What a page turner! Could not put the book down until I was finished. XD I hardly felt like I was reading a book, it fel**spoiler alert** 4 1/2 stars!
What a page turner! Could not put the book down until I was finished. XD I hardly felt like I was reading a book, it felt more like watching a movie. Lara Adrian created a world so vivid and so real, it was easy to immerse myself in it. The history, the details--just everything was very well done and tied together nicely.
I almost feared what my reaction would be after reading yet another book about vampires. I mean, I just felt like I lost interest after reading so many of the same theme and then getting disappointed because I found it lacking. Well, not THIS book. This book totally gives vampires a good name (haha, not sure if that's a good thing). Adrian's vampires are of a different sort. And I kind of love her take on the vampiric world.
This book turned out to be so much more than I expected. Filled with intrigue and suspense... it's smart and sexy. Loved it all.
The only reason I dropped half a star was because of the heroine, Gabrielle. [possible spoiler alert!] I just wished that she was more assertive. I wanted her to stand her ground and just be able to, I don't know, just be stronger. I guess I wanted more girl power. Now, don't get me wrong, her character was done really well. And I rooted for her, just wish she could have just been able to turn away at times. And I'm also not saying that I didn't want for her to be with Lucan because there is no denying that those two have chemistry. Chemistry like whoa. Lucan is one delicious vampire and he deserves to love and be loved. XD
Gah, difficult to explain without giving the story away! Just, I hope you read it anyway. For the story. For the characters. For the love. ...more
Read this after the second book, The Sweeting Thing. I think reading the series out of order doesn't hurt. Actually, I found myself far more investedRead this after the second book, The Sweeting Thing. I think reading the series out of order doesn't hurt. Actually, I found myself far more invested in learning how the characters were introduced after having already getting a feel for them.
The characters are witty, lovable and so very real! This book, Simply Irresistible, touched close to home as I really felt like I could identify with Maddie. (And that has never happened before!) Maddie, the mediator, the middle child, oh, my heart reached out to her.
I love Jill Shalvis' characters. They all have layers. They're complex, and undeniably flawed. Their lives are not always pretty or easy, actually, it's downright heartbreaking at times. Seriously, I felt like these characters are REAL, like they are my best friends. People I want to hold and comfort and reach out to. Especially, Jax (hehehe), the hero of Simply Irresistible ;) Just... can I hold him now?
While reading this book, I found myself laughing and in tears. All sorts of feelings were happening. Sometimes I didn't even know why. It could have been a line that probably wasn't even meant to instill any emotion and yet, somehow, I found myself gutted. And it felt so good. Sooo good. Shaking with bubbly beautiful feelings kind of good. Difficult to explain, but imagine a teddy bear hugging you from the inside. Yeah. XD
Would definitely recommend to anyone--EVERYONE.
Can't wait to see what else is in store for these wonderful characters. Since I read book two already, up next is Head Over Heels. :) Chloe!!!...more
Absolutely amazing until I got to the ending, which, really, TBH wasn't that necessary. (But I guess that is why there is more!) XD
* Interesting plot.Absolutely amazing until I got to the ending, which, really, TBH wasn't that necessary. (But I guess that is why there is more!) XD
* Interesting plot. Suspense. Romance. Drama. Humor. Perfect balance, really. * Memorable characters. D, especially. * Thoughts are real thoughts * D and Jack's love is true love. And seriously to die for ;)
Definitely a book that could be read over and over. Reading the story felt like having a sit down at the theater, the scenes just came right off the page. ...more
Gahhh, what can I say? I have no idea whether I really liked this, liked this, or if I even liked this at all.
The story was different. Interesting. InGahhh, what can I say? I have no idea whether I really liked this, liked this, or if I even liked this at all.
The story was different. Interesting. Intriguing. A chaste mother of two and wife to an estranged politician, seeks the help of an experienced man. She hopes that with his teaching, she can seduce her unfeeling husband. There are twists to the story, however, some were rather predictable. Loved it when they were unpredictable. Just shy of shocking... Okay, I really liked the story.
Loved the hero, Lord Safyre (Ramiel Devington). Smart. Sexy. An alpha male hero in all respects, who has a past that haunts. Complicated, but uncomplicated.
Liked the heroine, Elizabeth Petre. Actually, she IS lovable. She's a conflicted naive character. Passionate and real.
Loved their relationship. The slow build. The obvious chemistry and attraction. The banter between them. The exchange of words, most of them quite humorous. The thoughts were brilliant.
However, I disliked the majority of the dialogue. Too clinical. I mean, most of the time I was rolling my eyes, wondering if there were people that actually talked the way they did. What I think was SUPPOSED to be emotional, was rather inexpressive and fell flat.
With that said, it probably should be mentioned that this was the first time I actually finished a book that was geared towards erotica. If that was what it was supposed to be. I found it funny, the story read like a how-to guide. And maybe that's because that is what the story is about. Elizabeth learning how to seduce. How to want. How to need. How to love.
All in all, not sure what I think overall. If you haven't read this yet, I would only recommend to those who are into interesting plots that twist (which I happen to love). In that regard, it's a page turner. What happens next just NEEDS TO BE REVEALED. The back story and subplots were very well done, and done right. The characters are unique and have depth, which is quite refreshing. So, read it for the story of two people finding love....more
The colors. The voices. The FEELINGS. Everything is so very real it hurts.
Diccan, the hero, is the most conflHow to express my feelings for this book?
The colors. The voices. The FEELINGS. Everything is so very real it hurts.
Diccan, the hero, is the most conflicted and multifaceted hero I've come across. He's smooth, but funnily enough, not when he actually wants to be. And he's so very unpredictable, which I love.
Grace, the heroine, is one special lady. Love how she has real people thoughts. She's sadly hidden by her insecurities and fears. All I wanted to do was root for her and hope that she gets what she deserves, which is sooo much more than she cares to admit to want for herself.
I love the hero and heroine together. Their relationship had been put to the test, and frustratingly so. However, the trials and tribulations were necessary and only made their love sweeter.
It is very rare for me to like the hero and heroine in a story equally, and I am happy to find it in this story.
And the way the story is written? *Shivers all over*...more
All 5 Stars goes to Lord Lucien Knight. Very well deserved. Mysterious, gorgeous Lucien is not what everyone imagines him to be. Every one sees him liAll 5 Stars goes to Lord Lucien Knight. Very well deserved. Mysterious, gorgeous Lucien is not what everyone imagines him to be. Every one sees him like the devil. How tragic. They fail to see that Lucien is all the more gallant, strong and so very clever.
Misunderstood to his very core, Lucien isolates himself from everyone. Including or rather, perhaps, ESPECIALLY, from his once always present twin brother, Damien. Lucien lives behind measured walls, puts on his mask of indifference and plays the devil role he is resigned to. That is, until he meets the good girl Alice Montague. Giving her the ultimatum that will ultimately seal both their fates, she reluctantly agrees to stay with him for a specified amount of time (which is one of the most hilarious scenes, I might add).
Alice is just the one to bring out the true Lucien to the fore.
He's very much the perfect embodiment of a romantic hero. Tormented. Passionate. An unsung hero that just wants to be loved. In his mind he doesn't deserve it, he doesn't deserve Alice.
Now, Alice, sometimes I feel like her character falls a little short. Not sure how to describe it, but I was left with the thought: "Does she really deserve Lucien?"
Well, anyway, who am I to question their love? She makes him whole, happy, complete. And vice versa. That's all that matters. (And really, Lucien already won all the stars. So, still an "amazing" read.)
The story reads like an action packed movie. Scenes with stunts and guns and swords and heroes on horses and ladies in white dresses. And a romance to die for.
I actually finished a couple days ago but was unable to write a review right after. How could I? Seriously. At a loss foWhy did the story need to end?
I actually finished a couple days ago but was unable to write a review right after. How could I? Seriously. At a loss for words. In a good way. In a really really good way. How could I explain the perfectness of the story? Surely, my words will be insufficient.
This book gave me something dear and precious and invaluable, so I feel like I owe this book something in return, even if it is inadequate. But it will have to do.
Five stars is my limit on goodreads, but this deserves so much more. This brilliant story deserves all the stars, all the flowers, all the hearts. Really.
This book has it all. Mystery. Suspense. Drama. ANGST. Romance, oh the romance. A story for friends. A story for lovers. Revenge. Honor. Discrimination. Hypocrisy. Politics. Hardships. Hate. And, of course, LOVE.
The story begins with the paragon Robert, Duke of Hawkscliffe. He meets and propositions Miss Belinda Hamilton, a courtesan, to help him find the truth from the suspected murderer of his first love. In return for Bel's cooperation, he becomes her protector and takes her into his home. She is to be his mistress, but only for appearances sake. But, of course, it doesn't end there. How could it? This story is a romance.
And the story is beautiful. The story is heartbreaking.
Miss Belinda Hamilton, the true hero in the story. My heart, oh how I love her. Fallen, but not fallen. Tormented by traumatic events that befell her wrongly. Her fears so heartbreakingly REAL. I cried for her.
Bel is fiercely independent. She's smart, resourceful, giving--so very giving. A beautiful woman that has to face and overcome the ugly over and over again. Her tragic circumstance pulls at your heartstrings and makes you really ask, "Why her?" I wanted to fight for her.
Her pain and struggles and the impossible situation she was found in, all made me wonder how it will turn out in the end... Will she get her happy ending?
Robert is a an honorable, chivalrous man. He is in love with courtly love. He's capable--powerful. Educated. He's the most eligible bachelor. Unattainable. A man's man and a romantic. He's simply swoon worthy. *swoons* And he's gorgeous. A gorgeous man who has his own demons to face, he needs saving from his tormented self. He's perfect, but flawed.
He's a titled man who cannot marry his one true love. I wanted to shake him, once. The rest of the time I was rooting for him, loving him.
The love that is found within the pages of this book is truly epic.
A love story between Robert and Bel that starts with attraction, segues into desire and ultimately, blooms into love. Love that is a forbidden love that turns the world upside down, tormenting them both.
They face discrimination, jealousy, hate, the impossible. Can they weather through it all?
The love between them is limited made limitless. Impossible made possible. And yet... there is more. So much more.
This book was laced with intricate history, filled with memorable characters, fascinating plots and subplots that twist, and the story took me on an emotional roller coaster ride that makes me want to go on for a ride over and over again.
This story gave me hope, heartache, joy. This story gave me the feeling of a love that knows no bounds. What more could I ask for? ...more