It took me two tries before I could pick up Darkfever and actually read it. It wasn't interesting at all at first since I usually don't like reading f...moreIt took me two tries before I could pick up Darkfever and actually read it. It wasn't interesting at all at first since I usually don't like reading from the character's point of view. However, after I got used to that, I became intrigued by Mac's story. It was an original work from Karen; one that got me and my sisters hooked.
I like reading about Mac's development (mentally and emotionally) as the story started to reveal itself. Karen added in characters who weren't just people needed to make the plot go faster. Every character had a connection to the plot line and they highly influenced Mac's actions.
At the beginning we see Mac as a spoiled, normal, laid-back, blond chick that didn't had a care in the world. However, after her sister's death we begin to see Mac in a different life. She then developed two sides to her; the girlie Mac (loves rainbow, pink, and pretty stuff) and the dark Mac (loves blood, black, and gory stuff) and they both hate each other. She wants revenge and she wants it serve cold. And bloody. She doesn't care who stands in her way and she's willing to do anything to see it that her sister's killer(s) are dead. Then she meets the ever so mysterious Barrons who take her on an even wilder ride. We don't know much about Barrons except that he owns a book shop, is dangerous, know how to kick butt, and can fly (kinda . . . but not really).
There is one thing that I would like to mention about where the book went flat such as how Mac kept blaming Barrons for EVERYTHING that went wrong. The problems didn't start with Barrons but in Mac's eyes she just wanted blame him. This did got annoying after awhile but it is understandable since her sister is dead and she has no help from anyone. Not from the death-by-sex Vlane, the old lady in the abbey, and definitely not Barrons who all are keeping secrets from her. Secrets that can kill her. But luckily, Mac is not one of those heroines who accept what she hear and get sulky when everyone tells her to stay in one place. She's the type who goes out into the dark world and gets the damn information herself. No one will help her and that alone will not protect her from the enemies. Ignorance is not bless and Mac is empowering herself with knowledge. That is an admirable trait.
I think I'm drawn toward Mac because she's a character who changes along with the plot line and when I mean change I don't mean changing under wares after a quick laid with the hero. I, for one, am glad that Karen doesn't go with the typical first point of view heroines. Usually they would end up sleeping with the hero in the first five chapters of book one and has no character developments at all.
This is only the first books so don’t expect that we will get all the answers solve right away or a quick unrealistic romance between the hero and heroine. Besides, what kind of fun will that be? (less)
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 m...moreI 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.(less)
"Ransom" was the first book I read from Julie Garwood and THE one that got me hooked on real romance novels. "Ransom" is one of Julie's best historica...more"Ransom" was the first book I read from Julie Garwood and THE one that got me hooked on real romance novels. "Ransom" is one of Julie's best historical book and all her contemporary pales next to it.
Gillian is a unique and refreshing heroine in every way. She's intelligent, protective, strong, brave, and she honest. She does not whine, is not deceitful, or a coward unlike her sister. Gillian risks her life to save a 5 year old boy from falling to his death and even after he cut her arm up she still fought to protect him in everyway-and this is just one of the things Gillian does that make me admire her. Don't get me wrong, she may have her downsides but she is more courageous than most women these days in books. She's the type of heroine who would take responsibility for her actions and is not afraid to put herself in harm's way, even for a stranger.
We get to see multiple sides to Brodick that defines who he is as the Hero: stubborn, strong, protective, gentle (toward Gillian), and is not afraid to put anyone in their place. He’s more than a Laird, he’s Gillian’s soul mate and Garwood rarely loses sight of that importance. The involvement of King John and the past just makes their relationship a bit more complicated and heightens their resolve to get to the bottom of everything so they can have happy ending.
“Ransom” is a great read and you won’t be disappointed by it. Julie paints a masterpiece of the Highlands where Gillian and Brodick are, without a doubt, the definition of a true love story.(less)
Just finish the book and was laughing my butt off for quite a while.
I mean, come'on, SBC Fighters and time travel? Who cannot get a kick out of this b...moreJust finish the book and was laughing my butt off for quite a while.
I mean, come'on, SBC Fighters and time travel? Who cannot get a kick out of this book??! I know I darn well did.
I read the first few books on the SBC series then I came upon this book and find out there's suddenly time travel involved? Talk about pulling the rabbit out of the magic hat. I had to re-read the beginning just to make sure I was reading Lori Foster's My Man Michael because it felt like I was read some science/fantasy book and also, I was laughing too hard to understand anything I was reading.
Foster just threw in time travel so I guess a lot of people are shock and/or angry to find that kind of thing in her SBC seires, heck I knew I was shock. The storyline didn't go well with the rest of the other SBC seires and it kinda flop around the middle to a certain degree.
IMO, I think Foster should had stay with just contemporary and write about her fantasy & time travel in another series.
However, after I got over my initial shock I admit that I did enjoy this book even through the craziness and virgin hunts and kidnapping and LOL moments.The chemistry between the characters is smoking hot and it's enjoyable when you have nothing to do but watch rain pour down on your window. (less)
Can two people have amazing chemistry together but lousy personalities? I mean we have two hotshot lawyers Payton and J.D. here who act like little ki...moreCan two people have amazing chemistry together but lousy personalities? I mean we have two hotshot lawyers Payton and J.D. here who act like little kids for the most part of the book. They play these childish games with each other and bicker like crazy. Sure, it was interesting and entertaining for the first four chapters or so but it got old pretty quick. The chemistry was good but the romance lack any depth. I did like them but they were barely tolerable at times. Plus, at the end it was rushed when they learn they loved each other and that they had loved each other for eight freaking years. A lot of eye rolling going on, that's for sure.(less)