After abandoning his quest to restore the Kincaid Clan, Connor began to live his life as a highwayman - the most wanted at that. So when he accosts PaAfter abandoning his quest to restore the Kincaid Clan, Connor began to live his life as a highwayman - the most wanted at that. So when he accosts Pamela and her sister Sophie, he didn't know what he was getting into. Roles were reversed and the next he knew he's on a journey to London. Pamela's plan was foolproof, she just needs to the ten thousand pound reward to bring the Duke of Warrick's son back, and she'll just be on her merry way, have her sister marry a respectable gentleman, and live in the country.
She's not only asking Connor to be an impostor, but she wants to lure her mother's murderer out in the open. She convinced Connor with the lure of a dukedom and revenge. It's always about Scots VS the English, and in this way he's stealing from the English without bloodshed. I was holding my breath when the sickly duke examined him and accepted him for his son. There was a very interesting twist that I found very commendable. I didn't see it coming and that's why I rated this 5 stars. It reminded me of Anastasia.
On another note, Sophie and Crispin has a potential story, I liked their chemistry too, and Sophie is really adorable. I hated Crispin at first but later on he redeemed himself.
I noticed in the Teresa Medeiros's novels I've read so far, that the females are usually the ones who're attracted to the hero, and not the other way around, like the usual formula, and I find it refreshing. Pamela is outspoken, brazen, and selfless. There's a touch of humor in this novel as well, and it was injected at the right time. I liked the scene where Connor found Pamela crying, thinking that she's ashamed of the pleasure he gave her, only to know that she doesn't have anything to wear anymore.
The love scenes were hotter than the previous book. I loved them and I'm going to read her other works. Her stories are light, fast-paced, and never boring....more
I know what I'm about to write seems crazy but who can blame someone reading too much paranormal stuff? I decided to read this book because it "spokeI know what I'm about to write seems crazy but who can blame someone reading too much paranormal stuff? I decided to read this book because it "spoke to me", it had this compelling aura that drew me to read it. There are really some books that silently scream for me to read them and usually I'm not disappointed, and since I'm writing a book review and not about objects silently communicating, I'll go on with the review.
This is the first book I've read from this author and I didn't expect much, but after browsing the reviews (not thoroughly reading them), it seemed like a good read, and it was. I enjoyed it from beginning until the end. It has just the right mixture of mystery, humor, blood, hot sex, mythology, and fantasy. This is original.
Technically this isn't the first story in the Immortals After Dark Series, so after learning that I stopped after a few chapters and read the story about Myst and Nikolai so I'd have an idea about the characters in this world. I immediately loved the characters, the concept, the story, plot, and the writing style. I loved the fusion of the classic vampires-and-werewolves-are-mortal-enemies theme with the presence of Valkyries, and a branch of vampires (forebearers), and that demons could be vampires too; and of course, nothing beats pop culture to add to that medieval thinking.
Emma and Lachlain were really wrong for each other...at first. Everything's confusing especially for Emma, who was very sheltered and one could only guess that she's insecure and always afraid, of pain mainly. On the other hand, Lachlain being the Lykae king, tortured by the vampires, inflicted a lot of physical and emotional pain on Emma. The characters developed at a really gradual phase and the writing was commendable. I loved the humor of their conversation, and of course I found the aunts at Val Hall great secondary characters.
For those of you who're looking for something fresh to add to your vampire literature, I highly recommend this book. I'm looking forward to reading her other works....more
I'm loving this series more and more. I gave it a five because of the original humor, the unpredictable events, and the seriously hot sex. Kresley ColI'm loving this series more and more. I gave it a five because of the original humor, the unpredictable events, and the seriously hot sex. Kresley Cole writes delayed gratification in its finest.
I didn't expect much from this one since I wasn't familiar with Mariketa The Awaited, and Bowen was a minor character in the first and second book (excluding the prequel about Myst and Nikolai). I loved both characters equally since they tugged at my heartstrings. They had their own issues and I especially liked Mari's strength and how she played her witch's tricks on Bowen. There's a scene here where my heart really went out to her, but I still can't hate Bowen after that.
I've always loved insanely jealous and possessive males and all of the Lykae are like that especially towards their mates. I don't wanna spoil anything here but there were a lot of shockers about his mate Mariah, whom he lost before.
I loved how the story progressed and how their relationship developed, not to mention their growing sexual attraction to each other. As I mentioned before, the humor really did it for me, I'm a goner for laugh-out-loud scenes.
I'm still fascinated by creatures from the Lore and I look forward to reading them, I'm especially amused by their titles "Bowen the Bitter", and I liked the "Father Time" quip. 5 stars!...more
This is the first historical romance I read from Kresley Cole, and it wasn't that bad. I still love her for her paranormal romance works namely the ImThis is the first historical romance I read from Kresley Cole, and it wasn't that bad. I still love her for her paranormal romance works namely the Immortals After Dark (IAD) series.
I'm really fascinated by Scots and I never get tired of reading them. Those rough and sexy Highlanders just make me tick. I have to admit it was a little slow, and I hated it that the damned curse (was that redundant?!) got in the way of things. I felt pity for the MacCarrick brothers, and in this case, Court, because that's the only thing in the way between he and Annalia.
I can't say I'm disappointed in this novel because I wasn't expecting anything. Ms Cole's writing style is excellent as ever, and the sexual tension between Annalia and Court were sizzling, their love scenes passionate, but I didn't like the story. The conflict was too outrageous and the usual brave heroine was annoying as hell. I didn't like her even after she minimized her insults.
Given all that, I'll still read the rest of the series....more
Like the first one, I was able to appreciate this story that much. I saw a lot of similarities like the stubborn heroines, only this one Jane and HughLike the first one, I was able to appreciate this story that much. I saw a lot of similarities like the stubborn heroines, only this one Jane and Hugh were childhood friends, so there's a strong foundation. They were really adorable together and Jane is ever the teasing girl.
I have to say this again - I hate that curse! But more than that, I hated that Hugh didn't even try for once to go against it, and just live as he wished! Why not, just start living, not merely existing. The story dragged on and on about Hugh resisting when he could've just tried it, and although I was annoyed with Jane while reading it, I reflected about the story and now I totally understand how she felt.
She has waited for such a LONG time - a decade (!) for him and she fought for their love harder for the both of them, and all that's between them was the curse and Hugh's stubbornness. If Annalia hadn't conceived, they would all be doomed - they'll die old and miserable.
So, after that there's the happy ending. The sex scenes were passionate but the aftermath sucked at first, Hugh was able to spend time with Jane's relatives and actually enjoyed it. Given that happy ending, I wasn't really happy with the overall, but I'll still read Ethan's story. ...more
Given what I've rated the first two books in this trilogy, I'm surprised at the turnaround of events. The books could be read as stand alone because oGiven what I've rated the first two books in this trilogy, I'm surprised at the turnaround of events. The books could be read as stand alone because of the overlapping events, but it's better to read them in order. This is undeniably my favorite in the series.
After such a long time, Ethan has finally found a woman who made his heart beat, and made him hard in all the right places. There's a good prologue before everything else, and it really helped that the two brothers convinced Ethan they were misinterpreting their book of fates the wrong way. Though he's not 100% convinced, he can't deny his attraction for Madeleine Van Rowen. She's connected to the Weylands through Claudia, Jane's cousin.
It saddened me how she lost her virtue in a cab, and Ethan's cruel treatment of her. Because she's jaded he assumed she's worldly. Things got worse until he recovered from Grey's bullet. What's more intriguing is her true home in La Marais, which is a slum. It was where she grew up, learned how to face dirt, like poverty in its finest. I liked how it was described, I felt sorry for her and really admired her feat. At such a tender age, she stood on her own feet because her worthless mother abandoned her.
I'd like to just comment on how socially relevant this is. Even though she's not a prostitute, she's as good as one living in those conditions. Maddy is such a strong character and even though she's destitute, she has her dignity intact. She still strives to make it to the next day without broken arms, and when Ethan liberated her from that, of course I felt happy, but I'll also feel he has to rub it in her face where she came from. Though I know he's comparing the luxury she can have when she marries him, I still felt it was degrading.
Ethan's character is a total rehash. I liked how Ms Cole made it work between the two of them aside from being in lust with each other. I hurt for Maddy for all the times she was wronged, and I triumphed with her everytime she survives. Ethan's deception was the final straw, but with everything he did for her, I knew he just has to make a grand apology, and that he did.
In fairness to him, he's still suffering from guilt of his machinations. He was the one who put her in the slums in the first place. He was able to get his revenge on her parents and she suffered for it. I cried when Maddy was afflicted with the cholera, I know that she'll survive because Ms Cole is not known for her tragic endings, I really thought she's not gonna make it, but because of Ethan's stubbornness and love, she was able to recuperated in a safe environment.
I felt the emotions going through the characters, fear of losing a loved one. Finally wanting to live for that someone, and wanting to be a good person for that someone. Wow, the story isn't difficult to love. Aside from the hot love scenes, the happy ending, the wonderful MacCarrick families would live happily ever after....more
If there were no distractions, I could've finished reading this sooner. I have to admit it had a slow start but it picked up smoothly. I love this autIf there were no distractions, I could've finished reading this sooner. I have to admit it had a slow start but it picked up smoothly. I love this author's works and I'm reading her "Fever" series simultaneously. I'm glad for the crossover. I liked the story especially the time travel and the appearance of The Queen....more
I thought I'll take another long rest from this series but that parting chapter was a cliffhanger and my interest is piqMs Gabaldon, you did it again.
I thought I'll take another long rest from this series but that parting chapter was a cliffhanger and my interest is piqued once again You may notice the time it took for me to read this and it's more than a year because I stopped and just resumed a week ago.
This is an epic tale of love, courage, sacrifice, leadership, and many other subjects. I could say Claire really lived. She had purpose and the love between Jamie and her was unfathomable and wasn't bound by time. It's an amazing concept of how Claire conceived from the past and was able to give birth and nurture Brianna. I was a little teary-eyed when they parted. Ms Gabaldon's storytelling is really detailed, one could almost believe s/he is reading fact.
Those are my only thoughts about this book. There are a lot of philosophical quotes about life in general, justice, and beliefs that I really appreciated. I'm reading the next....more
This is the first Monica McCarty novel I've read and I loved it! There's a lot of tension between the characters and I missed reading about those sexyThis is the first Monica McCarty novel I've read and I loved it! There's a lot of tension between the characters and I missed reading about those sexy Scots. I just love it when they take control....more
I immensely enjoyed this book, it's the fastest one I read so far. Ms Gabaldon once again wowed me with her masterful storytelling. I can't say enoughI immensely enjoyed this book, it's the fastest one I read so far. Ms Gabaldon once again wowed me with her masterful storytelling. I can't say enough praises because I read the next book right after this one. Again, another cliffhanger of sorts. Well done!...more
I liked this mixture of historical and paranormal. I'm always fond of reading about Scots and I find it even more fascinated when magic is added to thI liked this mixture of historical and paranormal. I'm always fond of reading about Scots and I find it even more fascinated when magic is added to the mix.
I won't make this review long, I just want to say this is my first Donna Grant novel and it won't be the last. ...more