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** Ahh I don't know. This one just didn't do it for me.
I'm a HUGE fan of the Psy/Changeling series (as you can see by the fact I read t**spoiler alert** Ahh I don't know. This one just didn't do it for me.
I'm a HUGE fan of the Psy/Changeling series (as you can see by the fact I read them all in a month lol), but this one... This one just didn't butter my toast...
I agree with another reviewer that a lot of the behaviors in this book just didn't make any sense. Katya just kind of irritated me. I wanted to like her. I mean, anyone who can survive the kind of mess that she'd been put through, has to be strong. But it just didn't translate well when she was with Dev. And the whole bit about the Sunshine Station left me scratching my head... I get that certain compulsions were hiding in her brain, but the whole "gotta go North" thing just didn't make sense as to why it'd be there.
Normally with this series, the chemistry between the characters is scorching! But I just wasn't feeling it between Dev and Katya.
I think my beef is that the Changelings, up until now, have been major players in each book, whereas in this one, they were just secondary (though, how much do I love Judd helping out one of the Forgotten children? *squee* I adore Judd!)
It wasn't bad or anything, just not as good as I'm used to, which is why it only got 3 stars... I'd still suggest reading it if you're a fan of the series, if for nothing else than you'll need to know what the heck is going on when Max's book comes out....more
Ahh I do adore Nalini Singh :) I swear she could write a biography of Abraham Lincoln or something and I'd happily read it.
ArchangeRe-read April 2010
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.
**spoiler alert** See where you had to click on the little link that let you know that there was a spoiler here?
I wasn't kidding.
This is your last ch**spoiler alert** See where you had to click on the little link that let you know that there was a spoiler here?
I wasn't kidding.
This is your last chance before I ruin it for you ;)
Ok. I warned ya.
So I'm just gonna go ahead and say this -- I put "adultery or infidelity" as one of the keywords, because for a good solid HALF of the bloody book, you think, even though Crissy is a total Mary Sue as far as honoring her wedding vows go, that not only has Judd cheated on Crissy in the past (quietly), but that he's blatantly banging this hot piece of tail that shows up in the first couple chapters.
But he's not.
I ruined the whole story for you.
That's what you get for clicking on a review that you knew had spoilers in it ;) :P
I can't stand adultery in books. It turns my stomach. Total turn-off. I don't care if it is a marriage of convenience, or even if the married partners can't breathe the same air without wanting to perform hari-kari just so they won't have to tolerate the other. Or heck, even if they've been estranged for 15 years. It's just not my cup of tea at all.
So, when I started reading this book, I had that sickly, stone-in-my-gut feeling as I read, because it was obvious (or so it seemed) that while Judd was respectful of his wife, he'd been getting a little something something on the side *wink wink nudge nudge*... And then when the hoochie mama Tippy shows up in all her whoretastic glory (and c'mon, face it, how cliche is Tippy in this bloody book?!).. Well.. You get the picture.
But, turns out Judd's been behaving. For five. long. years. *blink* I'm actually kind of impressed. Our thud-tastic hero, whose rare kisses practically melt the panties off of our poor love-starved heroine, is actually... celibate? *blink*
So yes, cliches abound
But you know what?
I loved this book anyway :D
This is my first Diana Palmer book, and if the rest of hers are anything like this one, I'll be glomming her with a quickness.
The angst in this book is delicious.
Judd is just too bloody stubborn to admit that he's got the hots for his much younger, married-only-on-paper wife, and Crissy, bless her little virgin heart is just too tomboyish and in blinding love with Judd to realize that she's actually a hot little number and that it's not a case of her being undesirable but rather a case of him being chronically "noble"... *facepalm*
Ahhh but I do love stories like that. The angst is just freaking delicious. I wanna slurp it up with a spoon.
And Cash! Oh Cash! *falls over* How I adore him! I see from other reviews that he's got his own book -- I'm going to be at the library first thing in the morning searching for that puppy, because he's just delicious in his own right. I admit, I was totally rooting for him, at least for a while *dreamy sigh*
It would have had a higher rating, but the ending was just too contrived.
Twins? Really?! And she hid it for the whole pregnancy? REALLY?! Yeah, I don't think so. It just jacked the cheese factor waaaaaay up, so it lost a star....more
In the tradition of the other Banning Sisters books, this novel was full of secret plots, spies, and intrigGood 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 reI 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** Ahhh how I do love Anne Stuart novels *contented sigh*
One of her older stories, this book had all the delicious angst and subterfuge**spoiler alert** Ahhh how I do love Anne Stuart novels *contented sigh*
One of her older stories, this book had all the delicious angst and subterfuge that I've come to adore from Anne Stuart. It was, however, a lot more.... hopeful I guess you could say, than her more recent novels. In her more recent works, you're really not certain if our main male character is a villain or a hero until the end. In fact, in Ritual Sins (the last Anne Stuart book I read), I really couldn't even see how she could possibly finagle a HEA into the story line.
Michael, the hero of Now You See Him, is much more in touch with his feelings (but not in a smushy, metrosexual way or anything -- he's still all alpha male!). He knows exactly when he's fallen in love with Francey, and even though he won't allow himself to be with her, he's honest with himself, and even with her (as much as he can be). Every time he walks out of her life, I just wanted to shake him because it was just so bloody obvious he was never going to get over her.
But, that's part of the fun of Anne Stuart -- lots of teeth gnashing and rending of clothing due to overwhelming angst ;)
A must read for urban-fantasy and paranormal romance fans!
There's not much I can say that won't spoil things (outside of what's already mentioned inA must read for urban-fantasy and paranormal romance fans!
There's not much I can say that won't spoil things (outside of what's already mentioned in the synopsis), but I have to say Dawn McClure is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I can honestly say that just based on her two books I've read (Azazel and Asmodeus), she's ranking right up there with J.R. Ward and Nalini Singh for me, and that's a high compliment, trust me.
**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**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.
I think I would have enjoyed it more had it been the first Samantha James novel that I'd read, but having just finished Gabriel's Bride, I couldn't heI think I would have enjoyed it more had it been the first Samantha James novel that I'd read, but having just finished Gabriel's Bride, I couldn't help but notice the bajillion similarities between the books. There were even several instances where it seemed that she'd taken phrases and just copy/pasted them into the other text.
Ahh well. It was still an enjoyable story. Thus far, I've found her books to be very similar to books written by Elizabeth Rolls, in that there's always a ton of angst caused by characters being too quick to judge and too locked into their preconceptions (and refusing to be adults and just sit down and have an actual conversation for once).
Her books do seem to contain quite a bit of dubious consent (meaning some readers might perceive one or more sexual encounters to be rape situations), so sensitive readers should keep that in mind....more