**spoiler alert** Well, well, well. You'd think I'd have written a review for this, considering Fang is my favorite hero in Dark-Hunterville--ever. I...more**spoiler alert** Well, well, well. You'd think I'd have written a review for this, considering Fang is my favorite hero in Dark-Hunterville--ever. I love him like no other, and this book just made me love him even more.
Aimee and Fang. I like it. A bear and a wolf. Why not? Sounds good to me. Plus, Fang and Aimee had real chemistry. I believed in their relationship--especially since Aimee had never really liked wolfweres, until Fang. They're definitely one of my favorite couples, and not just in this series, but of all time.
As for plot, there seemed to be a lot going on. We've got Fang trapped in some kind of purgatory. We've got Aimee and her family/mating issues, and Aimee trying to kill the demons, and we've got Fang dealing with his new "job," and Fang's relationship with his brother(s). So there were no lulls or boring spots, despite how it recaps parts of Vane's and Wren's books.
It was amazing to see Fang change so much. After he got his soul returned to him, he was just....different. He wasn't the loud-mouthed, smart-assed, never-think-before-you-act Fang. He grew so much. And not just mentally, but also physically. He gained power, and also learned to fight better in his human form--he can even compete with Vane now, which makes me so happy. At first, Vane's pathetic failure to aid his brother created a rift between the two, but eventually, after Vane proved he cared, I actually think their relationship strengthened. I mean, Fang actually told Vane he loved him! When does that happen between brothers? I did want to murder Vane for a good 3/4 of the book for being so mean to Fang, and saying such hurtful things when Fang needed him the most, though.
The whole thing with the bears at the end didn't make me sad. I guess it was meant to, but I never liked Nicolette, or her husband, so them dying didn't affect me. Savitar pissed me off in this book. Just saying.
I like Fury a lot, too. I'm glad he's Fang's brother, and I'm glad the two of them accepted each other. They really are so much alike--I can imagine why they wouldn't get along. That big fight between them was funny, because you know they don't actualy want to kill each other.
Aimee. I just want to talk about her for a minute. She really only annoyed me once in the whole book. This was when she said that all wolves should be gathered up and executed or some such, while Fang was standing right there. Not very smart, Aimee. You really hurt him, there. Sure, she apologizes, but what's done is done. Other than that...I was very impressed with the way she went all-out to save Fang. They both loved each other so much, and it was clearly displayed, not just told.
So yeah, I love Fang. This is my second time reading this book--my first DH reread. That says something.(less)
**spoiler alert** Okay, so this is going to be a rant, not a review.
At first, I thought I would enjoy this book. I should have known better, because...more**spoiler alert** Okay, so this is going to be a rant, not a review.
At first, I thought I would enjoy this book. I should have known better, because this is Susan Elizabeth Phillips, whose work ALWAYS annoys me because of the sexist tendenciesall of her women seem to exhibit. This one was no different.
When I was first introduced to Molly, I found her likable, funny, kind of weird, but not in a bad way--and then she goes and does something unthinkable and after that point, I just couldn't like her at all. So, Kevin's boss had told him to take some time off and stay in this cabin for awhile. Kevin and Molly had met a few times before, but didn't really know each other. So Molly shows up at this cabin, uninvited, then refuses to leave once she finds Kevin there, because she's too petty. THEN, when Kevin is asleep in his bed, she snoops through his stuff, finds a condom in his shaving kit, goes into his room, climbs into his bed and starts touching him while he is asleep. Kevin, still mostly asleep, and thinking the whole thing a dream in which he's making love with his ex-girlfriend, starts to respond to her touches. She then proceeds to rape him--and it is rape, because he would not have consented to have sex with her if he actually were aware of what was happening (he establishes this). So after she rapes him, he wakes up, freaks out, and announces that the condom had broken because it was about a million years old.
After this point, Molly had ruined herself in my mind. I can not respect a woman who does something so devious and pathetic.
But it gets worse. Molly gets pregnant with Kevin's baby. When Kevin later calls to check up on her, she blatantly lies to him and says she is not pregnant. Yeah. First she rapes him, then she plans on stealing his baby. Okay. And in case that weren't enough, her sister and brother-in-law, Phoebe and Dan Calebow from some other book in the series I haven't read because of its ridiculous cover, show up, figure out that it was Kevin who got her pregnant. So then Dan goes and finds Kevin and punches him and accuses him of being the scum of the earth and a seducer of innocents and a low-life jerk trying to run away from his duty blah blah blah. Kevin, being a nice guy, lets this happen, not revealing Molly's psychotics. Molly, being too ashamed and selfish, lets her brother-in-law and sister treat Kevin like crap and insult him while she holds on to her secret about raping him.
Kevin agrees to marry her, like I said, because he's a good guy. Molly has a miscarriage, blames Kevin, insults him, and proceeds to become depressed. Kevin, being a freaking good guy, feels sorry for her so he takes her on a trip to this campground that he owns to see if he can get her to perk up again. Molly is awful to him the whole time. Once there, she refuses to help with anything. Eventually she comes around, after Kevin practically begs her, and then she's really proud of herself for the monumental task of cooking breakfast. She deserves a freakin' medal.
What follows is a series of Molly's antics. She tricks Kevin at every turn, pretending to drown, purposely tipping over a canoe to get his attention, forcing a cat up into a tree and then making him go after the cat. She's a very mature woman, obviously.
Then the freaking Calebows show up to tell Kevin he's a jerk and to demand to know what his intentions are. Then Dan accuses Kevin of using Molly for a quick roll in the hay, because, apparently, football players (ahem, Dan, you freakin' hypocrite) can not actually love a woman because they are too shallow and don't care about women or love. Of course, Molly believes this load of garbage, so she gets all pissed and claims she's using Kevin because he's available and she deserves to be "naughty" after so many years of being "good." Nice.
Then Molly goes back to her schemes. When Kevin tries to sell HIS campground, Molly goes to the buyer and tells him a bunch of lies about the place and that Kevin is mentally insane and needs help. The buyer believes her and leaves. Controlling much, Molly? How about living your own life?
After breaking up for a period, Kevin realizes he can't live without a psychotic, controlling b*atch running his life, so he goes to Molly's sister to ask for HER blessing to marry Molly--as if he needs it. Phoebe refuses, accuses Kevin of using Molly to guarantee his continued career with his football team, owned by Phoebe. She then says if he so much as goes near Molly, he will be off the team. Are. You. Freaking. Kidding. Me??? So Kevin decides Molly is more important and goes to marry her anyway.
Molly tells him he's an idiot and that men should give up everything in their lives for the women they love, but women should give up nothing. So, what do we learn? That men should give up their careers and everything else they like to please a woman, but a woman can do whatever she pleases. We learn that Kevin is willing to give up everything, including his career as a professional football player, which is basically his whole life, in order to be with Molly, the woman who raped him and controlled his life and gave up nothing for him.
This is not a book. It's a sexist peice of poo. Yes. Women can be sexist, too. SEP is proof of this.(less)
If you don't mind annoying, bitchy, rude, selfish, irrational, whiny, self-pitying, petty heroines who snap and snarl at everyone, then this book is f...moreIf you don't mind annoying, bitchy, rude, selfish, irrational, whiny, self-pitying, petty heroines who snap and snarl at everyone, then this book is for you.
Rachel = person I despise. Edward = the most annoying, unlikable kid in booky existence. Gabe = very likable hero. Rachel + Gabe = bad idea! Gabe, you can do better!
I suppose I was supposed to feel sorry for Rachel because she was poor and had to take care of her kid, but I just didn't, because she was mean as heck! Especially to Gabe, who she supposedly loved. I'm not sure why she did, because, it seemed to me she didn't like him at all. I really despised that she made Gabe list the things he didn't like about his dead wife, just to make herself feel better. That was petty and unnecessary and made me hate her. Rachel spent this entire book complaining and whining about virtually everything.
I couldn't blame Gabe for not liking Edward. The kid was not likable at all! And he didn't act like a kid. I guess I was supposed to feel bad about THAT, too. Oh, boohoo he had a horrible childhood and had to grow up quickly, but...I just didn't care. He seemed fake to me. So did his "resolution" with Gabe. Why did Gabe suddenly love him? It made no sense. I also suppose I was supposed to be angry with Gabe when he gave Edward a little whap on the behind. Well, I really couldn't blame the guy! That sounds bad, and I don't think he should have done it, but honestly, it wasn't a big deal, and Gabe felt really bad about it afterward...
I don't know, I just felt like the purpose of this book was for me to sympathize with Rachel and her son, and condone the big bad Gabe, but it was pretty much the opposite for me.
With all that said, I can't deny that I enjoyed the book, even with my annoyance. The relationship between Gabe and his brothers was well written, and I thought the secondary romance with Ethan was sweet. It was good to see him finally realize the woman he loved was right in front of him the whole time, and I like when the couple has known each other for a long time before they get together. And, I must admit, Rachel is a good mother, even if I don't like her--or her son.
It was also nice to see both Rachel and Gabe forgive each other for the mistakes they'd both made. Neither of them was perfect, and they both accepted that. (less)
Someone answer me this: why is it okay for a woman to throw a knife at a man's head? Seriously, somone explain this to me. It is not a rhetorical ques...moreSomeone answer me this: why is it okay for a woman to throw a knife at a man's head? Seriously, somone explain this to me. It is not a rhetorical question. Someone explain to me why they think this is okay. Just because the guy is a jerk? I just want to understand what is going through the minds of the people who condone this. If someone I knew threw a knife at my head, I would never speak to them again. Is it okay because he's a man? It's okay to throw knives at men? (less)
I found this one to be extremely boring and not up to par with her other works. I liked the premise, girl and her childhood crush (obsession) meet up...moreI found this one to be extremely boring and not up to par with her other works. I liked the premise, girl and her childhood crush (obsession) meet up again as adults, but... It's missing something I can't quite put my finger on. The characters have pretty smooth development, but I didn't find them all that interesting. I guess this whole book felt like a bit of a joke to me, very fake. It's actually a pretty long book, but even so it felt like just the frosting on the cake.(less)