This was my first book by Nalini Singh, but it wasn't my last. After reading this book I got online and ordered all*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!...more
I was browsing the bookstore when this cover caught my eye. I read the back of it and figured I'd give it a try. I wish I would have known it was partI was browsing the bookstore when this cover caught my eye. I read the back of it and figured I'd give it a try. I wish I would have known it was part of a series first. Unfortunately this book does not stand on its own well at all. There were so many characters running around that I was irritated. I found Lore's newly discovered brothers especially irritating. I suppose if I had read their books first I would have had some investment in them and might have been glad to read about them again. Obviously that wasn't the case with me.
Lore can kill with a touch (even inadvertently) which makes it very awkward for him to have the sex that he needs to keep his rage down. He's also bound to Deth as an assassin until he completes his 100th kill. His last kill is assigned to him and this time he isn't given the option to say no. Deth also gives him a time limit that he has to complete his last kill by or his sister, Sin, will die. Needless to say he's determined to kill the guy even though it will put him at odds with his brothers.
While trying to take out his target he comes into contact with Idess. She's basically an angel-in-waiting and guards people who have an important destiny until she finally makes it to heaven. One of the people that Idess is assigned to guard is the very same person that Lore has to kill. Idess and Lore have several confrontations until Idess gets the upper hand. Unfortunately for Idess another one of the people she has to protect is in danger too. She ends up very busy trying to keep all of her charges safe.
Idess and Lore seem to have good chemistry together. There's nice sexual tension between them and their dialogue together is amusing. I think if more time had been spent on developing them and their relationship I would have been happier. I could never forget that they had known each other a matter of days when they were overcome with love. There was way too much page time devoted to other characters and it definitely impacted the believability of the main character's romance for me.
The type of book this was and tone of it really reminded me of Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series. I think if you enjoy those books you might like these ones too. I'd definitely recommend starting with the first one though.
I don't think I'll read any more in this series. I'm mildly interested in Sin's story but I think I would be just as lost to all the previous book references in that one as I was in this one. It really pulls you out of the story when you're constantly wondering what everyone is talking about....more
When I first started reading this book I didn't think I'd like it very much. Every time I turned a page Olivia was crying again. I don't require my heWhen I first started reading this book I didn't think I'd like it very much. Every time I turned a page Olivia was crying again. I don't require my heroines to be emotionally dead, but come on, you're embarrassing me and I'm not even in the scene! I feared that she'd spend the whole book sobbing at the drop of a hat. That is definitely not the heroine for me. Luckily, Olivia bounces back pretty quickly. She's still a little bipolar at times, but for the most part she becomes well adjusted.
This book was a quick, light read. I know that they're supposed to be angsty and tortured with the demons and all, but that's not how this series comes across to me at all. They had some really funny parts in this book. I liked watching Aaron struggle with himself. He cracked me up when he'd cave to her pressure and compliment himself on what a great guy he was. I wouldn't have been surprised if his demon had slapped him on the back and congratulated him for taking one for the team (metaphorically of course).
Watching Olivia learn to be human was also entertaining. She had the right idea in making sure she experienced the most in life. If you're going down, you might as well make it worth it. The angel council seemed pretty harsh. I don't know whether humanity should be worried or not with these guys pulling the strings.
Legion, and Aaron's blindness toward her, got old really quick. What a selfish creature. I didn't enjoy so much page time devoted toward her and after her actions in the bathroom (trying to avoid spoilers) toward the end I wonder what part she's going to have in the future of the series. Also, Aaron's willingness to do that-thing-to-save-them-all (vague again!) was totally upsetting to my romance-reader heart. It was really depressing because I didn't see a way out of it. Even though he was upset about it, it still pissed me off that he even agreed. That's not the way it's supposed to happen! The author did choose the one route I didn't see him taking, so it all worked out. Sort of...
The events at the end kind of seemed to come out of nowhere. I thought Olivia's explanation for why she was able to help Aaron was pretty weak. You argued that? And it worked? Also, meeting that friend toward the end left the book with a somber note. You're happy for Olivia and Aaron, but you still can't help but feel bad.
It was a toss up between 3 stars and 4 stars for this book. I swung toward 4 because even though the end seemed really weird and out of place, I had a good time reading it and was entertained. ...more
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.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. 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...more
I really liked the storyline and relationship with Scarlet and Gideon, but there was way too much going on in this book. I alternated between bored, iI really liked the storyline and relationship with Scarlet and Gideon, but there was way too much going on in this book. I alternated between bored, irritated, and exasperated as I read the storyline Amun, Aeron, and William starred in. I'm interested in seeing more of Amun and William (especially him), but I felt that way too much time was spent on them when this was Gideon's book.
I also wasn't that thrilled with the whole purpose of that storyline either. Ugh! The fact that Aeron would put his friends at risk for that. Obviously he learned nothing valuable in the last book.
I was very intrigued by the possibility that Scarlet and Gideon had been married. I was bursting with questions by the time I finally got to read this book. When were they married? Why did they separate? Why doesn't Gideon remember? What does "To Part Is To Die" mean?
Luckily, I got answers to all of my questions. I did not expect the answer, though. I can't believe it! Kudos to the author for really throwing me a curve ball. I did not see that coming. I felt so bad for both of them. I loved how Gideon didn't care what the truth was. He just wanted to be with her no matter what. I think he's my favorite Lord so far. I also found the scene where we found out the meaning of "To Part Is To Die" utterly romantic.
I loved Scarlet's character. She's had her knocks, but she keeps picking herself up. Very sad things have happened in her past, but she doesn't constantly dwell. She does give into her moments of anguish, but the fact that they are few and far between made them that much more touching. I loved how she would deliberately take Gideon's statements at face value just to irritate him. He would get so frustrated!
I really loved the big reveal about the relationship between Scarlet and Gideon's demons. I cracked up! I also saw more hints that Galen and she-who-irritates-me will have a future when Scarlet was in his dreams.
I'm kind of nervous about the future of this series. I keep giving high grades, but it's almost despite the events in the book. I don't like how more and more of the story seems to be slotted for storylines and events revolving around other characters. I want more focus on the romance that the book is purported to be about. I really thought this one would be focused exclusively on Gideon and Scarlet when he took her away, but no such luck.
This author has an extremely engaging style, but I'm afraid I'll have to give her up if she continues this trend. I don't want to feel like I'm reading two books anymore. ...more
Blaze of Memory is the 7th book in the Psy/Changeling Series. It's a great series, but if you haven't read any of the previous ones I don't recommendBlaze of Memory is the 7th book in the Psy/Changeling Series. It's a great series, but if you haven't read any of the previous ones I don't recommend that you start with this one. Unfortunately you will be lost and will probably not enjoy it as much as you would have with more background information.
For some reason I couldn't connect to this story the way I could to the other books in the series. I felt it had some really interesting points, but on the whole it wasn't what I was hoping for.
I really enjoyed learning more about the Forgotten Psy and Shine. I was intrigued by the differences between their Net and the PsyNet. I can't wait to learn more about them. I also liked seeing the small hints that Nikita Duncan might feel more of a connection to Sascha than we thought. I appreciated the author showing us prior characters in the series without letting them take over the story too much. Although I do have to say that I think Sascha has way too much page time throughout the series.
The relationship between Dev and Katya didn't engage me the way that all the others did. I think it was because it felt so unequal with Katya being so needy. I know she had her mind messed with and wasn't in the best position to come out of her situation on top, but it felt like she leaned on Dev for everything and let him take control. I do have to say that she did try do things her way once, but because Dev stepped in and stopped her without any difficulty at all just made her seem even more helpless.
Dev was also a much different character than I thought he would be. He was way controlling and possessive. He reminded me of the Changelings with their animal instinct but he even took it beyond the point that any of them have. Maybe it's because he was Psy that these things struck me as so off...
I think the author did a good job of keeping the uncertainty going of whether Katya would live or die. I have to be honest and admit that at the end I really couldn't see how Katya could be fixed so she and Dev could have a happy ending. It was a bit convenient how it was solved, but I don't think it would have worked out any other way.
Even though it wasn't my favorite I would recommend it to anyone following the series. We learn a lot of interesting things and the journal entries/letters to her son are great. ...more
While reading this series I have seen Harry face a lot. With each book he becomes a little more beaten down, and a little harder. Through it all he'sWhile reading this series I have seen Harry face a lot. With each book he becomes a little more beaten down, and a little harder. Through it all he's maintained his moral code. He's very firm about how far he is willing to go and what lines he can never cross.
Sometimes, an event will happen that is so viscerally important that you will be willing to do anything to fix it. Nothing matters, not yourself, not the future. Nothing except the person at the center of that event. This book is Harry's crucible. He will run the gauntlet and find out how far he is really willing to go.
This book is...epic for Harry. Everything he knows and depends on for stability seems to crumble around him. The author pulled no punches in this one. The things we have identified with Harry and looked at as part of his identity for this whole series are ruthlessly stripped from him. The author seems to leave Harry naked, with only his wits and a few friends willing to stand by him when it's important to him.
Always before, Harry gets into tough situations for someone else. He may get in a little too deep by himself, but the original situations are usually not of his making. He is always willing to help the underdog out. If it's important, even if he really doesn't like you, he'll be there. That's just the kind of guy he is. In this book it is finally a situation that Harry needs help with for himself. He's asking personal favors because this situation is personal.
As Harry searches for allies, we notice a definite split in the group of people he associates with. This is the book that shows who his real friends are. When your so-called friends turn their back on you, you only have so many options. Harry needs people on his side for this. It will be the biggest, most important fight of his life to date. If he can't find allies through his associates, he'll find them somewhere, one way or another.
It's really hard for me to talk about the sheer awesomeness of this book without giving away spoilers. While reading I was shocked. I never expected the author to do something like this. It's not just the obvious lines that Harry crosses that were so surprising. It was just the whole situation. As I saw person after person refuse to help him I got so pissed off! The people who stuck by him didn't surprise me, they'll die for Harry. It was all the others that made me so mad. They're supposed to be a unit! They're supposed to be there for each other! I hope that bridge is burned.
Even after being finished with the book for a while now, it's still so hard to imagine what's going to come next for Harry. A lot have things changed in this book and he's going to have to deal with the fall out in the next book.
By the way, Murphy really impressed me in this book. She's always been there for Harry, but she really steps up her game here. I was so glad she was there for Harry to lean on when he started to crack. I can't believe that her whole identity is a hairsbreadth from being taken too. So many changes for so many people.
One last point! I'm so impressed that Harry has finally decided that even if the situation is horrifically dangerous he won't hold back someone who wants to help him. He's grown enough to know that they're all adults and he can't shelter them all the time. He has to take help wherever he can find it. Kudos Harry!
I'm so anxious for the next book! That was a horrible cliffhanger at the end! What happened??? I need to know! ...more
If you've read the previous book "Start Me Up" you'll recognize Jane as Quinn's ultra professional secretary. She's just as organized and cool as sheIf you've read the previous book "Start Me Up" you'll recognize Jane as Quinn's ultra professional secretary. She's just as organized and cool as she seemed in the last book, but now we get a little insight into what makes her tick.
Chase is working with Quinn on a residential project and meets Jane when he goes to the office. He hits on her as a whim but Jane turns him down. He ends up giving her his business card in the hope she might change her mind and give him a call. When Jane gets a little tipsy out with a friend she ends up giving herself an early birthday present and gives him a call.
Jane was an interesting character. Her snobbery and prejudices made her a little hard to like, but the way that she owns up to her views and admits they're not valid made it easy for me to sympathize with her. She had a really hard time growing up and started acting out as soon as she hit puberty. At the time she didn't care what she was doing or what people thought, but after she changed her life she hid who she used to be and didn't want to be involved with anyone or anything that might associate her with the kind of girl she used to be.
The author definitely didn't spare Jane from her mistakes growing up. Her actions were described but they were never excused. It was up to the reader to decide their own opinion of it. I cannot think of a single other heroine I've read with a past quite like this. I loved that the author a chance and didn't sugarcoat Jane. I really liked her character and appreciated what she was able to build after having sunk so low.
Chase was a less in depth (though no less endearing) character. Even though he had a past of his own and issues with his dad he was a much more stable adult. He moved past the problems that he had in life and became comfortable in his own skin. I was pretty surprised about Chase and Jane's past association. How hard to be around someone who hasn't just heard about your worst but has seen it in person. I was glad they were able to move past it.
Chase and Jane were pretty perfect together. They really seemed like they fit together. I liked that Chase finally drew the line and wouldn't let himself be used anymore. I liked that he was able to indulge her wild behavior but also able to help her finally move past her low opinion of herself. This book really did a good job illustrating that you can't judge a person by how they look on the outside. I loved every time Chase popped up with another fact about himself that made Jane feel foolish for her assumptions.
I do have to mention one thing that bothered me though. What was the deal with everyone thinking that someone with a tattoo had to be low class? I totally understand Jane's view on it, and she admits that she has issues that make her classify people like that, but what about everyone else? When Jane starts having issues Quinn immediately jumps to some pretty harsh conclusions about Chase that seem to be based on how he looks. Also when Ben (hero of "Talk Me Down") meets him at the end it makes mention of him reacting to the tattoos. Where exactly are they living that tattoos are only on criminals and poor/low class people? I just find it odd that everyone in the book seems like they would be shocked if a rich person in a suit flashed a tattoo.
Great book and I can't wait to read another by this author! ...more
*I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this from Dear Author.*
Sophia Russo is a Justice Psy, or J-Psy. She's the one the cops and the prosecutors call i*I was lucky enough to win an ARC of this from Dear Author.*
Sophia Russo is a Justice Psy, or J-Psy. She's the one the cops and the prosecutors call in when they need memories retrieved. She first encounters Max Shannon when she's called in to retrieve memories from a serial killer.
Max has the best solve-rate in the city and has a natural shield that keeps the Psy from influencing him. They both sense something interesting about each other, but after Sophia is done with her task they expect to never see each other again. Unfortunately, someone is killing off a Psy councilor's advisers. Max and Sophia are thrown back together to figure out what's going on.
One of the best things about this series is the world the author has created. Each book adds more twists and turns. In some of the books you'll see threads resolved, but in others you'll see those threads twine together in a way that makes you more aware of the bigger picture. Throughout the last couple books we've seen multiple individual strands pop up. We've wondered about the characters we get a glimpse at. What is their ultimate purpose? Are they the bad guys? Are they the good guys? Are they shrouded in silence or are they hiding themselves and fooling everyone? This is the book where those strands start to weave together. Big changes are coming for the Psy, and this is the book where things start coming to a head.
I really liked Max and Sophia. They both had very messed up pasts, but when they came together, they made a stronger whole. Sophia's reaction to Silence was rather unique because of her J status. The J's in general were rather special. Certain side effects of their condition were known but ignored. They were too valuable to risk damaging.
Max and Sophia had a great dynamic together. Sophia was the more stiff and formal of the two, but what can you expect? She's the one that came from Silence. But, she was willing to embrace anything that Max would give her. More than that, she needed what he could give her. Max had a great personality. He didn't let past hardships turn him brooding or emo. He had a playful personality and he when circumstances didn't require him to be serious he was fun loving. I liked that he wasn't above being embarrassed once in a while. There was one or two times in the book where his face might have turned a little red.
There were a lot of players out to cause trouble in this book. They were willing to undercut each other to gain the advantage. It was nice because you couldn't be sure, at least at first, of who was responsible for certain actions.
I like how the author makes every descent from Silence and the Net unique. How it resolved with Sophia - well, I didn't see that coming. Based on past books I really wouldn't have guessed that path. I love it when an author surprises me like that.
The reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 was because of a few issues.
I thought the person from Max's past showing up right then was extremely convenient. It just seemed a little too far fetched. The otherness that Sophia experienced seemed too easily solved too. I would have expected something that could be so damaging would be harder to control. Also, I liked that they took it slow with the physical sensation. If you haven't been touched for 4 years it would be extremely overwhelming to go all the way all at once. Having said that, I still think it was too drawn out. By the time they had sex it was like finally. I was tired of them dwelling so much on wanting to have sex but not quite doing it.
Reading this book has made me so impatient for the next one. I can't wait to see what's on the horizon for the Psy.
For all you Hawk and Sienna fans: there was only a brief mention of them. But, that short mention still seemed encouraging. :)...more
For me, this series went out with a whimper instead of a bang. After reading Leo and Catherine's book I had high expectations of this one. UnfortunateFor me, this series went out with a whimper instead of a bang. After reading Leo and Catherine's book I had high expectations of this one. Unfortunately, I never connected to the story and found my attention wandering frequently.
One of Beatrix's friends, Prudence, has received a letter from one of her suitors, Christopher, who is away at war. When Prudence decides she's not going to write back, because that would only encourage him to include more boring details about what he's going through, Beatrix insists she must. When Prudence still isn't interested Beatrix takes over the task herself, with Prudence's approval, and signs Prudence's name. Christopher and Beatrix exchange multiple letters back and forth until it becomes too much for Beatrix to continue the charade. What started as a way to comfort him during his time away turned into love. Beatrix breaks off her connection to him with a final letter asking him to find her.
I really liked that we got to read some of the letters going back and forth between them. It much more engaging than simply being told about it. The drawing that was included in one of the letters was a very nice touch too.
When Beatrix and Christopher finally meet in person, after he comes back from the war a hero, he's pretty rude to her. He wasn't impressed with her when they had met in the past, and time hasn't improved her. I thought the premise for this story was clever, but when it got to the reality of it I wasn't too pleased. I didn't enjoy reading about Christopher longing for Prudence while Beatrix was stuck longing for Christopher. It wasn't just the longing that bothered me. He was condescending and rude on pretty much every occasion they met. Whenever he discussed her with his sister-in-law, Audrey, he had nothing nice to say - unless it was about her appearance. It was a bit off-putting.
I wasn't that attached to Beatrix in any of the other books, so I had no real expectations of her going in to this book. What I definitely didn't expect was the historical dog-whisperer. Not only does she enjoy nature and animals, she seems to be an expert in everything about them. Hearing her constantly lecturing Christopher on proper care of his dog got a bit old. I agree he needed help, but he didn't ask for her opinion. She just barreled over him and spoke her authoritative opinion ad nauseam. She even stole his dog once. It was the best for the dog, yes, but it just emphasized her more unattractive personality traits. She's insanely bossy and managing.
Another thing that bothered me about Beatrix was this: She is the biggest Mary Sue. Everyone loves her. She's kind to every person and animal alike, she instinctively knows how to handle everyone she encounters, she's bright and cheerful and beyond the shallow pursuits of the ton. The only person who really ended up disliking her in the story was Prudence. Beatrix even managed to get Christopher's mom to tolerate her. It was all just too much.
Christopher wasn't a character I really enjoyed. He was either brooding or over dramatic in his love/lust. It wasn't compelling, it was just kind of silly. I did like the way his PTSD was handled, until the end of course. He had a very real problem adjusting once he came back from the war. Once he met Beatrix his problems didn't magically disappear. I thought it was a very realistic portrayal.
The ending kind of came out of nowhere. All of a sudden, bam, unexpected event. Then, it was solved and everyone was happy in just a few pages. It seemed like it was just a plot device to "fix" some of Christopher's issues.
I think my favorite parts of the book were when Beatrix or Christopher interacted with the Hathaways or Audrey. They sparkled in comparison to my ho-hum attitude toward the protagonists. Leo and Cam had great dialogue. When they started bickering about who had to talk to Christopher I couldn't stop giggling. Leo's mocking of Cam's Romany sayings was also fun.
This book was readable, but in spite of the PTSD it felt really light to me. Toward the middle it felt reminiscent of a farce. It reminded me of my reaction to most Julia Quinn books. I'll keep this book (because I have to keep series intact), but I doubt I'll reread it anytime soon. ...more
I've been in the mood for funny lately and have been on a marathon of Laurenston's books. This is definitely one of my favorites in the Pride series.I've been in the mood for funny lately and have been on a marathon of Laurenston's books. This is definitely one of my favorites in the Pride series. Lock and Gwen are so cute together and they are one of the most sane couples we have seen to date. They're sweet and happy together and most of the hilarious situations come from their dealings with their friends and family.
I absolutely loved Mitch through this book because I practically died laughing every time he was in a scene! He was constantly leaping out of closets or sneaking up on people trying to catch them scheming about Gwen, his sister. He was way overprotective and was against her hooking up with a bear. It was hilarious to watch him trying to rat Gwen out to their mom (even though she's 26) and trying to control the situation with Lock. It never went his way and he always ended up chickening out and (literally) throwing his brother, Brendon, under the bus and screaming, "take him!"
Blayne and the wild dogs were great as well. Honestly, anything with wild dogs in it seems like it will be a hit for me. They're so happy and fun, and it's hilarious to watch them get startled, scream, and run into each other while they try to run away. I really liked the strong sense of caring friendship Lock had for the wild dogs and Gwen had for Blayne. Plus, Lock's friend Ric (of the Van Holtz Pack) was great to read about. Watching him turn into a drooling idiot over Lock's old marine buddy was funny.
I really enjoyed getting to see a whole new type of shifter. Laurenston is great at giving her shifters characteristics like the animals they shift into. Lock was no different in that aspect. He was so sweet and cute until startled or angry. Then you better run! Plus, how can you beat an adorable Beta hero who isn't ashamed to admit that he likes to play with his toes?
This book didn't really improve my opinion of Ronnie (from The Mane Event) but it did warm me up toward Sissy (from The Mane Attraction). I skipped over her book because I really disliked her in the past books, but she seems more mature and less flat out mean here so I might backtrack and give her a shot.
If you haven't read any of the previous books in the series then I strongly recommend you not start here. There are so many prior characters in this book that new readers might be confused and not really get some of the jokes.
The only thing that I found perplexing about this book was the lack of mating/marking. What was up with skipping that? I thought that was one of the building blocks of this series.
P.S. I cracked up every time Gwen did that thing with her neck. The reactions were priceless. ...more