A book about Mick from the CBS series Moonlight? Hell yes, I had to read this one. Angel of Vengeance is not really like a tv series but not only beca...moreA book about Mick from the CBS series Moonlight? Hell yes, I had to read this one. Angel of Vengeance is not really like a tv series but not only because of the different story. The whole feel of the setting and characters is much darker- I, with my humble genre knowledge, would say it's a noir story.
We find ourself in Mick Angel's POV from the first page. He is in essence the same guy from the series but he doesn't feel like it. He's darker, moodier and not at all as nice and good as this guy. For me it was rather hard to associate with Mick as a character. In my eyes this is one of the main problems with novels written in first person- if you can't find a connection to the main protagonist you lose too much interest in the novel as a whole. That it was happened to me. Yes I wanted to know how the real Mick worked but I never really felt him as a new character. The Mick we get to know in Angel of Vengeance wasn't fleshed out enough for me- he felt to simple. I think this mostly resulted out of the second problem I had with this novel: the writing itself wasn't descriptive enough. Mostly it was just telling what happens and I really prefer when I actually see what happens. I'm not a huge fan of I did this then I did that and so on. At times the writing was a bit too rocky for my taste and it didn't really made me want to read more.
The plot of Angel of Vengeance was intriguing- it shows us more of Mick and how he really is. We watch him working on a case and we get some flashbacks to his past with Coraline. I really enjoyed those. For all those Moonlight fans out there: unfortunately no Beth in this story and Angel of Vengeance definitely is a NO romance novel so don't expect to find love and a HEA in this one.
Angel of Vengeance is a new and different view of Mick. If you don't expect it to be like the series you will enjoy this one. It's not like anything I read before. If you enjoy the darker side in novels this book is what you should get.
I give Angel of Vengeance 2,5 out of 5 bookies.(less)
The Breaker's Concubine is a very erotic but also controversial novel. It touches topics which are, at least for me, hard to swallow but it also offer...moreThe Breaker's Concubine is a very erotic but also controversial novel. It touches topics which are, at least for me, hard to swallow but it also offers an erotic tale of love and finding your mate. We also have politcal intrigues, prejudices and social systems that will make you shake your head till it nearly falls off. But let me start at the beginning.
Devnar is the prince of his world and a warrior at heart. When he finds himself as a slave intended to become the concubine of the queen on a foreign planet his first instinct is to fight with all his might. But when he is assigned to the petite breaker Melania everything slowly starts to change. .So here we have a captured man who is forced to become a sex slave of a woman he never met. His "breaking" is full of forced pleasure and mind games with the only goal of bringing him to accept his purpose. I didn't really like this theme. It made me uncomfortable to see him forced to feel pleasure in such a way. It is disturbing to think about something like that happening. The whole procedure was a mix of pain as a penalty for unwanted behavior and a constant onslaught of sexual stimulation. Well, I admit that my feelings were mixed while reading about it. Some scenarios where sexy as hell but I always had this doubt about the rightness in my mind. This is a very touchy topic and it is nothing for the light of heart.
Melanie is more than just being a breaker. Her life didn't treat her fair but her goal is to make the wrongness that happened to some of her subjects better in her own way. She doesn't have much of a choice either- breaking Devnar is her only chance of ever get a concubine for herself. Her appearance is seen as ugly and unacceptable flawed on her world so when Devnar shows real appreciation for her body she can't believe her eyes. It doesn't hurt that he has his own kind of appeal (see yummy cover *sigh*).
As I already mentioned the relationship between these two starts in a rather unusual and controversial way. They stand on opposing sides and both have an own agenda. When the forced pleasure morphs into something natural and real the emotions start to change too. The mix of primal attraction and mutual compassion is breathtaking and well the sex scenes are unbelievable hot. Mayburn knows how to set the pages on fire. We a vast variety of encounters without drifting off into unnecessary repetitions.
The plot itself is strongly woven around the science fiction setting. The different cultural and social systems are introduced on the go and I never felt overwhelmed by the information. I loved that we learn all these tidbits about Melania through Devnar's eyes. The setting itself is disturbing in so many ways but it shows us how wrong society can go even when it started with the best intentions.
The Breaker's Concubine is a very sexy and erotic read with some controversial plot points. It has a great setting that wraps seamlessly around the plot about intrigues and inhuman politics. This book will take you to your limits and before you even noticed it pushed you over. I dare you to give it a chance.
I give The Breaker's Concubine 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.(less)
The first time I saw this book I knew that I had to read this one. Not only is the cover fabulous but I als...moreReview originally posted at Book Lovers Inc
The first time I saw this book I knew that I had to read this one. Not only is the cover fabulous but I also adore the writer. Julian writes sexy stories with engaging plots and witty conversations thrown into the mix. Her new series focusses on the Etruscan Goddesses who are in our modern times almost completely forgotten. I never really heard of them before reading one of Julian's books and it seems the rest of the world is the same.
What a Goddess Wants is all about Thesan, the Etruscan Goddess of Dawn. Tessa's life is threatened by an old enemy who's hungering for revenge Tessa doesn't deserve. Her life in the last few millennia wasn't easy. After the rise of the Roman Gods she lost nearly all her duties and after so many years being a party girl can get a bit boring too. Tessa is full of joy and love but her life isn't what she planned it to be- she struggles with this but she also knows that what she has left is worth living for. I loved that she still stayed strong and never really gave up. She is one of those nice persons you just have to love.
On the other hand we have Caligo of the Cimmerians. At first I was a bit disgusted with myself because I kept imagining The Governator as Conan. But after a few pages I got over that prejudice and finally saw Cal as the hot alpha male that he is. Cal got burned in the past by a selfish goddess who only played with him to keep herself entertained and reach her own goals. He swore to never get tangled up with one of her kind again. But when he sees Tessa and how special she is, he breaks his own rules to keep the one person who makes him feel alive safe.
The attraction between our two protagonists burned hot from the start. I always love the way how Julian makes these instant attractions work. The way she describes the observations and feelings of her characters always draws me. She creates a vivid image not only of the plot itself but also of all emotions involved. The chemistry between Tessa and Cal is explosive. Their passion burns hotter than hot and will make you crave a cold shower pretty fast.
The romance is threaded carefully into the plot. I loved the way action and love were balanced. I never felt overwhelmed by one or the other. The plot moves on in a measured pace with a surprise around one or two corners. For the first book in a new series the "explaining" part isn't too prominent. We get all the important facts without being info-dumped every third paragraph.
The world around our Etruscan characters is wonderful and fascinating. It's nice to see an author taking a risk with introducing a not so popular and known culture. The engaging feel comes not only from the setting but also from the characters. Her side cast is varied and I already have some potential candidates I would like to read more about.
What a Goddess Wants is a fantastic start for a series that will surely go directly onto my keeper shelf. Julian's mix of action, fun and sensuality is just what I want- and I'm happy that she always delivers. You've had enough of all the vampires and shapeshifters? You should give these Etruscan Goddesses a chance.
I give What a Goddess Wants 4.5 our of 5 bookies.(less)
The first thing I have to admit is that I was really disappointed to realize this book wasn't about Antoinette and Christian again. I loved these two...moreThe first thing I have to admit is that I was really disappointed to realize this book wasn't about Antoinette and Christian again. I loved these two and at the end of Night's Cold Kiss I was sure their story would develop more in the next book. The end left my HEA loving heart yearning for more and I always assured myself: you will get your fix in book two. So you can see when I realized I wouldn't get this, Death's Sweet Embrace and I had a rocky start.
This story is all about Kitt, the snow leopard shifter we already met in book one. She still suffers from the aftershocks of her brother's death but there are some important things in her life that need her immediate attention right now. She accepts a position for teaching at the NYAPS (the parahuman university) and she has to face her past there. She meets her daughters- twin she had to give away after birth and as you can imagine this situation troubles her not only with anticipation. To make the whole situation even more complex she also discovers that her first big love and father to the girls, Raven, is currently at NYAPS too- so she finds herself in an emotional roller-coaster ride from the start.
I was never sure what I really should think of Kitt. I started out really liking her but when story progressed I couldn't really follow her reasoning- her past lays very much in shadow through the whole book and with this missing intel it was hard to understand or like why she did this and that. All her struggles against Raven didn't sit well with me. For me he was the epitome of purrfect. He is one of those dark and brooding bad good guys- my kryptonite. He seems to be strong and cold on the outside but every time he's with Kitt all his thought and actions are centered around her. He adores her with every part of his being- she is his everything and he is highly protective of her and the girls- exactly how it should be. That's part of the reason why I didn't understand her rejection of him- she was stubbornly set on this. Kitt is a huge contrast to Antoinette from book one- she's more shy, not so direct and more a thinker than a fighter. She's not weak- after all she is a snow-leopard shifter and has the claws to defend herself but she keeps her strength to herself and this infuriated me at some points.
I loved that Oberon got so much more screen-time in this novel. We finally learn some more about him and he seemed to be a different person with Kitt. I loved to see his more gentle side and I really hope he'll get his own HEA at some point. Sadly we didn't see much of Christian but Antoinette still plays a big role so that made a bit up for it. And we finally learn something about the Dark Brethren so my curiosity got sated a bit.
We learn so much more about the Animalians- how their society is build, prejudices they let fester in the middle of their community and how old fashioned their views of the female role are. I would have loved to smack most of them real hard for most of the time. The plot in Death's Sweet Embrace was complex and perfectly constructed- mysterious murders and even though some chapters are out of the bad guy's POV I was never able to guess who it was.The story ARC of this series got more depth and an added layer here and there and I'm highly curious about how this will all work out in the end.
Death's Sweet Embrace was not what I expected- it was different from the first novel in this series but I still enjoyed reading it. I didn't like Kitt as much as I hoped but Raven made up for this. Entertaining read with a fascinating urban fantasy setting that will make you yearn for more. Recommended to all urban fantasy readers out there.
I give Death's Sweet Embrace 3,5 out of 5 bookies. (less)
I couldn't wait to start this one when I received it after a rather long wait. I still remembered how much...moreReview originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
I couldn't wait to start this one when I received it after a rather long wait. I still remembered how much I liked Black Wings so I really looked forward to start it. The humor in Black Night is still wonderful but I missed some things that made me like the first installment so much.
I'm not sure if Maddie was already that immature in book 1. She's in her thirties but her actions sometimes felt more like those of a teenager. She is a strong woman but perhaps her background made me doubt her in this one. A few months went by since Black Wings and still nothing really happened between her and Gabriel. Her attraction always burned hot but in this book she also develops a certain attraction to other guys. I really didn't see that one coming. I usually like love triangles but I thought that the virginal Maddie would stick to Gabriel no matter their predicament.
I still loved her banters with Beezle and JB. There were more than one scene that made me snort and giggle. I also loved to see her interact with Nathaniel- their views on life collide so often an dit was intriguing to see them realize the others motivations and reasons. I have to say there were 2 scenes in this book that made me wonder. I don't like when authors use a certain plot devise to make our protagonist suffer and it nearly happens twice in Black Night. I didn't like how easy our heroine handles this- sadly a big turn off for me. On that note I wasn't happy that Maddie actually seemed to handle everything too easily. Why is it so easy for her to brush off all the very gruesome violence she sees and has to endure herself. I would have loved to see some actual attempt of coping or just trying to come to terms with all that.
The plot itself is again full of action, violence and intrigues. You won't get much time to take deep breaths- it's a fast crazy and sometimes bloody roller coaster ride. We also learn some more facts about Maddie's background and why certain family members act the way they do. It brings light to some questions but also brings up some new ones to keep your curiosity on high level.
Black Night will draw you deeper in the world around Maddie & Co. It's a fast paced addition to this urban fantasy series that will make you crave more. I had some nibbles with the plot but I still enjoyed this one very much. It has a great twist and kept me glued to the edge of my seat. Recommended urban fantasy series for all the wit and humor lovers out there. I already can't wait for the next addition in this series.
What is to be done when the greatest threat of all times looms on the horizon? Who can stop the mysterious "The Revolution" wit...moreRead and reviewed by BF
What is to be done when the greatest threat of all times looms on the horizon? Who can stop the mysterious "The Revolution" with it's most highly advanced technology? Here we enter the story of the top secret elite NATO force called CONTRA. I started this book with absolutely no expectations whatsoever. Reading ContraAlliance - Shadows of the Past was a very interesting experience. After finishing the first chapters I was intrigued by the hinted storyline. The story progresses slowly but that's absolutely fine as the many characters with their different code-names and backgrounds need a little getting used to.
The atmosphere is full of action and mystery and sadly (to me) with a little too much military-code-of-honor-talk. Many abbreviations that are unknown to the average reader as well as the many characters can make reading the first two or three chapters a bit challenging.
After getting used to this the book finally showed what it has to offer. We dealing with two different CONTRA teams so the end of every chapter is a tantalizing cliffhanger when the next one starts the story of the other team. This is the first book of the Contra Alliance trilogy and at first I was afraid that there would be too much time spent with introducing all the main characters - did I mention there are a lot? - but the amount of time is just about right to attach yourself emotionally but not get bored. Kolega balances every thing out with an ease I didn't expect.
ContraAlliance - Shadows of the Past may appear as just another good-versus-evil story with the usual trademarks of superhero-comics and other science-fiction material and of course this is partially true, but with his imagination and enthralling style of writing Tom Kolega lays the foundations of a truly interesting universe which I'd very much like to see continued. What else is there to say? Read this book and you will be engulfed in the world Tom Kolega created, don't read it and you will miss the first work of a truly promising new author in the Scifi genre. (less)
When Carolyn Crane told me how much she adored Jill Sorenson novels and even compared her to Megan Hart, I couldn't hold myself back and bought 2 of h...moreWhen Carolyn Crane told me how much she adored Jill Sorenson novels and even compared her to Megan Hart, I couldn't hold myself back and bought 2 of her backlist titles. I started Crash Into Me and I read this 400+ pages novel in under 24 hours. It just took me so long because of the evil job and OMG I'm in love.
Crash Into Me is such an emotional and suspenseful novel that I fond myself at a loss for words. Some books are just that good that you have to tell everyone about them and I think this is one of those for me. I didn't plan to review it but I can't seem to concentrate on anything else so I just have to get it out of my system. What made this book so special to me?
1. The whole structure of this suspense novel is rather unique and highly intriguing. It's not the usual one romance per novel- we actually have 2 love-stories in this one. I loved how the focus varied but never highlighted one plot line too much. The balance between all the stories and subplots was perfect. Never did I have the urge to skip some pages to get to the "good" part. Everything just fit together.
2. The characterization in this book was also perfect. I love when an author gives us such an insight into their characters but doesn't make it too subtle. I hate when we are thrown from one internal discussion into the next. It has to fit the story and shouldn't feel forced. Sorenson did just that and so much more. I can't remember many books where I felt such a deep connection to the characters. They were shown in so much detail they actually jumped off the pages for me.
3. The story itself was really sad but all the rather "heavier" topics were handled with so much love and care that you just couldn't look away. This book forces you to keep reading even when you think that you would prefer not to read about this. My heart still hurts when I think about parts of this story. But on the other hand we have those moments full of love which balance out the sad parts.
4. In addition to #1 I have to admit something. I know I'm one of those big YA deniers who just out of protest don't read this genre and here I caught myself adoring a YA plot. It just totally blew me away but I'm also sure I wouldn't have liked it if it would have only been YA. I think the mix totally does it for me.
5. I'm not a huge suspense fan but Crash Into Me kept me on the edge of my seat and I may have mentioned this before, I couldn't put it down. The plot was never too prominent or pushed the romance into the background but it was always there, reminding you that something horrible happened and you could already feel the doom approaching. And yep I didn't see the end coming.
As you can see I loved this book- it had everything I love about books and so much more. I had high expectations and this book didn't disappoint at all- it exceeded everything I could have imagined before I started it. LOVED it! If you haven't read this author I urge you to give her a try-I was blown away and I hope you will be too. And yes, I already started my next Jill Sorenson novel. *g*(less)
Demon Bait is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans live rotted together in small, mostly underground settlements to escape the wraith of the d...moreDemon Bait is set in a post-apocalyptic world where humans live rotted together in small, mostly underground settlements to escape the wraith of the demons. Humans are technologically advanced but all their knowledge about virtual reality won’t save them from the threat that awaits them on the planet. There’s not only demons around- magically talented humans live in the midth of the population, too. But the majority seems to be too scared to admit them into their society. So they have to hide what they are and live with an all-present fear of being discovered and evicted from the life as they know it.
One of these magical humans is Marci. She’s a summoner and spends her life hiding who she truly is. She always blends into the background- too scared to make real friends. She is a programmer in one of the outside settlements- trying to keep her head low to avoid attention. Marci is strong and very smart- life taught her to not be too trusting with just anyone. She keeps her distance out of pure self-preservation. But Gabe seems to be different in her eyes. She can’t really pinpoint why but deep inside she knows he’s a good guy. I loved to see her discovering that there is a different option for her- she doesn’t have to hide for the rest of her life. But can she trust a guy she just met? A man who admittedly has a magical influence on her mind even though he swears not use it?
Gabe is half demon and lives in Rochester, a free settlement where everyone lives together in peace- not only plain humans but also magic users and the spawns of the demons. It’s hard to make so this society work but with the iron fist of Dominic Wetzel, the founder and leader of the outcasts, and a necessary set of rules keep everyone under control. It doesn’t sound like freedom but it’s as near as you can get to it in this world. It’s a micro-society of live and let live. Gabe’s magic calls to Marci and vice versa. He is surprised by his unusual attraction to her. He wasn’t living celebate in the past but this need he feels for her is something completely new.
When Gabe and Marci meet we have this instant attraction but Rogers never keeps it at just that. The romance builds up constantly through the story. I loved to see how both of them felt. Gabe is such a tender and thoughtful character. Don’t get me wrong he still can kick some demon ass real good but he worries about doing everything right. He wants Marci to get the chance she deserves- he needs her to want him because of who he is and not because of the magic that surrounds them both. He does make some mistakes but well we are all just human.
The whole world Rogers created with this first story in their Children of the Undying series is already enthralling. The mix of technology and magic with all the hopelessness of the post apocalyptic time drew me in from page one. It feels like a mix of Matrix and Resident Evil (with demons instead of zombies). The mood is dark but with Rochester as the haven it is gives us something to hope for.
Demon Bait will keep you glued to the pages. I adored the main character and their journey to love. The setting is refreshingly new and will make you crave more. One of the best book I read by Rogers. Highly recommended- you shouldn’t miss this one.
I decided to give this one a chance thinking it would be funny contemporary romance à la Bridget Jones and...moreReview originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
I decided to give this one a chance thinking it would be funny contemporary romance à la Bridget Jones and I really needed something funny. And let me be honest I just adore the cover. It's pretty and I can be shallow that way. So perhaps I deserved that book because I was being shallow- that definitely hit a nerve with this story.
In Craving Perfect we meet Grace, an overweight single woman owning a café with her sister. She loves her sweets and just can't keep her hands of them. Still she isn't happy with herself. She slaves away in a gym nearly every day to lose another pound. She wants to look like the perfect girls she sees parading around the gym and she hopes that losing weight would finally make Max Kramer, her secret crush, notice her. She's obsessed with Max and finally gaining his attention even though he is what we can openly call the biggest jerk on the planet. He's shallow and only notices the perfect ones of us. He even thought bad of Grace and never made her feel like someone he would choose.
But well, we know how secret crushes can be. I can remember doing something like that at the tender age of 13 but now? Not so much. I really don't see how a grown woman can delude herself that much. And she really thinks she needs to lose weight or she will never get what she wants. I do understand where that came from in our present society but on the other hand she keeps on treating herself to a scone every time she sees Max. I have to say she really irritated me. Perhaps it's because I'm overweight too but never actually felt so strongly and contradicting about it, I know that I'm still worth something and attractive even though I don't fit the ideal of society.
On the other hand we have Carlos, a law student working part time as a janitor at the gym. He's a nice and caring guy but most people judge him wrong because of his appearance. He's latino and has tattoed forearms so mostly everyone things he's one of those troublemakers who aren't able to speak one word of fluent English. I really loved Carlos- he's what saved this book for me. Finally someone not so shallow even though he judges the pretty people pretty fast too (but I will ignore that for now). He likes Grace for what she is- the person behind all the doubts and low self esteem. He likes her for being funny and sweet.
I don't want to say much about the story- let's say it's not really a contemporary story. It has a certain, in loss for a better word, paranormal touch. Those give Grace the possibility to see her situation from a different angle and give her the possibility to realize that being perfect won't make your life perfect.
The love was more like a side story- sometimes it crept in the center though. I loved to see Carlos and Grace together. Their chemistry was hot and also adorably shy at times. The way they discovered each other made my heart melt. I would have loved to see more about that and less about Grace and her self esteem.
Craving Perfect was a fun read. It often made me think of Bridget Jones but on other times it was just too shallow for my taste. I really wanted to throw it against the wall when I saw slim equals perfect one more time. I usually like a not-so-perfect heroine but usually I do because they don't focus that much on becoming something they just aren't. Grace was too contradicting for me. There is nothing wrong with wanting to reach your goal but please stick to it then. With a bit less shallowness I would have liked this one way more. Still it was fun to read and the love story was cute. The love takes a backseat in this one though- appearance and Grace struggle with it are more the focus. If you like to read about this topic this book is something you should definitely check out.(less)
When Julia told me she wrote a book inspired by her canoe trip from hell I said hell yes I want to read that one. I always admire how much real life J...moreWhen Julia told me she wrote a book inspired by her canoe trip from hell I said hell yes I want to read that one. I always admire how much real life Julia can convey through her writing and a real life story with a romantic story build around it? What's not to like about that.
Maggie is a strong woman. She's not easily scared and has a specific inner calmness I admire. She was burned in the past and to say it with her own words: It's more like who didn't burn her. Her life wasn't easy but she made the best out of it and tries not to wallow in self-pity. She knows what she wants and mostly she got it right. She has a temper and a bit of a potty mouth but I always love this in a character. I admired her openess (even though she isn't as open as she thinks, at least emotionally) and way of thinking everything through.
Mace seems to be an asshole at first- though I liked him from the start. I knew that one was made for Maggie. I loved his directness and his dirty talking made him seem like on of those good bad guys. *winks* He's intelligent, smart, protective but not overbearing and not some hot shot über-macho who wouldn't survive the wraith of the female population in real life. I loved that he can admit that Maggie knows something better. It really shows his strength that he can see when someone else is right and has no problem in admitting that out loud.
These two really set the pages on fire- their chemistry is scorching and the way the normally so strong Maggie was able to "submit" to Mace was wonderfully pictured.The story itself was as awesome as I thought it would be- funny, witty and with a good touch of freakish craziness like you see so often in real life *wink* I love how touching and down to earth Julia writes- you can actually see yourself talking to her characters, the only thing I missed was a proper ending- I felt a bit cheated on the HEA.
Pushing Her Boundaries was an entertaining and fun read with a real touch to it. I loved the characters enjoyed the setting and I will always be grateful that I won't ever go canoeing again (different story but same conclusion). A great read you don't want to miss.(less)
An urban fantasy with vampires and a heroine who's the vessel of an honest to god(-dess) goddess? Sounds pretty in...moreOriginally posted at Book Lovers Inc
An urban fantasy with vampires and a heroine who's the vessel of an honest to god(-dess) goddess? Sounds pretty intriguing to me. But this novel offers so much more. The world Dane creates is detailed and vibrant. The way her characters lead us through the story shows how much love and work she’s put into this one. But let me start at the beginning.
We meet Rowan Summerwaite in Las Vegas where she hunts the vampires who break the rules and shows them why they shouldn't. She is the vessel of the Brigid, a Celtic Goddess and knows what she's capable of. She is very self-assured and at points she really can overdo it. She is very straightforward and never passes the chance to let the sarcasm come out and play. At times this could be a bit much but I loved that she didn't back down- from no one. She's not one of those stupid girls who don't know their boundaries- she can be nice when the need arises but when she is free to do or say what she thinks she does exactly that. But who wouldn't when you have a goddess inside yourself to hold your back. Rowan is not only kick ass though- she has a heart below all this armor she has put around herself. It really is hidden deep but from time to time we even get a glimpse at this side of her personality.
On the other hand we have Clive Stewart- the new Scion of Las Vegas. He is so to say the leader of the vampires in that region and he couldn't be more different from his predecessor. He's strong, hunky and a has a certain something that draws Rowan to him even though she actually wants to ram her sword into his chest most of the time. They infuriate each other nearly 24/7 but the attraction still won’t burn out. Clive is not so much of an asshole as he seems at first. He is a man of many facets and it was fun to discover those.
Perhaps I should make one thing clear: Goddess with a Blade is an urban fantasy novel- yes there is sex and a bit of romance but don't start this book expecting something like Dane's Brown Siblings series. The whole setting in this novel is rather dark and gritty. The focus lies more on the world building and the journey Rowan experiences. It's a book about fighting for what's right with all means available. It's a fast paced ride through confrontations of the different factions. We join Rowan on her search for clues to solve the mystery around the murder of those girls. Another thing I enjoyed is the sarcasm and overall witty replies the characters throw around. Dane really isn't afraid to show the not-so-nice side of her heroine- she made me snort and giggle so often.
As always the side cast was really fantastic, too. I adored Carl, the seemingly crazy taxi driver. He was so weird and strange that I actually couldn't tear my eyes from the pages. I also liked to see how Rowan had some people to call family. The dynamics between them spoke volumes and delivered a certain kind of reality to the story.
All those aspects make Goddess with a Blade a really unique and thrilling urban fantasy. It definitely wasn’t what I expected before I started this book- the overall feel is quite different from Dane’s previous novels but I enjoyed it nonetheless. The ambiance is darker and grittier, the characters more outspoken and not at all docile or meek. This is a kick-ass story with an intricate world building that will grab your attention- that’s what makes a good urban fantasy stand out. I can only hope that we will get the chance to visit this world again and perhaps even get a glimpse of Rowan and Clive.(less)
The first thing I loved about Wilder's Mate was the wonderful setting. The mix of western and steampunk is fascinating and the detailed description o...moreThe first thing I loved about Wilder's Mate was the wonderful setting. The mix of western and steampunk is fascinating and the detailed description of all the steampunky gadgets totally drew me in. In addition to that we also have the supernatural element of vampires and bloodhounds- which add a certain edge to the story and make it stand out.
But what is this book actually about? On the one hand we have Satira the assistant of an inventor who just went missing. She has to find him ASAP or her life will be ruined. A woman would never be allowed to be an inventor without a male supervisor and without Nathaniel, her missing boss, she would be forced to give up the job she loves so much and would probably be doomed to do a more "womanly" work. She's even more desperate to find him because he's not only her boss, he's more like a father and friend to her and just imagining what might be done to him drives her crazy. Being independent and more tomcat than girl she decides to venture into the Frontier lands, a region where the strong survive and the general rules of society don't apply, to rescue Nate and bring him back home. The only thing or person that stands between her and her rescue mission is the bloodhound who will be send to investigate the disappearance. Satira is a strong woman who knows what she wants, but she also knows what her limits are. I really loved to see this strong woman who's also able to give someone else the reign. Often you only get these stubborn women who want to be strong no matter what just to be seen as independant. I hate that because a smart woman would see what her abilities are instead of just being stubborn to prove a point. I loved that Satira was exactly like that. A smart woman with a strong heart.
On the other hand we have Wilder, the oh so mysterious bloodhound. *swooooon* This is one super hot alpha male. At first he has this exciting mysterious touch. we don't know what he really is or what being a bloodhound means. We just get a little hint here and there and the allure of him practically rises exponentially. He's what we love most about our alpha heroes- strong, protective and adorable even though he has some rather rough edges. But even more he's not overbearing or suppressive. He sees in Satira what she really is- a strong woman who is capable and doesn't need pampering. Yes, he still protects her but he does it with a certain amount of respect to her abilities and doesn't throw himself in front of her when he knows she could handle something on her own. This makes him one of my favorite heroes ever. And he has a wicked little secret that makes him sooooooo more appealing. *dreamy sigh*
The plot around Nathaniel's disappearance kept me glued to the pages. Reading Wilder's Mate is like watching a adventurous western only better suitable for the girly side in me. I loved how all the plot-lines unfolded and I was surprised by more than one revelation. Another plus is how perfectly the romance fit into the story- the mix between action, romance and plot was masterly done. The only thing I regretted was that the story itself was so short. I could have kept reading and reading...
Wilder's Mate is a unique addition to the rather new steampunk genre. With the additional paranormal twist and the wonderfully realized love story it sets the standard high for other novels in this genre. Wilder's Mate is definitely another winner by Moira Rogers and I can't wait for the next book set in this fascinating world.(less)
This is my very first audiobook review so please bear with me. I asked some other reviewers for advice and tried my best. When I got the chance to rev...moreThis is my very first audiobook review so please bear with me. I asked some other reviewers for advice and tried my best. When I got the chance to review Metatropolis: Cascadia I just couldn't say no. Science Fiction narrated by Star Trek cast? Do I have to say more? This audiobook is an anthology written by different modern science fiction authors BUT all the stories are set in the same world. They are connected by more than one character but all the stories can be listened to independently.
1. The Bull Dancers by Jay Lake, read by Rene Auberjonois - 4 bookies
Cascadiopolis, a green encampment, was destroyed 40 years ago. The world is a mess, to say it blandly. We go on a journey on the tracks of Tygre Tygre and his death, meet the mysteious terrorist Bashar and watch the last days in the life of the free market capitalist William Silas Crown who tries to leave his mark on the world in his last few hours.
The Bull Dancers has it all- a great plot, a intriguing characters and the perfect pace. I was drawn in from the first word and was glued to my headphones. In the middle the story confused me a bit but Odo's...ahem..Mr. Aubergjonois' voice kept me listening- his narration was great. The way he interpreted the different characters gave this story a special touch.
2. Water to Wine by Mary Robinette Kowal, read by Kate Mulgrew - 5 bookies
Emma and her father are wine makers- not only as a profession, they live it with all their heart and soul. They believe in the traditional way of doing it and no matter how more convenient the new methods are. When faced with potential buyer who won't take no for an answer they have to stick together to find a way out.
This was probably my favorite story of this anthology. The story was intriguing, down to earth and it just clicked with me. The characters were vibrant and even more so because of the outstanding narration. I adore Kate Mulgrew and her voice is made for this. The way she brought this story to life was brilliant. Emma's character just fits her perfectly. This is an absolute re-listen story (okay so re-read sounds better *wink*).
3. Byways by Tobias S. Buckell, read by Wil Wheaton - 4 bookies
Reg, short for Reginald *rolls eyes*, seems to be a demolion-crew worker. Their job is to go from abandoned city to the next to break down what's left behind when the civilisation left. He's actually on a mission for the mysterious Mock Turtle to prevent some evil plan to destroy a nuclear facility. This is a real conspiracy story full of twists and turns and more than one surprise. The characterisation in this story was fascinating- everything was a bit rough and this made the whole setting more real. The conversations didn't seem staged and they just flowed right.
Perhaps I should mention that I always had a little girl cruch on Wil and I adore his voice. He caught the mood on the spot. He made Reg real, a guy I could actually picture from the start. This was actually the sexiest story just because of his voice. Eargasm! *fangirl rant over*
4. Confessor by Elizabeth Bear, read by Gate McFadden - 2 bookies
A cop for hire is on a mission tied to a weird murder case. In her investigation she discovers the worst kind of genetic manipulation and extremely rare species that make your heart stop. Through the story our heroines remembers a past mission which went horribly wrong and ruined her marriage. This story unfortunately failed to grab me. This really surprised me because the setting seemed to be the most "romancy". But it had too much drama for me, or better said a too much detached drama. I couldn't relate to the heroine- all her problems centered about regretting the past. Her inner struggle wasn't fleshed-out enough and the overall plot wasn't engaging enough to make up for it. Perhaps I also didn't like this story as much as the others because of the rather clinical and detached way Ms McFadden read it. Her voice seemed too cold to transport enough emotion.
5. Deodand by Karl Schroeder, read by Jonathan Frakes - 4 bookies
This story was so much fun to listen too. We meet the interpol investigator Gennady Malianov who's currently having an immigration problem. He doesn't have a valid pass or visa and his only oppurtunity to get one makes him face some rather complicated moral problems which are a result of the ever increasing technological advancement. The charm of this story is mostly created by Mr Frakes. I loved how he imitated the Russian accent of Gennady- this put a smile a my face through the whole book. He really put much work into differentiation of the characters. The story itself was really thought provoking and reminded me of Asimov.
6. A Symmetry of Serpents and Doves by Ken Scholes, read by LeVar Burton - 3 bookies
I have to say Religion is not one of my favorite topics so this story hard a rocky start with me. We are thrown into a complot of different Religious faiths, murder and a vanished son of a senator. We meet many different characters and also get a glimpse at their believes or non-believes. The story itself was okay- the story starts rather slow but it got more and more interesting at the end. Mr Burton has a way with the spoken word. He gave each and every character a special touch. A job well done.
All in all this was a great fangirl adventure for me. I loved to dive into science fiction again and what better way to do so with your favorite Star Trek characters as narrators. The overall plot of Metatropolis: Cascadia wrapped up through all the stories and I will make sure to get the first book who started creating this world.
I giveMetatropolis: Cascadia 4 out of 5 bookies.(less)
Before I start squeeing and ramlbing about this fantastic book let me make one thing clear: I started this book without any expectations besides readi...moreBefore I start squeeing and ramlbing about this fantastic book let me make one thing clear: I started this book without any expectations besides reading a good contemporary. I got many recommendations for this series so I just thought why not and started it. I didn't even read the blurb- I just took a peek at the reviews- or better said the ratings and thought, yep most reviewers liked it so I will buy it. I started reading it before I even looked at the back and just started reading.
This book is pretty addictive and I just couldn't seem to stop. It has a quite different feel than the ordinary romance novel. For me, it felt more like a biography told out of our heroines view. We start in her youth and experience her life while she tells us about how she remembers it. This made the whole book so much more intimate that it touched me deep inside. The writing is so smooth and just seems so real, as if you're really in Liberty's mind and listen to her recollections. I loved to see her mature through the story and my heart broke for her more than once. This book definitely is a tearjerker. So many hard and sad times in her life but Liberty survived them.
It is weird because I usually like the more relationship centered romance novels but this book is more about Liberty than the romance. It's her story that's being told and I'm sure that is also the reason that some readers were disappointed. I just glimpsed at some reviews and they all mention that we meet the Travises too late. It seems it was for once good that I didn't read the blurb before because it really is misleading. Everything it says actually happens near the 2/3 of the book and readers expecting this early are sure to be disappointed.
I can't say enough how much this book made me feel. It grabbed my heart at the start and never let it go for just a second. It is more about family, friendship and intimicy (not the sexual kind). This book shows us how hard it can be to let people close and how much actual friendship means in life. I loved to see the interaction between Liberty and all the wonderful sidecast. They helped me through the story as much as they helped her.
I loved that, at least for me, the romance came with a surprise. For me those is always the best kind. I loved to see how such a wonderful love grew out of nothing- even less than nothing. The slow buildup made all that sweeter for me too. These two are so good for each other. *happy sigh*
One thing I have to point out again. This book is, even though the series is called The Travises, not really about them. Yes they play a rather big role but they join the story really fast and the focus never leaves Liberty. So if you want about them you will actually be dissapointed. It is about Liberty and for me it was the right way to tell this story. She deserves the spotlight and her story is heartbreakingly good. So give her a chance.
This is a wonderful book that I just can't seem to praise enough. It made me heart skip some beats, made me smile and laugh and it made me cry. Reading Sugar Daddy was a very emotional ride and I'm sure I will go that road again in the future. If you love romance with a good story and a good characterization this is the book for you.(less)
Again wow to a Megan Hart book. How does she always find a way to sneak behind my defenses with her books? A whole day I could do nothing else than re...moreAgain wow to a Megan Hart book. How does she always find a way to sneak behind my defenses with her books? A whole day I could do nothing else than read this book. It was just great. It has all a good book needs: something to laugh about, something to swoon about(yep a man *wink*) and things to cry about. Again a roller-coaster ride for me and I so want to review it but we will see how much time I can find after the exams. As I said so often: everyone should read one Megan Hart's books cuz I think you can hardly understand what I mean with all my praise without having read one. This one is definitely one of my faves of hers and I decided cuz of lack of new books written by her that I have to re-read one: so on my tbr is now Tempted again. =)(less)
The start was a bit fast for me. I always need some more time to warm up to the characters but in the end I really like them all. Usually the build up...moreThe start was a bit fast for me. I always need some more time to warm up to the characters but in the end I really like them all. Usually the build up, emotionally and sexually, comes before the first bedroom action but this one is good exception. Very hawt, dirty and kinky but I highly approve. Can't wait to read more of Holly'y books. (less)
This novella is set in a wonderful fantasy world with all the things we usually love about Moira Rogers work- sexy shifters. *g* I myself have a very...moreThis novella is set in a wonderful fantasy world with all the things we usually love about Moira Rogers work- sexy shifters. *g* I myself have a very soft spot for those so I was thrilled to realize we would find those in this series too. The setting itself is very dfifferent from what we're used to "Moira Rogers"- wise. We jump headfirst into a world where the 4 shifter nations are at war with each other- or better said the war just ended.
Our hero, Ciar- just came back to his mansion(more like a castle actually) to realize that nothing is as he left it behind. His one big love is gone without any trace. Everyone seems to deny even her existence. So he starts searching for her and when he finds her everything gets only more complicated even though he thought all his problems are solved.Ciar is a warrior with a very good heart. He's compassionate and cares deeply for his people. He's the kind of leader you have to wish for- he isn't above actually joining a battle. I loved how is strength stood in contrast to his feelings and the way he actually showed his emotion. He's over head and heels for Sabine and would do anything to get her back. He feels guilty for what happened to her even though he only had her best interests in mind.
Sabine is only a shadow of the woman she once was. Life wasn't fair to her and after living a live of forced exclusion she is lonely. She's hurting and all this loneliness nearly destroyed the strong and teasing woman she was. At first glance she seems to have resigned- but after a few pages into this story we discover how much strength she still has left. I highly admired her and her strength of character. She and Ciar are made for each other and with every beat of heart she wants to be near him but she also knows what's at stake when she actually risks it.
The tension in this novella is extreme high. Our protagonists are drawn to each like magnets but they still have to keep their distance. Only through talk and a glance here and there they actually bring their attraction to a new high and we as the reader are taken on a ride we won't forget that easily. I loved how their relationship rebuilt from page to page. It was fascinating to see how deep their connection is and even more that it survives so much durance.
The plot was nicely woven into the love story and through the story I often wondered how Moira Rogers would solve this whole mess. In the end it was easier than I thought it would be and perhaps I would have like some more struggle.
Sabine is a wonderful fantasy romance- spicy emotional and romantic. A bit more thrill at the end would have spiced things up a bit but I can't say that this really made the book any less worth my time. Highly recommended for the short and very enjoyable break in between.(less)
When I first heard about Wild & Steamy I new immediately that I had to read it. I loved Brook's a...moreReview was originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
When I first heard about Wild & Steamy I new immediately that I had to read it. I loved Brook's and Crane's series and well I always wanted to try a Myles' novel because I heard that they are so much fun. Best chance to get all wanted in one book. How could I say no to that?
The Blushing Bounder by Meljean Brook Newberry was already pretty intriguing in The Iron Duke and I was so looking forward to see his story told. We meet his wife, the shy and unfortunately really sick Temperance. She is a strong woman with a good heart inside but she is full of prejudices. Her lacking understanding of the world she's faced with in London forces her to question her world views. I loved to see Temperance discover the London of Brook's Iron Sea's world. This story actually happens while The Iron Duke takes place but it also givve a different perspective to what we learned in the first installment. We learn how the Americans see what happened and why they distance themselves.
The Blushing Bounder has a cute and sweet love story about misunderstandings, oldfashioned worldviews, prejudices and how to find love in such a situation. The characters are vivid and shine through Brook's writing. I really enjoyed this one and I'm already dying to read about what will happen next. Steampunk, love, adventure- a great mix you should definitely try out.
Vixen by Jill Myles This one was so hot. I have to say a have a soft spot for kitsune- fox shifters are just so much naughty fun. *g* Okay so Miko probably isn't the typical kitsune- she lives an isolated life to avoid the temptation social life offers her. she tries really hard to be a good girl but well who cares for those. *wink*
When our heroes join the story the pages practically heat up. Vixen is definitely the hottest story in this anthology. I loved the banter between our 3 protagonists. The contrast between the guys' familiarity with each other and Miko's efforts to stay detachted were a nice contrast that gave this story a nice twist. The actual plot was okay but didn't really kept me glued to the edge of my seat. This story was more about the interaction between the characters than the setting.
I really hope that Myles will write more about these shifters though- the world-building has great potential and I'm sure it would shine more if given some more space.
Kitten-tiger & the Monk by Carolyn Crane I so missed this series. I really did- it's so unique. In this novella we meet Sophia again, the not so loved revisionist. She played an antoganistic role in the previous books and I was very intrigued how Crane would make me like her. I'm usually not very forgiving with things like that but Crane really succeded.
The plot was fascinating and mysterious- I so wanted to see how this one would work out. Okay I admit I realized rather fast who was who but well it still was a pleasure to see everything unfold and to read about the reasons for our protagonist's actions.
I love the way we are drawn into the setting and story- the descriptions always have a certain mysterious touch to them. I would so love to see what Crane imagines Midcity like. I so can't wait to read book 3. I adore this series - it's refreshingly unique and has a touch of cool you won't find in any other other urban fantasy novels. Can't praise it enough.
Wild & Steamy is one of the best anthology I ever read. I really enjoyed all the stories and never once thought about skipping one (I do this more often than I should). The stories contrast each other in a way that provides a varied entertainment not many anthologies have. Highly recommended read- you shouldn't miss this one.
A Jane Austen Space Opera- that's was the first thing I heard about Lady Doctor Wyre and I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm not a huge fan of Jane Aus...moreA Jane Austen Space Opera- that's was the first thing I heard about Lady Doctor Wyre and I wasn't sure what to expect. I'm not a huge fan of Jane Austen inspired books because I usually like the originality of the author's own imagination more but let me assure you this novel didn't feel like one of those inspired stories.
Lady Doctor Wyre is set in a steampunk universe that resembles our world in a rather inventive way. It's a mix of historical and science fiction with more than just one steampunk element- very intriguing and something I haven't seen before. We visit a galaxy of planets like Britannia, Americus, Francia and so on which resemble the countries we know. Each one has it's own way to live with what their ressources allow. One thing all of them have in common is the reversed gender rules. In this world the women rule and take the lead in every situation- politically socially and sure in bed too. *wink* It was very interesting to see how Burkhart envisions such a world and I smile so often while reading about a shy men or the incredulity of a man proposing a woman.
As the title suggests the story centers around Charlotte the widely known and feared Lady Doctor Wyre. She's a Duchess in exile but more know for her obsession with everything technology can produce. She's an inventor and probably the one who created the most advanced technology know to this world. Her reputation makes her seem ruthless but deep inside she is a woman who loves all things pretty and shiny. I loved to see this contrast in her character- a sharp mind that still appreciates a pretty dress or good tea. She's a really complex character and with every page we discover another facet of her personality. Charlotte is a woman I can imagine myself being friends with even more if she would invite me into her world.
Her life wasn't easy in the past and she was forced to leave the life she knew behind in a exciting coup that left her dead in the eyes of the world. This wouldn't have been possible without the assistance of the master assassin Lord Sigmund Regret who nearly lost everything while helping her. Her lives are connected now and not only by emotions.
In her seven year long exile Charlotte missed her "lost" live but in the last year she met Sheriff Gilead Masters- who captured her heart with his thoughtful courtship and admiration. These 2 were so cute together- they reminded me of a typical historical romances couple just with reversed roles. Gil is heartfelt and headstrong and he would do anything to keep our lady safe.
The story wrapped around this love-triangle was really engaging and I was fascinated by the world. I think this is the strongest factor of Lady Doctor Wyre- the world-building is exceptional. I loved how everything was different from what I normally read- it's a very fresh and unique approach for a romance novel.
But there were also some things that rubbed me the wrong way. The characterization of our two heroes could have been a bit more thorough. I didn't really connect to them as I would have liked to even though I really liked the idea behind them. Perhaps I would have needed more time to really warm to them. I think this is also the reason why I actually didn't care that much about the actual smex scenes or the romance aspect of the story- with the missing connection to the male lead characters I wasn't touched.
Lady Doctor Wyre really fascinated me. An inventive setting with an enthralling adventure plot. The mix of historical, steampunk and science fiction is masterly woven together and the detailed view you get in the novel will leave you breathless. I would have wished a bit more time and space for the romance part but I still really enjoyed this one. I say bring me more Lady Burkhart!(less)
This one was pure bliss. A short cute read, full of sexy times and wonderful geeky wit. I loved how you could feel their connection grow- always surpr...moreThis one was pure bliss. A short cute read, full of sexy times and wonderful geeky wit. I loved how you could feel their connection grow- always surprises me when this happens in such a short story.
The characters are quirky and fun- and yes I just adore those hunky geeks- we need more of those in real life because seriously I agree with the heroine: geeks are sexy as hell.
Very recommended- this really made my day sweeter.(less)
Good Girls Don't is the first novel in Dahl's new series- The Donovan Brothers Brewery. After lov...moreThis review was originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
Good Girls Don't is the first novel in Dahl's new series- The Donovan Brothers Brewery. After loving her Tumble Creek novels I was thrilled to hear about her new contemporary series. Dahl's writing always makes me giggle and laugh- and she definitely knows how to turn the pages on fire. As you can see I had really high expectations and well, I wasn't disappointed.
Good Girls Don't is focused on Tessa Donavan, so to say the baby sister in the Donovan clan. She and her two big brothers run the brewery after the tragic death of their parents and as you can imagine family and business is good to stress even the tightest siblings out at times. Tessa is a little Ms Sunshine. She's a happy person and tries to focus on the good things in life. She loves her brothers and would do anything to keep her little family together. She's also a fixer- one of those who can't ever stop to fix something that went wrong- on her own. I really liked Tessa even though sometimes she really was a bit too much the "fixer" for me. She is funny, witty and made me snort with laughter. But on the other hand she keeps secrets and lies when she thinks it's for the best. I didn't much care for that but it really keeps the story on the edge. I was waiting for the moment when she would realize what she had done.
On the other hand we have Detective Luke Asher- the sexy and brooding officer who actually fell into her life by another family business crisis. Luke has a past full of heartbreak and failure- at least in his eyes. He's one of those nice guys who still succeed in looking all mysterious and dark even though their hearts are bigger than Mother Teresa's. He has a reputation in town though. The gossip runs hot and dirty around his life but he usually doesn't care. Luke is one of those guys who would take anything on himself just to protect some else. I adored him. He was so cute and sexy at the same time. I loved to see how Tessa got to him and actually made his engine roar to life. He's definitely book boyfriend material.
Tessa and Luke have a hard case of chemistry in the mix with a lot of gossiped tales and misunderstandings. Everything is tangled up in a big mess of untrue facts and unmentioned tidbits. When some of those come out throughout the book I really had to control myself to not start laughing out loud in the tram. But I couldn't keep the giggles inside. Their love is sweet and still burns hot. I love it when a relationship is not only about mutual attraction but also about things like laughing together.
The plot around the brewery break in actually played a smaller role- at least for me. My focus was more on Tessa's plot to save her family and Luke's efforts to reveal the secret around his police partner's pregnancy. Those two plots really kept me glued to the pages. Tessa and her so called fixing made me shake my head and yes, I waited for her big "oh my god what did I do moment". Luke and his search for answers made my heart melt- he really is such a caring and loving character. Truely a Susi soft spot.
As you can see I loved Good Girls Don't - the story is entertaining, kept me reading nearly non stop, the love was sweet and still sizzled hotter than hot. I love Dahl's humor and wit, this makes her books one of the most treasured in my shelf. A great start to a new series- I can already imagine how much fun the other 2 books will be. Highly recommended read- if you love funny contemporary romances you shouldn't miss this one.
My expectations for Bad Boys Do were pretty high after I finished Good Girls Don't, book 1 in Dahl's new D...moreReview originally posted at Book Lovers Inc.
My expectations for Bad Boys Do were pretty high after I finished Good Girls Don't, book 1 in Dahl's new Donovan Brothers Brewery series. Jamie already caught my attention in the first instalment but oh my did I judge him wrong. I expected a fun and flirty guy with tons of experience and even though I knew he wanted to be seen as more I didn't expect such a deep and emotional plot wrapped around him as a character.
Jamie was always the black sheep of the Donovan family. He loved to party a lot in his youth and since then he doesn't seem to be able to get rid of his reputation. Well, working as the flirty and fun bartender in a brewery doesn't help his need to be seen as more- as a responsible and mature owner of said brewery. Yes, Jamie is fun and really knows how to keep people at ease but still he is a person who wants to be acknowledged for his worth. He's smart, clever and full of ideas but with the incidents of the past few months hanging over his head he has a hard time being taken serious. He wants to make the bar into something more and he works hard to develop a reasonable and realistic plan but is scared of being taken down by his brother again before he even gets the chance to say more than a sentence. I loved Jamie and not only for his open and fun behavior. There is so much hidden depth beneath this- so much emotion, doubt and uncertainty. Most of the time I just wanted to hug him and tell him that everything will work out. My heart broke for him and the unfairness he has to live through.
Olivia is exactly what Jamie needs. Not only is she definitely serious and proper- she's also fun when you get the chance to see under her armor. Her life taught her that she needs to do more for herself. Her ex husband always demanded to be the center of her existence and now after the divorce she wants to be the focus of her own life- to do what she wants and reach her own goals.She wants to learn how to be more fun and finally enjoy life. But how do you learn that on your own? Well, let's say she really got lucky in meeting Jamie because he knows how fun is done. *wink* Oliva is conflicted: on one hand she knows what she tries to achieve is okay but on the other she easily gets sidetracked by what other people think of her. She is confident on the outside but she often doubts herself when no one else can see. Watching her rediscovering her confidence wasn't only fun it also showed that even when something screwed your life over you can still turn yourself and your life around and make it what you want it to be. A great message to deliver in such an entertaining package.
I loved this book so much- it's hard to put in words why but after I read the last word I felt like hugging everyone around me. Not because Bad Boys Do made me sad. No, I wanted to show the people I love how much I love them. I wanted to wallow in warmth, friendship and love and not waste any time to do it. Well okay that sounds totally sappy but it's what this book did to me. It is an unbelievably fun read and still delivers an emotional intensity I didn't expect. I loved the main characters, the side cast and how everyone interacted. It's a group of people who feels real. Okay I admit I'm still unsure how Dahl will make me like Eric but we will see.
Bad Boys Do touched my heart on so many levels. I laughed a lot, I cried a bit and in the end I nearly burst with happiness. I loved every second of reading this book and it makes me beg for more. Bad Boys Do isn't only entertaining it also delivers a message worth more than I could ever say- you can get back up and do what you want for yourself, no matter what happened before. No wonder that this book is my absolute favorite in this series so far. For me this is a must read you shouldn't miss. Bad Boys Do gets an all thumbs up from me and I would add even more if I could.(less)
I'm a huge Sorenson fan and when I first heard about her newest release I HAD to get my fingers on it. I love how she creates exceptionally multidimen...moreI'm a huge Sorenson fan and when I first heard about her newest release I HAD to get my fingers on it. I love how she creates exceptionally multidimensional characters even in such a short format. Tempted by His Target shows us a world of corruption and deception in the middle of South America. We are thrown into a wild chase through this foreign world (at least for me) that shows us a different culture and in the middle of all this we find a heartbreaking romance.
Our heroine Isabel is on the run. In her past she made big mistakes and currently she's hiding from the results in the middle of nowhere, somewhere in Mexico. La Familia is after her so she tries to keep a low profile. Isabel changed a lot since she left everything behind. She matured and finally discovered who she is. She is strong and knows how to stay alive but still has this good spot deep inside that prevents her from being ruthless in gaining her freedom. She tries to keep everyone at arms length to prevent them from getting hurt on her behalf, actually isolating herself as best as she can. I really felt for her- she is such a strong and independant woman but still incredibly vulnerable. The self inflicted isolation is a huge burden on her and she's nearing her breaking point.
On the other hand we have Brandon. Oh my; this guy is hot. He is determined and very focused. He knows what he wants and he also knows what he shouldn't want: Isabel. But well we know how that goes. *winks* I loved to see him resist their attraction this long- the chemistry was nearly on overload from the start but still he tried to do the right thing. He cares deeply for Isabel and he wants to save her and make everything right for her even though he shouldn't. He's fighting the constant battle between the obligation to his job and what he thinks is right.
The story itself is fast paced and doesn't leave much room to take a calming breath. Our couple is constantly on the run and tries to hide their whereabouts. It's a thrilling adventure and the exotic setting even heightened this effect for me. There was so much to see and learn about the culture and I was awed by the colorful descriptions we got about the local festivities.
The only problem I had with this book was Brandon's deception. Well I can live with that actually if the "culprit" gets the chance to grovel and beg at length but well he didn't. Isabel forgave him too easily for my taste but perhaps I'm just mean that way.
Tempted by His Target is a sexy adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat. The characters are complex and they really touched my heart. If you have a few hours and need to escape your day to day life, grab this book and enjoy a thrilling chase in the middle of South America. You won't regret it.(less)
I'm totally hooked on the Lucani Lovers series and I was very intrigued how Evie's book would be like. When we met her in the previous books she was a...moreI'm totally hooked on the Lucani Lovers series and I was very intrigued how Evie's book would be like. When we met her in the previous books she was always the vulnerable girl- the one with the bad past that everyone tried to handle with care- it was interesting to see how she experienced all this.
Evie is stronger than everyone believes and she hates that they all underestimate her. She wants to get the acceptance she deserves and she works hard to earn it even though sometimes it seems to be impossible. In the previous books I imagined Evie younger than she felt in Moonlight Temptation. She grew up and I really liked how she matured and started to take responsibility for her actions.
Ryan is a new character and oh my goodness is he hawt. I loved how easy going he is- he's one of those positive thinkers. He's not reckless but he tries to enjoy life at its fullest. At some points his "shrink" skills amazed me- he sees bullshits and calls you out on it. I love this kind of honesty. He was a great contrast to Dane who always seems to worry about what the world or better said his family thinks about him. He's so scared to disappoint them that he keeps himself from what he really wants. I loved the duality we got from those two men.
These three together put the pages on fire- their mutual attraction is breathtaking and as always I'm surprised how some authors can make me believe in this whole threesome thing- even when it's only for the duration of a book. *wink*
I enjoyed how much Julian includes her sidecast. All her characters are shown in such great detail that you just can't ignore them. Cat really intrigued me and I can't wait to see how her HEA will work out. The story itself was captivating and I couldn't put this one down. The plot itself takes a new turn in this book and I'm already breathlessly awaiting the next book.
Moonlight Temptation is a wonderful extra hot addition to the Lucani Lovers Series. It seems I love everything Julian keeps dashing at us. I'm sure I won't miss the next one.(less)
The first time I saw this cover I was already intrigued- then I read the blurb and I was sold. I have a soft spot for science fiction romance and I co...moreThe first time I saw this cover I was already intrigued- then I read the blurb and I was sold. I have a soft spot for science fiction romance and I couldn’t wait to dive into this world. In Unaccepteable Risk we meet Plix a mysterious woman living a world rather different from ours. In her world humans are able to enhance not only their body but also their mind. There are ways to become stronger, faster or to turn yourself into a living and breathing surveillance system- the latter is what Plix had to do. Plix, our heroine, has a mission and she is singlemindedly trying to reach her goal. She is more than determined and so focused that she has to ignore the other things, or persons, that mean the world to her.
One of those is Edison. He’s her tuner and her secret crush. As a tuner he does the actual enhancements or, as in Plix’ case, repair them after they were damaged. He’s not only caring for the mechanical part of her- over the time they “worked” together she took a piece of his heart and everytime she leaves to put herself in danger yet again his heart is splintering a little more. He wants to keep her safe but he doesn’t know how to get her to listen to him. It’s hard to get through to her.
The tragic of this story is that you do know that they both want each other but the circumstances just don’t permit it. It’s a heartwrenching situation and their feeling felt so real to me I actually felt my heart breaking with theirs.
As you can see this novella really touched me. It’s not often I feel such a deep connection to characters and even less in such a short format. Ms Grey reminds me of Megan Hart and her work- great characterisation and an engaging and facinating world-building hold together by a compelling writing style.
I loved the pace of this book. You jump head first into the story and everything unfolds slowy before your eyes. You learn all the essentials as the story progresses. At first this confusd me a bit but after some pages I was so engrossed that I lost track of time.
As you can see I loved this book. This is one of these rare gems you find. I hoped to like this book but instead I adored it. Unacceptable Risk will draw you in and not let you go. I know I will hunt down Ms Grey‘s backlist and keep her future releases on must buy list.
I give Unacceptable Risk 4.5 out of 5 stars!(less)
Be warned this review is definitely spoiling book 1 and 2.
Alien in the Family was probably one if the most anticipated books of 2011 for me. I love t...moreBe warned this review is definitely spoiling book 1 and 2.
Alien in the Family was probably one if the most anticipated books of 2011 for me. I love this series so much- the mix of fun, wit, action and sexy times is just irresistible for me. And this newest addition didn't disappoint. We see all those lovely characters we welcomed into our heart, again. This book just fits or we could even say it's our usual AC routine.*wink*
Kitty and Martini are wonderful as always. They are happily engaged and are nearing the end of the wedding preparations. Kitty is as witty and clever as always but we see more of her softer side. She's still a strong and opinionated but there are some moments were even she is unsure. I loved how she often heard what her heart told her- I'm a real lover of impulse decisions. Martini is so much in love- he really steals my heart every time he enters the scene. He's strong and a leader but from time to time his unsureness shows. it made me want to hug him until he feels better. Both get an extra depth in this book-there are some rough decisions to make and both have to be strong and have to believe in each other.
We also still have the wonderful side cast. Reader is still every girl's wet dream even though he is still gay. Dammit! He gets a more of a center role in Alien in the Family and that made me more than happy. I loved to see him in commander mode- it really suits him but I love his teasing self a tiny bit more. Than there is Chuckie. I don't know why but in the first book Chuckie always embodied the "best friend" type for me but he is gradually getting more and more one of the hot guys. He shows a bit more of his emotional side in this one and I really liked that he not that opposing any longer. Makes him way more likable and I really hope that he perhaps might get his own Dazzler at some point (hint for Gini). We also meet some very awesome new side characters in this one. Can't tell you much about these besides that you will love them. But I will tell you that I want a poof of my own. But now my lips are sealed- I swear.
The plot is as always fast-paced and engaging. You will curse yourself that you can't read faster and sit on the edge of seat, bite your nails and really hope you won't drop your book while doing it. I was so surprised how everything turned out and even more when I saw what the last part of the book was all about. *huge happy grin from ear to ear*
This book surprised me so much- I know I'm saying this way too often but Ms Koch really does things that aren't usually done in this genre and I love her even more for doing it. It's not like any other science fiction book you will ever read.
Alien in the Family is full of funny action, romance, emotion and so much more. It will make you squee and perhaps even wet your eyes at times. I loved every second of it. It's a thrilling ride you won't forget. So to sum it all up: Alien in the Family will rock your socks of.(less)