Wednesday, June 22, 2016

ARC Review: Snare by Racheline Maltese & Erin McRae

When Elliot Iverson, a municipal employee responsible for paperwork pertaining to New York City's vampire population, knocks on the door of the Gramercy warren, he wants only to resolve a clerical error. But a sudden snowstorm, a new friendship, and an ill-advised threesome force Elliot to make some big choices about his own life and death.

Todd's rating:

This one never fully engaged me. I kept waiting, but it just didn't happen. The story was fine, but a bit short on actual feels.

The gist of the book is that 23 year old Eli is a paper pusher and recent transplant to NYC, where all of the vampires live. He shows up at a warren (vampire den) to have some paperwork signed, is accidentally bitten, then isn't allowed to leave, for his own safety, for an entire year. So he's a prisoner of circumstance, if you will.

At around 60 pages, there were nearly no details regarding the history of the vampires or how MC #2, Matthew, actually came to be a 'rabbit' in the warren to begin with and what his life was like before that point.

Then we have the head vampire, Richard, who is described as a man in middle age, broad-shouldered, but slightly thick around the gut. And "profoundly ordinary looking."

That description doesn't particularly inspire much attraction in my mind, so I never truly saw why two very attractive boys in their early twenties should be so smitten with this older, stern, pretty much " meh " man.

There were a few sexy scenes, but they were pretty watered down, with not quite enough details to feel provocative, if that's what you're looking for.

The story was also written in present tense, which felt sort of odd, but the writing was fine and well-edited.

As the story ended, it was 'heading' towards a long-term ménage situation of sorts, but without the deep character development, their relationship never quite got there for me. The ending was pretty much HFN'ish, in my opinion.

So this one came in at around 2.5 'profoundly ordinary' stars for me.

My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair, unbiased review.

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