You know that a book is going to be good when only a few chapters in, you...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review please visit The Romanceaholic.
You know that a book is going to be good when only a few chapters in, you think to yourself that it sure would be nice if your Kindle were waterproof so that you wouldn't have to put the book down long enough to take a shower. True story.
Now, I should probably start this review with a very important disclaimer: this is Book 17 in a series, and I haven't read a single installment previously. I decided to read this one for two main reasons. First, the blurb sounded interesting enough that I felt it would be an entertaining read, and second, because I think other readers who are also new to the series deserve to know whether or not they'd be completely confuzzled if they jumped in so late into the series.
Surprisingly enough, I have to say that I feel that this story worked quite well as a standalone. As with any late-edition to a series, there are of course references to events and relationships that were obviously detailed in previous novels, but while my curiosity was piqued in regards to a few of the existing couples, I never felt as though I was missing any key information.
I really enjoyed the ending. While it didn't wrap everything up into a neat package by any means, leaving the storyline wide open for the next installment of the series, I didn't feel as though it were a true cliff-hanger which was a relief. While there was more focus on the relationship between James and Lucy than I think is normally the case in an Urban Fantasy, the low steam level did leave me feeling that it was more UF than Paranormal Romance, and that actually appealed to me.
Overall, a very solid read that won't leave newcomers scratching their heads, and I'm looking forward to reading the next installment to the series. 4/5 Stars. (less)
What worked for me: * I do love a tortured hero *swoon* Wallace is really struggling from the events in Midnight's Ghost, and it was very enjoyable to...moreWhat worked for me: * I do love a tortured hero *swoon* Wallace is really struggling from the events in Midnight's Ghost, and it was very enjoyable to watch him and Taran reconnect, albeit slowly.
* The sexual tension and explosive couplings that were so wonderful in Midnight's Ghost are still present in this newest addition to the series.
* I'm so glad that Kerr is back. I want Kerr to have his own book. Srsly. I will preorder it right now lol
* I like this cover better (don't y'all scoff -- a good cover is important!)
What didn't work for me: * I don't normally read a series unless there are three or four stories in the series already, and this book reminded me of why; while the main "conflict" was resolved, certainly, the larger story arc is nowhere near completed and left me anxious for more.
* Wallace is STILL keeping secrets from Taran, even at the end, and that makes me want to pimp-slap him. If they're going to have any sort of real relationship outside of their scorching sexual attraction, he's going to have to start keeping her in the loop
* The visions on the ship were never actually explained, and I felt a bit cheated at that.
So. My rating? 4 1/2 Stars, and only because I'm grumpy that there's not another one out yet :P(less)
So, as many of you know, I don't typically read Mary Balogh books. After the clusterf*ck that was Dancing with Clara, I'd completely sworn off her nov...moreSo, as many of you know, I don't typically read Mary Balogh books. After the clusterf*ck that was Dancing with Clara, I'd completely sworn off her novels. See, adultery is a dealbreaker for me. There's enough crap like that in real life, and frankly, I read for entertainment, not to be dragged down by depressing things like a man who just flat out can't keep it in his pants.
That said, I actually didn't hate this.
I liked that while our hero wasn't immediately throwing himself on the mercy of his wife for being caught with having a mistress, he was genuinely sorry for having hurt her.
I felt our heroine's disappointment and disillusionment at finding out that her husband had no intention of keeping a vow that he'd made to both her and G-d, and her being torn between desperately wanting to build a life filled with trust and affection with her husband, and not wanting to open herself up to that hurt again by giving into that temptation.
I do feel that the resolution came a little too quickly -- even though he wasn't quick to give up Ginny, and in fact visited her even after the confrontation with his wife, I felt like he was too quick to switch into the I LOVE YOU's and that she was too quick in forgiving him..
Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that he should be forever punished for his indiscretion, especially given the times and his honest belief that keeping a mistress after marriage was in no way a slight or disrespect to his wife (bah!), but she went from "no everything is spoiled" to "okay well you say you've given her up, and afterall, you're a good lay, so let's be happy together now". Er.. Paraphrasing obviously lol
Anyway, I didn't hate it, which is a step in the right direction as far as I'm concerned with this author lol