I seem to be reading a lot of novels recently that are part of a long-staThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review please visit The Romanceaholic.
I seem to be reading a lot of novels recently that are part of a long-standing series that I’ve never read. Happily enough, it seems to be that most of them work fairly well as standalones, despite the fact that there are obviously relationships that have been detailed in previous novels.
Despite the quickness in which the relationship developed between Marielle and Connor, I still greatly enjoyed their story. The quirky humor was the perfect counter-balance to the heaviness of the situation, both concerning Marielle’s possible redemption, and the war between the Vamps and the Malcontents. I’ve found myself quite interested in not only some of the previous novels, but also in whatever novel may come next.
I sigh. I absolutely adore the Demonica series by Larissa Ione; it’s ranThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
I sigh. I absolutely adore the Demonica series by Larissa Ione; it’s ranks in the top five of all series I’ve ever read. That said, however, I was very very disappointed in one main thing about this book — there’s the dreaded “forced nudity” thing. *sigh* Those who know me realize that forcing a heroine to be naked, or even to be naked and viewed without her knowledge is such a huge turn-off to me. I absolutely cannot stand this literary device, and sadly, more and more authors seem to fall back on this one. Why? I don’t know. I’ve guessed that it’s because it makes the heroine more vulnerable, or in some cases (such as this one) help to move along the lustful feelings of the hero or whatnot. Regardless, it irks me and I was very disappointed to see this occur on multiple occasions in this novel.
I still loved it!
Even though this is the first book in the Lords of Deliverance series, newcomers should be aware that it is a spinoff of the Demonica Series, and as such, doesn't work very well as a standalone.
Overall, it was a very solid entry into the Demonica universe. While I wish that Ms. Ione hadn’t stooped to the forced nudity thing, I was able to get past that, though in the end, it did lose a star for me because of it. Final rating? 3.5/5, and I’m GREATLY anticipating Immortal Rider, Famine’s story, due out in December....more
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Expected Release Date: May 31, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Mira Author’s Website: http://www.colleengleason.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, The Regency Draculia Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Hot
I am very, very torn on my rating for this novel.
Narcise never appealed to me as a character in the first novel, The Vampire Voss. She seemed spoiled, arrogant, and quite frankly, unintriguing. It was only during the second novel, The Vampire Dimitri, that I began to warm up to her as a possible heroine of her own story. So admittedly, I began this novel with mixed feelings, and those feelings only became more and more confused as my reading progressed.
Narcise is horribly abused during her captivity with her brother. She’s repeatedly raped, abused, used for entertainment, and a pawn in her sick brother’s many machinations. While she is endowed with a great deal of strength, both mentally and physically, she is both cosseted and detested, and lives in a strange combination of torturous abuse and a gilded cage.
Giordian, on the other hand, has intrigued me from the beginning. Learning of his tortured past only made me feel much more strongly towards him, and the mutual feeling of betrayal between the two captured my attention at the start.
My mixed feelings, however, come through on how the plot has progressed.
On one hand, I love both the world of the Dracule and Colleen Gleason’s writing style. She has a way of giving such a fresh view on even the darkest of subjects, and of beautifully illustrating the struggles of those who long-ago made the wrong bargain with Lucifer. On the other hand, there comes a point in a romance novel when the strife and angst begin to take center stage over the actual relationship, and I believe . Both Cale and Naricse are so abused in life that even at the end, I didn’t feel that overwhelming sense of contentment that I look for when finishing a romance. The resolution, while refreshingly different from the resolutions of the previous novels in the series, still left me feeling rather empty, and quite frankly I didn’t care for the fact that (view spoiler)[they let Caesar live (hide spoiler)].
Had the confrontation with Caesar been handled differently when Narcise first returned to France, I likely would’ve gone higher. As it is, I am going to have to go with a middle of the road, 3.5/5 Stars. ...more
When I first picked up this novel, I admit I was a bit hesitant. I have never read any other work by Susanna Fraser, so I was unfamiliar with all of the characters, and was very concerned with reading a story where the heroine is in love, jilted, and then very quickly married to another man. However, I quickly overcame my misgivings as I got to know both Lucy and Sebastian, and was introduced to both James and Anna.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable, mildly angsty romance with just a tiny hint of kink. The numerous family issues that Lucy experienced, and the delicate balance of trust she built with James made this a delightful read. 4/5 Stars...more
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Expected Release Date: May 31, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin TEEN Author’s Website: http://www.kadycross.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1 in the Steampunk Chronicles Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Chaste
First things first, is that not an absolutely gorgeous cover?! I love it. I know, I know, you can't judge a book by its cover, but let's get real, a lovely cover does tend to draw a reader's attention at the start.
I think I came to two very different realizations in reading this book. First, I forgot how little patience I have for the rampant silliness of YA novels. Second, and probably most importantly, I'd forgotten just how much fun a good YA could be.
I did love the main premise, and of course, I was completely enamored with both the "bad boy" love interest and the incredibly awesome attire (where can I get a steel corset?!). While much of the story was more fanciful than I typically read, even in Steampunk and PNR, it was a very fast, fun read.
In the end though, while I certainly enjoyed it, but I wasn't blown away. The presence of the love triangles, the disorganized presentation of various powers and inventions, and immaturity of the main characters definitely detracted from what could've been an absolutely brilliant novel.
To be fair, the main characters were in their teens, and as such I can be a little more forgiving for immaturity and horrible decision making, but even so, I found it rather distracting.
Expected Release Date: May 31, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Spice AutThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 31, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Spice Author’s Website: http://www.saskiawalker.co.uk/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Steam Level: Scorching
I should first begin this review with a confession -- I don't typically enjoy books where the heroine is a prostitute, and those few books that I did enjoy all had a heroine whose profession was one that she'd been forced into or was at bare minimum reluctant to participate in.
Then enter Jessie. When the book's blurb calls Jessie a "lusty lass", let me tell you, they mean it. She thoroughly enjoys her profession, and has absolutely no qualms about taking on as many customers as she desires.
Thus, it was hard for me to warm up to this novel at first. However, even with the mild distaste that I had for the heroine's behavior, I was completely drawn in by Ms. Walker's writing style. Lush and erotic, she managed to weave a tale that even managed to make me forget, just as Gregor did with Jessie, that she was for sale.
Despite the unfortunate word choices in many of the love scenes, I have to say that they were incredibly hot. Even though one of the things I initially disliked about Jessie was that she was incredibly and unashamedly wanton, there is no doubt that her enjoyment of her job definitely helped to create some of the steamiest scenes I've ever read in an historical novel. There is some light kink as well, without going into full-on BDSM, which I really enjoyed.
Readers should note that there is also explicit M/M and F/F action in this book as well.
I loved how Jessie and Gregor's relationship progressed, and adored the twist towards the end. I also really enjoyed the paranormal aspects, as it's not often that I get to read a book involving magic that doesn't also have the seemingly requisite werewolves, vamps, and/or fae to go along with it.
Fans of wanton heroines, revenge plots, hot love scenes, and reluctant heroes are going to love this book. Since I tend to shy away from lewd and shameless heroines, I didn't enjoy this as much as I might have, but with the rich writing, erotic love scenes, and intriguing plot line, I still end up with a very solid 4/5 Stars....more
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Expected Release Date: April 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://susangrant.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Lost Colony series Steam Level: Steamy
The Tassagon are a warrior people — superstitious and rowdy, they fear the Kurel’s sorcery, and in turn, fear the Kurel people themselves. The Kurel are a peaceful people, who live quite differently from the Tassagon people, and having been forced to live in a ghetto where few Tassagon people will enter, they and their “sorcery” are frequently used as scapegoats for everything from plagues to bouts of bad luck.
Tao, a Tassagon, returns home a war hero after a long campaign fighting the Gorr — a ruthless (and furry) alien species thought to be completely feral, with only the few alphas able to think and communicate on a human level. Celebrated by the people, he’s regarded with suspicion and jealousy by Xim, his king, who has long since felt both insecure and jealous of Tao’s ability and renown. A careless slip of the tongue provides all the excuse that Xim needs to accuse Tao of treason, and he’s immediately thrown into the dungeon to await both torture and public execution.
Elsabeth is half Tassagon, half Kurel, and having had her parents murdered by Xim’s men several years prior, has joined the rebel movement whose goal is to depose Xim and place Tao on the throne in order to unite the Tassagon and Kurel people.
Forced to work together towards a common goal — that of removing Xim from power and of ultimately uniting the human tribes against the Gorr — Elsabeth and Tao learn to put their prejudices aside until not only are they able to embrace the best of both societies, but also to find a passion and love that neither of them ever expected.
Overall, I was highly impressed. This is my first Susan Grant novel, and I have to say that it most certainly will not be my last. I am absolutely dying to read more in this series. I want so badly to read about the Riders, as well as the Sea Scourge (I love pirates!), and cannot wait for the next installment. I highly recommend this for readers who love Romantic Fantasy, and am happily adding this series to my own auto-buy shelf.
Let me begin by saying that I consider myself a Larissa Ione fangirl. IThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Let me begin by saying that I consider myself a Larissa Ione fangirl. I have completely devoured the Demonica series in its entirety, and am anxiously awaiting her new Lords of Deliverance series, the first book of which (Eternal Rider) is due out in April.
That said, while I certainly enjoyed this read, I wasn’t entirely blown away by this short story.
Fans of the Demonica series will of course appreciate glimpses into not only other Aegis chapters, but also a cute, albeit short, interaction between Tayla and Eidolon. I did feel, however, that readers unfamiliar to the series would end up more confused towards the end than they would in reading a story that was not intended as an aside for an already established series.
As much as I adore Larissa Ione, I’m going to have to say that this one was only a 3.5/5 for me. ...more
This was a light, quick romantic read, perfect for summer reading by theThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
This was a light, quick romantic read, perfect for summer reading by the pool. While the attraction and tension between Savannah and Dexter was delicious, the steam rating on this one is merely warm, so it’s appropriate for young readers, or those more interested in actual romance than any physical relationship. Overall, a very fast enjoyable read. 3.5/5 Stars ...more
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Expected Release Date: May 31, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://www.lorifoster.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2 – Men Who Walk The Edge of Honor Series Best Read In Order: Would work well as a standalone. Steam Level: Hot
Oh how I wanted to like this book. I adore Lori Foster, and typically enjoy her romantic suspense novels. Foster has a way of writing the tough gamma male in a way that makes you want to throw yourself into dangerous situations in hope of someday meeting a man like one of her heroes.
That said, this book just wasn’t for me.
I actually found it hard to finish this one. By constantly having one of my pet peeves in romance played out over and over, I couldn’t really get into this one.
I am still a fan of Lori Foster, and I have to say that she definitely writes both action and romance in a way that keeps you glued to the page, but in this particular case, this book was simply not for me.
Other readers who aren’t put off by that particular literary device will likely thoroughly enjoy this book, so definitely take my review with a grain of salt.
That said, however, I’m unfortunately going to have to rate this one a 1.5/5, as I just truly didn’t enjoy it.
*** ORIGINAL REVIEW AS POSTED IN MARCH 2011: Normally I don't review books this far ahead of the publishing date. However, I think it's very important that I clarify the reasoning behind my low rating.
This is THE big negative for me — one of my top pet peeves in romance. I hate when a modest heroine is forced to be naked in front of others. Hate, hate, hate this literary device in romance novels.
I can count five instances where our modest, virginal heroine, ends up naked or sexually humiliated in front of someone.
Other readers who aren’t put off by that particular literary device will likely thoroughly enjoy this book, so definitely take my rating with a grain of salt.
My final rating? 1.5/5
Full review will be posted in May, closer to the release date. ...more
Oh my! Let me start my review with a slight tangent: One of my all-timeThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Oh my! Let me start my review with a slight tangent: One of my all-time favorite regency romance heroes, is Lisa Klyepas’ Derek Craven from Dreaming of You. Born in the gutters, he’s pulled himself up by whatever means necessary — thievery, deceit, violence, you name it, and at the time the heroine meets him, is a successful, albeit somewhat shady, owner of a gaming hell.
Well, I’m sorry Derek, but you need to step aside for my new favorite hero, Roman.
*swoon* Oh Roman is absolutely everything I adore in a regency romance – a self made man, ruthless, cunning, at times gleefully violent, but also incredibly loyal and protective. Lowborn and from the streets of London, he is never afraid to get his hands dirty, cheerfully admits to bribing the police force, and in fact, the first time we meet him, he’s beating the holy hell out of someone (who in the end, deserved it, but still). He rubs elbows with men from all walks of life, from whoremongerers to royal dukes, and has no qualms about using whatever means are at his disposal (regardless of legality) to manipulate those around him as needed.
Then we have Charlotte. I’m not typically a fan of the stuffy-young-miss-turned-wanton heroine in romances, but I have to make an exception for Charlotte. The way Ms. Mallory writes this character, with her slowly cracking facade, makes it so you can’t help but to sympathize with her. She has known her entire life that she is to have a loveless, strategic marriage, just like her parents, and that it is up to her to be absolutely perfect in everything. Outside of saving her family from her father’s uncontrolled gambling, such a marriage will ensure that her vibrant younger sister will be accepted into society, and as such will have the freedom to, well, choose.
I have to say, that while I’m not necessarily going to go back and read the first book in the series, Seven Secrets of Seduction, I am dying to read Andreas’ book, In Total Surrender, due out September 27, 2011.
Overall, I loved it. This is probably one of the best regency romances that I have read all year, and Roman is firmly (heh) tucked away as one of my all-time favorite regency heroes. A VERY solid 5/5 Stars....more
I am a huge fan of the “marriage to avoid scandal” plotline in my regencyThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic
I am a huge fan of the “marriage to avoid scandal” plotline in my regency romances, because there’s something supremely romantic to me about two virtual strangers who are forced to forge a marriage of convenience due to society’s dictates, and yet find a deep and abiding love together.
Overall, I did feel that the positive points outweighed the negatives, though there were a few things that seemed to be at odds with the otherwise lighthearted comedic romance. In the end, I have to say this was an enjoyable, funny read, and I would indeed recommend it to my friends.
While I normally strictly choose to read and review romance novels, I decided to give myself a small break and pick up The Dragon's Path by Daniel AbrWhile I normally strictly choose to read and review romance novels, I decided to give myself a small break and pick up The Dragon's Path by Daniel Abraham, which is a traditional fantasy novel with no romantic elements.
I am so incredibly glad that I did.
Abraham's gift of words weaves an intricate tapestry of politics, conspiracy, action, and intrigue that draws you in and won't let you go until the very end.
Each characters' actions create tiny ripples that reverberate across the Kingdom, setting into action forces well beyond their control. Lush worlds are built and destroyed, with a colorful cast of both major and minor characters interwoven into a web of political intrigue that dazzles the mind.
A naive young ward of the Bank entrusted with a fortune far beyond her ability to protect, a disenfranchised war hero leading an unlikely band of mercenaries, an awkward bookish youth thrust unwillingly into battle, and a cocksure nobleman bordering on treason in the name of loyalty to the kingdom, all become both unwitting pawns and at times willing cogs in the machine as the various stratagems and conspiracies play themselves out.
While the multitude of characters may have been a bit confusing at times, and some of the descriptions and periods of inaction may have caused the text to drag a bit at times, overall this was an incredibly well-written, captivating read, which I highly recommend to all fantasy lovers. A solid 5/5 Stars, and I am anxiously awaiting future installments to the series. ...more
This fast-paced read had everything: murder, secret societies, governmenThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
This fast-paced read had everything: murder, secret societies, government corruption, and of course, a nice dose of steamy romance.
As far as I know (and someone please feel free to correct me if I am mistaken), this is a standalone novel. However, it read as though it were the debut of a series. I admit, I am sincerely hoping there are future books planned to expand on this one, because there were quite a few loose ends that I would love to see tied up.
That said, I did enjoy it. The romance was wonderfully hot, the fast-paced action kept me on the edge of my seat, and the whodunit kept me guessing until the end. A solid 4/5 Stars...more
This book was even better than I'd expected from reading the blurb. DeliaThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic
This book was even better than I'd expected from reading the blurb. Delia not only speaks with statues, but can hear them speak in return. Because of this, we readers are treated to a wide array of quirky characters, most of which can only interact with Delia.
Estranged from her overbearing father, Delia returns when he is gravely injured in a fire at their family home, Steward House. While a successful restorer, Delia only eeks out a comfortable living, and is thus unable to financially support her father in his recover. Enter Grand Wolverton, her father's biggest business rival, with his grand plans to purchase and restore Steward House to its former glory.
Overall, this was a delightfully fun paranormal romance, perfect as a light summer read. The statues were so entertaining, and Delia and Grant's relationship was paced beautifully. 4/5 Stars...more
An erotic short story, this tasty little treat definitely delivers. WhileThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic
An erotic short story, this tasty little treat definitely delivers. While I would’ve loved to have seen a higher word-count to expound on the world-building, and to perhaps keep the pacing from feeling a bit rushed, I definitely enjoyed it anyway.
As is true for most short stories I read, I would love to see, if not the series itself, then at least this particular universe expanded upon in future works. I thoroughly enjoyed the mythology surrounding the half-brothers, and would love to read more involving Alana’s brand of celtic magic and the half-blooded fae abilities. The erotic elements were delicious without descending into vulgarity; there was quite a bit of crass language, but nothing that would really offend sensitive readers.
In the end, this was a quick, hot, enjoyable historical with enough paranormal and magickal aspects to keep things interesting. 4/5 Stars ...more
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Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author’s Website: http://www.rhyannonbyrd.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes. Book 7, Primal Instincts series Series Best Read In Order: Yes but works well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
For some reason, Ms. Byrd’s name sounded familiar to me, but since I read so much (which is an understatement I assure you), I couldn’t immediately place it. It turns out, I’ve actually read a couple books in this series — Edge of Hunger and Primal Instinct (books 1 and 4 in the series, respectively), and gave both high ratings at the time.
It wasn’t until I was a chapter or two in, when I started recognizing things like the Watchmen and the crosses, that I realized that this was a series that I’d enjoyed and had intended to get back into. I know, it’s sad when you read so much that you actually manage to forget about an author whose work could easily make it to your top ten favorites, but rest assured, I will not be making the mistake of failing to follow this series in the future.
Even though this is book 7 in the series, I still felt that it worked quite well as a standalone. As I said, I’ve only read books 1 and 4, so I was missing quite a bit of information regarding previous plot developments, but I was able to follow along without any problems. On the other hand, because of this long time readers may feel there’s a bit of info-dump as some of the plot is revisited from previous novels, though of course I can’t be sure since I’m several novels behind at this point :P
I will say, however, that this was hands down one of the hottest books that I’ve ever read. The sexual tension between Raine and Seth is so thick that it’s almost hard to breathe, and when they finally come together (pun intended), it’s primal and intense.
Ms. Byrd’s writing grabs ahold of you from the very start and refuses to let go until you’re completely at her mercy. Bottom line — I loved it. I truly think this book is a must-have for any fan of hot PNR; the blend of passionate romance, action, and suspense makes this a very solid 5/5 Stars....more
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While spoiler-free for The Rift Walker, this review does contain spoilers for The Greyfriar. Please scroll to the next BOLD text if you wish to avoid any possible spoilers.
Expected Release Date: September 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Prometheus Books Imprint: Pyr Author’s Website: http://clayandsusangriffith.blogspot.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the Publisher Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Vampire Empire Trilogy Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Warm
Official Blurb: Princess Adele struggles with a life of marriage and obligation as her Equatorian Empire and their American Republic allies stand on the brink of war against the vampire clans of the north. However, the alliance's horrific strategy for total victory drives Adele to abandon her duty and embark on a desperate quest to keep her nation from staining its hands with genocide. Reunited with her great love, the mysterious adventurer known to the world as the Greyfriar, Adele is pursued by her own people as well as her vengeful husband, Senator Clark. With the human alliance in disarray, Prince Cesare, lord of the British vampire clan, seizes the initiative and strikes at the very heart of Equatoria.
As Adele labors to bring order to her world, she learns more about the strange powers she exhibited in the north. Her teacher, Mamoru, leads a secret cabal of geomancers who believe Adele is the one who can touch the vast power of the Earth that surges through ley lines and wells up at the rifts where the lines meet. These energies are the key to defeating the enemy of mankind, and if Princess Adele could ever bring this power under her command, she could be death to vampires. But such a victory will also cost the life of Adele's beloved Greyfriar.
The Rift Walker is the second book in a trilogy of high adventure and alternate history. Combining rousing pulp action with steampunk style, the Vampire Empire series brings epic political themes to life within a story of heartbreaking romance, sacrifice, and heroism.
The Rift Walker picks up a short time after The Greyfriar left off. When we last saw Adele, she had returned to Alexandria to "recover" from her time with the vampires, and to await her political marriage to the insufferable Senator Clark, while Gareth returned to Caesar's side, hoping to ingratiate himself to his younger brother in order to get inside information into Caesar's plans for the war.
Expanding on the incredible Steampunk world created in the first novel, The Rift Walker follows Adele's adventures through the African interior, as she attempts to not only avoid marriage to the deplorable Senator Clark, but struggles to harness her newfound ability to actually manipulate the powers of the earth to in turn superheat and destroy vampires from the inside out. A perpetual pawn in the schemes of others, she is finally beginning to come into her own as a leader, and while Garret/Greyfriar does play a large part in the story, this is truly Adele's moment to shine.
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While perhaps not quite as gory as the first novel, there are still plenty of action sequences that should satisfy the more blood-thirsty readers, and there are more than enough surprising twists to catch anyone's interest.
Like The Greyfriar before it, The Rift Walker quite literally has something for everyone: politics, betrayals, mysteries, romance, murder, family drama, action, steampunk, magic, and more, which make this novel quite literally the most incredible narrative that I've had the pleasure of reading for the entire year.
One thing that some readers may object to is the price of this novel. I will freely admit that this series falls far outside of my own comfort zone as far as price point goes. The MSRP of the paperback is $16.00 and the ebook's MSRP is $11.00. However, there are two very important things to note on this. First off, is that as of the time this review is published, the paperback is $10.88 at Amazon.com and the Kindle version is $9.59, which should make it more comfortable for most readers to click the "buy" button. Secondly, and most importantly, this book actually is worth the MSRP. I'm just as frugal as the next girl when it comes to purchasing books, but I promise you, buying anything from the Vampire Empire trilogy will be money well spent.
One thing I should stress, however, is that I very highly suggest reading The Greyfriar first, because not only is it an absolutely incredible book in and of itself, but because I think new readers to the series will be pretty much lost in the plot without the experience of the previous novel to fall back on. Plus, part of the awesomeness of The Rift Walker is probably just the sheer and utter joy of being thrown back into the world readers came to love from The Greyfriar.
In the end, I of course adored it. It is by far the best book I have read all year long (which is definitely saying something) and I am delighted to give it an incredibly solid 5/5 Stars.
I am currently running a giveaway on my blog, where one lucky winner will receive a paperback of either The Greyfriar or The Rift Walker (winner's choice).
Wow. This book completely blew me away. It’s been a long time since I’veThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Wow. This book completely blew me away. It’s been a long time since I’ve read a good sci-fi/space odyssey novel, and I’d forgotten how much I could enjoy one. I first became interested in this book when it was nominated for the DABWAHA tournament for 2011, and finally managed to get my hands on a copy when the sequel, Children of Scarabaeus, came available on Netgalley.
Edie Sha’nim was born on a planet where the natives are completely dependent on a neurotoxin present in the environment to live. She was an outcast from birth, because while her biological father was a native, her mother was a human scientist, and frankly the native community in which she lives is very xenophobic. As a young teen, she was “rescued” by the Crib — a mega-corporation that controls the majority of the known universe — because of her incredible talent manipulating “biocyph”, which is a combination of biological material and computerized data. After years of being exploited by the Crib, and being forced to participate in a their terraforming program, she is kidnapped by a group of renegades who want her to help recover and reprogram Crib technology to help the worlds who are failing under the Crib’s thumb. Of course, they’re also interested in the profit that can be made…
In order to ensure both her cooperation and her safety, they tether a convict, Finn, to her, so that if he ever gets a certain distance away from her or if she dies, his head will literally explode.
To say that Finn doesn’t trust her is a complete understatement. He resents both his initial years of slavery and the tether placed in his head that forces him to serve Edie, and the political games around them on the ship they are imprisoned on only make things worse.
To add insult to injury, the planet that the renegades want to visit to hijack the Crib technology is Scarabaeus — a planet that Edie holds very dear to her heart, and the site of her biggest failure.
There were so many things I loved about this book. Edie wasn’t a wimp, but neither was she super-woman either. Sure, she was incredibly talented at manipulating cypertech, and wasn’t afraid to try to use her talent as leverage to get what she wanted from those who were using her, but she was also emotional, not incredibly strong physically, and had a tendency to trust too easily. Finn was such a tough cookie and it took a long time for him to trust Edie, despite the fact that she’d proven that he could trust her multiple times.
One point to note is that while Edie certainly started to develop some feelings for Finn over the course of the novel, this is not a romance novel. There is some very mild second-base action, and there is no HEA. Well, honestly, since it was such a horrific cliff-hanger, there wasn’t any sort of resolution to the end at all, so the lack of HEA is unsurprising.
Speaking of the cliff-hanger, it literally cost this book an entire star in my final rating. The novel was so incredible that I read it in a single sitting. Despite the lack of romance and HEA, I found myself completely invested in not only the universe that Ms. Creasy created, but in Finn and Edie’s lives, as well as those of the unlikely comrades they’d found, and of Scarabaeus itself. However, the cliff-hanger was so unexpected and infuriating, that I could no longer go with the 5 Star rating I’d intended up until the last chapter, and in the end, my final rating is an astoundingly solid 4/5 Stars...more
Good Lord, talk about being torn on a rating! This book was incredible,This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Good Lord, talk about being torn on a rating! This book was incredible, even with its flaws. This is my first Eileen Dreyer novel, but I have to say that if this is indicative of her writing style, it will not be my last.
Deliciously angsty, mildly kinky, and full of intrigue, this book literally grabbed ahold of me and refused to let go.
This is not a lighthearted “marriage of convenience” story by any stretch of the imagination. The hero is incredibly cruel to the heroine to the point of mental abuse, despite the fact that he has (what is in his mind at least) very good justification for doing so, and there is a plethora of angst to be had. However, despite the fact that it is practically painful to read at times due to the angst, it is so incredibly well-written that you cannot help but finish it even as you’re mentally plotting Diccan’s demise.
Despite the explicit infidelity, which is one of my pet peeves, I still say that this was an incredibly enjoyable, and ultimately satisfying read. 4/5 Stars
As you’ve probably figured out by now, I am a total sucker for amnesia inThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic
As you’ve probably figured out by now, I am a total sucker for amnesia in my romance novels, and this book was no exception.
Laura’s condition of course leads to a huge feeling of hurt and betrayal, and I have to admit I loved the kind of on-the-edge anticipation that I felt along with Bishop, waiting for some tiny inconsistency to trigger the return of her lost memories. While some of Bishop’s actions were distasteful, I not only forgave him in the end, but found myself cheering for him as well.
Lovers of steamy romances may wish to pass this one by. While I wouldn’tThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Lovers of steamy romances may wish to pass this one by. While I wouldn’t qualify it as YA by any means, as there is some third-base action that is rather skimmed over, there is no actual consummation.
Overall, this was a rather average, albeit enjoyable, read. Once I warmed up to Prudence a bit, it turned out to be a decent read. Despite Cate’s unfortunate name, he was a good, honest man who managed to be endearing without being a total Mary Sue. While at first it looked as though there wasn’t going to be much to base their relationship on past their first stolen kiss, they both gradually began to warm to each other and find a sweet love together.
I admit, it isn’t often that I buy a story on release day. With very few exceptions, IQuickie Review. For full review, please visitThe Romanceaholic.
I admit, it isn’t often that I buy a story on release day. With very few exceptions, I typically wait a week or two until I have a chance to read some reviews from people who share my tastes in stories before I plunk down any of my hard earned money. However, I am a Moira Rogers fangirl, and when I found out she had a new story that combined vampires, werewolves (of a sort), western romance, and steampunk, I couldn’t get over to Amazon quickly enough. Add to that the fact that it’s less than a Starbucks Latte, and I was immediately sold.
It should be noted that there was prolific use of the “c” word, for those readers who can’t stand its usage, as well as an occasional foray into some back-door loving. Despite the language, I don’t feel that this qualified as erotica, however, and would instead call it an “incredibly steamy romance”. Steampunk fans should also be aware that those elements were few and far between. Elevators, various weaponry, and steam carriages seemed to pretty much be the extent of the Steampunk elements, with nary an airship or pair of welding goggles to be seen. The inventions that were present, however, were quite important, and I couldn’t help but get flashes in my head of the movie Wild Wild West on occasion.
Overall, I adored it. I quite literally couldn’t put it down, and cannot wait for the continuation of the series.
Expected Release Date: August 9, 2011 Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: DuThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 9, 2011 Publisher: Penguin Group Imprint: Dutton Author’s Website: http://juliegarwood.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Steam Level: Steamy
**REVIEWER’S NOTE** This was an uncorrected advanced copy, so it’s possible that some details may be changed by the publication date.
I do believe that I am now officially a Julie Garwood fangirl. *nods decisively*
Ellie was a child prodigy, with a tortured past. Intelligent beyond her years, she attracted a deranged stalker at the tender age of 11, making her life a living hell; multiple attacks, restraining orders, and finally being sent out of state to live with strangers in order to protect both her and her family has left a mark on her that no amount of education or professional success can erase. When she witnesses the shooting of an FBI agent, she’s suddenly thrust into danger yet again, despite the fact that she cannot make a positive identification.
Max bursts into her life as an FBI agent attached to the case, and the sparks fly between them. They both know that nothing can come of a relationship — she lives in the midwest while he lives in Hawaii — and yet neither can resist the other. When she flies back to her childhood home for her sister’s wedding, she faces not only the threat of being silenced before she can take the witness stand, but also of having to face her childhood nemesis, the deranged stalker who has until that point dropped off the face of the earth.
Overall, I absolutely adore it. There was enough action to keep me on my toes, blended beautifully with just enough romance and steam to keep me intrigued.
The ending was also absolutely lovely. After reading the last line I literally said “awwww” and closed the book with a smile, and that more than anything is why I cheerfully give this book 5/5 Stars...more
I picked this novel up at my local used bookstore, having recognized the Lowell name from previous novels thFull Review available on The Romanceaholic
I picked this novel up at my local used bookstore, having recognized the Lowell name from previous novels that I’ve read by Elizabeth Lowell. Expecting to be blown away, as I’m a fan of Elizabeth Lowell, I was disappointed that this turned out to be just an okay read for me.
I love romantic suspense, I love relationships between cops and witnesses, and I adore amnesia in romance. This story just fell rather flat for me, however.
Fans of Elizabeth Lowell (Heather Lowell’s multi-published mother), will likely be disappointed, but new readers may still be appreciative. 3/5 Stars...more
Nothing could tempt widower Ward Miller from his self-imposed seclusion. UFull review available on The Romanceaholic
From the Mini-Series: The Takeover
Nothing could tempt widower Ward Miller from his self-imposed seclusion. Until the private celebrity met his new “handler,” the beautiful, no-nonsense Ana Rodriguez. While he’d only stepped back into the spotlight for the worthy charity Ana ran, having her by his side was the benefit he truly wanted.
She claimed she’d never fall for a musician—being starstruck wasn’t her style. But that wouldn’t stop Ward. Ana made him want things he hadn’t wanted in much too long. So he’d pursue her…and with one kiss turn the tables on this innocent, leaving her begging for his touch.
Oh, I know, the title is simply awful. Romance lovers should not allow that to prevent them from reading this sweet little story, however.
Overall, I enjoyed this story. There was only one real love scene and it was fairly “tame” for a Harlequin Desire, which to be honest was a rather nice change from some Harlequins where it seems the hero and heroine can’t do anything but fall into bed together. For less than $4 on eHarlequin, I couldn’t resist snapping up this book, and would recommend it to any Harlequin fan as a tasty little summer read. 4/5 Stars...more