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 a
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
There are multiple roadblocks blocks to saving England (and the rest of the world). My compliant was there were so many. One gets figured out and overcome to be promptly replaced by another (and again, again). I admit to enjoying it, at first, but i ...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
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
"We're in the middle of a dangerous forest, about to die. Oh, let's start letting our thoughts wander by thinking about each other sexually." UGH. Terrible, terrible novel.
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
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
In the final book of the series, the Heirs of Albion have gained control of the Primal Source and are unleashing a host of strange, fantastical and deadly magic. Catullus and Gemma must journey into the deepest realms of legend in order to save the world. It's ne ...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
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
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
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