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Quickie Book Review-Heartless by Gena Showalter

by | May 29, 2022 | Book Reviews | 1 comment

This review may contain spoilers, so fair warning, upon reading the review.

About The Book

Vengeance is irresistible…

Kaysar the Unhinged One, fae King of Midnight, can drive anyone to madness with his song. A ruthless warrior forged in hate, he lives to force his enemies to their knees. He will stop at nothing to succeed—even abduct and seduce his foe’s beloved bride, ensuring his own child one day sits on the male’s throne. Except, his prize escapes to the mortal realm before the first kiss, her heart transplanted into a mortal beauty with dangerous secrets…

Chantel “Cookie” Bardot is a professional gamer girl great at trash talking, bad at peopling. After a long awaited surgery, she begins to morph into a powerful fae princess. Catapulted into a strange land ruled by a cruel but seductive villain, she must battle flesh and blood monsters and navigate royal intrigues. But the true danger is Kaysar, whose every wicked touch tempts her beyond reason. Should she run…or descend into the darkness with him?

My Review

I wish that I could say that I loved this book but unfortunately, this book was not that great and I had so many high expectations. I had thought that one would be a kick-ass read but unfortunately, it was so lackluster and didn’t have the normal pizazz that I have come to expect from this author. I will be honest and say that the heroine In this book is completely batty. Like I thought she would be a good one at first, but the more she got involved in the world with Kaysar, the more unhinged and crazy she became and I just couldn’t relate with her because she was all over the place and there was no sense of consistency with her at all. Her character just didn’t make that much sense to me and she ruined the story for me. It might have been a solid four-star if the heroine was a bit more stable. And yeah I guess I can see why the author decided to write her like this but when the hero who is kinda crazy becomes the sane one at the end, it really showcases the heroine, and it’s not favorable. I am completely understanding why there are so many mixed reviews of this one on Goodreads, because while a review I trusted, just about everyone else just didn’t care for it. I have come to really respect this author’s writing, but this is the biggest disappointment that I have read from her so far and to be honest, it just makes me sad because I bought this in print expecting to love it that much but yeah I regret that now (and this is why I normally will wait and read the digital copy before buying physical books). This isn’t an awful read or anything. The plot is solid, the world-building is superb and I thought the hero was crazy but badass, I really enjoyed the fantastical world that we see. I would call this a fantasy romance with a mix of mythological fantasy (as it has a world similar to what you would see in video games and didn’t have an epic fantasy feel to me) and the plot was pretty solid but I will be honest the heroine is not going to make the story better at least for me. I am sure it will work for some, but I would read reviews before reading this one to see if these aspects will work for you or not.

Title: Heartless

Author: Gena Showalter

Genre: Mythological Fantasy Romance

Format: Paperack/eBook

Source: Owned

Length: 384 Pages

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Book Evaluation

Storytelling Quality: 3.5

Story Itself: 3

Character Development: 3

Writing Style: 3

World Building 4

Feels + The Romantic Heart 3

Pacing 4

Plot 4

Cover Art 4

Ending 3

Book Ratings

Overall Rating of the Book

Rating: 3 out of 5.

Steam Level

Simmering—soft warm touches and light intimacy

Warm- a medium level of sexual tension, a balance of sexual and emotional intimacy, lighter on the details in the sexual moments.

Steamin’ up the room -the sexual content is more explicit in the language and tone, heavier amount of sexual scenes.

Blazing fire to the building-The prime focus is the sex scenes, scorching hot, and could burn one. Less focus on the emotional intimacy to the relationship.

About The Author

Gena Showalter is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of over seventy books, including the acclaimed Lords of the Underworld series, the Gods of War series, the White Rabbit Chronicles, and the Forest of Good and Evil series. She writes sizzling paranormal romance, heartwarming contemporary romance, and unputdownable young adult novels, and lives in Oklahoma City with her family and menagerie of dogs and cats.

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