Okay. I'm going to go for complete honesty here. Before I started on this book I didn't know how Jimmy and I would get along. He hasn't been the easie...moreOkay. I'm going to go for complete honesty here. Before I started on this book I didn't know how Jimmy and I would get along. He hasn't been the easiest of the Stage Dive boys to get to know. Ehh, wait. That phrase might be reserved for Ben. That man really doesn't like to stand in the spotlight. Jimmy, on the other hand, not only stand in the spotlight, he makes sure he shines under them.
Not always in a good way.
So, yeah. While he'd shown glimpses of the decent, good guy under all his swagger in the previous books, those glimpses were few and far between. It wasn't until he had to put up with Lena's no nonsense attitude and started spilling his secrets that I began to soften towards him.
But soften I did. Because Jimmy really is a good guy. He's screwed up, made some colossal mistakes, and nearly lost his chance at happiness, but once you saw the scared little boy under the grim faced man, it was hard to see anything else. Also, his mom is officially in the running for the Worst Mother of the Year award. On so many levels.
Let's talk about Jimmy and Lena, though. I loved Lena's tough attitude and the way she got WAY distracted by Jimmy whenever he was near. I liked watching her try to come to terms with lusting after a man who pushed all her buttons. I liked how Jimmy did all those little things to try to keep her happy. Even though he wouldn't admit it. And the dates he made Lena go on? Weirdly hilarious.
As always, the rest of the band and their lady friends ROCKED. I adore Mal. His speech as to why Jimmy and Lena weren't allowed to have sex cracked me up and was so very, very Mal. This entire band is just freaking perfection. I'm sad that only Ben is left unattached now, but I'm VERY excited to see him get his girl. *thumbs up all around*
I, umm, might have broken one of my cardinal rules of reading with this book. BUT I HAD TO. IT WAS MAL. I just couldn't hold off on reading him. I NE...more I, umm, might have broken one of my cardinal rules of reading with this book. BUT I HAD TO. IT WAS MAL. I just couldn't hold off on reading him. I NEEDED TO. Because Mal.
Mal with his manic insanity and his endless enthusiasm for everything around him. Mal who found someone who accepted him and all his crazy (it's a good crazy, don't worry). Mal who JUMPED ON A BED AND BROKE IT TO PRETEND HE WAS HAVING CRAZY, ROCK STAR SEX TO THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR. Yeah, I didn't do that scene justice there, but it is HILARIOUS.
At one point Mal is described as being a "puppy on steroids." Yeah. That. That is SO Mal. He might piddle on the floor sometimes, but you still gotta love the guy.
And Anne. Anne with her issues about love and the crazy belief she could protect her heart against someone as determined as Mal. Yeah, not going to happen. He blows into her life like a hurricane and throws it into disarray, but in the most wonderful way. He gets her living again and enjoying the little things. And he calls her Pumpkin. Which kinda made me laugh.
I know I have more books to go in the series, but I think it's going to be hard to top motormouth Mal and his lady friend who figured out how to roll with the punches. 'Cause I'm really loving them both.
I had the sneaking suspicion when I read the blurb for this book that I'd fall head over heels for the members of Stage Dive. Part of it was because t...moreI had the sneaking suspicion when I read the blurb for this book that I'd fall head over heels for the members of Stage Dive. Part of it was because the other Kylie Scott books I've read have rocked my world. The other part? My deep, abiding love for tattooed hotties.
Yeah. I'm gone on these guys. David with his soulful looks and fear of abandonment. Mal with his manic personality. Ben with his strong, silent thing. Jimmy with his... uhh, well, Jimmy's kinda a mess in this one. We'll just slide over him for now. He did have a moment or two late in the game, but for the most part, he's a work in progress.
But this is David and Ev's story. And what a story it is. Vegas. Alcohol. Tattoos. And one GIANT, shiny ring. Ev might not remember all that went down there, but she sure ended up with a whopper of a parting gift. And by that, I mean David, not a raging case of crabs or anything.
I seriously loved David and all his beautiful flaws. His hurt over remembering when Ev didn't. How enamored of her he was. The way he lashed out sometimes because of his past and the guilt he felt afterward for saying things that hurt Ev. <3
So the boys of Stage Dive are pretty awesome. I'm all over seeing how they all find their HEAs and fall hard for someone unexpected. BRING ON THE MAL NOW!
Ultimately, this was a quick, enjoyable set of stories set in the world where Madame Eve and 1Night Stand can match up unlikely partners to set them o...moreUltimately, this was a quick, enjoyable set of stories set in the world where Madame Eve and 1Night Stand can match up unlikely partners to set them on the road to happily ever after. These stories tend to be bite-sized, sexy and leave you believing the characters have found something special after their one magical night.
I can totally get on board with a mystical dating agency, but I did have to suspend my disbelief at the sheer amount of virginity presented here. I probably should have been clued in from the title (and the titles of the stories), but I'm a little slow sometimes. NO WORRIES, THOUGH. I managed to not only wrassle my disbelief down, but enjoy the ride while doing so.
Honestly, all the stories are enjoyable. Nicely naughty with a hint of sweet. I really enjoyed Virgin Under Ground just because DESERTED GOLD MINE TURNED INTO AN AWESOME UNDERGROUND BUNKER. It's like my inner fangirl--the one who swoons over post-apocalyptic settings and broken worlds--was given the set-up to something HUGE and catastrophic that I can feel more than see.
Yep, inner fangirl has green-lighted reading more books like that. IMMEDIATELY.
Lots of virgins, lots of lovin', and the potential for happiness for all involved. I liked it.
Heh. Oh, Jodi Redford. You know how I like my geeks, don't you? Hunky and horny. *slow thumbs up* And let's face it, I always appreciate a lady who gr...moreHeh. Oh, Jodi Redford. You know how I like my geeks, don't you? Hunky and horny. *slow thumbs up* And let's face it, I always appreciate a lady who grabs onto her sexuality with both hands and gives it a good ride. So to speak.
So. Two smart, hot dudes and the lady who they fantasize about. To be fair, she fantasizes plenty about them, too. PLENTY. In all ways and all places. And once they catch her under the influence of their aphrodisiac, all bets are off.
As it turns out, it's hard to shake the visual of Sidney pleasuring herself once they've seen it in frantic detail.
As always, Jodi Redford brings the steam while delivering a fun storyline. Sidney, Leo and Dev hit the sheets and they hit them hard. And then they hit them again. With toys. Niiiiiice.
...like their werewolves naked. ...enjoy when the hero is a strong, silent type. ...don't mind some messed up family dyna...moreFirst Moon is for people who...
...like their werewolves naked. ...enjoy when the hero is a strong, silent type. ...don't mind some messed up family dynamics. ...appreciate when a wolf is strong enough to say NO to his alpha. ...enjoy strong secondary characters.
I LOVED the setup for the other wolves at the end. Those boys don't know what's coming for them and it's going to be a blast watching them fall.
I liiiiiked this one. I just... I don't know. I got a kick out of how surly Ransom was. I liked how he described Izzy's hair as "hungry" and octopus-l...moreI liiiiiked this one. I just... I don't know. I got a kick out of how surly Ransom was. I liked how he described Izzy's hair as "hungry" and octopus-like (probably not as amusing for her, but MAN that was a great visual!). I liked how she liked hearing him curse first thing in the morning (and his brutally honest explanation for why he did). I JUST LIKED IT ALL!
Anyway. Ransom. He was definitely surly. With good reason, mind you. Who wouldn't be all persnickety over a gently bred young woman showing up at his castle and upsetting his careful routine? Yeah. Ransom doesn't take that well. Good thing Izzy isn't one to back down or this book wouldn't have been nearly as entertaining.
And Izzy does fight for what she wants. She might think it's the castle and a roof over her head, but it's so much more than that. She's fighting be be heard and to be loved for herself, not as the child in a storybook. She's fighting to find herself amidst the fantasy the books have woven about her childhood.
She's also fighting for a heart-pumping, knee-weakening first kiss. She just doesn't know it yet.
As always, Tessa Dare's characters are a delight (it turns out I, like Izzy, also have a weakness for a man in well-worn boots) and the romance is swoon-worthy. Bring on the surly heroes, I say. They make delicious main characters!
I'm more a Greek and Celtic mythology type of girl, so I found it fascinating to delve into the gods and deities of ancient China. Learning about the...moreI'm more a Greek and Celtic mythology type of girl, so I found it fascinating to delve into the gods and deities of ancient China. Learning about the minor gods and what they would and would not do to save their people was intriguing. That said, this book is chiefly about the crumbling of an empire and the lengths a mother will go to to save her children.
Ava's life is nothing short of awful. A pleasure slave, she exists at the whims of the house madam. She has little to no freedom and she's learned to fade into the background and let the world happen around her. Taken from her homeland as a child, Ava doesn't believe in the Chinese gods, so when she suddenly comes face to face with one her world is upended.
But a mother's got to do what a mother's got to do. Despite her disbelief, she hikes up her big girl panties and tried to save China from an emperor who is little more than a petulant child.
As intriguing as Ava's story is, I really enjoyed seeing through the eyes of some of the other gods. The tragedy that drove Zhong Kui to become the hunter god was both fascinating and repellant. What was done to him was heartbreaking. That he chose to defend his country and people against demons despite that made him a tragic hero.
Once again, Vincent Stoia offers us a dark look at ancient China and it was one I couldn't look away from.
There's a point in this book where Val asks Eli what he is and... I'm kinda wondering that myself. Eli isn't always the sharpest pencil in the case (I...moreThere's a point in this book where Val asks Eli what he is and... I'm kinda wondering that myself. Eli isn't always the sharpest pencil in the case (I'd say he's endearingly clueless if I was going to try to describe him), but he has a few abilities (for lack of a better word) that others don't.
And that chip. He has the chip that makes him tell the truth and embarrass himself terribly in front of people he admires. Which is weirdly funny in an OMG!POOR GUY! sort of way.
So. This time around the Ghost Hackers are working their paranormal mojo on an unsuspecting, freakishly neat suburban neighborhood. Eli gets things thrown at him. Khan does... whatever it is he does. Trapping the ghosts, I guess. They make a good team. Well, as long as Eli doesn't mind playing bait to wear the ghosts out.
They have a good gig in this place. Naturally, it won't last. Because if there's one thing I've learned from watching bad sci-fi/horror movies my entire life, it's that if things look to good to be true, there's probably a dragon hiding in a cellar who wants to EAT YOUR FACE OFF. (these events may or may not have happened in the course of this book.)
Anyway. This series is fun. It's quick and easy and you can get a giggle out of Eli's bumbling exploits. And his foray into experimenting with makeup. But that's another story. Not really. It's this story.
Oh, just go read it. I'm really not doing poor Eli justice.
PS - The Brenda interactions are kept to a minimum. Thank goodness. (Yes, I still don't particularly care for her. She's just so... Brenda.)
I have a bit of a love affair with Tessa Dare's books. Her characters always captivate me and I FEEL for them. This book was no different.
Luke is a bi...moreI have a bit of a love affair with Tessa Dare's books. Her characters always captivate me and I FEEL for them. This book was no different.
Luke is a bit of a mess after his time in battle. He can't imagine sullying the innocent girl he knew with his pain and heartache. Good thing Cecily's wily and won't take no for an answer. She's stronger than Luke thinks and she's determined to have him for her own. Not before a few hiccups along the way, however.
A hunt in the country, one haunted man, and a woman who fights for what she believes in. Yep, this book worked for me.
Had a tough time getting past the names (Concordia Shagger sounds like a slightly whacked out porn star), but got a kick out of the interspecies sexin...moreHad a tough time getting past the names (Concordia Shagger sounds like a slightly whacked out porn star), but got a kick out of the interspecies sexin'. Nothing says lovin' like dude juice that gets the lady revved up!
Holy Hannah. Whenever I dip my toes in this world, I go all flaily over it. In fact, I'm considering doing a full series reread just so I can wallow i...moreHoly Hannah. Whenever I dip my toes in this world, I go all flaily over it. In fact, I'm considering doing a full series reread just so I can wallow in it for as long as humanly possible. *wallows contentedly*
In case you missed my blatant fangirling, I kinda dig this series. This novella gives us another peek into the lives (and deep love) of Archimedes and Yasmeen. Man, those two do it for me. They're so unabashedly taken with one another. Yasmeen might have to put on a tough face in front of her crew and those she deals with, but her devotion to Archimedes (and he to her) is plain. Heck, she gives him liberties with her SHIP. For an airship captain, there's no greater sign of love than that right there.
Archimedes amuses me. His over the top personality allows him to be demonstrative in ways that Yasmeen isn't. His deep respect for his lady is a beautiful thing. The way he gets turned on by Yasmeen's harder side is fantastic. Frankly, those two are just meant for each other. They're adorably cutthroat when they need to be and so SO supportive of one another.
Yeah, I have my fangirl flag hoisted. It was inevitable, really. I mean, how can I resist a rough and tumble lady mercenary and the man who captured her heart? I can't. I can't.
I've really enjoyed the brief glimpses I've had into this world (two novellas previously, but they were FUN!) and was excited to dive back into it and...moreI've really enjoyed the brief glimpses I've had into this world (two novellas previously, but they were FUN!) and was excited to dive back into it and see how things worked out when werewolves were on the menu. Yes, I love my werewolves. Especially when they like to get naked!
I have to say, I wasn't disappointed in these wolves. *super fist pump*
Alice has the twin problems of grieving for her brother while trying to keep her pack together. Frankly, she's not doing that great a job of it when we meet her for the first time. She's a wreck. She's lost and alone, but she sees what she needs and takes steps to procure it. Heh. That makes it sound like she's trolling for a mail order bride from a foreign country.
Well, wait. That's kinda what it is. Except Jackson's not from another country. And the "mail order" part of it comes from the Midnight Liaisons dating service. BUT STILL.
Anyway. Alice and Jackson. He might look laid back, but he has the strength to hold his own and help Alice out of her sticky situation. (and also rid her of that pesky virginity. *waggles brows*)
Fun and fast paced with a bad guy who deserved a good pounding after the things he did to Alice. *thumbs up*
I almost don't think I have the words to describe how much I adore this book. From Will's confusion over what had happened to him in the months since...moreI almost don't think I have the words to describe how much I adore this book. From Will's confusion over what had happened to him in the months since he was rescued from his imprisonment to the revelations over who was behind so much of what happened here, it was a thrill ride.
Frankly, I loved Holly. Her issues arising from her imprisonment, her fear and the way she could so easily be distracted by a puzzle (and Will was such a delightful puzzle for her to unravel!), endeared her to me. She hid behind her intellect and her gadgets and wouldn't let anyone close enough to see how much she was struggling with what she was forced to take part in. Naturally, Will smashed through all her defenses and laid her bare. In more ways than one.
And Will. Oh, Will. Surviving what was done to him only to be caught in the madness of his body betraying him. *weeps* I felt for him. I felt for both of them. The Fallen left his mark on both of them in very different ways and it was only once they banded together that they started working through their issues. Frankly, those issues were legion, all things considered.
This series takes me to my happy place. Kristen Callihan's characters give me all the highs and lows I could ever want in a relationship with a side order of villains who seem unstoppable. Might I just say, I'm impatient for book 6 now. SO IMPATIENT.