WARNING: DO NOT READ WHILE HUNGRY…or do the smart thing and have snacks at the ready. This is a dangerous book for foodies!
The Zombie Billionaire’s Vi...moreWARNING: DO NOT READ WHILE HUNGRY…or do the smart thing and have snacks at the ready. This is a dangerous book for foodies!
The Zombie Billionaire’s Virgin Witch is my kind of fairy tale: fun, heart-wrenching, and sexy all at the same time! If there’s anyone I know who can pull of a Zombie Romance, I had absolute faith Joely was that author. Joely Sue Burkhart’s books are passionate and rooted in the sacrificial nature of love, which makes for engaging and emotionally stimulated reading. Added with her unique ability to sprinkle light-heated humor, a healthy dallop of tantalizing sex scenes, fascinating characters and world building dynamics, it’s all apart of why she’s my go-to author for romance.
Yiorgos is not your typical zombie, and he definitely doesn’t go around eating braaains, so for the HEA crowd, there’s less of an ick-factor. I say “less of” because there’s still the curse to contend with, but our “Alphahole” hero more than makes up for that with his wicked sexy and domineering charm. Clare Remy, our just-because-I’m-a-virgin-doesn’t-mean-I-have-to-take-your-bullshit heroine, is his perfect match, giving him tit for tat and more often than not a taste of his own medicine. There’s a scene in this book that will live on as one of my favorite scenes ever and it happens very early on, where Clare gets one over on Yiorgos with nothing more than…well, I wouldn’t spoil it for you. *g*
I honestly couldn’t tell which were yummier…the sex scenes or the cooking scenes.(less)
Gangster is one hell of a book. Not only is it set in one of my favorite time periods (1920s), but it’s just so dark and gritty and clever. The writin...moreGangster is one hell of a book. Not only is it set in one of my favorite time periods (1920s), but it’s just so dark and gritty and clever. The writing style is gorgeous even in its grit. The dialogue is smart and thought-provoking while also being fun, if your sense of humor is more than a little sardonic that is. (Guilty!) Clara is a fascinating character. She’s such a compelling liar that I myself couldn’t help wondering whether any thing she said throughout the entire novel was true. She’s charming in the same way a Cobra is, swaying back and forth with it’s hypnotic gaze before it strikes. The Alien, whose name escapes even himself, meanwhile is a man on a mission. His one track mind is constantly being challenged by Clara’s quest for fame and her odd compulsion to murder along the way. Their dynamic was so intriguing, I found myself riveted with each conversation that put them further and further at odds. Clara believes the two of them are two sides of the same coin, but The Alien knows that can’t be any further from the truth….or could it?
Reader beware, Gangster is not for the faint of heart! I, on the other hand, look forward to reading more by M. Jones in the future.(less)
Sacrifice is book 3 in a series that just keeps getting better and better. Miss Maya is an excellent storyteller and she really knows how to hook her...moreSacrifice is book 3 in a series that just keeps getting better and better. Miss Maya is an excellent storyteller and she really knows how to hook her readers and leave them salivating for the next release. Sacrifice has packed the most emotional punch thus far but if the series keeps going the way it has been, I'm pretty sure Root (Book 4) will exceed all my expectations and become the new favorite in short order. Miss Maya has an incredible talent for drawing you into the story with little to no meandering or self-indulgences.
Sacrifice picks up right where Taboo left off, as has become customary in the series. Dindi, the heroine, has grown so much through these books and, even with so many fascinating side characters vying for attention on every page, she is a heroine that I've grown to love so much. She's the ultimate underdog, a shy and courageous rebel, and she's finally, finally beginning to come in to her own self worth as well as gain respect from her people that is LONG overdue. I continue to be highly engrossed in the sub plots between Brena and Rthan, and though I was saddened by some decisions Gwenika made, I also feel hopeful that the events of this book will help her to further grow. A lot of questions from the previous books were answered in this one and I'm so excited to see what new ground the rest of the series will uncover.(less)
Taboo is the second book in The Unfinished Song series and I think it’s a step above Initiate (Book 1), which I enjoyed quite a bit. Miss Maya wasted...moreTaboo is the second book in The Unfinished Song series and I think it’s a step above Initiate (Book 1), which I enjoyed quite a bit. Miss Maya wasted absolutely no time getting into the meat of the story, so it’s imperative that you read book 1 prior to book 2 because Taboo covers only the barest hints of back story. Which is refreshing, actually.
I had a really hard time putting Taboo down. Tara has such a lovely writing voice, it’s so lyrical and poetic. I found myself highlighting line after line because I was so struck by the beauty of her words and the way in which she phrased them. I swear, these books have some of the best dialogue of the Fantasy Genre that I’ve ever read. More than that though, the strength of the story just grips you right from the first page and builds until the very last. The characters from Book 1 are allowed to grow and adapt naturally but pace is never sacrificed for their growth. I loved the direction she went with Gwenika and Brena, whom I never quite warmed up to in Book 1 but have since grown to respect. Even newly introduced characters are given an opportunity to shine, such as Svego, who I fell in love with nigh instantly.
The story itself is intense, and I love how Miss Maya doesn’t rush anything especially the romances that’ve been building between several different characters throughout both books. She juggled the subplots superbly and I absolutely cannot to see what she has in store for us with Sacrifice.(less)