Where to start? Wow! Kidnapping, Debauchery, & Explicit Sex. Summond by Rainy Kaye is wild.
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Okay. I have many disconnected thoughts about Summond. The first, since I just finished reading it is that the ending felt false (or at least it was not the ending that I wanted). Sure, the literary trope dictates that at the end of an adventure boy and girl celebrate, consumate, and move to Italy in this case, but dammit that's not how it should have ended. The end should have been death, continued enslavement, and self-acceptance. The narrative builds up an antihero that has to be saved at the end. Bummer. Ya had me sold until unrealistic romantic ending.
The second thought rumbling around in my skull is that I liked the book but do not really want to like it. What does that mean? The chapters are well paced. When the action slowed, bam! a pornagraphic sex scene to keep my "interest" and keep the narrative moving. So, I'm questioning if I kept reading for the story or for the porn. Does it matter? No. I was entertained from page one through chapter twelve of thirteen.
Thirdly, part of the pitch of the book is that the book is told from a male's first person point of view. Personally, I distrust and dislike first person narratives, but I tolerate them to enjoy much of the more popular urban fantasy, for example, Jim Butcher and Patricia Briggs. In the case of Summond, I truly disliked being in the main character's head, seeing the way he felt about and treated women. I would like to believe that men are better than his thoughts, and in a fantasy why not elevate men to something better than preditorial sex addicts.
Lastly, despite all my rattled thoughts, I believe that Summond is a fun read. If you like urban fantasy with a sexy edge, Summond might be for you.