If you are looking for a hot and funny paranormal to spark up your summer, then let me sell this book to youThis review was posted at Under the Covers
If you are looking for a hot and funny paranormal to spark up your summer, then let me sell this book to you. In a nutshell, Bathsheba is a human female working for a paranormal dating agency. She takes the calls, meets with clients, sets up dating profiles and tries to arrange dates. Her job description might have to extend to dating them when Beau calls in and his arranged date fell through and he needs someone stat. After a few minutes on the phone with Bathsheba he decides he wants her...for a week. Why? Because he's a were-cougar going into heat! Oh but of course the craziness in Bathsheba's life doesn't end there because her sister was turned into a werewolf a while back and she's been hiding that fact from others. Now the werewolves want that lone wolf female and Beau might be her only protection. Sound fun?
It was extremely entertaining and a pretty short read, actually. I liked the fact that there was plenty of humor, even when it was a bit over the top. And of course I can't help but mention the fact that Beau was pretty sexy and very controlling and possessive alpha male, which worked well for me.
Bathsheba might not be my favorite kind of heroine but I have to give it to her for doing everything in her power to protect her sister, even if that meant putting her whole life on hold and giving up on the one man she actually really wants to be with.
To be together they have to overcome some obstacles and learn to trust each other, but I can't complain about the getting there process either. With plenty of things happening around them, lots of bad guys after them and plenty of sparks flying. Had a great time reading it!...more
Look at the pretty cover!!!! I was also very excited to read the book because I couldn't wait to read about Logan and the sexy neighbor. Sadly, this book, as well as the first in this series, was just okay. This series is not filling the void that the ending of Elite Ops left.
In a way, the continuing killer that just wants to exterminate the Callahan's is a bit like her Men of August series, although the suspense part was done much better in those books (brother sharing and menages aside there). I don't know what it is that her writing is lacking but there's a spark missing for me.
I will also point out that I got this on audiobook so I didn't encounter any of the editing problems I've seen some other people mention with this book. I'm not sure if that's really due to better editing or just the fact that the narrator read what it should've said instead of what it actually said.
Now on to the hero and heroine. Even though Logan and Sky worked well as a couple, I still don't like the recurring theme in this series where the girl has been in love with the man her older sister was dating. I was however, happy to see Sky wasn't a virgin!
The storyline was better than the first book in this series, so I guess there is hope still. Logan's ex-girlfriends, or ex-hookups, are being targeted now by the killer on the off chance that he might've gotten them pregnant and there might be some Callahan rugrats running around. As much as he'd prefer to stay away from Sky to protect her, she proves her skills and connections are useful in aiding the brothers. Once he decides that, all the possessiveness comes out.
A new player is introduced that might be able to help them out in the future and I am curious to see where the story will go from here....more
I've always had a special place in my heart for this series. When I first started reading it, it got my loveThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I've always had a special place in my heart for this series. When I first started reading it, it got my love for reading back and made me think back to days when I would devour anything written by Anne Rice. So it is with a heavy feeling in my heart that I have to say the past few books have not been to impressive. Even though I consider this one was better than the last book, but there isn't much to talk about because, well, not a lot happened.
The first 85% of the book (LOL) was slow and with a lot of running around with Sookie that didn't do much for the actual development of the storyline. So yeah the action and whatever revelations we get in this book all happened pretty much in the last 15%. That's what brought my rating down. Most of the book was actually a bit boring.
Without going into what happened and being spoilerish I'll just say that I wasn't happy with Eric in this book, I wasn't happy to see Bill portrayed as a nice guy again (for those who don't know I'm an avid "DIE.BILL.DIE" supporter, in fact I wouldn't mind staking him myself). And Sookie was just different, like she's lost some spark in her and I can't seem to be interested in what happens to her anymore.
I am really looking forward to the next book more in relief that we are putting this story to rest because I think that as good as the series has been and as much as I've loved it, it is time for the end....more
WOW! The House of Rohan is turning into a favorite series of mine. I couldn't put this book down! The characters and the plot are dark, and it feels lWOW! The House of Rohan is turning into a favorite series of mine. I couldn't put this book down! The characters and the plot are dark, and it feels like a guilty pleasure to like them.
First there's Adrian Rohan. I want him! Yes, he's the rake, but he's so damn good at it! He's lived a life of excess and debauchery. Always participating in the kinky fest at the Heavenly Host.
Then there's Charlotte Spenser. She's the spinster who doesn't think she's pretty enough to catch a man. And has always been in love with Rohan.
Until one day her friend Lina brings her to a gathering of the Heavenly Host (undercover) so that she can see what the pleasures of the flesh are all about. While roaming the rooms she catches Rohan's eye, and he immediately figures out who she is and decides he will have her. *SWOON*
I want to marry Adrian Francis Rohan.
There's intrigue, betrayal, friendship, and a few murder attempts. But this book is hot! HAWT!!! And the plot works so well for me. The characters are all perfect for each other. Honorable mention for favorite scene has to be THE SLAP. Charlotte shows us she has a spine and won't just fall at Adrian's feet, I loved it. There's a great side story with Lina and Simon. Ohhh my heart broke for Lina and what happened in her past. My only complaint on that front is that we don't get to see as much of their developing romance and it all kind of fell together at the end for them.
And while I'm complaining, here's a minor detail that I wished was explained better at the beginning of the book. Adrian Francis Rohan is the son of Elinor and Francis Rohan (from Ruthless). I really wish this fact would've been a little clearer. But I did enjoy seeing both of them coming back at the end of the book and to hear their son talking about how they had a perfect marriage....more
You know what the problem is when a book gets a lot of hype? Then it's very hard for it to live up to the larger than life expectations!
This is a goodYou know what the problem is when a book gets a lot of hype? Then it's very hard for it to live up to the larger than life expectations!
This is a good, solid paranormal romance but I'm not sure if my feelings toward this book are from the expectations or that it was just ok. Don't get me wrong, I do like the story, I like the world, and I LOVE DRAGOS.
Yeah, let's talk about Dragos. He's basically head honcho, all power, charisma, and GC sex appeal. And he's also a dragon! And what a smoking hot dragon he is. Verra verra talented that one. *fans self*
All the elder races politics, and all the different races in this story, make it a very interesting read. Pia's powers are cool, and the plot in this book was really good. At times it reminded me a bit of the Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh.
However, and please don't throw things at me... I didn't like Pia. Well, I liked her but I couldn't stand her 80% of the time. She kinda ruined the story for me. Her personality was just annoying! Just a personal opinion.
I am looking forward to Tiago's story. He was such a brooding alpha male character in the little bit we saw of him in this book, and Tricks is just plain crazy! I really liked her! Can't wait to read it!...more
Even though I still liked book one better than this one, it still had a lot of great elements to the story. Ms. Julianne Gatewick is Tristan's sister. While Tristan is staying behind with Tessa, who is pregnant. Julianne goes off to have a season in London. Tristan assigns his best friend to be her guardian and watch over her. Marc, the Earl of Hawfield, knows that a major rule not to be broken is that you could never date your best friend's sister. But he soon realizes that he's seen Julianne as his girl for a long time.
While Julianne attends parties and fields proposals from other suitors, she is not only vying for Hawk's attentions. She is also writing a pamphlet on How to Seduce a Rake. This is a detailed guide on how women can attract and secure the affections of rakes all over London. She manages to finish it and get it published before the end of the season as an anonymous publication which causes great stir in London's society.
Marc has a big secret. He's hidden it from everyone for many years and still tries to hide it from Julianne as well. But nothing, not even something as important as this can change her mind. She's wanted and been in love with Hawk since she was 8 years old. And she wants to have him now, once and for all. She will stop at nothing to get him.
One of my favorite parts about this story is the fact that Julianne is part of a group of young friends, both male and female, enjoying the season in London together. It was nice to see their friendly dynamics. And of course we met the characters that will take center stage in the next book who are completely different than we've previously seen. I'm looking forward to reading it!...more
And we have finally come to Benedick. Viscount Benedick Rohan is one of Adrian's sons. We first meet him inThis review was posted at Under The Covers
And we have finally come to Benedick. Viscount Benedick Rohan is one of Adrian's sons. We first meet him in the last book where he was the cause for his sister meeting Lucien. As always with the heroes in this series, he's a bad, bad boy. And he has a way of making you like it that he is. He is in London now looking for soft and demure woman to bear his children, and to have some fun.
Instead he finds Melisande. First point, I love the name. And I really liked her as a character. She is a strong woman who married an older man who then died. He left her widowed but with plenty of money and she has turned into something good by helping less fortunate women get out from a life of prostitution.
She is sooo not the woman he had intended to find but he can't help but be attracted to her like a bee to honey. He enjoys spending time with her, the banter back and forth, even the fact that she fights him constantly. But he refuses to believe that is what he needs and fights that attraction as much as he can by just being a friend of sorts.
In the meantime, the Heavenly Host has changed a lot since the good 'ol days of Lord Francis Rohan. It is now a bunch of crazies and depraved men who rape and won't bat an eye at killing.
When one of her girls goes missing and talk around town is that she will be sacrificed during a ritual, she takes it upon herself to go find her and rescue her. And she enlists the help of Benedick.
There is also a secondary story in this book which I was anxious to read more about. I feel always the secondary couples get left out but in this case, it's Brandon, Benedick's brother. I was originally hoping her would get a full length book. Does this mean no book for him? Or is this more of a prequel to it? One can only hope.
This series will be an auto buy for me if it continues on, which I'm hoping it does....more
There are certain books that as you read them they manage to draw you in completely into their story, and they are so emotional, that at the end, youThere are certain books that as you read them they manage to draw you in completely into their story, and they are so emotional, that at the end, you are pretty much just left with "Wow, what just happened?".
Blue-Eyed Devil was like that for me. We started out at Liberty and Gage's wedding, in full Travis fashion and all out affair. But we met an unexpectedly shy and insecure Travis, Haven. The baby sister. She's never quite felt at the same level as her brothers, they've always picked on her, she's never fit it.
We met Hardy in book one. I wasn't too sure how to feel about him, because of what he did to Liberty and Gage, but he has redeemed himself times a million. LK has a thing for doing that, huh? The bad guy that you almost want to hate but you can't help but fall in love with. Well, meet Hardy Kates! You'll fall in love with him, you'll drool over him, pant and melt! He's considerate, thoughtful and loving, but also ruthless, determined, confident and ambitiuous. But he knows what he wants, and he is determined now to get her!
Without giving too much away, she goes through a lot. When I say a lot, I mean, I was devastated reading about what she goes through. I cried, I had a knot in my throat at times, and I just couldn't help but just be amazed at her thought process as certain things were happening to her. I'll warn you, this was tough, and raw, and heartbreaking! But the level of awesomeness that is Lisa Kleypas in writing something like this and make me want to keep reading through all of it is just at another level. Truly amazing.
So heart ache and happiness, love and betrayal. This book was a complete emotional rollercoaster and I loved every minute of it!!!! THIS IS A MUST READ FOR EVERYONE!...more
This was a really good story, I found it written very well, the whole thing flowed nicely. I always like to read books set in Texas, although maybe IThis was a really good story, I found it written very well, the whole thing flowed nicely. I always like to read books set in Texas, although maybe I would've expected it to be on a farm as opposed to a trailer park, but that's ok.
Liberty Jones is an amazing heroine. She is tough, she will do anything for her family, and she cares for the people around her. Her story starts basically when she was still a teenager, struggling with making ends meet, and finding herself out of nowhere having a little sister.
When her mother dies, she decides to take on the responsibility of raising her sister. She has given up many things in her life to raise her. But through it all she's stayed strong, and done what had to be done.
When she meets the Travises is almost as in a small way her life could turn around and a little bit of luck starts shining her way.
I had just one major problem with this book and the reason why it's not a 5 star story. Liberty's high school crush Hardy is a perfect man. He grows up to be almost even more perfect. And up until 60% of the book he is the only romantic interest in the story, even though really nothing happens between them.
When Gage comes into the story, even though he's sexy as hell, I didn't feel they had time to establish any connection. It was too sudden, and rushed.
Regardless, this was a really good read and I can't wait to continue on reading this series. I do hear Jack and Hardy are some really good ones!!!!! ;) Now, who will I chose?...more
This was one of the most anticipated (and maybe hyped) YA books of the year, and usually when I hear all thaThis review was posted at Under The Covers
This was one of the most anticipated (and maybe hyped) YA books of the year, and usually when I hear all that I get scared that the book won't actually live up to my very high expectations. I don't really know what I was expecting before I started reading, but it was definetely NOT what I got... and that's really a good thing.
This book surprised me, in regards to world building, plotting and storyline. It was a little slow but interesting nonetheless. It's a very unique tale of a dystopian Chicago where people have actually been divided into factions.
There are five factions:
* Abnegation (selflessness): you are not allowed to entertain any thoughts about your own well being, you shouldn't show love, you shouldn't care about your personal appearance and in fact they all dress in clothing that won't show their bodies. They should live to serve others. * Amity (peace): maybe the least developed one in my opinion, but the name says it all. * Candor (truth): it is said that people from Candor CAN'T lie. * Dauntless (bravery): show no fear, be brave and willing to do anything and risk anything! * Erudite (knowledge): know-it-alls!
So we meet Beatrice, she's 16 and at this point in her life she has to go through an aptitude test to determine which faction she should go into. She was born into Abnegation but she's never fit in. Except when she takes that test, her result comes back as Divergent. Divergents are dangerous, they can manipulate the tests and excel at many things, but they are also persecuted and the government or higher-ups want them all dead. So Beatrice has to hide who she really is from EVERYONE, including her family, and make a decision on which faction to take.
But she choses Dauntless. Of course, it's not a simple matter of chosing, the Dauntless have to chose her as well, and all "transfers" from other factions have to undergo a training and testing period to qualify and become Dauntless, the ones who don't make the cut, will end up without a faction. If you don't have a faction you live in the poor outskirts of town, your life would be ruined!
Beatrice grows out of her shell slowly in the book, even though at times it seems she's a little psychotic. But with the help of a few key players she actually uncovers and helps prevent the overthrowing of the current government, as well as protect herself from anyone noticing she's Divergent.
Along the way she gets a few tattoes, changes her appearance, meets some good friends, betrays those friends, makes peace with them, and of course, meets a hot and sexy guy, Four. Yes, his name is Four (or that's what they call him to be exact) but I won't tell you why, you have to read it to find out. She has a constant internal struggle with what she should do, should she help this person or would that be showing Abnegation, should she climb higher to show she's dauntless. I have to say I'm not a fan of Beatrice, even though she's ok. But she does need to grow up more. But I am excited to see where this world will go next and I'm looking forward to the next book....more
This was my first exposure to Charlotte Featherstone. In this world of Seelie and Unseelie fae courts, long ago the unseelie king kidnapped the seelieThis was my first exposure to Charlotte Featherstone. In this world of Seelie and Unseelie fae courts, long ago the unseelie king kidnapped the seelie queen and got her pregnant with twins. She managed to escape, taking with her the one son that looked light like her and leaving behind the dark one, like the unseelies. When she left she put a curse on them that would only be lifted if they brought a virtue to lay with them willingly and be with them at the unseelie court.
Seven virtues are born every 100 years. And now both faes are after them. With all the elements of a good paranormal erotica historical romance, I still can't put my finger on why I didn't love this book.
Charlotte Featherstone's writing was excellent. It really brought you into their world. And between balls, and walks in the garden, Prince Thane (a dark unseelie fae ruled by Lust) has found his match in noblewoman Chastity Lennox (Virtue).
He is not the only one that wants Chastity for himself, however, the Seelie Prince, and one of the twins, wants her as his wife as well.
Thane comes to Chastity several times, but erases her memories of it. They are sexually charged encounters, and he slowly breaks down her barriers. Very erotic! However, the connection between them was lacking until the end.
I really couldn't see how he can say he developed feelings for her as a lot of their time together was a creation.
This is a series I will continue, I'm curious to read about the rest of the Virtues. ...more
Original and action packed, with a lot of familiar faces that I loved seeing again! Carrie Vaughn takes KittThis review was posted at Under the Covers
Original and action packed, with a lot of familiar faces that I loved seeing again! Carrie Vaughn takes Kitty to London. Why? To participate in the First International Conference of Paranatural Studies. Along for the ride are Ben and Cormac, of course. And wherever Kitty goes, trouble arises.
In between trying to attend some of the interesting lectures, being the keynote speaker for the conference (oh yeah, she still has to write that speech!) and sightseeing in wonderful London (she even gets to meet a vampire who was friends with Shakespeare), Kitty finds herself in the middle of a vampire war. You guessed it, Roman. He's been the predominant bad guy in town and it seems that with each passing book he's getting closer and closer to setting up a major disaster for the supernatural community.
New and old faces show up and this was one of my favorite things about this book. I had a crush on Luiz when Kitty had a little fling with him around the second book in this series (I mean....he purrs!) and it was great to see him at the conference. He even managed to get a reaction out of straight-laced Ben. Yes, he was jealous.
So that brings me to Kitty and Ben. I have grown accustomed to their relationship and it was a nice change to see some passion from Ben. I do see him as the quiet type that has to go along with whatever trouble Kitty finds and sometimes just has to get her out. But he showed some claws in this book. I was very impressed with him and with the dynamic of his and Kitty's marriage. I am starting to see how they do work together, that they care about one another and that they are the perfect compliment to each other.
Then there's Cormac. It pains me to say this, I am still unhappy with how his character was changed. But I did enjoy that he goes looking for Amelia's old home and family. Amelia being back in Britain after such a long time is not just concerned with how the country has changed, there is something she wants from her home and she finds living relatives of hers. This was a bit bittersweet and maybe have even gotten a tear out of me. Even though it took Cormac out of the picture for quite a bit of the book, which makes me unhappy.
I've gone through the ups and downs this series has brought for me. I've learned to deal with the fact that the direction the series has gone in and the things that have happened may have not been what I wanted. But even after all those things, Carrie Vaughn manages to write an entertaining story and characters that you enjoy reading about. What's to come next? Well, with Kitty's mind overflowing with conspiracy theories, you never know who she'll try to go after next.
There are just no two ways about it, Jackson is HOT. On Fire. But I knew he would be since he first made anThis review was posted at Under The Covers
There are just no two ways about it, Jackson is HOT. On Fire. But I knew he would be since he first made an appearance in Trace of Fever. Damn, but that combination of total alpha male, possessive, trained, powerful, sexy, skilled and funny just worked for me!
We can tell there's an attraction between him and Alani (and I just loved that girl from the beginning of this series) and things came to the surface right before this book started. By the time we catch up with them (between Savor The Danger and Trace of Fever) they had been together. But not exactly how you would expect because it turns out Jackson had been drugged when it all happened and can't actually remember anything that happened except for the fact that when he awoke one morning he had a very naked and very satisfied Alani in bed with him.
So either someone is after her again or they're after him. Either way, his job now is to keep Alani safe until they figure out what's going on. In the meantime, these two get plenty of time to heat up the sheets...and the shower...and the lake....and, you get the picture.
Funniest thing to see was Trace being uncomfortable with the big brother talks with both Alani and Jackson, hilarious! And Jackson wasn't backing down or feeling any shame about ANYTHING.
In the end there's always another human trafficking Lord that needs to be taken down, and maybe a ghost from the past coming to haunt them all.
Jackson also has a bit of a secret. Arizona. This sets up the next book perfectly and I can't wait to get my paws all over that book (and all over Spence)....more
OK, call me crazy, but you might notice that I didn't necessarily love book one of this series. I had to actually push myself to finish it. But here I am reading book two. Why you might ask? A couple of reasons actually.
1. I have a bad habit of wanting to know what happens in a series. It has to really be terrible for me to not give it another shot. 2. Kristina Douglas is actually a pen name of Anne Stuart. And I LOVE Anne Stuart. So I wondered how can I love her work as Anne Stuart and not give this other pen name another shot? 3. I actually liked the world itself in this series and I was intrigued by Azazel's character in the first book.
So what did I learn? The series does get a little better. For the most part I didn't want to kill the heroine and believe that's a step up from what I wanted to do the first heroine. However Azazel disappointed me. I was expecting him to wow me and he just fell a bit flat.
In a nutshell, it's been 7 years since the death of his mate and he's still not fully recovered. He's assigned with finding a human woman believed to be the Demon Lillith, and the prophecies say she's supposed to end up being his wife. His job is not only find her but basically deliver her to her death. Except she has no memories or even instincts of who or what she is and he finds himself caring for her as a woman. And if part of his job of bringing her down is to sleep with her, to prove that she doesn't have power over him, then well, we won't say how he succeded or not at that task.
Now Rachel is by no means the brightest bulb in the box but she's ok. And Azazel had some hot moments. So it's not all bad and there is hope still. However, it may take a little bit of time before I'm ready for book three in this series....more
I think I need a moment to scream and let out all my frustration with this book. First of all we have a hotThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I think I need a moment to scream and let out all my frustration with this book. First of all we have a hot hero, Trace Rivers is so sexy and badass that when I first met him in book one I couldn't wait to read his book. Of course expecting something a bit larger than life. He's coming from just recently having rescued his sister from a human trafficking organization and now has made it his mission to put a stop to it.
Now in this book he's not really going after the guy that had taken his sister but a different baddie who is running the same type of op. He's infiltrated the organization and made himself a key, trusted player. All his plans get changed when a gorgeous woman saunters in and claims to be the big baddie's long lost daughter. But he knows she has ulterior motives to be here.
Priscilla is the product of her mother being taken by him and passed around, so she's not quite sure who her father is but what she does know is that she wants vengeance.
Now up to here you're thinking pretty good huh? Well... I thought it was a bit boring. No, not a bit, quite boring actually. Priscilla was annoying at times and Trace should've been, I don't know, more. I actually found myself more interested in any glimpses of Alani and Jackson (which I'm told their book is amazing!!).
I can only say so far I've been just a tad disappointed with this series and this book was very anti-climactic. But I still like the idea of the organization and I definitely like the characters of the next book so I'll be reading it soon. I'm just ready to be wowed!...more
Rachel Vincent has done it again! I am totally captivated by this series and this world! This book was so unThis review was posted at Under The Covers
Rachel Vincent has done it again! I am totally captivated by this series and this world! This book was so unique and it was such a great first book in a series, I can't wait to read more! There wasn't a boat-load of information shoved down your throat, just a gradual trickle of information that slowly made you understand more about what was going on while still keeping the story very much alive and flowing.
So bindings... There are skilled people that can bind others in a sort of contract, there are shadow-walkers, of course there's seers, jammers, blinders, trackers (by blood or by name), readers, travelers, and probably more that I've left unmentioned. Names are power, blood is power. And all these people usually serve one of two *mafia-like families* called Syndicates, and not just serve but they are bound to serve.
Liv Warren is a blood tracker, she's been working for Ruben Cavazos on a private tracking matter, and yes, she's bound to him. She is also bound to her childhood best friends. So when one of her friends suddenly reappears in her life and compels her to help her, well she has no choice.
She has to find and kill the man who just killed her friends' husband. And to track him down she will need the help of the best name tracker out there. Her ex-boyfriend, and the love of her life, Cam Caballero. Sexy, dark and just a bit broody, Cam is also bonded to a Syndicate. But he's on the enemy team, he's bound to Jake Towers. And he can only help her as far as it won't go against his Syndicate.
While they unravel a complicated tangle to find a murderer and rescue a child they will also have to deal with their unresolved relationship and why she walked away from him when he was ready to take the next step together.
This book was full of twists and it kept the story so fresh and interesting, I love when I don't know what to expect. It also straddles a fine line between urban fantasy and paranormal romance. And to my surprise, it was written in first person POV from both the hero and heroine's perspective. I'm not used to this but it worked just fine in this book.
But I can tell you this will be a series to watch. It was suspenseful, full of action, emotion and yes a bit of romance. Cam and Liv are so good together I really couldn't see why she didn't stay originally and fight for them. I can't wait for book 2, which will be Kori's story. Even though I had some issues with her at certain point in the story, I get where she was coming from....more
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Wonderful debut by Amy Plum and the Revenants series. I felt completely transported intoThis review was posted at Under The Covers
I LOVED THIS BOOK! Wonderful debut by Amy Plum and the Revenants series. I felt completely transported into an elegant european world, filled with art, corner cafes where to read and enjoy a cappuccino and a croissant, while mixing in a very interesting group of undead characters!
Kate and her sister Georgia have to move from Brooklyn to Paris with their grandparents after the deaths of both their parents. Kate is only sixteen and finds the only way to cope with the tragedy and the move is to frequent the places she grew loving and visiting in their summer trips. Cafes where she can lose herself in a good book, art museums and galleries where she can get lost in a painting. And it's precisely at one of those places she meets a boy that takes her breath away. Vincent, dark, gorgeous, 19 year old. Or is he?
I think Kate is a wonderful character. She's a typical teenager dealing with all the normal issues. Then she meets Vincent and her whole world is turned upside down as she is dragged into a world she had no idea existed.
The Revenants are, in a way, undead or zombies?, but not really. They were humans who died in place of someone else, and from then, they have been dying to save others. I loved that concept! And when finding all this out I actually liked the fact that Kate doesn't throw caution to the wind right away to be with him. She wants to have a normal life.
Of course there's always a battle between good and evil which was pretty interesting. Even though the bad guy at the end was almost predictable, I still found the whole thing interesting and the twists we find out of what Vincent and Kate CAN be together are nice. And speaking of nice, what he did for her birthday.... SWOON.
The supporting characters are all endearing as well. Jules, Charlotte and Ambrose in particular. I actually liked her sister Georgia as well. You could tell she loved her sister even though she was dealing with their problems in a non-conventional way.
And now the few things I didn't totally love, just to keep it fair. I thought the grandparents had no control over what these two girls were doing. How can that be possible? You have 2 teenagers coming and going whenever they please, and doing as they like. Not good. And as I've seen a reference before to a similarity to Twilight, I will address that as well. The ONLY similarity this story can have with Twilight is that maybe the structure of the Revenants was a bit like the Cullen family. There's the elder that rules the crazy "teenagers", the lonely soul girl "Charlotte" which could be like Alice; the big, tough, flirty one "Ambrose" who could be an Emmett; Vincent obviously being Edward; I can't put my finger on Jules though, LOL. But that's as far as it goes. This book really is nothing like Twilight. So there, I just wanted to clarify.
And now... do I really have to wait until next year to read the next one??? ...more
Where can I start? This was one of those books that I felt was hyped a lot, the series in general. So what do I do? Rush over to audible and buy the audiobook. Expecting great things. Funny things happen when you're expecting great things.
Let me tell you what I got... I got a bunch of tofu eating, eco friendly, organic supporter immortals (yes, the lot of them), who are not vampires but are made technically the same way as a vampire, except they are gifted humans to begin with so they turn immortal. Main difference between them, vampires go crazy, immortals don't. And the immortals' job is to rid the world of vampires.
OK, this is mostly a great idea. Up until the part that every single thing was over explained to death. There were chapters that felt like some bizarre vampire science class where we learn in great detail about how the blood is absorbed into the body, so they don't really taste it. Anyway. I'm moving on.
But this killed the book for me. It made a story which had some potential into a book that went nowhere fast, was boring, and I ended up so annoyed with the characters I was about to reach through the ipod and go start killing them myself.
Now, I hear book two coming out is amazing AND there are many series out there which I feel book one is a big heaping disaster because the author feels the need to explain the world. Well, we got that out of the way for sure so I will give book two a try and see where the series goes. But it won't be any time soon....more
This book really did have potential. The storyline is actually really good. If we remember from book one, Olivia was Skylar's doctor. So now she's in Africa and Zane is taking it upon himself to go get her and bring her safely to the States. Of course right off the bat I loved that they both agree that their situation is not going to be like Dylan and Riley, hehe, when in reality they are very attracted to each other. They have more than just bad guys after them to overcome since Olivia truly wants to do good there and they end up getting involved and helping with other situations there as well.
Like the first novel in this series there's a second couple. Which I liked as well. Caleb and Vivi. Caleb is yet another brother of the Dylan/Zane clan. He's in charge of protecting Vivi, computer genius, while she's working on a software glitch that could mean a breach of security if its not fixed. Although Vivi is a bit of a recluse and not the most social person, Caleb is very attracted to Ms. Smartypants. And how could she not be attracted to him? Yeah, the brothers are all very alpha and drool-worthy.
But here is where it gets complicated and why, even though I really enjoyed the book and Ms. Tyler's writing I couldn't give it more than 3.5 stars. There is a THIRD couple thrown in the mix about 2/3 way through. I found this distracting, the book is already split enough and has so much going on with two couples and each dealing with a different set of issues, to put another couple with their own issues was spreading this too thin for me. Even though I actually liked Rowan and Tristan a lot. I actually would've liked to see more of them.
Nonetheless I find this series very entertaining, full of suspense and I can't wait to get the next book!...more
The House of Rohan series starts off not how I expected. I thought it would be light and fluffy, anThis review was posted at Under The Covers
The House of Rohan series starts off not how I expected. I thought it would be light and fluffy, and it ends up being actually pretty dark. I really liked that about it. So it's a surprise in a good way.
Francis Rohan is the King of Hell. He is a man of many titles, who now lives in France. He is a wanted man in his homeland of England. He is the leader, you could say, of the Heavenly Host. These are parties the rich and upper class attend where they can experience all their kinky fantasies.
I actually liked his character. Does that make me bad? He is not ashamed of who he is, and is very upfront about it. With an air of danger and sexuality around him, you can't help but have naughty thoughts even as you're appalled by his behavior.
At his age, he has seen everything, experienced everything, had everything, and is quite uninterested in life and people.
But along comes Elinor Harriman. She ends up in front of him while looking for her mother. And she captivates him from that moment. Not the typical beauty, but the the backbone of her family; strong and smart mouthed.
She was an interesting character to read about, with her internal struggles of what's right and wrong; and how to deal with her own feelings. Always worried about her family and putting herself and her interests last.
This book also had a small side story with Rohan's buddy Charles Reading. I liked him a lot even with the scar on his face he manages to present himself as a very sexy man and I'm just upset we got a little cheated on his story.
What I didn't like? The ending!!! It was almost as if the author ran out of pages to finish the story and had to hurry it up. Other than that, I found this story very entertaining, the bickering between Rohan and Elinor is great. He is truly wicked, but oh so sensual!
Following in my Anne Stuart obsession, I find myself back with the Rohans. This time we know for sure we are reading about Adrian's kids. Did I mentioFollowing in my Anne Stuart obsession, I find myself back with the Rohans. This time we know for sure we are reading about Adrian's kids. Did I mention that Adrian is mine? Just making sure.
Basically, one of Adrian's sons, Benedick, had *caused* a girl to kill herself from unrequited love. Her brother wants vengeance now. And what better way to get it than by seducing his sister and ruining her life?
The very beginning of this story is the reason why it doesn't rate higher. I had a big issue with what our hero does to the heroine. He, indirectly, ruins her life. And if that wasn't enough, he wants to come back to finish the job.
Except Lucien de Malheur wasn't planning on Miranda's spark, her personality, and the fact that she doesn't run and hide from him in disgust because of his disfigurement. He has an ugly scar on his face, he walks with a limp. He exaggerates most of it to keep people on edge. He is The Scorpion after all, and has a reputation to uphold.
I loved this book! With the exception of my issue at the beginning, Lucien tried really hard to be the biggest asshole ever, and still managed to make himself endearing to me. And Miranda gave as good as she got.
What happened to the Heavenly Host you ask? Not mentioned a lot in this book. Adrian Rohan was one of the few Rohans left that took part in the Heavenly Host festivities. Now his sons do not participate in those acts, and the Heavenly Host still exists, just under non-Rohan supervision. Even so, it still plays a small part in this book.
This book was a bit darker, almost like the first book in the series, except I like Lucien de Malheur more. I can't wait to see where this series will go from here, who could be next? ...more
I've had this book on my TBR list for a while and since every summer I look for something light to listen toThis review was posted at Under the Covers
I've had this book on my TBR list for a while and since every summer I look for something light to listen to while catching some sun rays, I decided to give this a try. Let me tell you, I was pleasantly surprised! And note that this book was originally released in 2005 with a different title: Beauty and the Black Sheep.
I think the first thing to do before reading a Jessica Bird book, if you are a J.R. Ward fan, is realize that this is a different pen name. Don't go in expecting to read the Black Dagger Brotherhood just without fangs. But do go in with an open mind and let her writing transport you to upstate New York, to a decrepit bed and breakfast that will need almost a miracle to stay afloat. And that miracle might just be chef Nate Walker, who can bring in clients in masses.
Frankie Moorehouse is a strong woman. She has been running the B&B since her parents died, has closed herself off to having any kind of a real life in order to not loose the only thing that they still have of their family. And forget about guys and love, so not on her list of things to do. But how can she not add Nate Walker, hot and sexy, bad boy and chef. Although she has all these conflicting feelings in her head about why she shouldn't get involved with Nate, his perseverance wins out.
And Nate, well, what can I say? He knows how to work a woman almost as well as he uses those chef knives. He has great strength, leaving a life of luxury and commodities with his family to follow his dreams. And he applies that same drive to get the woman he wants. And that is extremely sexy. But then again, everything about Nate was sexy.
The actual story was well developed without being wordy, I was hanging on to every word! The Moorehouse family is definitely an interesting one and I can't wait to see the siblings find true love....more
This was a quick, short read. I really liked the concept of the story. We have an incubus, Kenan, who goes tThis review was posted at Under The Covers
This was a quick, short read. I really liked the concept of the story. We have an incubus, Kenan, who goes to a sort of slave auction in Hellsgate, and gets himself an angel, Jahel. She is in desperate need to get back the soul of the young girl she was assigned to. So Kenan convinces her that he will help her, and they set off in a chase through Hellsgate of this girls soul, meanwhile they start developing feelings for each other. They both fight the attraction at first, and he even seduces another girl in front of her, but they slowly give in to their feelings.
I liked the concept of Hellsgate, the town. However the town was missing some spark, some action, some danger, something! Of course this is a short story, so it's hard to cover all aspects of a story in regards to world building, romance, action. The romance between Kenan and Jahel starts off pretty quick, it's mildly erotic, but I was not too attached to their characters from the beginning.
They do go through some troubles trying to get the soul of the young girl back from a hellhound, and the storyline gets a little bit better towards the end where some more action comes into play, having to prevent the apocalypse and all.
I think the author might've tried to put too many ideas into a short story, and definetely it has more potential as a full book, but it was still an ok story!...more
This book took me by surprise. First, it doesn't really follow in the storyline of book 1 that muchThis review was posted at Under The Covers
This book took me by surprise. First, it doesn't really follow in the storyline of book 1 that much; yes it could pretty much be read as a standalone. Second, we don't the see much of the Chosen, which were a big part of the first book.
Rush "Ender" is HOT! I mean, literally. He's kept quiet about his mysterious power of burning this, his body overheats, he causes fires, he burns things and people. He's lived his whole life isolated because of this. Not even his closest friends and teammates for the IM (Interplanetary Militia) know about this.
He is assigned to "save" the princess and heir to the throne of Allay. Princess Ambrea is not your standard royal. She grew up away from court. Her father would've preferred she didn't exist and she was treated that way. Now with her father dead, she needs to be eliminated.
Of course the IM's job is to police the Three Worlds, and they want a fair chance for Ambrea Vas Allay to make her claim for the throne and ruler of Allay. Rush just needs to break her out of some pretty nasty catacombs, then out of her world and safely into the hands of the IM council.
I liked the fact that in their own way, both characters were strong yet innocent. Yes, they are both virgins, obviously each for their own reasons, but it gave them a sense of comfort.
For all that Ambrea seems like a breakable little girl, she can be strong when she needs to be and go after what she wants (i.e. Rush!)
We didn't get a lot of sex scenes in this book BUT when we did get it, it went on for what it seemed like forever! Good and bad.
In general I liked this story, it had some action, even though at times it dragged a bit too slow and things became a bit repetitive. As usual, I'm interested in Justice's story and I was happy to see Ravenna and Bronse as part of this story....more
Lothaire the Enemy of Old. He's arrogant, self-centered, selfish, powerful, driven, egotistical, ruthless. He wouldn't stop at anything to get what heLothaire the Enemy of Old. He's arrogant, self-centered, selfish, powerful, driven, egotistical, ruthless. He wouldn't stop at anything to get what he wants. His only fear is betrayal. Betrayal by the ones he cares about, which is why he stopped letting people close.
Ohh but how I've loved his badass self throughout this series and this book was off-the-charts amazing. Completely different than a lot of the books in this series, this author never ceases to amaze me. She can create a completely different story every single time.
He's known his bride was Elizabeth since she was nothing but a human teenager. A mountain redneck human teenager, with no class and very little education at that. He never thought he could be paired with one such as her. Until Saroya possesses Ellie's body. That must be his bride. Fit to rule alongside him when he recovers his kingdoms! To free Saroya, he must destroy Ellie's soul. But he can't do that without La Doradas' ring. RRIIINNNNGGGGGGGG
I'm not telling you what happens, all I want to say is this: Lothaire is one bad, ruthless vampire, but he will make your body shudder and your girly bits quiver! He is so sexy! So in charge and in control! Ellie is very sweet and maybe just the right personality for him, and definitely the right species to bring him down a notch.
They've both been through so much but there were times when my heart would break for Lothaire, what he has suffered, why he is the way he is. And the moment he realizes that others have tried to help him and have been there for him is priceless.
And how can we forget the valkyries, crazy as always, love them. Best of all Nix. She has her lucid moments and her crazy ones, but when the haze in her head has to clear she manages to show us a bit more of her true self in this book. And all the new characters? Ohh the possibilities!
And the last thing I just have to say... if you've never listened to an audiobook, do yourself a favor and get this one. Robert Petkoff brings Lothaire to life, with a perfect and very sexy accent, and enough emotion in telling this story that I felt I was actually watching it play out in front of me.
In case all that was too much to decipher: I.L.O.V.E.D.T.H.I.S.B.O.O.K....more