Unfortunately (and perhaps fortunately), I was spoiled and warned on this one before I started reading it, s4 stars – Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Unfortunately (and perhaps fortunately), I was spoiled and warned on this one before I started reading it, so I’d mentally prepared myself for potential anger, disappointment, emotional betrayal, and abject misery.
And yep, part of me feels like I’ve been royally bitch slapped.
And part of me feels pretty damned emotional, devastated, and weary after reading this.
The (view spoiler)[HEA (hide spoiler)] romance lover in me wants to be mad at J.R. Ward and feel disillusioned and rant in frustration, but dammit, I still really freaking liked the overall story. So, I’m giving this a somewhat reluctant and begrudging 4 stars.
I both hated and loved this book. I thought I was prepared for the angsty4 ½ Addictive, Frustrating, Heartbreaking stars – Contemporary/Erotic Romance
I both hated and loved this book. I thought I was prepared for the angsty continuation of Tristan and Danika’s love story after Bad Things, but this still eviscerated me. Rock Bottom was emotional, intense, devastating, gut-wrenching, exasperating, and extremely melodramatic, but I was enthralled by their passionate, all-consuming, tumultuous, addictive, and tragic romance and couldn’t swipe my finger across the screen fast enough.
So many times I wanted to scream my frustration over their repeatedly bad, destructive choices and actions and the lack of communication and misunderstandings that caused so much needless pain, suffering, misery, and heartbreak. After so much anguish and tragedy...everything these two have gone through together and done to each other, I honestly don’t know how they could possibly ever find their HEA. But I’m already reading Lovely Trigger to find out!
Some things that really upset/frustrated/gutted me:
**********Spoilers and venting ahead**********
(view spoiler)[ Why didn’t Tristan tell Danika that he fought with Dean over him threatening to revenge f*ck her like he did Natalie/Twatalie so that she’d know he was upset on her behalf, not because he was jealous or still had feelings for Twatalie?
Why didn’t Danika tell Tristan about Dean’s repeated, nasty comments and threats?
Why didn’t Danika tell Jerry, Bev, and/or Tristan about being roughed up and threatened with extortion and rape by the psycho guy at her mom’s trailer? And why did she keep denying anything had happened even after Tristan saw her covered in bruises. Just stupid. Yes, Tristan has a serious anger management issue and caveman temper, but she still could have handled the whole thing so much better and found a way to tell him with Jerry and Bev there to help keep him calm.
Why wasn’t Danika more open and honest about her insecurities and fears of infidelity and of them growing apart due to their separation and the temptations of life in LA?
Why didn’t Danika tell Tristan about Dean’s twisted plan to set him up, unwitting and unconscious, with Twatalie so that he could see for himself how truly sick and evil Dean had become?
And all the tragic stuff that happened because of Tristan’s addiction and in the end that was mostly left unresolved?!?!? Why didn’t they f*cking talk about it?!?!? It’s driving me crazy that Tristan doesn’t know about everything that happened or realize the extent of Danika’s suffering!
*The letter that Danika wrote to Tristan telling him to choose rehab or divorce that he seems to know nothing about, instead thinking she just sent him divorce papers. *Tristan's awful, callous actions when she showed up at his house to tell him about the baby and that she wanted to reconcile. *Dean’s assault/threat on Danika in the car before the crash. *All the horrific details of the accident: Danika losing the baby and not being able to have more kids, the surgeries, the extent of her leg injury and required therapy, and that she has a limp and will never dance again. *Danika’s sister, Dahlia, revealing that Dean drugged/raped her and that he’s the father of her baby.
This was over-the-top ridiculous. I didn’t feel the romance between the H/h, and after suffering so much abhorrent abuse and1 star – Romantic Suspense
This was over-the-top ridiculous. I didn’t feel the romance between the H/h, and after suffering so much abhorrent abuse and violence, their (view spoiler)[HEA (hide spoiler)] seems impossible and totally unbelievable...even for Romancelandia. I’m surprised to be giving a Maya Banks book a 1-star rating, but this was just bad.["br"]>["br"]>...more
The only thing I liked about this book was the Austin, Texas setting. Everything else about it was annoying,1 star – NA/Contemporary/Romantic Suspense
The only thing I liked about this book was the Austin, Texas setting. Everything else about it was annoying, ridiculous, implausible, and melodramatic.
*Weak, stupid, annoying, TSTL, and doormat heroine.
*Quite possibly the absolute worst, bitchiest best friend and secondary character–EVER! I loathed her to utter distraction. I couldn’t stomach that the heroine remained best friends and continued living with her after everything that happened. I spent the entire book infuriated and dumbfounded over their supposed friendship.
*Over-the-top psycho stalker villain.
*Hero is a 20-something undercover cop with grey eyes, a lip ring, and tattoos, drives a motorcycle, plays guitar, and is all mysterious, sexy bad boy on the outside and besotted, sweet gentleman on the inside. Eye roll! It just didn’t work and felt like the author was trying desperately to check every NA romance box.
*Unbelievable and poorly plotted stalker and serial killer suspense storyline with graphic and gratuitous assault/violence.
I feel absolutely gutted and raw after reading this, and the ending left me screaming W.T.F?!?!
I wanted a big c4 ½ stars – Contemporary Romance Novella
I feel absolutely gutted and raw after reading this, and the ending left me screaming W.T.F?!?!
I wanted a big confrontation and an explanation and answers and groveling and revelations and honesty and flowers and puppies and babies. I’m scared and hesitant to read Sins & Needles at this point because I want Javier and Ellie together in their dark, wild, terrifying rollercoaster ride of life. But I know I’ll continue with the series because I’m totally entangled in this crazy, gritty web of lies, revenge, and deceit....more
3 -- Good But It Could’ve Been Better -- stars – Contemporary Romance
I’ve been eagerly awaiting broody Maddox Locke’s story ever since he first appea3 ½ -- Good But It Could’ve Been Better -- stars – Contemporary Romance
I’ve been eagerly awaiting broody Maddox Locke’s story ever since he first appeared in Axel, and his role in the previous books has been one of my favorite parts of the series. I enjoyed this, but it wasn’t nearly as good as I’d expected/hoped.
The book got off to a really shaky start for me because the H/h both had horrific, abusive, soap opera crazy, unbelievable pasts. Locke’s family was like some bad, overdramatic Dallas TV show remake and Emmy’s background seemed contrived and just too implausible.
I couldn’t understand Emmy’s stupid, WTF actions early on. “Little does he know, I’m the only one in control of my life.” Oh really?!?! Then why the f*ck did she willingly (view spoiler)[go back to stripping at her whack job parents’ seedy strip club and foolishly put herself in harm’s way from psycho, sicko Shawn (her violent, repeated abuser/tormenter/rapist) (hide spoiler)]?!?! And it seemed ridiculous to me that a strong, intelligent man like Maddox Locke would continually believe he had (view spoiler)[darkness and evil lurking inside him that destroys others just because it was spewed by his malevolent b*tch of a mother and malicious, despicable family. (hide spoiler)]
The constant push-pull between Maddox and Emmy was exhausting and went on for far too long. She was annoyingly aggressive and exasperatingly sassy and didn’t even seem like the same Emmy from the previous books. I was also pretty disappointed with the hot but unemotional sex scenes.
Thankfully, the story got much better about halfway through and the ending and epilogue were fabulous and made up for a lot. So I did like this, but I didn’t love it. And I was somewhat letdown and underwhelmed considering how much and how long I’ve been wanting Locke’s turn to be in the light.
I’m really excited that she’s writing a book for Cohen and Dani, Unexpected Fate, and I hope she has stories planned for the other Corps Security kids, as well.
Killing Sarai was one of my favorite romantic suspense reads of 2013, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting this second install3 ½ stars – Romantic Suspense
Killing Sarai was one of my favorite romantic suspense reads of 2013, and I’ve been anxiously awaiting this second installment. Unfortunately, this was a bit of a disappointment for me, mostly because of Sarai/Izabel.
Instead of admiring her transformation from a strong, determined, and brave yet broken and vulnerable victim and survivor to an avenging assassin angel, she just came across as a petulant, childish, demanding, whiny, peevish, bratty, TSTL shrew. Her immature ultimatums for Victor to train her to be a killer or else reminded me of Veruca Salt demanding her golden goose. But I wanna kill bad guys, Victor. No...NOW!!!!
The surprising twist of Victor (view spoiler)[agreeing to have Sarai/Izabel interrogated and tortured as a means of testing her trust and loyalty (hide spoiler)] turned and pissed me the hell off. The justification for it made sense in the context of the story and considering the shadowy, dangerous world they live in...“In the Company of Killers”, but it was still hard to take. Sarai/Izabel might have accepted and forgiven Victor easily, but it really lessened my feelings for the dark, brooding, ruthless, calculating, cold, and brutal killer/assassin antihero.
And Fredrik, (view spoiler)[an interrogator and torture specialist (hide spoiler)], being the hero in the next book? Hmmm...I’m not sure if I can stomach that.
Despite being somewhat letdown, this is still an exciting read that kept me intrigued, so I’m giving it 3 ½ stars. It’s just a bummer because I’d hoped it would be so much better.
I still love Vlad, but I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous books. Leila’s (view spoiler)[captivity and tortur3 ½ stars – Paranormal Romance
I still love Vlad, but I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous books. Leila’s (view spoiler)[captivity and torture (being skinned alive and fake raped) (hide spoiler)] was very detailed and lasted way too long.["br"]>["br"]>...more