I actually only read the Kerrlyn Sparks release because it goes along with the series that I'm currently reading. I enjoyed it very much and will contI actually only read the Kerrlyn Sparks release because it goes along with the series that I'm currently reading. I enjoyed it very much and will continue with the other books....more
I liked this one well enough but expected to enjoy it more. Riley as the main female lead would have been more realistic if solely poI'd give it a 3.5
I liked this one well enough but expected to enjoy it more. Riley as the main female lead would have been more realistic if solely portrayed as a talented but loving tattoo artist who because of circumstance was caring for her younger brother. She wasn't believable as an edgy, bad-ass...it just seemed too forced in my opinion.
The details of Savannah were nice since I've never been to the city but at times they almost overwhelmed what was going on, bogging down the scene until it was nearly mired in mud. How many times does an author need to mention the word Spanish moss?
Riley's devotion to her brother Seth, her friends, adopted family and her tattoo parlor is commendable and make her likable. It is also nice knowing how talented she is and that it was appreciated by her clients. I would have liked more of an explanation about Riley's tats, what they meant and why she got them.
Eli is an unusual guy and while he is a little stereotypical, he's also a product of the generation in which he was born, and all protective alpha male. I did like him and his smoldering sexuality that was barely kept in check most of the time. But still I wanted to know more about him and his personal history back in the days before he was changed.
This story is complicated, with many secondary characters all playing their part. Many only appeared for short snippets of time. I would have found it much more satisfying if there had been fewer players we knew more about.
There's plenty of action, more than enough complications, sibling love, death, destruction, vampiric powers galore and even some blistering hot sex. I'm curious to see what happens in the next release since we've been left hanging on several plot threads....more
I wanted to like this one but I couldn't. I was like wadding through mud and I had to make myself read...that's never a good sign.
Here are a few of myI wanted to like this one but I couldn't. I was like wadding through mud and I had to make myself read...that's never a good sign.
Here are a few of my issues. 1.The plot flow in the beginning is slow...I mean really slow and rather redundant. 2.Riley is still making the same bad choices she made in the first book. The reader and the character knows she's not a bad-ass capable of taking care of herself, but the author keeps letting her act like she is. 3. The voices in her head from Victorian. He's the deadly creature who infected her. It was just damn stupid for the character not to say something to Eli, one of the few people able to help her. 4. The constant dreams sequences and Victoria talking in her head. It was again annoying. Not just because she didn't say anything but because she thought she could control it...NOT. 5. All the mind reading of the Dupre family. What's the point of having a conversation if all they have to do is constantly pluck a thought of her head and then we have to hear it again.
Anyway. Those are just a few points that bothered me and truthfully I'm not certain I'll take a chance on the next one....more
I've read this book several times and enjoyed it each and every read through. There's just something about the characters and the world they live in tI've read this book several times and enjoyed it each and every read through. There's just something about the characters and the world they live in that pulls you into the story from the opening pages and keeping you reading. I just love these two guys together and wish the author would write a sequel so we could see more of them. ...more
This is a first time read of this author for me and it’s been a real treat, even for a long time lover of paranormal and urban fantasyI give it a 4.5
This is a first time read of this author for me and it’s been a real treat, even for a long time lover of paranormal and urban fantasy books. In reality this new series is much more than a typical vampiric based romance. It’s really a whole new look at vampires and the world they live in. In my opinion Ms. Castle has done a wonderful job creating her characters and with her world-building. Yes her vampires have features typically associated with them and she’s thrown in shifters and Fae. The biggest difference in her suspense filled world is the creation of complicated vampire dynasties that can trace their bloodlines back thousands of years to the time of the Ptolemaic Dynasty of ancient Egypt. This brings into the plot lots of uneasy political intrigue, a complex caste system and components of both Egyptian mythology and religion, which you don’t generally see.
When the book starts, the archaic vampire caste system is woefully stuck in the past, with the highbloods constantly degrading the lower castes…and blood is flowing. It’s just too bad no one has a clue who is behind the killing. Ty is a Cait Shidhe. He’s sexy, strong but emotionally hurt, dynamic, protective, part vampire and Fae, and when shifted, turns into a gorgeous cat. He’s a loyal servant to his vampire queen, despite what’s going on, and it’s difficult for him to come to terms with the betrayal and deceit of the court. But then he comes across Lily Quinn. She’s a human, but unlike any female he’s every met before and he can’t deny his attraction. She strong-willed, has no sense of direction and she has strange inhuman powers that have gotten her in trouble all her life. Kudos to Ms. Castle for the vivid descriptions of Lily’s bad childhood, and the emotions she still feels because of it.
Ty and Lily make a great couple. Over the course of the book we get to watch these two damaged people become confident, emotionally strong and powerful. Not just as a couple but as separate individuals able to stand alone and lead their people. It's not easy and there is treachery and lies at nearly every turn. I really enjoyed this entertaining book. Good job Ms. Castle. If you like paranormal romances with a unique slant you should try this one. It has a unique premise, a well constructed but complicated plot, a smooth pace, great characters with nicely developed personalities, plenty of originality and an opening that pulls the reader into the story from the opening pages....more
An Unnatural Worth is a well written and fast paced story of love between two men separated by experience, culture and kind. Lexis is a cultured and eAn Unnatural Worth is a well written and fast paced story of love between two men separated by experience, culture and kind. Lexis is a cultured and educated vampire, while Bryce is a large, tender hearted and determined werewolf. Mya does an excellent job describing the growing relationship between these two dissimilar men, as fate and circumstances test their dedication and spirit, as well as their passion and commitment to each other.
The sexual encounters between Lexis and Bryce are hot, intense and passionate. Written in first person, this complex story is emotionally engaging and satisfying. I only wish that it hadn’t been written in first person so I could have seen what was going on through Bryce’s mind. ...more
Okay, here it is. As expected the writing from these two talented individuals is top-notch. Once again they've givenA strong 4.5 and review to follow.
Okay, here it is. As expected the writing from these two talented individuals is top-notch. Once again they've given us a well written story with a complicated story line filled with interesting characters and vivid descriptions. The plot threads left dangling from the previous release have been tied up nicely but now that the focus is zeroing in on Jimmy, there are new mysteries to consider.
I loved the addition of the new vampires...famous people from the French Revolution that I didn't expect to see. I really liked the new information about Max's personal background.It explained so well why he acted cold and unfeeling most of the time. I loved learning more about Blue...aka Jordan...he's changed a lot since his introduction. The authors have nicely expressed his pain of loving Mac and I really want this part of the plot to work out.
Galien, I'm still not liking but the twists regarding his true identity are eye-opening. There's just so much going on in this second release that on every page something new and unexpected is ready to catch your attention. I can't wait to see what happens in the last release of the trilogy. Write like the wind. I want it now. ...more
A fun and entertaining story with characters that are fairly well rounded considered it's short length... around 25,000 words. Both Randall and SashaA fun and entertaining story with characters that are fairly well rounded considered it's short length... around 25,000 words. Both Randall and Sasha and interesting men. I like both of them for vastly different reasons. Randall for his warmth, caring and determination to remain as independent as possible, and Sasha for being possessive, protective and just a little bit of a marshmallow and wanting his mate's happiness. Yes, he's not a warm and fuzzy kind of guy to the general masses but to Randall...that's another story and his personality is already changing.
I liked several of the secondary characters...Liam, Tian and Dustin and hope to see more of them in the future.
The villain, Ustin had a great potential for being truly evil but he didn't manage to pull it off and Randall's rescue happened far too easily.
There are several plot threads left dangling and new ones added at the end with the appearance of the Fae guards. I look forward to seeing what happens next with Randall and Sasha....more
A spin-off from the Moonlight Breed series which I wasn't expecting when I started reading, so the beginning was a little confusing with all the unfamA spin-off from the Moonlight Breed series which I wasn't expecting when I started reading, so the beginning was a little confusing with all the unfamiliar names. Fortunately that passed rather quickly.
It's a fun and entertaining look into the making of a new coven. The story is well plotted with a smooth flow, it has good descriptions and characters with interesting personalities. There are twists and turns interspersed throughout to keep a reader's attention and plenty of action near end that draws in both old and new characters. I love Jory. He's a sweet and lovable guy that deserves to find happiness and watching him come out of his shell is fun to watch. That he gets to find love and home only makes it better. I hope to see more of him in future releases. ...more
A fun and entertaining read that's filled with action from the opening pages. Kendall's warm, caring and insecure, while Cassius is big, dominant andA fun and entertaining read that's filled with action from the opening pages. Kendall's warm, caring and insecure, while Cassius is big, dominant and willing to do anything to make his mate happy. There's plenty of twists... especially about Kendall...to keep your attention and the pages turning.
You'll find lots of interesting secondary characters, some new and others previously introduced to round out the story. I'd like to know more about Raven and the new Elder...Elder Winters, both of whom I'd like to see get stories of their own in the future....more
FYI-There are really two romances going on in the midst of hunting the rogue vampire. One M/M between Denis and Martin, and the otherReview to follow
FYI-There are really two romances going on in the midst of hunting the rogue vampire. One M/M between Denis and Martin, and the other not as prominent, and F/F, between Adele and Pascale.
It's another well written and plotted addition to the family of books. The world building I've come to expect from this talented author continues, there are good descriptions, a smooth flow within the complicated plot, nicely developed personalities and relationships, and believable problems. I enjoyed getting to see many of the characters I become familiar with in the previous releases, but I also got to meet some new ones in Denis, Martin and Pascale. Adding in a rogue vampire allowed some interesting and creative twists and turns that I really enjoyed. It also gave the story plenty of conflict and danger.
I've thoroughly enjoyed this series since the first release and I look forward to the next one.
I loved this. The plotting is complicated, with a capital C, intertwining with past lives, various powers, historical figures, and current power strugI loved this. The plotting is complicated, with a capital C, intertwining with past lives, various powers, historical figures, and current power struggles. Add in danger, death, betrayal, deceit, anger, suspense and even some fear and you've got all the components needed for a book to grab and keep you attention.
Yes, Diana was a bit frustrating initially with her unwillingness to confront her magical heritage but I knew that all those pieces would eventually fall into place and they did. The author did a great job of weaving this intricate sage into a cohesive whole, drawing the reader into a world built from the fabric of our present and creative bits of her own.
While checking out Ms. Harkness's website late last night I found a note indicating that Warner Bros had optioned this one and the other two in the trilogy which has to be exciting for her. I can't wait to get my hands on the next one to see what happens when she tinewalks Matthew and Diana into past....more