Six months ago, he left his friend's house in the middle of the night to escape the hurt of rejection by the woman he's loved for years, but can neverSix months ago, he left his friend's house in the middle of the night to escape the hurt of rejection by the woman he's loved for years, but can never have. Now, oblivion seems just around the corner. Darkness beckons. No more pain of unrequited love, no more heartache, for the new Earl of Kinraven is slowly going insane.
But Spencer has a guardian angel that's traveled all the way from England, because she knows something's wrong. A woman that's returned his feelings for years, yet never dared tell him. But as Larissa joins him in the dark and foreboding castle in the Scottish Highlands, she soon realizes there might be some truth to the curse that's destroyed every Kinraven heir so far.
But behind every curse, there's a person that utters it...Keeps it alive.
This is what "saving the best for last" means.
A chilling, thrilling, and slightly scary story with eerily vivid narrative and descriptions, great cast (I knew Spencer would be a good hero, Larissa was simply perfect, but I utterly adored Dorcas), wonderful suspense with that all important (and missing in the previous book) red herring that keeps you guessing and leaves you with your mouth agape when the truth is revealed, just the right amount of paranormal to keep it interesting, and just the right pacing. Balanced, I'd call it.
What do a pink-wearing/bubbly/fairy-tale loving/slightly air-headed "Princess Charming", a former (I know there's no such thing!) Marine turned protecWhat do a pink-wearing/bubbly/fairy-tale loving/slightly air-headed "Princess Charming", a former (I know there's no such thing!) Marine turned protector, an FBI agent deep undercover, a drug-busting operation, an overprotective P.I, his recently pregnant wife, a man-hating actress wannabe, and a gay couple have in common?
No, there's no punchline. What they have in common is this book. Which started rather iffy, if you ask me, because we're immediately hit with the heroine living in perpetual denial, a throwback to the Victorian times, hating violence, performing as Princess Charming for children, juggling at a casino, and viewing the world through her rose-tinted glasses. I kept waiting for someone to slice her throat and introduce the real heroine of the story, but it soon became apparent I was stuck with his...air-headed, bubbly, TSTL thirty-one-year-old. Wait? Come again? How old is she?! That poor hero of hers. How is a guy to protect someone who is in denial of being in danger...in denial about everything, actually?
Well, their "association" started rather unpromising, let me tell you. How was I to believe a seasoned Marine, a realist, someone who's seen the world at its most ugly, would fall head-over-heels for someone so different for him (and don't give me the "opposite attract" speech!) in a matter of minutes? I'm still kinda skeptic about that part, mind you.
But after a while, the heroine turned out to be like mold. She grows on you. Slowly. And the bubbly, pink, TSTL persona turned out to be only one facet of her multi-layered personality (some might call her a schizo, even). And I actually started to like her, and I finally could understand the hero's fascination. She still had her TSTL moments, though.
There was also suspense, which somehow rode in the backseat...And somehow I was rather comfortable with that. It wasn't that the suspense sub-plot was bad, quite the contrary, this could've been a great suspense book, but it took the backseat to the romance and the comedy (provided so generously by the heroine). We had multiple stalkers, a possible majorly obsessed stalker, a mob family, an FBI agent working undercover, and an Ecstasy-pushing ring about to go down in flames. What's not to like about that? And no, it didn't seem crowded.
What seemed crowded was the rest of the story, with 4 different plots going on (hero/heroine, gay couple, P.I/pregnant wife, heroine's man-hating sister/her ex/men in general/FBI agent). Some of the scenes (not with the hero/heroine) seemed rather redundant and slightly filler-ish, but that's probably because this is the second book in a trilogy. Still, it got pretty crowded out there, let me tell you.
All in all, after I got over the whole "the heroine is an idiot" (which was only a couple of chapters into the book), I could finally sit back and enjoy the ride. And it was quite a ride, quirky, funny, sexy, hot, romantic, sometimes TSTL (thanks to the heroine), scary, silly, suspenseful...But most of all, very well-written. I loved it....more
I'm not a big fan of 1st person POV, but my enjoyment of the narrative style mostly depends on the author. Some of them (Kristan Higgins and Karen MarI'm not a big fan of 1st person POV, but my enjoyment of the narrative style mostly depends on the author. Some of them (Kristan Higgins and Karen Marie Moning are among those few) actually make me forget I'm reading a book written in such a "restrictive" style and enjoy the ride. Many don't succeed in that effort where I'm concerned...and some write a narrator as a emotionally-cowardly bitch (or worse), so even though I'd want to, I cannot enjoy the ride. And LLM (and this book) was one of those.
Yes, there were other aspects of the story I actually liked—the supporting cast (Tony and Emma among them), the suspense sub-plot, and the mystery slowly unraveling throughout the story, but I couldn't get past the female lead narrating the story and her annoyingness, to be able to give this one a higher rating. Luckily she got better toward the end, thus earning her story a star more....more
Well, I'm surprised at how much I actually liked this novella. I'm not a big fan of BDSM stories, because the woman is usually the sub and I cannot faWell, I'm surprised at how much I actually liked this novella. I'm not a big fan of BDSM stories, because the woman is usually the sub and I cannot fathom giving someone so much control (despite the claim that the sub holds all the control in the relationship), but I liked this one, because it was obvious Keira, though being the sub, had the control in her relationship with Will, the big bad Alpha Dom.
Just the fact that he was an English teacher, something (at least) I associate with glasses and tweed jackets, was deep into that lifestyle, and a Dom to boot, was sort of refreshing, but then he met this woman, a natural sub, and she simply turned his world upside-down, and though she let him dominate her, in the end she was the one who dominated him. I loved the dynamic in this relationship. I just loved it.
The rest, well, we could've been spared a few things, because the more "explicit" the story went, the more it somewhat lost its connection to the plot, slowly turning into PWP territory. Thankfully, though, there was the "big obstacle" in the end that needed to be overcome, providing much needed "grounding" and plot to a story that was flailing under all the sex.
4 stars to the story (beginning and end) and the relationship aspect....more
Nora Roberts sure can do her job right. Well-researched, well-written, wonderfully paced...This review I’m attempting to write can nGo Zulies!
Nora Roberts sure can do her job right. Well-researched, well-written, wonderfully paced...This review I’m attempting to write can never do the book justice.
It was typical Nora. The “picture painting” was awesome, I really felt like I was there, in the middle of the wildfire, in the black, waiting for the siren to scream, walking the base alongside Rowan and Gull, running on the track...It all felt real, from the flaws and imperfections of the characters, the banter (God, how I loved the banter), the danger, the thrill...
Not many authors have the ability to write a story that can suck me in like this one did, and I loved every single moment of it. It was long, but I actually wanted it to be longer. I never wanted to stop reading.
It wasn’t just for the romance, which is the main reason why I love romantic suspense. Don’t get me wrong, Rowan and Gull (and even Lucas and Ella) had a wonderful romance going, explosive tension, gripping attraction, smokin’ hot passion...And they were great together as well as separately. I loved Rowan and her snarkiness, her sarcasm, her “butch” attitude, and I adored Gull and his idiosyncrasies, his vocabulary and his ability to use it, his seemingly bottomless well of seemingly unimportant knowledge, his protectiveness, his sense of humor... What this story was about, almost leaving the realm of romantic suspense, was the smoke jumpers and their love/hate relationship with her, the fire, the dragon. Because you have to love it a little to be good at what these men and women do. And I’m talking real people, here, not fictitious ones.
Nora Roberts made me appreciate these daredevils even more. Putting their lives on the line to preserve the wilderness, save lives even at the cost of their own. I’ve always admired firefighters, but these smoke jumpers, boy, they’re in a league of their own. Can you imagine hurling yourself into the fire? It must be a mix of excitement, dread, terror, exhilaration... And Ms. Roberts, with her book, delved a little deeper into the “would-be” psyche of such characters, revealing what might make them tick, their secret love of the chase, of the jump, of the danger...of the grueling work it went into “killing the bitch”.
Gosh, I really loved it. So loved it, in fact, it took me quite a while to finish, since I kept going back, re-reading some scenes, reliving the thrill.
Enough with the inadequate review. Go read this book!...more
Let me start simply and I'll work from there. I LOVED THIS BOOK!
I've never heard for Susan Sey before May 12th when I downloaded this ebook, but sometLet me start simply and I'll work from there. I LOVED THIS BOOK!
I've never heard for Susan Sey before May 12th when I downloaded this ebook, but something told me to start on it right away, and I'm not disappointed. Far from it. If it wasn't for a human's natural need for sleep and need to work for a living, I wouldn't have put it down.
Sure, I got the feeling there was another story missing, something that came before this one, because the characters seemed "familiar" with each other and their relationships were already established. And it turned out I was right. There was another story before this one. An unpublished one that received the Golden Heart award and Ms. Sey is slowly publishing on her website. But that "familiarity" didn't deter me from enjoying this sexy, romantic, funny, exasperating, bitter-sweet little romp of a read.
It started strong, pulled me in from the first (e)pages, plunged me into the lives and psyches of Patrick O'Connor, suave, sexy, drop-dead-gorgeous, ex-jewel thief, his "nemesis", strong-willed, stubborn, determined, by-the-book FBI agent Elizabeth "Liz" Brynn, Patrick's odd-ball sister, his precocious (and funny as hell) two-year-old niece, and a few more peculiar and fascinating characters.
There was also a suspense sub-plot, but it played more or less second fiddle to the romance between the ex-con and the FBI agent who busted him six years ago. A romance that sprouted from an attraction they both kept denying, tried to forget, tried to find different names for, but in the end couldn't resist.
I loved the inner turmoil Ms. Sey created for them both in this story, but while Liz's was interesting, plausible, and much understood, it didn't hold a candle to the inner workings of Patric's mind. The guy was a veritable martyr, though he didn't want to be, didn't think he was capable of being. Yet everything he said and did showed his true self, despite his misgivings and his conviction about his dark soul unworthy of redemption. Reading about him was a real beauty, though I couldn't exactly say he changed or grew much throughout the story. He was Patrick O'Connor, he deserved a second chance, he deserved a shot at happiness...He just needed to be convinced, And I loved the convincing process. ;)
No matter how hard I try I just couldn't find fault in this book. The plot was well-thought out, the pacing excellent (though I wished I could read faster, and then berated myself, because it wouldn't been over too soon), the characters nicely fleshed-out, convincing, and realistic, with realistic flaws that made them commit believable and plausible acts. It was just like reading about a bunch of neighbors down the street, really. Like this could happen to anyone...Though I only wish there was a man like Patrick O'Connor out there. And if there is, I'm calling dibs.
This was an outstanding debut and I can't wait for the next book, featuring the lovely, sultry Maria "Goose" di Guzman....more
I received this book as a gift from a friend. She liked it and though I would, too. And I did. I really did. I have a few RP at home, but never botherI received this book as a gift from a friend. She liked it and though I would, too. And I did. I really did. I have a few RP at home, but never bothered reading them, because I remember the corny TV movies based on her books. Let me tell you, this wasn't like those corny TV movies. Well, it was corny, but in a good way.
It was a bit unsettling finding myself forgetting about the story (most of the times) and concentrating instead on the settings. I found myself swept from an ancestral home in London to the windy Scottish moors, picturesque countrysides, Mallorca...I really felt like I was there, that's how Ms. Pilcher's descriptions and imagery made me feel.
And yes, the story certainly took a backseat to the settings. Also, because it was a bit too descriptive for my taste and the amount of characters was staggering at times.
Still, a pretty good incentive for me to read the few RPs in my collection....more