DNF Review – Lure of the Wicked by Karina Cooper

Publisher: Avon
Publish Date: Out Now
How I got this book: NetGalley
Naomi West was plucked from one prison and placed undercover in another: the gilded cage that is Timeless, New Seattle’s premier spa and resort, where owner Phinneas Clarke—the most seductive man Naomi has ever met—may be hiding a killer. She’s an agent of the Holy Order, trained to hunt the guilty and render justice. But while she’s tracking down a rogue agent on a killing spree, Phin is determined to uncover her most damning—and dangerous—secrets. Whatever the cost.
*Blurb from Goodreads*

When I first read Cooper’s Before the Witches (Review here), her short novella that introduces us to the world she created in the Dark Mission series, I thought I would be hooked. I really enjoyed the way she set up the world, and everything sounded so intriguing…

Well I missed the first full length novel in the series, Blood of the Wicked, and picked up Lure of the Wicked through NetGalley. I figured it wouldn’t be a problem since the books seem to be about different heroes and heroines.

Let me start by saying I only made it about 40% of the way through the book. I found that I had a difficult time keeping track of what exactly was going on, wasn’t really able to relate to the characters, and at times I felt like a pinball machine; bouncing to and fro.

While Naomi seemed to be a very fierce and kick ass character, she was also hard to relate to and understand. Whenever she was first and foremost in the scene, things were jumbled, convoluted and confusing. I found myself frequently going back and re-reading passages to try and figure out what I was missing, and being unable to do so. While Phin was a little bit better, I felt like many of his actions and reactions came from left field. One moment he is watching Naomi work out and the next he’s giving her an orgasm against a punching bag. O_o  While the scene was super hot, I was left a little cold in that the emotions weren’t there.

While the blurb of the book pulled me in as far as the suspense went, it almost seemed as if there was too much going on. Too many sub plots, too many turns and not enough answers. While I didn’t expect anything to be resolved within the first 40% of the story, I also expected to move that part of the plot a lot further than it had.

Unfortunately I just didn’t get into this book, couldn’t seem to get into it enough to continue on, even though I wanted to enjoy it. I’ve read some really good reviews for this book, so maybe it’s just me?   Other Reviews If you read this book let me know your thoughts!


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4 thoughts on “DNF Review – Lure of the Wicked by Karina Cooper”

  1. I did read Blood of the Wicked and it left me cold. Like you, I really enjoyed Before the Witches, so I was really bummed out when the first book didn’t measure up. I ended up liking Lure of the Wicked much more than BotW. I know part of my issue with the first book was in the world-building… and we got past by the time we got to book 2. The female lead, Naomi, was introduced in BotW, and I enjoyed learning her backstory here. And I really enjoyed the sexual element with her & Phin. (There was one particular scene toward the end of Ch13 that I read more than once…)

    Sorry this one didn’t work for you….

    Jen at Red Hot Books

  2. @Jen – I’m glad this one worked for you. I might have to go sneak a peak at Chapter 13! RAWR 🙂

    @blodeuedd – There is nothing I hate more than doing DNF reviews, and stopping a book at mid-point. Prat of me feels like I let the author down as well, and I hate that!! But like you said, it’s life…

  3. Well, it worked for me, in fact the novella and both books did. So thanx for giving me something new to enjoy. And really, for me anyway, both Silas & Phin–wowza!!

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