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
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'tAhhh 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, fI 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....more
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 byIt'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 ;)
**spoiler alert** Oh how I adored this book! This is my third Elizabeth Rolls book and I think it's officially my favorite.
In my last review (of The D**spoiler alert** Oh how I adored this book! This is my third Elizabeth Rolls book and I think it's officially my favorite.
In my last review (of The Dutiful Rake), I mentioned that one of my favorite things about ER's books was the unnecessary angst often brought about by the insecurity and self-doubt of the hero and heroine.
I must say that this particular book didn't have any of that, and yet, I adored it.
We first met our hero, Richard, in His Lady Mistress (which is one of my all-time favorite books, but definitely falls into the "unnecessary angst" category), as Max's fraternal twin brother. In that book, we learn that when they were children, Max dared Richard to jump a fence (or something) while riding, and the horse fell on him, shattering his leg. He was told at that time that he'd never walk again, but our hero was too stubborn to listen and now walks quite well, albeit with a limp. We're maybe 6 or 7 months after the conclusion of HLM, as Verity is nearing the end of her pregnancy and is living in the country with Max.
Back in town, Richard and Max's stuffy Aunt Almeria (whom we also had the "pleasure" of meeting in HLM) coaxes Max into agreeing to stay with her in London. Unbeknownst to him, she's also agreed to take on her Goddaughter, Thea, for the season.
A childhood friend of Richard's, Thea has been living with her Aunt Maria for the past seven years, after her fiance died. When a wealthy relative passes on, his will states that if she marries with her estranged father's approval, she will inherit a large amount of money. If she does not marry, she will receive 200 pounds a year until she turns thirty, at which point she'll receive her full fortune.
Thea, however, is determined not to marry despite her father's grand plans to the contrary, and is quite happy to avoid the Marriage Mart completely. Now, if only someone could convince Almeria of the fact, perhaps things would be much simpler!
As you can tell just from the title, our heroine, Thea, isn't "an innocent" as is required in order to be considered a marriageable female in those days. As with the previous ER books that I've read, I did guess the full extent of The Big Secret (dun dun dun!) quite early on, but that didn't make the story boring like it could have.
While Richard does have one moment where I as a reader wanted to bash his stubborn head in, he's definitely one of my favorite characters. Unlike some of ER's heroes from her other books **cough**Max**cough**, he does not try to resist his feelings as they develop naturally for Thea, nor does he tend to say stupid, hurtful things in a fit of pique every four chapters or so.
Thea is definitely one of my favorite Regency heroines. She takes blame when it is rightfully hers, and she courageously stands up for what is right not matter what the cost to her personally. While she does try to make certain noble sacrifices, it's obvious from Richard's reaction in one scene in particular that she's not cutting off her nose to spite her face, but rather is just being realistic in the face of doing what she knows is the right thing. This is fairly unusual in regency romances, and I was very pleasantly surprised to see such a heroine in an ER novel.
It does tend to move a bit slow at points, and there's only one true "love" scene, which while nice, honestly just seemed to be thrown in there because it was expected. Maybe I'm getting old, or maybe I've just read way too much Twilight and other YA novels lately, but sometimes a "fade-to-black" is all that's really needed, and even a well-written love scene just seems a tad bit gratuitous. The sexual tension is fairly mild, but well done, and as I said, the singular love scene is quite nice.
This is definitely one of my favorites, mainly because I just adore Thea....more