REVIEW: Kresley Cole did it again, she wrote a story that brought the IAD series to a whole new level of awesomeOriginally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: Kresley Cole did it again, she wrote a story that brought the IAD series to a whole new level of awesome. It isn’t fair that I simply state how awesome the series is getting. It is important to note that everything about Sweet Ruin was fantastic.
Sweet Ruin is book # 16 in the Immortal After Dark series and one that has put the series in a whole new level. If you have been following the series, you already know that Cole manages to bring fantastic characters to life, her stories of love, sacrifice and redemption are heartfelt, swoon worthy and beautifully developed. Sweet Ruin doesn’t fall far from that trend, it has all one has come to expect from Cole’s amazing stories. Sweet Ruin is the story of Rune & Josephine (Jo), both of these characters have had their share of terrifying circumstances that each has had to endure.
From book one we have been learning about the Ascension and how this event impacts the Lore as a whole, it is the time when war between different creatures of the Lore come to be, it is also a time when mates are found and new species are created/born. So far we have met a number of characters and their stories have made our hearts burst with excitement through their quests and adventures. However, Sweet Ruin brings new doubts, twists and turns that had me doubting everything I believed I knew about the stories I have read and the characters I have come to love. Nix, is spectacular and her interaction with these characters is twisted and enigmatic, her character gives the story a certain level of secrecy and mystery that seems characteristic of her.
Nix is part of everyone’s future and she plays her cards very well. Jo’s little brother Thaddie is all Jo has, her love for her brother is what pushed her into survival mode forcing her to steal, and lie in order to survive. But when destiny has other plans for her she finds herself against the wrong people and gets killed. Josephine (Jo) then finds herself coming back from the death as a monster, a monster she only thought existed in nightmares. She has strength and powers she never could’ve imagined, she becomes her own superhero but as she grows more powerful so does her thirst for blood.
Jo is one of those characters you love from the very instant you meet her, she is strong and determined, stubborn and giving, she is all I have come to expect from Cole’s characters. After her death, Jo is separated from her brother. She understands that by allowing the separation, she is giving her brother the chance to live a life she wouldn’t be able to give him, even if their separation breaks her heart and soul. I enjoyed Jo’s story very much, her circumstances taught her at a young age to not trust and to survive at all cost. While in her transition from a child to an adult, Jo experienced the need of connection, her life without Thaddie had left a hole in her heart and a deep need to connect with someone like her. Her total bad-ass attitude is perhaps one of the best things about her character, from the way in which she takes charge when fighting to the way in which she handles her emotions. Her abilities only add to her character, her personality as well as her ingenuity are traits we do not find often in paranormal characters.
Jo uniqueness is simply fascinating, her character’ origins is new to the theme in which the series has been going and it adds an exciting stance to the fascinating back drop story of the Ascension. Cole manages to combine paranormal aspects and fantasy in a way that is both simple and fascinating.
Rune is a bad-ass, sexy, insatiable and extremely dangerous alpha male. He extracts information, when he needs it and how he needs it, his methods though unconventional have proven efficient. His sensuality is only measured by amount of women he has bedded and his charm as well as his smarts aren’t necessarily what women want. Rune is one of those characters one wish we could read more about, he makes the story even more enjoyable with his charming yet irreverent attitude and shameless sexual advances & innuendos. Cole gave us a hero that not only charms women with his wit but also with his insatiable sexual desires. Rune is dangerous, he is part of the Moriør, an alliance of otherworldly that is rumored to be the exterminator of worlds and entire civilizations. While some of it may be true, not all rumors carry the whole truth.
I was swoon off my feet by Rune, he is irreverent, sexy, sexual and extremely dangerous. He is the archer of the Moriør and someone who has maintained a reputation throughout the lore, his mission is all he focuses on, not because it comes from Orion the man who saved his lie, but because he was the man who gave him purpose. He drags a vengeance centuries old and he will not stop until he finds the last of the lineage of the woman who killed his mother. While Rune has more than one goal, he also has a mission he must complete. What is not part of his mission and long term goals is finding his mate.
When Jo and Rune meet their meeting is one that brings both, laughter and sensuality and one can’t help but fall in-love with their banter right away. These two characters have so much in common, their pain and suffering as well as their passion and need for love and connection. Their interaction is fun, fresh, sexy and explosive. Their story develops slowly but with a certain spark that keeps readers glue to the pages. Sweet Ruin is fun, exciting, filled with passion, sensuality and sexual tension. The new characters introduced in the book only add the excitement of what is to come from the series, Orion & Nix may have history and I can’t wait to see where it all leads. The story leave many questions unanswered but at the same time it also answers many questions that were brought out by previous books in the series.
Do not wait to read Sweet Ruin, it is a story that will keep you awake at night until the very last page....more
The Girl On The Train by Paula Kawkins **Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog Rating 3.5 of 5REVIEW: The Girl On The Train is the first book I readThe Girl On The Train by Paula Kawkins **Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog Rating 3.5 of 5REVIEW: The Girl On The Train is the first book I read by author Paula Hawkins, and it certainly will not be the last. The Girl On The Train is the story of Rachel, a woman who has gone through a rough time in life. She failed at marriage, failed as a woman, and to make matters worse she is an alcoholic.There is something to be said about a character that though knows she has a problem she constantly keep adding more stress and drama to her life without at times stopping to actually consider the consequences. Either because they are too invest in whatever it is their head and heart tells them, or because they are reckless enough to dismiss it.Rachel is not a typical woman by any means, she is a woman who has been broken. A woman who has suffered rejection and betrayal from the man she promised to love and to cherish. Though Rachel goes on with life as best as she can she can’t help but imagine others life as she would’ve picture & imagined hers. It is how she finds herself involved in the lives of Scott and Megan.Rachel commutes for work, and everyday she witness people around her, their coming and going all through a passenger window or simply while waiting for her train at the station. Rachel’s problems come in many forms, mostly in her inability to stay sober, her friends and family are kept a bait but all because she has let alcohol take over her life. While traveling to work, Rachel meets these two strangers, or rather imagining who they are, how they live. She creates a whole world around these two people she has never met, but she imagine them as the perfect couple. Megan who she names Jess, a beautiful blonde, with soft features and manners and Scott who she names Jason a strong and handsome and protective of the woman he loves. And while Rachel does not know the couple in person, she knows where they live and who their neighbors are, all because she too used to live on the same street, just a few houses over. As Rachel travels back and forth between home the pub and her job, she witness Megan kissing another man. It is then when it all starts, the story flows as Rachel witness how their life unravels in front of her eyes, every bit of it all while she watches it unfolds through the window of a train car.The Girl On The Train is a well crated murder mystery, it brings to the table all the suspense and twists one expect to see from an well seasoned writer. While it is at times frustrating and unnerving, the author does a great job bringing the frustrations and suspicions of a woman that almost seems paranoid. I think the story itself is great however it is a bit slow. Rachel’s problems and lack of self control gave the story a very realistic twist. The blackouts, the abuse and the many other twists and unexpected turns made The Girl On The Train a page turner.If you are looking for a realistic and heart felt story with a few unexpected twist and turns then you must read The Girl On The Train, you will not regret it....more
REVIEW: Have you ever read a book and felt a connection to it? As if the author was capable of capturing your thoughts and experiences? Clutch is theREVIEW: Have you ever read a book and felt a connection to it? As if the author was capable of capturing your thoughts and experiences? Clutch is the first book I read by Lisa Becker and it will not be the last. Clutch was short, but a great read.
The story is funny and the characters are quite relate-able. Caroline is a southern beauty, charming and a great friend to Mike. She is smart, beautiful and funny and a great catch, any man would be lucky to have her, but before she can find that guy she will have to kiss a few frogs.
Mike is charming, sexy and a womanizer. His charming personality as well as his looks are just some of the things that get women to flock around him, but Mike is not only hot, he is also smart and has an acumen for business. While studying for his business degree he meets Caroline, a southern beauty who charms him immediately. They become friends and the connection between them is instant.
The story develops slowly, but it flows at a great pace. Caroline becomes a handbag designer and Mike opens his own business, a bar. While these two are like any other friends, their connection is deeper than most, they can finish each other sentences and their banter is not only funny but also sweet. Caroline just wants to find that man that will just get her. That man who will swoon her, a man who would be able to share the good and bad times, a man who would be not just her lover but also her friend, a man who she can share her life. Becker does a great job developing Caroline and Mike relationship, from the little things such as sharing a lunch to the most heart felt situations like attending a funeral.
I enjoyed how the author managers to make this story funny while also very romantic. I like and how she hysterically manages to categorize Caroline's love life into different styles of handbags. Utilizing each design and style to describe Caroline's relationship to the men she dates. The writing is simple yet smart and detailed.
I think this is one of those stories that readers will enjoy, not only because it is nicely written but because most female readers will be able to relate. If you are looking for a sweet and sexy romance, then Clutch is for you. Expect to be laugh and be swoon by Mike. He is funny, smart and quite sexy. Caroline is beautiful, patient and has a heart of gold. Like Caroline, some of us have had to kiss a few frogs!...more
**OMG - I loved this book - The Striker has all the elements I love in Historical Romance - including tough and sexy highlanders!**
REVIEW: The Striker**OMG - I loved this book - The Striker has all the elements I love in Historical Romance - including tough and sexy highlanders!**
REVIEW: The Striker is the first book I read by Monica McCarty and it certainly will not be the last. It may not seem so to you but I am a big fan of Historical Romance. The Striker is perhaps one of my favorite thus far because it has all the elements I think historical romance must have.
The Striker is the story of Eoin MacLean a handsome, intelligent and strong highlander & The beautiful unruly and headstrong Margaret MacDowell. These two characters were fantastic together and their story was not only heart wrenching but it was also exciting and beautiful.
Eoin is one of those characters one talk about long after finishing the book. He is strong, physically & mentally and when his mind and heart are set on something he goes at it head on. He is a warrior and has never steer away from his goals, that’s to protect his king and to make sure the war is won at all cost. That was until the day he meets the beautiful read head, a woman who provoked emotions he had never experience before; arousal, lost of concentration & desires he didn’t think he had.
Margaret is a free spirited woman, whose nature is to take even the most difficult times lightly. She is loving, sweet, loyal and a woman who values her family and those she loves. She is a flirt and a woman who loves having fun and takes great pleasure on making those around her happy, however all that changes when her eyes fall on the very handsome and strong Eoin McLean.
These two characters are fantastic. Eoin is focused on his future and his loyalty to his king, though at times he can be frustrating he can also swoon with his passionate desire and feelings for Margaret. Margaret is not the typical reserved and quiet wife most men would expect to find. She is a fire cracker, mouthy and unruly, making this story even more fun and enjoyable. Their romance started strong but their strong nature almost caused them to lose each other. Eoin demands trust and loyalty almost as much as he gives it. Trust is something Eoin values and he expect his woman to feel it as strong he does. He definitely is not the typical male character, his actions always are measured and he is always willing to confront the consequences head on. Margaret on the other hand, let her feelings and passions dictate her actions, and though she loves and is loyal to the man she loves, her feelings are constantly in conflict with her actions.
The Striker is an amazing story, it brings the reader into a story filled with history and both passion and desire. The author did an amazing job creating a set of characters and scenarios that swoon us from the first page. Their interaction, the emotions, the settings and the story itself is beautifully crafted. I have become a big fan of Monica McCarty, she certainly knows how to create alpha males that bring it all to the table, emotions, desires, need and heart felt story that will be in readers mind for a long time.
If you are looking for a story that has it all, history, love, passion & emotion then look no further. Read The Striker, you will not regret it. ...more
Passion Ignites by Donna Grant **Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's BlogREVIEW: Passion Ignites is the second book I read by Donna Grant and it certainPassion Ignites by Donna Grant **Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's BlogREVIEW: Passion Ignites is the second book I read by Donna Grant and it certainly isn’t going to be the last. In Passion Ignites we witness once again the fight between the Dark Fey and the Dragon Kings that seem to be getting even more dangerous.For Thorn, finding his mate was not in his plans. He wasn’t even thinking about the possibility when it just happened. While in the streets fighting the Dark, Thorn meets Lexi, a woman who doesn’t understand the danger she is putting herself against by following a group of Dark.Lexi has witness first hard what evil can do, when her friend Christina was murdered she set up herself to find the man or men responsible for her death. She didn’t see who killed her friend but she saw who she left the bar with the night she was murdered, she knows that man is behind her friend’s death. The red eyes are out to kill everyone and Lexi is convinced she must avenge the death of her friend at all cost, and she will do so by killing the man responsible.I really enjoyed this installment, the author did a fantastic job pairing these two characters. Each one has things that the other needs, however their differences threaten to separate what destiny might’ve tried to unite. Thorn is one of those characters one can’t stop thinking even after finishing the book. He is understanding, brave, sensitive, and adoringly sexy. Lexi is smart, sensitive, loyal and brave. These two people meet during stressful circumstances for both yet make these circumstances work in ways that brings them together and make each of them stronger.I really like how the author manages to put together a love story that survives the evil that seems to lurk around the Kings, even when the Dark attacks get stronger and bolder the attraction between these two characters get stronger. I enjoy the twists and turns the story seems to take. From the way in which other characters come to be part of every story to the finality their actions take when one of their own is in danger. Their unity, their loyalty and love for one another is threaten and put to the test over and over yet, they all manage to surpass whatever evil threatens to make them weaker or try to force them to lose their path.I can’t wait see what happens with Darius & Sophia. I already like the nonsense kind of attitude these two characters seem to share, both seem to be at the ready when they are needed and both seem to have a tremendous will and strong personality. I can’t seriously wait to read it.If you are looking for a great paranormal/urban fantasy then look no further. ...more
The Queen by Tiffany Reisz **Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's BlogREVIEW: The Queen is another amazing work by Tiffany Reisz. The Queen is the finalThe Queen by Tiffany Reisz **Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's BlogREVIEW: The Queen is another amazing work by Tiffany Reisz. The Queen is the final book in the Original Sinners: The White Years series and the conclusion is one that will break your heart while filling it up with happiness and so much love.Tiffany Reisz has written one of the most amazing Erotic stories I have ever read, her characters are compelling, complex and layered – as a reader of romance and erotic novels I find myself sometimes wondering how her brain works. The Queen brings us back to the years when Nora had not yet defined her real role in the kinky world, having left Søren, her heart and mind were not always in the same place and going at the same speed. The Nora we meet in The Queen is not the always assertive, and secure, but a woman whose feelings and thoughts are in a battle for domination and control. Nora knows and feel her place in the kingdom is to be on top – to dominate but she also knows her heart belongs to Søren and she can’t deny how she feels when she is on the receiving end of their affair.I loved every page of this book, Nora – Kingsley & Soren are perfect in every way. These characters show a connection that would put any other story to shame. Their world and their feelings are in-sync with their desires, and once they are together their exchange is usually explosive. Reisz takes us into a journey, The Queen is everything one would expect. Though Nora is at war with her heart and mind, she doesn’t let that stop her from enjoying the kinks and the pleasure it brings her. As strong as these characters are, and as in control as they may be, they are every bit of human and their vulnerabilities are heartfelt. From Kingsley to Søren these characters showed us a very different side of them, their emotions ran free, and Nora was absolutely awesome. There were a few times when my heart broke, like when Søren expresses his fear and his life without Nora, showing us the depth of his vulnerability – another was when Kingsley cried in Søren’s arms and the moment when Nora comes back for her Everything & Forever those scenes were heart breaking while exhilarating all at once. I love these characters, their story and their lives. They have taught us more than just kinks, their differences made them stronger and their passion, desires, and love brought them together. Trust, loyalty, desire and need for one another was always present but without taking away their feelings, passions & emotions. Every aspect of their story was told in a way that stays with the reader.Reisz has defined a genre by giving us complexity and depth. Her stories are not typical in any way, her characters layered in ways that pushes the reader into a roller-coaster of emotions. The Queen may be the last book in the series but I am hoping it isn’t the last we hear from these characters. Griffin & Michael have their ever after, Kingsley found his peace and Søren gave Nora her Everything & Forever. The Queen was awesome and I can’t help but feel like it will take a while before the sense of loss goes away.Reisz, thank you for having written such an amazing story and for taking us into a journey that has shaken us up in many ways, giving us characters that fall far from typical and a romance that falls far from the stereotypical. You must read The Original Sinners Series because this is one of those reads that will stay with you for a very long while....more
REVIEW: The Girl On The Train is the first book I read by author Paula Hawkins, and it certain**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog Rating 3.5 of 5
REVIEW: The Girl On The Train is the first book I read by author Paula Hawkins, and it certainly will not be the last. The Girl On The Train is the story of Rachel, a woman who has gone through a rough time in life. She failed at marriage, failed as a woman, and to make matters worse she is an alcoholic.
There is something to be said about a character that though knows she has a problem she constantly keep adding more stress and drama to her life without at times stopping to actually consider the consequences. Either because they are too invest in whatever it is their head and heart tells them, or because they are reckless enough to dismiss it.
Rachel is not a typical woman by any means, she is a woman who has been broken. A woman who has suffered rejection and betrayal from the man she promised to love and to cherish. Though Rachel goes on with life as best as she can she can’t help but imagine others life as she would’ve picture & imagined hers. It is how she finds herself involved in the lives of Scott and Megan.
Rachel commutes for work, and everyday she witness people around her, their coming and going all through a passenger window or simply while waiting for her train at the station. Rachel’s problems come in many forms, mostly in her inability to stay sober, her friends and family are kept a bait but all because she has let alcohol take over her life. While traveling to work, Rachel meets these two strangers, or rather imagining who they are, how they live. She creates a whole world around these two people she has never met, but she imagine them as the perfect couple. Megan who she names Jess, a beautiful blonde, with soft features and manners and Scott who she names Jason a strong and handsome and protective of the woman he loves. And while Rachel does not know the couple in person, she knows where they live and who their neighbors are, all because she too used to live on the same street, just a few houses over. As Rachel travels back and forth between home the pub and her job, she witness Megan kissing another man. It is then when it all starts, the story flows as Rachel witness how their life unravels in front of her eyes, every bit of it all while she watches it unfolds through the window of a train car.
The Girl On The Train is a well crated murder mystery, it brings to the table all the suspense and twists one expect to see from an well seasoned writer. While it is at times frustrating and unnerving, the author does a great job bringing the frustrations and suspicions of a woman that almost seems paranoid. I think the story itself is great however it is a bit slow. Rachel’s problems and lack of self control gave the story a very realistic twist. The blackouts, the abuse and the many other twists and unexpected turns made The Girl On The Train a page turner.
If you are looking for a realistic and heart felt story with a few unexpected twist and turns then you must read The Girl On The Train, you will not regret it....more
REVIEW: I have become a fan of Pepper Winters after I read her Indebted series. I was looking forward to r**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog **
REVIEW: I have become a fan of Pepper Winters after I read her Indebted series. I was looking forward to reading Ruin & Rules and I will have to admit to having high hopes and expectations.
Ruin & Rules is the first book in the Pure Corruption Series (MC series) that explores the traitorous world of motorcycle clubs. Ruin & Rules is not your typical romance, the story deals with raw and intense moments, passion, deceit and violence. It explores the characters intimacies and exploit their feelings.
Though I wanted to love this story I can’t say I did. There were a few things that kept me from loving it. The story itself is profound and intense, however I believe the way in which it was executed took away the intensity that I expected, a story is only as good as the characters who live it. Cleo is a young woman who was born in the heart of a motorcycle club, while everything seem to be perfect, evil lurked in the background. She fell in-love at a young age of fourteen, almost too intensely for a young child, her thoughts as well as her intensity for the boy made her feelings at times seem more adult than childish. Arthur (Kill) was a bit older than Cleo, he is intelligent & sweet, destine for great things. That all changed when loyalty changed to deceit and tragedy happens.
Cleo isn’t a character one can easily relate, her story is complex and at times hard to understand her motives and actions. Her reality most times mixes with her past, and a lot times her flashbacks aren’t relevant to the scene. The story has all the things needed to make Cleo an interesting character but somehow this is not the case. Due to the tragedy she experienced, she lost memory and 8 years of her life, she doesn’t know who she really is, but at times does very little to find out. Her concerns are more intone with having sex with her found lover than recovering the lost years. Some of her struggles are inconsequential and her inability to communicate her memories creates uncertainties that are key and necessarily important to her story. Her lack of interest in her own story makes it hard to believe her need to know her past. While I think she tries to remember, I also think she focuses too much on what Art is thinking and what he is doing to help her. The lack of communication & relevant interaction between the characters take away from the raw reality I expected Cleo to experience.
Art on the other hand is a bit more open, his explorations and as well his thoughts are out in the open and that’s something I enjoyed. He says what he feels and think, and does what he says he would do. I think the author did a better job portraying a well developed and mature character, however not without flaws. Arthur (Killer) has every bit of bad boy that we have come to love in Peppers writing however, the nature of this character as well as his capabilities are highly unlikely.
The story itself is too far fetch, a motorcycle president who is also a mathematics genius as well as a very rich day trader. It is almost as if we would mix Sons of Anarchy and The Wolf of Wall Street. The combination of these two would likely create a story just like Ruin & Rule where money and trading as well as trafficking is part of the reality these characters live.
Overall, the story did not have the WOW factor I expected however it is the type of story you hope and feel could’ve been so much more. While I think the characters could’ve been better and their drama better exploit I think the focus of the story shouldn’t be so much Cleo finding Art, but about Cleo finding out who she truly is, not the young girl who fell crazy in-love but the young girl whose past came back to hunt her. The story has a certain level of predictability and it doesn’t get intense until the last 20 pages. This is a 400+ pages of self hate and uncertain thoughts....more
Review: The Shadows by J. R. Ward **Originally Posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: The Shadows is the latest and perhaps one of the best stories in tReview: The Shadows by J. R. Ward **Originally Posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: The Shadows is the latest and perhaps one of the best stories in the BDB series of late. I have been looking forward to this book because I loved the shadows IAm & Trez. Both of these characters have been part of the BDB for quite some time but they have always been in the background – never really been primordial to the series but they have been able to captivate us in many ways.
In The Shadows as in every other book of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, we are able to explore the many different point of views and stories that each of these characters bring. Giving us a complex and at times discombobulated plot that flows differently for each of these characters. At times focusing on just one or two and other times bringing them all together into one major plot. Regardless of how Ward present us these characters she always manage to captivate us with their stories, their emotions and actions.
IAm & Trez are exactly what we have been seeing of them, they are protective of each other, loving and caring. Each with a very different personality but both possess admirable traits. Anyone who has read Ward’s books know that Trez has baggage that runs deep and the more time pass the more complicated and intricate his problems become, as the story develops we see a very centered character. From his love for his new mate and at times selfish ways we get to see a much more open character. Trez’s only focus and care is the well being of Selena, however as the story progresses her illness and end creeps closer and closer. All the while IAm keeps trying to resolve his brother life by attempting to find a solution to his mate’s illness without considering the consequences of his action, which marks him for a very unexpected future.
I enjoyed the brothers’ story very much, from Trez’s sense of sacrifice and redemption to IAm’s new experiences of love and sexual awakening. These two characters are amazing and their stories was just as wonderful. Of course Ward treat us with bits and pieces of other characters and their importance in the series, we get to meet new ones and follow along with the old ones. From Rhage to Lassiter we are given bits and pieces of their drama, we are also exposed to their fears and their thoughts. While perhaps their individual stories don’t make much sense, we are left with the understanding that their actions are part of a bigger and more complex story that involves not only their own life but the lives of those around them, making it at times difficult to decide which characters make the most impact.
Going back to The Shadows, their story was simple, but it didn’t lack angst or passion. Trez’s love and devotion for his mate brought tears to my eyes and of course his loss was just as sad and great. I think Ward did a great job giving us another side of these character’s story, not only did she showed us how brave and powerful they are when united but she also showed us how capable of great they are. I enjoyed every aspect of their story, from Trez’s redemption to IAm’s new found love. Their story is captivating, powerful and emotional.
Ward has proven to have what it takes to keep the series on top. I can’t wait to see what happens with Rhage & Mary how the new events presented in this book will alter their future. I can’t wait to see what happens with Paradise. I was completely driven to her character and I can’t wait to see what happens with her, I am also looking forward to the bastards next step in their quest to defeat the King. Xcor is another character that captivates me, and now that we get to see a whole new side of him I can’t help but enjoy him even more.
Overall, if I am to pick the best book of the BDB’s series thur far I would say The Shadows come #3 for me. I think their story was simple yet dramatic enough to keep the reader glued to the pages....more
Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari **Originally posted @ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: Hilarious!, yes that’s how I describe this book. It is fresh and insighModern Romance by Aziz Ansari **Originally posted @ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: Hilarious!, yes that’s how I describe this book. It is fresh and insightful, I can’t help but recommend it from the start. When I got the email inviting me to read it I couldn’t say no. I just had to, not only was it written by one of my favorite comedians but it was about something I have found myself wondering about a lot lately. Aziz gives us his take on the romance of today, he explores the differences in times and evaluate his findings with experts in the fields of psychologists, sociologists, married couples, families and other interesting people. His findings are those things many of us have probably wondered and already discussed before with your friends and boyfriend(s)/husband(s). Modern Romance comically explains how we are adapted to marrying for love rather than marrying for the purpose of creating a family, which might’ve been the number one of the reason for marriage in the past. It goes into explaining that today’s marriages have adapted to the changing times, and that marriage is not longer the only acceptable union in our society and hilariously explains how long lasting and fulfilling today relationships can be.
“Today we’ve become far more accepting of alternative lifestyles, and people move in and out of different situations: single with roommates, single and solo, single with partner, married, divorced, divorced and living with an iguana, remarried with iguana, then divorced with seven iguanas because your iguana obsession ruined your relationship, and, finally, single with six iguanas (Arturo was sadly run over by an ice cream truck).”
Aziz and these experts also go into explaining that when we do get married, with do it for love (more so these days but there may exceptions “gold diggers anyone?”) and we are finding our soul-mate, and that just in case there is trouble (such as oops he really wasn’t who I thought he was) we have the tools which are incredibly easy to use (name the internet and its infinite dating websites and social media channels).
“Marriage was an economic institution in which you were given a partnership for life in terms of children and social status and succession and companionship. But now we want our partner to still give us all these things, but in addition I want you to be my best friend and my trusted confidant and my passionate lover to boot, and we live twice as long. So we come to one person, and we basically are asking them to give us what once an entire village used to provide: Give me belonging, give me identity, give me continuity, but give me transcendence and mystery and awe all in one. Give me comfort, give me edge. Give me novelty, give me familiarity. Give me predictability, give me surprise. And we think it’s a given, and toys and lingerie are going to save us with that.”
I have to appreciate the humor in this book because even though it covers a very “serious” topic (love & romance) it does it in a way that is easy to relate, it makes you laugh and makes you think. Many single people will be able to relate to Aziz anecdotes (which are hilarious), they will be able to sympathize and even understand his perspective. This book does not give you the formula to find love, but instead it shows that there are so many ways in which people find connection and via different means. And though I could keep going about why I think every young and single person (and married like me) should read this book, I think I will leave you with the certainty that Aziz will make you chuckle and laugh-out-loud from page one....more
Forsaken by Jacquelyn Frank *Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: Forsaken is book #3 in The World of Nightwalkers series. This is Leo storForsaken by Jacquelyn Frank *Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: Forsaken is book #3 in The World of Nightwalkers series. This is Leo story and one I have been dying to read for a while. Finally we get to experience Leo’s POV – a man who has had his share of trouble and rough experiences in life. He loves deep and strong. His relationship with Jackson & Docia is as strong as the bond of a brother. I liked Leo from the moment he was introduced to the series, his nonsense kind of attitude is exactly what this series needed and with Leo we got a lot more than that.
Leo’s experiences with the supernatural came abruptly as he was captured and tortured to the brink of death over and over again. Now in Forsaken we see his process of healing and his reluctance yet coming acceptance of the new world around him. He is all I thought he would be, compassionate, caring, strong and hardheaded. Leo see the world in a whole different set of eyes, from his experience of loss when his mother died to seeing his best friend die and come back something different is just what brought him to the edge. I enjoyed Leo’s story very much. At times it felt like we were in Leo’s head and we are able to experience his reluctance to the things he is experiencing. I also enjoyed how well author Frank explored Leo’s feelings and emotions. I liked his reluctance yet curiosity about his new allied. The Night Angel who brought out feelings he had long time ago forgotten. I liked how their relationship exploded from a simple alliance to undeniable desire and need. These two made the story so much more sweet and passionate than I thought it would be. Now that the god Apep is on the loose, Leo has proven to be more than just a mere human in a messy supernatural world, he is a man of action and one who can be very dangerous. I was a bit disappointed however, having read about how badass Leo is, I expected a lot more action and drama. Leo is sort of a hitman/mercenary therefore I was looking to find a lot more than just a quest to find an object that would help them save his friends life yet again. There is a bit of action, but not enough to have given me the fix I was looking for.
The world of the Nightwalker is always filled with danger and amazing characters, giving us yet another dosage of temptation and darkness while also allowing us to experience deep and raw passion. These characters are easy to like and relate, they all experience things that defines love and life. Jacquelyn Frank has proven to write stories with great passion. Her characters are charismatic and enjoyable, she makes them strong without taking away their sensibilities and compassion, she makes them enjoyable and human.
If you are looking to read a story that explores pain, second chances, passion and love then look no further, read Forsaken....more
REVIEW: Hilarious!, yes that’s how I describe this book. It is fresh and insightful, I can’t help but recomme**Originally posted @ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: Hilarious!, yes that’s how I describe this book. It is fresh and insightful, I can’t help but recommend it from the start. When I got the email inviting me to read it I couldn’t say no. I just had to, not only was it written by one of my favorite comedians but it was about something I have found myself wondering about a lot lately.
Aziz gives us his take on the romance of today, he explores the differences in times and evaluate his findings with experts in the fields of psychologists, sociologists, married couples, families and other interesting people. His findings are those things many of us have probably wondered and already discussed before with your friends and boyfriend(s)/husband(s).
Modern Romance comically explains how we are adapted to marrying for love rather than marrying for the purpose of creating a family, which might’ve been the number one of the reason for marriage in the past. It goes into explaining that today’s marriages have adapted to the changing times, and that marriage is not longer the only acceptable union in our society and hilariously explains how long lasting and fulfilling today relationships can be. (view spoiler)[ “Today we’ve become far more accepting of alternative lifestyles, and people move in and out of different situations: single with roommates, single and solo, single with partner, married, divorced, divorced and living with an iguana, remarried with iguana, then divorced with seven iguanas because your iguana obsession ruined your relationship, and, finally, single with six iguanas (Arturo was sadly run over by an ice cream truck).” (hide spoiler)] Aziz and these experts also go into explaining that when we do get married, with do it for love (more so these days but there may exceptions “gold diggers anyone?”) and we are finding our soul-mate, and that just in case there is trouble (such as oops he really wasn’t who I thought he was) we have the tools which are incredibly easy to use (name the internet and its infinite dating websites and social media channels). (view spoiler)[ “Marriage was an economic institution in which you were given a partnership for life in terms of children and social status and succession and companionship. But now we want our partner to still give us all these things, but in addition I want you to be my best friend and my trusted confidant and my passionate lover to boot, and we live twice as long. So we come to one person, and we basically are asking them to give us what once an entire village used to provide: Give me belonging, give me identity, give me continuity, but give me transcendence and mystery and awe all in one. Give me comfort, give me edge. Give me novelty, give me familiarity. Give me predictability, give me surprise. And we think it’s a given, and toys and lingerie are going to save us with that.” (hide spoiler)] I have to appreciate the humor in this book because even though it covers a very “serious” topic (love & romance) it does it in a way that is easy to relate, it makes you laugh and makes you think. Many single people will be able to relate to Aziz anecdotes (which are hilarious), they will be able to sympathize and even understand his perspective. This book does not give you the formula to find love, but instead it shows that there are so many ways in which people find connection and via different means. And though I could keep going about why I think every young and single person (and married like me) should read this book, I think I will leave you with the certainty that Aziz will make you chuckle and laugh-out-loud from page one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The Bourbon Kings by J. R. Ward **Originally posted @ReadingDiva's Blog** **Giveaway link at the bottom of review**
REVIEW: The Bourbon Kings is the laThe Bourbon Kings by J. R. Ward **Originally posted @ReadingDiva's Blog** **Giveaway link at the bottom of review**
REVIEW: The Bourbon Kings is the latest book in Ward’s collection , it is perhaps one of my favorite of 2015 thus far. I enjoyed every aspect of this book, from the history behind the families to the romance that awakens the heart and shaken one’s soul. Ward has written a fantastic story about a family’s legacy, about money and deceit, how it passes from one generation to another, giving the reader every aspect of its history and the dark side of money and power.
From the moment I started reading I felt transported to a southern Downton Abby. From the charm that exudes from the story, to the description of grandeur and luxury in every page. The Bradford family is one of the most powerful bourbon makers in the world and their fortune has no limits. There isn’t anything or anyone who can tarnish their name and their power, that’s until Williams Bradford does the inconceivable. There is so much to say about this story, the plot flows beautifully. It explores the dealings of a man whose motives are unknown but whose power has no match. His control over the bourbon empire is massive. His position of power over one of the biggest wealth in the country as well as the power over his family is unparalleled, not only does he dominates with fear but he has almost managed to removed anything and anyone who stands in his way.
The story is brilliantly plotted, as the story flows, we get closer and closer to these characters. Lane is not your typical billionaire. I expected to find a character that was egotistical, power hungry and irreverent. What I found, a man who wear his emotions on his sleeve, a man of certain integrity, a man who loves deep and strong. The story is fantastically paced, it gathers speed and dread until the very last page.
The Bourbon Kings doesn’t fall from Ward’s original writing style, it is descriptive, intense, realistic. However, this time around her writing seems a bit richer, it posses the formality that isn’t always visible or experienced in her writing. Though the romance comes with its own history it doesn’t lack intensity and angst. I like how Ward explores these characters, exposing their feelings and emotions in ways that one can relate. Ward makes these characters vulnerable without taking away their strong and independent nature, she gives them a natural and real feel that compels the reader to love them.
I liked Lizzy, she is independent, caring, responsible and stubborn. I think those are traits I have come to enjoy about Ward’s characters. Lizzy isn’t perfect by any means and that’s perhaps what I enjoyed the most, her virtues are those of any other human being, but along with those traits & virtues come indecision. Since the past seem to be repeating itself Lizzy takes upon herself to help the man she loves, not without first going through indecision & a ton of misunderstandings.
Overall, The Bourbon Kings is a hell of a great story, one that will not disappoint. If you are looking for deceit, family drama and dirty deeds look no further, The Bourbon Kings is all you need to read.
Review: The Accidental Art Thief Originally posted @ **ReadingDiva's Blog**
When I was given the opportunity to review The Accidental Art Thief I didn’Review: The Accidental Art Thief Originally posted @ **ReadingDiva's Blog**
When I was given the opportunity to review The Accidental Art Thief I didn’t think twice, I jumped head first. The premise of the story told me that I would enjoy it, thought I expected a fast paced all out action, what I encountered was a compelling story of regrets, solace, humor, acceptance and human connection. I was very pleased with this story. While I expected something completely different I can honestly say I was nicely surprised to have found a story that gives the reader not only a great set of characters, but also a story that seems to have come from a crazy tale told by a distant uncle. The Accidental Art Thief is not a James Bond sort of read, not at all. The Accidental Art Thief is the story of Zinc, a woman who has spent many years in the company of an old man who she served as a housekeeper and a companion. While at times they shared stories other times they shared their silence, a friendship that would transcend the age difference and societal backgrounds. Kathryn Winesky who goes by the nickname of Zinc is a forty five year old woman whose innocence and lack of life experience and somewhat social awkwardness makes her a weirdo in the eyes of her brother and those who simply do not know her. As a young woman, Zinc experiences loss and pain when both of her parents die, making a dent in her life and her future. After having found her place in the company of the old man Thomas Quickwater, Zinc’s life changes for the best. She becomes the old man’s companion and friend, often sharing thoughts and conversations about art and literature. However all that changes when the old man as she calls him dies. I really enjoyed Zinc’s character, while not exactly your typical heroine she holds a charming personality that makes you like her from the moment you meet her. I think the one thing that I enjoyed the most is the way in which life keeps throwing things at her and while she doesn’t necessarily know what to do with herself, she keeps coming back on top. The author gives us a character that doesn’t show as an experienced, strong or well verse in life but a character that manage to handle every situation life throws at her. From Zinc inner battles with her conscience forcing her to making decisions she never thought she would have to make, to Marge, a troubled woman who drags the failures and troubles of the past to a present she wishes she could control, to Frank a brother who selfish and self centered personality only shows how flawed relatives can be to Tymothy at the computer shop who seem to judge Zinc from the moment he saw her. All these characters have something unique to offer, they compliment the story in a way that make sense, making it at times funny, sometimes ridiculous but ultimately enjoyable. They each hold flaws that make the story a bit surreal, allowing the reader to experience their crude reality in a comical and humorous way, because we all have a selfish relative, we have all been judged, we have all lied about something in our lives. I can’t say I read this story without cracking a smile or without chuckles. Overall, I think we all have a bit of Zinc in us, while some have a hard time coping with life, others move along with it as if nothing is of consequence. If you want a fast pace story then move along, The Accidental Art Thief isn’t for you, but if you are looking for a story that explores the reality of a woman whose personality is everything you never want to be but to whom life seems to favor in a strange way then read The Accidental Art Thief , you will not regret it....more
Manwhore by Katy Evans **Originally posted @ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: Manwhore is the first book I read by Katy Evans, after reading so many good thManwhore by Katy Evans **Originally posted @ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: Manwhore is the first book I read by Katy Evans, after reading so many good things about her writing I decided to start my adventure with Manwhore. Manwhore is the story of a playboy, a guy that has it all. He has money, he had the looks, and the women. It is also the story of Rachel, a young woman trying to make her way into a fierce and struggling business of publishing. I have read a good share of rich playboys in need of fixing and in need of love.
Manwhore doesn’t fall far from that bandwagon, the story follows the struggles of a young journalist, a woman who is trying to find her way in the world of news, but since competition is fierce she has to reinvent herself. She works at a magazine that is in trouble, almost at risk of closing its business. Their idea of reinvention and their only way to maintain the edge needed to keep the business open is to do a full expose′ about the hottest player Chicago has to offer.
The story flows as the characters struggle with their reality. Rachel for one seems to enjoy what she does, she loves writing but feels she needs more in order to establish herself as a respectable writer. Her break comes in the form of an expose′, her chance, the one thing that will guarantee her break and the magazine’s only chance to surviving their rival, the only chance it has to maintaining their business afloat. As the story flows we experience Rachel’s reluctance to taking this new assignment, her fears take over her rationale but at the same time it exposes her need to know, her need to investigate and explore. After going over the reasons why this is her only chance she accepts the assignment but not without some apprehension.
As far as characters go, Saint is pure sin. His looks and his power have given him the ability to always getting what he wants, nothing stands in the way of what he wants and he doesn’t shy from taking it if necessary. I think his character as many other in the genre seems to always lean towards arrogance, over powering, domination and sexuality. He keeps his friends close and his enemies closer, he has control over his business and has made a name all on his own. His character is pretty close to others I have read in the past, though comparing characters isn’t always wise because stories differ from plot and setting it is hard not to fall under the same daze that their power and sensuality offers.
The author explores both of these characters struggles with their reality, but each under different circumstances. While one struggles with the reality of a career and a the possibility of a ruined future, the other struggles to maintain an appearance that is deem necessary in a world where money and power set standards. The story focuses on Rachel’s point of view, we witness as she moves from the girl who isn’t always certain of her steps to the woman who is willing to risk and explore, giving the reader a first hand experience of her feelings and emotions. We are also given bits and pieces of Saints struggles, his demons resurface as he exposes his feelings to Rachel, showing vulnerability while also showing his masculinity and sensuality.
This story explores more than just sexual awakening and need, it explores the emotions and weaknesses of these characters. It gives us a first look into the relationship foundation and what it lacks. Though the story has plenty sexuality, I think it lacks passion making it also difficult to relate to these characters. Yes, the author explores feelings, emotions and sentiments that are natural in any relationship and attraction but these characters lack passion in the sense of their encounters. Their interaction seems guarded and predefined. Their dialog does not have a real feel and flow making it hard to establish a connection, I enjoy characters whose feelings flow easily, whose thoughts are easy to explore without making them predictable.
Though Rachel come across as an independent and strong character I think her ingenuity is misplaced. The author portrait of Rachel does not fit her actions, yes at times she goes head on towards what she needs to do while other times struggles to make the simplest of decisions. Rachel’s reality doesn’t call for indecision and inaction, I think that’s what I felt her character lacked most. What I find interesting is that even though she knows she has to do her best, she seems to think that writing for a magazine that is on the brink of collapsing is her only way to stardom. She didn’t seem to have the backbone one expect to see from a journalist, a go get it, a action seeker, a hunger for exploration and news. As a reader, I need to be able to visualize the characters thoughts in order for me to establish a connection. I needed that in order to take her side, though she states her love for what she dose and for the news, it just wasn’t there.
Overall, I enjoyed Manwhore. I think the story though it didn’t have the WOW factor I expected still maintain a level of interest that makes it easy for me to pick the next book in the series. I am interested in seeing how their story develops and how these two characters will make their love story work. If you enjoy love story between rich boys and not so rich girls then this story is for you....more
REVIEW: We all need a dose of Paranormal Romance from time to time, and what’s better than sweet romance betwe**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: We all need a dose of Paranormal Romance from time to time, and what’s better than sweet romance between an alpha and his mate. When author Jamie Lynn Dougherty announced her new book I was excited to read it. I will admit to also being a bit apprehensive, I really wanted this story to have the same exciting and fresh flare that her other books had (Samantha Brand & Trinity Pierce) series.
Shifted Souls is the story of Francine (Frankie), a woman who was born with privilege and money but whose decision to leave it all behind for love cost her almost her very soul. Shifted Souls is one of those stories that start somewhat slow, it gives us the ins and outs of its main character, Frankie, a young woman who left everything she had for love thinking that her happily ever after was forever. Little did she know, the man who she promised to love and cherish would break her heart in more pieces than she could count.
The story developed slowly at first, Frankie is a tortured & abused woman who is not aware of what lurks inside her. She married her high school sweetheart and though things didn’t exactly pan out as she wanted she doesn’t give up on her relationship. She lives isolated and away from the father and the friends she grew up with. Frankie’s story explores the terrible damage and consequences of domestic violence, it shows us the fragility of the human soul when exposed to abuse from those who promised love and tenderness. However, things abruptly change when Frankie shifts into a wolf and put an end to her abuser making things a little more interesting. The twists and turns that follow add the suspense needed, making the story move a little faster.
While I understand Frankie’s indecision and at times lack of action, I can’t deny my frustration. She has the means and even the support she might’ve needed if she decided to leave her husband yet she stuck with him, taking his abuse not only physical but also psychological and emotional. I think as a heroine she lacked the backbone I am used to seeing, and I can’t help myself but compare her character to others from Dougherty’s books.
I am a fan of Dougherty’s writing style, she create great stories with heart and passion. Her characters though flawed, they manage to capture the readers’ heart. She writes sensitive and compassionate alpha males, without taking away their strong and dominant personalities that makes us fall in-love. Bo is one of those characters, his understanding and dedication to his pack and Frankie is admirable and extremely sweet, his admiration and love for her is what made me like him even more. He trusts her decisions and stands back in support, allowing her to make mistakes while also encouraging her to show and give her best.
I enjoyed their story, their relationship developed slowly which is something I enjoy in Dougherty’s books. She doesn’t rush or push her characters to extreme, she manages to maintain a believable pace at which relationships should develop, she usually gives them a strong foundation and admirable traits. I loved how they grew from friends to lovers, giving each other the support and respect needed to keep and maintain a strong bond.
Shifted Souls is a great story, one of second chances, passion and devotion and one that has set a strong foundation to more stories. If you enjoy sweet paranormal romance Shifted Souls is for you. Get to know these characters and their story, each unique and ultimately likeable....more
REVIEW: The Blyss Trilogy has come to an end, and what an end it was. When I read the first book I wasn’t’ ent**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: The Blyss Trilogy has come to an end, and what an end it was. When I read the first book I wasn’t’ entirely sold on it, and even had reservations about it, but as I read book #2 (Blyssful Lies), and now book #3 Blyssfully Undone I can say how much I enjoyed the series overall.
Blyssfully Undone starts right where Blyssful Lies left off. Travis and Julianna on the run, fighting to stay alive and together. What I liked about this book even more so than the first two is how much more action we get, and the confrontation between Nick’s cronies and Travis’s group. The high level of risk in which these characters find themselves and the high level of action works for the story because of its dark theme, it adds intensity an instant sense of darkness that is expected in stories that deal with the sex trafficking. That bit of uncertainty made the story more real, more credible and all together more exciting.
In this final installment, we get a Julianna that has learned a lot not only about self defense, but also a great deal about herself. I liked that Julianna was still learning things about herself a woman, discovering desires that were hidden and which would’ve never been explored had she married her fiance. I also enjoyed how much mature her character had become.
She no longer let her emotions take over, she is more calculating, smarter about her decisions and a lot more in control of her actions. Though of course when it came to Travis her body dictated otherwise but even then she tried to maintain certain level of control. I loved their chemistry, the way their interaction maintained a connection that developed from more than just sexual attraction, how Travis always knew what she needed and was always able to calm the turmoil in her heart.
I also enjoyed how Travis handled the situation between him and Julianna, yes I wasn’t always happy to see how he always resorted to sex when it came to controlling Julianna’s inquiries for more information but I completely understood the reasons why. The author did a superb job exploring these characters limits and wants while also making them sensitive, intelligent and aware of each others feelings and emotions. The author also provides us with a strong and secure foundation from which these characters connection started, allowing the reader to ride the wave with them. Every angst, every desire and emotion was easily felt by the reader, which in terms allows for a stronger connection and an amazing reading experience.
The author created a series of events that were heart stopping, graphic and at times nail biting, giving Blyssfully Undone the thrilling feel of an action movie. I enjoyed every aspect of the story, from the deceits and lies between these characters to the emotional and steamy hot sex scenes. Every aspect of their story felt real, their emotions and desires, their actions and acceptance were beautifully exploit. I can’t recommend this series enough, if you are looking for an emotional and sexy, yet thrilling series to read look no further. The Blyss Trilogy has it all, from hot sex to extremely volatile and sexy anti-hero to sweet and dangerous hero. Everything about The Blyss Trilogy screams amazing, go for it you will not regret it....more
REVIEW: When the offer to read Propositions came to me, it was introduced as a contemporary romance set in the**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: When the offer to read Propositions came to me, it was introduced as a contemporary romance set in the corporate world, explaining that Tania’s sexy, sassy style is comparable to bestselling authors Victoria Dahl and Jennifer Probst. I have read Jennifer Probst (Searching For Something) and if the author is comparable to Probst then I am sold.
Propositions is set in the corporate world of Sidney Australia, a world where money, reputation and hard work is what pays off and feelings and sentiments aren’t always a priority. The story is interesting and flows easily. Jessica owns a marketing agency, her work has been her life for a long time and that’s all she wants. Jessica’s life wasn’t always perfect, she got pregnant at a very young age but instead of letting that get in her way, she too charge of her life. While young she gave away her heart and only got hurt in return. As a woman, she kept a very tight leash on her control, her non existent love life and feelings. Work was all Jessica knew about and was content with that, however she also knew she was missing the fun and the vibrancy sex gives. She wants it all, sex, passion, security, success but she wants it all without complications, without getting hurt and without putting her heart at risk.
I enjoyed Propositions a lot, it has everything I like seeing in a romantic story. The story itself was beautifully developed. It moved slowly and it provided the needed balance between drama, romance and sex. The complications did not exceed the characters tolerance and it didn’t take away from the sense of reality that the story had. I enjoyed how the complications were part of life and not unnecessary drama added by the characters inabilities. The characters are mature, intelligent and give the reader a sense of connection. Nate a successful hotelier knows life has a way of getting the best of you if you do not keep one step ahead. He also understands his priorities have taken over his life but his business and his career are what keeps him afloat. Though Nate has it all, he is missing the love and closeness he expected to have with the woman he married, after his marriage failed he didn’t want to risk getting hurt again and focused his energy and life goals towards his business and his daughter.
The way these characters interacted gave the story the “real’ feel that many contemporary romance stories lack of. Their dialog and their encounters made it feel as if they were people you would encounter in your work place. The writing style is sexy and smart, the passion and sex was also quite steamy and detailed. The different events and situations were believable and it added an interest spark to the story. I enjoyed how well Nate and Jessica complimented one another. They had many ways in which they connected and to me that was very important. I enjoy when characters have more than their desire for passion and sex as a way to connect. They matched professionally and romantically. Their desired mirrored that of the other and in a way, it is what helped me connect with these characters.
If you are looking for an adult romance that has a great balance between drama and romance Propositions is for you, if you enjoy witty and mature characters then look no further, in Propositions will you find the perfect balance between romance and eroticism. Tania Joyce is an author you want to keep an eye on.
REVIEW: I am a big far of Jacquelyn Frank and have read almost everything she has written. Having sai**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog 3.5 of 5
REVIEW: I am a big far of Jacquelyn Frank and have read almost everything she has written. Having said that, I was very excited about the premise of Cursed by Fire. Jacquelyn Frank has written a very sweet and love story of sacrifice, love and triumph.
The story follows a battered hero, Dethan a man who once was powerful, a man who felt he could conquered the world around him. His conquests brought him power and riches, yet he felt he deserved more. Dethan and his band of brothers pursued to conquer immortality without considering the consequences.
After years of being punished by the gods in one of the 8 caves of hell, Dethan gets a visit by one of the gods. A god he once prayed to and fought for. The god’s offer to free Dethan and it is then when his quest for redemption starts. Dethan is one of those characters I like to read about, he is powerful, honest to a fault, caring and loyal. The punishment he received for hundreds of years did not break his spirit but it gave him a new perspective.
I think Jacquelyn Frank did a great job creating an alpha male that wasn’t always burden by indecisions and misunderstandings. I liked that about Dethan, he was focus and kept working towards what he was destined to do. That didn’t take away from his prospect as a lover or a man who also desired the pleasures of the flesh. I think that part of his character was also nicely explored. Dethan’s ability to acknowledge the changes in him was ultimately what I enjoyed the most, there was no unnecessary drama. Though not always willing to pursue his needs, Dethan understood that there were times when you can’t separate pleasure and feelings, that at times they come together and at the end only the heart can tell what is best for the soul.
I also enjoyed Selinda, one of the strongest female characters I have read in a while. Focus, yet sensitive to everyone around her. Her sacrifices made her more human and likeable. The author explores Selinda’s feelings beautifully while also giving us a very mature and head strong character who finds herself trapped in a set of circumstances that will forever alter her life. I found Selinda to be both charming and fascinating. While I am not a fan of damsel in distress characters I admit to have enjoyed her innocence. Don’t get me wrong, Belinda isn’t the oblivious and clueless female character that awaits to be saved, Belinda sets into motion the steps needed to guarantee her freedom while gaining Dethan’s promises of pleasure.
Cursed by Fire isn’t one of those sex focus stories, on the contrary, it is a sweet love story that explores the characters need for redemption while also exposing their needs, desires and sexual awakening. Dethan & Selinda are great characters, they complimented each other. Both are strong and focus, loyal and sensitive to others suffering. The one complain I have about the story is the pace, certain things took a bit long to develop while others such as the romance was set at a nice pace. I also would’ve liked more showing and less telling, the interaction was not as constant as I would’ve liked but don’t let that deter you from reading it. I enjoyed Cursed By Fire, I think anyone looking for a sweet love story with some angst will find Cursed By Fire to their liking....more
REVIEW: One of the most exciting PNR Jeaniene Frost gives us another installment in the Night Prince series***Originally posted @ReadingDiva's Blog***
REVIEW: One of the most exciting PNR Jeaniene Frost gives us another installment in the Night Prince series. Bound by Flames is the 3rd book in the series and it is just as enticing and exciting to read as the first two books.
Bound By Flames follows up on the war between Vlad and his century-old enemy, Szilagyi. While these two has gone about killing each other for centuries, Leila is practically new to the conflict but she doesn’t just sit back and watch everything develop, she has become part of it and will do anything possible to make sure it ends with Szilagyi’s death.
Bound By Flames was fun to read, Leila proved to have mature considerably not just in her powers but mentally and emotionally. She no longer needs reassurance and comfort, she goes out and fight for the people she loves. While at times reckless I think her character proved to have grown a lot more than in previous installments. I enjoyed how their relationship has also grown, not without their ups and downs. The trust & the loyalty they have for one another keeps them alive. I think the author did a great job when it came to Vlad & Leila’s relationship. The was something sweet about it, even though both of these characters are quite dangerous.
I felt the conflict between Vlad & Szilagyi lacked substance and drama. Yes, there were bloody encounters but I felt Frost left out a good one on one juicy action. I enjoyed the other aspect of the drama, the uncertainty and the evil that Leila had to go through, while proving she has become invaluable to Vlad’s life. I liked how Vlad not longer kept his feelings hidden and was able to acknowledge his desire and need for Leila.
There were a few surprises, good and bad. I think I would love to see more of Maximus at some point, there is something about his character that tells me he could give us an entertaining story. Overall Frost did a great job bringing us a drama filled installment, with gruesome and bloody moments. With intense desire and feelings as well as the uncertainty that comes with every development while adding suspense to the story. This story pushes love to its limits, exploring the characters feelings and sense of belonging while exposing the inner desires and needs without making the characters any more vulnerable or weak.
I am looking forward to the next installment. Vlad & Leila are explosive and fun together, I can’t wait to see what the future brings them. If you are looking for a story that brings love, war & action then Bound By Flames is the book for you....more
REVIEW: Captive is the story of Madison Frost – a girl whose life isn’t as perfect as it may seem. Behind the doOriginally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog
REVIEW: Captive is the story of Madison Frost – a girl whose life isn’t as perfect as it may seem. Behind the doors of her big mansion lies the secret of alcoholism, shame, lies, sadness and love. While her life doesn’t change much Madison goes on just because she needs to make sure her mother stays alive. Madison’s story is one we can identify as poor rich girl has a lot of money, great social status but lives a life of lies and betrayal.
Madison is twenty years old but the responsibility that falls over her shoulders make her feel a lot older, she doesn’t remember the last time she smiled or was happy, her mother has forgotten about her and her father doesn’t seem to care either way. But in a matter of seconds her life changes, when she becomes a captive of a man who would change her life for the worse, while making it sure that the future turns into the best. This is a story of acceptance and second chances.
I enjoyed Madison’s story even though it doesn’t read as a new adult novel. Her maturity at times refreshing and other times questionable, it brings to mind that while life throws difficult situations sometimes all at once is it up to the individual to decide how these tasks are handled. When it comes to romance novels and romance between the captor and the captive I have to say I have seen it all. They don’t always become original work, at times it feels like they have all be executed by the same authors because of their similarities to one another, and as a reader of romance I can’t help but compare them to one another.
Captive isn’t the exception, I read Captive wanting to find originality but I was disappointed to see it was not the case. However, the story itself was nicely executed and it gave me what I expected to find from these characters. Madison falls victim of a vicious and calculating man whose only business is to make sure his victims pay for their deeds. He kidnap them, he makes money. He doesn’t care what happens to them, as long as they pay and the rest is just a consequence of the business. Madison doesn’t fall under the usual MO and Gage (Ghost) find himself wondering why he accepted to take the job in the first place all while knowing there is more to Madison Frost that meets the eye. He falls slowly, but he falls without knowing that he captor will become the captive.
The story develops slowly, not much action happens in the first 50 percent of the book, once Madison is kidnap her interaction with Ghost goes from being the victim to becoming his friend and confidant. Though I thought their relationship developed nicely and its foundation strong, I think it lacked emotion and a sense of belonging that I would’ve liked to see after creating a strong connection. Their attraction lacked intensity, but perhaps that’s exactly what the author intended, both characters were young though their “experiences” were supposed to add drama it didn’t really have the angst one would expect.
The author did a good job exploring Madison’s feelings, giving us a clear picture of her thoughts, her discoveries and her curiosity about the man she was getting so close to. I enjoyed how the author exposes Madison feelings without losing touch of her sensibilities and need for love. However, I think her character lacked the maturity one expect to find in an twenty year old woman whose responsibilities are far greater than many other of her age and social status. Her frailty and innocence gave Madison an air of damsel in distress that I don’t usually enjoy in romance novels. However, I enjoyed how she stood up for what she believed was right and how she let her mind and heart dictate what would work best for her.
I enjoyed Ghost, the criminal who stole Madison’s heart and that of the readers. He is complex, sensitive, intelligent and cunning. His ability to adjust and modify his actions as needed is what made me like him. The author explored and exposed his feelings beautifully without taking away the roughness and masculinity readers enjoy. His sense of connection to Madison was sweet and his ability to accept his attraction puts many other male characters to shame. His background gave the story the needed spark of drama to make their love story sweet. While I didn’t necessarily understand some of his action I came to enjoy his character more than I did Madison’s.
Overall, Captive is a nice romance novel that plays well with the characters feelings and desires. Exploring the dark side of money and the consequences of humans actions. It also explores the sensuality of a woman coming to age and her need to find the love that would fill the void left by her family. If you enjoy damsel in distress stories and criminals with a sense of justice this story is for you....more
REVIEW: City of Eternal Night is book #2 in the Crescent City Series by Kristen Painter, and the spinoff ser**Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog**
REVIEW: City of Eternal Night is book #2 in the Crescent City Series by Kristen Painter, and the spinoff series to The House of Comarre Series. This story just keeps getting better, City of Eternal Night starts right off where House of Rising Sun ends. Harlow & Augustine are now sharing the house Olivia left them and they are discovering just how much attracted to one another they are.
I enjoyed City of Eternal Night very much, these characters have matured and evolved a lot. Harlow though reluctant to her Fae nature has learned to embrace it but not without reservations and even apprehension. I enjoyed how nice the story flowed, the conflict with Harlow’s father has taken a new spin and these characters find themselves fighting against a very powerful Fae.
Harlow’s life has changed drastically since her mother’s death, but what I like the most about the changes is how she understand that her life is hers to control and how she chooses to take the steps needed to keep her sanity. She is also interested in learning how gain control over her powers which she still doesn’t know much about. I think the author did a great job bringing a new spin to the story, the secret that keeps Harlow bound to her mother’s home and how she chooses to come to terms with the darkness that threatens to consume her. I love Painter’s writing style. It is simple yet so full of details that open the reader’s imagination to a world where anything is possible.
The world of the Fae and the exotic and dark nature of New Orleans give the story the needed spark to keep it interesting. The different types of Fae and the many different type of magic flowing around the story is entertaining without making it overwhelming. These characters have their good and bad traits, their needs and desire for power have created an array of conflicts that adds interest to the story. Kristen Painter has created a captivating world. A world with all kinds of creatures and magic, where witches, voodoo warlocks, vampires and ghosts, are in a constant struggle of power and conflicts but all the while giving City Of Eternal Night a captivating and sensual feel, where anything is possible and where power fuels these creatures souls.
Kristen explore Augustine and Harlow’s feeling quite nicely. She exposes their needs and wants without making it the focal point of the story. She gives us a love story that develops slowly, showing the characters true intention and forming alliances based on strong foundation. I enjoyed how Augustine and Harlow’s story moves slowly, giving their story a sense of reality and normalcy. City of Eternal Night is full of surprises and twists, it engages the reader to draw conclusions and to take sides, it evokes reactions and strong emotions. I enjoyed this installment and I can’t wait to read the next book. Kristen has proven to write spellbinding stories that captives the imagination....more
REVIEW: The Lord Of The Underworld has been one of my favorite series to date and Gena Showalter one of m***Originally posted @ ReadingDiva's Blog ***
REVIEW: The Lord Of The Underworld has been one of my favorite series to date and Gena Showalter one of my favorite PNR authors.
The Darkest Seduction is Paris’s story – to me Paris is one of the most exciting, funny and hot characters in the LOTU. Paris holds the demon of promiscuity within and can’t survive without sex, but there is a problem, Paris can’t have sex with the same woman more than once.
Paris has been fighting hunters for a long time, fighting for survival while also trying to find the artifacts that will help him and his friends find Pandora. In this installment of the LOTU we get a follow up to Sienna’s death. Paris non stop search for her to bring her to safety even if that means losing her forever, his inner battle with the dark that keeps trying to surface and his need to make Sienna his are what makes his story the more passionate. The author gave us a very matured, less playful and more focus Paris. This time he finally understands that there is more to the last encounter between him and Sienna, he feels there is more than his need to make sure she survives, and more to his need survival. I was happy to see these characters evolve and fight for what they thought to be just.
I enjoyed this installment very much – the way the author brought all these characters together again to create such an exciting story was amazing. I was happy to see Sienna coming out of the mold, she made her character a lot more enjoyable this time around. Her new abilities and strength gave the story the needed balance to make it a page turner. I liked how these characters fought for what they felt was right and held onto their sense of justice and loyalty. Paris’s story was heartfelt, the uncertainty and the many obstacles he had to overcome gave the story a sense of reality, it also made these characters more likeable. I like Sienna, her understanding and awaking into a world she always thought to be evil made her vulnerable but it also made her stronger.
I liked how she embraced her new reality and fought for her survival while also learning about sacrifice and respect for those around her. I think this story is one of my favorite so far. I liked that we got to see glimpses into other character’s life. I liked knowing how their relationships have evolved and how they are coping with the changes around them. I waited enough to read this book but I will not make the same mistake again. I will be picking up the next story and enjoy all these characters once again.
Gena Showalter is a great author, one that knows how to mix great romance with kick ass action without taking away the characters vulnerabilities while exploring the most deeply desires and feelings. If you are looking to read a great story of love and sacrifice then look no further....more