Diamond in the Rough by Skye Warren
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Warren is a great plotter and story teller. Would I read another Warren title? Yes, and I plan to very soon.
However, my first read by Skye Warren, Diamond in the Rough was definitely a diamond in the rough. Yes, the story was good...lots of twists and turns. A great plot. An alpha. BUT the good things were accompanied by some less-than-stellar moments like:
1. Holland was kidnapped and held against her will. She's frightened, dehydrated and injured. HOWEVER, only the friction from Elijah's knee caused her to...
2. Elijah was injured, dehydrated...bounced from life to death for days, yet after he and Holland escaped into the woods, he was able to...
3. The situation with the diamonds deserved more clarity. Ugh. Who had the diamonds? Oh no, they weren't missing--Elijah hid them. No, London had them. Okay, so maybe I'm the DUMBEST reader in the whole universe, but the bouncing around of information on the diamonds' whereabouts was frustrating. Come on, Skye Warren, stop with the confusing curve balls and just tell us who has them.
4. Also, it wasn't clear as to why Adam kidnapped Holland. Maybe to hold her as collateral for London? Because Adam knew Elijah had the hots for Holland years before? The fact that London's sister ends up in a cell with Elijah after meeting him years before was too much of a coincidence for me, but whatever...
I really appreciated the fact that the love scenes weren't over done...too graphic or continue for ten pages. I like dark romance...a love that blossoms out of an imperfect situation. Loved the alpha in Elijah. Loved the mystery. As far as the unfinished pieces of the puzzle, well, I think I understand that's part of the way the story is weaved, but I felt like information on London and her role in the diamonds were too scattered--not clear cut. This was the reason I couldn't give this story a five star rating.
As for the heroine, Holland wasn't unlikable but I prefer characters who aren't from privileged backgrounds. I find it tough to sympathize with their plights.
At this point, the story is so unfinished that I feel as if I can't give a detailed review on this first book. I'm certain book 2 is in the makings, but I have no idea when it'll be available. Ugh...this is such an agitation. I sure hope book 2 doesn't come out way after I've forgotten the characters and the plot.
Received an ARC from a tour company for a voluntary review.
Diamond in the Rough
Publication date: July 7th 2020
Genres: Adult, Romance
I’m on my way to meet my birth parents when it happens. A white van. A dark hood. Every woman’s worst nightmare. Now I’m trapped in an abandoned building. The man who took me says I won’t be hurt. The man in the cell next to me says that’s a lie. I’ll fight with every ounce of strength, but there are secrets in these walls. I’ll need every single one of them to survive.
DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH is a new dark romance from New York Times bestselling author Skye Warren. Finding yourself has never been so dangerous…
Skye Warren is the New York Times bestselling author of dangerous romance. Her new book ESCORT is out now!
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“Hypnotically romantic…this book reads like a sensual dream and I didn’t want to wake up.” – Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author
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