Review – Adam by Jacquelyn Frank

Publisher: Kensington Books
Publish Date: Out Now
How I got this book: From the Publisher
Haunted by magic, beset by evil, the Nightwalkers face their darkest hour yet. And when they unthinkable happens, only one legendary male has the power,
the will, to save them: Adam….
From their first tantalizing touch, Jasmine knows he is different. What other lover could unlock her tight control, flood Vampire senses jaded by a lifetime of decadent self indulgence? Centuries ago, when he disappeared without a trace, she had given up hope of ever fulfilling the promise of incomparable passion. But here he is, against the very laws of nature, ready to bring down their most vicious enemy, ready to bring her blood to the boiling point…. If she will only let him.

This blurb came from the author’s website HERE.

Adam is the 6th book of Ms Frank’s Nightwalkers series. I started this series with the publication of Jacob, book 1. After I finished reading I started haunting bookstores eagerly waiting for the next one. When I finished Noah, book 5, and Ms Frank started publishing books in other series set in the same world I thought she was finished with the Nightwalkers and I moved onto read other things. When I found Ms Frank was publishing another book in the Nightwalkers series I was really excited. I was even more excited when we were offered a chance to review it.

While reading Adam I actually put the book down a couple of times and wondered if I was going to be able to finish it because Ms Frank had used a plot element that I have associated with bad reading experiences. During my pauses I thought about a theme I heard several times during TusCon 38 which was that a successful author won’t put a scene, an event, or even kill a character for no reason. I also reminded myself that I had read and enjoyed Ms Frank’s works before so I decided I would make sure I followed where the book was going. Not only did I learn that I am far more likely to give an author I have previously enjoyed the benefit of a plot element I usually dislike but I also got to see how it could be extremely skillfully handled. I apologize for my vagueness about what the element was but it is extremely spoilorific.

Ms Frank effectively used the hero and heroine in Adam to bridge the three-year real world gap between Noah and this release. While I think I probably missed a few subtle things because I did not have a chance to go back and re-read the rest of the Nightwalker series enough of the back-story was provided to jog my memory. I do not recommend starting the series with this book because Adam brings closure to certain elements of the story arc that were established in the earlier novels. I did not get the feel that this was the last book for this world since I noticed several things were left unresolved and hints were provided on potential future events. Ms Frank also introduced a rather interesting female character that I hope I get to see more of in the future.

Looking back over this review I noticed that I haven’t really talked about the hero and heroine. I didn’t really connect with either of them but I enjoyed their encounters with each other and how Ms Frank built their relationship from instant resisted lust into partners for life. I was more interested in finding out what was going on in the overall world then I was invested in the primary relationship. I don’t know if this was due to my distraction from the earlier plot element or if I was so heavily invested in the lives of those I had spent quality time with in previous novels. Regardless once I reminded myself to trust the author, my previous enjoyment of her skill, and slipped back into the Nightwalker world it was an enjoyable read.

I give Adam a C+

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2 thoughts on “Review – Adam by Jacquelyn Frank”

  1. Great review! I had the same problem that you had through the first 4 chapters of the book. After the prologue, I didn’t know if I was realyl interested in reading the rest. Lol. But I’m glad I did and wasn’t able to put the book down. One of the things I mentioned was that I felt the book could have benefited from being longer, to give the readers a chance to better connect with Adam. It felt rushed to me, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless.

  2. @Jessica I am glad to know I wasn’t the only person with that problem. I like your point about a longer book would have allowed more of a connection with Adam. We had see his heroine in several of the previous books so she wasn’t a complete stranger.

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