Ensared: {Review}

Publication date: December 18th, 2017
Series: None
Format: e-ARC

Alainn’s father is not a bad man. He’s a genius and an inventor. When he’s hired to create the robot Rose, Alainn knows taking the money is a mistake.  
Rose acts like a human. She looks exactly like Alainn. But, something in her comes out wrong. 
To save her father from a five year prison sentence, Alainn takes Rose’s place. She says goodbye to the sun and goes to live in a tower no human is allowed to enter. She becomes the prisoner of a man no human is allowed to see.  
Believing that a life of servitude lies ahead, Alainn finds a very different fate awaits her in the company of the strange, scarred recluse. 
[This novel contains adult situations and is only suitable for readers who are 18+]

As a Beauty and the Beast fan, my expectations were fairly high for this one. The cover was what immediately drew me to look this title up, and from the synopsis I was intrigued. I wish my expectations had been met, but sadly this one was not what I thought it would be. For one, the synopsis was a little misleading. 

Alainn does not choose to take her father's place. She is essentially forced to by an automaton that her father had made and was still working on. Ultimately, Alainn decides to go because she loves her father despite all of his issues, but she does not choose to go. 

The world building was also almost nonexistent. We are introduced to this world in which AI is the norm. Automaton's have mundane jobs that humans once did such as police, tow truck drivers, etc. It is never explained what brought this on or why. Alainn volunteers as a ski slope rescuer but it is mentioned that robots will most likely replace the human rescuers. Why? Why are humans not doing their jobs anymore? How do they make money if automatons are doing everything? 

There was also the issue with Lorrcan's family. They apparently never left the tower because they were all huge germaphobes. Again, why? What happened that caused them to be so scared that they would never set foot outside again? If Lorrcan was born in the tower, does that mean his parents and grandparents were as well? We never find out these things because the world building isn't really there. 

As far as the romance goes, I really enjoyed how it was done. It was slow burning with tension filled moments where I wanted to tell them to just kiss already and get it over with. The sex scenes were not over the top at all, and were written to be very real, and not fantastical. 

Lorrcan and Alainn were well written characters. The were complete opposites but it drove them together. I liked how Alainn was the more persistent one in the relationship, if that makes sense. She knew what she wanted and she was going to get it. 

Plot wise, it was pretty steady throughout. Alainn's time in the tower was never boring, as she was always doing something. The villain was pretty obvious from the beginning, but the ones who helped Alainn were pretty surprising. 

If Ensnared had had some more thorough world building, it would have been a solid read. But there was just too much left out that left the book lacking.

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