This is a 4 1/2 because of a few typos and misspellings, but I'm rounding up because it's undoubtedly one of the most unique and compelling books I'veThis is a 4 1/2 because of a few typos and misspellings, but I'm rounding up because it's undoubtedly one of the most unique and compelling books I've read in ages. The hero and heroine are far, far from the norm of the typical Regency stock characters. Sexuality and gender are fluid with cross-dressing on the part of both characters, which I loved. The author gave us a complex hero who verged on villainy, and a powerful heroine, and she never compromised on who and what they were.
I loved the magic that developed when all Kit's family and the Duke's people all converged on her wrecked home and made it into a temporary sanctuary.
I'm not really good at reviewing books, but this one is just special. You may not like it, but on the other hand, you might love it. :) ...more
Disclaimer here: I adore Nalini Singh. That said, this book didn't really do it for me, beyond the major twist at the end.
Like Gena Showalter (anotheDisclaimer here: I adore Nalini Singh. That said, this book didn't really do it for me, beyond the major twist at the end.
Like Gena Showalter (another favorite of mine) she doesn't seem to know the difference between "dominant" and "bitch." "Sassy" and "insufferable." Actually, Adria wasn't nearly as bad as Indigo in her book. I liked the hero and heroine and I liked them together, but Adria never really revealed herself to me. Riaz was really lovely and tragic, though.
While its nice to revisit past characters and continue the big plot line, those things dominated the story. In fact, Hawk and Sienna came out of this as more prominent than Riaz and Adria.
Ms Singh has a few writing habits that really popped out in this book, the major being the use of "Having." Having left the bathroom, having climbed the mountain, having started counting the usage of the word "having..." And her sex scenes with the Changelings all kinda come off the same...usually with the guy shoving his hand down her pants. LOL!
Judd continues to be a stand-out character, and the Arrows were powerful in the story.
So I was a bit disappointed, but still looking forward to the next book. :)...more
This book never really grabbed me and shook me. That said, when I put it down, I never really forgot about it. (la3.5, rounded up for overall quality.
This book never really grabbed me and shook me. That said, when I put it down, I never really forgot about it. (lately I've been putting books down and not coming back.) I looked forward to picking it back up to read.
I'll spare you the summary and just talk a little about what I liked and didn't like.
This is written from the heroine's POV. Oddly, I never connected totally with her. She did a great job with portraying the feelings and intent of other characters using a common plot device. (shared telepathy) I truly felt the angst experienced by Gabriel and Ren (a charming secondary character)while Chaz (the heroine) came off as kinda whiney.
The hero Gabriel aka Sully was wonderful...multi-faceted and much deeper than the initial space rogue persona he's introduced with. I liked that he continued to evolve through the story. Chaz though...everytime something new was revealed about Sully, she had a melt-down and the poor guy had to twiddle his thumbs till she came around. I was kinda wondering why he didn't toss her.
The foreshadowing was thrown all over, and we never really got the huge payoff from it, particularly with a specific weapon. There was way too much repetition elsewhere, particularly with the continued use of rainbows to describe the auras seen by the empaths.
She did a great job with physical environments, just barely flirting with too much in technical detail. As to it being a romance, it barely merits the label "spicy" I saw given to it. They did a lot of kissing and a lot of pda, but once things got serious, it was euphimistic. Very safe and sweet. However, one particular love-making scene was vital to the plot and it nearly slipped past unnoticed.
So is it a must read? No, but its certainly something I'd suggest to the sci fi romance reader. I look forward to reading the other books in the series. ...more
I was going to shave a half point off because I had trouble with the character's names, but heck. This was a near flawless book and I loved it. The heI was going to shave a half point off because I had trouble with the character's names, but heck. This was a near flawless book and I loved it. The heck with nit picking! And I will never look at a hula hoop the same way again!...more
This book is now out of print but due to demand, I'll be expanding it substantially for future re-release. It'll either go to Loose Id or will be selfThis book is now out of print but due to demand, I'll be expanding it substantially for future re-release. It'll either go to Loose Id or will be self-pubbed. I'll update as soon as I know more. :)
UPDATE: Toxic has been accepted by Loose Id. It will be greatly expanded and revised to a novel length.
Author's Note: While The Bacchi is a m/m romance, the reader should be aware that there are instances of m/f sex. :) Its not part of the Uncommon WhorAuthor's Note: While The Bacchi is a m/m romance, the reader should be aware that there are instances of m/f sex. :) Its not part of the Uncommon Whore arc, but does contain plot points relevant to Helios, Griffin and Co. ...more
More of a 4.5 but I like to round up. :) I believe this is a self-published book and was expecting it to be a bit rough, but its really pretty well doMore of a 4.5 but I like to round up. :) I believe this is a self-published book and was expecting it to be a bit rough, but its really pretty well done. I can see a few spots where content editing would have been helpful, but in all, its a better product than many publishers turn out.
You've read the synopsis and if you are a fan of Ms Holly's demon series, you've got the general setting: an alternate Victorian/steampunk universe, the "demons" who are in reality an evolutionary offshoot of humans, and their propensity for emotional restraint and excessive sexual needs.
I really liked this story, Hattori and Ciran are hot, hot alpha males. Katsu is a very appealing and charismatic heroine. None of the characters were without flaw...Katsu reveled in being a princess, Hattori was a bit uptight (and his brother was the one who was the one who went to prison for being "moralistic"!) and Ciran...well, he was just freakin' yummy. Intriguing too. He was my favorite of the three.
The conflict between the three was slightly uncomfortable: after years as companions and lovers with Ciran, Hattori falls head-over-heels in love with Katsu, leaving Ciran in the cold. You can't help but feel for the odd man out in the triangle and the idea that one of the menage was loved less than the others bothered me. I suppose that's why I dropped the score a half-point. The ending was satisfying, but that element remained with me after the story ended.
However, its a fun ride, I'll certainly do a repeat reading. And as always with an Emma Holly book, its blistering hot! ...more