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 haveI 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...more
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 would2ND 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'll have to read Victorious Star tonight! ...more
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 couldnI 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....more
Those women who trashed Ben's Wildflower spoke too soon. They should have waited till this installment came out then they'd really have had somethingThose women who trashed Ben's Wildflower spoke too soon. They should have waited till this installment came out then they'd really have had something to talk about.
The writing throughout the series is already amateurish but I was prepared to let it pass, my expectations being so low as I'd mentioned. In Book 4, where there are 3 guys and 2 women, the entire series has degenerated to an incredibly ludicrous level.
Remy is in love with Cory but after they've battled through their troubles, Remy acts on his desire for Jenny who also has the hots for him. Jenny is Jake's wife who he shares with Cree (Branded By Gold, Book 1) and she feels bad about this so she has a chat with Cory. Cory is fine with sharing her husband with Jenny but I can't remember if Cory gets to share Jake and Cree who are still devouring each other like they'd just met. No wonder Jenny started looking to Remy.
Anyway, to say this book is a farce is being very generous. I was so darned relieved to come to the end of the story without reading that Jenny and Cory were doing it with each other.
I skipped Book 3 which was about Gabe and two other guys. No female in that one, I think. I couldn't read another Men In Love book after Completing The Circle. In fact, I haven't dared read another Carol Lynne even though she's been churning out several m/m stories. ...more
This was my first m/m/f romance and I can't say I liked it for a number of reasons - the men were too young and I only buy "rubenesque"-heroine romancThis was my first m/m/f romance and I can't say I liked it for a number of reasons - the men were too young and I only buy "rubenesque"-heroine romances by mistake. Other than my personal negative reactions to the book, it wasn't good enough for me to want to read David Campbell's stoty when it came out. Yet it was David (Sutter's father) whose character resonated with me. I think my icky feelings were because of David's inclusion and it was obvious he was secretly gay. I don't like family members included in my erotic romances and parents would be double ick even if there are no sex scenes involving them.
David's involvement is limited to his objection to Sutter's gay relationship so no worries about menages including Daddy. ...more
I liked the 2 guys, Harry and Ky, but Beth...she is so inconsistently drawn that it's difficult for me to decide what the author intended.
When Ky firsI liked the 2 guys, Harry and Ky, but Beth...she is so inconsistently drawn that it's difficult for me to decide what the author intended.
When Ky first sees her, he nicknames her Barbie. Like Beth, I, too, am wondering why Ky would call a short, dumpy, round blonde (Beth's own description) Barbie. Beth is also not too bright and exhibits TSTL traits like not telling anyone she receives stalker-type notes. She doesn't even tell her best friends until one of them accidentally reads one. Then, when the notes get menacing and crazy, she tells the best friend she's not going to tell Harry even tho she's practically living with him. Beth, the Bimbo Barbie's best friend says okay, don't tell him.
The story hops along on this vein until Ky shows up unexpectedly. The sexual tension between the two men is there but in small doses since Harry has just met Beth the Bimbo Barbie and his divining rod is still angling towards BBB's watering hole. It is only when the Barbie doll decides Harry wants Ky as well that Harry's rod starts vibrating in another direction.
Suspense comes in the confrontation with the stalker, of course. Sweet HEA but I hope Katie Allen doesn't have a fondness for bimbo Barbie heroines. What I note, again, after reading several MMF romances is that the woman DOES become superfluous. As a result, I tend to stick to the MM ones and only try out an MMF to see if I get lucky.
Actually, One-two Punch comes close to being 'right' as far as such menages go because Harry is still more heterosexual than other male heroes in MMF romances plus his romance with Beth is still new so his feelings for the other man are not so strong as to compete with his attraction for the heroine as in most of the other MMF romances....more
This is my first Lorelei James book. Though it dragged a bit at parts, it was overall an enjoyable read. I wanted to give it 3 1/2 stars but only becaThis is my first Lorelei James book. Though it dragged a bit at parts, it was overall an enjoyable read. I wanted to give it 3 1/2 stars but only because while I find cowboys sexy, I don't find cowgirls appealing. Chassie is sweet, generous and the perfect rancher's wife. She does everything on the ranch that a city-slicker like me will never know how to do.
While I enjoyed the way the MMF menage played out, it felt a little too trite and the author never managed to get under the surface. This was also one of those stories where I felt the woman was in the way and I would have preferred a strictly MM coupling....more
I loved the guys, unrealistically desperate though they were. The story started off marvelously and I enjoyed the first chapter. The "twins" were funnI 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....more
It took me awhile to enjoy vampire romances and when I finally did, J R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood helped get it out of my system. Nevertheless,It took me awhile to enjoy vampire romances and when I finally did, J R Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood helped get it out of my system. Nevertheless, frustrated by Ward's cop-out over Butch and Vishous, I decided to make up for it by reading a gay vampire romance. What I got in Mercy of These Bones was more than I expected.
A menage a trois featuring Edmund and Matthias, vampire lovers and the human woman they fall in love with, Darby. MOTB is erotic and intense and I was sucked into the two male vampire's desire for each other. I've read some m/m/f menages where the woman could have been dispensed with, e.g. Carol Lynne's Ben's Wildflower and Branded By Gold. In the case of MOTB, both the gay and hetrosexual relationships worked well within the menage.
Though the story is character-relationship driven, there's suspense as well in the form of someone out to kill....more
This is another of my one-star ratings that's only there because I didn't like it enough to finish the book. Not even halfway. So someone else who finThis is another of my one-star ratings that's only there because I didn't like it enough to finish the book. Not even halfway. So someone else who finished would be able to give a fairer review and rating.
Why I couldn't finish it? Too slow-moving. The same style and pacing that won me in the Nature of Desire failed me in Holding The Cards. After I abandoned it, I thought perhaps it was because I wasn't into gay romance so a year later I tried reading it again. Still no go....more