I wish I can say how much I loved this book and how much the characters made me root for them ... but...
I can't, plain and simple. I ref...moreSPOILERS AHEAD
I wish I can say how much I loved this book and how much the characters made me root for them ... but...
I can't, plain and simple. I refuse to call Lora’s characters as the "Hero" and "Heroine" since they are anything but that.
"Wild Card" was one of the first books I read from Lora Leigh and I admitted that I was anticipating an actual love story between the characters since the back cover seemed so interesting. But no, all I got was a book that was 418 pages long and half of them contained the words of "pussy" and "cock" and f**k. The sex scenes were intense but about halfway I was skipping them to make sure this was a romance novel and not the Kama Sutra with crappy dialog in-between.
When I read "Wild Card" I couldn't help but give in to the urge to cuss and throw the book across the room when I read just how cruel and disrespectful Noah was toward Bella. It took me awhile to pick up the book while wondering who the hell wants to constantly be told "you're the weaker sex therefore you're only good for f**king!" If my husband disrespected me just once he's in the dog house for a week; but in Bella's case she's just going to spread them wide.
Bella had no standard for herself and definitely no self-respect. Every time Noah would start "sexing" Bella up I wanted to clonk a hot frying pan at them; he seems to have a dick for a brain and Bella? Please, even a worm has better sense. She keeps getting aroused by his insulting words and big hard-on dick when what she should do is get some common sense and hit him in the groin--with a sledgehammer.
Noah and everyone around her kept telling Bella to have sex with Noah but NOBODY, not her friends nor her family, would tell her that he was her husband Nathan back from the dead. And Noah, this guy takes the cake and yes, he f**ks with it and gives it a great mind-blowing blow job and eats it too. Selfish and abusive. What a turn on. NOT. He didn't want Bella to know that he was her husband Nathan but oh no, it was alright to deceived her by telling her to "Get over your husband. I'm the man for you," as he's plowing into her like an animal in heat. I expected Bella to get mad as hell when she found out that Noah was actually Nathan but no, little Miss Sunshine just went along with his charade and still open her legs wide for him. It was unbelievable to the point of sickening. They truly deserved each other.
Noah and all of Lora's men have this anger management problem. They tend to jump into conclusion and say some pretty cruel stuff to the woman character and instead of leaving the idiots; these women go back to them. Reading her books are like: guy gets horny, girl is turn on, guy & girl fight, have sex, guy gets horny, girl is turn on, guy & girl fight, have sex, horny, fight, sex, horny, fight, sex, horny, fight, sex, fall in love, horny, fight, sex, and happy horny ending. Halfway through the book you would expect Bella to have a rat's nest for a head and Noah, a broken dick.
Lora Leigh has this fascination of verbally abusive men and weak willed women. Hell, she makes Diana Palmer's men look like angels with halos. All or most of her women are "untouched" and/or "virgins" and no offense but they make all virgins seem naive and desperate for sex. These "womanly virgins" are stupid, not realistic, has no standards, has no confidence, have a stick for a brain, and the only good usage for them is their pussy--according to the man of their dreams.
No wonder women, virgins in particular, are given a bad rep these days. They're only good for a quick laid, they would NEVER EVER get mad at their man no matter how much he deserves it and they're simply a doormat for anyone. I shudder to think that this is how all women want to be treated like.
Wild Card is just about a self-centered man and a dim-witted woman who distrusted each other from the beginning and through out the entire book. I want to point out that I find a hard time accepting their "relationship" if you can call it that as one that is based on a solid foundation of love and trust. (less)
I love Japan. Beautiful place setting for this book. I love how descriptive Anne was with the scenery and I felt as though I was right there smack in...moreI love Japan. Beautiful place setting for this book. I love how descriptive Anne was with the scenery and I felt as though I was right there smack in Japan. One problem: the stupid characters.
"Fire and Ice" contained an angry no-self controlled insolent boy and a prudish uninteresting girl who distrusted each other from chapter one. I find Jilly to be a stupid adolescent girl and Reno a conceited bumbling asshole. Anne uses the same plot and storyline in each book: the male is attracted to girl but hates her but wants to have sex with her but is so cruel and so unlikable that it made me sick.
Women who disregard their self-worth will find men who don't have any self-worth to begin with.
I couldn't root for Jilly no matter how much my sensible side wanted me to, I just couldn't. She was supposed to be an intelligent 22-year old woman but all I could see was a 10-year old stuck with a beautiful face and an IQ of a brain. She couldn't stand up to him without getting too angry or too horny when what she should had done was simply leave his dumb ass for some other fool.
Jilly and Reno couldn't have one decent conversation without hurling angry sentences full of "I hate you! Die!" and childish foreplay. It got tiring for me. It was like watching a couple, who hated each others guts, going through a divorce. How do couples make a relationship work when 90% of the time is spent being angry and deceitful?
There were times when I wanted Jilly to appear in front of me so I could give her a much needed couple of slap and tell her to grow up. I wanted to dismantle Reno limb by limb while preaching to him about how to treat a real woman. It's hard to love or even like characters who you can't relate to and when you view them as immature kids being portrayed as adults.
I couldn't fool myself into believing their love was real. Hell, I even spent precious time re-reading the blasted book to find exactly when and how they fell in love with each other to only give up in the end. I would had believe the plot more if Jilly went to psychiatrist for all the abused she got from Reno. She's bound to have SOME scars from him instead of a false happy ending full of suddenly "I love yous" and hero worshipping. Truth be told, I'm tired of angry and emo heroes these days. They're so unattractive and annoying. Reno is an example of that.
Amazingly, the only time I could pity Jilly was knowing her sister Summer and Reno's cousin Takashi warn Reno to stay away from virginal Jilly. I felt that Summer and Takashi were hypocritessince their relationship was horrible from the start; full of angry rants and distrust and for them to preach about how "bad" Reno was for the "goody-goody" Jilly made me wanna throw up.
If Summer and Takashi hadn't warn Reno, then I believe Jilly wouldn't had become a semi-virgin giving her virginity to a Half-Chinese man who couldn't go all the way and maybe, just maybe, Reno and Jilly would had had a more stable relationship. But this is just a WHAT IF moment and doesn’t change the story one bit.
I felt disorientated after reading "Fire and Ice." It's really sad that a good plotline went bad because of some crappy characters that had horrible personalities and an even crappier dialog. There have been times when I wonder if authors go back and re-read their "masterpiece" 1000 times before sending it to get publish. Do they actually like these characters they produce from their imaginations or do they simply think women would like these kinds of characters because they're a popular author? I wonder if these authors grew up wishing their man would abuse them and hate them when they grow up?
I love reading about a great strong Alpha male and a smart witty female but God damn, those are hard to find these days. How many times do I had to read that people who fight constantly are the only ones who can have a stable marriage and fall in love?
The majority of contemporary and historical books these days tend to have the hero and heroine fight like two warring clan members in order to keep a storyline from falling apart. What has happen to good old honesty and respect for each other? You have to look everywhere and under rocks to find those kinds of romance books these days.
There are limits to what I find acceptable in a male hero and in his actions. Anne's male characters crossed over all of them and it wasn't pretty when they left. Skip this one, it'll just leave you mentally scarred.(less)
I was a pre-teen when I read this book and I thought it was the most romantic book ever. Then as a teenager I broke down that glass wall, threw away t...moreI was a pre-teen when I read this book and I thought it was the most romantic book ever. Then as a teenager I broke down that glass wall, threw away the tinted glasses, and gained something of value called self-respect. I re-read "Dark Fire" and hated it. Christine Feehan may be a legendary author but in my opinion she uses too many repetitive themes and her character developments are weak and sidetracked by sex and meaningless arguments.
Darius is a Carpathian who is feared by many. *rolls eye* He is strong, arrogant, dangerous, powerful, and a predator but a weak human can kill him in 5 seconds flat. Typical characteristics of a male from Christine. Some might say her men are appealing, there are some that I do like, but the majority of them are a pain in the ass. There is a difference between arrogance and confidence and it's a fine line. Once you cross over, you are officially off the "attractive" meter.
Did I mention that Darius liked pointing out that Tempest was the weaker sex and therefore should spread her legs for him anytime of the day? Everything he did and said was a red light for me. He thought women could not rule themselves and needed a man to do everything for them. Seriously. What a jerk.
Tempest is a weak and heartless psychic portrayed as a typical Feehan heroine: hot-headed, has no common sense, doesn’t respect anyone, afraid to love, always get in trouble but is always save from the hero, bitchy, weak-willed, and annoying as hell. Yes, I do like my heroine to be strong and stand up for herself but not to the point where she gets everyone killed or hurt and she just stands there blinking those "innocent" eyes of her and blames everyone except herself. She is not so fragile that she has to look at the world as though there is no such thing as murder and scream out in anguish every time Darius kills something.
I find it amusing that heroines have to have this "innocence" and "sense of justice" around them when it comes to murder and the gritty details of it. The majority of Christine's heroines are like that. There's always a murderous vampire around who wants to f**k their brains out but every time their hero would end up killing them these heroines turn into a sissy. "Why did you kill it/him? WHY?!!" she would scream and her heart would ache for that dirt-bag. Then it's up to the man to comfort her saying "I'll never kill again". Gag me now please. I want to strangle her and tell her it was either kill the monster or be killed, you annoying chit. Grow up and smell the dirt or else you'll be buried in it.
One thing out of many things that left me bored in "Dark Fire" was the conversations between Darius and Tempest. It was the same arguments over and over again. One you can find in every Feehan book. It goes along something like this:
Male: "You have to listen to me since I know what I'm doing. You just sit there and give me a blow job and act like the woman you're supposed to be."
Female: "You're arrogant and I don't like you. I don't want to have sex with you since you stick me in this dark scary place despite my protests. But please, if you do want to have sex then I'm ready for it. Don't listen to little ol' me saying no."
Male:"You're so innocent and fragile that I want to make sure you're protected since you're so weak and you know you can't do it yourself. I will kill to protect you but I won't listen to what you want or need because I know it all. You don't have to like me but open up baby so I can stick this thing inside of you even though you keep telling me no"
Female:"No! You're arrogant and I don't like you. I'm a strong independent woman who doesn’t like killings but if it means life or death then I'll choose life. I don't care about the consequences of my actions as long as I'm alive. But, I still hate killing and I hate you for killing."
Male:"You have no choice but to accept me baby. You are my better half and I would be dead without you. You're a woman and you need to listen to me since I would never listen to you. I'm the man of the house and therefore the smarter one. Move your neck so I can suck you dry baby; a man's gotta do whatever it takes to be strong enough to protect a weak person like you. Here, since you're so weak drink my blood even though it makes you sick."
Female:"I hate drinking blood and I hate you for being so arrogant. Blood makes me sick but without it enemies will try to kill us. They probably will succeed because I'm too stupid to listen to you when you said to stay in one place so I won't be killed. I'm an independent woman who doesn’t have to listen to anyone. If someone is hurt then it's not my fault; it’s theirs. I didn't ask for this. I will never accept you even though I like having sex with you. "
Male:"I know. A little lower baby...yeah, that's the spot."
See what I mean? It wouldn't had hurt if these women would had stop being such a ninny and stand up to those idiot males. What they should say from the start is something smart and intelligence. Something along the line of:
"No, I don't like how you're manipulating everything I do. I'm part of this relationship just as much as you are. If I don't want to have sex or be in this cave then I want you to respect my feelings and opinions because they are important to me. I would appreciate it if you give me time to adjust to this new setting and I promise not to do anything like run away and get somebody killed because of my stupidity. I take responsibility for my own action and I would like it that you trust me enough to tell me the truth when I ask for it."
Is it so hard to have an honest and open relationship? Everything they argued about was over something simple and stupid. Every angry exchange left me wishing I could clonk their heads together and throw them down a pit hole of hungry rabid alligators. Hell, I'll even throw down some barbecue sauce or whatever it is that alligators like. Just keep them dead.
I don't even know how they fell in love and I seriously doubt that their problems were solved by the end of the book. Tempest was too stubborn to accept Darius and her new life despite her many chances to understand him--and she had plenty of chances. She just let hatred and ignorance blinded her. Darius just kept pushing her without bothering to ask what she wanted and without a care for her feelings. Their non-existent "love" for each other led to too many miss-understandings.
Overall, I don't like this book. It was horribly written and left me with an icky feeling that couldn't be wash away even with my favorite feel-good soap. (less)
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 from...moreI 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. (less)
I couldn't get into it. It was horribly written. The characters were disgusting and not likable at all. I usually like heroes like Zsadist (weird, ang...moreI couldn't get into it. It was horribly written. The characters were disgusting and not likable at all. I usually like heroes like Zsadist (weird, angry, have a dark past, and those who you just want to protect) but all I wanted to do to him was strangle him over and over and over again. God, what a whiny hero. I wanted to shake him up a bit and tell him he needs to stop living in the past; but hell, what do I know? I’m not submissive like Bella, not a complete moron like her, not as understanding as her, and sure as hell not willing to hook up with just anyone with a dick. I couldn’t have possibly know what to do with Zsadist except lock him up and throw away the keys—just so I can stop hearing about his bad penis and sperms.
I don’t believe the romance (or lack of it) at all. I don’t like the Black Dagger Brotherhood at all. Period. It’s full of over-rated Alpha males who whine more then high school drama queens and politicians COMBINE.
Skip this one; you’ll just end up wishing you could stab someone or get really drunk.(less)
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 "stupi...moreCan 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(less)
You know you have a problem when you're more interested in the secondary characters than the main characters.
Arik and Meg are so annoying--and this w...moreYou know you have a problem when you're more interested in the secondary characters than the main characters.
Arik and Meg are so annoying--and this word dosen't scratch the tip of the iceberg of just how annyoing they are. I mean basically Arik is a Skoti who wants to have sex with Meg and bargains with Hades to become human in order to have sex with her and Meg is a sarcastic, cold-hearted, little prick who hates the world. Really, they deserve each other. Arguing does not equal love.
I skip most of the pages before forcing myself to read page by page and trying not to fall asleep. The only character that I paid attention to was Z.T. I want more of him if you get my drift.
It's a boring book that lacked humor and plotline and romance. I was more interested in Persephone and Hades' relationship than Meg and Arik's and that is just toooooo sad.(less)