I loved this book to pieces. All my favorite things -- romance, intrigue, and rich, vivid historical detail. And a glimpse of the complicated hierarchI loved this book to pieces. All my favorite things -- romance, intrigue, and rich, vivid historical detail. And a glimpse of the complicated hierarchy of power in the imperial palace. It reminded me of the Hong Kong serials I watched about Empress Wu and Princess Taiping when I was young. *happy sigh*...more
Every time I read a Megan Hart book I am blown away. I was surprised by the magical realism/supernatural elements in this story, but was so hooked froEvery time I read a Megan Hart book I am blown away. I was surprised by the magical realism/supernatural elements in this story, but was so hooked from the beginning, there was no stopping me. This is the sort of book I'll still be thinking about for days, even months and years after reading it.
Loved it. Cried buckets. I think I'll go be alone for awhile. ...more
One of the few series I was hovering over and waiting for release. Just finished the third book yesterday and this has become one of my favorite serieOne of the few series I was hovering over and waiting for release. Just finished the third book yesterday and this has become one of my favorite series of all time now. Breathtaking in every way. ...more
There are few tropes in romance I love more than a hero and heroine who are capable of killing each other (am I weird like that?) and Rogue Spy pushedThere are few tropes in romance I love more than a hero and heroine who are capable of killing each other (am I weird like that?) and Rogue Spy pushed ALL the right buttons for me.
I have been stalking the release date for this book for what feels like almost two years and so you can imagine the crazy amount of anticipation I had for it. As I read through the first chapters, I was riveted. The Black Hawk, Adrian's story, ranks as one of my favorite historical romances of all time and the writing in Rogue Spy is incredibly, unbelievably, how is this even possible, better than in The Black Hawk. It's tickle your heart, dramatic, delicious writing.
(For lack of a better method of describing my joy, I am resorting to the overuse of adjectives.)
For the first ten chapters or so, the tension between Cami and Pax is unbelievable. Every description is amazing. I've decided that's what's so sexy about these books. The way that the hero/heroine see each other is clear, concise, distinctive -- no resorting to cliches of hair, eyes, skin...just...stop it already Joanna! It pisses me off (in a good way) how good the descriptions are.
And everyone is a badass -- spy vs. spy and all. And the way the spying techniques are described, I'm totally convinced. Why of course, Joanna Bourne went back in a time machine, found a couple of Napoleonic era spies, drugged them, and made them spill their secrets. This is TOTALLY how spy rings operated back then. The strategy and tactics that you see everyone employ, the fighting techniques, the escape routines -- clever, clever book.
Okay...to come off my high a bit -- once the multitude of characters comes in along with Cami's extensive family...okay, she's part of some Borgia-esque, all powerful Italian multi-national conglomerate who knows everyone and everything, yet they lost track of her and just couldn't find her for all these years? When they're hooked into every underworld crime boss in the world? And the way everyone else is hooked up too--the moment Cami rears her head in any fashion, someone important enough would have clued in on her. Hey, child of the mafioso, someone's looking for you....) Perhaps in this respect the characters were too smart for me to believe they would have let this slip...until now. Too much of a good thing, perhaps?
The book and plot loosened a little bit at the seams from that point for me. Before that it was just razor sharp, every line.
Still it was all a great ride, cool plots and subplots all interwoven.
In the end, I didn't feel Cami and Pax's romance was as hot and swoony as Hawker's and Justine's. The initial tension in Rogue Spy was SO amazing--better than sex amazing, but the final resolution didn't sweep me off my feet as much as in Black Hawk.
So though Rogue Spy didn't ultimately unseat Black Hawk in my Spymasters universe, I would give it a second place. Which is still a lot of love.
It was cool seeing Grey again. And the dry/witty exchanges between Pax and Hawker made me want to laugh out loud.
(A personal note: This book, more than all of the other books, really reminded me of a wuxia plot. Maybe this is why I love the Spymaster series books so much. They're set in France, but everyone has badass fighting skills, everyone is one step ahead of everyone else, no one is as they seem, even the villains have their own code of honor. Training scenes! What can be more wuxia than training scenes? And the hero and heroine are on opposite sides and totally capable and willing (almost) to take each other on as well as take each other out, if necessary.)
At first this story reads like a light-hearted adventure: perfect A student Bridget discovers her boyfriend cheating on her and happens to run into baAt first this story reads like a light-hearted adventure: perfect A student Bridget discovers her boyfriend cheating on her and happens to run into bad boy Jake, who seems like just what she needs to shake her goody two-shoes persona. What good has it done her anyway? Apparently it's lead everyone to think they can walk all over her. Suddenly Bridget's putting together a Rebellion List and acting out in little ways as she starts to break out of her shell.
Gradually, you start to see that there's a lot more behind both of these characters than what's on the surface. You learn why Bridget's parents are so protective and why she allows them to keep her in a box, becoming the perfect daughter and student. Jake's got more behind him than a few cute smiles and one-liners as well, and I quickly became sucked into learning more about these two as the night progressed. Their little misadventures kept me entertained, but it was their emotional connection that really hooked me.
Overall, I felt this is a story that captures a genuine teenage vibe. When certain things like how people see you can mean so much and how a single night can seem magical and last forever. The adventures and dialogue are clever and sweet and the ending is cute. A great read. ...more
A martial arts adventure in the tradition of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" or "Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre" with legendary swords, secret martialA martial arts adventure in the tradition of "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" or "Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre" with legendary swords, secret martial arts skill and two young protagonists, betrothed at birth, but separated. I really enjoyed reading all of the most beloved tropes of the wuxia genre in Blood and Honor. I believe Chelle Ang wrote this adventure in a very accessible way that can be enjoyed by readers who are new to the wuxia (martial arts heroic fantasy) as well as for those who are lovers of the genre, and I can't wait to read the sequel....more
"Romance is sex plus love. Erotica is sex plus fear."
I really loved this line early in the novel and it shows what really hooked me about this book. V"Romance is sex plus love. Erotica is sex plus fear."
I really loved this line early in the novel and it shows what really hooked me about this book. Very complex emotions explored in a complicated, yet succinct manner.
I'm a big fan of erotica authors Eden Bradley and Megan Hart. I came into this book expecting something similar. What I got was some of the same elements and similar psychological exploration, but a completely different twist and take which made it stand apart. The Siren is certainly not romance and it's not erotica as I usually encounter it.
The book is very confident of itself and confident in its characters. A novel about an erotica author writing an erotic novel...obviously will look like a novel that's also writing about itself. Somehow The Siren manages to weave that all together in a way that doesn't seem forced and with characters that seem genuine in the way they interacte. (I don't consider The Siren itself as an erotic novel--it's novel with erotic situations and content. I have to wrap my head around that one)
There are several "story within a story" plots going on. There's innocence in the character of Wesley and there's a sort of voyeurism and discovery in the character of Zach. It's an exploration of pain and desire, but not only in a sexual way and not even PRIMARILY in a sexual way if you can believe it, despite how very central BDSM and sexual situations are to the story. I think unrequited love is more central to the story, as well as the honest failures in communication that people suffer in all relationships. ...more
Loved the title. Loved the cover. LOVED the sample, so I just had to snatch this novella up.
Set on New Geneva, a futuristic colony set apart from a dLoved the title. Loved the cover. LOVED the sample, so I just had to snatch this novella up.
Set on New Geneva, a futuristic colony set apart from a dying Earth. The story had great atmosphere, the "historical" voice of the heroine really shines through from the very first words. Historical is in quotes because the story is actually a sci-fi steampunk with a very foreboding Gothic feel that carries throughout the novella.
Violet Merriweather is purchased into the Winston household as a governess. There she meets brothers with very different personalities. The presence of the dark and unpleasant Colonel Winston is also looming about and there's a wonderful creation of a house of secrets. There's so much to appreciate in this novella - the Gothic mystery, the romance, the dystopian sci-fi elements. A great twist on many beloved tropes across several genres. ...more