I don't know why I keep punishing myself by choosing to read erotica titles that claim to be original and sexy and turn out to be anything but... An i...moreI don't know why I keep punishing myself by choosing to read erotica titles that claim to be original and sexy and turn out to be anything but... An inner voice in my head kept warning me about this one but I was in desperate need of a fun and sexy story and this one promised to be exactly that. Breaking news, Anything He Wants wasn't fun at all and the sex scenes were boring as hell... The main hero was a proper caveman and nothing even remotely close to a swoon-worthy alpha male. Unless you like your man to take you rougly in an elevator just because he "smelled" your desire and then fire you. Seriously, even if this is fiction and we're talking about fictional characters, still, the whole thing is very disturbing... Can't recommend it to anyone and I just want to forget that I ever read this story...(less)
Another mediocre book in a very long string of mediocre books I keep picking up lately. The plot was all over the place and nothing like the suspensef...moreAnother mediocre book in a very long string of mediocre books I keep picking up lately. The plot was all over the place and nothing like the suspenseful erotica title I was expecting. The element of suspence was unfortunately put on hold in favor of as many sex scenes as one could read and then some more. The result was a story whose sex scenes I mostly skipped because there's a limit to how many different ways the main couple can have sex before I get bored out of my mind. Such a pity because this one sounded like a story right up my alley if there was a balance between the sex scenes and the rest of the story.(less)
Ughhhh... This was almost painful to read I'm afraid. So painful that I couldn't even enjoy the sex scenes. I just wanted to slap some sense into the...moreUghhhh... This was almost painful to read I'm afraid. So painful that I couldn't even enjoy the sex scenes. I just wanted to slap some sense into the heroine and I couldn't help but wonder what on earth did the hero see in her... The characters had no background, I couldn't feel that they knew each other, much less that they were best friends. Couldn't possibly recommend it to anyone.(less)
It had been quite some time since I read a good YA book and Darker Days seemed exactly the book to end that long period for...moreReview posted at Ex Libris
It had been quite some time since I read a good YA book and Darker Days seemed exactly the book to end that long period for me. Jus Accardo is known for her witty and humorous writing style and the premise of Darker Days is more than interesting. And while in some departments this story delivered, in some others it failed miserably to do so. But let's take things from the beginning.
As soon as I started reading this book I was sure I had a winner in my hands. I was beyond intrigued with the story and Accardo's humorous dialogues and descriptions. But my enthusiasm lasted less than a few chapters into the story I'm afraid. As soon as I reached the middle, any novelty of the plot had wore off and the humorous writing style was just trying to keep the reader's interest in a story that just couldn't deliver in any other department.
First of all, let me say that Darker Days is the embodiment of every imaginable YA cliche out there and that was the first failure for me. Do you want insta-love? Check. Hot bad boy? Check. Bad boy but in essence naive and pure hearted? Check. Annoying heroine who thinks she knows everything? Check. Heroine who saves the world without even understanding how? Check. Heroine who thinks is normal but she's far from it? Check. And the list goes on I'm afraid.
The second failure was the plot. Huge gaps there and that spin in the end instead of surprising the reader just didn't really make much sense.
In Darker Days there is a huge variety of supernatural creatures, zombies, demons, half demons, witches, necromancers, lamiai but all of them felt disconnected to the main plot and unreal. Like they were thrown in the story for the sole purpose of variety. Not to mention that more times than once, I felt that the whole story was unrealistic.Because even though such a variety of supernatural creatures exists, population, in its majority, doesn't have the slightest idea about it. Even though they walk in broad daylight. And when a normal person is encountered with the possibility of the supernatural being very real, they just take it for what it is without breaking a sweat. I mean you are possesed by a Deadly Sin, you have no idea of the supernatural world being actually real and when the Sin leaves your body all you do is thank the one who freed you and not even freak out or ask what the hell is going on? I mean come on!!! In what world that happens?
Anyway, that is just one example of how unrealistic the plot was but believe me there are more. So many actually that I kept rolling my eyes again and again while reading Darker Days.
The next failure were the characters. All of them. They again felt unreal and without consistency. The author is trying really hard to make us believe that Lucas is a bad boy but news here, wearing leather and pulling of the bad boy image doesn't make you one. In fact I haven't encountered such a naive character in way too long... Lucas is Wrath for a reason, although throughout the book, I couldn't believe for a second that he could ever be Wrath. Thus, when he was fighting to remain calm it was almost comical... And Jessie! Well, she was the only female character you could like because all the other female characters were awful. And that speaks volumes of her character. Not that she was that dislikable but she wasn't a memorable character either.
But the most problematic character of all was Vida aka Lust. I never thought that Lust equals slut but apparently that's the way things work in this universe. Plus, the reason Lust chose Vida's body to invade was a story better not be featured in a YA book. Just saying....
Verdict: Darker Days failed to impress me I'm afraid. Even though it is a fun written book and I appreciated the humor of it, at least at first, poor characters and a very loose plot made me lose my interest in the whole story pretty soon.(less)
"Jeebus Crust"... To be completely honest I couldn't stand reading more than 6 chapters with my full attention to the story. I just skimmed through th...more"Jeebus Crust"... To be completely honest I couldn't stand reading more than 6 chapters with my full attention to the story. I just skimmed through the rest of it. Flat and unimaginative writing style, a plot that couldn't hold my interest and a main heroine that managed to annoy the hell out of me from the very first chapter. "Holy fishticks" I think there are far better wedding themed stories out there... (less)
Unfortunatelly this title isn't the right one for me, something that was obvious almost as soon as I started reading Secrets for Seducing a Royal Body...moreUnfortunatelly this title isn't the right one for me, something that was obvious almost as soon as I started reading Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard. The writing style is one I couldn't easily follow, or rather make me stay focused on the whole narration. But my biggest problem with this story was the immediate lust both heroes felt for each other as soon as the story began. I was never a big fan for instant love or instant lust but especially in this book the whole thing starts way too soon, and by soon, I mean from the bery first chapter. The hero is in the middle of rescuing the heroine and thinks that she's been raped by I don't even know how many men, he has already killed a men and he's on guard for more possible killings and amidst all that he notices the heroine's full bosom and general attractiveness, while the heroine instead of being hysterical or at least in fear, one of her first reactions is to notice how handsome her rescuer is... To say that such a scenario is unrealistical would be an understatement I'm afraid...
After that I couldn't invest myself to the characters or the whole story in general (which was full of cliches I must add) thus reducing my whole appreciation of this book.(less)
This is yet another book by Jennifer Probst that couldn't really catch my interest I'm afraid... Although Searching for Someday was evidently better i...moreThis is yet another book by Jennifer Probst that couldn't really catch my interest I'm afraid... Although Searching for Someday was evidently better in most departments than the previous two books I read by the same author, still, it didn't really work for me.
The story is rather typical once more. I liked how this book was linked to the previous series in such a subtle way but it was like reading pretty much the same story once more... I don't know, if this was my first book by this author, maybe, just maybe, my opinion would be different. But as it is, Searching for Someday is something I have already read like a million times before and the characters didn't really work for me in order to keep my interest in a story that was bound to unimpress me. Kate was too cliche for my taste and Slade an overbearing alpha. The chemistry between them, was nonexistent. Everything seemed forced somehow and to be completely honest I was tempted to put this book down as soon as I read that Kate was still a virgin... I mean the virgin part is a major turn off for me in NA stories, but when reading about a close to 30 y.o. virgin it's just plain unbelievable. No wonder Kate was wet all the time and her nipples were puckered all the time while in close procimity to Slade or when he simply looked at her... Anyway, I continued reading despite my better judgement but things never really improved.
The writing style is easy and the story flows making Searching for Someday a quick read but it's just not my cup of tea.(less)
Abandoning this one around page 100. I just don't have the patience right now to see if this book will get any better. Maybe I will try it again somet...moreAbandoning this one around page 100. I just don't have the patience right now to see if this book will get any better. Maybe I will try it again sometime later though I doubt it. Both main characters are shallow and the way Hawk understands that Adrienne is the love of his life upon laying eyes on her was just laughable. Nope, I prefer to remember Moning's writing style from the Fever series, this book feels like it's being written from a completely different author.(less)
When I saw that Delphine Dryden was writing a sequel to her Theory of Attraction story I was beyond excited! I absolutely loved the first book in the...moreWhen I saw that Delphine Dryden was writing a sequel to her Theory of Attraction story I was beyond excited! I absolutely loved the first book in the Science of Temptation series that I just couldn't wait to read a new scorching hot nerdy romance. And at this point I can't help but wonder how it's possible for me to love so much the first book in a series and feel absolutely nothing about the second one. Because that's exactly what happened with The Seduction Hypothesis. I just read it feeling nothing whatsoever about the story, never getting the hotness of the scenes, never caring about the main characters and thinking that I should had just avoided reading any sequel to a just perfect story. Not that we had the same main characters but they made an appearance and believe me, it was hard for me to even recognise both Cami and Ivan from the first book in this new story.
But let's take things from the beginning. The Seduction Hypothesis is the story of Lindsey and Ben both nerds who have recently broken up and are again meeting in order to attend the same convention along with 4 other friends, Cami and Ivan of the first book among them. So typically, this is a second chance in love kind of story, one that I usually really enjoy but unfortunately in this book it was rather poorly executed. Because in the end of day, all there was to The Seduction Hypothesis is a couple's initiation to the BDSM lifestyle and the whole plot was just centred around a couple of sex scenes and nothing more. And probably things couldn't have been different since The Seduction Hypothesis was a rather short story. Shorter than Theory of Attraction if I remember correctly. But while in the first book, where the main focus was once more the sex scenes, we also had a very unique and intriguing character, here, we had nothing. Or rather we had once more two very intriguing characters but unfortunately they were never fully explored nor they were developed. Granted, Ben showed the most signs of development throughout the story seeing how he was first introduced as a man who was afraid to make any tough choices and live his life as he wanted and by the end we had a man willing to go after what he thought was good for him but still ,those changes felt somehow forced on his character rather than a natural outcome. He didn't grow as a character he just accepted to explore the BDSM lifestyle and everything else just came along with that decision in a nicely wrapped package. As a result, the HEA by the end, didn't really feel as one. The way Ben and Lindsay got together just felt like a necessity in order for the story to wrap up quickly and end in a happy way while still their problems weren't really all that settled.
But the ending, no matter how quickly wrapped up wasn't my main problem in this book. My main problem was the fact that The Seduction Hypothesis was just an excuse for some more hot BDSM scenes with no plot nor any in depth characters. And as a result, when there's no substantial story nor I can connect to my main characters, the sex scenes hold no real value to me. I just read them detached, unable of feeling anything at all. And how could I ever feel anything when I don't really care about the characters. When the author isn't providing me with anything to make me care about her characters.
All in all, The Seduction Hypothesis is nothing like the first book in the series unfortunately. The writing style is pretty much the same but this story is just written in haste, or at least it seems that way. There's no real plot, the characters lack any depth and in overall The Seduction Hypothesis is just a story with some well written sex scenes in it, though again in the first book were way better, and little else. I read it quite quickly but I doubt I will remember much of it after sometime, unlike the first book which will be among my favorite erotica stories for quite some time.(less)
1.5 stars After reading two books by Jennifer Probst and immensely enjoying both of them, it shouldn't come as a big surprise the fact that I just coul...more1.5 stars After reading two books by Jennifer Probst and immensely enjoying both of them, it shouldn't come as a big surprise the fact that I just couldn't wait to get my hands on her newest release with Entangled, All the Way. I was dying to read another sweet and at the same time impossibly sexy romance written in a way only Probst can deliver. Alas, All the Way was nothing like what I expected it to be and compared to the author's Marriage to a Billionaire series, it's quite inferior I'm afraid.
Like I said, I picked up All the Way feeling quite certain that I would enjoy it only to be thoroughly disappointed with it really soon. I mean after the first 5 chapters or maybe even sooner, it became quite apparent that this wasn't the book for me. Maybe the writing style was just as good as in the author's previous work, I won't disagree on that. Maybe the sex scenes were delivered in the same sexy and sinful way. I can't agree more on that either. But when I think of All the Way in its entirety all I can think of to describe it is really cheesy and with little redeeming qualities to balance that cheesiness and make me enjoy the story. Because all the other books I read by the author were again heavy on the cheesy part. But still, even so, I really enjoyed them because I could relate with the characters and the romance was delivered in such a way that honestly, I couldn't care less about anything else. Something that didn't happen with All the Way I'm afraid.
All the Way explores the second chance lovers trope and even if that isn't one of my favorite tropes I really enjoy those kind of stories most of the time. I find incredibly interesting exploring all the reasons that drove the couple apart in the past and seeing them get together again. Plus, in that trope the sexual tension is almost always more delicious since you have two people who were once together. At least the way I see it. In this story unfortunately, neither the reasons that drove the couple apart were interesting nor the tension between them was believable. I mean right where the story starts, Miranda and Gavin meet again after three years and a couple of chapters later Gavin is right in Miranda's house trying to seduce her just because he's a Dom. And don't get me started on that Dom part. Throughout the whole story Gavin is referred to as Dom a couple of times, but his relationship with Miranda isn't anything like the Dom/Sub relationship of a BDSM story one might expect. The Dom references are more to indicate that Gavin wants to control everything while he's having sex more than anything else. At least that's how I saw it since the sex scenes in this book didn't have anything real kinky in them. So here is where I wonder why on earth in a more or less sweet and typical romance the author felt the need to insert BDSM elements, that she wasn't willing to explore in the least. It was a major turn off for me. There were moments when I felt that I was reading a harlequin romance that wanted to magically transform into 50 Shades...
Apart from those unnecessary BDSM elements, I also had a hard time with the characters in this book. I disliked Gavin and I couldn't care less about Miranda... Miranda was an ok character I guess but the way she just caved to Gavin's requests didn't exactly make me love her. I didn't hate her, I just couldn't care for her. I didn't feel sorry for the way Gavin treated her, maybe I did a little bit at first, but after witnessing how her womb clenched upon seeing him after so many years and after being treated in such a way, well, whatever pity I felt for her, just vanished. Now Gavin on the other hand, is one of the most self centred characters I have ever read. The way he just wanted Miranda to forgive him everything and the way he thought that as soon as he understood his bad ways everyone should bow to his majesty was frustrating to say the least. Add to that the fact that he stalked Miranda and you can understand why I couldn't possibly like him. I like an undeniably alpha male in my romance but Gavin was way beyond the caveman line.
And now let's talk about the plot. Nothing new or fresh here I'm afraid. Like I said in the beginning, All the Way is incredibly cheesy and predictable. It follows every known cliche out there, making it really easy to guess where the story is going. So, when one adds a very predictable story to a set of characters I couldn't really like or care about, you can understand why I couldn't wait for this story to end.
It really pains me to write a negative review, especially for a book written by an author whose work I really enjoyed previously. But no matter how hard I tried, All the Way failed to impress me in every department. That doesn't mean though that I don't anxiously await for the 4th book in the Billionaire series. You can bet on that. It's just that this book, wasn't the right one for me. (less)
Another Entangled title that failed to impress me I'm afraid. The main trope was poorly executed, Ellie seemed to be searching more for a fuck buddy r...moreAnother Entangled title that failed to impress me I'm afraid. The main trope was poorly executed, Ellie seemed to be searching more for a fuck buddy rather than an instructor and it's one thing to search for someone to teach you a few tricks to impress a guy you love for years and a whole other to propose to someone to actually instruct you how to have sex... It just didn't work for me. I felt that Tyler was Ellie's fuck toy and I just couldn't connect with her or understand her reasoning. The writing style was decent and what I usually expect and get from other similar titles published by Entangled but both the story and the characters failed to impress me or catch my interest. I think that there are far better similar stories out there. As it is Private Practice is not only a not memorable title but a title I really want to forget that I read.(less)
Plot was way too predictable. Actually, there wasn't but the basic plot and everything else was just something to feel the gap between the one sex sce...morePlot was way too predictable. Actually, there wasn't but the basic plot and everything else was just something to feel the gap between the one sex scene and the next. Granted the sex scenes were hot and well written, but from the premise I also thought that there would be an interesting suspense subplot. Didn't happen. If you search for a hot and sexy read try it. But don't be fooled by the murders. You will feel disappointed.(less)
This book didn't work for me at all. Too short, not much of a plot, no secondary characters and the main ones were completely underdeveloped and with...moreThis book didn't work for me at all. Too short, not much of a plot, no secondary characters and the main ones were completely underdeveloped and with no substantial background. Although Sarah's problem was interesting the solution to it came way too quickly and easy ruining what was the best aspect of the book for me. Not a bad book just a big fat mehhhh. Should have spent my time reading something else. (less)
To be completely honest, I don't even know how to rate Platinum by Jeffe Kennedy and it's my second erotica title in a row that I face the very same p...more To be completely honest, I don't even know how to rate Platinum by Jeffe Kennedy and it's my second erotica title in a row that I face the very same problem. And that is none other, than the whole story being focused on the sex and nothing else apart from that. Should I rate Platinum based on how hot a book it is or how well described the sex scenes are, my rating would probably be a 4. But a good book, erotica or no, isn't the one that is hot. That's still an important factor, especially if the title is within the erotica genre, but come on authors, there are so many other things for you to explore other than that. Like a plot, or character development and easy flowing dialogues. The hot sex is good but what of all the other things that make your story solid?
Platinum I'm afraid falls into that category of books where there's nothing else to it other than the sex parts. There's no plot, no character development, the characters have a minimum background, the dialogues are cheesy as hell and stiff and to sum it up, there's nothing going on in this book other than the two protagonists having hot sex every other page.
I mean, the whole story starts with a brief introduction of Althea and Steel (yeah the guy goes under that name and not his real one, had me laughing hysterically over that name quite a few times, because do you get the metaphor here, or is only my mind THAT dirty?) and before you even know it, Steel lives under Althea's roof, giving her easy access to his, ehm... art. We get a couple of chapters before the whole action begins, I have to give credit to the author for that one, where we get to meet Althea a little bit better and how uptight she is and in desperate need of a good old fashioned f**k. After that point, all we get is sex, sex and oh, some more sex. All we really know about Althea is the fact that she once wanted to be an artist but never had the talent, how prim and proper she is, but underneath that facade, she craves for something spicier in her life that manages to unlock her ability to paint as well. While on the other hand, all we know about Steel is that he had a troubled past, he's a good artist and likes to have his sex a little bit rougher in the edges. That's all.
As far as the plot of Platinum is concerned, well, there's not one to be honest. Nothing. All the story is about is how some rough sex can make an uptight woman feel better and increase her self esteem and because we do want our happily ever after, she finds the man of her dreams in the process (of having rough sex that is). And speaking of the man of her dreams, that ending was so quickly wrapped up, so unrealistic that it just managed to make me roll my eyes one more time before I reached the last word of this book.
All in all, Platinum is a hot story and if you're searching for just well written sex, then this is just the book for you. If like me, you care about other things of little consequence such as good characters and a plot, then stay away from Platinum. You will feel disappointed. (less)
Wild at Heart is unfortunately like every other romantic title out there. Nothing new or fresh. Even with a decent writing style and a very interestin...moreWild at Heart is unfortunately like every other romantic title out there. Nothing new or fresh. Even with a decent writing style and a very interesting setting, it's just a story told many times before and in a better way I'm afraid. It couldn't hold my interest, even from the very first chapters plus the pace of the story was somewhat uneven. I know it is a rather short story so things should happen quickly but still, I had no time to get to know or care for the characters, so their romance and everything in this story fell flat for me.
Not a bad book, but since I'm already burnt out from mediocre romantic titles, I just didn't have the patience for it.(less)
How could one describe Beautiful Bastard in just one word? Easy! Porn. I'm terribly sorry for being so crude and harsh but there is no other better wo...moreHow could one describe Beautiful Bastard in just one word? Easy! Porn. I'm terribly sorry for being so crude and harsh but there is no other better word to describe this book. It's porn in its very core, with no plot, no character development, no decent writing, nothing else. All there is in Beautiful Bastard is sex and name callings.
And here is why I'm still wondering why on earth this fanfiction would ever be published. It has little redeeming qualities. At least the way I see it and according to my personal taste. There's an audience out there that really liked this book and even though I can't fathom why, I respect that. But still, reading Beautiful Bastard was almost painful at times. I have nothing against a good smut. Absolutely nothing and I do enjoy them myself. But when we're talking about a book that has something else going on there apart from the f***ing parts. And in Beautiful Bastard, there is nothing else except those parts like I said in the beginning.
Anyway, let's take things from the start. I had problems with this book from the very first chapters. I can't remember now if it was the first or the second chapter where I rolled my eyes for the first time. Yeah, that soon. Because you see somewhere there, was when the main couple started the whole f***ing routine. A routine, that never stopped I'm afraid... We know next to nothing about Chloe and Ryan except that Ryan is the boss and Chloe is his assistant. Oh and the fact that Ryan is a bastard. I think that throughout the whole book he is referred to more with the term bastard than his own name. You get the picture right? Chloe is having a really bad day, Ryan acts like an ass he really is to her and before the day ends they have sex. Just like that. And note here that Chloe hates his guts. But, as soon as Ryan makes a totally inappropriate move on her, she falls for it and bang the whole bang bang begins...
From there things progress exactly the way they began. With lots of sex, everywhere in their office, lots of cursing from both sides lots of manipulation and little else. And when I say that in this book they cuss a lot, I'm not joking. I'm not a prude and to be honest, I cuss myself a lot. Probably more than I should. So imagine for me to notice that the cussing level in this book was pretty high, how the dialogues really were...
And speaking of the dialogues... They were cheesy and mind-numbingly stupid. And I think that it's the first time I use such a vocabulary in any of my reviews, so I'm terribly sorry for that. But honestly, it's the first time I can't really help myself. Most of their dialogues went along the lines of:
" - Hey you bitch, suck my c**k
- Who do you think you are bastard? Do you like the way I suck it? "
Get what I mean?
And now, let's talk about the story of Beautiful Bastard. Oh wait, there is no story. We just have two people, hating each other, who fight a lot, but have lots of hot sex and in the end they get their happily ever after. After all ,they struggled to get it. They had sex everywhere they could. Why shouldn't they get their HEA?
And now one might make the very reasonable question why on earth did I continue reading this book. Out of perversion. I was stupidly wondering how worse could it get by the end, so I continued. Sure, I skipped some sex scenes and that helped my case since the best part of the book consisted of those. And in case you're wondering, no, Beautiful Bastard didn't get any better and with that sweetened and so unrealistic and not consistent with the whole story ending, it just made things even worse.
So, I can't possibly recommend this book to anyone. And in the end of day, I don't know if I'm feeling frustrated with this book (which I do) or I should start laughing with it. Because yeah, it's so bad, that I wanted to laugh. So, be warned.
With all the craziness that 50 Shades has created recently and after seeing one erotica, BDSM themed, story being published after the other, I had made a promise to myself that I would try to stay away from it all. Since 50 Shades weren't really one of my favorite books and not for its story but for the writing style, it was only natural for me to stay away from anything that is promoted to be the next 50 Shades, only better. To be honest with myself, I was tempted more than a few times by some titles but always managed to stir away from temptation. But, with The Pleasures of Winter, I just couldn't resist. Even if deep down I knew that I shouldn't try it, that premise made me break my promise and pick up this book. Now I read it, I think that promises are made for a reason and next time, I'd do well to not break them...
The Pleasures of Winter, is indeed a book fans of 50 would really enjoy and like some other reviewers said, better written. And I can't agree more about either of those facts. Pleasures of Winter follows the exact same pattern with 50 (with spankings, obsessive heroes and the like), only the writing style is so much better, with actual plot in the story and there's not a moment you want to smack your head on any available surface due to repetitions or the appearances of inner goddesses. Hands down, this book is actually written in a way that you can easily read it and there's some character development. But, despite that, it still wasn't the right book for me.
The best part of Pleasures of Winter is by far the first part of the story that is set in the jungle. The part where Abbie and Winter crash in the jungle and fight for survival is the best part of the book. I liked everything about it. Well, everything right up their last day in the jungle that is and the first real hint of Winter's sexual appetites. Up until Winter "punished" Abbie for disobeying him I was sure that this would be an erotica title that I would love. After that, I felt uneasy towards Winter but still had hopes that he would somehow redeem himself, something that unfortunately never happened.
Maybe, BDSM themed stories are not for me. I don't know. Most of the stories with that theme that I read, were certainly not for me, but, there are a few that I really liked, so probably, it's not the theme that I don't like, but the way the hero or heroine is portrayed. And although Abbie was a nice character, well written and even if submissive in bed not a pushover, Winter was, for lack of a better description a real jerk. I didn't like Pleasures not because of the BDSM theme, not because of the writing style, not even because of the fact that it's a story already been written and said but because of the main hero, who I just couldn't picture him as sexy and caring no matter how hard I tried. The way he treated Abbie was horrific. I mean, I get the whole spanking idea, BUT only if both participants are okay with it all. How would you call a man who just starts spanking you just because you disobeyed him and it's not in the middle of a sexual act you both agree to, or you don't even know that this is the way he's turned on? Winter just starts spanking Abbie while she has no kind of relationship with him, she doesn't know a thing about him and they're not even in the middle of a sexual game. Because in my world, that screams abusive. It's a whole other thing to consent to something and a whole other to just get thrown in the middle of it with no prior knowledge. Who cares if Abbie is turned of in the end by the spanking? I don't. I was so repulsed with the whole scenario that from that point on, nothing Winter did could be perceived as sexy from me. And to make matters worst, he keeps treating Abbie badly and I'm not talking about while exploring her submissive side. Somewhere in the end of the story, Abbie and Winter break up and Winter's attempt to make up to her and take Abbie back is only saying that he's sorry (I think I'm not 100% certain about the sorry part), not giving any explanation whatsoever for his behavior and when Abbie isn't responding the way he'd liked he threatens her with punishment for not being obedient on the spot. I mean come on!!!! Is that even remotely sexy??? Is something wrong with me that I can't see it as sexy?
Like I said, maybe BDSM themed stories are not my cup of tea, despite enjoying a few of them in the past. But for me to enjoy any book, I must like the heroes and understand them, regardless the story's theme. So maybe, BDSM books are harder to write in terms of character, I don't know. The thing is, that The Pleasures of Winter was yet another failure for me, a book that might be well written and with sufficient character development, but with a main hero who I could never understand or find likable. I can't recommend it, but it will have a certain appeal to fans of 50 Shades, that's for sure. (less)
When I picked up Touch of Death in my hands, I have to admit that for some reason I had high expectations from this book. What with those few raving early reviews and a premise that gives glimpses of a really interesting story and I thought that this book would be amazing. And although the potential for a good book is all there, the execution I'm afraid, spoiled things for me.
The first thing that bothered me in Touch of Death, was how slow it was. I mean almost the whole first half of the book feels like an introduction to the story, where nothing crucial happens, only the problem is, that all that place in the narration isn't used to build the world or the plot, but it's rather wasted on extensive descriptions that aren't really helping anywhere or adding anything to the story. The first half of the book is full of some really extensive descriptions of things like an attempt to catch a rat, that to be frank, I think could have been described in far less pages... As it was, the author wastes precious space in her book just to prolong things. At least I felt that way...
My next problem was the main heroine, Jodi. She was a bit annoying and too self-centred at times. She just acts in a way I can't possibly understand, like when she totally disregards the fact that her room was searched by a stalker just to go on a date. To be accurate, she just pretends that important and dangerous things haven't even happened, just to go on a date...! She pretends and acts with a total abandon over her own life and the life of people she claims she loves, just because she has more important things to do that evening, like finally kissing her boyfriend. I'm sorry, but I just can't like a heroine who acts like that. Jodi is too irresponsible, too gullible and to reckless for my taste. The way she just chose to believe without a second thought, all the crazy things her "stalker" presented her as the truth, didn't help matters either. I mean, you don't just believe a stranger you presume as your stalker so easily and make plans to go away with him for the sake of the people you love. It's just unbelievable.
And now, time for my main source of problems with Touch of Death which I'm afraid is the core of the whole plot. And that is the fact that for the reader to understand Jodi's powers, the author goes on and describes not one, but five (or maybe six I'm not completely sure) deaths, deaths, Jodi herself was responsible for. It doesn't matter for me that she didn't know about her powers. We are talking about 5 murders here, 2 animals and 3 people. I think that I could understand Jodi's extensive powers without all that killing. After that, I really couldn't sympathise with Jodi no matter what. I just couldn't stomach all those deaths. Call me bizarre, but it bugged me.
The second half of the book though is far better and it's the reason I'm giving this book 2 starts instead of one. The plot there becomes more interesting with the necromancers and Medusa, but still, it was far too predictable and the plot was a bit all over the place.
All in all, Touch of Death was a book that couldn't really hold my attention and one that I had many problems with regarding both the plot and the main heroine that are the core of every novel. It may haven't been the book for me, but for so many reviewers to love it, it must have some redeeming qualities that I failed to notice.
I think that something has definitely changed with me or with my taste in books... I don't know how else to explain the fact that I can't remember the...moreI think that something has definitely changed with me or with my taste in books... I don't know how else to explain the fact that I can't remember the last book I enjoyed by J. Armentrout, an author whose work I simply adored before, or the fact that pretty much everyone else disagrees with me. Maybe I grew tired of the things I used to like and I now need something fresh and new. Maybe the author keeps repeating the same recipe in her stories over and over again and I finally have had enough of it. I don't really know.
Nothing worked for me in Tempting the Bodyguard. The story and the plot is as predictable as it can be. So predictable that I knew who the bad guy was from the moment he/she said "hi". And no, I'm not that smart or anything. It's just that the plot is so typical and so trite that there wasn't a simple thing to excite the reader or spark his interest. And so predictable that the author could just as well skip the whole mystery element and save us some misery.
The main couple is just another couple like a million others out there in contemporary erotica fiction. They couldn't stand out. I couldn't care less about Alana. I know the author tried really hard to redeem her previous awful behavior (see Book 2 in the series) but honestly, nothing could redeem her. Chandler on the other hand was a huge disappointment. With Alana I knew that I couldn't expect a heroine to love. But not with Chandler. The guy isn't dominant. He's plainly caveman. A guy whose only thought is his dick and how to sate his lust. And talking about dominant, why does every author out there who writes a spicy or erotica story feels the uncontrollable need to incorporate in her story a sex club or the world Dom? It's like they all want to make us believe that all good and warm-blooded men frequent only those places and have only kinky sex. And I have nothing whatsoever against kinky sex, but please, some originality authors, I beg you! You can have kinky sex without being active in the BDSM scene. Or so I've heard :P
Anyway, as you can gather I was more than a little disappointed with the ending of one of my favorite series written by one of my favorite authors out there. Sadly, I will think it twice before picking up any of her newest series.(less)
When I read the premise of No Reservations, I instantly got the impression that we were talking about a seriously hot and cute romantic story. Rivals as students, Travis and Alicia meet each other after many years, and all the passion their rivalry was hiding, suddenly explodes. The premise couldn't be more misleading I'm afraid... Because although the story is in truth that, No Reservations is so small that no story actually unfolds. There's just sex. It's almost like those adult movies, where everyone knows and wants to see it for the sex, but there's also some basic plot, movies I usually call porn with a screenplay.
To understand how small a story this one is, imagine that I started it in bed, as a light reading before I fell asleep, and I finished it in a matter of an hour... You can easily imagine, that when we are talking about a 50 pages long story, where the sex plays a major part and there are like 4 sex scenes in there, there's no much room for an actual plot to unfold. Travis and Alicia fall immediately in bed after we're only 10 pages in the story and they just keep doing it until the very end. Which I have no problem with, but let's face it, No Reservations, is just about sex and nothing else apart from that. So if you're into that kind of book, try it. If like me, you expect for something more than a simple reason for the couple to fall in bed, look for something else.
So, I won't even say anything about the plot or the character development. Both elements are simple non existent. Even if the premise promises something really good, believe me, this book doesn't deliver it. And it's a pity, because the whole idea, if a little further explored, could transform this book into something amazing.
As it is, when I can't connect with the characters even in a basic level, no matter how hot the sex scenes, they just leave me unimpressed. So, I don't know if it's just me or if indeed, the sex scenes were rushed and nothing extraordinary. And talking about sex, I saw that this book was tagged somewhere as BDSM, which I'm afraid is not... Except if you count the use of a sex toy as a restrainment as BDSM or pinning someone down as kinky. I don't really know...
All in all, No Reservations was nothing like what I expected it to be, too small for my taste or for any plot to be unfolded. The good thing about it though is the fact that it is so small, that at least you don't spend much time trying to finish it. You'll be done with it in a matter of an hour.(less)
I'm putting this book aside... I've been trying to get myself to read it for the last 6 days and all I could read was 50 pages. Well, I think that is...moreI'm putting this book aside... I've been trying to get myself to read it for the last 6 days and all I could read was 50 pages. Well, I think that is a first for me. In the little of this story that I actually read, it's not bad. It's just not something that I haven't read countless times before, so I'll just stop trying and if I ever feel the need to get to it again, I might. As it is, I just can't handle right now the constant lust the heroine feels every single time she lays her eyes on the hero. Nope, not for me.(less)
Riding Temptation was such a huge disappointment for me I'm afraid.... I mean after all the high praise I've heard from nume...moreReview posted at Ex Libris
Riding Temptation was such a huge disappointment for me I'm afraid.... I mean after all the high praise I've heard from numerous sources of how great an author Jaci Burton is and after reading the premise for Riding Temptation I was beyond certain that this book was exactly the right one for me. I couldn't be more mistaken I'm afraid...
Where should I start with what went wrong with this book? Let's just start with the obvious focus of this story on the sex scenes. Yeah, don't be fooled like I was from the premise, Riding Temptation is more the story of a young agent who is desperate to seduce her coworker rather than an explosive relationship that unfolds in the midst of a very dangerous undercover mission like the summary reveals. You know me, I'm all in for some good smut and I never fail to appreciate a well written sex scene BUT I need something more in my story to keep me going, to make me really love a book. Unfortunately, Riding Temptation apart from the well written sex scenes had little else of what I'm usually looking for in my stories. Not much of a plot, while here I have to add that there was some plot, unlike other erotica novels I read where there's no plot whatsoever, no character development whereas one could find in this novel every single cliche there is in this genre. What little there was of a plot was so predictable that you knew what was coming even 50 pages sooner. No big surprises here...
Now, let's talk about the characters. Oh my! It's been sometime since I disliked a heroine so much... Jessie was really something else, and not in a good way... She kept whining and demanding from everyone to treat her like a woman only she herself never treated like one. The fact that someone is 23 and has finally had sex (I'll come to the virginity part in a bit) doesn't make her a woman or mature. Someone's maturity is judged by his/her actions and not by how experienced she is in the bedroom and definitely not by one's age. Heck I've met 18 y.o. who are more mature than some of my 30 y.o. friends, so no, age doesn't always indicate maturity. Maturity is to know when someone says no to you, to respect his reasons for declining you, even if you do not agree, and to generally know when to keep your mouth shut and act like the undercover agent you're supposed to be. Instincts are always good but trusting only your instincts and expose yourself and your fellow agents just because you think you're a good judge of character is naive to say the least. The fact that everything in the end wrapped up nice and tidy despite Jessie's mistakes, only indicates how cliche Riding Temptation really is.
Diaz was more of a decent character but still he was way too caveman for my taste plus I found the whole tortured hero he tried to pull off (or rather the author tried to pull off with his character) not really successful. He wasn't really explored as a character thus I just found his fears just an addition of cliches to this story and nothing more. I didn't feel him, or connect with him. And now let's take a moment and discuss Jessie's virginity part. Oh well! I haven't rolled my eyes so much since like, never! Not because I found unbelievable the reasons why Jessie even though 23 was still a virgin, but because let's face it, no matter how many porn movies one has seen, you don't get to be so open with your desires and so vocal with what you really want unless you're somewhat experienced. And no, having lost your virginity to a vibrator doesn't really count like experience. Plus, Jessie was at one moment shy and wanted to share her real first sexual experience with the man she always loved and no one else and at the next minute she literally throws herself at him or she demands that he fucks her. So much for shyness.
Verdict: Riding Temptation didn't work for me on any department. The writing style was good, that much I could appreciate about this story but everything else just fell flat for me. The plot, the characters, everything. Although I think I will give book 3 a chance, if that one isn't any better I don't think I will continue with this series. But I'm not ready to give up just yet. After all maybe I just missed something so many other readers have found in this book, because the GR rating is pretty high. So, I'll give book 3 a chance and see how it goes from there :)(less)
I just have to admit that I didn't really think twice to pick Just One Look up. I just saw the cover, read the premise and I just knew that I had to read it. Huge mistake on my part... As huge was my mistake to believe that a contemporary title, first published in 1990 would be something new and fresh... I still believe that some stories or authors are timeless, but that's not the case for Just One Look I'm afraid.
As soon as I started reading this one, it was obvious that I wouldn't end up loving it. The story, no matter how interesting the premise sounds is a little bit boring and far from what I expected. Because let's face it, when you read about spies you kind of expect some action, some violence, something. Just One Look had nothing. It was just a romantic story where the protagonists happen to be something like spies (Susan is nothing like Jennifer Garner from Alias, believe me!) and there's no action, anywhere in the book. There's no action even in the sex scenes if you know what I mean... All the story, in every department, is sort of flat. I have no other word to describe it any better.
The writing style is slow, heavy on the romantic department, but the kind of romance with no spark, where the protagonists feel an immediate attraction for each other, from the very first glimpse. And I'm not a fan of that, especially in adult novels. In YA, instant love is something that may work occasionally, but I have yet to encounter an adult novel where IL worked in advantage of the story. Remy, the main hero, tried very hard to be the drool worthy alpha male, but he failed to caught my attention, and I have yet to encounter a heroine, as indifferent as Susan. It pains me to be so harsh, but nothing in Just One Look worked for me. Absolutely nothing. Well, apart from one thing: Susan's grand mother! That's the only redeeming character and quality in this story for me. As soon as she was in a scene, I knew I wouldn't be bored and thankfully, she was part of the story for the biggest part.
All in all, Just One Look is not a romantic suspense story. Far from it. It's just a romantic story set in a world that so much could happen in terms of action and suspense. It's a short story, so at least you can easily read it but as far as memorable characters and stories go, it's among those novels that I easily forget. Nothing remarkable. Whether I recommend it or not? Consider yourselves warned :) (less)
I had read quite some time ago Kiersten White's debut title Paranormalcy and even though I haven't still got around the rest of the books in this series, I remember I liked this author a lot, mostly because of her fresh and humorous writing style. So, when I got the chance to review Mind Games, I jumped right at it certain that I was in for another interesting story, quite well written. So, imagine my disappointment when Mind Games is in fact nothing like I was expecting it to be. And if that was my very first attempt of reading this author's stories, I can go as far as saying that it would probably be my last. Yeah, Mind Games, was bad.
Let me take things from the start. As soon as I started reading Mind Games, I had the feeling that I would have a hard time with it. What with the fact that it was written from both sisters' POV and the constant back and forth in the time of the narration, Mind Games was destined to be either mind blowingly good or unnecessarily intricate. And from the result, I can only claim that it is the latter... To say that I had a hard time with Mind Games, would be an understatement. All those parentheses that marked mostly Fia's internal dialogues and the repetitions just to emphasise a point, not only made me feel like I was stupid and I needed the repetition to understand something but they also made me nervous as hell. Imagine reading the whole time about Fia's nervous habit and how she tapped, tapped, tapped her fingers the whole time, or how bad, bad, bad was a situation and you'll get what I mean. I have my own nervous habit of tap, tap, tapping my own leg, I don't need to read about someone else's tick, thank you very much...
Now, about the plot. From the premise, you get a glimpse of a rather interesting plot and world building. I mean we're talking about an organisation that gathers special girls and uses them for their nefarious purposes. It can't get more interesting than that right? But the execution was rather sloppy I'm afraid. It was like reading a draft. There were huge gaps everywhere in the narration and here I have to note that since I was reading the arc, maybe, some changes were made until the final product. I can't be sure. But as it was, Mind Games seemed like it was written in haste. We have a very interesting idea of a world building that was never fully explored. As nothing was explored or presented in this book in its full potential. Not the story, not the characters, nothing. Like I said, sloppy.
The characters were flat. Even though we get to read the story from both Annie and Fia's POV, still we only know them on the surface. White barely explores the potential such intricate characters have. Because both Annie and Fia have a very interesting background and lead a very interesting and unusual life. Fia is trapped murdering people to keep her sister safe while Annie in addition to not being able to see is also trapped literally, living a life in a golden prison. So when you present to the reader such interesting characters, then yes, the reader expects to see those characters fully explored and not just superficially. The dynamic in the relationship of those sisters while one might expect it to be mind blowing is just flat. As a result, I just couldn't like them. I didn't care for them and I couldn't even understand them at times, because they seemed to act with no motive. And I won't mention any secondary characters. When the main ones aren't sufficiently developed, then the secondary ones usually suffer a far worse fate.
And while Mind Games was a very quick read, still I found myself hoping for it to end sooner. After a point reading it was pointless. There was no way I would be able to connect with the main characters, there wasn't a romantic subplot to catch my interest and the plot, even if fast paced, still seemed pointless to me. Something like a chase were you're running and you don't even know what you're running from.
The action scenes, were too short and left me unsatisfied while the whole ending failed to impress me. I had understood exactly how everything would play out, so even that, fell flat for me. Not that it wasn't a nice twist, but when you can see right through your characters actions and anticipate that twist, it kind of loses its purpose and the same goes for the element of surprise...
All in all, I was very disappointed with Mind Games and to be honest, I don't think I will be reading the next book, even though I truly believe that Kiersten White can do so much better. Maybe exactly because I know how good stories this author can deliver I won't continue reading this new series of hers. I'll just stick with her Paranormalcy one until she writes something new. (less)
I started reading A Blood Seduction, feeling that this was THE book for me! That it would be so good, I wouldn't be able to put it down. And for approximately 30% of this book, it was exactly like that. Sadly, after a point, things rapidly deteriorated and I ended up with a book I couldn't wait to finish and one I didn't like at all I'm afraid...
As I said, A Blood Seduction started with everything I search for in a book. Interesting and fresh world building, a hot hero and a heroine determined to do whatever she can to save herself and those she cares for. Add to that a decent writing style, so you get why I was so amazed at first and certain that I would love this book. But, despite all the potential and all the things that I liked, A Blood Seduction failed to deliver everything that it promised to.
I can't pinpoint exactly when things started to go downhill, probably during the make out sessions between Quinn and Arturo, the main couple. But still, although I didn't like neither how quickly they started lusting after each other nor I found sexy their make-out sessions, I still had hope. Because you see, the world building was truly good. You don't get your typical vampires, not at all. The vampires in A Blood Seduction are ruthless, blood-thirsty and treat humans like food. They not only feed with blood but through human emotions as well. Emotions such as pain or fear. You get the picture right? As I said, the vampires in this world, are exactly like vampires should be, the mythical creature people are afraid of. But not only that. In this world, we also have magic. A magic that permits those vampires to live in a parallel to ours universe and come and go between those two dimensions as they please. Intrigued enough? I was at least. Intrigued and fascinated.
But, as the story progressed, things just became to much. Pamela Palmer chose to wove to many elements in her story, and instead of making it more unique and fascinating, it just became unecessarily complicated and without any sense. As the story progressed, it reminded me of many different books. At first, it reminded me a bit of Halfway to the Grave what with Quinn tied to a bed and a hot vampire interrogating her when the protagonists first meet. Then, I was reminded of Spartacus the TV show and of Hunger Games. And in the way Arturo spoke to Quinn's mind in dangerous times, I couldn't help but think New Moon and Edward. So much for creativity... Or maybe, the fault lies with the many elements that were forced to coexist in a single story...
As far as the characters are concerned, all I can say is that I couldn't invest to any of them. Quinn and Arturo's relationship seemed forced, forced to be as sexy as it could get, but what I got instead was a man who tried to force himself in a subtle way and a woman who didn't know what she wanted. And how sexy can that be? I mean one moment Quinn feels like she's being raped and instead of protesting immediately she enjoys a bit and then protests. Granted, Pamela Palmer knows how to write a sexy scene but for a scene to come off as sexy the reader should be able to care or understand the heroes. And I could do neither of those things. Quinn was a bit irritating but for the better part of the book I didn't care for her and Arturo was a character that I forgot about as soon as I closed this book. Or maybe I remember something about him... That at first he reminded me of my beloved Bones. But only at first. What with the scene with the bed as I said above and the way he behaved, I was reminded of Bones, but he wasn't half as good a character as Bones is I'm afraid.
Anyway, A Blood Seduction, had all the potential to be one of my favorite books ever, but it failed to deliver in every department. I don't know how best to put it. And I'm so sad about it, because I really wanted to like it a lot more.(less)
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a cute, quick, contemporary YA novel that I can't possibly understand why people are so excited about. I haven't heard of it before, but after seeing many of my Goodreads friends love it so much, I thought that I was missing on something not having read it yet. Now that I read it, I can't find a single reason why there's so much hype over this one.
Granted, it's a cute story, written in a way that you devour it in one sitting, but in closer inspection there's nothing great about it. The romance between Hadley and Oliver is sweet and all, but there wasn't much development in their relationship, or anything to make me feel like it was believable. Yeah, I'm not a strong believer of love at first sight, so maybe that's were my problems began, but after all those raving reviews about this one, I kind of believed that this story would make me change my opinion on it. It didn't happen. I couldn't believe the depth of emotion Hadley and Oliver's relationship managed to acquire in just a day. I could believe that they were so interested in each other, or the fact that through their discussions they changed their perspective of life but not that kind of deep affection. Or the fact that Hadley left everything in search of Oliver just because of a hunch. Or the easy way her father permitted her to go anywhere in the middle of his wedding in a city she has never been before. And there were some other quite unbelievable things too. But you get my meaning.
On the positive things of this novel is the setting! The story unfolds at first in an airplane and then in London. For me, that's the ideal setting! Who says I'm in love with airplanes and London is the city I'm dying to visit???
The writing style is smart, to the point, and the author chooses to deal with some pretty hot issues and in a really smart way. For such a small book, the amount of hope transmitted is incredible. Because The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is not only a book about teenage love but a book about how you should never stop hoping and trying to get the best in your life. And maybe that is the best thing about it and not the romantic plot. At least that was for me.
The character development was good enough but mostly one sided, with Hadley being the centre of the story and her character showing the most development (whatever development one could get in 24 hours). Oliver was kind of like just being there and as for the set of the secondary characters they might as well not have been there. Hadley's father was the only exception.
All in all, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight is a quick, sweet and incredibly cute story that I enjoyed reading, but I won't remember for long. (less)
To be completely honest, I don't know exactly where to start with my review of Love Unscripted, or how to not write a small essay trying to explain my feelings towards this book... After reading all those raving reviews about this book and checking its premise, I was quite certain that this book was one I would really enjoy. And I picked it up because I really needed to read that kind of book that you fall in love with and can't put down. But, despite all the 5 star reviews and my hope to like this book, I ended up more than disappointed with it.
As soon as I started reading it, I was quite certain that I had a winner in my hands. Let's face it, I'm a sucker for stories where celebrities fall in love with girls or boys next door. Whether it's a book or a movie, those kind of stories are my favorite . So, for the first 100 pages or so, I was completely hooked and just couldn't put my e-reader down. Yeah, sure I had some minor problems with the narration or the characters, or a number of other things, but I couldn't care less. I just loved it. So, one could wonder how from feeling like that I ended up hating this book... So, that's what I'm going to try to explain. Because even if it's a few days since I put this book down, my feelings towards it are still all over the place. So, I'll try to put in bullets below everything that I didn't like and frustrated me, a method I have never followed before in my reviews, but I'm afraid I have no other way of putting my feelings into order.
So, here's what I didn't like:
- The thing that tired me firstly, was the unending and constant winning... Both Ryan and Taryn kept bitching all the time about Ryan's fans, the way he couldn't live his life being chased the whole time by paparazzi, reporters and fans alike and how being famous actually ruined his life.
I get it, being famous, isn't easy. Despite all the pros and the way most of us secretly wish we were famous actors or musicians, being constantly criticised about every move you make or hearing and reading lies about who you are isn't an easy task. Heck, it's no wonder that drugs and suicide is so common among people whose life is seemingly perfect. I get it, I even sympathise with all the famous people out there (I'm in a charitable mood, what can I say? :P ) and I completely understand the necessity of the author to keep pointing out how difficult Ryan's life is. But honestly, there are limits to everything. After a point I kind of felt that the author either didn't know how to fill all those long pages or she seriously wanted us to feel sorry for Ryan. Excuse me, but I just can't feel sorry for any celebrity out there. I can understand (I guess) their difficulties, but there are people out there with far worse problems than a bunch of psychotic fans. And now that we're talking about fans, I think that Reber slightly exaggerated the whole thing. There are definitely crazy people out there and celebrities are a more common target, but, it almost seemed that Ryan and Taryn suffered every possible far fetched scenario one could live through: Stalkers, crazy co-stars, crazy ex and co-star in new project, crazy production people and all those scheming to drive apart our happy couple. Is it my idea or it's just too much?
- Talking about too much, my next problem was the length of this novel. There was absolutely no reason for it to be so HUGE... It's a contemporary romance, with a basic and predictable plot, where at some point, for the pages to be filled, the author kept repeating herself and the cheesiness level made me want to gag. It could have easily been 200 pages shorter or even more... It tired me to read the same things on repetition and as a result after I reached 60% and 4 days of painful reading process I just did myself a favor and started reading on the fast forward. Believe me, I didn't miss much... I still got to read the near the end drama, with the pregnancy and the stalkers and how all that drove them apart, but how their love was stronger than anything, HEA...
- Next on my agenda, will be the characters. Where should I start? I'll start by saying that for such a huge book the character development was pretty basic. Both main and secondary characters aren't that much explored, just their relationship and their dynamics. But the character development could definitely have been better, especially considering how huge a book this one is.
Ryan was ok I guess. He was cute and apart from his constant whining I don't have anything else to note. Well, apart from the fact that he was too good to be true. But the same rules apply for almost everything in Love Unscripted, both good things and bad, are unrealistic and over exaggerated.
My feelings towards Taryn are more or less the same as for Ryan, only here, I have to note something else.
The whole point of this book, is how a celebrity can fall in love with a girl next door, a common woman much like me and you. Only Taryn, is far from normal or common. She is beautiful as a model, smart like a scientist, sings like a singer and plays the piano as well as the guitar, she can sketch like an architecture and actually remodels her place based on her plans, can mold glass, make pottery, has a way with children and parents alike and oh, she's beautiful as a model and has the hair of a model, so if any of the above traits couldn't help her in finding a job, she could easily become one of those models for shampoos... So, how much like me and you sounds Taryn? Cause she doesn't sound anything like me or my best friend or anyone I know, period. So, am I to understand that guys like Ryan can fall in love with my common ass as soon as I'm something like Taryn??? Come on!!!
- Now, let's talk about the writing. I know you want me to! Well, to put it as simple as I can the writing is balancing between bad and mediocre. The narration seems unable to progress at times, like the author can't move the reader smoothly from one situation to the next, the dialogues are stiff and cheesy as hell and everything described is as far fetched as one can get (wait, I just said that in my last paragraph, but hey, I'm trying to prove a point here...) Here's how a typical dialogue between Ryan and Taryn goes:
"-Honey I made coffee, can I pour you a cup to show you how much I love you?
- Yes sweetheart please. Please show me how much you care for me despite what people seem to think of me"
- Another thing that bothered me was the lack of use of condom in this book. It may sound stupid, but who does that? Unrealistic like I said, and it sends all the wrong messages. Ryan and Taryn didn't use a condom like never and Taryn only thought about it after she had sex with him a bunch of times and only because she was afraid of being pregnant. I know one isn't expecting a book to show him/her what basic rules of hygiene and lifestyle to follow, but it's just wrong...Ever heard of diseases out there?
- On the other hand, Love Unscripted is often tagged as an erotica novel. Really??? Where's the erotica in there? At least in the 60% I managed to read without skipping sentences the sex couldn't be more blahhh. It wasn't hot, it wasn't spicy, it wasn't anything even remotely near sexy. There was no feeling (or I just couldn't get it), and my knowledge of the erotica genre might be a little limited, but in the handful of truly erotica books I read, the sex is nothing like the sex in Love Unscripted. If you're searching for a hot read, please search elsewhere. There's definitely sex, but just the sex you find in a contemporary book. Nothing kinky and definitely not the center of the story.
Well, I'm pretty certain that if I continue, I can easily double this review in length, which is unnecessary as it's long enough as it is. Bottom line, Love Unscripted has a story that could have easily suck me into but unfortunately the execution of the whole thing is pretty bad. I know I'm once more in the minority of readers but honestly, I couldn't find a single redeeming quality in this one after a point. I just couldn't. And believe me I tried really hard to. Maybe that's why I feel so disappointed in the end. (less)
I was dying to read Shadowlander ever since I read that amazing premise. It kind of sounded like Fever series meets Wicked Lovely to me and to be honest I was just desperate to find my next great UF series with fae, so when I picked this novella up, I was just certain that it would be great. Only to be hugely disappointed once more...
I'm not a big fan of novellas and that is why I try to avoid them usually. I simply think that there's not enough "room" in a novella to develop enough your characters or your plot. Well, one might contradict that there are 500 pages books that seriously lack in both those aspects development, but ok, you get what I mean... Shadowlander was just a quick read, heavy on the romance department but aside from that a read that I won't remember for long and to sum it up in a sentence: A book that I shouldn't have bothered reading. It may have been a really quick read as I said and although the story was something I would usually enjoy I just didn't care about the characters or the story whatsoever. I found Rook creepy what with him following a girl for 16 years and Cate a bit "lukewarm" and acting in a stupid way in some cases.
The story was progressing really, really quickly that I couldn't possibly invest or care about the characters and maybe that is something to be expected by a novella but that can't change my feelings I'm afraid. The book starts with Cate having lunch with her best friend, a best friend who is acting nothing like a friend I must add, who is later kidnapped by a fae and Cate rushes to her rescue. Don't get me wrong but from the little I got to know about that best friend I got the feeling that she was a self centered person and where was the need for our heroine to jeopardise everything, her family most importantly to save her from a fate she didn't even know how bad it was? I don't know, I just couldn't get Cate's sacrifice. The next major let down was when she formed a kind of a plan to save that friend, exposed herself to that creepy fae that has been stalking her for 16 years and from one minute to next she's madly attracted to him and talking about "recharging" sex (think of sex as a form of battery for the energy sources of a fae). Just couldn't go along with it for some reason.
Anyway, there were a couple more things that made me roll my eyes while reading this novella but bottom line is, that although the premise indicates a story more than intriguing, the execution of the story spoiled things for me. Maybe I shouldn't be expecting more, cause this is a novella after all, but truthfully I don't really think that's the case. The thing is that for this to be a good story there were lots and lots of things that should be added. As it is, I feel that Shadowlander is the plan of a full book that will be written again in the future.(less)
Dark Companion, was a complete disappointment for me I'm afraid... What with all the 5 star early reviews I read, I was expecting a dark, gothic and full of mystery YA novel and what I got instead was a story with some gothic elements, a little mystery and a paranormal aspect that fell flat for me.
I understand that once more I find myself in the minority of reviewers, and writing a negative review is never a task I enjoy. Believe me. But Dark Companion, although a novel with huge potential, just wasn't the right one for me.
From the moment I started reading it, I had difficulties with the narration and the writing style. The constant use of past tense (that I don't usually enjoy, but let's face it, that's a matter of preference, and it doesn't mean a thing about the ability of a writer) in combination with some not so smooth sentence transitions, tired me. But as I said, that's a matter of preference.
The other thing I didn't like about the narration, was the fact that almost all of the characters in this story speak like they are of another era, or social background or age, than the one described. Teenagers talking with a vocabulary that doesn't suit them at all and the headmistress acting like she was coming straight out of a historical novel. And while I talk about Mrs Radcliffe, her dialogues with her sons especially sounded like they were coming from another century, all poised and forced. As poised was her behavior as well as her husband's and Lucky's, her son. And let me not get started with Mary Violet, one of Jane's best friends, with all the new words she invented like "funnify" and "cougarizer" and her constant loose translation of french sentences. They irked me to no end...
The only character who seemed to act and speak in an almost normal way (apart from his fascination with mythical creatures) was Jack, Mrs Radcliffe's other son, and the only character I enjoyed in this book. Apart from him, all the other characters seem like they almost don't belong. And in those characters, Jane is included I'm afraid... One would expect that her tough upbringing would leave a "mark" on the way she thinks and most importantly acts but Jane, reminded me more of an orphan girl of the 19th century than a girl of her age. And I may understand why she uses such a fancy vocabulary, but still what teenager says naturally " I'll become habituated to it"??? And since I'm talking about vocabulary, if I read one more time the word coitus I might scream. Honestly! I don't care why they don't use the word "fuck" (it's explained), but reading sentences like "Go coitus yourself" made me want to bang my head in any wall available...
As you can guess, character wise, this wasn't my favorite story. And sadly, the character I didn''t like the most was the main heroine. At first, those things I mentioned were of minor importance. But later on the story, the way she acts is incomprehensible, to say the least. I mean a guy you barely know, who has treated you like crap the night before, starts acting way too crazy. And when I say crazy, believe me if a guy did those things to me I would have run screaming at the top of my lungs. But apparently, Jane thinks that's not too strange, so she let's him do whatever he wants to her. When things about his strange behavior are explained, Jane still, thinks that everything is okay, just because "(Lucky) was glorious and golden and he needed me". So just because someone is beautiful, we should let them do whatever they want to us. Honestly, I can't start listing all the wrongs in such a sentence...
As far as the plot is concerned, again everything fell flat for me. The paranormal element of the story could as well haven't been there... There was no reason. Dark Companion could just as well be a contemporary novel if you ask my opinion. And as for the mystery and the gothic atmosphere, again I failed to locate them. Unless I can count as gothic the crap Lucky is pulling on Jane and as mystery the reason behind his behavior. I just can't see anything else I'm afraid...
All in all, Dark Companion was a story that just wasn't the right one for me. There were some good elements in it, the best being the way Accosta described Jane's past, but those weren't enough to take my mind of all the things I didn't like and let me enjoy this book. I couldn't recommend it, but there are many readers out there who have enjoyed it, so trust your guts on this one :) (less)