Reminiscent of some of my favorites by Loretta Chase or Anne Mallory, thThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Reminiscent of some of my favorites by Loretta Chase or Anne Mallory, this treasure of a book pulled me in from the very first pages and refused to let me go, even as I turned the final page.
One thing I did want to note was that even though it was obvious early on that this book was part of a series, there was never a time where I felt at a disadvantage for having not read the previous books in the series. I may go back and read the others, I may not, but this story worked perfectly as a standalone.
I loved Rafe so much, most likely because while he had such a tough exterior, inside he was so wounded. His veneer of a tough, uncaring jerk may have fooled the world around him, but as a reader, we easily got to see past that into the wounded little boy who wrapped himself in a tough shell so that nobody would ever know just how badly he was hurting on the inside. While I wouldn’t recommend this story to fans of the truly cruel variety of tortured hero, I would definitely recommend it to fans of those heroes whose golden hearts are more covered with chipped plaster than true rock.
While there were times that I wanted to shake Eve for being so naive and impossibly unrealistic about life in general, I couldn’t help but admire her for not only being able to charm Rafe out of his cocoon, but for being able to stand up against so much heartache that life threw at her all at once.
Overall, I simply couldn’t put it down, and I have no doubt that this will be one that I will be re-reading quite a bit in the future.
Recommended for fans of naive yet charming heroines, of stoic, damaged heroes who are helpless against said heroine’s charms, and of finding an impossible happily every after in spite of everything life throws in your way.
Expected Release Date: July 31, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: AvoThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 31, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.joss-ware.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Envy Chronicles Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: “Ex” In The Picture Favorite Tropes: Physically Imperfect or Scarred, Phobia
I’d forgotten how much I enjoy this series. This one features a heroine who has a physical disability, and a hero with an emotional one (phobia/PTSD) — very interesting combination to say the least, especially when the combination of the two makes their relationship seem almost impossible from the beginning.
And of course, the overall story arc with the Elite, Atlanteans, the zombies, and Envy all continue towards their conclusion, which was pleasing to me as a fan of the series in general. As this is book 5 in the series, I wouldn’t really recommend it as a jumping-off point to newcomers, though I have to admit, Ms. Ware did a fantastic job of giving relevant backstory up to this point without ever feeling as though it were out of place or a case of “info-dump”.
This book surprised me. This is my first Delilah Marvelle story, and I have to say, I'm pretty taken with her style.
What worked for me: * I loved thatThis book surprised me. This is my first Delilah Marvelle story, and I have to say, I'm pretty taken with her style.
What worked for me: * I loved that the heroine was physically disabled, and that the hero was a cutter. Yes. You heard me right. He was a cutter. The whole thing was handled, in my opinion, absolutely beautifully, and fully explored the self-loathing, shame, and social stigma that a cutter would experience, as well as compassion and understanding instead of making him out to be a freak. Loved it.
* I really like the political undertone. It makes the story a little "heavy", but there's just something about books where the main characters are completely impotent against higher machinations of those in power.
* I also enjoyed the bits about the Polish revolution, including the short "history lesson" at the end.
* The hot bits? Nice 'n' sizzlin!
What didn't work for me: * Some of the angst was a bit heavy. The separation of hero and heroine, the fear of forced marriage for political reasons, and family issues all stacked on top of each other to make it kind of a rough read at times.
* I was also disappointed that there wasn't any kink in any of the love scenes... When a story has the hero fantasizing about the heroine in the role of Dominatrix, you kind of expect a little.. well.. kink lol
Overall, I was highly impressed, and will definitely read her work in the future.
Review to follow (I have WAY too much to type to do it tonight), but GAH! I thought Here There Be Monsters from TheOMFG I LOVE THIS BOOK *falls over*
Review to follow (I have WAY too much to type to do it tonight), but GAH! I thought Here There Be Monsters from The Burning Up Anthology was fantastic, but holy cow, this one just blew that out of the water :D
10 Stars (because dangit, it was better than just 5)...more
**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.
A very sweet book. A free book on my Kindle, I didn't realize it was a "Christian" book until I was already snagged on the premise.. Because of that,A very sweet book. A free book on my Kindle, I didn't realize it was a "Christian" book until I was already snagged on the premise.. Because of that, it seemed a bit preachy to me at times. In reality though, I think had I known ahead of time that it would involve a heavy emphasis on religion, it wouldn't have been a big deal.
It was a very sweet, romantic story, even though there was no physical romance outside of a few chaste kisses. Shockingly enough, despite my addiction to smutty novels, that didn't bother me either lol
It was a very quick and easy read as well. Real life kept intruding during this one and I had to put it down several times, but was still able to easily pick up right where I left off without having to reread, which is nice.
The original plot device was a bit dicey -- paramedic cum UPS man brings his infant daughter on a delivery during a blizzard, and drops her off with a stranger at a farm house in the middle of nowhere because he's got to deliver this cancer treatment to some dude up the mountain. Add to that the fact that this cancer treatment HAS to be delivered in the next like 4 hours or whatever or the patient (up on top of the mountain, mind you) will die, because get this -- the medicine is only viable for 8 hours once it's been manufactured. Can I just ask why, if that's the case, is the guy not in the hospital rather than living on the side of a freaking mountain?! I mean, I get that the author needed some way to A) get our hero and heroine to meet, B) force the heroine to babysit (something she'd never be willing to do normally due to past events), and C) somehow manage to get the couple snowed-in for a week or so in order to force them to get all cozy and such. However, I wasn't really impressed with what she came up with. Just a wee bit too contrived for my tastes, so it lost a star there, ending up with a solid 3.0...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).