No really though, I adored Nykyrian. Even if I truly was about to stab myself in the eye if I had to...more(Kindle Book)
Ahh Acheron by any other name... lol
No really though, I adored Nykyrian. Even if I truly was about to stab myself in the eye if I had to read one more bloody time about how unworthy he was and how he was nothing but an animal and blah blah blah. Yeah. I get it. The man hates himself. Cool. Move along already.
I have to say Sherrilyn Kenyon is the queen of (literally) tortured characters. Good heavens talk about a miserable childhood for pretty much everyone in the story, but no one more so than Nykyrian. I can't even imagine anyone even resembling sanity after being put through all that, but despite his self-hatred and profession, Nykerian rocked my socks off as the absolute scariest good guy I think I've ever read.
Kiara was a bit annoying at times, but really no more so than her character called for -- in the beginning she was naive despite both her past and her belief that she was worldly, and she really was just as unfairly judgmental of the assassins as Syn accused her of. However, I do think that her character matured a lot over the course of the story..
The side characters were incredibly fascinating too.. Syn was probably my favorite (and is the hero of the next book, Born of Fire), with both Darling and Dancer being a close second.
I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of The League novels (I have them right here on my iTouch, ready to read!).
I'm kicking myself for waiting this long to buy the series, and I just hope the rest of the books live up to this one. 5 Stars.(less)
Ahh I do adore Nalini Singh :) I swear she could write a biography of Abraham Lincoln or something and I'd happily read it.
Archangel's Kiss is the second novel in her new Guild Hunters series (which began with Angels' Blood, and includes both Angel's Judgement from the Must Love Hellhounds anthology, and the e-release novella Angels' Pawn) and is the continuation of Elena and Raphael's story.
One notable difference between the two novels is the romance aspect. In Angels' Blood, there was much more of an Urban Fantasy vibe with a bit of romance and heat thrown in. Archangel's Kiss, on the other hand, is much much steamier.
However, UF fans should note that there's still plenty of fighting -- everyone it seems is out to kill Elena. The entire Cadre sees her as Raphael's weakness, and attempts to use her against him. Additionally, she has to watch her back from members of Raphael's Seven, since old rivalries continue and new ones are formed as the Seven struggle to balance their loyalty to Raphael and their desire to protect him -- even from himself.
I would suggest reading Angels' Blood first. Even though NS did a great job of seamlessly integrating the necessary history from the first novel, you miss the nuances of Elena and Raphael's burgeoning relationship and the transformation and adaptations that they both are forced to undergo in order to truly make their relationship work.
I LOVE that Elena and Raphael both struggle to find a balance in their relationship. Elena doesn't suddenly become a docile little doormat who allows Raphael to walk all over her, but neither does Raphael suddenly give in to her every whim or automatically relinquish the total control over someone he rightfully feels is less than his equal. Instead, they both begin to make small concessions to the other; both give up some of their own power and vulnerabilities to the other in order to build trust and to begin to rely on the other's strengths.
Fans of the first novel will be happy to note that we're given much more information a certain childhood incident that played a such a big part in shaping who Elena is, although there are still several unanswered questions in regards to her relationship to her father.
In addition, there are quite a few new characters who are introduced in Archangel's Kiss that will hopefully play large parts in future novels in the series -- I'm incredibly interested in both Jason and Aoden and hope that they will play a large part in future novels.
One confrontation at the end did feel a wee bit anticlimactic upon first reading it, but I went back and re-read the chapter and realized that really it couldn't have been done any differently. The speed and severity at which it was dealt with was an important step in character development, and in the end, a later confrontation definitely erased any feelings of anti-climax.
I greatly look forward to reading any new novels in the series (with the next one due out in 2011 I believe), and enjoyed the snippet from her newest Psy/Changeling Novel, Bonds of Justice, due out in July of this year.
In the tradition of the other Banning Sisters books, this novel was full of secret plots, spies, and intrig...moreGood Lord this book was a long time coming!
In the tradition of the other Banning Sisters books, this novel was full of secret plots, spies, and intrigues.
I thoroughly enjoyed it. There was really never a dull moment, and every time it seemed that progress had been made, something else jumped forth to cause problems between them (just like I like it lol)
Sensitive readers should be aware that this novel contains attempted rape, kidnapping, and a sexual assault (some would call it "forced seduction", but honestly I think it may have crossed the line a bit).
It also has the dreaded "hero sees the heroine naked without her consent" thing which drives me NUTS in romance novels. Attention Authors: THAT'S NOT SEXY.
Despite that, however, it was a wonderful way to end the Banning Sisters Trilogy which started with Scandalous followed by Irresistible. Gabby/Nick and Claire/Hugh play a big part, as does their wonderfully meddlesome aunt.
I absolutely adored Neil, however. I know I may be alone in this, but one of the things I loved about him was that he actually, honest to goodness considered killing Beth -- just snapping her neck. Usually in romance novels (outside of Anne Stuart's creations of course lol), even the most hardened assassin hero would never consider killing an innocent woman who'd gotten in his way. I liked that he was all like "Man that sucks I'm gonna have to snap her neck. Oh well." (paraphrased of course :P)
The only thing keeping it from being 5 stars is the fact that the ending seemed really abrupt to me. Everything got wrapped up in a nice little HEA mind you; it's just that there was some fade-to-black smexin that seemed a bit out of place, followed by a short bit of action and then cut to what was practically an epilogue where Robards told us, rather than showed us how the rest of the stumbling blocks to Neil and Beth's HEA were quickly and tidily swept away. Knowing how long it's been since this book was supposed to come out (what is it, an 8 year wait?), it almost feels like Robards took the old dusty, unfinished manuscript off the shelf and spent a few days quickly whipping up an ending and sent if off to her editors so that she could just be done with it.
Still, despite that, it was a highly satisfying and attention-grabbing novel that I would highly recommend to any fan of the Banning Sisters novels (which, I admit, I suggest reading in order before picking up this novel, even though it could easily stand alone).
(Kindle Edition) My first book of 2010, and I couldn't have chosen a better one :)
A huge fan of the entire Ghostwalker Series, I was glad to see Christ...more(Kindle Edition) My first book of 2010, and I couldn't have chosen a better one :)
A huge fan of the entire Ghostwalker Series, I was glad to see Christine Feehan pull away from the we-just-met-but-OMG-I-just-have-to-have-you motif that's present in so many of her other books.
In Street Game, our hero and heroine have known each other their whole lives, and were even involved romantically before any of the pheremonal whatnot occurred.
Never fear, the conspiracy is still alive and kicking, with several old players making an appearance, as well as a few newbies. There was also quite a bit of hat-tipping towards characters from previous novels, and I have to say that I sincerely hope that Kane is going to be one of the heroes in an upcoming novel, because his story is one I'm dying to hear.
I adored the underdog Paul, really hope that Javier gets his own novel one day, and was quite enamored with our hero in all his chest thumping glory (especially that he was so bewildered by his feelings for wee Jaimie)
I definitely think this was one of her stronger novels, with much the action finally not taking place in a swamp or jungle scenario ;)
Overall a very solid read. 4 1/2 stars (only losing 1/2 a star because I feel it can't stand on its own without reading at least a few of the previous novels)(less)
I wanted to like this book much more than I actually did. The premise is wonderful to me -- it's got ancient warriors, shape-shifting, psychic juju go...moreI wanted to like this book much more than I actually did. The premise is wonderful to me -- it's got ancient warriors, shape-shifting, psychic juju going on, fated mates (which are really my thing if you didn't know), but it really fell short.
I think it was the whole guy-transforms-into-a-hawk-and-has-sex-with-his-human-girlfriend thing. Don't get me wrong -- I adore shape-shifters, and I think it was hella cool that Ajax went from big imposing human dude to wet-your-pants-if-you-saw-him glowing ginormous freakishly awesome Hawk Dude. However, having a shape-shifter boff a human while they're transformed into their animal just squicks me something fierce..
I liked Shay, and really felt her frustration at her family's tendency to keep secrets from her. I also adored the interaction between the Oracle and good King Leo... I know River's book is next, but I'm hoping Leo and the Oracle do get their own.
There were a couple continuity errors that irked me as well.. For one, it was almost implied that Shay was a virgin (her blushing when Jax's brother said something about virgins having a harder time with the portal travel, and the flash of pain when she and Jax first have sex), but then she talks about numerous previous lovers... Kinda bugged me. Then there's the whole Apollo severely punishes anyone who touches an Oracle thing and yet there's supposedly a whole lineage of them? Well how were they havin' babies if nobody touched them?? Or was it just a case of menfolk being willing to suffer Apollo's wrath in order to bag an Oracle? *shrugs* Either way, it bugged me a wee bit. And finally the conversation Shay and Ajax had about his previous lovers -- he talks about how he had a lot of human lovers over the years, and she said something about how he could have gotten married, and he's all like "no I was waiting for you" and she's all squee-ing over how sweet it is that he was faithful... to her... while banging all these chicks... just because he never married them? Yeahhh... Not feeling it.
Don't get me wrong -- the man's 2500+ years old. If he'd been abstaining the whole time I would imagine he would be MUCH less pleasant to be around.. Nor would I judge him for his past were I in Shay's position.. I'm all about reformed rakes and all, so the fact that he's most definitely going to be faithful to her for the rest of eternity is wonderful.. But I still wouldn't be thrilled about it nor would I be seeing big puffy hearts in the air because he chose to bang multitudes of women but that he knew one day she'd be around and he'd love her, so he never gave any of those women his heart. Makes me feel kind of bad for at least some of those women, even though he wiped their memories when they were done.
It wasn't all bad mind you -- hence the three stars...
There was a lot of action for the Urban Fantasy fans (though keep in mind this is mainly a PNR not UF), the side characters were all interesting enough to look forward to more of the series, and Shay's awakening combined with the little twisty-twist at the cemetery were all positive points. I also enjoyed the meshing of ancient gods and goddesses with Christian theology. That was a surprising little twist that made for an interesting read.
Overally, I'd say a solid 3 Stars. I'm planning on reading the second book in the series, Red Kiss, so I hope that it is an improvement now that we've got the "universe setup" that's necessary with PNR's out of the way.(less)
Definitely more of an "Urban Fantasy" than I'd been expecting from Silhouette Nocturne, but I really enjoyed it. Jachin is a freakin awesome hero, and...moreDefinitely more of an "Urban Fantasy" than I'd been expecting from Silhouette Nocturne, but I really enjoyed it. Jachin is a freakin awesome hero, and the action scenes were plentiful and intense. It reminded me a lot of Underworld with all the fighting and vampire politics and such.
I admit, I pretty much had the whole "prophesy" thing figured out from the first time they spoke of it -- it was a bit obvious I think, but I still enjoyed seeing how it played out.
I didn't really care for our heroine that much, at least not at first.. I joked with my husband that I could make a drinking game where if I took a drink every time she screamed, there'd be no way to finish the book because I'd be way too drunk to read. Honestly though, that's real, don't you think? I mean, how many women would REALLY not be freaked out and screaming if they'd been kidnapped by a vampire, chased by other vampires, been repeatedly shot at, been in a several car wrecks, thrown off a cliff, kidnapped again, and, well, you get the idea. I can't think of many "real" people who'd still be mentally cool and collected during and after all that lol
The sex was hot, and not overly plentiful which surprisingly enough is a good thing in this novel. The action and the fighting are such a forerunner in this novel that there really wouldn't have been a way to add more smexin without seeming trite or gratuitous. (less)
I recently discovered Shiloh Walker as an author, and let me tell you, she's quickly becoming one of my favorites.
Even though Broken is a sequel to Fr...moreI recently discovered Shiloh Walker as an author, and let me tell you, she's quickly becoming one of my favorites.
Even though Broken is a sequel to Fragile, I do think it would stand well on its own.
Quinn is just delicious. I do adore my tortured heroes *swoon* I also really liked Sara, and how hard it was for her knowing she shouldn't stay but desperately wanting to anyway.
The romance was sizzling. The chemistry between Quinn and Sara was simply to die for. However, sensitive readers should be aware that there is a scene involving explicit back door action. I do hope, however, that even those who don't like that sort of thing in novels will just skip over that part, because the rest of the book is truly worth it.
I was very pleasantly surprised at the twisty end. I had it partially figured out but not completely, and when the truth was revealed, I truly smacked my forehead because looking back, Ms. Walker had done such a fantastic job of planting the clues all along and yet my mind still failed to come to the correct conclusion.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Kensington Imprint: Brava...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Kensington Imprint: Brava Author’s Website: http://www.lucymonroe.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5 of The Goddard Project series Series Best Read In Order: Yes, but works well as a standalone. Steam Level: Hot
Yes, I know, I’m on a Lucy Monroe kick. I can’t help it! I just love her writing. This is Book 5 in The Goddard Project series, which is a wonderful series full of Special Ops super soldiers who are the best of the best. One thing I love about this series is that her characters aren’t just soldiers — they’re almost all brilliant scientists and technophiles as well, which the geek in me really loves.
Overall, it was classic Lucy Monroe. There was a hero unwilling to let emotions rule him, a heroine who gave herself over to the hero without recognizing that she was in deeper than he was, and some lovely alpha-male groveling. The heat level was just right, the mystery of the conspiracy and treason was intriguing, and there was a very satisfying secondary romance to boot. A very solid 4/5 Stars.(less)