I can hardly think after all the emotions. The feelings. Oh, how these feelings and thoughts are still resonating w...moreSizzling hot from start to finish!
I can hardly think after all the emotions. The feelings. Oh, how these feelings and thoughts are still resonating within me even after hours I had put my tablet down. And it was a struggle to put it down. I kept going back, wanting to re-read my favorite parts and just soak in these moments LaValle created.
LaValle's voice is very distinct and I'm kind of in love with the way she can string words together and create these profound sentences that unravel in such a moving way. Her voice. Her characters. Her characters' voices.
Both Lord Radford and Mazie are incredibly well developed. The way they speak, their personalities, so defined and complex. Love how they are so very telling in how they express themselves by their actions and words and words they choose not to say.
The chemistry between Lord Radford and Mazie is undeniable and present and so very real, it hurts in the most delicious way.
One thing that I absolutely loved about Radford and Mazie is that neither lost themselves, they stayed true to their character from start to finish! None of the OOC business to suit the plot. Mazie and Radford were all about learning who they were and learning to trust in that, whatever they were to be and become.
(view spoiler)[... Straitlaced, beautiful, Lord Radford was in for it as soon as he opened the door and laid his eyes upon Mazie, a woman like no other. A woman that would challenge him and test him and ultimately, bring out the worst and best in him. And Radford is such a MAN, it would have drove me crazy if he were not to be so evenly matched.
Situation and circumstance turned them into enemies, each unwilling to give into the lust that they each knew was there. Each too proud, headstrong and needing to protect themselves from the other. The game was on. Neither would give in, too much was at stake. Radford and Mazie were in their element as they exchanged witty barbs, and well placed retorts, hooks and blocks. However, at some point, it got personal. Too personal. Could they set aside their thoughts and listen to their hearts? Will it all be for naught? How could these two find it in themselves to trust their supposed enemy? The way of life hangs in the balance for both Mazie and Radford. Love would surely conquer all, or will it?
Questions, so many questions. One thing is for certain, while reading I never once stopped to question reading this story and wanting to know how it would end. My heart was invested from the very first kiss.
It took me hours to find myself able to compose my thoughts, and even now I am still reeling over what I just read. It is a beautiful thing, this feeling. So immersed was I in this story. To feel these feelings, to be filled with these wonderful emotions that LaValle evoked in me. By reading this intensely amazing, beautiful story, I found myself in laughter, in tears and holding my breath. Suspended in an emotional state where my heart just ached for Radford and Mazie. Their love is forbidden. Their love should be impossible, and yet... their love is a necessary love, a needed kind of love, a love that just took my breath away. (hide spoiler)]
Have I said too much? Surely, this story deserves more praise! More stars than I could give. After having read Leigh LaValle's thrilling debut novel, I am excited to say I am a fan and will most surely read her future works. I want more!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Not sure why I couldn't get into this story, maybe because I couldn't get a feel for the characters. This is a DNF. Maybe I just need to read it at a...moreNot sure why I couldn't get into this story, maybe because I couldn't get a feel for the characters. This is a DNF. Maybe I just need to read it at a different time. Will update my review if I do.(less)
Just finished. Wow. Can't really gather all my thoughts yet. This story sure took me on for a ride. Please excuse my incoherent rambling. My feelings...moreJust finished. Wow. Can't really gather all my thoughts yet. This story sure took me on for a ride. Please excuse my incoherent rambling. My feelings are all over the place right now.
I read the summary thinking it was going to be a typical paranormal romance (even if I haven't read many paranormal romances, I knew the formula). Vampire like creatures. Shape-shifters and witches. Oh, and let's not forget the forbidden romance. Boy, was I wrong. There's so much more to it than that. And the more is just too much to speak of.
The details and the history involved placed me in a world that I couldn't help get lost in. I felt like I was watching a movie rather than reading since the words flowed easily off the page. Love it when that happens.
Sophia seemed so real, her character was written with all these little complexities and yet, she was also simple, someone that I think anyone could relate to, which makes her all the more special.
I won't comment on Charles in fear of giving anything away. Can't have that. Must read it to find out. ;)
What I will say is that I was pleasantly surprised at how the story turned out. Loved the twists and turns. The story had just the right amount of angst, sexy-times, action, humor and drama to balance it all out. It started nice and slow and as the story progressed it quickly turned into a page-turner that was difficult to put down.
I should mention that I won this book from the author, and what a win it was! Thank you! I look forward to the next installment!(less)
Just didn't do anything for me. It started well enough, but just grew awkward with every other page. I say every other page because I found myself ski...moreJust didn't do anything for me. It started well enough, but just grew awkward with every other page. I say every other page because I found myself skimming through at times. The story just couldn't hold my interest and I noticed that the characters sort of blended. Just who was talking? I thought about giving it two stars, but I have to say my honest opinion is that "I didn't like it."(less)
I can't even write a review. My words cannot explain the feelings I am feeling. My feelings are even having feelings. I read this book from cover to c...moreI can't even write a review. My words cannot explain the feelings I am feeling. My feelings are even having feelings. I read this book from cover to cover in one sitting. (Okay, I did take a break to eat and give myself a little talk to come to terms with things.) And I am exhausted, but in a really good way. In a way that I know I will want to read it again just so I could go through the whole experience again. I might have to wait and collect my thoughts first.
Just please do yourself a favor and read this breathtakingly beautiful story. And be prepared for a roller coaster of emotions. I cried. I laughed. I cried some more and laughed again. Then cried even harder. Till finally, I was just left with a surge of emotion that I can't quite describe, it left me in a state of awe and peacefulness. The Fault in Our Stars is a kind of book that I feel everyone should read.(less)
Another book to put on the favorites shelf. I'm not really sure how to even write a review for this. I can't possibly say words to explain just how am...moreAnother book to put on the favorites shelf. I'm not really sure how to even write a review for this. I can't possibly say words to explain just how amazing this book is. I wish there was an option to insert feelings *here*
This story is smart, funny, beautiful. I'm so in love with the characters.
Liliana and Geoffrey, I love them equally. And that is hard to come by in a romance, usually it's one or the other, but in this story my love is shared equally between the two.
Liliana, so spunky, so independent, so smart, a woman that speaks her mind and keeps you guessing.
Geoffrey, gah, just yes, please. Pretty please.
I knew they were meant to be right from the very first time they laid eyes on each other. The chemistry, OMG! And I'm not talking about Liliana's love for the field. I'm talking about sizzling hot passion that sparks between the pair whenever they interact.
I was intrigued from start to finish. This story has a plot that is pleasantly unpredictable. A nice pace that keeps things going. It's a charming, easy and delicious read that I will most likely pick up again just to feel the feelings... so good!(less)