I’ve been in a book slump for the past 3-4 days. I’ve started and couldn’t finish 3 books and I feel like I’ve become even more demanding as a reader. Then I got Infraction and I just knew this would be the one to break the slump. I’d read and enjoyed Book #1, Breach, so this was to be a sure thing.
Infraction begins right where Breach left off. Lila awakes in hospital after her accident to find a frantic Nathan. He’s of course terrified that she won’t make it but if she does, it’s time to tell her all about him.
While in book #1 we got to know Lila’s past, in this one we find out Nathan’s. Both with such fractured pasts and if they are to be together, they have to heal first. So while in Breach we got steamy scene after steamy scene, in Infraction we got their story, their growth and it was an emotional one. Both have to move past the barriers they’ve erected, to trust each other, if they are to be together.
So I mentioned that I’m becoming more of a demanding reader, if those are the words to describe me. We could also use ‘impatient’ 🙂 I’m just not sure what’s happened. Three months ago I probably would have loved this book, but this time it felt… not new. Please note that while I try to be as objective as possible in my reviews… I’m rarely ever so. I mean which bloggers truly are? I try to say what I felt about a book, and hope that readers understand that while this did not work for me, it might work for them. In fact there’re a lot of 5 star reviews for this one…
So why didn’t it work for me? I feel as if the author completely changed direction with this one. I do understand that characters have to grow emotionally, which is what they did. But I loved Breach so much because the steamy scenes were just incredible. Infraction on the other hand had very few, in fact by 54%, there were still no steamy scenes. Yes, I’ll admit, I wanted the steamy scenes! The angst in Infraction was just a bit too much for me. I understood it and it sometimes touched me, that’s why I finished the book. But all that sexual chemistry that I loved in Breach was mostly missing. In its place, an emotional story that many might love. I just found myself not as invested in their story. Maybe I’m swimming in the shallow pool
All in all, while I’m impartial to Lila’s character, I still loved Nathan. They kept joking that he’d had a lobotomy. Yes, he became more emotional, more possessive.
“Is it wrong I hate seeing another man touching you? Is it wrong for me to want to protect what’s mine? I love you, and I don’t want to lose you. What do I have to do to make you understand?”
I did love this new Nathan. But I missed the dirty talking Nathan. Though not as much as in Breach, he was still there…
“Your moans are mine, your orgasms are mine, your body is mine, ” he said through clenched teeth. “You are fucking mine!”
Ah… mine 🙂
So, in conclusion, they grow emotionally, they change as people and they connect in a much deeper sense. Sex is now not the only thing that connects them. The steamy scenes we loved in Breach are much less in Infraction but still there. It is well written and edited and it felt to me as if the series came to an end i.e. no cliffhanger. A quick check shows a third book is in the works though…
Amazon Buy Link – To be added when the book goes live on 3rd September
Finally I’d like to thank the author for providing this ARC for my review.