OK _ Remember this is just my opinion and Katie, you said you wanted honest ones.
I had a really hard time with the book. Joy's attraction to Raphael just never made sense to me. Her choosing a human male over a 900 year old vampire who can do some great things, like invade her mind, didn't click. The being able to get around the Czech Republic in small towns by only speaking high school German and English also didn't work for me, maybe because I teach Geman.
It did give me moments of humur and Christian was a very powerful character, he seemed to have a lot more depth than the others. I look forward to reading more about him.
I do read romance all the time, it is my escapism, this one just didn't help me escape too much. It may have been that I was PMSing while reading it.
Below are my answers to the questionaire, it might explain my opinions better.
Hoping she didn't offend anyone.
1. Some readers have very definite opinions regarding books written in the first person point of view. What are the advantages to reading a book written in first person?
You get to see how the character thinks and how the mind is working. It does keep you away from the minds and motives of the other characters. !st person puts you in the main characters role.
2. Joy is fated to be Christain’s Beloved, but her heart belongs to Raphael. How big a role do you feel fate really plays in finding your true love? Would you be willing to go against fate?
If it was really her fate to be Christian’s beloved , she would not fall for Raphael. Fate has a role in everyone’s life, but I believe that we make our own paths. Fate is determined by which path we follow.
3. Raphael wants to protect Joy even though he knows she doesn’t wish to be protected. How do you feel about a man who does what he thinks is best for his woman despite her wishes?
I am fine with a man protecting a woman. He just has to deal with the consequences, perhaps her anger, for the actions he takes. He should also expect her to protect him regardless if he wants her to.
4. What did you like most about Joy? What were some of Raphael’s most appealing traits? How did the differences in their two characters complement one another?
I didn’t like Joy. She was persistent but really didn’t pay attention. She still felt she could not be killed – the “I am invincible” complex. I did like how she worked things out in her mind, logical for her but maybe not for the rest of the world. Raphael was a realist. He understood life. They were two sides of the same coin.
5. Romanticizing something as dark in nature as vampirism is common these days, and Joy and Roxy are part of the large number of women (the author included) who find vampires sexy. What did you think of Joy’s reaction when she found Tanya’s body after it had evidently been savaged by a vampire? Would the realism of that situation make you change your opinion about the cult of blood?
Joy was in shock and blamed the nearest one to her, but wanted to protect those around her. I think her reaction was subdued to what I would expect from her. She is an emotional character, prone to listening to her emotions versus her head as we see when she reacts to Raphael not confiding in her. Personally, I love reading about vampires, it is very interesting, but the realism of what they have to do to survive is not appealing. If I honestly saw a person killed by a vampire, I would become a true believer and find a way to get out of Dodge.
6. How did you feel about Roxy and Christian—were they good secondary characters? Did you want to know more about them?
Roxy was fluff and I couldn’t stand her. I would not have minded if she has been the one killed. At least Tanya had depth to her character. Christian was great, a little to nice, but a good character. I would like to see him end up with Meredith. With her distaste of the Dark and his need for the Light, it seems a good match and an interesting story.
7. What did you think of Joy’s rune stone readings? Have you ever had your future read? Did you believe that Joy really was able to see something beyond what her everyday insight would allow?
Joy appeared to be able to see, but she didn’t believe. If you have the gift and use it, but don’t believe in it – that is dangerous. Yes, I have had my future read on many occasions, but then again I have a realistic approach the path’s I walk.
8. The author uses humor to highlight emotional scenes, particularly the love scenes. How do you feel about humor being used in that manner?
Humor in bed is great. It erases the monotony that many authors get into when writing about sex.
9. What was your favorite scene? Which scene did you think was the funniest?
The funniest scene was when Joy was able to see how large Raphael really was. However, it showed her inexperience and her inanity. My favorite scene was the final scene. Christian actually stole the book at that point.
10. What kind of man could hold the same seductive power over you as Raphael held for Joy?
Hopefully none. I do not want to be so physically enamored with a man that I put myself and others in danger.