At the risk of sounding shallow-but really, what are covers, if not reader magnets?- I solemnly swear that I picked up this book based first and foremAt the risk of sounding shallow-but really, what are covers, if not reader magnets?- I solemnly swear that I picked up this book based first and foremost on its awesome cover. Just looking at it made me quite the happy gal. That coloring, that pose with the cover models, that potential bad girl making an appearance from behind the good girl façade of the heroine, and the ever so trouble bad boy of course. All was in that gorgeous cover and after skimming through the plot, I was a goner.
I gotta say I’m still a baby when it comes to New Adult. I can be confused with the classification, but what the book wanted to tell was loud and clear. Although I can’t say that I’m a big fan of the genre, I truly believe that I can enjoy a good book no matter what it’s about. And did I find this world of humans with magical abilities interesting? Oh yeah.
Told from both the point of view of Francesca and Rafael, the story was easy to follow. With no big angst filled dramas that always scare me, Francesca and Rafael presented many challenges as they were. I can’t emphasize enough how much enjoyed such variety of people in one story, with both the hero and the heroine, and their families and friends, there was always so much going on and so many issues and challenges thrown in at once. It was definitely fun to read. I was on the verge of getting lost a few times with the speed of conversation of all 18 year olds, but hey, I got some young chica in me that quickly got the gist. Needless to say, after I got on board with them, I had a good time in their company. Francesca and Rafael’s gangs were fun, and on their way to be united in more ways than one I think, which is something I’m looking forward to in the upcoming books.
A great, fast paced start to a new magical world, I recommend this book to those who like the genre, and to ones who wouldn’t mind giving it a try. I sure didn’t regret it. Plus, look at the cover! You gotta admit, that gets extra points in awesomeness.
Let me sign up for the next book! I hear there’s still time. Now, how to kill it, hmm? Magic brownies and crazy tea parties anyone?...more
Another book in a favorite series finished in the blink of an eye. I feel like one minute I was anxiously settling in with a hot drink and getting comAnother book in a favorite series finished in the blink of an eye. I feel like one minute I was anxiously settling in with a hot drink and getting comfy, and the next, the book was over! How, pray tell, am I expected to wait so long until the next book?
Fae are probably the least known creatures by yours truly. I was first introduced to them in yet another favorite series, and after that, this one happened. I’m not complaining though. I’m happy to be learning different aspects of the Good Neighbors in different stories, from different authors, and honestly? I enjoy them all immensely.
Never disappointing with this series, especially in the last few books, are the heroes and the heroines. Fae, although believed to be cruel and deadly-with good reason-, turn out to have conscience and hearts after all. And the women they rightfully fall for are the epitome of strong and confident female characters.
Finn and Ann were a great match in their respective emotional strength. While Finn led a life of crime, Ann was more caring. But I liked the fact that with each other, they found what was missing in their personalities. As cliché as it sounds, they sort of completed each other in that regard. Finn found his conscience, and Ann found her strength. I absolutely enjoyed reading about the Fae history through glimpses of Finn’s old life, and found myself extremely intrigued by the Prince Consort. If any of you is familiar with this series-if you’re not, fix that immediately please- then you’d know what kind of enigma he is, and it was such a pleasure to get hints as to what might be going on in that pretty head of his. Crushing on a bad guy in stories is a surprisingly good predicament you might find yourself in.
Now I need to get back to that hot drink I made before I settled in for this ride. I will now be adding a dessert to the mix too because I need reinforcements if I am to take the torture of waiting for the next book in the series....more
Oh, how much I missed the Midnight Breed series..I couldn’t tell you what a pleasure it was to be back in this world. It’s been a while since I last reOh, how much I missed the Midnight Breed series..I couldn’t tell you what a pleasure it was to be back in this world. It’s been a while since I last read a book from this series, and I have to admit, I might’ve neglected to read them-only a little, I swear!- but to pick it up and start where I left off was just the kind of reading break I needed. It’s always nice to discover new authors, delve into new worlds and experience new things, but there is nothing like falling into that comfortable bubble with just you and one of your favorite authors.
Those who’re familiar with this series will need no introductions simply because I’m sure they’ve read this already, but those who don’t know, please pick it up if you like vampiric paranormal romance. I know they’ve been told about in a million different ways these blood sucking creatures, but Lara Adrian’s interpretation is definitely one of my favorites of the genre. She takes the term vampire and puts a new spin to it, adding all kinds of plotlines and history, and then mixes them up with yet another myth. She spins a tale that’s quite enjoyable and sexy. The best part though, and this is lacking in so many examples of the same genre, is the heroines. They’re not just ornaments for the reading pleasure of sexy times, but they’re an integral part of the story. They have their own storylines, their own strength and weaknesses. Simply put, they have their own voices in these books. I know the series is called the MIDNIGHT BREED, and the name Breed is the one given to the males of the species, but these are as much the heroines’ stories as the heroes. Not one character is tossed aside, and this is what I love about the MIDNIGHT BREED.
In this book, we continue to read about the younger generations, this time Carys and Rune. They were a couple already from the previous books, but of course their story was far from closure. Carys was one of the strongest females in the series, and I mean that literally, so it was nice to read her fight. I love me a good kickass heroine. I could relate to her in her stubborn streak while experiencing her first love, but also she had some serious strength in her that everyone unknowingly failed to see. Rune was the same strength paired with a dark past. I liked his vulnerability hidden behind the brutality in cage fights, and I loved his sense of loyalty and love. He’s been through a lot this one, and like his predecessors, he’s overcome all that himself with help from his heroine.
I’m curious as to where things are going, and can’t wait to read the next book. Yes, there are still many characters whose stories I’m eagerly waiting for, but also I enjoy the way the Breed world’s secrets unfurling. The only thing that bothers me is the period of time I have to wait to get my hands on the next book. Oh, but that’s just the thorn of the rose, isn’t it?
Now, where did I put my sexy Atlantean attracting device? Oh wait, they didn’t invent that yet? Damn shame....more
I am really torn up about what to rate this book. In fact, I’m going to make my decision as I write this review and see what it feels like in the end.I am really torn up about what to rate this book. In fact, I’m going to make my decision as I write this review and see what it feels like in the end. I like reading about Greek mythology. I like how the possibilities are endless when you write a story that’s based on myth, and some authors really do come up with some original ideas. Not only they tweak what happened, but they also play around with the characters and create many more different versions and you get to take your pick. This was such a book. The story revolves around Ambrosia, daughter of the infamous Medusa, and Perseus, the famous hero who defeated and beheaded Medusa. But of course this story is not this generalization. In fact, Ambrosia is a prostitute, finding it the best way to gather information about her mother’s killer in order to return the favor one day.
This was actually a fun book. It started out as very interesting and fast paced. I was instantly sucked into the story, the world building. I admired and respected Ambrosia’s determination of living the life of a prostitute in order to achieve her goal, in fact, this way her character had a head start in complexity and depth compared to Perseus. As for Perseus himself, he was the mysterious, hard stranger in the beginning, kind of reminded me of Aragorn’s first introduction as Strider from Lord of The Rings. He wasn’t as surprising as Ambrosia but he was solid.
A few chapters in though..It all went a little downhill. And this is the point where I have trouble with my rating. I don’t want to be unfair to the nice beginning, but then the middle and end-what can I say?- disappointed me a little. The two leads started showing signs of childish behavior, most of the time they acted like teenagers rather than the mythical beings that they were, and so their plight lost its initial appeal to me. I kept imagining-and desperately looking forward to- them going back to who they started out as, but unfortunately this didn’t happen. As the story unfolded and they went ahead on their path one step and one obstacle at a time, they became more and more like young adults. Actually, has anyone seen the Percy Jackson movies? I haven’t read the books so I can’t compare this to the books, but if this story was to be made into a movie, it’d be something like Percy Jackson. And though I enjoyed those movies, it would be not what I expected and wished for this book.
For starters, I liked the idea of Ambrosia taking on the tough job of being a prostitute for a purpose, and that, in my opinion, should’ve provided her with a certain level of maturity. I expected her to be wary of Perseus, to be as strong as she had to be for doing what she did, and very, very determined. Even if she was those things, as a reader, that message lost its effect by the time it reached me. As for Perseus, I expected a man who loved and lost, who was determined just as much as Ambrosia to finish the task he started, and generally be the-yes, clichéd- tough stranger. Instead, he was a young man who sulked and was resentful most of the time, and childish and funny in the rest. He didn’t impress me, actually they both didn’t impress me considering how they started out as lead characters.
The plot was a bit better than the hero and the heroine, I gotta give it that. It was what you’d expect from a retelling of a mythical story, it revolved around one general idea, the past and fate of Medusa, and kept throwing in obstacles in the way until the end. Action was not scarce which was okay by me. I liked to see some of the most well known characters making appearances in unexpected places in unexpected conditions and that was good too. But then again, the whole story had a childish vibe to it that I couldn’t shake off. And this is probably going to be why I’ll shave off from my rating.
This was an okay story that had a lot of potential that simply just fell short. Potentially deep characters, potentially good plot, everything was there and yet they failed to reach their true desired effect....more
I’ve been waiting for this book for a long time. Ever since his first appearance, Dmitri both intrigued and seduced me with his no nonsense characterI’ve been waiting for this book for a long time. Ever since his first appearance, Dmitri both intrigued and seduced me with his no nonsense character and dark and silent demeanor. Over the years I’ve come to realize, if done right, these are the characters that are most explosive in their own books. Dmitri? Wait, is there more explosive than most explosive? Because he was that. I skimmed through the first half of the book without even realizing, and stopped only when my eyes wouldn’t open any more or I found myself reading the same sentences over and over. I simply didn’t want to lose one moment of Dmitri and Gwen’s experience.
Those who are familiar with this series will know that these guys and gals are reapers. Working for Fate, they capture the souls of the departed and lead them on to the next leg of their journey. Those who haven’t read though, please do so starting from the first book so you don’t miss the great previous reading experience. When summarizing like this, it all sounds like drama unfolding between reapers and their human charges, but it’s far from that. They have to battle some supernatural creatures and other miscreants as well. And let’s not forget about the romance. They have to battle evil, reap souls, try to stay in one piece and find and keep their one and only after all.
There aren’t enough words to describe how I felt for Dmitri. So far, he was tough, cold, completely immersed in the work he had to do in order to redeem his soul, and working alone while doing it. There isn’t much to tell about who he was as a reaper, since it was all pretty straightforward. But who he used to be, and who he became when he was around Gwen is another matter, and most definitely worth the read. When he was with Gwen, he was surly only a little, but mostly he let us see the man he pushed back inside. And what a man. Not only was he passionate and caring, but the hurt he bottled up inside really tore at my heart. The way he loved Gwen and warred with the shadow of both their pasts played a good long melody with my heartstrings I tell you. And Gwen. A tortured soul through and through, she was more open than Dmitri. We discovered more about her before Dmitri could finally open up, and seeing the emotional woman inside the kickass heroine really made me love her all the more. When it came to no nonsense, she was the same as Dmitri, and coming from the opposite sides of the same past made their connection even stronger. Plus, the way they became reapers, call me weird but, I thought was romantic as hell. Yeah, I have a twisted idea of romance. There are a lot more I want to talk about these two but there’s no way I can do that without spoiling this story and I can’t be that cruel to you guys.
But I can talk a bit more about the plot. As much as I love a good romance-and Dmitri and Gwen give us that- there’s a good amount of action in there too. This book was also a turning point for the plotline, one I can’t wait to see resolve. I’m just glad to know there are more reapers to go around whose stories I can still anxiously await, and believe me when I say I do. I so do.
A top notch addition to Lori Sjoberg’s Grave series that I recommend to everyone who wishes for a fresh look at the concept of death, and who would love to try something new in paranormal romance. I know I’m not supposed to be shallow, but I can’t help but point out the covers too. Would you look at them? Aren’t they so pretty sexy that you wish you were the model?...more
Before I get to my review, I just need the answer to this one important question, like yesterday. When is the new book out? And since the answer to thBefore I get to my review, I just need the answer to this one important question, like yesterday. When is the new book out? And since the answer to that question is not going to be 'hey, it's already out, here you go', this'll bring me to another important question, which is how the hell am I going to wait until the new book comes out. But you're not interested in that story, so let's move on with my review.
Since this was the second book, and I'm obsessed with series reading order, I read the first book before this, and I was so immersed in the story and the characters and the world building in general, that I didn't even pause for a second before I picked up this one, let alone wait to write a review. It was that good. Cambio Springs is like a dream come true for me since it mixes paranormal elements with small town romance which are two things I like to read about the most. A small town full of shifters of all kinds and lots of action and smokin' hot romance. I'd ask what can a gal want more, but we all know the answer to that is one of her own. And I know you're probably not interested in this story either. But you should be interested in Desert Bound. In this whole series.
This story paired up an alpha wolf with a headstrong mountain lion, and it was, in a single word, perfect. In more words, it was sexy, exciting, full of good characters and an interesting plot, it included action and not a little bit of claws and blood loss. So far, both books even had their own murder mystery, which was even more fulfilling to someone like me who likes a good crime story. It was nice to see this combined with a sexy romance, there wasn't even one moment when I was bored, there just wasn't time for that. If I wasn't wondering who killed the victim, I was curious about who was turning into what, and if that wasn't enough, I was looking forward to read Alex wooing Ted, and when that was about done, I was distracted by potential love affairs and past couple updates. What can I say? There's never a dull moment in Cambio Springs.
So basically, read this series. If you like shifters, or a good murder mystery, a sexy solid romance, small town stories, kickass heroes and heroines, then this series is your thing. This is the first time I'm reading something by Elizabeth Hunter, but I'm already making plans to grab her other works. I gotta find a way to make busy until the next book after all. ...more
They say never judge a book by its cover. I try not to, but for this once I admit that I saw the cover and even though zombies are not my favorite breThey say never judge a book by its cover. I try not to, but for this once I admit that I saw the cover and even though zombies are not my favorite breed in paranormal stories, went with this book. Yes, I can be shallow like that sometimes. When you think of zombies, you might think of mindless brain eaters, but these zombies were a little different than them, thankfully. I never thought that the idea of romancing a zombie could be an interesting one, but here we are. I guess there’s a first for everything.
Henri is a zombie, a good looking, not at all decomposing, always thirsty zombie. He’s considerate, quite kind, and not much of a fan of swear words. Him and a few others, including his young sister, escape their current Master after hurricane Katrina, and try to stay off his radar. Henri is one of those zombies who agree with the saying ‘dead things should stay dead’. So while looking for a way to end his undead misery and trying to make sure his sister and friends are safe for the future, he crosses paths with Josie, one of the local news reporters who’s trying to climb back up to the good graces of her boss with a story about the hurricane survivors.
I have to say, despite being a book about zombies whom I’m not a fan of as I said earlier, this plot was intriguing. I’ve never encountered a story before where the zombies were the good guys rather than brainless, decomposing corpses. So I did like the plot, but the execution seemed like it needed a little bit more work.
The timeline, for instance, or rather the timeline of the hero and heroine’s points of view seemed a bit off. I got used to a certain, shall I say, system when it comes to these novels that I enjoy. We spend some time with either the hero or the heroine, and then, when it comes to a climactic point, we shift the view to the other. I don’t think there’s a rule when it comes to this, or in my excited readings I never paid much attention to it, but the time we spend with one point of view is not that long usually. But in this book, it seemed like there was no such balance when it came to the hero or the heroine’s perspectives. Sometimes we were with Josie for a couple chapters, and then we’d switch to Henri for a few paragraphs only to go back to Josie again. I felt like this took a little from the flow of the story, this unexpected and untimely shift in perspectives.
Another thing that prevented me from falling fully into the story was the storytelling itself. It wasn’t bad per se, it just seemed like it needed more work to make it flow more smoothly. This may sound a little silly, but you know how zombies walk in movies? They stagger woodenly instead of the the usual gait of us non-zombies, and this story was that stagger of zombies. It was okay, but it didn’t go as smooth as I expected. But with a little work, I think this can be overcome easily because the idea is a good one, the characters interesting, and the plot is unique, I mean I never read a romance about zombies before.
As for the characters themselves, I gotta say it was a bit difficult to connect with them. Not that they weren’t relatable or interesting, because they were, but simply because I think we weren’t given much chance to fully get inside their heads. Sure, we did have their perspectives, but I felt like we weren’t truly there, as if the point of view approach was simply a way to tell the story. It wasn’t as if we were listening to the story from their points of view, but rather, we were listening it from, well, the author. Does this make sense? It was like reading a biography while I expected to read an autobiography, if it makes more sense.
All this may sound like this wasn’t a worthy read, but make no mistake, it was. Like I said, the plot was an intriguing one, the zombie crew was a peculiar one that made me very much curious about them, and just the general idea of romancing zombies-yes, I know what it sounds like- made this debut novel a good one to try. What I read was the advance reader’s copy, so the final product might be a smoother one, and if not, then I’m sure the author can make it flow better in the next book, hoping there will be one. And that, I’d be looking forward to as well since we left things hanging a little bit, and for that I’m glad. I thought the relationships needed more time, and more books covering the same people over a longer period of time might just work if the author turns it into a series.
Those who like stories about zombies, and those who don’t mind a different, and sexier, approach to this breed of creatures, give this book a try. I have no doubt you’ll find at least one zombie to your liking among this group of the undead....more
I’ll have you know, this book did serious damage to my sleep cycle. I was forced to live half a life of a vampire and half of regular homo sapiens, anI’ll have you know, this book did serious damage to my sleep cycle. I was forced to live half a life of a vampire and half of regular homo sapiens, and full insomnia. As per usual when trying to write a review for a book I so enjoyed, this is going to be a struggle for sure, considering I’ve been waiting to read it for a long long while.
I made a wise choice before starting this and went back a while, mostly to remind me of the new characters that joined the ranks of the Order after the twenty year time leap into the future in the previous book. So far, these men and women had to fight other Breed members and then their otherworldly fathers, and now, with enough time having passed for new threats to form and flourish, they face, yet again, a potential war with an enemy that can very well cause the end of their world and peace.
I don’t know if you’ve read the previous books of this series-if you haven’t, I highly recommend that you do, for this series was an obsessively pleasant and sexy read- but if you have, then you’re well aware that the human women who can bear Breed children and live a long life with their mates had their own genetic secrets that were slowly being revealed. Now this plot is thickening and many more mysteries and action await us from the looks of it. I was already intrigued with these women and their origins and how they became so special, and it seems like I might just get my answers after all. I get a special kind of pleasure when an author has the ability to surprise me and keep me on my toes with an endless list of ideas for plot lines, and Lara Adrian is an expert in that. Of course it also means there will be more questions along the way, but since it also means more books to enjoy, I’m cool with that.
Should I move on to Nathan now? Start ooh’ing and wow’ing and generally being lost in my own fantasies involving this hard, cold, ruthless and yet so so caring and so damn sexy man? Maybe not, as it’d take me off course of the purpose of this post which is to review, not to worship. But damn, Nathan was worship worthy. When we met him in the earlier book as a grown man, he already showed signs of a caring side he surely had to possess to be a hero. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that he also hadn’t lost much of his edge and dangerous aura, and was a very passionate and dominant lover, as in bend you over a desk and take you with ruthless abandon. Intrigued? You should be. I think I’ll forever wish for a Nathan of my own.
I have to admit, I wasn’t as sure about Jordana once I started reading this book. She wasn’t the spoiled, shallow socialite by any means, but she didn’t seem to be the kind of heroine to add to the story either. This was all first look though, and I found that I was mistaken, and though she did present a strength and determination that made her worthy of being a heroine, I think some of her power might’ve been caught up in the sexiness of her and Nathan together. Not that you’ll see me complaining much, except that I don’t have a Nathan of my own. Did I say that already? Oh well. Plus, we got the plot moving forward and it’s always a pleasure to read a book with substance.
With a time leap as far as twenty years, a completely new plotline and set of characters, this series is only getting better. There are no repetitions, the heroes, so far, have been more aggressive and passionate, and the heroines are much more involved, which was never a problem with this series anyway. But it deserves a mention as it’s one of the best aspects of these books for me, along with delicious and sexy men with hearts as big as their..well they have big hearts. You get the gist.
New challenges and problems await this crew no doubt. And though a part of me feels sorry for the struggles they’ll have to face along the way, this reader is more than happy and excited to be a part of the journey....more
Ah, the Fae. Well, wolf shifters, dragon shifters and vampires, you've got some serious competition. And when I say serious, I mean deadly. If you'reAh, the Fae. Well, wolf shifters, dragon shifters and vampires, you've got some serious competition. And when I say serious, I mean deadly. If you're familiar with the Fae folk, you'll know they're cruel, sometimes sadistically so, they're careless, mostly senseless, very passionate, and did I say cruel? And yet I can still want one for myself. It’s all thanks to the hero of this book. As infuriating as they could be, after reading about the most gentlemanly of them all, if you could believe it, I do feel a lot warmer toward them.
Ever since he first appeared alongside his mage friend, and my most favorite Fae, Miach, Elada was the silent mystery I wanted to know more about. Extremely loyal to his long time friend, Elada was a skilled fighter, better with his sword hand than with his magic words. And while reading his story, I realized it could just be so easy to warm up to a Fae. I wasn't kidding when I said he was a gentleman. He was passionate, thoughtful, caring, kind-when the occasion called for it-, so basically he was everything a Fae usually isn't. Though I did like the characteristics of Fae in this series, I would be lying if I said Elada's more human side wasn't his most endearing to me.
The world building was as pretty as usual, if a little twisted which I like, and I loved the plot involving the heroine's ability. Sorcha was a kind spirit, one who loved singing, enough to risk her own life. Although it's usually the opposites who attract, in this case, I think Sorcha and Elada were more alike and that worked just fine. Sure, Elada had his Fae character in core, he could be just as cold and calculating as his kin, but he was able to think more outside the box than any of them. And Sorcha, well, she risked her freedom for what she enjoyed to do, and her life for the ones she loved. And since these two people hadn't seen much kindness from others all their lives, I think it's only fair that they'd find it in each other.
There were so many extra characters and so much that was going on, especially in this book, that I wouldn't have minded more detail as to how everyone else had fared after the storm had passed. When the characters are so intriguing, you can't help but want more and more and mostly, find that it's not enough.
If you're familiar with this series, you know about Miach and Finn's-another powerful Fae- feud, and the general reason behind it, plus the people involved. I'd love to read a novella involving those very same people, to give me more insight into their fight and their characters, and the origin of this constantly rekindling feud. And well, looks like trouble's brewing for Finn, the Fae who brings a new meaning to cruel and calculated and personally, I cannot wait to see how he'll handle it. I wasn't expecting a storyline for him, but I was pleasantly surprised when I saw that there's hope for everyone in this series.
Another sexy and exciting installment in the Cold Iron series, this book was why it's sometimes okay for the good girl to fall for the lesser evil Fae guy in the end. ...more
I was anxiously waiting for this book. I'm already smitten with the world of the Fae, and ever since reading the first book, and being introduced to tI was anxiously waiting for this book. I'm already smitten with the world of the Fae, and ever since reading the first book, and being introduced to the ruthless Fae sorcerer Miach, I wanted more.
It's no secret that I love these cold creatures, I mean, don't we all find the cold and dangerous ones so sexy? Many of my book boyfriends tend to be on the dark side, I guess it's a weakness of mine. And Miach, well, let's just say he seems to have all the delicious cookies. I was already drawn to Miach's character from the previous book. He was portrayed as the embodiment of the true Fae character, with his cold and calculated view of life. Fae people are not ones to bring home to your mama, let me tell you. They're very hard to deal with- a test for your wits and patience-, and Miach was very much Fae. But of course, to go with his scary character, he was also very much human. Sure, he had a tough guy facade going on, and he was a criminal through and through, but he was also the kind of guy to hold a grudge against the young man who seduced his granddaughter and got her with child-childbirth is very dangerous for the Fae. There's a good chance he would frustrate me if he were a real person, but if he made me feel as sexy, safe and loved as he did Helene, I think I could overlook his occasional childish behavior. Don't get me wrong, he wasn't irrational save for the moments when people tried to hurt those he cared about or take his woman, and I absolutely loved him. But you know how these possessive cold heroes are.
As for Helene, I liked her. I already liked her strong character from the first book, and it was nice to see she didn't lose that strength when she fell for Miach. If anything, having to deal with Fae, she had to grow stronger and firmer. Needless to say, she was a good match for Miach. She wasn't a flirtatious woman with sexy curves to accompany, but she was more on the athletic side, no petite beauty but beauty nonetheless. Although her physical appearance is described, she wasn't the least bit self conscious about her physique. I think her physical description had to do more about pointing out her distinct characteristics and Miach's and her own appreciation and perspective of beauty. I liked that.
I quite enjoyed the mystery behind Helene's abductions and loved their chase of the truth. The action that followed flowed nicely and I found myself coming back over and over to see where everything was going. And now that I know what's going on, and had more glimpses into the psyche of the next hero, the quiet warrior Elada, I cannot wait to read the next book. Not only the hero is as intriguing as they come- and sexy too, with a hint of unbridled passion-, but the plot is also taken a turn for the better, with possibly lots more action to come.
A fast paced book with a solid and sexy romance that I definitely recommend, especially if you like the dark side. They have cookies. And men that certainly are no gingerbread, but all hard muscle and no mercy. ...more
I normally don't do .5's but I wasn't so sure about this one. On the one hand I really liked it, and I was so looking forward to Mathias' st3.5 stars.
I normally don't do .5's but I wasn't so sure about this one. On the one hand I really liked it, and I was so looking forward to Mathias' story, but on the other, my I just couldn't bring myself to give it a 4. Go figure. I think it's because this story deserved to be a full novel. The kind of mystery Mathias and Nova had solve and Nova's past was not satisfying when told in a novella. I wanted more details, more time for Mathias and Nova's relationship to grow. This way, it all felt a bit rushed. So that's why I couldn't bump it up to 4 stars.
There was a good amount of action and passion in this one, but I wish we had more pages to enjoy the sexual tension between Mathias and Nova. And since it wasn't just about their chemistry, I think the crime and a few secrets of the past could've used more time to be explored.
This might be the first time reading this series that I was left a tiny bit unsatisfied. But that's all because Lara had made me addicted to solid plotlines and beautifully stretched romances. ...more
I'm no stranger to the Fae race. Although, they weren't exactly the bring-home-to-your-momma kinda heroes. They still aren't in this book, but at leasI'm no stranger to the Fae race. Although, they weren't exactly the bring-home-to-your-momma kinda heroes. They still aren't in this book, but at least you can assure your mom that your man loves you and would pretty much give up his immortality to be with you. Well, Beth Carter can. Me, I haven't found a gorgeous Fae of my own to play with. Yet.
Beth is an archeologist who has a knack for finding ancient Celtic sites to dig, and she believes her ability depends heavily on instinct. Well, she's about to be proven wrong when she stumbles upon a tomb filled with treasure, and the owner seems to be mysteriously missing. With a precious sword coming to her possession and the tomb owner, beautiful Fae Conn hot on her heels, as well as others, Beth is catapulted into a world of magic, beauty combined with cruelty, and discovers that her instinct may just be something a little bit more.
Not only the cover of this book appealed to me for obvious reasons, the characteristics of the Fae race was intriguing. I love my heroes making sacrifices and pledging their love for their women, but it makes things interesting when the hero is closer to the dark side than usual. It presents a challenge for both the author and the reader, because you don't know what to expect from the characters. They can be caring when you expect them to be cruel, and cruel when you expect them to be caring. This was the case with the Fae. They've been alive for, oh I don't know how long, so they have a different view of right and wrong. They have their own laws and rules, and they're incapable of understanding human emotions. I think automatically this makes them interesting characters, and if I may say so, quite fun to read. Although it's been pointed out that Conn has more human emotion than any regular Fae-and let's face it, if he didn't, then we wouldn't have had this book anyway- he can still be unpredictable at times. He had to be because his logic was different. But that doesn't take anything from his appeal, if anything, it adds more, and you can't help but like him.
Beth was, well, human for starters, so she was more emotional, but she did possess a backbone. She was blindsided with the world of Fae, and with no room to breathe or prepare herself, she had to fight for her life. One can respect a woman who can hold her own under such circumstances. And for all that she's been through, I think she passed with flying colors.
The book has a large number of pages, but it wasn't hard to read them. I even thought a few of the details, some epilogue material were left out. When the characters have been through such ordeals like the ones Beth and Conn have, one tends to expect a conversation here, or a monologue there to see how they managed to handle it. I thought this was missing, especially in the end.
An engaging plot with your ever friendly-not!- Fae, combined with interesting characters, this was a fun read, and I can't wait to see what's going to happen with some of the other characters. ...more
It's not often I wish I could give a book a rating higher than the highest. While, and after reading this book though, I really really wished I could.It's not often I wish I could give a book a rating higher than the highest. While, and after reading this book though, I really really wished I could. Grave Destinations takes us back to the world of reapers, and this time we're with Ruby, the flirty no-strings-attached redhead, and the man of mystery Jack Deverell.
When I read a book, I usually take notes on the side of the things I either liked or disliked about it. It helps me remember all that I want to say about the book, but in this case I couldn't bring myself to leave the story long enough to scribble a few words aside. I absolutely loved Ruby and Jack's story. It was full of mystery and action and sexy romance that had me curse my current single state.
It's so refreshing to read heroes in a paranormal story who are hard and possessive and yet playful and ready with a smile and a hearty romanticism. Lori Sjoberg's heroes in this series so far has these characteristics in common, and I have to say a gal can get used to this type of hero. Like David, the hero of the previous book, Jack is a man who's very much a gentleman. Though he's clearly intended to look and act like a one night stand man only and always, his demeanor changes greatly after he meets with Ruby, and in a very sexy good way. He's got a mystery of his own for us to unravel, and this makes him an even more interesting and endearing character. As for Ruby, she scores high in regard to heroines I absolutely love. She's a tough cookie, but she's also surprisingly compassionate and in tune with emotions considering her line of work. Together with Jack, they made an enviable couple. The understanding and love these two felt for each other almost came off the pages and made me genuinely smile whenever they interacted. Of course, their sync wasn't just outside the bedroom, because let me tell you, they made a pretty hot couple with Jack's attention to detail, and Ruby's fiery personality. I wonder if I can get a Jack of my own?
I usually don't get into detail about the other characters in a story, but I feel like I must get this off my chest because otherwise there's a serious danger of me bursting in flames while waiting, and that is that I simply loved and melted for Dmitri. Yes, the cold blooded Russian who's clearly had his fair share of tough life, the one who's merciless in his dealings and is the kind of dangerous hero one can appreciate, I cannot wait for his story. We've had enough glimpses into his character from these first two books, and believe me when I tell you he makes a damn good hero material.
Another great story from the world of reapers, one that was filled with not just romance but also a good dose of mystery and action, I couldn't recommend this book enough. ...more
Who doesn't think that death is an interesting subject? Especially in today's fascination with vampires, shapeshifters, demons and all the other undeaWho doesn't think that death is an interesting subject? Especially in today's fascination with vampires, shapeshifters, demons and all the other undead or long living creatures, it's hard to think of death solely in the context of sadness. Nope, death makes an interesting life choice these days, presenting fantasies of eternal life. So it's no wonder when I came across this series that deals with reapers who collect souls for Fate, I was very very intrigued.
This time we're not talking about creatures who are either born or turned into immortals against their wills, but humans who are given a second chance at righting their wrongs in the form of becoming reapers. One such human is David, a long time dead soldier, and when I say long time, I mean about sixty or so years, who's balancing his undead life between reaping souls, dividing up schedules for his subordinate reapers and training his current newbie into the death business. He's quite a busy man, but things get busier when Sarah enters the picture, the human woman who very unexpectedly and surprisingly turns his routine upside down and dodges all his attempts at Jedi mind tricks.
Having read enough paranormal romance novels, I gotta say this, I love my dark and brooding hero. The possessive hunk. The one that at first tries to keep his woman away until he realizes how futile that attempt is. I also love my sexy flirty hero, the one that works his charm at every opportunity and doesn't necessarily care for monogamy until the right woman. And then there was David. I guess one can say he was somewhat of a blend of the two. I loved how David was one of the most gentlemanly of heroes I've read so far. Sure, he has that possessiveness that we love in a man, but he was no asshole about it. It's a fine line which thankfully many of my favorite authors don't cross, but it's there. David though, he walked a good distance away from it. Even though his act was tough, he was all about emotions and Sarah, and that was very endearing.
What I loved about both their relationship and the two as individuals was that there was no big show, a back and forth that stretched out about an is-this-love issue. The parts where they both realized their thing was more than sex was over quickly without much denial and drama which I very much appreciated.
I must've said this many times, but I do have an uncontrollable pet peeve when it comes to women in romances. Especially paranormal stories. I'm always up for a woman who knows how to take care of herself, one who fights and kicks ass, but I also want her to have some weakness. A little something that makes her human, so to speak. I've found Sarah to be a great heroine. She was tough and determined, she knew what she wanted and how. She wasn't superhuman but she was stronger than many. And she fit the ideal heroine profile I have in my mind. Along with David, and all my favorite heroes and heroines, she had her flaws. But she also possessed strength and intelligence.
A very intriguing plotline, with characters that are very much likable and relatable, this was a refreshing, lively look at death and I personally cannot wait to read more of these poor unfortunate reapers finding their salvation. ...more
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