Contemporary romance, Talk to Me by Jules Wake, has a lot going for it. I really liked the writing style,...moreOriginally published on www.bookchickcity.com
Contemporary romance, Talk to Me by Jules Wake, has a lot going for it. I really liked the writing style, it’s easy reading with likeable characters, and it’s a lot of fun. However, it doesn’t really know if it is a straight up contemporary romance, or a romantic suspense. I guess that its main aim is to be a straight up romance, but with creepy stalkers, cats being killed by having their throats cut, and evil house mates, combined with a fairly light romance, it doesn’t manage to pull off either. Sadly, its mistaken identity made this book fall a bit flat. I wish the author had stuck to her guns and made the romance itself the main focus, giving the characters a bit more depth and the romance a bit more substance.
Our heroine is Olivia and she has been in love with Daniel for a very long time, but has never vocalised her feelings. Daniel, our hero, has always been in love with Olivia but has never told her how he feels. Each time the moment finally comes for them to tell each other how they feel something always happens to prevent it. This is the story of their journey to their, hopefully, happy ever after (but do they get there? I’m not gonna say as I don’t want to give away any spoilers). Both of these characters are endearing and they both have great voices, which made them enjoyable to read, but they do have some serious flaws.
Emily is Olivia’s flat mate, and newly made girlfriend of Daniel’s, who is just down right horrible – what a nasty piece of work she is. How she is anyone’s friend is beyond me. She lies, gossips, snarks (without being funny or cute) and says the most nastiest things.
There are several moments throughout the book that I was like WTF?! at some of the things she says. Most of the time they are in front of Daniel aimed at Olivia, and not only does Olivia allow Emily to speak to her that way, without saying anything, but so does Daniel!
Daniel has known Olivia for a very long time, and although they haven’t managed to voice their romantic feelings towards one another, they have always been the best of friends. So I was really surprised to see how Daniel just sat back and let his best friend (and the girl he supposedly loves) get abused by his girlfriend of five minutes. Not only that but surely the venom that spews from Emily would be a huge turn off? Over time I did see Daniel in a different light, I mean, where was his backbone? Why would he allow his girlfriend to say such horrible things, and speak to his best friend in such a way? I also became increasingly frustrated with Olivia for allowing Emily to speak to her like that. I can understand that being flat mates and wanting to keep the piece played a part in Olivia’s silence, but Emily never said anything nice. Ever. So I really wanted to see Olivia say something at some point, but she doesn’t.
The other aspect about Daniel that disappointed me was how much he was willing to listen to Emily’s lies about Olivia. He believed everything Emily said, which meant that there were so many misunderstandings between Daniel and Olivia that I could of slapped him. How can someone be so blind?
The other point I have to mention was the climatic scene between Olivia and Daniel. What should have been the pinnacle of this tale is somewhat overshadowed by the stalker aspect of the novel. This really detracted from what was good about the overall story, and that was Daniel and Olivia’s relationship.
So, would I recommend Talk to Me? Well, it’s not the best romance ever written, but it is a quick, enjoyable read, despite its irritations. There are some fun moments with a few laughs, so, if you want something that’s on the whole light and entertaining (minus the cat scene), then I’d say definitely pick it up from your local library and give it a go. (less)
The Last Hour of Gann is dark, intense, romantic, sad, violent, suspenseful, thought provoking; I could go on. It had...moreOMG! I loved this book. Amazing.
The Last Hour of Gann is dark, intense, romantic, sad, violent, suspenseful, thought provoking; I could go on. It had everything. It's a combination of science fiction, fantasy and romance, and it works so well. The characters are amazing; some you love and adore, others you hate with a passion.
The heroine, Amber, is strong and determined, which I loved, and the hero, Meoraq, is a sexy lizardman. Amber and Meoraq are amazing characters, and although they are very different from each other, they worked really well together, as well as individuals. I felt every emotion, every physical thing that happened to Amber and Meoraq; and a lot happens to them.
Violence is prevalent throughout with rape, beatings and murder; definitely not for the faint hearted. But it's all relevant to the story and the world the characters inhabit. Nothing is added just for the sake of it. The alien world the author has created is vibrantly described, I really felt as though I was there.
This story is so much more than a romance, the plot is well thought out and executed, and the supporting cast of characters are just as interesting as the main characters. It’s quite an epic story and I loved it. I will definitely be picking up something else from this author in the very near future.
Smith is an awesome writer. I honestly can't recommend this enough. One of my favourite reads of the year.(less)
An ok end to the trilogy but wasn't great. Found some of it quite dull, but my love for Camden never wavered. He was my favourite character of them al...moreAn ok end to the trilogy but wasn't great. Found some of it quite dull, but my love for Camden never wavered. He was my favourite character of them all. A few twists and turns kept me reading, and as I had invested emotion and time into this series, I really wanted to know how it all ended. I'm happy with the conclusion too.(less)
Black Moon is book three in the Alpha Pack series, and although I enjoyed it, I didn’t find the character...moreOriginally published on www.bookchickcity.com
Black Moon is book three in the Alpha Pack series, and although I enjoyed it, I didn’t find the characters as loveable as those in the previous instalment, Savage Awakening.
Kalen Black is a powerful sorcerer and shifter. He’s only been at the top secret Alpha Pack HQ for a short time and still doesn’t feel as though he’s part of the Alpha Pack family. Especially when Aric is all up in his face with his snarky-arse comments *personally, I love them.* But Kalen is there at the insistence of Nick, the head poncho, and so he’s trying his best to fit in. He’s also got the hots for a sexy doc but has cut all romantic ties with her after their passionate one-night stand as he doesn’t think he’s good enough for her. (You can read more about their little romantic interlude in Black Magic, an Alpha Pack short story).
Dr. Mackenzie Grant is still feeling hurt that Kalen broke things off before they even really got going, but being the professional she is, she’s been keeping her feelings locked up tight. But when she notices that Kalen isn’t acting himself, she quickly realises that he’s being taken over by a sinister force. Mac and the rest of the Alpha Pack are working together to help Kalen, but he’s finding it more and more difficult to resist its seductive forces.
Kalen is an interesting character, but I didn’t fall in love with him like I did Aric from Savage Awakening. I’m not sure why as he’s described as sexy and does turn into a gorgeous black panther (an animal I love). I did find his constant declaration that he would resist the dark forces, only to be quite easily led, slightly annoying and thought it made him look weak (which isn’t a trait I like in my heroes). Mac is also a nice character, she’s caring and thinks of others, which does make her a good doctor, but she doesn’t quite have the feisty personality I like. Together they are sweet though and I did enjoy their romance.
There are lots of twists and turns to this story, and although they were kind of predictable, they were still fun to read. I did find the sections where Kalen was resisting the darkness a little too overused. It seemed to go on for quite a lot of the book, which was too long for me. The climatic action scene near the end of the novel was great, but the overly sweet ending was a little sickly and a bit too perfect. However, it was nice to see Kalen get what he deserved.
Black Moon is a good addition to the series, but not my favourite. The romance is sweet, but the plot is a little slow at times and a bit predictable. Overall though, it is a fun read, and I look forward to picking up the next book in the series, Hunter’s Heart, which is Ryon’s story. (less)
I haven't rated this book as it was a DNF. At first this book started out quite fun, but then it turned a bit strange, and seemed to go on and...more**DNF**
I haven't rated this book as it was a DNF. At first this book started out quite fun, but then it turned a bit strange, and seemed to go on and on without anything really happening. It's was quite repetitive especially with regards to the heroines thoughts and emotions. And there was absolutely no depth to the character of the demon, he was as flat as a pancake.
So, sadly, at 68% I called it a day and set it aside. There are just too many other books to read than to spend time slogging agonisingly through this.
I really tried with this one. The writing is ok, the characters are ok, and I think I could possibly have finished it if it wasn't...more*No rating as DNF*
I really tried with this one. The writing is ok, the characters are ok, and I think I could possibly have finished it if it wasn't just so very dull. Hardly any zombies or action and the sex scenes were devoid of any sexiness. (less)