3.5 stars This book was sweet, and wonderful, and interesting - but it made my heart hurt a little at the end. A good book, nonconventional as it's to3.5 stars This book was sweet, and wonderful, and interesting - but it made my heart hurt a little at the end. A good book, nonconventional as it's told in the space of earlier cases worked together. There's some spicy stuff that goes on for sure, but the intensity - as always with KJ Charles talented hand - comes from the heart and emotions. Not my favorite from her, there's a pain about this one, but it's a great read regardless. Full review soon....more
The focus of this series started being more on the sweet, emotional angle starting with the first book. The first delivered angst, drama, and emotiona The focus of this series started being more on the sweet, emotional angle starting with the first book. The first delivered angst, drama, and emotional train wrecks impossible to look away from. The second jumped in time and showed developed characters who did their growing off page, coming together for a slower paced, calmer time. The third continues a few months where the second left off, David still injured yet recovering, living with Murdo who is his caretaker for the time being. The two are reluctant to part as their love has continued to bloom, and there is still that issue with solving Elizabeth's crisis.
Both characters are likeable. David has that small smidge of being unsure, which just makes him endearing. Murdo always rocked in his confidence and assurance, so now that he reveals some insecurities and hesitations, it's even more potent. Elizabeth will always be a likeable character - I'm glad the author didn't drop her from the first book and continues to wrap up her story here too. Such a sad moment with the father, who not only has David grown close to, but I did as well. I do wish he could continue on in their lives.
As with the second book, steam is not too hot but the moments are sweet and awe-inducing instead. The heart does flutter with emotion in tune to writer's talent.
Overall it was a worthy ending to the trilogy. We get happy endings, emotional moments, a little bit of hotness, devotion that works and something we all wish for. This book doesn't dig into the lure of new relationships with their excitements and their controversies; instead it take a couple that has now established routine together, comfort levels, and the magic of being together for awhile and being comfortable in their lives with each other....more
'Provoked' opened the road and set the pace for this historical M/M couple - David is an unsure man who, while dedicated to his career, is convince3.5
'Provoked' opened the road and set the pace for this historical M/M couple - David is an unsure man who, while dedicated to his career, is convinced he'll probably end up alone forever. Still, he's come a long way since the first book. Years have passed, and he runs into wealthy, confident Murdo. Of course the relationship resumes again.
The relationship isn't the only focus of the book, however. There is Elizabeth and the boiling pot she's landed herself in since the last book. Sweet David tries to come to the rescue, and some of the moments with her and her father (who has become close to David) are some of the best parts of the book. It removes it being a romance or an erotica story and makes the characters feel more real, fleshed out, obtaining more of a drama piece with very real romance on the side.
While the couple's moments are sweet, they only push my erotic buttons once or twice. There's something sedate about them, I can't put my finger on it, but it works for a gratifying romance rather than a steamy one.
There's been character development, but unfortunately most of it was off page. I prefer no time gaps between series, but it fits into the author's timetable of how she wanted to set things up. Still, it makes me a little distant at the start and I have to work a little harder to get back into the "I care" mix.
Overall a good sequel worthy of the original, but not as many erotically enticing moments, the relationship grows sweeter but not urgent, and there's not quite that intensity of interest I held before....more
The first book in this series, Timber Pack Chronicles, may not have been perfect - but it was close on the erotica scale. I was seriously glued to tha The first book in this series, Timber Pack Chronicles, may not have been perfect - but it was close on the erotica scale. I was seriously glued to that book (the drama, the intensity, the buildup, then the...), so of course I had to read this sequel right after. In some ways this book shone and worked well, and in some areas it just wasn't as good, as intense, as the first book.
The length is shorter since the pack has been introduced and established. Now there's just a relationship to focus on, and a sweet one it is. I liked Jeb from the first one, but it was told in an outsider perspective and made him seem a little like a arrogant perv. In this one he's more likeable as we're in his head. The book opens where he's depressed and withdrawing; the scene where he walked off alone from the pack when they had transformed was especially sobering. Shrug this off and we get to the meet with Buzz, where they first locked contact. It was ridiculously sweet, I couldn't put the book down that moment even if someone tried to force me to.
A flaw with the sequel is Parker. I dug him in the first book but egads, when did he get so annoying? I get he's effeminate, but he overdoes the waterworks and is so weak in this book its a turn-off. Colton is still in badass alpha mode but even this got overbearing, especially with his impatience concerning Jeb's grief at the table. Also, why be so dickish to his father? I get the man pissed him off but surely you can get over it and move on now? The father has tried to get over this rift. Now that Colton has Parker and his pack he makes it clear he could care less whether he ever sees his father again. That's wrong on multiple levels, whether you take into consideration shifter hormones and politics or not.
It would be dull and make little sense to read about the exact same character types as the first book. The author doesn't do that here - clearly Buzz is less submissive than Parker, but he's still ideal for Jeb, who again is less dominating and alpha than Colton. They work, they really do, and it's sweet. The erotica scenes were less intense, but that tree scene excelled. The bedroom count was lower too - less pages and less opportunity for that, but it didn't need any more than it contained. I kind of skimmed on those scenes anyway. Again the dialogue was a little too much during intimate moments, must be a personal preference.
The parting of them and the thing keeping them apart was strong, but I'm glad the author didn't drag it out. Overall Enforcer is a shorter book and, while not as good as the original, it's still a worthy sequel to read if you enjoyed Timber Pack Chronicles as much as I did. Wish Colton had more paranormal erotica written.
I rate erotic and kids and blah, blah differently, so remember this is a four star rating for an erotic book, not a classic/drama or anything.
There arI rate erotic and kids and blah, blah differently, so remember this is a four star rating for an erotic book, not a classic/drama or anything.
There are books out there where you just cinch with the characters. You fall head over heels with their flaws, their quirks, the way their personalities mesh together. That was the case for me here. I loved alpha Colton with his growls, protective night runs to Parker's window, cute over-eagerness to mark and claim with bracelet accidents, spilled sodas on shirts, all kinds of creative ways to subtly mark Parker until he actually can. The overabundance of marking everything was funny, but it worked considering he's a lycan, and I loved every minute of it. Then you enter submissive Parker who's picked on at school but awesome in personality, looking up with his big doe eyes at the dominant Colton, and everything's just an exhilarating, heady mix from there. Handclaps and paw shakes all around.
If you took away 10 sex scenes from this book, you wouldn't even notice them missing if you re-read, and if you were reading for the first time and it was missing these same scenes, you'd still think to yourself that, Damn. This book has a LOT of sex scenes. Because once they finally come together after giggly exciting buildup, its almost nonstop from there. Too much actually. After awhile it loses its effectiveness.
BUT the buildup to this was a lot of fun - with Parker not knowing who they were, the different dating and obsessive buildup, the sweetness of the relationship - they were the winning parts of this novel. There's a minor plot in there somewhere, kind of, but it's drowned out. The first part of this book was my favorite and I've already re-read key parts after the book has been finished. The second part has more of a key with pack buildup and structure, but the first half still stole the show.
They seriously talk too much during, and that just makes me cringe more than anything. The dialogue during their almost constant bedroom play was painful to me, but otherwise - big kudos points, especially the shower/locker encounter, the first kiss in the car, and I loved the neck claiming.
The other characters work too - the two tagalong friends/pack members, the distant parents, quirky best friend, all worked to make this book the fun enjoyment it was. Seriously couldn't put it down.
I'm usually not a fan of pack hierarchy, but I do love mated pairs quite a bit, so it worked here deliciously well. I'm always into the whole top/bottom thing too so the author wrote this pairing convincingly.
Not just steam, there's heart, and that always works.
Sigh. Dailey's writing style is well enough (for Harlequin standards), but the heroine is downright pathetic sometimes. I don't mind the old-fashionedSigh. Dailey's writing style is well enough (for Harlequin standards), but the heroine is downright pathetic sometimes. I don't mind the old-fashioned, somewhat dependant female in the older harlequin tales, but she was simpering and a wreck by the end of the book. The 'hero' had a strange anger issue that would erupt out of nowhere, and by the end of the story his strange reservations are never explained at all. They basically had instalove in one day period when they met at a picnic, so the quick emotions were unrealistic at best, silly at worst. There were a few colorful enough characters thrown in, although they were generic players. It's slow pace wasn't easy to dive into, although Dailey's writing made it fly by quick enough. Only recommended if you're a die-hard fan of Daileys....more
We all know there are tragedies in life. One of the tragedies is this author has only written a couple of books. I shouldn't have waited so long to re We all know there are tragedies in life. One of the tragedies is this author has only written a couple of books. I shouldn't have waited so long to read it - it's another new favorite from her. I've already had to re-read several scenes...
One thing K.J. Charles rocks at is creating the best characters that both compliment and contrast with each other. She did the same job but with different flavors in the Magpie series. Here she again mixes classes - Curtis is a gentlemen soldier, retired from war due to injury, and Daniel is on the poorer rung of society. But where Steven hid his inclinations in the Magpie series, Daniel exaggerates the things that make other men detest and belittle him. It's not because he has such confidence he considers himself above such trivialities, but because of a mask to hide the sensitivity beneath.
But not only does Daniel rock with sensitivity - and dirty language, humor, wit, sarcasm - but Curtis is also a sweetheart who touched me heart and spirit in different layers. They both rock, trust me, they really do.
So you mesh these two men in a M/M romance that has an actual good story. Oooh-la-la, my mental brain cushions are as stimulated by the mystery, the tension, as it is by the possibilities of romance. Of course while there are erotic scenes - and wowzers are they intense, intense, and MORE intense - the story itself is a great one that doesn't even need them. I'd be sad without them - but it's not needed because the story is strong enough on its own and then some.
The villains are heartless with realistic motive and we get a twist of Shakespearian justice. There are nail grinding scenes mixed with comedy that befalls the beloved pair. There's horror and fight and charm all mixed in the same bag.
Be still my heart. I went to the book's page on Goodreads to see if there is word of a sequel. The author said she's working on one, but who knows when that will come out? Until then I shall salivate over the possibility. Simply love this author's books. Now when I think of England, I'll undoubtedly think of this book too....more
"But I do hope you are aware, my sweet, somewhere in that absurd heart, that I am ever, entirely, and quite pathetically yours."
A great conclusion to "But I do hope you are aware, my sweet, somewhere in that absurd heart, that I am ever, entirely, and quite pathetically yours."
A great conclusion to the trilogy. Wish there would be more but aside from a short story, but it doesn't look like it.
The characters in these books have become addicting. Lucien rocked in his role with speech and planning during the final battle. Him standing there in his confidence and arrogance was perfect. It’s delightful that the author plays up his eye and seriousness for fashion even more than the other books. He has sweet and tender moments, followed by severe, dominating ones, all which work. Stephen is just as easy to fall in love with - realistic self-doubts and esteem issues, an almost reverent attraction to Lucien, and a protective angry streak that rears its head at the right times.
So many ‘awww’ moments. These two together are perfect; his submissive streak is a balanced complement to Lucian's controlling one. With their conflicting personalities, definitely among my favorite romantic couples. I like how the author took two men who were completely opposites in their forms of power.
Bedroom moments aren't as steamy as the first, but they're close. I do find the dialogue during these times weak, though, they just don't work. I'll miss something that's now gone at the end of the book (spoiler hint, duh), something that's been a part of Julian since the get-go. Sure, was becoming a pain, but I was used to having that around.
Merrick is a favorite of mine, so I was happy to see he gets to shine in several scenes. The author wraps up his story well. He’s intimidating as hell. I’m not gaga over his love interest, but I dig the idea of connecting townhouses. Loyalty, it works.
The climax of this one was epic ~ tension, creative maneuvering, brutal battle without silly one-liners. Loved the creative villains with the unusual abilities (avoiding spoilers here) - wicked and disturbing stuff. The basic plot is interesting as it shows more internal politics in the justiciar, involves old foes all the way to the first book, a mild mystery involving a main character/red herring. These elements are mixed in with ups and downs in the relationship without dragging it out, becoming melodramatic and tiresome.
As with the other books, humor is present, even if it’s not as laugh-out-loud as the first. I do wish these books, especially this one, was longer. With all the action and something going on, it can afford stretching room. K.J. Charles has a way with words, her writing makes these books breeze by. Her dialogue is a major strength, especially when Lucien is talking in his sarcastic, but aristocratic way. Sure, like I said, the erotic dialogue irritated me, but the every day conversation was entrancing.
The story is not lacking in any way with tension, turns of events, and excitement. Writing flows well to highlight fun, intelligent characters. Humor mixes ideally with action. I love the magical world the author has weaved for this faux historical series.
This one concludes the series, and any hanging threads are things which will naturally be resolved by time for the characters as their relationships and personal lives progress. No annoying loose ends dangling. The author ended this series well, although I wish it could continue – there’s so much more that can be done with these characters and their adventures in her created world. ...more
Finished January 24th - not counting in reading challenge since it's a short.
Very good story from a series I love and will miss. Nice the author proviFinished January 24th - not counting in reading challenge since it's a short.
Very good story from a series I love and will miss. Nice the author provided a few free short stories in between the three novels.
This one follows the second and has a magical situation at hand that could destroy people Crane and Stephen both hold dear. Interesting section (not a full fledged story, of course, too short), but done well with a satisfying wrap-up. Ah, I'll miss these characters....more
Not including in the reading challenge since it's a short story.
Not a huge story in this short story, but the high stars is because of the sweetness,Not including in the reading challenge since it's a short story.
Not a huge story in this short story, but the high stars is because of the sweetness, the hotness, and the humor at the end. Set after the first book, just loved it. The window thing was funny but erotic, even if it cut off before the timing got too good. The discussion between Crane and Merrick was also amusing. The ending with the letters - too cute. I was wondering about those tattoos... Will miss this series and these characters as the main pair. ...more