Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Aut...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
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.(less)
Expected Release Date: April 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Bo...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 26, 2011 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: HQN Books Author’s Website: http://lorifoster.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley
Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1 of Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor Steam Level: Steamy
Official Blurb: The tougher they are, the harder they fall…
Professional mercenary Dare Macintosh lives by one hard and fast rule: business should never be personal. If a cause appeals to him and the price is right, he’ll take the mission he’s offered. But then the lovely Molly Alexander asks him to help her track down the men who’d had her kidnapped—and for the first time, Dare’s tempted to combine work with pleasure.
Fiercely independent, Molly vows to trust no one until she’s uncovered the truth. Could the enemy be her powerful, estranged father? The ex-fiancé who still holds a grudge? Or the not-so-shy fan of her bestselling novels? As the danger heats up around them, the only anchor Molly has is Dare himself. But what she feels for him just might be the most frightening thing of all…
As you may remember, I reviewed the prequel to this story (Ready, Set, Jett) as it appeared in the Guys Next Door Anthology, and gave that story 4/5 Stars.
When You Dare picks up right where Ready, Set, Jett left off, resolving the mystery of where Molly had disappeared to.
While I admit, I felt that Molly’s love for Dare was grounded more in the fact he had rescued her and could protect her, I absolutely adored Dare’s protective nature as well as his reluctance to put a “label” on his feelings. I also loved how he felt whenever it proved that he wasn’t omnipotent and able to protect Molly from absolutely everything.
The UST was delicious, and the love scenes were nice and hot, as we’ve all come to expect from Lori Foster.
Overall, I would say this is a very enjoyable summer read, complete with action, romance, and a good dash of family drama.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Jove Auth...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Jove Author’s Website: http://madelinehunter.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, Rarest Blooms Series Best Read In Order: Yes, but would work well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
Anyone who has read Madeline Hunter's Rarest Blooms series has to be captivated by the Duke of Castleford. A Rake with a Capital R, he's one of the rare true hedonists in historical romance -- he is constantly drunk (except on Tuesdays, when he does all of his business), he is such a man-ho that he's even writing a tourist's guide to the brothels in London, and as a duke, he's more than used to everyone catering to him and bending to his whim.
When a hated relative leaves him some minor properties, he's intrigued. When he learns that the will asks that he continue to allow the tenants of these properties to continue to live there at very nominal rent, he's determined to discover the cause. As anyone familiar with Castleford knows, one of the most dangerous things in the world is to have Castleford be curious, because once his interest is piqued, he will stop at nothing to discover your secrets.
Daphne has been a total mystery since the beginning of the series. As the "head" so to speak of The Rarest Blooms, a combination greenhouse/flower-shop/woman's shelter, she has a strict policy of not digging into the pasts of others, because she more than most people how dangerous a past really can be.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it. While Daphne wasn't as strong of a character as I'd anticipated based on earlier novels, Castleford was everything I'd hoped for and more. I loved the way they both danced around each other, and the several twists and turns that the novel took. While I wish that one particular twist had either been left out or revealed much sooner, I did really enjoy the ending, and was very glad to see them get their HEA. A cheerfully solid 4/5 Stars (less)
Expected Release Date: April 25, 2011 Publisher: Hachette Book Group Impri...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: April 25, 2011 Publisher: Hachette Book Group Imprint: Grand Central Publishing Author’s Website: http://www.sherrilynkenyon.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, The League Series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
When I saw that Netgalley had a copy of Born of Shadows up for grab, I literally squeed. Loudly :D
I’ve read almost all of Sherrilyn Kenyon’s novels, and I’m a huge fangirl. While that doesn’t make me blind to the faults of the novel, I wasn’t disappointed.
Born of Shadows is classic Kenyon. Both Caillen and Desideria had pretty lousy childhoods, and both have been betrayed over and over during their lives, making it hard for them to trust anyone.
Caillen has been a favorite of mine ever since he was introduced into the series. Unashamedly a thief and a smuggler who lives by the seat of his pants, Caillen has always appealed to the Hans Solo fan in me. He’s a rogue and a scoundrel, and an unrepentant womanizer to boot, yet he’s also incredibly intelligent and resourceful, and intensely loyal to those few that he counts as family.
Desideria is a warrior princess from a matriarchal world where every honor must be earned, including that of being recognized as an adult. At 26 years old, she’s still completely innocent as far as interactions with the opposite sex, since in her culture, a female must have earned her adult status and have proved herself for a year before being allowed to fight for a consort. Thankfully, however, she didn’t come across as one of those ignorant virgins who freaks out at the slightest hint of physical desire, so there was none of that “OMG what’s happening?!” reaction to any of Caillen’s touches, which was refreshing.
While I do think that new readers would benefit from reading the entire League series before nabbing Born of Shadows, it’s been long enough since I’ve read the last one that I feel confident that those unfamiliar with the series wouldn’t be completely lost. As a previous reader, it was nice to get a few snippets of some of my favorite past characters, including Syn and Nykerian as well as Caillen’s sisters.
There were one or two instances where I was forced to pause for a moment and re-read as I had forgotten that certain technology existed in this world (such as teleporting), so that sort of thing may be a slight jolt for new readers as well. Overall, I have to say I think it would work fine as a standalone, though as with any series, it is important to read all of the novels to fully appreciate all of the characters and their relationships.
Despite my disappointment with some of the plot twists, I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Crappy childhoods, messed-up families, loads of backstabbing, tons of chemistry and plenty of twists make this a story that should appeal to any Kenyon fan. 4/5 Stars (less)