REVIEW: Feversong is the latest installment in the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning and the end of a love s**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: Feversong is the latest installment in the Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning and the end of a love story between MacKayla & Barrons. In this installment, we are back in a decaying Dublin where humanity and the fae alike are in danger of extinction.
The Fever Series has been a favorite of mine for a long time, from the first book I read I was hooked.
The fight between good and evil doesn’t change, and it doesn’t increase or decrease its intensity. The Sinsar Dubh keeps playing with MacKayla and everyone who surrounds her. Moning did a great job exploiting some of these characters internal demons, she also left other aspects of their story unexplored. The world Moning created is as beautiful as it is horrific. Moning manages to give a face to evil, she twists these characters reality and by doing so she transforms them by giving them shape and beauty. Feversong gave a good amount of excitement without making it over the top and without taking away or minimizing the magnitude of each of these characters story and importance. Moning wrote a great love story, that it was emotional as it was beautiful and heartbreaking.
Moning tried to counterbalance the story by giving us an emotional romance and new character experiences. While the romantic part of the story was sexy, sweet and shattering, I felt that a large part of the story was filled with information that was either uninteresting or inconsequential. The extensive incorporation of inner monologs and lack of dialog forced me to put the book down a few times. The story kept revolving around a plot that seems to change, at times it focus about these characters individual story and other times it focused on saving humanity.
Overall, Feversong closed the chapter of MacKayla and Barrons story, but it set the foundation for Dani/Jada & Ryodan’s story. Readers should expect a lot of emotion. These characters came together when they least expected and their union and alliances gave the story a very needed balance. While the end was a bit abrupt, I think it let the door open for a spin-off that could bring more fae and a whole different kind of evil....more
REVIEW: Deviant is an erotic contemporary romance and book #1 in the series by the same name. This is my first**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: Deviant is an erotic contemporary romance and book #1 in the series by the same name. This is my first book by Jaimie Roberts and it isn’t likely to be the last.
Deviant follows the story of 3 friends who found themselves making mistakes that will forever change their relationship. Tyler was very small when she met Dean and she was already friends with Ian. As they grew, Tyler and Dean kept getting closer and closer. While Ian was still part of the friendship, his friendship with Tyler and Dean was not longer as strong.
As the years passed Dean and Tyler got closer and feelings developed. But while Dean & Tyler’s relationship kept morphing from friendship to love, Ian was being kept in the background as the shadow of the good friends they once were. The story then takes us into adulthood, to a new level of friendship where Dean is not longer part of. But Ian keeps a constant shadow and still friends with Tyler. The story continues showing us bits and pieces of these characters life and how they entwine with one another.
As time passes, we meet a mature and beautiful Tyler, the woman whose life has taken the path she wanted to see herself on. We also learn about Tyler’s secret desires and her need to have them satisfied. As a woman who knows what she wants, Tyler’s sexual needs come to a reality when a sexy stranger starts to visit her. Under any regular circumstances Tyler would’ve run to the police, but she finds herself enjoying the secrecy & illicitness while thriving in the danger that this new relationship brings. The stranger brings passion, domination, and a sensuality Tyler didn’t feel she was capable of. What starts as a silly and at times annoying habit by the strangers turns into a sensual and sexual force that awakens Tyler’s body, mind, and soul.
For a long time, this stranger keeps visiting Tyler, and she keeps him as a secret. The only thing Tylers wishes is to get closer and will him to open up to her. But as the story unravels we learn that while Tyler may be enjoying her new sexual awakening, the despair that will follow is as deep and dark as the man who takes her body in the dark.
Deviant is a very enjoyable story, the flare of forbidden and dangerous makes it story a page-turner. The plot unravels quickly, and while it does we learn a great deal about these characters. The author did a superb job creating these characters, they are strong, intelligent and passionate. They are bound by love, desire, passion, and lust. Deviant can easily be one of those stories one can read more than once. From the characters witty and at times fun personality to the sensual and sexual chemistry they share.
Deviant is a story that readers will not easily forget. I will be reading book 2 because I am very curious to see what the future has in stored for these characters. I will make sure to add Jaimie Roberts to the list of authors to keep an eye on....more
Ares is book #1 in the Guardian of Hades series and boy, is it an awesome start. Ares is one of the sons of Ha**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
Ares is book #1 in the Guardian of Hades series and boy, is it an awesome start. Ares is one of the sons of Hades and one of the guardians of the door to the underworld. With the title comes a lot of responsibility and Ares is more than willing to do the job, he has done it for centuries and he is good at it.
Are is a fantastic start to the series, the story revolves around Ares and his amazing power to control fire. But while he has a lot of power and strength he is attacked by a demon who manages to steal his power. Ares' job is to keep demons away from the gates of the underworld, but while he is still very strong, without his power he is more vulnerable to getting badly hurt or even worse, killed. It is during one of those nights when he is trying to keep the door safe that he meets Megan. A simple and unassuming human with a talent she has kept hidden for a long time. Afraid to being discovered she has lived a sheltered life, but it all changes when she meets Ares and the demons who threatens her life and Ares's.
This story is filled with non-stop action scenes that bring the power of detail and description to the table. The author does an amazing job describing these scenes and transporting the reader to that moment, while also exposing the feelings and emotions that are so beautifully exploit during these scenes. The story is entertaining and it doesn't fail to bring the perfect heroine to a troubled hero. These two characters while they don't fight their attraction, do have reservations about their feelings and the consequences of these feelings if they were to purse it.
I really enjoyed how well written this story is, the way in which the author gives us a story that has not just passion and steamy scenes, but also has romance, high emotions and a deep sense of sacrifice. I have read other books by Felicity Heaton before and as with every of her stories, passion and deep emotions are beautifully explored. Ares does not fall short. Readers can expect a strong heroine who is not afraid to explore her feelings and emotions but while at times vulnerable, her strength comes from her strong conviction and from the fact that she loves deeply.
Ares is the perfect hero, not only does he understand what's needed and expected of him as a guardian, but he also is willing to make sacrifices for Megan but not blindly. I really liked how great their story developed. Even thought their attraction did not develop slowly, the author managed to develop their feelings in a way that did not feel rushed. Ares the perfect start to what promises to be a very exciting and steamy series....more
REVIEW: Highland Sanctuary is a short 135 pages novella that reads as a full length novel. I found myself enjo**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: Highland Sanctuary is a short 135 pages novella that reads as a full length novel. I found myself enjoying the premise and the story as well as the characters. Highland Sanctuary set precedent for the series and what one should expect in the following stories. The author doesn't give details of course but she set the background for future stories to come.
Highland Sanctuary explores the ins and out of an abusive husband and his machinations and ability to getting away with a lot more than just the beating of his wife. It also shows the struggles the main character Amy goes through, from the pain to see those she loves die at the hand of her husband to hiding in order to survive. She is strong but after battling her husband abuse for so long her defenses have been knocked out of her as well as her will to fight. It isn't until a very handsome Scottish man shows up to sweep her off her feet.
I found myself enjoying the story more than I thought I would. While I think the author didn't necessarily executed the heroine as strong and agile as I would've like I think she did very well by making Amy redeemable at the end. Amy as a navy officer knew that her duty was to help and defend others but once she found out her husband who was also a member of the Navy was dealing drugs, her moral and heart forced her to act and what came after was pain and sorrow.
Don't let the length of this story full you, the author did a superb job giving plenty details as well as a lot of action in a manner that doesn't feel rushed or forced. She paced these characters actions and their results in a way that the story while it moves fast it also leave the reader satisfied. I enjoyed very much the connection between Amy & Alec. Their attraction though it was instant it didn't take away the harsh and painful reality that domestic violence brings to those who suffer from it.
Their story developed quickly and while one may get the impression the story is gearing towards deceit, the author manages to clear the path for these two characters so that their beginning isn't marked by betrayal & lies. I recommend Highland Sanctuary if you enjoy determined Scottish men with a sense of duty and love for the woman they make theirs....more
REVIEW: Girl Over Paris is the first comics I review and I am happy an**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
WARNING THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
REVIEW: Girl Over Paris is the first comics I review and I am happy and excited to say I am hooked. Girl Over Paris follows Julie Maroni a young wire walker who after tumbling during a performance finds her way back into the spotlight after being invited to an exclusive exhibition in Paris. It starts with Julie heading to the airport with her parents & publicist and of course her parents are worried about but her while their worry is warrant Julie’s concerns are far more less complex. Shortly after arriving at the airport we are introduced to her boyfriend Remy and Dita, Remy’s sister. It is then that they embark into an adventure that will either redeem Julie and bring her stardom back or ruin her career.
Review: Hero by Donna Grant is book #1 in her newest series Sons of Texas. I have read a few other books by Do**originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
Review: Hero by Donna Grant is book #1 in her newest series Sons of Texas. I have read a few other books by Donna Grant and I have always enjoyed them, but Hero falls in a whole different category. I am new to the military romance genre but after reading Hero I think it has become one of my favorites genres of the year.
Hero follows the story of Owen Loughman, a highly decorated operative/Navy Seal. Owen as everyone in his family lived to be a military man and he has been proud to serve his country, his duty and love for it runs deep and it goes beyond duty. But not all is at it seems, Owen’s life changed the moment his mother was murdered, his father who was also a military men brought tragedy to his own and the consequence was the murder of his mother, after it all happened Owen closed himself away and joined the Navy, he made his service more than a service, he made it a mission, he made it a life, he made it his reason. But while he was away he pushed aside any notion of his father, and whatever relationship he had with his father in the past stayed in the past.
Owen wasn’t alone in his pain, his brothers and father also grieved their mother/wife death but they all did it differently. Owen had a beautiful girlfriend who he loved deeply but one he had to leave behind if he wanted to become the man he hoped to be. After years of service and while in the middle of a mission he was pulled out and called home.
The story then stars to unraveled into a suspenseful, and exhilarating tale in which Owen has to prove once again what he is made of while relying on people he once left behind. What starts as a visit to his father’s farm develops into a crime scene and slowly turns into a suspenseful government espionage of international involvement, with high stakes. The story develops quickly, the reader is brought out into the front line of a man who uses his skills to avenge his family while saving the life of his father and the woman he loves.
Hero is a very engaging and entertaining story of two lovers who are reunited under unexpected circumstances and while danger is at every turn, they do everything necessary to keep each other safe. This is a fantastic first book to what promises to be a very exciting and exhilarating tale of forgiveness, second chances, government espionage & military conspiracy....more
Review: Distractions is the 3rd book I read by Tania Joyce. I have enjoyed author Joyce’s writing from the mom**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
Review: Distractions is the 3rd book I read by Tania Joyce. I have enjoyed author Joyce’s writing from the moment I read her first book, her writing is descriptive and detailed and often has a very good narrative. Her stories though not necessarily deep and profound they have a realistic feel to them.
Distractions is a new adult romance that explores the reality of two college students. Wiley a responsible, studious and intelligent young woman with a set goal in mind, graduate without major incidents, enjoy college life without much distraction and stay focus without being interrupted by any guys. As the story flows we get to know Wiley, a very sweet and caring girl with a focus in mind and high standards for herself. It is while we follow Wiley around campus that we get to know her friends and witness her relationship with them. While Wiley already have a certain history and heart break she doesn’t necessarily dwell much on that incident and has moved on with her life as a new semester starts.
It is during one of those campus escapades that we meet Cam, the sweet and unassuming guy, mysterious but approachable, sweet and funny but not the group clown, but the caring and young guy who attends the small town college with the intention to start anew, away from the chaos that was his life when his girlfriend died.
Distractions as the title entails, detail Wiley’s struggles to maintain focus on a goal while also allowing herself to enjoy life and the guy she has come to develop feelings for. From their interaction and college life to the way in which they establish their relationships, the author brings a lot of their everyday life into the story. I enjoyed seeing Wiley and Cam’s relationship grown from just friends to lovers. While the story at times slows down, the author manages to keep Wiley’s and Cam’s story entertaining giving us mundane details that only add to the overall charm and realistic feel of the story.
While the story didn’t go through deep and sorrowful situations, the author did a great job exposing Cam’s experience with the lost of a loved one. I think this story brought out the typical college drama that many of readers can find easy to identify with. Distractions clearly exposes & explores the ups and downs of college life, and how distracting love can be, but only when it is real. Wiley and Cam’s relationship went through the typical ups and downs, the story’s narrative and their characters made this story feel real and easily relatable, the ups and downs and the ins and out of young love is what makes Distractions a sweet & sexy read....more
REVIEW: The Protector is the 2nd book I read by author Palmas. With this new book readers and fans of the aut**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's blog
REVIEW: The Protector is the 2nd book I read by author Palmas. With this new book readers and fans of the author can expect the same quality of writing and style as well as drama and angst.
The Protector follows the life of two different individuals. Cami the daughter of a rich, ruthless and manipulative man who stops at nothing to get what he wants in business and life. Camille is a model, passionate and loyal. She is making a name for herself as a model and as a fashion designer.
As the story develops we are introduced to Camille’s past, a past filled with angst and pain. She had been in the eye of the press after her breakup with her boyfriend Sebastian and her drug abuse, but while that is now part of the past Camille can’t deny the impact that made in her life. Now drug free and single Camille is concentrate on her work as a model and her entrepreneurship as a fashion designer. But while she is moving on with her life things start to unravel around her.
It is after her father gets a threat directed at Camille that she is brought to face her latest father’s decision. Jake Sharp is a man of action. As a sniper and body guard he knows his way around danger and it is for that reason that he gets hired by Trevor Logan, Camille’s father to protect her at all cost. But while Jake is a man of action his world comes to a stop when he meets Camille.
These two characters have a certain chemistry when they first meet, and as the story develops some aspects of their life come to play and we see their dynamics change. Attraction is instant but while they try to keep their attraction in check their bodies and hormones dictates otherwise. The story had a good premise, but as many other stories in contemporary romance it falls short. These characters & their relationship evolve around the idea that they they need fixing and that the only way they will be whole and happy is if the person for whom they have fall in-love fix them.
Camille & Jake are good characters, but as most contemporary romance they fall on each other to find the their purpose in life and the answer to their future. Everything around their life becomes secondary, giving the story a less realistic feel. The Protector didn’t bring the wow factor I have come to expect from contemporary romance with a suspense theme, Jake’s inability to accept the death of his wife did not convince me to believe his self impose penance and pain.
Overall, The Protector is a story of two characters that while very different fall on each other to fix each others life and chances to a future. Their story entwines and come to a very touching end which could be perhaps the best part of the whole story....more
REVIEW: Interference is a short story that reads like a full length novel. Interference follows the life of a**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: Interference is a short story that reads like a full length novel. Interference follows the life of a young, married and happy couple who is stroke by tragedy. Since the story is told from different POVs we are right away submerged into the ins and out of their life and relationship.
As the reader learn about Chloe, we are right away introduced to some details of her relationship. Chloe is happily married to Gabriel, but her life is cut short when she dies. Gabriel lives for Chloe, he adores her and is happy with her. But as the the story develops we find ourselves diving into Chloe’s life and secrets while her husband finds support from a photographer who he has become friends with. While Chloe isn’t entirely out of the picture, certain aspects of her narration become comical and light, taking the seriousness of her death away and replacing it with what a times is a funny banter.
Interference brings all the aspects of a longer novel to the table, character development, dramatic plot with unexpected twists and turns. While the story goes into Gabriel’s mourning process and how he finds himself developing feelings for Emma, we are also exposed to a Truman Show type of development that takes the reader into a twisted roller coaster ride of emotions. It is after Emma and Gabriel relationship starts to develop that the story takes a dramatic turn.
As the reader moves on with Gabriel and Emma’s story, Chloe’s narrative changes. As she goes through the ins and outs and surprises of her husband new love interest, the reader is exposed to what seems to be an embodied narrative of a wife who seems to miss everything about her current life while also giving the reader the impression that there is more to her than her selfish needs and wants of a dead wife. While at times these characters lack depth, the story seems to maintains a certain edge and level of suspense. What happens next sets into motion an outcome that while it takes the reader by surprise it isn’t difficult to accept. Interference is an interesting story with interesting characters and with an end we didn’t see coming....more