Review: The Danger That is Damion by Lisa Renee Jones

Posted July 4th, 2012 in book review / Leave a comment

The Danger That Is Damion

Book #3 of the Zodius Series

by Lisa Renee Jones

Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 2012)
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Format: eBook (352 pages)
Source: NetGalley
Purchase: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository
Rating: ★★★☆☆ (3 stars)

Lethally passionate, wickedly dangerous…

Renegade warrior Damion Browne is a soldier of soldiers, an enforcer of the code of honor. With ruthless precision, he calculates risks as deliberately as he does his lover’s satisfaction. Now it’s up to him to defeat a new generation of female Super Soldiers, including the one woman perfectly programmed to be his downfall.

His enemy…or his soul mate?

Lara Martin has never felt powerful, until she’s brainwashed to destroy the one man who can help her find the answers she so desperately seeks. Alone and embroiled in lies, Lara must turn to Damion for the key to the truth … ~ Goodreads

~Short Review~

At a Glance
I am getting a little nervous. Paranormal Romance is losing a little of its edge for me. I can’t find a PNR that sucks me in anymore. The Danger That is Damion was good, but I say good with the tone in which I would say something is okay–with uncertainty.

The Good
I have not read the two previous books of this series, but I was easily caught up by this book’s recaps.

There were many times I enjoyed Lara and Damion together. While Lara was brainwashed into thinking all GTECHs must be destroyed–especially since she believes they killed her family–she runs across a man who doesn’t fit the mold of the big bad GTECH. When Damion captures Lara, he doesn’t hurt her or torture her, he is gentle and caring. I liked watching Lara’s inner struggle with weeding out her implanted memories from her real ones. Damion is there every step of the way, even when Lara continues to distrust him and his team.

Lara was so strong but so fragile at the same time. She is one of the first female GTECHs, so she can keep her own in a fight but she can’t help but fall apart as the world she knows starts to unravel. And Damion is there to support her no matter what. Though I thought him a little soft for a soldier, he was very endearing and playful.

I think the side story was the most fascinating part of The Danger That is Damion. The ones who brainwashed Lara, and turned her into a GTECH, are now after her. She has information that can ruin their evil plans. The cast of bad characters had their own little soap opera drama that played out on page beautifully. I even felt bad for some of them, while others were such horrible people I wanted bad things to happen to them, and often.

The Bad
There were a lot of info-dumps that made it obvious the author didn’t know how to smoothly include information into the story without making it look silly for the characters to mention it.

The dialogue was a little too cheesy for me sometimes. And I wish there was more action, especially since this story is about military trained people.

The ending was very rushed. It lacked action and was majorly anti-climactic.

The Snuggly
The snuggly was pretty good. Well written sex scenes overall. I’d say the connection between Lara and Damion was just okay. It wasn’t 100% natural feeling. But they were cute together. They made me smile and giggle (Giggle? Who said giggle? I don’t giggle. That’s just silly.) Sometimes I loved seeing them together, other times I just rolled my eyes at their conversations.

This book was good in an okay way. There was a lot I found interesting but the writing wasn’t the best and the action was lacking. I think those who follow the series will really like The Danger That is Damion. I am currently trying to find a PNR that WOWs me, so my expectations were a little high for this book. It’s pretty much an average PNR book. If you are looking for a romantic distraction, this book would suffice. A recommended read for some.

She didn’t like being manipulated. But then, two could play that game. She taunted him, went after his male ego. “Unless you’re afraid you can’t handle me.” She softened her voice to a seductive rasp, “Don’t worry, honey. I promise to be gentle.”

His hands slid around her waist, his palms scorching her skin beneath the thin material of her dress. “The gun in your purse doesn’t say gentle to me.”

“You might be surprised,” she challenged, setting aside the unexpected, uncomfortable drugging effect of this man’s deep baritone voice. “Try me.”

The Zodius Series:
Book #1: The Legend of Michael
Book #2: The Storm That is Sterling
Book #3: The Danger That is Damion

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