This was my first J.M. Darhower book. I don't usually read fiction that focuses on the seedier side of life, that spotlights antiheroes who kill someoThis was my first J.M. Darhower book. I don't usually read fiction that focuses on the seedier side of life, that spotlights antiheroes who kill someone at a moment's notice and feel no remorse, where sex and drugs and illegal guns are just normal everyday life, and I hate, hate, HATE cliffhangers, but dang it, if I didn't have all that in this story yet I liked it anyway!
I'm glad the book didn't just immediately jump right into the dark side of things as soon as the story opened. It kind of reminded me of the movie Pulp Fiction in that regard. You know that scene where John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson are in the car talking about hamburgers and French fries or whatever right before they go off and kill people? They could've just cut straight to the killing part, but it never would've made that movie as good as it was. No, first, they make us relate to Vincent and Jules's characters as real, normal people, people we might know or be. We get a sense of them before, WHAM, that "whoa, what the heck just happened" part does happen. So we tended to tolerate their actions more because we'd already kind of bonded with them. Plus it makes those crazy, bad things they do stand out a lot more starkly when they're juxtaposed with such a normal, everyday conversation next to them.
I thought that was a genius thing to do on Darhower's part in this story too, to get me adjusted and used to the world Lorenzo and Scarlet lived in and to kind of see some normalcy in it before, bam, she delivered the "did that really just happen" parts. I think it helped me to like the main characters more too. And I totally did. Especially Lorenzo. For being so totally depraved, he's just so freaking entertaining and cute! I like how he's unconventional and doesn't seem to follow any rules or logic but that you can also spot the decency and heart in him under all the menacing layers, despite how much he insists he has no feelings.
Scarlet/Morgan and Lorenzo are good for each other. They'd both be good people if they hadn't gown up in the seedy under-life they had to. But they adjusted and became something they probably never would have just to survive. The fact that they found each other in this world and discovered kindred souls is a miracle. I hope they accomplish their goals and help each other get through his ugly world together and can heal each other's battered pasts. ...more
So good!! I loved the relationship between these two. They just got each other when it felt like no one else did. I liked their chemistry, the way theSo good!! I loved the relationship between these two. They just got each other when it felt like no one else did. I liked their chemistry, the way they worked together, how they were always honest and straight with each other. My heart ached for the hopelessness of their situation and I worried how they would ever make it, so I'm extra happy I got my happily ever after. This is the only motorcycle club book I've ever read, but that part didn't feel too extreme--like women weren't treated like objects and all submissive-like and beaten down, and the guys weren't sadistic, law-breaking murders or anything--so don't let that part dissuade you if you're not into MC romance. It was just a good, heart-warming story of two kids helping each other find peace and acceptance with themselves. ...more
It's gotta take talent for an author to get me to like the moron of a hero that was offered in this book. Seriously, I'm not sure a guy has ever madeIt's gotta take talent for an author to get me to like the moron of a hero that was offered in this book. Seriously, I'm not sure a guy has ever made me roll my eyes as many times as Slade did in Book 1 - "Not Another Vampire Book." He was just so clueless and stupid and self-involved and so freaking arrogant, but naively so. He was meant to be laughed at...a lot. Which I did. But then we get to this book, and he was actually the main guy? Ugh. But somehow, by the end of the story, I not only tolerated him, but I actually kind of loved him! I like it when books do that! Jane was the best match ever for him!!
I also like these stories that aren't really meant to be taken too seriously. They're just fun. And when it sneaks in and offers more than you expect, that makes it even better! ...more
Highly entertaining, outrageously unbelievable, so cheesy it makes you laugh even harder, and I loved every word because that's how I roll!! Plus it hHighly entertaining, outrageously unbelievable, so cheesy it makes you laugh even harder, and I loved every word because that's how I roll!! Plus it had some yummy steaminess!
I mean, who wouldn't want to read it after this line? “Okay, look, I can’t just sleep with every handsome villain who tries to kidnap me.” He arched a brow and leaned closer to her ear. “How about just one?”
I loved the first book in this Kinda Fairytale series, but I think I liked this one even more!!
Remake of Beauty and the Beast, this version had the tI loved the first book in this Kinda Fairytale series, but I think I liked this one even more!!
Remake of Beauty and the Beast, this version had the two knowing each other since Kindergarten, which I adored because we got to see them grow up together! It made their journey to a happily ever after more epic.
And conceited, arrogant, highbrow jerk that Avenant was, he still won me over because he worked through all his issues to be with Belle.
This story had more angst but still some of the humor I adored in book one. Belle and Avenant's struggle to come together twisted my guts in a knots a few times. And I've come to learn I don't ever want to be stuck in a labyrinth either!
Onto another Cassandra Gannon book! I think I'm addicted. ...more
I always enjoy reading a new spin on the Cinderella tale, but this one takes the cake!! This time around,My first read of the year is a winner for me!
I always enjoy reading a new spin on the Cinderella tale, but this one takes the cake!! This time around, Cinderella is the villain and the wicked step sister (don’t you dare call her ugly) is the heroin…except, I think she’s also supposed to be Little Red Riding Hood, which was interesting. And her hero is the big bad wolf. And HE’s definitely interesting!
I loved Scarlett! She kicked ass and took names, fought for what she believed in, and had a heart of gold, thinking about her sister Dru and Prince Charming’s happiness before her own. She was bound and determined to break out of a mental institution for the criminally Bad just to help them, and enlist the help of a few oddball baddies while she was at it.
And I loved Marrok! Flirty, cocky, sarcastic, and too handsome for his own good, he’s desperately devoted to not only this True Love, but to Letty herself as a person. He melted me in his first appearance and only got better from there.
I loved their banter, and all the twists on the original fairy tale, except oh my goodness, I’ll never be able to think about Cinderella the same again…especially her relationship with her mice…er, rats! EWWWW. LOL! I even liked how Letty decided no one is pure Good or Bad, they’re all just people with good and bad in them. There was a nice moral theme hidden under all the fun adventure and steamy goodness.
I also loved the Tuesday share group! Like the story quotes: “Being part of the Tuesday share circle was like being a part of a screwed-up, criminally-inclined family. Even when they didn’t like you, they were still there to help you blow shit up. It was touching.”
And now I’m more than eager to get started on book two: Beast in Shining Armor. I had no idea Avenant from the Tuesday Share Circle was the Beauty and Beast guy until late in this book…after he had a while to grow on me. I can’t wait to get a glimpse past all his hoity toity pomp and see what he’s really like. I wonder if he’ll always call everyone “peasant”! Anyway, awesome story!! I’m off to read the next now!! ...more
I went in completely blind, not having read a blurb or review or spoilers at all for this story. But then just over halfway through, I went to the bacI went in completely blind, not having read a blurb or review or spoilers at all for this story. But then just over halfway through, I went to the back to read the acknowledges, and ack!!! Accidentally saw how it ended. I was ruined. No happily ever ever, a cliffhanger, and lots of sadness. None of which are my thing. But I was like, "Oh my God, I KNEW that was going to happen!" And I was already sucked in, so I finished and still think it was a great, amazing book. Excellent writing and I became invested in the characters and I crave for them all to be happy someday.
The whole thing felt like a big, heart-breaking set up for what feels like is going to be the real story in book two, which thank goodness is already out, whew, and I've already started to read, because I HAVE to see this thing through now!
If you like getting your feelings ripped out through your guts and splattered against a wall, this is a good book for you! ...more