Four short stories relevant to the original trilogy. They fill in the gaps, tie up some semi-loose ends, and fatten up some characters development. I...moreFour short stories relevant to the original trilogy. They fill in the gaps, tie up some semi-loose ends, and fatten up some characters development. I enjoyed it and would read more about these characters.
I should note that I skipped book 4 because it's a bit of a prequel to the trilogy. I wanted to read more about these characters first. I'll probably go back and read book #4 at some point in the future.
3.5 stars. These are quite good and have interesting stories and characters. Of course they are all set in the Elder Races world so we already know ab...more3.5 stars. These are quite good and have interesting stories and characters. Of course they are all set in the Elder Races world so we already know about the world building and lore. I like getting a glimpse at some of the characters that are not at or hovering near the seats of power of the races. This one felt a bit unfinished though. The HEA was questionable - will they remain together or only for a time? Given the differences in species I guess that's understandable.
Harrison brings the smexy and this one is no exception. What I like most about her PNR, however, is that she doesn't use the sex as a replacement for story. Her stories are engaging and her characters are vibrant and alive. That's what makes the stories, apparently even the short stores, that Thea Harrison writes.(less)
I just finished this book and am only going to put a few quick things down for now while I let my thoughts simmer a bit. I enjoyed this book...more3.5 stars.
I just finished this book and am only going to put a few quick things down for now while I let my thoughts simmer a bit. I enjoyed this book but it was not as enthralling as I had hoped. I was a bit disappointed that the lore for these vampires completely sublimates lust into the bite, in fact it's not even the bite but the act of sharing the blood. The author's prose tries to elevate the experience to a spiritual event but instead calls attention to the lack of candor used in its description.
Also, there were several transitions in the story line that were some what jarring. Where the heroine learned the hero was a vampire and took the news without question or concern played havoc with my suspension of disbelief. In several places rather than allowing the reader to see how a situation was handled to resolution the author chose to just advance the story and leave the reader to believe that the previous outstanding issues were handled. These would be my marks off for the story.
Still, the historical world was very believable. I was immersed in the 18th century Paris ton with all its fashion, finery, and frivolity. I also carried through out the story the sense of danger inherent in the time for things that involvement with alchemy, Satanism, vampirism, and just being a willful female with more of a mind and opinion than is deemed seemly would bring to anyone of that day. The plot was engaging, the villains horrifying and deliciously easy to abhor, the characters were well enough flushed out that even rarely seen secondary characters had personality and a hope to see them in future books.
So, it was a bumpy start that I did not love nor did I hate. I will read more of them to see how it goes as I am curious about the characters. The end was a book closure but certainly left room for more story without being called a cliff hanger.
Actually read an ebook of this but there is no ebook option on GR.(less)
3.5 to 4 stars. This one was good, quite good, and I laughed through it a lot and enjoyed it. The hero was a likeable rake. Although I did not activel...more3.5 to 4 stars. This one was good, quite good, and I laughed through it a lot and enjoyed it. The hero was a likeable rake. Although I did not actively dislike Freyja as much as I thought I might when I first met her in A Summer to Remember, I must admit that I didn't have much sympathy for her. I understand that she is young and proud, and I even felt a great deal of empathy for her on many fronts. I did not, however, feel too many heartstrings pulled for her situation as I recognized it as largely self-made due to her pride. Much of her earlier heart breaks were caused by her unwillingness to just clearly state what she felt and wanted to the people that needed to hear it, one way or the other. And so she spent years pining for something that couldn't be because she never took the trouble to clarify herself to begin with.
As they say, pain in life is inevitable but suffering is optional.
Even so, I laughed a lot in this installment and enjoyed the ride a great deal. I found I did not experience quite the level of indignation at the villain of the piece as I have in previous installments. I'm not sure if it's because I've read them back to back and therefore am becoming desensitized or if it just didn't pull me emotionally quite as much as the others. Still, it was an enjoyable ride over all that I have no complaints of.(less)
Second read through was actually a listen to the audiobook narrated by Divina Porter. I enjoyed it a great deal. It's still may favorite of the three...moreSecond read through was actually a listen to the audiobook narrated by Divina Porter. I enjoyed it a great deal. It's still may favorite of the three and my issues are still the same. Jamie is not always likeable in this one, but definitely more human. :) Claire is a bit too forgiving, though. Sometimes I want to smack her.
Divina Porter's rendition of John Grey is a bit pompous. It's kind of funny. Rating stays at 4. ***************************** This is the best of the first three I've read in this series, to my mind. Still quite long, most of the length seemed more purposeful to the story and less contrived prose to me, particularly once Claire made her way back. I must admit, however, that I might just be getting used to DG's verbose writing style. There were some unexpected surprises in the long story arcs, and Jamie wasn't as perfect as he's seemed previously, that made the story more real and interesting for me. This one was worth the length, I think.(less)
Nicely rounded and engaging ending to the trilogy. I think it was also the best of the bunch. I liked that the author left an opening for a continuati...moreNicely rounded and engaging ending to the trilogy. I think it was also the best of the bunch. I liked that the author left an opening for a continuation of the story for some of the secondary characters, in fact some of their questions were left unanswered and serve as well done hooks, but I don't feel like I got hit with a cliff hanger. If Ms. Grey doesn't write another one then I'll hold the unanswered questions inside and wonder fondly, but the primary protagonists definitely got their well wrapped ending after a lot of action and a few unexpected twists.
If I had a negative it would be that a lot of the plot pacing was dependent on the "keeping secrets" trope and that is a difficult trope for me to have empathy with, it always leaves me feeling like the people doing it just aren't adult enough to be in a relationship if they can't find the nuts to be open with each other.
Still, other than a couple of fleeting bumps and this one particular trope I'd say that the story matured as we move through the three books as did the characters.
I also like that the world is a bit different than your average supernatural stuff, but not so different that you just can't get your head around it.
It was good, I'm glad I read it and give a shout out to my friend Cristy Cundiff for calling it to my attention back in the beginning of the series.
I hope the author decides to write about the Librus Group, and comes back to tell us what actually happened with Sinnder.
3.5 stars - Not a true cliff hanger. It's a better wrap than the first book but it definitely stops at a place that lets the reader know that the stor...more3.5 stars - Not a true cliff hanger. It's a better wrap than the first book but it definitely stops at a place that lets the reader know that the story is far from over and unresolved.
This book was tighter than the first. The world came together without as many bumps and the lore was more seamless and smooth, more rational. The story itself is a good one and very interesting. The use of the Elementals and the way Grey is building the world and elements of the world is refreshing in the genre. There were several plot holes that were frustrating, though, and caused me to have mental stumbles. For example why would they pick a time to rescue a daughter when the arch enemy is present? And since they know she is present and they know that she is the arch enemy and murderous and untrustworthy why didn't they go in "guns blazing" instead of on their guard just talking smack and giving the opposing forces plenty of time to hurl the fire balls that would destroy half their team?
Towards the end, the moment of tension that caused the difficulty with Gavin and Zoe was unbelievable. Gavin shouldn't have fallen for it. It was too easy. I've been having a hard time with the notion all along that a 30-something doctor who is so focused on her career that everything falls to the side can watch her roommates get mind fucked and think "I need to talk to Gavin about this" and then when she sees him all she can think about is getting boned so she conveniently forgets about the guy who is hypnotizing her crew so she can get some tube steak. Things like this are stumbling blocks for me.
Even with that, the story is good and I'm emotionally invested so I'll read the 3rd book.(less)
I adore this series. In my opinion it's the way PNR should be written. That is to say, plenty of smokin' hot smexy but it's not the alpha and omega of...moreI adore this series. In my opinion it's the way PNR should be written. That is to say, plenty of smokin' hot smexy but it's not the alpha and omega of the story. The focus on the relationship, which is a defining cornerstone of any "romance" genre hinges on growth and problems that seem to me to be more than just manufactured angst, so any angst that is a by product seems natural and not forced. And, for me perhaps the most important part of any romance book, there is as much of an interesting plot that isn't about the romance but may have an impact on it as there is romance itself. Thea Harrison is a consummate artist in putting these ingredients together and her Elder Races in an enjoyable, engaging ride.
With this book I enjoyed revisiting Pia and Dragos and seeing how they are learning to be together as a team. I like the way Harrison weaves elements of the other stories in the series together without ever making it critical that you have read them or without making you feel worn out from all the rehashing to bring the reader up to date. She's smooth and seamless in that regard. I adore that a foundational plot device in this book started several novellas ago but if you haven't read the novellas it won't matter. If you have then you'll maybe get that slightly smug sense of "being in the know."
The thing I liked most about this book is that EVERYONE in this book grew, even the folks who were newly introduced. I like seeing much beloved characters developing rationally and moving forward rather than one or two tropes being what carries an entire story over and over.
This book wasn't as light hearted as Oracle's Moon (book 4) and at this juncture I think Oracle's Moon is the pinnacle of the series. Dragos is such a severe character, though, it would be hard to really embrace him as a primary protagonist and have it be as light feeling as Oracle's Moon did.
There is an AWESOME reveal about Drago in this book! But if you blink you'll miss it.
Thea Harrison sets the standard for paranormal romance.(less)
No vague "war is coming" foreshadowing ending! Yay.
I realized while I was reading this that I find Charley's propensity to hide behind humor as frustr...moreNo vague "war is coming" foreshadowing ending! Yay.
I realized while I was reading this that I find Charley's propensity to hide behind humor as frustrating as the people I know who do it in real life. It's funny, even hilarious at times, and is fun at first but becomes frustrating pretty quickly when it impedes growth and movement. I hate denial as a pacing device for a plot and humor-as-denial loses its luster just like any other denial device.
Even with that said, the humor in this installment didn't feel as forced as the last book.
I have to admit that I'm frustrated with her dad, though. I'm not ready to forgive him. I guess it takes me longer than most. Grudges much? ;)(less)