So, here’s the story…
I bought the first book in this series, Slave to Sensation, several years ago and did not like it. I remember feeling lost and confused and bored. Flash forward to a few months ago, I had been thinking about picking up Slave to Sensation again because I had been looking for a good new paranormal/fantasy romance series to immerse myself in. I mean, I could do a reread of some of my old favorites but I really wanted to try something new. I kept resisting because I remembered how I felt reading the first book in this series the first time- even though I couldn’t remember anything else about the book- I remembered just not liking it. But the problem was my friend on Instagram, @reads_romance, kept talking about this series and how much she loved it and how amazing the writing was and on and on. Which made me doubt my memory. I knew Teresa wouldn’t recommend something she didn’t truly love, I was feeling that instagram pressure! It truly was a perfect storm of seeing constant praise for this series, having been eyeing the book for a while, and wanting a series in that genre. I finally broke down and started Slave to Sensation again and guess what… I loved it. I devoured it. What was past me thinking? I have no clue. Wisdom truly does come with age. (But to be fair to past me, I was a lazy reader at 18. These books are complex and have many moving parts and new language. It’s a totally different world. At 18 I reading mostly light fluffy romances. I hadn’t really ventured into fantasy and sci-fi was no where near on my radar. So, to me, these books were just too much work. I wanted the love story and nothing else.)
Anyway, about halfway through the first book I bought the next 3 books in the series and then like the next day bought the ENTIRE SEREIS!!!
Honestly, I can’t get enough of this world. It is the perfect mix of romance, sci-fi, fantasy, and mystery. I’m so glad I gave this series a second chance. Which is not something I usually do.
I have a hard time giving books/authors a second chance because in most cases when you don’t like someone’s writing it’s because it doesn’t work with your rhythm. Reading is a very personal thing when you get down to it- No two people read the same book the same way. I’ve reread old favorites and have felt differently about them from when I first read them. The Outsiders is a perfect example. That book is completely different now than it was when I first read it in 7th grade. The book didn’t change- I did. And that’s ok. The best part about books (besides the escapism) is the feeling they leave you with. That feeling is why books are so important and so loved and needed in the world.
So, maybe, go out and give a book or author another chance? I know it’s hard. I’m struggling with it with another author right now but just go out and try it. You may be surprised.