Dean wasn't my favorite character in the previous books in this series. I didn't dislike him, but I wasn't dying for his story. I had mixed feelings wDean wasn't my favorite character in the previous books in this series. I didn't dislike him, but I wasn't dying for his story. I had mixed feelings when I saw this was to be his story, though that didn't stop me from diving right in when I received the ARC.
Though he still isn't my favorite character from the series, Dean really came to life for me.
I found the main conflict to be a bit disappointing. I saw it coming from the very beginning, but I'd hoped Kennedy would take the story in a different direction. Though I understand it was necessary for his growth as a character, I would have liked to see that happen in a different way.
I was surprised - and saddened - by the event that is the catalyst for Dean's conflict (I'm trying not to spoil it). I'm not going to lie, I totally teared up.
Allie's inner strength impressed me, and Dean's slow slide into commitment was very satisfying indeed.
I was fairly frustrated with Adam and Mercy both by the time I finished Night Broken, the previous entry in this series, so I started this with cautioI was fairly frustrated with Adam and Mercy both by the time I finished Night Broken, the previous entry in this series, so I started this with caution. I'm happy to report all my concerns were addressed well before the halfway mark. This entry brings new trouble to the Pack, but also clears up some lingering issues from previous books.
It was a fascinating, thrilling tale from start to finish.
Full review to come closer to the release date. ...more
I had mixed feelings about the first book, Soul of Smoke. I loved the world and basic storyline, but the characters frustrated me. I started book two,I had mixed feelings about the first book, Soul of Smoke. I loved the world and basic storyline, but the characters frustrated me. I started book two, Shadow of Flame, but by the second chapter my head was ready to explode so I DNF'd it. I started this one by accident. I opened it on my PC and before I knew it was I was 4 chapters in. The plot really pulled me in. The first few pages where Rhys is connected to Kai as she's being tortured were really intense and set up the story well.
I was pleased to see both Kai and Rhys had done some growing since the previous book. Kai wasn't as selfish or immature. She seemed to have settled into herself more and she seemed more accepting of her future with Kai and the Dragons. Rhys, too, seemed a bit more mature. One of the things I struggled with in the previous book was the lack of maturity he showed for being a thousands-of-years old dragon. He still read more like a twenty-something than an old, wise dragon, but he showed more maturity than in the first book.
We saw more from Owain's point-of-view this time around. He was clearly mad, but his reluctance to see more dragons perish, coupled with his own ideals about the future, gave him added depth. He was much more one-dimensional in the first book. Here he was a flawed but fully formed character.
Though I had some continued frustrations with the lack of maturity shown by many of the characters, I can't deny this was a thrilling read. I was quickly swept up in the race to save Kai, the push to gain the full mantle from both sides and the complexities of the relationship between Kai and Rhys. Overall this was a very satisfying read I won't soon forget. ...more
Jessi and Mick became best friends at the age of 5 when she saw him watching her birthday party through the window and drug him inside. They met AdamJessi and Mick became best friends at the age of 5 when she saw him watching her birthday party through the window and drug him inside. They met Adam when they were in high school and the three formed an unshakable bond. Eventually they realized they felt more than friendship for one another and briefly tried a relationship. Mick, confused and conflicted because of his extremely conservative upbringing, fled after a short time, leaving anger and devastation behind. Adam began pulling away from Jessi until eventually he, too, moved on.
It's been four years and all three have grown and changed. Jessi isn't the woman she used to be, and both Adam and Mick have come into themselves and realized they gave up too much when they walked away from Jessi. When they all come together at the grand-opening of Twisted Steel's new showroom, all three realize this is the time to fight for one another, not against.
In theory the idea of a permanent menage relationship is compelling, especially for a woman. Two dudes dedicating themselves to one girl's pleasure? Sign me up! Naturally the reality isn't that simple. I like that Dane explores the complexity of the individual and group dynamics. Jessi was the common denominator and touchstone the first time they were together, but this time Mick and Adam realize they have to solidify their own relationship before they can commit to a future together. The outside criticism and society's view of their relationship - especially their close family and friends - plays a large part in the conflict. The story is multi-faceted because the relationship is multi-faceted.
Ever since I read Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison I've been craving dragon romances. The description for this one caught me so I decided to give it a goEver since I read Dragon Bound by Thea Harrison I've been craving dragon romances. The description for this one caught me so I decided to give it a go. While there are aspects I truly liked, the heroine pretty much killed the story for me.
At first I really felt for Kai. She ends up in an unimaginable situation and has to wrap her head around the fact that 1) Dragons exist and 2) she's going to be "married" to one...and she didn't get a choice about it. The problem is, she acted like an immature brat about it. Her constant whining and her refusal to look past her own issues was really frustrating. I get it. You don't want to give up your entire life and walk away from your family and friends. But even when faced with Rhys' physical pain over the separation between them (he was literally in excruciating pain because he was Heartsworn and she wasn't) and the possible end of humanity, she still only thought of herself. Even when her best friend comes back and ends up heartsworn to one of the other dragons, she still only thought of herself. If she left Rhys and walked away from it all, her best friend would have surely died. And still she didn't hesitate. She didn't even attempt to compromise or talk to Rhys about her situation..she just flat out refused to consider it.
I really liked Rhys. He was doing his best to lead his people and keep his dragons alive, yet he didn't try to force Kai. He wanted to be chosen for himself, yes, but he also wanted Kai to be as comfortable as possible. I thought he was sweet and understanding. Having said that, he didn't act like a thousands of years old dragon. He acted like a 20-something who had a lot of responsibility thrust on him. I expected more maturity out of him.
The world is imaginative and I really liked the secondary characters. The other dragons in Rhys' V (essentially his personal guard) and Juli really brought life to the story. I really became invested in their fight against Rhys' cousin, who wants to take over the dragons, the council, and their interpersonal dramas.
Which brings me to my biggest complaint...this ended in a cliffhanger. I didn't expect the war to be fought and won in a single book, but I did think the series was going to feature the different dragons, rather than focusing solely on Kai and Rhys. I want to continue the series to find out what happens, but I don't know if I can stomach two more full length books with Kai as the main protag. I bought book two, but I'm going to hold off on reading it for now....more
This is a collection of scenes from the Kate Daniels series told from Curran's point of view. As I read the series there were many times I was curiousThis is a collection of scenes from the Kate Daniels series told from Curran's point of view. As I read the series there were many times I was curious about Curran's thoughts and feelings and this was a nice little glimpse inside his head. ...more
Pia Does Hollywood follows the events in Dragos Goes To Washington. At the end of DGtW, the leaders of the Elder Races all agreed to send one person fPia Does Hollywood follows the events in Dragos Goes To Washington. At the end of DGtW, the leaders of the Elder Races all agreed to send one person from their family to spend a week with another of the Elder Races to foster peace, similar to the way the Lords of old used to foster their children with other Warlords. Pia agreed to go alone, but Dragos never agreed not to follow. Which turns out to be a good thing when problems arise that only Dragos can help solve.
Pia and Draogs are one of my all-time favorite couples and I love watching them in action. This story focuses on certain aspects of their relationship just as much as the outside action, so it was a pretty great read all around. ...more
I actually read this book ages ago and wrote a review for it that disappeared completely. Since I didn't update my reading log with exactly when I reaI actually read this book ages ago and wrote a review for it that disappeared completely. Since I didn't update my reading log with exactly when I read it, I'm just going to mark it as read-for-the-first-time in November.
I really loved Duke and Carmella. Dane writes sexy alpha-males who aren't assholes and strong, independent women who don't cross the line into "so independent they're stupid". I love the Twisted Steele setting (the shop Duke co-owns, where they build custom cars), the secondary characters and the romance. This series has it all....more
Ward was a pretty stand-up guy who did his best to do the right thing. He made some mistakes – like keeping things from Piper – but I understood why hWard was a pretty stand-up guy who did his best to do the right thing. He made some mistakes – like keeping things from Piper – but I understood why he made them.
I have to be honest, Piper drove me crazy for most of the book. For an adult woman of almost 3o, she really let other people dictate her life. Her concern over what everyone thought was silly and immature, and the way she jumped to conclusions about Ward and went off on him based on her assumptions was frustrating. Ward wasn’t perfect, but his regard for her came across clearly. He admired and respected, as well as loved, her. I didn’t get the sense she felt the same; not by her actions. Oddly enough, I really liked her. She was funny and warm and had a great sense of family. I just didn’t necessarily love the way she acted toward Ward. I did think she redeemed herself in the end, though. She realized she was repeating the same mistakes over and over and corrected them.
There were a lot of loose ends that weren’t tied up. For example, Ward mentions Spencer quite a bit. He was his mentor and the man who acted as a father to him once he went to college. Yet Ward never visits him. Piper questions him about it and he brushes it aside, then it’s never revisited. I would have liked to know why he doesn’t visit and what their relationship is like now.
That aside, I really fell into the story. I loved the friendships the characters had with each other. There were strong family bonds there, even though they weren’t blood related. I also really liked the winery backdrop....more
This book really brought Kate's past to the forefront and gave us insight into what she'll be dealing with when the fight with her father finally comeThis book really brought Kate's past to the forefront and gave us insight into what she'll be dealing with when the fight with her father finally comes to fruition. I probably shouldn't, but I really like Hugh. I love how he needles Kate and Curran.
Speaking of Curran..I wanted to beat him in this book. I knew there had to be a reason for him to act the way he did, but it didn't make it easier to read. My heart broke for Kate.
Her sparring session with Hugh was one of the highlights of the book.
And I cried toward the end. Sniffle.
I'm taking a break from the series now. I binge-read every book leading up to this one (including novellas) in about a week. I don't want to burnout. ...more
This is set in the Kate Daniels world but told from Andrea's point of view. I've been chomping at the bit to see what was going on with her and RaphaeThis is set in the Kate Daniels world but told from Andrea's point of view. I've been chomping at the bit to see what was going on with her and Raphael. She's kind of a mess, and really needs support, but Raphael's feelers were hurt so he acted like an ass. Then Andrea acted like an ass because he was. At times they both frustrated me, but the plot was interesting and kept me invested in the story even when I wanted to knock them both upside the head. ...more