A nearly-satisfying conclusion to this trilogy. I loved Sonterra & Clare's relationship progressing and maturing and I loved Emma & Loretta inA nearly-satisfying conclusion to this trilogy. I loved Sonterra & Clare's relationship progressing and maturing and I loved Emma & Loretta in this one as well.
- Favorite Sonterra & Clare scene had to be at Father Morales'
I did feel that the last twenty pages were too rushed and a lot more could have been done with the whole relationship between the killer, Clare & the Coyotes.
It was a good end and I'm sad to leave these characters....more
A good follow up that evolved the relationship between Tony & Clare. I felt the end was a bit rushed and could've been expounded on but it was stiA good follow up that evolved the relationship between Tony & Clare. I felt the end was a bit rushed and could've been expounded on but it was still good. I've come to expect that every ten pages or so Clare is going to end up hurt, scared, shooting someone or crying. You think it would detract my attention but it doesn't, I finished it in one day and am a little sad that this is only a trilogy. I love when Miller writes romance mystery. I loved her Mojo Sheepshanks stories too....more
I read this in one night and it's a pretty quick read. It was an okay mystery... nothing spectacular - nothing amazing. Good beach read not jumping toI read this in one night and it's a pretty quick read. It was an okay mystery... nothing spectacular - nothing amazing. Good beach read not jumping to get the second book.
There was something very rushed about the whole book and the main character took a while to warm up to, eventually you do but it comes kind of late. ...more
It was ok. It wasn't what I expected from the author having read her Deadly Deceptions series first and then the Look series. It was all right. I coulIt was ok. It wasn't what I expected from the author having read her Deadly Deceptions series first and then the Look series. It was all right. I couldn't really get a hook into Hallie- she really didn't make me feel for her. I loved Chance and while I agree watching them get together was fun, it was a bit fast. In fact, the whole book just moved really really fast. Too fast. The end of the book was rushed and I felt no real relief at the outcome.
It reminded me at times of Nora Roberts' "Montana Sky", which, though I like Linda Lael Miller - "Montana Sky" is the superior book.
This is a short, feel good read. I haven't read a Silhouette novel in awhile and I wouldn't make this my normal fare but this is a great Christmas romThis is a short, feel good read. I haven't read a Silhouette novel in awhile and I wouldn't make this my normal fare but this is a great Christmas romance written by one of my favorite romance writers. It definitely leaves you smiling foolishly at the end :)...more
Just a great book. As usual, Charles de Lint's books have a certain quality to them that is both light and solid. The subject matter is can be importaJust a great book. As usual, Charles de Lint's books have a certain quality to them that is both light and solid. The subject matter is can be important and sometimes heavy but the way that he tells a story is nothing short of magical.
This book is not apart of the Newford collection but it does take place in a small town that fuses both Spanish, Native American and Anglo cultures together. The main character is a beautiful, tattooed, mechanic who loves her grandfather and shuts down emotionally after his death.
It takes a death to really wake you up to what you've missed.
The story tugs at your heartstrings with a sense of sadness and a sense of hope and wonder. Grace begins her journey two weeks two late but honestly, what it all comes down to is Faith.
Once upon a time I read the first two books in Rachel Caine's "Weather Warden" series. I subsequently forgot what those two books were about and t4.72
Once upon a time I read the first two books in Rachel Caine's "Weather Warden" series. I subsequently forgot what those two books were about and thus stopped reading any more of the series. I will go back to it but that's neither here nor there.
If the WW series had been as engrossing and engaging as Janet's story then perhaps I would have stuck with it. I say this because this book shares some similarities with the WW series and I simply want to get that out of the way.
I was surprised about how much I ended up liking this book.
My only issue was that the Amy story seemed very much like a side story until the very end, when it was time to wrap things up and get ready for the final climax of the story. I would have liked to see Janet investigating a little bit more (really just once or twice more) so that I could get a bit more emotionally invested in Nash, Janet and their strange relationship. I also would have liked to know more about the mother. Maybe the Grandmother or Coyote could have dropped a hint or two. However, with that said - everything moved smoothly and quickly without any jagged loose ends or too many out of left field surprises. It was a solid foundation to build a story and it was enjoyable and exciting.
Janet was a bit naive and at times I found that her experiences didn't really match with her character. Here's a woman who can control Storms, can beat the crap out of crazy bar people and can have vigorous, amazing tantric sex but she can't work up the nerve to ask her boyfriend for a serious conversation. Not that I blame her, Mick is adept at sidestepping the question and sometimes you have to know when to pick your battles. Other than that, her character makes sense and I can't help but like her. She can be a hard-ass, sensitive, stubborn and normal despite her powers. She is down to earth with a bit of a kink :) Who wouldn't relate to that! All of character traits make sense when you look at them through the lens of her experience. Even the aforementioned naivete that bugs me. I understand why she's a bit naive. (view spoiler)[ She's been sheltered her whole life because she's the harbinger of end times. I know why people wouldn't tell her too. In the case of bringing about the Apocalypse, it's better to not know anything, that way you can't accidentally self-fulfill. (hide spoiler)]
Mick is a bit too HUGE (built like a wrestler, he's 6'6" - agghh!) for my tastes but he is one sexy summamabitch. Though his over-protectiveness would at times excite me and irk me (much like Janet's reactions) he is still a great guy to have your back. I'd want him in my arsenal if I had to get into a supernatural fight. Not only that, you can tell he really loves her. This isn't one of those books of Boy Meet Girl, they have awkward relationship, jump in sack and continue to have strained weird relations until someone realizes they love the other. Ok, it's not quite like that. In this case, the stress and the awkwardness comes from knowledge of the other person and also the lack of. Mich is a mysterious character who I could've sworn was a (view spoiler)[ demon. I never even imagined that he was a demon. James did a good job of keeping me ignorant about their possibility in this world because Janet didn't know about them. So score one for James (hide spoiler)]
Nash. Oh Nash. I want to like you but you come off as a dick to me. I get your backstory but yeah, I agree with Maya that you have no business being a Sheriff. Honestly, you are one crayon short of the box. The fact that you irrationally hate (seemingly) the "Believers" and go out of your way to constantly throw Janet in jail is a habit that does not endear me to you. Not even toward the end of the book. In fact, Nash, meet me at camera three (view spoiler)[ with the sexy sex time with Maya, the Janet kiss or the holding on to her to siphon off her energy. Dude, you can't compare to Mick and he could eat you for breakfast. Go get therapy and meet me in the next book (hide spoiler)]
The side characters were engaging and intriguing and I hope we get to meet some of them again. I also hope some of them are more fleshed out. I want to know about the Grandmother.
So, you know. Go read this book already!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Ok, so first off based on the cover and the back description I wasn't expecting much.
I was wrong.
This book was not only surprisingly funny and fast-paOk, so first off based on the cover and the back description I wasn't expecting much.
I was wrong.
This book was not only surprisingly funny and fast-paced, it was semi-plausible and steamy.
I thought Kitty was going to be TSTL and that the romance was going to be by-the-numbers and blah blah blah blah I'd fall asleep in the middle. Nope. Kitty is smart, realistic, brave and flawed. A marketing manager who happens to be in the wrong place at the right time (depending on how you look at it), Katherine 'Kitty' Katt witnesses a man kill his wife but here's the kicker, he's not a man. He's a thing with wings. Using her fancy pen, she stabs it in the right place (which is not as crazy hand of the author as you'd think) and the next thing she knows all these great looking men in custom tailored suits show up out of thin air and whisk her away to a secret area.
Being that she's quick, she grasps all the information that they are part of the government and that there are things called super-beings and she's just killed one and 'hey, would you like to be recruited'? On top of that, Jeff Martini, the one who does the whisking, is already telling her he wants to marry her. Is he kidding? Kitty decides that yes, he's gorgeous but there are more important things to worry about right now. Namely, how did she get in this mess and wait, what do you mean super-beings and aliens?
As a comic-book geek (something I do happen to have in common with Kitty besides also working in marketing), Kitty can't help but make a few analogies which will help those that are fans and possibly confuse those that aren't but the point will get across because this book will dumb it down for you as the information gets disseminated by different characters.
Speaking of, we find out that the secondary characters (while not as fully-fleshed out) are very interesting in their own rights. There are some surprising secrets about Kitty's parents, Jeff & Christopher's (Jeff's surly cousin and partner who has a few surprises of his own) origins and as the plot and the mystery unrolls we get to see what these characters are made of.
While the villain is exactly that, a villain, you get the sense that though he's sort of like a typical comic book villain, it's not about him. It's about the damage he's caused and how it effects the characters and less about trying to humanize him.
Fast-paced and funny, this book borrows from several genres but in the end manages to still end up unique. It never takes itself too seriously, which is maybe why it doesn't fail. It's refreshing and a good read....more
A cute light cozy mystery featuring Mel Cooper, a small business owner of Fairy Tale Cupcakes. Along with her childhood best friends Tate and Angie (TA cute light cozy mystery featuring Mel Cooper, a small business owner of Fairy Tale Cupcakes. Along with her childhood best friends Tate and Angie (Tate is a partner, Angie is a co-manager), Mel is happy with their movie nights and steady stream of customers.
Until Tate decides to ask Mel to make the cupcakes for his wedding with snobby bitchy Christie Stevens, a designer with a cold-hearted manipulative streak. Then, because she doesn't want to hurt her friend she decides to sign a contract that will allow Christie to own the five new flavors that Mel has been tasked with making. Oh, the things you will do for a friend.
So, begrudgingly she makes the cupcakes and goes to meet Christie only to find her dead body.
Thus the mystery begins. Mel is the prime suspect and the newspapers aren't helping - painting a picture of Mel and Tate as lovers when in fact Mel doesn't find him attractive.
Joe, the ADA and one of Angie's brothers, shows up and though Mel knows she shouldn't talk to the DA, there's something about having a twenty year old crush on a man that will make you ignore sound advice.
So between backstabbing designers, an arch-nemesis baker, concealed feelings and bruised relationships - what kind of things will this investigation kick up?
It's a cute beginning to a series and I finished it in a few hours, there are some interesting cupcake recipes in the back as well. ...more
I really liked it. Funny, at times fluffly, light and reminds me of SG-1, with a dash of Roswell and a splash of Star Trek.
Kitty and Jeff are still hoI really liked it. Funny, at times fluffly, light and reminds me of SG-1, with a dash of Roswell and a splash of Star Trek.
Kitty and Jeff are still hot and heavy and getting heavier but of course that means that there are issues since aliens and humans cannot marry or breed. On top of that, there seems to be a lot of people that want Kitty and her team, Jeff and his team and well...aliens in general dead. Oh and there's a ten year high school reunion that seems to be on Jeff's mind.
And someone else's.
Kitty, intuitive and sharp but duller than a butter knife when it comes to the important things is in for a very interesting time.
Funny, fast paced and with enough science jargon to make it believable, this installment is just as good as the first....more
I finished this is in one day. That should tell you something right there.
In this installment, which is a little different than what the back of the bI finished this is in one day. That should tell you something right there.
In this installment, which is a little different than what the back of the book says, Janet is having a hard time trying to save Mick's life, her life and the lives of her friends.
It's tough being half-goddess.
It's even tougher when your friends and loved ones won't hesitate to kill you should you fail to control the magic that was instilled in you by your bitch mother and the earth.
It's a thousand times harder when the little voice in the back of your head tells you it's ok to kill people.
Oh and let's just throw this on the fire: your boyfriend is about to be brought to trial because of you while a monster is running around killing people.
It makes a gal not want to get out of bed.
The characters were solid and the secondary characters were fun and felt real. I really enjoyed having more Maya and Noami in this book. I'm iffy with Cassandra (view spoiler)[ that shit she pulled at the end of the book annoyed me (hide spoiler)] and I can live without Pamela. On top of that, Colby looks like fun. I'm glad we met him. He's like that little brother that you want to punch and/or hug.
I would like more of Mick and Janet in a relationship, I like them together but it would be nice to see them with a little more talk-talk between them and a little less rip-roaring sessy times. Why? Because while sessy times are fun for everyone, a real relationship is also communication and doing things outside of the bedroom. If I don't see that happen it's hard for me to believe that the relationship is real.
The plot itself was interesting though at times it felt like there were too many things going on at once but it was all summed up nicely and the ending left us with an interesting little twist.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
In this installment, Kitty and Jeff are getting ready to tie the knot. Except Kitty is too worried about her own 'readiness' + thThis is a solid four.
In this installment, Kitty and Jeff are getting ready to tie the knot. Except Kitty is too worried about her own 'readiness' + the continual threat of the world being taken over to spend too much time wondering which centerpiece works.
It's still an action packed story with people surviving impossible odds and doing implausible things whilst trying to survive and there's always a Hail Mary thrown in, but still it's a good sci-fi romp that is both funny and intriguing.
My problems with this story have very little to do with the plot or plots or Routine. It's to do with the characters.
Kitty is a modern woman who has some very modern relationships, she also seems a bit too obsessed with sex, and as such is questioning whether or not she and Jeff should get married. I'm sure all brides have thought this (I didn't but then I didn't marry my husband after only being with him for a year)and it makes sense that Kitty has her moment of emotional crisis and thank God Reader is there for her because if they had picked any other character to deal with her, it would've quickly went from honest worry to sex-driven nympho.
So yeah, Kitty's insecurity was a bit bothersome because that should have been handled much earlier. What bugged me the most is the constant sex. I mean, don't get me wrong, if you take a look at my shelves you'll see that I like a little sex with my stories. The problem is that Kitty and Jeff having sex has become a joke (view spoiler)[ and seriously the constant orgasms are annoying. I'm saying this because I'm 30% jealous of a fictional character but the other 70% is just sheer boredom. Ok, I get it, Jeff is freaking awesome in bed. (hide spoiler)]. How about having a relationship? How about treating Jeff like you treat Chuckie? He's your boyfriend/Fiance/Husband so try treating him as something other than a slab of meat because if you don't then you should be worried about your relationship.
Which brings me to Jeff. I love Jeff but good lord he was this shy of whiny in this book. Not to mention his possessive/jealousy is getting old. Kitty doesn't really do much of the flirting anymore but unless you're gonna lock her up in a room for the rest of your life, then bro needs to learn to deal. In any other book, had the author not a gift for writing dialogue and characters, Jeff would be the creepy stalker that ends up shot by the police after trying to break into his ex's house one too many times. I think we need to lay off of the Jealous Jeff thing and move on lest he become a caricature of himself.
Soo besides the two mains treading the line between angst and dysfunctional, it was a very good book and an interesting installment. There were some sentimental moments that saps like me enjoyed and some kick-ass moments that hard-asses like me enjoyed and last but not least it culminated in the union between Kitty and Jeff which should lead to some interesting adventures going further.
I will have to admit, that the last fifty pages of the book (the wedding stuff) could've been cut or edited heavily and possibly released as a short story because it was extraneous to the main plot and didn't need to be there however interesting and nice it was.
Anyhoo, solid plot but I'm concerned for the characters if the author keeps pushing the angst button. Oh! And (view spoiler)[ no rape threats or jokes. That shit isn't funny (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
What I like about this book is that there isn't a love triangle for me to have worry about. I like that Janet and Mick are a firmly emore of a 3.7/3.8
What I like about this book is that there isn't a love triangle for me to have worry about. I like that Janet and Mick are a firmly established couple and they have each others backs. However, I would still like a little more of a relationship aspect of them without the constant shagging. This book provided me with a bit more of that, so I'm happy about that.
What I'm not so happy about it is the large rambling plot threads that didn't really make much sense until the final part of the book and still, it was still a "Huh? Wtf?" moment.
Why couldn't Janet have figured out the Mick situation sooner? Why didn't she press her grandmother for more info? Why didn't she just give Gabrielle a really good slap in the face?
I don't have these answers.
Despite it's weight and baggage, this book is still one of the better books I've read this year in this genre. This series is still very good and I care very much about what happens next. Especially with the little cliffhanger at the end....more
Didn't love this like I thought I would. The POVs were too frequent and from characters thst, while interesting, were not necessarily necessary (2.5-3
Didn't love this like I thought I would. The POVs were too frequent and from characters thst, while interesting, were not necessarily necessary (the exception being Doctor Sound and maybe Sophia) and made the plot more convoluted than it needed to be.
I needed more Books and Braun. And more of a natural approach to their relationship. Eliza was a bit of a jerk to Welly which made it hard for me to understand their end. Not to mention, Welly was an excellent agent in the field and I would've liked to see more of him and Eliza working together.
I will say that the last twenty or so pages were awesome. The way the whole book should have been.