I'm a huge Linda Howard fan, even when her books are a little dated like this one..
I say it's dated because th...more**spoiler alert** Re-read December 2010
I'm a huge Linda Howard fan, even when her books are a little dated like this one..
I say it's dated because there's a reference to caller-id and buying a cell phone -- these days who doesn't already have those things, really?
Other than that, not so much.
What worked for me: *Oooh mama the chemistry between the hero and heroine was SCORCHIN! *fans self* *Our heroine's love of cars. Forget the perfect man -- she had the Perfect Car *sigh* I want a viper. *The humor -- just enough to keep things from getting super heavy, and I could identify with the group of four friends -- reminds me of me and my friends :) *Even though this is a re-read, and therefore I remembered who the killer was, I still remember my shock at the big reveal the first time I read it -- SO DID NOT EXPECT THAT :D
What didn't work for me: *I didn't like that the people who died seemed to be the most "expendable" of the group -- the single girls or the ones who didn't really have any close ties with someone outside of the group. That just seemed too convenient to me from a reader standpoint, because while the other members of the group grieved, those outside of the group weren't all that affected *The romance was a little TOO whirlwind for me. Now now, before you start shaking your head at my prudish ways, that's not the part I'm talking about -- in a contemporary it's almost a given that folks'll just hop into bed right after meeting each other -- no, what I'm referring to is the whole marriage thing. After a week? Really? I mean, hot sex is great but.. but.. REALLY?!
Overall, I'm sticking with my original score - 5 Stars :)(less)
Not much to really say about this one. It was nice and angsty, hot 'n' tasty (hello! it's Linda Howard!), but no...more**spoiler alert** Reread December 2010
Not much to really say about this one. It was nice and angsty, hot 'n' tasty (hello! it's Linda Howard!), but not so heavy as to be a tough read.
What worked for me: *I liked Marley's psychic abilities, and I LOVED the fact she'd lost her "powers" to some extent after surviving a "psycho with a knife" *The angggsssstttt! Oh man the hero's betrayal of the heroine. Man. Tasty, delicious angst. *The sex. Oh well der, I liked sex, but specifically, I liked the first time they were together, how he just got up and left, then LATER, was like "*facepalm* Oh crap that was a dumbass thing for me to do lemme go fix this" lol
What didn't work for me: *I think Marley forgave him a little to easily. And by "forgave him" I of course mean "fell back in bed with him". I also found it unrealistic that the cops would let her stay with him instead of going to a safehouse, or that they'd let her continue to go to work like nothing was different. I tell you one thing, forget him, I'd have packed my shtuff up and gone straight back to Colorado while they thought I was at work. So there.
Overall, I stand by my old score of 4 Stars -- not the greatest book by Linda Howard, but a danged good read anyway.(less)
**spoiler alert** I did list this review as containing spoilers, but they're only mild ones ;)
I admit, when I first started this book, I was skeptical...more**spoiler alert** I did list this review as containing spoilers, but they're only mild ones ;)
I admit, when I first started this book, I was skeptical. As a huge fan of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, I was concerned that the new Fallen Angels series would fall short.
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that Covet managed to equal the BDB in my opinion.
There was even a cameo of a certain vampire Brother we all know, though don't be fooled -- there's no reference to vampires, lessers, the SV or Omega at all in these books.
J.R. Ward has a very distinctive writing style, and I think that's one of the things that endeared this book to me, even in the early chapters when I was still reminding myself that this was not the same "world" as BDB.
While I enjoyed delving into Marie-Therese's character (as I respected her a lot from the BDB), I have to say one of my favorite "crossover" characters was Trez. We still didn't get a whole lot of history on him, but his character was developed more than it had been, and we get to see what a good guy he really is despite his career choice.
One thing I really enjoyed about the Fallen Angels in this book were that they all lived up to their names -- fallen angels. Not a single one was purely good, and quite frankly, it was their darker sides that drew me in the most. While Jim was the main focus (obviously), we got to see insights into both Adrian and Eddie, which definitely make me look forward to future books in this series.
I have to give J.R. Ward kudos for her strong female characters in this book as well. Her previous books were not noted for having had as much character development for the female protagonists as I might have preferred, but she certainly made up for any prior such discrepancies with Covet. Marie-Therese's story had been hinted out in previous books, but even so her struggles with where her life choices had taken here were a thing of beauty to read.
As for Devina, she's so deliciously evil and yet, I can't even bring myself to hate her because she's simply playing her natural part in the game just as the other side is.
I was disappointed, however, when a major male antagonist's identity was revealed -- I felt as though there wasn't enough explanation as to the "why's" of his behavior.
Overall, I can't wait for this series to be continued. I'm interested to see if future books are set outside of Caldwell, since it appears the Angels are headed to Boston for the next novel. While it was certainly exciting to have a familiar location for the introductory novel to the series, I admit that it would be disappointing for them to continue in Caldwell without getting to play with the Brotherhood.
Covet does contain mild spoilers for BDB, specifically in reference to a few events from Lover Avenged (and a small one spoiler to Lover Enshrined). However, I don't think that necessarily means that one would have to have read BDB in order to enjoy this book, nor do I think that someone in the middle of reading the BDB series would be put at a huge disadvantage if they skipped straight to Covet before finishing the others first. (less)
Ahhh that was bloody fantastic! Very much worth the wait.
While there were a few things that bugged me (that I'm not going to mention since I don't w...moreAhhh that was bloody fantastic! Very much worth the wait.
While there were a few things that bugged me (that I'm not going to mention since I don't want to spoil it just yet for those who can't resist reading reviews), I must say that overall this was one of the best stories in the series.
There was a nice little surprise at the end that had my jaw on the floor, and let me tell you, that doesn't happen often.
I'm very very anxiously awaiting Payne's story, though I know it'll be a long time coming (boo).
A word of warning though, do yourself a favor and read the series in order. While the earlier books (books 1-4 perhaps) are easy enough to read as standalones if you must, Lover Mine is definitely not for the uninitiated.
I will definitely be re-reading this one in the future.
I wanted to love this book. Really, I did. For most of the book, I kept thinking how it would get at least four stars, possibly even, dare I say it, f...moreI wanted to love this book. Really, I did. For most of the book, I kept thinking how it would get at least four stars, possibly even, dare I say it, five.
Gator (our Cajun hero) was delicious, with just the right amount of disarming bayou charm to balance out his alpha-male arrogance, and Flame (our fiery heroine, whose hair matched her temper) was such an amazingly capable and fierce warrior herself that I was cheering each time she put Gator soundly in his place.. And her affinity for knives. So tasty :)
The conspiracy theory that ran throughout just knocked my socks off... I was right there with Gator, torn between just rolling my eyes and chalking her up to a paranoid conspiracy theorist and getting that tingly feeling on the back of my neck that made me think "wait, what if she's right?!"
The action scenes were great, with a fantastic sub-plot that had the most satisfactory conclusion, and the romance was just as intense and scorching as we've come to expect from this series. There was even just the right amount of kink thrown in to keep it from being too formulaic, since the previous books in the series have all had similar intensity to their romance -- which of course is why we read them ;)
But the ending.
Oh the ending.
It just wasn't at all what I was expecting, and quite frankly seemed both rushed and forced (no pun intended). It just seemed... too easy? No, that's not quite right, since most who read it will agree that there was nothing "easy" about the final resolution, but still... It just seemed as though there should have been more angst in the ending than was present. It was like *BAM* this one thing happened and there was just tons and tons of angst and then a little action to throw us off, then a little more angst then fade-to-black, some time passes behind the scenes, and all of a sudden *BAM* they get their HEA. It left me scratching my head, wondering if maybe the publishers had put a page limit on the book and CF was like "ahh crap I'd better get this drama wrapped up so we can move on to the next book" or something.
I don't want to say any more because it really will spoil things, but their HEA just left me feeling hollow, unlike the previous books in the series.
Overall, I give it three stars. It would have been much higher had the ending been more to my tastes. And since I'm currently devouring this series like a starving man at a buffet, I say read it regardless. It may not be the strongest in the series, but up until the ending, it was a fantastic read.(less)
It's entirely possible that I simply need to re-read Covet, because I see everyone else saying that Crave didn't quite live up to the standard set by...moreIt's entirely possible that I simply need to re-read Covet, because I see everyone else saying that Crave didn't quite live up to the standard set by that book. I disagree wholeheartedly. There was definite chemistry between Isaac and Grier, and the whole bit with Jim and Devina -- well, that was skeevy beyond words. Even though Jim isn't technically the hero of these books, y'all know how much I love a tortured male, and Jim's got it in spades in this one.
I did figure out the twisty twist way before the aha moment the characters experienced, and without giving ANYTHING away, I will say that things panned out satisfactorily.
I also died from a joygasm in reading the nice little tidbit from Lover Unleashed at the very end ;)