After reading the synopsis and hearing lots of positive buzz around the blogosphere, I was pretty much convinced that I would fall head-over-heels in love with this book. Sadly, despite possessing some creative ideas, Royal Street failed to rock my world, to put the motion in the ocean, to float my boat, to...oh never mind, I think you get the point.
Anyways, what I thought was going to be a fun, exciting adventure turned out to be rather boring and pretty much devoid of emotion. I felt absolutely nothing—no connection, no suspense, no curiosity, no excitement, nada—while reading the 150 pages I managed to get through before finally calling it quits.
The characters and the story just seemed bland, and it certainly didn't help matters that the plot developed & unfolded at a snail's pace. I kept waiting for something to happen and it just didn't. Speaking of the characters, I also thought they were two-dimensional & underdeveloped. DJ had a couple of likable traits, but I mostly found her to be incredibly, annoyingly immature (especially given her age & profession). Alex, her newly assigned partner, was a walking, talking cliche with zero personality. And their verbal sparring, which I'm sure was meant to be amusing and crackling with romantic chemistry, was in reality juvenile and lacking any kind of sexual tension.
I also had high hopes for Pure and Ripper, and both (unfortunately) did absolutely nothing for me. Neither one could hold my attention for more than a few pages at a time. I must have picked them up and given them a dozen (if not more) tries before deciding to give up for good. Actually, to be completely honest, they bored me silly, and my reading experience with both books could be fairly accurately illustrated by the following video: