3.5 stars. Loved both leading characters way more than the leading couple of the first book in the series but I kept feeling that something was missing3.5 stars. Loved both leading characters way more than the leading couple of the first book in the series but I kept feeling that something was missing in their chemistry. In most - if not all - sex scenes I found myself emotionally distant, just reading until the good parts start anew. Add to that the forced drama at the end of the book that was completely unnecessary and even if I did enjoy reading this story I can't possibly rate it higher....more
An enjoyable story but like the first book in this series, nothing extraordinary or special and definitely nothing I will remember for long. The reasoAn enjoyable story but like the first book in this series, nothing extraordinary or special and definitely nothing I will remember for long. The reason I rate this one lower than the first one is the fact that this story felt a bit rushed and the characters weren't as developed as those in the first story. The pace of the story wasn't even or smooth and even if I did enjoy myself in the end of the day, I still felt like something was missing....more
Dirty Trick is a highly enjoyable story, but nothing extraordinary or that I haven't already read million of times before I'm afraid. Good w3.5 stars.
Dirty Trick is a highly enjoyable story, but nothing extraordinary or that I haven't already read million of times before I'm afraid. Good written and relatable characters, tastefully written sex scenes but in the end of day, I don't think I will remember this story for too long....more
To my great surprise the story couldn't hold my interest. Add to that the fact that Francesca annoyed me to no end and this book is probably the firstTo my great surprise the story couldn't hold my interest. Add to that the fact that Francesca annoyed me to no end and this book is probably the first one by Julia Quinn that I was eager to be finished with. I quite liked Francesca from the previous novels but not so much in this one... She lusted after Michael, didn't want to aknowledge her feelings for him (which was rather understandable) but she couldn't keep her hands off him either. Can't say I appreciated that I'm afraid. Michael was a great character though. ...more
I actually enjoyed this one a lot more than I expected it to. What with all the bad choices I keep making in this genre. But Bonds of Hope pleasantlyI actually enjoyed this one a lot more than I expected it to. What with all the bad choices I keep making in this genre. But Bonds of Hope pleasantly surprised me mostly because it felt more like a romance with some spicy scenes and less like a hardcore erotica story. I may have to try the rest books in the series....more
Although I had a bit of a rough start with this one what with Amelia keep eavesdropping and hiding behind bushes like a lovesick puppie by the middleAlthough I had a bit of a rough start with this one what with Amelia keep eavesdropping and hiding behind bushes like a lovesick puppie by the middle I found myself completely immersed in the mystery. Granted, The Prophet isn't as creepy as the previous two books in the series and there's definitely something wrong with Amelia's character but in the end of day I did enjoy this book in overall. ...more
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 iI 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......more
As soon as I heard that Kate Evangelista was writing a NA novel I just knew I had to read it! It's not just that I was dying to read something new and fresh in this genre that seems to recycle the same topics again and again, it was also the fact that Kate Evangelista managed to grab my attention even from her very first novel so reading her new story was a must for me!
And yes, Kate just blew me away once more with Savor! I have to admit that I didn't even read the blurb before accepting to review Savor. I just knew that since Kate was writing it, I had to read it. So imagine my surprise when I realised that this story was set in the same universe as Taste!!! But you can as well forget everything you knew about our beloved set of characters from Taste. In Savor everything and everyone has changed and matured. Well, it's only natural since it's taking place around 4 years after the events from Taste. But fear not, even if you haven't read Taste, you won't have a single problem adjusting with the story. And it might be even better reading Savor with no prior knowledge because in that way you will be able to appreciate the mystery and the element of surprise of the story that much more.
Where can I possibly start with listing all the things I liked about Savor. Well, my favorite part must be Kate's writing style! Her ability to describe vivid images and the emotions she can communicate to her readers is just incredible! Needless to say, I devoured Savor is one sitting. I just couldn't help myself. Even if for the better part of the story nothing crucial really happens, still I wasn't able to put this book down.
My next favorite thing about Savor is Dakota and the fact that she's a photographer. The way Evangelista build her character and described her love for photography just made me fall in love with an art I have no talent in or knowledge whatsoever.Dakota's passion for what she does is truly inspiring!
As far as the plot is concerned, like I said, nothing really crucial happens for the better part of the story. To be exact, until the final chapters where everything changes. And here I must note that I'm still not sure how I feel about that spin in the end. Granted it makes you want to read the next book right away but still, the whole story took a very abrupt turn I'm not sure whether I don't like or I'm just fine with it.
That spin in the end along with a couple more reasons is why even though I really loved Savor I can't rate it higher. Let me explain. Apart from the ending, I found myself feeling a little bit awkward towards Luca, the main hero of the story. His tantrums just threw me off along with the easy way everyone went along with them and especially Dakota. I get it, Luka is important, he's the hero and something bad happened to him but still, that doesn't explain why he's entitled to act like a spoiled brat while everyone shuts it and play along.
So, my feelings towards Luca where in a constant fight: I adored him in one chapter while in the next one I would like to slap some sense into him.
And Luca's behavior leads me to the next thing I had a problem with Savor and that is the chemistry between Dakota and Luca. There were moments it felt natural and explosive (the video shoot is probably one of the most intense scenes I've ever read!) while at other times it felt forced or rushed. Lucas's advances towards Dakota where a bit creepy at times...
Verdict: Kate Evangelista is one of those authors who you should really keep an eye on! Her writing style and passion for telling stories are just two of her many qualities as an author. Savor is an incredible story, one you'll have a hard time putting down and you'll love every minute of it. Granted, I had a few problems with the book but they weren't enough to make my love it any less!...more
The Kingdom was still a great read, not as good as the first book in the series though. While reading this book I felt that something was missing and tThe Kingdom was still a great read, not as good as the first book in the series though. While reading this book I felt that something was missing and that certainly wasn't Devlin, whom I didn't really miss as much as I thought I would. Wonderfully creepy, The Kingdom is an amazing story and The Graveyard Queen one of the best series I read in a long time!...more
2.5 stars. Written on your Skin was a rather difficult book for me to rate. And that is because when I started reading it I really enjoyed myself but a2.5 stars. Written on your Skin was a rather difficult book for me to rate. And that is because when I started reading it I really enjoyed myself but after a point the whole story just dragged on and on, not to mention all those huge plot holes. There was so much potential in this story and quite a few things I liked, but in the end of day I couldn't just ignore all those gaps in the narration or how things kept happening with no apparent explanation or with no further mention or how easily characters were mentioned only to be discarded a few pages later for no reason whatsoever (The Sheldrakes, Mina's servant, the supposed spy the couple encounters on a train and the list can go on and on...) Throughout the whole story I kept waiting for some things to be explained, for the main characters to get a real background only to be very disappointed in the end... So sadly, even if there was potential in this story to be great, the execution ruined everything......more
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 suspensefAnother 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....more
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 theUghhhh... 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....more
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 forReview 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....more
Believe it or not, Romancing The Duke is the very first book I read by Tessa Dare...! I know, for me to have never read even a single title by this very well known author is a rarity I should long have done something about, but better late than never. Because as you can easily guess I pretty much loved everything about Romancing The Duke!
And what's not to love? The wicked sense of humor? The great and well developed characters? Or the sizzling hot chemistry and toe curling romance between the main couple? Oh yeah, Romancing The Duke delivers in every single of the above departments making this story a really enjoyable one!
I loved Izzy even from the very first lines of this book. I just knew that her sarcasm and how realistic she was towards even the more mundane of things would work just right for me. And I'm glad I wasn't disappointed in my first assessment of her character. Because Izzy is one of those characters that even in the direst circumstances doesn't lose her humor and optimism. She's such a force of life that you can't help but love her. The same thing applies for Ransom. I really loved him as well, though for entirely different reasons and here I might add not nearly as much as I loved Izzy. Not that he wasn't a great character or as sexy as one could hope but still, Izzy is the character who stole my heart in Romancing The Duke :)
The plot is somewhat fresh, not your typical HR romance that has its fair share of ball scenes and interacting with the ton. And if not for the way too easy way things wrapped up at the end or how predictable that spin in the end was, this would be a solid 5 star review. As it is, Romancing The Duke is a novel I more than enjoyed and Tessa Dare an author whose work I really should have read long ago. But like I said, better late than never :P
Verdict: Romancing The Duke is one of the funniest and sexiest Historical Romance novels I read in a long time. It was fresh and I finished it in no time. Surely I had a few problems with it but they were minor and they didn't lessen my whole appreciation of the novel. I will definitely continue reading this series! ...more
This one was really awful... Honestly, I can't believe how bad this book is after loving so much the first book in the series, Foreplay. Reading TeaseThis one was really awful... Honestly, I can't believe how bad this book is after loving so much the first book in the series, Foreplay. Reading Tease was painful... It was painful because of the two main characters who couldn't be more cliche or annoying. Painful because the actual plot couldn't get any more predictable. Tease was in fact so bad I just wanted to throw my e-reader out the window, that's how pissed I was while reading it. Then why read it you might ask. Out of some perverse curiosity. I just had to know how much worse it could get. Believe me, it gets a lot worse. Especially when the "V" card is tossed in the story, I swear I threw up a little in my mouth... Unfortunately, Tease couldn't be saved by the admittedly well written sex scenes. Even if the sex parts where great, when you don't care about neither the characters nor the story, that's a small consolation. ...more
I actually don't have the patience to struggle through yet another novel... I just can't. Cruel Beauty has it's fair share of raving reviews so maybeI actually don't have the patience to struggle through yet another novel... I just can't. Cruel Beauty has it's fair share of raving reviews so maybe I wasn't patient enough to reach the part where it gets all perfect and a masterpiece. But after struggling with the first half I just didn't have the patience or the strength to keep on reading. The world building is a confusing mix of so many elements I just can't count. Maybe things are explained later on the story. I wouldn't know. But I wasn't even midly curious to reach to that explanation. The insta love with Shade - Ignifex's servant - was a major turn off. And even though I haven't read about who or what Shade really is I'm pretty sure I have a good idea. It's kind of a retelling of Beauty and the Beast after all so it's kind of obvious... The only thing I liked was how Nyx wasn't all sweet and innocent but even that couldn't intrigue me enough to keep on with this story......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 th"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... ...more
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 BodyUnfortunatelly 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....more