Let’s go back to the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon was trying to conquer Europe and Britain. Now let’s just alter the history, just a tad, and...moreLet’s go back to the time of the Napoleonic Wars. Napoleon was trying to conquer Europe and Britain. Now let’s just alter the history, just a tad, and imagine these wars fought aerially with dragons and imagine what an aerial battle would entail during this era.
His Majesty’s Dragon struck me as an original, entertaining read. A lot of detail went into this story and at times it was a little difficult for me to imagine a fully outfitted dragon flying off into battle carrying his harness, his aviator, his flagman, and the rest of the crew. But if you suspend belief, it’s kind of fun.
A lot of thought went into building this world. There is a myriad of different dragon breeds, each with different size and coloring. Each dragon species has different talents. There are the requisite fire breathers, dragons that can shoot acid, and dragons that can hover in mid air. Some dragons have incredible speed, others are good at evasion and other flight skills. Each dragon has the ability to choose their aviator – some breeds only choose female aviators. All the dragons were highly intelligent and spoke the languages they heard before they hatched.
Most of the dragons had pretentious Roman names like Maximus, Levitas, and Victoriatus. I really loved all the dragons, but Temeraire stood out. Captured from the French as an egg, Temeraire was an unexpected bonus to the British war effort. From his hatching to his unlikely choice of Will Laurence as his aviator, Temeraire showed that he was a good judge of character. Temeraire’s relationship with Will was endearing: they made a wonderful team. In fact, Will’s entire crew was extremely well respected. From his hatching, Temeraire was a very special dragon. His intelligence was superior. He enjoyed “reading” and he soaked up books on mathematics and physics.
The dragon training section was a bit slow, but the aerial fight sequences made up for that part. I was at the edge of my seat. Flying in v-formation like geese, flagmen waving their communication flags (no radios!), and whole crews attached to the dragons added to the excitement. Sadly, when a dragon was injured, other dragons flew to the rescue to assist the injured dragon back to camp.
The book contains a few appendices at the end with hand drawn pictures of the different kinds of dragons and notes on dragon observations. Fascinating reading.
I’ll have to take a look at the rest of the books in this series. (less)
Wild Card was an enjoyable diversion over the Christmas holidays.
Wild Card is the story of Sabella and Nathan Malone. The book begins with Sabella and...moreWild Card was an enjoyable diversion over the Christmas holidays.
Wild Card is the story of Sabella and Nathan Malone. The book begins with Sabella and Nathan, young and very much in love. Nathan is sent off on a mission and does not return. Sabella is crushed. So strong is her love for her man, that she is convinced he is still alive. After all, she is having vivid dreams of him, suffering, bloody, and tortured. Nathan has been broken and horribly tortured. When he is finally rescued, he undergoes many months of surgeries and therapies and becomes Noah Blake.
Flash forward six years. Noah returns to his hometown and is surprised to find Sabella running the garage with help of his brother. She is struggling to keep her home and the garage running. Noah secures employment at the garage. After a while, Sabella begins to suspect that Noah is not who he seems to be.
At the same time a supremacist group is targeting illegal aliens and brutally murdering them. Noah’s team is investigating these murders. The investigation is proving difficult because there is a mole reporting every move. When his mission ends, he will have to leave his love, Sabella forever.
Let’s just say, this book is very steamy. The love scenes are hot. Noah is very possessive of his woman. His caveman/alpha male instincts exude sexiness, if that’s your type of thing.
Sabella is an interesting character. She seemed very “damsel in distress” at first, but she was a lot stronger than she looked. I loved how she stood up to Noah and put him in his place often. Sabella was also a very smart character and I loved how she figured Noah out so quickly, but never let on that she knew.
Aside from the steaminess, there is a lot of action in this book, especially at the end.
Realistic? No way. Enjoyable distraction? Definitely.
I’ll be hunting down the next book in the series. (less)
Why didn’t I read these books sooner? I was very excited to be starting off the Guild Hunters series by Nalini Singh. I enjoy this author’s...moreLoved it!
Why didn’t I read these books sooner? I was very excited to be starting off the Guild Hunters series by Nalini Singh. I enjoy this author’s writing style. Her descriptions evoke images in my mind and it felt like I was watching a movie with great cinematography rather than reading a book.
Take the example of the Archangel’s Tower. Our heroine Elena has a townhouse with a view of the Archangel’s Tower. She can watch the angels fly in and out and around the towers. So cool!
Cooler still, is the author’s original take on vampires. In the Guild Hunter world, vampires are created by the angels and must remain in service to the angels for a period of 100 years. Occasionally, some vampires try to escape their servitude. This is where Elena and the Guild Hunters step in to recover these renegade vampires.
I loved Elena and Raphael’s relationship. It was fun to watch Raphael change for Elena as the book progressed. The author writes some very steamy sexy scenes, too. The angel battle scenes were epic.
I want more! I can’t wait to read Archangel’s Kiss, the next book in the series.
Black Dust Mambo is a dark and sultry tale. Set in New Orleans during May Madness Carnival (think Spring Break for people with magical abilities), Bla...moreBlack Dust Mambo is a dark and sultry tale. Set in New Orleans during May Madness Carnival (think Spring Break for people with magical abilities), Black Dust Mambo has just the right amount of mystery and magic to keep me reading late into the night.
Imagine…the partying, the debauchery…a young woman’s first May Madness Carnival…all kinds of fun. And murder, black magic style.
Kallie Riviere wakes up to find her companion for the evening very dead. The victim’s best friend Layne Valin accuses Kallie of murder. When Valin touches the corpse, he dies too. Kallie manages to resuscitate him and they work together to find the killer.
Some interesting facts about our heroine: Kallie spends a good portion of the book in her underwear, almost the entire first half. No, it’s not THAT kind of book. Kallie also punches first and asks questions later. I can’t recall how many people Kallie punched, but it was enough that I did make note of it.
The magic in Black Dust Mambo is fascinating. There were hexes, poppets, divinations, and more. Kallie’s magical abilities remain a mystery, especially her strength to resist compulsion. I also liked Valin’s magical ability. Valin is a vessel, a person that can host spirits so that they can communicate with the living. Kallie’s best friend Belladonna is a mambo, a voodoo princess. I enjoyed the interactions between the characters, especially their ability to poke fun at each other.
I think that this book would have benefitted from a glossary of terms. A lot of creole words are thrown into the story and a glossary would have been beneficial to people who do not have a knowledge of French.
Cliffhanger alert: This book ends on a pretty intense cliffhanger. Thankfully book 2 Black Heart Loa is already published.
Favorite quotes: “Felicity Fields sounds like the name of a Bond Babe.”
“Men. A little juju, a little wormwood, a near death, and they curled up like salted slugs.”
“You really must stop punching people. Have you considered anger management or a twelve-step program for quick fisted pugilists?”
It’s hard to describe Daughter of the Forest. It is a fantasy, a historical, and a romance. It reads like a fabl...moreWhat a breathtakingly beautiful book!
It’s hard to describe Daughter of the Forest. It is a fantasy, a historical, and a romance. It reads like a fable or a fairy tale. It has all the elements of a fairy tale – the evil stepmother, a fairy godmother (sort of), an enchantment, an impossible task to accomplish, a prince charming, and a happily ever after.
This has to be my all time favorite book now. I was captivated by the story, mesmerized by the voice of Sorcha, our heroine. I did not put this book down for days. I probably used up an entire box of Kleenex reading this and my kids looked at me quite strangely.
Sorcha is a very special young lady. She is the seventh child of a seventh son. Her mother died in childbirth. Her six older brothers care for her and they all share a special bond. Sorcha can communicate telepathically with two of her brothers. She is also well trained in healing. So much happens to Sorcha in this novel, but one thing remains in my mind – she is totally devoted to her brothers. Such love brings her much angst and suffering, yet she endures.
For most of the story, Sorcha endures an impossible task to free her brothers from an enchantment. Sorcha is not allowed to speak until the task has been completed. At one point she must leave her lands and is found by a Briton, Red. Red rescues Sorcha from nearly drowning and brings her back to his home.
I loved Sorcha’s character. So strong, so determined, and way too young to go through such an impossible task on her own. Imagine not speaking for three years, not being able to explain what you are doing, and this is Sorcha’s life. Despite her burden, Sorcha was also able to see the beauty in the world around her.
Red or Lord Hugh was a wonderful character as well. He was so patient and kind to Sorcha. Sorcha’s brothers are also very interesting characters. Conor and Finbar were my favorites.
A fairy tale would not be complete without the evil villains. In this book, there is the scary Lady Oonagh who reminded me of a Disney evil Stepmother. Absolutely scary. The power hungry creepy Uncle Richard made for a very nasty villainous character.
I think what makes this book so special is that the author is so gifted in her writing style. She gives a girl who is mute for most of the book a voice. We feel this girl’s love, devotion, and desperation. We feel all of this girl’s emotion. I also loved how the author included the Fair Folk in her story. They are never really in the main part of the book, they just happen to always be in the background. You are never really sure if they are responsible for a spell or not.
I highly recommend this book. Be prepared with a lot of Kleenex. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
What a fun book to read! If you enjoy reading contemporary romance, Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl is a treat. It was sweet, humorous, and se...moreLoved it!
What a fun book to read! If you enjoy reading contemporary romance, Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl is a treat. It was sweet, humorous, and sexy. I was actually sad that the book ended; I wanted to stay in Tumble Creek just a little bit longer.
Why was this book such an enjoyable read? I would have to say it has to be the characters. Ben Lawson and Molly Jennings are a really interesting couple. Ben is the police chief of Tumble Creek. He is well respected, well liked, and a really nice guy. And he really looks good in a cowboy hat. Molly is sexy, flirty, and very independent. She also has a secret that she keeps from her friends and family. Molly has made successful living writing erotic romance novels.
I love how Molly and Ben’s relationship progresses. Molly has had a crush on Ben ever since she was in high school. Both Molly and Ben are clearly attracted to each other. Ben is perplexed by Molly’s secrecy, and each chapter begins with him speculating what Molly’s profession is. His guesses include vocations like online sex performer, phone sex operator, and surrogate mother for hire. There are some hot and steamy moments, and they are well written. Of course, the relationship hits a few bumps along the way. Molly’s reaction to those bumps was to try to make Ben jealous. I did get tired of some of the relationship games after a while, but they did not get in the way of my enjoyment of the book.
I also enjoyed the small town feel of this book. Tumble Creek seemed like the perfect small town – a place where everyone knows each other.
I am looking forward to reading the next installment of the Tumble Creek books – Start Me Up. (less)