Friday, May 24, 2013

In Too Deep (Book 1: Others of Edenton) Review

Fallon is a brilliant tattoo artist with inherent magic. Tired of men and their games, she climbs onto her Harley and leaves her old life behind.
Brody is a talented motorcycle mechanic and werewolf stuck in his painful past. It's just another depressing night until he's attacked by vampires. Thinking he killed them, he runs into the night and crashes into Fallon.
Unwilling to walk away from anyone in need, she heals Brody and then takes out the vampires who aren't as dead as he thought. Her past collides with the present, and she finds herself stranded in Edenton, Washington where an old friend lives. With no ride and no real plan, she winds up staying in Brody's empty apartment.
Feeling alive for the first time in years, Brody is determined to claim Fallon's heart and keep her safe from the shadows in her past. However, she prides herself on her independence and would rather keep him safe, even from herself.
With the impending danger from the group of vampires and dark mages, they will have to work together. The closer they get, the harder it is for her to fight her attraction.
Be prepared for monsters, magic and lots of ink.

I received this as an arc for an honest review:

Let me just start by saying this world is amazing!  It is vivid and intense and completely engrossing!

Fallon is a woman you don't really know how to take at first.  She is crazy gifted with abilities that are so far out there that for a moment I had to think about what it was she was actually capable of.  It was the only way I could wrap my brain around her gifts.  And even then, I'm not sure I was entirely successful.  She really is that much of a badass!

Like every woman on the planet, Fallon has had more than her fair share of men who just were the wrong choice.  And in a world where she is a powerful druid and surrounded by other really awesome powerful creatures, it makes sense that she is known for dating werepanthers and werewolves.  A woman who has piercings and tattoos is bound to attract bad boys for the most part, so it kind of goes without saying that things sometimes go bad.

But in walks Brody.  Brody is so not a bad boy.  Although being a werewolf is rather unique, he is a pretty normal, sweet and even gentle guy.  A man who has recently felt pain in losing his wife, he has an amazing ability to look towards the future and be open minded enough to fall for Fallon.  Brody is charming and when he first meets Fallon he is instantly drawn to her, although after someone saves you I imagine that is a normal response.  Brody is a wonderful hero in this love story.  But make no mistakes, Fallon is the alpha here.  But in the bedroom, these two light up and lead each other to places that are ridiculously hot!

The cast of characters surrounding Fallon and Brody are amazing as well.  Faes, Were-creatures, Vampires, Druids, Witches Oh My!  Everyone works well if not always happily together.  Everyone having their own gifts made this story a ton of fun to read.  I love paranormal romances, but ones that have a true heart behind them enchant me.  And this one has heart.  It takes you to family, not just community.  You learn to feel love and respect for all the different characters.  And even the ones that get on your nerves, Dacia, you feel something for.

Characters in this book find a way to redeem themselves and bring out the best in each other, even if it is accidentally.  That being said, the bad characters in the book are just as much fun to read about.  Issac and Malachi are interesting and make you want to know more about them.  A lot of times a bad character is used to kind of annoy people and make the hero and heroine look better, and although Issac and Malachi do that, they also make you want to dive into what makes them tick.  I CARED about the antagonists in the book.  What was the last book you could say that about?  For me, I can't recall one.

The world is beautiful.  It is vibrant and in the descriptions that Ms. Rivers gives, I feel like I am there.  I can clearly make out the backdrop and I can clearly see the characters and how they are made up.  I found that world completely fascinating.  I felt connected not only to the characters, but Edenton as well.  I could see the tattoo shop clear as day in my head.  I could see In 2 Deep just as clearly.  And I loved that!

There are a few things I found I didn't really care for.  I felt like poor Fallon couldn't catch a break for a while & Dacia for a long time made me want to kill her, bring her ass back, and kill her again.  But this is just me nitpicking honestly.  This is a book I highly recommend you read, especially if you love paranormal stories!

I give this 4.5 lipsticks!  Go get this book!!!!!

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