Review: Enemy Red by Marie Harte

enemy redReviewed by Jen

If you are looking for some sexy shifter action, this may be the novella for you. If you’re interested in, say, a well developed story, good pacing, character development, or romance, you may want to move along. You won’t find them here. I understand that you can only expect certain things from a novella, but there were so many problems for me.

The premise ok. Fenris is a golden wolf shifter who has an uncle pressuring him to find a mate. Since Fenris is young and likes the attentions of many different ladies, he is resistant to the idea. He runs away, planning to stay gone until his pack’s mating period is over. During his escape, he happens upon a motley crew of shifters in the forest, led by a beautiful alpha red wolf, who he is instantly drawn to. His wolf recognizes his mate right away, but it takes the man in him a little longer to catch up.

Rudra is just as taken by the stranger in her territory, but she has a responsibility as alpha to keep a clear head. She takes Fenris back to her father to figure out what to do with him next. I’m not going to spoil any more of the plot, as it’s already short and kind of sketchy to begin with. I will say that Fenris and Rudra are having copious amounts of sex almost right away. They bicker; they tussle for dominance; and they ignore the fact that they are clearly mates. But they don’t interact meaningfully. Sure, they say they’re in love after two weeks (that are spent almost entirely off page) but there is no way you can feel it as a reader.

Huge chunks of backstory and plot are either completely ignored, skipped, or glossed over. This is true, particularly, of the history between Rudra’s clan and Fenris’s. And this is a pretty significant driver in the story. Ditto on the sorcerer’s feud that propels the danger plot. No showing –and even very little telling. I felt like I was jumping into a series already in progress. The feeling was so strong that I stopped reading and checked Goodreads, but this is, indeed, book 1.

I didn’t care about these characters. I didn’t really understand their world. I didn’t believe in their relationship. And the ending was just… convenient. Nothing was really solved in the issues between clans, so much as there was an HEA that was going to happen, just because.

Again, there are some good sexy times. But the bones of the story just weren’t there. At least, not for me.

Rating: C-/D+

*ARC provided for review

Click to purchase: Amazon

Enemy Red
by Marie Harte
Release Date: March 15, 2016
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing

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