Only thing I wasn't keen on was the whole bit where it seems priests have sex with other people...moreF*CK yes.
Now I want to go read the rest of the series.
Only thing I wasn't keen on was the whole bit where it seems priests have sex with other people as part of their priestly duties (my own personal hangup, oh well), but that wasn't dwelled upon, and was probably explained in earlier books.
Some readers may be a bit bothered by the fact the protagonists are "underage" for most of the book, but in their world, it obviously wasn't an issue, so it wasn't an issue for me either.
I snagged this one from the library right before I left for vacation, and while I realized it was part of a series, what I didn't realize was that it...moreI snagged this one from the library right before I left for vacation, and while I realized it was part of a series, what I didn't realize was that it was book 12.. Unfortunately this meant that it was a little hard to keep up despite the author's best efforts, and it left me floundering at times trying to keep the vast number of characters and their powers and their relationships straight while still trying to keep up with the main storyline.
That said, the mystery and suspense was beautifully paced, and while I of course was disappointed to the lack of smut (heh), there were two rather satisfying romances on an emotional level.
I DID like that there were notes at the end of each chapter marking references from previous books. An author's note indicated that this was something new with this installment, and it did seem like it would be helpful, were I to want to go back and read up on a particular incident, or refresh my memory had I read some of the series up to that point.
3.5/5 Stars -- would probably been higher were I more familiar with the series going in.(less)
Not really a "romance" or even "romantica" -- More of a light drama with a hint of mystery, a touch of action, and lots and lots of sexy times. 4/5 St...moreNot really a "romance" or even "romantica" -- More of a light drama with a hint of mystery, a touch of action, and lots and lots of sexy times. 4/5 Stars, full review to follow in participation with a blog tour. (less)
Believe it or not, I think there may have been just a little bit to much sex for my tastes. Don't get me wrong, it was hot sex, but it was a lot, and...moreBelieve it or not, I think there may have been just a little bit to much sex for my tastes. Don't get me wrong, it was hot sex, but it was a lot, and sometimes got in the way of plot development.
Even so, it was an enjoyable take with two tortured protagonists, some action, a bit of intrigue, and lots of hot man on man action.
There was a little too much self hatred on the part of Kai for my tastes but given his background that was understandable.
I also liked that you didn't have to be familiar with the series to follow along though obviously that would make your enjoyment of the overall story arc a little more satisfying.
Overall a very pleasant way to spend the day. 4/5, full review to follow.(less)
Ug. Ever since the 50 Shades trilogy authors seem to think its perfectly okay to stop a story smack in the middle and call it a cliffhanger. No me gus...moreUg. Ever since the 50 Shades trilogy authors seem to think its perfectly okay to stop a story smack in the middle and call it a cliffhanger. No me gusta.
I can handle the hero sleeping around because hello he's a sex addict and the blurb gives us fair warning. I can handle the hot therapist who leads his group sessions being the cliche virgin who crosses professional boundaries. I can handle (and even encourage) the resulting angst.
What I can't handle though, is happily reading along and there's this big development between the two and BAM book is over be sure to buy the next one available now!
No thank you. I'm all for having a series but when you stop a story in a place like that feels more like a marketing ploy then a natural place to stop, it doesn't make me want to continue reading.
That said. I liked this book. I enjoyed the angst and the hero's background and his struggle with his behavior and his brothers and I liked our heroine even though the psych student in me cringed at just how many professional and ethical lines she crossed.
I just won't be continuing the series.
(apologies for any typos as I'm on my kindle)(less)
Outside of my comfort zone in a few spots but well written and with both an excellent premise and a very satisfying ending. More than a few editorial...moreOutside of my comfort zone in a few spots but well written and with both an excellent premise and a very satisfying ending. More than a few editorial mistakes but that doesn't count against the rating as I read an uncorrected proof. A very solid 4/5, full review to follow.(less)
First and foremost is the major factor that this this IS a fanfiction (Supernatural, in case you couldn't tell from the description), and so there are...moreFirst and foremost is the major factor that this this IS a fanfiction (Supernatural, in case you couldn't tell from the description), and so there are little nods/references to the show that seem out of place to those who aren't fans. For those who are fans, there may be a bit of disappointment that the characters are out of character. For me, honestly, I didn't mind them being out of character, but it was jolting at times to have the show references, because despite the character names, I had honestly forgotten it was a fanfiction by the time I was about halfway through, since the story had pulled me in so much.
My own personal opinion is that this story needs to be pulled from the fanfiction world, names changed/fandom references removed, professionally edited, and published, because it's an excellent work of fiction that doesn't need to rely on the draw of the fandom in order to gain a following.
I have never, in my entire life, cried this hard over a book. Sure, I've sniffled. I've even wiped a few stray tears or gotten quite choked up at times. I've had books that have stuck with me for days, and weeks, and even months.
This story though? Had me sobbing like a baby. I'm not exaggerating when I say I haven't cried like this except over deaths in my own family.
Days later an Elvis song came on at work and I had to excuse myself to go to the restroom and compose myself before I could continue to go about my day.
Read this at your own risk. DO NOT TAKE THE WARNINGS LIGHTLY. When people say that it broke their hearts, listen to them. When they say they cried for days, listen to them. My best friend thought I was exaggerating and read it. She's coming over tomorrow and I'm baking her a casserole out of guilt because she's so broken up over it.
Though very well-written, it ripped my still-beating heart out of my chest and stomped it to bloody bits while I could do nothing but watch helplessly from the sidelines.
There's no happy ending, and those who know me know I require a HEA.
I read this a week ago and I'm still raw.
That said, it doesn't leave you quite dead in the floor. It does patch you back up a bit with a bittersweet ending, but I can honestly say this is a story that I will never forget.
And yet, even with all of the pain, I'm still glad I read it. As agonizing as it was, the love between the protagonists was eternal, even though reality got in the way of the apple-pie fairytale they had truly deserved.
And now I have to go curl up in the corner and whimper for a bit because just writing this review has reopened the wound.