Title: Taking Whats His
My Rating: Favorite
Review Originally Published: January 11, 2015
Checked April 28, 2017
I watched as it suddenly stopped its eyes continuing to stare into mine as if it was looking directly into my soul. I couldn't look away from its brown eyes despite the fear that seemed to consume my entire being. The sound of bones breaking and snapping filled the air whilst the wolf began to growl. I felt my eyes widen even more as the wolf began to shake and slowly change until a human was crouching down in its place. There tanned back on display as they stood to their full height completely naked.
* The synopsis doesn't tell you much beyond it being a werewolf story with fated mates, so here you go: Esme and her mother are both abused by her father. After her father almost kills Esme, her mother runs away with her. They know the father will chase them and want to hurt them. Along the way, they get lost and get a flat tire. When they get out to check on it, wolves appear and one of them shifts into a man – Esme's mate. That scene is the synopsis.
* This story starts off with abuse, and I usually don't like that. This is because I rarely see it treated realistically. Usually, the abused girl is put through real hell, and as soon as she finds her mate, she is cured. That doesn't happen here. Rather, this is a very realistic portrayal of abuse, its effects on the psyche, and the healing process. It takes time and patience. The abuse wasn't unrealistically bad. Sometimes stories include sexual abuse and things that I believe would cause anyone to either run away, no matter the cost, or commit suicide. Here, she is beaten once every few weeks or so and verbally abused. When it gets so bad that her father almost kills her, her mother finally runs away with her. Her mother had been planning to do it for a while, making detailed plans to get away safely and with enough money to survive. So the mother isn't a coward or cruel herself. It's realistic to be so beaten down that you are hopeless but to gather the strength to plan and act over time.
* Despite some spelling/grammar mistakes, it's actually very well written. The writing is detailed, with good descriptions of emotions and events. Sometimes I wanted to rush ahead just because I wanted to know what would happen, but I stopped myself, and it made it better when I actually got there. The pacing increases suspense and interest. This is a big reason why it's a Favorite for me.
* Sometimes I would think Esme was being stupid, but I realized it was very realistic for her to be in denial, to come up with strange logic to make things okay in her mind. It takes her time to come to terms with reality. That doesn't mean she isn't intelligent. It just means her mind is trying to protect itself. This idea came across really well without the author ever saying this explicitly. It was shown, which is cool. Esme develops as a character and finds her inner strength along the way.
* There is a sex scene chapter (part 2 of Chapter 22). It was sweet, emotional, and somewhat hot but not crude in any way.
For my fellow grammar sticklers:
* It wasn't perfect at first but wasn't really bad. I had no problems reading it. She spells rogue correctly! :) It got worse in some chapters but was still readable. It's a testament to how much I loved this story and the writing in general for me to still mark it a Favorite despite the errors!
* There is a sex scene chapter (part 2 of Chapter 22). In it, the author jumps between Esme's and Logan's POV from paragraph to paragraph, which she never did elsewhere. I kind of understand it, as they are coming together, so their POVs come together, but it's still bad form :)
* Factual error: After they mate the first time,Esme realizes they didn't use protection. Logan gives her a box of multiplepills that are supposed to be Morning After pills. They don't come like that. Itis either a single pill or two that are taken 12 hours apart. It is absolutelynot supposed to be used as a frequent form of birth control as seems to beindicated in the book. Google it for more info. I know this is really picky,but this is the picky section! :) I prefer things like this to be correct inbooks because you never know where people are going to pick up information foruse in real life. It's truly surprising how many people think taking one oftheir mother's birth control pills after sex will prevent pregnancy! Googleactually prevents pregnancy! Haha :)
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