Another tale of the Silver Dragons. In this book, silver wyvern's mate and doppelgänger, May seeks to remove the piece of dragonshard from her. Hijink...moreAnother tale of the Silver Dragons. In this book, silver wyvern's mate and doppelgänger, May seeks to remove the piece of dragonshard from her. Hijinks with Magoth her powerless former demon lord and her sister, Cyrene the water elemental ensue. A fun tale full of action, innuendo, sex, and plot twists. Good job, again, Katie!(less)
Best book in the Women of the Otherworld series so far. One thing I like about Armstrong is that her writing gets stronger the more books she writes....moreBest book in the Women of the Otherworld series so far. One thing I like about Armstrong is that her writing gets stronger the more books she writes. This book was no exception.
In this book, we get to learn more about Hope who was introduced in No Humans Involved (I don't think it was earlier, but it could have been). Hope owes a debt to the Cortez Cabal, so when Benicio asks her to do a job, she says yes.
In this book, the point of view shifts between Hope, who is undercover examining a gang of supernaturals who have been causing trouble for the Cabal and Lucas, Cortez's son who married Paige Winterbourne, the witch and leader of the supernatural council.
There are some surprises and twists in this book including one that I didn't expect.
If you've liked her previous books, you definitely want to read this one.
I'm definitely looking forward to her Men of the Otherworld book when it comes out.(less)
A good solid start to a new series about MacAlister's Dark Ones aka vampire analog. In this novel, we have a woman who knows nothing about the paranor...moreA good solid start to a new series about MacAlister's Dark Ones aka vampire analog. In this novel, we have a woman who knows nothing about the paranormal at the start of the book, who has insecurities about her weight, and who has the horrid problem of having to choose between two handsome men who might be murderers.
Suddenly, she is propelled into the supernatural of MacAlister's world and must decide between the cult that wants her to be its Zorya (sort of like Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a light killing power who can send ghosts to the afterlife) and the handsome men that the cult wants to kill.
The book doesn't follow the boy meet girl, loses girl, and gets her back formula, which is definitely a plus. I'm looking forward to the next installment that comes in May.
Oh, and for those who have read the prior books we have cameos from other Dark Ones in this series. (less)
Up to her usual standards, a quick and fun read. I took a writing seminar once where the instructor said that one way that you have a great story is t...moreUp to her usual standards, a quick and fun read. I took a writing seminar once where the instructor said that one way that you have a great story is to ask yourself if your characters would want to hurt you if they came to life and met you. I honestly think that in MacAlister's case, May would definitely want to do her bodily harm. Plot twist after plot twist occurs. More about the world is revealed. Jim the demon in Newfoundland form is in the book.
Good solid read, but read the Aisling Grey and first Silver Dragons book before reading this book (unless you already have). (less)
I read this book because I've really enjoyed Katie's paranormal novels. I'm not generally into reading straight up romances. I will say that although...moreI read this book because I've really enjoyed Katie's paranormal novels. I'm not generally into reading straight up romances. I will say that although this book was set in contemporary Scotland, it definitely didn't fit the straight up boy gets girl, boy loses girl formula. Then again, none of her books read as remotely formulaic.
As usual the dialog is funny often during sex scenes. The villain is annoying, but it is still funny although I very much would have volunteered to slap her for Kathie. The plot went beyond the romantic leads getting together, and I found that twist to be interesting. I also liked the place descriptions and Brit/Scots dialog both items added flavor to the story.
Overall, very enjoyable book. I read it in a day and I don't generally have the time to read novels that quickly.
A solid entry in MacAlister's repetoire, but I guess the whole pirate video game concept doesn't interest me as much as some of her other concepts. It...moreA solid entry in MacAlister's repetoire, but I guess the whole pirate video game concept doesn't interest me as much as some of her other concepts. It was well written and executed, but the subject matter didn't get me into the novel as much. No fault of the author's, I just don't find pirate anything (other than movies) to be very interesting, but I read the novel because I've enjoyed everything else the author has written.
Despite that, it was a clever turn on virtual reality and MacAlister's usual humor was pervading her novel. The sex scenes were funny and sexy. I could see my husband as the lead (probably because he's a computer consultant), but not myself as the heroine (I'm not at all prone to organizing other people's lives to the extent of having no social life).
The game world was interesting and showed excellent research on the author's part. The characterization was spot on as per her usual. I could really get into the characters themselves primarily because I am a gamer (more into tabletop though than computer games although I have played my fair share of the latter). I'd definitely recommend this book to people who like pirates of any flavor, romance, virtual reality, and online computer roleplay.
The writer calls her novel a science fiction romance and that is an apt description for this novel.
This story is really a tale of two couples who mee...moreThe writer calls her novel a science fiction romance and that is an apt description for this novel.
This story is really a tale of two couples who meet one another. One is the main character Captain Tasha "Sass" Sebastian and her commander, Admiral Branden Kel-Paten. The other couple is Doctor Eden Fynn and Captain Serafino, a rogue captured by Sebastian's ship the Vax.
The science part of the story is pretty good although frankly it is a bit romanticized as officers who get involved find themselves generally out of a job if the other person is in their chain of command. Still the way the writer crafted the romance in the story worked, but if I told you how that would be telling. Outside of that one item that bothered me a little, the story is full of world building to include transporters, cyber-technology, telepaths, and teleporting furzels (a cat analogue that has one or two dog-like traits).
The love story is good and the story isn't formulaic at all. I liked the four main characters and the furzels, and I'd love to see another story about these characters or in this universe, it is definitely worth another look.
I already have one of the author's other books to read, and once I get through the few in my stack, I plan to order some more of her books.
By using both romantic and science fiction elements instead of making a book that doesn't do justice to both genres, Sinclair does a good job of melding the two genres together. I look forward to her next book. (less)
First of all, it is two short novels. The first novel is about Cerunnos, and I think it is in the same universe as her Aisling Grey novels since she r...moreFirst of all, it is two short novels. The first novel is about Cerunnos, and I think it is in the same universe as her Aisling Grey novels since she references him being a member of her equivalent of a heavenly court (I don't recollect the name off the top of my head). The story is told from the hero's point of view, and he's arrogant and stuck on himself--not too surprising for a former mortal who has been a god for 1500 years. He has to get married in a week. There is a mystery to the story, which makes it more interesting, and the heroine plays hard to get and gets him to change somewhat, but the story's humor seemed to be a bit forced and was not up to MacAlister's usual standards.
The second story is about a woman of Swedish descent who is saved by a Viking Ghost and is horribly ignorant about her ancestry and family ties. She finds out that she is the only one who can save him. It's lust at first sight that leads to complications. The story is better than the first, and it is written from the female point of view. The humor is up to MacAlister's usual standards and Alrik's ignorance of modern sex play is pretty funny.
In both cases, the uses of mythological references are interesting, and enjoyable.
Not her best book, but it is better than a few of the earlier Dark Ones books, and I suspect that it was written earlier than the Aisling Grey series, and she is just now selling it because of her increased popularity. Still worth a read if you like her books. If you get stuck on the first story, read the second one as it is better. (2 stars for first, 4 for second, which renders a 3 overall).
The sex scenes are pretty good, but not her best.(less)
This author writes a lot of paranormal romance, but I REALLY like her writing style so I have read two of her straight up romances. I want to stress t...moreThis author writes a lot of paranormal romance, but I REALLY like her writing style so I have read two of her straight up romances. I want to stress that I don't generally read straight up romances, but I will make the exception for MacAlister and for MaryJanice Davidson because I like their writing styles.
This book is just flat out funny. The heroine likes to banter when having sex or foreplay and the dialog had me in stitches. The heroine is not your typical woman either. She's 39, 5'11" and a size 18 with body issues, plus she's widowed. Her life changes when her gay friend working for a British reality tv station asks her to play the role of a Victorian duchess.
Part of the humor is in the interaction between the various characters and in the hijinks that result from 21st century people trying to pretend to do everything like 19th century Victorians.
Plus, the sex scenes while humorous because of the dialog still work because the author really knows how to write a good sex scene. My only pet peeve is the use of the word lave. I just hate that word. I vow to never use it in a sex scene or out of it.
Other than that, the book is good to read if you are feeling a little down and want to get the juices flowing so to speak.
I also highly recommend her Aisling Gray series and her Dark ones series (earlier writing so not as polished but still enjoyable).(less)
I don't know why, but this book just didn't do it for me as much as the Aisling/Drake books. It was good, but not great. The sex scenes were too quick...moreI don't know why, but this book just didn't do it for me as much as the Aisling/Drake books. It was good, but not great. The sex scenes were too quick for my tastes. Little foreplay. The ending was a definite cliffhanger, and it is obvious there is a sequel (because the excerpt at the end of the book is from it).
The main characters in this book are May a doppelganger of a naiad and Gabriel the wyvern of the Silver Dragons. For those who are fans of Drake, Aisling, and Jim, all three appear in this novel. The bad guy Magoth is sexy as is the thief finder, but of course May is meant to be Gabriel's mate. Hijinks and sex ensue, but again, the sex isn't up to her usual standards.
Overall, I liked it, but I felt a little let down. (less)
It is up to her usual standards, in this novel several plots that have been floating around get resolved. It almost felt like the finale of the series...moreIt is up to her usual standards, in this novel several plots that have been floating around get resolved. It almost felt like the finale of the series, but I won't know that until or if another book gets back.
As usual, she puts Aisling the main character and her love Drake through hoops. She has all kinds of things happen to her most of her hijinks relate to the two of them trying to get married and having crises coming up which prevent said nuptials to take place. Reminds me a bit of Betsy from MaryJanice Davidson's vampire queen series in its humor. My favorite character is Jim the Newfoundland dog/demon former angel sidekick of hers, and if you read the book you will see why, he has a quirky but funny sense of humor. Just imagine someone with an impish humor inhabiting a dog's form, and you get the idea.
If you haven't read the rest of the series though, go and read them first and you won't regret it.(less)
I enjoyed this book; it was fluff, but it was fun fluff. As usual the best thing about Davidson's books is her quirky sense of humor. She just has a s...moreI enjoyed this book; it was fluff, but it was fun fluff. As usual the best thing about Davidson's books is her quirky sense of humor. She just has a style that is fun, easy to read, and injected with a lot of humor. This book is about an alternate world where Alaska becomes its own country and has a royal family. The heroine gets stranded in Alaska and meets a member of the family and it is just bizarre. The hero is a prince with a PhD in Marine Biology whose favorite hobby is his penguins.
Silly--yes, fun--yes, deep--no. The characters are funny, and the plot strange.
I'd recommend it to people who don't take books too seriously though as it is a tongue in cheek sort of book. Mind you, I don't think that's a bad thing. It was a good read (pardon the pun). (less)