Perhaps my romantic soul has died and gone to hell, or perhaps the gushing reviews proved too overwhelming for any novel to real live up to but... Thi...morePerhaps my romantic soul has died and gone to hell, or perhaps the gushing reviews proved too overwhelming for any novel to real live up to but... This was cute. I do not, however, find myself dreaming about man-whore Drew or sighing sweetly over how romantic it all is. I'm incapable of investing myself in this particular romantic fantasy because it reeks of commerce and calculation. There is something about this that reminds me of the movies New Years Eve or Valentines Day ie. a blatant effort to capitalize on something that was successful through the development of a winning formula; something that despite the investment of calculating minds is nevertheless a failure because it lacks honesty, or even a pinch of reality to ground it in a world that is relatable. Which isn't to say this novel is a failure, or isn't entertaining, it's simply very transparent.
It feels as if the author sat down and watched a dozen or so of the more successful romances of the last decade, made a brilliant effort at figuring out the formula of the inherently formulaic, added a small but not particularly brilliant twist, a dash of irreverence and a whole bag of suspended reality and tadaa romance. Much like the Shades of Grey series, it's hard to see where this romance would be without piles of cash to add to the heroes efforts, and a complete disregard for the realities of working people. It is very Hollywood.
This was very cute and amusing but it really hit some pet peeves of mine which is why it didn't get 4 stars. I get that this is pretty standard romanc...moreThis was very cute and amusing but it really hit some pet peeves of mine which is why it didn't get 4 stars. I get that this is pretty standard romance but the first thing that stood out for me is that Jason is a carbon copy of your standard arrogant hero that I've read about in dozens of historical romances. Whereas the setting of historical romances allows me to be slightly more accepting of arrogant jackassery as a trait in keeping with the time, in the modern era, this trait just makes Jason seem like he lacks some of the more important brain cells. That any intelligent human could go around shocked that someone might not instantly adore him seems farfetched to me but is probably not completely unreasonable; what it is however, is unattractive.
My other pet peeve is the idea perpetuated in romances like this: that the jackass who finds women interchangeable and disposable and is too self-absorbed to recognize their individual humanity is secretly just waiting around for the right woman to change him into her loyal and loving puppy. Yup, all Charlie Sheen needs is the right woman.
And yet despite these major flaws, I still enjoyed this. It was fun. (less)
This was OK. I don't think it was so good that I'd make much effort to read the rest of this series but good enough on its own. There was something mi...moreThis was OK. I don't think it was so good that I'd make much effort to read the rest of this series but good enough on its own. There was something missing from the story of Lilith. An opportunity was missed to make it more unique, more personal, and for her past to play a greater role in the story. Instead she became a generic-type romance heroine and that was a bit disappointing. The major failings all round were character-based. They were unremarkable. (less)
I usually try to rate erotica differently but there were just some lines in here that killed me. It was a bit engrossing, in no small part because of...moreI usually try to rate erotica differently but there were just some lines in here that killed me. It was a bit engrossing, in no small part because of the ridiculous premise. The ending is, as usual, ludicrous and rushed. Read it for the sex and expect to laugh through it... there may be reptiles. (less)
Not sure why I decided to read this. The publication date says 2003 but there is a dated quality to this story and a harlequin romanciness that threw...moreNot sure why I decided to read this. The publication date says 2003 but there is a dated quality to this story and a harlequin romanciness that threw me. The plot is harlequinny but the sex scenes are all hot erotica; it just didn't blend for me. What is with the jumper outfits? Adults still wear those? in public? But I digress. I guess I had the same problem with this story I have with many of this kind. I like heroines with more independence and gumption and Erin is definitely not one of those. I also dislike a common theme in these tales in which wealthy men rescue some poor helpless woman and spend oodles of money on them. This is emphasized in stories of this kind so much that I'm beginning to think it's a considered romantic and that just doesn't reflect well on a modern woman to me nor do I find it romantic. It just strikes me as being purchased rather than well taken care of.
I appreciated the subtelty with which Glenna's ghost was handled much of the time but it also just pointed out that she wasn't really all that necessary a character. In fact her pushing Erin towards Blake just undermined any sense that Erin was capable of independent thought or decision making. As a character she's completely reactive. I didn't appreciate any of the characters which made it impossible to appreciate the erotic scenes which effectively diminished my appreciation of the whole tale. (less)
It's so disappointing to see a series that started out so well sputter out in such a disappointing fashion. This is like waiting to be with the man of...moreIt's so disappointing to see a series that started out so well sputter out in such a disappointing fashion. This is like waiting to be with the man of your dreams and then the climactic moment comes it turns out he's missing all the vital parts to get the job done. (less)
While it amuses me that she always goes for some really unconventional sex, this pushed ridiculous just a little and I wound up being slightly amused...moreWhile it amuses me that she always goes for some really unconventional sex, this pushed ridiculous just a little and I wound up being slightly amused but not titillated... although I suspect that might be the right response. I liked the story here and although post climax it wasn't necessary to see them deal with the twisted ghostie, I do wish it had been illustrated because I was feeling a little vengeful by then too. (less)
I keep wondering with this series if the author is deliberately trying to be confusing. This story could have easily been a bit more straightforward w...moreI keep wondering with this series if the author is deliberately trying to be confusing. This story could have easily been a bit more straightforward without losing any suspense or mystery. Attempts to be creative have run a bit amok here. There so many things I'm still confused about that I would have considered central to wrapping up the plot of this story. What is the nature of lilah's power? How is this power connected to Walker? Why are their abilities so strangely varied? I'm still trying to figure out how Walker/guy/whathisname got furry. It's never explained and I kept wondering if I'd missed something. But even after checking previous stories, I'm still confused.
The problem with this series is the potential for a really great story is usually there and the plot keeps just missing it. I know romance plots tend to rush to the "love you forever" bit but I was still caught by surprise by what is essentially an overnight romance between two people who spent large parts of their initial contact unconscious, immobile, and mildly incoherent. But I would have been willing to put that bit of unbelievable aside if the plot bothered to answer the questions it raises about the characters. (less)