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
It's a strange feeling for me to read a book that's more UF than PNR.. I've always been a Romance Reader -- that is, I typically want a strong romantiIt's a strange feeling for me to read a book that's more UF than PNR.. I've always been a Romance Reader -- that is, I typically want a strong romantic storyline in my novels, with a clear "hero" and "heroine", possibly some steam, definite monogamy, and a clear Happily Ever After (HEA)
And yet, despite the fact that this book had none of those save the bit-o-steam, I adored it.
Kara Gillian is definitely one of my new favorite heroines. She's kick-butt awesome (I mean, she is a cop y'all) without being all Xena-Warrior-Princess.. She's able to hold her own with the Good Ol' Boys she works with, but still shows just the right amount of vulnerability -- emotional and physical -- to keep her real without making her a pathetically delicate little flower always in need of saving.
Rhyzkahl. Is awesome. *falls over* I absolutely adored how scary sexy cool he was and was so thrilled to see Diana Rowland throw in a nice tasty reminder that HELLO! HE'S A DEMON LORD! DON'T F*** WITH HIM! lol He kind of reminds me of an Anne Stuart hero *snickers* Y'all AS fans know what I'm talking about here -- the man (er.. demon) is not a traditional "hero" -- rather he's completely self-serving, and while he does have distinct moments of being super awesome to the heroine, you can NOT forget that he's not only a demon, but a demon lord and as such you shouldn't try to manage him or treat him as you would a human because he will f*** you up!
When I started the book, I was absolutely Team Rhyzkahl, but as I continued to read, I started to understand why so many people are Team Ryan (gah. I'm getting flashbacks to my Twilight days :P). Ryan is.. *dreamy sigh* Yeah. Ryan's great.
I'm actually about a third of the way through the next one, Blood of the Demon.. It's going to KILL me waiting for Secrets of the Demon (the third book in the series) which is still being written. I typically try not to start a series until there are at least three or four books in already out because I'm not a very patient person. At all.
I would recommend this one for fans of police procedurals (Law & Order and CSI fans for example) who also enjoy a healthy dose of the arcane, and don't mine a few mildly explicit love scenes thrown in for seasoning.
**spoiler alert** First things first, can I just say how much I love the cover??
I'd actually never heard of this book until the other day when perusi**spoiler alert** First things first, can I just say how much I love the cover??
I'd actually never heard of this book until the other day when perusing the DABWAHA website and saw that it was actually the finalist against Larissa Ione's Ecstasy Unveiled (which is a fantabulous book itself btw).
Now let me go ahead and say it – I'm not usually that into same-sex romance. I've nothing against it (in fact, some of my favorite fanfiction is slash), but it's not typically something I actively seek out on my own.
That said, I LOVED THIS BOOK!
It had everything I love in a contemporary, action-filled romance: a tortured hit man with a conscience, a hot target who slowly breaks through said hitman's tough shell, and just enough action (er.. that is.. fighting) to keep things exciting.
Add on top of that the whole “ahh crap I guess I'm gay, huh?” bit (which I admit, I found more amusing than anything – does that make me mean?) and you've got tons of delicious angst.
D doesn't want to get close to Jack. In fact, he does everything he can to continously push him away, especially once he starts to develop feelings for him. But dear Jack just won't let him keep running, and very gently starts to pull him out of his shell.
And the love scenes? HOTTT *fans self* *wipes drool* *licks lips*
*clears throat* Er. Sorry. What were we talking about?
D and Jack make a wonderful couple. Jack's not all effeminite, which I think would have definitely put D off, but he's not some super badass either. He's... human. I really like that about him. Sure, he's a little braver than I would have been had I come home to find a hitman calmly sitting on my couch with a shiny gun (complete with silencer) sitting in his lap, but then again he's also used to dealing with high-pressure situations in his career as a surgeon. And his reaction to seeing D kill for the first time felt really true to how I think most “average” people would react.
I had to snicker when someone referred to him as a “twink” and he didn't get the reference ;) Sure he was a bit preppy, but I wasn't getting the twink vibe from him.
I really felt like his courage overlaying his natural vulnerability is what attracted D to him in the first place, and made it impossible for D to walk away.
Jack knew from the beginning of the novel that he was homosexual, and had had prior sexual relationships with men. D, on the other hand, was deeeeep in the closet. He knew he had these “feelings” but he denied himself for so long that it was a difficult path to get him to recognize and act on his attractions and affections for Jack.
The angst of D trying to stay away from Jack for his own good was just gut wrenching. As a reader, I agonized with him because I knew his logic was sound, but at the same time I just wanted to shake him and tell him to go to him and end both their suffering.
One of my absolute favorite parts of the book was right after D had kidnapped Jack , and Jack was thinking the whole situation was like a cheesy TNT movie... At one point he thinks to himself “Actually, if this were a movie, you’d be a beautiful woman and you’d be sleeping with HAL by the second act.” This made me snort when I read it, because obviously I knew from the description that they would be hooking up and they were both so oblivious to it at that point (side note – the “HAL” reference is because D hadn't actually introduced himself, so Jack started calling him HAL in his head due to the resemblance between his sunglasses and the HAL computer from 2001: A Space Oddessy)
Now, it's not all rainbows and sunshine here – there are several times in the book where D's internal monologue prompted a bit of eye-rolling on my part. I understand why it was there though – there were little tidbits hinting at his past, and why he felt the way he did that were very important to character development, and the internal monologue was truly the best way for JS to put that across without bogging us down with awkward and untimely conversations or true flashbacks. Knowing that didn't make it any less irritating though, which is why I mention it.
Did I mention that I like D's accent too? I'm not sure exactly what sort of accent it's supposed to be (it might have been mentioned but honestly I missed it), but for once I enjoyed phoenetic typing to emphasize accent. That sort of thing normally drives me bonkers (re: Diana Galbaldon's Outlander series. I went crosseyed from all the verra's and ya ken's in that series .lol)
The part right after they've discovered the identity of the villain (which, btw, I totally guessed beforehand) was simply heartbreaking – when they realized that their dreams of being together were practically pipe dreams, and that the reality was that one (or both) of them was going to die. Heartbreaking.
And Dear Lawd, the separation just about killed me. Christmas litrerally had me all choked up *sniffle* Gah.
Their reunion though, was worth it. It was very satisfying (er. No pun intended there) because it wasn't just a “and the lovers were reunited and lived happily ever after The End” – instead it had them work through some issues that felt real, rather than just jumping to the glossy HEA that so many other romances end up with in the final chapters.
I also like that she left it open-ended for future sequels, without giving it the whole unresolved/cliff-hanger vibe that so many debut books have these days.
Being that it's a same-sex romance, I realize that this book won't be for everyone. The sex scenes are well done, but are just as explicit as a typical heterosexual romance, and as such might put a few readers off. However if that sort of thing bothers you, I still recommend reading it and just skipping/skimming the sex scenes, because the romance and the suspense/action is so gut-wrenchingly fantastic that it's not to be missed.
Also, be sure that once you've read the book, you head on over to Jane Seville's website – she's got several outtakes and epilogue short stories posted for free (but, yeah, don't read them until you've read the book lol)
What I liked: *Loved the premise both with the whole concept of Dark Matter, and with the Daughters of Delphi and oracles *I loved the rocky relationshiWhat I liked: *Loved the premise both with the whole concept of Dark Matter, and with the Daughters of Delphi and oracles *I loved the rocky relationship between Tara and Harry
What I didn't like: *While interesting, the descriptions and interpretations of both the tarot and other methods of divination definitely bogged down the story *For some reason I had thought this was more of a paranormal romance than an urban fantasy when I strted reading it, and thus was a bit disappointed with the resolution (or lack thereof) with the H/h
Overall, a good read, despite getting bogged down in parts with the overly descriptive bits with the Tarot
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!).
What worked for me: * Oh Em Gee if I hadn't been Team Rhyzkahl before (which, I mean, of course I was), this book wouBy far the best in the series yet!
What worked for me: * Oh Em Gee if I hadn't been Team Rhyzkahl before (which, I mean, of course I was), this book would've solidified it for me. So yeah, we can't forget he's a scary-as-all-getout DEMON LORD for crying out loud, but we get to see so many more sides to him in this one, including one where he's (dare I say it?)... truly affectionate? *swoon!* Gah. And! AND! That bit in Kara's room after Kara had summoned Rhyskahl (not the dream, but the other time) *squee*
* I really liked that there was no info-dump. The author's note actually suggests reading the books in order, because while she tries to make each book a standalone, you really do need the background. However, as a devoted reader, it's been literally hundreds of books since I last read anything in the Kara Gillian series, so I have to say that there was just enough background/refresher information that I didn't feel lost. New readers should indeed read the first two books first, however, because it was just that -- a refresher. I was reminded of events that had happened previously without being forced to relive them.
* I loved the bit about the Golem, and the aftermath of the confrontation. Loved loved loved seeing a different "side" to the demons there.
* There were quite a few "Oh Shiz!" moments, where I literally gasped in reading. :D I would expound on that (because there was quite a bit of fangirly squealing in some parts), but I don't want to spoil this since it just came out.
What didn't work for me: * The cover. I know, I know, it's NOT the author's fault -- she changed publishers and the cover was out of her control. As such, it isn't counting against the rating. I had to mention it though, because the covers of the first two books, Mark of the Demon and Blood of the Demon, were gorgeous, and this one is... well.. not.
* ARG! There are still so many unanswered questions it's driving me INSANE! :D Again, this isn't counting against the rating because, der, this just makes me want to continue reading, which IMHO is the mark of good writing ;)
We met our hero in the previous book (Private Demon), where he was introduced as a really, really nasty guy.
One thing I like about Lynn Viehl is thatWe met our hero in the previous book (Private Demon), where he was introduced as a really, really nasty guy.
One thing I like about Lynn Viehl is that there's not a single characters of hers that is two dimensional -- even the bad guys have their redeeming qualities..
Lucan reminds me a lot of Lestat from Anne Rice's novels.. He's selfish, powerful, and has a bad temper, but is also tired of all the bullsh.... Yeah.
Samantha, our heroine, is a homicide detective with a really disgusting cool "power", even as a human.. Add to that her innate resistance to the vampire hypnotism (which I can't spell because, hey, it's French, and I'm not), and you've got a perfect foil for Lucan
As with any of the Darkyn novels, you really need to read the series in order, because all of the books are interconnected and you won't know WTF is going on if you try to join mid-series or skip around.
Fans of the series will be glad to see that Alexandra & Co. do continue to play a big part, as well as the fact that there are some lovely twisty bits (haha pun intended - you'll see!) involving Richard, the high king/lord/whatevertheycallit
And of course, I will admit that as many people have pointed out, sometimes LV does tend to jump into the ILY's a bit fast... *shrugs* Being a fan of fated-to-be-mated stories, this doesn't really bother me, even though technically these don't fall directly into that category. I see it more as a love-at-first-bite-sight thing.
Overall, this is one of my favorites in the series (and yes, I glommed the whole bloody thing this past week -- it's KILLING me that she's moved onto the Kyndred spinoff now, but I digress).
Expected Release Date: March 6, 2012 Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Ace AuthorThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: March 6, 2012 Publisher: Penguin Imprint: Ace Author’s Website: http://www.patriciabriggs.com/ My Source for This Book: WalMart Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Alpha & Omega Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy
I’ve been a fan of Charles and Anna ever since their first novella. Having never read the Mercy Thompson series, I knew that this series was intended to run parallel, and yet, the fewer books meant that there would be more time elapsed between plots. However, I was a little startled to find that so much time had passed since the last story. While I have no idea where exactly it falls on the “timeline” of the series, it did take me a moment to catch my bearings.
Once I’d come to terms with the idea that the werewolves and other paranormal creatures were “out”, things progressed very smoothly. While not incredibly steamy, I was quite pleased at the rather intense scenes that did occur between Charles and Anna. The mystery of the serial killer combined with the wonderful side characters to make this a book that I simply could not put down.
Overall, I found this one highly enjoyable, and easily recommend this one for not only fans of the series, but for newcomers as well.
Mercy Thompson Reading Order: Moon Called Blood Bound Iron Kissed Bone Crossed Silver Borne River Marked
Alpha & Omega Reading Order:
Alpha & Omega (On the Prowl Anthology) (runs concurrent with Moon Called) Cry Wolf Hunting Ground Fair Game...more