Both Az and Lilli need to be smacked, but other than that it was a good story. I'll wrote more when I'm not on my Kindle, but right now I'm between aBoth Az and Lilli need to be smacked, but other than that it was a good story. I'll wrote more when I'm not on my Kindle, but right now I'm between a 3.5 and a 4/5
I don’t often read contemporary or romantic suspense, but I highly enjoyed this one.
While I admit, it took me a while to warm up to Ellie, there’s noI don’t often read contemporary or romantic suspense, but I highly enjoyed this one.
While I admit, it took me a while to warm up to Ellie, there’s no denying that Pax was scrumptious from the moment he stepped onto the pages. There’s not much that I enjoy more than a deliciously tortured, yet honorable and protective man, and Pax had it in spades.
As for Ellie, I think it was her complete and somewhat willful blindness to the danger that she faced that made me want to shake her so badly. Sure, there were those around her who were taking pains to make sure she was kept in the dark, but even so, considering the trauma she’d faced as a child, I would have hoped that she’d been a little less naive when Very Bad Things started happening around her.
Through most of the book, though, I kept holding my breath, waiting for Ellie to find out that Pax was not exactly who he’d claimed to be, and instead was hired on to protect her from the blackmailer who’d targeted her father, and when the reveal happens, the fallout didn’t disappoint.
I also enjoyed that while the mystery and danger certainly took center stage, this book never had that “heavy” vibe that a lot of romantic suspense suffers from, though plenty of action that kept the story moving along. There was also a wonderful twist, just when I thought I’d figured out the whodunit, that had me gasping.
Of course, I have to mention that I do prefer my romances to be a bit on the steamy side, so the fade-to-black lovin’ isn’t really my style, though I know there are many readers out there who will appreciate it. Even so, I enjoyed the almost whirlwind feel to the romance, and couldn’t wait for them to get their Happily Ever After, which in the end was just as satisfying as I’d hoped.
Overall, this was an excellent debut novel, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what this author has in store for us next.
A very solid 4.5/5 Stars
For the sake of full disclosure and in accordance with FCC regulations, please note that I received this book free of charge from the author in exchange for an honest review, and that I have personally known this author for several years prior to her pursuing a writing career....more
I. I can't. I can't even. That's it. I can't even. That ending... I... *whimpers* Is Morning Star out yet?? (Full review to follow once I've recoveredI. I can't. I can't even. That's it. I can't even. That ending... I... *whimpers* Is Morning Star out yet?? (Full review to follow once I've recovered from the fangirl flailing)
This book broke my heart in so many ways. Love, hope, friendship, family, politics, loss, and betrayal are all beautifully interwoven into the story, and every action has a consequence -- some of which are truly devastating. It's hard to ignore some of the societal parallels between the futuristic society that Darrow lives in, and some of the slippery slope policies we have in our world today, and the balance of hope and helplessness, and the very harsh realities of revolution and war took my breath away.
Honestly, the only thing that I didn't love about this book isn't even something I truly hated so much as was frustrated by: the cliff-hanger ending. As I was reading the last chapter, I found myself holding my breath, then chanting "No no no no no" as I read, and the cliff-hanger that the author leaves us with this time had me screaming. As most readers are already familiar with this author's cliff-hanger ending from Red Rising, I won't spoil it for anyone, but I will say that this cliff-hanger was far more frustrating than the one in the previous book.
My final thoughts on this one are easy to sum up -- it was bloodydamn amazing, and after you read it, come find me on Twitter so that we can cry together about the long wait until Morning Star.
This book was a wonderful blend of actions and angst, and a perfect addition to the St. Croix series.
It’s been a long time coming, but Cherry’s addictThis book was a wonderful blend of actions and angst, and a perfect addition to the St. Croix series.
It’s been a long time coming, but Cherry’s addiction to opium finally brought her to rock bottom in the last book, and the painful journey towards recovery wasn’t always easy to witness, but really brought out another side of her character. The title itself is perfect, because to temper steel — that is, make it stronger — you have to heat it and cool it to extremes, and that’s exactly what happens to Cherry in this book. She’s knocked down, raised high, and forged into something stronger than she was before.
Honestly the only thing I didn’t really care for about this book was that Cherry has sex with someone who is not her Happily Ever After. I know, I know, that sounds awful, and to make it even worse (or better?), it was hot. I just prefer that when reading romance, when a couple has sex (especially hot, angry sex — guh!), it’s because they’re going to end up together. Not judging or anything, it’s just a personal preference of mine. That said, I’m actually kind of relieved that things worked out the way they did, because I’m greatly looking forward to the next book.
I did figure out the “twist” fairly early, as one of the very first questions that popped into my head when reading the first chapter was actually one that answered by the revelation of the twist towards the end. Even though I rather suspected it early on, I have to say that the reveal was still wonderfully, shockingly done.
I also really enjoyed that “magic” aka alchemy comes to play a larger part in this story. We’ve had hints and teasings, but this is the first time that Cherry has actually embraced alchemy and the mysticism that comes along with it, with fantastic results.
In the end, this is probably my favorite book of the series. Though I was (and to a point, still am) a little bothered by Cherry using no-strings-attached hot sex to distract herself from the other major issues that she was experiencing, the action and emotional turmoil in this story made it an incredibly enjoyable read (and did I mention the really hot, angry sex? Yum!)
Fun fun fun -- lots of action (of both the fighting and the *ahem*ing variety), interesting world-building, and likable characters. I can't wait for mFun fun fun -- lots of action (of both the fighting and the *ahem*ing variety), interesting world-building, and likable characters. I can't wait for more of this series!
I have a theory (it could be demons... Dancing demons, no, something isn't right there...) about some of the other characters that I'm DYING to discover the truth about.
Full review to follow shortly, but for now, 4.5/5 Stars will have to do. ...more
Expected Release Date: July 18, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing ImpriThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 18, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: Entangled Teen Author’s Website: http://melaniecard.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Chaste Pet Peeves: None Favorite Tropes: Betrayal
I have been a fan of Melanie Card and the Chronicles of a Reluctant Necromancer since shortly after I started this blog. The first book, WARD AGAINST DEATH, has long been a favorite of mine even though I don’t typically find myself reading YA/NA very often, and I knew that this book was going to be amazing.
It’s so nice to be right.
What I think I loved most about this book was the character development. Ward starts off just as we left him — clumsy, insecure, and on the run for his life. As the story progresses, though, we get to watch Ward grow up quite a bit, and get exciting glimpses into just the type of man that he will someday be — strong, confident, and powerful.
Celia, too, matures from the cold-blooded assassin that we’ve come to know and love into a more toned-down version of herself, with her affection for Ward growing, and the uncertainty of her life span really starting to weigh down on her.
More than that though, we get action, intrigue, and tons of danger, along with some unexpected new allies and some thrilling twists.
I do wish that there were a little more communication between Ward and Celia, as they both kept their developing feelings for each other under tight wraps, but for once, I wasn’t actually reading for the romance. There was also a slight issue with my copy (purchased for Kindle), where some page breaks between scenes would have really come in handy, but that was a minor issue and not one that counts against the final rating.
Overall, I adored it, and I’m hoping against hope that it won’t take another two long years for me to get my greedy little hands on Book 3.
I wish there had been a little more... resistance, I suppose.. from the heroine when it came to the seduction, but any annoyance I felt by that was maI wish there had been a little more... resistance, I suppose.. from the heroine when it came to the seduction, but any annoyance I felt by that was made up for in the end with a beautifully groveling hero.
Expected Release Date: July 29, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster ImpriThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 29, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Star Author’s Website: http://www.jessepetersen.net/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Monstrosity Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but would work well as a standalone Steam Level: Chaste Pet Peeves: Too Stupid To Live Moment Favorite Tropes: Monsters! (Including a Cthulhu!), Unique Premise
This series is so much fun, that even though I tend to prefer traditional romance with steamy hot lovin’, I still couldn’t put this one down.
Light-hearted while still being full of action, betrayal, and drama, Monsters In Your Neighborhood had so much to love. We’re introduced to some new characters who really help round out the support group, including a rather unassuming Cthulhu and Dr. Frankenstein’s original assistant, Igor (who, thanks to modern medicine, no longer sports the hump thank-you-very-much).
I loved the Twitter angle, as well as the surprising twists in plot, and the horror of what is done to some of the monsters is perfect.
Highly recommended for anyone looking for a fun, action-packed escape full of humor and action.
Expected Release Date: May 27, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing ImprinThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 27, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: Covet Author’s Website: http://tiffanyallee.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Sons of Kane Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Just Talk It Out Already Favorite Tropes: Pretend Engagement
This fun, sexy read had a little bit of everything – action, drama, steam, heartbreak, and joy – and while I’m not a huge fan of whirlwind romances, I still really enjoyed this one.
The chemistry between Noah and Alice was wonderful, and though I’m not sure how I felt about the Big Misunderstanding, the groveling at the end more than made up for any of my misgivings.
Recommended for fans of modern-day vampires, pretend engagements, and fast-paced romance.
Expected Release Date: April 15, 2013 Publisher: Cynthia Eden Imprint: N/This 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.
Review: My Lady Quicksilver - Bec McMaster This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: OctobeReview: My Lady Quicksilver - Bec McMaster This is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: October 1, 2013Publisher: SourcebooksImprint: CasablancaAuthor’s Website: http://www.becmcmaster.com/My Source for This Book: NetgalleyPart of a Series: Yes, Book 3, London Steampunk SeriesSeries Best Read In Order: Probably, but would stand well on its own.Steam Level: HotPet Peeves: Adultery/Infidelity (Sort Of, Minor)Favorite Tropes: Enemies To Lovers, Secret Identity
I’ve been anxiously awaiting this book ever since the final pages of the previous book, Heart of Iron. I love the Enemies To Lovers trope in romance, and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. With Lynch on the hunt for the elusive rebel leader, Mercury, and Mercury herself hiding right under his nose, there was plenty of excitement and subterfuge, and I loved getting an inside look into the Nighthawks.
The world-building is fantastic, as it has been throughout the series, and I simply cannot get enough of this world where the glittering sphere of the Echelon clashes so perfectly with the dark, gritty world of the mechs and the working class.
The battle between the blue bloods and the humanists really heats up in this story, and the hunt for Mercury as well as the humanists’ plans for war really come to life.
Getting inside of Rosalind’s head was wonderful, and I loved the insight into not only her past but also her heart. I’ve known ever since he first graced the pages that Lynch was a man of great depth, and seeing him, especially at his most vulnerable, made me all for him even harder.
Bottom line – I adored this book. Had it not been for the kind-of-sort-of-but-maybe-not-really cheating, it very likely would have been a full five stars for me. As it is, though, it was still a wonderful, exciting, sexy read, and it is firmly on my keeper shelf.
Expected Release Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster ImprinThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 28, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Books Author’s Website: http://mollyharper.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Half Moon Hollow Series Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone. Steam Level: Warm Pet Peeves: Infidelity (Heroine) Favorite Tropes: Major Betrayal
The premise of this story was quite intriguing, and I knew as soon as Jed stepped onto the pages that his relationship with Nola was going to be quite enjoyable. However, despite how much I enjoyed his character, in the end, there wasn’t really much about this story that stood out to me.
There was so much focus on the townspeople of Half-Moon Hollow (which makes sense seeing as how this is the third installment in a series) that I found myself actually getting bored with Nola’s search for the artifacts that had drawn her to the town in the first place.
Don’t get me wrong, I did enjoy the secondary characters, especially Jane, but there was almost a “chick-lit” vibe to this book, when I had gone into it expected a somewhat steamy paranormal romance.
Overall, I would recommend this one to fans of the series, as they will be more likely to fully appreciate all of the emphasis placed on the residents of the town, but while I enjoyed it, I doubt that I will be reading more of this series in the future.
Expected Release Date: March 23, 2013 (Reissue) – Originally appeared inThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: March 23, 2013 (Reissue) – Originally appeared in “Entangled” Anthology (September 2011) Publisher: Self-Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.cynthiaeden.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Pacing moves too quickly Favorite Tropes: Hero in Pursuit, Marked Mates, Physically scarred heroine
If you’ve read my reviews before, you’ll know that I’m a big fan of Cynthia Eden’s work, for the main reason that the chemistry between her characters is always wonderful. Ava and Julian have this delicious push and pull going on, with Julian more interested in a relationship than Ava is, and heaven knows I do love a hero in pursuit.
There’s tons of action, a nicely twisty mystery, and of course, that delicious tension and steam we’ve come to expect from Ms. Eden. While the pacing was a little rushed at times, and I think could have benefited from a slightly longer story length, it was still a very enjoyable read.
Expected Release Date: December 11, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster IThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: December 11, 2012 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Star Author’s Website: http://www.meredithduran.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, book 0.5, Rules For The Reckless Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Favorite Tropes: Abused Heroine Pet Peeves: Misleading Blurb
This novella was an absolute joy. While I was a little surprised that the blurb seemed to be slightly misleading, it turned out that the resulting story was even better than I had hoped for.
With plenty of adventure, chemistry, heartache, and romance, I was glued to the pages, and even though it was a complete story, I couldn’t help but be a little bit saddened to see it end.
This book was so, so good, and that's coming from someone who doesn't even like contemporary romance in general.
With relatable characters (despite thThis book was so, so good, and that's coming from someone who doesn't even like contemporary romance in general.
With relatable characters (despite their sometimes celebrity status), plenty of realistic ups and downs, and a decent secondary romance that didn't take away from the main love story, (not to mention the yummy chemistry) I couldn't put it down.
4.5-5, full review and final rating to follow. ...more
Not my favorite from Ms. Milan, but still a very enjoyable read. Full review to follow, but for now, 4/5 Stars :)
Originally read December 2012 ---- Re-rNot my favorite from Ms. Milan, but still a very enjoyable read. Full review to follow, but for now, 4/5 Stars :)
Originally read December 2012 ---- Re-read February 2015
I make it a policy to never change my ratings after I've made my initial review, but honestly I would love to add another half-star to this book.
Robert, oh how I loved Robert. Even when he deserved to be slapped, and when he failed to even consider the idea of discussing a major decision with his beloved wife, I adored him. A romantic at heart, having been shunned over and over (in his admittedly privileged life) for things that were out of his control, but that left deep emotional scars, he was nonetheless an honorable man.
I loved Minnie too, more so on the re-read, where I could perhaps appreciate both her character development as well as some of her own very stupid actions.
There's angst aplenty in this story, of that there's no doubt, but balanced with that angst is a tale so romantic that it had me looking around to see who has been cutting onions.
I enjoyed the epilogue, though I still think that the ending before the epilogue was a bit too abrupt, and it would be remiss of me to leave out the delicious chemistry between Robert and Minnie, as well as a *gasp* virgin hero who perhaps needed to be taught some of the finger aspects of actual consummation -- and Minnie instead of making some big overwrought production of how he was perhaps not perfect on the first try (as some authors love to do), approached the situation as she would have any other -- with practicality and love.
So, while I can't change my final rating, know that I closed this book with a tear in my eye but have as of yet found no one actually cutting onions in my house.
Brava, THIS is how romance should be done.
A very solid 4/5 and then some.
(By the by, this book is currently free in e-book format on Amazon at the time I wrote this long-overdue review. Go pick it up and fall in love with Robert and Minnie and the other Brothers Sinister.)...more
Man this one was a WILD ride. I loved loved LOVED the world-building, and there's no denying that it was steamy, but there were a few things that madeMan this one was a WILD ride. I loved loved LOVED the world-building, and there's no denying that it was steamy, but there were a few things that made me want to punch the characters in the face (or at least throw the book against the wall).
Plus, the hero's name is "Heyerdar", which I kept pronouncing as "Hurrderr" in my head, which made it hard for me to take him serious as the big bad alpha that he is :P
And even with those things I HATED, it's still a solid 4/5. Very well done. Full review to follow. ...more
I was just thrilled that this somehow managed to avoid my HP Pet Peeves lol Great if you're in the mood for a (typical to Harlequin Presents) overbearI was just thrilled that this somehow managed to avoid my HP Pet Peeves lol Great if you're in the mood for a (typical to Harlequin Presents) overbearing hero, TONS of heartache, a BIG misunderstanding (originating from before the start of the book) and a dash of heat. Which, apparently, I was. 4.5/5 Stars, full review to follow....more
Ehhhh, this one was a bit iffy for me. While I loved, LOVED, the angst, I didn't think Nikos groveled nearly enough, and frankly, I wanted to slap JanEhhhh, this one was a bit iffy for me. While I loved, LOVED, the angst, I didn't think Nikos groveled nearly enough, and frankly, I wanted to slap Janine right in the mouth for (view spoiler)[flipping so quickly from being revolted at the idea of ever touching Nikos again to being "in love" and "together". (hide spoiler)]
I also couldn't quite get behind the whole "having to marry" thing. (view spoiler)[She wasn't pregnant, so really, you're going to commit yourself for presumably the rest of your life to a man you despise just so your father and step mother won't feel "guilty"? Erm. No. (hide spoiler)].
In the end, the delicious angst wasn't quite enough to save this one for me, but it wasn't a bad way to pass the day.
Recommended for fans of mistaken identity, forced marriage, and angsty reads.