Okay, Marked is not as good as the book Captured. Or maybe I’m just not into bears–Goldilocks and all did nothing for me growing up. I thought it was a story about buying new beds. Marked is a Goldilocks story that, to me, is more porn-y than sexy, and less dark than it is kinky.
Rosalie has a very crappy marriage and a crappier husband. She has finally pulled the trigger on an escape plot to get away from the zero-promise future that is her life. Her escape plan is desperate, and the execution is bonkers. It’s no shock that she ends up in a car accident where there is a fatality who turns up to be a bear–yep, a bear. Then it couldn’t get more surreal, but she finds an adorable baby bear in the back seat, and crazy Rosalie is off on another hare-brained adventure.
The three main bears are easy to dislike and not find sexy–I only liked the most psychotic, go figure, and I think it was because he was the least bow, chicka, wow-wow. Brooks, Colt, and Lincoln quite quickly become ‘kitty’-trained to come whenever Rosalie has even a thought of straying. The bears mean to keep her close–but she doesn’t want to leave because her creeper husband is out there just waiting to kill her so, really, peeps.
Marked isn’t the winner I wanted it to be, it’s the weakest of the bunch but not a total loser by far. It’s an average book—an average smutty Goldilocks.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary advance copy of this book.
About Dahlia Briar:
Dahlia Briar writes dark paranormal romance stories. Her writing is influenced by media such as Criminal Minds (TV show), Hannibal (TV show), The Haunting of Hill House (miniseries), Bloodborne (video game), CryptTV (youtube channel) and basically anything dark, gothic, creepy or downright disturbing. Her books feature supernatural assassins, serial killers, psychos, evil cults, demons and creepy lore and so much more.
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About Cara Wylde:
Cara Wylde loves to write about strong, feisty women and their hot Alphas who will do anything to make them happy. Her books are filled with romance and just a dash of mystery, suspense, and that eerie atmosphere she fell in love with reading too many gothic novels. With a master’s degree in Comparative Literature, she can’t help but play with tropes and themes from various genres, trying to come up with fresh perspectives on the paranormal characters her readers love so much. Vampires, shape-shifters, demons, witches… Cara will always make sure they get their own twists.
When she’s not writing, Cara is reading, planning her next story, or daydreaming. Her idea of pure heaven is a day filled with nothing but her laptop, a huge coffee pot, relaxing music, and a new, exciting project.
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