Anthologies tend to be hit or miss with me but I did enjoy several of the stories in this one. Standouts include Trapped by Cindy Spencer Pape (becaus...moreAnthologies tend to be hit or miss with me but I did enjoy several of the stories in this one. Standouts include Trapped by Cindy Spencer Pape (because I can't resist sexy sci-fi!), Resisting Reed by Kristin Daniels (surprisingly sweet and VERY sexy), and Extra Sensual Perception by Debra Glass (sexy mental times! Rawr!).
As a long time lover of books with fantastically broken societies, this series looks like it's going to hit the spot with me. The Defiance men aren't...moreAs a long time lover of books with fantastically broken societies, this series looks like it's going to hit the spot with me. The Defiance men aren't soft and it's that very hardness that has allowed them to carve out a place for themselves since the world fell apart.
I love the brotherhood among Caspar and his men. I like that he goes with his gut and doesn't blindly follow orders. The fact that he has an agenda and has been steadily working toward his endgame for ages is a bonus.
Now, I did like Tru and Caspar together. But... I had a tough time connecting the dots as to why they were angry at one another in the beginning. While I do get that Tru had to make a choice and shift her way of thinking, Cas's weirdness with her confuzzled me. He was an integral part of her original escape and he knew why she was running. Being angry at her for returning when she didn't have a lot of other choices took a while for me to wrap my head around. Honestly, I'm still trying to figure it out.
The setup for the future has been laid out nicely and I'm SUPER excited to see Matthias and Bishop getting their own books. I REALLY liked those two and want to see them find special lady friends to spend time with.
All in all, this was a solid foundation for a dark, brutal world where the ones who thrive are the ones who are willing to fight the hardest.
PS. This book fulfilled my desire for tattooed, pierced men quite satisfactorily. *slow thumbs up*
Enjoyable enough, but very short. I actually liked the two extra dudes in the menage scenes more than the interactions between the two main characters...moreEnjoyable enough, but very short. I actually liked the two extra dudes in the menage scenes more than the interactions between the two main characters. But, then, I dig when men like to get down and dirty with one another. So. There you go.
Oh, my goodness! I LOVED Anna's gift. Such a horrible, wonderful ability to have. To be able to give closure and potentially help people who have gone...moreOh, my goodness! I LOVED Anna's gift. Such a horrible, wonderful ability to have. To be able to give closure and potentially help people who have gone missing and yet to so often get there too late to do any good... *shudders*
Now, as far as the romance angle, I'm kind of iffy on love triangles as it is. I'm also a sucker for literary bad boys and Rafe has the bad boy thing down. He was clearly my favorite. Clearly. Brent was... okay. The rivalry between the boys felt a bit contrived. While I could see why Anna was torn between them -- for all she's attracted to Rafe from the first time she sees him, Rafe's a little rough around the edges whereas Brent is smooth and knows how to flatter -- I was more interested in the mystery of who was hunting in Haven than who she'd ultimately end up with.
Although, come to think, wondering if one of them was behind the attacks did make for some tense moments.
Bottom line, I liked the town of Haven and the secrets -- oh, the secrets! -- it hid. While I completely disagree with Anna's father not letting her in on what the town was and how it might affect her, unraveling the whos and whys made for some fun reading.
I'm going on record as saying I'd be totally down with reading more Haven-centric craziness.
Good gravy. I liked Caspar and Tru's story but I LOVED Matthias and Jessa's. Actually, I loved Matthias and Bish. Their bond gives me the happies. The...moreGood gravy. I liked Caspar and Tru's story but I LOVED Matthias and Jessa's. Actually, I loved Matthias and Bish. Their bond gives me the happies. They've been a team since they were children and it comes through loud and clear in everything they do. When Matthias falls for Jessa (and he falls hard and fast, people!), Bish isn't threatened. He makes room for her in their lives. Man, I sort of love Bish.
Honestly, the biggest draw here was Matthias and Bish. I really liked the chemistry between Matthias and Jessa and I LOVED how she realized the two were connected in a way she could never separate. Not that she wanted to separate them, mind you, but she realized pretty quickly their bond was one that couldn't be broken without destroying one or both of them. So she found a way to fit into their lives. She accepted both of them and the violence that's so much a part of them.
Well done, Jessa. Well done.
Jessa also introduced another element to the overall world -- things might be bad for those that survived Chaos, but there was the potential for it to get so much worse. We got to see the dark underbelly of political maneuverings and they are nasty.
Good thing Jessa, Matthias and crew have a dark side of their own and are willing to push back when things get tough.
Enjoyable entry into the series. And might I just say.. Oh, Bish! I can't wait for your book. I'm all aflutter at the ending and... and... OH, BISH!
A short, nicely naughty collection of dominance themed stories with a classic twist. Miranda and Caliban love in secret until they bring Ferdinand int...moreA short, nicely naughty collection of dominance themed stories with a classic twist. Miranda and Caliban love in secret until they bring Ferdinand into their group. I loved how excited Miranda got when Caliban was dominating Ferdinand. Very sexy.
Hansel learns how much he craves being dominated by a strong woman when the wicked witch forces him to do things he'd only ever dreamed about. Meanwhile, Gretel bursts out of her shell to save her man. But not before pushing his boundaries a bit. Hansel's fall into sub-space was sexy. Gretel turned out to be good with a whip. Both of them appear to enjoy these new sides of themselves they've uncovered.
Penelope has to get rid of her suitors before her husband returns from the dead. With the help of a goddess, she finds a rather ingenious way. As an added bonus, she ends up with a devoted servant who allows her many liberties. I have to admit, I liked Leontes and his ability to withstand the test.
Female dominants aren't usually my thing but I enjoyed this set. It was sexy and darkly naughty while being entertaining.
I didn't expect to get sucked into this book like I was. From Diana's first appearance as a cowering young woman chained by the expectations and the d...moreI didn't expect to get sucked into this book like I was. From Diana's first appearance as a cowering young woman chained by the expectations and the disdain of her family to her transformation into a strong woman who stands beside what she believes in, I was hooked. As a Roman woman, she had few rights and fewer prospects. So when she took up the running of her family's estate, she was already bucking the trend. Honestly, though, that wasn't even the beginning of what she was willing to do to protect those who looked to her.
It probably comes as no surprise that I love strong female leads. Diana isn't perfect. She suffers from panic attacks and the bone deep fear that everything she's been able to claw out for her people isn't enough. It's the drive to succeed for them that pushes her into trying new things and listening to those who others dismiss. After her horrific experience at the hands of Saxons, she could easily have crawled into herself (as her sister did) and shut out the world. Instead, she fills her days with planning how to survive another winter and learning everything she can about planting and harvesting.
Alaric has his own set of issues. He's not a fan of Romans and Diana's prickly attitude pushes all his buttons. But he's a fair man and once he begins to understand everything Diana and her family have been through, he steps up and helps out.
The love story is sweeping and sexy, the setting is easy to get lost in, and the characters suck you in like you wouldn't believe. I think I'm going to like traveling through history with this series.
This book had a few twists I didn't see coming. I wish I could talk about them but my aggressive anti-spoiler stance in reviews tells me that wouldn't...moreThis book had a few twists I didn't see coming. I wish I could talk about them but my aggressive anti-spoiler stance in reviews tells me that wouldn't be appropriate. Instead, I shall simply say "Well done, Dale Mayer. I didn't see that coming." (which, yeah, I said above. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE THINGS I WANT TO TALK ABOUT CAN'T BE SPOKEN OF!)
So. Meg and Chad -- in fact, their entire group of friends -- had to deal with tragedy. It helped shape them all in so many ways. Some ran, some fell into drugs and alcohol, and some became protectors so they could try to untangle the mystery of what happened that summer. But for all of them, the uncertainty behind what happened and the lack of closure has stayed with them.
When Meg stumbles over a body years later, it reunites old friends and puts them on the path of discovering what happened. Do you remember when I mentioned those twists? Yeah, this is where those came in. Because nothing's straightforward and Meg and Chad have to dig to uncover the truth. (Heh. Did you see what I did there? DID YOU? Oh, anthropologist humor. You never get old. *pauses* *stops self from making a crack about how anthropologists deal in old things* *steps away from this entire paragraph before the word-play overtakes me*)
Solid mystery with a nice romance. Meg and Chad are given a chance to rekindle their old love while putting the painful parts of their past to rest. Did I mention the twists? Oh, the twists.
I've really enjoyed this series as a whole. Tessa's growth as she's gone from the "freak" to someone who can do things the other vampires can't has be...moreI've really enjoyed this series as a whole. Tessa's growth as she's gone from the "freak" to someone who can do things the other vampires can't has been fun to watch. Her deepening relationship with Cody (and the consternation THAT brings to her father) has been enjoyable. Their ability to mindspeak to one another has gotten them out of a few tough situations and I can only guess that things are going to get worse in the next (and final) book. These vampires are going to need all the help they can get and a couple who can mindspeak gives them a huge advantage.
Now, there were several questions raised here that make me worry a bit for Tessa's family. The corruption in the vampire world goes deep and it's unclear who can be trusted at this point. Tessa's mom has family members who seem less than honorable on the surface. There are council members who *look* like they're on their side but they could easily be working with the blood farm vamps.
It's very tangled and the good guys are going to have a time of it as they sort out (while in the midst of battle) who's working for who.
For those wondering, yes, this book ends on a cliffhanger. Tessa is in danger and things look bad. But she has a family willing to go to great lengths to save her and I have no doubt she'll claw her way out of this mess with minimal damage.
I'm excited to see how this all ends in the next book. How deep is the corruption and will Tessa's family make it out unscathed? We'll have to wait and see.
It's been a while since I read book 2 in this series (you know, like, a year) but I had no problems jumping in and falling back into Storey's world. O...moreIt's been a while since I read book 2 in this series (you know, like, a year) but I had no problems jumping in and falling back into Storey's world. Or, not her world, as the case may be. With all the fiddling she accidentally did when she didn't understand what the stylus was capable of, her world is all weirded up. Plus, she's making crazy waves in the other worlds/dimensions.
Because Storey's motto is "Go big or go home!" (I'm just kidding about that. While I'm sure Storey has some sort of internal motto, that's probably not it. Although maybe it is. One never knows with a girl who can play with reality.)
Anyway. Big things are uncovered. Things that have the potential to alter the beliefs of many, many people. Eric's father has betrayed the trust of his people (not surprising) and Storey learns more about the styluses and the divide between the Torans and the Louers.
All in all, it was a very satisfying ending to Storey's, umm... story. She helps an entire civilization look at the world differently and uncovers something that had long been forgotten. Fun with some inter-dimensional craziness thrown in. I liked it!
I was a little worried when I picked this one up. Having read Carson and Tally's story recently, I was a bit disheartened to see that they hadn't surv...moreI was a little worried when I picked this one up. Having read Carson and Tally's story recently, I was a bit disheartened to see that they hadn't survived to see their daughter grow up. However, while their lives might have been snuffed out early, they loved hot and hard while they had one another and that did come across nicely.
But this book isn't about Tally and Carson. It's Riley's story and she has two dominant vampire men who need to push her hard to ensure she survives her encounter with what's after her. Might I just say, those vampires sure know how to show a lady a good time. And the games they play. Wow. While I suspected what Damian was pushing for, the patience he had for his endgame was fantastic. And Nicholas... he broke my heart a little.
Damaged heroes are like catnip to me, aren't they?
With plenty of sexy time and a gargoyle that needed to have the whammy put on him, this installment delivers. Blood, sex, and stone critters who get what's coming to them. *thumbs up*
Vampires, hunters, and demons. Oh, my! I do enjoy a good romp with characters that bring the badassery. As short as this book is, you get a good feel...moreVampires, hunters, and demons. Oh, my! I do enjoy a good romp with characters that bring the badassery. As short as this book is, you get a good feel for both the world and the characters in it. And, yes, those characters are full of badassery.
Tally and Carson have immediate chemistry. It hits them out of the blue and it doesn't let go until they indulge themselves. Carson's memory loss of the previous night puts an interesting spin on their relationship. Really, Tally shouldn't trust him and yet she does. She trusts him enough to let him have his wicked, wicked way with her. I must say, Carson does wicked well!
Meanwhile, I am... intrigued by Nick and Damian. The two of them played a big part in making Tally the woman she is in this book. They raised her while her father was out taking down demons and I'm excited to see we'll see more of them in book 2. You can never have enough sexy vampires, in my opinion.
There's a lot of goodness going on here between the vampires and the demon hunters and the sexy times. Book 2 looks like it's going to be an interesting ride. I like interesting rides.