What a missed opportunity! Witches with inherent dragon wrangling abilities.Men who are/arent also dragons.Dragon sex. So imagine my consternation when...moreWhat a missed opportunity! Witches with inherent dragon wrangling abilities.Men who are/arent also dragons.Dragon sex. So imagine my consternation when this book turned out to be so low key as to be almost boring! The world building was minimal. The story too small- basicially its a romance concentrating on a very small pool of characters. No alpha males. No sense of what magic means in the world portrayed- which is our modern one. Inadequate physical descriptions of people, irritating social details, glacially slow pacing....
I could go on.
I appreciate the effort it takes, to write a book, and there is the kernel of a good book here, wrapped in a mediocre one. It needed either better editing or a co-author. Something. Cant believe this got to be a series...
If you're into Dragon shifter stories, you're better off with Thea Harrison's Elder Races series, or G.A Aitkens (less)
Meh. The Midnight Breed series has some great world building, and its the kind of thing you gobble up like chocolate, but this book in the series? Yawn....moreMeh. The Midnight Breed series has some great world building, and its the kind of thing you gobble up like chocolate, but this book in the series? Yawn. I kept fast forwarding- always a bad sign, because the two central characters were boring. Andreas 'my family has all been killed, revenge cakes, blah, blah' Clare 'Im so innocent I missed the fact that my husband is a psychotic @%$hole, blah' Really. I spent much of the book doing the literary equivalent of peering over their shoulder. Catching glimpses of others in The Order- the elite group of vampire warriors battling unspeakable evil.I loved the glimpses of Lucan, Renata, the little girl Mira, and my fave couple so far in the series, Tegan (Mr BAMF) and Elise (a gently bred society matron who taught herself to be a Mrs BAMF)
And wanting a book about Hunter- the Gen One genetic experiment freak vampire who had been freed and joined them. The long story arc about the main villain and his plan for world domination is fantastic, so I was also reading for that. But the two star crossed lovers? Nah. Whilst each was having an internal monologue of angst, about what they wanted, all l could think was: 'Yeah. And I want a pony' (less)
Holy Crap! I've been reading this series, which is not at all like the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series...ok, well it is, really. But why not? There's p...moreHoly Crap! I've been reading this series, which is not at all like the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series...ok, well it is, really. But why not? There's plenty of story left to tell about Special Forces-like teams of elite vampire warriors built like WWE wrestlers, who all live in a high security compound/castle and fight unspeakable evil protecting their vampire bretheren and humans. Who are either revered or feared by their sophisticated vampire kin.Yet still have time to stumble across ravishingly beautiful human women who are innocent, passionate, and.. well, you get the gist. Anyhoo, Breedmates-the rare human women who can produce children with vampires- dont go out doing any of the warrior stuff *sigh* so you can imagine how stunned I was, when we encounter the heroine,Elise, a widow,formerly a high society Darkhavens resident, out and about tracking and killing baddies on her own using her telepathic powers to sniff them out, with a massive knife!Because she's seeking revenge after loosing her only son to a drug that turned him rogue. And she's done the whole cut-off-her-hair-and-get-weapons-and-swear-a-vow shit you usually get in Chinese martial arts films. I was half expecting to get a training montage...ok sorry, went off track there! Elise has offed at least a dozen baddies.Society Mom has turned stone cold killer!
So, Elise bumps into this series Mr BAMF, Tegan. Cold, ruthless, vicious killer of rogues, often does the solo assassin shit etc etc.He's spent 500 years indifferent to everyone, training himself to feel no emotion, just wants to be a killing machine, etc etc.
So, of course, the writer just has to match these two up.
They but heads. ALOT. Elise- in her genteel way throws down on Tegan, and says the (posh) version of 'Bring it, bitch!' and he's shocked, because no one usually speaks to a 6 foot five, 900 year old, armed to the teeth, 'My Middle Name Is Pain!' vampire like that.So of course, he has to help her, and they fall in love, but she remains badass throughout, including in the big final action scene! Where she rescues him, continuing to kick ass!
Um. Well. I've heard of guys in fiction being dominant, but the super-macho Law Castille,who scares the crap out of the hero (really, heroine) Tom in th...moreUm. Well. I've heard of guys in fiction being dominant, but the super-macho Law Castille,who scares the crap out of the hero (really, heroine) Tom in this great little novella, takes domination to a new level.
The author must have gone shopping at Alpha-Males-R-Us,for the character of Law, because...DAMN!
Frankly, I'd have called the police if this huge, obscenely rich, brutally handsome @&$hole had turned up at my place of work, with a brilliantly evil plan for revenge on the ex who broke my heart.
But Tom lets Law persuade him to bring him to Tom's rich ex-boyfriend's society wedding. To a woman. To wreak revenge. As one does. Because... that's going to go so well, right? And Tom, (who is not a wuss, nor the kind of feminised man in so many of these fics) has the whole 'deer in the headlights' thing going on when Law is in the room, because he's so intimidating. And a control freak. And gives off an air of sexual menace, to boot.
Listen, I spent the first 1/3 of this extremely short book (and whats up with that, Jezz Morrow? huh?) putting my hand over my eyes, shrieking 'No!' and 'Run!' intermittently at Tom.
And I had the same sense of foreboding as Tom as to the 'price' Law would force him to pay, for getting him into the wedding. I'm...not going to say much more, as the scene immediately after the wedding is incendiary. Personally? I'd have called the police, AND got a restraining order against Law. I'm just saying.
Holy Moly! Georgette Heyer is brilliant, and this is one of her most famous regency novels. Its...two worlds colliding. One world is the over the top on...moreHoly Moly! Georgette Heyer is brilliant, and this is one of her most famous regency novels. Its...two worlds colliding. One world is the over the top one of handsome, passionate cruel rakes, who love duelling, drinking, gambling, screw-- ok, you get the picture. This is the world from which the hero, a marquis, named Dominic, hails. The other is down to earth, normal practical world where someone knows the cost of a pint of milk, where to buy curtains,and has sensible bedtimes. This is the world from which the heroine, named Mary, hails.
Mary is normal, sensible (not boring) smart and real. Dominic is...madder than a bag of spanners. He's a real aristo, and will kill people in a duel at the drop of a hat, seduce women right,left and centre.On his way to a party, he'll shoot highwaymen and leave their corpses in the road,as one does etc etc. All while in the type of tight pants that leave NOTHING to the imagination. And, of course, he's jaw droppingly handsome. And a complete dick.
He and Mary wouldnt ordinarily meet, but she has a beautiful younger sister, who if around now, would make Paris Hilton look like a member of Mensa. She's been leading Dominic on after meeting at the regency equivalent of a mall, thinking marriage, but Mr Bad Boy is only thinking 'leg-over'. When Dominic has to flee England having killed one man too many, he decides to get Mary's sister to come with him. Mary finds out, tricks him into taking her (disguised as her sister)then reveals herself on his yacht and...it doesnt go down too well. He decides to ravish Mary. She wont be ravished, so she shoots him with his own pistol, and this, of course, makes him REALLY interested, and it all kicks off from there. He gets a sudden insight- 'hey, this woman is respectable!' and a belated fit of conscience, so says he'll marry her NOW, to save her reputation. Doesnt matter what she wants.
Mary's all, '@&&k that shit. Im'a get a JOB!'
She escapes Dominics clutches, running off.Not letting the fact that she's now in a foreign country with no money faze her. He finds out she'd gone,freaks out - like whoa!- and sets off in hot pursuit.
Its all fast journeys across France in horse drawn carriages,fighting, misunderstandings,costumed balls,arguements, running away, hot pursuits, duels, you name it. All the way through the book Dominic behaves like a classic, bodice-ripper hero. That is, like a real asshole. Displaying sociopathic tendencies, but sexy with it. Mary is wonderful, grown up, has a great sense of humour,and common sense. She can see the sexy, all right, but is fighting it. She is us, the reader. And she can manage Dominc just fine, thank you very much, but she doesnt want the hassle of dealing with his crazy, and being ostracised by his family and high society if she does marry into his class.
One of the best reviews of The Devil's Cub OF ALL TIME is here: http://bit.ly/w7HEzj Honestly, this is a book to buy, and re-read every year or so. Love it.(less)
A classic of the genre!If you like this sort of thing...then this is the sort of thing you'll like. The heroine is innocent, downtrodden, beautiful,an...moreA classic of the genre!If you like this sort of thing...then this is the sort of thing you'll like. The heroine is innocent, downtrodden, beautiful,and narrates the story. The hero is very handsome, rich, powerful...and a psychotic asshole. Really. Domineering,obssessive, possessive, highly sexed, irresistible to men and women,and he likes torturing people. No bodice is left un-ripped. There's blood, bi-sexuality,rennaisance Italian history, sadism,insanity, revenge, and a little transvestism thrown in. Is there anything in that description that makes you not want to read it? Course not! It was madly enjoyable. Great way to pass an evening(less)