I really love Harry Dresden, I do (understatement of the year). I've read all the books in th(this review was originally published on Book lovers Inc)
I really love Harry Dresden, I do (understatement of the year). I've read all the books in this series and there's just ONE book I disliked and it was Fool Moon. I didn't hate it obviously since I kept reading but the more I thought about it the more annoyed at it I got. I ended up telling everyone to "please keep reading because the series got better after that one". When my fellow Book Lover Jackie read it she didn't dislike it as much as I did, so I realized that maybe I should try to give it another chance. Here's the reason why I jumped on the occasion to review Fool Moon Volume 1: I'm giving this book a Second Chance!
I'm not usually a big fan of graphic novels but I have to admit this comic is very well done. I was worried about how Harry would look, that I'd hate it. But this is actually pretty nice. I like how he's pictured and while it IS pretty dark (true to the atmosphere of the book) it doesn't fall on the "it's dark so it has to be ugly" category. I can be such a girl ;) But yeah I don't want to read something that is just ugly. I like this artist's view of Harry's world.
Now I'm glad I gave a second chance to this story. The graphic novel format works pretty well for this story. It's clear and it gives you just the right amount of info. It's what lost me in the novel, we got way too much info about all the sorts of werewolves and I ended up having trouble picturing them all (and yes I was bored). Here we have just what's necessary. The text is not overwhelming and the drawings bring you the rest of the info you need. I'm happy with the result. Harry is still Harry but his very characteristic humor is missing in this version. It's the reason I'm only giving it 4 stars.
I got to the end way too quickly, now I'm desperate to read volume 2! I'll admit this graphic novel did improve my view of Fool Moon. It's a fast read, really just a bite, but it's tasty and makes you want more!
The book lost 1 star only because I hate how it ends. This is exactly what I was worried about. I hate cliffhangers. Meh. Not sure I can read a wholeThe book lost 1 star only because I hate how it ends. This is exactly what I was worried about. I hate cliffhangers. Meh. Not sure I can read a whole series knowing I'll have to wait till last book to get a Happy-ish Ending. :/
I've only read Ilona Andrews story (so far). So the rating is based on Alphas: Origins only. 5 stars! I loved it. LOVED it. I cannot wait for the nextI've only read Ilona Andrews story (so far). So the rating is based on Alphas: Origins only. 5 stars! I loved it. LOVED it. I cannot wait for the next novel. This is book getting you places you'd never imagine. I loved how I was always on the verge of brain implosion.LOVED it!!...more
I wasn't sure about this book at first, mostly because I read a very heated review dissing the book. I decided to see for myself and I'm glad I did. II wasn't sure about this book at first, mostly because I read a very heated review dissing the book. I decided to see for myself and I'm glad I did. I agree that I disliked the Heroine at first and how she would make fun of her fiancé. I don't think it was made to make us laugh at the fiancé...at least it didn't make me laugh, it made me dislike her and see how childish she still was. Also the heroine often uses humor to deal with the things she can't change. I get it. But the real romance started at about page 130. Then it got awesome and I had trouble closing the book. The hero is very much as I love them. Oh and I LOVE the epilogue. *g* LOVE it....more
I'm a big fan of Kristan Higgins' books, so when I saw this book on Netgalley I jumped on the(This review was originally published on Book Lover Inc)
I'm a big fan of Kristan Higgins' books, so when I saw this book on Netgalley I jumped on the occasion. It might not be my favorite of her books but I really enjoyed reading it. Until There Was You is a cute romance with sweet and funny characters...a whole bunch of them!
Posey (whose real name is Cordelia AH!) is a funny character. From the first page you can't help but laugh at her Glass-Half-Full way of thinking. I couldn't NOT love someone who uses 'Holy Elvis' or 'Bieber!' as exclamations. Posey is a little thing, she's short, and very slim bordering on skinny but she eats like a pack of hungry wolves. When she was in high-school she had a crush on Liam Murphy, the bad-boy. The bad-boy who got all the girls, who had tattoos and a motorcycle. Liam broke her heart without even noticing. Now 15 years later, Liam is back in town.
I love Bad-boy heroes. I love even more a Bad-boy hero who turned into the perfect man...a perfect dad. Liam's now a widower with a teenager. He thought coming back to Bellsford would be a new start for his daughter and him. I have to tell you I love Liam, he's sexy and sweet and he loves his daughter sooooooo much it was just so sweet. I love how he's over-protective of her, the scene at the movie was just hilarious. He's nearly too perfect, he's so good and such a great person you wonder if he ever was a bad-boy at some point.
Posey has the best job ever! Well okay maybe I used to think differently but Kristan Higgins really sold it to me! Posey has a salvaging company, I used to think it was mostly preying on poor families who lost a loved one (well that's the experience I had at least) but Posey loves her job and her philosophy concerning her job is pretty amazing. She sees it as giving a new life to objects which would otherwise be destroyed or left to rot. She loves her job and I ended up loving it too.
My main concern with this book is that I felt it was lacking a bit in the romance section. They didn't seem to fall in love. Humm maybe I'd needed a bit more. It was still cute and the story is both funny and sweet. I adore some of the secondary characters. Jon is fantastic and hilarious. I adore him. And Henry's obsession with imputations made me laugh a lot. I fell in love with the Town, with the characters and the story but I wasn't completely convinced about the romance. It's still worth it for all the other parts of the book. There's no denying it Kristan Higgins knows how to tell a good story.
Much like the hero, I took a gamble with this new series. I’ve read and enjoyed Zoe’s writing(This review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
Much like the hero, I took a gamble with this new series. I’ve read and enjoyed Zoe’s writing before and I had to read the first book in her new series. It was a gamble because the pact with the devil theme has never been a favorite theme of mine.
Zoe Archer never does things like the others, so it’s not a surprise that her heroine is not your usual Lady. Zora is a Rom, she’s been telling Gorgios‘ fortune for money, telling them exactly what they wanted to hear. She’s good at reading people’s faces and it’s no wonder she attracts the attention of a huge gambler. Whit is a wealthy aristocrat who loves gambling, and he and his friends have won the title of ’Hellraisers’ in society. When he meets Zora he wants to know her secrets, he’s fascinated by her.
Somehow (well I won’t tell you everything!) Whit and his friend find themselves freeing the devil from his prison. I know it sounds weird when I say it but it was actually interesting in the book. I had some trouble with this scene because it felt, well, surreal. I mean maybe it’s just because I’ve read too many books about making a pact with the devil but they should have somehow realized it couldn’t end well. In short, Whit and his friends receive a gift (the ability they want most) ye as a reward. They don’t question the drawbacks or wonder what is the fine print attached to such a gift. This is what bothered me most. As a gambler, Whit received the gift of controlling the odds…and he gets to ‘keep’ Zora until she reveals her secrets to him…but that part turned out pretty interesting so I’m not complaining.
Zora finds herself trapped by Whit. She knows what happened with the Devil and she knows Whit is still under his influence. Zora is a feisty woman, she doesn’t go calmly into the night. She fights . I liked that about her but she’s a Rom at heart and I had trouble imagining her settling down or having any future with Whit. Whit IS an aristocrat let’s not forget that. He’s a Gorgio, the exact opposite of what Roms value. For all my complaints I can say I can’t fault Zoe Archer’s smex scenes. Hot is what they are. I’ve really enjoyed them, they are intense and hard. There’s at least a whole half star for the smex scenes only *g*
There was a couple of things I didn’t completely fall for. For once, Zora’s new abilities felt like they appeared out of nowhere and she doesn’t even stumble through test and errors. She nearly masters them at once. A bit too convenient. We also meet a ‘helpful’ ghost. The whole ghost thing didn’t work much for me. Again a bit too convenient. The supernatural appears slowly at first but when it’s there…it’s there. A bit too much too soon, I felt a bit overwhelmed, it felt like an epic battle at some point. But that’s the risk with an action-packed paranormal adventure.
If you’re still reading you probably think I didn’t like the book…not true. I did like it but some things just didn’t work. On the other hand I really enjoyed how Whit’s dark side (the gambling) was portrayed with a paranormal twist. I liked how he had to fight himself (the whole Geminus part was pretty interesting). I had a few good surprises I didn’t see coming. Whit’s friends for example revealed more complex than I’d have guessed. I am looking forward to see their stories, their battles.
I WAS grumbling at the ‘happy for now’ kind of ending, it left me wanting more. But I should have guessed since it’s part of a series. I hope we see their HEA in the following books.
All in all it was a nice book with some bumps in the road.I wasn’t always following what was happening and I felt like they took leaps in the story but it kept me interested until the end. It’s an action-packed historical adventure with hot hot hot sexy times. I will be reading the next book, the series ARC has a lot of potential and I’m very interested to see what’ll happen next.
I should start this review by mentioning that I've been waiting to read this book ever since(this review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
I should start this review by mentioning that I've been waiting to read this book ever since I read Laid Bare (Which totally blew my brains out), the 1st book in the Brown Siblings series. Never Enough is the 4th and last book in this series and let me tell you,.it was definitely worth the wait! I wanted this book so much that when I heard the 3rd book wasn't Adrian's book, I was disappointed (probably one of the reasons why Inside Out didn't do much for me). So is was with both excitement and fear of disappointment that I started reading Never Enough. And Oh boy, this books delivers!
Let's start with a completely shallow point: The cover. It's so perfect. I'm in love with the model. He's just exactly Adrian...well ok maybe my vision of Adrian morphed into this model with time. But I'm good with that. ;) I cannot wait to receive my print copy of this one. *g*
Now let's talk about the book shall we? Adrian has been a fantastic side-character for the first 3 books, patient, adorable with kids... he really deserved his own family. Adrian is a rock star, a real one (yes there are some fake ones, yes I'm talking about you, there hiding behind your Guitar Hero gear). He's a big time musician and that already a big turn on for me (did I just say that out loud?), but also he's still the same. He hasn't turned into a snob celebrity, I really love his simple ways. Over the years Adrian has seen his family and friends find there soul mates and have children and he's craving the same. I have a huge Adrian crush *g*
Gillian is a fantastic heroine. I found myself in many of her quirks (yes I'm indirectly saying that I'm fantastic LOL). 13 Years ago, Gillian adopted her sister's unwanted baby never knowing who was the father. Her sister told her his identity on her death bed only a few weeks before the beginning of the book. Gillian is a great person, she loves her son more than anything but she knows the right thing is to tell that man that he has a son. Even if it could ruin everything she's built over the years. Her son Miles is pretty awesome himself. He's so cute and at this age where he's not yet a young adult but not a child anymore. The relationship between Gillian and her son was so pure, I loved reading about them.
Adrian is wary of humanity. His success as a Rockstar didn't come without a price. He's had his share of weirdos and people wanting things from him. Now he learns he has a son and it turns his life upside down. Lauren Dane has a talent for bringing to life complex and lovable characters. Gillian is British and (much like Adrian) I loved her accent and how she would go back to her native way of speaking when she was worked up. Gillian and Adrian have chemistry that's for sure. Wow the tension and the heat was very palpable. I really loved how their anger would turn to lust in a second. These 2 are really dirty. Oh my. Seriously, they are wicked and it was pure pleasure to read. Adrian is pretty much how I wanted him to be, Alpha and sweet at the same time. Gillian was much more than I was hoping for, she's deliciously dirty on the inside (and so Prim on the outside like Adrian would say). The sex scenes were very hot and touching at the same time, a mix Lauren Dane really knows how to deliver.
One of the best thing about this clash of personalities is to see the compromises they both had to make to make this work. Gillian knows the worth of things and she's brought up Miles to know he has to earn things and not have anything he wants on a whim. As a Rockstar, Adrian has plenty enough money for them all and he's happy when he can shower people in gifts. As you can imagine, it's bound to be problematic.
I guess I should warn you. If you haven't read the previous books you should know that this series has a special distinctive quality that will make you either love it or hate it. The characters in this series (and in Never Enough too) loves to TALK things out. They talk to length about their feelings. And I don't mean only the Hero/Heroine, I mean all of them...friends, family. I think it's a Brown/Copeland thing. Well, I, for one love this (except for Inside Out but I'm rambling) and it totally works for me. But I know that a few people found that fact a bit tedious/boring. So be ready for some feeling talks. ;)
If I have only 1 tiny tidbits I could complain about (hence the missing half star), it's the ending. Ah! Yes, it was in my opinion a bit too abrupt but that is probably just because I'm a fan of epilogues ;) And well I'm hoping we'll see their HEA in the next series about Gillian's friends *g*. At some point nearing the end I wanted to slap Adrian (and his sister) in the head...hard... repeatedly. LOL But they were just being Human, god knows how flawed we are, so I forgive them. ;)
I have to stop rambling about this book because I think I could go on and on for hours. I loved this book. It was beautiful and different. We get to see loved characters from the previous books (aka the Browns and the Copelands) and it's like eating sweets, pure pleasure. I devoured this book in no time. It lived up to my (very high) expectations.
After reading Only Mine all I wanted was to get the next book so I could plunge right back in Fo(this review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
After reading Only Mine all I wanted was to get the next book so I could plunge right back in Fool's Gold. Only Yours focuses this time on Montana's story. I can already tell you it was a cute and funny story! Not that I doubted it would be anything but. *wink*
Montana has a job she loves, training dogs so they would help people. I have to say I envied her job. Who wouldn't like training puppies into being serviceable dogs! I love how Susan Mallery characterized Montana's dogs. They are so cute and I'm sure if you have a dog it'll make you want to reach out and pet it. I'm a sucker for cute pets in books (yes I'm easy like that). And what did you know that one of Montana's puppy landed her right into the arms of a very sexy man. I couldn't help but laugh at how it happened.
Cue dark and sexy hero, aka Simon. Ladies, prepare the fan because this hero is one tough cookie. I do have a thing for jerk/dark/brooding/scarred/sexy heroes...well isn't that my luck! Here we are with the perfect candidate. *g* Simon is tortured and no, I didn't always understand him, but sometimes people are weird that way and they don't always make sense. At least he had the good sense to realize it ;).
We could say that Montana didn't really make a good first impression, but the same could be said for Simon. They got off on a rocky start but I loved the sexual tension between them. Simon is...intense...and it was very interesting to see how unsettle he was around Montana.
Only Yours is a sexy and cute story. I'm dying to read the next book to read more about the triplet's mother. She has one really fascinating story and I cannot waiiiiiiit to see where this go *g*. My only complaint about the story is that it felt a bit like a dejà-vu. Well maybe it is on purpose but some things were a bit too much like the first book. The story is predictable but it doesn't take any fun from reading it, I'd even go as far as to say that it was reassuring to know I could predict how it would end (I don't do well with suspense).
I can say it with all my heart this book was a very good Summer read. If you're not already addicted to Fool's Gold you should definitely give this series a try.
(this review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc) Only Mine is the 1st book I read by this authors, and even though I hadn't finished it yet that(this review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc) Only Mine is the 1st book I read by this authors, and even though I hadn't finished it yet that I was already ordering other books in this series. I'm very happy I got to read this book for review, it's exactly what I needed right now.
Only Mine is 4th book in the Fool's Gold series, it's the 1st book about the Hendrix triplet. The story takes place in the small town Fool's Gold. This town has made the national media news because of its chronic shortage of men. Dakota has been assigned by the town to keep an eye on the new reality show being filmed in the city. Some producer decided it would be a good idea to have a reality show where men from everywhere could try and find love in this city full of women.
Finn tracked down his young twin brothers from Alaska to California. He's decided to do anything to bring them back to finish college. I really loved Finn as a character. He's responsible and he loves his brothers. He's been taking care of them for years and he doesn't want to fail them. He's strong-minded and sometimes a bit quick to anger. When Dakota and Finn meet, I just couldn't stop laughing. Dakota always has the good come back. She's very funny and down-to-earth. Their relationship starts as a friendship and it naturally moves on to a friends-with-benefits status. I think what I liked the most, is that it was 'uncomplicated'. I don't mean there weren't complications, but it felt like there were no strings attached, no regrets, no expectations. Love was completely unexpected for them. They both knew they wanted very different things in life.
This is a very cute story, I felt good while reading it. It has a spark, something that makes your heart beat a little faster, something that makes you want to read a bit faster. It is cute but it's also pretty hot too. *g* Finn pushes all my buttons, I can't tell you how without spoiling things so let's just say, I'd really love to have a man like Finn. Add a good dose of humor and you have the perfect mix. I loved the secondary characters' story. I was rooting for them from the start.
I won't lie, the story was a bit predictable at some points but even so it was a pleasure to read it. I loved that it felt like I was in Fool's Gold too for a few hundred pages. I'm already impatiently awaiting the next book. (and I'll be slowly reading all the previous books too *g*)
Only Mine is a sweet summer romance about growing up, finding one self and finally letting go. You'll probably want to move to Fool's Gold after reading it. If you love hot and cute romance then this is definitely for you.
4 1/2 Stars. It was cute and I really liked the poor tortured hero. Found myself laughing quite a few times. Not the best in the series but I had a gr4 1/2 Stars. It was cute and I really liked the poor tortured hero. Found myself laughing quite a few times. Not the best in the series but I had a great time reading it. I can't wait for the last!!!...more
I've heard so much good about Carrie Lofty's books that I jumped on the first occasion to rev(This review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
I've heard so much good about Carrie Lofty's books that I jumped on the first occasion to review her new book. Flawless had me hooked from the first chapter. I like the estranged married couple theme and this was exactly what I needed.
Vivienne's inheritance comes with a catch. If she wants her money she has to successfully run her late adoptive father's Brokerage company in South Africa. I really like it when the inheritance has to be earned, so far it made for some of my favorite books. Viv didn't expect her estranged husband, the Viscount Bancroft to show up at the reading of the will. After running away from him a year ago all she wanted was to be left alone and live her tranquil life away from him. This new development will force her to go on an adventure in an exotic country to run the company she knows nothing about...with Miles!
Miles is a piece of Art. He knows how to play the bored and snob aristocrat. He seems to be a dilettante and when we first meet him he's drunk and smoking cigars. We are thrown in the story without knowing what happened to them and why they didn't work out. I really loved piecing things together. We first get Viv's point of view and when we finally get to Miles he doesn't come out as a nice person. He wants revenge, he wants to seduce her again and be the one leaving. Well obviously I fell for him anyway. Despite his cold facade he's a good man and there is hope from him.
I think the magic of this book comes from being set in South Africa. Wow the author really did a fantastic job there. It was exotic and intriguing. I loved how it made me feel. It was also really interesting to see how these aristocrats lived so far from London. How it wasn't that different in the end. I think I've mentioned in previous reviews how I love historical facts in my stories, well I learned a lot of things about South Africa and about the Diamond industry at that time. Seriously it was fantastic. It felt so real, loved it.
Now let's talk about Viv and Miles as a couple. It took some time for the love story to pick up but since they'd been estranged so long it was only natural. Viv's past is also filled with ghosts she's afraid to talk about. I really loved how they were together. It was stronger than them, she couldn't resist him and he couldn't help but fall for his intelligent wife. They learned to trust each other even if that was hard. The scene where Viv takes what she want was oh so very awesome. Hot and passionate with sizzling chemistry. I ended up loving Miles so bad. He changed a lot and he became reliable and just perfect. Nom.
This was my first historical romance by Carrie Lotfy but it won't be the last. I really loved reading this story about second chances, appearances and learning to trust. Let yourself be taken on a journey you won't regret. I'm really hoping there will be books about Viv's brothers and sisters. ...more
Shameless is the 4th book in the House of Rohan series. I am a big fan of this series and(this review was originally published on Secret HEA Society)
Shameless is the 4th book in the House of Rohan series. I am a big fan of this series and I just couldn't wait to read this last installment. It was on my Auto-read list, it was such a sure thing in my mind that I would read it that I didn't read the book synopsis. So when I started the book, I didn't really connect the dots. You see, the first 3 books followed the House of Rohan on 3 generations. So I was expecting Shameless to be about the kids of the previous heroes. Ah! Of course I should have read the synopsis! Shameless is set about 5 or 10 years (I can't remember the exact number!) after the end of Breathless and is about Miranda's (Heroine of Breathless, you still following?) oldest brother.
What a good surprise! When I finally realized who it was about and how it was situated , it all clicked together and I'm pretty sure I squealed. *wink* . Benedick, the hero was married during the set of Breathless and for some reason I didn't think he would get his story. I thought him safe in a somewhat good marriage. I also saw him as a stuffy lord. Oh what a delight it was to realize he was actually quite wicked and such a cynic person.So what? Yes I love my heroes wicked, evil and dangerous, and Anne Stuart delivers! Each time! All the heroes of this series are wicked in their own way, they are all very different but each very delicious.
Benedick is a cynic but he has his reasons. He's been married twice and both wives died in childbirth leaving him without an heir. So he decided to find a wife to get that heir and a spare. He just wants a brooding mare, someone he can just forget all about outside the bedroom. As you can imagine, it won't work that way ;).
Melisande is not your typical lady. For once she lives with more than 20 former prostitutes! She's the widow of a wealthy elderly lord. Now with her money she tries to reform prostitutes and help them find a real respectable job. As you can imagine she's not really someone who would be invited to balls and party by Society. I found Melisande very likable, she's a good woman and she really wants to help save these girls. I found her devotion to her 'gaggle' very endearing.She might have been married but Melisande is still a near-virgin when it comes to the pleasures of sex. It was cute to see such an innocent woman leaving with women who enjoyed having sex so much and it made me laugh a few times.
When Melisande hears that the secrete society called the Heavenly Hosts has been revived and that now they started becoming very violent with prostitutes/young women she decides to act. Melisande knows Benedick's brother, Brandon, is a member of this secret society so she decides to warn Benedick about it and asks for his help. I really enjoyed seeing them together, they have such a chemistry! *swoon* They don't plan to get involved with each other but it's like it's out of their hands. The more they fight it, the harder it is. God, I loved Benedick, he's such a jerk! He has a vicious tongue, very cutting. The smex scenes are hot and very well written. Benedick is confident in his skills and I just love that in my heroes *g*.
If you read Breathless, you'll remember Brandon, the youngest Rohan. He was so young and cute and innocent. Really brave too. The man we meet in Shameless is just a shadow of his old self. Brandon has been to war and he's come back wounded both physically and in spirits. He gave up on life and he's become reckless. We get glimpses of him and what happened when he came back from war. Now, I have to tell you I'm REALLY hoping he's getting his book because if not I'll be pissed. Why? Because we get glimpses of his story and a possible romance and I couldn't believe it ended this way. Anyway, I can't say more but I am crossing all my fingers and toes we'll get his book. (I've spent 2 hours on the web searching for any indication there would be one but *sob* I couldn't find any info about it *sob*)
I LOVED that we got to see quite a lot of the HEA of Miranda and Lucien (Heroes from Breathless, yes I also do Cliffnotes as you can see *wink*). I remember raging at the ending of Breathless because it didn't have an epilogue. *squeeeeeeeeee* We get it in Shameless. Seriously I was grinning the whole time we got to see Lucien and Miranda. And we see them from Benedick's POV, which is pretty hilarious since he HATES his brother-in-law so much. I loved seeing their life through his eyes. I can't thank Anne Stuart enough for indulging us like that. *g*
I was ecstatic when I finished Shameless! It has an epilogue!!! *squeee* And a very good one. It's not cheesy I promise, because I'm not sure Anne Stuart can do cheesy. But it left me smiling and feeling very good. <3
Shameless is a wonderful book, it really does justice to this series. You want to root for the characters and it's hard to stop reading once you started. It keeps you enthralled and always wanting more while giving you some closure about the story (and about the previous book). I still feel pretty emotional about this book. It sure left his mark in my mind and in my heart (see? I can be cheesy!)
ps: I'm sorry about it being such a long review. And THIS is the short version ;)
I give Shameless 4 1/2 Stars.
With a Shiny HEA, full of hopes and happiness...more
I only read Carolyn Crane's story so far. It was really good. And I'm glad that she made me change my mind about the heroine. It was very interestingI only read Carolyn Crane's story so far. It was really good. And I'm glad that she made me change my mind about the heroine. It was very interesting and satisfying....more
Wow that was such an adventure! I really loved both the Hero and heroine. They kept true to themselves and I'm very happy with this story.
I listened tWow that was such an adventure! I really loved both the Hero and heroine. They kept true to themselves and I'm very happy with this story.
I listened to the audiobook and this narrator is really good. I love her voices. But I kept feeling irritated at the horrible horrible forced and exaggerated French accent. *cringe*. But oh well the rest was great so YAY...more
Collision Course is a Sci-fi Romance just like I love them. I've read a few books by Zoe Archer a(This review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc
Collision Course is a Sci-fi Romance just like I love them. I've read a few books by Zoe Archer and I really enjoyed her writing style, so when I learned about Collision Course I was ecstatic! This author delivers once again.
Mara is a very independent woman. She is a scavenger and for her 'home' is her very own spaceship. She is very proud of her achievements and she's not really happy when she is told she has to help Commander Kell Frayne to find a stolen ship and it's pilot. Mara doesn't have much choices, she's being blackmailed, she has to agree to help or they'll make her life hell (understatement of the year).
Kell is a commander with the 8th Wing, he would do anything to save both the ship and the pilot from getting into the hands of the enemy. His colleague has been kidnapped and he's pretty sure her kidnappers will try to sell her and the ship to their enemy, the Praxis alliance. Right now all they know is that the ship and pilot will be auctioned to the highest bidder. Mara is the only one who can get them through the Smoke Quadrant, a dangerous place scavengers call home and it's the place to go to learn more about this stolen ship.
Kell and Mara are forced to work together, well they even are forced to live together in Mara's small ship. The chemistry between those two is sizzling from the start. They are so different, he's 'the law', she's a scavenger. I really enjoyed seeing Mara tempt him and flirt with him. They try to resist the temptation but they are attracted to each other.The first night they spend in the ship was funny, sexy and frustrating, so you can imagine that I loved it. Kell is very sexy and intense. Some scenes were very very hot, I have in mind a scene after a tough landing. NOM nom nom. I really enjoyed seeing those 2 stubborn people work it out. This book is filled with humor and sarcasm, and I just love that.
We slowly learn more about them and how they came to be who they are today. Both of them suffered in the past and they start seeing themselves in the each others. The story is well paced and interesting from start to end. There's a lot of action too. The sci-fi aspect never was too overwhelming (what I'm always afraid of when I start a Sci-fi book).
Collision Course is a fast read, full of action, humor and very steamy scenes. I know I'm often picky with endings but I was happy with the way it ended. It's altogether a very satisfying book.
Romancing the Countess was a highly anticipated book for me, I've been waiting for this book(this review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
Romancing the Countess was a highly anticipated book for me, I've been waiting for this book for months. For long it was only a blurb and a title but when the cover was finally revealed...Wow... for me this cover is absolutely stunning. Okay, so maybe I did wonder whether women at that time would wear something like that, but still what a gorgeous dress. I also love her jewels. Anyway, to sum it up the cover is one of the many delights of this book!
This is the first book I read from this author and I will definitely read her next novel. I'm always a bit reluctant to try new Historical romance authors (*hides*) because I know I can be very picky when it comes to this genre. Ashley March has a definite style that sets her out from the rest. She made me accept situations and character behavior I would probably have scoffed at in other historical romances.
Leah, like many women of her time, had to live with the knowledge that her husband was cheating on her. Like most women of that time she had to accept it and keep the pretenses. But when her husband tragically dies she can't mourn him like society would want her to. I really love that this book showed us the reality of being a widow back then. Leah wasn't freed by her husband's death, on the contrary she was expected to go into full mourning, wearing uncomfortable and ugly black dresses, wearing a veil or a widow's cap. She wasn't to entertain guest or go to parties for a full year. She was to be lonely and miserable when in reality she didn't want to mourn him. Of course like most things at that time, men weren't held up to the same standards and rules. I know all that but still, each time it makes me angry.
Sebastian's wife died in the same accident that killed Leah's husband....and for a good reason...they were eloping together. Contrary to Leah, Sebastian didn't know of the affair and it was a shock to him. The love of his life died, living him with a toddler and the last thing he wants is for people to gossip about his dead wife and his best friend. I could understand Sebastian's motive, he didn't want his son to suffer from a scandal. I still wanted to kick him where it matters a few times. My first impression of him was of a stuffy lord.
Things got interesting as Leah really came into her own. She slowly realized she could get her independence and freedom. This was really interesting, I liked how she started rebelling in small ways. Then she started doing bolder things, rash and provocative things that were borderline on plausible (in my humble opinion). Well I guess they could happen but I sometimes thought Leah didn't really realize what the consequences would be....I'm not sure if many women would have dared act this way. I guess it's what set her apart from your usual 18th century lady. See, that's the wonder of this book, even if I wasn't 100% convinced by some of the behaviors/events, the story still won me over. Or better said, Sebastian won me over. *g* As much as I disliked him at first he grew on me. Sebastian is a wonderful father, the scenes with his son were just too cute.
Leah is scarred from her relationship with her late husband. She has been burned and she never wants to live through this again. Sebastian's first goal was to convince Leah to keep quiet about the affair and act the widow Society wanted her to be. Then his goal changed and soon he had to find a way to win her over. It's hard to talk about the story without telling too much but let's just say I was left completely satisfied and happy. The characters slowly fell for each other, sometimes against their better judgment. I loved that nothing was rushed, Leah's reluctance wasn't solved in 2 pages. It's really a book about how Sebastian slowly seduced her. And much like Leah was seduced by Sebastian, I was slowly seduced by Ashley March's talent. I might have been reluctant but by the end of the book I was completely sold.
Seducing the Countess has enough originality to set it apart from your usual historical romance. It's bold but not enough to have me throw the book at the wall (aka the hissy fit). My advice to you...let yourself be tempted you won't regret it! It's a really good historical and I will be awaiting Ashley March's next book.
My Favorite Countess was a difficult book to review for me. When I started re-reading the notes(This review was originally posted on Book Lovers Inc)
My Favorite Countess was a difficult book to review for me. When I started re-reading the notes I took while reading the book, I started wondering if I was dealing with 2 different books. The first half of my notes were mostly rants about how I hated the Hero and the Heroine, the second half of my notes were about how amazing they were and how I loved the story. LOL see what I mean? Alright, let's start from the beginning...
When we meet Bathsheba she is in a dire situation. She has responsibilities towards her family and their estate and she is under a lot of stress. She would do anything, that is...go to London and find a rich husband to pay their debts. Bathsheba is a widow and getting married again was NOT in her plans. She didn't want to suffer again at the hands of a husband.
The thing is when we meet Bathsheba it's really really hard to like her, she's viper-tongued and she can be very nasty when she wants to. I felt bad for all the other characters when she was around. She's mean and it's hard to see past that, but her flaws make her human in the end. Then there's the hero, Doctor John Blackmore, seriously at the beginning of the book I really disliked him too... but for different reasons. John seemed so full of himself, he's sure he's always right. He thinks he can see through her from the start. And he's certain he's going to bed her. The result is that I wanted to slap them both silly. They are both so stubborn and they cling to their beliefs. So the first few chapters I just disliked, then hated the 2 main characters.
BUT, I'm not sure how but at some point everything changes. By chapter 7, I started loving them! I've never read a book where the author made me change my mind so drastically about 2 characters. I went from hate to love in just a few chapters. John is a doctor and it was a nice change from the usual aristocratic hero. John is a working man, he's a doctor who deals with midwifery. When you start learning about him and his beliefs, you can't help but love him. He is a humanist, he believes every woman rich or poor should be able to get the best treatment when delivering a baby. He wants change and he wants to do everything he can to help pregnant women.
At some point I started liking Bathsheba, we learn more about her past and the trauma she suffered from her previous marriage. Her late husband was very jealous and thought she was cheating on him. He made her look like a whore in the eyes of everyone else. His family hates her because they think she's responsible for his death. Anyway, I can't say much more but the story gets very interesting. There's intrigue, mystery and lots of suspense. I had a hard time closing the book. I didn't see the end coming and the cute HEA at the end made this book a very pleasant read.
Now I must address the smex topic...this is something I found a bit weird in the book. When I read it, it struck me as odd how the smexing scenes were written differently from the rest of the book. I mean the book flows pretty easily, then when you get to a love scene the writing gets very flowery. It's hard to miss. But apart from that I have to say I really enjoyed the love scenes between those 2. John knows how to 'play doctor' and he knows exactly what he's doing in bed. John was very very sexy and intense. I also loved that Bathsheba is not afraid of loving smex. There is chemistry between them and it was always hot hot hot!
So as you can see, this book started a bit rocky for me but by the end I just couldn't stop reading. This is a great story, with lots of twist and turns and enough suspense to surprise you in the end. I'm glad I kept reading even when I hated the h/h, it's definitely worth the wait to get to the good parts!
Kisri is the 2nd short story in the ...And the Beast series (I love the name of that series(This review was originally published on Book Lovers Inc)
Kisri is the 2nd short story in the ...And the Beast series (I love the name of that series by the way). I knew before opening this book that I would be in for a treat. I've yet to come across a Moira Rogers book I didn't enjoy (I know, I'm rambling to when it comes to their books *wink*). On a totally shallow note, I'm fascinated by this cover. It's just so pretty and sensual *happy sigh*
Kisri is the High-Lord's cousin. She's a beautiful woman and she has quite a big dowry, which means that most men want her for her fortune. They don't really care that she's an intelligent and independent (and strong) woman. She's been trying to escape these men for years but now she finds herself in need of protection. Kisri decides to ask her cousin, Malrion, for protection but on her way to him she meets Malrion's first warrior Ennon.
I really enjoyed seeing Kisri and Ennon together. What starts as a simple experiment quickly evolves into something deeper and meaningful. I loved that Kisri thinks he's strong enough to deserve her. Her sexual education was very hot. I think it's the main highlight of the book, the smex scenes are hot and erotic (ain't that the goal? *wink*) and leave you satiated with a big smile on your face.
This very cute and sensual fairy tale is easy to read. It's a treat you can gobble up when you're feeling a bit down . I can't recommend this series enough, seriously you won't regret it. Short, sweet, hot, it's everything you need in 60 pages.