No really though, I adored Nykyrian. Even if I truly was about to stab myself in the eye if I had to(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....more
Ahh I do adore Nalini Singh :) I swear she could write a biography of Abraham Lincoln or something and I'd happily read it.
ArchangeRe-read April 2010
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.
**spoiler alert** See where you had to click on the little link that let you know that there was a spoiler here?
I wasn't kidding.
This is your last ch**spoiler alert** See where you had to click on the little link that let you know that there was a spoiler here?
I wasn't kidding.
This is your last chance before I ruin it for you ;)
Ok. I warned ya.
So I'm just gonna go ahead and say this -- I put "adultery or infidelity" as one of the keywords, because for a good solid HALF of the bloody book, you think, even though Crissy is a total Mary Sue as far as honoring her wedding vows go, that not only has Judd cheated on Crissy in the past (quietly), but that he's blatantly banging this hot piece of tail that shows up in the first couple chapters.
But he's not.
I ruined the whole story for you.
That's what you get for clicking on a review that you knew had spoilers in it ;) :P
I can't stand adultery in books. It turns my stomach. Total turn-off. I don't care if it is a marriage of convenience, or even if the married partners can't breathe the same air without wanting to perform hari-kari just so they won't have to tolerate the other. Or heck, even if they've been estranged for 15 years. It's just not my cup of tea at all.
So, when I started reading this book, I had that sickly, stone-in-my-gut feeling as I read, because it was obvious (or so it seemed) that while Judd was respectful of his wife, he'd been getting a little something something on the side *wink wink nudge nudge*... And then when the hoochie mama Tippy shows up in all her whoretastic glory (and c'mon, face it, how cliche is Tippy in this bloody book?!).. Well.. You get the picture.
But, turns out Judd's been behaving. For five. long. years. *blink* I'm actually kind of impressed. Our thud-tastic hero, whose rare kisses practically melt the panties off of our poor love-starved heroine, is actually... celibate? *blink*
So yes, cliches abound
But you know what?
I loved this book anyway :D
This is my first Diana Palmer book, and if the rest of hers are anything like this one, I'll be glomming her with a quickness.
The angst in this book is delicious.
Judd is just too bloody stubborn to admit that he's got the hots for his much younger, married-only-on-paper wife, and Crissy, bless her little virgin heart is just too tomboyish and in blinding love with Judd to realize that she's actually a hot little number and that it's not a case of her being undesirable but rather a case of him being chronically "noble"... *facepalm*
Ahhh but I do love stories like that. The angst is just freaking delicious. I wanna slurp it up with a spoon.
And Cash! Oh Cash! *falls over* How I adore him! I see from other reviews that he's got his own book -- I'm going to be at the library first thing in the morning searching for that puppy, because he's just delicious in his own right. I admit, I was totally rooting for him, at least for a while *dreamy sigh*
It would have had a higher rating, but the ending was just too contrived.
Twins? Really?! And she hid it for the whole pregnancy? REALLY?! Yeah, I don't think so. It just jacked the cheese factor waaaaaay up, so it lost a star....more
A very sweet book. A free book on my Kindle, I didn't realize it was a "Christian" book until I was already snagged on the premise.. Because of that,A very sweet book. A free book on my Kindle, I didn't realize it was a "Christian" book until I was already snagged on the premise.. Because of that, it seemed a bit preachy to me at times. In reality though, I think had I known ahead of time that it would involve a heavy emphasis on religion, it wouldn't have been a big deal.
It was a very sweet, romantic story, even though there was no physical romance outside of a few chaste kisses. Shockingly enough, despite my addiction to smutty novels, that didn't bother me either lol
It was a very quick and easy read as well. Real life kept intruding during this one and I had to put it down several times, but was still able to easily pick up right where I left off without having to reread, which is nice.
The original plot device was a bit dicey -- paramedic cum UPS man brings his infant daughter on a delivery during a blizzard, and drops her off with a stranger at a farm house in the middle of nowhere because he's got to deliver this cancer treatment to some dude up the mountain. Add to that the fact that this cancer treatment HAS to be delivered in the next like 4 hours or whatever or the patient (up on top of the mountain, mind you) will die, because get this -- the medicine is only viable for 8 hours once it's been manufactured. Can I just ask why, if that's the case, is the guy not in the hospital rather than living on the side of a freaking mountain?! I mean, I get that the author needed some way to A) get our hero and heroine to meet, B) force the heroine to babysit (something she'd never be willing to do normally due to past events), and C) somehow manage to get the couple snowed-in for a week or so in order to force them to get all cozy and such. However, I wasn't really impressed with what she came up with. Just a wee bit too contrived for my tastes, so it lost a star there, ending up with a solid 3.0...more
This story had way more angst, action, and UST than I'm used to in this type of novel, which is great**spoiler alert** Awww :) Such a sweet ending :)
This story had way more angst, action, and UST than I'm used to in this type of novel, which is great :D
I'm really glad that the whole "cheating" thing got cleared up early -- that's SO not something I enjoy in my romance novels and it really would've put a huge dampener on the whole story had it been dangling over our heads the entire time.
I can see that I'm going to be a fan of Jennie Lucas, and hope to read more of her works in the future....more
The one thing that kept this from being 5 stars is the fact that I don't think the hero ever actually told the heroine that he loved her... If he did,The one thing that kept this from being 5 stars is the fact that I don't think the hero ever actually told the heroine that he loved her... If he did, I missed it :(...more
**spoiler alert** So if you pay attention to all the bookshelves I used to label this book, you'll probably end up mightily confused if I don't mentio**spoiler alert** So if you pay attention to all the bookshelves I used to label this book, you'll probably end up mightily confused if I don't mention that they pertain to two main characters -- Lucie and Sarah both. Each gets almost half of the storyline to themselves, and so I felt it appropriate to label accordingly.
I loved the romance between Sarah and Tom. There was understandable bitterness on both sides, and it was heartbreaking to think of all the lies and misconceptions that caused them to be apart for so long.
However, my reasoning for not giving it a higher rating is that I didn't care for how Lucie's story ended up.
I admit it. I liked Eagle Dancer. I realize that Lucie'd been kidnapped, and I realize that horrid things were done to her by various members of the tribe, but I was so hoping that they'd find a HEA together... Yes, the age difference squicked me (he was "nearly twenty" and she was 14 almost 15), and yes I wish he'd waited to marry her and therefore delaying their consummation (which, for the record, is done completely "off-camera" so to speak -- they're married in a tribal ceremony then a while later someone mentions that they'd lain together, but there's no kiddie porn in here so nobody freak okay?). However, I do think it's important to remember, as even Lucie notes in the story, that it wasn't uncommon for girls to wed that young in those days. Nowadays, uber creepy. Those days, barely raised eyebrows.
Unfortunately, theirs was not a true "secondary romance", despite the fact that Eagle Dancer obviously cared for and treasured Lucie (possibly even loved her? His reaction to the bread thing kind of hints to that you know..).
In light of that fact, while I know it was necessary to detail Lucie's experiences with the tribe, it made the book feel cluttered. There were several times, I admit, that I read very quickly over the portions relating to Tom and Sarah (whom are the main characters here, mind you) just to find out what was going to happen next with Lucie and Eagle Dancer. I almost felt like Kernan needed to choose one couple or the other, especially since it wasn't a situation where both couples ended up in a romantically HEA...
Because of that, my final rating is going to be 3.75 Stars....more
I'm a huge fan of "survival" type books, where the hero and heroine have to brave the elements and somesuch, so this bookLoved loved loved this book!
I'm a huge fan of "survival" type books, where the hero and heroine have to brave the elements and somesuch, so this book was right up my ally.
The romance between the two of them was believable and their chemistry was amazing.
I adored Bridget. That girl had some major spunk :D And Cole was delicious in so many ways. I admit, I didn't realize just how young he was until there was a comment about living twenty-four years without a specific experience *cough*. I kept thinking he was in his thirties, probably because he'd been through so much it just seemed to age the poor man.
This one is definitely going on my All-Time-Favorites shelf.