Why is this book so much money!! Hardback I can understand, maybe even paperback because of the over head . . . but $14 for a digital copy in this ecoWhy is this book so much money!! Hardback I can understand, maybe even paperback because of the over head . . . but $14 for a digital copy in this economic crisis . . . seriously not cool. Not happy, Ward, not happy!
I did not finish this book. The mystical elements, "who done it?", and sexual volleyball was way too much. I'll throw in an extra floozy because the pI did not finish this book. The mystical elements, "who done it?", and sexual volleyball was way too much. I'll throw in an extra floozy because the premise is great and if the book had more substance instead of revisiting the same things over and over again I think the entire book would be great too! I wanted to choke Maggie and T.J. for their constant "I want you but can't have you" interaction. I was going to grin and bear it to see if they ever siezed the moment but I had other books I really wanted to get to. I might go back but in all reality, this book drove me crazy on many levels....more
This book was wonderful! Sweet, sexy, engaging, entertaining, terrifying, and heartwarming! I was whisked awaI am so in love with steampunk right now!
This book was wonderful! Sweet, sexy, engaging, entertaining, terrifying, and heartwarming! I was whisked away to a world of immortality, flying boats, and a love story 20 years in the making. As I have expressed in previous reviews, I am forever in love with a book if I feel a part of the story, if the author can pull me into the world they are creating. Under Her Brass Corset and Brenda Williamson have done that, in spades!
Abigail Thatch is a "familyless" woman who embarks on a journey with Jasper Blackthorn, a very handsome stranger with lots of secrets. Abigail needs to find her great grandfathers treasure so she can save her house from foreclosure. Jasper suggests they go together on his boat to find the treasure knowing all along the treasure is not what Abigail is expecting. The things they see and the feelings revealed will change them forever!
The heat between Abigail and Jasper is instant and the love scenes are passionate and provocative, a perfect mix! Oh, Jasper . . . *sigh* . . . he is so lust provoking and sweet and sexy. The immortal pirate with a heart and tears, I could just eat him up!! I enjoyed the feelings he expresses over his infatuation with Abigail and when they finally come together I was so happy for both of them. Jasper needed Abigail in his life as a lover and life mate. Abigail needed someone to love her and someone to give her all to! I was not happy with the trust issues she had but I can understand the refusal to believe in youth fountains and immortality. Ponce deLeon's quest was one of my favorites in school and Brenda Williamson did a terrific job spinning off of that. The benefits and positives to eternal life were so wonderfully expressed as well. Jasper's lost love is a perfect example and Abigail's feelings of giving her mother eternal life is even more on point.
Adam is a wonderful supporting character. What a great friend and handsome, to boot! It would have been AMAZING if there was a menage with Jasper and Abigail, but then again, maybe not because then she'd have both, the bitch! j/k I really hope he gets a story! Merlin and Quito were fun character too.
Oh, TATTOOS!! Abigail is inked, how awesome and a historical novel first for me!!
What a magical read!! I loved it from start to finish. 5+ Floozies for this one!!
For some reason I missed the whole steampunk aspect of this book, soWhat a magical read!! I loved it from start to finish. 5+ Floozies for this one!!
For some reason I missed the whole steampunk aspect of this book, so it took me a minute to get the idea that The Iron Duke did not take place in historical England. Once I got that, I realized the world Meljean Brook had created was so amazing and fantastic. The different classes and the prejudice associated was just one level of this skyscraper of a book.
(view spoiler)[Rhys (how many names did he have anyway, jeez, I had to reread a few parts to make sure it was him), oh boy, talk about take no prisoner hot boy. He takes what he wants and dosen't even bother with a thank you. His aura and presence were so enthralling. When he was on the page I paid extra attention because his character did not say or do anything that was not of great importance.
Mina's physical appearance is the embodiment of the "horde" to the public and a major catalyst to how she lives her life. I compared the Horde to the Nazis. Controlling, oppressive, unremorseful . . . you get the idea. Mina's mother was raped by one of the Horde and upon seeing her daughter she gouges her eyes out, not because Mina was grotesque, but for the injustice forced upon Mina's mother. Love, support, and understanding take the place of grief and Mina is raised in a house that any child would be proud to call home. However, when she steps on the street she is bombarded with ridicule, name calling, and even physical harassment because people see her outside appearance not taking the time to see what kind of person she is on the inside. That layer of the story really got to me because I can not stand by to racism, prejudice, and injustice. I like to think I fight, in my own way, for those who are effected and try hard not to judge before getting to know someone.
Anywho . . .
Mina is resigned to her lot in life and takes it on the chin like a champ. Rhys vows to purge the nasty thoughts of the "jade whore" from the minds of the public, when in reality Mina is the one that ends up setting the public straight just by being herself, a remarkable public servant, and a women in love.
Mina outwardly wants a quick tryst with Rhys, not wanting to reach too far above her station. However, Rhys will not stop until Mina is in his bed permentatly. Hello, feminist . . . Yeah, I cringed a little but thankful Rhys realized the value of Mina as a person, as a partner, and as a potential mother to his children. (hide spoiler)]
Saw blades for teeth, glass orbs for eyes that detect truths and lies, metal sharks, and cracken!! Action, adventure, love, personal development, and sequels!! I was transported into this world and loved every minute I spent with Mina and Rhys. Even the supporting characters were exciting to get to know. I am a happy book lover right about now. Just so much to chew on without being overwhelming. The core of the story is crystal clear and so entertaining I could not put it down.
The development of Mina and Rhys' love for each was so sweet and just . . . perfect . . . for this book! I can not wait to read Heart of Steel and, really, any other steampunk romance I can get my hands on!!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Ione is AWESOME, always! Not may favorite and I know it could have been better but I'll read this any day, every day that ends in "y" really!
I am notIone is AWESOME, always! Not may favorite and I know it could have been better but I'll read this any day, every day that ends in "y" really!
I am not usually one to impose my beliefs and morals on anyone but especially not in books. It's fiction, it's not real, so real world standards and societal influence have no bearing on the written, in my opinion. I was not mad a Regan nor did I think she was a sexual monster. In real life I'd have thrown the book at her but just as there are no Aegis, Vampires, Horseman, etc. (that we know of) there is no room for me being a moral compass. She did was she felt she had to do to save the world. *shrug* At least Than's hot!! ;P
That being said, I felt the relationship between Than and Regan fell short for me. The anger was there too long. I wanted Than to realize sooner what a gift he was given. That was the only thing I did not love about this book. Considering I'm usually on board with everything Larissa Ione foists upon us, one out dozens of Floozies is not that bad.
Love the blood and gore. Loved the steamy, hot, horseman bonking! Loved the ending! It was all FAB-u-lous! I really can not wait for Resph's book and the minuscule teaser at the end of Lethal was just wrong, but in an oh-so-right way! Larissa Ione never fails to hook me and keep me coming back for more, she's like my drug dealer for perfect paranormal romance!
This book is the fourth and final book in the Royal House of Shadows series. Each book follows the surviving children of the murdered king and queen oThis book is the fourth and final book in the Royal House of Shadows series. Each book follows the surviving children of the murdered king and queen of Elden as they make their way back home to defeat their parents murder and Elden's current ruler, the Blood Sorcerer. Micah, the lord of the abyss, or hell as I compared it too, is the final sibling to make his way across the dimensions. He is helped by princess Liliana, who just happens to be the Blood Sorcerer's daughter. Yeah, that made for an interesting revelation.
Although I liked this book, some of the concepts did not come together as I expected. For one, I thought there would be some hugs and kisses from the siblings before the epic battle, but it was just "Lili's dying, help me Nic, oh BTW, nice to see you after 20 years". Also, the epic battle was not as epic as anticipated. For as powerful as the Blood sorcerer was portrayed his killing was pretty ordinary. And one thing that really got me was that Lili turned pretty! Why do all heroines NEED to be pretty? Couldn't she have keep her schnoz? Or her gimp? I get she was spelled to keep her feeling defeated but couldn't she have kept something?
For all that, the rest of the book was spectacular! I loved the interaction between Micah and Lili. His blind love for her was very inspiring and her dedication to him and to freeing Elden was good too! I loved Jissa and her infatuation with Bard, how sweet, a mini romance! The fantasy-like creatures were well created by Ms. Singh. And the overall plot and story line was easy to follow and fun!! The back stories Lili revealed about how her dad treated her broke my heat, that poor sweet little girl. So happy to see she got a HEA!
This series is fun, fantastical, and the slight similarities to fairytales were an added bonus! I'm giving this book 4 floozies and the entire series a must-read recommendation to my fellow pararomance lovers!
Finished this a couple weeks ago and can't find my notes so please bear with me . . .
Yup, I was right! Red Riding Hood infused, fun but my least favorFinished this a couple weeks ago and can't find my notes so please bear with me . . .
Yup, I was right! Red Riding Hood infused, fun but my least favorite of the Royal House of Shadows Series. I never GOT the characters. They had the chemistry required of all romance H/h (and why is heroine the little 'h'? Like Ds, are heroine's subservient?) . . . I digress . . .they had the chemistry needed but it did not go too far beyond that. This is the first book I've read by Jessica Andersen and I like her writing immensely. She has a "current" style that is easy and enjoyable to read. I just wasn't diggin' the characters. I never got why Dayn mind manipulating Reda was so bad, ya definitely worth a what for, but not all that went down. I like to put myself in the time and place of the stories I read and try to see the situation at hand and I had a hard time imagining the means and the ends of this installment. Well, needless to say, HEA was accomplished and Dayn and Reda set forth to conquer the Blood Sorcerer. A medium sized pothole on the road to reclaiming Elden, worth traversing just mind your under carriage :D
As this series is accumulative, I can only imagine this book is a must read for background when reading Lord of the Abyss, and although not terrible and certainly entertaining, it lacks the mysterious element required for me to LOVE a book, just keep that in mind.
This is a MUST READ in ORDER series as the conclusion will not be achieved until Lord of the Abyss.
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This is a MUST READ in ORDER series as the conclusion will not be achieved until Lord of the Abyss.
Ok, goldielocks and the three bears have never been hotter. The correlation to the fairytale was fun to see evolve. And let me tell you the Fairytale Floozy loves a good fairytale romance, obviously!
Breena (btw: very similar to my sister's name. It's even spoken the same on my kindle's text-to-speech, kinda weird when they got busy) is the only sister of the surviving children of the massacred queen and king of Elden. The kids are squandered away to other realms by their mother's magic and then given the desire for revenge of the Blood Sorcerer, said queen and king murderer, by their father's magic.
Blondie Breena is dumped, lost in a forest of Ursa Berserker (that's bear for you newbs), luckily they are extinct, or are they? Anywho, she ends up in a cabin in the middle of the forest, hungry, thirsty, and tired. On the stove is . . . oatmeal. Luckily there is something to drink too . . . lemonade. Being so tired, she finds the bedroom with . . . three beds. She does not try them all but falls to her exhausted slumber on the biggest.
Sensing a theme? Yup, me too! (hint: relevant items in bold)
And who's bed is that? Osborn, the lone surviving bear or course. Well, he has two brothers, a total of three if you're not sensing the theme, but the brothers have not completed the berserker ritual so they are not furry yet. As far as I can tell the relations end there, but it was super fun while it lasted. Makes me wonder if this was an anomaly or was Lord of the Vampires (Royal House of Shadows, #1) supposed to loosely represent a fairy tale as well? Realm traveling vampires? Can't think of anything off the top . .
Well, I digress . . . Breena is gungho to have Osborn help avenge her parents and reclaim her island, but not so fast, sister. Osborn is not a big fan of the Eldenites, and sense she selectively forgets to tell him exactly where she came from, he's none to happy with her as well. His participation is limited to helping her hone her warrior skills.
I get all gooey inside when someone chanlleges the long held archaic beliefs of others, so the interactions between Breena and the brothers is so exciting. Brother Bear has not told them the best when it comes to women so they are very 1950's-human-realm in there beliefs. Oh, it's not because he does not like women, it because he likes them too much and does not want his brother to fall victim to the charms of a woman. Well, what do you know, he's the hero in a romance novel so I'm sure you can guess.
The progress from tough and unrelenting crazy bear to a soft and sweet teddy is fantastic. As well as, can't-even-cook-oatmeal princess to warrior ready to slay five head dragon thingies and murdering foes.
HEAs abound and I could not be more excited to read Lord of the Wolfyn. If the fairytale theme continues I can only image I'll be seeing a red cape and mentioning a grandmother....more
This book was so much fun! I value a Book 1 that sets up the rest of the series, and this did for sure. The struggles between trust and survival are eThis book was so much fun! I value a Book 1 that sets up the rest of the series, and this did for sure. The struggles between trust and survival are evident with love prevailing. Lots of questions still unanswered, which makes me anxious to read the rest of the books. On to Lord of Rage. Great series to start over halloween :D...more
Ugh . . . I need a witness! It can be quietly, in your own mind as to not upset your J.R. Ward group 'friends", or to keep the obvious from your lipsUgh . . . I need a witness! It can be quietly, in your own mind as to not upset your J.R. Ward group 'friends", or to keep the obvious from your lips but can someone please back me up!!
Ward's faux ghetto diatribes have become the most annoying thing since parachute pants. Hammer was not badass for strutting around in 25 yards of fabric and J.R. Ward's characters are not fiercer for trying to sound like they're "Straight Outta Compton", leave that to NWA, m'kay!
Here are some examples:
CPDers - really, just "cops" from Caldwell Police Department
Diving into his databanks - thinking, or maybe thinking really hard
"When the screaming pain faded a little, Veck took another run at remembering . . . only to slam temple-first into the land of Excedrin and blackout drapes again" - see what I mean?
" 'I can't remember anything after he showed up, and that's the God's honest.' " - How much harder would it be to add "truth" in there?
"Next door, on the far side of a connector, two deep male voices were doing the back-and-forth, in the key of frustrated-to-shit." - typical overuse of the hyphen
"This goin'-back-to-Caldie-Caldie-Caldie wasn't so much the issue." - As someone who comes from California and grew up listening to Biggie I'm slightly offended.
But really, when an author is capable of such poignant content as,
"Not all mirrors were made of glass, and you didn't always need your reflection to take a good, hard look at yourself. The truth was something you wore sure as the suit of flesh that bound and gaged your soul until you were set free, and you couldn't ignore it forever."
it's frustrating when a majority of the text is gibberish such as,
"Not a lot of Food Network going down in here: all he had were a couple of empty pizza boxes on the counter and some Starbucks dead solders clustered around the sink."
Starbucks dead soldiers? Come on Ward! Crazy thing is I only went 8% into the book, I honestly did not feel like rereading this crap.
I've heard many times and strongly believe just because you can, doesn't mean you should. Just because I can write every other word in italics doesn't mean I should. Just because J.R. Ward can do the whole hypen-overload-of-the-brain-to-make-something-hard-to-expain-easier-to-understand thing doesn't mean she should. Just because Nike, Van Hausan, Starbucks, Ralph Lauren (and who every else was plugged) wants you to promote their product in your book doesn't mean you should! Just because "Black and Yellow" contains those specific colors doesn't mean only Steerler's fans can like it. Ok, that went a little too far, but I want a red and gold song, damn it! As Ward would say, The Niners are doin' big thangs up in herr, off-the-chain-link kinda thangs, yo!
Ok, I'm back . . .
Don't believe me? Do you want more examples? No problem. Anyone with a copy can do so for themselves, here's how: Flip through your book and you will easily located groups of words separated by hyphens, meant to convey the attitude of a hip hooligan but ultimately makes them look like:
Seth Green from Can't Hardly Wait Remember him? Chester Cheetah, roar!
Or any of those Jersey Shore douchbags!
Thankfully J.R. Ward graciously allows us wait a year between books. That gives me time to unwind, and prepare myself for all of the obnoxiousness.
Ok, but to get more on point. I loved the story. I can not wait to see what happens with Sissy and Jim, as well as how Adrian will cope going forward. I love a series that builds and expands with every book until you are compelled to read all you can get your greedy hands on hoping for a taste. I can't wait for the next installment, I am invested in this series and eagerly await more! For as wrong as J.R. Ward can be, she is so right when building a relationship. The characters HEA develops so beautifully, J.R. Ward should have 'wonderful romance guaranteed' tattooed on her arse, because it's the truth! Not to mention the fighting and gore scenes, so captivating! This could have easily been a 5+ Floozy book . . .
That being said, I will not be the first in line for any future Fallen Angels books until J.R. Ward limits the "ghetto"ness. I relish books I don't have to dumb myself down to read, therefore, put them above books such as this.
And as Veck would say: Wow. Yup that's all I have on that one.
I love, love, love, Larissa Ione and her cast of characters! She has an amazing way of bring heat, passion, fierceness, and funny into everything sheI love, love, love, Larissa Ione and her cast of characters! She has an amazing way of bring heat, passion, fierceness, and funny into everything she writes or collaborates on (Hello, Sydney Croft!!). She is current and sassy without sounding fake or contrived. I noticed more gore (yay!) in Immortal Rider and I was happy to see some of the Demonica Series cameos.
(view spoiler)[Limos is a kick-ass kick in the pants. She is devious, demonic, and lonely. Arik treats her like no one has, like a woman. She has long since changed her devilish ways but is paying for them now. Arik is by her side through it all and she soon realizes that she has missed out on that and craves more.
Arik, oh hunky military man!! I could see all yummy in camos and a machine gun (a la Rambo). He has demons of his own and, in fact, has a "gift" he inadvertently ended up with when he survived a demon bit in the Demonica Series. The part where he is trapped in Sheoul is so engaging and gruesome. His endurance in the most extreme circumstance was motiving! With a little help from his "friends" (aka Tavin) he escapes and is on his path to finding Limos. The nicknames he come up with to refer to Limos are funny! The ones I can remember off the top of my head are My Little Pony and Flicka!
Oh, and the side story of Than and Regan, wow! Go Regan, who wouldn't want a piece of that. Oh, but he said NO! I really got weirded out by that scene. I'm not sure if that was necessary to the story. Maybe in his lust filled haze he screams NO in his head only he thinks it's out loud. Besides that part, I can not wait for Lethal Rider!! A horseman baby, how cool! (hide spoiler)]
Overall a fantastic read. Ione never fails to draw me in and make me crave more. Larissa Ione is the best paranormal romance author I have ever read. She has the best all around book with a perfect mix of gore, grit, romance, sex, and fantasy. She has the uncanny ability to draw you in and make you apart of the world she has created and if you’ve read any of my reviews, that is my most treasured part of read. I crave her books and devour them in one sitting. I will get in line for all of her book without fail! Thank you, Larissa Ione!! Keep it up because we're reading what your writing!
This was a great read; short, fun, and very sexy! After reading This Magic Moment, I was very excited to rGreat read for a quickie vampire fix! *wink*
This was a great read; short, fun, and very sexy! After reading This Magic Moment, I was very excited to read more by Virna DePaul, and I was not disappointed with A Vampire's Salvation. Starts off with a mysterious vampire stalking Frankie Stewart with what seems like creepy infatuation but turns out to be sinister motives. Jack Rios has found his mate in Frankie and vows to claim her and protect her. Because AVS is a novella (I wanted a lot more!), the reveal and acceptance of vampires was fast but, really, I was happy because they could get back to the sweet lovin' :D I have an idea who the sinister vampire at the beginning really is and I'm curious about what will be revealed in the next book in the series!...more
"Well you came and you gave without taking, but I sent you away, oh Manny. Well you kissed me and stopped me from shaking I need you today, oh Manny!""Well you came and you gave without taking, but I sent you away, oh Manny. Well you kissed me and stopped me from shaking I need you today, oh Manny!"
Oh wait, that's 'Mandy' . . . whatever! He's the real Handy Manny, ok?!?
Man, I love me some Manny! The book was sooo long, and I have dishes and laundry to catch up on, but it was worth the sacrifices. And Payne!! What a fabulous mix of vulnerable, soft, fierce, and loyal. She is my hero, she kicks ass!! Payne is my fav shellan and JM is my fav brother, offically!!
However, I think Lover Unleashed should unofficially be referred to as the PMVJ book. That's Payne Manny Vishous Jane, BTDub. There was as much V & Jane as there was P & Manny. Hold your curses, ladies! It's not a bad thing, NOT at ALL! There is something about V that enthralls me. He is so proud and broken and SXHEXY as hell. And Jane, the ever faithful ghost trying to save her hellren from the unthinkable setting in motion a chain of events that will forever change the Brotherhood. Enter Butch, and it just a pop-some-corn-and-get-settled-for-an-awesome-show kinda thing!
There is so much in this book that it would take me WAY to long to write a proper review. Nevertheless, I will, but tomorrow, I'm tired. The book was great, worth the read. If you are a Brotherhood fan, you probably already read it, and I will check out your reviews tomorrow. I do have a urge to try Lagavulin, for some strange reason! Any theories? haha, ok I've gotta get some sleep, right now! On that note I leave you with a little literary algebra:
(Up/Downs + faux-ghetto metaphors)(muy caliente vamps + ass kickin + GREAT sex scenes) = J.R. Ward...more
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 highLily 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!!
Check out my blog for a full review! Loved this! 4/5 stars because I did not want it to end. Triton's growth throughout the book was refreshing andCheck out my blog for a full review! Loved this! 4/5 stars because I did not want it to end. Triton's growth throughout the book was refreshing and I loved his ideas of capturing Sophia's heart in the beginning. Some men . . . even God's get it wrong, ladies. I love mythological romance and this was right up my alley! Just enough sex and a plausible plot. I just love when hubristic hotties get smacked with the love stick (or shot in the ass with an arrow). Will definitely be reading the next installment!...more
This was great, kept me intrigued the whole time. I figured what the situation was early on but there were twists and turns that I did noBravo, Tina!!
This was great, kept me intrigued the whole time. I figured what the situation was early on but there were twists and turns that I did not expect. Amaury is a hot one, ladies!! And Nina, is a fierce fighter of life and vampires, she is not some wimpy woe- is-me kinda chicken! Loved it so much I stayed up till 3am reading cause I had to find out what happened! Can't wait for Gabe's book, gonna read that very soon! Lovin' me some Tina Folsom right now!!...more