I am so very, very disappointed in this story. Maybe I've not noticed it in James' other books but she totally emasculated the hero.
From the beginninI am so very, very disappointed in this story. Maybe I've not noticed it in James' other books but she totally emasculated the hero.
From the beginning, Edie and Gowan's story is fraught with misunderstandings, misperceptions and no communication. Edie is a spoiled brat. Her father has put her on a pedestal and allowed her to eschew the whole of society because she's a talented cello player. This makes Edie ill equipped to handle human interaction. Where she should have delayed her debut because she was ill, she allowed it to progress because it was what her father wanted. This begins the piling on of her being absent in her life. This is a disservice to Gowan who asks for her hand in marriage. She further takes advice from her stepmother who's a poor choice as she won't face her issues with Edie's father, her husband. In fact, Edie in a way is more mature than Layla.
Gowan has his faults. I applaud him being a virgin the night he consummated his marriage to Edie. His parents were poor examples as his mother was n alcoholic and his father loved a woman who couldn't or wouldn't love him. This set Gowan up to also have a lack of social graces but he does know how to deal with people. It's love at first sight for him when he meets Edie. He recognizes immediately the well ordered life he's led, is changing in an instant.
The story itself is an interesting read. Except for Edie removing herself to the tower when Gowan leaves, I fail to see how it's a play on the fairy tale Rapunzel. Gowan gets a raw deal. He changes a lot about his life and the way he's used to operating because it's what Edie wants. Yet he ends up begging Edie not to leave him. From my perspective, Edie should have been begging him. She absolutely refused to adequately run the household because it would have interfered with her practice time. It seems she expected Gowan to bow to her wants and needs while not bending at all for him. She couldn't even be counted on to be honest with him about what she wanted in and out of bed. I could not read the last 20 - 30 pages of the book when everyone seemed to turn on Gowan. Edie should have been crawling to him and for all that Gowan changed for her, she never stood up or fought hard enough for him....more
**spoiler alert** I owe Briggs an explanation of why I rated this book two stars. With every other Mercy T book, I read it one or two days. Not becaus**spoiler alert** I owe Briggs an explanation of why I rated this book two stars. With every other Mercy T book, I read it one or two days. Not because I had time or because I'm a fast reader. Because they were all intriguing and captured my attention from the first few pages. With this one, I frustratingly read over a week. At times when I could have been reading, I chose to play 4 pics 1 word.
Problem #1: This story did not make sense. The whole intrigue plot was way too convoluted. You start with rogue agents kidnapping the whole pack only to find out in the end the ultimate result was to get Mercy to fight for Marisilia??? Really? Truly made no sense.
Problem #2: I love Mercy and Adam together but at some point she's going to have to submit to him. Adam can't be this all powerful Alpha when his wife, who's not a wolf, constantly usurps his authority and challenges him in front of the pack. She wonders why Honey and the other female don't like her? It's because she shows no respect to her own husband and his position of authority. I get wanting to be independent but it's gone a little too far now.
Problem #3: I know Mercy is the heroine. I get that. What I don't get is why she's always running off half cocked like she's got to save the world. Even us do gooders have a natural instinct to protect ourselves. She can keep saying Mercy won't step back because she won't let injustice go but at this point Mercy is plan idiotic and annoying. She can't get out of this many scrapes and near death experiences without a healthy dose of fear and self preservation. something has to give. Mercy either has to make smarter decisions or she has to suffer a huge loss because of her stupidity. Adam and Stefan won't always be able to ride to her rescue
So after waiting more than a year for this book, I'm sorely disappointed. ...more
Thanks Ward for taking your time and giving us outstanding books continually through this series. The fourth installment of Fallen Angels has me so hoThanks Ward for taking your time and giving us outstanding books continually through this series. The fourth installment of Fallen Angels has me so hooked, I'm wondering what I'm going to do when the seventh and final soul is played.
Jim and Adrian, the constants, are still dealing with the loss of Eddie. Ad's relationship with Eddie is one of the great twists of this book. You think Ad letting his mourning control him is going to give Devina the upper hand. You think Jim and his insane and sick hang up over sissy is a factor but Jim can keep his head on straight. Then WHAM, you realize Ad's the one who's going to man up and Jim is a sad representation of the good side. I keep hoping for him to reach down and grab a pair and he keeps disappointing. He has some moments of clarity but his actions don't coincide with what you think he's figured out. I'm holding out hope because now that he realizes what the evil half of him is, he will get a grip. The ending leaves me a little shakey though. The transformation of Ad though is phenomenal.
I love the journey Ward takes us on in round four. Re-enter Matthias. A great choice to make Devina pay for going a little too far in crossroads decision. Matthias is evil to his core. He reveals he intentionally killed his father just to see what would happen. We know from past storylines, Jim considers him the biggest A-HOLE to ever be birthed. As with past heroines, Mels is a catalyst instead of a major player. Jim seems to have latched onto a common them of the heroine being the key in the soul's decision. Honestly I would not have put her with Matthias as he is in this book, maybe not at all. She's got spunk but she's not dialed in. She's got a poor little me attitude. She gives Matthias a reason to live and do good but the real game changer is him knowing he's only back for a mission and he has to get it right. He's resigned himself to returning to hell but he has to complete his last mission. His crossroads had me going back to the beginning of the book to re-read a passage when Matthias makes his crossroads decision.
As with the other FA books, I was hooked from page one. I love the connections to BDB (this time Xcor and his band of bastards have a cameo). Ward please give me help with Jim. He's giving me little hope for team Good. I also have to say THANK YOU. I am absolutely tweaked with some authors these days and their factory type stories. I know there's going to be an HEA but it's how you get me there that makes a difference. Ward continues to deliver a great ride....more
How does she do it??? How does she write one book with two stories and neither suffers? I am just WOW!
Maybe Abe and Janie made it easy since they wereHow does she do it??? How does she write one book with two stories and neither suffers? I am just WOW!
Maybe Abe and Janie made it easy since they were previously married. They were married young and divorced not long into the relationship. Janie couldn't understand Abe's ties to his family. Abe was dealing with responsibility and losing his dreams so he was some what oblivious to Janie's ignorance of the workings of siblings who lost their parents. They both admit to themselves to be stil in love with the other which is why their story is pretty simple. You know they only need that one catalyst to make them talk about their true feelings and be honest with one another. I have to say, the incident was a bit harsh but it made the kiss and make up more palatable. No soft shoeing for Ms James!
The book probably spent more time on Renner and Tierney. I had a bit of an issue with Renner because he seemed a little scatterbrained while wanting to be top dog. Tierney probably makes a good match for him because she takes really good care of him without him knowing. She also tells him about it in a way that he can't or shouldn't be mad with her. The chemistry between them is a little forced but not so much that it hurts the story.
Renner and Abe are the aw shucks kinda cowboys. Again a totally different persona of the McKays. I do love how she tied in RR with this book by mentioning Sky Blue. ...more
I had high hopes the second book would redeem this series and it did by leaps and bounds. In Saddled and Spurred, Ms james reminds me of why I love heI had high hopes the second book would redeem this series and it did by leaps and bounds. In Saddled and Spurred, Ms james reminds me of why I love her books. She has an uncanny ability to make the characters more than real for the reader, the story highly believable and the sex is ultra HOT.
Bran and Harper are a great couple. Bran has been in love with Harper on some level since she was a teenager. He suffers a bit from insecurity which makes him so endearing. Bran's a homebody. He loves his ranch, his community and his friends. He lives simply. He can't quite wrap his head around a beauty queen being in love with him but he's not going to push her away. I like him because he's just an average joe. He sees himself as the least bright star in reference to his friends. With James' world of ubermanly men, Bran is refreshing.
Harper is the tragically misrepresented beauty queen. Her sense of honesr and loyalty make her a solid companion for Bran. He needs someone who's going to believe in him and build him up. Harper is perfect because she's a strong nuturer. She's boxed in her world because of a mother who was selfish and irresponsible. Deep down, Harper is a girl who grew up too soon because her family meant more to her.
I like what James is doing with this series. With the Rough Riders, all the McKays are bigger than life horndogs. The Blacktop Cowboys are more average every day guys. No need for a woman to reform them, she only needs to love these guys and I already love Bran....more