[Review] Cursed by Fire by Jacquelyn Frank

eARC provided by NetGalley.

Synopsis: For centuries, Dethan has been trapped in a fiery inferno for defying the gods and snatching the power of immortality. Condemned to have his battle-hardened body licked by flames only to regenerate and be consumed all over again, Dethan has lost all hope—until the Goddess of Conflict appears. She will release him from torment—if he’ll use his power and strength as a warrior to raise an army and defeat a fierce enemy faction of gods.

Free to live as a man once again, Dethan meets Selinda—heir to the throne of Hexis—and his thoughts quickly turn from the conquest of cities to the conquest of this headstrong beauty. Betrothed to a cruel, calculating powermonger, Selinda needs a champion, and so Dethan enters into another bargain: If she will share her bed—and her body—with him, Dethan will save her city from destructive forces within and without. As the lovers ignite a searing passion, Dethan will risk all—even the wrath of the Goddess of Conflict—for a chance to make Selinda his forever.
Genre: Paranormal-Romance
Series: Immortal Brothers #1
Date of Publication: February 24th 2015
Cliffhanger: No idea
HEA/Happy End: Probably
Rating: 2 Stars ✶ ✶

To be honest when I started reading this, I had no idea what to await. I was going through NetGalley and saw this book. It had the name “Jacquelyn Frank” on it and the synopsis sounded nice, so I requested it and I was accepted (big thanks to NetGalley).

I loved her Nightwalkers series, but  I only read that one in german. So I had no idea what her writing style is like and oh, boy, it’s pretty hard to read.

I would under no circumstances recommendate this book to people who just started reading in english. It had some word I even had to look up, haven’t done that in ages. Normally the words unknown to me become clear through the context, but those words… after a while I just decided that I did not need to know what they mean and ignored them.

The way they talked was even worse.

“A whip should not be applied to such fine horseflesh, woman. If he cannot control them with reins alone, then you are in need of a better driver. And I am in need of a belt.”

Also this story was just boring. It couldn’t hold my attention – at all. I felt reminded of the days I had to read books for school. I had the same feelings for those books as I now have for Cursed By Fire. I feel like I’ve wasted my time.

But because I liked her Nightwalkers series I had to give this one a try till I couldn’t take it anymore at 80%.

Like I already told you I had major problems with the way the story is written, but I also couldn’t stand the main character Dethan.
He is arrogant and whiny (in the beginning). I get that he had a hard time till he finally got out of hell, but I just did NOT like him.

He is just really annoying. Also he just came to a new environment and he’s already judging everything. For example there is this fight where two contestants fight – obviously – but Dethan is all like: How do you want to know who’s the better one out of those two if both survive in the end?
But then he goes and takes place in one of those fights, too. I don’t get him.

And he forces Selinda to share her bed with him – oh sorry, I meant not force her. She does so voluntary.

“[…] I will not force you, if that is what you mean. I will not have to force you. I assure you all will come very naturally.”

Also… he is pretty shallow.

“[…] I will not marry an ugly woman […]”

He is a real arrogant jerk and does apparantly not care for his brothers, who are still somewhere getting tortured. If I was him, I would search the world for them, but he doesn’t even tell Selinda about them (or did I overread that particular piece of information?)

Selinda is even worse than Dethan. She is this little, delicate flower who is afraid to raise her voice. But she still makes an agreement with Dethan without really thinking it through.
Oh, and after she finally knows what pleasure is, she jumps him like a rabbit.

That was the exact moment I couldn’t deal with this book any longer.

Did I mention she has a future husband that is pretty psycho? No? Okay, now you know.

Well, anyway, it’s a big DNF for me.

Still get’s more than one star, because I’m sure some people can enjoy this. I’m just not one of those people.

2 out of 5 stars

Buy it here:
Amazon DE | Amazon UK | Amazon COM

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