**spoiler alert** I honestly can't remember a time where I've read a Fuck-Or-Die story that was traditionally published rather than on AO3. I'm pleasa**spoiler alert** I honestly can't remember a time where I've read a Fuck-Or-Die story that was traditionally published rather than on AO3. I'm pleasantly surprised -- this was a fun (and hot) read that didn't follow as closely to The Formula as I remember most books in this series doing.
The only real drawback was, well, his name. It's hard (heh) not to get the giggles when reading a smutalicious scene and seeing the word "Smiley" on the page.
Even so, that wasn't a huge drawback, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
I'd read most of the stories in this anthology when they were published individually, but I've always loved this author's brand of steam and angst, soI'd read most of the stories in this anthology when they were published individually, but I've always loved this author's brand of steam and angst, so I didn't even hesitate to one-click this when I saw they were available in a collection.
Everything but the last story was a re-read for me, but I nonetheless thoroughly enjoyed not only the stories themselves, but being able to read them all back-to-back in one continuous story arc.
As with most of her books, these stories are full of hot sex, angsty developments, and some dramatic action -- my favorite thing to read when I'm burned out on reading and need a happy distraction.
**spoiler alert** I have to preface this with I LOVE Hailey Edwards' books. Love them. Hands down one of my favorite authors EVER.
This o**spoiler alert** I have to preface this with I LOVE Hailey Edwards' books. Love them. Hands down one of my favorite authors EVER.
This one didn't really do it for me. Mai has sadly never been my favorite character in the Black Dog series (Go #TeamShaw!) and there were just too many things I typically avoid in romance all going on at once. I'm not a fan of kidnappings, but I DO like when the kidnappee (is...is that a word?) gives their captor a huge run for their money. Mai... didn't. Not really, despite her initial escape attempt.
Now, I understand that there was a deeper reasoning behind it, but I really wanted to see her make him suffer rather than convert to his side as quickly as she did.
I love the idea of fated mates. It's TOTALLY my jam. Yet I felt cheated out of that in this book due to the amnesia thing and the flashbacks. Plus, I honestly wasn't feeling the romantic tension between the two.
Sure, her dad is an oppressive dick and I enjoyed that angsty bit of betrayal (especially the chubby kitsune thing lol), but in the end, this was, for me, by far the weakest entry into this series/world.
Even so, it wasn't all bad. There was humor and family, and pop culture references (hell-O Japanese Dean Winchester!) and of course, Thierry plays a nicely sized part.
This steamy little novella was exactly what I was looking for when I went browsing for a quick bite to read.
With some of my favorite tropes -- fated tThis steamy little novella was exactly what I was looking for when I went browsing for a quick bite to read.
With some of my favorite tropes -- fated to be mated as well as enemies to lovers -- I of course loved the instant attraction and heat between Lauren and Max.
Some readers may be a little put off by the lack of character development, especially for those outside of our main couple, but honestly, I think most readers will be able to simply enjoy this tasty, sexy novella as it was intended.
Having come to this series without having read the first installment, I can say that this one easily stood well on its own, with both of our protagonists getting just as much history as was needed before jumping straight into their attraction for one another.
There's also a touch of action that I enjoyed, though personally I thought that plot line was tied up a bit too neatly a bit too early.
Overall, though, this was an enjoyable way to pass the time on a chilly evening, and I'd be interested in reading more from Ms. Stuart.
Only thing I wasn't keen on was the whole bit where it seems priests have sex with other peopleF*CK yes.
Now I want to go read the rest of the series.
Only thing I wasn't keen on was the whole bit where it seems priests have sex with other people as part of their priestly duties (my own personal hangup, oh well), but that wasn't dwelled upon, and was probably explained in earlier books.
Some readers may be a bit bothered by the fact the protagonists are "underage" for most of the book, but in their world, it obviously wasn't an issue, so it wasn't an issue for me either.
Kind of a wild premise (but that was explained towards the end of the book), but still quite enjoyable, despite the author's apparent deep and abidingKind of a wild premise (but that was explained towards the end of the book), but still quite enjoyable, despite the author's apparent deep and abiding love for thesaurus.com and the somewhat cliche events that happen towards the end.
Expected Release Date: September 24, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 24, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://www.kaseymichaels.com/ My Source for This Book: Part of a Series: Yes (?) Book 3, Redgraves Series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Too Stupid To Live Moment Favorite Tropes: Secret Identity
There are certain times in everyone’s life when circumstances outside of books interfere with your enjoyment of reading, and unfortunately, I had a lot going on in my life when I read this one. As silly as it sounds, I think that this book was a little too well-written for my tastes when I read it. I was looking for more of a “mindless” read — you know, the kind with the somewhat flat characters and an almost silly plot.
Instead, this book is very well written. Both of the protagonists have many hidden depths, and the overall storyline of infiltrating a notorious (and treasonous) secret society involved quite a bit of subterfuge and quick intellect.
Another positive is that even though it is obviously part of a series, it stood very well on its own.
I struggled with a final rating for this book, because I did enjoy it, but it wasn’t what I was looking for when I picked it up. I didn’t want to “punish” the book by giving it a low rating when there weren’t many things I actively disliked about the tale, but neither did I want to give it a higher rating than it would have received based on exactly how I felt about it when I read it. In the end, I simply looked to my own rating scale, and I think this definition perfectly reflects my feelings for this one: “I really liked it. I’d probably read it again in the future, and while there are certainly things I would change, it was at least quite entertaining. I definitely felt like I got my money’s worth for a paperback.”
Recommended for fans of protagonists with hidden depths, evil secret societies, and plenty of action with a dash of steam.
Fun fun fun -- lots of action (of both the fighting and the *ahem*ing variety), interesting world-building, and likable characters. I can't wait for mFun fun fun -- lots of action (of both the fighting and the *ahem*ing variety), interesting world-building, and likable characters. I can't wait for more of this series!
I have a theory (it could be demons... Dancing demons, no, something isn't right there...) about some of the other characters that I'm DYING to discover the truth about.
Full review to follow shortly, but for now, 4.5/5 Stars will have to do. ...more
Expected Release Date: August 21, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HarleThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 21, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Historical Author’s Website: http://www.bronwynnscott.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Unlikeable Hero Favorite Tropes: Forced Marriage, Affair Turns To Love
We’ve all read books about a promiscuous hero who meets an outspoken heroine and finds himself smitten with her. Throw in a hint of scandal, and the hero finds himself rather happily engaged to the young lady, and though everyone knows of the hero’s bad reputation, that’s quickly forgotten when everyone sees how in love they are.
This is (happily) not that book. Merrick has a very scandalous reputation, and that reputation follows him throughout the book, much to his chagrin. While Alixe is rather outspoken for her station, and there is a hint of scandal that leads to Alixe being forced to wed, Merrick is not exactly what her father would want as a son-in-law.
Thus begins an entertaining tale of a man forced to help a bluestocking spinster find a husband, and a lady who will do anything to not be forced into a loveless marriage to a man she considers to be a scoundrel.
Throw in a fortune-hunting villain, some rather risque escapades right under the nose of said lady’s parents, and a change of heart that may be too late in coming, and you’ve got a delightful tale with just the right amount of steam.
Highly recommended for fans of reformed rakes whose reputations become a hindrance, bookish heroines who happily thought to never marry, and star-crossed lovers who realize that they never knew what they really wanted out of life until they were thrown onto the same path.
Expected Release Date: September 24, 2013 Publisher: Simon & SchusterThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 24, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Books Author’s Website: www.larissaione.com My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Moon Bound Vampires Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Major Age Difference Between Protagonists Favorite Tropes: Kidnapped, Enemies To Lovers
Any first installment into a series can tend to be a little wobbly on its feet at first, especially when the author is known for only one series (and a popular one at that), and this one was no true exception.
I admit, I had a hard time just sitting back and enjoying the book on its own without drawing quite a few comparisons between the characters and events in this book, and the popular Demonica/Lords of Deliverance books. However, I soon found that I really enjoyed her fresh take on the vampire myth, turning them into a subjugated race fighting for both freedom from and revenge against their captors. The in-fighting between clans, the evil corporations, the hunters sent in to bring down rogues and escapees -- all of these added up to a thrilling world in which to set the story.
On top of that, the animosity between Nicole and Riker, along with their growing understanding of each other, not to mention the growing attraction that they both attempted to fight, added the perfect amount of tension, and of course, the trademark heat and chemistry that we've come to expect from Ms. Ione kept things quite interesting even during the times between fighting.
While I was a little weirded out by the in-your-face age difference between Nicole and Riker, and was perhaps a bit distracted by some of the parallels that could be drawn between this story and the Demonica/LOD series, it was the world-building that really made me fall in love with this tale. I can't wait for more books to help explain the history behind the enslavement of the vampire race, as well as the stories behind the various rogue clans. The teaser for the next book in the series has me salivating to get my hands on it, and leaves me with no doubt that this series is going to be one to watch.
A very solid 4/5, and definitely a series to watch....more
I'm just not one for casual nudity. It didn't fall into my "pet peeve" category, as everyone who was naked was perfectly fine with being so, but stillI'm just not one for casual nudity. It didn't fall into my "pet peeve" category, as everyone who was naked was perfectly fine with being so, but still, it's just not my thing.
Nice and steamy, though, with a satisfying (pun intended) romance.
I realize that by now, the majority of people considering this book have already been "spoiled" as to the names of the hero and the heroine, but justI realize that by now, the majority of people considering this book have already been "spoiled" as to the names of the hero and the heroine, but just in case there are still some readers holding out for the surprise, I'm making this a spoiler-free review. As such, it will be noticeably shorter than it would be were I allowing myself to give away their identities.
One thing I really liked about this one was the fact that even though it would certainly be helpful to have read at least the most recent installments of the Psy-Changeling series, I think that it's focused enough on our main couple and the civil war brewing amongst the Psy, that newcomers might be able to get through it without issue.
Similarly, I really enjoyed the focus on the couple. I've been anticipating this particular pairing for years now, and I was very glad that so much time was put into developing their characters and their relationship, rather than focusing too much on many of the past couples from previous books.
The chemistry was wonderful, and I've always had a bit of a soft spot in my heart for dangerous, almost frightening heroes, especially when they come with both murderous tendencies as well as intense protectiveness over a woman they have claimed as their own.
The ending was perfect, and I sincerely hope that there will be many more installments to this series to come.
It is always hard to write a review for a J.R. Ward book, because I tryThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
It is always hard to write a review for a J.R. Ward book, because I try so hard to avoid spoilers, and yet, I want to either rant or rave about almost every tiny detail.
At times this book was so overwhelming with minute details, that it felt as though she were trying her hardest to give every single character that had ever appeared in the stories, if not an actual cameo, at least a mention. And yet, at other times, it felt as though important characters and events were glossed over with a quickness that left me re-reading a few pages thinking that I must have missed something, because I ended up not quite sure what exactly was going on.
In the end, however, there are two main factors that I feel I should focus this review on. First, the relationship between Blay and Qhuinn, and second, the overall progression of the series’ story arc.
On the first, I can say I was generally pleased. The pacing was perfect, with tons of angst and heartache on both sides, as well as plenty of chemistry. While the actual love scenes were mostly deliciously hot, there were a few quirks that left me a bit cold, and that’s coming from someone who’s typically a fan of male-male romance.
On the second, however, is where the book really shone. Old foes come back to the forefront, with surprising results, and the villains from last book begin to take unexpected paths in their quest to wipe out the Brotherhood and Wrath. In addition, we get quite a bit of history on the Shadows, Trez and iAm, as well as a very fascinating (and sexually charged) sub-plot with the dangerously sexy Assail.
Add to that an absolutely fabulous epilogue, and this book is definitely a keeper.
Newcomers to the series, however, should realize that this is not a series that can really be read out of order.. Books 1 – 5 are arguably interchangeable, and able to stand on their own, but I would personally suggest just going ahead and reading everything in order and saving yourself the massive headache of trying to sort things out.
Expected Release Date: March 26, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: AvThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: March 26, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://jeanienefrost.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Night Prince Series (Spinoff of Night Huntress Series) Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: None Favorite Tropes: Groveling Hero
I’ve been anxiously awaiting more of Vlad and Leila’s tale ever since the final pages of the last book, Once Burned, and I was not disappointed.
While I do think that newcomers to the series should go back and read that tale before picking up this book, as they might be left scratching their heads at some of the behavior from both characters otherwise, Ms. Frost did a lovely job of recapping things without falling victim to the dreaded Info-Dump that many authors succumb to when writing sequels.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it. With plenty of action, some surprising twists, and quite a bit of development both in Leila and Vlad’s relationship and in the series’ overall story arc, it was everything I’ve come to love about Jeaniene Frost.
Expected Release Date: December 11, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster IThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: December 11, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Star Author’s Website: http://www.meredithduran.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, book 0.5, Rules For The Reckless Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Favorite Tropes: Abused Heroine Pet Peeves: Misleading Blurb
This novella was an absolute joy. While I was a little surprised that the blurb seemed to be slightly misleading, it turned out that the resulting story was even better than I had hoped for.
With plenty of adventure, chemistry, heartache, and romance, I was glued to the pages, and even though it was a complete story, I couldn’t help but be a little bit saddened to see it end.
Expected Release Date: February 26, 2013 Publisher: Random House PublishiThis 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.
I almost hate myself for enjoying this one so much. Very dark, lots of Very Bad Things happening to people, but awesome.
It's good to mention that therI almost hate myself for enjoying this one so much. Very dark, lots of Very Bad Things happening to people, but awesome.
It's good to mention that there aren't any shape shifters in this series though. The Dragon Kings are a sort of paranormal race descended from (or who worship, not 100% clear on that at the moment) The Dragon, their deity.
4.5-5 Stars, full review to follow once I get my thoughts in order. ...more
Three very sweet romances (with a bit of a fourth) all tied up into one complete narrative. Perfect for fans of Love At First Sight, it was a wonderfuThree very sweet romances (with a bit of a fourth) all tied up into one complete narrative. Perfect for fans of Love At First Sight, it was a wonderfully light read with just enough steam to keep things from getting boring.
A very solid 4/5 stars, with a full review to follow. ...more