First, let me say that I really loved the first book in this series, The Iron Duke, so I've been looking forward to reading this one for quite some tiFirst, let me say that I really loved the first book in this series, The Iron Duke, so I've been looking forward to reading this one for quite some time. Alas, my love affair with Iron Seas is officially over. This was just...not good.
It started off all right, but as the novel wore on, the charm of the first book wore off. In the beginning everyone is out for vengeance!, or trying to start a rebellion!, or trying to avoid assassins!...'n stuff. At the end? Nothing happened. Talk about anti-climactic! It. Sucked. Ass. Even the bad guys turned out to be not very scary. I mean, the bodyguard to Whats-His-Name was supposed to be a super-duper bad ass, right? For the majority of the book, everyone is trying to stay out of her sights to avoid some kind of a horrible death. But even she turned out to be a big softy! You wanna know the worst part? She had mechanical hands that shot out like grappling hooks. Naturally, this meant I had the theme song from Inspector Gadget running in head for a week afterward. Go, Gadget! Go!
So. The plot was vague. The back stories for the characters were vague. The world building was vague. I kept hanging on in the high hopes that everything would somehow come together at the end, but it just didn't happen.
P.S. If you're hoping that the juicy romance will make up for what the plot lacks...think again. Weirdest. Couple. Ever....more
Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Here's the skinny on the story, but some of it may be considered spoilers, soooo... (view spoiler)[Heroine's father writDidn't love it, didn't hate it. Here's the skinny on the story, but some of it may be considered spoilers, soooo... (view spoiler)[Heroine's father writes a book on gay animals, and gets thrown in prison. His patron, the Duke of Something, gets him released in order to marry his daughter. Duke whats-his-name is a sex addict. Evidently, he likes whacking off to a portrait of his brother's mistress. Awwwww The young heroine decides he needs to stop jerking off. Problem solved! Duke's brother has a pregnant mistress who comes to the couple for help, because the brother keeps smacking her around. They take her in, and (lo and behold!) she turns out to be a lesbian....which ties in nicely with the Gay Animal Book. *Some other stuff happens* Then.... Duke beats the shit out of his brother, and lesbian girlfriend almost dies during childbirth. *Getting close to the end* Then... The heroine's parents take her back to Africa, because the duke is obviously a bad influence. Of course, the heroine thinks it's a vacation, and upon discovering her 'rents alternative motives writes an impassioned plea for he husband to come get her and take her home with him. Oh. And she sends him some rocks. He realizes he doesn't want to tickle his monkey without her, and everyone lives Happily Ever After! (hide spoiler)]
This book had its issues. No I love you from the hero, she gave up on her dreams of travel pretty quickly (although, to be honest, I had to agree withThis book had its issues. No I love you from the hero, she gave up on her dreams of travel pretty quickly (although, to be honest, I had to agree with Devil and her brother...waaaay too dangerous by herself), and I figured out the whodunit without breaking a sweat. Still, it was a thoroughly enjoyable romance between Honoria and Devil. It was just what I needed to pull me out of my slump! ...more
I loved the Jarett right away, but I didn't like Annabel...right away. It wasn't that I disliked her personality, but you find out pretty quickly thatI loved the Jarett right away, but I didn't like Annabel...right away. It wasn't that I disliked her personality, but you find out pretty quickly that she got knocked up when she was young, by her childhood sweetheart (who promptly went off to war and got himself killed). That wasn't why I didn't like her. To keep everyone from finding out about the pregnancy, she lets her brother and his wife raise her son as their own. Right away, my Mommy gene went into overload. Nooooooo! How could you let someone else have your baby?! Yeah, I know, not everyone is cut out to be a mother. Whatever. It's not what I want to read about in a romance novel. Disgusted, I put the book down and didn't even look at it for several days. Finally, my curiosity got the better of me (read: ran out of other books ), and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that this was a really good story. By the end of the book, I loved Annabel. She was spunky, smart, funny, and (ahem) a very good mother to her son. Sooooo, I was wrong (there's a first time for everything!). I'll admit it. I teared up at the end of the book. I never do that. Never (read: it's that time of the month I cry like a baby over everything). ...more
I'm not sure why I didn't like this book more. The premise is really good, but I found myself skimming quite a bit...especially toward the end. I woulI'm not sure why I didn't like this book more. The premise is really good, but I found myself skimming quite a bit...especially toward the end. I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it to anyone, but it's not a bad way to pass the time. ...more
Since these are short stories, I'm going to try to give a short individual review for each one.
The Last Prophecy - Jennie Andrus 4 Stars This one was aSince these are short stories, I'm going to try to give a short individual review for each one.
The Last Prophecy - Jennie Andrus 4 Stars This one was a pretty fun PNR/thriller. It's gets an extra star just because the sexy hero is also a shape-shifting moose! Who thinks up stuff like that? Evidently Jennie Andrus.
Ritual Love - Kate Davies 2.5 Stars Well, it was short. I don't know if it was so short that it didn't have enough time to develop any kind of relationship between the two characters, or if it's only saving grace was that it was mercifully short. I really couldn't understand how she could make such a huge decision to say with him (I should probably add that she went back in time to 592 AD) after only one night with the guy.
Babe In The Woods - Lorelei James 5 Stars This one was soooo good! I loved the chemistry between Becker and Lacy! I wasn't really expecting it to be as funny as it was, either. I had a stupid grin on my face the entire time I was reading. I may have even giggled out loud a few times. So far, this is my favorite, and I will definitely be checking out this author in the near future.
A Touch Of Magic - Cassandra Kane 3 Stars It's an ok sci-fi romance. Didn't love it, didn't hate it. I thought parts of it seemed kinda cheesy and forced. I think the actual plot could have been interesting if it hadn't been shoved into a short story.
A Warrior's Witch - Mackenzie McKade 4.5 Stars This one was really fun! It had witches, shape-shifters, an evil cousin, and some sexy men in kilts. What more could a girl ask for? My only complaint is that I would have liked to have seen a few things a teeny bit more resolved in the end. Maybe just an epilogue? Still, it was a great story!
Night Music - Charlene Teglia 3.5 Stars This one was a solid read, even if it was pretty predictable. I'm kind of vampired out, if you know what I mean, so this didn't hold too much attraction in that respect. It wasn't bad at all, though, and it had a cute little twist at the end.
Ok. Overall, I'd give this collection 4 stars. It's definitely worth the read!...more
I was really looking forward to reading this, so I was pretty surprised when I realized I didn't like it that much. I liked the whole 'survivor islandI was really looking forward to reading this, so I was pretty surprised when I realized I didn't like it that much. I liked the whole 'survivor island' thing, but not so much the rest of it. There were two main stories running at the same time, the vampire/amazon and the vampire-demon/nymph. My problem really isn't with the fact that there was more than one story, it's just that both of the couples seem to have the same theme going in their relationships. The woman is in total love and the man doesn't want anything to do with her. I'm just not into women begging men to be with them. I can't conceive of a way that that is sexy. Yeah, yeah, the one chick was an amazon who was determined to fight for her man, but still. Also, *sigh* and I can't believe I'm saying this, there was too much sex. Moisture was constantly pooling between someone's thighs, and the scent of arousal was always in the air. Everyone was aroused...for the entire book. Except me....more
I'm not really crazy about western/cowboy stuff, but this was pretty good! The epilogue at the end with their great-great granddaughter was a cute touI'm not really crazy about western/cowboy stuff, but this was pretty good! The epilogue at the end with their great-great granddaughter was a cute touch!...more
I was hoping for a fun bodice ripper, and this one had so many glowing reviews that I thought it wo2.5 stars
*Warning: Some spoilers may not be tagged*
I was hoping for a fun bodice ripper, and this one had so many glowing reviews that I thought it would be a good choice. Unfortunately, I didn't like the Simon or Juliana. In my opinion, the title could easily have been The Ass and the Idiot. And, really, if you don't like the characters, what are you left with? However. I finished this in one day, so the problems I had with the book had nothing to do with readability.
Trashy Romance novels are a guilty pleasure of mine, so I tend to overlook a lot of stuff that would normally get on my nerves. Which means, I don't deduct points for the theatrical love scenes or the campy dialogue. I mean, are there really guys out there who hiss through their clenched teeth when they're aroused? Sure, I've heard my husband hiss, but it was because one of the kids accidentally clocked him in the nuts with a toy. If he had hissed at me while we were dating, I don't think we'd be married right now, to be quite honest with you.
Like the majority of every romance novel, the hero and heroine have to overcome a multitude of obstacles in order to find their Happily Ever After. In this case, the obstacle is the hero's snobbery. Ok. I like the stories with the rigid hero and the carefree heroine. Usually, it's fun to watch them argue and clash. Not so much in this case. Simon thinks Juliana is below him, and Juliana wants to teach him a lesson. So far, so good! If she had teased and tortured him, this would have been a fun little story. But that's not what happened. Basically, she has the hots for him, so she (somehow) gets him to agree to this weirdo bet that made no sense. He has give her two weeks to prove to him that you can't live a life without passion. Da fuck? Keep in mind that he's a super-frigid Duke, who's all about duty, duty, duty. Why would he agree to this bet to start with? *sniff, sniff* Something smells sketchy... Again, I'm pretty lenient when it comes to the plot in romance novels, but you've gotta at least try to give me something quasi-reasonable. Anyway this bet, that he tries several times to get out of, consists of nothing more than Juliana stalking Simon, and making herself look desperate. Dare I say, cheap, as well? Look, I'm not slut-shaming, but she runs around throwing herself on a guy who repeatedly refuses to acknowledge that she's in any way worth his respect or affections. Which brings us to his fiancee. Did I forget to mention that he got engaged during this bet? Well, so did he. Although, to be fair to the guy, he told Juliana that he was planning to ask the girl to marry him before she issued her ridiculous challenge. And yet... At one point in the book, after a kiss that she initiated, he loses control and (with her permission) ravishes her in the stables. (view spoiler)[And by ravished, I mean he licked her boobies. (hide spoiler)] They get interrupted by her brother, and she finds out that he has already gotten engaged. Oh! How can this be?! I thought he was different! Are. You. Serious.
During the last 10% or so of the book, she managed to slightly redeem herself a bit. She finally realized that she didn't want his crumbs, and left him in the dust. (view spoiler)[ Although, she didn't realize this until she snuck into to his room, got naked, and begged him to give her just one night with him. *hork* Sorry. Threw up a little right there. (hide spoiler)] Of course, by then, he realized he couldn't live without her passion, and proceeds to fall all over himself to win her back. A toast...to the Happy Couple!
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3.5 stars. If you're looking for a steamy romance novel...then this is NOT the book for you. In fact, for a trashy romance novel, there really isn't m3.5 stars. If you're looking for a steamy romance novel...then this is NOT the book for you. In fact, for a trashy romance novel, there really isn't much trash in it. It was a tad disappointing, I'll admit. I would have given it four stars, but the ending was too over the top for me. Yes. Even for a romance novel. Still, the story was cute enough to hold my interest, even though I'm not a fan of The Bachelor. I avoid reality tv like the plague, so this was definitely not a big drawing point for me. I guess it says a lot about Dreling's writing that I was able to enjoy this book even with all those strikes against it. Next time I'm in the mood for a (less-than-trashy) romance novel, I'll be checking out this author....more
4.5 Stars. I enjoyed this one more than her first book, When Harry Met Molly. It just seemed like the lightheartedness didn't die off toward the end,4.5 Stars. I enjoyed this one more than her first book, When Harry Met Molly. It just seemed like the lightheartedness didn't die off toward the end, and that's really what I look for in a romance novel....more
Julie James has yet to write a novel that I didn't like. A Lot Like Love is no exception. And while it's not my absolute tippy-top favorite, it's reallJulie James has yet to write a novel that I didn't like. A Lot Like Love is no exception. And while it's not my absolute tippy-top favorite, it's really good. Somehow James made me care about the plot of her story, and not just the characters. For a romance that's pretty impressive.
Ok, don't get me wrong, and go into this expecting a hard-boiled thriller or anything. It's still a light-hearted love story. It's just written really well. ...more
3.5 stars. The writing was well done, but the story didn't grab me the way I hoped. I think I may have just picked the wrong book? I did like Ms. Noble3.5 stars. The writing was well done, but the story didn't grab me the way I hoped. I think I may have just picked the wrong book? I did like Ms. Nobles' style, though....more
3.5 stars I thought this was a pretty cool sci-fi book that definitely kept me turning the pages, but I didn't really enjoy the romance between Kyrin a3.5 stars I thought this was a pretty cool sci-fi book that definitely kept me turning the pages, but I didn't really enjoy the romance between Kyrin and Mia. It also ended rather abruptly, and I would have liked to see a little more resolution to some of the issues. I'm guessing there will be another book that focuses on Mia in Showalters' Alien Huntress series?...more
I thought Slow Ride was good. It's a solid contemporary romance with McCarthy's trademark humor sprinkled throughout. What can I say? She makes me gigI thought Slow Ride was good. It's a solid contemporary romance with McCarthy's trademark humor sprinkled throughout. What can I say? She makes me giggle. I had given up on the Fast Track series after my disappointment with Hot Finish, and the less than favorable reviews I read of The Chase. After reading this one, I think I've changed my mind. Jacked Up, here I come!...more
I can't help it. The entire time I was reading this a huge part of me felt like a traitor to The Cause. Domineering men are not sexy! Isn't t4.5 stars
I can't help it. The entire time I was reading this a huge part of me felt like a traitor to The Cause. Domineering men are not sexy! Isn't that what we're supposed to teach our daughters? And yet...my daughter wasn't reading this, was she? No. I was. And it was hot! Perhaps we should amend The Rules, and say that domineering men are only sexy in fantasy novels? Yes. I think that will do quite nicely. Pssst But in all seriousness, marry the guy who helps you out with the laundry! Mmmmmm. Look at him separate the lights from the darks...Growr! What? Trust me, girls....one day the sight of a man with a mop in one hand, and a bucket of Pine Sol in the other will be the sexiest thing you've ever seen.
Ok, too many people have already done a great job reviewing the story, so I won't bore you with my version of the details. However, I will list the top three things I loved about the book.
1. The fun and witty banter between Pia and Dragos 2. The smokin' hot lurve scenes 3. The fact that you don't find out what Pia is until the book is almost over.
This is such a fun fantasy/romance novel that I would recommend it wholeheartedly to anyone with any interest in this genre!
On a side note, the dude on the cover could not look any goofier. First, he's too skinny to match the physical description of the main character. I could snap that kid like a twig! Second, that purple gargoyle-thing looks like it's shooting out of the side of his poor malnourished shoulder, and for some reason that really bothered me. Not that any of that has any bearing on the book......more
It was cute enough for a beach read, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it to anyone. I almost never say this, but the story could have usedIt was cute enough for a beach read, but I wouldn't go out of my way to recommend it to anyone. I almost never say this, but the story could have used a few extra pages just to explain a few things about the character's backgrounds. Especially the heroine...whatever-her-name-was, that got dumped at the alter. I really would have liked to have read a little more about her relationship with the ex-fiancee, and more about her family dynamics. All of this was sort of mentioned in passing, as though it was important, but not really explained very well. Even her love interest...Cooter? Cooper? Not sure. Anyway, his back story could have used a little fattening up as well. Quitting his job, his ex-fiancee, his brother? Give me a little more information on what made him tick, please.
Ok, other than that, it was a fun mystery/romance. I enjoyed it while I was reading it, but it's not going into my Favorites pile....more
Cute That's the best way to describe A Night To Surrender. I wasn't overly interested in this book, but the characters and dialogue were...cute. I thouCute That's the best way to describe A Night To Surrender. I wasn't overly interested in this book, but the characters and dialogue were...cute. I thought the sex scenes were kind of cheesy, and by the end I was just sort of skimming them in an effort to get done with the book.
Anyway, it was ok. There was nothing obnoxious or glaringly wrong with the story. Most of the reviews are much higher than mine, so evidently a lot of people really loved this thing....more
This is my third Sabrina Jeffries book, and by far my favorite! I loved both the hero and the heroine in this one. Usually, there is one of the main cThis is my third Sabrina Jeffries book, and by far my favorite! I loved both the hero and the heroine in this one. Usually, there is one of the main characters that I like more, but this time around I couldn't have made a choice between the two! Christabel was a breath of fresh air! She didn't care what society thought about her, only about doing what was right. I particularly liked that she was ready, willing, and able to defend herself. (view spoiler)[I was cheering her on when she grabbed Lord Stokley's tenders and gave them a twist! I also loved the part where she stuck her fan in Anna's face and threatened to gut her like a fish if she didn't get away from her man! No, she didn't mean it, but Anna deserved it! (hide spoiler)] And Gavin. Gavin. Sure he was ruthless, but he had every reason to be that way. I really hated Prinny in this one. (view spoiler)[When you find out that Gavin has been running off to Bath to take care of his mother...*sigh* And then when you find out that his mother wrapped Gavin in the blanket and braved the fire...*tears up* How could you not fall in love with both of them?! I loved Christabel even more for the way she treated his mother. And when lascivious Gavin had Christabel sleep in a different room, just because his mother was in the house? Awwwww! I also liked that Gavin turned Anna down flat in the garden, even though things were still up in the air with Christabel, and Anna was the supposedly the only woman he had ever loved. In the end she got exactly what she deserved for not marrying for love...her yucky old husband. (hide spoiler)]
Of course, in the end they get their HEA! I will definitely be checking out this author again, and highly recommending this book! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Let me say up front that I think this series has potential, and I'm planning to give the next book (The Soldier (Duke's Obsession, #2 )) a shot. The dialogue was witty, and the story had some definitely decent moments. However, there were several things about The Heir that got on my nerves.
First, the idiot heroine. No, she wasn't truly stupid. Which is what made her refusal to trust the duke to help her seem really idiotic. I mean, he's already asked you to marry him how many times, and yet you think he won't protect you? It made no sense at all by the end of the book.
Second, the back-and-forth Does He Love Me/Does She Love Me thing. It went on waaay too long. Again, by the end of the book, it made no sense in any reality.
My third and final complaint is about some of the sex scenes. Let me explain. Gayle (nice name for a duke) notices that his housekeeper Anna is lovely. Awwww. So that evening, he goes into his room and pleasures himself . No big deal. Who doesn't jerk off now and then, right? If the author had left it at that, I wouldn't have even thought twice about it. But nooooo. The backstory for this next part is that they get trapped overnight (by bad weather) in a house he is thinking of purchasing for one of his sisters. Of course, they end up in the same bed. So do they have sex? Nope. But she does wake up in the middle of the night because he is rubbing her ass...and spanking his monkey. Say what?! I'm sorry, but I don't find that the least bit sexy. So, needless to say, I was not at all surprised when their first sexual encounter together consisted of Anna giving him a hand job. Wow.
Like I said, I'm going to try to read the next book. But if that guy can't keep his hands off of his pee-pee..I'm done with this series.