**spoiler alert** This book was all the reasons why I love John. All the frickin' reasons. I don't even know where to start with the review, so many t**spoiler alert** This book was all the reasons why I love John. All the frickin' reasons. I don't even know where to start with the review, so many things to say, so much emotions. I have to admit, even though not always I approve of the way of JR's writing, she does have a way of warming you up to things, she really does, I'll get to that.
I'll admit, when we first met Xhex I didn't like her. At all. And because I loved John from the very first moment he appeared in the lives of the Brothers I truly loved him, I didn't think she was a good match for him, and the way she was described throughout the books didn't help. But I got to like her by Rehv's book and I did love her in this one. It was clear she's been through some serious shit, and we got to know a bit better about her if not all. But I'm glad we've been let in on the emotional side of her. She's the tough girl, not very lady-like, a tomboy in the world of men and she's doing a hella good job. But it was great to see her let her guard down for John.
Oh John..He brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "male of worth" don!t ya think? The way he handled things, the way he handled Xhex's abduction, the realization of what she's been through, he was truly amazing. Kinda makes you wish the guy was alive so we can clone him or something. Xhex is one lucky ass-kicking vamp. Apart from all his personality and all the things he did throughout the book, two really did leave an impression on me: When he washed Xhex in the shower when she lost her balance, being extra careful not to touch her inner thighs, and when he helped her kill Lash even though the bonded male in him screamed revenge and even though she was about to die. Just these two things are enough to describe the guy.
As this was John's book, we got to see a lot of Qhuinn and Blay for which I was grateful beyond words. Beyond frickin' words!. I'm a die-hard supporter of those two, there's a good possiblity I'm gonna hurt something if they don't get their own book. Now, it wss great that we got to see both Qhuinn and Blay's points of view. Blay is the perfect gentleman as always and he deserved to have some shot at being satisfied. And I was glad he was, and not at all annoyed about it, how many times did the poor guy have to watch and/or hear Qhuinn get laid? So yeah, the guy deserved some quality time. And the fact that Qhuinn was jealous and was actually on the verge of admitting his true feelings for him was great to read. And two things about them.. "I miss you. I miss you so fucking bad it hurts, but I don't know how to find you even though you're right in front of me."
"Funny, he could barely remember losing his virginity[..:], though, he realized he was going to remember Blay's first for the rest of his life." Heartbreaking yet beautiful.
I was surprised we didn't get as much Payne as I expected but from what I've read I realized I liked the girl. Her book should be interesting, hope to see more WTF! and YOU LIED TO ME BITCH!! from V towards his Scribe Not-So-Virgin mama. She deserves a lot of crap coming her way. She really does. Man, what I'd give to read her getting smacked around..
Back to JR warming me up to ideas. It's Thor. Yeah. Even though ı still hate the idea of him having another female, it's too heartbreaking to see the guy this sad. Kinda made me wish he was happy again. Oh, you know what I mean! And his backstory with Darius linked to Xhex was pretty good and interesting, not to mention the bomb that dropped on my lap when I read about No-One. Did.Not.Expect.That.One. But yeah, the guy deserves to be happy, he really does, loved his backstory, kinda made me wonder how him and Wellsie were promised to each other before they were born, under the circumstances of his relations with his dad but whatever, since we get his book I guess we'll get to see that too.
A lot more things I wanted to say about this book but can't get my head around, all in all, it was an amazing book for an amazing guy if you ask me....more
**spoiler alert** The series seems to get better and better. I already liked the character Anya, the "minor" goddess of Anarchy, and it was great to s**spoiler alert** The series seems to get better and better. I already liked the character Anya, the "minor" goddess of Anarchy, and it was great to see her obsessed with the cold and scarred Lucien -oh, even the name screams sex-, the warrior housing the demon of Death. I thought they were a good match. It was a good change to read about a hero who had a different kind of softness to him other than the woman he loved. This man had insecurities. About his appearances. Long long ago he loved, if not as much as he did Anya, a woman whose soul later on he had to escort to the other side. And after the dreadful duty he carved himself up so no other woman would love him hence keeping him from the same hurt again. If only things were that easy. Apparently he doesn't know how much scarred men are loved and considered sexy these days.
I'll say this again, I'm loving the idea of women in these books not just being bedmates for men but also very much included in the action. Especially Anya, who is also very good with a couple of weapons herself. And what I especially admire about these books is that the including of women in the action is not once questioned by the men, even though they're worried about them. And of course there's the thing with women being able to interact with the other guys without the heroes growling at them and shoving their mates away.
Good Anya backstory. Somehow, though, I had a feeling that not everything was resolved as smoothly, like some things were left unanswered but it still didn't take the fun away. Missed some of the other warriors since they were divided into two groups in their search for Pandora's box. Can't wait for Reyes and Danika's story and see how they'll resolve the situation with Aeron's bloodlust....more
**spoiler alert** TOO MUCH. Too fucking much happened in this book, I don't even know where to start.
Let's see..The book tells the story of Aeron, kee**spoiler alert** TOO MUCH. Too fucking much happened in this book, I don't even know where to start.
Let's see..The book tells the story of Aeron, keeper of the demon of Wrath, who suffered way too much in my opinion, a good warrior with too much undeserved guilt filling his conscience, and Olivia, the sweet, ever so loved innocent angel who falls from heaven for choosing Aeron's life rather than her holy duties.
The pace was great with this one. I was already familiar with Olivia from the story "Darkest Angel" so that background helped in understanding her character better. I thought she was adorable. She transformed from the innocent and clueless angel to -in her own words- the confident and aggressive woman. Gotta love that. She was sweet, she was loveable and, gotta admit, she was courageous in her attempts to experience the world in all its aspects, mostly sexually. Her interaction with the other Lords, especially with Gideon, was too freaking adorable. I wish I could get drunk in his arms first and then carried away by Aeron. Ah, a girl can dream..
Aeron, now, Aeron I always loved. The poor guy endured way too much pain and guilt so far so this book couldn't come fast enough. He's always been the tough one, the hard emotionless one, the one who's carrying his evil deeds all over his body, plus an extra butterfly tat in the front, to remind him what he'd become if he ever loses control to his demon. Well, life was hard for this guy. First he had to deal with the bloodlust towards one of his friends' woman, then he had to deal with the guilt he felt over Paris' -well-made- choice of him over Sienna, the female hunter he got a hard-on for twice.
Paris was more like himself this book, joking and helping out a bit more. Which reminds me of my WTF moment with Sienna adopting Aeron's Wrath. I can-fucking-not wait to see how that works out. I'm eagerly waiting for your reaction Paris.
It was great to see the other guys, Strider and -yay!- Gideon, and gotta say I didn't expect for Gideon's Scarlet to spill the beans this early but it's all good. I thought the tat they shared -to part is to die- was one of the most romatic things I've read so far. It gave me goosebumps, I don't know, the phrase was so strong. Can't wait for their book. Oh how much I've enjoyed Scarlet tormenting Gideon pretending to take his words as he spoke them, ignoring his need to lie. Their book will soooo not be fun ;)
Couldn't decide how I felt about Legion. I somehow still pictured her as the small, scaled, snakelike demon that she was, even after she was transformed into the busty female. And urgh with her and her possesiveness towards Aeron. She did irritate me, especially after she became a full female. But then she went ahead and tried to kill Galen and well, maybe that was ok. Not to mention it stirred up some hotness in me for Galen. Can't help but find the bad guys hot. And he is described hot, so I do not have problems people.
I loved Dominic, and wish he wasn't dead. Well, hope Gena finds a way to bring him back cause he was nice. A nice boy with a tormented past. He could be a good match to Gilly, although I'm starting to think something's up with her and Willie. Don't know where that's going. Hmm. Oh, and not to mention that little scene with Strider and Dom. That was sweet.
Now, towards the end this book started to depress me and there was a point where I did consider skipping to the end to see if what I was reading was true. I didn't though. Aeron dead?! What.The.Fuck. Strike one to my heart. And then Olive -a nickname by Gideon which I loved!- went back to the heavens, all determined to do something about his death. Strike two. Cause I was scared I was gonna be cheated a complete HEA with them staying in that realm or something since Aeron's head was cut off. You know, something like Vishous from BDB, but thankfully that all worked out. Although, I admit, I'll miss Wrath being a part of Aeron. And Aeron's tats, but he can always get more, right? Oh and his wings. Why did they have to rip him off that much?! Gena! *pout* But I'm extremely glad he was able to return to his own body and friends. With Olive.
Which brings me to Baden!!!!!! It was awesome seeing him, really great. Urgh, I wish there was something that could be done for him to come back. But hopefully the Lords will find the box and there's hope for them. And I'll say this, the naughty girl in me wished Baden and Pandora would be getting hot and heavy up there!! The chemistry was right, wouldn't you say?
And last, have to say this was the book that had me tearing up in the end, by far the most emotional book of all. I absolutely loved this book. It might be my favourite. Yep. 5 fucking well deserved stars. Good job Gena!...more
I loved this intermission to the Lords of The Underworld series. It had three different stories from three different timelines, one, way before the foI loved this intermission to the Lords of The Underworld series. It had three different stories from three different timelines, one, way before the forming of Pandora's box, one, right after Titans overpower Greeks, and the last one about fierce Gwen's older sister Bianka and an angel named Lysander coming after The Darkest Whisper. I absolutely loved all three stories, sad at times yet very loveable. But my favourite must be the second one, with a Greek Goddess and a Titan God. Their story was very hot and beautiful and I do wish we see them in the future books, felt like there was a hint that might be the case. My fingers are crossed.
The book also has some abso-fucking-lutely wonderful bonus material, including a Kresley Cole interview with Gena Showalter, a Hunters' guide to the Lords, written by the all-hated Dean Stefano, an initial draft of Darkest Night, and with that you can see just how much a writer can challenge her own ideas, an awesome interview carried out by our beloved William with the Lords -this was so much fun- and a similar one carried out by Gilly with the women. Great stuff, gotta say.
We get to learn more about Olivia through Lysander's story and I'm glad I read this first before reading Aeron's story cause I think it gives a chance to the reader to better understand where Olivia's coming from. I did understand her character better with the story. ...more
**spoiler alert** I absolutely loved this book, a wonderfully written addition to the Demonica series.
This one's about Lore, the half human half Semin**spoiler alert** I absolutely loved this book, a wonderfully written addition to the Demonica series.
This one's about Lore, the half human half Seminus demon who's forced to be an assassin, and Idess, the angel-to-be who's in charge of protecting Lore's next assignment.
Lore was such a wonderful guy. It seems to me like every hero becomes my fave for the duration of their books but I think I had a complete soft spot for Lore. He was such a tortured soul, and the love he had for his sister and his boyish charm -yes, his boyish charm!- secured a big place for him in my fan heart.
He started out as one tough laid back assassin in the previous book but we got to see a more vulnerable side to him in this one. I felt really sorry for him and admired his attempts in trying to find a way between having to kill Kynan and saving his sister, not to mention trying to resist Idess too. The guy was between a rock and a hard place and then some. And as stuff kept happening, his barriers started to break down and we saw that he really tried to do the right thing. Given his fucked up situation, I gotta say he did pretty well with his choices. And I was glad that his brothers, after maybe a little bit of convincing ;), had his back in the end when it really mattered.
I adored Idess. And let me say, what a beautiful and suited name for an angel-to-be. She wasn't your usual oh-so-innocent angel, she was strong, tough and ready to face anything for those she needed to protect. I really liked how she handled things with Lore and his contant tries of killing Kynan, and how she made her peace with her brother's wrongdoings in the end and see everything as they are. I was pretty upset for a while when she was about to Ascend but to my delight things worked out pretty well and I'm glad she found a way to help with the hospital and the ghosts and especially, the asswipe Roag.
One thing I especially liked in this book, with all the books in the series, is that we get to see the points of view of everyone else as well, even those who already had their HEAs. This is something I really appreciate in books such as these, it's why I love series like this one and Gena Showalter's Lords of The Underworld, the past characters not only make appearances but also still have roles in the flow of things and are not forgotten. This is the way I like to read paranormal series because these guys are all still related to one another and still a part of each other's lives so it's only fair that they still have their own points of view of things.
I also loved loved the humor in this book. I love how Wraith named his son Stewie, a fave character of mine that baby!, and the conversation where Tayla compares Sin, the sister who was never meant to be, to Smurfette, to describe to Eidolon that Sin is a lone female in the world of men. Eidolon's lack of knowledge of the Smurfs and his reaction to Tay's description was flat out hilarious. I would've loved him just for that part if I didn't already loved the guy.
And now I can't wait to read the next one, maybe a little sad that this series will be over but all good things come to an end right?...more
**spoiler alert** What a lovely, and at times, sad story. It is happily ever after, as expected from this series, but there were so many different thi**spoiler alert** What a lovely, and at times, sad story. It is happily ever after, as expected from this series, but there were so many different things that happened as well.
This is Brock and Jenna's story, the dark and mysterious vampire warrior with the power to absurb humans' pain, and the ex-cop with a tragic past that cost her her family who's now facing the unknown future.
We already met Jenna from the previous book, she was Alex's -Kade's girl- best friend. We know she has a tragic past, one where she lost her husband and daughter to a car accident of which she was the sole survivor. She had a lot to deal with, I gotta say. Having been living with the memory of her family for four years, then facing a monster which she could've only imagined to exist in horror novels and now the extreme changes that are happening to her that are unknown even to the members of The Order.
So yeah, thankfully she's a fighter. I felt really bad for Jenna, and even when she was reluctant to admit her feelings towards Brock all because she wasn't able to make peace with her past, I could understand and sympathize with her. I can't even imagine trying to get over a past like that and finding the courage to move on and be happy again. I admired her for her efforts. And I admired the way she tried to help the women of the Order about their pursuit for the kidnapped Breedmates.
Brock was a newer addition to the warriors, like Kade, we didn't know much about him until his own book but I have to say I loved him. He was such a tender soul, sure he was a warrior and strong and alpha as hell, but also there was something gentle in him that smoothed the rough edges of Jenna's existence. And I liked the way he loved and cared for her.
I admit, I did expect the changes in Jenna to be revealed and understood completely in this book and was surprised to see that story's still not ended. I half expected Jenna to become a Breedmate after her time with the Ancient, after all when these guys first landed on earth surely this was the kind of trick they did and how Breedmates came to exist. So when Jenna's skin had markings on them I expected it to be a tear drop and crescent moon symbol that is unique to all Breedmates. But I guess that would've been too easy, I can't wait for how Jenna's situation will be resolved.
I was so glad to see the women in action. I know they're always said to be a part of all the operations and they've all been helpful in their own ways so far but it was great to see them operate on their own, fighting off Minions, saving the kidnapped Breedmates. There was a lot of respect for the women in this book.
Glad to see a tiny bit more insight into Hunter's character, even though we know almost nothing about him, he's one of the two guys that intrigued me ever since they appeared. Him and Sterling Chase. I can't help but go for the tortured guys, stone-cold detached assassin/warriors. Can't help it!
I absolutely loved this book and now I don't know how time will pass until Hunter's....more
**spoiler alert** This is what V and Jane's book should've been.
Man, I know this book was Payne and Manny's but it was V and Jane who stole the spotl**spoiler alert** This is what V and Jane's book should've been.
Man, I know this book was Payne and Manny's but it was V and Jane who stole the spotlight and thank God for that! Did anyone else just frickin LOVE them?! I admit, I was never a big fan of Jane, she seemed a bit colder and more distant than the other females in the series, and even though I felt sorry for her, this was the case for me. But I just did not see this book coming. Jane was brilliant, she became a real person, a person who's warm and passionate and loving. I loved her struggle for her man, her life, her profession. This may sound cruel or whatever but I loved to see her troubled, it made her to top of the females in the series in my eyes. Definitely like her now.
And V? MY GOD. I always loved that guy, he was definitely one of my favourites but man, oh man, he was just absolutely amazing in this. I know because of all the shit he's been through, he's not a romantic guy, or was is more like it, but I swear anyone who dares to utter he's not a romantic after this book will find me in their faces like a wall. Yeah. I know he still made mistakes throughout the book and made things a bit more difficult maybe but I thought whatever he did, he did for the right reasons. I could understand where he was coming from and even when he made things difficult I couldn't be annoyed or bothered by his actions because they were exactly what anyone in his situation or with psyche would've done. But kudos to the guy for realizing his own mistakes and let's face it, he did come to the right conclusions pretty fast. I loved reading his and Jane's inner monologues, loved the struggles they had in their minds. LOVED their frickin relationship! The romance, the public kissing and flirting, the sharing and the passion..I never saw this coming but this couple made me giggle, laugh, smile and very very happy.
When you talk about V and Jane, of course you just GOTTA mention Butch. Cause they're like a threesome. Or a foursome more like it. They still have that deep, different, extremely close frienship/relationship thing going on that no one else is invited in, but damn, if this wasn't the best I've seen of their thing. And I've always liked Butch, he was a great guy and all but he fucking excelled in this book! Everyone should have a friend like Butch, one who'd do anything for them, no limitations. And I have to mention the scene with V and Marissa when V came to get Butch for the big release. Man, I loved that scene. We've always seen how Butch and V got along and maybe we've seen a bit of Jane respecting what they had, but we've never actually seen anything from Marissa's side and that scene was all about that. Never thought I'd see anything passing between V and Marissa but there you go. And loved it.
As for the main couple of the book, I'll say I loved them. Manny was much better than I expected, although I don't know what I expected. But I enjoyed every part with him. He was funny, he was considerate, he was passionate as everyone is in these books. But he fit. He fit with the males of the series and whoa on the whole him and Butch being half brothers. Though I could see that coming, for a second when he took out that picture of his father and it was the spitting image of Butch, a few thousand things went through my mind. How cool is that though? V's sister is mated to his boy's half brother? :D
I very much enjoyed the interactions between V and Manny too. I admit I expected V to give a much much harder time to Manny and his thing with Payne but the guy did better than I expected. I have to say, we saw V grow up a lot in this book. I mean, he really matured. I know I keep coming back to V but I can't help it. I was obsessed with him in this book! Him and Jane both.
As for Payne, maybe because the little we've seen of her before was when she was kicking Wrath's ass and cursing her mother, I didn't picture her character like this. Not in a bad way though. But she had more in common with the Chosen female personality than I originally pictured. But that wasn't a bad thing. It turns out, I kinda loved her. Sure she can kick ass but she was still clueless to this new world. But I liked and respected her determination to live the life she wanted the way she wanted. She saw something, she wanted it and she got it in the end. Payne and Manny were, for the lack of a better word, cute together. They were sweet. I was glad that even though it turned out Manny was related to Butch and Wrath, they didn't immediately go into the whole let's-make-you-a-vampire thing but instead there was the magic of Payne that kept him young and healthy. I liked that.
Aaaand, as for the new guys..How can anyone forget, right? Especially that awesome threesome scene? Wowza. Even though there are supposed to be five of them, we've only met the three so far. And gotta say, I liked their slightly psychopathic wicked personalities :D I really hope they become part of the series and given the, well, honorable way they handled Payne's kidnapping, I'm thinking there's a good chance they're on the good guys side of the scales.
And of course, my other obsession, Qhuinn and Blay..Do I want them together? HELL YEAH! Does it annoy me when Blay shows up with Saxton on his side? Well, yeah, but at least I know he's still in love with Qhuinn and if he had the slighest hope there could be something, he'd grab onto it. And the fact that Saxton knows about it all and is still ok with it, well, is ok I guess. Kinda makes you wanna hate the guy but I just can't. And Layla? Ok, alright, maybe she doesn't annoy me that much anymore. Yeah, she's still stuck to Qhuinn's side but thank you JR for making things clear for her. No Qhuinn for you Layla. Even though there was this one scene that made me go apeshit. Remember that one part where clearly Qhuinn goes through temporary insanity when he thinks about Layla and pregnancy? Yeah. APESHIT. I swear I couldn't concentrate on the book for a while after that. Please, someone, tell me Qhuinn and Blay is a sure thing! I really need to hear that from someone else right about now.
Did I forget something? Or someone? I bet I did. I bet there was something else I wanted to say, get it off my chest but just slipped my mind right now but in the end, as always, I LOVED this book. And I love how, for the last couple of books, it's more plotline than just the couple sexing things up.
So yeah. This series owns me. Owns. Me.
*This has absolutely nothing to do with the review of the book but I wish one of the hardcovers in the future would be purple. I love purple. Wouldn't that be cool? :D...more
**spoiler alert** I gotta admit I started this book with a disappointment. After reading the tension between Strider and Haidee in The Darkest Lie, I**spoiler alert** I gotta admit I started this book with a disappointment. After reading the tension between Strider and Haidee in The Darkest Lie, I couldn't imagine these two not being a couple and when I found out Haidee was to be paired with Amun I was very disappointed. And this is where the big 'BUT' comes in. Yes. I like them now and I'm actually really happy that Gena went this way and the whole tension thing actually had a purpose for the future. Even though I was still mad that we almost had a Z/Bella/Phury thing happen here.
I can't say enough words to describe how much I loved Amun. He was considerate, he was loving and passionate, he was fierce when needed to be. He was a true warrior. And a wonderful man. Haidee's one lucky ex-Hunter. I'm glad that we get to know some of the warriors as the series goes by and I felt Amun was one of them. I'm not sure if this is actually the case or it's been a while since I've read the last book that I can't remember but it was good reading about him.
This may sound cruel but I liked his dilemma about the way he felt for Haidee on the one hand and his love and loyalty to his friends on the other. It added to his character's strength and in the end, it made every feeling, every admission all that better.
Now, for Haidee, I can't say the same thing. I couldn't warm up to her as quickly as I did to Amun. After my mourning for her non-existent two-way attraction with Strider, I think I expected a lot from her to be with Amun. Does this even make sense? I don't know, I think I was mad at Gena for destroying my ship that I took it out on Haidee for a while. But knowing her past now and her motivations, I think she was a good heroine and she definitely proved herself. And I admit, she was a better match for Amun than she's ever be for Strider. And to Strider I'll get in a minute.
I liked the bond between Haidee and Amun too, the mind talking thing. I'm glad he ended up with a heroine who can hear his voice because in truth he can actually talk but refuse to do so for the sake of those around him. I'm just glad his voice has not gone to waste you know?
And I do wonder about this Hunter called Micah. I know he's supposed to be dead now for sure but we all know by now that death may not be final in these books and that Micah guy actually sounded like a decent man. He might be a good one, from what Haidee told about him, and we know Hunters have some misguided good souls among them.
I can't wait to know/see more of this Skye and Viola. Will they appear in the books? I don't think Gena mentioned them for nothing. I especially look forward for Narcissism, that should be fun.
And Strider. Oh, my poor Strider. I now couldn't be happier for his match with Kaia. I don't remember much about Kaia from before but what I've read in this book, I like. She's got great potential to be a great heroine and oh my god, wasn't it awesome when she constantly bickered with Strider? Hello my favourite word: bickering. And I'm lookign forward to a storyline where the female is already infatuated with the hero and the guy just needs to have something fall on his head to realize the prize in his reach. And a Harpy sure should be a prize. I love those gals. And to think after Sabin ended up with Gwen, it was only fair for Strider who has the same kind of drive to end up with another Harpy I guess. All I know is that I can't wait for their story. I knew Gena would make this foursome alright. Really, I knew.
Sad thing is I have to wait months and months to read how Strider is gonna see just how awesome Kaia is. No fair.
OMG. OMG OMG. How did I forget about Zacharel?! My new fave angel?! I knew I forgot about someone! Anyway, he's gonna end up with me but I'd really like to read our book too Gena *winks*
And the Four Horesemen. Helloo new awesome people. Did anyone else love them too? Cause they were kinda cool, you gotta admit. Hehe. Ok, ok, these additions aren't exactly review material but I had to say them cause new characters always excite me!...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 have to go with a 5 star for this one. I haveto.
This was a tiny bit more complicated than the others because the hero in this was a man who came baI have to go with a 5 star for this one. I haveto.
This was a tiny bit more complicated than the others because the hero in this was a man who came back over and over again. I thought this might be confusing for me since the man Declan was is so different than the man he is now. But it turns out it's not that weird or confusing. And I liked Declan so much better than Aidan.
Declan was a total scarred hero, both in the physique and the psyche. For maybe the first half of the book he comes off as the bad guy and then he does a turn for the better, because 'best' would be too much too soon. He was a calculating, revenge driven, cold mortal who happened to feel something for Regin the Radiant. All through the book my mind kept going back and forth about Declan, I didn't, couldn't, hate him for who was but he was also so in the wrong that I wanted to punch the walls. On the one hand he was a wronged man who was tortured in the hands of several of the nastiest creatures so you could understand his motives, especially considering he grew up in the hands of other mortals who filled his head with 'immortal=evil' mentality. On the other hand, the things that went on in that facility made my head spin with horror. Gotta hand it to Kresley, she's done a top notch job describing a torture house. I felt so bad for all the good guys who were captured there.
So there was a huge dilemma considering the hero here that I think is why this book deserves a 5 star rating. To take one perfect man and turn him into an imperfect one in all the ways that count? And then making you feel for that same man after all he'd done? Amazing job. Really. And to think I still can't and don't blame those who want restiitution against what was done to them. And I loved Declan. I really, truly did. I think, like Regin, I prefer Declan over Aidan. Can't blame her.
Speaking of Regin, she was great in this book. Her resolve in trying to get her friends out of that place, her strength, her own inner struggles..She was no way near a perfect heroine herself, but then again, isn't this why we love these gals so much? I could definitely relate to her for finally going for the not-so-perfect guy.
Loved the action. I wanted to mention this in the previous book since this whole thing had started there but I forgot in that review so I'll say it here. I loved loved loved the action! Too much was happening at the same time, too many people were around and I absolutely loved it! And the great thing was that none of this stole the spotlight from Regin and Declan. Again, Kresley, great work!
I had an extra liking for the added characters here, the dark fey Natalya and their cell mate young Thad. And of course the berserker best friend Brandr. I hope we see more of these guys in the future. Even read their stories somehow. They were just too much part of the whole thing to be forgotten now.
And last but could never be the least, yes you guessed right, Lothaire. Is it wrong that I love this half crazy, dirty-minded vampire? No way. At least I know there's no one here to say that's wrong, am I right girls? Now that I've been intrigued by his point of view, I can hardly wait for his story to come out. I'm kinda expecting that to be along the lines of epic.
So, a sure 5 stars for the imperfectly perfect hero and his ever glowing Valkyrie heroine.
And now that I've finally caught up with this series, girls, HAVE A DRINK ON ME! Go wild! LOL....more