I really enjoy this series. Not sure how I would feel about a gargoyle hero, but Lannes was really awesome. I was annoyed at how often the word "craggI really enjoy this series. Not sure how I would feel about a gargoyle hero, but Lannes was really awesome. I was annoyed at how often the word "craggy" was used to describe him. If I was playing a drinking game where everytime I read the word "craggy" I had a sip of alcohol, by the third chapter I would have been waisted!!
The plot had all kinds of twists and turns, some of it hard to follow, but by the end of the book everything wraps up nicely.
I don't recommend starting with this book if you haven't read the previous books in the series....more
First half was slow, but then it started to really pick up and I loved the ending. A lot of different couples and storylines. Sometimes it took away fFirst half was slow, but then it started to really pick up and I loved the ending. A lot of different couples and storylines. Sometimes it took away from the main romance....more
Seduced by the Night is the second book in Robin T. Popp's Night Slayer series. Bethany Stavinoski is a biochemist and has recently been awarded for hSeduced by the Night is the second book in Robin T. Popp's Night Slayer series. Bethany Stavinoski is a biochemist and has recently been awarded for her brilliance in her leading research. Unfortunately for Bethany, it has made her the target of a group of men looking to create a new drug. These men are strange and mysterious but Bethany is lucky to have a protector in Dirk Adams a former military man who has a few secrets up his sleeves. Bethany is engaged to another man, but that doesn't extinguish the flames that burn between Bethany and Dirk.
I really enjoyed the first book in the series Out of the Night, which I rated an A. But unfortunately I didn't enjoy Seduced by the Night quite as much. One of the things I really enjoyed about OOTN is the unusual twist to the vampire legend. I thought it was rather clever and different from most vampire books, but by the second book that novelty had worn off and nothing new in terms of the legend had come to light, although there were new characters and motivations that surfaced in this book.
The other thing that bothered me with this book was that Bethany was engaged to another man and while she didn't feel passionate toward him she still was committed to him and it took away from her relationship development with Dirk. Dirk was kind of a Neanderthal with Bethany at times and of course hated the fact she belonged to another. I just couldn't really get into this one. Robin T. Popp's writing style reminds me of Elizabeth Jennings or Lisa Marie Rice, where the heroines are very feminine and the males are extremely protective, which is not a bad combination, it just didn't work for me in Seduced by the Night. ...more
Ben Benedict is trying to make is way in the world after leaving the military because of suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has joinedBen Benedict is trying to make is way in the world after leaving the military because of suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He has joined a task force in Washington DC to fight the ever escalating drug problem. Ironically enough, Ben finds himself back fighting terrorism when Al Qaeda operatives target Washington politicians as their next victims through a DC gang Ben has been working with. As if that isn't enough, he finds himself attracted to the doctor treating him for PTSD.
Outcast reminded me a lot of the 80's old school romances. Here, Ben is one of those hero’s who is a real jerk to the heroine and doesn't want to own up to his "softer" feelings. Ben has a lot of Mommy issues and only uses women for sex. He doesn't want to have to depend on any woman and then have her push him away and therefore leave him vulnerable to a broken heart. He'd rather break their hearts first instead of have his own broken. So this pretty much sums up his poor treatment of the heroine.
Even though, Ben is quite the jerk, it is a true testimony to what a good job Johnston does as a writer because she had me coming back for more time and again even though Ben annoyed me. The story is very gripping and entertaining. If you are looking for heroes of the old days and a gripping, dramatic story then Outcast is for you. Good news is that Outcast is the start of a new series and Ben comes from a very interesting high society Washington family. It looks like there will be more great books on the horizon featuring his brothers and sisters. ...more
Seduced Into a Paper Marriage is part of The Hudsons of Beverly Hills series by Maureen Child. Devlin Hudson married Valerie Shelton not necessarily fSeduced Into a Paper Marriage is part of The Hudsons of Beverly Hills series by Maureen Child. Devlin Hudson married Valerie Shelton not necessarily for love but because they were good together and she had the right connections. Her father owns one the big publishing companies while his family owns one of the big movie production companies in Hollywood. Valerie left Hudson because the marriage was just a shell of what she had hoped it could be. Hudson, not one to let things languish, decides he wants Valerie back in his life. He asks her to come back home and be his wife for good. Valerie accepts but she has plans to show Hudson the real Valerie instead of the ideal woman she thinks he wants.
I was pleasantly surprised with Seduced into a Paper Marriage. For such a short read at 177 pages it really was surprisingly in depth. The set up worked for me because Devlin and Valerie already had an established relationship. Therefore, it wasn't such a stretch for them to hop right into an intimate relationship. They were already in one. Call me crazy but I enjoy reading about super wealthy people who have it all - at least they have anything money can buy, yet they still have to work for love.
Hudson has major commitment issues. At the same time he is having trouble with his marriage. His own parents are working through their own issues. Both relationships run parallel to each other and help to tie everything together. This really worked for me. It was a way to bring in family ties and help Hudson work through his commitment issues. If you are looking for a short read with family values in a Hollywood setting, don't miss out on Seduced into a Paper Marriage....more
Elise Carpenter is a widow with three daughters. She and her husband were in their veterinary clinic late one evening when a group of men attacked theElise Carpenter is a widow with three daughters. She and her husband were in their veterinary clinic late one evening when a group of men attacked them looking for drugs. Her husband died that night and Elise suffered a brutal beating. Now, several years later she finds herself in a bank at the same time the man who killed her husband is robbing it. He manages to evade the police and threatens Elise’s life. Detective Dean Cornell is assigned to protect Elise until they can catch the killer.
Elise’s character has a lot of baggage. She blames the cops for her husband’s killer being on the loose in the first place, and with good reason. They screwed up big time. But she allows her hate for cops in general to be unnecessarily rude and nasty to Detective Cornell most of the time. I thought her treatment of Dean was unjust and she was overall too prickly for me to really like her.
Dean, on the other hand, was quite the charmer. He let Elise’s insults roll over him like water off a ducks back. He never took her anger personally and that made this book much more tolerable. I loved how he interacted with Elise’s daughters. There is one part when he is dealing with the six year old that was just hysterical. I laughed out loud at that part and even days later would still chuckle over it.
It took a while for Dean and Elise to establish their relationship and I found that it progressed at a reasonable pace. So many books today have the hero and heroine jumping into bed right after they meet or having sex while a killer is lurking in the shadows. That wasn’t the case here. Aside from me having difficulty with Elise, Sometimes a Lady was an appealing story....more