I had high hopes when I chose my next read Seduced by Innocence (The Seduced Saga #1) by Karpov Kinrade after I had read the reviews on Goodreads. However, I didn’t like it, and I was left with tons of unanswered questions once the story was said and done. I did manage to finish it, yay, but it wasn’t easy. Though, we do need to keep in mind I was on my 3rd round of flu in a month, so I may not have retained the information that was there.
All my life I’ve been told that I will kill my first love. That the dark power I harbor within myself will destroy him.
Just like it’s destroyed others.
Witches take an oath to do no harm, but I broke that oath even as a child, and so I hide within the invisible walls of my strange coven, keeping everyone at a distance.
Until I meet Derek.
His magnetism draws me in even as I know I should run. But I can’t run, because I need him to teach me how to defend myself and others, so I don’t fall victim to the shifters out to terrorize my coven.
He can’t know my secret, and I can’t give in to the other need that’s growing between us, the one that heats me from within whenever we’re together.
But flesh is weaker than intention, and neither of us can fight the fates. If only we’d known the truth before taking that first bite of forbidden fruit.
Now it’s too late.
My problem with Seduced by Innocence is it’s very one dimensional, so much so that I never felt like I really knew what was going on. For instance, there’s an attack at the beginning of the story, but it’s never fully explained. I thought it was just to build suspense with the full explanation happening later in the story, but that didn’t happen (maybe it happens in a later novel??). It’s like that with every plot twist (and character), you get just enough to know what happened but not much of explanation to know what it all really meant. I know there’s a war between the witches and the shifters; but why, how to explain the level of animosity and hate between them, what has been done to solve this feud, where are the examples to further explain Rose’s pliability to make the scenes of her defiance more incredible, are some of the questions that were never really explained. If the storyline and the characters themselves had been expanded on, Seduced by Innocence would have been far more entrancing and entertaining.
What kept me reading was that the storyline is still interesting even with lacking details. The witches and shifters both want to get rid of the other to make their lives better. The witches are seclusive, vindictive and aggressive while the shifters are more sociable and peaceful, or at least that’s the impression I got. Each have their own set of powers that they use to defend and protect their clan. For instance, Rose’s touch kills, think Rogue from Xmen, which is badass and yet very depressing knowing she can’t have normal relationships. For me, the premise itself is pretty cool, but the lack of filler keeps it from being great. Which is sad, this storyline has super potential but it’s missing that extra oomph to keep my interest.
Seduced by Innocence wasn’t a hit with me, and as always I feel guilty about that. There were too many missing pieces for me to see the world or the characters clearly and understand what was going on. But, like I said above, this could be due to all the sickness we’ve been dealing with and I was just too out of my noggin to notice. Only way to find out is try it for yourself. Good news is, the entire series is a freebie on Amazon!