I just finished this book and *sigh* I am even more in love with this series than ever. I’m really glad t...more*Originally read 1/29/11 - 1/30/11*
I just finished this book and *sigh* I am even more in love with this series than ever. I’m really glad that Rachel Caine decided to do a spinoff of her Weather Warden series. I enjoyed that series a lot, but this series has quickly surpassed it and become my favorite.
I know a few people who had a problem with Joanne’s personality and the constant rotation of big bads in such a short timeframe in the Weather Warden series. If you’re one of them, you might want to take another crack at it with this series because it's written very differently. There's one big bad that spans the series instead of a different problem in each book. They just have specific things to accomplish in one book to get them closer to defeating the bad guy.
Also, I wasn't as big of a fan of Jo and David as I think I was supposed to be. I seemed to like the other characters I met along the way better. This one I actually like for the characters and the relationship development (plus the action too). It all feels very solid and even though there's a big bad and the battle to beat her is important, Cassiel's growth and change through the series is a huge part too.
The action and intensity really ratchets up in this installment. We’ve had some pretty gnarly actions scenes to date, but now the stakes seem higher so it it’s all a bit more intense. I don’t think anything can compete for the sheer badass WTF-ery of a certain scene in the second book, Unknown, where Cassiel proves that she’s still Djinn where it counts, but this one certainly doesn’t disappoint.
Cassiel continues to be a fascinating, complex character. She questions her old beliefs as a Djinn and weighs them against her new experiences as a human. Even when she changes, she never feels different than her core self. Cassiel is someone who will never be weak where it counts. Her practicality and willingness to make the hard choice do not endear her to everyone. She knows herself and her worth and doesn’t care if people think she’s arrogant because of it.
"I can manage."
"Do you have any idea of your own arrogance, lady?"
"Yes," I said. "Do you have any idea of yours?"
Her connection to various people is tested here. The bonds that she has built are put to the test and not all of them survive. There was one character who crossed a shocking line for me and I’m curious to see how that will continue to play out in the next book and if it can be fixed. Cassiel also has to make some hard decisions here, even when it hurts the ones she cares about the most.
I was breaking his heart, and mine, and there was nothing I could do that would heal that wound. It was better to let it bleed out the poison...if that was possible.
I wasn't sure that it wouldn't kill us both.
I feel bad that Cassiel has to shoulder the blame because she’s strong enough to take a harsh look at the situation and do what needs to be done, even when she doesn’t want to. I can see why other characters are hurt by her decisions and it seems like no one wins in situations like that.
We got to see more of Rashid—who continues to fascinate me—and also a bit of Ashan. Things are quickly getting out of control, and something toward the end happened that upped the ante dramatically. Something must be done, and it must be done now or it will be too late. The next (and last) book in the series that comes out in 2012 promises to be a wild, intense ride. I can’t wait.
I know that I haven't gone into much detail about the actual events of the story, but I think it'll lose its punch if I give anything away. A large part of the fun of Rachel Caine's writing is uncovering the wild ride page by page. The only caution I would make about this book is that it does not stand alone well. You really need to start it from the beginning to follow along well.
Everything's fine," I said. "I bought Isabel a pet."
There was an interestingly long silence, and finally he said, "Is it poisonous?"
"Not that I'm aware of."
"That's...surprising, somehow, from you. All right. You can explain it all to me later."
This book was so much fun! I had heard mixed things from various friends, but it seemed fun enough that I had to try it out despite not being...more4.5 Stars
This book was so much fun! I had heard mixed things from various friends, but it seemed fun enough that I had to try it out despite not being a huge fan of contemporaries. I'm so glad I did!
The book was fast paced, action packed, and sexy and hilarious to boot. That combination usually works well for me in action movies, but it also thrilled me here. This was like one of my favorite action-comedy movies but with more focus on the hero and heroine's attraction and feelings. Especially the hero. His memories about his feelings for her when they were kids really added a nice touch.
The story gets going and it just doesn't stop. Things happen in a very short amount of time, but I (surprisingly) didn't feel shortchanged on Quinn and Regan's relationship. I think it was because the author did such a great job establishing the past feelings they had for each other, especially on Quinn's part. His voice made him extremely easy to like. He's sexy and fun, but he's also a total sweetie. It's no secret that he's a romantic underneath it all. He was totally gone on her and it was so sweet that he used to be so nervous around her. It was also cute that they both had fantasies about each other for years. Him with his yen for girls in white socks and her with her secret poster of him. Adorable.
I loved the idea of the organization Quinn worked for. I also loved that they were all so into their cars and named them. It reminded me a bit of Nicholas Cage's character in Gone in 60 Seconds.
The secondary characters also popped as well. The pov switches back and forth throughout the story but I didn't feel a lack because of it. Kid and Nikki were excellent to read about. I really hope that they are revisited in the future because they were great together. Kid's reaction to Nikki and her art was hilarious. He was so awkward and adorable at times that he melted me.
There was one odd part with Hawkins and something he did that kind of perplexed me, but I was able to shake it off and continue enjoying the story. There was also one regrettable instance where a character pulled a dumb move in an otherwise dumb move free book. But those were really slight issues in my overall enjoyment.
I hope the second book is just as good and I can't wait to read 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.
This book reminded me of the Immortals After Dark series, the Midnight Breed series, and the Demonica series. Not the a...moreI received this book as an ARC.
This book reminded me of the Immortals After Dark series, the Midnight Breed series, and the Demonica series. Not the actual storyline, of course. What I mean is that it has the same feel as those other series. The world is set up and easy to understand, but the focus is definitely not on the world building. Most of the focus, and the factor that makes the book shine, is the character relationships and interactions. There's a lot of humor and even some sexiness in this book. I think if you're a fan of any of the series that I mentioned above you might want to take a second look at this series.
One of the things I liked about this book was the fact that I was able to come into the series cold and not be too lost. This is apparently book six in The Primal Instinct series. Since it's so far into the series I wouldn't have been surprised if I had been completely lost. Luckily I was okay. I knew I was missing back story and references, but it wasn't an overwhelming feeling. I never felt like I was missing anything that was important to this story.
Kellan was such an interesting character. At first he seemed pretty lighthearted and a bit of a player. While that was true in the past, Kellan was determined to turn over a new leaf. When the details were revealed about why he was so determined to change, I still didn't absorb his absolute devastation about it. It wasn't until later in the story that I understand exactly how everyone's low opinion of him had seeped so far into his soul that he actually believed it. He no longer fought against his own fate. While he was willing to fight to save someone else, he didn't give himself the same consideration. I think in some subconscious way he felt he deserved to be punished for that action, whether that meant unhappiness, pain, or even death. It made his personality quite interesting.
Chloe was pretty interesting too. I wish I understood the Mallory and Merrick side of her nature a little better. What a harsh existence being a Mallory was. The absolute loneliness that they all must have experienced is horrible to even contemplate. I loved Chloe's personality. She always seemed so logical and willing to bite the bullet and have conversations about uncomfortable subjects. She was afraid the curse was affecting Kellan, but after awhile she said screw it and decided to roll with it instead of agonizing over it. I also liked that she took action and decided to test her theory. It was really refreshing.
There was a lot of humor and even some tenderness in this book. There were a lot of great lines that I would have loved to quote. In the beginning the sex and tension seemed like it would be really hot. Especially because Kellan kept fearing to let his wolf control during sex. I felt a little let down by the heat factor. I think a lot of people will still find it really sexy, but I was a bit disappointed.
I saw the potential for a few future stories, but nothing felt like blatant sequel bait. They all actually contributed to this story so I didn't mind them being there. I did feel quite angry at Kellan's brother, but I'm sure I'll be more understanding once I go back and read his story. I felt the way things resolved themselves at the end was pretty convenient, but honestly, that's not unique to this book. While I was disappointed, it didn't ruin my enjoyment of the book.
I think I'm going to have to check out the rest of this series to see if it is just as good. (less)
I had seen pretty good reviews for this and heard it compared to Shelly Laurenston, so I had to give it a try. Unfortunately, the writing style d...more*DNF*
I had seen pretty good reviews for this and heard it compared to Shelly Laurenston, so I had to give it a try. Unfortunately, the writing style didn't work for me at all. It didn't feel very developed or polished. I liked the storyline of a bear falling for a wolf with a harsh past, but I didn't like the execution of it.
Events felt slapped together and I didn't feel any depth to any of the characters, especially the main ones. It was like everyone was a caricature of themselves, without any real motivation behind them. I don't think I'll try this author again, because this is one of her more recent books, so I doubt her style will show any improvement in the earlier ones.
Since this has a high rating on Goodreads I guess I'll be the odd man out again. (less)
Oh, man, where have you been all my life Eileen Wilks? I have been looking for another series like yours.
If anyone is familiar with the An...more*4.5 Stars*
Oh, man, where have you been all my life Eileen Wilks? I have been looking for another series like yours.
If anyone is familiar with the Anita Blake series by Laurell K. Hamilton, this resonated very strongly for me with what I liked most about her earlier books. The investigations and the interesting facts about the cops and, especially, the details about the world now that supernaturals are legal.
In this book the Lupi, or werewolves, are known about in the world. They've finally gotten to the point where it's illegal to kill them when they're in their two legged form, but it's still not technically murder when they're wolves. It didn't happen overnight though. Some Lupi still show the forced tattoos that were part of their registration. Legislation is in the works to make the Lupi a fully legal part of society.
I loved all the details about their lives and the discrimination that they faced. I just find stuff like that - the honest look at how the world would react to "other" beings. Not everyone is happy. Some of the cops are still hair trigger, and you have to be careful not to assign a prejudiced cop to an issue a Lupi is involved with. It might not be pretty, but it felt more real than half the worlds I've read about lately.
Not everything about the world was brought out into the open and to the reader's attention yet, but that's okay with me, because this series follows the same hero and heroine so I know I'll get to watch it slowly unfold. I'm very excited to read a series that follow two people after they have already gotten together! Everything is not resolved perfectly in their relationship, but I liked it. The book didn't end like most romance novels, but it was perfect for the book and the characters. Anything more would have felt inauthentic and token.
That really leads into my next point very well. I loved, loved, loved, loved, LOVED what this author did with the "fated mate" trope. I am usually reluctant to read anything with fated mates because I feel that the author usually uses it as a way to avoid having to develop an actual strong basis for a relationship. I also loathe the way it violates the will of the people involved. I've read ones where they can't stand to be apart, ones where they can't stand to touch another without pain, etc. and they never seem to be as bothered by this fact as I think they should! I find it very uncomfortable.
So, to read a book that has some of those factors but doesn't conform to the standard? I was all over that! These people do not magically fall in love or even fall into liking. I felt the development of their relationship, and its pace, was perfect for the book. The only thing I felt less than trilled about was that Rule didn't have the same freedom of choice as Lily.
I think that some people will dislike Lily and find her too aloof and practical. She was perfect for me. She didn't find out about the mate bond and lose her whole personality. She distrusted the bond, and Rule, for a while. Even when she believes he didn't do it on purpose she doesn't just bend over for it. They both don't just want fate, they want to build a relationship.
The romance was a central factor in this book, but it doesn't have the same feel as most PNR's. If anyone is familiar with the romances in Marjorie M. Liu's Dirk & Steele books you might know what I mean. The relationship develops as the events take place as opposed to most romances where the events develop while the romance takes place. It a fine difference, but you'll know it when you read it.
I bumped this book down a 1/2 star because the pace slowed down a little in the middle. It didn't keep me from wanting to continue, but it was a little irritating.
I think I'm going to have to get my hands on the rest of this series!(less)
This one was a big disappointment for me. The mythology of the fallen could have been interesting but I felt that it wasn't fleshed out ver...more*2.5 Stars*
This one was a big disappointment for me. The mythology of the fallen could have been interesting but I felt that it wasn't fleshed out very well. The action, actually just the writing in general, felt disjointed and it was not a very smooth reading experience. I had hopes for the inner strength of the heroine but said strength wasn't consistent and the relationship as a whole was pretty underdeveloped and unbelievable. I never felt any actual emotion developing, just the standard lust. I actually found the side romance more interesting than the main one and wished we would have seen more of it. (less)
I was so nervous to read this book! Things were settled to a point in the last book, The Demon in Me, but a...moreReview originally posted at Fiction Vixen.
I was so nervous to read this book! Things were settled to a point in the last book, The Demon in Me, but a lot of larger issues were still up in the air. Darrak and Eden still needed to find a way to separate without hurting either one of them, and they needed to find a way to break Darrak’s curse if they had any hope of ever trying to have a relationship.
I wanted to watch it all unfold, but I was worried that the author would drop the ball and I would end up disliking it. That’s not a slur against the author’s skill, that’s just my history with some other series making me skittish. So, I entered the book with mixed feelings but soon found myself just as into it as I was the first book.
I practically inhaled this book. The author has an extremely readable style and the pages just flew by for me. I reread the last quarter of The Demon in Me before starting this so I would be fresh. It was actually really helpful because I didn’t realize I had forgotten so many of the little details that happened at the end! I think skimming it again really enhanced my experience with this book. I was so much more attached and in the moment.
Darrak was such a fabulous character in the last book. For all those who read it, never fear, you won’t be disappointed with his personality in this one! I am pleased to report that he is just as funny and just as reluctantly caring as he was in the first one. His banter and inner dialogue just pops for me. One of my favorite funny quotes from him happens on page 9.
"I hate that guy," Darrak said. "Loathe him. And I can't believe you let him kiss you. I almost made you slap him, but luckily for him he didn't try to slip you the tongue. It's obvious to me that he's only after one thing from you and--" "He's gay," Eden said simply. "Oh." There was a pause. "I totally knew that."
He’s such a spaz sometimes! LOL!
While Darrak is still funny, we really get a more well-rounded view of him in this book. We spend a lot more time in his head and get to watch him struggle with his identity. I really appreciated the identity crisis (even if I wanted to strangle him a time or two). I think watching him struggle with who he was now and the question of whether he even wanted to be that person made him so much more to me. It really made me empathize with him and have more patience while he occasionally behaved badly.
Eden continues to be a character that I love too. She just feels so much more realistic than a lot of heroines out there. She doesn’t melt at the thought of being bound to Darrak. She wants him out! She likes him, but she hates her will being violated like this, and she’s still not quite as sure of him as she’d like to be. In short, she’s smart. She’s always looking out for what’s best for her, but she doesn’t constantly bemoan the circumstances life has thrown at her. She’s had it pretty rough lately, but she’s willing to cope if she can keep a light at the end of the tunnel in sight.
How can I not like her? Even the dumb stuff she does—which I thought was pretty freaking dumb at times!—is understandable. She’s scared, and she’s looking for a helping hand. How can I resent her being willing to trust someone else when that’s the same thing Darrak is asking of her?
Quite a few things happened in this book that I wish I could talk about more. Alas, the dreaded spoilers stop me! I’ll restrain myself, but I do have to mention how pleased I am with how their relationship is progressing. There are no real easy answers for them, but they’re both still pushing themselves to hope for the best. Their determination is such that I can’t help but believe in them, even when the odds are against them.
The only thing that kept this from being a 5 star for me was my impatience with some of Eden’s actions. I wanted to smack her a time or two! She kept making a specific promise (vague for spoilers!) to Darrak and then breaking it. I could see why she was doing it, but it was frustrating. I empathized with her, but I still couldn’t help but get an eye twitch at the same time. But don’t let that discourage you! It was a very slight irritant in my overall enjoyment of the book. I still love Eden’s character and I still love this series for the sheer fun of it.
I can’t wait to get my hands on the third book so I can get more of this excellent series!
I waited a while to review this book after I had finished it. I just had to take a step back to be able to look at it with a little more distance. My...moreI waited a while to review this book after I had finished it. I just had to take a step back to be able to look at it with a little more distance. My opinion was seesawing, and I couldn't come up with a grade. Hopefully I'll be able to make sense as I write this.
The emotions and tempestuous relationship were really well depicted between Libby and Jaxon, and that's really the factor that made this book so hard to rate for me. I was very, very uncomfortable with the power disparity between Jaxon and Libby in the beginning of the book. He had some serious rage going on. I'm not saying I blame him for being so angry, but it's really hard for me to cheer for a hero who flips between wanting to literally kill the heroine and still being attracted to her. That's why I'm so conflicted! The love/hate relationship felt authentic, but I just didn't like it.
Things got better for me when the heroine remembered her past. She just seemed like less of a victim. It was really uncomfortable for me to watch her be in that situation--where everyone hates her--and not know why because she can't remember anything. It just makes the other characters seem like bullies for tormenting her while she's so afraid.
Jaxon took quite a while for me to warm up to. I'm not even sure I ever really did. I found him compelling, but I never really liked him. It wasn't so bad in the beginning--even though he didn't track her down with friendly intentions--but the more I saw him playing hot and cold with poor, confused Libby the more angry I got. Especially when he saw some evidence that made him question his initial assumptions. I'd think he'd start to see reason only to watch him go right back to being an ass. It was really frustrating.
I was very, very pleased about Libby's attitude when she regained her memory. I was much less pleased about the eventual reunion between her and Jaxon though. I wasn't convinced that they should be together yet. It also just seemed way too easy for him after his treatment of her in the beginning. Especially after I saw the flashbacks to their original relationship and realized that it wasn't all that great to begin with. Why were they together again?
But, for all that I was uncomfortable, I still couldn't put the book down. Man, it was readable. The atmosphere, the characters, everything...they just popped. I loved the idea of the division they worked in. I liked getting to see secondary characters who were so impacted by the events. It really helped the story feel like an actual world instead of a vacuum. Also, even though I didn't like the relationship, it was really well written. That's why it felt so uncomfortable. It all just felt a bit too real for me to be able to relax and go with it.
I plan to pick up the second book because I really liked the author's style, but here's hoping that the relationship is easier to read about.(less)
I swear, there must be something wrong with me. Everywhere I looked people were reading this book and talking about how smoking hot it was. I heard it...moreI swear, there must be something wrong with me. Everywhere I looked people were reading this book and talking about how smoking hot it was. I heard it again and again and again. How could I not try it too? Well, obviously my idea of hot and the majority's opinion of hot do not align. The main phrase that comes to mind when I think of the sex scenes in this book is "trying too hard." It was so over descriptive and wordy that I was bored. I like dirty talk, but you're doing something wrong if you guys are full out monologuing each other during sex. Shouldn't you be just a smidge more carried away by the moment?
The fact there were sex scenes constantly meant that I was bored the majority of the book. When I wasn't bored, I was usually pissed off. The object of my rage was Jenna. I wanted to reach through the pages and take her out of my misery so badly! She was completely mental! Seriously, what was going on in her brain??? She said she wanted a relationship with Bryce, but I honestly don't think she did. No one could be that stupid without trying to deliberately sabotage things!
Jenna decided to give Bryce a "taste of his own medicine" and play the playgirl because...why exactly? Anytime he made a move toward building a relationship she treated him like a booty call. All to keep him panting for more, of course. Right... Also, what kind of drugs was this girl on? She was so hot and cold she seemed bipolar! She made it impossible for him to approach her for anything but sex, but then she sobbed and whined about him only wanting her for sex. I seriously wish Bryce had just dumped her and taken up with his hand. At least then I could have understood why he even liked his love interest.
Bryce wasn't a bad guy, but there wasn't anything about him that really stood out. He was just a prop for Jenna's lust and craziness. I was way more interested in Trey and Sarah. Now there's a couple who seems to have some tension. Maybe their relationship would actually be more interesting than watching paint dry!
The only conflict in this story was manufactured. If Jenna hadn't descended into her neurotic, whiny behavior (for no real reason) the book would have only been about 50 pages at the very most. It was just sex scene-Jenna drama-sex scene-Bryce tries to understand crazy Jenna drama-more sex, rinse and repeat.
Toward the end we got The Big Misunderstanding. It was resolved easily, but I was still ticked that Bryce was the one begging for another chance when Jenna's the crazy chick who has been lying to him the whole time. After The Big Misunderstanding was resolved I thought it would be smooth sailing. Nope! Right before the end another Big Misunderstanding popped up. It related to the first one, but wasn't resolved when that one was. It seemed to be there solely to give Jenna another excuse to have a meltdown and Bryce another reason to crawl for her. Not what I find interesting...
I was going to give this book a 1 star grade, but I liked the interactions between Trey and Sarah enough to bump it up to a 2 star.(less)
I found this book pretty frustrating. The world idea was interesting, and I wanted to like it just for that--I mean, come on, selkies!--but...more*2.5 Stars*
I found this book pretty frustrating. The world idea was interesting, and I wanted to like it just for that--I mean, come on, selkies!--but I found the world building thin and the romance even thinner.
One of my largest problems with this book was the hero, Caleb. He played the role usually reserved for super irritating females that are sweeter than pie and perfect. He was the quintessential martyr throughout the book. He never got truly angry with the heroine (and she did some pretty lame things) and when he did get a little irritated, he would be over it before you could blink. I don't appreciate that character type any more in a man than I do in a woman.
I have future images of him scrambling to pick up the pieces behind her while she plays the lovable "free spirit" and wanders away without telling anyone her whereabouts after she gets tired of waiting for a ride, or something equally irritating that Caleb will just excuse as part of her charm.
I had a really hard time warming up to Margred after the events in the beginning. I don't have a problem with her pragmatic attitude toward sex, but I do have a problem with the shady way she treats her chosen partner. You may not want strings, but that doesn't give you the right to hop off his lap and leave without saying goodbye after round two while he thinks you'll be right back. (FYI: Not a spoiler - it happens in by page 33) That just makes you skeezy, and it infuriates me that the hero didn't have a problem hooking back up with her when she came back.
The relationship felt pretty nonexistent to me. They fell in love, but I can't remember seeing it happen. They weren't ever shown to be having a personal conversation. How could they really? Margred lied about herself, and it's not like she could give him in depth details about her life and personality without admitting all. So, what exactly did he love? The sex? Because that seems to have been all that was really developed.
Margred seemed to go from a stoic, emotionally self contained selkie, to a sobbing quivering mess in no time flat. It happened so fast that I felt I got whiplash from the change.
After I gave up on the romance I stuck it out because I wanted more info on the world. I wish there was more detail about her people running through these pages. I didn't want an info dump, but I was expecting something a little more comprehensive. Hopefully we get more detail in the second book.
This book was a lot of fun in the beginning. The style of it really reminded me of Shelly Laurenston. The plot was fluffy and the book's focus was fir...moreThis book was a lot of fun in the beginning. The style of it really reminded me of Shelly Laurenston. The plot was fluffy and the book's focus was firmly fixed on comedy and sex. Good times! But it didn't keep its lighthearted tone. Once the mate business stopped being a secret I felt it lost a lot of its humor.
Graham starts out this book as a player who has gotten bored with the game. While trying to deny that he has a problem he spots a butt designed to make a man fall to his knees and worship. She literally runs into him and he's shocked to discover his mate, smelling like a delicious sugar cookie.
The next thing you know, Graham has turned into a drooling idiot. All he wants to do is mate with Missy. The further into foreplay they get, the farther he descends into caveman speak. You sexy. So hot. Taste. Nom nom. It was pretty funny and cute. Afterward, Graham has to charm Missy into staying with him longer. He'd rather she just move in right away, but Missy doesn't seem to respond to his suggestions about it very well. Poor Graham has to try to think like a human male to figure out how to get her to stick around.
This book was cute! At times Missy's insecurities got old, and I feel sorry for her if those are her best friends, but overall it was good. I didn't like that what Graham did after he discovered a new smell on her, but it's Missy's fault too. She really should have been thinking about that.
But then things started to get odd. All of a sudden there's creepy talk about a materun. I think the description of it that Graham gave Missy was supposed to come off as hot and thrilling, but I got stuck on disturbed. The whole hunt situation just seemed really horrible. I actually put down the book and picked up a new one because I was afraid I would hate the aggression of the hunt and subsequent mating.
Surprisingly, the materun was really tame! After all the smack talk, Missy got off easy. The only really weird thing was that
Graham had sex with Missy in his werewolf form. That was odd enough, but then to lick all over her back as foreplay... That was so not sexy with a dog head. The author had even referred to another werewolf as having his "tongue lolling" and "panting." That spells dog to me. There's no way I plan to let a dog's tongue slurp on me during foreplay!
So if that end part hadn't been there I would have probably given it four stars. That's where It was headed to. But it dropped my enjoyment so much, and it changed the whole to of the book for me, so 3 stars!
This is a really hard one to review. I think my opinion was skewed because of unmet expectations. I think if I gone into this book cold I would have e...moreThis is a really hard one to review. I think my opinion was skewed because of unmet expectations. I think if I gone into this book cold I would have enjoyed it a lot more. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it, but my opinion teeter-tottered throughout it. I finally decided on a four star grade because the end did pick up and once I was able to put aside my reasons for reading it immediately after Bitten I got caught up in it. I'd say that Bitten is a high four star while this one is a low four star.
When Bitten ended we left Clay and Elena on a hopeful note. Nothing was really worked out, but the promise that they would try was given. I was so excited to pick up this one and watch their relationship heal itself. For me, that's half the fun of reading about a couple. I don't just want to see them together, I want to watch them get together and strengthen their relationship.
When I started this book I was shocked to find out that approximately six years had passed since the last book. I was pretty pissed off about it too. All my expectations about watching them build their relationship collapsed. I was pretty surprised to see that even though she was still with the Pack and still with Clay, she wasn't really with Clay the way that a six year commitment implies to me. They're still in basically the same spot spinning their wheels. It was actually kind of sad for both of them. I guess I didn't miss as much as I originally thought...
The beginning of this book was very slow going. My attention kept wandering and I had to struggle to make myself focus. The attention is no longer focused on just the werewolves. For a good chunk of the beginning half there's barely any werewolf interaction at all. The focus is all on the new type of supernatural creatures we meet and the organization hunting them. I did enjoy learning about the different groups, but what caught me most in the first book was the feel of the "otherness" of the werewolves and their interactions together. I felt that that aspect was really toned down in this book. Yes, there were gruesome moments, but the mentality of it felt different.
Around page 200 is where the pace started to pick up for me. We were still focused on only Elena, but her personal demons started to come into play. It seemed like her captivity and isolation dug beneath her skin enough to break through her persona. We got to see the despair and the insecurities and the depression. It was great getting that raw view. I loved how Elena admitted she wasn't over her past and probably never would be.
When Elena was back with Clay I found it extremely irritating that they never talked through anything. Their mode of operation seems to be to ignore everything and move on. It drives me nuts. You'll get to see how they solved the issue of his betrayal of her 12 years ago, and you'll see why I feel that way. I don't understand how they could have been back together the last 6 years and never have sat down and talked these things through.
I loved the glimpse we got of Clay's point of view (sort of). I felt it added nice perspective for that time period. I loved Clay in this book. Even though we saw him infrequently his presence was still felt. I hear the next book is about Paige. I hope, for both her sake and mine, that she isn't as irritating in that book as she was in this. I was on Clay's side about her and I loved the nickname he gave her. Xavier and Adam seemed like interesting characters and I hope to see more of them in the series. (less)
If you haven’t read any of the previous books I strongly recommend that you do not jump into the series here. A large draw for the series is Ethan and...moreIf you haven’t read any of the previous books I strongly recommend that you do not jump into the series here. A large draw for the series is Ethan and Merit and their connection. Their attraction grows with each book and it’s best to read them in order and watch the tension build. Plus, you’ll probably be lost about the current situation with the humans if you haven’t at least read the last book.
Starting this book, I was pretty nervous. The last book, Twice Bitten, took me high and then it drop kicked me low. It managed to end on a hopeful note—so I didn’t have a complete meltdown—but I had some definite reservations about this one.
Surprisingly, everything seemed great as I read further and further. Ethan has taken huge strides from the guy we met back in book one. He is honestly repentant about his decision in Twice Bitten and tries his best to get Merit to give him another chance. I really liked that although Merit could see his sincerity she didn’t just fall back into his arms. She has some much deserved reservations and it’ll take time and patience on Ethan’s part to show her that he won’t falter this time. Too often heroines forgive and forget before I’m ready for them to. It’s nice to see a heroine who can hold a grudge—especially because it’s not held maliciously.
I really enjoyed seeing Merit back together with Mallory. One of my favorite things about the first book was the fact that Merit and Mallory were such great friends. Often in books it seems like the main character lives in a vacuum, so it was very refreshing to have so many outside ties with Merit. Although Lindsey’s nice to read about I still miss Mallory when she’s gone. It was really nice to see Merit being there for Mallory just as much as Mallory is usually there for her. I still really wish we got more details about the magic and society that Mallory’s now a part of, but I understand that taking that tangent might take away too much from Merit’s story. In addition to getting more time with Mallory we also got to see more of Jeff and Merit’s grandfather. So it looks like the old gang is back together again. ;)
I really liked the subject Merit was investigating. Not only was it really interesting (and scary) to think of vampires acting like that, but it gave Merit an excuse to get out and about and take us deeper into the vampire world. I also loved that Merit took the lead and convinced Ethan to step back. It didn’t do her any favors, but it was nice to see him trust her and it was nice to see her really getting into her role as Sentinel.
Another thing that was appreciated (and long overdue) was Merit’s final conversation with Morgan. Thank God that the author took the time for that--he has had that coming for a while now. I’m also really glad that Ethan pointed out Merit’s hypocrisy regarding withholding information. The majority of the blame for their messed up relationship lies with Ethan, but Merit sure can be hypocritical when she’s on the other end of things.
Based on my enjoyment of the book you might be wondering why I only gave this one 3 stars. Honestly, before page 335 I was all set to give this one 4.5 stars. But then page 335 rolled around and it was all I could do to restrain myself from setting this book ON FIRE. I thought about giving it a 1 or 2 grade, but after waiting a few days to grade it (and letting myself calm down) I didn't feel quite right doing that. The beginning was too good for me to let the horrible, horrible ending drive the grade down that far. So I just split it down the middle and gave it a 3.
You know those crazy readers who get way too attached and feel personally betrayed when authors throw in huge twists or catastrophic events? That’s me! I am that crazy reader! I literally stared dumbfounded at the page before frantically rereading that section, hoping that I read that wrong. When the shock wore off…oh, the rage. You don’t even want me to describe what I was feeling right then. I had to walk away from my computer to keep myself from sending a vicious email to the author. Luckily, I calmed down enough to prevent that idiocy, but then the depression set in. It’s been a few days and I’m still not quite over it.
I am not quite ready to dramatically swear off this series. I have read/watched way too many Paranormal and Fantasy books/movies to assume that this can’t be fixed somehow. So I’ll read the next book—although I think I’ll approach it cautiously. But if it’s not fixed…I think I’ll be saying goodbye. I do not enjoy reading books when I can’t trust the author. And I’d never trust the author after this. Unless, of course, it’s some elaborate plot that’ll go “Ha ha! Got you! Did you see your face?” and I’ll be like, “Oh my God, you totally did! That really sucked, but it’s okay now because you didn’t really mean it.” So I guess we’ll see in November.
"Never fear," he said. "You may have gotten me down, but I've been above you before, and I'm sure I'll manage it again."
I asked my GR friends to provide me books they loved as part of a personal pick it for me challenge. This one was provided to me by AH.
I wavered over...moreI asked my GR friends to provide me books they loved as part of a personal pick it for me challenge. This one was provided to me by AH.
I wavered over my grade for this for a while. For most of the book I was pretty confident that I'd grade it four stars. But toward the end, something happened, a finally! moment of admission, that made me so happy I wondered if I should bump my grade up. I had to figure out if I could really justify (to myself) adding another star just because I was thrilled that the heroine had finally been brutally honest with herself and us, the readers. I finally decided that no, it was a great moment, but it was still just a strong four star read to me.
The beginning of this book was written in an extremely odd, distancing manner. I strongly felt that I was being told the story by Elena instead of watching Elena's story unfold. Luckily the style switched as soon as the prologue was over. I don't know if I could have gotten as into the story as I did if it had continued in the same style.
This book was...fascinating and frustrating and repulsive all at once. It's a combination you wouldn't think would work together, but this author managed to pull it off. You'll see what I mean by each description as I continue.
The otherness that the werewolves displayed in this book is not a characteristic I'm used to seeing in the books I read. A lot of the time vampires and werewolves and other supernatural creatures are portrayed as regular people with special abilities. Very rarely do you see an animal, more monster than human, peeking through their eyes. Sometimes I enjoy that style, but sometimes it can be frustrating. How can they be so much more than regular humans and not feel the slightest bit superior? I really find that unbelievable, especially the really old ones. I find the attitude displayed here more believable, even though it was kind of off putting at times.
The biological facts about werewolves we learned were very interesting. I wonder why the werewolf trait is inherited that way? I wasn't really impressed with the werewolf view of women. Sex or dinner, and possibly both. Nice. If I was Elena I wouldn't want to stick around with them either. I was curious about how Clay overcame his inbred disdain toward humans and women enough to get to know Elena well enough to fall in love with her. Did she pick up on his snobbery when she first met him?
It was very frustrating to have to so few facts about their past relationship. I felt like I was stumbling around in the dark and couldn't catch my bearings. Anytime Clay tried to talk with Elena and explain his actions she shut him down. She freely admitted (to herself at least) that she didn't ever want to understand his point of view. She didn't want to forgive and forget.
Elena was a complex character. She was so frustrating, but I found her fascinating too. I didn't like her a lot of the time, but I was compelled to read about her until I understood what made her tick. I was really surprised about her attitude toward her body. Well, I was surprised about a lot of her views, but her view of the use of her body was especially startling considering her childhood. The pragmatic ability to use her body as currency and not be upset by it is one I'm just not very used to. Also, her rationalizing and her lack of guilt over cheating on her boyfriend was pretty distasteful to me. I'm not a fan of cheating, and even though I liked Elena better with Clay I still felt horrible for Philip. Even though I was extremely turned off by Elena's cheating, and it is cheating, I was hooked by the strong writing and the compelling story being told.
Elena's most irritating habit was her ability to rationalize anything she didn't want to face. She avoided issues she didn't want to face, and the ones she couldn't avoid she rationalized. If I was frustrated by her, I don't know how the other people in the story avoided shaking sense into her. But, just when I was about to give up on Elena as a hopeless case something big happened. An event so harsh that Elena finally was honest with herself, and us, and admitted her true feelings about everything. They didn't just revolve around Clay and Philip, it also involved her view of herself as a human and her using her werewolf status as an excuse to avoid her true self. It was awesome! Finally I got to see a raw, unfiltered view into the core of Elena. It's not always a nice place, but it's a place I'd like to spend more time in. If you read the book and get frustrated, hold out hope! There is a light at the end of the tunnel.
Before I finish this review I have to discuss Clay a little. He was one of my favorite characters. Just like Elena he wasn't a perfect character. He did something extremely wrong to Elena, and while he wants forgiveness, I can't help but feel he's ultimately satisfied with what he has wrought. The fact that Clay was more wolf than human was an interesting take. His actions and reasoning skills definitely fit the bill for more animal instinct than human rational. I felt so bad for him though. Elena left and he just thought it was another one of their breaks. He has a singular ability to ignore the truth if he doesn't want to hear it. When I saw the presents my heart broke for him.
I do, however, wonder how Clay was able to attract human Elena. He does not resemble any human male, and he has a really hard time faking it. Did she never sense anything different about him? Once again it would help if we were able to get more specific information about their past relationship...
One last thing: I thought the ending with Philip was a cop out. I didn't like that Elena never had to deal with any real blame. She hated Clay for hiding the truth from her, but she never seemed to realize that she was doing the same thing. It was really irritating.
I recommend this book if you're looking for something different than the usual fare. I'd also recommend it if you like a little more monster than man.
**spoiler alert** Oh my God! This book was awesome! The minute I read the last page I jumped up and ran to my laptop to look up when the next book com...more**spoiler alert** Oh my God! This book was awesome! The minute I read the last page I jumped up and ran to my laptop to look up when the next book comes out. Not until 2011, nooooooo! I'm already dying to read it!
Well, this book was recommended to me by my GR friend, Shannon. She was hesitant, because our tastes don't always align, but I'm glad she bit the bullet and rec'ed it anyway. I read Storm Born first, so I wouldn't be lost reading this one, and while I did enjoy it, I also didn't think it was that great. I was nervous about reading this one, but it surpassed all of my expectations!
The beginning was a little slow for me. A lot of time was devoted to Kiyo and their relationship. I've disliked him since the first book, so I was less than thrilled to have to read so much about him. Also, all their relationship consists of is them having sex. With so much page time devoted to their relationship it translates into a lot of page time devoted to them having sex. Their sex wasn't particularly interesting either.
I'm not against aggressive, animalistic sex, but Kiyo took it pretty far. When your partner implies they find your orgasm-giving skills lacking and wants more foreplay you should probably pay attention. I couldn't believe that Eugenie had to stop him and cuff him to make sure she got off first! Poor girl. No wonder she almost jumped out of her skin when Dorian grabbed her arm in the beginning. She's probably dying for someone to dominate her and work her over.
I loved getting more information about Eugenie's kingdom. As someone who lives near Tucson I was shocked when she morphed her land into it. I thought she must have been high, but whatever works for her... I'm glad she got confronted with the real issues of how her choice affected her people. They have to relearn how to grow crops and find water and they need to figure out how to get some A/C in there. I'm glad the stuff like that wasn't skimmed over.
Dorian impressed me a lot in this book. I found him interesting in the first one, but also kind of flat. This one really helped add depth for me. He seems more like a ruler who actually cares than a bored royal. I loved the speech he gave Eugenie about being protecting her people or admitting to them that she couldn't. He showed real passion and intensity there. As much as he likes to don his bored royal mask, he is dead serious about what it means to be a king or queen.
I was really glad that Dorian moved on after Eugenie dumped him in the last book. I know him sleeping with other people will piss some readers off, but I loved it. I don't want to see him pine from his kingdom, waiting for her to finally decide she's going to dump Kiyo and come to him. She dumped him and was sleeping with someone else, it would have been dumb for him to wait around. Although we did get a nice hint of his pining for her in his own unique way.
Dorian endeared himself to me forever with one sword stroke at the end. I was so glad that someone did that, damn the consequences. I couldn't believe Kiyo laid that pile of crap on Eugenie to get her to back down. Way to make the victim feel like shit about herself! Thank goodness Dorian was there.
Kiyo bothered me throughout this whole book. His booty call tendency toward Eugenie was really distasteful. I also can't believe he knew all the problems her kingdom was having and didn't mention it to her. Why is he so down on her magic and queenship anyway? He had no problem sleeping with his baby's mama. Why is it only bad when Eugenie does it? I also can't believe that Kiyo didn't have the decency to send Eugenie a message during (or even after) the birth happened. He seems to have no consideration for anyone other than himself.
I outright hated him when he talked Eugenie down from having her revenge. That's not the thing you think about when you find out about that situation. He should have been cheering her on or asking if he could do it for her. Then, he had the balls to try to get her to apologize??? What the hell is wrong with him? I'm so glad things turned out that way. I really hope he won't be a major part of the series anymore.
I love Dorian to death now, but his world domination excitement at the end made me nervous for their future. I can't wait to get the next book!
This was a pretty average first book in a series. It wasn't bad and it wasn't really good, it was just...there. The world building wasn't particularly...moreThis was a pretty average first book in a series. It wasn't bad and it wasn't really good, it was just...there. The world building wasn't particularly developed, which was rather disappointing. Because I found Eugenie irritating and her love triangle boring, I was hoping for an intricate world to capture my attention. No such luck.
The beginning of this book seemed to crawl by. Maybe it just felt tedious as the author set up the story and world? I don't know, all I know is that it dragged until about page 200. Once we got more page time with Dorian and got to see Eugenie work on her powers it became more interesting.
Eugenie's relationship with Kiyo baffled me. Why exactly does he mean so much to you after you've spent a few hours together? You don't know him at all, but you refuse to think anything bad about him. You can't even bring yourself to suspect someone who has good cause to see you dead, because you trust Kiyo and he seems to trust them. Seriously, sometimes I wanted Eugenie to get kidnapped just so she'd learn the same lesson most every 7 year old has. You don't trust strangers.
Dorian was the most interesting character we encountered. His attitude was rather fascinating. He was always bored and ready to play, but you could feel that there was a much different character under the surface. We got a glimpse of him during times of crisis and I'm interested in seeing more. Dorian's fascination with ropes led to some interesting scenes. I would have enjoyed Eugenie's attitude toward submission more if I thought it was less of a cop out.
Eugenie's prejudice and stubbornness got old after a while. I don't mind watching character growth, but I hate seeing people make dumb decisions (again and again) just because they're blinded by prejudice. She also had a really bad habit of admitting the likelihood of a truth to herself and then turning around 2 seconds later and denying it to anyone who tries to make her face the truth.
I liked watching Eugenie's spirits bicker back and forth. It was amusing bouncing between one wanting to be her best friend, one steeped in misery and depression, and one dreaming about slowly killing her. Her friend Tim was also a lot of fun. He seemed to take everything in stride.
What was up with the ending? Eugenie decided to risk her own life saving Kiyo from death. While there she lets herself be used for sex. What? What was the whole point of throwing that in there? The whole interlude seemed out of place and over the top. Then to come back and dump Dorian to work it out with her precious Kiyo? Her bouncing back and forth is really irritating, especially when she has sex with both of them as she rotates turns. Sleeping with a guy a day after you slept with another guy just skeezes me out a bit.
At the end of the book Kiyo seems to be campaigning really hard for her to never develop her magic anymore. I still think there's something hinky about him. I don't think he's going to be pleased with Eugenie's determination to get her power rush in the next book.
I still plan on reading the next book, Thorn Queen. The second book was recommended for a pick-it-for-me challenge, so I just needed to read this one so I wouldn't be lost. Hopefully the second book smooths out the kinks and is more engaging.
**spoiler alert** *This will be a long one so I can fully discuss my opposing reactions. I don't think there are spoilers, but I figured I'd mark it j...more**spoiler alert** *This will be a long one so I can fully discuss my opposing reactions. I don't think there are spoilers, but I figured I'd mark it just in case. One last thing, if you're into BDSM this is not meant to offend you. I'm just trying to be honest because these are my reviews for me to reference in the future.*
My reaction to this book was so polarized. I absolutely loved part of it, but was enraged by the rest. I couldn't give it a five star, because the later half of the book dimmed my enjoyment, but it is better than the average book. So, four stars it is!
This is not a book that falls into my normal preferences. I'm not enthused by BDSM and erotica usually leaves me cold. But I was recommended this book and decided that I had to give it a try if my GR friend, Lethal, loved it so much. Overall, it both exceeded my expectations, and adhered to them. I wish parts of it had been more to my taste, but I don't regret reading it because the parts that I did like were so excellent.
When this story opens Jessica, previously a vampire's human servant, is at death's door. She's racing the clock to fulfill one last task before she dies. She's not afraid of death. Indeed, after all that has happened to her she craves the release it will provide. Release from the withered mess her body has become; release from the horrible memories and terror; release from her own fractured mind.
Jessica's in a really bad place for most of this book and her emotions practically breathe off the pages. I felt her despair and her fear and her hatred of whatever cruel force had sent another vampire into her life. This girl was broken. She knew that her mind was fractured and she would slip into her fantasies to protect herself from the ultimate break.
Jessica has spent the last five years as a human servant to a sadistic vampire. To help her endure she studied a journal she found. It told the story of a girl falling in love with, and marrying, a man named Lord Mason. The girl, Farida, and her love for Lord Mason was so strong and pure and beautiful that it helped Jessica survive. After she was free she journeyed to Farida's tomb and discovered the truth about Lord Mason.
The author pulled no punches with Jessica. Her terror was a living thing. We, the reader, weren't told of that terror gently either. We got a play by play of her screaming and drooling and pissing herself in fear. I couldn't read that and remain unmoved.
In the beginning she was like a wild animal, more instinct than reason, and I couldn't help but pity her. As her strength grew that pity moved to admiration. I sympathized when she wanted to push beyond her limitations but was afraid to act out at the same time.
Mason exceeded my expectations. He was such a good man. I don't know why, but I expected him to be cast as a very dominant asshole. He wasn't though. In the beginning, he helps her in repayment of her honor to Farida. Then he helps her to make up for what his kind did to her. Finally, he helped her in the hope that she could one day be with him without fear. His longing and willingness to put her needs first was very moving.
Everything was going well until the later half of the book. That was when Jessica was well enough to finally start playing the master/servant role. What was a beautiful story of love and healing turned into that. All the beauty and emotion seemed to be pushed aside in favor of Jessica getting groped by multiple people and gentled into "willing submission." It became a chore to finish. Especially because the first 3/4 of the book was so excellent.
I know that it was how the characters were written, but I couldn't help but see their situation through my own perception. Their relationship was no longer about love. It turned into ownership. I couldn't help but get angry at the turn their relationship took. I wanted to save Jessica from herself. I really didn't feel that was a healthy situation for her. She longed for a partnership, but ended up settling.
What's crazy is that even though I hated his mastership, I still liked Mason. When they weren't playing sex games I still saw what I prized about their relationship. I loved the talks they had and the closeness they shared. But when it turned to talk of sexual "punishments" and her not coming until he "let" her...I was turned off.
He talked about requiring her to sit at his feet while other vampires visited so he could stroke her hair. And of having her turn into a servant in truth-fetching drinks, etc. I just wanted to scream at them both. She's not a dog! If you love her, respect her! Don't let other people share her!
I really disliked the role that Lyssa played here. I resented her ordering Jessica around and I resented Jessica listening. What I disliked even more than that was Lyssa advising Jessica to ignore all her mental anguish and give up everything in service to loving Mason. That's not a healthy relationship when she values her terror beneath his preference. Amara also irritated me for her pushy advice in the beginning. It seemed like Amara's role to Jessica was replaced by Lyssa.
By the way, is everyone is this whole book bisexual? I find it extremely hard to believe that every person they encountered didn't mind a crowd. Does everyone really not care who is giving the pain or pleasure as long as they're getting it? Also, if I could have gotten the mythos on vampires I would have really appreciated it. It bugged me that I didn't understand their history.
In closing, while I loved the beginning, I hated the end. The sex and the relationship resolution left me cold. It was so disappointing because I had such high hopes after the beginning. Hopefully this review will help people narrow down whether they'll like this book or not. (less)