Expected Release Date: May 23, 2011 Publisher: Carina Press Imprint: N/A Au...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the Full Review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 23, 2011 Publisher: Carina Press Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://authorjennyschwartz.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Out of the Bottle #3 Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
She is the Bringer of Death Cali, a djinni, has sworn to twist the wishes of humans so they die by their own greed and evil. Her latest master is arms dealer David Saqr, a man Cali believes deserves the fate she has in store for him. But this time she finds herself up against Andrew, David's guardian angel.
He is a Protector of Life Andrew believes David can yet find redemption. He fights Cali for the man's life, even as he tries to persuade her to give in to the sizzling attraction between them. He shows Cali another side of David, and invites her to trust again, to hope. But centuries of being enslaved have hardened Cali's heart-it's going to take all of Andrew's love to convince her to open it and let him in.
Not really a positive or negative point to me, but it seemed strange to see an angel free to make love. Granted, Cali wasn't human, so that definitely didn't fall under the whole nephalim-creating no-no that we so often run into in celestial romances, but I suppose I expected Andrew to be Fallen or to have some otherwise negative consequences for falling so hard for Cali.
Overall, though, this was a fast, deliciously tasty read, and a wonderful intro into the world of the djinni. I will definitely be going back and reading the first two installments into the series, and would recommend this one for fans of magick, guardian angels, redeemable villains, and explosive action (in the bedroom and otherwise).
Expected Release Date: November 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Manif...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic
Expected Release Date: November 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Manifold Press Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://juliebozza.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the Publisher Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm – Steamy
This one started off so good. I was literally shooing Mr. Romanceaholic away while he was trying to talk to me so that I wouldn’t have to put it down, and then all of a sudden, Carmine was announcing that he was “in love” with Josh. My heart sank. I don’t really mind a “whirlwind romance”, because hey, they happen. However, “love at first sight” just doesn’t do it for me unless it’s a paranormal romance involving shape shifters and/or fated mates or somesuch. So when, after having met Josh twice, albeit in stressful situations, Carmine informed his mother that he was falling in love with Josh, despite having never even discussed Josh’s sexual preference or even his relationship statuses, it just didn’t fly for me. I think it would have been so much more satisfying, and perhaps more importantly, more believable, had he merely been intensely attracted to Josh, and love had come a little later in the novel.
Unfortunately, I don’t think the story ever fully recovered for me because of this.
The angst and tension caused by Carmine’s double crossing his boss/best friend was wonderful, and the courtroom drama a delight. The romance that was developing between Josh and Carmine was intense and angst-ridden due not only to the stress of the undercover operation, but because Josh had previously considered himself to be heterosexual, and as such was struggling with embarrassment, confusion, shame, anger, lust, guilt, developing emotional feelings and fear for Carmine’s life.
Fans of steamy romance should note that this novel ranks somewhere between my “Warm” and “Steamy” ratings — while lovemaking isn’t completely fade-to-black or behind closed doors, it’s still relatively chaste compared to most non-YA contemporary romances.
This book started off so strongly, with a distinctive author’s voice, interesting characters, and intriguing plot that I never quite got over my disappointment with the speed at which Carmine fell for Josh. It was almost as though it stumbled but instead of recovering and making me happy with the progression of both their relationship and the overall story arc, it seemed to continue with a bit of a limp. Add to that the lack of what I would consider to be a HEA, and unfortunately this one just didn’t rock me as I’d anticipated it would from the first few chapters.
I went into this story having no idea who the hero was. After all, the o...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
I went into this story having no idea who the hero was. After all, the official blurb makes no mention of his name, and I have to agree with the author/publisher that this was an excellent ploy -- had I known who the hero was, I'm not certain I would have given it a chance, and would have missed out on what turned out to be a really enjoyable story.
I definitely enjoyed it, with amnesia and physically scarred heroes ever being a favorite of mine, and for once, I truly felt the battle between good and evil in this particular soul.
I also enjoyed Mels' character, not only for her blend of softness and self-sufficiency, but the small side story of her relationship with her mother was surprisingly enjoyable.
While I think fans of the series will note that the "romance" in this story was a bit more subtle than in the previous books, there was still plenty of steam and chemistry, and I would be hard pressed to express disappointment to the surprising additions to the overall story arc.
However, there were a several of my pet peeves, without the... freshness, I suppose you could call it, that I typically find in a J.R. Ward book. I'm not sure if it's because I've read all of her Urban Fantasy novels, and therefore have perhaps become a bit blase about her writing voice, or if it was the unreasonably high expectations set by the expense of the Kindle edition, but there almost felt like something was missing.
Still, I loved the hero with such a fierceness, and the ending was so satisfying for me, that I didn't really care about those things.
Recommended for fans of physically and mentally damaged heroes, self-sufficient (yet realistic) heroines, and kick-butt action, topped with just the right amount of steam.
I know I don't read a lot of regular Urban Fantasy (as opposed to Paranormal Romance or even Urban Fantasy with strong romantic themes), but I'm so gl...moreI know I don't read a lot of regular Urban Fantasy (as opposed to Paranormal Romance or even Urban Fantasy with strong romantic themes), but I'm so glad I decided to pick this one up.
I loved the world Mr. Somers hsa created, and his perfectly IMperfect characters, and I WILL be reading any sequels the moment I can get my greedy little hands on them.
Expected Release Date: February 26, 2013 Publisher: Random House Publishi...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: February 26, 2013 Publisher: Random House Publishing Imprint: Bantam Dell Author’s Website: LaraAdrian.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 11, Midnight Breeds Sereis Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy Favorite Tropes: Faithful Estrangement, Fated To Be Mated, Fighting Fate Pet Peeves: Too Many Characters To Keep Track Of
While I was a bit wary about picking this one up (I mean, c’mon, Book ELEVEN in a series I’ve never read?), I have to say it did an excellent job of standing on its own. Some online research tells me that’s because there’s actually a pretty big time-jump between this one and the last book, and so a lot of people are treating this as more of a spin-off than the original series.
Works for me, since I had no history with any of these characters and would probably have been hopelessly lost otherwise.
A fantastic intro for newcomers to the series, I have a distinct feeling that if the other books are anything like this one, old fans are going to rejoice as well. I never felt lost, even though it was quite obvious there were previous stories published before this one, and I really enjoyed Mira’s power — fighting against “fate” has long been a favorite trope of mine.
The chemistry was strong with plenty of steam to really heat things up. There’s also an awesome set up for the next book, and I for one can’t wait to read it.
Recommended for fans of estranged lovers, strong heroines, and delicious chemistry.
Expected Release Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: MacMillan Imprint: St. Mart...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: MacMillan Imprint: St. Martin’s Press Author’s Website: http://zoearcherbooks.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Nemesis Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Overly Drawn-Out Ending Favorite Tropes: Convict, Revenge Plot, Good Epilogue
Dark, gritty, and very, very sexy, this adventurous romp through the underbelly of late 1800′s London will hook you from the very first pages and not let you go until the end. The sheer brilliance behind the concept of Nemesis, combined with powerful protagonists with wonderful chemistry set the stage for plenty of action, and boy, did this book deliver.
I loved Jack’s character, rough edges and all, and was surprised by how much I enjoyed Eva’s character as well. More than just the main couple, though, was the dynamic of the entire cast of characters from Nemesis, and the potential for this series has it firmly on my watch list for the future.
Recommended for fans of dark and somewhat violent romances, unconventional heroes and heroines,and the struggle to remember that revenge is sometimes a dish best served cold.
A very solid 4.5/5, and a series to keep an eye on.(less)