1. Maggie actually DEFENDS CLAY!!!!!!!!!!! When her friends are treating him like crap and judging him unfairly,I'm only going to make a few points.
1. Maggie actually DEFENDS CLAY!!!!!!!!!!! When her friends are treating him like crap and judging him unfairly, she actually defends him. I'm sorry, but this is the first time in my life I have ever encountered a heroine who stuck up for the guy she loved. It was because of this that I was able to truly believe her love for him, able to believe in their love for each other.
2. Clay has issues...that are not solved by love. Seriously. When he gets together with Maggie, he's not miraculously cured.
3. Their relationship works because Maggie is strong as hell and can totally handle someone as messed-up as Clay.
4. I'm so thrilled (there are no words) that a book has FINALLY addressed the fact that when a guy acts the way Clay does, it's not simply because he's an ass, but because he is sick and has a mental disorder (or in his case more than one!) People tend to brush off characters like Clay as "just a psycho." But for once, the author understands that, no, actually, there is more to it than that. I think a lot of people can learn something from this, and possibly become less ignorant about the seriousness of mental health. Contrary to what some people believe, individuals like Clay do not "decide" to be assholes. Mental illness is real. This book tells you that.
5. Clay is mature and self-aware enough to understand that he is not in a place where he can be in a relationship with someone. He knows only more destruction will come if he stays with Maggie, so makes the decision to try again to get help so that he can be in a healthy relationship with Maggie and stop hurting her.
6. Love Clay. Love Maggie. And I never love heroines. These aren't just characters. They are real people. And THIS is why I read books. I'd forgotten for a while, there. ...more
Roden: *smashes Jaron's leg to bits with big club* Jaron: OWWWW!!! You're supposed to be my bff!!! How could you?!? Roden: I WILL KILL YOU! Jaron: Ohh, nRoden: *smashes Jaron's leg to bits with big club* Jaron: OWWWW!!! You're supposed to be my bff!!! How could you?!? Roden: I WILL KILL YOU! Jaron: Ohh, no, won't you please be my bestie and the captain of my guard instead? Roden: YESYESYES! A thousand times yes, MY LORD! *falls down on knees* I never really could have killed you!!!
Okay, I am so confused. I mean, did I miss something here? Don't get me wrong, I loved the book. Jaron/Sage is my man, and I adore him like no other. The new characters, especially Fink and Harlow, were awesome. Seriously, the characters in this book are a vast improvement from the last one, in which it was basically Sage vs. The World.
The one thing I don't really love is Imogen. She's all right, but to be honest she comes off as a bit bland and uninteresting compared to Jaron. I feel like someone else would suit him better. I don't think she can match up to him. Sure, she can get angry and "have words" with him, but it never really feels to me like they are on the same level, and NOT because she is a servant. I like the servant/king forbidden love stuff, but Imogen's personality is just too run-of-the-mill, so she really fades into the background.
I feel as if Jaron could really banter away with the right girl. Of course, this will not happen, but since I'm not in this for the romance I don't mind.
One of my favorite aspects of the novel was the glimpses we got of Jaron's softer side, of his inner child, the child wanting to be loved unconditionally, wanting his parents to be warmer to him. I think that really made me sympathize with him on a very deep level. His decisions come across as totally rash, uncalculated, and based more on emotion than logic (although he claims otherwise). I mean, do you really want the guy who just broke your leg and almost caused your demise to be in charge of your guard? Just because at one point in time you didn't hate each other?
My memory may be failing me, but I never felt as if Jaron and Roden were friends in the first book. I thought Roden grew to tolerate him at best, but Jaron seems to think they had a nice bromance going on. Is it just me? Maybe I need to do a re-read?...more
I don't even need to justify myself. Ryan and Jenna are amazing characters. At first I thought I'd loathe Jenna with her "Ugly people don't have feeliI don't even need to justify myself. Ryan and Jenna are amazing characters. At first I thought I'd loathe Jenna with her "Ugly people don't have feelings" garbage, but she turned out to be an awesome, caring, kind young woman who, with Ryan's help, really grew as a person. Their romance bloomed from friendship, which is the best way. Jenna's dad, though. Oh, man. If he was my dad I'd have run away from home when I was her age! And don't get me started on Ryan's mom.
She has two sides. I loved her at first, and then...But Cole was awesome. I love how he was Ry's mom's boyfriend, but also really cared about Ry as his own son. Meh. I'm gushing. Just read it. ...more
This is the type of book that starts out okay, and gets a little better with each chapter. I was interested for a while, then I started to grow bored,This is the type of book that starts out okay, and gets a little better with each chapter. I was interested for a while, then I started to grow bored, because the only likable character is our narrator, Sage. Thank God for Sage. He saved what could otherwise have been a very mediocre book, and made it into a good one. Often, authors don't bother to make their MC interesting, but Sage is very interesting. He's a bit crazy, but entertaining.
At first, the other characters come off as utterly unlikable, but the more you read the more you learn about them, and although they don't become characters you really love, they at least become ones you can understand. And that's where this book falls short. Even with the characters growing on me, the only one I truly cared about was Sage. Take Imogen, the love interest. Honestly, I found her a bit lackluster in comparison to Sage. I'd rather have disliked her than felt the indifference I did toward her character. In the next book, I truly hope the author takes the time to flesh out her character more, and this is coming from a girl who does NOT enjoy reading about female characters--or, barring that, have her spend more time on any character other than Sage (not that I want less Sage!).
The False Prince reminds me of The Queen's Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner, although not nearly in the same league; that's not to say I didn't like it, but it isn't nearly as sophisticated. Sage has a tiny bit of Eugenedes in him, which is always a good thing.
Now, about the twist. I figured it out about 1/3 through. It's just so obvious. Even though I saw it coming, I was rooting for it to happen, and I enjoyed every moment of it. The end was certainly the best part. But, really, Sage's (view spoiler)[utter lack of background (hide spoiler)] made it painfully clear that (view spoiler)[ he was really the prince. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I enjoyed this book despite the annoying heroine. I LOVE Seth, and I love the fact that he's a tortured hero who has actually done some torturing himsI enjoyed this book despite the annoying heroine. I LOVE Seth, and I love the fact that he's a tortured hero who has actually done some torturing himself. Usually the supposedly "evil" heroes won't hurt a fly. It ended up not mattering what he'd done because with a past like his, I could excuse him for pretty much anything. Maybe not excuse, but understand. I spent this whole book wanting to hug him. Poor guy actually believed the crap the evil dudes have been spewing, believes he's stupid and pathetic. He could have been unoriginal, but...for some reason he seemed to stand out to me. I can't say exactly why, but I think it has something to do with his vulnerability. It was more...obvious than it usually is and it made him seem more real to me, rather than one of Kenyon's generic heroes.
As for Lydia, I liked her at first but then she started doing little things that bothered me, liking calling Seth "pathetic." Why does she call him this, you ask? Because she thinks it's pathetic that Seth chose to stay in his room and read while trapped in the demon hell realm instead of going out and exploring demon-central. Why is that pathetic? That's just a mean thing to say and did not endear her to me at all. There are some aspects of her personality that I like, such as her loyalty, but I just wish she thought before she spoke.
Lydia KNOWS Seth's past. His past of having a mother who left him out in the middle of the desert and broke his legs by beating him with a hammer so he would be trapped there unable to die while he starved and dehydrated and was pecked at by birds. After this a family adopted him to do all their chores and work for them and then sold him for pennies to a demon who tortured him mentally and physically for 4500 years. That was his life. She knows this. She actually saw it first hand with the help of Jaden, who can see into people's memories. And yet still, she says things like, "You have no social skills. I swear you were raised by monkeys," and then claims not to understand why saying that would hurt him. Is she the absolute dumbest person of all time? Kenyon can't create a heroine that doesn't say stupid things and make unfunny jokes about "where she's going to hide the body" of her hero. Seriously, Lydia contemplates this while having sex with him.
She also has to find insult in everything. Like when Seth called her "lily" in his native tongue and she freaked out thinking he'd called her "Susan." Give me a freaking break. And then she gets pissed when he allows another women to TALK TO HIM. This man had not seen the sun in literally 45oo years. He'd been in the outside world for a few minutes and a women approaches him. Is that HIS FAULT? He's utterly lost and confused. Was he supposed to...what? Kill the random women? And THEN she gets angry when he turns away after she tries to kiss him. She gets pissed KNOWING that he associates kissing with pain and does not understand that kissing can come without pain. She KNOWS this. And she's so self-centered she doesn't even realize it.
Also, Jaden. I reeeeeaaaaaallllyyyy want to know more about him. And I want him to get out of that stupid freaking demon place! Oh, and the end was rushed and took away from the book as a whole. I don't like when a story jumps ahead in time and leaves out important info.
This makes it sound like I don't like it, but that isn't the case. I enjoyed Lydia and Seth's relantionship and I especially enjoyed watching him very slowly learn to trust her. It was so sad how long it had been since he'd seen the sun, so when he finally saw it for the first time in 4500 years it was really a special scene. And even Lydia had her redeeming qualities. I liked the way she used endearments for Seth, because he'd never experienced such a thing, so it was very important to him and therefore important to me as well.
Wynter is not good enough for Christopher. She's likable enough in this book, but pretty terrible in the next one. She's sooo full of herself, as wellWynter is not good enough for Christopher. She's likable enough in this book, but pretty terrible in the next one. She's sooo full of herself, as well as being ashamed of Christopher.
I'd like for Wynter to be real so I can beat her up. Really. She needs a good knock to the head. She has NO idea how lucky she is to have a guy like Christopher.
Five stars because I adore Christopher and he was in this book a LOT. Otherwise, there was a bit too much crazy drama/depression. Human sacrifice? Fine. Humans being sacrificed coming back as ghosts for further drama? No. It was too much even for me. There's a point when death can be overdone. By the eightieth uncalled-for death (usually always a man, since Kiernan has issues with killing women), it got to be a bit much. For a book that has no war in it, it certainly has enough deaths for one.
Additionally, I don't like Razi. I know I'm the only one, but he's grumpy 99% of the time and he's often very cold an aloof and his actions counteract his supposed traits. He's supposed to be selfless, but he's actually really selfish and childish most of the time. He puts his own hardships above everyone else's and doesn't even realize it and no one else realizes it, but sure. Sometimes the characters feel almost too real, and I literally feel their emotions and become extremely stressed whenever one of them is upset, which is on every page, of course. The characters and the setting. And, for an epic fantasy, it's far from boring. Usually with these types of books, you have to slog through three-hundred pages of boring descriptions, so thank God for none of that.
Despite this, the characters are so real that I can't help being entranced by them, even if most of them piss me the hell off.
As for Wynter...girls who cry for sympathy get under my skin. ...more
This could have been a five star book. I'll start with the bad and then move to the good. There isn't much bad anyway.
1. Wynter. I do like her, but aThis could have been a five star book. I'll start with the bad and then move to the good. There isn't much bad anyway.
1. Wynter. I do like her, but a few things annoyed me. I didn't mind that she started off arrogant and cold/calculating, because it was fun to watch her grow, however, two things bother me about her. The first is that she is homophobic and basically comes right out and says she might not love her brother if he were gay. That made me icky toward her--I don't care about the time period or how she grew up. Secondly, at one point she actually FORGETS that one of her friends is being held in the dungeon at night, possibly being tortured. Who would freaking forget something like that?
2. I like Lorcan, Wynter's father, but I feel there was way too much of him. He's in 99.99% of the scenes and sometimes I felt like everything in the book was revolving around him. That's not to say I didn't feel sorry for him, though. Also, not enough Christopher. I know, I know. Wynter is the main character. But come on. SEVEN Christopher-less chapters. No. Nope. I'm not having it.
ONTO THE GOOD.
I like the world. It's unique and eerie and just really cool. I haven't read anything quite like it before. It's magical.
And the characters. They're all very unique and full and real and have so many hidden layers.
I could have killed Razi on a number of occassions for being a complete a-hole, and yet I still like him and feel so much sympathy for him. Should I kick him or hug him? Yeahhh.
As for Chritopher. OhGod. He begins as a character who seems like a stereotype, but that's because Wynter immediately begins judging him and putting him into categories and thinking she knows his every secret. Now, I loved him from the moment he stepped on the scene, but the more I got to know him, the more I wanted to steal him for myself. He's just so. Freaking. Sweet. He has no right to be so honorable and kind and funny and caring and loving and smart and AHHH. I almost want to eat him. Except no. He needs to be my husband. Anyone have magic powers to pull characters out of books, huh, huh? The scene where he's telling the story to a little boy in the palace. Holy God. WHY? He kills me. And the way he says 'afeared' or 'mortal feared.' So freaking cute.
Okay, okay. Moving on. I cried quite a few times reading this, mostly in relation to Christopher, but also about the terrible things that happened to some of the ghosts. I won't say what it is, but I didn't even know OR like one of the ghosts, but I felt so damn bad for him and was bawling my eyes out. That is how you write, people. You make your readers feel things other than annoyance.
This scene ensues when a little 'spit boy' asks my darling Christopher how he lost his two middle fingers.
"They were eaten by a bear," whispered Christopher, with such easy conviction that for a moment Wynter believed him, though the story was patently ridiculous.
The child's eyes showed silver under his lashes again and he peered at Christopher across a huge chasm of sleep, not sure if he believed him. Christopher breathed another soft laugh. "I was fishing for flies..." he said confidentially.
"Aye." Christopher's thumb kept up its easy stroking of the little forehead. "Ain't you never fished for flies?" The child shook his head, his eyes closing despite his best efforts. "Huh," said Christopher, "how do you feed your frogs then?"
Christopher straightened and then chuckled as the sleepy little voice said, "Don't got me no frogs."
Christopher bent forward again, murmuring low so that Razi and Wynter had to strain to hear. The fire shot blue and lilac highlights through his curtain of black hair and outlined his chin in gold as he said, "Oh, you must get some frogs, lad. They are excellent good companions."
"How you fish for flies?" the boy mumbled.
"Well..." Christopher's scarred hand lay on the side of the small head. "You just dip your fingers in honey and wait. "'Course, I fell asleep, didn't I? And when I woke up, that bloody bear was making off with my fingers. I chased him, of course, and he dropped all but the two that are missing. And your good Lord Razi, he sewed the others back on for me, because he is a great doctor, and a most excellent man."
"You know what the worst part was, mouse?"
"Those two fingers had all my best rings on them. Now, whenever I see a bear I follow him home to see if he's shat out my jewels."
The child squeaked out a little laugh of delighted revulsion. "Ew! You roots in bear poop!"
"Silly boy," tutted Christopher, "I use a stick."
Oh how I love this boy book.
Christopher (With short hair and modern clothes, of course ;)
That about sums up my reaction to him. He is offically my favorite romance hero of all time. He is funny, caring, warm,All right.
That about sums up my reaction to him. He is offically my favorite romance hero of all time. He is funny, caring, warm, hard-working, sexy as hell, loving, and on top of that, he's described as not being handsome, which made me very happy. Yeah, that sounds weird, but it's true. His interactions with Hero were swoon-worthy. Also, he's such a sweetie to his mother, which is adorable. On top of this he works his beautiful butt off to support his family while his ass of a brother sits on his ass, complaining and being all pompous and narrow minded and stodgy and boring. I just love Griffin, love the way he fell for Hero so fast and wanted her and only her, but most of all I just love him. I will not abide ANYONE saying a bad word about my baby.
Hero. For once, I found the heroine likable and not annoying!
Toward the beginning, she was a tad stiff, but it was nice to see her come out of her shell with Griffin's help. Griffin definitely unlocked her inner passion. Before she fell for Griffin, she was very obedient and prim, but he changed everything, and I'd like to think he brought out the real "Hero." Despite her denials, I KNEW she loved Griffin, because it was so clear in her actions and in her thoughts. Notice how everything I like about Hero relates back to Griffin??
Thomas. Thomas the Ass. Or Thomas of Asslandia. Ugh. This man disgusts me. He spent years and years treating his brother like crappio, all because his dumb-bitch wife said Griffin had seduced her. Of course, the Ass automatically believes her, because, you know, there's no such thing as lying, and refuses to believe Griffin. Even yearssss later, he says to someone, "I refused to give him the satisfaction of believing him." Okay, so he refuses to believe Griffin because it would satisfy Griffin? Are you kidding me? Is that a joke? He's the suckiest brother ever, and hates Griff because he's jealous of him. His type annoys me. I'm onto him and his ilk. I. AM. ON. TO. HIM! Now, don't confuse the Ass with asses. This is an ass.
This is a nice, sweet ass who deserves love and kindness. Now this is THE Ass.
It's too bad he gets to be happy in the end. *pouts*
Also, this is how I picture Maximus the Gorilla of Jerklandia.
The Gorilla threatened my Griffy-Poo, and this was me when he did:
Yep. That was me.
I liked quite a few of the side characters, too. Phoebe, Hero's sister, and Megs, Griffin's sister. I'm still wondering if we'll see more of The Makepiece siblings. I liked Winter better in this book than the last. And I still want to know who the Ghost of St. Giles is.
I still like Silence, and, as I did in the previous book, I feel very, very sorry for her, and I'm looking forward to her book.
Ohhh, the chemistry between Hero and Griffin was electric. As Griffin said, they are like bread and butter: they go together so, so well. And their love-making was...hot. There were quite a few of lervin' scenes, but not too many (I know, I know, but I don't like when there's a sex scene on every page), and I enjoyed them all because, well, Griffy-Poo was invloved, so... Additionally, their love was so potent, so obvious, that it jumped off the pages, and when I was not reading this book, I counted down the minutes till I could read it again. I thought about the characters even when not reading, and they also felt like real characters--people I'd actually want to know.
There's just something about this series. It's haunting, beautiful, ugly, awful, wonderful, dark, gritty, funny, and not at all cliche. I wasn't once bored while reading it, and that's rare for me. I am VERY PICKY, as I point out all the time, but this book...it just really did it for me. The writing style sucks me in for some reason.
I LOVED the end of this book. Thomas did not redeem himself in my eyes, because he's the Ass and is mean to Griffy-Poo. However, Griffin is happy and in love and Hero is very worthy of him, so I'm happy. Squeee! Although, I just want to say that I wish things could have worked out better between Thomas and Griffin, because I spent the whole book waiting for them to sort of make-up. *sad face*
Oh, and there was only ONE mention of a single "buck" in this book, so props to Elizabeth Hoyt for that.
All I have to say is Adrian better be in this series, and he better find someone to l118 days, 30 hours, and counting...
IT HAS A COVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
All I have to say is Adrian better be in this series, and he better find someone to love him, or else I'm going to have to jump into the book and make him mine.
Update: According to Mead's blog:
Bloodlines is the spin-off series to Vampire Academy (it's the name of the first book and of the series). It's set in the VA world but will be about different characters: Sydney (our narrator), Jill, Eddie, and one of the love interests from VA. I'm not saying who that last guy is, but it's mostly to protect those who haven't read Last Sacrifice. If you have read it, then it should be pretty obvious who the other character is.
So, clearly, this means it is 100% confirmed that Adrian is in it, so YAY!!! Thank you!!! Also, it sounds to me like it will be in first-person, so I'm not sure why it says otherwise on here, but we shall see!
This book drew me in from the very first. It had this really eerie feel to it that almost made me shiver, and I completely forgot I was in my own homeThis book drew me in from the very first. It had this really eerie feel to it that almost made me shiver, and I completely forgot I was in my own home in 2010. Such a cool beginning. And the way Caire kept saying "Good evening, Mrs. Dews" was so creepy! I could just hear his voice, all low and ominous.
From there, it just kept getting better. There were no moments I found dull or wanted to skip through, though, honestly, I could have done without the subplot about Silence, Temperance's sister. It was a little depressing. The whole Ghost of St. Giles thing was inriguing. I really want to know who he is! I usually am good at figuring things like this out, but not this time---same goes for the murder subplot. I didn't see that coming--but, really, I didn't give much thought to who it could be, because I was just so interested in the relationship between Lazarus and Temperance.
From what everyone was saying, I was fully prepared for Lord Caire to be much crueler than he actually was. Compared to some of the other romance heroes I've read about, he is an angel! He isn't particularly normal, and didn't understand what love really was for most of the book, but that just makes him all the more interesting. I also wasn't as bothered as some others by the fact that Caire's touching issue had no real source. Not everything has to have some big, bad intense source. Some people just have weird things about them, myself included, without any real reason for them. I really liked that Caire wasn't the typical romance hero, in both looks and character. Although, it was bothersome that at the end he played the whole "I'm not good enough for you" card. Why couldn't that sentence have just been cut out? It's getting so old!
As for Temperance...she had both good and bad moments, but I ultimately liked her...didn't love her, though. At the beginning of the book, I really liked her. She seemed to truly care about those around her--and then, as the story went on, she became...a tad annoying. She really showed a selfish streak. Now, that doesn't make me hate her, because humans have flaws and I didn't expect her to be perfect. What really irked me was a scene toward the end where she lets Caire run into a burning building by himself and doesn't go after him. Maybe I'm being too harsh about this...I mean, the action in itself wouldn't have seemed so bad, but it sort of didn't make sense...it made her love for him seem less real. I feel like if she really loved him, she would have went after him, instead of sitting there crying and wishing to be dead. If she wants to die anyway, she might as well go in the building and see if she can find him! However, I still find myself liking her. She was tender and affectionate and I liked that she could control her temper. I also found it a bit irritating that Temperance didn't call on Caire to see how he was doing after realizing he was ill from his wound. I know she cared for him that night, but I thought she'd at least want to know how he was fairing the weeks afterward where she didn't call on him. And it's not as if she was ashamed to be seen at his home, because she had no trouble storming in there later on in search of hot sex so she wouldn't have to think about her responsibilities. Anyway...
Their relationship was believable, and I could really feel the sparks flying, which, unfortunately, has become quite rare in romance novels for whatever reason. I actually understood why they loved each other. Plus, their characters were both well developed, which made their romance that much more real and believable. The resolution of Caire's relationship with his mother was rushed and frankly absurd. All of a sudden he loves her? I didn't feel it at all. But overall, I really enjoyed the book--even up to the end, where Lazarus is trapped in a burning building that collapses on top of him, then walks out miraculously unscathed (I decided to suspend reality a little for that).
Looking forward to the next book in the series and hoping we eventually get to learn more about Temperance's siblings. Besides Silence, who I sympathized with, but don't really want to know more about. Oh, and Concord, who was really annoying and ape-like, and every time I heard his name I would think of grape juice....more
Oh, Lord. This book could have been good if two things occured. 1. The subplot between the two teenagers was cut out, because it was boring and took uOh, Lord. This book could have been good if two things occured. 1. The subplot between the two teenagers was cut out, because it was boring and took up space. 2. Kate, the supposed "heroine" who is more like a villian, was actually nice.
Okay, so I loved Jed. He is a man with real problems that he is, like I said, MAN enough to face. He has a good heart, but he is flawed, makes mistakes, learns from them, and is not too proud or arrogant to correct them. He's also far too forgiving and kind.
Kate is an evil b*atch who goes out of her way to constantly humilate poor Jed. Of course, he puts up with this throughout the whole book. She believes she knows everything there is to know about him and judges him harshly and without reason at every turn. She also insults him constantly and thinks of him as less than a human being. Now, there is a line she will not cross, but, let me tell you, that line is too far out to be useful. She spends the ENTIRE book distrusting him, so their relationship is built on this distrust (on her end). Then, miraculously and for no reason at the very end of the book, Kate decides that, OMG, every single word out of Jed's mouth isn't a lie after all! And, OMG, Jed really is JED, and not playing a character to seduce me and my amazing irresistableness! And, OMG, I trust Jed! Then, the end.
Also, there is a random death that comes out of nowhere and seems unbelievably forced to add conflict. Jed's "breakdown" is glossed over and wrapped up in one single sentence, which made steam come out of my ears, because I waited the whole book for this to happen. Clearly, Brockmann was done with this story and just wanted to finsih asap.
But, despite this, it was an entertaining read, and when Kate had her few nice moments (most of which occured when she was stoned), I enjoyed myself....more
I would have enjoyed this so much more if only Ric and Annie were either eliminated from the book completely, oJules + Robin = yay! Ric + Annie = yuck!
I would have enjoyed this so much more if only Ric and Annie were either eliminated from the book completely, or if they had a very, very small role. There just wasn't enough Jules/Robin here, and I couldn't have cared less about either Ric or Annie, who both spent the entire book fighting with each other. No thanks. Robin and Jules didn't even see each other until almost halfway through the book :(
Sooo I had to take away a star for Ric and Annie's unfortunate existance....more
So, the book was simple and pretty short, kind of a surface book, but I liked it a lot.
The characters were likable and had great chemistry. Lucy wasSo, the book was simple and pretty short, kind of a surface book, but I liked it a lot.
The characters were likable and had great chemistry. Lucy was a pretty typical heroine, snarky and proud and stubborn and bad-tempered. Blue was pretty original. I liked that he didn't talk much to anyone except Lucy. That was adorable. I really liked hearing about the relationships between Blue and the other Navy SEALS, and wish they all could have played a bigger role. The prologue seemed completely irrelevent to the plot, which was wrapped up to fast in an ending that hardly made any sense, though that didn't much bother me. One thing that annoyed me was Aly's obsession with Blue and Jenny-Lee. He not once acted like he still loved her, yet she refused to believe he didn't.
It was an entertaining read, kept me turning the pages and wondering what would happen. ...more
I seriously loved everything about this book. First of all, it was mostly about Nate, which was AWESOME! NR NEVER writes books about the hero! And itI seriously loved everything about this book. First of all, it was mostly about Nate, which was AWESOME! NR NEVER writes books about the hero! And it was soooo refreshing. On top of that, I ADORED Nate. He is seriously everything I want my future husband to be. How Nate sat with the little boy for breakfast every day was sooo cute. It made me want to kiss him. I loved spending time with him as he adapted to life in Lunacy.
Okay. I loved the setting of Alaska, because I pretty much knew nothing about it beforehand, and found it very interesting. Plus, who doesn't love a town called "Lunacy" whose residents are called "Lunatics?" Really. All of the characters were fully developed, including the secondary ones, which I liked, because it didn't take away from the development of Nate and Meg and their relationship.
Another thing I loved was that it was the heroine who had a nick name for the hero. That never happens. Every time she called him "cutie," a smile would spread over my face. It was new and awesome to have people warning the hero that the heroine might break his heart. Loved that.
I even liked the characters that I didn't like, including Charlene. I really ended up feeling for her and her struggle with getting old and her love for the husband that left her. I didn't like Jacob either, but found him intriguing. The mayor was cool, too. Annoying, but likable. I also liked all of Nate's police team. They worked well together. It was so cute that Nate refused to shoot the moose. Could he be any more perfect? About Meg. I didn't LOVE her, but I have to say I liked her because she was so unique. She was a little cold and selfish, but she got over it in the end, so it was all right. I actually thought she and Nate worked well together. She really brought out the fire in him. :)
I thought the emotions of the characters were so true and real, like when one of the characters died. Very realistic reactions.
Following Nate as he adapted to life in Lunacy and dealt with the residents was soo fun. I wasn't bored for one second. Seeing him trying to work through the major blizzard was great, too.
As for the killer, I had no idea who it was. I never suspected this person. It was good, because there were so many characters and so many people it COULD have been.
Basically, I REALLY hope NR writes another book w/ the hero as the main character.
And Nate, will you marry me, please? Thank you....more
I loved this book, despite its perfectly corny ending. (I kind of like corny endings, though, so I was pleased).
First of all, the beginning was greatI loved this book, despite its perfectly corny ending. (I kind of like corny endings, though, so I was pleased).
First of all, the beginning was great. It really hooked me in and made me want to keep reading, plus it was laced with my kind of humor. We really dive straight into the story without getting huge info-drops or long-winded background stories.
I ADORE Rachel. She is one of my favorite heroines. The way she stood up for Johnny made me want to give her a hug. She was strong, but also kind and loving and affectionate. And don't get me started on Johnny. Could he be any sexier? And on top of that, he's a really great guy who truly loves Rachel with all his heart. He's also really good with kids, which is something I always like in a guy. Plus, while he was all macho and everything, he was still vulnerable and actually showed his emotions, which is something I don't see much in romance novels.
I remember one scene where Rachel said Johnny wouldn't like her anymore if she were fat, and he said he still would and that, in fact, she'd be cute fat, like a little "dumpling," I think he said. I don't know about everyone else, but I thought that was soo sweet!
As for the murderer...I figured out who it was pretty early on, but I was never CERTAIN who it was, so it wasn't too disheartening.
The only other character I really liked was Glenda, one of Johnny's old friends. She was really kind and caring and a great mother. Rachel's mother and sister weren't exactly well developed, but they were still interesting all the same.
I also really liked how Rachel defended herself against the killer, managing to escape on her own (she's no damsel in distress, thank God, I'm getting tired of that theme)....more
Wow. This was so much better than Featherstone's previous book, Addicted. Honestly, my hopes weren't high as I started this one, expecting all the oldWow. This was so much better than Featherstone's previous book, Addicted. Honestly, my hopes weren't high as I started this one, expecting all the old chiches: Woman loves man but man is too stupid to realize he loves her, everyone warns woman away from man, man is not worthy of woman etc...
Were they in this book? Only a tiny bit.
This one follows Lord Wallingford and Jane Rankin, a nurse and Lady's companion.
Yes, I've read countless books where heroine nurse heals hero and they fall for each other, but this one was unique. When Matthew falls for Jane, he has this dream of what she looks/acts like, so when he finally meets her outside of the hospital, in daylight, he doesn't recognize her, and, he in fact scorns her. From that moment on, I was hooked, having not been sure what with the slow start.
Matthew and Jane were such likable, well developed, uniquely real characters, and so well suited for each other. Their love was practically flooding off the pages. Matthew does start of as the cliche rake who will eventually meet the one woman to change him, but there's something else about him that makes him unique from any other hero I've read about in a romance. His reasons for being the way he is were horribly sad, but the way they were portrayed through his actions with Jane was perfect.
There was one small twist that I guessed pretty early on, but I must say I was kind of happy with it. It's relating to Sarah, Matthew's...sister. I won't say any more on that.
The relationship between Matthew and Jane developes slowly, with neither of them trusting each other, and with both of them confused on who the other really is. In Jane's case: was Matthew Matthew, or was he Wallingford? And in Matthew's case: was Jane Jane the nurse, or Jane the lady's companion? They both took the time to truly get to know each other, to discover each other's secrets, which made them feel that much more real. I could truly fathom why they were in love. And I liked how Jane called Matthew "Matty." Adorable.
I was ecstatic that the hero did not once say, "I don't deserve you." And not once did the heroine imply such a thing. Thank you.
Complaints? Not many. I would have liked to have seen a little more of Miranda, Matthew's step mother. I would have LOVED to see Jane stomp on that horrible woman's foot at least once. And a little more on the rest of Matthew's family would have been nice, not that they were likable, but I felt like I wanted to know every little detail about Matthew because I loved him so much. He felt so real. Oh, and one more: The typical plain heroine + sexy, handsome, muscle-man hero. Can we maybe once have a hero that's, I don't know, lithe, perhaps? Why do they ALWAYS ALWAYS have to have huge muscles? I mean, really. Everyone kept calling Matthew a giant and I wanted to punch their faces in defenfing him.
As for the ending, I've read lot's of complaints that there's no HEA. Well, in my opinion, there is an HEA--just not the traditional "And they married and had three babies" kind of HEA. But I kind of liked that. It was happy without being cliche. In fact, hardly anything about this book was cliche.
Hands down the best romance I've ever read. Wondering if you should read this? Yes. You should. You won't regret it. It's pretty dark, yes, but there's light in it, too. And an added bonus: Lindsay's character was totally different in this book than in the first one, Addicted, now that he's off the opium, and MAN, he's a different person! So happy and talkative. He wouldn't shut up for half a second! It was cute.