I have read every book in the Dark-Hunter series and prior to reading "Seize the Night", my favorite story was Zarek's in "Dance With The Devil". I thI have read every book in the Dark-Hunter series and prior to reading "Seize the Night", my favorite story was Zarek's in "Dance With The Devil". I thought no one could be more tortured than poor Zarek. Wrong!
I was captivated by Valerius almost immediately! Gone were the black leather pants and the gothic/punk attire replaced by turtlenecks, slacks and style. Wow! What a breath of fresh air! Not saying I mind a hot bod clad in tight leather but...it was a nice change. *grin
This man was sooo sensitive. Sensitive without being wimpy, mind you. I just wanted to cuddle him. And he was such a gentleman, in my opinion. I was pissed at how he was treated by everyone around him, including his fellow Dark-Hunters. However, I was very impressed by the fact that Artemis didn't bestow any extra powers on her Roman Dark-Hunters. That pretty much told me that Valerius was one bad mo-fo to have fought off Daimons for centuries using only his strength and skill. What a man!
What infuriated me, yet managed to touch me was the fact that Valerius never stood up for himself. He silently took all that was dished out to him without raising his voice or a hand in his own defense. And when I read about his upbringing at the hands of his cruel father...man, I broke down and cried like a baby. *sniffle
Tabitha was also a very likeable heroine. In fact, she is my favorite so far. Very down-to-earth with quite a few eccentricites, she was my kinda gal.
Darker than most of the other books in this series, I'd have to say hands-down, this was by far the best! ...more
I love historical romances - especially those featuring pirates, knights, and highlanders - so I was excited to discover Karen Marie Moning's "HighlanI love historical romances - especially those featuring pirates, knights, and highlanders - so I was excited to discover Karen Marie Moning's "Highlander" series. "Beyond the Highland Mist" is the first in the series and I am so glad I picked this book up!
Sixteenth Century - Sidheach (Sid-hawk) James Lyon Douglas is known as Hawk, legendary lover to countless women. His sensuality just oozes off the pages. He is well-aware of the hold his beauty and his sexuality holds over the women who are lucky/unlucky enough to share his bed. As he so arrogantly brags to his best friend and captain of the guard, Grimm, "There is not a woman I can not have." A wish upon a star by his friend soon finds the legendary lover eating those very words.
Twentieth Century - Adrienne de Simone has had enough with beautiful men. Finding her world turned upside down by a failed and almost fatal relationship with a gorgeous playboy, she swears off beautiful men forever. Finding herself the pawn in a game between the mortals and the fae, Adrienne is thrust back in time to the sixteenth century where she is to be wed to the man who is the very epitome of everything she has sworn off in men.
Things start getting very interesting when the first time Hawk sees his wife, who he was determined before to ignore, she's checking out the blacksmith, Adam Black. Once so sure of himself, Hawk finds himself treading the very unfamiliar waters of jealousy. Determined to not lose his bride to a blacksmith, Hawk sets out to seduce her only to find his every plan thwarted by the not so easily won Adrienne.
I laughed until I cried at these two! Hawk's jealousy towards Adam was hilarious...and touching. The secondary characters were just as enjoyable, too! From Lady Lydia, the Hawk's mother to Tavis and his "I'll say" to the Rom and their superstitions - all come together to form a wonderful story of wit, mayhem, and magic!
By the way, I found myself just as enchanted by Adam Black the blacksmith as the heroine and after a quick search on Amazon.com I found that he has his own book! *squeal Of course it comes much later in the series and so I'll have to wait patiently until I've finished the others before I can find out what happened to my favorite "prankster". *wink ...more
It started out interesting enough: Six immortals who have been cursed to host within themselves the demons they set loose upon the earth as an act ofIt started out interesting enough: Six immortals who have been cursed to host within themselves the demons they set loose upon the earth as an act of rebellion towards the gods. Okay, sounds good. Got a bit of mythology thrown in...right up my alley. Buuuut...the romance starts and herein lies my problem. Just like the BDB and most of the other paranormals featuring badder than bad heroes - this guy made me want to vomit with his over the top "mush" when it came to his heroine. I have no issue with the hero displaying love and tenderness and fondness towards his heroine but these guys?! Can you say CLINGY? Perhaps NEEDY? Come on already! *siiiiiigh
Most may disagree but it's just a minor pet peeve of mine. Needless to say, it won't keep me from reading the rest of the books in this series.
p.s. As a comparison the heroes in Karen Marie Moning's Highlander series and those featured in Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series are more up my alley. Tough yet tender without being radically co-dependent....more
I absolutely LOVED this book - MUCH, MUCH BETTER than the first one! It kind of reminded me of a paranormal version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith - both charaI absolutely LOVED this book - MUCH, MUCH BETTER than the first one! It kind of reminded me of a paranormal version of Mr. and Mrs. Smith - both characters lust for each other but certain obstacles stand in their way. For one, Lucien has been ordered to slay Anya or his friends will suffer. And Anya...well, she's not too keen on the thought of being killed. Anya was one of my favorite heroines: strong, funny, tough, smart and vulnerable, too. Lucien was super sexy, courageous and tormented. However, he had his own dose of insecurities which made him all the more appealing. It's a game of cat-and-mouse between these two alternating between feelings of desire and anger towards one another...and the sex scenes? OMG! Will definitely keep this one on hand as a "play book" of sorts. *lol I laughed, I sighed, I almost cried! This book was amazing and introduced a few new storylines I'm hoping to read about in future books (ie. Paris and William). Fast paced story, great dialouge, sizzling love scenes and two great main characters. Definitely a keeper!
Not as good as the second book in the series but not a bad read either. I actually like the Lords of the Underworld much better than the Black DaggerNot as good as the second book in the series but not a bad read either. I actually like the Lords of the Underworld much better than the Black Dagger Brotherhood and Dark Hunters...they seem more "real" to me...their characterization more believeable. And this book reveals more of their "human" side...the love they have for one another, their playfulness, their pain. Good times.
About the actual book: Reyes...sadly enough I just couldn't get into him. Sure he was h-o-t (dark eyes, dark hair, olive complexion, awesome physique...right up my alley) but for some reason - knives during sex doesn't quite appeal to me (NO COMMENT, KRISTIN! *lol). I just couldn't get into his and Danika's romance and basically skipped over the majority of the love scenes. Interesting developments did take place during the story line and I am looking forward to more books based on this series...especially Paris' story....more