Monday, December 8, 2014

2 out of 5: Holiday Abduction by Eve Langlais

Holiday Abduction 

By Eve Langlais

Published: December 2, 2014

Book Blurb:

Vhyl is determined to acquire a certain lost artifact, but when he lands on the forbidden barbarian planet known as Earth, he finds more than expected. An attractive human female is in possession of the priceless object, and she’s agreed to hand it over—for a price. 

Apparently she doesn’t know of his reputation…or doesn’t care.
Intrigued by her fearless nature—and her luscious cocoa skin—this acquisition expert can’t resist stealing a kiss. But before he can take more, his enemy arrives to stake a claim.

It seems Vhyl isn’t the only one interested in Jilly’s treasure—and Jilly herself. On the run not only from Earth forces but his enemies too, they must fight to survive and evade capture.

However, he can’t escape the effect the human has on him.

In the end, Vhyl has to make a choice—Jilly or the priceless treasure he came for?

Review by Phoenix Andrews, 2 out of 5

I wanted to like this book. I wanted to like it so much, I pre-ordered it on my Kindle. I've read all the other books in this Alien Abduction series so I knew to expect a little fluff, some sexy scenes, humor and adventure. 

Unfortunately when I sat down to read Holiday Abduction I felt like the characters were underdeveloped and the "plot" and action reminded me more of an old Wiley Coyote cartoon as opposed to a light romance. While the characters in other books within this series were consistently likable and strong with a bit of goofiness and arrogance thrown into the mix, that's not the case with Holiday Abduction.

The hero came off as a self-entitled, clueless jerk and to my mind never redeemed himself. Everything he did was to benefit himself, even saving the heroine was to assuage his own feelings. The heroine emitted a strangely apathetic personality which in turn made me apathetic toward her plight. Neither of main characters seemed to have any genuinely passionate feelings about anything other than the hero's obsession with treasure. I get the treasure angle after reading previous books in the series but this particular hero didn't have enough good qualities to override his thieving mercenary lifestyle. 

I would normally read a book of this length (142 pages) in a few short hours. Holiday Abduction didn't retain my attention so it took me a few days because I kept putting it down. I wasn't thinking about the characters at all once my kindle powered down. 

Have you ever had one of those caricature artists at a festival draw your portrait? The characters in this book reminded me of those county fair caricatures where a select few traits are blown out of proportion while the setting and bulk of the picture are left undone. 

Will this poor experience keep me from reading other Eve Langlais books? No, of course not. I didn't enjoy this particular book but I liked enough of her other works to keep me reading. 

Reviewer, Phoenix Andrew

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