Granted its been a long time since i was able to get through a contemporary romance novel, but I am shocked by how much i just did not like this b...moreWow.
Granted its been a long time since i was able to get through a contemporary romance novel, but I am shocked by how much i just did not like this book.
I have always been a huge fan of NS's writing...but, this just came off as very cliche and OTT for my taste. I was bothered by the way the initial hook up played out, and in my opinion the story never got off the ground.(less)
Yes - this started out as Twilight fanfiction. Yes, it has obvious similarities to Fi...more5 Truly Surprising Stars
Let's just get this out of the way first.
Yes - this started out as Twilight fanfiction. Yes, it has obvious similarities to Fifty Shades. And for some people, those two points would be enough to say far, far away from this book. This series has gotten a bad rap because of the fact that it has gone through very little editing from the original version that was posted online (other than the obvious name changes etc). But, this book surprised the hell out of me. In a very, very good way.
I have been pretty much burned out on the Fifty Shades/Crossfire clones that seem to pop up every week. But I picked this up while browsing in my local bookstore the other day, read the first 4 chapters standing there in the 'Romance' section, and found myself immediately hooked.
The first thing that struck me is that it is very well written. Yes, there are obvious similarities to Fifty Shades present, but the actual writing is actually very well done. There are no run on sentences, or instances of the same phrases used dozens of times. The author managed to take a storyline that has been done to death over the last year, and put a neat little twist on it that, for me, was really addictive and enjoyable.
Yes, the BDSM elements are on the tame side, but Nathaniel states up front that he isn't a sadist (unlike our misbegotten Mr Gray). But, the sex scenes are still hot and...unlike in FSoG, it didn't feel like I was reading the same scene over and over again.
Without giving anything away, i have to mention 'The Twist'. It might not have surprised some people, but it took me off guard, and I thought it was great as surprise endings go. It added another layer to Nathaniel's character that made him much more endearing (in my eyes anyway...but maybe not to some). If I have a complaint, it's over the actual ending...there isn't really one. The story just sort of....stops. That was the one aspect of the book that really reminded me of FSoG...no clear cut ending.
All in all, The Submissive was a surprisingly enjoyable and well done and erotic tale that I couldn't read fast enough. Can't wait to get a glimpse inside Nathaniel's head in The Dominant.(less)
ARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review
Super hot, super short novella introducing us to the main characters in the upcoming rele...moreARC received from the author in exchange for an honest review
Super hot, super short novella introducing us to the main characters in the upcoming release Torn From You.
I LOVED Sculpt (AKA Logan). He's an underground fighter, covered in tattoos, uber-Alpha and the lead singer in a rock band. What's not to love? His connection with Emily was instantaneous (maybe a little too instantaneous...hence why I am not giving this a full 5 stars) and scorching hot.
Gotta admit, I have NO CLUE where this story is going in the full length novel, but I'm excited to see where the author decides to take us.(less)
A story about BDSM in which no actual sex takes place.
In many ways, the majority of this novella was all build up to somet...moreWell, this was...different.
A story about BDSM in which no actual sex takes place.
In many ways, the majority of this novella was all build up to something that the reader doesn't even get to experience. The actual 'event' happens 'off camera' as it were and is mentioned briefly before the story is very quickly wrapped up.
I have to say, up until the last 10 or so pages, i was enthralled by this story. I loved how dark and edgy it felt and how it depicted a version of BDSM that was not as watered down as some others i have read have been. If it weren't for the ending, I would have probably given this one a 5 star rating.
I know this is an unpopular opinion, but this book was just...ridiculous. The writing style was very off putti...moreDNF @53%
I tried. I really, really tried.
I know this is an unpopular opinion, but this book was just...ridiculous. The writing style was very off putting for me. And I am usually a fan of alternating points of view, but here it just came off as annoying. Or maybe it was just the characters that annoyed me. If I am reading a book and finding myself rolling my eyes so much I give myself a headache...i think it's time to throw in the towel and move on to something else.
K.I. Lynn, what did you do?!? I am seriously at a loss right now after fin...more3 WTF-happened-to-my-Nathan stars
*WARNING: disappointed fangirl rant ahead**
K.I. Lynn, what did you do?!? I am seriously at a loss right now after finishing this book this afternoon. As my glowing reviews for the first book in this series, Breach (and it's companion novella Dissolution) have shown, I am an unapologetic Nathan fangirl. Yes he might have come across as manic and overly possessive, but I was on board the Nasty Nathan train. FULLY on board! And going into this book i had the feeling that his...intensity...might be dialed back considering the events at the end of Breach. However....the Nathan that is present in Infraction bares little resemblance to the uber-alpha male that I fell for in the first book.
Some may argue that seeing a softer side of Nathan was a good thing. And while I agree that he needed to do some major groveling to win back Lila (and by the way, I have issues with her in this book as well, which I will get to in a minute), but...but...what happened?! There is a running joke in this book about Nathan getting a lobotomy, and frankly...that sounds about right.
Nathan went from being the take-no-prisoners, slightly crazed Alpha male with the filthy mouth, to being...sensitive? Romantic? He calls Lila "Honeybear" for fuck's sake! HONEYBEAR?!? Seriously??! (okay, maybe once or twice Honeybear was kinda cute...but, I'm on a roll here, people!)
Speaking of Lila. She needed a swift kick to the girly bits in this book. I understand her issues. I do. And yes, Nathan made some mistakes, but...(view spoiler)[ to refuse to go back to him until he declared that he loved HER more than he ever loved HIS DEAD WIFE?!?!? (hide spoiler)] That is wrong on just about every fucking level there is. Period.
Okay...okay....the book had it's moments. There were a couple of glimpses of the old Nathan and his dirty mouth, but by the time those scenes happened, I already felt like I was reading another series. The shift in how the characters acted in this book was HUGE. And I couldn't force myself to get past it.
There will be a book 3. So, I haven't lost hope of a rebound for the series. I just hope that Lynn finds a better way of mixing the hard and the soft together next time. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)