RITA Reader Challenge Review

RITA Reader Challenge: The Lost by Caridad Piniero


Title: The Lost
Author: Caridad Piniero
Publication Info: Forever 2011
ISBN: 978-0446584616
Genre: Paranormal

The Lost This review was written by Cyndy. This story was nominated in the Best Paranormal Romance category.

The summary:     

Adam Bruno is no ordinary millionaire. The heir to an ancient race possessing a dark, powerful magic, he can shapeshift and create energy. His gifts make him a living weapon and have forced him to live in seclusion. But now an inhuman force hunts down Adam-just when he finds someone who makes him feel more human than he ever imagined possible . . . 

Home from combat in Iraq, Bobbie Carerra wants only peace, yet soon joins Adam in a terrifying battle against paranormal enemies who hide in plain sight. “She's” drawn to his strength of mind and body; “he's “attracted to her courage and intoxicating energy. Their scorching passion can either transport them to the heights of ecstasy or-if Adam's powers rage out of control-destroy them.

But when an invisible brotherhood tightens its nets and someone Adam trusts betrays him, only a heartrending decision can save them.

And here is Cyndy's review:

Unless Nalini Singh splits the vote, I'm betting she has the Paranormal Romance category all sewn up, and even if she doesn't, I'm not sure THE LOST is the book that would emerge as the standout. Piñeiro calls it the third book in her Sins series, but it's also the first book in a sort of side-shot series, and there's a lot of world building. And a lot of sex. And a lot of characters. It's a lot going on for one book, and the romance takes a bit of a back seat to the world-building.

Adam's character borders on the too-perfect: He's loyal to his adoptive father, who has other things in mind for him than running a company and falling for an Iraq war veteran, and he seems able to forgive even the worst transgressions easily. His loneliness, though, is what makes you want to see him with Bobbie, even when you can easily predict how it will end.

The entire story takes place over the span of a few days, and there are scenes Piñeiro could have drawn out longer to increase the romantic tension, but everything is happening so fast plot-wise that they resolve too quickly. THE LOST is good, but I don't think it's enough to win it. I do want to see where Piñeiro takes this series, however, past this first book.

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