The hypocrisy in this book is absolutely immeasurable. Emma dates guys based on how hot she thinks they are, or how good their hair looks. She does noThe hypocrisy in this book is absolutely immeasurable. Emma dates guys based on how hot she thinks they are, or how good their hair looks. She does not care a single ounce, nor even LIKE the guys she dates. She simply dates them so she can have a boyfriend and doesn't once consider their feelings. Does her bff Kellen condone her for this? No. Does Kellen even acknowledge this? No. And yet when Josh agrees to ONE date with Sydney, Kellen is all on his butt telling him he's a jerk for accepting when he doesn't even know if he likes her and that no girl deserves to be hurt like that.
In Kellen's world:
1. It's okay for girls to use guys. 2. It's not okay for guys to use girls. 3. You're already supposed to be in love w/ someone before your first real date. 4. A guy should wait around and date no one while the girl he likes dates the whole world without a thought to his feelings.
Emma goes off to frolic with Cody. Does Kellen get angry at her for this? No. She just worries about her. But Josh is not allowed to date people, even though Emma has already rejected him. What the heck?
Emma kisses Josh in order to change her future. She does this KNOWING that Josh has a crush on her, and does not care that she's playing with his feelings. Does she apologize for this? No. Guess what? JOSH apologizes to her for calling her on her bullsh*t, and it's made out like HE was the bad-guy in the situation. How this was co-written by a man I'll never know. I'm hoping he had no say in the lady's half of the story because otherwise he's down on his own gender, which is just sad.
Emma is just so freaking annoying. She shows no development. The book and authors seem to think her behavior is okay. I was praying for Josh to move on from her. But no. She actually decides to break up with her boyfriend because he got a hair-cut, and she thinks to herself that the only reason she dated him was because he had nice hair. She's shallow and utterly unlikable, but she gets away with it because of her gender.
But really, what does it matter? The characters are all so fake and flat, it's difficult to care. Josh is utterly static, even moreso than Emma. Emma ALMOST learns something, but Josh is just...nothing. Emma realizes that she has POSSIBLY made mistakes--but not of course toward Josh, whose feelings she never ONCE considers throughout this whole novel because she was too busy dwelling on herself and throwing self-pity parties like a pathetic little whiny loser with no life. Josh learns nothing, develops not at all, and is just there to aid Emma in her supposed learning quest that never actually occurs. ...more
This whole book I wanted Adam to move on from Mia. No such luck. I mean, the girl treated him like utter crap, and her apology was so unbelievably patThis whole book I wanted Adam to move on from Mia. No such luck. I mean, the girl treated him like utter crap, and her apology was so unbelievably pathetic and puny, and Adam just forgave her - no, he didn't even think there was anything to forgive! Um, the b*tch stopped contacting you, wouldn't answer your calls, emails, wouldn't see you when you flew out to visit her, blamed you for her decision to live. News flash, Mia, it was YOUR choice, and can you really say if you'd been in his place you'd not have asked him to live as well? I don't think there's an excuse for her behavior. If she had actually broken up with him, then that would have made it better, but just stopping contact completely in order to be cruel and spiteful? Seriously, I was starting to wish she'd just have died in the first book. ...more
The author couldn't possibly make it more clear what she thinks of her hero. She puts her own thoughts into the heads of all the characters, includingThe author couldn't possibly make it more clear what she thinks of her hero. She puts her own thoughts into the heads of all the characters, including the hero himself. There was one scene with the guy's boss. During the scene, which is from Bossy Boy's POV, Bossy Boy has to throw in a mental insult about the hero...in EVERY SINGLE THOUGHT that crosses his mind! And all I could think was, Wow, Christy Reece, you hate your hero that much? Because it's so painfully obvious the author is simply trying to let the readers know she does NOT like the hero, by having her characters dwell on it for her.
Now let's talk about Skylar, our "heroine." Guess what? In every single scene she's in, she's either A. crying, B. fainting, C. falling asleep from "exhaustion" (even though all she does is sleep), or D. all of the above. It felt as if the same scene was being written over and over again. There were literally TWO plane scenes during which Skylar burst into tears (over the tiniest hint of a criticism) and had to be comforted. Over and over I have to hear about poor Skylar this, poor Skylar that: she's so exhautsed, she's collapsing, she's an emotional wreck, she's doing all of these things at once. She always has eyes "fuzzy with exhaustion" or is "trembling" or "about to collapse" or tears are "forming in her eyes." I'm sorry, but to me she comes off as completely weak. She cries over absolutely everything. I mean, if I cried every time someone I like insulted me, I'd being crying pretty much 20/24 hours a day. Which she is. Only more often.
On top of that, the author makes it clear that Skylar's feelings are the only ones that matter. She's always hurting MORE than Gabe. She's always been more BETRAYED than Gabe. After her psychotic father tricked them into splitting up, it didn't matter at all that Gabe was hurt. All that mattered was Skylar was hurt, because, OMG, she suffered SO much more! Well, in my opinion just because someone is a weakling and can't handle pain without falling to pieces doesn't mean she suffered more...it means she can't take it. Am I saying she shouldn't have felt pain? No. But the fact that Reece goes on and on about how Sky's feelings are more important made me so freaking angry.
On top of that, she's a major hypocrite. She believed Gabe would kill himself after marrying her, and yet she doesn't want to forgive him for believing she'd want to break it off with him? Why is SHE allowed to be stupid, but not him? Answer: She's a woman. Answer: Christy Reece likes her better. Answer: A lot of women like that kinda thing in romances.
I don't understand why an author would make a heroine cry THIS MUCH. Am I supposed to feel sorry for her? Relate to her? Well, I don't. Her pain isn't so freaking much more than everyone else's. I've been through just as much as she has, but do I cry every minute of every day? No. Why? Because I actually have a backbone.
The entire plot of this book is Gabe or someone else comforting Sky. Not my kinda thing.
Plus, I don't think Reece understands what a PHOBIA actually means. It doesn't just turn off conveniently when the person wants it to. It doesn't just go away just because the situation doesn't call for it. Gabe is supposedly claustrophobic. However, he was completely fine in the tiny bathroom of a plane. Why? Because that scene was not about him, but about comforting Sky. And yet he doesn't even like to be in a hotel room for more than one hour at a time? And yet he fears elevators? But of course, when he goes on them he's completely fine, because we wouldn't want the man to be seen as weak. That's the woman's job, after all.
If you have severe claustrophobia, you have it. You can't just turn it off whenever you feel like it. If Reece wanted it to go away at his will, she either shouldn't have given it to him, or made it so he just didn't like small spaces but could handle them. But then again, books don't have to make sense, right? They're just books.
Okay, let's talk about Skylar and her dad. It was all her dad's fault. Sky and Gabe fell in love, got married. Then her dad pulled his evil machinations and lies, splitting them up. What does Sky do? She forgives her pops...and still blames Gabe. As does the author. As does probably everyone that's read this book. I can't get behind that. After they split, he TRIED to get near her, but does that matter to her? No? Why? Because women are always right and men are always wrong. I mean, can't a woman write a romance without pulling this crap?
(view spoiler)[Psycho dad offers Gabe money to ditch Sky. He refuses. Psycho dad leaves, then has Sky's cousin, who apparently can mimic voices, call Gabe to say she never loved him and it was just a game and that no one could ever love him. Gabe had confided his painful past to Sky, and the cousin threw it back in his face, and Gabe, thinking it was her, was undertandably hurt. However, obviously it's not okay for a man to be hurt. He should know better than to think Sky would say this. BUT Sky doesn't have to know better than to think Gabe would kill himself. Why? You tell me. Her dumb dad convinced her Gabe had killed himself because he left some suicide note. Of course, after this is revealed, she still blames Gabe...and not her father. Sure, this reveals their relationship wasn't the best--on BOTH counts--but they only knew each other for a very, very, very short time! Not to mention the fact that she thought he was dead, and yet ignored it. She assumed no one would have a funeral for him, and yet she decided not to have one? Or she assumed they would and just didn't care to attend, even though she was his wife? But that's okay? Why, of course it's okay! Why? Because she was sad! Don't you know that? Poor, poor Sky was too sad to do anything boohoo. It's LIFE, woman. It sucks. You have to live it anyway. (hide spoiler)]
Not to mention the fact that Skylar lied to him about her identity from day 1...and never told him the truth. But, y'know, that's okay, too, because she's a woman. And it's okay if women do stuff like that. It's only bad if the man does it.
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1. Sara is a recipient of oral sex on about ten different occasions, and yet Alex gets no pleasure whatsoever until the end of the book. She half-hear1. Sara is a recipient of oral sex on about ten different occasions, and yet Alex gets no pleasure whatsoever until the end of the book. She half-heartedly asks him about it, but it goes no further. Why? Not only is this unrealistic, but it's pointless. Is it meant to prove he's a martyr? Because he isn't. He's so selfish.
2. When Alex offers to cure her brother, she tells him not to because she thinks it means all the time SHE spent trying to find a cure would have been useless. Um, can you say selfish??? Ugh. No, I don't want you to save my bro because that would mean I'd have wasted my time. Um, come on. It's ridiculous. This is supposed to be a heroine we like?
3. Alex basically tells Sara: either I drink from this vamp chick or I die. And Sara tells him to choose death, because she can't stand the thought of him being with someone else - even though all he'd be doing was drinking from the woman's wrist. AND THEN Sara goes and kisses someone else...just because it's a woman, doesn't make it okay, especially since the woman she kissed is attracted to her, which - by the way - is stupid. I'm going to be angry if Dillon gets a book for herself with another woman, because that type of thing is not allowed when it's two men. Whenever a gay man gets a book, he suddenly turns straight, so either Dillon will turn straight, or I'll be pissed off.
4.Alex is a jerk. To everyone. He's so mean to Evans. He treats everyone like crap, even his brothers, and is extremely violent and unappealing. He's too possessive. He gives Sara's boss food poisoning just because the guy interacted with Sara. That's so pathetic. He's so selfish that he doesn't even want Sara to spend ANY time with her brother. He wants to control her life.
5. Sara is a pathetic weakling who does nothing to defend herself, only sits there crying while a baddie attempts to rape her. She's very selfish and when it comes to her patients, she picks favorites. Once she is going through her patient files, literally thinking things like, Yeah, yeah, whatever. Oh, okay, whatevs. Deal with that later. Blah blah blah. Who cares? And then when she gets to Pearl's file, she's all: "OH MY GOD I MUST SAVE HER!" Is that a likable heroine? And the thing is, I'd heard so many good things about Sara...they were all false. At one point, she tells Alex to be careful - not because she actually cares, but because she knows another woman would have to heal him if he did. She actually says this to him. Uh-huh.
6. The Pearl subplot? Who the heck actually cares? I mean, really. I couldn't possibly have cared any less about that weirdo.
7. At one point, Alex threatens to rip out her boss's heart if the guy ever looks at her again...and Sara gets turned on by this. I find that extremely strange.
8. I don't like this book. I don't like its characters or its plot. ...more
Here is Wynter (her name is so perfect; suits her):
Wynter is terrible in this book. Really. Her initial shame of Christopher made me sick. She also haHere is Wynter (her name is so perfect; suits her):
Wynter is terrible in this book. Really. Her initial shame of Christopher made me sick. She also has many thoughts about how she wishes Christopher was suffering. Who the hell would want that? What's wrong with her? God, she so does not deserve him. At one point Chris is falling asleep with a cup of scorching tea in his hand, and she laughs to herself, hoping he'll drop it on his lap and burn himself. If it was cold, MAYBE that would be funny, but otherwise, no. She's like a little She Demon.
Okay, so. I didn't like this book. The only reason it gets as high a rating as this is for Christopher, my dear, darling, wonderful Christopher. It started off okay, then became very boring. Alberon is an asshole and remains that way until the end, so I wasn't interested in his character. Razi is selfish and jerkish in this one, too. He turns Christopher's vengeance into something about benefitting himself and the kingdom, rather than having it be FOR Christopher, which may sound okay, but since Razi always puts the kingdom ahead of his friends/relatives, even though he's not even a prince or a king, this is just more of the same. It would be nice if he actually did something FOR his friend and his friend alone.
Wynter is worse than Razi. She cares waaaaay more about strangers she's never met than her own boyfriend or brother.
There were many more unneccessary deaths and a ridiculous bout of amnesia that was just a plot device to bring Wynter to center stage, which didn't even work well, since Wynter has gone downhill in this book.
The characters seemed to grow stupid in this book as well. Chris was hardly in it, which was a mistake in my opinion, since most of the characters are unlikable, and when he WAS in it, he wasn't even acting like himself.
Then there's the end. What was up with that? It goes on and on and then just ends. I swear, Wynter was running toward someone for a good three-hundred pages, even though the person was RIGHT THERE. And THEN, the man who claims to be Chris' father chooses to rescue a DEAD BODY instead of Chris. What the heck? Chris is lying there bleeding to death, and the guy ignores him to pick up a dead body and run away with it? Um, no. That's not how things are done. Grieve later, unless you want to be grieving for two people instead of one. Idiot.
And the epilogue? Yeah, it needed to be there, but from the POV of someone we'd never met before? Why? Stupid. Which makes sense, since all the characters were idiots. Jonathon was basically a gorilla/baboon, except not as smart. Alberon was so dumb his head was almost deflating, since his brain was absent. He was either being dumb or strutting like a peacock.
When reading this, I was either bored or pissed off at either Wynter, Alberon, or Razi. I did not enjoy it. There was ONE funny line in the whole book, since Kiernan decided to take away Chris' sense of humor so she could concentrate on Alberon's meanness and arrogance.
It really annoyed me how Razi wouldn't correct people when they called Christopher his 'property.' It's so absurd, because Chris is a better man than anyone in this whole book, and yet he's treated like crap and people think he's not good enough for Wynter, just because her father, who was a carpenter was given a courtesy title by the king. So the heck what? Yes. I get that titles were sooo important, but it sickened me how even Wynter felt this way. As if SHE deserved better? Good joke, Wyn. The lengths to which you do not deserve Chris are so immense they could make a planet.
Also, at one point in the story, a HEALER tells Wynter it would be a good idea to kick Chris in the head next time he lost his temper. Even Wynter was like, Huh? So the lady justifies herself by saying, "Men are men." Um. Yeah. She's a genius, this one. Men are men! Really!?!?!? Wow! I never would have guessed! Men are men, so women should kick them in the head! That makes perfect sense! ...Ohman.
I don't think it's a smart idea to make your narrator the least likable of the main characters....more
I liked this one better than the last, though not due to the heroine, that's for certain.
Rehv. I admit, at first I didn't like him, but byI liked this one better than the last, though not due to the heroine, that's for certain.
Rehv. I admit, at first I didn't like him, but by the end of this book, I really, really liked him. He'll never be one of my fave characters, but I like him quite a lot. He claims not to care for anyone, when this is obviously not the case. He puts those he cares for before him always, and never spares a thought for himself. Despite being a drug lord and a pimp, I still found him to be a good man/vampire. Plus, he was actually a pretty romantic guy. When he made dinner and set up candles and stuff for Ehlena...I died. That was so adorable and unexpected, and I think that was the moment I really started to care for him. And the way he talked to his sister, with such care and love...he made me melt, truly.
Ehlena. Meh. Blah. That's what she is. There's just nothing remotely unique, special, or interesting about her. I didn't mind her in the beginning, but then, after she played the "I'm too good for you, you don't deserve my love" card with Rehv, I just started to despise her. I just wanted to rip her eyes out. And then, when she thought Rehv was dead...she didn't even care. She was like, Oh, it's a good thing I don't love him anymore, otherwise I'd have to be sad. Not my idea of a heroine. FINALLY, in the end, she did something moderately good, even though she was annoying while doing it. Her determination to rescue Rehv was the LEAST I'd expect out of a heroine, so it certainly didn't redeem her in my eyes.
John Matthew. Nope. I hate him more than ever. He's selfish and cruel, and the way he treated Xhex was despicable. Also, he refused to reply to any of Qhuinn's and Blay's calls or texts just because he was in a bad mood, and they were all dead worried about him...but he just didn't care. He only ever has a thought for himself. He's all boohoohoo etc...
Xhex. I'm honestly undecided on her right now. I liked her loyalty, but, honestly, she's a bit on the scary side. Not gonna lie. The way she enjoyed torturing that guy...I'm not much of a fan of sadists, but I can't say I dislike her. She's definitely an intriguing character.
Wrath/Beth. I love these two. And Wrath develops even more in this book and becomes more likable. He's actually becoming one of my favorite brothers now, right after Z and Rhage. He really impressed me here, and I also still really like Beth--she's a sweetie.
Rehv/Ehlena. Well, at first I quite liked them together. Their verbal sparring was amusing. Then it got better, when they finally got together. The love-making they did was actually pretty sweet and just pleasant. Then Ehlena ended things and they spent so much time apart, and I just don't feel that their relationship was developed enough. They didn't spend enough time together for me to truly believe in them. However, I don't think they're a bad couple. I just would have wished for a better heroine for Rehv.
This was a loooong book, and it did get boring at times, especially in Lash's POV. Way too much Lash, in my opinion.
I'd like to say that I liked Z a lot in this book. He's grown even since the last book in the series. Also, Lassiter. I love that guy, because he's actually funny--and I really don't think any of the characters in this book are funny, so it's nice to get some tiny bit of humor. I hope to see more of him in the future, because these books are dark and depressing and definitely need some "funny" to even things out.
Also, Blay and Qhuinn were not in this book NEARLY enough, and I so missed them (especially Qhuinn). I'm looking forward to seeing more of them, and can't wait until the next book in the series is released in March, because those two seriously need to get together. Ya'know?...more
I want to give this two stars, but I'll be generous.
Honestly, I don't think I could have been any more disappointed with this book. I thought it was aI want to give this two stars, but I'll be generous.
Honestly, I don't think I could have been any more disappointed with this book. I thought it was actually quite bad.
Bella. I don't like her at all. She was whiny and weak and unlikable. She cries a lot, and spends 99% of the book in some weak state, needing to be cared for. She also wishes that she was in love with Phury instead of Zsadist, and that pissed me off beyond belief. There was just nothing I liked about her in this book. I didn't like her when she fed Phury or when she insulted Z or was just so self-centered that she made him do things that caused him anguish just because she felt like it. I can't think of a heroine I could hate more than I do Bella. She ALWAYS puts herself before Z, and she can be really cold and uncaring and just cruel, and she doesn't remotely seem to care about Z. Now, don't hate me, because I know for some reason everyone loves Bella, but I loathe her to no end.
Zsadist. I love him, and that just makes me sad, because everyone treats him like crap and everyone calls him soulless, and no one is smart enough to EVER realize that he actually has a heart and is not some evil psycho. His problem is that he feels he isn't worth anything, not that he's doesn't care. No one realizes this. And certainly Bella doesn't, either, even though she's his heroine and SUPPOSEDLY loves him. Because, you know what, she doesn't act like she loves him at all.
Phury. I don't like him. He's annoying. He is always ready to think the worst of Z, no matter what, and it also bothered me that he went after Bella when he KNEW his brother cared for her. He accuses Z of raping Bella, and that made me want to kill him. He also goes all pity me pity me and gains lots of sympathy from everyone, because he has to "deal" with his soulles demon brother. Gag me. He's always doing something to get himself hurt and gain yet more sympathy.
John Matthew. Boring. That's all I have to say. And there was more of him than Z and Bella.
Bella/Zsadist. Utter crap. First off, they spend literally no time together. Maybe 50 pages or so in the whole book where they even remotely like each other. They had no chemistry whatsoever. Bella did not Love Z at all. Not at ALL. I felt nothing between them. It was flat, and seriously, there was waaaaay more of John Matthew and Phury than of Bella and Z. They had no role. It was as if this wasn't even their book. I was so pissed, too, because I wanted Z's romance to be great. I mean, how can they be a couple and how can this be a romance if there is no romance in it. They do not have a SINGLE nice moment together. I was almost so shocked that I actually fainted at how poorly written their romance was. I honestly can't imagine Ward doing a worse job than this with a romance. It's just so crappy I want to cry. Even when they said "I love you" to each other, I didn't believe it. Where was the romance? Where was the getting to know each other? Where was the spending time together? A few pages at the very beginning and end? Gag me yet again.
Absolute. Misery. Is what I feel after reading this. Why did it have to be so awful? I was literally pissed the entire time I was reading. There was maybe ONE scene in the whole book that I liked. Other than that, every single page, every sentence, I hated. Even the rescue scene at the beginning where Z saves Bella is such crap. She's unconscious at the time, and barely remembers it. This whole book was one big disappointment. I almost wish I could erase it from my mind, that's how bad it was. Oh, and it says in the blurb that Bella heals Z. Are you kidding? This whole book is about him taking care of HER. She does nothing whatsoever to help him. If anything, he heals himself. Bella played no part in it....more
I liked this one a lot better than the first one, though it still has some of the same annoying little tidbits.
Isaac. Yes. That about sumsI liked this one a lot better than the first one, though it still has some of the same annoying little tidbits.
Isaac. Yes. That about sums it up. I really like Isaace. He's this trained assassin, and yet he's still a warm, polite, considerate, and likable person. He's much warmer than Vin, and I liked him better, too. And, shock of all shocks, he actually cries. The big, tough guy soldier...who cries. So often I come across women who thing it's unappealing for a man to just break down, and well, I'm not one of those women, that's for sure.
Grier. At first, I thought she would outdo Marie-Terese, because I liked her strong, go-after-what-you-want nature, and this opinion of her remained...until around halfway through the book, when she started to lose brain cells and become sort of shrewish, distrustful, unforgiving, and selfish. First, she basically admits to herself that she's using Isaac for sex so that she can get a thrill from it. Not cool. Then she refuses to forgive her father for something that wasn't even his fault. Then she thinks about how Isaac is nothing more than sex to her--again, and this is over halfway through the book, mind you. To quote Grier: "He was nothing but sexual attraction." Then she randomly decides she doesn't trust Isaac, even though she's had sex with him multiple times, and accuses him of being lying scum, and BFFs with Mathias, the Big Evil. Okay, Grier, stupid much? Oh, and one more thing, she also implies that she got thrills from trying over and over again to save her heroin addict brother. Creepy, Grier. Really.
Jim. I love him more than ever now. He's the only chracter in this series who hasn't annoyed me at least once. He's actually way more honorable and good than I expected him to be. He even goes out of his way to save the bad dudes. I'm really interested in what's gonna happen with Sissy, and hope he gets her out of hell soon. Plus, it's adorable how protective he is of Isaac. He constantly calls him "my guy" or something like that, and calls Sissy his girl. Aww. Plus, it's awesome to see him coming into his angel powers--I'm so excited that he's more powerful than the other two, muahahahaha! I can't wait to see where this goes.
Adrian. All right, I admit it. I hated, LOATHED Adrian in the first book. I hated how mean and awful he was to Jim. But in this book...he finally starts acting a little more, well, nice. He never really wanted Jim to be part of their little group, but when Devina does what she does to Jim, I guess Adrian finally feels they have something in common, and becomes more sympathetic. The scene in which he gets into bed next to Jim to comfort him. I melted into a puddle of goo. I really did. So, yeah, I want to learn more about Adrian.
Eddie. Meh. We haven't gotten his POV yet, so I don't feel like I know anything about him still. I feel pretty indifferent toward him. Maybe in the next book we'll see a little more of his character???
Devina The b*tch is seeing a therapist. What. The. Heck!? Prety strange, but amusing, I guess. I also find it interesting that she has feelings for Jim that he plans to use against her.
Mathias. What on earth? We get his POV, and he's not what I expected. That's all I'll say. And, against all odds, I actually felt a tad sorry for him. But whatever.
In the romance department...well, uh-uh. I wasn't feeling it at all. On Isaac's end, maybe. Grier? No. I did not feel her love for Isaac at all. She spent the first half of the book using him for sex, and the last half hating him, and then randomly at the end when she thinks he's dying she suddenly loves him. Okay, sure. So, it fell a little flat for me. I was way more interested in Jim's storyline, fighting the baddies and trying to figure out what's what.
Some things that bother me about Ward's writing. First, all the [male] characters refer to each other as SOBs. Even friends. I just don't think guys would do that. Oh, the SOB blah blah blah. I think this is Ward trying to sound manly, but it just doesn't work. Another thing under this category...she has Isaac at one point think, fuck them, referring to Jim and his crew, the people who'd gone out of their way to help him. Again, I just don't think he'd randomly think fuck them for no reason. I mean he wasn't even mad at them.
Also, I found Grier seeing her brother as a ghost a little pointless. Nothing ever comes of it, so it was just a random way to make Grier seem unique or something.
So, all in all, a good read, and I want the next one. ...more
I MIGHT have been able to get past the fact that all the male characters in this book are actually female...and then it hits me that the main female cI MIGHT have been able to get past the fact that all the male characters in this book are actually female...and then it hits me that the main female character? Is more like a man than the actual guys.
She actually claims that girls HATE IT when men apologize to them. Okay, whatever you say. Plus, she refers to everything as "gay," which was so freaking annoying. I really wanted her to die. I mean, her idea of showing affection for a boy is insulting him, sneering at him, and acting all superior....more
Four stars because it's THIS series, but if it were another series...it would get three stars, max.
1. Eden is an immature, stupid, impulsive child. IFour stars because it's THIS series, but if it were another series...it would get three stars, max.
1. Eden is an immature, stupid, impulsive child. I expected her to mature in this book. I expected her to beg for Izzy's forgiveness. Instead, Brockmann throws in a bunch of excuses that supposedly let her off the hook. And, Izzy does SO MUCH apologizing to Eden!!! Over and over he has to apologize to her! She does completely stupid things and then he has to apologize to her for calling her on it. Any time she doesn't get her way, she runs away, often into danger. Izzy deserves better. All she has to do is cry (which happens in pretty much every scene)--AND, Brockmann constantly tells us that Eden is "stoic" and hides her emotions.--um, in what world are you living!?!?!?!! This "woman" bursts into tears every five minutes and then runs away, slamming doors like a toddler.
2. Ben. He was fine at first, but then he started acting all self-righteous, bossing people around and telling them how to live their lives. One of my biggest pet-peeves is when a side character butts into the business of the two MCs, telling them how to act, and it's even worse when it's a freaking KID telling them! What right does he have??? AND THEN, there's the thing he does toward the end: (view spoiler)[Goes out to get himself kidnapped! The idiot! HE KNEW baddies were after him. (hide spoiler)]
3. The cliches. In 99.99% of romance novels, at least one character threatens the life of the hero - "I'll kill you if you hurt her" etc... Why does that have to be in EVERY book? I find myself waiting for it to happen. Is it in some rule-book?
HOW TO WRITE A ROMANCE NOVEL 101
Step 1. Make the heroine a whiny, I-turn-independence-into-bullheaded-idiocy, immature b**ch.
Step 2. Have at LEAST one character threaten to murder the hero for no reason whatsoever.
Step 3. Throw in a stupid kid who acts more like an adult than the heroine, then have him boss the MCs around, telling them how to live their lives (since we all know 15-year-olds know EVERYTHING about relationships and totally have the right to tell adults what to do, since they clearly are smarter).
Step 4. Remember that heroine? Yeah, make sure she bursts into tears in EVERY SCENE! You can't have a strong heroine unless she also has a vulnerable side, aka she tends to act like a 10-year-old. Also, be certain that the heroine's tantrums lead to the hero begging for her forgiveness, even though he's done nothing wrong.
Step 5. If you're going to have two couples, this is what you should do: Make ONE of the men likable, and ONE of the women likable. You CANNOT have more than TWO likable characters. This is important. You don't want your readers to like or relate to the characters.
Step 6. The UNLIKABLE hero, aka Hero #2. Make sure he's an a-hole up until the VERY LAST PAGE. Have him hold onto irrational anger and hatred for no reason. He needs to INSULT his heroine, too, and make her feel insecure. Also, he absolutely HAS to hate the other hero and heroine for no reason. Preferably, have him call the other heroine a whore or slut throughout the book.
Step 7. Let the "other" heroine get her revenge on Hero #2. What you want to do is set it up so she thinks Hero #2 is physically abusive, and have her accuse him of this to his face for extra drama - be sure the whole situation is unrealistic. For example, set the scene up like this:
Hero #2 is attempting to push his heroine out of his path, but then somehow he accidentally punches her in the face. Now, we know that her shoulders are not on the same level with her face, so we also know this is borderline impossible. Perfect! I know I grab someone's shoulders with clenched fists! All the better to GRIP onto said shoulders!
Step 8. Continue the theme of Heroine #1 throwing pity parties for herself, and have this lead to the hero apologizing to her some more. Now, this is very important, so read carefully: It is ESSENTIAL that the heroine come off as ridiculous, self-pitying, immature, whiny, stupid, and ungrateful. AND construct it so your readers are on the hero's side, but then have him grovel anyway. Why? Readers LOVE when books make them so mad they want to rip out their own hair. In addition, have the heroine say something like "You are not allowed to look at me anymore" while screaming at the top of her lungs in one of her tantrums, but ALSO have her boss the hero around to make her a hypocrite, 'cause who doesn't love a hypocrite? AND, have her say "I hate you" to her hero over and over, like a little kid. Remember, make her A TOTAL witch. Have her cry while she's being a witch so no one can get mad at her for said witchiness.
Step 9. Throw in an irrelevent subplot just because you can, and also to add more drama and force the book to be bulkier. Have the subplot be really, really annoying, and have it go nowhere until the VERY end. Make sure each time you switch to the subplot, you essentially write the same scene over and over. For example:
Create a little illegal immigrant girl. Have her evading baddies. Every time she's on the scene, make sure she's either A. running away from baddies, B. running away from the good guys, or C. spying on the baddies. Try to make all the scenes feel the same, and make the girl have the same exact thoughts during every scene, too, because readers like to be bored and annoyed at the same time.
Step 10. Sprinkle in little things here or there that are sure to annoy your reader. Have your likable hero portrayed as the bad guy and your unlikable heroine as the good guy. Have your likable heroine forgive your unlikable hero for everything he does after he says "sorry." Don't have him elaborate.
Step 11. Your unlikable heroine must also be REALLY FULL of herself. She must constantly think about how beautiful she is. Have her dwell on how she can never get a job, because no matter where she works, guys will be pawing her. Have her say the only two places to work are McDonalds or a strip club. No other stores exist. Now, we all know pretty women go to work all the time without getting pawed and having hands stuffed up their shirts, but that doesn't matter because we want this to make no sense. We want readers to be thinking: Well, I'm considered pretty...why don't I have this problem? Or, I know someone gorgeous, why not them? WELL, because NO ONE is as beautiful as EDEN! DUH!
Step 13. Give the unlikable heroine a long, drawn-out, extremely ridiculous sob-story so all the characters will think she's awesome! As a bonus, have every single male character in the book, save for Hero #2 and his little gay brother, be a pervert who forces the heroine (view spoiler)[into some type of sexual situation. (hide spoiler)] Have these sexual situations be unavoidable and make her be seen as a hero.
Step 13. In the end, have your unlikables both be just as unlikable as they were at the start. Maybe give them a few moments of nice, smart, kindness, but then forget it! They're back to being jerks.
Step 14. Have this book be the last in the series (for now, at least) so that people will already like the series, and won't be able to give it a low rating, since, well, THEY LOVE YOU!
Love Izzy and Jenn. Hate Dan and Eden. I did enjoy the book because I love this series and like I said, Izzy and Jenn. Dan had a few redeemable moments, while Eden had maybe one, but all the same it WAS interesting, and there were moments I really enjoyed. Plus, Izzy is hilarious. It so completely annoyed me, though, hence my 101. That being said Brockmann's talent is in creating unique, stand-out characters, whether they're annoying or not. I've NEVER read about characters like ANY of the ones in this book--or this series, for that matter, so three stars for that alone, really, and one more for Izzy. No doubt she's an amazing author and I'll pick up anything she writes in the future. Oh, and despite what I said about the subplot, I do love Nisha. I want to adopt her haha.
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I'm just so confused as to why people like this book. I really am. Maybe I'm missing some necessary gene that, I don't know, gives me bad taste in booI'm just so confused as to why people like this book. I really am. Maybe I'm missing some necessary gene that, I don't know, gives me bad taste in books?
So, for the storyline...predictable, boring, not good at all. Absolutely nothing, and I do mean nothing, happens until the very end of the book. The whole thing is just the main female character whining while pretending to be so tough and smart and hard-to-get and getting injured and getting massages from the main male character, who is a stereotypical invincible robot, meaning he is omnipotent and cannot get injured under any circumstances, since he is there merely to please and offer his body to the heroine on her command. The romance is frankly ridiculous. Why would these two love each other? They wouldn't. I didn't see it at all. They barely talked, and when they did, they said nothing nice. Ever.
After hours and hours of nothing at all happening, the only action we get is at the very end, during which a good 80 percent of the characters get systematically slaughtered. This is supposed to serve as pleasurable romantic entertainment? Then some nice hot sex after watching said slaughter (ahh, how romantic). I know I'd be in the "mood" after watching a near-massacre. Nothing gets me hot and bothered like a good bloody, brutal murder of a bunch of people, one of whom was my brother.
No, no, no. This is not romance. I wish I could un-read this drivel. Maybe there's something wrong with me, but if this is typical Linda Howard, I am officially her only non-fan.
Eh, this book is shallow and not very good. Not terrible, but nothing special. The heroine is self-righteous to a sickening degree, and extremely stupEh, this book is shallow and not very good. Not terrible, but nothing special. The heroine is self-righteous to a sickening degree, and extremely stupid. The hero isn't much better. Nothing really stands out here. You could read this anywhere. It could be written by anyone. Why three stars? The characters are, if not likable, clearly defined. The side characters are just that--side characters. The plot is silly, sending a civilian in to esentially spy on a supposed drug dealer, possibly murderer. It tries to be more than it is, is the problem.
It wasn't so boring that I couldn't continue, but I mostly wanted to read on to see ther heroine FINALLY shut up for two seconds and listen to the hero's explaination.
Three stars because I love Clay and I like hunter a lot, but wanted to see Madeline dead. Really. This book was...bad. Boring, repetitive, annoying. IThree stars because I love Clay and I like hunter a lot, but wanted to see Madeline dead. Really. This book was...bad. Boring, repetitive, annoying. It went on and on and I had to force myself to continue reading about how much of an imbecile/b*tch Maddie is, especially to Clay, who would do ANYTHING for her....more
1. I think it's inappropriate for Tory to wish the pain of castration on Ash, a man who was once castrated. First of all, she mentally rants about how1. I think it's inappropriate for Tory to wish the pain of castration on Ash, a man who was once castrated. First of all, she mentally rants about how Ash needs to know what it feels like to have great pain down in his lower regions (as if he doesn't already) and then she thinks about how she wants to be the one to do this, so she fantasizes about castrating a man who has already been castrated. Interesting. I'm sorry, but giving birth is not an excuse to wish extreme pain on someone, especially someone whose entire life has been one big ball of pain and suffering. Now, I've never given birth, but I specifically asked my mother and several other people who have, if (while they were giving birth) they literally wished their husband's to be dead/in unbearable pain, and they all said that they didn't. Case closed.
2. Abigail sucks as a heroine. She's stupid and blindly kills people without making sure they're evil and without even knowing who they are! And everyone forgives her for no reason.
3. Where was the romance? Also, there was only one sex scene. Also, they didn't figure out they loved each other until the last paragraph.
4. I didn't enjoy the scenes during which Abigail was a little, tiny child and Jess was a full grown man. It was creepy. It's one thing to know he knew her when she was an infant, but it's another to have to bear witness to those scenes.
5. I swear to God, if Kenyon thinks Artemis will make an acceptable heroine for anyone, let alone Nick, she is crazy. It seems to me this is being implied. Artemis changing because of Nick? No. There is no redemption for someone who brutally beat Ash, the most beloved character of the series, over and over again, allowed him to be castrated, beat him some more, and then watched while he was murdered. No.
6. I think Kenyon thinks that just because Artemis helped Tory give birth, that she has been redeemed. Are you kidding? NO!!! That woman deserves eternal torment. If she becomes a heroine, I will never read a Kenyon book again. That's sick.
7. Jess is just a replica of some of Kenyon's past heroes. They all have the same sense of humor. He had a bit of Dev, a bit of Talon, a bit of Ash, and a little bit of Raven. Abigail is a lot like Tabby, Maggie, Susan, Astrid, Kat, Danger, pretty much a replic of Tori. They all have the exact same personality, just with different jobs/interests. ...more
This book is boring and annoying. I don't particularly like Ethan or Grace, though I hate Grace even more.
Nothing much happens here. Seth is even morThis book is boring and annoying. I don't particularly like Ethan or Grace, though I hate Grace even more.
Nothing much happens here. Seth is even more annoying than ever. He punches Ethan in the face twice, and a few more times in the stomach. Actually punches him, with all his might! The stupid little kid! Yeah, he had a sucky few years of childhood, but that doesn't give him the right to punch his guardian! And not even get in trouble for it! I'm sorry, but Ethan should at least have yelled at the brat. Seriously, if I was ten and punched my mother or father in the face (more than once) they'd have freakin' killed me! So stupid.
The way I see it: you shouldn't hit someone that can't hit you back. Since an honorable man in his thirties isn't going to hit a ten-year-old boy, said boy should not hit said man. This goes for a woman, too. A woman shouldn't hit a man, because the man can't hit back (without being considered evil, anyway). Women can hit women, and men can hit men. I don't know, maybe I'm just not a fan of violence.
It pissed me off that Anna butted her unwanted head into Ethan's business. It was unnecessary, seeing as how Grace already screamed at him for about an hour and practically beat him up, so I thought her rampage of insults was uncalled-for. Apparently, Ethan has "big clumsy hands" and a "fat head," and then she says to him "Don't you dare get out of that chair. I swear I'll belt you." BELT YOU! And then she goes in for the sympathy card and goes "Oh, I was raped..." blah blah blah. She's SO ANNOYING! Are you freaking kidding me!? How is that okay? Just because she's a woman? If a guy said "I'll belt you" to a woman, everyone would be pissed. Anna always brings up her rape when someone is sad, just to prove that she's been "just as sad." Apparently, because she was raped, she knows everything about everyone's feelings and lives and is a mind-reader. Yeah, it was a horrible thing that happened to her, but I don't even care, because I hate her guts! What gives her the right to lecture Ethan? Honestly! She calls him stupid about forty times in two pages.
And then, of course, Ethan NEVER gets angry when people spout out thousands of insults his way. And after she gets done pelting him with said insults, he goes all, oh, poor Anna, don't cry, and my wonderful dead mother would have loved you. Really? Why? Because she's an interfering b*tch?
The reason for the three stars is because the characters are distinct and well developed. I find that with NR heroines, they are either A) mean and pissy throughout the whole book, or, B) really nice the whole book, and then, suddenly, at the very end, they become horrible, mean shrews pissed off at everyone for no reason.
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
Two and a half stars for me. This book is awful. There is no romance in it whatsoever.
Let's talk about Chastity. She is a cardboard cut-out with no sTwo and a half stars for me. This book is awful. There is no romance in it whatsoever.
Let's talk about Chastity. She is a cardboard cut-out with no spine and no interesting qualities. I don't believe I've ever read of a character who felt more fake. She is flat and simple and stupid and pathetic. She falls under Thane's spell every time he approaches her. Then, after one night of sex with him, she suddenly loves him for no reason. All she does in this book is go around thinking, Oh, woe is me! I'm losing my virtue!
Thane. Okay. I don't understand why people find him attractive. He thinks of Chastity like an object, and just wants to have sex with her. Yes, he's Lust, but that doesn't mean he couldn't express love, which he does not. He claims to love Chastity, yet they do not converse, do not know anything about each other. They participate in foreplay and sex and nothing else throughout the whole book. How is this a romance? I do not know. He plays with her mind, her emotions, and treats her, as I said, like a an object that he can bend to his will. He claims otherwise, but does he ever prove his words? No.
Let's talk about the fact that 90% of the scenes of from Chastity's POV, 3% from Kian or Mercy, 5% from Chastity's father, and 2% from Thane's POV. Also, the only scenes from Thane's POV with the expection of maybe one scene, also have Chastity in the scene, so basically we get no real idea of what he's like. He's just...lustful...he has no real qualities, nothing interesting about him.
This books is all about sex and nothing else. There's hardly any plot, and what plot there is is squished beneath the heavy weight of lust. One sex scene goes on for a good 20 pages.
On top of that, the book is just plain boring. AND, Chastity's idiot sister Prudence thinks the Seelies are the good ones simply because they have golden hair instead of dark hair. She's a real smarty-pants, that one. Plus, Featherstone's dialogue was annoyingly repetitive in this book. Her characters would say things like "Do you not? You own this house, do you not?" Not a big deal, but kind of jarring for me.
Summary of Lust:
Thane spies on Chastity. Chastity hates Thane at first sight because he's a "man." Thane stalks Chastity, then forces her to make-out with him. Thane wipes away Chastity's memories. Thane hides his essense in a perfume bottle and uses this essense to essentially rub himself all over her when she uses the perfume. Evil baddies conspire against the Unseelie Court. Chastity's bumbling idiot of a father realizes he's a bumbling idiot. Thane tricks Chastity into meeting up with him so he can rub himself over her. Chastity resists Thane's advances--barely. Thane has dream sex with Chastity then erases her memory Thane kidnaps Chastity and has sex with her while she suddenly falls in love with him, because he's oh-so-appealing and, as an added bonus, she has no idea who he really is. Thane has invisible sex with Chastity while she's in a carriage with her sisters and the baddies. Chastity really loves this creepy, perverted stalker! He's a hottie! Chastity and Thane have sex for about 50 pages. Chastity declares her love for her stalker for no reason. Randomly, Thane decides she's too good for him and tries to throw her away. Chastity whines and protests like the pathetic worm she is. Chastity's brainless dad barges in to display his idiocy, hand-in-hand with the baddie. Chastity suddenly realizes she doesn't love Thane and decides to go live forever with the baddies. Thane kidnaps Chastity again, because he can't make up his mind. Thane shows his demonic self dundundundun!!!!!!! OH, THE HORROR!!!!!!!!! *swoons* Chastity: Egads! I am horrified. *shrugs* Oh well, whatevs. I love you for no reason, so I'll stay with you forever. Let's get jiggy, even though that's all we've been doing for the past week or so. Thane randomly realizes Chastity doesn't love him. A lightbulb goes off in Chastity's head: GOLLY, I DO LOVE HIM! I have no idea why, since I know nothing about him, but, man, he makes me hot! I want to spend the rest of my life with him. More sex. Some more sex, with lots of moans and groans and, gee, true wub!!! Chastity suddenly gains confidence for no reason and decides to become a different, yet still boring person. Thane ruins everything for everyone because he's a selfish dumbass. Fake words of love for no reason, since these characters have no chemistry. More of the same. Sex, sex, sex, sex, sex. Fake love, sex. Chastity becomes a new woman because she's had wild sex with a personality-less rock.
Was the sex hot? I didn't think so. Why? Because these characters have no chemistry, feel like one-dimensional nothings, and are unlikable.
I don't think I've ever wanted to punch anyone in my life as much as I did Lil. She was SO arrogant and self-centered! She spent the entire book talkiI don't think I've ever wanted to punch anyone in my life as much as I did Lil. She was SO arrogant and self-centered! She spent the entire book talking about how smart she is and how everything in the world is about her and her feelings, and how her own feelings matter more than everyone else's.
Also, I found it disturbing that when Lil found the dead body of a woman, she shed not a single tear, but when she found a random dead cat that she'd never even seen before in her life, she sobbed for days.
I did like the setting with all the wild cats and the wilderness, and at times felt like I was really there, but it went on too long. There were WAY too many pointless scenes with Lil talking to her cats. It got boring after about the seventy-sixth time.
It kind of annoyed me that Cooper was such a side character, and that he took of all Lil's crap. Yes, he left her, and yes he made a mistake and should have told her, but he did it to help her, and for other reasons that, honestly, made sense, but since Lil can't seem to grasp the fact that other human beings have feelings too, she says all she wants from him is sex.
I also think the LONG scene in which the killer stalks a poor, innocent man was stupid. I didn't need to know every detail of the poor guy's life before he died. It was depressing.
The book was good at first, but grew old after it became repetitive. It could have been shortened about 100 pages at least. ...more
This felt like a surface book to me. There was no depth at all. The characters had very little development, and Anna and Cam had no chemistry at all,This felt like a surface book to me. There was no depth at all. The characters had very little development, and Anna and Cam had no chemistry at all, so I have no idea why the got together. Anna was annoying and got mad every two seconds for no reason. Anna's sob story did not ring true, and felt fake and forced, as if put there to make her seem real, when it had the opposite effect. Cam's sob story was never discussed; it just loomed in the distance for basically no reason.
I felt nothing for the characters, as they seemed like cardboard cut-outs. The reunion at the end was so rushed and random I had to roll my eyes. ...more