You know how it feels like when you come across a book or a series every now and then that makes you wonder just how is it that the author came up wit...moreYou know how it feels like when you come across a book or a series every now and then that makes you wonder just how is it that the author came up with such funny and smart dialogue, witty and interesting characters and an extremely intriguing plot line? Well, if you don’t, then I say give this series a try because you won’t be disappointed. I felt the joy of finding a gem when I read the first book, and now having read the second, I relived that same joy. I didn’t know how time passed between an animal cemetery slash Crossroads for animal spirits-not Stephen King style, mind you-, ectoplasmic dead dogs and cats that have already used up seven of her lives. One minute I was trying to remember who was who, and the next, I’m rooting for a trio whose names’ first letters form ‘WTF’. How awesome is that?
Those who are lucky enough to have met Foxtrot and her gang will have yet another blast reading this story. This time, the ever workaholic and resourceful Deirdre ‘Foxtrot’ Lancaster has to solve the murder of a unique animal with a lot of fans looking to make him theirs. Before a decision can be made about who the animal-a liger, a mix between a lion and a tiger which is magnificent- will go to, he’s found dead and a few potential suspects are at hand. It is up to Foxtrot and her gang to not only solve the crime and find the culprit, but also prevent a potential catastrophe that could endanger every single spirit currently using the Crossroads. What a plot, right? Though I’m not so good with elaborate descriptions, the blurb gives all the necessary information and if that doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what would.
I was already a fan of Foxtrot and her gang before starting this. In fact, I was so looking forward to it, you have no idea how high I jumped when I was given the opportunity to read this title by the publisher. In case you’re wondering, it was pretty high for someone as athletically challenged as me.
Foxtrot is a strong and capable character who does things her way, only occasionally might annoy people, though in her defense, even when she herself acknowledged she was annoying I never got that impression, and she’s definitely one of my favorite heroines in urban fantasy. Although she’s smart and all that, she has her limitations, her fears and most of the time she’s a dork. And I mean this in the highest level of respect. To be that good a workaholic and still successfully manage to be a dork, that requires talent. And she has that in spades. As for her sidekicks, though to call them sidekicks is not really fair and doesn’t do them justice in the least, they have their own personas-that are awesome if you must know- and they add a wonderful balance of intellectual and sassy banter into the story. This series wouldn’t be what it is without them which is why I take back my earlier reference to them as ‘sidekicks’. Sorry guys.
A brilliant and funny addition to the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot series, I cannot recommend this book, and the previous one, enough. If you want a genuine laugh, a good mystery to make you want to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa even in the heat of summer, a good band of interesting and amusing supporting characters, and hell, even a little bit of romance and a lot of friendship, then give this series a try. Really, I could beg you for it. I’ll throw in a muffin too, for dessert. And a cup of coffee? Or tea? C’mon, you know you wanna.(less)
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 bre...moreThey 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.(less)
Oh what a great read this was. This series was definitely one of my best choices this year, I can't thank the author enough for this fun. Chemistry? C...moreOh what a great read this was. This series was definitely one of my best choices this year, I can't thank the author enough for this fun. Chemistry? Check. Likable and relatable characters? Check. Hot, kinky sex? Check. Adorable couple and well meaning intervening people? Check. Real friendship, troubled families and a love to envy? Check, check and check. What more can a gal ask for?
We already met Abby and Brody when the girls moved in next door to one of the McCauley brothers, and we knew that both of them had a thing for each other from the start. I was prepared to read a lovely story, one that was funny too, depending on the previous book, but man, this was so much more than that. For one, I can't believe how wonderful, and when I say that I also mean dreamy, Brody was. I wouldn't be exaggerating when I say he was close to perfect as a hero. He was considerate, loving, thoughtful, caring, and very very sweet when it came to Abby. Really, it's worrying how jealous I am of a fictional character. And Abby, well, she definitely fits the bill for my ideal heroine. She was a tiny bit clueless when it came to men and chemistry, but surprisingly that much forward when she wanted to be. And she does the work of my dreams and writes. Erotic romance. Yes, you can imagine how much Brody helped her in her research. As wonderful and sympathetic they were as individuals, they were even more so as a couple. I loved the chemistry between them. Sparks were flying all over the place whenever they were in each other's vicinity, and when things escalated, the sex was just as steamy as I expected. They helped each other out in tough times, and though each tried to push the other away at some point, with the help of their family and friends, they wouldn't give up on each other. It was nice to see that although the couple makes everything better for one another in the end, the influence of their loved ones played a role as well. It made their story all the more real and sweet.
I would give this book an extra star and bump it to six if I could. Not only the romance was one I loved-Abby and Brody definitely are on the top of my list of favorite couples in fiction- the characters, the side plots, the brotherly banter, the difficult families, even that ugly big dog-let's face it, it's impossible not to love that dog- they all made this an excellent reading experience. I highly suggest this series to those who'd love to read sexy romance and fun characters. And those wouldn't mind being jealous of fictional women, because let me tell you, there will be moments when you'll curse these men and women for their perfect relationship but then quickly take it back because they're so adorable and lovable and funny. (less)
Seems like the Montgomery Manor folk know the how to of easy banter. Having already met Jake and his flirtatious ways in the previous-and very much fu...moreSeems like the Montgomery Manor folk know the how to of easy banter. Having already met Jake and his flirtatious ways in the previous-and very much fun- book of the series, I knew what I was getting into. What I didn't expect was the whirlwind that Rebecca was. I don't know why, but when it comes to overly seductive men I always figure the one to bring them to their knees is going to be a prim and proper woman. Maybe it's the opposites attract thing that lures me into this way of thinking, but this is what I expect. And Rebecca is no prim and proper woman, let me tell you. As seductive and overly friendly-not at all in a creepy way though- Jake was, Rebecca was all those things as well. From the first page on, we get the kind of crazy character she is, though maybe crazy is too strong a word here since we do discover an inner layer to her that's hidden from everyone else. But with the careless way she handled things around her and her impulsiveness, I thought she wouldn't complete Jake's irresponsible character. I was wrong.
This is the point where I'll say that we met a new Jake in this book. Those of you who read the previous book will know how much of an overgrown child Jake was, but in this book I saw that he matured. Or perhaps we only saw what he wanted the people in the first book to see, but I wasn't prepared-though pleasantly surprised- by his development. Seems like lately I'm pleasantly surprised by a lot of good things, and this makes the obsessive reader in me very happy. From the first moment Jake and Rebecca come together, there's a balance between them that puts Jake, of all people, in place of the caretaker. He saves Rebecca from a potentially scandalous situation only to be plunged into an even bigger one together-though through no fault of his. He sees through Rebecca and tries his best to organize the mess-and I mean this in the sweetest way possible- that Rebecca's life is. And her life isn't easy either. I never paid much attention or interest to the lives of high society, but I figured it must be a tough one. Sure, they have all the money and fame, but it comes with a price tag that I know I wouldn't be able to afford. Being followed everywhere by men who mostly want to catch you doing or saying something scandalous, or adapting situations in such ways to make you look your worst. It must be tiring. So, even though at first I thought Rebecca was a bit silly, I think this was her coping mechanism with her past and present, and her possible future, and I can respect that.
I liked the way Jake and Rebecca fell into an easy friendship and even easier romance, though they both couldn't see it that way in the beginning. They fell for each other almost instantly-or maybe they've been in love for a long time and didn't even know it- but opted to bury the feelings deep down instead of facing them. They were, in every sense of the word, cute together. They clearly loved each other, they were both protective over one another, and it was- yes, it's that word again- cute. And I liked reading about them growing up a little together. I'm saying only a little because in the end I like to think that they both preserve their inner children.
A fun addition to the Montgomery Manor romantic adventures. Almost made me wish there were more snippets later to tell us of the life of Jake and Rebecca. I'm sure they'd be able to make me laugh even though every muscle twitching means more sweating in this heat. I can't wait to read about the big brother too, the workaholic Monty to find his way in the love department. I say it'll be yet another pleasure to read. I mean, clueless men make great heroes, right? (less)
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, an...moreI’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.(less)