I just love Mercy. She's probably the best "accidental" hero I've ever read. How someone so insecure ends up saving the day is always refreshing. Let'I just love Mercy. She's probably the best "accidental" hero I've ever read. How someone so insecure ends up saving the day is always refreshing. Let's us know the little guy really can beat all. Briggs does a good job of not revealing every thread of the story before it needs to be. She keeps you in the book and makes you not skim over parts you feel might be irrelevant. I really enjoy the slow build of the relationship with Adam which finally hits it's zenith in this book. Adam is the kind of alphamale any woman could love. He's strong without being overbearing and his protective tendencies are controlled. He allows Mercy to be Mercy but still maintains that he is in charge. Now I'm all interested in how the pack is going to deal with the Mercy. Most ignored her but now that she's bonded with Adam and fully pack, it should get interesting. Especially since she keeps involving them in one skirmish after another. On to the next!...more
The series got better for me as it went along. I love Jack mostly because I am drawn to alpha males. He is the mold for which I would choose my next hThe series got better for me as it went along. I love Jack mostly because I am drawn to alpha males. He is the mold for which I would choose my next husband lol...more
**spoiler alert** The only thing I hate about this book, is I read it so fast that the year I've got to wait for the next one is almost unbearable. I**spoiler alert** The only thing I hate about this book, is I read it so fast that the year I've got to wait for the next one is almost unbearable. I had a few reservations about how Ward would treat the relationship between Qhuinn and Blay. I've found sometimes the nuances can be missed or muddled by an author when it isn't something he/she can personally experience. Ward did not let me down and I kind of feel bad that Lover Enshrined down the list to #3.
I've always wondered how the relationship with Qhuinn and Blay would play out, how the brothers would treat them and if Qhuinn would ever deal with his Rents issue. Qhuinn's non-relationship with his family has always been at the crux of him committing to Blay. As with Phury's drug addiction, Ward doesn't give him a huge "ah ha" moment. She makes Qhuinn work for the realization that he's not the unwanted, unworthy, defective Male his parents treated him as. It is only fitting that Blay was the one to knock some sense into his head. I almost got in trouble at work because I was reading Qhuinn's induction when I was supposed to be working :)
Normally with the Brotherhood, Ward only has to deal with one tortured soul. This time there's two. Blay has known he loved and wanted Qhuinn even before their transition. The love of good parents will make you have a strong sense of self and Blay has it in spades. But the heart wants what the hearts wants and for Blay to make the decision to end the FWB relationship with Qhuinn, you know he's pretty broken. No other story of unrequited love has been told so well with such drama and feeling. I just want to hug Blay because at the same time, he's trying to find a balance with Saxton. Do I hear another male/male relationship???
I'm really not sure what I want to think of Layla and Xcor. In a way I feel as if she's betraying the Brotherhood. On the other hand, I'm cheering for her to change Xcor's intent and let Wrath be. I cried for her when she almost lost the young. No mother should have to go through that. But, for me, this doesn't give her a free pass to have a tete with Xcor and not say anything. I'm going to need her to be a little more strong and a lot less scattered.
Trez and iAm have been two of my favorite supporting members since the beginning. I have always been intrigued as to how they, as Shadows, differ from the Vampires. I'm going to enjoy this line I think Ward is chasing with Trez and Selena and Trez's unknown mate. What an interesting triangle we have.
The Band of Bastards, except Xcor, are pretty much white noise for me right now. I need to spend a little more time with them. I cannot wait to find out what happens when Assail finds Benloise or whomever has his woman. Most intriguing is she's human. Big problems for Beth and Wrath are coming.
I absolutely enjoyed reconnecting with these guys. They are all human to me and I think of them often just in my day to day living. This time Ward let their personalities show more than in just the abstract. Rhage is ever my favorite with his snarky comments. Although V's personality, mannerisms and speech patterns seem to have changed a little. There are things he's known for saying at certain which went missing a few times and the things he did say were a little more hardcore.
All in all I am going to read this again soon but just a little slower! ...more
cute book. i felt for Moose and wanted to strangle his mother. also makes me wonder. if vaccines are causing autism and they weren't being widely usedcute book. i felt for Moose and wanted to strangle his mother. also makes me wonder. if vaccines are causing autism and they weren't being widely used in 1935, where exactly did the correlation come from?...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
A friend gave me this book and just said "READ". After reading the jacket, I was kind of uneasy. I was of the mind this was a way for the author to abA friend gave me this book and just said "READ". After reading the jacket, I was kind of uneasy. I was of the mind this was a way for the author to absolve her guilt over being ambivalent about the state of her community while growing up. I am so glad I read it though.
I've read some of the reviews and I only have one thing to say to anyone who thinks this book is contrived. Take off your rose colored glasses and admit the south was an atrociously harsh place to live if you were black. I only realized how white washed my understanding of the progression from slavery to civil rights to life as I know it. I was born in 1970 but my life was far removed from the days described in this book and there's a minimum 20 years difference. Being who and what I am today, I can't imagine having survived in the south. It makes me understand and respect why my mother got a sour look on her face when a white boy showed up to take me to a movie.
I most identify with Minny. I know how hard it is to hold your tongue. For her, it was the opression of bigotry and racism. Today it's being "polically correct" and cushioning everyone's tender feelings. I truly liked Minny. She did nothing out of spite. If you felt the lash of her tongue, it was deserved. As the story revealed her having an abusive husband, it was even more apparent why she who she was. She had no control or for reasons known only to her didn't accept her control over her home situation. It just shows even the strongest woman can be weak to pride. And that was Minny's problem. She was the best cook and known for being sassy, but her pride would not let her show her home life.
Poor Skeeter was a woman out of time. She lived in a place that moved slow around people who moved slower and was at a loss for how to change it. Skeeter should have been embracing the changes during the 50's but felt she had to conform to please her mother. Truly understandable in a time where women lived to get married whereas today we hide it a bit more.
As for Aibliene, she is the catalyst in truth. She was the rock for everyone. Everyone believed she had a direct line for her prayers. The truth of the matter is Aibilene was honest. She didn't pray for you unless she felt good about it(or you stole her man). She had so much love to give and the black community of Jackson was the lucky recipient.
Hilly deserved the Terrible Awful. How could so many people cowtow to one little unattractive shrew is beyond me. Knowing how small towns work. I can truly understand the personality and persona but I am still awed at the extent of Hilly's control. She wasn't even the richest woman in the town.
I so very much enjoyed this book. I am glad that more books, even if they are fiction, are telling a true story of what was like for black in south. So many of these secrets have stayed hidden for so long....more
I had been a little iffy on the whole Bella Terra series. The disposition of the diamonds kept me in it. I have to say Dodd did a great job.
Looking baI had been a little iffy on the whole Bella Terra series. The disposition of the diamonds kept me in it. I have to say Dodd did a great job.
Looking back, each book built on the mystery and gave very little away. In Betrayal, she did the same thing. I like that Dodd left it for you to understand the Propov gang was responsible for all the mayhem. The story kept me enthralled from around the second chapter. Then the reveal of where the diamonds were had me laughing.
I have to say, the perception I had of Noah and the actuality of Noah was a welcome change. Normally characters are represented in a series and when their book comes up, you feel like you already know how they will react. Not true with Noah. Even with his outburst at the end of Revenge, I never would have guessed him to be the ruthless person he was revealed to be. There was no waxing and moaning or trying to resist the pull of his heroine. Noah admitted he loved Penelope but he knew his fate was sealed and therefore chose not to engage her. All this made for a different feeling at the end of the book and a whole other scope of the HEA.
Penelope on the other hand lacked something. I'm not sure if she's just underdeveloped or she's just background to Noah's angst. She was neither strong nor weak and not very memorable.
I could have done without Gavino, especially since he did nothing in regards to Noah and Liesbeth. Joseph Bianchin got more than what he deserved. All in all, I really loved the story and enjoyed the romance in between...more