I enjoyed this very much right up to the point where Claire joined Aidan and Dylan in bed. I found it difficult to get into the sex. If you don't have...moreI enjoyed this very much right up to the point where Claire joined Aidan and Dylan in bed. I found it difficult to get into the sex. If you don't have a problem with girl cooties, this should be a very enjoyable read! And if this is an example of what this series is like then the rest should be as good. Unfortunately for me, my dislike of girl cooties is just too strong to ignore and I had to stop reading:(
That aside, the story was a solid 4 stars for what I read - 60% of the book.
I had bought the author's Hunted series by Harlequin, both in Kindle and audio last month but couldn't get through the first because it felt too...Harlequin. Ditto with Witness Seduction which was a Blaze. So when I bought Hotter Than Ever, purely on the strength of reviews, especially Jane's, I was prepared. I can happily say that Kennedy's writing here came across very different. It was fresh, modern and hugely entertaining. I really, really loved it.
...until Aidan entered the scene.
The odd thing is that I felt it was Aidan who was in the way. Being a diehard MM romance fan, I chose this book because Aidan and Dylan are a permanent couple so I was both surprised and unsettled, somewhat, when I realized I didn't want Aidan there. I loved Claire and Dylan just fine on their own and reading their story gave me the same pleasure as Julie James did in her earlier romances, Just the Sexiest Man Alive and Practice Makes Perfect. Once Aidan entered the story proper (when Dylan takes Claire home with him), I felt conflicted. I wished Kennedy had written a straight-up (pardon) MM romance or an M/F and not a menage. I don't care whether the 3rd is with a man, woman, or a donkey, just leave the couple alone because Kennedy makes them good enough on their own (if this book is anything to go by).
Going by my reaction to the m/m/f element, I don't plan on reading the others. Not even the previous book where Dylan and Aidan meet, because I would know, already, that a woman will come between them in the next book.
Those romance fans who have gone completely over to the dark side of MM romance will understand how I feel. I have GR friends who tell me they can no longer read m/f and, like me, hate girl cooties jumping in bed with their boys.
I'm glad I can still read m/f since almost all Romantic Suspense is m/f but after Hotter Than Ever, I will definitely stay away from mixed-gender menages. That said, I am hoping Kennedy starts an MM series and/or a pure M/f romance. She could easily be my next Julie James:D(less)
I hated this book. Half of it was a M/F/M menage. Not even M/M/F but a het menage. NOT what I want in my gay M/M romance! I was so pissed off I couldn...moreI hated this book. Half of it was a M/F/M menage. Not even M/M/F but a het menage. NOT what I want in my gay M/M romance! I was so pissed off I couldn't read it to the end, hence the 1 star. And it's just me, not the story because I knew there was girl cooties in this book. I just did not expect there to be so much of it.
However, it's a Jet Mykles so it can't be bad. And it isn't. If you don't mind females in your M/M books, if you won't mind two men having a 'straight' menage once with Tacy ('Stacy' without the 'S', she says; and twice with Melanie) and enjoy light contemporary M/M romances, you'll enjoy it just as everyone else did.(less)
2ND REREAD; APRIL 2014: NO CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS REVIEW
1ST REREAD REVIEW - 14 FEBRUARY 2011 This is still a 4-star read the second time around. It would...more2ND REREAD; APRIL 2014: NO CHANGE FROM PREVIOUS REVIEW
1ST REREAD REVIEW - 14 FEBRUARY 2011 This is still a 4-star read the second time around. It would have been five if not for the reasons Jenre mentioned in her excellent review. I was more aware of the power struggle between Aubrey and Seht this time and was delighted to find I was fully invested in it and wondered how these two uber-alphas would resolve the dilemma.
While I liked the resolution (I had totally forgotten that was how this book ended!), unless you're aware Lost Star is the prequel to Victorious Star, you will find the ending very abrupt. So I recommend that you have Victorious Star ready before you get to the end of LS. A friend was telling me she wants to read LS because it's MM but will pass on VS as it's MMF. While I understand perfectly her distaste for girl cooties spoiling the broth, it is a pity in this case because Seht's and Captain Ravnos' relationship in Victorious Star is a thing to behold, indeed. I myself refuse to read MM romances that have girl cooties - the Interstellar Service & Discipline books are the one and only exception.
I agree with Jenre that Seht isn't as developed as Aubrey here and that's a pity as I would have liked to know him better. We get to follow Aubrey closely but know nothing about how Seht grew up and what made him gravitate towards Aubrey and get attached to him so quickly. At least in those werewolf books I occasionally read, they have a mate out there they can sense. In this case, there's not enough about Skeldhi culture and nothing of Seht's past (or even his present) to help me understand his character.
Despite this, LS is a great intro to the IS&D series. I'll move on to Victorious Star now and hope that I won't wish Victoria were a Victor instead!
1ST REVIEW - 9 APRIL 2009: Lost Star felt short even though it's novel length but it did complete Victorious Star in that we now know what the history is between Aubrey Ravnos and Seht, the skeldhi prince.
It tells the story of how Seht met the young Aubrey when the latter was a young guy, I think six months shy of 21 and on the run from the Moribund Company. Aubrey was caught by the Imperial Agency for his hacking into ships and taking them for joyrides. The ship he's serving on in lieu of imprisonment commits suicide after its crew is killed. Yeah, this is Morgan Hawke book so ships are "alive". They rape and kill.
Aubrey finds himself taken by Moribund and his Company (M & Co appear in all the Star books) and manages to escape but the torture during his capture by Moribund has left Aubrey at the point of death. He manages to escape, though I'm not sure how long he was imprisoned by Moribund. Aubrey's age, at this point, is also uncertain coz he's referred to as "kid" several times.
Moribund's ship comes under attack by the Skeldhis and in the ensuing fracas, Aubrey escapes. Moribund's guys are out looking for Aubrey, of course, since he's an extremely valuable commodity due to his programs. Seht arrives on the scene just in time to save Aubrey from recapture but has to turn him into a rehkyt (a skeldhi's hybrid sex slave) in order to save him.
Seht finds himself deeply attached to the human Aubrey and is heart-broken when he is told Aubrey needs to be returned to the Imperial Agency. They are separated but reunited after a period of time when Seht refuses to give up searching for Aubrey. Only now, Aubrey is an adult and commander of his own ship. He prefers to be called Ravnos and is even more determined not to be Seht's slave since his priority is to destroy the Moribund Company, not become a skeldhi's pet.
Seht couldn't ever give Aubrey up and has been looking for him. It's obvious Aubrey is much more than just a pet to Seht but why, we do not know. Towards the end of the book the two ubver-alphas meet up again, for the final face-off. The fight ends with Seht agreeing to the only thing that will keep him with Aubrey for the rest of his life.
I loved the guys, unrealistically desperate though they were. The story started off marvelously and I enjoyed the first chapter. The "twins" were funn...moreI loved the guys, unrealistically desperate though they were. The story started off marvelously and I enjoyed the first chapter. The "twins" were funny and adorable. Aaron, the captain, was the silent, sexy type. MY type, that is.
The heroine, Emi, completely ruined the story! I've never, ever, come across a more needy, emotionally demanding, whiny woman. She's got three hunks who can't get enough of her and despite Caph and Ford constantly reassuring her that their captain loves her, Emi INSISTS on hearing The Three Little Words. Never mind that she's supposed to be an empath; never mind that she can easily sense his internal pain. She WANTS TO HEAR Those Three Little Words.
Man...it was unbelievable. Sorry but the 2 stars are because Emi made it impossible for me to carry on reading. I am really mad at her cos this could have been such a fun read!
I dumped it for Urban & Roux's Cut & Run, which is right up my alley.(less)