Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Wounded Soul by Annabelle Jacobs Blog Tour

One night can change everything…

Jesse Sykes has lived far longer than his youthful appearance suggests. Becoming a vampire after tragedy struck seemed the only option when his soul was shattered, after all he’s no stranger to having to hide what he is from the rest of the world. But eternal life isn’t without problems or heartache.

With a good job and great friends, Ian Moreton’s life would be almost perfect—if only he wasn’t in love with his best friend. His feelings are unrequited, and in an effort to move on, he takes a chance on a one-night stand with the handsome stranger he meets in a bar.

Jesse knows the risks of becoming attached to a human, but with neither of them looking for anything serious, where’s the harm? At least, that’s what Jesse thinks until his chemistry with Ian proves off the charts.

A second hook-up solidifies their connection… and brings Jesse to his senses. He scrambles to protect Ian from danger, but it’s already too late. With Ian unwittingly drawn into a world he knows nothing about, events are set in motion that will change both of their lives forever, and it’s up to Jesse to steer them safely through it.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

3 Frustrating Stars

While maintaining a spoiler-free review, I will begin by saying my opinions will undoubtedly be in the minority.

I felt the characters' actions were driven to push the plot forward to a predetermined ending, with little regard to whether or not those actions were in line with who and what the character was written to be.

Example: a coven leader making the choice to send an antagonist to watch someone for the person he antognizes, which he's personally witnessed for decades. Raph ensured a trusted task to the very man who tests his authority and is outwardly trying to usurp him, then believes the lies he spins. This bumbling behavior by the man in charge was out of character but meant to be ignored, simply because it caused the drama to propel the plot forward. Using the excuse of how they were currently getting along, for like three pages, doesn't erase how ridiculous this was. Time runs differently for an immortal. Three pages would be a second to a human's day. It would take years of Peter and Ian getting along before Raph would have believed that, after 70 years of constant torment.

The villain progressively getting careless, yet no one could thwart him? How was Peter to explain the staked vampire back at the coven? No proof? IAN WAS THE PROOF.

Quote: Jesse hated it when Peter made sense. Hated having to agree with him. ... There wasn't anything out of Peter's mouth that made sense, so the entire cast of characters ended up looking like fools.

I truly enjoyed the beginning, finding a real connection between Jesse and Ian, even if I felt their actions were too juvenile for their ages. There was some banter, steam, and delicious forbidden angst. But when the action started, I felt nothing but frustration as I witnessed the characters turn, not turn into vampires, but turn into ignorant children.

Obviously this book wasn't meant for me. I'm a huge fan of both MM Romance and Paranormal Romance, but how unintelligent the characters behaved was a major turn-off for me.

To sum the book up in a nutshell: siblings fighting, both holding secrets over the other's head, one wants to tell Daddy but is too scared, and the other is the older bully sibling playing on the younger brother's ignorance and cowardice. Yet they were grown men who had lived an upwards of 100 years... and Daddy was too busy to pay attention to his battling children, and innocents got caught in the crossfire.

At the top of my pet-peeve list is how vampire characters never act their actual age, with maturity and reasoning, but end up coming off as young teens, no matter how old they are portraying.

Not every book can be a hit for every reader, and this was a miss for me. While I personally wasn't a fan, that doesn't mean I don't recommend this novel for readers who enjoy a warm and fuzzy take on vampire culture. As I said, I was rooting for Ian and Jesse from the start, but didn't enjoy the turn the book took.

Annabelle Jacobs lives in the South West of England with three rowdy children, and two cats. An avid reader of fantasy herself for many years, Annabelle now spends her days writing her own stories. They're usually either fantasy or paranormal fiction, because she loves building worlds filled with magical creatures, and creating stories full of action and adventure. Her characters may have a tough time of it—fighting enemies and adversity—but they always find love in the end.

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