Monday, July 21, 2014

Review: Complicated Creatures by Alexi Lawless

Book: Complicated Creatures (Part 1)
By: Alexi Lawless
Published: April 24, 2014
Published by: VIVRANT Press Publications

Description: What happens when curiosity becomes obsession? And when that obsession leads to an unstoppable journey you could never have imagined?

Luck is Jack Roman's middle name— and Chicago is his Empire. He lives to work, loves to play, and makes no commitments. But when the mysterious S. Wyatt moves into the adjoining penthouse, he's immediately drawn to her, a striking, elusive woman who transitions seamlessly from wood-paneled board rooms to high-stakes, high-risk rescue operations in the most dangerous parts of the world.

Intrigued by her self-possession, aroused by her incredible passion, and disarmed by a vulnerability she cannot hide, Jack pursues her into the nexus of her dangerous present and her enigmatic past. An entire world is revealed to Jack, where living for pleasure becomes fighting for survival. And the only woman he wants may be the one he cannot have...

COMPLICATED CREATURES is a mesmerizing, labyrinthine romantic suspense that will leave you wondering: Do you really want to know everything about the one you love?

My Thoughts: Complicated Creatures is a good story full of new beginnings, uncertainty, and hope.

Told in dual POV, CC follows Sam and Jack, two completely different people who wind up meeting and tearing each other’s worlds apart. Sam is a soldier/hero who constantly puts herself in danger to protect her clients. She’s totally badass, and keeps her feelings to herself. Jack, on the other hand, is a wealthy ladies man who is apparently no match for Sam’s allure, and is soon swept up into her life, and begging her to let him in.

I really liked this book. I loved seeing Sam and Jack interact, and loved seeing the passion they could have when they were together. I couldn’t get enough of the scenes of them together. Additionally, this book had tons of fight/combat scenes, which were awesome, and gave this book more of an action feel than just regular romance.

There’s a lot of back/side story in this book, and though interesting, it could sometimes take away from the plot. I just didn’t get enough Sam and Jack, and it left the book feeling as if it was missing something. Furthermore; this book is what I like to call a build up book. Everything is set up nice and neat, and slowly builds and builds and builds, but then as soon as you’re anticipating what will happen, it ends. Nothing is really resolved. Perhaps that’s the reason for the next book in this series, but I would have still liked a bit of resolution somewhere.  Hopefully in the next book I’ll be sated.

I give this one 3.5 stars. It was a great start, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but it was definitely missing that certain something that I just needed. I would recommend this to those who like romances that include badass women who tame their male counterparts and can beat the crap out of anyone she comes up against. 
This month, I was part of the Complicated Creatures Blog Tour. In celebration of the blog tour:

  • Complicated Creatures Part Two is due out in September. If people sign up to be part of the LAWLESS Ones here, they will receive Complicated Creatures 1.5, a novella, FREE.

  • For the stalkery type (like me) You can find Alexi here