do this book review without mentioning the heroine, right? I respected her childhood and how she overcome her broken past. It took some time for her to get her priorities right in relation to Dr. Whitney, but in others, she got everything going for her. I’m glad to see how she has an “equal” relationship with Sam, and how her traditions “blended” with his. Seeing her interact with Daniel, Saber, and Lily as well as the rest of Team One (especially with Tucker and Ian), makes her more “real” within the GW series.
As a female warrior, she has great strengths and quite deadly. Intelligent, strong, loyal, and beautiful, she is a petite warrior that I’m glad to read about. Other than that annoying physical trait that the author kept repeating in defining her, Azami is a great addition to the GW teams.
Sam: Didn’t think that I would miss mentioning the hero, right? I’m glad to read about an African American hero, and it was nice to read about an American “hero”, or the “All-American boy” kind of person. At least, that is what I felt that the book made Sam to. His patriotic life doesn’t really delve on other aspects of this hero, like did he retain any lessons from his harsh childhood? And what about his life with his foster parents, General Ranier and his wife? I just felt that the book focused on one dimensional on this hero and didn’t delved deeper into his character. I understand that the action and the “courtship” is more important, but I wouldn’t have minded reading more about this hero’s life and character.
So what do I think about the book?
Well, I consider it one of my fave GW book just because of Azami. I support the Asian heroines the most due to my ethnicity, and thus why I support them. Sad to say that the first part of the book was a disappointment, while Azami’s description of “lashes” made it feel downright annoying, especially since I felt it overshadowed her Japanese beauty. And I needed more from Sam, since I was missing some “vibe” from him.
Overall, the book shows some progression in the GW series, but it truly wasn’t 100 percent “perfect” in my eyes.