I adored everything about this book — except for the two main characters, who fell short in contrast to the scope of this exciting tale.
Sebastian’s character arc may have been typical of alpha romance heroes when this book was first published, but it doesn’t hold up as well in 2019. He starts the book a bit stalker-ish, he has some minor consent issues when he and Kaderin do interact sexually, and he has a massive dose of “nice guy” syndrome. As in, “I’m such a nice guy, I’ve done a bunch of favors and given her lots of gifts, why doesn’t she want to be with me?”
On the other side of things, we have a woman who is experiencing emotions again for the first time in centuries. This could be a fascinating roller coaster, but everything interesting about it is buried under Kaderin’s angst about her relationship with Sebastian.
All of this takes place against the backdrop of an epic world-wide scavenger hunt with bonus timey-whimey shenanigans at the end. And that’s what saved this story for me, because Sebastian and Kaderin’s interactions in the scope of this event dragged me through the book.
This book was a fun escapist read. But the characters had so much lost potential.