After reading a few of the reviews on this one I HAD to read it. If it's considered the least bit controversial my curiosity eventually WILL get the b...moreAfter reading a few of the reviews on this one I HAD to read it. If it's considered the least bit controversial my curiosity eventually WILL get the best of me. I'm hopeless, I know.
I'm trying not to reveal too much. But there may be some mild spoilers ahead.........
This one starts off with our heroine blind-folded and bound in a quiet room. Immediately you're immersed in her experience with a front seat vantage with a first person POV.
Her captor keeps her deprived of all sensory stimulation, including his own voice. His silence is a torture all in itself, not to mention other forms of "conditioning." Slowly, he's shaping her into his perfect slave. Making her actually beg to submit to his will. And looking at this little synopsis, I realize that it does this piece of work little justice.
This book delves so much deeper than your traditional BDSM story. It dredged up emotions that I didn't know I could feel for such bitter-sweet cruelty. I was so merged with Emily's inner turmoil that I was able to experience, marginally, some of what she was feeling. Although I know it was only a portion of what she, as a character, had experienced. My heart broke for her. She was knew what was happening to her. She knew what she was being twisted into and was helpless to fight it. She was conscious enough of what was happening to acknowledge it inwardly. And still she had no choice but to submit. Better the insanity of losing her self than the horror of the alternative.....a more complete brand of insanity.
I like how the more "intimate" scenes switched to third person. That was one of the most ingenious parts of this book. It demonstrated an emotional detatchment from the experience. Almost a "mental anesthetic" so to speak.
I caught myself "bonding" with her captor right along with her. It was strange. I wanted to jump up and down and scream that she was crazy for giving in. But in actuality, I was mentally urging her to capitulate. In the end, I couldn't hate him....even though I wanted to. And, therein lies the rub. The author accomplished what I'm sure was her objective. I submitted along with Emily and resigned myself to her fate.
I'm too exhausted to write an in depth review. So I'll just say this.....
I picked this one up after reading a few rave reviews. I will say that it did...moreI'm too exhausted to write an in depth review. So I'll just say this.....
I picked this one up after reading a few rave reviews. I will say that it did not disappoint. Ms. Abe is has a phenomenal writing style. I couldn't get over the effect a few of the passages in this book had on me. I could have done another 500 pages and still wanted more. I'll be looking up more by this author for sure.(less)
This series, as a whole was amazing. I've been waiting rather impatiently for this one to come out. Then I put off buying it because I knew that when...moreThis series, as a whole was amazing. I've been waiting rather impatiently for this one to come out. Then I put off buying it because I knew that when I finished it, it would be over. And I didn't want Rain and Ellie's journey to end.
So....As the closing book in this series, there were a few things that bothered me.
1. There was SO much happening, and SO many tragic events throughout the entire book, that it made what should have been a gut wrenching ending....well...it seemed anticlimactic. I honestly think that I was de-sensitized by all of the horrific events leading up to it. There was one point where I felt like I should have been a blubbering idiot. But I just could 't summon up the emotion to match the situation.
2. There were some loose ends that didn't get tied up. I'm hoping that she was leaving a door open for a spin-off series.
3. After all the build-up from the previous 4 books, the ending seemed a little rushed.
I guess all of my issues lead back to the end.
That said. I still think this is a wonderful series. One of the best I've read, to be more precise. And despite the end, I still gave it 4 stars because I stayed glued to the pages...sitting on the edge of my seat...stealing 5 minutes throughout my work day to read "just a few more pages".
I love Rain and Ellie. And I also look forward to, hopefully, one day learning more about the secondary characters in this series. They added just as much to this series as the primary couple. And I grew just as attatched to them. So....Ms. Wilson, if you could find it in your heart to write more about about this world, I would be greatly appreciative! ::wink::(less)
Well....I have to say, this is turning out to be one of the best series I've read in a long while. I'll even venture as far as calling it epic. A syno...moreWell....I have to say, this is turning out to be one of the best series I've read in a long while. I'll even venture as far as calling it epic. A synopsis without spoilers is outside my abilities at the moment. So I'll just do a quick rundown of what I loved.
The world Ms. Wilson built is flawless. You can see, smell , taste and feel what the characters experience. The characters are dynamic down to the lowliest secondary. I found myself wanting, HAVING to know more about all of them. Even the ones I didn't like. Each one adds another layer to the story she's woven.
Though this book is shelved as romance, it is so much more than that. Yes, it is romance. And a beautiful one at that. But the relationship between Ellie and Rain is interlaced with conflict....emotional, political and physical. There is a new facet to this on-going saga with the turn of each page. And you catch yourself in surprise when something clicks into place and things you thought made sense before make even more sense in a different light.
Ms. Wilson also seems to be able to know exactly when you're going to start asking yourself questions. It was almost as if my inner questions were dictating the next page. As soon as I thought it, the answer was within the next few pages.
I can't wait to see where she takes them next! (less)
No need to point out good, bad, or raunchy. It's Lorelei James. Hot cowboys, raunchy and sinfully hawt sex. What's more to love? My only complaint is...moreNo need to point out good, bad, or raunchy. It's Lorelei James. Hot cowboys, raunchy and sinfully hawt sex. What's more to love? My only complaint is that the next book isn't out yet!
But really. One thing I love about Lorelei James is that her books are more than just erotica. There's actual depth to her characters, which is entirely too rare in this genre. I've bonded with each of her characters on a personal level. I'm so glad that she's drawn attention to some more McKay boys. I was getting worried she was going to run out of characters to write about!(less)
This book was amazing! I had read a few reviews of this one before I decided to buy it. Some of the descriptions were "spellbinding" and "hypnotic". A...moreThis book was amazing! I had read a few reviews of this one before I decided to buy it. Some of the descriptions were "spellbinding" and "hypnotic". At first, I thought it was just overly dramatic descriptions. After reading it I stand corrected. It really is all that and more.
I won't go into describing the plot. There are so many others who have done it better than I could. But I'll say that I loved. Loved. LOVED it! The world Ms. Wilson weaves is unique and intriguing. You're immersed into this new culture that holds just enough parallels with old London that it's as familiar as it is strange (at least for fans of historical romance). Her take on the Fey is also unique to any I've read to date.
Her writing is addictive. It sucked me in from page one and held me under some sort of thrall that lasted even after the last page. I needed the next one and I needed it right then! (at 3 o'clock in the morning). If you think you can get away with just reading the first book and not the next, think again. The story continues into the next book (of which I do not have a copy...yet).
I think I may have found my next epic romance series!
I bought this for my Nook at Barnes and Noble.com. And ,to my dismay, they do not have the second book. ARRGH! This prompted a mini temper tantrum from this grown woman! I almost stomped my foot. So I'm off the the library to see if I can secure a copy from them!(less)
One again, I tip my hat to the WARDen. After battling with some rather sub-par books recently, her writing is like a breath of fresh air. I forgot how...moreOne again, I tip my hat to the WARDen. After battling with some rather sub-par books recently, her writing is like a breath of fresh air. I forgot how much I missed the Brotherhood. I can't wait for Lover Mine to come out so I can get my next Brotherhood fix!
Oh. My. Goodness. Where do I start? First off, this is a very ambitious read. It's very intimidating, not only in it's length, but in it's content. Fr...moreOh. My. Goodness. Where do I start? First off, this is a very ambitious read. It's very intimidating, not only in it's length, but in it's content. Frankly, I'm plum worn out. I mean emotionally and spiritually exhausted after reading this book. And I'm sitting here now, looking back, wondering where those 800+ pages went. Because I swear I just started this book and now it's over. Even when SO much has happened in between. And I'm here craving more, even knowing I'm too exhausted to even try to take another one of these on! I would say it left me speechless, except for the fact that I can't stop rambling on about it.
Now, as far as a synopsis, I don't think I could even come close to doing it justice, so I won't even try. I'll just describe what grabbed me most.....
It was written in 1st person from Claire Randall's POV. Many people think you lose something by restricting yourself to the one POV. But I think it added to this particular book. Not to mention that there are some parts where I don't think I could handle Jamie's POV. It's a considerably dark story and there are some very disturbing events that take place. It can be rather disconcerting. And to think that experiencing that through HIS eyes would be too much, I think.
There are a few slow parts throughout to journey, but it is filled with some great detail and imagery. It's a lot of work taking it all in. But it's worth it. You can almost picture the highland countryside with every minute detail. And everything word she wrote seems to be to a purpose, even you don't realize it at the time. There is no event that doesn't lend to the progression of the plot.
Emotionally, it was heart-warming and soul-wrenching by turns. At one point I'm snuggled up with the warm fuzzies, feeling the tenderness that Claire and Jamie have for one another. And then at others, you might have rent my soul from my very being and it would have the same effect. There is a conversation toward the end between them that may as well have ripped my heart out. I had to put the book down and walk away for a few hours to try to recover from the emotional tide that nearly swept me under. And even then, I was haunted by the revelations that were made. At that point, I didn't know how to feel. Or who I pittied more? Was it Jamie, for what he's been through? Or Claire for her silent suffering? OR the reader for having to experience it right alongside them? Either way, tears were inevitable.
Luckily, a few things were able to be smoothed over a bit, if not resolved toward the end. And it ended with a bit of hope. And that, my friends, is what I would call one hell of a ride! And one that I plan to continue. Dragonfly in Amber will soon be in my collection. But, I have a feeling I will need to read something light and fluffy to bring me down from this emotional rollercoaster. (less)