The Summer Palace: A Captive Prince Short Story (Captive Prince Short Stories Book 2) eTly because it was impossible to understand what the world of these Werewolves of Manhattan were really like without havingxperienced the first five booksThe medical aspects were limited and misinformed in places as I feel I can say having spent the majority of my life in hospital Although I know how the author did their research since I had hyperlinks to WebMD within my book A lot of the misinformation or wrong information came from the fact that as Alpha s they got special treatment but it was still frustrating since it wasn t necessary in the first placeWhen it comes to Julio I found him as our only source of information Some of that however was in the wrong place or already spoiled The big secret that Julio kept for 49% of the story was given away in the blurb Justout there already It made the final big reveal really disappointing No one EVER asked for Julio s opinion compliance or agreement Ever Not when planning a wedding not about where he was going to college not on where he livedFor me Etienne was the pitome of very horrible thing that an Alpha male has Campfire ever been Julio was the only one with a backbone but he was so persistently made out to be a child and had his serious concerns and feelings marginalised that it was unbearable to see him falling for this ridiculous wolf relationship There was no affection no growth no love and no chemistry only a Mate bond that superseded all of thatThe MC s never got to knowach other or attempted to understand who they were and I had trouble with Julio s dark past which was often ignored and minimalised within the plot and the impact that it should have had on himThe wolf world didn t make sense If wolves don t have kids naturally because the majority of them are gay then that Alpha Bitch and isn t that just lovely is logically the only one who has kids Sure let s go with that for now But if that s true and all she has are girls then where do all the men come from How do so many gay male wolves xist After 36% of veryone being human we get one sentence of transformation It just happened in a shimmer and Etienne was a wolf for two seconds The only other wolf action was a head transformation for less than a pageI took real issue with the constant way that the Mates were degraded throughout the story Examples Donal was called hysterical for sobbing after Julio was seriously injured Yet Etienne was the one being hysterical and no one batted an Hurrah For The Blackshirts!: Fascists and Fascism in Britain Between the Wars eyelash about it Heven predicted in some magical coincidental way Adam Smith: An Enlightened Life exactly what Julio s real injury was He cried at least once invery chapter yet Donal was the one called hysterical Julio had some misplaced guilt that weighed heavily on him and suddenly it meant he needed a psychologist Just like crying after being stabbed meant he somehow needed anti depressantsThere were Crazy Love events and dialogue that didn t make sense I m going to do this in bullet point form just to keep it simple and straight to the point Lots of fancy terms High Beta loup garou proscription on sextc that weren t xplained until about 50% into the story So I spent half of the book having #no clue what the continuous mentions of these words meant It took 36% to find out # clue what the continuous mentions of these words meant It took 36% to find out loup garou meant after having the word being used at least 100 times before that Or at least it felt like it Once I found out he was Irish I figured he was for you because he saved Donal and you saved me This made no sense until at least 85% when we were informed that all Mates are Irish with
Green Eyes Before That It eyes Before that it only ver hinted at Oh and there was NO mention of any of the characters actually BEING Irish xcept by comments like these No accent no history no heritageThere are so many Alpha s that it was hard to keep track of who was who I had to ask myself if very single wolf was an Alpha in this world because there was nothing xplained about the universe until Julio asked uestions at 50% and ven then I didn t find out the true nature of the Alpha
s until about 70%Nearly Every Single Page had food Julio had just about an ntire until about 70%Nearly Every Single Page had food Julio had just about an ntire worth of food description in ach chapter Paragraph upon paragraph were wasted on detailed lists of food and drink ingredients that were completely unnecessary Those massive word counts could have been put to better use on character developmentCharacters being introduced like this Gabriel s Marceau and Marc s Anton It irritated me that characters were possessions or dismissedThings that bugged me the most Doctors would never recommend a hand sanitizer over washing handsBilly Joel s song is called Just the Way You Are Not I Love You Just the Way You Are It took two seconds to confirm on Google ven though I already knew thatThe big secret that Julio kept for 49% of the story was given away in the blurb Justout there already It made the final big reveal really disappointingNo one EVER asked for Julio s opinion compliance or agreement Ever Not when planning a wedding not about where he was going to college not on where he livedAfter 36% of New Plant Parent: Learn the Ways of Plant Parenthood everyone being human we get one sentence of transformation It just happened in a shimmer and Etienne was a wolf for two seconds The only other wolf action was a head transformation for less than a pageIt felt so much likevery character Dreaming Me: An African-American Woman's Buddhist Journey even those supposed to be in their 100 s was nothing than a hormonal hornymotional wreck of a teenagerEven the rent boys were judgy about rent boys There wasn t one positive mention of having been a prostitute outside of Julio saying that he chose that life though it was continually pointed out that he only chose it because being used for his body was all he knew ven going so far as to judge them with. Rg is one hundred and thirty nine years old and fears he’ll never find his Mate until his friend Alexei introduces him to Julio Julio is Etienne’s Mate but before he has a chance to court Julio who is a human high beta and therefore .
Much like the review I gave for the previous book I realize how important Sean s role was an integral part of Julio s healing Kane s gift needed play in this story as Julio was subjected to horrible situations from the moment he found out about his parents deaths I am amused by the relationships that are blossoming between the Mates as well as the competition that has begun amongst the kitchen staff to outdo ach other over the boys weekly lunches I am also finding it amusing to watch the Alphas uirks begin to show themselves as they create friction with their mates or step into the relationships of the other Alphas 275 Loves it I love these author but I have trouble with why she decided to put dates and times on her paragraphs like a diary Them the scene where the Alp This is the full review For the partial review shorter for practicality please see Divine Promotions Julio s Wolf Werewolves of Manhattan 6Author AC KattStar rating No of Pages 191Cover NicePOV 3rd person multi POVWould I read it again NoGenre LGBT Paranormal Werewolf Hooker I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE Reviewed for Divine MagazineDISCLAIMER This is the first book in this series that I ve readThis book had some good potential but it fell seriously short I can see where it was going somewhere along the lines of Kelly Clemmons Druid s Lodge and Liv Olteano s Leader Murders series However it was full of issues that I just couldn t look past My three rating is for the potential but if I was judging based on a one off ЯED experience I d lower that to 2 starsThis is the first time I ve read AC Katt and I can t say I m inspired to read To be honest it s a personal clash which is part of why I gave it 3 stars Her writing style just isn t something that works for meStandaloneIn myxperience books with a series title on the cover but no order number are generally books within the same universe but that should be able to be read in any order as standalonesI was told that this story could be read as a standalone But that wasn t true I was lost from page one A whole page mentioned vents that I had no clue about mentioned people I d never readheard about and indicated that the MC Julio has had a huge part in someone lse s story Even the The Lost Art of Reading Natures Signs end read as though this was one of those series where you have to followach book onto the next There is no way this could be read out of seuence and be understoodPerhaps because of this I was unable to connect with the characters or the story the way I should haveFor me there was no chemistry between the MC s which was disappointing They never got to know Moreno each other or attempted to understand who they were and I had trouble with Julio s dark past which was often ignored and minimalised within the plot and the impact that it should have had on him What I can say is that I didventually grow to semi like and become interested in Julio s story I thought of DNF ing it at one point around the 20% mark but
AFTER 50% THE STORY TOOK OFF50% the story took off began to form something along the lines of the paranormal world I d been xpecting That side was a little too thin because it meant there were no #physical wolves or transformationIn the nd nearly the 70% mark it began to feel like Julio felt true affection for # wolves or transformationIn the A Spark of Light: the fearless new novel from the Number One bestselling author end nearly the 70% mark it began to feel like Julio felt true affection for beyond the whole Mate thing His feelings for Etienne became obvious but it still felt so much like Etienne s only real affection for Julio stemmed from the Mate bond The fact that we were told that they had been reincarnated countless times to fall in love withach other was of a tell than a show There was no recognition from ither
"of them that "them that feelings xisted between soul to soulThe The Exhaustion Breakthrough editing needed some work There were numerous issues from spellinggrammar plot gaps and issues with continuity and consistency There are a whole heck of a lot of info dumps Unfortunately just because they re in dialogue form doesn t negate the fact that they are in fact info dumps This happened continuously throughout the novel things that we didn t need to know were given paragraphs ofxplanation things that were important were ignored or glossed over in little than a sentence and there were several instances of The Exhaustion Breakthrough: Unmask the Hidden Reasons You're Tired and Beat Fatigue for Good explanations being given in paragraph form with the amount of detail that makes your head spinThere are multiple POV which didn t work because they didn t really make sense I understand the importance of having the dual POV of Etienne and Julio our MC s but I don t understand the need for the two police officers in the Prologue or in the many POV of various wolves throughout the story Notven one of them reads as necessary because they don t tell us anything that we aren t told in the dialogue anywayThe writing itself is very choppy Short to the point sentences that tell you nothing in any sort of Supplemental Book emotive contemplative detailed way in amongst the long drawn out sentences within the info dumps It felt so much like the beginning of the story wasn t important because the author wanted to get straight into the I have a mate partThe constant locationtime marks at the beginning ofach scene and POV are unnecessary and annoying They often made following the story confusing One minute I was beginning to get immersed in the story then I read the locationtime of the next scene and wondered if it was still Friday or if the scene before was another day Yet the most likely case was that it was the Hark! The Herald Angels Scream exact same day thexact same place and merely a different POV in the same roomThere were a lot of issues within the plot things that made it impossible to understand the story the characters and the direction the overall series arc was taking This was mos. Julio Reyes has had a hard life Orphaned at fourteen he ran away from a group home to avoid rape but wound up being an independent prostitute in NYC He has a life plan go to school become a stylist and open his own salonEtienne Daurensbou. The label sperm receptacle Every woman is basically a servant or a breeding machineOne huge final complaint The Krav Maga stuff is something that I so desperately want to use stronger language for I mean seriously strong language and capital letters The whole shebang Because here is how it is described in the book Julio put out his leg and tripped the wolf using his own weight against him Now here was how it was described later Krav Maga did you say Knowing how to trip Xavier saved your life No No No No No NO NO NO NO NO Do you hear that No This is not Krav Maga It had NOTHING to do with Krav Maga Heand hear me hereSTUCK HIS LEG OUT Like any other person on the planet might do to trip someone up It had nothing to do with his so called training in Krav Maga And just how proficient can a 14 year old be in Krav Maga anywayAnother thing that annoys me just as much The continual reference to street language As though any swear word belongs only to hookers and not to a respectable person I m pretty sure you know the two words I want to respond to that with They begin with F and OffOverall I would have Colloquial Polish: The Complete Course for Beginners enjoyed the story if it had beenntirely focused on Julio and we were given of an insight into his life thoughts and feelings He was the only relatable character though I did feel a small affection for Donal who was his best friend I was disappointed that we didn t get to xplore his character further or in detail as he was a real starI felt like the MateWolf aspect was used to limit the need for a lot of details and xplanation Because the author perhaps thought it was unnecessary due to it being book 6 Regardless because I haven t read those previous 5 books I was left completely in the dark about a lot of the important detailsThe story could have been fantastic the plot was good could have gone in a really incredible direction and with some real attention to the characters it could have been a tear jerker a heart tugger and a really Bidadari yang Mengembara emotional read that inspired me to carenough to read the next book and go back to read the previous five Without that detail there was nothing to make me connect to the characters or the story For being a werewolf story we see a wolf once for two seconds There is very little real xploration of the wolf aspect of the story and I needed of thatSo although the potential was huge the multitude of things that frustrated me and were lacking were ven greater I can see other people La strada delle croci enjoying this as I could have with a little understanding and description provided for both characters and the world building but I needed thatxtra connection I needed detail romance and chemistry I didn t get that in the nd Five stars alwaysEvery story that A C writes is brilliant and amazing the storytelling Is outbof this world you make me laugh cry scream and want revenge But the most is you make me want I love this series and it just keeps getting better and better Spoiler Ahead This was book 6 in the Werewolves of Manhattan series Julio Reyes who we
met in book 5 he is Donald s friend who helped him on the street they were both rent boysin book 5 he is Donald s friend who helped him on the street they were both rent boys Julio didn
t have a pimp and wasn t on drug s Julio has been through a lot inhave a pimp and wasn t on drug s Julio has been through a lot in life his parents died when he was fourteen he was in a group home were he was picked on by the other boys when he ran away he was picked up and held by a child molester Etienne Daurensbourg is one hundred and thirty nine years old and fears he ll never find his Mate until his friend Alexei introduces him to Julio turns out Julio is Etienne s mate Julio wants to go to beauty school he wants to open his own saloon and with Alexei and Donald s help he is doing just that When he meets Etienne he feels a spark but Julio isn t looking for love Etienne is so happy to finally find his mate that he waste no time protecting him and its a good thing because Julio is attacked in his apartment by a former john This was a really good book I love reading this series ach of the Alpha mates have went through a lot and are their for The Ballad of Dorothy Wordsworth each other Etienne is not only dealing with his mate being injured but from one of his pack members issuing a challenge Julio is considered a high human beta and he was a little harder to confines that Etienne loved him This was a really good book This book was well written with norrors in grammar or spelling I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series I want to see who Julio friend Richard will nd up with When Donal was brought into the family he brought his friend Julio along as well All the mates and Alphas hope that maybe Julio will be a real part of the family Etienne is happy that it is his turn but Julio is a much stronger person and things are won t be as asy A crisis gives Etienne a way into Julio s life and from there things begin to move forward Of course there is some issues that the men must deal with but things start to get real JulioAmazing young man to survive the streets and the life choice he made His friend found love first Then he met his dream partner They fought for their love I waited with increasing anticipation for this book to be released despite the date on this review and the marked read column I purchased this book as soon as it was available on I loved this story continuing the theme from Alexi s Mouse we have
"another story of "story of desperate child turning to prostitution to survive Julio might not be a Loup Garou but his heart and courage is bigger than any Alpha This book continues the foreshadowing of a mate by introducing the next mate for the board of director s I for one am agerly awaiting January 20th and the release of Wolf s Whistl. Tubborn and independent Julio gets knifed and is forced to let Etienne provide him with a home and help to recoverPack problems arise that may force Etienne into the pit Will Julio be able to love Etienne despite the fact he is a loup gar.