Honestly, it probably wasn't "that bad", but rather, just really not my style. I've read some short stories where the smut fit in well, but this reallHonestly, it probably wasn't "that bad", but rather, just really not my style. I've read some short stories where the smut fit in well, but this really wasn't one of them.. All the interactions between the H/h seemed awkward and... I don't know.. improbable maybe? There's really no chemistry between the two.. It almost seemed as if they both had to convince themselves to sleep with each other...
I hate giving it a single star, because I think had this been a novella rather than a short story, I would have liked it much better -- it would've given the characters some time to develop and grow together rather than just meet, scrump, and jump straight to the ILY's or whatever.
It's a bit dated (obviously set in the 90's as the fashions will attest lol), but other than that, wow.
I don't normHoly cannoli was this a good book!
It's a bit dated (obviously set in the 90's as the fashions will attest lol), but other than that, wow.
I don't normally intentionally read books involving infidelity, but I'm so glad I picked this one up.
It's very realistic -- all the bitterness and anger and hurt and resentment are illustrated beautifully -- from Rachel being angry with herself for letting them grow apart to her inability to climax during sex because whenever she gets close, she remembers/thinks about The Other Woman.
I won't give any real spoilers, because that would, well, spoil things *snerk* so I'll just say that it was a tough book, with tons of angst, a lot of self-realization, and an absolutely lovely ending.
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*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...more
**spoiler alert** Who knew that a story this short could be this hot, and still have a decent plot?? I sure didn't!
The only plot point I would have ch**spoiler alert** Who knew that a story this short could be this hot, and still have a decent plot?? I sure didn't!
The only plot point I would have changed was the part where the H/h actually had a past sexual history. I would have liked it much better if she'd actually said "no" to the threesome with him and her husband rather than go along with it. Not a huge issue though..
Please note that the "three-way-luvin" part of this book was off-camera, so to speak, and is referred to but not explicitly detailed. If that's the type of thing you were looking for, I suggest Maya Banks :)
Overall a very quick, nice and smutty, sweet little story.
She twists! She turns! Like a... twisty.. turny thing...
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Now, don't get me wrong, I pretty much knewShe twists! She turns! Like a... twisty.. turny thing...
I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Now, don't get me wrong, I pretty much knew I'd love it; after all, it is a Cynthia Eden novel! The surprise, rather, came in the form of the novel's twists. CE strung me along, giving me little clues here, little hints there, which made me think I had the plot all figured out. And then BAM! She smacks me upside the head with the Big Reveal that was not at all what I'd been expecting :) I love when that happens :)
As always, this story was very hot, with the chemistry between the H/h sizzling on the pages, and when they finally end up together... *fans self* Whoo mama.
I really enjoyed Dee's character from the first Night Watch novel, Eternal Hunter, so I was thrilled to learn that she would be the main character in her newest novel. I was not disappointed :)
I don't want to say too much because frankly, the little unexpected twist is probably the best part of the novel, but suffice it to say, this novel simply reinforced my love for Cynthia Eden's storytelling mastery.
The ending seemed a bit abrupt to me. Well, maybe not abrupt but more like an I-really-wish-there'd-been-**spoiler alert** Overall, I really liked it.
The ending seemed a bit abrupt to me. Well, maybe not abrupt but more like an I-really-wish-there'd-been-an-epilogue type ending.
I was saddened that Faelan (and yeah, how appropriate is that name, eh?) never learned of Roddy's gift/curse/power/whatever. I would have loved to have seen him learn of it and accept it, rather than having it stripped from her at the end with no acknowledgement of it between them.
Other than that, though, it was a really good book. I actually didn't realize it was a reprint of an older novel (from the late 80's) until I was reading other reviews. It really did feel like a more recent writing. The historical facts of the Irish Rebellion were beautifully executed, and it was very refreshing to see the couple married so soon in the novel, rather than dancing back and forth, or being forced to marry due to scandal and blah blah blah.
I admit, I giggled when Faelan asked if she rode horses astride *sigh* I wonder if he ever accepted that she was a virgin when they married, since the reader is led to believe by that question that her.. erm.. maidenhead wasn't intact on her wedding night.
The love scenes were plentiful but not explicit, but not the "fade to black" scenes you often get with some of the older romances...
Overall, I have to rate this book FOUR STARS. I would have gladly given it five, had there been a tidy little epilogue, or at the very least, had Faelan discover Roddy's gift before it was taken away....more
We met our hero in the previous book (Private Demon), where he was introduced as a really, really nasty guy.
One thing I like about Lynn Viehl is thatWe met our hero in the previous book (Private Demon), where he was introduced as a really, really nasty guy.
One thing I like about Lynn Viehl is that there's not a single characters of hers that is two dimensional -- even the bad guys have their redeeming qualities..
Lucan reminds me a lot of Lestat from Anne Rice's novels.. He's selfish, powerful, and has a bad temper, but is also tired of all the bullsh.... Yeah.
Samantha, our heroine, is a homicide detective with a really disgusting cool "power", even as a human.. Add to that her innate resistance to the vampire hypnotism (which I can't spell because, hey, it's French, and I'm not), and you've got a perfect foil for Lucan
As with any of the Darkyn novels, you really need to read the series in order, because all of the books are interconnected and you won't know WTF is going on if you try to join mid-series or skip around.
Fans of the series will be glad to see that Alexandra & Co. do continue to play a big part, as well as the fact that there are some lovely twisty bits (haha pun intended - you'll see!) involving Richard, the high king/lord/whatevertheycallit
And of course, I will admit that as many people have pointed out, sometimes LV does tend to jump into the ILY's a bit fast... *shrugs* Being a fan of fated-to-be-mated stories, this doesn't really bother me, even though technically these don't fall directly into that category. I see it more as a love-at-first-bite-sight thing.
Overall, this is one of my favorites in the series (and yes, I glommed the whole bloody thing this past week -- it's KILLING me that she's moved onto the Kyndred spinoff now, but I digress).
Overall, it was pretty cute. I'm not really big on reading cyber-sex narrative though, and all the emails back and forth got a bit annoying to followOverall, it was pretty cute. I'm not really big on reading cyber-sex narrative though, and all the emails back and forth got a bit annoying to follow at times... Cute story, I like that the heroine was a bit plump, though that certainly wasn't harped on which was refreshing.
I agree with the other reviewer who said it felt more like UF than PNR, because there's no definite HEA at the end. I meaThis book was... interesting.
I agree with the other reviewer who said it felt more like UF than PNR, because there's no definite HEA at the end. I mean, yeah, there's the ILY's, but things didn't feel resolved between the H/h at the end. Which, considering there's a bunch of books in the series, really isn't that big of a problem.. Though honestly, while the UST was nice and thick between Alex and Michael, I never really felt her falling in love with him. It was kind of like "I hate you, I hate you, I hate you, I wanna bang you, I hate you, I hate you, ahh crap I love you"... Sure, they had the physical chemistry, but it almost felt as if the "love" between them was a pure result of the whole I'm-the-one-who-turned-you bond rather than a true building of grudging affection.
I was also surprised that nobody addressed Michael's tendency to muck with Alex's memories (I would have expected Alex to at least tell him that if he did it again, she'd cut off important parts of his anatomy...
Quite a bit of the smexin made me a bit uncomfortable as well. The thing in South America for one, the whole thing with Galina, and Michael's forced seduction of Alex (which still felt more like some sort of buried compulsion rather than surrender to hidden/suppressed desire like most forced seductions in romance are).
I'm about to start the second one, Private Demon, which I hope to enjoy because the hero was one of my favorite characters from this book.
Overall, I liked the Darkyn mythology, as well as the interesting bits of medical science that LV kept throwing in.
I keep wavering between 3 1/2 and 4 Stars. 3 1/2 because I was bothered by the relationship between the H/h, and 4 because I'm really looking forward to reading more of the Darkyn mythology, especially in regards to the virus/innoculation theory.
Really enjoyed it, but I really don't like it when the hero still bangs other women after he's started a relationship with the heroine. Let me be cleaReally enjoyed it, but I really don't like it when the hero still bangs other women after he's started a relationship with the heroine. Let me be clear, he's "courting" her (well, kinda), not like he's vowed his love or proposed or even promised exclusivity, but still. I'm one of those sappy gals who thinks that once the hero meets the heroine, no other gal will do it for him (usually much to his dismay lol)
While I think technically this is a "romantic suspense", I just wasn't feeling it.
The sex was brutal (and not in a that's-right-daddy-spank-me-I'm-a-nWhile I think technically this is a "romantic suspense", I just wasn't feeling it.
The sex was brutal (and not in a that's-right-daddy-spank-me-I'm-a-naughty-girl kinda way) and just.. IDK kind of awkward really...
Quite literally half the time I had to re-read it just to decide whether or not the female in question had been raped, and even after a re-read, I wasn't always sure...
The plot itself was interesting, but too much small-town drama and abundance of extraneous characters made for a soap operaesque feel that just didn't appeal to me. Felt kind of like an Ashley Judd movie or something -- decent, but kind of dry for my tastes.
I really enjoyed this one. I admit, it reminded me quite a bit of Grimspace by Ann Aguirre, but that was probably just because they're both space operI really enjoyed this one. I admit, it reminded me quite a bit of Grimspace by Ann Aguirre, but that was probably just because they're both space operas with similarly angsty/tortured heroes.
I loved Gabriel! It was hard at first to get used to him talking about himself in the third person, but definitely by the end of the novel it both makes sense and becomes second nature.