Very Brief Synopsis - Havily and Marcus are breh-hedden (mates) but don't want to be. He is living on Earth and is the CEO of a thriving business. She lives on Second Earth and is a Liason for ascenders(and plans parties.) Marcus was a Warrior, but walked away from his duties 200 years ago. Bad guy vampires are trying to take over Second Earth. The Warriors, led by the fabulous Endelle, are trying to stop them. Chaos ensues.
Impressions - Marcus is fairly well fleshed out. I like his "man" moments, I like how he takes care of Havily, I like how he accepts responsibility for his faults. Havily comes off as immature and shallow. Much is made of both Marcus and Havily's wardrobes...maybe it's me, but I didn't get where that should be the clue that they belong together. Love of designer labels=compatibility?
What worked for me - Endelle. Marcus. Antony. The other Warriors whose names I can't remember and I am too lazy to go get my reader. Compelling possibilites from the storyline. Interesting world building. I often(really often) felt like this book was written by 2 very different authors. I mean, it suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder. Parts of it read as a strong, compelling PNR. I enjoyed the mythology, although I found it unrealisitic that 8 men could take on an entire army of the bad vampires. I liked the other Warriors, and I think Endelle could be one of my favorite characters ever. Endelle's voice, Marcus's voice, the basic story... all of those were out of the park wins. I like this writer.
What didn't work for me - Then we have Havily's voice, and Parisa's voice, and the meandering stuff going on in the background. This author felt disjointed, and contradictory. Words were used incorrectly. There were "ands" where there should have been "buts", which makes keeping up with the direction of the conversations or storyline all but impossible. Parisa, in particular, about drove me crazy. At first, she feels alive in Second Earth as she never has before, she is happy, happy, happy... Not two pages later, she is depressed, she wants to leave, she is a whining pile of woman...Why? I'm not really sure.
Havily cannot...let...GO... of the fact that Marcus walked away from the Warriors. Never mind that he had a really compelling reason. Never mind that he has come back. Oh, no....she can't let it go. That whole plotline felt contrived to me. It made Havily seem shallow. The reasons for Havily and Marcus not wanting to be mates also felt contrived. Parisa and Antony are supposed to be mates...but they don't want to be. I sense a theme.
And then there is the "cried" thing. I see this mentioned in a review for Ascension, and it bears repeating. No more "cried", for the love of Heaven. Everyone cries everything. No kidding, at least once every other page he cried, she cried, everybody cried, cried...STOP! Also, I think the author is trying to create signature slang ala JRW. In the tradition of the incomparable "True?", we get "So...[excrement]" every page or so. Don't get me wrong, the "So...[...]" is better than the cried thing.
If we could have a lot more of the strong, compelling, forward moving voice and less of the hand wringing, woe is me, I am saying one thing but doing another and now I am doing something else completely out of character voice, this would be a terrific series. I have not read Ascension and I am not sure if I am going to pick up the next book in the series, at least until I read some realistic reviews. There are some parts that are so good, but I am not sure it outweighs the not so good.