Review: Zoey Rogue by Lizzy Ford
I received a free review copy of this book for an honest review
With more heart than sense, fearless, beautiful Zoey has saved countless college-aged women from horrifying deaths at the hands of supernatural sadists. She may be a mere half-succubus in a society that views half-breeds with derision, but she still retains the highest rescue rate of any Hunter in the Sucubatti society.
As the calm, disciplined leader of the Incubatti Enforcers, Declan is the polar opposite of Zoey – and the sworn enemy of her society. Forced to rescue her one night, Declan realizes two things: he doesn’t need someone as wild and independent as Zoey in his life – and he can’t live without her.
In this world, there’s only one incubus for every sucubatti and Zoey and Declan are stuck with each other. They’re just as likely to kill each other as they are to yield to each other’s sex magic.
She has authority issues and drinks too much. He is the irresistibly sexy incubus pre-ordained to tame her. Neither can fight their intense attraction, and yet trusting each other is out of the question.
What happens when their worlds crash down around them?
Strike three. You’re mine.
** Recommended for ages 17+ due to sexual situations, language and mature subject matter **
What I thought:
This, too, features a headstrong, fierce and independent female lead. It's been a lot of those lately and I should probably read something different soon, but they're sooo good!
The reader is thrown in to a world of succubatti and incubatti and the fights and friction between them. What they are is never really explained any more than how they relate to each other, so unless you've heard of a succubus before you're a little out of the loop. According to Wikipedia it's, in folklore, a demon who seduces men, according to me it's a seductress. So basically the same thing.
There are two things bothers me throughout the book:
1. Basic Latin grammar says that the plural form of a singular noun ending with -us ends with -i. Hence, it should be succubi and incubi, not succubatti and incubbatti. Okay so most people don't know that, but I got scowled whenever I conjugated a verb wrongly during my Anatomy and Physiology course at college and after a while I got it right and it stuck, and still sticks with me. It took me a while to figure out what incubatti was referring to, and getting hung up on words disrupts my reading and focus on the rest of the book. Not something I'm really fond of.
2. Sex Magic? I mean, come on... It sounds so incredibly corny it's not even funny.
Okay, so these are small things but they are recurring things.
With that out of the way...
I can't put my finger on what it is about this book but it just didn't get me hooked. It was good, but nothing more than that. Even though I would have liked to see a little more authority in Declan, both he and Zoey are very likable characters. There's nothing particularly wrong with them. There is nothing particularly wrong with the pace or flow or writing either. There's nothing particularly wrong with anything really, there's just nothing brilliantly good about it.
I did like this book even though I've mostly pointed out my issues, and I'm really looking forward to the second book, Zoey Avenger! If you, like me, like a stubborn and fearless main character with a sharp tongue and a book with a lot of adrenaline and fighting, both with knives and words, I do really recommend this book!
About the author:
Lizzy Ford is the author of over seventeen novels written for young adult and adult paranormal romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling Rhyn Trilogy, Witchling Trilogy and the War of Gods series. Considered a freak of nature by her peers for the ability to write and release a commercial quality novel in under a month, Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring.
Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.
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