I loved Mac. She's the friend we all should have and strive to be. She's protective, loyal, will kick butt to save you and yet she's there to party it I loved Mac. She's the friend we all should have and strive to be. She's protective, loyal, will kick butt to save you and yet she's there to party it up with you whenever she can. I wrote before that I had cried with her, I had laughed with her, I had felt her frustrations, her sorrows, her joy, her determination, and I held her hand as she went through her darkest times. When she kicked Fae ass I cheered her on, when she made mistakes I tried to shield her from the hurt, when she was stupid I wanted to smack some sense into her, when she was raped by those fecking Faes I wept at her side, and when she being toyed at by everyone who wanted to use her, I had my weapon at my side waiting to fight those bastards off.
Yes, I loved Mac. For being such an flawed character who strive to change herself and fought her hardest to live even when death beckoned at her. I just wish that for everything that Mac went though and all the heartache she endured she would had been given a HEA that was worthy of her. No, I don't mean sparkles and a fake everything-is-rainbows-and-unicorns ending. It was just that, I didn't like Jericho as the series continued and I hated that he was Mac's Hero—you know the man who is suppose be Mac's love interest and her One True Love.
Sure he was dark, brooding, had a sense of humor, intelligent, mysterious, and hot--just about everything you want in a man and it almost made me forget why I hated him. That is, until his ugly personality came out knocking away his good looks and he showed me his true self. He wanted Mac to tell him her darkest secrets BUT god forbid if he gave her a wisp of what HE KNEW. And, God forbid if she didn't upright tell him that she loved him when all he did was growled and manipulate her into submission while keeping her in the dark about everything under the damn sun. So yeah, why would she give him a heart-wrenching confession under these circumstances?
Plain and simple, Jericho was an ass. The Ass. I could write an essay on why I absolutely hated him but my brain is pretty much mush now after re-reading this entire series. As a "hero", for lack of a better word, The Ass could had had been a little bit more development in the growing-up department. It was irritating since he kept secrets from Mac and didn't lift a finger to help her until she was bleeding or almost dead. Or both. Yeah, yeah, I didn't expect a Heart2Heart from him but it would had been nice if he had developed some sense and realized that maybe because Mac is the woman he's using, it wouldn't hurt to inform her of some of His Dark and Deadly Secrets—you know before she almost die for the hundredth time and not because it's ¾ into the last book of the series. Or maybe I'm just tired of the mysterious assholes aka brooding angry emos that seem to keep bopping up in books either be adult romance or young adults. I know years ago I would had gone all gaga over Jericho but now guys like him just make me wanna bang my head over my desk. Repeatedly.
Mac really got the last end of the deep shit. By the time the “love confessions” came around I was already weeping at the unfairness and lousy execution of it. It was just thrown at us. Literally thrown at us. The Ass pretty much figured out that once Mac had been exhausted to no end and wouldn't run away from him he'll suddenly start touching her like she's some kind of fragile glass and tell her of His Dark and Deadly Past. Big Whoopee Yippee. Good for you, The Ass.
I know this review is all rambles and incoherent but I can't help it. The FEELS I have for this book is completely out of my mind-range. I don't know how to deal with it. I don't think I know how to deal with it. It's like my mind has been mind-warped into some other dimension that doesn’t allow me to think freely or clearly and then I suddenly have a bright idea to write how I truly feel. --sigh of frustrations-- I don't want to read any more of Moning's books because I have a feeling that her next ones will eat my brain completely and devour my heart along with it. But then again, my older sister the Ultimate-Mac-and-Jericho-Forever-Fan aka Deeply Devoted NutJob will probably buy the next series and I'll have no choice but to read it (b/c it's JUST RIGHT THERE) and say goodbye to common sense. Oh, the joy.
Lora Leigh has officially made me hate these words: "mate" and "mine." If there's anything I hate more than when the author who makes the hero a cheateLora Leigh has officially made me hate these words: "mate" and "mine." If there's anything I hate more than when the author who makes the hero a cheater is when she makes him repeatedly repeats "You're mine" as he savagely rips into her throat or "You and I are mate forever b/c we're mates for life."
That becomes a load of crap when it's all we hear from the main guy, the secondary characters, and the stupid narration. I get it, damnit! You're freaking mates and you like them to be "mine" forever. STFU!
Oh yeah, I found the guy and the chit to be annoying and totally deserving of each other. In other word, a complete mess of a couple who solves their problems by letting other people interfere and creating more problems for their problems. How romantic. NOT. Just plain irritating.
I even skipped over the sex scenes. That's how much I hated them. I actually wanted them to find their HEA in the arms of their enemies. Now wouldn't that be romantic?
Plus, the ONLY reason why I read one of my to-be-avoided-author is b/c I've been sick lately and can't get out of bed so I ask my sister who works at the library to get all the books with red and orange covers. Leigh's book was one of them and I went why the hell not to only regretting it less then a day later....more
On one hand Seth is the control-freak-of-the-century and the stalker-of-the-year and on the other hand his dominating yet near psycho attitude is a tuOn one hand Seth is the control-freak-of-the-century and the stalker-of-the-year and on the other hand his dominating yet near psycho attitude is a turn on for me. I know, I'm a nympho slut who is panting about a jerk borderline emotional abusive ass. I can't help myself.
Raine on the other hand made me roll my eyes to much for me to like her or care about her past and yada yada yada.
One scene that did made me quirk up an eyebrow and said, "Wow, now that's a man" was when Raine slapped Seth and Seth told her that was a free hit and to never do it again. Why do some women feel that because they ARE a woman they can hit a man and be all "He deserved it/I'm a SHE-WOMAN" but a man can't touch a woman IN SELF-DEFENSE without him being call a ass or yet be label as an woman-hitter. Now before you get up in arms, I'm not saying hitting a woman is right but neither is hitting a man. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, deserves to be able to defend themselves if needed.
Now I'm gonna step off my soap opera box and go indulge in some wine tasting. You know you're jealous....more
Three stars for the kick-ass heroine Jessica. I loved it when she slapped Sissy when they saw each other again then later beat the hell out of her. IThree stars for the kick-ass heroine Jessica. I loved it when she slapped Sissy when they saw each other again then later beat the hell out of her. I hate bullies and even though it's 16 years in the making the bitch got what she deserved. Now, the story? Eh, I didn't really bother with it. It was fast paced and funny in some parts but I was distracted by all the ramdom breaks in the chapters. ...more
I can so imagine this book as one of those over-dramatic plays that you just cringe at but can't stop watching because it's so terrible.
Our-so-called-I can so imagine this book as one of those over-dramatic plays that you just cringe at but can't stop watching because it's so terrible.
Our-so-called-Heroine: "Trust me because you know me for only a week and I already betrayed you but in all honesty you made me change my mind because of your dark wet kisses that has made me feel this tingle tingle feeling I've never felt before.
-Tell me everything about yourself because I just have to know why you're this brooding dark hero who's angry at the whole world so I can turn you into my ideal lover who's whipped like cream to my cupcake and leave the thought of revenge behind because fighting equals bloody bad.
-I'm an independent strong woman who will never bow to a man and I will fight you like a hellcat until you paw my breasts and give me orgasms with your large dick and I can even imagine myself in love with you after just three romps."
Our-so-called-Hero "I couldn't and wouldn't love you but God damnit, your magically vay-jay-jay just made me a believer."...more
How the hell do you go from the so-called hero getting a blow-job from a whore dress as a nun after walking away from the heroine who had been tryingHow the hell do you go from the so-called hero getting a blow-job from a whore dress as a nun after walking away from the heroine who had been trying to seduce him but pretending to not be interested in him so he wouldn't know that she wanted to in fact married him so she learn the art of seduction from a courtesan to only have him find out she has been playing him this whole time so he goes and get a blow job from a whore dressed as a nun and she witnesses it and somehow they get engaged and he tries to win her back because now she thinks he's a scroundel but he tries to convince her that he wants her for her body and by God! they will make this bloody marriage work because this "chit" will share his bed and somehow she gets marry to this walking STD. Confused? So am I. Let's go grab a drink. And I kid you not, he calls her "chit" so many times I wanted to scream.
I have nothing against threesomes or foursomes or fivesomes but I don't get why it's so "romantic" in books to have the main girl have sex with two meI have nothing against threesomes or foursomes or fivesomes but I don't get why it's so "romantic" in books to have the main girl have sex with two men when she obviously loved only one of them. I get it if she had love both of them in terms of "I can't live without you-you both complete me" and not in a "You're both hot and you guys are a package deal" kind of way and she ends up with both twins at the end which is unlikely but hey, it's a twist.
I think it's worse since I knew the chick glance at back cover Jaci was in love with Cam so it turned me off that she can have sex with both Cam and Chase when in truth Chase is just a side attraction and Cam is suppose to be the "hero." I get it that Chase is there to hold Cam's darker side but it just didn't work for me.
I'm not naiive or stupid when it comes to sex but when it comes to my H/H(s) I rather they don't have sex with other people who means nothing to their relationship and their development throughout the book. But that's just me sitting delusionaly in my corner.
The book confused me and I skipped all the sex scenes which says a lot. I really need to lay off Lora Leigh....more
I liked the heroine Annique very much. She was strong and knew how to protect herself in the era of war. I also liked the hero Grey but SPOILERS AHEAD
I liked the heroine Annique very much. She was strong and knew how to protect herself in the era of war. I also liked the hero Grey but there was something that irked me about him and in the wrong way. Though as much as there was much to enjoy about "The Spymaster's Lady" there was an equally amount of head banging are you serious?!! moments. Like how Annique recovered her eyesight so quickly after 5 months and she went from strong/kickass to weak and falling into everyone's trap.
I felt for her, I really did, but to not kill the man who was trying to kill her because God forbid she's a spy that had never killed before made me wanted to slap across the head. Hard. Then she follow a stranger-but-not-really-a-stranger-since-he's-Gary-whom-she-had-never-seen-before-due-to-her-blindness into the den of the British Intelligence was a TSTL moment. Then it seem that everyone was just against her even though she saved not only the hero's life but his friends and they pay her by making sure she break and tell them about that stupid little plan from the French and she fucks the hero in a tub in a moment of weakness even though she's his prisoner. Did I mention that I'm spoiling this book for readers? I did not want to root for this heroine at all.
I wanted her to find a way to outsmart all of those assholes British Spies but was disappointed with a little "Oh, your mother was a British-Spy-Pretending-to-be-a-French-Spy-Spying-for-the-British" that left Annique in tears and relying on sex to forget. The ending just made me gag over the bad cliche and eye rolling bits--a lot of fighting bad guys, men proving whose dick is bigger, heroine is a quiet little mouse who got put in the background, nothing about their future together except he'll quit being a spy God I hate how authors make men give up their dangerous careers for women so they can put a ring on it, hello that's not how it work in real life so he'll follow her like a lap dog, and wrap in a let's-get-married bow.
I really liked the beginning of this book, in fact I was almost late to work because I was so intrigued by the plotline, but to return home and read the ending was rather lackluster. I think most authors just don't know how to handle heroines like Annique. They start off as the most clever, interesting, kickass heroines then turn them into the weakest most helpless girls ever.
I was rolling my eyes after the first half of the book. The chit has what I like to call "The Kiss Syndrome." Everytime she's mad at him for trying toI was rolling my eyes after the first half of the book. The chit has what I like to call "The Kiss Syndrome." Everytime she's mad at him for trying to earn her trust, he would kiss her and she ends up forgiving him because his kiss is like a mind warp that magically makes her forget everything except his body sexing her up. I hate reading plotlines like that. Really, I know a kiss can make you lose your senses but the way MacLean writes it, it also makes you into a brainless twit.
And speaking of eye rolling moments, I hate plotlines like, "I'll-tell-you-of-my-brooding-aching-sad-aghasty-past-so-you-will-have-sex-with-me-and-forget-that-I-hurt-you-painfully."
This book was enough to make me toss it aside and not bother finishing the end. I can already guess that they marry, something happens with the house, she gets the money to support them all, cliche of "I love yous," and a boring epilogue where she might or not be preggers.
So basicly, Sin wants hot sex with Julianna and really who can refuse a hot rod on sticks? A real bored read if you have time for brainless women, selSo basicly, Sin wants hot sex with Julianna and really who can refuse a hot rod on sticks? A real bored read if you have time for brainless women, selfish cruel mothers, psychotic friends, and sex-always-on-the-brain men. ...more
I can understand a cynical, emotionless, greedy, manipulator asshole for a hero. In fact, sometimes I prefer my men to be the “monster” SPOILERS AHEAD
I can understand a cynical, emotionless, greedy, manipulator asshole for a hero. In fact, sometimes I prefer my men to be the “monster” rather than the everyday hero. It gives them a edge and an outlook on life that is both refreshing and realistic. Miles is everything I described but something about him irked me like no other. Miles' a selfish bastard and I would had preferred if he had stay that way instead of changing himself because “he fallen in love.” Then, he would had some character and I would had like him more. However, his development left a bad taste in my mouth especially with his abrupt change and the way it was just threw at us. BAM! “By God, I've changed and seen the light!”
And, don't get me started on Alice. Women like Alice annoy the hell out of me. We are told that she is strong and honest but from what I read she's nothing more than a simpleton woman who flutters around thinking she'll resist Miles but once he puts his kissable lips or strong hands on her she turns to mush and can't think of anything else but banging this bad boy. Granted, this is the same man who broke her heart a year ago and left her for a mistress while pursuing her with empty promises. I believe that I would had liked Alice more if she wasn't so much of a doormat and had a back bone or some kind of “oomph” to show me that she was much stronger than what Miles thought.
Especially because when Miles would tell her in the cruelest way that he was just using her to save himself from his debt and wouldn't hesitate to bed her if he had the chance you would think that this woman would grow up and move on with her life. But no, she fancied herself in love and thought that when Miles did something “honorable” it meant that he cared for her and was changing himself to become a better person for her despite knowing his true nature.
She lived in a black and white world. I just didn't find myself caring for her. I wanted to see how she would change as I read more but instead she stay the same and had no character development. I would had preferred it if she had picked herself up, threw away the excess baggage, looked into Miles' eyes, saw him as the ass he was and told him to go to hell. That she was going to find a real man who appreciated her, would walk through fire for her AND if he was going to manipulate her to at least be better at it because she wouldn't put up with that shit.
I'm going to reveal the climax, which was also the spot where I stopped reading. (This is done from memory as the book is no longer in my possession out of fear that I would had shred it into pieces.)
So, Miles' mistress (the same one he left Alice for one year ago) shows up and kisses Miles at some party or other. Alice runs away because she's heart broken because we are told she loves Miles—though Lord knows why. She wonders off somewhere and Miles runs after her and tells her that because he is honorable and that because he changed-gasp!-he's going to release Alice from their Blackmail Engagement. Alice decides that even though this asshole manipulated her and broke her heart, she wants to give her virginity to him to show him that she loved him or something. So they banged on the cement floor.
Then the magistrate or someone comes in and tells them that our “hero” Miles told him she's a thief who stole the dress that started this Blackmail Engagement (which she did.) Instead of lying and manipulating the facts like he's always done before our “hero” finally decides to tell the truth and said that yes indeed, Alice did stole the dress. So, Alice is sent into jail right after f*cking this man she so loves. He gets her out of jail and expects her to be grateful that he saved her from death. She's mad that he didn't lie to protect her. Then he had the nerve to tell her that he changed-gasp- and he decided to tell the truth because of her influence instead of protecting her. Instead of cutting this asshole out of her life she realizes that she can't resist his charms (gag me please!) anymore and why stay mad at him when you can f*ck him instead?
I just quit there. I hope that whoever was trying to kill Alice succeeded because I truly hated this girl. ...more