Kissing Frogs by Alisha Sevigny is an incredibly fun and adorable debut novel that is perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Kelly Oram and Morgan Matson! Fresh, flirty and addictive from the beginning, Kissing Frogs is a great contemporary twist on the frog prince that will have you jumping for joy.
Following sixteen year old Jessica Scott, a pretty and popular teenage girl who finds her perfect plans for the summer turned upside down when the discovery that she is failing Biology sees her head to Panama with the science club to help protect some endangered frogs from extinction, Kissing Frogs is light and fun from it’s opening chapter. As a series of unexpected events lead Jess to question just what she wants for her future, this former nerd turned party princess see the inclusion of the boy who used to tease her constantly as a girl change a lot more than her attitude as Jess discovers she’s more than a pretty face….
Honestly, Kissing Frogs was just a really fun, enjoyable book to read. The storyline is fairly basic, and nothing too overly dramatic happens, but author Alisha Sevigny does a great job of keeping her reader entertained with plenty of sweet moments, blossoming friendships and budding romances.
Main character Jess was great to follow with her down to earth, likable nature and willingness to change. Jess had been caught up in being popular after reinventing herself and as her trip to Panama opens her eyes, she begins to see what is really important. I liked Jess and I liked seeing her make new friends and learn a lot.
Travis was sweet as a love interest for Jess, but she had another fighters for her attention in the form Enrique, the sexy Panamanian and briefly Miles, her boyfriend. Personally I thought Travis was the cute one, and it’s understandable that Jess finds her prince where she does. Light and quite addictive, Kissing Frogs will entertain you from beginning to end and is a perfect summer read!
Legacy by Ellery A. Kane was a well paced and well thought out novel that surprised me with it's exciting storyline and tangible characters. Set in an alternate future where drugs can alter your emotions and military forces control society to an extent, Legacy was a wonderful debut!
Following eighteen year old Alexandra "Lex" Knightly, Legacy is set in the alternate future of 2041 where society is a shadow of it's former self and pharmaceutical companies produce drugs that suppress fear and uncertainty, working together with military forces known as Guardians to create super soldiers incapable of feeling fear and disobeying orders. As the daughter of the forensic psychiatrist who first came up with the emotion altering drug known as Emovere, Lex finds herself entering the deserted city of San Francisco to meet up with a group known as the Resistance in order to potentially take down the Guardians and bring to light the truth about Emovere and its devastating side affects.
Heading into Legacy, I wasn't completely sure what I should expect. The description sounded promising, but if I'm honest the cover didn't go a long way to fuelling my imagination. Still I was hopeful. And I'm thrilled to say Legacy encompasses the saying that you shouldn't judge a book by it's over. Ellery A. Kane's debut novel was a very exciting story that has obviously been very well thought out and constructed.
I quite liked Lex as the main character and have to commend Kane on writing a heroine easy to like and follow. Lex takes on a hard task when she risks entering San Fransisco to find the Resistance and even though she is untrained and afraid, she faces her fears knowing that she has the potential to save lives.
All the characters we meet throughout the story compliment the plot line beautifully. I enjoyed seeing Lex make friends with some ex-Guardians and see Kane explore the damages harsh childhoods and painful pasts have had on the individuals treated with Emovere.
I was very satisfied with Lex and her relationship with Quin McAllister, the tough and fractured former Guardian who helps her throughout the story and quickly wins her heart. While admittedly I felt Lex and Quin "fell in love" too soon, I did believe their feelings and their romance. By the end of the book it was no surprising at all that they felt so deeply about each other after all they had been through but I would have liked a slower process of them getting there. Quin had some very real demons he needed to face and I appreciated Ellery A. Kane forcing him to face hard truths and growth requirements in Lecacy.
My only issue with this story is that I would have liked to explore the world within Legacy just a little bit more. I'm very intrigued to see exactly how society got to be the way it is in 2041 and can only hope Kane expands on this some more should she write a sequel and continue on with the series.
Legacy concludes very well, with Lex and her friends taking on powerful individuals to bring to light the truth about what is going on, and in saying that Legacy could very easily be a stand alone novel. And yet, despite how well it concludes, I do hope Ellery A. Kane writes a sequel as I wouldn't mind the chance to see and learn a bit more about this world and about these characters.
Expertly written and sensationally paced, The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel is a fantastic dystopian novel that proves to be one of my favorite books of the year! This debut novel is impossible to put down and even more impossible to forget as Engel introduces readers to an enticing new world with characters you can’t help but fall in love with!
Set in a futuristic dystopian world that was once torn apart by war and is continuously plagued by disease and social differences, The Book if Ivy introduces readers to a world where young men and women from two different sides of the social divide are paired up and married off at the age of sixteen in an attempt to increase population and maintain the fragile peace that has existed since one side of the war triumphed over the other and took control of the government and law enforcement.
Told though the eyes of Ivy Westfall, Amy Engel tells an addictive tale of romance and personal grown. As the youngest daughter of a man wanting to overthrow the president of their nation, Ivy has a lot expected of her, the least of which being that she is expected to kill Bishop Lattimer, the son of the president and Ivy’s new husband. In a world where woman find themselves married off to perfect strangers and expected to be a "wives" straight away, Bishop surprises Ivy when he doesn’t expect anything of her; instead choosing to treat her with kindness and respect. Always told the Lattimer’s were monsters, Ivy faces tough choice after tough choice when she must choose between acting out her families wishes or being true to the young man who is slowly worming his way into her heart…..
I have to say I really liked Ivy in this novel. She’s a young woman who has been taught and treated a certain way her whole life. Those who love her and those she love have ingrained certain ideas and beliefs into her that it’s not until she marries Bishop and is out on her own that she slowly begins to see a different side of things. Ivy is sweet and innocent, but brave in her thoughts and hopes. She has her own opinions and isn’t afraid to show them. She wants to make the world a better place and even if she’s misguided in the beginning I genuinely enjoyed seeing her eyes opened by knowing Bishop and spending time with him.
Bishop won me over in The Book of Ivy with his quiet, thinking nature and his ability to look at the bigger picture. There is something so incredibly sexy and appealing about a man who is kind and considerate and has honor, something Bishop has in spades. He’s not at all what Ivy expected and I really appreciated how Engel has written their relationship. In all honesty, the slowly developing relationship between Ivy and Bishop is a highlight of the novel; perfectly explored and developed.
Ivy and Bishop are different in many ways but both think and feel very similar at times too. They come from different sides of the social spectrum and are both influenced by their family. Forced to marry without really having a say, it would be no surprise if they hated each other. Instead Bishop’s straightforward and sincere nature win Ivy over as he encourages her to think for herself and treats her with nothing but kindness and respect. Ivy and Bishop have great chemistry that Amy Engel explores perfectly as Ivy slowly finds herself falling for Bishop. He’s a perfect gentleman and it’s understandable that he manages to get past her defenses.
As Ivy learns some hard truths and life lessons throughout the story, Amy Engel will utterly captivate her readers with her intense new world and wonderful characters. Ivy makes a difficult choice at the end of The Book of Ivy that sees her torn from everyone she loves and I cannot wait to see what Engel plans next! ...more
Cambria Hebert's latest release #Nerd is an extremely addictive and fun novel that weaves together a beautiful tale of romance between two characters you can't help but love!
Told through the dual POV's of collage students, Rimmel and Romeo, #Nerd follows two very different individuals who find themselves falling for someone on the other side of the social track as Cambria Hebert writes an adorable story of friendship, romance and unexpected love. When nerd and self proclaimed loner Rimmel is selected to tutor Romeo, a popular and womanizing jock who is failing many of his subjects, the last thing either expects to find is a kindred spirit in the other.
And yet, when a challenge to get into a fraternity sees Romeo set out to win Rimmel over, the two of them find themselves in the middle of an unexpected romance as Rimmel surprises Romeo with her quiet and unpretentious nature--a far cry from the woman he usually spends his time with. Soon, what started out as a way to get into a fraternity becomes so much more as this charming and charismatic young man finds himself falling in love with a nerd.....
#Nerd truly was a fun book to read. Both Rimmel and Romeo are great characters to follow and although they're both so different, Cambria Hebert manages to have them compliment each other so perfectly. The storyline was simple, but so addictive. From the moment we are introduced to Rimmel and Romeo, I found myself absorbed in their romance. Obviously, you know what's going to happen to an extent, but that didn't make it any less exciting seeing these two people stumble through falling for each other.
Rimmel is awkward and clumsy and so very endearing. Reserved and quietly intelligent, she's such a sweet girl and it's impossible not to love her. Romeo on the other hand is cocky and self assured, completely aware of his looks and what he does to people. They see like polar opposites and in a lot of ways they are, but their relationship just works. Romeo manages to bring out another side to Rimmel; helping her become more confidant and comfortable in who she is, and Rimmel accepts Romeo for who he is without wanting anything from him, something he's not quite used to.
Their romance is sweet and endearing with plenty of chemistry. Hebert knows exactly how to explore their relationship at a perfect pace; giving readers exactly what they want without going too fast or holding too much back. I liked that Rimmel and Romeo got to know each other as they fell in love and Cambria Hebert chose to wait to explore their physical relationship until later in the novel.
High in romance and rich delectable chemistry, #Nerd is a great start to a promising new NA series and I'm looking forward to seeing it continue in the next novel. Cambria Hebert has made me fall in love with Rimmel and Romeo; now I'm ready for more!
Mai Tai’d Up is the fourth installment in Alice Clayton’s extensively addictive Cocktail series and is yet another luscious blend of romance, passion and sensual situations. Clayton’s storytelling ability is difficult to rival as she locks readers into another romantic journey full of laughs, smiles and sexy situations!
Told through the eyes of Chloe Patterson, the cousin of one Mr. Clark Barrow whom we met briefly during Screwdrivered, Mai Tai’s Up sees the sweet but confidant former beauty queen leave her fiancé the day before their wedding when Chloe comes to the conclusion that she doesn’t really love him. Striking out for the first time on her own, Chloe travels to the seaside town of Monterey where her family own a summer home on a small but usable acreage.
With the help of a few locals and connections, Chloe begins turning it into a sanctuary and rescue center for mistreated and abused pit bulls. One of Chloe’s helpers is the sexy redheaded vet Lucas Campbell who may be exactly what the doctor ordered to help Chloe get over her past. However when it becomes clear she and Lucas may have more in common than first thought, Chloe must decide whether hiding her secret past is more important than being honest with Lucas. Even if telling him the truth means Chloe may risk losing him forever…..
My goodness do I ever love this series! I mean, honestly…..Alice Clayton is a champion! Every one of her novels I’ve read almost instantly sweep me up and don’t let go, with Mai Tai’s Up no exception. Although admittedly Mai Tai’d Up was not as good as the first three books in my opinion, it was still another excellent installment in the series and absolutely worth a read.
As the main character I did quite like Chloe. She was very down to earth and likable and I liked the character growth she undertook. She made choices and decisions that weren’t easy but needed to be made and I was happy with the self-assurance and dedication she developed for herself and the dogs she rescued.
Personally I don’t think Chloe and Lucas had as much power together as the other couples in the series so far, although I still thought they were great together and wonderful to follow. While Caroline and Simon and Vivian and Clark made me giddy with possibility over their attractions and desires, Chloe and Lucas were rather a steadily progress who had chemistry and who went well together.
As far as these kinds of novels go, the Cocktail series is right up there as being one of best. Alice Clayton’s storytelling is fun, flirty and incredibly entertaining—managing to once again prove to this reader why she’s quickly becoming one of the go-to names in NA/Chick-lit. Funny, sexy and downright fun, Clayton’s stories won’t disappoint! ...more
Rusty Nailed is the electric follow up to Alice Clayton’s sensational rom-com Wallbanger, and is as easily as good as the first novel; drawing her readers back into the lives of Caroline, Simon and well….Clive. Rich in romance, sexual chemistry and laugh-out-loud moments, Rusty Nailed is a superb sequel that you just won’t want to miss!
After the amazing story that was Wallbanger, Alice Clayton certainly managed to captivate this reader’s attention once more; from the opening chapter of Rusty Nailed I was once more hooked! Caroline and Simon are as steamy, charismatic and adorable as ever and I certainly couldn’t get enough of them and their hilarious lives as the events of Rusty Nailed unfolded.
Now having been together for more than a year, Caroline and Simon are as strong, and as sexy, as ever, but a bunch of changes—including Jillian’s prolonged departure on her honeymoon, Simon’s extended time home and a duo of friends whose break-up are cause for a lot of awkward, albeit hilarious moments—to their lives see Caroline and Simon take big steps in their relationship. They’ll struggle, snuggle and prove just how amazing and perfect they are together in this new stage of their story…….
Honestly, Simon and Caroline are just so perfect for each other. Not only do I adore them as individuals, but Rusty Nailed only showcased how excellently they complement and strengthen each other. Caroline is a strong and independent woman and that hasn’t changed now that she is with Simon, and Simon is still his cheeky and smooth self, although a monogamous relationship with Caroline has actually seen him happier than he has been in many years.
Simon and Caroline have an incredible chemistry and ease with each other. They just fit so well. They understand and accept the other for exactly who they are and although they have the expected fights and issues you expect with all relationships, they manage to grow and flourish along the way—something both helped and hindered by their best friends Mimi and Ryan and Neil and Sophia, as well as their mentors/friends Jillian and Benjamin who finally tie the knot!
Clive is also back and slowly bonding with Simon in Rusty Nailed, something that certainly brought a smile to my face. The continued balance that is exhibited by Clayton through her delicious writing, cheeky moments, sensual romance and sex scenes between her characters make for some terrific reading. The friendships are as wonderful as ever between Caroline and her girls, and Simon and his boys and personally I can’t get enough of them all!
Sensual, sexy and just down right fun, Rusty Nailed is an incredible follow up to its predecessor that hits every nail on the head and then some! ...more
I feel that I must point out the only reason I bought this book was**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
I feel that I must point out the only reason I bought this book was to read Kresley Cole's story within, The Warlord Wants Forever, although I am a massive Sherrilyn Kenyon fan, so I may one day finally read her story as well, perhaps even the story from Jaid Black that features in the book.
However, until then, this review is for The Warlord Wants Forever only and I have to say it was a really nice introduction into Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series, even though I have read other books in the series already. Perfectly paced and sensual, it may have been a novella, but it wasn't that short; meaning there was plenty of time to enjoy getting to know Myst and Nikolai Wroth as they got to know one another.
Myst was a really quirky female lead. She was ah...kinda crazy at times, but in a good way and I quite liked her. Nikolai was sexy as hell; a real warlord and together these two just oozed sex. The romance between them was swift, but not too much as to take away the entertainment factor as they struggled with thier differences.
Cole wrote the sex scenes incredibly hot--like fan yourself hot and I loved seeing Myst and Wroth lose themselves to each other. It was tantalizing. They're another great couple who compliment each other wonderfully.
All in all, a great little start to The Immortals After Dark series that I'm already halfway through and loving. Immortals After Dark fans will want to pick this book up to read about the first Valkayrie to fall for an enemy and begin the tradition!
Cinder & Ella is the sensational latest release from Kelly Oram and is an extremely entertaining and addictive contemporary read that blends tonnes of adorable moments with friendship, humor and romance. Oram introduces readers to a fun and sometimes emotional twist on Cinderella that will have you giggling, smiling and falling in love with the characters and their story a little bit more with the turn of every page!
Wow! Can I just start by saying what an amazing read Cinder and Ella was! Honestly, one of the best books I’ve read lately. Loosely set in Oram’s V is for Virgin world, Cinder & Ella is a deliciously fun twist on the Cinderella fairytale and features Kelly Oram’s trademark wit and humor woven together with a delectable romance and adorable friendship.
Cinder & Ella is told through the dual POV’s of teenager Ellamara "Ella" Rodriguez and her best friend and internet buddy, Cinder. A blogger and book lover, Ella is still managing to re-establish her life after a terrible accident left her horrendously scarred and took the life of her mother. Now living with the father who abandoned her years before, new stepmother and two "evil" stepsisters, Ella is struggling to adjust to life at a new school and new town, where she is bullied and ridiculed. Her only solace is reconnecting with Cinder, a boy she has spoken to online for years but has never actually met, not knowing that Cinder is actually heart-throb and acting sensation, Brian Oliver, the lead actor in her favorite book-turned-movie series.
I always seem to enjoy Kelly Oram’s novels and Cinder & Ella was no exception—in fact it may be my new favourite! As a reader and blogger I found it so easy to connect with and relate to Ella. Obviously I couldn’t understand exactly what she was going through, but it was easy to emphasise with Ella. Smart, witty and passionate about books, Ella was so very likable and I truly found myself rooting for her. Oram explores Ella’s Cinderella like life beautifully, but also manages to give it a fresh and fun twist that sees some of the "villain’s’ become friends. Honestly, it was just so much fun to read and I really didn’t want to put it down.
I adored the relationship Kelly Oram depicts between Ella and Cinder. From the moment Oram writes their first online interaction readers see in the book, it’s obvious they’ve got chemistry, and their quick, sharp banter makes for some really excellent scenes. I feel like Oram did a fantastic job with their relationship and I never once doubted the depth and authenticity of their feelings for one another. Perhaps it may have come across as strange that two people who had never met could love each other under different circumstances, but here are two people with a legitimate friendship that has developed over three years of connecting and communicating online. It had nothing to do with looks or status or fame—just the opposite actually, but Ella and Cinder honestly cared about each other and I was just dying for them to finally meet in person.
Kelly Oram creates a great dynamic with not only Ella and Cinder, who are just too cute for words, but the other characters as well. As a fairytale retelling, you kind of expect the dynamics of Cinderella to be present, but I also appreciated seeing Ella bond with the family she is forced to live with as well as the friends she slowly makes in the book. Brian Oliver is a thrilling and cheeky leading man who truly adores Ella, and is willing to put her above his career as long as she’ll be with him. He loves her, and knows her and at the end of the day I found it beautiful that he loves her regardless of her scars.
Entrancing from beginning to end, Cinder & Ella was just a plain awesome read. Rich in friendship that develops into romance and non-stop wit, banter and sass, this novel is one you won’t want to miss and is perfect for fairytale fans and contemporary lovers alike!
Inevitable Detour is a fast paced and dangerous story that features dark themes and plenty of romance in S.R. Grey’s debut novel!
Inevitable Detour is told through the eyes of Essalin Brant a twenty-two year old college student whose boring and predictable life takes a drastic turn when her best friend Haven is kidnapped and the only person who believes Haven didn’t willingly leave on her own is Havens older brother and ex-military man Farren Shaw. When Farren decides to track down his sister using his connections, Essa invites herself along on the cross country journey and soon finds herself beginning to fall for Farren, the mysterious man she’s crushed on through photographs of Haven’s for years, but who she has only just met.
What starts out as a journey to rescue her best friend, soon drags Essa into the dangerous world of human trafficking and sex slavery as it becomes evidently clear that Farren’s secret life and work are possibly the reason behind his sister’s abduction, and getting to know Farren may put Essa in more danger than she can handle......
I’m going to be honest here; I’m at two minds when it comes to Inevitable Detour. To begin with the premise blew me away and I was very excited to read the story but I don’t think the novel quite lived up to expectations. And I also had a couple of issue’s with the storyline and characters that kept me from ever really becoming blown away by the story.
Essa is for the most part a likable main character and Farren is sexy and appealing as a military man who is trying to rescue his sister, but I think the author tried too hard to have Essa and Farren’s relationship start straight away. Rather than have these two connect and have a great chemistry that develops into something more, Essa is basically obsessed with Farren before she even meets him; completely blown away by his smouldering good looks and sexiness. I just felt like the story would have been better if their initial relationship developed more naturally.
And yet, Essa and Farren have a really good chemistry. There were some great tender moments shared between them during their journey that are obvious pinnacle points where Farren’s feelings for Essa are beginning to deepen and become something real. I liked these moments and interactions; they were some of my favourites during the story.
My other big issue was Haven and her response to what she had been though. Now I don’t want to give away too many spoilers, but this young woman had been kidnapped, raped and shared by different men. She’d been abused and assaulted and I just feel like she reacted too easily about the whole situation. Even if someone goes along with an assault and multiple instances of forced sex to avoid being hurt too much, surely they’re going to be traumatised and effected—Haven wasn’t as much as I would have expected and seemed ready to move on and be happy too soon. This just didn’t seem realistic in my eyes.
Problems aside, Inevitable Detour weaves together a harrowing kidnapping with a cross country journey that sees two people fall in love. Despite its quirks, the novel was fast paced and exciting at times—I may possibly pick up the sequel after that killer cliff-hanger ending!
Hot on the heels of her successful Immortals After Dark series, Kre**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Hot on the heels of her successful Immortals After Dark series, Kresley Cole launches a new a spin off series exploring a whole new branch of vampires and featuring new characters in the first book of The Dacians series, Shadow's Claim!
Considering we were briefly introduced to The Dacians in Lothaire I was very excited to read this book. Dacia is a secretive and mysterious society; often considered a myth and those who live within it nothing if not complete mysteries. With five different house's warring and fighting each other fto the throne of this mysterious world, it's been interesting discovering Lorthaire's connection and heritage as well as his place within this society in the last two books.
After Lothaire's ascension to the throne of Dacia, the chance to meet more of these characters was one I looked forward to. Kresley Cole introduces us not only briefly to Dacia, but also the demonic land of Abbandon in Shadow's Claim, proving once more that she has sooooo many layers of her world to unravel.
I did enjoy this book. The world was interesting and the story quite entertaining. I loved both main characters, Bettina and Trehan. Bettina was a sweet female; very young and naive, but also a quick learner and an intelligent young woman. She's confused as to her feelings towards her best friend Caspian and mistakes friendship with romantic love. She's flawed and afraid, due to her experiences in the past, but as she manages to overcome this and slowly grows up, Bettina becomes a really capable young woman.
Trehan Daciano, the Prince of Shadows is another great male lead of Cole's. His fierce devotion to his Bride is unmistakable and his desire to fight his instincts and his own desires for the sake of Bettina is admirable. I liked Trehan, I did.
Together Bettina and Trehan were really sweet. They have chemistry and Cole writes their interactions sexy as hell, but I also liked that Trehan helped Bettina become a woman, as she slowly brought him to life. He wanted her now doubt, and her he, but they also interacted and got to know each other over time--and I liked that.
Shadow's Claim introduces us to a whole new gang of characters I'm looking forward to reading about in the future. From Trehans many cousins to Bettina's best friend Caspian to the phanTOM sylph Salem who had no body but more than made up for it with attitude and wit, I'm looking forward to many, many more terrific tales!
Lothaire is the eagerly awaited addition to the Immortals After Dar**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Lothaire is the eagerly awaited addition to the Immortals After Dark series that finally tells the Enemy of Old's tale, in true Kresley Cole fashion!
You know what? I was quite impressed with this book. Lothaire has always been a real enigma in this series. A seemingly evil vampire with a mysterious past and unknown motives, Lothaire has often been painted as the "bad guy", so to say I had high expectations for his story was an understatement. I wondered what Kresley Cole would do with his tale and how she would write Lothaire's story.
I have to say, Cole really has done a good job with this book. Pairing Lothaire with a human is a stroke of genius on Kresley Cole's past as this arrogant, self serving vampire has to face the fact that he's been fated to a being he considers beneath him. Lothaire does so much growing in this book, but Cole stay's so very true to Lothaire's character at the same time. He's not evil per say, but he's arrogant and selfish and only cares about himself in the beginning. His nature is to hurt first and care never. Everything has to be for his benefit and he expects people to bend to his every whim.
Lothaire was a real contradiction for me. There's a part of him that screams evil, and there were plenty of times his actions irked me, but he was also very beguiling. This maddened vampire, with his haunted past and his distrust managed to worm his way into my heart with his mixed up notions of loyalty and tenderness. Cole forces Lothaire to face some harsh truths and accept a lot of things; managing to make him a better person in the end. His story often seemed like a train wreck--you know, you want to look away, but you really can't, and yet for some reason it was incredible addictive.
I must say, Elizabeth, or Ellie as she is known, was a strange female for Lothaire in my mind. This simple mountain girl with her hillbilly twang and gentle nature seemed like the last female that would ever win her way into the Enemy of Old's heart. And yet as he fought to bring Saroya to the front, believing her to be his Bride and thus destroying Ellie's soul forever, Ellie managed to find herself. She was likeable and brave where it counted, though my biggest issue with her was her easy forgiveness of Lothaire's cruel actions. Which when I really think about it is hypocritical, seeing as I did like Lothaire myself.
As I've previously mentioned Lothaire and Ellie seemed like the oddest of matches, but they really work. I think someone like Lothaire needed someone like Ellie. It may have been a long, long journey, filled with a lot of bumps and hiccups, especially on his part, but these two managed to slip so well into each other. Ellie wormed her way into Lothaire's heart and as he began to understand how he had hurt her and as he started to want to be a different person for her, everything just fell into place.
The introduction of the Dacians and the revelation of Lothaire's heritage and history opens up a whole new door to this world. I know Kresley Cole has a spin off series planned, featuring many of these characters introduced in Lothaire and I for one am glad, because just this tiny snippet into Lothaire's long lost family has me eager to see their stories told!
Written perfectly and detailing Lothaire's tale as only Kresley Cole could, Lothaire finally see's Lothaire find his Bride, find his self and finally discover what happiness really is.
Dreams of a Dark Warrior is the 11th installment in the Immortals A**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Dreams of a Dark Warrior is the 11th installment in the Immortals After Dark series by brilliant author Kresley Cole and is just as addictive as the previous ones in the series.
Dreams of a Dark Warrior really was an unexpected delight. After the last book, I wasn't sure what to expect heading into this one. Considering Chase was the leader of the Order and the man responsible for Regin's kidnapping and treatment, I was intrigued to see how Kresley Cole would spin their romance from enemies to lovers....and I have to say, she did a good job. Not that I really expected anything else!
The story within this book was a really interesting one. Two lovers finding each other over the centuries only to lose each other every time....there's something alluring about that. Especially when you consider the personality changes and lives experienced by Declan, AKA Aidan the Fierce and Regin the Radiant who's lived forever and holds all her memories of each reincarnated lover.
Regin was actually a surprise for me in this book. Having always been the prankster and the loud-mouthed immature one, Dreams of a Dark Warrior shows a really different side to her. Here we see her vulnerable and very normal. She was just another girl afraid of losing the one she loved and getting her heart broken. And I liked seeing that about her--oh, she was still a kick-ass Valkerie, but she was also softer at times.
And I found I really liked Declan. And I wasn't sure I would. Here was a guy who hated the Lore and had been behind a lot of actions that had urological effects on the characters I loved. I thought I would struggle to forgive him for that and get over his past mistakes, but Cole quickly made it clear that Declan was a lot more than he seemed. He was broken and scared, both physically and emotionally, and as Regin slowly fell for him, so did I. I wanted to protect him; this fierce, stoic soldier, and couldn't help but adore him as he began to learn the truth about who, and what, he was and as he came to terms with what he'd done and what that meant.
As I previously mentioned, the relationship between Regin and Declan was one steeped in history. From their first relationship as Regin and Aidan, through every one that followed, these two were meant to be together. They were drawn to one another, and Cole manages to write a brilliant romance as we slip into the past, but stay very much in the present with these two. I liked that Declan was Aidan, but he was also Declan. Declan may have been Aidan at one point and may have held his memories, but he was also himself and that was who Regin fell in love with.
This was a really interesting installment in the series. We're introduced to a number of new characters that jump on my list of whose stories I long to hear; Lanthe is a big one as well as Nix, but I also find myself yearning to hear the tale of Vincent and his succubus, Brandt, and Natalya and Thad, who I actually have a feeling may end up together, despite her involvement with Brandt in this book. Regardless, Kresley Cole has me hooked on this series like never before, and as I head into Lothaire's story, one thing's for sure....it's gonna be a hell of a tale! ...more
Demon From The Dark is another exciting book in the Immortals After**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Demon From The Dark is another exciting book in the Immortals After Dark series and another sexy romance from one of the premier names in Paranormal Romance!
Picking up shortly where the last book left off, we're introduced to The Order, the mysterious group of humans who were behind the kidnapping of the various main characters we were made aware of in the last book. Cole develops her world even more in this installment and I'm quite intrigued to see what will happen with The Order next.
I have to admit, I was a little bit unsure of this book in the beginning and unfortunately that was mostly because of Malkom and his actions. In the very beginning of the book I struggled to connect with his brusque nature and attitude. It was hard to accept his way of thinking and I almost found him unlikeable because of this. And yet once I became familiar with Malkom and his history, it was easy to become used to his gruff, almost animalistic was of thinking and I couldn't help but feel for the guy. For someone so fierce and tough, he was surprisingly fragile when it came to his psyche and his ability to trust. He got to me. He did. His second guessing himself as he quietly learnt that others could deem him worth something tugged at my heart strings.
Carrow was quite a nice female lead; likable and brave when need be, and I liked her both as an individual and together with Malkolm. Carrow wasn't the party girl I'd expected from previous brief glimpses within the series and the mothering instinct that came to the surface in her when Ruby became her responsibility was adorable.
Together Malkom and Carrow had a really tough relationship. They had a language and cultural barrier to break through between them and I quite liked exploring this. It made for some interesting reading, especially with Malkom's nature and experience within the world. Theirs was a very instinctual relationship and yet Malkom's inexperience warred with his fierce urge to "claim" Carrow from the get go.
High stakes and a great setting add to the experience of this book, as does the little witch Ruby which bring out the paternal instincts in both Carrow and Malkom. Malkom and Ruby's slow decent into friendship was the most adorable thing ever and the sweet moments between them added the cherry on the top to this story.
With a great ending, I'm really glad to have read this installment and yet very excited for the next! ...more
Pleasures of a Dark Prince is another great installment in the addi**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Pleasures of a Dark Prince is another great installment in the addictive and sensual Immortals After Dark series featuring Lykae Garreth and Valkerie Lucia the Archer!
This is plain and simple another great read. Pleasures of a Dark Prince, finally tells the tale of Lucia and Garreth--the Valkerie and Lykae we first met all the way in the first book, amidst Emma and Lachlain's tale, and yet who seemed to have their own connection and secrets of their own.
I really liked the way Kresley Cole wove Lucia and Garreth's tale together. I thought it was really interesting to learn that their story actually began long before Lachlain and Emma ever met. I thought the setting and plotline of this book was really interesting. Getting lost in the Amazon and facing massive gators, shifters and long dead God's proved to be highly entertaining--the atmosphere of the story was exhilarating.
I adored Lucia and thought she had such great strength and personality. She was a really likable heroine and someone I truly enjoyed reading about. Her history was really shocking and harsh, but I thought the way it impacted the story was really genius of Cole. It was somethingdifferent to explore.
Garreth was a really sexy Lykae. What can I say....there was something so very sexy about that Scott. I can certainly understand why Lucia fell for him. With his gruff and fierce alpha nature and he-man attitude, it was very easy to become drawn to him. He cared deeply for Lucia and fought everything for her--that determination and desire was very admirable and great to read about.
I really enjoyed the sensual relationship between Lucia and Garreth. Considering Lucia's history, it was very fitting to see Lucia re-discover passion and trust someone with her body and heart again. Their sexual tension was off the charts and very addictive to read about.
A thrilling and confronting ending, leaves three of the characters in strife and has me ready to dive straight into the next book pronto!
Deep Kiss of Winter is the 8th installment in the Immortals After D**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Deep Kiss of Winter is the 8th installment in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole, however it is also a complication that houses Tempt Me Eternally, a novella in Gena Showalter's superb Alien Huntress series that features Macy and Brennan's story alongside Untouchable, Cole's story of Murdoch Wroth and the Valkyrie Daniela.
It's actually quite funny. I purchased Deep Kiss of Winter years ago when I was reading Showalter's Alien Huntress series; a series I might add I'm yet to post reviews of. I didn't bother reading the main story Untouchable at the time as I hadn't read any of the Immortals After Dark books and hadn't even considered them.
So in saying this, I was really excited when I got to up to Murdoch and Daniela's story and realized I already had their book sitting on my shelf. Cole's focal story of Untouchable takes place over a number of months and over the course of all the previous books in the series. Cole has often hinted that there was something going on between Daniela and Murdoch that we weren't seeing and it's in Deep Kiss of Winter that we finally get to discover exactly what that is and what they've been through.
I quite liked both Murdoch and Daniela and found them both to be strong characters in their own rights. What can I say? When it comes to the Wroth brothers in this series I'm a fan, and Murdoch is no exception. Daniela was a really sweet female lead too. I have to admit though; I wasn't expecting her to be so lonely and craving touch and affection so much. She really was starved for it.
I think Cole did an awesome job with the romantic relationship in this book. Daniela and Murdoch faced some real trials in their journey to be together, the biggest issue being that they could never touch due to Daniela's race and heritage. They struggled to hold onto a relationship when they could never actually touch but in the end I think this really enhanced the strength of their love--even though they found being unable to touch hard, simply being apart wasn't an option. And I found this really beautiful and sweet.
It was wonderful seeing all the Wroth's together at the end of this book. They're all paired up now and have found their own happily ever after's but there are still so many characters yet to. I liked the introduction of Jadian in this book and hope we see more of him in the future; potentially with his own story!
All in all, another great read and one that left me yet again looking forward to the rest of the series! ...more
Kiss of a Demon King is the 7th Immortals After Dark book and is ye**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Kiss of a Demon King is the 7th Immortals After Dark book and is yet another sizzling tale brimming with sexual tension, romance and danger!
I have to say, after the last book I was really looking forward to reading this book. The moments we saw Sabine and Rydstrom together certainly made you wonder exactly what was happening between the two of them and where they were at. They seemed like enemies, and I have to say, seeing this side of their story though their eyes changed some of the moments of the last book for me--and I love Cole for doing that!
As individuals, I really liked Sabine and Rystrom. Sabine was nothing I expected her to be and for that I was really glad. Cole managed to create a really devilish female, who should by all rights be evil....and yet she wasn't. She was sassy and vain and proud, but also kind. I loved how Sabine was with the little demon Puck. It was a highlight of the book for me and absolutely hilarious in a really sweet way.
Rystrom was a very sexy male and very likable in this book. There's not much to say about him other than I think he was a great hero and match for Sabine.
The relationship between Rydstrom and Sabine was really intense. Sometimes you didn't know what they were to each other--they were ultimately enemies who wanted each other and seeing them fight for dominance over the other; unable to deny their attraction and deepening feelings was really entertaining to read about. I never knew where they would go next.
With another great book coming to a perfect ending, I'm off to begin the next one! ...more
Dark Desires After Dusk is yet another beguilling installment in th**spoiler alert** Find this review and more on my blog The Rest Is Still Unwritten!
Dark Desires After Dusk is yet another beguilling installment in the Immortals After Dark series by Kresley Cole and is an exciting, sensual romance that will have you entranced the entire way through!
Alright, so I'm a fan of this series. After five books in, it's fair to say that the Immortals After Dark book are as addictive as they are exciting. Cole blends romance with brilliant characters and thrilling danger in each tale and Dark Desires After Dusk is no exception; choc-full of passion and tension.
I was really excited to read Cadeon's story. Ever since we met him in Wicked Deeds on a Winter's Night, I've been eager to see him find his female, and after the ending of the pervious book, that briefly allowed us to see Cadeon with his fated female, I've been even more excited to see Cadeon win over his "human" Holly.
I really dug Cade in this book. He really was between a rock and a hard place for a lot of the story; torn between retrieving his brothers crown or protecting his female. Cade had a lot of hard choices to make, but I feel he handled himself very well. Holly was his, and he treated her as such. This cocky, arrogant demon was brought to his knees by this sweet, intelligent firecracker who was so much more than she appeared and I loved it!
Cole created a really great heroine to read about in Holly. She was very flawed with her OCD and her fears, but she comes into her own as the book progresses and she learns about her Valkyrie heritage; becoming a really strong person along the way.
I really liked the relationship they develops between Cade and Holly. There's is a very intense attraction that neither can deny, though Holly spends a lot of the book wishing she could and I really liked seeing Holly experience sex and passion for the first time with Cade. It was intense and steamy and very, very hot.
As this book comes to an end, I find myself more than ready to pick up Rydstrom's story to find out just what is happening between him and Sabine! ...more