This is the first book from this author I've read and it captivated me, both the story and writing style. Got this free from Smashwords and read it ri...moreThis is the first book from this author I've read and it captivated me, both the story and writing style. Got this free from Smashwords and read it right away.
I like the concept of elements being controlled by athanatos. I was a little confused by the setting cause most terms were Greek and then later on I found out this happened in Auckland, New Zealand.
The author was very helpful with the glossary at the start of the book, and she kept the suspense going. The sexual tension was high most of the time but there were only a few love scenes. What I found a little lacking is the history. I would've loved to have solved how Casey came to be.
Theo is not exactly human and there were times when I felt a disconnect. He assumed the worst of Casey when she was discovering some changes in her and though he made up for it, he should have let her explain.
The only spoiler I'll share is... It's a cliffhanger. There were a lot of untied knots here so I hope the next book would still be about Casey and Theo.(less)
I just loved Ian and Toni’s story! I thought it was one of those Christmas-themed short stories and was pleasantly surprised to see that isn’t the cas...moreI just loved Ian and Toni’s story! I thought it was one of those Christmas-themed short stories and was pleasantly surprised to see that isn’t the case. Ian finally grew up to look like a man instead of a boy and he’s looking for true love…in a lady Vamp. This hope was thought of in a logical sense, Ian good man that he is, doesn’t want to lie about his true self. He’s really adorable and since I’m a fan of Scottish Highlanders it was easy to love his character. He went to Horny Devils to find his mate but it’s really not the place for that. He confided to Vanda and though her intentions were good, it didn’t turn out as planned. Toni has suffered a lot of rejections and I admire her 4 morning affirmations. From the start, it was obvious she and Ian would suit because he flirted naturally with her. They rile each other up and it was amusing. I also liked Carlos and knew somehow he’s not just another neighbor. I think the gay acting is just a front. I think Sabrina and Teddy would have something in the future. I like the developments here, especially the slow addition of shapeshifters in the series, and that they’re working for the Vamps. In the previous book, Phil shifted a large wolf and saved Heather by stalling Louie. Ms Sparks writes fluently and she really does captivate me with her stories. The characters are an eclectic mix, from past to present, and her Vamps have a dose of pop culture. I’m glad there are many more stories in this series to devour. (less)
Another great story I didn’t expect to like! Jean-Luc is a jaded French vampire who wants to exile himself for 25 years in the most unlikely place – T...moreAnother great story I didn’t expect to like! Jean-Luc is a jaded French vampire who wants to exile himself for 25 years in the most unlikely place – Texas. It’s fun to read a vampire story in a rural setting, like in Charlaine Harris’s “Stookie Stackhouse” novels, but the two series are incomparable. Ms Sparks gives us a plus-size heroine, which Jean-Luc found refreshing. He’s tired of skinny models that are really shallow. I like Heather’s strong will and Jean-Luc was kind to her irritating ex-husband considering the things he said. Some people are just normally deranged and unreasonable. Heather is also perceptive so her suspicions are spot on. Her daughter is adorable too. I enjoyed the small town setting, there are the usual characters, Coach is equally annoying by the way, and her friend Sasha was really full of herself it’s no wonder she was easily manipulated. We have a new addition of a supernatural being who’s not exactly a new character. Jean-Luc really knows how to put on the charm and his skills in seduction. I enjoyed their moments together. Looking forward to Ian’s story, it really got me excited.(less)
I enjoyed this second installment of the Love At Stake series. I didn't read the description so I didn't know what to expect, but it worked out well f...moreI enjoyed this second installment of the Love At Stake series. I didn't read the description so I didn't know what to expect, but it worked out well for me.
There's the usual instant attraction between mortal and vampire but what I appreciated is the parallel sides of both the Vampire and human world. I just love the vampiric counterparts, DVN is really amusing.
After four years, Darcy still couldn't get over the truth that she's a vampire. It took a mortal, Austin, to set her straight. I love the reality show and the goings on, it's easy to imagine watching it on primetime television.
Aside from all that, my annoyance with the ex-harem diminished when I tried to understand where they came from and what era they lived in. They surely made a lot of progress and came a long way to being empowered.
Darcy again is presented a choice, something she didn't have before. I was a little disappointed with Austin at first but he soon proved his love for Darcy in a very clear way. I just love how science and fiction blended well in this story.
I'm looking forward to the next in the series!(less)
I put off reading this series for more than a year and I don't wish differently. I noticed this series has a lot of books, which is fine by me cause w...moreI put off reading this series for more than a year and I don't wish differently. I noticed this series has a lot of books, which is fine by me cause with quirky vampire stories like these, I'm sure to gobble these up 1 a day.
I enjoyed the humor most of all. This is the first Kerrelyn Sparks novel I've read and she blended the old world vamps amd modern-day cosmopolitan vamps seamlessly. The story was surprisingly good. It reminded me a little of MaryJanice Davidson's Queen Betsy series only because of the modern setting, characters are vampires, and it's funny.
I liked how the pieces were put together, and the characters who are the key players in them. It's a new concept that the author wrote of, about nerdy vampires and I loved the history and the Scots. It's like the answer to readers who are paranormal fans who love historical romance with Scots in them.
4 stars for the entertainment and laugh out loud quips!(less)
I totally did not enjoy this story! I thought I won't hate it because Gideon appealed to me that much but I started to...moreReview written in Gideon-speak:
I totally did not enjoy this story! I thought I won't hate it because Gideon appealed to me that much but I started to hate it a lot. The focus is totally on Gideon and Scarlet. There weren't any Titans involved, Aeron and company did not go to hell to retrieve Legion.
There weren't much happenings and things stayed the same and it bored me. Ms Gena Showalter's poor writing style didn't fascinate and amaze me I found myself reading the chapters slowly. It wasn't very crafty of our hated author to weave such a very simple tale of love transcending time.
Scarlet and Gideon weren't reunited and their couplings were cold and there wasn't sexual tension most of the time. I wasn't impressed with the twists, which made me put off reading the story.
The novel is too bad I was really uninspired to write a review, boos and thumbs down Ms Showalter!(less)
Aeron and Olivia didn't appeal much to me initially but when their story unfolded, I was hooked. Ms Showalter, again, impressed me with her storytelli...moreAeron and Olivia didn't appeal much to me initially but when their story unfolded, I was hooked. Ms Showalter, again, impressed me with her storytelling and the knack for presenting unresolvable conflicts.
This is a story of sacrifice and it's really painful. Both Olivia and Aeron, even Legion (the brat) made sacrifices. It tells of living life to the fullest and that's my favorite part. In the first chapter, Aeron and Paris were discussing mortals and their carefree ways, which was baffling to an immortal like Aeron. We know we'll die someday that's why we're living the way we want to.
Aeron was a big a-hole to Olivia at first, he has his reasons and I really felt for her. No matter how fragile she looked, the fallen angel hides tenacity behind her delicate look; both Wrath and Aeron couldn't help themselves. Olivia wanted to really feel, to be alive as a mortal and do what mortals do, but no matter how she wants to do something bad, her pure nature stops her, and that's really admirable, resisting temptation.
Olivia and Aeron's first time together was explosive. I was expecting something more gentle but hey, it worked! Scenes were really hot and I felt their bond and not just the physical.
A lot of developments happened and I can't wait for the next story!(less)
I liked this better than the first. The characters are really flawed and meant for each other. Who better to match with Death than Anya, Goddess of An...moreI liked this better than the first. The characters are really flawed and meant for each other. Who better to match with Death than Anya, Goddess of Anarchy?
Again, I'm impressed with the conflict presented and impressed that through one's sacrifice could one attain the unattainable.
I really liked Anya and her unpredictability. I didn't mind the stealing part, it's a certain compulsion that distracts her from doing something irreversible. Lucien pushed her away many times because of his insecurities but she forged on until he believed she truly desired him.
Their intimate dealings were very sensual and exciting, very well written and the crude language added to the arousal. It is in these scenes where the 2 are very vulnerable.
What I appreciate about this story is the adventure in it. The demons get to travel to find the artifacts, which reminds me of other novels but purely for scientific research. They are trying to defy a Titan and I liked the balance shift. I'm thrilled to learn of other demons' stories, especially Reyes and Danika, whose emotions towards each other always run high.(less)
I loved the writing style of this book. The mythology got me going and I hope there's more of it. Gena Showalter really entertained me with the story,...moreI loved the writing style of this book. The mythology got me going and I hope there's more of it. Gena Showalter really entertained me with the story, I liked the blood and violence, the love story, sex scenes, and the mystery of breaking the curse.
It's been awhile since I've read something that pulled me in. I've been in a funk and I'm glad this is part of a series cause I can't wait to read on about the cursed (but sexy warriors).(less)