Needless to say,i became a huge fan of Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane.If you have read my previous reviews of the other 2 books in the series i'm guessing you understood how much i liked them! City of Ghosts,is as good as the previous books and if i may say even better!
Downside Ghosts series is among those series that just gets better by each book and each one of them manages to grab the reader's attention and suck him even deeper into an amazing world!I find it hard to write this review cause i think that i have already said everything in my previous reviews...The plot is amazing and the world where the story unfolds is getting even crueller, book by book, but still beautiful in it's own ways!I think that for a world where no religion exists,this book's characters are really religious,but believing in themselves and their own power rather than somewhere else.
I just loved the way the relationship between Chess and Terrible builds up.It's among the most believable couples i've encountered in books,with a relationhip not full of roses or any other sweetness,something that surely fits with the whole setting of this story.Nothing here is easy or beautiful,but still,you get to love every aspect of this world!Every character here isn't sketched perfectly but his darker emotions are vividly displayed!And i just loved that!That's how real people are,not just perfect,conscious and righteous the whole time!And maybe that's why i enjoyed every single page of this book,scratch that,of every book in this series!
The plot again follows the same steps,as in the previous books,but here we get to learn more on everything!More on the characters' life,more on the world,on the politics and the way everything works,plus more on the Lamaru,the really bad guys!All in all,a more than decent book and definitely the best series i started this year!I'm guessing my Christmas came earlier,when i decided to pich this series!(less)
Big Sky Mountain is my very first novel by Linda Lael Miller and by now it's safe to say that it won't probably be the last!
Big Sky Mountain is the second book in Ms Miller's new series Swoon Worthy Cowboys, and it's the story of Hutch, owner of Whisper Creek Ranch and Slade's half brother and Kendra, newly divorced and Hutch's old flame. Though I haven't read the first book in the series, I could follow the story here pretty easily. Linda Lael Miller did a splendid job presenting her story and characters, giving their background in a detailed way and connecting with the first book in a way that left no room for misunderstandings.
I have to admit that this is my first story featuring a cowboy so, to be completely honest I didn't know what to expect. I'm not that familiar with that lifestyle, so I was afraid I may end up not liking the setting, but thankfully this wasn't an issue. I loved Parable, the way people lived there, away from city's wild lifestyle. It felt at times that the characters were living in another lifetime, where everything was simpler and people had time to actually live and enjoy themselves.
I really enjoyed the animal descriptions and through those it was evident the author's love for animals, from horses to dogs. The pets described here are adorable!
Hutch and Kendra is a nice and cute couple, but somehow, their story failed to grab my interest. I wanted them to end up together, but to be honest I couldn't see why they weren't for such a long time, thus their excuses for staying away from each other failed to convince me. I just couldn't understand their inhibitions and caught myself wishing at times that they would talk to each other and be done with it.
Another issue I had with Big Sky Mountain, and it's entirely a matter of preference, it was the fact that it was too family centred for my taste. I kind of expected that, but still, it was just too much for me. I'm all for marriage and family and such but the way Madison, Kendra's step daughter, kept asking for a daddy (which is natural, I don't disagree here), or the way Kendra imagined her perfect family a couple of times, well, it was a bit too much for me. But, like I said it's only a matter of preference.
The secondary characters where well presented and good enough development (for secondary characters) something that I can't say I'm afraid for Hutch and Kendra. They were kind of there to tell their story and not actually live it, if I'm making any sense. Kendra especially was just Madison's mother and Hutch's old flame. Nothing special about her. And I wanted a bit more from her.
All in all, Big Sky Mountain is a really fun book, perfect for a light reading with no memorable story or characters but with a really beautiful setting and even better descriptions.(less)
Carrie Lofty's newest release, Starlight, is just further proof of how talented an author she really is. I have no better way to express myself when I review one of her books. Carrie Lofty is simply one of the most talented voices I have ever read.
Starlight, is the second story in her newest series, The Christies, and it's the story of Alex and Polly. Lofty, after Cape Town, travels her readers at Glasgow this time and tells us the story of a father who would do anything to protect his only child and a woman who fights with everything in her for what she believes just.
Alex and Polly are just perfect for each other and as far as memorable heroines go, Polly surely stands out. She isn't standing out just for her character qualities or because she's a really well-written character - which she is! - but because she's a true fighter, a woman who isn't waiting for her knight in shining armor to run to her rescue, but does anything within her power to make a better future for her and the people she cares for. Yeah, she may be a bit stubborn or use her femininity whenever it suits her but she is loyal and caring and she's not afraid to love and be loved.
Alex on the other hand is so much more than the acclaimed scientist everyone regards him to be. He's a sensual man, possessive and he could be as much a businessman as your typical next door guy. The scene where he plays football with his workers at the mill was just pure delight to read. That one and the one both Alex and Polly go to a bar to investigate some leads. By far the two most enjoying and memorable scenes of Starlight for me.
As I said in the beginning, Carrie Lofty is truly a talented author. The way she writes, the way she sets her stories under unique circumstances just make her novels stand out. I may not have cared in the least for her main couples, but I would still remember her stories for the way she presents them. My only problem was once more that it took me an awful lot of time to finish this book. Like in Flawless, somewhere after the first 2/3 of the book I felt that the story dragged a bit and it tired me. Maybe it's something personal or maybe the story did indeed drag a bit but the thing is that I wanted it a bit shorter to give this book a 5 star rating or maybe I wanted more things to happen in order to sustain my interest.
All in all, Starlight is an incredibly well written book, one definitely worth your time reading. Alex and Polly's story is just too good to miss :)(less)
I don't know how many times i've said this word in the past days,but God,i loved Faefever.Once i picked this book up,i just couldn't put it down,and i'm guessing that i will have the same feeling no matter how many times i'll read those books!Karen Marie Moning once again delivers a book full of suspence,mystery and sexual tension!Just perfect!
In Faefever everything changes!This book stands as a bridge between a normal world and a world consumed by darkness,standing on the edges of a dystopian novel.It's a bridge between the Mac we got to know in Darkfever and a Mac that will completely change.I don't think that Faefever is the 3rd book in this series by accident.It's right in the middle of the story with a first half closer to what we knew from the previous books and the second,slowly introducing the reader to a different and darker world.
Once again,Mac's personality develops,a development i'm not sure will stop until the story is finished.Along with her world that darkens,she herself starts acting and thinking in a completely different way than in the first book.Still,she struggles to keep what she can from her old self,but the story needs a different approach from her towards things and she adjusts perfectly. One thing i loved in Faefever is that we are introduced to a couple new characters.We meet more closely with Christian,the enigmatic Scott that seems to be holding a special part in the story and Dani,the young sidhe seer with the really bad mouth but adorable all the same!I don't know how Dani will evolve and what her place in the story will be by the end,but i really thing that it's a character that really needs a book about herself in some point!It's a really interesting character despite how young she is and i really enjoy reading about her. We also get to know more about inspector Jayne,another character i really enjoy reading about.I like that he too,doesn't care how a job will be done,as long as it gets done!
All in all,Faefever,is yet another astonishing book in the Fever series and yet again,the ending is a major cliffhanger.Seriously,the endings in those books become worse (in terms of suspenfull endings) as the time passes.But i still love them,and love the way i am totally sucked into this dark world!(less)
After reading Lead and Follow, the first book in the Club Devant series written by Katie Porter, I was beyond excited to be able to read, and in advan...moreAfter reading Lead and Follow, the first book in the Club Devant series written by Katie Porter, I was beyond excited to be able to read, and in advance, the second book in the series Chains and Canes! I mean it's not just that I loved so much the first book in the series because it was a well written erotica or because it was something that I had never read before but because it was one of those books that I managed to enjoy and understand even though it had a theme completely out of my comfort zone.
And much like with Lead and Follow, Chains and Canes was a hardcore erotica, with a theme outside my comfort zone that I really loved reading! Let's face it, menages are not really my cup of tea. Not that I have read many books with a menage. Katie Porter's stories are the only ones I ever read. But as a concept it's something that I can't identify myself with and usually, when I can't identify myself with the story or the characters I usually end up disliking the book. But that's not the case with these books. Far from it. I love so much reading about something that is so strange for me and getting an insight of characters that are unlike anything I have ever met in real life. I don't know if that is because of the authors' brilliance or something else entirely, what I know, is that I enjoy this series more than I ever imagined I would.
Chains and Canes is a hardcore erotica title like I said before. Readers who can't tolerate violence should think about reading this story twice, since the main heroine Naya is a masochist and into some really hard and painful stuff. Even if I was prepared for some hardcore sex scenes, there are some that made me cringe a bit. So, be warned.
The story is about Naya and Daniel, an engaged couple who have a rather unique and incredible relationship if you ask me. They know each other so well and they trust and care and love each other so deeply. One might think that they have the perfect relationship. But, as soon as they meet delicious Remy Lomand, they quickly understand that they were missing something crucial. Something that will bound them even closer and make them understand themselves deeper. I really liked how the author handled the relationship between three people in this story. This is a very different relationship than the menage of the first book, with a completely different dynamic that the author handled in an exquisite way. I loved seeing how all three characters developed through their relationship, no matter how unconventional that was. It was fascinating seeing Daniel succumb to his submissive side, Naya liberating two perfect men and Remy coming to love himself for what he is and gaining some much needed confidence.
The sex scenes were very well written. Even if there was too much violence involved, the author could communicate her characters' emotions to the reader. You could understand how much each person cared for the other and wanted to provide the best. How everything they did was for the other's pleasure. Like I said, I may not be able to really identify with any of the three main characters but I could understand them and care for them.
All in all, Chains and Canes was everything that I was expecting it to be and then some more. I love how the writing duo of Carrie Lofty and Lorelie Brown keep experimenting with different characters and different sexual situations and how they manage to pull off each setting in a perfect way. Their writing isn't a cheap imitation of so many erotica titles out there. It truly is something unique. And even if their books are hardcore some times, still, their main focus are the emotions of their characters and not their sexual encounters. And maybe that is why I love their work so much.(less)
Another DNF for me... It wasn't that The Chocolate Touch was that bad a book. Not really. It was cute and sweet but despite that it couldn't really ho...moreAnother DNF for me... It wasn't that The Chocolate Touch was that bad a book. Not really. It was cute and sweet but despite that it couldn't really hold my interest. It's nothing that I haven't read like a gazillion times before so I'm just putting this story aside in search of something much more fun and unique to spend my time reading. The characters felt flat and the romance, no matter how sweet just didn't work for me. Maybe it got better. I can't really say. But up until the middle of the book the story just dragged and nothing really exciting ever happened.(less)
When I started reading The Convenient Bride, I really didn't know what I should be expecting from this novel, seeing there where no reviews for the book at the time. So I just relied on the premise of this story and on my gut feeling and I'm glad to say that I wasn't disappointed by this story in the least.
The Convenient Bride is your typical, romantic story featuring one of my favorite tropes in the genre, the one of the marriage of convenience (which seems to be in every romantic title I pick lately).
The story isn't anything fresh or really memorable, after all there are a number of similar books out there, but Jennifer St George manages to make her story stand out with her characters. Because the setting might be common, the story as well, but the characters are what makes this story stand out among all the other similar stories out there. I really enjoyed reading about both Sienna and Antonio.
The character development along with the author's ability to create perfect images of places and buildings in this book, is what makes The Convenient Bride a memorable story for me. Because the author chose to place her story first in Melbourne and later on in Venice and as far as perfect settings for a romantic story are concerned, this one, couldn't be any better. Add to that, the author's ability to create perfect images and I was just left amazed with all the scenery I was able to imagine through those descriptions.
But the Convenient Bride isn't just a perfect setting. Is how two people for almost opposite worlds fall in love and how through that love they help each other overcome their fears.
Because if you consider how small a novel this one is, the way Antonio's character developed until the end of the story is just amazing!
And up until the last two chapters of this book, I was quite certain that it would be a solid 5 star review. But, the last two chapters where just not consistent with how great a book this one could really be. The easy way everything wrapped up in the final two chapters sort of destroyed the awesomeness. Everything was just settled way too easily for my taste.
All in all, The Convenient Bride is a novel all fans of romance should watch out for, one I really enjoyed both for the story and the writing style and if not for the easy way everything wrapped up in the end, it would almost perfect! As it is, it is definitely worth your time and I will certainly watch out this author from now on. (less)
I'm becoming seriously addicted with this series...I started reading slowly,but after a couple chapters i just couldn't put this book down...It was fast paced,sexy and even heartbreaking at points!
More or less,Unholy Magic follows the same pattern and plotline of Unholy Ghosts.We follow Chess's adventures,while she's yet again on the chase of some seriously bad magic and ghosts and along with that thrill ride you get to know more and more about her,the people surrounding her and the world where the story unfolds. This time i didn't encounter the same language problem i had with the first book of the series.I don't think that happened because of any change in the writing style,i just got used to it and didn't have a problem getting into the story immediately.And what a story it was...!I don't know if it's just me and the fact i got into the story immediately this time,but the story of Unholy MAgic seemed to me somehow more tight than the one of the first book.It still has the same even pace but the difference was that now i understood exactly the world building and how the bad guys worked.Again,i'll note that it maybe just be me and nothing actually different in the writing style.Believe me,knowing from the beggining what's going on and not trying to translate the dialogues is a huge advantage!
Anyway,again in this book i was a bit troubled by Chess's drug addiction,which is shown in more extent in this installment,but again i found myself caring deeply for her and what happened to her.I mean,on the one hand i couldn't connect with her and the actions she was more or less forced to take because of her addiction but on the other i could really feel her and sympathise with her.I could actually feel her frustration and how imprisoned she felt at times and for that exact reasons i really wanted for every bad thing that happened to her to get fixed right that second,only for her to feel better.I knew she just met the coincequences of her very actions but that didn't make me feel bad for her nonetheless. Terrible on the other hand is... just an amazing guy.I have to admit,my all time fictional crush is Bones,but i'm afraid to say so,he's starting to have some serious competition...!Who could have imagined that a seemingly impenetrable and tough guy could actually be so sensitive and thoughtfull!I just loved him and his fightings with Chess were amazing.Through those fightings you could get glimpses of his character and the way he thought about things and i really enjoyed those parts,well mostly!My other part was just occupied feeling Chess's desperation during those fights...
There's really not much i can say about this book,if you have read the first one don't expect many differences here.Same easy writing style,strong plot and amazing set of characters.So,if you liked the first book in the series,this will get you addicted further to this amazing,dark,cruel but wonderful world!Honest;y,Downside Ghosts is the best Urban Fantasy series i read in 2010.Don't miss it!(less)
Seducing the Secret Heiress is the second book by Jennifer St. George, the first one being The Convenient Bride, which I absolutely loved, so...more4.5 stars
Seducing the Secret Heiress is the second book by Jennifer St. George, the first one being The Convenient Bride, which I absolutely loved, so, I started this second book of hers having somewhat high expectations to be honest. And I'm so glad to say that St. George has lived up to them! Her books are incredibly cute and sweet and romantic, with enough dose of sexiness in there to keep you turning the pages.
The story of Seducing the Secret Heiress follows more or less all the cliches of romantic stories but still, Jennifer St. George's writing style and her descriptions and settings are some of the things that make her stories stand out among the rest.
This story follows Charlotte Wentworth, a diamond heiress from Australia who ventures to Europe in escape of her family and cheating fiance and somewhere in Italy she meets Gabe, a reality producer who has trust issues of himself. The plot here doesn't have any surprises. Couple meets, falls in love, resists their feelings for various reasons, misunderstandings happen and all that leads us to the end. But the fact that the plot isn't hiding any surprises doesn't make this story any less pleasant or cute.
I absolutely loved both Charlotte and Gabe and thought their characters were well developed for a rather short story. I found a little hard to believe the way both Charlotte chose to stay in the same house with a complete stranger as well as the easy way with which Gabe trusted Charlotte, especially since he faced some trust issues, but still, Jennifer St. George's writing style managed to take me away and travel me once more! Her descriptions of places and cities are plainly powerful and as a writer she has the ability to make her readers travel. With both her stories, you don't just read to meet a new couple but a few places along the way.
On the other hand, what made Seducing the Secret Heiress so interesting to me was the fact that it was focused on a cooking reality and it was topped with a couple of amazing recipes. Well, not the actual recipes, but lately I find myself enjoying romances that evolve around food. And no, I'm not on a diet (yet)!
All in all, Jennifer St. George delivers yet another enjoyable story and she is slowly becoming one of my favorite authors for many reasons. I'm just eager to see what she has in store for later!(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)
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)
Demon Hunting in the Deep South is one of those books I find it extremely hard to review from time to time. For different reasons in most cases, but difficult nonetheless. And it's so hard for my to rate and review this one because even though I knew that it was part of a series, I was under the impression that it could be read as a stand alone just as well. But that, was a mistake.
Let me explain. Demon Hunting in the Deep South, has a different set of characters from the first book in the Demon Hunting series BUT the same characters that are now the main couple, had a rather extended presence in the first book of the series, Demon Hunting in Dixie. And when I say extended, I mean that they had so much history, that I couldn't possibly keep up with their story. There were so many things that tied Evie and Ansgar together, so many things that happened between them in the first book that no matter how many explanations the author gave me, I always felt that there were some pieces missing.
And that feeling of loss extends to the world building and plot as well. Lexi George does an amazing job with the complexity of her world but not everything is explained in detail. Or in enough detail to be able to grasp exactly how everything works. Granted, some things are explained but there are many that are not making it difficult for me not only to understand how the world ticks but to evaluate the author's ability to present her world to her readers. I simply don't know if things are left unexplained or were explained in the first book.
For example, in Demon Hunting in the Deep South you will meet a diversity of paranormal creatures: demons, fairies, ghosts and lots of magic. There are so many different paranormal elements but they don't form a solid world I'm afraid... I can't see any connection between them. They are just thrown in the story, without so much of an explanation or reason for existence. Nothing. And as I said, I don't know if those explanations I was seeking were given on the first book of the series, or not at all. SO, you see my problem in making my mind about the world building and the writing style...
Apart from that, there's one thing I immensely enjoyed about this book though: the sarcastic tone and humour of the author. Lexi George simply has a voice that stands out and knows how to write a villain who you love to hate. And that is Meredith. She may not be the main villain but she's definitely not angel material. But I loved her to pieces even when she was a total bitch. Especially when she was one :)
As far as Evie and Ansgar are concerned, there where things I liked and disliked in both of them. In Evie I liked how she developed throughout the novel and how loyal she was, but she was far too shy for my taste and honestly, the part where she gets arrested and her main concern is that she's commando, made me roll my eyes more than once.
Ansgar on the other hand, is your typical, drool-worthy alpha male, which is always a plus, I loved his brutality and how he fought his feelings for Evie, but I thought that he approached her far too easily and quickly for a man that did everything he could for Evie to forget all about him. He kind of contradicted himself.
The sex scenes, were fairly good written and sexy and you could see the chemistry between Evie and Ansgar, but again due to their history form the first book, the make out scenes came far too quickly before I could connect with the characters, and that is something I don't usually like. That, and reading sentences like "touche me there" or "touch her houhah" in the middle of a sexy scene that completely turned me off.
All in all, Demon Hunting in the Deep South is a book I had some problems with, problems that I wouldn't probably have if I had read the first book in the series. As it is, my review and rating is based solely without any previous knowledge to Lexi George's world and I really want you to take that into consideration. To fans of this series, Demon Hunting in the Deep South is a must. To the rest, take my advice and read those books in order. Lexi George's sense of humour is worth it! That, and I want you to meet Meredith :P(less)
The Marriage Trap by Jennifer Probst may be the second book in her successful Marriage of a Billionaire series but this is actually the first book I try of this author and let me tell you that I was impressed! Yeah sure it may be a little cheesy at times and certainly full of cliches but I just loved it! It was fun and quick and cute and a read that I thoroughly enjoyed.
This is the story of Maggie, a photographer who thinks that she will never find true love and she doesn't care because she doesn't need it in her life. Or so she tries to convince herself. Michael is the hot billionaire every woman dreams to snatch for herself, a playboy at heart but who is big on family and tries his best to provide everything for his mother and sisters since his father died, even is his personal life's cost. The two of them agree on a faux marriage in order to help Michael's sister to get married and go on a trip to Italy where they finally realise that they are made for each other. Cliche and cheesy enough? I couldn't care less, believe me! I loved the tension between those two and how they didn't fall immediately into each other's arms but kept fighting and resisting their mutual attraction. I just loved their constant bickering and fighting and how different they were from each other.
Michael was as much alpha as one could hope for, reaching caveman level at some points. He was hot-headed and stubborn but so was Maggie. So they were good for each other. Maggie on the other hand was the only character in this book I had some problems with. Maggie and Mama Conte that is. Maggie because she was a little full of pretence in some cases and a bit arrogant as well. Just because a man didn't want to sleep with her, it didn't mean that he was in love with her married best friend. Maybe that wasn't the case, but it certainly came of that way. When she described how certain she was that Michael was in love with Alexa (aka her best friend) it actually came of as her certainty was the result of Michael's rejection.
And I disliked Mama Conte because she reminded me of an old meddling lady who tries to do things her way no matter what, which she actually is. The stunt she pulled towards the end of the book, was just precious! And so obvious I can't understand how no one else saw right through her petty tricks.
Apart from Maggie and Michael who are certainly developed enough as characters throughout the novel, the set of the secondary characters was a bit neglected. Mama Conte was just there only to meddle in things, Michael's sisters apart from Carina who is the main hero in the next novel in the series could just as well have not been present in the whole story and in overall the only secondary characters with some kind of depth are those that appeared in the previous novel (Alexa and Nick) and those that will appear in the next. The rest are just there to fill gaps. But once more, even with the lack of serious character development, I still loved The Marriage Trap. I loved it because it was sexy and cute and delivered in every department a romance novel should.
All in all, The Marriage Trap is a contemporary romance title full of cliches but enjoyable nonetheless. Try it and you won't regret it. At least you'll spend a few fun hours while reading it :)(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)
I picked up The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie expecting something brilliant. I mean, many friends recommended this book to me again and again and if you combine to this all those raving reviews one can say that I had really high expectations for this book. Not that it isn't a good book, far from it. It's an amazing book, just not that great as what I expected and definitely not my favorite historical romance out there.
Having said that, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is a really interesting story but it felt kind of slow at times. The writing style is really good, but I found the pace a bit uneven. There were times I couldn't put this book down and times I wished it would end anytime soon. The middle especially was really slow and felt that it dragged on and on... The last part was what saved the day and the first, well, it was interesting but nothing extraordinary.
Ian, the main hero, is the best attribute of this story and why I will remember it for a long time. He's an intriguing character, like no one I have ever read. He's undoubtedly an alpha male, but he's acting like a child, a really traumatized child throughout the whole book. Stating it that way, it may sound like Ian isn't that great a character after all.. But believe me, the way Ashley combined raw masculinity with a traumatized soul to sketch him is just brilliant. He acts exactly how a man would if he suffered in his childhood the horrors Ian did. Just take my word on this: read this book just to meet Ian! He totally deserves it :)
The main heroine though on the other hand, Beth, though a good character is nothing memorable I'm afraid. She's a sweet character and a nice one to read about, but nothing extraordinary about her. Nothing at all. The way the romance between them unfolds, is the other problematic area for me. I just didn't feel the spark between them, at least not for the best part of the book. By the end things had changed a bit, but the thing is, that as far as hot couples go, Beth and Ian aren't on my top 5, not even on my top 10 choices.
All in all, The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie is a really interesting story in overall, a well written one, but not the mind - blowing book I was expecting. Maybe if I had picked this book having no expectations whatsoever my opinion would be different, but as it is, it's one of those stories I liked, but I'm not crazy about it.It's definitely worth your time though :)(less)
Stacia Kane needs no introductions... If you have ever read even one book of hers you know exactly what I mean. If you haven't already, what are you waiting for???
Chasing Magic is just perfect. Just as good as every other book in the series, just as dark, just as violent, just as twisted but beautiful and lyrical at the same time. I know. Twisted and lyrical or beautiful can't be put together in a sentence, but Kane manages to do just that. I'm a huge fan of the Downside Ghosts series, no news here and I honestly believe that it would take some really bad stories for Kane to write for me to change my opinion on this series. And so far, each book is as good as the previous one if not better in some cases.
Chasing Magic has non stop action. From the first chapter until the last, there isn't a single chapter that leaves the reader to "rest", 400 pages plus and there isn't a single moment that the story just progresses without something crucial happening. Not even one. Don't ask me how Kane manages that, but she does.
Some really sick and twisted form of magic makes its appearance in Downside and once more, Chess finds herself in the middle of all this. But along with catching a bad guy, Chess has to deal with her growing feelings for Terrible, with how to make a relationship between them work and finally accept that she is worth something.
The way I feel about Chess is unique. She is probably the only character in literature that I have ever felt this way. I can't understand her, not understand her exactly - that's not the correct way to phrase it, but more I can't comprehend why she treats herself that way. She can only blame herself for the majority of bad things that happens to her, but I can't help but love her and care for her, like a messed up sibling that no matter how much he/she hurts you you still care for and want nothing but the best. I can't really compare it in any other way.
She keeps destroying things again and again, she acts in a way that she very well knows that will bring her trouble or hurt herself and the people she cares for but still she goes and does exactly the worst and then keep blaming herself over and over again. One might think that such a behavior might turn me off, but on the contrary. Because somehow, Chess has really grown on me, and everytime she does something wrong, all I want is to turn back time for her and make things right. I care for her, in a way that no author has made me care for a hero before. And that is the brilliance of Kane.
That, and her writing style. To be honest, I don't know how many times I have said it already, but Stacia Kane is one hell of a writer. She doesn't write about gorgeous people, beautiful places and things or easy relationships. She writes about people with beautiful hearts, about messed up but oh so real people and about everything that is beautiful in its essence despite appearances.
Her world is dark and shitty and its residents maybe junkies or whores or whatever but it's a real world. A world where people struggle to survive and overcome their nightmares in any way they can, right or wrong. A world that sucks the reader in and doesn't let him "emerge" any time soon. A world, I love reading about.
All in all, Chasing Magic is just as good as the rest books of the series, that in its entirety is a series all lovers of UF should read. Trust me!(less)
To the Edge,is a book i picked after i read and totally loved Anne Stuart's Black Ice.I thought if romantic suspence is so good a genre then the first book in The Bodyguards series by Cindy Gerard might be just as good.But no!!!I couldn't be more mistaken!
First of all,i must say that this book was more of a romance novel than anything else.Granted it falls under the category of romantic suspence but i finished reading this book,and still i'm waiting for that suspence to come...
Reading the premise i waited for a non stop action book,a plot full of twists and at least something that would actually make me believe that the protagonist was in grave danger...Nothing of these ever happened.
From the first page it was evident that this was a romance novel.And i like romance,don't mind me, but i was expecting to read something totally different.And maybe that was my mistake and the reason i couldn't make myself like this book.I immediatelly disliked it somewhere after the first 20 pages.I mean come on,you see a man in your apartment and believe he's there to kill you and along with your fear you can't help but notice how well built or gorgeous you're potential killer is...???Come on,who does that?Screaming is an acceptable reaction,fainting as well,but noticing your killer's muscles....no,that's not acceptable or believable.After that point,i was so turned off by the writing style that it's a wonder i kept reading...But i did it,despite the slow pace of the book and by the end of it although i wasn't thrilled,this book didn't feel like a total waste of time either.
My other big problem with this book was the total lack of suspence or action.Apart from 5 or 6 threatening letters or notes or messages you don't get to have anything remotely close to action until the very last chapters... When you start reading a book where the male character is there to protect his -damsel in distress- female character from unknown threats,somehow you believe that this book will evolve more around those threats or the potential danger and less around the feelings of the protagonists.Alas,this book was a study on human feelings.Jillian has the amazing power of knowing exactly what other people are feeling and based on that power does everything she can to help them and Garrett spends chapters after chapters analysing his feelings of guilt or his lustful thoughts towards Jillian and listing again and again why his feelings for her are so inappropriate and a potential relationship between them catastrophic.And speaking of romance,i just felt that the romantic element between the two characters was somewhat forced...I felt forced by the constant descriptions to believe how those two were lusting over each other in a totally consuming way.And that just ruined everything!Granted after many chapters the romance felt more real but half of the fun was already ruined.
Anyway,it's more than obvious that i didn't like this book,but not because it was that bad written.It was more because i waited for a completely different read and To the Edge was,well,not my cup of tea.A fan of romantic novels will probably appreciate this book in ways i couldn't because although i love the romantic element to be present in a book and i don't mind any sex scenes i also want the book to have more elements apart that of romance.So,i would recommend this book but to anyone who loves romance and sees this book as a romance novel and not a romantic suspence one.(less)
The Wicked Wallflower is one of those books that make it quite a challenge for me to both rate and review. And that is be...moreReview published at Ex Libris
The Wicked Wallflower is one of those books that make it quite a challenge for me to both rate and review. And that is because even though I had quite a few issues with it I still managed to enjoy reading it. At least for the better part of it. So yeah, how exactly do you rate a book that made you roll your eyes at points but you were unable to put down nonetheless?
The Wicked Wallflower is the story of a plain wallflower, who no one notices and a notorious rogue who find themselves posing as a couple, both of them for their own personal reasons. Sounds cliche enough to you? Well, it is, but I have a thing both for reformed rakes and fake relationships that turn into something more. So, even if the story isn't anything new, I was still pretty eager to read it. From the first pages of the story I knew I would have a problem with the author's writing style. Don't get me wrong, it's not that the writing style is bad, it's just that Maya Rodale tried to add a humorous and playful tone to the novel, that although it made the whole story funnier it somehow felt forced and foreign. Not the whole time, but there were moments where I felt that a joke was forced or a situation wasn't all that funny if you thought it twice. Plus, all those "funny" mentions about "The Ashbrooke effect" and " London's Least Likely" or " The Buxom Bluestocking" weren't all that funny after a while.
But it wasn't just that. The whole narration wasn't all that smooth either. As with the funny parts, the romantic parts felt also a bit forced. I mean more than once I felt that a romantic scene came out of nowhere. I don't know if I have to blame the arc copy (after all there were more than a few typos in there) and the final copy will flow in a smoother way or that was the narration style. All I know is that I couldn't really feel any emotion in many romantic scenes. They were well written and after a bit I got in the mood and went along with the story but at first they felt forced. But that, could as well be due to the insufficient character development too. Especially where Ashbrooke is concerned. I mean he went from notorious rogue and scoundrel to lovesick puppy in the blink of an eye. Quite literally. I couldn't notice how his feelings for Emma were growing. Apart from the fact that he was intrigued by her refusal, I couldn't really pinpoint the exact moment he understood she means so much to him. As a result, he came off as a spoiled child who wants something just because he can't have it.
Emma on the other hand was a good character but by the end of the book, I really wanted to slap some sense into her. Granted, she was bound to feel reluctant to believe that Ashbrooke changed just for her, but reading pages upon pages of her internal turmoil tired me a lot. Another moment where I didn't really like her was the scene where she's ready to elope with Benedict. I haven't read a least sexy scene where the heroine finally surrenders to the hero while a second suitor is waiting for her just a few yards away ready to elope. She completely lost any affection I felt for her after that incident I'm afraid.
Verdict: The Wicked Wallflower is one of those books I really don't know how to rate because despite all the issues I had with both characters and writing style, I still managed to enjoy myself while reading it. Maybe some things didn't exactly work for me, but still, it was a decent and enjoyable story. And I will probably continue with the series. I still want to see the rest of the wallflowers finding their HEA :)(less)
I can't even begin describing in how many ways I was disappointed with Flat Out Sexy.... Really, after all those raving reviews, I find myself once more in the minority of readers, but honestly, I struggled to finish this one.
I will start with the things I liked about Flat Out Sexy. And that is just one: the writing style and consequently the sex scenes. I may sound really harsh, and believe me I hate it, but this book is nothing more that some really well written sex scenes. And when I say well written, I mean it. But to be honest, I can't like a book in its entirety just for the good sex scenes. Because even a good sex scene, when there's absolutely no story to back it up, seem bad. Well, not bad precisely, just boring.... Because after a point I just felt like the whole book was just an excuse for Tamara and Elec to jump to bed and entertain us. And that was okay for the first and second sex scene, but after that I was just bored. I had already read about their sexual exercises and 5 or 10 more wouldn't change a thing. The story that was needed to keep me interested, was just not there.
And that was my main problem. The lack of even a substantial storyline... The story of Flat - Out Sexy was so full of cliches, so full of cheesiness that even the best written sex scenes in the world couldn't keep me interested. Not when all that happened where Tamara and Elec jumping each other whenever and wherever they could without caring if it was appropriate or if others knew exactly what they did. And I get it, they were so in love that they jumped to action straight away, only how could I possibly believe that they managed to fall deeply in love from the two or three times they had met???? So, we're talking about lust here. Which is just fine. Only, both of them were supposed to be decent, so even if their friends eventually knew about their sexual life, going about it like rabbits during a dinner was a bit too much to stomach. But my problem wasn't their decency. I couldn't care less about it. I just mention those incidents in order to highlight further the exact point where I knew I would struggle to finish this book... And that was when Elec, after two sex sessions with Tamara, and when I talk about sex sessions I mean just that and little talk, they were not even dates, starts feeling oh so in love with her and wants to adopt her children or whatsoever since he can't have children of his own. Oh, and he's 25 years old. Really??? I don't know about you, but I don't think that most people his age have those kind of thoughts and act on them so quickly. And I can't stress the word quickly enough... So, combining those two incidents, the so in love sex whenever and wherever and the thoughts of caring for another's family after only a week Elec and Tamara know each other, and well, you get why I just found everything about this story quite unrealistic...
Anyway, Flat - Out Sexy was just not the book for me. Probably I once more missed all the hidden pleasures of a book so many others enjoyed, but to be honest I just skimmed through most of the sex scenes of the second half of the story. Even if well written, they didn't add up anything to the story. The characters were good, not as much developed as I would like and apart from a couple of funny scenes with Tamara's children, there's not much I will remember about this book. Coming to think of it, Hunter and Petey - Tamara's children - where the only thing I loved about this book from the beginning to the end. Especially Petey and his smart mouth, a kid who only spoke when he thought it was necessary and to deliver at the same time some amazing lines!
All in all, I'm sad to say it, but I can't recommend this book to anyone. Even if the sex scenes are great. It was just not the right book for me. It may be the right one for you though, since it's a rather popular book, I just can't bring myself to recommend it. (less)
An Offer from a Gentleman,although certainly not among my favorite in the popular Bridgertons series by Julia Quinn,was a pleasant read from the first to the last page!
The whole Cinderella retale this book deals with,at first made me feel a bit apprehensive,but thankfully my apprehensions were quickly gone.I'm not a huge fan of retales,since whatever I've tried reading with retales of stories wasn't that much impressive for me... But fortunatelly,this book has only a feeling of a retale of the Cinderella story,and soon after the first chapters,although the feeling of reading Cinderella remains,the whole story carries you away...
What I liked most in this story is Sophie's character.I liked the way Julia Quinn developed her as a character and how she was portrayed.I liked how she was strong,with high morals and no matter what life brought her way,she accepted it and dealt with it in the most dignified manner. What I liked least,and I can't believe I'm actually saying that about a member of a Bridgerton family,was Benedict.He was a bit of a "lukewarm" character for me,and although there were times I found him irresistible,most of the times he went a bit unnoticed for me,even though he was the main hero.
As for the rest,Julia Quinn once again writes exceptionally and her story manages to grab her readers interest making it really difficult to put any of her books down!I like her sense of humor that is evident in every book of hers I've read up to now and I love the way the romance evolves in her stories. So,although this book may not be one of my favorites,it still is a very good book,and one that you read it quite pleasantly!(less)
Tempted by Trouble is a rather difficult book for me to rate. And it's difficult because even though I really enjoyed reading it, there were some aspe...moreTempted by Trouble is a rather difficult book for me to rate. And it's difficult because even though I really enjoyed reading it, there were some aspects of the story that made me want to bang my head on any available surface! And the main thing that made me feel that way was Marco, the main hero of the story.
But let's take things from the start. Tempted by Trouble is a typical romantic story about second chance in love. Pippa is a socialite, the golden girl who has everything right on her feet and chooses to throw them away and be a party animal and Marco, her step uncle, who is her first and only love but doesn't want to ever see her again because he believes she has destroyed his life, or does he?
The setting couldn't be more perfect for me, seeing that it takes place in the Caribbean, and the story, well, it's right up my alley. Add to that the fact that Michelle Smart did a wonderful job both with her writing and the way she developed her characters in such a small story and you get why I really enjoyed this story. I mean we're talking about a rather short story, but still, Smart managed to provide her characters with a solid past, to explore them throughout her story and make her readers care for them. That is a great accomplishment in my book! While I was reading this story I felt more than once my heart breaking for Pippa, the way everyone treated her and the way no one could understand that she was so messed up and all she needed was some love. All she needed was for someone to care about her. And maybe because I cared so much about Pippa, I hated so much Marco and his behavior towards her. Granted, maybe Marco's behavior was justified but still, you never get to treat someone in that way. No matter how much you believe you were wronged, being so short sighted speaks volumes of your own character. For the best part of the book I just wanted to slap both Marco and Pippa. Well, mostly Marco for treating Pippa that way and then I just wanted to slap some sense into Pippa for still dreaming of a man that treated her that way for no apparent reason. He was just horrible to her right until the end. And in case you're wondering, no, he didn't redeem himself by then. Even if he tried to protect Pippa and changed his behavior towards her, I still couldn't forgive him his previous horrible behavior. He was a man with such a huge ego and no matter what he did couldn't change that.
As you can guess, I got quite passionate with this book right? Which is a good thing because it means I got invested in the story, and that is where I find it difficult to rate this book. Because I loved it, but I really hated the main hero. One other thing that I quite didn't like also, were the sex scenes. While I found the whole writing style really good, the sex scenes were a failure. They were very cheesy and descriptions like:
"The first press of his lips on hers turned her bones into fondue." or
"All that mattered was being in his arms again and being kissed with such passion and hunger her whole being turned into noodles"
just killed my mood. Add to that some really unnecessary commands while in the act like "Take me." or "Kiss me." more than once and yeah, the sex scenes were definitely not my favorite part of this story.
Anyway, all in all, Tempted by Trouble is a decent story, well written for the most part of it, that I really enjoyed reading if not for the main hero. He was my main source of problems while reading this book, but Pippa just made up for him. She was one memorable character, so strong and so kind that I just loved her. And maybe because I loved her so much I hated Marco for the way he treated her. Michelle Smart did an incredible job and I just can't wait for her next story!(less)
Forbidden Magic was an utter disappointment for me I'm afraid... I have seen the mixed reviews on Goodreads, but still I thought that I should give it a try. After all, the premise sounded more than intriguing and Cheyenne McCray is a big name out there.
So, I picked it up, only to be quite certain from the very first chapters that I wouldn't like it. I just had that feeling and I knew that no matter how hard I tried, I wouldn't be able to get into this book. And I'm sad to say, that my opinion of Forbidden Magic didn't change as I kept reading. Somewhere after the middle of the book I just started reading this on the fast forward. I just skipped the various and informative sex scenes and just read whatever grabbed my attention. As it is, I don't think I missed much...
The first thing I noticed were the incredibly cheesy names... I could maybe go with Hawk (the hero has wings...) and Silver (the heroine's hair are blond) but Moondust??? Please! But the cheese doesn't stop there... The problem with Forbidden Magic is that is far too cheesy and far too predictable for me to enjoy it... There's immediate lust and even if the sex part between Hawk and Silver arrives a little bit later than what I expected, Hawk's constant hard on as soon as he laid eyes on Silver and Silver's tightening womb caused every single time Hawk moved, irked me to no end... And since I'm talking about cheesy, I can hardly refrain myself from mentioning that incredible scene were Silver and Hawk perform the ritual to call more D' Danann warriors through a perfectly nice blowjob! Nothing more powerful than that guys!
Anyway, Forbidden Magic leans more on the erotica side with paranormal elements than a paranormal romance story. There's too much sex, a bit meaningless at times, and those scenes where Junga, one of the demons, has sex in various positions and with various partners were completely unnecessary. There were at least three scenes where that Junga chick explores the submissive side of her human body and why should I care?
The plot like I said is cheesy and predictable, the character development barely there and even though the writing style is good, I'm afraid it couldn't save the whole book for me.
All in all, Forbidden Magic has received so many mixed reviews for a reason. Sadly, I find myself with those reviewers that didn't like it although I think that it's more a matter of preference. For some people to love it, it must have some qualities that I failed to notice.
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)
Unfortunately this was not the book for me. Although the author was very creative in skipping the obvious problems issued by a relationship between a...moreUnfortunately this was not the book for me. Although the author was very creative in skipping the obvious problems issued by a relationship between a human and a ghost and the humorous tone of the book was a plus, I couldn't get into it.
The Theory of Attraction was a pleasant surprise for me. I haven't really read all that much erotica or BDSM themed stories, that are currently THE trend, and the couple of which I have read were a bit of a disappointment... But The Theory of Attraction was a pleasant and really hot surprise that I devoured in one sitting. Literally. It wasn't a really long story after all. The Theory of Attraction is the story of Ivan, a totally clueless in social interactions genius scientist and Camilla, his neighbor who is secretly lusting after him for a long time before anything happens between them.
Let me say here that the story seems being split into two parts. The first part, where no sex is involved, is the building of the story, where we get to know the two main characters and get warmed up to them and the second half, where all the sex takes place and we get to know the characters in a lot different way. That splitting is what I didn't really like about this book, mostly, because Ivan's character is almost split in two as well. Because the Ivan of the first half of the story is nothing like the Ivan as Dom. It's almost like reading about a different person.
Let me explain myself. As soon as the story begins, we get to know Ivan as a gorgeous and really clever scientist, who's totally clueless in all human and social interactions. Somewhere is mentioned that he's borderline autistic. And from how he's described in the first half, you can totally place him somewhere there, although not quite. But Ivan of the second half, has nothing to do with that shy and reclusive person. He's far from shy, far from clueless in understanding other people, far from what we learned about him in the first part, period. His character isn't simply consistent. Though the fact that he's into the BDSM lifestyle is creatively explained and believable, scientist Ivan has nothing to do with Dom Ivan. I can understand how he wasn't shy while in a BDSM context but what I can't understand is how he seems unable to understand people when not in a sexual situation whereas when being Dom he understands everything perfectly and seems to anticipate his sub's needs. It just doesn't add up or I just haven't researched much on BDSM lifestyle and I'm just missing something. And it's not only that but how he also seems to get everything when Camilla explains it to him. It's like no one ever explained to him how to behave before Camilla which I find rather hard to believe to be honest.
Apart from that, the writing style is nice, easy flowing and full of humor. It made an already interesting and good story flow even easier. But what I have to note about The Theory of Attraction, and I can't stress that enough is that it's one seriously hot piece of story. And when I say hot, I mean really HOT! Some of the scenes there were incredible. The chemistry between Ivan and Camilla was touchable and at last, we have a sub who isn't that pathetic kind of heroine who has absolutely no self-esteem but is consensual and fully aware of what she does and really enjoying it.
All in all, The Theory of Attraction is a hot and sexy as hell story that I totally recommend. If for nothing else but for the creativity of some scenes :P (less)
The premise of What the Duke Desires sounds more than intriguing and upon reading it I kind of believed that this book was right up my alley. Add to t...moreThe premise of What the Duke Desires sounds more than intriguing and upon reading it I kind of believed that this book was right up my alley. Add to that the fact that I've heard nothing but praise about Sabrina Jeffries's work and I was more than excited about reading. Now that I finally read it, although I did enjoy this book in overall, I can't say that I was very impressed with it either. There were some parts in this book that really worked for me and some others that just fell flat I'm afraid...
Let's start with the good things about What the Duke Desires. And one among them is Sabrina Jeffries's writing style. Having finally read one of her books I totally understand why people praise her work. The pace of the story was great, I literally devoured it and finished it in no time, while her descriptions of Lisette's and Max's travels were beyond fascinating and probably my favorite part of the book.
But, even with the decent writing style and the vivid descriptions, What the Duke Desires was just an ok read. And that happened mainly for two reasons. The first one was the fact that the romance between the leading couple felt completely flat for me. There was no connection between them, no chemistry, no spark. I read about their feelings, I wanted them to get their HEA but I wasn't dying to see them reaching it. Even if the characters were well presented and had a background (I've noticed that underdeveloped characters usually make me not care about what happens to them) still, I couldn't feel their emotions. There were moments I felt that those two were together only because the author wanted them to.
The other reason I didn't enjoy What the Duke Desires as much as I expected was the fact that the mystery part of the story was not that mysterious after all.... I mean the reason Lisette and Max started this incredible journey was to get some answers and to solve a mystery but the real focus of this story was how their romance would evolve and not how they would solve the mystery at hand. And maybe that was the author's intention all along but I found myself wanting something more in that department, especially if you think how the romantic part didn't really convince me as well...
Other than that, there were some very interesting secondary characters introduced and even if they were completely underdeveloped I still want to learn more about them and that's a good thing because What the Duke Desires is the first book in a new HR series and all those interesting secondary characters will soon get their chance to tell us their story!
All in all What the Duke Desires was not exactly what I expected it to be but it was still a fun read and Sabrina Jeffries is definitely an author whose work I want to read again. I just hope that the romance in any future books in this series will be better presented or closer to what I usually enjoy.(less)
Have you read the premise of Circle of Desire??? As soon as I read it, images of one of my all time favorite shows, Alias, started coming to my head!...moreHave you read the premise of Circle of Desire??? As soon as I read it, images of one of my all time favorite shows, Alias, started coming to my head! I knew I just had to read this one, so before anything else, I have to thank the author for providing me with a copy of her book.
As I said, reading the premise, I thought I had something amazing in my hands, a non stop Romantic Suspense title, with enough twists in the plot to blow my head. And although is some departments it delivered exactly what the premise promised, in others I found it, not exactly lacking, but underdeveloped a bit. Let me explain. Circle of Desire has all the potential to be a mind-blowing book, a book, considering you are a fan of the genre, you won't soon forget. The writing style is fairly good, the sex scenes well delivered and the plot was unpredictable and with enough twists to keep you turning the pages. But unfortunately that wasn't enough for me. And it really saddens me to say so, because firstly I was certain that this book would be amazing and secondly, because as I said, the potential for it to be amazing was there.
I'll start with the plot of this book. As I said, it was unpredictable, with many twists while at the same time hot and engaging. But the fact that it was mostly focused on the sexual play between Olivia and Collin and less on more crucial parts of the story was a turn off for me. There were chapters after chapters, focusing solely on Olivia's sexual frustration over Collin and how much she wanted to have sex with him, while he was trying really hard not to succumb to her charms. I really get the necessity of those chapters, I just wished that along with them there were also some chapters focusing on the why's and how's of Olivia's capture. I mean there were times in this book, were whole weeks or even a month would pass by in the blink of a chapter and the only crucial thing we got to learn was how much Olivia lusted over Collin and vice versa. I just needed along with that some more details about how Olivia adjusted to working with a rival organisation, how she finally decided to be more cooperative apart from her being blackmailed. Since she was portrayed as a really strong woman, I kind of find it hard to believe that she just happened to fully cooperate.
We have some rather huge gaps in the timeline of the story. At one point, 5 months are skipped from one chapter to another, 5 months I may add that would have shown exactly how Olivia adjusts to her new status and life while at another point we are informed that Olivia will be used to frame The Circle, while on the exact next chapter we are already a week ahead and right when the whole plan is set into motion without any details whatsoever apart from the absolutely necessary. As you can guess, in many cases, I struggled to understand the motives of the characters and adjust to the omission of details.
Apart from the time gaps in the story, there are also a number of questions that by the end of the book, I hadn't gotten my answers to. For instance, what exactly, apart from a secret organisation, is The Circle? Why all that fuss around that sword? I know some answers were given but they didn't satisfy my curiosity, not by a long shot.
That being said, although I may had some issues with Circle of Desire, I have to admit that for the better part of it I really enjoyed it. I liked how Olivia was portrayed and how the action scenes were delivered. It's just the fact that this book could easily have been so much better that frustrates me.
All in all, Circle of Desire, was a fun book, one that I enjoyed for the better part of it, but I really think that if a couple of things were better delivered it could easily have been one of the best romantic suspense titles I have ever read. After all, I really love the idea behind the universe Carla Swafford has created.(less)