Even better on the second go. I remember enjoying this book when I first read it in October of 2009, but I didn't remember it being are-read July 2015
Even better on the second go. I remember enjoying this book when I first read it in October of 2009, but I didn't remember it being as.... romantic, for lack of a better term.
Yes, our hero is as dangerous and somewhat lax in the morals department as you'd expect from Anne Stuart, but on the second read, he was also far more enamored with our heroine much sooner than I think I am used to in her stories.
This is by no means a negative point, and I think that it has definitely earned a place on my keeper shelf....more
Good gracious, it seems I just can't leave this book alone.
I still love it, though the one scene with "blanket" annoys the pie out of meRe-April 2015
Good gracious, it seems I just can't leave this book alone.
I still love it, though the one scene with "blanket" annoys the pie out of me.
I stick with my original rating of 4.5/5 Stars, and hope I can find something else that strikes my fancy so I don't end up re-reading the entire series.
Re-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 knew the moment that I finished this book that it would garner a lot of OMG-I-LOVED-IT reviews right alongside quite a few WHAT-THE-HELL-DID-I-JUST-READ ones. It definitely falls into the category of "love it or hate it", and quite honestly, when I look back objectively, I'm actually surprised I enjoyed it as much as I did.
This has been a very difficult review to write, to be honest, because when I look back over the notes I took while I was reading, and when I add up the number of "negative" points to compare to the "positives", I actually should have hated this book. Instead, I quite literally stayed up the entire night reading it because as cliched as it sounds, I simply couldn't bring myself to put it down.
I think what I liked the most about this book isn't necessarily the book itself -- it's the world that Ms. Bishop has created, and the immense potential for this series. Don't get me wrong -- I liked the characters and the storyline that made up this book, though admittedly the day to day mundane narrative grated on my nerves at times, and Meg was so sweet it made my teeth hurt while reading it at times.
But what really grabbed me by the throat and refused to let go was the fascinating mythology surrounding not only the many forms of terra indigine, but of the cassandra sangue themselves. Perhaps I've just been reading the wrong things, but I've never read anything quite like it, and I am absolutely hooked.
The biggest drawbacks of this story for me (other than the price and the fact that I have to wait so long for the sequel) are the fact that there is so much heavy detail on the day to day goings on in Meg's life, and the fact that Meg is a pretty unremarkable character that for some miraculous reason brings out the protective instincts in pretty much everyone she meets.
Meg's innocence and naivete were taken to the extreme at times, and though it was explained well by the isolation she experienced in her very unconventional upbringing, there were times where she really needed to be shaken a few times.
However, even though there were things about Meg that I didn't particularly care for, what I really loved was the idea that a single, somewhat ordinary person, would have touched so many lives in small, almost unintentional ways, that so many of these incredibly powerful creatures would be on the verge of practically ending the human race were she to come to harm. It sounds ridiculous as I write that, and yet that was one of the things that I enjoyed the most as I read.
In the end, though, my final rating doesn't depend on the number of things I liked versus the faults I was able to find when looking back on it. Instead, what it boils down to is how I felt when I finished the final page, and as such, this one gets my highest rating, despite it's many flaws, and I for one am dying to get my hands on the sequel.
First things first, I do think that it would be better for readers to have read the first book in the series, Hotter On The Edge.
All of that aside, thFirst things first, I do think that it would be better for readers to have read the first book in the series, Hotter On The Edge.
All of that aside, though, I really enjoyed this anthology.
GOLD LIKE THE SUN by Erin Kellison It’s the wedding of the millennium! Princess Pilar Sol and Hakan Frust are celebrating their union with sector fetes full of celebrity and pomp. Theirs is an arranged marriage to preserve the vital commerce of the Nyer Transit Hub, and yet Pilar is madly, unreservedly, passionately in love. She has all the excitement she has long dreamed of—and a little more than she bargained for when she discovers that Hakan’s grasping family wants her dead.
Hakan has done everything in his power to save his inheritance—the bustling but impoverished Hub—including marrying a wealthy princess for her dowry. His heart isn’t supposed to be part of the deal, but Pilar has all the beauty and joy his life lacks. When Hakan runs afoul of his uncle’s associates—criminal in nature, violent in approach—he refuses to risk Pilar, not for money, not even for his life.
But Pilar is not so easily cast aside, and negotiations turn into a gamble with the future of the sector in the balance. Hakan is about to learn about the high stakes his bride will hazard, as he now has far more to lose—and win—than he ever believed possible: a future brighter than gold.
Holy cow this anthology started off with a bang. I was sitting-straight-up-in-bed-SHOCKED by some of the things that went down in this story, and though things did "work out well" in the end, it was a hell of a ride from Point A to Point B. I really enjoyed the shock factor of some of the things that happened in this story, and the non-stop action as well as the drama between Pilar and Hakan really kept the story moving.
was a great way to start off the anthology.
---- TO KEEP A WIFE by KC Klein
In the shards of civilization ruined by a global war, Lake has gotten the life she never dared dreamed of—a safe haven, and the love of a good man, her husband, Hudson Black Creek. But Lake’s hard-won happiness doesn’t last long when powerful Elders lay siege on Black Creek Manor in retaliation for a past defiance. As Lake watches everything she loves go up in flames, she sacrifices herself for the chance to keep Hudson and her brother alive. Syon, a diabolic Elder with his own agenda, will push Lake to her breaking point, forcing her to compromise—heart and soul— in order to survive.
Hudson wakes from a head wound to find that his whole world is reduced to ashes. With no memory of why he’s sacrificed everything for a woman whose name is tattooed on his chest, Hudson is determined to make his heart match the emptiness of his mind, and wipe out everything except the hatred for those who are to blame—the Elders and the wife he sought to protect.
As evil and fear spread across a war-torn land, Lake and Hudson are tested like never before, and both will have to forgive betrayals and risk greater heartbreak if they want a chance at saving their lives… and their love.
It's important for me to mention that I'm a big fan of K.C. Klein's work, even though her stories never fail to make me extremely uncomfortable. She forces me to go outside of the tiny little box of "how things are 'supposed' to work in romance" and realize that sometimes a Happily Ever After is much more meaningful if the characters (and the readers) are put through the ringer first.
This story broke my heart into a thousand little pieces. Having read the previous story in the series, I had thought that the tough times were over for Hudson and Lake, but boy howdy was I wrong about that. And as hard as it was to read about some of the things that happened to these characters, I would be a bold faced liar if I said that it didn't make their Happily Ever After all the more meaningful.
The only thing that I didn't care for in this story was the fact that the timeframe changed. As the author notes, the first story in this novella happened after the events in the novel of this series, Dark Future, a time-traveling tale of which I am a huge fan. This novella, however, changes things around and forces the previous novella as well as this one to be set before the events of Dark Future. Though this shouldn't be a problem to newcomers to the series, I admit it was confusing as hell for me as I read some of it.
PRINCE OF PASSION by Jessa Slade
When mercenary raiders targeted the empathic crystals that imbue the legendary l’auraly lovers with extraordinary sensual prowess, Icere, the last male l’auralyo, helped destroy the crystals. Rather than let the source of uninhibited pleasure be corrupted into a mind-controlling drug, he allowed his passionate destiny to remain forever unfulfilled. Now, Icere channels his fury into revenge. Tracking the raiders through the interstellar sheerways to a watery world infamous for its aphrodisiac liqueur, he finds a queen—as adrift and alone as he—forced for years into a fate she never desired.
Saya-Rynn inherited duty, command and control from her cruel grandfather and fought to transform her dangerous planet into a paradise for her people—but the price was literally a poison that runs through her veins. Though she feels as ancient as the seas, she finds herself awash in the hot male potency of the young Icere. Still, she resists the chance for indulgence she thinks has passed by her. But when the raiders strike again, Rynn must embrace her troubled legacy, and Icere will find his place as a lover and a fighter. Together, the reluctant ruler and the deposed prince of passion find common purpose, combating the mysterious entity seeking to rule the sheerways, and claim a love as bright as the infinite stars.
As usual, this trio has saved the best for last. I loved not only the virgin hero (hello!), but the delicious tension between Icere and the older, more experienced Rynn. The mermaid mythology as well as the intrigue and danger woven into the tale only added to the drama, and I especially appreciated the concern that Rynn had about taking a lover who was of an age with her own son. It's not often that we get "older" heroines in romance, and I for one appreciated that she wasn't some young, green girl. The action, the drama, and the passion of this story made it a perfect way to close out the anthology.
Expected Release Date: November 11, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster IThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: November 11, 2013 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Pocket Star Author’s Website: http://kellymeding.com My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 4, MetaWars Series Series Best Read In Order: Probably Steam Level: Warm Pet Peeves: Flat Hero Favorite Tropes: Superheroes, Physically Imperfect or Scarred, PTSD, Bad Guy Turns Good
I really shouldn’t have skipped the last few books in this series… It wasn’t intentional — I just never really got around to them. Thus I found myself a bit lost a times, even though the author did a pretty good job “catching up” new readers.
I wasn’t too keen on Derek though — he didn’t get as much character development as I would have liked, and the whirlwind romance didn’t help matters any. I did, however, enjoy his relationship with both Renee and the other Metas, and overall, I would say that it was a good read — plenty of action, quite a bit of character development on the part of the our heroine, Renee, and an obvious continuation of the series’ story arc.
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Expected Release Date: September 3, 2013 Publisher: Macmillan Imprint: St. Martin’s Press Author’s Website: http://sherrilynkenyon.com My Source for This Book: Amazon Part of a Series: Yes, Book 23, Dark-Hunter Series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Torture Porn Favorite Tropes: Physically Imperfect or Scarred
Despite my discomfort and disgust at not only the explicit details of Styxx’s ordeals but also the sheer volume of incidents (which in the end cost the book a half-star in the rating), I still found myself thoroughly enjoying this one, which I admit, surprised me. I was very hesitant to even read this, because of my experience with the author’s penchant for torture porn as well as my relative dislike of the last two novels in the Dark-Hunter series.
I always have a problem rating the newer Sherrilyn Kenyon books because to me, they very often cross the line of creating a sympathetic, tortured protagonist (usually the hero) and instead fall firmly into the realm of torture porn, which is just not my thing.
I ran into this in Born of Silence (the League Series), in Acheron, and again in this book.
While all of the Very Bad Things that happen to Styxx as a youth do indeed make him a sympathetic character, I think it also does him the disservice of making him fairly unbelievable in the idea that he could still be humble and selfless to the point that he should be nominated for Sainthood.
Though I tried to take the forward from the author to heart, where she says (I paraphrase) that sometimes horrible things happening to someone can make them a horrible person, so can it instead make their inner strength and goodness shine. To me, though, so much happened to Styxx that it simply made it very difficult for me to believe that his Inner Good Guy would have survived.
That said, I have to say that Bethany was the perfect counter-balance to all of the very explicit horrible things that Styxx was put through.
I think that (view spoiler)[having Bethany and Styxx meet and fall in love in his relative youth, rather than making having him meet her and falling in love thousands of years after the abuse that he went through (hide spoiler)] made it much more believable that he would have had the inner strength to get through everything he was subjected to.
(view spoiler)[I was, however, very thankful that Ms. Kenyon found a way around Bethany being reincarnated. (hide spoiler)] That’s a trope I struggled with in an earlier book from this series, and was thrilled that it wasn’t an issue in this one.
As a bit of a side note, I would not recommend this book to those not already familiar with the series. I think it would be okay for those who had for whatever reason skipped Acheron, but once the book reached modern times, it moves very quickly with a lot of characters and events that you really need to be familiar with beforehand, else you could easily become hopelessly lost.
That said, for any fan of the original Dark-Hunter series, and definitely for fans of Acheron, I can say with all confidence that this is a must-read.
One of the best Amanda Quick novels I've read in a long time -- it had much more "substance" so to speak than many of her books, with a greater focusOne of the best Amanda Quick novels I've read in a long time -- it had much more "substance" so to speak than many of her books, with a greater focus on the relationship and the action than on the "psychical" elements (though they were certainly present too).
I realize that by now, the majority of people considering this book have already been "spoiled" as to the names of the hero and the heroine, but justI realize that by now, the majority of people considering this book have already been "spoiled" as to the names of the hero and the heroine, but just in case there are still some readers holding out for the surprise, I'm making this a spoiler-free review. As such, it will be noticeably shorter than it would be were I allowing myself to give away their identities.
One thing I really liked about this one was the fact that even though it would certainly be helpful to have read at least the most recent installments of the Psy-Changeling series, I think that it's focused enough on our main couple and the civil war brewing amongst the Psy, that newcomers might be able to get through it without issue.
Similarly, I really enjoyed the focus on the couple. I've been anticipating this particular pairing for years now, and I was very glad that so much time was put into developing their characters and their relationship, rather than focusing too much on many of the past couples from previous books.
The chemistry was wonderful, and I've always had a bit of a soft spot in my heart for dangerous, almost frightening heroes, especially when they come with both murderous tendencies as well as intense protectiveness over a woman they have claimed as their own.
The ending was perfect, and I sincerely hope that there will be many more installments to this series to come.
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Expected Release Date: May 12, 2013 Publisher: Intrepid Reads Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.darcyburke.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Secrets & Scandals Series Series Best Read In Order: Probably, but works okay as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: None Favorite Tropes: Physically Imperfect or Scarred (Hero), Abused Heroine
With so many of the things that I love in a romance novel -- a tortured, scarred hero, a browbeaten yet determined heroine, both having to live with their own sins of the past, and a forbidden romance blossoming between them, this book was wonderful.
There was only one scene really that put a bit of a dampener on my enjoyment, and even that was made up for with a tasty make-up scene.
Overall, highly romantic, with some great chemistry, and plenty of plot twists to keep things interesting.
I almost hate myself for enjoying this one so much. Very dark, lots of Very Bad Things happening to people, but awesome.
It's good to mention that therI almost hate myself for enjoying this one so much. Very dark, lots of Very Bad Things happening to people, but awesome.
It's good to mention that there aren't any shape shifters in this series though. The Dragon Kings are a sort of paranormal race descended from (or who worship, not 100% clear on that at the moment) The Dragon, their deity.
4.5-5 Stars, full review to follow once I get my thoughts in order. ...more
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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.
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It is always hard to write a review for a J.R. Ward book, because I try so hard to avoid spoilers, and yet, I want to either rant or rave about almost every tiny detail.
At times this book was so overwhelming with minute details, that it felt as though she were trying her hardest to give every single character that had ever appeared in the stories, if not an actual cameo, at least a mention. And yet, at other times, it felt as though important characters and events were glossed over with a quickness that left me re-reading a few pages thinking that I must have missed something, because I ended up not quite sure what exactly was going on.
In the end, however, there are two main factors that I feel I should focus this review on. First, the relationship between Blay and Qhuinn, and second, the overall progression of the series’ story arc.
On the first, I can say I was generally pleased. The pacing was perfect, with tons of angst and heartache on both sides, as well as plenty of chemistry. While the actual love scenes were mostly deliciously hot, there were a few quirks that left me a bit cold, and that’s coming from someone who’s typically a fan of male-male romance.
On the second, however, is where the book really shone. Old foes come back to the forefront, with surprising results, and the villains from last book begin to take unexpected paths in their quest to wipe out the Brotherhood and Wrath. In addition, we get quite a bit of history on the Shadows, Trez and iAm, as well as a very fascinating (and sexually charged) sub-plot with the dangerously sexy Assail.
Add to that an absolutely fabulous epilogue, and this book is definitely a keeper.
Newcomers to the series, however, should realize that this is not a series that can really be read out of order.. Books 1 – 5 are arguably interchangeable, and able to stand on their own, but I would personally suggest just going ahead and reading everything in order and saving yourself the massive headache of trying to sort things out.
Ehhh... I enjoyed it, but there's a very fine line that has to be walked with a heroine who has been subjected to rape and sexual assault, in making iEhhh... I enjoyed it, but there's a very fine line that has to be walked with a heroine who has been subjected to rape and sexual assault, in making it believable yet still romantic, and I think at times this one fell over the line into a bit too unbelievable at times.
Not as enjoyable for me as the first one in the series, but still, not bad... 3.5/5 Stars, full review to follow. ...more
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Expected Release Date: January 21, 2013 Publisher: Entangled Publishing Imprint: Scandalous Author’s Website: http://www.authormichellemclean.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Chaste Pet Peeves: Too Stupid To Live Moment(s), Love Triangle Favorite Tropes: Clumsy Heroine, Physically Imperfect or Scarred, Serious Illness or Injury
Though I can’t deny that the book was highly entertaining overall, my final rating would have been higher had it not been for an incredibly too stupid to live moment on the heroine’s part that resulted in a majorly tragic disaster towards the end.
That said, even with the fact that a major event in the end left a sour taste in my mouth, this book was, quite simply, fun. I think partly due to the fact that this was a “sweet” romance, with nothing more than a few kisses and a bit of wandering hands, the main focus was on the escapades of Min and Bryant as they planned and plotted both with and against each other in search for the necklace. It was quite an adventure, when all was said and done, and despite having several of my pet peeves, I still enjoyed it.
Recommended for fans of clumsy heroines whose plans often outshine their abilities, of heroes with tarnished pasts yet golden hearts, and of tons of mischievous adventure, sprinkled with a good dose of chemistry and seasoned with a dash of good old-fashioned romance.
This one ended up being more of a 3.75 for me, because I've never been a fan of heroines doing the whole bed-hopping thing (which has beHoly cannoli!
This one ended up being more of a 3.75 for me, because I've never been a fan of heroines doing the whole bed-hopping thing (which has been a bit of an issue for me for the whole series), but really, talk about being punched in the stomach by a story.
I can't even review it right now because I'd end up spoiling the whole thing for you.
Not my favorite of the series, because... spoiler... but, really, the story couldn't have gone any other way.
I'm definitely looking forward to the next installment. ...more
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Expected Release Date: July 31, 2012 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.joss-ware.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Envy Chronicles Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: “Ex” In The Picture Favorite Tropes: Physically Imperfect or Scarred, Phobia
I’d forgotten how much I enjoy this series. This one features a heroine who has a physical disability, and a hero with an emotional one (phobia/PTSD) — very interesting combination to say the least, especially when the combination of the two makes their relationship seem almost impossible from the beginning.
And of course, the overall story arc with the Elite, Atlanteans, the zombies, and Envy all continue towards their conclusion, which was pleasing to me as a fan of the series in general. As this is book 5 in the series, I wouldn’t really recommend it as a jumping-off point to newcomers, though I have to admit, Ms. Ware did a fantastic job of giving relevant backstory up to this point without ever feeling as though it were out of place or a case of “info-dump”.
I loved the characters, the world, and the basic plot, but I was really disappointed in the unsatisfactory ending regarding the romance. My own fault,I loved the characters, the world, and the basic plot, but I was really disappointed in the unsatisfactory ending regarding the romance. My own fault, really, because I went into it expecting a Happily Ever After (or at least a Happily For Now) and got "I'm attracted to you, but let's be friends" (paraphrasing of course).
I'm still going to read the sequel, because as I said, I loved the characters and worldbuilding, but for this one, I'm stuck at around 3/5 Stars, with a full review to possibly follow. ...more
I know I don't read a lot of regular Urban Fantasy (as opposed to Paranormal Romance or even Urban Fantasy with strong romantic themes), but I'm so glI know I don't read a lot of regular Urban Fantasy (as opposed to Paranormal Romance or even Urban Fantasy with strong romantic themes), but I'm so glad I decided to pick this one up.
I loved the world Mr. Somers hsa created, and his perfectly IMperfect characters, and I WILL be reading any sequels the moment I can get my greedy little hands on them.
This one came recommended by some of my Facebook friends, and I was quite pleased with it. Physically weakened heroine, scars, family issues, revenge,This one came recommended by some of my Facebook friends, and I was quite pleased with it. Physically weakened heroine, scars, family issues, revenge, lots of chemistry, TONS of angst...
Full review to follow, but for now, a pretty solid 4/5...more