hmm... okay, there are parts of this that I really liked. And there are parts I don't. I think the author needs to stop using BDSM as her "I'm a bad bhmm... okay, there are parts of this that I really liked. And there are parts I don't. I think the author needs to stop using BDSM as her "I'm a bad boy and I need a good woman to cure me" theme. Add in her theme that a good woman can cure a man of being bi and wow... that is so... wrong! She makes a point of pointing out through Axe's dialogue that there are lots of sane normal people in BDSM, then she goes on to show the exact opposite. She even has an alcoholic and drug user who is seen as superior to someone who is involved with "hardcore sex". And Elise is all okay that Axe is a former druggy who treated his father like shit, but leaves him when she learns he's a member of a sex club. And of course, he has to change to get the girl. Same as V.
Okay, so what I liked. RUHN! And there were tons of important stuff with Rhage and Mary and Bitty. And I liked Axe.
Other than the stuff up top, I'm kinda over how everyone is an asshole to Lassiter. Joking around at first was okay, but in the last 3 books I've read, I've been cringing at it. Why does he stay there? Can't he find someplace where people at least like him? At the end of this book, he is stuck in what is supposed to be a humorous situation. But all I could think of is how if it was anyone else, there would be crying and gnashing of teeth and worry, but even Bitty and Mary shrug it off because it's just Lassiter. The one who was trying to do something special for you two, who has been doing special somethings for you through the whole book, but everyone still treats like shit.
Edited to add: And what's up with Butch being the Dehstroyer? I thought he was supposed to suck up the portion of the Omega in the lessers they kill in order to weaken the Omega. Right? Remember how he got sick after battles because when they popped the lessers back to the Omega he ate their soul or something and V had to help him get over it, conveniently by curling up all nekkid with him? All these battles they get in and only one lately has mentioned anything about Butch having to do that. And yet they are really worried the Omega is about to take the fight to an all new level. The BDB has the prophesied conqueror of the Omega and they just decided to put him on the back burner or something?...more
This was more about drug use than rock. The characters were described as waking up on a nasty bathroom floor in apartments infested with roaches fromThis was more about drug use than rock. The characters were described as waking up on a nasty bathroom floor in apartments infested with roaches from days long benders on heroin and going straight in to a practice and drinking themselves silly. Then when anything happens sexually, all I can think of is how sour their breath would be and so nothing was sexy. The characters would have been sexy if not for the focus on drugs. I couldn't read anymore....more
Well-written tale about an empty nest couple who try to add some spice to their love life. Usually, I have trouble with femdom stories because the powWell-written tale about an empty nest couple who try to add some spice to their love life. Usually, I have trouble with femdom stories because the power dynamic is so different than m/m d-s couples. (I guess I have trouble with all m/f d-s, but that's more than needs to be added here.) ANYWAY... with femdoms, it never comes across to me as a loving or caring thing, more of a 'I hate men' or 'make him pay' kinda vibe. All that is to say that this story was quite different and I could feel the love through the author's words and the characters' actions. Nicely done!...more
This review has taken some thought. The premise, and even the execution up to a point was wonderful. The descriptions and character depth of the PhoenThis review has taken some thought. The premise, and even the execution up to a point was wonderful. The descriptions and character depth of the Phoenix, the murders, the mythology were creative and exciting to read.
The problems were these:
1. I never truly felt myself invested in the character of Rachel. She seemed to vaguely change during the course of the story, and never had a ton of depth.
2. While the line editing seemed sufficient, content needed serious questioning and continuity regarded more closely.
3. For a complex story with such potential, I felt let down by an ending that felt too manufactured toward a HEA. I didn't buy how quickly things were tied into a neat bow and it left me dissatisfied.
I felt this was a 4 star story until the last quarter of the book, when it fell apart. The entire story, I eagerly waited to see how the author would reconcile the good with the bad, explain away the accusations. I was disappointed, and it brought the rating down to 3 stars.
This is like Dallas, hold the oil and the Texas, add some bourbon and bluegrass. And JR Ward made it work! This is the type of book I would never haveThis is like Dallas, hold the oil and the Texas, add some bourbon and bluegrass. And JR Ward made it work! This is the type of book I would never have picked to read, had it not been written by Ward. I love her vampire series and so I was quite curious what she would do with such a different storyline. NAILED IT! :)...more