So good enough story, not three hankies, and sex? You mean stuff you'd read in Harlequine Desire, not Blaze? I'd give the "sex" 1 1/2 stars.
To be hone...moreSo good enough story, not three hankies, and sex? You mean stuff you'd read in Harlequine Desire, not Blaze? I'd give the "sex" 1 1/2 stars.
To be honest, I got this from the library (thank goodness!) bec of the name of the publishing company: Samhain. I was so dissappointed that there was no Pagan element whatsoever. Now, the convetional God/spiritual elements were quite good, which is saying something because I typically find it extremely off-putting. And I think would be healing for gay persons/families but for the fact that the main charactars are in a m/f relationship with a child and the guy seems to be ready for conventional religion participation by the end. Sure, I'm glad he has recognized his need for spirtuality in his life and began reconciling with God. Same with her. But I think if I were a gay male parent reading this, I'd be pissed at the turn of events.
Yes, he acknowledges bisexuality, but to think that he's never going to flirt with a man again as she demands? His terrible guilt and off the wall excuses- they contradict his and her comfort with his Bi status. Here Bi means Binary- on or off. Gay or Straight. ;) But I guess they covered how that dillemma would work in Things She's Going to Have to Wait for Him to Work Out. That will be hard given he's got "the queer vibe". How's he going to lose that? Is he going to stop being a "good queer boy", lighting other men's cigarettes,etc. when she's at his side? THAT would be interesting to answer, my dear. Very.
This romance is was an unexpectdly good vehicle for explorations of the different kinds of loss we live with, extreme and otherwise. How once touched by a catastrophic grief it remains the spectrum through which even happy events are viewed.Hell, the experience and exploration of loss through the eyes of a chld was excellent (where do people go when they die? Adults wonder too), and her integration of that loss into a child's life in order to go on was psychiatrist approved, incl. the way the adults in her life helped- just fantastic.
BUT....BUT. This was not at all what either cover (back or front)suggests by the chosen graphics or even the blurb. But for the complexity of the sexuality and sex lives and the Hollywood settiing, there may as well be a bonneted white woman on the cover: Rebecca's Trial, or some such.
The name Samhain is a misnomer if what they want is to present books where convetional views of God/conventional religion is a pathway to healing and connecting with others, whether gay or straight, in whatever formation of family that exists today. It's a great goal and I fully support it because it reflects today's realities. I know many people are crying out for something more inclusive and modern yet values-oriented in their romantic reading. Great, I'm glad Ms. Knight and Samhain are here for them. But pulling a bait and switch with the cover is disrespectful to your mission, (and I suspect it is a mission), your goals and your readers. Plenty would have liked to read this but were turned off by the cover. Those turned on by it did not get the story they expected. Whether that's good or bad- I'll just say I prefer to have an idea of what i'm getting when I pick up a book.
If you read it, read it for the explorations of grief and loss, fear and overcoming it. Not sex or necessarily romance. It definitely stands on it's on and earns a half star on this measure. (less)
I wouldn't say I liked it but I did read it all. The over descriptiveness of the first chapter made me skip forward 40 p.
There were several things I d...moreI wouldn't say I liked it but I did read it all. The over descriptiveness of the first chapter made me skip forward 40 p.
There were several things I didn't like about the book, including their prejudice (against everyone not a mountaineer), the close-mindedness and insularity, the latter which was a double-edged sword. The mysteries were great, i'd never have guessed, though the more "exotic one" was frankly implausible and- exotic. I too believe that none of us is innocent when it comes to the wars we've allowed our presidents to wage in our names. So, Bell's behavior to the antagonist as he dies - it was justified,but still. There was just a us and them mentatlity Id idnt like and just a caliber of writing which wasn't anywhere near as fine as i'd have expected from all the awards.
all that said, i'd read the next one and the one before. So maybe ignore all that other stuff. And i'ts a very easy read. Each chapter is no more than 20 or so pages, so real fast read.(less)
I gave this 5 stars because I thought it exemplified the gothic genre. True it was rather fantastic, but that's what kept it from being put soley in t...moreI gave this 5 stars because I thought it exemplified the gothic genre. True it was rather fantastic, but that's what kept it from being put soley in the gothic romance category. There are thousands of those. This book differs from the former because the linchpin of this book are the relationships that women build to sustain and carry them through and over the barriers of male privilege and hegemony. Through their relationships, their loyalty, their belief in one another they craft a type of shelter from the hostile world of men. in the Victorian age, this was the onlybway that women seeking to move outside of society's laws and rules could survive. Well,and the assistance of at least one sympathetic male.
These women buck the patriarchy and receive varying levels of consequences for it. All those books about the ton etc-, they are horseshit; another version of Prince Charming taking her away.I like to hear what happens after the wedding, and in the 1800's it was often death by first child or finding oneself trapped in a nevery-ending nightmare of conjugal terror. Or wedded love and penury. The juxtaposition of wht happens after the weddings is so stark because as teens, these women are actually given amazing freedom and lack of oversight. But it is their freedom in youth which makes them ill-suited for obedience as adults.
Anyway, the romances are nice, if a bit expedient, but the true love story is the narrator's quest for a mother's love. her drive to be seen, known and heard; her desire to love and be loved. All those things are accomplished in this story, and they didn't necessarily need a man for them to happen for her. The ending is perfect and every knot is unfurled and question answered. I wish I had read it more slowly so I could have enjoyed it longer!! (less)
not as good as TTT, and considerably more brutual. But the happy good times, are really happy and good. More interesting reading, and quite aninterest...morenot as good as TTT, and considerably more brutual. But the happy good times, are really happy and good. More interesting reading, and quite aninteresting premise. I actually didn't necessarily like the facile happy ending. I preferred Kellen as the survivor of a crazy mother. I don't know, it was just too fairy tale, the reunion at the end. But Kellen's and the boy's story of endurance is good reading for any kid unappreciative of their fortunes.(less)
Now this is a book any age can read. That timeless past, the unspecified medieval. Here are truths for anyone, because the exploration is about human...moreNow this is a book any age can read. That timeless past, the unspecified medieval. Here are truths for anyone, because the exploration is about human relationshps, relationships with our community, what we owe to our community and our relationship with ourselves. In Shinn's books, very bad things happen to people through fate, a person's carelessness or the oppression of others. But the goodness at the heart of most people, shown in their kindnesses to each other, to the stranger, the beauty of life, of living, of nature,these thing always prevail. Her books are ultimately uplifting.
I would have lOVED this book as a high school teen. It would have seemed full of wise insights. Now, it just confirms things I already know, which feels good too.
This book is really for preteen girls or young teens. The first person narrator comes to understanding truths and you go through theprocess with her a...moreThis book is really for preteen girls or young teens. The first person narrator comes to understanding truths and you go through theprocess with her and learn from her mistakes. I'm 49 so I found this tiresome and with no new insights for thelikes of me.It was also somewhat unoriginal feeling Like reading something that could easily be a miniseries on ABC with slick production values and a facile moral- be true to yourself; be brave. Fight for what's right no matter the cost, even if you're scared and no adult belives you. That's all well and good, but hardly ground-breaking.
I guess, bad things happen to her and around her, but nothing TOO bad. Even when someone dies, it's heroically or distant enough where it's just sad. so good for the kiddies, but not for me.(less)
Heavy- handed much? Women as civilizers? Then to go on for pages with a rant on equality of the sexes? Really more like a 2 1/2 stars but that's due t...moreHeavy- handed much? Women as civilizers? Then to go on for pages with a rant on equality of the sexes? Really more like a 2 1/2 stars but that's due to the sex .The sex scenes are really detailed and like you are there- is this supposed to be a auto-sex aid, if you get my drift?(less)
First off no hating LKH for her cutesie-pie author's photo on the back! She looks relaxed and happy if a bit self-conscious, wearing the boots that ma...moreFirst off no hating LKH for her cutesie-pie author's photo on the back! She looks relaxed and happy if a bit self-conscious, wearing the boots that made Jean-Claude famous in Guilty Pleasures. Go LKH! She's trying to lighten up, just like Anita is in this book.Just look at LKH's previous book jackets and see the difference.
I wrote a long review, but my stupid notebook erased just as I completed it. GD! I gave it four stars, so I liked it. I liked it in spite of the usual detractions of an AB vampire book because she kept those distractions, detractors in control, for LKH. The story made sense, it didn't lose steam until the end, but that's most of her later books. Almost all of the action scenes were really exciting, Ed/ Ted was really great- more depth,personality,( except for sociopath talk and talking about why they're friends so much- geez!) learning new things about Micah (though why she forebore to say " Gee I didn't realize my boyfriend's mom is biracial" I don't know. Why the tease?), no out of control ardeur or people feeling drawn to fuck her against their will, a new animal to call without fucking that animal and all his lieutenants into submission, and no unreasonable, bitchytemper! Thank God, she final outgrew that. And INSIGHt into herself! Hallelujah. So while the things that piss the haters off are still there, they are in much less abundance than before. Hell, micah even got to cut his hair. And no Otto! yea!
The sex I didn't like so much, expecially the BDSM. I read it more with horrified fascination than excitement. But I get that it shows how much A can trust a man now and even give up control, which would never have happened just a few books ago.
Like her 10th book Harlequin, this book is all about love. in H, Anita was just beginning to understand about love. in Affliction, she's finally worked through a lot of self-imposed limits and is happy with her love life and those she calls friends. the guys around her encourage her to have healthy behavior. Nicky is like a mother/lover/confessor/boyfriend/conscience. Except for the sociopath part, I love his little insights into A. however, I'm going to get the DSMV and look up the definition of sociopath, they discss it ad nauseum.
LKH didn't pull any punches on the pol amory. And I 'm good with that; she's being honest. Anita has a few interesting things to say about being a person and trying to love. But mainly she is happy and works hard to stay that way. And don't we want our favorite characters to have happy endings?
Just dont expect the next 3 books to be anywhere near as good. That's just the way it goes. One good book, 3 crappy ones, 2 OK ones and then another good one. Oh well. I'll certainly give them a try. I may not fnish them, but I will give them a try.(less)
I liked it. Very easy to read. This is a heroine who suffers for sure. But in the end, I always feel like I didn't read anything, really. I like Mercy...moreI liked it. Very easy to read. This is a heroine who suffers for sure. But in the end, I always feel like I didn't read anything, really. I like Mercy, but am more interested in Bran,etc. I think I like the Alpha Omega series better after all. I will certainly read the next two. Perfect read to pass a rainy afternoon, a day of travel, sitting in waiting rooms, etc.(less)
Alas, majority of romance was limited to quietly admiring glances hidden by downcast eyes, feeling a growing respect in the bosom for the other's stre...moreAlas, majority of romance was limited to quietly admiring glances hidden by downcast eyes, feeling a growing respect in the bosom for the other's strength,picking her up bec she passed out and noting her curves, etc. and the inevitable claiming of each other by their wolves, or whatever. it was curiously lacking in juice/excitement when they did make love. there was more intimacy and realism in their cuddling, to be honest. Pity it couldn't have extended to the love scene.
Still, I liked this book quite a lot- 3 1/2.I'd certainly read other books set in this universe(less)
This book was a great debut and hit all the right notes. A few complaints- why did Cherabino have to be such a total bitch? Why the martyr complex of...moreThis book was a great debut and hit all the right notes. A few complaints- why did Cherabino have to be such a total bitch? Why the martyr complex of every paranormal hero?- It's ALL my fault!Sheesh, have some boundaries. And though I'm grateful he's not snarky, like most of these types, he is an arrogant prick at times. But otherwise, great light reading to escape from your pathetic workaday life!(less)