Serpentine by Laurell K. Hamilton – ARC

Releases: August 7, 2018

Overall: 2/5 ⭐⭐
Steam: 2/4πŸ”₯πŸ”₯
Feels: πŸ€”πŸ˜§πŸ€¨πŸ˜‘

~QD Story Details~
Tear jerker: ❌
Paranormal/Fantasy: βœ…
Location: Florida Keys
Character age range: Various
Lead: Anita
Love interest(s): Various: Nathaniel, Micah, Jean Claude, Nicky
HEA: βœ… – sort of.

~QD Book Info~
Kindle Unlimited: ❌
Audible: ❌
Series: βœ…

~QD Heat~
Sex/kink type: penetrative, oral
Possible triggers: murder, gore,

Let me preface this review: I have not read the other books in the series. I was impressed though that I was able to get the gist of what previously happened through the character interactions throughout.

I really wanted to like this book. The story arc sounded awesome. Alas, I was disappointed and felt like the story had way too much fluff.

The chapters often dragged on too long because it felt like the focus had shifted to the psychological aspect of dealing with a polyamorous group (and the interactions of the group with others) versus following the actual story arc. At first it was interesting but then it overloaded the story. There was a lot of insecurity and explanation of feelings despite it being made clear that this was not a new arrangement for the characters. Especially because this is a long running series, I would have expected those things to be ironed out way before now.

Next, was my issue with the abrupt and seemingly nonsensical arguments. If the characters weren’t analyzing themselves or those around them, they were fighting in a way that was reminiscent of either early pubescence or a Jerry Springer show. It all felt like fluff to fill space in the story.

Last, was that while the main issue is resolved at the end of the book and there is a seemingly happy ending, the climax was well, non-climactic in my opinion. After all the lead up, it was a bit of a let down.

I think if I was a reader from the very first books, I would be more excited to hear about how the characters turned out over time but as it is, it felt like a whole lot of filler and not enough meat.