Hello friends! Today I have my book review of
Compel Me, by Elena Lawson.
Compel Me is the first book in The Last Vocari series.
Trigger Warnings: Sex, Blood, Murder, Murder Mention, Murder Flashback, Light BDSM.
I go by Rose. But don’t let the delicate name fool you—I’m all thorns…
The polished metal stakes strapped to my thighs have pierced the hearts of so many vampires I’ve lost count. And after five years I still haven’t found him—the vamp with one blue eye and one brown. The one who slaughtered my mother and left me, a child, to sit screaming in a pool of her still-warm blood.
With any luck, he’ll come to me. You see, I’ve made something of a name for myself with my trade. It seems more and more of the bloodsucking bastards seek to find me every day. Each of them wanting to be the one to say they plucked The Black Rose.
It’s not until a group of three finds me that I think I’ve finally met my match. But these aren’t just any nameless, faceless vamps. I know them. Or, at least, I knew them—when they were still human.
Worst of all, I owe them a debt.
But paying it means I’ll need to face my worst fear… that I may not be entirely human, either
From GoodReads [x]:
“REVERSE HAREM” IS, LITERALLY, THE OPPOSITE OF “HAREM”, WITH A GROUP OF MALES CENTERING ROUND A SINGULAR FEMALE, USUALLY WITH THREE OR MORE MALES. QUITE OFTEN FOUND UNDER THE ROMANCE GENRE.
Initially I was interested in Compel Me because there were vampires mentioned. And then there was the bit of the synopsis where the it reads that Compel Me is a reverse harem story. Now…vampires..and a reverse harem theme? Colour me intrigued! When I think of vampires, am I the only one who thinks ‘solitary,’ and ‘possessive?’
Needless to say, I ended up reading Compel Me. Now, for most of the novel, the story was interesting, and the plot managed to hold my attention which was nice.
We learn much about the main character, and how she has lived the last ten years ever since her mom was murdered. The rest of Compel me is of three things: awesome fighting scenes (gotta love girls who hid knives underneath their dresses/skirts!), sex scenes, and fast, somewhat
(ok totally) reckless driving (me).
Buuuuuut, and that was a pretty big but right there….
Compel Me could have had the potential to be a ‘complete’ book. I say this because the ending to Compel Me is 100% a cliff hanger.
But I guess Lawson did their job right, because I’m definitely going to be reading the second book.
Honestly, I had high hopes for Compel Me. So much so that by the end of of this book, I only ended up thinking that the book, overall, was only okay.
I give Compel Me, 2 stars.
Have you read Compel Me, or anything else by Elena Lawson?
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