Friday, February 13, 2015

Review: Six Months by Dannika Dark

Book Blurb: April Frost is a compassionate young woman with a steady job and ambitious goals. But the harder she runs away from her past, the more it threatens to destroy her. When three strangers enter her life, April is forced to face her demons and it's a battle she may not win. Private investigators in the Breed world are men who take risks, and Reno Cole is no exception. As a Shifter, he's expected to control his inner animal. But lately his wolf has been venturing dangerously close to the city, and he's about to discover why. When Reno is reintroduced to a family friend, the attraction is immediate. April captivates him with her secretive eyes and resilient spirit. She's also in trouble, and despite the fact she's a human, Reno can't turn his back on her. April is caught between two worlds: One that threatens to bury her dreams and another that could fulfill them. Can she trust the wolf at her door and find the courage to overcome her demons? My Review: 2 Out Of 5 Stars
Genre: Supernatural, Werewolves-- April thought she had paid off all the debt her deceased Grandmother had accrued from loan sharks, but she was wrong. A few shady sharks come calling and April has no idea what to do. Add in the fact she has an attraction to Reno Cole, the illusive bounty hunter, and probably the last person she should ever get involved with. Pretty soon April’s problems go spiraling out of control and she is in over her head where someone is bound to get hurt. I need to disclaimer this by saying that I found a few things wrong with the plot and characters, but my biggest problem was the person reading the book since it was in audio format. The reader of the book (who happened to be female) would speak in a very high pitched little girl voice for April, who just so happens to be the main character. So let’s just say that the story was predominantly told in a high pitch breathy tone that drove me absolutely insane. I understand that the reader wanted to give every character (and yes, I mean EVERY character) their own voice in the book, but I would have preferred that April be in the readers natural feminine voice, not some nail on chalkboard girly thing. I don’t normally listen to audio books since I get distracted during them unlike actually reading a book, but this one I couldn’t wait for it to end even though I found the plot to have some intriguing moments. April did some stupid things. It’s a fact. To name a few: meeting a loan shark who had already threatened her with bodily harm in an abandoned warehouse alone, without telling anyone and with no weapon; stealing money from the company she works for when her boss/friend would have helped her if she had just talked about it; flirting with Reno’s brothers to get his attention; crying that she is now a drug addict when she inadvertently ate a drugged food item; running out of places while leaving behind her stuff… Sometimes she missed the obvious right in front of her nose. Half of her personality was this na├»ve little flower and then the other half was this angsty hormonal mess, it was hard to keep up. Also, the flip flop she performed over her feeling made my head spin- she either wanted Reno or she pushed him away, and she was terrified of him and then she was in lust with him. Sigh. I’m just going to put it out there that April is “complicated”. At one point April states that she likes her hair cut because it is quick and easy, but then she spends an hour styling it before the party. Also, she bleaches her naturally blonde hair blonde because she didn’t like people who thought she was a stupid blonde. What? Is it just me or is bleached blonde not part of the blonde family? Why not go brown if you don’t want to be called a stupid blonde? But I guess magically bleaching her hair cured her of being a stupid blonde. Sure, whatever. Side note, I did not really like her friend Trevor. She talks about how great he is, but all I saw was a moody irrational man who alternated between acting like a jealous boyfriend who wanted to control April and a generous best friend. And Reno makes me conflicted. He is over 100 years old and appeared to be wise and have his life planned out, but at times he just assumed everyone was on the same page, when a big fat zero were. He could not read people to save his life. It felt like his wolf wanted April but his human side was vaguely aware she existed. And when Denver said Reno was into bondage I had no idea if that was jealousy speaking or truth because it did not seem to match what I knew of him. He did some very sweet things, but then also bossed her around April around for no reason (like forcing her to go to work on her one day off- I would have told him what he could do with himself for that). As a positive, I did really enjoy seeing the snippets of Austin and Lexy being happy in this story. I wanted to enjoy the book, but overall it was a very rocky start for me that did not really pick up. This is my second book by this author and I feel like she puts too much into her stories, instead of having one main thing to focus on, there are fifty million plotlines and conflicts and I have no idea what to focus on. I understand that people are complicated, but I like my books a little more straightforward without so much weighing it down. Also, the end was a big downer, maybe realistic for the type of relationship April and Reno will have, but not at all what I wanted to read about. I received this book from Goodreads in exchange for my honest review

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