I expected a little more from this anthology since the blurbs promised a bang that the stories just didn't deliver. Sherrilyn Kenyon's contribution wa...moreI expected a little more from this anthology since the blurbs promised a bang that the stories just didn't deliver. Sherrilyn Kenyon's contribution was typical SK. A goody-two-shoes heroine with no life whatsoever that needs just the right guy to unleash the temptress that's lurking just beneath her holier-than-thou facade. A tall, dark, and dangerous hero with a shady past and a murderous "family" bossman on his tight ass, that just happens to have a penchant for the Dairy Maid thing the heroine has going on. The premise was promising, but the acting-out-a-book scenario and the slowness of the pace ruined it for me. Luckily Joe Public, BAD leader, made a small appearance in the end, bringing a much needed ray of sunshine in this rather boring story.
I'm growing rather tired of Jaid Black's Viking stories. There's nothing interesting about a bunch of Vikings buried underground because of a crazy prophecy. They might appear interesting for a while, though the softness-of-heart could be toned down a bit - getting old and boring, but whenever I start enjoying the story, bam, there goes the mention of them living underground because of a crazy prophecy, and my interest withers and dies a slow and agonizing death. This one was no exception...And it was too short to even make it believable (despite the living underground because of a crazy prophecy).
I'm not sure about Kresley Cole's novella. One moment I liked it, than something the hero or heroine (or both) did got me disliking it with a passion. I just couldn't relate to neither of them, not fully. They were quite perfect fiction characters, both with major flaws, both with huge chips on their shoulders, so reading about them and their journey should've been quite a ride, yet I just couldn't go past the fact she was a psychotic nutcase and him a jealousy-prone, possessive jerk. But that's just me. The sneak peek for Ms. Cole's next novel, the first full installment in the Immortals After Dark series was quite promising, so I'm truly hoping for the best.(less)
Each time I read this it's almost like the first time. This is a great Christmas-season-y anthology with two awesome stories by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Ka...moreEach time I read this it's almost like the first time. This is a great Christmas-season-y anthology with two awesome stories by Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kathryn Smith (love the poem-riddle) and two great stories by Carly Phillips and Patricia Ryan.
Usually there's always one or two blah items in such anthologies. Well, this one is a welcome exception that never fails to deliver its message.
Elijah (Nightwalkers Series #3) To Elijah's consternation, the Captain of the Demon Warriors, falls into a trap like a rookie. Left for dead, he's res...moreElijah (Nightwalkers Series #3) To Elijah's consternation, the Captain of the Demon Warriors, falls into a trap like a rookie. Left for dead, he's rescued by the woman who's been plaguing his dreams for the past half a year - Siena, the Lycanthrope Queen.
What starts as a nurse-patient situation, quickly escalates into something mush stronger, more potent, and inevitable as Fate, when the mutual attraction between them burst up into a conflagration of passion that cannot be denied.
Against all odds, principles and beliefs of the two races, the two are Imprinted, possibly disintegrating the young, tenuous peace between Demons and Lycanthropes.
But the peace between the two races is the least of their problems, when the evil-stained traitor, followed by human hunter/necromance forces threatens to destroy not only Elijah and Siena, but their friends and allies as well.
So far into the series this one has been the best book so far, since it touches (in its own fictitious ways) on a sometimes pretty touchy modern subject. The improbable and heavily discouraged relationship between two completely different individuals, in this instance a Demon warrior and the queen of the race that was his enemy not twenty years ago is a wonderful example of the scorn and disdain many mixed relationships face in these modern times we call our era. With her fictitious example, the author shows such prejudice and inner and outer fears and demons can be put to rest with determination, force of will, and love.
This subject aside, this was one heck of a book, with just the right amount of action, drama, romance, and insanity. Once again it was the male lead that remained quite stoic throughout the turmoil that was his love-life, mostly due to his knowledge that such things could not be helped and Destiny could not be outrun.
It was the female lead to provide the required amount of angst, inner turmoil, and indecision every romance novel worth its salt needs...And her eventual development was as gratifying as it was jaw-muscle-relaxing.
Once more I cannot help it but admire the author's knack of interweaving the past characters and their stories (and future ones) into the current plot, bringing each individual book to yet another full-circle, while still keeping the reader at the edge of his/her seat with creating two new obstacles for each resolved issue and given clue. So, while each book in the series is a small closure to its own story, it is, at the same time, a huge cliffhanger for the next one in line, keeping the reader interested and stubbornly refusing to let it go until the end.
Another highly-recommended read from this astounding author.(less)
At day Karen Sonnet is building another hotel for her father's hotel chain deep in the Himalayas, at the foot of the "Evil Mountain", at night she's v...moreAt day Karen Sonnet is building another hotel for her father's hotel chain deep in the Himalayas, at the foot of the "Evil Mountain", at night she's visited in her tent by a mysterious lover. When the enraged mountain one day enacts her revenge on the construction site, nearly taking Karen's life in a rock slide, it is her lover that rescues her...Then promptly kidnaps her, whisking her off as his little wife-slave.
He is Warlord, leader of a band of mercenaries, a thorn in the side of the Chinese army. The Chinese army that's hired a ruthless Varinski to get rid of the Warlord problem. When the camp is attacked, Warlord sends Karen to safety with an ominous promise he would one day find her again.
Two years later Karen has finally put the traumatic experience behind her, when handsome and enigmatic Rick Wilder, baring an uncanny resemblance to Warlord, waltzes into her life. Presumed dead by his family, Adrik has emerged from the pit of Hell a new man, his soul saved by the woman who's captured his heart, the woman he promised he would find once again.
But can Karen forgive him? And if she can, will they stay alive long enough for him to savor it?
This was the darkest story in the series to far, and the most compelling one.
With Adrik Christina Dodd has created a wonderful character. He's dangerous, rotten to the core, violent, deadly, literally walking at the edge of the precipice, yet still beautiful and redeemable. He encompasses the two extreme poles of the human psyche, the black and white. At the beginning of the story he's so brutal, so uncaring to anything but his own desires, yet there's something skirting just below the facade that makes him impossible to despise fully. And when, coming face to face with the fact he isn't invincible, the realization of having let everybody down and faced with the love for an incredible woman, he finally transforms, redeems himself in his eyes and the eyes of those around him, the feeling is still bitter-sweet, for he knows he has to face the most ruthless enemy of all - how to gain the forgiveness of the woman he loves.
Karen, compared to her rather immature predecessors, was a breath of fresh air in this series. What she's suffered (though not of the same magnitude as what Ann and Tasya's ordeal) has shaped her, lent her strength, resilience, and determination. She's stubborn when it comes to forgiving Adrik, but rightfully so, considering what he put her through. But eventually she realizes what he's been through, how he suffered and how he's won, and knows he's truly changed. This is also thanks to the fact it was mostly because of her and what woman wouldn't find that balm for the ego.
The suspense was yet again wonderful, the action escalating into the final battle, with the just victory incredibly short-lived. I was crying like a baby at the injustice of it all, but thanks to Ms. Dodd's writing genius and a little help from the icon, I quickly found myself smiling through the tears.
This was an amazing book, a wonderful story of redemption in the face of love, and highly recommended by this reader.(less)
Enforcer Mercury Warrant is said to be the greatest Breed ever created, more beast than man. Unfortunately, the beast had been drugged into oblivion y...moreEnforcer Mercury Warrant is said to be the greatest Breed ever created, more beast than man. Unfortunately, the beast had been drugged into oblivion years ago, after Mercury's enraged violence after the death of his mate.
He's been off the drugs for years now, but the advantages of his unique genetic makeup are long gone and so is the beast...Until Gloria "please call me Ria" Rodriguez shows up in Sanctuary with the mission to evaluate if the Leo's money is well spent.
The paper-pusher act is just a cover, though, and Ria is really there to discover who's been selling Breed secrets to a pharmaceutical company. And despite her obvious attraction to Mercury, she's determined her stay at Sanctuary will be strictly business related. She wants it all, but since he's lost his true mate, she knows there will always be something missing...But Mercury's long-suppressed beast has another agenda and both Mercury and Ria will soon learn there is more to the mating heat than mere genetics.
Hell, yeah! This was one heck of a ride of a book (does this even make sense?). It had everything I'm looking for in a book and more. There was drama (some serious drama in fact), wonderful characterization, great suspense, two perfect leads, and page-burning scenes.
I loved Ria. IMO, she is the epitome of a perfect heroine. Both strong and vulnerable, down-to-earth and dreamy, selfish and selfless all in one tight little package with some serious bitchiness in the morning. She took a while to "get it", but it was worth the wait, since she never whined, but shone with a quiet acceptance that was almost humbling...And when she let loose her inner animal. Oh boy. I would've loved to see that cat fight. You go, girl!
Ms. Leigh struck gold with Mercury Warrant. For a man with such a dangerous and violent beast inside, he was (almost) the perfect opposite of his animal side. Quiet, gentle, almost unaware of his own worth and importance in the community and in the eyes of his friends. It was bitter-sweet reading about his struggle with the lack of mating heat between him and Ria, how he wanted for something to be there, and when he finally realized the most important lesson, that it mostly is all about heart, I melted. And when the lion made his triumphant comeback - at the most inopportune moment, if I may say so - whew! Tinglies!...It also cleared up the "inconsistency" from Tanner's Scheme. You gotta embrace you inner beastie for the mating mojo to work its magic. Interesting.
The suspense was an added bonus in this book. It was so simply done it was quite easy for the reader to point the finger at the wrong Breed. And it made it quite easy to "hate" the said Breed despite all the support and kindness said Breed showed in the previous books. The mind is a fickle thing, I guess.
I also liked the small glimpsed in Jonas Wyatt's tender side. First the little info on him playing matchmaker in Dawn's Awakening. Wasn't that sweet? I turned into a manga drawing with little hearts in my eyes at that one. And then in the epilogue he showed us for sure that despite his manipulative tendencies he's a true FGP at heart. ;)
A definite keeper, close second to Dawn's Awakening (that's still my favorite, can't top that one), and owner of My Favorite Scene in the Series Award for…
He walked away from them all then and allowed the animal driving him freedom. It had been confined, so deeply hidden within him that even he hadn’t known it still lived.
It wasn’t confined any longer, and it was going for its mate.
As he stepped outside the mansion and moved for the Harley, he inhaled deeply.
He could smell them now. Knew where they were. Each living, four-legged lion that wandered the grounds, protecting its two-legged cousins, following them.
He roared out into the night, the animal and the man announcing their presence, their strength. And the calls came back to him. A symphony of animal screams, roars that filled the mountain, the acknowledgment from the animals that all moves to be near him, in triumph.
He was aware of the Breeds guarding outside, watching him warily now. The sounds of the lions called back to him, roaring out their greeting, their challenge, the echo of the fury they heard inside him.
He roared out again, filling the night with a sound he’s never known he possessed. His head tipped back, rage and triumph and the call for his mate tearing from vocal cords that were now more animal than human.
And the animals answered. He felt their response, felt them moving toward his destination. They were his pride and they would protect what was his. His woman. His mate. Their alpha female by choice and by nature.
The Breed that brought him the Harley stood back, wariness and respect filling his gaze as Mercury strode to him.
The Breed was awed by the sight of him. Eyes so blue they could rival a summer sky, the thick mane of hair flowing back from his savage features, his shoulders appearing broader, his body larger, than ever before.
The Lion Breed male saw something that both terrified and awed him, because this vision was a true Breed. The pure merging of lion and human. And he was enraged. That roar had been one of pure fury, and in it, it had held a message. A message so primal, so demanding, that the Breed himself nearly followed it.
I had high expectations for this book. I've been waiting for Jonas' story almost since the guy first appeared...moreJonas Wyatt is finally getting his due...
I had high expectations for this book. I've been waiting for Jonas' story almost since the guy first appeared in this series, and seeing how arrogant this lions was, how manipulative, I simply couldn't wait to see him brought to his knees by the right woman.
To say I was disappointed is a huge understatement.
Rachel sure didn't fill the bill for Jonas' mate, IMHO. I felt he deserved more, I expected, I wanted more for him. He got a whiny, emotionally-crippled, bratty icicle instead of a worthy female and mate. I know it's all about the conflict between the hero and heroine, she has to oppose the mating at first, it makes for an exciting and exhilarating read, but this was a bit too much for me. Rachel purposefully hurt him at every turn, knowing what her denial did to him, yet still she persevered in her stubbornness. For two thirds of the story! I'm all for conflict, but not that much of it.
She finally came around in the last third (no one informed us readers th mating hormone can bring on a personality change as well), but it was a little too late. Where was the feisty, no-nonsense woman at the beginning of the story? The one who stood up to the Leo, defended her mate? The glimpse I got of her wasn't enough and came way too late for comfort.
It always comes down to the heroine for me it seems. But in this case she wasn't the only problem this book had. The lack of actual story bothered me, the villain appeared in the beginning and at the end, leaving a huge gulf in between that was filled mostly with the heroine's overreaction about everything and everyone, and generic, impersonal, going-through-the-motions sex scenes. I sure didn't feel the love that was supposed to be between them.
The only redeeming quality of this story was Jonas himself, but unfortunatley he lost most of what made him Jonas. He wasn't himself anymore, and I refuse to believe it was the only way for Ms. Leigh to "do him justice". Don't get me wrong, I loved seeing him so helpless against the mating heat (it's what I was actually looking forward to), so utterly sweet in falling in love, but the fact he lost a part of himself in the process didn't sit well with me. Whether another heroine might have made a difference is a moot point. What's done is done.(less)
**spoiler alert** Tamara Briggs is finally ready to move on. Two years after her husband's (a race driver) accident, she's ready to embark on a sexual...more**spoiler alert** Tamara Briggs is finally ready to move on. Two years after her husband's (a race driver) accident, she's ready to embark on a sexual relationship. Pity she isn't sexually attracted to the man she's contemplating embarking on a sexual relationship with...So she dumps him, and loses her purse in the process. Unable to book another room, get a taxi etc. she's lucky to meet an old friend, another race driver, who offers her his motorhome to crash in...And an escort to get her there...The same man who she flirted with a few hours ago. The embodiment of hotness in a yummy male body. And he's a good listener, too.
So Tammy decides to get adventurous and have a one-night stand, only to discover the young stud is a little younger than her and a driver to boot, when she swore off that species...
After the disappointment of Mouth To Mouth, I really wanted to like this book (the whole one-book-fluke thing). Well, it turned out I didn't like it, not matter how I tried.
A few pages into the book I couldn't stand Tammy's worrying about the age difference between her and Elec, what her friends might think of her fling, what her in-laws might think of her fling, what her kids might think of her fling...Okay, we get it, you're a worried woman in her early thirties, knock it off already and have fun boinking! Sheesh.
The second problem was the romance part, which was the main part of the story, besides the sex. This one didn't have a suspense plot, if we don't count the sub-sub-sub-plot of a groupie scorned in the end that wasn't really resolved. The romance was nonexistent for me. They met, they flirted, they kissed, they had sex, they woke up, they had more sex, the exchanged a couple of texts, she turned down a dinner-date, he got invited to a party she attended, they had sex, they decided to be a secret-sex-having couple, they had more sex, he met her kids, they had sex, he realized he loved her, she loved him back, they had sex, a groupie accused him of fathering a child, they [Elec and Tammy] had more sex, he asked her to marry him, they had sex, he had an accident, she broke up with him, she came back to him, and they had sex. Yeah, I can see the romance sparkling...Not!
Yeah! Finally an Erin McCarthy book that I liked. Really liked, actually. Compared to the two I read before this one was a romance instead of a sex-fe...moreYeah! Finally an Erin McCarthy book that I liked. Really liked, actually. Compared to the two I read before this one was a romance instead of a sex-fest. Don’t get me wrong, we still get multiple-pages-long sex scenes, but there also is an actual story, and a budding romance thrown into the mix. The fact both leading characters are likable and that attraction between them is “palpable”, believable, and realistic is an added bonus.
This was a cute, light-weight, sexy, “starry-eyed” little story with two great characters (though Ty was way greater than his Emma Jean) with quite a few hidden depths (Ty’s little secret for example), though that final “hurrah” in the form of the almost template conflict situation in romance novels, thanks to the characters lack of communication skills (which in this case was a bit OCC, if you ask me, in view of all the convos they had before where they exhibited some pretty good communication skills).(less)
Whoa! Don't you just love a man who isn't afraid to grab a tool and lend a hand in construction? There's something about bare chests glistening with s...moreWhoa! Don't you just love a man who isn't afraid to grab a tool and lend a hand in construction? There's something about bare chests glistening with sweat, tight jeans, work boots, and tool belts that simply gets to me.
Fantasy over, moving on.
This little anthology was a great find on my Mount TBR, and I'm so glad for my ebooks shopping spree a few years back. These three little stories really made my day/evening/night/whatever. There was steamy sex, there was romance, there was drama, snappy dialogs, great chemistry, and even a touch of suspense in the last story. 4 ½ stars
I had some problems getting into the first one, Through the Roof by Karen Kendall, because the heroine was a wealthy, self-absorbed, narcissistic, materialistic bitch, and the hero a prideful, "don't want to be maintained by my woman so I'll just break it off with her", sex-on-a-stick, half-Peruvian macho. Two hot, and completely out of the blue, scenes later and a few screaming tantrums, the heroine realized that her wealth and self-absorption made the hero feel like he has a small penis, and the hero realized that maybe the woman he loved and asked to marry wasn't like his mother who abandoned everything to chase a rich man...HEA ensued.
The second, Taking His Measure by Cindi Myers, was a little better, with two childhood friends reuniting after fifteen years, she as a photographer for a sexy calendar featuring construction workers in their birthday suits with strategically placed tools, he as one of her models. They got together thanks to a house he was reconstructing, they broke up because of the same house that he sold to a nice family. She realized her stupidity (who ever gets into a fight over a house they don't even own?!), asked for forgiveness, he bought her a porch swing...HEA ensued.
The third, Watching It Go Up by Colleen Collins, was the shortest, and in my humble reader's opinion the best. A P.I. (the same P.I. who found the hero for the heroine in the first story after the idiot split) is hired to find proof that a worker on a construction site is stealing expensive equipment. She follows him, tries to interview him, searches his room, but all she find out is that the guy is incredibly tight-lipped, and packs one heck of a sexy body. Since this was the shortest, everything happened too quickly, the ending was rushed, the grand finale left us hanging (literally), but the final scene was sooooooo uber sweet it made up for everything.(less)
Okay, so maybe the rating was influenced by the fact I read it right after More Than a Man, but compared to that book, this short, fluffy, a bit chees...moreOkay, so maybe the rating was influenced by the fact I read it right after More Than a Man, but compared to that book, this short, fluffy, a bit cheesy, and rushed freebie e-download was a true literary pearl.
My brain needed to relax and unwind, and this little thing provided the right outlet.
A cute, shallow quickie was right what I needed.(less)
I finally decided to visit the world of the hunky, yummy Firefighters of Station Five.
In the first book a serial arsonist/killer is handcuffing women...moreI finally decided to visit the world of the hunky, yummy Firefighters of Station Five.
In the first book a serial arsonist/killer is handcuffing women to the bed, setting them on fire, and sending gruesome mementos to Lieutenant Howard "Six-Pack" Paxton. Is the killer targeting this mountain of a fireman just by coincidence or is there something more sinister afoot?
Has a ghost risen from Lieutenant’s traumatic past just when Howard is ready to put it all behind him and start a real relationship with a woman of his dreams, to take it all away again?
I started this book with great expectations, also thanks to the rave reviews of GoodReads. The blurb promised plenty of suspense, the GoodReads ladies gushed about the steam coming off the pages. Sadly, I have to admit I was quite disappointed.
It started great, the suspense was gripping with the villain lurking on the sidelines, and the characters utterly popping out of the pages. Howard, Kat, and the other members of Howard’s A-shift were great, well-developed, real, flaws and all. But as the story progressed and the author gave more space to the sex scenes between Howie and Kat (which were great, don’t get me wrong), I felt the story lost that starting edge. Sure, the budding romance was a great opportunity for some more character development and Ms. Davis added additional layers to the already complicated Howard and his even-more complicated relationship with Kat (including a scene that gave that extra touch of realism to the story – the fishing-pole drama), but other aspects of the story started receding into the background. And in concentrating on Kat and Howard, even though it was great reading about them, this story turned from a promising romantic suspense novel into a slightly explicit romance with just a hint of suspense.
The villain started to appear only as an afterthought, I missed more psychological torture, and the big secret wasn’t even a secret, since all the clues scattered throughout the story pointed into the right direction all along. The author might have just simply said who the villain was in the first place and spared herself the effort.
So, there were aspects of this story that I loved (Howard’s character, his and Kat’s relationship, the guys and gal from the fire station), but there were just enough elements that weren’t explored enough, to balance the scale right in the middle. Ms. Davis made a good effort of blending the romance and suspense together, but failed to bring them both to light in equal measure.
First he rear-ends her Explorer, then he goes all hero and saves her life. I guess it’s Zack Knight’s good night. Not really, since he almost dies tha...moreFirst he rear-ends her Explorer, then he goes all hero and saves her life. I guess it’s Zack Knight’s good night. Not really, since he almost dies that same night, ends up in the hospital with an untreated pneumonia, and gets evicted a few days later. But things soon turn for the better since the lady he rear-ended herself invites him to stay with her, and apparently likes to play nursemaid.
The deal just might make him forget the facts he ends up beaten up every other day, he’s completely broke with casino moguls after him, and there’s someone determined to get the lady that has turned out to be the second half of his heart.
Yet another Firefighters of Station Five book that started promisingly, but soon lost some of the wind in its sails. Ms. Davis yet again failed in achieving the perfect balance between romance and suspense, once more concentrating a little too much on the budding romance between Zack and Cori and slightly neglecting the suspense and intrigue surrounding them. I loved Zack and Cori as characters, felt they were good together, and their romance really brought a goofy smile on my lips, but still, I couldn’t help but feel there was something missing. And there was the obvious "flaw" with Zack. Yeah, right, a healthy 26-year-old male that is still untouched and completely inexperienced in this day and age…And while this might still might gel (great emphasis on "might") he goes and graduates from alpha-male sexual school with growling honors in matter of days. Sorry, can’t buy that.
Sadly, the suspense and tension paled in comparison to the Zack-Cori relationship, the suspense subplot appeared not to have a head or tail, the chameleonic villain was a little too one-dimensional for my taste, and it all ended a little bit too "easily"…With, of course, Zack getting a bit more roughened up, and the redundant (and a little obsolete) "you’re better off without me, I don’t deserve you" spiel.
Maya Jackson’s brother is dead. One day he was there, the next he died in a fire. She comes to Lake Tahoe to clear out his house, but the grief is too...moreMaya Jackson’s brother is dead. One day he was there, the next he died in a fire. She comes to Lake Tahoe to clear out his house, but the grief is too strong and she needs a few drinks to help her get through the ordeal. The bar is closed, but the Good Samaritan inside lets her in, pours her a drink, and lets her have her way with his mouth, tongue, fingers, and body...But before things escalate, she bursts into tears and runs off.
Six months later Maya is back in Lake Tahoe investigating the possible arson that started the wildfire blazing near town. Her prime suspect, thanks to two witness reports and an anonymous tip, is the local hotshot (wildfire firefighter) Logan Cain. And she’s just in time to see him and his two buddies escape a blowout. But nothing can prepare her for the shock when he removes his helmet. The hunky firefighter is none other than the hunky stranger she almost did the vertical mambo with in the bar six months ago. The same man she was unable to forget.
The same goes for him. The brief interlude in the bar has ruined Logan for any other woman, so when the object of his fantasies yet again stands before him, he’s more than glad to see her. A little less when she tells him her true purpose in Lake Tahoe, puts him on suspension, and starts digging in his not-so-stellar past. He’s a firefighter to the core, his men are out there risking their lives, he needs to help put the wildfire out, and all that stands in his way is this sexy woman intent on proving him guilty.
Lucky for him, a few strange incidents prove the exact opposite. And that Maya’s life is also in peril. Now the two must race against time and against the weather to find the true arsonist, live to tell the tale, and put the fire out while they’re at it.
One word — FANTASTIC!
This was a complete impulse buy, because I loved the firefighter theme and the cover, but boy am I glad I did it. I can’t think of a single thing that bothered me much in this novel, which is a rarity indeed.
The premise was great, (almost) perfectly executed, the story flowed flawlessly, the pacing was great, the characters even greater, but what struck me the most was the author’s uncanny ability to tap into my mind and evoke such vivid images with her words. The contrast between the sunny, relaxing Lake Tahoe brimming with tourists and the raging force of nature the wildfire presented. The chilling effects of literally seeing that wall of fire in my mind’s eye. The similarities between the fire blazing in the forest and between Maya and Cain. The selfless actions of hotshots risking their lives to save others.
Though the story, the characters, the plot, the romance, the passion, the suspense/thriller were great and awesomely-presented, they still seemed to take second place to the true protagonist of this story—the raging inferno of the wildfire. Absolutely amazing.
Yet the hero and heroine held their own against that central character. They both had emotional baggage, yet it didn’t hamper them down (much). And Maya, clearly the reluctant party in this duo, despite her fears and reservation didn’t strike me as annoying. I actually understood where she came from, and shared her heartbreak a little. While Logan was simply perfect. A true hero, a hotshot with integrity, pride, and passion, and hunky eye-candy to boot. What more could you want in a romance hero?
I didn’t even mind the "quickness" of their romance. It somehow worked with the story, twining seamlessly with everything going on around the two. With the threat of the fire and the deadly peril surrounding them they sort of didn’t have a choice but fall for each other, to prove they’re still alive (as they both thought in one scene).
There are a few reviewers here that are a bit iffy on the subject of the villain. I never got my WTF?! moment when the identity of the baddie was revealed. The two scenes with the villain stalking Logan’s cabin were clues enough for me to pinpoint who might be one of the culprits, I just didn’t think it could be one and the same. So it was still a surprise, though not in the what-the-hell-just-happened kind of way. And kudos for the villain’s twistiness and props.
This was one hell of a book, a great starter to the series, and a definite keeper. Only 4 days left until the second hotshot story is released. Don’t you love the "preorder" button? *grin*(less)
In Enticed by Stephanie Bond an Atlanta lawyer decides to spend a few romantic days in the Maldives with her boyfriend (that’s supposed to propose acc...moreIn Enticed by Stephanie Bond an Atlanta lawyer decides to spend a few romantic days in the Maldives with her boyfriend (that’s supposed to propose according to the practice’s grapevine), but there’s a little cupid out there that do anything to give her a little more time to think about it... Even if that means stranding her on Sri Lanka with a happy-go-lucky pilot/home-builder/captain.
I loved this little story. It was sexy, sweet, a little bit romantic, and a lot fun. Kimber needed to loosen up a little in the beginning, but with Finn’s help she turned out just fine. I wish that it was longer and the ending seemed a bit rushed, but still a 4 ½ star story.
In Propositioned by Leslie Kelly Liz left her life behind to tend bar in St. Lucia, but she never imagined someone from her past would come looking for her.
This wasn't as fun and carefree as the previous story, but it sure was a little steamier. The biggest problem was the heroine and her strange distrust of the hero. She blamed him for something he had nothing to do with, despite knowing what a douche bag her ex was...And she was just as quick to jump to conclusions after almost all was said and done.
A very romantic story, though. 4 stars
In Fevered by Lori Wilde we meet a reporter that’s “only interested in the truth” lying her way to an exclusive interview with a reclusive chemical engineer in the middle of the Costa Rican jungle, with a small stop in his bed.
This was by far the most disappointing story in this anthology. Predictable, without much chemistry, the verbal images of the surroundings were the less descriptive, and the ending (the entire plot, actually) was a bit too “template”. 2 ½ stars(less)