I'm not a hundred percent certain how I felt about this book. On one hand, I love the series, I loved the characters, and the chemistry was delightful...moreI'm not a hundred percent certain how I felt about this book. On one hand, I love the series, I loved the characters, and the chemistry was delightful. On the other, the whole supernatural element that came into play with the curse fell a bit flat for me, not due to the writing, but because I'm simply not in the mood for paranormal romance, even when the "paranormal" elements are so light.
I’ve long been a fan of forbidden romance, and though this had hints of a love triangle (which is not my usual fare), I thoroughly enjoyed the angst c...moreI’ve long been a fan of forbidden romance, and though this had hints of a love triangle (which is not my usual fare), I thoroughly enjoyed the angst caused by the fact that Aileen was a “fallen woman” and Blake was so determined to be proper and never cause a scandal due to his illegitimate status.
That’s not to mention the instant dislike/lust that they both found themselves in from the start, and the chemistry between them was delicious.
One thing that really stood out about this story for me was my discovery of just how much I dislike “time jumps”. You know, the ones where it’s “a week passed by…” type of thing? It led to far too much “telling” and not enough actually experiencing things through the eyes of the characters. While I understood the necessity of it, it still left a bad taste in my mouth.
That said, however, I enjoyed the unconventional (divorced) heroine, the forbidden romance, and the honorable-to-a-fault hero. The Aileen’s sister made me want to murder her on more than one occasion, and I can’t wait to read her story in the next installment of the series and see if another man does a better job of taming her.
There was another aspect of the story that I absolutely adored, though I fear that including it would be a spoiler, so I must only hint at it — the presence and storyline of Tara’s former love, Raury. I was very leery of reading it when the story began, but I was very pleased with the outcome.
Overall, this was a very enjoyable read — one that surprised me on many levels, and I will be following this series as it continues.
As a fan of the first book of the series, I was a little taken aback whe...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
As a fan of the first book of the series, I was a little taken aback when the story began in a much different manner than the previous one. It wasn’t long, however, before I settled comfortably back into the world Ms. Altenburg has created. I found myself once again drawn in by the intriguing concept of a futuristic world that operates much like the Old West, due to the presence (and then sudden absence) of Immortals who wrought havoc on the lives of the mortals living within their boundaries, as well as the inner struggles of the characters as they learn to move past previous prejudices and fears in order to trust, and later, love.
We’re immediately thrust into the outer edges of the world as man knows it, where women are seen as property, and powerful and corrupt men take every opportunity to abuse their power. Raven, having physically defended herself against the unwanted sexual advances of her evil step-father, Justice, is about to be burned at the stake as a “test” to prove to the villagers that she is in fact demon-spawn — if she burns, she’s innocent. Blade, an outsider who once was an assassin for the Goddesses before they abandoned this realm, is traveling through her village, and thinks only to end her suffering by offering her a swift and merciful death.
The situation quickly spirals into something neither could have expected, and they form an uneasy alliance; Blade with his distrust of anyone associated with demon-kind due to both his own history as an assassin, and his horrific experience of being partially eaten alive during a demon attack years prior, and Raven with her fear of her own demon allure and her determination to avenge both her mother’s death and her own abuse at the hands of Justice.
Overall, I loved it. There was plenty of action, both for the lovers and fighters of the world, and the world that Ms. Altenburg has created continues to capture the imagination. I do think that this one stands fairly well on its own without having read the first book, but I do suggest reading them in order simply because I enjoyed both books equally.
Recommended for fans of reluctant heroes, alluring heroines, and of finding justice on one’s own terms.
Expected Release Date: September 3, 2013 Publisher: Macmillan Imprint: St....moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
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.
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Not my favorite from Amanda Quick, but still entertaining. As with all of Ms. Quick/Krentz/Castle's books, it was very... light. I've read all but a f...moreNot my favorite from Amanda Quick, but still entertaining. As with all of Ms. Quick/Krentz/Castle's books, it was very... light. I've read all but a few books from this author (which is saying something -- I know there's over 80 of them, probably more), and one thing I've always been able to count on would be that they're easy reading. There's excitement, danger, and a touch of steam, and makes a great pool-side read.
Expected Release Date: August 21, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harle...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: August 21, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Harlequin Historical Author’s Website: http://www.bronwynnscott.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Unlikeable Hero Favorite Tropes: Forced Marriage, Affair Turns To Love
We’ve all read books about a promiscuous hero who meets an outspoken heroine and finds himself smitten with her. Throw in a hint of scandal, and the hero finds himself rather happily engaged to the young lady, and though everyone knows of the hero’s bad reputation, that’s quickly forgotten when everyone sees how in love they are.
This is (happily) not that book. Merrick has a very scandalous reputation, and that reputation follows him throughout the book, much to his chagrin. While Alixe is rather outspoken for her station, and there is a hint of scandal that leads to Alixe being forced to wed, Merrick is not exactly what her father would want as a son-in-law.
Thus begins an entertaining tale of a man forced to help a bluestocking spinster find a husband, and a lady who will do anything to not be forced into a loveless marriage to a man she considers to be a scoundrel.
Throw in a fortune-hunting villain, some rather risque escapades right under the nose of said lady’s parents, and a change of heart that may be too late in coming, and you’ve got a delightful tale with just the right amount of steam.
Highly recommended for fans of reformed rakes whose reputations become a hindrance, bookish heroines who happily thought to never marry, and star-crossed lovers who realize that they never knew what they really wanted out of life until they were thrown onto the same path.
Expected Release Date: July 15, 2013 Publisher: Courtney Milan Imprint: N/...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: July 15, 2013 Publisher: Courtney Milan Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.courtneymilan.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Brothers Sinister Series Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: None Favorite Tropes: Good Secondary Romance, First Came Love
With Courtney Milan’s trademark humor, chemistry, and amazing romance, this book was everything I could want in a historical romance novel. The secondary romance was interesting and fulfilling, without ever taking away from the main story, and I loved getting not one but two Happily Ever Afters in the same story.
The pacing was absolutely perfect, with the romance between Oliver and Jane building gradually as the story progressed, and it wasn’t long before I was just as in love with them as they were with each other.
Even though this is the fourth installment (second full-length novel) of the series, I think it would work admirably as a standalone. It might be obvious to new readers that there are more books available in the series, but I think that they would be able to enjoy this story just fine even if they hadn’t been fortunate enough to read the other installments.
Overall, this book has firmly earned a place on my keeper shelf, and I can see myself re-reading it in the future.
A resounding 5/5 Stars
In fact, I loved it so much, I’m going to give away a Kindle version to one lucky reader. Visit my blog before July 27th to enter to win a Kindle copy of The Heiress Effect!