Saturday, January 10, 2015

4 Out of 5: 3013 MENDED by Kali Argent

3013: MENDED (The Series Book #6)

By Kali Argent

Published: January 2, 2015

Book Blurb:
A scroll with exceptional abilities, Camille Brighton lived a life of wealth and privilege until tragedy changed everything. The gifts that had once made her special are suddenly a curse to be feared, and she finds herself a captive in her own home with a world of possibilities just beyond her reach. When the demons of her past return, though, forcing her to flee to the outer rim of Alliance territory, she soon realizes freedom isn't exactly the adventure she'd thought it would be.

Running from his own past on Helix, Tariq Navarra has spent the last nine years as a mechanical engineer on Beta Station 4. Life has proven the only person he can depend on is himself, and he's built an impenetrable wall around his heart, wearing suspicion and distrust like a second skin. Then a slip of a woman carrying the scent of fresh rain and lavender turns his world upside down with just a smile. He's never wanted anything or anyone more, and he'll go to the ends of the universe to keep Cami safe. With danger lurking at every turn, he may just be forced to prove it--even if that means protecting the angel from himself.

Betrayal left them broken. Can love see them mended?

Review by Phoenix Andrews, 4 out of 5
3013: MENDED by Kali Argent

The strange thing about this series is each book is written by a different author. Normally, I steer clear of this kind of thing because I don't like how different the writing style and "voice" are from book to book and author to author. I haven't found this to be the case with "The Series". Either these authors have a hive mind reminiscent of the Borg from Star Trek or there is a great deal of communication and critique happening between the group for each book, which is wonderful. 

MENDED started with a bang and moved along at a fast pace. The resolution and identity of the villain wasn't glaringly obvious throughout the story as seems to be the case with a lot of erotic romance where plot sometimes gets the back burner. I was wrong about the villain right up until the last few chapters which I really enjoyed. It's nice to be surprised when the surprise makes sense to the plot. 

The romance was great. I loved the Hero. He's the kind of man you want to hug and protect but he's perfectly capable of protecting himself and anyone else. He's the right amounts of vulnerable and alpha to make a great book boyfriend. 

My only complaint is the young age and innocence of the heroines in this and the previous books. I get that most of these "scrolls" are sheltered their entire lives but I think they could be sheltered and somehow world-weary. I feel like the heroines would need to be more mature to navigate the situations presented in the books. The Heroes are also much older than the heroines and that's not a plot point I enjoy.

I like the simplicity of the cover of MENDED. It's intriguing and congruent with the genre without being porn. 

I'm very much looking forward to reading the next book in this series. 

Reviewer, Phoenix Andrews

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