Man, I LOVED this book. It was such a ridBOOK REVIEW by Michelle 12th April 2014:
RATING: 5 FAST PACED, EXCITING STARS!!
“Let’s go stop the apocalypse.”
Man, I LOVED this book. It was such a ride from start to finish.
Julie has done a brilliant job of this series. I have loved every book.
Oh, yeah. This book was YA Epic.
I got to say, Julie amped up the fighting and the gore in The Forever Song and I loved it. It was very true to the dire situations the characters found themselves in.
Shiz is going down!
The Forever Song has us watching Kanin, Allison and Jackal, trying to save what is left of the human race and vampire race. They all have a common goal to band together and stop Sarren who is one of the most evil SOB’s I have read in YA.
Sarren is setting devious traps for the trio to fall into and not make it out of. Rabids, blood and gore are visually painted in our mind as we read Julie’s words of awesomesauce.
Yes. I said awesomesauce.
“That must’ve taken him a while. Bastard sure went through a lot of trouble, just for us. I feel so special, don’t you?”
“Well,” Jackal remarked, gazing around the carnage strewn space, "that doesn’t scream ‘trap’at all. Is this the best Sarren could come up with?”
Jackal has the best lines. I love reading him. He is the bad boy we love to read. Julie changes our mind about him from The Immortal Rules to The Forever Song.
Julie threw everything at her characters in this finale. Both emotional turmoil, and she had them fighting for their lives and for the beings that were left on Earth.
I cried for the boy I had lost, the human who’d believed I was more than a monster, even if I couldn’t believe it myself.
“You’re not evil,” he had whispered, those bright, solemn blue eyes staring into me, peeling away every defense. “No one who fights so hard to do the right thing is evil.”
I got sad, I laughed, I got real nervous for them, Sarren is a bastard of the highest degree. His mind will not be saved. He is true evil.
I can see this trilogy as a movie. The fighting scenes would be magnificent up on the big screen. Jackal would have the audience laughing, and Allison is trying to fight the good fight and not become the monster that lies within her waiting to be released.
“Sister.” The vampire’s voice was a warning, and he raised his hands, one of which held a bloody fire ax. “Don’t be stupid. Get a hold of yourself. Don’t make me smear your brains all over the pavement.”
Kanin won't give up on Allison.
“I tried, Kanin. I really did. But you know what I discovered?” I curled my lip into a sneer. “We are monsters. No matter how long I fight it, I’m always going to want to hunt and kill and destroy. You taught me that, remember? What happened with --" my mind recoiled from his name “-- with that human-- that was stupid and wrong and eventually, I would’ve killed him. It was...better...that he died.”
Valentine from The Mortal Instruments was a bad YA evil guy, but Sarren he really does take the gold medal for his convincing role of Top Evil Dude.
I wouldn’t last a second around him and the traps he invents, he is quite the thinker when it comes to being creative with his evil killing.
“You know this is not going to be pleasant, right?” he stated to the rest of us. “Whatever the sicko has in here, he obviously wants us to see it. Which means it’s probably going to fuck with at least one of us, really badly.” He snickered, shaking his head. “Course, that’s the trap now, isn’t it? We could walk away, right now, but not knowing what’s inside is going to drive us bat-shit crazy.”
I felt how hard the characters all had to fight to stay alive.
All the time Jackal kept me amused with his dialogue.
“So, go ahead, tell him that everything is going to be fine. All the meatsacks are perfectly content on their happy little island, Sarren has given up world destruction to raise kittens, and the magic wish fairy will wave her wand and turn shit into gold.”
... “Hey, I’m just being a realist, here.” Jackal laced his hands behind his head, leaning back with a snort. “Someone in this fucked-up family has to be.”
“What the hell do these bloodbags use for fuel, their own piss?”
“The last ship from bat-shit crazytown is sailing, so cut the ropes and let’s get the hell out of Dodge.”
One of my personal favorites.
“Oh, for the love of fuck!” Jackal snarled, whirling and smashing a coil of rope across its face, sending it crashing back. “The bastards don’t give up, do they?”
I love Kanin, he is so serious and straight laced with his words of wisdom and frowns. He very much plays the role of parent to Allison and Jackal.
“No.” Kanin’s voice was suddenly hard, terrifying. “You are simply using your demon to hide from what you really feel. Because you are afraid of what that means, that it might be painful. It is far easier to be a monster than to confront the truth.”
Watching him put up with his two kids bickering, was kind of fun.
“Hey, old man,” Jackal called in a mocking voice, “you forgot to say ‘if you kids don’t stop I’m going to turn this car right around and then no one will go to Eden.’”
Allison and Jackal are such fun to read when they are verbally sparring.
“Better be careful, Jackal.” My voice came out cold. Empty, because I couldn’t feel anything, even now. “It almost sounds like you care.”
“Oh, well, perish the thought, sister.” Jackal gave me a sneer and moved away. “I’ll stop talking, then. But if we reach Sarren, and he says something to make you fall apart, don’t expect me to pick up the pieces.”
But Jackal is also starting to show some humanity.
“What’s the real reason you want me around?”
“Because, my thick-headed little sister...”Jackal sighed. “I trust you.”
Julie has inserted some cool curveballs.
This was one hell of a ride from start to finish. Evil guy is truly evil and Jackal may surprise you how much you love him. A brilliant end to this trilogy that kept me turning the pages, but at the same time not wanting it to end.
Sarren gave me a look of genuine pity. “No, little bird,” he said, shaking his head. “You are still an infant demon, far too young to know the truth. Eternity is not a gift. It is a curse.”
I am a HUGE fan of Bella’s, MC Sinners series. I totally dig the way she wrote that serBOOK REVIEW by Michelle 10th April 2014:
RATING: 3.5 DARK STARS!
I am a HUGE fan of Bella’s, MC Sinners series. I totally dig the way she wrote that series and all its characters. Brilliant creative smexi scenes with a bunch of lads that I adored.
I will read anything Bella writes because I respect her as an author and writer.
Number Thirteen , in all honesty and this is a hard review for me to write, didn’t connect with me as well as her MC Sinners series.
But I still very much enjoyed it.
I understand what Bella was writing about. I read dark romance. I understand dark romance comes with its quirky, dark characters and the things they get up to which can be challenging to read.
A dark romance writer really can take the reader down a very dark road of twisted passion and darkness. Aleatha Romig and Pepper Winters, are two dark romance writers I am a huge fan of.
I am going to give you some of my honest thoughts that are just my one opinion out of a sea of reviews.
I had trouble understanding William’s character. I don’t quite understand how William got from being thirteen and terrifyingly bullied to his role of savior and his methods and how he dealt with the girls. There felt like a gap in his background that I felt lost in. I do understand his father is a dick and favored Benjamin and gave William no love, encouragement and made life difficult for him.
Ben got the better ride in life. He was the prized son.
I was bullied terribly from about eleven years of age, two brothers used to biatch slap me, spit on me on the way to school. They used to wait for me, I would take another route, one of only two to my school, they would be waiting to follow me. They preyed on me. It never escalated from that, but it was a horrible thing to know was coming my way every morning. I understand being bullied. It sucks. It's unnecessary.
William is a character that I personally had trouble understanding how he could authorize lashings and have the girls chained up in his basement. I liked to call it the dungeon. After what happened to him as a kid.
I had to ask myself why there was even a place where the girls can be chained up and punished when this was his first time ‘saving’ any girls. It felt like he had his basement fitted out prior, to punish them, if need be. It sounded like William had never ‘saved’ any girls before this batch of girls.
He wants to save them, but he issues these punishments and tattoos them, essentially taking more from them. I understand what I was told about breaking them, to start over...but??
Tattooing a girl on the hand with a number and not calling her by her name is taking more from her. Give her a lanyard with her number on it. She is now branded for life.
I had trouble balancing out William's commands with what he felt he was doing for the girls in his own mind.
William has his oddity with petting and having a girl sit in his lap. That just adds to his character. Weird, but adds to his character.
A girl is , by all sound effects in the book, shot dead for being a screamer or at least snuffed out. Not a word heard from her again. No explanation.
The girls could all ask William one question, but nobody thinks to ask about this poor girl.
Now if that wasn’t in the book, I could probably understand William, more. But that scene sat with me the whole book and didn’t really validate William’s need not to hurt anyone. I didn't feel like that poor girl was 'saved'.
I felt like I didn’t see William the way Bella wanted me to see him.
Which could be my own dang fault.
I feel quite bad that I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I wanted to. I did enjoy it. I read it in one sitting but I had trouble believing in William and his purpose for these girls.
I felt like I didn't accept William the way Bella wants me to.
I wanted to.
The guards did William’s bidding, but the girls self respect was further taken from them. I was confused by this. The more we read about William, the more this confused me, because he is a good guy, with very odd methods of persuasion. Considering what he knows about their past.
He hates bullying. But chaining a girl up and lashing her. From where I am sitting that isn’t kind behavior. I know he eventually learns, but he is a grown man of an unidentifiable age.
Lashings or being hit by a belt was ruled out of schools years ago, but William finds this preferable to getting the girls a female professional to talk to, while they are awake.
Sometimes William’s actions felt random.
I understand William thinks of himself as a monster, because of his imperfection and what was taken from him, but it is a big leap to where he is at now.
I do feel uncomfortable writing this review as I don't want it to come across wrong. I am just writing my personal thoughts that I noted when reading. I don't author bash and I don't book bash. I am struggling a bit with this review as I LOVE Australian authors and I love to review and promote them. I want to love every book.
I really like Benjamin’s character, I felt a bit sorry for him as he is trying to keep the family glued together, he was always up beat and had a cheeky side to him. He knows nothing of his brother’s behavior behind closed doors. But he is trying to keep a family together that is struggling to stay connected.
I wouldn't want to be around William's father , either.
I did find five fairly pronounced flaws in the plot. I won’t list them, they may have been fixed. If Bella wants to ask me about them, I am happy to chat with her. I did re-read them and recheck to make sure I wasn't getting it wrong.
I had questions. Was justice ever served out on the kids that inflicted so much pain on William when he was a teenager? I have other questions but I don’t want to steer into negativity with my review.
I did enjoy this book. William became a law unto his own, who at the bottom of it all, really did want to help save, these girls, he just has a very different way of helping them that I found a little hard to grasp sometimes.
After finishing Buying Thyme by TJ Hamilton, I knew I was going tBOOK REVIEW by Michelle 17TH DECEMBER 2013:
RATING : 4.5 EXCITING JAW DROPPING STARS!!
After finishing Buying Thyme by TJ Hamilton, I knew I was going to like her storytelling. Her writing is solid. I was eager to read Making Thyme.
TJ merges the high-class escort world with being a special agent very well.
Mia has agreed to be trained by the OCT-U, Organized Crime Taskforce Unit under Agent Nick Davis. Her mentor. The man she is having feelings for.
Crime boss Joe Tench is under surveillance and Mia aka Miranda is the Agency’s way in, to get the information they need to put him away for good.
I really enjoyed Mia’s training and discovering along with Mia what she is capable of. TJ spends time getting us to go through the training motions with Mia, convincing us of her capability.
TJ is an ex police officer herself so she brings her knowledge to the pages. We watch Miranda the ex high-class escort become more.
We almost forget her past.
Miranda is left behind and Mia shows us she won’t be bound by the Agency’s rules. She is proving to them how able she is to look after herself. She can only really trust herself. It’s what works best for her.
She won’t be caged and watched.
Nick wants Mia.
“You don’t have to be Miranda with me.” He slowly pulls me back up to his lips.
“I’m going to make love to you Mia... I’m going to show you how people love each other. It’s going to be slow and it’s going to be all night... I’ve wanted to do this to you for a long time. No fast fuck. Just you and me... how it’s supposed to be.” Nick utters every word I’ve only ever imagined anyone ever saying to me.
But he is also Agent Davis.
Nick shows us what he is made of and how far he is willing to go to get to Tench.
To bring him down.
There are some fave scenes of mine in Making Thyme. Visually they were well written. I loved the use of the Opera House it brought quite a magical moment to a fave scene of mine.
TJ writes about Australia and it’s landmarks but she doesn’t give us the vegemite slathered slang.
This I enjoyed.
Charlie is a great character, he lights up the page when he is on it. I would go on a date with Charlie. He knows how to take a girl out for the evening.
Joe Tench is the bad guy and I have to keep reminding myself what depths he will go to.
TJ also showed me that vulnerable side to Joe.
Joe is hurting.
But, Joe also knows how to seek his own justice out and you don’t want to be on the end of bad Joe because bad Joe is a brutal killer.
Tench brings out the darker side in Agent Thyme. She can’t help herself. She is Mia the agent going in and it doesn’t take long for Miranda to appear.
Can Agent Thyme be let loose in Joe Tench’s world again without Miranda taking over?
Will her dark desires take over?
Fuck you Joe Tench! I hate you...and now you’re acting all amazing on me! I slam my head back against the sun lounge with more sexual frustration than I care to have right now.
Is she strong enough to fight her darker side and get the job done?
Why do you have to be so bad Joe Tench?
In Buying Thyme we meet Miranda. In Making Thyme we meet Mia. Who will be the more dominant character in Keeping Thyme?
After finishing Making Thyme I am literally tearing my hair out for Keeping Thyme. Anybody who has read Making Thyme will understand what I am talking about.
I was left staring at my page.
I reread the page.
I stared at the page.
What the hell just happened?
I’ve got to say TJ packs a punch and she will have you doubling over trying to catch your breath.
Bring. On . Keeping Thyme.
I look forward to many more stories from TJ in the future, she believes in researching her topics and it shows in her plotting. She is an author to watch out for.
In the meantime, You Can Call Me Miranda the companion novella is due for release in January 2014.
This book should come with a complimentary travel pack of tissues.
SeriouBOOK REVIEW by Michelle 20th February 2014:
RATING: 5 BRING YOUR TISSUES STARS!
This book should come with a complimentary travel pack of tissues.
Now, I know there are readers who don’t want to read a book based on the tear factor.
READ THIS BOOK.
Kate brings a story that will break your heart, make you cry the ugly cry, but it is much more than that. I was really woken up to how much sacrifice is involved with soldiers lives.
This story feels very, very, real.
We sit in our homes, reading our books and living life as best we can, while soldiers are risking their lives every second we are watching a good movie on tv, having a nice hot shower, going out to dinner with our friends.
War comes with casualties.
I am now even more aware of all those soldiers in Afghanistan who are risking their lives for us.
I felt like I was shadowing these characters when they were at war. Kate did her research and it shows in her writing.
Jake Tanner and Ryan Kendall are best mates. Ryan’s dream was to become a soldier.
It came with a lot of sacrifice.
“Even though we’ve never been together, you’ve always been mine, and even if I never get to keep you, you’ll still be mine.”
Finlay Tanner tripped her way into Ryan’s life as a ten year old. Jake her brother and Ryan became firm friends from that day onwards.
Ryan and Jake dedicate their lives to being a soldier and become SAS, Special Air Services.
Ryan is a very selfless character, in so many ways. He makes loving somebody very hard.
He missed her. It was that simple and that complicated.
He has a past that no child should live through. He could have taken the low road, but he took the high path.
He became what he set out to become.
Kate pours so much heart and soul into this read, unless you have a heart of stone, you will be guaranteed to be crying the ugly cry.
Just when you have dried your snot up...because you will be snotting all over the place...this IS the ugly cry , people, you will be doing it all over again.
Why did everyone always paint love as pretty rainbows and happily ever afters? It wasn’t any of that. To love was to feel the greatest of agony, burn in the hottest of fires of Hell, and fail the only people who ever mattered.
This book is hard to put down once you start it because the characters will captivate you.
Ryan is a beautiful character.
“My breath, my heart, my life. I won’t ever leave you if you keep that safe inside of you.”
Jake will tear at your heart.
Jake and Ryan have such a manly brotherly bond that is loyal to the core. All of their SAS Team are awesome characters. The male camaraderie in war and in their personal lives, made me laugh and it made me cry.
“There are no goodbyes in life. Only see you later.”
Kyle is a brilliant character. The more you read him the more you love him.
There are so many ‘feels’ in this book , it will stay with you well after you have finished it.
I highly recommend this emotional, but brilliant read.
Melissa has captivated me even more with this installment in The Solas Beir TriloBOOK REVIEW by Michelle 15th February 2014:
RATING: 4.5 FANTASY STARS!
Melissa has captivated me even more with this installment in The Solas Beir Trilogy.
We journey from Newcastle Beach into the world of Cai Terenmare with Abby, David, Jon, and Marisol along for the ride. Marisol has redeemed herself from her bullying ways in the first book and she is now part of the gang, fighting the good fight.
Cael is still the ever present First Knight to his beloved Eulalia, Queen of Cai Terenmare.
I totally dig Cael.
Nysa the nixie makes an appearance and Fergal is always a cutie. I like him.
Tynan Tierney is a most excellent villain. One minute I was almost sympathizing with him, then the next I understood why he was the villain of this story. I think he is very well written. He is almost one of my fave characters.
Did I just say that?
Or should I say he is one of my fave villains? He does know how to manipulate his minions like a true puppet master.
I did get a couple, gasp moments with our resident villain.
A fantasy filled with creative creatures, I mean fanged toads, not something you want to meet without protection. The Daughter’s Of Mercy, those chicks don’t know how to play nice.
The Kruorumbrae are quite evil and Tierney’s minions are in full swing in this installment.
Melissa raises the bar with some gore, and I had some sad moments. I also got a couple awesome twists that I did not see coming.
I always give an author a glove clap when I get a twist thrown at me that I hadn’t theorized on.
I will be honest and say I thought the first half of the book was a little slower than the latter half.
The latter half really took off and I really enjoyed the time we spent with the Southern Oracle and the Boto.
When we were in the Eastern Oracle’s realm, was one of my fave parts of the book as it was fast paced and a lot was happening in the storyline.
Shiz was going down.
All the characters were being challenged. I wanted to whip out a sword and join in.
Hedeon is a new character I really like.
But can he be trusted?
The ages of Melissa’s main characters are all eighteen and over, yet the romance is very chaste and they are all rather proper with each other. Almost old school with their behavior.
Not that there is anything wrong with that. It is a very clean read.
I do enjoy reading this trilogy. The fantasy is creative and visually I do see it very well in my head when I am reading.
I loved the moment when the title of the book clicked.
I am intrigued to know more especially after the ending that lends itself to the title of book three, plus all that shiz that went down.
I was taken on a fantasy adventure with endearing characters, a villain that is quite unpredictable and a cast of fantasy creatures that go bump in the night. I am left tapping my foot for the third installment.
"You don't have to carry me -- I can walk. I'm fine. Really." "Shhh," David said. "I was trying to be romantic. You're stepping on my hero moment here, woman."
You Can Call Me Miranda is a poignant look at how a young girl with hBOOK REVIEW by Michelle 14th February 2014:
RATING: 4.25 THIS IS HER STORY STARS!
You Can Call Me Miranda is a poignant look at how a young girl with hopes and dreams can have those dreams shattered in a heart beat and be left with a totally different career path.
It will lead her to a dangerous future and the men she will meet along the way in Thyme Trilogy.
I really enjoyed seeing what moments, no matter how shattering, in Mia the ballerina’s life, that started the process of changing her into Miranda the chick we know from Buying Thyme and Making Thyme.
Mia is a teenager who needs support, like any teenager. The people who should have been there for Mia... weren’t.
I cry for my father who left me. I cry for the mother, who chose to leave me, and I cry for having nothing of me left.
I really liked George. He showed me a kind man who cared.
“Aye, aye ... What’s ‘is all about, then?” He kneels down in front of me.
“My whole life is in ruins. I have nowhere to go. I have no family, and I have no money. I don’t know what to do.”I put my head back into my knees again and sob.
“Ere, come on now. Let’s get you inside, then. It’s not all that bad. We’ll sort you out, okay?”
This companion novella isn’t about sex and the dangerous world of Miranda in Thyme Trilogy. This is a short book showing us how Mia’s dreams, like so many in this world can be broken and sometimes there is only one option that looks good at the time to pursue.
It changes people.
I smile and bat my lashes. “You can call me Miranda.”
Innocence is lost.
“You’re very innocent Miranda,” he whispers.
“Sorry,” I answer slowly.
“Don’t be. I like it,” he says, as he runs his thumb along my bottom lip.
He grips tight onto my hand and leads me toward the sparkling hotel entrance.
I totally recommend reading the Thyme Trilogy and this companion novella. I did wonder why Miranda chose the path she did and when you meet Mia, your heart can break for the brilliance her ballet career could have been, but was taken away from her.
I am a fan of Rachel’s Eagle Elite series. I totally dig it. The Bet was a lower rating forBOOK REVIEW by Michelle 22nd August 2014:
RATING: 3.75 STARS
I am a fan of Rachel’s Eagle Elite series. I totally dig it. The Bet was a lower rating for me, but it won’t stop me reading the rest of this series.
I did have a little trouble with connecting with the characters in this first installment.
Grandma Nadine is a hoot and I hope to be like her when I am wearing my grannie panties.
She is a fun meddler.
“And you!” Grandma poked Travis in the chest. “I was counting on you!”
“Counting on me?”
“Yes, you fool! I gave you every opportunity, and you were doing so well the other night!” Grandma plopped onto the bed next to him. “Do you know how difficult it is to fake a stroke when you’re in your prime? If I have to lie down one more time...”
Jake was an up and down character, I was having trouble getting
my flow with him. I expect to like him a whole lot more in The Wager.
I was scratching my head a bit with half this book and then I started connecting with Travis more.
I think I felt like the characters could have been deeper for me, but in saying that I still enjoyed this read.
It is a very light read with what Kacey gets up to. I really only started to grab hold of Travi’s character in the latter part of the book.
Rachel was definitely aiming for a light and fun read and I think she brought it for the most part, for me personally.
This book has sold a lot of copies and the ratings on Goodreads, alone, are almost split up into the thirty percent for each, five, four and three star ratings.
I found myself getting a bit from each of the reviews in the four and three star ratings.
I think this is a book that some will embrace totally and others like me will find it entertaining but seeking a bit more from the main characters.
I will read anything from Rachel that time permits me to. I know she has written a lot of works and is a fun spirited person, that showed in, The Bet. A good start to this series.
I’ve really enjoyed The MC Sinners series. I think each full length book got better andBOOK REVIEW by Michelle 15TH JANUARY 2014:
RATING: 4 MUFF STARS!
I’ve really enjoyed The MC Sinners series. I think each full length book got better and better.
Bella sure knows how to be inventive with her lads and their sexual desires.
Had to get the fan out a few times and put it on maximum.
Muff is a much loved character we meet along the way and he gets his own novella.
I enjoyed Muff’s novella. Bella gave us playful , smexi and fun with a dash of seriousness all wrapped up with a bow.
Would I have liked it to have been longer and more fleshed out...yes.
But! This is a novella, and only a novella sized read, so Bella packed it all in tight.
Serenity did annoy me a tad with her over zealous play time with Muff. I did feel a tad sorry for Janine. But, Serenity is harmless and that ménage in Knights’ Sinner * waggles eyebrows * gave her the confidence and familiarity with Muff to be playful.
A short, eventful read to finish off the trilogy with Muff at the helm.
A chance job application leads Sophie to Lucien and this crossing of paBOOK REVIEW by Michelle 20TH JANUARY 2014:
RATING: 5 PANTY DROPPING LUCIEN STARS
A chance job application leads Sophie to Lucien and this crossing of paths will change Sophie, forever.
A sexual journey Sophie will never forget.
A man she finds hard to forget.
In Knight and Stay Sophie has become a more determined woman. She needs to sort herself out, a cheating husband on one hand and a man that has changed her life on many levels, on the other hand.
The only thing is Lucien needs to cut himself off from Sophie. He does not need this distraction in his life.
But can he?
Love = pain
Love = being let down
Love = heartache
Lucien doesn’t need that on his resume. He is doing perfectly fine as he is, enjoying the pleasures of life that he has earned and the lifestyle he loves to be a part of.
Sophie was a distraction he enjoyed, but now he is feeling things he doesn’t understand or want to feel.
Sophie isn’t going to let Lucien off the hook that easily.
What I love about this series, Kitty doesn’t conform to the gazillionaire recipe that a lot of authors use.
Kitty doesn’t need to throw in the bitch that puts a jealous streak into the story and smirks back at you from the pages hell bent on causing trouble.
Kitty doesn’t need to add that angst.
Lucien and Sophie can run the show.
She doesn’t need to add the abusive parent or relative from the past that led to the male lead being involved in the type of sex life he enjoys.
Lucien simply enjoys it.
He wasn’t driven to it by a harsh childhood. He did have a difficult childhood but it wasn’t the catalyst for his lifestyle. A lot of people have upsetting childhoods, doesn’t mean they turn to a sexual lifestyle that craves pain and sometimes darkness.
Lucien isn’t out to physically release his pain using a paddle.
Lucien is one of the quiet gazillionaire’s. He doesn’t have security following his every move. I didn’t see one security person dogging him.
He doesn’t have some villain out for payback stalking him.
Lucien is simply Lucien and he wears it very well.
Lucien is a very seductive character.
There is an art to writing a great sex scene. In Knight and Play, Kitty paints visually explosive sex scenes. She is like a modern day Leonardo da Vinci of sex scene writing. They are creative and colourful and memorable.
Kitty brought it again in Knight and Stay.
Even when it comes to writing this trilogy, Kitty doesn’t conform. I just assumed Knight and Day was a continuation of Lucien and Sophie’s story.
It is not.
It is best friend Kara and a man in her life.
I could quite easily have read another book with Lucien and Sophie but that is not to be. The epilogue in this one gets us up to speed.
I actually would love a novella on Lucien and Sophie, pre-epilogue. I really wanted to read this.
Kitty had opportunities to drag out angst and emotional pain in Knight and Stay, but she didn’t.
This I really loved.
Sometimes there is a thing as overuse of angst , which can leave me wanting to throw a book out the window.
Kitty doesn’t need to do that.
Lucien and Sophie can run the show and entertain me without angst, angst, angst.
I don’t think there is even any action in Knight and Play and Knight and Stay.
Well there is action, * waggles eyebrows * but not action.
It is all about watching two people come together... that wasn’t meant to be a pun, who appear so different at the start, but have a common goal that they don’t yet realize.
They just want to be happy and loved.
Lucien finds it harder to reach that goal. He has everything else he could possibly need in his life. He doesn’t think he needs a partner to share it with, a monogamous relationship that he can grow old with.
Kitty can be sexually sinful without needing coloured rooms and horsetail whips in her writing. Don't get me wrong, the lad owns many Adult shops and clubs and likes his toys, but ...
Her secret weapon is Lucien.
Kitty’s books are 200 plus pages. She packs an entertaining read into them without riddling story line with angst to lengthen the number of pages. No need for super bitches, or overuse of bad parenting, love triangles, villains out to kill or kidnap or security detail needed because the guy is so powerfully known.
Lucien is all things gazillionaire, but without being a target.
His target is Sophie.
I highly recommend this trilogy for mature aged readers. Lucien is a very memorable character.
I always look forward to reading an installment in the Runes series. I think Torin isBOOK REVIEW by Michelle 27th January 2014:
RATING: 4 ECHO STARS!!
I always look forward to reading an installment in the Runes series. I think Torin is a very special character and now I can add Echo to that list too.
Runes # 1, I thought was a great start. I totally loved Immortals # 2 in the series. Raine grew on me, Torin was just so darn smexi and Andris won me over with his wit and humor. He is an awesome story side kick. Probably one of my fave.
I understand Ednah is going to be doing these #.5 reads on her sub characters in between resuming back to the adventures of Torin and Raine.
I like this idea.
I am going to be honest and explain my thoughts of how I personally felt with Cora and Echo’s #.5 read.
I did enjoy this story. Echo is a really gorgeous character.
I felt the first half of the book was a little slow paced , it did pick up for me in the latter half.
I did find myself confused like Cora in the first part of the book. Now that is not a bad thing because we are supposed to feel confused like Cora. We find out as she finds out, but it did leave me a little floundering, but again, that is how Cora would have been feeling. Cora has quite a lot to deal with, a lot that she doesn't understand.
I felt like a lot of the excitement happened pretty quickly in the latter part of the book and was resolved pretty easily, considering the rules of Mortals/Immortals/Grimnirs.
We know there was the Eirik/Raine/Torin thing happening in Runes, I was very pleased to see that this didn’t turn into the Eirik/Cora/Echo show.
Eirik's character has me intrigued as to where Ednah will be taking him with what we learn in this installment.
It felt different having a full sized read on a sub character with Raine, Torin and Andris popping up from time to time.
Cora has her abilities no thanks to Maliina and that didn’t take shape until the latter part of the story.
I really love Echo. I really like Cora. I knew they would wind up together. Raine and Torin can break the rules, why can’t Cora and Echo, so that was pretty much a given in my mind.
I couldn’t help thinking that I would have loved to have seen the impact of what being at PMI had on Cora or have her talking about what she went through at the institution. I thought personally that would have been great. Cora didn’t seem to hold it against her parents for sending her there. I think I would have. A mental institution is not a place to take lightly and what would have happened to her there. But that is just my one opinion. It felt like a puzzle piece was missing from her life that I wanted to explore.
But hey,this is not my story to tell.
I would have really liked to have seen Cora show some emotion from being at the institution. It was lightly touched on.
In some ways this novella was a little long for me.
I did enjoy the couple twists Ednah threw in. They were great!
Ednah has also upped the smexi. This is a YA read but she got awfully close to New Adult. Not that I am complaining. I actually liked it because Echo is very experienced and also much , much older in Immortal years.
This isn’t his first rodeo.
Echo certainly put spice into this installment and I loved Cora and Echo together. I love the way Echo behaves around Cora.
Maliina is an EXCELLENT villain. I really enjoy how Ednah writes her character.
Maliina is very devious.
Mwah ha ha ha haaaaa.... haaaa.
A worthy villain.
Andris is always a fave character of mine. He still has some great lines in this book. He was floating about coming to Cora’s aide when needed. He does put a smile on my face. He appears such a free spirit but... we know he has some layers under that facade.
Echo is an absolutely gorgeous character I hope we hear from him more in future installments. I like the dynamic between him and the other male characters. They sort of like him, but they don't. They tolerate him.
This was a good #.5 sub character story for me. I can see lots of five stars being slapped down on Goodreads and that is excellent to see. I was probably looking for a bit more meat in my sanga considering the number of pages.
I was hovering between 3.75 stars and 4 stars for my review rating, but Echo just brought it up to a 4 star for me because he is awesome to read. He has a great male lead presence.
I am looking forward to Seeress # 3 due for release April 2014. I need me some Raine and Torin adventures.
Elise works at Stella’s diner. JBOOK REVIEW by Michelle 31ST JANUARY 2014:
RATING: 3.25 RYDER STARS!!
This was my first book in any of Rachael’s works.
Elise works at Stella’s diner. Jay is her boss and a really lovely man.
He knows more than he lets on.
Natalie is another waitress at the diner and she has a boyfriend , Nate.
Elise is a character that has had difficult teen age years. Her father is abusive with words and her mother was dying of cancer. I had a little trouble feeling sympathy for Elise. I think I needed more detail to convince me of why Elise is the way she is as an adult.
Elise is a free whore, essentially. She lives in the small town of Gig Harbor. She sets her sights on attached men. They welcome her with open arms. I felt like Elise was more a sex addict rather than her reasoning's for what she did. I was a little unsure of Christian's character. I didn't really get to understand any of the lads in Elise's whoring life, so his behavior towards Elise was kind of random.
I found it very hard to sympathize with her. I needed more work in that area to convince me to feel sorry for her. She had an odd way of blaming others rather than herself. She hardcore set out to seduce and sleep with these men. She had regulars. It wasn’t about being paid and making money for that trip to Paris. I really didn’t totally understand why she chose as an adult to take this step and only commit to working in a diner and sleeping with attached men. I know she had her french studies?? , but ...
I understand what Rachael wanted to portray to me , but personally I didn’t grasp and believe it. I wanted to. I understood the type of character she wanted Elise to be. But I floundered a bit with not thinking Elise needed to grow up and take control and be a better person.
Ryder was the character that kept me reading, he was a really amazing, different character to read in a book. He is essentially a tree hugger, he comes from money, but asks nothing of his parents. He lives in a tent or cabin , depending on the season and has some pretty great friends of a similar nature. He is twenty four years old and is a free spirit. He is intelligent and could be anything, but he has chosen to just ride each day as it comes and surf life and let each wave take his free spirit where it may.
He is not materialistic in any way. He has a good soul. But sometimes I thought he was too understanding of Elise. I wanted him to get angry. He did get a little ...
I thought this story had awesome potential, but for me personally it hit a bit short of the mark of being really wow. I wanted to feel what I was supposed to feel from this story.
But, others may totally disagree with me and that is ok.
Elise is twenty three years old. I felt her back story was a bit patchy. Like I needed more filled in. She is intelligent, but she chooses this path of existence, which had me confused a little.
Why didn’t she go after single men? Why were they all attached? Why not go to a nightclub in another town and let her hair down with single dudes of her age? She chose a town where all the guys lived and people were connected.
She is gorgeous, she could have worked anywhere, but she chose a diner. She had the body, everything going in her favour. She was young. But she chose to whore herself and she liked it.
I know I am supposed to believe she is very broken and damaged, but it didn’t come across like that to me.
She chose to break friendships and relationships up. She was destructive and I get what Rachael is showing me about her parents but it still didn’t convince me.
Jay was her father figure now, but he was an enabler to an extent. Guys are guys, if you are a hot chick and you are seducing a man, the chances are they will throw caution to the wind and nab that piece of ass being offered. I thought a couple times he almost made excuses for her behavior, rather than sitting her down and finding out her issues and sending her to a psychiatrist.
Yeah, I am left scratching my head a little. I did still think it was a good read. I wondered why she didn’t live in a bigger place where her behavior would be more under the radar. A small town , people talk. Word gets around.
Even though Brad was just as bad as the others, it still takes two to tango and he was a reasonably nice guy, in a two timing way. Gahh!
An ok read for me that I felt had much greater potential... for me personally. I am but one opinion. I understand this is a stand alone read. I think maybe it needed to be longer for me to appreciate the story Rachael was telling me.
This was a great start to the After Eden series for me. I enjoyed this YA, I will cBOOK REVIEW by Michelle 2ND FEBRUARY 2014:
RATING: 3.75 RYAN STARS!
This was a great start to the After Eden series for me. I enjoyed this YA, I will call it Sci-Fi genre but it is not a full on Sci-Fi it is in a contemporary setting, if I am making any sense. I am trying not to give spoilers.
Ryan Westland is the new kid at school and the girls love him. Connor is Eden’s best friend and he isn’t really digging the connection Eden and Ryan are having.
Although Eden and Connor are besties I didn’t really see it portrayed that much in this story. As the reader I am told they are, but they weren’t really showing me.
Eden is a pretty switched on chick. I commend her on her smarts. She puts some puzzle pieces together which I liked and worked out what was going on. She would give Thelma from Scooby Doo a run for her money.I really liked this. I sometimes hate being the reader who is thinking, come on chick you are not this daft.
Eden wasn’t. She gets straight to the point reasonably early on. I don’t think it helped much that Ryan was dropping pretty big hints, accidentally. I mean , dude, who doesn’t know what pizza is? Even if you don’t know and you are on a secret mission, ya gotta play it cool man. You dropped the ball a few times.
What I liked, was I was finding out about Ryan at the same time Eden was. I had my theories, but I liked that I wasn’t right. I went for a more obvious assumption.
I want to point out I hadn’t read the blurb when I decided to read this book. Almost all the time I choose not to read blurbs as I find they can give too much away and I like the element of surprise vs blurb spoilers. Goodreads has a tendency to give too much away with their blurbs too. I have to admit, the back cover blurb doesn’t give anything away on the book, but Goodreads does.
I thought Ryan could have been written better. He was nice. But I would have loved a little more oomph with his character. I wanted to believe why he was chosen for this mission.
I have a pet peeve with villains, or the bad guy in books of any genre where we as the reader are only given so many characters to choose from. You can easily eliminate them all bar one and I kind of hate that. How hard is it to throw in even a suspicious looking milkman? Well you get my drift. I want to have an Agatha Christie/Cluedo group of a couple extra characters for me to be wondering...’is this the baddie, or the one that has to do the clean up job, or is it him or her?’
I thought it was too obvious in this book and I thought that was a shame. Throw in the checkout operator who is being nosey, SOMEBODY other than the peeps you know it can’t be and the one person left over who happens to have told us the time of their arrival in a round-a-bout way.
I want that thrill of trying to work it out. I don’t want to be the first person yelling, BINGO!
I thought there was awesome opportunity for there to have been a lot more going on in the story line. Bring in some action. It pretty much is all in the last X amount of chapters.
It was a pretty big deal why Ryan had arrived, I thought he dropped the ball at a crucial time and Ben and Cassie, considering the immense importance of what they needed to prevent, they were...
This was a life changing mission and you were ...where?
Help a brother out.
Poor Eden got to look like a bit of a twat in front of Connor. I did laugh at how she reacted. I could see myself doing the same thing. Very Selena Gomez.
I really liked the astronomy information coming into the story line. I thought that was cool.
Without giving a spoiler, something happened at the end of this book, and I couldn’t help asking myself a rather obvious question. But I can’t say what it is, for spoiling. I’ll see if anyone else picks it. Something I thought Eden would ask and want to know about, in some detail.
Chasing Stars, # 2 in the series is releasing June 5th 2014. I am interested to read where Helen takes me after the ending to After Eden.