Another story about what happens after Happily Ever After.
Mina and the Iron Duke are now married. Mina is still an inspector, and Rhys fears for her eAnother story about what happens after Happily Ever After.
Mina and the Iron Duke are now married. Mina is still an inspector, and Rhys fears for her every time they are apart. When Mina is called to investigate the death of someone she and Rhys know, he comes along. Rhys is really trying not to change who Mina is at her core, but it really difficult for him not to have complete control of the situation. Mina, to her credit, is not in-your-face, but she does stand firm in her desire to continue doing her job.
Mina's investigation eventually leads to her own front door; and touches on issues regarding socioeconomic issues which face many developing nations....more
Only Shelly Laurenston would turn an internet meme into a character in a novel (and that's all I'm going to say about one character in this book).
RickOnly Shelly Laurenston would turn an internet meme into a character in a novel (and that's all I'm going to say about one character in this book).
Ricky Lee Reece is one of the Reece Boys, and a member of the New York Smith wolfpack. Toni Jean-Louis Parker is the oldest of 11 jackal children, and the only one who is not a prodigy. She is tasked with making sure none of her gifted but socially inept siblings are killed (most likely by another sibling), seriously assaulted (see: killed), or arrested. Anyone who has read Laurenston's prior novels knows how Laurenston can blend extreme genius an social ineptitude into a whole bunch of crazy. This is why I was glad to see several characters from her previous stories play prominent roles in this one.
Second to Ric and Dee Ann, Ricky Lee and Toni seem to be the most mature of Laurenston's couples. Their relationship doesn't so much explode as blossom. There are not a lot of sex scenes, but those few are very hot. There is real danger facing some of the characters, but the surprise is from whom.
This was another great turn in the Pride series, and I can't wait for the next one. ...more
Aisling Grey came verrrry close to being a TSTL heroine. Her main saving grace was that she was somewhat aware of her level of ignorance. Too often, sAisling Grey came verrrry close to being a TSTL heroine. Her main saving grace was that she was somewhat aware of her level of ignorance. Too often, she has more guts and heart than she has sense.
Her first mission as a courier results in her item being stolen, and her as a murder suspect in a foreign country. The meandering path she takes in an effort to clear her name lead her into the roles of 1) a demon lord (Jim is a different demon, to say the least); 2) a wyvern's mate (though she would argue that), and most importantly, 3) a Guardian, although she (and as a result of first-person perspective, we) do not really know what that means.
Drake, the wyvern in question, is a morally ambiguous character. While Aisling is honest in her attraction to him, she understands that secual attraction alone is not enough to build a relationship on. I had no trouble believing where their relationship stood at the end of the book....more
Lou Crushek - straight-laced polar bear shifter cop super hockey fan Cella Malone - no-rules tiger assassin hockey enforcer
Only in Shelly LaLou Crushek - straight-laced polar bear shifter cop super hockey fan Cella Malone - no-rules tiger assassin hockey enforcer
Only in Shelly Laurenston's crazy Pride series would these two even inhabit the same universe, much less become romantically involved. They wind up naked in bed together the morning after a party at a mutual friend's house - think Jello shots (again, only in Laurenston's world....). They wind up investigating a taxidermist and human hunters who knowingly target shapeshifters. Meanwhile, Cella ropes Crush into being her pretend boyfriend, to keep her matchmaking family off her back.
Like I said, these two shouldn't work, but they do. We see plenty of the characters from the prior books in this series, and they bring their attitudes with them. I can't tell you how many times I had to stifle laughter (I was reading this at work). It will be interesting to see who is paired up next....more
As anyone who has read the news recently knows, the Apocalypse may be closer than we think.
In Nightfall, the world has been falling apart, and the woAs anyone who has read the news recently knows, the Apocalypse may be closer than we think.
In Nightfall, the world has been falling apart, and the worst of the effects have already torn the US apart. The eastern part of the country has already fallen apart, and the West Coast is living in a state of denial. Too bad denial does not hold back the end times.
Jenna has been trying to overcome a history of an insane(?) absentee father and live a normal life. This is working until she is kidnapped by Mason, a man who was trained by Jenna's father to prepare for the end times, and promised to take care of Jenna when the time came. Jenna, of course, resists Mason, but she soon comes to learn she has little choice if she wants to survive. They soon have five unexpected guests, and are forced to make some tough decisions.
Mason, Jenna, and the others do what they must, and they eventually become a cohesive team. Mason and Jenna even find their way to each other. There are tow more books in this series, and I am very interested in seeing ho this world evolves. ...more
G.A. Aiken continues her saga of the wacky dragon shifters and those they love. This time, Gwenvael (notorious man-ho) was asked by Annwyl to travel tG.A. Aiken continues her saga of the wacky dragon shifters and those they love. This time, Gwenvael (notorious man-ho) was asked by Annwyl to travel to the Northlands and strike an agreement with them. Gwenvael makes a critical mistake when he first encounters Dagmar, also known as The Beast. Dagmar is in fact a master politician, with a knack for training canines. Gwenvael is quite the schemer himself, and uses his reputation to his full advantage.
Forces are conspiring against both Annwyl and The Reinholdt (Dagmar's father) which means it is in their best interests to form an alliance. Dagmar and Gwenvael turn out to be the perfect pair to forge this union. They see each other beneath the surface, beneath their reputations, and that fuels their romance.
There is a lot of action (someone important dies - I'm not saying anything further), we see more of the gods who seem to be trying to reassert themselves in the world, and the ground is set for some of the stories to come (hello, Keita! Hello, Izzy!). Some relationships were sorely tested, and we get a look at what happens after the HEA for couples from the series' earlier books....more