Love, love, love this book!! My favorite by far. Being a self-proclaimed feminist, I have forever wondered how a woman could allow herself to be in an...moreLove, love, love this book!! My favorite by far. Being a self-proclaimed feminist, I have forever wondered how a woman could allow herself to be in an abusive relationship, but after this book I see how the small things can escalate under the right narcissists hands. Thank Lisa for BED! All-Time favorite. Just so you GRers know, I do not reread books. In and out is my philosophy!! I have read this book and the related Travis books 3 times or more!! Absolutely recommend to anyone, such a great message!!(less)
Could not get through this one :( Really disappointing too cause the series is so much fun, with her harem of willing men, i mean come on! You are a l...moreCould not get through this one :( Really disappointing too cause the series is so much fun, with her harem of willing men, i mean come on! You are a liar if you don't want hot boys at your beck and call. But Anita Blake has jumped the shark . . . it's time to knock her up and put an apron on her!(less)
I did not get the same connection to these characters as I did with Tina Folsom's previous books. But I did love their interaction together. Amaury is...moreI did not get the same connection to these characters as I did with Tina Folsom's previous books. But I did love their interaction together. Amaury is a hottie! I wanna read his book. Hopefully more sex ;D I wish Delilah's background was explained faster, it seemed to come together carelessly. Samson was too whipped at one point, but he got his man card back by the end of the book. And the "OMG, I'm outta here cause you're a crazy vampire" moment switched to forever love rather quickly.
Who would not love this book after reading the 1st line? A vampire with ED is such an awesome topic, and Ms. Folsom did it justice. ED is a punch to the pride for a man, and they're human, not so insatiable as a vampire. So can you imagine how a vampire deals? Yup, he goes to a shrink! HAHA Well, after 9 months without functionality everyone knows what's NOT up. Except the mortal woman who happens upon his doorstep. That plot point was over quiet quickly and the connection between Samson and Delilah was super intense. More conflict abounds and poor Samson's having a bad few days.
Not so much . . . There was some steam but not enough. I liked the chemistry between them before they actually coupled. The anticipation was palpable! I wanted Amaury to get more action, can't wait to read his book. The SIZZLE factor was moved up remarkably when Samson and Delilah just talked, the nonsexual interaction was wonderful.
Not the best Tina Folsom book I've read and I can't even say if it's worth it to read for the series until I read the next book. There were more good moments than not, so not a usless read, I just had a lot of hope after reading A Touch of Greek. I will definately read the next book, Amaury's Hellion. Check out my blog Fairy Tale Floozy for more reviews!(less)
This was a GREAT book! One of the best suspense/romance novels I have read in while. I stated in a previous blog that I was surprised by the length of...moreThis was a GREAT book! One of the best suspense/romance novels I have read in while. I stated in a previous blog that I was surprised by the length of time it took to get down to business. AND I WAS!! Maya Banks usually delivers, and delivers hard, fast, strong, etc . . . Well, The Darkest Hour was not like books I've read from her before but it suited. It had the best build up v. nookie ratio I've read in a long while. I grab Maya Banks for erotica but this was definitely romance/suspense.
I hold a special place in my heart for Ethan and Rachel. I cried on Ethan's shoulder when he was hurting. I just go gaga over a man that cries!! But he was a douche bag and screwed up a great relationship. He regretted his mistake and hoped to make it up to Rachel when she returned from her trip. He did not get the chance because she died in a plane accident, or so he thought, for a year!! My mom always told me to say your "Goodbye's" and "I Love You's" because you never know if you will see that person again. And Ethan is literary proof. Rachel ends not being killed, but held captive in the jungle where she was doing her missionary work. They get her back and the work to rebuild her sanity and their relationship is an uphill battle.
I liked Rachel and her struggle and determination to remember life before she was held captive and to gain her strength back. As always with Maya Banks, the characters are well-defined, relatable, and the men are hunky beef cakes. I always love a good family series, and I can not wait for the other brothers books! And who would not love Marlene and Frank Kelly. What a great matriarch! Strong and soft, exactly what a mother of 5 boys would have to be. And Garrett . . . *sigh* Such a softy! He cares for Rachel and would protect her over his brother any day, gotta love having that in your corner.
I gonna make a prediction . . . Rusty and Sean are gonna hook up later on down the road! He's only 10 years older than her and is already starting that bristling attitude thing that guys do when they shouldn't find someone attractive but do!! Give it 7 KGI years, Rusty will be 23 and Sean will be 33. Can't you just image all the delectable interactions to come! Maybe throw in a marriage for Sean and then a divorce giving him a woe is me, I'm never marrying again attitude. Then walks in pierced and dyed Rusty to complement his straight laced sheriff demeanor . . . maybe I should start writing books :D Don't be swayed by me Ms. Banks, you keep doing your thing, cause it's working!!(less)
Ohh . . . smokin' older brothers gonna be a daddy!! You didn't think of that when you failed to use a rain coat, Sam Kelly? After reading The Darkest...moreOhh . . . smokin' older brothers gonna be a daddy!! You didn't think of that when you failed to use a rain coat, Sam Kelly? After reading The Darkest Hour that last person I thought would be a brand new poppa was Sam. He is definitely the more aloof brother. Not that he lost his aloofness, it was just knocked down a few pegs. He is rightfully suspicious of Sophie after she explains her lineage, but one thing he does not dwell too much on is the truthfulness of her child's paternity and I am happy for that. It would have hurt my heart to see Sophie have to convince him after all she went through just to protect herself and her baby.
And what a trooper is she? I am heart broken about what happened to her mom, and how things evolved after her escape from her father. She is strong and courageous, sometimes to a detriment. But she prevails and her baby is nestled safely in her womb. I was rooting for Sam and Sophie from the first pages of the book. And boy, were they steamy. Sexy from the start . . . my kinda book. Oh, big brother knows how to heat up the sheets. He is hot like fire!!
The suspenseful parts were in perfect harmony to the lovey-dovey parts. The conflict of Sophie in the boat, then subsequently over board, was so intense I stayed up late just to make sure she was safe. And when Sam realizes it's Sophie on his dock, talk about a rising action! Ms. Banks is great at making you need to read Just One More chapter. Like ending the chapter with Sophie hanging on to the log for dear life in the middle of the night! Yeah, just one more chapter!! And Rusty's growth was so touching. I cried through that whole conflict. I'm not even gonna give you guys a little hit, you have to read it!! Rusty is my girl and I am happy she is on the road to her happily ever after!
I always look forward to Maya Bank's talent of creating such a wonderful connection between the hero and heroine. She has a special ability of making their time together, whether knockin' boots and just getting to know each other, so intimate. You almost feel like you are prying in on a private moment. If there is one way I love to get lost in a book, it's to feel like I am apart of these people's lives while I am reading. I want to be at their table for dinner and laugh with them at their jokes. I read because I love getting involved in a story, and hunky operatives are a major bonus! Maya Banks has delivered every time and No Place to Run is another winner. Hidden Away comes out tomorrow and I can't wait!!(less)
**spoiler alert** I was so jazzed for this book. Garrett is my favorite brother and he is so scrum-dilli-umpcious! I enjoyed the plot twists, like how...more**spoiler alert** I was so jazzed for this book. Garrett is my favorite brother and he is so scrum-dilli-umpcious! I enjoyed the plot twists, like how the heroine is Garrett's enemy's sister, and how not only does Garrett have to worry about her brother but a monster who wants her dead. What turmoil! And Sarah . . . Again, Maya Banks paints her characters in such vivid detail I had a hard time not rooting for them! Garrett, goes on his undercover, nab the bad guy, mission only to find sweet, smart, strong Sarah. I enjoyed the non-sexual interactions between Garrett and Sarah so much, another Bank's gift. Sarah falls for this retired, injured, Marine and in an attempt to save him, cut's bait and takes off. All the while Garrett is distressed because he's falling for too and he's supposed to be keeping an eye on her and she got the drop on him. And WOW, what a turn of events when he starts respecting Marcus' actions after Sarah's ordeal. dun dun dun . . .
Lots to love about this book! But it fell a Floozy short for me because of a couple, not super important but worthy, reasons. 1) There seemed to be a lot of tangents. Like, that Garrett's story was not strong enough on it's own so let's throw in a ransom kidnapping and a scary intruder. All the tangents are interweaved beautifully, thank you Ms. Banks, but it just seemed too much. 2) No heavy petting!! I get that Sarah had to get herself straight before she could venture into bonking, but at least some heaving petting to get us fiends by till the fireworks! Anyway, when the fireworks did fly it was the Grand Finale part of the show :D Are pickin' up what I'm puttin' down?
I liked that Rusty and the brothers had their moment and I loved how Sean stepped up for her, and I still think they are going have their HEA later :D I CAN NOT wait for her book. I really wanna read Rio's book too, what a latin lover, yummy!! But the MOST suckiest thing is next book won't be out until later this year! And Donovan! What a hunky, geeky, teddy bear!!
So, overall, I loved the book but it was not as cohesive as The Darkest Hour and No Place to Run. I did not feel the connection with Garrett and Sarah, as a couple, as I did the other brothers. Garrett is still my favorite brother, but my son's name is Joe and Joe Kelly is hurt and I wanna kiss his hurt parts, it's the mother in me ;D Again, Rusty is awesome and I am patiently waiting for her HEA(to Sean)!! The one thing this book did accomplish is it's making me salivate for the next installment. There were some many "OMG! I can't wait to read about that!" moments. A whole year?!? Really, Maya?(less)
OK, so there a few reasons I am in love with this book and will admittedly be a little biased:
- I love football! All kinds, PeeWee, Powder Puff, High School, College, Pros. I come from a huge football family. My favorite player is Joe Montana, and the 49ers will be my team until the day I die. So, football in San Francisco is so much fun to read about. And the fictional team in the book actually had a great season, GO SABERS!!
- I was born and raised in the East Bay and met my husband in Concord! How cool is that! Lots of books I've read are based out of San Francisco, but none so close to home.
- I was one of those girls who dreamed about dating the star quarterback. My adolescent fairytale come true.
I begurdingly paid the $9.99 kindle price (ouch!) hoping my love for football & romance would prevail and they did. I've found a new author! I've found a new author! I am going to go get more Jaci Burton books (hopefully less expensive) and read to my hearts content. If you want a great love story and steamy bedroom (and beach) scenes, pay the $10, you will not be disappointed!(less)
Lily moves back home after 10 years and runs into newly appointed police chief Daniel Kane. Daniel happens to be Lily's best friend's brother and high...moreLily moves back home after 10 years and runs into newly appointed police chief Daniel Kane. Daniel happens to be Lily's best friend's brother and high school crush. Now Lily notices something about him that is not quiet right. One day, while catching up with friends, Chief Daniel asks for a minute of Lily's time and things change forever. Abductions, claiming, mating, strange tattoos and people that want to eliminate the demons; Lily has no time to process her new world, what will she do?
PEOPLE: Ms. Killough-Walden does a fabulous job describing the hotness of Daniel! Bad boy with a badge, book me Dan-O!! He has power and confidence rolling off him in waves and poor Lily won't know what hits her until it's too late. Lily is quiet, off-center, kinda woman. Described in the book as 'the leftover'. I immediately empathized with her and her plight to better the world through social services. Then Daniel Kane imposes his world on her and she immediately has to deal. Tabby is super cute and feisty, loved her banter with her brother and her loyalty to her friend. Glad she found some lovin'! My feelings of Malcolm were at such odds. Revulsion then sympathy. His book should be good! The Hunter was crazy. A great great character! And though I caught a whiff of who he was, I was still shocked by some of the secrets. (No, I will not tell you who he is!)
PLOT: Well, it lacked for me. It was all over the place, fast and exciting in some places. Then drawn out and boring in others. Something about the conflicts did not sit right with me. First Malcolm then The Hunter. I feel that if the Hunter would have taken Lily from Malcolm it would have meshed better. I was not diggin' the overbearing man thing. Daniel and Malcolm could be alpha and powerful without being controlling and manipulative, well maybe not Malcolm. The Hunter and his craziness brought the ending home for me.
SIZZLE: Wow, can you say chemistry! I loved how Ms. Killough-Walden chose to use one to describe the other. I was wondering what the heck Lily looked like while she was going off about how Daniel was smokin' hot good/bad boy. Then Daniel's perspective came next and I loved the descriptive from both. He was not afraid to admit his love for her from high school and it was really sweet how after all this time they are back together. Now enter the crazy wolf Daniel, handcuffs, and a knife . . . The best is the kiss that can give you an orgasm! Ya Buddy! Great chemistry + ok sex scenes = Good Sizzle!!
Good bang for your buck! Literally, only $1.00. The Heat only receives 3 Floozies though because I felt The Plot and The Sizzle could have been better. The People's description and interaction was awesome and really saved The Heat from receiving less Floozies. I will read the next installment but when I'm between books. I say, get it and enjoy the low price point, worth ever penny!!
I have never read a book with so much BDSM in it. I currently have another book on my shelf that has a strong BDSM influence and, strangely enough, th...moreI have never read a book with so much BDSM in it. I currently have another book on my shelf that has a strong BDSM influence and, strangely enough, the Dom in that book is more relatable than Max. My first reaction was to kick Max in the balls and shake Callie to her senses, but that's probably because I'm a feminist and have a hard time wrapping my head around BDSM. I just could not connect with Colters' Daughter on that level. But BDSM is not the only level of this book and I could not put it down! Ms. Banks constantly amazes me with her modern fairy-tale relationships and the sizzle is always smokin'. She has a way making you feel like you're apart of the book. Like an honorary best friend, I became invested in Callie's happiness and was right there with the Colters' for a little Max ass whoppin'. Gosh, do I love the Colter men and Holly & Lily are worth of all their attention :P I really felt compassion for Callie in Colter's Lady and could not wait to find out just what happened in Europe. She's a strong woman that views the world her own way. She is not swayed by money and just wants travel the world then settle down in her meadow. Within the first few pages Max is introduced then kick out on his butt, deservedly!! Max messed up big time and it is easy to see that he regrets the mistake he made, but it's not his last. He is sex on a hot stick. Strong and capable, wanting a submissive to complete his dominate tendencies. And he finds that in strong-willed Callie Colter. The story that unfolded made me laugh and cry. I was surprised, confused, mad, and sad. HEA prevails though! The BDSM was not the only connection between Callie and Max, they really were meant to be together. I loved this series and Colters' Daughter was a great ending. I will undoubtedly continue onto the other worlds Maya Banks has created. And I will try to keep an open mind when BDSM runs rampant. Check out my blog Fairy Tale Floozy for more reviews!(less)
This plot is so sweet. I was happy to see Brooke set her sight on a younger man. It gives me hope in case...moreCheck out Fairy Tale Floozy for more reviews!
This plot is so sweet. I was happy to see Brooke set her sight on a younger man. It gives me hope in case my husband trades me in for a newer model. And Elliott is head over for her too. When Amber Scott was on, she was ON!! It was sporadic, though. Sometimes it was like pulling teeth to get to the next page and then I'd be so engaged I lost track of time. I loved the character description. You got a sense of who and what they were. Loved the interaction between Brooke and Elliot. When they got together I could actually see sparks fly on my Kindle. The comedy was genius, new spin on old stuff, I throughly enjoyed it. I really like Elliot. I wanted to be his friend. He's a good guy with a good heart, and he truly overlooks Brooke main insecurity, her age. I can hear Aaliyah sing now, 'Age ain't nothin' but a number.' True True!
I did NOT enjoy Millie. I wanted her to take a long walk off a short pier. She drove me crazy with the I-know-better-than-you shtick. I tend to lean more towards free will, as opposed to the fate, so I was not surprised by my reaction. Millie took her job way to seriously. I hope she puts her big girl panties on an makes a play for AJ, cause she seriously needs to get laid.
Overall, the book unnecessarily long, too many tangents, but it all came together well at the end. The characters were great, the interaction was awesome, and the comedy was fabulous! For the cost it was a good read. I will read more from Amber Scott, I hear her paranormal is really good. I got Love Lust from a Valentines Day special offered by Best Seller for a Day special and it's high on my TBR list!(less)
Man, what a disappointment! I love me some Lorelei James and her Sexy Wyoming Up-for-Anything Cowboys AND their ropes but this one just fell short!
I r...moreMan, what a disappointment! I love me some Lorelei James and her Sexy Wyoming Up-for-Anything Cowboys AND their ropes but this one just fell short!
I read this book because I want to read Saddled and Spurred. I know, I can just read Saddled and Spurred but I have a OCD problem where I HAVE to read to the books in order. I read the Black Dagger Brotherhood books out of order and was confused as all get up. I read the Rough Riders series out of order and was beyond confused as to who was married to whom and yada yada yada. So, I read them in order now.
And this book did NOT live up to the expectation I have for Ms. James erotic novels. Oh, don't get me wrong, there was a lot, A LOT, of eroticism, but, (are you sitting down?) too much! The book failed to give a decent background story of the guys in proper timing. You learn a lot about Laine but not enough about Kyle and Hank. I just don't get the "Hey, we're hot cowboys and wanna take you on a 3 week sex session, wanna cum? I-I mean come?" There was little plot and when you throw in so much sex, no matter how hot, I feel like I'm describing hustler magazine to blind person.
I liked Laine. I liked the dichotomy between her past and her profession and the growing she does during the book. The incident at the EBR tent towards the end of the book and the subsequent events that take place really brought the book up a few Floozies. I was prepared to give this book 1 Floozy *shakes head in shame* but, when Hank gives the boss man a What For after all that went down then follows Laine and his heart to Cheyenne I fell in love with them. I love a good menage but when there isn't a decent background and/or plot it gets old and I just want the bonding between the hero and heroine to start. It was a shock for me to get all the way through 80% of the book before I was invested. Definitely not the norm for a Lorelei James book!
I LOVED Kyle, and wanna read more about my Norse God Cowboy, maybe that could be the title of his book. Will it be with Celia? One can only hope, she is such a spitfire, I love her! And regardless of my feelings of this book, I will read Saddled and Spurred. I can already tell by the great excerpts floating around that it has a stronger plot and more in depth characters!(less)