Book 10 in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series tells the story of Tohrment (Tohr). Tohr’s wife, Wellsie, was killed by a lesser while she was pregnant of their first son. Tohr hasn’t being the same vampire since. First he was seeking to end his life, now he is trying to quench his thirst for revenge by mutilating before killing every single lesser possible. However, fate has other plans for this Brother. Queue the lights over to Lassiter, an angel; literary sent from above with one mission –“get this vampire back on track” (Kindle Locations 1229-1230) Just so you know, the rumors are true; get yourselves a few tissues or something to stop the waterworks, this book is sad. The book is divided according to the seasons; a full year goes by throughout the story, both beginning and ending on winter.
Let me tell you, Tohr has always hold a dear corner in my heart, he is my third favorite of the brothers, Zsadist being #1 and Rehv, even though not a brother per se, being #2. Still, Tohr has always being that father figure and not just for John Mathews, but for everyone at the Brotherhood. Which is why some of his actions in this book made me want to slap the shit out of him; I wanted to reach in and shake him so bad, maybe even slam him against a wall to see if he still had any reasoning capabilities left in him; yeah, it gets that bad. I mean, there is no way I would have been happy if he had just woken up and completely forgotten about Wellsie, but come on, did he had to be that huge jackass? Apparently yes.
The female heroine of the story is just as damaged as Tohr is; with the bonus of being a bit more mature about things (but only a bit). No’One has had to live her own version of hell for the past couple of centuries. Her decision to kill herself soon after giving birth to baby Xhex, whom was product of a rape, has landed her into a life of servitude. Now, she is back to try to create a relationship with the daughter she abandoned at birth. Unfortunately, wanting to fix things won’t necessarily be a smooth business. A fact that Xhex will also come face to face throughout the story; and if she thought that having her mother around was hard wait until she discovers that marriage is not always rosy.
Although Lover Reborn tells primarily the story of Tohr and No’One, the plot is not limited to their interactions. Xhex and John and their marital problems take the spot occasionally as well as remaining on the background. Qhuinn get also quite a bit of “camera time” with his dilemma over Blay and Layla. Speaking of the Chosen, there is a WTF moment that will have some of you re-reading the lines over just to make sure that you read correctly; let me tell you, you did.
Other characters from the brotherhood are mentioned occasionally as well, among them Rhage takes the cake, I mean, Hollywood is downright hilarious on this book; for example: (view spoiler)[Rhage wheeled around, shoved out his butt, and started slapping his moneymaker like it was bread dough. (Kindle Location 925) (hide spoiler)]
The rest of the brotherhood is seen mostly because some of the characters interact with them. Wrath is one of the few others that gets more time compare to, say, Butch. Who does get considerably more attention is the Band of Bastards, specially their leader Xcor.
Oh Xcor, you are the biggest paradox I’ve read yet. I don’t want to reveal to much of him to you but I have to say that after reading this book I can’t take out of my head the idea that if Xcor had been raised by someone other than the Bloodletter he might have *gasp* been a male of worth? Who knows, the WARDen might throw some interesting twists in the upcoming books.
Lastly, for those who were not so happy with the previous books being so lesser focused you’ll love to know that in Lover Reborn they barely make it into the pages. The few times lessers are mentioned are in a faceless sort of way. Yes, there is a new, unknown, Fore-lesser and yes, he is wreaking havoc, but still, he is in the background – just a distant noise. However, some foundation is being laid here; I might be wrong but I bet lessers will take a more active role again in future books.
The bottom line is I enjoyed this book for all the drama and all the character development it has. It’s a great –albeit slow– read that shines among the BDB collection. Tohr has always been a strong character and this book only accentuates that, even if it’s by showing his weaknesses.
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I read this novel when i was in high school and it was one of the first times i was given an interesting book. I love the narrative, and although the...moreI read this novel when i was in high school and it was one of the first times i was given an interesting book. I love the narrative, and although the story itself is tragic the world and the descriptions are amazing. One of those books that once i started reading couldn't put down until it was done; something that rarely occurred when it came to assigned books in school; since they where usually beyond snooze-fest. This one takes the crown.(less)
To be honest, I picked this book because of its cover. I thought I had found a book that I had seen in Goodreads some months ago but I couldn’t be mor...moreTo be honest, I picked this book because of its cover. I thought I had found a book that I had seen in Goodreads some months ago but I couldn’t be more wrong.
Let’s start by clarifying, this book is not the one I originally thought, this is an Urban Fantasy novel (I was expecting a Paranormal Romance) about the last druid on earth and his battle to protect our planet from the destructive forces of evil.
When I started reading it and realized that it wasn’t the right book and I had no idea what to expect off of it, I hadn’t research it before hand and it sure wasn’t following the plot I had pictured. However, I cannot be more pleased that I made this mistake. For it allowed me to discover a fantastic action/adventure story, and an UF nonetheless; I had missed those recently.
Atticus O’Sullivan is the last druid alive, he is a 21-year-old Irish man (a 21-centuries-year-old that is) living in hiding from the rest of the magical community, calling a small town of Arizona home. His life is rather simple, he owns an occult shop near the University campus selling everything from tarot cards to medicinal teas to the town’s people, he trims the garden of an old lady near his house and has the occasional spat with a neighbor. He also had man’s best friend by his side; a beautiful Irish wolfhound named Oberon that, hands down, is my favorite character in the entire book. You see, Oberon can talk to Atticus through a mind connection; by far the funniest lines in the book are always spoken by Oberon.
I enjoyed this book a lot, is one of those reads that you can sit back and finish it in a day or two while just loosing yourself in the story and forget your problems; after all Atticus has enough to go around. The book is action packed, and beautifully written. My favorite part of the book is its intrinsic connection with nature and the role it plays in the healing of both the body and the mind.(less)
Once Burned finally came out today! Kindle rules! I pre-ordered my copy months ago (when the original release date was still March ^.^) I waited until...moreOnce Burned finally came out today! Kindle rules! I pre-ordered my copy months ago (when the original release date was still March ^.^) I waited until midnight EST, which for me is actually 1:00am, to finally begin the story. I told my boyfriend and my sister not to bother me, I wasn’t putting the book down until I was finished; and I didn’t. It was past 7am when I was finally done with the book. Was it worth it? Oh hell yeah!
We first met Vlad at At Grave’s End, the third book on the Night Huntress Series, and he quickly became my second favorite character. Bones has the number one spot, but oh, Vlad gives him quite a fight and after this book, it’s an all-out war. Can you imagine a duel between these two?
Vlad is still his arrogant pompous self, but don’t we love him like that? Although the story is seen from Leila’s point of view the entire time, we get thrown head first into Vlad’s domain, gaining an incredibly insightful look at the best known vampire in history; but don’t you dare call him Dracula. A man that had garnered a reputation of ruthlessness so great that he acquired the moniker of “the Impaler” before he was turned into a vampire.
It takes a special type of woman to match Vlad without falling into the submissive role; and that person is found in Leila. She is a survivor, a young woman who suffered an accident as a teenager that scarred her for life and also left her with some pretty nifty abilities. After a particular situation at the beginning of the book (sorry, not telling you) these abilities have gone public and have placed her in the sight of some ruthless vampires. Vampires that will stop at nothing to use her as a pawn in their devious plans.
Once Burned, like all of Miss Frost’s books –at least all the ones I’ve read– has a great balance between action, love, comedy, strong characters and sizzling sex scenes. Speaking of sizzling…If you are a fan you must be aware of that famous Chapter 32. Well, if you liked that (and can’t seem to erase those words from your subconscious) I think you are going to enjoy Chapter 23 very much...
For this book we visit Vlad’s home in Romania. The architectural descriptions are breathtaking. Unlike some of her previous books, the scope of the novel is, although still happening in foreign territory, rather small. Yes, the story begins in Florida, USA; yes, there is a trip half way across the world, but once in Romania all the action that takes place is kept very locally.
There is an influx of new characters, all related to Vlad’s world one way or another. We get a glimpse of Cat and Bones as well as Mencheres and Kira; but it’s exactly that, just a small glimpse, the equivalent to a friend just dropping by your house to pick you up and then leave, yeah, that is how small their part in this book is. However, Bones is always memorable regardless of how much or how little screen time he gets. Sorry Ian, Spade or Denise’s fans, they are nowhere to be seen in this book. It actually makes sense since those are Cat and Bones’ friends and this is Vlad’s show.
The bottom line is that I loved this book, I enjoyed it greatly and I recommend it to not just all of Jeaniene Frost’s fans (which lets be serious, you all have already pre-ordered the book anyways). I recommend this book to anyone who loves a good vampire story. Haven’t read any of the previous Night Huntress novels, fret not, Once Burned is the beginning of a new series and it does one hell of a job as a standalone book (in regards to the previous series).
Let me start by saying that BDSM is not my kind of erotica; I got prove of that while reading this book. I consider myself to be extremely open minded...moreLet me start by saying that BDSM is not my kind of erotica; I got prove of that while reading this book. I consider myself to be extremely open minded about everything; life is too short to place unnecessary limits on it and should be enjoyed always. In books, the only restrictions I believe in is age restrictions and that is only to keep innocence as long as possible, not to censure reading. Other than that I say bring it! I bought this book because it was recommended, and even though I was a little skeptical about the concept when I started it, I was sucked in by the story so amazingly that I’m glad I gave it a chance.
I'm not going to discuss or compare the actual BDSM scenes because is a subject I, honestly, know nothing about and I don't think is fair to the story or the author. I do want to elaborate on what made this book a page turner for me which is the characters and their story.
I was impressed with the depths of the relationship and the feelings it evokes. I simply love it, love the characters (wanted to smack one character in particular more than once). Love their interactions and the devotion they show to one another.
Aaron Harte is in a class of his own. He is such a strong character while being so sweet and cute and innocent that it made me reconsider the concept of submission (if only for a bit). He is fearless, kind and loving, devoted and tender. He is the one that makes this book shine.
To counter his sweet, innocent, charismatic boy persona, we have Tara; a woman who lost the love of her life to a car accident and who became so distant that she seems to have a frozen heart inside her chest. In reality, the accident has left her so broken that all she can do is cling to the ghost of the past.
Tara's past and mule-headed point of view makes this journey feel like a crazy emotional roller coaster ride; but is definitely all worth it. I do recommend this book to anyone who enjoys erotica, even if, like me, haven't ever read a BDSM story before.
Downloaded it free from Amazon (still free I think). It was part of the Course Syllabus for one of my classes; I believe it was for Analysis of Major...moreDownloaded it free from Amazon (still free I think). It was part of the Course Syllabus for one of my classes; I believe it was for Analysis of Major North American Writers.
What else can I say that hasn't already been mentioned before, this is Edgar Allan Poe after all. I love all his tales, they were my first taste of horror as a kid.
In light of that, I'll limit my review space to talk a bit about this actual Kindle Edition. It has no embellishment, no author biography, no table of content (not that it needs one), no analysis or any special feature. It is just the cover and the short story. (less)
Why?! Why?! Why does the book ends in such a cliffhanger?!?!?!?!?! I had to put the book down because of college and work, now that i finally can fini...moreWhy?! Why?! Why does the book ends in such a cliffhanger?!?!?!?!?! I had to put the book down because of college and work, now that i finally can finish it, it tortures me with that ending!! Review to come (possibly after I finish Shadowfever).(less)
Grave Mercy has become a double first timer for me. It is the first historical fiction that I read as well as my ve...moreI think I found myself a new genre!
Grave Mercy has become a double first timer for me. It is the first historical fiction that I read as well as my very first ARC galley (thank you NetGalley). To be honest, this being my first ARC I had no idea how things would unravel; I am pleased to say the book did not disappointed me at all. It is a breathtaking story, and although action is not the main feature (even though it has its moments) it is an amazing tale of self-discovery and independence. It takes place in Brittany, circa-late Middle Ages.
Ismae was 14 years old when her abusive farmer father sold her into marriage to an even more abusive man from her home village. But soon after she is whisk away to be taken to a convent that prays to Saint Mortain; pagan god of Death. There she discovers the reality behind her birth and hope springs anew.
Fast forward three years, and in her new life as handmaiden of Death, Ismae has been inducted and instructed in all things assassin. Have any of you ever played either of the Assassin’s Creed games? I’ve tried the first one, and although I never got to finish it I have watch my boyfriend play through the ones that came out for PS3. Why I bring this up? Because there is a similar feeling to both stories. You can feel Ismae’s emotions as she wrestles with what she has been taught at the convent vs. what she witnesses developing right in front of her.
The truth is I that like Ismae. Having a story being told only from the main character’s POV can be daunting. But Ismae is a smart, careful, observant young woman whose inexperience gives her a nice touch of realism. She is a strong character, a survivor.
The one person she is supposed to distrust the most is the same person she feels inexplicably drawn to. Duval’s character is a great counterweight to Ismae as well as an equally strong force. Telling you more about him will unfortunately give away too many plot points and I always like to try to avoid ruining the surprises for you guys (~.^).
The world around Ismae is both beautifully built and complex. I enjoyed the contrast between life at her home village vs. life at the convent vs. life at court. I can’t wait to read more about the other girls as well. Both Annith and Sybella are intriguing characters and I wish there was more of them in the story.
The plot of the tale has enough twists and machinations that all the possible outcomes kept me glued to it. If not for my classes I would have finished the book sooner. Bottom line is, I love this book and I recommend it to anyone who enjoys fiction, be it historical or otherwise. I mean, who would not enjoy the story of a farmer raised, convent trained young female assassin?
The fact that it hooked me up enough to not put the book down for a whole day until I was done with the story speaks off of how good the story is. ---...moreThe fact that it hooked me up enough to not put the book down for a whole day until I was done with the story speaks off of how good the story is. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Review: (July 10, 2012)
This series had been recommended to me so many times already that I honestly lost track. Then I joined Gotta Have Paranormal with a Kick: Vets VS Newbies Reading Challenge and my partner, Vet Angela (yup, I’m the newbie of the duo) chose Angels’ Blood for me. I cannot thank her enough! There are few series that I get hooked on like “can’t stop reading.” It happened when I discovered Night Huntress by Jeaniene Frost, Black Dagger Brotherhood by J.R. Ward, The Midnight Breed by Lara Adrian, The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning, and it just happened again with Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter, who would have thought that ethereal beings such as angels could be so devastatingly hot!
Elena Deveraux is a born hunter, she works for the one organization on Earth in charge of tracking unruly vampires that have broken their contracts and have become fugitives of Angelic Law. As a born huntress, she is faster and stronger than the average human with heighten senses. Her particular skill gives her the edge in tracking down vampires, after all the girl can literary distinguished their unique aroma. That skill combined with her spotless track record has brought her up to the attention of the Cadre, the governing circle of Archangels ruling Earth. Now she must work alongside Raphael in order to track down a threat that can potentially end civilization as we (they) know it. Elena knows that this mission has put her on borrowed time and her attraction to certain Archangel is not making things easy at all, not to mention that echoes from the past are threatening to spill into the present.
Elena is a tough, no-nonsense, type of character. Her exterior persona is that on cool and controlled, but a tragedy during her childhood marked her forever. I love reading about her type of characters, strong and independent, but honest and grounded. She will not start a problem but she sure knows how to end them.
To contrast her we have Raphael, New York’s devastatingly beautiful and lethal archangel. Tasking Elena with a mission that could prove to be her last, he is surprised to find himself attracted to woman with the platinum hair. Of the two, Raphael is the character that has the most growth throughout the book. He’s arrogant and condescending, but then again, he is also over millennia old. By the end of the book what started as a weird relationship (he likes to push, she pushes back) turns into a full blown romance.
This book is right up my alley, it has all the Urban Fantasy elements that I love:
Crafty and powerful Witches and Warlocks (check!) Strong and pret
...moreThis book is right up my alley, it has all the Urban Fantasy elements that I love:
Crafty and powerful Witches and Warlocks (check!) Strong and pretty friendly vampires (check!) Hot and steamy werewolves (check!) Deadly and somewhat unhinged fairies (check!) Unknown superpower as the main character (check!) Some nasty demons (check!) Action and adventure (check!) A good fast paced story line (check!) And a great city to host all the paranormal activity (check!)
Crimson Midnight is one of those books that once you pick up its hard to put down unless absolutely necessary. You know which ones I’m talking about, the ones that you eat while reading because you can’t stop; yup, one of those.
Rose Carmichael is a survivor. She was assaulted at age 15 and thanks to her father’s help she has come out of it a stronger person. Now, a 21-year-old, Rose is ready to move on with her life. She moves, with best friend in tow, from the country side to the busy city of London searching for her freedom and a chance to leave her past behind while forging a new future. Shame destiny has other plans for her.
Although the book revolves mainly around Rose, the other characters (and there are plenty of other characters) take the spotlight occasionally as the story goes back and forth between them. Upon reaching her destination Rose begins to hang out with her godmother’s son and his group of friends, who unbeknownst to her are all of the supernatural kind. But when she is attacked by a demon, she finds herself diving head first into a world she never knew existed. Unfortunately for her, her attack wasn’t the only one. Someone is kidnapping members of the supernatural community as well as humans. Rose and her friends are against the clock trying to decipher this unknown threat; and to make matters worse she is lusting big time for Roman, the sexy werewolf son of Flo, Rose’s godmother. If only Roman wasn’t Thistle’s boyfriend Rose wouldn’t be so worried about hurting her vampire friend’s feelings by actin on her own.
I enjoyed this book and love the setting of the story; London has always been one of the cities I want to visit at some point in my life. The fast pace keeps you glued to the kindle while the various scenarios make you want to know more about the characters.
I did have one small problem but I’m not sure if I should chalk it up to the ebook’s formatting. The story has various intertwined points of views (POVs) constantly shifting. Sometimes the point of view shifted mid paragraph or mid action which made it just a bit confusing, but as you read you could quickly get back in track. The rest of the times there is a clear (spatial) division from one POV to the next. It could be that at sometime during formatting a few spaces were skipped or something.
My favorite character of the entire book is in fact one of the one with the least screen time, but every single time has some of the best comic lines of the book. Flo, the mother figure in the book, is one of the few humans in the story and her attitude had me laughing or smiling in every scene she was in. She reminds me of my mother:
Erin’s shouts cut through the serenity. “NO! NO! NO!” There was a crash.
“Erin!” Flo stood hands on hips.
Erin came skulking into the kitchen. His face was red with anger “This stupid bloody game!”
“Don’t you dare swear in my house!” Flo yelled. “And don’t slam that controller on me coffee table!’
“You say bloody all the time,” said Erin matter-of-factly. “And anyway, bloody ain’t swearing.”
“I will do as I please. This is my house and it’s my rules. And bloody is bloody swearing. And its ‘isn’t’ not ‘ain’t’ remember?”
“You’ve just said it twice!” Erin cried in exasperation.
“I’ll have none of your lip. I’ll take the bleedin’ game away from ya if ya gonna be like that.”
Erin huffed and stormed out of the kitchen.
“Bloody kids. Sorry, luv,” Flo said.
Rose bit back her laughter. “It’s okay, really.”
“I’ll apologise now for the rows to come.” (Crimson Midnight; Kindle Locations 853-867)
The bottom line is that this is a great story that I truly recommend to all Urban Fantasy lovers. It has a great world construction that I can’t wait to see where the authors take it.
A story about sexual discovery, empowerment and the happiness achieved through self-acceptance and love. A surprisingly beautiful story that blends in...moreA story about sexual discovery, empowerment and the happiness achieved through self-acceptance and love. A surprisingly beautiful story that blends in everyday aspects with well preconceived taboos giving an almost puritan yet extremely curious woman the ability to see other people’s sexual experiences and the elated feelings that accompany such moments.
The Concubine’s Gift follows Bernice as she struggles to accept her inner most emotions and desires that contrast greatly with her strong, religious upbringing. As daughter of the town’s minister and the only charm school teacher with a rebellious brother, Bernice has spent her entire life avoiding confrontation, swallowing her opinions and making sure that she pleases everyone else at the expense of her own happiness and satisfactions. The only signs of Bernice’s true thoughts and ideals are encased in a very private, much hidden collection of erotica memorabilia.
The story contrasts the sense of decorum versus sexual liberation. I was surprised at how easily I was sucked into it. I enjoyed following Bernice and the other various characters as they made their journey to blissful love making; yes, not just sex –love making. That is ultimately the main theme of this book, love so instinctual that it’s reached its maximum through unrestricted carnal expression.
The story also juxtaposes the current believes and the new openness when it comes to, well, almost everything, versus the ideas and moral values engraved in our subconscious by our family, our community and our culture. This is most evident by the town’s division in opinions when it comes to the bordello.
The bottom line is that I really enjoyed this book, and even though it’s just a fiction story, it makes you reconsider your notions and your stance on sexuality.
“Bernice was fascinated by Trinket because she wore her sexuality as openly as a fragrant perfume. She was also amazed by the fact that Trinket found life so easy and satisfying.” (Kindle Locations 131-133)
In contrast with:
“She [Bernice] didn’t like anything that had an adult theme, with only one exception, her collection of erotic female memorabilia. They were all antiques, fragments of other women’s sexuality that was somehow easier to deal with than her own.” (Kindle Locations 143-145)
“It’s just as well,” she thought. “If I told them what I really think, they’d shit roses.” (Kindle Locations 159-160)
In contrast with:
“But Bernice also did not believe that hiding her true opinions and sexual feelings was dishonest. She thought it was similar to hiding a defect and Bernice felt that her defect was that she had too much sexual interest, too much excitability and far too much empathy for prostitutes. She never once considered that properly channeled, her sexuality might be normal or that her opinion might be right.” (Kindle Locations 245-248)
And this one simply because it’s pretty awesome:
“The erotic arts have the same goal as religion; to prevent men from acting like beasts.” (Kindle Locations 1430-1431)
This book is an amazing anthology, 44 short stories by 42 extremely talented authors. Some of the stories are scary; others are downright creepy, whil...moreThis book is an amazing anthology, 44 short stories by 42 extremely talented authors. Some of the stories are scary; others are downright creepy, while some leave a note of sadness at the end. Have you ever been reading a scene in a book and felt a chill go down your spine? I did while reading this book. It’s as gruesome as the genre gets, with a strange, albeit twisted, undertone of hope. It highlights human nature in the good, the bad and the extreme throughout many different scenarios. If you are a horror fan, this will be a great addition to your collection. If you want to taste the genre, this book will give you the perfect opportunity to test it out while also getting some serious quality reading. Best part is, if you buy this book you will be giving back to charity.
You read that right. I received this book for review as part of its Blog Tour thanks to Innovative Online Book Tours. Proceeds from the sales will go to The Ronald McDonald House Foundation.