A cute little plot with shallow characters in an erotic futuristic setting. The best part was that the heroine had to make up her own mind as to whatA cute little plot with shallow characters in an erotic futuristic setting. The best part was that the heroine had to make up her own mind as to what the best thing to do was...she was getting conflicting advice....more
A solid three-and-a-half futuristic erotic romance. Though part of a series, it works fine as a stand-alone. I think those who have not read the restA solid three-and-a-half futuristic erotic romance. Though part of a series, it works fine as a stand-alone. I think those who have not read the rest of the series miss a bit of the characters' motivations/backstory, but not enough to matter much.
The tortured hero is a common theme in romance fiction, whether physically or metally. Here we have a tortured heroine fighting her way back to normalcy. Her determination makes her an admirable and lovable woman. Working with her in this are members of the unit that rescued her, initially because they need to retrieve intelligence from her fractured memory, later because her skill set meshes with the mission objectives. Of course, this being an erotic romance, certain team members are working with her more closely than others.
Those following the series will be glad to know there is a return visit to Piper's home and the characters there.
I also think of the team leader as a benevolent commander, who plans his actions to the benefit of his crew's personal lives when possible within mission parameters. Earlier books illustrated this with his recruiting techniques. He allows for flexibility that belies the martial setting. I was glad that the ending hinted at a possible HEA for him, he deserves it.
Though this is a futuristic sci-fi book, it has no paranormal or fantasy elements. The characters in Star Wars would feel at home. I'm keeping this series for future re-reads....more
I really liked the way this book dealt with the theme of forgiveness. It is one thing to be able to forgive another for the hurts they have done, it iI really liked the way this book dealt with the theme of forgiveness. It is one thing to be able to forgive another for the hurts they have done, it is quite another to be able to forgive oneself for hurts done to others.
One does not need to have read Lord of the Storm by Justine Davis to understand this work of hers, but the events in that story are referred to in this story often. This is a good standalone, but the events of the first book throw quite a different light on the collaring of Califa. I suggest reading them both in order.
The only thing keeping this book out of my top rating was that the hero's character was only revealed to us through his actions and what others said of them, very little of his reflections and thinking processes were shown to us by Davis.
Back in the nineteen nineties, only Davis, Jayne Ann Krentz, and Dara Joy (that I know of) were writing futuristic romance books of this type. If you liked this, I'd suggest going after Joy's work first. Try her great Matrix of Destiny series, it has been a long time since I read and loved them. Krentz, writing as Jayne Castle, has a very good Amaryllis/Orchid/Zinnia trilogy, and the Harmoy stories that later became tied into her Arcane series.
I liked the characters in this book, especially the heroine. She had been raised under a set of society's assumptions, and only focused on her wish toI liked the characters in this book, especially the heroine. She had been raised under a set of society's assumptions, and only focused on her wish to be a pilot of fast spaceships.
She wins battles and achieves recognition enabling her to fulfil her dream, but begins to become aware of the ugliness of the system that gives her this dream.
In the end, she gives it all up for integrity and unselfish commitment to a set of values. It is almost incidental that she falls in love with the hero.
The hero has endured slavery and hopelessness, and has lost his ability to trust. The heroine's actions save him, but he must get past his misconceptions of her motives before he is able to fall in love with her.
I like to think that the focus of this book is her dedication to her ideals which makes her unable to accept the status quo as she becomes more aware of the rot at its core. It would have been just as good without the love story, which seems almost like a subplot in this book.
Other than Angela Knight's Warfem, now available in a volume with its sequel Jane's Warlord, I did not find anything fascinating in this volume. MaggiOther than Angela Knight's Warfem, now available in a volume with its sequel Jane's Warlord, I did not find anything fascinating in this volume. Maggie Shayne's plot was so unbelievable that it detracted from the romance. MaryJanice Davidon's story was too cute to be interesting. I couldn't even interest myself in finishing Jacey Ford's contribution (a deep cover spy whose cover is being a supermodel? Oh, come on now.)
The best I can say about the stories is that the fight/chase scenes are true to the title, making some of the action fun to read. The sex scenes were OK too.
For me, Knight's Warfem made this worth the price of admission. Because of the rest, I'm glad I got this secondhand for only $3.45....more
This was a very good trilogy of novellas. The first two were "revised for this edition" (which probably means toned down) from e-book versions, and arThis was a very good trilogy of novellas. The first two were "revised for this edition" (which probably means toned down) from e-book versions, and are pretty darned hot. The third was written for this collection and is nearly as explicit without being as kinky.
As I've come to expect from Knight, the characters had depth, the plots were far from mundane, and the sex scenes actually served to advance the story. If you like your erotic romance with a lot of quality, this book is for you. If you like your quality romance with a lot of eroticism, ditto....more
An excellent ending to a fantastic trilogy, but not really my cup of tea. The theme of this book is war and its horrors, never a comfortable subject.An excellent ending to a fantastic trilogy, but not really my cup of tea. The theme of this book is war and its horrors, never a comfortable subject. Give me a cosy mystery or a romance any day. I found the epilogue to be out of step with the rest of the book, and unrealistic given the affects of the action on the protagonists.
I don't think Collins took enough time to ensure that this would work well as a stand-alone. Other than that, it was great. The heroine is the only one whose motives and thinking and feeling the author shares with us....more
The Hunger Games was a story to me. Catching Fire was true horror ... I was so drawn in by the characters and by the action that I tuned out the realThe Hunger Games was a story to me. Catching Fire was true horror ... I was so drawn in by the characters and by the action that I tuned out the real world around me and suffered along with Katniss. Not physically, but certainly emotionally.
I don't have the objectivity to review the book, except that the definition of the fifth star, "it was amazing", truly had meaning for me.
I may not sleep well for a while. I have to begin Mockingjay at once....more
This is the best young adult fiction I have read since Harry Potter.
This was not the story I'd thought it would be. I'd seen several comments and someThis is the best young adult fiction I have read since Harry Potter.
This was not the story I'd thought it would be. I'd seen several comments and some synopses, and thought the book would be gloomy and depressing like The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Instead I found a riveting tale of a very intelligent young woman coming to know herself through the tribulations she faces. She has to kill in self-defense, and she has to face herself after that. Her emotional age seemed to me to be younger than her chronological age, she wasn't really thinking in terms of boyfriends in a world where survival would seem to me to make for early marriages as in the middle ages.
The plot was fabulous. Given the synopses out there, I don't think I'm spoiling anything by saying that the contest reminded me of the gladiators in the Roman Empire, with some interesting high-tech twists. It was wonderful the way the heroine thought up to win while thumbing her nose at the organizers.
The entire tale is told from the heroine's point of view, which leaves us wondering at the motivations of other characters, just as she had to. I think this was a wonderful plot device for this story. Other than the heroine, I was a bit disappointed in the characterizations. The dialogue and descriptions did little to let us see within the individuals with whom she is interacting. I do understand that this worked very well with the plot, but I don't have to love it.
Collins really excelled at setting. The worldbuilding presented us with a post-apocalyptic United States where the capitol is now in the Rockies and the heroine grew up in the Appalachians. The grinding poverty of the coal fields does not seem any different than one would have found in the 1880's.
The only thing I did not like was the lack of a sense of resolution at the end. We are simply left mid-scene with a note: End of Book One. I had already checked the next one out of the library, but I still did not like it. C'est la vie....more
I was curious about this book because I'd read the first five in the series and Romantic Times Book Club gave this one their best, rarely awarded fourI was curious about this book because I'd read the first five in the series and Romantic Times Book Club gave this one their best, rarely awarded four and a half-gold rating....more