This latest installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood focuses on Tohrment. Like the others, Tohr (and his woman) must overcome a lot of baggage in o...moreThis latest installment of the Black Dagger Brotherhood focuses on Tohrment. Like the others, Tohr (and his woman) must overcome a lot of baggage in order to end up together. Because Tohr was already mated (his mate was killed) his personal obstacles are slightly different from any other brother's. Comparisons can definitely be made to Phury's book - both males have serious depression and grief issues - but the love story is similar to all the others (it's a romance, after all). The ending of Tohr's book can also be compared to one of the other books (no spoiler...), but I haven't decided if the final twist was necessary.
One thing that really stuck with me was Tohr's own observation that so many of the other brothers' mates had overcome death - Mary and Jane come to mind immediately - and yet his Wellsie wasn't afforded the same miracle. It's a valid question that isn't really answered. Maybe Lassiter will have a catchy "it's a God thing" answer for him in an upcoming book.
I liked No'One. She's stronger than I expected. Her attempts to bond with Xhex made for more interesting reading. I suppose I might've liked to see the two of them touch on the violence they've both experienced, but again, maybe that'll come up in a future book. Or maybe an outtake? The Black Dagger Mates Support group?
This book continued to build on the new villains in town, the Band of Bastards. Ward appears to be setting up for a match with at least one of the traitors, so we'll see how that comes out. I'm actually kind of excited about that possibility - it'll be a complicated courtship, that's for sure.
We see a fair amount of Quinn in this book, a little Blay, and a little Wrath. The bulk of the old guard of the Brotherhood makes only cameo appearances. No sign of Murhder, either...I hope we hear more from him soon.
Overall, a good read. I didn't jump on it as soon as it came out, but once I got started, the pages flew by.(less)
Even though I'd heard great things about this book, it took me a long time to pick it up and dig in. Maybe I was nervous about the BDSM angle - it's n...moreEven though I'd heard great things about this book, it took me a long time to pick it up and dig in. Maybe I was nervous about the BDSM angle - it's not my first pick when it comes to genres - or maybe it was the Master/slave aspect, or the triad nature of sage's family. But I finally cracked the binding, and am now wondering why it took so long!
Yes, the overriding element in the book is, to use one of the author's descriptions, the kink lifestyle. But at its core, Becoming sage is about relationships. While sage believes her role is to relinquish power to Sir Rune, her master, I was intrigued by the power she still wielded--many times without her knowledge. Power, communication, and self-discovery are the heart of the story, and I loved it.
And - the ending was excellent. Very fulfilling. If you'd like a peek into the real world of BDSM, this is the book for you. Just don't wait as long as I did to read it!(less)
I'm debating about whether this installment was better than the first book. I enjoyed the strong female character, and Trace was as yummy in the book...moreI'm debating about whether this installment was better than the first book. I enjoyed the strong female character, and Trace was as yummy in the book as he is on the cover. The villains fell a little flat for me - part of the anticipation was facing these evil characters and seeing what they had in store for our lovebirds. Maybe I'm just a nasty person, but I thought they could've been a lot meaner in the end.
I'd heard a lot of good things about this series by Lori Foster, and was lucky enough to pick a couple of them up at a Borders liquidation. I enjoyed...moreI'd heard a lot of good things about this series by Lori Foster, and was lucky enough to pick a couple of them up at a Borders liquidation. I enjoyed this first book, and look forward to the next.
The first in this series actually starts like it's a sequel. I haven't read the short story that spawned this series, and this book seems to start just after that. The hero, Dare Macintosh, is a hot, huge, hunky mercenary-type with a soft spot for women in need and Labrador retrievers. He rescues the heroine, Molly Alexander as almost an afterthought - she's a romance author caught in a human trafficking ring. From there, the two go on the run from California to Kentucky to Ohio.
Of course, Molly falls for Dare, and he's immediately drawn to her courage and strength. I liked Molly's strength - she's a very cool cucumber most of the time.
There are a few points where belief has to be suspended a bit...especially when Dare's super-security fails...but the writing keeps the story moving. A yummy read. (less)
The third installment in the Lucy Valentine series was a treat. Lucy continues to fall into the strangest and most amusing situations. The story caugh...moreThe third installment in the Lucy Valentine series was a treat. Lucy continues to fall into the strangest and most amusing situations. The story caught me from the first pages, and held me through to the end. One of the mysteries to be solved wasn't too surprising, but it was cute, and a couple new threads leave me begging Ms. Webber for another installment. I want to know more about Cutter, and about Lucy's gift! Please?
While Lucy Valentine is busy tracking down missing loves, she's also making and breaking matches with her family and friends. There's a lot going on,...moreWhile Lucy Valentine is busy tracking down missing loves, she's also making and breaking matches with her family and friends. There's a lot going on, and as usual, Heather Webber ties all the threads together in an entertaining and sexy story.
Lucy's own love life takes center stage with hot beau Sean Donahue. I can't tell you what happens, but I'll just say, this is definitely a romance novel! Whew!
Lucy also does some climbing around the Valentine family tree and uncovers a new branch. A branch she's not really sure she likes...
Deeply, Desperately is a fun read. There's lots of characters, yes, but Webber does a good job keeping the different plot threads straight. The one thing I missed was a dead body. Yes, I like my romances to have a little murder mixed in.
I'm looking forward to Absolutely, Positively!(less)
The latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is, in my opinion, a combination of Book 4 (Butch) and Book 5 (Vishous), maybe with a little of Book...moreThe latest in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is, in my opinion, a combination of Book 4 (Butch) and Book 5 (Vishous), maybe with a little of Book 6 (Phury) thrown in for spice.
I liked it - it's definitely worth the four stars - but in the end, it's not really about Payne. Yes, she's the heroine. Yes, she finds her mate, Manny. But beyond that, we learn very little about her. It's really about Vishous, Jane, and Butch.
V and Butch are probably my favorite brothers, so I'll allow a lot. There's one scene in particular in V's old apartment that is over the top good, and worth the read all on its own. But I can't give five stars because I really wanted to find out more about Payne.
The book opens with V wanting to find a way to connect with his sister, and not knowing how. That's what I wanted too...but I never got the sense they closed that gap in the book. Both V and Payne inherited interesting and similar abilities from their mom, the Scribe Virgin, but they never even talk about how different or the same they are. They barely talk at all.
As for the Scribe Virgin...she was completely absent from this book. Completely. Tohr is mentioned, and a couple other brothers make token appearances, but for the most part, this story is isolated from the rest of the series.
Oh, I almost forgot, we do witness Qhuinn's pining for Blay, but it's mostly internal and definitely unrequited. Only at the very end do we actually hear from Blay, but it's only one line. There is an interesting twist involving Layla, but I'm guessing we've got a while to wait until that plays out.
For those who don't enjoy lessers, they play a very small part in this book. A new villain arrives on scene, setting up the series for several more books. I love his signature style of fighting.
I'll definitely be back for the next book, hoping for a few more tidbits about Payne along the way.(less)
For someone who doesn't read a lot of science fiction-style paranormal, this was a great way to sample a bunch of authors. Many stories revolved aroun...moreFor someone who doesn't read a lot of science fiction-style paranormal, this was a great way to sample a bunch of authors. Many stories revolved around worlds or characters that are already developed in full-length novels, so I felt a little behind the curve when being dropped into their mythology.
A couple stories stood out, though, and I may go looking for the novels that match.
The story by Justin Gustainis (the editor) was an updated Faustian tale that was just fun to read. Not any great surprises in the story, but the writing flowed wonderfully. (Sorry, I don't have the title - the book's already been passed on!)
The other that really stuck with me was the story by Tanya Huff. It centers around a gay production assistant (hope I got that right) for a film crew in Vancouver, Tony Foster. He's a wizard, to boot, and in this short, is afraid his lover may be seduced by an unknown woman. The ending was a little rushed, but there was so much more to the story than just the paranormal aspect. It was the most intriguing emotionally, I thought. I'll be looking for more Tony Foster books.
The nice thing about an anthology is that each story is a complete read. Perfect for waiting for the kids at the dentist or school - each one is a short read. If you're looking to dip your toe into occult mystery, this is definitely the book to try.
As far as I go, it was a little too much paranormal for me. Succubi, djinn, possession...it was nice to taste, but I think I'll stick to vampires and weres for now.(less)
Creepy. Not quite horror, more like the Sixth Sense creepy. Madeleine, a psychologist, has been studying schizophrenia in her own family, and then see...moreCreepy. Not quite horror, more like the Sixth Sense creepy. Madeleine, a psychologist, has been studying schizophrenia in her own family, and then seems to contract the same condition. But psychology isn't the core of the story, it's more of a voodoo-feeling type of psychic thriller.
Set in Louisiana, the story takes two paths: one through present-day with Madeleine, and one through the 1920's with her great-grandparents. While both are interesting, they don't really tie together very tightly. In some ways, the entire 1920's story line could have been pulled out as a separate book.
I'm not sure a reader with expertise in psychology or neurology would find Madeleine or Ethan believable on a professional level. I would have liked Ethan to play a larger role in Madeleine's evolution, and for her to question her condition a little earlier.
It is a long book, with a lot of threads that aren't quite tied up. I'm kind of curious to see if there will be a sequel, but don't know if I'd pick it up. I'm a wimp - I can only take so much creepy.(less)
Very light cozy mystery. Lots of decadent recipes mixed in with a little murder. This was the first I'd read in the series, and I didn't feel like I r...moreVery light cozy mystery. Lots of decadent recipes mixed in with a little murder. This was the first I'd read in the series, and I didn't feel like I really HAD to have read the others to keep up with the characters. If I ran across one, I'd probably pick it up, but it's not a drop-everything-until-I'm-done type of read for me.
Cute characters with some fun dialog. Best for pastry/baking aficionados who don't mind a light plot.(less)
As a college student of the eighties, I wish I had as much fun in school as the main character, Jen, did! Ms. Elson's characters ring true, as does he...moreAs a college student of the eighties, I wish I had as much fun in school as the main character, Jen, did! Ms. Elson's characters ring true, as does her realistic settings, and that drew me in. I could really relate to Jen's attraction to the bad boy, her wanting to be good enough for the good guy, and finally realizing which Dave was really "the one."
Three Daves has kind of a chick-lit feel - it's not a hard and fast romance, rather the evolution of one woman and how she comes to recognize love. I recently read a novel by Lisa Kleypas Sugar Daddy, and to me, Three Daves has a similar feel (but TD is more realistic, in my opinion). Jen's relationships with her roommates and friends are as much a part of her journey as are her romantic encounters with the three Daves. Even Jen's faith plays a role - something that is overlooked or ignored in most mainstream romance novels.
I'll be on the lookout for more work by Nicki Elson, for sure!(less)
I started this book with the intention of reading it in order to judge whether or not to take my daughter to the play. I got a couple chapters in and...moreI started this book with the intention of reading it in order to judge whether or not to take my daughter to the play. I got a couple chapters in and put it down. The book is really nothing like the play (at least the part I read). Maybe I'll finish it some day, but it isn't very high on my to-do list.(less)
I intended to read this before seeing the movie, but it ended up that I saw the movie after reading only 5 chapters. It didn't matter though - I loved...moreI intended to read this before seeing the movie, but it ended up that I saw the movie after reading only 5 chapters. It didn't matter though - I loved them both.
What really intrigued me about this book was the historical aspect. Water for Elephants is really the story of the 1930's train circus. "Running away to the circus" was the fantasy of many, but this story shows all the dirt, blood, and heartlessness that lies beneath the glamour of the big top.
Our hero, Jacob is literally thrown into this world, and while he adapts, he's not really prepared for the cold brutalness of circus life. It's only the fact that we know Jacob is well and good at age ninety (or ninety-three, he's not quite sure) that assures us the story must have a happy ending. There's many places where the story could've easily ended "and then they threw me off the train, and that was that." 8-)
In contrast to Jacob's compassion and naivete, August (the equestrian director) and Uncle Al (the show's owner) are unfeeling and mean. August is mentally unstable to boot, which is just scary. The fact that they combined August and Uncle Al into a single character in the movie only enhanced the evil embodied in him - and was great, in my opinion.
Because we see Marlena (the love interest) through Jacob's eyes, she lacks a little of the emotional depth she could have. But because we're hearing Jacob's story, that's not a negative - rather it shows us what about her attracted him, and what is important to him.
Water for Elephants is a great read, and it was adapted very well to the screen. I recommend both.(less)