Thursday, July 19, 2018

Don't Cheat Me (Nora Jacobs #2) Review

Don't Cheat Me (Nora Jacobs #2)
By: Jackie May

One month after Nora’s violent induction to the dangerous supernatural side of Detroit, she’s finally settling into her new life as the underworld’s token human. All she wants to do is mind her own business, enjoy her new friends, and stay safe. But that’s easier said than done when she’s such an enigma to everyone around her.

Thanks to her unique psychic abilities, she’s garnered a reputation for being mysterious and powerful. When the alpha of a local werewolf pack asks her to help him figure out who is stealing from him, she can’t say no, even though getting involved in pack business could have deadly repercussions.

While tangled up in a heap of werewolf troubles, Nora can’t quite shake her old vampire problem, either. Henry is practically stalking her, Parker is breaking down the walls around her heart, and Nora’s blatant fear of the blood-sucking monsters is a delicious temptation for the natural predators.

Nora’s succubus friend, Cecile, believes throwing her a “coming out” party into underworld society is the best way to solve all of her problems, but Nora disagrees. If the vampires and werewolves don’t kill her, Cecile’s party planning definitely will.

This is book 2 in the Nora Jacobs series and should be read after book 1. It is a slow burn reverse harem series.

If you've read my reviews before you know that the hardest book to read in any series for me is the second one. Sequels always seem to be a little lackluster in any good series because the first book has built up such high standards in the mind of the reader that any author would have trouble achieving the same level of excellence the second time around. Unfortunately this book falls into the same pattern of not quite reaching the level of the first book for me.

I felt that the story line very much echoed the first book in the sense that Nora used her powers in a detective sort of way to solve a mystery and became the victim of the book's villain. Sure, we got to meet some new characters along the way but using the same plot for the second book that the author used in the first made the book dull and predictable in a number of places. 

Some of what I did enjoy was how immersed we get to be in the werewolf lore in this story. Never before have I found werewolves quite as sexy as I did in this novel. That being said, my new favorite character in this series is Rook and I'm totally pulling for a relationship between him and Nora, if and when we find out that normal relationships are even possible for her.

Nora's powers definitely grow quite a bit during the events in this book and she becomes more aware of what she is capable of as her boundaries are stretched beyond what she is accustomed to. I have to say when we finally find out what she is at the end of the book, I was surprised. I did not see that one coming. Unfortunately, as the reveal comes at the end we will have to wait to find out what it all means for her in the next installment in the series (I'm not sure when exactly it's being released). 

I was frustrated with Nora's developing relationships with Parker, Olliver and Rook in Don't Cheat Me. The first book was very much about how hesitant and untrusting Nora was around men and all of a sudden she's kissing men, holding their hands, contemplating relationships with them and generally leading them all on. And she knew it. It didn't fit very well with the character that the author had created in the first novel. Also, I probably hated it so much because I really want her to be with Rook. 

While there were many more things in this novel that I did not particularly care for I am still psyched to read the next installment in the series because no matter what the conflict or who the villain, I am genuinely interested and invested in the characters. I am excited to see what happens with them all next.

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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