Wednesday, April 15, 2015

ARC Review: Deep Desire by Z.A. Maxfield

Deep Desire (Deep, #1)
From the blurb:
As the Indiana Jones of historical erotica, there is no document existing—or just rumored to exist—Adin Tredeger can’t unearth. Why he would risk the biggest coup of his career to join the mile-high club is beyond him. But the disarming, dark-eyed man who somehow enters Adin’s locked airplane washroom has him completely nude and coming apart. All without a whimper of protest.

From that moment, Adin and Donte Fedelta engage in an international battle of wit and cunning. The prize—a priceless, 500-year-old journal with illustrations so erotic it could make the Marquis de Sade blush.

Yet Donte’s desire for the journal goes far beyond simple possession. The undead nobleman wrote it. And he’s not above using every trick in his otherworldly arsenal—including seduction—to get it back.

Chemistry draws them together even as fortune tugs them apart. But when a third party joins the chase, they must unite to fight an enemy with a deadly goal—to erase Donte from history.

Heather's rating:

Dear Deep DesireThe M/F romance abusive men and your heroines that "love them anyway and keep coming back for more" called; they want their plot back.

I should probably give this book only 1 star, but something about it kept me reading so I guess I have to give it props for that much. Honestly though, I sort of hated this story.

Adin is a self-important art dealer who meets Donte, a centuries old vampire, on a plane. They have a quicky that may or may not be considered dub-con followed by some VERY dub-con-ish encounters. I'm going to put it right out there: Donte is an asshole. Not only does he assert over and over again that he is a predator and that Adin is simply prey to him, but he displays a pattern of neglect and manipulation that NO ONE is going to convince me is even close to love. Adin is a dishrag who trusts Donte, though he really shouldn't. It is abundantly apparent that Donte's first priority is his true love and long dead lover, Auselmo. Donte proves this time and time again throughout the story.

How this book can be considered a romance between Adin and Donte is beyond me.

While the vampire world is sort of cool, and I enjoyed meeting Adin's sister and friends, I didn't get the whole deal with the book. Why did everyone want it so badly? Just because it was Donte's? It was a bit bizarre.

All in all, I found the relationship between Donte and Adin to be abusive and far-fetched, and though the plot was exciting, nothing could really redeem the story for me.

**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**

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