poor z! my heart really goes out to this guy. even in the other two books, he came with all these warning...moreso far, my definite favourite of the series.
poor z! my heart really goes out to this guy. even in the other two books, he came with all these warnings that he was dangerous. but mostly he seemed so unstable, angry and hurt, and just wanted to make everyone else as miserable as he was. even still, I did not like how no one gave him a chance, and everyone assumed he was the one who had done awful things to innocent civilians. like no one asked... they just assumed the worst of him... and he let them think it.
needless to say there's a lot of emotional baggage in this story, but we finally see z with well deserved happily ever after.
and everything that happens inbetween... omg! an emotional upheaval!
an intricate war between the lessers and the brotherhood is beginning to build further and further with each book and I'm so excited to keep reading!(less)
good... but the grammar drove me bonkers! so many mistakes and run on sentences!
on the plus side... lots of drama and angst. family drama and then dra...moregood... but the grammar drove me bonkers! so many mistakes and run on sentences!
on the plus side... lots of drama and angst. family drama and then drama between a very explosive pair of lovebirds.
in all honesty, I found the drama and angst between the couple sort of confusing, or like it was written with mixed messages. I think that area of the story could be fleshed out a little to make it better. it felt, at some points, hurried and rushed. at other times it felt like it was just added because some kind of conflict needed to come between these two. and there was this whole she wants rule a certain way, and when it seems like he is that way, she wants him to be the old rule... confusing. I didn't quite understand what was suppose to be happening really... like where the upset was coming from... because it was written all over the map.
but other than that, great attempt at a first novel. the characters and storyline were compelling enough for me to overlook the seriously grave errors.(less)
It's been a long while since I've read a Young Adult novel that pulled me in like this one did. And I use the term "y...moreHoly Moses and His Burning Bush!
It's been a long while since I've read a Young Adult novel that pulled me in like this one did. And I use the term "young adult" very tentatively here... While the storyline is a very "coming of age" type story, and the leading lady, Cam, is just an iddy biddy 20 years old and our leading man, Andrew, is five years her senior, there are some serious smoldering scenes in here.
The cover was what really caught my attention, but it was the reviews that really riveted me. No joke - all those epic reviews about how awesome this story is? They're basically true.
This is a fantastic journey of a story with a rollercoaster ride ending.
I agree that the beginning felt slow and sort of dragged on. And definitely in comparison to the ending, which is a sudden, TOTALLY OUT OF NOWHERE EMOTIONAL BOMB, the beginning is really slow. But you can forgive that because it gives a better insight into why Cam is on this journey in the first place.
It's the middle chunk of the story that's going to leave you falling madly in love with these characters as madly as they fall in love with each other. That's the part that counts. Oh... and I suppose THE SUDDEN TOTALLY OUT OF NOWHERE EMOTIONAL BOMB of an ending counts for something too... But it's so QUICK. So SUDDEN. I feel that it's over before it even had a chance to really spin into TOTAL AND UTTER DEVESTATING DEVESTATION. Which it could have. I felt there was a lot of potential for that ending to really grow into something even better and it didn't. Instead this sudden totally out of nowhere emotional bomb just falls from the sky, explodes, and then... And then... the book is over.
Don't let that stop you though!
Let's get back to that middle bit.
Naturally we've all at one point in our lives felt fed up, unsure of what next step to take and that's where Cam is in her life when we meet her. She's just been through some crazy times and a fight with her best friend is the icing on the cake. So naturally, like we've all at some point in our lives dreamed about, Cam hops on a bus with no specific destination in mind and decides to see where this bus will take her. There she meets Andrew, who is also going through some life turbulence, and together they embark on an epic roadtrip.
The rest is something you're just going to have to read about. But it's good. It's really good. Andrew is perhaps a bit of an over zealous, too good to be true kind of guy, but he's sweet and he likes Cam. Really likes her. And Cam is young, niave and innocent... but hey. It's a coming of age story so all those things are allowed. There's also some "fluff", some super cute fluff that a lot of young girls probably fantasize about, but then there's a lot of ANGST. And I really love angst.
And now for what I didn't like... which isn't much... but it's enough to irk me. Unfortunately I can't properly describe my annoyance without spoiling anything... SO SPOILER ALERT.
(view spoiler)[ My first annoyance was that Camryn's depressed, which is why she feels the need to take this bus ride. But it isn't the fact that she's depressed that annoys me, it's because WHY she's depressed. Camryn has been dealt a serious hand of cards. Her first boyfriend is killed in a car accident, her second boyfriend wasn't nice to her, her brother gets himself in jail somehow, and her parents have recently divorced. Like, woah. Can anything else happen to you? That's a lot... and it kind of felt like the author was just trying to give Cam a reason to be depressed. Like, a lot of reasons. She can't be depressed just because she's young and unsure of what she wants in life (WHICH IS ACTUALLY A HUGE DEAL AND DEPRESSES MANY YOUNG PEOPLE), she has to be depressed because of reason xyz... And that made it seem a little unbelievable.
And speaking of unbelievable...
The end was SO sudden and so TOTALLY OUT OF NOWHERE that it felt unbelievable. And not unbelievable as in shock or surprise, but unbelievable as in NOT EVEN REALISTIC. How about some devestating head aches, or random black outs or SOMETHING to allude to the fact that Andrew is seriously ill. Instead Andrew has these totally random flashbacks with some omnious person named Masters... No joke - I thought this Masters person was some dectective hired to find Camryn and that the big surprise ending that everyone was raving about was that Andrew knew about Camryn all along and he was just required to bring her home. Nope. Masters is actually Doctor Masters and Andrew has a serious brain tumour that he's known about for 8 months. Yet NOTHING happens to him - no headaches, no blackouts, no convulsions, no anything, HE DOESN'T EVEN TAKE MEDICINE - while he road trips with Camryn, but as soon as he's home he falls to the floor in a seizure. I'm sorry, but real life doesn't happen that way. I see the intent - hell - I fell for the intent. I WAS SO SURPRISED AND SHOCKED. But, like I said, real life doesn't happen that way. There should've been some sort of small ailment that Andrew suffered, and he didn't, and therefore it just had no believability.
Furthermore the epilogue goes against EVERYTHING this whole entire book is about. Camryn and Andrew's dream is to not be like everyone else. They want to be different, they don't want to conform to what society tells them they "should" do. They want to travel the world, work odd jobs here and there and then move on to their next adventure in some place new. AWESOME IDEA! I think a lot more young people need to do that, and I think a lot of young people are pressured into the next step... which is graduate highschool, graduate university, get a "real" job, get married, buy the house and have 2 point 4 kids. So throughout this book I'm totally UNDERSTANDING Cam and Andrew and I applaud their idea to be different. But you know what happens? Andrew survives his brain tumour and Cam ends up pregnant. Great. Let's see you travel the world with a baby. I just found it really disappointing. I'm glad Andrew survives - that's great news - but now I feel like they've just conformed to society in the worst way. Because Cam's 20 years old, pregnant, and they end up in Texas, of all states! And this might be rather bold statement, but I have a strong suspicion that settling down at 20 is incredibly common in Texas... Just sayin' (hide spoiler)]
So overall... an incredible WOW of a book. But I'm only giving it four stars because the reasons listed in the spoiler.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
It took me a long time to be "okay" with putting this on my Goodreads account. Because when I first read it, back in February '12, it was my initial '...moreIt took me a long time to be "okay" with putting this on my Goodreads account. Because when I first read it, back in February '12, it was my initial 'foray' into erotic based romance and I wanted my goodreads account to be 'clean' and 'respectable'.
But then the whole 50 Shades of Grey phenomenon happened, and erotic romances suddenly became less taboo to talk about. And then I started to read other romance novels that had a lot of descriptive, adult sexy time and I put those on my goodreads account...
So why not this? Because this is definitely in my top 5 for 2012. In fact, it's probably one of my favourites of all freaking time.
It's THAT good.
Admittedly though, it has a lot of attractions that lured me in: boys with tattoos being one of them. And boys who appreciate hard rock and heavy metal being a second. Both of which take me back to my early 20's (which is how old the heroine, Canadace, is) when I had many friends who were heavily interested in tattoos and hardcore music, and I was care free and partied more and went to more crazy concerts.
I can even relate, to a certain extent, to some of the apprehension that Candace must've felt for falling for a guy like Brian, who is so far off Candace's lily white radar. And I can definitely relate to how Candace feels pulled in to the mystery and allure Brian presents.
But asides from me taking a trip down memory lane, this book is much more than that.
The DRAMA. The ANGST. And the sexy time! Oh my goodness!
There were at times when I felt the backlash from Candace's family a little too much. Like... Candace's mother is crazy. Her brother is crazy. And they're all, Candace's friend Macy included, so pitifully closed minded.
I mean, for instance, a bride kicks out her bridesmaid days before the wedding because the bridesmaid gets a tattoo that everyone will see. Seriously? Tattoos, piercings are that taboo? Really?
And that's hard for me to wrap my mind around because I haven't grown up in a society where it's normal to segregate, especially have prejudjce towards an individual who bears many tattoos and a couple of 'out there' piercings. So when Candace family goes all kinds of balls to wall angry because they find out she's dating Brian it's borderline disbelieving.
However... like I said... the DRAMA. The ANGST. The sexy, sexy, sexy time! Wow.
It makes for one incredible coming together story. And a big plus in Cherri Lynn's favour... it's WELL WRITTEN. There aren't any spelling mistakes or horrible grammar or gaping plot holes... it's just really well done.
It's good. It's really, really good. I don't know how many times I've re-read it this year. When I feel like some drama and some sexy men who know how to please a woman I turn to this.
So no more hiding this 'guilty pleasure' of mine, because it's really, really good. I feel I have put some novels on my goodreads that probably had just as much sexy time and also weren't half as good as Rock Me, so I shouldn't hide this one anymore because it's a true gem.
Just read it and find out.
I also finished the sequel (of sorts, but not really) "Leave Me Breathless"... *fans herself* ... so I'll probably put that on here too after I read it a few more times. (less)
At first I wasn't excited about reading this book. I wasn't excited about the carryover of Corinne simply because I didn't appreciate the Brock and Je...moreAt first I wasn't excited about reading this book. I wasn't excited about the carryover of Corinne simply because I didn't appreciate the Brock and Jenna story as much. I thought that was weak and jenna was a character carried over so I had low expectations. I was also concerned because Hunter has such a messed up past and Corinne has such a messed up past that I didn't think it would end well or be believable. Before reading, the idea of them together didn't bode well for me.
But boy was I wrong!
Since first meeting Hunter he has been a character that has intrigued me greatly. By how he talks, by how he interacts with his fellow brethern. He's interesting. I was excited to learn more about him and his past. I thought he was exceptionally sweet and tender with Corinne and he really melted my heart.
Even Corinne was something! I thought for sure she would have a hard time adjusting to a new reality, a new era, a different way of life. And I also thought she'd be "incredibly woe is me, I've been through so much that I don't know how to respond rationally." But for all intents and purposes, Corinne was really well done. I liked her. Next to Alex, Corinne might be my favourite breedmate. I thought her initial reaction to finding what she was looking for was a little crazy (like everything would just be normal and he knew who she was?!), but I can let that go.
I would go so far to say that Deeper Than Midnight is probably my favourite midnight breed novel. What really stood out to me was how even though it was Corinne's and Hunter's story, it was delicately interwoven with the beginning of Chase's story, insight to how Lucan is handling everything that's been happening, and of course we get a better understanding of the web of destruction that Dragos continues to spin. Plus we also finally meet Tess and Dantes baby! I feel like they've been preggers forever. so overall it touches on a lot of characters and a much bigger, underlying plotline that I feel others before this have previously lacked.(less)
Truth be known that I didn't read this book twice in the same week simply because I didn't have the time. Had I had the time though? I would have read...moreTruth be known that I didn't read this book twice in the same week simply because I didn't have the time. Had I had the time though? I would have read it twice! It's THAT good.
There wasn't anything I didn't like about this. I thought the location was perfect, especially because we're nearing winter right now so it made it seem extra cozy and special. I thought the characters were SUPERB! Excellent dialogue, excellent banter, BELIEVABLE. The hero and heroine were super cute but also totally real. Their flirting was super sweet. It was funny!
The whole thing is just really awesome from start to finish. And even kind of inspiring... It makes you think you've only got this one chance... might as grab life by the balls and make the most out of it.
I think that was a filler story... just biding time for the ultimate dragos invasion that I wish would just hurry up and happen already.
here we have m...moreI think that was a filler story... just biding time for the ultimate dragos invasion that I wish would just hurry up and happen already.
here we have more insight to Jenna who we met in Shades of Midnight. I didn't mind that she was "carried over" from another story, only because its a different formula for the author. plus she survived an ancient attack! we wanna know how or why he spared Jenna when the ancient is such a ruthless character.
unfortunately, we're left with more questions than answers. will we ever know? probably not.
Brock was the one good thing in this. he was kind and considerate, sweet and tender. I liked Brock!(less)
I thought this was one of the better ones. Personally I would love to see Alaska, and the wildlife and lifestyle out there intrigue me, so I really en...moreI thought this was one of the better ones. Personally I would love to see Alaska, and the wildlife and lifestyle out there intrigue me, so I really enjoyed the location and setting.
I thought Kade and Alex made a great couple, and unlike some, I found their chemistry believable.
I read books 1 through 5 in pretty short succession, and after number 3, they were all starting to sound the same. After number 5, I took a long break and didn't read number 6 until recently. initially I had a hard time getting into ashes of midnight, but eventually, it started to 'heat up' and now we're finally getting somewhere with a much deeper involved plot and different characters with more dimensions.
Perhaps its because of the break I took, but I enjoyed the plot a lot more in shades of midnight than I have in the last books. The Dragos web is really starting to spin and spread wider, and our cast of characters are becoming more complex.(less)