Hello my lovelies, it’s time for another mini review. Today I’d like to share my thoughts about Playing With Monsters. Book 1 in Amelia Hutchins’ paranormal romance series Playing With Monsters which is a spin-off series to The Fae Chronicles.
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Title: Playing with Monsters by Amelia Hutchins
Series: Playing with Monsters #1
Published by Self-Published on 7 July, 2016
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance, Erotic
Narrator: Aiden Snow, Eva Amar
Length: 15 hours 18 minutes
No. of Pages: 516
My coven has remained hidden in the shadows for centuries. We’ve avoided the ‘real world’ altogether; hiding from monsters and other creatures we share this planet with. We found protection in the Colville National Forest, nestled in a town protected by magical barriers. Our powers are locked by an ancient curse, one meant to protect us from being found. Until now. The past has a way of repeating itself. A new game is beginning. No one is safe. He’s coming for me. He’s hunting. The monster we’ve run from for centuries has found us. How far will this deadly game go? How far will I be able to take it, or will he destroy me and everything I care about? Will the one thing I can’t live without, be the key to destroying and undoing the past? Or will the past destroy me before I can save the people I love from what I’ve done.
About the hero: chances are you may not fall instantly in love with him, that’s because I don’t write men you instantly love; you grow to love them. I don’t believe in instant-love. I write flawed, raw, caveman-like assholes that eventually let you see their redeeming qualities. They are aggressive, assholes, one step above a caveman when we meet them. You may not even like him by the time you finish this book, but I promise you will love him by the end of this series.
About the heroine: There is a chance, that you might think she’s a bit naïve, or weak, but then again who starts out as a badass? Badasses are a product of growth and I am going to put her through hell, and you get to watch her come up swinging every time I knock her on her ass. That’s just how I do things. How she reacts to the set of circumstances she is put through, may not be how you as the reader, or I as the author would react to that same situation. Everyone reacts differently to circumstances and how Magdalena responds to her challenges, is how I see her as a character and as a person.
I don’t write love stories: I write fast paced, knock you on your ass, make you sit on the edge of your seat wondering what happens next books. If you’re looking for cookie cutter romance, this isn’t for you. If you can’t handle the ride, un-buckle your seatbelt and get out of the roller-coaster car now. If not, you’ve been warned. If nothing outlined above bothers you, carry on and enjoy the ride!
Review Format: Audiobook
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal eBook Link ¦ Amazon* ¦ Audible*
I decided last year that shorter, mini reviews are the way forward for this particular book blogger. 😉 Therefore I only write full detailed reviews for the books I receive from authors, publishers and PR organiser (ARCs).
This year, as you may know, I set myself the long overdue challenge of actually finishing some series! 😉 I’m linking up to the 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge. Check out my progress here.
Today, I’m so happy to be able to check off another one from my TBR pile. I started reading Amelia Hutchins last year because she was an attending authors at RARE19 in London.
So, on with my thoughts about…
So, what did I think about Playing with Monsters?
Amelia Hutchins has cemented herself as one of my favourite authors. I love her writing style, the pace she sets for her stories and the gripping plots. The characters she creates are always multifaceted and exhibit all the personality traits that keep me engaged. I love that her books make me feel so many emotions and continually test my comfort zone. 😉
I downloaded the narration and loved the extra dimension that it added. Playing with Monsters has a duel perspective. Magdalena’s chapters were read by Eva Amar while Aiden Snow did Lucian’s. Both narrators are new-to-me but I was really impressed with their performances. Although neither used different voices for the various characters in this book, Eva personified Lena and Aiden brought Lucian to life perfectly. They both conveyed the emotional impact in each scene as they read the narrative and dialogue. The majority of the book is from Magdalena’s pov however, also having Lucian’s perspective sprinkled here and there was brilliant.
If you’ve read my reviews before, you’ll know that I need the female protagonist to exhibit certain personality traits. Intelligence, resilience, resourcefulness, self-reliance and gumption. Magdalena (Lena) ticks all my boxes with a great sense of humour and sarkiness that I love too. Still not sure what to make of Lucian. However, you’d definitely class him in the antihero category. He’s dark, dangerous and waaay to bossy but…
I’d just like to say that the warning at the beginning of the book isn’t there for fun. There’s sex and violent scenes throughout the story written in a very explicit and graphic way. As well as darker themes and lots of expletives. Some of the actions, thoughts and scenes in this book will cause offence or trigger emotions some readers should avoid. Sex without consent is rape. However, romances written about supernatural creature that can compel humans to comply with anything test our ethics. Having said, that if you persist, Amelia gives us insightful inner dialogue which is like a soothing balm to the raw emotions we feel as readers with such brutal violations.
Playing with Monsters is a bloody good book.
I was caught by surprise the way the plot played out. It wasn’t what I expected which just added to my enjoyment. There are enough story threads and unanswered questions to tempt me to keep reading without the need for a cliffhanger. I can’t wait to see what Lena and her coven will do and what will happens next for Lena and Lucian.
Keep reading to find out more about this series and its author.
Playing With Monsters Series
Monsters is set in the same universe as The Elite Guards series and The Fae Chronicles series.
- Playing With Monsters (Playing With Monsters #1) (2016)
- Sleeping With Monsters (Playing With Monsters #2) (2018)
- Becoming His Monster (Playing With Monsters #3) (2019)
Buy any of the books in the Playing With Monsters series in print, audiobook, audio CD and ebook formats from the usual retailers. Including:
Amazon UK ¦ Amazon US ¦ Audible ¦ The Book Depository ¦
Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my mini review. I hope I’ve sparked your interest in Playing With Monsters and you add it to your TBR.
Bye for now,