Warning...This is a rantfest, not a review, and there are spoilers and language ahead, so read at your own ri...more**spoiler alert** 5 stars – Urban Fantasy
Warning...This is a rantfest, not a review, and there are spoilers and language ahead, so read at your own risk.
*Barrons? Good GAWD, holy @*$#!! No wonder everyone talks about him so much. He’s one of scariest, sexiest, most enigmatic uber alphas, ever! YUMtasm!
*Why is this series marketed as romance?! It’s clearly not...just straight up UF folks.
*Where the feck is the steamy sex between Mac and Barrons?!?! I definitely had the wrong impression about this series, I guess. I mean, come on...it’s the Fever series for feck’s sake! There better be some heat ahead in Dreamfever and/or Shadowfever considering the sizzling sexual tension that’s been building and smoldering for three books! I need potholders to protect my hands from being scorched!
*Just what the feck is Barrons anyway?!?! It’s driving me fecking crazy! Why can’t he ever answer one of Mac’s fecking questions?!
*And talk about a fecked up, depressing, cliffhanger ending from hell! Mac doesn’t get it on with Barrons but she has to suffer being gang raped in a sick, twisted Death-By-Sex Fae orgy?! WTF?!?!
*But yeah, I’m still giving it 5-stars because it kept me up until 3am to finish and I’m seriously addicted. Now on to Dreamfever to continue my crack!
(view spoiler)[I think being a Pri-ya sex slave...living only for food, sleep, and raw, primal, constant sex with an insatiable...more4 stars – Urban Fantasy
(view spoiler)[I think being a Pri-ya sex slave...living only for food, sleep, and raw, primal, constant sex with an insatiable, inexhaustible, expert, dominating lover/master like Jericho Barrons sounds pretty fecking delicious and tempting! I would have been content to remain in his room...especially his Sun King bed...forever! *naughty girl grin*(hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I’ve waited several months for this third installment in the Moon Chasers series about the battle between lycans, dovenatu...more4 stars – Paranormal Romance
I’ve waited several months for this third installment in the Moon Chasers series about the battle between lycans, dovenatu human/lycan half-breeds, and hunters, and for the most part it delivered. This story centers on dovenatu and lycan hunter Sebastian Santiago who’s been captured and held prisoner by a lycan clan in Istanbul. After weakening his resolve and humanity through endless torture and starvation, the lycans hope to use a captive American tourist to draw out the beast in him in order to claim his power for their pack. Ruby Deveraux is an empath who can feel other people’s emotions, and it’s alienated her from other humans. Now, forced to endure imprisonment with a tormented Sebastian, can she reach through to his humanity, even as the full moon draws near, to save them both? Or will he give in to the lycan cravings of a blood moon?
Characters from the previous two books return and there are some prominent new characters introduced as well, opening the door for several possibilities with the series in the future. It’s another exciting addition to the series with fast-paced action and heated passion. My only complaints are that a significant part of the storyline was left unresolved and the ending was rather abrupt, but I guess that just means I’ll have to wait until the fourth book comes out to find out what’s in store next. 4 stars. (less)
My introduction to author Julia Quinn was with the books The Lost Duke of Wyndham and Mr. Cavendish, I Presume, and I wasn’t at all impressed and found them really boring. Several GR friends told me they aren’t her best books or indicative of her other works and that I should give her popular Bridgertons series a chance. I’ve had several of JQ’s books on my TBR shelf for quite a while now, and after mourning the end of two of my favorite HR series, Lisa Kleypas’s beloved Hathaways and Gaelen Foley’s Knight Miscellany, I was looking for another series centered around a family.
After hearing such great things about this series from so many trusted GR friends (and also knowing that several of them are on AAR’s Top 100 Romances of 2007 list), I decided to finally read the first book in the Bridgertons series, The Duke and I. And boy oh boy am I ever so glad that I did because it was absolutely delightful!
I was worried that it might be a little bit too light and fluffy for my taste; and although there are several humorous moments (I can easily see why JQ is famous for her clever wit!), there are also deeper, emotional elements to the story as well. I loved steadfast, spitfire Daphne and gruff, tormented Simon, and they made such a fun, sweet, endearing couple. They had some wacky and serious obstacles to overcome to be together, but in the end, their HEA left a big ole happy smile on my face.
I didn’t feel as strong of a connection to the characters or experience the same lust and love for the hero as I do with every Lisa Kleypas book, and I would have liked a bit (okay, a lot) more steam in the love scenes. But it was still a highly enjoyable, thoroughly romantic story, and I’m looking forward to reading more Bridgertons! 5 stars!
This was my least favorite of the lushly sensual House of Rohan series, mainly because the ruination revenge plot was exha...more4 stars – Historical Romance
This was my least favorite of the lushly sensual House of Rohan series, mainly because the ruination revenge plot was exhausting and the hero, scarred, depraved Lucien de Malhuer, aka the Scorpion, wasn’t quite reformed or redeemed enough to make up for some truly heinous, unforgivable acts perpetrated against the heroine. I love Stuart’s dark, tortured, gamma heroes, but emotionally empty, borderline evil Scorpion Lucien was a bit too much at times. His feelings towards Miranda Rohan seemed more like a sick, twisted sense of control and power or a kind of morbid, rapt fascination akin to an entomologist with an exotic butterfly pinned and trapped under glass, rather than anything remotely genuine or caring enough to ever be considered love. Lucien’s actions and slightly softened disposition towards the very end made me start to think it was possible that he might actually feel some real affection for Miranda, but the ending was far too abrupt for it to solidify. This really could have used another chapter and/or an epilogue to provide a more believable, satisfying HEA. Still, Breathless is a sexy, enticing read with intriguing characters, great writing, and an engaging secondary romance that I enjoyed almost as much, if not more than, the main couple. So I’m rating it 4 stars.(less)
This is my first McNaught read and it certainly twisted my emotions. I admired the heroine’s kindness, strength,...more3 ½ stars – Historical/Regency Romance
This is my first McNaught read and it certainly twisted my emotions. I admired the heroine’s kindness, strength, and fortitude, but the hero was an utter, unforgivable ass. Yes, he suffered a horribly abusive childhood, a manipulative first wife, and agonizing grief, and for that I understood his cynical, detached coldness. But Jason’s continual abominable treatment of Victoria and the repeated misunderstandings were exasperating and exhausting, and he just never quite endeared or redeemed himself to me. I wanted a lot more groveling on his part, and it definitely needed an epilogue. Overall it was an emotionally wrenching, although not totally satisfying read, but I’ll definitely check out more by this popular author. 3 ½ stars.(less)
Bad writing, cheesy dialogue, and the kidnapping/captivity of the heroine and her maid by three assailants, involving multip...moreHistorical/Erotic Romance
Bad writing, cheesy dialogue, and the kidnapping/captivity of the heroine and her maid by three assailants, involving multiple rapes and various forced sexual acts that counts for 20 of the story's total 105 pages, makes for a rather abysmal read.(less)
I’m slightly apprehensive about reviewing this because I know The Surrender of a Lady probably won’t work...more4 stars – Historical/Victorian/Harem Romance
I’m slightly apprehensive about reviewing this because I know The Surrender of a Lady probably won’t work for many traditional romance readers, but this represents how I feel about it, so just take from this what you will.
Solely as a romance, I didn’t love it, mainly because there isn’t much “romance” expressed between the H/h, but instead reminiscence of their past, youthful courtship and lost love, explosive desire, mutual longing, emotional conflict, sexual power struggles, and dark obsession. But as a saga of the heroine’s suffering and sexual journey, discovery, and transformation from proper English lady Elena to prized Harem courtesan Jinan as means for survival and sacrifice, it’s compelling, daring, emotive, provocative, sensual, moving, and completely captivating.
I loved the exotic setting, unique story, beautiful writing, quick pacing, and intriguing characters. My only real complaint is that the hero, Griffin, Marquess of Rothburn, was an utter ass, and his actions were selfish, brutish, obsessive, domineering, and hypocritical. I think if there had been deeper romantic development between Elena/Jinan and Griffin or further details of their past relationship, I would have better understood his compulsion and found their erotic passion, intrinsic connection, and intense yearning a bit more believable. The ending is rather abrupt, but thankfully the epilogue provided a satisfying HEA.
This is a very dark, gritty, violent, and emotional story that is conveyed in an unapologetically raw, candid voice....more4 stars – Erotic Suspense/Thriller
This is a very dark, gritty, violent, and emotional story that is conveyed in an unapologetically raw, candid voice. Despite numerous editing errors, it’s powerful and compelling in its graphic depiction of disturbing, controversial content. It’s told solely from the heroine’s POV, and experiencing her psychological and physical anguish as she’s repeatedly victimized is gut-wrenching at times.
The heroine and quasi hero develop an intrinsic, dysfunctional connection, mostly based on averse attraction and survival, but it’s a dark erotic story (not a standard erotic romance). There were times I really wanted the hero’s POV and for certain aspects of it to be more fleshed out, but Keep Me Safe is a really provocative erotic suspense read, especially for $0.99 cents.
Be warned that this is not for the faint of heart or for those who are sensitive or squeamish about scenes of abduction, captivity, dubious consent, rape, pain, and/or torture. I anticipate this will probably generate polarized ratings/reviews and that some readers will give it one star for the disturbing, objectionable subject matter. But fair warning is given in the book description/summary and the cover says “erotic nonconsent”. Although it’s explicit, I didn’t consider it to be exploitative.
I’ve previously enjoyed two other novellas by this author, Beauty Touched the Beast and Sweetest Mistress, which were very different from this. I’ll definitely read more of her books in the future, including the upcoming Keep Me Safe sequel, Trust In Me.