We're dealing with demons, and this is a paranormal romance story, but I found the scales tipped more towards the romance than paranormal. Tegan is atWe're dealing with demons, and this is a paranormal romance story, but I found the scales tipped more towards the romance than paranormal. Tegan is attacked four years ago and trying to get back on her feet, working her way out of being a victim, and so far she's been pretty good at it. She's worked on her self defense skills and now even has her own place where she passes her knowledge on to her students. One night she sees her attacker burying the body of another woman and it all comes rushing back to her, her attack four years ago, her very unusual tormentor with glowing eyes and a tendency to take a bite. Enter, Gabe, a private investigator/paranormal detective who accepts to help Tegan get rid of her assailant once and for all.
The demon plot was interesting but I felt like it was not complete. We deal more about Gabe's and Tegan's internal dilemmas about moving on with their lives after the traumas they've been through, rather than the immediate and more pressing demon vanquishing duties. To be fair, they do deal with the demon problem, but it's more like a secondary plot in this paranormal story. I like my emotional and sexy, I like the story of how the hero and the heroine fall in love, but when there's a plot, and one that interests me, I don't want all that to push it into the background.
Speaking of plotting, the world building wasn't as good and detailed as I'd imagined. Again, it was a very interesting plot, I love stories to do with demons after all, but we ran headlong into the story that I knew exactly how the heroine must've felt. She was clueless about what was going on and so were we. I can understand finding things out as we go along, but we had the advantage of the hero's point of view and that wasn't used as well as I would've preferred.
I'm a sucker for bad boys. Bad boys who dress dark, who look mysterious and dangerous, men who say little but look plenty. So when I first met Gabe, he was quite the perfect hero with his 'don't mess with me' demeanor. But that changed quickly after he met with Tegan. Now, don't get me wrong, I don't expect the hero to stay exactly the same after meeting his heroine, but I wish Gabe could've kept his brooding personality a little. I liked his charming, flirtatious side, but it would've been so much better if that was coupled up with the bad boy image he had going on at the start.
The relationship between Gabe and Tegan was nice but felt a bit rushed too. This was no novella but it did have a feel of a novella to it since in a full novel I would've expected more relationship development and emotional dilemma. Part of the plot is about Tegan's past attack, and part of it belongs to Gabe, but I thought Gabe's story and how he resolved things wasn't satisfactory.
This was a nice story that could've embraced its paranormal side a little bit more. It's nowhere near going to be the last I read from this author though, there was a short introduction to a series of hers at the end and that got my attention as well. Anything to do with shifters is always welcome in my book after all. ...more
Just when I thought I came to the end of yet another good series that I liked so much, I find that it's far from ending. Am I happy, excited, surpriseJust when I thought I came to the end of yet another good series that I liked so much, I find that it's far from ending. Am I happy, excited, surprised? How about all of the above? In the third book of Boone Brux's Bringer and The Bane, we pick up where we left off in the previous book and this time see Rell, the Bane sister of Jade, find her way to her happy ending with the quiet member of the Bringers, Siban.
For many reasons, this was a more emotional book than its predecessors. We met Rell as a Bane which means her soul was surrounded by darkness, and yet we know she's kept her sister protected in the Shadow World. She had a dark, violent side which was the result of her turning Bane, and with the help of her sister she kept it at bay. If that's not a big heavy emotional baggage to carry around, I don't know what is. But ever since she first appeared, we also knew she had a side that she tried hard to keep from the darkness, the side that protected her sister, and helped free Siban from the Bane prison. It's not easy to judge the characters in these books, because though they make choices that are clearly mistakes, they try to make amends for their wrongful doings. Besides, who wants perfect anyway? Rell's life as a demon, the secret she kept from her sister over the years, help shape the woman she becomes in the book. Right before our eyes she turns from the innocent girl who was taken from her family, to the strong woman who fights for what she cares and believes. I liked that her transformation was slow, it didn't happen in a day, it didn't happen suddenly with a flash of light, but gradually, one step at a time. She felt shame and guilt over her life as a Bane, but with the help of her sister, Siban and all the other people, she was able to overcome this and embrace her future. She was definitely a favorite character.
What do they say about the quiet ones? Oh yes, they're the worst, but I mean it in the sweetest way. Siban has been a man of few words so far, so we didn't know much about him, but with Rell's arrival, the man transformed! He's still no Luc, of course, but still, the man apparently has a tongue. Yes, he does. He was held as a prisoner in the Shadow World, so his soul is stained with darkness also, and ever since Rell helped him escape he couldn't stop thinking about her. Talk about star crossed lovers. I loved the fact that when he first met and fell in love with Rell, she was still a demon and that changed nothing for him. As a man who lived the worst at the hands of the demons, him loving Rell with such fierceness and devotion is enough to describe the wonderful man he is. He helps, he protects, he cares and when he makes a mistake, he knows to apologize. What more can a gal ask for?
I believe this was not the last book of the series, not only because we left at such a point that my feet are dangling off the cliff and I feel the cold breeze all the way to my bones, but also because there are other characters whose mysteries are yet to be revealed, and potential couples I'm hoping will get their own stories. Remember the demon Icarus that was there as a pain in the Bringers' asses ever since the first book? The one I wouldn't be lying if I said I was dying to know the real deal of? Well, I got some of my answers, but there are still more questions. But first and foremost, we have a war waiting right around the corner and with this series easily becoming one of my favorites, I don't know how I will fare against the test of time that will take to get the rest of this story.
Oh how I love it when the womanizer falls in love. Even though we haven't much seen the hero actually womanizing anyone, we know his type, it's been mOh how I love it when the womanizer falls in love. Even though we haven't much seen the hero actually womanizing anyone, we know his type, it's been mentioned by almost everyone and then he meets a woman who not only seems like she's not swayed by his obvious gorgeous looks, but also like she very much wants him dead. Hmm. Can you feel the sparks of chemistry from just these few lines?
Our hero is het another Bringer, Luc, who's reluctant in both his abilities and his worth as a Bringer. Jade, our heroine, agrees. For reasons yet unknown to us, she wants him dead and though she tries hard, and I admit she really tries, she can't quite manage it, and before she knows it, he saves her life. Now, what's a gal to do?
I found Jade to be a character I could easily sympathize with. She had a lot on her plate, a lot of emotional baggage that she managed to carry for many years. She's stuck in between two sides of one war. The good, for her, seems bad enough and the bad has been somewhat good all her life. It may not make sense right now, and although I know it's all revealed early in the book, I sill don't want to spoil anything yet. One might even suspect it, but I'd rather have the reader see it for themselves.
Luc, for all his flirtatious ways and everybody hinting at his life as a rake, was not that bad since the start of the series, let me tell you. We met Jade in the first book, and it was clear he was attracted to her, and that attraction grew to something deeper and more meaningful in this book. His instinct to save and protect Jade help him battle his own demons-no pun intended, just to be clear- and in turn Jade finally realizes that the good world of the Bringers just may not be so bad. They heal each other in ways they didn't even know they were broken, and I loved their interactions. They were flirting, they were fighting, and when they loved, it was sweet. I thought they were both vulnerable even though they clearly pretended otherwise in their own ways.
I really liked this series, and the involvement of dragons-oh yes there are dragons, people!- is making this series a little extra special because I love my scaled beasts. But it's yet another gem I'm glad to have found, and I can't wait for the next book where hopefully some mysteries that I've been dying to know from the start will be revealed. ...more
As much fun as it is reading about vampires and shifters, apparently reading about demons can be just the same. They all have their dark sides, sure,As much fun as it is reading about vampires and shifters, apparently reading about demons can be just the same. They all have their dark sides, sure, but the word demon is enough to tip the scales in favor of evil. And the demons in these books, well, I guess they are the bad guys- they're called the Bane- but that's okay because we have our heroes and heroines to fight against them. Such as Rhys. He's a Bringer, the eternal enemy and destroyer of the demons called the Bane. His specialty among the Bringers is Shield, and you can guess what that means as the name is pretty self explanatory. One faithful night, he saves a clueless young woman, Ravyn, from the clutches of yet another Bane, and starts the story for us hungry readers. Ravyn is a woman who grew up in a monastery with almost no contact whatsoever with the outside world so when I say she's clueless, I mean she's really clueless. She thinks the Bane is just a bed time scary story, and the Bringers are just a legend. Boy, is she in for a surprise.
It's exciting to start a new story, being inside a new world and meeting new characters. Sometimes it's only okay, sometimes it unfortunately doesn't interest you, and sometimes-and this happens to me mostly, thank God- it grabs your attention and holds on. Can you guess which one was this? Why, yes, this story sure grabbed tight.
The characters were likable, with Rhys' protective personality, he was a true hero material. He was dark and dangerous, sure, but what I liked most about him was his emotional side. I thought he was somewhat more sensitive than any previous paranormal heroes I've read. He took his duties as a Shield very seriously, and when he failed, even under circumstances out of his control, his guilt ate at him. I don't remember reading a man who was so open about his feelings and so accepting and sure of his love. Ravyn was also a good written character. Being a stranger to the world and yet being a strong woman who comes to realize her worth and powers is one of my pet peeves in fiction. Every time I see a heroine who has the potential to kick ass, I try to take it easy, but thankfully my fears for Ravyn were unfounded. I found her to be quite relatable. After being secreted away for years, emotionally abused by the monastery members about who she might be, she was intent on gaining her freedom in every way. She still depended on Rhys about this new world, but when the time came for her to stand on her own two feet, she was more than willing and quite successful.
Remember the Bane I mentioned whose clutches Rhys saved Ravyn from on the first night of this story? Don't think that's an ordinary demon, for now he seemed like the anti hero, the overall bad guy, and yet I couldn't hate him. There was something that attracted him to me as a character, and I believe the author did this on purpose. There's still much to be found out about that demon.
As a series first, I say this was a success. There were enough breadcrumbs to keep my interest throughout the whole book, and there was enough mystery to keep me wondering and wanting the next book. ...more
This book was a testament to that saying "actions speak louder than words". And for the most part of this book, they did.
There's just something compleThis book was a testament to that saying "actions speak louder than words". And for the most part of this book, they did.
There's just something completely mesmerizing about a rough and tough male coming to care for someone. It's heart warming really, to read about a hardened soul to soften. And to see Malkom Slaine first scaring then caring for the fun loving witch Carrow was..beautiful. His past reminded me that of Zsadist's from Black Dagger Brotherhood. I felt the same kind of adoration and sadness for Malkom as I did for Z. Gone through the same sort of emotional rollercoaster in this book. But don't get me wrong, the two books are still so much different in essence. Just the men they talk of are similar in fate.
I loved the flow of emotions in this book. Especially from Malkom's point of view. He had so much to get over and so much changing to do. But as a reader I was able to read through every step of his feelings and resolve. Kresley Cole has showed her magic again.
And Carrow. Before this book I didn't know or remember much about Carrow and I admit I was a wee bit disappointed when I found out her book came before Regin's. But she, ever so quickly, made me love her completely as a heroine and there wasn't one thing she did that I ever disagreed with or annoyed me. She got everything right and even though her timing and circumstances were unfortunate, she came through in the end, thank goodness.
I also very much enjoyed the raw sexual tension/relationship thing Carrow and Malkom had going on. It wasn't love at first sight. They had to work hard at it, to dig through to find love. And this is exactly what I enjoy so much about these books, they don't see one another and fall in love in lightning speed. Sure there is lust but they have to work for the rest. And I mean really work. Which turns out great for this reader.
I also want to mention the little girl Ruby that Carrow had to care for. She was adorable, kudos to Kresley for writing such a cute little witch. And the sweet connection she and Malkom shared? It makes me melt when a man clicks with a kid. Total puddle mode.
I always thought there's something really sexy about a gentleman losing control. But a gentleman wanting to lose controYes, yes, I loved this one too.
I always thought there's something really sexy about a gentleman losing control. But a gentleman wanting to lose control? Now, that's extremely sexy. And that was Rydstrom, the demon king. I liked him from before, his rational personality, his controlled demeanour. And to see him on the brink of going mental most of the time for the female he desired was precious :) And man, his fantasies about sex with his female made my legs jelly.
As for his female, I liked Sabine. I liked her bond with her sister, I'm a sucker for sibling bond, and I liked her sarcastic character. Sure, she was a cunning, lying bitch sometimes but she still managed to be a nice bitch. Even when she continually rejected to either accept or be nice, she still didn't make me want to throttle her. Even though she kept things from Ryd, things tat would've made things easier if she just told him, I still didn't want to kill her. But, she definitely became much much better after the dragon incident with the refugees. I liked to see that she was softening, that she was capable of caring for others than herself or her sister. Which brings me to the little demon boy Puck. I thought he was adorable, kinda wished he'd move in with Ryd and Sabine, but whatever.
I liked the pace of this book too. There was a good amount of action, a very nicely written sick -sick!- bad man and the bitch of the bad man and a few other eerie minions.
And the mysterious sexiness of Lothaire? Noted.
I also liked Sabine's sister Lanthe a lot. I wished we could see more interaction between her and her pursuer Thronos. Is it ok that I actually want those two to get together in the end?
And even though they didn't have any on the same page appearances together, I thought Lothaire and Nix would make a good couple but as my friend Suz informed me, that is not going to happen. Which is a shame, I think they would've made a good eccentric couple :) Yeah, I just had to get that off my chest too....more
Well, what can I say? Kresley has done it again and made me love a demon. With horns. She made me wanna know what it feels like to lick a demon's hornWell, what can I say? Kresley has done it again and made me love a demon. With horns. She made me wanna know what it feels like to lick a demon's horns!
I didn't know much about the demon brothers Cade and Ryd but damn, do I wanna know now..Cade was a sexy, funny, thoughtful guy and I thought a lot about killing that half Valkyrie and replace her with myself even though I actually really liked her.
I loved the relationship between these two, the constant bickering, Holly's computer talk, Cade's sweetness..They were absolutely perfect for each other, even though I hate to admit that.
I wish to write more and say more great stuff about this book and the couple but my damn computer's acting up! But I'm determined to post at least this much.
Damn you Kresley. Damn you Cade for being so fucking awesome and adorable!...more
**spoiler alert** Now that I finished this, a part of me wonders why it took me this long to start it in the first place! Oh, what a wonderful additio**spoiler alert** Now that I finished this, a part of me wonders why it took me this long to start it in the first place! Oh, what a wonderful addition -and partly an end- to this series.
This one was about Sin, the Smurfette -Oh Wraith!-, and Con, the half werewolf half vampire dream-come-true. Do I need to make it clear that I love him? No? Alright then.
I absolutely loved this story. It had emotions, strength, love, battle, friendship, sibling love and loyalty. And probably some more. We already knew a bit about Con and Sin from the previous book where they had a brief -and hot!- encounter but with this book we got to learn a lot about their characters and their pasts that shaped them to this day.
I was under the impression that Con was the kind of guy who's old and in control and demanding but he blew me away in this book. Sure, he's tough and has this impressive aura that gives away vibes of danger and sex but he's also very scarred and detached and vulnerable. He's of a species that few know about and are scared of so I think that's why he's able to connect with Sin better than anyone else. He's immediately drawn to her sexually and let's face it, no surprise there, but soon realizes that he wants more and that his desire for her goes deeper than the physical. It always makes me happy to read a guy like him to fall and fall hard for a woman.
Sin is not so different. She's spent her life at the hands of others, meeting their demands, prisoned. All she ever wants is her freedom and up until the very end of the book, even after she becomes the master assassin, she's not truly free. If she's not bound to someone else, she's limited by her own actions. She refuses to feel at all because in her world that's a weakness you pay with your life. I felt so bad for Sin, she was a true fighter, a very strong female and I admired her courage throughout the book.
The relaitonship Con and Sin had was a delight to read, it gradually increased from physical attraction under the circumstances to a tender connection, devotion and love. And it couldn't have been more believable and better told. With every paragraph, every chapter I could see how they were becoming closer and closer to each other and to a fate that would bind them forever.
Talking about relationships, I have to say I loved the one the siblings had here. The devotion they had for each other was just very beautiful. Especially the part where they all thought Con was dead and while Sin had her breakdown, how they held her so close..*sigh* Yeah, I'm a sucker for emotion so sue me.
There were many laugh out loud moments in this one. I realized I enjoy Larissa Ione's sense of humor, she cracked me up on many occasions. When Shade came to see Con after he was trying to detox on his own and offered a bag of Sin's blood to him, does anyone remember what happened? Yes, ladies, that's the scene. If you're anything like me that part of the book is etched to your brains as well, it was flat out hilarious! Damn, Ione, you sure know how to play a girl's mind! :)
I loved the whole big family thing, I'm glad all the Sem brothers and sister all found their one and only and finally came together and now have their much deserved one big happy family picture. I'm looking forward to the updates about them in the future books, kinda wish to read about Lore and Idess' baby -another wonderful moment when he asked his brothers about that, aww- and if, and yes please, Tayla gets pregnant.
I gotta admit, I wasn't very familiar about the four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, so I'm going to look that up since that's the storyline for the spinoff series. I did enjoy the exerpt though, I love it when an author takes something and makes it their own.
Let me see, there are probably some stuff that I forgot to mention even though I freaked out about them while reading. Well, no need to say this but there were some pret-ty nice love scenes in this one. As some of my friends pointed it out to me, I will never be able to look at playing in the snow the same way I did before this book. Snowballs and rolling around in the snow has forever changed for me.
ps. I knew I'd forget about something. LUC! How could I have forgotten about the smexy werewolf after I wished him to have a HEA of his own?! And I did freak out about his HEA! I was so so happy to read that he found someone too, and a baby yes!, I really loved that guy. The part where he thought to himself that Kar looked 'adorable' in his socks and right before I read him mindslap himself I thought 'why, Luc, since when do you call anyone adorable??' lol....more