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!
Expected Release Date: April 30, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: AvThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 30, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://tessadare.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3.5, Spindle Cove Series Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone. Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Ridiculous Ending Favorite Tropes: Forbidden Romance/Heroine Off-Limits, Historical – Commoner Hero
I loved the fact that Aaron, our hero, is an “ordinary” man and not some Lord, and the chemistry and romance between him and Diana were absolutely wonderful. The pacing was perfect for the length of the story, with the attraction that had existed between the two being established early on so as to keep the romance from feeling at all whirl-wind, which was a major relief for me.
The one big drawback, however, was that the silliness of the Big Confrontation rather pulled the rating down a little for me, and didn’t really feel like it fit in with the rest of the story up to that point.
Still, a very good read.
Recommended for fans of lighthearted tales of forbidden lovers, beautiful heroines determined to prove their worth lies outside of their looks, and of strong, honorable heroes who have long loved from afar.
Expected Release Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: AvonThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://tessadare.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Spindle Cove Series Series Best Read In Order: Works Well As A Standalone Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Expecting Society To Accept Anything, Betraying Secrets “For Someone’s Own Good” Favorite Tropes: Rags To Riches, Abused Heroine, Never Gonna Love Again, Affair Turns To Love
This book was an absolute treasure. From moments of laugh-out-loud hilarity to moments that actually made me weep, blended together with some of the most romantic scenes I’ve read in a long, long time.
I loved Pauline, with her tenacity, her loyalty, and even her vulnerability. She was the perfect match for Griff, and I loved that he seemed to recognize the fact on some deeper level even when he couldn’t consciously understand why, no matter how much he tried to deny the fact.
The tragedy that occurred before this book started was heartbreaking, and there was a lot of ugliness that had to be purged before any healing could begin, and I admit, I even enjoyed that part as well, given the authors immense skill in writing scenes that could have been absolute torture to read.
What really cinched this book for me as such a keeper were the many subtly romantic moments, perfectly scattered throughout the book, that made me fall in love with Griff and Pauline just as much as they fell for each other.
Expected Release Date: October 18, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Random House Publishing Group Imprint: Del Rey Author’s Website: http://liahabel.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Dearly Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm
Almost two hundred years in the future, the world as we now know it is gone. Rapid climate shifts and nuclear war have reshaped both our planet and society as a whole. Desperate to find normalcy and civilization amongst the ruins, a new society is formed based on historical Victorian principals, and the New Victorians are born. Similar to their historical counterparts in manners and fashion, they embrace technology while at the same time rigorously enforcing strict societal rules.
But some people do not approve of the New Victorian society, with its inherent caste system and over-reliance on electricity and computer technology. These people rebelled, and embrace a simpler life, where a person’s worth stems from their wit and hard work rather than an accident of birth. Called the Punks by the New Victorians, the majority simply want to be left alone to live in peace, but enough radicals patrol the borders as to create an enormous amount of tension between the two groups.
In the middle of all of this is Nora Dearly, the orphan daughter of the now-deceased Victor Dearly, a prominent physician in his day.sec Well-off but not truly wealthy, Nora is a student at St. Cyprian’s — an all-girl’s academy whose mission it is to turn her into a useless “lady”. Despite her schooling, Nora has a deep love for war movies — something that by all rights should make a delicate lady swoon — and a penchant for speaking out of turn.
Returning home on holiday, she’s disgusted to learn that her Aunt has run through her inheritance with her luxurious lifestyle, and intends that Nora find a rich husband as soon as possible, despite the fact that they are literally a day out of mourning for her late father. Love, attraction, or even liking the man are completely irrelevant in her aunt’s mind, and Nora is horrified by her aunt’s attitude and behavior.
Soon, however, it becomes apparent that Nora’s concerns of money and marriage are the least of her worries. Alone in the house while her aunt is off trying to secure a rich husband, Nora goes to investigate a noise only to discover something out of a horror story — rotting, crazed corpses overrunning her house, determined to get their hands on her. Desperate for escape, she is rescued by masked soldiers who spirit her away — only these are no ordinary soldiers, and Nora’s world is about to change forever.
As many of you may know, I don’t typically gravitate towards Young Adult Novels, simply because I tend to prefer steamier fare. However, every now and then a book comes along that reminds me that there are YA novels whose storytelling more than makes up for any “lack” in physical romance, and this was certainly one of them.
I have always enjoyed Steampunk, but I’ve never had a chance to read “cyber-Victorian”. While I’m not certain what the “official” definition is for either term, Steampunk to me is Victorian-style society only with technological advances that were not truly available at the time, all powered by steam engines and clockwork mechanisms (think automata, elevators, steam powered cars, etc.). Cyber-Victorian is even more interesting — it’s Victorian-style society but with actual computerized technology like we have today — flatscreen television, email, PDA’s, cellphones, etc. I loved the contrasts of bustles and corsets and arranged marriages and the aristocracy against cell phones and digital diaries and computers and medical technology.
I loved all of the main characters — Nora, Bram, Pam, and even Victor — and while I found the POV jumps to be disorienting at first, I soon became accustomed to them and even found myself enjoying the different perspectives.
The entire main concept of a zombie virus that might actually leave you.. well… yourself.. was very intriguing to me. Sure, there were the Grays (zombies who lost all of their humanity when they reanimated), but so many were exactly as they had been, only dead.
Plus, the entire fact that the members of Z Company were embalmed and ate tofu made me laugh.
Overall, even with the POV shifts, this one is firmly on my keeper shelf, and I am greatly looking forward to the next installment.
Expected Release Date: December 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarlThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: December 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Books Author’s Website: http://www.delilahmarvelle.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Rumor Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read. I don’t often read historicals involving a Duke yet set in the Americas, so this was a refreshing change from the same old same old in historicals of the time period. Georgia’s honorable nature and Robinson’s somewhat sketchy past, as well as his amnesia, made for all sorts of interesting plot twists, and some lovely sexual tension.
The story got wonderfully angsty once Robinson began to recover his memory, and it looked as though their relationship was truly doomed, but Georgia’s quick thinking makes even the impossible possible.
The only thing that kept this one from being a 4.5 or even 5-star read was the ending. While their relationship was fairly settled, it still seemed incredibly abrupt, as it seemed to have set things up for her to make him beg and crawl, as well as expound on what happened during the rest of the Season. I quite literally turned the last page then had to double check to make sure my Kindle file wasn’t missing part of the book.
Overall, however, this was a quite enjoyable read. I loved both Robinson and Georgia, and everything they went through to be together, and I can’t wait to read more of the series to find out what actually happened with his uncle.
Expected Release Date: December 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: GranThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceacholic.
Expected Release Date: December 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Imprint: Forever Author’s Website: http://larissaione.com/ My Source for This Book: Won in a contest/Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Lords of Deliverance (a spin-off of the Demonica series) Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I was so incredibly torn with this book when trying to come up with a final rating. On one hand, it’s a favorite series of mine, so of course the underlying plot grabbed my by the privates and wouldn’t let me go. I also enjoyed Limos with all of her different faces — innocent, loving and loyal sister, warrior, liar, manipulator, and woman. Erik was wonderful as well, with not only his strength in refusing to break under torture but also his desire for revenge, and how he came to care for Limos despite his disappointment and anger with her. Then of course, there’s the byplay with Reaver and Harvester (and c’mon, I can’t be the only sick puppy who sincerely hopes they end up together in the end, can I?), and Reseph/Pestilence and the possibly futile hope that there may be a way to bring him back. The delicious sexual tension between two other characters was deliciously hot, and there was plenty of angst to be had.
On the other hand, there was the rape of a major character (though to be fair some readers may feel it was more of a case of “dubious consent”) — something that I truly want to rant about for several paragraphs but cannot without giving away spoilers. There was very little chemistry and sexual tension between Limos and Erik until the very end of the story. There was so much gore and horror and action and torture that I found myself becoming bored with major injuries instead of sympathetic or concerned for the characters in question.
So in the end, this was not a 5-star book for me, no matter how much I adore the series as a whole and am in love with Ms. Ione’s writing style and world-building. However, so much of the book’s positive points are a large collection of small things that I cannot mention them all without actually retelling the story or giving major spoilers. While it may, at first glance, appear that there are more negative points in my review than positive, that’s certainly not the case. The book absolutely sucked me in, chewed me up, and spit me out, leaving me begging for more. Despite any misgivings I may have had about a few points in this story, I am already anxiously awaiting the sequel, Lethal Rider, due out in late spring of 2012.
Oh my! Let me start my review with a slight tangent: One of my all-timeThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Oh my! Let me start my review with a slight tangent: One of my all-time favorite regency romance heroes, is Lisa Klyepas’ Derek Craven from Dreaming of You. Born in the gutters, he’s pulled himself up by whatever means necessary — thievery, deceit, violence, you name it, and at the time the heroine meets him, is a successful, albeit somewhat shady, owner of a gaming hell.
Well, I’m sorry Derek, but you need to step aside for my new favorite hero, Roman.
*swoon* Oh Roman is absolutely everything I adore in a regency romance – a self made man, ruthless, cunning, at times gleefully violent, but also incredibly loyal and protective. Lowborn and from the streets of London, he is never afraid to get his hands dirty, cheerfully admits to bribing the police force, and in fact, the first time we meet him, he’s beating the holy hell out of someone (who in the end, deserved it, but still). He rubs elbows with men from all walks of life, from whoremongerers to royal dukes, and has no qualms about using whatever means are at his disposal (regardless of legality) to manipulate those around him as needed.
Then we have Charlotte. I’m not typically a fan of the stuffy-young-miss-turned-wanton heroine in romances, but I have to make an exception for Charlotte. The way Ms. Mallory writes this character, with her slowly cracking facade, makes it so you can’t help but to sympathize with her. She has known her entire life that she is to have a loveless, strategic marriage, just like her parents, and that it is up to her to be absolutely perfect in everything. Outside of saving her family from her father’s uncontrolled gambling, such a marriage will ensure that her vibrant younger sister will be accepted into society, and as such will have the freedom to, well, choose.
I have to say, that while I’m not necessarily going to go back and read the first book in the series, Seven Secrets of Seduction, I am dying to read Andreas’ book, In Total Surrender, due out September 27, 2011.
Overall, I loved it. This is probably one of the best regency romances that I have read all year, and Roman is firmly (heh) tucked away as one of my all-time favorite regency heroes. A VERY solid 5/5 Stars....more
I'll be honest. I had this book for quite some time before I actually finished it. Even though the premise appealed to me, I had a hard time getting into it, especially at first. I'm not certain if I was simply not in the mood for historical erotica, or if it was something about the writing that put me off, but this is probably the longest it's ever taken me to review a book in years. However, once I got into it, I was pleasantly surprised.
Sacred Vows by Amanda McIntyre - 2.5 Stars
I had a hard time getting into this one. To be fair, it was the first book in the anthology, and as such, had to set up both the mythology of the Garden, as well as stand as its own story.
Overall, I hate to say it, but I really wasn't very impressed. I did like the author's writing style, and the love scenes were very tasty, but I never really connected with the characters themselves. I think my biggest problem may have been that I simply wasn't into the time period, or the conflict between English and Gaelic at that time. Unfortunately though, even though I enjoyed the writing style, since I wasn't really able to get into this one, I have to say 2.5/5
Perfumed Pleasure by Charlotte Featherstone - 4 Stars
I enjoyed this story much more than the first one. Charlotte Featherstone has such an amazingly lush writing style. All of her works that I've read are so earthy and rich, and the chemistry and angst between her main characters are always incredible.
Between the forced betrothal to Edward, and Joscelyn's scars and feelings of unworthiness, the romance felt the strongest and the love scenes were delightfully erotic without being crude. 4/5 Stars
Rites of Passion by Kristi Astor - 5 Stars
I can honestly say that this one was my favorite of the entire book. I'd not read any works by Kristi Astor before, but I can confidently say that this one will not be my last.
While this book as a whole got off to quite a shaky start for me, once I got into it, I was very pleasantly surprised with just how much I enjoyed it overall. All three stories were very hot, and I thoroughly enjoyed the recurring theme of the May Queen and the Green Man in the garden. Even though the first story wasn't really my cuppa tea, the next two more than made up for it, settling in for 4/5 Stars overall....more
Expected Release Date: June 28, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Mira AutThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 28, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Mira Author’s Website: http://www.brendanovak.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes – Bulletproof Book 1 Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Holy wow. This book was absolutely fantabulous!
Pulse-pounding action, police corruption, a spurned lover, and deadly gangs out for revenge, all paired with a delicious romance make this a novel that can’t be missed. Despite some concerns I might have had with the epilogue, this is hands-down a must-read, and I gladly give it a very solid 5/5 Stars....more
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From the moment I read the blurb about this story I was intrigued. The idea of phsyically knThis ebook was provided to me at no cost by the publisher.
From the moment I read the blurb about this story I was intrigued. The idea of phsyically knowing without a doubt the identity of your "fated mate" greatly appeals to me. I also thoroughly enjoyed the "starcrossed lovers" aspect of it, with Anaria and Kalil being on opposing sides of a multigenerational war.
What worked for me: *I am a huge fan of both "fated-to-be-mated" stories and the "enemies to lovers" concept. Throw into it a touch of kidnapping, prejudice, sabotage, and a thirst for vengeance, and you've got the ingredients for an intriguing story.
*I enjoyed the twisty "secret" that completely rocked Anaria's world. I did figure it out fairly early on, as I think was the author's intention, though I admit the names of the different worlds did get confusing on occasion so I did go recheck them against the prologue as the story progressed.
*I also enjoyed Kalil's psychic friend, Lyon, though I was disappointed that he didn't have a larger role in the story. I would hope for a sequel starring Lyon, but being described as seven feet tall might make it a bit difficult to cast him as a hero in a future story.
What didn't work for me: *The writing was quite choppy. There simply wasn't a lot of flow between the sentences. For example: Kalil awoke alone. His body did not glow. Anaria was nowhere in the vicinity. He had a sinking feeling. A simple rewrite would make it all flow together better, such as Kalil awoke alone. His body was not glowing, indicating that Anaria was nowhere in the vicinity. With a sinking feeling, he... and segue into the next action or something.
*I'm not really sure I was feeling the chemistry between Anaria and Kalil. She went from hating him to wanting him to kind of hitting on him to being ready to destroy the ship they were on to screwing him in the supply closet, followed shortly by an experiment in light BDSM.
Plus, there was the whole "forced to be naked in front of other people thing" or the wedding orgy, both of which are SO not my kink, so that was a bit of a put-off as well. To be perfectly fair though, I'm biased against that sort of thing in erotica unless the female happens to enjoy her public nudity (and preferably knows this predilection ahead of time). I also think this is an inherent downfall in novellas; when a story is shorter than novel length, there simply isn't as much time to build as great a depth and chemistry in the major characters as one might hope for.
*I was also a wee bit confused as to why the secret needed to be kept a secret to begin with. Perhaps it was simply a matter of one side of the war not yet being strong enough to really do anything about it, but I still can't help but feel that had they revealed their secret earlier, some of the neutral worlds might have taken their side.
Overall, I love the storyline. Had the text flowed a bit better, I would've rated it a higher, but as it is, 3 Stars....more
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I’m going to say this, and trust mThis is a Quickie Review. For the full (and shockingly enough, spoiler free review), please visit The Romanceaholic.
I’m going to say this, and trust me, I don’t say this lightly: BEST BOOK OF THE SERIES SO FAR.
Was it perfect? Of course not. Did I care (or even really notice)? Notsomuch.
Oh my goodness I don’t even know where to begin. I am going to do my best to be spoiler-free with this, so it’s going to be rather short and sweet.
Overall, I of course adored it. I think fans of the series are truly going to enjoy this one, though alas, newcomers to the series really should skip this one and instead begin at the beginning, as I don’t think they’d really be able to make heads or tails of Caldwell. That said, I do think that it’s more of a standalone than the previous few novels, so the brave few who aren’t really interested in wading through 8 books in order to begin this one may stand a chance of at least enjoying the relationship between Manny and Payne. And hey, at least those readers will be able to empathize with Manny and his “say what?” reaction to being introduced into the BDB world.
A very cheerfully solid 5/5 Stars, and I’m anxiously awaiting whatever else the dear WARDen decides to grace us with....more
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** While overall the type of story I like (historical Scotland, kidnapped bride, fighting clans, blah blah blah) I was REALLY put off b**spoiler alert** While overall the type of story I like (historical Scotland, kidnapped bride, fighting clans, blah blah blah) I was REALLY put off by her sexual assault at the beginning. I'm torn. Part of me feels it should be classified as a rape, part of me says it was "forced seduction" since she obviously "enjoyed" it and capitulated very clearly. However, I'm leaning towards rape because she truly didn't have a choice -- he flat out told her he was going to rape her, that there was nothing she could do to stop it, and she got half drunk beforehand to kind of ease her own way. Sure, in true romance-novel style, he turned out to be a skilled and considerate lover, and she of course got turned on and even climaxed, but I was still disgusted by the situation. I'd have much preferred it if he'd given her time to, IDK, adjust to her fate or something. Instead, he kidnapped her in the afternoon and bedded her by evening. While I realize that's much more "generous" than what would have truly happened in those times (where she'd have been raped on the spot, probably in front of witnesses, and then passed around the soldiers), it still turned my stomach.
Also, the "honoring" of her promise to Malcom made me want to shake her for her stupidity.
Other than that, it was an enjoyable story. I just couldn't get past that part to give it a higher rating.
This was my first Kristen Painter novel, and let me tell you, it won't be my last :)
The premise caught my eye immediately -- who hasn't wished for a gThis was my first Kristen Painter novel, and let me tell you, it won't be my last :)
The premise caught my eye immediately -- who hasn't wished for a genie of sorts to grant three magical changes in our lives? Add to that the fact that the "genie" isn't a genie at all, but is, in fact, a hunka hunka burning Viking and well, I'm fangirling all over that!
One thing that stood out to me the most with this book was the humor. There were definitely serious themes, and possibly even a hint of a parable underneath everything. From Arlik's obsession with Cinnabons and bagels to Calleigh's tendency to oggle his behind, this book had me grinning the whole time, even through the angst.
I'm not sure if this is marketed as a YA or Adult novel, but it definitely had a YA feel to it. For once though, that's not a bad thing :) I was in the mood for an easy, lighthearted read after some of the heavier stories I've picked up lately, and this novel fit the bill perfectly.
Even better? At less than $4 for the Kindle edition, you really can't beat the price :)
4 1/2 (minus the 1/2 because dangit I wanted Calleigh to get some lol)...more
**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)
Very typical of Michele Hauf's novels, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it.
Personally, it just didn't do it forVery typical of Michele Hauf's novels, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it.
Personally, it just didn't do it for me. Don't get me wrong, the love story was great, and the us vs. them mentality that they ended up with was just delicious.
I just had a lot of trouble identifying with our heroine. A supah hottie werewolf princess with an attitude problem, a psycho ex-boyfriend, and a penchant for colorful wigs -- not really my thing.
Had everything that all the Hauf novels I've read have had -- starcrossed lovers, tons of (annoying) grudges being held by pretty much everyone, wild sex with shape shifters and/or magick all over the place, a good chunk (no pun intended) of violence, and at least one TSTL moment.
Overall not a bad way to pass an afternoon, but I'll likely pass it on rather than keep it.
But, I've had friends on my back to give her a second chance, and since this was short (it really felt like a novella not a novel), I figured I'd give it a go.
It was short and sweet. No villain or anything trite like that -- just a very straight forward, mildly angsty love story.
There's a distinct "twist" but I had it figured out in the first third of the book, so no real surprises, though it did make me smile nonetheless.
I will likely pick up another book or two and see if my dislike for her as an author came strictly from disliking a specific plot vs her writing (any recommendations? feel free to leave them in the comments!)