I always had a big fascination for Asian culture and India is one of those countries I would really enjoy to visit. So when I heard about this book, I...moreI always had a big fascination for Asian culture and India is one of those countries I would really enjoy to visit. So when I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it.
Free-spirited and ultra-modern Elizabeth Mainwarring returned to the sultry, spice-scented land of her birth for one last go at mending the breach with her long-estranged sire. She met Major Covington-Singh, a prince and an officer in her father’s regiment. The man was tall, dark, and utterly irresistible.
Yet there was peril in desiring him. He warned her against falling for a wog, a blacky-white, an Anglo-Indian. It might be modern times in England, but not in India. Even for the son of a duke and a maharaja. Why, even Elizabeth’s father would disapprove! And then there were the recent happenings: the murders, the cruel strangling of those who were indiscreet.
For Elizabeth to love Nigel meant death. But she couldn’t stop, even if there was a… Blood Moon Over Bengal.
Elizabeth is a modern woman: adventurous, intelligent, glamorous and independent. In her way to New Zealand, where she intends to begin a new life, she stops in India to visit her estranged father. There she meets Nicholas Covington-Singh... Nicholas is half English, half Indian, which is not well seen by the British society in India. No matter how aristocratic his family is (he is the son of the Maharaja of Kashmir and the daughter of the Duke of Avesbury) this doesn’t make his life easier, especially when he begins an affair with Elizabeth. After the murder of several Brahmin women, he takes charge of the investigation and it starts to be clear that the murderer has set his eyes in Elizabeth…
Some characters were a bit over the top, like Beryl, the bored wife of a British functionary who wanted to bed every single male in the area. Something that really bothered me was some of the purple prose used during some sex scenes, it made it sound a bit too old fashioned. Also, the identity of the murderer is pretty obvious, but fortunately this doesn’t spoil the story.
In the end, I truly liked Elizabeth and Nicholas (even if he was really obnoxious in the beginning) and how their relationship developed through the book. The inter-racial issues were one of the most interesting points in this book and show us how hard it can be to face such prejudices. Truly recommended if you are looking for an original romance.
Grade: B+ (the + is mostly because of the settings) (less)
It’s so hard to write a review about a book we really loved and I’ve been struggling for days to write only a few lines.
After reading The Accidental...moreIt’s so hard to write a review about a book we really loved and I’ve been struggling for days to write only a few lines.
After reading The Accidental Goddess and Gabriel’s Ghost, Linnea Sinclair quickly went to my auto-buy list. When I finally got my hands in Games of Command, I knew this was going to be an adventurous journey!
"The universe isn’t what it used to be. With the new Alliance between the Triad and the United Coalition, Captain Tasha “Sass” Sebastian finds herself serving under her former nemesis, biocybe Admiral Branden Kel-Paten–and doing her best to hide a deadly past. But when an injured mercenary winds up in their ship’s sick bay–and in the hands of her best friend, Dr. Eden Fynn–Sass’s efforts may be wasted.
Wanted rebel Jace Serafino has information that could expose all of Sass’s secrets, tear the fragile Alliance apart–and end Sass’s career if Kel-Paten discovers them. But the biocybe has something to hide as well, something once thought impossible for his kind to possess: feelings . . . for Sass. Soon it’s clear that their prisoner could bring down everything they once believed was worth dying for–and everything they now have to live for."
When Tasha “Sass” Sebastian is transferred to the Vaxxar, Admiral Kel-Paten’s ship, she cannot really understand what she is doing there and when Jace Serafino, an old acquaintance from her past life, shows up she fears her secret might be discovered. Tasha is a self-assured, courageous and intelligent heroine who knows what she wants and has a great sense of humor. She’s definitely someone I would like to have as a friend.
Half-man, half-machine, Branden Kel-Paten is not supposed to feel any emotions and despite knowing how dangerous it is, he cannot help to fall for Tasha. He suffers in silence, believing he is unworthy of her love, while she is far from imagining this is the reason of her presence in his ship. Braden is such a strong and honorable man, also very sensible, even after a life filled of suffering and humiliation. He has a very successful career but has little experience in the human relationships department, which makes him feel so awkward and vulnerable when he is in Sass’ presence.
From the first pages, I wanted so much that Tasha could see how perfect he was for her and was overjoyed when she finally starts seeing him differently. There’s some trust issues, especially from Tasha who doesn’t know how to deal with the biocybe and her own fear that he might despise her for her past actions. This is such an intense relationship that’s impossible not to be emotionally involved.
The secondary couple Jace Serafino and Dr. Eden Fynn really work well together. Jace can be a bit annoying with all his confidence but his dry humor is quite refreshing. He has also some secrets of his own…
I couldn’t forget to mention the furzels (imagine cat’s with telepathic powers) – Tank and Reilly - who are such a vivid and tender addition to this story. I had some very good laughs with their antics!
This was a fast paced gripping story with lots of action and twists, deep characters who quickly win your heart and a richly detailed world full of interesting technology. Now, we have to wait for Shades of Dark (Gabriel’s Ghost sequel) which will be released July 29 but until then you can read Down Home Zombie Blues.
I’ve been following Anne Stuart’s Ice series since the beginning and inevitably, she became one of my favorite authors. I fell in love for Bastien dar...moreI’ve been following Anne Stuart’s Ice series since the beginning and inevitably, she became one of my favorite authors. I fell in love for Bastien dark personality in Black Ice, couldn’t resist Peter’s cold charm in Cold as Ice and Takashi O’Brien swept me off my feet with his sexiness since the first pages of Ice Blue. Obviously, I was eagerly waiting for her next book and this time, it was Isobel Lambert’s turn, a female agent and head of the Committee.
Madame Lambert was a mysterious secondary character in the previous books. She always seemed distant, cold and even ruthless, hence her nickname – Ice Queen. Someone we don’t want to mess up ! But she also allowed us to have some tiny glimpses of her true nature. I have to confess that I was more curious about Reno’s story (Fire and Ice will be released in May), but since the first pages I felt Anne Stuart was going to deliver another memorable story.
Behind her mask is a deadly secret... The powerful head of the covert mercenary organization The Committee, Isobel Lambert is a sleek, sophisticated professional who comes into contact with some of the most dangerous people in the world. But beneath Isobel’s cool exterior a ghost exists, haunting her with memories of another life...a life that ended long ago.But Isobel’s past and present are about to collide when Serafin, mercenary, assassin and the most dangerous man in the world, makes a deal with The Committee. Seventeen years ago Isabel shot him and left him for dead. Now it looks as if he’s tracked her down for revenge. But Isobel knows all too well that looks can be deceiving...and that’s what she’s counting on to keep her cover in this international masquerade of murder.
When Isobel meets Killian for the first time, she is a 18 year old girl making her European tour before heading to college in Paris. He is already a professional killer and needs a cover. The innocent and naïve American seems perfect for the job.
Only Stuart can makes us love and hate her dark heroes and Killian/Serafin is no exception. I had a really hard time trying to forgive him for all he did to Isobel. He seduced and used her without much concern and worst, let her became a target because of him. Isobel’s life was changed by her two week encounter with Killian. I almost applauded when she shoot him!
The story has some flashbacks who gives us more information about what happened 17 years ago between them. When they meet again in North Africa, they both know their relationship is unfinished and you can feel the chemistry burning trough the pages, despite the efforts both make to remain focused in each other’s missions.
The only negative aspect of this story was “the most dangerous man in the world” label given to Serafin. I could never really feel he was that dangerous, in any case, no more than the previous male characters of the series.
It’s wonderful to see Bastien and Chloe, Peter and Genevieve, who are actually trying to have a baby, and the eccentric Takashi O’Brien’s cousin – Reno, who will be the main character of the next Ice book.
This was again, a page turner! The story is fast paced, full of action, emotions and twists and Stuart closes beautifully with one of her “traditional” endings who couldn’t be more perfect for Isobel and Killian.