Review: Closer by Dannika Dark

Reviewed by Jen

Eh. You can’t have everything. But I mean when I say that, is as much as I enjoyed the five main books of the Mageri series, I should’ve taken a pass on this spin off story.

It features Sunny’s brother Kane and lays out what happened that led him into breed prison. Technically, it takes place before the events of the last book, but I think it could be read just as easily afterward. Having skipped it, it distracted in no way from my enjoyment of Shine. In fact, skipping it entirely probably would have been A-OK with me, and I would’ve saved myself three bucks.

The problem I had with this book is the turbo insta-love. The hero meets the heroine and they fall in love in a matter of hours. Even worse, they don’t actually meet in real life, but inside of her mind. Both Kane and Caroline are sensors, though each has a problem with their gift. Kane feels things too strongly and Caroline is unable to transmit her feelings.

These two cross paths when Kane accidentally bumps into a serial killer and takes the man’s life to save his potential future victims. Not thinking very clearly, he steals the man’s car and finds Caroline in the trunk. She is unconscious and on the verge of death. When he touches her, he is transported inside of her psyche, and after she hits him with a frying pan and kicks him in the balls, they somehow fall in love.

There was nothing about this story that spoke to me. It was too short to connect with either of the characters and the circumstances made it impossible to believe in their connection. I suppose, it would be cool for fans of the series who wanted one more taste of it. But for me, it showed none of the spark of the main series from which it was drawn. If you’re on the fence about this one, you can probably skip it. But to be fair, it has great reviews on Goodreads, so your mileage may vary.

Click to purchase: Amazon

Closer
by Dannika Dark
Release Date: September 7, 2012

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