I really enjoyed this one. I admit, it reminded me quite a bit of Grimspace by Ann Aguirre, but that was probably just because they're both space oper...moreI really enjoyed this one. I admit, it reminded me quite a bit of Grimspace by Ann Aguirre, but that was probably just because they're both space operas with similarly angsty/tortured heroes.
I loved Gabriel! It was hard at first to get used to him talking about himself in the third person, but definitely by the end of the novel it both makes sense and becomes second nature.
**spoiler alert** This is my first book by Val Roberts and overall I was pretty impressed.
What worked for me: I loved the idea of a matriarchal society...more**spoiler alert** This is my first book by Val Roberts and overall I was pretty impressed.
What worked for me: I loved the idea of a matriarchal society. Their emphasis on tradition and distrust of technology bothered me a tiny bit, because I felt like it stemmed from an old stereotype that men are more likely to be technogeeks than their female counterparts, but that's just my own personal quirk.
The sexual freedom of the females made sense when you consider that "subjugating oneself to a mate" is probably the most historically significant factor in keeping women oppressed, but I admit the serial monogamy was a bit depressing -- I'm an old fashioned gal at heart and like the idea of lasting love, but it really fit in that society.
I loved that our heroine was a warrior, and had a deep sense of honor which governed the majority of her decisions. It takes a strong woman to put up with some of the crap that'd been handed to her, but Taryn was truly royal down to her fingertips.
I also enjoyed all the secondary romances in the story, even if some of them were a bit.. unconventional.
I also adored that our heroine had a deep fear of flying, because I can SO relate :)
What didn't work for me: I didn't like that everyone was plotting against Taryn -- her sister, the hero, some random people who really had nothing to do with her, but most of all, her best friend.
I definitely understand the motivations, both political and personal, but it was disheartening to see her manipulated over and over again by those she should have been able to trust. Conspiring to have her fall in love? Sure, no problem. Conspiring to get her unwittingly knocked up? That's messed up.
I think it would've been so much more satisfying had they merely been plotting to form an alliance between the two kingdoms, rather than actively trying to get her pregnant -- getting her drunk, slipping her fertility drugs, etc.
I also didn't like that the hero intentionally removed her scar without discussing it with her, and then lied to her in the end and said it was an accident, when at the time of injection it clearly said he was thinking that there was a "side benefit" which I took to mean that he knew bloody well that the treatment would remove her scar.
Overall though, it was a good story. Their sexual relationship progressed a little rapidly for my tastes, but it fit well into the context of the story (and quite frankly, the steamy bits were nice and hot).
She twists! She turns! Like a... twisty.. turny thing...
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Now, don't get me wrong, I pretty much knew...moreShe twists! She turns! Like a... twisty.. turny thing...
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Now, don't get me wrong, I pretty much knew I'd love it; after all, it is a Cynthia Eden novel! The surprise, rather, came in the form of the novel's twists. CE strung me along, giving me little clues here, little hints there, which made me think I had the plot all figured out. And then BAM! She smacks me upside the head with the Big Reveal that was not at all what I'd been expecting :) I love when that happens :)
As always, this story was very hot, with the chemistry between the H/h sizzling on the pages, and when they finally end up together... *fans self* Whoo mama.
I really enjoyed Dee's character from the first Night Watch novel, Eternal Hunter, so I was thrilled to learn that she would be the main character in her newest novel. I was not disappointed :)
I don't want to say too much because frankly, the little unexpected twist is probably the best part of the novel, but suffice it to say, this novel simply reinforced my love for Cynthia Eden's storytelling mastery.
**spoiler alert** Who knew that a story this short could be this hot, and still have a decent plot?? I sure didn't!
The only plot point I would have ch...more**spoiler alert** Who knew that a story this short could be this hot, and still have a decent plot?? I sure didn't!
The only plot point I would have changed was the part where the H/h actually had a past sexual history. I would have liked it much better if she'd actually said "no" to the threesome with him and her husband rather than go along with it. Not a huge issue though..
Please note that the "three-way-luvin" part of this book was off-camera, so to speak, and is referred to but not explicitly detailed. If that's the type of thing you were looking for, I suggest Maya Banks :)
Overall a very quick, nice and smutty, sweet little story.
This was my first Kristen Painter novel, and let me tell you, it won't be my last :)
The premise caught my eye immediately -- who hasn't wished for a g...moreThis was my first Kristen Painter novel, and let me tell you, it won't be my last :)
The premise caught my eye immediately -- who hasn't wished for a genie of sorts to grant three magical changes in our lives? Add to that the fact that the "genie" isn't a genie at all, but is, in fact, a hunka hunka burning Viking and well, I'm fangirling all over that!
One thing that stood out to me the most with this book was the humor. There were definitely serious themes, and possibly even a hint of a parable underneath everything. From Arlik's obsession with Cinnabons and bagels to Calleigh's tendency to oggle his behind, this book had me grinning the whole time, even through the angst.
I'm not sure if this is marketed as a YA or Adult novel, but it definitely had a YA feel to it. For once though, that's not a bad thing :) I was in the mood for an easy, lighthearted read after some of the heavier stories I've picked up lately, and this novel fit the bill perfectly.
Even better? At less than $4 for the Kindle edition, you really can't beat the price :)
4 1/2 (minus the 1/2 because dangit I wanted Calleigh to get some lol)(less)