Ok so. I actually read this one awhile back and never got around to placing it on my shelves here. Here's the thing, I'm having a bit of a problem remOk so. I actually read this one awhile back and never got around to placing it on my shelves here. Here's the thing, I'm having a bit of a problem remembering it. The reason I'm still trying to remember it? I immediately bought the second in the series back when I did finish it, and now I'm thinking I'm ready to read it. Only now I can't remember what happened in King's Hall?
So I cracked the book open once again and honestly the setting came back rather quickly, if not the characters. But I still couldn't think what happened in the book. As I read a friend's review of the book, I realized why I can't remember the plot. There really wasn't one. This book was all about introducing us to setting and characters- which I liked indeed despite the fact it's basically y/a, n/a ish, in a urban fantasy setting... Or perhaps x-men esgue setting is more accurate. (Getting that a lot lately.) Once I had that I remembered thinking too that the end of the book action, the empowered "kings" and "queens" who are non-coms (non- commoners) working together, felt a little too power rangerish to me. (It also felt fairly Vampire Academy-y)
What worked was the pull of the main characters together- the King Vamp, King Shifter, Queen Mage (did I forget one??). And how who they are and who they are becoming all shifts around. (There's quite a bit of surprising loss and gain now that I recall.)
The plot *I believe* the author is working toward is true X-Men material. The commoners are tired of the elementals having all the power and they're rising up.
Okay now that it's a little more settled in my mind, I'm ready to proceed......more
Loved it! My kinda characters and character motivation. Magic and x-menesque characters blend perferctly in a modern southern US setting. Unlike the aLoved it! My kinda characters and character motivation. Magic and x-menesque characters blend perferctly in a modern southern US setting. Unlike the authors' Kate Daniels series,(which is a fav of mine, btw), the world building is clearly defined from the get-go. We see the world and understand it immediately. In fact, I get the feeling this could be pre-kate daniels' south- just before the magic wave that so devastated her world hit? But I digress.
A guy with fire skills is about to go nuclear on us- and take out thousands in the process. Our heroine is called to bring him in, a job they dont really want done, hence the reason the big brass coerces her into the job- she being a nobody in the magical world, but strong in the Private Investigative department. A 90% success rate, for the record. Still she has little hope of surviving an encounter with a much more powerful magical user, much less convincing him to "come in". But to save her family, she'll attempt it.
While on this suicide mission she bucks against another magical great, Mad Rogan, whom it turns out, happens to be the perfect one to bring something out in her she kept buried for a very long time. Oh yeah this is gonna be a good series.
This was listed as a rec based on my Uber Alpha Male Shelf. I can see why, although not as uber as I’ve seen. This is alien smut porn- the kind I dig.This was listed as a rec based on my Uber Alpha Male Shelf. I can see why, although not as uber as I’ve seen. This is alien smut porn- the kind I dig. It’s two aliens who look like human Conans who come to earth- a backwater planet to them- to get their mate. (Conveniently, she has no family, so she’s ready to be ok with the kidnapping…and ménage a trois marriage in store for her.)
Setting the ridiculous premise for a menage fantasy/porn story aside-…Honestly? I liked it. It’s hot. It’s really not badly written considering some of the other craptastic stuff out there- (Hello Jaid Black , Tek Mi Q’an series…Just ignore the fact I read every one of them. ::wince::)
The plot is... Well I cant remember. Who cares really. :P
If you like hunky alien barbaric male goodness and one girl who takes it all without the bondage element and no m/m action- I say give this here smut a try. (Haha! I can’t help but laugh that sentence. SO ridiculous.)...more
I enjoyed going back into the Montgomery world- it’s been awhile since that’s happened… not awhile since I’ve read a JD Mongomery novel- I re-read herI enjoyed going back into the Montgomery world- it’s been awhile since that’s happened… not awhile since I’ve read a JD Mongomery novel- I re-read her old stories quite often. No it’s been awhile since I’ve enjoyed one of her newer novels.
While this one dragged a bit in the middle- (you can’t say she doesn’t research her novels well, because we had quite a bit of architectural content)- it was fun seeing quirky characters again, like she used to write. Of course, this one being paranormal, there was also quite abit of ghost storying and reincarnation of true love going on- nothing new for JD either.
In this one we get the story of the Kingsleys, another large Maine family like the Montgomery’s from Warbrooke Main- instead the Kingsleys' inhabit Nantucket Island. The hero is a Montgomery, though- from a long ago female ancester...but that comes later...and a world famous architect.
Alixandra Madson has just graduated from school and is quite good at being an Architect too. She’s about to come into her hero’s world through a bizarre stipulation in the will of a lady she met as a four yr old- and had never seen after that.
Jared couldn’t believe the nonsense his great Aunt was putting him through with her ridiculous will. Not only must he put off moving into his inherited home for a year- but he must now somehow avoid the attentions of a starry eyed recently graduated Architectural student he met briefly as a child. He has no idea what all is behind the weird stipulation, but he suspects the long held family unsolved mystery over a long dead great, great, great, (etc) grandmother and the ghost of his great,great, great, (etc) grandfather still haunting the family home has much to do with it.
Things have been kept secret for too long concerning Alix and Nantucket- cause she is somehow part of the Kingsley mystery- but forces are converging to solve it and set a lost forever kinda love to right. If Alix can forgive those who’ve kept her in the dark for so long, she may just find her own forever love in the bargain.
Although not perfect, (Alix's mother was annoying and too much filler, imo), I found True Love to be pleasant way to spend an afternoon.
I’m also looking forward to the next in this series because it involves a crown prince Taggart Twin from Lanconia- which is something that hasn’t happened for a long time with one of her novels! Yeah!...more
A novella set in Kate Daniels world, this short story focuses on Kate’s bff Andrea, (who gets a book later), and her wannabe mate Rapheal. Both are heA novella set in Kate Daniels world, this short story focuses on Kate’s bff Andrea, (who gets a book later), and her wannabe mate Rapheal. Both are heyena wereshifters, but Andrea is slightly different. (You’ll have to read the books to find out.)
In Magic Mourns, Andrea gets a call letting her know about a shifter on the run being chased by a dog as big as ahouse. Turns out the chaser is “Fluffy” Hagrid’s three headed dog from Harry Potter- okay okay, it’s Cerberus, Hades hellhound from Greek mythology. And the Chasee is the shifter she’s been trying to avoid- the one fated to be her mate.
A mystery ensues as to why Cerberus is here and what exactly he’s guarding- but come to find out, it involves Raphael’s mother’s recently departed mate- and a member of “the people”, navigators/pilots of vampires, that wants to live forever.
However, the truly fun bits happen as Andrea and Raphael draw closer… ...more
Easy Romance of the Viking persuasion. I can't say there was anything standouty about this one unfortunately. I think if I had read this 20 yrs ago IEasy Romance of the Viking persuasion. I can't say there was anything standouty about this one unfortunately. I think if I had read this 20 yrs ago I would have been more impressed. The romance was very romantic despite their reluctance to fall in love and the lovin sufficiently steamy- although rather prosey compared to today's standards (all manhood and velvty heat for pieces parts). It was just missing that certain *something* it takes to grab me.
abducted and swept away by what turns out to be Vikings, Lady Avril will have none of it. She must get home, because she leaves a fatherless child behind. Only there's no getting back home, because she's been taken to an island shrouded in mist and time.
Hauk didn't want a bride, unlike his counterparts- but he could not leave the lovely lady alone knowing that the roughest member of his group is after her. But saving her from him makes her just that.
The battle of wills is on, despite the kind warrior poet Hauk turns out be. and too the original Viking abductor doesn't like that he was thwarted. Can they have a forever HEA despite the obstacles set before them? Of course they can....more
This was too difficult for me. These two need serious help and Im sure (hoping) the author gets them to a healthy place eventually, but I cant. Even.This was too difficult for me. These two need serious help and Im sure (hoping) the author gets them to a healthy place eventually, but I cant. Even.
The problem is We never got a chance to even like the characters before seeing the horrible addictions.
Entreat Me, I believe, is one of her earlier novels and though I enjoyed it quite a bit, I can see that sheMy third Grace Draven novel in like- weeks!
Entreat Me, I believe, is one of her earlier novels and though I enjoyed it quite a bit, I can see that she’s grown as a writer since then. I will say this one is probably my least favorite that I've read by her thus far. This is not saying it isn't good- because it is- I just liked the others more!
Entreat Me, a spin on the ever popular Beauty and the Beast fairytale, is probably my favorite spin in a long time. In Ms. Draven’s story, Beauty comes in two different shades and instead of one beast, we get two as well- well, sorta- because the curse affects a father and a son. This made it intriguing for me, because at first, you are not quite sure whom the one is in need of true love’s kiss! (The twist is that it’s both... and neither.) (view spoiler)[They both need released from a curse, but it’s not a kiss that will do it! (hide spoiler)]
I don’t want to give away too much but, for me the slight misdirection of focusing on one couple, rather than the other, made the story drag for me in the beginning, because… the other couple was far more interesting!! :) (She is older, wiser, and surprise surprise NOT A VIRGIN, and though he is tortured -as any beastly hero should be- he is noble and kind from the very beginning.) Unfortunately it makes it feel as if it's for.ev.er till we see the true H/h together.
oh- and the author used flashbacks to tell us about the background leading up to the curse... Not sure how I feel about that other than it bothered me less than othertimes its employed.
Still, the story ends as expected- true love is had and curses are broken, but the journey with them is an entertaining one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Re-read 2015 Despite the cheesy 80’s title and cover, this is one of my go-to’s. (The original unrevised version). It’s an old category romance, but I’Re-read 2015 Despite the cheesy 80’s title and cover, this is one of my go-to’s. (The original unrevised version). It’s an old category romance, but I’ve re-read it hundreds of times and it never disappoints. (Often a snippet of it will come to mind and I find myself helpless to go to it yet again. I’m serious, it has that much a pull on me.)
Ricardo Lazaro , poet and rebel leader is looking to bring democracy to his tiny country. But the regime in charge have caught and imprisoned him to stop it. Enter Lara Clavel.
At first, Lara could care less about Lazaro’s political leanings- but her brother, the only family left to her, is willing to follow him into hell. To prevent her injured and convalescing brother from doing just that, she embroils herself in a plot to help the legendary leader escape.
Though determined to stay aloof, she too cannot resist the pull of this magnetic man. And right there, in the midst of captivity with him- she finds herself surrendering to the passion blooming between them. Little did she know she will one day find herself willing to follow him anywhere too- or die trying to keep him safe.
Much of the this book happens in an imprisonment setting- how the author manages to make us feel safe and threatened for the characters both at the same time surprises me, yet she does it. You'll also be surprised with where she leads you by the end.
Some of H/h's moments together are incredibly erotic despite how tame it is relatively- even now- and the romance is top notch. If I could get some new romance readers to try this, I will have felt as though I’ve accomplished something for romancelandia! ;)...more
I read this as a serial story- chopped up and divvied out like misers with gold? Because that's what you are you wretched publishers/marketers. (I'm bI read this as a serial story- chopped up and divvied out like misers with gold? Because that's what you are you wretched publishers/marketers. (I'm blaming them because I refuse to believe KC could be so cruel. I mean really, to borrow a phrase- Whiskey. Tango. Foxtrot.)
It's hard enough waiting for stories that are good from authors you love, you do this to us? You've made yourselves to be bigger cock-teases than the writers of "How I met your mother" and it's just wrong to play with fangirl hearts-and wallets- like this. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
As you can see, I do not approve.
That said- the first part? This is good. Seriously hot. Natalie is a heroine I can get on board with, despite her virgin status. (not that there's anything wrong with that. Of course not.) But Sevastyan? Yes, please.
The last two parts? Def did not deliver. Which was a disappointment. Im so glad to see the next installment in the series is out in its entirety. Because this serialization junk? Does not work for this author....more