I love this series, but I just couldn't warm to Dillon. I know that there are reasons why she is as she is, but I found her too unpleasant to relate t...moreI love this series, but I just couldn't warm to Dillon. I know that there are reasons why she is as she is, but I found her too unpleasant to relate to.(less)
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/Nimra...moreI'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. (less)
This was probably my least favourite of the series so far. I thought it dragged in the second half. There were whole sections of the book when neither...moreThis was probably my least favourite of the series so far. I thought it dragged in the second half. There were whole sections of the book when neither the hero nor the heroine seemed invested in their relationship. I know that this was supposed to be because they have traumatic pasts/problems committing to relationships, but I couldn't really see how the relationship could progress if neither of them really wanted to be in it. The connection between them was at least evident in the extremely hot sex scenes, which made up for this somewhat.
To be honest, if I didn't like the series so much, I'd probably have only given this three stars, but I couldn't bear to do so. While I wasn't that invested in Anthony and Parissa's relationship, I was still invested in the world, particularly the hints of Thorne's HEA.(less)
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's...moreGiven 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.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book was curiously disappointing, perhaps because I had such a run of great reads before this. The hero was pretty anodyne, and the heroine was i...moreThis book was curiously disappointing, perhaps because I had such a run of great reads before this. The hero was pretty anodyne, and the heroine was irritatingly perfect, in the way that Christine Feehan's heroines can sometimes be.
Perhaps I tend to judge shapeshifter romances by comparing them to Nalini Singh's changelings too much. That's probably unfair, but there you go. Certainly, in NS's books, you really get a sense that the man is the animal, whereas here, the hero seemed merely to be a man with magical powers, one of which was shifting into an eagle. There was no real sense that he was the eagle. I'm not saying that this is necessarily a bad thing, only that I found it disappointing.
The use of Latin, however, was a bad thing. It's one of my pet hates, and I nearly wrote a long paragraph explaining all the ways that the Latin grammar and vocabulary were wrong, but, to be honest, I can't be bothered. Suffice it to say that, if you can't compose decent Latin, you should probably just leave it out. Make up a language. Or just write it in English. I find the idea that writing something in Latin automatically makes it mystical profoundly irritating.
There were also some editing errors (mainly a lack of punctuation), but, all in all, this wasn't a bad book. It just wasn't very interesting.(less)
I can't rate this, because I want to give it one star, but am compelled to admit that the writing was okay. My problem was that I detested Rose with a...moreI can't rate this, because I want to give it one star, but am compelled to admit that the writing was okay. My problem was that I detested Rose with a passion. I thought she was one of the most vile heroines I've ever read. She's pretty much the epitome of every bratty, shallow, popular girl who ever made my life miserable at school. I've no idea what Dimitri was supposed to see in her, apart from her endlessly lauded physical attributes. It was difficult to see Mia as that much of a villain when Rose gives as good as she gets when it comes to spreading vicious rumours. I thought the fact that she spread rumours about Mia's parents' lack of wealth and social status was particularly appalling. Clearly, when we're told that Rose once put a hamster and a hermit crab together to fight, we're supposed to see it as an amusing anecdote, and perhaps if she'd been more sympathetic otherwise, I might have seen it that way (I'm still not convinced). As it was, it was just another example of her shallowness and lack of empathy.
Otherwise, the story was okay, but the paranormal elements weren't very prominent. The vampires honestly seemed a bit watered down, and the dhampirs didn't have much in the way of special powers or attributes at all. The book had more in common with Gossip Girl than with a lot of PNR and UF books. Without a strong paranormal plotline to distract from the social machinations, the pettiness and backstabbing was even more prominent.
There are very few books that I've literally thrown across the room, but this was one of them.(less)
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 f...moreI 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.(less)
I really liked Working for the Devil, especially the futuristic setting and the twist on demon mythology. However, this book was so unrelentingly grim...moreI really liked Working for the Devil, especially the futuristic setting and the twist on demon mythology. However, this book was so unrelentingly grim and gritty that in some ways I was very glad to get to the end.(less)
A little cheesy for my taste. The TARDIS-like, omnipresent house really frustrated me, and Ellie was so perfect that sometimes I wanted to scream, but...moreA little cheesy for my taste. The TARDIS-like, omnipresent house really frustrated me, and Ellie was so perfect that sometimes I wanted to scream, but overall the book was enjoyable, and I will be buying the next one in the series.(less)
While this book had its moments, the structure of the world (especially the slavery of the lycans and the punishment of the vampires) and the hero's h...moreWhile this book had its moments, the structure of the world (especially the slavery of the lycans and the punishment of the vampires) and the hero's hypocrisy in relation to this was massively off-putting. I found myself on the side of the lycan rebels and the vampires more than the angels.(less)
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 appealed...moreI 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.(less)
I don't really have anything to add to the other reviews here. I was anxious that this wouldn't live up to my expectations, but it was simply superb....moreI don't really have anything to add to the other reviews here. I was anxious that this wouldn't live up to my expectations, but it was simply superb. I rarely re-read books all the way through, but I'm currently re-reading the whole Psy-Changelings series, and I can't wait to get back round to Kiss of Snow. Ah... Hawke... *sigh*
I'm really, really curious to learn more about BlackSea. Yay for aquatic changelings! And WindHaven, of course. And Kaleb... Oh, the list goes on and on.(less)
When I read First Drop of Crimson, I liked it a lot, but Spade and Denise didn't quite have the angsty chemistry of Cat and Bones. This chemistry was...moreWhen I read First Drop of Crimson, I liked it a lot, but Spade and Denise didn't quite have the angsty chemistry of Cat and Bones. This chemistry was definitely there between Kira and Mencheres. I loved this book. My only quibble is that there could have been an epilogue/final scene between Kira and Mencheres after the battle scene. As it was, it felt like it ended a bit abruptly.(less)
The only reason that this lost a star was that I found the first hundred or so pages very slow and difficult to get into. As soon as Simon and Sage le...moreThe only reason that this lost a star was that I found the first hundred or so pages very slow and difficult to get into. As soon as Simon and Sage leave Envy, I was swept away and remembered why I loved Beyond the Night so much. I adore the post-apocalyptic setting, and I'll definitely be reading Abandon the Night soon.(less)