Title: Flying Through Fire
Author: Nina Croft
Series: Dark Desires #6
Genre: Sci-Fi Romance
DNF @ 38%
Winged monsters have been seen in the skies, and a pestilence follows in their wake, threatening the very survival of mankind. Only the crew of the Blood Hunter knows where they come from, and only one man has the power to send them back—Thorne, a human/dragon hybrid in possession of mental powers beyond comprehension.
Candace Decker doesn’t need anyone to look after her—she’s a badass werewolf more than capable of protecting herself and those she loves. All the same, she’s always been drawn to Thorne’s strength. In an uncertain world, he’s the one man who makes her feel safe. And what Candy wants, she usually gets.
But while Candy is tenacious, Thorne’s willpower has been honed over ten thousand years. He might want her, but the last thing he needs is an infatuation with a young, impetuous werewolf. Candy makes him lose control, and that could have disastrous consequences.
As the threat escalates and they become separated by time and space, Candy must find a way back to him, because while Thorne alone has the power to defeat the dragons, only together can they finally bring peace to the universe.
Beware, SPOILERS below!
Source: Review copy from Entangled: Select Otherworld
I was sent a copy of this book by mistake, but even though it’s the last in the series, I thought it sounded intriguing enough to try. Especially as I’ve enjoyed contemporary books from this author before.
Although, having said that, my problems with this book had nothing to do with it being the last of six. In fact, even though I knew nothing about this universe before going in, it does a really good job of explaining things just enough for me to understand, without recapping everything that ever happened. From that point of view, this is good.
I liked Thorne too. And that’s where it all went wrong for me. Thorne has been looking after his people for ten thousand years, he’s been their leader and the one they look to for salvation. So funnily enough he feels loyal and duty bound to them.
But everyone else seems to think this makes him boring and is something to be sneered at. That really pissed me off.
Then there’s Candy. Wow, just wow. What a brat! Selfish and immature, throwing tantrums and pouting when she doesn’t get her way. Considering she’s been looking after herself and her sickly twin brother since they were twelve, she acts like such a petulant teenager. Thorne is boring because he actually cares for his people and wants to go home, rather than bumming around the universe with her, having “adventures”.
This was bad enough, but her complete lack of compassion is what killed this book for me. Thorne’s people are slaughtered and he reacts by withdrawing utterly. Candy doesn’t like this, because (1) he should just get over it already and (2) now he can stay with her. Win! There is a twitch of guilt, but it’s not convincing. She’s happy they’re all dead, because – as I may have mentioned – she’s selfish. She says she can’t mourn the world, okay, she didn’t know any of them so all right, but she doesn’t even mourn the friends she supposedly had on the other planet that got wiped, and she doesn’t even attempt to understand why Thorne might not be taking this news well. Because now he gets her, which is all he should ever want, the idiot!
If I was Thorne I’d have flown away – since apparently he can survive in space (so why didn’t he just fly away!) – and left them all to die. Especially as some of the others on the crew are just as bad as Candy in the compassion and understanding stakes. I honestly cannot see what anyone would see in her, but especially not someone who has lived so long and presumably seen a whole lot of things.
So safe to say, this book didn’t really work for me. I put it down overnight and have absolutely no wish to pick it up again. I guess I should have left this one well alone.
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