**spoiler alert** What the fuck?! Pardon the language, but that's what was going through my head (on repeat) while reading this book.
Where is the seri...more**spoiler alert** What the fuck?! Pardon the language, but that's what was going through my head (on repeat) while reading this book.
Where is the series I've followed since the beginning, where are the heroes and heroines I've come to expect, where is the compelling story, where is the narrative flow?
What the fuck?!
I was looking forward to Zev's book ever since he's appeared in the series, and judging from the snippet found in the end of the previous book I was in for one hell of a ride.
Unfortunately the preview promised what the book couldn't possibly deliver, and instead I read through almost 400 pages of a disappointing excuse of a book with an abusive hero (no matter the fact Ms. Feehan tried so hard to make me see Branislava was okay with it), an idiotic heroine for putting up with the bastard (lifemate or not), rehashed prose, repetition to no end, cringe-worthy sex scenes, more repetition, more rehashed prose, rehashed action sequences, and an appearance from the past that was the first time the 'what the fuck?!' line was uttered.
I'm sick and tired of Xavier, the High Mage, but now he's suddenly a triplet. And his sicko of a brother is named Xaviero. What the fuck?! Original much. Not. And the third brother is Xayvion (or something like that). Ooh, originality, welcome into the Carpathian world.
When the author has to resort to inventing triplets out of thin air and doesn't even bother with giving them more or less original names, it's obvious she's still writing it only for the money.
And it's high time for me to stop reading. When I started this book, I kept thinking to myself that this was probably the last one in the series. And while I was a little sad, because I loved most of it, I also understood why it was time to end. But when Xaviero (I still can't get over the name) was mentioned, I knew this was the end only for me.
So, thank you Carpathians, for keeping me company through all these years, but it's time we part while the parting is still amicable enough.(less)
Even with the world already built, Ms. Castle keeps adding more and more, but without overdoing it, without piling up too much or maybe descending int...moreEven with the world already built, Ms. Castle keeps adding more and more, but without overdoing it, without piling up too much or maybe descending into 'ridiculous'. There's just enough old to keep things familiar and enough new to keep things interesting.
The fact that each and every story, although set in the same universe of a far-and-away planet, Alien catacombs, paranormal powers, suspense and intrigue, is different, and I never get the feeling of being-there-read-that, is a major plus.
This story was no different. The suspense was great, and I had no idea who all the bad guys might be, which is always wonderful news to me, the romance was the usual fare as far as romance on the planet Harmony goes (the instant attraction on both sides of the spectrum, the initial knee-jerk reaction on one or both sides, the inevitable slide down that slippery slope, the scorching coming together of two so very different talents that nevertheless end up complimenting each other...), there was even more info as to what makes Rainshadow island so very different (I can't wait to read more about the Wonderland)...One thing I missed was more involvement of the Shadow Bay residents. I've become accustomed to the eccentricities of the town and its inhabitants, and the fact they were pretty much absent in this story, was a bit say.
But there was too much going on, so I'm not disappointed. How could I be with yet another great addition to the series. I'm looking forward to the next installment.(less)
As with the previous installment in this series, and the last addition to Ms. Quick's bibliography, The Mystery Woman, this...moreWell, this happened. Again.
As with the previous installment in this series, and the last addition to Ms. Quick's bibliography, The Mystery Woman, this one didn't impress me either.
Though there were some similar reasons for me remaining rather cool about this book, like not feeling the attraction or affection between the two leads (because I didn't feel it not even in the end, when they confessed their feeling to each other), there were some 'improvements' from the its predecessor in the heroine and hero department. Unlike many of Quick's heroines, Amity didn't grate on my nerves (at all), and Benedict, was (again) the usual hero fare when it comes to this author.
There was no paranormal aspect, which didn't bother me that much, although I adore those from Ms. Krentz and her two alter egos, and the suspense was great, with the utterly insane serial killer (!), and the spy subplot.
But somehow that didn't help. Maybe it was the fact the blurb promised something that wasn't actually in the book. But it was probably the voice factor. In the beginning this didn't sound like an Amanda Quick book. It sounded more like a print-on-demand first novel by an unknown and an inexperienced author. Later the Quick-voice was somewhat back, but the damage has been done (and kept on being done in some scenes, like the one in the cottage—I've come to expect a certain degree of awesomness when it comes to Ms. Quick's writing of seduction scenes, and that awesomness was glaringly missing in that particular one *shudder*).
It wasn't bad, far from it, especially thanks to the suspense part, but it wasn't as great as I've come to expect from this author.(less)
Sam Kelly, Marine sniper, died five years ago in Afghanistan. The same day Sam Kelly died, Jack Stone, NSA operative was born. New face, new identity,...moreSam Kelly, Marine sniper, died five years ago in Afghanistan. The same day Sam Kelly died, Jack Stone, NSA operative was born. New face, new identity, new past...Old memories. Filled with one woman, Sophie Moreno. The same woman who now works for a company the NSA is investigating as being possibly involved with smuggling of biological weapons. Jack is called in. To get close to Sophie, his boss orders, and find out what she knows.
It seems she knows a little too much since someone is taking shots at her...
Sometimes impulse buys pay off, and this book is one of them.
Well-written, well-paced, great characterization (the hero was just so 'wow', and though the heroine turned a bit annoying toward the end, I'm glad she wasn't whiny and swoony in the middle of all the action), wonderful action, good intrigue, nice romance...What more can I ask from a romantic suspense novel? I especially liked the new identity/new face ploy. And the fact she (or her subconscious) recognized him. Awww. Be still my romantic heart.
I'm looking forward to the next books in this series, hoping Jack's friend Levi gets his own story. And yeah I think, Wesley Burkhart, the big bad boss, deserves his own book as well.(less)
Two years ago she split after their one night together and his confession of love, now she's back in...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
Two years ago she split after their one night together and his confession of love, now she's back in town, and despite everything that happened, despite knowing her, he's pulled back into her orbit...
This was a cute little story with one important distinction from the rest of romances out there (view spoiler)[—there was no sex until the end (hide spoiler)]. The story flowed nicely, though I could've done without the few scenes involving Jett's (the hero) sister, but those were probably groundwork for the next book (as Jett and Nikki's 'one-night-stand' featured in the first book in the series, or so I've gathered from the reviews), the romance was sweet and cute, the added suspense mini-cameo served its purpose nicely (to make the heroine see reason), and the characterization was very good.
Now, speaking of characterization, and this being me, I have to talk about the heroine. Because Nikki Logan should be featured in the dictionary alongside the term 'issues'. Yes, plural. The girl had ISSUES. Self-destructive, self-deprecating, using anger and spite as protective mechanisms, completely blind to the real feelings people might hold toward her, utterly convinced she didn't deserve kindness or love...And like all such heroines, she needed a near-death experience (literally!) to make her see reason. For the better part of the story, I was rooting for her hero, Jett, to pull his head out of the sand, see what she was like, and run for the hills. Of course he didn't, which makes him the perfect romance hero (at least perfect for this book and for this heroine). Because he's loved her for years, he stuck around, and once she sashayed back into town was determined to keep her there. By any means necessary. Even mastering 'the most boring game in the world' (his words, not mine).
Once I realized that any reaction toward the heroine (even dislike) was better than none, and glimpsed the real Nikki her through Jett's eyes, I ended up really enjoying this story—Nikki's bristly nature, Jett's composedness (seeing him lose that cool was something else...wow) and protectiveness, their interactions and relationship...This really was a wonderful story.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
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She's been hearing his voice in her head for her entire life. But recently he's become a real pain,...more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
She's been hearing his voice in her head for her entire life. But recently he's become a real pain, preventing her from getting a life (read: love life). She really needs to get this guy out of her head.
And he has a solution—travel to Mexico and free him.
Mexico, Mayan ruins, ancient gods, ancient god-feuds, an ancient god with a hunky voice (and later on a hunky body). Seems like my sort of book, right?
I just couldn't get into the story, but I refused to let it become yet another DNF, so I persevered, hoping it might get better, it might pull me in. Nope. Didn't happen.
The constant changes in narrative modes (jumping between first-person POV of the heroine and third-person POV of the hero) annoyed the crap out of me from the get-go. Chose one and stick to it, please.
The changes in voice, maybe slight, in different narrative modes also bugged me.
I just couldn't grasp the concept of a seventy-thousand(or something)-year old god using modern language.
All the 'screaming' done in this book (even the male characters screamed!) got on my nerves.
I just didn't 'get' the whole lets-destroy-the-world scenario. Maybe my attention was already shot by that point and I simply didn't care, I don't know.
I. Loathed. The. Heroine. I know, I know, feeling something about the protagonists is better than not feeling anything. But this went beyond normal obtuse, somewhat TSTL Romancelandia heroine. She was a whiny, bratty, bitchy, selfish, idiotic, jumping-to-conclusions, self-centered bitch, and I simply couldn't understand the fascination a GOD (!) could have for her. I just couldn't see it.
I didn't really feel the hero either. Yeah, he was there, I was told he was the hero, he received much 'screen-time', but I just didn't get the 'hero' vibe. He was supposed to be a god, for eff's sake, but he acted like any other guy out there with all the chest-thumping, keeping the chick at arms length, yadda, yadda, yadda. He wasn't even badass, and I've come to expect major badassery from a god (or a romance hero). This one was just meh. Average Joe, even.
There was just so much crammed into the story—romance, suspense, world-building, gods and goddesses, the links/bonds between the deities and humans, the destroying of the world etc. There was too much of everything and it ended up clashing instead of 'working together' to form a coherent story.
It just didn't work. Not even the humor, sorry. Didn't even crack a smile. I guess I was just too busy rolling my eyes.(less)
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A year ago he broke her heart, because he decided to take care of his dying mother, now he's back......more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
A year ago he broke her heart, because he decided to take care of his dying mother, now he's back...And they end up together.
That's what I was able to glean from what I read. Because I was unable to finish it. I started it, stopped, and read the last few chapters. That's it. I just couldn't get into it. Maybe because of the whole backstory between the two, maybe because of the unbelievability of the backstory between the two (the part about them never sleeping together while they were actually together was just too much out there for this day and age, but maybe I'm just jaded)...Maybe it was just the author's voice that wasn't up my alley. And then the final few chapters introduced the 'other side' of the heroine, the hide-behind-a-wall type that doesn't emerge from behind that wall until it's almost too late...Such a cliché. I guess we were lucky there was no near-death experience involved.
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The...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
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The characters were realistic, well-delineated, 'multi-layered', and nicely fleshed-out. The action was non-stop, full-throttle. And the writing, story-flow, and narration followed suit. There wasn't a slow, lagging or dull moment throughout the book. And I loved the humor in it. It kept it from getting too serious, too dark at times. It provided lightness as perfect counterbalance.
This book was an wonderful blend of character-driven story, action, drama, well-placed angst, romance, and (sometimes snarky) humor. It was like watching a good action movie where you don't want to take your eyes off the screen in fear of missing something. And you want to keep watching and are a little bummed it ended. And that's what happened with this book. I wanted to keep on reading, because I loved every single 'minute' of it.(less)
This was a cute little novella that serves as introduction into the author's Renegade Royals series t...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
This was a cute little novella that serves as introduction into the author's Renegade Royals series that will feature four (?) bastard sons of the princes of England...And the person that will connect the four books together, spymaster Dominic Hunter.
Dominic is only a fourteen-year-old in this novella and doesn't get much 'screen-time', and though the series will apparently deal with spy-stuff, there was no intrigue, no suspense, no murder, no traitors in this little introduction. Just your 'usual' historical romance.
A historical romance with two wonderful protagonists and a little twist to the template-y historical romance plot of boy-meet-girl-they-fall-in-love.
Cute, sweet and just long enough to satisfy yet make the reader interested for what might happen next. And the blurbs for the next two books are there at the end, oh-so helpful. ;)
P.S. I had a little problem with the title, though. Yes, we are talking about the Renegade Royals series and the future books will feature illegitimate sons of said royals...But the protagonists of this novella weren't of royal blood (pure or diluted). So what's with the title?(less)
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Kate and her two friends at Kinnections matchmaker agency have recently signed a ne...more**spoiler alert** ***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
Kate and her two friends at Kinnections matchmaker agency have recently signed a new client. But with that client come additional baggage in the form of the client's overprotective older brother. An older brother who's decided the ladies working at Kinnections are all frauds and is ready to sue them if they don't render the contract with his sister void.
Well, Kate can't have any of that, so they compromise. She'll find him a match, too, and convince him love exists in the process. Oh, if only it were that easy.
This book started off great. The characters were nicely fleshed-out, cute, and quirky, the plot was interesting, the narration flowed wonderfully, making me turn the pages, curious as to what might happen next.
Unfortunately by the middle of the book, my enthusiasm was all but gone. There were just too many issues combined between the hero and heroine. And while I could see his point, I just couldn't get her. She was co-owner of a matchmaking agency, she believed in love and all that jazz, yet was afraid to let herself go with this particular guy that made sparks fly (almost literally) every time he touched her. Then, for a time, they finally saw reason, issues sprouted up, they broke up, and, since this is Romancelandia, got back together quickly. Cute, right? Might be if it ended there. But no, they had to go through the same process once more. And that was the final nail in the coffin for this book to get more than a three-star rating. I like some decent push-and-pull between the protagonists, but only to a certain point. These two crossed that proverbial line in the sand.
After searching in vain for the second killer that her partner has warned her about and the proof pointed to, DCPD Detective Veronica Sloan is back on...moreAfter searching in vain for the second killer that her partner has warned her about and the proof pointed to, DCPD Detective Veronica Sloan is back on regular duty. With a new partner in tow, until her old one recuperates, and sans FBI Agent Jeremy Sykes, who's returned to New York on his own regular duty.
The O.E.P. investigation is no longer a priority with all the leads gone rather cold and the powers that be losing their patience...until Veronica receives a disturbing message with an even more disturbing attachment. This time it's not an O.E.P. implantee that got murdered, but it's evident it was an O.E.P. implantee that committed that murder.
And with Sykes back in town, thanks to a similar message with the identical (almost) attachment, the game is back on. But is this the same killer that had eluded the two investigators for the past couple of months or is this one working his own agenda?
Despite this second installment in the Veronica Sloan series carries over the final mystery and one of the killers from the first novel, it didn't pull me in immediately as its predecessor did. Everything started off a little too slow for comfort and even the staging and presentation of the murder scenes wasn't as gripping as the actions (and murder scenes) from the previous book.
Which, as I discovered in the end, was the entire point (view spoiler)[, since the 'main' killer in this book wasn't the killer left over from the previous one (hide spoiler)]. And the final twist, and the final reveal, made up for everything that I thought was lacking in the suspense/thriller plot of this book. Because I sure didn't see that coming, and I have to thank Ms. Kelly for writing these two books in such a way that I really didn't see that one coming.
Beside the initial disappointment due to the 'lackluster' murder-scenes and suspense, the rest of the story was par with its predecessor. The writing and narration flowed nicely, the plot was tight (and I realized and appreciated the need for two separate books because of the final twist), the characterization once more wonderful (though the female lead annoyed me slightly from time to time), and the resolution to everything (from murder, main suspense arc, to the 'love triangle' spot-on and perfectly timed).
I was sorry to read the epilogue, though. Does that mean we don't get more Ronnie books? Bummer.
P.S. And I'm super glad Sykes actually got the girl in the end. ;)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)