Nick Gautier is back in New Orleans. He's bitter, angry, vengeful... and in complete denial.
Nick was one of my favorite characters, though I sometimes...moreNick Gautier is back in New Orleans. He's bitter, angry, vengeful... and in complete denial.
Nick was one of my favorite characters, though I sometimes wished someone (or something) would bitch-slap the boy, already.
Now that he's immortal, apparently with powers similar to those of Ash, and with an express link to Kalosis and Stryker, I wish someone would kick his idiotic Cajun ass to Katoteros and back.
I understand he's bitter because of his mother's death, I understand his anger, but his conviction that everybody else is to blame for what he himself is responsible for is just so utterly juvenile it makes me grit my teeth.
I really hope he can redeem himself before he does something more stupid that he's already done.(less)
I loved the first take on this story found in the Lover Beware anthology, and I truly hoped the expansion of the world of the Lupi and seeing more of...moreI loved the first take on this story found in the Lover Beware anthology, and I truly hoped the expansion of the world of the Lupi and seeing more of Lily and Rule would've made a great reading experience. Sadly, I was wrong.
The story dragged on for too long, there were just too many details (literally begging for the continuation of this series, which is so not good), the pacing was too slow, and the chemistry between Rule and Lily seemed to have been washed down the drain, paling in comparison to everything else going on around them.
Nothing will change the appeal of the Rule and Lily's story in Lover Beware and though I'll continue complaining about its shortness that's much preferable to the longer, stretched-out version.(less)
Absolutely horrifying. And not in a good way. There you have it.
Besides the style, which was shiver-inducing, the whole reading experience was a terri...moreAbsolutely horrifying. And not in a good way. There you have it.
Besides the style, which was shiver-inducing, the whole reading experience was a terrible exercise in eye-rolling and snorting at the ridiculousness of it all.
Lycans are supposed to be lycans. Once infected, there's no turning back. That's the lore. You can't change the lore. Apparently Ms. Kohler didn't get the memo. At least she kept the silver bullets.
The heroine was an absolute disaster and her disbelief as just what was going on with her too-long-lasting to be entertaining (honey, your eyes turned silver, why don't you cut the crazy guy telling you you're a werewolf some slack, eyes just don't change color over night, no matter how many pain-pills you swallowed), the hero seemed placed there only as an afterthought (not much personality, not much depth, not much development, besides being the resident stud for the horny new lycan), the pacing was so slow I wanted to cry, there were way too many pages with nothing going on but the characters inner broodings, and the whole "you can be saved if you're not damned yet" spiel grew boring quickly (and absolutely defied the lore!).
The only saving grace of this whole debacle was Darius, the "nice" lycan with an impenetrable vault he called home for those pesky three nights a month. But he got entirely too little screen time to actually make a difference.
P.S. If this wasn't a part of a reading challenge it would've remained unfinished!(less)
I gave this series (and author) another shot thanks to a reading challenge. I should've known better, though.
Absolutely no improvement from the book t...moreI gave this series (and author) another shot thanks to a reading challenge. I should've known better, though.
Absolutely no improvement from the book that started it all, Marked by Moonlight. The whole "I know I have to kill you, but I fell for you, and now I don't know what to do" angle has been worked over, through, and behind so many times it's not worth wasting my breath. And the author failed in finding a new and different spin on it.
Needless to say I won't be going back for thirds.(less)
I just love “short” Harlequin stories. They’re just long enough to cram everything in without the whole thing seeming hurried and short enough to fini...moreI just love “short” Harlequin stories. They’re just long enough to cram everything in without the whole thing seeming hurried and short enough to finish it elegantly without the plot-dragging devices and predictable turns.
This book is one of such stories. The suspense was nicely done, even had some traces of a thriller in it, and surprise of all surprise I didn’t see that ending coming. The villain was utterly unexpected for me (yeah, you can call me naïve if you want) and the added bonus of a twist made my jaw drop. Ooh, boy. What a marvelously concocted and twisted plot. Wonderfully planned and masterfully executed.
The romance was a bit so-so for me, it could’ve all been resolved with a lengthy conversation instead of dragging the reader through the dirty-laundry machine. But still, it complimented the story and added a little more of an oomph to the twisted, twisted ending.
Oh, I’ll definitely pick this one up (figuratively speaking, since it’s an ebook) again.(less)
This book was absolute torture to get through, but not because of the bad writing, hole-y plot, or one-dimensional characters. On the contrary, the wri...moreThis book was absolute torture to get through, but not because of the bad writing, hole-y plot, or one-dimensional characters. On the contrary, the writing was good (I didn’t care for the British word-use, though), the plot didn’t resemble Swiss cheese, and the characters had so many dimensions it made my head spin.
I loved the female lead. Verity was a wonderful character, so strong I ended up admiring her. After so many blows life's dealt her, others would crumble, she on the other hand, dusted herself off and went on, blow after blow, stubbornly holding on, head held high.
It was the hero that made this one a torture. Because he was an absolute jackass! In the prologue and the first few chapters he was so sweet, gentle, and caring I couldn’t wait for the truth to come out and the two to “find” each other. I was wondering, though, what kind of plot-twist the author had in mind to keep the angst and drama alive till the end. Well, there weren’t any major plot twists, but the hero gave angst and drama a whole new meaning. And they call us women fickle. This guy couldn’t hold onto an emotion for longer than a few minutes at a time. I want her. She tricked me, so I despise her. I hate her, but I still want her, which makes me hate her even more. She didn’t trick me, so I can want her again, but I can’t have her. Nah, I’d rather break her heart. Now she doesn’t want me anymore and I’m sad, because I still want her. Blah, blah, blah. And so it went, on and on and on and on...Until I kept secretly hoping she’d give up in the bastard and move on.
Unfortunately we’re talking about a historical here and back in the day women (well, most women) couldn’t afford to leave their imbecilic husbands without some serious repercussions...And she was in love with the cretin to boot.
I hope I won’t spoil it for you if I tell you, this does have a HEA, even though the jackass of a hero waits almost until the last chapter to make up his mind. Yeah, it made my teeth hurt from clenching them, my eyes hurt from rolling them, and my head hurt from trying to follow the jackass and his idiotic thinking, but I still loved this book. I’m nuts, I know.(less)
A sweet, cute, and very mellow (compared to what I usually read) historical romance set in snow-filled Montana Territory around Valentine's Day.
Five y...moreA sweet, cute, and very mellow (compared to what I usually read) historical romance set in snow-filled Montana Territory around Valentine's Day.
Five years ago he's been run out of town by her parents, leaving her waiting for him without an explanation, breaking her heart and embittering her. Four years ago, she was engaged to be married (not to him), but a buggy accident robbed her of her parents, her sight, and her fiancé dumped her for being damaged goods.
Now, her first (and only) love is back, but the past secrets still haunt them, along with her bitterness over losing her sight...
As I said, cute and sweet, though I could've done with less of a page-count and a less whiny heroine. For someone who couldn't stop claiming to not be incapacitated by her blindness, she sure let it (almost) destroy her dreams. It sure provided a perfect excuse not to face life full-on...And then she had the nerve to gripe about everybody seeing her as a burden. Yikes.(less)
Not so much of a romance than a NASCAR tribute, but still a lovely and entertaining read. Made me want to clobber the hero over the head a few times,...moreNot so much of a romance than a NASCAR tribute, but still a lovely and entertaining read. Made me want to clobber the hero over the head a few times, but I loved the heroine. Her gradual change from shy mouse to feisty lioness determined to fight for what she wants was almost bitter-sweet and slow enough to make it believable.
I’ve never been to a NASCAR race but this book made me want to give it a try. I could almost hear the roar of the engines and see the colorful cars fly along the track.
I have a question, though? How does a rebel yell sound? I first started wondering with the Billy Idol song, but Mr. Dylan “Dy (which is apparently short for dysfunctional)” Hargreave made me curious once more.(less)
Brodie Hayes is a former rodeo star, three times world champion, whose life unravels when P.I. Alex Donovan appears on his ranch, asking him to consen...moreBrodie Hayes is a former rodeo star, three times world champion, whose life unravels when P.I. Alex Donovan appears on his ranch, asking him to consent to a DNA test. Thinking it's probably some woman claiming he is the father of her baby, he's shocked to his core, when Alex informs him of a woman's claim that Brodie is her son.
With the test twice resulting 99.9% positive, Brodie is faced with a hard choice and an even harder journey toward self-discovery.
I was surprised how much I actually liked this story. The premise was heartbreaking, the story marvelously concocted and even better executed, skirting that fine line between "respectful" portrayal of a character's feelings and doubts and fear of getting into the cheesy territory. The writing and style did this one justice, taking this delicate thing and making the reader actually enjoy the ride.
The characters were great, the romance perfectly proportioned and developped, the emotions tangible, and Brodie's fears and doubts even more so. I loved Alex and Brodie together, I loved how he realized she was his security blanked and knew there was something deeper between them, but refused to pursue anything further before he knew who he truly was...And wasn't afraid to admit it, didn't go all macho, but instead talked to her...Before getting the hell out of Dodge.
Yes, sadly the category-romance shadow was skirting this book from the very beginning (hence the fear of getting into cheesy territory), and it certainly would've been better if it was a normal (single title) book - the additional pages wouldn't have hurt, but still it was a rather remarkable peace of writing for a Harlequin story. I don't read HAR books, but I'm really glad Harlequin decided to throw this one onto its freebie pile.(less)
A vampire falls in love with witch he's sworn to kill. Very Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, don't you think?
Well, Ravin Crosse is a vampire slayer, but als...moreA vampire falls in love with witch he's sworn to kill. Very Buffy, the Vampire Slayer, don't you think?
Well, Ravin Crosse is a vampire slayer, but also a witch. Two months ago she killed a vampire, but the fool refused to stay down. Now, Nikolaus Drake, former neurosurgeon turned vampire, is a phoenix. He's lived through his "death" and is now immune to witch blood (that's poisonous to the vampires) and sun.
Now, he's healed enough to be able to kill the witch. He comes uncannily close, chomping down onto her neck, when he suddenly finds himself...Head over heels in love with the woman.
It was as hilarious a start of a story as I've ever read. The moon eyed, endearing sputtering vampire was to die-for-funny...And the woman he was so hopelessly, logic-defying in love with hated his guts. Of course it was defying logic, he was under the influence of a love-spell. She tried to talk reason into him, she tried to knock some reason in him, yet he wasn't deterred. Good for him, because she soon melted, and I was all ga-ga over this story. What more do you want than two mortal enemies suddenly developing the hots for each other and staring the sheets on fire?
Then, the spell was reversed, and the tender, loving, gorgeous guy turned into a super-sized jerk (what a great metaphor for real life that was). And the story took a nosedive for me. Because he was a total jackass and she had no fight in her anymore...Add the Devil himself onto the heap, some power games in the vampire ranks, a turf war with the werewolves...And you have a real mess.
Yep, after a great, sexy, funny start, this story turned into a mess toward the end, but still managed to deliver a sweet HEA with just enough intrigue for me to consider reading the fifth story in this series. We'll see.(less)
There is only one word that comes to mind (now, immediately after having read this story) - sweet. Oh, and throw aww in front of it.
I don't think the...moreThere is only one word that comes to mind (now, immediately after having read this story) - sweet. Oh, and throw aww in front of it.
I don't think the author wanted people to describe this story along the "sweet" lines, but that's juts how I feel about it. Yeah, it had a few hot scenes (nothing extraordinary, mind you), but what truly drew me in, was the depth to the story, which is rather unusual for a Blaze book (at least for those I've read so far).
The characters were wonderful, nicely developped from the scumbag ex with his little cameo to the hunky, sweet, all-American EMT hero. The heroine was, at the first glance, his complete opposite, but once he managed to get her out of her ice-princess shell, you could see they were made for each other. And through their romance, through all Jake taught Maddy, the reader as well learned a little lesson.
Yeah, luckily there was some depth to the whole thing to distract me from the utterly silly, and easily amended, misunderstanding that spurned everything into action. And the budding relationship between the hero and heroine, along with her completely dysfunctional family, and small glimpses into the upper crust of the society, made me spent a couple of pleasurable hours in the company of this sweet, sexy, poignant little story.
Which is yet another lesson in itself - not every Harlequin freebie is bad. ;)(less)
Too short to really enjoy it, but it did whet my appetite for more. I guess I really should start with this series once and for all. Of course it help...moreToo short to really enjoy it, but it did whet my appetite for more. I guess I really should start with this series once and for all. Of course it helps knowing the characters, Travis and Lillian, have their own book - Black Jack.(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!