It felt like we got a more concentrated focus on Eve's feelings and attachments to certain people than we usually do. I liked the change up of Eve alr...moreIt felt like we got a more concentrated focus on Eve's feelings and attachments to certain people than we usually do. I liked the change up of Eve already knowing who the bad guy was. I read this book mostly because I wanted to see the Christmas gift exchanges that we missed in Holiday in Death. I would have liked to see it in the moment, but hearing about it after the fact was better than nothing. I loved the bits with McNab and Peabody and liked that we got to see a lot of Mira. I'm not a huge novella fan, but this was a nice little short. It whet my appetite for the next book. (less)
I'm bummed to say it, but this book bored me. I liked seeing the continual build toward the war within the Psy, but I found the romance boring and the...moreI'm bummed to say it, but this book bored me. I liked seeing the continual build toward the war within the Psy, but I found the romance boring and the book disjointed. I pray that I will not have this problem with Kaleb's book.
I finished this book last night and I’m still conflicted. I honestly don’t know whether I liked it or not. It’s one of those grey books that leaves yo...moreI finished this book last night and I’m still conflicted. I honestly don’t know whether I liked it or not. It’s one of those grey books that leaves you with murky feelings and makes you wonder if you should check out the next book before you make up your mind.
I found this book really hard to get into. The writing felt distancing, although it became apparent to me later that this was on purpose, and I didn’t warm up to the characters easily. The world itself was a little hard to figure out, but I eventually got a handle on all the particulars of it—I still struggled until the end, though. I really think this book spent way too much time trying to be mysterious and not enough time on development.
The new world is filled with Shredders and Intel dogs and Text speak (which was seriously like nails on a chalkboard for me) and it got a little confusing. I didn’t understand that why’s of it all. I got that old people—or at least old compared to the new desirable age group—were no longer acceptable and that the hubs had turned into a wastrel’s paradise, but why? I still don’t understand how society got to that point. And when exactly did the vampires and demons and werecreatures come into play? I got the impression it was around the time everything else went to hell, but this wasn’t explained at all. I eventually shrugged it off, but it still continues to nag at me. Maybe we could have just had a quick opening page/prologue offering a quick explanation to ease us in?
In the beginning I didn’t like Gabriel very much. I found his motives for following the mysterious Abby less than sympathetic and was a bit repelled by the way his vampirism was presented. I suppose I prefer my vampires more controlled and sexy and less easily swayed by bloodlust. It’s all right, though. I adjusted to how it was presented in the book. I eventually came to appreciate his struggle to be more than just a monster and was sympathetic to his search to find Abby as more symbolic than not. He ended up being the most well developed character in the book and I found that he was really the only one I found sympathetic, other than the oldster, when the book ended.
The book was slow and grim and felt a bit claustrophobic because of being stuck in such a small area with so few people. It didn’t help that those people were prickly and secretive and getting any information out of them was like pulling teeth. I’m honestly surprised that it didn’t bother Gabriel more than it did, because it drove me nuts. I had a really hard time adjusting to the narrative style changes the author employed. In Mariah’s pov it was first person but in everyone else’s it was third. I did not like this, but I know that’s not going to be the same for everyone.
Midway through the book I started to get tired of the lack of information and deliberate mysterious air the author was employing. It became tedious and irritating. I knew exactly where it was going and I was tired of character development being circumvented by the distance necessary to achieve that air. After all was finally revealed toward the end, we ended up getting a huge infodump to bring us up to speed on all the information that had been kept from us. It made a lot of behaviors and situations make more sense, but it didn’t really change the fact that I spent most of the book bored with the way it was written.
There is a romantic arc in the book, but it doesn’t end with a HEA or even a HFN. Gabriel ends the book fulfilled in one sense but absolutely destroyed in another. He’s going to have to work through a lot of things before he can even like Mariah without feeling conflicted. I think it’ll be the same with me. I didn’t like her much when the book ended, and not much before that if I’m being honest. I found the romantic development we saw to be sad and not really romantic at all. It felt more like a creation of close quarters, desperation and loneliness, and a difficulty controlling the monster, than anything actually tender or soft. It was interesting to watch develop, but I can’t say I’m invested in any way.
I’m not sure if I will continue with this series or not. It’s not one that I can out and out recommend, but it’s not one that I can not recommend either.
"Don't ask me to explain, but I've had my time with evil. Every one of us out here has, and that's why I'm glad Stamp's men are dying. Bad guys deserve their comeuppance, and they sure don't get it back in society. There, unchecked greed is rewarded. Out here, it's punished, and that's why you don't go outside if you've got something to answer for. That's the way of the world here."
I really liked the way this book started out, with Eve and Roarke out for a normal night out. As the series progresses we are seeing more and more of...moreI really liked the way this book started out, with Eve and Roarke out for a normal night out. As the series progresses we are seeing more and more of them in a normal couple environment, and I love it. It can’t always be about work. ;) Of course, they have the bad luck to witness a murder in the middle of their date, but the intent was still there. Eve is slowly becoming more than just the job.
Once again Robb keeps things fresh and offers up a completely different murder case for Eve. This time it involves the theater, and as Eve discovers, it’s irritating to try to get a handle on a bunch of actors. They lie. A lot. The plot twists around and surprised me quite a few times, but the overall pacing of the story was a lot slower than I was used to. Certain things in the case hit a little too close to home for Eve, and she has to balance the case with her struggle to control her past demons.
I really liked that we got to see more of Trueheart. It’s nice that the side characters aren’t ever forgotten. We might not see them constantly, but they’ll pop back up eventually. Nadine finally gets an opportunity to step forward in the series, which is nice because we rarely see her since her job pits her against Eve when she’s on a case. McNab and Peabody continue their relationship and poor Eve is left to grumble about how uncomfortable she is with it. Charles comes back into play and, although I like him, I find myself really uncomfortable with the situation he has going with Peabody.
I loved that Eve started to take steps to treat Roarke to some romance instead of letting it continue to be so one sided. Of course, I also loved how suspicious said romance left him. Although Eve had quite a few abrasive moments that had me irritated with her, she’s continuing to soften toward Roarke and lean on him more and more. They had quite a few lovely moments in the book that had me sighing.
Though I liked the book, I still thought it was slow. I was interested in the plot, but it felt like it took forever for it all to unfold. Hopefully I’ll agree more with the pacing in the next book. (less)
First off, I have to thank the author for finally bringing all that sexual tension in between Peabody and McNab to a boil. And in such a dramatic way!...moreFirst off, I have to thank the author for finally bringing all that sexual tension in between Peabody and McNab to a boil. And in such a dramatic way! The fact that Feeney witnessed it (and was disturbed by it) was simply icing on the cake for me. Such a hilarious scene. I simply loved them in this book. :D
We get introduced to a new character here. Zeke, Peabody's brother comes to town. I loved that we got a deeper look at Peabody and her family, but he was a little too childlike for me. I didn't mind it at first, but it eventually got on my nerves. Still, I'm all for more depth for the side characters. I've come to love the whole cast.
I really love that each plot in this series (so far) is so distinctly different. Here we have a terrorist organization that wants to make a difference and overthrow the current government system. They consider Eve a worthy opponent and gift her with all their transmissions. They're blowing up symbols of the rich elite, so naturally Roarke is a target. :)
I liked watching Eve deal with a different division of the police while trying to solve the mystery. It took us away from our usual stomping grounds and forced Eve to rely on some new people. I also liked how things wound around and connected Eve's cases together.
Eve and Roarke had a few marital disagreements in this book, which I liked. They're usually pretty perfect together, so it's nice when we see them struggle to work things out. Also, the drama of the end, combined with the way they connected in that moment, was wonderful.
Wow. Just wow. This is one of my favorite books in the series to date. It was, quite simply, fabulous.
Whether you've read one book in the series or e...moreWow. Just wow. This is one of my favorite books in the series to date. It was, quite simply, fabulous.
Whether you've read one book in the series or eight, you know one simple fact. Eve is a cop. It's everything to her. Her role as a police officer is tangled up with her identity as a person. Her self worth, her purpose in life, is all tied into her job. In this book that is taken away and it breaks her. She is not the tough as nails cop that we have seen before. She gains a fragility and vulnerability that cracks her open for Roarke and the reader. We get a raw look at how she views herself and what being a cop means to her. It was as wonderful as it was devastating.
Roarke takes a backseat through much of the beginning sections of the book, but as soon as Eve's world starts to crumble we got a heavy focus on them together. We've seen their love for each other before, but in this book it shines especially bright. With her world shaken, her feelings for Roarke are painfully open. She leans on him and he never falters. He's also not afraid to kick her in the ass when she needs it. The ups and downs in life will either make you or break you and this experience seems to have made their connection even stronger. I've always loved them together, but I think this experience has really solidified their relationship.
The case was pretty interesting. I liked seeing something focused on that is so common in today's world. It was interesting to see how organ transplants have changed in Eve's time and how society regards them. It was nice seeing all of Eve's core circle subtly tied into the plot, and it seems as though we might have a few more future characters. Maybe we'll see Louise Dimatto and Officer Troy Trueheart again?
I have always loved Eve's relationship with Feeney, but he impressed me anew here. The speech he gave her and his threats to kick her ass made me grin from ear to ear. It's wonderful to see the loyalty and love that Eve is surrounded by. I was also pleased to hear Feeney mention Jamie. I've been hoping we'd hear about him again.
Although I was happy with everything in the book, I was secretly hoping that Eve wouldn't accept her badge back right away. Procedure or no procedure, I was still pissed. She should have let them sweat and grovel. (less)
I have to say, the serial killer in this book was disturbing. He liked to dress as Santa and rape and kill his victims. There was a jolliness to the m...moreI have to say, the serial killer in this book was disturbing. He liked to dress as Santa and rape and kill his victims. There was a jolliness to the murders, the way he staged them and the 12 Days of Christmas theme he was following, that absolutely creeped me out. I agreed with Peabody, the way he used a symbol of happiness and cheer to commit his crimes was perverted.
I really enjoy the way Robb easily weaves Eve's personal life in with her professional life in this series. That aspect was strong in this installment because it was Eve and Roarke's first Christmas together. Eve grumbles over Christmas as it is, but having so many new and important people in her life has her struggling to pick out the perfect gift for each of them. It's not just her, Mavis, and Feeney anymore. And finding the perfect gift for Roarke is even more difficult because what do you give that man that has everything? I liked all the bits we saw about this because it added an often needed softness to Eve's otherwise tough personality. Also, I thought it was adorable how Roarke got so into the holidays. He was determined to make up for the lack in both of their childhoods and make new holiday traditions and memories together.
I was really glad to see more of McNab in this book. I really enjoy his character and enjoy the tension between him and Peabody. Or "Shebody," as he calls her. They both gained a larger focus here because of their undercover operation. I hope we continue to see so much focus on them in the coming books. Watching Peabody veer dangerously close to whining when she found out he'd be working with them made me giggle. The way they bicker and hiss at each other provides a much appreciated lightness to such a grim investigation. I also thought it was funny that Roarke had to point out McNab's attraction to Peabody to Eve. Her stunned reaction was hilarious.
I enjoyed so much about this book--although I would have liked to have seen everyone's reactions to their Christmas gifts, and to see what Roarke got Eve--but I had some problems with Eve. I know some people find her hard and abrasive, but I don't usually have a problem with it. I like her, despite her occasional jerk moments. But she crossed the line in her behavior toward Peabody and acted like a complete b*tch. She lashed out in a completely inappropriate way and hurt and embarrassed Peabody's date. Peabody neatly put Eve in her place over the issue, yet somehow everything twisted and in the end Peabody apologized. What?!?! She wasn't wrong! Eve was completely out of line.
That part of the book really frustrated me and dimmed my enjoyment of the book. Everyone's aware of Eve's rough edges, but her willingness to eat crow and reluctantly apologize for wrong behavior makes up for that, so I was especially irritated that she was cast as "right" and Peabody as "wrong" even though it was clearly the other way around. Hopefully this will not become a trend in future books.
I listened to the book in audio format and loved the narrator's style just as much as usual. She really makes the book come alive--in all aspects. Of course, that talent can make the uncomfortable scenes even harder to read/listen. Eve's flashbacks were particularly upsetting, and listening to an excellent audiobook narrator do the voice of a rape victim describing the attack and her reaction is quite disturbing. I've ran into this before in the series, of course, since I've listened to most of it in audio, but I must have forgotten exactly how creepy it is to hear sexual abuse scenes. I'll have to try to keep that in mind for the rest of the books so I'm more braced for it. (less)
This is one of my favorite books in the series. I loved getting to delve into Roarke's past and I won't deny that I loved seeing Summerset on the hot...moreThis is one of my favorite books in the series. I loved getting to delve into Roarke's past and I won't deny that I loved seeing Summerset on the hot seat. That man is not a favorite of mine.
This entry had an emotional intensity to it that I enjoyed. The cases tie closely in with the lives of Eve, Roarke, and Summerset, although Eve doesn't know it at first. I liked that the author brought up a past storyline and deepened it for the reader. There was a gore and grit to the storyline that isn't always present in the other books. It was quite an eye opener for Eve and the reader to learn Roarke's connection to the crimes and to imagine his past actions in detail. He is not a man you want to cross.
I loved the struggle Eve had between her loyalty to Roarke and her loyalty to the law. I imagine that was quite difficult for a woman so convinced of what's "right" and "wrong" that she tried to turn herself in for murder. It was nice to see that she actually values something more than her badge.
I really liked the new character McNab. He reminds me a lot of Mavis and he provides a fun freshness and abrasiveness that shakes up the current cast of characters a bit. If nothing else, sparks will fly between him and Peabody. :)
The only thing that frustrated me about this book was the way Roarke got away with keeping Eve in the dark for so long. I know he walks on water for a lot of people, but the lack of remorse frustrates me. Eve wouldn't be so suspicious of him if he didn't keep things from her. (less)
I've jumped back into this series after taking a little break. I didn't want to accidentally exhaust the series for myself. It was great getting back...moreI've jumped back into this series after taking a little break. I didn't want to accidentally exhaust the series for myself. It was great getting back into Eve's world! I'm listening to this series in audiobook, because I've found that this narrator makes this world come alive for me. If you are interested in giving audiobooks a try or you're looking for a new audiobook, I recommend this series. The narrator rocks! Especially when she does Roarke's voice. Am I supposed to find a female imitating a man so alluring? How confusing! Lol.
I enjoyed the Wiccan/Satanist storyline. It reminded me a tad of Nora Roberts's book, Divine Evil, which I also enjoyed. I especially liked what we found out about the murder plot at the very end. I liked how the author twisted it a bit and managed to surprise me. I have to say, I didn't see the true reason coming. That's one of the things I love about this series. I may know who the villain is, but the fun is in watching Eve discover the reasons why. I enjoy watching her slowly compiling evidence and seeing the picture piece itself together.
I enjoyed the way Robb set up the case so that Eve would have to stand apart from Feeney on the case. I absolutely loved the emotional impact this case had on their friendship. It made me wince a bit at times, but a lot of stuff was brought out into the open that drew them together. And Roarke had an excellent opportunity to shine. I really loved Roarke and Feeney in this one.
But I can't forget about Peabody. I love her character. She is an excellent foil to Eve. She brings a softness and a more open well of compassion that Eve occasionally needs to balance out her out on the job. Such is the case here. Eve identifies too much with a suspect and ends up being harder on him/her when evidence leads her to believe that he/she is guilty. Eve was really harsh. She even slapped down Peabody after she disagreed with her. Now, I think Eve was in the right to chastise her, but I also think she was harsh. She could have put her in her place a nicer way. I was glad when they had that talk and they both admitted to being wrong.
I enjoyed this book and thought the plot was interesting. I especially loved the inclusion of Jamie. He was such fun. He was arrogant and cocky and walked around like he had a pair of brass ones. He made me think of Roarke as a child. :) The only reason I didn't give this book a higher grade was because Eve felt a little too cold in this one. I still enjoyed reading about her, but I didn't feel as much heart from her as I usually do.
"So how do you feel about using your...skills to access Frank's personal unit and logs?"
His mood lifted as he started the car, guiding it down to street level. "That depends, Lieutenant. Do I get a badge?"
Her lips twitched into a smirk. "No. But you get to have sex with a cop."
"Do I get to pick the cop?" He only smiled when she punched his arm. "I'd pick you. Probably."
*sigh* I found out Eve’s answer. How awesome for them both. I’m glad Robb skipped ahead in time again and took us closer to the big day. I loved watch...more*sigh* I found out Eve’s answer. How awesome for them both. I’m glad Robb skipped ahead in time again and took us closer to the big day. I loved watching Eve and Roarke’s nerves. Of course, neither of them was worried for the same reasons. Eve worried about making it work long term and Roarke worried about Eve going through with it. LOL.
Eve’s team is expanded beyond the usual people—namely, Feeney. Eve pulls in Peabody, a cop she took a shine to in the last book, and finds herself stuck having to cooperate with a cop from another department. Although Eve has dealt with Roarke being involved in her two previous cases (that we’ve seen, I mean), she suddenly finds herself faced with Mavis’s involvement. We see a very stressed and vulnerable Eve here as she struggles to juggle doing her job with protecting her friend.
I loved getting to see more of Mavis here. She’s loud and flamboyant, but she loves Eve to pieces. It may be an unlikely pairing on the surface, but they have a very strong bond. I think Mavis being involved hurt Eve more than Roarke being involved in the past because Mavis is more easily bruised than he is. She thinks of Roarke as stronger and knows he can stand of his own. With Mavis, Eve is furious to find herself forced to hurt her and scare her as she does her job.
It was pretty awesome to finally have a clear picture of what led to Eve being found when she was a child. The flashbacks were disturbing and hard to read. Just as with the murders we’ve seen so far, Robb pulls no punches with the truth of Eve’s situation. We are faced with the grim and horrifying truth up close and personal. There is no way I could have remained unaffected. I’m glad she shared with Roarke, but I was ready to strangle her there for a while. I know what led her to say the things she did about their future together, but I felt that she needlessly (and thoughtlessly) wounded Roarke. I’m glad Dr. Mira was able to help them both through that situation.
Speaking of that situation, it showed me another side of Summerset. I have disliked him pretty consistently til now, but he finally softened me. How can I not thaw just a little bit after hearing about his past with Roarke and seeing the way he cared for Eve when she had a nightmare? He’s still a jerk, but now that I’ve seen his marshmallow heart I don’t think I can hate him.
There were quite a few amusing scenes in this book. Eve is forced out of her comfort zone to help cheer Mavis up and to prep for the big day. She’s stuck getting her hair cut, getting naked in front of multiple people for vanity’s sake, and is forced to endure someone rubbing crap on her boobs too. ;) I’m sure you know how well that went over. Mavis and her crew are hilarious simply by being them—over the top, wonderful them. But the part that I really loved was toward the end when Mira, Peabody, Nadine, and Mavis all got together with Eve and got drunk. Peabody in particular was amusing.
I found parts of this slower than the previous two. I loved all the personal stuff, but some of the case work felt a little tedious. That slight slowness is really the only thing that dropped the grade. I just had a hard time getting into parts of it. (less)
I first read Naked in Death last December and really enjoyed it. I ordered a ton of books in the series and vowed to glut myself, but someh...more*4.5 Stars*
I first read Naked in Death last December and really enjoyed it. I ordered a ton of books in the series and vowed to glut myself, but somehow found myself buried in other books and other commitments by the time they arrived. I put them to the side, promising to make time, but somehow never did. Recently, I had a road trip coming up and was trolling for an audiobook to pass the time. I heard Sophia raving about the Naked in Death audiobook and decided to give it a shot. Boy, am I glad I did.
I enjoyed NID a lot, but I didn’t click with Roarke the way that most readers did. I was a little disappointed since everyone else raves about him. Imagine my surprise to find that listening to his voice through the narrator jump started that connection and I found the spark that I was missing. I was totally on the Roarke and Eve bandwagon by the time I finished and dove into this one as soon as I was able.
I liked that this book didn’t start off where the last one ended. Time jumped forward a couple months and that gave the author the opportunity to show Eve and Roarke more settled in their relationship. They hadn’t solved any of their issues, but they were past that nervous, newbie couple faze. That gave Robb the opportunity to really delve into their issues. Roarke had enough time to become dissatisfied with crumbs and start pushing for more, and Eve had enough time to come to start admitting to herself what Roarke meant to her. I really loved this deepening of their relationship. You can see them circling each other and really starting to open up and share the inner them. Sometimes it takes a push to get them there (*cough*Eve*cough*) but they both care enough to keep working at it.
I love getting to see the ins and outs of Eve’s job. Watching her rise to the occasion is always interesting. She is like a bulldog once she sinks her teeth into a case. This one was particularly eventful. Her commander put her in charge because he knew she would remain impartial, even when he couldn’t, yet he let personal feelings get in the way and behaved like a civilian. The shifting politics and tension in friendships is one of the things that makes the relationships and interactions between characters feel so real in this series.
I spotted the killer very early on—yay me!—but that wasn’t a negative for me. I like watching it all unfold and watching Eve piece together the events and motive. I even liked watching her interrogate people. I never thought I was much for the boring procedural aspects, but when Eve does it, I enjoy it. The way she just keeps coming and coming and circling until she cracks the case is awesome. No wonder Roarke respects her so much. It was great getting more of Feeney (love him) and I enjoyed watching Eve’s unofficial family tighten its bonds.
The bit at the very end? Well, I had no choice but to dive straight into the next book. It’s not a cliffhanger, but it made it impossible for me to think of anything else. ;) (less)
Ah, Hawke and Sienna’s book… It has been the most anticipated release of the series for me. All that tension between them and the curiosity of how the...moreAh, Hawke and Sienna’s book… It has been the most anticipated release of the series for me. All that tension between them and the curiosity of how they would end up together (with him already having had a mate) has made for a very long wait. While this book didn’t exactly rock my world the way I thought it would, it is still definitely worth the wait.
I really enjoyed Sienna in this book. She got tired of the games and she took a stand. She didn’t make unreasonable demands of Hawke, but she let him know that she wouldn’t accept the hot and cold attitude anymore. He either wanted to give them a shot or he needed to back off and stop giving people the impression that she was his territory. I really appreciated that because I want the characters I care about to have enough self respect to value themselves and not look foolish by hanging on after they are ignored time and again. Besides, it was fun to see Hawke’s wolf side come out whenever she confronted him with the fact she wasn’t his.
Speaking of Hawke, he seemed different from his previous self, but one of my favorite things about the new him was his playfulness. I loved that his wolf took control so frequently and that he wanted to play with Sienna so much. His excitement over chasing her while she tried to trap him was adorable. One of my favorite moments between them was when he still didn’t think they could be together, but they slow danced in the dark when they were all alone, anyway. It was so sad and romantic to watch them cling to the only moment they might have together.
I really liked the way Sienna handled the previous mate thing. I would have been very upset if Sienna had been portrayed as angry and upset about that situation. I wouldn’t have minded her being sad and a little upset that she wouldn’t have the same connection with him, but I would have found her incredibly small and mean-spirited to try to insert her drama into his happy memory. I found the end resolution a little too convenient, but I can’t say I didn’t see it coming. I was also happy that we finally got to hear what really happened to Hawke’s parents and to his mate.
I loved that we got to see more page time with Sascha and Lucas. They have continued to draw my attention from the first book, so it was great to get more development with them. We also get more details on the state of the Psy Council and even get some face time with Nikita and Anthony. I was very pleased with what we learned about Nikita and am looking forward to more tidbits about that in the future. We also get more details about the Ghost and I’m still dying for confirmation of who he is. Soon, maybe?
I was surprised to find that there was a secondary romance in this book as well, but I loved getting a further look into Walker and into the Laurens family background before they defected. Who knew that Walker could be so compelling? He’s always been the quiet rock of the family who seems to stick to the background. It was great to see him finally step forward and shine.
While I did like most of the book—as mentioned—I found myself disappointed with Sienna and Hawke. If this had been a book just about them I probably would have rated it lower, but there was quite a bit going on and the large focus on other plot threads brought my enjoyment up.
One of my biggest let downs of the book was how the past tension that Sienna and Hawke dealt with seemed to disappear and be replaced with other issues. In the past Sienna struggled with controlling her powers while in close contact with Hawke. She even contemplated returning to Silence if she couldn’t find a solution. But that was a non-issue in this book. She has control and the only worry she has about her power is what it’ll do to her in the long run. I found this quite disappointing. I guess it’s easier to set up a romance if you fix Sienna’s power control problem between books... It would have been nice if this issue had been dealt with in the book, though. I thought it had been built up in all the past books for a reason. :(
Also, in the past Hawke had been charming and playful with Sascha, but he had some real issues going on under the surface. He has issues with the Psy and he was still carrying around a lot of anger and hate. He seemed colder and harder in the past books whereas he was almost as laid back as Drew in this one. Excluding his alpha dominance tendencies, of course. I found myself confused by their different issues and personalities.
Other than that I also got irritated with the constant interrupted sex scenes. At first I didn't mind—although I was a little crushed that the first hot scene got interrupted—but then it started to happen again and again and it felt like things were needlessly drawn out and that the scenes started to become repeats of each other. Speaking of that, although I did believe their romance and I did enjoy them together I found that too much of their growth revolved around sex. I just felt like there was way more of that then there had been in any of the previous books.
One other thing that bugged me was that Sienna came to the pack when she was a teenager and became friends with other Changelings. I had a hard time believing that she would be so naive and retiring about sex. The other Psy I could understand, they had been stuck in the Net where it wasn't done, but even virgin-Judd knew about it. Sienna just seemed too innocent about it all to be believable. I guess I just wanted more of an equal relationship in the bedroom instead of Sienna just taking whatever her gave her.
I'm not disputing that he was good at sex--or that it wasn't hot (especially the biting ;P)--but it almost seemed at times that it was being done to her instead of with her. I know that one argument from other people disputing this irritation will be that it was because she was a virgin. But that only flies for me in a historical where that info wasn't prevalent for girls in day to day life. The Changelings are not shy about sex and I doubt Sienna would be different than many other teenagers of today who are very knowledgeable about it even if they haven't felt the sensations themselves.
While I didn’t enjoy Hawke and Sienna’s relationship as much as I thought I would, there were still a lot of things to love about this book. If you’re a fan of this series you’ll definitely want to pick this one up as soon as possible. And if you haven’t read these and you’re not a fan yet…well, why haven’t you started? :P
And he was focused on her to the exclusion of all else.
She wet dry lips, saw his eyes follow the movement. "Stop it."
A faint smile that made every tiny hair on her body rise in quivering attention. "How fast can you run?" A wolf's question.
I've known about this series for quite a while, and I'm a big Nora Roberts fan, but I hadn't really wanted to pic...more*Originally read 12/10/10 - 12/11/10*
I've known about this series for quite a while, and I'm a big Nora Roberts fan, but I hadn't really wanted to pick this series up. There's about a billion books out in the series. What if I ended up loving it? Then I have to commit myself to buying those billion books just to catch up! But after hearing such glowing things about this series from most of my Goodreads friends--especially about Roarke--I had to finally bight the bullet and get the first book.
Now that I've finished it I don't know whether to cheer or comfort my wallet. I think I'm going to have to run to the bookstore and swoop up a bunch of the next books in the series so I can get my glom on.
I didn't connect with Roarke the way that most readers seem to, but I expect it comes with time. The relationship and attraction in this book develops pretty quickly--faster than I expected or wanted--but I can't say I expected any different seeing as this isn't actually a Romance series. Most of the focus was on the case with the romance as the side story. Luckily, I know there's plenty of time in this series for the author to develop their relationship.
It's no hardship for me to watch their relationship develop over the course of the books since I know that they are together and the author didn't throw any retarded love triangles in there. So I'm willing to be patient and won't complain about the lack of a lot of depth to the relationship and characters yet.
It was odd for me to read a book so similar, yet different, from Nora Roberts's usual style. The characterization, interactions, feel to the developing relationship, and writing felt the same, but the focus wasn't on the romance. I liked it. It's nice to find a new series by this author that I can glut myself on. I was a little nervous that her style would be completely different under the pseudonym, but it wasn't where it counted.
The details about all the little futuristic gizmos weren't really explained in depth. Everything was mentioned matter-of-factly like talking to someone already familiar with the technology and world. I think some will dislike that, but I honestly preferred it. I don't mind if authors want to explain, but a detailed explanation about how the spray that seals in oils and fingerprints works is not something I personally need to know. The way it was all presented worked for me.
The case (and Eve's background) really tugged at my heartstrings. I thought it was handled well by the author, but I still feel helplessly enraged to know stuff like that happens constantly.
I really enjoyed seeing our timeframe discussed and researched for the case. It was fun to see the differences between that time and this one and it provided a nice opportunity for me to see where their culture differed without huge infodumps.
I’ll be honest, I enjoyed the main characters in this book a lot, but even if they were mediocre I...moreReview originally posted at Fiction Vixen.
I’ll be honest, I enjoyed the main characters in this book a lot, but even if they were mediocre I might have given this book at least a 4 anyway. The excitement of getting back into the Changeling world and the ultra-excitement of getting to see way more of Hawke would have probably won me over even if Indigo and Drew were lame. Luckily they weren’t, but I’m just saying… :)
I liked Indigo--although I did have a few issues with her that I’ll get into-- but what I felt for her comes nowhere near my love of Drew. Wow, Nalini Singh has hit the jackpot here! I’ve liked a lot of the other guys in the series, but none of them have ever hit the level of sheer lovability that Drew did. He was so sweet and determined! But he still managed to be utterly masculine and hot at the same time. That may sound like an easy thing to portray, but for me it’s not. It infrequently comes off as a good balance, but here it did.
Drew knows (has known for a while) who he wants and he’s determined to win her. He tried to play it smart and approach her the best way possible, but sometimes he just couldn’t. I loved that we got to see him mess up his approach again and again. It really gave me a great opportunity to watch him grow and be bigger than his pride or anger. He would admit when he was wrong and he would put himself on the line again and again to repent. It was so romantic to watch.
That’s actually where my irritation with Indy comes into play. As the story unfolds I, the reader, get to learn about Indy’s hang-ups right alongside Drew. It did make her more sympathetic for me, but it was really hard to watch her shut Drew down again and again. A comparison was made in the book of Indy’s attitude resembling a Psy. That was so apt! I just had a hard time sinking into that mindset with a Changeling. She was just not what I was expecting, so it was hard to like her at times.
I’ll be honest, she could be pretty cold. I still liked her, but Drew was so much more approachable that it was hard not to align my sympathies with him. I could see why he was so upset and struggled to define himself. Her attitude and her refusal to accept him when her narrow mind couldn’t see his position really irked me. It’s what ultimately dropped the grade a 1/2 point. I found myself really frustrated at times.
There are just a few more things that I have to give a nod of acknowledgment to. The first is the conversation that Judd and Drew have. I just have to point out how hysterical I think it is that Judd was giving Drew relationship advice! Even Drew is taken aback. On page 40 he said:
Judd sighed. "That's not your strength."
"You're giving me dating advice?" Andrew was dumbfounded.
"I'm mated," Judd pointed out with a cool arrogance that almost hid the laughter in his voice. "You can't even get the woman you want into bed. I'd listen if I were you."
LOL! The other thing involved the Platypus. I read about it and I COMPLETELY melted. Awwwww! I dare you to read about it and not feel a little gooey. ;)
I cannot end this review without mentioning more about the Psy and the developments with Hawke. Not much happened regarding the Psy. Don’t misunderstand, there was information about the council and new developments, but that was definitely not the focus of the book. I feel that this is one of the more character driven stories in the series. There’s much, much less politics and maneuvering than in a lot of the others.
Now, the Hawke developments… I can’t tell you what they are!!! But rest assured that there are many, many excellent details and developments with him. How could there not be? We’re in the Snow Dancer den constantly. :) I bounced on my toes quite a few times after reading something particularly interesting and looked around in vain for someone to talk to about it. Alas, there was no one. Except my husband, of course. ;P Poor guy got stuck listening to me gush.
I’ll leave you with one final quote from page 240 that made me giggle.
"Did you really steal her phone and record your voice howling her name as the ringtone?"
**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 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...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 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. :)(less)