Honestly, I m surprised I finished this book The first time the heroine meet one of the Kingson pride, he called her stupid within five minutes of meeting her Descriptions are inconsistent the first chapter is full of them overly flowery and heavy handed, while in later chapters, characters are described as punk as fuck Not being into the punk scene myself, I have no idea what, exactly, that is supposed to entail There are also editing problems with this edition occasionally the tense switches from past to present within a sentence or paragraph, or words are missing from sentences. I m working on a big project with a deadline so of course, in true me fashion, I was procrastinating as hard as I possibly could If anyone asks I was researching when I stumbled upon Wild Pride by Kristen Banet, a first time author Forewarned of editing issues but also intrigued by the reviews stating there is actually a decent story in there, I decided that my research should include a detour into Wild Pride.I ll start by acknowledging the elephant in the room I can t tell you the editing sucks because there obviously was none Nada Zip With grammar errors, spelling issues, and even missing words, I d find it hard to believe anyone even read this over at all much less ran a spell check on it Not being perfect myself, I m not one of those grammar police types and have no problem looking over small editing issues if the story is not lost in the telling, but this went way beyond that It was bad and I wouldn t blame anyone for a dnf or a 1 star based on presentation alone.The good news is buried way down deep underneath all those errors is a decent little story We are introduced to an interesting little town with some even interesting characters in it It s got a dash of mystery, suspense, some action, and lots of chemistry to spice things up.I liked the heroine She s had a tough life where nothing went her way until fate landed her in this tiny little town On the run from an abusive boyfriend she s making it as best she can It s a reverse harem story so we have not one but five hot sexy shifters as the heroes, each with unique personalities that made you want to know about them I do wish we d gotten deeper into the heroes early lives and their family issues, but as this is an ongoing series based around the same characters, I have a feeling that s going to come.I did like that this was a surprisingly slow burn for a MMMMMF book I actually liked the fact she didn t immediately jump into the sack with the five of them, either all together or separate They had to work at it, gain her trust and then gain her affections I actually found this odd since she didn t have a problem with her sexuality and it was known she had the occasional one night stand with tourists who passed through I chalked that up to her knowing this would actually mean something if it happened.What bothered me was that towards the end I felt the author lost her nerve a bit with the whole reverse harem aspect There was some playing around one on one, and two on one, and eventually there was some actual sex between Riley and Brenton, the alpha of the pride, but we were told and not shown most of the good stuff with the rest of the group This was disappointing.Besides the lack of editing and the misstep with the steamy stuff, there were some plot holes but nothing that sent me into full on frustration mode In the end, I was invested enough in the characters despite the issues that I m looking forward to the release of the next one in the series I m just hoping that the author invests in a good editor, or at the very least runs a spell check and engages a beta reader before she hits publish.Rating 3.5 Good Editors Are Worth Their Weight In Gold Stars Now that was a great RH book I enjoyed everything about this book The h was adorable, what I enjoyed about her the most was her common sense She didn t assume things and she was strong willed.I loved all her guys and the way they were with not only her but also the dynamics they had with each other Definitely worth a read.. It was ok, there are some words missing though I still don t know if I like the h or not For the guys I didn t feel the romantic feelings However, the author really knows how to write a hot scene. Alternate Cover Edition Of ASIN BDNRLSS This Is A Reverse Harem Series With Graphic Scenes, Mature Language, And Mature Themes Suitable For Ages Full Length Novel Of , Words Twenty Three Year Old Riley Stern Has Lived In Wild Junction For Two Years Living A Mediocre Life That She Was Content With Just Content It Was Nothing Special And She Was Alright With That But She Desperately Wanted Then Five Locals Move Back Into Town After Disappearing A Decade Before, The Boys Of The Kingson Estate And They Have Reputations That Riley Should Want To Avoid They Are Sexy And Powerful In Ways That Draws Her To Them Like A Moth To A Flame Then They Tell Her She S Only Half Human And Make Her An Offer She Doesn T Want To Refuse Join The Pride And Become Part Of The Family And Learn Everything About What She Is Too Bad Her Body Wants Much Then To Become Part Of The Family And So Do Theirs Too Bad That There Is Much To This Deal Then Meets The Eye And She Doesn T Even Know It The Kingson Pride, Infamous Due To Their Youth And Ruthlessness Brenton Kingson, Zachary Woods, Andrew Hicks, Troy And Gabe Walker Five Of The Richest, Most Successful, And Bitter Feline Shifters That Walk The Earth They Just Wanted To Go Home To Wild Junction After A Decade Of Building Their Reputation For A Quiet Life Away From All The Other Feline Shifters Yet, When They Get Back They Find A Half Breed Feline Shifter Living In Their Town Which Is Unacceptable Faced With The Fact That They All Want Her, She Has No Idea What She Is, And There Are Secrets In Her Life That Terrify Them, They Finally Make The Decision To Add One Member To Their Pride And Once She S In The Pride, They Need To Keep All Hell From Breaking Loose Okay so I am on the fence on this one, and this is why I feel like there was so much going on that I had to stop and go I know it was an RH and a lot was going on with her meeting the men for the first time I am going to have to go back through and re read it I feel like I was missing something the reason I have given this four stars was that I did finish it and not DNF but I want a mulligan I am going to take it. I m torn with how to review this, so maybe 3.5 I LOVE the author s Heart of Shame saga and it s interesting to see how far she has come as a writer since writing this book.Pros I liked Riley She was a bit passive at the start and a bit whiny, but I understood why and she gets a lot better.I liked all of the men Zachary is my favourite , although they are a bit of a stereotypical RH group in the different roles they play.The story was engaging and the character development worked well I think character development is one of the strengths of the writer, and it s obvious even in this very early work of hers.It had the right balance of steam and plot for me in a RH book, with a good medium burn in the romance department.Cons The grammatical errors and typos are pretty jarring I don t tend to get too bothered by the odd error in a book, but this was littered with them throughout, almost as if no one had proof read it, which seems odd.If you read a lot of RH then this is not going to give you something majorly new, the it is fairly typical to the conventions of the genre However, that didn t detract from my enjoyment. 3,5 ish This was suprisingly good, i really enjoyed this one and look forward to read the next one. KRISTEN BANET S WILD PRIDEI gave Wild pride 4 out of 5 stars It was well thought out and represented a different take on the shifter world Her ending was a little rushed but I think she is well worth reading and will develop as a writer. I tried this book because I loved the Redemption Saga by the same author This one wasn t as good It s a typical paranormal romance in most ways, just with men Also, I was annoyed with what I felt was a story line mistake If someone was kidnapped, don t you think that person would lock the doors and take personal security seriously after the experience And if she was threatened in her home a second time, after that, is there any way in the word she would hang out alone in a building late at night closing up a shop with lots of cash AND LEAVE BOTH DOORS UNLOCKED Authors are not allowed to make heroines unbelievably dumb It s simply not done in urban contemporary fantasy That s lazy story writing, and a too kind editor, right there Everyone needs a highly critical writing partner to do their best work I guess Ms Banet learned that lesson between this series and the one I really like The characters were likable, just not believable a bit too cliched for me I felt the story was predictable, but entertaining enough to keep my attention.
- Kindle Edition
- 277 pages
- Wild Pride (The Kingson Pride, #1)
- Kristen Banet
- 09 February 2019 Kristen Banet