I'm going to be honest, I almost gave up on this book. The first two chapters had me pretty psyched for some ancient intrigue and some cool world builI'm going to be honest, I almost gave up on this book. The first two chapters had me pretty psyched for some ancient intrigue and some cool world building. The third chapter was the beginning of the end.
In said chapter, our hero and heroine meet for the first time, when Ares breaks into her home. Although it was against his better judgement and he kicks himself in the ass for not leaving after realizing she was home, he is totally enthralled with her and decides to use his telekinetic powers to bodily pull her to him and shove his tongue in her mouth. And this is how all good relationships should start... only NOT.
As the book progressed it had it's good points and it's bad points. I had a couple moments where I really considered putting it down for good, but I also felt like I was watching a train wreck and I just. Couldn't. Look. Away.
Half way through the book I wanted to slap Emma across the face. Unless it was an intimate moment, poor Ares couldn't do anything right. She got mad when he hid things from her, she got mad when he told her things. He's trying to tell her that he cares and she just thinks he's using her. As soon as her immediate anger would fade, she would start to think that he did care and then, without fail, she would scold herself for making excuses for him. Meanwhile she's meddling in Sicari affairs that she knows nothing about when she was explicitly told NOT TO INTERFERE. Quite aggravating.
I'm putting this series on hold for now, I'm intrigued by Phae and Lysander's story and the overarching story and I've read that the next two books get better. But I was so let down by this book that I just don't know. ...more
This is a cute short starring Constable Newberry, who appears in The Iron Duke as Mina Wentworth's bodyguard. Fun backstory, but nothing super imperatThis is a cute short starring Constable Newberry, who appears in The Iron Duke as Mina Wentworth's bodyguard. Fun backstory, but nothing super imperative to the overall story. ...more
I wish to note that I do not recommend the Audiobook version of this, more info at the end of the review.
Three books down and I have officially adI wish to note that I do not recommend the Audiobook version of this, more info at the end of the review.
Three books down and I have officially added Courtney Milan to my "I-will-read-anything-by-this-author" list.
I've been looking forward to Smite's book since we met him in the first one - he always came across as a aloof, so I was excited to learn more about him. Milan delivered.
I don't wan to get too book report-y on this, so I'm going to make a list of reasons why I loved this book (and, really, Courtney Milan's other books too).
-Smite is nothing like any romantic hero I have ever encountered before, but I still loved him and his story.
-Miranda is smart. She thinks for herself. She's honest. And she's incredibly patient to deal with Smite's inability to show any real feelings.
-There is no magic fix for Smite's issues and this is acknowledged by the characters. I honestly can not express how happy this made me. Smite has some serious psychological issues from his childhood and most romances would introduce a heroine as a panacea, Milan does not. Yes, there is a form of comfort that Smite finds in Miranda, but it is not a cure-all and it made their relationship seem all the more real.
I got a super good deal on this as a whispersync Kindle/Audible package, so I went with it. The book is narrated by Nicole Quinn and she just didn't do it for me. Her voice seemed more appropriate for a late middle-aged woman and I couldn't connect her with our young 20s heroine.
On top of that, it seemed like every man in the story sounded extremely raspy or high-pitched an annoying. All the other women sounded snobby or old and raspy. No one seemed to have a normal voice.
Do yourself a favor and get this in print or ebook. ...more