Freedom is so close Seline can almost taste it. One last job, that’s it and she can finally be away from those that raised her. Killing Sammael won’t...moreFreedom is so close Seline can almost taste it. One last job, that’s it and she can finally be away from those that raised her. Killing Sammael won’t be an easy mark. He’s smart, doesn’t trust anyone and she doesn’t know what he is or what will kill him.
Sammael has been an angel of death for centuries. Now as a fallen angel he’s just as formidable and can still kill with a simple touch. Seline is hiding something and he’s sure of it. She may not know who he is, but he’s not sure about what she is either. But he’s willing to do whatever it takes to figure out her game.
Oh Cynthia Eden….I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love your fantastical writing skills. Whenever I feel like I am going into a book slump, I know that if I open one of yours that slump will magically disappear. With each turn of the page you pull me deeper into your story and way to soon I read that last word and have to sadly wait for the next book to come out.
Angel Betrayed is the second book in Cynthia’s “The Fallen” series that focuses on angels who may look heavenly but have a bit of the dark side in them. Readers met Sammael in book one, Angel Of Darkness, and he made quite an impression on this reader then. He’s so cocky and keeps his emotions so shuttered that it became impossible not to want to know him. Seline had no idea just what she was getting into when she baited him to save her in a attempt to get him to help her cause. The woman definitely had a brave streak a mile wide. Not only did she have the sexy man candy to deal with, but a whole heap of other trouble in the form of paying a debt and trying to leave a fold of people who are all she knows.
Seline, though her exterior was incredibly hard, was self conscience about her parentage and really wasn’t overly sure of what she could or could not do. Having nothing but a scary bedtime story of her past for information. Of course the information was given to her by the man who raised her and who could barely stomach the thought of her but used her to further his hidden agenda.
Sparks flew with these two…even with Seline being at least 1/2 succubus and Sam not being able to stay away from her even though everything told him to. I enjoyed watching these two realize that they didn’t have to be alone anymore. That they could count on someone other then themselves and that they deserved a bit of happiness.
Sammeal is def a alpha type male. I love how Cynthia manages to make her hero’s so strong and yet have some limitation in them that is stopping them from happiness. Watching all their past sins laid bare for the reader in order to finally move on to what they were meant to do, is a journey that I enjoy taking again and again. Cynthia Eden is a master that you need to experience for yourself!
Wonderful continuation of the story arc started in Angel Of Darkness that is leading up to book three- Angel In Chains- which I really hope delves more into Az (the now newly fallen angel) and his personality. I am completely infatuated with him and his bad boy attitude. Everyone seems to think he’s a bad guy, but the glimpses of humanity make me want to know more. Especially now that he is fallen and has to deal with the backlash from that.
I am a sucker for angel lore. I gobble up every story I can find with them and Cynthia is certainly indulging me with this series. Her writing is always engaging, always easy to read and always one of my favorites!
I give Angel Betrayed by Cynthia Eden 5 stars! (less)
I don’t even know where to start with this review because I don’t know how to describe this book at all. I really enjoyed the book but it was so strik...moreI don’t even know where to start with this review because I don’t know how to describe this book at all. I really enjoyed the book but it was so strikingly different then anything I have read that my mind is boggled with how to write this.
The way in which the book is wrote is something between present and historical. Evie being present day and Ansgar being a old world demon hunter. His speech has a old flavor to it but his attempt at modern speech/slang often leads to funny comments from him as he tries to acclimate.
I did not read the first book in the series, Demon Hunting In Dixie, but Evie and Ansgar played a vital role because by the time this book begins they have fallen in love and Ansgar has disappeared taking all his memories of them together with him after having to turn Evie who had been shot by an arrow to the chest. She has no memories of their time together though she feels an odd ache that she can’t explain. Reading the first book isn’t something you have to do, as evident from me.
When she is framed for the murder of her high school nemesis, Ansgar reappears in her life and woos her all over again in order to keep her safe. He was endearing in his fierce protectiveness of Evie, even when she didn’t know he was there. Ansgar is cunning, sexy and strong but his soft side with Evie was what really made me love him. He was thoughtful with her and went to great lengths to get her to see herself as he saw her.
Along with a whole crew of secondary characters, Ansgar’s brother and even a ghostie or two Evie sets out to prove her innocence. Filled with so much over the top snarkiness and witty comebacks I found myself constantly cracking up.
Meredith and her horrible self really spiced up the book for me. Her ghostly self didn’t seem to be much different then her human self and her horrible attitude brought a flavor to the book it would have been lacking otherwise. I loved when Evie finally stood up to the woman who made her entire life hell.
The interactions between characters are hilarious, well thought out and just….fun! I laughed through the entire book and with diddies like these, who can blame me?
“That Snippet feller called me a Chunky Monkey and asked me didn’t I want to eat his banana”
“One’s bad enough, but two? They’re like twin orgasms on legs.”
“He’s a catch and that’s for sure, although, I hear he has a little dick”
“Your poor husband must have scraped his pecker raw against that bony backbone of yours”
“She makes my butt wanna suck a lemon and spit the seeds”
The one complaint I have about the book has nothing to do with the author and more to do with the publishing house. The book spends a lot of time on Evie’s psyche. She was taunted as a child for being overweight or just not thin and that continued through adulthood because of Meredith and her cronies. Ansgar is continually telling her over and over again how beautiful her full figure is and how much he loves her personality as well as her hips and curves. Evie eventually begins to realize this and her self esteem begins the slow climb upwards towards exceptance of her self image. Then the publisher goes and put some skinny chick on the cover. WHAT?! The entire book is about her body image and self worth, lol, and then you shoot down the books message by placing the obligatory hot skinny chick on the cover? Not cool cover people…..not cool.
Demon Hunting In The Deep South is a light-hearted, fun read that is sure to bring a smile to your face! George has hooked me with this one and I will definitely be checking out her future books!
I give Demon Hunting In The Deep South by Lexi George 4.50 stars!(less)
After everything she’s been through, Kitty would love nothing more then a bit of down time. Sadly that just ins’t in the cards. She’s a new parent, sh...moreAfter everything she’s been through, Kitty would love nothing more then a bit of down time. Sadly that just ins’t in the cards. She’s a new parent, she has a new job and with that job comes a responsibility that she become the face of a nation. No one is who they seem and if Kitty and Jeff have any chance of being successful at their new jobs, they will need to find out who is behind the attacks, what they want, and look fabulous and laid back while doing it. After all, important government figures don’t kick ass….much.
Alien Diplomacy is Gini Koch’s 5th forray into the world of Kitty Katt’s (AKA Kitty Martini) world. Up to this point we have had many steamy scenes, hilarious one liners, tons of shady government conspiracies and way to many hot aliens dressed in Armani. I have rode this train since the beginning and wow what a ride it has been! This is definitely one of my favorite series and I have shouted to anyone that would listen that they needed to check this series out. Simply put, I love this series. Which is why is pains me to type the next paragraph.
I didn’t like this one nearly as much as the past books. Kitty has a distinct personality. She’s direct. She’s an acquired taste. While I appreciated her awesome one liners again in A.D, her constant stream of questions seemed to grate on my nerves quite quickly. It appears that once again Kitty always seems to be the one that pulls that string that has all the ideas neatly falling into place. I wish Martini or Christopher got to unravel something on their own. Even Chuckie seems to always count on Kitty to get the ball rolling. After four books of this I was hoping Koch would change it up a bit and let someone else shine. A.D. is also slower then past books. I wasn’t pulled in right off the bat and so the first 150 pages were more a struggle for me then I’d like. The slowness coupled with the growing length of these books just felt like to much to me. The lengths of these books is my main concern. There seems to be way to much filler as the books get longer. As much as I appreciate the wit and the way in which the team works through the issues, it’s just becoming a chore to read all of it as the books get more complex. I don’t need to know every single thing Kitty is thinking at every single second of the book. I love snark but I don’t want every single page filled to the brim with it. I also think that while adding a baby (Jaime) to the mix was a unevitable evolution to the series, I think it was done to soon as some of the slowness revolves around Kitty and Martini being parents and not able to kick ass as often as they’d like.
The story line in A.D. with the shady stalkers and the blowing up of…well…a lot, was interesting and I enjoyed Mister Joel Oliver being more of a good guy this time around. In fact there are several characters that may have appaeared in previous books that hold a bigger role in A.D. I liked that. Even though there are a TON (and I mean that) of characters in these books, I find that I enjoy when more come in. Not to say it can’t get confusing. It can. In fact I feel like having a manual with all the characters and who they like or don’t like, abilities and personalities would be a good idea.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m still CRAZY in love with this series.I still have the hots for Martini and still enjoy Kitty’s personality. Even best friends get annoyed at each other occasionally. I just think AD fell a bit short for me and it makes me incredibly sad to say that. I also think that lovers of this series need to read the book regardless because of the ever evolving story arc. I find that at least once in a series something doesn’t sit well with me…and unfortunately that’s this book. I am looking forward to the next book and will approach it with a fresh attitude and outlook.
I give Alien Diplomacy by Gini Koch 3 stars! (less)
Kitty is back in book six to the wildly popular sci-fi Kitty Katt series! It has had its ups and downs certainly, with the last book being my least fa...moreKitty is back in book six to the wildly popular sci-fi Kitty Katt series! It has had its ups and downs certainly, with the last book being my least favorite, but through it all I have stuck around because of the infectious energy Gini Koch brings to the page. Alien Vs. Alien brings the readers back into the fold as yet another conspiracy intent on taking over the aliens and the world immanently threatens.
The last book found Kitty inheriting some powers of her own that seemed to be left over from her pregnancy with Jamie. Growing into those powers proved to be a lot to handle but in Alien Vs. Alien Kitty is finally learning the art of control and not a moment to soon. Bad guys…old and new…are showing up and setting their sights on Kitty and those she loves. As always Kitty seems to have a neon blinking sign above her head that says “KILL ME” and even though both Jeff and Chuckie try their best to keep her out of harms way, Kitty always manages to be right in the middle of all the trouble. Usually accompanied by some crazy action sequences that leaves even the best movie director crying in shame at his inadequacies, and Kitty’s epic sassy mouth. I swear, things come out of that womans mouth that leave me chuckling page after page. She is definitely not your typical heroine because in the end, along with Chuckie, Kitty is the one figuring things out and ensuring everyone around her is kept safe and sound. That includes a whole host of secondary characters who I have grown to really love. There is a ton and at times that many characters can be overwhelming….in fact it’s both my favorite part and my biggest gripe. I love each and every one but I feel like there should be a published cliff notes version of these books too. They all have their function and without them solving conspiracies would be a lot harder for Kitty.
The best part? Chuckie is getting him some BOOT-AY! I was incredibly happy at the progression his character takes in this book. The first few books found him forlorn and incredibly protective of Kitty. He had been in love with her for so long, unbeknownst to her, and when Jeff entered the picture early on, Chuckie had a hard time dealing with it. While they are still the very best of friends, it’s nice to see him moving on from her and finally knowing true happiness. Well as much happiness as one can fell while people are trying to kill you anyway.
My problem with book five, Alien Proliferation, was the mass confusion (and not the quirky fun kind) and its lack of action. I quickly lost interest in that one and had an extremely hard time finishing it. I found Alien Vs. Alien brought the fun back to the series and I am looking forward to seeing where else Koch can take us! Do not try and read this book without reading the entire series. Trust me on this one. You’ll be lost on page one and it won’t get better.
Gini Koch fans can expect the same engaging writing, one liners and cray-cray characters they have come to love from the Kitty Katt series. Alien Vs. Alien is a true sci-fi winner!
I give Alien Vs. Alien by Gini Koch 4 stars! (less)
For years Rory has been fantasizing about the man who leaves love letters to his wife courtesy of her families billboards. She is shocked when she get...moreFor years Rory has been fantasizing about the man who leaves love letters to his wife courtesy of her families billboards. She is shocked when she gets his latest request that reveals his wife died six month ago. Taking a leap out of her comfort zone she contacts him to give her condolences only to be shocked when he invites her to lunch. The instant attraction is mutual but Sam isn’t sure he is ready for a relationship after his monumental failure of his first one. What he finds in Rory can’t be denied and soon it’s his own comfort zone he is stepping out of. Can Sam finally heal and accept that his mistakes in the past shouldn’t mess up his chance at a future?
Heart Signs is the newest book from Cari Quinn…that woman can sure crank out the books. I feel like I am saying “the newest….” every few days! There is no waiting when it comes to Cari…you want something new? BAM, she has it! I found this one to be quite unique because the way in which it is written is unlike anything I have seen from her yet.
Heart Signs is about Sam, a man who had lost communication with his wife and had taken to renting out a billboard every month in order to profess his love to her. Terribly romantic to the outsider, but to Sam, an outlet for what he had trouble saying to her in person. He also wrote letters to her. Letters he would never send but were used as a therapeutic outlet for him. When his estranged wife dies he keeps up the billboards out of a sense of responsibility and guilt. He had failed her in their marriage but everyone will know that he will continue to love her regardless of her death.
When Sam emails his billboard contact to put in his latest order he has no idea that who he has been corresponding with over the years wasn’t a man. He is quite surprised when Rory calls him herself and even more surprised when he invites her to lunch. He seemed to be torn between wanting to move on and feeling like he has to grieve forever because he was a lousy husband. Rory ignites a instant reaction from him that he can’t deny, no matter how much he seems to want to.
I really didn’t like Rory at the beginning. Her back-story was that she used to be chubby, had recently lost some weight and now that she felt prettier she dressed provocatively. Shorter skirts then decent and tighter tops that showcased her assets isn’t something I generally find appealing in my heroines. I want them to like themselves for who they are….not for what they look like. Her “I’m going to sleep with this man without even knowing him because I can” attitude was a bit much at the beginning of the book. I didn enjoy his spunky one liners and the way she was constantly putting her foot in her mouth. Gave the book a bit of a lighter feel when the majority was so emotional and dark.
Sam was a complex character on his own. Throw his instant attraction to Rory in there coupled with his grief from his past and it spelled disaster. I enjoyed him wanting to take things slow with her (well after he let her give him a BJ lol) as that was a complete role reversal from other novels. The phone sex they had instead of actual sex was spicy enough to keep me reading. There is just something about a person describing what they would do to you that is almost as sexy as actually doing it.
My favorite thing about Heart Signs was the letters. Sam’s story is told to Rory through love letters he wrote but never gave to his wife. Instead in an effort to explain to Rory why he is so damaged in his own eyes, he gives them to her. Fully expecting her to read them and then run away. His heart and soul was laid bare for Rory to read. They were extremely touching and the addition of them made the story feel complete without nearly as much conversation as there typically is in books. I found I got misty eye’d several times while she was reading them.
Eventually, as Rory starts understanding Sam more her character grows. She seems to mature a bit and start acting less like a, for lack of a better word…hoe, and more like the wonderful woman she is truly capable of being. Though I thought the process was a bit like turning on a light switch, it kind of had to be because of the length of the book. I would have liked a bit more, overall, but as is I did enjoy it.
Heart Signs is probably the most emotional read from Cari Quinn to date, so keep the kleenex ready just in case.
I give Heart Signs by Cari Quinn 3.75 stars! (less)
The Demon Hunter picks up a few months after the shocking ending of The Ghost Hunter. There was quite a bit of time between novels so those of you tha...moreThe Demon Hunter picks up a few months after the shocking ending of The Ghost Hunter. There was quite a bit of time between novels so those of you that have read The Ghost Hunter may want to go back and refresh yourself with specifics and I wouldn’t recommend reading this one without first reading that one. I found that I had trouble remembering things from the first book and had to stop a few times to figure out what was going on.
The book opens with Ashley and Cristian trying to reverse a spell that trapped their friend Devon’s soul in with a demon after he sacrificed himself to save the world. Trying to send each to the afterlife they unwittingly release Devon’s soul and that of the demon they had fought so hard to entomb , back to earth. Devon is ripped back to this world with a hazy memory and no strength. He stumbles onto his families land, now owned by a crotchety old man who treats the estates employees like the dirt he sees them as. Ellie works on the grounds as a historical tour guide and fearing losing her job tries to calm Devon down before the owner sees him. Since Ellie gets blamed for all the strange occurrences that have started happening since she was hired, she knows this will be the last straw.
Ellie really doesn’t understand why things happen around her, they just always have. When Devon convinces her to take him to find Ashley and Cristian she learns things about herself and her nature she thought she never would. Thrown into the middle of a demon/hunter war she acclimates quite well. Not one given to hysterics Ellie finds a strength in herself she didn’t know existed and along with that strength a capacity to love that is unfathomable.
I loved Ellies transformation from beginning to end. She is a very strong character, used to being on her own and yet she has this tenderness about her. This yearning to belong. She found a place to call home within her new powers. She may still have been an outsider but she was no longer alone and so I could understand her ability to accept things so readily. Devon, though arrogant, felt the same way. He was torn though between wanting to go home to heaven and staying with the angel he found within Ellie. Did I mention he’s a yummy angel warrior? *Le sigh* There is something sacrilegious about finding an angel hot, probably why I enjoy it so much heh. Devon was stuck in the past since that was when he was raised. It was fun to watch him try to adapt while still maintaining his upbringing. Chivalrous and protective, two traits I love in a hero. Together these two made an unstoppable couple. Capable of even saving the human race, one more time.
Lori Brighton is probably one of my favorite authors ever. Her writing is descriptive enough for a complete picture without it seeming daunting or boring. She sprinkles each novel with enough action to keep your pulse pounding and heat to make you fan yourself. I’ve enjoyed each and every book I’ve had the pleasure of reading!
I give The Demon Hunter by Lori Brighton 4 stars! (less)
Frank and Kuri have managed to work together for years without Frank confessing his feelings for her. Kuri has no idea that he has longed to get his h...moreFrank and Kuri have managed to work together for years without Frank confessing his feelings for her. Kuri has no idea that he has longed to get his hands on her but knowing her vulnerability, has refrained. Now that Kuri is once again glitching into her original prostitute ways, Frank knows he needs to convince her of a full hard drive re-set to finally allow her to live a normal life but convincing her of that is an entirely different set of problems. Especially when while glitching they come together in a firestorm of pent up passion and aggression that she has no memory of the following morning. When a horrific memory from her past does surface Kuri does the only thing she knows how to do. Run. Will the connection she has managed to forge with Frank be able to withstand the test of the distance she has put between them?
One Night Steined is Daisy Harris’ fourth love bots novella based on re-animated humans that are part zombie, part super computer. Each “stein” being at the mercy of whatever programming their maker installs into their hard drives. These steins can learn to do anything with the right programming, but on the flip side you can also stunt them dramatically. Kuri was re-animated to be a prostitute and so even though she had been re-programmed many times, she glitched back into that persona every so often. Waking up and not remembering why there was a man in her bed or what she did the previous night was obviously hard on her. Though I had a hard time connecting with her. I’m not sure if Daisy just didn’t get the feelings across to me effectively or if I just had an overall problem with her character. I liked her on a fundamental level and up until towards the end (which I will get to in a minute) I really didn’t have any major issues with her. I adored Frank! Even though he was completely possessive and treated the other steins working for him as children most of the time, I thought his heart was in the right place. Yeah he got a bit moody and yeah it was his way or no way but he was still this formidable alpha male that had a fractured past that I wanted to know more about. I didn’t even mind his body which was made up of different people all of which were not the same skin color as whatever he originally was. He was stoic but he had this fragile side that stemmed from him wanting someone in his life and not being able to ask for it. He seemed to want to fix everyone and so I felt for his loneliness. My main issue with this book was about 3/4 of the way in Kuri all of a sudden did a personality flip that left me reeling. She did this on her own, not by being reprogrammed. I think had she been reprogrammed I might have actually been okay with it. Kuri recovers a traumatic experience from her past after a hot and sweaty night with Frank and she runs from him. Simply can’t deal. Then she takes charge of her own life in another city, gets a job, a car, ect and decides she misses Frank but can’t work with him. All understandable. However from a person that I didn’t have much time to get to know (novella) and from the same character that has let someone else run her life for so long, such a dramatic 180 was surreal to me. I didn’t believe it. There is a bit of an epilogue at the end but honestly it just made me feel weird. We see Kuri in her new role in life and it just reinstated my weirded out feelings at her sudden assertiveness. I find that in each series there is usually at least one that I don’t connect with. And even though I found Franks humpability was off my charts, I just didn’t like Kuri. I wanted more of a transition (which can be hard to pull off in a novella) and less of a dramatic change.
I give One Night Steined by Daisy Harris 3 stars (less)
The Cyber Killer has returned. Or so it seems. Harrison is sure that the recent disappearances of college students has to be related to the same kill...more The Cyber Killer has returned. Or so it seems. Harrison is sure that the recent disappearances of college students has to be related to the same killer that took his sister from him years before. Now working undercover with the A-TAC team he can’t be sure if the killer has found him out or if this rash of killings right under his nose is a coincidence. His partner, Hannah can’t be sur either but working with Harrison so closely has really started to change her perception of him. No longer is he just the newest member of their tight knit team who works with computers. Suddenly he is larger than life. More. When Hannah becomes the killers next target can Harrison finally put his sister and his guilt to rest and step up for the woman he has slowly become to love?
Dee Davis is a semi new to me author. I had previously read her novella in this series, Daring, but hadn’t read anything full length by her. When the opportunity to read this one was presented to me I jumped on it since I enjoyed the novella I figured I would give a full length a try. I enjoyed this romantic suspense, and not having read that rest of the series I didn’t find myself overly confused with past events either. Dee Davis gets all semi caught up fairly quickly without it feeling like a huge information dump. I enjoyed that this seemed to be a bit of a variance from the main story arc of the shadowy group known as the Consortium. That group has orchestrated the past books storylines and though they turn up in this one the majority of the book doesn’t really talk about them. This is centered around a serial killer from Harrison’s past that seems to have returned in a big way. Harrison was a great character! I loved how he was both brainy and had the muscle to back it up. Alpha male mentality but not all in your face constantly. He also had a range of emotion I appreciated. Obviously distraught over the death of his twin sister years prior and the return of what looks like the same killer and hard as steel in his attempt to finally figure out the one case that he was too late for. I think brainy guys are hot, so Harrison totally worked for me. Add to that he was a strong character, mentally and physically, and I was instantly hooked. I appreciated his apprehension to being an in a relationship and thought it was cute he kept trying to tell himself that Hannah was only a “release of pent-up energy” for him. He felt fractured and so it was understandable he would feel like he couldn’t be in a relationship. Hannah spends most of the book hiding. Hiding from her looks. Hiding from herself and hiding from Harrison. She tries to play off Harrison’s aversion to a relationship but it hurts her more than she is willing to show. She craves feeling included just like Harrison does and yet they both fight it. Hannah has a horrible past that involved the breaking of the one relationship a young girl should always be able to trust. As a result she balks at needing or trusting people and spends a good deal of energy keeping people out. Never letting them see the true her or know the pain that she suffers. Even the group that she works with that is more like a family then co-workers. Though she covered her good looks with tinted hair and studious glasses, I thought her quirky looks fit her personality quite well. Smart and yet attention grabbing. Since I haven’t read the rest of the series (a problem I plan on rectifying soon I hope) I didn’t appreciate the reappearance of past characters but I’m sure lovers of the series will enjoy that. I also think one of the last single group members, Simon, needs his own book. He needs to be taken down a peg or two by the forces of an emotional love. The villain was scary…in fact when I put the book down to go to bed I checked the doors twice and that never happens to me. There was just something indescribably creepy about the entire thing. Gruesome and horrible come to mind to get across the way I thought of the murders and actions of this person. *shudder* I didn’t like the fact that the undercover A-TAC team posing as college professors seemed to be able to stay off the radar of everyone. No one seemed to question the fact that they not only talk like cops/government, but they also act like it too. Professors simply don’t act like they do. At all. People would question professors acting like that did and so I found that aspect completely unbelievable.
Trying to work some magically good PR, Mark, coach of a NHL Hockey team, goes home to help his brother and his struggling local recreation center. He...moreTrying to work some magically good PR, Mark, coach of a NHL Hockey team, goes home to help his brother and his struggling local recreation center. He never expected to run into the one woman who has haunted him for years. Rainey threw herself at him at a very delicate time and even though he wanted her it just wasn’t the right time. Now he gets another chance at convincing her that now is the right time…if only for a few days.
Rainey cut all ties with Mark after she embarrassed herself and ran out on him. After all these years just a look from him can still make her heart stutter and she knows she’s in deep trouble. Having a “sex only” relationship starts out as a good plan until she suddenly finds herself falling for him again. Mark isn’t a forever kind of guy and he’s made himself clear that he can only offer a few days. Can Rainey stop her heart from falling for the only guy she has ever truly loved?
Time Out is a short, stand alone Harlequin romance from their Blaze line. Blaze meaning spicier then their run of the mill romances. Time Out, being wrote by Jill Shalvis was a definite read for me on the authors name alone. I generally love a good Shalvis romance. As a whole I did enjoy this short book. It was hot and steamy with enough push and pull that I found myself eager to turn the page. I *may* have a slight thing with Latino men…ok ok , I do. I wanted to climb up Mark’s body and wrap my legs around his head like a vise. He was yummyrific! Too bad he spends the majority of the book totally going against everything his body is telling him. He thought way to much and didn’t feel what his heart was trying to tell him. He spent every turn trying to convince people that he was a normal, average guy but he spent a ton of money every time he needed something done. So while I understood that he was trying to project a certain image, it didn’t really come across in his actions.
I really enjoyed Rainey. She wore her heart on her sleeve. She constantly tried to tell herself a relationship with Mark could be just for the sex but even I could see early on she was fooling herself. She has been hopelessly in love with Mark since she was sixteen years old. Comparing every guy with her larger then life image of him. Now he has rippling man muscles that she wants to lick every square inch of and is constantly trying to talk herself out of doing so. Rainey was heartfelt and even when helping the kids at the rec center she gave it her all. Stepping in to help kids in need takes a special type of person and Rainey was that person.
What made the book slip a notch was the ending. It was just over. Nothing. I just didn’t get it. You ever watch a tv cliffhanger and then the show never come back from the break? That’s what this felt like. So much tension. So much drama. Then BAM! It’s over. The ending felt forced and with no epilogue, I just felt cut off.
So…in summery…I like Rainey and Mark. I like the story. The ending wasn’t enough for me.
I give Time Out by Jill Shalvis 3.75 stars! (less)
After reading The Hunter I started this one right away not wanting to let the steampunky feel vanish from my memory. I knew right off the bat that thi...moreAfter reading The Hunter I started this one right away not wanting to let the steampunky feel vanish from my memory. I knew right off the bat that this one wasn’t going to be anything like the last. First, I had issues with Winn. Completely not the fault of the author but I am not a mustache girl…at all. After seeing Winn on the cover and then reading about his fantastical stache that he twirls around his finger when he is anxious, I kept picturing Burt Reynolds. I am not a child of the 70′s and so Burt just ain’t my thang. I know, I know, staches in the wild west were popular. Whatever. There is a scene where he goes to shave and I really hoped he’d shave the thing off lol. No luck. So not finding the hero enticing was strike number one.
I wasn’t fond of Tessa at all. Not sure why. Possibly because she starts out the book being a total snob and then by the end talked and acted like any other character in the novel. If she was a snob I wanted her to retain that regality at least in part. I just wasn’t intrigued enough with her character to care about her reactions to Winn or her growing feelings for him. Strike two.
While The Slayer does continue the story arc of The Hunter I found Tessa and Winn to drag a lot. I wasn’t interested in their budding romance at all like I was with Colt and Lily. I found I wanted to skip ahead to find out when they finally got around to expressing their emotions and not hiding behind everything. Winn spends a lot of time feeling guilt for accidentally killing his mother when he was a boy. I get that, I do. However, you can’t let guilt get in the way of protecting the world. There were times I thought he wouldn’t be able to move past it for the greater good. There didn’t seem to be as much action either, though there was some. I found those action scenes to be what grabbed me the most. Theresa Meyers excels at the pulse pounding action by far.
The best part about The Slayer is that the story line is running parallel to The Hunter. So as everything is happening with Colt and Lily, at the same time it is happening with Winn and Tessa. So some of the scenes when everyone is together repeat themselves and we get it from another point of view. I liked that fresh take on things. I assume since Remington had also departed with the prickly shape-shifter China to parts unknown that their book will be on the same timeline. It’s a unique way of viewing things and even though I didn’t get into Tessa and Winn as much, I appreciated their views. I also enjoy that it seems to be a recurring thing that in order to bring the pieces of the puzzle together, each brother will have to become a bit of a supernatural themselves, something they had sworn to hate until meeting the women.
I didn’t enjoy The Slayer nearly as much as The Hunter but I am really looking forward to Remington’s story. He seems more at ease then Colt and Winn and seeing him with the sarcastic China should be an adventure worth waiting for!
I give The Slayer by Theresa Meyers 3 stars!(less)
If you follow my blog at all you know that when it comes to steampunk I usually just don’t “get it”. There isn’t many that I enjoy. I mean I understan...moreIf you follow my blog at all you know that when it comes to steampunk I usually just don’t “get it”. There isn’t many that I enjoy. I mean I understand the concept and all that, but in the grand scheme of things I just don’t have time to read them. So you’ll have to excuse me if I don’t fully understand everything about this book and base this review solely on what I liked. I did a bit of research into other people’s reviews and found that some people had a hard time calling this a steampunk….so again, I’m not really going to talk about all that. I enjoyed this book for the romance it was. It was an excellent start to a trilogy by giving me an interesting story line and enjoyable characters I could get behind.
Colt is a hard-headed, wild west loving, gun slinging outlaw from a family of demon hunters. He and his two brothers, Remington and Winchester, had been taught from an early age how to take out the evil in this world. Meaning he had very little childhood and as a result had become obsessed with carrying on the tradition his dad had taught them regardless of his other brothers actually having a life outside of their birthright.
Colt has been on a mission to find three parts of an ancient book that can shut down the opening of the gates to hell. He calls upon a demon to help him in his search out of necessity and finds himself face to face with a succubus with her own agenda. Lily wants out of the lifestyle she doomed herself to years before in order to save her sister. Working with Colt will ensure that he helps her in her escape from their common foe, the demon Rathe. Colt has an awesome horse named Tempus. I use horse lightly because Tempus is completely steam-powered and 100% machine. Tempus and the airship had to be my favorite steampunk aspects in The Hunter by far. There are other gadgets, and the secondary character of the quirky inventor Marley that add to the steampunk genre quite well.
The book reads like Indiana Jones meets the wild west. It’s one adventure after another laced with an underlying sensuality that left me breathless. I loved Colt and Lily together. They completed each other. His rough and her silk, when woven together, created the perfect love…against all odds. I love the “from two worlds” aspect. I always have. I love when characters who know they shouldn’t be together triumph. It works in damn near every romance. It definitely works in The Hunter. I wish we would have been given a bit more closure to Lily’s search for her sister. I have hopes that it will be addressed before the end of the trilogy.
Sophie Lawson is back and now she has time on her hands since she just got fired to help her sometimes boyfriend Alex find his Vessel Of Souls and get...moreSophie Lawson is back and now she has time on her hands since she just got fired to help her sometimes boyfriend Alex find his Vessel Of Souls and get back into Heaven. Conflicted on whether she wants him to go or stay she decides to help for the greater good of mankind. Finding the Vessel proves to be problematic even for a human immune to magic and as another fallen hell-bent on finding it to comes into the picture to challenge her, Sophie will have to use her wits to make it out alive. She’ll also have to come to terms with her shadowy patronage and family secrets best left unknown.
With Mr Sampson supposedly dead, a new boss is being brought in…..a vampire. Dixon is bent on shaping up the UDA and that includes letting go of the only human employee, Sophie. After saving the world in Under Wraps, Sophie figured her job was safe, it now appears she was mistaken. Jobless, the last thing Sophie needs is more drama. Of course that’s when Alex shows up again after leaving her at the end of the last book. Alex, really a fallen angel, claims that to get back into Heaven he has to find the Vessel Of Souls. Also looking for the Vessel is Ophelia, another fallen who isn’t quite as nice as Alex is. Since the Vessel is hidden in plain sight, finding it proves to be a problem and Ophelia knows more about it then anyone else seems to. Her constant attacks on Sophie feel more personal than just her association with Alex.
Sophie’s family heritage comes to light in Under Attack and believe me it isn’t all puppies and rainbows. A dead mother and absentee father are both fueling the events that happen within the pages and poor Sophie is caught in the middle. Ophelia is a vicious opponent that isn’t opposed to mental suggestion to get what she wants or beating down Sophie. The arrival of a guardian to the Vessel Of Souls brings Will into Sophie’s life as well as giving Alex a run for his money. Is Alex being truthful or is his fierce protection of Sophie a cover for his ultimate plans to get back into grace?
Once again the cover is completely off base and Sophie spends much of the book banged up by random attacks both from Ophelia and other sources. She’s a magnet for bruises and bumps. Though she tries to save herself, she constantly requires help from her vamp room mate and her nephew who is determined that the vampires rise against well, everyone. I can’t figure Vlad out. Just a crazy mis-informed teenager (cough 117 year old teenager cough) or man who needs to be watched because he may just be a little crazy?
I’m ticked at Alex for bringing the destruction to Sophie’s doorstep too. He can say he’s sorry all he wants but I have to wonder at his motivation. When push comes to shove and he has to make a decision on whether to bring the Vessel Of Souls home so he can get back in to Heaven or staying earth bound….I just don’t know what he’ll choose. Which worries me for Sophie’s sake.
I again enjoyed this series with its fluffy,funny and engaging characters making it a worthwhile read. Lovers of urban fantasy with a softer edge should like this series and it’s got a recommendation from me!
I give Under Attack by Hannah Jayne 3.50 stars! (less)
Welcome to the Underworld Detection Agency where the goal is to seamlessly integrate San Fransico paranormals into an everyday human lifestyle. Leadin...moreWelcome to the Underworld Detection Agency where the goal is to seamlessly integrate San Fransico paranormals into an everyday human lifestyle. Leading the way is Sophie, a human immune to all things magic. When murders start surfacing Sophie finds herself sidekick to one sexy detective, Parker Hayes, and trying to piece together the puzzle pieces that will lead to a vicious killer.
Under Wraps is the beginning of an urban fantasy series where nothing is really as it seems. If you’re a human that is. Seems under the San Francisco police department runs another kind of enforcement office, a paranormal one. Where things that go bump in the night come to stand in line, file paperwork and deal with the everyday woes of being “different”. Sophie Lawson knows all about being different too. As the only human that works for the Underworld Detection Agency she has the ability to be impervious to all paranormals. None of their tricks work on her, which comes in handy when your daily conversations are with demons, dragon and werewolves. Raised by a psychic grandmother and now living with a vampire as a room mate means Sophie knows all about being different.
A string of murders leads a local detective, Parker Hayes, to her office door and as the UDA’s secretary to the top man, Mr Sampson, means Sophie is paired with him to figure out what exactly is going on top side. Sophie finds working with Parker both difficult, and easy on the eyes. Though dealing with the death churns her stomach, as the only human that can see through paranormal charms, makes Sophie an invaluable resource for the detective. The sexual tension between them is strong but Parker is hiding something. The murders are only the beginning in a plot that is set on taking down the Underworld.
Hannah Jayne writes a lot of witty dialogue. All the characters have a snarky underbelly that makes this an easy book to get through. I enjoyed the fact that it wasn’t too heavy or too dark instead it was almost fluffy…you know, unless you start counting all the death, blood and sinister plot of the baddies. Nina, Sophie’s blood-sucking room mate is just awesome. She is a couture loving, habitual date having, off the wall vampire that has Sophie’s back no matter what. The addition of Nina’s nephew, Vlad, gives the book a mysterious feel because you can’t really tell what his deal is. As a member of a vampire movement society he comes off as slightly racist and I liked the parallels between his movement and the KKK in the human realm.
The weird thing about this book is the cover. Check out that chick with her sword. A backdrop of the Golden Gate Bridge and a lightning filled sky. The chick looks like she could kick some ass and take names later. Leather pants and a leather, corset-like top makes her look hot…very urban-fantasy-ish. Love the cover. Too bad it doesn’t go with the book AT ALL. Sophie is NOT kick ass. She is a bumbling human thrown into a murder mystery where she is in way over her head. She gets her ass kicked a lot in fact. The sword only comes into play in the last 1/4 of the book and even then Sophie isn’t killing paranormals willy nilly with it. More like she is trying to avoid the pointy end ending up running her through. That chick on the cover is more like Sophie’s alternate personality or something.
Being an urban fantasy there isn’t a ton of romance. Sure the tension between Sophie and the detective is thick but don’t expect any resolution once the detective comes clean. You’ll be disappointed if you do. It will ensure you come back for the second book.