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Stranger (The Blades of the Rose #4)
He protects the world's magicwith his science. But even the best scientists can fall prey to the right chemistry...
Looking For Trouble
Gemma Murphy has a nose for a storyeven if the boys in Chicago's newsrooms would rather focus on her chest. So when she runs into a handsome man of mystery discussing how to save the world from fancy-pants Brit conspirators, she's sensing
I don't get it when my on-line book buddies start talking about how much they love this hero or that hero. I think they need to get a freakin life. Once I hit my later teens I was never one to go gaga over movie stars, music stars or the like, maybe because I knew it was all a façade. If...more
Some things I really liked about this one:
- The hero and heroine are both great, really great. All the heroes and heroines in this series have been excellent, and these two are no different. Neither of them is one-dimensional, and the hero, in particular, is mor...more
Catullus is the one constant character through all the books in this series. He is a brilli...more
Catullus is a member of The Blades of the Rose, a secret organization that protects Sources, those items that hold magical power throughout the world from the evil Heirs of Albion. The Heirs now have the primal source,...more
Stranger didn't manage to displace Rebel as my favorite of the series, but it was still good. The hero Catalus Graves, genius inventor is quite reserved, so his romance is not as fiery as some of the other Blade's romances. And the book has a different feel from the rest of the series, since the leads quest to stop a magical takeover of epic conseq...more
Stranger takes place pretty much immediately after Rebel ends. Catullus, Astrid, Lesperance (and Gemma in the shadows) are on a ship crossing the Atlantic on their way back to Engla...more
Ways it's different from books 1-3:
1. There was not the amazing "loc...more
I use to read romance novels. I even re-read Outlander a couple years ago and liked them. I enjoy the work of Jacqueline Carey. I don't mind sex in a novel at all. But as I got older, I read less and less romance novels. I find my patie...more
As to the second part, the story just bored me in the middle. The Heirs plan felt a little flat to me. It didn't excite me like I'd hoped it would. The actual final battle was engaging however. It had all the characters I've grown to know and love and a feeling of breathless excitement.
Catullus. Well, I've loved him in all the previous books and was so looking forward to his...more
Catullus Graves is the genius inventor of gadgets (think Q in Bond) for the Blades of the Rose, a group of adventurers from all over the world dedi...more
Don't get me wrong, the adventure still exciting, the idea is fresh, and the sex is still steamy. But there are some aspect that make me reduce the stars. Maybe because I feel the last part feel too rushed. Still I adore Catullus and Gemma, their adventure to the underworld is great and I love the scene at the cabin, LOL!
Love Bennett who give advice to Catullus an...more
The series is apparently wrapped up, and what a bumpy ride. The first one, while good, was dry, the second was v. enjoyable by contrast (Day is v. entertaining), the third had a h that I never really warme...more
Catullus Graves is fascinating in theory: nineteenth century inventor, genius, lover of waistcoats and well-spoken Englishman with African roots. Brilliant.
Sadly, his story was underwhelming and I am struggling to pinpoint why exactl...more
Lets talk about the character Gemma, his love interest. She was in my opinion ,one of the best ,most fascinating characters in recent romances. She was, without a doubt ,a fant...more
Reporter Gemma Murphy is often considered an anomaly: she’s a woman who wants to write about more than traditional “female” topics. Gemma has to work twice as hard as a man to get a good story, so she never lets the prospect of one pass her by. So when she’s on the edges of the Canadian wilderness and overhears an elegant Brit talking about magic, saving the world, and danger, how can she pass the story up? But the...more
The Heirs of Albion have the Primal Source in their control. Despite knowing little about it, they are prepared to use it to gain their ultimate objective, a world controlled by Great Britain. The Blades of the Rose are converging on England, including Catullus Graves, Astrid Bramfield and Nathan Lesperance. Following them is American reporter Gemma Murphy, a woman whose interest in Catullus is more than just a story.
Gemma’s talent is certainly helpful for someone in her line...more
Stranger was a bit different than that other books in that it had tons more magic. Maybe even too much magic. It was boardering on a bit too way out there for me. I loved the concept of going to the Otherworld and I dug the idea of Merlin and Arthur but it just got wild. There was certainly no lack of action and there is no way anyone could be bored reading this book.
I loved that Stranger brought back all th...more
When British inventor Catallus Graves and American reporter Gemma Murphy cross paths at a remote Canadian trading post, Gemma smells a story and doesn't plan to let Graves out of her sight till she scopes out every last detail.
Her pursuit takes her on an oceanliner bound for Britain following Graves and his t...more