The Red Ledger: Part 1 by Meredith Wild

The Red Ledger: Part 1The Red Ledger: Part 1 by Meredith Wild

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher, Waterhouse Press, and the author via netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Isabel is living in Rio, going through the motions since her greatest love left her six years ago. She’s an English teacher by day, and she likes to hang out with Kolt at night, dare I say, stringing him along? She knows she can never love him as her heart has already been given away, but the companionship is nice. Everything is turned upside down for Isabel when Tristan comes along, he’s death for hire, and Isabel’s name has arrived on his list. When he gets a chance at perfect, quick, easy kill, he doesn’t take it, she says his name, HIS name. What can this all mean? Tristan only has the last three years worth of memories, he has no idea his connection to this kill, but he’s determined to find out.

So, I had this sitting on my netgalley TBR list for a while now, and I have to admit, I was a bit put off when I was scrolling through Facebook one day and saw this series advertised on a sponsored add as the next Fifty Shades. Now, I have to admit, I’ve never read fifty shades, I’ve heard that it’s entertaining, but it’s existence has irked me since it’s release (I just feel like the BDSM was not researched properly and I’ve seen excerpts from it and the writing style seems woeful), so I was a little put off that this book seemed to be classed totally different to what I was expecting when I read the blurb. As it’s only rather short, 116 pages, I figured why not? I need to get my netgalley list down and I may as well start by picking off the shorter stories. This story doesn’t seem anything like Fifty Shades. The first installment at least anyway. There’s no poor excuse for bondage happening, though Tristan is very domineering and needs to get his own way and he’s holding Isabel against her will. I put this down to a contract killer taking steps to work something out, not because he NEEDS to dominate Isabel or he’ll die.

I found the premise of the story interesting. Here is a contract killer (who doesn’t love one of those) who has no memory besides the last three years. He’s on a kill and the killee says his name. Colour me interested. I found that the stories pace just seemed SOOOO SLOOOWWWWW. I honestly considered DNFing this at like 30% because NOTHING WAS HAPPENING. Two reasons I didn’t DNF though – 1. It’s only 116 pages for hell’s sake and 2. I kinda wanted to see what would end up happening with Tristan and Isabel, as well as what HAPPENED with Tristan and Isabel. So I guess you could say that I was a little invested in the characters.

Tristan is a brooding, all business, contract killer for hire. He’s tortured, generically good looking, and can kill someone at 100 paces and have complete certainty that he’s got them, and that he’s won. Isabel is running from her past, her heart shattered into a million pieces and belonging to the man who left her just out of high school when he joined the army. At 24 years old she has settled with the fact that she will never love again… To be honest, my favourite character out of the whole book was the half blind priest that we meet. I want to see more of him! He was great. Sarcasm aside (not about the priest, I really did pick him as my favourite character), the characters were fine, and they had enough depth for such a short book, they were generic love story characters in my opinion.

The story’s pace fell flat for the middle of the book, it wasn’t until I was nearly at the end of this installment that it really started to pick up. I didn’t see any resemblance to fifty shades of grey, but I’m assuming that the similarity lies with the tortured, overbearing lover who the female just wants to save, make feel better, and do absolutely ANYTHING for. So not my kind of story I don’t think. I’ll admit, once I finished this I was curious as to what would happen next, but I’m not curious enough to continue with this series, it’s just not for me I’m afraid. I wish I could have enjoyed it more, but it was more about the lost love aspect than the awesome killer for hire aspect.

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