S. E. Gilchrist - Awakening the Warriors – Story set in the Legend Beyond the Stars Universe
This is a short story – both in length and time elapsed wi...moreS. E. Gilchrist - Awakening the Warriors – Story set in the Legend Beyond the Stars Universe
This is a short story – both in length and time elapsed within the story line. There really isn’t any time to develop a relationship between the heroine and the two warriors who are the heroes. Maybe the Darkon race have one of those “oh yeah, that’s the one!” buttons but the heroine figures she’s just available – sort of a hook-up on the fly. We don’t know, it’s pretty much never discussed.
The story starts with our heroine stuck in a cell with a bunch of other, mostly non-human, females who are assuming they are in for a Bad End. Down the hall are several Darkon warriors the guards have been having a great time beating on. Some of the females tell her that sex can change these guys into supercharged warriors who can get them all out of there. Then they all look at her…
So she’s the one who sneaks out of the cell and into the one holding the Darkon. One of the three has succumbed to his injuries and the other two are pretty much beaten to a pulp. You can pretty much figure out what happens next – sex, escape, sex, rescue, etc. After the escape she keeps trying to leave – after all, they’re not really interested in her, right? Especially when she figures out that the two heroes are more than friends.
So she sneaks off – jumping into yet another dangerous situation and being rescued yet again. And finally they have a little talk…
It was an okay read-once, but I plan to check out Legend Beyond the Stars and see what the author can do with a full novel.
Copy received from Netgalley and publisher for an honest review.
Can you imagine Lord Peter Wimsey as a Regency gentleman? That’s our hero, Sir Hilary St. John. And like Lord Peter, his love is in the dock for murde...moreCan you imagine Lord Peter Wimsey as a Regency gentleman? That’s our hero, Sir Hilary St. John. And like Lord Peter, his love is in the dock for murder. Unlike Dorothy Sayers’ Strong Poison, however, Hilary and Eleanor are already lovers when this happens and he’s desperate to save her from the charges leveled against her.
The heroine is Eleanor Enderby, a woman on the run from a very bad marriage. She really doesn’t plan on having anything to do with a man ever again, unless it’s to force her horrible husband to just let her go. But there’s this attraction to Sir Hilary…
Eleanor is a strong woman, she has to be to escape her husband’s clutches, to move past the mental and physical abuses of her past, and to embrace a future she chooses. And that’s before the public character assassination in the scandal press and the framed for murder part.
Hil is determined to live up to no one’s expectations but his own. He is the despair of the marriageable ladies because he finds them foolish beyond reason. Then he meets Eleanor who he finds to be witty, courageous, and not at all foolish. But marriage is out of the question, quite impossible in fact, so an affair is in the cards.
Like any good Regency novel it brims with repartee which complements the ins and outs of the mystery. This is the third book in the series and it is obvious that several characters were introduced in earlier books. I haven’t read the first two (although I went and bought them when I finished this one) and didn’t experience any difficulty so I’d say it works as a stand-alone as well as part of a series.
The Saint’s Devils series The Devil's Thief (The Saint’s Devils, #1) Tempting a Devil (The Saint’s Devils, #2) Devil In My Arms (The Saint's Devils, #3)
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Menage on 34th Street. Sounds like it should be a light, sexy romp, doesn’t it? It’s not. Well, it IS sexy – pretty much steam-off-the-wallpaper sexy....moreMenage on 34th Street. Sounds like it should be a light, sexy romp, doesn’t it? It’s not. Well, it IS sexy – pretty much steam-off-the-wallpaper sexy. What it isn’t, is light. It takes a long, hard look at what being in a committed ménage, especially one that contains one or more partners in the public eye, means.
The story starts with Kat and Liam, who have been married for ten years but have pursued occasional threesomes with other men. Hunter, the man they were both in love with before he left them, is home on leave from the Marines. They want a permanent third and they want him to be it.
Liam lies to get Hunter to come over, only to discover the luscious Kat arrayed in sexy lingerie and all too willing to go to her knees. What he feels for her, and even more what he feels for Liam, scares the hell out of him. Like any good Marine he trots out aggression to deal with the fear – and they welcome him anyway. Cue the steam-off-the-wallpaper sex. [If male/male interaction isn’t for you, avoid this book.]
There’s a lot of relationship driven plot so there IS a lot of talking. Bad things from the past come out that test Kat and Liam’s relationship but mostly the problems are due to Hunter’s past and present. The present problem is Hunter is a career marine – to him that’s what he wants and that’s what he is. And the Marines don’t recognize anything like triad arrangements; to them it is simply adultery and could get him anywhere from passed over for promotions to actually dishonorably discharged. Then there’s the problem of him having no control over where he is posted, when he is deployed, and they can’t even be informed if he is injured or killed since they won’t be ‘family’.
Essentially this is a ‘happy for now’ book. The future holds many questions that only time will answer… and fortunately the publisher and authors agree. According to the editorial note: “we’ll be releasing [Emily Ryan-Davis’] solo sequel to Ménage on 34th Street in 2014, where we’ll get a chance to experience the highs and lows of really making a triad relationship work—both inside and outside the bedroom.” I’m looking forward to it!
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There are some familiar tropes here. There’s ‘rescued from the end of the world’, ‘repopulate a foreign planet...moreSavannah Stuart - Claiming Her Warriors
There are some familiar tropes here. There’s ‘rescued from the end of the world’, ‘repopulate a foreign planet with hunky hero(es)’, and ‘you have to marry two guys, it’s the way we do things around here.’ That’s okay, I generally enjoy those and the author managed to handle them well. I must admit I was hoping for some action [other than the kind involving horizontal and vertical surfaces] but this plot is mostly relationship driven.
The heroes, Hauk and Aeron, are the warriors mentioned in the title. They are brothers and both are tall, intimidating, and protective but moderately clueless about women [even though they had been married before.] I thought the heroine, Brianna, was bit of a wimp for someone who had been dealing with the end of life as she knew it just recently. She apparently has spent a great deal of time before the story opens waffling about the being with two guys part; although she is really into one of them she feels she doesn’t know the other. She finally decides to remedy that and get into the spirit of things when suddenly Aeron, guy number one, has an outbreak of jealousy sending her off into the night. Where someone attacks her. The story continues while resolving the ongoing issues.
It’s a short read, more glorified short story than novella. The author does a pretty good job of reaching the HEA within that framework. I would read more of her work.
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I’m not sure how the author manages to produce consistently funny stories while dealing with serious issues like mass murder, torture, the end of the...moreI’m not sure how the author manages to produce consistently funny stories while dealing with serious issues like mass murder, torture, the end of the world and correct spelling of Mayan names but she does. I love the multiple viewpoints and frequently snarky dialogue!
This is book 4 of the series and I really can’t suggest starting here. Well, you could – the author does a fairly good job of giving you the basics of the backstory – but I can’t recommend it. There is WAY too much backstory to absorb; including the ins and outs of the various characters and how the plot has developed to the opening of this book. So back up to Accidentally in Love with...a God? and hop on the rollercoaster…
This series deals with the Mayan pantheon which is both a plus and a minus. The plus is it’s not peopled with the same Greco-Roman gods/goddesses/myths you learned about in seventh grade; the minus is the names are mentally tongue-twisting and the ‘specialties’ of the various gods are probably not familiar to the reader and frequently seem weird. For example: a major player in the story is Ixtab who we find out is the goddess of suicide. My contemporary, western sensibilities immediately kicked in with ‘Say what? Suicide needs its own goddess?’ And then there’s the whole who is related to whom issue in a ‘family’ group that puts the ‘dys’ in dysfunctional.
Like the other books in the series the immediate storyline is nicely tied up but the last page contains the requisite ‘oh my god’ teaser…
Needless to say I will be continuing this series.
The Accidentally Yours Series: BOOK 1: Accidentally in Love with...a God? BOOK 2: Accidentally Married to...a Vampire? BOOK 3: Sun God Seeks...Surrogate? BOOK 3.5: Accidentally...Evil? (a Novella) BOOK 4: Vampires Need Not...Apply?
Erica Hayes - Demon Chained (The Shadowfae Chronicles, #5)
“[The hero] is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that...[He] is as dead...moreErica Hayes - Demon Chained (The Shadowfae Chronicles, #5)
“[The hero] is dead, to begin with. There is no doubt whatever about that...[He] is as dead as a door-nail.” No, the hero of this book is not named Marley or Scrooge. He is also not a sparkling vampire, drifting ghost, or even the polished up output of a mortuary. He is, in his own words, a re-animated psycho bent of revenge.
The book is gritty, frequently painfully, even disgustingly so. For example, when Tam is discussing his murder: “Vertebrae pop as I twist my neck to show him the hole, black and sticky with rot beneath my long hair.” The fact that the author writes well, even extremely well, brings the fetid sights and smells into vivid living [or would that be dying?] color. And that didn’t work for me – I’m touch squeamish about the whole zombie thing. Although the author does warn readers about the ‘erotic horror’ element up front.
The storyline was interesting enough – can a zombie and a djinni find love amidst the ruins? All while gaining revenge, escaping from demons, and dealing with various personal crises and inter-personal issues? And that’s without the further complications of half-mad Gaivin who’s obsessed with our hero Tam…
Jewel is both tough and feisty, she has the Xena in a brass lamp vibe. She knows what she wants [freedom and Tam, our zombie hero] and is ticked when he resists. Not the he WANTS to resist, really, but figures she can’t be honestly interested in him what with the whole rotting bits issue. Plus he’s trying to save her, most especially from himself and his demon master who has ordered him to fetch her.
Sexwise this contains some male/male contact [although not as much as one of the characters would like] plus the sexual antics of the hero and heroine.
This is book 5 in the Shadowfae series. I have not read any of the previous ones and Demon Chained didn’t produce any urges to do so. On the other hand, it was really well-written so I might try something by the author outside of this series.
I’m not sure I get the whole concept of ‘erotic horror’ although lots of people do. If you’re one of them, go for it. If not, try another book.
The Shadowfae Chronicles series: Shadowfae (The Shadowfae Chronicles, #1) Shadowglass (The Shadowfae Chronicles, #2) Poison Kissed (Shadowfae Chronicles, #3) Blood Cursed (Shadowfae Chronicles, #4) Demon Chained (The Shadowfae Chronicles, #5)