Definitely peeks your interest and leaves you wanting the first full-length book. Jessica is a strong character that grips you from the moment you meeDefinitely peeks your interest and leaves you wanting the first full-length book. Jessica is a strong character that grips you from the moment you meet her. Her brother, friend and other friend are great! I didn't quite get why it took her father so long to understand that Jessica is in mortal danger as long as she is on pack grounds. I think the chapter where they discuss this could have been shorter and served the same purpose. The fight scenes were very well written and I really enjoyed Amanda's writing voice. I am very much looking forward to Full Blooded, releasing September 1st 2012. This quote made me giggle: "I was under the radar? I thought I was the radar."...more
Primal Temptation is the fourth book in Sydney Somers Pendragon Gargoyles series. This is a solid series with good story telling mixed in with very interesting twists on mythology. It also has a very interesting mix of paranormal creatures – some you don’t tend to see in paranormal romance books.
This installment focuses on Briana and Lucan (Luke). Briana is a cat/gargoyle shifter and Luke is a wraith. Both have been cursed by Rhiannon after Arthur died. Yes, Arthur and the Knights of the round table…that Arthur. Like I said, the twist on mythology in this series is incredible. All the Knights have been cursed because they failed to protect Arthur. Others were also cursed pretty much for the same reason. And some characters who were cursed led some pretty interesting lives ‘before’…such as Merlin and Lancelot! But you don’t know who they were before until all is revealed! So cool! Sydney does a fantastic job with the world in these books.
To break the curse that has been set upon them, Pendragon’s must find their mate. Briana actually found her mate ages ago but didn’t want to share that information with her overly protective brothers (the heroes from the previous books) because of who her mate is. He is not well liked by pretty much everyone in this paranormal community and not because he isn’t a decent guy but because he can’t help the hunter he is cursed to be and he pretty much scared the bejeebus out of everyone. Except for Briana. Even Luke does not know he is her mate, and let me tell you, that scene is good. :)
Briana and Luke have a more complex history than I imagined and the way Sydney wrote their time together and blended it with flashback was great. It really shows you just how long Briana’s journey to ‘happiness’ has been and how right these two are for each other. Of course, Luke has been fighting his attraction to Briana for centuries and sometimes watching him struggle with his feelings was a bit frustrating (meaning you may find yourself yelling : “just take her already!”) but seeing what he is, it is all mostly understandable.
Briana has spunk and I like that and Luke is quite yummy and I like that too. *grin*
There is much more to the story than just Briana and Luke. War is coming and a tradition of sorts before war begins is that there is some version of immortal Games. These are called the Gauntlet. Well, Briana and Luke have been chosen to compete. The Games themselves were very interesting and I enjoyed reading the different tasks the players had to overcome. Sydney’s imagination really works here. The Games were fast paced and really fun to read. You will definitely sit a little bit on the edge of your seat while reading the Game scenes.
There are some side characters that were interesting and who have chemistry that rivaled Briana’s and Lucan’s. Nessa, Mac, Vaughn and Elena are all characters to watch in this book.
Overall, I was very happy with Primal Temptation. It was nice to finally get Briana and Luke’s story as well as catch up with heroes and heroines from the past installments. Sydney had created such an interesting world, it’s difficult not to be in awe as you read these books. I know that the ‘original’ siblings have all found their HEA but I’m hoping that the new and interesting characters will provide enough inspiration for Sydney to continue the series....more
Cute read. I quite enjoyed the side story about the grand-father. And the chemistry between the main couple was wonderful. This was about a 'retired'Cute read. I quite enjoyed the side story about the grand-father. And the chemistry between the main couple was wonderful. This was about a 'retired' hockey player so you didn't get to see any locker room or game scenes but that's okay. It was a nice change of pace for a 'hockey book'. 3.5 stars...more
I’ve had Patricia Briggs’ ‘Mercy Thompson’ books sitting in my book closet since January of this year. I’ve heard that they were fantastic. (That is,I’ve had Patricia Briggs’ ‘Mercy Thompson’ books sitting in my book closet since January of this year. I’ve heard that they were fantastic. (That is, after all, why I purchased them.) I wish I knew exactly how good they were – I would have plucked them out a lot sooner!
“Moon Called “is book one of an Urban Fantasy series. Usually book one means you’ll experience some character development (generally consisting of a kick ass chick that you want to be like when you grow up, a strong brooding and just too sexy for his own good yummy man and a slew of secondary characters that peak your interest but that you don’t get too many particulars about other than that one is the ex, that one is the questionable one, that one is the slimy one, that one is the parental figure and that one is the bitch — and maybe that one is a bitch too). Book one is usually filled with an asinine amount of explanatory paragraphs and descriptive dialogue. The author is, after all, inserting a whole new world into your imagination and she/he needs to be sure you really get a good grasp on it so you can enjoy the other 34 books she/he has planned in her/his new series. Book one is usually good but not fantastic and you’re regularly itching to put it down and pick up your copy of “Lover Awakened” except you know you have to suck it up and stick with it since the pay off will be great because all the other books in the series will be some of the best works of fiction that you have ever read in your whole and entire life. That is usually what happens in a book one. Let me tell you, I did not find that is how it happened in Patricia Briggs’ book one.
“Moon Called” trudges along nicely. Not once did I feel like I was receiving useless or pointless information. I loved Mercedes as a lead. She’s relatable, even though she shifts into a coyote sometimes and I don’t (shh, don’t tell anyone). If she were a real person, you would absolutely want to be her friend. I can easily see myself wanting to follow Mercy for all of the seven planned books. In fact, I’m looking forward to knowing more about her and following her on her life’s adventures. Not only her independent adventures, but also those she will undertake with Adam.
Oh, Adam. Let’s talk about Adam, shall we?! He deserves more than a *sigh*, or even a *drool* or a *yum*. He deserves a…well a *howl*! I can’t wait to see more of him! (And hopefully someday I’ll see ‘more’ or him ;) He is a fantastic hero and makes a perfect Alpha wolf. I think it’s hilarious how Mercy has her old beat up car in her yard just to tick Adam off and how his daughter changes her hair to frustrate him! Too cute. Even the secondary characters got a real shot in this book. I already feel for some of them and, again, look forward to reading more about them.
I really enjoyed this book and I know I will truly enjoy this series. I will read a couple more installments before officially deciding, but I will not be surprised if the ‘Mercedes Thompson’ series ends up on my Favorites page. Nor will I be surprised if I start searching for Patricia Briggs in order to get her to sign my copy of her books. ...more
Valerius. I’ve been hearing mention of this name since book one in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. Valerius is portrayed as a heartless and cruValerius. I’ve been hearing mention of this name since book one in Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series. Valerius is portrayed as a heartless and cruel Roman bastard in the earlier books. He is described that way before we even get to really meet him. But in Seize the Night, he has a chance to shine. Since this is his book, he has the opportunity to completely redeem himself. And he does. He really does. By the end of this book, I was totally in love with Valerius. And Tabitha and Valerius have become my new favorite DH couple.
Valerius is a Roman General. He is used to being pretty much alone since everyone either misunderstands him or blames him for the actions of his family over two thousand years ago. (Yes, these Dark-Hunters tend to hold grudges for a long long time) So being alone means he’s not used to answering to anyone. He is very particular about what he likes. Let me put it this way: He pretty much has a stick up his bum. All the time. Oh, and he is Kyrian’s number one enemy, the hero from book one.
Tabitha is a free spirit. One of 9 sisters, she is used to saying what is on her mind, mostly filter free, in order to have herself be heard. Tabby is Amanda’s twin sister, the heroine from book one. You can see how this couple may seemed doomed from the get go. She is everything Valerius is not and her brother-in-law is Val’s mortal enemy. But after accidentally stabbing Valerius and bringing her home to tend to him, Tabitha is drawn to him…and him to her. I love how their relationship plays out. We have known Tabby since book one and she is a recurring character in some of the previous books. In other books, she is portrayed almost as flighty and short tempered. But in reality, she is a caring friend and sister, very compassionate and overall just someone who fights to protect human kind. There is so much more to her than I first assumed. And how she brings out just a bit of tenderness from Valerius…it’s perfect. I really like how Sherrilyn didn’t go overboard with this. How Tabitha didn’t make Val completely change. Through the book, she is still she and he is still he…just enhanced. Brought a little more to life.
Let’s talk about one of my favorite characters in this series, Acheron. Ash appears in each and every book and in each and every book, he becomes a little more of a mystery. Well, and get ready for this, in Seize the Night he becomes…even more of a mystery. You are left thinking “Whoa…blue?…fire spitting?…lightning bolts?…immortal-er?” I guess we really do have to wait for his book to finally get some answers. *sigh*
And Nick! Whoa again! There is a little side plot that comes pretty much out of nowhere but that you can tell will play a significant role in future installments. This little development were Nick is concerned makes you think “OMG…Nick?…A what?…And…whoa!” I can’t wait to see where his new adventure takes him.
I am loving this series. I mean really really loving it. (I know I’m one of the last people on the planet to read these…let’s not talk about that.) I am finding myself being pulled into this fabulous world that Sherrilyn Kenyon has created more and more and although I’ve met many already, I can’t wait to fully get to know the characters in the following books. And Ash?… I’m starting to think the ‘mystery of Ash’ will soon be on par with the ‘mystery of Barrons’. Seize the Night reminded me how much I enjoy everything about these Dark Hunter books…and it has made me want more. Thank goodness there are still 13 books left for me to read before I’m caught up to the series. And Sherrilyn is still writing it! That is an epic win....more
I liked this one. Rayvn and Susan are good. I liked the idea that Ravyn is a Were AND a Dark Hunter. His backstory, while tragic, wasn't nearly as traI liked this one. Rayvn and Susan are good. I liked the idea that Ravyn is a Were AND a Dark Hunter. His backstory, while tragic, wasn't nearly as tragic as some have been. But I still wanted to hug him to make him feel better.
I quite liked Susan. I liked how she reacted to the whole "there are undead things in the world" revelation. She didn't overly freak out but she did question her sanity. She uses humor as a defense mechanism and often times it made me giggle out loud.
There were quite a few twists via side stories and teases in this installment. The ‘I love him but I kinda want to smack him’ side story that features Nick, the ‘whoa dude’ side story that is Cael and his wife, the ‘he’s sort of a prick but I kinda dig him’ tease that is Savitar and the ‘OMG I can’t wait to read his book so I can finally understand what he truly encompasses’ tease that is Ash.
I hope that some of these side plot/teasers play out in future books because they were quite interesting. I feel a little more for Ash in each book and Nick...well, he got on my nerves a bit but I am very curious to see where the twist that came with his characters takes us....more
I really liked Talon and Sunshine, but boy oh boy. I thought the boys from the Black Dagger Brotherhood had it rough when they were younger! They ain'I really liked Talon and Sunshine, but boy oh boy. I thought the boys from the Black Dagger Brotherhood had it rough when they were younger! They ain't got nothin' on the Dark-Hunters! Talk about horror stories for them as mortals! I know I mentioned this before, but I really like how this world is linked to Greek mythology. Very cool! Lots and lots of characters introduced in this book too. Thank goodness for Sherrilyn Kenyon's web site to help you keep them all in line. Nick is supplying just the right amount of comic relief! He's great. I'm really liking Acheron too. I can't believe I have to read what, 12 more books before getting to his story?! And will he get his soul back too?! *Sigh* Alas, I'll have to wait for that answer... but it's okay. If the first books in this series are any indication, I'll really enjoy the journey to his book!...more
I first read this book in late 2009. I really enjoyed it then. The characters are just…well, Barrons is in this book. Need I say more? This series isI first read this book in late 2009. I really enjoyed it then. The characters are just…well, Barrons is in this book. Need I say more? This series is very detailed and Darkfever, being book one in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series, is especially thorough. Not to the point where you feel lost or anything but enough that you know this book is building up for one hell of a series. It’s setting the stage for some gruesome and brain tingling adventure. I found Darkfever was even better this time around. Just Wow. And I mean Wow! I found myself re-energized for this series with this re-read. And I found myself asking new questions (because apparently I didn’t have enough questions after the first time I read this…)
MacKayla Lane’s (Mac) sister was recently murdered in Ireland. The day she was killed, Alina left some cryptic messages on Mac’s cell phone about a him and the Sinsar Dubh and how imperative it was that they don’t get it. After hearing these, Mac decides to leave her free-going fluffy life in Georgia and travel to Dublin to try to find Alina’s murderer…and to find the Sinsar Dubh. Problem is, Mac isn’t sure what that is or why it was so important to her sister. Once she arrives in Dublin, Mac discovers that she is a sidhe-seer, one who can see the Fae. Now, these aren’t fluffy little winged cutesy pootsy beings. Think about the creature from your worst nightmare and multiply it by 100. That is the fae folk in KMM’s world. Darkfever follows Mac as she travels to Ireland, discovers her heritage and her abilities and meets Barrons. Yes, THE Barrons.
Barrons has to be one of, if not the, most popular book boyfriends on the planet. He’s my favorite ‘Paranormal Book’ boyfriend that’s for sure. He is power. He is strength. He is intelligence. He is man? When he introduces himself to Mac for the first time, simply saying his name, you *swoon*. Your knees go weak because you know that you have just encountered greatness. A character who is larger than life and whom you want on your side. But it’s his slight vulnerabilities and tenderness that sneak through every once in a while that truly make him an intriguing man. (Or Fae or vampire or mob boss or a freakin’ ballerina or whatever the hell he is.)
I’d forgotten how thought provoking this book is. Some of the passages just make you smile in their exactness. Such as:
“I love books, by the way, way more than movies. Movies tell you what to think. A good book lets you choose a few thoughts for yourself. Movies show you the pink house. A good book tells you there’s a pink house and lets you paint some of the finishing touches, maybe choose the roof style, park your own car out front.”
“She understood now why her friend Elizabeth, with her near-genius, analytical mind gave wide berth to murder mysteries, psychological thrillers, and horror stories, and read only romance novels. Because, by God, when a woman picked up one of those steamy books, she had a firm guarantee that there would be a Happily-Ever-After. That though the world outside those covers could bring such sorrow and disappointment and loneliness, between those covers, the world was a splendid place to be.”
And other passages are almost philosophical, filled with life lessons we really should be paying attention to:
“Barrons laughed again. ‘And there, my dear Fio, you make one of Womankind’s greatest mistakes: Falling in love with a man’s potential. We so rarely share the same view of it, and even more rarely care to achieve it. Stop pining for the man you think I could be — and take a good, long, hard look at the one I am.’”
“’Lose the pessimism, Ms. Lane. It’s a self-fulfilling prophecy.’”
In this series, Karen Marie Moning has an incredible voice. Her descriptions of the world she has created in this book are eerie but impressive. When Mac comes face to face with a Fae, you want to run and hide just as much as Mac does. Darkfever has it all. A heroine who is on her way to learning truths about herself and setting off on one hell of a journey that you want to take part in, a hero that makes you drool and shiver all at once, a villain who is impossible to pin down and a story that leaves you begging for more. You reach the last page wondering where the series will take you next…and having no idea where that could be. You are so filled with questions you must continue reading. And you want to continue reading, because you want to know if any of your theories are correct or if they are way off base. It’s the kind of book that you think about days after you are finished reading it and the kind of series that makes you glad that there are at least three more books out there already and a fifth one coming out January 18th 2011. I’m not going to focus on the fact that that is the final book in the series. Because that just makes me cry....more
I went into this book with a preconceived idea of what a succubus was like. From other books I've read, I knew a succubus tended to be confident and aI went into this book with a preconceived idea of what a succubus was like. From other books I've read, I knew a succubus tended to be confident and a little cocky, sassy and snarky. Of course the succubi that I've read before also used men as tools and didn't give a damn. I was pleasantly surprised by Georgina. She was so...human! A succubus who is tired of the game and who prefers living a more human existence. I loved her. Vulnerable but still confident. She longs for love but she can't have it. I just loved all her layers. She was really fun to read and I loved her as a character. I really like Seth. Roman was awesome too - really fun - but I must admit that I liked Seth more. His and Georgina's first meeting made me giggle. It was priceless. I was very surprised by who was the villain in the end. Didn't see that coming at all. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I flew threw it and immediately got online to buy Succubus on Top. I still haven't yet decided how long I'll go with this series though. I feel confident I'll read it all then I change my mind. I read the blurbs of the books ahead and even though I know that what is going to happen with Georgina and Seth has to happen, I don't know if I want to read about it. Maybe if I feel like having a good cry, I'll pick up books 3 and beyond. Or maybe I'll read them as soon as I have a break in my reading schedule. I don't know. lol...more