Just about my whole Romancelandia Twitter feed was over the moon about this book. Best thing ever!! Kickass heroine!! Awesome hero!!! Action galore!! Romance!! Sexytimes!!
If you're looking for all those things, try the excellent Conspiracy of Whispers by Ada Harper.
So here's the thing, a 23 year old heroine who can do everything and get out of scrape after dangerous scrape, time after time, thanks to some training we're just hearing about that she had when she was young. TWENTY THREE IS YOUNG!!! She's just so darned perfect all the time. No one is at that age, but seriously, this gal, who amusingly enough, is named Ada doesn't have a single fault or flaw.
And the hero? Loch, who frowns and growls and grunts his way through the book until just about the very end where he declares his devotion to Ada. But do we SEE this relationship kindle and grow? Nope, we see a lot of hot sex and lusty glances and panting after each other, but aside from this overpowering physical attraction to each other, I don't think I saw much emotional growth. Loch is just a lump of growly muscle and abs as far as I can tell, one who seems to think that Ada belongs to him. His property. I can't tell you how that put me off every time it was mentioned - and that was a lot.
The action. Well, there was a lot of that, but it mostly spun the same way. There's some trouble, Ada pulls out some great weapon or defense and manages to rescue them, much to Loch's amused surprise. Or, Ada gets captured, she's threatened with DIRE consequences, and by some special quirk of hers or SURPISE, growly man, she or they manage an escape. There are politics involved by they're basically only given surface attention. They could be very interesting and maybe we'll get there at some point in the series, but not here.
Romance? Not much here! Mutual admiring of weapons and abs and lusty looks and thoughts and deeds and that's about it. I don't know why Ada loves Loch and I don't know why Loch loves Ada. I'm told they're in love, but... I have no clue why or how.
There were a few scenes I really liked. The scenes where Ada, Loch and their friends plotted and planned and teased each other. Felt a lot like Nora Roberts' gang of friends characters. And that's my catnip, as they say. *LOL*
Of course we've been introduced to the next couple in the series, I'm pretty sure. Ada's sister and her family's House security guy (who I think is one of Loch's friends, but that's in the future.)
Oh, and one last thing... I found the characters very 2019ish as opposed to the hundreds of years in the future people they are supposed to be. Just the way they spoke, the terms they used, it just all felt somehow contemporary to me.
Anyway, I went into this with high hopes and was quite frankly, disappointed. I don't understand what the huge fuss is about. The basic ideas are good, but the execution and the meat of the story are lacking, in my opinion. So it's another book that so many people found wonderful and I found it rather ordinary and pedestrian.