I don’t have much reading experience when it comes to erotic romance, but I’d like to think that this is a good example of it. As inexperienced as I aI don’t have much reading experience when it comes to erotic romance, but I’d like to think that this is a good example of it. As inexperienced as I am, I expected a lot of sex-and there was that for sure- but there was also an underlying of sweet romance. This was as much erotica as it was a story of a couple reconnecting and learning to appreciate each other again.
Though this is a part of a series and I haven’t yet read the previous books, I didn’t feel like a stranger reading it. Sure, previous characters appeared and offered advice and company to Emma, but all it did was make me curious about their own books. I was completely focused on Emma and Pete’s relationship, their sexy adventure on the secluded island, but what I loved-and I can’t believe I’m about to say this- and looked forward to the most when I was reading, was how Emma and Pete worked things out. The sex? It was explosive. The kind of lifestyle these guys live is one I’m stranger to, but damn, it was hot. It was all the naughty fantasies wrapped up in a nice little package on a gorgeous, dream like island. Though they have an open relationship, Emma and Pete were very much in love, and it was enjoyable to read them spice things up by turning to each other first and foremost. There was no cheating, no drama despite their lifestyle. Just some good ol’ sexy fun times, jealousy thrown in here and there that I loved, and two people sharing something they both loved.
I think if you’re a lover of erotic romance, this is a good choice for you. I don’t know much about what’s going on in the genre, but I like my couples to end up only with each other, never mind everything and everyone in between, so if you feel the same as me, then again, this book is for you. The love and respect I see in challenging relationships like this makes it all the more enjoyable to read.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ll go do my laundry now and get ready for the previous books, because I just have to know what went on in them....more
Ah, Scotland.. One of these days I am going to find a way to escape my humble life and come visit you, and maybe, hopefully, snag myself my very own HAh, Scotland.. One of these days I am going to find a way to escape my humble life and come visit you, and maybe, hopefully, snag myself my very own Highlander.. He doesn’t even have to be my own Jamie Fraser as Sloane wished, he could be my own Gerard Butler. I’m totally down with Gerry.
All joking-but really secretly wishing- aside, I’m torn about this book. On the one hand, I loved the idea of a woman going on a trip to Scotland after a heartache and finding herself and a good man after a spur of the moment idea that we all wish we had the courage for, but on the other, I couldn’t help but think it was all too rushed in its effort to wrap things up quickly.
The book started in a good pace, Sloane arriving in Scotland, in this quiet little village of Gairloch, and in a desperate moment to thwart her friends’ relentless efforts to find her a hunky man, she makes up a boyfriend she supposedly met during her trip, hoping to break up with him by the time her friends join her. As crazy as it may sound-but really, nothing is too crazy when it comes to romance- I liked this plot. It can easily be done, I know I’ve had my fair share of shooing potential suitors found by others, so I could relate to her desperation. I could relate to eyeing the big, rough around the edges Highlander managing the bar she visited for the free WiFi, and yes, I did envy her courage to offer the man the deal she did. But I still couldn’t help but think this was too quick and too Hallmark for my taste. It was fun reading about Sloane’s hardship in a remote Scotland village as a city girl, though I wished we read a little more of it. I also could’ve used with more personal dilemmas considering Sloane just got out of a serious relationship, and what felt like to me like Galen was avoiding settling in for a reason more than just the usual. There were the little things that were thrown in to grab my interest, potential plot details, but nothing more to deepen the story. By the end of the book, all I could remember was Sloane arriving, making her proposition, Galen taking her up on her offer, the two of them falling in love while making the most of their deal and sexing things up, and then finally the inevitable ending. Yes, I know, what more could I ask for, but I do. I ask for a wee bit more detail when it came to the characters’ pasts and current issues. I think there was a lot to be dealt with here, but for the sake of Sloane and Galen’s romance, and a bit of Highland humor, it was all forfeited. I did, however, make good use of my imagination, with the help of Julia London, and came up with a very peaceful Gairloch where I could even overlook the lack of WiFi.
A fun read that you could enjoy this summer, I’d recommend this if you like Highlanders and sweet deals that you could easily find yourself fantasizing about....more
I already said I was looking forward to Logan’s story in my review for the first book. Was it worth my wait? Oh yes. Even though I was a bit ill in thI already said I was looking forward to Logan’s story in my review for the first book. Was it worth my wait? Oh yes. Even though I was a bit ill in this hellish heat of summer-through no fault of either Logan or Jessie- this story still managed to pull me from the sickly haze that I was in, and made the craving of small towns inside me even bigger.
While in the first book I thought there wasn’t as much sports as I wished, this one had satisfied me a little bit more. Or, should I say, I was so focused on the other personal issues and developments that I didn’t look for much else. Logan and Jessie sure did keep me busy while reading. The first few chapters might’ve felt dragged for me, but then the story picked up and I found myself wondering not just about the hero and the heroine, but about some of the minor characters as well.
Logan was renowned for his wild past, and though I do like my bad boys, I loved the man he shaped himself to be. And yeah, his past wasn’t something he was very proud of. But it’s always a pleasure to read a hero who learns from his mistakes, and one who uses them to help others. Logan was the kind of guy who made me think whether it really was him in the past who made all those mistakes, he was that sweet and considerate. Understanding and patient, he fit perfectly in his role as assistant coach to a team of teenagers. His worry and respect for his team was clearly genuine, and I can always appreciate a man who knows how to survive and how to help.
Jessie, with her no nonsense attitude and knack for business, was the woman to envy at first glance. But as we delved more into her psyche, there was so much more to her that made me envy her even more. Her business mind and discipline was still there, but more confidence, a lot of warmth and a sense of freedom was added to her character along the way. She was brave enough to stand up to her family-in a non dramatic way which I appreciated- and she was a little bit crazy enough to find her way in a small town as a city girl, and to keep her man.
Apart from the sweet, sweet romance, and damn but a few steamy scenes as well, there was emotion too in this book. Issues that are real, problems that I’m sure many might have faced, or could even still be facing. Laura Trentham dealt with them nicely, helping her characters through while not letting them be overwhelmed.
A better continuation to the Falcon Football series, I think this was a lovely story. I'll anxiously be waiting for the next book. I feel like it’s going to be really good....more
Ah, tattoos..What do you think, yay or nay? I personally think yay, though I never had one done before. But damn if I’m not intrigued. Can one crave tAh, tattoos..What do you think, yay or nay? I personally think yay, though I never had one done before. But damn if I’m not intrigued. Can one crave to get a tattoo after reading a book? I’ve had cravings for chocolate and cake and all sorts of sweet delicacies before but never a tattoo. Guess there’s a first in everything. But believe me, once you read how passionate these people are with the business, you will be intrigued too.
Though the plot was interesting and promising, I gotta say, I found much more once inside the book. Sure, the characters were relatable, sure, the guys were ripped and tattooed and the women were gorgeous and independent, but every detail also had a backstory which I enjoyed very much. You have to love a story with substance. Trent had his own past, his own reasons for doing what he did now, from his tattoo studio to his personal choices, and Harper, well, she was the story. Don’t get me wrong, they were equally represented in the book, but what brought them together was Harper’s past and her courage, plus her emotional journey was more challenging. I’d love for you to find that out yourself while reading, and once you do, you’ll agree with me. I admire a woman who’s made of stronger stuff on the inside, and I love a good story about recreating yourself.
Now, remember I talked about tattoos? Since the setting for the book is a tattoo studio, a bit of ink action was expected, but I was glad to see the author took it one step forward and actually guided us through the whole process as much as she could. I really like it when that happens. It helps me get more involved with the story.
Apart from strong characters and a fun and interesting setting, I loved the sexy and so very sweet romance as well. Trent was a very considerate guy, thoughtful and understanding, and very patient when it came to someone he liked and wanted. But I still think the biggest hero was Harper here. Her background was one I don’t wish on anyone, but she came out as stronger, better and definitely the winner in the end. Her courage was outstanding after what she’s been through, and her change was clear in the end. I loved the fact that there were so many people who supported her and had her back. She did most of the work herself, but I can’t deny Trent’s contribution in her recovery. He really was pretty perfect.
There was a hint of a mystery and some action going on as well that appealed to the good ol’ me. I can never say no to a little bit of suspense, and I enjoyed those parts and found myself wondering how it was going to end.
A fun read that might tempt you to get your own ink to show off in the summer, I recommend this book. Those who love a sexy romance will surely enjoy this. Besides, you can never go wrong with thoughtful heroes and strong heroines anyway. However, January, the publication date for the second book in the series, seems too far away now. Time to distract myself with more reading. Now, leave me be so I can look up some tattoo pictures on the internet....more
I have to make a confession. It’s actually been a long while since I finished this book, but I was so overwhelmed by emotions regarding its subject maI have to make a confession. It’s actually been a long while since I finished this book, but I was so overwhelmed by emotions regarding its subject matter that I couldn’t bring myself to write down anything. So I sat on it, and slept on it and even more so, thought on it. What could I possibly write down about this book, hell, about this series, that could make it reach more people because, people, more of you need to read them.
I’ve already spoken about how good they are- and yes, I’m talking about all the three books so far- when it comes to plotting and characterization, but I have a great respect for the author for putting this issue out there and making it in such a way that could appeal to almost anyone. For those of you who don’t know how it all started, the idea began with a female serial killer with a specific victim pool. I wish I could say more, but that’d be giving things away and I couldn’t do that to you.
All I can say is that the books are told from both the points of view of this woman and the FBI agent who’s trying to catch her, and all is mesmerizing. Brilliantly written characters and a web of a plotline is the key here. Everything starts off as one might expect, but then it grows and grows and voila! We’re at this point, in the third book and all has become even bigger and better. And probably more real and brutal-as reality always is.
I cannot recommend this series enough. If you like a good chase, if you like a really good thriller that’s going to make you think and feel, if you want characters who are constantly going to challenge you about your own idea of morality and justice, and hell, if you even want a whiff of romance to make you feel complete, then read this series. Start from the beginning, cancel your non urgent appointments and delve in. By the end of it, I’m sure you’ll be left with a whole lot of emotions-and let’s face it, most of them will not be kittens and rainbows- but you will still enjoy this.
I’m glad for the day I picked up The Harrowing by Alexandra Sokoloff, which then led me to this series, and I thank her for the experience....more
If someone asked me to describe this book in just one word, I think it'd be disappointment. Starting from its cover-and that saying goes both ways, IIf someone asked me to describe this book in just one word, I think it'd be disappointment. Starting from its cover-and that saying goes both ways, I know- with its plot about a baseball player needing a personal assistant, adding to the mix his four dogs, I thought I got all the ingredients for a good read. And that was the problem with this story. All the ingredients were present, yet the end result was not tasty.
For a book whose hero is a baseball player, for starters, this story had very little baseball in it. Almost all the sports related scenes were skimmed over which is not something I'd like in my sports romance. If there will be no sport present, then what's the point of me reading this subgenre? I kept waiting for more details during competitions but unfortunately all I got was a summary and a pat on the head and thanks-for-coming-see-you-next-time.
Aside from my disappointment about the baseball aspect of the story, I can't say I was very pleased with the hero and the heroine either. The book, catching me completely off guard, started smack in the middle of the road. Yes, literally. Rylan and Beth had already met, though she wasn't yet his PA, but most importantly, and this I was looking forward to a lot, the dogs had already made a connection with her, grouchiness and possessive behavior and all. Yes, we witnessed further bonding, but I would've loved to see the initial hardship a little bit more.
And Rylan and Beth as a couple? Let's just say, two of the dogs had some flirting going on and well, their cute interactions interested me more than Rylan and Beth's. Yep. I'm sorry to say, the two didn't convince me at all as a couple. I didn't see any romance blooming, and even their passion wasn't as sexy as I expected. Didn't see the start of their friendship nor their relationship, and the friendship Rylan had with his teammates, that later included Beth, also felt forced. Many adult people acted like children here, mostly Rylan's teammates, at least those that we met. People acting like stereotypical man children was, needless to say, a turn off for me.
Unfortunately this book was a big disappointment in both romance and sports aspects, the characters weren't relatable, and we didn't delve enough into their psyches for me to like them. They were more like two people whose actions I was being dictated. And that was another problem that made this read a hard one for me. No distinct changes between points of views of characters that more than once I got caught off guard as to whose side I was listening to. The storytelling wasn't flowing as easily as I wished either. I wasn't kidding when I said I felt like I was being dictated the characters' movements because that was what happened. Hero came through the door, hero went into the kitchen, heroine poured him tea while they ate their biscuits. Just to give you a rough idea as what I read. It was a bumpy read.
Unfortunately I can't say I enjoyed my time in Barefoot William. I wish them all happiness in their lives-and agility when it comes to Atlas the dog- but I don't think I will be back there. At least not anytime soon. ...more
Oh man. I watch NHL matches at night. I look up hockey player pictures. I even try to actually keep up with the rules of the game, and I am a tennis gOh man. I watch NHL matches at night. I look up hockey player pictures. I even try to actually keep up with the rules of the game, and I am a tennis gal! Sawyer Bennett and these guys made me betray my favorite sport. Let’s admit, they don’t play fair with these hunks with the full package. And I don’t mean just the package, I mean the kind of whole deal that make me envy these women in a non acidic yet frustrating way, and respect the hell out of them all.
I enjoyed this book immensely. It was 200 plus pages but it was full. Full of emotions, full of awesome characters, full in the sense of depth and substance. While I read this book in what felt like a single breath, by the time I finished it I was exhausted. But it was a good kind of exhaustion, one that ended with relief and contentment. I was happy, actually smiling through the last few pages.
If this was any other author, I think I would’ve been scared about Zack’s situation and where he and Kate stood. I don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t yet read this series-but really, if you haven’t, you’re missing something pretty damn good- so I won’t be getting into details. I’ll just say, I loved Zack, in fact, loved him from the moment he appeared in the previous book, and I loved Kate, her bubbly, creative, positive character. They made an excellent couple, they-and here I’ll steal your line, Jerry Macguire- completed each other in that way only perfect couples can.
While Zack was trying to overcome a personal tragedy, at the same time juggling with single fatherhood, he was naturally distant and wary of anything too personal. He kept even his friends at arm’s length, let alone a woman who challenged him on an emotional level. I did respect his struggle, and damn but he was great with his kid. Kids in stories are my weakness and I couldn’t be happier that little Ben was not left out of their romance. And Kate..That lively, brave, determined young woman sure earned my respect. She wormed her way into both Zack and Ben’s lives, and Sawyer Bennett did this so perfectly that not once did I feel like she was intruding. She came and she conquered. And she did it brilliantly. And the sexy times? Yeah, they were sexy, and Zack and Kate sure had the time of their lives. Me? I got jealous. A little bit. No, really, just a tad bit. Definitely not enough to want to strangle Kate, kidnap little Ben and tie Zack to my own bed. No, siree.
I actually feel so happy that I started this series. You don’t have to love sports-though if that’s your thing, then you just got to read these books- but if you love good romance, if you love it when your characters come with a little challenging baggage and a lot of sizzle, then this series is for you. Read it. I know Star Wars day is behind us, but damn if I won’t use my Jedi powers on you. You want to read this series. You will read this series....more
What a sweet story. Loved it from start to finish. I think I'm getting more and more used to this first person view. I honestly didn't expect this wayWhat a sweet story. Loved it from start to finish. I think I'm getting more and more used to this first person view. I honestly didn't expect this way of storytelling to work in this genre, with people who are not young adults, but damn, was I wrong. Not only it works so nicely that I fully enjoy the book I'm reading, but it also fits so perfectly to whichever hero is telling the story that I can't imagine any other way of reading this.
The number of pages might make a few people wary, but have no worries, the length is definitely right for this one. The pace is arranged in such a way that I couldn't tell when it all happened. One minute I was just starting the book, and the next, I found myself having spent a whole lot of time with Chris and Lance to witness their light flirting and casual thing to turn into the real deal. It was sexy, funny, adorable and gripping. I felt for both characters, and Annabelle made the right choice with who the storyteller should be. Once again.
I'm so glad to have read this series. Short they may be concerning page numbers, they certainly don't lack anything when it comes to depth and reality. I think that's what I love the most about this series. The people. They're so real, I feel like I could turn any corner and meet a Chris or a Lance.
As opposed to the couples of the previous books, these two-though lusted after each other for some time- did start off with a one night stand that later turned into a friends with benefits arrangement. It was a nice change, and even though they both already felt a little for one another, it was sweet to read things getting deeper. There wasn't much angst and drama, which is always a blessing, and when things got real, I was right along with them. I think I might've set an "aww"ing record in this one. I envied Chris and Lance's easy relationship.
And now I crave both a cup of coffee and the sexy sweet romance to go with it. And maybe a muffin. A double chocolate one. ...more
I was honestly not sure about how to rate this book. I’m still not. On the one hand, it was hot when the two heroes got together, plus the fact that tI was honestly not sure about how to rate this book. I’m still not. On the one hand, it was hot when the two heroes got together, plus the fact that they were so far away from being perfect with their difficult problems and challenging pasts, and on the other, I simply failed to see the turning point from friendship to relationship. In fact, I can’t even say that their 15 years of best buddies thing was all that convincing either. They both had their hang ups and problems that the other had no idea about, and though people can hide things from even their closest friends and family, I just felt like everything was thrown at me all at once to make the book more interesting and challenging.
James was an alcoholic psychiatrist who f*cked his problems away-pardon my French- who also happened to have a distant relationship with his mother-his only living relative. And Nathan was a cop who lived a straight bachelor’s life until one night when James drunkenly planted a kiss on him and he started to question his sexuality and their friendship. There was a lot going on in this book, and 200 pages were simply not enough to tell them all.
Now, I know this book is the first in its own series but apparently the author had another series going on that has some of these characters as guests, like James, so maybe we were supposed to be familiar with some people, but as someone who started with this world from scratch, timing wasn’t good enough for me. While I was trying to soak up their friends-to-lovers situation, I was confronted with assault and alcoholism, ghost of a dead sister and a terrible experience that was doubled and tripled by multiple side characters throughout, that I lost my touch with the story. I kept reading because I kept waiting for that finality, but I can’t say for sure that it came. For me, anyway.
Aside from all that, I loved the idea of imperfect heroes and the friends-to-lovers storyline-I’m a sucker for those. And the sex and almost sex times were fun yet frustrating to read in my currently single state. And the bit of a mystery that involved mostly Nathan had helped my enjoyment of this book, so I can’t say it was a bad experience reading this. Could it have been better? Yes, definitely. But it was still an enjoyable book, especially for those who were already familiar with some of the characters. Not that this should hold you back, having read no other books by A.M. Arthur, I didn’t feel left out or alienated from any tidbits while reading. Everything was laid out so I could be up to date with who was who and what was going on. And maybe that was also why the page count wasn’t convincing enough about a lot of things. Every detail wanted its story told and there just wasn’t enough pages and time to tell them all, poor souls.
And now, it's time to play around with the idea of doctors and cops and handcuffs.....more
As a lover of sports romance, it was no wonder I wanted to give this book a try. Though the hero was not an active player, he was coaching a high schoAs a lover of sports romance, it was no wonder I wanted to give this book a try. Though the hero was not an active player, he was coaching a high school team and that’s enough to get my attention. And the heroine? A librarian. What a dream job. I wouldn’t have minded working in a library, being around books all day to come home to a gorgeous coach at night.
Darcy Wilde, as opposed to her last name, lives a serene, simple life. She isn’t a fan of her hometown, but then, a lot of people feel the same about where they come from. And Darcy didn’t have a usual childhood, dealing with the usual teenager problems, and not having the conventional family life, she had justified reasons to stay away. I liked Darcy. Apart from having the job I secretly wish I had, she was lively, funny and not at all a big city girl. She had a good example of character in her grandmother, and I enjoyed their encounters. I think Darcy was one of those people who unwillingly invite trouble into their lives. I only wish we could’ve spent a little bit more time in the library with Darcy, sniffing books and caressing their covers, but hey, I can always do that with my own bookcase. I’m not sure if it’d be as satisfying as actually being in a big library, but I can learn to settle.
Robbie Dalton was the one who provided us with the sports aspect of the book, and though I like my heroes when they’re active in the field, I think Robbie’s job as coach to a football team provided the kind of depth and emotion that otherwise might’ve lacked. He had his students to deal with, one of them with his own personal problems, and that was okay. This one student’s plotline-as minor as it was- wasn’t as neatly handled as I wished, but it clearly wasn’t there just to give us another direction, thank god. I don’t like when additional characters are used as stepping tools for the hero and the heroine to bond better together, and thankfully it wasn’t the case here. Dalton was a funny guy, someone who had his own emotional baggage, a past he wanted to forget and a future he tried to make happen in this small town. I liked his no nonsense ways in some cases, and his nonchalance in others.
The one complaint I think I can have with this book was that the nicely put personal struggle subplots weren’t as nicely and one hundred percent dealt with. This didn’t bother me while reading it, it’s not something that takes away from the pleasant experience, but if they were resolved as I wished, then this book was top notch. But it still was definitely a fun read. I enjoyed Darcy and Robbie’s interactions both in and out of bed-and sometimes inbetween, wink wink. I liked how different people were involved in the story, not just as obstacles but as positive influences in Darcy and Robbie’s relationship.
Now, I’m looking forward to Logan’s story next, gotta say, I became quite infatuated with him during this book. He sounds fun, but he also seems like trouble which is the best combination....more
It’s actually been a while since I finished this book. Since I was absolutely mesmerized by the first book in the series, I jumped right to this one aIt’s actually been a while since I finished this book. Since I was absolutely mesmerized by the first book in the series, I jumped right to this one after reading the first. I did not want to lose any time doing anything else, besides, who needs sleep anyway?
In the second installment of the Huntress/FBI Thrillers series, we begin right where we left off. I wasn’t actually sure about what to write in a review for this one, simply because one, I don’t wish to spoil anyone anything because this is a gem one needs to live on one’s own and be blown away, and two, because writing any small thing about the wonderfully spun web of plotlines and intriguingly deep and faulty characters, and finally the mysterious overall case of our Huntress, would just still be too revealing, even if I didn’t give anything away. All I can say is read. Pick up the first book and read from the beginning and come join me in my painful wait for the next book.
This was a story, like its predecessor, not for the faint of heart or one who looks for a romantic mystery, but for those who like a good, solid challenge in their thriller, and those who are not afraid to experience an array of emotions during their read. I felt enraged, scared, shocked and disgusted throughout, not for the level of actual horror contained in the story, but for what people are capable of. A fast paced plot, coupled with great characters, and tripled with a non stop nudge towards making the reader think, guess and feel, this was a book that was a wonderful experience. Just like the first one. And things are left off at such a point that I’m holding my breath and waiting for the next installment....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
This book came at a tough time in my life and it still managed to grab and hold my attention from any issues I was having, and that says a lot. Ice hoThis book came at a tough time in my life and it still managed to grab and hold my attention from any issues I was having, and that says a lot. Ice hockey is not a sport I had a chance to watch in real life-though I do like to watch people ice skating- but Game Play interested me enough with its actual sports details to seek it out when no one minded me hogging the tv.
Within a male dominated sport, Samantha felt like a breath of fresh air. Not just as the strong and deep love interest of the hero, but as someone who’s involved and successful in the game itself. I liked that part of Samantha’s character. She was just as driven, competitive and talented as the hero and the rest of his teammates. She was the message that women should and could not be underestimated in the world of sports. For that very reason I liked her. But other than her position as a hockey player, she was also a free spirited, hardworking young woman. I could easily understand and relate to her standpoint, and could see through to her reasonings behind some of her reactions to certain situations.
Dylan was also a very likable hero. He had all the charming characteristics I like in a romance book hero, plus, he could appreciate what Samantha was doing and admire her for that. I like men like Dylan. Just like Samantha, Dylan represented a mindset that I could appreciate as a reader. When delving into a story, this is what makes it worth reading, apart from the joys you get from meeting people who you want to take out for drinks and maybe a competitive game of bowling. As solid as they were individually, Samantha and Dylan were very well fitted as a couple. They had an easy banter that was laced with a dose of passion ever since they first met, and that went on and got sexier as they got to know each other better and advanced things further both on and off the ice. I liked the fact that they were both involved with the sports and had a sort of camaraderie when it came to skating.
I can honestly say my first book by Lynda Aicher was a success. There is a reason I love reading sports romances and when they put me right into the mindset of the game itself along with the sexy and romantic, it’s more fun. I’ll definitely be looking forward to seeing more heroines playing the sports of their romances, it brings more intimacy into the relationship. I think as good as their chemistry was, Dylan and Samantha bonded more and better on the ice through the game they both loved.
Yet another new series I’ll be looking forward to, another set of new characters to go crazy about, and a new sports to try to follow in my spare time. Now, I’m off to watch some games and take notes, and then maybe I can trick a hockey player into teaching me how to skate, you know, arms circling me when I almost fall down and all....more
I admit, I seem to have a turbulent relationship with Michele Mannon's Worth The Fight series. In the first book, I simply couldn't click with the preI admit, I seem to have a turbulent relationship with Michele Mannon's Worth The Fight series. In the first book, I simply couldn't click with the premise, in the second, though I stumbled at the beginning, I caught up and loved it, and this one, I find it hard to explain how I felt. Which is why I'm going smack in the middle in my rating.
Bracken Kelly is an undercover cop. We met him in the previous book as the brother of the hero, MMA fighter turned model, Caden Kelly. Since he was still undercover and going through some tough stuff, we never got a chance to know him. We've watched all the cop shows, we know what we're dealing with when it comes to undercover cops who get involved with gangs who fight and deal drugs and god knows what else. So, by the time we meet him again, Bracken is not in a good place psychologically. He left behind a job that went wrong, and now is trying to finish off another one to clear his name. I liked the fact that no matter he was the hero, because of his past with his previous gang, he was no gentleman. He wasn't a beastly caveman, mind you, but he didn't do sweet either. And I do admit, at first it bothered me a little that he was so cold-even though I like the cold ones. But the way he respected Huntley and her determination at wanting to win an MMA title for herself was admirable. He could've treated her just like any other male fighter and underestimated her, but he chose to take her and her efforts seriously and gave her the respect she-and all the female fighters- deserved. Wise man.
In a world where women can still be undermined in certain aspects of life, Huntley was a woman on a mission. Having suffered her own trauma years before, she left her hometown to reinvent herself to be able to fight her own battles, both physically and emotionally. Being a female MMA fighter must be a challenge, I gather. Especially in such a male dominated sport. But Huntley, being the fighter that she was, handled herself pretty good. She was determined and strong, never letting anyone walk over her, and she most definitely earned her respect from her male counterparts. There will always be those who'll only see her in her tiny outfit exposing skin, sweating and wrestling with another woman, but a good chunk of the spectators in the book looked past that. I liked it. And I liked the parts where her fights and her technique was described also-sometimes in books of this genre the sports they talk about can be overlooked a bit but it wasn't much the case here.
Aside from Huntley's quest for title in MMA, and Bracken's struggle to solve his case, there was also a somewhat of a mystery involving Huntley's family. I wished that mystery was explored a bit more, I like a good mystery as much as the next gal after all. I felt like some of it was told in a hurry, the main focus being Huntley and Bracken's romance. The same I felt with Bracken's case. Maybe that's why I'm going for the middle rating. It was a good story, but it lacked something. Perhaps, since they were thrown in, the mysteries could've been more challenging to me as a reader, more attractive, or perhaps it's because in certain scenes, I thought Huntley was being overly offended-even though I could understand that. Or maybe, it was because the romance-though fitting in both chemistry and motivation- simply didn't touch me all too well. I liked that the two had their pain and determination in common, and their desire of course, and they did spend a lot of time what with Bracken signing up as her instructor and all, but it felt as if a collage in a movie, complete with inspirational background music. I couldn't help but think we missed some quality bonding time between Huntley and Bracken. ...more
This book first hit me with that bad boy on the cover, and then with the second chance at love theme that seems to be my fascination in romance latelyThis book first hit me with that bad boy on the cover, and then with the second chance at love theme that seems to be my fascination in romance lately. I’m beginning to think I like a challenge when it comes to these books, and what better challenge than a man and a woman who loved and lost a common person? For Evan, it was his wife, the mother of his son, and for Charlie, it was her best friend, her sister from another mister, so to speak.
Since I somehow like the angst these kind of stories bring into my life, I liked the beginning of this book, with our introduction to Charlie and Evan, and their memories involving Rae, Evan’s late wife. It was particularly Charlie to helped bring the emotion through those flashbacks, and in those scenes I was affected. I liked-and you can believe I use that term loosely here- that Rae was a common loss between Evan and Charlie, and that they both missed her and connected over her memory. It must be very difficult experiencing that kind of pain and I felt it. By the time we meet with Evan and Charlie, it’s already been years since Rae is gone, so we know it only makes sense for two people who’ve known each other for so long, and who’ve enjoyed each other’s company, to get together. The two of them had a somewhat of a friendship going on for the years after their loss, Evan even had an endearing nickname for Charlie, but I felt like I personally could’ve used more time to delve into their years long friendship and camaraderie. Perhaps a few more flashbacks to those times after Evan’s wife’s death, more moments shared by the two of them to bond them the way they seemed to be by the time we meet with them. And after things started to heat up, they were hot, they made me go a little crazy and start considering stalking tattoo parlors, but there was a back and forth thing going on especially on Charlie’s side that crippled the story just a tad for me. I imagine her situation to be a tough one to be in, falling in love with your best friend’s widow, and I was okay with her inner dilemma over her guilt for that very situation and her own undeniable feelings for the man she was slowly coming to love, but I could do well without her self doubt for as long as I did. She had a strength in her that not only had her move on from a bad relationship, but also from the loss of her friend, and support Evan and his as well. I thought that strength seemed to falter a bit with these parts where she doubted so much, over and over.
I know I talked more Charlie than Evan, but that’s because I felt like she was the one who made the biggest progress, rather than Evan who seemed to properly mourn his wife and move on together with his son. He was more open and ready for the relationship than Charlie was from the beginning. He was what you could expect from the story, a sexy artistic man who had a teasing and caring side that came from being a family man. Well, maybe not your one hundred percent regular family man, but his own tweaked version of it. And he was creative too, what this bad boy could do with his paint. Yep, you’re going to have to read it to know what I’m talking about.
I gotta say, I was very intrigued by the side characters, and possibly future couples, too. I see more challenges awaiting in the upcoming books which I’m looking forward to. Give me couples who have to fight to get what they want, and let me watch them struggle. Evil reader here, I know, but hey, I made my peace with that.
A nice start to a new series, where bad boys get their good girls, and good girls get their happy endings....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
It’s been a long time since I was this riveted by a story. And not just any story, but a mystery thriller involving an FBI agent who tries to do the rIt’s been a long time since I was this riveted by a story. And not just any story, but a mystery thriller involving an FBI agent who tries to do the right thing, and a female serial killer who is his to catch. Sounds vague and too general I know, but once you start the story, believe me, you get sucked right in. What drew me to this book was the author. Although I’ve only read one book by her so far-and that was a ghost story- it affected me. It kept me up at night just like this one did, it scared me and made me think of it long after I’ve finished it. And that’s how I picked this one up.
This was a good, solid, captivating story. It is told in both the FBI agent Matthew Roarke’s and the female killer’s points of view, and different conjugations are used to tell their stories. While Roarke speaks in the commonly used third person past tense, the female killer-I’m referring to her this way for a reason- has a more urgent voice-at least that’s how it felt like to me- where she speaks in present tense.
The characters come off the pages. You start reading and there they are, in front of you while you read their story unfold. From the moment they both first appear, you get a sense they’ll have big things coming for them, either good or bad is unclear. But you know it’ll be big, and explosive, and it’ll probably change their lives. I liked them both. Roarke was the voice of reason and the female killer was a mystery. But as the story unfolded, I got different sides, different dimensions to both of them. They were faulty, broken in their own ways, wrong on so many levels but also right in so many more. Whether that makes any sense, I have no idea, but once you start reading, I have no doubt you’ll understand what I’m talking about. The two of them, and the little boy and his father who get included in the story later on, Roarke’s man Epps-who happens to have a way about him- his whole team, they are all connected in such a way that I can’t talk about them separately. Everything’s connected. Everything’s a mystery, everything is ugly, but all is also beautiful.
Alexandra Sokoloff has a way with her when telling a story. It becomes an engaging piece of work that you can easily visualize in your head, and then you become one with the characters but also a spectator holding your breath. It’s most certainly a worthwhile experience for a reader.
I recommend this book strongly. To those who love a good thriller, those who love compelling characters, a solid plotline, a mystery filled backdrop and to those who don’t mind being disconnected with the world around them for the period of time it takes for them to finish it....more