Saturday, July 13, 2013

Review: Lost in Shadow (Shadow Walker #1) by Cynthia Luhrs


Release Date: March 26, 2013
Publisher: Cynthia Luhrs
Source: Netgalley
Author Links: Goodreads |Website | Facebook

A relaxing vacation to Scotland turns deadly when a chance encounter with a mysterious stranger leads to murder. Shocked when she witnesses a man commit murder before disappearing in front of her eyes, Emily learns she possesses an extraordinary ability allowing her to interact with ghosts.

Unwittingly drawn into shadow when she intervenes to help Colin, igniting the ancient warrior’s long-buried desires, she unleashes a terrible curse. Now with only a week to break the curse, time is running out as they are locked in a deadly fight with forces that will stop at nothing to destroy them before they succeed. Intensely romantic and thrilling, Lost in Shadow portrays the struggle between redemption, retribution and the desire to find a love that transcends time.


Ehhhhhhhh.
Ok, what we have here is a self-published title, and I hate to be the asshole who slams those kind of books. It takes guts to put your hard work out there for the world to see, and without a professional team behind you, there's a lot of things that can go wrong. So what I'm going to do is make this review short and...well, not sweet. But it will be short, because I feel like a big enough jerk already.

Lost in Shadows is...no. 
Amazon has the paperback edition listed at $8.99, and the Kindle edition a t $3.99. So, this is not a super-cheap freebie book.
Just...no.
There are technical issues, like jumping from one character's introspective thoughts to a fight scene in a different realm with no warning whatsoever. This is probably a product of being self-published, so I won't dwell on it.
The plot is a bit convoluted. There's just too much random stuff  with too many characters that aren't important to the plot.
The dialogue is cheesy, and the love scenes are nothing to write home about. Although, there are only so many ways to say, He pinched my titties and I liked it!, so that's low on my list of complaints.

I'm going to give you two examples of the things that happened in this book, and then I'm done.

For this one, you need to know that he's been in a fight and is slashed all to hell. She's squeamish about blood, but is sewing him up with a needle and thread. Don't ask me why a doctor wasn't called in to do this. 

It was harder than it looked. It was difficult to go through skin, not to mention the needle made a popping noise as it entered the skin. She could hear the thread making that squicking sound as it pulled through the skin, tissue, and blood.

And then they start making googly eyes at each other...

His groin tightened , he shifted to ease it, Gods, he burned for her.

M'kay. That's just gross. I get that guys think about sex all the time, but I'm willing to bet that getting sewn up on a table (without anesthesia) after getting knifed would be the exception to that rule.

For this one you need to know that they were attacked by bad guys on the way to his castle. The weather is horrible and it won't stop snowing. He killed the guys, took off his clothes, and pushed their car (with his bloody clothes and the bad guys inside) off a cliff, so that the evidence of the fight would go up in a fiery explosion. Also, they have a flat tire.
Wait for it, wait for it...

Colin quickly replaced the flat, slipping in the snow, cursing as he worked. Finished, he opened the trunk, pulling on a change of clothes.

Why in God's name wouldn't he put his clothes on first?! I've seen my husband squat down to change a flat, and it wouldn't be pretty if he attempted to do it naked. Much less in the freaking snow! Hello? I don't care how Immortal a guy is, a frozen nut sack is a frozen nut sack. 

Ok, I'm done.


2 comments:

Jodie Gore said...

ha ha love it! not that you had to write a bad review but the frozen nut sack lol. I agree a man doesn't want a woman to see the result of naked man and snow. lol. good review

Antonietta Scrofani said...

Great review!! too funny =)
Nette

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