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.
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
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
I read only the first three chapters and I already knew what was going to happen at the beginning, middle, and the end of the book.
1) C SPOILERS AHEAD
I read only the first three chapters and I already knew what was going to happen at the beginning, middle, and the end of the book.
1) Chase uses Sunny to track down her terrorist father
2) Chase uses some scheme to make Sunny stick with him 24/7
3) Chase uses Sunny for sex and pretends to have a love-affair with her
4) Track down bad guys while fighting attraction and using hot sex as diversion
5) Sunny discovers that Chase is using her
6) Sunny is pregnant and Chase goes he-man on her
7) Sunny feels betrayed and hurt and Chase doesn't even apologize for using her as bait
7) After a heart breaking scene and not less than a week from Chase's betrayal Sunny goes back to Chase's arms and spread them wide.
8) The happily never after end
I skip to the end and viola! it was exactly as I predicted. I'm not even going to finish this book; it was remotely untouchable from the beginning. I don't know why Sunny even forgave Chase so quickly for using her and I'm not even going to analyze it. Chase was as a manipulating, cold, heartless, and using bastard as jerks can get. If Sunny wants him then she really deserves him.
Took me less then 10 minutes to figure out this book wasn't worth it. Hell, Linda Howard's books are never worth it....more
Can anybody say eew? Ok, make that eeeeeeeeeeeeeew. So basicly Jane wants a baby who won't become smart in other words be dumb as heck and wants "stupiCan anybody say eew? Ok, make that eeeeeeeeeeeeeew. So basicly Jane wants a baby who won't become smart in other words be dumb as heck and wants "stupid" Cal to be the sperm donor. Chaos ensure as he finds out about her plan and she finds out that he's actually intelligent. Gasp!!!
Some Things I Learn From This Book:
A) If you want a baby then it dosen't matter who you hurt as long as you get what you want and the consequences be damned
B) When he yells, it means he love you "Damn you! Come back here so I can a#!$@jkjk you and dkfd&*$# you, cause I love you!"
C) And lastly, when he finds out you're pregnant he's most likely to marry you and not condemn you for having his baby--well, at first he will of course but after some sessions of sex he'll forgive you, because dear God, every man want to be trick into having a baby to find his One True Love...more
I liked Rogue and Zeke at first (the chemistry between them was off the chart) but after the halfway point in the book they just started to grate on mI liked Rogue and Zeke at first (the chemistry between them was off the chart) but after the halfway point in the book they just started to grate on my nerves. It was like she was either horny or angry or both and she just wasn't satisfied with anything or anyone. Granted she's due to be bitter but it just got tiring after awhile. And God damn it, I wanted to like Zeke-in fact I did at first-but his sulky behavior and attitude made me want to bash him over the head. He's still pretty hot though but that's just the bondage-licking-ass-plucking-wanton in me speaking. I hated the ending though. It was like they were mad at each other and BAM! sex solves everything and the world was ripe and full of rainbows again. -Sigh- Each time I finish a book from Lora Leigh I keep telling myself, This is the last one I'm reading from her but then the next one just happens to fall off the bookshelf and into my hands. Damn....more
I was so excited when Phury's book came out. He was the only man I liked in Black Dagger Brotherhood. I thought he was different in a lot of ways fromI was so excited when Phury's book came out. He was the only man I liked in Black Dagger Brotherhood. I thought he was different in a lot of ways from the other guys. Stronger and more reliable. My type of hero. I bought the book and planned to love “Lover Enshrined” and Phury even more. . .
Boy, was I wrong. How many times did we had to see how tormented this guy was? How many times did we had to know that he had emotional issues that go way back to the century he was born in? How many times did he had to go into a pity-fest about himself? How many characters can I hate from this book? Answer: TOO MANY TIMES AND I HATED ALL OF 'EM.
"I have a horrible past so feel free to pity me and tell me how many times I screwed up as I smoke this joint. Kick me in the ass while you're at it too. I'd appreciate that. Thanks." --Phury
Yeah, I like to kick you a million times Phury and believe me, it wouldn’t be out of love. I understand that it's not Phury's fault I disliked him so much in his own book. I blame the author. Ward took a perfectly good man and turns him into an emo, self-destructive, pot head machine that had no personality or characteristics I could come to like.
How about the heroine? Well, let me see. WHAT HEROINE?!! Cormia the Chosen one wasn't even worth being a heroine or even be call a main character. I mean what the hell!?! What kind of heroine was she in this freaking book? We knew nothing about her except she's the one to bear Phury's baby, has no backbone, and um.....hell, we know more about the drugs Phury used than Cormia and that is sad. I liked her from what I read in the other book but in her own book Ward made her seem like she was a back-up character. No personality, no dreams, no power, no dialog, no nothing. She could had been a cardboard who could talk and still wouldn’t be interesting.
“Lover Enshrined” should had been called “Guess How Many Plotlines I Can Stick Into This Book.” I couldn’t follow any of the plotlines at all. I gave up by the end of the third chapter. The only plotline I was interested in was Phury and Cormia’s “love” story if you can call it one and even that wasn’t enough to keep me drawn in. It was rushed and by the time you finish it—or try to finish it—you wonder if maybe you missed something along the way.
Maybe you missed the TWENTY chapters of how Phury and Cormia fell in love. Maybe you missed HOW Phury kicked the Brotherhoods’ ass and moved on with his life. Maybe you missed Cormia STANDING UP for herself. Maybe you missed out on WHO the hell the real villians were. Maybe you missed Cormia ACTUALLY being a useful character. Maybe you missed Phury acting like a TRUE hero that he was supposed to be.
No wait . . . You didn’t miss any of that because THEY NEVER HAPPENED.
Skip this book. It’s a mess and it’s proud to drag you along through the stupidity and confusion if you allowed it to. ...more