Finally! Finally we get Drake's book, although I have to admit I'm disappointed. It's so difficult when your expectations are...more*****SPOILERS LIKELY*****
Finally! Finally we get Drake's book, although I have to admit I'm disappointed. It's so difficult when your expectations are high, for the book to actually live up to the hype. While this wasn't terrible, I certainly didn't expect what happened in this book, and I don't mean that in a good or bad way.
First, I'm sure it happened occasionally in real life, but I have a hard time believing that an English lord had anything to do with the servant's daughter, much less spend as much time together as they did. Both Emily and Drake kept mentioning that they knew their relationship was unlikely, and that they had been warned to stay away from each other. My question is, how were they even allowed to play with each other growing up? If Drake's 'haughty' mother had indeed insisted Emily have nothing to do with her son, then why didn't she ever fire or threaten Emily's dad? And where was Drake's father or Emily's mother in all this? I don't remember a single mention of either, ever! We're they able to be together because these two pivotal people in their lives were missing? I find their whole relationship unlikely to start with.
Drake I found to be too wishy-washy to find him redeemable yet. He was still too conflicted to be our leading hero. The whole 'I'm evil, no I'm good,' back and forth thing was tiring to me. I prefer a hero who may be damaged, but is still firmly planted on the 'I'm for the good team' side. This bit about Drake actually considering taking the role of the evil Council leader seriously, or when he and Emily are about to escape but he turns back to save James, who manipulated Drake the whole time, putting Emily back at risk once again - I don't like one bit. He's supposed to so in love with this girl, but he actually considers being the head of the cult that wanted to offer her up as a blood sacrifice? No thanks. Now, if the whole bit about Drake being so damaged that he wanted to do it all out of revenge and he didn't care if he lived or died, and he had actually sent Emily away, if that had been the extent of it, then I think I would have liked it better. I like the whole 'I'm so filled with rage I'm taking the bastards down with me, scorch the earth' thing better than 'I can't decide if I'm for them or against them.'
As for Emily, well, I can't say I liked or disliked her. I did like that she was different in that she wasn't a proper young miss. Being the huntsman's daughter was interesting. I didn't like that because she was low-born, she felt she would accept whatever affections Drake would give her. I guess it's realistic, but can't you have some dignity? This bit about her life was worthless without him, it was over the top for me. For such a spirited and defiant and brave girl we are told she is, I found her to be just the opposite. As soon as she thinks Drake is dead, she's going to kill herself - which I find lacking spirit or bravery.
Oh, and the death of Virgil, their beloved Highlander leader - very abrupt and oddly disappointing. He never got any real substance to his storyline and it ended before it could have been something interesting.
Overall, this was okay, but not as good as I was hoping. I shouldn't have been too surprised I guess. So far this series has not lived up to expectations.(less)
Sigh. This series is just not interesting anymore. Oh, don't get me wrong, it's a decent book, fairly well written, but in li...more*****SPOILERS LIKELY*****
Sigh. This series is just not interesting anymore. Oh, don't get me wrong, it's a decent book, fairly well written, but in light of the hype of the titles and the book blurbs, you'd expect something more interesting than this.
So we're back to the pathetic hero who, woe is him, all the killing has left him bitter, angry and feeling like his soul is a black hole and there's no hope for him. Third one in the series, and this is book six, and I would bet my next paycheck, Nick is the same. I'm pretty tired of this type of hero, as I mentioned in my review of Rohan, or was it Max? So Trevor is the younger son of a duke, which I found odd, as the other characters were the the heir of the title or the actual title. Why wasn't the duke or the duke's heir the Order member? Not that he's ever mentioned, not even in passing. In the beginning it's briefly mentioned he wanted to evade the scandalous reputation of his family, and later on there was a bit about his crazy sisters, but that's it. You know, for nearly 400 pages, that's a lot of info not passed along to make room for other stuff, and I don't think it was worth it. I never really like Trevor. In fact, even though I just finished this book, I just had to re-read this paragraph hand realize I've had his name wrong the whole time. I've been typing Nick instead of Trevor. Not very memorable. That's about all I can say.
As for Grace, our heroine. I found her holier-than-thou attitude annoying at times. Again, I'm tired of this type of heroine, I'm looking at Daphne, and Carissa. There really just isn't much I can say, because I was bored with her almost the entire time. What's even more sad, the younger, completely spoiled couple in the story - George and Calpurnia - were far more interesting, even if their antics bordered on dramatic. I wanted more of them.
This is supposed to be a book about a member of the Order, and it is, but all the evil Council is all dead and gone, and the 'danger' alluded to on the back of the book has nothing to do with the Order. In fact, it's George, the heir to a Marquess and county seat who brings in the trouble. So I feel this book being a part of the series is a bit of a lead on.
One more book in the series, and again, I will be reading, as Ms. Foley is great at leaving the door wide open and the breadcrumb trail very obvious. The heroine is Virgil, the Order's slain handler's daughter we never knew about, and she needs information from a seedy lot that only Nick can help her get. I'm sure I won't be impressed.(less)
I just don't know what to think of this author. There is so much potential in this series, but it's as if there are two diffe...more*****SPOILERS LIKELY*****
I just don't know what to think of this author. There is so much potential in this series, but it's as if there are two different writers. The plot, the writing itself and the character ideas are all great. My biggest disappointment has been in the execution in all three. The plot could be so great, but it frequently stalls with inane wording or the characters stupid antics get in the way, and vice versa in every way. This is getting annoying. I have read the author's earlier work is better, so I may give it a try.
I do love Beau, he's an adorable rascal. I do feel he's a little light in the character development, not that there isn't the promise, but again, this is where execution falls short. I honestly didn't see his attraction to Carissa, really, I thought he'd find her an annoying gossip, but apparently he liked that she didn't fall all over him. Opposites attract, I suppose. I don't buy that he wouldn't be more upset, nay, pissed that not only Carissa wasn't a virgin, but that she actually thought he wouldn't notice. This was dragged out for far too long, he should have confronted her as soon as he realized. If you think any man expecting a virgin and not finding one would be able to finish without being angry, then I'd challenge your ideas of a real man. I'm not saying he had to go all caveman, but to not feel fooled, duped even by Carissa and her uncle for not being honest, and not want to do or say anything just doesn't seem realistic. Instead he brushes it off because he wants to be understanding, and then the author says as a way to keep distance between them. Just not buying it.
Oh, Carissa. How I was looking forward to your book and figuring out why you were so nosy. I figured there was some deep secret of hers that she was always on the lookout for, but not the secret we found out. I could relate to her for most of the book, right up until she thought she knew better than her spy husband and deliberately disobeyed his wishes. Normally, I'm not one for being told what to by a man, but if my husband who hand years, YEARS, of training told me it was too dangerous to get involved, and I'd already been shot (grazed), I think I'd at least hesitate before running off half-cocked, and go against my husband. I get wanting to be helpful, but for me, it seemed more like Carissa is doing it just because she's she wants to, not really to be helpful. And the bit about trying to pass as a virgin, total crap, and a useless plot device to cause drama. After she lost her virginity, the pain, the blood, she didn't even fake any pain - really, she thought her husband who has been around the block, hell, the town, wouldn't notice? That earns her a spot in the TSTL category, and I really wanted to like her.
The rest of the storyline, with the Order threatened by some group other than the Council, felt a bit of a stretch, but was still at least interesting. Really, as much as I like Beau and wanted to see how he handled Carissa, the series probably should have ended with Drake, or Beau should have come before Drake. I'm not the least bit interested in Trevor or Nick's story, and we have not met their ladies, so, no interest. I will read them, one because I already have them from the library, but also I was pleasantly surprised by Falconridge's story, one I wasn't expecting to like. Hopefully Foley can surprise me again, but I won't be holding my breath.(less)
Oh my gosh! If only the first two books were this good! This is what I was wanting from this series! I was so anxious to pick...more*****SPOILERS LIKELY*****
Oh my gosh! If only the first two books were this good! This is what I was wanting from this series! I was so anxious to pick the book back up every time I had to put it down!
First, Jordan is a vastly improved hero than the last two. There was some darkness to him, but he tried to balance himself out with thoughts of life and the reason he was fighting for his country. He saw his duty as just that, a duty to uphold and not as some tiresome burden he was forced to do. He was generally cheerful, but smart and handsome, had been pining for Mars for 12 years, all goods things for a good hero!
Speaking of Mara, I really did enjoy her quite a lot. She wasn't some thick-headed silly girl - she had a good head on her shoulders, having grown up with ogres as parents, and then marrying such a terrible husband - despite it all, she could take care of herself and didn't wither at the first sign of stress or trouble. She was a tad overbearing as a mom, worrying over the tiniest sniffle, but if that was her only flaw - I'll take it.
I did love Jordan and Mara's relationship and the way it developed. Yes, they were super attracted to each other, but the gradual buildup and courting was very sweet. I was right there with Mara, heart melting after he went with her to visit her horrid parents, taking the brunt of their badgering for her. I would have rewarded him the same way ;-)
There wasn't a ton of movement on the Order/Promethean front, but a little. Tons of action and more talk about it. Oh and Drake! If his book isn't this good, I'll be so upset! Not too sure how I feel about Emily, his heroine. Hopefully his book does him justice!(less)
Hmm. . . now I'm beginning to wonder about finishing this series. I already have all of them from the library, so I probably...more*****SPOILERS LIKELY*****
Hmm. . . now I'm beginning to wonder about finishing this series. I already have all of them from the library, so I probably will, but I don't know about this series. Again, this book felt like two different people wrote it. Parts were great - I still like the premise of The Inferno Club, and the backstory of Kate and her parents, decoding the Alchemist's Tomb mysteries were pretty interesting. But the relationship between Kate and Rohan was just awful. Also, the style is just not for me. And this one came dangerously close to the purple prose of the old bodice rippers that is just down right hilarious to me, and not something I can even take seriously.
He knew how to safely wield the oversized weapon with which Nature had endowed him.
Really? So ridiculous, and that's just on page 29! It was pretty much the same throughout. Oh, and Kate has supposedly lived on the Dartmoor cliffs all alone forever, but when they are about to have sex and Rohan takes of his shirt, his chest is the most handsome and marvelous she's ever seen?? Who else's has she seen? You know who Kate reminds me of, and not in a good way - Ana from 50 Shades. My poor Beast - he needs me, who cares that I have no home anymore, the sexiest man alive just offered to make me his whore! Yay! Sounds ideal to me! But wait, Kate knows Rohan needs her, if he could just see that - I know, I'll throw his money back at him literally and that will make him love me! No dignity, no self respect, just do the man's bidding and it's all just because he's emotionally wounded and needs me!
Oh, and her father pops back into her life, like it's no big deal and just casually mentions he's got a whole 'nother family complete with 6 kids and she doesn't get mad that he's abandoned her? No, keeping his distance was logical. . . .uh huh, why didn't he take her to Australia where he's stowed his new family to keep her safe there? And Rohan, ever the gentleman, hears this, and thinks I need to f*ck her now. And does. And somehow Kate thinks she's going to make things right by allowing him. Never mind in the last few weeks she's been kidnapped, nearly died falling off a cliff, held basically as a prisoner, finds out not only is her father alive, but that he's got another family, but yeah, she's going to make love to her beast and make things better for him. And to too it off, how creepy is it her dad was on the other side of the door, and heard all that was going on! Besides buying her fancy clothes and jewels in the end - I never really see Rohan try to make things better for her. And Kate just goes along with it.
I also didn't like that most of the book was Kate and Rohan, LOL - even though it is their romance book. We do learn a bit more about the whole Promethean vs Order origins - honestly, that whole plot doesn't move forward at all. It's like this was just a placeholder in the plot line of things, plus these guys are suppose to be warrior brothers, but so far they both have purposely left out The Order because they don't trust them? I really am holding out hope for Drake's book, which still a book away. *Sigh* We shall see! The ideas are original and interesting, but the execution is definitely leaving a lot to be desired.(less)