Expected Release Date: April 15, 2013 Publisher: Cynthia Eden Imprint: N/...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 15, 2013 Publisher: Cynthia Eden Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.cynthiaeden.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com (Personal Purchase) Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Bound In Series Series Best Read In Order: Works Well As A Standalone Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: None Favorite Tropes: Betrayal, Amnesia, Mates For Life
One minor issue where the word “vampire” was used in a place that should have very obviously been “werewolf” (and yes, I’m picky, and that drove me a bit bonkers for a minute), but other than that, a very solid read.
Full of love, lust, anger, grief, betrayal, and revenge, with Ms. Eden’s trademark delicious chemistry thrown on top, I couldn’t put it down, and there’s a beautiful potential for a follow-up book with some secondary characters who also quickly captured my heart.
I think this book is just too smart for me. I'm sad to say it kept my interest until Holmes appeared on-scene and then we got into a very long, very t...moreI think this book is just too smart for me. I'm sad to say it kept my interest until Holmes appeared on-scene and then we got into a very long, very tedious history lesson, and from that point on, it just couldn't recapture my attention.
Very disappointing, because I'd heard such good things about this series, and I'm such a fan of the original Holmes.
Expected Release Date: October 30, 2012 Publisher: Random House Publishin...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 30, 2012 Publisher: Random House Publishing Imprint: Ballantine Author’s Website: www.shilohwalker.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Favorite Tropes: Secret Identity, Identity Theft Pet Peeves: Magic Peen
It’s been a while since I’ve read a romantic suspense, and I’d forgotten how much I enjoyed them.
With identity theft rampant these days, and much of our identities relying on the Internet, it’s not a huge stretch of the imagination to think that someone very private could, quite literally, have their lives stolen via digital manipulation. This premise is what first attracted me to this story, but what made me stay was the execution.
I was surprised at first that the identity of the villain was revealed so early on in the novel, but I soon realized that in doing so, Ms. Walker didn’t spoil any surprise, but instead added a great deal of tension to the story. After all, can you imagine someone tearing your life apart, and your knowing who was behind it, and yet still being powerless to stop it? That’s exactly what Shay was going through. Add to that her horrible past, and her estrangement from the one man who made her feel safe, and the tension in this book was off the charts.
While I was a little disappointed that Shay’s past didn’t affect her relationship with Elliot as much as I’d anticipated, the chemistry between them, as well as the trust that they developed for one another, made the romance quite satisfying.
Recommended for fans of abused heroines, secret identities, and of having your very identity taken away.
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2012 (Reissue) Publisher: Grand Central Pu...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 1, 2012 (Reissue) Publisher: Grand Central Publishing Imprint: Forever Yours Author’s Website: http://www.anniesolomon.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Warm
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. With tons of action, a wonderful mystery, and plenty of plot twist, I couldn’t put it down. Amnesia, romance, spies, assassins, mystery, and adventure, all wrapped up into one fast-paced story.
The presence of forced nudity, and a lack of focus on the romantic elements of the story did pull my final rating down slightly, but I would still highly recommend this book for fans of Suspense/Action with a few Romantic elements tossed in.
Technically, I don't even know if this is the right book. I got Her Cyborg Awakes from Amazon for free, and I THINK it's a revamped version of this bo...moreTechnically, I don't even know if this is the right book. I got Her Cyborg Awakes from Amazon for free, and I THINK it's a revamped version of this book. *shrugs*
There were a lot of editing and formatting errors in my copy, which disrupted my reading experience, but I know that's often not actually the author's fault -- kindle reformatting is a beach sometimes -- so that didn't really count in my final rating.
I think it was hard for me to respect Sabralia as a heroine, since she used Qy for sex* while he was a cyborg. (*ehhh kinda. Kissing, sensual massage, and getting her off with a bath nozzle, but no actual "sex". Still.) Sure, it was hot, and she'd been told that cyborgs were literally nothing but mindless machines with humanoid bodies, but still, I felt like it cheapened their "romance" later on.
Plus, I was a little confused as to the... scourge? I can't remember what it was called, but the attackers that forced Sabralia to flee.
Once they escaped, the story got MUCH better IMHO, but even so, I couldn't get past her behavior in the beginning.
Still, not bad for a free/cheap read. There are a couple other titles from this author that have caught my eye, so I'll probably be reading one of them in the future, just to see how they compare.
I went into this story having no idea who the hero was. After all, the o...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
I went into this story having no idea who the hero was. After all, the official blurb makes no mention of his name, and I have to agree with the author/publisher that this was an excellent ploy -- had I known who the hero was, I'm not certain I would have given it a chance, and would have missed out on what turned out to be a really enjoyable story.
I definitely enjoyed it, with amnesia and physically scarred heroes ever being a favorite of mine, and for once, I truly felt the battle between good and evil in this particular soul.
I also enjoyed Mels' character, not only for her blend of softness and self-sufficiency, but the small side story of her relationship with her mother was surprisingly enjoyable.
While I think fans of the series will note that the "romance" in this story was a bit more subtle than in the previous books, there was still plenty of steam and chemistry, and I would be hard pressed to express disappointment to the surprising additions to the overall story arc.
However, there were a several of my pet peeves, without the... freshness, I suppose you could call it, that I typically find in a J.R. Ward book. I'm not sure if it's because I've read all of her Urban Fantasy novels, and therefore have perhaps become a bit blase about her writing voice, or if it was the unreasonably high expectations set by the expense of the Kindle edition, but there almost felt like something was missing.
Still, I loved the hero with such a fierceness, and the ending was so satisfying for me, that I didn't really care about those things.
Recommended for fans of physically and mentally damaged heroes, self-sufficient (yet realistic) heroines, and kick-butt action, topped with just the right amount of steam.
Expected Release Date: November 1, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harl...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: November 1, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Nocturne Author’s Website: http://stephaniedraven.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Mythica Series Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
I admit, the appearance of forced nudity in one of the ending chapters pulled the final rating down for me. It just came out of left field in a way and occurring so close to the end of the novel, really threw me off. Since this pet peeve of mine was so close to the end, and not something I’d been expecting, I did end the book with a vague sense of dissatisfaction that had nothing to do with the book as a whole.
Mainly because of that, I had a hard time settling between a 3.5 Star and 4 Star final rating when I first sat down to write this review.
In the end though, after carefully weighing all of the things I adored about this story against what was really only one major thing that really took away my enjoyment, I realized that even with the forced nudity, this was truly a satisfying read.
Expected Release Date: January 24, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harel...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: January 24, 2012 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harelquin Imprint: Mira Author’s Website: http://leslietentler.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Chasing Evil Trilogy Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Crime reporter Mia Hale has been following a series of disappearances in the Jacksonville beach area when she postulates a connection between the disappearances that even local law enforcement seems to have overlooked. Unfortunately for Mia, her interest in the disappearances has put her firmly in the sights of a sadistic killer who takes her, thinking to add her to his gruesome collection.
When Mia is found wounded and disoriented on a beach in Jacksonville, it becomes evident that not only had she been taken by the serial killer dubbed The Collector, but that she is the first woman ever to escape from his clutches.
When FBI agent Eric MacFarlane discovers that The Collector has come out of hiding and is once again taking and mutilating women, he knows that Mia Hale is the key to the case. Unfortunately, Mia has been left with no memory of her captivity, and outside of the physical scars of the torture she endured, it appears there is nothing she can do to help law enforcement.
Eric has a very personal history with The Collector, however, and isn't about to let a little amnesia stand between him and what could be the only break the case has ever had. Strong-arming Mia into doing whatever is necessary to recover her memory, Eric soon finds himself struggling between his determination to stop The Collector and protecting the fiery woman who holds the key to his capture.
But The Collector isn't finished with the tough and determined Mia Hale, and it soon becomes very clear that Mia is to be the pinnacle of his collection, and Eric and Mia both find themselves firmly in the sights of a brutal and sadistic killer..
Overall, this was an exciting, terrifying read. The Collector was one of the scariest fictional serial killers I've read about, and the pacing was absolutely perfect. Adding in Mia's amnesia and the slow recovery of her memories, as well as Eric's connection to The Collector added a wonderful amount of tension to the story, and several unexpected twists and turns kept me on my toes for the entire read.
I also loved the way that Mia and Eric's relationship developed, with both the pacing of their physical relationship ,and the unexpected emotions developing along the way.
Recommended for fans of brutally terrifying serial killers, of survivors refusing to be kept down, and of sexy FBI agents battling between catching a killer and protecting the woman they're falling for.
Expected Release Date: January 1, 2011 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: A...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: January 1, 2011 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.gaelenfoley.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4 Series Best Read In Order: Probably but worked okay as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
While I do think that it would benefit new readers to go back and read the previous installments of the series before attempting this one, I have to say that it worked quite well as a standalone. Just as with any other late installment to a previously established series, there are nuances in the characters’ relationships that new readers miss out on, but everything of importance to this individual story was included.
I have always adored tortured heroes, and Westwood was absolutely delicious. Having survived horrific torture at the hands of his enemies, succumbing to Stockholm Syndrome and caring for one of the men responsible for his torture, and being desperate to protect Emily at all costs, he was so conflicted and under an incredible amount of strain. Add Emily’s impetuous nature to the mix and frankly I’m surprised the poor man’s head didn’t simply explode.
One thing I definitely enjoyed about this book was the fact that it didn’t just focus on Emily and Westwood, but also included quite a bit of face time for characters from previous novels. Even as a newcomer to the series, I never felt lost even with the introduction of characters that old fans would easily recognize, and I loved the uncertainty everyone felt as to whether or not Westwood had indeed turned traitor.
Overall, this was a solid spy caper historical. With plenty of intrigue, betrayal, mystery, and action, the pacing was perfect, and in the end, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Recommended for fans of thrilling historical spy tales, tortured heroes, and of childhood friends finally admitting they are in love.
Expected Release Date: December 27, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harl...moreThis 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.
Actually, I need to re-read this one to be able to review it. I seem to have read it a while ago but never rated or reviewed it (though I remember I e...moreActually, I need to re-read this one to be able to review it. I seem to have read it a while ago but never rated or reviewed it (though I remember I enjoyed it).. I was looking on the author's website because the third book has just come out and caught my eye. As with any series, I like to start at the beginning if there are only a few ahead of the one I'm interested in, but I read the excerpt and.. yeah, already read it lol
Expected Release Date: September 13, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Ha...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 13, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harelquin Desire Author’s Website: http://mayabanks.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Pregnancy & Passion Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Bryony Morgan has come to New York to confront the lowlife businessman who lied to her, seduced her, and then abandoned her, leaving her pregnant with his child. Spotting him at a social event, she's prepared for anything -- except for the cad to pretend that they've never met!
Rafe de Luca has been suffering from selective amnesia ever since his private plane crashed returning to New York after landing the business deal of the year. Unable to remember a month-long period of his life, his doctors are baffled, and insist that there is a psychological reason behind his amnesia rather than a physical one, but regardless of the cause, he can't let investors get wind of his condition without risking their support.
When he spots the lovely Bryony at a party for his investors, he tries out his most charming smile on her, only to receive a punch in the face for his efforts!
Now faced with a woman who claims not only did he promise that he would not develop the island property he purchased from her -- an action that is so out of character that it might as well be impossible, but that he is also the father of her unborn baby!
Determined to get to the bottom of his seemingly inexplicable behavior, Rafe accompanies Bryony to the island in question to see if anything can spark his memory, but that's not the only thing sparking between him. Unable to resist the crackling chemistry between her and the man she still loves -- the man who claims to remember nothing about their time together -- Bryony is determined that even if Rafe never regains his memory, she will make him fall in love with her again...
While a bit short for my tastes, this book had several of my favorite things in category romance -- amnesia, a forgotten woman whom the hero got pregnant during the time he's forgotten, betrayal, and of course, incredible chemistry.
Rafe also makes a wonderful groveling hero, and his grand gesture was not to be missed.
Overall, this one was definitely a solid entry into the Harlequin Desire line. With just the right amount of angst and sensuality, this book would be a perfect fast read for those in need of a quick love story.
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Expected Release Date: September 20, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Nocturne Author’s Website: http://jillmonroe.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Book 2, Royal House of Shadows Continuation Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Book 2 of the Royal House of Shadows Continuation, which began with Lord of the Vampires by Gena Showalter, and will be followed with Lord of the Wolfyn by Jessica Andersen and Lord of the Abyss by Nalini Singh, this installment follows Princess Breena after her parents’ magic thrust her far away from the Kingdom of Elden with only the compulsion to survive and avenge planted deep within her mind.
Reinterpreting the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Breena stumbels upon an abandoned cottage, her survival instinct kicks in and she partakes of the food she finds there, and crawls in to bed to get some very much needed rest. Her slumber is interrupted, however, when the three inhabitants of the cabin return to discover that someone has eaten their porridge, broken one of their chairs, and is now sleeping in one of their beds!
Osborn is a berserker, a man who can channel the ferocious spirit of the bear to become a warrior without equal in his rage. When his entire clan is wiped out with the exception of his two younger brothers by a band of vampires from the empire of Elden, he turns his back on the teachings of his childhood and hires out his sword in order to earn a living that will feed, clothe, and protect his brothers, all while planning to someday avenge his clan by destroying the people of Elden.
When the golden-haired princess is discovered in his house, Osborn is stunned — this is the very maiden who has long captivated him in his dreams. Breena’s ability to dreamwalk has long been a diversion from her very proper (and very boring) life as a princess, and when she awakens in the cabin to discover her dream lover in the flesh, she’s ecstatic. Her joy soon turns to disappointment, however, when she realizes her Prince Charming is not so charming after all, and that he wants absolutely nothing to do with her quest to avenge her parents’ murder.
Determined to resist aiding the princess, he cannot help but be drawn in by her beautiful innocence and her determination, and yet Breena is hiding something — the very fact that she is the princess of the people who destroyed Osborn’s clan.
While a few elements of Breena’s magic didn’t really appeal to me as much as I’d hoped, I did enjoy the fact both Breena and Osborn were looking for vengeance of their own. Breena’s transformation from pampered princess to fierce leader was gradual enough to be believable, but was also fast enough that readers weren’t bogged down with the tedious nature of training, which I appreciated.
Overall, this was a great installment in the Royal House of Shadows Continuation. Recommended for fans of fairy tales revisited, fearsome heroes learning to temper their ferocity, and of heroines realizing their own strength.
Expected Release Date: November 15, 2011 (Paperback) Publisher: Harleq...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.com
Expected Release Date: November 15, 2011 (Paperback) Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Nocturne Author’s Website: http://www.nalinisingh.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Royal House of Shadows Continuity Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
Twenty years ago, the evil Blood Sorcerer attacked the Kingdom of Elden. Before their death, the King and the Queen used their magic on their four children — the Queen to send them each to the far reaches of the world to protect them, and the King to bury within them each the deep desire to avenge them.
But the Blood Sorcerer corrupted the magic, and Micah, the youngest of the Elden heirs, was cast to the edge of the Abyss, with no memory of his previous life. Awaking in the basement of the Guardian’s castle, he took over the mantle of Guardian, becoming the last bastion between the world and the evil creatures spending their afterlife in the torture and agony of the Abyss.
Lilliana is the hated daughter of the Blood Sorcerer. Abused and tortured since her birth, she refuses to be broken. In a final rebellion against her father, she uses her own blood magic to transport herself to Micah’s location — only a miscalculation on her end results in her landing, not safely at the edge of the village near the castle, but smack in the middle of the Guardian’s throne room.
Daring to meet his eye — something no one else would dare to do — Liliana immediately captures the Guardian’s interest. Bemused, intrigued, and annoyed at this homely little woman who dares to stand up to him, Micah cannot help but be drawn to Liliana.
Her mission is to help Micah to remember his past and his family, because she knows that he is the only one who will be able to save teh Kingdom of Elden once and for all — and time is very quickly running out.
While it wasn’t as apparent in this novel as it was in some of the others of the series as to which fairy tale the story was influenced by, I think Ms. Singh did a beautiful job of weaving in moments and hints of the Beauty and the Beast legend into her own story. The fact that she was able to do so without being obvious that this was a classical story re-imagined was even more impressive.
While I wasn’t at all happy with the ending, regardless of how exciting and satisfying the HEA may have been, and I had a hard time believing Liliana wouldn’t be a whimpering pile of mush rocking back and forth in the corner after the childhood she’d had, I still feel that this was by far the strongest entry into the series. Micah and Liliana’s relationship was beautifully paced, and the secondary characters added so much richness to the novel that I literally couldn’t put it down.
Recommended for fans of plain, abused heroines who use their inner strength to confront their oppressors, of amnesiac alpha heroes whose loyalty, devotion, and honor lead them on to great things, and of beautiful romances sprinkled with a bit of heat.
A solid 4.5/5 Stars
*Note, the edition that I received also contained Nalini Singh’s story, Desert Warrior. I will be reviewing that title separately due to its receiving a different rating from me. (less)
I love Anne Stuart's novels with a fierceness, so I knew I'd have to read her paranormal romances under the pen...moreI'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
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Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Carina Press Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.shelleymunro.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
There’s one main aspect of this story not mentioned in the official blurb, and that is Lucien’s amnesia. Lucien was attacked while traveling abroad, and lost his memory. Nursed back to health by Francesca, he eventually falls in love and marries her, and soon she is expecting their first child together.
They travel back to England to investigate his past prior to him memory loss, but before they arrive at their destination, they are ambushed and both Francesca and their unborn baby are murdered. Less than a year later, Lucien marries Rosalind in an arranged marriage set forth by the man who claims to be Lucian’s father — Lucien doesn’t actually know if he’s who the man claims to be because he has yet to regain his memory.
Overall, I enjoyed it. This story was dark, angsty, at times creepy, with just enough action to keep things interesting. While I felt the pacing was a bit off in their relationship, I enjoyed both Rosalind and Lucien’s characters, as well as the mystery of the murderer’s identity, and the family drama that surrounded it.
In the end, I’d recommend this for fans of gothic historicals, heroes still mourning their lost spouse, arranged marriages, and light paranormal aspects. 3/5 Stars(less)
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Expected Release Date: June 28, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Author's Website: http://lorifoster.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but works well as a standalone. Steam Level: Steamy
I realize that this book is part of a trilogy, but the ending was set up beautifully for a novel about Spencer and Arizona, and I sincerely hope that there will be one forthcoming.
While Alani wasn't necessarily my favorite heroine of the series (that would actually probably be Natalie from Ready, Set, Jett followed closely by Molly from When You Dare), I did like how she was able to prove that she was tougher than the fragile flower of a baby sister that Trace and Dare have always treated her as. It was rather enjoyable to not only watch Alani come into her own, but to see Trace and Dare both acknowledge that she was a grown woman and not someone in need of constant coddling. Jackson was probably the perfect hero for her -- strong, capable, sexy (and besotted, whether he would admit to it or not), and once he learned to tone down the cave-man attitude, he really balanced Alani nicely.
Recommended for readers who enjoy heroines overcoming a traumatic past, of promiscuous heroes blindsided by love, and of thrilling action, danger, and mystery.
As you’ve probably figured out by now, I am a total sucker for amnesia in...moreThis 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.
Sometimes a girl just needs to read a good old fashioned, melodrama filled Harlequin Romance! This book was exactly what I was in the mood for. There was amnesia, family drama, distrust, angst, and of course, hot romance.
What worked for me:
* I do love a good amnesia story. Sure, they’re implausible, especially if you know much about the medical field, but who cares? Most people I know who read fiction do so because it’s just that: fiction. I like to suspend my disbelief and transport myself to a world where amnesia is common after car accidents, and that memory will always return at the most opportune (or inopportune, as it were) moment. * Whoowhee this was a steamy story! I loved the chemistry and immediate attraction between Seth and April. The UST was nice and tasty, especially since both struggled valiantly to keep a tight rein on their hormones. * I loved that there was just the right enough of angst without getting ridiculous. With April unable to remember anything before waking up in the hospital, and Seth’s sordid family history, both were very slow to trust and even slower to give into any feelings they were developing.
What didn’t work for me:
* Okay so the title is a bit cheesy. It’s Harlequin Desire; a cheesy title is part of the fun in a category romance!
Overall this was a quick, sexy read without being too heavy to be enjoyable. With weather starting to warm up, this book is a great way to pass time by the pool.
Cold case detective Charlie Vargas is searching for a killer—but what she really needs to know is what happened to her lover, who vanished several months ago. When the phone rings and she hears Seth’s voice, she’s skeptical. He tells her his name is Mason Alridge, and the only thing he remembers after his accident is the number he called…hers.
Mason looks nothing like her former lover, but there’s something about his mannerisms, if not his face, that draws Charlie in. As they begin to piece together what few clues and skimpy details they have, Charlie and the man she believes is Seth slowly discover a mutual passion. With the Feds following at a distance and someone trying to kill them, will they live long enough to find out his true identity?
I do love me a good amnesia story, and this one is no exception. There’s just something about a character not knowing who they are and who they can trust that’s incredibly appealing to me. Add to that facial reconstruction surgery which leaves him without even a face that could look familiar to not only himself but to those who might have known him before he was injured, and you’ve got me hooked.
What worked for me:
* As I said, I love amnesia as a plot device. On a similar note, I also enjoyed the fact that the man in the relationship is the one with amnesia. So often this plot device seems to be most often applied to women, so it was refreshing to see a man afflicted in this story.
* I really liked that both “Seth” and Charlie were hesitant to start up a relationship with his memory loss still in place. Both felt it would be taking advantage of the other, and I had to approve.
* I adored both Charlie’s dad, Sam, and her police partner, Julio.
* Three words: “Nag, nag, nag.”
* The Big Reveal injected just the right amount of angst to the story, without descending into melodrama.
What didn’t work for me:
* There was a strange little scuffle about halfway through between Charlie and “Seth” that didn’t really do it for me.
* Charlie felt a little too forgiving after a certain situation that would’ve had me sulking for a lot longer.
Just another item of note that I think is important to know ahead of time. When the blurb mentions that her lover disappeared, for some reason I was thinking that they’d had a longstanding relationship, when in reality, they’d only known each other a few weeks. This changes the dynamic of their previous relationship enough for me that I felt it important to mention.
Overall, I say that if you’re in the mood for an amnesia story without a lot of the melodrama of a Harlequin Presents, I’d highly recommend this book. 4/5 Stars.(less)
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Expected Release Date: September 6, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Signet Author’s Website: http://jrward.com/ My Source for This Book: Wal-Mart Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Fallen Angels series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
I must start off any review for a J.R. Ward book with the disclaimer that I consider myself to be a Cellie — that is, a big fan of the WARDen (J.R. Ward’s affectionate on-line nickname). As such, there are often times when I am so excited to have one of her books that I tend to forget or even not notice some issues that non-fans might find with the book.
That said, there were definitely a few things that annoyed me, such as the overuse of certain terms, and the cameo-like crossover between the Fallen Angels series and the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
The relationship between Veck and Sophia was definitely of the whirlwind variety, and yet, you never really get the feeling that their feelings are false or developing too quickly, which is a testament to the skill of the author. The added angst of the final twist, planting suspicion in the minds of those who have supported Veck was absolutely wonderful, and the final confrontation was breathtakingly exciting.
In the end, while I didn’t feel that this was the strongest entry into the Fallen Angels series, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. The love scenes were absolutely delicious, and the advances in the overall story arc definitely took a turn that was both unexpected and incredibly intriguing.
I do recommend that new readers pick up the first two novels in the series before reading this one, as I do think that they will not appreciate a lot of the beautiful intricacies of the overall story and character developments without the full background from the rest of the series, but even so, this is a very strong entry into the Fallen Angels series.
Recommended for fans of dark heroes finally finding a balance between their inherent evil and the possibility of integrity, of strong heroines whose faith can change the world, and of an intricate but oh-so-intriguing universe, this book has earned a very solid 4/5 Stars(less)