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)
I'm with the other reviewer who said that while they love a rake story, they want their rakes REFOR...moreRe-read December 2010
Yeah, I still hated this book.
I'm with the other reviewer who said that while they love a rake story, they want their rakes REFORMED.
Even though Clara never expected that he'd be faithful, it still hurt to hear about all the women he had while they were married.
I can get past infidelity in a book. No, really, I can. I just read another story -- The Obedient Bride, which, while the infidelity sucked, didn't absolutely ruin the book for me.
But this one? No.
In re-reading it, I did have to concede that a lot of Freddie's womanizing was self-punishment, but I don't care -- had he succeeded the first or even second time he attempted to give up his whorish ways, I think I could've forgiven him. However, it was his continued debauchery that left me cold and disgusted with him, and quite frankly disgusted with Clara, who said that not only did she forgive him, but that she would continue to forgive him.
So no. I stand by my one-star review of this, BUT, I will concede that having read a few more stories by Mary Balogh (whom I'd sworn off completely after reading this book long ago), that the author isn't a complete git and does have some talent :P(less)
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)
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.
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 ;)
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).
I had to keep reminding myself that the novel is over 20 years old (according to the forward at the beginning of the book)... It felt very dated.
I re...moreI had to keep reminding myself that the novel is over 20 years old (according to the forward at the beginning of the book)... It felt very dated.
I really enjoyed it though. I love gamma males, and I'm a sucker for survival/stranded stories :)
The reason that it's rated so low, however, is due to the abrupt ending. I don't know if it was an issue of it being originally published as a category romance or something that had a specific page limit, but it felt as though we're moving along at a nice steady pace, action when it needed, slow when appropriate, then BAM it's over and there's an epilogue filling us in on what we missed rather than letting us experience about three or four chapters worth of what I feel would have been rather pivotal interaction.
Still definitely worth reading if you like a lot of UST, a grumpy war veteran hero who has misconceptions-o-plenty about the heroine only to begrudgingly come to respect her (and possibly more?), and a heroine who despite her awful name ("Rusty"?! C'mon now that's bad...) is tougher than she looks while still being realistic.
**spoiler alert** I admit, I was actually a little disappointed in this book, which is rare with a JAK/AQ/JC book.
It was hard for me to put my finger...more**spoiler alert** I admit, I was actually a little disappointed in this book, which is rare with a JAK/AQ/JC book.
It was hard for me to put my finger on exactly what it was that didn't appeal to me.
Perhaps it was the fact that our heroine was a "woman of the world" and had a few previous lovers before the start of this novel. Don't get me wrong, I have no issue with non-virginal heroines, but for some reason I was blindsided by that fact even though she was a "widow". Perhaps it's because JAK does the "virgin widow" thing so often and maybe that's what I've come to expect? I'm not sure, but I do know that
Or, perhaps it's the whole Dreamlight/Burning Lamp thing in general. I remember I wasn't all that impressed with Fired Up either, even though I'm a fan of the Arcane Society novels up to that point..
I liked the role that Caleb and Lucinda Jones (from Quick's The Perfect Poison) played, as that was one of my favorite books in the series and it was nice to see them again.
I also liked our hero, Griffin Winters. The whole "crime lord" persona suited him well, even though at his core, he was a decent guy. I liked that he didn't own brothels, and while he certainly didn't hesitate to maintain his vicious reputation when needed, he wasn't cruel.
Adelaide, on the other hand, didn't really appeal to me. I didn't dislike her or anything; she simply couldn't keep my attention. I'm used to more engaging and memorable JAK heroines, I suppose.
Overall it wasn't a bad story. It simply wasn't quite up to par with what I'm used to from JAK.
(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)
Eh. Not really my thing. More "chick-lit" than romance.. It was really preachy about body size and self acceptance and how commercial media messes wi...moreEh. Not really my thing. More "chick-lit" than romance.. It was really preachy about body size and self acceptance and how commercial media messes with people's minds and blah blah blah. Not something I'd actively seek out to read...
Plus, while it definitely had its funny moments, author Cathie Linz seemed to rely too heavily on "embarrassment humor" as I call it -- you know, where it's "funny" because someone stuck their foot in their mouth and humiliates themselves in public (or worse, in front of the hero/heroine)? *shakes head* I don't care for that type of humor because I always end up just feeling bad for the characters rather than being able to laugh about it.
Plus, you know something's up when I only get to use a couple of my keywords instead of tons like I usually do ;)