Loved, loved, loved it... Dreams of a Dark Warrior totally refueled my fire for this series and I can't wait for the next one.
Regin the Radiant is thLoved, loved, loved it... Dreams of a Dark Warrior totally refueled my fire for this series and I can't wait for the next one.
Regin the Radiant is the fun loving "rock out with your cock out" Valkyrie, but she has a past of loss and heart break. Centuries ago she was in love with a berserker warrior, Aiden the Fierce who was killed by a vampire while he was still in her arms after making love. Aiden was born again centuries after his first death only die another horrible death minutes after consummating his relationship with Regin again, but before she has the chance to completely fall in love with him. This horrific cycle repeats and repeats itself throughout the centuries until Regin is captured by Declan Chase the magister of The Order, a vicious organization dedicated to studying and destroying all immortals.
Regin identifies Declan Chase as her reincarnated lover immediately, though his physical features change with every life, his eyes are always the same. She tries to convince Chase of this fact many times, that in another life he loved her. But in this life he constantly rejects her, but deep down he knows there is something different about himself that may be connected to the Valkyrie.
Regin is a wonderful character, full of life and humor and a toughness that you can admire. She falls in love with Declan Chase when the odds of her captivity as well as Chase's own actions toward her should make her shun and hate him. Chase is a deep,dark, tortured hero in the most honest sense of the term. He continuously rejects Regin to her face all the while at war within himself to deny the uncontrollable pull he has towards her.
I loved this installment of the Immortals After Dark (did I mention that already?). It was full of action and suspense and kept me up late in the night telling myself to read "just one more chapter". Declan and Regin are so far my favorite IAD couple. Through all the mental and physical pain and suffering they cause each other they both realize they are like magnets drawn to one another and cannot be without their other half. ...more
Cole is a womanizing air plane pilot who experiences honest to god love at first sight in an airport gift shop. After he is knocked out with a punch tCole is a womanizing air plane pilot who experiences honest to god love at first sight in an airport gift shop. After he is knocked out with a punch to the face while defending the gift shop clerk from a rude customer, Cole looks up from the floor to see Olivia's face and he knows he is in love. When Olivia touches the face of Captain Icredible, the hero pilot who saved the lives of a plane full of people by landing them safely in the middle of a blizzard, she knows she is in love.
Cole and Olivia begin an intense and loving long distance relationship which is tested time and time again. Women are constantly throwing themselves at Cole, who is viewed as a true American Hero. Olivia tries and tries to overcome her insecurities and accept that Cole truly loves her and only her. Given Olivia's history with men and Cole's tom cat ways prior to falling for Olivia they both struggle with accepting eachother as they are and progressing their long distance relationship.
Everyone Loves a Hero is a great "love at first sight" novel. I recently read Love at First Flight by Marie Force and was kind of put off by it. I decided to give this book a try and was happily surprised. Cole and Olivia are wonderful characters who experience all the self doubt and insecurities real people do. The plot and story flow was really good and I enjoyed the world building that Marie Force provides.
Where I was a bit disappointed was I felt all though Ms. Force has a gift for writing steamy love scenes, they were in too much abundance. There were pages and pages of Cole and Olivia getting it on and in my opinion it took a bit of the sweetness of their love story away. I also was a little let down with the ultimate conflict or climax in the story. It was kind of quick and predictable.
Overall I really did like Marie Force's new book and I look forward to more from her....more
I was pleasantly surprised when I picked up and started to read Rock Me. Candace, a goody-goody, sheltered college student walks into the tattoo shopI was pleasantly surprised when I picked up and started to read Rock Me. Candace, a goody-goody, sheltered college student walks into the tattoo shop owned by her cousin's ex-boyfriend Brian. Brian is the ultimate hot, tattooed, bad boy on the outside, sweet and sensitive and every girl's dream on the inside. Candace has been attracted to Brian ever since he began dating her cousin years before, even though she knows being with him would create a whirl wind of problems with her conservative family. Brian had felt the same way about Candace, though he didn't realize it at the time.
I really enjoyed the characters in Rock Me but Brian made the book hands down. He was close to the perfect hero. The things he would say to Candace and how much he absolutely adored her made my heart melt. I agree with some of the other reviewers about Candace. She was a bit annoying with her wishy-washy attitude towards being with Brian, but he more than made the book worth reading. I will definitely be looking for more from this author. ...more
**spoiler alert** This is probably the first book that I have ever given 3 stars to that I had more than a ho humm feeling towards. Actually I had ver**spoiler alert** This is probably the first book that I have ever given 3 stars to that I had more than a ho humm feeling towards. Actually I had very strong feelings towards the characters in Deeper by Megan Hart. Unfortunately not in a good way. Deeper is written in contrasting present and flashbacks in Bess's mind. She skips around between "then" and "now". Then being a summer she spent working at a restaurant on the beach, now she has gone back to the beach and starts a relationship back up with her summer fling of "then".
My only problem with Deeper, which was a pretty major problem was I couldn't stand the main characters. Bess is torn in her flashbacks between her boyfriend Andy and her summer fling Nick. Bess, being the main character is a wishy washy whiner with no backbone. This thoroughly annoyed me. Andy, her boyfriend of 3 years was a complete ahole. He ignored her, cheated on her and overall treated her like crap. Nick, her fling was a decent enough guy but refused to show her any emotion to the point of they had "f@#&ed" (that was another thing, maybe the use of a thesaurus to look up other verbs for that particular act would have helped) multiple times but they never kissed on the mouth during it? What is this, Pretty Woman? And Bess put up with all of this. From both guys.
In the "now" Bess is married to Andy, going through a divorce, Nick returns from the dead and they f#$k like bunny rabbits. I never could really think of Nick as any more than a glorified vibrator. I didn't feel the emotional pull between them.
The reason I gave this book 3 stars and not 1 because all though I did not like, nor respect the characters I so admire Megan Hart's writing. She did make these people real. I didn't like or agree with one decision Bess made, but she was created to make the decisions a real woman would. Not the glorified happily ever after decisions my favorite romance book heroine would make. I give Megan Hart credit for that. She truly is a gifted writer and I enjoy her writing style. I just didn't enjoy the decisions, or the personalities of these particular characters. ...more
J R Ward's Fallen Angel series is a very pleasant surprise. Arrested and thrown in jail Isaac finds his only hope to get out and escape his past is hiJ R Ward's Fallen Angel series is a very pleasant surprise. Arrested and thrown in jail Isaac finds his only hope to get out and escape his past is his beautiful public defense lawyer Grier Childe. Grier is pulled into Isaac's life by her bleeding heart and obsession to help save those in need. While Grier and Isaac are fighting for their lives escaping Isaac's evil boss, Jim Herron heaven's newest fallen angel and the world's only hope for rescue from evil, is trying to keep the demon Devinia away from his charge.
Fast paced the emotional roller coaster you jump on when starting to read Crave is a wonderful change from the normal day to day romance we've been seeing so much of lately. There was not a dull moment being so full of action, the plot is interesting and mysterious, and the characters are love (and hate) able. I absolutely love Ward's writing style. I cannot wait for the next one in this series....more
After seeing the "Hollywood version" of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I loved the story so much that I absolutely HAD to read the book. And after rAfter seeing the "Hollywood version" of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, I loved the story so much that I absolutely HAD to read the book. And after reading it I felt it was such an amazing and engaging treat for my reading mind that immediately after finishing I've moved onto the next book in the series.
I have to say, this is the first book I've read where despite the fact that there were several things about the book that to me were not stellar enough to warrant a 5 star rating, I'm still giving it one. Why? you ask??? Lisbeth Salander... I have never read about a more intriguing and wonderful character who is such a balance of strength and vulnerability, kindness and cruelty, idiocy and genius. Every page that contained her was interesting and exciting. I couldn't wait to learn more about her.
Mikail Blohmkquist our male protagonist... I'm not sure how I felt about him. I am a romantic at heart and I usually read books with some sort of romantic element (which this really does not have), so the romantic and cynical part of me would put Blohmkquist in the "male whore/pig" category. This would indicate that I didn't like him at all. The realist and more rational side of me however really admired him. He was a realistic portrayal of a man who though extremely honorable and honest he was also thoroughly flawed. He also broke Lisbeth's heart, which in the end I hated him for. Lisbeth is a girl who deserves the world, and seemingly all she gets from everyone around her is the leftover scraps of crap left on the bottom of people's shoes.
There were several other characters (an overwhelming amount actually) that only added to this adventure. Each individual was developed and made for the ideal support to emphasize both the bad and good in Lizbeth and Blohmkquist.
The late Stieg Larsson was obviously a very gifted author. He had intimate knowledge of his topics and wove a detailed story that had even a reader like me, who rarely if ever detours from my preferred genre of romance, sitting on the edge of my seat for hours.
I gave this book 5 stars for the outstanding characters and riveting story that these people fell into . If not for the constant advertisements for Apple, the droning descriptions of the setting, and occasionally going on of tangents that had nothing to do with the story lines, I'd say this was one of the best book I've ever read. ...more
Oh wow!!! I am so excited about this book, even after I'm finished. I listened to the audio version of Water For Elephants and I am just a tiny bit heOh wow!!! I am so excited about this book, even after I'm finished. I listened to the audio version of Water For Elephants and I am just a tiny bit hesitant to say that it is the best audio I've ever listened to (it's up against some stiff competition) The narrators were outstanding.
Water For Elephants is an alternating first person narration of Jacob Jankowski's life as a 23 year old who after loosing his parents finds himself on a traveling circus train, and a 90 (or 93) year old man who is left by his family, basically forgotten in a nursing home. Both Jacobs are equally exciting, energetic characters you will absolutely love as they tell their tale.
I disagree with other reviewers who said this was a romance. As an avid romance reader I feel just because a book may have a bit of sex and a blossoming relationship in it doesn't qualify it as a "romance novel". Usually I only read and like romance and I get very disappointed to the point of pissed when I'm led to believe a book is romance and it turns out it isn't. I did not for once hold the lack of romance against this book at all. I was absorbed to the point where the rest of the world didn't exist which to me signifies what a book should be.
I can't recommend this book enough especially the audio. I got it from the library but intend on buying my own copy now that I've formed a love connection with it. ...more
Cry No More was a heart wrenching story of Milla, a mother who is desperately trying to hold onto the hope of finding her son who was stolen literallyCry No More was a heart wrenching story of Milla, a mother who is desperately trying to hold onto the hope of finding her son who was stolen literally out of her arms a decade earlier.
I didn't quite know how to react to this book. I am not a big fan of romantic suspense and I really would categorize this one as more of a action/suspense novel with the romantic elements being barely a sub-plot. But despite my normal discrimination against non-romance books I really did enjoy it.
I am not a parent. I can only imagine the torture it would be to have a child stolen from me but I actually felt Milla's pain in the way Linda Howard described it. She did an amazing job of animating Milla's grief. I cried, I admit it. For those who have read this, how could I not cry?
I felt the need to knock this down from a 5 to a 4 star read because first off, it IS categorized as a "romantic" suspense and I really thought the romance part lacked. I was almost 200 pages into the book before a romantic element was even touched on and even then it was waaaaay in the background. The other thing that I felt was missing was the overall mystery/suspense involved was a bit shallow. We knew pretty early on who the bad guys were, and they were very horrible people but I guess I like my villain's evil deeds fleshed out with a bit more detail. Then when they were found out all we hear is "they were arrested". We never find out what happened to them beyond that. If I'm going to dive into a suspense novel I want more depth.
Overall I enjoyed Cry No More. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in a tug-at-the-heart strings tear jerker. ...more
This was a re-read for me. The first time I read it I did not write a review, but this time I just can't not write one. With the emotions On Mystic LaThis was a re-read for me. The first time I read it I did not write a review, but this time I just can't not write one. With the emotions On Mystic Lake brought out in me I feel the need to share the experience.
Annie is the perfect wife and the perfect mother. Well at least she thought she was before her 17 year old daughter left on a 3 month trip to Europe about an hour before her husband told her he was in love with another YOUNGER woman and wanted a divorce.
When her husband first leaves her, Annie falls apart. Her only emotionally saving salvation is a visit to Mystic, the small logging community in northern Washington where she grew up and her father still lives. In Mystic Annie finds love again. Love in the form of a true understanding of herself and what she wants for her OWN life, not needing to live the life her heel of a husband sets for her. Love also in the form of a lost and lonely old friend and his equally lost 6 year old daughter. Everything is falling into place in Annie's life. Nick and Izzy have become a intricate part in her healing, as she has become part of theirs. Until her husband pops back into the picture and something completely unexpected happens to shatter her new little world.
The first time I read this I actually read the book. This time around I listened to the audio version. I loved On Mystic Lake the first time I read it, but listening to it... I don't know if it was just that time of the month *wink* or the gifted way the reader narrated it, but I was on the verge of tears throughout almost the entire book. Happy tears, sad tears, and every kind of in between tears plagued me.
When Annie's husband left her and she was alone in her bed, I felt it in every word I read. When Nick explained how he and his wife's lives were, up until the time of her death, he was actually telling this to ME... When Izzy was trying to get the words out to her daddy to tell him she loved him, I was part of the lump in her throat. And my biggest feeling, when Annie's husband told her he loved another woman in the driveway outside their house, about an hour after they dropped her daughter at the airport, when she was feeling so alone and sad, missing her baby so much already, I hated him so much I wanted to ram my knee in his crotch.
I am not big on "chic lit". I prefer full on romances. Not really needing inspirational girly stories about how one fictional woman over came a silly obstacle. This chic lit prejudice of mine does not apply here. All though there are several romantic elements, this is not a "classic" romance story. It is about a 39 year old woman who after years of taking care of everyone around her, finally has to take care of herself. And this did not take away from the story, or my love of it one tiny bit.
This was only my first re-read of On Mystic Lake, but now that I've reminded myself of what a great story Kristen Hannah created it won't be my last. ...more