Nori is once again going after her sister Lara. Lara is a bit naive, extremely curious and adventurous and way too trusting. She expects the best outNori is once again going after her sister Lara. Lara is a bit naive, extremely curious and adventurous and way too trusting. She expects the best out of everyone and lets her heart guide her. Well her heart gets her into a lot of trouble. So Nori, street wise and a deadly Shakien cat is usually the one to bail Lara out of trouble. This time is no different. Except in the middle of the tense showdown where Nori is about to throw down and kick some butt, King Menelaus enters the bar and calms the situation. And that is how it all starts. King Menelaus must have Nori. Nori just needs to get away from King Menelaus and she goes to extremes to do it.
I loved this book so much!! The characters, the humor, UGH I loved it!!
I love that Nori was feisty. I love that Menelaus loved that she was feisty.
I love that Nori was deadly and feared. I love that Menelaus didn't fear her and knew she would never harm him even when she didn't.
I love their back and forth banter.
Sarcasm was so perfectly written in this book. Sarcasm can be tricky, because if it's not written correctly it can just come off as sounding snotty or childish. Sometimes an author can be trying for funny but it just sort of feels juvenile. Not in this book. It was so well written and perfectly timed I LOLed multiple times reading this book...and it was only 150 pages!! I wanted to read so much more about Nori and King Menelaus. ( Even if I had no idea how to say his name, it was just a jumbled sound in my head Mi-NE-los is usually how I said it although I don't think thats how its pronounced.)
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I don't even know if these quotes will be as funny since you sort of have to read the book to understand them. But I don't even care. I'm adding them anyway.
Possible spoilers ahead because I have to give some sort of context for the quotes. Nothing huge is given away just little things you may wish to read on your own.
At one point in the story Nori has to board a spaceship to get Lara back from another situation she was put in. Menelaus is stressed about her going by herself, but circumstances keep him aboard the ship they are traveling on. Nori comes back with more than her sister, but acts as though it was no big deal, she got them, they can go. Later in the book it is being explained what happened to Lara and the other girl during a sort of trial for the man who was responsible.
"The Lady Nori did not know my plight, or abilities. She had no reason to take on so many armed men to get me free when they had already agreed to free the Lady Lara, she did anyway."
Menelaus leaned down beside her and whispered in her ear. "Was there something you forgot to mention?"
"Shh, no talking during peace discourse unless its your turn."
~Truthsayer(I don't think she ever said her name), Menelaus, Nori
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ In this next quote, Menelaus had challenged an enemy to a dual but his enemy had no sword. Nori told one of his soldiers to lend their sword, to which they all looked horrified. It was explained that nobody would want a sword back that had been used against the king and that it would need to be melted down and crafted into a new sword to get rid of the taint. So Nori fixed that problem by promising one of the swords hanging on Menelaus's bedroom wall. He had plenty, why not. This quote takes place after the duel.
"Any wounds?" she asked. Looking him over while she walked closer.
"Not to speak of. Was it necessary to give away one of the swords from my father's collection?"
"Don't be a baby about it, your whininess. I'm sure you'll survive without one sword."
"The collection is hundreds of years old."
She placed her hands on her hips and glared at him. "Aren't you supposed to defeat your opponent and then immediately declare your love for the gentle maiden with a kiss, before we go off to live happily every after? I specifically recall Lara mentioning a kiss. Not that the knight would fight and then immediately start harping about his sword collection."
He raised a brow, finished wiping the blood from his sword and sheathed it. "Show me a gentle maiden and I'll see what I can do."
Nori laughed because she couldn't help herself. "You are so going to regret that remark, Your Highness."
"Really," he looked doubtful. "How do you plan to accomplish that, give away another of my antique swords?"
This was a sort of sci fi -dystopian world. It takes place in Texas in a compound of sorts. At some point in the past the sky ripped opened and dragonThis was a sort of sci fi -dystopian world. It takes place in Texas in a compound of sorts. At some point in the past the sky ripped opened and dragons flew through and started ravaging the earth. So the people abandoned neighborhoods and cities to form communities to try and keep themselves safe from the crazy dragons. In this particular story the "government" is corrupt and if you're poor you live a pretty sad life doing whatever you can to get by.
Claudia is in jail at the beginning of this book and is starting to get nervous because of how long she has been held. Her sister is out there fending for herself and she needs to get out to keep her safe.
I don't want to give anything away so I won't say anything about the circumstances with how they meet. But I loved it. I loved the meeting, I loved the first interactions and I loved how Kael, the dragon responded to Claudia. I just love books like this!
I can't wait to read the second book. Although, for me, the first book is always the best. The first contact. The first ice barbarian book is my favorite because its the first contact when everything is being revealed for the first time. But I'm still really looking forward to the next in this series....more
A bear shifter romance about two store owners who both want to be together but Cole thinks his shifter strength is too much for a human. So for threeA bear shifter romance about two store owners who both want to be together but Cole thinks his shifter strength is too much for a human. So for three years they flirt and argue. This book is the part of the story where they finally come together on a camping trip.
It was just too short. I didn't realize how short it was, or I probably wouldn't have bought it.
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Her skin is softer than a lamb's. What does she put on herself? Unicorn tears?
Not gonna lie, I bought this because I loved the cover. I didn't realize how short it would be. UGH!
I liked the story, but I really wanted there to beNot gonna lie, I bought this because I loved the cover. I didn't realize how short it would be. UGH!
I liked the story, but I really wanted there to be MORE story. It was so so short.
Bleu was sort of cavemanish in a way, he lived out in the middle of the woods away from people and even though he was in human form the WHOLE book, which was disappointing, his actions and words a lot of time reflected his bear mentality. Like when she asked him to sit when he was hovering over her eating, so he dropped to his knees and sat in front of her on the floor. haha I loved that. I loved how protective he was over her. I loved that he didn't want to leave her side and couldn't stand when her attention was averted from him. I loved it so much, I wanted more! It just wasn't enough. So I couldn't give it more than three stars because I felt like this whole book was just a tease....more
**spoiler alert** I had a major problem with this story. I didn't understand how if Sebastian loved her for so long, how could he go off and have sex**spoiler alert** I had a major problem with this story. I didn't understand how if Sebastian loved her for so long, how could he go off and have sex with other women? Was sex a necessity? Why do it if it hurts the one you love? I just thought that was a major flaw. Also I was kind of disappointed he knew who she was from the start. I was liked the whole idea of her loving him so much that she was willing to sacrifice herself for one night with him and him not even realizing it until it was almost too late. So I was sort of disappointed when he explained he knew from the beginning which I should have suspected. oh well. It was a fun short story....more
**spoiler alert** The second in the The Three series. This book is about Werewolf King Callum and his Queen Sonia.
This might be my favorite in the ser**spoiler alert** The second in the The Three series. This book is about Werewolf King Callum and his Queen Sonia.
This might be my favorite in the series. I really loved it. I thought Sonia was written really well as a female human. She kept stuff bottled up inside until she exploded. haha I just found that very accurate. I also really liked how Callum was not just a werewolf alpha male, he was a man. Things didn't even register on his radar as being off when Sonia was completely compliant. He had no clue she was seething inside with the small clues she would give him. He just kept going about his business thinking life was good. Looking back I find that funny... and in a way true for a lot of men.
I could sympathize with Sonia when she was feeling neglected or unwanted. She felt as though Callum wanted her only for his queen because he knew that is who she was but not because he felt anything for her. I could feel her pain over not feeling loved or wanted. But I absolutely loved it when Callum would finally get her to talk and set her straight. I loved that he when he realized something was wrong, he cornered her and made her talk. Because usually it was all misunderstanding anyway.
Callum had a depth of feeling that I loved seeing in this book. One part that particularly made me fall in love with him, was when he was writing letters to the families of the fallen wolves, but kept a smile on his face and stayed light hearted with Sonia to the point she had no clue his work was so emotionally taxing and draining.
The ending literally brought tears to my eyes. Callum's pain was so gut-wrenching and palpable on the pages. I loved it!
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"I loved you before you took your first breath on this earth because that was my fate but you made me love you because you're just...f*cking...you."
The first book in The Three series, this is Leah and Lucian's story.
It sucked me in from the beginning. Lucian a vampire had been waiting for years fThe first book in The Three series, this is Leah and Lucian's story.
It sucked me in from the beginning. Lucian a vampire had been waiting for years for his chance with Leah. He knew he would have her the moment he saw her. But due to vampire laws he had to wait until she was unattached. Leah knowing her fate due to her family's long history of being highly respected vampire concubines, went from relationship to relationship in order to avoid being selected by a vampire.
I loved Leah. She made me laugh out loud a couple times. Her getting kicked out of her schooling was hilarious. I loved that conversation. But I kind thought her character was written to be a much younger age than she was. She struck me more as a 20 something than a 40 year old.
I kind of had a love/hate relationship with Lucian. He was hot in that domineering way and as the reader you could see and know how much he loved and wanted Leah. But for Leah I sometimes hated him because he refused to give her an inch. He was so set on the taming, when he could have been much more effective with her if he tried tenderness. There were times when I felt like he should have apologized or went out of his way to make something up to her instead of forcing her body to submit to his hotness. But at the same time, thats kind of what made Lucian hot. He could take Leah from spitting mad to ferocious make out sessions with only a few touches.
I kind of wanted more scenes with Leah and his family. The good ones, not the ex and the father....more
**spoiler alert** So this is the last in the series called The Three. This is where the werewolf/Vampire hybrid Abel finds his mate Delilah. It was al**spoiler alert** So this is the last in the series called The Three. This is where the werewolf/Vampire hybrid Abel finds his mate Delilah. It was also the culmination of the building war in the supernatural world against the unknowing humans.
This book just didn't do it for me. I thought it was kind of boring. There was a whole lot of waiting around, a whole lot of Abel getting angry every time something new was explained to him and a whole lot of perfectness between him and Lilah.
The majority of the book they were hiding, and gathering intel. I kept waiting for SOMETHING to happen and it didn't until the very end.
Abel and Delilah were perfect for each other, simply put. But they were almost too perfect to be an interesting read. They were quick to apologize when one was upset with the other, which didn't happen often. They were very supportive of each other straight out of the gate. This all sounds great... but it was boring. I needed some conflict between them, I needed something that would bring out my emotions for them.
Supposedly, Lilah was the best of them. She had the greatest power and the most accepting of people with no judgement. But I found her kind of boring. She was the least interesting character of the three couples I thought. I just didn't really care for her at all. I liked her a lot at the beginning of the book, but by the end I was bored with her.
I LOVED Yuri and Aurora. It could have been because I was bored with the rest of the story, but I loved when the book switched to their story. I liked seeing a side of Yuri we had not seen in previous books. I really wanted to read more about them. I fell in love with Aurora pretty instantly.
That being said. I still love Kristen Ashley's writing. I love her alpha males and the worlds she creates. But I was just not blown away by this book as I usually am with her others.
But there was one scene that I loved. It was during Snakes funeral, when Abel started playing his guitar and singing.
Abel finished the song, gave it a few moments, then I again looked to him when he kept going. This time doing Pearl Jam's "Just Breathe." When he started singing, his dark head was bent, watching his fingers move on the strings. But on the first "stay with me," he lifted his head and looked right to me.
There is much more to the scene that made it special, but that was the beginning of it and I really liked it. That was one of the few times this couple evoked any kind of emotion from me....more
This was a different kind of shifter story in the sense that the main shifter could shift to any animal he wanted. He was like the king of shifters inThis was a different kind of shifter story in the sense that the main shifter could shift to any animal he wanted. He was like the king of shifters in his area. He rescues a human one night from some vampires, and he realizes pretty quickly that she is his mate. He takes her home and lets her sleep off her attack and when she wakes up he intends to talk to her but their attraction is so potent, they can't keep their hands off each other.
Ava wakes up in a stranger's house with no memory of how she got there. She is even more disturbed by her reaction to the man, who she recognizes as the Omega. As soon as her senses come back to her she realizes she needs to get out of there.
This was a pretty fast paced book. I never got bored and even when it would switch to other story lines with different characters, I never felt bored. I was just as interested in the other story lines. In fact I can't wait to read about the other characters in the next books.
I didn't like that the shepards were zealots. Christians seem to get a bad rep for that, but the use of scripture in this book made me uncomfortable, because it was so perversely misused and misconstrued to benefit the shepards cause. It made me cringe.
I love how fiercely protective Diskant was of Ava. I love a good strong alpha male with his possessiveness and out of his mind jealousy when his woman talks to another man. And Diskant did not disappoint.
I also loved all the cool things that Ava and Diskant could do once they started their bonding. Telepathy. So cool.
"I'm not your mate." "We're back that, are we?" "We never left that!" "Oh, kitten." His eyes shifted to that vivid shade of jeweled emerald and he smiled mischievously. "You turn me on when you're angry. I can't wait to learn what pisses you off so I can get you good and fired up just to cool you back down."
In this story, Dragons are losing numbers. They need to reproduce, but have been cursed to only produce males, no female dragons. So they must mate wiIn this story, Dragons are losing numbers. They need to reproduce, but have been cursed to only produce males, no female dragons. So they must mate with human women. The catch is that human women can't survive giving birth to the dragon offspring. But there is a war brewing against the rogue dragons and they need more dragons and they need to ensure that their species will carry on. Bastian is the leader of the Nightfury dragon clan, and he realizes that although he hates the idea of hurting a woman, he must lead by example and select a woman to carry his child. He is having trouble picking someone knowing he will ultimately doom them to die. Then he meets Myst. He is instantly drawn to Myst, and he knows that she is the one, because once he meets her he knows he can't let her get away. He can't live with out her, which is quite the conundrum, since by keeping her, she will die.
I have mixed feelings about this book. If the story was mainly told from Bastian and Myst's point of views I would probably be ok. I would have enjoyed it much more. But it was told from multiple POV's and it drove me nuts. Every time the story would get really good, or something exciting would happen, it would switch to another POV of someone who was doing something completely different and completely boring. I got so frustrated I had to put the book down several times because I was getting so angry.
There were also several times that I found myself rolling my eyes because of all the cliché sayings. There were SO many of them in about the first 50% of the book. Luckily, either they stopped or I just got used to them. Here are a couple of examples.
Not the kind of case a cop wanted to catch this close to the weekend. And yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum. All of a sudden, Sheriff Yahoo was looking a whole lot smarter than the two of them put together.
She wasn't a chicken. Somewhere along the line, the bok-bok gene had skipped a few branches in her family tree...
Yippee-ki-yay. Let the games begin.
(This one really got me. This was said by a dragon that was so intimidating that the waitress wouldn't even put his drink in front of him, she set it on the edge of the table so she didn't have to get to close. He is the kind of guy who only answers in two word sentences, very quiet and brooding. Except in this scene where he says...)
Gonna take a look-see.
With an abrupt shift, Bastian cut his flight short and...One potato. Two potato. Three potato, four... He broadsided the rogue, hitting him like the freight train he knew Wick wanted to throw.
I'll stop, because I'm not trying to bash the book or the author. Some people might really find it entertaining or funny, but I just got annoyed. Although, the descriptions weren't all annoying, one of them ended up being my favorite quote. So like I said, some readers might enjoy this style of writing a lot.
So despite the things I found annoying, I really liked the story line. I think the author has a really good story going and she definitely set it up to be a series from the start, because some things were settled in this book, but most things were not. The story is really only beginning in a way. I would really like to find out what happens next, but I'm not sure I'm interested in reading the next book because I got so tired of reading about Angela and Rikar in THIS book. I could care less about all the chapters from Angela's POV. She was boring. I can't see myself enjoying a book about her, if I do read the next book it will be because I want to know what happens with Bastian and Myst. And Forge. I'm interested in Forge's storyline.
One whiff of him and her libido went first-grader on her: hand raised, butt dancing in the chair as her hormones screamed, "Pick me! Pick me!"...more
I really loved this book! I've been on a dragon kick lately and this one has to be my favorite so far. It was one of those stories that I would tell mI really loved this book! I've been on a dragon kick lately and this one has to be my favorite so far. It was one of those stories that I would tell myself I would put the book down the next time the story starts to slow down... that never really happened. I was constantly interested and constantly wanting to know what was going to happen next.
Pia was blackmailed into stealing from the most powerful being she knows. She knows she must run after she steals from him and she tries. Dragos does not like anything taken from him, even if it is as small as a penny. He will find who is responsible and they will pay. Dragos hunts, and its not long before he knows who did it.
The only problem is once these two are together, there is an undeniable attraction. Dragos realizes pretty quickly that he can never let Pia go. But that goes against everything Pia's mom has instilled in her. She taught her to never get caught, to always hide and go unnoticed. Most of all keep her identity and abilities a secret. Dragos wants to know everything about Pia and is relentless in his pursuit to find out as much as he can.
There was a few things that bugged me though. One was a part of the book where it switched from third person to first person. That was a little weird.
Also, I think the author took the easy way out by not coming up with a name for Pia. Instead of thinking of a cool fantasy type name, she just says Pia tells him. That annoyed me. I wanted to know her name.
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Payback was a beautiful b*tch. She was also a good friend of his, and they were just getting started.
~Dragos internal monologue
"I am cursed with a terminal case of curiosity," he said. "I am jealous, selfish, acquisitive, territorial and possessive. I have a terrible temper, and I know I can be a cruel son of a bitch." He cocked his head. "I used to eat people, you know."
~Dragos - some of his better qualities.
"It means, you stupid woman, that I am learning too. Now you listen to me. I never stop thinking about you. You're with me everywhere I go but I miss you when we're apart. I've already shown that I will kill for you. I would also die for you. You make me laugh. You make me happy. You're my miracle and my home. If you as much as twitch, I get a hardon. I will always come for you, always want you, and always need you. We clear?"