I start out by saying that I do think my review on Lover At Last, as well as my opinions within may be a bit controversial... It's kind of unfortunate...moreI start out by saying that I do think my review on Lover At Last, as well as my opinions within may be a bit controversial... It's kind of unfortunate but while reading this installment I realized that I no longer enjoy this series based on the "romance" of it. For the past 4 books now I've continued with the series based on following the crumbs of info that we receive on the lives of the already mated brothers that I've loved for so long, as well as the "Urban Fantasy" parts of the series. I am one of the (very) few BDB fans who was NOT excited about the Quay couple.
My lack of enthusiasm about Blay and Quinn coming together was not because I am a prude or am put off by the m/m concept. Though not my first choice I've read (some) m/m and enjoyed it. My problem was I just couldn't buy the concept of these two becoming a romantic couple. Blay and Quinn have been friends since childhood, they grew up together as pre-trans' and were at one time as close as brothers. I tried to put my head around these two strong willed warrior males coming together but with the way it was laid out, I just couldn't buy it. Maybe it could have been believable if in the end Blay wasn't turned into the "girl" in the relationship. I felt he was a bit emasculated and I was disappointed for the sudden character change.
My 4 star rating was set on pretty much every other part of the book. Layla and Xcor... Ugg, I can't wait for their book! I have high hopes that we'll actually get back to the romance! For those who have hated on Layla I say booooo. I never really liked her UNTIL this book. She just seemed like a none-character, or filler before. She finally has a voice and a personality. She just wants to be part of something or someone, to matter... Kudos to her!
Sola and Assail are also a new fun twist. I'm looking forward to more from them. Wrath and Beth and possible baby drama... Not to mention the Shades and the intertwining of the BDB/Fallen Angel series. This was a great turning point book. I'm looking forward to what's coming next for the Brotherhood.
As just a tid bit... I read several reviews that referred to lube or the lack of lube used between Quinn and Blay. Though she didn't come right out and specifically state it, the lubrication topic and what the guys used as lube was addressed, a few times. Those who didn't catch the insinuation made as to what they used need to go back and re-read the first love scene between them (hint, hint).
Driving Mr. Dead was a cute, light and funny read (I actually listened). Molly Harper has an excellent sense of humor and Mr. Dead was no exception to...moreDriving Mr. Dead was a cute, light and funny read (I actually listened). Molly Harper has an excellent sense of humor and Mr. Dead was no exception to her witty character dialogue and inner monologues.
I read quite a few reviews complaining about the narrator of the audio book but I actually liked her. She was energetic and made Miranda come alive for me. Her "light" accent for Collin wasn't perfect but I still enjoyed her performance. (less)
Darker After Midnight turned out to be my least favorite Breed novel.
All though there were several things that I liked about the book, such as the cl...moreDarker After Midnight turned out to be my least favorite Breed novel.
All though there were several things that I liked about the book, such as the climax, the characters themselves that I have grown to love and the new(er) characters that we are just getting to know, I couldn't help but be disappointed in the overall story, which should have focused more on Chase and Tavia. When the world was crashing down around The Order I couldn't put the book down to wait and see what was going to happen next. Unfortunately these small peaks were surrounded by low valleys where I had to force myself to continue with the book.
The relationship between Tavia and Chase shot forward at warp speed. The drama surrounding the couple was cold rejection, followed quickly with hot sex, summed up by Chase wallowing in self pity. This got old to me after a while and I felt the whole "romance" part of this paranormal was rushed and left with gaping holes. And what made the series all of a sudden go baby crazy? I know the ultimate HEA usually includes the white picket fence and the 2.5 kids but jeez, I just felt the baby madness was a bit of a toothache on the sweetness in a book which described the decapitation of several people many, many times. It was like putting hot fudge on a hot tamale, both tasty, but they just don't go together.
My final complaint, and then I'll shut up, was the ending. It was pretty obvious that this book was initially set up to be the conclusion of the series, but then the HEA left room to start the next book down a different path. The last chapter came to a screeching halt settling a catastrophe of what could easily have been another chapter or two within a few short paragraphs. Then the epilogue starts up "one year later". I felt robbed of a fulfilling conclusion without even the frustration of a cliffhanger. The only reason I did end up giving this 3 stars instead of 2 was my love for characters who I've gotten to know over the course of the series, who played a major role throughout the book. (less)
It breaks my heart to say this but I think Once Burned was probably the worst of Jeaniene Frost's books I've read. She has always had a gift of creati...moreIt breaks my heart to say this but I think Once Burned was probably the worst of Jeaniene Frost's books I've read. She has always had a gift of creating charismatic characters who you grow to love. Well, I had grown to love Vlad in the Night Huntress books. So when he showed up in his own series I was extremely disappointed to read him being so distant and boring. His sense of humor has vanished and all though his badassness has expanded beyond measurable limits, he just didn't do it for me.
I realize this series is not just a simple PNR. We are mixing it up with some UF as well. So my expectations of the romantic elements may be a bit high, but I just could not put Vlad and Leila together. They had absolutely no chemistry. I definitely didn't feel the love, or future potential love they may have together. Overall I was really disappointed and don't know if I'll pursue other books in this series. (less)
I love Cat and Bones, but I have to say I no longer read this series for the romance. They found their one and only and adding the token smexy scene b...moreI love Cat and Bones, but I have to say I no longer read this series for the romance. They found their one and only and adding the token smexy scene between two people who are living their HEA (as demented as their's may be) just doesn't do it for me anymore. The action, suspense and simple interactions between the characters is what draws me. And this series will continue to be on my "must buy new one as soon as it comes out" list.
***sigh*** I'm sure there are going to be a trillion reviews about this book but I've got to put in my 2 cents.
I love this series. Absolutely LOVE IT...more***sigh*** I'm sure there are going to be a trillion reviews about this book but I've got to put in my 2 cents.
I love this series. Absolutely LOVE IT!!! All of these guys just hold such a special place in my heart that I don't think any other series could ever even come close. Tohr's love and devotion to his beloved Welsie was heartbreaking. He wanted to move on, he really did, but his soul yearned so much for her that he just couldn't face the guilt of living on without her. NoOne was a good heroine for Tohr. She was shy, almost not of the earth naive. And she had a way of accepting that even though she felt deeply for Tohr, she would never compare in his heart to Welsie. I felt utterly satisfied with the journey, as well as the conclusion for NoOne and Tohr's HEA. They both deserve it!
One of the major side stories running simultaneously with Tohr and NoOne's was Xcor and his Band of Bastards. I am so glad that we will now have another group of hard asses, very similar to the brothers to root for. I am concerned with Xcor's unforgivable behavior and actions in Lover Reborn, how the heck Ward is going to pull of his redemption? But deep down I know if any author can do it in a manner we'll appreciate and believe, it's her. At first I was a bit annoyed with the pity party that was being thrown for Xcor. Come on!!! Who could have had it worse than Z??? But maybe, just maybe we've met another tortured hero who can hold a candle to him.
Another side story was that of Xhex and John. This was actually my least favorite part of the book. John and Xhex just had their story! They should be living HEA, they're newlyweds for heaven's sake! The problems they were having made sense, their drama fit into the story line very well. It also made room for NoOne to reconnect with her daughter, which was very touching, but I just could have done without it. As much as I adore John Matthew, Xhex is one of my least favorite characters.
Finally, the one I think everyone except maybe me and a couple of my co-crazy GR friends is waiting for... Blay and Quinn. I am not on this band wagon. It is going to take a miracle to get me to jump on. Now, before I get stoned... I LOVE Quinn, and I love Blay... I just don't love them together. To state the truth bluntly, I would like Quinn for myself. And if he's going to completely switch teams instead of batting for both, I know I've lost him for good and it breaks my heart. I just don't have the right package and that utterly disappoints me. On a positive note with this story... Awesome twist coming in for this one! So cool, I can't wait for the next one.
All and all, this series is what I would pick if I was stranded on an island and could pick one series to read for the rest of my life:)
Prior to reading EH I refreshed with a re-read of Eternal Seduction. This re-read only emphasized my love for the first book, but I'm at a bit of a lo...morePrior to reading EH I refreshed with a re-read of Eternal Seduction. This re-read only emphasized my love for the first book, but I'm at a bit of a loss as to how to review Eternal Hearts. I read Eternal Seduction, the first book in the Darkness Within series the first time in 2008, and I really liked it so I have literally been waiting years for this book.
To be fair my tastes normally lean towards character driven books. EH is definitely plot driven which was probably why I felt most of the scenes played out in EH were being told to me not SHOWN to me. And in effect many times while still in the first half of the book I became bored and set the book down. More than once or twice I found myself having to read a page twice and then saying "what???", or "huh???". I thought I'd missed something, come to realize I read it right the first time. The vague descriptions which I took as plot holes in the first half of the book often left me confused and distracted. So many characters are brought in, some with more than one name to reference them, it was difficult to keep track of who said what, who is capable of what, and who is who.
If EH would have continued the way it did for the first half I wouldn't have been able to finish it. It did however take a turn in the second half that semi-redeemed it for me. The plot holes for the most part began to fill and we started to learn what the hell was going on. The problem I had in the beginning was the reader was being told what was happening as if they already knew "the big picture" but we weren't given any indication what that was, so it was frustrating to follow. The second half as things unfolded where I said "what" earlier I was able to say "ahaa". This was a very creative tactic by Ms. Turner, I just wish she would have been able to articulate it a bit differently as to not make it so confusing.
I was also helped out a lot because I visited the author's website. On there is a description of what the types of immortals there are and what they can do. This also created a huge turning point for me because the types of vamps and immortals are not explained in detail in the book and once I understood what they were I was able to connect the dots better.
Overall I was a bit disappointed in EH, not to the point that I won't read the next Darkness Within novel, I definitely will. Provided of course I don't have to wait another 3 years for it. (less)
After reading the first 3 chapters of Forever Freed on a website I anxiously awaited purchasing it and reading the rest. In the end, though there were...moreAfter reading the first 3 chapters of Forever Freed on a website I anxiously awaited purchasing it and reading the rest. In the end, though there were one or two areas in the plot where I felt a tiny bit unsatisfied, I really enjoyed Forever Freed.
After losing his human wife and child to the vampire who created him Lucien tries to suffer through his tortured existence. He finds love and acceptance in his vampire family/coven but it just isn't enough to sooth the ache in him. Attempting to live his life in Detroit he encounters a little girl who just upon meeting her appeals to his empathetic senses. Lucien is drawn to the child Olivia and discovers that both her and her mother Samantha are everything he needs to feel whole again.
That is a pretty rough plot description but it sums it up. Forever Freed is a first person narration written in Lucien's point of view. And though I don't normally choose first person it was really great to read feelings from a hero's point of view. He was absolutely heart melting. The way he felt and expressed his love for "his girls" completely made my heart go pitter pat for him. I found absolutely nothing in the characters, how they felt, or acted that I would have wanted written any differently. I loved all of them. Ollie, the girl was absolutely adorable.
The only small thing that I would have liked to have seen play out a bit differently was what I felt was a plot hole with Lucien's maker. We hear a bit about him and what he did to Lucien's family but I would have liked to know more about Lucien's change and more detail about what happened in Lucien's past. Overall however this was a minor complaint and I would definitely read more by this author. Maybe a sequel to dive deeper into Lucien's past? (less)
**spoiler alert** I enjoyed Deeper Than Midnight. It was a fulfilling addition to the Midnight Breeds series.
I had been anxiously waiting for Hunter'...more**spoiler alert** I enjoyed Deeper Than Midnight. It was a fulfilling addition to the Midnight Breeds series.
I had been anxiously waiting for Hunter's book. His character lived up to every expectation I had of him. A true tortured hero who up until he found his lady love had never experienced any type of emotion. It was conditioned into him that emotion equaled weakness. Once he began his time with Corrine however that all changed. His growth as a hero and a loving partner seemed well fleshed out and satisfying to me.
I was a bit disappointed however in Corrine, the heroine and Hunter's breedmate. I liked her as a character she was kind, strong, and an admirable person. I just didn't like her with Hunter. I felt that Hunter's tortured past was enough angst for any story. Putting a tortured heroine with him just seemed a bit much for me.
I thoroughly enjoyed the action of the book. The battle with Dragos continues and we got to spend some quality page time with the other members of the Order and their breedmates which is always appreciated.
The ending is really what brought this down to a 4 star read for me. It sucked! There are a select few favorite authors of mind that I thought were above the cliffhanger ending, Lara Adrian was one of them. Leaving us hanging like that was such a disappointment to me. I don't expect an ongoing series to be wrapped up with a pretty bow at the end, but I also don't feel it right to leave us with gaping mouths either. I would have bought the next book out of love and loyalty to the series. Whether it was a hardcover or not I love the Breed. Leaving an ending like that just felt like a bit of a betrayal and pissed me off. I hate cliffhangers that leave characters lives hanging in limbo until the next book comes out. (less)
Lothaire the Enemy of Old is on a mission to fulfill his Endgame. His Endgame is the completion of 7 little tasks. Some of which he doesn't always rem...moreLothaire the Enemy of Old is on a mission to fulfill his Endgame. His Endgame is the completion of 7 little tasks. Some of which he doesn't always remember. What does always remember, his Endgame entails freeing and finally owning Soroya, the one female who he believes to be his Bride. An age old Goddess, Soroya is trapped within and possessing the body of the mortal woman Elizabeth Pierce. To reach his Endgame Lothaire must exterminate Ellie, Soroya's human host in order to fully have his Bride. Once Lothaire has cast out Ellie's soul and Soroya has taken full possession of Ellie's body, he will then turn Soroya's human body into an immoral vampire. Having her forever.
When I finished Lothaire I asked myself 2 questions... Was it what I wanted? Not completely. But was it what I needed? Yes.
I had waited soooo long for this book. I know my wait was no longer than anyone else who loves this series. But that sure as hell seemed like forever didn't it? Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark is my ultimate favorite paranormal series. Kresley Cole has done an amazing job staying true to this series, as well as all the many characters we read about within it. Not once have I felt she's veered off track (as Ward did in the BDB series), or become repetitive (as Kenyon did in the Dark Hunter series). She amazes me, she truly does. All the beings of the Lore she beautifully creates and then molds right before our eyes. Those creatures we love to love, and those we love to hate. KC writes character driven books. And that's what Lothaire boils down to. The two main characters.
Lothaire in the past was one of the characters we have loved to hate. Truly evil to the core. Lothaire The Enemy of Old has always had his own agenda and he never really gave a damn, or even hinted he gave a damn for anyone but himself. My biggest fear when I began reading his book was that within it, Lothaire would either turn into a wimpy, sniveling, love sick baby. So desperate for his Bride he would completely turn out of character and we wouldn't recognize him anymore. Or, there was no way KC was going to change how much we love to hate Lothaire. And make him into a "hero" in a believable and acceptable manner. These two fears was where my "need" was met. My worries were for nothing because KC pulled it off. And I shouldn't have doubted that she wouldn't be able to.
By the end my need for KC to turn Lothaire from the villain of this entire series into an actual (kind of) hero, was met. And my other fear of Lothaire betraying his true character by becoming a sniveling wimp, did not come to fruition either. He was not perfect by any means. However he was believable enough, from what we have been told in the past about vampires and their Brides to convince me that Lothaire will never be a true "good guy". But he will never again be the "villain" either, because his innately good and decent Bride, will keep him in check.
Lothaire's Bride... That's where my "wants" for this book fell a bit short. To start, Ellie was truly a sweet character. In my opinion she was very similar to Emmaline from A Hunger Like No Other. She was young, some what naive and she was from the back woods, Appellation Mountains. So her "hill billy" language and customs convinced Lothaire (at first) that she was a moron. But even with all those things that were perceived to be her short comings, Ellie was NOT a moron, and she was not a weak willed woman. She was mentally strong and at first didn't appear as though she would take crap from anyone. Unfortunately this perception of Ellie didn't hold steady throughout the entire book. There were scenes that I thought were utterly ridiculous and I had to actually roll my eyes a few times. The way Ellie approaches and speaks so openly to her family after she is separated from Lothaire, did not fit within the flow, or the characteristic traits of Ellie. It was almost to me that someone else wrote those few parts. Or it was thrown in as an afterthought to try and (unsuccessfully) tie two parts together. Either way it didn't work for me. And this part along with a few others that were similar, I didn't feel fit right and brought this down from a 5 to a 4 star read to me.
No matter what... I still love this series. And. I. Can. Not. Wait. For. Nix's. Book!!! (less)
I really enjoy reading about Cat and Bones. I think of all the ass kicker heroines out there Cat is my favorite. This Side of the Grave is a continuat...moreI really enjoy reading about Cat and Bones. I think of all the ass kicker heroines out there Cat is my favorite. This Side of the Grave is a continuation of Cat and Bones' story. Battling ghouls, ghosts and her new abilities Cat takes everything in stride in manner that never fails to make me admire her not to mention give me a good laugh. Bones too is one of my favorite heros. His ability to sweet talk and melt your heart with how much he loves Cat along with the crazy things that fly out of his mouth ("Ask me if I sparkle and I'll kill you where you stand")make me love him so much.
I am amazed that after this many books about the same lead characters Jeannine Frost is able to maintain the excitement in her Night Huntress story and make it worth reading every page (no skimming for me, not once). I hope she can keep Cat and Bones's story interesting because I look forward to seeing where their story takes them. (less)
**spoiler alert** Where do I begin reviewing the latest addition of the BDB??? I am utterly in love with J R Ward's world and I hope I can do her writ...more**spoiler alert** Where do I begin reviewing the latest addition of the BDB??? I am utterly in love with J R Ward's world and I hope I can do her writing justice in expressing my opinion of Lover Unleashed.
Right off the bat LU is not in the same realm as Lover Eternal or Lover Awakened (my 2 favorites). The 2nd and 3rd BDB books were still in the process of building their world and the focus was most on the two brothers and their prospective mates. They were predominately romance. Now that we are generally familiar with the brothers, the world they live in and their shellans it seems Ward is taking us deeper so we can not only oooo and ahhhh over their hotness and bad ass alpha maleness but learn what makes them tick as well.
V's sister Payne was injured while sparring with Wrath. Unable to operate confidently Jane looks for her old friend Manny Manello who is more specialized and gifted in orthopedic surgery to help Payne. When Manny arrives at the compound and sees Payne sparks fly and of course there we have our newest BDB blossoming relationship.
Payne and Manny are not the sole focus of LU though. Learning he has a twin sister plants something within V that makes him have to either come face to face with who his parents are and what they did to him or he will self destruct. This is a huge portion of the book. V's emotional parental baggage and how he and Jane have to get through it with his best friend's help.
Other new characters have been introduced yet again in LU. Most predominant is Xcor and his "band of bastards". They are vampire warriors who have come from the old country to where their enemies (the lessors) have migrated to, Caldwell NY. And wonder of wonders Xcor doesn't think Wrath is doing a good job and he wants it. The band of bastards cross paths very limitedly with Payne and we are set up for the clash between the bastards and the brothers.
The final storyline taking place was that of a serial murderer investigation Butch's old parter detective De La Cruz and his new parter Tom Delvechio are assigned to. I read a couple reviews that didn't seem to connect the relevance of why this part was included in LU. What does the investigation of human detectives of human murders have to do with the brother's world? When I made the connection of what (I believe) the two have do do with the other my first thought was that Ward is a genius. I believe that Tom Delvechio, De La Cruz's new partner is the main man in Envy, the next book in Ward's Fallen Angel series. This was soooo exciting to me because I love Jim Herron and the other angels almost as much as the brothers. The thought of their two worlds coming together made me giddy.
I love J R Ward's writing. She is without a doubt my favorite author. Though LU was not even close to my favorite BDB book I have to admire her skills which are top notch. But because this is my review and because I was disappointed in many aspects of the book I knocked it down to 4 stars.
My disappointments were: there was very few appearances of the other brothers and their shellans. I miss Rhage and Mary dammit! I was also let down by the fact that all of a sudden at the beginning of the book Vishous has a sister... There was no build up, no introduction she was just there and V was stressing out because she was paralyzed. My next let down was, Wrath kicked Payne's ass, that was how she got paralyzed, "sparring with Wrath". Wouldn't Wrath feel just a little guilty about that? Maybe check on her once or twice to see "what's doing"? There was very little indication of Wrath interacting with Payne at all in regards to her health, or the injuries she sustained because of him. He gave her some amped up Wrath blood but... Very un-Wrathlike by my standards. Last but not least the whole Manny being Butch's brother was very weak to me. Maybe we'll find out more about that later but that was like a tiny blip on the screen of the entire book. Shouldn't what SPECIES Manny is take a little bit of priority? Half of Butch's book (ok that's an exaggeration, but a good portion of it) was about him finding out he had vamp blood.
Over all I LOVE J R WARD. I cannot take away too much from my rating simply because she didn't write a story exactly how I would like or how I would have written it. We all have different directions we would like our favorite stories to go. (For example I really don't want a Quay hook up. Don't stone me, I'm not homophobic I swear but I love Quinn and giving a fine man like that to another man, and depriving the females of him is just a waste to me).
LU was a turning point in the BDB world. The lessors, who were almost non-existent in this book are building their forces and the brothers are going to need all the help they can get. I can't wait for the next one, even though I have not the smallest clue who that one is going to be about. (less)
If you've read Twilight, you know the basic gist of this story. A dangerous vampire falls in love with a human woman. Though he tries to deny his feel...moreIf you've read Twilight, you know the basic gist of this story. A dangerous vampire falls in love with a human woman. Though he tries to deny his feelings and stay away from her in order to keep her safe, Gabriel is too much in love with Lily to stay away long.
I really enjoyed this book. I am a huge fan of Twilight and I agree with other reviewers who stated this is Twilight for adults (sorry, no steamy and lust filled scenes though, it's a fairly tame book). Instead of reading about teenagers falling in love, we are reading about adults who are dealing with the "grown up" complications of love. I honestly enjoyed the character development of Through a Glass Darkly more than Twilight. Lily was a realistic twenty something woman trying to make a living while going to school. Gabriel was a likable, over protective vampire who loved Lily very much and would do anything to protect her. Gabriel and Lily were fun and open, while Bella and Edward were kind of boring and stuffy. (just my opinion of course)
If I would not have read Twilight I would have rated this book higher. But as it is there are way too many similarities between the two books (almost scene by scene similarities), and I have to deduct for lack of originality.
I would definately be reading the next book. Assuming there will be one.(less)