I really enjoy James' characters. They are quirky, unsentimental, intelligent, with decent at heart (or able to become quite decent) and wonderfully iI really enjoy James' characters. They are quirky, unsentimental, intelligent, with decent at heart (or able to become quite decent) and wonderfully imperfect with more than their share of baggage. They are also usually in challenging situations that they try to overcome or make the best of. Four Nights with the Duke is the pairing of the son and daughter of scandalous, adulterous lovers. They are in no way related to each other or have any contact as adults until circumstances force Mia to "persuade" Vander he has to marry her. The two must come to terms with the pain of their pasts, while learning how to make their relationship and marriage work. A very solid four stars. ...more
Enjoyable installment in the Psy/Changeling series. As the series has progressed, the plots have become darker and more complex. SinghSolid Four Stars
Enjoyable installment in the Psy/Changeling series. As the series has progressed, the plots have become darker and more complex. Singh has done a great job of world building all along and the storyline has evolved from Paranormal Romance to Science Fiction with an emphasis on romance. In some ways, I miss the early novels with simpler plots and heavier emphasis on the Changelings. This book and at least the one before it have protagonists both Psys. And the next book in the series is also about two Pays. Singh is a very talented author and I will continue reading these books . However I do plan to go back and read some of the early ones that feature the Changelings as well as the size . Those are the books that I love the best....more
Interesting fantasy of a bee's very eventful life. Flora 717 is born to live and die as a lowly sanitation worker in her hive. But Flora is an extremeInteresting fantasy of a bee's very eventful life. Flora 717 is born to live and die as a lowly sanitation worker in her hive. But Flora is an extremely unusual bee (the reason for which you discover late in the novel). She moves through a variety of roles and important events in the hive, becoming a bearer of wisdom and secrets. Flora's world is remarkably beautiful but at times terribly violent. Although there are anthropomorphic qualities in the descriptions of the insects, Flora is always very much a bee, with limited understanding of the world other than through her amazing bee senses.
I don't know much about bees, but I assume the author does and Flora's experiences are a description of various aspects of bee life. I really enjoyed the story and read it quickly, wanting to see what was going to happen next. The Bees was a very nice change of pace from my usual reading and I feel like I have some insight into what life is like for a very different species....more
Enjoyable novella overall. David is a rock band drummer determined to win Thea, his publicist who is having trouble recovering from a disastrous engagEnjoyable novella overall. David is a rock band drummer determined to win Thea, his publicist who is having trouble recovering from a disastrous engagement. The memos and emails between them are cute as David makes his case and they begin their relationship. However, they spend about the first third of the story on different continents emailing each other, which was a little long for me. Otherwise, it was sweet and short....more
Five stars. I should go back and re-rate all of Wylde's biker romances as 5 stars instead of quibbling and reducing them to 4 stars. The male leads arFive stars. I should go back and re-rate all of Wylde's biker romances as 5 stars instead of quibbling and reducing them to 4 stars. The male leads are criminal, often violent and usually crude. The women are drawn to these men (say no more). The plots are filled with drama and the protagonists' relationship is intense and at times twisted. The sex is rough and graphic.
And Wylde always writes a heck of a tale. Think plots that are like riding on a Tilt-a-Whirl. Her heroes, for as rough edged as they are, fall deeply in love and are actually quite sweet and supportive of the heroines. Puck is no exception and the quick tempered ex-con is a great match for his tough little survivor, Becca. She escaped a horrific family situation 5 years earlier, thanks to Puck's rescue and wants nothing to do with bikers. Except she can't stop thinking about Puck who can't stay away from her. With Puck, Becca finds not just love (and lots of lust) but also reclaims the strength and confidence she thought trauma and abuse had stolen from her.
I really liked both Puck and Becca. Puck and his motorcycle club were fairly civic minded in their own way and Puck didn't have the rampant misogynistic/generally unpleasant attitude that some of Wylde's other heroes display. Becca's trauma history was appalling but she never dwelled on it or showed a trace of self-pity.
Some day I would love to read a book by Wylde where the characters aren't criminal, trashy low-lives. But until that happens, I will continue to eagerly await her MC books and thoroughly enjoy her talented story telling....more
I understand the disappointment that many NS fans express over this book. It is a very straightforward (simple) contemporary romance that could use aI understand the disappointment that many NS fans express over this book. It is a very straightforward (simple) contemporary romance that could use a bit more plot. I still give it four solid stars because the characters, especially Fox are so compelling and carry the fairly uneventful story quite well. A couple times I felt my attention wandering, but in general Fox just blazes off the page/Kindle screen and I really liked Molly as well.
The plot is Molly has survived a very difficult childhood, complete with all kinds of trauma and public scandal and now hopes to live a quiet,"normal" life out of the limelight. However, she catches the eye of Fox, an extremely popular rock star and they begin what Molly believes is a temporary affair but Fox intends to be a long term relationship. Molly struggles with Fox's bad boy reputation, the public's interest, groupies and the press while trying not to freak out because the last thing she ever wanted was to be in anyway famous or infamous, even by association. Fox has his own baggage of abandonment and rejection by his mother. Together they figure out how to make their very passionate relationship work and move forward from their rocky starts in life.
Despite not having a huge amount of plot, the characters (Fox!) made for compelling reading. I am a huge fan of NS's Psy Changelings and there is nothing like the complexity of plot, overarching story line and long list of characters here. But frankly, I find that refreshing about this Rock Kiss series. While I continue to love the Psy Changeling series, it is increasingly complex/dark and I'm never thrilled by books that begin with two pages of the cast of characters, in case you are losing track. I don't care for urban fantasy so the Archangel series isn't my cup of tea, even with as talented a writer as NS.
So, anyway, I am very much enjoying this simpler series. I read Book 2, Rock Hard, first and liked it even better than Rock Addition. A nice thing about this series is you can read the books as stand alones and NS avoids plot spoilers if you read out of order. I have the novella, Rock Courtship, fired up to read soon and that says a whole lot because I dislike novellas in general. I only ever give novellas by my favorite authors a try. NS is so talented and I enjoyed the two full length novels enough to make an exception. Hopefully the next novel isn't too far down the line. ...more
4 1/2 stars. Very enjoyable story of a very unlikely couple. Charlotte is a shy, insecure woman due to some very serious trauma. She catches the notic4 1/2 stars. Very enjoyable story of a very unlikely couple. Charlotte is a shy, insecure woman due to some very serious trauma. She catches the notice of the new celebrity CEO at her company. Gabriel sees beyond her attempts to hide from the world to a woman he both admires and desires. Gabriel approaches Charlotte with a combination of patience, manipulation, seduction, provocation and teasing. He is almost too perfect but has a few of his own issues to figure out as he helps Charlotte heal and blossom. I liked that Charlotte pushed Gabriel to let him lean on her and she refused to be the needy, broken one in the relationship.
The romance moves cautiously but has a lot of passion and sweetness. There is also humor in the book with amusing chapter titles and fun repartee. I especially liked the way Gabriel called Charlotte Miss Baird when he flirted with her. It made me think of Sean Connery for some reason.
I love Singh's Psy Changeling series and am not sure how I missed this straightforward contemporary series, but I am very glad I finally noticed Rock Hard. It was great spending time with Charlotte and Gabriel, watching them grow as they find happiness and love....more