As you can see from the title, it's book 10 in a series of interconnected stories. I've never read any of the otheOverall, I really enjoyed this book.
As you can see from the title, it's book 10 in a series of interconnected stories. I've never read any of the other novels, but honestly I didn't realize it was part of a series when I picked it up. Many times, when a series gets past its second or third book, it's impossible to pick up with whatever the newest novel is without being completely and utterly lost (yeah, that's right, I'm talkin about you, Warden). ICSY, however, did a fantastic job of standing alone. Sure, I was curious as to some of the nuances of the group dynamics that obviously had been established in prior novels, but there were no prior details that left me scratching my head wondering what on earth people were talking about, or who the heck a certain character was.
On that note, however, I'm not certain I would be happy about that fact had I read the whole series already. Although well-executed, there was a LOT of information about different characters' history, their relationships to each other, and so forth, that might feel burdensome to a seasoned reader of this series. It wasn't quite a case of infodump or anything, but it certainly did add considerably to the page count.
As for the story itself, I have to say that I was highly impressed. While I did manage to figure out our killer's identity early on, I admit that I was never actually certain of it until right before the actual reveal. KR did a fantastic job of planting false clues and creating a lovely sense of paranoia for her readers to experience right alongside the police.
She also managed to make me care for the characters, which is something that I honestly don't find that often in romantic suspense novels (I'm more of a Harlequin type gal ;)). Both Eve and Noah were beautifully flawed -- her having survived two (that's right, two) brutal attacks by psychotic killers prior to this novel, and him having tragically lost his wife and young son in a car accident years ago, and then turning to alcohol. He's still working through his demons as a recovering alcoholic, and she's still struggling to be "normal" in the life of a survivor.
I also enjoyed the technological aspect of this story, as a good part of it revolves around an MMORPG, hacking and internet security. I also liked that some of the characters used Google on their phones, and that GPS devices and even high-tech baby monitors came into play. Quite fun :)
I may pick up one or two of the older novels in this series, but I admit, I don't really want to go back and read the whole set. That's more because I don't have the time and money to invest rather than a decided lack of interest, though, and shouldn't be considered as criticism. I am, however, definitely looking forward to the next novel in the series, Silent Scream, which is slated for release at the end of this month (yea!).
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Samhain Publishing ImprinThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Samhain Publishing Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: moirarogers.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, And The Beast Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Hot
Three long years ago, Ciar, the High Lord of the Forest, left his lands for battle. He left behind the Sabine, the woman he loved but had refused to mate for fear that he would die in battle and leave her alone for the rest of her days. However, his mother never approved of Sabine as her son’s lover and potential mate, thinking the lowborn wolf was no match for her royal son. His mother’s witch cursed Sabine, with the intent that Ciar would forget about her and mate with someone more “worthy” of the match. The curse backfired, however, and instead of merely causing Ciar to forget her, now everyone who has contact with her is destined to forget her.
When Ciar returns from war, he’s furious to discover that not only is Sabine not waiting for him, but that his mother and all those around her claim to have no idea who he is talking about when he asks after her. Seeking her out, he comes across Sabine in a broken-down shack where she has been living since she was cast out of the castle after Ciar’s departure.
Refusing to touch him, for touch merely speeds along the curse, Sabine reluctantly agrees to travel with Ciar to the palace to attempt to convince the witch to break the curse, but even refusing touch is not enough to prevent Ciar from falling victim to the heartbreaking curse.. Overall, I of course adored it. I love the world in which there are different kinds of shifters who warred amongst themselves but have now gained a measure of peace, and where different species have different “mating magic”. I also loved the premise with the curse, and how incredibly horrific it would have to be to live with it, never having a single friend, or really being able to interact with other people.
On thing I do question, is will there be a sequel involving Farran and Iloria?? The next book up in the series according to the authors’ website is Kisri (which I already have pre-ordered, and so should you) and centers around the lion shifters mentioned in this book. I’m desperate to find out what will happen with Farran and Iloria in the future, and really hope that they have a sequel planned for them. So Moira Rogers, if you’re reading this, HINT HINT ;)
This is still a favorite of mine. While I think Christopher is a bit too squishy for my tastes, as Ms. Kurland has a tendency to makRe-Read July 2011.
This is still a favorite of mine. While I think Christopher is a bit too squishy for my tastes, as Ms. Kurland has a tendency to make her terrifyingly powerful warriors have an incredibly soft underbelly. As such Christopher (and Colin both lol) tend to tear up a bit more than is to my preferences.
I still love how Gillian overcomes the horrible physical abuse she suffered at the hands of her father, as well as how Christopher finally comes to terms with the fact that his disability does not make him less of a man in truth.
Gillian's actions during her fever still feel unrealistic -- that sick and she's going to hold an entire (and rather lucid) conversation and not remember it? I could go with some incoherent babbling, but nowhere near the extent of conversation she holds with "blanket" during her recovery. Plus, I'm not certain how one can be burning up with fever but also be so cold that someone has to get into bed with you to warm you up before you freeze to death *shrugs*
A few unrealistic bits aside, this is still a favorite of mine, and highly recommended for fans of abused heroines in their historicals. 4.5/5 Stars
I'm a huge Linda Howard fan, even when her books are a little dated like this one..
I say it's dated because th**spoiler alert** Re-read December 2010
I'm a huge Linda Howard fan, even when her books are a little dated like this one..
I say it's dated because there's a reference to caller-id and buying a cell phone -- these days who doesn't already have those things, really?
Other than that, not so much.
What worked for me: *Oooh mama the chemistry between the hero and heroine was SCORCHIN! *fans self* *Our heroine's love of cars. Forget the perfect man -- she had the Perfect Car *sigh* I want a viper. *The humor -- just enough to keep things from getting super heavy, and I could identify with the group of four friends -- reminds me of me and my friends :) *Even though this is a re-read, and therefore I remembered who the killer was, I still remember my shock at the big reveal the first time I read it -- SO DID NOT EXPECT THAT :D
What didn't work for me: *I didn't like that the people who died seemed to be the most "expendable" of the group -- the single girls or the ones who didn't really have any close ties with someone outside of the group. That just seemed too convenient to me from a reader standpoint, because while the other members of the group grieved, those outside of the group weren't all that affected *The romance was a little TOO whirlwind for me. Now now, before you start shaking your head at my prudish ways, that's not the part I'm talking about -- in a contemporary it's almost a given that folks'll just hop into bed right after meeting each other -- no, what I'm referring to is the whole marriage thing. After a week? Really? I mean, hot sex is great but.. but.. REALLY?!
Overall, I'm sticking with my original score - 5 Stars :)...more
Not much to really say about this one. It was nice and angsty, hot 'n' tasty (hello! it's Linda Howard!), but no**spoiler alert** Reread December 2010
Not much to really say about this one. It was nice and angsty, hot 'n' tasty (hello! it's Linda Howard!), but not so heavy as to be a tough read.
What worked for me: *I liked Marley's psychic abilities, and I LOVED the fact she'd lost her "powers" to some extent after surviving a "psycho with a knife" *The angggsssstttt! Oh man the hero's betrayal of the heroine. Man. Tasty, delicious angst. *The sex. Oh well der, I liked sex, but specifically, I liked the first time they were together, how he just got up and left, then LATER, was like "*facepalm* Oh crap that was a dumbass thing for me to do lemme go fix this" lol
What didn't work for me: *I think Marley forgave him a little to easily. And by "forgave him" I of course mean "fell back in bed with him". I also found it unrealistic that the cops would let her stay with him instead of going to a safehouse, or that they'd let her continue to go to work like nothing was different. I tell you one thing, forget him, I'd have packed my shtuff up and gone straight back to Colorado while they thought I was at work. So there.
Overall, I stand by my old score of 4 Stars -- not the greatest book by Linda Howard, but a danged good read anyway....more
No really though, I adored Nykyrian. Even if I truly was about to stab myself in the eye if I had to(Kindle Book)
Ahh Acheron by any other name... lol
No really though, I adored Nykyrian. Even if I truly was about to stab myself in the eye if I had to read one more bloody time about how unworthy he was and how he was nothing but an animal and blah blah blah. Yeah. I get it. The man hates himself. Cool. Move along already.
I have to say Sherrilyn Kenyon is the queen of (literally) tortured characters. Good heavens talk about a miserable childhood for pretty much everyone in the story, but no one more so than Nykyrian. I can't even imagine anyone even resembling sanity after being put through all that, but despite his self-hatred and profession, Nykerian rocked my socks off as the absolute scariest good guy I think I've ever read.
Kiara was a bit annoying at times, but really no more so than her character called for -- in the beginning she was naive despite both her past and her belief that she was worldly, and she really was just as unfairly judgmental of the assassins as Syn accused her of. However, I do think that her character matured a lot over the course of the story..
The side characters were incredibly fascinating too.. Syn was probably my favorite (and is the hero of the next book, Born of Fire), with both Darling and Dancer being a close second.
I'm definitely looking forward to the rest of The League novels (I have them right here on my iTouch, ready to read!).
I'm kicking myself for waiting this long to buy the series, and I just hope the rest of the books live up to this one. 5 Stars....more