This book is actually two books in one. Volume one had both book one and two and thank god for that because the ending of book one is so abrupt, I wo...more
This book is actually two books in one. Volume one had both book one and two and thank god for that because the ending of book one is so abrupt, I would’ve ran to buy book two if I didn’t have it right away anyway!
BOOK ONE In book one, we meet Jory Keyes, who has to be one of my favorite M/M characters. Being inside his head is pure joy. I found myself smiling the whole time I was reading this book. Jory Keyes is simply too good looking for people to handle. It makes him magnetic and extremely likeable. He has this star quality that I think celebrities would envy but the guy isn’t at all conceited.
Jory is a man who likes to indulge in one night stands. It gives him the outlet to have fun while not make any commitments. However, everyone he is with seems to want to get serious with him. And when I mean everyone, I mean that Jory has his own harem at his beck and call.
As this is all happening, Jory goes to help a friend in need but instead witnesses a murder that puts him in a lot of trouble. The killer wants to get Jory to silence him, but Jory doesn’t want to want to be put into witness protection. As a result, this puts him on Detective Sam Kage’s shit list.
Sam is a straight cop who is just trying to do his job as best he can, but Jory makes it difficult to do. As Sam continually finds Jory in places that could get him killed, Sam decides to stalk him in order to keep him safe.
I love Sam and find his story interesting. This book has a feel of the Adrien English series a little bit and that’s a very good thing because I absolutely adore that series! However, in regards to Sam, I would have liked to see his emotions and his confusion a little bit, especially since this gay stuff is apparently all new to him. I do get the feeling that it doesn’t bother him as much as Jake from the Adrien English series though. Sam quite enjoys his time with Jory, even if he is unsure of all the details just yet.
Another character that I was particularly enamored with is Dane, Jory’s boss. When he is with others, he’s a bit of a prude. But in Jory’s presence, he’s a totally different person. I love it. I love seeing his casual side and you can tell that he only trusts Jory.
I cannot wait to see what happens next in Sam and Jory’s story!
BOOK TWO It’s official now: Sam and Jory are one of my favorite couples in M/M (I also know I say that a lot, but I really, really mean it this time).
Jory has testified and he thinks that this is the end of his relationship with the detective, Sam Kage. However, how Sam thinks he can ever go back to be “straight” and just living the rest of his life with a woman rather than Jory is a mystery to me. The guy is completely fooling himself if he thinks he can pull that off.
Jory still has his harem of men vying for his attention. It’s a little cute seeing him turn down all these men. In the first book, I thought Jory was a bit of a tease, but damn, he gets A LOT of attention so he must have had some practice with turning them down smoothly. Ladies can learn a thing or two from this guy!
But I digress. I was talking about Jory’s harem. I actually want to talk about one person in particular – Dr. Nick Sullivan. I’m very surprised to see him still around. I thought he would just be another guy from Jory’s past, but he is quite the determined man. I’m interested to see where Calmes is going to take his character because apart from making Sam jealous, I don’t see the point in his character.
Someone else who is a vital piece of this story is Dane Hancourt, Jory’s former boss and now brother. OMG! You don’t know how much I loved this storyline. It was so heartwarming and beautiful to see Jory and Dane make their brotherly love official. All the moments that they shared together just goes to show Calmes talent as a writer. Not only can she write wonderfully sweet, erotic and sensual moments between men, but she can pen other kinds of love as well.
Then there is Sam whom I wanted to curse and wanted to hug. Sam and Jory have so many ups and downs in their relationship that it makes one crazy ride, but it’s so worth it when you see them together. You see how perfect they are for one another and how impossible it is for one to not be with another. Fate always seems to bring them back together no matter how many times they push each other away.
The last half of the book just turned this book from wonderfully addicting to straight up crack! I am finding myself completely out of mind writing this review and can’t seem to find the right combination of words to tell you how fantastic this series is. You just have to trust me on this one. If I love it as much as I love Ty and Zane and Adrien and Jake, then you know Jory and Sam are going to kick ass. This series has everything I could ever ask for in a book. (less)
After having been totally enthralled by the first book in the series, I was eager to see what Roberts had planned for this next book. Caleb for me wa...more
After having been totally enthralled by the first book in the series, I was eager to see what Roberts had planned for this next book. Caleb for me was the one I was most looking forward to. He was a total enigma. I could never really try to process how his mind worked. One minute he was developing feelings for Livvie, the next he was still plotting to sell her into slavery. It’s all a wild ride and I think if you’re a fan of the dark and the unexpected, you will undoubtedly find some pleasure in this series.
That being said, I had some high expectations about this book. When Livvie wakes up in the hospital, she is a complete mess. There is no other way to sugar coat it. She has experienced traumatic events that are cycling through her mind in an endless loop. What frightens her the most is her attachment to her captor, Caleb. She reminds parts of her time with him and although at times, they can be bad, there are also embers of something else lingering there.
Being in Caleb’s mind is always the most interesting aspect of this book. However, I’m still a little wishy-washy on the third person switch whenever we get a hero’s POV. In some ways, I think it’s clever because from a writer’s standpoint; it gives enough insight into the hero’s mind while also creating mystery and intrigue for the reader. At the same time, I think it’s a cop out. It’s an easy way to string readers along while not giving away too much information about the plot or the inner workings of the mind. I get it, it’s all part of the writing/reading experience. But for once, I just wished an author would stay with the first person POV for the hero and see where that takes the story. Just imagine the gory details and sick, twisted things we’d learn if we received a full-on, uncensored look into Caleb’s mind. That’s what I want to read.
In retrospect, I think I enjoyed the first book better because of its intense subject matter and taboo sexual aspects. This book is going to shock you. It’s going to screw with your mind. I picked up this book and thought two words: Shock me. And I got a total mind fuck in return.
Beneath all the dramatics, there is a lot of emotion involved in this book – Fear, lust, heartache. But there’s also love and I think that’s what’s so special about this book. Roberts shows that love can bloom in unexpected places and that even in the dark, there is hope for something more.(less)
When Gabe Hamilton first set his eyes on Mia Crestwell, he knew he wanted her. His dominant side surfaces and when he strongly suggests Mia...more 2.5 stars
When Gabe Hamilton first set his eyes on Mia Crestwell, he knew he wanted her. His dominant side surfaces and when he strongly suggests Mia quit her job at a bakery to work as a personal assistant for him, Mia willingly follows his direction. After being burned in the past, Gabe has a habit of writing out a contract that bounds the woman he is currently with to him. It becomes just like it sounds -- all businesslike and lacking in emotion.
Though I have no problem with dominant personalities and submissive natures in characters, I cannot say I enjoyed Gabe and Mia together. Gabe is too overbearing and dominant, almost to the point of being crass and hurtful. He uses Mia in every sexual manner but then feels guilty for unleashing his beast side, only to do the exact same thing again and again. He humiliates her and doesn't feel the least bit apologetic about it. On the flipside, Mia displays areas of strength in her personality, but then becomes as boneless as an overcooked noodle in the next scene. I wished for more of a balance in their Dom/sub relationship where the Master and sub didn't have a distorted opinion of each other. I wished Gabe was more respectful of Mia and her feelings.
Maya Banks is an incredible writer and her words always seem to flow across the pages. It was really no effort on my part to read RUSH. However, the characters and their imbalanced personalities really affected the way I enjoyed this book. I didn't feel the romance and while the sex scenes are potent and hot, it didn't translate to a believable romance with the way Gabe treated his woman.
Jennifer L. Armentrout takes us to the other side of her masterful creations. OBSESSION is the first adult book that focuses on the Arum. If you’ve r...more
Jennifer L. Armentrout takes us to the other side of her masterful creations. OBSESSION is the first adult book that focuses on the Arum. If you’ve read the Lux series by Armentrout, then you’re already familiar with the alien dynamics. This time though, we see the “bad guys” point of view and it’s just a bit more mature. There is sex and swearing – all the good things that we love in an adult novel.
Now if you haven’t read the Lux series yet (which is a YA series), I still think this book can be read without it. However, having read the others books, I do feel that you get a richer picture of the world and the characters that way. If you’re an adult looking to try it, then I say go for it. The Lux series is quite sexy compared to other YA books I’ve read. And if you’re a teen looking to try OBSESSION, just be warned that there is explicit sex and bad words that you probably already know anyways.
Onto the story now! Serena Cross’s friend has seen the unbelievable so she crosses it from her mind until she witnesses the death of her friend just minutes after. It’s all a shock to her, but her grief is consumed by the knowledge that something else is out there that isn’t quite human.
Hunter is a ruthless killer and unfortunately for him, the Department of Defense wants him to take care of Serena until they can figure out this whole mess. Hunter is baffled by these instructions because he doesn’t know how to care for anything other than himself. He takes lives, not protects them. However, on their first meeting, there is a certain kind of chemistry between them that surprises him. Hunter reacts the only way he knows how – by being a jerk to her.
This here reminds me a lot of Daemon and Katy’s initial dynamics so if you enjoyed that, then you will love this. Hunter is a man’s man. Not the cuddly kind, but in the presence of Serena you begin to see how his protective instincts soon reveal a gooey core.
There is great action in this book! Armentrout has a very vivid imagination and the action scenes fit her writing very well. With perfect pacing and an incredible amount of unique abilities, her characters are X-men on crack.
There was one thing that bothered me though about this book. I was expecting the writing to be different purely because of the adult nature of the book. It’s far more sexier and uses curse words. I get that and I don’t mind it at all, but I was hoping that the inner dialogue, especially from Serena’s POV, would feel more mature. She is in her early twenties and sometimes, I thought her mind was that of a younger teen. It works fabulously with her YA and NA novels, however, I wanted a little more maturity in terms of thought process from this heroine. An Adult book isn’t simply an adult book because of the presence of explicit sex and curse words. The workings of the mind are different and their values are different. I wanted more exploration of that in this book.
All in all, OBSESSION is a book packed with action and emotion. Armentrout blurs the line between good and bad and sometimes, not knowing is part of the thrill.
In the highly anticipated seventh book of the Lucky Harbor series, IT HAD TO BE YOU, Jill Shalvis brings readers a sweet, determined and independent...more
In the highly anticipated seventh book of the Lucky Harbor series, IT HAD TO BE YOU, Jill Shalvis brings readers a sweet, determined and independent heroine in Ali Winters. Life hasn’t been too kind to Ali in recent months. Her boyfriend is a first-class jerk, she is low on cash, and she becomes the prime suspect of a robbery case. Add to that the fact that she is nearly homeless and if she can’t find a new place soon, she will be in big trouble.
But trouble finds her instead in the form of a hot bodied, gun-toting, brooding and protective detective named Luke Hanover. Who just happens to be her landlord as well. Searching for an escape, Luke returns to Lucky Harbor to escape the prying eyes and questions of the media after a case has gone wrong. Though Ali and Luke don’t start off on the right foot, their chemistry is potent and will light a bonfire that readers can snuggle up to and enjoy.
Shalvis takes a different approach to this book. Using Luke’s profession as a way to create an interesting plot, Shalvis creates a mystery that slowly unfolds itself in the book. I loved the idea, but felt that it was resolved a little too quickly in the end. I don’t think it will diminish reader’s enjoyment of the book though because there is plenty of antics to keep you entertained – quirky characters and hot sex are there in spades!
I am DYING for more of Jack. He stomped right into this book and made a huge impression on me. With his protective ways and his little crush on Leah, I’m interested to see what Shalvis has up her sleeve. That being said, Ben also sounds like an interesting one. Shalvis is keeping him in the dark and if she continues her pattern, Ben’s book might just be the one readers have been waiting for!
Jill Shalvis has easily become my favorite author of this genre. With her unique ability to breathe life into her characters, she has single handedly rejuvenated the genre and has become a force to be reckoned with!
I forgot one last thing…. I CLAIM LUKE FOR MY HAREM!!! Hands off, hussies! *crazy eyes*
This was my first Laurann Dohner book and I had no idea of the depth and complexity of her New Species world. Right as I sta...morePosted on Under the Covers
This was my first Laurann Dohner book and I had no idea of the depth and complexity of her New Species world. Right as I started this book, I knew that I would love it. First off, Dohner has a unique writing style that is very smooth and easy-to-read. Reading is almost effortless and I plowed through this book so easily. Another thing is Dohner’s ability to accommodate new readers like myself who are willing to step into her world. As book eight in the series, I wondered how I would fare as I entered this already developed world, but Dohner is able to inform readers about what is normal and what is not very easily. It wasn’t hard to find a nice place inside her world and even as I finished the book, I realized that I didn’t want to leave.
OBSIDIAN starts off with a bang. Doctor Allison Baker is treating a New Species patient who has been captured by Mercile, their greatest enemies. In a coma, the patient referred to as 880 remains unresponsive after watching his mate tortured and killed before his eyes. Doc Alli makes it her next task to revive 880, even as far as removing him from his safe haven so that he can beat back the darkness that consumes him. Her touch and presence is what slowly brings him out of it. But now Allison must face the consequences of her actions.
One of the interesting things about this book is the fact that 880 – or later renamed Obsidian- is an alpha to the core. He can be rude and crude, completely oblivious to the human world and what is considered normal. He is damaged and tortured, yet there is his vulnerability to him. For example, he is possessive and dominant when he wants to screw doggy-style, yet he doesn’t even know how to kiss. Dohner creates a very interesting character in Obsidian. I found myself falling in love with him despite his obvious flaws. He is so tortured yet, he makes his feelings known for Allison in a more possessive way. In the end, his character is what kept me reading.
I’m very excited to have found a new author to explore. Dohner’s writing is fresh and well-written, her world is intricate and enticing and her characters are so endearing. I will definitely be looking for more books from Dohner!
Gideon Cross is as damaged on the inside as he is flawless on the outside. Sylvia Day has created a unique and well- loved hero that hits readers wher...moreGideon Cross is as damaged on the inside as he is flawless on the outside. Sylvia Day has created a unique and well- loved hero that hits readers where it hurts the most -- their hearts. Leagues of readers have fallen in love with the complicated, obsessive and emotionally scarred duo of Gideon and Eva. Almost as possessive and obsessive as Gideon is over Eva, readers grow rabid over their love for the Crossfire trilogy. Day is really made her name with this series!
This book is as much about the sex as it is the emotional journey. However, I cannot say that this book worked for me in this regard. Though frequent and more daring, most of the sex scenes felt flat. Anger, jealously and vulnerability fueled one particular sex scene and that for me was the best one of the book because it involved emotions other than potent lust. I yearned for something more and was slightly disappointed when Gideon's dominance failed to translate into sex. It seemed like the most logical step forward given his personality.
Day's writing is smooth and flowing and that contradicted nicely with the mess that Gideon and Eva endure. It brought a little bit of structure to a relationship that so clearly needs it. Emotions run high and even as Day reveals the secret that Gideon kept from Eva all this time, I still felt something was missing. This book, and especially this series, don't fit into any clear lines. There's no natural progression for these two. Gideon and Eva are too messed up for that. Turbulence very much follows Eva and Gideon on this journey. It's no easy ride.
I'm torn. Reading this book in a single sitting wasn't enough for me. I wanted more, but I also felt conflicted when their actions caused more harm than healing. It's exhausting, yet so interesting that I could not look away.
One thing is for certain...Day writes a compelling story for Gideon and Eva. Eyes glued to the pages until I flipped that last page, I devoured REFLECTED IN YOU until there was nothing left to consume. I will be anxiously waiting for the next book in the series to find out if Gideon and Eva finally find peace, not only in their relationship, but also in themselves.
Brought together by their power-seeking families, Saskia Arcos and Nicolas Preda are now married, but won’t be considered fu...morePosted on Under the Covers
Brought together by their power-seeking families, Saskia Arcos and Nicolas Preda are now married, but won’t be considered fully mated until Saskia becomes pregnant with Nic’s cub. As fierce members of the Tiguri – the incredible shapeshifting weretiger community – they are put under the spotlight because of their status in the community and Nic’s place as CEO of one of the top corporations in Manhattan.
Saskia and Nicolas are an interesting couple, to say the least. Saskia is a woman who is used to having things taken care of for her. This makes her the perfect match for someone who enjoys control as much as Nicolas. I would say their dynamic is most similar to a Dom/sub relationship. Saskia shows signs of a submissive personality while Nicolas loves to give out orders and expects them to be followed through. Some would consider Nic to be a jerk, but for me, he didn’t come off as too demanding. He is a man who knows what he wants and I thought that Saskia stood up to him well.
I was very impressed by Warren’s writing style. I read this book in one sitting and I think that is a result of Warren’s incredible ability to write so freely and pace her work evenly. Warren also does a fantastic job of giving readers a chance to understand both sides of a scene from the hero and heroine. She does this often and thoroughly and I think that’s the number one reason why I enjoyed these characters so much. Nic can do or say something that is completely off-putting , but then readers get his POV of the scene and we understand how out of control he feels whenever he is around Saskia. He isn’t perfect at all, but he acknowledges his mistakes when he does make them.
While I feel that the emphasis was placed more so on the romance, there is also a pleasant suspense side plot with a crime that is pointing all the blame to Nic. I don’t think this aspect of the book was explored as much as I would have liked, however I did feel like it was resolved well.
For readers who liked a dominant alpha hero and enjoy reading smoking hot sex scenes, then this book will definitely be to your liking. As my first Christine Warren book that I have enjoyed, I can say that it won’t be my last if more of the Others are like Nic. He is definitely delicious. Come on, go on and take a bite!
Regardless of whether Ilona Andrews writes a Kate Daniels or an Edge book, know that each time you will be getting a quality, action-packed novel. The...moreRegardless of whether Ilona Andrews writes a Kate Daniels or an Edge book, know that each time you will be getting a quality, action-packed novel. There's just something about their writing style that captures you - hook, line and sinker. The Ilona Andrews name on a book is like a guaranteed seal of fantastic entertainment. A must-read for sure!
GUNMETAL MAGIC is a guaranteed good read. Ilona Andrews skillfully mixes action, suspense, and humor with heady romance in their alternate reality Atlanta. It makes me wish I were a bouda's mate!
If you haven’t read the first five books of the Fever series, I strongly suggest you reconsider starting with this book. It’...morePosted on Under the Covers
If you haven’t read the first five books of the Fever series, I strongly suggest you reconsider starting with this book. It’s not a spin-off. ICED is book 6 of the series. The events of ICED occur after some events in SHADOWFEVER. In ICED, you will encounter spoilers that will spoil the first five books, so you’ve been warned.
Readers say goodbye to Mac and Barrons (for now) and are introduced to the World of the Mega. Dani O’Malley is her name and don’t you forget it! Since the walls came down, the streets of Dublin are littered with Fae and violence. This is just one of the trubs that Dani is faced with. Dani is juggling a myriad of problems: Her ex best friend, Mac, is out to seek retribution, the Unseelie princes are dead set on killing her and Inspector Jayne has taken her sword, the only protection and weapon she has against the Fae. Like it could get any worse? KMM adds another weight to the Mega’s shoulder. Mysterious happenings are appearing all over Dublin where people are dying as they are frozen in spot, like some creepy version of freeze tag. It’s up to Dani to save what’s left of her city before it becomes too late.
I had the same concerns that I’m sure everyone else had about Dani. She’s young. 14 years old. Where does KMM think she’s going to take this story? But not surprisingly, KMM does a remarkable job of writing Dani’s POV so that it stands out without being too loud or rambunctious. There are times when Dani freaks out like a normal teen. It happens usually when she’s angry or stressed out. But I would rather have a heroine who is reacts rather than just lets things fly over her. KMM straddles the line. ICED is definitely not YA and by no means should be the norm for a young teenage girl. But that’s the thing I think people need to remember. Dani isn’t your average teen. At 14, she has seen and experienced things that have carved her into who she is today. The events from her past make her into a mouthy, independent superhero who doesn’t take shit from anyone. And I love it!
While I was reading this book, someone asked me if I was OK with all the sex that happens in this book, considering how young Dani is. My answer is: Would it really make a huge difference if she was of legal age? I doubt it. KMM’s writing is infused with rich depictions of sex and passion. If she had toned that down simply because of Dani’s age, I think readers would be furious. And if she had made Dani older, we wouldn’t have gotten the true story that KMM planned for Dani. Moning’s writing tends to cause strong reader reaction. Controversy is conflict. Needless to say, sex keeps the series interesting. And Dani’s age doesn’t define her. She has already proven that she can keep her legs closed until she decides she is ready.
Ryodan is the new man of the hour and oh my, he can nod at me anytime! Sleek and sophisticated, Ryodan’s got everything he needs to knock Barrons off that Top Alpha spot! There is so much more to learn about the boss of Chester’s and I’m definitely willing to wait another year just to find out!
I think it’s too soon to decipher who Dani will have her HEA with. But Ryodan, Christian and Dancer are definitely not bad candidates. Naturally, Ryodan gets my vote. I’m already a complete puddle of goo for him. Christian would be a good fit too but with the way he is now, I doubt the story would take the simplest route. Christian already believes that he is in love with her. If Dani suddenly decides that the she wants him, where would the story go? Dancer is like home for Dani. When she is with Dancer, she isn’t Mega the super-fast, super-smart superhero who is going to save Dublin. She’s just Dani. I’m just glad that all three of them know not just how amazing she will be when she is older, but also appreciate who she is now.
ICED just may be my favorite book of the year. Terrifyingly addictive, Karen Marie Moning has ruined me for any other author or book out there. Introducing Dani to an audience who are so passionate about the series was a risk, yet Moning has proven time and again that she is one of the premier authors of Urban Fantasy. ICED is an absolute must read!
"This ain't no fecking campfire and cuddle!"
I was thinking along the same lines as she was. Dani just says what I'm thinking.
She expertly teases you to the point of sobbing, until you’re dying from anticipation. When...morePosted on Under the Covers
MONING KNOWS HOW TO FUCK WITH ME!
She expertly teases you to the point of sobbing, until you’re dying from anticipation. When you think you know what to expect, she completely turns you for a loop and you are left feeling exasperated. But even when you don’t think you can handle anymore, her writing gnaws at you until you give in to your next fix.
I’ve grown mad over this series and I wouldn’t have it any other way!!
DREAMFEVER was my favourite of the Fever series. Reading about Mac again was such a thrilling ride! She’s definitely one of my favourite heroines in UF. After the ending in Faefever, I nearly lost it. I sprinted to my shelves to grab Dreamfever and read the first two chapters. The emotions rolled through me but still, I found I way to stop myself. I purposely waited until the release of Shadowfever so that I wouldn’t have to wait such a long period between books.With how Dreamfever ended, I’m sooo damn glad I waited this long! Shadowfever is patiently waiting on my ereader at the moment and I am so eager to devour it next!
Mac is such a fierce heroine! I absolutely loved reading from her POV. I loved the differences in writing style when she was Pri-ya and then later on for the rest of the book. I don’t think I can rave about her enough! Love her!
Then there’s Dani whom I fecking adore! I seriously love this kid. She has some of the best lines in the book. Here’s one of my favourites:
"I been wearing sandals a lot, even though it's cold. What a way to go: death-by-shoe Shade. I grin. I have a black sense of humor. You try living my life, see what color yours turns."
The fact that some of the early chapters are from her POV was great! I can’t get enough of her!
Barrons aka the love of my life - I never thought I would be so infatuated with a fictional character like him, but I am. You can probably guess which my favourite scenes with him were. Probably the most interesting thing was when Mac got glimpses into Barrons mind. So worth reading the series just for those little moments.
I could go on forever. Seriously. But I’ll stop for now.
Favourite Quote: “I was talking to V’lane, old woman, not you.” “He doesn’t answer to you.” “Really?” I laughed. “You think he answers to you?” Only a fool would think a Fae Prince answered to anyone. Especially when one needed one. “Are you fighting over me, MacKayla? I find this...attractive.” V’lane tossed his golden head. “I have seen this in humans before. It is called jealousy.” “If that’s what you think, you have a problem interpreting subtle human emotions. It’s not called jealously. It’s called ‘you’re pissing me off’” “Possessiveness.” “My ass.” “Is far more shapely than last I saw it.” “She’s been working out,” Dani snickered. “You have no business at it,” I said. “But Barrons does?” The temperature in the room dropped sharply.(less)