Beginning soon after the close of the first book, Tara and Howard have taken up Sam’s offer of transportation and a place to stay on the isle of Puert...moreBeginning soon after the close of the first book, Tara and Howard have taken up Sam’s offer of transportation and a place to stay on the isle of Puerto Rico for some rest and recovery time from the doings of Revenge Gifts.
But it’s not so restful for Tara. First she’s mixing business with pleasure by picking up some material for her thriving online business- selling gifts of revenge at top dollar. Second, Sam’s hacienda is haunted…with sex perverts, of course. But that’s not her biggest problem, no, the bigger problem is being on the radar of smugglers and drug Lords and mystical lovers whom, by all appearance, want to consummate their love and come back from the dead to rule the world- through Tara.
Howard is Tara's grounding wire in this world- but will he be able to handle the chaos and stick around? Or bigger question, will she let him?
I loved Envy.exe, even more than the first. Containing the same characters and a setting that breathes Hemingway, I loved revisiting them. Mostly though, I loved getting to see this side of Sam. Why? Because, I wanted to tame that man from the time he tilted those shades down, and flashed his baby blues. I knew there was more to him- there just had to be. And, thankfully, we do get to plumb below the surface persona here, yesssssss!
Still. This is all about Tara and you gotta love her in all her insecurities. (Oh don’t think I don’t see behind your cruel indifference, Missy.) You got a lot of heart Girl, and that’s why I keep coming back for more.
Finally, Ms. Cruciger? You have a warped sense of revenge, you sicko, which makes me only wish I was half as clever. ;) I bow down before you. (less)
::re-editing rant after cooling off period:: I went ahead and paid the $.99 for this short, short story, but seriously, couldn’t 've offered it for fr...more::re-editing rant after cooling off period:: I went ahead and paid the $.99 for this short, short story, but seriously, couldn’t 've offered it for free as a marketing tool? Oh I see, charging people to write reviews is way more clever. Not only do you not have to pay for the advertisement, you get to make money! Stupid fan reviewers-they fall for it every time! Muuuuhahahaaaa! Whereas I love this series, follow the author and even liked the story, I get tired of bending over just because I'm a fan. I write my real thoughts on stories, gratis-because I love books- whilst authors pay for people to give fake reviews.
And yet, here I go, falling for it…
This is the story of Lucy, a daughter who left to find a job and ended up finding a home.
While on her way to the place her father sent her, Lucy encounters a trapped spirit in the woods. When Miss Lindsey, who soon to be employer sees that Lucy sees, she keeps her. Lucy know something is not normal about the Miss Lindsey and her brother, but what is normal anyway?
On the day Lucy opens herself up to falling in love with the mute hired hand, she encounters the spirit once again- and the malevolent entity holding the spirit trapped between worlds. Through a series of questions Lucy ends up freeing the trapped lady- who just happens to be Mr. Lindsey’s young wife who disappeared years before. Having the thing that they had lost, the Lindsey’s move on while Lucy and her Mute hired hand make a life on the edge of the wood. Barnabas, the hired hand, takes her name- for he was a child of the wood who didn’t know his beginning, and years later they birthed Will Steele.
I love Liu’s paranormal- romance Dirk and Steele series. It was fun to get this short, short story about the progenitor of the Steeles who would eventually begin the agency that protects the shifters/others of this world.
Okay I totally get the appeal of this author. (Talk about alpha male heroes! WHEW)
But seriously, the author's in need of editing, plotwise and most ce...moreOkay I totally get the appeal of this author. (Talk about alpha male heroes! WHEW)
But seriously, the author's in need of editing, plotwise and most certainly dialogue-wise- "Sorry?" the heroine said it so many times I was about to throw my kindle across the room!- Still, man, she gets what woman like in a hot romance. Uber alpha, protective, mostly possessive- but not in a psycho way- slightly tortured heroes, who get their heroine's quirkiness and, more then that, like their strength and intelligence. Oh and did I mention hot in the bedroom??
In The Gamble, the heroine, Nina Sheridan, decides to rent a gorgeous cabin in the mountains of Colorado for a week or two, to clear her head and decide if she really does want to commit the rest of her life to a man she's just not sure about.
Only to find out when she arrives that there's been a mixup and the stoic mountain man who owns the place is still there. Thinking to run away as fast as she can, after standing up to the obnoxious guy, she gets caught in a snow drift and passes out. Now days later, after being sick and out of it for most of it, she finds he's not ready to let her go, and she's realizing that the thing missing from her relationship with her fiance back in England- is taking care of her in the mountains of Colorado.
Throw in some sweet townspeople, some crazy bitchy exes- which, for the record, is a theme of Ashley's- a murder mystery which, although elaborate, unfolds through telling rather than showing, and you get pretty good start to a series. I'm hoping this author matures a bit in her craft- because she's got the juice, people!(less)
How can I explain my feelings about KA books? When I love them I really, really love them. With her books, sometimes I cant stand the heroines- those...moreHow can I explain my feelings about KA books? When I love them I really, really love them. With her books, sometimes I cant stand the heroines- those books I really hate- sometimes I love both Hero and Heroine and I usually always love the hero in all her books, in fact, too much. It’s their stories that become the hardest for me weirdly enough and I’ll explain why.
I’ve been reading romance for a long, long time. It is and will always be my first love in reading. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve expanded my reading horizons and I’ve come to appreciate and even anticipate a wide variety of genres. Yes even depressing literary.
So when I go back to romance I enjoy it for the escape. So what’s this got to do with KA’s heroes?
She writes them so good that it yanks me out of the escape and makes me feel too much. She writes them so exactly like I want a man to be, I get depressed because I cant find a man like that and that’s so wrong. Or it makes me think of the one time I had it, but then had it taken away from me. Things I’ve moved on from a long time ago.
In effect, it becomes the male equivalent of the fake boobed, fake blond, plastic porn star women who are on sexually all the time. Some men watch so much of it they think that’s the way real woman are- or should be- and it makes them unable to enjoy a relationship with a real woman. I realized after reading Creed that I’m falling into the female version of it and that her books have become emotional porn to me. Interesting because I certainly read or have read books that are far more erotic and easily considered pornographic in a classic sense and I have no problems with them. Probably because its all physical and no heart, now that I think about it and that's business I can take care of on my own, if need be. ;)
Add to that her perfect HEA + babies epiloges? Ugh. I'm done.
So yeah, think I’m gonna have to break up with KA books- it’s not you, it’s me.
As for Creed the book? His and Sylvie’s story is steamy, anxty romance at it’s best. Seriously, you’ll love their story- one that started way back when they were kids.
wonderful new voice in contemp romance! Steamy, witty and heartwarming I fell in love with both protags... Reminded me quite a bit of Shelly Laurensto...morewonderful new voice in contemp romance! Steamy, witty and heartwarming I fell in love with both protags... Reminded me quite a bit of Shelly Laurenston's voice- without the pnr aspect! (LOVE me some SL.)(less)
I loved the heroine- so much strength, no shinking virgin this!- and intelligence? Wow, I so can get a female lead like this. And the hero, which the...moreI loved the heroine- so much strength, no shinking virgin this!- and intelligence? Wow, I so can get a female lead like this. And the hero, which the author did not compromise one iota, had me riveted.
I had tears in my eyes at one point and sat holding my breath at the next. I love a book that engages my emotions and rare are they that come around anymore.
Another thing- I thought the book was going one way until about 15% in and up till that point it was sorta meh for me, then a sudden turn left and I was hooked. If your a romance lover at heart- dont give up on this H/h, it takes them a bit to give in to their passion but I swear if you do, you'll get a HEA that'll make you heave a wistful sigh... just like I did. :)
One of those romances that will stick with ya!
Everyone's praising this story, as well they should. Read it and find out why!(less)
Only read the first two thus far but both I liked- especially Shelly Laurenston's entry of course. ;)
Not much for anthos myself, but since Eden &...moreOnly read the first two thus far but both I liked- especially Shelly Laurenston's entry of course. ;)
Not much for anthos myself, but since Eden & Laurenston rarely miss for me, I got this one. Get it if you need a short shifter story with a little steam!
Shelly's story is Tully Smith's story, The Wolf, The Witch, and Her Lack of Wardrobe (Loosely connected of her Pride series- one of my favorites!). He's the alpha of the Smithville Pack and in him Jaimie Meacham has met her match- literally.
But Jaimie is mean enough to the handle the Smiths and usually I dont like Laurenston's meangirls so much, but I was okay with her because dang- is she entertaining. (Laurenton does quirky funny so well!)
In this story she's forced to team up with Tully to protect their town. They must fend off another alpha and his pack bent on taking over- by any means necessary. Sure it's Tully's birth father, but who cares, he's a bully who needs taken down, and their the ones to do it. Which they do with some lumps and bruises along the way- all the while wrestling with their attraction to each other.
Cynthia Eden's entry In The Dark, is pretty intense for all it's brevity. Sadie James dead lover isnt so dead after all, and now he's become the thing a shifter like her loathes the most- a vampire. When a rogue shifter is on the prowl killing innocents they must team up to catch him and she must learn how to keep him out of her heart, because the last thing she needs is to greive him again.
Common theme of betrayal and love lost, but I didn't mind that so much. It was still a good story!
I haven't gotten to the last one in the antho- not sure I will because I've never read Sherrill Quinn and usually the unknown author in an antho is pretty hum-drum. ::shrug:: Maybe I'll get to it someday when I need a quick read again...(less)
3 of McKenna's super short stories from other anthos- all stamped with her trypical ultra steam factor and uber alpha males. The first two were my fav...more3 of McKenna's super short stories from other anthos- all stamped with her trypical ultra steam factor and uber alpha males. The first two were my favs the last? meh.
If you're looking for quick super charged sexy reads- this be it.(less)
Fast introduction to Dirk Pitt, Special Projects Director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA)- with the best part being, Pitt’s improm...moreFast introduction to Dirk Pitt, Special Projects Director of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA)- with the best part being, Pitt’s impromptu- practically naked- meeting with the assembled Brass of the military. I’ve read coupla Cussler’s Dirk Pitt novels before this one and I gotta tell ya, if I had read this one first I might have been a little more enthusiastic with carrying on with the series.
A bit dated- (See reference to Mark Spitz rather than Michael Phelps, author stating that “Piracy on the high seas went out with the manufacturing of cutlasses”- (uh guess what Cussler? They’re baaaack!)- and add to it the Generals in the story being afraid our technology would fall into the Russian and or Chinese hands… wait a minute, scratch that, we’re still afraid of that one.)
Still. It was an interesting read in a James Bond sooo suave kinda way. I think what I like best about Pacific Vortex, besides the introduction of Pitt, was it’s vague nod to Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues under the sea.
Involving himself, purely by accident, in discovering the truth behind the mysterious disappearance of a prototype nuclear vessel lost during World War 2, Dirk Pitt also finds himself researching another even more mysterious unknown- The Pacific Ocean’s version of the Bermuda Triangle. Riding into the heart of the Pacific Vortex, as it’s become known, Pitt and the Military team assembled, find the missing ships and a mystery straight out of Verneverse. A strange mist arises and men board their ship with the intent to kill. Barely escaping with his life, Dirk Pitt makes it home only to wake up to a crying admiral’s daughter and the realization that the men who had killed his companions were right at his door.
Now it’s back to the ocean and to the Hawaiian version of Atlantis to solve the mystery of the missing ships- a place that now has become not as mythical as purported to be. This book is written by a man, for men. I don’t get a lot of Dirk Pitt- particularly why he would profess his need and want of a woman at the end of the story, to a woman he barely knew?? (whaaa?) But he intrigues me- as all men do. So. I read on.
Just okay contemporary military romance. Nothing to really stand it out from the pack as far as I’m concerned, except for perhaps the fact the author...moreJust okay contemporary military romance. Nothing to really stand it out from the pack as far as I’m concerned, except for perhaps the fact the author does more than one romantic couple per book. In this one, two men from a former special ops team go after the man who recruited them. But it seems the man himself is in danger and they end up rescuing him rather than taking him out. Course the fact that one of them falls for the man’s daughter helped that.
Despite my lack of enthusiasm, I’ll probably read the next one in the series at some point because, dangit, she hooked me for Zane’s story. :P (less)
I was so curious about this one because so many seem to like the series. I was initially intrigued- liked the rocker idea mixed with hot sex. But abou...moreI was so curious about this one because so many seem to like the series. I was initially intrigued- liked the rocker idea mixed with hot sex. But about a quarter of the way in, I realized I was reading someone's juvenile sexual fantasy of having a rock god/band all to themselves, which believe me, seems like a huge "duh" to me now beings as that's why it probably intrigued me in the first place. But alas the idea of it works better than the reality- as with most fantasies.
The chick just felt to young for me too relate to. So...