I seem to be turning into a seer of sorts. Because this book turned out just as I predicted. Rather uneventful and dull. That's too bad because I was p...moreI seem to be turning into a seer of sorts. Because this book turned out just as I predicted. Rather uneventful and dull. That's too bad because I was prepared to like it and hoping it would turn out better than its predecessor. Unfortunately it was the complete opposite. While the first (or second) book in this series at least had an engaging and intriguing start (though the second part of the book ruined it all), this one had nothing engaging at all.
The characters were rather boring, the interaction and misunderstandings between them quickly grew old and tiresome, and the author's constant attempts at poking at the human psyche in order to make the reader understand what makes these two tick fell quite short of the desired effect. Even the villain made me yawn, whether because of his little "on-screen" time or the silly premise I'm not sure and I don't want to know.
So I ended up merely skimming the pages throughout, just wishing for it to end. Boring.(less)
This book seemed the most "out there" of the bunch. Not only were the Wulf brothers cursed to turn into wolves as soon as they fell in love (which is...moreThis book seemed the most "out there" of the bunch. Not only were the Wulf brothers cursed to turn into wolves as soon as they fell in love (which is ridiculous all by itself if you ask me), but suddenly there was another "race" of such shifters, Wargs. These creatures straight out of lore left the woods because they couldn't survive there anymore and decided, lo and behold, to join society under the guise of strangers that met their untimely death in order to facilitate the Wargs' quest for the whole society-entering.
The Wargs' next victim was supposed to be Lady Amelia Sinclair, recently married to Lord Collingsworth (or something). Unfortunately her husband died on their wedding night of a heart attack (yet another Warg plot), but a rogue Warg wanted to sample the goods and attacked her under the guise of her deceased husband. Enter Lord Gabriel Wulf, who Amelia has been lusting over for the past couple of books (and he's been lusting after her as well, though we didn't know that for the past couple of books), knight in shining armor that saves her from the fate worst than death...
Blah, blah, blah...
So Amelia, Gabriel and Mora, a shy servant girl, the only survival of the servants' exodus, embark on a perilous journey through the woods (on foot, the horses were scared away) toward his home.
Maybe it would've worked if the book was that short. Unfortunately it wasn't that short, the Warg plot angle was ridiculous at best, Amelia was a spoiled little bitch, Gabriel was your average brooding hero with a chip on his shoulder, and the servant girl...Well, she was just a servant girl. Or wasn't she?
Boring, uneventful, one-dimensional...Did I mention boring?(less)
Before starting this book I was rather skeptic, mostly due to the rather lukewarm novella in Midnight Pleasures that started this series. Yet this boo...moreBefore starting this book I was rather skeptic, mostly due to the rather lukewarm novella in Midnight Pleasures that started this series. Yet this book started strong and sure, making me like the hero and heroine from the start. Him because of his apparent inner strength in the face of the dastardly curse, his stoicism in face of the shunning of the polite society, his kindness toward the dowager, and his deep sense of honor – he was the complete opposite of what the rumors claimed and I loved him. I loved the heroine because of her determination and courage to do anything to get from under her cruel stepbrother’s thumb, even going so far as to attempt to be ravished by a total stranger to thwart the said stepbrother’s nefarious plot of marrying her off in order to settle his gambling debts.
Unfortunately after a few great chapters, my initial fears and doubts were confirmed, and everything quickly went downhill, taking along the plot and the characters, terminating in a rather anti-climatic and highly predictable ending.
The second half of the book failed to deliver what the first few chapters promised, mostly in the characterization department, resulting in the nasty impression of the leading couple being replaced by doppelgangers. When Armond was at first strong, determined, proud, albeit a little brooding, he turned into a pathetic, heavily brooding, feeling-sorry-for-himself whiner in a flip of the page. And Rosalind unfortunately didn’t fare any better. While I appreciate HR heroines to be a little ahead of their time in their thinking and reasoning, she was a little too ahead of her time. While love wasn’t the main ingredient in regency era marriages, this chick, who at the beginning decided to “shatter” with the first available bachelor not caring about propriety or emotions being involved, suddenly demanded love before doing the deed with her husband, even though he happened to be the same bloke. And what did he do? He allowed it, which was sort of sweet in its contorted way, in fact, he locked his door in fear of her ravishing him!
Eyes, I grant you permission to roll out of my sockets.
I actually kept looking forward to the scenes with the evil, women-bashing stepbrother. Which says a lot.
I’ll read the rest of the series, but I certainly don’t hope for much.(less)
My "initial" rating was confirmed in this reread. It's Sherrilyn Kenyon's contribution that shines in this anthology. Though quite similar to her novel...moreMy "initial" rating was confirmed in this reread. It's Sherrilyn Kenyon's contribution that shines in this anthology. Though quite similar to her novella in Dead After Dark - the hero loves the heroine, but she's a real bitch and doesn't want anything to do with him - Retta quickly learns the error of her ways and in the end it's Velkan's turn to suffer from "cold feet". I wouldn't mind keeping him warm though. ;) This is a love story for the ages, literally lasting through the ages. Loved the prologue and the two of them together. And I couldn't help but notice the separation did the two of them a world of good, especially Esperetta. It gave her the much needed opportunity to grow and mature to be able to take a man (and what a man!) like Velkan on.
The other three were "meh" at best, the middle two completely out there, while Ronda Thompson's contribution didn't vary much from the other stories in her Wild Wulfs of London series. Unfortunately. Also, the heroine really got on my nerves from the first moment I read about her in Jackson's story. I just wanted to slap her.(less)
Since I'm starting on Ronda Thompson's Wild Wulfs of London series, I had to reread this anthology, since it hosts the story of the youngest brother,...moreSince I'm starting on Ronda Thompson's Wild Wulfs of London series, I had to reread this anthology, since it hosts the story of the youngest brother, Sterling. The story, the last in the book, was nothing extraordinary, even a little boring at times, and created a completely different lycan mythology that we know. Apparently for the Wulf boys to change into the furry howlers, the moon factor comes in second. It's the love that sets the beast free, which I found rather peculiar, since the love is supposed to set everything right, heal all wounds etc. I wasn't convinced and I really hope the three full-length novels will fare better.
Amanda Ashley's contribution was, at least for me, the weakest of the bunch. The characters and the supposedly historical language put me off big time. Not to mention a few unanswered questions, like what happened to Darkfest's adversity to light, his sudden hunger for blood (Was he turning into a vampire? Did she save him from that fate?) and what was supposed to happen after the story ended. We learned that Darkfest has lived for more than three centuries so was immortal (or had an incredibly long life-span), but Channa Leigh was, for all I know, a simple mortal woman. Did she became immortal when she married him? Did he become mortal when he married her? All these unknowns!
It is Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dream-Hunter novella that earned this anthology its three star rating. So it wasn't as edgy as her latest work, but it's always nice to travel back in time and read something a little lighter from under her pen. It was a pretty straightforward SK story with the hero that turns out to be the initial bad-guy, but the love for a woman makes him a good-guy, which ends in suffering and torment, until the love of the previously mentioned woman sets him free and they all live happily ever after. Sappy maybe, but boy did I like it.
Maggie Shayne's story held much potential at the beginning, with the strange and potent attraction between the two leading characters offering all sorts of possibilities. But the end result with the cuckoo warlock ghost visiting his son from the grave to get his gorgeously tight, hot, young body, hit my enthusiasm with the force of a truck, pulverizing it in an instant.(less)