Some stories are hard to hear, that doesn't mean they shouldn't be told. All three books in the Captive series deal with abuse in all its forms and efSome stories are hard to hear, that doesn't mean they shouldn't be told. All three books in the Captive series deal with abuse in all its forms and effects. The Laird is about child physical and mental abuse, I mention this because of how this can be a trigger for some but know that it is never gratuitous and except for two scenes it is more about the emotional trauma such acts can cause in individuals.
Michael Brodie is finally coming home after 9 years away at war and with very minimal communication between him and his home. The years he spent in France as a traitorous non-traitor (The Captive and The Traitor) have taken their toll; he is world weary and ready for his homeland and clan to soothe his tired spirit. Michael especially hopes the young bride he left behind will lead this forefront. Brenna Brodie may have been surrounded by home and hearth but like Michael, she lived a life full of fear and lacking security. When Brenna was sent to Michael's home as his betrothed she was only eight years old, lonely and feeling out of place she was befriended by Michael's uncle Angus. Angus groomed her and then preyed upon Brenna's insecurity for years until she hit early teenage years and began to understand something wasn't right. When Brenna turns sixteen, her and Michael are wed and on that night Brenna begs Michael to take her with him when he journeys to war. Michael, only twenty, was reeling from a recent incident that shattered his world and unable to process it, essentially escapes to war distancing himself from everyone that knows him and leaving Brenna behind.
What follows is an extremely emotional read about not only two people trying to overcome and manage traumatic events but how friends, family, and communities cope with the dark realities of life. The heart of this story is Michael and Brenna trying to traverse the vast distance years and circumstances has created between them. This is a slow moving story but at the same time, I flew through it as I was completely absorbed and invested in Michael and Brenna together and separately. The awkwardness and yearning the two demonstrate made me pull for them right in the beginning. Michael even with his scars from the war remembers Brenna as his cherished childhood friend and with every interaction and observation grows to love Brenna as the woman she is now. As the events swirling about Brenna are mostly the catalyst for the heart of the story, she is what readers will focus on and what a heartbreaking and inspiring character she is. The shame, guilt, anxiety, strength, heart, and endurance Brenna displays make her a character you will not soon forget. The gentleness and understanding Michael gives to Brenna and Brenna's simple trying makes you want to simply clutch this book to your chest and weep for them. While the ending may leave some to bemoan Uncle Angus not getting his just rewards, the healing Brenna and others exhibit is satisfying enough for me.
I am very fond of the first two books in the series, but The Laird, it stole a piece of my heart. When someone mocks or claims romance genre books are trashy, simplistic, or otherwise unworthy, this is the book you point them to. There is a subtleness to Ms. Burrowes writing that has me hooked and will have me looking at her backlist and watching for new releases. Some stories are hard to hear, there is in where their beauty lies. ...more
"Underneath your clothes there’s an endless story. There’s the man I chose. There’s my territory. And all the things I deserve for being such a good"Underneath your clothes there’s an endless story. There’s the man I chose. There’s my territory. And all the things I deserve for being such a good girl." Underneath Your Clothes - Shakira
The pain of Eleanor and Taliesin's longing, tension, and heartbreak is what this story is all about. They are both stubborn characters who nevertheless set the room ablaze with their desire for one another. The word chemistry almost seems too weak for these two. They're soulmates without the insta-love; their emotional connection is aptly felt and seen through interactions. Ashe gets a little heavy handed at times with the descriptive words but this couple is guaranteed to make your heart feel like it is too big for your chest. Seventy percent or so of this story is about Taliesin and Eleanor's yearning, hurt, and desire for each other and it is magnificent. The remaining, which mostly happens towards the end, involves the revelation of Eleanor's parents and the secret of the ring. While the pace of the story picks up, I missed being spoiled by the thick emotion and high tension. The switch of focuses isn't completely smoothly interwoven but it does wrap up the continuous story arc throughout the series very nicely, especially when some shocking truths are uncovered. Eleanor and Taliesin have the passion, emotion, and heart wrenching relationship that drives this market.
Full Review to be posted (Feb 18) closer to publication....more
Part 1 5 stars Superb. Really, everything I want in a book.
Interesting characters, check. (anti-hero does overshadRead it when it came out as a serial.
Part 1 5 stars Superb. Really, everything I want in a book.
Interesting characters, check. (anti-hero does overshadow heroine here) Compelling storyline, check. (Mafia aspect was just hinted at enough to really intrigue me) Pearl clutching hotness, check. (Twisted the strand so much, it snapped.)
A few caveats: 24yr old virgin instalove/attraction
Two usually very bothersome things but only slightly twittered at me. Guess I'm just really feeling the bad bad Leroy Brown comrades right now.
Part 2 4 stars
Didn't quite live up to the first one but still managed to be better than average.
Still liking the characters and where they have taken me and where I think they are going to go.
BDSM aspects are more frequent in this one and in the beginning the story arc takes a hit because of it. The ending part revs up with some action however.
Part 3 3 stars The Professional: Part 3 - Kresley Cole
Net! (the soft no)
Veered into erotica way too much for my liking. Where was my Russian mafia suspense story? Felt rushed and only seemed to skim the surface of characters and story arc.
I want this story flushed out and redone with more in depth, well, everything! Wait scratch that, I think the sex club aspect was well taken care of here.
However, I stayed up until 4am to read all 3parts, so who am I to complain. Obviously, there was something here for me. Mafiya, guns, suspense, in depth story arc are more my kink than circus orgies and cum ropes.
Would recommend reading, who knows maybe it will inspire you to give your neighborhood mafia guy a try....more
There is nothing more attractive than a good man and Cannon is one of the best.
No Limits picks up Cannon "The Saint" Colter and Yv****Full Review****
There is nothing more attractive than a good man and Cannon is one of the best.
No Limits picks up Cannon "The Saint" Colter and Yvette Sweeny's story that started in Dash of Peril. (This is a standalone and the back story is explained but trust me, this couple is so squee worthy to read about you'll want to go back and read that book just to catch any glimpse you can of the two together) Yvette's grandfather has died and Cannon finds out he has been left half of the grandfather's house and pawn shop business. In a letter, the grandfather explains that he wants Cannon to help Yvette come out the shell she has erected around herself. Why Cannon? Well, even as a teen Cannon has been the neighborhood enforcer and worked to keep it clean of drugs and criminals; he helped keep the pawn shop safe. This, along with an incident he went through with Yvette in Dash of Peril, led to Yvette having a serious case of hero worship. Cannon held back as he thought she was too young at the time (she was 20) and thus made Yvette feel like she was always just an annoyance. Now three years has passed and Cannon is ready to make his move.
No Limits is a heart wrenching, pounding, and clenching story of two people who lived through a harrowing experience working to reconnect. Yvette thought when she left town three years ago she was freeing Cannon of any responsibility he may have felt towards her and could pursue his career in the MMA arena, Cannon ultimately let her go because he thought she needed time on her own to grow but harbors some hurt as what he saw as her leaving him. Now that she is back in town and he has some time off from his MMA career he is not going to let her go. What follows is a story full of deep emotions; grieving, hurt, yearning and ultimately love. Cannon must work to not only show Yvette he is truly committed to her but also help heal the wounds of that past experience they had. The way he holds himself back, the tenderness, the understanding, and how he is willing to keep fighting for Yvette, will have you enchanted and rooting for him all the way. Yvette will have your heart breaking as she refuses to believe Cannon could possibly have feelings for her, struggles to overcome her past trauma, and works to reclaim herself. The tension, passion, wanting, and desire between this couple ignites the pages.
The only minor grievances I had involved the two story threads of Yvette's stalker ex-boyfriend and escalating danger of someone trying to scare Yvette and Cannon out of town, one or the other should have been cut as they kind of clogged up the ending and the book seemed to run a little long. Although, I would not envy the editor who would have to choose what scenes to cut or trim. Even with those complaints this is a must read. The way Cannon loves Yvette is why the whole romance genre exists in the first place. This is a couple that will stick with you for a long time. I can't wait to read the next book in the series, which I'm betting will feature Cannon's sister Merissa and friend Armie. I have a feeling Merissa is going to be a challenge Armie won't be able to resist.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Evernight is bI received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Evernight is book 5 in the Darkest London series that is romance, paranormal, historical, supernatural, mystery, suspense, and steampunk. I'm not usually a big reader of paranormal, supernatural, or steampunk but I am starting to love each book in this series more than the previous; do not be scared away if you also don't usually read books with these elements. Kristen Callihan has created a world that is wildly imaginative and intricate with captivating characters. This book is dangerously close to being the best I have read so far in 2014.
If you have read the earlier books in the series you will remember Holly Evernight, Will Thorne, and the horrific circumstances that brought them together. This picks up a couple months after the previous book and Will is on the hunt for Holly to exact revenge for the part she played while he was a captive. When he meets up with her, he is unpleasantly surprised that any advantage he might have had are useless against Holly. This is due to Holly being an elemental; while also being a genius inventor Holly can control metal. Will was originally half human and demon but now having a clockwork heart made out of platinum that over time seeps throughout his body turning him all metal, he is consequently at the mercy of Holly. Will finds a relief and control over the metal in his body that he never had without Holly and Holly finds a protector against unknown assassins trying to kill her; thus we have our two protagonists bound together.
I have now thrown out the terms, elemental, demon, and clockwork heart, which if you haven't read the series could make you feel confused and overwhelmed. There is no way for me to shortly and coherently summarize all the components that make up this incredible world Ms. Callihan has created. Suffice to say there is the group Suppression of Supernaturals (SOS) who Holly works for and is dedicated to protecting humans from rogue supernaturals and the Nex, a group of supernaturals who wouldn't mind revealing themselves to humans and being in charge, who Will previously worked for. The battle of these two groups is the main tree that the rest of the story arcs branch from but we also have the Ghosts in the Machine (GIM) former humans who have died but been brought back to life with clockwork hearts that flitter between both sides, a bigger spotlight in this book on the fae, and introduction to the Alamut, a group of shadowy assassins. There are also appearances by past main characters that involve a werewolf, more elementals, and a half angel. Again, this can all sound overwhelming but Ms. Callihan does an amazing job of describing, introducing, and interweaving all of these components, without info dumping, world building in such a way that everything is so fantastical. This book would definitely be better read as part of the series so everything is understood but I'm here to tell you the main couple, Will and Holly, are great enough together for someone to randomly pick this book up and read as a standalone.
Holly is a very composed and literal individual, which probably stems from her being a genius and tinkering with mechanics all the time. She also suffers from agoraphobia due to her imprisonment where she meets Will. Will is used to decadence, dirty talk, and general shenanigans due to his demon side. There is some resentment from Will as he blames Holly for what he has become because she created his clockwork heart but that dissipates fairly quickly as he realizes she was as much a victim as him. The way he teases and brings out her feisty side will have you grinning ear to ear and the poignant scenes with such deep heartfelt emotion between the two will have your heart feeling two sizes too big for your chest. Holly tries to keep a wall up enough times that you may find yourself getting angry at her before she finally gives in while I know readers are going to fall helplessly in love with Will. Their out of the bedroom and in the bedroom scenes are scorching. The sexual chemistry made up of anticipation, push/pull, desire, and the way Will calls Holly "love" and dirty talks, will have you fanning yourself. This couple also has such lightness to them when they are together that reading about them is immensely pleasing.
Everything happening is so intriguing that there is never a dull moment and I never wanted to put the book down. I did feel Holly recovered from her agoraphobia pretty quickly and the ending felt somewhat rushed as certain things seemed to be wrapped up with too tidy of bows; these are rather small complaints, though. Even with all the complex story arcs swirling around Will and Holly they were dynamic enough to remain front and center, never over powered by the story. This series started off good and only improves with each book; this latest one is my favorite. Whether you like paranormal, supernatural, or romance this series and especially this book more than delivers. I will definitely be anxiously anticipating the next in the series which will be about Adam, the father of the GIMs and Eliza, Holly's cousin.
First off, let's get this out of the way, this was a keeper for me. A book I reviewed awhile ago, I put "this is why I read historical romance". Well,First off, let's get this out of the way, this was a keeper for me. A book I reviewed awhile ago, I put "this is why I read historical romance". Well, this is why I read contemporary biker romance. I state biker because let's be honest, with the sudden overwhelming influx of this trope, it deserves its own category.
This is part of a series and if you read the previous book (Reaper's Legacy) you are ahead of the game and probably have been eagerly awaiting Em and Hunter's story. Since half of this book takes place during the time period of Reaper's Legacy, you're fine if you just want to start with this one and have not read the previous books.
The first 70% or so of this book was oh so good. We learn that Hunter, as part of a rival motorcycle club the Devil's Jacks, is tasked with the assignment of keeping tabs on Em, the daughter of the president of the hated Reapers. Their relationship starts online and Em, who only knows Hunter as Liam, starts to fall for Hunter through their conversations. She eventually agrees to meet up with him and there starts the story of holy hot sexual tension, chemistry, betrayal, push/pull, and love/hate.
You see, Hunter kidnaps Em and tries to use her against her father and MC club. Em does not take to this too kindly. We get to see Em come out of her shell, her strength, and raw emotions regarding Hunter. Hunter shows us his ability to control his emotions (well almost with Em), ruthlessness, and weaknesses. These characters are well drawn with past histories created that lead to believable motivations, actions, and emotions. These two want to be together but with a Romeo and Juliet vibe, they must battle for that to happen. The action part of the storyline deals with the two MCs struggling to trust one another and learn more about a cartel that could be working to encroach on their territory.
The beginning of the book flies by, the story pacing just right, only hurried because I was so engrossed in the book and wanted to know where it was all leading. The last 30% or so, I felt like the pace slowed down for me a bit. Em and Hunter are working on being together (this could be a personal problem because I like tension ;) and we lose a little bit of the excitement of the chase and biker tension. The character of Hunter mellows out more. The author acknowledges this with an "author's note" and states this book could be considered more New Adult than her previous ones. I'm not the biggest New Adult fan and thought this one was sexier than the usual in that genre and had no problems with the character of Hunter; don't let a New Adult tag scare you away.
Em's father, Picnic, is the main secondary character (struggling with letting his daughter grow up) and I imagine we are going to see a book in his honor with the rotating parade of women to his door ending. Other notables include Kit (Em's sister) and Cookie and Deke ( Definitely a story there with these two).
Books like this are my guilty pleasure and this was a great enjoyable one. Read it if you at all like romance and definitely if you like biker romance....more
Envelope pushing and went places a lot of authors won't venture to in regards to "bad boy" good girl relationship. Now just because the author took i Envelope pushing and went places a lot of authors won't venture to in regards to "bad boy" good girl relationship. Now just because the author took it to the edge, over it at times, doesn't mean I thought she should.
Michael, the main man, is a dark character, and I seriously mean dark. He frequently hits Christina, the main chica, when he kidnaps her. It's not a pretty story and definitely had me feeling uncomfortable at times and quite frankly I'm not sure this could be called romance in general speaking.
However, even with all that said I was pretty absorbed into the storyline. And this was a storyline that tended to get a tad convoluted. It was edgy and suspenseful enough though to keep me reading. Apparently, this was written on fictionwise first or some site like that and it shows in the writing but can be dealt with.
Anyway, I'm about as conflicted about if and how much I liked this book as much as Christina's feelings about Michael. Maybe this book gave me Stockholm Syndrome too. Either way, I'll definitely be reading the sequel.
Read if you want to read about a lead male character who can only be called very darkest shades of grey, a lead female who is 18yrs old and bounces from weak to strong, a villain who has a lovely Irish accent and sadistic bent, and a strangely compelling storyline of shady agencies having their shady mercenaries doing their shady work....more
My god this series. I can't even and doubt I will ever be able to articulate how this series ravaged me.
The story and writing is full of emotion -lovMy god this series. I can't even and doubt I will ever be able to articulate how this series ravaged me.
The story and writing is full of emotion -love, hate, jealousy, sadness, anger, joy. Emotions of life. The story and writing is full of actions -heroic, cowardliness, moral, immoral, right, wrong, gray. Actions of life. Tatiana and Alexander's story is full of what other's have called "mundane details". I call it the details of life, or you know the little and big things that make us who we are. Soooooo mundane ;) Look I get it this series is long, beautiful, and ugly. Just like life. It certainly is epic and requires a certain fortitude to get through. It's real, it's reality and some don't want that from their books. Tatiana and Alexander didn't always do what I wanted them to do but it's their story not mine and frankly the story was better for it. I know some other's also complained about the flashbacks saying they were unnecessary. However, I read these books all together one after the other and when I read the flashback where Pasha is told to fear rust, I freaking lost it, cried forever. Could that been left out of the story, yes, but did it add a serious, crazy dimension, YES! All the flashbacks not only brought the ghosts back but gave me a deeper understanding of the characters which made me miss them even more and understand Tatiana even more because of this. (I lost a lot of my anger towards Dasha during the 3rd book flashbacks). The characters from this series are going to haunt me for a long time.
*Sidenotes* My god how much research do you think Paullina Simons did for these books! From WWII to Vietnam guns and politics, detail,detail,detail!
This series must, I demand it, be made to film. Maybe not movie but perhaps a Thorn Birds like format? They can't leave anything out, once again I demand it.
Whose naming the next goldfish they get Shura? I know I am. ...more
So occasionally I read other books that I don't plan on reviewing and occasionally it just so happens that one of these books turns out to be fanfreakSo occasionally I read other books that I don't plan on reviewing and occasionally it just so happens that one of these books turns out to be fanfreakingtastic. This book was fanfreakingtastic. I felt the need to share all this fanfreakingtasticness with you all. What can I say I'm a giver! Usually I can separate a book into character driven or storyline but with this one I can't. The characters supported the storyline and vice versa. Jack and Cameron come together again after three years (they had worked previously together on a case that ended badly, look for 'misunderstanding' here) because of a murder Cameron "ear-witnessed". The mixture of animosity and sexual tension is great right off the bat. As I read on the story and characters feed off and complemented each other, making this one of the most complete and structured books I have read in some time. Great characters AND a great storyline. Fanfreakingtastic. First off this book is written intelligently; not always a given when talking about contemporary romances. Oh, and don't let anyone tell you this is a "romantic suspense" story. You learn who the killer is pretty quick, so no suspense there. In my OCD filing system I had it filed under Contemporary - Firefighter/Cop - Non-Series. Yes, FBI agents are filed under cop; I'm OCD but a lazy OCD. Anyway back to the commendable way the author wrote/portrayed these characters. I don't know many FBI special agents or Assistant U.S. Attorneys so I can't vouch for the complete authenticity but the author made me believe Jack and Cameron were the real deal. The ages, maturity, and how they spoke were right on key for me. In sooooooooooo many books that have this storyline the woman needing protection fights it and feels the need to take on the deadly killer herself. Here is where the intelligent writing comes in, Cameron actually *gasps* trusts and listens to the professionals in charge. No running around trying to dodge police protection! Fanfreakingtastic. Cameron is no wilting flower, but she also understands they could be stopping her from being smothered with a pillow. Smart lady. Sigh, what do I say about Jack? Former Special Forces, current FBI special agent. Intense. He is all that is "glowering" broody goodness. He has a dry wit that I adore combined with a take no shit attitude. Seriously, Jack is up there with Kid Chaos for my all time favorite heroes. Dear Jack is of course an alpha but not a dick. Fanfreakingtastic. Our couple have a history with the 'misunderstanding' but this is a totally believable and understandable misunderstanding that doesn't drag on too long (well maybe a smidgen) and actually adds to the storyline instead of just added to make the story longer. There are a couple secondary characters that add some great flavor to the story. The main ones are Wilkins who is Jack's partner and a fanfreakingtastic "good cop" to Jack's "bad cop". The by play between these two was funny/enjoyable to read. Collin and Amy are Cameron's BFFs, with Collin getting more air time. Collin is the male friend every woman wants. I wanted Collin, almost and of course in a different way, as much as I wanted Jack. This book turned out to be more funny than I thought it was going to be going in. There wasn't a bunch of hokey forced humor (LOATHE) but humor that simply and intelligently shone through in the character's attitudes and conversations. Some of the best were between Jack, Wilkins, and the two cops assigned to watch Cameron. Those two cops were small bit players but definitely would have been nominated (with Collin and Wilkins) for best supporting actor. Throughout the book I found myself grinning and saying "Now that is a great line" many times. Fanfreakingtastic. "Something About You" is intelligent, funny, with one hell of a hero in Jack Pallas. If nothing else read the book for him. This book was a definite keeper and I will for sure be reading it again. Oh, and for the perverts there are some great steamy sex scenes.
If I had fish I would totally name one after the lead hero Jack Pallas (umm in other words A+) ...more