The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston
Series: Call of Crows #3
Published by Kensington on March 28, 2017
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Stieg Engstrom, Angriest Viking Ever, has got big problems. The human Viking Clans of earth are in danger of being obliterated—along with the rest of the world—and the only one who may be able to save them is a super pain-in-the-ass Crow. Most people annoy Stieg, but this is the one woman he really can’t stand...
Erin Amsel loves being a Crow! Why wouldn’t she when the other Viking Clans are so hilariously arrogant and humorless? She’s not about to let all that come to an end! She just didn’t expect to be shoulder to shoulder in battle with Stieg. Then again, he’s so easy to torment—and also kind of cute.
With the future of the world riding on them, Stieg knows he’ll have to put aside his desperate need to kiss the smirk right off Erin’s face. Wait. What? He didn’t mean that—did he? No! They have one goal: To conquer the idiots. Because nothing bugs Stieg more than when idiots win. If only he can keep himself from suddenly acting like one...
Well, it was bound to happen at some point or the other. We’re three books into this series (Call of Crows) and 4 books into this universe (Hunting Season, The Unleashing, and The Undoing) so a clunker was bound to happen.
I wasn’t the biggest fan of The Unyielding. I was never able to connect with Erin or Stieg. Mostly, I was unable to connect to Stieg BECAUSE I was unable to connect to Erin. The entire time I kept thinking, Erin is an asswipe who could not be my friend. Plus, I never understood what Stieg saw in her – if he saw anything at all. I hope she has the face of a goddess, is built like a brick shit house and that pussy needs to be dipped in platinum and sprinkled with diamonds…cause she’s a terrible person (totally understand why she keeps getting shot in the head).
And MY GOD. The first (only??) sex scene: *shudder* It was painful to read and certainly traveled down the “non-con/dub-con” path. It bothered me a bit because that same scene with the names reversed is pretty much going to be called rape…and its hard not to see that scene as dubious consent at the very least. Gosh, Erin is SUCH the asshole.
That said, I was very entertained by The Unyielding. The overarching plot-line is entertaining and I enjoy the madcap actions of the group. I like the scenes where Erin is doing her Crow thing – being an asshole does have some perks. She has not a problem starting real shit with…anyone. ANYONE. And that was funny as hell. At the same time, I had no desire to re-read any single part of this book. The dragon was entertaining but the ending left a little to be desired. The Big Bad in this and the last two books looks to be replaced with an entirely different Big Bad for book four.
Regardless of my concerns, I will continue this series…I just don’t know if I’ll pre-order again.