Easily, the best in the entire series. I am so serious when I say this book is good.
I was highly disappointed [and bored] with "Crave" and I was worriEasily, the best in the entire series. I am so serious when I say this book is good.
I was highly disappointed [and bored] with "Crave" and I was worried with "Lover Unleashed", but one thing I can say was, ironically, I was thoroughly interested in Veck's storyline though it had very little to do with the BDB storyline. I guess you can say I'm a story romantic--whatever it takes to keep my interest, I'm down with it while others may have felt like it was a marketing scheme (which is kinda funny because it really did look that way)
This was something I've never seen before. The serial killer cloth and its cousins might be a little intimidating for writers to rub on. Ward did and she NAILED IT. Veck is son of a notorious serial killer AND he's in law enforcement. If you were waiting for the time to come when this series really became about the decisions of men and their consequences on how this will effect the fate of the universe, it is in this book. Veck is struggling this whole time on the line of following his father's sick legacy and rejecting that evil with all his might. You actually get to meet the guy [dad] in the book and let me just say, he creeped me out.
The romance was really hot, as well. Sophia is a very original character as well. Although close toward the end of the book I felt like she had some issues that needed to be dealt with. If you don't know what I'm talking about, let me know. I'm not marking this review as a spoiler peppered because of one little detail.
Also there is tragedy in this book and you don't see it coming and it breaks your heart. That's all I will say.
One little tiff I have, I'm really becoming annoyed with J.R.'s infamous cop out descriptions. She does a fine job without it; she's such a beautiful writer when doesn't try so hard to be "hip". Unless people in Caldwell really do think this way. I'm a southern girl, we tend to just express ourselves with as few hyphens as possible. I get when you're stuck in writing--it's VERY tedious, but the "word-word-word" cop out is getting OLD. There are not as many in the book, thank God for that, but seriously. After several books of dealing with it and knowing how lame it can get, it starts to become like wool underwear. Irritating.
I liked Covet, but for me the series really begins here. It's a strong novel about strong, realistic conflicts and needless to say, you won't be able to put it down. Two thumbs and big toes up....more
I hate that this book nearly gave me heart attack like five times. Larissa, once again, has proven that you can make epI really hate I read this book.
I hate that this book nearly gave me heart attack like five times. Larissa, once again, has proven that you can make epics and REALLY steamy erotica work like peppermint in hot chocolate. But you have to make sure you're paying attention--there are some fine details in here. She did a wonderful job setting up the future books and let me say: DUDE, I am enthralled with a unbelievably evil mess that is Pestilence and I. WANT. HIS. BOOK.
However I was really disappointed that we didn't get to meet Satan. I'm always interested to see different author's takes on the legendary evil being.
No, I am not a devil worshiper.
I've never been too keen on Thantos, but hey, his story looks like its gonna be Juicy (Capital letter intended). I'm not gonna tell you what happens. Nope.
I hate that Limos is such a brilliantly constructed character that women like her aren't really a dime a dozen in romance. To me, personally, the more flawed a character is, the more I love them (I felt the same way with Sin). Flaws on a character gives that moth to a flame effect and most of all, it makes them more real to folks like you and me. Seriously. I don't want to see perfect people with hearts of divine gold falling in love. I'M a screwed up person--first to admit it. So naturally, I like to see screwed up people like me find love.
I also hate that Arik is a powerhouse when it comes to good ole fashioned lovin'. It was nice getting insight into Runa and Arik's upbringing, and I think Arik is charming as hell. Strong and determined--that's freaking hot. (Plus the male model on the cover--Good God, he has delicious lips).
What I hate most of all is that Ione's writing has spoiled me. I'll let you in on this: I'm at the end of my semester (Finals) and I have four books that I have started on and not finished in the past year. The moment this hit the shelves, I conspired to buy it and started on it immediately--I crammed this book into my study time and finished it in a week. Something about the way she writes--it just Sucks. You. In. And you enjoy every bit of it because it's so freaking good. It's literary crack and she only dishes them out once a year! GAH!
So, yeah I hate I read this book. Because it means that I have something to impatiently wait for the next six months. Dammit....more