Sunday, April 21, 2013

Review: Elder and the Youngest (Unmated at Midnight #5) by Joyee Flynn

Elder and the Youngest (Unmated at Midnight #5)Elder and the Youngest by Joyee Flynn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars


I am flabbergasted and disappointed. This is not how it started out though. Up till 70+%, I had this rated a 4 of 5 stars, then it just nose-dived and exploded.

The Blurb:

[Siren Classic ManLove: Erotic Alternative Paranormal Romance, M/M, shape-shifters, public exhibition, sex toys, HEA]

When the vampires come after Lachlan, his father sends him to America, but that still puts Lachlan in a precarious situation… One that he doesn’t want his family dying over to try to save him from. So when the stunning rhino shifter makes him an offer that would keep everyone safe, he has to take it.

Even if it means using himself as the bargaining chip and being mated to an elder.

Percival was already trying to help, but when he sees the youngest McMurray, he figures out how to get the authority he needs over the vampires and snag the most gorgeous man he’s ever met. Now if he could just figure out what Lachlan wants before driving them both crazy.

But when Lachlan realizes it’s not a partner that Percival wants, but an uncomplicated, permanent boy toy, can he deal with that and be what his mate desires?

Note: This book is written in first-person point of view.

Before I begin my review, all readers should be warned that there is an MFM scene here. So for those of you who are not into that sort of thing, don't say you haven't been warned!

Ok, now, why did I rate this a 4 only to drop to 2?

The moment I first opened the book and started reading, it was at the back of my mind the message exchange I had with ~♥ Elle ♥~, thinking that all the time she was wrong. Well, there goes that thought!

The first part was great. I actually enjoyed the misunderstandings as this is a given with this sort of plot. I was expecting the exchange of disappointments, etc. as it is quite common with this series.

Then, I got to 70+% where Lachlan walks into a scene that will ultimately involve public exhibitionism and the MFM scene I warned readers about.

Ok, to be clear, public exhibitionism scenes are not my cup of tea, be it Earl Grey or chamomile. In this case, I fixed myself some chamomile but it failed to work. My stomach still turned. So sorry folks, from thereon forward, nothing could resuscitate or revive the book for me. I really did not mind the MFM either, it was a fleeting scene, not worth to mention really, so no biggie. But then, the public exhibitionism did not stop at that one chapter or scene, it went on to evolve into more exhibitionism. In the end, I fast forwarded the pages until the very end, did not bother, did not ever get back to my enjoyment of the first 70%.

So, if there is a way to rate a book in terms of parts, I would do it this way: 0%-70% = 4 stars; 70+%-End = 2 stars.

Why?

To be honest, the sword fight scene that many thought were "bad ass" and where Lachlan suddenly becomes a superhero, it did not quite work out. I felt that it was sort of inserted in at the last minute as there was no clue, no back-story, no nada nada nada - and those who know me know that I love my character and plot developments.

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