[Review] Seven Years by Dannika Dark

Synopsis: Seven years ago, my world ended. Seven years later, my new life began.
It’s been seven years since Lexi Knight lost her brother in a tragic accident. On the anniversary of his death, her brother’s best friend shows up unexpectedly – a man she hasn’t seen since the funeral. He is no longer the boy Lexi once knew, but a dangerous-looking man with tattoos and dark secrets. He broke her trust and abandoned her family, yet what he reveals makes it impossible to stay angry. Lexi has been secretly infatuated with Austin since childhood, so finding out he’s a Shifter just makes him sexier. Dammit.
Austin Cole has returned to the city where he grew up, and just in time. He’s lived a hard life these past seven years, and the shadows of his past are threatening to destroy Lexi’s family. It’s time that she learned the truth about her brother, but there is a shocking twist that Austin never saw coming. Now he must protect her family when her mother and sister wind up in mortal danger. Will Lexi learn to accept the truth about who he is, and can Austin salvage a relationship from the ruins of their past?

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Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Seven #1
Date of Publication: October 20, 2013
Cliffhanger: No
HEA/Happy End: No

Rating: 1,5 Stars ✶ ✶
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Buddy read with: Shakera from More Books Please

I don’t really know where to start with this book. I expected something better, because look at the cover and the synopsis. It basically screams “good read”, but

It was frustrating, stupid, boring and just so wrong.

The main heroine is Lexi, which is short for Alexie (I guess, I’m not even sure). I really, really would like to hit her. She just made some pretty bad choices, for example: You are in danger. Where would you seek help? By your nice and down-to-earth childhood friend or by the creeper who kidnapped you a day before (which was totally ok for her).

She actually needed to think about that, just to choose option C: going home, where no one would look for you. Noo (*Sarcasm on full power*)

[EDIT: I forgot to talk about the big, BIG twist with her being a shifter as well. I did not see that one coming. Nooo, never would have thought about it. Yes, there’s the sarcasm again.]

Austin, the shifter, is the main hero and her former childhood friend till he just vanished after Lexi’s brother died.
He was kinda likeable, but well, I just don’t know. He did some stupid stuff as well. BTW he loves dirty talk.

Then there were his brothers (each one will probably get his own book). He has six of those, some were weird, some stupid, the only brother I actually liked was Denver. He was funny and cute to Lexi’s niece Maizy. I would read his book, but only his, because I need to know if he will end up with Maizy, who is – in this book – still a child.
BTW all the brothers were named after the cities they were born in: Austin, Denver, Reno and so on.

There are some other side characters as well, I will just name them and a reason why they sucked or not:
Naya, best friend of Lexi; kinda likeable; needs a boyfriend, because all she ever talks about is sex; is revealed to be a shifter, which did nothing to the story.
Beckett, ex-boyfriend of Lexi; cheated on her in her car; tries to get her back; creeper; totally unnecessary for the story
Lorenzo, creepy shifter; kidnapped her; just CREEPY in capitals
Prince, shifter and yes, that’s his real name; saved Maizy; tries to help Lexi; kinda ok
Lexi’s mother – I have nothing to say about her
April, works in a candy shop alongside Lexi, shy, probably had some bad experience with men


And then there is one more secondary character that just bothered me: her father. He was just so mean. I did not get why you had to make him the villain.

Oh, btw if you are waiting for anything happening between Lexi and Austin you need to wait / read till 76% of the book.

The only thing that I kinda liked about the book was the writing style. But I kept asking myself if Dannika Dark does not has an editor, because the book felt like she just put in every idea she had while writing it.

1,5 out of 5 stars

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