Ah, Ms. Kelypas - you've done it again! You've taken not one, but two characters that I wasn't particularly enamoured with and managed to make me love...moreAh, Ms. Kelypas - you've done it again! You've taken not one, but two characters that I wasn't particularly enamoured with and managed to make me love them.
As I'm sure the author intended, like most (if not all) readers, I didn't like Leo Hathaway at the start of this series. But if there's one thing I know about this author, it's how incredibly, amazingly good she is at turning a distasteful character into a hero to die for. So it wasn't a surprise to me that Leo became the wonderful man that he did.
I admit, though, that I didn't have quite the same faith in her ability to turn my opinion of Marks, or as we now know her, Cat. Oh ye of little faith. I should have known. This is Lisa Kleypas after all. It seems that she can do anything.
There are so many wonderful reviews of this book that it is redundant for me to repeat what has already been said so eloquently, but I must add my further praise to the author for not dragging out Cat's secret for the duration. I was very pleasantly surprised that things were revealed much earlier than I anticipated, and the story lost none of its edge. Kudos.
I’m not really sure what to think of A Hunger Like No Other. I did end up enjoying it, but as I ponder how to review and rate it, it seems I...more3.5 stars
I’m not really sure what to think of A Hunger Like No Other. I did end up enjoying it, but as I ponder how to review and rate it, it seems I can only summon criticism rather than praise.
Firstly, the plot was very reminiscent of that in The Warlord Wants Forever. The theme seems to be that the [insert paranormal species here] hero discovers that his predestined mate is a [insert different paranormal species here], a traditional and fundamental enemy of his kind.
The hero is horrified and disgusted that his mate/bride is a [insert paranormal species] but is compelled by the mating instinct to possess her, even as he despises what she is. This results in the hero treating the heroine in appalling ways.
The heroine does not accept that she is his mate/bride, wants nothing to do with the hero and spurns him, even as she feels strangely attracted to him. She does everything possible to get away from him, but he will keep her prisoner and should she escape, hunt her to the ends of the earth.
Of course, the hero and heroine eventually realise that they really do love each other and belong together. They defeat the villain who has been hovering at the edges of the plot, obtain the approval of their clans despite the seemingly insurmountable odds, and live happily ever after.
Given the secondary characters introduced in this one, and the obvious set-up for following books, I have serious concerns that each story in this series will be a variation of this theme, and that’s going to get old really quickly. Hopefully someone can disabuse me of that notion.
Secondly, the ‘hero’ – and I use that term very loosely – was an extremely unlikeable character, and remained so for most of the book. Sure, he had been tortured in a horrendous way for decades, so I could excuse some of his ‘issues’, but even after he realised he was behaving abominably toward the heroine, there was nowhere near enough redemption for me.
Finally, the author’s penchant for the heroine to use urban slang and continued references to pop culture was overdone and annoying.
All that said, there was still a lot to like in A Hunger Like No Other, and some of the scenes were very well done, especially Lachlain’s escape from the Vampire Horde and Emmaline’s confrontation with their notorious leader.
I do like the world that Kresley Cole has created, inhabited as it is with so many different supernatural beings and associated lore, and I enjoy her writing style. I just hope that she brings something different to the table plot-wise, or I’m not sure that I will make it past the first few books in the series.
I definitely think it is worthwhile to read The Warlord Wants Forever first (which can also be found in the Playing Easy to Get anthology), as it really helped my understanding of the world and some of the characters who also appeared in this book. Many of the events in each book are also happening concurrently. (less)
In my review for Mine Till Midnight, the first book in The Hathaways series, I said that I had a feeling that I might end up liking this series even b...moreIn my review for Mine Till Midnight, the first book in The Hathaways series, I said that I had a feeling that I might end up liking this series even better than The Wallflowers series, and after finishing Seduce Me at Sunrise, that suspicion still holds true.
I adored Kev and Win’s unspoken and palpable love for each other in Mine Till Midnight, and I was really looking forward to their story. While I loved revisiting the unconventional Hathaway family, I was delighted to see Kev and Win take centre stage.
Kleypas did an amazing job of demonstrating the consuming depth of their love for each other, both in impassioned declarations and simple statements (the following beautiful quotes have been hidden for those (if there is anyone left who hasn’t read this) who would prefer to experience them first hand): (view spoiler)[
“All the fires of hell could burn for a thousand years and it wouldn't equal what I feel for you in one minute of the day. I love you so much there is no pleasure in it. Nothing but torment. Because if I could dilute what I feel for you to the millionth part, it would still be enough to kill you. And even if it drives me mad, I would rather see you live in the arms of that cold, soulless bastard than die in mine.”
“Glancing at her older sister, Win saw that she had shocked her. She smiled faintly. ‘Did you think I was above feeling that way, Amelia?’ ‘Well…yes, I suppose I did. You were never one to moon over handsome boys, or talk about balls and parties, or dream about your future husband.’ ‘That was because of Merripen,’ Win admitted. ‘He was all I ever wanted.’”
“I love you, he thought, looking at Win. I love every part of you, every thought and word…the entire complex, fascinating bundle of all the things you are. I want you with ten different kinds of need at once. I love all the seasons of you, the way you are now, the thought of how much more beautiful you’ll be in the decades to come. I love you for being the answer to every question my heart could ask.”
Having heard discussions about Kev’s stubborn insistence on pushing Win away, I was expecting to be far more irritated and frustrated than I was. Maybe it’s because I was forewarned, but I didn’t find this to be as overdone as other readers have. Maybe it’s also because Kleypas gave the reader some precious moments between the couple throughout to sustain us.
Kev and Win were, of course, wonderful characters. Although Kev held the lion’s share of memorable moments, I particularly loved Win when she (view spoiler)[set fire to the wardrobe (hide spoiler)] - that was one of my favourite scenes from the book!
I loved the role Leo played in Kev’s surrender and I can see that Leo’s redemption from the first book starting to take place. That makes eager to read Leo’s book, but I am also wary, because it seems like Miss Marks has been set up to be his love interest, and her character didn’t do much for me in this one.
That said, with the exception of Again the Magic, I have loved every hero and heroine that I have read by Kleypas so far. She has managed to turn my opinion of a character around a number of times already, and I have no doubt she can do so again. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Although I have given all of the individual books a 4 star rating, Lisa Kleypas's The Hathaways is a 5 star series. It's an example of where the whole...moreAlthough I have given all of the individual books a 4 star rating, Lisa Kleypas's The Hathaways is a 5 star series. It's an example of where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. I absolutely adored the quirky Hathaways, and Beatrix was no exception.
We've seen Beatrix transition from adolescent to adult over the course of this series, and she made a surprisingly lovely heroine given she was something of an oddity early in the series. I wondered about the type of man who would be a suitable match for the animal loving, head-in-the-clouds, youngest Hathaway, and it should not surprise that he was a wounded soul.
The author did an admirable job of depicting the PTSD Captain Christopher Phelan was suffering on his return from war, along with his faithful companion Albert. I could totally appreciate what a balm Beatrix was for Christopher and his furry, four-legged friend.
One of the many things I love about this author is that she doesn't string the reader along. The conflict is resolved and the relationship is established well before the end of the book. Other writers should take a page out of her book (so to speak!). And as always, the love scenes managed to combine humour and heat with a deft hand.
As happened in some of the other books in this series, I felt the suspense element introduced at the end of the novel was a bit out of place and I could have done without it.
It was wonderful to spend a little time with the other Hathaways and enjoy their banter some more. As wonderful as they all are separately, it is together that they shine. I would love to see a holiday novella or something of the sort that brings them all together again - and it wouldn't hurt to tie up the loose ends in this one. Surely that isn't the last we hear of Audrey and Mark?(less)
I have never been so grateful for the OCD that requires me to read series in order. This book is an absolute gem that I otherwise may never have read....moreI have never been so grateful for the OCD that requires me to read series in order. This book is an absolute gem that I otherwise may never have read. It’s certainly not the kind of book I would normally pick up, and were it not for new_user’s review of The Forbidden Rose (the third book in this series), I highly doubt that I would ever have bothered with this one, and what a loss that would have been. I loved it!
Spies are not really my thing, especially in fiction. I pretty much never read mainstream thrillers and I’ll likely never pick up a John le Carré, Tom Clancy or Robert Ludlum, so when I read that this one was about a French spy and British Spymaster, I was less than enthusiastic to say the least, but this grabbed me from the first page and never let go.
The Spymaster’s Lady is a rollercoaster that is well worth riding. Even if the plot doesn’t sound appealing to you, I strongly encourage readers to step outside their comfort zone like I did, and give it a go. It is so, so good. The Spymaster’s Lady has definitely earned a place on my keepers shelf.
This was so refreshingly and wonderfully different from any other Regency/Victorian historical romance that I’ve read, yet it was never gimmicky. There really wasn't anything I didn't like. I loved the characters, I loved the plot, I loved the writing.
Annique is a heroine like no other you have ever read, though her manner of speaking did take a little adjusting to. Where it would have been very easy for her character to be over the top, the author manages to walk that fine line and achieves a very delicate balance, providing depth and nuance.
If you like an enemies to lovers storyline that is complex and believable, you should be very happy with this one. I loved the romance here even though neither character was willing to compromise and their relationship was fraught with seemingly insurmountable difficulties. This is a romance that is hard fought and won, and I loved that the author stayed true to the circumstances and never took the easy route.
Even though at times I could have happily smacked him, I loved Robert’s character and the fact that he did his best to protect Annique while never confusing his priorities. The fact that the hero and heroine remained true to themselves was very impressive. I loved that author didn’t make any compromises and managed to create complex characters and a compelling plot filled with adventure and intrigue that really captured my imagination.
This book also has one of the most brilliantly executed twists I have ever had the privilege of reading that will come out of nowhere and hit you like a freight train. It was extraordinarily skillful writing. I loved the secondary characters, too, and I can’t wait to read more from this author. (less)
Francesca has always seemed one of the more elusive Bridgerton siblings, sometimes mentioned but seldom present in the preceding books.
Unfortunately,...moreFrancesca has always seemed one of the more elusive Bridgerton siblings, sometimes mentioned but seldom present in the preceding books.
Unfortunately, I didn't feel we were given the opportunity to know her any better in her own book. She was present, but I never got any sense of the makeup of her character and she seemed almost devoid of any character traits that would set her apart from any other woman of her time. This book was all about her circumstances, but not about her.
It is for that reason that this ended up being one of my least favourite of the series.
Michael, on the other hand, I loved. He got all the development, all the personality (and I loved every minute of it), but it seemed there was little left for Francesca.