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).
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.
Life is crazy right now, so full review to follow, but I just have to ask: Did Nalini Singh get paid $20 everytime she use the word "consort"? I swearLife is crazy right now, so full review to follow, but I just have to ask: Did Nalini Singh get paid $20 everytime she use the word "consort"? I swear she used that word 40 times or more.. Seriously, we get that she's his consort, that it matches the title of the book, that it's more than just a "husband/wife" or "mate" relationship, but still. STFU WE GET IT ALREADY.
That said, I've enjoyed this series since its conception, and this was no exception. So despite my annoyance with the overuse of the title, 5 Stars.
I have nothing against the presence of children or babies in my romances. In fact, I can think of several stories off the top ofHonestly? I'm annoyed.
I have nothing against the presence of children or babies in my romances. In fact, I can think of several stories off the top of my head that feature children or babies as major characters that ended up in my favorites pile.
However, there's nothing to indicate that an infant plays a big role in this story, and yet, he does.
At the very beginning, we find out that our hero has fathered a bastard son with a whore (who has subsequently died), and he, instead of claiming the child as his rightful son, tells everyone that he "found" the child. He doesn't even name the boy!
Don't get me wrong -- I understand his motivation for these actions, and would think many other readers would as well.
However, I would've liked to have known going in that he had an infant son because that completely changes the story dynamics, and transforms it into something distinctly other than what I'd set out to read.
Overall, however, it's not a bad story. It did drag at times, since by the middle, pretty much all the major players knew the other major players' secrets, but thought that their secrets were safe. The whole thing ended up being one giant cluster****.
Not to mention there's the sudden appearance of Gavin, and the kind of "secret" identity of the bounty hunter..
Overall it was alright. If you can pick it up used or at the library, it's not a bad way to spend an afternoon.
**spoiler alert** I've only ever (attempted to) read one Evangeline Anderson book before, and I couldn't even finish that one because it couldn't hold**spoiler alert** I've only ever (attempted to) read one Evangeline Anderson book before, and I couldn't even finish that one because it couldn't hold my attention.
I should have waited for this one.
The tension and encounters between Jude and Luz were hottt *fans self vigorously* How can you not adore an alpha-vampire who loves to.. ah.. go downtown? *fans self some more*
While at times, Jude was a bit Mary Sue-ish (despite his "deep dark secret", and the fact that he was, of course, a blood-thirsty vampire), I really liked him and his devotion to Luz.
Luz, on the other hand, needed several years of therapy to get over her past traumas. I enjoyed how Jude was willing to go slowly with her (outside of their first encounter, which really did make me roll my eyes at how he managed to talk her out of her panties :P), and how he was determined to keep her safe even when she was too stubborn to talk to him and instead kept running.
I swear though, I was very annoyed with the whole "didn't you get my call?!" thing between Luz and her brother, Diego. For pity's sake folks, get texting. Or something. She kept missing these super important messages from her brother, and then she'd call him and he'd freak right out on her about how he'd called and tried to warn her and blah blah blah, which was such a cheesy tension-building device and got on my nerves something fierce.
This novel had a strong focus on child molestation and sexual abuse/rape, so sensitive readers should be aware. There is no actual rape, but holy moly is there a lot of attempting, so some readers (myself included) might get a bit squicked about it. That said, it was handled as tastefully as I think it could have been, given that it was a necessary plot device.
Overall it was a nice, (hot), easy read. Solid 3 1/2 Stars