First time reading this author and I loved it! Ms. Hartl paints a beautiful and descriptive canvas. I especially liked how well the fantasy world of KFirst time reading this author and I loved it! Ms. Hartl paints a beautiful and descriptive canvas. I especially liked how well the fantasy world of Kismera was introduced and incorporated. The amount of fantasy, paranormal, and romance was in perfect alignment. Drace was compelling, sexy, and sweet. Ki was strong, resilient, and vulnerable at times. I was not sure how to feel about Maggie's character. I do not think she is vital to the story and, honestly, I get frustrated with how their interactions evolved throughout the book. I also thought it was quite long. Dark Lord of Kismera could be multi-book series itself. Not that I'm complaining! For me the mark of a good series starter is whether or not I want to continue reading the series. I whole-heartedly want to continue reading the Knights of Kismera series!
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A nice start to what I think will be a great series. It was ok in the beginning, better in the middle, and wonderful by the end. I can not3.5 floozies
A nice start to what I think will be a great series. It was ok in the beginning, better in the middle, and wonderful by the end. I can not wait to read the sequels, which I can imagine is a partial purpose of the first book in the series. I'm really looking forward to Thorne & Kate's book. Not my favorite but essential to understanding the characters and feel of the series....more
Oh boy, was this a hot one! Juliana Ross got the fire started quickly in this debut novella.
Hannah, having been stuck unnoticed in the library while hOh boy, was this a hot one! Juliana Ross got the fire started quickly in this debut novella.
Hannah, having been stuck unnoticed in the library while her late husband's cousin dallies the maid, realizes quickly that she is very much uneducated in the art of sex and pleasure. Leo, knowing Hannah was there all along, proposes an arrangement of "lessons" for Hannah benefit. Of course she says yes! Who wouldn't? Leo is perfectly rakish and misunderstood all in one handsome package!
The sex scenes are the prominent feature and the budding relationship that is formed out of this unorthodox arrangement had me wanting more, and more, and more! It ended too quickly as any piece (full length or novella) of wonderful writing is ought to do, but I'm not mad. I am so happy I found a new author!
I will definitely be seeking Ms. Ross out again, I just can't wait for more of her books!
Loved this very much! Sarah MacLean never lets me down. I wish they H/h would have had more honest moments but the ending was spectacular. Can not waiLoved this very much! Sarah MacLean never lets me down. I wish they H/h would have had more honest moments but the ending was spectacular. Can not wait for One Good Earl Deserves a Lover!!...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
Charolette Featherstone's writing is breathtaking! The emotion conveyed is unparalleled, her characters have depth beyond the pages, and the journey ICharolette Featherstone's writing is breathtaking! The emotion conveyed is unparalleled, her characters have depth beyond the pages, and the journey I was taken on was unforgettable. Pride & Passion is the second book in the Brethren Guardian series and the third book I've read by Ms. Featherstone and she has never failed me. I end up loving every word and damn the time between books!
I am slightly conflicted when it comes to Lucy. I know she is young and heartbroken over her lover's death, however she seems immature and will not open her arms to Adrian. Maybe it's because I know her HEA is with Adrian so I want her to put her big girl panties on and deal! At first I was not a fan, but with what she's had to deal with in her childhood, and now her relationship to her dad, I can understand and even empathize. Her maid (Sybil?) is a fishy character, something's up with her. Maybe she is Orpheus's girlfriend, the one that was in his room?
Oh, Adrain! I just adore him. He's kind, caring, loyal, and mysterious. He loves Lucy, but she won't throw him a bone for half the book. However, he's unrelenting, and the bomb that he drops at her feet is just so yummy! I love when things come full circle. Adrian was provided with an opportunity that he was reluctant to take but ended up using as a means to provide for those less fortunate. Gosh, don't you just love him?
Adrian ends up taking what he wants, and he for sure wants Lucy. The mysterious and dangerous Orpheus is still at large and now Elizabeth is missing! Go get her, Iain!! Great characters, great suspense, great romance, GREAT BOOK! Temptation & Twilight is next and I will be first in line!
Here it is! The answer to so many of my questions. Iain/Alynwick/Sinclair and Elizabeth York . . . check! Orpheus reviled . . . check! Emotional and hHere it is! The answer to so many of my questions. Iain/Alynwick/Sinclair and Elizabeth York . . . check! Orpheus reviled . . . check! Emotional and heartwarming relationship . . . check! Suspenseful and engaging plot . . . not so much.
Ok, so what do we call him? Iain? or Alynwick? or Sinclair? Either and all would suffice but for the purpose of this review I will refer to the mouthwateringly "hump-able" hero as Iain, it has the least letters ok!
Iain and Lizzy finally came together and explored the passion that has been smoldering for the entire serious, and THANK YOU JESUS for that. I have been waiting and waiting and waiting for this final book for so long and for so many reasons.
Lizzy is probably one of the funnest heroines I've read in a long time. She's sharp, witty, massively intelligent, and sweet to her core. I can picture her when I think of "salt of the earth" women. AND SHE CAN'T EVEN SEE!! Iain did her wrong, way wrong, cause he was a stupid boy! Curse you stupid boys!
Iain (aka stupid boy) is, in the words of Willy, scrumdillyuptious! He's strong, secretive, ruthless, and a big ol' softie when it comes to his Beth. He was stupid long ago but, no spoilers, things work out as you can imagine.
However, the journey I went on to get there was tedious. The revelation of evil in carnet, Orpheus, was a big let down. I was hoping for fireworks when all I got was a sparkler. Are sparklers fun? Of course! They do the job and the kids love them. Are fireworks better? Hell ya! It seemed like it took forever to get to the point. I keep thinking to myself, "let's just do it already!". And the same thought went through my head when Liz kept pussyfooting around about humpin' Iain. Girl, get that shit already, ok?
All in all, it was a wonderful romantic read. The passion and hunger I seek was there. I was a little disappointed about the journey, but I still love sparklers, regardless.
Charlotte Featherstone is a go-to author. You will always get fierce relationships and intriguing stories from her. I really hope Sheldon gets a book, he was a great addition to the cast. And Jack, too!
- the growth of Reggie, and because she made such a quick path to mother and jilted bride her3.5 Floozies
The Good: What saved the book for me was:
- the growth of Reggie, and because she made such a quick path to mother and jilted bride her perspective was broadened. - LOVE LOVE LOVE her uncles, the set-up for Anthony's book was just good enough I will read it. My only hope is that Tender Rebel will resurrect my faith in the potential of this series. - The scandal of Nicky's birth, although I guessed it early on, the venom Miriam spewed was fascinating - The supporting characters, and grandma Rebecca, she's a hoot!
The Bad: I think it is unfortunate for Love Only Once that I previously read a spectacular historical romance or I might have like this book a lot more. The story was great over all, and HEA was achieved, but the flow, well . . . did not flow very well. Reggie went from a disappointed 2nd season 19 year old to married, prego, and a mother in about 75 pages. Chapters would end at one point and then the next chapter would begin 6 months later and only the introspection of the character would give a clue to the length of time elapsed. I am usually forgiving of those things but it was too much for me. I often had to flip back a couple pages and reread to get the correct timeline. Some of it seemed a bit fantastical and unrealistic, to a certain point. Maybe that is my midday ire, but 2 kidnappings in one book? Not so much . . .
Nothing to ugly, but . . . If Tender Rebel is better, I will continue the series and recommend this book as a start. Grin, bear it, and read through it to get a good foundation of the Malory Family. If it's not better, then I will bid them ado :D...more
Amazing!! Such a wonderful historical romance from a relatively new author. Sarah MacLean is on my watch list and I will promptly read the remaining bAmazing!! Such a wonderful historical romance from a relatively new author. Sarah MacLean is on my watch list and I will promptly read the remaining books of the Love by Numbers series! I loved the characters, the plot, and the fabulous set-up to the subsequent books. Can not wait to read more!!
I will not venture a complete review because this book is a must read. I will however confirm the countless praises of Nine Rules. Calpurnia is the heroine all romance writers aspire to create! A "shelved", plump, spinster with an amazing heart and a feminism I would hope to have if I were part of historical London society. Fed up with the double standards and pedestals she sets forth on a mission to have the adventures men experience everyday, changing her live and reforming a rake in the process! Hang 'em all!
My love for a book is bone deep when I wish I could be friends with the characters and I know Callie and I could have a blast!
Lovable heroine Sincere, heartfelt, and cheeky dialogue Hunk of a hero transformed from rake to life time partner Fabulous supporting cast and A spectacular series set-up
Wow, what a surprise! I absolutely loved this book. The emotional aspect was remarkable. I haven't cried so much in a long time. I was pulling for a hWow, what a surprise! I absolutely loved this book. The emotional aspect was remarkable. I haven't cried so much in a long time. I was pulling for a happy ending hoping the H/h would just put the past aside, unload their baggage and let love in. On top of all that the sensual side of the story was breathtaking. I did not have to wait long until they were heating the sheets. I think that was a tactical move so the reader could focus more on the emotional bond that needed to be built! This was my first read by Sherry Thomas and it will not be my last! You can find this review and many others on my blog FairytaleFloozy!...more
Anyone who does not cry for Desi has no heart! I sympathised most with her character than anyone others from all the books I've read. Sarah McCarty isAnyone who does not cry for Desi has no heart! I sympathised most with her character than anyone others from all the books I've read. Sarah McCarty is brilliant with her story telling and her characters demand respect and a little piece of your heart. Caine is H-O-double T! Hunky with soft side, does it get any better? I just love westerns cause the guys are so rough & tough, and it's a real privlage to see them show pieces of their vulnerable sides. Ms. McCarty took me on one of the best journeys I've ventured in a long time! I felt apart of Texas in 1858, that I was on horseback with these characters. It was unreal! Couple things though: It got long winded in some spots and Desi seemed to 'turn the corner' with Caine to suddenly. I was cheering her on like the Little Engine that Could then she was barrelling over the mountain with singleminded purpose. I have never been sexual assaulted and could never even begin to imagine the rebuilding that is needed to enter into a relationship. But it seemed like one page she was "no, I can't" and the very next one was "come here baby." It left me scratching my head. We got to point B eventually and oh, brother!! A cold shower (or a B.O.B) was definitely on order with Caine Allen between the sheets!! He is so pateient, but a man all at the same time. He acts the rough caveman then realizes he's being too much and backs offs. And he gives her chocolate! Ok, say it with me: Ahhh! A fun, imagnative read that reeled me into reading the next book. Oh, and I'm going to try the Promises series too! Check out my blog Fairy Tale Floozy for more reviews!...more
Check out my blog for the full review! What a great way to end a great series. The MacCarrick Brother's books are in direct order to my enjoyment of thCheck out my blog for the full review! What a great way to end a great series. The MacCarrick Brother's books are in direct order to my enjoyment of them. Court's book was enjoyable but not as much as Hugh's and Hugh's not as much as Ethan's.
LOVED Ethan!! When he appeared in the first two I had very strong dislike for him. I was doubting Ms. Cole's ability to work him into a lovable enough character. He's mean, scary, angry, rude, withdrawn, etc . . . How was he going to get involved in a relationship let alone HEA? Well, I stand corrected. And like many men, it's all due in part to the woman! Maddy is my hero. She is sweet, kind, determined, driven, and focused. My heart continually broke for her but she put her big girl panties on and proved to me that you may be down, you are most certainly not out! Riches to rags to riches to death bed to HEA . . . gotta love it! I have a hard to giving Kresley Cole's novels 5/5 stars because the pace of the romancing is not cup of tea. I don't like when caracters jump into bed within 50 pages but something more has to happen before page 300 (overexageration, but you get my drift). There has been only one book of Ms. Cole's (No Rest for the Wicked) that has fit my preferred pace. I keep ready because I love her characters, but I just can't go 5/5....more