This was my first book by Nalini Singh, but it wasn't my last. After reading this book I got online and ordered all...more*Originally Read 1/13/11 - 1/15/11*
This was my first book by Nalini Singh, but it wasn't my last. After reading this book I got online and ordered all of the books in her other series.
I really liked the world that Singh created with this novel. It is definitely a concept I haven't read before. I love when someone comes out with a new way to portray angels and vampires. I didn't just love the book for its world though. The author did a great job creating compelling characters.
I don't usually enjoy stories featuring controlling ultra-powerful men, but it really worked for Raphael's character. I actually loved the fact that he was so powerful and removed from humanity that Elena had to struggle to get him to respect her. It really would have been hard to believe if he was a nice caring guy given his position and age.
There were some things in this book that were brought up but not resolved. It bothered me until I went to the author's website and discovered that there are more books featuring these two still to come.
I really liked the way that the author introduced the angels as something beautiful and innocent but then slowly exposed the corruption and danger that is present in their ranks. I thought it was very well done.
I liked the dynamic shown between Elena and her Guild Hunter group and between Raphael and his Seven. I'm interested in learning more about both groups.
I appreciated we got to see Raphael acting cold and harsh instead of just being told about it happening in the past. I wouldn't have liked his character quite so much if he turned to sweetness and light after he met Elena. Truthfully, I like him because he is dark.
After the surprising event that happened at the end of the book I'm dying to read the next book. I can't wait to see what happens next!(less)
Ever since I read the previous novel, Angels' Blood, I have been waiting impatiently for this book to come out. I was nervous about reading it though....moreEver since I read the previous novel, Angels' Blood, I have been waiting impatiently for this book to come out. I was nervous about reading it though. Sometimes I'll love the first book in a series and then feel disappointed in the following books. That is definitely not the case here. It was definitely worth the wait.
In this book we get to see the vulnerability of Elena in relation to all the other angels in her new world. She's used to being the strongest person and now has to deal with being the weakest. I liked that though she tried to stand on her own she didn't fall into stupidity and refuse to listen to Raphael about her limitations as a new angel.
I loved watching Elena's interactions with the Seven and all the new angels she encounters in the refuge. I'm very interested in seeing more developments with the members of the Seven. I also liked how the author avoided making Michaela into a cardboard cutout villain. She's not wholly bad although she's not wholly good. She has vulnerabilities and weaknesses that throw her into an area of gray that Elena wishes she didn't have to see. It's much easier to hate someone when you don't feel bad for them.
The author did a good job of showing Elena emotionally vulnerable but still strong. It was her choice to allow herself to lean on Raphael and he recognizes and treasures it. I loved how he's learning that though he is powerful he can't force Elena to open to him. Trust is a fragile thing and he realizes that he has to toe the line or he'll break her. I liked watching him try to reconcile his own personality with the care the new relationship needs.
Speaking of breaking Elena, this book did a really good job with sexual tension. Because Elena is still so weak from the transition Raphael won't make love to her because he's afraid he'll break her. The tension was great and the payoff worth it. I also really loved the vulnerability we saw when Raphael couldn't leave Elena in silence. After her year in a coma and his inability to reach her mind he has some definite anxiety there. It was sweet to see.
I can't wait to see what will come with the next book. I'm so glad I found this series(less)
**spoiler alert** Something was missing for me in this story. I read it quickly, but it left me unmoved. It had elements that I usually like: initial...more**spoiler alert** Something was missing for me in this story. I read it quickly, but it left me unmoved. It had elements that I usually like: initial antagonistic relationship, a morally gray character, unwillingly falling in love, etc. Very few of those elements felt like they actually worked in the story though. None of it clicked for me and I was left feeling cynical and disbelieving of the main character's ability to stay together for the long term.
Chloe's character didn't do the story any favors. She blew past naïve and ran straight into too stupid to live territory. She starts getting uncomfortable with the people she's supposed to be translating for but instead of bowing out and going back home she won't leave until she has to because of Bastien. This is after she tells herself that he's married, a womanizer, and that there's no way they could be together because she has personal rules against being with married men. It seemed inconsistent.
When they have sex for the first time, Chloe realizes that he used and degraded her and criticizes herself because she still wants more. I thought we'd get some deeper personal struggle with her fascination with Bastien and her willingness to be used. I was really looking forward to it! It never happened though... She just seemed to get over it and be willing to jump on him if he showed the smallest sign that he might be interested in doing it again. Everything Chloe did seemed to illustrate how idiotic she was. It did not endear her to me. After Hakim tortures her she still doesn't think she's in that much danger! It didn't seem possible that she could be so stupid. I guess I was supposed to attribute it to her age? That's rather hard to accept though. I don't think I've ever met a 23 year old that stupid before. The fact that she had lived on her own for 2 years in a foreign country makes it hard to believe that she hadn't acquired even the barest smidgen of street smarts.
Bastien had the potential to be very interesting. Unfortunately I never got more detail into his characterization. I was eager to see a character who was on the "good guy" side but who had been killing people for so long that he accepted the very real truth that in the end there's no real difference between the good guys and the bad guys. Unfortunately he was just... there. I wanted insight into what made him tick. I didn't really need an unhappy childhood with a crappy mom, but I wanted to see more of his journey down the road he chose. Does he regret what he lost? Would he do everything the same? I just wanted more of what made him who he was. Everything about him seemed to be told, not shown. We're told that Chloe fascinates him; we're told that he loves her. I didn't feel that I was shown any of that.
The whole story felt like it skimmed the surface of everything. I thought that the "bad guys" felt like caricatures. I thought Chloe would have to face some inner realization that in the end there's no real difference between Bastien and the "bad guys". She would just have to decide if it's something she can accept or not. No such thing here though. I was amused by Bastien's refusal to lie to Chloe. When she kept thinking that underneath it all he's just a good guy who doesn't really want to kill a woman and he kept telling her she was an idiot to believe that he'd only kill in self defense I had to laugh. I appreciated his cold honesty but I think that despite his repeated assurances that he could kill anyone Chloe still had a romanticized vision of him. I don't think she ever saw who he really was. That was disappointing.
Despite my problems with this book I still read it quickly. I was hooked on it even as I was deeply unhappy with the story being told. How confusing. I ended up giving it a higher grade than I originally planned because of the story's readability.(less)
This is a reread for me. I read it for the first time years ago, and it was the book that introduced me to Gena Showalter. My original grade for it wa...moreThis is a reread for me. I read it for the first time years ago, and it was the book that introduced me to Gena Showalter. My original grade for it was 5 Stars but it seems like my tastes have changed a little over the years because this time around I have to give it 4 Stars.
If you're reading this series in order and are about to start this one, you should know that this book is written in third person. The first two books, Awaken Me Darkly and Enslave Me Sweetly, were written in first person and seemed to be independent of each other. Here their characters are tied together, making the books feel more connected. I, personally, think the series reads better in third person, but if you've loved the first person setup in the first two books, you might be upset when you get to this one. Just an FYI for you all.
Mishka and Jaxon were great characters. I especially liked Mishka. Here was a girl who could be just as cold and badass as any guy out there. Maybe even more so. ;) She's killed and she's tortured, all without feeling the need to martyr herself in guilt. Seriously, I get so tired of heroines in Romance being cast as incapable of hurting another person, even if it means saving their life. But that's not the case with Mishka. She may regret having to do it, but she doesn't let her feelings cripple her. She was a very strong character.
I loved that the alien bad guys weren't written as black and white. The very nature of their race was so sad. How can you not feel for a group of people that behaves like that because that's how nature dictates they have to be? I really liked that I, just like the characters, had mixed feelings over how I felt about one of the bad guys. There was really no clear cut answer and it was hard not to like him. I'm also very interested in seeing where the storyline that was left open will take us.
The feelings between Mishka and Jaxon developed easily, the only conflict in the relationship came from outside circumstances. At times it made it feel a little too easy, but her stories are entertaining so it didn't bug me much. As with most of her books, Showalter can write some pretty sexy scenes. I felt that Mishka was a little too vulnerable and innocent at times, but overall I really enjoyed watching them come together. I found it absolutely hilarious that it was Jaxon who longed to cuddle and discuss their feelings. I enjoyed loved that the author flipped that stereotypical role on its head.
I was not impressed with Jaxon's friends. By the end of the book I was wishing that some of them would walk in front of a bus. I didn't mind Eden and Lucius, or the hilarious Devyn, but I really, really disliked Dallas and Mia. How apt that those two would be best friends! Mia's hypocritical attitude toward Jaxon consorting with "the enemy" grated, considering how her own romance developed. The fact that she would ignore his wishes--even when he was right there begging her to stop--makes her a shitty friend. Especially because she was only pushing so hard to hurt Mishka to get revenge, not because she wanted to protect him. I was pretty ticked that she was forgiven so easily. Dallas was irritating, but I was able to understand where he was coming from. He was pretty messed up over the changes to his body and wasn't thinking very clearly, so I made allowances. Mia has no excuse other than being an ass.
Despite any gripes I had, I really enjoyed rereading this book and am looking forward to continuing on in the series. And if I hate one or two characters...well, I'll just ignore them and fantasize about them being hit by said bus. ;)
"Tell me what's going on in that head of yours. Tell me what you're feeling." He stiffened. Closed his eyes for a moment and moaned. "Good God. I just realized I'm Cathy."
"I don't understand."
He gave a wry shake of his head. "I've got a beautiful woman underneath me, and I'm asking to discuss our feelings and future. Hell, I want to discuss them. I'm pathetic."
Do not melt. Do not freaking melt. "Look, Jaxon, it's not you. Okay? It's me. I can't do relationships."
"Like I haven't heard that one before. Like I haven't said it before." Shaking his head, he began to withdraw from her.
**spoiler alert** This book did not start off well for me. The author has a really bad habit of over describing everything. Every reference to somethi...more**spoiler alert** This book did not start off well for me. The author has a really bad habit of over describing everything. Every reference to something was like it was the first time. We had to hear the exact description all over again. Also, I really, really hate when an author has a character think something then immediately qualifies it. Like: he didn't have time to humor her, but he ached so badly inside with the need to comfort her. That was my own example, but crap like that happened constantly. Also, Nykyrian and Kiara did nothing but run around aching. Every time I turned a page Kiara was aching to kiss him again (while she hated him). It was ridiculous.
Let's talk about Kiara. I disliked her for the first 100 pages and absolutely hated her for the next 200. I'm serious, I have never before loathed a character I was reading about. If I could have reached through the book to take her out of my misery I would have. She was such a rhymes-with-witch. Nykyrian and his crew get hired to protect her from the multitude of assassins after her. How does she respond to this? She whines. Oh no, don't put better security on my home. I liked it how it was! Take your stupid blast shields and leave me here to die. She was like that about everything.
People constantly referred to her by her status, Princess. That's exactly what she was. A spoiled, snotty, self absorbed princess. When Syn finally saw her true attitude and blasted her for it I just wanted to give him a big smooch at how someone finally gave her the smack down and introduced her to reality. Unfortunately, she was too dumb and self absorbed to be moved by anything he said. They're animals because they're not upset when they kill the people who are trying to kill her. I mean seriously, what kind of idiot is this girl? These people want to rape and kill you! They've captured you more than once. But you're mad because Nykyrian killed them and saved you from them? She was so disgusted by him she threw up later. I have to stop talking about her, I'm getting mad all over again.
Nykyrian was a typical hero by this author. He's huge and a bad ass and has a tortured childhood. If you've read a book by her you'll recognize him. I didn't really mind that part, but I did mind his relationship with Kiara. The situation reminded me of a stray dog who has been beaten often. He's frightening and apt to attack first rather than let anyone get close. But still that dog longs for someone to pet him. So, he meets this human. The human is mean to him too. But one day the human decides to take pity on him and feed him and love him. This dog is eventually so grateful that he gives her all his love and devotion and totally ignores any time she's mean to him. That's exactly how their relationship was. To my eyes anyone would have done. He caved at the first hint of basic human kindness. It was sad, not sexy.
By the way, when Kiara's so called "turning" point came about she was watching private movies of his childhood. No explanation was ever given for why any of these things were ever recorded and how he got ahold of them. These were not regular movies. They were recordings of him being beaten at home, at school, and one of his first meeting with Syn out on the street where no one else was. So, where did these movies come from? It makes no sense and was rather weak. So, seeing these movies "changes" Kiara. He's pissed at her (rightfully so) for watching his movies, but two seconds later they're making out. Their sex life takes off from there.
After that point in the book it's like we're reading about a whole new character. She's still irritating, but now she's sickly sweet too. I seriously wouldn't have been surprised if she had grabbed his cheeks and rubbed noses with him while calling him snookums. Blech. So they continue their relationship until the big misunderstanding. The end comes pretty quickly after that with a pretty lame reveal about Nykyrian's past. Thank God that came along out of nowhere to help you have a future with Kiara.
The last 200ish pages were 3 stars for me, just average. I didn't hate it, but I didn't like it either. The first 300ish pages were a 1 star for me. Kiara made me loathe them. So I averaged it out to a 2 star.
Edited to add: I can't believe I forgot to rant about something that drove me nuts in the book! Kiara and her forgiveness of her father. Nykyrian takes Kiara back to see her dad and her dad orders him killed right there in front of her! She throws herself to the ground and "wails" until her dad comes and carries her away. She's cold to him for months, but she still stays in his home. Then when she finds out that Nykyrian isn't really dead she stops being mad at her dad entirely. The intent was still there! Just because it didn't succeed doesn't mean he should be forgiven. He never even apologized. He wanted to make her get rid of the baby so she could get back to dancing. He was a jerk! (less)
I think one of my favorite things about this story was Gin's outlook on her job as an assassin. There wasn't chapter upon chapter of internal angsting...moreI think one of my favorite things about this story was Gin's outlook on her job as an assassin. There wasn't chapter upon chapter of internal angsting about her morals and her career choice. She's an assassin because it doesn't bother her and she's good at it.
The author did a really good job of making Gin competent. Too often I find that authors paint their protagonists as the best things ever, but when it comes to showing how clever or smart or competent that character is they fail miserably. That's not the case here. Gin knows how to compartmentalize. When she's working, she's really working. She's doesn't cry over the people she's supposed to kill, she just does it (and does it rather impressively too). If she has a boundary she won't cross she chooses those lines before she picks a job.
Now, Gin's competence doesn't mean she's invulnerable. Just like anyone else, she can be talked into rushing a job for a big score. She has regrets and she has feelings, even if she never shows you them. She's pragmatic and willing to live in the moment. She knows that assassin's don't have a very long shelf life and she accepts that. She does have a weakness in the form of her past. Well, I guess it's not really a weakness, more like an area that eats at her. I'm looking forward to learning more about that.
I also really like how Gin has developed a skill beyond her magic. She won't trust it blindly and she'd rather rely on her trained skill sets. I liked that in the end all her issues with her magic weren't solved.
I thought the side characters were well done too. I think the person that we learned the least about was Detective Donovan Caine. I don't know if I like him or not. On one hand, I appreciate the fact that he struggled with his attraction to Gin and his personal and professional revulsion of her job. I don't like when characters abandon their morals for no reason, so watching him struggle was nice. On the other hand, I really didn't like that he looked down on Gin so much. I felt he was overwhelmingly judgmental toward someone who was keeping him breathing. I know she wanted his help too, but he got way more out of that deal than she did. I didn't understand their attraction to each other and I don't think they fit very well together.
I really liked Finn's character. Truthfully, I wish he and Gin were set up as a potential couple instead of her and Donovan. They had such a great dynamic together. Even though he and Gin joke about him doing anything for money, you can feel that he'd do anything for Gin and his father. Speaking of his father, for all his short page time alive he really felt like a well developed character. Gin's memories of him helped fill in his character and made me care for him right along with Gin and Finn.
I waffled between choosing 4 stars and 5 stars for my grade. I thought it was a great book and it kept me very entertained, but I also thought the middle dragged a bit. In the end I decided to just go for 5 because I can excuse a few awkward parts for a really fun read. (less)
This was a great follow up to Spider's Bite. Sometimes sequels just can't measure up, but that's not the case here. Gin is just as strong and...more4.5 Stars
This was a great follow up to Spider's Bite. Sometimes sequels just can't measure up, but that's not the case here. Gin is just as strong and badass as she was in the first book. I have a serious girl-crush on her and wish there were more heroines like her out there.
I loved how we opened the book straight in the middle of a robbery. It dropped me right into the action and gave Gin's personality a chance to shine right out of the gate. And shine it does. Her sarcasm and wit is just as sharp as it ever was. But that doesn't stop her from still getting hung up on the underdog. She's all about saving the little guy, though she'd rather brush that fact off.
Finn--one of my favorite characters--is Gin's companion throughout pretty much the whole book and makes for a great addition. His relationship with Gin is still as awesome and fun as it ever was, and their banter makes every interaction pop.
We also get more time with Jo-Jo and Sophie and get further insight into Fletcher, who looms large in Gin's mind. New characters are also introduced and one even seems like he'll play a larger role in the future.
We are treated to some great action/fight scenes and have bad guys irritating Gin left and right. We even get further developments with Mab. I, personally, can't wait to see how that will resolve.
There was also something very intriguing about Gin's magic included. I thought the author did a great--and logical--job with it.
So why is this not a straight 5 stars for me? Two words explain it all. Donovan Caine. I haven't understood that attraction since the first. It has grated on me as an off note in Gin's characterization because it just doesn't fit for me. Why would she be attracted to someone that hates everything she is? I just can't see her swallowing that crap for a hot body. There's a big difference between admiring someone's morals and letting them treat you like that because you're so attracted to them. It just doesn't work for me and never will.
Caine is just as much of a douchebag in this one as he ever was. Big surprise, eh? I have no patience for his emo attitude and dislike whenever he is on the scene. I can't really see exactly what the point of his character is in the long run and would have just preferred he never existed.
There comes a point in the story where Caine (view spoiler)[crosses a line for Gin. He sees that she is alive and turns his back on her. Now, that didn't exactly ring true for me. His character has been set up all along as someone who wants to protect Gin even though he doesn't like her job or her morals. I don't think he would have turned his back on her after seeing her in the shape she is. However, the part where she sees regret that she's alive--totally believe that. Caine has been wishing for an easy way out of his attraction to Gin so he could go back to his black and white life. What easier way is there to do that than having her die? Sounds harsh and cowardly, but to me, that's Donovan Caine all over. (hide spoiler)]
I probably would have liked this book a bit more if I had never read Skin Game.
We first met Foster in Skin Game. He was devious, ruthless, and cold. Y...moreI probably would have liked this book a bit more if I had never read Skin Game.
We first met Foster in Skin Game. He was devious, ruthless, and cold. You never quite knew what side of the fence he was playing on. He was very contained, but you could practically see the plots running through his head. Every move, every word, seemed to be done with a purpose in mind. He was, quite simply, a fascinating character. I was dying to know more about him by the time I closed the book. Added to that, the glimpses into his sexuality were intriguing. Why doesn't he like to be touched? Is it his kink, is it about control, or is it something deeper? You can probably see why I got on Amazon right away and bought this book.
Unfortunately, everything I loved about Foster seemed to be turned on its head when we got to know him better. I know you lose a little mystery when you learn more about a person, but, jeez, we shouldn't lose a whole personality.
So, Mia gets a job to find an embezzler. This job's a little different, because she's not coming in as a consultant, she'll be playing the role of employee. While there she sees the man she knew as Addison Foster playing the role of Thomas Strong, head of HR. Mia is still deeply bitter over her short time in captivity by Foster's old boss. She would like nothing better than to find a way to make him pay for hand delivering her to them.
Now, I'm not going to outline this story too much, because I feel a lot of it would be spoilers. I'm just going to focus on what didn't work for me and keep it vague about the rest.
After having all these hints of Foster/Strong in Skin Game I expected him to live up to his character. I expected to be wowed, not sit there scratching my head and going What?
So, Strong can't get close to anyone because of his ability. After he hit puberty no one really saw him anymore, they just saw whatever their expectations directed them to see. Therefore he doesn't have that much experience with relationships. He tried it once, but that just made him sad and lonelier. So, when he discovers his ability doesn't affect Mia he turns super needy. I didn't even get the sense that it was actually her he wanted, it seemed like he would have acted that way with anyone who could bypass his ability. That's where the book really failed for me. I have to believe that the protagonists actually love each other for who they are. Here it seems like anyone who saw Strong would do and anyone who made Mia feel needed would do. I also felt that a big part of Mia's love for Strong was tied directly into his ability to give her overwhelming orgasms.
Mia was a piece of work. On one hand she was so contained that she became uninteresting. On the other hand she was kind of clingy and judgmental and the term those in glass houses kept repeating through my head. We find out late in the book that Mia isn't really the good girl that everyone thought she was. She's a thief. Her reasons for stealing were pretty weak. I really found it hard to respect someone who does that yet turns around and judges people for their less than legal activities. She was so boring and the thief thing seemed like a sad attempt to make her more exciting. It didn't work for me, obviously. Also, this is just a personal pet peeve, but I hate when characters constantly spice their internal monologues with comments like, God how I love him.
One thing I noticed was the edge of superiority that both characters had to the rest of the human race. Mia was constantly talking about how smart she was and different she was from everyone else. She also made comments about the drones she was having to work with. Strong made throwaway comments about how odd the humdrum concerns the people at work had. He was amused by thinking about accepting a baby shower invite. They all just had a superior edge to it which I found off putting. I don't mind confidence, but cocky bothers me.
One other thing, after reading Skin Game I had a certain expectation about the sex in this book. Based on the scenes in the least book I expected it to be hot! Unfortunately, no. The first scene was kind of hot, but the rest really weren't. They seemed uninspired and boring, and truthfully I felt there were way too many of them with how repetitive they were.
So, if I wouldn't have read Skin Game first, I wouldn't have built up any expectations about Strong. Then I would have probably been meh instead of ticked off at the character inconsistency.(less)
**spoiler alert** These protagonists were pretty unique. The hero is an assassin and the heroine is a con artist. Both are totally fine with their cho...more**spoiler alert** These protagonists were pretty unique. The hero is an assassin and the heroine is a con artist. Both are totally fine with their choices and don't wish to change. That right there is a rare quality. Usually if a character like that is written they secretly hate themselves for what they do or are forced into it and at the first opportunity they'll change their ways. That is not the case with Kyra and Reyes, thank God.
Kyra is on the run. She pissed off a very dangerous man and now he wants her dead. She's making her way through the US biding her time until she can get a hold of a friend. Along the way she can't resist conning the suckers in the towns she stops in. Not only does she want to earn money to pay her way, she finds what she does fun. What makes her so good at her con is that in the beginning she's honestly a bad player. It's only when she decides the time is right that she uses her "gift" to increase her skill.
Along the way she meets up with a guy, Rey, who helps her out of a tight spot. One thing leads to another and she winds up enjoying a very hot night of sex. She parts ways and doesn't give their meeting another thought. Unfortunately for her, things are not what they seem. Reyes is on her tail and plans to stay there until he gets what he wants.
I liked the details we learn about Kyra's talent. Until I read this book I never would have thought of that sort of talent as a bad thing. I didn't think about the fact that she couldn't pick and choose who she took from. Anyone who touched her gave up something. What a lonely life that would turn into. Also, when you think of "best" skills you usually think of that as a good thing, or at least I do. I never thought that someone's best talent could be something so horrifying.
Reyes was an interesting character. He had a lot of issues, not the least of which were due to his past.
***SPOILERS*** At one point he thinks about how close he's gotten to Kyra and realizes that he'll have to change how he plans to kill her. He'll now have to kiss her one last time and then snap her neck so it's quick and painless. ***END SPOILERS***
Now, that's totally in keeping with his character, but I found it a bit disturbing. The thing that made the romance work for me is that they both were messed up. If Reyes would have been paired with someone else who was sweeter or nicer I wouldn't have been able to see how it would work out. Fortunately for Reyes, Kyra has as many issues as he does.
The sex was hot, and I liked the insight into both their characters. The glimpses of their pasts and the little quirks that made them tick were nice. I appreciated that they weren't static characters. I require a bit more depth than that to really get into the story.
There were a few things that bothered me, although it was easy for me to ignore them and concentrate on what I liked about the story.
***SPOILERS*** Kyra trusted Reyes a little bit too easily. I can see it happening, but I wish she would have suspected a little before he ended up telling her. Also, when we find out that Kyra had Mia's cell phone number the whole time I was a little pissed. Why didn't you try her from a payphone earlier? It just seemed illogical. Also, why exactly did Kyra's talent stop working on Reyes? Yes, it makes it easier for the romance to work, but no explanation was given for it. It just ended up looking way too convenient. ***End SPOILERS***
The author did a good job creating interesting secondary characters. I'm intrigued by Foster's actions in this book and want to understand what's driving him. I can't wait to get my hands on Skin Tight. (less)
I'm really conflicted about what to grade this book. I enjoyed it, but it was really depressing. When I closed the book all I felt was the futility of...moreI'm really conflicted about what to grade this book. I enjoyed it, but it was really depressing. When I closed the book all I felt was the futility of these people trying to make their own decisions. Someone is always there to take away their choice in one way or another.
Takeo, who is the main character, was an interesting person to follow. He seems strong in the sense that he is able to adapt to any new situation and still retain the core of who he is. But, he also seems weak because he lets himself be taken by these different groups who don't really value him. They just seem to value the services he can provide. It's hard to blame him for that weakness though, because it seems like there's no way to escape these groups who want him. I'm very torn over my attitude toward him.
It was hard at first to get into this book. I have a difficult time being immersed in a storyline when I constantly feel that I'm being told the story. It was like Takeo was an old man at the time and was reciting his coming of age story. Entertaining, yes, but also very distancing.
I really liked the fact that there were so many side characters. Even if they didn't play a big part it was nice to see them as part of the atmosphere. A lot of books have a bad habit of making their characters seem like they live in a vacuum. I'm pleased that wasn't the case here.
I felt so bad for the women in this world. They seemed to never win. They were hostages and pawns and controlled at all turns. Even women with control over their property were in a very precarious position. It was a little disheartening.
Even though I did feel distanced from the story it succeeded in making me root for characters. When that situation with Kenji pops up toward the end I was absurdly angry on Takeo's behalf. If I could have reached through the book and stabbed him in the eye I would have. I was also rooting for Takeo and Kaede. I wish there was a simple solution for them.
I guess that's why the book was so depressing. I got attached to the main characters and couldn't help but feel for their plights. Whether that was sympathy, concern, or anger depended on which point I was at in the story.
Overall I enjoyed it, so I guess I'll have to give it four stars.
This book had a great deal of potential, but I just couldn't get into it. In the beginning I was mildly entertained with a few moments of great enjoym...moreThis book had a great deal of potential, but I just couldn't get into it. In the beginning I was mildly entertained with a few moments of great enjoyment here or there. But, by the end, any enjoyment I had was over. The end seemed like a hot mess. It was like a bunch of elements were thrown into it in the hope that it would work. It didn't.
I liked the fact that Samantha was blind. I thought it was nice to see a character shown to be confident and strong even with a trait that would traditionally be seen as a drawback. I liked how Samantha slyly put on revealing clothes and never let on that she knew what she looked like in them. I also like that she wasn't portrayed as a poor timid virgin waiting for a man to rescue her from her disability. She's had relationships, she's even had sex a lot more than once.
Samantha's interactions with her brother irritated me. I, personally, do not like to read about characters who humor their pushy, interfering relatives. Just like in real life, I just don't understand those people. This is your life? Why are you letting them act that way just to humor them? When she did try to stand up to her brother she came off as more of a petulant child than a grown woman. I swear I felt the walls closing in every time he was in a scene.
Jace was not a character I particularly enjoyed. He was one of those emo guys who whines and broods throughout the whole story. He was afraid he was too rough in sex to be with Samantha. I just wanted to slap him and tell him to get over it and man up. If you don't want to be with someone, don't hang around them. Quit being such a tease. The sex scenes were kind of hot, but they stopped before the finish so often it became really irritating.
I liked the thought of the world that was created. I wish sex wasn't used as the gateway for Samantha's ability though. I was on Jace's side when he got pissed about being used. The description of the demon's were interesting, but the role Stephen played seemed like it didn't really fit. Also, the girl who Samantha met at the end seemed to come out of nowhere.
I felt there were too many times of the world building not making sense. Add that to characters I didn't really enjoy... Well, I won't be reading the next book.(less)
I'm really starting to feel like there are no good first books in a UF series. This one certainly doesn't buck that trend. It seems like there were in...moreI'm really starting to feel like there are no good first books in a UF series. This one certainly doesn't buck that trend. It seems like there were interesting ideas, but everything felt so underdeveloped that I didn't care.
Jaz's personality was extremely irritating in the first part of the book. She seemed determined to out bitch the bitchiest heroines in UF that came before her. I don't mind a tough personality and a little snark, I actually enjoy those things. But moderation is key. If you run your mouth every two seconds you don't look cool, you look foolish. She came off as very confrontational and unpleasant. I really didn't understand why anyone wanted to hang around her when she was like that.
Then Jaz suffered a complete personality change. Now, I liked that I didn't want to kill her as much, but I really don't understand the reason for it. It all stemmed from something that Vayl had to do to her. I get that, but why did that change her? It was very frustrating. Luckily it seemed to baffle Vayl too, so I didn't feel like the odd man out.
I didn't understand Jaz's attraction to Vayl. He didn't seem like a bad guy, but he didn't seem very interesting either. I think the author shot herself in the foot by having Jaz and Vayl be partners for six months before we were even introduced to them. It made Jaz's attraction already established, and we never got to see it develop. I don't see why she cares for him and I didn't feel any seething undercurrents to their attraction. The author really failed at making me care. This was never more pronounced than when Jaz gave Vayl a speech about how honored she was about her new role with him. I just didn't feel any connection so her feelings about it seemed really off and forced.
Vayl was pretty bland all around. I think he has the potential to be interesting, but he needs to loosen up. He comes off as really stiff and he feels really old. Obviously he's a vampire, but the success of a relationship between an old vampire with a relatively younger human hinges on both of their maturity levels and the vampire's ability to mesh with the expectations of someone his age, or the age his appearance suggests. So, Jaz needs to grow up and Vayl needs to become a little more young at heart.
I was very confused by Vayl's insistence on her as a partner. We later see the role he wants her to play, but how did he know that before they were partners? I found it frustrating that Jaz didn't question these things like I wanted her to. How can I get answers if she doesn't care enough to inquire?
There were too many players running around this book. I kept confusing the players in the different groups and having to go back to figure out who they were talking about. The "bad guys" also felt kind of over the top.
Jaz's revelations about her past were pretty interesting, although all I have now are more questions. I'm intrigued to see who this mysterious man is and what exactly she now is. The out of body experiences were pretty interesting too. I hope we get more information on that in the next book.
I plan to read the next book and hopeful my gripes about this book are smoothed out in the next one.(less)
This book starts out with Cat feeling very young. I'm not just referring to a numerical age either. Her mentality and her reactions all screamed teena...moreThis book starts out with Cat feeling very young. I'm not just referring to a numerical age either. Her mentality and her reactions all screamed teenager to me. It was really irritating for a while, because I wasn't going for a YA feel, but luckily Cat grew up a bit.
Cat's mom was raped by a vampire very shortly after he was turned. This led to baby Cat. When Cat was a teenager her mom laid the truth on her and brainwashed her into thinking she had to risk her life killing vampires to pay her mom back for her existence. As irritating and screwed up as Cat can be, it's no wonder she's like that with a mom like hers.
Her mom was quite the piece of work. She seemed less concerned with Cat's safety than with her taking out as many vampires as possible. It's bad enough to mess with a child's head by dumping the story of your rape on them. What kid wouldn't be screwed up knowing they were created through rape? But to micromanage your daughter's life and control her movements by constantly telling her about the demon in her blood? Nice...way to go mom of the year.
So Cat's doing her thing, luring poor horny/hungry vampires to their doom, when she tries to bumble her way into hitting on a vampire that's less than impressed by her. Poor Cat gets the total brush off from this vampire and has to comfort herself by killing someone else. Luckily, or not so luckily, she meets up with him again later. This time he is interested, but not by her rules. Their meeting marks the beginning of a huge shift in Cat's world. She'll learn that not all vampires are the same, just like not all humans are, and that sometimes you'll find love with the person you least expected.
Bones was a great character. When he was first described to us, his features and attitude resembled Spike from the TV show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so strongly that I was kind of uncomfortable. It just seemed way too similar. But when I got past that I was able to sink into his character and enjoy. I loved how he called her kitten and used his training her as an excuse to talk dirty to her. I felt so bad for him though. It's rough being the dirty little secret in the relationship. He had mounds of patience to put up with Cat treating him like that until she got past her hang ups. The morning after their first time was a particularly sympathetic moment for Bones. Poor guy.
Cat was so frustrating. Through most of the book she drove me insane. I know she had to grow and work past her prejudice, but that gets old after a while. Her refusal to believe that not all vampires are bad was ludicrous. Are all humans bad? No! Wouldn't it make sense that with different personalities comes different moralities? I love how Bones slowly made her question her beliefs and change her mind just by hanging around her. Cat also had a really bad habit of letting her family kick her around. By the end of the book she had grown, but I still hope to see her become even more likable.
Speaking of the end, what a horrible way to end it! Cliffhanger! Way to rip out my heart! I'm so glad the second book was out already so I could start reading immediately.(less)
Alexis has come to Ethan Carrick's casino to pry her sister from his life. Her sister, Brittany, has left her career and home to come be his arm candy...moreAlexis has come to Ethan Carrick's casino to pry her sister from his life. Her sister, Brittany, has left her career and home to come be his arm candy. Alexia knows that he has brainwashed her sister, so she's ready to do anything necessary to remove her. That includes acting in a manner that would get most people arrested.
That right there is when I started to get a bad feeling about this book. Alexis is some awesome prosecuting attorney, but she barges into the situation with the subtlety of a brick upside the head. I guess she was cast as an attorney to make her look smart without having to actually act smart.
This book had some cute moments, especially in the beginning. It wasn't really Alexis that was funny though. She was brash and irritating. It was Ethan's reaction to her comments that was cute. Apparently no one has ever, in all his 900 years, thought he wasn't hot. So, watching him puff up with pride and offended male dignity was cute. But, as soon as he decided there were feelings involved in his desire to seduce Alexis he stopped being funny. He turned into someone who would rub noses with you and coo.
Brittany, the sister, was dumb. She wasn't cute and kind of dim, she was just dumb. She also didn't seem to be bothered by anything. You want to control her mind and kidnap her? No biggie, it's cool. She finds out you're a vampire - that's cool, how about I save you from your horrible existence. Every encounter was like that. It was really weird.
What was up with the French vampire? Did he really have to talk like that to convey he was French? Those "ze" and "iz" and "zat" expressions were really irritating.
Alexis made a comment when rejecting vampirism that I found really odd. She said she couldn't continue her work or see Brittany's future kids if she was a vampire. Why exactly was she excluded from doing those things if she was a vampire? The way vampires are written in these books there's nothing holding them back from any of that. They can move around in sunlight and they don't have to sleep at night. She knows this, she hung out with Ethan outside during the day. I just thought it was weird.
My biggest problem with this book was the fact that they fell in love with each other. This book took place in what, a week or two? In that short time they've found true love and are going to live together for the rest of eternity? Does that strike anyone else as rushing things? If this book would have ended with them wanting to see where their relationship was going I would have found it a lot more believable.
I thought the ending was really weird. There's a big crisis that happens really close to the end, but there's no closure in this book. It just...ends. I guess it will be solved in the next book, but I still think it's weird. There was a lot of nothing happening in this book, but when something finally does happen it ends before that can be hashed out.(less)
This book opened with a big surprise for me. It has been four years since the events in the last book! Cat is fulfilling her promise and training her...moreThis book opened with a big surprise for me. It has been four years since the events in the last book! Cat is fulfilling her promise and training her Scooby squad to kill vampires. Cat gets along alright with her teammates, but she's just marking time living in limbo. Her life hasn't been complete since she left Bones.
The beginning was pretty slow for me. I had no real interest in the life she had carved out for herself. I was actually really surprised that she became friends with them. You were forced into this position but you're okay with that now and are fine with being best buddies? What? I can understand making the best of a bad situation, but come on!
So, the beginning slowly covers new details of Cat's life. One of her teammates, Tate, wants her bad and admits it when he's sloppy drunk. Her friend is getting married and Cat's in the wedding party. Cat finally decides it's time to start dating again. They weren't badly written scenes, but they weren't what I was waiting for, so they seemed tedious. But finally Bones came back in the picture and everything seemed right in the world again.
Bones was great in this book. I liked him in the first book, Halfway to the Grave, but I didn't love him. He was entertaining, but something was lacking. With this book he really won me over. He was so upfront and determined to risk anything to stay with Cat. I loved that he was brutally honest about his sex life while after she left him. I love a man who favors honestly over sparing someone's feelings.
I like Bones with Cat, but I also worry he's getting the short end of the stick. He has been the one who has had to constantly bend to stay with Cat. It's always him taking that extra step to make sure they're still doing well together. I wish she showed half as much commitment to him. He was willing to end a friendship that seemed to mean a lot to him just because that person tried to plant doubts in Cat's mind about her relationship with Bones. He won't let anything get between them, at least on his end.
Once again Cat is a less than sympathetic character to me. She spends more time irritating me than making me root for her. I wish she would just get over herself. She creates drama about everything. I totally get that she's intimidated by the legions Bones has slept with in the past. It's understandable, but the man is how old? He hasn't been a monk the whole time. I loved that Bones wouldn't let her just ignore it and have it fester. He wanted to talk it out and make sure she knew there was no other woman for him now. Which led to an extremely sexy scene. Bones really is carrying their relationship.
We get to meet a lot of other intriguing vampires this time around. I still have a soft spot for Spade, but I am interested in Mencheres now too.
The action in this one seems to have stepped up from the last book. It was exciting and fun, even if Cat did continue to make stupid decisions at times. The big reveal about Justina's history made me have an "ah hah!" moment. I definitely wouldn't put it past her. I'm so excited about the next book that it could only be topped by the news of Tate's much deserved death. Die Tate, die!(less)
While reading my review, keep in mind that I did enjoy the book. I plan to continue reading the series and...moreThis book is actually more of a 3 1/2 star.
While reading my review, keep in mind that I did enjoy the book. I plan to continue reading the series and get the fourth book, but if my problem with this book consumes the next book I think this series and I will have to break up.
I loved a lot of the side characters in this one. Mencheres continues to be intriguing, although at times I just wanted to smack him and tell him to man up. Spade and Annette are back for more page time too. Who really caught my attention in this book was Vlad. He cracked me up. I loved watching the tension between him and Bones. Also, his power was pretty cool. He and Cat have a very powerful scene when Cat is at her lowest. I loved the glimpse we got into his motives and his secret pain.
The plot in this one is pretty simple. There aren't a lot of complicated subplots or hidden motives. That's okay, sometimes simple can be a good thing. Bones and Cat are still together and in love. They actually have some surprising news which Bones takes enormous delight in informing her mother of. The action was fun and I enjoyed the ending. I guess when you get as old as Mencheres you have some pretty wicked powers.
Now, on to my rant:
What the hell is wrong with Cat? Why is she still friends with that little ass, Tate? Argh! I hate how she refuses to give up friendships/relationships that do nothing but drag her down. If she's supposed to be this kick ass girl why is she letting herself get walked all over by people that are supposed to care about her?
In the first book she let her mom ruin her relationship with Bones and made herself miserable. In the second book she let her mom spew her filthy opinion all over Bones. Why? Why would she still have a relationship with her mom if her mom doesn't add anything to her life? In this book she's resigned to their relationship, but she's still irritating! She's also extremely hypocritical. It's not okay for her daughter to share air space with a vampire, but it's okay for her to sleep with a ghoul? Where does she get off?
Also, why did no one ever confront her on her false rape charges? They acted like she didn't actually do anything wrong because Cat's dad turned out to be a bad guy. That still doesn't excuse her making a false rape charge and using that lie as a club to beat her daughter into the prejudicial mold she cast. Why did no one call her on it? It made me so mad!
I was so excited when I thought Tate might be a bad guy. I did a happy dance when I thought I might be rid of him. I was so bummed when it turned out that he was innocent. Why can't he just go away? He's such a skeeze! He took waaay too much enjoyment out of touching Cat when they were only playing a role. He knew Cat wouldn't let him touch her like that if she wasn't forced to by circumstances, but he is such a pathetic stalker that he didn't care. He groped her and enjoyed it while she sat their trying to figure out how to get out of the situation. I was so uncomfortable with the whole thing. I was really glad when Bones told her he understood why she did it, but it would never happen again.
As much as I hate Tate, it's really Cat's fault that the situation has developed like it has. She should have ended their friendship right when she realized that he had no intention of respecting her relationship with Bones. He tells her he loves her and he's better for her than Bones and tries to touch her all in front of Bones! Bones holds back because Cat would freak out if he didn't, but he should only have to take so much! He was ready to throw away a couple hundred years worth of friendship with Annabelle over her just trying to put doubt in Cat's mind. Why isn't she as committed as he is? You don't subject your husband to your obsessed friend's lustful disrespect. How hard of a concept is that?
Cat said she was realized her priorities and was going to put Bones first. She plans to quit her job, and I pray that means no more Tate.
One more thing that was really well done was Cat's reaction to Bones' disappearance. I hated Tate for trying to mack on her, but I loved her for her reaction to it. I felt her agony while he was gone. When he came back and she didn't want to wake up because she didn't want him to be gone...so sad.(less)
I won this book from Goodread's First Reads program.
I was pretty excited about getting this book. I love movies that involve government organizations...moreI won this book from Goodread's First Reads program.
I was pretty excited about getting this book. I love movies that involve government organizations or spies. If I could bundle my love of Jason Bourne style intrigue and action with an in depth relationship I would be one happy camper. Who could pass that up? Too bad that spies are a lot more boring in book version...
This is going to be a really hard review for me to write. It will probably end up being a lot shorter than my other ones too. It's really hard to think of what to say about a book that you didn't love and you didn't hate. It was just...there. I was very apathetic about the whole thing.
Even things that normally irritated me didn't get a rise out of me in this one. The relationship was flat and underdeveloped, but I just didn't care enough to actually want more depth. The secret agents seemed really dense and blatant, but I just didn't care enough to be bothered. There was even a part that I thought would piss me off for sure. It was where Owen and Tyler tried to use some computer skills to get into an encrypted thumb drive. It would have been much better if the author had just glossed over the details. Then it wouldn't have seemed like a third grader could do it... But even then it was only a minor irritation that passed quickly.
There was nothing wrong with the book, but it just seemed to plod along for me. The action scenes were brief and uneventful, and so were the sex scenes. It just felt monotonous. My attention wandered frequently while I read this, and I kept picking it up and putting it down. I even picked up two more books in between the time I started this book and finished it.
When the bad guy was revealed I actually couldn't remember who he was. I had to skim in the beginning to refresh myself. There were a lot of names thrown around in this book, and with my attention wandering it was hard to remember them all. I really felt that the bad guy seemed to come out of nowhere. Also, that was the lamest reason for being a bad guy that I've ever heard...
I think if you like reading about spies and government organizations you might enjoy this book. As for me, I'll stick to the movies from now on. At least then I have lots of cool fight scenes to distract me from thin characterization.
2 1/2 stars - I didn't hate it, but I sure didn't like it.
I strongly recommend not reading this review if you have not read the previous two books, Angels’ Blood and Archangel’s Kiss. It is impossible for me...moreI strongly recommend not reading this review if you have not read the previous two books, Angels’ Blood and Archangel’s Kiss. It is impossible for me to write this review without including HUGE spoilers for the first book. So, just know that the first two books were five stars for me and I recommend them!
This book takes us back to New York and all the family and friends that Elena hasn’t seen since being Made. I’ve been eager to see the reaction to Elena’s wings since the end of the first book, so this was pretty exciting for me. Unfortunately for her, not everything goes smoothly, despite her new prestige. Her family hasn’t improved—although we do see glimmers of possible better relations—and not all her old acquaintances are pleased with her new status.
I’m very glad that the author hasn’t made Elena’s journey easy. She doesn’t automatically gain status because she’s the consort of an Archangel. If anything, she’s scorned even more for it. She struggles to learn the rules of her new life and to find acceptance, even with Raphael’s Seven. Nothing comes easily for her. She’s used to being the baddest Hunter on the block, but now she finds herself back to square one. She also struggles to master flying tricks and works to build muscle so she won’t be so easily fatigued. Seeing Elena work step by step to adjust to her new life makes any achievements all the sweeter for me.
Elena continues to jockey with Raphael for cooperation and control. Neither of them are really used to a partnership, and trust comes hard for them. The love is there, but there are plenty of bumps along the path to happiness. Elena and Raphael both slowly open themselves to each other and it’s lovely watching them strengthen as a couple. Raphael still has a hard time trusting himself with Elena when he’s in a mood and trusting Elena to protect herself well enough to ensure nothing will happen to her. But Elena values their relationship enough to keep working at it.
We get some nice details about various members of the Seven here. Before rereading the first two books (right before I started this one) I wasn’t that interested in Venom. I don’t know what happened, but all of a sudden he drew my attention like a lodestone. I really liked watching his fighting techniques and hope that we get more of him soon. Illium was someone I’ve been interested in from the start. I like his flirty, fun-loving attitude, but it’s also nice to see a little more depth too.
I had heard that the next book focused on Dmitri before I reread the first two. I paid particular attention to him looking for clues and thought that I had spotted his future love interest, but then I heard Singh had leaked that we hadn’t met her yet. So I suppose I spotted clues where there were none.
Even though I enjoyed this book I didn’t like it as much as the first two. I had to take a while to let it stew after reading it to figure out why I wasn’t as happy with it. I’m still not sure I’ve totally figured it out. Honestly, if I had read this book first I wouldn’t have become obsessed with the series like I am now. The relationship is still good, but it doesn’t have the compelling factor going for it that I’m used to seeing.
I think one of the biggest problems with this book was the pacing. It all felt a bit slow to me. There was a lot of focus on Raphael and Elena—which I definitely do want—but it didn’t feel like the quality time I was craving. It just felt like they were rehashing things when I wanted new development. That’s not to say that it was unsatisfying though. I still enjoyed them together, I just wish there had been more of a spark.
The end fight was a pretty big letdown for me. I wasn’t displeased with the final resolution (because I saw it coming early on) but I did expect more excitement.
Before ending this I do have to mention one thing. We finally get to see Raphael teach Elena how Angels dance! It definitely wasn’t what I was expecting, but I liked it all the better for it.
While this was my least favorite of the series I still think it was pretty good. It also didn’t hurt that there was an excerpt of Kiss of Snow at the end of it! Read that at your own risk though, because I couldn’t resist reading it and then I got bummed and crabby when I ran out of pages.
For the first time in forever, he was stunned to silence. Not by her words, but by the tenderness in her hands, the worry in her eyes. He was an archangel. He’d been wounded far, far worse and shrugged it off. But then, there had been no woman with sun kissed by the sunset and eyes of storm gray to tear into him for daring to get himself hurt.
He wrapped his arms around her shoulders and put his chin on top of her head. "I know," he confided lightly. "And often underappreciated by those who don't know any better."
The long anticipated release of Fair Game is fast approaching, so it's time for me to brush up on the latest happenings of Charles and Anna’s world with a reread. I need to be back in the know when I crack open the new release. And I have to say, it is just so good to be back in this world. I enjoy the Mercy Thompson series, but this series resonates with me so much more than that one does.
On the author’s website the Alpha and Omega series is listed as an Urban Fantasy, but that is one label I cannot agree with—which is an amusing point of disagreement, really, since the author declares it as such. But to me, it is Romance, plain and simple. If you removed the relationship and left only the straight UF bits, the series would fail (for me). It would feel like a shell of itself. Most likely a boring shell, at that.
The same cannot be said for most other UF’s out there. The romance in this series is as important as any other plot or storyline we see, so I declare it a wonderfully fleshed out PNR. It’s actually why I love this series more than the original one. The third person allows the reader to get into the head of both the hero and the heroine, and we get to watch them dance around each other and slowly settle into being mates. It’s easier for me to connect with the characters and invest in the relationship than it would be in a typical UF. I love it and I wish I could find more PNR’s with such a nice balance of strength in the relationship and worldbuilding.
In this book Anna has become a little more comfortable with her mate. She can’t keep herself from shying away, but she is doing much better at deciphering Charles’s reasons for certain actions and not overreacting. It was lovely to see the growth in their relationship. When I think about how far they’ve come… well, it’s wonderful that they have found each other and are opening themselves up to happiness. The author does an excellent job of making the reader fall for both the hero and heroine. Anna continues to struggle to overcome her past abuse, but her love for Charles and her desire to make things easier on him lead her walk tall faster than she would have otherwise. Charles doesn’t have the same blatant issues that Anna does, but he still struggles with his desire to close himself off to make his job easier and his desire to protect Anna.
Charles does a fabulous job of balancing love and caring with his need to protect. Charles is quite dominant and alpha, but he’s the sort of alpha I like. He is secure enough in himself to encourage, rather than hinder, independence in his mate. He wants to keep her safe and protect her from any harm, but he knows that wouldn’t be good for her or make her happy. He encourages her to spread her wings and deals with his own fears about the danger to her on his own so as not to limit her. Because of her past, he is always on alert, watching to make sure that he doesn’t do anything to scare her. He’s a frightening man, but with Anna he opens himself up and becomes vulnerable. *sigh* I love them together.
I am not typically a huge fan of werewolf romances because I find the dominance games tedious and usually feel sympathetically claustrophobic for the poor heroine, stuck with such a controlling mate. But Briggs has created such a detailed and well thought out world that I am helpless to resist. The hierarchy of it all fascinates me, and my dislike of dominance games in the relationships doesn’t come into play because alpha does not mean the same thing in this series as it does in most other werewolf romances. They are alpha because they are dominant, not because they run around dominating and controlling everyone around them. I’ve got to say, it’s refreshing.
I have no complaints about this book. You read that right. Not a one. I loved the relationship growth and the exploration of some of the other packs. I even found myself quite surprised by the reveal of the villain. I suspected part of it, but I was not prepared for the reveal of the whole picture.
If you are thinking of trying this series out, do yourself a favor and read them in order. The relationship is a huge part of the series and it has built slowly throughout each book. And DO NOT forget to start with the novella prequel. It is vitally important to start there, as it sets up the whole series. It should have been part of the first book, but it’s not, so DON’T FORGET!
"So it's true?" Ian glanced at Charles, then quickly away. "I had heard that."
"Shocking, I know," murmured Charles.
The other wolf stiffened and gave Charles a worried look, too wary of Charles to hear the humor.
"He's a terrible tease," she told Ian, trying to help.
The Emerald City wolf's face loosened in utter disbelief.