I'm so annoyed -- I wrote a long (and brilliant, of course!) review and Goodreads apparently ate it *scowls*
So let's try this again!
So I saw this new...more I'm so annoyed -- I wrote a long (and brilliant, of course!) review and Goodreads apparently ate it *scowls*
So let's try this again!
So I saw this new release on Amazon yesterday and snagged it for my Kindle based on the synopsis. It wasn't until I was a couple chapters into it that I realized that it was the newest novel in a series that I started but never finished! Doh!
However, it turned out fine, because while there wasn't a big info dump at the beginning like some authors *cough*Jayne Castle*cough* tend throw into the newest editions to a long-running series. Most of the characters from previous novels were only mentioned in passing (if at all) and really only Edward and the Jäger-Sucher's were mentioned with any regularity.
What worked for me:
*I loved that they didn't villainize Alana. Too many authors take the easy way out and turn a deceased spouse (especially one who started off in the story as a complete paragon of goodness and virtue) into a vile biznich or jackhole whom the reader should be thankful that our hero doesn't have to put up with any more. Kudos to LH for keeping her inherently "good" even as she made her more "real".
*While not as humorous as, say, a Kresley Cole novel, there was definitely a lot of snark and humor in the story which certainly helped to keep things from becoming too maudlin and heavy.
*The magic factor -- an alternate explanation for werewolves outside of the previous.. er.. science explanation from the previous novels. While it did leave a wide open blank as far as explanations go, it was helpful to have another factor that could've been the cause of the differences between Julian's werewolves and the werewolves Alex traditionally hunted.
*I really enjoyed the chemistry between Alex and Julian. The whole enemies-to-lovers thing is a favorite ploy of mine to begin with, and so yeah, while they did seem to fall into bed at a moment's notice (c'mon folks, ever heard of foreplay?!), the fact that they were disgusted and angry with themselves afterwards added delicious tension.
What didn't work for me:
*Julian's viking past. Yeah yeah, I know, he was a bloody VIKING, but still, I didn't like some of the things he'd admitted to doing. It's unfair to judge him with contemporary ethics when his bad deeds were done in a time where they were not only encouraged but were expected and dangerous not to participate in, but nobody likes to hear that their hero used to be a rapist. Blarg.
*The whole nudity thing -- sure they were werewolves and therefore pack and nobody cared and blah blah blah but I still have a hard time identifying with a heroine who cheerfully runs around in her birthday suit amongst strangers, especially of both sexes, unless of course it's that sort of story *wink wink nudge nudge* lol
*The whole issue that came to conclusion during the epilogue. It felt predictable and too... neatly wrapped up for my tastes. Also would've preferred that some other loose ends be tied up (but I won't mention which ones since it'd be a spoiler) ;)
Overall, a very enjoyable story. While I think there was enough information to eek by without being terribly lost, I would still suggest that readers new to the series pick up at least one or two previous novels first, so that they will better understand the basic motivations and personalities of the Jäger-Sucher's and Edward especially. Solid 4 Stars(less)
**spoiler alert** Looking at all of my friends' ratings of 4- and 5-stars for this book, I have to wonder if perhaps we may be thinking of different b...more**spoiler alert** Looking at all of my friends' ratings of 4- and 5-stars for this book, I have to wonder if perhaps we may be thinking of different books.
To be perfectly fair, I have not read the first book (or any other book) in the Virgin River saga, and perhaps I would have enjoyed this one more had I done so.
I actually skimmed a large amount of this book. Much of it read as a Public Service Announcement from a Women's Health Clinic mixed with what felt like a narration of some videos from High School Health Class. There was far too much detailed gynecology and obstetrics for my taste, not to mention brutal miscarriages, graphic births of stillborn babies, preachy asides about how one should ALWAYS use condoms, entire chapters focused on people that I frankly didn't give two shakes about*, and an absolutely ridiculous final confrontation. While I get that this is an early installment of what seemed to have always been intended to be a sweeping series, there were just far too many characters distracting from the story between what I had anticipated to be the main couple.
That said, the love story between Paige and John (Preacher) was WONDERFUL, and was the entire reason I forced myself to finish this book. While I was surprised that Paige didn't show more signs of PTSD, especially with all of the emphasis on the possibility of her having the disorder, watching a big gentle giant fall for a petite battered woman and her young son was a joy.
I would recommend this one to fans of battered heroines, but I do say to understand going in that this is far more of a story about the community of Virgin River as a whole than a straight up romance between the title couple.
*Again, this probably had more to do with the fact that I'd never read the first book -- if I had, I probably wouldn't have felt the urge to skim over Jack and Mel's enormous parts in the story -- fans of the first book will likely adore their half of the book. (less)
Expected Release Date: April 2, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 2, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.sandy-james.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
I was a bit torn on the final rating for this book. As my long-time followers know, I don't typically go for contemporary romances, and I think that I'm probably a little harder on them than their historical or paranormal counterparts.
I really enjoyed the beginning of this novel, with Maddie's devious little plan to pick up Mr. Perfect for her reunion, and Scott's bargain and intention of actually dating her. And then they arrived at the reunion. And things got a bit soap opera-ish all of a sudden.
I think my problem was that I'd gone into this story expecting something very light-hearted, and the up to the point where Scott and Maddie traveled to the reunion, the book absolutely delivered on those expectations. Once they got there, though, we were hit with some very serious issues, one after the other, that completely changed the dynamic of not only Scott and Maddie's relationship, but of the entire book itself.
Once I got over the shock of having heavier issues in the story, I admit, I did enjoy it. Unfortunately, having been thrown so far off-balance midway, my overall enjoyment was a lot lower when I finished.
Recommended for fans of stubborn heroines, heroes in pursuit, and some very lovely groveling.
Expected Release Date: September 15, 2009 (Available Now!) Publisher: Sam...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 15, 2009 (Available Now!) Publisher: Samhain Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: www.alisharai.com My Source for This Book: Amazon Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Not that it actually pertains to anything important, but I had to laugh because I read this book immediately following What I Did For a Duke by Julie Anne Long, and the hero and heroine in that book were named Alex and Genevieve as well. Before we continue, I’d like for you to just pause and ponder for a second what a total mind melt that can be when going from a historical romance to a contemporary PNR.
Now onto the actual book :)
Genevieve Boden is a witch. Having inherited her mother’s abilities, she learned at an early age that wielding great power can also come with a great price, and after a horrible incident in her youth, she’s now living in her mother’s old cabin deep in the woods of backwater West Virginia. Despised and feared by the townspeople, despite the fact that she has actually lost her powers, she has little contact with the outside world until on the eve of a major blizzard, a horribly wounded man collapses on her front porch.
While tending him, she discovers that her faded powers have returned enough to heal him, and aided by her restorative powers, she nurses him back to health.
Alex Riviera has recently moved to West Virginia after the fatal shooting of his partner in New York. Plagued by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, he’s hidden his condition from his superiors and shrinks, and hopes that the quiet life of a small-town police chief will help him settle down. Uncertain of who shot him, or whether or not they could still be out there, Alex is stunned to awaken to a beautiful voluptuous angel — one he soon discovers possesses a sharp tongue, a shotgun, and a very real dislike of the police.
Forced to remain in each others’ company both by the blizzard outside and by Alex’s injury, Genevieve slowly warms towards Alex, and his powerful presence combined with his obvious attraction to her plump body soon break down her defenses and they give in to the powerful attraction crackling between them.
However, the person who shot Alex is still out there, and just as determined to see him fall as ever…
I admit, I’ve never read Alisha Rai’s books before — actually, I’m ashamed to say that I’d never even heard of her until someone on my Twitter stream wished her a Happy Birthday yesterday — I will absolutely be reading more (just as soon as I can decide which ones — they all sound so good!)
Genevieve was carrying around some horrendous guilt, and the fact that living in seclusion and paranoia was a bit of personal penance really made me feel for her character. Alex was simply delicious, from his looks to his personality to his protectiveness and his sensuality, I simply couldn’t get enough of him. I adored how open-minded he was about her powers after he got over the initial shock, and how real he seemed with his troubles with PTSD after the death of his partner.
Recommended for fans of curvy heroines who let guilt force them to retreat from life, of injured heroes who would gladly put their life on the line for the ones they love, and deliciously sexy ways to pass the time during a snowstorm, all sprinkled with a hint of the paranormal.
Definitely more of an "Urban Fantasy" than I'd been expecting from Silhouette Nocturne, but I really enjoyed it. Jachin is a freakin awesome hero, and...moreDefinitely more of an "Urban Fantasy" than I'd been expecting from Silhouette Nocturne, but I really enjoyed it. Jachin is a freakin awesome hero, and the action scenes were plentiful and intense. It reminded me a lot of Underworld with all the fighting and vampire politics and such.
I admit, I pretty much had the whole "prophesy" thing figured out from the first time they spoke of it -- it was a bit obvious I think, but I still enjoyed seeing how it played out.
I didn't really care for our heroine that much, at least not at first.. I joked with my husband that I could make a drinking game where if I took a drink every time she screamed, there'd be no way to finish the book because I'd be way too drunk to read. Honestly though, that's real, don't you think? I mean, how many women would REALLY not be freaked out and screaming if they'd been kidnapped by a vampire, chased by other vampires, been repeatedly shot at, been in a several car wrecks, thrown off a cliff, kidnapped again, and, well, you get the idea. I can't think of many "real" people who'd still be mentally cool and collected during and after all that lol
The sex was hot, and not overly plentiful which surprisingly enough is a good thing in this novel. The action and the fighting are such a forerunner in this novel that there really wouldn't have been a way to add more smexin without seeming trite or gratuitous. (less)
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harleq...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Presents Author’s Website: http://www.trishmorey.com My Source for This Book: eHarlequin Part of a Series: No Steam Level: Steamy
After having read The Accidental Birthright by another author, Maisey Yates, and enjoying it thoroughly, I decided that I needed to see if there were any other HP’s that contain IVF mixups, and stumbled across this one.
This was such a great story! Angie never actually wanted children, but her husband insisted that she wasn’t a “real” woman because of it. After realizing that she couldn’t conceive naturally, she underwent an IVF procedure, which again made her husband emphasize how “real” women wouldn’t need to resort to such measures.
Shortly after conceiving, however, she discovered that there was a mixup in the lab, and the embryo that had been implanted actually belonged to another couple. When she refused to accept the “fix” that the IVF clinic offered, her husband decided this was the last straw and left her, finally moving in with the mistress that Angie never even realized existed. Now, impoverished and pregnant with a child that she doesn’t want, she contacts Dominic, hoping that this other couple will want and love the child that she is now carrying.
Dominic has battled his way up from the slums to become a billionaire businessman. However, no amount of money, or nice houses, or fast cars, were ever enough for his wife, and when she couldn’t get pregnant, the couple turned to IVF. The procedures were unsuccessful, however, and not long after, she passed away from complications of a life-long illness, leaving Dominic with no family.
When he first sees Angie, he’s both horrified and disgusted. This is the woman who was supposedly carrying his child?! She’s frighteningly thin, obviously impoverished, and so pale and sickly that a stiff breeze literally blows her over. He immediately assumes that she’s only doing this for the money, and it seems that she’s giving him mixed signals. When he realizes just how bad of a neighborhood she lives in, and that her husband is no longer in the picture, he demands that she move in with him until the baby is born, at which time she is to walk away.
I really enjoyed this one. I still haven’t come across many novels that contain IVF mixups, and I admit this may be my newest guilty pleasure. There’s just something about a complete stranger having a man’s baby, without having the moral implications of a one-night stand, or my instinctive dislike of the hero for having either forgotten or discarded the heroine early on.
Dominic was arrogant, true, but he was also charmingly confused, and also cynical due to his own past experiences. I liked how some of the “obvious” storylines weren’t pursued — for example the hot assistant was never a romantic rival, and Dominic never really pushed the issue of making her a mistress like so many of the heroes of HP’s do.
In the end, I thought this was very well done. I don’t typically go for stories set in Australia, simply because I’m unfamiliar with the country, but I definitely think that I will be reading more stories by Ms. Morey in the future. 4/5 Stars
Synopsis Even before she knew him personally, Megan disliked Jerome Towers, the wealthy landowner plotting to buy out her family's farm.
And when she e...moreSynopsis Even before she knew him personally, Megan disliked Jerome Towers, the wealthy landowner plotting to buy out her family's farm.
And when she eventually did meet him, he was as arrogant as she'd expected. Quite unexpectedly, though, she became deeply captivated with him—enough to care what he thought of her in return.
She certainly didn't want him to discover that she'd been accused of a scandalous relationship with his half brother, Roddy. But to her utter dismay, Jerome's opinion of her just seemed to grow worse and worse ....
Ok in all fairness, this was published in 1981, so I should have realized going into it that there'd be a disgustingly overbearing hero, and a wishy washy moron of a heroine.
Had I had the webcam on while reading it, you'd have seen a look of incredulity and disgust on my face for the majority of this story.
And can I just reiterate how much I hate for a main character of a romance novel to be actively involved in a romantic relationship with anyone other than the hero/heroine? Our hero had a girlfriend, and the heroine had a boyfriend, and it seemed like everyone in the bloody story thought nothing of kissing all up on everyone else. Call me a prude if you will, but to me, if you're married, kissing is adultery *shakes head*
Anyway, the hero was overbearing to a fault (and not in a delicious "alpha male" way, but rather in a blatantly misogynistic way), and the heroine was incredibly immature and wishy washy.
The premise had such great potential, but I feel like it really fell short. Again though, it was published in 1981 and from what I understand it seems to be pretty typical for the period. Next time I'll check publishing dates before I start reading.
(Kindle Edition) My first book of 2010, and I couldn't have chosen a better one :)
A huge fan of the entire Ghostwalker Series, I was glad to see Christ...more(Kindle Edition) My first book of 2010, and I couldn't have chosen a better one :)
A huge fan of the entire Ghostwalker Series, I was glad to see Christine Feehan pull away from the we-just-met-but-OMG-I-just-have-to-have-you motif that's present in so many of her other books.
In Street Game, our hero and heroine have known each other their whole lives, and were even involved romantically before any of the pheremonal whatnot occurred.
Never fear, the conspiracy is still alive and kicking, with several old players making an appearance, as well as a few newbies. There was also quite a bit of hat-tipping towards characters from previous novels, and I have to say that I sincerely hope that Kane is going to be one of the heroes in an upcoming novel, because his story is one I'm dying to hear.
I adored the underdog Paul, really hope that Javier gets his own novel one day, and was quite enamored with our hero in all his chest thumping glory (especially that he was so bewildered by his feelings for wee Jaimie)
I definitely think this was one of her stronger novels, with much the action finally not taking place in a swamp or jungle scenario ;)
Overall a very solid read. 4 1/2 stars (only losing 1/2 a star because I feel it can't stand on its own without reading at least a few of the previous novels)(less)
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Mira Au...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Mira Author’s Website: http://www.amandastevens.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com (free as of April 12, 2011) Part of a Series: Yes. Book 0.5 in the Graveyard Queen Series (Prequel to the forthcoming novel, The Restorer) Steam Level: Warm
So a short while ago, you may remember me fangirling all over Amanda Stevens’ forthcoming novel, The Restorer, scheduled for release next week. For those of you who are not yet able to have gotten your hands on the full-length novel, Ms. Graves has released this short story prequel to introduce readers into the world of The Restorer. Here, you will not only get to briefly meet both Amelia and Detective Devlin, but you will also get an introduction to the Order of the Coffin and the Claw, which plays a large part in both stories.
I have to start off this review by telling you, in no uncertain terms, that reading The Abandoned (or The Restorer for that matter) when it’s dark, rainy, and the entire household has gone to bed is a bad idea. Deliciously creepy, without being an over-the-top horror story, The Abandoned skillfully draws the reader into a world where simply not believing in ghosts won’t be enough to save you.
Overall, this was a quick, spooky read that leads beautifully into The Restorer without being a total cliff-hanger, which I appreciated. Fans of things that go bump in the night, but who prefer to get their scares without a lot of gore will almost certainly enjoy this read. 4.5/5 Stars (less)
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harleq...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Presents Extra Author’s Website: http://www.maiseyyates.com/ My Source for This Book: eHarlequin Part of a Series: Yes, Kings of the Desert (sequel to An Accidental Birthright) Series Best Read in Order: Works well as a standalone. Steam Level: Hot
We met Princess Isabella very briefly in An Accidental Birthright, also released this month from Harlequin Presents. Raised knowing from a young age that love would play no part in the arranged marriage that she’d been groomed for since birth, Isabella has never known any freedom. From what to wear, where to go, what to eat, she’s never been allowed to make her own decisions. Two months before her arranged political marriage to a man she’s never even met, she escapes to Paris, desperate for even the smallest taste of freedom and a chance to discover who she really is before falling back into a role that dictates she live to please everyone but herself.
Her freedom is very shortlived, however, when the sexy Adham appears on her hotel doorstep, sent by her sheikh fiancée to retrieve her before she can cause a scandal that will shame him and put their political alliance at risk. Adham wants absolutely nothing to do with the spoiled principessa, whose “poor little rich girl” attitude makes his blood boil. Unfortunately for Adham, it’s not only anger that he feels for the runaway princess, but also a fierce attraction that he must fight, for she is destined for his brother…
As with any Harlequin Presents, there’s a lot of avoidable angst, but I really do love a Poor Little Rich Girl story. Add to that Adham, with his intense code of personal honor and his struggles to avoid falling in love with her, and I was in melodrama heaven.
This is only the second Maisey Yates book that I have read, but from my experience with both this and An Accidental Birthright, I can confidently say that I will be reading more of her in the future. A very cheerful 5/5 Stars, highly recommended for fans of Sheikh HP novels.(less)
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,...moreA 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(less)
Expected Release Date: July 25, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 25, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: http://www.shannoncurtis.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
This book started out with a bang and didn’t slow down until the very ending. We open with dowdy Maggie Kincaid, librarian for a large university, having to sneak into work so that she won’t be mobbed by her “admiring fans”. You see, Maggie, for all her prim clothes and boring lifestyle, bears a striking resemblance to a luscious model who recently posed nude for a car calendar.
Unfortunately for Maggie, this case of mistaken identity is not the only one in store for her, and minutes later she finds herself under arrest for theft and murder. It seems she’s been mistaken for a notorious international spy named Viper! But the police aren’t the only ones who want to get their hands on Maggie — the real Viper has double-crossed her boss and framed Maggie, and suffice it to say that the bossman isn’t happy. Kidnapped from the police, she must rely on her own quick thinking to escape a horrible fate when she literally stumbles into the incredibly handsome Luke Fletcher, who insists that if she wants to live, she’ll have to come with him.
Luke is a security expert charged with capturing the Viper and recovering the suit she’s stolen — a prototype of technology that can literally render the wearer invisible as it bends light particles around it. Sounding more in the realm of science fiction, the technology is frighteningly real, and the implications of it being sold on the black market are absolutely devastating.
Convinced that Maggie is actually the Viper, he presents to her seemingly irrefutable evidence of her guilt in an attempt to gain her cooperation, but Maggie insists on her innocence. Chastising himself for falling for the ploys of a master spy, he continues to interrogate her, but the more time he spends with her, the more he begins to doubt that her innocence, fear, and frustration are a ploy, as well as the harder it becomes to ignore the temptation of her body.
Soon, he not only begins to work to clear Maggie’s name, but also allows himself to give into their attraction. When more details come in, however, Luke becomes convinced that Maggie is yet again lying to him, and once again begins treating her as a suspect.
Heartbroken by Luke’s mistrust and casual disregard for their budding relationship, she escapes, determined to prove her innocence in the only way she knows how — by capturing the notorious Viper herself!
Overall, this was an incredibly fun read with just the right amount of sexual tension. A heroine whose prim facade was a result of her situation rather than lack of personality, a hero who can’t help but resist the one woman he knows he should avoid at all costs, and an exciting mystery with both espionage and just enough of a sci-fi element to appeal to the geek in all of us lead me to a solid final rating of 4/5 Stars(less)
Expected Release Date: March 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Penguin...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceacholic.
Expected Release Date: March 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: Berkley Author’s Website: http://www.mayabanks.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, KGI Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but works well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
The Kelly Group International (KGI): A super elite, top secret, family-run business. Qualifications: High intelligence, rock hard body, military background. Mission: Hostage/kidnap victim recovery. Intelligence gathering. Handling jobs the US government can’t…
A man who shoots first and asks questions later…
Most people would take an all-expenses-paid trip to the beach in a heartbeat. Garrett Kelly only accepts to keep tabs on Sarah Daniels, who’s in hiding after witnessing a murder by Marcus Lattimer, her half-brother—and a personal enemy of KGI. This gig may be beneath a disciplined soldier like Garrett, but if he gets a shot at Lattimer, it will all be worth it…
…and the ultimate moving target.
But Garrett hadn’t counted on falling for Sarah. He’d considered seduction as a tactical maneuver, but when he glimpses Sarah’s dark past, he feels an urgent desire to keep her safe—even after she disappears on him. Garrett doesn’t know exactly who, or what, Sarah’s running from, but whatever it is, she’s running for her life…
While I didn’t love it, I still enjoyed reading it, and had trouble putting it down at times. While I do think that the main storyline worked well as a standalone, new readers may be put off by all of the narrative involving the rest of the Kelly family and some of the other members of the KGI team.
In the end though, there really wasn’t all that much suspense to be spoken of, and the use of two big cliches (major injury, and great sex the first time after a rape) really took down some of my enjoyment.
That said, the love scenes were hot, Garrett is just as incredible of a hero as I’d always hoped he’d be, and as a fan of the series in general, I especially loved the updates and insights to the rest of the Kelly family as well as the KGI team.
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 g...moreThis 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)(less)
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harleq...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Presents Author’s Website: http://www.maiseyyates.com/ My Source for This Book: eHarlequin Part of a Series: Yes, Prequel to The Inherited Bride Steam Level: Steamy
All Alison wanted was to be a mother. Having seen the devastation caused by the divorce of her parents, she’s never allowed herself to get close enough to a man to experience a serious relationship, let alone to marry and have children. For the past several years, she’s prepared herself mentally, financially, and physically to undergo an IVF procedure to fertilize one of her eggs with the sperm of a carefully selected donor. When the procedure finally succeeds, she’s horrified to learn that a mixup at the IVF clinic has resulted in her being impregnated not by the anonymous donor she’d selected, but by another man entirely. Since Alison is a carrier for the Cystic Fibrosis gene, she knows she must contact this man in order to find out if he’s ever been screened, and if her unborn child is at risk of contracting the terrible disease that took her sister at an early age.
Years ago, Maximo and his now-deceased wife longed for a child. When tests revealed that she would require fertility treatments, he was quick to donate in order to fertilize his wife’s eggs. After a tragic accident took the life of his young wife, he never contacted the clinic to dispose of his sperm, and now due to a mixup, Alison has been impregnated, and he’s going to be a father!
Unbeknown to Alison, Maximo isn’t just a random stranger — he’s the crown prince of Turan! Now she must marry this stranger, else her child will be born a royal bastard, complete with the social stigma and denial of his or her birthright and inheritance.
Although the premise was one that I’d never read before, it was still pretty standard HP fare. A virgin heroine, marriage for the sake of the baby, middle-class heroine, super rich/powerful hero, and a hero who refused to fall in love because he’d been emotionally drained and damaged from his previous marriage. That said, the simple fact that the pregnancy came before Max and Alison had even met made this one much more intriguing. Add to that the fact that Alison wanted to keep Max at a distance, both physically and emotionally, and I found this a very entertaining read. I really enjoyed Ms. Kates’ writing style, and was very glad to discover that Max’s sister, Isabella, also gets her own story.
What worked for me: *Lone wolf being forced back into the pack, and being too stubborn/alpha to come back like a good little puppy. *The whole bitterswe...moreWhat worked for me: *Lone wolf being forced back into the pack, and being too stubborn/alpha to come back like a good little puppy. *The whole bittersweet "I love you but we can't be together" thing that lasted over 100 years.
What didn't work for me: *Too much sex. Yes, you heard me. Too much sex. It seemed like once they got in bed that first time, that's ALL THEY DID for like 8 chapters or something. It was obnoxious.
*The neighbor was obnoxious, Henry or Harry or whateverhisname is was TOTALLY underutilized as a plot device (oh man I saw a sequel just crying to be written with him as a hero), and them always getting caught naked all irritated me.
*The identity of the killer. I won't say more so it's not a spoiler, but I felt like she took the easy way out with the killer's identity.
*I don't like that she was a virgin and he had been making free with the (human) ladies in the meantime. Yeah yeah I know realistic blah blah blah but I get so sick of the women who are in love with a guy and so keep their legs firmly closed while the man who is supposedly just as in love with her sleeps with others but it's okay because it didn't actually mean anything *rolls eyes* I'd much rather have had them BOTH take lovers in the meantime, even if in the end it was the cliched "nobody was ever as satisfying" deal.
**spoiler alert** Ahhh how I do love Anne Stuart novels *contented sigh*
One of her older stories, this book had all the delicious angst and subterfuge...more**spoiler alert** Ahhh how I do love Anne Stuart novels *contented sigh*
One of her older stories, this book had all the delicious angst and subterfuge that I've come to adore from Anne Stuart. It was, however, a lot more.... hopeful I guess you could say, than her more recent novels. In her more recent works, you're really not certain if our main male character is a villain or a hero until the end. In fact, in Ritual Sins (the last Anne Stuart book I read), I really couldn't even see how she could possibly finagle a HEA into the story line.
Michael, the hero of Now You See Him, is much more in touch with his feelings (but not in a smushy, metrosexual way or anything -- he's still all alpha male!). He knows exactly when he's fallen in love with Francey, and even though he won't allow himself to be with her, he's honest with himself, and even with her (as much as he can be). Every time he walks out of her life, I just wanted to shake him because it was just so bloody obvious he was never going to get over her.
But, that's part of the fun of Anne Stuart -- lots of teeth gnashing and rending of clothing due to overwhelming angst ;)
The book description clearly states that the when Prince Alex discovers that Maria is pregnant, he assumes that it wa...more**spoiler alert** Lies! All lies!
The book description clearly states that the when Prince Alex discovers that Maria is pregnant, he assumes that it was on purpose and decides to make her his mistress, and that he does so because she'll "never make a suitable wife"..
Truth of the matter is, even though she's pregnant from the very start of the book, Maria doesn't even figure out she's pregnant until the end of Chapter Ten (over halfway through the book), and he doesn't find out she's pregnant until the very last chapter.
He decides to make her his mistress as soon as he's been told he has to go talk to her again, as a punishment for (what he feels was) making a fool out of him two months prior, not because he's found out she's pregnant and he knows she won't make a suitable wife. Instead, he does it because he's been basically obsessed with her and her (alleged) betrayal so he thinks by forcing her to be his mistress that he can just smex her right on out of his system. Any thoughts of her being wife material, suitable or otherwise, don't even occur until the very end.
Ug. I feel so betrayed!
Ok so maybe I'm being just a wee a bit melodramatic. But still.
It's kind of like when you see a trailer for a movie and then you go see the movie and it turns out your favorite scene from the trailer ended up on the cutting room floor for the final edit.
The description has Alex cast in the role of the cold, bitter villain who is out to ruin Maria from the very start, only to find himself falling for her anyway... However, he's really not a bad guy at all. I quite liked Alex, despite his occasional snarky behavior towards Maria.
And honestly, the fact that he couldn't bring himself to follow through with forcing her to be his mistress won me over completely :) I liked how their first time together (apart from that disastrous one night stand two months prior to the start of the book) was completely consensual and not the result of coercion or because she thought it was what was required of her.
So despite the incredibly inaccurate description, it was still a good story that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was a bit disappointed because it wasn't the story I thought I was going to be reading, but it was quite enjoyable to watch these two crazy kids fall in love :)
It's also the start of a series of interconnected stories, and I'm interested to read more in the future to see just what's up with the diamonds ;)
How. In the heck. Did I miss this book back when I was reading the Ice series for the first time?! They must've been out of it when I bought them...more*guh*
How. In the heck. Did I miss this book back when I was reading the Ice series for the first time?! They must've been out of it when I bought them or something, because I know I would've picked it up if they'd had it.
I. LOVED. THIS. BOOK.
Yes, our hero was the epitome of an Anne Stuart Hero -- jaded, cold, harsh, doing whatever needs to be done, and of course, using his sexuality as a weapon.
But how much did I love Peter anyway? *dreamy sigh* Oh yeah, don't get me wrong, I wanted to throttle the man for a good 75% of the book, but that's half the fun of reading an AS book is the redemption of the arsehole hero ;) There's just something yummy about a man who actually honest-to-goodness considers killing the heroine but just can't quite bring himself to do so despite all the good arguments for doing so...
I was rather fond of Genevieve as well -- she was feisty (and a size 8/10 lol that bit made me happy as well), mouthy, and a romantic at heart.
Being part of a series, it does help if you read the first book in the series before you pick this one up, but I don't really think you'll be lost if you don't -- it's been a long while since I read the first one and I didn't feel as though I was at a disadvantage because of it.
Some readers may find a slight objection to Peter due to some of his past sexual behavior.. As I mentioned, he does whatever is necessary, using sexuality as a weapon, and therefore has done some very unsavory things in his past -- including seducing men and women alike for the sake of a mission -- even doing so before killing said man or woman, if necessary..
So, while there's nothing explicit outside of the smexin between the hero and heroine, some folks might be a bit squicked. Even so, I would still recommend this book because having someone who has, for their whole life, treated sex as just a physical response and something that can be used to better manipulate his targets, and then watching as they begin to discover a sexual relationship that means so much more than any of the relationships in the past... *dreamy sigh* Hot 'n' Tasty.
Solid 5 Stars, but heck, it's Anne Stuart so we kinda knew that going into it :D(less)
Don't get me wrong, I'm as into a good old fashioned PWP ("Plot? What plot?") story as the next gal.
But th...more**spoiler alert** Meh. Not really my thing..
Don't get me wrong, I'm as into a good old fashioned PWP ("Plot? What plot?") story as the next gal.
But this one just didn't do it for me.
I really wanted to like it. The premise is great -- BBW hooks up with an uber-hot vampire alpha male for a weekend of amazing sex, only he was expecting a thin, blonde, white chick, and, well, our heroine isn't any of these.
PERFECT SETUP for both some amazing angst and awesome smexin, doncha think?
Only.. It wasn't... Both the hero and heroine were practically bipolar with their mood swings, the whole "in blood" thing was a bit squicky for me, but beyond that, the hero goes out and bangs other people... Wait, no, not only does he go bang other people, but we get the joy (sarcasm) of reading it in full descriptive glory.
Now IDK, I don't read a whole heck of a lot of "erotica" (I typically prefer smutty romances that are less about the "sperm" and tons of other graphically explicit words and phrases that I can't type in my review, and more about the hot-banging-leading-to-true-love), so that definitely could be my problem with this book... It's just that I want my hero to, well, be faithful. There's nothing sexy about a man going off and @#$%ing some other chick (especially not in explicit detail) while he's trying to work out his new connection/feelings/desires/whatever with the heroine. And then for her to find out about it and forgive him (and then tumble into bed with him) in the span of a five minute conversation?
*shakes head* Not sexy.
Not to mention, who the heck has a "fantasy" about having unprotected sex? I mean, I get the wanting to go without a condom, especially if you're going to be with someone who can't carry/transmit STI's, but to intentionally stop taking your birth control two weeks before a wild weekend? Srsly? *shakes head*
But, like I said, I'm not as into the straight "erotica" type novels as I am into "erotic romance" (keyword being romance).. Stuff like Larissa Ione or Lisa Marie Rice, so take my review with a big grain of salt.
What I liked: The premise - I'm a sucker for a good old fashioned "revenge plot" story. Throw in some angst f...moreI'm really torn on how to rate this book..
What I liked: The premise - I'm a sucker for a good old fashioned "revenge plot" story. Throw in some angst from the h/h's past, and a dash of physical impairment and you've got a happy Jess.
The writing style - this is my first Penny Jordan story, and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed her style. You found yourself caring about even just the minor characters, and she really went out of her way to give you oodles of character development all around.
What I didn't like: The entire middle of the book. The book is split into four parts. The first part is present day and introduces you to both the hero and heroine, giving you a bit of their backstory and develops their relationship (and I use the term "relationship" loosely). The second part, however, goes back in time all the way to the heroine's childhood and pretty much gives you her life story for a quarter of the book. Then when it finally gets to part you'd recognize (when the hero and heroine first become aware of each others' existence), it jumps back in time again to tell you the hero's life story. Then finally it jumps back to present day picking up our heroine pretty much where we left her off many chapters ago.
So that's why I'm so torn. On one hand, the backgrounds Ms. Jordan wrote were well written, engaging, and interesting to read. However, it ruined the pacing of the book. I almost feel as though she could have left them out completely and simply had a shorter novel that didn't jump around in time. So I'm torn. Part of me wishes she had left it out completely, and another part realizes that it was important to the story and character development but doesn't have any idea where else it could have been included and made sense. Had she placed the characters' histories at the beginning, I doubt I would have finished the book because the pacing would have been dreadful.
So, I'm stuck giving it a lower rating than I would have otherwise. It was well written and interesting, with just the right amount of intrigue and sizzle, but the whole middle-section-flashback deal kind of killed it for me.
**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...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 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)
**spoiler alert** Wow. This book had a LOT of sex lol
There was not one, not two, but THREE distinct "romantic" storylines (though only the H/H officia...more**spoiler alert** Wow. This book had a LOT of sex lol
There was not one, not two, but THREE distinct "romantic" storylines (though only the H/H officially got their "HEA"). Every time you turn around, someone's got their pants down or skirt lifted or down on their knees or... Yeah..
Honestly it started to take away from the story after a while. I realize that sex was a very important plot device (just glance at the official description to see that), but some of it seemed gratuitous rather than plot-driven. I didn't mind any of the encounters between Dev and his partners or between Creed and Annika (*hot*), but there was just one or two too many encounters between Remy and Haley.. I got to the point I practically skimmed, and that's never a good thing.
The magical tattoos thing just really didn't do it for me, either. *wrinkles nose*
And while we're at it, go ahead and smack me for this double standard too -- I don't care for female protagonists who use sex as part of a spy job. Total double standard because, as anyone who reads my reviews knows, I adore me some Anne Stuart and she's the cliff-hucking queen of the sex-and-seduction-as-a-means-to-an-end plot device. For some reason though, it doesn't sit well with me when a female does the same thing *shrugs*
Despite all that, I did enjoy it. I was a bit disappointed that Remy didn't push the "what happens if I say no" issue, just because I'm a sadist and wanted to see what they'd say (*evil laugh*), but overall it was a good story. The emotional relationship between Remy and Haley seemed well paced, despite their sudden dive into sex right after they met, and I really enjoyed Creed and Annika's.. er.. "relationship". I was hoping that they'd get their own book, but from reading the descriptions of the next few, it doesn't look like that's the case. I wonder if they continue the trend of secondary (and tertiary) romances in future books.
I'm finding myself withdrawing from the more erotic romances lately, so do keep that in mind when you consider my rating -- it's entirely possible that I'm being unfair to the novel simply because my own personal tastes are changing :)
I keep seeing all these bad or at least mediocre reviews for this novel (both here and on Amazon) and I don...more**spoiler alert** So I'm a bit perplexed...
I keep seeing all these bad or at least mediocre reviews for this novel (both here and on Amazon) and I don't really get it. Yes, there was a bit less snark, and sure, Cat was a bit more woe-is-me and Bones was a bit of an overbearing ass, but overall, it was still exactly what I feel it should've been..
Then again, I was glad to see Edward leave in New Moon because I'm a sucker for angst *snorts*
What worked for me: I can't believe I'm saying this, but the whole Gregor bit actually worked for me. I know, I know, it seemed a bit cliche and soap operaish, especially in concept, the the execution of it was, IMO, very well done. I mean, what the hell else could've possible separated Cat and Bones? We'd already been through the old "I'm leaving you for your own good" at the end of Halfway to the Grave and the start of One Foot in the Grave, and it seemed like Cat'd gotten over the fact that Bones was a complete slut before they met (well, as much as anyone can get over that), so really, having their marriage voided was really the only thing that could've truly come between them by this point.
Vlad. Everything about that man. Geebus I hope that she has him as a hero of his own book soon before I spontaneously combust reading anything he's involved in *fans self* The bit about having not slept next to a woman who meant something to him for so long just made me melt *dreamy sigh*
What didn't work for me: Bones ****ing around on Cat, even though they were "broken up" -- Not. Cool. I mean, I even cringed in reading Reckoning from the Unbound anthology, because there was some fade-to-black action with Bones and another chick, and this was set before he'd even met Cat! So for him to be sleeping his way threw New Orleans just made me want to vomit. Literally. Blech.
And on that note, the lack of communication between those two drove me nuts. She keeps effing up his plans by jumping in without thinking or consulting him or trusting him (which is, of course, a big issue, since he's a bloody Master Vampire and all that) BUT he's just as bad with trying to cosset and shelter her! So sure, she needs to trust him and quite frankly quit insulting his manhood by acting like he needs rescuing all the damned time, but HE needs to start sharing his plans with her so that she won't freak out and jump in thinking he needs to be saved! *headdesk*
Please keep in mind though, that I've read these books out of order -- I started with First Drop of Crimson, then read Eternal Kiss of Darkness, and then started in on the Night Huntress series, so I had a very good inkling of how things were going to end up (moreso than someone who's new to the world or who has been reading them in order), so that could contribute to my feelings about this one.
I'm very anxiously looking forward to the next novel in this series :)
While the premise was interesting, I found myself skimming a lot.. The characters all felt very flat, and the "love" that our heroine kept insisti...moreMeh.
While the premise was interesting, I found myself skimming a lot.. The characters all felt very flat, and the "love" that our heroine kept insisting she felt seemed so shallow and possibly even forced... I never really felt her falling in love; she hung out with this guy for a short time them *bam* she's in love with him. Not falling in love, no, In Love. *shakes head*
I also figured out the twist only a few chapters in, even though it wasn't "revealed" until the very end. I don't know if that's a commentary on the author's skill, or merely the fact I read too bloody much lol I probably read too much :P
It felt very YA even with all the (fade to black) smexin that was so prevalent..
Now, don't get me wrong, it wasn't awful by any means. I think it was just a case of NMS
What worked for me: Loved the concept behind Starfane (er, the world, not just the novel lol).. I also enjoyed (to a point) the love triangle/quadrilateral that Lauren was rocking there.. The snippets of werewolves, vampires, shape shifters, fairies, unicorns, and dragons was fun as well :)
What didn't work for me: Shallow characterizations, promiscuity of the heroine, and the ease of which she (and the male characters, actually) Fell In Love all annoyed me, and really detracted from the story IMO.
Also, there was way too much talking and not enough action. There were several instances (and I admit, this is where I ended up skimming), where we read along as something happens to the heroine, then we have to read a full accounting of the action as she tells someone else about what just happened.. A simple "she filled him in on her experience with such and such" followed by a transitional sentence or two to give the reader an anchor point as to exactly where they are in the conversation would've flowed much better as we read it.
Also along those same lines: I may be an immature person, I don't know, but reading a bunch of characters handling strong emotions like love, passion, jealousy, hurt, anger, and rejection, all by very calmly and maturely talking everything out is very very (very) boring. There were very few times in the entire story that a character acted out their anger rather than just kind of... explain it away. I'm not saying everyone needed to be melodramatic or soap-operaish, but still, stiff courtesy in the face of strong emotions doesn't keep my attention as a reader. Add to that the unbelievable swiftness of all the ILY's in the story, and I'm going to have to say 2 1/2 Stars
Expected Release Date: September 17, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Sel...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 17, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Self Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: www.angelaverdenius.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Big Girl’s Lovin’ Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
While at first I admit I was annoyed at Maddy’s sister-in-law ambushing her at Maddy’s own house about her weight, I realized that while I have been blessed to never have that happen, I could see how a family who is so focused on “success” (that is, marriage, money, and status) could honestly think that they were being helpful with their hounding of Maddy to lose weight, especially if they were at all truly concerned about her health.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. As a curvaceous gal myself, it’s always a plus to find a book that portrays a plus-sized heroine who does not have to lose weight to get her HEA. Mike definitely appreciates Maddy’s looks, from her plump thighs all the way down to her soft, round belly, and while it takes a while to convince Maddy of his genuine appreciation, they were absolutely perfect for each other.
I cannot WAIT for Tim to get his! He’s had such a good time laughing it up at poor Rick and Mike that it’s going to be utter joy to witness him fall ass over teakettle in love, especially with all of his slutty ways and his family issues.
Recommended for fans of realistically sized heroines who finally realize that they are so much more than their dress size, of deliciously over-protective alpha cop heroes who will do anything to get the woman they love, and some absolutely delicious sexy time balanced out with a sweet love-story.
Expected Release Date: August 8, 2011 (Re-issue, Originally Published 19...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 8, 2011 (Re-issue, Originally Published 1990)( Available Now!) Publisher: Random House Publishing Group Imprint: Loveswept Classic Romance Author’s Website: http://www.deborah-smith.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No. Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Elgiva MacRoth is a woman on a mission. When her quaint village in Scotland is threatened by a billionaire determined to purchase the estate that lawfully belongs to her family, she hatches a scheme to put a stop to the purchase. A daring kidnapping of Douglas Kincaid, the man behind the money ends with him locked in a cell in her small remote cottage in Scotland, where she hopes to not only keep him captive until time has run out on his deal to purchase her family’s estate, but also to get him to fall in love with Scotland. Douglas is actually a member of the long-forgotten Kincaid clan, whose feud with the MacRoth’s in history resulted in their banishment to the Americas long ago. Determined to use her time with Douglas to put an end to the centuries-old feud, Elgiva is astonished by not only her physical attraction to Douglas, but also to how badly she may have misjudged him.
Overall, this was a fun twist on the classic “guy kidnaps girl from feuding clan then they fall in love” story. Having the heroine be the main one behind the kidnapping of the hero was brilliant, and I really enjoyed how Douglas attempted to lash out at her but always felt horribly guilty afterwards. I also liked Elgiva’s determination to kill him with kindness, and the sheer stubbornness of them both.
This was a fairly quick read, with quite a bit of avoidable drama. That said, I tend to enjoy avoidable drama, and treated this one as a Category Romance even though it may technically not be one, since most CR’s have a lot of melodramatic issues that could’ve been avoided if the characters had simply talked.
In the end, I found it quite enjoyable despite the few formatting errors, and my irritation with a few of the turns the plot took.
Expected Release Date: December 18, 2012 Publisher: Entangled Publishing I...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: December 18, 2012 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: Flirts Author’s Website: http://robincovingtonromance.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the publisher Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Favorite Tropes: Friends To Lovers, Unrequited Love Pet Peeves: The Ex In The Picture
This little holiday novella is a perfect blend of steam and sweetness, with just enough angst thrown in to keep everyone on their toes. I loved the tension between Nick and Tessa, and the little “mystery” of the Secret Santa was a lot of fun, even though we knew very early on who was behind it all.
The Grand Gesture was beautifully romantic, and I absolutely loved the ending.
A perfect little story to read for the holidays, I’d highly recommend this one for any fan of contemporary romance.
I'm not actually rating this one, because honestly, I'm giving up at 56% on Kindle.
While there's nothing absolutely horrible about it, there's nothin...moreI'm not actually rating this one, because honestly, I'm giving up at 56% on Kindle.
While there's nothing absolutely horrible about it, there's nothing really that GREAT about it either.
While I ADORE the "abused heroine" trope, Caila gets the crap knocked out of her on a regular basis -- first smacked around by her father, then almost blown to bits, then some kind of weird kidnapping thing happens and... yeah, I gave up at that point, because that all happened in the first half. And of course we can't forget that she sold her house, sold her car (which was a souped up classic that she LOVED) and completely blew off the fact her elderly father beat the fire out of her, all so her brothers wouldn't have to pitch in when the family business was in crisis.
Blah. It's just too much for me right now.
I may pick it up again sometime in the future just to find out who's behind all the crap going on at the trucking company, but it will be a while. (less)
It was a perfectly good story, but I think it just wasn't my cup of tea.. I'm not big on stories where a married...more**spoiler alert** Meh. It was alright.
It was a perfectly good story, but I think it just wasn't my cup of tea.. I'm not big on stories where a married couple breaks up, "dates" other people (which we all know means "bangs" other people), and then hooks back up... It's realistic, and romantic in a weird way, but just not something that appeals to me. I know that's not really a spoiler, but I figured better safe than sorry haha
I also did NOT like one of his ex-flames (or was she? not too clear on it but it seemed like it) getting in Renee's face either, but that goes back to the "I don't like to be reminded that our h/h slept with other people" hangup of mine.
As with most marriage troubles, both in real life and in novels, the whole mess could have been avoided had they just, oh I don't know, talked to each other like adults when they first started having trouble.
Readers who enjoy reconciliation stories will likely enjoy it the most. 3 Stars.(less)