Monday 8 August 2016

Book Review: Beautifully Burned (Dreamcaster #2) by C.J. Burright

Title: Beautifully Burned (Dreamcasters #2)
Author: C.J. Burright

Publisher: Ravenrock Publishing
Publication Date: August 2016
Pages: 274
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley

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Grandma warned me to resist him.

I know what he is. Even if he doesn't sparkle in the sun, hiss at holy water, or go by the traditional name of vampire, I know.

He doesn't want or need my blood. He wants my dreams...more specifically, my nightmares. And I've got oodles of those, so many they leak.

He's emotionally scarred, growly, dangerous, and kindles all my senses. Love isn't on his agenda. Having him for a guardian isn't on my list of fun, either. My touch sends him into darkness.

I shouldn't want him.

I can't want him.

But I do.

If I surrender instead of escape, I'll lose everything--my sister, my will, my life. Gran forgot to tell me the most important detail of all: how am I supposed to resist him when he's everything I've ever dreamed of?
(Goodreads Synopsis)

I came to Beautifully Burned straight after reading the first book in the series. In some ways I liked this one more because Dax is a far pleasanter character than Lydon, so I felt a greater connection to his story and his motivations. However, the whole claiming/mine/insta-love idea still permeated, and that always grates on me. One other thing that made me twitch in this one was the excessive use of epithets. They were in the last book a bit too, but here they littered the prose on nearly every page. When we know a character's name, why not use it? Or a pronoun. The constant "the dreamcaster", "the boy", "the teenager" etc. is truly awful and pulled me out of the story every time since it made my inner editor want to reach for a red pen.

That said, the idea for this series is still original and fresh, which is why it gets three stars from me despite the problems with the prose and all the insta-love; and if you like your men to be real alpha-types, then you'll probably enjoy these books.

One final thought to finish: why do the cover models (the women in particular) look nothing like the characters as described in the books? 

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