so so good. The story begins on an ordinary day for Cat. Hiding her true identity while working as a soothsayer/palm reader in a circus troop. Raisedso so good. The story begins on an ordinary day for Cat. Hiding her true identity while working as a soothsayer/palm reader in a circus troop. Raised in ugliness, the troop has become her family, until he shows up.
Part Barbarian warlord, part royality, Griffin knows who the soothsayer is and that she is someone who will change his destiny even before he laid eyes on her. Little did he know how much.
Sussing out the betrayer in the warlord’s personal guard for a few coppers is easy enough for Cat; unfortunately it exposes her greatest gift for the first time- and it has little to do with foresight magic. She is the Kingmaker, able to make or tear apart kingdoms.
Sintan royality Griffin is no dummy, having made a King, (or Queen in his case), with the power of his might already. He's ready to conquer more- so when the soothsayer exposes her true gift, he kidnaps her and claims her for his sister's kingdom.
But if there’s one thing Cat knows, it’s that she brings death, and the only way to ensure survival for herself is to run and hide.
Cat fights her captivity at every turn, even though she quickly forms a bond with the warlord and his guard. The bond only makes it worse, because her worst fear is not the danger to herself, it’s the knowledge that those who hunt her will certainly kill the ones she cares about most.
Excellent first outing. Although fantasy romance, its not exactly High Fantasy, imo, like Tairen Souls by C L Wilson, it’s also not based on any real kingdom other than perhaps the settings of the time of the Greek Gods... but more medieval than ancient, if that makes sense? (It kinda brings to mind Game of Thrones, actually.) Either way, its an easier read than most "high fantasy" usually is- certainly not a bad thing. (Sometimes I just want the setting and the dialogue, not all the setting up of the setting).
I loved all the characters introduced and am hoping to get more of their stories rather than just focusing on Cat and Griffin, although I’m good with that too. :D (Loved me some Beta Sinta!) Cat and her warlord have some wonderful chemistry and I had a hard time putting their story down. The book went by way too fast.
This fantasy romance is exactly what readers of this particular romance sub-genre go mad for. You're gonna love it....more
just a teaser which Im very much hoping turns into a series! :D Frost Giants, Shifter Sons of Loki, threats of Ragnarrok...everything but Thor. oh heljust a teaser which Im very much hoping turns into a series! :D Frost Giants, Shifter Sons of Loki, threats of Ragnarrok...everything but Thor. oh hell yay, I want more....more
Stuck on a 7 hr United airlines flight with no media (I think I was on the oldest plane in their fleet!), I decided, “Kindle it is!”.
Instantly intriguStuck on a 7 hr United airlines flight with no media (I think I was on the oldest plane in their fleet!), I decided, “Kindle it is!”.
Instantly intrigued by the prologue in The Bird and The Sword, I realized the author is playing in inspy fields with her novels. (Though not outright inspirational romance, she’s definitely in the ball park with her settings.) I’m not opposed to Inspies as some are, I actually usually find them lackluster so usually avoid them. But his is more about "what if" of ancient judeo lands more than faith, so don't let that stop you. My first Amy Harmon, I don’t think it’ll be my last (Already have the Law of Moses downloaded!)
With a fantasy setting of ancient to medieval times, the opening sees a child named Lark and her mother cut down before her, because of the magic in both of them. Years later, Lark is once again placed in the path of the Prince whose father murdered her mother. But her own brutal father is more frightening to her, so when Prince Tiras takes her captive, she's willing to leave with him.
Tiras holds the throne of the Kingdom, but he’s losing himself and his grip on it to a curse spoken over him and his father by Lark’s mother at the time of her death. However, Lark is the very weapon to save the kingdom from grasping pretenders- (her father chief among them)- and also to setting Tiras free, if he can learn to trust the silent woman now residing in his courts.
I liked Lark so much, and Tiras grew on me. I got almost immediately what was going on with him, but how it happened never really occurred to me until we get the full story at the end.
Like I said, this author is now on my radar and I'm diving in for more! ...more
meh. and its technically a seriel story, therefore... there's no ending. Hate serials. just feels lazy to me. Vampire world where alpha vamp find hismeh. and its technically a seriel story, therefore... there's no ending. Hate serials. just feels lazy to me. Vampire world where alpha vamp find his "MFEO" (Meant For Each Other) mate. There's a war between ancient vamp clans clans and I honestly found that more interesting then the coupling- never a good sign. Unless I'm reading a book for the world building. Which I wasn't at the time of this reading. And even if I was- uh, you can't short story a world building. SO. Yeah. I think I'm passing on going further at this point.
I’ve written reviews on this several times and somehow they always disappear :)
Anyway, here we go again. One of my favorite old category romances frI’ve written reviews on this several times and somehow they always disappear :)
Anyway, here we go again. One of my favorite old category romances from Sandra Brown, Adam’s Fall plays on the Florence nightingale troupe to good effect, actually, and that’s because the heroine is well aware of it. Adam, hotel mogul and good friend of Lilah’s sister Fanta C, has fallen while mountain climbing. There is a good possibility he may never walk again. As a favor to her sister, Lilah agrees to take on his physical therapy. Only thing is- Adam and Lilah have despised each other from their first meeting.
This antagonism has masked a very deep attraction however, and it also is what will push him to heal.
Although dated (1988), I still enjoy this one every time I read it. Dialogue is key for me and the old dames of Romance sure knew how to write it. Even though written entirely by the heroine’s third person POV, you knew exactly what was going on in the hero’s head because of the brilliant verbal sparring between the two.
Quick easy read, if you like romance, easily read in one sitting. :D ...more
I thought I was re-reading the first in the series, but I was one off. :) Anywho, I read this series long ago in the heyday of my hist-rom reading. II thought I was re-reading the first in the series, but I was one off. :) Anywho, I read this series long ago in the heyday of my hist-rom reading. I actually liked Only Mine, but not as much as I’m sure I did the first time around.
Lady Jessica Charteris is about to be forced into an appalling marriage to a moneyed Lord full of drink and age. She wants none of it. So she forces Wolfe Lonetree, her oldest and dearest friend into marriage instead. (Really? You didn't like it, why would he??) Wolfe, the half native American son of a British viscount doesn’t believe she will be able to endure the American frontier which is his life, but he also cannot leave her alone forced to married the revolting British Lord who attacked her. So he agrees to a marriage in name only, sure he’ll be able to run off the lovely but spoiled friend of his youth and get an annulment later down the road.
Naïve though she is about the marriage bed, (She tells him she wants the marriage in name only because the idea of sex is disgusting and frightening to her), Lady Jessica is not one to back down from a challenge. Stronger than Wolfe could imagine, he will still test her limits, for she will have to be stronger than his prejudice and misconceptions.
Love wins in the end of course, but not before you want to bang their heads together. I had to look past a lot of their eye roll worthy behavior toward each other to get there. Most reviewers have a hard time with Wolfe- for me it was Jessica. BUT the author at least gave Lady Jess motivations behind her silliness. I would have given up without it.
I know I know, so why would I recommend it? Because, Honestly, I truly did like the book- even on this long later re-read. The pages flew by and I totally got lost in their story once again. And I mean really, isn’t that why we read trashy romance novels?
I read two of MZ's backlist this weekend and was in a total blissed out reading fog because of them!
Very much like early Kristen Ashely'sI read two of MZ's backlist this weekend and was in a total blissed out reading fog because of them!
Very much like early Kristen Ashely's MC books- only better dialogue and less sex. (Don't get me wrong there's lovin up in here, but there's a build up to it.) The tension between Dex and Iris is hot. Immediately he says some mean stuff abour her but she doesn't let him get entirely away with it. Stuck together because she desperately needs the work he's providing, she'll bide her time till she can get out.
Her deadbeat Dad puts a monkey wrench into her plans of moving on when a rival MC club decided to take out the money he owes on Iris and her beloved older brother. Now they have to find him in two weeks time to pay up. Since Dex is first and foremost an MC brother to her brother, he's there to help protect Iris
Somewhere along the way they start to like each other- and when the time comes? Leaving is the last thing she wants to do.
Typical MC culture, but the focus of the setting is more on Dex's ink shop rather than the club which makes it way more interesting to me- and hot! ::pssst: he's also pierced, ya know...down. there.:: :D
Even though there's some editing issues (it's one of her first releases), This one gets heated a little earlier than her later novels and I think I like it best out of her backlist....more
Okay I lie, I dnf'd it, so technically not read. I don't know why I pick these books up because I always hate them. This one I was "okay" with for a lOkay I lie, I dnf'd it, so technically not read. I don't know why I pick these books up because I always hate them. This one I was "okay" with for a little, even though I pegged it as college age romantic fantasy early on. When the author lost me? ::And I'm laughing even now at the ridiculousness of it as I write this::... (view spoiler)[ The hero is an heir to the royal throne of The Netherlands!! Wha??? You do know author there is STILL royalty in The Netherlands? No where is there a "Prince Casimir" in that mix! Are we not even trying for a semblance of credulity anymore?? Is this book PNR in an alternate universe? ::looks at cover::: nope. C'mon, at least make it a fake kingdom in a made up country like the romance writers of yore. I don't know, maybe I would have rolled with it if I haven't had visited The Netherlands, and continue to have close friends there. Then again probably not. Just wrong on so many levels. (hide spoiler)]
I read two of MZ's backlist this weekend and was in a total blissed out reading fog because of them!
For all you rockstar lurve genre fans, this one'sI read two of MZ's backlist this weekend and was in a total blissed out reading fog because of them!
For all you rockstar lurve genre fans, this one's for you. After finishing school and getting dumped by her douche bag boyfriend, aimless and restless, she reluctantly agrees to join her twin brother on tour with his opening band. She's not exactly thrilled about selling merchandise once again for the band, having quit before because they act like a bunch of frat boys while on tour, but she needs the money and the change of scenery.
Sacha is the lead singer for the headlining band- and his voice is so beautiful it hurts. When she meets him, by kicking him in the ass thinking it's on of her guy bffs, she's stunned and mortified because he's as beautiful as his voice.
Since the two bands are touring together on one bus, it makes for quick intimacy. Yet, Its a a gradual thing their falling in love, but I so enjoyed going along for the ride even though this sub-genre is not one I truly get into.
The slow burn in all MZ's novels are what makes them all truly wonderful, including this one.
Gaby is tom boyish yet all girl- the way she handles her brother and guy bffs she grew up with and the very real care and love they have for her, if a bit rough and tumble, made me relate to her well, having a similar relationship with my kid brother. She and Sacha worked for me, even though at different times I was like, "he's gonna pass up sleepin with gorgeous models and the sheer quantity of women who throw themselves at rockstars for one chick? yeah right." Still, I rolled with it, because I liked them both so much as characters.
::warning this one doesnt get sex until later in the story, but dont let that stop ya from givin it a shot if you like this sorta romance::...more
Took me awhile to get thru this one. kept getting distracted. says alotta about a book if it cant hold my attention. yet. yet i kept coming back to itTook me awhile to get thru this one. kept getting distracted. says alotta about a book if it cant hold my attention. yet. yet i kept coming back to it- and I'm glad I did.
a mysterious event has occured in London. for a time, all the supernaturals lose their super...ness. almost as if sections of London have touched the preternatural Lady Alexia Tarabotti Maccon all at once.
To solve the mystery Lady Maccon travels to Scotland- where her husband Conall has absconded off to with no warning. Meanwhile, Alexia's life is threatened around every turn.
Dirigibles, Egyptian mummies, steam punk gadgets galore. i love this world and Carrianger always makes me laugh out loud.
I cant quite put my finger on why it took me so long to fully engage in Changeless. but I do know once Alexia and her fledgling Protectorate hit Scotland, it picked up. Perhaps its because that's when Lord and Lady Conall finally catch up? (I do so hate when favorite couples are kept apart with nothing to fill their shoes.)
but the ending... tsk tsk tsk. Someone's gotta lotta making up to do in the next book is all I got to say......more
A blind girl from a walled city of France, an orphaned German techno-prodigy, an obsessed sergeant major of the third reich, and a fabled gem that seeA blind girl from a walled city of France, an orphaned German techno-prodigy, an obsessed sergeant major of the third reich, and a fabled gem that seems to contain the power of immortality to those who posses it- and death to all they love. All tell a story highlighting the lowest of human nature- as well as the highest.
The narrative is split into different perspectives and different settings, building up to the climax of the story. Honestly? This did not bother me. Sometimes the “head hopping” form of story telling gets on my nerves, but the author did a fine job of making each character’s story intriguing enough to keep me going. It definitely added to the anticipation of if and when their stories converge…which they did eventually. I will confess to a bit of impatience the closer we got to it.
My one frustration is much the same as others who have expressed disappointment with this novel- the ending. I can’t share it because- spoilers!- but I can’t help but feel that one of the characters the author just tossed away in the end for no good reason. (For crying out loud, even the fated diamond- which was itself another character- got a better ending!)
Otherwise I liked the novel very much. It’s not a challenging read frankly, and an easy first step into literary, if you have yet to venture that far. ...more
I always find all LK’s historicals delightful, Marrying Winterbourne was no exception. To me it felt like an “easy A”. There is little that challengesI always find all LK’s historicals delightful, Marrying Winterbourne was no exception. To me it felt like an “easy A”. There is little that challenges- in fact, the one worry that the heroine had that might have ended their relationship, proved to be the thing that gave the hero a moment to shine brilliantly. Still, it is ultimately the thing that became the one little hitch for me in this novel. I happen to like challenging protags! (It’s the reason why Superman is one of my least favorite comic book heroes and Prince Charming is my least favorite fairy tale hero- they are too perfect.) As rough and troubled as Winterbourne started off being in Cold Hearted Rake, it all changed in MW.
Rhys Winterbourne is a self made man. Born on the wrong side of the British tracks, he has stopped at nothing to accumulate wealth and status. He always gets what he wants. Still, in a moment of passion, he almost loses the one thing he’s found he wants above all else- the kind and gentle Lady Helen.
Sheltered and shy Helen was immediately drawn to the darkly handsome Welshman who convalesced at their country estate not long ago. Cold-Hearted Rake. She nursed him through a difficult time and lost her heart in the process. She cannot believe he wants her too- yet she harbors a secret that has the potential to tear them apart- forever. She wants to tell him, but she also fears losing him. Should she tell a lie as many advise or risk her one chance at Happily Ever After by telling the truth?
MW is decidedly steamy at times- LK’s gotten more bold describing the sexy bits. If you still enjoy regency hist-rom, this is a no brainer.
That said, I'm super excited about Evie and Sebastian's son's story up next! Yeah yeah it's Pandora's too, but c'mon- one of my favorite couples have a SON? YEHHHSSS! (BTW there's a little interlude between Evie and DUKE Sebastian- he's a frickin Duke now!- as a sneak peak at the end. LOVED IT!) ...more