Okay, I really, REALLY loved this one. Shannon West and Victoria Sue totally outdid themselves with this installment, and I wanted the story to last fOkay, I really, REALLY loved this one. Shannon West and Victoria Sue totally outdid themselves with this installment, and I wanted the story to last forever.
I'm ridiculously fond of Alphas despite their asshole-ish, caveman ways, but I really liked Rhys and Tucker. They had their moments, sure, but overall I found them quite all right. Rhys was particularly infuriating with his insistence on trying to get away from Brandon, but I liked him, and I never had to stop and think 'why the hell would anyone want this one for a mate?' His narrative was solid; it wasn't hard to like him whenever I read from his perspective, and I'd realize that that hey, he said that but he actually felt this. For example, he said he didn't like Brandon AT ALL, but when we were privy to his thoughts and emotions we realize that 'oops nope he totally lied what a clueless, lovestruck idiot lmao'. It actually made me grin a bit when Cody basically said that everyone already knew how much in love Rhys was with Brandon, except Rhys. That was ridiculously cute. And I probably shouldn't describe an alpha as 'cute'. Still.
Tucker was intriguing to me. I thought the idea of having human Alphas was very clever, and it was nice to him as a sort of human representative, proving that not all humans are weak (unlike Quinn's original thought! boo Quinn lmao jk I like that guy). I loved how protective he was of Cody, and I gushed a whole lot whenever he showed it (e.g. when Cody got bullied; when he visited Cody in his tiny room). He was tough and scary without trying, but he was also sweet and thoughtful and super protective - he was PERFECT. I actually kinda wish he'd been turned at some point in the story, just because I wanted him and Cody to have the whole mates deal going on for them, too, but having them marry by the end of the story was hella sweet, too. It was wonderful. I'm still gushing.
I'm not particularly fond of damsels in distress (or, uh, dudes in distress in this case?), so I was very happy that Brandon and Cody were neither incapable nor in need of rescuing. Their strengths weren't muscle and brawn, but they were both very sharp and skilled, and I really appreciated that. They could do SOMETHING, and although that might not mean defeating their Alphas on the mat, what they do are actually key to accomplishing what needs to be done for that pack. Sometimes they needed rescuing, I won't say they don't - but these two can kick some serious ass, although not in the traditional way people probably expect them to. They were just the right balance of vulnerable and fierce, and it was BEAUTIFUL. I loved reading about Tucker and Cody, Brandon and Rhys getting together.
I also wanted to commend both authors for pulling off two pairs in one book; it's probably not easy, especially when you're also co-writing the story. I thought they found a good mix; one pair was given just as much focus as the other, and it worked well; all four of them came together to tell the story.
The only thing that really ticked me off about this book were the editing issues. There were a few places where there were some typos, character names were mixed up, etc. I honestly thought the editors could have done better - surely they could have checked that one? It really irritates me to find mistakes like that in my favorite books. Especially since one of the two authors is Shannon West, and she's a big name in this industry, hello. I swear, if there was an opening, I'd totally sign up for DHP to proofread this series prior to release, because I really love it.
That aside, this is still a very good book, and I loved every second of it. There wasn't a lot of sex, which was pretty surprising, but I think it added strength to it, made the emotions more raw and real. I hope we see more of these characters in the future, and I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment of the series.
Before I begin let me just have a little disclaimer that no, I have never been a fan of authors’ terrible habit of ~redeeming~ the bad guy and makingBefore I begin let me just have a little disclaimer that no, I have never been a fan of authors’ terrible habit of ~redeeming~ the bad guy and making any attempts to make me sympathetic to their plight. WHY DOES EVERYONE DO THIS? While I understand its appeal (we’re all suckers for misunderstood characters, stfu), it’s almost always badly done. It makes me feel like I’m being forced to gloss over the bad guy's crimes by giving me a sorry excuse for his fuck ups. I mean, why can't we just have a bad guy who's bad because he likes to be that way? Why does he need a troubled past that somehow gets all the blame for his actions? I'm still waiting for a bad guy who'd own up to every single shit he did, never regret a thing, and not actually NEED to "see the light" or whatever it is that suddenly makes them good.
I don’t like Brendan. He’s confusing as fuck, and he says one thing but does another. And I don't mean that in a good way - I mean he says Ian and Devon are his friends, but he practically sends them to their deaths. I never liked him from the first two books, and reading his story from his point of view did nothing to endear him to me. Even before I picked up the book, I was already upset for a couple of reasons: (1) Brendan's story is much longer than Devon's; and (2) Brendan suddenly had this important role of being the peacemaker or whatever that is. I wanted to tear my hair out barely 25% into the book; I was so bored and irritated with his character I would have just jumped to Matthew's story if I wasn't reading a series.
The book was a disappointment, to say the least. I don't have anything to say about the technical aspects of it, because Odessa Lynne writes really well, but the character. Ugh. Brendan just didn't do it for me. There was so much build-up to who he is and how important he is, and at some point I actually started looking forward to it, but then... there was nothing. There was so much talk about fate and prophecy but the resolution fell short, and by the time everything was revealed, I was too pissed off by the long wait to care. I wondered at his reasons for being a dick to his friends, and honestly I needed a more palatable justification than, y'know, his father being the biggest asshole who apparently doesn't give a shit about him. And he did all those terrible things because he had to, because he had no choice. What the fuck. Please go fuck yourself, Brendan.
Also... so what if he's the peacemaker? What does he actually do? Why is that so important? Who actually gives a shit? I think the wolves trying to overthrow Trey has very little to do with Brendan for his mate; their original reason, after all, is because they don't want humans' policy about the whole sharing the Earth thing, if I'm not mistaken. I felt like the plot surrounding Brendan's mating with Trey was forced, and ridiculously unnecessary.
And the brainwash/erasing the memories thing? That's the worst piece of deus ex machina you can ever use in your book. Seriously. Especially when it concerns bad guys who get suddenly reformed and, in Brendan's case, has the sudden urge to throw himself at the leader of the wolves he's so desperate to kill. Uh-huh. How about no.
Honestly, the best part of this book were the glimpses of Devon and Ian. Devon's interaction with Kem was golden, and I would have preferred reading more about them. Like, really....more
I really liked this one! It was definitely a big improvement from the previous book, which I practically glossed over because Maddox got on my nervesI really liked this one! It was definitely a big improvement from the previous book, which I practically glossed over because Maddox got on my nerves for being so clingy and lovestruck all the time. (I had a hard time not imagining him in his wolf, wagging his tail while he clings to Quinten. It was a terrible image. I totally understood Chris' sentiments.)
I liked Chris. A lot. He wasn't perfect - he was, in fact, a terrible person - and he made no apologies for all the questionable things he had ever done to those he knew. Hell, even including his own mother. But as bad as that sounds, those characteristics actually made me like him. He knew he wasn't a good person, and he was very self-aware. He had these twisted but solid principles that he had long established and followed for survival. And I thought that was something worthy of respect. I doubt anyone would praise him for doing 'the wrong things', but if anything, I thought there was something to be said about his discipline and adaptability and shrewdness.
I liked Logan, too. He was impudent and brave and reckless, and I literally laughed out loud when I realized that yes, he did have the weapons to kill Chris on their wedding night. I thought it was an interesting way to begin a mating, and it definitely made him a good match to Chris' brooding and quiet. I liked them together because I enjoyed the push and pull of their relationship; it was fun to see Chris keeping to himself as usual and teasing Logan with sexual frustration. I liked reading about Chris' struggle as a new member of the dragon clan; his resistance made him more believable, more sympathetic, and it gave more meaning to his little stunt toward the end, although he claims he only did it for Logan.
The only thing I didn't like about this book (or any other book in the series about Duncan's clan) are the little snippets about Cameron and Iver. Honestly, it never worked for me with Kendrick ad Roman (and that shitty menage conclusion, which I'm still angry about). I mean, why does the author insist on telling us about Cameron and Iver like they're even remotely interesting? Their storyline isn't even original to deserve my time of the day, and as individuals they don't have enough personality to make me care about them. I wish Jacks would just focus on the primary couple each book in the series is dedicated to. Throwing in those random snippets about Cameron and Iver really doesn't contribute anything, anyway....more
I definitely liked this book better than the first one. I liked Ian's Choice, too, which was why I even picked up Devon's Gamble, but there was somethI definitely liked this book better than the first one. I liked Ian's Choice, too, which was why I even picked up Devon's Gamble, but there was something about Devon's perspective that I can only describe as young and refreshing and exciting. I was actually impressed by the stark difference in the tone and prose between the books; Devon's character was so well-drawn out to be very different from Ian, and he gave new insights to the new Earth with all the wolves as we knew it from the first book. I appreciated how we knew more about "Third" or, in this book, Kem, and the reason for his attack on Ian. I thought it was perfectly believable, and it was nice to see the loose ends tying up.
I loved Devon; he was reckless and had spunk and courage that bordered on stupid. But he was realistic and it was hard not to be fond of him despite his loud mouth and 'aggressive submission'; he was the first to acknowledge himself as an asshole and that self-awareness endeared me more than anything else. His rough manner of speaking which was also adapted in the narration style was the primary reason that made the book distinctly different from the first, and I really appreciated that. It felt more believable to read from his point of view, to see things as he did. I was surprised to know that he got his medicine from the wolves when they first arrived - the reason why he couldn't really hate them - I thought it gave more depth to his character and made me sympathize with him better.
I was very happy with the lengthy exposition of Devon's reunion with Kem and the events after that; I thought they had so much to talk about, which they totally did, thank goodness. I thought it established that they were for a serious commitment even after the heat season. I was rooting for their happy ever after from the beginning, and I was not disappointed.
I'm not really sure how I feel about Brendan at this point; I really kind of hate him, so I'm kinda meh about his little role in this... prophecy thing that the wolves have going on. Brendan was a dick, and he hasn't done enough to earn him good points in my book. I hope the next book doesn't turn out to be too terrible; I'm really enjoying the series thus far.
P.S. Gerald and the nameless wolf who helped Devon get back to Kem was interesting to read about, though. I wish we could have learned more about them. ...more
I wanted to like this. Honestly. The beginning was wonderful and the world-building, the telling of the Tygerian tradition was very realistic; it wasI wanted to like this. Honestly. The beginning was wonderful and the world-building, the telling of the Tygerian tradition was very realistic; it was savage and brutal and it was excellent. It was also interesting to see Donovan fighting for his life, and I liked his courage. I was intrigued when Ragan started coaching him what to do in the middle of the battle. Hell, I actually approved of Ragan because he seemed sweet enough in the beginning, and while he was struggling with the language he seemed genuinely eager to be with Donovan. But, of course, after that ride in Ragan's vetami, it all went to hell.
First things first. Ragan is an asshole, through and through. In some fucked up way, I understand that it's his nature and the tradition of his people to... well, abuse their mates. He wants to be Donovan's master, and he talks about trust, when he continues to treat Donovan like shit. It's ridiculous and it's stupid, and honestly, Donovan punctuating every sentence with 'Ragan-lan' gets old hella fast; it sounded like bad script and a broken record. Ugh.
And let's not forget how Ragan decides to drug Donovan for 'maternal' feelings for his kid. I'm not really fond of kids and children in my novels, but that deal with a 'nobyo' being forced to care for the Tygerian's children makes me sick to my stomach. Honestly, it just felt like Donovan was taken away to be a sex slave AND a fucking nanny to Ragan's child. That's so sick and so fucked up.
I've never been into BDSM, but I can put up with it in stories. But I just don't understand why characters who aren't into it in the beginning always end up liking it after it's forced on them. FORCED. ON. THEM. They don't even have a choice on the matter, like Donovan. It's very possible for people to figure out their kinks much later in life, sure, but with Donovan it happened so abruptly I didn't believe it. It was so poorly done.
And let's not forget how Donovan totally ate his words for absolutely no reason. He spent like, five pages groaning and moaning about how he didn't want to be stuck there, how he wanted to go home, how he would plot his escape from this shitty excuse of a planet. And then, very quickly, after discovering his little fetish for getting spanked after it's forced on him, he started thinking with his dick - which means NOT THINKING. AT ALL. In fact, when he gets the chance to escape, he actually says no and with the drugs in his system he actually wants to care for Ragan's baby instead! WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK.
Lastly: Nobyos are regarded in high esteem? Riiiiiiight. I mean, what better way to show that than basically keeping them hostage and manipulating their feelings and drugging them? I'm so stumped by the number of contradictions in this book. ...more
This is by far my favorite in the series. Although the plot is nothing sort of new or original, it didn't leave me with the same depressing, mushy feeThis is by far my favorite in the series. Although the plot is nothing sort of new or original, it didn't leave me with the same depressing, mushy feeling that such stories usually do. Stan was believable as an alpha, but while he was also hot-headed as most of them are, he sounded natural and very realistic. He had a nice balance of temper, fierceness, but also gentleness and genuine care for his mate. He was very understanding of Bentley's situation, and I was really impressed with his patience and regard for his mate.
Bentley is young and naive, but he didn't come across as an annoying idiot. His innocence was real, and he had enough good sense to not be a deadweight despite being too sheltered from the world. It was interesting for me to read from his perspective; I felt his conflicting feelings for his family and for his mate, and instead of making him come across as indecisive, it made him more sympathetic for seeing both the good and the bad in his situation. He was actually pretty brave, too, and I appreciated his willingness to learn more about things once he finally got out of his original werewolf pack.
I don't usually do this, but I actually liked Balin as an antagonist. He was a dick and a total douchebag, of course, but he threw me off because he didn't come across as 100% evil, even until the end, and I liked that. He was manipulative and greedy and disorganized, but I thought he was better than other flat antagonists who are evil for absolutely no reason.
I really liked this book, overall, and I'm thankful there was barely any mention of the menage trio from the previous book. Ugh. Just thinking about those three makes me sick....more
I was a little intimidated by this book and its theme, but I persisted and I loved it. It was well written, if a bit tedious at times, but it was goodI was a little intimidated by this book and its theme, but I persisted and I loved it. It was well written, if a bit tedious at times, but it was good and it hit all the fucking feels.
I liked Jack, and I was actually impressed by his trade as a con artist. I was also particularly fond of how he wasn't the typical bottom in prison romance stories who needs the protection of the big guy. He could hold his own and he did, and he impressed me by how smart he was about it. He made me laugh a lot of times, particularly when he finally lost his chill and went on a full-blown rampage of sorts; I thought it was cute how he poked Adder that time, actually. And how he had a split second to think they oh hey I might die for doing that stupid shit. It was hilarious.
Aside from that, I liked how human he felt, especially with the flashback and his love for his father. I wasn't sure about what he did to the priest, but then again we all make terrible decisions sometimes. I felt bad he had to be the one to off Troy, but it needed to be done, and he was there to do it. Moral ambiguity aside, I was glad that he owned up to what he did, in his own way, and he had people around him who were there to catch him when the guilt started eating him up.
On the other hand, I was intrigued by Adder. He didn't speak until the last fifteen pages of the book or so, which should have made him unrelatable in the first place. But he was, despite having only his actions (and from Jack's point of view, too!) to convey his thoughts and the meaning behind them. It was impressively done, and like Jack I was always looking forward to the time when Adder would react, do something, show that he cared. It felt easier to relate to Jack's frustration, and it made me, as a reader, understand how happy Jack must have been to get a rise out of his silent cellmate after having been with him for two years.
I'm happy with the conclusion of the book. I liked how Jack thought Adder was worth the risk despite being hurt before, and how Adder proved that he was by coming back to Jack. It was lovely, and I was glad the last two chapters were quite drawn out for the much awaited, much deserved exposition of how their lives would be together, after they got out of prison. It was a slow, very slow burn (and believe me, I felt the two long years despite reading the book for only a few hours straight), but it was nice to see everything together and know that Jack and Adder have a chance at new life - that they're done with the past, and that they're willing to give a new one a try, this time together.
Despite the happy ending, I doubt I'll read this book again anytime soon. It hurt in all the good ways, but it was heavy, if not a bit depressing at times. Still, it IS a very good book, and it is worth the time to read....more
I don't usually read menage; the first and the only time I'd given it a chance, the book was so poorly written and so ridiculous I nearly gouged my eyI don't usually read menage; the first and the only time I'd given it a chance, the book was so poorly written and so ridiculous I nearly gouged my eyes for even trying. But even without that, the idea makes me squirm and for me it's just hella unthinkable that three people would be totally cool with... y'know, being in a relationship together and acting like that's normal. I don't care if it's straight or gay, but for me a relationship should be between two people. It's just my preference.
Anyway, I decided to give this a go because it appears to be the last one in the series. And besides if there ever turns out to be another coming after this then I'd save time and jump on the sixth book.
This book was actually well written for most part, although something could be said about the swift 'resolution' of the other conflicts brought up in the previous books (e.g. the necessity for Dane to drink Lucius' blood because he was dying, and Lucius wanted Syn to help him find his traitor brother). It was rushed and disappointing; I expected more since Hagen is usually fond of drawn out battle scenes.
I have to say, however, that Hagen's latest materials are a far cry from how bad her first ones were; she has definitely improved over the years, particularly in pacing, fleshing out characters, and telling a balanced relationship. It showed in this book, and I was very glad for it. I still found some typos while reading, however, and although they were not really distracting, I felt bad because the editor should have been able to point them out and got them fixed before publication. Hagen certainly deserved better than that, especially since she's pretty much an established name in the said publishing house.
I started the book rooting for Jake and Zach, but as the story progressed, Jake proved to be an exasperating main character. He came across as whiny and desperate and overall a pain in the ass who wants to get laid and fast. I understand he was trying to get over how Zach had ditched him, but really, developing feelings for Quad while still pining for Zach AND keeping Quad at bay was a total dick move. I know, I know, this is menage, and he needed to NOT get over both guys, but honestly it was painful to read. I don't know how many times I muttered "please fucking calm your dick, Jake" to myself while reading the book, especially when he decided he's go for Manny, too, since Quad no longer appeared to be interested in him. Seriously, how needy and pathetic could one person be? He never really endeared himself to me, and most especially not when he said he wanted both Zach and Quad. At the same time. Even if it's menage.
I got tired of Jake's shit barely fifty percent into the book, so when I saw an opening aka sexual tension that doesn't involve Jake somehow, it was only natural for me to jump ship and be Team ZachQuad instead. Without Jake in between. Screw that indecisive, horny sonofabitch.
I liked Zach. Of course I wanted to whack him in the head when he couldn't even bother with a call to Jake after what happened between them, but overall he was a chill guy. I sympathized with him after his torture in the hands of the Russian, and I felt bad because the mistake that wasn't even his own cost him so much. I thought there was more chemistry between him and Quad (not to mention A LOAD OF SEXUAL TENSION), because they were at each other's throats prior, and it was hella interesting to find them... working things out between them after what had happened. I was actually giddy when I read Quad comforting Zach while the latter was having nightmares. Quad claimed that he was just guilty that Zach got mistaken for him and took the torture that was intended for him, but what the hell. He rescued the guy, kept him in his home while he healed, and comforted him when he was plagued by nightmares. There was too much material to make them a good ship, and I got sucked in and I have no regrets shipping them.
I actually have this theory that Hagen actually ended up liking Zach and Quad together better than the menage with Jake. For one, Zach and Quad got to have an actual private sex without Jake, which was hilarious in a twisted sort of way, because they claimed to tolerate each other for Jake. But nope, Quad and Zach humped like bunnies without Jake in there between them, and Quad actually bit Zach to establish a sort of claim on him. Quad told Zach not to hide anything from him, and they even engage in a playful banter in the middle of sex. HOW AMAZING IS THAT.
Overall, I liked the book, but I'm definitely Team ZachQuad all the way! I'd read it again for those two, really. I wish Hagen had gone in that direction instead; I certainly would have given it one more star if it did. ...more
I don't know about this book. I appreciated how it tackled both the character's issues, but I found it hella depressing to read, and I honestly felt bI don't know about this book. I appreciated how it tackled both the character's issues, but I found it hella depressing to read, and I honestly felt bad for Ollie for... having to beg for Karidon's attention. Sure, the man liked him back, and he had things he needed to deal with, but that didn't make it feel less shitty. Karidon used him then kicked him out, and that's the truth regardless what excuse they came up with.
Also that thing with Russo - err, didn't he have the responsibility of, y'know, letting Oliver know that "hey, I don't know, maybe the guy you're talking about and are having problems getting over with will show up sometime on the day you're coming to visit me? just heads up so you won't freak out? because I'm your doctor and it's kind of a dick move if I don't tell you anything or something?" That was shitty, okay.
And the toys and stuff? Kinda came out of nowhere. I've never been a fan and it felt out of place in the story. :/...more
This book was good, but it could have done away without the whole vampire business thing. I honestly thought there was too much going on, and it feltThis book was good, but it could have done away without the whole vampire business thing. I honestly thought there was too much going on, and it felt like Hagen was overcompensating for something by adding too many twists and too many characters in one story. I liked Syn and Dane, and I was mostly upset that Dane had to drink vampire blood to be saved. It felt absolutely unnecessary, and I'm sure Lucius would have been creative enough to get the leopard's help without all that drama....more
I like this book mostly because of Brandt; I thought he was a strong character and I was genuinely impressed and moved by his concern for his brothersI like this book mostly because of Brandt; I thought he was a strong character and I was genuinely impressed and moved by his concern for his brothers. I liked the exposition of his background, and I liked how it was done from the point of view of other characters; it gave him more depth, made him more realistic, because then I knew everyone else was aware of the strength of his character.
Zayne is kinda blah to me; there were moments when he was okay and I had an idea what he meant about caring for his mate, but what I remember of that is clouded by the time he's an asshole to Brandt. Especially in the end, where he actually repeats that he doesn't want a mate, and he tells Brandt that he's going to ignore him sometimes and it's implied Brandt should be okay with that. Uhm. How about no?
I actually hated Lillian; she was just a raging bitch through and through. At some point I wanted to stab her with a spoon. Sure, she's alpha and I get that, but... really? Why was she such a bitch? She wasn't sympathetic AT ALL, and I hated her even more because she had so much shit to say when she didn't even know anything about what she was talking about. She struck me as very backward, especially in her beliefs of the BLA and generally how the world works. I honestly wish Ty and Jaden would decide to move camp and ditch the bitch, because she totally don't deserve and help putting together that sorry excuse for a pack territory she had going on there. If I were Brandt or Jaden or Connor, I'd rather give myself back to the BLA instead of running for that woman who claims to be their mother. Seriously. Lillian is a psychotic bitch.
This book was far from perfect, but I enjoyed it immensely, surprisingly enough. I was glad for the balance in the relationship between Gabriel and TaThis book was far from perfect, but I enjoyed it immensely, surprisingly enough. I was glad for the balance in the relationship between Gabriel and Talyn, and it really felt like there was more to their connection than just Talyn's leopard choosing Gabriel's for its mate. It was actually quite nice to have that pointed out in the book itself - bond between mates was different from love. I thought it was something worth thinking about.
I liked Gabriel and his snark; he was silly at times but he wasn't helpless and he definitely had enough balls to stand up for what he thought was right. I was impressed that he ended up shooting Ethan, and his fears and conflicting emotions during the whole fiasco was genuine and believable. I would love to see more of him and Talyn in the next books.
Talyn isn't the usual asshole alpha; I actually think he's pretty sweet and more mature than most. I don't remember any point in the story where he pissed me off for being a bossy sonofabitch, which is pretty major, since most of Hagen's alphas tend to be domineering assholes who treat their mates like 2-year-olds. I liked him for his genuine concern for those in his pack (?), and I liked him more for his obvious adoration of Gabriel, how he's careful around him, and how he admits he love him beyond the bond imposed by his leopard. I also appreciated his love for his both brothers, and the bit about the dog tag definitely won me over.
The worldbuilding is a bit rough, but nevertheless interesting with the political dimension thrown in with the supernatural. The other characters have personalities of their own and sound realistic enough to intrigue. I usually hate mpreg, but this series seems to have a lot of potential, and I'm definitely reading the next books....more
I spent every single minute of reading this book hating both main characters. And that's saying a lot, because I usually love Hazard's works (Sage's aI spent every single minute of reading this book hating both main characters. And that's saying a lot, because I usually love Hazard's works (Sage's and Shawn's stories are still my favorites).
When I got a peek at Jared’s side of the story in Just a Bit Obsessed, I was intrigued. He had wise words for Alexander, and he sounded like the older, more mature cousin/big bro whom you should listen to. I liked him so much I actually looked forward to reading this book. While the same can’t be said for Gabriel and my first impression of him (I already decided he’s a little shit, so), I thought the two of them together would make a good story.
I couldn’t have been more wrong.
First of all, let’s talk about Claire. I absolutely hate it when girls are made to look like they use their ability to bear a child to bind the man to them. I hated how Claire was young and stupid enough to do this, and I hated how she pretended she was okay with the setup when she wasn’t. I hated her for trying to manipulate others when she was too weak, when she was too spineless to seize what she had the right to when push came to shove. I felt terrible when she gave birth to the baby – as bad as it sounds, I actually wanted her to miscarry because it felt so fucked up to even read about another life being born into a shitty excuse for a relationship. Her little outburst in the end was so… overdue I didn’t even feel sympathetic anymore. She had too many chances of putting her foot down, and she let every single one slip. It was an utter trainwreck for someone so young.
Jared was, in a word, pathetic. He’s been in love with Gabriel since he met the kid many years prior to the beginning of the story, but he was okay with watching in the sidelines and just being there for Gabriel as his physiologist. I understand that he didn’t want to crowd Gabriel, in a way, but really? He wasn’t brave enough to explicitly tell the boy his feelings? He practically dropped his entire life for Gabriel, and still he was content with only crumbs and pieces of affection from him? I know this probably happens more often in real life, with all those clichés about doing the stupidest shit for the people you love. But I really don’t buy that crap, and reading about it made me extremely uncomfortable. It was like watching a man drown himself, when he had all means to save himself. He was miserable.
I rooted for Jared, I really did. I tried to, because he was so sad. I was proud of him for leaving England and trying to move on. Of course it didn’t make him less of an asshole to me when he broke Oscar’s heart (man I loved that guy despite his very brief cameo). And he definitely didn’t endear himself to me when he decided to go back to Gabriel, and decided to live with Gabriel and Claire and their son. Awkward doesn’t even begin to describe what that must have been like. Jared didn’t have a single ounce of self-preservation or self-respect. He said he loved Gabriel but I wasn’t even sure he had enough love for himself to spare another. He’s been in pain for so many years but he chose not to do anything about it – he was practically a dead man pretending to live.
For Gabriel… well my first impression of him was that he was a little shit. He was aware of this, and I thought that was a good start, but he only got worse as book progressed. He didn’t give a shit about anyone but himself. He said he had this weird fixation with Jared, but, let’s be real, he was nothing but an arrogant, selfish prick who took pleasure in having others indulging his whims and whining. And Jared was his perfect candidate because the man was in love with him, and Jared was too kind and too nice to even realize what hit him.
He wasn’t decent enough to even acknowledge Jared’s feelings for him when he first realized it. He wasn’t decent enough to tell Claire how he felt about her pregnancy and his being a father. He wasn’t decent enough to say no to the marriage his girlfriend was hinting at. He wasn’t decent enough not to fly to the US and ask Jared to come back when he knew he could offer nothing to the kindest person he ever met in his life. He was selfish enough to ask Jared to kiss him when he knew that Jared’s boyfriend was in the same house, and he had an actual fucking son waiting for him back in England. He wasn’t decent enough not to ask Jared to live with him and Claire and Jules in the same fucking house. He didn’t care who got hurt, as long as he got what he want. He was downright TERRIBLE. I honestly don’t understand why Jared was in love with him. Gabriel had absolutely no redeeming qualities to him. He was a douchebag and a big pain in the ass through and through.
And what the fuck was that ending? So they had sex and now Gabriel thinks he’s in love with Jared? PLEASE.
Tristan was probably the best thing that happened in this book. I don’t understand how he was supposedly the bad guy when all he did was good PR and maybe a few white lies here and there. Sure, he’s a brat and a manipulative little shit, but at least he’s honest with himself, and sometimes that’s far more important that being honest with other people. I hated this book, but I actually really just finished it so I could understand what the next book would be about. I’d love to see the story between Tristan and Zach....more
Okay, so this book wasn't bad per se; I found Gabby adorable if a bit too childlike sometimes, especially for someone over a hundred years old. I didOkay, so this book wasn't bad per se; I found Gabby adorable if a bit too childlike sometimes, especially for someone over a hundred years old. I did like how he was not skinny as the other mates and had some meat to him; it was a very nice change, and I was glad that Montana actually liked that about him. Overall, I think Gabby is one of my favorite mates, aside from Nicholas and Oliver.
I'm still a bit ehhh toward the whole mpreg business; I was never particularly fond of it, and I never will be. In addition, one of my pet peeves is when stories make you look like you're a selfish little shit when you decide you don't have kids. I was gonna let the mpreg/ovulation bits slide no matter how ridiculous they were, but then they had to change Gabby's mind about having a baby and I am just. Pissed as fuck. Like, the dude doesn't want to have kids. It's his body. He wants to enjoy his new life with his new mate and his new friends and his new family. He doesn't want a baby to get in the way. IS THAT SO WRONG? Why do they have to talk him into it and make it seem like he's being selfish by choosing his happiness and independence by not having a baby? They could have gone a more mature route and decided "hey, he doesn't want kids because he wants to live his life without one; that's totally cool and it's your business and we're not gonna try to convince you otherwise". But no. They had to do the usual "YOU SHOULD HAVE KIDS YOU'LL MAKE A GOOD PARENT!!" Like that's a good enough reason to ever bring a kid into the world.
Just, y'know. Fuck that shit. Fiction or not fiction, no one has any right to force their opinion down your throat. And that includes the choice of not having children....more
I really liked this one, which was surprising because I wasn't really intrigued by Jason when he was introduced. He was definitely withdrawn and far rI really liked this one, which was surprising because I wasn't really intrigued by Jason when he was introduced. He was definitely withdrawn and far removed from the rest of the sentries, and we didn't see much of him in the previous books - he was very rarely mentioned. I do remember that he seemed upset when Zeus told him to be loyal to his new Alpha, Maverick - that was a good hint at his discontent, and I was assured this ties up to the rest of the books nicely.
I loved the relationship between Jason and Nicholas; I felt like out of all the books in this series, this is the most solid and their relationship has the most equals feeling to it. Jason is the wolf but he's scared and shy and he has a lot of insecurities - a fascinating contrast to his strength as a were creature. He's terrified, but he wants his mate, although at first he pushes him away. On the other hand, Nicholas is human but he's got guts and nerves and despite what his father has done to him, he's still able to love and keep an optimistic view of the world, and it's what makes him the perfect mate to Jason.
I thought the two of them really complemented each other well, and it was nice to see a balance in their relationship that wasn't there in the other books. Jason doesn't treat Nicholas like a child, and for his part, Nicholas doesn't hesitate to stand up for himself and assure Jason that he wants to be there. I was actually moved by Nicholas' attempts at getting his wolf to smile and be more comfortable with himself; I thought it was exactly what Jason needed to heal from what had been done to him in the past.
Although I could have done without the scene of Heaven giving birth to his twins (and let's admit it, the whole exhibitionist trick was so *odd*), I have to say this book is my favorite in this series so far, and I hope I get to read more well-balanced human-and-wolf-mates relationship. Reading this one makes me really hopeful for Hagen's next stories....more