The author was fired from the New York Times for falsifying information in a headline story. Therefore I question the validity of the book and would hThe author was fired from the New York Times for falsifying information in a headline story. Therefore I question the validity of the book and would have a hard time reading it wondering at each point in the narrative whether it was true or made up....more
This is another wonderful addition to this series I love. It's a harsh and ugly modern fantasy world, but it's different and interesting. As in the prThis is another wonderful addition to this series I love. It's a harsh and ugly modern fantasy world, but it's different and interesting. As in the previous books, the suspense and danger are believable and intimidating. Several times I wondered how they were going to get out of the messes they were in, how they'd survive.
The love story is very much a part of the plot. Ellis and Randall are such an adorable couple (as are the supporting couple, Jay and Han). They seem to have grown together a lot since the last book and it's only been a matter of weeks. Their love is believable, though. It's not without it's trying times, but those are believable as well, but even then, I didn't believe the problems were insurmountable, just difficult, and completely believable in complicated situations. I really appreciated that each had those reactions unlike most books where difficult stuff is just taken in stride.
The solutions didn't just make the problems go away, though. Both times they each said they just needed time to work through it, but they'd do so together. I'm eager to read the next one since like before, this ends on not a cliffhanger but a kind of "What happens now?" that makes me eager to have the question answered. But I don't like reading the last in the series before the following one is published just in case the author decides to write a cliffhanger I can't handle, or never writes another.
A couple of other comments: I like that being "the good guys" doesn't automatically make the Muslims suddenly all pro gay. The older woman believing he's okay as long as he doesn't act on it is more believable.
It's weird that Ellis has this lower class accent when he's the one from money. I guess I don't understand British accents.
Why on Earth did they allow Edison to stay in the room?
It's good that Randall reacts to the turning in a complicated way.
Overall, this was a great read and I highly recommend the series. But you have to start with book one or nothing will make sense. ...more
MzBond's review says it all. The deciding factor for me was this excerpt from her review:
(view spoiler)[ "Ethan was taken advantage of by his high schoMzBond's review says it all. The deciding factor for me was this excerpt from her review:
(view spoiler)[ "Ethan was taken advantage of by his high school music teacher. They didn't have penetrative sex but he was 16 and still a student. What he did, prevented Ethan's physical maturity. It went on for 4 yrs (o.ô). He finds out that this, his "teacher," is now doing the same thing with a 15 yr old. When Ethan's parents find out, it's because said teacher is now stalking Ethan. Ethan wants to come clean, go to the police, etc. Except his [male] mother says this,
“Oh, stop that,” scolded Ben. “I believe it. But them?” He waved in the direction of the town green. “What happens if we tell them the truth, Ethan? That you and he have actually been together for four years, not two, and you just barely legal, and still his student? Do you think they’ll exonerate you? Of course not – they’ll want to know why you didn’t come clean before, why you let him seduce you. It’ll be a mark on you, Ethan, not him. It’ll be your fault, not his. And not only will you never escape it – neither will Jake or Becca.”
Story #1: Devil Dog and Bad Wolf by Kendall McKenna
The book started out on a high note with this story. There was action and drama and I got3.5 stars
Story #1: Devil Dog and Bad Wolf by Kendall McKenna
The book started out on a high note with this story. There was action and drama and I got my hospital scene-big and wonderful and long. The sexual tension was hot and it was so cool that the alpha bottomed sometimes.
I would have liked that we'd seen them discover why the bear did what it did instead of just being told, but that came later so I guess it was done that way for a reason. I just would like to have at least had the Sheriff get a phone call where we only heard his end of it. I felt like that was a crucial piece that was missing. I also hate we missed the first time they had sex. I would have preferred to see that rather than the explicit dream.
Still, first story 4.5 stars
Story #2: The Big Bad Bear by Jambrea Jo Jones
This story was pretty funny, and I loved that the responsible one was 23 and the playful guy was the 40 year old even though I hated the age difference. It was amusing that the older one that was so randy he didn't care about anything else. I wish they'd made the head injury stay. I don't like it when they have someone shift over and over to heal with no consequences like fatigue. It feels like cheating. And it robbed me of his OMG-he's-gonna-die moments.
I liked that the bear shifter was affected by the full moon too. The ending was totally annoying. There wasn't a lot of plot other than that. There was the promise of something sinister and exciting and then (view spoiler)[nothing? Ridiculous. It was like it was put in there just to make me keep reading not to enhance the story (hide spoiler)].
Both of these stories had the exciting part in the beginning but this second one just kept getting less and less thrilling.
(BTW, how do you lay your head on the chest of someone sitting up? This happens frequently in books and I don't get it.)
Second story, 3 stars
Story #3: Shifty Fox Shenanigans by Cherie Noel
My feelings about this story were all over the place. From the start, there were a number of things I didn't like. I felt the author was trying to hard to make the language pretty but it became convoluted and flowery. There were just too many and too complicated metaphors and similes.
Air leaked out of Josiah’s lungs exactly as it had with his father. Wheezing a little, his knees turned to gelatin thirty minutes shy of becoming a proper dessert, Josiah collapsed onto the corner of the growing bench behind him.
Other things I didn't like were that the kitchen table was "his mother's" and the guy he did't like was really short. The latter was kind of a theme here as all of the MCs were tall. It's okay for women to be short, just not the men. (Also included was the short feisty homemaker female trope.)
But there were good things, too. For once there were positively portrayed (and human!) foster parents which is so rare that when I see foster parents on TV, I feel like the plot is over for me because they definitely did the deed. The MCs were sweet, too, and I adored the fox. I just wish that they'd expanded on his personality such as his wearing mascara and eyeliner. I felt like we were supposed to think he was a twink, but then nothing backed it up.
I did like that the second in charge of the pack was female and she was very powerful yet still very kind There wasn't anything explained about what being an omega was, though. Josiah thought it was a bad thing but the mom said it was an honor. Why? He didn't show any special powers.
The story was sweet, though, and enjoyable until I realized that there was no theme, no conflict, nothing remotely plot-like, just two guys going on their first date then mating. But it was still very sweet.
(BTW, Gotye isn't a band, it's a man. My sister met him and talked with him at a house party for a while--apparently celebrities are not as aloof in Melbourne--and said he was really sweet.)
Third story, 3.75
One word: Unbearable.
Epilogue, 1 star
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