Silence that Sizzles
Author: Ivy Sinclair
Title: Silence that Sizzles
Series: Urban Dwellers 1
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Rating: One Petal
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Although he has the outward appearance of a successful businessman as part owner of the hottest nightclub in Copper City, the Urban Dwellers, bear shifter Kyle Frost hides a secret. A secret that killed his career with the army and sent him into an emotional tailspin.
Doctor Kelly Malone knew Kyle at his lowest and, after quitting her high-profile job with a leading pharmaceutical company, needs his help. She needs him to protect her while she exposes the truth about her research.
As Kyle tracks down the clues to the answer that will keep Kelly safe, he lowers his carefully guarded emotional walls to the attractive doctor. But will he be able to claim her as his forever before it’s too late?
Kyle spends his nights running a nightclub. He makes sure everything runs smoothly, but he knows he only got the job because he wasn't good at anything else. Luckily, he likes his job because it helps suppress the demons hiding in his past. Then Kelly shows up asking for his help and his past is suddenly his future, especially since his heart gets involved.
The premise for this book was very interesting, but not fully fleshed out. I liked the idea of shifters being part of the human world, but I felt like I was missing out on a lot of world building. I found out later that the Urban Dwellers series overlaps with the Greyelf Grizzlies series and can't help wondering if Sinclair did a lot of that world building in the other series and then forgot that it was necessary to include in the new series. Without that background I found that I couldn't connect with Kyle as a character. He comes off as one dimensional because there wasn't enough detail given about the world around him to allow me to understand how his issues were really issues.
I also had a big problem with the emotions in this book. Kyle says "he's very excited" and then moves on. That telling instead of showing was consistent throughout the book. I needed more description to be able to believe that he was very excited. "His heart beat a quick staccato in his chest and his palms began to sweat" or anything along those lines was completely absent. This definitely increased my feeling that Kyle and Kelly were both very one dimensional and ruined the book for me.
Everything that was needed to make this a good book was present. An interesting world, flawed characters learning to lean on each other, and the potential for a dynamic plot, but there was so much missing that this book was almost unreadable. The characters were one dimensional and the emotion lacked description and depth, and I therefore cannot recommend this book.
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