Some books you really can’t review without just simply saying “Wow,” and this is one of them.
The thing about a Kate Daniels book is that it leaves you wanting to never leave the world that Ilona Andrews has built. I could float around for days after reading still wanting to go back and re-read the others in the series just so I can stay with Kate and Curran a bit longer. Since starting this review, I’ve actually re-read Magic Rises already. I couldn’t help myself!
Quick and non-spoilery: Curran is called to Europe to keep a pregnant wolf shifter safe. Her father uses her as a pawn, she’s pregnant with twins from different men (yes that’s possible!), and everyone wants a piece of her children. Whichever twin born first will gain that pack a certain mountain pass and land that is just prime land. Kate and Curran go in knowing it’s a trap, but they have something dangled in front of them that they can’t really refuse. The problem is that maybe the trap isn’t set for Curran, but someone else in their group. . .
There are so many times where I wanted Kate to be able to show how freakin’ badass she really is, but every single thing was an insult to the other pack, or to the other alpha, or to someone for something. It was so frustrating (and meant to be), but man there’s one point where Kate is sparring with someone (I can’t say who and it’s Keeeling me to not tell you), and she is seriously awesome. I think that was the first time the other shifters around started to realize that Kate isn’t just Curran’s eye candy. She’s pretty handy with a blade, and all of those shifters would have a true fight against her. Kate is treated like crap by everyone around her because she’s merely human, however someone pretty awesome (and unexpected) steps up for her.
One shifter in particular is so young (21), and she wants a piece of Curran, but sees Kate as nothing. Even less than nothing. She not only puts moves on Curran, but he allows it. I was shocked. I won’t spoil what happens, but it’s kind of a big deal.
But you never get a chance to breathe. The second you think one problem is solved, another hurdle needs to be cleared. When people talk about books keeping you on the edge of your seat, holding your breath and flipping pages as quickly as you can, they are speaking of this book.
The many emotions I went through in the duration of this book left me in awe of the authors, and left me wanting so much more. When you have a series that follows the same couple for more than 1 or 2 books, the characters can get stale, the storylines can feel recycled, but you always know with and Ilona Andrews book, that will never happen. Kate and Curran feel both fresh and like coming home after being away for too long. The new rules and world-building in this plot bring a new depth to the series, as do the problems and trials their relationship faces.
All old fans will love this story, and any new fans to this series will be so lucky to have so many books to read right off the bat! No long waits for you, you lucky readers, you! That is, until the next one, which this reader can NOT wait for.
"Kate Daniels and her deadly attack poodle." --best line ever :)
I am so mad at myself for not reading this series sooner. The worst part? I had most of"Kate Daniels and her deadly attack poodle." --best line ever :)
I am so mad at myself for not reading this series sooner. The worst part? I had most of the books already...grr... Feel free to let me know any other series I'm missing out on.
(Notes to myself for my review later, sorry, just ignore it, spoiler tagged, so no one sees anything they oughtn't)
(view spoiler)[This is the one with Kate's goddess/aunt We see why Raphael and Andrea break up from Gunmetal Magic She leaves the Order, not that it was official anyway Kate is a badass, but still can't work her blood magic like a weapon (like she did in bk 3) Curran turns wild undead mages Kate and Curran mate Kate's challenged by everyone once Curran's in a coma 22 challenges in 2 weeks. Curran is pissed! Ted owes her a huge ass apology! but we all know he wont do it (hide spoiler)]...more
The thing about an Ilona Andrews book is that it makes me never want to leave the world they created. It's a fantastic world full of excitement, actio The thing about an Ilona Andrews book is that it makes me never want to leave the world they created. It's a fantastic world full of excitement, action, magic, and love.
Kate has been trying her hardest to keep everyone at arm's length, but she has to face it. She has friends now. She thinks they make her vulnerable. And they do, to an extent. But they also make her stronger.
When they get caught up in the Midnight Games, they all have to pull together and work as a team. Curran joins in, and he and Kate keep getting closer. This is the book that has the hot tub scene- and there's a Curran point of view scene if you go to their website. Those are the best!
When Kate sees something of her father's, and realizes it basically spells death for everyone she cares about, she falls on her sword for them. And in doing so, she reveals something about herself that she's been trained to hide since birth. While she does save everyone, she's near death from doing so. But those friends she's tried so hard to avoid having? They save her. And it's awesome.
If you haven't read this series, do it now. Seriously. Go now and grab the first book. You'll thank me for it.
I have so many feelings. This is one of those books that when I first realized it was about Sera and Haven, I wasn't sureReview posted on Got Fiction?
I have so many feelings. This is one of those books that when I first realized it was about Sera and Haven, I wasn't sure I'd like it, after all, Haven's an ass. And after the first book The Rogue Not Taken, well, I hated him as much as her sisters did.
I did know that if anyone could fix their relationship and give them a romance, it would be Sarah MacLean. Not all authors can bring a character back from that, but she absolutely did.
We get to be in Haven's head quite a bit, which I liked. I think in a book like this, you need that.
Sera and Haven fell madly in love. But Sera's family is rumored to have gained their title from Prinny himself in a card game. Being that their father is rich as can be, but his money is from working coal, well, we all know how the ton looks down upon the working class, let alone, working class who are now titled. The Talbot sisters will never be one of them. And the Talbot sisters love it. (Think of them as the Kardashians of the Regency...they're disliked for no reason other than they're scandalous, and they're scandalous because it's expected of them. They revel in the drama).
So when Sera and Haven are noticed making eyes at each other and sneaking around, her mother points out that the gossip pages have gotten ahold of their story, and that he'll never marry her, after all, he's a duke, and she's a Talbot. He's never even taken her out in public or met her sisters. So her mother schemes to catch them in the act. Sera pretty much has no choice, but at the same time believes their love strong enough that this won't matter.
Well, it matters.
They marry, and it's unhappily ever after for them it seems. But something happens, and Sera flees. Haven searches for her, for three years he searches, and all he can think of is the look on her face when he told her to leave. How he wished he'd had another chance with her, and when he thinks he has one, it's snatched from his grasp. He was a much better hero than I expected. It's my own fault for doubting Ms. MacLean, but seriously, I hated him in The Rogue Not Taken.
This is a book where I truly was able to forgive Haven. I never thought it would happen, but I was. Sera, though, I wanted her to see him. I wanted her to stop and tell him how she felt. Actually several times I wanted them both to do that. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a book where everything could be fixed by one conversation, not at all. But it could have helped.
These two had such a long and emotional road, I wanted them to talk, to say, hey, you aren't the only one who's hurting here, and I'm sorry I hurt you. But communicating has never been their strong point. Once they admit that to themselves, things are able to progress.
There are some big hurdles to cross, and some deep conversations to have. This couple is able to make me not only want them to reconcile, but I believed in them. I wanted them to be happy. Together. When you go in hating the hero, that's huge. I hope everyone else loves this book as much as I did, it was one that stuck with me for a while afterward.
We get to see some familiar faces-the guys from The Angel gaming club are there for a bit. I liked that. I'm keeping this as spoiler-free as possible, so I won't continue beyond my own feelings. Oh, and by the way, if you read the author's note first, you will spoil yourself for something, so don't be like me lol, read it afterwards.
Once again, Ilona Andrews has created something so fantastic and exciting that I’ve lived in their world for thReview posted at Got Fiction? book blog
Once again, Ilona Andrews has created something so fantastic and exciting that I’ve lived in their world for the past couple of days. I’m pretty sure my husband and kids missed me this weekend.
Nevada Baylor is back in the second book in the series, and I hadn’t realized how much I’d missed her. I re-read Burn For Me to refresh myself, and I am so glad I did. It made it that much more exciting to jump back in to her world.
Nevada is a strong truthseeker talent, but she’s been hiding it her whole life. The actions of the last book forced her to strengthen her magic, and pushed her onto the radar of some very powerful Houses. When one of them asks a her to accept a client, she initially balks, until she meets with him. His wife was killed by a very powerful House, and it’s being covered up. It’s totally above her PI paygrade…but she knows he’s going to go after them anyway, and she knows she can help.
Somehow, the people who killed her are also on Mad Rogan’s radar, and he and Nevada are once more thrown together. These two are just combustible when they’re near each other. This is more than hitting sparks off each other, it’s explosions.
But Nevada still isn’t sure that they can ever have anything serious, while at the same time Rogan knows what he wants, and he wants Nevada.
The character growth we see between both Nevada and Rogan, and the secondary characters of Nevada’s eclectic family and friends is so real, and so important. They come together and show why they’re so good together.
I always have such trouble writing reviews for Ilona Andrews books because there’s so much going on and I don’t want to spoil the plot, and the writing is just amazing.
I’m cutting this one short, because if I don’t, I’m afraid I’ll just tell you everything and spoil it all! So, for the TL; DR crowd- Go read this. The book is phenomenal.
If you’ve never read an Ilona Andrews novel, this is a good series to start because it’s only going to be three books, and this is book two. I’ve read it twice since I got it, and I barely have time to grab a shower some days, so that’s saying a lot! Go forth and read! You can come back and thank me later;P
When I saw Kresley Cole had a novella out, and it was male/male, and it was about the Dacians, the excitement I felt was out of control. One of my favorite books of hers is Shadow's Claim. After Lothaire took over his rightful place as king of the Dacians, I really was excited to see the prince get his story. And to top it off, his mate is also from Shadow's Claim! You guys, I was so excited!
It took me a month to read this novella (and by the way, novella is a loose term here. it's like a short novel, or a Harlequin category romance). The fact that I usually read Kresley Cole books in one sitting, this is unheard of. It took me until somewhere around the 50% mark to really want to finish it, which is crazy. But I just didn't really care for the way Cas was acting.
Right off the bat, something turned me off this pairing, and this book. Mirceo is a Dacian prince, who is super young. Maybe 20? He's trying to screw his way through the population before he's frozen in his immortality, and as a vampire, he won't be able to do that once he's immortal. Not until he meets his mate, that is.
He sees Caspion one night, and they get along famously. But Cas only beds females, and Mirc will sleep with anything. They meet in the middle of having sex with other people, and then...continue to sleep with other people. This was the biggest turn off for me. I know it's not technically cheating since they aren't together at this point, but seriously, they begin to have orgies with other people as part of their weird friendship. How can I want to watch them sleep with others when I know they're mates? And it went on way too long considering this is a novella.
I pushed that aside, since I really love this author and this world she's created.
But then, once Mirceo finally is able to convince Cas that he is his mate, all Cas can do is deny, rage, and remind Mirceo that he'd never be faithful since he never has before. So Cas bails. He goes back to his home, loses a fight in a big way (this was in Shadow's Claim), and then goes into a hell dimension to track bounties. When he and Mirceo meet again, it's only been about a week for Mirceo, but it's been five hundred years for Cas.
So much of this book was spent with Cas telling Mirceo why he would never be faithful to Cas, that he's too young for him now, and that even if he believed that Cas was his mate, it would never work out. I just got so mad at Cas. Add to that, it's near 40% before I realized that Cas wasn't against having a male mate, but he was against Mirceo due to his own insecurities. That's a big deal. It should have been clearer sooner.
Okay, moving on to the good parts. Kresley Cole's books have changed since she wrote her Russians (the Gamemaker series). If anything, it's hotter, steamier, and sexier.
I loved watching Mirceo fall in love with Caspion. He figured out quickly how special he was, and how amazing he was. At once point, he's watching him fight, and he thinks how proud he is of Cas. In another scene, Cas is coming out of the ocean and up the beach, and Mirc is gobsmacked. He thinks, "My mate is a god." He was very sweet.
Once Cas pulled his head out of his butt, I liked him a lot better. And in true Kresley Cole fashion, things are going on in the world of the Immortals, big things. Lothaire and Kristoff each have a role and I can't wait to read more about the threads left hanging. Because, of course this ending isn't an ending at all. It's a beginning. And luckily I have the next book on my nightstand ;)...more
I bought this book because I think the author is the same one who wrote the Graveyard Queen series.
That series is way better.
I didn't like this one at all. It has a great premise, and I think it sets up a series, but it's not for me.
So Claudia worked in a lab and her mentor was murdered. She witnessed the killer leaving the scene, and she herself became a target. Two years later, a man jumps out in front of her car on her way up to her isolated cabin. When he comes to, he has no memory. All he can tell her is that she's in danger and he's there to protect her. The way Claudia sees it, he is the danger.
Jack reminds me of that nineties TV show called The Pretender on some level. He was taken as a child to live in isolation with his twin brother Jared. The man who took them tries to enhance their precognition/telepathic powers. But by the time they're teens, they realize this man is a very bad man. Their escape is short-lived, and they're transferred to a place called The Facility. It is here that Jack starts to have visions of Claudia.
When he realizes she's in danger, he and his brother devise another escape plan. Jack finds Claudia, and saves her...for now. I think the next book is about Jared, Jack's twin. But I don't think I'll continue on. I didn't like this enough. I think three quarters of the book is Claudia waffling back and forth between Is he going to kill me? Or is he here to save me? I didn't like her, and for this kind of a paranormal plot, you need more pages than we get. It was an ambitious idea, and I didn't think it worked with the shorter word count of a Harlequin Intrigue. However, the concept is there, and the premise is good. I just didn't like the writing style much. The Graveyard Queen series is definitely a far superior series. The storyline, the characters, and the writing are all much more in-depth. Read that instead.
Samantha Kennedy was abducted, tortured, and killed in Deadly Fear. But she was brought back. Over and over. The killer dReview posted on Got Fiction?
Samantha Kennedy was abducted, tortured, and killed in Deadly Fear. But she was brought back. Over and over. The killer drowned her and resuscitated her so many times she lost count. In this book, she is back with the SSD, and her latest case is closer than she knows.
In trying to get some form of control back over her life, Sam decides she wants sex with someone who won’t look at her like a victim, or like they’re waiting for her to break. When she sees Max Ridgeway at a bar, she decides he’s the one. And when she sees him at a society event a couple weeks later, he decides he won’t let her escape from him again.
But something outside of their control happens. A kidnapping ring that the SSD is working on tracking abducts Max’s stepbrother Quinlan and demands a ransom. Sam can’t leave Max’s side, but he doesn’t know she’s FBI. And when the kidnappers say no cops or Quinlan dies, Sam knows that Max will hate her forever for forcing her way into this.
This book started off with action, and it never let down. There was absolutely no downtime and my heart was pounding the entire time I read it.
This book kept me guessing and kept my heart pounding....more
Continuing my Cynthia Eden binge, Deadly Heat is the story of Kenton Lake and Lora Spade. Lora has a serial arsonist in hReview posted on Got Fiction?
Continuing my Cynthia Eden binge, Deadly Heat is the story of Kenton Lake and Lora Spade. Lora has a serial arsonist in her area, but her arson investigator isn’t getting anywhere so she calls in the big guns. The SSD.
Kenton is meeting with an informant when the building goes up in flames. The firefighter who drags him out of the burning building is Lora Spade.
The two of them are hitting sparks off of each other from the moment she slugs him in the jaw and drags him out of the burning building. Their lust burns hot and fast, and neither one of them is prepared for it.
Lora is a take no nonsense from anyone kind of person and she is awesome. I loved that she was tough and strong, and she knew her stuff. Plus how often do we get a female firefighter for the heroine? I loved it!
She and Kenton can’t keep their hands off of each other, and it throws off Kenton’s objectivity. How can he look for a killer when he can’t keep his mind off Lora? But when Kenton connects the dots and realizes that Lora is the target of their killer, he can’t let her go.
While they’re burning up the sheets, someone out there is burning down houses...with people trapped in them.
This is an older book of Ms. Eden’s, but recently someone pointed out that I hadn’t read it yet. I’ve seen many reviews rReview posted on Got Fiction?
This is an older book of Ms. Eden’s, but recently someone pointed out that I hadn’t read it yet. I’ve seen many reviews rave about how this is the best Romantic Suspense ever, and since it’s only $.99, I had to give it a shot. Well, I’ve read it now, and I agree.
Ms. Eden has a knack for getting into the killer’s head, and it never feels forced. She can make the killer someone you have multiple page time with, and you never even realize it’s him until the end. I thought I had this one figured out. I’ve read a lot of her books, I like to think I know how she’ll pull it off. And I was wrong.
FBI Special Agent Monica Davenport has survived hell. And she’s stronger for it. So what if her nickname is Ice. She might not like it, but she cultivated that icy exterior on purpose.
Luke Dante can see through her. He knows she isn’t only Ice. He sees too much though, and it frightens her. That’s why she left him after they hooked up several years back. He made her feel too much.
They’re on the same team now though, a special team for hunting down serial killers. Just being in the same room becomes hard for her. She can’t stop thinking about how it was with them. Luke wants her to let him in. He’s known since the day they met that she was his woman. Now he just needs to convince her to give them a shot. That’s hard to do when bodies keep turning up.
The main focus of the investigation is on the killer, but what they aren’t seeing is that the killer is closer than they think. And his end game is Monica.
I loved Luke. But I really thought I was going to hate Monica. I ended up really liking her though. She was strong, tough, never TSTL, and for once, didn’t use herself as bait. I was sure she would, but I was surprised.
I can’t wait to dive into the next book in the series. I think since it’s only 3 books, it would be a good one to binge read. I know what my weekend will have in store.
This book has it all. A capable and likeable heroine, a sexy hero who wants to protect the heroine, and an intense roller coaster ride of a plot. It’s an older series, so you can glom it all at once, I know I will be.