I fell behind in this series. It's been at least a year, perhaps two, since I've read a Guild Hunters book. I admit I skipped Dimitri's book and wentI fell behind in this series. It's been at least a year, perhaps two, since I've read a Guild Hunters book. I admit I skipped Dimitri's book and went straight to this one (I have no desire to read a reincarnation story, esp one that features a vampire). I don't feel like I missed anything.
I do, however, feel like I wasn't as invested in the book because it had been so long since I'd read the previous books in the series. I had a hard time falling into the world. I'm not sure if that's a direct reflection of this book or the fact that my memory is hazy.
I've been intrigued by Jason from the beginning of the series. An angel spymaster? Yes, please. I expected him to be..darker? More tortured? Something. While I think Singh did a good job if giving us his backstory, I felt disconnected somehow. It was told in an almost clinical way. Instead of feeling the things he did, it was more like watching a film. There was a separation there I don't remember having with her previous characters.
I also found Mayhia to be a bit unrealistic. I would have understood her hope and compassion more if we'd seen some type of good influence in her life. As it was, she'd known nothing but pain, degradation and humiliation. How she managed to stay completely pure in that environment baffles me. Her "icy cold" persona was rather flimsy. Perhaps because we didn't see it so much as we were told about it.
Having said that, I did feel the romance was well done. I truly enjoyed watching them come together. I enjoyed the end quite a bit.
Brandon is the relatively new sheriff in town. When he discovers that there’s a new man in town and no one seems to know anything about him he goes abBrandon is the relatively new sheriff in town. When he discovers that there’s a new man in town and no one seems to know anything about him he goes about trying to get information. But from the get go I was curious as to his motivations. Yes, he needed to keep his town safe but there was the attraction that he felt toward this new man as well that had him butting into Finn’s business.
Brandon’s attempts at info are unsuccessful so he decides to go to the source. He pretty much badgers Finn until the man literally crumbles emotionally and tells him about how his previous boyfriend abused him. It’s horrifying and I felt so badly for Finn but instead of leaving Finn to deal with his personal demons Brandon is determined to keep him safe. He’s the Sheriff, I get that, but it was more than personal and Brandon was in love with Finn.
Finn was a broken man. He endured physical and emotional pain and anguish for 10 years until he finally got the nerve to leave. I understand that abuse victims get so beaten down that they don’t feel they’re worth anything to anyone so they stay with their abusers. I was so happy to see that Finn had finally broken away but the man just wanted to be left alone. But Brandon wouldn’t let him be. He kept at Finn and it made me a bit nuts. Brandon crowded Finn and took over at times like an alpha male and that was the last thing on earth that Finn needed. Sure Brandon felt bad about it afterwards but it didn’t stop him from doing it again and again. I can’t tell you how many times Finn told Brandon to just go away and leave him alone. Brandon started to seem more like a stalker to me than someone who was concerned about Finn’s well-being. And when Brandon declares his love? Oh holy crap, why? Not that Finn isn’t worthy but Brandon knew nothing about him as a person – nothing. How could he love someone he didn't even know?? Though there was an HEA it truly felt like a one-sided relationship to me (and even that I highly questioned) and that just doesn’t speak of romance in my book.
I’m sure this story was written with the intention of showing us that everyone needs and deserves love and that there’s someone out there for everyone but I just couldn’t drum up that feeling. As much as we’d like to believe it, loved does not conquer all.
Only in Regency England could a 26 year old woman be called a spinster and be considered "on the shelf" by those who managed England's marriage mart.Only in Regency England could a 26 year old woman be called a spinster and be considered "on the shelf" by those who managed England's marriage mart. Having had only one season and spent party after party gracing the wall as an invisible person, Prudence has made her choice to wear frumpy clothes that are too big for her, wear her gorgeous hair in a severe, uncomplimentary style, keep her attentions to herself and spend her days visiting museums and reading books of note. She is an orphan but the daughter of a baron, so Lady Prudence is certainly accepted in the ton even though she has chosen to remain invisible and hidden. She is now living in the home of her second cousin, the Countess whose step-son is now the present Earl. She enjoys the Countess and her other cousin Amanda, married to a viscount and mother of a beautiful son. Their summer journey to Bath has taken a surprising turn: Amanda has reason to return early to London, leaving Prudence and the Earl to return together several days later. It was the night that Amanda was gone, Pru was sleeping peacefully and, for the first time ever, sleeping nude because of the summer heat, when the Earl--several "sheets to the wind"--enters her chamber, disrobes completely, climbs naked into her bed, and makes love to her, thinking she is his mistress. Boy he really was drunk!! Now what is a spinster to do? Exactly what Pru decided to do: go along and make a memory. The upshot? Pru is no longer a virgin, and the Earl is "caught on the point of his own petard--he realizes his fateful error, knows what he has done to Pru, determines to do right by her, and is given the "set-down" of his life.
This is where the tongue-in-cheek kind of humor that I love in Regency romances comes to the fore. Kolton, Lord Ravensbrook, is not to be thwarted and he begins to see an intelligent, thinking, strong-minded, clear-headed, witty woman behind the dowdy gowns and awful hairdo. Never thinking love is necessary, he nevertheless begins to realize that he wants to be very good friends with this woman and that they can make a very good marriage together, so he sets about to seduce her in the only way he knows how: continuing to compromise her to the degree that she will agree to his suit. Their experience in his hunting cabin is simply delightful--the witticisms, the verbal sparring, the hot loving, her awareness that this is indeed the man about whom she has cherished a secret crush all these years, his growing awareness of her inner beauty and his determination to get her to see herself as she really is--all this and more make this a compelling read that will hold the interest of just about any historical romance fan.
Prudence is indeed a caterpiller who becomes a butterfly, and the amazement of the ton as they become aware that this incomparable beauty was right there under their noses from the first is wonderful to experience. But there is evil afoot and just when it appears that Pru and Kolton are home free--their life is just about to begin in the best way possible, danger and evil do their worst and a crisis intervenes in their happiness. While this may seem like a classic Regency and perhaps it is, yet there is the sense that one is not just re-reading an old formula and all will be well. Ms Cole teases this situation out in such a way that the reader absolutely must read on in order to resolve the crisis. And, indeed, it is resolved but in unexpected ways that keep the narrative and story fresh and interesting. I don't think historical romance readers will want to miss this book. It is one of those stories I was so pleased to have been given the chance to read. I think you will like it, too.
The blurb for this book sounded right up my alley - I love when the love interest is the friend of a sibling. Unfortunately, Another Chance was a DNFThe blurb for this book sounded right up my alley - I love when the love interest is the friend of a sibling. Unfortunately, Another Chance was a DNF for me.
I read the first 9 chapters and I just couldn't do it anymore. The writing was not to my taste. It was awkward in places and could have done with better editing. The characters and their actions were exaggerated. My interest in the main character's journey had not been engaged and so I thought I'd read the last couple of chapters to see if I was interested in seeing how the characters got to where they were (this is something I rarely do).
But the ending was not promising. The supposed hero/heroine were at odds with each other (even though the heroine was pregnant). I honestly believed that the heroine did not love the hero.
It's unfortunate that this book did not live up to its blurb. DNF