Both Az and Lilli need to be smacked, but other than that it was a good story. I'll wrote more when I'm not on my Kindle, but right now I'm between aBoth Az and Lilli need to be smacked, but other than that it was a good story. I'll wrote more when I'm not on my Kindle, but right now I'm between a 3.5 and a 4/5
I don’t often read contemporary or romantic suspense, but I highly enjoyed this one.
While I admit, it took me a while to warm up to Ellie, there’s noI don’t often read contemporary or romantic suspense, but I highly enjoyed this one.
While I admit, it took me a while to warm up to Ellie, there’s no denying that Pax was scrumptious from the moment he stepped onto the pages. There’s not much that I enjoy more than a deliciously tortured, yet honorable and protective man, and Pax had it in spades.
As for Ellie, I think it was her complete and somewhat willful blindness to the danger that she faced that made me want to shake her so badly. Sure, there were those around her who were taking pains to make sure she was kept in the dark, but even so, considering the trauma she’d faced as a child, I would have hoped that she’d been a little less naive when Very Bad Things started happening around her.
Through most of the book, though, I kept holding my breath, waiting for Ellie to find out that Pax was not exactly who he’d claimed to be, and instead was hired on to protect her from the blackmailer who’d targeted her father, and when the reveal happens, the fallout didn’t disappoint.
I also enjoyed that while the mystery and danger certainly took center stage, this book never had that “heavy” vibe that a lot of romantic suspense suffers from, though plenty of action that kept the story moving along. There was also a wonderful twist, just when I thought I’d figured out the whodunit, that had me gasping.
Of course, I have to mention that I do prefer my romances to be a bit on the steamy side, so the fade-to-black lovin’ isn’t really my style, though I know there are many readers out there who will appreciate it. Even so, I enjoyed the almost whirlwind feel to the romance, and couldn’t wait for them to get their Happily Ever After, which in the end was just as satisfying as I’d hoped.
Overall, this was an excellent debut novel, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what this author has in store for us next.
A very solid 4.5/5 Stars
For the sake of full disclosure and in accordance with FCC regulations, please note that I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review, and that I have personally known this author for several years prior to her pursuing a writing career....more
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.
Expected Release Date: November 15, 2012 Publisher: Kensington Imprint: KeThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: November 15, 2012 Publisher: Kensington Imprint: Kensington Trade/eKensington Author’s Website: http://kckleinbooks.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Adultery or Infideliy, Too Much Emphasis On Secondary Romance Favorite Tropes: Unrequited Love, Good Use Of Flashbacks
As most followers of my reviews already know, I tend to shy away from contemporary novels in general, but as a fan of Ms. Klein’s sci-fi tales, I couldn’t turn this one down.
The use of flashbacks was brilliant, and expertly crafted to build tension without becoming tiresome, and the copious amounts of angst and heartache in the story were sublime.
The two biggest, and really only, drawbacks for me were the presence of infidelity on the part of one of the protagonists, as one of them was involved in a relationship with another person when Katie was unexpected thrust back into Cole’s path, and the secondary romance between Jett and Nikki. The former is simply a pet peeve of mine, and the latter threw me off quite a bit. Cole and Katie’s tale is interrupted somewhere around halfway through by a full albeit integrated secondary tale of Cole’s sister Nikki and Cole’s best friend, Jett. As the story progressed, I began to really enjoy the secondary storyline, but was incredibly disappointed by the ending — so much time had been spent building up things between them, but the ending is at worst unsatisfying and at best bittersweet, and not at all what I was expecting as the book was obviously drawing to a close.
Even so, the emotional roller coaster that was Cole and Katie’s relationship made it more than worth the while to read. This is not a light, fluffy romance by any means, but I think that those looking for a harder road to a happy ending will be quite pleased.
4.5/5 Stars, and I’m really hoping that Nikki and Jett get a sequel....more
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.
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.
As much as it pains me to say, I think I'm officially done with Sherrilyn Kenyon. I may give the newest Dark Hunter a go, but as big of a fan as I amAs much as it pains me to say, I think I'm officially done with Sherrilyn Kenyon. I may give the newest Dark Hunter a go, but as big of a fan as I am of The League series (and trust me, I LOVED The League series), these last two installments just killed me.
I'm not going to be writing a review with my reasons for DNF'ing it because it would be rife with spoilers, but suffice it to say that Ms. Kenyon's writing style and my reading preferences no longer mesh.
I know I don't read a lot of regular Urban Fantasy (as opposed to Paranormal Romance or even Urban Fantasy with strong romantic themes), but I'm so glI know I don't read a lot of regular Urban Fantasy (as opposed to Paranormal Romance or even Urban Fantasy with strong romantic themes), but I'm so glad I decided to pick this one up.
I loved the world Mr. Somers hsa created, and his perfectly IMperfect characters, and I WILL be reading any sequels the moment I can get my greedy little hands on them.
This novella was so much fun. Stubborn heroine, a hero based on the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (guh), arranged marriage,This novella was so much fun. Stubborn heroine, a hero based on the Sheriff of Nottingham from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (guh), arranged marriage, a meddlesome mother-in-law...
I loved it.
I wasn't thrilled that the hero was such a manslut, but hey, it fit the character (and honestly, wasn't as bad as it first seemed).
I finished the last page with a smile on my face, which was enough to earn it a 4.5/5 ...more
This author is quickly turning into a Guilty Pleasure author for me. While the books (at least, the contemporary genre ones) are starting to sound forThis author is quickly turning into a Guilty Pleasure author for me. While the books (at least, the contemporary genre ones) are starting to sound formulaic, I still enjoy them, despite the horrible tendency to pick a pet name for the heroine and abuse it until the very end.
Expected Release Date: December 20, 2011 Publisher: Loose Id. Imprint: N/AThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: December 20, 2011 Publisher: Loose Id. Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: kelemoon.com My Source for This Book: Loaned on Kindle Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Battered Hearts series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Overall, I really enjoyed this story. While I felt that there was quite a bit of unfulfilled potential on an emotional level, the characters were fascinating and the storyline easily kept my attention. Throw in the primal intensity of the chemistry and the love scenes, along with Clay’s celebrity status and some unexpected twists, and I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.
Recommended for fans of gruff celebrity heroes with a soft side, of abused heroines re-learning trust, and whirlwind romance with blistering chemistry.
Expected Release Date: May 23, 2012 Publisher: Entangled Publishing ImprinThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 23, 2012 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: Ever Afters Author’s Website: http://dianealberts.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Take A Chance series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
While I'm not a huge fan of contemporary romance in general, I have to admit that this sweet and angsty little novella was exactly what I needed right now. While Jeremy's tendency to dwell on his feelings of worthlessness grated my nerves a bit, the delicious chemistry and angst between him and Erica certainly helped to make up for it.
With unrequited love, low feelings of self-worth from both the hero and the heroine, secrets, past hurt and betrayal, and a bleak outlook for any future between them, this quick and easy read packed quite a bit of emotional punch for such a small word count. Not to mention that yummy cover!
Sadly, it just didn't do it for me - I'm not a big fan of widowed heroines to begin with, and I don't particularly like the hero. Throw in the light pSadly, it just didn't do it for me - I'm not a big fan of widowed heroines to begin with, and I don't particularly like the hero. Throw in the light paranormal elements and it just didn't keep my interest.
Expected Release Date: April 17, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A AuthorThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic
Expected Release Date: April 17, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://haileyedwards.net/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the Author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Araneae Nation Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
While I admit that I probably would’ve fared better had I had a map of the clans or perhaps a glossary with my copy, I absolutely adored this story. Had it not been for the multiple instances where poor Lourdes’ bosom was exposed to all and sundry, this would have been rated higher, but even with the abundance of that major pet peeve of mine, this was a very solid read.
The originality of the universe Ms. Edwards has created along with the multi-faceted characters grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let me go. I know it sounds cliche, but I quite literally couldn’t put it down. Rhys is easily a favorite hero of mine, and the well-paced developing romance between him and Lourdes had just the right hint of steam.
Recommended for fans of dangerous (yet awesome) heroes, headstrong heroines, and fantasy adventure with just a dash of heat.
I’m a huge fan of the Moira Rogers writing team in general, and an evenThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
I’m a huge fan of the Moira Rogers writing team in general, and an even bigger fan of this series specifically. A bewitching blend of magic, Wild West, steampunk, and some hot, hot lovin’, the world that they’ve created is absolutely captivating.
Ophelia is an intriguing character, unapologetic about her history and practical when it comes to every day matters, and yet, still rather tender-hearted, which I really enjoyed. Hunter’s hesitance to involve himself with anyone, especially given his history, made him endearing without negating his very strong sex appeal, and when the new moon hits? *fans self* Some major heat is guaranteed.
Recommended for fans of wild west action, fascinating steampunk adventure, betrayals, politics, and romance, all liberally doused with some delicious heat.
After the disaster that was Burning up Flint, I'd said I wouldn't be reading this series. I had a few people message me though, telling me I'd probablAfter the disaster that was Burning up Flint, I'd said I wouldn't be reading this series. I had a few people message me though, telling me I'd probably like this one, and so I gave it a chance.
Just as with all of her other books, there is far too much telling instead of showing (though, to be honest, not as badly as with some of her other books), the hero of course ties the heroine up for sex (it's gotten to the point that it's like seeing Stan Lee in a Marvel movie -- you know it's gonna be there if you just wait for it), and if I ever need to get really drunk, I'm going to create a drinking game where anytime the term "vaginal walls" or "vaginal muscles" appears in one of Ms. Dohner's books, I get to take a shot.
However, even with all of that, I really enjoyed this one. There was a lot more... chemistry between the characters, as well as just a general feeling that the heroine was willingly being seduced instead of it being a forced seduction scene (forced seduction can be hot, but not every. single. book.).
Now, as I said, I've never read any other book in the series, so while I definitely got the Zorus-is-a-demented-jerk vibe, I never witnessed all of his asshattery as it took place in previous novels. I'm sure that probably made it easier for me to accept him as a hero, since I was able to see him without being biased by past books.
I was very happy to see that there was far less forced nudity (so not my thing), though sensitive readers should be aware that there is a(n almost) rape scene.
Overall though, I enjoyed it. I may actually read Krell's book soon, though I'll of course have to check my queue before I get to read any more books that I've purchased myself.
This was actually my favorite in the series so far (yes, yes, I know, I read them out of order, bad Jess)..
Full of the whole "enemies to lovers" vibeThis was actually my favorite in the series so far (yes, yes, I know, I read them out of order, bad Jess)..
Full of the whole "enemies to lovers" vibe, there was plenty of action, some HAWT smexin' (which, though quite plentiful, never got truly kinky or involved anything taboo), was a fairly quick read and was a great introduction to the series.
I did get irritated after a while because everyone and their cousin was constantly accusing Fury of having forced himself on Ellie, when in reality, there was only one instance where that would've been the logical conclusion.
As always with this author, there was far too much telling instead of showing, but that's one of those things where you learn to skim the stilted dialogue and just move on to what happens next.
I will admit, Laurann Dohner is my TOTAL Guilty Pleasure read, and yeah, I'll almost certainly be reading Wrath when it comes out ;)
Expected Release Date: February 28, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarpThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: February 28, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://macleanspace.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Rules of Scoundrels Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Oh, how I love a childhood friends to lovers story, especially when full of estrangement, revenge, and unrequited love. As one of my favorite historical romance authors, Sarah MacLean definitely lives up to the title with this one. While it’s true that Michael’s cruelty towards Penelope often walked the fine line between creating a tortured relationship that just might be worth saving and making this reader want to smash his face with a hammer, the fact that Penelope seemed to have a similar reaction was what kept it from pulling down the rating.
Ms. MacLean has a way of writing that simply draws you into the story and won’t let you go; I read this book in one sitting because I absolutely could not put it down.
Recommended for fans of forced marriage to avoid scandal, unrequited love, estranged friends, and revenge plots.
An enthusiastic 5/5 Stars, and I am already dying to read the sequel....more
Expected Release Date: January 24, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarelThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: January 24, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harelquin Imprint: Mira Author’s Website: http://leslietentler.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Chasing Evil Trilogy Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Crime reporter Mia Hale has been following a series of disappearances in the Jacksonville beach area when she postulates a connection between the disappearances that even local law enforcement seems to have overlooked. Unfortunately for Mia, her interest in the disappearances has put her firmly in the sights of a sadistic killer who takes her, thinking to add her to his gruesome collection.
When Mia is found wounded and disoriented on a beach in Jacksonville, it becomes evident that not only had she been taken by the serial killer dubbed The Collector, but that she is the first woman ever to escape from his clutches.
When FBI agent Eric MacFarlane discovers that The Collector has come out of hiding and is once again taking and mutilating women, he knows that Mia Hale is the key to the case. Unfortunately, Mia has been left with no memory of her captivity, and outside of the physical scars of the torture she endured, it appears there is nothing she can do to help law enforcement.
Eric has a very personal history with The Collector, however, and isn't about to let a little amnesia stand between him and what could be the only break the case has ever had. Strong-arming Mia into doing whatever is necessary to recover her memory, Eric soon finds himself struggling between his determination to stop The Collector and protecting the fiery woman who holds the key to his capture.
But The Collector isn't finished with the tough and determined Mia Hale, and it soon becomes very clear that Mia is to be the pinnacle of his collection, and Eric and Mia both find themselves firmly in the sights of a brutal and sadistic killer..
Overall, this was an exciting, terrifying read. The Collector was one of the scariest fictional serial killers I've read about, and the pacing was absolutely perfect. Adding in Mia's amnesia and the slow recovery of her memories, as well as Eric's connection to The Collector added a wonderful amount of tension to the story, and several unexpected twists and turns kept me on my toes for the entire read.
I also loved the way that Mia and Eric's relationship developed, with both the pacing of their physical relationship ,and the unexpected emotions developing along the way.
Recommended for fans of brutally terrifying serial killers, of survivors refusing to be kept down, and of sexy FBI agents battling between catching a killer and protecting the woman they're falling for.
Expected Release Date: March 27, 2012 Publisher: Random House Imprint: Del Rey Author’s Website: staciakane.net My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Downside Ghosts series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
This book broke my heart. It did. Broke it into tiny little pieces, scattering on the ground as I read. And yet, I loved it, just as I’ve loved the first three books in the series. It was thrilling. It was emotional. It was completely devastating, and the ending changed everything.
Chess is even more emotionally damaged than she has been in previous novels and it shows, with a very noticeable increase in her drug use, her self-sabotage, and her trust issues. There was one moment in the middle of the story where I was literally saying “no no no no no no NO!” out loud, and I admit, that sentiment returned several times over the course of the novel.
While not what I would consider to be a “steamy” read, I’ve always felt that the heat in this series is far higher than it would be with an identical scene in any other story, simply due to the emotions behind the love scenes.
I definitely think that newcomers to the series would be doing themselves a disservice by starting with this book, because while enough information was given to be a good refresher, there’s so much nuance and important history between all of the major players that a newcomer would miss having not experienced the previous novels. That, and I love this series so much that I think everyone should read it anyway.
Overall, I of course adored it. Chess’ self-hatred and self-sabotage did start to grate on me towards the end, which I admit almost kept it from being a 5-star read, but the ending was absolutely amazing and the setup for the next story has me frothing at the mouth at the thought of having to wait until June to read it, which more than made up for any irritation I might have had with Chess.