I am having a hard time understanding how I ever got this far into this series. Has it always been terrible or have I chaDesperately seeking a plot...
I am having a hard time understanding how I ever got this far into this series. Has it always been terrible or have I changed?
The first 90-100 pages of this book is clothing hair and eyes. The entire middle is tears, fear, sex and...clothing, hair and eyes. The worst part is, all this descriptive BS may well have been copied in chunks from previous installments. If you want a graphic novel, have one, but don't pretend that appearance is "plot" to fill pages. There wouldn't even be enough story content here for an entire graphic novel.
The entirety of the "plot", if I can stretch the definition that far, occurred in the last 15-20 pages and turned out to be a extended replay of a previous scene. There wasn't a single climactic moment. And after all the fashion, it was hard to care.
The writing is terrible. I've always thought this series was Anita Blake: Faerie Princess. They are the same people, in the same relationships, conquering magical men with their magic vagina. And somehow the workings of faerie Anita's magic vagina is supposed to be enough to fill 300+ pages. It's not, which is undoubtedly why it is so repetitive. How stupid must Hamilton think her readership is to repeat six or seven times that Anita...I mean Merry, loves Sholto but she's not "in love" with him. And yes we know Andais used to say "Bring me my darkness".... she's told us at least 3 times in every installment.
Somehow, the ending almost ruined this for me. I did see the buildup to some sort of romance but the fact that there didn't appear to be much communicSomehow, the ending almost ruined this for me. I did see the buildup to some sort of romance but the fact that there didn't appear to be much communication outside of sex made the outcome seem an unlikely ending to this scenario. ...more
Third in the series and I finally have an opinion...I'm not sure I like What's-Her-Name...exactly I can barely remember her name....Jackie. For the moThird in the series and I finally have an opinion...I'm not sure I like What's-Her-Name...exactly I can barely remember her name....Jackie. For the most part, she's a forgettable character but when she's not, she's a little ditzy and self-absorbed. She's not believable as an archaeologist and she lacks the ability to see the big picture. Jackie is surprised by Remy's ability to compartmentalize and put aside all the bad things that happen to her, however, Jackie is actually much better at this. The bad luck she's brought to her friends and the far reaching consequences of her mistakes don't weigh her down nearly as much as her own romantic problems. She's so busy obsessing over the two men in her life that most of the time she misses the obvious, that she was single before she met them, she didn't really choose them as romantic interests and she can have anyone else she likes. I suspect I'm supposed to admire her for her decision not to be a slut but honestly, it would probably be better for her and everyone else in her life if she were less prudish which makes it seem more idiotic than admirable.
I saw this at the top of the "best menage fiction" list and thought I'd give it a try after having previously passed it over but I guess I had an initI saw this at the top of the "best menage fiction" list and thought I'd give it a try after having previously passed it over but I guess I had an initial reason for doing so because this plot is appalling. I really don't mind a plot that's primarily sex but I don't like to be stunned by ridiculous plotting before the story even gets started.
I had a hard time wrapping my head around the idea of the brothers stumbling across Holly and, before she even wakes up properly, immediately determining she's the woman they've been waiting for and intend to make their wife. I expect this from paranormal romances where there is usually some alternate reason for this behavior but this comes out of nowhere with no decent explanation for why three grown attractive men would stick to this weird family tradition. Ethan attempts an explanation which clarified nothing and only further annoyed me.
Readable but unremarkable. This continues in the same vein as the previous novels in the series. Jackie is a weak character, and as the lead she doesnReadable but unremarkable. This continues in the same vein as the previous novels in the series. Jackie is a weak character, and as the lead she doesn't do much to enhance the plot. I like that she toughened up a bit, but again it always seems as if she's biting off more than she can chew. Given Jackie's inherent character flaws,the final outcome, rather than being happy, seems to be the beginning of new potential disasters ie. another job Jackie is hopelessly unqualified to fulfill.
I know the author would have liked to have written more in this series but, unfortunately, the characters were never intriguing enough to sustain a much longer series. Remy is, as usual, the best of the lot.
The rush to wrap things up seems to have left a few holes as well. There never is a satisfying explanation to Remy and Jackie's kidnapping earlier in the story, or Sophie's joining their expedition, or what the other parties wanted to use the halos for. ...more
I've always known the writing wasn't the greatest but that fact tends to stand out when the story itself is so damn weak. While I'd agree that this isI've always known the writing wasn't the greatest but that fact tends to stand out when the story itself is so damn weak. While I'd agree that this is leaps and bounds better than the last two installments (Anita actually remembers she has other things to do than sex), it wasn't great. The main issue I had was Anita spends so much time applying her pop psych analysis to everyone and making bedroom chit chat that the actually state of affairs isn't really given the attention it deserves. If she'd just focus on detailing the action that's happening and responding to it rather than trying to figure out what everyone is thinking, it may have been a better story. Half the time I feel patronized by this series because it seems Anita is giving some ridiculous life lesson lecture and reminding us how awesome she is for thinking like a man.
The Mother of All Darkness plot has been dragged out for so long and so poorly dealt with that it should have been expected that it would be wrapped up in a disappointing way but it was still disappointing. And the fact that it is wrapped up makes me wonder why this series continues. It has become completely aimless.
I keep feeling that Hamilton creates these plot focal points and important characters then shoves them into the background and dances around them without giving them the attention necessary for a substantive plot.
On another note...Where the hell is Jean-Claude? Why does it seem like Anita may have killed him and stuffed his body so she can constantly refer to this person who doesn't really exist? He no longer plays any part in these stories except to pop into her head with a "ma petite" and disappear.
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 threwNot 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. ...more