Sunday, May 17, 2015

Bridged by Love by Nancy Corrigan

2 "Just Didn't Do It for me" Stars

Back Cover Blurb -
Follow his head, he breaks her heart. Follow his heart… he breaks his pack.

From the moment he was born, Nic Kagan’s future was sealed. He’ll accept a mate, have kids, and eventually take over his father’s role as pack alpha. There’s just one problem.

Long ago, his heart settled on Riley, the pack’s human doctor and honorary member. Except only half of him can have her. The other half—his wolf—won’t give a weak non-shifter female a second sniff.

No one—human or shifter—has left a mark on Riley’s soul like Nic. But with his father hospitalized, any hope things could work out between them is slipping away. Yet Riley understands something else about pack life. Power isn’t always a physical gift; love is just as strong. What she and Nic have is worth fighting for.

With rival threats mounting, Nic realizes he can’t simply turn his back on Riley. Though his wolf could tear his heart out for it, he must fight for what he wants before he loses his mate. His pack. Maybe even his sanity.

Warning: Contains a reluctant alpha with only one roadblock between his heart and the woman he loves—biology. And a woman who isn’t giving up on him, even if it means risking her life to fool Mother Nature.

Where do I even start? I’m a sucker for a good shifter novel. If I could have my way, then my significant other would be a were-lion. This could be why I’m still single though, but hey….a girl can dream right?

Give me a blurb with a were-shifter in the mix and add a love story and I’m putty in your hands. 80% of having me love the book is already accomplished, all you have to do now is make it an interesting story with good writing and I’m a fan. I don’t ask for much, but it seems I asked for too much from this one and I was left terribly disappointed. After reading this, I didn’t want a were-anything in my life, especially not a wolf. I blame the likes of Ilona Andrews (who can even make me lust after a were-hyena for goodness sake), Laura K. Hamilton in her earlier novels and Patricia Briggs – all of whom (noted but not excluded to) have made me a were-lover. I think if you are going to jump on the Urban Fantasy/Paranormal author train, you need to read what others have delivered and either go as big (if not bigger) or go home.

As I have ALWAYS said with books that I give less than stellar ratings to, this in no way reflects my feelings toward the author. Writing a book is hard work, emotional and often times personal and I’m merely just one voice in the crowd of millions that will read and review this book, it just so happens that my review on this one isn’t glowing. It will not stop me from reading any future titles from this author and I hope that readers will read this one and judge it for themselves, but in the business of reading and reviewing books, I need to be honest and tell it how I feel it.

I didn’t immediately start off disliking this book, it was actually toward about the 60% mark that I found myself really done with the plot and storyline and ready to just get to the end and mark it off as a read book. Contrary to popular belief, throwing a bunch of intense humping and hot guys into a book is not going to make me like it. I do want some substance and a main heroine that I can cheer for. This book gave me a lot of the former and a lot less of the later and try as I might to enjoy it, I just didn’t.

By the end, I really didn’t like our main character, she was just too selfish and annoying, it really bothered me and the side cast of characters….I could have done without the lot of them and the additional questions/drama they brought with their appearance. The story itself was appealing, but the execution and everything else is what failed in my opinion. I don’t know if maybe a better editor would have made a difference, but I know it wouldn’t have hurt. Some of inconsistencies within the story and character actions bugged me and if those details had been resolved before my reading this; that might have made all the difference in the world.

Overall, no, this is not a book I recommend, there are just so many better ones out there to be read. I will always try to point out the good in a book though before I end my reviews and the good in this, Ms. Corrigan does offer an interesting take on the were/shifter theory.  It wasn't one that I had read before and with all the were/shifter books out there, that is pretty impressive.

Happy reading, until next time book nerds…
I would like to thank NetGalley and Samhain Publishing for the ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.


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