Thursday, January 19, 2017

Review: Dangerous Tides by Christine Feehan

Title: Dangerous Tides
Series: Drake Sisters
Author: Christine Feehan
Read copy: Mass Market Paperback
Published: June 27, 2006
Publisher: Jove
ISBN: 0515141542
ISBN-13: 9780515141542

Dr. Libby Drake is sensible and practical. To her more adventurous sisters, she’s always been the “good girl”. Certainly not the kind to attract the attention of a genius like Ty Derrick—until a tragic accident leaves the handsome biochemist at her mercy.

Acting on her uncanny ability to heal, she stirs in the reawakened Ty his own long-suppressed desires for the woman who saved his life. But he’s not the only man with designs on Libby Drake. Her miraculous and selfless power has also captured the attention of a dangerously influential admirer. He’s pursuing the elementally gifted beauty for his own wicked purpose. And he’s willing to go to deadly lengths to make it happen.

My rating:

Libby Drake, fourth of the seven Drake sisters, is the compassionate one, a doctor with a heart of gold, unable to say no to anyone. She can’t seem to be able to say no even to people who are vegetating in their hospital beds, more dead than alive, with their brain resembling scrambled eggs.

Well, that’s Tyson “Ty” Derrick for you. The daredevil genius researcher slash firefighter’s harness had failed while he was trying to save a teenager, and he ended up in the hospital without hope of making it through the night.

Libby goes against everything she’s been taught, risking her life and that of her sisters when she attempts to save Ty, but she does it and survives to live to tell the tale. But the two might not survive to the end of the book, since obviously there’s someone who is adamant at keeping them apart at all cost.

This fourth installment in the Drake Sisters series was quite a disappointment.

I disliked the hero. He was a jackass most of the time, preaching from his high horse, deeming everybody beneath him, thinking he could say anything he wanted because he was a genius. I couldn’t stand him most of the time, although his inability or unwillingness to believe what the Drakes could do and his constant searching for a logical explanation to it was refreshing...But it got stale pretty fast, and even as he turned into a believer, I didn’t buy it.
Because I disliked the hero, I didn’t particularly care much for the heroine either, because he allowed the jackass to walk all over her because she liked him, he was hot, and she thought, bless her heart, he was lonely. The guy called her brainwashed, an idiot, claiming her entire family were charlatans...and what does she do? She forgives him. Just like that, without argument, without several smacks to the head. I lost all respect I might have had for her the moment it first happened. She was a doormat to a jerk with a high IQ and a hot bod. Bleh.

Their dialogues were also a major turn off. There was too much data, “science-talk” and info-dumps to make the dialogues and the subsequent romance between the two very believable.
Their chemistry was non-existent, probably because I didn’t like any of them. They seemed too bland to make the “thing” between them believable. There was more chemistry, more spark, more heat in that one scene between Hannah and Jonas at the beginning of the book as they were discussing kisses. Now, that was hot!

I liked the suspense sub-plot, though. Intriguing and mysterious, keeping us guessing until the very end who was the real bad guy. It was the resolution to the plot that was lacking, though. I felt Ms Feehan didn’t deliver as well as she could and the explanation and the motive for the dastardly deeds came out of the left field, and seemed a little off to me.

Maybe not the worst in the series, but definitely one of them.


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