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!
Thank you NetGalley.com for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review....more
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
Holy Lifetime Soap Opera Batman! First time readers please do not judge Maya Banks on this book because it is a very bad anomaly.
Good lord, I am surprHoly Lifetime Soap Opera Batman! First time readers please do not judge Maya Banks on this book because it is a very bad anomaly.
Good lord, I am surprised I was able to finish this book without getting a tooth ache. Not only did the suspense not start until the last quarter of the book but everything was so sacchariney sweet I thought this might have been a script from a Lifetime movie.
** Hello, melodrama. My name is Britainy, can we please have our author back and can you take a long walk off a short pier? K, thanks, ba bye.**
Most of the dialogue went like this: [Fabio is shirtless with wind blowing through is golden mane] "I will always remember what you gave me. Thank you for giving me what you did. It is so special and I will treasure it for as long as I draw breath. You gave me the most precious thing ever and I will never forget it. Thank you so much." OK, we get it . . . SMFH!
And Donavan was my favorite, I was so looking forward to his book, a let down for sure. Undying love, a unnatural need to posses the heroine and her siblings, and a completely creepy outlook for the future all after meeting ONE TIME . . . I never knew Donavan was a wackadoodle!
The two reasons this book was not figuratively thrown in the trash is 1) I love Maya and continued to hold out hope for improvement and 2) I wanted to know what happens with the supporting character (Ya, Rusty & Sean!!)
I think Rusty needs to get kidnapped by some Columbia drug lord moonlighting in human trafficking jn Russia. Something 'KGI-esque' . . . PLEASE don't pull a Lisa Kleypas and completely jump the shark!
I'll stick with Maya and the KGI series because I have loved everything so far. I'll chalk this book up to a literary bad day. ...more
I loved this short, sexy read. The idea of Noah "helping" Jenna overcome her recent sexual assault was a new twist. I'm sure that premise has been penI loved this short, sexy read. The idea of Noah "helping" Jenna overcome her recent sexual assault was a new twist. I'm sure that premise has been penned before, Copping Attitude made it seem natural. The only complaint was it was not long enough and a few areas seemed rushed. I await for the day that Ava Meyers will right a full length novel and as naughty as the Red-Hot Series!...more
Loved It, loved it, loved it! Then again I don't think there is anything I've read by Bella Andre that I have not loved, or at least liked immensely.Loved It, loved it, loved it! Then again I don't think there is anything I've read by Bella Andre that I have not loved, or at least liked immensely. Can't wait for Naughty's book, Let Me Be The One. Fall 2012 seem so far away! Full Review to come....more
My first thought from the cover is this is going to be some unrealistic chick-lit bore. I mean, who would divorce a rack like that? Heroine's going toMy first thought from the cover is this is going to be some unrealistic chick-lit bore. I mean, who would divorce a rack like that? Heroine's going to be a whack job, watch! A few of my Goodreads.com friends give this book 4 stars so we shall see if my taste follow theirs once again. A little skeptic to start though.
Edited 6/17 Way better than expected. The plot was cheeky and "chit-lit"y but fun and engaging. It reminded me of a play I was in in high school, Rumors. Chaotic and fast paced but justice was served and HEA's doled out. Good light read for the beach....more
Check out my Freebie Challenge! Love Me is first up and not a bad start I say! Can you commit to free books for a month? Try it out, you may surpriseCheck out my Freebie Challenge! Love Me is first up and not a bad start I say! Can you commit to free books for a month? Try it out, you may surprise yourself!
Love Me is the sequel of Take Me. After reading Love Me I find it is not necessary to read Take Me first but if you have then you will have a slightly better understanding of the main characters history. I did read Take Me but did not realize until Janica started talking about the Italian wedding festival, then I had one of those lesser "Ah, ha" moments.
Janica Ellis is the younger sister of the heroine in Take Me. She is a clothing designer and is unjustly foisted the role of careless baby sibling. Boys and girls, this is why it is important to write a thorough review, because if I remember correctly I did not care too much for Janica in the prequel. However, she proves me and the other nay-sayers wrong by showing a great deal of maturity and personal growth. Her business is thriving and she is trying everything in her power to keep her feelings for Luke at bay. Our first interaction with her is the start of possible threesome with two randoms she picked up at a bar. Ok, well, that does not show the most maturity but it does tell me that she is at least taking her life, and her pleasure, by the balls. Then Luke shows up and crashes the party.
Luke Carson, surgeon, twin brother to hero in Take Me, and all around dumbass. Just kidding about that last one. He did have a bit of "stupid boy syndrome," but obviously got smart eventually. He is forced to leave the hospital because of fatigue and decides to release some tension with his sister-in-law. Well, there were quiet a few releases and bonds that were forged. He is then forced to take an extended vacation and finds himself with said sister-in-law, Janica, in Big Sur. Luke is the typical romance novel hero. Never going to fall in love, never going to commit to one person, runs away from said love and spends a majority of the book squandering precious time with the person, all so in the last 5 or so pages he finally grows a pair and declares his never-dying, all-comsuming love and adoration. Did I get all the character points? He's taken aback by his burgeoning feelings for Janica and it takes him awhile to finally realize that he is a romance novel hero and there is no escaping fates (or Bella Andre's) decree.
This was a very sweet book. Don't get me wrong, it had that heat and passion that almost every Bella Andre book has but this had just the right amount of sweetness. Love Me has one of the most enchanting passages about love and making love I've read in a long time:
"'I'm so damn lucky you're here.' His statement was out there before he could think better of saying it. She blinked up at him, her big brown eyes warm with arousal-and love. 'You are?' Her response took him by surprise, the fact that she didn't know it already. And it made him want her even more. It made him want to show her how lucky he was, rather than just tell her with words. The surf crashed around them as her slowly stripped off her clothes. The moon shined down over them as he ran kisses over her skin. The fire flickered as she cried out with pleasure in his arms. As he made love to Janica Ellis, the warning bells and lights clanged and chimmed and shined as loudly as they could, trying to remind him that the higher the heights, the bigger the fall. But with Janica moving beneath him and the stars up above in a cloudless sky, he couldn't stop himself from feeling greater pleasure-and deeper peace-than he ever had before."
Sweet, right? I was Janica's champion throughout the book. I was rooting her on, cringing every so often at her if-only-I-can-make-him-love-me-a-little shtick, but, nevertheless, hoping she got her HEA. Her humor and her sticktoitiveness were great. Then she got her guy and she was still holding out. Wait, what? Luke announces to all and sundry that he loves her and she refuses to ride off into the sunset. Janica lost a little of my support at that point. Then she got whiny about how if only he wanted to love her "not just someone who can't help himself."
My disappointment did not last long, the books climax came along and had me enthralled again. Up, downs, good and not so good, I really enjoyed Love Me. I remember wanting to read this book at the end of Take Me because I wanted to see how Janica and Luke's HEA would transpire. Although, the journey was not exactly what I like/expected, I still enjoyed the ride and continue to enjoy Bella Andre's characters and their development. Love Me was a wonderful way to kick off my challenge. Check out what's up next: Freebie Challenge Book List
Ok, so this book sucked big time! There were only a few saving graces, but over all it was a horrible mess of clichés, misogyny, and atrocious editingOk, so this book sucked big time! There were only a few saving graces, but over all it was a horrible mess of clichés, misogyny, and atrocious editing. The editing did not bother me as much as the other things but it did make this book even harder to like.
Lets start with Lauren . . . ah, such high hopes for the starting-over divorcée. There is one line in the beginning that touched at a spot in my heart:
"But I kind of liked cleaning. It was one thing I could do where I could see the results and I used to put on music and not even think about what I was doing, just fade into the music and move around my house and clean."
Amen, sister! She cruises around the west coast looking for a place to get herself back, and she likes Carnal, CO.
Lauren starts to evolve from a Stepford wife to sharped tonged biker babe. Good for her! If it were not for the overabundant biker clichés she might have pulled it off. Super tight Harley shirts, jean skirts, and loads of jewelry . . . come on! That IS the stereotypical "biker babe" but why not accomplish her transformation without being so cookie cutter. And the same goes for the "i don't take any crap from any one except my 'old man', who can degrade me and throw me around" nonsense. My skin still crawls at the FAKE selfsufficient woman that was portrayed.
I loved the first few supporting characters so much. Krystal and Bubba's subplot was one of the things that kept me reading. And who would not love Jim Billy! The family atmosphere at Bubba's made me wanna go bar hopping to find a similar one in my home town! And the serial killer was the glue that held this bomb together.
Then Tate Jackson was introduced to the story and my hopes crumbled. Ok, so I will give him a few things: he's hot, he's dedicated to his work and his son, and he . . . ya, that's about it. I have never wanted to jump into a book and beat the shit out of anyone more than I did Tate. His behavior is the epitome of abusive. Double standards, brain washing, degrading, and the list continues. And Lauren (or should I say Ace since Tate deemed that her nickname even though she repeatedly told him not to) allows this behavior. I think she does this because she feels honored to have the affection of the hot biker focused on her. Um . . . isn't that another form of abusive manipulation?
What floored me more was the "that's how I am and you will have to deal with it." I hate that argument. So because you are rude and obnoxious all the people in your sphere need to bend over and take it because that's just who you are? I should add narcissistic to the list of wrong things about Tate Jackson. Gag me with a spoon. Here is just ONE passage that makes me want to hurl:
"'Yeah, you can ask that and I'll promise to do what I can do. But, Ace, since I was a kid, I had a temper. Tellin' you that don't mean I can't compromise just means I am who I am, I know who I am and you gotta take me as I am and learn to get over it."
*shaking my head in total astonishment* "I am who I am, I know who I am and you gotta take me as I am and learn to get over it" . . . ass sphincter says 'WHAT'? How about you act like a real man and learn to adapt to your surroundings? All this "who fucking cares what you think attitude" does not prove you the more evolved gender, it makes you look like a douche! If I sensed just a smidgen of growth I would not despise Tate so much, but I did not see anything but the 'my way or the highway' bullshit.
But then Lauren does not help his misogynistic attitude by going along with his behavior:
"And he loved me and wanted me to move in with him, he heard I was looking at apartments and, like usual, when it all came at him at once, he got angry. I'd have to see what I could do to shield him from that."
Really? Really? All I have to say about this delusional gibberish is Tate Jackson is a baby, plain and simple.
All that along with: - The lack of pronouns - The overuse of "old lady" - The fact that this caveman is raising a child to be as barbaric as himself - All the tank tops and hooker clothes
I have no desire to read anything from Kristen Ashley and her fantasy depiction of a man. That is not a man. And before anyone burns down my house with hate comments, I love a strong, take charge hero. I've read plenty of books that portray the hero as hard core and ruthless but understanding and gentle with the heroine, that's the kind of hero that steals my heart. Tate Jackson repeatedly questioned Lauren and always talked down to her. With all I've read I suggest Tate take multiple and extensive anger management classes and Lauren delve into counseling for co-dependence. *stepping off my soapbox now*
YES!! Here is the Linda I remember, welcome back! I am really surprised by the rating of this book. I thought it was great! I've read better but judgiYES!! Here is the Linda I remember, welcome back! I am really surprised by the rating of this book. I thought it was great! I've read better but judging from the first installment, Big Sky Country, I thought it was wonderful!
Hutch is not "swoon-worthy" as the series title would have you believe. He's cute, he's funny, he's capable where it counts *wink*, but my mouth did not water. However, smokin' hot man types are not indicative to a fun read. The beginning was brilliant. I loved the jilting because, if there is one thing we can expect with romance, the hero will always find the heroine. And the heroine will make him beg!
Kendra is remarkable, and her little spit-fire of a girl is precious! Hutch has no chance against that one/two punch. Kendra has to come to terms with allowing Hutch back into her life after their past and him being a stupid boy. There is way more under the surface than even I expected leaving me with a huge LIKE for this one.
Bring on some more BIG Sky book Ms. Miller and make them fun and engaging just like Big Sky Mountain.
This was fantabulous!! I love this series and this book did not fail my expectations.
Nice girl and the bad boy, who could ask for a better pairing. JaThis was fantabulous!! I love this series and this book did not fail my expectations.
Nice girl and the bad boy, who could ask for a better pairing. Jake was yummy and hard core and sensitive and . . . yummy! And Sophie was sweet and caring and adventurous and daring!
Sophie went after what she wanted and got it, big time. Let's add determined to that list above. Even when she gets way more than she bargained for she does not step down and cower in the corner. She preservers and pushes past all of life's obstacles ultimately getting the guy she has always loved.
Jake is caught off balance by Sophie's determination but ends up enjoying his one night with his heart's desire. One night is all he allowed himself and he made sure he and Sophie never crossed paths. Well, sometime life puts obstacles in your way and you have change course. He does not feel worthy of Sophie but tries to show her he can be the man she needs. His secret eventually comes to light but Sophie is a better woman than anyone every gave her credit for!
Those Sullivan's have my heart, I just love them all. I'm thinking either Zack or Lori is next and I CAN'T WAIT!! Way to go Bella Andre! Your books rock and your characters have substance and flaws and love and heart! And adding the fact these books are based in my old stomping grounds (San Fran and Napa) I am a fan for life!!
I love this series and Dangerous Love is no different! I've been waiting to hear Faith's story and see how her relationship with Ken develops, I was nI love this series and Dangerous Love is no different! I've been waiting to hear Faith's story and see how her relationship with Ken develops, I was not disappointed! Add in a conniving cry-ass ex-boyfriend and a psyco wannabe femme fetale and you get a mix that is so fun to read! More, more, more, Ms. Walters!...more
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!