The Others have been outed and as predicted, the humans aren't taking the existence of witches, vampires, werewolves and were-anything very well. Ther...moreThe Others have been outed and as predicted, the humans aren't taking the existence of witches, vampires, werewolves and were-anything very well. There are riots going on in New York City and Abby Baker is stuck in the middle. She's busy cowering behind a bunch of cars when a group of thugs start beating up a teenage Other. When the Other gets knocked into her, the demon snatched his opportunity and possessed her. Well, not a demon, a fiend. Rule is a demon and he has nothing in common with Lou, the fiend who now lives inside Abby. Rule takes her to the Vircolac, the Other's Headquarters for protection where they discover that Lou has a deadly, world annihilating spell that could end the world if he and the spell fall into the wrong hands. His current position inside Abby puts her in grave danger and the Others are determined to protect her with or without her permission. With humans rioting and the fiends and demons in the middle of a war, Rule needs to be concentrating on protecting the Above world and the Below world, and doesn't need the distraction of Abby's cotton candy scent. A virtual prisoner within the Vircolac and stuck with the company of Lou, Abby demands Rule's attention. They fall in love during one of the most inopportune moments in history, but they are helpless to resist the attraction. Meanwhile, the fiends are making their move and Rule and the Others are scrambling for a way to save her but Abby and Lou have the knowledge that could destroy the world, and even if it means dying to protect it, sacrifices have to be made.
Rule and Abby were really cute together. Not a whole lot of angst in this one, which I appreciated and when Abby does descend into self pity, Tess is there to slap it right out of her. Tess is one of those girlfriend's who will always tell it to you straight and is always ready with a good, strong slap. Abby's ability to insinuate herself right into Rule's big, tough heart was so cute and I liked how Rule didn't fight back too hard. Rule's reactions to the misconceptions regarding demonology was really entertaining and Lou was one of the funniest, smarmiest character's I've read in a long time and I thought him one of the greatest self sacrificing characters, too. His and Abby's conversations were kind of the highlight for me in the book and when he would "blink out" I really missed his smart aleck wit.
The world building the Other's continues in a fun and interesting way and it's was always great to revisit characters. I can't wait to read more in the Other series and highly recommend this as an entertaining read.(less)
For months now, Regina's friends have been indulging in a sexual fantasy game they have dubbed "Fantasy Fix". They all have to put their most secret s...moreFor months now, Regina's friends have been indulging in a sexual fantasy game they have dubbed "Fantasy Fix". They all have to put their most secret sexual fantasies in a hat and after a fantasy is picked, the friends must do their best to find a guy who can fulfill it for them. After evading her turn for as long as possible, her friends cheerfully coerce her to join their game. Thinking to make her fantasies as difficult as possible to fulfill, she smugly lists her 5 choices. A date with an alien, Bigfoot, Elvis or a vampire. And for her fifth fantasy? Well, she's honest with herself for once so she writes down, to be bound, spanked, and dominated by a sexy, commanding brute. (That's right, it's always the quiet ones.) Since the penalty for being unable to fulfill her fantasy is a month of celibacy, her friends wrack their brains and remember the Vampire Ball. They cheerfully drag her to it dressed in skintight black leather pants, stiletto boots and a corset. She should fit right in with the other leather clad goths milling around the ball, but to Dmitri Vidame, she definitely stands out from the crowd. Dmitri was on the hunt for a rogue vampire when he caught sight of the beautiful Regina. Reading her thoughts, he was amused by her lively mind and sharp wit and using a little vampire persuasion, quickly led her out of the club and back to her apartment. Regina's friends thoughtfully supplied her with a bag full of "implements" that they thought might come in handy for her wild night on the town and Dmitri makes quick work of it's contents. Before Regina knows what's happening, she's naked and bound to her bed and he's looking at her as if she's a tempting feast. Misha has been alive for over eight hundred years and never has he been so tempted by a woman before. He has finally found that elusive mate and he means to keep her. He tries to slowly introduce her to the fact that he's an eight hundred year old vampire, but when an Other targets her, he's got no choice but to show her what he is and hope that she doesn't freak out too badly because he has no intention of letting her go.
At first, Misha seemed too calmly composed during their first wild romp. He employs a very strict and commanding persona with her for their first time and it was a little off putting, to me at least. He soon warms up though and when he produces some toys, I thought this was going to be a seriously kinky ride. Luckily, or unluckily, those toys were just for show and Misha gives Regina the hottest, steamiest, most orgasm inducing night of her life. What began as a one time fantasy fix for her, became something permanent for both of them. He gives her space during the day, but at night, he comes back for more and more. Misha can read her thoughts and when he's away from her, he enjoys touching her mind. There he learns of her ex fiance and when he finds him attacking her, he's instantly on alert. It seems Regina wasn't as unaware of the Others as she thought but since Misha is the head of the Council of Others, he's more than equipped to see to her safety.
After their first wild sexual encounter, the sex between Misha and Regina tones down a little and becomes much more tender and loving, while still being quite thrilling. There is one hot opera scene that I just moved up to the top of my own fantasy list. Think of the rise of opera tickets! Misha was sexy and commanding, and just a touch intimidating when he wanted to be. He was also surprisingly funny and had a great sense of humor. Regina was shy and quiet but she too had a great sense of humor and a nice solid backbone when the occasion called for it. Regina's friends are concerned about her sudden involvement with the gorgeous Misha and when they find out he's a vampire, they try and stage an intervention. This book was a funny mix of the comical and the sensuous and was filled with interesting world building by Christine Warren.(less)
Poor Kitty has just found out she's a werelion and the father she thought was dead, is alive and living in Las Vegas. Since he's the only one she know...morePoor Kitty has just found out she's a werelion and the father she thought was dead, is alive and living in Las Vegas. Since he's the only one she knows of who can help her with her new predatory instincts, she flys over from Tennessee to meet him. She is met at the airport by her first would be assassin who is scared off by Max Stuart, her father's heir apparent for the Red Rock Pride. One look at Max's yummy goodness and Kitty's ovaries sit up and take notice. He shows her around Las Vegas and soon it becomes pretty clear to both of them that there is something more than just a physical attraction between them. They are destined to be mates but unfortunately, Kitty's relatives all want her gone and the continued assassination attempts against her become almost commonplace. Max is determined to stick by her side and when Kitty is challenged for her right to be in the Pride, he's only too pleased to meet any threats head-on.
I really liked Walk on the Wild Side. It's much more attuned to it's animal side than any of the other, Other books, which made it interesting. Also the great Unveiling is rarely mentioned. This book was all about Kitty and Max and the Red Rock Pride and the titillating rituals of lion mating. They romp around and even mate once as their lion counterparts which I thought was weird and sexy at the same time. There is a lot of humor in this one and a lot of extremely painful encounters with greedy, ungrateful family members. Ugh, I don't think I've ever read such unabashedly greedy characters before. Kitty's relatives's attitudes were jaw droppingly over the top and if I was Kitty, I would have turned tail and ran. Max tries so hard to be a firm, aggressive male, which he is for the most part, but any time he got mad at Kitty I just wanted to swat him on the shoulder and go, awww. Kitty was feisty and sweet (love her name BTW) but her habit of saying "mamaw" and "papaw" was beyond annoying. *shudders*
There wasn't a whole lot of angst in this one, any resentment she was originally feeling towards her father melted away in lieu of the short time he had left and besides, she rationally concludes it's just not worth it. While it's too late to pick up as father and daughter, she can learn to like him but what she originally came out to Vegas for, she finds in Max. This was a short, sweet and sassy book and a nice addition to the Others series.(less)