I finished this yesterday and yet it feels like weeks since I've read it. Not sure what that means.
First of all, I'd have given this book four starsI finished this yesterday and yet it feels like weeks since I've read it. Not sure what that means.
First of all, I'd have given this book four stars if Putney knew how to write anything realistically--which she does not. Granted, it is partly my own fault, because I know from past experience that I don't generally enjoy books by her with tortured heroes, simply because the heroes aren't actually tortured. The characters in the book claim the hero is tortured, and so does the hero himself, but this is not displayed at all in the actual story. I have no problem with non-tortured heroes, but if you're going to write a TH, then at least do it right.
I am reminded of Ian from another Putney book. He spent years in dungeon which was literally a hole dug into the ground. When he was freed, he was in perfect health. Mildly underweight, but otherwise in tip top shape. We are told he is claustrophobic, but he doesn't exhibit as much. Perhaps he thinks, Damn, this darkness kinda sucks-- oh well! - It's not that I wanted him to suffer, but how am I supposed to get into his character when he feels so unreal? Same thing happened with Grey. Imprisoned in solitary confinement for TEN years. Despite this, he is in pique physical condition-- he is slightly underweight, but only by a few pounds or so, and is in stunningly perfect health. Yes, I want him healthy, but not at the cost of accuracy.
I'm supposed to believe he spent ten years in a French dungeon and can just pop out back into society totally healthy mentally and physically? Oh, sure, he claims he's insane, but is there any proof? No. Supposedly, his temper is the proof. Okay. Also, he has a mild distaste for crowds now. Whatever that means. It just felt like his character post-prison was just slapped together at random. Oh, gee, he should be scarred. Let's see...how about he wants to beat up a few people and gets a bit irritated in crowds! Perfect!
On a high note, I found Cassie a pretty likable heroine. I found it refreshing how she wasn't the typical naive virgin - not to mention the fact that she could kick major butt. Plus, she actually showed affection to her hero-- I know, you'd think romances are full of that, but really it's mostly the heroes drooling and caressing the heroines. I like some equality myself.
As for Grey, nothing new or special here. He felt like a generic hero to me. I did however enjoy the fact that he readily admitted to needing Cassie and to wanting her around. He knew what he wanted from the beginning, HER, and he wasn't afraid to tell her so. He actually asked for her to go places with him because he wanted her support. It's fairly typical for the heroes to defend the heroine's name, but it's rarer to find the alternative. Cassie, for me, is that. I loved how she wouldn't let anyone badmouth Grey, not even his own mother. She respected him and cared about him as a person, and he did the same for her. In fact, the best part about this book was that the H/h liked each other--and ADMITTED to it.
Low points include: The reunions. Grey and Kirkland...meh. It was okay. Grey and his family...below average. I just didn't feel the emotion at all. It felt distant. Not to mention that his brother immediately did the whole (view spoiler)[ boohoohoo my bro's back from the dead, now I can't be the heir! (hide spoiler)] thing, which is just dumb. I'm getting bored of the "crappy family members care more about titles than loved ones" scenario. Especially in this case, since (view spoiler)[ his brother didn't even want the title! He wanted to be an actor! And of course immediately after Grey says he'll support Peter in his acting career, Petey Boy is all glad Big Bro is alive again. Whatta guy. (hide spoiler)] Also, the male friendships here should be a major point, but they came off as weak. For a guy who spent years trying to find his friend, Kirkland's reaction to his return was ho-hum. I get that they're men, but come on. ...more
Okay, I'd like to start off this review by saying that if Lily were alive in this day and age, this would be her fave T-shirt:
She invades this book wiOkay, I'd like to start off this review by saying that if Lily were alive in this day and age, this would be her fave T-shirt:
She invades this book with her sexist bitchiness, always blabbing on about how men are "useless creatures" and "easy to manage" etc... It's a wonder she actually decided to marry a man, what with the way she loathes them.
Moving on from Lily.
So, Derek. He is my man. I love his guts. Seriously. Lily claimed he was a heartless, uncaring man, when, obviously, he was not. Lily's problem is that she thinks she's God and prances about trying to control everyone's lives while giggling about how men are like pets blah blah blah. Wow, I thought I was talking about Derek! So. What I like about him is that he actually acts like a man, and not just a woman's version of a man. He's imperfect, and I love him all the more for it. On top of that, he's not afraid to nigh-on strangle a woman to death just because she's a woman. I mean, come one, the lady was a psychotic, murderous bitch and he deserved to defend himself! And underneath all that sexy swagger, he was adorably vulnerable.
About Sara. I like her. Truly I do. HOWEVER, I'd like to point out that she is an enormous hypocrite. She goes off for weeks and makes out with a near-stranger, despite being in a relationship with another man. I consider this cheating, whether they were married or not. Then she goes back to her home town and gets pissy with her man because he's the typical pompous a-hole that all the potential-but-not-meant-to-be-husbands are in romance novels. Then she agrees to marry him, despite the fact that she is in love with someone else and had cheated on him numerous times. Now, would Sara have been mad if she found out Perry had been trading spit with another woman? Um, yes. But, you know, it's okay for her to cheat, because she's a woman, and women are exempt from all blame, as they are all innocent angels, and because her potential-but-not-meant-to-husband is a bit pompous and rude.
This is how I picture Sara:
Now, don't get me wrong. I found Sara to be a likable heroine, because she's kind, accepting, understanding, and sweet. Unlike Lily, she seems to like men, and she's actually nice to Derek, whereas Lily wants to keep her husband, Alex, as a pet. Poor Alex, having to be in love with that witch. Plus, Sara shot a man to save Derek's life, which is badass, for a country girl!
An aspect of this book that I really liked was that, for once, it was the hero who had the stalker! NOT THE HEROINE!!!! This was me when I found this out:
I'd just like to complain about the fact that I once read for an entire hour without the hero showing up, and, frankly, I grew bored of Sara, since she is boring. I do like her, but...I'm generally more interested in the man, and this was very much Sara's story, despite the fact that Derek was the interesting character. However, Lisa Kleypas is fond of her heroines, so...I was forced to muddle through.
Derek's "rejection" of Sara got old after a time, because the whole "I'm not good enough for my heroine" is beyond old. Also, it took waaay too long for Sara and Derek to get together--and I don't mean sex. I just mean...they never really had a relationship. However, once they did get together, it was beautiful to watch. Oh, and Sara actually had nice, likable parents! It's a miracle!!! I was so glad that they FINALLY gave into their love for each other, and I was actually treated to a couple hours of lovely love! Yes, it took too long, but at least when it came, it didn't vanish.
Also, two scenes in this book were taken up by various people attempting to rape Sara. Both times, Derek beats the culprits to a pulp. This is what happened when SpongeBob and Patrick glanced at Sara the wrong way:
Poor lads! But that's what you get for coming in between Derek and his wummun.
Kleypas has lots of different insulting names for men, my favorite being "bucks," since she gets her giggles off degrading men. There were quite a number of bucks attending the balls, and I must say, I'm shocked! How could they allow bucks into the ballroom? Haven't they heard of Lyme Disease? Guess not.
^ See that fella up there? He and his buds tried to steal Sara from Derek, but he wasn't having any of that. Poor guys became a hat-hanger.
Tears, people. Tears.
But for real, I didn't hate this book. It was just a bit slow and boring and not up to par with, well, anything. I was a big fan of the ending, when Derek finally admitted his love for Sara. It was actually really beautiful, and I thoroughly, completely believed him. As an added bouns, we got to see him interacting with his baby girl in the epilogue, which was adorable, because he proved Sara wrong (she'd thought he'd be sort of an aloof father). Also, Kleypas has a thing for heroines named "Lily." She loves them, I hate them. They're always ee--vi--all bee--atch--ezz. ...more
Hoyt is turning into a Lisa Kleypas. That is not a good thing. Her books, like Kleypas' are starting to use the same plot-devices over and over and itHoyt is turning into a Lisa Kleypas. That is not a good thing. Her books, like Kleypas' are starting to use the same plot-devices over and over and it's just annoying.
1. The deaths. Hoyt likes to throw in the unnecessary deaths of likable characters. In every book. This one included. And this death in particular was gruesome and flat-out awful. I just don't like this sort of thing in my romances. In thrillers/mysteries, fine.
2. Betrayals. In every book, there is some person betraying the hero and this person isn't revealed until toward the end - though it's always painfully obvious who they are. I've never been a fan of the nice character turned traitor ploy, especially when it's overused.
3. The hero must give up his career for the heroine. The act itself is okay, but the fact that it happened two books in a row annoys me. The previous book in this series, the same thing happened. Hero gave Griffy an ultimatum to give up his career for her. He did. Silence gives Mickey an ultimatum to give up his "career" for her. He does. It's the same thing twice in a row, and boring.
4. The kidnapped heroine. Enough said.
Random things that bothered me:
1. Mick has become a softie from scene number 3 in this book. He is putty in Silence's hands. It felt fake. Others seem to disagree, but I'm not sure what books they were reading! I mean, Silence slaps Mickey twice, and he just smiles kindly and calls her "sweet one" and hugs her and comforts her. Really? That is not what I would expect from Charming Mickey. I was really looking forward to this because I thought it would be about Mickey. It wasn't. It was about Michael. Which brings me to number two.
2. Silence thinks of Mickey as two different people: Charming Mickey and Michael. They are the same person. She only loves one of them.
3. Silence herself. She's just so boring and plain and uninteresting. Nothing about her intrigued me. It's not that I disliked her, because I didn't, but I felt nothing for her.
4. Bran. That's all I have to say.
5. I just didn't feel like Silence loved Mick. She said she did and all that but it didn't touch me. Even when she was saying "I love him" I didn't really believe her.
6. William. I was bored of hearing his name. I was bored of Silence talking about how lovely and perfect he was. I've never been a fan of the widow(er) plot device because I feel it takes away from the romance.
7. Temperance is all, "You'll get over him in no time." And Silence isn't sure that this isn't true. This is toward the end of the book. And then Temperance comes in again to attempt to boss Silence around. I have a pet peeve against side characters who nose their way into the hero and heroine's business and try to keep them apart.
8. Temperance and Silence commiserating on how they don't like their men but they love them. To me that doesn't sound like a good relationship. You ARE supposed to like the person. They of course can do things that annoy you, but that shouldn't mean you actually dislike them. It's as if they're old married couples or something.
9. The Wynter subplot bored me to absolute tears.
10. Every character from previous novels made an appearance...except my Griffy-poo!
11. Silence's whole family getting together to try to prevent her from going to see Mickey when he was in prison. Gimme a break.
12. The Ghost of St. Giles. Really? I didn't think it could be that obvious, but apparently it really is.
13. Mickey pouring his heart out to Silence in a gushy, flowery rush of love and devotion. I rolled my eyes. It's like I was suddenly reading BDB or something.
14. "Don't make the mistake of thinking I'm doing this for you. Go save Silence." I'm sorry, but I just don't think that's necessary. We already know the Ghost hates Mickey. It doesn't make him some big macho man to prove that he's a rude, uppity, self-righteous a** hole. (view spoiler)[Wynter. I don't like him, and I don't like dour, stick-up-his pompous butts, I'm-better-than-you heroes. (hide spoiler)]
15. (view spoiler)[Silence says the only thing keeping her from sympathizing with Charlie is that he threatens to rape her. Selfish much? So, it's okay that he wanted to sell his own son's body when Mick was just a boy for some pennies, but it's not okay for him to rape her? I'm sorry, but you should have NO sympathy for that man. Ugh. (hide spoiler)]
16. If I heard any more talk of bloody hearts and ripped open chests from Mickey, I was going to gag. Could he be any more mushy, gushy, gooey, and sickening? It goes way beyond the point of overboard. I felt like I was drowing in sugary sweetness. He seriously was just...not the same person at all. He became the woman's supposed ideal version of a man and nothing more.
17. The end. What the heck? Silence did what? Gee, Ms. Hoyt, is there any particular reason you chose not to write this scene? Honestly, it just happened out of nowhere with no explanation. And then Mick's reaction was beyond ridiculous. It just skipped over the climax! There WAS no climax!
18. (view spoiler)[I'm sorry, but somehow I doubt Mick would get up and stroll energetically away when he'd just been hanged. He didn't even need to catch his breath! Good thing he's freaking invincible! (hide spoiler)] It's worse because I always trust Hoyt to depict a realistic hero with weaknesses, but Mickey...he was like a robot. A robot that spouted pretty poetic words of love. *gags*
I'm trying to think if there's anything I really liked, but I'm coming up blank. I like the fact that Silence and Mickey get together because they're so different and I always like seeing people come together despite their difference...but of course Mickey changed his entire personality and life for her, so...
Mickey getting married? LOL. That's all I have to say is laugh out loud.
I'm going to give it three stars because it's not a bad book, but it's not one that fits my personal taste nor one I'd ever read again. I really did want to love this book, but I just couldn't. No, actually. I can't do it. I'm going to give it two.
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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.
I was dissappointed with this one. I guess I expected too much of it. I mean, an m/m version of Tarzan? Sounded crazy intriguing. Alas, the book feltI was dissappointed with this one. I guess I expected too much of it. I mean, an m/m version of Tarzan? Sounded crazy intriguing. Alas, the book felt shallow, almost more like the screenplay for a movie than an actual book. The characters were...stereotypical, sort of card-board cutouts with no real...well, qualities to make them unique or interesting. Michael is exactly what you expect him to be: a man who talks in grunts and acts like an ape. James was just, well, nice. That's basically it. They had NO, and I mean no pasts, which made them feel even less real to me.
I did like James' dad a lot though, and his mom, I guess. I found it annoying that they made the only female character out to be a dimwitted innocent, but...meh.
The relationship between the two men was...sweet, I guess. I wish Michael would have trusted James a little more. He went from trustig him to not trusting him about fifty times, and the ending was very abrupt and out of left field. A few of the characters were dropped randomly for no reason. There were loose ends; some things made no sense. But, I still have to say I at least enjoyed it. I just like the whole idea of an ape man, even if there is nothing unique or original about him....more
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
First of all, great characters. Loved both Clare and Nicholas. I loved that Clare didn't look down on Nicholas likeStarted off slow, but grew on me.
First of all, great characters. Loved both Clare and Nicholas. I loved that Clare didn't look down on Nicholas like the rest of the town did, and loved that Clare put Nicholas and her love for him first, even if she didn't really realize it at the time.
The plot itself...not crazy-exciting, but entertaining with all the Fallen Angel side characters, like Michael, who (though I love him) I wanted to knock over the head with a vase. The dialogue was appealing and funny at times, and somehow Putney managed to portray the severity of the harsh lives of mine-workers without making the whole thing depressing.
So, a great romance with great chemistry. I wish I could have delved a little deeper into Nicholas, and Clare too, but...still very good....more
This book had an interesting start...Then it had a very good beginning, but once I got into the middle of the book, it started to go downhill and becoThis book had an interesting start...Then it had a very good beginning, but once I got into the middle of the book, it started to go downhill and become boring, repetitive, and not at all unique in any way. It went a little something like this:
I really liked Nick...I found him to be an intriguing hero, and liked the fact that he'd ony had one lover before he met Lottie. He is also enormously kind to Lottie. You could really tell he loves her--though I didn't feel that Lottie loved Nick at all. Lottie would say all these hateful things to Nick, but he'd never get angry with her. He'd just smile and continue to be extremely tender. He never tries to control her or anything annoying like that. He sticks up for her to her awful mother, and comforts her when she cries (which is a lot).
Weird how Lottie says the only reason she's agreeing to have sex with Nick is so she won't have to dread it, and he isn't at all bothered by this...very strange...almost as strange as her calling Nick the most unscrupulous man she's ever met, yet she agreed to marry him to get away from an evil, child-molester. Apparently, the child molester has more scruples.
Also annoying how Nick's sister says he's not nearly good enough for Lottie. I'm just getting bored of statements like that. I don't think that's something one sibling should say to another, even if they think it. It's just rude and I don't find it amusing. I'm getting tired of the whole "big bad man" meets "perfect innocent woman."
Lottie suffers from multiple personalities, sometimes nice and tender, others mean and callous (this is the usual), such as when she says she won't be "fortunate" enough to have Nick die. And when she says it, it isn't as a joke, either. She actually means it--I don't care if she apologizes afterward...I mean, if it had been the man who said that to the woman, I bet a lot more people would have been bothered by it. I know Nick is supposedly this awful crime lord blah blah blah, but I haven't seen any examples of it--and anyway, he's so kind and nice to Lottie, I just don't think it even matters. Also irksome, is how Lottie gets drunk virtually every time they go anywhere. It makes her seem...not very smart? Because she never means to get drunk, but she keeps drinking and then is surpised at her drunkenness. I felt it a little silly.
I feel I should have been bothered by the fact that Nick's troubled past was dismissed so easily--I mean, he had nightmares every day practically his whole life, and then they suddenly stopped just because he told Lottie what happened? Give me a break. But, somehow, it didn't bother me, because I never felt like his problems were real. I never felt like ANY of his past was real, for that matter.
And what in the heck is up with the ending? It made no sense. The villian's demise was so random and absurd, I actually gaped. It was so stupid and anti-climactic.
While Worth Any Price was good enough to keep me reading, I found it extremely annoying and don't wish to read it ever again....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.