This one was a bit on the silly side, but not in a bad way. Pretend engagements are always entertaining, and this one was no exception.
To be completelThis one was a bit on the silly side, but not in a bad way. Pretend engagements are always entertaining, and this one was no exception.
To be completely honest, I picked this one up several times and put it right back down before going further, because the start of it simply didn't appeal to me. Some silly nonsense about our hero being a... erm... Hero, and our heroine quite honestly annoying the piss out of me (well, actually her sister did that more, but still..) I couldn't really get past the first few chapters for a while.
Once I did, though, began to find some of that grating silliness to be far less grating and far more entertaining.
I did enjoy the angst of the fake engagement and I LOVED when our hero was put in his place for being stupid about how he went about things.
Overall, a quick, light read that was a pleasant way to pass the afternoon.
Very sweet (and I don't just mean because there are no love scenes) -- a misunderstanding that could have been avoided though it did come with the benVery sweet (and I don't just mean because there are no love scenes) -- a misunderstanding that could have been avoided though it did come with the benefit of a groveling hero.
I somehow managed to not read the second book in the story despite my enjoyment of the first, and so I admit I was thrown a bit off of my game when II somehow managed to not read the second book in the story despite my enjoyment of the first, and so I admit I was thrown a bit off of my game when I first picked up this installment.
That said, I quite enjoyed it. With a both the hero and heroine having been hurt by love in their youth, neither of them was quick to trust matters of the heart.
I have to say that at first I was a bit disappointed by the low steam level. However, things quickly began to heat up between them once they'd gotten their initial encounter out of the way, and I tell you, I will never look at letter-writing the same way again *fans self*
Expected Release Date: October 25, 2011 (Available Now) Publisher: HarelqThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 25, 2011 (Available Now) Publisher: Harelquin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://www.victoriadahl.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Donovan Brother’s Brewery Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Hot Eric Donovan is the “good” brother. Older, responsible to a fault, and a bit of a perfectionist, he never indulges in the same wild behavior as his younger brother. Until one day, a simple case of mistaken identity spirals out of control into a combination of the most shameful and wonderful night of his life. Beth Cantrell, the notorious owner of a shop that specializes in racy lingerie and battery-operated marital aids, mistook Eric for his wild brother Jaime while at a business expo several months ago. Unable to deny the attraction crackling between them, they both knew that they could never have a real relationship — he couldn’t risk being seen with a woman of her reputation without possibly damaging the brewery, and she knew that being seen with a man as preppy looking as “Jamie” wouldn’t fit with her sex-goddess persona that drew customers into her store.
After an incredible night of passion that neither has been able to forget, they both went their separate ways, determined to keep their tryst as a simple cherished memory. But now, Beth has discovered that “Jaime” isn’t Jaime after all — the man she’d had such a beautiful memory of had lied to get her into bed.
Furious and humiliated, she confronts Eric in an explosive showdown that leaves him not only ashamed of his actions, but also at odds with his family. He’s broken Beth’s trust once, but neither can seem to get the other out of their minds…
Overall, this was an excellent ending to a wonderful series.
While I didn’t care for the fact that in order to get the full benefit of this story, you needed to read a novella from an earlier anthology instead of just the other books in the series, I still greatly enjoyed Beth and Eric’s story.
Beth was exactly what Eric needed, and frankly, he was what she needed as well. Beth had spent her life “faking it” so to speak, and needed someone who was fairly normal yet aggressive to bring out her inner vixen without forcing her to overthink every move. For Eric, he needed someone who didn’t see him as the reliable, trustworthy part-owner of Donovan Brother’s Brewery and instead allowed him the freedom to make mistakes and simply be human for a little while.
The love scenes were probably the hottest out of the entire series, and wowza, the steam and chemistry between these two was flat out insane (which of course means I loved it!).
I do recommend that the series be read in order, simply because Eric has played such a large part in the previous novels and there is a lot of insight into his character to be had by reading the entire series.
In the end, I really enjoyed this one. There’s a lovely wrap-up with the Donovan family issues, some side characters get their long-coming HEA’s without taking over the story, and the romance (and heat!) between Eric and Beth was absolutely wonderful.
Recommended for fans of heroes and heroines with family issues, of heroines learning to trust not only others but herself, and of heroes finally finding their own identity.
While I enjoyed all of the lovely angst brought about by the unconventional marriage, the author played a nasty trick on the readers in the middle, anWhile I enjoyed all of the lovely angst brought about by the unconventional marriage, the author played a nasty trick on the readers in the middle, and honestly, this one was |thisclose| to being a wallbanger. My own sheer stubbornness was the only thing that kept me from slapping it firmly into the DNF pile with a look of disgust, and even though the ending was quite lovely, it wasn't nearly enough to make up for the middle.
2.5/5 Stars, only that high because of the author's writing skills -- plot alone would rate a DNF.
Expected Release Date: September 27, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 27, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQNBooks Author’s Website: http://www.courtneymilan.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Turner Series Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Her only hope for survival…
Handsome, wealthy and respected, Sir Mark Turner is the most sought-after bachelor in all of London—and he’s known far and wide for his irreproachable character. But behind his virtuous reputation lies a passionate nature he keeps carefully in check…until he meets the beautiful Jessica Farleigh, the woman he’s waited for all his life.
Is to ruin the man she loves…
But Jessica is a courtesan, not the genteel lady Sir Mark believes. Desperate to be free of a life she despises, she seizes her chance when Mark’s enemies make her an offer she can’t refuse: seduce Mark and tarnish his good name, and a princely sum will be hers. Yet as she comes to know the man she’s sworn to destroy, Jessica will be forced to choose between the future she needs…and the love she knows is impossible.
I’m having trouble putting into words how utterly incredible this book was. Courtney Milan never fails to give such richness and depth to not only her historical settings but to her incredible characters as well.
Jessica is not just some bitter woman of the world out for whatever she can get, but neither is she the totally wronged yet deep-down-innocent who has simply fallen on hard times. Instead, she’s a delicate balance of integrity, intelligence, anger, resentment, love, and pain, and I honestly don’t see how anyone could fail to fall in love with her.
Mark, also, avoids the pitfall cliches that most virgin heroes fall into — he’s not a saint, he’s not even fundamentally damaged, he’s simply exerting control over his life that he was not allowed as a child. I loved that he was so passionate, but that his passions were redirected from simple lust into something so much more — his honor, loyalty, integrity, and even his passionate anger were all what drew both Jessica and me as a reader in, and I admit, I think I’m a little in love with the man myself.
While there were a few moments that I could have done without, overall, this one is a definite favorite of mine. I can’t even accurately put into words just how emotionally rich this story way, or how much I absolutely loved the beautifully flawed main characters.
It also worked well as a standalone, even though I have actually read the other books in the series, and I would highly recommend it for any fan of historical romances.
Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HarlequThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Special Edition Author’s Website: http://www.mindyklasky.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
The head of a prestigious company specializing in genetic testing and treatments, Ethan has never wanted children. A dark secret from his past makes him fear for any children that he may have, and as such he’s never allowed himself to pursue any serious relationships. Instead, he plays up his playboy image, much to the disappointment and consternation of the grandmother who has raised him.
Fed up with his scandalous ways, his grandmother Margaret decides to hand him an ultimatum — marry by her 80th birthday, only months away, or she will donate her controlling shares of the company that Ethan has dedicated his life to seeing thrive to a charity that will bog down the Board of Directors until the company undoubtedly fails.
Thinking over his past, he realizes that there’s only been one woman with whom he has any hope of making things work — Sloane, a beautiful woman with whom he had a one night stand with a few months prior.
Upon tracking her down, he realizes that not only was Sloane fired from her previous position due to her dalliance with him, but that she’s also carrying his baby!
Despite the fact that Sloane seemed a bit too good to be true, I admit that I loved this one. I think I’d forgotten just how enjoyable a good Harlequin Category Romance could be, with its melodrama and angst, but this book was exactly what I needed right now. I loved that Ethan’s playboy ways were a way to rebel against his controlling Grandmother, and the fact that he fell for Sloane for much more than just a way to thumb his nose at Margaret’s ultimatum by choosing an “ironic” bride.
The simple fact that the couple restrained themselves from physical intimacy for most of the book really allowed me as a reader to feel their love and affection growing out of something other than just basic lust and sexual compatibility, and that was a lovely change of pace. The angst resulting from the revelation of Margaret’s ultimatum was absolutely delicious, and Ethan’s groveling and desperation afterwards made me fall in love with him all over again.
Recommended for fans of heroes being blackmailed into marriage, heroines who are determined to do what is best for their baby no matter what the cost, and heroes who grovel beautifully, all smothered with delicious sexual tension.
Expected Release Date: July 19, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HarlequThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 19, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Presents Author’s Website: http://www.lynnegraham.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Volakis Vow Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot Years ago, Tally’s mother tried to trap a tycoon into marriage by intentionally getting pregnant. Unfortunately for her, he didn’t succumb to her machinations, and instead merely provided for Tally, whom he considers to be his dirty little secret. When he asks her for the favor of watching out for her half sister at a house party, she reluctantly goes along, even though the 17-year old resents her presence, and refuses to acknowledge her as family. Instead, Tally is forced to pose as her sister’s “assistant”, and is treated as little better than a servant amongst her sister’s rich friends.
Sander Volakis is an independent man. His older brother was the apple of his parents’ eye, and nothing he could do ever compared to his paragon sibling. When his brother dies, Sander is forced back into the family fold to help with the business that is floundering under his late brother’s control, and when his father insists that he attend a house party thrown by the family of his deceased brother’s fiance, he can do little but simply go along with the plan.
As soon as Tally sees Sander, she’s mesmerized. His physique and presence awaken dormant feelings of desire for the first time in her life, and the fact that he seems taken by her is a huge ego boost as well. Despite the fact that she has never been with a man, she begins to feel a connection to Sander, and gives herself to him in what turns out to be a very dissatisfying and even humiliating experience.
Put off of physical intimacy completely by that horrible experience, she walks away from Sander and never intends to look back. Unfortunately for her, he is intrigued by the woman who refuses to be enraptured by him, and sets out to seduce her. When she bluntly informs him that she expects exclusivity from any man that she has a relationship with, he’s furious because he thinks she’s just like other women who try to pin him down. He quickly realizes though, that if he wants to pursue their attraction, he’ll have to make concessions, and agrees that so long as he’s still interested in her, he will remain exclusive.
Their relationship progresses until one night, Tally catches him kissing and caressing another (more beautiful and sophisticated) woman and walks out on him. Of course, things are never that simple, as she soon discovers that he’s left behind more than just her broken heart — she’s pregnant! I was a little surprised as to just how much I enjoyed this one. The angst was absolutely delicious and the love scenes were incredibly hot. You could feel the chemistry between the two of them, and their explosive liaisons never disappointed. I really adored how the fact that she was a powerful man’s daughter came into play, and how her having hidden that fact initially made things that much worse in Sander’s eyes.
It is absolutely killing me that this book is actually part of a duet, because it ended on such a happy note that I felt that the story was complete. Instead, the next book (due out in August in the US) opens with Tally and Sander getting a divorce! This knowledge detracted greatly from my satisfaction with the ending, and while I’m sure that Bride For Real will end in a HEA, I’m not sure that I’ll be able to trust it when it comes.
Overall, however, this was a delightful read. Full of melodramatic angst and misunderstandings just like all of my favorite Harlequin Presents novels, I would highly recommend this one for fans of accidental pregnancies, heroes who are blackmailed into marriage, and affairs that end on a sour note yet turn into a sweet love.
Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN AuthThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://www.nicolacornick.co.uk My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Book 4, Scandalous Women of the Ton Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
*Whew* This one was a complete roller coaster!
Susanna Burney has not had an easy life. At age 17, she eloped with the man of her dreams, and then the next day, after having spent a wonderful night in his bed, sacrificed her marriage out of misguided love. Kicked out by her family, she’s had to make her way in life without anyone’s assistance, and despite what others may think of her when they learn her secrets, she never prostituted herself out. Instead, she became a Matchbreaker — someone hired by wealthy families to tempt away the potential grooms in unsuitable relationships. Telling herself that she’s actually doing the women a favor — since if the man truly loved their women, they wouldn’t be tempted away, she is so close to finally having enough money to pay off her creditors and retire to the country with her young wards.
James is unapologetically a fortune hunter. Having grown up experiencing the extremes of wealth and poverty that only the children of notorious gamblers can known, he’s not happy with just his inherited title and place in society. He forms a match with a woman he has no hope of loving, in order to get his hands on her fortune. His younger sister has also done some fortune hunting of her own — having fallen in love with the heir to a dukedom, and expecting him to offer for her at any moment. However, the heir’s parents are less than pleased that a nobody like Chessie could possibly ensnare their son, and so enters Susanna.
There’s only one small problem, however. The “man of her dreams” that Susanna eloped with when she was 17? That would be James.
While I’m not typically a fan of novels where the main characters could have solved their problems had they just sat down and talked in the first chapter, I admit I did enjoy this one. There was so much history and bitterness between the two of them that I could forgive the overuse of a Big Misunderstanding and their constant and deliberate verbal wounding of one another. While there were a couple plot devices that I could’ve done without, and infidelity in some form or another by so many of the major characters, the angst was delicious, and the resolution was satisfying.
Recommended for fans of estranged marriages, blackmail, and Big Misunderstandings. 3.5/5 Stars
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Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Presents Author’s Website: http://www.eharlequin.com/author.html... My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: No Steam Level: Hot
I’ve read a lot of category romances in my time. One thing that we all love is the ruthless tycoon (or prince or sheikh of course) whose arrogance and physical desire for the heroine makes him run roughshod over her, giving her a taste of incredible passion before reluctantly falling in love. Sometimes there’s amnesia, sometimes there’s blackmail, or even secret babies, but in the end, it’s the arrogance and incredible abilities as a lover that we enjoy reading about. While this does follow the “standard” formula for a HP — virgin heroine is blackmailed into being the mistress of a powerful tycoon, and of course the couple discovers incredible passion together — there are enough deviations from the standard to make this a very refreshing read.
I have to say, this is one of the most enjoyable HP’s that I’ve read, and that’s saying something. There was still deliciously hot UST and lovemaking, and enough of the HP standby’s to appeal to fans of the genre, but Sally’s power in the relationship, and the fact that Zac grovels so wonderfully in the end made all the difference for me. A very cheerful 4/5 Stars...more
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Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.zoearcherbooks.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1 in the 8th Wing series Steam Level: Hot
I had forgotten how much I like a good space adventure, but this book certainly reminded me. It had everything I love -- tons of heart-pounding action, corrupt politicians, enemies coming from every angle, and incredible sexual tension.
Overall, this was a tasty, easy, entertaining read. The tension and love scenes between Kell and Mara were absolutely delicious, and despite the fact that their romance developed over a very short amount of time, the pacing still felt right. A very cheerful 4/5 Stars ...more
I won a copy of this through Goodreads First Reads
Our heroine, Becky, had a really awful first marriage -- she eloped with a man who turned out to be I won a copy of this through Goodreads First Reads
Our heroine, Becky, had a really awful first marriage -- she eloped with a man who turned out to be completely different than she'd first thought, and after her husband died, she retired to the country until the scandal died down. Now, four years later, she's back in London.
Our hero, Jack, was also involved in a scandal many years ago, and had left London for twelve years. Now he's returned, and due to forced outside of his control, he's being forced to marry before Christmas or he will quite literally die.
What worked for me: *I adored the fact that Jack originally approached Becky, and set her up for ruin to force her to marry him, and then ended up truly falling in love with her. *I loved loved loved what happened at Becky's country estate. Sometimes I wish more heroines would take that type of action when someone has hurt them, rather than just simper and sulk. *I liked the fact that even though this book is part of a series, it was easily read as a standalone. There are quite a few spoilers, it seems, for past books, however, so if you want to read the series, I'd still suggest that you read it in order *The UST was completely divine *I loved Becky's attitude toward scandal when it applied to her.
What didn't work for me: *Becky's family irritated the bejeezus out of me. They were kind and loving, but they were also very smothering. And I truly, TRULY, wanted to smack her brother in the beginning. Hard. *I didn't care for the ending. It was a fitting end, but not the traditional "HEA" that I was expecting. *I felt like the Bad Guy got off a bit too easily.
I really wanted to know what was up between Rebecca's best friend and Jack's best friend. I felt like there was a sequel developing, though perhaps the history of that was explained in an earlier novel.
Overall, a very enjoyable read. I don't typically go for the "experienced heroine" type story, but Becky, though previously married and not completely ignorant of the pleasures of the marriage bed, still came across as a bit of an innocent rather than hardened and cynical, despite her reserve towards marriage. I'm kicking myself for having waited this long to read it. My only excuse is that it was an analog book and I'm more of an eBook reader.
Now, I don't normally like non-virgin heroines in my historicals. It's a horrible double-standard, I know, since I really don't care for virgin femaleNow, I don't normally like non-virgin heroines in my historicals. It's a horrible double-standard, I know, since I really don't care for virgin females in my contemporary novels, but I typically read historical novels because the heroine is inexperienced.
Marissa is Lusty. That's right, with a capital L. :) She comes from a fairly "wild" family, and is considered the "tame" one, but just because she's not as wild as the rest of them, doesn't mean she's some wilting flower. Marissa likes pretty things -- pretty horses, pretty dresses, and of course, pretty men. In her immaturity, she hasn't yet accepted society's double standards for women -- that women must remain chaste and pure and must be "convinced" to engage in sensual behavior, while men are celebrated for their whoring behaviors... Unfortunately, this is also her downfall -- being slightly tipsy, she allows one of her pretty-boy suitors to seduce her, and in giving up her virginity (in a most decidedly un-inspiring experience), she also forfeit any freedom and future she might have had.
Some readers have complained about her immaturity, and yes, she annoyed the p*ss out of me on many occasions. BUT (and it's a big "but"), she matures over the course of the book from a foolish and impulsive girl into a woman, and not just in the sexual way.
Jude was the acknowledged bastard son of a Duke (and his French courtesan lover), and was therefore highly respected and accepted into society. However, even his friends constantly remind him, however unthinkingly, over his humble origins, and even though he was nowhere near as foolish or immature as Marissa was at the beginning of the novel, over the course of the book he starts to mature as well.. He begins to accept the fact that he's worth more than he and the world have previously thought.
The love scenes were hot (once you got past the fact that Marissa wasn't a missish virgin as is typical with this type of story lol), and I am most definitely looking forward to more novels in this series (though I'm not sure which brother I want to hear about first!)
**spoiler alert** First things first, can I just say how much I love the cover??
I'd actually never heard of this book until the other day when perusi**spoiler alert** First things first, can I just say how much I love the cover??
I'd actually never heard of this book until the other day when perusing the DABWAHA website and saw that it was actually the finalist against Larissa Ione's Ecstasy Unveiled (which is a fantabulous book itself btw).
Now let me go ahead and say it – I'm not usually that into same-sex romance. I've nothing against it (in fact, some of my favorite fanfiction is slash), but it's not typically something I actively seek out on my own.
That said, I LOVED THIS BOOK!
It had everything I love in a contemporary, action-filled romance: a tortured hit man with a conscience, a hot target who slowly breaks through said hitman's tough shell, and just enough action (er.. that is.. fighting) to keep things exciting.
Add on top of that the whole “ahh crap I guess I'm gay, huh?” bit (which I admit, I found more amusing than anything – does that make me mean?) and you've got tons of delicious angst.
D doesn't want to get close to Jack. In fact, he does everything he can to continously push him away, especially once he starts to develop feelings for him. But dear Jack just won't let him keep running, and very gently starts to pull him out of his shell.
And the love scenes? HOTTT *fans self* *wipes drool* *licks lips*
*clears throat* Er. Sorry. What were we talking about?
D and Jack make a wonderful couple. Jack's not all effeminite, which I think would have definitely put D off, but he's not some super badass either. He's... human. I really like that about him. Sure, he's a little braver than I would have been had I come home to find a hitman calmly sitting on my couch with a shiny gun (complete with silencer) sitting in his lap, but then again he's also used to dealing with high-pressure situations in his career as a surgeon. And his reaction to seeing D kill for the first time felt really true to how I think most “average” people would react.
I had to snicker when someone referred to him as a “twink” and he didn't get the reference ;) Sure he was a bit preppy, but I wasn't getting the twink vibe from him.
I really felt like his courage overlaying his natural vulnerability is what attracted D to him in the first place, and made it impossible for D to walk away.
Jack knew from the beginning of the novel that he was homosexual, and had had prior sexual relationships with men. D, on the other hand, was deeeeep in the closet. He knew he had these “feelings” but he denied himself for so long that it was a difficult path to get him to recognize and act on his attractions and affections for Jack.
The angst of D trying to stay away from Jack for his own good was just gut wrenching. As a reader, I agonized with him because I knew his logic was sound, but at the same time I just wanted to shake him and tell him to go to him and end both their suffering.
One of my absolute favorite parts of the book was right after D had kidnapped Jack , and Jack was thinking the whole situation was like a cheesy TNT movie... At one point he thinks to himself “Actually, if this were a movie, you’d be a beautiful woman and you’d be sleeping with HAL by the second act.” This made me snort when I read it, because obviously I knew from the description that they would be hooking up and they were both so oblivious to it at that point (side note – the “HAL” reference is because D hadn't actually introduced himself, so Jack started calling him HAL in his head due to the resemblance between his sunglasses and the HAL computer from 2001: A Space Oddessy)
Now, it's not all rainbows and sunshine here – there are several times in the book where D's internal monologue prompted a bit of eye-rolling on my part. I understand why it was there though – there were little tidbits hinting at his past, and why he felt the way he did that were very important to character development, and the internal monologue was truly the best way for JS to put that across without bogging us down with awkward and untimely conversations or true flashbacks. Knowing that didn't make it any less irritating though, which is why I mention it.
Did I mention that I like D's accent too? I'm not sure exactly what sort of accent it's supposed to be (it might have been mentioned but honestly I missed it), but for once I enjoyed phoenetic typing to emphasize accent. That sort of thing normally drives me bonkers (re: Diana Galbaldon's Outlander series. I went crosseyed from all the verra's and ya ken's in that series .lol)
The part right after they've discovered the identity of the villain (which, btw, I totally guessed beforehand) was simply heartbreaking – when they realized that their dreams of being together were practically pipe dreams, and that the reality was that one (or both) of them was going to die. Heartbreaking.
And Dear Lawd, the separation just about killed me. Christmas litrerally had me all choked up *sniffle* Gah.
Their reunion though, was worth it. It was very satisfying (er. No pun intended there) because it wasn't just a “and the lovers were reunited and lived happily ever after The End” – instead it had them work through some issues that felt real, rather than just jumping to the glossy HEA that so many other romances end up with in the final chapters.
I also like that she left it open-ended for future sequels, without giving it the whole unresolved/cliff-hanger vibe that so many debut books have these days.
Being that it's a same-sex romance, I realize that this book won't be for everyone. The sex scenes are well done, but are just as explicit as a typical heterosexual romance, and as such might put a few readers off. However if that sort of thing bothers you, I still recommend reading it and just skipping/skimming the sex scenes, because the romance and the suspense/action is so gut-wrenchingly fantastic that it's not to be missed.
Also, be sure that once you've read the book, you head on over to Jane Seville's website – she's got several outtakes and epilogue short stories posted for free (but, yeah, don't read them until you've read the book lol)
**spoiler alert** I'm reminded again why I adore Cynthia Eden.. I first discovered her as an author in the Everlasting Bad Boys anthology with her sho**spoiler alert** I'm reminded again why I adore Cynthia Eden.. I first discovered her as an author in the Everlasting Bad Boys anthology with her short story, Spellbound, and immediately fell in love with her writing style.
The Vampire's Kiss is no exception. It had the "fated mates" vibe without the absolute sense of unavoidable destiny, which was refreshing, and I loved the little twist as to why Savannah's mind was different than all the other humans that William had experience with. The romance was hot without being overwhelming to the story, and I really enjoyed the parts where William helped to teach Savannah all the new vampy things she needed to know after her transformation.
Even though I figured out the last twist in the book right when it was first presented, it was still a good one and IMHO definitely added to the HEA.
I was really hoping for a sequel for a certain character that really deserves a HEA, but from my understanding there hasn't been one nor is there one in the works. Boo hiss.
Strong characters, an action-driven plot that keeps you on your toes, and plenty of twists to keep your interest earned this one a solid 4 1/2 Stars....more