A very interesting addition to the Dark-Hunter series. I liked that it featured a Dark-Huntress and an 'other'. They were both very likable and thereA very interesting addition to the Dark-Hunter series. I liked that it featured a Dark-Huntress and an 'other'. They were both very likable and there were some interesting characters introduced with this book. Also, it was cool that it had a different way for them to be together than usual; I really did not see that coming. Overall I really enjoyed this book, it was a great addition to the series!...more
This was a wonderful book! Ever since Wren was introduced I had been eagerly anticipating his addition (along with many more who we haven't heard fromThis was a wonderful book! Ever since Wren was introduced I had been eagerly anticipating his addition (along with many more who we haven't heard from yet! grr! :P), and I was not disappointed! I really enjoyed the relationship between Wren and Maggie; their story was sweet and spicy. I did miss some of the Dark-Hunter aspects, especially Simi and Ash, but it's nice to have a break from the DH storyline every now and then. Especially when Ms. Kenyon has barely broken into the Were-Hunter part of her world. Anyway, as I said before (well, sorta), Wren and Maggie were great and in a way, they seemed more realistic than some of the other couples, more-so with Maggie. Another awesome book in this thrilling series! :)...more
Wow, another great book by Ms. Harrison! I loved The Good, the Bad, and the Undead and had a hard time putting it down. The only reason I'm not givingWow, another great book by Ms. Harrison! I loved The Good, the Bad, and the Undead and had a hard time putting it down. The only reason I'm not giving it a ten is for editing; there were mistakes using tenses (or it just could be possible missing letters) and a major forgotten character (not a major character, just part of this particular plot) that may be missing/dead/or who knows what. Also, since it has been awhile since I read Dead Witch Walking, I don't remember who Francis is and there's no mini-recap for him. Oh well, now I need to get the first book so I can re-read it! :)
As for the rest of the story, I really like Rachel, although I don't know about the direction the author is taking (or had taken) with Ivy; it just seems too much like the Anita Blake thing with what's-his-name, at least a tad bit. The way Nick was written in this book detracted from the little bit readers got out of the first book, and frankly, he could be a major pain-in-the-@$$! I'm a bit disappointed in how he's portrayed, but the other two males in this series are way more exciting and intriguing than he is. I'm sorry to say that, but it's the truth, and maybe Kim Harrison plans on phasing him out of future books. Luckily I have the next two books handy! 4.5 stars...more
The plots in the Rachel Morgan series just keep getting even more intriguing. I am (just about) fully enjoying everything in these books; the only thiThe plots in the Rachel Morgan series just keep getting even more intriguing. I am (just about) fully enjoying everything in these books; the only thing I'm iffy about is the Rachel/Ivy thing. I don't know what direction Ms. Harrison is taking it, but I sincerely hope she doesn't make Rachel her scion...or more. I think it would change the whole feel of the series for me. Otherwise, her books are fun, fast paced, and fascinating. I can't wait to read the next one! :) 4.5 stars...more
Another absolutely wonderful addition to the Dark-Hunter series - I loved it! Tabitha was way better than I expected (I was worried she would be too mAnother absolutely wonderful addition to the Dark-Hunter series - I loved it! Tabitha was way better than I expected (I was worried she would be too much) and Valerius was as great as I had hoped. What can I say? I love tortured heroes, and he's one of the best. I felt so much for him and hated how horrid the others treated him for no good reason - other than being judgmental @$$es anyway, especially Kyrian. Now I don't remember much about Night Pleasures for some reason, probably because it is my least favorite in the series, but I thought Kyrian was such a you-know-what with how he treated Valerius. I mean, come on, he was just a five-year-old for crying out loud. Jerk. Same goes with Zarek, but I understand that a bit more. But really, couldn't these idiots have gotten over something that happened 2,000 years ago, instead of acting like children? Grow up already and face facts, he was just a kid who didn't do anything to Kyrian, tried to help Zarek, and was born a Roman. Poor guy. He never knew kindness until Tabitha.
Closer to the end there were some real shockers and since Nick was featured in Night Pleasures, I need to get my hands on that book to re-read it, so I can reacquaint myself to him and the story. Maybe then I'd like it better and be able to remember more from it. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who has not read it yet, but this is one well-paced and plotted book! :)
As much as I loved the book, I was rather disappointed with the ending. It was rushed and was a good thirty or more pages shorter than other Dark-Hunter books. I felt that there needed to be more. The truce was rather lame and anti-climatic and so was the soul thing (or whatever it should be called) with Tabitha and Valerius. However, I loved the epilogue, and overall it is one of my faves of the series, I just wish more justice could have been done to the end of Valerius's story....more
Wow! I just finished this and don't really know what to say. The relationship between Julian and Grace was perfectly done and I loved every second ofWow! I just finished this and don't really know what to say. The relationship between Julian and Grace was perfectly done and I loved every second of this book! The only reason I'm not giving it a ten is that there were some things I thought could have been written better or elongated. Other than that, I absolutely loved reading this and can't wait to get to the others! Maybe when it's not so fresh I'll be able to think of some other things to write, but not right now. :P 4.5 stars...more
Night Embrace was a fun book with likable main characters and great side characters. While I liked Sunshine and Talon, I felt their relationship needeNight Embrace was a fun book with likable main characters and great side characters. While I liked Sunshine and Talon, I felt their relationship needed to be developed more in the first half of the book. I wasn't too into the story until it picked up in the second half, where I found myself suddenly addicted to the rest of the book. Even though it's fiction, I found myself hurting for these people, especially Ash and Zarek; it really tugged at my heart. As I said before, the last half, particularly the last one-hundred or so pages was wonderful. And yes, while I enjoyed the side stories more, I really liked Sunshine and Talon by the end of the book and was so happy for them I could burst. All the characters felt like real people and I have already started the next book with Zarek. A great read that I think I'll keep for a while yet....more
I really don't know what to say about this book. I loved Zarek, Astrid was wonderful (I love that name!), the story was perfect. The End.
Okay, so maybI really don't know what to say about this book. I loved Zarek, Astrid was wonderful (I love that name!), the story was perfect. The End.
Okay, so maybe I have a bit more to say... I believe Sherrilyn Kenyon's writing has gotten better as the series has progressed. Fantasy Lover was great but a bit choppy, Night Pleasures was nice but the weakest so far and still somewhat choppy (not to mention it's the only one I've given away), Night Embrace (Dark-Hunter, #2) was nice and enjoyable but needed the romance developed more in the first half, but Dance with the Devil was wonderful all the way through.
This one felt different to me from the two previous Dark-Hunter novels; it rather had the same feeling as Fantasy Lover. This book was more isolated from the rest of the series because it was set in Alaska and there weren't as many characters or as much action (in the first half that is). Zarek was the perfect tortured hero and Sherrilyn Kenyon captured that...well, perfectly. I felt for all he suffered because he was more than a character in a book to me. Astrid was terrific as the nymph who is believable at helping him heal and love. Ash was, of course, wonderful, and the welcome addition of Simi added some much needed humor to a tense plot. I can't say I enjoyed Artie the Bitch; I really can't wait until she gets hers. I know Ash is getting his own book (or books, rather), and I sincerely hope he gets his freedom from her (and naturally she suffers horribly). He deserves so much better, and though he sees himself in Zarek, he also reminds me of Julian from Fantasy Lover with his storyline. This is my perfect book and it's staying on my keeper shelf for a very long time....more
Night Play is one of my favorites in this series so far - it's right up there with Fantasy Lover and Dance with the Devil, although I think DwtD mightNight Play is one of my favorites in this series so far - it's right up there with Fantasy Lover and Dance with the Devil, although I think DwtD might come out ahead. I love, love, loved it! It was one of those books that just got better. The plot was slightly different than the previous books in the series and focused more on the love story. Bride was a wonderful, size eighteen human heroine, who knows (or knew anyway) nothing about what goes bump in the night, while Vane is a to-die-for hunky hero. Need I say more? Everyone would love a guy like him - I know I would! This was one of those books that a few times at the end I had that big, goofy, dumb smile on my face, and don't pretend I'm the only one! ;P
Valerius makes another appearance as a slightly more likable character and he looks to be a very interesting and intriguing hero in his installment. Actually, a lot of the characters who make appearances sound like they'd be great heroes/heroines. Too bad Sherrilyn can't turn them out faster and most likely won't have time for all of them! :P
This was a nice review: From Booklist Bride McTierney has just been dumped via FedEx. There's not much that could ease such a broken heart until Vane Kattalakis wanders into her shop and her life. Their whirlwind affair feels too good to be true. After all, her ex-beau proved men are dogs, which turns out to be a more appropriate figure of speech than Bride could ever imagine. More character driven than her previous Dark-Hunter novels, Kenyon's latest is a nice change of pace yet still chock-full of the quirky humor, complex fantasy, and searing passion that her readers love. This book's success, however, appropriately lies with Bride and Vane. It's been said of Kenyon that she knows men, but she really knows women and all our secret fears and hidden desires. She has distilled those into Bride, who is both our sister and ourselves. Then she made a man who understands and loves her, insecurities and all. Every woman should have a Vane Kattalakis in her life. Thanks to Kenyon, every woman can....more
Yours Until Dawn is an enchanting novel about a nurse, Samatha Wickersham, and Gabriel Fairchild, a man left scarred and blinded from war.
The banter aYours Until Dawn is an enchanting novel about a nurse, Samatha Wickersham, and Gabriel Fairchild, a man left scarred and blinded from war.
The banter and encounters with each other throughout the book are wonderful. The wit made me laugh out loud many times. Out of all the romance books I've read, in which some you like the heroine more than the hero and vice versa, Samantha and Gabriel are two of the most well drawn out characters, and I liked them equally. I grew to love these characters, and they are definitely two of my favorites ever.
The big 'surprise twist' near the end I figured out pretty early in the book, but it shocked me still the same because I was hoping it wasn't the case, but alas, it was. While it kind of jolted the book off it's path, the end almost made up for it, but I still think it would have been a better book if TM hadn't written that part. Still, on the whole it's a terrific book.
Yours Until Dawn will keep you up way past bedtime, as it did with me, so I'd recommend starting it early as you will not be able to put it down. A wonderful, touching book. Magical! 4.5/5 stars...more
When Lightning Strikes is not your average time-traveling romance. It introduces you to two very interesting and unique characters. Alaina Costanza (LWhen Lightning Strikes is not your average time-traveling romance. It introduces you to two very interesting and unique characters. Alaina Costanza (Lainie), an edgy, wise-cracking romance writer with a rough past, and John Killian, or just Killian as he is mainly known, the villian from the historical western she is in the midst of writing. So when she gets struck by lightning, she gets way more than she bargained for!
This book made me laugh, and at the same time it pulled at my heart. The chemistry between the two leads and their fighting that attraction was realistic and heartwrenching. Even though this is a romance, I was unsure of how it was going to end, it was a real nail-biter! I couldn't finish soon enough, and when I did, it left me feeling fulfilled. I couldn't recommend this book more!...more
Spellbound by Nora Roberts This was a nice short story, neither great nor bad. Likeable characters, interesting plot, all in all a solid short story. MSpellbound by Nora Roberts This was a nice short story, neither great nor bad. Likeable characters, interesting plot, all in all a solid short story. My only problem was it took place in only one day and the end was a little abrupt, but I can get over that. I tend to forgive more easily with short stories. 7/10
Castle Doom by Jill Gregory I enjoyed this short story immensely! Arianne and Nicholas were wonderful, the story was very interesting, and it moved along rather believably. I don't have any problems with this story other than I thought it would make a great full-length novel. 9/10
Falcon's Lair by Ruth Ryan Langan Another lovely story, though a bit rushed at the end. Felicity was a terrific heroine and the gothic-style plot outside of the romance was great. Unfortunately, I thought the romance fell short; Felicity and Gareth were hardly together yet they professed their love to each other fairly soon. I would have gladly forgone the love scene so the author could have developed their relationship more. If I ignore that one thing I still very much enjoyed this story, especially with the wonderful secondary characters. I would have liked to read further and since I don't want to ruin it for future readers I won't say anything more. :) 8/10
Dragonspell by Marianne Willman In a great anthology, they saved the best for last, because I absolutely loved this story! Wonderful characters, plot, everything, I can't even think of the words to describe it. I particularly liked the sorceress and wizard, they added a touch of humor to the story. I just cannot do this story justice, especially since words are escaping me! :P 10/10 Overall 4.5 stars...more
Another great book in the Dark-Hunter series! The love story was nicely done, and both Cassandra and Wulf were great characters. My only minor complaiAnother great book in the Dark-Hunter series! The love story was nicely done, and both Cassandra and Wulf were great characters. My only minor complaint is that some of the dialogue was awkward and stilted, the modern references were unnecessary (Britney Spears, etc. I always hate that in a book, it makes it feel so dated), and the book had a few editing problems (for example, in Elysia, one of the Apollites was called a Daimon). Other than that, the book was terrific. I especially liked how Sherrilyn Kenyon made Apollites and Daimons more, for lack of a better word, human. I really can't believe how many more books Ms. Kenyon can write, and how many directions she can go into, with the world(s) she has created - it could go on forever - or at least we can hope so! :) 4.5 stars...more