"Dirty Joke." Is the first thoughts that pop into my head after reading Fantasy Lover. Personally I love a dirty jokGenre: Paranormal Romance
"Dirty Joke." Is the first thoughts that pop into my head after reading Fantasy Lover. Personally I love a dirty joke, especially a good one. Fantasy Lover is one good dirty joke.
I'm not saying that it didn't have some intense moments. Jillian is our man trapped in the book to be a "love slave," and Kenyon brings the harsh reality of that into light. Grace has been wounded before and no longer trusts men. She's a sex therapist who doesn't have sex, but when you've lost you're virginity to a bet sex starts to sour. They're both damaged and Kenyons straight forward writing amplifies the healing the two do to each other.
I will admit for all the raving out there this was a little disappointing. The plot was very formalistic. Good characters, that dirty humor, and a fun pace makes it seem pretty original. Even though I found myself annoyed at the same old miscommunication ploy (you know the one where neither character can confess their feelings, and they both feel they don't deserve each other because of low self esteem issues) I was still cheering them on.
The Greek mythology was a surprise. Vampires always popped into mind when thinking about the Dark Hunter series. For this Xena and Hercules fan it was a real treat to have Greek myths and tragedies gracing the pages. Gods and Goddess pop up and it's so fun. I love getting takes on other peoples versions of Greek gods. Jillian's life was like a Greek tragedy and I loved it!!
Bottom LIne: If you love a dirty joke, with one heck of a punch line, this is the book for you. Greek myth and tragedy mix well together to give the reader a fun paranormal romance. If you've been thinking about reading the series I would say don't miss out on this book 0. I don't know much about this series, but some of the characters that show up in other books are mentioned and met in this book breifly so I think it will add to the series as you read it.
Full sex scenes, naughty words, and talk about sex. (What part of dirty joke didn't you understand!?)
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back. ...more
Paranormal Romance is pretty new for me, so I was a little shy of a series about finding soul mates. The setup for this tale is between a Lykae king (Paranormal Romance is pretty new for me, so I was a little shy of a series about finding soul mates. The setup for this tale is between a Lykae king (werewolf), Lachlain, who has been imprisoned by the Horde (evil vampires) to be burned a live again and again, because he's immortal. Finally escaping when he catches a sniff of his mate, Emma, who turns out to be half vampire/half Valkyrie. Then the plot thickens. Lachlain needs to take his mate to his homeland in Scotland before the next full moon. Because a Lykae without his mate on these nights will stop at nothing to get to her. Emma does not require the mate for life setup and grudgingly (forced) goes along, thinking there's a pot of jewelry at the end of this journey. All the while Valkyrie are being attacked by the Horde, and the Horde is looking for one particular Valkyrie halfbreed . . .
Emma, or Emmaline, ended up being a very refreshing character. She was timid and scared of pretty much everything. Personally, I hate weak characters, but it's really fun tagging along and watching Emma grow up and find her inner strength. Once she faces a memory of getting forcefully burned as a child, so she could learn the dangers of the sun, she's on the path to inner discovery. Her whole relationship with her Valkyrie family changes. She realizes that they've always have loved her and have treated her like one of them. Even though the majority of them have dedicated their lives to killing vampires. Emma finally finds out who her mystery dad is (which was not a surprise) and taps into her inner bad-booty Valkyrie gifts. It's fun watching her leave behind her sheltered life, even if it is because of a insane Lykae who's kidnapped her.
Lachlain was a very interesting character. He had spent 3,000 years looking for his mate, when he is captured by the Horde in a rescue attempt for his younger brother. Revenge is the only thing that keeps him going during his century of burning torture. He only accomplishes his escape when he smells his mate nearby, basically chewing off his leg to get to her. It's interesting watching Lachlain battle his insane hatred for vampires, when instinct is telling him Emma is his mate. For me, his craziness seems more like rudeness and a case of dominance/control issues. It made it really hard at times to sympathize or like him.
Even after they're mated they still need to learn to trust each other and actually progress in their relationship. Which was nice because I was afraid Emma was just going to roll over and play good little mate. Instead she got a back bone and the relationship really bonded between the two and I just fell in love with the couple.
A Hunger Like No Other is told from the points of views of Lachlain and Emma. There are some other characters who step in and give us a little perspective. Annika, Emma's adopted mother, and Bowen, Lachlain's best friend. Annika's narration really adds to the information we get on the Valkyrie clan. And let's be honest just the word Valkyrie sounds great, so any other information we get on any of these ladies are great. Bowen shows an interesting perspective on the relationship between Emma and Lachlain, and what is in store for a Lykae who looses his mate. All of the characters in this book are fantastic and I wan more, more, more! Bottom Line:
This story ended up being more complex then I could have imagined a silly PR being. All of this is accompanied by Cole's great sense of humor, and she had me laughing out loud. I love it when I book can be funny and balance the dark and gritty elements. Even though Lachlain wasn't for me, I feel in love with the couple and look forward to future books. Because honestly, I love the whole love can conquer all mentality. The other also has a great way of making the characters seem a little more real and less like mythical beings, where emotions are concerned anyway. This is a reread for me and it hasn't even been a full year since I've first read it!
“Let me guess.” Was pretty much the only thoughts I had while reading Thunderbird Falls. OK, clearly not the only thoughts. But they were pretty much“Let me guess.” Was pretty much the only thoughts I had while reading Thunderbird Falls. OK, clearly not the only thoughts. But they were pretty much on replay the whole way through. Lot's of readers complained about how much Jo pisses and moans about her new powers. Which I'll talk about. My main complaint was how terribly predictable this book was.
Each new character, plot point, or anything introduced was so glaringly obvious I had this mental image of myself beating my head against a school desk! The fact that I had to forcibly sit myself down and finally just get finish this book killed this most of the enjoyment. The only reason I didn't simply walk away from Thunderbird Falls is the fact that I love Jo and I bought all of the books. All right, I really enjoyed the first one. Plus, Jo’s denial about her crush on Morrison . . .
Jo is great to follow in this book. She reminds me of myself on many levels. Talking out loud to myself. Check. No mind to mouth filter. Check. Car lover. Check. Shirks at the idea of huge cosmic responsibility. Check. Admittedly Jo immediately whining about how she doesn't want her new powers and her denial annoyed me. After everything in the last book she should know better. She's taking fencing lessons on the off chance that she might need to sword fight again. Why wouldn't she want to better herself on the magic playing field? That's where the battles are really going to take place. Then a dear book friend of mine stated that denial is the only thing that keeps us sane sometimes. Then there's Jo's dark and sad past. It clicked. Honestly in Jo’s place I would not want those powers and would run too.
In the end the real saving point of the book isn't that everyone is asking for Jo to want her powers, but to accept her place with them and to help. Because denial does not make the problems go away. Another beautiful thing is that no one out right laughs at Jo for her beliefs and it actually shows a Seattle full of a lot of people willing to accept and believe in the magical side of the world. While I find it highly unlikely, it is nice. At some point I'm sure Jo, and readers, will have to deal with some prejudices about it later. This book is a necessary step for character development, a lesson that hits close to home that Jo needs. It's just a shame the book had to be so freaking predictable.
Mouthy women who know how to take care of themselves are the kind of ladies that Urban Fantasy fans have come to love and crave frGenre: Urban Fantasy
Mouthy women who know how to take care of themselves are the kind of ladies that Urban Fantasy fans have come to love and crave from the genre. Kate Daniels has definitely taken one of the top places since her debut, and several books later she's still one of the most highly recommended bad ass babes around.
Magic is coming back after a 4,000 year absence, in a alternative Atlanta, GA. Where during Tech time magic is down and technology is in full control. During Magic technology doesn't work and it's back to a buggy wagon if you don't have car that runs off magic and water. Everything isn't black and white though, some magic can still get through tech time and visa versa. The world is strange and delightfully NEW! Mercenaries fight monsters for a price, Crusader knights still battle, shifters come in tons of fun varieties, necromancers control vampires (who are anything but sexy and romantic), and any kind of demon/creature could pop up at any moment going all Godzilla.
The world is really well fleshed out. The mesh of technology and magic is suburb, where the lights of the modern day go out and magic lanterns spark on. The two blend so well together, but magic and technology still battle for control. The creatures all have a mythology behind them that you can understand, but like the magic there's still an unpredictability that leaves you guessing.
Still, I must be upfront that this is not the strongest series starter I've read. The killer was obvious right from the beginning, to the point that the killer handed Kate all the evidence and clues she needed. Kate isn't fleshed out enough for my taste. Sure I loved wondering what kind of awesome wit would pop out of her mouth next, but the reader really doesn't get to know her. It may have been something to do with the short page count and the tons of action crammed into a tight bundle. And there's no complaining about the action!
This is a great setup novel to get the key players in and get readers ready to really start on the series. Kate's secret of what she is and why she's protecting that secret was driving me up the walls by the end of Magic Bites. The tension between The Beast Lord, Curran, and Kate is just firing up here—I wanna see these two Alphas butt heads! The wide range of paranormal critters make for a colorful cast that I just can't get enough of. Even with the drawbacks that only make this a good series starter, the potential is there. So much potential that I've continued to buy anything that the author duo put out.
Sexual content: Lots of creepy sex talk from the villain and raping of victims, readers who are not used to darker fantasy might find content disturbing. Lots of sexual humor.
Rating: 3/5- Adored it, just a few minor things held it back.
After reading this book, I can firmly say this book is not a good introduction into contemporary romance genre. Mind you I spent a lot of t Thougthts:
After reading this book, I can firmly say this book is not a good introduction into contemporary romance genre. Mind you I spent a lot of time in researching what titles I would read to take my first steps into this new and uncharted genre. (At least for me.)
Banks had fantastic reviews and many readers even stated that she had smooth and depth to her writing. Apparently something that hard to find in Contemporary Romance? Plus, the sheer thought of a book with more then one hot guy crushing on the girl, and they're all straight, just lead the way.
So first off. When I picked up this title I assumed that the book would build up the love. I've been reading nothing but PNR, so I figured that the contemporary genre would be more realistic. You know none of that at a glance hot lust and pants jumping. To my disappointment, within a few pages all three of the male leads are lusting after her, they've decided she's the one, and they will have her. All like that. No build up, no actual thoughts were taken during this process.
At least the leading lady, Holly, has some hesitations about the guys. She's pretty much on board with the idea after a really winning pep talk from the guys. She holds off for a bit because the last guy she “loved” and trusted killed a man on their wedding night. Now he wants her dead. So she's a little hard up for passing out the love. All of the boys at one point make comments about how much of life she's seen and how hard she's had it. For all of that, Holly is pretty dense. She doesn't think that her evil husband may have been targeting her because she has a vast inheritance. In fact, the majority of the time I felt like Holly's thoughts never really when deeper then artificial. There were times when she was trying to figure out handle being in a relationship with three guys. Those were the moments I loved this book, controversy.
The yummy brothers all fit the standard stereo type man candy of any book. Adam, the serious and poorly misunderstood guy. Even though he seems mean and angry and might kill you. If your one of the people he loves he's there for you. Ethan, is the funny jokster who holds the group together. No matter how much the other guys scare the shit out of Holly, he's there to smooth things out. Ryan is our tortured soul, who will only open up to his lady love. So there they all are. Personally I didn't find any thing else about them that really stuck out or made them different. They all live together and work a hunter's lodge.
The boys are raised in a family were they have three fathers and one mum. (Who we get to meet at the end of the book.) So I can see how they all expect to find the one woman for all of them. Personally I didn't feel it, no doubts or second thoughts plagued the lads. I wished that Banks would have fleshed it out a bit more. So it felt like it wasn't just some idea thought up for a foursome.
Banks got ambitious though, I loved the killer husband idea. Holly has to deal with basically a Mafia type guy and finally has to grow up and realize the problem won't go away. Becoming tougher, slightly more able to take care of herself. Plus I like the fact that the killer husband issue is solved legally instead of him buried in some backyard and a huge secret floating over their heads.
Another thing that constantly annoyed the heck out of me was pussy. Every love scene, really every page, seems to be trashed by the word. I've never really thought that it was erotic, and in general I'm just not fond of it. In general I didn't really think that the love scenes were very good, in fact it was hotter with just one brother at a time.
This was probably not the best place to start in the contemporary side of romance, but it was fun. I enjoyed the three stereotypical brothers, and the dialogue was pretty witty. For the majority of the book I was giggling, which was the highest part of the entertainment value for me. The author tried to take it a step further and put in a nice suspense with a evil husband Holly is trying to run away from.
Foursomes and lots of different twists. Very explicate.
“I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary. The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue.” - Cassie Palmer
The first time I read
“I knew I was in trouble as soon as I saw the obituary. The fact that it had my name on it was sort of a clue.” - Cassie Palmer
The first time I read that sentence of Touch the Dark I was hooked. Many years, and many rereads later, that line gets me every time. Well, that and one of the single most unique stories—Ok series—that I have had the pleasure of reading in the Urban Fantasy genre. (Also fond memories of being the first book that I waited for the book store employees to put out on the shelf on the release date.) Touch the Dark is one of my favorite blends of magic from Greek mythology to voodoo, satyrs to haunted jewelry, magical warded tattoos to the coolest vampire feeding styles ever! Let's be honest Touch the Dark—basically the whole Cassandra Palmer series—is all kinds of messed-up-totally-awesome-fun-with fantasy and mythology.
The most important part is how totally awesome the time travel plays into the storyline. A lot of time traveling books can over play it to the point where it's boring, or so tedious that it actually doesn’t fit into the story. Cassie also has the gift of Sybil, those able to see into the past and future. Again another thing that rarely gets used well enough in paranormal books. Usually meaning authors use it so heavily it kills the book. Chance is one of the few authors that can use time traveling and foresight so magically! The best part is when Cassie changes the time line and the ripples are immediately seen. Things can have amazing and horrible ramifications.
Touch of Dark does suffer from some bad pacing, but it's not distracting enough to take away from the book. (At least for me.) This book is ambitious, and I have no disillusions on how hard it had to be for Chance to find her rhythm. There's a lot of history here—literally—and in the way of back story. This world is rich. From Cassie's tragic past, to pretty much every character that steps onto the page. It was fun playing guess the famous people. From the man in the iron mask to Eve herself. I have mad respect to any author who would have Jack the Reaper and Shakespeare on the same counsel! Chance does a beautiful job giving enough information to make readers love her characters, but not entering into information overload.
Cassie is one of my favorite characters! It's strange that readers who don't like her say she's whiny, but her humor is simple sarcasm. Which a lot of characters within the Urban Fantasy genre utilize. That humor never failed to make me laugh and put a content smile on my face. Cassie is a character that I'd love to be friends with in real life. She’s a tough independent woman who does what she needs to do to protect said independence. Despite the tragedies of her life she still remains compassionate when she needs to and is smart enough to know when to step in. Unlike many characters in the genre she can muddle with politics of the world. Though she may not be so handy with weapons. She's a different kind of hero. But I still have mad respect for her.
Really I don't think I can fully do this book, or series justice, with words. It's a fantastic blend of a little bit of everything. It's sexy and humorous, reminding me why I love long haired male vampires so much. The time travel here is a great example of why there is a niche in the genre for that kind of thing. Because when it's done right it is: Freaking. Amazing. Not to mention that world history just got a lot more interesting with Chance’s fun twists. The best part is how great all the characters are. Billy Joe is one of my favorite ghosts. Come on who doesn't love an Irish cowboy who's gambling issues led him to an early grave? Mircea is one of the top 10 hot vamps of the genre in my book. And now I know that Chance has the skills to take a character that I actually had hoped would die while reading Touch the Dark—Pritkin—and make me totally-fan-girl-cray-cray later in the series. It's refreshing to have an author who can develop characters as the series progresses. This is a wonderful series to invest in. Even if the first book doesn't blow you away, like it did for me, the next books only get better.
Sexual Content: Sex and sexual humor, clearly an adult title.
3/5- Adored it, just a few minor details held it back.
Even before I had read Moon Called I knew I would love it. Maybe because I already had read a few Briggs works and knew she was awesome. It's fond memEven before I had read Moon Called I knew I would love it. Maybe because I already had read a few Briggs works and knew she was awesome. It's fond memories of being let in by my bookstore friends early to grab a copy on the series big debut that help to make this series so dear to me. (R.I.P Waldens and Borders.) Or because that year I read it over and over again. It also doesn't help that it was such an instrumental addition to the Urban Fantasy genre. Right before it boomed. Especially helping to make world building in the genre so important. Especially for werewolves.
Many years later, and many other authors have done wonderful things with werewolves, Moon Called it's still absolutely amazing with it's realization of werewolves in their mannerisms, packs, laws, and all that werewolf drama. Moon Called—too me—is what made werewolves finally seem so amazing. Personally I had always loved them, but finally an author was developing them enough that I could believe that they were 100% real. (Well you know.)
Mercy is awesome. What I love most is that she's not a badass. Or anything like some of the shoot/stab first ask questions gals that soon followed her debut and now over populate the genre now. No she's a mechanic, with a history degree. Sure she turns into a coyote, has some tattoos, can shoot, and takes some self defense classes. She's witty, but not snarky—cough, rude snark, cough—that seems to be dominating leading ladies in UF. No she's legitimately witty. Making jokes by referencing things and she thinks outside the “mouthy” box. Mercy is awesome, she's observant, and all of the attributes I've been talking about is probably what makes her so relatable. Also, makes her friendships and relationships more realistic. She is a strong character, and she’s real enough to be flawed.
The world of Mercedes Thompson is right in the sweet spot. The Faye have just come out and things took a very realistic spin. Instead of accepting that the Faye have been living among humans since forever. After some really bad stuff the Faye now live on reservations. Which is a nice touch considering what happened with the Native Americans by the USA and that Mercy is Native American. The werewolves have been playing around with the idea of “coming out” since human science has become too advance for the supernatural to stay hidden. Werewolves are the governments best known secret.
Moon Called is probably one of the best world building books out there. Mercy is already pretty far into the supernatural community, especially with werewolves. She already has a rich history and life. All the major factions are introduced in Moon Called, werewolves, vampires, and Faye. All to varying extents. Which is probably why Moon Called is hit and miss. It's a world developing books, there's a lot of ground and information to cover. Personally I think the mystery here is pretty cool, even if it just all unfolds. Hey, sometimes that happens. Not only is the world developing but readers are fully submerged into Mercy's world. A lot of characters are introduced. If you like well developed worlds and can handle lots of information being handed out you'll do fine. Personally I thought all the pacing was perfect. Others might find it slow.
Now going back as a re-read it hits me every time how much I think all the male love interests aren't worthy? Samuel is cool. While I understand that he's lived a long time and he thought he was making his intentions clear. It's obvious he didn't make them clear enough to penetrate the mind of a naive girl. Even though I do believe he truly loves Mercy, he kind of did a big betrayal there. I wouldn't trust him again. Adam is a controlling ass. He's basically been told by Bran—the werewolf Alpha of the entire US and Mercy's father figure—to watch her. AKA spy. Sure he may say that he's doing it not just because of Bran, but that still sounds creepy. Plus, he has a picture of Mercy and it sounds like they don't really have much of a relationship for him to be having said picture. Oh, Mercy didn't know about him having one. Let alone one that goes in his bedroom! Creepy. Creepy. It's both unnerving to see how I grew to love both of these guys. Oh, and Stephan . . . he isn't even in the equation in the romance here! (No really I remember reading something by Briggs stating she pitched the series as a werewolf and vampire love triangle. But to be honest I've never seen it. Ever.) Samuel and Adam are both so well developed for love interests, that anyone can see the clear path to romance for either of them. And I'm sure many a reader will already be in love with one or both.
In the end this was such a solid entry into the genre because Moon Called developed werewolves . . . so freaking amazingly that Moon Called clearly inspired many series after. Briggs showed many readers what they had always wanted for werewolves. Sure werewolves' politics are sexist, but it's believable and part of the fun. Can you not see some strong modern female werewolves and Mercy breaking some sexist boundaries? There's a lot I'm not covering here. Because the world of Moon Called is so well realized! Some readers may find it overwhelming, and simply want action-action-action. There is action, but this is a book that gives readers like me what they want: mind boggling world building and a fully developed lead. The charm is Mercy is a person, not some badass urban fantasy woman who has no friends. She has relationships, personal issues, and a past. One that doesn't wait until book 3 or four to be revealed. Or to make character connections. Mercy is the kind of strong female lead I'd like to see more of in the genre. The mystery is actually pretty darn cool if you think about it, the real issue is that it all falls into place for Mercy to figure out. Moon Called is just too busy setting up the world and characters. Hey, it worked.
Sexual Content: Some kissing and mild sexual humor. It’s clean kids! (But that does not make it a bad read! Gosh people.)
This is book 4 for those wondering. Because somehow I messed up and thought that this was book 3. With that said it picks up pretty easy from book 3,This is book 4 for those wondering. Because somehow I messed up and thought that this was book 3. With that said it picks up pretty easy from book 3, in fact I didn't even realize I had missed anything for pretty much the whole book . . . of course I kept wondering, "Did I forget how and when Riley became an official Guardian?" Which makes me wonder about book 3's importance to the series.
Moving on. This is Riley's first book where she is "officially" a Guardian, I love it. It show's off Riley's struggle to not become a cold killer (making her do stupid things like leaving her weapon behind!!!) and how she's learning to fit into the "new" role. Like the previous books Arthur show's off her skills for making complicated plots and mystery solving. Riley is facing a Death God and spawns from hell. This is also the book I've been waiting for to mature Riley's character as a booty kicker, but her romantic life as well.
Quinn does some pretty crappy things in this book. Now I'm not saying this because I've been anti-Quinn from the get go. No I'm saying this because he's basically a manipulative prick basically abusing Riley’s trust to a degree that made me sick. Some might say I'm blowing up his actions bigger then what he did, but he basically goes in her mind and tries to change her. While that awful relationship ends, Kerren finally gets to come in a bit!
This is a strong entry into the Riley Jenson universe as it steps away from the whole evil laboratory cloning plot from the first three books. It's clear that this series can stand on it's own after that epic plot arc ends, which is fantastic. It's great to watch Riley grow and finally take a real stance on certain things. It's a painful book emotionally and that's what I've come to love about Arthur's books. Making it this far, I have to say I'll follow this series to where ever it goes, and probably any books by Arthur.
Sexual Content: Sexy as always. Riley does use sex for her job as a Guardian, some readers may have a problem. But if you’ve made it this far, it’s not going to shock you.