This was a darker, more intense story than earlier books in the series, but to do justice to the horror that Brenna was recovering from, it had to be.This was a darker, more intense story than earlier books in the series, but to do justice to the horror that Brenna was recovering from, it had to be. Now add cold, emotionless Psy Judd to the equation. Well, he was emotionless, until Brenna decided he was hers.
Singh puts so much detail and reality into her world building and the intricacies of each of these cultures, that you feel emotionally that this world exists even though you know rationally it doesn't. I could go into parallels with real-world behaviors, but I don't want to analyze it; just enjoy it....more
A mostly satisfying end to the series. Although Morganen already had chosen his bride in earlier books, this began with a surprise about Hope, which aA mostly satisfying end to the series. Although Morganen already had chosen his bride in earlier books, this began with a surprise about Hope, which added a little more flavor to the story. After a very promising beginning, it bogged down a little as Hope was established as a chocolatier - interesting details about the making of chocolate, but would a woman really give a 'lecture' on how chocolate is made while she's trying to seduce her guy?!
It was nice to see Consus continue as 'the good guy of Katan' (my label), and it was fun to see the varied ways the heroes and bad guys manifested their magics. All continuing storylines were nicely brought to a conclusion, including getting the gods to recognize Nightfall as a kingdom - what a Convocation!!...more
'Begin as you mean to go on', Iliana's mother had always told her. So when Ileana's new husband refused to bathe until the end of July (after all, he''Begin as you mean to go on', Iliana's mother had always told her. So when Ileana's new husband refused to bathe until the end of July (after all, he'd just bathed in January!), she donned her chastity belt and hid the key.
This was a cute premise, and Sands handled it with her trademark humor, but this one just didn't have the same punch as Love Is Blind or The Perfect Wife. The humor didn't flow quite as well here, and I just couldn't accept the idea that Iliana would have been able to wear that blasted device day and night (she unlocked it only to relieve herself), so that premise just didn't work for me in the long run.
But I did enjoy the verbal interactions between them - and between Duncan and his father, where Angus berated him for being 'a randy bastard' for bedding Iliana day and night when he hadn't even been able to get past the belt!
The mystery behind the murder attempts soon became pretty obvious to the reader, and I was sitting here pretty wide-eyed at Iliana's leadership in repelling a siege and saving the castle. But the characters were appealing enough to make it better than average - to me, it's 3.5*, but that option doesn't exist yet, so I gave it 4*...more
This was an okay read, actually closer to 3.5*, but after a great beginning, it didn't grab me until I got to the last 80 pp. or so. A story that begiThis was an okay read, actually closer to 3.5*, but after a great beginning, it didn't grab me until I got to the last 80 pp. or so. A story that begins with 8 Scottish warriors fighting a skirmish in the 12th century & suddenly being transported to modern times intrigued me. Maybe the problem was with my expectations, but I just found it too easy to put down and do other things, always a bad sign for me.
Grace had great scientific & mathematical ability and knowledge almost at her fingertips, but for one reason or another throughout the story, she wasn't able to put them to positive use (mountain peak in the way so she couldn't triangulate position, so the strong hero had to find the way out; later she was all set to use her math skills to solve the problem of iced cables on the ski lift, but kidnappers got in the way, etc.) I was left frustrated with the buildup of the idea of strength in the heroine because of her skills, but then always needing the hero - a strong warrior from the 12th century - solve all the problems for her, or at least deal with the aftermath when things went wrong.
I will continue with the series, but have now modified my expectations....more
This is the 2nd book in an entertaining series about some 12th century Highland warriors who have been thrust 800 years into the future. It's only beeThis is the 2nd book in an entertaining series about some 12th century Highland warriors who have been thrust 800 years into the future. It's only been 8 years since it happened, Morgan is still not comfortable with living in this new era, and he still feels that his sword is his best friend. Sadie lost her sister in a house fire 8 yrs ago, her father died 3 yrs ago from health problems caused by smoke inhalation from that fire, and Sadie herself has major burn scars from being trapped in that fire. She is now mapping out trails and boundaries of a proposed wilderness park (in honor of her father), and her best friend is her dad's camera, which she just used to take pictures of an Adonis sunning himself on a rock - au naturel. Adonis/Morgan sees her and gives chase - Oops! Double-Oops when they both learn that the proposed park includes a special corner of Morgan's land that he wants to keep people away from, for special reasons involving the actions/powers of the druid wizard Daar, who just happens to be responsible for bringing the Highlanders forward in time. There's a bad guy, of course, and no surprise as to who that is, but I didn't really care how obvious that was. I was looking for something light and fun, so just suspend disbelief and enjoy....more
This is the best of the series so far. The first two were enjoyable but average reads, but this one had those extra "somethings" that make a book abovThis is the best of the series so far. The first two were enjoyable but average reads, but this one had those extra "somethings" that make a book above-average for me. The first 'something' is Robbie - 8 years old and totally in charge, in a very disarming way. Another 'something' is Libby's gift, which has frightened her and caused her to flee from her life as a trauma surgeon in California and move to Maine. There she decides to open a glass-crafting shop (a secret hobby of hers for years) and, of course, meets Michael - which was Robbie's plan, since his goal is to find a new love for his dad, and he works toward that goal every day. The third "something" is a snowy owl that Robbie befriends and names Mary (the name of his dead mother). When these two work together, Libby & Michael don't stand a chance of sticking to their resolve to stay single.
The only weak point for me was Libby's determination to keep her 'gift' secret, even after she's discovered all the other strange & magical things that go on among and around these 13th century Highlanders....more
Now here's a wedding to remember: the ceremony was performed by an 1800-year-old priest, and attended by two druidhs, six time-traveling highland warrNow here's a wedding to remember: the ceremony was performed by an 1800-year-old priest, and attended by two druidhs, six time-traveling highland warriors - and a dragon!
This was not really a 5* read, but I upped it a little because the author resisted the temptation to have a last-minute confrontation with the villain or with any of his henchmen - you know, where the heroine does something stupid and is captured or imperiled by the villain, and the hero has to rush to her rescue. This hero out- planned the villain, and that was very refreshing. And it left time for other things to be resolved - remember that dragon?!
It has been fun to follow the stories of these time-traveling warriors and their offspring - one more to go!...more
Manolito took a poisoned knife in the chest while protecting Shea Dubrinsky and her unborn child from certain death (in Dark Celebration). He was 'helManolito took a poisoned knife in the chest while protecting Shea Dubrinsky and her unborn child from certain death (in Dark Celebration). He was 'held to the earth' by other Carpathians to keep him from permanently dying, and they put him in the ground so he could recover and return completely from the spirit world, but he rose too early and now he's in both worlds. I don't know why I thought this was a step too far - after all, I'm reading a series about shapeshifters, vampires, predestined soulmates, sleeping underground, etc. - but a spirit world where good spirits and bad spirits dwell in the same plane and can affect each other, and can also affect living beings, just bothered me; what's the point of eliminating a vicious vampire if he can just continue his nastiness?
I really liked that this book was as much about MaryAnn as it was about Manolito - maybe even more. I loved it when she totally denied being psychic right after she used strong psychic powers she didn't know she had! It appears that Ms. Feehan has decided to add to the species in a different and somewhat unexpected way. I'm guessing Luiz will show up in subsequent books, maybe even his own?! And will the Jaguar race be saved from extinction? Only the author knows....more
I started this book twice before, but the first chapter turned me off and i put it aside for something else. This was strange, because I loved the earI started this book twice before, but the first chapter turned me off and i put it aside for something else. This was strange, because I loved the earlier books in the series, although I was disappointed in Hannah's story. This time I decided there had to be more, so I read past that first chapter, and I'm happy to say that there was more to like than dislike. In fact, there was a lot to like about Ilya, and I absolutely loved the twist about his heritage!
Things I liked: The sense of family that Joley had with her band members, and the way the band members genuinely cared for and supported each other, which came out strongly when Brian dropped his bombshell near the end (and discovered they'd known all along).
The slow telling of why Ilya was the way he was (and I wonder if more about his childhood will come out in the last book - maybe in some pillow talk between Ilya and Joley?)
The mental and emotional bonding of Joley and Ilya - and that telepathy (how nice to be able to have a private conversation in a room full of people!)
The bond of the sisters, and their willingness to drop everything and help out the one in need. We saw more of this in the earlier books.
Things I disliked: The emphasis on drugs and indiscriminate sex - or rather, I disliked the excusing of self-indulgent behaviors and cheating on spouse/girlfriend (the I-was-too-stoned-to-know-what-I-was-doing, or He-was-so-lonely-and-the-girls-were-throwing-themselves-at-him excuses). This is what turned me off in the first chapter, and later as well,and the reason I can't give this 5*
The over-arching Russian mob theme, and with Elle involved here, you know it's going to be in her book, too. Of course, this theme is what brought Ilya into Joley's life!
And the unanswered question (unless it was there and I missed it) - why did Joley have such a trust issue that she couldn't sleep if someone else was in the room, even family members?
Zane's story, Mackenzie's Pleasure, had a little more meat (and heat!) to it than Chance's story, A Game Of Chance, so I rate MP a 4* and AGoC reallyZane's story, Mackenzie's Pleasure, had a little more meat (and heat!) to it than Chance's story, A Game Of Chance, so I rate MP a 4* and AGoC really a weak 3*. I wanted so much more in Chance's story, but really the beginning of MP was as much about Chance as about Zane, so I was really glad they were packaged together in this volume. Both stories had very strong heroines, which packed a stronger punch because in both cases the Mackenzie brothers expected spoiled, weak, whiny women.
But, for me, the female who took the spotlight in both stories was Nick in her 'pwetty dwess', wanting to be old enough to ride on 'Unca Dance's moborcycle'. ...more