So this wasnt my favourite of the Stackhouse books but It wasnt the worse. My major problem was not a lot actually happened....just tieing up of loose...moreSo this wasnt my favourite of the Stackhouse books but It wasnt the worse. My major problem was not a lot actually happened....just tieing up of loose ends. I liked the politics with the storylines of the weres and of course the addition of Alcide is always a welcome one :) Although Eric and Sookie are now in some semblance of a real relationship he isnt in it quite too much which isnt great. There didnt seem to be a main story, just lots of little ones! There was a bit with Bill, a bit with Alcide, a bit with Erci, a bit with Erics maker but they didnt really interlink much. It felt like a filler novel.I didnt really enjoy were the bits with Erics maker....I felt it should have been the bigger part of the story and it wasn't at all! (less)
Annie has reported on the pro-rider tours for years. Her familiarity with the riders has directly led to her lofty status as one of the best tour reporters around. She prides herself on her professionalism with the riders, vowing never to get involved with them on a personal level. No one has tempted her to break those Golden Rules like Luke Carpenter. Luke is a rider in the Twilight years of his career. His easy smile and tight butt have tempted her for a while, but it isn’t until the meddlesome Mustang gets involved that she realises Luke’s newly single status leaves the door wide open for her to take a chance. When it turns out the handsome Cowboy is just as distracted by her, the two embark on what could be a beautiful relationship. However, when his ex-girlfriends brother turns up with terrible news from home, it looks like the brakes are about to be put their fledgling relationship before it gets started. When it looks like his career may be over for a while, he has a tough choice to make. Does he try to make it work from afar? Or, does he put all his concentration into helping out his family?
Luke is just plain lovely. He is the Cowboy you’d love to take home to your mum; with good manners, blushing charm and an easy smile, he is the loveliest hero I’ve met in a while. When he and Annie finally get in bed, I was astounded; I didn’t expect such smexiness from such a nice boy, although all that stamina definitely paid off! He really liked to please his lady. I really liked Annie too; I like a character with a moral standpoint, and she has definite rules about sleeping with the people she works with. She struggles, before making a move on Luke, with jeopardising the respect that she has built within the pro-riding circles by sleeping with a rider. It takes some Mustang shaped meddling before she realises that respect doesn’t keep you warm at night. I think the long and short of this is that both of these characters are such genuinely nice people that you want them to get together..
My only complaint about this book was the limited time that the couple spent together. The bad news from home comes at around thirty percent of the way through the book, which means that Luke leaves quite quickly to head on back to the ranch. When he decides to take on the job full time, they spend a lot of time apart. Luke literally starts falling apart, trying to deal with the loss of his career along with the rest of his bad news. I hated to see this lovely man in so much pain. He started the book as this happy go lucky hero with a fantastic career, a sex life that was going places and a network of friends that he could depend on like brothers. This one sudden event changes all of this; he ends up at a ranch miles from the circuit in a job he hates, avoiding his ex like the plague. It was horrible to see him so lost. The toxic ex Lily is going to get a mention here; there are no words to describe this leech and I’m not sure I want to meet her again. Meanwhile, Annie is facing her own problems when the network starts to edge in the younger Chelsea (for some reason that name just implanted an image of an airhead in my brain! Made me hate her more) She deals with the issue with dignity and I continued to gain respect for her throughout this tale. With all the problems that she has to deal with, you would think she would have no time to miss Luke, but she does. I willed for them to get together, but they have a multitude of obstacles that they need to overcome. The ending does come a little too soon for me. I always struggle with this issue as I wonder if it’s really a complaint to want to see more of the characters. It doesn’t bother me too much because I know there is every chance that we will see these two again in future books. I do love that Cat Johnson keeps us abreast of all her characters throughout series.
This book is the fourth in the series but I will say that, although there are recurrent characters, you probably could get away with reading this as a stand-alone. It was nice to see Mustang and Slade again; Mustang is just as much the little cupid as I remember from the first book I liked Chris; a hard working, funny, sexy Cowboy...I hope he gets a book :)
A sexy little book about two genuinely likeable characters that, in the twilight of their careers, fall in love at the Rodeo. With a charming Cowboy and a heroine I genuinely warmed to, this book left me wishing for a happy ending from page one. Smoking sex scenes, lots of Cowboy angst and some hot side characters made this one of my favourite in the series. (less)
I read this book because I fell head over heels for the members of the darkhunter and snowdancer packs in the psy-changelings. I knew it would be diff...moreI read this book because I fell head over heels for the members of the darkhunter and snowdancer packs in the psy-changelings. I knew it would be different, but wanted to give it a try. Im very very glad I did!
Angels are, in this world, very very different to the ones I learnt about in school. For a start they make the vampires and also they run everything on this world because, basically, there is no one powerful enough to stop them. Raphael is the arch-angel incharge of New York. To be honest he's more than a little terrifying. He is completely self-assured and, although he is there to protect them, he doesnt seem to place humans as beings with much value. Does this change when he meets Elena? The worrying thing is Im not too sure!
Elena is the top dog when it comes to Vampire Hunters. She is drafted in (I say drafted in....really I mean told that unless she helps him he is going to do bad things to her and her friends/family!) to help Raphael track down an archangel turned mad serial killer. She is my type of strong female. Strong to the point of a little bitchy, but completely useless when it comes to fighting off raphaels charms! When he decided hes going to seduce her, she can do very little stop it!
Its a steamy love story with some crime solving thrown in the mix. I was hooked from chapter 2. Raphael is not the male you should adore...he is viscious, mean and completely arrogant. But somehow you do! He has a host of supporting angels and vampiures to keep us entertained (look out of Ilium and Dimitry....yummmy!!!) and Elenas co-workers also sound like they could bring some excitement to future books. Read this book!
A product of a broken home, Izzie latched onto the life of a Vampire Hunter when she was taken under the wing of a man who wanted to mould her into hi...moreA product of a broken home, Izzie latched onto the life of a Vampire Hunter when she was taken under the wing of a man who wanted to mould her into his own personal sidekick. Years into a well-deserved reputation, she only has one rule; don’t attack unless they do first. This rule is what saves her from Ryker when he realises that a Hunter has encroached on his patch. He doesn’t believe in killing humans for sport, so Izzie is safe until she strikes first. When she begins to stir feelings in him that he hasn’t felt in years, he begins to wonder if the Hunter could ever fall in love with her prey. When an old enemy with a grudge rears its head, things for Ryker start to look a little perilous. When said old enemy hands over both Izzie and Ryker to a Government determined to utilise them in their quest to study Vampire Biology, it looks like Izzie’s real enemy might not be as obvious anymore. Can she trust a Vampire to get her out of trouble? And when the dust settles, will they be able to go back to the status quo?
Izzie is a strong, snarky heroine who was in the Vampire Hunting business purely by chance. She didn’t hate them, it wasn’t her grudge that kept both her and Zack finding them, it was his. When she meets Ryker, he challenges the preconceptions that Zack has drummed into her. He doesn’t seem to be the mad, deranged killer that all Vampires should be; he like a normal guy, albeit a dead one. That she is completely attracted to him leaves her a little shaken, but I like that she didn’t dismiss it, she just chose not to act on it. When she gets an inkling that Ryker may be in trouble, she goes against Zack’s express orders and warns him. That she is willing to challenge her own views and break free of the safety net of Zack was really sweet! Then it all goes to hell in a hand-basket when the Government get them. My respect for her grew a million fold at the way she dealt with the horrors of the lab. The humans in charge were completely horrible, completely dehumanising her in the interest of research. She realised that the only way to survive was to try to find the light in the situation, to find her one salvation in a room full of torture; the attraction she feels for Ryker. The whole situation that goes on in the lab is uncomfortable to say the least. It left me a little shaken that I could be conflicted with two such extreme emotions as arousal and distaste. I coped only due to the strength of the characters; if they could find a moment to savour their attraction I could feel OK with it! I approved with the way that she dealt with the whole thing as it proved just how strong she was.
Ryker is yummy. Ryker rivals Dante as Rosalie Stanton’s hottest vampire. A Vampire that considers himself on the right side of the moral line, he has secrets in his past that both haunt and ground him. Without the choices that he has made previously, I don’t think that he would be quite as lovely. The respect that he shows Izzie, as both a warrior and a woman, was quite rare in a PNR. He never questions her decisions but does his best to support her. He does his best not to hurt her with his true nature. He measures his every action around her, never really giving into his baser instinct unless he deemed she could handle it. Once he did give into them…..*fans* jeeeez The sex scenes in this books are the stuff of wet dreams, I just didn’t feel comfortable with my own reaction to them in parts. I breathed a heavy sigh of relief when I could just enjoy them together; I’ve never wanted the suspense part of a story out of the way so quickly before.
Well, I’ve only read one other of Rosalie Stanton’s books before (which I loved) but this one has cemented her onto my very limited pre-order list. This book was original, dark, sexy and really quite twisted. I don’t like to think the couple are a product of circumstance, but I have to say that the time that they spent together in the lab cements them together in a way which I think would be hard pressed to reverse. I loved this book and would LOVE to see more from these characters. A fast paced, gritty paranormal romance which make me think, squirm and pant….a recommended read! (less)
Ray Stavrakis is a man on a mission. After escaping from the prison where he was tortured for being an enemy spy, he now is on a race to clear his na...more Ray Stavrakis is a man on a mission. After escaping from the prison where he was tortured for being an enemy spy, he now is on a race to clear his name. Ray is no ordinary man; he has the ability to walk into others dreams as a legendary Minotaur and to control their actions with the power of his mind. All this power is now channelled on finding the one person who can clear his name, the therapist that his captors used to interrogate him and who allowed them to hurt him more when he didn’t break; Layla Bahset.
Layla is now working in Las Vegas as a therapist. She knows that someone is tracking her but has no idea who. Layla is an amnesiac who has no memories of her life before she took over the practice in Vegas. When Ray tracks her down, she can’t believe that she could have done the evil things that he describes. When their attraction starts to heat up, his touches and kisses start to awaken memories she wishes had stayed buried. As flashes of Gods and other mythical beings start to merge with the ones of blood and pain, can Layla stop the evil forces that have already focused their attentions towards both herself and Ray? And is she powerful enough to stop Seth, her evil ex, in his quest to use both of their powers to do his bidding?
This book was an enjoyable mix of Romantic Suspense and mythology. I had a minor problem for the first few couple of chapters as I couldn’t figure out what the hell was going on. Once the concept of Gods was introduced, I realised that I was looking at this book from the wrong angle. This is not a Romantic suspense, it is a PNR with suspense elements.
Ray is a broken man. Tortured to the point of death, branded a traitor and having every sense of normality snatched away from him, he has become a hard and angry man. The Minotaur power isn’t something that he has put a name on; it is something that occurred during his detention and it now something to be utilised. He has found that he can enter the dreamscapes of peoples subconscious and extract information. Layla is the person that stands out from his time in captivity. He feels she alone is the person that he can use to find out what evidence the Government had to arrest him with. I liked Ray’s character and understood it to a point. He was a man on a mission to clear his name so he could return to his family and live again as a free man. I just couldn’t understand his feelings towards Layla at first. He believes she had him tortured to break him, that she enjoyed the pain and suffering of others. To then start to have feelings for her, before actually knowing her, felt a little odd to me. I couldn’t quite get my head around the fact that a man would start to fall for the woman who helped torture him (in some pretty distasteful ways, I may add) without attributing it to Stockholm syndrome. It was the only issue I had, but I will add that this started to fade the more I knew about the characters. They have a lot in common, more so than first meets the eye, and I did feel that they were suited to each other by the end of the story.
Layla is a fully functioning amnesiac. She feels she is a much more efficient therapist like this as she has no emotional baggage to tie to anyone case, but keeps her condition secret. I liked her character. It isn’t the strong female personality that I usually prefer, but she had a certain strength of will that I enjoyed. I liked that she kept working even though she could have been a wailing wreck, I liked that she didn’t shy away from the possibility that she could have done all these awful things and I enjoyed the fact that she was willing to try to help Ray even though he was pretty awful to her (although I understood why he was that way!). All in all she was the character I enjoyed the most. The fact that she couldn’t get her rocks off without being “forced” by Ray’s ability was a pretty interesting twist; it wasn’t disturbing as I knew that she wanted it, but it was pretty erotic! The sex scenes were pretty hot all in all and they were very sensual, rather than full on erotic.
The dreamscape scenes were weird but incredibly interesting. The book was very well written and the memories unearthed within these dreams allowed more of the pieces to fit into the puzzle which was the plot. The memories unearthed from both sides allowed us to delve further into the characters of the main players and their lives before this book. I liked Layla more when I found out more about her and my heart bled for Ray when I heard the disturbing things that he had been put through. The God’s, Goddesses and other beasts were all very familiar to me from previous reading, but this book has such an interesting twist to the mythology that it was hard to compare it to other books in the same genre. I can’t say anymore on this book without giving things away, but I will say that it is worth a read.
An interesting twist on ancient legends, this book mixes fast paced romantic suspense with the surrealism of the supernatural. A sexy book with tortured characters and evil Gods, it’s definitely a good addition to anyone’s book case. (less)
OK this wasnt the best one of the series so far for me but I think that this is because Im ridiculously obsessed with the changlings! However the thin...moreOK this wasnt the best one of the series so far for me but I think that this is because Im ridiculously obsessed with the changlings! However the things that started to unfold in reguards to the PsyNet and the Psy in this story were the best bit about it!
First to start with the main characters Max and Sophia. I love Max. I have done since he was first introduced in Tally/Clays book. I wanted to love him in this book and he didnt disappoint. He was strong, charming, uncompromising and a complete sweetie where Sophia was concerned. Of course the main issues in this was with the female. Sophia is a J-Psy (a justice psy) who is sent in to retrieve memories and information from criminals in jail. They first meet on a case of a serial killer. Because of what a justice psy does Sophia is very close to fracturing her shield and has become a "sensitive" (which means that she can now pick up memories through touch which could send her mad). So there we have our dilema...one touch could send her loopy! Its a fabulous tail which I loved both the main and was very happy with their HEA.
The side stories were awesome. We learn more about Nikita and her maternal feelings toward Sacha. We learn more about Pure psy and the councils involvement with them. Kaleb is in it loads which is fab.....apparently he is hunting for someone....I hope its a love interest......I hope he gets a book :D We see more of Sascha, Lucas and bump.....its amazing!
Claire is a Frankenstruct, a being that’s made up of cloned parts. A law has been passed that declares that Frankenstruct’s aren’t humans therefore ha...moreClaire is a Frankenstruct, a being that’s made up of cloned parts. A law has been passed that declares that Frankenstruct’s aren’t humans therefore have no rights. They can be treated as slaves, abused or simply made to the jobs which humans would say no to. Claire is forced to be the evil lieutenant Inkline’s master assassin. Her latest assignment is to murder an influential powerful politician, but an aircraft disaster en route means that the plan is stopped. A sole survivor amongst the wreckage she is taken into custody as a Rogue Frankenstruct. Her captor has no intentions of killing her for what she is, but if he found out what she did, his attitude could change.
Theo Kevonis cannot believe that the beautiful creature that he has pulled out of the crash is a Frankenstruct. He has never felt at ease with the sub-human way they are treated, but this one stirs things in him that he can’t quite explain. He has no choice but to take her into custody, but this doesn’t mean that she has to be treated like a prisoner. After interrogating her about her purpose on an enemy aircraft, he asks permission to court her.
Not able to deny the attraction that she feels towards his commanding presence, she willingly agrees. Still a prisoner, but less of an unwilling one, Claire embarks on a journey of love and lust at the tutelage of the lovely Theo. He shows her the pleasure in surrender, the ecstasy in his control and how it feels to be treated as an equal. She cannot help but fall in love with him, but when her evil master seemingly arises from the dead, will she finally tell him the truth about who she is and save him? Or will she protect the innocent image that he has of her, in a bid to keep him close, and risk his safety?
I LOVED THIS BOOK! I apologise if I gush, I’ve just never read anything quite like this book. It was steam-punk, alternative reality bondage at its best and I adored every second of it. Claire was the kind of strong woman that I love in BDSM books; she was a strong, independent woman who chose to give over her surrender to Theo. She didn’t need it, but it felt good when she did. Never being taken care of and having a life filled with persecution and hardship has taken its toll and he makes her feel cherished. She doesn’t tell him her true purpose at the start of the book as she feels it will get her executed for being a traitor and then she can’t tell him because she starts to fall in love with him. I screamed at the pages a few times because, the longer she held off explaining her past, the more damage her confession would do. His love for her was so pure (in a kinky way :D) that I couldn’t bear to see her break him. She is so protective over the people that show her any affection that my heart broke a little for her; she was mistreated so much in her past that any person who showed her any small kindness was grabbed hold of with both hands. I loved that she was this bundle of vulnerabilities encased in steel and I couldn’t wait to see how Theo would deal with her.
Theo is an amazing character. Not only is he a truly lovely man who is compassionate and protective, he is a really hot Dom. I got the feeling that he was a Dom through and through, but only got to play at the role sexually and was never allowed to fully embrace it. The excitement and gusto that he embraced Claire’s acceptance of his sexual needs was so cute (I know, not a word to be used with a Dom). He immediately starts buying her gifts, some of which made me drool. There is a fetish corset that is mentioned that I *need* to own, but it seems to come straight of the mind of Cari Silverwood. He wants to spoil her, he wants her to feel loved but in the back of his mind is the knowledge that she is still lying to him. I admired him because he was willing to try to coax her truths out her; he believed enough in himself, and her, to think that they were nothing that would affect their relationship. He is such a powerful man that he made me quiver a bit; I couldn’t imagine anyone saying no to him. He also a severely kinky imagination that exists only in the imagination of literary Dom characters; I want a naked, bondage picnic! And the scene with the St Andrews Cross facing the clouds was one of the most erotic scenes I’ve ever read; serious pulse racing and hot flashes were a result of that particular flash of genius! I knew he would be finding out her secret, I just hoped that he was man enough to work past it!
With sex scenes that will make your palms sweat and your pulse race, this is a book that will make any BDSM fan happy. With a seriously sexy Dom, with a very vivid imagination and an unlimited supply of fetish wear, and a female with no qualms about her sexuality, this is a book that will make you hot. With an undercurrent of suspense that kept the pages turning, this book checked all my boxes and made this a recommended must read! (less)
**spoiler alert** Whilst still recovering from an emotionally draining breakup, Sienna arrives at the Bandicoot Cove opening, hoping to put her life b...more**spoiler alert** Whilst still recovering from an emotionally draining breakup, Sienna arrives at the Bandicoot Cove opening, hoping to put her life back on track. The man that she spent the last 8 years worshipping chose work over their relationship and dinted her self-confidence badly. Hopefully, the sun, sand and sea will make the world seem all shiny and new again, and then she can start to glue the pieces of her shattered heart back together again. Little does she know that sneaky matchmaker Kylie has a plan to douse Sienna’s worries under a flurry of red-hot sex with a hunky man. After hiring their old classmate Josh to do the ICT on the resort, Kylie knows that he is just the thing to make her best friend feel good about herself again. Josh was the school hunk when Sienna, Paige and Kylie were younger, but he seems to have grown into an even more delicious man. No red-blooded woman could resist that combination of charm, self-confidence and hunkiness, but Sienna tries to offer at least a little resistance. When Josh claims that he had more than a little crush on her too in high school, Sienna simply can’t resist the gorgeous man. When a surprise visitor in the shape of her ex Ben threatens to derail the entire fling, can Josh convince her that her relationship with Ben is dead in the water? When Ben comes up with a plan to let her compare them both in the most intimate way, at the same time, can she really turn them down the chance of a lifetime? And, when the sunlight comes, will she be in any better position to choose?
Another one that had me completely conflicted; what is this series doing to me? Every woman has been in the position where she has been made to feel less because of a bad breakup; I empathised with Sienna immediately. Her attempts to bolster her self-confidence, with her random flirting (to prove she still had it), and to rid herself of her troubles by imagining them as stones she throws into the sea, made me smile. This was a woman who didn’t need to be fixed; she was doing fine putting herself back together again. I liked her immediately and this always bodes well for a tale. Josh is the type of character that I like in real life, never mind literacy. He’s a charming man, blessed with a silver tongue and a steady ooze of self-confidence; there really was never any doubt in my mind that Sienna was going to head his way. When they do start sleeping together (in the guise of a holiday fling), it really is sex that leaves you feeling a little naughty and breathless. Sienna like’s naughty sex, she likes the thought of being caught and trying things that others may find a little taboo. When she shows this side of herself to Josh, he thinks all his Christmases have come at once. I like that she felt comfortable enough in her own skin to show him what she wanted in bed, that she was confident enough to take what she wanted. I liked that he embraced her kinky side and indulged in her; I really did like them as a couple!
When Ben turns up, I nearly threw my Kindle at a wall. How dare he show up out of the blue and screw up this lovely new relationship! I wanted him to get back on that plane and bugger off, leaving the path clear for Josh. However, I knew it was a tale that featured ménage, so I accepted where this was going with gritted teeth. I wanted to hate Ben, wanted him to be no competition, but I knew that I couldn’t. He’s the one who gave Sienna into the confidence to ask for what she wanted. He’s also the one who is man enough to admit he’s made a mistake, and turn up asking for a second chance. When he realises that someone has already started to fill his shoes, he makes a final play by suggesting the threesome. I had to admire the confidence he had in his relationship, I just didn’t want him to succeed in his plan to get her back. The ménage sex was drool-worthy. They were both so focused on her...it was yummy :)
I don’t want to say anymore, I don’t want you to enjoy it any less. I have only revealed what is there in the blurb, but I loved the whole thing. Yes, it made me so mad I wanted to scream, but I couldn’t deny that I understood all the actions and feelings of the characters. I understood the conflict that Sienna was feeling at choosing between her fantasy man and the one who had treasured her for the last few years. I understood that Ben would do almost anything to get back the woman that he loved, even something like share her with Josh. I just couldn’t figure out which way I wanted the tale to go. Did I want her chose the man that she lusted after for years? Or did I want her to choose the man that bar one mistake, has loved her for many years? Or did I want her to manage to convince them both they wanted to share...I was so confused!
This was a smoking hot tale of reality and fantasy colliding. Sienna had her fantasy man and her fiancée both willing to do their best to give her pleasure...what red-blooded woman wouldn’t be drawn to this story (less)
We begin Lover Unleashed where the last book ended. Payne (the twin sister of V) is lying incapacitated in the brotherhood’s compound with a broken ba...moreWe begin Lover Unleashed where the last book ended. Payne (the twin sister of V) is lying incapacitated in the brotherhood’s compound with a broken back. Jane knows she is out of her depth and needs the assistance of the only surgeon she knows brilliant enough to save Payne’s legs, Manny Manello. Manny has been in a bit of a mess since Jane “died” and, after he discovers she is alive, he reluctantly agrees to lend her his expertise. However, the weirdness that he encounters once inside the Vampires world pales into the background when he first lays his eyes on Payne. The chemistry between the two is undeniable, and Manny realises that he will do anything in his power to get her back on her feet; even take on her less than friendly twin brother. Manny knows that he can never be part of her world, but still allows himself to start to fall for the beautiful, warrior woman and enjoy the time they have together. Even after the Brothers wipe his memories after Payne shows remarkable improvement, she invades his subconscious mind and refuses to be forgotten.
I’m starting with Manny and Paige because it is, in name, their book. Manny is a fabulous addition to the BDB world. He is hot, driven, protective and absolutely stupid where Payne is concerned. He pretty much throws himself open for heartbreak because he knows that he can never have her. He loses his job because they wipe his memory so much, he can’t function as a surgeon, but still seems to be fine with that. Payne is just as I imagined her to be. Growing up in a world full of the chosen, she has never seen what the BDB world looks like outside of her watching bowls. She embraces every little thing with awe and enthusiasm and I thought she was incredibly sweet. She is a warrior down to the core (which is especially apparent when she saves Manny from a gunman) but it isn’t all that she is. I was glad to see the scribe bitch hadn’t made her hard and bitter. I read in an interview that the Warden thought that the hottest sex scenes she had ever written appear in this book; I definitely agree. Considering Payne is a virgin up until ¾ of the way through the book, they certainly steam up the pages. My favourite is a shower scene that V walks in on...I think that if that I had walked in on a sibling in the same position I’d have scrubbed my eyes until they bled! It is one of my favourite pairings of the BDB series because both characters were just so damn likeable!
Payne and Manny’s book could also be referred to as Lover Unbound part 2. Many people had issues with this book because it’s clear the series is developing from PNR to Urban Fantasy. This book is unlike any in the series BUT I think it was better for it. Manny and Payne’s relationship failed to capture my full attention in this book because there was just so much V! This is the book that Lover Unbound should have been. I felt the ending to LU was hollow and annoying. Jane is a ghost? WTF! V didn’t have her name carved on his back? Again WTF! Butch and V? WTF! Needless to say I hated the last quarter of that book but after Lover Unleashed, I feel satisfied that V finally has his HEA. V doesn’t cope well with Payne’s arrival because it’s just another way his mother (the scribe bitch) has screwed him. Then he feels Jayne has betrayed him and tells her to leave (I cried when he gave her a bag to pack!) The relationship between Jane and V reaches new heights in this book. In every BDB, we have how our couple end up together, but we have never seen how they actually stay together. In this story, we see the highs and lows of a romance within this tumulus world. Their relationship is under strain from start to finish and I honestly feared that they might not be able to make it work. She will try anything, even going as far as giving Butch her permission to do whatever V needed, to get her man back. Intertwined with V and Jane’s relationship is the one between Butch and V. I always felt that the Warden had shied away from a gay HEA between these two, but their relationship shifts ,in this book, into a place where I can see that they didn’t belong with each other in that way. I have finally accepted that their Shellans weren’t their second choice (by the way Marissa impresses me with the easy way that she accepts the slightly too close friendship between Butch and V!). The scene where Butch rips apart Vs emotions (I’m not going to spoil it for you!) is superbly written and, the fact that Butch would do literally anything for this man, moved him to near the top of my favourite Brothers list. The conversation that heals the relationship between V and Jane, happens after this scene and it was just beautiful. He throws himself open and allows her into his heart properly; again (shockingly) I ended up in tears :D
Also in this book, we have more Qhuinn and Blay (I need their book yesterday!). Blay and Saxon are together, which is rubbish, but I actually liked Saxon in this book! He all but offers to step aside for Qhuinn, but Qhuinn refuses his offer, so I can’t blame Saxon for taking advantage of the situation. Qhuinn goes through a whole series of changes in this book, finally getting to a place where I think he might be ready for a relationship with Blay. There is a flash-forward that scared me slightly...I’m hoping that they do get their HEA. A blast from the Brotherhoods past appears in the form of Xcor and his men. Xcor wants Wraths throne so I think they could be around for a while.
Overall, this fabulous book is a shining example of this series. I love the direction that the Warden is taking these books but be warned, it does have a UF feel to it. Well recommended if you hated the end to Lover Unbound as much as I do! (less)
Wow! I wanted to read Cullens book from the get go but i didnt expect this. I loved every page of it! Cullen is so much more than I expected and Andre...moreWow! I wanted to read Cullens book from the get go but i didnt expect this. I loved every page of it! Cullen is so much more than I expected and Andrea was a female I could relate to. I enjoyed the whole back story and the character development seems to be improving with every book. I also enjoyed hearing how everyone else was doing after their HEA(it feels so strange to say that in relation to these books). It pushed my boundaries but not uncomfortably so like Nolans did. I loved how she finally proved her submittance to him....fantastic!
All in all I came out with the conclusion that Cullen is my favourite master by far.....phwoar indeed! :) Beware before you read it.....the sex scenes sizzle of the page but they may not be to everyones taste!(less)