After the disappointment of the first book I had pretty much given up on this series (even if I do love Sarah Fine), but despite it all, Gal*sad sigh*
After the disappointment of the first book I had pretty much given up on this series (even if I do love Sarah Fine), but despite it all, Galena had been my favorite character, and I knew she was going to be the protagonist in Claimed, and then I saw that Claimed was available for request on NetGalley--how could I resist?
Long story short: disappointment struck again.
I kind of ranted a little bit (or A LOT) on my Marked review and I really don't want to go down that road again, but I did have problems with this sequel too, not the exact same problems I had with Marked, but still problems. That said, my main issues with Marked were: the too rushed romance, the sex scenes, and Cacy's hot and cold behavior--none of these were a problem for me regarding Claimed, though, like Marked, this book made me feel very uncomfortable during certain scenes (when Galena is telling Declan about the rape), and I did suffer from a severe case of eye roll because of the whole if-you-have-sex-with-me-you-will-become-immortal-please-note-that-you-must-come-or-it-won't-work thing.
Interesting characters, hot and steamy romance, the male lead is not a complete douche. What annoys me in this kind of good girl & bad boy story iInteresting characters, hot and steamy romance, the male lead is not a complete douche. What annoys me in this kind of good girl & bad boy story is how the girl always needs a guy to show her what to do with her body, like, in this case, 23 year-old woman had no idea what was an orgasm, never had one before. ??????? ????????????? ??????????...more
Steamy Beauty and the Beast retelling! How come I didn't know about this until a certain scene happened, and another, and another, and another? You caSteamy Beauty and the Beast retelling! How come I didn't know about this until a certain scene happened, and another, and another, and another? You can't imagine my shock---a good shock, though.
Loved the badass heroine, Louvaen, and her practical, no-drama, excuse-you-I-ain't-no-damsel-in-distress personality. Not to mention the fact that she's like a she-wolf with a pup regarding her baby sister, Cinnia, and how Cinnia loves her back.
The author did a great job creating these characters, this world, and mixing them up with the classic elements of the fairytale. I found myself smiling every time I recognized something or someone.
She also did an amazing job retelling the curse, and dealing with the "Beast's" disfigurement. I mean, imagine writing a steamy version of Beauty and the Beast and having to figure out how to make the hero beastly, without turning this story into something... let's say *uncomfortable* for the reader. Draven nailed it though, the romance is lovely and hot.
Recommended, of course! It's so rare to find beautifully written fairytale retellings that feel like completely new stories--I know because I look for them constantly. Come to me, my beauties. ...more
Ah, man, I'm so annoyed that I didn't love this. -__-
To be completely honest, I didn't know Marked wasThere will be spoilers.
***No love triangle***
Ah, man, I'm so annoyed that I didn't love this. -__-
To be completely honest, I didn't know Marked was adult paranormal romance until I actually started reading the book and the main characters first meet while the heroine, Cacy, is topless in a locker room and doesn't even care when the guy, Eli, comes in and sees her like that. Not gonna lie, I was pretty uncomfortable. I mean, seriously? A stranger sees you naked and you don't even flinch? Wrap your arms around your body? Turn around?
The other thing that bothered me about this scene is that it made the romantic&sexual tension escalate way too quickly for my taste, because they hadn't even been introduced and she was already remarking upon the fact that her nipples were hard at the sight of him. (This happens around page 20.) Sure, it's not like us ladies can control it, but why tell me about it? The guy could be a complete jerk, a psycho, a rapist, a sadistic murderer, all of these things combined, and there she is, eyeing him up and down, bare chested, letting him stare, flirting, and telling me her nipples are hard because of him—what in the world??
That said, I didn’t relate to Cacy, and honestly, I couldn't care less about what happened to her--she was just so annoying and pretty much one-dimensional, her main concern throughout the whole story is when she's going to shag Eli. Also, her moods, and, consequently, their relationship, are the embodiment of Katy Perry's "Hot N Cold", one moment she's distant and running away, and in the next she's stalking him, getting into his apartment to watch him sleep, not to mention that her idea of flirting is to approach the guy and immediately touch his erection. Down girl! Seriously, all I could think about was: imagine if their roles were reversed and he stalked her, went into her room to watch her sleep, flirted with her by grabbing her boobs or touching her vulva before they even had shared a kiss--imagine. Again, I was extremely uncomfortable.
And IT SUCKS, because I adore Sarah Fine (Sanctum <3), and she's basically the only author that writes about death being some kind of business that I like, so it really pains me to dislike one of her books this much--it can't be helped, though.
I'm also torn about the idea of reading the second book in the series or saving myself the trouble, because the protagonists are going to be the only characters I remotely liked in this one, Galena and Dec, plus Galena's story is very tragic and I really want to see her reach for happiness and love, but I don't know... I don't know what to do....more
I was lucky enough to read Alienated last year, thanks to NetGalley, and in all ho***NO INSTA-LOVE OR LOVE TRIANGLE, YAY!!***
Holy batman... this book!
I was lucky enough to read Alienated last year, thanks to NetGalley, and in all honesty, when I made the request I was only expecting for it to be a fun, light, alien-themed read which I would hopefully enjoy---little did I know it would end up being a 5-stars-rating-favorite-of-the-year-oh-my-god-I-need-a-physical-copy-so-I-can-hold-it-close-to-my-heart book.
I adored the protagonist, Cara, she’s kind, she’s loyal, she’s smart, she’s a nerd, she’s outgoing, and she’s one of the few people who aren’t prejudiced against aliens, on the contrary, she wants to know more about them, so she gladly accepts one in her home as the result of an intergalactic high school exchange program. (Sounds kind of silly, right? It's not!)
These aliens, the L’eihrs, and humans have a nearly identical DNA, and physically they look the same, but among other things, L’eihrs just don’t react or feel things as humans do, because their emotions are completely repressed in their brains.
The story has a lot more going on, but nothing was more pleasing to me than Cara and Aelyx's relationship. They go from total strangers to friends, and then to lovers, slowly, deliciously, and without even noticing what's happening. And did I mention L'eihrs don't enjoy touching that much, and are kind of grossed out with the idea of kissing? Yeah, so much fun to see how Aelyx's opinion changes as the story progresses. At some point Cara actually volunteers to show him how humans kiss and long story short: IT WAS HOT.
I was really worried throughout the whole book though, because from the beginning it’s clear that Aelyx is hiding something, that he has a double purpose to be on Earth and I feared that this secret mission of his would be too much for Cara to forgive in the end, and I just couldn't stand the idea! I need my Cara and my Aelyx together or the world doesn't feel right!!
To this day I can't believe the amount of feels this book gave me, it was so, so good, fun, romantic, unexpected, and I cannot wait for the sequel, oh my God, 2015, WHY DO YOU HATE ME LORD.
Lisa Kleypas is in my top 2 favorite romance authors of all time, I honestly love her with a passion and I will never ever ever get enough of her, orLisa Kleypas is in my top 2 favorite romance authors of all time, I honestly love her with a passion and I will never ever ever get enough of her, or of her swoon-worthy heros and couples.
Then Came You was very intense; I liked the heroine, Lily, a lot, even though I could not see myself in her that much---she’s utterly wild, shameless, and everywhere she goes people immediately know she’s there, because she’ll make herself noticed, she's a rebel, really. Upon closer look there’s this sadness about her that’s heartbreaking and I felt her pain.
The hero is the total opposite; Alex is a Darcy-ish character, quite reserved and unyielding, a man who plans to live his life according to a plan and without surprises coming his way---until he meets Lily.
Above all else, I enjoyed the couple’s nonstop bickering, and how in the end Alex doesn’t even blink and gets Lily what she most desires in life. WHAT A MAN.
I can certainly recommend this one for romance fans, LK never fails. ...more
Wow. Thank you, Tammara Webber, thank you for my first great reading experience in the ‘new adult’ genre. Honestly.
At first sight Easy might seem justWow. Thank you, Tammara Webber, thank you for my first great reading experience in the ‘new adult’ genre. Honestly.
At first sight Easy might seem just like another contemporary romance book (a 50 Shades cover...really?), but believe me when I say: it is not. Of course the romance is the main theme and I absolutely loved, swooned, fangirled over Jacqueline and Lucas together, and how they slowly get to know, trust, love lick each other's wounds; but I equally enjoyed their paths throughout the story as individuals. Lucas won me over since the beginning, and just kept getting better and better as the story unfolded, while Jacqueline I learned to like and cheer for, because to be honest, initially I was like: WHY WOULD YOU FOLLOW YOUR BOYFRIEND TO COLLEGE?? THAT'S SO STUPID!! But I’m happy to say she totally redeemed herself, and in the end I was *aggressively* rooting for her happiness---with Lucas.
So, hell yes, I recommend it, there's great romance, good writing, no insta-love or love triangles (THANK YOU JESUS), a swoon-worthy hero with a dark and mysterious past, who isn’t a jackass, and a quite likable heroine---just about everything I need in contemporary romance.