I received a free copy of this book for review via Netgalley.
I've read several of Jacquelyn Frank's books, most of them from the Nightwalker series, a...moreI received a free copy of this book for review via Netgalley.
I've read several of Jacquelyn Frank's books, most of them from the Nightwalker series, and I've loved them. I don't know what I was expecting this time around. A much as I as looking forward to this book, I ended up being disappointed in the end. I think most of the issue I had with the book was because of the characters. They came off as flat and uninteresting, and often whiney. Ahnvil was nothing but a horny brute, and Kat was just...there. I didn't get much from the characters at all. Everything else- the dialogue, the plot- was just lacking. I'm hoping the next book in the series will be a lot better. (less)
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 free copy of this book via Netgalley.
Wow. Just...wow. I loved every minute of this book. I had intended to read only about a chapter befo...moreI received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.
Wow. Just...wow. I loved every minute of this book. I had intended to read only about a chapter before putting it down and doing some chores. But I just couldn't stop reading it because I was enjoying the book so much. I read it all in one sitting. The writing is every bit as wonderful as her previous Damask Circle books, with a bit extra thrown in. There was a lot of delicious angst in Circle of Desire and it made the story that much more interesting for me. I love angst! Of all the Damask Circle books, Katherine has to be my favorite heroine. She is tough, independent, and really knows her shit. She avoids the 'too stupid to live' trap by being open to communication and knows not to push herself or rush into a situation blindly. She is the kind of woman all girls should aspire to be. I am usually pretty tough on heroines in my books, so I was glad to find one I really liked. Ethan was just hot. HOT. Yes, he's stubborn and he can be a bit of a jerk, but my god is he hot. He also has this wonderful protective streak that I love in a good hero. He isn't caveman protective though, and respects Kat's independence and never underestimates her. The plot was good and well thought out, but I was too focused on the great characters and the tension between them to care. A first for me. I loved every bit of this story and the only thing I'm disappointed in is that I've read the entire series now. Luckily for me, there are a lot more Keri Arthur books that I can get my hands on. Definitely recommended for anyone who loves a good paranormal romance.(less)
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.
The first Damask Circle novel, Circle of Fire, gave me an appetite for the series or anything by Ker...moreI received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.
The first Damask Circle novel, Circle of Fire, gave me an appetite for the series or anything by Keri Arthur. When I saw Circle of Death was available, I jumped on it. I was not disappointed. The writing is just as good as I remembered from Keri Arthur's other books, and possibly better since she's had time to get into the rhythm of this particular series. The plot itself shone through strongly, instead of being a backdrop to the romance between the two characters. There was never a moment when I thought the plot was being sidetracked or forgotten, even though Arthur also focused on the relationship between Kirby and Doyle. What always impresses me about the author's books are her characters. They are complex, as all humans are, and they all have their own unique personalities and challenges to overcome. Even the secondary characters are fleshed-out, instead of being merely cardboard cutouts. Doyle is the kind of hero all women (and men) love to read about. He has strong protective instincts, but he does not use them to keep the people he loves under his control or to take away their freedom. He is very kind and sort of a sap at times, which just made me like him even more. He has a deep sense of honor and the belief that you should never break a promise or make one you didn't intend to keep. How many heroes in modern books could say the same? I truly felt for Kirby and sympathized with her through everything she was going through. With each painful discovery, I was impressed with her character and how she was determined to do her best to fight for what she believed in, even though she was frightened and confused. This was a wonderful book and I loved every minute of it. I will definitely be looking for more books by Keri Arthur in the future.(less)
Wow. I really enjoyed this book, even more than I thought I would. I haven't read anything by Keri Arthur for years and I had almost forgotten how muc...moreWow. I really enjoyed this book, even more than I thought I would. I haven't read anything by Keri Arthur for years and I had almost forgotten how much I really enjoy her writing. It took me a few pages to really get into the story because of the way it starts. My very first impression was that my copy was missing a chapter because we're thrown into the middle of a scene, and the first meeting between the characters is off-page and only mentioned very briefly. I understand the reason for beginning with some sort of action but I think it could have been smoother. Besides that rather small critique, I have nothing but good to say about the book. I quickly grew interested in the storyline and emotionally invested in the characters. Jon and Maddie were not cardboard characters. They were wonderfully written and had a life of their own. Like any great character they had faults, hopes, and dreams. Maddie was allowed to be weak without the author feeling the need to make her invincible later in the story. That made me value Maddie's character even more. I loved the romance and sexual tension between the two characters. I especially love how Keri Arthur allowed the characters to orbit each other for quite a while before anything happened between them. It allowed the tension to really build and left me in suspense. My favorite aspect of the book was that it had an actual solid plot, which is sometimes lacking in the paranormal romance-type books. I have read too many PNR books that seem to have been written solely as an excuse to write romance with some added supernatural elements. This book wasn't like that at all. The plot was strong and present throughout the entire book, and in fact there were times when the building romance took a backseat to the plot. I would have liked to learn even more about the Damask Circle, but I know that will probably come later in the series. It was a great book and very well done, in my opinion. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.(less)