When You Dare exemplified the perfect and completely unique storyline, characters and writiReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.
When You Dare exemplified the perfect and completely unique storyline, characters and writing I've come to expect from Lori Foster. I've read many of her previous books but this one managed to blow me away. I simply couldn't read it fast enough and didn't want the story to come to an end. Foster is truly a master at her craft and this romantic suspense was a pleasure to experience.
When You Dare begins by introducing us to Molly who was kidnapped by human traffickers and taken from her home to Mexico. Lucky for her, hunky Dare Macintosh happens to be rescuing a friend from the same bad men. But what would a thirty year old 'plain' woman be doing grouped in with a bunch of young statuesque women? Molly can only assume that someone wanted her hurt and out of the way, but she has no idea who and there are too many suspects to count. It could be could be her father, ex-boyfriend, one of her angry fans... Surely this means Dare will agree to act as her protector for a little longer and if the attraction becomes to hard to fight then so be it.
Dare was an absolute dream to read about. I loved him from the very first sentence. Him being a big man with a bigger gun yet having a sweet, gentle side completely endeared him to me. There aren't many hulking mercenaries that would take the time to brush out a woman's hair when she was too weak to do it, especially when he barely knew her. And that's only the beginning of what I adored about it. He was so protective and intense when it came to those he cares about. Being an animal lover was just the cherry on top.
Molly was an amazing, stand out heroine. She had such beautiful inner strength and her emotions were always so believable and genuine. I did have a love/hate relationship with Molly's career though. Molly happened to be a romantic suspense writer with a movie deal in the making. This was difficult for me for reasons completely unrelated to the book, but I was anxious for a long time because of it. Jennifer Crusie's Welcome to Temptation features a script writer and when she wrote a personal life experience into her film, which I was constantly fearing Molly might do, the book's hero freaked out and that was the cause of much strife and agony for the characters and myself. I should have known Foster would never put her readers through that though. Once I finished the book I really appreciated how she integrated a writing career into the plot. It was very well done, never felt like she was writing herself into the book and it made the story even more unique.
I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in this new Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. If the upcoming book manages to have even a fraction of the chemistry and steam Molly and Dare shared, I know I'll love it....more
Never would I have expected historical romance to blend so well with steampunk and the paraReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4½ stars.
Never would I have expected historical romance to blend so well with steampunk and the paranormal. Cindy Spencer Pape accomplishes not only that in Steam & Sorcery, but she also creates a full, rich plot, scorching hot romance, and lots of lovable characters. Despite being a quick read, Steam & Sorcery has all the elements I hope for in longer novels and the book never felt rushed or confusing.
Sir Merrick was a wonderfully unique hero. I loved reading about a magical knight taking on five magical, or equally hazardous, orphans. It was always humorous to hear his thoughts on the rag tag family they became and I couldn't help but fall in love with him considering how sweet he was to each of them. The plot was centered around Sir Merrick's secret organization and the possible disaster a steampunk machine could cause by giving vampyres the illusion of humanity. It was just as fun to read about him with the kids as it was when he was completing a mission or trying to avoid Caroline. Caro is another very unique character. I don't want to say much on that as the discovery and what that's about is integral to the plot. Caro is the most obvious deviation from a realistic historical (besides the paranormal and steampunk) as she's very forward thinking. I don't think this took away from the book's credibility and it certainly didn't diminish my enjoyment. Just because Miss Dorothy, Nell, Wink, Tommy, Piers and Jamie were secondary characters didn't make them any less fleshed out or lovable. Dorothy was the cliched matchmaker. I didn't mind her in this role at all though, in fact she brought something new to the role. The orphans... they completely won me over. I could read a twenty book series on them and never get bored.
When I began this book, I expected it to be like a typical romance; heavy on the build up, a few love scenes then suddenly the plot threatens to separate them. Steam & Sorcery is nothing like that typical mold. Instead, the storyline and the romantic aspects worked as one to deliver a wonderful book. I loved both of them. This is definitely an adult book, yum, but I think even nonromance readers would enjoy it. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!...more
Pink Satin was a quick, heartwarming romance. The book remained lighthearted and fun even iReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.
Pink Satin was a quick, heartwarming romance. The book remained lighthearted and fun even in the face of more serious topics like insecurities and a potential stalker, both of which I usually find tedious and annoying. Greene is a wonderful writer and I will definitely be returning to her books since I enjoyed this one so much. Her writing style made the book flow very easily but it was the voices she gave her characters that drew me in.
The chemistry between Greer and Ryan was tangible, very satisfying to read about. It was easy to picture the two of them as my neighbors and their romance actually playing out. The craziness to their situation and the circumstances of the relationship only added to the believability. Greer keeps receiving creepy phone calls from The Breather and to alleviate her fear, she seeks out company. Enter Ryan, a new neighbor, who ends up sprawled across Greer's robe clad body then somehow talks his way into her apartment for dinner so that he can protect her. A normal beginning, their situation is certainly not but it fits them perfectly. Ryan was a very sexy hero and not just because of his looks. His protective and caring nature are what made me find him delicious. What woman wouldn't love a man who played chess in the apartment's hall to calm her down, stormed into her apartment whenever he heard the phone ring to protect her or carried her cat about between apartments even though he dubbed it his nemesis just to keep her happy?
There was a slight plot to Pink Satin other than the romance. It definitely took the backseat but it was still interesting and held my attention. It was also well integrated into the romance, they never felt like separate entities....more
I love cowboys and horses so the summary of this book really interested me despite the pregReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 3½ stars.
I love cowboys and horses so the summary of this book really interested me despite the pregnancy storyline which I was quite hesitant about. For nearly the whole book I was anxious in regards to that conflict, which is one I don't care for, and how it would be handed. I think Eagle did a great job addressing it then moving on. It wasn't drawn out and painful like many authors would have made it. I think that made the book a lot smoother and enjoyable read for me.
I liked Skyler. She was fun, smart, interesting... And I liked Trace even more. Definitely loved the cocky, sexy cowboy image he had going on. Their relationship just didn't work for me though in the first half of the book. Passionate moments felt cold and other than great one liners, I never felt them connect in conversation. However, I did love their instant attraction. Sure the build up can be fun but it often contains some angst or denial, neither of which I find enjoyable. I really liked that there was no pretense or nonsense between Skyler and Trace in regards to attraction. They liked each other so they let it happen. The second half of the book was a whole different rodeo; it was a wild ride and I loved every second of it.
The love scenes can go either way. If you're looking for something explicit and detailed, you won't enjoy the sex in this book. If you're looking for something a little more subtle then you'll really enjoy what Eagle's got in store for you.
Something about this book didn't feel modern, it felt more like something from the mid-eighties. I think it was a combination of the author's narrative language and the dialogue given to the characters. Some lines had a current witty and cleverness but much of it had an older feel. This wasn't a problem for me, but it was a surprise that took some adjusting to.
Lastly, many people aren't going to get the rodeo or equine talk and it isn't really explained. It's not necessary knowledge for the story but it will be frustrating to encounter that type of language not knowing what's going on considering both characters' lives revolve around horses....more
To her great displeasure Maia Woodmore finds herself and her sister under the guardianshipReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.
To her great displeasure Maia Woodmore finds herself and her sister under the guardianship of Dimitri, Earl of Corvindale. He is rude, cold and worst of all, one of the only people who knows about the incident that could destroy her upcoming marriage with scandal. While Maia is battling Corvindale at every turn, she's also about to find out that she and her sister are in grave danger from ruthless vampires determined to kidnap them to entrap her brother. Dimitri couldn't be more annoyed. Up until the arrival of the Woodmore sister, he had spent his days quietly researching ways to break his covenant with Lucifer. Since Maia's arrival he's not only had to fight off other vampires to keep the Woodmores safe, but he's also had his sanctuary disrupted with open curtains during daytime and rearrangements of his library. Dimitri has his own painful secrets and no matter how much Maia pries or helps out, they will remain buried.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Vampire Dimitri starts at about the same place in time that The Vampire Voss did. I was expecting The Vampire Dimitri to pick up where the other left off. I enjoyed reliving a few scenes from the previous book in new POVs and seeing some of what was left out of the book. However, these scenes left more like outtakes since they often had gaps in time between them and much was left out that was included in the first book. I think these scenes won't make nearly as much sense if you haven't read the first book. Once the book gets caught up to the end of The Vampire Voss, the book runs much more smoothly.
I really struggled with the first half of this book. I hated Maia in the first book and my hatred transferred over to this one. Every time she opened her mouth I wanted to stuff a sock in it. About midway through, I began going back and forth practically every page on whether I found her amusing/likeable or whether she still made me want to toss her off a bridge. If you make it this far, there is a huge beacon of light at the end of the tunnel. Maia gets unbelievably better. In fact, by the end of the book I adored her and found her mouth endearing.
I loved Dimitri. It didn't matter how brooding or emotionless he got, I always enjoyed his character. Many of this thoughts and actions made living with Maia in the first half of the book bearable. He was of much the same opinion on the surface as me, “Maia should not be seen or heard.” There were several times when I had to laugh at how Dimitri dealt with her.
I thought the ending to this book was even better than the first's and I loved the ending in the first book. I liked that they were similar but unique enough to keep things interesting. I can't wait to see what The Vampire Narcise brings!...more
This book was an absolutely brilliant blend of the best aspects of historical romance and pReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.
This book was an absolutely brilliant blend of the best aspects of historical romance and paranormal romance. I love the masquerades and other parties, gentlemen's clubs, forgotten propriety and general atmosphere of historicals. Gleason fit those all in seamlessly with my favorite paranormal aspects; a dark, cocky vampire hero, heart racing plot, seduction and especially the heroine's discovery of another world. This is the first historical paranormal romance I've read. I was expecting the different halves of the book to clash and stand out from one another. Instead, everything flowed wonderfully and I was left completely immersed in a supernatural regency England. I would definitely recommend this to any readers familiar with one genre and looking to try out the other, you won't be disappointed.
Not only was this new England as pleasure to read about, but I also fell completely in love with Angelica and Voss. Often times when the hero starts out as a rake, he doesn't remain in character after meeting the heroine which many readers find frustrating including myself. Gleason did an amazing job keeping Voss true to himself, allowing him to grow and not torment the reader too much while doing so. Angelica was a dream come true to read about. I adored her. She was funny and unbelievably caring. She wasn't weak but at the same time I felt she was very true to the time period.
I have very few complaints about this book. First off, I hated Chas and Maia and I think we were supposed to like them, especially since the sequel features Maia. I found her annoying and obnoxious. I liked Chas until he actually appeared in the story, then he became an inconsiderate, self righteous jerk. Maybe the reader is meant to feel this way, because I certainly don't see anything redeemable about him. Several pages from his 'POV' lead me to believe otherwise though. I really trudged through those pages though, definitely didn't need a love scene for a character I hated. My last, very minor issue, was with the prologue. I actually enjoyed it after I got a few chapters in, but I was very confused at first and that through me off. I'm not sure a reader who picked up the book in a store who reads the first few pages is going to get a feel for how the book really is.
Anyway, the negative aspects of this book were easy for me to ignore since the rest of the book was absolutely amazing. The masquerade was perfect. I haven't read anything so heart pumping and delicious in ages. The entire book could have been confusing and poorly done, and I still would have loved it just for this single scene.
To end this review, I want to briefly touch on the conclusion of the book, without spoiling anything of course. The last few chapters literally made me squeal. I loved it. The ending was deeply romantic and I've never encountered that type of solution to the blood lust issue before....more