Before I start this review, let me share a confession ... this is the first time I've returned to the BDB world since Qhuinn and Blay's book, Lover AtBefore I start this review, let me share a confession ... this is the first time I've returned to the BDB world since Qhuinn and Blay's book, Lover At Last. Man, I LOVED that story arc! I'm definitely #TeamQhuinn and once I heard that he wasn't so predominately featured in the books that followed, I kinda stopped reading the series. I know, I know .... bad Bels! In my defense, I was busy writing my own books, but still ... no excuse.
When I saw Warden announce a spin of series that involved new trainees, I squeed a little. When the paperback arrived at my house, I squeed a lot. When I finished it, placing the book gently beside me, I swooned, vowing to correct my oversight and reread the entire series from the beginning again.
Oh, how I've missed this world!
While I didn't get my Q fix, I was happy to return to familiar characters and get introduced to new ones. I enjoyed the split of attention - viewing the world through Paradise's eyes and her being one of two females to survive the brutal introduction to the Brother's training program - and revisiting Marissa and Butch. For me, it was the perfect blend of the old and the new. It didn't take long for me to get swept away, falling in love with Craeg as I waited for the inevitable ... these males, once the fall, they fall HARD. I caught myself chuckling at how valiantly he tried to resist his attraction and the lure of bonding. The Brothers are known to be hard headed when it comes to love, but holy cow ... nothing beats the swoon factor of them being brought to their knees by the females they love.
One of my FAVORITE parts of Blood Kiss was something that happened between V and Marissa. It was the smallest of actions, something some may have quickly read over and thought nothing about, but to me ... it made me smile! For those familiar with the series, Vishous is many things - but affectionate isn't one of them. So when he shows it, I notice. Marissa and Butch deal with relationship issues throughout the book, in the midst of dealing with a horrific death AND starting up a new trainee program. When V says nothing, but kisses Marissa's palm, that one action speaks volumes and showed the level of respect he has for his BFFs shellan. Again, might not mean much to some, but for me, it left me with a goofy grin. Same as when Butch sees his gorgeous mate and instantly drops to his knees. I'm a sucker for those kinds of reactions!
This new spin off has incredible potential and I wait (im)patiently for the next one. I can't wait to see what Warden has in store for the trainees and whose heart we get a glimpse at next! Who knows, maybe the author will have Q come talk to them and I can get my Qhuinn fix. *insert swoon here* ...more
Yep, that's me being incredibly excited!! As a lover of romance, I'm giddy over Crush by Lacey Weatherford because I have anotherWOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOO!!!
Yep, that's me being incredibly excited!! As a lover of romance, I'm giddy over Crush by Lacey Weatherford because I have another book boyfriend to gush and swoon about. For those who have read books by this author (the Of Witches & Warlocks series and Chasing Nikki) you'll know you're in for one hell of a read because Lacey's stories are AMAZING!
Once again, Lacey Weatherford has delivered a romance so exhilarating, you’ll be left in a puddle of swoony sighs, wondering why there was never a guy like Hunter Wilder when you were in high school. This story has it all – romance, suspense, angst, humor . . . not to mention amazing one liners from a guy so deliciously sexy, it’ll leave you breathless and blushing for hours to come! I don't just have a crush . . . I have an addiction. Prepare yourself because you'll feel the same. One look at Hunter and you'll fall so hard they may need to add his name to the list of addictions people need recovering from! But then ... WHO WANTS A CURE???
Enjoy this book! It's amazing! Trust me, you'll love it!! I give it FIVE LUSCIOUS LIPS!! (haha couldn't resist. Have you seen the cover?) ...more
I don't even know where to begin in reviewing this book. I've been a huge fan of Lacey Weatherford's from the moment I read her amazing Of Witches &am I don't even know where to begin in reviewing this book. I've been a huge fan of Lacey Weatherford's from the moment I read her amazing Of Witches & Warlocks series, and when she announced she was releasing a new book, I was excited to see what she'd do. Chasing Nikki, her first YA contemporary romance story, is NOTHING short of a masterpiece!
I'm the kind of reader who wants to be swept up into a story and connect with the characters. I want to FEEL something and close the book with the experience that I'd been on a journey. Holy cow! This book had me right from the beginning and dragged my tender beating heart right through to the stunning end. I felt every emotion possible - pain and understanding with Chase as he struggled to keep his life together, laughter over the antics he pulled to impress the girl, swooning over the tender moments, and anguish for the trials he had to face. This book is the TOTAL PACKAGE ... you honestly don't get any better than this because it is beautifully written with the kind of detail that makes you BELIEVE in the characters. You want to pull Chase and Nikki from the books and hug them.
I could gush about this book for hours, but I'll sum up everything you need to know about this book right here - do whatever you need to do so you can sit UNINTERRUPTED and devour this book. Chase Walker is incredible. This story is AMAZING, POWERFUL, and something that will tug so hard on your heartstrings, you will walk away CHANGED for the better. You OWE it to yourself to read this book....more
Hands up those who lost the will to read, sobbed uncontrollably, and wandered around feeling lost and depressed after the Drink Deep's ending? If youHands up those who lost the will to read, sobbed uncontrollably, and wandered around feeling lost and depressed after the Drink Deep's ending? If you did, you weren't alone because I seriously fell apart. My poor hubby had no idea what was happening as I came out crying over Ethan. Broke my heart and I vowed to hunt done the author to make it right, if she didn't fix it in Hard Bitten.
What a book! I was on the edge of my seat the entire time, with the constant thought of "Please tell me it's going to be okay!" I loved the storyline of this book, showing Merit to be a take charge person, inside of hiding away from her duty, depressed. I know that's what I would be tempted to do because losing love is never an easy thing. I really enjoyed seeing her defending the House again, even though there were definitely moments of vulnerability I LOVED! I teared up when she came home and crawled into Ethan's bed.
This book left me guessing. I wondered who was behind it all, and I HATED that I was right. I had the niggly feeling for most of the book, and I kept telling myself, "Surely the author wouldn't." I loved seeing different mythical creatures, their involvement in the craziness that was happening, and yes ... I found myself being intrigued by Jonah. He'd definitely treat Merit right, but he was no Ethan. I'm 100% Team Ethan and he's the reason why I RACED through the book.
I was completely satisfied with this book. There was NOTHING I didn't like - yep, even the ending. Even though it was bittersweet when everything was revealed, it made for an amazing read. Even though a lot of Hard Bitten was action - Merit trying to uncover the truth, the SWOON it did have was WELL WORTH THE WAIT. Just saying ... Gosh, I could've read those parts over and over and over again!
This is definitely one of my favorite series, one I've continue to reread. I'm impatient now for the next book because .... EVERYTHING IS RIGHT IN MY WORLD!! Hahaha how's that for being spoilerish in code! Thanks for a great read, Chloe. Highly recommend this series!! I HEART ETHAN!! ...more
Yep, I went into this book hearing how amazing it was so I was somewhat prepared but seriously, the very INSTANT I met Darius Rourke, the sexy hero ..Yep, I went into this book hearing how amazing it was so I was somewhat prepared but seriously, the very INSTANT I met Darius Rourke, the sexy hero .... I was a COMPLETE goner!! This man felt like he was dipped in decadent chocolate ... I was dipped in chocolate or heck, we both were because he was absolutely SINFUL!! He was caloric!! He was swoonworthy!! He was masterful!! He was panty melting material!! It didn't take long for me to fall under his spell to where I was ready to follow any of his commands. In fact had you watched me reading, you would've heard me whispering giddily "Darius, tell me to say it. I will you know... I love you." This is the EXACT reason why I love reading romance and it just got better and better.
I loved the mixture of historical romance and bdsm. Now before you go thinking of lords and ladies wielding floggers and chains, it's not like that. This was really light bdsm - think robe sashes to restrain and blind folds. The focus was more on the need to submit and dominant... to provide the needs of the other so that both were happy and fulfilled. I thought Raine did an outstanding job with it, the things Darius would say to Marianne making me tingle. I loved the way the author explained it and the limits she set within the story. It made for interesting dynamics between the couple, especially when it came to sharing feelings of love.
I adored this couple. Can you imagine how incredible it would be to find out the man you marry has loved you for what seems like your entire life? You have been watched over and protected. Things you said in passing carefully and lovingly remembered. It was enough to make me swoon to know Darius had always loved Marianne, he was just bidding his time before stepping in and making her his. The opening scenes were enough to make me feel like his gaze was on me, it was so easy to fall into the story and join the characters.
I loved the conflict and inner turmoil I found in His Perfect Passion. It reached in and grabbed hold of my heart, laughing and crying for both of them. Marianna has this terrible secret, one she hopes Darius will never find out because even though it takes her a while, she actually loves him and doesn't want to lose him. To know his wife is harboring something, something he can't fix and wipe away the sadness from her eyes, it hurts Darius. Oh gosh, it was all just so beautiful because all they needed to do is confide in one another but hey, what would the story be without the extra angst to make you really love the characters? The storyline was PERFECT for me as a romance junkie. It left me breathless and excited for more.
I would recommend this book to everyone without hesitation. Please don't let the term "bdsm" make you overlook this wonderful romance story. Love comes in all forms ... what's important is the journey and this is one I am so VERY grateful I didn't miss. Happy reading everyone!! ...more
I'm telling you, Ghost Of A Chance completely sucked me and held my heart. You have two amazing characters - Remy, who is this tortured i Mini Review:
I'm telling you, Ghost Of A Chance completely sucked me and held my heart. You have two amazing characters - Remy, who is this tortured individual whose stuck living the consequences of his actions. He's had time to realize the errors of his ways and is desperate to find the woman who'll help him. But not just desperate for her ... desperate for love. Even though he's filled with self doubt, he goes on a date with Susannah and is completely blown away. For a ghost, Remy is incredibly sexy and sincere and I held my breath through most of the book, begging that he get his happily ever after. I feel in love with Susannah the moment I met her and I whispered "She's the one." I loved the way they interacted and that she gave Remy a chance.
If I could sum Ghost Of A Chance up into one sentence it would be this - Deena Remiel has created a love story with a swoonworthy balance of tenderness, sensuality, hopeful longing and desperate desire, a romance you're not going to want to put down until you've savored every last word and emotion.
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I guess I'm a swoon-a-holic where when I'm in need, I reach back to those stories where I know I'm guaranteed a good read. Ghost Of A Chance has become one of those for me and I love the way I can slip back into the story and get the fix of romance I crave. Being the tortured hero junkie that I am, I just love Remy and that feeling I know we all get when we desperately want the HEA. Two people with so much to give but will it happen??
I really loved the intimate scenes in this book, one in particular because honestly, how does a ghost touch a woman? I loved the uniqueness of how Remy brings pleasure to Susannah and it had me closing my eyes, imaging it as well. It was erotic and sensual and absolutely PERFECT! I'll admit it made my heart melt and left me with a huge smile on my face.
I haven't read many of the 1NS series but I love the whole idea of capturing this moment between to hopeful want to be lovers and exploring it. It's a short story so it gives you the chance to fully dive in without the worry of interruptions pulling you away. You can fully immerse yourself from beginning to end and if you're like me, that's just what you need at the end of a long day or a weekend afternoon. Deena did a wonderful job making me care about Remy and Susannah and I know I won't be the only one sighing over this book. Definitely something to read and devour! ...more
I so wasn't sure about reading this. I absolutely adored the first three books in this series and when I saw this was Butch's story, I was hesitant. I I so wasn't sure about reading this. I absolutely adored the first three books in this series and when I saw this was Butch's story, I was hesitant. I found myself wondering - how could a "human" possibly beat anything the Brotherhood could deliver? Let me just say ... I'm not afraid to smack my head against the wall moaning, "Why were you so scared? WHY did it take you so long to read this amazing story?" Where I thought the series should end with Zsadist because he satisfied all my cravings, Butch delivered such an emotional read and yes, he may just be my favorite.
I don't know what it is about these books that just suck me in. Maybe its the uber Alpha males who are equally tortured in their own ways or the women that drive them to their knees. Maybe its the way the fight evil with a single mindedness, never worried about themselves as they throw themselves into danger. Maybe its the evil that is so profoundly evil and disturbing, that you can't put the book down until it's vanquished. Maybe it's the emotion that I feed on, like a junkie, because there is ALOT of it. With the different story lines weaving in and out, there's quite a bit happening but the author does a remarkable job and making sure it all ties in, leaving you wanting more.
I don't know where to begin... this book truly took me by surprise. There was the relationship between Butch and Marissa - the longing they had for one another and they way they worked around their differences. They were definitely opposites but they fit together beautifully, as if they were made for each other. Here is the rough man, who's coarse and constantly surrounded by danger but he's so incredibly gentle with Marissa, the aristocrat who steals his heart. The things he whispers to her melted me, the amazing love he felt had me swooning. Who would've thought this man had it in him? NEVER underestimate a human in a paranormal romance because when you do, you miss out on men like Butch. My heart broke for him when he felt he needed to keep away, how tortured he must have felt thinking he wasn't enough and I cried when he risked it all. Even though I understood Marissa's fears, I wanted to shake her at walking away from his sacrifice, at her not seeing into his heart and realizing - what other choice did Butch have? Love him, hold on to, cherish him all the days you have together. Yep, Butch really won me over and even though he was full of flaws, he was perfect and I would've been his shellan in a heartbeat!
There was sooo much going on in this book. My heart bled for John as he continues to struggle with the death of Wellsie and disappearance of Tohr. So much pain and anguish in such a small person. All that rage and fury with nowhere to go but out. I LOVED the way the Brotherhood was there for him and how Wrath especially, reached out and made a difference. Even Zsadist was amazing and it made me love them all more. Vishous .... my gosh .... this was the other part of the storyline that just ripped my heart out and stomped all over it. That poor man and what can I do to ease him! I loved that the author didn't drown me in his story but gave me enough to know his turn will be spectacular. There's so much going on there and I can't wait to see how it unfolds.
I'm so glad I started reading the series again. If you'd all have seen me, I was sighing and pausing through the whole book, up to all hours of the night reading because I couldn't put it down. It was like an addiction and I couldn't get enough. Even when my Kindle started acting up, a sign to go to bed, I pulled it up on my phone and kept reading. Amazing book.... amazing characters. If you haven't read this series, I highly recommend it. It's full of the good stuff - swoon, action, humor and sexy males just dying to melt your hearts! Happy reading! ...more
My review is to come but can I just say this.... Marcia has always dazzled me with how swoony and delicious her men are and the kisses that make my knMy review is to come but can I just say this.... Marcia has always dazzled me with how swoony and delicious her men are and the kisses that make my knees melt. I went into this book expecting the same and was left with the following statement: "HOT DAMN!" I really feel that she has FAR outdone herself with this book. She's gone from swoony to SEXY swoony and it wasn't just my knees that were melting. Not only was Sharlamagne endearing but Maxim was compeltely edible and OOZED sexuality. I really feel she turned the sex appeal up HIGH in this book, going WAY beyond anyhing she's written which makes me chuckle because lovely Shar had THE hardest time saying the blushworthy "s" word.
I absolutely ADORED the pairing of these two characters. They were AH-MAZING and such a perfect fit. The sexual tension and chemistry between them built so well and when it exploded between them, it threatened to set my Kindle on fire. I was in a constant state of swooning and fanning myself, smiling like a giddy school girl with a crush, all the while getting that rush of excitement I crave when reading romance. Did I mention that Marcia ROCKED the romance in this story? I seriously feel like a junkie now, shaking for my next fix and having no clue when it's coming. It's hard to type this while I'm still clutching my chest, sighing dramatically.
Oh heck, I might as well write my review LOL
When I first saw the cover, I immediately thought "YAY, Marcia's released another historical!" I started thinking about how much I loved Shackles of Honor and The Highwayman of Tanglewood so I was giddy to start. I'll admit, I was a little disappointed when I saw it was a contemporary. But I've learned to never doubt this trusted author to deliver so I pushed on and LOVED the story that developed.
Sharlamagne is the daughter of an antiques dealer and as a result, loves all things historical, delighting in finding treasures and cherishing the past. The story opens with her at a antiques show and meeting with her beloved friend, who has a surprise guest with her. Blown away with how handsome he is, Maxim impresses both Shar and her sister, Gwen and they promptly put him on the list of guys they want. Unfortunately, tragedy strikes, bringing Shar and Maxim together years later and this is where it becomes magical. What seemed to be a friendship of convenience becomes one of need and heartfelt longing, and the attraction between them builds to a fevered pitch *insert swoon*
Sorting through antique treasures, there's a room in the home Maxim inherits called the Passion Room that holds a very serious warning: Beware all who enter and spend time because whether it's attraction, lust or a soul abiding love, people are pulled together where their passions ignite. Joking around about it, Maxin and Shar enter and HOLY FREAKN' COW! I would GLADLY have exchanged spots. From that moment on, things become intense and I enjoyed being lead to the very end where I was completely satisfied and happy.
There are so many wonderful moments in this story. Ones where I quickly highlighted on my Kindle for future use and some where I had to immediately share them with my BFF. I ADORED the scene where Maxim takes Shar to the dance where they experienced their first kiss. It was hard to read because I kept wanting to close my eyes and savor it, tracing my own lips as I imagined it. Yep, I might have looked like a fool to those around me but my gosh it was SO GOOD!I loved the little touches Marcia added to the story, the quirks and traits that she gave the characters that made them instantly likable. You wanted Maxim and Shar to get together, begged for it, willed it and whooped out loud when things went well. It really was an interactive read for me LOL I'm a sucker for the banter that happens between love interests and I was in HEAVEN with this story. The texting was funny and swoony all at once, and it was probably one of my favorite scenes in the entire book.
I honestly can't gush enough. There were a few things I had a hard time with (editing stuff) but once I was swept up in the romance of the story, it was all I could focus on and I didn't care. I couldn't put the book down until it was over. It met every one of my romance loving needs and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to others. Happy reading everyone! ...more
I'm not sure what made me swoon more - the story or the cover? Don't you just love the tagline "He healed her body... but he wanted her heart." *inser I'm not sure what made me swoon more - the story or the cover? Don't you just love the tagline "He healed her body... but he wanted her heart." *insert sigh* It pretty sums up this short story from Kimberly Killion. I had a chance to meet the author at RomCon so when I found this on my Kindle, I couldn't resist. Also, does the guy look familiar? Think Belinda "manwich" Yep, Brooks Johnson is the cover model and he makes for a gorgeous cover!
Anyway, back to the story. I'm really starting to become a fan of the short story where the author hits you over the head with a little drama, a little action and a great big serving of swoony romance. I enjoyed His Magick Touch with the idea that Keiran had loved Sorcha all this time and that everything he had done was for her. Talk about unswerving devotion! To be loved that way just makes me tingle. Here is a man that steps up and does whatever it takes, who has an amazing heart and you can't help but hold your breath as you wait to see whether he gets the girl.
Sorcha... poor, poor girl. The openings scenes made me cringe a little over how hard her life must have been married to her heartless swine of a husband. Accused of being a witch and cursing him, he wants to be done with her and my stomach dipped as he tried to kill her. Of course, this opened the story up for the dashing hero to come to her rescue, and heal her. I loved that Keiran didn't just smother her but he realized she may need a little time. He was constant and consistent. I did feel frustrated for him when Sorcha didn't immediately see his intentions, believing him to only want the clan leadership but *insert another sigh* I got my happily ever after!
This was a quick read but definitely a great way to get a feel for the writing style of the author. The story was smoothly written with all the right elements to appeal to romance readers. This is definitely a story I wouldn't have minded seeing as a full length novel but it has me eyeing one of the books I got from RomCon from the author. Also for 99c, this is a bargain. Happy reading everyone! ...more
Gosh, I'm so close to sobbing I'm practically a basket case. It's been a while since I've read Zarek's story and it packed just as powerful a punch asGosh, I'm so close to sobbing I'm practically a basket case. It's been a while since I've read Zarek's story and it packed just as powerful a punch as it did the first one. Wow. Sherrilyn truly is the Queen of Tortured Heroes. Everything about Zarek made my heart bleed and wish desperately for a happy ever after for him. This was such a gut wrenching story that I had to stop quite a few times just so I could remember to breathe.
I love the Dark Hunters. There's something about them that just revs my romance loving heart. They are unbelievably sexy and powerful, their sex appeal literally oozes off the pages. I've always been a sucker for the REALLY bad bad boy and you can't get much worse than Zarek. I'd say the man has a death wish but you'd have to actually care and he is so beyond it, it's almost a little scary. The nurturer in me BEGS for a way to save him and it took an amazing woman with unfathomable courage to reach in and touch him. Good gosh, I can feel the tears starting to fall!
I can't even begin to imagine how horrific it was growing up the way Zarek did, to wish for death and wake up each morning being denied the peace it would bring. Where all others saw was a sociopath in need of a serious putting down, thank heavens for Acheron who KNEW Zarek's heart and believed in him. Makes me love that man even more *insert sigh* It was never that Zarek didn't want to be friendly and reach out, he just didn't know how and each time he did, he became vulnerable and it was open season on him. People can be cruel, vicious even and what they don't understand, they reject. It would take a special person to FIGHT to get beyond the extremely toxic barriers Zarek had put up over the centuries but Astrid was the woman. My giddy romantic heart wants to sing praises for the woman the kept looking, searching for that small glimmer of hope and who held on tight when she found it. *insert another sigh and wipes away a stray tear*
This book was an emotional goldmine for me because it had me cheering for the underdog, touched deeply by the struggles he had overcome and for the unbelievable risk Zarek took by letting Astrid into his heart. Loving someone is easy, it's accepting it... owning it... putting your heart in the other's hands that's difficult and I LOVED watching his transformation. Seriously, I'm a gooey mess here because this is why I LOVE reading romance. To win against all the odds. It's beautiful.
I say, you'd be crazy not to read Dance With The Devil.... to not read any of the Dark Hunters series. Sherrilyn really does have a gift for writing sexy tortured heroes and I'm looking forward to devouring each book! She writes an amazing story, with a plot that's thick with action and humor. Gotta love the snarkiness but most of all... I love the chemistry and the tension as the characters do the "I want so bad... I need so bad but I'm not good for them" dance. I love watching the stubbornness wash away and seeing the passion between them. Definitely sizzling in places and that's just how I like my Dark Hunters! Happy reading! ...more
I find myself a little speechless and in awe. I can't begin to tell you how excited I was to find this book at RomCon this past weekend and for the chI find myself a little speechless and in awe. I can't begin to tell you how excited I was to find this book at RomCon this past weekend and for the chance I had to meet Kasi and her partners. My journey in the romance genre has full of wonderful discoveries and even though it scared me at first, I've found I really enjoy some of the BDSM novels that are out there. Nothing excites me more than to learn something new and watch an old opinion be firmly booted out the door. As much as I love reading romance filled with dashing heroes sporting six pack abs and flowing hair, something has to be said for the power that comes from reading a romance straight from every day life and seeing it transform a relationship. While Becoming sage isn't necessarily the "typical" romance, it definitely is a moving story, one that gripped me so tightly that I went willingly with Jill as she explored her new life, feeling everything right along side her.
One of the things that most impressed me with this story was that I loved the way Jill thought. Written from her point of view, I loved being able to watch how she processed everything and how she reasoned things out. I can only imagine how strange everything must have seemed, going from one lifestyle to another that was very different but I wanted to cheer over the way she embraced it. She knew the Master/slave lifestyle intrigued her but she still asked questions - insightful ones that really gave the reader the opportunity to learn along with her. It was sometimes spooky how I would think of something only to have her question it in the story. I loved how the answers were shared - so simple and straight forward to the point where I found myself agreeing with her. By the end of the story, I appreciated sage and was so grateful for being able to ride along.
This is the first book by author Kasi Alexander and if I could I would want to thank her for writing this book. Not only was it a great story, one that tugged at me constantly, but it was incredibly informative. How many times can you honestly say you've been privy to the inside workings of someone elses relationship? Other than my own, I know I haven't and I loved being able to witness the dynamics of sage, sunni's and Sir's as they negotiated theirs. There was nothing "glamorous" and "fluffy" about it. No swoon moment - just real emotions and reactions and it was intense at times. I think a general misconception is that BDSM is nothing more than deviant sex and abuse of power. This book shows that while the sexual nature of the lifestyle is definitely an important component, there is so much more. It's about trust, commitment and a willingness to communicate so that not only you get what you need but so does your partner. What made this story even more intriguing was including polyamory to it and watching three people navigate the relationship. It looked like a lot of work but judging by sage's reactions, one that was very worth it.
Being that the story involved BDSM, the author did share alot of the different play that is involved. I hadn't known how extensive it was and I loved how she explained through sage why things were done and the significance. I enjoyed learning how pain could be transferred into pleasure and read what it felt like. There was definitely a few things that raised my eye brows but again, I loved how "real" the book was. This would be a great book for those interested in the lifestyle, for those like me with a healthy curiosity because it holds a strong balance between all aspects - the psychology behind BDSM and the emotions attached to it.
After all is said and done, I'm just really grateful that I was given a chance to read Becoming sage. It's one of those books that makes a lasting impression, one that has had me thinking ever since I read the first page and feeling completely inadequate because I still feel like I haven't. I'm excited to know that this is the first in a series and I'm curious to see what aspect Kasi will explore next. This is an amazing debut novel by the author and I encourage all those with an open mind to read Becoming sage. It's a story that will move you and keep you up all night reading. Happy reading!! ...more
This was perfect! I needed something Ash-ish to tide me over while I wait to read The Iron Knight and this definitely hit the spot. I've had a complet This was perfect! I needed something Ash-ish to tide me over while I wait to read The Iron Knight and this definitely hit the spot. I've had a complete Iron Fey Fest the last few days, devouring the books and was excited to see this available. Not as excited as I was when I saw this was in Puck's point of view! Holy snap! I have LOVED reading the snarkiness and humor Puck has shown in the previous book so I couldn't wait to dive into his mind and see the world through his eyes. What a blast!
I loved that the author picked up a moment from The Iron Queen and used it as the plot line for this short novella. Prince Ash had made a promise - a favor and that person called it in, sending Ash into extreme danger to honor it. Puck, darling Puck, the not quite friend/not quite enemy volunteers to go along because he truly is the only one that can help. He's daring and a complete prankster and I loved watching these two mighty characters banter off each other. I did wonder what it would be like without Meghan there to act the buffer and add that tension but I really enjoyed the story.
I read most of the story in the tub (completely paranoid my Kindle would take a nose dive) and almost drowned myself when Oberon showed up and spoke with Puck. A guy can only take so much and no matter how "honorable" you try to be, the heart wants what it wants. Oberon gives a suggestion to Puck that part of me was screaming "Do it!! Win the girl!" and the other "You rat fink! Don't you dare!" I could just imagine how much conflict it created in Puck. Everything he's ever wanted, right there for the taking if he has the courage, or should I say the cowardice, to act! I waited in BAITED breath to see what Puck would decide and was so tempted to throw my Kindle across the room as it finally revealed itself. I began chanting "It's all a prank, it's part of the plan" just so I didn't burst into tears. Yep, I'm one of "those" kind of readers that gets totally involved in the story which is a great sign of how awesome Julie Kagawa is!
This is an amazing addition to the series and one I'd wholeheartedly recommend. I've seen some authors who have their main books and release smaller stories to branch between and I've been so disappointed because they are nothing more than fluff fillers. There is no fluff in Summer's Crossing. It's a fun read, completely relevant and a great way to see more of beloved characters. Grab yourself a copy while it's free! Happy reading! ...more
"What do you want of me, Meghan?" he asked, a low thread of anguish flickering below the surface. Tears blurred my vision, all the fear and heartache"What do you want of me, Meghan?" he asked, a low thread of anguish flickering below the surface. Tears blurred my vision, all the fear and heartache of the past few days rising to the surface. "Just you," I whispered. "I just want you."
"You're kind of blind, you know?" Puck whispered, smiling to soften his words. "I wouldn't defy Oberon for just anyone. But, for you..." He leaned forward, touching his forehead to mine. "I'd come back from the dead for you"
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It was like this the ENTIRE book! I couldn't read The Iron Daughter fast enough as I devoured every word I was so engrossed. Sleeping was a burden and I took my Kindle everywhere with the hopes of stealing a few moments to keep reading. I actually finished the book while I was at a family reunion and I'm surprised people didn't look at me strange when I crumpled into a contented mess at the end, goofy grin and heavy sighing. LOVED this book and it definitely kept the intensity of the first book.
I loved how fast paced the book is. It's almost as if the author doesn't want to give you time enough to regain your breath before she throws you into the next scene. If I wasn't laughing over the sarcastic banter, I was swooning over the heartbreaking comments Puck and Ash were sharing with Meghan. How can one girl be so lucky?? This is one WICKED love triangle, full of heart and emotion and I never knew from one moment where my allegiance would lie. Well, I did - with Ash but man, he made it a little hard in this book for a while but I knew there had to be a reason. He may be a Winter Fey but there's nothing icy or frosty about his feelings for Meghan. There was such angst that it made me gasp and in places sob because I just wanted to jump into the story and fix it! Puck sure didn't make it easy as he turned up that cocky charm of his. Gosh he broke my heart too and there were times where I wish I wasn't reading YA but some steamy erotica novel because then Meghan could have both these delicious guys and there wouldn't be the constant tugging. I hated that someone, if not all of them, ran the risk of being hurt but that's what comes when the heart is on the line. Even though Puck was the safe choice... for me, nothing beats the forbidden. And Ash was definitely forbidden.
I loved Meghan in this story and I felt for her. So much to learn and have to deal with and I think she handled everything amazingly. Sure she had her moments but doesn't everyone? The conflict between who she would be with, what would she do about the Iron fey had me tossing back and forth and I'll admit, I screamed at her a few times. She's definitely a character I think will get stronger and stronger and everyone needs to watch out because she'll be a force to be reckoned with.
Did anyone else cheer at the end? Did anyone else have tears streaking down their cheeks over how amazing it was? I held my Kindle with baited breath to see what would happen. What would Ash choose? What would Meghan do? And how hard would it hit Puck? This is such a great series because I was fully invested into the lives and hearts of these characters and wanted nothing but the best for them. I had someone tell me they stopped reading after this book because they didn't want anything to change and I can definitely see why. I was so tempted to do the same but I wanted more, needed more so I downloaded The Iron Queen as fast as I was able. This is a series I'm addicted to and I need to see it through to the glorious end!
I'd recommend this book to everyone. I found the writing refreshing, in the author just lets it all out. There's humor, romance and danger galore and it's easy to find yourself racing through the book because you're impatient to know it all. Grab yourself a copy of The Iron King as well - start from the beginning and don't be surprised if you're up all night, matchsticks propping up your eyes and your family is wondering what is wrong with you because you keep sighing. Great job Julie! Happy reading ...more