dangermousie: (CH: YS in pain by meganbmoore)
(Yes, I am finally back and posts and replies to come).

And the name is...taDAHHH...Darling Cruel. Yes. Let's all savor this for a second. The hero of Sherrilyn Kenyon's space opera romance Born of Silence is named Darling. Cruel. Which might be a great stage name for a fetish club performer but anyone else? Wha....? Has Ms. Kenyon been hanging out with JR Ward?

I suppose that's an effective marketing technique though because that is the sole reason I picked up the book - Kenyon's books are hit-or-miss for me - when I love them, I really love them, but often they leave me blah. Yet there was a preview for this book in another one of hers I picked up idly in the airport, an earlier one in the series called "Born of Shadows" (short verdict on BoS: meh. Shockingly light on angst and trauma for Kenyon, hero and heroine nice people who will have solid marriage but interest me little). And I knew I must have it. And here we are.

The story is as follows - in a galaxy far far away, Darling Cruel (I can't even type this with a straight face) is a useless despised prince by day and a Resistance hero by night. As a member of the resistance to his evil psychotic uncle who is ruling in his name, he goes by Kere (thank God!) and doesn't let anyone see his face. Not even Zarya Starska, the leader of the Resistance cell, with whom he's having a passionate love affair. Until it all goes horribly wrong and Darling is captured and horrifically (and I do mean horrifically - it is Kenyon we are talking about. Except for Acheron, this is the only so-called romance novel which maxed out my h/c levels and went straight into 'this is freaking the bleep out of me' territory) tortured by the very people he fought to defend. And now he's finally slipped the leash on his sanity and ready for blood...

I am 2/3 through Born of Silence now and, shockingly, insane name of hero aside (Kenyon tries to explain it, to do her credit, but nope, not buying), I am really really obsessed with this book! It's probably going into my faves. My first thought on getting into it was "Someone is trying to redo Acheron!" The unfortunately named Darling has a background as bad as Acheron's (only his, thankfully, started a bit later) and thus wins the honor of being in the only one of two romance books that freak me the fuck out. Tbh, when he finally loses it and goes psycho on all his enemies, I was only surprised that it didn't happen sooner (also, the tower of skulls was a nice artistic touch on his part :P) He is also a genuinely good, defender-of-the-innocent type so I eat it all up like chocolate.

I actually like it better than Acheron's story because Kenyon got rid of everything that bugged me and kept everything I like. Thankfully, since everyone is (mostly) human, this doesn't take millenia for things to straighten out. Also, unlike Acheron, the hero here does have a friend who cares what happens to him and goes through hell and high water to protect him when necessary. And last but not least - the heroine. The heroine of Acheron was pretty milquetoast who never really got all his baggage (IMO) and I was OK with her because she made him happy but for no other reason. But I love Zarya who's tough and awesome in her own right and knows every bit about her OTP and his trauma and strengths. I ship them pretty hard actually.

Even though in RL, the main character would be pretty much permanently on psych meds to even function, I am OK here with him being fixed by the power of love. Well, love and a tower of skulls.
dangermousie: (CH: YS in pain by meganbmoore)
(Yes, I am finally back and posts and replies to come).

And the name is...taDAHHH...Darling Cruel. Yes. Let's all savor this for a second. The hero of Sherrilyn Kenyon's space opera romance Born of Silence is named Darling. Cruel. Which might be a great stage name for a fetish club performer but anyone else? Wha....? Has Ms. Kenyon been hanging out with JR Ward?

I suppose that's an effective marketing technique though because that is the sole reason I picked up the book - Kenyon's books are hit-or-miss for me - when I love them, I really love them, but often they leave me blah. Yet there was a preview for this book in another one of hers I picked up idly in the airport, an earlier one in the series called "Born of Shadows" (short verdict on BoS: meh. Shockingly light on angst and trauma for Kenyon, hero and heroine nice people who will have solid marriage but interest me little). And I knew I must have it. And here we are.

The story is as follows - in a galaxy far far away, Darling Cruel (I can't even type this with a straight face) is a useless despised prince by day and a Resistance hero by night. As a member of the resistance to his evil psychotic uncle who is ruling in his name, he goes by Kere (thank God!) and doesn't let anyone see his face. Not even Zarya Starska, the leader of the Resistance cell, with whom he's having a passionate love affair. Until it all goes horribly wrong and Darling is captured and horrifically (and I do mean horrifically - it is Kenyon we are talking about. Except for Acheron, this is the only so-called romance novel which maxed out my h/c levels and went straight into 'this is freaking the bleep out of me' territory) tortured by the very people he fought to defend. And now he's finally slipped the leash on his sanity and ready for blood...

I am 2/3 through Born of Silence now and, shockingly, insane name of hero aside (Kenyon tries to explain it, to do her credit, but nope, not buying), I am really really obsessed with this book! It's probably going into my faves. My first thought on getting into it was "Someone is trying to redo Acheron!" The unfortunately named Darling has a background as bad as Acheron's (only his, thankfully, started a bit later) and thus wins the honor of being in the only one of two romance books that freak me the fuck out. Tbh, when he finally loses it and goes psycho on all his enemies, I was only surprised that it didn't happen sooner (also, the tower of skulls was a nice artistic touch on his part :P) He is also a genuinely good, defender-of-the-innocent type so I eat it all up like chocolate.

I actually like it better than Acheron's story because Kenyon got rid of everything that bugged me and kept everything I like. Thankfully, since everyone is (mostly) human, this doesn't take millenia for things to straighten out. Also, unlike Acheron, the hero here does have a friend who cares what happens to him and goes through hell and high water to protect him when necessary. And last but not least - the heroine. The heroine of Acheron was pretty milquetoast who never really got all his baggage (IMO) and I was OK with her because she made him happy but for no other reason. But I love Zarya who's tough and awesome in her own right and knows every bit about her OTP and his trauma and strengths. I ship them pretty hard actually.

Even though in RL, the main character would be pretty much permanently on psych meds to even function, I am OK here with him being fixed by the power of love. Well, love and a tower of skulls.
dangermousie: (CH: YS in pain by meganbmoore)
(Yes, I am finally back and posts and replies to come).

And the name is...taDAHHH...Darling Cruel. Yes. Let's all savor this for a second. The hero of Sherrilyn Kenyon's space opera romance Born of Silence is named Darling. Cruel. Which might be a great stage name for a fetish club performer but anyone else? Wha....? Has Ms. Kenyon been hanging out with JR Ward?

I suppose that's an effective marketing technique though because that is the sole reason I picked up the book - Kenyon's books are hit-or-miss for me - when I love them, I really love them, but often they leave me blah. Yet there was a preview for this book in another one of hers I picked up idly in the airport, an earlier one in the series called "Born of Shadows" (short verdict on BoS: meh. Shockingly light on angst and trauma for Kenyon, hero and heroine nice people who will have solid marriage but interest me little). And I knew I must have it. And here we are.

The story is as follows - in a galaxy far far away, Darling Cruel (I can't even type this with a straight face) is a useless despised prince by day and a Resistance hero by night. As a member of the resistance to his evil psychotic uncle who is ruling in his name, he goes by Kere (thank God!) and doesn't let anyone see his face. Not even Zarya Starska, the leader of the Resistance cell, with whom he's having a passionate love affair. Until it all goes horribly wrong and Darling is captured and horrifically (and I do mean horrifically - it is Kenyon we are talking about. Except for Acheron, this is the only so-called romance novel which maxed out my h/c levels and went straight into 'this is freaking the bleep out of me' territory) tortured by the very people he fought to defend. And now he's finally slipped the leash on his sanity and ready for blood...

I am 2/3 through Born of Silence now and, shockingly, insane name of hero aside (Kenyon tries to explain it, to do her credit, but nope, not buying), I am really really obsessed with this book! It's probably going into my faves. My first thought on getting into it was "Someone is trying to redo Acheron!" The unfortunately named Darling has a background as bad as Acheron's (only his, thankfully, started a bit later) and thus wins the honor of being in the only one of two romance books that freak me the fuck out. Tbh, when he finally loses it and goes psycho on all his enemies, I was only surprised that it didn't happen sooner (also, the tower of skulls was a nice artistic touch on his part :P) He is also a genuinely good, defender-of-the-innocent type so I eat it all up like chocolate.

I actually like it better than Acheron's story because Kenyon got rid of everything that bugged me and kept everything I like. Thankfully, since everyone is (mostly) human, this doesn't take millenia for things to straighten out. Also, unlike Acheron, the hero here does have a friend who cares what happens to him and goes through hell and high water to protect him when necessary. And last but not least - the heroine. The heroine of Acheron was pretty milquetoast who never really got all his baggage (IMO) and I was OK with her because she made him happy but for no other reason. But I love Zarya who's tough and awesome in her own right and knows every bit about her OTP and his trauma and strengths. I ship them pretty hard actually.

Even though in RL, the main character would be pretty much permanently on psych meds to even function, I am OK here with him being fixed by the power of love. Well, love and a tower of skulls.

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