After reading "Ghost" so thought I might have to take a break from this series due to the dark nature of the read. However, I was thankful that the auAfter reading "Ghost" so thought I might have to take a break from this series due to the dark nature of the read. However, I was thankful that the author wrote "Saint" in a lighter manner.
Rory aka the Saint has had it bad for the spitfire he calls Satan. He knows Scarlett is on a self destructive mission and he wants to save her and make her his own. However, it is hard to save someone who doesn't want to be save and with the added complication that she won't let him close to her that makes the situation damn near impossible. Even his brethren know he should stay away from her but he won't listen even at the risk of heartbreak.
Scarlett is on a mission. She will avenge the women who have been abused by high ranking men and teach them a lesson that they will remember. Yet, she has someone else she needs to avenge and that is herself. She will track down the five men who stole her virtue and putting her on the path of vengeance but there will be complications (aren't there always?). The biggest one of all is the Saint because no matter how much she vows to stay away from him she just can't seem to manage it.
Of all the characters in this series so far, Rory is my favorite. He is kind, trusting and not afraid of putting his feelings out there even though he suspects he will be crushed. The way he treats Scarlett makes him even a better character. I truly enjoyed this read. The romantic tension the villains were off the charts. I am eager for the next book in this series....more
"Ward Against Death" is an interesting tale richly woven about a fledgling necromance, Ward De'Ath, who is called to the home of a high ranking man to"Ward Against Death" is an interesting tale richly woven about a fledgling necromance, Ward De'Ath, who is called to the home of a high ranking man to revive his daughter to find out who was responsible for her death. However, when Ward reawakens Celia Carlyle she begs him to assist her in avenging her death.
Little does he know at the time but Celia is also an assassin and her father is one of the most feared men in the area. After reviving her twice, Ward secures the necessary ingredients to restore her to life for an extended period of time. However, something goes wrong and now Celia seems back from the dead. As Celia and Ward work together to see who is responsible for her demise, they begin to unravel each other's secrets and Ward is not so bumbling after all. They even begin to trust each other which is rare for an assassin.
This was an intriguing tale that kept me pondering the plot and villains. The action was a little less than stellar otherwise this was a very elaborate world written by a talented author. I am looking forward to other books in the series....more
Being a woman of color it is frustrating at times when authors totally ignore us or diminish our roles when developing characters. So, I would like toBeing a woman of color it is frustrating at times when authors totally ignore us or diminish our roles when developing characters. So, I would like to give a big shout out and thanks to Margo Collins Bond for writing a novella featuring some sexy man of the darker persuasion.
I book three of the Shifter Shield series were introduced to a bi-species as well as big-racial couple, Jeremiah and Shadow. They were being hunted down and seeking asylum from the lam is, Lindi. In "Laugh Out Love" we get a chance to see how Jeremiah and Shadow actually meet. In this little novella (58 pages) there was plenty of action and romantic tension. My only criticism is the same one I always have with Ms. Collins' books, they are just too short!...more
Like most people, I wince upon hearing or seeing the distasteful aspects of life but yet somehow I can't seem to take my eyes away. That is the way ILike most people, I wince upon hearing or seeing the distasteful aspects of life but yet somehow I can't seem to take my eyes away. That is the way I felt while reading "Ghost." There are aspects of this story that are so raw and so horrific I almost stopped several times vowing never to pick it up again. However, the story line w as so compelling that I couldn't put it down.
In the previous book we learned of Talia, a good friend of Mack's who was sold into slavery. Although she was originally thought to be dead, in fact she is alive and living in the home of the Ghost, Alexei. She is broken, a former shell of who she once was and there is only one thing that she wants and that is death. That is the one thing Alexei refuses to give her. He wants to use her too, as a pawn in a game he is playing to keep his heart safe but he is about to learn a valuable lesson: that sometimes two broken people make a whole.
The Ghost learned early on the harsh realities of life. His own father kicked him and his mother out like trash when he learned of his malady. Now he is Vor and he commands respect within the organization. So when the group try to force him to marry Katharine, the woman who has slept with his friends, he launches a plan on his own. He will take the battered whore, Talia, and make her his wife ensuring that no one will control his heart and hurt his again.
This was a really tough read for me. The content was disturbing as it was horrific. I wondered if Ms. Zavarelli needed to be so brutal in her depictions and quite honestly that is why I gave this book four out of five stars but in the end, I know she had to be true to her artistic calling but I felt that she truly pushed the boundaries in this read. I am in this journey of the Boston Underworld now and I cannot stop. So, I will go on to read the next book in this series....more
(3.5 Stars) When I first read the book summary for "Trigger" I thought that the concept for this read seemed unique and interesting. I am happy to repo(3.5 Stars) When I first read the book summary for "Trigger" I thought that the concept for this read seemed unique and interesting. I am happy to report that the plot for this story is very unique and intriguing. I was fascinated from the very first page and until the end.
In a future society, women are forced into arranged marriages by the age of twenty five or if they can qualify they can go into the military or the Corporation. Poppy Carvene is a few days away from her twenty fifth birthday and her father refuses to allow her to work for the Corporation. He has assured her that he has picked out a handsome young man from the ranks of his military but she wants nothing to do with it.
After hearing her father's final decision regarding her hopes of working for the Corporation, Poppy goes to a bar where she meets a stranger and decides to have a one night affair as a final act of freedom. Little does she know that this dalliance with put her right into the cross hairs of the head of the Corporation, Godric King. He and her family are enemies due to the untimely death of her mother. To complicate matters, Godric has a secret and it will take Poppy by complete surprise.
The next day, Poppy runs off on a train in defiance to work for the Corporation. She know that it is rare for a woman to make it but her father has trained her well in all battle techniques. When she makes it to the Corporation recruitment facility, she immediately undergoes extensive and grueling obstacles designed to weed out the weak. Yet, Poppy manages to pass the test and also becomes on the radar of the one man, she would prefer to avoid, Godric.
An evil is coming and not only does it invade Poppy's dreams, it threatens her future as well. I enjoyed this read but had a few challenges with some of concepts. First, Poppy comes across as being this stubborn and strong woman but throughout the book she constantly acquiesces to the demands of Godric. Additionally, in my humble opinion, characters are extremely important and while I liked the characters in this read, there really wasn't a truly worthy Antagonist! There were a few weak attempts at a conflict but I just didn't feel any real danger for the characters. It truly showed up at the end because the ending was weak. If Ms. Dawn could really concentrate on the conflict in this story it would put the series on firmer grounds. I hope book two proves to do just that! ...more
(Great graphic novel for students ages 9 and above) Poor Ben is having difficulty sleeping. Every time he does go to sleep he has the strangest nightma(Great graphic novel for students ages 9 and above) Poor Ben is having difficulty sleeping. Every time he does go to sleep he has the strangest nightmares where creatures are after him and his friends beg him to release them from their dream prison. Then, students become missing from school and when Ben's mother takes him to the doctor to find out why he is not sleeping, he discovers that all of the people he saw trapped in his dreams are located in the dreaded Ward Z.
Will Ben be able to rescue his friends or will he find himself trapped in the worse nightmare of his life? ...more
I know it's hard to believe but "A Hunger Like No Other" is my first Kresley Cole read and it was a very intriguing introduction to the writing of thiI know it's hard to believe but "A Hunger Like No Other" is my first Kresley Cole read and it was a very intriguing introduction to the writing of this author.
Melamine is in Paris trying to blend in with the humans. She is half vampire and half Valkyrie and she hasn't had any blood in days. Additionally, she is forbidden by her clan to drink directly from the vein. So, she is wandering the streets while she contemplates her dilemma. Little does she know but below the streets, in the catacombs, an ancient being has been awakened by her scent and has now escaped. He wants only one thing and it is her.
When Lachlain awakens from the fire he smells the scent of the one person that motivates him to escape his tortured existence and she is his mate. Little does he know but she is also a vampire, the very creature responsible for imprisoning him in the catacombs hundreds of years prior. When he kidnaps her he can make up his mind if he wants to bed her or kill her.
There is so much Emmaline and Lachlain don't know about each other. His take charge attitude leaves her reeling and feeling totally petrified while Lachlain cannot understand the newfangled ways of the 21st Century or why Emmaline doesn't want to do the horizontal mumbo with him. What we are left with is a roller coaster mating ride. However, if they don't refrain from allowing their romantic shenanigans from clouding their judgment, they will miss a very real threat that promises to end their lives.
This was a great start to this series and I am definitely interested in learning more about this world and these characters. I just hate I waited so long to give Ms. Cole's books a try....more