When I first sat down to write this review, I realized that I had a bitThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
When I first sat down to write this review, I realized that I had a bit of a problem — how on earth was I going to rein in my inner Fangirl long enough to put together coherent sentences on just how fantastic this book was? I’m still not certain that I am able to do it justice, but suffice it to say, I loved this book. It easily ranks right up there with my adoration of Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series, Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, and yes, even Stacia Kane’s Downside Ghosts series, and I will tell you that is no small feat at all.
With not only intriguing characters but fascinating world-building, new twists on old mythologies as well as original creations, and an exciting mystery behind the disappearance of many non-human children, the story never felt rushed, even though it was full of action and multi-faceted characters that made it easy to become fully immersed in Kit’s world.
Recommended for fans of strong heroines with a horrifying past, of alpha heroes with hidden depths, and of fresh new twists on old mythologies.
An impossibly solid 5/5 Stars. *As of 7/10, I've read this three times. If anyone wonders why I'm "behind" on my 2012 reading challenge, this is why lol (and yes, it's still 5/5)
-- A Slightly Off-Topic Rant (10.19.2012)
I've noticed quite a few reviews where people were upset that Kit wasn't a Kate Daniels clone. Kit isn't Kate, despite the similarity in names and their penchants for sharp pointy things. Kit is, well, Kit. She has a completely different past, a different skill set, different magic, and lives in a completely different world with its own set of rules.
I can't speak for anyone else, but when I first read this and went around the internet gushing to anyone who would listen about how this was the best Urban Fantasy I'd read since the Kate Daniels series, it wasn't because I thought that Kit and Kate were so similar, it's because I recognized in Kit the same vulnerability, stubbornness, and potential that I saw in Kate in her first book.
If you look back at Kate in her first novel, she was a lot younger and lacked a lot of the experience and maturity that has developed her character into the awesome power that she is. Kit's also like that in some ways -- she's not superwoman, she doesn't always make the right choices, she occasionally acts impulsively, and she's got her own personal demons to battle just like anyone else. And I for one can't get enough of her.
So please don't go into this expecting a heroine just like Kate Daniels, or you're probably going to be disappointed. And please, don't be put off by the reviews expressing disappointment that Kit turned out not to be Kate... Instead, go into this book with an open mind, and I think you'll find that Kit is a character that you're going to want to follow through many books to come.
Expected Release Date: July 3, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A Author’This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 3, 2012 Publisher: Samhain Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.moirarogers.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the author (Bree) Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Bloodhounds Series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Hot
I have enjoyed this story ever since the beginning. The intriguing blend of wild west, steampunk, werewolves, and vampires easily grabbed my attention and refuses to let go. Add in the sexy mythology of new moon madness for the bloodhounds, and I’m hooked.
As much as I enjoyed the other books in the series, however, this one is easily my favorite. Not only do we get the same sexy intensity of a bloodhound gone moon crazy, but for some reason, the level of Archer’s protectiveness and tenderness that goes with it really resonated with me. With some shocking twists as well as some intriguing developments to the Bloodhounds story arc in general, this one is firmly on my keeper shelf.
Expected Release Date: June 12, 2012 Publisher: Decadent Publishing ImprintThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic
Expected Release Date: June 12, 2012 Publisher: Decadent Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.tamaragillromanceauthor.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com (Private Purchase) Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm Pet Peeves: Whirlwind Romance Favorite Tropes: Enemies To Lovers
I was recently poking through the Decadent Publishing catalog and when I spotted this title, I knew I would have to read it. A fortune hunter, a woman scorned, and the possibility of revenge? Oh yeah.
Suzanna was lovely, with just enough awkwardness underlying her new polish to keep her interesting, and March was surprisingly sympathetic as well. I loved the forbidden aspect of their romance, as well as the underlying hurt that Suzanna still had over March’s treatment of her in her first Season.
While the I Love You’s came a bit quickly, as is often the case in novellas, the storyline and chemistry were enough to make me overlook that.
In the end, this was a lovely, sweet romance, with just the right hint of steam, and I will definitely be picking up more titles from this author in the future.
I apologize in advance for the fact that I'm actually writing this review after having sat down and read the entire series, and I know that will affecI apologize in advance for the fact that I'm actually writing this review after having sat down and read the entire series, and I know that will affect some of my wording.
This one was definitely my favorite book of the entire series. I can't get over the originality of the premise with the Disillusionists, the unexpected plot twists, and if I have to be honest, then yes, even the love triangle and what was (IMHO) a very unexpected ending.
With twists and turns and delightfully terrifying villains and unexpected alliances and shocking betrayals, I really couldn't put it down.
A very solid 4/5 Stars, and as I mentioned in my review of the next book, PLEASE do yourself a favor and not only read the story in order, but AVOID SPOILERY REVIEWS, because the shocking twists and turns are what MAKES the series. ...more
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
Expected Release Date: March 6, 2012 Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Ace AuthorThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: March 6, 2012 Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Ace Author’s Website: http://www.patriciabriggs.com/ My Source for This Book: WalMart Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Alpha & Omega Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
I’ve been a fan of Charles and Anna ever since their first novella. Having never read the Mercy Thompson series, I knew that this series was intended to run parallel, and yet, the fewer books meant that there would be more time elapsed between plots. However, I was a little startled to find that so much time had passed since the last story. While I have no idea where exactly it falls on the “timeline” of the series, it did take me a moment to catch my bearings.
Once I’d come to terms with the idea that the werewolves and other paranormal creatures were “out”, things progressed very smoothly. While not incredibly steamy, I was quite pleased at the rather intense scenes that did occur between Charles and Anna. The mystery of the serial killer combined with the wonderful side characters to make this a book that I simply could not put down.
Overall, I found this one highly enjoyable, and easily recommend this one for not only fans of the series, but for newcomers as well.
Mercy Thompson Reading Order: Moon Called Blood Bound Iron Kissed Bone Crossed Silver Borne River Marked
Alpha & Omega Reading Order:
Alpha & Omega (On the Prowl Anthology) (runs concurrent with Moon Called) Cry Wolf Hunting Ground Fair Game...more
Just really, REALLY not my cup of tea. As another reviewer said, I just felt too horribly for Jennie to really enjoy it.
MAJOR SPOILER: (view spoiler)[Just really, REALLY not my cup of tea. As another reviewer said, I just felt too horribly for Jennie to really enjoy it.
MAJOR SPOILER: (view spoiler)[I couldn't help but feel like the author didn't know what to do with Jennie, so she took the easy way out and killed her off. It felt clumsy, for lack of a better term. (hide spoiler)]
I disagreed with the blurb: "...meet a man who you will love to hate until you learn to love him." Unfortunately, I never did learn to love him.
(view spoiler)[This isn't Regency England you know. You don't HAVE to marry someone just because you got them knocked up. Geez. So it was an unplanned pregnancy, pull your head out of your arse and BE A MAN and there's no reason to worry that you'd not be involved in your son's life. (hide spoiler)]
So no, I have no sympathy for Stephen, even towards the end. He made his bed, and then barely even had to lie in it. I wanted, and still want, to smash his face with a hammer.
I suppose, though, that if nothing else, at least the author was certainly able to give me a character that I could feel passionately about, one way or another.
Expected Release Date: January 1, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: HachetThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: January 1, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Hachette Book Group Imprint: Orbit Author’s Website: http://jayewells.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Sabina Kane Series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I've been waiting for this book every since I read the last page of Green-Eyed Demon. There is so much about this story that I want to talk about, but I'm trying very hard to avoid spoilers, and being incredibly vague is killing me here.
Without giving too terribly much away, I can say that I still adore Adam, Giguhl and Pussy Willow will probably always be two of my favorite side characters from any urban fantasy series, and some of the upheaval in the hierarchy was not only shocking, but left me desperate to read the next installment to the series.
One thing of note, however, was the distinct lack of upbeat humor I'd come to expect from this series. While the last book certainly dealt with quite a few "heavy" issues, there was still a delightful amount of humor. This one, however, felt a bit stilted on that end, with far more angst and drama than I'd expected. In a way, it was welcome, as too much lightheartedness wouldn't have fit with the very dramatic and emotionally rich events the characters experienced here, but I admit, I missed Giguhl's more upbeat personality.
Overall, still a very solid entry into the series, with plenty of angst, drama, action, and emotion.
After being thrilled with Elizabeth Essex's forthcoming novel, Almost a Scandal, I decided to go back and read one of her earlier works.
Unfortunately,After being thrilled with Elizabeth Essex's forthcoming novel, Almost a Scandal, I decided to go back and read one of her earlier works.
Unfortunately, I wan't nearly as pleased with this one, despite the many similarities.
The writing style was still one I enjoyed, and I LOVED the basic premise. However, I spent far too much of the book wanting to smash Jamie's face with a hammer for being such a complete and utter chode, and wanting to pimpslap Lizzie for being so bloody weak when it came to her hormones. *shrugs* I suppose I was hoping for more groveling and less, well, shagging, when it came to Jamie making up to Lizzie for his horrible betrayal. As strong and stubborn a character as Lizzie was, she was far to quick to just fall into bed with Jamie (or the floor, or the road, or the... well, you get the picture), and despite the fact that I DID feel that Jamie regretted hurting her, I never really felt like justice was served, and that, more than anything, kept this from a higher rating.
Expected Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Hachette Imprint: Grand CentThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 1, 2012 Publisher: Hachette Imprint: Grand Central Publishing Author’s Website: sherrilynkenyon.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, The League Series Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone, but I would recommend reading the series in order. Steam Level: Steamy
I'm devastated. Simply devastated. I have been anxiously awaiting this book since before it was actually written. Darling is one of my absolute favorite characters in the League Series, and I had such high hopes for his book.
Let me start off by saying that my disappointment is not based on the fact that Darling is actually heterosexual. While I admit I was very annoyed by that revelation in the epilogue of the last book, and in the blurb for this one, I've had a long time to get used to the idea, so that wasn't even a negative point for me. (Besides, it appears there are plans to unite Maris and Ture in their own novel, which makes up for any allegations that may or may not have been thrown around about Ms. Kenyon "selling-out" with making Darling "straight".)
Instead, it was the torture. Don't get me wrong -- I love a good tortured protagonist! I possess a very high degree of schadenfreude when it comes to fictional characters, and I admit that I just love seeing them suffer at the hands of others. Brutal physical torture? Horrific personal betrayal? Terrible childhood? Abuse that leave the protagonist scarred and suffering? I eat those things up with a spoon when it comes to my favorite protagonists! Beat 'em, rape 'em, lull them into a false sense of security and then rip the rug out from under them with heartless betrayal, leave them permanently scarred both physically and emotionally -- I love it all!
This book, however, crossed that line from using a horrific past and terrible suffering to make a character sympathetic and to illustrate inner strength and what-not, and instead delved into torture for titillation -- "torture porn" as some people call it -- once it crosses that line it's impossible to come back. Nobody, and I mean nobody could have survived what Darling suffered in the early chapters of this book, and the very weak explanation of how he did so that was thrown in towards the end did nothing towards making me believe it was anything other than ridiculous that he was still alive long enough to be rescued. Then on top of the horrific torture in the beginning, we're informed of all of the other abuses, rapes, attacks, indignities, humiliations, and betrayals he's suffered over the course of his life. It got to the point where I'd skim over any new "revelation" of something bad that he'd gone through.
There were so many things I couldn't stand in this book, from pet peeve tropes (forced nudity, overuse of certain terms, GaryStu syndrome), to continuity errors, long-winded dialogue, unrealistic physical fortitude, torture for titillation, and what felt like last-minute character developments thrown in to explain things done earlier. I'm so horribly disappointed, and honestly, I had to force myself to finish this, which has never happened with a Kenyon book, not even Retribution, which was only a 3.5 for me.
To be completely honest, this is very likely my last Kenyon novel, at least unless I get future ones for free from the library.*
*That's a big fat lie -- Hauk's book is next, and I know very well I'm going to end up pre-ordering it no matter how bad this one was. But still.
The League Series Reading Order: Born of Night Born of Fire Born of Ice Fire & Ice (Novella, in the In Other Worlds Anthology) Born of Shadows Born of Silence ...more
Expected Release Date: February 7, 2012 Publisher: Penguin Imprint: SignetThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: February 7, 2012 Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Signet Author’s Website: www.laurawright.com My Source for This Book: Library Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Mark of the Vampire Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Hot
I have not read the other books in this series. I actually started the first book, Eternal Hunger twice, but for some crazy reason never ended up finishing it (which I admit is ridiculous, because it was an enjoyable read. That’s neither here nor there however), and as such, I’m woefully behind on the mythology and main story arc of the series. I did end up feeling as though I’d arrived late to the party, and that there were several facts and situations that I was supposed to be familiar with before starting this one.
While I wanted to roll my eyes at the “island” scene in its entirety, and I was more annoyed than frightened by the Big Bad, I admit that I did enjoy this one. The chemistry between Bronwyn and Lucian was crackling, and while I don’t particularly care for crude sexual language in romance, even with the c-word being thrown around willy-nilly, I couldn’t deny the heat in the love scenes.
Recommended for fans of steamy paranormal romance, fated mates, and truly starcrossed lovers.
I love Anne Stuart's novels with a fierceness, so I knew I'd have to read her paranormal romances under the penI'm so, so disappointed with this one.
I love Anne Stuart's novels with a fierceness, so I knew I'd have to read her paranormal romances under the pen name Kristina Douglas. I'd read Raziel, and enjoyed it, but this one? *sigh*
There was such potential, but it just fell flat. There was the enemies to lovers thing, the angst of amnesia and possibly a misunderstood demon heroine, and of course, the trademark Big Betrayal by the hero.
But.... (view spoiler)[Rachel got over everything insanely fast. She forgives one of the cruelest betrayals imaginable with barely an apology from her betrayer, emotionally gets over horrific physical torture in a matter of a few short weeks, agrees to what amounts arranged marriage (that must not only be consummated but requires her sharing her blood), and then in a matter of moments gets past two deeply ingrained phobias (one sexual, one physical). It got to the point that I was beginning to think that Rachel had been a virgin secretary from a Harlequin Presents novel in a previous life rather than a tortured demoness, because she constantly was so in lust with the total asshat of a hero that she let him get away with anything so long as it meant she had access to the glorious peen. (hide spoiler)]
So in the end? Decent, but disappointing. 3/5 Stars
Expected Release Date: July 31, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: AvoThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 31, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.joss-ware.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Envy Chronicles Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: “Ex” In The Picture Favorite Tropes: Physically Imperfect or Scarred, Phobia
I’d forgotten how much I enjoy this series. This one features a heroine who has a physical disability, and a hero with an emotional one (phobia/PTSD) — very interesting combination to say the least, especially when the combination of the two makes their relationship seem almost impossible from the beginning.
And of course, the overall story arc with the Elite, Atlanteans, the zombies, and Envy all continue towards their conclusion, which was pleasing to me as a fan of the series in general. As this is book 5 in the series, I wouldn’t really recommend it as a jumping-off point to newcomers, though I have to admit, Ms. Ware did a fantastic job of giving relevant backstory up to this point without ever feeling as though it were out of place or a case of “info-dump”.
I didn't care for some of the setup to the story, but the angst was delicious, and the luvin' was SUPAH hot. The dialogue could get a bit stilted at tI didn't care for some of the setup to the story, but the angst was delicious, and the luvin' was SUPAH hot. The dialogue could get a bit stilted at times, and the same issues were rehashed over and over again throughout the story, but even so, I was in the mood for a hot, angsty story and it was certainly that in spades.
Expected Release Date: January 10, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: SimoThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: January 10, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Gallery Books Author’s Website: kresleycole.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 11, Immortals After Dark series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
See, I have so much to say about this novel, but almost everything I want to talk about is a spoiler in some way, which is killing me. However, in short, I will say that this was definitely worth the wait.
I’m not blind to the detracting points, however. The overall story arc involving Saroya was taken care of far sooner than I’d expected, and as such, felt a bit anticlimactic. That said, the longer word-count of this book is what made it feel as though it was taking place fairly early in the story, when in reality, by the time the resolution was occurring, most books would have been pretty much over.
I definitely would not suggest this book as a good starting point for those unfamiliar with the series. Lothaire has been a major player from the very beginning, as has Nix, and I truly think new readers would be doing themselves a disservice by not, at the very least, going back a few books before trying to tackle this one.
However, I do think that fans of the series will definitely enjoy Lothaire. Ms. Cole’s trademark humor, action, steam, and seemingly impossible-to-overcome obstacles are all present in great abundance, and both Lothaire and Ellie themselves are absolutely wonderful. I, of course, cannot wait for the next book.
Expected Release Date: June 28, 2011 (Available Now) Publisher: HarperColThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 28, 2011 (Available Now) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://lorettachase.com/ My Source for This Book: Library Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Dressmakers Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Marcelline Noirot is the world’s greatest modiste. Now, she just needs the upper crust of the ton to realize it. Needing to draw in a prestigious new client who can showcase the Noirot designs, Marcelline settles her eye on the Duke of Clevedon’s intended bride, Clara. A beautiful woman, Clara has been dressed by Marcelline’s biggest competitor up until now, much to her detriment.
Knowing that wooing a client’s husband — the man who pays the bills — is just as important as attracting the client herself, Marcelline sets out to charm Clevedon, walking a very fine line between temptation and respectability.
Never one to mince words, Marcelline informs Clevedon from the start that she’s only after his money and his future wife’s patronage, but mercenary as she may be, this time Marcelline has met her match. When Clevedon’s fascination with her begins to fan the flames of attraction between them, it could lead to a scandal that could cost Marcelline and her family everything…
You can always count on Loretta Chase to provide utterly enchanting heroines and delightfully besotted (and befuddled) heroes, and this book was no exception. Marcelline’s perfection and even her arrogance would have been supremely annoying had she been written by any other author, but Ms. Chase was able to make Marcelline so captivating that she, and indeed all three of the Noirot sisters, easily stole my heart.
Clevedon was so wonderfully captivated by Marcelline that he was completely oblivious to so much around him, and I loved watching him slowly come to realize that even though he was rich and powerful in society, he was actually a bit, well, sheltered at times in regards to how the world really works.
I also enjoyed Princess Erroll of Albania, which is definitely a feat when you consider I tend to dislike children in romance novels.
In the end, the slight distaste I had for Clevedon’s pursuit of Marcelline while expecting to marry Clara did take away from my enjoyment, but even so, I absolutely adored it.
A very solid 4.5/5 Stars, and I’m looking forward to seeing the other Noirot sisters get their HEA’s as well.
In the end, I would categorize this as a Guilty Pleasure read — that is,This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
In the end, I would categorize this as a Guilty Pleasure read — that is, something that I realize is pretty badly written and full of terrible tropes, and yet I enjoyed it anyway. I would say the same about books by authors such as Laurann Dohner and Christine Feehan, and I have read almost everything both authors have ever published.
Do I recommend that others read it? Honestly, I do, if for nothing else than to make sure you’re not the only one standing there clueless when every single person you know starts discussing it.
Expected Release Date: February 28, 2012 Publisher: Random House PublThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com.
Expected Release Date: February 28, 2012 Publisher: Random House Publishing Group Imprint: Bantam Author’s Website: http://hpmallory.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Jolie Wilkins Series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I should start off this review by saying that while I loved the first book in the series, Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble, I never got the chance to read the second book in the series. As such, I came into this one not really knowing what to expect.
What I got was a lot less humor than I'd remembered, and a lot more steam. Now, I'm never one to turn down steam, but there was so much back and forth on Jolie's part, and paired with that mindblowing ending, I'm left unsure of my final feelings.
I'm not a very big fan of love triangles to begin with, and there was a big emphasis on Jolie's attraction to both Rand and Sinjin.
In the end, I was left a bit frustrated. I would blame it on the fact that I didn't read the second story, but I really felt as though the author did a wonderful job of bringing the reader up to speed, so I don't really think that's it -- instead, I really think it's the love triangle. A decision has been made -- that should be the end of it in my mind, but instead, Jolie and her love interests all keep flip-flopping on what they seem to want, and in the end, it was frustrating. I never thought I'd ever say this, but I think there was too much emphasis on the romance and not quite enough development of the overall story arc. And now, the next book in the series... well.. that could be a spoiler, but suffice it to say the setup for the next book in the series doesn't leave me with a lot of confidence that it will be anything but frustrating to the max.
Expected Release Date: December 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarlThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: December 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Books Author’s Website: http://www.delilahmarvelle.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The Rumor Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read. I don’t often read historicals involving a Duke yet set in the Americas, so this was a refreshing change from the same old same old in historicals of the time period. Georgia’s honorable nature and Robinson’s somewhat sketchy past, as well as his amnesia, made for all sorts of interesting plot twists, and some lovely sexual tension.
The story got wonderfully angsty once Robinson began to recover his memory, and it looked as though their relationship was truly doomed, but Georgia’s quick thinking makes even the impossible possible.
The only thing that kept this one from being a 4.5 or even 5-star read was the ending. While their relationship was fairly settled, it still seemed incredibly abrupt, as it seemed to have set things up for her to make him beg and crawl, as well as expound on what happened during the rest of the Season. I quite literally turned the last page then had to double check to make sure my Kindle file wasn’t missing part of the book.
Overall, however, this was a quite enjoyable read. I loved both Robinson and Georgia, and everything they went through to be together, and I can’t wait to read more of the series to find out what actually happened with his uncle.
This was a LOT better than I'd anticipated. I LOVED Flynn, enjoyed Laurel, and was completely drawn in by the erotic elements.
Unlike some other rapeThis was a LOT better than I'd anticipated. I LOVED Flynn, enjoyed Laurel, and was completely drawn in by the erotic elements.
Unlike some other rape fantasy stories I've read, I never felt that there was ANYTHING non-consensual, and I never felt at all skeevy for reading it.
Were it not for the voyeurism in the beginning (not my kink) and the Happy For Now ending rather than a "true" Happily Ever After, it probably would have been a 4.5, but as it is, a very solid 4/5 stars. ...more
As a huge Linda Howard fan, it kind of breaks my heart to say this, but this one just wasn't for me.
While I kind of liked getting the bear's POV at tiAs a huge Linda Howard fan, it kind of breaks my heart to say this, but this one just wasn't for me.
While I kind of liked getting the bear's POV at times, and both Angie and Dare were interesting, the ILY's came obnoxiously fast, and the suspense factor wasn't very suspenseful at all. The epilogue of sorts also felt like a bit of an afterthought, which kills me, since a good epilogue can just make a story, but this one was very.. meh.
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Impulse Author’s Website: http://kckleinbooks.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Possibly* Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Dark, gritty, and utterly entrancing, this book absolutely blew my socks off.
Let me backtrack for just a moment. To be perfectly honest, things got off to a bit of a slow start for me. The first three chapters had me a bit wary — Kris, with her perfect manicure, carefully tamed and colored curly hair, cartoon-character panties, and rather cowardly attitude seemed far too weak to be a heroine of any sort of post-apocalyptic, futuristic story, and to be honest, my assessment was correct. That Kris absolutely was too weak to be a heroine.
However, Chapter Four is where the book really starts to shine, when Kris is catapulted into a world of pain, fear, tough decisions, and horrible sacrifices. Completely out of her element, she does what any modern day woman would do — she flounders, badly. Stubborn, angry, frightened, indignant, mouthy, and impulsive, she is quite literally her own worst enemy in a world that she neither belongs in nor understands.
Her relationship with ConRad gets off to what is quite possibly the rockiest of starts imaginable — thinking she’s an alien spy, he’s fully prepared to torture her for information, and makes no qualms about threatening her, physically hurting hurt, and doing whatever else may be necessary to coerce her into telling him the truth. He can’t believe she could possibly be from the past, and even if she is, she’s a danger to everyone in the compound. ConRad is a hardened warrior who has lived his entire life making tough decisions and sacrifices for the greater good of both their compound and of mankind in its entirety. He’s tough. He’s brutal in his decision-making. He’s unapologetically in charge and not afraid to use his authority as he sees fit, even when it tramples on the rights of others.
And I adored him.
This book is dark. It’s bloody. It’s violent. All of the characters, not just the main protagonists, are put through literal hell more times than I can count. And yet out of that darkness bloomed an absolutely gorgeous love story against seemingly impossible odds. Both ConRad and Kris have had quite a bit of trauma in their pasts, and throwing in her tendency to lie to him, and his utterly devastating betrayal of her, and it truly seemed as if these two characters never had a chance. Yet, I believed in their romance. Two lost souls, surrounded by unspeakable horror, finding solace in each other? Utterly and absolutely delicious.
Yes, this book had a few minor issues. There were some unanswered questions in the world-building, only a fly-by mention of why there weren’t a ton of paradoxes created by the time travel, and at one point I found it very hard to believe that Kris had emotionally recovered so quickly from what was a truly horrible betrayal and some of the most brutal torture I’ve ever read about in a romance. But you know what? I don’t care. Even with all of those things, I loved this book so much I want to marry it and have its babies (if, you know, I weren’t married already, and it weren’t both illegal and creepy to marry a book), and I am desperately hoping I am able to get my hands on more of this author’s writings in the future.
A very raw 5/5 Stars
*There is a sci-fi novella planned for February release based in the same world but with different characters. Details have not yet been worked out as to whether or not there will be an actual sequel to Dark Future (but oh how I hope so!)....more
Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011 Publisher: Entangled Publishing ImThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: December 6, 2011 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.janekindred.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, The House of Arkhangel’sk Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
This was, hands down, the most exhausting, heartbreaking, amazing book I’ve read in a very, very long time. My head is spinning as I sit here and try to put into words the way I feel about this book, and I fear that there really isn’t a way to accurately express what an intense journey this book really was.
Normally, my reviews follow the What Worked For Me/What Didn’t Work For Me format, but as I write this review, I find that I’m unable to tease apart the story and neatly box up the pieces into convenient categories.
While I cannot say that this was a a 5-star read for me, because of the lack of Happily Ever After and the sheer volume of Very Bad Things that happen to all of the characters, I will say that despite the inclusion of several things that normally would have yanked a star rating down for me, this one is still one of the most amazing books I’ve read in a very, very long time, and I will be reading the sequel when it comes available.
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This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic. Please note the full review contains spoilers for previous novels in thThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic. Please note the full review contains spoilers for previous novels in the series.
Expected Release Date: May 22, 2012 Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Imprint: Forever Author’s Website: http://larissaione.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Lords of Deliverance (Spinoff of the Demonica Series) Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I've been a fan of the Demonica Series, and subsequently the Lords of Deliverance Series since their inception, and this book is no exception. Full of action, drama, steamy romance, and terrifying plot twists, I was happy to see that Than and Regan still had the same intense chemistry that we'd witnessed between them in Immortal Rider.
The main thing keeping this book from being a 5-star read was simply the fact that as Book 3 of a spin-off of another 5-Book series, it tends to be a case of "more of the same". While I was glad to see that certain long-standing elements of the series-wide story arc were resolved, I admit that there were several instances where I was tempted to skim over parts that were feeling a bit repetitive. Also, since Than and Regan's story began in the previous book, much of the early story was spent rehashing the dramatic and even traumatic way that Regan got pregnant to being with.
That said, I loved them as a couple. Regan and Thanatos are easily my favorite couple of the Lords of Deliverance series, and I was very pleased to see so much of the delicious chemistry and snarky by-play that I'd enjoyed so much in Immortal Rider.
I admit that I was a little disappointed that we didn't get more background on Reaver and Harvester, but they played a big enough part to keep me from protesting TOO loudly (not to mention the setup for the next book!).
I do, of course, think that this story is best suited for those who have already read, at bare minimum, the previous book in the series, simply because there is so much history that newcomers will either be totally lost, or miss out on the significance of many of the story's developments.
While this is not my favorite title by Larissa Ione, I can easily say it's my favorite installment of the Lords of Deliverance series, and as such is very firmly on my keeper shelf.
A solid 4.5/5 Stars
Lords of Deliverance Series Reading Order: * Eternal Rider * Vampire Fight Club (Novella in the Supernatural anthology) * Immortal Rider * Lethal Rider * Apocalypse: the Lords of Deliverance Compendium ...more
Expected Release Date: January 24, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster ImThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: January 24, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Books Author’s Website: http://www.sabrinajeffries.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the publisher Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Hellions of Halstead Hall (Final Book) Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
This was a perfect ending to a wonderful series, and I for one am sad to see it end.
As the final book in the series, I would not recommend this one to those who have not read previous novels, for several reasons. First, I think newcomers to the series might feel that Jackson and Celia give in to each other a little bit too soon in the book. However, fans of the series will quickly recognize that their strange courtship, dancing the fine line between animosity and attraction, has been played out over the course of four previous novels, and as such, it didn’t feel rushed to me at all. Second, there’s the mystery behind Celia’s parents’ death, which finally comes to a wonderful conclusion. No spoilers, of course, but I know I for one got great satisfaction of finally finding out the truth behind their deaths, and I think newcomers wouldn’t appreciate the mystery as much.
Overall, I adored it. Jackson and Celia are absolutely perfect for each other, but both have quite a few insecurities and a bit too much pride to let things progress smoothly. I have waited for this book ever since Celia and Jackson first stepped onto the pages together, and I will tell you, it was certainly worth the wait.
Expected Release Date: August 9, 2011 Publisher: Astrea Press Imprint: N/AThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 9, 2011 Publisher: Astrea Press Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.megmims.com/ My Source for This Book: Won In A Contest Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Double Series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm
I’m not usually a big fan of “mystery” novels, but I admit, I thoroughly enjoyed this one. While this story was far more focused on the mystery than the romance, and was very light on the sensuality, I have to admit that this added some delicious chemistry to the few kisses Lily did get. I cannot wait to read the sequel when it is published, even though I suspect any action (if it occurs at all) will be behind closed doors.
Overall, a very enjoyable post-Civil War era mystery/suspense; highly recommended for fans of historical mysteries with a (PG-rated) romantic twist.
I'm not sure if I'll be writing a "full" review for this one, but I did enjoy it a LOT.
It is NOT a standalone -- I highly recommend reading all of theI'm not sure if I'll be writing a "full" review for this one, but I did enjoy it a LOT.
It is NOT a standalone -- I highly recommend reading all of the psy/changeling books that have to do with SnowDancer, because there's a LOT of focus on other couples and the main story arc rather than just focusing on Riaz and Adria
I was surprised several times by the way the story progressed, but I admit, I was pretty satisfied with Adria and Riaz's romance. And the steam was DELICIOUS -- lots of intensity and chemistry between the two.
I don't know if any of you remember me mentioning in my review of Archangel's Consort how Nalini overused a word from the title (in that case, "consort") throughout the novel -- this one is the same way -- there's at least 20 instances of the word "tangle" or "tangled" in it... I do believe I may have to start using her books as a drinking game in the future.
Overall, though, I loved it. A solid entry into the series, I do admit that I personally cared more about the progression in the series' story arc (and the updates on other characters, such as Hawke and Sienna) than I did about Riaz and Adria, but I still enjoyed them as a couple as well.
However, I will say that the cliff-hanger ending? Pure evil. ;)
4.5/5 Stars, and highly recommended for fans of the series. ...more