Paranormal Romance Review: Stolen Innocence by Vivi Dumas

Monday, February 17, 2014

Source: Author thru Rabid Reads
*for the purpose of an honest review
Format: ePub
Published: November 18, 2013
Author: Vivi Dumas
VPG Publishing and Promotions, LLC.
Series: Deuling With the Devil #3
Sex: R - Strong Sexual Content
Genre: Paranormal Multicultrual Romance


I felt like the characters and the story itself wasn't fully fleshed out and no, I don't think its because I started with the 3rd book in the series. From reading the blurbs, the books can be read out of order or as stand alones without missing much from the previous ones.

I just didn't feel a connection to either Charity or Damon, they didn't read like a couple that "belonged" together. There was this constant back and forth between them mainly because of Charity, who is confused over her feelings between Damon (who is Alpha of another pack and her true mate) and Laurent (a demon who she thinks is her mate). It was a more than a little disconcerting getting through the beginning of the book because I wasn't sure what was going on between Charity, Damon and Laurent. And being that the story was told from their different POVs, it was hard to grasp who belonged to who and who didn't. Make no mistake though, this is no menage' tale as we discover that Charity is Damons true mate. This also makes the cover of the book a little misleading and doesn't tie to the story.

There is more than a romance going on here as a war starts between several diffrent fractions of supes and Lucifer because he's trying to walk the earth again and in this book he needs Charity because she's a virgin. Also, Damon is Lucifers son so he uses Damons feelings for Charity to get her back in hell after he and Laurent gets her out. There is a lot going on in these pages and and the author does give you a good background on everything BUT it didn't connect least not for me.

This is an interesting paranormal story/series. The author offers a different spin on things, like how female wolves must find and have sex with their mate before they're able to shift or get their powers and Damon being Lucifer's son, but I just felt lost reading it at all times. The story felt jumbled, rushed and at times all over the place.

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  1. Yeah it does sound exciting. Sorry it was bad for you. Maybe the author didn't have beta readers?

  2. Possibly... there were some slight editing issues too. Nothing all crazy, maybe a few misspellings and misplaced words.

    The was just jumbled, there's so much going on with the war and Lucifer and so many extras added to the as story too...there was no cohesiveness.

  3. I can see where having all the different POVs hitting you while you were trying to figure out what was going on would get confusing. It never helps when the story doesn't seem to match the cover or blurb. Fascinating about how shifters and demons and Lucifer are all in the same paranormal world.

  4. Okay good to know. That's one I thought about trying but doesn't sound like it would work for me either. Rough when that happens. It did sound interesting and the twist on female werewolves I'm kinda liking that. Ah well. Thanks for the heads up Sharonda.

  5. Yes, so only if she can tie it all together. The story has a lot of potential though. So many supes were in the story, I mean archangels like Michael and Gabrielle, but I just couldn't get the story to blend together.

  6. Yeah, I wanted to like it more but with the way this story read...I just couldn't. There were times when i just wanted hurry up and get through the book, you know? I do think it has a lot of potential, but there needs to be some gelling of everything and it just wasn't done here. Plus the cover is jus so not going with the story, you would look at it and think a menage and its not. I read the blurb too which is why I hopped on board to read it.

  7. Well it sounds interesting in theory. To bad it wasn't well executed.

    -Amanda P

    Where the Night Kind Roam

  8. Nope. Charity only sleeps with Damon...she's attracted to Laurent and there were times when he was attracted to her, but no they don't all do the "do". Hence, the slightly misleading cover.

  9. A little better excution would have helped it out more. I think it would have been better if so much wasn't put into the story...idk. It did feel like information overload.

  10. I assumed because of the cover then saw you say it wasn't in the review o_O

  11. yep, a lot of folks are going to assume this. Really just should have been two people on that cover.