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Series: Dark-Hunter #25 Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Romance Publication.Date: September 2, 2014 Pages: 335 (paperback) Published By: St. Martin's Press Website: Sherrilyn Kenyon Son of No One on Goodreads My review copy: Bought
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It’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Life will continue to throw every bad thing it has at her, and she will continue to not put her head in an oven. But that’s okay. That which doesn’t kill her will just require a few hours of mental insanity. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group trying to get their own cable show as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when her group accidentally releases something truly evil into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.
From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. And it’s not just because she can’t even begin to pronounce his last name: Maboddimun. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his apparent age…
Centuries ago, Cadegan sold his soul for vengeance against the betrayer who cursed him. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him as much as it irritates and frustrates him. Something he can’t seem to fight, and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him his soul.
He knows he has to stay away from her, but the evil her friends unleashed is hellbent on consuming her soul. Something he cannot allow. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?
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"You know, Selena, there's a fine line between important to me, and dead to me. And you're currently stomping all over it."
Standing in the hallway, next to a stack of boxes, Selena Laurens laughed at her cousin's surely tone. "That's all right, Jo-Jo. Just remember with our Cajun-Romani blood, even if I'm dead to you, in either realm, you'll still be able to hear me. I will haunt you forever."
His jaw dropped. Was she out of her gourd? "What are you doing, lass?"
"Shh," she snapped. "I'm being a dragon whisperer."
"Hey!" Simi said. "No picking on akri! He's not the one who got us into this . . . for once."
Offended, Acheron snorted. "Thanks, Sim."
"Anytime, akri. That's what the Simi's here for. Make sure you don't get one of them big heads."
There is a reason Sherrilyn Kenyon has been nicknamed "Author Goddess" by her readers. The amount of effort and thought she puts into her stories is beyond amazing. One of my absolute favorite things is to read one of her new books and be blown away by something that was insignificant in a previous book, but suddenly makes so much sense. Minor characters turn out to be larger players than expected and everything is turned on its head - again. Seriously, you cannot trust this woman! (I mean that in a good way, lol)
After getting pulled through a mirror into a hellish dimension, Jo is saved by Cadegan and the two quickly form a bond. The one thing about Sherrilyn's novels is her characters are always victims of instalove (and if it's not instant, it doesn't take long). However, Sherrilyn writes her characters in such a way that I'm totally fine with it. Except with these two. I didn't feel the chemistry between Jo and Cadegan that I normally feel between her characters. It didn't feel real between these two, which caused me to have a bit of trouble getting into "We have to save him from this hell dimension" mentality. I mean, I didn't want Cadegan to stay in the hell dimension, but I didn't fully believe Jo's "he's my soul mate and we're saving him or else" perspective.
Romance aside, Son of No One is . . . ugh, it's just okay. There isn't a whole lot of "OMG THE WORLD IS GOING TO END AND WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE," but there isn't a lot of drama either. I wasn't flipping the pages because my heart couldn't take what was happening and the things that were happening we're just . . . happening. Everything was too easy.
Sherrilyn writing is, as always, spot on and the love scenes hot and steamy - girl does not hold back - but Son of No One feels like it's lacking. The story is fast paced, so it didn't take me long to get through it, and I always love when favorite characters come back for cameos.
Overall, I didn't hate Son of No One, but it certainly wasn't my favorite of Sherrilyn's novels. This in no way turns me off from her or this amazingly intricate (and usually mind-blowing) series, but it is kind of a bummer.