I thoroughly thank Harlequin and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book for an honest review...
With each Original Sinners addition Tiffany ReiszI thoroughly thank Harlequin and Netgalley for an advanced copy of this book for an honest review...
With each Original Sinners addition Tiffany Reisz impresses me with her ability to create wonderful (and wonderfully messed up) characters. The Prince is no exception to this. As a matter of fact I think we finally get a slap in the face with how truly twisted most of these characters really are. Just when I thought they couldn't get anymore messed up... BAM!!! We're hit with another crazy train.
Throughout the book we're following 3 different story lines. Nora and Wesley today. Getting to know one another after Wesley removes the shield he has been holding up that covered his true background and his real family life. Kingsley and Soren's beginning. How they met, how their tortured and twisted relationship came to be and then ultimately ended. And finally Soren and Kingsley today. Someone from their past is threatening Soren and Nora and they must come together once again to determine who it is and what their presence truly means. Eventually these 3 stories come together and conclude with once again a horribly frustrating cliff hanger.
My first impression of The Prince was "WOW"!!! I was excited to be led on another crazy up and down wild ride that is expected of The Original Sinners series. Reuniting with Nora, Kingsley and most especially Soren and my beloved Wesley was everything I needed and wanted it to be. As I read on I felt that each character unfolded more and more until every feeling I had for them came to an exploding realization... At what point did the book turn into a BDSM erotic soap opera and why didn't I notice it sooner??? Don't get me wrong, I can love a soap opera and in many points I loved The Prince and all the characters involved. But in the same breath I can say I hated them too.
The only character within this whole series who deserves a NORMAL happily ever after is Wesley. He is still so young. He is a wonderful human being who would do anything for anyone, and his young mind is so confused and backwards. I can understand why he feels he loves Nora. A sexy, fun, mysterious and exotic older woman with a sordid past. What hot blooded American 20 year old guy wouldn't fall for a woman like Nora? With that said however I feel Nora should know better. All though I can see why Nora would fall for a boy like Wesley, if she truly cared about him she should let him go... I can't express how much I respected Nora at the end of The Siren for letting Wesley go. She will never be rid of Soren, neither physically or emotionally and Wesley deserves so much more than second best. The end of The Prince and Nora's decisions had me in knots and I hated her (but loved her for being such and intriguing character).
It has the impression on me that this entire series revolves around Soren. Not one main character would be who he/she is today without Soren's influence. He is a true tortured hero/anti hero. His behaviors and actions as a result of his horrible past are enough to turn the stomach. But then he turns on a dime and does something so selfless and wonderful that it's almost as if he's two people. We finally know what happened to him to make him the way he is. Because of his larger than life aura each person his influence touches becomes a new magnet drawn to him. Poor Kingsley is just a drummer in Soren's band. He was a sad, confused play boy before he interacted with Soren, but he is who he is, and has what he has today solely as a result of Soren's impact on him.
In the end I continue my love/hate relationship with each character. I love reading as their lives both present and past unfold for us. I love the dips my stomach make as they feel, speak and act in such a manner that either has me sighing in jealous awe or more so nauseous in how they can abuse one another. And I hate that they continue to make decisions and torture (sometimes literally) one another out of selfishness. ...more
I gave Undeniable 3 stars which does not in any way reflect my normal 3 star rating. In normal circumstances a 3 star rating is a kind of ho hum read.I gave Undeniable 3 stars which does not in any way reflect my normal 3 star rating. In normal circumstances a 3 star rating is a kind of ho hum read. Undeniable is anything but a ho hum story.
On the negative side one of the most important factors for me to enjoy any story is to have likable characters. None of these characters in my opinion were likable people. Not even the main players, but holy cow what these people did! I gave it 3 stars for the simple shock factor alone.
There was so much going on that despite my overall feelings towards this book, the writing and the characters, I absorbed it in less than 2 days. I read and read and absolutely couldn't stop until I finished every word. There were so many despicable, disgusting and just down right mean things that these people did to one another that I just couldn't believe that all this crap was actually happening in one book to one small group of people. It was totally outlandish! Two people absolutely love one another yet it's acceptable for him to cheat on her when she's pregnant with his baby (readers beware there is A LOT of cheating), one character totally loves another yet it's acceptable to rape her (yes folks, beware there is more than one rape scene in this book), two women have been BEST friends their entire lives but it's acceptable for one to have an on-going nasty sexual affair with the other's husband (more cheating). Wow! Who does this shit?
I realize that the way to view this book is kind of an "anti" hero/heroine story. These were not good, sweet, decent or loving people. They lived outside the law, outside normal standards for morality and just overall not normal people. Because of this I will probably read this author again:) I'll just have to be in a certain mood to do so.
The thing I did notice that slightly annoyed me about the actual writing... I'm not sure if this is intentional or coincidental but the writing style thoroughly reminded me of Kristen Ashley. The run on sentences, the (almost) confusing dialogue which when the characters speak it's like there are words missing from their vocabulary. Simple words like "it" or "you" or "the" or "I". Sentences like "want you so bad babe" were all over the place. Does it really make the (anti) hero too much of a softy romantic dweeb to actually say the word/letter "I"? And yes the ever prevalent "babe" was oddly familiar as well.
Overall I guess I could say I had a love/hate relationship with Undeniable. Horrible people were doing horrible things but it was definite "stare at a car wreck" entertainment in my twisted mind. ...more
Other than a few audio books here and there I haven't been able to read much lately. The Unwanted Wife was my first opportunity to dive into3.5 stars.
Other than a few audio books here and there I haven't been able to read much lately. The Unwanted Wife was my first opportunity to dive into something in a long time. I have to say that this was a good book to get back into the swing with. Lots of angst, lots of romance and my favorite, lots of groveling...
Theresa was stuck in a loveless marriage for almost 2 years. What started out as an infatuation with a man her father wanted to manipulate turned into a year and a half trapped with a ice cold man who not only did not love her, but at times seemed to despise her. She'd finally reached the point where all she wanted was out of the marriage at the same time her husband realizes maybe she isn't the manipulative cad that her father has portrayed her to be.
I really felt that The Unwanted Wife was a good indie book that maybe with just a tad more polishing I would have rated higher. The characters were great. Theresa was a very likable heroine. She was (or grew to be) strong, resilient and the kind of woman that you'd want to be a friend to. Sandro started out as your typical A-hole husband who treated his wife worse than trash but once he finally realized what he had, he gave everything he had to winning her over.
There were a few typos throughout and though annoying they weren't to the extent that they distracted from the story. Where I felt the "polishing" was needed a bit was in the unfolding of Sandro's feelings towards Theresa. We really don't find out why he had such a sudden change of heart until the very end. And even then it was kind of a quickly put together explanation of his feelings. I also felt things fell a little flat in the "other woman" department. It was almost as if the author didn't want to tackle the obstacle of making a likable guy out of a cheating hero so she simply avoided it all together and just made it "appear" as though he was a cheating bastard. The whole situation was just explained away much too easily.
Over all I enjoyed the story and writing style of Natasha Anders and would gladly read her work again. ...more
I gave this 3 stars solely for the last 3 or 4 chapters. The preceding chapters I would have given 2 stars which I feel is being generous. Eva and GidI gave this 3 stars solely for the last 3 or 4 chapters. The preceding chapters I would have given 2 stars which I feel is being generous. Eva and Gideon's story continues in Reflected in You however there is absolutely no progression or growth of their relationship until the last few chapters at which point we are hit with a truly rattling revelation.
It was painfully frustrating to dredge through chapters and chapters of the heroin type addiction roller coaster ride that is Eva and Gideon's relationship. It starts with Eva going on and on about how hot Gideon is, how she doesn't deserve a man like him, they get in a fight because one of them is jealous or controlling or unreasonably dumb about a situation which has occurred, Gideon calls Eva "Angel", they have hot sex in which they both have multiple orgasms, repeat, repeat, repeat... This continues until at one point Gideon for some reason turns a cold shoulder towards Eva and she needs to find out why. At this point I started to get very interested in why after so much lust, attraction and "love" their relationship would cool off so significantly. I admit from that point I was pretty riveted to the story and really didn't want it to end. The big problem was it took so damn long to get there and the "good parts" didn't last long at all.
I'm not sure if I'll be purchasing and reading the final book in this trilogy. To be honest the only reason I bought this one was because I got the audio version off of Audible for $7. ...more
This installment of Jasper Dent ended with a cliffhanger... Like the biggest I've ever read, been frustrated by, or hated kind of cliffhanger.
JasperThis installment of Jasper Dent ended with a cliffhanger... Like the biggest I've ever read, been frustrated by, or hated kind of cliffhanger.
Jasper Dent is one of the greatest characters I've come across in a very long time. He's flawed, incredibly so, but he still creates an aura around himself that you can't help but love. I think Jasper constantly thinking he's such a horrible person makes him put that much more effort into being a better person.
Jasper's serial killer father has broken out of prison, but the Impressionist, who tried almost successfully to kill him in the previous book is safely behind bars. There's another threat now though... The "Hat Dog" killer is loose in New York City and it seems the son of the infamous Billy Dent is the only one they can count on to catch him. Or is he? Jasper once again is on the hunt for a killer, only this time it's hitting closer to home than he could have ever imagined.
Well, if I haven't mentioned it, I hate cliffhangers. If it wasn't for that horrendous ending I could have easily given Game 5 stars. I love Barry Lyga's writing, I love the characters he creates, even the ones I hate. So I will anxiously await the next installment. ...more
After hearing of a young woman in a horrible situation, Stephen is faced with the apparent immoral decision; shouI received this book from Netgalley.
After hearing of a young woman in a horrible situation, Stephen is faced with the apparent immoral decision; should he buy her in order to save her? 18 year old Brianna is confused and scared when her current Master sells her to another man. Is her new Master as cruel and evil? Will he hurt and humiliate her in the same ways? The manner in which he talks to her and handles her with such care it doesn't seem so. But she is his slave isn't she? She is in his care only to serve him, right???
This book really grabbed a hold of me and I had a very hard time putting it down. Sherri Hayes's writing "voice" or her style was almost perfectly in line with my reading tastes. Slave was tagged with labels such as "BDSM" and "Erotica" but yet there was not one actual sex scene and not one incident of BDSM. In many situations I would describe this as a negative... who wants to read a BDSM Erotica book with no spanking and not sex? I guess I do because all though I was looking forward to it, when it wasn't there I didn't miss it. The story was filled with characters developing and showing their natures and personalities and this was done in just a way that I was completely intrigued.
Stephen Coleman is described as a Dominant, though there was not one event which occurred that allowed him to demonstrate this facet of his character. He was so kind and compassionate that he suppressed his true nature to put Brianna at ease, to show her he wasn't like her former Master. He grew to love her. And though he had no idea how to express it, he treated her like the breakable glass that she was. Eventually his dreams of having Brianna's heart begin to unfold as she learns to trust him more and more. Stephen's character was beautiful, I couldn't have hoped or wished for a better hero.
Brianna is a broken and battered soul. She has spent the last 10 months of her existence in an absolute hell. Ian, her former Master has done horrible irrevocable things to her body as well as her mind. She is no longer the person she used to be and it's going to take a miracle, or maybe just one wonderful Dominant man to put her back together.
I thoroughly enjoyed Slave by Sherri Hayes. The only negative I can comment on that drew this down from a 5 to a 4 star read for me was; I had a difficult time relating to Brianna. She was put through horrible things that no human should EVER have to face, but I couldn't quite accept her behavior. My acceptance was not because I found her actions and fear unbelievable, we were just given so little information on Brianna's history pre-slavey. She was owned by Ian for 10 months. She was with her loving mother until she was 15. What happened after her mother passed away and she was forced to go with her father. How did he contribute to her sense of fear (besides a terrible one time event that ends with her in slavery)? We just never find out what it was like for her those 2 years she was with her father. It was kind of a void in the character development for me. ...more
It’s amazing to me how an author can tap dance on the line of a reader’s comfort zone for pages and pages, then beI received this ARC from Netgalley.
It’s amazing to me how an author can tap dance on the line of a reader’s comfort zone for pages and pages, then before you know it you’re so engrossed in a story that you never thought in a million books you could enjoy. That’s what The Siren did to me from the opening pages, and about halfway into it, that’s exactly what The Angel did to me as well.
All though it didn’t feel quite as gut wrenching and sincere as its predecessor, The Angel had quite a few moments where my heart strings were tugged and I wanted to reach in the book and hold (or slap) someone. Tiffany Reisz certainly has a gift for inspiring strong emotions towards her characters. Whether you love them, hate them, want to ravish them or beat them, her writing does what it’s supposed to do to us. There’s never a dull moment and it’s hard to stop reading, even when it’s long past the time to get some sleep
The Angel is a perfect building block on the Original Sinners story. We’re learning more about our main protagonists Nora, Kingsley, Wesley and especially our beloved (or beloathed depending on who you are) Soren. Soren, what an intriguing and amazing character he is. I think that readers either absolutely love him, or he scares the ever loving sh#t out of them and they observe him like one would a train wreck. You know what you’re watching is a tragedy waiting to happen, but you can’t look away. I’m actually one of the adoring readers in Soren’s case. I love a great alpha male who one could almost argue him as an “anti” hero. You have to dig really deep into Soren’s character to find the good guy in him but once you do find it, it’s so prominent at that point it’s hard to see those controversial “bad” guy characteristics he demonstrated so well in The Siren. Give me more of him (forever) and I’ll be a happy girl!
Two of the characters that absorbed a large portion of the story were Michael and Griffin. Without getting too spoilery, I was a bit wishy washy on the development and resolution of this aspect of the book. I viewed the positive side as these were both great characters. They were fun, sympathetic, erotic and just overall likeable guys. These are people you want to find their happily ever after. My negative was that their individual growth as characters combined with the development of their relationship with each other was just a bit over the top for me to fall for. I felt that Nora’s presence within the situation was a perfect example of “threes a crowd”. And though it was Nora who assisted in the truth being revealed, it just unfolded a little too easy for me. These are complicated people with complicated matters of the heart we’re dealing with here. These characters grew so much throughout the book, I think they could have been brave enough to be trusted to expose their feelings on their own terms, not in something as simple as someone overhearing it as a sort of confession. This climactic event was a huge deal to me, I loved Michael so much and wanted him to be what he wanted to be so much… The manner of the “big reveal” was kind of a cop out to me and I was a bit disappointed.
But all in all, even with my little bitty negative, which wouldn’t even have been a negative if I hadn’t formed such a bond and adoration with these characters, I want to know these people. Even if that means I’d need to step about a thousand miles outside of my tiny “vanilla” bubble.
I was fortunate enough to be able to obtain a copy of Pushing the Limits from Netgalley. In this situation I think that the best way to describe bothI was fortunate enough to be able to obtain a copy of Pushing the Limits from Netgalley. In this situation I think that the best way to describe both my luck at coming across this story in the first place as well as the way I received it, I feel like I won the lottery. There are certain books that you read that you really enjoy, to the point you can say that you loved it. But then 6 months later, you can't even remember the names of the characters. This is not one of those books. There is a small handful of books in my collection that three years from now I can tell you the names of each of my favorite characters as well as what and why I loved it so much. Pushing the Limits is easily going on that little shelf in my heart.
Echo and Noah are both scarred and tortured individuals. Both have been hurt and betrayed by those people in life who should provide security and protection to us. These experiences could have set both teenagers on a path of mistrust and unbalance for the rest of their lives. This would be easy to believe given the horrific experiences they both had to go through at such an early age. Fortunately when they find each other they each discover a new meaning to life, a new reason to live and better themselves.
In the beginning Pushing the Limits reminded me a lot of the book Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. Written in alternating first person narratives, good popular girl meets bad boy for tutoring sessions and they find themselves attracted to each other. That's pretty much where the similarities end though. I don't want to take away any of Ms. McGarry's credit for creating an original and heart warming story. It truly blew my mind.
Lovable heroine, lovable hero, great supporting characters that you can both love and hate accordingly... There really isn't a whole lot more I could have asked for in a reading experience. This is what it's all about:) ...more
There were several things that I absolutely loved about Seduced in the Dark. There were also a couple that I didn't so much. But my boiling down opiniThere were several things that I absolutely loved about Seduced in the Dark. There were also a couple that I didn't so much. But my boiling down opinion was that this was an excellent conclusion to Livvie's story.
Wow, what a messed up cluster f#ck of a roller coaster ride this was! Good thing I'm demented enough to be into that sort of thing, otherwise I might have actually hated Caleb by the end. First and most important the things that I love, love, loved... The writing. Holy cow can this author deliver a story! I'm of the opinion that C.J. Roberts could write about the mating habits of amoebas (something that I would consider boring and painful to read under normal circumstances) and I would be riveted to each word. In other words I loved her characters (even when I hated them), I loved her plot development (even when my stomach lurched), and I most especially loved her ability to spin a character so twisted and messed up that she can actually make us love the evil bastard. Given how I felt about Caleb after a couple of his cruel lessons, it takes a special talent to be able to have turned those feelings around.
The small negatives that I had were, the method in which the story unfolded for us. It was pretty much told backwards. This took quite a while for me to get into. I wanted answers! Livvie would rile about how much she loved Caleb. Even after she had described something absolutely disgusting that he had done to her. Though in the end she came out as a remarkably strong heroine, the time and time again that she told of Caleb's behavior made her look for a majority of the book a bit the Stockholm victim and almost pathetic.
The other negative was the addition of Dr. Sloan and Matthew's connection with each other. I either wanted more of them or less. The amount of time we spent with them was either distracting or it left me wanting answers. It was distracting in that; what part of the personal lives of these two really added to the story? It left me wanting answers in that; was this a developing plot of a new book? I don't know and it was frustrating for me.
Overall it was great and I will be reading the next C.J. Roberts, whatever it may be. ...more