Here's another sweet glimpse into the world of Sang. Jacinda is a journalist who comes to Criminy Stain's carnival looking for a story. She plans to wHere's another sweet glimpse into the world of Sang. Jacinda is a journalist who comes to Criminy Stain's carnival looking for a story. She plans to write a book about the caravan and the interesting people who inhabit it. She finds herself most intrigued by Marco Taresque, the mysterious and dangerous daggerman. She will do anything to get his story, but he's frustratingly silent about his past.
I loved Marco. He was a complete and lovely surprise. Dawson's really good at writing novellas I think. Of course the romance happens quickly, but she also gives us an absorbing story and fascinating characters.
This one's getting rave reviews, and I can see why. It's beautifully written and the characters are captivating and complex. It's a love story that stThis one's getting rave reviews, and I can see why. It's beautifully written and the characters are captivating and complex. It's a love story that starts out in pain and hatred. It's a story that takes place in a fantastical world, but since this story very much focuses on the characters, it's not an overly complicated world. That's not a bad thing. The focus really is on the characters and the political maneuvering they all must play.
This story is being told in three volumes, and unfortunately, at this time, volume three has not been published. I'm glad I read the book now, just because I enjoyed these first two volumes very much, but a part of me wishes I had waited until the third volume was also available. Waiting for volume three is going to test my patience. ...more
Frannie Pleasance is a little fearful of the world right now. She generally sticks to her pet shop only venturing out when she needs to. On one of herFrannie Pleasance is a little fearful of the world right now. She generally sticks to her pet shop only venturing out when she needs to. On one of her excursions, she comes across a passed out, beat up, and naked fellow. If you've read Wicked as They Come (I highly recommend you do, if you haven't), then you're probably curious to find out what happened to Casper. You get a glimpse of what his life has been like since leaving the circus and coming to London, because he is the man Frannie finds passed out and invites to stay with her.
But this isn't Casper's story; it's Frannie's. One evening she wakes up to find her shop on fire. Her shop is saved by firefighter Thom Maccallan. Frannie is quite taken with this brawny Scottish firefighter. He shows up the next day to help her search for the animals she had let free to save from the fire. But he's not only there to help her with the animals. He too is quite smitten with Frannie. I found their romance quite lovely. Thom brings Frannie out of her shell. And Frannie is able to show Thom a part of herself she has kept hidden from everybody. There is also danger surrounding their romance as they come to find out the fire was no accident and other incidents soon follow.
So far Dawson hasn't let me down with her characters. For a novella, I really felt her characters were fleshed out and beautifully done. Her alternate world is fascinating, and though I missed the circus, I was happy to visit Sang's version of London.
I got enough of Casper in this book be make me eager for his. Bring on the music!
From the description, I thought this book might be all sex. But it's not. It's darkly erotic, but sex doesn't overpower the story.
So this story is daFrom the description, I thought this book might be all sex. But it's not. It's darkly erotic, but sex doesn't overpower the story.
So this story is dark fantasy romance/erotica. Ava is a Thief. She devours magic, mostly through cannibalism. She keeps her hunger under control, though lately it has been getting harder and harder. She's in love with the mage, Reist. He found her living on the street and took her in at the Institute and now she works as his spy. But lately she has had to watch him fall in love with another mage and it's tearing her apart. In desperation she goes to Heyerdar. He is an Elemental, a person with old magic. Heyerdar has an interest in breaking them up too; the mage sleeping with Reist left Heyerdar for Reist. Ana and Heyerdar can use their magic together to push the two apart.
That's not the only reason these two come together, though. Thieves, like Ana, have gotten past the wards and into the city. They've already murdered a family. Ana is assigned to work with Heyerdar, as he's the Captain of the Imperial Guard, to find the killers.
Heyerdar can be quite crude. He's not always very nice to Ana, but it's obvious he's pushing Ana to see how she is being used by others and really, to be her own person. I liked these two together a lot, and couldn't wait for Ana to realize her own true feelings.
Between the sex magic and cannibalism, it's a dark story. It's very well written and the characters are fascinating. I wish there had been a bit more world building. And I found Ana's back story a little confusing. But other than that, I enjoyed this story very much. ...more
Princess Kimiri is sent off by her brother to the neighboring mountain kingdom of Helsmont to be married to the king in exchange for weapons he needsPrincess Kimiri is sent off by her brother to the neighboring mountain kingdom of Helsmont to be married to the king in exchange for weapons he needs to fight another neighboring kingdom he is at war with. She's not particularly happy about this. To her surprise, the king offers her a year courtship to decide if they are suitable for each other. During that time Kimiri is to get to know her new kingdom and the man she is to marry.
She spends most of her days wandering around the city getting to know the citizens. Everybody treats her respectfully and likes her. She also spends time with her future husband's hostage, a prince from the kingdom her brother is at war with. They become friends. She also has breakfast every morning with the king. At first he is very quiet, but slowly they get to know each other. I did feel like Lee told us about their developing feelings more than showing us. I was probably most disappointed with this part of the book. King Tathan seems like a great guy, but I felt like I never really got to know him. In fact, because of that and the actions Lee did show us, I found him very passive. He doesn't want to push Kimiri into marrying him, but it almost at times felt like he wasn't even trying to win her affections.
Her relationships all seemed very simple. We don't get any real conflict until the end of the book, and that ended up being my favorite part of the book. Probably also because the title promised dragons and they finally show up at this point.
If you are looking for something very uncomplicated and sweet, you may enjoy this story.
Starting this book, I thought I would miss not having Casper's point of view. But just like Criminy, he's such a dynamic character that I really didn'Starting this book, I thought I would miss not having Casper's point of view. But just like Criminy, he's such a dynamic character that I really didn't feel like I was missing anything being only in Ahnastasia's head. Casper's mesmerizing even at his lowest. And it helped that I loved Ahnastasia. She's violent, self-centered, and maybe not completely sane. I was fascinated by her and her transformation from actually wanting to kill Casper to only threatening to kill Casper. As Casper says to her:
It's endearing how often you threaten to kill me. That's practically flirting to you, isn't it, darlin'?
We don't get the circus in this one, but we get to see more of the world as Casper and Ahnastasia travel from London to Freesia. Dawson has created such a marvelous world. I've truly enjoyed the settings of each of the books, including the two novellas, in this series. The world is imaginative, dangerous, and highly entertaining. And I like the slight steampunk feel (airships!).
I very much recommend you read the first book in this series. It's awesome, but also because Casper is introduced in it. Then read The Peculiar Pets of Miss Pleasance, as Casper has a role in this novella too. The three stories together give a fuller picture of Casper and his journeys in Sang and beyond. You'll have a great time, I promise.
I usually like to wait until closer to the pub date before reading an ARC I've received, but I've been really looking forward to Wilson publishing anoI usually like to wait until closer to the pub date before reading an ARC I've received, but I've been really looking forward to Wilson publishing another book that I couldn't wait.
I would have been very happy with a book that takes place in her Tairen Soul universe, but really enjoyed this story that takes place in a whole new world with all new characters. I liked that the story was self-contained - no cliffhanger whatsoever.
This is most definitely a fantasy romance. Our hero is Wynter, the Winter King. Wynter did remind me a lot of Rain, which really wasn't a bad thing for me. Our heroine is Khamsin, the little known daughter of the Summer King. We spend more time in Khamsin's head. And that's great - she's brave and determined. I seriously felt like people kept just being awful to her but she never gives up. In Wilson's Tairen Soul series, I sometimes felt Ellie was a little too innocent and young in relation to Rain, especially in the beginning. I did like that in this story, even though Wynter is more powerful magically and the whole situation with Wynter being the conqueror of her home, Wynter and Kham did seem more on the same level.
As for the romance, it was sweet and hot. I think Wilson definitely raised the heat level compared to her Tairen Soul series.
I wish Wilson had delved a bit more into Khamsin's magic. We kept being told how wild her magic was, and we do get to see a little of this, but I thought we would get to see more. I guess I would have loved to have seen more Summer vs Winter magic. Also, I needed more of an explanation as to why Wynter was allowed to take on the magic he did. I understand why he did it, but not why those who guarded that magic would allow someone to risk it with such consequences. That confused me a bit.
Though I'm very happy this story takes place in one book, I wouldn't mind visiting this world again. I think if you are a fan of her Tairen Soul series, you will probably enjoy this one too.
So this is the second book of the Royal House of Shadows series, with four books by four different authors. Monroe is one of two of the authors I haveSo this is the second book of the Royal House of Shadows series, with four books by four different authors. Monroe is one of two of the authors I have never read. I did enjoy this book a bit more than the first book by Gena Showalter.
Anyway, Breena is one of four siblings that is magically sent away from their parents, the king and queen of Elden, when they are attacked and killed by the Blood Sorcerer. Breena's power is to control her own dreams, and for a while now she has been having steamy dreams about one man. That man is Osborn, a berserker who takes on the strength and fury of a bear when he berserks. Osborn and his brothers are the last of their kind when their people were attacked ten years before. So the magic sent Breena to Osborn, and she thinks it is so he can help her get her revenge against the person that killed her parents and to get her kingdom back. Osborn has other ideas.
When I think back on the book and the amount of action, I realize there really isn't that much action at all. Some at the beginning and some at the end. Otherwise this book focuses on the back and forth between Breena and Osborn. And even though they were not seeing their situation eye to eye most of the time, they do get to know each other beyond their steamy dream encounters, and their feelings start grow beyond lust. So much of this middle part of the story was fun and sexy and also at times frustrating.
This sentence confused me at the beginning of the book - "Already approaching the middle of her second decade, Breena was several years older than when her mother had arrived in Elden, ready to fulfill the marriage contract." Wouldn't that make Breena's age 15? I think the author was going for the age 25, but that would make her in the middle of her third decade. Your first decade is ages 0-10 and second is ages 10-20, and so on. Unless she is supposed to be just 15?
Also timing is a little strange. Less than a year passes in this book, but many years passed in the last book. I don't know how it is going to be explained at the end. I hope it is explained by the fourth book, anyway.
Definitely my favorite of this series. Singh based this one off Beauty and the Beast, though it is our heroine who is the "beast" and our hero the gooDefinitely my favorite of this series. Singh based this one off Beauty and the Beast, though it is our heroine who is the "beast" and our hero the good looking one.
Micah is the youngest of the four siblings, and only five when his parents, the king and queen of Elden, are killed and Elden taken over by the the Blood Sorcerer. Before his parents died, they magically sent their four children away to different lands. Micah was sent to the Black Castle, the gate to the Abyss, where evil souls are sent. There he is made the Lord of the Abyss, and with no memory of who he really is, he escorts souls to the Abyss.
Liliana is the daughter of the Blood Sorcerer. She has spent her whole life being mentally and physically abused by her evil father. She does have powers of her own, and she uses them to send herself to the Black Castle. She has seen that the only way her father can be stopped and the kingdom of Elden reclaimed by the rightful heirs, is if all four siblings fight together. She knows Micah has no idea who he really is, so takes it upon herself to remind him.
Micah is used to everyone fearing him, so when a defiant Liliana comes into his life he is intrigued. He is attracted to her spirit right away. Everyone her whole life has called Liliana ugly. She has a hooked nose, small eyes, a large mouth, small breasts, and a large behind. But Micah doesn't seem to realize that he shouldn't be attracted to her. I loved the fact that he never ever once questions his attraction towards her. He cares not one bit for rules of who is supposed to be considered beautiful. He finds Liliana beautiful.
I really really liked reading of Micah and Liliana's time together at the Black Castle, Micah's slow realization of who he really is, and Liliana getting to know others at the castle. What I was disappointed in was how Singh brought the series to an end. We only get to see a very short reunion of the siblings and the final confrontation with the Blood Sorcerer was anticlimactic. Only Micah is the one to finally fight him. All four siblings should have been involved in this.
This book had my favorite characters and plot of the four books. I just wish for a more grand finale.
Hmmm. I keep going back and forth on how to rate this book. As a whole, I liked this book. But the relationship kind of bugged me3.5 stars - maybe 4??
Hmmm. I keep going back and forth on how to rate this book. As a whole, I liked this book. But the relationship kind of bugged me. Normally I am OK with things being slowly revealed to me throughout a book - actually I usually prefer it. But an important plot point revealed later in this story might have helped me better accept Nicolai and Jane's relationship if I had known it earlier. I keep thinking it is something that shouldn't bother me. Many paranormal romances have characters instantly in love (lust), and they did not bother me. This one did though.
So it was the story I really liked. Nicolai is able to magically summon Jane from our world to his, Delfina, to help him escape from his captivity. He has no memory of who he is and how he ended up the sex slave of a cruel witch princess. All he knows is he is a vampire with strong powers he mostly can't use and he has a strong compulsion to go to a neighboring kingdom and kill its king. I like Delfina with its magical creatures and play on time. Jane, because of her research on earth, does not freak out (too much) when she wakes up in a strange land, and is the perfect person to help Nicolai with his problems. She is the sensible one against Nicolai's aggression and "Mine" mentality. I like her.
Each book in this four book series centers on a different sibling and is written by a different author. I am very interested to see how similar and different they will be with the different writing styles of these authors. I have only before read books by this author, Gena Showalter, and the fourth book's author, Nalini Singh. How will the authors incorporate the other characters into their stories? How will Singh resolve the connecting arc? I can't wait to find out!