REVIEW: House of the Rising Sun is the new spin off series of House of Comarre by Kristen Painter. Fans of...more**Originally posted at ReadingDiva's Blog **
REVIEW: House of the Rising Sun is the new spin off series of House of Comarre by Kristen Painter. Fans of House of Comarre will be in for a treat, Kristen’s writing style and imaginative setting and world building will not disappoint.
Based on characters of House of Comarre and new characters of course the story takes place in the mystic and magical city of New Orleans. The backdrop serves as foundation to a new series with great promise. As every book written by Kristen Painter, expect an engaging plot, an interesting and unique world building and characters that suck you in. There isn’t a dull moment in this story and I am happy to see Kristen’s writing quality is still superb.
Augustine is one of the characters introduced in the Comarre series, he was the person who helped Chrysabelle and Malcolm go into the fae plane which is prohibited to humans. This token of friendship set off a series of events that would determine Augustine’s future. After having gone into hiding for a few months, Augustine decides to return to New Orleans without considering the consequences he might’ve been facing with his return. He is happy to be back but coming back to a city where chaos is imminent wasn’t exactly what he had in mind, with the sudden increase in crime committed by rogue vampires Augustine isn’t sure of what this mean for him and what it will mean to the city. He knows that nothing will stop the Elektos from coming to knock on his door. It is very difficult to keep telling you about the story without spoiling it. Expect to see a very different and more mature Augustine, the consequences of his inaction will hunt him when tragedy strike close to his heart.
I really enjoyed Augustine’s character. He is a playboy, always looking for fun and never worrying about who he brings to his bed, well to their hotel bed. He is funny, sweet, and all around sexy. His story comes with a bit of baggage, his childhood wasn’t exactly a happy one and feeling rejected was a constant reminder of his nature. Even when his childhood marked him profoundly, Augustine did not allow that to pre-determine who he would become. He is smart, caring, thoughtful and very sensitive towards those he cares and love. His love is tested and his loyalty weighted. I think House of The Rising Sun will be a hit, readers who enjoyed House of Comarre will enjoy this series. The characters will pull you into the story making you feel like you are witnessing the events af if you were there, there is a lot of action and discovery. Augustine chance to love isn’t lost to him, it is right in front of him but it will not be easy to obtain it. Kristen did a great job giving us a story in which the characters have a lot more than their own personal drama to deal with. After a great loss, Augustine real personality comes alive sparking twists and unexpected decisions. It was nice to see other characters from the Comarre series even though they were just slightly present and didn’t have a big impact on the story. The world created by Kristen requires a great deal of imagination, the characters are well rounded and each has a very distinctive and strong voice. Their dialog and interaction is at times funny, other times serious and most time fascinating. I enjoyed this book and I can’t wait to see what else Kristen has for us in the next installment of House of The Rising Sun.(less)
REVIEW: Ah, Steampunk, young romance and a futuristic Victorian London — nothing sexier a...more** Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: Ah, Steampunk, young romance and a futuristic Victorian London — nothing sexier and better combined. Kady Cross brings back my favorite group of friends, Griffin, Finley, Emily, Sam & Jasper. This time around they are trying to fight an invisible entity that doesn’t seem want to stay dead. The Machinist has taken Griffin into the AETHER and is going to kill him. I really enjoyed this book because I just loved how much fun these characters are. Their ingenuity does not take away their intelligence and agility.
Throughout the series they have been facing all sort of obstacles, trying to spare humanity from things they wouldn’t be able to understand and fight. As Griffin gets a hold of his power and learns to control it, the Machinist seems to get stronger, making Griffin more aware of his weakness. Oh but the fun doesn’t stop there, Jack Dandy is back and so is Mila. Oh I loved Mila, her intelligence & beauty unmatched and her big heart growing more human.
I enjoyed so much seeing her character grow. Her character though it is new and somewhat different was able to integrate easily to the story. Her hunger for knowledge and her need to experience life only added more appeal and interest to the story. I enjoyed every aspect of Mila’s interaction with Jack. I loved her curiosity, her inability to lie and her ability to express her feelings. I liked her enthusiastic and energetic personality. Her character made the story sweet and funny. The experiences of a first love, first kiss and touch proved to be exactly what the story needed to balanced out the evil that the Machinist kept bringing upon them.
I admire the authors ability in creating a modern yet old Victorian London. The way she describes the scenery, the locations and the world around can easily transport the reader to those times while also preparing them to imagine and picture what a modern Victorian London would look like. The plot in this story was a combination of first love, found love and the perpetual fight of good vs evil. The Girl With The Windup Heart was nicely crafted & beautifully executed. I enjoyed every aspect of this story, the characters and their emotions, the characters interaction and action not to mention the many discoveries they have come to experience individually and as a group.
Kady Cross is a great Steampunk ambassador, she has kept me hooked on the genre and I have yet to discover a flaw in her books. I loved everything about them, I highly recommend it if you enjoy an imaginative story in which magic and technology meet to create a world of young love, courageous people and true friendship.(less)
REVIEW: When I was given the opportunity to read this book and I saw it was an international b...more**Originally posted ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: When I was given the opportunity to read this book and I saw it was an international bestseller I was very excited. The moment I received the book I jumped to read it as if there wasn’t any other book in the world. I devour it and I enjoyed every sentence, paragraph and every page. The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair is a murder mystery/thriller that will keep you on the edge of your sit from beginning to end. Joel’s ingenious story telling is outstanding.
I find it very interesting when a book can convey so many different emotions in a reader, frustration, angst, uncertainty, sadness, laughter and love. All these emotions makes us who we are and even though at times we tend to avoid them, there is very little we can do when we experience them but to let them drag us wherever it is they will take us. When I started reading The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair I wasn’t sure I would experience exactly what I listed above, I thought I would be reading a murder mystery with gruesome details about the disappearance of a young girl, however, as I kept reading and reading those feelings started invading my mind and heart making me at times unable to put the book down.
The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair is ingenuous, a book that tells us the story of a struggling author trying to find his way back to writing the masterpiece he has always dream of writing, and one that will put his name back in stardom. It is also about the love affair of the great writer Harry Quebert whose life and reputation was destroyed by the discovery of a thirty three year old love affair.
While this novel doesn’t necessarily reads as a literary thriller, it does however contains criminal elements, mystery and suspense that keep the reader glue to the pages. Readers will experience thrilling enthusiasm while reading this book, the added humor gave the story the lightness that it required a times but it also gave it a sense of “real” that a lot of stories lack. The story starts with Marcus Goldman (Marcus The Magnificent) as he was known during his high school years, a young writer who is struggling to write a second book after the first book he ever wrote sent him to stardom. From the start I became a fan of Marcus, his conversations and arguments with his mother made me laugh out loud, while also giving me a sense of pity as he struggles with writers block.
His chance and inspiration comes in the form of an scandal, a scandal that would change his life and the life of his best friend and mentor Harry Quebert. Harry Quebert’s story is fantastically drafted, detailed and enigmatic, twisted and all around thrilling. When the news of Harry’s legal problems and terrible accusations hit Marcus his first thought was to run to be with his friend, without knowing that the events that followed would change his life forever. Harry Quebert became the focus of Marcus story, in his attempt and need to help his friend he started to discover everything that happened in the summer of 1975, which would soon be his new book. The new book, the story of Harry Quebert and his love Nola Kellergans a fifteen year old girl who became Harry’s inspiration for his masterpiece is tragic and mysterious. The tragedy didn’t just rumble that small town but it also destroyed the spirit of one of the greatest writers of his time. Once Marcus started his investigation, he will learn the lies, the betrayal and the dark past of his friend Harry Quebert.
This book has a fantastic plot, it has a clever dialogue and complex characters. This is exactly what distinguishes The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair from many other mystery novels of its kind. Readers will discover a fun, seductive, twisted and utterly engrossing story which will keep readers talking about it for a while.(less)
REVIEW: Lover, Devine is a nice and sweet romance-mythology novel in modern days where Apollo the God of The S...more**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: Lover, Devine is a nice and sweet romance-mythology novel in modern days where Apollo the God of The Sun has come down from Mythos to claim the mortal who will bare his children. I am a big fan of Greek Mythology I am also a fan of authors who are capable of mixing modern society with ancient cultures & myth. Lover, Devine is the first book of the Mythos: Gods and Lovers Series by A. Star.
The plot revolves around Apollo and his visit to Earth to complete a contract that has been pre-determined by Fate. There is also a certain prophecy that at this point isn’t well established. Apollo has come to earth after observing the young Siobhan Law, a very talented musician who is part of a very distinguished, special and privilege line of families who are the safe keeping of earth. They are the middleman between the Gods and Earth dealings. Siobhan is a virgin, one that is carefully guarded by her father and one who is considered a prize. The idea of a god choosing you to be the mother of his offspring should be a honored but Siobhan doesn’t think so. There isn’t anything significant in the story, it moves slowly and it doesn’t necessarily deliver the wow factor I have come to expect from Greek Mythology. There isn’t much action aside one specific instance when there is a confrontation between the good and the bad side (Ares & Apollo).
Siobhan Law is smart, talented and beautiful. She loves music, she is a good friend and she has been an exemplary daughter. The author has given us a pretty perfect character, there isn’t anything wrong with her, she is loved and cherish by her friends and family. Apollo on the other hand felt flat, I expected to be blown away, and I was not. His character was predictable and at times annoying. When it comes to characters I will always preferred them flawed. With faults and indecision, with stubborn personalities, with strong demeanor , conflicting and dynamic. Siobham was just too perfect for me.
Overall, Lover, Devine was nice and sweet but it didn’t deliver the WOW factor I expected to find in this Mythology-Romance novel. I am adding A. Star to my authors to watch, I think this series has potential I just would like to see a more romance, more drama and controversy, after all Olympus and its gods can bring tons of drama to any story.(less)
REVIEW: If like me you have a love/hate relationship with Tony then you will understand wh...more**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5**
REVIEW: If like me you have a love/hate relationship with Tony then you will understand where I come from. Tony Rawlings is one of those characters you can’t help but to love and hate and at times fantasize about. He has slowly gained the appreciation, respect, the love of many readers.
When I was first introduced to Consequences (Book #1) I was baffled, overwhelmed and plain flat speechless at the complexity, twisted and out of this world plot. Not only were we put against one of the strongest characters I have ever read, but I was also forced to choose sides even when I didn’t want to. I was played, I was blind sided, I was exposed and left licking my wounds.
(view spoiler)[ “The first option is a two-week time-out in your suite.” Suddenly, the fire was back. She glared, stood, and met his face-to-face. God, her strength captivated him. The defeat was gone. If there was a punishment coming, she wanted to choose. “Then I choose number two.”
Behind His Eyes shows us Tony Rawlings from the only side we can see him, his eyes. He is the only one capable of showing us the man he truly was while daring us to judge him. Aleatha Romig has proven to be one of a kind writer. She has been able to twist our guts and heart in ways many of us didn’t think possible. Her creativity is out of this world, the way in which she crafted this story was manipulative, extremely detailed, realistic and all around fantastic. Each of the characters were given a strong voice, each providing us with feelings, emotions and reactions totally unexpected. I am one of those people who read stories with an open mind, at times giving the bad guy my heart and understanding. Tony was a hard sale, he manipulated our judgement, at times allowed us to draw conclusions while maintaining certain control. I mean what character you read is capable of doing that? Only Tony Rawlings.
There are stories that stay with us for a long time and Consequences is one of them. Behind His Eyes show us the consequences in a whole new perspective and under a whole new light, it shows us how each and every one of Claire’s actions impacted him. Reading his reactions and thoughts was eye opener, it showed us how deep it affected him. I don’t sympathize with many of the things he did, but it put things in perspective and at times it sort of give the impression that he was suffering, showing us a different side to him, showing us the struggles between his heart and mind. Assuming he had a heart at the time.
(view spoiler)[ “Damn you Claire.” He pulled her close. “I make snap decisions based on the visible evidence. Appearances are important. I assume you had something planned with Sue-something I hadn’t approved. I was wrong. Your speech,” he lifted her chin, gently this time, as his tone softened, “was very brave.” He watched her expression. “It helped me see that I’d jumped to the wrong conclusion.” (hide spoiler)]
Overall, Behind His Eyes gives us a very vulnerable Tony, yet strong and in control, depicting a man we wouldn’t think existed while reading Consequences. It was exciting, overwhelming and flat out fascinating to have been in his head, to see his reasoning and the justifications from his point of view. I can’t wait to read what awaits us in Behind His Eyes (Truth).["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
**Originally posted @ SinfulReads.com** Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: Kresley Cole has a knack for writing great prologues. I am a huge fan of her and now th...more**Originally posted @ SinfulReads.com** Rating 4.5 of 5
REVIEW: Kresley Cole has a knack for writing great prologues. I am a huge fan of her and now that she has made the crossover to New Adult I am static. I was frantic to get my hands on The Professional, throughout this review you will see why I can’t deny or hide my enthusiasm.
The Professional Part 1 introduces us to Natalie, a mouthy, funny and intelligent young woman who sees men as a way to escape but who has never been very incline to follow through with them until her eyes fall on him. Natalie has been searching for her parents and though she feels she is very close, the information she has been trying to get comes to a dead end. In an attempt to break the norm and have a little fun she approaches a man she hasn’t seen before, responding to her friends rant and games she agrees to approach the man who has just caught her eyes, not knowing that it would be the beginning of an unbelievable new life.
One of the reasons why I like Kresley Cole’s writing style is because she doesn’t waste time on unnecessary details and dialog. She give us the needed details to spark interest and curiosity, while providing us interesting and engaging dialog, making us feel like part of the story. Her ability to create sexy, intelligent and likeable characters is undeniable.
Alexei Sevastyan has been watching Natalie from a distance, keeping his eyes on her while Natalie is unaware of his presence. The Siberian is on assignment and his assignment just got hotter when he sees her at that bar. I couldn’t help but enjoy the mystery behind Alexi (The Siberian), the sensuality of his nickname and the danger that he exudes. I have always liked names that give the sense of danger and power, The Siberian did it for me, not just because I loved his nickname, but because he is a total hunk.
Natalie has the personality I like to see in heroines. She is realistic, audacious and very adaptable. I enjoyed her ability to make me laugh out loud, she is like no other character you might’ve read lately. What I enjoyed the most about her character is how atune she is with the fact she is attracted to The Siberian, her ability to adapt to her new life and how she keeps herself reminded that her goal is to not just enjoy her new life and not forget of her old one, but she is also very much setting herself to make The Siberian crave for her. I think she is sexy, smart and all around great.
I am enamored with this series already, I think this is a fantastic introduction to The Professional Serial and I can’t wait for the part 2. Kresley Cole made the crossover easily and she has proven to be able to make a big entrance. Nicole & Alexei are my two favorite new adult couple! (less)
REVIEW: Once again Kresley Cole proves to be on top of her game. The Game Maker trilogy broke the rules in New...more** Originally posted @ SinfulReads Blog
REVIEW: Once again Kresley Cole proves to be on top of her game. The Game Maker trilogy broke the rules in New Adult and brought us a sinfully delicious Siberian who not only was able to catch the heart of readers but also our souls.
Part 3 of The Professional brings us the final episode and final struggles between Sevastyan & Natalie. The feelings between these two run strong and Natalie is open and is willing to share her life with the man she has come to love. I like how the story between these two characters flows. Yes, at times it feels predictable and rushed but overall it has the necessary sparks and steam to make it addictive.
The interaction and banter between Natalie and Sevastyan is funny, sexy and a lot of times frustrating. Her new reality doesn’t seem to get in the way of who she is. Natalie maintains the same personality and sense of reality she had before knowing who her father was. She is not longer the young woman who was clucless about her heritage, she is now the woman behind a very powerful empire that threatens her well being and that of the man she loves. This story is not just about Natalie falling in-love with a very different and almost unattainable man, it is also about her life and who she has become after arriving in Russia. Another aspect of the story I enjoy is Natalie sexual awakening. It shows a woman who isn’t afraid to try new things, it shows us a woman who is eager to experiment an aspect of her life she never had the chance to explore and taste. Sevastyan showed Natalie the wonders and art of submission and the undeniable the sinfully delicious scape that BDSM offers.
Overall The Game Maker series was exactly what I expected from Kresley Cole, it had all the ingredients to make readers drool over Sevastyan and being envious of Natalie. The mafia dealings and history added the necessary suspense and depth to the story, Sevastyan’s background story was touching and interesting, and Natalie’s embrace of a sexual awakening deliciously detailed. The sex is melting hot have a fan and cold water handy, you will need it.
Add The Game Maker series to your reading list, you will not regret it.(less)
REVIEW: When I was given the opportunity to read this book and I read the description I kne...more**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5.
REVIEW: When I was given the opportunity to read this book and I read the description I knew I was in for a treat. North of Boston is the debut of Elizabeth Elo.
Mini Review: North of Boston is a fantastic debut thriller where a mysterious boat accident unravels a remarkable investigation with unexpected twists and revelations. The characters are compelling, engaging, and have vivid personalities that are all around fascinating.
The plot revolves around the main character Pirio Kasparov. A smart woman with a wealthy background but one who has not let her riches get in the way to explore and experience life differently. The day Pirio Kasparov went to help her friend Ned she wasn’t feeling extraordinarily excited. The smell of the fish and the rocking of the ocean were making her seasick. What happens after, unravels into an intricate web of lies & doubts. Throw in unexpected family secrets, father/daughter estranged relationship drama and what you have as a result is North Of Boston.
The North of Boston is a modern tale that goes deep into exploring governmental agency bureaucracy, international crime and environmental issues. Though at times some of the characters come across as self absorbed or arrogant they can easily be compare to your next door neighbor. Each of their stories give depth to the drama and each one gave the story balance.
Elizabeth Elo ability to write a great prose is of a well seasoned writer, though at times sarcastically poetic and undeniably philosophical the humor and everyday monologue add a certain spark to this story. Fantastically descriptive, mature to an extreme and the touch of reality makes this book a must read. This story has a bit of everything, domestic violence, drugs addiction, parenthood & negligence. It even touches subjects such as environmental issues and animal cruelty. A well put and all around masterfully crafted thriller that should make the list of best books of 2014.(less)
REVIEW: The Last Blood, book #5 in the House of Comaree series did not disappoint. It star...more**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog - Rating 4.5 of 5**
REVIEW: The Last Blood, book #5 in the House of Comaree series did not disappoint. It starts right where Out For Blood ends and back is all the drama, the conflicts, the betrayal and romance. I loved each and every one of the books in the series. The story of Chrysebelle & Mal has all the aspects I love in an Urban Fantasy book.
From the first book to the last Kristen Painter manages to create a world that puts your imagination to work. Last Blood is the culmination of the House of Comaree series and as I expected the kick-ass action was non-stop. After Mal’s feelings for Chrysebelle were ripped away from him, Mal’s hate and desire to eliminate Chrysebelle increased. His hunger kept calling for him to drink her and kill her while Chrysebelle’s hope to get Mal’s back never faltered.
The world author Kristen created is amazing, the fights for survival and love were non-stop. What I like most about Kristen’s writing style is that she isn’t shy when it comes to eliminating key characters. I like that she keeps a sense of tension and uncertainty in the story which in terms evokes angst and strong emotions. Her characters are engaging, strong and very likeable. She is creative and her ability to create heartfelt situations is fantastic.
House of Comaree is one hot and entertaining Urban Fantasy series that I think everyone should read. It has everything you would expect from an exciting and entertaining series, great characters, an unique plot, and villains that will do anything possible to get things their way. I love the kick ass fights, the romance that develops over time and the promise of a never ending love that will make your heart melt.
If you are looking to add Urban Fantasy to your reading list for 2014 I highly recommend the House of Comaree.(less)
REVIEW: There is no preamble needed. The Professional is addictive & sexy. By now I can only assume you have...more**Originally posted @ SinfulReads Blog
REVIEW: There is no preamble needed. The Professional is addictive & sexy. By now I can only assume you have read The Professional Part 1. If so, you have already been introduced to the dangerous and sinfully sexy Siberian. If you think Part 1 was a great start then you will be quite pleased to know Part 2 is a fantastic continuation.
As we reached the end of Part 1 we know that Natalie is in for a treat, she has discover more than she bargain for, her life has changed in more than one way, her life has been altered by the knowledge of who her father is and now that she has accepted who she is and where she come from her new life starts.
While we know The Siberian has shaken Natalie to the core we also know that Filip has been keeping an eye on her. Things are changing and Natalie is adapting while learning about her father’s life and planning for the future. Now in The Professional Part 2 Nathalie fights her feelings, not knowing exactly what she craves more, his kisses or his body.
“This need I have for you…it should unsettle you.” I swallowed. It did. Still I asked, “Why?” He pressed his palm against mine, studying our hands for nerve-racking moments. “Because it unsettles even me.”
The sexual highs the Siberian gives Natalie have not only make her weak in ways she would’ve never considered but it has also open her eyes to a world of pleasure she has never experience before, making her question her ability to keep away from him while wondering about the possibility of a forever but also questioning the rules that have existed in the world she now lives.
The Professional Part 2 brings so much excitement to the table, the sexual tension between Sevastyan & Natalie is explosive, their sexual escapades are as hot as molting lava, and the secrecy and danger behind the family crime makes this serial all around sexy, suspenseful and melting hot. While Natalie try to come to terms with what she is feeling for the Siberian, her life is in danger. The life she has now become part of can easily turn into hell. A bounty has now been placed on her head and her life is in danger, making her new-found happiness short-lived. Her world is turned apart when death comes knocking.
Kresley Cole has done it again, her ability to create complex, sexy & funny characters is incomparable. She gives us an interesting plot that keeps readers glued to the pages while giving us steamy hot romance that makes us crave and squirm.
There are funny moments, there are undeniable sweet moments and nail-biting moments. I am obsessed with The Siberian, I am craving it and I can’t wait to read Part 3. The suspense is addictive, the characters likeable and the drama palpable. I found my new addiction, and it comes in the shape of a hot and sexy Siberian.
If you enjoy sexy, detailed and steamy romance with a hint of suspense and drama then the Game Maker series is the series for you. It has all the necessary ingredients to make you melt, squirm and cry for more. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
REVIEW: I haven’t read a fantasy book in a while and I was quite happy when the review opportunity came knoc...more**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: I haven’t read a fantasy book in a while and I was quite happy when the review opportunity came knocking. I love stories where characters are surrounded by magic, conflict and an enigmatic world that makes my imagination flow. The Sorcery Code is the perfect story to start my year and bring back my love for fantasy.
The Sorcery Code is a nicely crafted story where magic, power and conflicts rule. The world author Zales created is fascinating, interesting and intriguing. A society ruled by sorceress and where magic was supposed to be used for good but where corruption and entitlement forced the poor to stay poor and the sorcerers be more powerful and rich.
The interesting thing about the Sorcery Code is that is written in different points of view, giving the reader a taste of each character’s experiences & emotions. The plot is well crafted, a society where sorcery determine your level of power, your wealth and your future while oppression on the less fortunate widens and creates political conflicts and rebellion.
The characters are intriguing and interesting, Blaise though young is caring, ambitious and brilliant. Gala was my favorite, her innocence and open minded attitude created the needed balance between serious and fun. Gala’s new discoveries made me think of people’s first time experiences. First time eating a chocolate cake, first time savoring a delicious cherry pie, experiencing the first kiss. I loved how delicate yet strong and intelligent her character is. Augusta, ambitious beautiful and intelligent. Barson, handsome, ruthless and confident. Each of these characters give the story something that makes it unique, enticing and captivating.
Overall, The Sorcery Code captured my interest and I wasn’t able to stay off the pages for long. The author did a great job describing, and giving the needed detail to transport the reader to a world of magic and conflicts, while making this story fun and romantic. I am looking forward to reading the next book, I am not sure why I picture Blaise as another Mr. Darcy!(less)
REVIEW: When I started reading Beneath This Man I was very excited because I really enjoyed the first book. I h...more**Originally posted @ SinfulReads Blog
REVIEW: When I started reading Beneath This Man I was very excited because I really enjoyed the first book. I honestly wasn’t prepared to what I would find in this book. Let’s start with this, I like Jesse, I think that even though he is a broken, sad and self centered man he keeps a certain charm. I also admit to liking Ava on the first book of the trilogy. I can’t say I feel the same way about her now that I have read book #2 and this saddens me.
This Man was sexy, and a great introduction. It sort of set the foundation to arouse the reader to go back for more, however now having read Beneath This Man I feel I was slapped in the face with an immature, self absorbed and insufferable man who seems to think with his dick is the answer to his problems. Now, Ava has gone from being a strong and independent, self sufficient woman to a doormat. I am so disappointed that I can’t even begin to describe how much this bothers me.
The plot is good, even the drama which most seem unnecessary is good at times. Though I could go without all the back and forth from Ava about Sarah who isn’t necessarily a big threat. The reason why I am so disappointed is because Ava let Jesse do everything she has fought to stay away from. Not only does she allow him to dictate her work (which to me is a sore subject) she also allows him to manipulate her, the whole “I can’t think when I am in his arms” got old fast. I really wanted to see more substance in their relationship, what attraction other than sexual there is, is she interested in helping him overcome something? the answer is No. Ava doesn’t want anything to do with Jesse’s issues, in fact she doesn’t want to deal with her own issues let alone help him with his drinking problems. I think the story took a weird turn on this book and I was left expecting and wanting something I wasn’t going to get.
Their relationship though steamy and almost always hot feels rushed and under developed. I know we see the same in other books but for some reason Ava’s inability to make demands and put her foot down just rub me the wrong way. I am usually into the whole dominating, frustrating and overpowering type of alpha male, Jesse didn’t do it for me in this book. There wasn’t enough drama other than the one Ava created herself, there wasn’t substance other than the sex which I totally loved. I wanted more, perhaps an actual threat to their relationship which was just Ava’s struggles with Jesse’s dominance and though that can add to the plot shouldn’t have been the main theme. I expected more drama and not necessarily the whining and complaining that Ava did, but something of substance. I am going to read the last book in the trilogy because I want to see where all this goes, I am hopeful the final book This Man Confessed gives me more of what I thought I saw in book one, I need more I want more. (less)