I have recommended this book to many fans of horror/thriller. This book (the first in a trilogy) is a MUST READ! I would love to see this series comeI have recommended this book to many fans of horror/thriller. This book (the first in a trilogy) is a MUST READ! I would love to see this series come to life on the big screen! Amazing characterization and a very engaging plot kept me turning pages long after my "bedtime"!!! Can't wait to read the rest in the series!...more
This has got to be one of my favorite romances! I am an avid reader of romances, mainly historical, and having read through such phrases as "his throbThis has got to be one of my favorite romances! I am an avid reader of romances, mainly historical, and having read through such phrases as "his throbbing manroot" and "she opened herself up to him as a flower opens itself to the sun" - let's just say I normally scan over the sex scenes or skip them completely. But not the case with this story!!! This story holds some serious sexual tension up until the moment that the two finally find themselves in one another's arms and when they did...I wanted to stand up and cheer. *laugh This story is beautifully written. It tells the story of Bryony, who is accused of murdering her cheating spouse and sentenced to a life of servitude in the Australian colonies. She is purchased by Hayden who is in need of a wetnurse for his newborn infant after the child's mother passed away during childbirth. Bryony grieves for the child that was taken from her before she was sent away...and the one she lost along the way. Hayden is bitter and struggles with feelings of guilt over the loss of his wife. The author portrays the hardships that the people faced living in such a harsh land and you're drawn into the lives of all the characters. This story is simply wonderful!!! I can't say enough about it.
I've recommended it many times and anyone I've shared it with express the same sentiments regarding this true "love story". Definitely a keeper. ...more
Best Read of 2004!!! Wow! What a way to start a new year. This is the first book I've read by Dean Koontz and I'm kicking myself in the behind for oveBest Read of 2004!!! Wow! What a way to start a new year. This is the first book I've read by Dean Koontz and I'm kicking myself in the behind for overlooking the man for some many years! After this review, I will make it a point to get my hands on a copy of everything the man has ever written.
I first mentioned this book to my ex-husband after coming across it in the bookstore early December. Back cover seemed interesting enough but, not being a fan of Koontz, I decided to put it on my "wish list". A few days later, my husband handed me the book (God Bless The Man! *grin)and with the first words ("My name is Odd Thomas...") - I was hooked!
There are no simple words to describe this book - it is a literary masterpiece. There were times when I forgot that I was reading a book and felt as if I were reading a memoir of sorts (in fact, it is from this view that Odd presents his story to the reader). You not only get to know each of the different characters Odd encounters in his life (each unique in their own ways) but you begin to care about what happens to these people. Many times I held my breath, struggling to keep my eyes from leaping to the paragraph below to see what fate awaited a member of Odd's "family".
I've read some pretty good books in '04 but one of my biggest complaints have been that the books start off very well but I find myself rushing through the ending. I clung to every word in this book, sometimes stopping to savor a particular phrase delivered by the narrator. And the ending delivered! Man, the writing is nothing less than awesome! So simplistic and yet so genius!
Hats off to Mr. Dean Koontz for a magnificent job! ...more
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
This is the BEST historical romance I've read in quite awhile. Most of the ones I've recently read started off great...only to fall flat in the middleThis is the BEST historical romance I've read in quite awhile. Most of the ones I've recently read started off great...only to fall flat in the middle and conclude with a disappointing end. "The Captain of All Pleasures" was GREAT! I loved Nicole and Derrek! Every scene scene between them either left me laughing aloud, sighing in pleasure, or blinking back tears.
I truly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading Grant's story in "The Price of Pleasure". ...more
Bentley Little is one of my favorite horror authors. I have purchased every one of his books. My favorites being University and The Mailman. I even liBentley Little is one of my favorite horror authors. I have purchased every one of his books. My favorites being University and The Mailman. I even liked his collection of short stories ('The Collection'). This book, in my opinion, just wasn't that good or interesting to me. Sorry. ...more