Burdened by Desire by J.L. Sheppard
Burdened by Desire
by J.L. Sheppard
Disclosure: I was provided a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is that review.
As mentioned above, I received this book free for review, so I didn’t realize it is part of a series until I got into it. While it’s not strictly necessary that the first book be read before reading this one, I’d say it’s probably a good idea to get full enjoyment. The storyline is not too complex to follow without that background, but it would probably be more clear who is who and what’s going in the larger story arc.
I gave this book 3 stars. Although it was published professionally through Wild Rose Press, it suffers from a fair amount of editing issues – typos, grammar, and awkward sentences. However, there are not so many of those that it ruins the reader’s experience, overall.
This novel falls into the “soul mate” trope – the hero and heroine are fated for each other. In fact, the heroine, only the second in a whole new species of immortals, doesn’t gain her immortal powers until she has met her fated mate. She knows this because her sister has already gone through the experience (there’s that first book).
The hero, on the other hand, is a 500+ year old werewolf. Despite this extreme age gap, both characters act a bit like angsty teenagers. Lots of histrionics, melodrama and overreaction on both their parts. I really think, though, that this is mostly symptomatic of a new author finding her voice. I fully expect that a few more books down the line will find this author’s writing smoother and more developed.
The Soul Mate trope is not my favorite, but if it is one of yours, you will probably like this book. The hero is appropriately studly and masculine, put through his paces by a strong-willed heroine. The author has come up with a decent conflict for them, despite their love being fated to be and all. Ultimately, they get their happily ever after and all is well. There is a larger, overarching conflict in the story world involving bad guys called the Malum, which isn’t really fully explained in this book. The first book may explain more, plus it’s obvious more stories are forthcoming.
As with almost any new author, there is room for growth here, but if you like Soul Mate stories, give this young author a try. You just might like it!