For those fans of the Sentinel Wars series who were waiting for a glorious Happy Ever After for Grace and Torr,(view spoiler)[ you won't be disappoint...moreFor those fans of the Sentinel Wars series who were waiting for a glorious Happy Ever After for Grace and Torr,(view spoiler)[ you won't be disappointed. (hide spoiler)]. Shannon K Butcher obviously knew how many readers were waiting for this story, so most of the action is set away from Earth giving Grace and Torr total page time without the rest of the story arc.
A few vital clues are given but even though I enjoyed the story I did miss the ongoing action in the War against the Synestryn.
This is seriously one of the best fantasy series I have read in a long time. The originality of the world building and the characters developed are br...moreThis is seriously one of the best fantasy series I have read in a long time. The originality of the world building and the characters developed are brilliant.
In Book 2, Murder of Crows Meg has settled in as Human Liaison with the Lakeside Courtyard of the Others and the growing friendship between herself and the Leader Simon Wolfgard has both of them on tenderhooks. But dealing with their feelings is the least of their problems as Meg's prophecy of encroaching danger and the ominous power of the Controller threatens the world of Namad as humans know it. Beware The Others!
Is this as good as Written In Red? It was a great second instalment and moved the plot and relationship between Meg and Simon along extremely well. Perhaps I liked the first book marginally more as I loved the Elementals and their ponies who took a lesser role in Murder of Crows and it also had the wow factor of a such an original story. Nevertheless this is a great series and I look forward to the next instalment.
The final book in a series I've loved and completes the circle that was started in One Reckless Summer. Anna Romo, the girl kidnapped and taken away f...moreThe final book in a series I've loved and completes the circle that was started in One Reckless Summer. Anna Romo, the girl kidnapped and taken away from her family all those years ago has settled in Destiny, Ohio and is trying to fit in with all the love that her family and neighbours now heap on her. But Anna still feels like an outsider and when she literally stumbles over her brother's biker buddy, David "Duke" Dawson in the woods, himself hiding from a difficult life, two people manage to put there pasts behind them to find love on Half Moon Hill.
This was a perfect ending to a great contemporary series. Anna and Duke, two people who have known heartache and resisting love finally putting their demons to rest to be together. And Toni Blake writes a sizzling love scene but somehow manages to combine both lust and emotion perfectly. As usual in a Destiny novel, there's the nicknames, the book references, (The Phantom of the Opera,) the catch-up with the heroes and heroines of the series and of course the obligatory cat...For anyone who enjoys Small Town Romances a la Robyn Carr's Virgin River series, this one's a keeper.
What a great story to close out Tessa Dare's wonderful Spindle Cove series. The previously dissolute rake Griffen York, Duke of Halford (who we met br...moreWhat a great story to close out Tessa Dare's wonderful Spindle Cove series. The previously dissolute rake Griffen York, Duke of Halford (who we met briefly in debauched circumstances in A Week to be Wicked) has been kidnapped by his desperate mother to Spindle Cove with the order to choose a bride or else! And who should his eyes land on but diamond in the rough, serving girl Pauline Simms. An unlikely scenario ensues - if the Duchess transforms Pauline to be accepted by the ton in a week, Griffen will have to marry her and provide the Duchess with her much longed for grandchildren.
A serving girl with a heart as big as a lion and a Duke with a secret - how could this mismatched pair fall in love in a week and challenge all sorts of social conventions? Well, it is a Spindle Cove novel after all.
Wonderful heartwarming story where the power of love wins. And isn't that why we read romance.
I'm a big fan of Lisa Kleypas' historicals, this was my first contemporary read of hers.
Although it wasn't quite what I was expecting, more a story of...moreI'm a big fan of Lisa Kleypas' historicals, this was my first contemporary read of hers.
Although it wasn't quite what I was expecting, more a story of the heroine Liberty Jones rags to riches story than straight out romance, I enjoyed it nevertheless and am interested to continue the story in Blue Eyed Devil.
Book eight of the Chicagoland Vampires - a series I'm a bit on the fence with. The series started with a bang and seemed to lose its way in the middle...moreBook eight of the Chicagoland Vampires - a series I'm a bit on the fence with. The series started with a bang and seemed to lose its way in the middle. Biting Bad seems to have re-gained a little more momentum heading towards the end of the series (view spoiler)[ - Merit and Ethan have sorted out their relationship and are in a good place, Mallory is recovering from her evil witch days and the vampire hating McKettrick has been sorted. Ah, but the fact that Ethan is in a spot of bother with the CPD after an incident with the Greenwich Presidium does throw a spanner in the works... (hide spoiler)]
Despite my reservations there is enough brewing for me to continue the series, albeit at a later date.
Meredith Duran has been on my to-read historical romance authors for quite a while so I picked up Your Wicked Heart as an e-cheapie, the prequel for h...moreMeredith Duran has been on my to-read historical romance authors for quite a while so I picked up Your Wicked Heart as an e-cheapie, the prequel for her new Rules for the Reckless series.
Unfortunately I was a bit underwhelmed, I was expecting a bit more substance, this seeming a bit light for my reading tastes. The heroine Amanda Thomas appeared slightly insipid and I didn't really feel the chemistry with Spencer St John, Viscount Ripton her hero who meets her under circumstances of mistaken identity. I will read the first complete book in the series however before I decide if Meredith Duran is for me.
Oh, how I love the Pennyroyal Green series. Clever heroines, gorgeous men, the family feud between the Redmonds and Everseas, witty banter... and this...moreOh, how I love the Pennyroyal Green series. Clever heroines, gorgeous men, the family feud between the Redmonds and Everseas, witty banter... and this one is the most romantic story in the series yet.
Two unlikely lovers, Phoebe Vale the schoolteacher from the wrong side of the tracks, and the Marquess Dryden, Julian Spenser nicknamed "Lord Ice" make you believe in love at first sight despite all the obstacles. Just magic.(less)
The final book in Suzanne Enoch's Lessons in Love trilogy. While Lucinda Barrett has chosen the attractive Lord Geoffrey Newcombe as her student, it i...moreThe final book in Suzanne Enoch's Lessons in Love trilogy. While Lucinda Barrett has chosen the attractive Lord Geoffrey Newcombe as her student, it is the reclusive Robert Carroway who makes her heart beat faster. But which of these men is the traitor and which is England's perfect hero? ...
Although Suzanne Enoch somehow doesn't have the warmth of a Lisa Kleypas or the heartstopping sensuality of Elizabeth Hoyt,(the intimate scenes are a tad bland), I did the enjoy the pairing of sensible Lucinda and the emotionally tortured Robert and of course seeing the rest of the characters from her Lessons in Love series. The chapter headings with quotes from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein also were an interesting addition.
Breeds 29 - This is one of my original "guilty pleasure" reads and I have followed the series through dodgy plot resolutions and missing chapters, thr...moreBreeds 29 - This is one of my original "guilty pleasure" reads and I have followed the series through dodgy plot resolutions and missing chapters, through three publishers and now hardcover release. I guess I'll be reading to the last page in the last book...
Rule Breaker follows the somehow oh so addictive Breeds formula - new facets and resisting of the mating bond, machinations of Jonas Wyatt, the usual "controversial" claiming but does move the story forward. We get resolution for one storyline, more information on another as slowly we move to the big one, Cassandra Sinclair's Happily Ever After!
I will say however with the move to hardcover and 448 pages long there were parts that could have been edited but I guess Lora Leigh thought that she had to give readers value for money... I would have preferred she continued in paperback and kindle first release, I hate waffle.
After being glued to the soap opera that was Showtime's The Borgias I thought I better read up on the real story. Author Sarah Dunant had commented th...moreAfter being glued to the soap opera that was Showtime's The Borgias I thought I better read up on the real story. Author Sarah Dunant had commented that after researching this book for two years she didn't contradict any known facts and where information was not clear took her best guess with the available historical material.
As she has commented in her epilogue, "The Borgias were victims of bad press" and history is written by the victors and overall The Borgias came up short in their ambitions, but what a ride they had on the way. I found this a fascinating read, especially the character of Cesare Borgia, history's original badboy the infamous subject of Machiavelli's The Prince. And for all her "bad press", Lucrezia is portrayed as an intelligent women trying to make her way in a world where she really was just a pawn of her ambitious family. This book ends with the Borgias at the height of their power and a sequel is in the works which deals with their fall from grace.
An interesting read for anybody who wants to read the probable truth behind one of history's infamous families.(less)
Cut and Run is a fairly standard FBI-serial killer romantic suspense but the hook I suspect for many readers is the relationship between the two leads...moreCut and Run is a fairly standard FBI-serial killer romantic suspense but the hook I suspect for many readers is the relationship between the two leads, Special Agent B Tyler Grady and Special Agent Zane Z. Garrett. It begins with the usual macho banter between two very masculine alpha males, one an ex Marine Recon the other career FBI who for various reasons are on their last chance with the Bureau and for all intents and purposes can't stand one another. But this is hiding a sexual attraction between them which soon explodes thus not only working the case together but also discovering feelings which they both had long since denied.
For two tough guys, Ty and Zane sure are angsty - both are harbouring enough emotional baggage which could sink a ship! But this is the lure for the reader, the actual case is pretty standard, I had worked out "Who dunnit" by the middle of the story, but unpeeling the layers of what makes these two tick, feeling intense sexual attraction move towards love and how their backstory made them who they are is why readers obsess over this series.
★★★★ - with a disclaimer. This is purely "guilty pleasure" stuff and if macho posturing, women seen as property and bad boy bikers literally getting a...more★★★★ - with a disclaimer. This is purely "guilty pleasure" stuff and if macho posturing, women seen as property and bad boy bikers literally getting away with murder isn't your thing probably you won't like it.
Sophie Williams and Jesse "Ruger" Gray share a history - he delivered his step-brother's and Sophie's son Noah by a roadside seven years ago and so they share a connection despite the distance between them. When now in the present time, Ruger steps in to help Sophie the attraction between them flares back to life but will Sophie be able to accept the Reaper's way of life if she wants Ruger in hers and her son's future.
Yeah, so despite all the sexist stuff this is a really engaging read. Sophie questioning and not blindly accepting the double standards and hard life of the bikers despite her attraction to a super-hot Ruger makes her a great heroine and Ruger's loyalty and sweetness to his nephew balances out his character. There is even some attempt to explain the whole motorcycle club attitude to women that sorta works in the context of the story. The ending just fell down a little for me - for all her understanding of the unsavoury elements of the Club, Sophie seemed to succumb when she needed them to get her out of trouble....
Great teasers for the next book too ...I can feel a love triangle coming on! (less)