I think I'm carrying on with this series because I don't like leaving things unfinished. And although I do think P Briggs is a good writer, I just did...moreI think I'm carrying on with this series because I don't like leaving things unfinished. And although I do think P Briggs is a good writer, I just didn't find this episode very inspiring. She brought in new ppl that I didn't care much about and then got them into trouble, I wasn't too worried about them, and I wasn't worried about Mercy because she's been through too much for anything else to be as bad. (less)
Over a thousand years ago, the first Konstantine Varinski, a Russian warlord, made a deal with the devil - Which involved the breaking of a religious...moreOver a thousand years ago, the first Konstantine Varinski, a Russian warlord, made a deal with the devil - Which involved the breaking of a religious icon into 4 parts, scattered and hidden around the world. Since then the entire varinski line has produced only sons, and exerted their power over the local area in various ways, commonly being reputable assassins for hire. All of them are long-lived, fast-healing and are able to shapeshift into a predatory animal.
The current day Konstantine Varinski was just as brutal as his namesakes, until he met a young gypsy girl, fell in love, and fled to America, changing his surname to Wilder. Now he has 3 grown sons, goodlooking and single sons of course.. (and miraculously also a daughter). Then the gypsy mother utters a pretty scary prophecy.. that 4 of Konstantine Wilder's sons must each bring a piece of the broken icon back together, or rather not the sons themselves, but the women who love them. In order to break the curse, and save their father from certain death. Of course you can bet the original Varinski family back in Russia, has not forgotten them, and probably has their own version of the prophecy to work for.
Jasha Wilder, is the eldest son, and currently running the hugely successful family wine business. Anne Smith works as Jasha's executive assistant, her defining features seem to be that she's unusually tall, an extremely hard worker, introverted, and secretly in love with her boss. Oh, and she has a dark secretive past to do with nuns.. Anne uses a recent wine deal as an excuse to personally turn up to Jasha's house one day, (his phallic shaped house, apparently), and on discovering he is out moves all her clothes into his bedroom (as you do).. and then goes downstairs to find a giant wolf in the house.. guess who?
The backstory to this series is certainly interesting, all though it does fit a certain UF pattern, 4 sons in one prophecy all to find their fated ladies, its a very smooth set up for 4 separate books. Although son number 4 remains a complete mystery at this point! Thats certainly something I want the answer to.
When Anne turned up at Jasha's house, I was ready to be severely disappointed, Anne came across as quite the psychotic stalker woman.. I mean who the hell moves their clothes into their bosses bedroom while hes out? It really didn't sound like the perfect romantic beginning, especially considering Jasha had never even considered her in a non-professional capacity before. I was so expecting this to end up my crap shelf at that point, and yet, by the 100 pages mark, I was absolutely truly hooked!
I think primarily it must be Christina Dodd's writing skill that makes the entire book work. The cliche PNR series setup and the awkward beginning aside, I truly enjoyed it, so yet, there is certainly something to be said for Dodd's writing. And I don't just mean the fluff-scenes (although they were pretty epic it has to be said). In any other book I'd say Jasha and Anne wouldn't have worked as a couple, he was ridiculously domineering, she was a psychotic stalker, and I'm still not convinced he was truly in love with her, and yet Dodd managed to smush them together in a ridiculously convoluted way.
It's going to be one of those series that I hate to love, and can't help but read the entirety of. Guilty pleasure extreme.
Note: some sex scenes border on/could be considered Non-consensual, so if thats an issue for you, consider yourself warned. and I can confirm there is a similar situation in book 2. (less)
This one gets a decent rating, as it was nice to go back to the old Anita for a little while. Off out away from her boys, and doing some proper invest...moreThis one gets a decent rating, as it was nice to go back to the old Anita for a little while. Off out away from her boys, and doing some proper investigating and vampire hunting. Also this is one of the ones where we get to hang out with the Edward/Bernardo/Olaf gang, which is always fun. And I do have to admit I like Olaf's character, it's always interesting trying to figure out whats going on in his head. Although I'm not sure even LKH knows where it's going. Unfortunately, there were the usual letdowns and annoyances that I've come to expect in the Anita books. 1 - Too much coversation. - Anita keeps people yakking on for ages, about bugger all. If LKH would just chop the conversations down to the bare minimum thats actually pertinent to the plot, we'd probably lose a third of the book volume, but it would read better. 2 - Too much posturing. - Anita always has to show off, act tough, etc, and I get that it's part of the character, that people underestimate her because she's small/cute/female. But it's just too much, constantly, and I wish she'd just get on with things rather than talking tough. culling The posturing would probably remove another 3rd of the book volume. 3 - Too many characters. - Anita happens to meet a fuckin truck load of completely new handsome men and pretty boys in every single book, and each new face just blurs into the next as I try and skim through them. No one is attractive anymore, because theres just too many new guys to pay attention to. We're all still waiting for more plot with the ORIGINAL characters.
TBH, I'm as annoyed with Anita, as Anita is with herself. She hates that the Ardeur makes her fuck a new stranger every chapter, and I do too. It's very irritating and bores me. The trouble is, I was a big fan of Anita Blake in the beginning, and I've stayed with it, no matter how awful it's gotten, because it's like family... family that you can't stand the sight of, and only see at christmas, but you still have to love em.(less)