This just didn't work for me. Very disjointed and clunky, with two-dimensional characters and a confusing introduction to several different PN entitieThis just didn't work for me. Very disjointed and clunky, with two-dimensional characters and a confusing introduction to several different PN entities.
Lachlain, king of the Lycae, has been held captive by vampires for a century and a half, chained to a wall and repeatedly burned to his bones before regenerating and starting the cycle again and again. The only things that keep him alive are thoughts of vengeance and the lifelong desire to find his destined mate.
Emmaline is half vampire/half Valkyrie. She's an orphan raised to be timid and weak by the Valkyrie side of her family and she's in Paris to attempt to learn who her father was/is/whatever (which makes no sense because they raised her to be terrified of her shadow so she would actually be protected ... then they let her run off to Paris on her own ... huh?). While there, she walks over top of where Lachlain is being held (he's deep underground) and he senses her, triggering enough strength for him to escape.
Sounds like an okay setup for a PNR, but the follow-through is laden with contradictions and contrived action. The "destined mate" story line is always problematic since it demands a lack of free will, however we also get some lame chatter later on in the book about how they wouldn't be together if they weren't naturally attracted by their own volition ... which kind of disproves the whole "destined mate" trope and fractures the believability of his reaction at the beginning. It's not only that, there were several moments where I felt: "if this is true, this can't be true and yet you're asking me to believe it's true". I did not enjoy reading this, it felt like work.
So why did I finish it and plan to read the next one? Because so many people who I usually agree with are devoted followers of this series. I hated the first installment of the Midnight Breeds series and went on to enjoy several of the later books very much. So -- maybe there's something here after getting this first clunky book out of the way.
I will definitely give this series another chance, but this opener is simply not good, IMO. However, it does seem to be necessary as an introduction to the mythology of the series, so proceed as you will. :)...more
To be honest, I almost DNF'd this one in the first third. The heroine behaves stupidly in a way that only a romance heroine can accomplish. Get this:To be honest, I almost DNF'd this one in the first third. The heroine behaves stupidly in a way that only a romance heroine can accomplish. Get this: she's at a gathering where she's supposed to be the French/English interpreter and she's full of suspicions about everyone. She's sure there's a conspiracy afoot and danger lurks everywhere. She gets a hinky vibe off everyone. So she proceeds to drink like a fish. Um. Girl? No. She does a few more dumb things after that and I really wanted to bail.
BUT, the hero is very compelling. Reminding me of the first of Stuart's House of Rohan books, the hero seems to have zero redeemable qualities. But he's also going through some kind of psychic crisis where he does things that are inexplicable even to himself. It makes him very interesting apart from even being a romance hero. Frankly, I'd enjoy him as the lead in a thriller just as much. I love a man who kicks himself after showing mercy but still doesn't go back to right that "mistake". It's endearing.
So I did finish it and I enjoyed it. I'll read some more in the series, but I'm still pretty unhappy with this heroine. Why do the female leads in suspense romance (most romance for that matter) have to be so stupid? It is not necessary for one or the other to become a total moron as a catalyst for Bad Things that cause the action to move forward. If you're dealing with nasty villains, they'll do all the work on that score. It's their job.
Continuing with the rant: do authors really think that giving a heroine a big boy job is enough to convince me she's smart? That's like putting Barbie in a lab coat and calling her Barbie scientist. She's still freaking Barbie! I don't care if the female lead is a checker at a grocery store, if her actions show common sense then I'm going to like her. I don't even care whether or not she graduated from high school. See? Don't try to make me believe she's "smart" because she can speak many different languages and then show her behaving like a total nitwit. I am not fooled.
Rant over. Whew! Thanks for listening.
Anyway - it's a good book. You just have to get past the vapidity of the female and concentrate on the complexity of the male.
Unfortunately: (view spoiler)[I don't think it's realistic that he'd stay with her "ever after". We learned that, in the past, he's spent years with women that he cared about and he just walked away. So ... yeah. Not optimistic about the longevity of this HEA even though I'm pretty sure it's solid in RomanceLandia. :P (hide spoiler)]...more
This was a really enjoyable read. There were a few moments where I thought the heroine might be diving into TSTL territory, and she kind of did, but iThis was a really enjoyable read. There were a few moments where I thought the heroine might be diving into TSTL territory, and she kind of did, but it still worked. I have to admit to saying out loud "what in the world are you thinking?!" at least once, though. LOL.
One thing I'm left wondering, though, is how the ton would react to all these shenanigans. But we're also left to see these two as country people at heart and it's doubtful they'll be spending much time in London anyway. Still, their story is a bit eyebrow raising when seen in context of the times.
Which brings up a small complaint about the vagueness of the Georgian setting. Every once in a while you see a wig referenced or panniers, but I get no feeling for the time and place. With the prevalence of regency romances, it seems to me that something in another time frame needs to be clearly laid out. I would forget in between the times Edward would wear a wig that we weren't actually in the regency time period. Particularly since it's not crucial to the plot line that the story take place in an era other than the most ubiquitous, reminders would be helpful.
It's nice to see a couple who isn't gorgeous, although that's the least of my worries, and I was glad it was so secondary to the plot. Although Edward had some real concerns about whether or not his scars repulsed Anna, it wasn't a make-or-break in the story. If anything, his scars were a constant reminder to the reader of everything he's lost and makes him a hero to fall immediately in love with despite his silly temper. And she never seemed to dwell on her physical attributes at all, so we're not dwelling on that or her low self-esteem or bitterness over not being a great beauty. I actually don't typically love plain heroines for just those last reasons. This is refreshing.
In the end their love story is very believable and sweet. Sexy, too, which is a nice bonus.
I tried this author because I'd seen her referenced here and on the Amazon romance forum and I'm glad I did. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of this trilogy and beyond. ...more
Well, another new addiction. I've already ordered the second installment used from Amazon. I didn't want to waste the time it takes to troll the UBS,Well, another new addiction. I've already ordered the second installment used from Amazon. I didn't want to waste the time it takes to troll the UBS, so I went ahead and swallowed the shipping. It's worth it.
Andrews's "Kate Daniels" series takes place in and near Atlanta. It's a little confusing as to the time frame because nothing is as we know it. Magic has erupted and eaten away normal life, but it seems humans and beasts have adapted and make an uneasy go of it.
Kate is a mercenary who hunts down "problems". She's sucked back into the world of the Order of Knights of Merciful Aid when her guardian is murdered. So she's out for vengeance as well as justice and finds herself in a position she never wanted -- being responsible for others.
She's also got deep, dark secrets that make her desire to keep to the shadows very understandable.
This is a really exciting book with a fascinating world. I really like Kate even though she has moments of bitchiness I find hard to take. Outside of very few scenes, though, she's extremely likable. (ETA: there was really only one scene where I was bothered by her behavior and where I would call it 'bitchiness'. In that scene she's remote and disdainful to someone in a way that gets my goat, but all other times she's just snarky, which is pretty fun).
And, gosh darn it! Another Penguin book. I keep recommending books from this publisher but I don't want anyone to actually give them money. How sick is that? Find a way to read this series, though, if you like urban fantasy with a clever heroine -- I really don't think you'll be sorry....more
This story is like a roller coaster. It goes chinka-chinka-chinka up the hill, building anticipation, maybe throwing a couple of jerky turns along theThis story is like a roller coaster. It goes chinka-chinka-chinka up the hill, building anticipation, maybe throwing a couple of jerky turns along the way to keep you on your toes and then ... HOLY CRAP MOTHER F*CKER WHAT THE F*CK OMG OMG OMG OMG!!!
I'm finally getting to this author after many recommendations and I'm thrilled. I think this past year has been amazing for me with new authors. I'm pI'm finally getting to this author after many recommendations and I'm thrilled. I think this past year has been amazing for me with new authors. I'm pleased as punch!
Anyway, Mercy Thompson is a great heroine. She's not too tough, not too sweet, just right. And lots of guys dig her. But for once I can see why. So often I can't figure out why some vinegary miss is catching all the love, but Mercy's a really well drawn, well rounded character.
And the males are hawt. Shoooo. Adam? Gimme.
But I digress.
Most of my friends have already read this series if they like Urban Fantasy so I'm not telling them anything new. But those who are interested should seriously jump in.
So why the missing star? Because the culmination of the mystery is kind of ... what the? ... really? ... he couldn't think of any other way to accomplish that? ... seriously?
But it's all good. I do allow myself to go back-to-back on new authors that I liked -- up to two -- before I switch it up. Per Dina's rules I can't read the entire PB backlist in a week, so I won't. But I think I just climbed aboard another series train. Lord help my wallet.
PS: Please don't put any spoilers in the comments here. Like, I don't want to know if Adam turns out to be a huge butt head or anything. I like my blissful ignorance until the train runs me over. Thanks!...more
I never reviewed this back when I read it the first time so I'll do a quickie now. I recently reread this whole series and then the Hathaways becauseI never reviewed this back when I read it the first time so I'll do a quickie now. I recently reread this whole series and then the Hathaways because Kleypas's new series overlaps.
Initially I rated this 3 stars and I the only reason why that I can think of is that I had really wanted Cam to be Daisy's hero and a whole new guy was introduced. I was being a bit of a spoiled baby, I think, because Matthew Swift is actually a really good hero and perfect for Daisy. So I've bumped it up to 4 stars.
However, I will say that I didn't love the portrayal of Matthew and Daisy in the novella "A Wallflower Christmas" as they both came off milquetoast and weak. But in this book, they're adorable and the story plays out really nicely for them....more