I picked this up free on Amazon the other day, and I tell you, I couldn't put it down. So much so that my kindle actually died while I was reading it,I picked this up free on Amazon the other day, and I tell you, I couldn't put it down. So much so that my kindle actually died while I was reading it, because I was so absorbed in the story that I didn't notice the battery warning.
That said, there are a few of my pet peeves -- the hero sees the heroine naked by "accident" (blech), and the turmoil for the sake of turmoil... not so much a Big Misunderstanding, but rather a very painful estrangement that no one (especially this reader) really wanted. In fact, what I WANTED, was to shake both of our protagonists until they stopped being so damned NOBLE and simply TALKED.
And yet I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more from this series, though I don't think I'll go backwards, and will instead read the books that came after this one.
Overall, a very enjoyable (if a bit too emotionally overwrought) way to spend a day reading.
Ahhh yes, Kuroshitsuji -- probably my favorite anime ever. How could I not pick up the manga?
I for one, was already familiar with the story presentedAhhh yes, Kuroshitsuji -- probably my favorite anime ever. How could I not pick up the manga?
I for one, was already familiar with the story presented in volume 1, so I often laughed when I picked up on differences between the book and the show, but I think everyone does that when having watched a film or show before reading the source material.
I've never reviewed a manga and will probably do it all wrong, but here it goes:
The artwork is GORGEOUS. There were several panels, especially the full page ones or the two page spreads that I want enlarged as prints on my wall.
The story was probably more humorous than the anime, if for no other reason than Sebastian kept referring to Ciel as a brat, which of course was then crossed out and replaced with "Young Master".
My one real disappointment was the lack of "I'm simply one hell of a butler" I picked up my copy from Amazon for my Kindle so I've no clue if this is a translation issue that occurred somewhere between the writing of the manga and the script for the anime, but it did hurt me to read it.
Or, of course, it could simply be that this phrase turns up in future volumes (which I plan on ordering very soon) We shall see.
So overall, I loved it, though my being obsessed with a fan of the anime most likely colored my perception a bit.
Oh how I've missed this series. There were a few issues that I think had more to do with editing than writing (as this was an ARC) so I'll need to cheOh how I've missed this series. There were a few issues that I think had more to do with editing than writing (as this was an ARC) so I'll need to check the final print version before mentioning, but overall, highly enjoyable. I do think newcomers would fare well without having to read the previous installments, but I would still suggest reading it in order. A solid 4/5 with a full review to follow closer to publication....more
See, I was just talking about how I know that Inspirational titles can have chemistry between the protagonists, and this was a lovely example. While tSee, I was just talking about how I know that Inspirational titles can have chemistry between the protagonists, and this was a lovely example. While there was still no lovemaking (boo), even after the characters were married, I at least got the sense that they were attracted to each other.
Plus, bonus points for having a plain, tom-boyish herione ;)
I knew the moment that I finished this book that it would garner a lot of OMG-I-LOVED-IT reviews right alongside quite a few WHAT-THE-HELL-DID-I-JUST-READ ones. It definitely falls into the category of "love it or hate it", and quite honestly, when I look back objectively, I'm actually surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.
This has been a very difficult review to write, to be honest, because when I look back over the notes I took while I was reading, and when I add up the number of "negative" points to compare to the "positives", I actually should have hated this book. Instead, I quite literally stayed up the entire night reading it because as cliched as it sounds, I simply couldn't bring myself to put it down.
I think what I liked the most about this book isn't necessarily the book itself -- it's the world that Ms. Bishop has created, and the immense potential for this series. Don't get me wrong -- I liked the characters and the storyline that made up this book, though admittedly the day to day mundane narrative grated on my nerves at times, and Meg was so sweet it made my teeth hurt while reading it at times.
But what really grabbed me by the throat and refused to let go was the fascinating mythology surrounding not only the many forms of terra indigine, but of the cassandra sangue themselves. Perhaps I've just been reading the wrong things, but I've never read anything quite like it, and I am absolutely hooked.
The biggest drawbacks of this story for me (other than the price and the fact that I have to wait so long for the sequel) are the fact that there is so much heavy detail on the day to day goings on in Meg's life, and the fact that Meg is a pretty unremarkable character that for some miraculous reason brings out the protective instincts in pretty much everyone she meets.
Meg's innocence and naivete were taken to the extreme at times, and though it was explained well by the isolation she experienced in her very unconventional upbringing, there were times where she really needed to be shaken a few times.
However, even though there were things about Meg that I didn't particularly care for, what I really loved was the idea that a single, somewhat ordinary person, would have touched so many lives in small, almost unintentional ways, that so many of these incredibly powerful creatures would be on the verge of practically ending the human race were she to come to harm. It sounds ridiculous as I write that, and yet that was one of the things that I enjoyed the most as I read.
In the end, though, my final rating doesn't depend on the number of things I liked versus the faults I was able to find when looking back on it. Instead, what it boils down to is how I felt when I finished the final page, and as such, this one gets my highest rating, despite it's many flaws, and I for one am dying to get my hands on the sequel.
Expected Release Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Hachette Book Group ImprintThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Hachette Book Group Imprint: Grand Central Publishing: Forever Author’s Website: http://www.vickydreiling.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Book 1, The Sinful Scoundrels Series (Spinoff of How To Series) Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Choppy Writing, “Big Twist” Not Very Twisty Favorite Tropes: Pretend Engagement, Courting Scandal
One thing that really stood out about this book was that the writing felt very awkward and choppy — not what I’m used to from this author at all. I’m not certain if it’s simply a matter of the review copy I received being unedited to the point that the writing style felt a bit differently than I was used to, or if it’s actually a shift in the author’s writing style, but either way, it was a big disappointment.
I liked the basic story, but the Big Twist was overly obvious in the setup, and, as harsh as this sounds, I think I’m more excited about the sequel than I was about this one.
I don’t want to leave you thinking that it was all bad, though, because that certainly wasn’t the case. The chemistry between Bell and Laura was wonderful, and I loved the interactions that involved Laura’s stepson as well.
Recommended for fans of reluctantly reformed rakes, virtuous widows, and deliciously scandalous pretend engagements.
3.5/5 Stars, but I will be reading the next book when it comes available.
Expected Release Date: January 31, 2013 Publisher: Penguin Imprint: SignetThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: January 31, 2013 Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Signet Author’s Website: http://www.catherineanderson.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Coulter’s Historical Series Best Read In Order: Works Well As A Standalone Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Overly-Sacrificing Heroine Favorite Tropes: Forced Marriage
The romance was very slow building, and was far more family-centered than many romances that are popular these days. However, I think this is one of the reasons that it stood out to me amongst the many other books out there featuring marriages of convenience, stubborn heroes, and desperate heroines.
I appreciated that David and Brianna were both honorable people at heart, though I admit at times it bordered on unrealistic, and I truly enjoyed how love came before physical intimacy, despite the fact that they were both clearly attracted to each other.
The tragic story of Brianna’s past and David’s determination to preserve the family he’d grown to love are what really brought this story together, and in the end, I definitely enjoyed it.
Recommended for fans of sacrificing (and headstrong) heroines, stubborn yet good-hearted heroes, and steady, family-centered romance, with just a dash of heat to keep things interesting.
This book was so, so good, and that's coming from someone who doesn't even like contemporary romance in general.
With relatable characters (despite thThis book was so, so good, and that's coming from someone who doesn't even like contemporary romance in general.
With relatable characters (despite their sometimes celebrity status), plenty of realistic ups and downs, and a decent secondary romance that didn't take away from the main love story, (not to mention the yummy chemistry) I couldn't put it down.
4.5-5, full review and final rating to follow. ...more
I almost hate myself for enjoying this one so much. Very dark, lots of Very Bad Things happening to people, but awesome.
It's good to mention that therI almost hate myself for enjoying this one so much. Very dark, lots of Very Bad Things happening to people, but awesome.
It's good to mention that there aren't any shape shifters in this series though. The Dragon Kings are a sort of paranormal race descended from (or who worship, not 100% clear on that at the moment) The Dragon, their deity.
4.5-5 Stars, full review to follow once I get my thoughts in order. ...more
Having picked it up as a Kindle freebie a few weeks ago, I honestly wasn't sure what to expect going into it.
I think the biggest thing that threw meHaving picked it up as a Kindle freebie a few weeks ago, I honestly wasn't sure what to expect going into it.
I think the biggest thing that threw me off was the time period and location. It was set in 1873 San Francisco, and yet I was jolted every single time a reference was made to the location or time period, as the world-building was a bit absent for much of the story.
Still, it wasn't a bad way to pass the time, especially for those into gothic-style romance.
Expected Release Date: October 30, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster ImThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 30, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Gallery Books Author’s Website: My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 6, Hellions of Halstead Hall Series Best Read In Order: Works Well As a Standalone Steam Level: Steamy Favorite Tropes: Neglectful Parents, Closed off From Love, Unhappy First Marriage Pet Peeves: Wanna Be My Mistress?, Stretching Out The Mystery
This book was so typical of Sabrina Jeffries — that is, full of powerful emotion, intriguing mystery, and delicious chemistry. I’m a sucker for protagonists who had neglectful parents, and I loved that we got to relive the heartache of Pierce’s childhood as the story progressed. That said however, while the mystery as to what exactly caused his mother’s behavior was interesting, I admit there were times when I just wanted to shake them all and yell “Out with it already!”
Outside of Pierce’s relationship with his mother, I really enjoyed watching him grow closer to Camilla and even her son, Jasper. I’m not usually a fan of children in romance, but it’s easy to see that he was an absolutely essential character in this tale. I loved that Camilla was so stubborn in her defense of a woman who had been nothing but kind, and I loved watching her and Pierce both become a bit more open minded as the story progressed. I loved watching Camilla force Pierce to realize that happiness was within his reach, but only if he let go of his bitterness and anger towards his parents first.
As a side note, newcomers to the series will be happy to know that this book stood quite well on its own, with its connection to the Hellions of Halstead Hall consisting mainly of casual references and cameos, and both new and old fans alike will be pleased with the depth of emotion as well as the delicious chemistry Ms. Jeffries always crafts into her stories.
Recommended for tortured heroes, stubborn heroines, and family intrigue, all with a healthy sprinkling of chemistry and holiday cheer.
Readers who follow me here on Goodreads may remember that I gave The UglThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Readers who follow me here on Goodreads may remember that I gave The Ugly Duchess, featuring Griffin’s cousin, James, a pretty harsh review considering how much I typically enjoy Eloisa James books. The biggest thing was that I blasted James for his infidelity, especially when he initially appeared remorseless about it.
However, even though Griffin was much more promiscuous than James, and just as married at the time, the infidelity in this story is off-camera and most importantly, before the story begins. Plus, I think it helps that he and Phoebe never actually consummated their marriage to begin with. For some reason, it was much easier for me to get past it in this one.
I really enjoyed this one. My biggest issue was the speed of the “romance”. Phoebe and James literally known each other approximately 48 hours (even though they’ve been married over a decade), and they’re bringing out the I Love You’s before the novella ends? I’ve never been able to buy that sort of thing in romance, and this was no exception.
Even so, this was a very well written, very entertaining novella that reminded me again why I enjoy reading Ms. James’ works.
I'm EXTREMELY wary of retellings of classic tales, and I admit that at first, the obvious similarities to Jane Eyre had me very hesitant.
That said, tI'm EXTREMELY wary of retellings of classic tales, and I admit that at first, the obvious similarities to Jane Eyre had me very hesitant.
That said, there was more than enough originality to the story to keep me on my toes, and with several unexpected plot twists as well as just enough of a cliffhanger to have me dying for the next installment (without making me want to scream in frustration), I stayed up all night reading this because I couldn't stand the thought of putting it down.
A very solid 4.5/5, with a full review to follow. ...more
I was just thrilled that this somehow managed to avoid my HP Pet Peeves lol Great if you're in the mood for a (typical to Harlequin Presents) overbearI was just thrilled that this somehow managed to avoid my HP Pet Peeves lol Great if you're in the mood for a (typical to Harlequin Presents) overbearing hero, TONS of heartache, a BIG misunderstanding (originating from before the start of the book) and a dash of heat. Which, apparently, I was. 4.5/5 Stars, full review to follow....more
**spoiler alert** Looking at all of my friends' ratings of 4- and 5-stars for this book, I have to wonder if perhaps we may be thinking of different b**spoiler alert** Looking at all of my friends' ratings of 4- and 5-stars for this book, I have to wonder if perhaps we may be thinking of different books.
To be perfectly fair, I have not read the first book (or any other book) in the Virgin River saga, and perhaps I would have enjoyed this one more had I done so.
I actually skimmed a large amount of this book. Much of it read as a Public Service Announcement from a Women's Health Clinic mixed with what felt like a narration of some videos from High School Health Class. There was far too much detailed gynecology and obstetrics for my taste, not to mention brutal miscarriages, graphic births of stillborn babies, preachy asides about how one should ALWAYS use condoms, entire chapters focused on people that I frankly didn't give two shakes about*, and an absolutely ridiculous final confrontation. While I get that this is an early installment of what seemed to have always been intended to be a sweeping series, there were just far too many characters distracting from the story between what I had anticipated to be the main couple.
That said, the love story between Paige and John (Preacher) was WONDERFUL, and was the entire reason I forced myself to finish this book. While I was surprised that Paige didn't show more signs of PTSD, especially with all of the emphasis on the possibility of her having the disorder, watching a big gentle giant fall for a petite battered woman and her young son was a joy.
I would recommend this one to fans of battered heroines, but I do say to understand going in that this is far more of a story about the community of Virgin River as a whole than a straight up romance between the title couple.
*Again, this probably had more to do with the fact that I'd never read the first book -- if I had, I probably wouldn't have felt the urge to skim over Jack and Mel's enormous parts in the story -- fans of the first book will likely adore their half of the book. ...more
Expected Release Date: June 5, 2012 Publisher: Self Published Imprint: N/AThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 5, 2012 Publisher: Self Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: zoewintersbooks.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Preternaturals Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I would definitely recommend that new readers go back and pick up the earlier stories in the series before reading this one. As someone who has read the entire series, but has forgotten much of the details, I found myself struggling to follow along at times, and while I think Ms. Winters did an admirable job of making this book stand alone, I do feel like I missed out on how meaningful some of the events actually were in the context of the series.
That said, I did enjoy it. While not as heavy on the steam as many paranormal romances, there was plenty of chemistry and romance to be had in the meantime. While I did wish that Fiona had a little less hormonal reaction to Z and a little more emphasis on the agoraphobia, I enjoyed her character immensely. I also really enjoyed how Z's behavior was not typical for a jaguar shifter, since that made his reaction to Fiona quite a bit more meaningful in my mind.
Overall, while I personally think that previous fans of the series are going to benefit most from this story, I would recommend it for fans of reformed rakes, agoraphobic heroines, and reunited lovers.
Expected Release Date: June 26, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: AvoThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 26, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: lorettachase.com My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Dressmakers Series Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Oh but how I adore the way Loretta Chase manages to give us deliciously sensible and pragmatic yet beautiful and enchanting heroines and the delightfully befuddled rake heroes to go with them. There is such magic in her stories, and this one was certainly no exception. While lighthearted and witty, there is still enough drama to keep things interesting, and the love that develops between Sophie and Longmore is absolutely delicious.
I’m so looking forward to Leonie’s book as well! The author herself was kind enough to tip me off to the fact that we have not yet met Leonie’s hero, and I can’t wait to see who the final Noirot sister ends up with! I also desperately hope that poor Clara gets her own Happily Ever After one day, whether it be in her own book, or as a subplot Leonie’s story.
Recommended for fans of lighthearted historical romance, delightfully charming (and sly!) heroines, and delicious heroes completely blindsided by love.
Expected Release Date: March 20, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN AutThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: March 20, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://kaseymichaels.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but worked well as a standalone. Steam Level: Steamy
I was so, so torn on the rating of this one. I liked Tess as a heroine. Certainly, she had her issues, but she was a very sympathetic character for multiple reasons. Jack, on the other hand, had me wanting to commit acts of violence against his person for about 90% of the novel. He was unnecessarily cruel and stubborn, and while I understood that he’d had quite a tortured past, there were many times that I found myself quite unsympathetic of his character.
While I enjoyed Tess’ character, and surprised myself by enjoying the little twist from Jack’s past, I couldn’t quite get past Jack’s character to really enjoy the story. Add to that the too-tidy ending of a major story arc from the series, and I found that this was probably my least favorite installment to the series, though it honestly pains me to say so.
Don’t get me wrong, there was a lovely amount of angst, an interesting intrigue involving Tess’ father, and some wonderful cameos of Jack’s family. However, this one seemed to lack some of the lighthearted humor I’d come to expect from the series, and coupled with my dislike of Jack, this one ended up being a bit of a disappointment.
Author’s Website: http://www.pgforte.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Winter Hearts series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
While I’m not usually one for stories involving estranged lovers, I admit that the main plot was fascinating, and I loved the world that Ms. Forte created. The angst between the characters was delightful, and there was just enough heat to keep things interesting.
A solid 4/5 Stars, and I’m interested in seeing where the rest of the series takes us....more
Expected Release Date: March 6, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group Imprint: Berkley Sensation Author’s Website: http://theaharrison.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Elder Races Series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Grace Andreas comes from a long line of Oracles, women descended from the original Oracle of Delphi, but she never expected to have the Power fall to her. After all, Grace’s sister, Petra, was the one who inherited it from their Grandmother. But when Petra and her husband are killed in an accident that left Grace badly injured, the Power and obligations of the Oracle are not the only burdens that fall on her doorstep, as Grace is given guardianship of Petra’s two small children.
Khalil is a Djinn Prince of the House of Marid — the oldest and most powerful of Djinn Houses. In repayment of a debt owed to the powerful vampiress, Carling, Khalil soon comes face to face with the new Oracle, and is completely taken aback by her lack of deference towards beings of great Power.
Overwhelmed by grief, debt, and the sudden and unexpected role of parenthood, Grace is struggling to balance family life with her newly acquired burden of Power. The last thing she needs, or wants, is a cocky Djinn meddling in her affairs.
But when it becomes apparent that Grace and the children are in danger, it isn’t long before it becomes apparent that Khalil is exactly the sort of protector that her family needs — and perhaps even the type of man that she wants…
I’ve had a bit of a crush on Khalil ever since he first appeared in the last book, Serpent’s Kiss, and had been desperately hoping that he and Grace would get a book together. Sexy, incredibly powerful, a bit of a mystery (especially since he’s the first “non-wyr” hero to feature in the series), he’s also got the whole “tortured hero” thing in regards to his daughter. He’s arrogant, bossy, and powerful, yet he also has a very obvious soft spot for children, without turning into some sappy squishy weakling, which I loved.
Grace is easily my favorite heroine in the series as well. Human, with only minor psychic powers before having inherited the mantle of “Oracle”, Grace is the easiest heroine in the series for me to relate to. While she’s not a wilting flower, she’s not some incredible, ancient, kick-butt action star either. Instead, she’s just a young woman who has been forced to put her life on hold to take care of her niece and nephew, try to pay the mortgage, grieve for her sister and brother-in-law, and still maintain the dignity and level of service required of the Oracle. She’s not perfect, and she doesn’t try to be, and I think that’s one of the reasons I loved her so much.
In short, this was actually my favorite book of the series, and considering how I fangirled all over Dragon Bound, that should definitely tell you something. The chemistry between Khalil and Grace was absolutely wonderful, and both characters were beautifully developed on their own. While I think some readers may feel as though the main external conflict was not on as large a scale as those of the previous novels, but I personally felt that the “smaller” conflict fit well with these particular characters.
An unbelievably solid 5/5 Stars, and recommended for old fans of the series and newcomers alike....more
Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011 Publisher: Entangled Publishing ImThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.janekindred.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The House of Arkhangel’sk Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
This was, hands down, the most exhausting, heartbreaking, amazing book I’ve read in a very, very long time. My head is spinning as I sit here and try to put into words the way I feel about this book, and I fear that there really isn’t a way to accurately express what an intense journey this book really was.
Normally, my reviews follow the What Worked For Me/What Didn’t Work For Me format, but as I write this review, I find that I’m unable to tease apart the story and neatly box up the pieces into convenient categories.
While I cannot say that this was a a 5-star read for me, because of the lack of Happily Ever After and the sheer volume of Very Bad Things that happen to all of the characters, I will say that despite the inclusion of several things that normally would have yanked a star rating down for me, this one is still one of the most amazing books I’ve read in a very, very long time, and I will be reading the sequel when it comes available.
Please note the full review on my site contains spoilers, but they are hidden. ...more
Expected Release Date: December 5, 2011 (Available Now) Publisher: HarleqThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: December 5, 2011 (Available Now) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press My Source for This Book: Netgalley Official Blurb:
Changed forever after tragedy, a woman must draw strength from her husband’s love. A man learns that love isn’t always what you expect. A thief steals the heart of a vengeful professor. And an American inventor finds love Down Under. Enjoy Victorian Christmas with a clockwork twist in these four steampunk novellas.
Stories also available for purchase separately from Carina Press.
Overall, this was an incredible winter anthology, and I adored every single story. It’s not often that I read an anthology where each story can stand so well on its own, but I would have gladly purchased each story individually, and never regretted it for a moment.
The only “downside” really is that there was no clearly overwhelming “Christmas” theme to any of them. For me, this worked out beautifully, because I was unable to read it before the holiday, and instead simply enjoyed it as an outstanding “winter” collection.