Good promise but an unpolished execution in this love story

Jace's Trial (Trials in Abingdon #1)Jace’s Trial by J.M. Wolf

My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

2.5*

I wanted to like this book more than I ended up doing as, on paper, it had so many tropes I love reading about.

Unfortunately, for me, it just didn’t work for a number of reasons, not least being the lack of development given to the relationship between Jase and Gerard.

I know there’s such a thing as instant love, that meeting with your soul mate, but I just didn’t feel that here, especially since Gerard had been in love with Jase’s dad and in a relationship with him only a relatively short while earlier.

The narrative was an odd jumble of styles too, told in first person alternative POV, it jumped around and the dialogue was, at times, odd and unnatural sounding.

Plus, at one point early in the story when the two men first meet, Jase’s eyes are described almost simultaneously as both ‘scintilating’ and yet also expressing the cold, blank and lifeless stare, his aunt had warned Gerard about. I scratched my head a bit at that point.

There’s good points though, it’s a nicely fleshed out world with some interesting secondary characters, there’s potential for more stories in this setting and it’s well edited in terms of proofing and grammar and the cover is gorgeous.

I think the author has promise and I will definitely keep an eye out for the next book in the series.

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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