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.
*As soon as I read the reviews about how terrible this book was I just had to read it. My interest has been pricked and I can't wait to find out just*As soon as I read the reviews about how terrible this book was I just had to read it. My interest has been pricked and I can't wait to find out just how bad this book truly is. Will I regret my headache later? Probably. But the price we pay to stay entertained is worth it.
OMG. What the hell did I just read? LOLOLOLOL.
You, Abandon, is a joke. J-O-K-E. I can't believe they dare call this thing a book, much less got it published.
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
I really anticipated reading "Highland Warrior" from the reviews I got. But after reading it lemme tell you one thing: DO NOT FREAKING RSPOILERS AHEAD
I really anticipated reading "Highland Warrior" from the reviews I got. But after reading it lemme tell you one thing: DO NOT FREAKING READ THIS STUPID BOOK AND IF YOU DO THEN YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
Oh, I admit the beginning of the book draws you in but then it reaches the middle of the book and everything fell apart.
The female lead Caitrina is an irritating, untrusting, heartless little b***h. Throughout the entire book I wanted to shake her until her head pop off and stuff a sword down her throat. I know, kinky. She lives in this glass house full of tinted roses and can see no fault with her father and brothers whereas she nit-picks everything about Jaime. Typical spoil bratty princess who can’t do anything for herself and believe me—she plays her part well.
The male lead is Jaime who is supposedly to be her clan’s enemy and Caitrina has been taught at a young age to hate him but she can’t help but be drawn to Jaime oh stuff a tissue with it little girl. Jaime is one of those guys you like to have sex with but at the same time you probably don't want to live with him. EVER. Sure at first he’s honorable, has a knight-in-shining-armor feel to him, desirable, and is terribly steamily sexy but then you realize he’s too stupid and too infuriating to be a hero—falling in love with a stupid woman only makes him as desirable as a worm on a gold stick.
These two lovey dovies—hint the sarcasm—probably do deserve each other. They distrusted each other, can't seem to have a decent conversation without fighting and getting their panties in a bunch, and only needed each other for sex. In the book Caitrina's family is dead because of Jaime’s brother and she is "force" to marry Jaime and they can’t help it but use angry sex to get it across that they love each other, yada yada yada. The plot was so boring and predictable that it had me wanting to read my math textbook.
It amused me that McCarty made them confess that they love each other while they were fighting over not trusting each other. Oh, that's funny. I thought "Love means trust. You can't have one without the other." (Jaime, pg 294)
Wow Jaime, you're so smart. If only you and your little girl listen to your advice. No wait, you’re too busy ripping each other’s clothes off and whining about how you can’t trust anyone.You can tell that TRUST is a major issue in "Highland Warrior"
Even at the end Caitrina and Jaime fights for the LONGEST time then they have sex and everything in the world is just peachy. Oh yeah, Caitrina said she'll try her hardest to trust Jaime's and not jump to conclusion and vice versa. Yay! I can see why the love each other! NOT. Keyword: TRY. Ah, hello Ms. Author, aren’t the two lovers suppose to trust each other already?
Blah, waste of two hours I want back with a vengeance. ...more
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 wYou 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....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 had friends recommend this book to me. I was thrilled to read about a virgin hero you can't find those these days
I prepared myself to like it and umI had friends recommend this book to me. I was thrilled to read about a virgin hero you can't find those these days
I prepared myself to like it and um....yeah, I don't like it. I gave it two tries before finishing the whole book. I tried to convince myself that I like it but I was never good at denial. It’s not my thing. I like to call things as it is. Boring is boring and frustrating is frustrating.
I can relate to Leda to some point. She's really old-fashion, prudish, kind, not judgmental, and gives Samuel the kindness he needs. Oh god, am I really like that? *shudders* The beginning of the book really drew me in. I saw Leda as a near-poverty woman trying to survive and Samuel as this mysterious man who is somehow sneaking into Leda's room. The interaction between Leda and Samuel was sweet and at times awkward for both of them--being virgins and all after all--
Then, I read past the half-point when I suddenly became restless. How can two creatures who have been hurt in the past and are trying to survive in the future be so frustrating?!? There were times when a conversation between them could had solved MANY things but each time there was a connection, one or both of them would pull away. It felt like Samuel didn't want to open up to Leda and Leda was too "lady-like" (and I use this term loosely) to try to accept Samuel's affections. I was near to tearing out my hair. I wanted to lock them in a room for a week until they finally have some kind of chemistry between them that's not uncomfortable. No wait, make that a year.
Samuel went from a gentle and mysterious man to an irritating one. Sure, it's ok to fantasize about Kai, his "friend/sister" and about marriage with her but for more than 3/4 of the book? That's what Leda is for!!! And god, Leda. I thought she would pull away from the meek and "don't swear" church lady act by the time the book end but nope. I was wrong. She called Samuel "dear sir" and "sir" all the freaking time!!! Even when they were married and up to the LAST chapter! It was like she felt that she didn't deserve Samuel and it wasn't her right to stand next to him as his wife. That was the final blow for me.
The only reason why this book has two-stars instead of one-star is because I felt the beginning was great. I just had a problem with the things that occurred after that. I did, however, like the part when Samuel and Leda slept--no sex--in each other's arms for one night. That was the only "romantic" part in the story. The rest was utter b.s.
I can take many things when reading a book but "The Shadow and The Star" left me really on edge. Their love felt forced onto the readers and there was rarely any gentleness between them. Maybe, if they had another book, like a sequel, then I can forgive and perhaps forget--but it doesn’t and I can't. ...more