I was having a discussion with a church friend about whether it was valuable to enjoy Christmas on a spiritual level with all the commercialism and pa...moreI was having a discussion with a church friend about whether it was valuable to enjoy Christmas on a spiritual level with all the commercialism and pagan connections of the holiday. I love Christmas, and I have since I was a child. It isn't even about getting gifts for me. It's about the wonder of the season. As a believer of Jesus, I think there is pressure going both ways for you as far as Christmas. One one hand, you are encouraged to like the holiday season but give no relevance to Christmas or its origins. On the other hand, some Christians reject Christmas as a pagan holiday with no significance to the actual celebration of the coming of the Messiah as a human baby. It makes you feel kind of squeezed from both sides at times. Honestly, though, I will continue to be a Christmas freak until I leave this earth. So I appreciated when my friend loaned me this book to read about one of my favorite Christmas songs, "The Twelve Days of Christmas."
It's a short, easy read, since it's actually a children's book. Short but very meaningful for those who profess faith in Jesus, and even to those who wonder what Christians believe. The song dates back to a time in England where there was much religious persecution and people weren't allowed to express beliefs that didn't go along with the official state church. People used songs to teach about their faith in code (coincidentally, this was also done with Negro Spiritual sang in the field during the American slavery period to communicate about the Underground Railroad to escape to freedom). This code is spelled out in the song. I won't go into that because it would spoil the joy of reading the book, since each day is explained as far as its spiritual relevance. However, I will say that this song will now mean so much more to me now when I sing it.
Christmas is a joyful time, and it's also a tough time because of the stress associated with it. The rat race and the focus on buying presents and keeping up with the commercial cast of the holiday can steal some of that joy. However, I believe that there is simple pleasure in celebrating the holiday with songs such as this and in allowing the power of knowing that light broke into the world in the form of God as a baby who would grow up to suffer and die for the sins of everyone who ever lived, and many Christmas songs convey exactly that. It is wonderful to know that "The Twelve Days of Christmas" is also one of those songs.(less)
The writing in this book was very good. A dark vision, like nightmares that blended into nightmares. I'm not sure I understood what was going on after...moreThe writing in this book was very good. A dark vision, like nightmares that blended into nightmares. I'm not sure I understood what was going on after all, and that's hard to swallow. Sometimes it's good to question and ponder, but in this case, it was unsettling and unfulfilling. If the reader wants a story that is more about fears, regret, and doubt, with a pervasive sense of nebulous menace, they will probably appreciate this. For a complex mix of horror and emotional angst that ultimately makes no sense, this will qualify. If the reader wants a more coherent story that makes some sort of sense and has a point to it, instead of a sense of futility, then this won't do. At least it didn't quite do it for me.
My rating is complicated, so I am going to get mathematical here:
Blood in Electric Blue is a well-written novel, a journey that is steeped in surrealism. This is one of those books where you don't quite know what is...moreBlood in Electric Blue is a well-written novel, a journey that is steeped in surrealism. This is one of those books where you don't quite know what is real and what isn't. Is Dignon really being preyed upon by a siren, or has years of physical and psychological abuse, and a hopeless, lonely adulthood broken his sanity? You don't really know. As I read this story, I came to my own conclusion, and it made me sad. I would like for lost and lonely Dignon and his brother Wilma (who is a transsexual) to have an optimistic future... Alas, it doesn't seem likely.
I thought that the writing was evocative, highly visual, and emotive. I found myself being pulled into the narrative, and cared about Dignon, feeling deeply for him. The sadness that enveloped him in his normal life, also infected me. I felt his sense of disconnection and loneliness deeply. He was like a person looking inside through the glass, trapped outside in the cold. As a cat lover, I appreciated his close bond with Mr. Tibbs, his beloved feline companion.
This struck me as a very sad story. It was also effective as a dark fiction/horror novel, even though the horror elements are somewhat ambiguous. I would recommend this to readers who enjoy dark fiction with horror elements, written in a fashion that feels 'literary.' As a person who dislikes genre snobbery, I rather dislike using that term. However, I do feel that readers who enjoy character-based stories that plumb the depths of speculative fiction and horror would view this book as a more literary-oriented novel. As such, I'd put this forth as a recommendation to reader with these tastes. If you are like me and prefer upbeat stories, you won't find that here. However, it was worth a read for its exploration of the emotional and psychological effects of abuse and isolation on a person. Essentially showcasing characters that are definitely of the walking wounded variety.
Overall rating: 3.5/5.0 stars
Thanks to Jeannie for loaning me her copy and recommending Greg Gifune as a writer to me.(less)
This was a most enjoyable spy romance. Lighthearted but also convincing in the spy dynamics (bringing to mind a bit of the James Bond meets Scarecrow...moreThis was a most enjoyable spy romance. Lighthearted but also convincing in the spy dynamics (bringing to mind a bit of the James Bond meets Scarecrow and Mrs. King vibe). Even the villain brings to mind the iconic super-villains of the Bond world. I liked Paige's realization of what she was capable of, and that David truly did love her. I also liked that he realized that he had underestimated Paige in his desire to keep her safe and secure in a crazy world. Paige really comes into her own. I also liked that David was a nerd, and a very sexy one! I loved the young French boy, Henri, who becomes a part of the OMEGA family. Paige does exactly what I'd hoped she would do as far as Henri. Maggie, David's partner, has a strong role in this book, and I expect that sparks will fly between her and the head of OMEGA, Adam.
This one earns a healthy four stars and a thumbs up from a fan of the spy genre. Spy + romance.....even better!
Ascension took me a while to read, when I typically devour most paranormal romances. The writing style didn't grab hold of me and refuse to let me go,...moreAscension took me a while to read, when I typically devour most paranormal romances. The writing style didn't grab hold of me and refuse to let me go, which is a shame. However, I did like enough about this book to keep me wanting to continue the series.
What I liked *The concept of ascensions was captivating. I loved the idea that there were various Worlds accessible via dimensional gates that only a person who had ascended could pass through. This had some metaphysical aspects that appealed to me as a person with interest in the ethereal and the scientific. *I liked the mix of high tech science with fantasy aspects which are integral to this book. *The romance was strong and involving despite the dense writing style. The steam and attraction elements were well done. *I'm a sucker for a brotherhood of warriors. What can I say? (view spoiler)[I like the way Roane sort of makes fun of the seemingly obligatory aspect of the brothers going out to a club to get drunk, drink blood, and have sex with willing, nubile females. This has become quite a convention of the paranormal genre which I can’t say I’m in love with. I like that Alison talked about how sexist that was with Kerrick, because it’s a thought I often have when I read these books, even as an admitted paranormal addict. (hide spoiler)] *Good action sequences, and the displays of superhuman abilities were well done. I had these images of large-scale, majestic battles between winged warriors. She conveyed this imagery very well. *There's something about winged people that just does it for me. These aren’t angels, but I’d probably lump them into that category because of the whole ascended being with wings aspects. *Endelle is a character that totally stands out. Normally, you don't see these kinds of outre', unabashedly over the top alpha females in these books. She is a good source of humor and I love that her word is law, even to this group of very powerful warriors. *I liked the concept of the breh-hedden. While the fated mate theme is nothing new, I liked the way Roane presents her version. Although I'm not 100% keen on the idea of a hot warrior who is your fated mate smelling like fennel/licorice (Marcus, a secondary character smells like licorice to Havily), at least it's kind of unique.
What could have been better *Honestly, I think that this could have stood a very liberal edit, at least 50 pages. I felt as though there were excessive pages and words used than were needed to tell this story. This was quite striking considering that I had a question mark in my mind over the whole concept until about 300 pages had gone by. A surgical use of words could have conveyed more of what the author intended in a more concise fashion, and made for a shorter, easier read. Admittedly, I'm a reader who prefers more short and snappy writing. I can get past that with a really compelling read. However, in the case of this story, it just felt apparent to me that not all the words she used were needed. *I felt that most of the warrior brethren are still somewhat sketchy as far as characters. I can name them and give brief traits about them, but for all the length of the story, I would have liked a better integration of them in the narrative than I saw. This made the book have a samey feel in comparison to other popular paranormal series out there, when there is more than enough to distinguish this book from others in the genre. *The villain was a bit sketchy too. I couldn't feel his motivations. I was told rather than shown these, and it didn't quite ring through to me. I hope that he is better developed in the subsequent books.
After a rather slow, frustrating read, with some moments of brilliance that spurred me on to keep reading, I can say I liked this book, but I did not love it. I like the ideas, and I really want to fall in love with this book. I hope that I will feel more drawn in with the subsequent books since I have gotten a introductory feel to this world. For a first book in a high concept series, Ascension isn't bad. It is just one of those books that it takes patience and determination to get through.
This nifty collection of stories by Daniel McGachey is just what a fan of old school horror stories deeply in the vein of Montague Rhodes James (who h...moreThis nifty collection of stories by Daniel McGachey is just what a fan of old school horror stories deeply in the vein of Montague Rhodes James (who has rightfully been called the master of the ghost story) would clamor for once they have exhausted all the MR James out there on offer, or just as an adjunct to their classic horror reading. My tastes in horror are definitely in the old school vein, and I love when I am able to find newly written stories and novels that showcase the old school styles. My friend was kind enough to lend me her copy of this book, and I have spent the better part of this week and last reading and enjoying the stories on offer.
It goes without saying that this wouldn't appeal to readers who don't like the old school way of telling a story, and a reader who gets bogged down with antiquated description and language. However, if you are a big reader of classic horror, as I am, I think that you will find it enjoyable.
Admittedly, there were a couple of stories that were a bit on the dry side, and I found my attention wandering. But the truly scary, atmospheric, and just downright disturbing stories made up for it. I didn't try to read this one at night, except for when I read it one night on the elliptical at the gym. Yeah, that gave me a few creepy moments on the way home. Honestly, I would avoid reading this one at bedtime, because McGachey manages to get you where you live. For instance, he gave me that squirmy feeling of guilt at my penchant for loving tales of the macabre. Some might think it unsuitable reading for a 'good Christian'. I don't really think that intellectually, but there is a story that makes you wonder if you really should spend so much time looking into the dark, unless you want the dark to pay you a visit. Yeah, that's a disturbing thought. Not enough to put me off these types of stories, though. Just enough to raise some goosebumps.
I definitely have to give Mr. McGachey an A for his ability to write in the classic horror vein very authentically. I have read many stories from the Victorian and Edwardian periods with exactly the same language and style. He also develops atmosphere flawlessly. And I love his deft skill with a frame story, and how his stories seem to tie together in this volume. I liked Dr. Lawrence as his intrepid occult detective character, who reminded me of a more scholarly Kolchak. With the only negative being that some stories were a bit dry, I can't help but give this one a solid four stars. I will be looking for more of his stories to read in the future.(less)
I just realized that I hadn't rated or reviewed this book. I read it several years ago.
To be honest, I couldn't finish this book. The writing had an i...moreI just realized that I hadn't rated or reviewed this book. I read it several years ago.
To be honest, I couldn't finish this book. The writing had an inescapable pattern to it: Introduce character, character gets killed or in some horrible way or eaten by a dinosaur. I hate collateral damage in books, movies, or tv. Big turn-off. Plus, I don't like the creation of sacrificial lambs to be killed, paper-thin to the point of having no personality practically.
The science part was a little too detailed (yes, even for a biological scientist). I think that if I want to read a textbook, I can easily do so. But, for fiction, I like the plot to have nicely-integrated factual information, and the focus to be on the characters and the unfolding storyline.
Between those two issues with this book, I gave up on it. It is a horrible, horrible thing for a bookworm to say, but I liked the movie better. :(
**spoiler alert** I think I blocked out this book. I can't even imagine Koontz coming up with some of the things the villain did. Poor Mary. No wonder...more**spoiler alert** I think I blocked out this book. I can't even imagine Koontz coming up with some of the things the villain did. Poor Mary. No wonder she had emotional issues. Pretty good, but too disgusting for me in some parts.(less)
It's been a while since I read this one. So out of fairness, I'm taking away the starred rating until I can do a reread and objectively evaluate this...moreIt's been a while since I read this one. So out of fairness, I'm taking away the starred rating until I can do a reread and objectively evaluate this book. As I told my friend just recently, I read this book while I was in vet school, which was a generally craptastic time of my life. It could be vet school yuckiness overflowing unto this undeserving book. We shall see.(less)
I read this when I was staying with my aunt in a very small town in Alabama (Anniston). She was recovering from a serious illness, and needed some hel...moreI read this when I was staying with my aunt in a very small town in Alabama (Anniston). She was recovering from a serious illness, and needed some help. It is a book that I had very little trouble reading from cover to cover. All the stories were well-written and helped to while away the time in a very small town. I have to say that I found most of them on the depressing side (hence the four and 1/2 instead of five stars). I would like to see more books about the African American experience that are on the positive end. Yes, history has not been kind to us overall, but fiction should be about celebration, as well as mourning and reflecting on the trials of life.
My friend is the biggest Wolverine fan in the Milky Way solar system. He loaned me his Weapon X comics to read and to share the 'Wolverine' love. It w...moreMy friend is the biggest Wolverine fan in the Milky Way solar system. He loaned me his Weapon X comics to read and to share the 'Wolverine' love. It was very good. I admit that Wolverine isn't my favorite X-Men (that's Gambit), but he's a very intriguing character with a dark side that I find appealing mixed with this desire for justice. What can I say? I love my antiheroes. The man has had his share of tragedy, and seeing how he gained the adamantium helped me to see him in a deeper light.
Thanks, Mike, for giving me the opportunity to read these.
PS. The X-Men Origins: Wolverine movie was a pretty lousy substitute for the real thing (and we won't even go into how they ruined Deadpool). If you are a fan of Wolverine from the tv shows and the movie, please take this opportunity to read about the real character from the comic books.(less)
This was a really cool book, one of my sister's First Love From Silhouettes. My favorite, in fact. Although The Personal Touch is a close second.
The...moreThis was a really cool book, one of my sister's First Love From Silhouettes. My favorite, in fact. Although The Personal Touch is a close second.
The heroine is about 14 years old, and she becomes a wealthy woman, well girl. So she decides to set up her own independent household, and she builds a house in her parent's backyard. I thought that was so cool growing up (the thought of being an independent woman always appealed to me). I liked that the hero was attracted to her even though she was her own person and a tomboy.
If my sister had not remembered the title, I would forever be missing this book from my Favorites shelf on Goodreads.(less)
This is my favorite antebellum-set historical romance hands down. It's safe to say I don't like this time period, and typically I try to avoid it. But...moreThis is my favorite antebellum-set historical romance hands down. It's safe to say I don't like this time period, and typically I try to avoid it. But this book sounded to interesting to turn down. It was worth the read. I love a good marriage of convenience story, and this is one of my favorites.
In some ways, it reminded me a little of Dark Torment by Karen Robards, which has long been a favorite of mine, in that the heroine is a plain Jane spinster, and the hero is more or less an indentured servant that her stepfather buys off the auction block. Other than that, it goes in a different direction than Dark Torment. In this case, they marry almost immediately, at the behest of her stepfather.
This is a book about strangers becoming spouses, lovers, and friends. I was pleasantly surprised at the passion in this book. Meredith thinks herself unattractive, but it is clear that Jeremy feels a passion for her, although he doesn't want to be married to her or love her. However, they make the best of their situation.
I liked the way this book dealt with the slavery issue. Meredith family owned slaves, and she wasn't particularly happy about it. When Jeremy takes over running the plantation, his goal is to free all the slaves. He has some opposition from people in the community, but he is determined and comes up with a workable solution to the slavery issue. That was a bonus for me, as the slavery issue is a painful subject for me, and it undermines my ability to care about a hero/heroine who owns other people and doesn't feel angst or realize that human bondage is wrong.
What I loved about this book was the passion and the love between Meredith and Jeremy. It wasn't expected, but it was powerful, and it changed their lives and united them much deeper than their marriage of convenience did. Each scene between them showed the current of intense feeling running between them, even long before they actually consummated their marriage.
Meredith and Jeremy where characters I liked and admired, and wished well for. Even after this book ended, I could imagine them having a good life together, raising their family, and running their plantation with honor, and not on the backs of enslaved labor.
This was a sure keeper for me. Unfortunately I read it from the library. But I hope to find my own copy someday.(less)
Thanks so much for writing this book, Ms. Michelle. Finally a Silhouette Nocturne that delivers on the action, the world-building, and the romance to...moreThanks so much for writing this book, Ms. Michelle. Finally a Silhouette Nocturne that delivers on the action, the world-building, and the romance to an equal level. If you don't like high octane, action-driven romance, do not read this book. The first 1/4 of the book felt very much like a action/horror/science fiction movie, yet with a very sexy hero, and a heroine who was way out of her depth. I was loving it. It had me thinking of The Terminator, Underworld, and Blade all rolled into one. Maybe a little bit of Blade Runner and Ultraviolet, too. There are some great scenes that really bring these movies to mind in a very visually-stylistic way.
Jachin is a serious bad-ass. This is established from the first scene. I was like, "Aw, yeah." He really reminded me of Blade (except cuter than Wesley Snipes and looking nothing like him or Blade), but the aspects of him being a hard as nails, kickass, hunter-assassin who happened to be a vampire. He is sexy as all get out, and initially has a bit of an attitude (I like my heroes a little grumpy). But I could understand why. He got kicked out by his brethren, was on the run from various people and vampires who wanted him dead, and spent most of his time in a state of borderline starvation for sustenance from blood. Human blood had become poisonous, so he had to take jobs as an assassin to be able to afford to buy specially-processed blood from a scientist to stay alive. I think Ms. Michelle did a great job writing Jachin. There are nuances that sort of reminded me of other paranormal heroes, but at the same time, Jachin really had a unique feel for me. He was one of those heroes you can drool over, but really respect for being tough as nails. I'm as much an action-adventure fan as I am a romance fan, so I love when I can find characters that fill both shoes equally well.
Ariel is not the kickbutt kind of heroine. She's more of a damsel in distress. That's okay. The kicking butt and taking names kind of heroine is great, but it gets stale when every book has that sort of heroine. Initially she was bugging me with her intolerance towards Jachin. But then I had to put myself in her shoes. Shouldn't she hate vampires, since her family was brutally wiped out by them? Shouldn't she be wary and desirous to escape from those who inspired fear in her? She didn't know Jachin, so how could she instantly bond to him and trust him. So, I came to the realization that Ariel is authentic in her initial reactions to Jachin. She is soft and sweet, but she has a fortitude that comes through, considering what she is put through in this book. Talking about beat up and bashed around. Good thing Jachin's saliva is healing. And he's more than willing to lick all her wounds healed, and he discovers her blood is not poisonous like other humans in the process. Ariel comes to play a very pivotal role in this book, and I like that she comes to the conclusion that she has a responsibility in the world that Jachin inhabits, and embraces him and this role. I came to like her very much.
The worldbuilding was intriguing and involving. It is set in the future, which is clear through the technology available. I like how Ms. Michelle established this withough committing the info-dump writing sin. There are enough elements of a futuristic setting to be appreciated, but not so out there that it's distracting.
In this series, vampires were genetically engineered by humans. As with any toy, humans tired of the vamps, and decided to wipe them out. The vampires, called Sanguinas or scions, rebelled and started hunting the humans. But over the years, the humans' blood became poisonous, and the scions had to go into hiding.
The Sanguinas actually created the werewolves, called Lupredas, to hunt for them and to play part in their ancient rituals. Over time, the Lupredas and the Sanguinas became mortal enemies. This part reminded me of Underworld. In this book, the Lupredas play a minor role, although Landon, a Lupreda, is a sometimes ally to Jachin.
There is a bit of inter-breed politics related to Jachin's being ousted from the Sanguinas, and the prophecy that Ariel unwittingly reveals in her book that she wrote about vampires as a sort of therapy. Hearing that Ariel wrote this book about the prophecy is the impetus that causes Jachin to kidnap her to take her back to the Sanguinas leader as his mate to fulfill the prophecy. They are on the run from Sanguinas who want to get her there first, and also from human vampire hunters, called Garroters. The politics part is good for fans of the vampire society type storylines prominent in movies like Blade, the tv show, Kindred: The Embrace, and the Underworld films. But it doesn't drag the storyline down, as this book stays pretty action and romance-oriented.
Which brings me to the romance. You feel the heat between Jachin and Ariel build over time, but in a compelling way, practically from their first scene together. This book has some steamy love scenes that have you turning the pages, but all the interactions between Jachin and Ariel help to show the connection and the chemistry between the pair. It's not long before you're hope that Ariel will start to see Jachin in a different light, and that Jachin will realize that she belongs with him instead of Braeden.
I don't want to give that much away, so I won't prolong this review, but I definitely want to say that book left me completely satisfied. It has great romance, sexy and fiery love scenes, awesome action, and fantastic, creative worldbuilding. I'm definitely a new fan of Patrice Michelle, and I can't wait to read the next books in the series. I'm excited to see if she wrote stories for Mira, Jachin's sweet sister, and Landon. Thanks to my sister for recommending this book. She is very particular about books, so I pay attention when she really likes one (and she's the one that got me into paranormals, which I owe my eternal gratitude to her for doing). I'm glad I did read this book. And I am happy that I found another Silhouette Nocturne that I really, really liked. This might be my second favorite (Enemy Lover by Bonnie Vanak is my all time favorite although this book has better action scenes).
I'd give this book 4.5/5.0 stars. Check it out if you're a fan of paranormal romance!
**spoiler alert** This one was way over the top for me. Too much in one book. Let's list off the eye-raising events:
1)Hero is marrying a lesbian (in t...more**spoiler alert** This one was way over the top for me. Too much in one book. Let's list off the eye-raising events:
1)Hero is marrying a lesbian (in the closet but is doing a very poor job of hiding her sexual orientation) who is clearly having an affair with her physical therapist, but he is clueless about it.
2)So he marries the in the closet lesbian (even though he clearly has feelings for his wedding planner the heroine), who runs off with her lover on their wedding day.
3)He then sleeps with the heroine on his wedding night while he is still married to the closet lesbian who ran off on him with her lover who was her physical therapist
4)They decide to wait until their oldest child is five years old to finally get married.
Maybe I'm too conservative for a storyline like this. I'm not here to judge anyone's lifestyles, but this is not really what I'm looking for in a category romance. I could have handled one or two of these aspects in the plot, but not all of them on top of each other. Miranda Lee loves to push the envelope in the Harlequin Presentsland. I think she pushed it a little too much in this one for me. (less)
I read the MaryJanice Davidson story and maybe the Alice Gaines story. Neither had anal in it, so I was okay. I loved the MaryJanice Davidson story, "...moreI read the MaryJanice Davidson story and maybe the Alice Gaines story. Neither had anal in it, so I was okay. I loved the MaryJanice Davidson story, "Love's Prisoner." It has forced seduction in it, so it's not everyone's cup of tea. The hero is the alpha of the Wyndham pack, Michael. He gets trapped in an elevator with a woman who is ovulating, and it's near a full moon. He cannot resist the urge to mate with her. It was the first story I read with this theme and I was blown away. He felt bad about what he did, but biological urges took over. A month or so later, he tracks down this woman who is his mate, and she's pregnant, so he kidnaps her to go live with the pack. From there it gets even less PC as he makes her go naked until she submits. There's another forced encounter because as alpha, Michael has to show dominance or lose the respect of the pack. He felt awful and she felt awful, and she stops eating. Michael comes to realize that he has to make sure his mate's emotional needs are met. Even with the questionable events, I still enjoyed this story. It was very well done, and it showed the animal nature of werewolves, which often overrides human feelings, although Michael comes to realize that his very human mate needs tenderness and understanding. I'd like to get a copy of this one, one day.(less)
This is a book that would probably not get published today because of the un-PC content. There is a (in my opinion) fairly violent rape scene, because...moreThis is a book that would probably not get published today because of the un-PC content. There is a (in my opinion) fairly violent rape scene, because the heroine was being flirty and the hero didn't like it, and because he thinks she is a spy for her native French countrymen, which are his enemies. I cringe when I think about it.
I enjoyed this book as a fiction book because it's really a great adventure book, and it really immerses you in the history of that time. It's been so long since I read it, so I'm not sure it's a great romance, from what I remember. I think it's more of a saga in which you see a spoiled young woman go through some really tough circumstances and mature into a woman who can take care of herself, no matter what life throws at her. Because I love reading about different parts of the world in a fiction setting, this book also found favor with its vivid descriptions of traveling/living aboard ship and on the various Caribbean islands. The villain (who is the heroine's stepbrother and is completely lusting after her the whole book) was memorable and I felt a little sympathy for him in some parts, although at the same time he deserved what he got.
I don't think I liked the hero very much (probably because of his actions toward the heroine), and the fact that they spend a good amount of time apart.
So I give this a higher rating because it was a very interesting historical book. The romance wasn't the highlight in this one.(less)
This was a book my sister shoved at me and told me to read. Boy am I glad she did. This was a really awesome book. Grace is not just a little plump. S...moreThis was a book my sister shoved at me and told me to read. Boy am I glad she did. This was a really awesome book. Grace is not just a little plump. She's a big girl, and once Noah actually starts looking at her, he likes everything he sees. The love scenes were very hot, the hottest I think I had read at that time. I don't tend to find too many of the very erotic type romances as romantic, but this one was. More on the modern romance side, where it's not so much "We're married" at the end of the book, but "I think I want to marry you. Here's a ring." Although there is a good epilogue that put me at ease.
Noah was quite the forceful, demanding-type lover, but Grace seemed to enjoy that aspect of him. She was a virgin, but was definitely going to educate her in the joys of making love. It was funny that he really let himself go after he had gotten betrayed and closed the door of his life on his ex-fiance. At first I was worried that he was just using Grace as a solace from his heart, but it was very clear how fast he came to fall in love with her. Grace had loved him so long, that she really had no resistance to him. It was fortunate that at heart, Noah was a good guy and wouldn't take her heart and step on it.
This book is a good reminder to the larger women out there that there is a man for you, who will find you as irresistible as an hot fudge sundae. Just don't give up on him.(less)
This collection has some really weird stories in it. The weirdest and most disturbing one is a story called The Throwing Suit. I don't remember the au...moreThis collection has some really weird stories in it. The weirdest and most disturbing one is a story called The Throwing Suit. I don't remember the author's name. The unlucky protagonist is offered a goodly sum of money to spend the night in a haunted place and to wear a suit that is found therein. The suit is cursed and haunted. Gosh, that story gave me the weebies. I don't really remember the stories that well, but I do remember the sense of unease reading these stories gave me.(less)
I don't know quite what to say about this book. I read it years ago when I read just about every book I got my hands on. I probably wouldn't read it t...moreI don't know quite what to say about this book. I read it years ago when I read just about every book I got my hands on. I probably wouldn't read it today because of how cruel the people are in this book.
I certainly don't think Sean is a model hero. He's a very angry, obsessed, bedeviled man and did some awful things to the heroine because of it.
I'm a bit of a sexist. I think men should fight their wars and leave women and children out of it, unless the women are warriors too. If they are civilians, I think only a coward would hurt them. Well the hero and Catherine (the heroine)'s father don't subscribe to this point of view.
It was an ugly situation and a lot of wrong things were done. Having said that, it was a very well-written book, if you could stomach it. I remember not being able to put it down. Let me say that I started reading historical romances for the history and the adventure. I was twelve and I didn't care about the mushy stuff. I think I read this when I was fourteen. This book is from the heydey of the bodice ripper era where all bets were off as far as what a hero could do to a heroine. I remember being pretty wide-eyed when I read this book. Nowadays I care about the love relationship and the history and the adventure. My tastes have changed where I have ideas about what I will tolerate in a hero and a heroine, and what they do and my feelings about it depend highly upon the execution and how their behavior is dealt with.
I wouldn't judge anyone who wanted to read it, and I certainly wouldn't judge a person who didn't want to read it. But I'd say if you have heard lots of things about it, but are not sure what to think, you can read it for yourself and make up your own mind. But go into this book prepared. It's very, very dark!(less)
Kiernan can write, no question about it. She is excellent at painting a surreal picture ripe with menace. This collection of stories was beautiful yet...moreKiernan can write, no question about it. She is excellent at painting a surreal picture ripe with menace. This collection of stories was beautiful yet keenly disturbing. Reading it is like that feeling when you know someone is right behind you but they haven't announced themselves yet. The longer the feeling lasts, the worse it feels. Dancy is a very unusual protagonist, one I grew quite fond of. I'm not sure she's completely sane, but the things she's faced, who can blame her. Take a plunge into the frightening worlds that Kiernan has created, but I'd read it during the daytime if I were you.(less)