Review: Every Deep Desire by Sharon Wray

Posted March 7, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

Review: Every Deep Desire by Sharon Wray
Every Deep Desire

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Series: Deadly Force #1
Genres: Military Romance, Romantic Suspense
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
Released on March 6, 2018
Pages: 544
Format: eARC
Source: Purchased

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The Delight

A reunion romance and a thriller quality suspense seemed just the right thing when a disgraced ex-Green Beret finds his way home and finds everyone he knows in danger as powerful forces converge on Savannah all hunting one thing- a historical artifact.

Review

Every Deep Desire began with a swirl of shifting images and scenes that left me dizzy and confused for quite some time. It was purposeful, I believe, so the reader feels the weight of deep and conplex intrigue going on around them.

But no, I was not even moderately appreciative of this technique especially when it was nearly at the half-way point and I was still feeling the merry-go-round sensation. There was a lot of activity, but it was people moving in circles around each other rather than a nice, crisp linear plot. Yep, it was a crazy amount of plot threads all tangled together and enough characters to fill out a James A. Michener novel. Though, while I’m on the subject of comparisons to other novels, I felt a little like I was reading a Dan Brown thriller especially with that whole secret brotherhood of assassins and, my eyes doth role, their fondness for Shakespeare and the overall tie of the story to Romeo and Juliet.

I was frustrated most of all because there are some really good elements in this book, but there was enough of them to fill four books. I don’t think it helped that I was barely tolerating most of the characters including the main pair. Juliet has this ‘I am woman hear me roar’ thing that kicks in at the most inopportune moments and turns her into a damsel in distress because she over-estimates her abilities and under-estimates her opponents while ignoring the good advice from trained operatives because she’s in a mood. And, then there’s Rafe… bleeding heart Rafe who really does go big when he decides to screw up or wallow and do nothing when action is called for. One of the side characters is even worse for a drug addicted ex officer who seems to be only capable of letting the bad guys have their merry way and turning his back on duty while hypocritically calling Rafe a traitor and a screw up.

I skimmed this book from the half-way point onward. While the plot started making a little better since (I mean just a little), the characters got more aggravating by the page. I was ready to throw my poor Kindle across the room at the 85% point. People made dumb moves, but the excitement and crisis point was there so I went ahead and finished. I will not be recommending this one though I am going to rate is as okay because it had some good pieces when it came to several of the suspense elements and how the romance side was set up.

My thanks to Sourcebooks Casablanca for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • I didn’t know about this one but it looks complicated… I think I’ll pass

    • Yeah! I knew it would be twisty because its a thriller, but I’ve discovered that there is such a thing as too many twists. LOL

  • Debbie Haupt

    yeah half way through and you’re head is still spinning, not a good sigh 🙁

    • Yep! Not a good thing. I was like just how many conspiracies, villains, complications, shady anti-hero/heroines can one fit in a book and still have an actual story going on? Apparently more than I can handle. LOL

  • Skimming isn’t good. I also think those characters would get on my nerves. Yea, not good. Brilly review!

    • I just could not handle all the crazy that was going on. Just more and more with nothing really resolving and too much confusion with meh characters. Whew! Time to find the reveals on what I wanted to know and skip the rest. LOL

  • Nope, this one would be a no for me as well. My mind is on a merry-go-round of its own a lot of the time with out adding that to the mix! I think it would have been a DNF for me probably long before you started skimming!

    • Yeah, don’t blame you. I took it for the team. There were at least four secret groups, then a few out in the open ones, and then the crazy romance issues. It was nuts. And I had serious eye-rolling going on over one group- they bow and quote Shakespeare while being vigilante assassins. Whew… yep, probably should have quit. LOL

  • Well boo. I love the suspense and artifact aspect but if the characters made you want to throw your kindle … it’s time to run.

    • That is what initially attracted me, but then there were about three or four other things going on and tons of characters slipping in behaving oddly at any given time. I couldn’t hold to any one plot thread or character to get a sense of what was really going on and then when I did, they were acting weird for the circumstances. Yeah… I should have run, too.

  • Oh boy, sounds like there was way too much going on here. What a disappointment, because the synopsis is so intriguing! But if there’s so much going on that I’m still confused mid-way through the book – nope. I need some clarification by that point. I need to have a good grasp of what’s going on. Sorry this didn’t work better for you, Sophia!

    • Yeah, too much. I can handle a complex plot, but not several complex plots in one. There comes a point when a story really should start making sense so the reader can track along with the characters. Oh well. 😉

  • oh goodie, sounds like this book had a case of too stupid to live female character – cannot say I can stand those these days.

    • Yeah! She had every right to be fed up in the beginning and not believe what he was feeding her, but then later she insists on being in the middle of things when people are getting kidnapped, beat up, and killed yet she somehow thinks it won’t happen to her. And she trusts the wrong times and suspects what she should be trusting with the facts before her. If it had just been that, I’d have ignored her and gone on, but everyone else was a pain in the butt, too. LOL

  • Sorry this one was a disappointment. I hate when that happens, especially when it seems to have other promising elements.

    • Yes! It has some really good stuff and I loved several of the elements, but it was just too much all in one.

  • Sorry this one wasn’t better for you. Too many characters and plot threads make it really hard to enjoy a story. I hope your next read is better.

    • Yes, it was one dizzying mess for me. I’ve read some great ones lately. Thanks, Carole! 🙂

  • Oh my gosh. No. Nope. I wouldn’t like that technique either and I cannot STAND heroines who are like that. I always end up going just let them die already with their TSTL selves. lol I’m not nearly as nice as you are about it. lol Thanks for saving us!

    • Yep! I was ready to let several people die and that was long before the halfway point. They just gave me nothing to root for or like about them. I think I liked the police officer side character the most and it bugged me to death to see the way he was eventually revealed to be. Not one of the people had truly heroic qualities and there was just way too much going on. Ugh! Yeah, took it for the team. 😉