I've read a couple of other Balogh books that I liked, but I LOVED this one. I felt like the characters truly had something at stake and I could under...moreI've read a couple of other Balogh books that I liked, but I LOVED this one. I felt like the characters truly had something at stake and I could understand the loneliness and unhappiness that each felt and how even though things had started off terribly between them, they could grow to care about one another. Like any well-written book, I truly hated the "villians" who, to Balogh's credit, were well-written and believable. The hero's struggle to do right by his unloving wife and his dukedom showed the complex emotions of a man who loves who and what he is, but is unhappy in how his life has turned out. Unlike several of the books of this genre, the male lead is a rich and powerful man who is concerned about the people around him, rather than being disdainful of the lower classes and the people who rely on him to shape their lives.
If you're a fan at all of historical romance novels, I highly recommend you read this book. I couldn't put it down - I stayed up until 3:30 a.m. until I finished the very last page.(less)
I loved this book. Loved, loved, loved it! I was so happy to get the Sookie/Eric storyline moving forward and I even started to like Bill again. There...moreI loved this book. Loved, loved, loved it! I was so happy to get the Sookie/Eric storyline moving forward and I even started to like Bill again. There wasn't nearly enough Pam, but that's okay. I'm not a fan of the fairy storyline, but we needed something to put Sookie in danger once again and this was the storyline that would push the needle forward. I am not ashamed to say that I even cried a bit at the end. I hear there's one more book in the Sookie series and I can't wait to see what Charlaine Harris comes up with.(less)
**spoiler alert** Finally - we're back to the vamps and in a big way! In this book, Sookie and Quinn have finally gotten together romantically, but th...more**spoiler alert** Finally - we're back to the vamps and in a big way! In this book, Sookie and Quinn have finally gotten together romantically, but they still don't see a whole lot of each other. Having become of interest to the Queen of Louisiana for her telepathic abilities, Sookie (along with the Northern Louisiana vamps) are summoned to Illinois for a big old Vampire Summit. This is post-Katrina Louisiana so the vampire queen is low on cash, missing a few devoted vamps and charged with the killing of her husband. As the only actual witness to the killing, Sookie is doubly in demand as she's needed to testify at the hearing.
In this book we see the re-emergence of the Fellowship of the Sun, some pissed off vampires and humans, a clash between clans and Sookie's loyalties tested. Is she Quinn's girlfriend and if so, what does that mean? What's her relationship with Eric and can it be defined? Unfortunately for Sookie, this book sees the two far too closely entwined, but it was either Eric or another vamp and we already know Sookie has a thing for Eric ... even if she won't freely admit it.
This book is filled with a lot of vampire politics, mystery and towards the end, a ton of action as Sookie's telepathic capabilities literally help determine life or death for several characters.
When I finished this book I felt like I *needed* to jump into the next one. Unfortunately, I've been told I need to get a library card and quit spending so much darn money on books. :-)(less)
Dead to the World was one of my favorite books of the series. It kicks off with Sookie and Bill having parted ways due to his no good cheating ways, w...moreDead to the World was one of my favorite books of the series. It kicks off with Sookie and Bill having parted ways due to his no good cheating ways, with Sookie back in Bon Temps waiting tables and hoping for a return to normalcy. Ha! As Sookie's driving home from Merlotte's one night, she sees a half naked beautiful blonde man running down the road. Because Sookie is a sweetheart and let's be honest, has dealt with worst things than a possible crazy hitch hiker, she pulls over only to find out that said crazy man is actually Eric, Bill's boss and Sheriff of Area 5. Sookie and Eric have a bit of a past and Eric has always wanted Sookie in a way that he just can't, so imagine Sookie's surprise when cocky Eric is replaced by Amnesiac Eric - he doesn't know who he is, who Sookie is, or how he got that way. This Eric is out of sorts, scared and relies on Sookie to take care of him. It turns out that Eric's had a curse put on him by some bad ass witches that want to take over all the money being brought in by Shreveport's supernatural community. When they tell Eric they want part of Fangtasia's revenue - and some time in the sack with Eric - he declines and all hell breaks loose.
While all of this is going on, Sookie's brother Jason disappears too and she has no idea where he's gone to. With the help of some shifters from the next town over, that mystery is solved, but Eric and Sookie still have to battle the witches.
What I really liked about this book was seeing Sookie fall for Eric and him return the feelings. I've always felt like a lot of Eric's behavior is bravado and that he had feelings for Sookie that extended beyond the erotic kind. This book takes that story and elevates it. A side bonus of this story is that we get to see more of Pam, Eric's second in command and a great addition to the story.(less)
This book - with a few changes in characters and plot development - is essentially Season 1 of HBO's True Blood series. In Dead Until Dark we're intro...moreThis book - with a few changes in characters and plot development - is essentially Season 1 of HBO's True Blood series. In Dead Until Dark we're introduced to Sookie Stackhouse, Vampire Bill Compton, Sam Merlotte and a host of other supporting characters. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who read and enjoyed Stephenie Meyer and Anne Rice as it's a good combo of the two. Like Meyer's Twilight series, when reading the Sookie Stackhouse series I just couldn't put the book down and the story moved along at a quick, yet satisfying, pace. Like Anne Rice's earlier works, it introduces you to vampire lore and lets you in on the emergence of a new subculture of America. This book definitely kicked off my love for the series.(less)
Maybe because I've been a 17 year old girl with image/self-esteem issues, I never truly found Bella Swan to be all that interesting. No, what I wanted...moreMaybe because I've been a 17 year old girl with image/self-esteem issues, I never truly found Bella Swan to be all that interesting. No, what I wanted most out of Twilight was to know more about Edward and the Cullens. This book accomplishes that and gives the reader a new and interesting insight into what Edward was thinking when he first met Bella in the science lab, where he disappeared to and why, and the inner struggle that he goes through everytime he's near her. Personally, I found this a much more captivating read and only wish that some eejit hadn't leaked the manuscript onto the Internet so that Meyer could have finished it and I could have read the whole thing. (less)