So...I read this. I actually liked it. I've never read 50 Shades of Grey, I don't really want to because of how terrible the writing seems in the exce...moreSo...I read this. I actually liked it. I've never read 50 Shades of Grey, I don't really want to because of how terrible the writing seems in the excerpts. If I had known before I started it that Bared To You was supposed to be some sort of homage to 50 Shades....well, I probably wouldn't have read it. I still have some embarrassment when it comes to reading romance, so I try to stay far from anything with too much drama attached to it. Because the first thing people say when you tell them you read romance is 'oh, like sex books?'
The story itself was good and I like Day's writing, though she did use a bit too much purple prose for my taste. I liked that it wasn't just a story of 'already well-off beautiful woman meets ridiculously wealthy and gorgeous man with control issues'. A lot of the story itself is these two messed-up characters trying to make a relationship work.
Gideon Cross was a little too good to be true at first, but that rapidly changed for me once I got to know his character better. He was insanely creepy and I was sorta surprised that he didn't end up being a serial killer. He stalked her repeatedly, went through her phone, did background checks on everyone she ever came into contact with, and TOOK PICTURES OF HER ROOM SO HE COULD MAKE A DUPLICATE ROOM IN HIS OWN SUITE. Complete with identical furniture and personal items, of course.
So, since most people reading this book will be adults, I will not mention how scary his behavior is. Not. healthy. Eva didn't seem to worry about it much, except for the occasional fond thought about his cute possessiveness. Ugh.
So, on to the things I liked. I liked how they tried hard to work on their relationship (besides the creepiness) and they actually talked through their problems most of the time. I get frustrated with most romance because of the lack of communication, so this was a welcome surprise.
I loved that there were a few scenes where Eva was actively courting Gideon by sending him flowers and gifts. It was awesome! Who says the men have to go through all the trouble? I loved, loved, that part!
(view spoiler)[ Another thing I loved was the fact that Sylvia Day didn't pull any punches and had Gideon traumatized by past sexual abuse. That's an odd thing to say that I loved, I know. But I think there is too little awareness of the fact that men are almost as likely to suffer sexual abuse as women are.
I received an ARC copy of Cold Iron from the publisher through Netgalley.
I loved the idea of this book more than the actual result. I grew up with an...moreI received an ARC copy of Cold Iron from the publisher through Netgalley.
I loved the idea of this book more than the actual result. I grew up with an intense fascination with everything Celtic, especially ancient Irish history. Maybe that was the problem. Maybe I let my expectations get too high. If you don't particularly care about the Irish setting, then you'll probably love the book a lot more than I did, for reasons explained below.
The story began with Beth and her ex investigating an ancient burial mound in Ireland. That was definitely something I could get into. It was like history at my fingertips! It didn't even have to be all that accurate, I just wanted more. But much sooner than I expected Conn arrived, and even though he was very 'when you want the woman, you just take the woman' I was determined that I was going to like him. Because he's Irish and the image on the cover is smokin' hot. I even liked Beth because she was turning out to be pretty tough. But then she just up and left Ireland to go back to a major American city. What! Where is my Irish atmosphere? I want rolling green hills and small Irish inns with their interesting characters. I wanted to hear more about the burial mound itself. Everything Irish was quickly swept away to be replaced with everyday American life. 'Ok, that's fine', I thought. At least he's an Irish warrior. That counts, right? Wrong. Out of Ireland, and without the setting to constantly remind me of where he came from, Conn became just another alpha male with supernatural abilities. He made the transition to modern Boston life so well that I quickly lost a lot of interest in his character. I know the Fae in the story do get out every once in a while, but you would think he would still retain a lot of his Irish 'otherness'. The characters themselves were ok, but not very engaging. Beth was sweet and tough, and I should have liked her a lot. I'm not sure why I didn't love her. She was by far the stronger of the two. Toward the end of the book, she was definitely kicking ass and taking names. You go girl!
I think most of my disappointment stemmed from the fact that this book didn't take place in Ireland like I thought it would. Horrible, I know.
Things I liked about the book:
The Fae are described as cruel and unfeeling. Good. I like that better than a lot of the gentle fairy people stories.
Micah. He was a secondary character, but he had a lot more character depth than the two main characters. I enjoyed the chapters with him in them.
THE COVER!!! I mean...WOW!
I think the next book will be very interesting. I'm sure I'll like it a lot more because I'll know what to expect.(less)
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.
This reminded me so much of the Cut And Run series by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban...moreI received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley.
This reminded me so much of the Cut And Run series by Abigail Roux and Madeleine Urban. That was one of my favorite series, so I'm glad I was able to find something so similar yet unique. The two characters are tough men, amazing fighters, alpha males to the core. Neither of them takes orders very well, though Prophet is so allergic to authority he makes Tom seem almost angelic.
I love the character development in this story. Both main characters are very well written and I got to know them very well because of it. I love how complex they both were. There was never a time that I considered them flat or one-dimensional.
There were quite a few twists and turns in the story and it kept me on my toes the entire time. I never knew what was going to happen next. There was a lot of emotion and angst, so it ended up being a moody read. I absolutely love a story with a lot of angst.
Prophet was a great character and not the asshole I thought he would be after reading the first chapter or two. He has his issues, of course, but he is also caring and vulnerable under all the tough guy stuff. There was a lot to love about Prophet.
Tom was hot. Every little quirk or 'flaw' only added to his hotness. I went into this prepared to love Prophet, but Tom really took first place in this story. I love a bad boy character.
The writing style was bold and to the point, without a lot of fluffy shit thrown in. I'm glad the author didn't try to make this too sweet or tame, because then I wouldn't have thought the characters were believable. As it is, they were amazing and realistic.
**Mild spoiler ahead**
(view spoiler)[ This is not an all-in-one romance. Don't go into this expecting a HEA at the end, or you'll be disappointed! (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This was a good story, enough to hold my attention but not enough to make me fall in love with it. I was very glad that the author didn't make Anna in...moreThis was a good story, enough to hold my attention but not enough to make me fall in love with it. I was very glad that the author didn't make Anna into a hardheaded shrew, which for some reason is the norm with Scottish heroines in romance. Ranger is a good character. He is muscular, mysterious, and has some nifty skills. There was one scene I hated, where the author was trying to get across how kind and caring Anna was, and she rescued a puppy who was going to be drowned by a couple of kids. First, I've read this at least four times in romance books, except that sometimes it's a kitten instead of a puppy. She's not some angel or shining example of womanhood just because she's saving a puppy...she's HUMAN. I know at least a dozen people(myself among them) who would beat the shit out of anyone who was going to kill an innocent and healthy animal. And yet I keep coming across this same scene in romance, and we're supposed to say, "Awww...she's so sweet, so pure." It might make me feel a little better toward the heroine, but at the same time it lowers my estimation of the hero, who is always so shocked that she would even bother. That's not the kind of hero I want to be reading about... It was a good book, but probably not something I would want to reread. I am, however, curious to read about the other characters in the series, especially MacRuairi. (less)
I wasn't sure how much I would like this book, but I decided to give it a try. I'm pretty glad I did because it turned out to be a good read and very...moreI wasn't sure how much I would like this book, but I decided to give it a try. I'm pretty glad I did because it turned out to be a good read and very entertaining. I liked the heroine, Meena, and her secret ability to tell when and how people are going to die kept the story interesting. I won't get too much into what happens because it is in the book synopsis, but I have one thing to say...ditch the vamp, Meena! Seriously, leave fang-face be and go for Alaric and Senor Sticky! Alaric is far better than Lucian; he's warm blooded and sexy as hell. I don't get what she sees in Lucian, really...sure, he's cool, but who needs him with Alaric around. (view spoiler)[This book doesn't have a classic romance HEA. It is the beginning of a series and is open-ended...so hopefully there will be some Alaric lovin' in the next book. (hide spoiler)] ["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This is the first of the Breeds series that I've read, and I thought it was pretty good. I never seem to read books in order, mostly because I borrow...moreThis is the first of the Breeds series that I've read, and I thought it was pretty good. I never seem to read books in order, mostly because I borrow from the library...and they are really lacking in some areas. So, I enjoyed it a lot more than those who have read the whole series because it was fresh for me. I love shifter stories that have a background in science (does that make sense?) and this one really did it for me. Cabal was pretty sexy, although I wanted to kick his ass through the whole book. He's infuriating. He's sexy. He's an arrogant ass. He's sexy. You get the idea. And is it just me, or does the guy on the cover look way too much like Brad Pitt? Sorry, but I really don't want to imagine Cabal as Brad Pitt...it's just wrong. Overall, I liked the book and will probably read a few more in the series, but I'm not exactly in love with it. (less)