A couple months ago I binge-read the first 7 books in this series (including novellas) then decided to take a break before I burned out. I'm glad I caA couple months ago I binge-read the first 7 books in this series (including novellas) then decided to take a break before I burned out. I'm glad I came at this fresh. It was a great story. It may be my favorite of the series to date.
This book picks up pretty much where book seven left off. Kate and Curran have moved out of the Keep and into their own home. They aren't allowed to visit the Keep for 30 days, but they're still visited by many Pack members. They're still waiting to see which members of the pack are going to leave with them and they're in a holding period with Kate's dad.
Despite how much is going on in this world, the story flows seamlessly. The Pack, the People, Julie, Curran and Kate, Kate's dad, the Mercenary Guild...they all come to life. There's action, adventure, intrigue, romance, epic battles, strange magic and a world so bright and vivid it's like watching it on a movie screen.
There's a lot of angst packed into this short story. Nix and Noah are mates, but Nix has been avoiding Noah and pushing him away for some time, becausThere's a lot of angst packed into this short story. Nix and Noah are mates, but Nix has been avoiding Noah and pushing him away for some time, because he grew up with an uber religious father and he doesn't want to accept he's gay. He's fine with being bi, but to come out as an openly gay person is hard for him.
Noah figures if he can just prove he's good enough, Nix will finally mate-claim him. When an old enemy of the pack suddenly strikes again, Noah is caught in the crossfire..and Nix realizes he's wasted precious time.
I've been reading these books intermittently and out of order. I feel like I've missed some major things by not reading all the books, but I wasn't so lost I didn't feel like I could keep going with the story. I liked both Nix and Noah separately, but together they needed a lot of work. Because of Nix's upbringing, it was understandable why he had such a hard time accepting his mate was a man. That didn't excuse his terrible behavior toward Noah, however, and I admit there were several times I wanted to smack him.
Noah was openly gay and more than willing to mate with Noah, but I wish he'd been a bit more confident in himself. That Nix made him feel like he had to prove himself - be better than he was - before he'd be a good enough mate really made me angry, at both of them.
In this case, I think the sex came at a detriment to the romance. When they were together they were having sex, and it felt like that was all there was between them. We saw flashes of the couple they should be, but there wasn't enough focus on their emotional connection as there needed to be to make their One True Love believable.
Ultimately, I think it was the page count that really hurt this story. If they'd had a bit more time to develop their relationship, I think it would have been more believable.
For all that, this wasn't a bad read. I easily fell into the story and, like I said, I liked both Noah and Nix. I just didn't completely buy their romance. ...more
When I saw there were four books in this series, I thought they all followed the same couple. I was pleasantly surprised to find that isn't the case.When I saw there were four books in this series, I thought they all followed the same couple. I was pleasantly surprised to find that isn't the case.
William intrigued me in the last book, On the Edge, and I was anxious to get his story. Having been raised in an orphanage and, aside from his quasi-friendship with Logan (the hero of the first book), he's been alone his whole life. He craves a family and connections to other people, but he's too wary to make friends or trust new people. He's also a stone-cold killer who is trained in all areas of combat. Oh, and there's the small thing that he can change into a wolf at will. He thinks Cerise is a meek little thing when he first meets her, and vows to protect her. Until he realizes she's just as skilled and deadly as he is. I think the first time he watched her kick ass is when he started falling in love.
“Stay back this time,” Cerise said. “It’s my fight.” “There are nine of them. Don’t be stupid.” “Stay the fuck back, William.” “Fine.” He took a step back and raised his crossbow. If that’s the way she wanted it, he could always rescue her later. “Let’s see what you got.” The larger boat slammed into them, sending a quake through the hull. Two men jumped onto the deck. Cerise struck and paused, blood running down her blade. The first two fighters died without a scream. One moment they stood on deck, and the next the top halves of their bodies slid down into the river. William closed his mouth with a click. The attackers drew back. The edge of Cerise’s sword shone once, as if a glowing silver hair were stretched along the blade. She leaped onto the larger boat. They swarmed her. She whirled, cutting through them, slicing limbs in half, severing muscle and bone. Blood sprayed, she paused again, and the fighters around her fell without a single moan. Four seconds and the deck was empty. Nothing moved. She was the most beautiful thing he had ever seen. He would have to fight her before this was over, just to find out if he could beat her.
Cerise doesn't trust easily, but she agrees to take William home with her when she realizes he's a target and he's more than capable of helping her in a fight. If the idiot man would stop trying to protect her, that is. She's a fully trained warrior and knows how to handle herself in a fight, plus she knows more about the swamp than he does. That doesn't stop her from lusting after him, though. As they get deeper into the swamp, she becomes more and more impressed with him.
When she was a teenager, she used to imagine meeting a stranger. He would be from the Weird or the Broken, not from the Mire. He would be lethal and tough, so tough, he wouldn’t be afraid of her. He would be funny. And he would be handsome. She’d gotten so good at imagining this mysterious man, she could almost picture his face. William would kick his ass. Maybe that was why she couldn’t get him out of her head
Cerise's large family is colorful and really comes to life. Aunts, uncles, cousins..each had their own personality and quirks, I loved getting to know them and watching them interact with each other. Keldar and Lark especially stand out, as both their backstories are intriguing. Keldar acts like a happy-go-lucky guy all the time, but it's obvious there's more depth there than he'd like to let on.
Seeing William become enfolded in the family and fall for Cerise was wonderful. I wanted to see him become part of something and that's exactly what happened here. Cerise was more emotionally balanced than he was, but she had her own baggage. They were evenly matched in every way and I loved watching them fall.
The action and adventure in this novel was on point. Their search for Cerise's parents, Spyder and his altered agents, the mystery of what Spyder was looking for, the feud between Cerise's family and the Sheeriles...all of it kept me on the edge of my seat. Fair Warning, there's a high creep factor here with some of the baddies in the swamp and Spyder's agents, and some of it was really gory, but I can't deny I loved every bit of it.
Andrews' imaginative and detailed world really comes to life here. I highly recommend the story. ...more
Linda Howard was an auto-buy author for years, but I stopped picking her books up around the time Shadow Woman was released. While the technical aspecLinda Howard was an auto-buy author for years, but I stopped picking her books up around the time Shadow Woman was released. While the technical aspects of her writing were the same, the spark was missing. I'm happy to report the spark has returned with this book.
I started Troublemaker with caution. The beginning was a bit slow, but by the halfway mark I was fully invested in the characters and story. I saw a lot of the Howard of old here. Quirky humor, scorching chemistry and just enough rivalry between the hero and heroine to keep things interesting. ...more
Whatever else I can say about Andrews, these books are imaginative as hell. The beginning was a bit slow for me, but I can't deny the world pulled meWhatever else I can say about Andrews, these books are imaginative as hell. The beginning was a bit slow for me, but I can't deny the world pulled me in. Rose and her brothers, Jack and Georgie, her grandmother and the other Edgers, all came to life. Declan was something of an enigma early on, but he was fully fleshed out before long, too.
I really connected with Rose. She's doing her best to raise her brothers and keep food on the table, despite some pretty big obstacles. She was just a real woman, down on her luck but making do as best she could.
The action and adventure in this novel really stand out. I couldn't wait to find out what was going on and why Declan was being so secretive, who was responsible for the sudden evil power surge, how Gerogie and Jack's powers were going to develop and how the romance between Rose and Declan was going to progress.
Action, adventure, creep, gore, humor and romance - this novel has it all....more
I started this book several months ago but set it aside after about 6 chapters. I'd just binge-read the entire series (including novellas) and I was aI started this book several months ago but set it aside after about 6 chapters. I'd just binge-read the entire series (including novellas) and I was approaching burnout. I picked up again and fell right into the story. Kate is such a kickass woman, and I love her and Curran together. What stands out is the world-building. Of the series, I think this is the best book so far. It advances the overall story arc, cleans up some loose threads from previous books and had enough humor, angst and action to keep readers on the edge of their seat. ...more
I've been waiting years and years for Winfree to start writing again. I was concerned after so many years I wouldn't enjoy her latest, but that wasn'tI've been waiting years and years for Winfree to start writing again. I was concerned after so many years I wouldn't enjoy her latest, but that wasn't the case. I fell into the story right away.
I loved reconnecting with old characters and meeting new ones. I'm so glad she's continuing with this series.
I've been anxious for Kendrick's story for ages. He's a white tiger who, for twenty years, led a band of Shifters without collars in a secret compoundI've been anxious for Kendrick's story for ages. He's a white tiger who, for twenty years, led a band of Shifters without collars in a secret compound. He's been on the run since the compound was raided, and now his Shifters are turning against him, which put his cubs in jeopardy. He knows he needs a safe place to leave them while he elimiates the current threat, so he enlists the help of Addy, his favorite local waitress.
I love the freshness of this series. The premise is interesting and makes for lovely intrigues. I enjoyed the tale and both main characters. Especially Addy. She was hilarious and wonderfully loyal....more
There's a note from the author at the beginning of this book noting that, for her, the series is split into parts. Shards of Hope ended Part 1. AllegiThere's a note from the author at the beginning of this book noting that, for her, the series is split into parts. Shards of Hope ended Part 1. Allegiance of Honor acts as kind of a segue into Part 2.
Since Silence has fallen and the Trinity Accord was formed, a lot of changes have happened. A Psy-Changeling child was born, alliances are being formed between humans, Psy and Changelings, and the major powers in the world have shifted. Where before the Psy were considered the most powerful beings in the world, the humans have made it known they aren't weak, and the Changelings have stepped up and won the trust of the general public.
That isn't to say all is peaches and cream, however. There is still plenty of mistrust between the three races, and everyone is constantly on guard. Since the Trinity Accord was formed in haste, there are a lot of holes that need to be plugged to make it a true, solid partnership agreement. And Naya, Lucas and Sasha's daughter, the first Psy-Changeling baby born in the open in a century, is both loved and loathed. Many seek to use her as leverage to control the Changelings, or see her as a target to eliminate to cause Chaos and eliminate the Trinity Accord.
This novel doesn't focus on one couple, but rather touches on pretty much all the previous unions from the series. As each couple tries to find traction in this new world, they face interesting and unique problems.
When Singh announced last year that Allegiance would revisit past characters, I was concerned it would be choppy or kind of boring. The story was woven in such a way, however, that the suspense of each individual trial and tribulation kept me hungry for more. ...more
Scott is one of the few authors who write military romances that just annihilate me. They aren't sappy, feel-good fluff pieces. That's not to say therScott is one of the few authors who write military romances that just annihilate me. They aren't sappy, feel-good fluff pieces. That's not to say there aren't sweet, romantic elements, but the tone of her books is generally darker. She doesn't shy away from looking at the problems facing the men and women who serve in the military today. Before I Fall is no exception.
One thing Scott excels at is looking at both sides of an issue. Just when I was getting frustrated with the narrow view of one character, another would arrive with a conflicting point-of-view.
Though I struggled a bit with some of the content, I can't deny this was an engrossing read. I didn't finish it with a happy sigh in my heart, but rather an introspective mien. ...more
Another killer book in the series. I continue to be amazed at the attention to detail here. The world-building is stellar. It never fails to pull me iAnother killer book in the series. I continue to be amazed at the attention to detail here. The world-building is stellar. It never fails to pull me in.
Full review closer to the release date. Suffice it to say this was fantastic. ...more