Seth Quinn. The last Quinn brother. A Quinn by blood and not just by name.
His artistic endeavors have made him travel around the world, but now he's f...moreSeth Quinn. The last Quinn brother. A Quinn by blood and not just by name.
His artistic endeavors have made him travel around the world, but now he's finally back. Back home. With his family, where he belongs, ready to spend the rest of his life in St. Christopher. And he has an inkling as to whom he might like to spend it with.
If and when he gets rid of the burden that he's been carrying for more than a decade.
With Seth's story we've reached the end of this series. In more ways than one. All the Quinn brothers are accounted for, they all have their stories and their happily-ever-afters. And the past has finally been laid to rest. So to speak. And maybe not finally. But Quinns being Quinns they'll deal. As is the Quinn way—together. One for all and all for one.
It was great seeing the Quinns doing what Quinns do best in this book as well—at the top of their lungs, curses and insults flying, people flying in the water, punches and hugs evenly distributed...What a great, loud, warm family they are. Full of love, and full of heart. Nowadays you don't see such families in real life so its great at least to be able to read about them. They're a unit. Indestructible, connected by bonds that transcend blood. And it was amazing having spent these past few days in their company. (Yes, I know their fictitious!)
Well, I'm rather at a loss for words with this one, so I'll keep it short and simple. Nora Roberts knows what she's doing. There was drama, there was romance, there was laughter, there were tears, there was angst...All wrapped up in a nice package of tight plot, wonderful characters, great 'landscape', and fluid storytelling.
I know this was Seth's book, but his life and his story was so intrinsically enmeshed in the overall family unit that were the Quinns, that I think of him, of all of them actually, not so much as separate individuals, but Quinns. Simply Quinns. And I'm glad Seth, and the others, found wonderful heroines that fit into the family so well.
And what I loved best about this story? Beside the family and the humor? The fact the romance didn't suffer from a road-block toward the end of the story. There was no separation, no big argument, no threats of leaving...Dru and Seth did face a hurdle, but they overcome it, rather quickly and smoothly, making me breathe a nice, deep sigh of relief.(less)
Phillip Quinn. The urbane one. Advertising executives, Armani lover, wine connoisseur. The only one of the Quinn brothers who was partly responsible f...morePhillip Quinn. The urbane one. Advertising executives, Armani lover, wine connoisseur. The only one of the Quinn brothers who was partly responsible for what happened in his childhood, deciding to make the best of it. The last adult Quinn brother to be brought to St. Christopher.
After months spent juggling his job and his responsibilities toward his youngest brother, Seth, something good has finally happened. Something good wrapped in an aloof, distant package. But he knows there's more to Dr Sybill Griffin that meet the eye. And he cannot wait to discover what lies beneath. The question is, will he be able to handle it when truth finally comes out?
I know there's another book, the final book in the series, still waiting to be read, but this one was sort of an ending to the older Quinn brothers era. And I'm glad it succeeded in improving my opinion of the series (as a whole) after the fiasco of the second book. Still, nothing cannot come close to Sea Swept, the first and best in the series.
Yet again we received a great glimpse into the Quinn family dynamics, this time with two added Quinns by marriage, but it was the interactions between brothers (Seth included this time) that had me riveted once again. As said in the review for the fist book, these guys were a real hoot. And a real pleasure to read.
Thankfully the pacing also got a nice boost in this one, and the story flowed almost hiccup-free, letting the characters (all of them!) guide the plot forward.
Unfortunately, the heroine ruined the experience for me. The secrets, the hiding, the half-thruths really bugged me. I'm all for keeping secrets when need arises, but in this one, I simply didn't care for it. Maybe it was because I 'couldn't relate' knowing the entire sordid story, but the bottom line is, I didn't like it. And the fact she did feel guilty about lying didn't compensate one bit. I simply didn't get her reasoning. Knowing her sister the way she did, she still had reservations about calling her a liar from the get-go. Nope, I don't get it. I was prepared to let the emotional 'handicap' would bug me, but it didn't. Go figure.
All in all, it was a good story, a vast improvement from its predecessor yet failing to reach its potential or come even close at achieving what the first book in the series did.(less)
Ethan Quinn. The quiet one. The steady one. Always staying close to home, living on and for the water. Because of his past and dark secrets buried in...moreEthan Quinn. The quiet one. The steady one. Always staying close to home, living on and for the water. Because of his past and dark secrets buried in that past, he's decided long ago never to marry, never to have a family. And because of that he thinks he can never have the one woman he loves, the one he's loved forever—Grace Monroe.
Unfortunately he didn't consider his sister-in-law's stubbornness. Or Grace's determination.
While the first book in this quartet, Sea Swept, delivered on the promise in the blurb and made me giddy to read the next book, Ethan's story turned out to be quite a let-down.
It sure was Ethan's story, slow just like its hero. "Slow as a lame turtle with bifocals" Cam described him to his wife. And while I love me some slow moving stories, the slowness sometimes helps in keeping things real, this one was just too slow. Any slower and it would've been going backwards.
Nothing happened. Sure, things happened between Ethan and Grace, but I simply didn't care. Because I didn't care about them. While Cam and Anna were exciting, funny, and sexy, these two were just meh. I really could not have cared less whether they actually ended up together. Beside Ethan and his slowness that had mostly to do with Grace. Proud, stubborn, annoying...stupid. Yes, I hate that word, but that's what came to mind with Grace and her 'fantasies'. Sheesh.
Also there was no camaraderie between brothers, the interactions I came to love in the Cam's book. They barely spent any time together. And two big problems I had with this book were Seth (though he was a bit tiresome in the first book, he's escalated in this one—shouldn't be the other way around?—I kept waiting for someone to kick the crap out of him, because he deserved it) and Anna (I loved her in the first book, in this one she was just too annoying to bear).
And the biggest problem of them all? It arises quite often, but I manage to swallow my complaints because usually the story keep me interested, here...Not so much. I'm talking about the whole marriage thing. What's with that?! So Ethan didn't want to get married. So what?! I mean, who's to prevent the two of them from shaking up together? Is living together without the ring and the paperwork suddenly a sin? And what was with the need to procreate? She wanted to have his babies. What if he couldn't have them (not wouldn't, but couldn't)? Would he still be the big, bad Ethan? Didn't the idiot woman ever hear of adoption?
Argh. Frustrating. That's what this book was. Frustrating. And disappointing.(less)
Cameron Quinn. Thrill-seeker. Speed-lover. Living on the edge. He loves it fast and impersonal. Especially with women. And he loves living in Europe....moreCameron Quinn. Thrill-seeker. Speed-lover. Living on the edge. He loves it fast and impersonal. Especially with women. And he loves living in Europe. Alone, doing what he wants, when he wants and how he wants it. Away from home, from his two brothers, from his father. No responsibilities, no accountability except to himself.
Then, one night it all comes crashing down with a fax message. His father has had an accident. And after years of staying away, Cam finally has to come home.
Though this is categorized as romance, I didn’t love it because of the romance. In fact, I could’ve done without the romance in this case. Not because the book didn’t have a good romantic subplot (it did, I loved Cam and Anna together, they were rather like two peas in a pod), but because everything was overshadowed by the Quinn brothers and their interactions with each other.
The Quinn brothers, Cameron, Ethan and Phillip were a real hoot to read about. Grown men, each independent, employed etc., but when they were together they acted like teenagers—throwing one another off the dock, kicking the car seats, throwing insults here and there, kicking the crap out of each other...Laughing like lunatics together. Despite them not being brothers by blood, they were family and it showed. Yes, we were shown not told, which is something I love about Ms. Roberts’ writing. And because they were family they were willing to put everything aside and join forces to keep their last promise to their father.
This book had great characters, multi-layered and flawed, which for me makes them that more real, good writing, which isn’t surprising because of the author, good story (though I’m more used to Ms. Roberts’ suspense novels, I like something more ‘normal’ from time to time), and great character interaction (which was, as noted before, what I loved most).
A great, heart-warming, funny, laugh-out-loud, sweet story. I just hope the other books keep up with the expectations.(less)
I'm a huge fan of the Carpathians/Dark Series), but I must confess the last books (Dark Slayer being the exception) have been disappointing indeed. Th...moreI'm a huge fan of the Carpathians/Dark Series), but I must confess the last books (Dark Slayer being the exception) have been disappointing indeed. The last one, Dark Predator being one of those, despite I was rather looking forward to Zacarias’ story.
This one was certainly NOT a disappointment. Quite the contrary. It made me see anew what I love about this series—the story, the main arc, the sexiness, the ‘environment’, and sometimes even the characters. This one had it all.
The story was great, an improvement from the later books in the series. The pacing was good, the plot tight, and though some reviewers have complained about the ‘choppiness’ of jumping from setting to setting at the beginning of the narration, that somehow didn’t bother me at all. I knew exactly where I was and which character had center stage.
The descriptions of the environment, though repetitive and thus truly annoying in previous books, sounded fresh (despite the ‘common’ setting of the jungle), the battle scenes were well-thought and well-presented.
The sexiness was definitely back in this one as well. The sex scenes were one of the elements that made me love this series from the start, but in the later books the sensuality and sultriness got lost somehow and the ‘hot’ scenes became rather perfunctory and ‘mandatory’ (I cannot find a better word—it seemed like they were there just so the characters could have sex, nothing more). In this one the sensuality, the sexiness, the ‘hot’ was back in business, maybe not really driving the story forward (except that first scene by the ruins in the field of night flowers), but it had ‘meaning’ not just as page-filler.
And the characters—oh, the characters. I have a rather love-hate relationship with either the heroines or heroes in this series, with just a few books being the exception where I actually like both of them. This book is one of those precious few. Usually either the heroine is a TSTL, mewling idiot that is just begging to be raped and killed in the first few chapters or the hero is an overbearing, chest-thumping ass that I would just love to hit over the head with a shovel. Repeatedly.
Not in this story. Both Riley and Danutdaxton a.k.a. Dax (I like the shortened version better) were amazing characters and an amazing leading couple. She was smart, sassy, intelligent, and completely aware of both her power and her limitations. He was sexy, funny, brave, a true warrior at heart…did I mention sexy? She didn’t whine, and when she did it was so out of character she knew there was something wrong, he didn’t try to stuff her in bubble-wrap and didn’t resort to chest-thumping. What a breath of fresh air that was in this series. Despite spending centuries locked up in a volcano he was much more ‘civilized’, tendering, caring and respectful to his lifemate than the others (Zacarias De La Cruz for one) that came before him. He knew he’s found a strong, resilient woman and he tried (and succeeded) to curb his caveman, sorry Carpathian, protective instincts, and let her help him. He knew he needed her, he respected her strength, respected her…And to me, despite the short time they knew each other, showed his true feelings toward her. And I actually bought it, despite the short time-frame.
Dax and Riley truly were perfect for each other, perfect for his story, and perfect for renewing my faith in this series. I hope Dark Wolf is at least half as good as this one, because Skyler and Dimitri sure deserve something great.
Yes, this was an amazing addition to this series and I believe it bumped Dark Slayer from the second place of my favorite books in the series. And yes, the hero and heroine deserve a mention in the Alphas section on my blog.(less)
This one started rather well, but it quickly fizzled out. There was too much of the annoying teenager hating and loving her father (hating without a j...moreThis one started rather well, but it quickly fizzled out. There was too much of the annoying teenager hating and loving her father (hating without a just reason, but that’s the teenage way, I suppose—apparently she blamed him for her mother’s death, because they fought before her mother crashed her car; honey, unless he cut her break lines, I don’t think he was *directly* responsible), there was definitely too much God-talk (for someone not religious so much faith and God ‘banter’ grows tedious, or maybe that’s just me), and the middle crimes of the villain seemed quite disproportionate to the initial one (Okay, so they were getting too close, does that mean you have to shoot them with both a gun and a crossbow and even attempt to blow them up?! Aren’t you exaggerating just a tad, my boy?).
A lot of initial fanfare for such a measly parade. And the more that I read the less interested I became as to who the villain actually was and what was really going on. I just wanted it to end.
What intrigued me was the prologue, but judging from this book, I ain’t going there. Sorry.(less)
Even iffier than the previous one. The only thing remotely resembling a plot was the initial premise of the wife leaving her husband because he was sp...moreEven iffier than the previous one. The only thing remotely resembling a plot was the initial premise of the wife leaving her husband because he was spending too much time at work, only to have him follow her and f**k her silly.
I'm looking forward to the next one, though. What I glimpsed of the two leads in the epilogue of this story, sparks are bound to fly.(less)