**spoiler alert** I liked it. In the end, I wanted more. I thought that the characters had good chemistry. I liked the Dom, Jay, and how Lauren was op**spoiler alert** I liked it. In the end, I wanted more. I thought that the characters had good chemistry. I liked the Dom, Jay, and how Lauren was open to learning. Maybe it's just me, but I liked that Lauren used her safe word. Too often books show characters willing to do every little thing asked of them, and having a heroine who uses her safe word was an unexpected twist I liked. I thought that there could have been more explanation of Jay's hang up's. I didn't quite get it with him, or why Lauren drew him as much as he indicated she did. That said, I enjoyed the book a lot. Here's hoping his friend get's a book. I'd be willing to read that....more
I get to talk about the newest Marked Souls book!!!!! This series, I might or might not have mentioned, is on my very short list of series with a worlI get to talk about the newest Marked Souls book!!!!! This series, I might or might not have mentioned, is on my very short list of series with a world that makes me want to day dream. I’m the first to admit that it’s had it’s ups and downs with me. I still, to this day, would cheer on someone punching Archer in the balls, but the series as a whole rocks. I think one of the things I like, beyond the nuts and bolts of what makes up this series, is the idea that, sure the characters might have the unique skills to help them overcome, but ultimately they need love to conquer the great evil. Without that very important factor, they probably wouldn’t win. It’s an intangible weapon the big bad guys can’t fight against.
Following Vowed in Shadows is a hard task. The third book in this series scared me, because the hero could have been a hard sell. But, I think it might be my favorite in the series. That said, I really enjoyed Darkness Undone! You had the same elements that I love about this series, a well developed world, a tortured alpha hero and a heroine who deserved to be loved. Oh, and there’s huge danger and possibly world domination at stake should they fail.
This series focuses on the perpetual battle of good and evil. Specifically, these books deal with demons seeking redemption through possessing a person and molding them to be an immortal, damned warrior. The battle has always been on a small scale, fighting the evils of some lesser demonic creatures, but within the context of these books, the balance is changing. Where the ranks of the talya, the term used to describe the warriors, have always been male, they are acquiring female talya. Not only that, but they have the audacity to bond with a male talya and form a new weapon. One the talya don’t know how to handle anymore because female talya have been gone for ages.
I was really excited when I learned that this book would be looking into the dark corners of the Marked Soul’s world, and take a glimpse at the rouge talya. They’ve been mentioned in the previous books, but you didn’t see any. Until now. *insert appropriate suspenseful music* Alyce, unlike other talya, has been alone since accepting her demon, or teshuva as the repentant ones are called. I love the heroines in this series. They’re each different. In book one you had Sela, who despite arguing so much I wanted someone to duct tape her mouth shut, is a take charge kind of heroine. In book two, you had Jilly, who kicked ass and took names. In book three, there was Nim, who accepted her new life and motored on better than the men. I didn’t know what to expect from Alyce, but I was in love with her after the first ten pages.
Despite being hundreds of years old, Alyce is still innocent and naïve and a complete bad ass. I always love a character who owns who they are, and Alyce does that. She sees what she wants, accepts that she can be better and goes after it. She might be my new favorite heroine of the series. Read the first fight scene, and tell me if you aren’t blown away by her bad self.
Sidney, for all that he steps onto the scene as the league’s new Bookkeeper, is a talya fighter. Can I just say here that I have this mental image of David Tennant playing a variation of Dr Who as Sidney? The book opens with him, and you get a real punch of his dry, English sense of humor. This isn’t a story comment, but the way his POV was written came off to me, as so very British. I was tickled.
In a lot of ways Sid follows the mold of the heroes. He has some deep, dark guilt that holds him back, which inevitably makes him who he is for the story. He runs away from the relationship, doing perhaps irreversible harm to his intended woman, and blunders around a bit. I liked Sidney, maybe because I’ve been wanting a bookish kind of hero, that could also slay monsters.
As with all of the Marked Souls books, they deal with the ongoing battle of Heaven vs Hell. This is the first book that faces a new antagonist, so I was curious about where this was going. I’ll say, I couldn’t quite decide who the big bad guy was going to ultimately be. There are henchmen, a big boss trouble maker that might make everyone miserable in the future, and a villain the talya must vanquish.
Unlike the other books, Darkness Undone didn’t spend a lot of time explaining the terms and background like they what transpired in the first three books. The characters are already familiar with the world, but it is difficult to pick up all the nuances after not reading the other books for so long. So, reference the glossary if you need to. There are some events that you know will happen at certain points in the story, because that’s where they’ve happened thereabouts in the other books, so there is some predictability there. But! I think that’s some of the beauty of these books. They’re dark and gritty, and still cling to this idea that love is a weapon.
I gave Darkness Undone 4 stars, because it’s a great continuation of the series. I’m excited to see where it’s going to go next. You get a heroine who is different, and a hero you swoon for....more
Love Revealed is a historical BDSM novella. From the blurb, you’re presented with a woman embracing widowhood, who comes with baggage appropriate to tLove Revealed is a historical BDSM novella. From the blurb, you’re presented with a woman embracing widowhood, who comes with baggage appropriate to the times. A husband who treated her less than fairly, and left her with a black spot on her reputation. The hero is a man whom everyone desires and yet no one can capture.
Out of the gate, I was expecting a few things. For one, the heroine Kat, played true to what I expected. Her baggage holds her back at points, but she reaches for what she wants. After all, the masked man she’s falling for could leave her at any time. I did want to know more about the time between when her husband died and the opening of the book. How did she get involved in a BDSM club? It’s not something the average woman in her station would have access to. So how did it happen? That part did frustrate me a little, since it raises other questions of, “Well how did that happen?”, once she tells the hero everything.
Heath didn’t play out as I’d expected, and I have no one to blame except myself. I expected him to be more of a rake in reputation, but that wasn’t so. Heck, the blurb never says that, my brain just filled that bit in. Over all, I like Heath. You know how he got from point A to B, you get his motivations, he makes sense. I would have liked to know more about his situation with his ward and niece, but that could also be me!
As far as the plot is concerned, I like the idea of this mysterious club that caters to several different tastes. Kat describes the interworkings to some degree, and I’m looking forward at what will come next. The sex is hot and hits the big points of BDSM, there’s bondage, punishment, spankings, anal and dominance. The story shows how the relationship translates across their lives, and how these two characters can work. It’s not just a titillating tale of petticoats and paddles, it’s a love story. It left me wanting more, that’s for sure! It should have been twice as long!!
I gave Love Revealed four stars. I’m picky about my historicals, and this one blended historical context with modern language, lots of naughty times and a believable romance....more
Super cute book. Anyone who has ever had a crush on a fictional hero will like this. It's funny, pokes fingers at some of the realities of being a tweSuper cute book. Anyone who has ever had a crush on a fictional hero will like this. It's funny, pokes fingers at some of the realities of being a twenty-something these days and ends with warm, squishy hope. Where do I get a Fabian? Can I order one? Because I'd like one, please....more
I'm waffling on liking this book, and really liking it. For me, it's difficult to see the two characters continuing their relationship past the infatuI'm waffling on liking this book, and really liking it. For me, it's difficult to see the two characters continuing their relationship past the infatuation stage. But, I'll fully say that as someone who is like Addie, it's difficult to date and be in relationships, so my personal experience is tarnishing my enjoyment of the book, and it's disappointing because I really want to love it.
Lane has a lot of personalities, and it was hard to know which Lane you were getting. It was just hard to think that the man you were introduced to at the beginning of the book is the same at the end. Don't get me wrong, I still liked him, but the drastic changes were a little jarring.
The menage aspect wasn't very strong, which doesn't bother me. I liked Lane's explanation to Addie about why her attraction to Emory was acceptable to him. The guys don't team up with her at any point in the story, just so that's clear.
I think that people who are interested or curious about BDSM will find this a good book to read. There's a lot of introduction and explanation. You see that BDSM can be different and how the men operate. I want people to read this and enjoy it more than I did, because it's good. It's really good. So go read it!...more