When Violet's brother is brutally murdered, she risks the wrath of her family to enlist the aid of the Guard in investigating his death. She is told iWhen Violet's brother is brutally murdered, she risks the wrath of her family to enlist the aid of the Guard in investigating his death. She is told in no uncertain terms that the Fringers need to police their own and is thrown out of the building. Kade follows her back home with orders to assassinate her but finds that he can't go through with it. A friend recently told him to trust his gut . . . and the more he looks into things, the fishier this situation seems.
I definitely liked this one more than the first book in the series, Dragon Awakened... at least until the halfway mark. The plot was already a little sketchy before then, but somewhere around the middle it just all fell apart for me. Sometimes simplicity just ends up making characters look like fools.
I did like that big bad Kade is actually a submissive man at heart. While it's not personally my cup of tea, I do still like to see male romantic leads who aren't entirely stereotypical alpha douchebags. Men who enjoy sexual submission are very under-represented in women's literature these days.
At the end of the day, though, you can definitely feel how short this book is. Another forty pages of plot and character development could have made a world of difference for this story....more
Hitomi-Sensei is a school nurse . . . which doesn't sound all that strange until you realize that she's also a cyclops and most of her patients are moHitomi-Sensei is a school nurse . . . which doesn't sound all that strange until you realize that she's also a cyclops and most of her patients are monster girls! Hitomi is very clumsy because the cyclops eye means she has no depth perception. Her monster girl patients all have their own unique problems, and Hitomi and her assistant are there to save the day.
I picked up this title because it was advertised as perfect for fans of the manga series Monster Musume, which I adore. Monster Infirmary, however, feels like a bit of a disjointed mess. It has its cute moments, and I like the way that Hitomi manages to see her students' true problems and give them advice, which is really the only reason that this made it to three stars instead of just two. But this doesn't feel like it ties together like that other manga I have read - it just comes off as individual stories all strung together by the shared character of Hitomi.
I'm still planning to grab the second book in the near future, but if the style and pacing remain the same then I don't know if I'll continue with the series. This just isn't my favorite style....more
Sherry is just going about her everyday life and trying to get her taxes done when a teenage girl runs into her office and all hell breaks loose downSherry is just going about her everyday life and trying to get her taxes done when a teenage girl runs into her office and all hell breaks loose down below in her shop. She soon finds herself on the run from an immortal madman, learning about the immortal world, and meeting her supposed life mate . . . all while trying to convince herself that this is just a drug-induced dream. There's no way vampires are real . . . right? Right?
In many ways, this was the perfect book for me to read after a long break in the series. I have trouble with remembering details, and Sherry's introduction to the world of immortals also served as my reintroduction to the series. Of course, there were some characters that I would have liked to revisit as well, but with so many books there are just too many characters to try to give all of them a decent plotline in each installment.
As some other reviewers have noted, it would be nice to get back to the other style of Argeneau books in which the main couple is able to spend some time alone together to allow the romance to develop rather than being forced into family time with no privacy.
The only issue I had with this book - although it is a big one - is the author's view on rape. It comes up in the storyline, and one character's comment rubbed me the wrong way: He didn't rape her... at least not in the violent, violated way. She was attracted to him and he just mentally veiled her reasons for not sleeping with him, and subdued her conscience. This is on page 308 in my copy. There's a bit more to that quote that's also relevant, but it would be giving away key plot information, so I won't share it here. My general reaction was WTF followed by a feeling of disbelief that this attitude could still be published in this era. I'm trying to separate out this section from the rest of the book in my memory so I can move on to the next book without the pall of this viewpoint hanging over the series. After 21 books, I'm fairly invested in the world. Why, Lynsay, why would you do this to me? Argh....more
Ruby is a strong and independent woman who is thrown headlong into a dangerous new world after her uncle's murder. Cyn, a dark and sexy stranger, canRuby is a strong and independent woman who is thrown headlong into a dangerous new world after her uncle's murder. Cyn, a dark and sexy stranger, can help her . . . but he's also hiding a dangerous secret.
Interspersed throughout the main story are passages from a fairytale book written for Ruby by her uncle. They felt a bit cumbersome at times, and sometimes the parallels between the passages and the plot were a bit contrived. I was actually excited to come to the end of a chapter and not have to read another excerpt.
I wanted to like this book so much more than I actually did. I loved Rush's Offspring series and was hoping to fall for this trilogy in the same way. Unfortunately, it just never clicked for me. The writing was a bit dull, and the characters just didn't work for me. Some plot points were rushed, others were glossed over, some characters were there for seemingly no reason, and there was a general lack of world-building. Alas, I just discovered that there were a couple of prequel stories, and maybe reading those will help me to enjoy the world a bit more. At this point, though, the only reason I will read the other two books is that I've already purchased them. Hopefully they will save the series!...more
This is another one of those series that I read compulsively and love to an unhealthy degree. The stories are formulaic and sort of blur together - esThis is another one of those series that I read compulsively and love to an unhealthy degree. The stories are formulaic and sort of blur together - especially when you read them back-to-back like I did with the original seven Sea Haven books - but I don't care because I love the characters.
The women of the Sisters of the Heart series are especially close to my heart. As an adoptee, the whole "blood is thicker than water" argument makes my blood boil. Seeing these women freely refer to themselves as sisters despite any actual blood relations makes me happy, because I strongly believe that your chosen family is your real family, regardless of what your genealogy says. The people who are there for you, who have your back no matter what, whom you know you can lean on through the tough times, those are your real family. To see that reflected in this series has been a powerful experience.
Gavriil Prakenskii has come to see his brothers one last time before leading danger away from their door. Unfortunately for him, life had other plans, throwing Lexi into his path just when she most needed him. He can feel that she is the woman he is destined to be with and finds himself unable to leave her side. Together they face the new threat to her life.
Sure, there's instalove, a rather thin plot, and some seriously ridiculous glossing over the amount of work that would need to go into a victim like Lexi establishing her first sexual relationship. But there's also hot Russian assassins and a bunch of talented, badass women. Just let it go and enjoy the ride.
Probably my favorite thing about this particular installment is that we are finally starting to see the Prakenskii brothers interact more. We met Ilya in Turbulent Sea, Lev in Water Bound, Stefan in Spirit Bound, Maxim in Air Bound, and now Gavriil in Earth Bound. That's a lot of Prakenskiis in one little town! It was lovely to watch them finally start to learn to interact as family again rather than as just one killer to another.
I must admit that I have a ridiculous soft spot for this series. Really, I love all of the many, many Arcane titles under the Krentz and Quick lines tI must admit that I have a ridiculous soft spot for this series. Really, I love all of the many, many Arcane titles under the Krentz and Quick lines too, but the Castle titles will always hold the bulk of this affection. (Scifi romance FTW!) For that reason, I am not the most impartial judge of quality here. I am more than willing to overlook the book's deficiencies in order to have my yearly romp through this world once more. Siren's Call is not a perfect book, but if you love Arcane as much as I do then you will likely be willing to do the same and just sit back and enjoy the ride!
Soon after Ella Morgan opens her new dream consulting business, she comes across a very insistent dust bunny. Following it down into the catacombs, she manages to help the dust bunny and its friends before landing herself in a very dangerous situation . . . and has to use her talent to save herself. Rafe Coppersmith covers for her and her secret talent with the local investigator, asks her out for coffee . . . and never shows.
Fast forward three months, and Rafe shows up at Ella's new office requesting her help as a music talent and Siren on a project for his family's Coppersmith Mining company. She has no desire to see him again, considering he never showed up to claim that coffee date she was so anticipating, but eventually agrees to go for the sake of her company. Having Coppersmith Mining as a client would do wonders for its reputation. Besides, who can say no to saving people from dinosaurs in Wonderland over on Rainshadow Island?
Yes, I said dinosaurs. Seriously.
I love the beautiful mind of Jayne Ann Krentz!...more