The first thing I want to say is if you’re coming into this book thinking it would be a real sports st...moreThis review can be found at The Armchair Reader.
The first thing I want to say is if you’re coming into this book thinking it would be a real sports story, you won’t get what you expect in this one because it follows Nicco through his journey to finding love in Parker but doesn’t contain many scenes regarding the actual sport.
I liked Parker because he was so innocent, naive and vulnerable. He comes from money but he’s not an obnoxious spoiled brat. He’s very sweet, dedicated to soccer and just wants a simple life where he can be himself. I adored the fact that he blushed so much at the littlest provocative comment. I found it so cute. Nicco is a different story. I won’t lie, I didn’t like him at all. He’s arrogant, stubborn and doesn’t give a crap about anyone else but himself. He does what he wants to and won’t care if someone objects to it. His reaction to Parker is instantaneous and intense. The lust he feels for Parker consumes him to the point he can’t stop thinking about Parker. However, Nicco is a sex addict and he’ll take that lust out on anyone.
The biggest issue I had with this story is that the blurb is very misleading. Coming into this book, I was expecting some intense sexual tension of enemies with a lot of sports related scenes, showing the rivalry between Nicco and Parker, the aggression and face offs for the same spot and ultimately the soccer season that they play together in. Unfortunately, that is not what this book is about and you don’t actually see any of those scenes but are told about them in just a few short paragraphs throughout the story.
To be honest, I didn’t like a majority of it because it is so focused on showing Nicco’s sex addiction (which is not mentioned in the blurb and considering it is SUCH a huge part of the book, I have to wonder why). I struggled to get through at least the first half of the story because Nicco would do anything that had two legs, even indulging in threesomes and orgies with women and men. I will say that while Nicco does have a lot of sex, thankfully most of it (especially with the women) were either glossed over or fade to black. Even with that, however, the constant talking about his conquests and how many he did last night, the orgies he partook in, the soft flesh of so and so grew extremely aggravating and annoying. I kept asking myself, “Why is this in here? Shouldn’t we be focusing on more of Parker and Nicco?”
A lot of the book revolves around that aspect of Nicco and I can’t say that it endeared me to him. It made my opinion that he was selfish and couldn’t understand the concept of monogamy nor be able to uphold it even more intense. It also made me think that even if he did get into a relationship with Parker, that he wouldn’t be able to keep it in his pants long enough to not break Parker’s heart. Regardless, the physical showing of Nicco’s clubbing and conquests took away from the actual Parker/Nicco story, IMO. By the end of the story, we are told and somewhat see the love and supposed devotion (as I said, it’s hard for me to believe Nicco won’t cheat eventually) but we didn’t see the lead up to this love and devotion. Out of the whole story, Parker and Nicco only spend maybe a third of it actually together that we see. The rest is either told to us (such as the time they spend on the field, their teamwork together and this long vacation they took) or of Nicco and Parker getting some action from other individuals.
Personally, that is not something I’m fond of. I like to SEE the development between characters but this book didn’t have any of that until the very end and I found that disappointing. I wanted to like this book but it started off really bad for me because I don’t appreciate seeing to this extent how much of a whore a character is. I want to see the connection between the main characters not between ONE main character and other people. We aren’t shown the connection between Nicco and Parker until very far into the book and at that point, many months have already past between them, none of them where we see them together and this happens more than once where weeks or months pass without us seeing any of what I believe were crucial moments to these characters relationship. More than anything, I really wished we had seen them play together on the field, during practice, at a game, anything to show that not all these boys have is lust because the emotions of love they share, I didn’t see and couldn’t FEEL.
In the end, I will freely admit this isn’t the type of story I like. I prefer to have stories that focus on the emotions that characters share and seeing them NOT on the physical releases of the flesh. Readers that enjoy books that have layers of sex and decadence will enjoy this but if you’re looking for a story about sports and love, this won’t exactly fit the bill. I will say that while I didn’t enjoy the story as a whole, there were pieces that I adored but those happened at the very end and by then, not enough was focused on that to lift my overall opinion. Still, I encourage readers to make up your own mind about this one because I know others will enjoy it much more than I did.
One last thing I want to say is that this book seems to be somewhat of a spin-off of another m/f series by this author. I say this because a few times it was hinted that we should already know a side character’s background and having looked up the author after reading this book, I can say that some of the secondary characters have books of their own in other works by this author.(less)
I'm not quite sure what to say about this one. It started off promising and intriguing. I liked that Adrienne could say no to Hawk and that Hawk was i...moreI'm not quite sure what to say about this one. It started off promising and intriguing. I liked that Adrienne could say no to Hawk and that Hawk was insulted and frustrated by it but easily developed feelings for her.
The slow progression of the story was deliciously filled with sexual tension. I really enjoyed that. Plus, Hawk was seriously hot and his jealousy over the smithy, Adam, was great.
Eventually, though, I grew tiresome of Adrienne's rejections. I also grew tired of Adam. I didn't like him from the start and his lack of care for anyone but himself grew annoying. He also couldn't take no for an answer and then resorted to trickier to get Adrienne to chose him when he knew he couldn't sway her with his sexual prowess.
Because of that, the story ended up dragging about half way through. It was hard for me to pick it back up because I knew there were a lot more rejections to come. I stuck to it, though, and I finally got to the good part where Adrienne and Hawk get together. But then they're broken up by Adam which was frustrating. I also grew annoyed at Hawk being "the Hawk" all the time. Whenever he was mentioned, he was "the Hawk". I don't understand the emphasis on "the". His nickname is Hawk. Not "the" Hawk.
I loved the ending. It's sweet but it's over way too fast. After all the torture Adrienne puts Hawk through, I was expecting more of their time together but instead it's covered in less than two chapters. I was very disappointed.
Overall, not a bad book but not really a great start to the series. The fae are interesting, though, so I'll be looking forward to what mischief they create in later books.(less)
I liked this one quite a bit. The blurb doesn't give much away but this story consists of just about everything from abusive past relationships, mates...moreI liked this one quite a bit. The blurb doesn't give much away but this story consists of just about everything from abusive past relationships, mates, shifters, vamps, fae, mpreg and even royalty. I was actually pleasantly shocked when I saw hints of the mpreg because I honestly did not expect it.
The story is a bit too sweet sometimes and also a bit back and forth because Sam easily caves to Jesse but then fears and rejects him again and again. It got a bit annoying but was kind of cute the way Jesse acted like a kicked puppy sometimes.
The way the book headed was kind of all over the place because it had so many different elements in the story. Some were a bit obvious while others where kind of like being blind-sided they just suddenly popped up. But I felt like the whole Desmond thing was a bit of a stretch. I was confused by some of the things in the story (like Jesse's dad. Can you say psycho?) and do have questions about it all.
But, I actually like the way this story is heading and the variety of different things the series will have. I'm really looking forward to reading about the rest of the brothers and to see if any of them will get pregnant and what Sam ends up popping out of his belly. I did really enjoy this one because it provided me with a few mindless hours of amusement. (less)
This is an extremely hard story to rate. 5 stars definitely goes to Qhuay but 2 stars for the rest of the story.
I adored Qhuinn and Blay. After all the years they've spent yearning for each other and the torture they put themselves through, I can honestly say that their romance fit them. I was satisfied with their struggle and how it all played out but OMG did I want to smack them both... but then kiss the shit out of them. My only problem with their part of the book was in relation to their bonding scents. Blay doesn't give his off until the end, which I totally understand, but Qhuinn never gives his off. I was so sad for that because he's done it in previous books but not when he actually has the guy to cover his scent with :( I can say that them together was extremely hot. I'm not one for reading smut but damn I loved those boys together... even if they didn't use lube (ouch!) and never really had sex face to face.
Beyond Qhuay, this story had some serious issues. For one, it is a chaotic mess. I've noticed this trend for the last several books where the side stories do not generally relate to the main couple or the Brotherhood. The POV switches are so brutal that you literally are thrown out of scenes like you just got whiplash. In Lover Reborn, it wasn't so bad because it was a subtle shift, IMO, and the side stories were related to what the series has mostly revolved around so far and that's the Brotherhood, the Lessening Society and the king, Wrath. Unfortunately, with this one, two of the side plots have almost nothing to do with what I just mentioned. In fact, most of this book is pretty much a set up for three couples - Layla/Xcor, Assail/Sola & Trez/Selena - for what I'm assuming will be future books. Now, I don't have a problem with this, however, I had a problem with Ward's execution of them. For one, Assail and Sola? Probably the most boring characters I have ever read. I hate saying that but it got so bad that I ended up skipping scenes that were from either of their POVs. Assail is an asshole and Sola is one of those girls that just has to do the opposite of what someone else says. Not my cup of tea because she had no personality. In fact, she got pissy when Assail followed her but it was okay for her to follow Assail. Trez, oh man was he a slut, and had pretty much nothing to think or say unless it was related to fucking females. It was a real struggle to get through those three POVs. I kept hoping that there would be a point to them but I never saw this point. Mostly, it felt like a set up to create conflict and a filler to make this novella of Qhuinn and Blay into a novel. They added nothing to where the series is currently at, IMO, and I was very frustrated with them and disappointed to an extent.
Before this book, I wasn't a Layla fan. She was an annoying, needy female but in this one, she really suffered and now I like her. She's not just taking up space anymore. I also hated Xcor before this book but now I think I love him. He's a bit like Qhuinn in a way. A hard, violent warrior who's had a hard life with really nothing to lose but now he's got this soft spot for the Chosen and I can't wait to see how that plays out considering all roads lead to either Layla becoming a traitor or Xcor giving up his desire to take down Wrath. It's going to be an interesting journey for them. They're already starting to break my heart and I sincerely hope their story is next and not dragged out through the next four/five books like Qhuay's was.
There are some shocking moments in this one that I'm really curious how Ward will progress them. Like Luchas coming back. I had a total 'Say what?!' moment. All I can say is that I'm soooo glad for Luchas and I'm already fantasizing that he and iAm are meant for each other. I loved that Blay's family was so understanding and OMG it made me cry when he came out to his mom, his parents are so freaking awesome. Qhuinn's induction into the Brotherhood was something else in the way Qhuinn finally felt like he belonged somewhere. His emotions overall are really heavy and intense. They made me ache at times and his love for Blay was so nice to finally see in more than just glimpses.
All in all, I loved, loved, loved everything to do with Qhuinn and Blay. They broke my heart and then patched it back together. They are one of the sweetest couples I've ever read even though it took years for Qhuinn to pull his head out of his ass. I'm really glad we finally got their story not only because they deserved it but also because we got to see the real Blay, which we haven't really gotten up close and personal with even with how ingrained he is in the series. The epilogue was sooo sweet, I know I'll be smiling about it for days. Unfortunately, the rest of the story needed more work. It was a hot mess that was not at all appealing and full of some, IMO, useless scenes that did nothing beyond adding ridiculous conflict (uhh stalker prostitute anyone?).
With all that said, m/m fans that haven't read this series will have a hard time liking it because they wouldn't understand the agony these boys have gone through but those that are a fan of this series? I think they'll be satisfied with Qhuay (if not the whole story), I know I was.
P.S. I love Saxton and I think he really deserves his own story!!(less)
This was my first book by Thea Harrison and one I really enjoyed reading.
There were a lot of things I loved about this book. It's extremely funny. No...moreThis was my first book by Thea Harrison and one I really enjoyed reading.
There were a lot of things I loved about this book. It's extremely funny. Not only is Dragos so adorably cute but he's naive when it comes to modern things so seeing his reaction to things like Twizzlers and Slurpees was hilarious. Pia is also so sarcastic and sometimes horrified by her sarcasm that I was literally laughing out loud more than once. The book is very fast paced and suspenseful which I really liked. Pia is such a badass heroine that you can't help but like her. Dragos is so dangerous and possessive that you can't help but love the way he manhandles Pia so much.
The world is pretty fascinating because there was all different types of mythical creatures like dragons, gryphons, harpies, and thunderbirds. I LOVED reading about them. There's also the different societies and how they're divided into Elder Races like Dark Fae, Elves, Vampires, etc. It's detailed enough on how everything works to satisfy my need for more details but not so detailed that you're overwhelmed by all the information you're given. The secondary characters are just as great as Pia and Dragos were. Tricks and Graydon were some of my favorites because they were funny and compassionate. I can't wait to read their stories.
Some things I didn't like about the story, though, is that I was confused a few times (mostly in the beginning). Not only by Pia and her powers but on how some things happened. Aside from that, there was one section that seemed to drag for me. This is because Pia's inner dialogue was a bit too much. She'd go in circles about the same thing so I lost some interest. However, it soon picked up so I was able to get back into the book.
Aside from that, I really enjoyed the story. It's entertaining and has so much to it that I was fascinated with all the different shifters, societies and rules. I'm looking forward to the next book. (less)
I've been thinking on my review for about a week now and still have no idea how to express how much I enjoyed this book. All I can really say is that...moreI've been thinking on my review for about a week now and still have no idea how to express how much I enjoyed this book. All I can really say is that for such a short story, it sure packs a lot of punch!
Prince Rinin (Rin), of the Kingdom Kari, is left with a very important decision after his father, the King, dies - become the neighboring King's uralain, or whore, or go to war. Rin may be uneducated and naive but he has enough dignity to make his own demands. As such, he demands King Merinej (Merin) Erassa, of the Kingdom Jede, to sign a wedding contract which will make Rin the only person Merin can sleep with. Merin's eager to sign the contract, especially after hearing that Rin can give him an heir. Neither men thought their marriage was anything but convenience so when they both start developing feelings for each other, it comes as a pleasant shock. While their fledgling relationship is progressing, they have to deal with more things than just their feelings. There's conflict among their lives, though, with Rin being in an unknown society with people who are generally not accepting of him, Rin being uneducated and clueless on what his duties are and how to control his unknown powers, as well as having a stalker constantly trying to kill Rin, which creates possibly more problems than they can stand.
There are multiple reasons I loved this book. For one I absolutely adore arranged marriages. There's just something about the fact that two people who are enemies grow to love each other that just warms my heart. Aside from that, I loved these characters. Rin was raised with having learned nothing. He knows not what his duties are or what he's supposed to do. He's cute, young, small and naive and it was hard for me not to fall in love with him especially with his innocent acts and expressions. Merin is just the opposite of Rin. He's experienced, a warrior and can be cold when he needs to. He's a perfect king. I loved the connection between these two. I felt like I could feel it. It was intense, sweet and touching.
While the story is short, enough happens that it didn't feel so short to me. Rin and Merin go through a lot and learn a lot about each other and the ways of their people. They have to deal with the fact that, while they just met and have these intense feelings for each other, their relationship could possibly be severed before it actually grows because of a jealous stalker who believes Merin is his and Rin doesn't deserve him. On top of that, Merin learns of the complications that could happen from Rin having his heirs and it puts a whole new perspective on what's most important to them. To say I enjoyed it all would be an understatement!
In the end, I really did love the story. I thought it was a great start to a new series. The characters are charming and lovable, the plot is just suspense enough to have you dying to read more which made this book really great, in my opinion. Definitely looking forward to reading more about this world and Rin and Merin! (less)
My favorite out of the series because I liked the whole rejecting aspect of the story.
I liked the angst that was caused because of Jake and Rick's te...moreMy favorite out of the series because I liked the whole rejecting aspect of the story.
I liked the angst that was caused because of Jake and Rick's ten year separation. The fact they are forced into being in close quarters for almost a week created some tension I desperately needed. But I loved the way Rick and Jake acted and how Liam had a part in it all.
Of course, this story isn't without its faults. The reason Jake rejected Rick was a little ridiculous and the conflict associated with Jake's father was one of those what the f*ck moments. It was just... stupid.
Still, I really enjoyed this one. I liked how it involved more of understanding the mpreg portion of the series. I was sad Rick didn't get pregnant. I really want him to get pregnant damnit! He'd be so cute. ^_^
I'd recommend this series, though, because they are addicting even if they aren't exactly extraordinary. (less)
I liked this one better than the first two. I was easily engaged in the story and felt like I was able to know the characters at least a little bit mo...moreI liked this one better than the first two. I was easily engaged in the story and felt like I was able to know the characters at least a little bit more than the characters in the previous stories.
The conflict was pretty basic and I think was way too short considering what it was about. It just kind of pops up and disappears within a max of three pages. The mpreg also kinda gets sprung on at the end of the story but Hayley was so cute and I liked the way Zack and Simon's relationship evolved. Especially since Simon was forced to accept both Hayley and Zack and not just Zack. Plus, Zack is a ginger and that's like a major kink for me.
Overall, a nice story I really liked especially since the mpreg was added into it. ^_^(less)
There's not many books by Stormy Glenn I don't like. In fact, I quite enjoy her stories because they are easy and simple to read and she alwa...more3.5 stars
There's not many books by Stormy Glenn I don't like. In fact, I quite enjoy her stories because they are easy and simple to read and she always writes themes I enjoy very much. With this story Ms. Glenn does a great job of making it unique enough to stick out. With Ein being a demi-god and Radulfr turning into a Berserkr, it made for quite an entertaining and intriguing plot.
While the story is most certainly fluff (insta-love, overused cute nicknames and constant words of love) I really liked it. The story had me captivated and I was ready to read more when I finished. I liked the characters (even though Ein will surely be too much of a woman for some) I really liked that. It made Radulfr that much more possessive and jealous over Ein. I found it cute.
However, the story had a lot of problems. Constant inconsistencies, bad editing (on not just sentence structures but even names) and above that I have so many questions about the story (the gods, the baby, the pregnancy, what happened to some people, etc.) There are a ton of plot holes that just opened up even more questions and it ends in a way that leaves you really hanging but it's not technically a cliffhanger because all I wanted was more info on their new lives and the baby! There was also the fact that while this is historical, none of the characters talked like they were. I was a little disappointed with that because they were Vikings but they talked like they were modern day adults. I don't know why that stood out so much to me but I noticed it almost from the beginning. Oh, and these names were so full of consonants I had no idea how to even pronounce them! It was a bit distracting so I eventually had to shorten them to Rad, Ali, Ul, Bal, etc.
All in all, I really liked the story. There's just something about it that made me like it so much even with all the problems I had. It's not a perfect book and for those who are looking to just critique the story should move right on by because it won't be for them. But for those who are looking for something nice and light with enough elements in a story to make it stand out from others, give it a try. It was a nice start to a new series and I'm looking forward to what comes next. (less)
There are exactly two reasons I've put off reviewing this book. For one, I absolutely loved it and if I had written my review right after I finished t...moreThere are exactly two reasons I've put off reviewing this book. For one, I absolutely loved it and if I had written my review right after I finished the book, I would have praised and gushed about the book for so long people would have seen how long the review was and most likely wouldn't even attempt reading it. Reason number two is... well... I'm lazy. Lol.
I really did love this book. It was absolutely adorable. Moswen and Kijika make such a cute couple, especially with how different they are not only in species but personalities, and do things that are just so cute and sweet I lost count how many times I either thought or said 'awwww'. Aside from the cute factor, I adored Moswen's 'throw-back' tendencies and his easy manners. They made this long story fun and enjoyable.
I loved how devoted Moswen is to Kijika. He worshiped Kijika to a point some might think is unhealthy but I happen to find it endearing. I loved the mpreg in this book. It's explained and you actually get to see it which is more than I can say for most of the other mpreg books I've read. And it was interesting to see Kijika and Moswen mix their cultures and societies together to find a happen medium between the two.
It really was an enjoyable read. The only things I had a problem with was how much sex there was and I wished there had been more explanation of Moswen and his ability to walk 'dreams'. I got confused a time or two on how he was able to travel through dreams and what exactly 'Dream-stepping' and 'Dream-walking' was.
All in all, absolutely loved this book. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, which features Moswen's half-brother. I'll have to wait until it's finished since it's currently on-going but until then I'm looking forward to reading more from I.D. Locke. Definitely recommended. (less)
It's been a long time since I've read either Sacred Fate or Hallowed Bond. I enjoy this series very much because of the world that's been created and...moreIt's been a long time since I've read either Sacred Fate or Hallowed Bond. I enjoy this series very much because of the world that's been created and the uniqueness of the stories.
One thing that Eressë is always able to do is make me love her characters whether they are sweet and innocent or cold and mean. With this story, Naeth is the sweet, innocent one while Reijir is cold and sometimes mean and harsh. They are drawn to each other from the start, though, and Reijir tries to stay the gentleman and keep his hands to himself until Naeth is no longer 'underage'. It's admirable that Reijir does that but there's also the fact that Reijir doesn't do anything with Naeth because he doesn't trust easily and doesn't want to turn out like his father who was a real monster.
The fact that Reijir doesn't fully trust Naeth starts to wear on their relationship because even the smallest omission from Naeth causes Reijir to withdraw from their relationship. As such, Naeth misunderstands Reijir and believes he is becoming a nuisance to Reijir. Eventually Reijir realizes what he's doing and let's Naeth know his true feelings.
In the beginning, I felt like this was very similar to Sacred Fate but then it goes off into it's own story and became enjoyable. I had some problems in the beginning mostly because I was so confused. I didn't know what was going on or who half these people were. There's a glossary in the back but I don't think it helped me much. The beginning was a bit slow so I wasn't quite drawn into the story until things started to escalate between Naeth and Reijir. In the end, I really enjoyed the story but I was left with some questions about Naeth and his inheritance.
Overall, the story is enjoyable and the world is very fascinating once you get used to some of the wording. The characters and the conflicts they put themselves through were very entertaining and I liked seeing Reijir and Naeth work through it. For all those wondering, yes there are (view spoiler)[2 (hide spoiler)] pregnancies in this one. I'm hoping we get to see more of Naeth and Reijir someday because I'd love to see them make a family.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
At first I wrote this really long review detailing almost everything that happened and what I felt about it. When I was done it was more like a synops...moreAt first I wrote this really long review detailing almost everything that happened and what I felt about it. When I was done it was more like a synopsis and not a review so I deleted it. I asked myself why did I have to write it all out and it made me wonder but in the end it made reading this book and writing this review easier because as I wrote I got out all my issues. I ranted and I raved about my problems but then I gushed and I praised about what I loved.
The main thing that needs to be known is that the blurb is both very misleading and does not do the book justice. If you're looking for an amazing book set around an underground organization you will get it. However, if you're looking for a book with a focus on gay romance you will not. It's difficult for me to classify this as m/m at all because honestly the romance between Nikki and Nate was more of a behind the scenes romance that you barely saw while the m/f romance between Morgan and Julian took center stage.
The trials and errors of what Julian and Nikki did within the organization were both fascinating and horrifying. I enjoyed reading about what they did. I loved seeing them go through with their plans, seeing them get hurt and seeing them fight as only proud men can. The setting and the problems with the city and the organization is exactly what I'm looking for when I want a mobster book. I want to know about the crimes that happen, the people that are murdered and the innocents that are lost. I would give this book 10 stars if it had just been that because in all honesty it was an extremely captivating world. I was sucked in literally from the start because of it.
While I had a couple of problems with the book my main issue was how weak the m/m romance was. I was expecting a lot of it from the blurb but instead I felt like I got slapped in the face with an m/f relationship instead. In reality, this book turned out to be completely different than I expected but once I got past my shock of girlie bits I ended up loving the book (that of course didn't stop me from bitching about the m/f or from hating the stupid girl in it).
The plot in this book is shocking, chaotic, suspenseful, heart breaking and absolutely fucking crushing. Its funny at times and sweet at others then it'll be heart-clenchingly sad. I've cried at least twice during it and even now my chest hurts. Even when I thought things would start to settle, events are again set into motion (view spoiler)[Such as Julian being a complete dumbass and basically starting his own city which causes old enemies to return (hide spoiler)] that makes Julian and Nate unable to leave their old life behind but at the same time it cements Nate getting something he truly wants. Don't mistake me, however, this story does end happily (view spoiler)[ mostly (hide spoiler)].
One thing that needs to be said is this story is in no way easy. Something completely major and completely fucked up happens towards the middle and things turn crazy and havoc reigns and things just get worse because of it. The characters are all broken in one way or another and if they aren't at the beginning they are after the tragic event that happens. I fell in love with Nikki, Nate and Julian. They are all damaged but they all need each other. (view spoiler)[ If I could change anything I would allow Nikki to survive. The book was intense but I would have given anything for him to cheat death just one more time and see him and Nate get the HEA they truly deserve. And even though that didn't happen, I'm still happy with how the book turned out. Sure, I still have my hangups about it but I absolutely loved it anyway. (hide spoiler)]
The writing is good but at times it feels stunted and choppy. There are more than just a few editing mistakes and there are POV shifts almost constantly so at times the head-hopping gets a bit annoying. The flow of the story is easy to follow even though the beginning was a bit hard to get through but once you get used to the style, it's very easy to follow along.
All in all, would I recommend this book? Yes and no. The premise is the absolutely best thing about this story. The idea that an organization can literally rule a whole city is unrealistic but in this book it's completely believable and I'd recommend this book just for that because in the end, it's not all roses and daises. The organization does fall and we see that happen. Some people are turned off by m/f romances and all I can say is I am too. I probably wouldn't have read this if I'd known it's predominately m/f and while I would have missed out on an amazing book I wouldn't have been the wiser about it. I'm glad Nate got an HEA but in the end while he and Nikki are in the blurb, I still know barely anything about them besides a few facts I learned here and there from Julian or Morgan. They weren't the focus of the story even with how influential Nikki is to everyone. So if anything, let this be a warning that you'll be reading a het romance but also that this was bittersweet. It does not end well for almost everyone but it does have an HEA for those who do survive. It was both a painful read and a intense one but in the end I walk away with the pleasure of being able to have read it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Okay, I don't normally do pics but I just have to for this one. Not only because this is (mostly) how I imagine Devon's cat to be but also because bla...moreOkay, I don't normally do pics but I just have to for this one. Not only because this is (mostly) how I imagine Devon's cat to be but also because black cats are just my favorite ^_^
Plus, doesn't he just look so playful? :D
Onto the review!
I absolutely loved this book even more than Ethan's Freedom. There's just no way you can't fall in love with Devon especially with everything he goes through! And, well, I love broken characters ^_^
I loved Nate, too. He's sweet and strong and protective but above all his reaction to Devon (view spoiler)[and the fact Devon's carrying another cat's kittens and isn't resentful of it but supportive and loving and more than eager to treat them as his own children (hide spoiler)] makes him completely admirable in my eyes. Devon is a gentle soul. Someone that has always cared for others and only ever wanted to feel needed and wanted by someone but everyone always rejected him so he always felt like he was not good enough, abandoned, and lost. Until Nate came along (view spoiler)[... and the kittens (hide spoiler)]. Now he feels like he's finally found himself. But even with how he wants to feel needed he's not weak, he's actually surprisingly strong. He changes, grows, throughout the book going from the neglected weakling people walked all over and used to the strong, confident cat who's loved and has a new purpose in life and is finally happy.
This book definitely has more action than the first in the series. While the first half of the story is all about getting to know Devon and Nate, which I absolutely loved because they have to be some of my favorite characters now, the second half is all about the suspense with one twist after another. I swear, if Bubbles didn't tease me so much about it I probably would have been blind-sided by one or two of them. Lol. We're introduced to new characters and learn a little bit more about the world Jade has created. I just wished we got to see more of some the other cat's from Ethan's Freedom; more of Ethan and also Rolf's brothers.
All in all, this was a fantastic book. This series keeps getting better and better and I'm eager to read the next in the series and see where Jade takes us. I just hope we get more of Nate and Devon, too! Definitely recommended!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)