This series stroked all my happy places and gave me many, MANY things to grin about. Family, friends, political maneuverings more terrifying than a USThis series stroked all my happy places and gave me many, MANY things to grin about. Family, friends, political maneuverings more terrifying than a US presidential election... you name it, this series had it.
And it had Thierry and Shaw. THOSE TWO. They've had a bumpy road to navigate, but they managed. Let's face it, their relationship wasn't always pretty and it certainly raised a few hackles along the way. Literally, in the case of Mac. BUT...I really, really enjoyed watching Thierry and Shaw battle through their issues.
There's more to this book than Thierry and Shaw's relationship. There's the Morrigan and her, uhh, vicious craziness. There's all the insanity that goes along with the type of backstabbing typical of the fae. Oh, and there's some family bonding. Thierry and Mac. Awwww.
An extremely satisfying ending to a fun series. I'm sad to have it end, but I loved how they went out.
OMG! These books are killing me. In a good way. In a "can I squeeze in one more tonight or should I think about getting sleep at some point?" sort ofOMG! These books are killing me. In a good way. In a "can I squeeze in one more tonight or should I think about getting sleep at some point?" sort of way. (Answer: I can at least START the next book. I might not finish it, but I can TRY!)
Thierry and Shaw and OMG! YES! I'm not saying I agreed with some of the choices he made, but I'm glad things are finally getting ironed out between them. I mean, at least they're communicating, right? Communication is KEY. Especially when you can drink someone's soul down and need them to keep you from going into a feeding frenzy. (That goes for both those whacky soul-suckers. They have some serious mojo between them.)
Things are coming to a head. As always, Thierry finds herself in a dangerous situation without quite meaning to. Her family life in complicated. Her love life is even more complicated. Her sorta-husband isn't winning any personality points from me despite the fact he wasn't as as Liar McLiarpants as last time. And that cat. Cat, you surprised me. I'll leave it at that.
I have a few hours before I have to be semi-alert and in a working environment. I can totally get book 4 started.
Things are getting even more complicated for Thierry. I mean, you'd think having the ability to channel her father's power would be rough enough, butThings are getting even more complicated for Thierry. I mean, you'd think having the ability to channel her father's power would be rough enough, but no. She's now thrust in the middle of something dark and deadly and she's barely scratched the surface on what she can do with her power.
We'll get to that in a second, though. First, let's talk about Shaw and how tangled that's become. Honestly, I didn't see that particular twist with him coming. And then there's all the stuff Thierry ran into in faerie that I'M SURE Shaw is going to be a wee bit unhappy about. (Yeah, I already have book 3 queued up to see how that turns out.) Relationships are so complicated, aren't they?
For the record, I don't trust pretty much anybody who comes from faerie. Maybe the giant cat. I might trust him. I'll have to wait for book 3 to make a more qualified decision. The point I'm trying to make here is that Thierry needs to keep her head up and her eyes open because those guys are slippery and they'll do whatever they need to do to twist an outcome to their satisfaction.
Still loving this world. Still loving the crazy. Book 3 is waiting for me.
Soooo. I might have been the tiniest bit enamored of the whole Cam/Graeson dynamic after book 1. Tiny amount. You probably barely noticed. Let's justSoooo. I might have been the tiniest bit enamored of the whole Cam/Graeson dynamic after book 1. Tiny amount. You probably barely noticed. Let's just say that I would have broken my cardinal rule of series reads if book 2 had been out when I finished book 1. That's right, I WOULD HAVE PICKED UP BOOK 2 BEFORE WRITING THE FIRST REVIEW.
I KNOW! Calm down. But I stand by that statement. I would have read this book immediately. As it turns out, I would have been well within my rights to my fangirling, giddy feelings because this book gave me more delicious Cam/Graeson interactions. *makes incoherent swoony noises*
I seriously loved how Cam had to readjust her thinking where the big guy was concerned. I loved how she had to come to terms with what he was willing to give up to give her freedom. I loved so SO SO SO much about them. Honestly, Cord (and I'm going back on forth on what to call him, this might be confusing) made some mistakes where Cam was concerned. He's domineering and autocratic at times and I totally get why.
Beyond the beginnings of a relationship those two are dancing around, there's the whole case Cam is working on, but not really working on because she's supposed to be suspended. There are layers to the bad guy Cam is tracking down and the more that's uncovered, the more dangerous her involvement becomes. Book 3 can't come fast enough, I SWEAR.
I guess I'm trying to say I liked the book. I know I hide it well, but there it is. THIS SERIES MAKES ME SO INSANELY GREEDY FOR MORE. Which naturally means I'm going to dip into Thierry's books so I can wallow a bit longer.
My cyborg love continues to run strong. Throw in a dangerous, uninhabited planet for them to shack up on and I'm blissing out. Because two people beinMy cyborg love continues to run strong. Throw in a dangerous, uninhabited planet for them to shack up on and I'm blissing out. Because two people being stranded places hits my happy button. One of them being a cyborg just makes it more delicious.
Honestly, Pia's a wee bit headstrong. While I get where she was coming from as far as not wanting a bodyguard, she did take some bone-headed risks with her own safety. If not for her hunky protector, she would have ended up dead a couple of times over. Oh, and since I prefer Pia to Penelope, I'm sticking to calling her that.
Brock. Cyborgs are my weakness and this one didn't disappoint. He's fast. He's strong. He's determined to keep his distance from this particular woman. Until he doesn't. Then he's all about getting close. Until he remembers what he is. Huh. The guy sure does flip-flop a lot over how he should deal with Pia. I mean, I get why he needed to keep his secret a secret, but sometimes you just have to climb a tree and go to town with a lady. AS ONE DOES!
Terrorists of the intergalactic variety, super secret agencies trying to stop the bad guys from winning, and a couple who can't decide whether they need to keep their distance or get REALLY close made this one fun. Plus, you know, cyborgs. I JUST CAN'T RESIST THE CYBORGS!
This series continues to blow my mind. Not a little bit. A lot. It's equal parts sweet and sexy and empowering and so incredibly emotional and it makeThis series continues to blow my mind. Not a little bit. A lot. It's equal parts sweet and sexy and empowering and so incredibly emotional and it makes me feel all the feels. Yes, I might have teared up once or twice. IT HAPPENS. (Although I usually deny that part. My cold, black heart must be finally unthawing. Or something.)
Essie is amazing. We learned her story in Twist and she's fought hard to be where she is now. I mean, she's FOUGHT. I didn't know if Steele's issues could match hers, but...they did. The guy has as much baggage as she does and watching them navigate their way through the bumps and chasms of their relationship was GLORIOUS.
Honestly, who doesn't like a dirty talkin' man who unwittingly bares his soul to someone who's just as damaged as he is? And a lady who figures out that she has steel in her spine after said man takes the time to coax her out of her shell?
LOVE LOVE LOVE!
This series is five books strong and every installment has seriously rocked my socks off. Payne and those who orbit around him make me giddy and I'd be hard pressed to choose a favorite couple among those we've already met. I'm VERY happy to know we're going to get more of the explosive relationships and temperamental shenanigans that go hand in hand with this house.
Cate's had a rough couple of months. Kidnapped and forced to use her talent to kill people in really horrific ways, she's now on the mend. Sort of. ShCate's had a rough couple of months. Kidnapped and forced to use her talent to kill people in really horrific ways, she's now on the mend. Sort of. She's fighting off her need to kill. She's in a bad place, but she's getting better. She's in the "I don't deserve to live after what I've done" headspace and she doesn't trust herself around Gage or anyone else.
Then things get worse. Because being forced to defend herself the only way she knows how takes her backwards a few steps. Good thing Gage isn't willing to give up on her. He pulls her back into their corner of the world and makes her face herself and her fears.
Oh, yeah. And the bad guy REALLY wants to get Cate back in his clutches. Which sets up the next book nicely.
These anomalies are a tough bunch who fight for what they believe in, even when it seems like a lost cause. I'm very curious to see where book 4 goes.
For me, one of the big draws of a Shelly Laurenston book is the unabashed camaraderie between the characters. They fight and love and fight some moreFor me, one of the big draws of a Shelly Laurenston book is the unabashed camaraderie between the characters. They fight and love and fight some more and have their comrades backs when the chips are down. Plus, there's the whole crazy friends thing. People who get off on creating a little mayhem before heading out to drinks make me laugh.
Needless to say the various characters and clans introduced in this series hit all my happy buttons. They're crazy. They fight like madmen. They have issues they need to deal with. Oh, and there's that whole pesky gods and monsters thing. It's no wonder they're all willing to live large and do the things that make them happy.
So. Kera and Vig. Kera has a few adjustments to make to her new life. Vig is probably the sweetest borderline stalker in the history of stalkers. He's might be unmatched on the battlefield, but he gets a little tongue tied around his lady. Yeah, he's seriously sweet and scary at the same time. Gotta love that.
I liked the crazy. I liked how casual the warriors were about the carnage they caused. I liked a lot about this book. Norse mythology is nice and twisted and I imagine there will be plenty more crazy times down the line.
I'm always down for honorable, yet surly, ex-military dudes (or ladies. I'd be cool with that.) thwarting bad guys from completing their dastardly schI'm always down for honorable, yet surly, ex-military dudes (or ladies. I'd be cool with that.) thwarting bad guys from completing their dastardly schemes and hurting good people. In that sense, this book hit the spot. I was a *tiny* bit disappointed in the lack of treasure hunting, though. Mostly because I was totally in the mood for some danger and romance on the high seas. Or on a tiny island. Well, wait. I got the danger and romance and the tiny island. So, yeah. I guess I just wanted more treasure hunting.
Anyway. Our hero, a surly former SEAL with some deep-seated emotional baggage, has the hots for Maddy. Which would be totally cool and everything except that aforementioned deep-seated emotional baggage makes him kinda relationship-adverse. Naturally, this means he fights his growing emotional attachment to Maddy with everything he's got.
Truth, Bran. It doesn't matter how hard you fight it, the heart tends to win. Especially when your special lady friend ends up in a not-so-fun hostage situation and you're terrified you're going to lose her.
While I didn't read book 1 in this series prior to picking up this one, I had no problems following along with who was who with the background characters and what their part in the overall scheme was. Oh, and Mason and Alex? That totally needs to happen. Because those two are going to be crazy explosive together. No joke.
I have to get this out of the way first - I am deeply enamored of the whole Graeson/Cam dynamic. DEEPLY. He might have messed up with his interactionsI have to get this out of the way first - I am deeply enamored of the whole Graeson/Cam dynamic. DEEPLY. He might have messed up with his interactions with Cam, but the sparks they throw off when they're together make me giddy.
*draws glitter hearts around them*
So. This is a spin-off of the Black Dog series. I've only read one book in that series (although I have several percolating on the ereader) and there is some character cross-over, but nothing that will detract from the story itself if you're not familiar with them. Suffice to say, the world is laid out pretty cleanly and the mysteries of who and what populate it are revealed fairly quickly.
Cam has her own mysteries and those aren't as easily unearthed. She's fascinating in her deep sorrow as she wrestles with an old grief. I ended up getting a little wibbly when she touched on the bond between pack members for a moment only to have it ripped away. *sniffle*
There are quite a few questions left unanswered, plus the whole Graeson/Cam thing. Which, again... YASSSS. Book two needs me to read it. IT NEEDS ME. I can feel it.
I probably won't surprise anyone when I say I got a kick out of this book. Cyborgs, guys. It has cyborgs. Well, A cyborg. But that's neither here norI probably won't surprise anyone when I say I got a kick out of this book. Cyborgs, guys. It has cyborgs. Well, A cyborg. But that's neither here nor there. I do enjoy a rousing round of one on one time with metal.
So. Lonely, heartbroken Aeron rebuilds the man she loves after he is killed protecting her from an alien attack. Which is totally normal. Right? If the man you loved gets killed, you should totally use his spare parts to enact AWESOME VENGEANCE against those who took him from you.
Seriously. I'd do it. If you had the brain power and the money, why wouldn't you create an anatomically correct version of your dream man. I might pause at sending said man off to kick some alien booty, but we do what we have to do.
Did I mention the cyborg part? Because YASSSSSSS! The more cyborgs the better!
Tick couldn't have picked a more uninterested woman than Lauren. Which could have been a recipe for disaster for the poor guy since she doesn't pick uTick couldn't have picked a more uninterested woman than Lauren. Which could have been a recipe for disaster for the poor guy since she doesn't pick up on social cues and he's too much a gentleman to push once she declines him. BUT... it works. Lauren doesn't go for loud and uncouth (*cough*Striker*cough*) and Heath's steady, undemanding presence settles into her brain until she's forced to notice him.
That massage he gave her might have helped a little, too.
Lauren is Lauren and she's as focused on her work as ever. I didn't really care for her sister (those two have an interesting relationship, to say the least), but it seems the single-mindedness when it comes to work runs strong in their family because Hailey will do anything to succeed in the goals she set for herself.
Some interesting theories about the Grenavinians surface and I am CURIOUS how that will play out. The inhabitants of that now-dead planet have a few secrets they might not even know about. Which makes sense since most of their secrets would have gone down with their planet. Still, secrets and bubbling backstory. I like them.
Things are getting a wee bit tangled for those from the WS. And for those from the ES, come to think. Danger, heartache, and betrayal are just a few oThings are getting a wee bit tangled for those from the WS. And for those from the ES, come to think. Danger, heartache, and betrayal are just a few of the problems our heroes (and heroines) have to face.
When Griff ends up imprisoned during the botched rescue attempt, he has to rely on his wits and the sexy shifter he was sent to save. Might I just say there were some interesting allies that arose. I'm not quite sure what to think of one of them and whether they're trustworthy or what their endgame is. Things could get very complicated down the line.
Right. Griff and Shar. After years of captivity, Shar is desperate. Her link to her sister has been severed and she's running on empty. Meeting Griff and finding out why he'd come is almost too good to be true and their connection complicates (there's that word again!) things. Because Shar is hot for Griff and he's hot for her and this isn't the best time to be getting kissy-faced.
But you can't deny attraction. Even when the timing's all wrong and you're from two different worlds.
We get to delve deeper into the politics of the ES and see how things haven't changed since the Veil rose. It's a crazy, messed up world, but there are people working on making changes. Big, complicated changes. Which, of course, are the best type.
Fallen superheroes are kinda a weakness of mine. I don't know what it is about strong heroes who have to fight through their broken dreams, but they WFallen superheroes are kinda a weakness of mine. I don't know what it is about strong heroes who have to fight through their broken dreams, but they WORK for me. Hard. So hard.
Cam is certainly broken when Bex reconnects with him. He's surly and is pretty much a recluse. Having Bex around reminds him there are things worth fighting for in the world. Which is funny because before he was a powerhouse who would rush in to save those who needed saving. His defeat at The Scourge's hands broke more than just his body, but Bex brings all those desires to be strong back.
While Cam is fighting against his wants, Bex is dealing with being treated like she barely has a brain at her job and being told to back off on the big stories she wants to tell. Which really doesn't work for her. She knows there's a story in Gold Bay and she's determined to dig until she finds it.
Throw in a dangerous villain, a sexy time or two, and a power that flares up at unexpected moments and you have something fun here. (and that cover.... *fans self*... so pretty!)
Bleu's story is one that feels like it's been a long time coming. He's been the fierce, quietly tormented force behind the elven throne since book 1 aBleu's story is one that feels like it's been a long time coming. He's been the fierce, quietly tormented force behind the elven throne since book 1 and he comes across as harsh at times and utterly dedicated to his prince. When we met up with his sister, we saw another aspect of his loyalty, but he had a hard time showing softer emotions.
Which makes him admitting to finding his mate a rocky journey. Well worth it, but rocky.
So. Taryn. The lady has some issues she needs to work through. Understandably so. I mean, she was held captive for THREE CENTURIES. She's endured, but her sanity is holding on by a thread. Being free isn't all it's cracked up to be, either, since she has to hunt down her brother and try to stop him from causing even more damage to their people and others Hell.
To say she has a tough road in front of her might be understating it.
Good thing she has a certain persistent elf to keep her grounded. And on her toes. And wanting things she thinks she can never have.
We get to revisit more than a few couples we've met before and get introduced to some new faces. All in all, it's a rollicking good time. With dragons. And Elves. And sexiness. *slow thumbs up*