The second part left us hanging off a small cliff, but we think Natalie is finally hitting a turning point with Sevastyn. But not so. If anything, Sevastyn has become even more closed off. During the day, that is. At night, they burn up the bedsheets, but Natalie is feeling more and more like a doll he plays with, but wants her put back into the box to await his next whim. That’s a hard truth for such a strong character. Natalie realizes she’s losing her “Natalie-ness,” the essence of who she is.
At some point I wanted her to say, “Just because I like you dominating me in bed, doesn’t mean I want it outside the bed.” The best line of the whole serial was where Sevastyn told her that he should have trusted her to know her own mind. Because it was close to the beginning of this installment, I really thought he’d change, at least a teeny bit. But nope.
I love KC, and her writing is amazing, which is the only reason I was really able to enjoy this at all. I liked Natalie, and I’m glad she tried to leave. I really am-Sevastyn needed that wake up call, yet it wasn’t until she cried that he realized how she felt, and that no matter how much her body wanted him, that it didn’t matter if he couldn’t be honest.
I wish Natalie hadn’t been a virgin because it felt that he’d trained her body to respond, but since she’d never been with anyone else, I felt like it almost wasn’t fair to her. Oh she totally recongnized and knew her own desires, I’m not knocking that. The BDSM aspect was handled well, but I didn’t like how she felt like she had to prove to him that she could take whatever he could dish. SPOILER Oh, and FYI, this gets pretty hardcore and intense. There is everything from bondage, discipline, voyeurism and exhibitionism. I was A-OK with everything until the end. Natalie leaves, but when he fetches her back, he disciplines her, and she takes it, because even though he offers her an “out,” it’s an all or nothing kind of out clause. If she’s out, he never touches her again. I hated that. I love how there was no shame, though. I hate when an author has shame involved. It ruins it for me. this was handled perfectly. My issues come from their “outside of the bedroom “ interactions.
FWIW Natalie is able to give as good as she gets in that she stands up to him, he doesn’t just bulldoze over her. But even after understanding his issues and his life, I still didn’t like him. KC has given us tortuted and nearly unlikeable heroes before, yet always been able to turn it around. I think that has to do with getting multiple viewpoints. Once again, the first person point of view doesn’t work for me here.
I heavily suggest buying the book rather than the serials. It wasn’t a well-done serial (see the Kraken King by Meljean Brook, or Ilona Andrews’ The Innkeeper Chronicals).
I can see that Maksim is the next hero. I’ll read it, because frankly I’ll read anything by KC, her snarky heroines and alpha heroes almost always work for me. But if he’s as big a dick as his brother, I may skip the next one and finally turn down a Kresley Cole book. And I won’t be reading it in serial format, it’s not one of her strong suits.
Final verdict? I still think Sevastyn was a dick. (less)
Lady Xenobia India St. Clair is a 26 year old heroine who for once, isn’t “on the shelf” or “nearly a spinster.” Instead she’s the daughter of a marquess (who may have been mad), and she has a profession.
Tobias (Thorn) Dautry is one of the previous hero’s sons. The hero from A Duke of Her Own had several bastard children and Thorn is one of them. But here, he’s all grown up. And he’s decided he should marry. He chooses the most beautiful and sweet girl in the ton, a girl named Laetecia (Lala). Lala has beauty in spades, but nothing in her head. Whispers run rampant that she’s a simpleton. She can’t follow the conversation and she can’t read, so she must be stupid, right?
Well, not really. Let’s just say that her storyline was so sweet and I just loved her as a character, which I wasn’t sure I would.
Well, Thorn knows that to marry her, he’s going to have to impress her mother, who at one point had been a lady-in-waiting for the queen. To start with, he’ll need a country house, and a great presentation. His stepmother Eleanor hires India to renovate his new country estate.
I love how India and Thorn immediately have a chemistry and sexual tension. I love it. Thorn loved it too, although he didn’t realize it at first. He had a lot of growing up to do, and I do wish he’d realized what he felt for India was love a bit sooner. I don’t think it would have changed the plot any.
I hated how Lala was used to keep them apart. I didn’t like how India kept saying “Oh Lala is so sweet and kind, she’ll be perfect for you, and she’ll soothe your broody, battered soul, you poor emo man, you!” (-not an actual quote) It led to my next complaint.. It drove me nuts that either the hero or heroine claimed to be just friends when they were so obviously fooling themselves. It wasn’t even sweet, it was obnoxious.
I loved India. I absolutely loved her. She was a fabulous, hard working heroine who knew the value of being able to rely on oneself for everything. But at one point she acknowledges that even though she can take care of herself, she doesn’t necessarily want to, and it’s a great scene.
I do think that if this is the last book in the Desperate Duchesses series that it’s a shame, since Vander has been set up so splendidly as a hero. I’d really like to see him get a Happily Ever After of his own.
Eloisa James is hit or miss for me, and this one was a hit. With wonderful characters and old characters coming back in, this is a must read for any Eloisa James fan.
***ARC courtesy of Avon Books through Avon Addicts (less)
I was re-reading this in preparation for Dark Skye, and I realized I never reviewed it.
First things first, this hero is an alphahole hero, but most of hers are, so that might not be news to you.
We all know the Lykae twins, Hot and Hotter aka Uilleam and Munro. This is Will’s story, and it’s a doozy. Kresley has written a tortured hero worthy of Sherrilyn Kenyon with this one. Man, at least Lothaire was crazy, but Will? Your heart just breaks for him.
Nix sends him to an auction where the witches are auctioning off a human. Webb, the guy in charge of that facility that bagged and tagged then vivisected immortals had a daughter. And believe it or not, this chick is Will’s mate.
Gotta love that tricksy Nixie.
Chloe is an all-star soccer player preparing for the Olympics. Her dad has disappeared and now she’s going through some. . .changes. And her father knew. He KNEW and didn’t tell her. He tossed the Book of Lore at her and bailed. Next thing you know, she’s being kidnapped for her father’s crimes. Dear old dad is colonel Webb. The one who likes to vivisect immortals.
Will’s damaged. Hard core.
***SPOILERS*** Ye be warned.
He was sexually abused as a child by a succubus, and it was pretty bad. She made him think she was his mate, so 9 year old Will fancies himself in love. When his parents confront her, she’s with a vampire, and has him kill his pregnant mother. His father kills her, but Will is not only confused, he’s trying to help her, and yet she wants him to fight his own family for her.
This is where Will has issues with Chloe. She turns out to be a half-breed succubus. He flips. He’s a total dick. I mean I’m talking pretty horrible to her. But his whole lykae clan loves her by this point and they tell him he’s an arsehole.
Not only that, but his twin Munro keeps pointing out that she’s not trying to use him, or to use anyone the way his abuser had. Chloe even nails him in the junk with a soccer ball at one point and I was DYING! She’s the exact opposite.
The only thing I didn’t like was that the part where he finally realizes he’s being a gigantic ass to his mate who is actually pretty awesome, is too close to the end. I like when he has a bit of time to make it up to her. But I did like how he found out. Made him realize how big of a bag of dicks he was.
I love how Kresley Cole writes. This woman has an amazing talent and the world she’s built is one I’d love to live in. I wish I could never leave her head. Well, that sounds kind of stalkerish, but aww hell, I’d totally stalk her if I had the chance.(less)
Book 3 in Cynthia Eden’s Phoenix Fire trilogy picks up right where Once Bitten, Twice Burned left off. Cassie, sister of Dr. Wyatt, is trying to make it right. She just knows there’s a cure for the primal vampires her father created, she just needs to get phoenix tears. She is clinging to this desperate hope, feeling that if she can fix this, she can help reverse at least some of the damage, both literally and on the cosmic scale.
This is where Dante comes in. At the end of the last book, he healed her by crying (at least that’s what Cassie thinks since he was with her while she died).
She’s convinced that it means that he must care at least a little about her. Dante is the one they called The Immortal. He’s been in the facility since Cassie was a little girl. She tried to help him escape several times. Some attempts were successful, others, not so much. But Dante kept coming back for her, and kept getting recaptured so he could watch over this little girl who cared too much about the monsters.
He doesn’t remember this though, because they’ve killed him so many times, his memory is crap.
But he remembers her face. He’ll fight to keep her both alive and by his side, until he can remember more. What he’s not remembering, is something his body is telling him-she’s his mate.
While Wyatt may be dead, there’s still someone trying to pull some strings. And surprise surprise, he is Cassie’s ex. He’s paired with another doctor, one who isn’t what she seems either.
They want Dante back, but he also wants Cassie back. If she won’t come as his girlfriend, she can come back as an experiment. After all, she’s been one since she was a child. Her father made her immune to vampires, and her blood is poison, yet smells delicious. It’s quite the combination.
But her ex is an experiment too. He was military and volunteered to become. . .more. He wanted the super human strength of the paranormals. But he’s not finished. He thinks he’s created a serum that will turn him into a phoenix. And it does. For a while.
Dante and Cassie make their way back to her safe house, but it isn’t so safe. Their enemies are close behind, and Cassie is bleeding. She may heal quickly, but her blood sends out a siren song to every paranormal out there. Pretty soon they’re once more fighting for their life.
Cynthia Eden excels at paranormal romance, and this trilogy is no different. Her characters are always well developed, and her plots intricate. For a new taste of paranormal romance, check out her Phoenix shifters.
This series is only a trilogy, but it can’t be over, because I want Trace’s book! Lol (hear that, Cynthia? I need a story about Trace. And you know, Laurie is an awesome heroine name-just sayin’).
Kresley Cole never ceases to ensorcell me with her writing. I think this is the only PNR series I started when the first book came out and have faithfully kept up with. I’ve quit the Dark Hunters, the BDB, and so many others, but not Immortals After Dark. There’s something bewitching about her world and her writing and I can’t let go.
This is the long-awaited story of Lanthe and Thronos, one we’ve been seeing glimpses of since Kiss of a Demon King. I won’t tell you their story, but I will tell you everything I think of it.
I think that Thronos is one of my favorite heroes. I think that Lanthe is an amazing heroine with such a fabulous outlook on life and the ability to bounce back from whatever is thrown her way.
Thronos and Lanthe have such a history, but I was so glad to see many of the misunderstandings get cleared up early enough that it isn’t the central driving plot. Of course, if you’ve read Kresley Cole, you’ll know that there is very rarely one central plot.
Enter Nix. Nucking Futs Nix is one of my favorite characters in the whole wide world. And guess what? We get treated to a bit of Nixery in this book. She has her own part and isn’t just on the sidelines. She’s a driving force of many many things, and we get to see her in action.
And I love that Thronos finally gets it. He gets it. He loves Lanthe and wants her for her, not just because instinct drives him to claim her as his mate. Her past no longer matters, and his past no longer matters. What matters is how they feel and what their future holds. She shows our virgin hero (yep, readers, virgin hero!) that it doesn’t matter how many men she’d been with, as long as he is the last, and the forever, that’s what really matters.
Meanwhile, through all of this, they are of course, in mortal peril. Or rather Immortal peril. heh.
Lanthe’s powers are still muted from the torque the Order has put around her neck, because this book picks off on that horrible island as everyone is escaping. She and Thronos not only have to work together, but they have to do it with her unpredictable powers. He might be a super strong and mighty warlord, but all his control goes out the window around Lanthe.
We see very little of the cast of characters we normally have roaming the pages of the Lore. Instead we’re treated to a story about Lanthe and Thronos that pretty much centers only on the two. Do you know how hard it is to write using only 2 characters for the majority of a book? It’s damn hard. I take that back; it’s damn hard to do well. Cole not only does it, but she does it well. She captures her reader from the first word and she doesn’t ever let go, not even once the last page is turned and the book is read. You will never leave her created world, and you’ll find you won’t want to.
I almost want to repeat that part. In fact, I will. You Won’t Want To. That book hangover feeling where you can’t find anything to measure up after a fabulous book? that’s what you’ll have here. You’ll catch yourself re-reading it even though you just finished it moments ago. You won’t be able to help yourself, it’s just that bewitching.
This book was the best birthday present ever. And that’s saying something since I got MacReive for my birthday last year.
If I could only use one word for this book it would be WOW.
As anyone following the series knows, the last book brought some changes with it. This book does no less.
Curran is called away on Pack business and Kate is left in charge. And these shifters, no matter how often Kate has bled for them, saved them, given her everything for them, it’s still not enough. It never is. While Curran is gone, Hugh shows up again and this time, he’s involved the People. Kate has a little less than 18 hours to solve a murder and prevent a war. Meanwhile, there are rumblings around the Pack that if Curran doesn’t return, they won’t allow Kate to keep the alpha position.
This didn’t go so well for them last time.
Has no one wondered how Kate has survived all this time, how she keeps coming out on top? She can’t be “just a human” if she’s survived so much. They have no idea what’s in store for them.
But Kate does.
Her father knows about her and has sent Hugh to bring her in. And we know she won’t go.
There are a few surprises in this book, and there are a few twists and turns that drastically change the series arc. Like big time. Epic. You know, I take back my one word review…I’d change it to EPIC. That is the word for this series.
I love how Kate has to do so much on her own here, and how she’s tested over and over. I mean Ilona Andrews never pulled their punches before, why would they start now? Kate, now that her secret is slowly leaking out and more and more people are learning it, has stopped hiding. She has stopped holding back. There are 2 scenes that I was silently fist pumping and jumping up and down because of how awesome Kate is.
When Curran is back in the scene, you realize how much Kate has done, and how much she still has left to do. Hugh may not be in favor with Roland anymore, and isn’t that just awesome?
And enter my favorite side character of the book, Ghastek. Yes, you read that right, Ghastek. He’s got a decent-sized role in this plot, and you know? I kind of like him. And I just loved the ending where he was the last to get it (won’t tell you what “it” is—no spoilers!)
But the biggest thing we see in this book is how much Kate and Curran compliment each other. There’s no battle for page time, there’s no time at all where one out-shines the other. They just work so well together, and I think this is why this series works so well for me.
Ilona Andrews has created one of the best Urban Fantasy heroines out there, and as Kate has done something monumental, we know we haven’t see the last of her, even though the world created now has a new branch growing in a slightly different direction, I have no doubt that Kate will continue to rock my socks.
The best thing any of you can do is start the Kate Daniels series. I promise, you’ll thank me for it.
Suffers from FBITS syndrome, but there's a lot going on so it kind of has to set up the world. It's dark, compelling, and very interesting. I like how...moreSuffers from FBITS syndrome, but there's a lot going on so it kind of has to set up the world. It's dark, compelling, and very interesting. I like how Nicole doesn't stay willfully ignorant and is very open to change. She doesn't blindly hate vampires for the whole book. I think there was too much crammed into it, though and I hope the next book doesn't have the same problems. To be fair, I don't think it will.
One of the drawbacks of first person point of view is that we truly only hear from one person.
I think many of my problems with this serial/book could have been solved by third person pov.
I think that KC wrote this in first person to show that when Natalie goes much farther than she ever would, and when Sevastyn pushes her limits, her boundaries and overrules her agency, that with Natalie narrating we can see she really does love what he does to and for her.
The down side is that I don’t like Sevastyn. I, as a reader, know so little about him and it just reinforces how little Natalie knows about him. Which on one hand might be the point, but it didn’t work for me. If you’re going to write about an alphahole, and you all know I love me some alphahole heroes, then it has to make him still look like an alpha hero rather than just an alpha male asshole.
With decisions being forced from Natalie left and right, she didn’t want anything permanent. But she didn’t have a choice. So she asked for some breathing room, but it’s all or nothing. And Sevastyn walks in on this conversation between her and her father, thus hearing it out of context. This is where my distaste of Sevastyn was sort of cemented. She says at one point, I don’t know anything about you, he fires back with you know all you need to. But he gets on her for wanting him for sexytimes, but not as a husband. Dude, she’s known you for 2 weeks. Slow your roll. But that’s also part of this book-new rules for her new life. It’s all or nothing, decide now.
I love KC’s brand of snark because it’s so much fun! And it works here, too, but I can’t get behind Sevastyn without knowing more.
Hopefully the next installment will let me (and Natalie) get to know him better. In the mean time, I’m truly relying on KC’s master planning skills to turn me around. And since she is one of my all-time favorite authors ever, I have no problem assuming that there’s something about Sevastyn that will redeem him for me. Any other author, though, and no way would I be able to give the benefit of the doubt. This guy isn’t an alphahole, he’s just a dick. His protective instincts aside, since that’s his you know, job, it’s his treatment of Natalie in every other situation. Heaven forbid he throw her a bone.
Maybe this isn’t the best book to turn into a serial. It might be better read all at once. This book really does feel as if it's a novel chopped into 3 parts. For a true well-done serial, try either Ilona Andrews' free serial on their blog called Sweep in Peace, or Meljean Brook's The Kraken King. (less)
So like a year ago all of my friends were reading this and just going nuts over how great it was. I'm not a big contemporary fan, so I just put it on the TBR list and went on my merry way.
Then this popped up again as being only $.99 and even with the new cover, I was pretty sure this was the same book. Sure enough, it was, so I snapped it up and in a mood for something short, I dove in.
What a great decision! I mean seriously, I don't think I stopped smiling throughout the entire book!
I loved the city girl and her obsession with Starbucks (I may or may not have envisioned myself as the heroine for this reason). I loved the hero and his growly, beardy self.
My favorite line was this one, and guys, it's a doozy:
"He wanted to snag a whole handful of that saucy hair, wrap it around his fist, and pull her back to him. Slam her up against his chest. Rub his beard all over her face and growl at her until she whimpered."
Oh my. ::fans self::
The entire book is full of fun, beardy, bantery goodness, and you will thank me for telling you about it! So, do yourself a favor and grab this book! (less)
While Maria is getting over a horrible stomach flu, she has a charity function to attend. It normally would be something she’d blow off until she felt better, but unfortunately she has to attend.
She comes from an affluent family and even has a bodyguard with her at the event. But while she’s inside looking for her mother, her stomach has other plans. In her feverish state, hugging a toilet in an unused room, she overhears terrorists planning something horrible. It gets worse. She recognizes one of the voices.
Maria runs. She staggers to the lawn and runs for her bodyguard, and friend, Nash. But she doesn’t make it in time. Instead the entire mansion the gala is being held at is blown up. Maria’s mother is killed and she is the only person to survive.
The NSA wants to know why Maria was in the lawn, and not inside, and they want to know what, if anything, she knows about the explosion. They aren’t the only ones who want to know.
Unfortunately Maria has no memory of the night.
CadeO’Reilly is working for the NSA, and when he sees Maria’s name, he specifically asks for her assignment, even though it’s not his usual type. Cade and Maria used to be friends, in fact, he and her brother were best friends in the military. Until her brother was killed, then Cade vanished leaving Maria wondering what had happened. She felt like she lost her brother, and her best friend all in one day.
Cutting all contact with Maria was hard, but going back and seeing her in danger was harder. Cade was determined to keep her safe, but he also needed to know what she had overheard.
Their attraction is still simmering beneath the surface, but they can’t worry about that now. Maria’s life is in danger, and it’s more than just the terrorists. She may be hurt and angry with Cade, but she trusts him, and that’s what matters. She knows he’ll keep her safe.
The terrorists are given their own point of view here, so you feel like you know the mystery, yet there’s a missing piece to it, and I was way off on what I thought it was, so hat tip to you, Ms. Reus. You pulled one over on me. The action never stops, and once Maria remembers what it is she overheard, it only makes it that much more dangerous for her.
I loved the second chance at love trope, and I really liked the cast of characters. There’s a rogue agent named Levi, there’s Maria’s bodyguard Nash, and I even liked Cade’s commander. This might be book 2 in the Deadly Ops series, but it stands alone well, and you won’t be confused.
Full of excitement and threats lurking around every corner, Bound to Danger is a heart pounding Romantic Suspense that you’ll find hard to put down.
In Cynthia Eden’s first Phoenix Fire book Burn For Me, there was a scene with a starved vampire who had been kept in the same government facility as Cain. Ryder was absolutely intriguing, so I was thrilled to get my hot little hands on his book.
At one point, Ryder is so starved that when they toss a woman in and tell him she’s his, he can’t help himself. He has to have a taste. The only problem is that he can’t stop at “a taste.” (they being the scientist Wyatt and his government lackeys–he wants to see if Ryder can resist, or if he’ll kill the woman-he’s a sick and twisted bastard)
Sabine was kidnapped and tossed into a cage with a starving vampire. She just wants to go home, but that’s no longer an option as she isn’t human. She doesn’t know that though, not until Ryder (accidentally) kills her.
As we know from the first book, when the phoenix rises, the beast is in control, and memory is spotty, or sometimes gone completely. Sabine is no different. She remembers the sexy vampire’s face, but that’s about it.
She keeps fixating on going home though, not realizing that she can never go back. Not just because maybe not everyone will accept her, but she will also bring danger to their doorstep.
But Wyatt told her to kill Cain, or he would kill her brother. So she has to try.
Of course it doesn’t go well. But Ryder not only can’t let her go, but he finds out that he doesn’t want to. He wants Sabine. And he knows she wants him, but she isn’t willing to give up her dream of staying home. Not until “home” kicks her in the teeth, that is.
Meanwhile, Sabine is scared of burning. She’s begging Ryder not to let her burn again, so instead of letting her die and come back again, he gives her his blood to heal her. And it does things to her. She’s not quite a phoenix anymore. But she’s not really a vampire either. It’s a really unique twist.
I feel like Cynthia Eden’s best stories are her paranormal ones, and this new trilogy really showcases her talents. With a new type of shifter in the world of PNR, this is a great book to pick up (although I’d read them in order).
It's been over a year and I'm still at about 60% through Christine Feehan's first Carpathian novel. That should have been a sign. Sigh. This author doesn't work for me. I'm so dang frustrated because I want her to work.
Prepare for a rantypants rant:
First things first, do not read this as a stand-alone. I'd even suggest reading the Drake Sisters series as well because it's a cross-over. The biggest annoyance of this book was the repetition. You know when you pick up a book in a series and the author really quickly and concisely goes over the previous books? That didn't happen here. Oh, she went over what happened, but it was convoluted and confusing. If you've read all of her other Drake Sisters and the first 2 Sea haven books you will probably get it. Otherwise, prepare for constant reminders about what happened and all of it's confusing. It's like I needed a family tree to keep everyone straight!
Okay, so moving on, basically Airiana is a genius. Not only is she brilliant, she is an air element. She can manipulate the air, she can see patterns in the air, and she can predict things based on the patterns. The air speaks to her. As a child she is recruited to a government school for child prodigies. Her mother is also brilliant, but when Airiana is about 14, her mom starts drinking heavily to quiet her mind. A couple years later, her mother is tortured and killed. Airiana blames herself and refuses to work for the government anymore. They don't release her until she's 20, though. The problem is that everyone wants Airiana's mind.
A Greek billionaire tycoon who runs a motorcycle club (was this a joke?).
The Russian government.
But now she lives on a farm with her "sisters" (friends she calls sisters of the heart).
This is where the action starts. Airiana is kidnapped, and the man who kidnaps her has better control of the air than she does.
Not only that, but he's a brother of 3 of her sisters' husbands. This series should be called the Prakenskii Brothers rather than Sisters of the Heart.
He's an assassin. He's Russian. He kidnaps the heroine to take to her Russian father whom she's never met. Danger follows everywhere. this seriously sounds like Kresley Cole's The Gamemaker series.
Luckily there are differences, but still...
Airiana as a heroine fell flat for me. She's tiny, like as tall as my 9yr old. I actually have a friend I kept imagining as Airiana, so it was easy to visualize, but Maksim is like 6'5" and huge. At one point, the author describes her chest is at his groin. That's...teeny tiny. He carries her everywhere. She reminds me of a teenager in the way she acts and she's absolutely perfect.Not in a good way. She's able to protect herself against master assassins, she's always saying and doing the right thing, she's beautiful, she's a brilliant genius, she's able to hold it together in their many many many bad situations. I'm in shape, and I'd have trouble doing all they did. Maksim has seen so much and done so much, I can see where he's fascinated by her, but she is so childlike to me, that it's hard to enjoy.
Finally, the part I could not wrap my head around:
If these 2 can manipulate air to the point that Maksim, who has the dimensions of a Brother from Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood (ie he's HUGE!) can hang upside down with the air holding him, or spider crawl on a ceiling, or practically cloak himself from view and become invisible, if they both can call in wind, fog, storms, etc, why can't they breathe underwater? My first thought was to create a bubble of air for Airana. Why can't they move bullet trajectories? Maksim was shot a few times, why couldn't he nudge the bullet a different direction? it's like the air power was only used when it was convenient.
But, it wasn't all bad. Moving on...
If you're a Feehan fan, this will not disappoint. It's action-packed and full of adventure. The paranormal aspects add a different dimension to the book since it's not paranormal in the sense of vampires, werewolves, witches, etc. The side characters are all well-developed and interesting, the love story was actually pretty good. I'm all for insta-love, so that worked well for me. I loved Maksim's personality and how Airiana was able to make him laugh.
Air Bound is intriguing, and the action doesn't stop. Literally from the first chapter to the last, the suspenseful plot kept my heart pounding.
Book 2 in the Roaring Twenties series begins with a chase on a train and an action-packed first meeting. You can’t help but get caught up in all the action.
I love the movie The Mummy (the one with Brendan Fraser), and this book kind of reminds me of The Mummy but set in San Francisco. We’ve got Lowe Magnusson a Berkley scholar and archaeologist, but who deals in forgeries and scams, rather than staying above-board. Normally a hero who lies all the time, or makes up wild tales when the truth is no big deal would bother me, but with him, it worked. He’s not just charming and charismatic, but he can back up all his big talk.
Hadley Bacall has been cursed with deadly spirits that can come up from the underworld anytime they sense she’s in trouble. Don’t get them confused with protectors, they aren’t that, but they feed off of her emotions. So if she’s really angry with someone, they’ll come and if she can’t get a hold of them, the spirits will kill whomever she’s upset with.
Being a woman in a male profession, she’s spent her life proving herself to many, even her father. But her father wants a piece of an amulet that Lowe is rumored to have brought back from Egypt with him, Hadley will absolutely make sure that artifact ends up in her father’s hands.
Meeting on the train station on his way from Salt Lake to San Francisco, Lowe can’t quite stop thinking naughty things about Hadley, even while they’re being shot at, because Hadley’s father isn’t the only one who wants that artifact.
I loved how Hadley was able to see right through his BS instantly. And I love this author’s voice. This is a refreshing change from the majority of PNR out there, and it’s pretty cool because it’s not only action-packed, it’s well-written and well-plotted.
So Hadley and Lowe team up to find her father the pieces of the amulet, because there are more. And what’s more intriguing, Hadley’s mother hid them so neither her father nor his ex-partner could find them. But Hadley and Lowe do find them. And almost literally all hell breaks loose. With an immortal magic-wielding villain, and her parents not being what they seemed, Hadley and Lowe have quite an adventure on their hands. And once they do find all the pieces of the amulet, will either actually hand it over?
You don’t have to have read the first book to enjoy this one, so I say go grab it now! For ancient Egyptian curses, a sexy silver-tongued hero, and strong intelligent heroine, this book fascinates and intrigues. You will not be disappointed!
I liked the idea of this novella a lot, but there were some confusing parts.
This novella takes place in an alternate world that is some sort of slightly different version of where we live. In New Seattle, portals have been found that lead to another world (the mythos of the 3 worlds should have been given at the beginning, not the last third). The New Seattle side is called the Pacificans, and the other world is called the Cascadians. The Cascadian world is like a medieval Scotland but with magic and modern mentalities and sensibilities, and nothing Scottish but kilts, swords and “lass.”
The heroine was lukewarm at best. I found her annoying and weak . I could absolutely get that her “talent” is what caused her to be forced into the military (they found out she had a talent, and literally forced her into the army). But what I didn’t like is that she a doormat. She took everything the guys had and just kept taking it. Her team was a bunch of dicks, I know, but she’s supposed to be uber special and they hate her? It’s hinted that something happened on a previous mission but it’s never explained, so we have no idea why they hate her.
The hero was great, and I love how when the chance for a Big Misunderstanding came up, he stayed true and knew she would never go back to the army. I liked the horses, and I liked the hero’s side of the portal, but so much was left in the air.
The baby stealing plot should have been hinted at sooner-it was so out of left field, yet it’s rather important.
And the Iron Sickness was never explained, nor why their clothing would disappear. Metal I could understand, but clothing? Crossing with metal apparently killed you, and you had to cross naked. Plus the New Seattle people apparently were able to cross before, but the heroine’s mission is to help find a portal. What happened here? Did everyone who found it before die, taking its secret location to their graves? Or is it a different portal? I never understood that.
This either needed to be a lot longer, or to have some of it removed and pushed to the next novel.
That being said, I like Laurie London, and I liked the concept of this story. It’s different and new. I have the next book and since it’s a full-length novel, I have high hopes for it.
Then Neyla and Rickert have moved to the New Seattle side of the portal and they are going to set up a command center of sorts for his people, so I think we’ll see a lot of them coming up.
Despite all the plotholes I still enjoyed the story, and will definitely continue.
Ivy is a cat shifter, and she’s in a special ops group where she’s partnered with a jackass who won’t acknowledge her abilities. From the get-go he tells her to stay by the vehicle and let him do his thing. Well, he obviously dies right off the bat.
Ivy, meanwhile, is tired of having partners who come from Special Forces because they always treat her as “less than,” when she can contribute more to the team than they can.
Landon is Special Forces (I believe he’s a Ranger), and he’s pulled off an active mission to go to DC for what he thinks is some sort of disciplinary action, or demotion for a recent mission that got one of his guys injured. What he doesn’t know is that he’s being pulled into the X-Ops.
He’s put in a room with Ivy, and told to take her down. He doesn’t want to hurt this slim, petite, beauty, so he says no. Well she comes at him, and he is forced to actively fight her. And surprisingly, she’s much more deadly than he ever expected.
Ivy and Landon are attracted to each other right off the bat, but both fight it, knowing they have more important things to do. But with Landon being so accepting of Ivy’s feline side, she can’t help but want to get closer.
There’s a lot going on in this book, but it’s never confusing. They are given a mission that turns out to be much more than just a simple mission, and it goes much deeper than anyone ever thought. They are fighting on multiple fronts, and there may be people they trust who they shouldn’t.
I would say that if you’re in the mood for a Romantic Suspense, or Military Romance, but you want a little extra, this book is for you. Ivy may be a shifter, but this isn’t really heavy on the PNR.
The military romance is done really really well. In fact I think it was the best part of the book, because of how this author wrote it. Ms. Tyler has an effortless writing style that really made this novel flow. It doesn’t feel like the PNR overshadows the plot, so if you aren’t typically a PNR fan, this would probably work for you.
This book surprised me in many ways, but they were all good things. I definitely suggest giving this one a go, if you are in the mood for a Military Romance with some PNR on the side.
***ARC courtesy of Sourcebooks Casablanca via netgalley(less)
I like this series a lot, but I’m not sure I liked this book as much as some of the others. I also have mixed feelings on Logan and Pepper (which by t...moreI like this series a lot, but I’m not sure I liked this book as much as some of the others. I also have mixed feelings on Logan and Pepper (which by the way, Pepper and Mr. Stark? Really? Really? I guess Iron Man is an inside joke for Lori Foster?). However, on the whole, I loved the cast of characters.
Quick summary, Pepper is hiding from some bad dudes, and Logan is hunting a friend’s killer. He thinks Pepper’s brother knows something, so he’s going to seduce dowdy, frumpy unattractive Pepper to get to her brother Rowdy. Unfortunately, Pepper is the one who witnessed the murder, so by using Pepper as bait, Logan basically put a target on her back.
Getting to the meat of the review, I had a hard time approving of Logan’s methods, and in this case I don’t feel the ends justified the means.
What if he hadn’t fallen for Pepper, was it ok that she was collateral damage then? I feel like purposely going undercover to use Pepper and purposely seducing her to get to her brother was a dick move. It almost ruins it, though Pepper is the one who finally makes the moves. Although I love how she bailed on him and he was left feeling used. I wanted to high five her.
She should have made him suffer, and I guess using him for unemotional unattached sex is her way, but I didn’t like how Logan was like “I’ll take anything you can dish out because I know you’re hurt and I know you’ll forgive me at some point.” There needed to be a better apology or something.
But I don’t get why it was so important to hide her body from him during sex, this is a big part of the story, which is why it boggled me. She is hiding from some pretty bad dudes, so she changes her looks, dyes her hair, wears clothes that would look better on the homeless (her words, not mine), and all in all tries to look forgettable and unattractive. Logan begins to see past it and then begins not to care how she looks as he really cares for Pepper, weird hobo clothes and all. But the only reason I can think of as to hiding her body was to allow her to have the sassy made-over “this is how I normally look” scene where she’s all pissed and telling him he’s never gonna get it.
She had every right to be mean, and I love betrayal plots so much, but I felt like she should have made him grovel. She held herself away and wouldn’t let him talk, and she still used him in bed. It was a new angle, that’s for sure.
I don’t know, I liked the plot, but I really had a hard time liking Pepper because we don’t really get to know Pepper until she gets to look hot again. Even as her undercover self, she’s not a fun heroine. And unfortunately that lasts like half the book, if not longer. She can’t even concentrate around Logan, and I’m all for lusty thoughts and sexual tension, but if she can’t even look at him without zoning out on his abs and chest, then how can I believe she’s competent enough to go through her day-to-day routine without zoning out every time he’s shirtless?
I had really mixed feelings about this one, as I liked the cast of characters, and I actually liked Logan, I just hated what he did, and how quickly Pepper let it go, like “oh well, I was undercover, in a sense, too. So it’s okay.” I wanted to yell, it isn’t okay!
But once Pepper changed (both her appearance and her personality), the plot picked up and her focus shifted from Logan’s abs for more than 5 seconds, it was much more action-packed and more entertaining.
I’ve read Rowdy and Dash’s books, so the last one for me is Reese (it’s out of order, I know, I know), but I liked Reese, and his neighbor, so I’m really looking forward to it.
So, final verdict, it was good, but I couldn’t condone Logan’s actions. Really, what if he hadn’t fallen for Pepper, would it just be a-okay for him to seduce the neighbor girl, use her to get to her brother, and then find his buddy’s killer? I’m not okay with that. (less)
Original Review: I burnt dinner trying to read and cook at the same time. :/
I held my breath almost through the entire story. OMG people, this was amazing. The build up to the ending is so intense, as is the entire book, but seriously, this was heart-pounding, breath-holding, edge of the seat intense. Ariq is once more put in the position of handing over the Skybreaker. Or maybe he was never really given the option. His town is taken hostage, so to speak, and it leaves him little choice. Ariq has to show the Skybreaker. But he’ll have the advantage this time. With help from Archimedes and Yasmeen, and their allies, they make it to the Skybreaker. This is the 8th and final installment of The Kraken King, and my reviews were short compared to normal, but I wanted my initial reactions down after I read each part. You honestly won’t find a better-written serial than The Kraken King. It’s serial done right, where it reads as if each part is meant to be its own section, its own piece of the book, rather than feeling like someone took a full-length book and split it into pieces. I can’t recommend this serial enough, and all of you are lucky that it’s been released so there’s no waiting! The romance was beautiful, the action was tense and plentiful, and the plot was intense. If you are wondering whether it’s worth the price, it is.
I'm such a fan of both the Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor and the Love Undercover series, so obviously I was excited for Dash's book.
But I was kind of let down. Not a lot, mind you, I did enjoy it. It just wasn't as awesome as I'd hoped.
I'm having a hard time expressing why I didn't like it as much as Rowdy's, but the best way I can is that I feel the pacing was off.
The whole beginning half (yes HALF) was slow as far as plot. There was a lot (and I do mean a LOT) of sexual tension, and as far as that goes, this was brilliantly done. In fact I'd say it's Lori Foster's most sensual book yet. But that first half of the book was Dash showing Margo that he can be what she needs. And it's important, don't get me wrong, she needs this, but I was over it. It took soo long. By the second half of the book, it really picked up. This is where (pardon the cliche) the plot thickens.
Dash was such a great fit for Margo. They really compliment each other. The romance was there, but the rest of the plot wasn't really that great for me. The last half of the book felt much faster and better paced.
I'm looking forward to Canon's book next, which is the start of a new series about MMA fighting.
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Cordie is a daddy’s girl. Her gruff mechanic grease monkey dad raised her and when he died, he was far more than a “grease monkey.” He left Cordie a small fortune from his car business.
Cordie, meanwhile, is a teacher. She’s been in love with her best friend’s brother since they were kids. But Aidan is oblivious. Until she decides to get over him. But her dad dropped a bomb on Cordie right before he dies; he tells her that her mother never died. She actually left them when Cordie was a baby.
With preparations for her dad’s funeral and Aidan coming in town, Cordie’s mind is everywhere except on her mom. She figures she’ll deal with that later. There’s a letter in a safe deposit box for her, but she figures she’ll deal with that after the funeral, too. And when she finally opens it (which by the way, drove me nuts! I would have opened it on the spot, but I’m like that), she finds out more about her mother.
And that her mom was a horrible, horrible person.
Aidan has never really thought about Cordie other than as his little sister’s bestie. One night after her dad died, they share an amazing, scorching hot kiss and suddenly he can’t keep his mind off her. But Aidan is all business. Literally. He works so so hard and rarely comes up for air. I sort of wish he’d have stopped working so much sooner in the novel, because it’s hard to build a romance with the characters apart. I think Garwood leaned on their many years of knowing each other in that sense. She figured that because they grew up together, she didn’t have to give them as much interaction. I don’t know.
When Cordie makes the impulsive decision to go to Australia (where it turns out her mother and her socialite family live), Aidan says he’ll fly her down there since he has business there too. This really isn’t helping Cordie’s get over Aidan plan, but things start to heat up, so she doesn’t mind.
What we see is that not just is Cordie’s mom a horrible person, but so is the whole family. Her mom sees her (and since she’s the spitting image of her, she knows exactly who she is), and her mom will do anything to keep her a secret. Assuming her father was still a poor mechanic, she tries to buy her off. Then Cordie’s life is endangered.
One thing that bugs me about Garwood’s heroines is that the past 3 I’ve read in this series have all had their lives endangered in some way, but they don’t take the threat seriously enough. In Hot Shot, the previous book, the heroine Peyton is shot at, run off the road and bombed. Literally, bombed. She ends up hospitalized and still doesn’t listen to her big bad FBI boyfriend. In Sweet Talk Olivia is shot and still doesn’t take the threat seriously. Cordie is slightly better, but really not much. It’s frustrating because all 3 heroines were intelligent and good characters otherwise.
I also didn’t like how little closure there was with the mother. There’s a bit at the end, but it’s not really what (from what I can tell) the readers want. At least it’s not what I wanted.
I’m curious who the next couple will be-there have been lots of side characters and lots of sequel-bait, so I’m waiting for characters from previous books to get their turns too.
I believe that readers have been waiting nearly 10 years for Aidan and Cordie’s book, but the cool thing is that this book can be read as a stand-alone. It’s typical Garwood with sexy heroes, relateable and likeable heroines, and a lot of action.
I really enjoy Lori Foster's Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor and Love Undercover series, so I was super excited for a chance at one of her backlist. This one is slightly different than her others, though.
When Eli Connors needs to get his brother back after he was kidnapped for ransom in Central America, the agency he contacts that specializes in mercenaries sends him the meanest and the best soldier they’ve got. Ray Verekner.
What Eli doesn’t know is that Ray is a woman.
Ray is basically a mercenary for hire. She’s 31 and stubborn, and mouthy, and really good at what she does.
Until Eli comes along.
He’s a distraction she doesn’t want or need. She’s never ever let anyone come along on one of her missions before, but she can’t figure out why she let Eli.
Eli is a great hero. He is tough when he needs to be, but he’s also gentle when Ray needs him to be. He has her pegged within a day, and he goes after her. As soon as his brother is safe, she’s his.
This has a lot of things going for it. I love having an older heroine. (Sad that 31 is “older,” isn’t it?), I loved having the heroine be the former Special Forces character who saves the day, and I really enjoyed Ray’s tough side. I also like that there are repercussions for sexytimes in the jungle.
I will say that it’s not much of a Romantic Suspense, because the rescue mission is ridiculously easy, although that’s sort of the point. But it still is a quick and exciting read.
I am really glad they changed the cover to this book, not just because of the sexy man on the cover, but mostly because the first cover is a giant spoiler. I’d have never thought that would happen, but after glimpsing the original cover on goodreads, I was kind of bummed at being spoiled. I’ll link it here for you curious readers, but I won’t actively spoil it.
If you’re looking for a different twist on the military hero, look no further. A woman for the hero is a refreshing change.