I borrowed this from my mom, who's read most of the series and thought I'd like it, too. I felt sure the story would be right up my alley, but wow wasI borrowed this from my mom, who's read most of the series and thought I'd like it, too. I felt sure the story would be right up my alley, but wow was I wrong.
I made it about 50 pages in before I had to give up.
I couldn't suspend my disbelief regarding the opening premise of how the MCs first meet (it sounded much more believable in the cover blurb). Then there was the horrible, stilted, spill-my-life-story/spill-my-flowery-lust-addled-thoughts dialogue. At first the sex was really hot (and I was honestly thrilled to find a story where the wolfman gets his rocks off as a wolfman, not just a man-man, since so many publishers maintain the taboo of "no shifted sex!" even if the character is anthropomorphic... but I digress), but then the descriptions started to involve repeated mentions of the female MC's womb and cervix and I just had to stop. Maybe those terms aren't cringe worthy, too clinical turn offs for other readers, but they are for me.
Really, I wanted desperately to like the book and tried to press on even after I felt I'd come across too many personal red flags. In the end, the increasingly ludicrous dialogue pushed me over the tipping point and made me give my mom her book back. Average people just do not talk like that!...more
A very solid anthology - only wish I hadn't been impatient and had bought the paperback version. Enjoyed all of the stories, though didn't quite conneA very solid anthology - only wish I hadn't been impatient and had bought the paperback version. Enjoyed all of the stories, though didn't quite connect on an emotional level with the character in Feral.
The Monsters Below by Lyn Gala deserves special mention as it brought me to tears in the best way possible. This story was one of the most perfectly written tales I've had the pleasure of reading. The characters, the pacing, the action, the world building and the overall storytelling blew me away.
I know many of these great stories and inventive sci-fi worlds will stick with me for some time!...more
Not being a big fan of het romance (less and less every time I pick up a new one), I wasn't sure what to really expect here. But after reading the excNot being a big fan of het romance (less and less every time I pick up a new one), I wasn't sure what to really expect here. But after reading the excerpt on Allromanceebooks I needed to know more! Hoping for a pick-me-up romp type of read, this book hit the spot. I had an easy time relating to Ashlei and Seth both (though Ashlei came off a bit as just blatantly lying to herself in a misguided attempt to save her heart near the end, but that's okay -- it happens), the secondary characters were varied (and the key ones developed nicely) and the world was interesting and accessible. The sex scenes were blazingly hot! Though there was a bit overuse of mentioning the heroine's womb in later encounters that bothered me, but I'm aware that's a personal preference.
My only quibble was that the main non-romantic subplot was left hanging, but I'm going to assume (especially seeing the #1 next to the title here on Goodreads) that this will be a running sub-thread in subsequent books. It does make me even more eager to see a sequel! Although if Ash's sister is the heroine, I hope she does a bit of growing up....more
**spoiler alert** I had high hopes for this book as the blurb and first couple pages really grabbed me. The beginning of the book was great and I real**spoiler alert** I had high hopes for this book as the blurb and first couple pages really grabbed me. The beginning of the book was great and I really felt like I connected with the characters and the plot.
Then they got on a boat and everything changed. I realize pacing is difficult to do and that sometimes an author will want the reader to slow down as the characters experience a long, trying event/journey, but the trip to America was painful. The characterizations began to fall apart and I had no idea who I was traveling on that awful ship with anymore. The espionage plot kept me going, however.
In America, I hoped things would get back to the same level of consistent and engaging characterization I'd found in the first section of the book. But the chemistry had died between the main characters and felt forced/contrived. I gave up on liking Arianne and admittedly skipped ahead to see if things got better. Instead, the conclusion of the political/espionage plot was anti-climactic and I felt that Rafferty deserved someone much better than Arianne. Her reaction to his "return from the dead" at the end left me cold. It might just be my bias based on my other favorite genre of romance, but I felt Rafferty and Phineas were better suited to one another romantically if not sexually. Or it may just have been the juxtaposition of a relationship with chemistry vs. one that started with a bang and fizzled out for me.
The quality of the writing was solid, however, and there were several interwoven plots building this book into a complete story from start to finish. I loved the use of historical details and events, especially about a time period I'm not terribly familiar with. The intrigue elements did keep me guessing, but mainly because I expected something much more nefarious to be going on (like Rafferty's best friend being involved with the enemy, which probably would've been too obvious to work well anyway)....more