I knew going into it that there was no "happy ending". Yes, dear reader, I committed that cardinal sin -- I sought outAhhh why do I do this to myself?
I knew going into it that there was no "happy ending". Yes, dear reader, I committed that cardinal sin -- I sought out spoilers before I would pick this one up.
While this book was raw and real and beautiful and bittersweet, I knew beforehand that I wouldn't LOVE it, and I was right.. self fulfilling prophecy? Perhaps. Either way, I have to admit that I did connect with the characters, and the ending hurt. Oh how it hurt.
Honestly, I think I'll stick to traditional romance with its Happily Ever Afters (no matter how "unrealistic" some may find them) and save myself from bawling my eyes out at the end of a book.
I have been waiting ages for this book, and it was well worth it. FoolisThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
I have been waiting ages for this book, and it was well worth it. Foolish humans are still showing that they don't learn from their own history, and continue to chafe and push against the restrictions placed on them by the Others who rule the lands. Simon and the rest of the Others who run the Lakeside Courtyard may be the only thing that stands between the idiot humans and the truly terrifying Others who live in the wilderness areas, far beyond any human civilization.
As a lover of all things romance, I of course clung to every tiny hint that there may be something more between Simon and Meg, but it's not simply my romantic heart reading too much into things this time; even though we don't get anything as heavy-handed as them actually talking about their developing feelings, it's very obvious that Meg and Simon both have changed due to their unique relationship. Even though this is probably the slowest developing romance I have ever read, it's definitely there, and is just enough to keep the romance addict in me satisfied.
There is a very large cast of characters in this series, with even more new faces appearing in this installment, and so I have to say that I would not recommend that new readers try to pick this one up without having read the other two. While Ms. Bishop does a lovely job of refreshing our memories without hitting us over the head with it, the intricate relationships between all of the characters is something that readers need to have a basic understanding of before attempting to enjoy this one.
As with the other books in this series, I loved Ms. Bishop's skill at taking the mundane daily activities of her characters and turning each and every one of them into an insight into the individual players. There's a delicate balance between action and characterization in this series as a general rule, and Vision In Silver did an excellent job of moving the plot forward while still making every character feel like family.
I had a tiny issue with the somewhat cliffhanger of an ending, but overall, this was an excellent installment to what is already easily one of my favorite series of all time.
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.
First and foremost is the major factor that this this IS a fanfiction (Supernatural, in case you couldn't tell from the description), and so there areFirst and foremost is the major factor that this this IS a fanfiction (Supernatural, in case you couldn't tell from the description), and so there are little nods/references to the show that seem out of place to those who aren't fans. For those who are fans, there may be a bit of disappointment that the characters are out of character. For me, honestly, I didn't mind them being out of character, but it was jolting at times to have the show references, because despite the character names, I had honestly forgotten it was a fanfiction by the time I was about halfway through, since the story had pulled me in so much.
My own personal opinion is that this story needs to be pulled from the fanfiction world, names changed/fandom references removed, professionally edited, and published, because it's an excellent work of fiction that doesn't need to rely on the draw of the fandom in order to gain a following.
I have never, in my entire life, cried this hard over a book. Sure, I've sniffled. I've even wiped a few stray tears or gotten quite choked up at times. I've had books that have stuck with me for days, and weeks, and even months.
This story though? Had me sobbing like a baby. I'm not exaggerating when I say I haven't cried like this except over deaths in my own family.
Days later an Elvis song came on at work and I had to excuse myself to go to the restroom and compose myself before I could continue to go about my day.
Read this at your own risk. DO NOT TAKE THE WARNINGS LIGHTLY. When people say that it broke their hearts, listen to them. When they say they cried for days, listen to them. My best friend thought I was exaggerating and read it. She's coming over tomorrow and I'm baking her a casserole out of guilt because she's so broken up over it.
Though very well-written, it ripped my still-beating heart out of my chest and stomped it to bloody bits while I could do nothing but watch helplessly from the sidelines.
There's no happy ending, and those who know me know I require a HEA.
I read this a week ago and I'm still raw.
That said, it doesn't leave you quite dead in the floor. It does patch you back up a bit with a bittersweet ending, but I can honestly say this is a story that I will never forget.
And yet, even with all of the pain, I'm still glad I read it. As agonizing as it was, the love between the protagonists was eternal, even though reality got in the way of the apple-pie fairytale they had truly deserved.
And now I have to go curl up in the corner and whimper for a bit because just writing this review has reopened the wound.
I knew the moment that I finished this book that it would garner a lot of OMG-I-LOVED-IT reviews right alongside quite a few WHAT-THE-HELL-DID-I-JUST-READ ones. It definitely falls into the category of "love it or hate it", and quite honestly, when I look back objectively, I'm actually surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.
This has been a very difficult review to write, to be honest, because when I look back over the notes I took while I was reading, and when I add up the number of "negative" points to compare to the "positives", I actually should have hated this book. Instead, I quite literally stayed up the entire night reading it because as cliched as it sounds, I simply couldn't bring myself to put it down.
I think what I liked the most about this book isn't necessarily the book itself -- it's the world that Ms. Bishop has created, and the immense potential for this series. Don't get me wrong -- I liked the characters and the storyline that made up this book, though admittedly the day to day mundane narrative grated on my nerves at times, and Meg was so sweet it made my teeth hurt while reading it at times.
But what really grabbed me by the throat and refused to let go was the fascinating mythology surrounding not only the many forms of terra indigine, but of the cassandra sangue themselves. Perhaps I've just been reading the wrong things, but I've never read anything quite like it, and I am absolutely hooked.
The biggest drawbacks of this story for me (other than the price and the fact that I have to wait so long for the sequel) are the fact that there is so much heavy detail on the day to day goings on in Meg's life, and the fact that Meg is a pretty unremarkable character that for some miraculous reason brings out the protective instincts in pretty much everyone she meets.
Meg's innocence and naivete were taken to the extreme at times, and though it was explained well by the isolation she experienced in her very unconventional upbringing, there were times where she really needed to be shaken a few times.
However, even though there were things about Meg that I didn't particularly care for, what I really loved was the idea that a single, somewhat ordinary person, would have touched so many lives in small, almost unintentional ways, that so many of these incredibly powerful creatures would be on the verge of practically ending the human race were she to come to harm. It sounds ridiculous as I write that, and yet that was one of the things that I enjoyed the most as I read.
In the end, though, my final rating doesn't depend on the number of things I liked versus the faults I was able to find when looking back on it. Instead, what it boils down to is how I felt when I finished the final page, and as such, this one gets my highest rating, despite it's many flaws, and I for one am dying to get my hands on the sequel.
Expected Release Date: September 3, 2013 Publisher: Macmillan Imprint: St.This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 3, 2013 Publisher: Macmillan Imprint: St. Martin’s Press Author’s Website: http://sherrilynkenyon.com My Source for This Book: Amazon Part of a Series: Yes, Book 23, Dark-Hunter Series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Torture Porn Favorite Tropes: Physically Imperfect or Scarred
Despite my discomfort and disgust at not only the explicit details of Styxx’s ordeals but also the sheer volume of incidents (which in the end cost the book a half-star in the rating), I still found myself thoroughly enjoying this one, which I admit, surprised me. I was very hesitant to even read this, because of my experience with the author’s penchant for torture porn as well as my relative dislike of the last two novels in the Dark-Hunter series.
I always have a problem rating the newer Sherrilyn Kenyon books because to me, they very often cross the line of creating a sympathetic, tortured protagonist (usually the hero) and instead fall firmly into the realm of torture porn, which is just not my thing.
I ran into this in Born of Silence (the League Series), in Acheron, and again in this book.
While all of the Very Bad Things that happen to Styxx as a youth do indeed make him a sympathetic character, I think it also does him the disservice of making him fairly unbelievable in the idea that he could still be humble and selfless to the point that he should be nominated for Sainthood.
Though I tried to take the forward from the author to heart, where she says (I paraphrase) that sometimes horrible things happening to someone can make them a horrible person, so can it instead make their inner strength and goodness shine. To me, though, so much happened to Styxx that it simply made it very difficult for me to believe that his Inner Good Guy would have survived.
That said, I have to say that Bethany was the perfect counter-balance to all of the very explicit horrible things that Styxx was put through.
I think that (view spoiler)[having Bethany and Styxx meet and fall in love in his relative youth, rather than making having him meet her and falling in love thousands of years after the abuse that he went through (hide spoiler)] made it much more believable that he would have had the inner strength to get through everything he was subjected to.
(view spoiler)[I was, however, very thankful that Ms. Kenyon found a way around Bethany being reincarnated. (hide spoiler)] That’s a trope I struggled with in an earlier book from this series, and was thrilled that it wasn’t an issue in this one.
As a bit of a side note, I would not recommend this book to those not already familiar with the series. I think it would be okay for those who had for whatever reason skipped Acheron, but once the book reached modern times, it moves very quickly with a lot of characters and events that you really need to be familiar with beforehand, else you could easily become hopelessly lost.
That said, for any fan of the original Dark-Hunter series, and definitely for fans of Acheron, I can say with all confidence that this is a must-read.
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Expected Release Date: July 18, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing ImpriThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 18, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: Entangled Teen Author’s Website: http://melaniecard.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Chaste Pet Peeves: None Favorite Tropes: Betrayal
I have been a fan of Melanie Card and the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer since shortly after I started this blog. The first book, WARD AGAINST DEATH, has long been a favorite of mine even though I don’t typically find myself reading YA/NA very often, and I knew that this book was going to be amazing.
It’s so nice to be right.
What I think I loved most about this book was the character development. Ward starts off just as we left him — clumsy, insecure, and on the run for his life. As the story progresses, though, we get to watch Ward grow up quite a bit, and get exciting glimpses into just the type of man that he will someday be — strong, confident, and powerful.
Celia, too, matures from the cold-blooded assassin that we’ve come to know and love into a more toned-down version of herself, with her affection for Ward growing, and the uncertainty of her life span really starting to weigh down on her.
More than that though, we get action, intrigue, and tons of danger, along with some unexpected new allies and some thrilling twists.
I do wish that there were a little more communication between Ward and Celia, as they both kept their developing feelings for each other under tight wraps, but for once, I wasn’t actually reading for the romance. There was also a slight issue with my copy (purchased for Kindle), where some page breaks between scenes would have really come in handy, but that was a minor issue and not one that counts against the final rating.
Overall, I adored it, and I’m hoping against hope that it won’t take another two long years for me to get my greedy little hands on Book 3.
Expected Release Date: July 15, 2013 Publisher: Courtney Milan Imprint: N/This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 15, 2013 Publisher: Courtney Milan Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.courtneymilan.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Brothers Sinister Series Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: None Favorite Tropes: Good Secondary Romance, First Came Love
With Courtney Milan’s trademark humor, chemistry, and amazing romance, this book was everything I could want in a historical romance novel. The secondary romance was interesting and fulfilling, without ever taking away from the main story, and I loved getting not one but two Happily Ever Afters in the same story.
The pacing was absolutely perfect, with the romance between Oliver and Jane building gradually as the story progressed, and it wasn’t long before I was just as in love with them as they were with each other.
Even though this is the fourth installment (second full-length novel) of the series, I think it would work admirably as a standalone. It might be obvious to new readers that there are more books available in the series, but I think that they would be able to enjoy this story just fine even if they hadn’t been fortunate enough to read the other installments.
Overall, this book has firmly earned a place on my keeper shelf, and I can see myself re-reading it in the future.
A resounding 5/5 Stars
In fact, I loved it so much, I’m going to give away a Kindle version to one lucky reader. Visit my blog before July 27th to enter to win a Kindle copy of The Heiress Effect!
Re-Read March 2015 You know what? I think I enjoyed it even more the second go-round. I still think the ILY's came a little too quickly (which is oftenRe-Read March 2015 You know what? I think I enjoyed it even more the second go-round. I still think the ILY's came a little too quickly (which is often the case with romantic suspense), but I came to this one this second time already knowing much of Eve's past, and Roarke's too, for that matter, and I think it made me appreciate their initial interactions just that much more.
I now regret not finishing the series, but one of these days I WILL find the time..
Still a solid 4.5/5 Stars.
-- Originally read 2013
*sigh* I can see now I'm going to get really behind because I'm going to end up reading most of this series back to back lol
I've had people recommending this series to me for YEARS, but kept putting it off because... well, because I knew I'd get sucked into it and not be able to get my work done.
Expected Release Date: April 15, 2013 Publisher: Cynthia Eden Imprint: N/This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 15, 2013 Publisher: Cynthia Eden Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.cynthiaeden.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com (Personal Purchase) Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Bound In Series Series Best Read In Order: Works Well As A Standalone Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: None Favorite Tropes: Betrayal, Amnesia, Mates For Life
One minor issue where the word “vampire” was used in a place that should have very obviously been “werewolf” (and yes, I’m picky, and that drove me a bit bonkers for a minute), but other than that, a very solid read.
Full of love, lust, anger, grief, betrayal, and revenge, with Ms. Eden’s trademark delicious chemistry thrown on top, I couldn’t put it down, and there’s a beautiful potential for a follow-up book with some secondary characters who also quickly captured my heart.
Expected Release Date: June 4, 2013 Publisher: MacMillan Imprint: St. MartThis 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....more
Expected Release Date: March 25, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: CarinaThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: March 25, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://alyssaeverett.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Hopelessly Naive Heroine Favorite Tropes: Marriage of Convenience, Heroine Thinks She’s Undesirable (Husband Refuses to Consummate Marriage)
While I won’t give spoilers, readers should be aware that there are some pretty sensitive issues addressed in this book, and though they are handled quite well, they may be hard for some readers.
I love a good, angsty story that involves a heroine who thinks she’s unattractive because her husband avoids intimate encounters. Even though I figured out the “secret” pretty early on, and I on occasion wanted to smack the heroine for her naiveté and somewhat obnoxious optimism, I loved this one.
The heartbreak surrounding David’s tragic past was revealed in stages, and by the time the reader learns the full extent of the events that have twisted David’s own self worth into a ball of hatred and self-loathing, we are already as hopelessly in love with him as Rosalie has found herself.
Rosalie’s own journey from almost overwhelming self-sacrificing optimism to having her eyes ripped opened to the realities of the world was almost as painful as David’s journey, and though her behavior originally irritated me, I found that in the end, had her character been any less optimistic, or had she been any less, well, Rosalie, she would not have been strong enough to pull either herself nor David out of the mess that resulted from the mess of an impulsive marriage between two people who, on the surface, were never meant for each other.
Expected Release Date: March 4, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: CarinaThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: March 4, 2013 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.vivianna.net/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, League of Illusion Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Warm Pet Peeves: Lack of Chemistry Favorite Tropes: Psychic Heroine
My biggest complaint about this book, and indeed, this series thus far, has been the lack of chemistry between protagonists. I personally never really felt any deep attraction between Rhys and Corina, and though we’re told that they’ve fallen for each other, I never really experienced it on the level I’ve come to expect from my romances.
I think, though, if I had approached this novel as though it were an adventure story with a hint of romance, rather than a romance novel with a bit of adventure, it would have fared much better. As it is, however, I couldn’t really get past the feeling that the romance never really did more than just skim the surface, and my overall enjoyment suffered quite a bit as a result.
Even so, I’m still looking forward to the next book, as I’m curious as to what will happen when the brothers finally do find Sebastian after all this time of searching.
Ehh... I don't really mind the lack of steam (okay, maybe a little, but not so much that it affected the final rating), but as much as I enjoy enemiesEhh... I don't really mind the lack of steam (okay, maybe a little, but not so much that it affected the final rating), but as much as I enjoy enemies to lovers, it felt like Hugh went from being a total jerk who didn't even LIKE the heroine (though he certainly seemed to feel attracted to her), to being in love with her all of a sudden.
Maybe it was the chaste rating, but there never really felt like there was any true chemistry between them. We're told that she has somewhat naughty dreams of him, and that he can't get her out of his mind even though he's got in his mind to marry a young virgin that he can rely on to be biddable and not have to worry about her straying like his first wife, and yet, I never really felt a spark between the two.
Still, I enjoyed the angst that comes with a strong female lead having no control over her life (as was true to the time period), and the plot with the poaching was plenty interesting. Overall, not bad, just not really a favorite.
Expected Release Date: January 21, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing ImThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: January 21, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: Scandalous Author’s Website: http://www.authormichellemclean.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Chaste Pet Peeves: Too Stupid To Live Moment(s), Love Triangle Favorite Tropes: Clumsy Heroine, Physically Imperfect or Scarred, Serious Illness or Injury
Though I can’t deny that the book was highly entertaining overall, my final rating would have been higher had it not been for an incredibly too stupid to live moment on the heroine’s part that resulted in a majorly tragic disaster towards the end.
That said, even with the fact that a major event in the end left a sour taste in my mouth, this book was, quite simply, fun. I think partly due to the fact that this was a “sweet” romance, with nothing more than a few kisses and a bit of wandering hands, the main focus was on the escapades of Min and Bryant as they planned and plotted both with and against each other in search for the necklace. It was quite an adventure, when all was said and done, and despite having several of my pet peeves, I still enjoyed it.
Recommended for fans of clumsy heroines whose plans often outshine their abilities, of heroes with tarnished pasts yet golden hearts, and of tons of mischievous adventure, sprinkled with a good dose of chemistry and seasoned with a dash of good old-fashioned romance.
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.
Expected Release Date: August 21, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/a AuthThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 21, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/a Author’s Website: http://mina-carter.com My Source for This Book: Amazon Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Project Mates Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm Favorite Tropes: Fated To Be Mated Pet Peeves: Sexual Assault, Too Much Setup for the Next Book
I’ve never before read anything by Mina Carter, but I can easily say that if this book was any indication, I will definitely be reading more in the future.
I admit, this was completely a case buying the book for the cover, and I can definitely say, the content lived up to that delicious eye candy. This was my first Mina Carter title, and I assure you, it won’t be my last. I’m dying to see where the story goes, and I’m very upset that I have to wait to get my hands on the sequel, Blood Mate (since, well, it’s not actually been written yet).
Recommended for fans of secret military operations, fated mates, and new twists on old paranormal ideas.
Expected Release Date: November 27, 2012 Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Ace AuThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: November 27, 2012 Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Ace Author’s Website: ilona-andrews.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, The Edge Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Warm
I’m so devastated that this is said to be the last book in the series. As a big fan of this world, and of course, of these characters, I’m so saddened to see them go.
That said, however, this book was wonderful. With a wonderfully crafted main couple, as well as many of our old favorites from previous books, the story was very well crafted and kept me glued to the pages long after I should have been asleep for the night.
The biggest thing that bothered me was that the ending didn’t really hit it’s mark for me, and so the book was left on a bit of a sour note for me, which in the end, pulled the final rating down a bit.
Even so, it is firmly on my keeper shelf, and highly recommended for anyone who enjoyed any of the previous novels in the series.
Expected Release Date: May 7, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Imprint: CasablaThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 7, 2013 Publisher: Sourcebooks Imprint: Casablanca Author’s Website: http://www.becmcmaster.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, London Steampunk Series Series Best Read In Order: Yes, but might work well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Favorite Tropes: Darker Debuantes, New Twist on Vampirism, Forbidden Romance, Rags to Riches
I was a huge fan of the first book in this series, Kiss of Steel, and so when I saw this one was available, I knew I had to snatch it up. While I still find myself a bit more fascinated with the Blue Bloods and the mythology of vampirism in this series than I do the Verwulfen, I can’t deny that Will and Lena absolutely shine in this story.
With an enormous amount of chemistry and sexual tension, not to mention the forbidden aspect of their romance, they made an amazing pair, and when you throw in the intrigues of court and the new worries of a treaty between the Blue Bloods and the Verwulfen clans from other countries, I was simply glued to the pages.
I'm EXTREMELY wary of retellings of classic tales, and I admit that at first, the obvious similarities to Jane Eyre had me very hesitant.
That said, tI'm EXTREMELY wary of retellings of classic tales, and I admit that at first, the obvious similarities to Jane Eyre had me very hesitant.
That said, there was more than enough originality to the story to keep me on my toes, and with several unexpected plot twists as well as just enough of a cliffhanger to have me dying for the next installment (without making me want to scream in frustration), I stayed up all night reading this because I couldn't stand the thought of putting it down.
A very solid 4.5/5, with a full review to follow. ...more
I'm very torn on the final rating of this book. I feel as though I were a victim of a bait and switch, as there was no indication of a major, game-chaI'm very torn on the final rating of this book. I feel as though I were a victim of a bait and switch, as there was no indication of a major, game-changing plot twist in the blurb.
This book was |thisclose| to being a DNF, and it was only my interest in a secondary romance that was developing that kept me going. That said, I did gradually come accustomed to the twist and even found myself enjoying the story again as it progressed.
I WILL say that this book needed a professional editor. There were far too many grammatical/spelling mistakes as well as an abuse of commas and page breaks, making the writing feel quite choppy at times.
I'll have to come back and give a final rating when I write my full review, because I can't decide just how much weight to give to the fact that I, in all seriousness, almost didn't finish this one compared to the fact that I DID enjoy the majority of it. ...more
Expected Release Date: April 20, 2102 Publisher: Dreamspinner Press ImprinThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 20, 2102 Publisher: Dreamspinner Press Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://kfieldingwrites.blogspot.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Kim Fielding is a new author for me, but I loved the blurb and had to give this one a chance. I’m so glad I did, as this turned out to be a highly entertaining tale full of steam, romance, and a wonderful touch of the paranormal.
The mismatched pair of heroes, one with a huge secret and the other with a very tortured past, were actually quite perfect for each other, and I loved how they balanced each other out so well.
While I did get annoyed with the extent of Chris’ mood swings and utter inability to believe anyone would stick around for him, I still loved him and Dylan, couldn’t wait for them to get a Happily Ever After.
Recommended for fans of seemingly mismatched heroes, big secrets, and great chemistry.