I might be the minority there, because while readers like the third installment of Seattle Wolf Pack series by Kristin Miller, my rating and fe...more2 stars
I might be the minority there, because while readers like the third installment of Seattle Wolf Pack series by Kristin Miller, my rating and feeling are otherwise. I request So I Married a Werewolf because: 1. I enjoy Ms Miller's previous work 2. Friend to lover theme is my favorite But, the reason #2 is why this book do not work for me. I usually enjoy friend to lover theme, yet, I really despise the hero of this book. Yep, Carter and Faith, the h/H of SIMaW are best friend, but in name only. Even I can see that their relationship kinda destructive with Carter kinda boast in front of Faith about his adventure and playboy life while Faith listen him like a devoted puppy. It's obvious that Faith desired Carter, yet the jerk failed to see that. Choose to wallow in his self pity because his Luminary (aka fated mate) cheat on him then died. Talk about commitment issue.
Then, Carter ask Faith to marry him because he want to secure his chance to become detective and Faith happily obliged (even she feel hurt) because: 1. Carter will pay for Faith's lil bro tuition into Yale 2. They are BEST FRIEND
The "best friend" term mentioned over and over, and I admit that I'm rolling my eyes, because what kind of best friend those two? Carter constanly reject Faith, because beside they are just "friend", he doesn't want to be hurt again and he do not believe he has second Luminary. The main reason I dislike this book is Carter, always him. Especially when he go ballistic to Faith, think that she cheat on him while Faith just want to do business. There are two type of jerk in my romancelandia. First, is the hero become jerk but he act like that because usually the heroine is TSTL or he cared for the heroine but he just can't do it nicely. Last, is the hero become jerk but the reason beside his act make me rolling my eyes like have a bad past but do not want to let it go. Carter goes to the last category and that's why he grated my nerve, over and over.
In the other side, I like Faith. She is kinda a doormat type at first, but with the story develop, so does her confidence. I don't know why she not throw Carter's proposal of marriage to his face, because that what I will do if I'm in Faith shoes. I like that beside Faith is dog trainer, she also a blogger. She is the reason why I give SIMaW a nice 2 stars.
Sadly, the story also lack of depth. SIMaW more like contemporer romance, but with wolf. A little pack dynamic, the plot is too simple also annoying secondary characters. There are a hint of slut-shaming in the form of Paisley, Carter's ex and actually become Nate's wife (Nate is Carter's friend and rival to become detective). I'm really sad because Nate and Paisley's appearance is just like a figurant and do not have deep meaning into story. I almost hope that those two will become villain, it's will make the story interesting. Alas, they just fade into nothing in the end of the book.
If you want a light and fun paranormal romance, you might want to try this book. Just be cautious if you don't like a jerk hero.
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Don't let the cover deceive you, for Ivy Entwined not a romantic suspense, paranormal, or even erotic romance! This book is a contemporer rom...more 4 stars
Don't let the cover deceive you, for Ivy Entwined not a romantic suspense, paranormal, or even erotic romance! This book is a contemporer romance that set in small city, called Celebration (don't know if it exist) and a mix of drama, humor, a little bit angst and a tight community who know each other. Ivy Entwined is a story about Ivy Callahana, the mayor of Celebrate even she still 26 y.o. Now you wonder why a woman so young like Ivy become Mayor and I never see a mayor that in her/his twenties. But well, I'm not live in USA and this is just a fiction, so I will take it. Ivy replace the last major, her father, and now have a plenty of problem in her hand because Celebration need a fresh start from being an almost abandoned city.
Enter Marcus Weaver who are big franchise localist and he want to build Megamart on Celebration even he know the citizens will objects him. Ivy of course decline Marcus's proposal, even Marcus is her teenager's crush. But she offer Marcus to sponsor for the downtown renewal and they become close. Yet, Marcus still insist to build the Megamart, knowing the risk that he will lose Ivy's heart.
Both Ivy and Marcus are lovable characters and I like that I can feel their chemistry. Ivy sure is perfectionist but she has a vulnerable side especially with all problems that become her burden, some are from her annoying ex-fiance (who sometimes can be a comic relief). Marcus is alpha, but not too alpha, and like a fact that he doesn't hesitant to use his charm to won Ivy's heart. He's man of my heart! But, the winner is Ivy's family, the Callahans. Ivy is lucky to have a supportive family, from her own father, than her mother Delia, and last, a granny that I'm sure will won "grandmother's favorite award" if there's any. Colleen like to cuss', even she's so old, but she's so funny and wise. I really want to have granny like her, and I like a fact that family play a large role in this book.
I got the arc of this book July ago and realize that this title just had re-released. While the old cover is silly and have a badcase photoshop, I prefer the old because it's catch the atmosphere of Ivy Entwined. The new cover look too mysterius, too sexy and can be misleading.
Ivy Entwined is simple and perfect if you want to read a light romance story. Also, if you love romance that set in small city, you will love the dynamic that Celebration citizens have.
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So, on my vacation, I have a marathon read and the Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter become my "vict...more3,5 stars
Note: Contain minor spoilers
So, on my vacation, I have a marathon read and the Elemental Mysteries series by Elizabeth Hunter become my "victim" :D. This is the first time I finish one series and last time I did it was...3 years ago perhaps. Maybe you think that I'm exaggerating, but it's the truth that now I often left a series in the middle and continue reading another series. Well, this experience remind me why reading a series from the start until finish make me not lost into the plot and characters (often happen!).
I read This Same Earth after finish the first book, A Hidden Fire which had a cliffie ending. I recognized that Ms Hunter have a habit to write prologue and epilogue, and it's the same with this book. The prologue take us to what happen with Beatrice after the ending in the first book. Gio have left her for 5 years, for his own reason, and Beatrice feel devastated. For years she visited Gio's home in Chile, write a journal for him, while Gio always send her postcard from some places all over the world. Tired, Beatrice decide to move on with her life. She now have a lover who plan to marry her. She also accept her Master, become librarian and practice martial art because her captivity by Lorenzo left her feel weak and Beatrice do not want to feel it again.
And then Gio waltz back into Beatrice's life. Wreck her feeling, make she drawn again into supernatural world that she thought she already left behind. Beatrice try to not let Gio enter her world, but Gio is a man of word. He will never take "no" for answer and try to win Beatrice's heart even he know what he did to that girl kinda unforgivable. The threat from Lorenzo coming back after Carwyn's son found dead, and now Beatrice and Gio must travel to England to track Lorenzo. And also Beatrice's father who become vampire, Stephen De Novo. Gio hope with finding Stephen, they will know what that vampire try to hide from Lorenzo and also finding his long lost book collection.
I'm agree with a reviewer that said Gio kinda manipulative here. What rights Gio have to turn Beatrice's life upside down. I also do not like Beatrice there. She cryin a lot! And it kinda bugged me because I lost count from how many Beatrice cry. Duh, tough up girl. I'm kinda disappointed with Beatrice there. Her progression kinda a letdown compare to the first book.
Actually, I know why there are 5 years gap from book 1 to book 2. Gio left Beatrice, because he doesn't want to endanger her, even he finally back and realize his mistake. Gio first think that Beatrice's love to him is just a contemporary thing, a stockholm syndrome, and well he's wrong. Even he's seems manipulative and cunning, in the end Gio kinda win my heart. I still think that there are another kind of development for Gio and Beatrice's relationship, not the manipulative ones of course.
Put aside the romance department, I like that Ms Hunter bring us to exotic places in this series. From Greece and Chile in book #1, now we go to Wales and England. We will know more about Carwyn and his family, also some vampire who reside in England, one of them is an old lover of Gio and make Beatrice a little bit jealous. The search of Stephen De Novo still in the dark, but there are some lights when Beatrice found her father's journal. Which will take them into the heart of Mount Penglai, China. Sadly, no appearance of Tenzin, my favorite wind vampire. There are new characters beside Carwyn's family, like Benjamin Vecchio, a street urchin who Gio adopted, Dez who is Beatrice's close friend and Matt, Dez's lover who turn up work for Gio and protect Beatrice.
The villain still Lorenzo of course, and I rolling my eyes when Beatrice got captured by Lorenzo..again. Don't get me wrong, for me Beatrice is still ass kickin' , but the plot with Lorenzo kinda repetitive. But Ms Hunter make a good job to make Lorenzo more than just 2 dimensional villain.
Well, it's not complete to discuss romance without the sex scene, and I love my romance's hot and dirty :P. So, if you love your romance smut, you will be disappointed because the sex is... vanilla and fade to black -_-". Even the feeding scene can be erotic (depend your imagination), the sex scene described not too racy. Perfect if you easily blushed when reading steamy sex or maybe kinda bored read saucy words.
This Same Earth, imo, is the weakest book in Elemental Mysteries. But, I still recommend this if you had read A Hidden Fire. And if you're not? Well, why wait any longer? :D(less)
Nalini Singh can write a recipe on tissue sheet and I will still read it! So excited to read this one, her HQ titles are as good as her PNR, so hands...moreNalini Singh can write a recipe on tissue sheet and I will still read it! So excited to read this one, her HQ titles are as good as her PNR, so hands down, I know I will enjoy read this one :D(less)
Well.. Even Owning Her Innocence maybe so much more like those "daddy-little girl porn theme"books out there, surprisely there was a plot. An...more2,5 stars
Well.. Even Owning Her Innocence maybe so much more like those "daddy-little girl porn theme"books out there, surprisely there was a plot. An actual plot and a little character development. Ms Riley didn't kidding when she said she want to write a different daddy book and I think she did it well.
The dual POV make the story work, and I like William POV, maybe because he's already mature (my give and take, he is in his 40-ish), while Haley is annoying, whiny and sometimes I imagine her as my own sister because both are 18 years old. Make me have an SUPER AWKWARD moment when read this novelette, because..imagine your own sister that still like a little baby for you to had sex with man that twice her age *shudder*. I just hope that Ms Riley write Haley older, maybe 21 years old more, not 18 years old. Even I know that 18 is legal in USA (and also in my country), but still...
So many sexual tension, spanking (just a little),bonding (just a middle level), a deflowered sex scene (bwahahaha I really said it X)) ) and lot of dirty talk. Daddy smut book not my kind of erotica (insert awkward moment here when you call man you have sex with as "daddy"), but I will recommend this if you love that kind of smut.(less)
I think that this book will be mediocre at first and surprised that in the end I really like it. Love both h/H Allison and Theo. No insta love and lik...moreI think that this book will be mediocre at first and surprised that in the end I really like it. Love both h/H Allison and Theo. No insta love and like their dynamics. The characters development are well done. Like the small town setting and wounded veteran theme.
But, maybe this one will make a ice hockey fans a little bit disappointed, because the sport more like a background.(less)