This was my mom's favorite book and since I was little she has always preached to me about how much I would love it and why it was brilliant. She loveThis was my mom's favorite book and since I was little she has always preached to me about how much I would love it and why it was brilliant. She loved it so much that by the time it got into my hands, it was worn and tattered-broken in half and pages taped in and taped back together-which, of course,made it a difficult read. I found my mother's view of this book to be true...
This was my second Kathleen E.Woodiwiss novel-My first being The Flame and the Flower-which I loved, so I decided to tackle this 672 paged book-the largest amount of pages I had read at the time. It did become one of my favorite books. I loved Ruark Beauchamp (the hero) and couldn't understand why he fell in love with Shanna When he could have been with me-with her being a such a brat and only thinking about herself-but somehow,he knew she could change and loved her for her good aspects instead of the bad-I liked how he could forgive so easily even with all the pain she puts him through-and he never gives up on her. Striving to show her how much he loves and cares for her through out the book.
Though Shanna may be immature and self-centered in living the dream of her childhood fantasy, Rurak literally moves haven and earth for her love. I think many woman want the perfect suitor and I believe Ruark is just that. He is simply perfect and so devoted to Shanna, it kills me.
'Shanna' was written as if it was meant to be poetry! I love the dialogue and have doggy eared my favorite pages. I felt myself grow with Shanna. At the beginning, all I could describe her as was: selfish, naive and childish. But she grew up as the book progresses. The characters notice and of course, the reader's notice-including her father who was well aware of her faults and didn't put them aside like Ruark did.
Shanna grew to be a woman-mature, grown up and radiant-having been strong-willed the whole time-nothing much changed there. She became more accepting and loving to Ruark who always deserved her love. The Love scenes are intense-the dialogue beautiful. I will forever love this book.
I think there is much to be enjoyed in watching Shanna, a headstrong young virgin become a caring adult, as well as falling in love with the irresistible, Ruark Beauchamp. 5 STARS!!...more
I-AM-IN--LOVE....i just finished this book and I'm breathless...I Loved this book so damn much its un believable! What a fantastic way to finish off tI-AM-IN--LOVE....i just finished this book and I'm breathless...I Loved this book so damn much its un believable! What a fantastic way to finish off the series. In my opinion, Its Better then the first and second in this series.
The Heroine Madeleine van Rowen is simply badass! Being throw into destitution, with her god-awful and simply conniving Mother, Sylive. At a young age, Maddy was alone and hungry, had no one to to take care of her until, Corrine, took her and cared for her once her mother died of cholera which took France by storm- and luckily didn't kill Maddy. I think out of all the MacCarrick 'Women', Maddy is the most realistic, she dosent take any shit(pardon the french :P), She is small yet brave and intelligent. I Loved her no nonsense attitude and how she looks past Ethan's Scared face. She has seen so much at the age of twenty one, Ethan's even shocked by it. There is actually so much to say about the character of Maddy that it would probably take up the entire review. Simply Put, she is tough for such a small girl. Her story is heartbreaking-at least for me.
The Hero Ethan MacCarrick...DAMN! This boy learns sooooo much! After Being Tortured and permanently scarred (aka that shits not even gonna fade a little bit) by none other then MADDY@S PARENTS! We finally learn how Ethan had gotten his scar.(view spoiler)[ When Ethan was a was twenty two, after a night of drinking, was invited to a Woman named Sylive house, to have sex. Ethan has a bad feeling about her and decides to leave- Sylive begins crying and saying she'll kill him for this. With all her screaming and yelling,HER HUSBAND, Van Rowen(Maddys Father) barges in. Sylive, to save her own ass, says he tried to rape her, So, Ethan is brought out to the stable after being beaten by Sylives husband and his henchmen, and further tortured by his Henchmen-this brings on the Scar. Von Rowen finds the note that had slipped from Ethans pocket which gave him directions to The Van Rowen residents, and the cut him lose. Ethan vows revenge, which he does therefore,(Unintentionally) ruining young maddys life. (hide spoiler)] Ethan is even colder, then he was before he received the scar and has become celibate after getting sick of paying for sex, and womans disgusted looks. When he sees Maddy, its obvious to the reader He is already in love with her at first glance. Lots of reviewers have said they didnt like him in the previous books or in the beginning of this one, and i Have to agree. He is course , rude and Harsh- BUT by the end of the book he has seen the error of his ways and has realized his love for Maddy. Yet problems still arise, when he refrains from telling Maddy how her ruined her life, forcing her into poverty, with her Evil Bitch of a Mother. He learns, and i love that he can change so much just for Maddy. It's seriously sweet.
The Romance In One word: Beautiful In More: Sweet,delicate, heartwarming, sexy, smart, witty. 'Tis just awesome. Ethan needs her-that is it- without her, he is nothing. Maddy, I dont think she psychically needs him, but i don't think she could really be happy without him. If Maddy Had lefted Ethan, i don't think he would have recovered, I can actually see him, wasting away , drinking his life away(not that his brothers would let him). Maddy would have been Miserable and alone again and i dont think she would be to keen on that either. Basically, They belong together and like Ethan thought- They are alike. I wouldn't have believed if Ethan had gotten with anyone else but Maddy. They just fit, and stick like glue.
The Ending (view spoiler)[Adorable! We see how the MacCarrick Clan are 9 years later. We Join the Family for Maddy's and Ethan's son Neill's christening . They have had three children since last. Their First son, Leith(after Ethans father.)Age Seven. A daughter, Catriona, Age Three. And The Newly born Little boy, Neill. Ethan can't believe his luck and couldn't be happier, And is proud of his children. Maddy is the same, and they are both still deeply in love. Maddy says she can forgive her mother for all the wrong she did to her but not what she did to Ethan. Courtland and Annalía, are still very much and love and obviously can't get enough of one and other because they have three children, their first born a son,Aleix, their daughters Fiona and toddler Elisabet, and another one on the way. Courtland swears that each time after they have a child, that it will be the last(after all the fright it gave him the first time) but Annalía knows better and starts kniting baby clothes. Jane And Hugh have kept child bareing to a Minimum , having only One child, A four year old son, surprisingly named Ethan after his uncle. The proud parents insist they are 'waiting' for another while to have another. All in all- The MacCarrick Clan are all happy- and are living the life. Ethan says, If i could give you anything you wanted what would it be. And she says 'thats easy, a lifetime of this'. He vows it. and Ethan does. (hide spoiler)]
My Favourite Books in the series besides from 'If You Dare'. I didnt enjoy 'If you desire' as much as these to but i prefured its cover. Loved this Series and can not wait for more from the Fantastic, Kresley Cole.
QUESTION: Who would you cast as Maddy? I would Cast Carole Lombard as Maddy
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A beautiful end, to a wonderful series. At the begining of this trilogy, i did have my misgivings. The first book 'In Bed With A Highlander' , The storA beautiful end, to a wonderful series. At the begining of this trilogy, i did have my misgivings. The first book 'In Bed With A Highlander' , The story of Ewan McCabe and Mairin disapppointed me, but i still enjoyed it. I personally didn't like The heroine nor the hero. The hero, Ewan's brothers caught my eye though. In the second book, 'Seduction Of A Highland Lass', Alaric McCabe, The middle child of the McCabe brothers falls In Love with Keeley McDonald. I adored this one and couldn't put it down. Their romance was so real and emotional, who couldn't like it? The last installment, 'Never Love A Highlander' was sublime. The love-betrayed warrior, Caelen McCabe marries Rionna McDonald to secure an alliance between their clans. Rionna, a warrior at heart and can fight better then any male, is friightened by Caelen, yet vows to have his heart. 'Tis a beautiful story. Maya Bamks really brought a great ending to the series. My only problem was that it was to short :P. I wanted it to go on forever, but alas, It had to end. I loved Rionna, she was epic.She is brave and stong yet soft, loving and innocent. Maya Banks upted the antie! I have always liked Caelen more then the other brothers. He always had some sort of appel to me, I Suppose, I like me some tortured hero. (view spoiler)[I loved how,in the end, we see that Caelen thinks he has been in love with her since he first saw her. TOO CUTE!! (hide spoiler)] Never Love A Highlander Has to best cover if you ask me, The model protraying Rionna is just lovely and The Male model protraying Caelen is super hot :P A Great end to the McCabe Troilogy!
''Swan Road'' By Rebecca Brendewyne has a realistic view of vikings-their way of life and their customs etc. But what really interested me was the rom''Swan Road'' By Rebecca Brendewyne has a realistic view of vikings-their way of life and their customs etc. But what really interested me was the romance between the heroine,Rhowenna and Hero,Wulfgar. First of all, Find me a viking as sweet and endearing as Wulfgar-anyone? No? Okay. This Guy does EVERYTHING for Rhowenna-EVERYTHING. He is more then willing to give up all he owns for her, and loves her from the moment he lays eyes on her.
The heroine, Rhowenna, who is often confused about her feelings of desire and longing for Wulfgar is also endearing and a wonderful character-they both have heart and even in their story which I believe is different to everyday type of Viking romance they are relatable.
The only thing I didn't like about this novel was the amount of rape mention--The heroine is not raped-due to Wulfgar's protection etc etc-by him or others. However, Morgen-a maid who works for Rhowenna(and pretends to be her in order to save Rhowanna) is raped like...alot. She does get a happy ending too. But it's kinda bitter sweet.
I know it may seem childish of me, but even knowing from history books and whatnot, that Vikings tended to rape and pilage-I would have prefured something less realilic.
ALL THE SAME! I really enjoyed ''Swan Road'' and Think you,dear reader, should go READ it!
As usual, I totally saw a blonde Heath Ledger(from a Knight's tale because any hero with blonde hero for me just is Heath OKAY?) as My Wulfgar.
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Ah! I Love Amanda Ashley...She always stays in my mind no matter how long it has been since i read one of her other novels. Her characters are impressiAh! I Love Amanda Ashley...She always stays in my mind no matter how long it has been since i read one of her other novels. Her characters are impressinable and always have a lasting effect. I adored the heroine, Brenna. She is just adorable! Brenna is from the 1600's around the Salem witch trials. She obviously is a witch. Roshan, our hero, travels back in time, to save her from the stake when he sees a painting of her on the internet. The image of Brenna gives him hope and he feels in debt to her.I think it was love at first sight for both of them ;P. Amanda ashley ALWAYS entertains me in her novels, she throws in interesting historical facts of the Witch hysteria and also some Wiccan Spells. I like to consider myself a kinda sorta Goth(minus black hair and stuff)/nerdfighter/historical freak/Supernatural and paranormal lover/hopeless romantic. Amanda Ashley hits all of those marks with "Night's Kiss". A really Great book, enjoyable, fast paced with its twists and turns and never forget the suspense!
If your looking for another fantastic Amanda Ashley novel, I suggest : Desire After Dark. I love it, In my Opinion much better then this one. But Both a brilliant in their own way....more
wow....This book is...wow...Its a war story...plain and simple.
Its not some pretty, happy ending for the torn world of Panem. Its bittersweet and itswow....This book is...wow...Its a war story...plain and simple.
Its not some pretty, happy ending for the torn world of Panem. Its bittersweet and its sadly makes the reader realize how screwed up the world is with its greed, hate and war.
Katniss Everdeen, throughout the books has been brave and seemingly level-headed. But we see another side of her. Something more fragile and broken.Her home, her everything, is shot to hell.She loses so many people. Her hopes and dreams are just...pwosh! I would have broken down completely and never have gotten up again. But its hope, and hope for Katniss always seems to steam from Peeta Mellark. She is broken and unwilling to go on, but he shows up, somehow mending the broken shell she had become. It makes you realise that, there is nothing but hope, that war isnt just kept for the adults. It kills all, children and adults alike.
Suzanne Collins writes a realistic and compelling tale, an ending to a series, an ending to a war. Its a shock to be sure. I,for one, have never read a book based on war, or a corrupt goverment, but this is just...Uhh...Wow...there is no other word for it.
Its shocking and undescribable. I read this because i wanted to see if Katniss got with Peeta, while kicking ass and taking names along the way. But this finalé is so much more then that.Its brutal, Suzanne Collins doesn't write to convey the world with dasies and happiness but with the soulpurpose if wrenching the readers heart and showing the brutality. I mean, I don't even know what to write anymore. The words that keep repeating in my head are: Broken, torn, brutal.
I think its obvious to see who Katniss is most likely to end up with from the beginning.She in the beginning, is in a drugged up and disconnected state since the ending of "Catching Fire" where Peeta had been Lefted in the arena of the Quarter Quell to be captured by the Capital. Katniss is in a horrible state basically wasting away without Peeta, in the end it takes him to pull her back together again. She longs for him. And its quite obvious who she can't live without. Peeta has always been the sweet, heartwarming and good guy, but we see the level of pain and touture he has been put through and its hard to see why he dosent go completely psycho. He has been Hijacked which is basicly taking the venom from the tracker jackers and screwing up the victums memories. They make Katniss seem evil and the cause for all his problems, so he tries to kill her. Katniss is relieved to see he is safe but is but into conflicting emotions when this happens. Going as far to say that peeta is irretrivable and that her plan is now, to get to the capital, kill snow, then ultimately off herself.
Not go back to her sister or Gale but off herself because the Idea of living in a world where Peeta dosent care is worse then life its self. Peeta does begin to show signs of getting better which starts the 'Real or not real' game which Peeta asks a question about a memory he can't place and Katniss etc. answers with "Real" or "Not Real".
The Pressure full grow adults put on a seventeen year old girl, who barely understands her own feelings about anything is despecable...She is a tool in EVERYONE's games. Not just Snows, but people she trusted such as Haymitch and Gale. She finally understands Peeta's meaning when he sayed he didn't want to be apart of their games, and he wanted to come out as him self. Katniss has changed from the Katniss in the first novel into a pain riddled but somewhat hopeful woman in the begining of this book to a woman, who has become much wiser for all the war and bloodshed. She is hopeful in the end. The dandilion. The hope Peeta always gave her. She has children, A girl and a boy, who Katniss never thought she'd have, who are now in a better world. There are no more Hunger games. But Katniss is always afraid something may come a take it away. She and probably Peeta aswell still suffer from nightmares. Peeta is there though telling her all will be alright and that even though their children love in this safe world-they'll still make them braver with the memories they have put into a book. Katniss still has to list the good things in the world and how they happened, a game she plays. She finds it boring at times but reminds herself, her children and prehaps the readers, that there are worse games to play.
Katniss goes through much more then, I think a human being should have to take on. She takes responsiblity for all the lives she took, all the lives other people took. To be honest, this book is depressing...but thought provoking. I really wish some people didn't die such as SPOILER!!!! Finnick and Boggs.
A well written,I imagine incredibley acurate account of a fictional war, thought provoking, sad and bittersweet book. Its brilliant and shows the world as it is at times. As manipulative, greedy and broken.
The effects it can have of the survivors. How somethings you can't forget,that the only direction next is to move forward. Katniss or rather Suzanne made some insightful views in the end, where Katniss 'Chooses'. She said that her relationship with Gale was fuled with hurt,hate and anger. This creates a flame of hate but with Peeta who is a 'dandilion' which smybols hope for Katniss. The promise that life can go on even through all the hurt and grief. That life could be good again. Peeta gives her that.
“You love me. Real or not real?" I tell him, "Real.”
“Well, don't expect us to be too impressed. We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear.”
“You're still trying to protect me. Real or not real," he whispers. "Real," I answer. "Because that's what you and I do, protect each other.”
“What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.”
“Fire is catching! And if we burn, you burn with us!”
“I clench his hands to the point of pain. "Stay with me." His pupils contract to pinpoints, dialate again rapidly, and then return to something resembling normalcy. "Always," he murmurs.”
“Sometimes when I'm alone, I take the pearl from where it lives in my pocket and try to remember the boy with the bread, the strong arms that warded off nightmares on the train, the kisses in the arena.”
“I raise my left arm and twist my neck down to rip off the pill on my sleeve. Instead my teeth sink into flesh. I yank my head back in confusion to find myself looking into Peeta’s eyes, only now they hold my gaze. Blood runs from the teeth marks on the hand he clamped over my nightlock. “Let me go!” I snarl at him, trying to wrest my arm from his grasp. “I can’t,” he says.”
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EL James gives us insight into Christian in a 28 paged 'extract'(If you can call it that??. His First christmA great end to the 'Fifty Shades' series.
EL James gives us insight into Christian in a 28 paged 'extract'(If you can call it that??. His First christmas with the greys and Meeting Ana.
What I loved most about this book was seeing Christian as a father and Ana maturing into her role as CEO of 'Grey Publishing',wife and mother. I Loved Christian's reaction to Ana's pregnancy--Getting drunk and his final sweet acceptence of it.
MORAL OF THE STORY! 1)Find hot complicated rich men. 2)after mind blowing sex and kinky fuckery-then Leave him and make him see how much he will regret it. 3)Get back with him and have more mindblowing sex and kinky fuckery 4)Go through Life altering events--not just once. Help him over come touching phobia and have yet more kinkey fuckery 5)Marry Him. 6)Get Pregnant--Have around 2-3 kids 7)Live Happily ever after. ...more
Short and Sweet! I really enjoyed this! I loved the characters and how much depth there was to them. Emma,The Heroine, in particular I really liked andShort and Sweet! I really enjoyed this! I loved the characters and how much depth there was to them. Emma,The Heroine, in particular I really liked and felt as if she was someone I knew--she handled situations like i would have. I personally think she picked the right desions most of the time, but I don't think I would have forgiven Luca that easily.No matter how hot he is. But knowing the extent of what he had to go through as a child-watching his mother be beaten by his father, again and again, I think the reader is more understanding because you see why he is so afraid to love and enter into a long term relationship, since he fears being like his Father. Near the end of the book we find something out which makes it all better-well, not really but you see why they can be happy. Good Book. 4 Stars!...more
Oh My god...That was so good. I literally had to lie down for an hour. A FULL HOUR, after reading 'C Me after reading 'Cherish' by Catherine Anderson:
Oh My god...That was so good. I literally had to lie down for an hour. A FULL HOUR, after reading 'Cherish'. I can't even explain it. Catherine Anderson's writing was so spot on it killed me. IT MADE ME FEEL.
I actually felt things. And as you know, when a book makes you feel something along with the characters and makes you want the story to never end, you've got a good un'!
Religious character's are usually not my thing at all. I usually steer clear of them. But though Cherish did have some moderate to heavy reference to religion, I found I didn't really care. I could easily brush off my personal misgiving's with religion and just enjoy the story. Which, by the way, was so freaking beautiful. It was such a heartfelt romance and by the end I truly felt Race and Rebecca love each other until the end of time.
Rebecca, a devote Christian otherwise known as a Quaker, is thrust into the cold hard world when she witnesses her family's slaughter. The scene in the book is brutal and I couldn't blame Rebecca for going into shock. She was after all, sheltered from the harsh ways of the world and then thrust into such horror-unthinkable. After seeing her the brutal rape of her mother ad the murder of her family and friends, Rebecca loses faith in god. Catherine Anderson makes Rebecca's dealing with her loss so believable and extremely relateable. She even goes as far as to show later on in the book, Rebecca having severe anxiety as well as showing signs of OCD(checking and rechecking her surroundings to check if she is safe). Rebecca's struggle with her faith and her anxiety is prominent through out the book. DO NOT LET THE SWAY YOU. The path to Rebecca's recovery is unbelievably heartwarming.
It's basically all thanks to the fantastic Character of Race Spencer.
There are are a number of words I could use to describe Race Spencer. Race....Race is absolutely wonderful. Brave, honorable, tender, gentle, badass, sweet as hell, thoughtful, wise-the list of good adjective's could go on forever. I have never read a book where the hero has never once done anything bad to the heroine-like hurt her feelings-But Race...Race is all in when it comes to Rebecca. The moment he sees her even. He just wants to protect her and make her happy. She is his angel, as far as Race sees it. Besides from saving her ass a bunch of times, He helps her regain her self confidence, teaches her self defense, how to survive in the wild and helps her regain her faith. His love for her is so selfless and I wonder how he can be like that. After all he had gone through in his life before meeting Rebecca, I expected him to have some serious issues but though he knows pain and can relate especially well to Rebecca's trauma, he never once makes it about him self, always putting her needs in front of his. It's really his love for Rebecca that really brings her back to herself,releasing a strength she didn’t know she had and it’s her love for him that made him a even better man.
Catherine Anderson doesn't sugar coat the brutality of the world the character's live in but she does show that no matter what, love and hope can see you through much like it did for Rebecca and Race.
So,I cast a Far and Away Nicole Kidman as Rebecca:
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