This could easily have been a book which I loved. I DID love the hero and heroine and much of their interaction. However, I really, really didn't enjoThis could easily have been a book which I loved. I DID love the hero and heroine and much of their interaction. However, I really, really didn't enjoy the vampire/blueblood mythos. This wasn't because it was badly written: it was very well written. It was because I don't tend to enjoy paranormal romances in which being a paranormal being is something to be cured. Kresley Cole has written a couple of books in which the male vampire lead hates being a vampire, BUT at the end of the book, he always comes to terms with it. I understand that, in Bec McMaster's universe, vampirism is a deadly and grotesque disease, but it's just not a trope that I enjoy. It's not a question of the standard of this book, just a question of my personal preferences....more
I've been in a book slump recently, and it took me a long time to get into this. I didn't feel quite the level of passionate intensity from Noel/NimraI've been in a book slump recently, and it took me a long time to get into this. I didn't feel quite the level of passionate intensity from Noel/Nimra and Sara/Deacon that I'd have liked, but I adored Angel's Dance, so that made up for it. ...more
Yes, this series has it's implausible moments (like the fact that Cee Cee hasn't lost her job over her relationship with Max), but I love it. Max is dYes, this series has it's implausible moments (like the fact that Cee Cee hasn't lost her job over her relationship with Max), but I love it. Max is downright adorable, and I love the intensity of the emotions between him and Ce Cee....more
**spoiler alert** I would have liked to see some more resolution on whether Bronwyn and Lucian are actually mates or not, despite his breeding male st**spoiler alert** I would have liked to see some more resolution on whether Bronwyn and Lucian are actually mates or not, despite his breeding male status. Without this, the story felt a bit unfinished, but hopefully we'll see more about this as the series continues....more
Given that this is only the first book in a series featuring Max and Cee Cee, I expected it to be an urban fantasy novel with a romantic subplot. It'sGiven that this is only the first book in a series featuring Max and Cee Cee, I expected it to be an urban fantasy novel with a romantic subplot. It's not, nor is it a murder mystery/police procedural, despite the blurb. Although it does have some features of both genres, the main set of murders are never really a mystery, nor are they the focus of the book. This is, first and foremost, a paranormal romance. In fact, the romance is more dominant than in many books I'd classify as romance. The love story between Max and Cee Cee is heart-wrenching, beautiful and sad and poignant. Max's devotion in particular was fantastic. I can see why people don't like Cee Cee and the way she turned on Max at several points in the book, but, considering their positions and history, I can see why she reacts like this. Masked by Moonlight definitely piles on the angst, and, if you don't like this, you'll probably find this overwrought. For those, like me, who do, it'll just keep you turning the pages.
I was put off buying this book because of Max's position as a mob enforcer. (view spoiler)[I didn't buy it until I found out that he goes legal in the later books (hide spoiler)] I'd have probably kept on putting it off, if I hadn't been in the mood to read about shapeshifters. However, it is clear that it is gratitude to Jimmy Legere (and brainwashing) that keeps him in the role. Jimmy is a truly nasty piece of work, particularly in his attitude towards Max, keeping him on such a short lead that Max literally doesn't know what to do without him. Another reviewer has commented that Max looks, but doesn't act, like an alpha male. In relation to Jimmy, I'd agree that he's very submissive, because of his conditioning. Jimmy is the only father he's ever known, but his affection is conditional, and keeps Max entirely subject to him. However, we see hints of the man Max could be, and I hope this is explored in later books.
As I've been writing this, I've been restraining myself from going to Amazon to buy the next book. I'm really not sure how long my restraint will last, because I'm dying to know what happens next....more
A fantastic and engrossing book. I would have liked to see Lothaire redeemed/reformed a little bit more. (view spoiler)[The fact that he's still evilA fantastic and engrossing book. I would have liked to see Lothaire redeemed/reformed a little bit more. (view spoiler)[The fact that he's still evil (and thus under Saroya's power) prevents me from adding him to my list of favourite heroes, although I doubt Ellie will let him work for the interests of the Pravus too much. (hide spoiler)] Anyway, I'm looking forward to the Dacian series, as well as the next IAD book....more
I had this on my TBR pile for ages, and kept finding reasons not to read it, but I'm so glad now that I did.
I'm not sure whether to classify this as fI had this on my TBR pile for ages, and kept finding reasons not to read it, but I'm so glad now that I did.
I'm not sure whether to classify this as futuristic romance or science fiction with romance. Certainly, the I-love-yous come much earlier in the book than I'd normally expect with a romance novel, but Chaz and Sully's romantic problems don't end there. The romantic plot is a major focus of the book. All the angst and secrets in their relationship were wonderfully dramatic. I want a Gabriel Sullivan of my own.
I have the next two books in the Dock 5 universe on order (curse you, Amazon, for delaying the dispatch) and am really interested in see what happens with the overarching plot. The alien species are portrayed in a much more complex light than in a lot of futuristic romance (and even science fiction), and the trope of the corrupt government reminds me both of Firefly and Babylon 5.
Having read some reviews of the next book, which also deals with Chaz and Sully, I'm a bit worried about what's going to happen to their relationship, but I definitely want to see Philip's HEA in the third book....more
Oh wow. Like some other people, I had high expectations of the first book in this series, and felt let down by the reality, so I was a bit dubious aboOh wow. Like some other people, I had high expectations of the first book in this series, and felt let down by the reality, so I was a bit dubious about reading this book. I only bought it because I really wanted to read something with a shapeshifter hero, preferably a tormented one. And wow, Rand was tormented. I wasn't sure how I'd feel about Lissa being a succubus, especially the soul-taking aspect. But that turned out to be one of the most romantic aspects. (view spoiler)[When Lissa realised that Rand's soul had regenerated enough that she could risk taking some while they were having sex, I had a major squee moment. (hide spoiler)]
The romantic connection and tension which I felt was missing from the first book was definitely in evidence here. The overarching, urban fantasy elements were advanced, but it was the romantic plot which carried me along so that I could barely bear to put the book down....more
**spoiler alert** I find that I'm less and less tolerant of consent issues these days.
The first sex scene involves the hero pinning the heroine to th**spoiler alert** I find that I'm less and less tolerant of consent issues these days.
The first sex scene involves the hero pinning the heroine to the bed and fondling her while she struggles and begs him to let her go. Of course, she gets off on it in the end, but this isn't merely a halfhearted protest. She's desperately trying to knee him in the nuts while he's groping her. He says that he'll let her go if she wants him to, but when she begs, he tells her that her physical reactions show that she doesn't really mean it. Let me reiterate: this wasn't a token protest. She continues to struggle and plead. This revolted me. I know there's a high risk of finding one of these scenes when you pick up an older historical romance, but there was no way I was going to finish this. ...more
Oh wow. I think this may be my favourite book by Nalini Singh. The passion - both romantic and sexual - between Dmitri and Honor is palpable. SpeakingOh wow. I think this may be my favourite book by Nalini Singh. The passion - both romantic and sexual - between Dmitri and Honor is palpable. Speaking of Dmitri, he has to be one of the hottest heroes I've ever encountered. I knew what the big reveal at the end of the book was going to be (I glimpsed those pages), but that didn't stop it being one of the most romantic scenes ever.
I'm currently rereading the Psy-Changeling series, and I'm going to have to move onto the Guild Hunter series afterwards, not only because I love Raphael and Elena, but also so I have an excuse to reread Archangel's Blade soon....more
I give up. I think when I yelled, 'I hate you' at Mac, that was a clue that giving up was a good idea. To be honest, the world and plot never appealedI give up. I think when I yelled, 'I hate you' at Mac, that was a clue that giving up was a good idea. To be honest, the world and plot never appealed to me that much, so I was hoping to be carried through by the writing. While the writing was okay, the fact that the story was told from the POV of the world's Ditziest Person Ever killed any enjoyment.
I loved KMM's Highlander series, which tended to feature heroines who, at the very least, were smarter than your average goldfish. Mac is so stupid that it's a wonder she can walk and breathe at the same time. Personally, I can be reasonably girly. I own more make up and shades of nail varnish than any one person actually needs. But did we really need to be told about Mac's nail varnish quite so often? I know the people at the party at Casa Blanc were supposed to be Bad People, but did Mac need to be quite so obsessed with the fact they wore black and white, and the assertion that it could be better if they wore colours. I got fed up with being told quite how much Mac liked colours and cute clothes, how pretty and perky she was, how she couldn't even take notes on life-threatening creatures in biro like everyone else, but had to use a fuschia felt tip. Gaaah. It went well beyond a few quirky character traits, and well into the territory of massively annoying and shallow. Honestly, I found myself wishing that the roles were reversed and that the story was about Alina investigating Mac's death. I got the feeling that Alina might have been a heroine with whom I could sympathise, unlike her brat of a sister. I'd even have been happy with a standard, gritty UF heroine, annoying and cliched as she might be. Oh, and every time Mac denied that the world of the Fae could be real, I wanted to drop a cannon on her head, just for the amusing sound effects.
I mainly started reading this because Barrons appears on so many lists of favourite dangerous heroes, but, as I'm indifferent to the plot and world, and I could cheerfully murder Mac myself, even he can't tempt me to continue....more