Loved this and the sequels to bits and thoroughly enjoyed it. Only complaint was that the two books are short; they and the freebie short could have bLoved this and the sequels to bits and thoroughly enjoyed it. Only complaint was that the two books are short; they and the freebie short could have been made into one book without it being excessively long.
The world building is subtle and the UST between the two...uhnf. As a Sentinel fan, I'm all for relationships that start with people being picked up and slammed into walls ;-)
Genuinely creepy in places and compulsively readable. ...more
2.5 really. I love the idea behind the series but it was so...so SILLY. I wanted to snicker when I probably should've been feeling any emotion other t2.5 really. I love the idea behind the series but it was so...so SILLY. I wanted to snicker when I probably should've been feeling any emotion other than amusement. The characters were so OTT and melodramatic and the hero was, well, soppy when it came to the heroine and Hulk Smash the rest of the time. Plus it dragged, OMG, did it ever drag. Page after page of 'tell me why you're here, no, not until you tell me why you're here, no'.
And would men created in the time of the Greek gods really be so skittish over the idea an erection was aimed at them (in a manner of speaking? ::g::) Plus, they can hook up a plasma TV but they've never heard of Tylenol? Don't they get commercials on their TV?
A few endearing moments, but not enough to save the book. I got it from the library and I have more on my Kobo but I'm not sure I'll get to them.
3.5 but I liked it enough to round up not down (why can't we give half stars, why?). It had an almost fairytale feel to it, though it was set in Regen3.5 but I liked it enough to round up not down (why can't we give half stars, why?). It had an almost fairytale feel to it, though it was set in Regency times. Sweet, angsty at times; an enjoyable read....more
I enjoyed this fairly long book until the end. It could have been tightened up in the middle; the sheriff span his wheels a lot and it bugged the hellI enjoyed this fairly long book until the end. It could have been tightened up in the middle; the sheriff span his wheels a lot and it bugged the hell out of me that, unless I missed it, Clare never passed on some info from the victim in the hospital.
The ending...I can see why some reviewers didn't like the absolute last bit though I thought it was realistic; evil can never be totally vanquished. What bugged me was that the lead characters didn't get an epilogue of their own, nothing but a jarring, that's it, that's all there is. The fallout from what happened would've been epic and I wanted a glimpse.
I was chuffed to bits when I found this. It's been a while since I read the first three and I thought that was all there was. I'm a third in and feeliI was chuffed to bits when I found this. It's been a while since I read the first three and I thought that was all there was. I'm a third in and feeling...meh. Parts of it are great but it needs editing. Repetition after repetition, as if the two authors did a chapter each and didn't read what the other wrote.
And I am BEYOND SICK of the fat/fit fashion that gets mentioned constantly and women being described as chubby for no pertinent reason. We get it. At that point in the future, curves are in, as long as the woman is healthy (not the same for men, I assume). Stop telling us.
Plus, they used 'discretely' when they meant 'discreetly' and that is a total red flag for me. Unforgivable. People get this wrong all the time and having it in print makes some people think that's how you spell it in that situation and they'll carry on getting it wrong. They trust the printed word. I was too well brought up to deface a library book, but I was tempted to get out a pencil, I can tell you. Discreet is not the same as discrete. They're both words, yes, but context is everything.
3.75. Hot, hot, hot and sweet too, with a lovely sense of wonder and joy as they work out what works so to speak. Got a tiny bit repetitive in the dia3.75. Hot, hot, hot and sweet too, with a lovely sense of wonder and joy as they work out what works so to speak. Got a tiny bit repetitive in the dialogue toward the end but I'd like to read more by this author focusing on these two, maybe from the Dom's POV too....more
Bill died a few months ago, but he'd finished this book and that makes me happy even as I grieve for the loss of a friend. I read it without stopping,Bill died a few months ago, but he'd finished this book and that makes me happy even as I grieve for the loss of a friend. I read it without stopping, almost, gripped by the details I'd never known, absorbed by the fleshing out of stories I did know. Heinlein and Ginny became very real and I felt for them as they struggled with life, far more than I ever realized. Their health issues...goodness. Crisis after crisis with debilitating illnesses and countless operations.
I knew Ginny online toward the end of her life and counted her a friend. She was old in years by then, legally blind, but her spirit was young and she was as gracious and friendly as you could wish for, with a spice of asperity now and then when someone overstepped the line. Reading about her as a younger woman rounded out the image I have of her.
Bill completed the definitive biography of Heinlein. I'm beyond sad I can't tell him how much I admire him and this tour de force.
Enjoyable enough but very little sense of period. Regency? Victorian? I assume the former but it felt vague. And the constant use of 'bloody hell' jarEnjoyable enough but very little sense of period. Regency? Victorian? I assume the former but it felt vague. And the constant use of 'bloody hell' jarred. A lady wouldn't swear and a gentleman wouldn't in front of her. ...more
I have to find the cut-off point where this author went from writing lurid purple prose with asshole male leads and toned things down a bit. I like heI have to find the cut-off point where this author went from writing lurid purple prose with asshole male leads and toned things down a bit. I like her later books much more.
This one has a hero with emerald eyes. That gets mentioned EVERY OTHER PAGE. Sometimes, they're called green, but not often. And really, once we've been told they're green once, maybe twice, there is NO NEED TO MENTION IT AGAIN. Eye color is not the most important detail about a character.
The heroine has amber colored eyes. That is mentioned less often but frequently enough that I was in no danger of forgetting it.
The hero...can we say over-bearing? Can we say patronizing and sure he knows best? Can we point out how ludicrous it is that they fall in love after one day and one bout of sex?
I had a running conversation in my head where I responded to his demands/commands and it went a whole lot differently than in the book.
The relationship between the hero and his mysterious best buddy Stark had more zing but sadly, no m/m/f here ::pouts:;
I like the work of Jayne Krentz whether she's writing as her, Amanda Quick or Jayne Castle so when I saw this for d/l at the library I grabbed it. BigI like the work of Jayne Krentz whether she's writing as her, Amanda Quick or Jayne Castle so when I saw this for d/l at the library I grabbed it. Big mistake. It was written in 1983 and I think if she tried to publish it today, it'd never make it. I hope it wouldn't anyway. Her publishers have done her a disservice not letting this stay buried.
I started it and almost gave up within a few pages because the hero has 'antique gold' eyes and the heroine's are 'sea-green'. Oh yes. Brown and grey aren't good enough. The writing's florid, purple to the point of being violet, but I like a casino setting and though it was hard to wrap my head around making $1000.00 in one weekend being particularly noteworthy (I got flashbacks to Austin Powers and the ONE MILLION DOLLARS! joke) I went with it. Hero (I use the word loosely) and heroine going to bed an hour after meeting was okay though no one mentioned birth control or condoms but fine, it's a romance, let's concentrate on the hot smexing.
Next morning she wakes up and he's going through her wallet. Needle scratch time. He's doing what now? Then when she protests he gets on the bed and menaces her. He does this a lot. We're told she's scared of him a lot too(the POV is all over the place, btw).
Because she's nuts, she agrees to meet him in Vegas next Friday, then, as her plane takes off realizes damn, she's hosting a work-related dinner party and she can't cancel. So she calls the hotel and leaves many messages saying sorry, will be there Saturday morning instead, getting no reply.
The jerk shows up at her house and crashes her dinner party telling her he was so angry with her putting off their meeting (for a whole twelve hours!) he wanted to beat her but she's not worth beating. Whew. What a relief, huh? He takes over the party keeping her on edge in case he reveals she's been gambling (except she has a system so she always wins) and she gets fired/loses the promotion.
Then the guests leave, he yells at her some more (did I mention he refers to her as his property when talking to his boss?) and they have sex.
Next morning a guy shows up with a check for her. She's helped him and his pregnant wife out when they were down on their luck, his paintings have taken off and he wants to repay her.
Cue Mr Insano storming downstairs threatening him with violence, refusing to listen to an explanation from either of them, assuming the money is for sex...got to say, he really thinks highly of his soulmate, huh?
He accuses her of being a whore, she slaps him, he grabs her wrist so hard he marks her up and calls her a shrew for being pissed at him (this is AFTER she explains).
That night she asks (ASKS! IN HER OWN HOUSE!) if she can sleep alone and he agrees, gets drunk, barges in to her room and fucks her because clearly wanting to be alone doesn't mean anything when he has some claiming of his woman to do.
Feh. Vomit. Never, ever have I met a character I seriously want to push off a high cliff so I can hear him screaming 'noooooo!' for a good long time as much as with this guy.
Take this book off the shelves, Krentz/Quick/Castle. You're not going to gain any new readers with it and I'm only letting it go because you're a good writer now and I like that you feature happy, committed gay couples in a lot of your books too.
But this one? Bury it. Bury it deep. Then salt the freaking ground.
It was okay, no more than that. Several editing issues (basic common mistakes like using 'peaked' when it should've been 'piqued', incorrect tenses, aIt was okay, no more than that. Several editing issues (basic common mistakes like using 'peaked' when it should've been 'piqued', incorrect tenses, a lack of contractions making the dialogue stilted) and a lacklustre mystery.
Worst though was how TAME it was. I'm not in the scene but this is not a Dom/sub relationship to me. It's a couple who enjoy mildly (very mild) kinky sex. There was no attempt to explore emotional reasons why one wanted to submit and the other dominate, nothing done to invoke deep intense emotions or take her deep. It was frustrating as hell. The guy basically lost most of his IQ points when he saw her and seemed to decide hey, I'm a Dom, she is my soulmate therefore she is a sub and there was a huge leap there. Plus at one point he said something like, "You're not allowed to have opinions, you're a sub" and I was like, the hell?
And did I flip too many pages and miss the anal sex? He put a butt plug in her and I don't think it ever came out but I guess it did.
Ack. Not a dreadful book but it bothered me by how wishy-washy it was. The BDSM club seemed like somewhere I could've taken my grandmother to it was so polite and vanilla.
I get that every D/s relationship is different but could I ever see her kneeling to him? No. And getting bent out of shape if your woman smiles at someone isn't the sign of a Dom, it's an indication you're an asshole.
After sixty pages or so, I started skimming. I came across a bit with one of the male leads telling Amber (and her name should’ve been a red flag; AmbAfter sixty pages or so, I started skimming. I came across a bit with one of the male leads telling Amber (and her name should’ve been a red flag; Amber Delacroix is so…lush and it doesn’t seem like one her coldhearted unloving mother would’ve chosen) she needed to be stretched for anal sex and she should’ve expected that when she became part of a menage. ::blinks:: Um, okay. It hadn’t occurred to me it was a given, but there you go.
Then we’re told the mom of one of the male leads hadn’t been happy to find her son shared his lovers with his BFF but had come around since the town had a lot of menages and it was becoming accepted. Say what now?
Finally, though to that point, afaik, it wasn’t a D/s style relationship, she’s in bed with one of them and groans, ‘Faster, harder’ or something like that and he stops and asks her if she’s trying to tell him how to have sex and to let him decide when things heat up since he’s the man and all that.
3.75. I enjoyed this lighthearted, sometimes laugh aloud story. The paranormal element was interesting and I'm a sucker for a theatre background.
Two t3.75. I enjoyed this lighthearted, sometimes laugh aloud story. The paranormal element was interesting and I'm a sucker for a theatre background.
Two things kept it from a five star; there were a few too many typos of the they're/their variety and they're like nails on a blackboard for me, and the ending fizzled out a little. Too abrupt a switch of focus from the (kind of) villain....more
Not read it yet but I cannot figure out that cover; what is going on? Is he sprouting another body from his torso? Genuinely baffled.
Review;2.5. I havNot read it yet but I cannot figure out that cover; what is going on? Is he sprouting another body from his torso? Genuinely baffled.
Review;2.5. I haven't read them all but I'll probably give up after this third one. The editing is awful. Seriously, whoever is editing these books needs to be fired.
"What do you mean?" He asked.
He knew how to Dominate a woman.
Tense changes, weird comma placement, contraction-less dialogue...and there is never a good reason to refer to a main character as 'the Native American' twice in as many pages.
I'm on the third now, a menage book with two bisexual men who just had anal sex without lube or a condom. Ouch. And not too safe considering they go in for threesomes. And condoms keep appearing on the bed throughout the second book. I don't need every detail spelled out but do men really walk around with condoms in their pockets? Magically teleporting ones at that?
Eh. Just not doing it for me. Sex is too tame and the heroes don't come over as Doms but just plain bossy, and insanely possessive, which isn't the same thing at all. And why do all the characters fall asleep after sex every single time even when they have sex right after breakfast?...more
I enjoyed this but I wanted to sprinkle a few hundred apostrophes around because every page needed some. It's not incorrect to say 'do not', 'have notI enjoyed this but I wanted to sprinkle a few hundred apostrophes around because every page needed some. It's not incorrect to say 'do not', 'have not' and 'will not' of course, but in dialogue especially it's so freaking clunky and stilted. It got so each one caught my eye and bugged me.