Expected Release Date: June 25, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avo...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: June 25, 2013 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.julieannelong.com/ My Source for This Book: Edelweiss Part of a Series: Yes, Book 8, Pennyroyal Green Series Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: None Favorite Tropes: Second+ Son, Wickedly Funny
It isn’t often that I read a book that makes me laugh, makes me tear up, makes me fan myself, and makes me grin even as I turn the final page. This book did that and more.
With an ideal combination of tension and humor, steam and sweetness, I couldn’t put it down, and have, in fact, already read it twice at the time of this review.
Our heroine, Tommy, had so much passion, for her mission to end child labor, for her determination to gain acceptance by her natural father, and for life itself, that I couldn’t help but love her. Jonathan, too, tugged my heartstrings, with his tenuous relationship with his father, and his affection for Tommy as well as his own growing passion for her cause.
This is, without a doubt, one of the best historical romances I’ve read all year.(less)
Expected Release Date: May 25, 2010 (March 4, 2013 Reissue?) Publisher: K...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 25, 2010 (March 4, 2013 Reissue?) Publisher: Kensington Imprint: Brava Author’s Website: http://www.shellylaurenston.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Pride Series Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Steamy Pet Peeves: Casual Public Nudity, Quirky Heroine Crossing the Line Into Obnoxious Favorite Tropes: Opposites Attract, Heroine Constantly Underestimated, Bad Reputation (Hero), Sports Celebrity
If you have never read anything by Shelly Laurenston, be forewarned — there’s nothing else like her books. With a wicked sense of humor, utterly unique characters, tons of snark, more than a touch of casual violence, and just a hint of steam, this book was, in a single word, fun.
Though this is the fifth book in the series, the only real obstacle to a newcomer would be the almost overwhelming cast of characters to keep up with, but overall, I think that it worked quite well as a standalone.
I loved the dynamic between Blayne and Bo, but more than that, I loved all of the shifters and how the interacted with each other. The rivalries between species, as well as the major differences between Blayne and Bo certainly kept things interesting, as did the sub-plot with the kidnappings and pit-fighting.
Highly entertaining, the only real things that pulled my enjoyment down were the casual public nudity and the occasional departure from quirky and into annoying with Blayne’s behavior. Overall, however, I couldn’t put it down.
Expected Release Date: September 3, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Car...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 3, 2012 Publisher: Harlequin Imprint: Carina Press Author’s Website: marifee.com My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: No (For Now) Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Chaste
With sweet chemistry, likable characters, and a new twist on the “superhero” phenomenon, this novella was so much fun that I read it in one sitting.
I loved the idea that the delineation between hero and villain being several shades of gray rather than black and white, and how there’s a middle ground between “normal” and “super” as far as abilities go. Burke and Gina were delightful, and Static was an absolute joy.
Recommended for fans of great chemistry, fun capers, and sweet romance.
Expected Release Date: September 13, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Sel...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: September 13, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Self-Published (Fan Fatale) Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://fan-fatale.com My Source for This Book: Gift from the Author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Aftermath Cleaners Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
NiaMora is an Aftermath Cleaner. Joined by teammates Shoan and Kunai, they use their abilities to make certain that no evidence of the existence of magical creatures makes it into the hands of the humans whose world they now share. Nii’s ability to extract bodily fluids from crime scenes makes her very successful at what she does, and while she may wear sunglasses to prevent a Twinning (her people’s ability to recognize and bond with their fated mates), her friends and family are still very proud of her.
Strange things are happening in town however, from odd occurrences at crime scenes, to feelings of being watched, and the sudden appearance of not one but two incredibly fascinating men. Zan Wynn, a bad-boy with an awesome bike, has Nii securing her sunglasses against what she fears might be fate’s nudge towards her possible mate. Severin, a creature whose sole purpose is to bear witness to the births and deaths of those who are important to history, draws Nii in with more than just attraction — she and those around her desperately hope that he’s in town to witness the birth of her best friend’s child, and that this child might be the new Keeper of the Way, bringing the Fae essence back into the world.
What Nii doesn’t know, however, is that Severin is not in town for a birth — he’s here to bear witness to Nii’s own death. But something about Nii makes Severin want to forsake his duty for the first time in his very long life, and he is willing to do anything to protect the one woman who could actually make him feel.
I am excited to read more about the world of the Aftermath Cleaners, and have been told that there are two more novellas planned in the series. While I can’t help but wonder what a full-length novel would be like as far as world-building and character development would go, I am still pleased that other novellas will be in the same universe and will presumably expand quite a bit on the world I quickly grew to love in this one. I am also very excited to see Kunai’s story as well as Shona’s (though, I admit, I’m more excited about Kunai — how could I not be? He’s H-O-T.)
In the end, I really enjoyed this one. While I do think some readers will be a bit lost, simply because of Ms. Dubbin’s trademark pacing, for me, there were just enough snippits of a grander “universe” to keep me interested in the world as a whole, and enough character background and development to make me strongly root for Nii throughout the story.
Recommended for fans of fast paced Urban Fantasy with fascinating settings, of fated mates whose destinies are not so clearly defined, and of wicked humor intertwined with lots of pulse-pounding action.
Expected Release Date: September 27, 2011 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.annemallory.com/ My Source for This Book: Ne...moreExpected Release Date: September 27, 2011 Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.annemallory.com/ My Source for This Book: Netgalley Part of a Series: Yes, Book 3, Secrets Series Best Read In Order: Works well as a standalone Steam Level: Warm
Ruthless and apologetically brutal, Andreas Merrick has earned his dark and fearsome reputation. Quite literally fighting off assassins everywhere he goes, he trusts absolutely no one outside of his brother, Roman.
When Roman unexpectedly falls in love and marries, Andreas assures Roman that he can hold down the fort, so to speak, while Roman goes off on his honeymoon, but Andreas has much darker plans. While Roman is safely and happily ensconced on his honeymoon trip with his new wife, Andreas steps up his plot to gain revenge on the people who were instrumental in ruining his life when he was young.
What Andreas, the man whose plans contain so many layers it would take a magician to untangle, did not plan on, however, was his sudden, intense, and inexplicable fascination with Miss Phoebe Pace, the daughter of one of the men Andreas must ruin to bring his plans to fruition.
An intoxicating blend of innocence and keen intelligence, Phoebe slowly worms her way past Andreas’ defenses, causing him to alter his plans for revenge. Andreas is determined to drive Phoebe away, giving her his iciest glares, gruffest responses, and crudest conversation, but Phoebe will not be moved. No matter what Andreas does, Phoebe and her intoxicating smile seem to be turning into a permanent fixture in his life.
When some of Andreas’ enemies make the fatal mistake of setting their sights on Phoebe, however, Andreas can no longer ignore the fact that Phoebe is now one of his, no matter how large of a wrench she may have thrown into his plans for revenge.
Oh how I adore Andreas! *dreamy sigh* I’ve loved him ever since I met him in ONE NIGHT IS NEVER ENOUGH and just knew that he was going to be an incredible character. I was not disappointed — he was everything I’d hoped for and more. Cunning, ruthless, paranoid as all get out, Andreas is probably one of the most delicious historical heroes I’ve come across.
More than that, however, was the fact that Phoebe was quite literally perfect for him — anyone less intelligent would never have been able to manipulate events as she did, and yet, anyone less naive and innocent would’ve quite literally been shot dead the first time they set foot in Andreas’ office.
Andreas’ inner dialogue was probably the best thing about this book. Just watching him melt over Phoebe no matter how hard he tried to resist made the actual romance so incredibly satisfying, and the final outcome was absolutely perfect. In the end, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Andreas is probably a favorite hero of mine, and the vast amount of humor woven in helped balance the darkness wonderfully. The epilogue was pretty terrible, but the rest of the story more than made up for it.
Expected Release Date: January 10, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Simo...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: January 10, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Simon & Schuster Imprint: Gallery Books Author’s Website: kresleycole.com My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 11, Immortals After Dark series Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Steamy
See, I have so much to say about this novel, but almost everything I want to talk about is a spoiler in some way, which is killing me. However, in short, I will say that this was definitely worth the wait.
I’m not blind to the detracting points, however. The overall story arc involving Saroya was taken care of far sooner than I’d expected, and as such, felt a bit anticlimactic. That said, the longer word-count of this book is what made it feel as though it was taking place fairly early in the story, when in reality, by the time the resolution was occurring, most books would have been pretty much over.
I definitely would not suggest this book as a good starting point for those unfamiliar with the series. Lothaire has been a major player from the very beginning, as has Nix, and I truly think new readers would be doing themselves a disservice by not, at the very least, going back a few books before trying to tackle this one.
However, I do think that fans of the series will definitely enjoy Lothaire. Ms. Cole’s trademark humor, action, steam, and seemingly impossible-to-overcome obstacles are all present in great abundance, and both Lothaire and Ellie themselves are absolutely wonderful. I, of course, cannot wait for the next book.
Expected Release Date: May 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Self Publ...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: May 30, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Self Published Imprint: N/A Author’s Website: http://www.lilianahart.blogspot.com/ My Source for This Book: Gift from the author Part of a Series: Yes, Book 1, Addison Holmes series Series Best Read In Order: N/A Steam Level: Steamy
Okay, this book is hysterical. It’s a true comedy of errors. Poor Addison is a high school history teacher with an incredibly awesome (and expensive) car, a penchant for ice cream, and a horrible run of bad luck. Having been left at the altar by her scumbag fiance, who was of course busted banging her bimbo arch-nemesis (also the home-economics teacher from the same school she teaches at), and living in an apartment about to be condemned, she doesn’t currently have the funds to buy the adorable house of her dreams. Having made a bargain with the local sleezebag banker to have the money to him in 60 days, she’s desperate for money.
Enter her ill-fated — and incredibly short-lived — career as a stripper. Not only does she have absolutely zero talent for stripping, but she spies her Assistant Principal from school in the audience. Immediately after her only dance, her career as a stripper is over, and grateful to make her escape and put this horrible day behind her, she literally trips over a dead body in the parking lot of the strip club.
Unfortunately for Addison, things are rarely simple, and the body she stumbled over belongs to the same Assistant Principal who minutes ago was getting a lap-dance from another dancer and taking lewd photos of Addison during her performance.
Enter police hottie detective, Nick Dempsey. Immediately at odds with Addison, both feel an intense pull of attraction. However, neither lets that small fact get in the way of their animosity, and soon it seems that Addison can’t decide whether she wants to rip Nick’s clothes off and have her dirty, dirty way with him, or clobber him over the head with whatever heavy object happens to be handy. Or maybe both.
When Addison’s best friend, Kate, who also happens to be a private detective, takes pity on Addison and agrees to hire her to do some surveillance for her agency in exchange for $100 a day. Addison jumps at the chance, but she’s not exactly the most circumspect woman in town, and while she does get some good results, her methods are unorthodox to say the least…
Overall, I loved it. A perfect summer read, this is lighthearted and funny, while still possessing a pretty well executed (no pun intended) murder mystery. While Nick and Addison never go all the way, I think romance readers will still enjoy all the UST, the transformation from enemies to partners, and the delicious moments where it looks as though these two crazy kids might actually score.
While Addison does have a tendency to have quite a few Too Stupid To Live moments, the sheer amusement gained by reading her escapades is enough, in my opinion, to make it worth reading. And since at the moment it’s only $0.99 for the Kindle version, you really can’t pass it up.
Expected Release Date: February 22, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: Harp...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: February 22, 2011 (Available Now!) Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.julieannelong.com/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 5, Pennyroyal Green Series Best Read In Order: Worked well as a standalone Steam Level: Hot
When Ian Eversea is caught with his pants down — literally — by the Duke of Falconbridge, in the bedroom of Falconbridge’s fiance, he is right to fear for his life. However, some of the vicious rumors circling the Duke are true, especially the one that intimates that he savors his revenge as a dish best served cold. Being forced to escape out a window without his clothes, Ian knows that he has gotten off lightly. A short time later, Ian’s family, knowing nothing of this incident, is thrilled to discover that they are to have an incredibly distinguished guest for a few weeks — Alex Moncrieffe, the Duke of Falconbridge.
Unfortunately for them, Moncrieffe has decided to partake of his revenge, by taking something valuable and beloved from Ian — his sister.
Intending to seduce and then discard Genevieve, he’s astonished to discover that while she’s a bit on the plain side, there is so much more to her than first appears, and he cannot help but to find himself intrigued by her.
Recovering from the heartbreak of discovering that the man she loves is not only oblivious to her feelings but actually intends to wed her best friend, Genevieve is not exactly sparkling company for the Duke. In fact, she does everything she can to, politely of course, tell him to bugger off. Far from discouraging him, however, he’s intrigued by her quick thinking and obvious personal depths, as well as the mystery of her heartbreak, and soon an unlikely friendship blossoms.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed it. Between Moncrieffe’s dark past, Genevieve’s heartbreak, the revenge plot, and the delightful ongoing torment of Ian, I simply couldn’t put it down. While I was incredibly frustrate with Genevieve towards the end, I couldn’t put it down.
Recommended for fans of brutally painful unrequited love, of dark and brooding older heroes entranced by a younger and surprisingly mature heroine, and of grand gestures by heroes gambling for the heroine’s heart.
I won a copy of this book from the author, ironically by following a link I saw on Twitter.
A very short work, this book contains only a few pages, but...moreI won a copy of this book from the author, ironically by following a link I saw on Twitter.
A very short work, this book contains only a few pages, but I admit, if I'd seen most of these as Facebook statuses or on Twitter, I'd almost certainly have shared/retweeted them myself, because several literally made me LOL.
Told "Twitter style", each "story" is told in 140 characters or less, just as a tweet would be. While a couple of them fell flat for me, I especially loved the zombie one, Thomas the Train's thoughts, the stalking conference, the one about a mother's eyes, and the review for the New Yorker.
The only thing I wish was that it was longer (and don't men hate when women say that??). If Mr. Hutchings could publish a version that had, say, 200+ of these amusing shorts, I would not hesitate to spend my hard-earned money on it.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Av...moreThis is a Quickie Review. For the full review, please visit The Romanceaholic.
Expected Release Date: Available Now! Publisher: HarperCollins Imprint: Avon Author’s Website: http://www.lynsaysands.net/ My Source for This Book: Amazon.com Part of a Series: Yes, Book 2, Madison Sisters Series Best Read In Order: Yes Steam Level: Hot
Ever since reading The Countess, I’d been anxious to find out what was going to happen between Suzette and Daniel.
Suzette is an heiress. She and her two sisters have inherited an extensive dower that they will be able to access once they are married. At the insistence of their family, however, they’ve kept it a secret to help keep them safe from fortune hunters. Suzette’s older sister, Christina, married a man in what she thought was a love match, only to discover that he was really only after her money. And to make matters worse, their father has once again gambled away their estate, and the only way to save the family from scandal and ruin is for Suzette to marry immediately so that she may access her dower.
Suzette has learned a lesson from her sister’s unhappy marriage however. Since you cannot count on a love match, the only way Suzette sees to retain power in any marriage is to make her husband dependent on her. She decides to seek out a man desperately in need of her money, who will in turn allow her to keep half of her extensive fortune, and to retain her freedom.
Daniel grew up in poverty. Unlike most people in the same situation, however, his mother insisted on pretending to have a fortune, so society never really suspected. Now, with the help of his best friend Richard, he has gained a true fortune through investments, and yet knows that his fortune is the most attractive feature amongst the marriage-minded mamas determined to marry him off to their daughters.
When Suzette meets Daniel and begins to explain her need for a hasty marriage, she asks him outright if he has money. Thinking that she’s only out for his fortune, and that the quickest way to scare her off is to tell her he is poor, he bends the truth and tells her about his childhood without mentioning his reversal of fortunes. He’s shocked when not only is Suzette thrilled by his apparent poverty, but when she immediately proposed marriage. Even more surprising than that though, is the intense physical attraction and chemistry between them when they end up kissing in the garden after she basically insinuates that he’s no good at kissing (and so of course he has to prove her wrong).
While the first half of the novel being basically a recap from the last story in a different POV would likely help newcomers to the series know what was going on, I still suggest reading The Countess before picking this one up. I thought to myself several times that I was glad that I’d read the first one or else I’d be well and truly lost, since Dicky’s actual death was pretty much glossed over, as was a lot of the plot that Dicky had made (not to mention the fact that the real murderer was never mentioned in this book even though it was revealed in the first).
There were also a few Too Stupid To Live moments on Suzette’s part, but I mostly forgave that simply because the UST was so delicious between the two. Plus, their courtship is pretty much a comedy of errors, which was greatly entertaining, even when you wanted to shake some sense into Suzette.
Overall, the hotness of this story helped to overcome the fact that the first half of it was mainly a recap of the first book and Suzette needed to be smacked on occasion. Recommended for fans of whirlwind romances, tiny lies that spin out of control, and evil plots by villains determined to keep the hero and heroine apart.
This quirky collection of comic strips had me literally LOL'ing.
Ranging from the different types of Facebookers (of which I do fall into one of the ca...moreThis quirky collection of comic strips had me literally LOL'ing.
Ranging from the different types of Facebookers (of which I do fall into one of the categories but I refuse to say which), to Why Canadians Make Good Pets, this coffee table book is ideal for anyone with a slightly twisted sense of humor.
So when I picked this up, I had no idea it was a part of a series. Yeah, IDK, I guess I didn't bother to read the back or something lol
Regardless, I...moreSo when I picked this up, I had no idea it was a part of a series. Yeah, IDK, I guess I didn't bother to read the back or something lol
Regardless, I have to say, that even though I had moments of confusion, it worked pretty well as a standalone. Rather than scratching my head and saying "WTF?!" through much of the story, as with some other late-entry series additions from other authors (I'm lookin at you, J.R. Ward), I think AK did a great job of giving just enough information to allow new readers to follow without bogging everything down with info-dump.
What worked for me: * This is my first Angela Knight book, so it came as a bit of a surprise to me: This book was hysterical! I'm talking Kresley- Cole-Immortals-After-Dark hysterical. Tons of snark, wicked senses of humor, and quirkiness abound, and I adored it.
* C'mon, Eva works/partly-owns a comic book store! Is that a dream job or WHAT? :D
* I really liked the side story lines (not secondary romances mind you), such as that of Belle/Tristan and Miranda and Joelle. Remember, I have never read anything in this series, so some readers may get irritated or distracted by the side action whereas I merely found it as a nice insight to the saga.
What didn't work for me: * Eh, the multiple personality syndrome things wasn't really my cuppa, and took a bit of getting used to.
* There were several times I admit I wanted to skim to get back to the parts with Miranda. Not that Smoke/Eva were boring, just.. I really wanted to know what was going on with Miranda lol
Overall, I really enjoyed it. As I said, the whole elemental/cat/sidhe.. thing... wasn't really for me, so that's why it didn't get 5 stars. The humor, however, was wonderful, and AK did a wonderful job of using this novel to whet the appetites of new readers to entice them into reading the rest of the series. 4/5 Stars(less)
Our vampire hero, Graf, is on his way to Washington, D.C. for a party with his sire, Sophia, when he pauses for a late night snack at an abandoned gas...moreOur vampire hero, Graf, is on his way to Washington, D.C. for a party with his sire, Sophia, when he pauses for a late night snack at an abandoned gas station in a small town. The only problem is his "snack", a Penance, Ohio resident named Jessa, is also being chased by a giant monster possum. Or something. Graf isn't sure exactly what "It" is, but he knows it's bigger, stronger, and much, much smellier than he is, and proceeds to high-tail it out of Penance. At least, that was the plan.
Unfortunately for Graf, all of the residents of Penance have been trapped for five years with no contact to the outside world. Travelers can pass right through, but they never stop, and only a few whispered rumors indicate that anyone from Penance has ever been able to leave. And now, they can add a vampire to their numbers.
What worked for me: * This book was hysterical. Graf wasn't a nice guy when he first arrived into town, and as such initially viewed Jessa and everyone else of Penance as a simple food supply. It wasn't until later when he began to see her as a woman rather than cattle, and during the transition there was quite a bit of hilarity to his thoughts. He once mentioned how awkward it was to offer her solace while she was upset because it was rather like "comforting an ice cream cone".
* I like that the vampire's bite wasn't all sexy. It was gruesome and painful and there was nothing attractive about it. This is a nice change from a lot of paranormal romance novels which indicate a type of euphoria that the victim receives from the bite.
* I really liked the small-town mentality. Having grown up in a small town, I recognized a lot of the attitudes that would only have been amplified by forced isolation. Bullies, mob mentalities, and prejudices abounded, which made things feel much more "real".
* I really liked that Graf wasn't preternaturally cunning or intelligent, nor did he instantly "have all the answers". Numerous paranormal romances (honestly, romances in general) have the hero always know exactly what needs to be done and rarely making mistakes. Graf doesn't have any big plan -- he's totally winging it through the whole situation and really shouldn't be depended upon to "fix" things or to get himself and Jessa out of any sticky situations.
What din't work for me:
* I didn't care for the fact that Jessa was an adulteress. Somehow I just don't find it endearing to have a heroine knowingly sleeping with a married man, no matter what their history together.
* I wish they'd had a better name for the creature other than "It". I kept getting Tim Curry flashbacks every time I read the name, which took away from the story quite a bit.
Overall, I really liked this book. Watching Graf go from top-of-the-food-chain, arrogant and cold to a man in love was gradual enough to be gratifying without making the reader feel as though things were dragging. While I didn't care for the main conflict between Jessa and her redneck mostly-ex-boyfriend, I did like the way the story played out in the end, and would love to read more about these characters in the future.
What worked for me: *I REALLY enjoyed the fact that Lizzie made a LOT of mistakes with her magic before she finally got everything figure...moreFree on Kindle
What worked for me: *I REALLY enjoyed the fact that Lizzie made a LOT of mistakes with her magic before she finally got everything figured out. *Who DOESN'T love a man in uniform?!
What didn't work for me: *The angst of a cheating spouse -- while this was integral to the story, it was a bit too angsty for me, especially since this was a journey of acceptance and forgiveness for the heroine. I'm not a forgiving person lol Let's just say the second spell wouldn't have been for what she made it for, but would've instead been an extension of the first spell, only one intended to last the entire marriage. Srsly. *Her family annoyed the pie out of me.
Overall, an easy read. A bit heavy on the chick-lit/self-empowerment side for my tastes, but not enough to give it a bad rating.
This book was well and truly awful. I mean not just bad, but really and honestly horrible. It started out great, great premise, showed lots of promise...moreThis book was well and truly awful. I mean not just bad, but really and honestly horrible. It started out great, great premise, showed lots of promise, but things just went way downhill. A ruffly penis, waist length GORGEOUS curly hair, purring, magic semen (called "snard" for crying out loud), the constant dripping of "coronal fluid" crazy dress-code, nose f*cking (yes, you read that right), public sex, partner sharing, you name it lol
And, to top it off, it was written in a very rambling first person narrative -- it was rather like when you're telling someone a story and you get sidetracked and go off on a tangent for ten minutes then remember what you were talking about in the first place and come back to it.
So, why the 3-star rating?
Because it wasn't just bad. It was Rocky Horror bad lol It was so ridiculous (and absolutely NOT sexy) that I finished it solely for the camp factor.
As another reviewer pointed out, the problem with novellas is just when you get into it, BAM it's over.
Other than the length (hahaha oh my inner 12-ye...moreAs another reviewer pointed out, the problem with novellas is just when you get into it, BAM it's over.
Other than the length (hahaha oh my inner 12-year-old boy had to snicker at that, sorry), I really enjoyed this. Told in the first person, this little gem of a story had everything I like in a romance -- lots of angst (without sinking to a bunch of emo melodrama), a bad (and mostly undeserved) reputation, some weirdness thrown in for flavor (and yes, I had to Google "ocelot"), the initial dislike the heroes held for each other.. and did I mention the angst? I swear my heart broke for poor James at least three times before it was all over with.
I would have probably said 5 Stars if this had been a full-length novel and things didn't feel so rushed in the end. Thus is the nature of a novella, however, so I will say definitely a solid 4 stars. :)(less)
I'm so annoyed -- I wrote a long (and brilliant, of course!) review and Goodreads apparently ate it *scowls*
So let's try this again!
So I saw this new...more I'm so annoyed -- I wrote a long (and brilliant, of course!) review and Goodreads apparently ate it *scowls*
So let's try this again!
So I saw this new release on Amazon yesterday and snagged it for my Kindle based on the synopsis. It wasn't until I was a couple chapters into it that I realized that it was the newest novel in a series that I started but never finished! Doh!
However, it turned out fine, because while there wasn't a big info dump at the beginning like some authors *cough*Jayne Castle*cough* tend throw into the newest editions to a long-running series. Most of the characters from previous novels were only mentioned in passing (if at all) and really only Edward and the Jäger-Sucher's were mentioned with any regularity.
What worked for me:
*I loved that they didn't villainize Alana. Too many authors take the easy way out and turn a deceased spouse (especially one who started off in the story as a complete paragon of goodness and virtue) into a vile biznich or jackhole whom the reader should be thankful that our hero doesn't have to put up with any more. Kudos to LH for keeping her inherently "good" even as she made her more "real".
*While not as humorous as, say, a Kresley Cole novel, there was definitely a lot of snark and humor in the story which certainly helped to keep things from becoming too maudlin and heavy.
*The magic factor -- an alternate explanation for werewolves outside of the previous.. er.. science explanation from the previous novels. While it did leave a wide open blank as far as explanations go, it was helpful to have another factor that could've been the cause of the differences between Julian's werewolves and the werewolves Alex traditionally hunted.
*I really enjoyed the chemistry between Alex and Julian. The whole enemies-to-lovers thing is a favorite ploy of mine to begin with, and so yeah, while they did seem to fall into bed at a moment's notice (c'mon folks, ever heard of foreplay?!), the fact that they were disgusted and angry with themselves afterwards added delicious tension.
What didn't work for me:
*Julian's viking past. Yeah yeah, I know, he was a bloody VIKING, but still, I didn't like some of the things he'd admitted to doing. It's unfair to judge him with contemporary ethics when his bad deeds were done in a time where they were not only encouraged but were expected and dangerous not to participate in, but nobody likes to hear that their hero used to be a rapist. Blarg.
*The whole nudity thing -- sure they were werewolves and therefore pack and nobody cared and blah blah blah but I still have a hard time identifying with a heroine who cheerfully runs around in her birthday suit amongst strangers, especially of both sexes, unless of course it's that sort of story *wink wink nudge nudge* lol
*The whole issue that came to conclusion during the epilogue. It felt predictable and too... neatly wrapped up for my tastes. Also would've preferred that some other loose ends be tied up (but I won't mention which ones since it'd be a spoiler) ;)
Overall, a very enjoyable story. While I think there was enough information to eek by without being terribly lost, I would still suggest that readers new to the series pick up at least one or two previous novels first, so that they will better understand the basic motivations and personalities of the Jäger-Sucher's and Edward especially. Solid 4 Stars(less)
**spoiler alert** So when I first started reading, I despised Sophie's betrothed. What a disgusting man he was to plan on marrying Sophie while settin...more**spoiler alert** So when I first started reading, I despised Sophie's betrothed. What a disgusting man he was to plan on marrying Sophie while setting up a mistress with whom he was in love! >:( Ok ok so that's not really fair -- that's EXACTLY what men of the times in that social circle did, but still. Blech.
However, once we got to know him and Madeline a little better, I admit I softened towards him a great deal, even though he was still a big ole chucklehead. The resolution with Madeline was a bit far-fetched, but still sweet.
Sophie's parents also annoyed me. I can't abide adultery, and despite the fact that Sophie hinted that a lot of his "public" dalliances were designed to spark a reaction in his wife, that doesn't change the fact that he still carried on multiple extramarital affairs. It was nice that she (finally) forgave him and let him back in her bed, but adultery is such an automatic squick for me that even that wasn't all that appealing.
To be honest, I found both of those side romances to be more intriguing than that between Patrick and Sophie. Not that there was anything wrong with them, mind you, and I definitely enjoyed the story as a whole, but her pretending to be uneducated so's not to scare him off and acting as though nothing ever bothered her (even though I understand her reasoning given her upbringing) annoyed the pie out of me. And Patrick, I'm sorry man I wouldn't allow my spouse to go off unattended with their ex-fiance for hours at a time without at least asking WTH they were doing.
Even with all that, it was an entertaining read, so 4 Stars :)(less)
First, this book was HYSTERICAL -- the bits about her "kinks" had me rolling :)
Second, it was confusing as @#$%. Srsly. I didn't rea...moreTwo things really:
First, this book was HYSTERICAL -- the bits about her "kinks" had me rolling :)
Second, it was confusing as @#$%. Srsly. I didn't realize this was a spinoff of a well-established series until about three chapters in, when I was feeling overwhelmed with all the characters and obvious subtext.. The whole "Light Dragons, #1" thing threw me off. DEFINITELY read the other "dragon" novels first before even attempting this on or you'll be scratching your head half the time.
(and third, be prepared for the total WTF cliffhanger ending. I seriously thought for a second that I'd gotten a bad copy because it just.. well... stopped at the end, rather than have everything neatly tied up with just a hint at a sequel)
Even so, I say 4 Stars because it was so bloody amusing :) (less)
This was my first Kristen Painter novel, and let me tell you, it won't be my last :)
The premise caught my eye immediately -- who hasn't wished for a g...moreThis was my first Kristen Painter novel, and let me tell you, it won't be my last :)
The premise caught my eye immediately -- who hasn't wished for a genie of sorts to grant three magical changes in our lives? Add to that the fact that the "genie" isn't a genie at all, but is, in fact, a hunka hunka burning Viking and well, I'm fangirling all over that!
One thing that stood out to me the most with this book was the humor. There were definitely serious themes, and possibly even a hint of a parable underneath everything. From Arlik's obsession with Cinnabons and bagels to Calleigh's tendency to oggle his behind, this book had me grinning the whole time, even through the angst.
I'm not sure if this is marketed as a YA or Adult novel, but it definitely had a YA feel to it. For once though, that's not a bad thing :) I was in the mood for an easy, lighthearted read after some of the heavier stories I've picked up lately, and this novel fit the bill perfectly.
Even better? At less than $4 for the Kindle edition, you really can't beat the price :)
4 1/2 (minus the 1/2 because dangit I wanted Calleigh to get some lol)(less)
I'm such a sucker for stories (especially historicals) about tomboy females who finally get a chance at love.
I'll be the first to admit, I don't like...moreI'm such a sucker for stories (especially historicals) about tomboy females who finally get a chance at love.
I'll be the first to admit, I don't like children in romance. They're either vomit-inducingly cute and perfect, or way too mature for their ages. That said, I adored Graciela. She was spoiled, annoying, smart-mouthed and manipulative. In other words, she was six lol It was nice seeing her mature throughout the story, and I loved her interactions with Jenny (especially since Jenny hated children)
The romance was fun, with tons of UST.. Who knew just kissing could be that hot?? *fans self*
It was also funny at times, and I admit I snickered at the fact they kept referring to their attraction as "having a hankering" lol
The ending was a bit predictable (but no less fun), and the epilogue was simply beautiful.