What I love about Alison Packard’s heroines are that they are relatable women with relatable issues. I’ve been hooked on this series since book 1 and...moreWhat I love about Alison Packard’s heroines are that they are relatable women with relatable issues. I’ve been hooked on this series since book 1 and wish that Packard wrote faster because the wait for the next book is agonizing!
I think Melissa is my favorite heroine to date of this series. She has recently lost a lot of weight but her confidence isn’t all the way there. She has grown up being the butt of fat jokes and her twin sister has always been her defender. Melissa has always turned the other cheek instead of standing up for herself. Despite this, I never felt that Melissa was helpless. There are people in this world who are just non-confrontational; who feel that it’s better not to engage. I can understand that. Even though Melissa lost 50lbs, she’s not model thin. But she’s gaining confidence and is liking the way her body looks. And she doesn’t feel like she needs to lose any more weight.
Jake is Melissa’s personal trainer and has seen something within Melissa that draws him to her. He has a “no dating clients” rule so he keeps their relationship strictly professional. But when Melissa asks him to pretend to be her boyfriend for her cousin’s wedding, Jake sees this as an opportunity to get close to Melissa and maybe act on the feelings that she stirs in him.
Again, this is my favorite book of the series. I loved Melissa! She is a well-written character with flaws and insecurities but knew herself. Melissa is a work in progress and I loved seeing her change from a woman who turned the other cheek to someone who finally stood up to the bullies. And through that transformation she still remained a nice and likable person. You can tell a bitch off and still be nice a nice person. Kill them with kindness. Gets them every time. :)
Jake is super dreamy. And a personal trainer….rawr! So sexy. And probably a lot of women’s fantasies….doing squat thrusts while your sexy trainer is spotting you. Whew! Oh…where was I? Anyways…Jake. He’s a good guy with good morals and comes from a good family. I liked that he didn’t want to mix business with pleasure but his stance regarding that policy started wearing thin especially when it ends up hurting Melissa. Of course, Jake is a blockhead and stubborn and drags out the road to HEA longer than necessary.
I loved this Jake and Melissa and I loved their romance. This series is awesome and I can’t wait to read the next book. I hope the H/H is Melissa’s twin sister and Jake’s mostly MIA detective brother, Justin. That would be awesome!
If you haven’t read this series, I definitely recommend!(less)
I love novellas that follow up with my favorite characters. I feel like it’s a Where Are They Now? for romance novels. I loved Evan, Jace and Andre in...moreI love novellas that follow up with my favorite characters. I feel like it’s a Where Are They Now? for romance novels. I loved Evan, Jace and Andre in Melt Into You and if any couple deserved a follow up, it was them.
Like many relationships, after awhile, mundane everyday life gets in the way and that’s what has happened to this triad. Add in the fact that Evan is working way too much and running herself ragged, Jace decides that the trio needs a romantic getaway for rest, relaxation and sex.
Each character is dealing with their own issues regarding their atypical relationship. While working as Evan’s fill-in assistant at a wedding, Andre runs into his ex-fiancee, Martine. Seeing Martine reminds Andre that he had dreams of marriage, a house and kids. Can he have that with Jace and Evan? Evan is dealing with a pregnancy scare and her own past as a pregnant teen. Jace wants his two lovers to feel safe and secure in their relationship so he comes up with the idea of the romantic getaway.
As much as I loved revisiting this trio, there was something missing. I felt like Forever Starts Tonight was heavy on the sex scenes but light on the plot. The introduction of Martine could have really been a great plot device to force Ev, Jace and Andre to fortify their relationship, for them to show a united front against the world. I wanted Dre to confront Martine with Ev and Jace and show her that he’s happy. None of that happened. It was kind of a let down.
Forever Starts Tonight was a quick read. I like the characters. I just wanted something…more. Loved the sex scenes between Jace and Andre. Evan could have stayed in the bed. LOL!(less)
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Darkness Awakened, and was excited that Drake — the dragon shape-shifter who was rescued in book 1, wa...moreI really enjoyed the first book in this series, Darkness Awakened, and was excited that Drake — the dragon shape-shifter who was rescued in book 1, was the hero of this one. Drake is pretty much a mystery because to the preternatural world, dragon shape-shifters no longer existed and there’s not that much information about them.
Taste of Darkness starts off with Drake hanging out with Victoria. There was an immediate connection between them at the end of book 1. Drake has drifted closer to Victoria out of anyone in the Pack. Drake already knows that Victoria is his mate but he doesn’t want to act on it until he has more to offer her. He is still getting used to this new world and believes that Victoria deserves a man that can give her what she needs. Victoria is just as drawn to Drake but she isn’t sure if it’s due to him being dependent on her or if it’s attraction.
Drake soon discovers that he has a brother and a sister and that the person who cursed him to Hell 1,500 years ago is still after him. Drake has to learn to trust his siblings while trying to remember the past.
For the most part I enjoyed Taste of Darkness. I was fascinated by Drake since book 1 which is why I was hoping there was more to his story. I felt that something was missing. I liked the first half but the moment Drake and Victoria left the Pack and went to Tennessee, the story line kind of fizzled for me. Even with all the dragon politics and covens and influx of information, I found myself at times kind of bored.
Victoria and Drake had great sexual tension in the beginning but once they finally acted on it, it was kind of meh. I just felt that their love story would be more epic. Or maybe it was and I just didn’t get it. LOL!
I still like the series and will continue to read it. I just think I built this book so much in my mind that I ended up disappointing myself. :((less)