Heart of Change was a surprisingly good find for me. While not a perfect story by any means, the author managed to keep this contemporary interestingHeart of Change was a surprisingly good find for me. While not a perfect story by any means, the author managed to keep this contemporary interesting enough for me to keep reading and care about the characters. The overall feeling I had about this book was that it was enjoyable and affected me on many levels. It’s mainly a story about growth and opening up to new possibilities through love.
What I liked:
Heart of Change started out great for me. I’m partial to a female protagonist who works in a profession considered immoral (sex trade) and who openly enjoys it. I especially like it when there’s no stereotypical justification given for it either to make the reader more sympathetic or comfortable like: using funds for school, an abusive past, they are psychologically damaged, etc. I’d rather read a character who unabashedly loves being a whore, stripper, or in this case, a porn star and makes no excuses.
So right away, I really liked Simone since I felt that she actually enjoys being a porn star and owns her sexuality.
Second, I felt that Simone is a very self aware person. This story is written in first person present tense, which normally is hard for me to read. However, this gave significant insight into Simone’s head. She’s a deep and real person, not some fluffy bimbo. She gets that her relationship with Simon is hurting her. But she also has an attachment to him that she just can’t shake. Simone also self reflects about her life in general and how she acts, taking full responsibility for her actions, which is a character trait I admire.
She loves being a porn star and has been able to compartmentalize that sex as just work having nothing to do with love and relationships. And it really hasn’t made her jaded about men and sex, although at the same time, because of it, she won’t date. I felt it good that she wasn’t portrayed as a flaky sex maniac, but as someone who has some self discipline and makes her own choices.
Simone has been meeting up with a group of lesbians at a bar for 6 years every Friday night. This I liked also because I think it’s unusual that a group of lesbians would befriend a porn star, the very type of woman who perpetuates woman as sex objects, which those lesbian friends find objectionable. However, personally, I love the idea that people can meet as humans and go beyond differences like that to be friends. So this is also something I got off on in this story. Simone is made to feel welcome and comfortable even if she’s doing something they detest and she doesn’t hide or make excuses. They all accept each other knowing exactly what’s going on.
Thirdly, another break in the usual is that Geri, out of all the lesbian friends, is the most serious and intimidating and she scares Simone because she’s been the most outspoken against what Simone does. And yet, it’s Geri who Simone starts feeling something for and thinks is the most beautiful. Since we don’t get into the head of Geri due to POV, it’s hard to tell where she’s coming from. But she’s written as having some gender identification issues, which I also enjoyed because she wasn’t just a stereotypical butch type of lesbian.
Geri herself is a top who likes to pack (wears a strap-on while going out), but feels self conscious about it. She’s very male-ish in her appearance but she never comes across as an aggressive butch type. In fact, she’s got her own stuff going on and is more insecure and tender than aggressive, even when she’s being dominant. She’s as complex a character as Simone and is vulnerable with relationship issues as well. So none of this is stereotypical, but came across as real. I feel most people are usually complex with huge contradictions so I like to read characters that don’t act in stereotypical ways. In this book that’s what we get.
How Geri and Simone get together is very sweetly written. It’s rather poignant and emotionally honest, both of them feeling something for each other but both in foreign worlds; Simone never having been with a woman or even attracted to a woman, and Geri having feelings for a straight woman and a woman who does something Geri detests.
Because of the attraction and love both women feel, they are forced to re-evaluate their own personal reality and what is true for them. For instance, not knowing the “lesbian” rules, Simone does something sexual to Geri that normally as a top she would never allow, but feels OK to let Simone do. And for Simone, being with Geri gets her in touch with that part of her that wants sex to mean something deep and spiritual.
I think because both women are so out of their normal element, they can allow themselves to change and open up to new things about themselves that they normally wouldn’t do when operating in their normal worlds. The idea that change and growth can happen in love is big in this story, which was a positive for me.
Now to the things I had issues with:
I felt the story got bogged down with too much emo stuff at times. I get Simone. I get dysfunctional and co-dependent relationships. I do. But in a story I don’t want to read pages and pages of that back and forth, trying to break away, yet keep coming back thing. This gets annoying after a while. It’s also too much reality for me and my issue with contemporaries often.
This is what went on between Simone and Simon for most of the book. He knows he can push her buttons and he does. I did feel that he himself thinks that he loves Simone and that she loves him on some level. However, it’s not a good kind of love. It’s a manipulative kind of love and throughout the story, Simone keeps giving in to Simon even as she fights for some independence. After a while I was like, “please, just dump that guy. Why do you keep staying involved with him, WHY? It’s been 20 effing years of this.” Especially since they’ve really never had a love relationship.
Then there’s Geri and Simone’s relationship. There was way too much of the misunderstanding and lack of communication trope going on. At times, I just didn’t get these two. Especially Geri. Yes, the author makes is clear that Geri has relationship issues and that she’s never been able to go far in one. But it went too far for me at times. Simone and Geri meet up, have great sex, and it’s clear they really want each other, that they love each other. And yet, they each keep taking off, dealing with business stuff without communicating what’s going on or how long they will be away. Or saying hurtful things out of fears that other doesn’t want them. What is that?!
Simone even makes huge life decisions like having a baby and moving to a foreign country without sharing with Geri first. This is no foundation for a long-term relationship.
When this type of back and forth goes on I really wonder about the relationship long term. If they’ve started out with what seems to be a complete lack of that “I want you and I need you” energy enough to stay in touch, I have my doubts about a long term deal. Although for the record, this is an HFN with a bullet to an HEA. And Geri, fortunately, is also a self reflecting type who admits she has issues but wants to work on them and through them with Simone. So no worries that they are left off in ambiguity about their relationship.
Then there’s the old “am I a lesbian?” thing that is starting to push my buttons in these kinds of stories. I do get that an up-till-now straight woman would start to question her sexual orientation when suddenly falling in love with a woman. It’s normal and natural to do so I think. But in this case, I wondered why Simone was so uptight about it initially.
Until Geri, Simone has never been with a woman. OK, first off, I had a hard time believing that she’s never, ever been with a woman sexually as a porn star. I mean it’s practically a given that as a porn star you’re going to be a woman at some point. Especially after 20 years. But OK, let’s pretend she never was. Simone realizes after being with Geri and wanting and needing her so much that she’s never actually felt that towards a man. But she also loves cock and feels that she’s had some feelings for Simon who is a man. So is she, or isn’t she a lesbian?
We get her angsting about it for a short while. Even almost getting angry that she might be. She decides that she’s a lesbian in the end, even if she still wants cock. Why, why is this an issue that a character has to be one or the other?
Simone hangs out with lesbians. She has no sexual hang-ups really. She’s in love with a woman after a lifetime of fucking men all the time and enjoying it. Why this stressing over fitting into a specific category? Especially, why a negative fear that she’s a lesbian. What’s so wrong about being a lesbian? And what’s so wrong about loving cock, men and loving a woman as well? Fortunately, this only goes on for a short time and it’s not discussed any more for the rest of the book.
Obviously since this review is really long, there was a lot in it for me. It touched me on several levels and was not a easy breezy fluffy love story. While there is lots of sex in this story, I was more affected by the relationship dynamics and feelings between the women. I definitely recommend Heart of Change for anyone who wants a good f/f story that's not just about the sex.
This book had a great premise. Unfortunately, the writing was off and I got a bit miffed at the female character needed sexual fixing by the magic peeThis book had a great premise. Unfortunately, the writing was off and I got a bit miffed at the female character needed sexual fixing by the magic peenie.
I’ve read and reviewed a few of Rosalyn Wraight’s mystery books and enjoyed them even if I did have some issues with the writing. The same goes for heI’ve read and reviewed a few of Rosalyn Wraight’s mystery books and enjoyed them even if I did have some issues with the writing. The same goes for her Lesbian Adventure Club series. Scavengers is the first book in this series and sets up the tone with character development and interaction for the rest of the series.
I can’t really categorize this book as anything I’ve read before; it’s not romance, although this is a book about couples and their ongoing conflicts and relationship issues, so there are some relationshippy things that happen. I’d say this is more chick lit since it is about the everyday lives of a group of women, couples, who get together regularly for an adventure/mystery themed weekend with specific rules.
In this story, told in first person by Kate, the women go on a 24 hour scavenger hunt. They all take turns sponsoring the event and Kris and Ginny are responsible for setting up this current adventure for the group of women. They are the oldest couple, both in their late 50’s and also the longest together, 24 years, so they are looked up to by the others. They’ve chosen to do a scavenger hunt for this particular adventure. The women are given several clues during the course of the day and they all have to go out as couples and do what the instructions say. The winner is to pay for dinner for all.
I thought this is a fun and interesting concept, not one that I’ve read before to keep a story going. There’s a lot of ribbing, rivalry and camaraderie between the women as they fight to be the fastest at completing the projects. It’s kind of like hanging out with a bunch of friends during a weekend, but with a fun purpose involved.
Although this story is told from Kate’s POV, we do get some glimpses into the other characters and what they’re about. But mostly, in this book it's Kate and Claudia’s story being worked out during this weekend. Kate and Claudia have been having problems, with Claudia moving away emotionally from Kate and the group for a while now. Kate’s been upset about it, but has been at a loss what to do. What I liked here is that Kris and Ginny, being the wise older couple, are sensitive to what’s going on with the other couples and they see what’s happening to Kate and Claudia. They work out their weekend scavenger hunt to also include some things and situations that could help Claudia and Kate work things out.
So this isn’t only about a mystery hunt or game, it does have a lot of character growth within that realm, which I really liked. What I was really thankful for also, was that this didn’t go the way of the emo drama that happens often in contemps. These women are very real and fun to hang out with.
Two characters, Holly and Laura, are from Rosalyn Wraight’s other series, a mystery series that features detective Laura McCallister. I’m quite fond of Laura as a character and we get another glimpse into her private life with Holly from a different perspective, which I liked as they are part of this group of women.
Unlike the other books I’ve read of Rosalyn Wraight’s, I didn’t find any issues with the writing itself. This is a nicely written book, with lots of humor and human moments with an unusual backdrop for it. And for those who like to read lesbian stories without any sex but with some minor romance to it, this book will hit the spot.
I don't know how the other books in the series will read. There are currently 10 I believe. While I enjoyed the format for its uniqueness, I’m not sure how it would pan out over a long series. I’ll definitely read one of the other ones at some point though to see how it’s carried as the characters are interesting and I do like the concept of mystery weekends.
I think if you’re looking for something light and fun to read that offers something a bit different then you’ll like this book and maybe even the series. B+...more
I really enjoyed this book. This is the first book I’ve read in a while that has interesting and complex characters with an engrossing, and actual, plI really enjoyed this book. This is the first book I’ve read in a while that has interesting and complex characters with an engrossing, and actual, plot. Set in the colorful world of gypsies, the characters are forced into crisis and action by their passions, cultural restrictions, and past wounds, which I have to say, totally turned me on.
This story was a disappointment. There was a lack of emotional connection for me with the characters and maybe a little too much telling to fill in inThis story was a disappointment. There was a lack of emotional connection for me with the characters and maybe a little too much telling to fill in interaction gaps.
Get your fans and cold showers ready ladies; Paisley Smith has done it again! This is one really hot story. Not only is this story as sexually delicioGet your fans and cold showers ready ladies; Paisley Smith has done it again! This is one really hot story. Not only is this story as sexually delicious as deep fried ice cream, it’s also a beautiful love story. Somehow, Paisley Smith, as before, managed to write a well-rounded short story that from beginning to end left no gaps, lingering questions, and made me feel like these two women will only have eyes for each other forever.
Annie is a 29 year old student going for her veterinary degree. To honor her grandmother’s memory, the only family member who totally accepted her being a lesbian and loving her, she’s decided take the piano lessons her grandmother wished her to.
Annie’s dreading her first lesson and walks up to the old Victorian house thinking for sure the widow Granger is probably some old hag with a hundred cats, but finds herself lost for words and immediately smitten when she sees that her teacher is a woman not much older than herself and drop dead gorgeous.
Emily is a young widow whose husband came from a traditional, wealthy, influential family. She’s still grieving his death by cancer while trying to live up to the family name and reputation by doing all things proper. When she sees Annie for the first time, she finds herself strangely attracted to this unusual but appealing androgynous woman dressed like a man and starts to fantasize about what it would be like to be with a woman.
Over the next few weeks, at every lesson, Annie and Emily get it on in every which way possible both starting with the idea that this is just sex since Emily is not gay and Annie is taking off for school in a few weeks. What really happens is that both their hearts start to open and they have to decide to go for broke or not.
Wow, just wow. I just loved everything about this book. The first thing that got me was the atmosphere that Paisley set up in which the girls first meet. The old Victorian house in the middle of two frat houses, the ambience of old family money with a beautiful young widow. I kept picturing Emily as a Catherine Deneuve character, cool, distant, elegantly beautiful and yet vulnerably sensual. That piqued my interest straight away.
Then there’s Annie who knows what she wants, doesn’t care what people think and she dresses and looks androgynous. The contrast between the two women is very dynamic. Again, something very appealing to me.
Annie’s also a bit of a dom and an alpha. As the sexual relationship develops between her and Emily and she feels a mix of hesitancy and attraction from Emily she starts acting like this:
Brazenly, Annie’s eyes held hers as she stepped over the threshold and pushed the door closed behind her. “Take your panties off.”
[At first, Emily thought she had not heard her correctly. “Pardon me?”
“Take ’em off,” Annie said, unsmiling.
Emily swallowed thickly. She gaped.:]
“I want you to teach my lesson without any panties on,” Annie said, and blithely moved toward the piano.
Damn but that is so hot. What’s really nice about the way this book is written is that it creates an interesting power dynamic in which the women don’t go the way of being egalitarian. Clearly Annie is in control of the sexual encounters but isn’t overbearing. She acts with just the right amount of assertiveness to keep the tension and excitement up, while still being soft enough that Emily feels OK to explore. And Emily is so turned on for the first time in her life that she gets off on it, doing things she never would have thought she’d ever do, totally in awe of discovering amazing sex for the first time.
This, of course, is a story about a lesbian and a woman who’s never been with a woman before, so there are some issues that come up for the characters about their intense attraction and budding love.
I thought the development of Emily’s feelings over the weeks is so beautifully done. She questions herself, if she’s really a lesbian, and what that would mean to her and her uptight in-laws if she openly has a relationship with Annie. And there are a few instances in which her immediate reaction to going public with their relationship is fear and resistance, which I thought only natural. But she also doesn’t deny herself what she really feels and I liked that.
Even though hurt at those flinch reactions of Emily, Annie always come back with an I love you and am not leaving attitude, which wakes Emily up making her realize how much she’s loved and wanted and how deeply she loves Annie. I totally love Annie’s energy here as her desire and frustration mounts:
[“Goddammit,” Annie said and tossed her rolled-up piano book to the floor. She stalked across the carpet, hauled Emily against her and before Emily could utter a sound, Annie’s mouth claimed hers.:]
The best part of this story is that at its core, it’s a love story. Yes, it starts out with incredible sexual chemistry and the book has a fair amount of sex in it, but when the women start falling love it’s so clear and profound; I felt these two women really adore each other outside of the sexual realm.
Like the last two stories I’ve read of Paisley Smith’s, the pacing, character portrayals and general plot came together so smoothly. And of course, the sexual scenarios are so intense and juicy. For me, at this point, Paisley Smith can’t write fast enough. I want more!...more
This is actually a 3 1/2 star book for me. I love the way Cassidy Ryan writes, but the story content was not exactly what I like to read. It's a bit sThis is actually a 3 1/2 star book for me. I love the way Cassidy Ryan writes, but the story content was not exactly what I like to read. It's a bit sad. The relationship between Laura and Grace is very nicely written though.
Actually, I give this book 3 and 1/2 stars. I thought Meghan O'Brien writes very well. And this book is very erotic, steamy with a deep love story. HoActually, I give this book 3 and 1/2 stars. I thought Meghan O'Brien writes very well. And this book is very erotic, steamy with a deep love story. However, there's no real plot or complex characterizations and the sex seemed to go on and on and on.
Kathryn Smith did it for me again with this second installment of the Nightmare Chronicles. I couldn't put this book down.
If you haven't read the firKathryn Smith did it for me again with this second installment of the Nightmare Chronicles. I couldn't put this book down.
If you haven't read the first one, then it'd probably be a good idea to do so. There's not much back-tracking to explain what's going on and what has happened until this point. She gets right into it basically.
In this story, Noah, Dawn's current squeeze gets some bad news about his ex-wife. Of course he asks Dawn to help the ex-wife, which brings up a lot of insecurities about him and what he feels for her.
At the same time, in the dream world, she is fighting for her life. Being a child of a human and the Dreamkin God, Morpheus, she is both revered and hated. A faction of the Dreamkin world are out to destroy her and her father and the constant power plays that go on are totally delicious, keeping up the tension.
I'd say what carries this story is Kathryn Smith's excellent world building. The dreamworld and how it works, the hierarchy issues, the rules, how, while these beings have powers that humans don't have they still operate with human type flaws, all come together to make a fascinating read. There's something freeing in reading such things in a world that is set in contemporary times, but which is not based completely in current reality.
The second thing that carries this story is Dawn herself. She's just an amazing character. Very real with flaws and normal chicky concerns about her weight, and jealousies, not wanting to be this pivotal being that could save or destroy a whole universe. She's so honest but ready to kill if needed. I love her inner conflicts as she tries to defend herself and Noah against her enemies, while trusting people she doesn't know really. And her constant references to everyday things women chat about makes her really down to earth.
The third thing is Dawn and Noah's relationship. Their getting together happened in book 1, but since they are still working things out and Dawn is like a super hero of another world, there are a few kinks that need to be dealt with. On the whole though, Noah is a yummier than chocolate cake with whipped cream on top. He's that perfect hero, even if he is more of a supporting character. His calmness and readiness to jump in there and take care of Dawn,, be her rock without acting cocky or stupid is so my perfect hero type.
Again, as in the last book, Dark Side of Dawn was left with a new, open-ended twist, so there's more to come. Yay!
Wow, this story grabbed me right from the get-go and was good to the last page. I’ve mentioned before that I often use the bookmark feature on my eBooWow, this story grabbed me right from the get-go and was good to the last page. I’ve mentioned before that I often use the bookmark feature on my eBookwise to highlight passages that are off to me or that I want to review later. The bigger the mess, the more the bookmarks. I read this book with nary a book mark. It means that for me, the writing and story-telling were very clean, engaging and lacking in any issues that bog down a book for me.
I will also admit that I didn’t know that this book contained some f/f in it. That was a huge bonus! I bought this book because I happened to enjoy Katrina Strauss’ writing and wanted to try one of her m/f stories as I’ve only read her m/m stories. The same crisp, evocative writing, complex character development, and imaginative story-telling that I’ve experienced in the past was very present in this book as well. This book was just a pleasure to read all around.
Right, to the story. Basically, the blurb is very accurate, so I’ll go from there. The characters: all of them are so rich and compelling, especially, of course, the two main ones, Lord Eldritch and Inga. Lord Eldritch is one of those tortured heroes, but not in that over the top “oh puleeze, get over yourself” way. In the beginning of the book, he’s cruel and powerful; he takes what he wants without consequence and he wants Inga. He puts her in a dungeon straight away and keeps her there chained to the bed around her ankle. For more than a year it’s like that even though he loves her and they have sex all the time. There’s a vibe about him that is so intense and dark, and yet, there’s a spark of something else in there that comes through once in a while, hinting at something deeper, but less sinister in him.
He wears a mask at all times because he’s been cursed; his face severely disfigured from it. This is part of his vulnerability and we learn that while he’s a dominant with Inga and the most feared knight in the kingdom, he’s kept in his place by the current evil King who uses it against him.
Inga is one of the most real characters I’ve read in a while. She’s riddled with contradictions. I really got off on her willingness to go into her dark side and be real in every moment. She calls that part of her “the snake,” that part of her that allows her baser instincts and desires to rule her. I loved it. Absolutely loved it as she goes with it without personal judgment. No Mary Sue’s in this book.
Inga starts out by becoming rebellious and using her magik abilities to heal. She stopped caring that it’s against the king and that she can be killed for it because she sees her people suffering needlessly. So right from the beginning we see her strength and inner goodness. Inga also cannot get enough of Lord Eldritch. She readily becomes his submissive sexually even as she wonders why she is so attracted and doing such things.
As the story progresses, she is asked to do things, to make moral decisions that could end up getting people killed and yet, she does so without flinching, like a samurai sword coming down swift and hard. And she easily takes the position of being a domme with Thelise, the captured daughter of a rebel leader, who plays a role in Inga and Lord Eldritch’s lives. Inga’s only vulnerability is her love for Lord Eldritch and the passion of that relationship consumes her.
The story itself is also so provocative. There are several things going on that all mesh together that create a lot of tension and mystery as fiery emotions and power shifts erupt constantly . At its core, this is a story of passion and what it makes people do.
The title of this book, Secrets Revealed, is very apropos. There are secrets within secrets and as the story unfolds, shocking truths reveal themselves. This kept the story moving along at a nice pace with just the perfect amount of revelation to keep the reader guessing and intrigued at the same time.
The fantasy part of this story is complex and intricately woven throughout the story. Many people of this time have magic abilities but not all have the same kind. One that plays a huge role in this is the ability to read another’s thoughts. This leads to quite a bit of power play and intrigue between the characters as they often have to deal with trying to keep secrets. Inga also has dreaming abilities and as things progress, she sees past events in dreams, which causes her to disobey Lord Eldritch at a certain point, creating even more edginess to this story.
OK, now for the BDSM part. I’ve said before, I’m not too much a fan of BDSM. Much of what I read in this particular genre is more or less power tripping faux BDSM written by people who are clueless just for the titillation factor, which is a huge turn off for me. However, Katrina Strauss is one of the very few authors who can take me into this world and I get it. There’s nothing offensive at all about her way of writing BDSM. Not only that, I enjoyed reading it.
I also got off on the fact that while these characters all have qualities about them that are offensive and despicable to some degree and it’s tied in to some degree with the BDSM sexual aspect to it, Katrina Strauss never crosses the line that implies that BDSM and negative character traits go hand in hand. Really, it’s amazing writing when your characters can have evil characteristics and yet, the reader can easily fall in love with them, admire them as strong, powerful beings.
The only negative thing I can say about this book is that I would have liked more character development on Thelise. She’s a fascinating character, who, like Inga, acts on pure passion, but is incredibly selfless, selfish and vulnerable. I guess the story is pretty much perfect as it is and to develop her more would have maybe even cost the story some. But she was someone whom I wanted to know more about why she ticked.
All in all, Secrets Revealed is a well written intense and passionate story set in a violent but colorful world. For any person who is into fantasy, dark m/f love, BDSM, and medieval stories, this a definite recommend. But I also recommend this book to people who like f/f and or those who are normally not into BDSM.
Sex rating: hot- while there are graphic sexual situations, the language used is more sensual and soft around the edges. There are many sexual scenes though and of all combinations. BDSM, flogging, anal, lots of m/f, some f/f, f/f/m, very minor m/m, and minor m/f/m.
I really enjoyed this book. It's a nice civil war time story/romance. Two women, one who's a widow and lost her husband and child, and the other a forI really enjoyed this book. It's a nice civil war time story/romance. Two women, one who's a widow and lost her husband and child, and the other a former madame, find love during hard times.
I first read about Adin, Jackson and Celia in K.Z. Snow’s book Obsession. I loved, loved that book and the complex relationship dynamics in that storyI first read about Adin, Jackson and Celia in K.Z. Snow’s book Obsession. I loved, loved that book and the complex relationship dynamics in that story. All three characters, but especially Adin and Jackson, are intriguing and beg you to find out more about them.
In To Be Where You Are, Adin and Jackson have decided that they want to be together for more than and weekend here and there and must deal with Celia, who is still part of the mix as Adin’s live-in partner until now. Adin has reached a point where he just wants out of that story, his need for Jackson so deep and intense.
Unfortunately for Adin and Jackson, Perez the partner of another wizard Noah, has gone MIA and to get Jackson to help him find Perez, Noah has put the kaibash on Adin and Jackson’s plans with some bad magic. Having no choice, Jackson agrees to help Noah find Perez to save his relationship with Adin.
The relationship between Adin and Jackson is very sweet and we get to see how they really cannot stand to be without each other. Especially Jackson, who was a reluctant partner in Obsession but turned a corner in InDescent, becoming the one who discovers he’s more gay than he thought. In this story, he finally openly gets that he’s gay and not bisexual and fully wants to be with Adin, no reservations.
Celia comes across as very accommodating and I actually liked that. Many might find it hard to believe that she’d be so easy about it all considering that she really loves Adin, but I think the fact that she also loves Jackson made it an issue that she could come to terms with without making a big scene. I could really believe that she loves Adin enough to honor his needs and wishes knowing that that’s what he truly feels.
One thing that did bother me was Adin’s anger at Celia when she starts getting snippy with him about Jackson and stalling on talking to Jackson about how they were going to work things out. Adin starts to treat her in very disrespectful way, acting pissed off like he should have his way, which I felt uncalled for. He was the one stepping out, and until that point, Celia had not tried to stop him from seeing Jackson or complained about their meeting for weekends of sex. I don’t know, but I felt he should have been more respectful to her considering he did love her in his own way and thought all along that she was his love. That kind of knocked what I felt to Adin down a few notches.
Even after he finds out that it’s not her fault really that she’s acting more strangely, his need for Jackson at all cost is such that he does act the shit. Although, I will admit that it’s a very real and honest reaction, which is one thing I do admire about K.Z. Snow’s writing. Her characters are very real and act in very real ways even if it’s uncomfortable.
Jackson cracked me up a bit in this story. He’s a master wizard, very powerful and can manipulate many things. But I loved his vulnerability and angst about Celia coming to see him to talk with him about Adin. He was so nervous as if he might get chastised from a parent. It was just so delicious to see him squirm and fear what she might say, and then to be completely shocked at what she had to say. I loved it. It was all so right on because he does have a heart and worries about her as well.
On the rest of the story, damn, but K.Z. Snow can take you to really wild and different places. In a world full of paranormal that have all become so ho-hum the same, K.Z. Snow comes up with something completely different and unique every time. The side story, or minor foil if you will to Adin and Jackson finally getting to be with each other, is such a fun story line. Perez is such a delicious, flamboyant character, who I could see would totally get into the predicament that he did. It was so creatively written and a nice diversion or addition to what could be a boring story of just two people finally getting together who’ve had their “exciting and new” romance beginning in prior books.
I think you could probably read this book without reading the others first, but reading the others first would make this one more understandable and enjoyable since the back story and the actual romance part are in both Obsession and InDescent.
As per usual, K.Z. Snow’s writing is superb. She really gets into the heads of her characters, which always makes me feel like I have an intimate relationship with them. To Be Where You Are is another great installment to the Adin/Jackson love story. ...more