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
Not as good as Cynthia Eden's other works; I could tell that this was one of her earlier stories because her writing style has matured since then.
ToriNot as good as Cynthia Eden's other works; I could tell that this was one of her earlier stories because her writing style has matured since then.
Torian was both delicious and annoying with his chest thumping, I-am-your-mate-and-I-will-protect-you-so-rawr attitude. This story falls deeply into the fated-to-be-mated category, where the heroine is given absolutely no choice in the matter.
Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bodice ripper, where forced seduction is the name of the game.. Rather, Sara is a born witch (who prior to meeting Torian thought she was just an average gal), and as she rapidly approaches her 30th birthday, she.. well... she goes into heat o.O It was rather strange to read that type of storyline outside of a were- or other shape-shifter universe..
The chemistry between Torian and Sara was great, but there was something about this story that just didn't do it for me. I'm not sure if it was the incongruity of the whole mating-heat type attraction in characters who weren't animal shifters, or if it was Torian's heavy-handedness and Sara's token resistance yet quick capitulation.
I was disappointed that we never got a real-time introduction to Torian's dragon (I Big Puffy Heart Dragons), and I really felt that Torian's Big Dark Secret really wasn't all that big of a deal. Maybe I'm just jaded from reading so many stories where the Big Dark Secret is so much more horrific or damning to the character's relationship to their future mate.
Overall it was a good story, but as I said, not nearly as good as her more recent works.
I'm always pleasantly surprised when a debut novel is good, and this book was no exception.
What worked for me: Loved loved loved the sea talking and plI'm always pleasantly surprised when a debut novel is good, and this book was no exception.
What worked for me: Loved loved loved the sea talking and playing with Blue :) That was incredibly cool
Really enjoyed the Mad Max/Thunderdome vibe of the post-apocalyptic world that existed after a series of tsunamis wiped out civilization as we know it.
Max was awesome, and I loved the card game with Aubrey :)
The tattoo? Epic Win as well.
I for one also liked the toughness of Blue resulting from her being raised by pirates and having had a really crappy childhood, at odds with her vulnerable/naive/sheltered personality from having been away from "civilization" for so long... I know some reviewers have said it put them off, but I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that a girl who could filet you with a bowie knife also blushed whenever faced with the slightest bit of attraction to another human being :) It was sweet.
There are more things, but honestly I don't want this review to have too many spoilers, so let's just say it was a lot of little things that kept making me smile :)
What didn't work for me: I'm not sure I ever really felt the love/attraction between Gabriel and Blue... Yes, she had a party in her pants around him because he was incredibly easy on the eyes and she was a 24 year old virgin, and it was obvious he was attracted to her, but even though the backstory as to why he was interested in her outside of her physical appearance was explained, I still didn't quite feel it as deeply as I think I was intended to.
Gabriel seeing Blue naked and/or half naked outside of sexual situations all the bloody time was annoying! Pet peeve of mine, I know, but authors, don't try to make your heroine vulnerable by having people see her naked unless it's some kind of exhibitionist fetish that you're gratifying for an erotica story. It's not sexy, it's embarrassing.
The vagueness of the ending (not the epilogue, the ending)... I think I know what the message was, but I'm a bit thick sometimes and wish it'd been spelled out a bit more
In the end, I was very happy with this story :) I'm very glad that Book 2 has been sold, even though it'll deal with different characters rather than being a continuation of Blue and Gabriel's life
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: AvThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://josswarebooks.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Envy Chronicles Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
Picking up where Abandon the Night left off, Theo has been shot and apparently left for dead. Discovered by some locals, he’s brought to Selena so that she can care for him as he dies. Known as The Death Lady, Selena has the ability to foretell a person’s death, and to ease their transition into the next world.
I do believe that this book would not stand very well on its own. While a lot of the concepts were very well reiterated without feeling like infodump, there is so much information that was presented in the first three books that it would’ve been impossible to include every single thing of import without rehashing the entire series. As such, I would strongly urge readers to start from the beginning to understand everything they can about the gangas, the Strangers, Bounty Hunters, the Change, Envy, and the Resistance, as well as to get used to some of the newer slang.
Overall, I did enjoy it. It was a nice change to have an older heroine with all the baggage that comes from having lived a full life past your early 20′s. Theo is delicious as always, and I loved the new tidbits about the overall story arc.
Recommended for previous fans of the series, those who love post-apocalyptic dystopian tales, and fans of age differences in their romances. 4/5 Stars...more
Very typical of Michele Hauf's novels, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it.
Personally, it just didn't do it forVery typical of Michele Hauf's novels, which could be a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it.
Personally, it just didn't do it for me. Don't get me wrong, the love story was great, and the us vs. them mentality that they ended up with was just delicious.
I just had a lot of trouble identifying with our heroine. A supah hottie werewolf princess with an attitude problem, a psycho ex-boyfriend, and a penchant for colorful wigs -- not really my thing.
Had everything that all the Hauf novels I've read have had -- starcrossed lovers, tons of (annoying) grudges being held by pretty much everyone, wild sex with shape shifters and/or magick all over the place, a good chunk (no pun intended) of violence, and at least one TSTL moment.
Overall not a bad way to pass an afternoon, but I'll likely pass it on rather than keep it.
Re-read March 19, 2012 (originally read March 24, 2010)
I love Annwyl and have from the start. With a horrendous (and frankly ridiculous) temper, she'sRe-read March 19, 2012 (originally read March 24, 2010)
I love Annwyl and have from the start. With a horrendous (and frankly ridiculous) temper, she's not only a terrifying warrior woman, but she's also got a seldom seen softer, playful side that Feargus brings out in her.
I've always been a little iffy with this series in general because I've never been able to fully wrap my brain about the human-like characteristics of the dragons (while in dragon form), nor the very casual use of extreme violence in the series.
Light and entertaining with a touch of ridiculousness, steam, and a sweet love story, this is still one of my favorite "go to" books when I need to re-read a bit of a palate cleanser when reading review copies. ...more