Every time I read a book in this series, I wonder why it's taken me so long to continue and vow not to wait so long before reading the next one. Hmmm,...moreEvery time I read a book in this series, I wonder why it's taken me so long to continue and vow not to wait so long before reading the next one. Hmmm, 2 years between books 1 and 2, 9 months between books 2 and 3 - as long as I read book 4 before October, I'll be good.
I'll admit, I didn't particularly care for Ashe in book 1. She didn't come across as very sympathetic and was an obstacle in her sister Holly's romance with Alessandro. But then, she does have her reasons. An ill-advised spell attempted as a teenager broke her magic, adversely affected her sister and had tragic personal consequences. For a very long time, she didn't feel she deserved love or other good things in her life. Also, her life as a rogue vampire hunter has hardened her outwardly and makes it difficult for her to trust.
In book 2, Reynard had to make some tough decisions as head of The Castle (supernatural prison realm) guard. His brief interaction with Ashe toward the end of that book has been on both of their minds. We slowly learn about his personal history over the course of this book and I loved the additional information we received about his initiation into the guard.
Ashe and Reynard continually get thrown together in the beginning of the book and working together they begin to realize that all the disparate incidents they've stumbled across are connected in complicated ways. They have to contend with a prison escape, a Collector Demon, a vampire king with dreams of empire building and a lawyer with questionable morals, all while dealing with a stolen soul and a custody battle. One scene with a carnivorous rabbit had me thinking a holy hand grenade might have come in handy. LOL.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The world Ashwood has created is fascinating and there are some interesting secondary characters. I wish this series had been more popular, because it appears the next book is the last. I'll definitely be reading it. I'm interested to see how romance between a hellhound and a vampire works.(less)
Enjoyable read. I actually liked this a little better than the first book. The voice wasn't as creepy, but I enjoyed the plot more. Sean et al were fi...moreEnjoyable read. I actually liked this a little better than the first book. The voice wasn't as creepy, but I enjoyed the plot more. Sean et al were filming a documentary and the tone actually mirrored that, the italicized character thought monologues coming across as commentary. Graham does another wonderful job of painting the keys and the partylike environment on Duval Street at festival time. (less)
This is a fantastic follow up to Dragon Bound, even if it's not quite at the same level.
The beginning was a little slow for me, Niniane's character d...moreThis is a fantastic follow up to Dragon Bound, even if it's not quite at the same level.
The beginning was a little slow for me, Niniane's character didn't quite mesh with the view of her I received in the first book. The more I read and settled into the story, the more things picked up and I grew to understand Niniane better. Betrayed at a young age and running for her life, she found shelter with the Wyr. Knowing her physical and magical strength left her at a disadvantage, they taught her to fight with any means at her disposal. That and her innate people skills are her biggest assetts on her return to Dark Fae lands. She has understandable trust issues, but is willing to open herself up to people anyway.
After another attempt on her life, Tiago's first impulse is to pack Niniane up and return her to Wyr safety, yet he understands her need to return to the Dark Fae territory and gives her full backing. Despite the few stormy outbreaks in the story, I would have still liked to have seen more of his Thunderbird aspect.
Once again, Harrison has written a wonderful paranormal romance and I can't wait for Rune's story and a chance to learn more about this world. (less)
Did I notice anything new or innovative added to the vampire myth? No. Did it matter? No. It was so funny, I didn't care.
I really love Harper's humor. Jane's unexpected trains of thought, snappy comments and overall personality charmed me. There were several moments that caught me by surprise, making me laugh out loud. Her quirky friends and crazy family only added to the mix. There were only a couple concerns that lowered my rating. The transitions to Jane's flashbacks were a little jarring. I feel they could have been smoothed out more. Jane's views on why a certain elderly gentleman was dating her grandmother, while funny, appeared twice, worded almost exactly the same. It seemed as if Harper forgot that she had included those comments in a previous chapter.
Those concerns were minor and I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the second book.(less)
For the most part, I enjoyed this more than book 1. Rurik was an intense character and knew from the first page that he was in love with Ta...more3.5 Stars.
For the most part, I enjoyed this more than book 1. Rurik was an intense character and knew from the first page that he was in love with Tasya. Tasya, scarred by a childhood tragedy, is focused on revenge and resists Rurik's attempts to extend their one night together into a deeper relationship. While it might have been nice to witness their early days or first night together, I didn't feel as if I was missing anything major by joining them mid-relationship. I did have a problem with some of the love scenes. At one point, I felt that Rurik forced the intimacy and it read more like rape than consensual sex.
I would have liked to seen more of Rurik's family and definitely more about Firebird. I'm definitely going to continue with the next book. (less)
Highly entertaining read. I've already placed the second book on order. I also have to check out her Jane Jameson series. Soon.
Mo's parents are loveab...moreHighly entertaining read. I've already placed the second book on order. I also have to check out her Jane Jameson series. Soon.
Mo's parents are loveable and hilarious in their own kooky way, but I'd probably be willing to move to Alaska to get away too. Even when you're wincing for Mo, you can't help laughing at her mother's antics. I also loved the people of Grundy, Alaska. Charming and funny, with a few eccentrics thrown into the mix.
One of the things I loved about this book was the fact Mo and Cooper weren't immediately jumping into a relationship or bed. Even after the first meeting, the focus remained on Mo's move and fitting into the town. This made for much more realistic interaction (well - aside from the werewolf factor) between them.
Probably the best book in the trilogy and another fun read. The whodunnit aspect kept me guessing right 'til the end, but then it was an imme...more3.5 stars
Probably the best book in the trilogy and another fun read. The whodunnit aspect kept me guessing right 'til the end, but then it was an immediate "Well that makes sense." So I definitely thought the mystery was better plotted than in the first two books. Also enjoyed the interaction between the main characters and the chance to revisit the other couples.(less)
I enjoyed Eva's story even more than Jessica's. And though there's still not a lot of plot about adjusting to life as a vampire parent, I felt as if t...moreI enjoyed Eva's story even more than Jessica's. And though there's still not a lot of plot about adjusting to life as a vampire parent, I felt as if there was more than in the first book. Will definitely read more in this series. (less)