Set aside the fugly cover, I end up like Ascension a lot! :).
This is the first time I read Ms Fenichel's work and I'm glad I request this on...more 4 stars
Set aside the fugly cover, I end up like Ascension a lot! :).
This is the first time I read Ms Fenichel's work and I'm glad I request this on NetGalley. The story start with a bang, with Lady Belinda Clayton confronted by her fiance, Lord Gabriel Thurston, Earl of Tullering, in her garden. Okay, nothing special, except that they meet at almost dawn, a improper time for a lady wandering outside her home, right? Gabriel doesn't know why once sweet and shy girl that he loved before he sent to France to war with Napoleon become a cold lady. Without Gabriel knowing, Belinda just out from hunting demon that roam on the London street!
Belinda hide this fact for some time from Gabriel, but her fiancee determine to pursue her, afraid that she might be caught up in an affair. Gabriel was shocked after discover Belinda kill a man in cold blooded manner, but become more surprised when Belinda told him that she is a demon hunter. He doesn't approved at first of course, but he can't help himself to be proud for his Bella, his nickname for Belinda. No need a long time for Gabriel to accept this fact and together with Belinda, they hunt the demons that sacrifices so many Londoners in purpose to ascend their master.
Ascension is a fast paced paranormal historical romance with awesome h/H (which seems very, very rare in my Romancelandia now). Both Belinda and Gabriel are likable characters, their chemistry is sizzling hot but also tender in the heart. I like that Belinda is strong, yet she show her feminine side. Her reason to doesn't want to trap Gabriel into loveless marriage and her view for how women should be treated make me like her more. I love how acceptable Gabriel to Belinda, how supportive he was. I want to shout to all romance authors that please, please, make a hero that more like Gabriel! We need a mix of alpha and beta hero, a man who respect and understand his woman, without pulling to much "I'm Tarzan,hear me roar!!" nonsense. Without act like jerk and abuse their women.
Beside Belinda and Gabriel, the secondary character like Reece Foxjhon and Lillian (both are Belinda's comrades) then Thor, Gabriel's driver (and somehow have appearance like Chris Hemsworth *cough2) and Belinda's parent make the story rich. Even Belinda's maid and butler have important roles, and there will be a chance for some characters to get their own story. Finger crossed for Reece and Lillian, for I want to know more about them.
The pace of the story is fast and full of action, I end up reading this in one sitting. You will not get bored when read this one, since the pace will make you want to know what happen next. The sex scenes are steamy! And the seduction began from the first chapter! *fanning myself*. While Belinda is virgin, I assume that Gabriel was too, because he love Belinda too much. My complaint maybe just they have sex before they married. But I will put aside this one.
Why I don't give a full 5 stars, even I want to is for some paragraph the writing feel amateurish. It's like one paragraph just contain one sentence, and repeat for many times. But another paragraph consist for more than one sentences. This is more like writing technique, but it kinda annoyed me. The ending also a little bit anti climax and somehow too rushed.
Despite the flaws, I will still recommend Ascension if you love your historical romance with a dash of supernatural and plenty of action! Add it with ass kickin heroine and a hero to die for, you will regret it if you miss this one.
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Cooking was a bet on the future, on shared moments with family, friends, a lover. Sarah cooked to carve time now, and in the future,...more4 BLAZING STARS!!
Cooking was a bet on the future, on shared moments with family, friends, a lover. Sarah cooked to carve time now, and in the future, to make secret shared moments. It was different from bringing over takeout, too. Cooking mean you thought about the food and the person more than dialing a phone number and handing over a credit card. Takeout had its place, but cooking... cooking built a future, one meal at a time
Afternoon Delight gave me so many FEELZ, and like the title, read this indeed is a delight for me :). Whether you read erotica or not, Afternoon Delight is a must if you love contemporary romance, but far from the same old same old trend right now.
A strong, witty, far from TSTL, confident with her sexuality, also a fabulous chef heroine? Check! You will love Sarah, a cook for Symbowl, food truck that delivered soup for your lunch pleasurement. I want to have BFF like her!
A hunky man with beard, paramedic with balls-to-the-wall lifestyle that have commitment issue, afraid to the future, act as jerk near the end, but surprisely, not that kind of ANNOYING JERK hero? Check! Tim will melt your heart (and maybe panties, lol!) with his dedication and gentleman-like attitude to Sarah. Yes, he's somehow hurt Sarah feeling, but it just a litlleeee bit. I really, love love love how he make amends to Sarah! :D
Steamy sex scenes that make you fan yourself and insta lust, but surprisely, not your common sex with benefit, no string attached relationship that feel not like same old, same old trope? Check! . I raised my brow when Sarah and Tim go to Tim's house and they already have sex. BUT, even it kinda insta-lust, there was no question that Ms Calhoun write a HOT SEX SCENE EVER! Sarah sensuality and confident nature make the sex very hot, titillating and exciting in the same time. Tired with all that angst-driven sex scene? Ms Calhoun will deliver you how a sex scene between two adults done well!
And a story that feel so slow, but make you savor it words, it moment after moment, a building romance between h/H, Sarah and Tim. Complete with description of food and deserts that will satisfy your bud. And a glimpse into the Big Apple City. Nuff' said, I thought. ;)
I guess, I will check Anne Calhoun other works. And if you had read hers before, why wait any longer to read this one?
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A Touch of Greek is the first book of "Out of Olympus" series. All present the lesser Gods (because Zeus, Poseidon and Hades is TOO MAINSTREAM)...more3 stars
A Touch of Greek is the first book of "Out of Olympus" series. All present the lesser Gods (because Zeus, Poseidon and Hades is TOO MAINSTREAM), from Triton, Hermes, Dionysus and Eros. Touch of Greek is about Triton who is a womanizer punished by Zeus because his philandering way. He stripped of his God power, but Zeus said that if he can make a woman love him not because of his appearance but his kindness and selflessness, his power will come back. Sure, it's a easy thing for Triton, at least that what he first thought. But, Sophia Baker, a woman that he lust for didn't came easily to his charm and brushed his off. After a accident that left Sophia near blind and incapable to manage her home-turn-to-be-B&B, Triton decide to act as her caretaker, while hope he will regain his love. Of course, again, everything is not all easy as it seems.
Cute, light and sweet. Perfect if you want to read about Greece myth but don't want to bother to know about the name of the Gods and Goddesses. I really like Triton and his development, while Sophia is a little bit okay for me. Sophia herself is strong, but there's something amiss that make me can't feel her strength. With Triton, it's interesting to see how he grow up from a spoiled God to a mature and responsible man.
The story is simple, and there were 1 or two villain, but rest assure, no one who want to conquer the world! The writing also easily read and do not make you think so hard. Yep, perfect for comfort read! Surprisely, while Touch of Greek labeled as erotica, I think the sex scene just in steamy level, which mean no anything weird happen :P.
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This is astounding, amazing, so incredibly thrilling. Only today a world travelling cabaret performing drag queen took me out for lunch and...more4,5 stars
This is astounding, amazing, so incredibly thrilling. Only today a world travelling cabaret performing drag queen took me out for lunch and named me as his new best friend. The idea plunges my black and white world into a vibrant techni-colour rainbow
My Goodreads friends..lemme ask you somethin'...
Why are you not rec'd Painted Faces to me? :((
Alright. I know Painted Faces from a year ago when see that my GR friends gushing about this one. Their reviews so far are stellar, even there are some that think Painted Faces just okay. I'm myself was not in the mood that time. A drag queen as hero? Umm, weird. Also the NA thingie not appealed for me too. But this year I dip my toe into NA world. Some I like, some don't. One of the factor because I don't like angst, and I know that Painted Faces will have so many angst. Yet, I'm still want to try.
And glad that I did try.
Painted Faces is... a sigh-worthy book. Unusual but still beautiful love story between Nicholas Turner aka Miss Vivica Blue with the full sarcasm Freda Wilson. Their story make my heart ache and yearning. Funny that I usually avoid angst and drama like a plague. Yet, all the angst in Painted Faces gives me so many FEELZ.
I want to hug Nicholas aka Miss Vivica Blue, like Freda did. I didn't like manwhore character, but Nicholas..ahh, he did have his reason with his playboy lifestyle, and I can totally understand him. His dirty talk make me squirm, his tender heart make my heart melt, his mischief and almost childlike attitude make me smile and sometimes laugh, his harsh act to Freda because he can't accept what Freda give make me sad, and finally his redemption make me love him. He's such a complex characters. Like his painted faces, he hide his ugly past inside a strong wall and plastered fake smile while inside his heart is bleeding. Freda change all that, make him a better person in the end.
"Why did you say you didn't care about me?"
His arms tighten around my stomach and he takes me silently for a time. "Sometimes we're cruellest to the one we care about the most
Freda..now this is a girl that I want to be BFF with. She resemble me too much with her low self-esteem, her curvaceous body and her smart mouth. How can I despise here when she sometimes make a smart retort but bordering stereotype-cast, because I can see myself act exactly like her. She has so many flaws, yes. And while I'm usually irritated reading Freda's archetype in another book, surprisely I'm not now.
I aggree that L.H. Cosway have a way with words and story. Painted Faces full of cliches, I told you. But, she can make those cliches not to be same old same old. She make this book shining and unique compared to others, make me put aside the glaring tropes that seems obvious. I also love a fact that she used Dublin as the setting, and explain about the culture and people of her city through Freda's POV (even sometimes she can be too TMI). I always want to go to Dublin!.
L.H.Cosway is an author that can't be missed and if Painted Faces optioned into movie, I would love to watch it! I can totally see Lee Pace play as Nicholas/Vivica. His face is pretty, he once act as transgender and drag queen. Also his face kinda have mellow vibe but can switch to scoundrel. This book is very movie material and of course I want people to know more a beauty that is Painted Faces :)
He asks me what made him behave that way, using words he never says?
He can only think it must be love...
He asks me to kiss him like it's the final meal, kiss him like we'll die toninght...
He says that holy cow he loves my eyes...
That only now he sees the light...
He says to throw the curtains wide, that one day like this a year will see him right... (less)