This novella was just as hot as the summer night it's set in.
A wedding, a sweltering summer night, a house full of guests and the quest for relief sets the scene for this steamy encounter.
Evie has so many house guests that she doesn't even know who is spending the night after her sister's wedding. All she knows is she's hot, miserable and doesn't have the privacy to sleep how she prefers: naked. Unable to stand the heat any more, she wanders into the kitchen for some cold water and instead runs into Lucas.
Lucas and Evie burn up the pages in this story straight out of any woman's fantasy. ...more
First, let me start out by saying that (*gasp!*) this is the first novel I have ever read by Gena Showalter. Go ahead. I'll wait while you pick your jaw up off the floor...
Better now? Okay.
This started out a little confusing for me. I was worried by a few pages in if I was even going to finish this book. But as I kept reading, the plot drew me in and there was no turning back. Let me explain.
Right off the bat, we're thrown into this story centering around Jane. She has a past that we don't know about but is hinted at. The very fist scene seems to interrupt her day and I kind of felt like a neighbor who happened to be walking by, saw Jane in the window and decided to keep watching. It felt clipped and I didn't understand what was going on or the point.
As I pushed through the first chapter, it started reading like a novel within a novel. Eventually I became so engrossed in what she was reading that I had to keep going. Then, of course, Nicolai enters the plot and I was done for!
Jane was a very "vanilla" character in the beginning. She could have been any one of us. She wasn't the drop dead gorgeous heroine, she was a real woman with real problems and no extraordinary attributes. By the end of the book, we come to see the real Jane that lies beneath the vanilla surface. She's strong, stubborn, defiant, passionate, loyal and she fights for her man. She's not easily won over, even by Nicolai, but once she give her heart, she's in it for good. I really came to admire her as a woman by the end of this book.
Nicolai was an interesting character. While I was sold on him as soon as he entered the story, he took some getting used to. His memory loss made it difficult to get to know his character, but it starts to come back in bits and pieces. The time-traveling threw me for a loop the first few times and I had a hard time trying to follow along. Once I figured out what was going on, it made more sense, but it also added a bit of frustration to the plot (which is probably a good thing).
I liked the relationship that builds between Jane and Nicolai. I'm always a fan of the alpha male and their possessive instincts when it comes to their women, and Nicolai is no exception. As soon as he lays eyes on Jane, he stakes his claim on her. "Mine" seemed to be his favorite word. Cavemanesque? Probably, but I don't care. Especially when he's willing to anyone kill for her. Even Vicodin, the killer of pain, who held her prisoner (When you read the book you will understand. It's a sweet moment, trust me. LOL!).
The storyline, as I said, was a bit hard to follow in some points. And sometimes it seemed like it was moving slow. Not in the "boring" sense (there was enough going on the keep my nose in the book and my ass on the edge of my seat), but in that there didn't seem like there were enough pages left to tie up all the loose ends. But alas, that's the benefit of a series. You can end a book and give a couple their HEA (or not!) but not be done with the story. So, where this all leads, we shall see in the next book, Lord of Rage. ...more
I have to admit, I was hesitant to start this one. First, it was a freebie on Amazon. Usually I don't shy away from a book based on that alone, but the title made me feel like it was more historical, which isn't really my thing. When I finally picked it up, though, I was pleasantly surprised.
I really liked Samson and the fact that he seemed to possess many human characteristics made him much more relatable. Sometimes male characters (especially vampires) are written so "perfectly" that it's hard to imagine them being real. The fact that Samson struggles with real issues (trust, candor and his, um, equipment malfunction) makes him more likable and believable. I also love the way he seems to pine over Delilah. His lust is instant but it doesn't seem to be enough for him.
Delilah was an interesting character, different from most heroines found in your typical vampire romance. Sure, she's swooning over Samson right away, and she's in danger from which Samson must protect her. But she's not a pushover and when things get dicey in their relationship, she pushes back. She stands her ground and doesn't back down. I also enjoyed the refreshing change of pace in the way that the author writes Delilah's reaction to Samson's true identity.
The story is solid, with more to the plot than just Delilah and Samson. There is plenty going on to keep readers interested, including fraud, scheming, manipulation, betrayal and pain. The characters are multi-dimensional and so is the story. ...more
I loved Dare. I mean, with a name like Dare, who can resist? He's strong, controlled and meticulous. He's a mercenary and hasOh, where to start . . .
I loved Dare. I mean, with a name like Dare, who can resist? He's strong, controlled and meticulous. He's a mercenary and has the body that goes with it. He's cool under pressure and focused on the job at hand. Dare is the definition of alpha male.
Molly isn't your typical damsel in distress. She's been kidnapped, beaten and tormented for nine days, yet keeps her cool and stays practical and level headed after her rescue. Even during her captivity, she never backed down from her tormentors. She fought with them and never gave them the satisfaction of seeing her break down. She is tough as nails and has a firm grasp on her independence. I love that in a female character.
The relationship that buds between Molly and Dare is emotional and intense. Despite his tough, rugged appearance and the cool, methodical nature of his work, Dare warms to Molly quickly. He finds himself drawn to Molly, feeling a need to protect her and care for her. His alpha instincts kick in but he's not macho and overbearing. And regardless of the strong front she puts on, Molly finds herself needing Dare's comfort to put her at ease after nine days of Hell.
I'm a sucker for a tough guy with a soft side and Lori Foster creates him perfectly with Dare. There are some tender moments between Dare and Molly that left me swooning! He has strong hands with a tender touch. From brushing her hair and kissing her bruises to sweeping her off her feet in the bedroom, Dare is the man every woman dreams of.
Wow. Let me start by saying that the title of this book is the perfect play on words. As is the name of the series. This is one scorching hot, super sWow. Let me start by saying that the title of this book is the perfect play on words. As is the name of the series. This is one scorching hot, super sexy, ultra kinky read. Just to be perfectly clear, if you pick up this book, expect sex. Lots and lots of sex. In all different positions, places and scenarios.
Channing is a city girl looking for an escape. She wants to get away from the life that has been planned for her and the people who have always dictated what she should be doing. She wants nothing more than the freedom that comes with following the rodeo. The smokin' hot cowboys that come with it are just an added perk. I love her personality in this story. She's strong and witty but she's also vulnerable. She's open to new experiences and is willing to try anything, as long as it's with Colby.
Colby McKay is notorious with the ladies and his reputation is no secret to Channing. But there's something about this cowboy that she's drawn to and when he agrees to let her tag along, it's certainly not going to be a free ride. Colby is a strong, alpha cowboy and shows it both in and out of the bedroom. But despite is insatiable appetite for sex and his reputation in the rodeo circuit, he finds himself falling for Channing. What starts out as a fun sex-capade turns into something more for both Colby and Channing.
I loved the relationship that builds between these two. Though their relationship starts out steamy and sexy, it gradually builds into something more. The story has some great elements that build the relationships of some secondary characters as well. I feel like I had the opportunity to meet them and to learn a little about their personalities. Lorelie James does a great job with her story-building and the book moves along at a steady pace.
This was an interesting take on the vampire novel. The characters, Jimmy and Greg, are not your typical tall, dark and sexy vampires. They are averageThis was an interesting take on the vampire novel. The characters, Jimmy and Greg, are not your typical tall, dark and sexy vampires. They are average, men with average physiques who just happened to be vampires. They are best friends who live in a basement apartment and like to play video games and drink beer.
Sharp, witty dialogue keeps this book moving at a steady pace and the action kept me engaged and interested. The story is interesting, combining vampires, witches and demons from Hell. There is a lot of religious undertone in this book that is used to tie together the case. A blend of the undead, wicca and Christianity make for an interesting team and even more interesting climax.
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I started this book, but I soon found that it was going to be a light, fun read. Though the title implies thiI wasn't really sure what to expect when I started this book, but I soon found that it was going to be a light, fun read. Though the title implies this book might be a paranormal romance, I think I would put this more under the "chick lit" category. It's full of dating dilemmas, insecurities and the inner drama that hysterical in a way that only thirty-something, single, chick lit character can pull off.
This story was different from most vampire stories in that humans know about vampires. They even enacted employment laws that forced businesses to stay open through the night to accommodate them both as employees and as patrons! Hey, at least equal opportunity employment is still alive and well!
Of course, a vampire story is nothing without a little bit of good vs. evil and Josie soon finds herself tangled up in a mess of vampires that are vying for her attention for different reasons. There's the super suave and sexy Gregory and the dark and distant Walker. Of course, Josie is smitten over Gregory and isn't sure what to make of Walker. Soon she finds out that outward appearances aren't always what they seem. And now, despite a lifetime to dreaming about being romanced by a vampire, she now has more vampire love interests than she knows what to do with.
I liked this book. It was a fun, short read that gave a different twist on vampire romances. It was a change of pace and at only 90 pages, it was a good "in between" book. It also made me laugh a few times which is always refreshing.
There's only one sex scene in this novella and while it was short, it was steamy!
Overall, this was a quick, fun read that I would recommend to fans of chick lit who want a little vampire action thrown in or to paranormal romance fans who want a little chick lit to break up the genre a bit....more
I have to say right off the bat that I wasn't overly thrilled with this book. I'm not sure if it was the writing style or the time period or the charaI have to say right off the bat that I wasn't overly thrilled with this book. I'm not sure if it was the writing style or the time period or the characters themselves, but it was very hard for me to get into it. Normally I will finish a book in about two days or less but this one took me five days.
The characters were difficult for me to relate to. Again, it might have been the time period in which this book was set or the author's writing style (with which I'm unfamiliar since this was the first novel I have read by Colleen Gleason) but either way, I found them annoying and shallow.
The Woodmore sisters were irritating at best. Maia was bossy and controlling and Angelica was erratic and unpredictable. One minute she was being hunted by a vampire with a grudge and another minute she was dancing at a ball. And with everything that was going on around them, they were more concerned about propriety and reputation than anything else. In fact, as they sat contemplating how to resolve the issue of a homicidal vampire, they couldn't help notice that one of the men wasn't wearing gloves. Really? That's what you're worried about?
Voss was arrogant, which on it's own isn't necessarily an off-putting quality but he was also shallow and selfish. In the beginning I thought I was going to like him but not far into the story I found myself irritated and annoyed by his behavior.
The story was also difficult for me to get into. The premise of the story seemed solid enough, but the story telling was choppy and confusing. It didn't seem like it was an important element in the book, only maybe a side plot. The name The Vampire Voss should have told me that it would be mostly about Voss and his internal struggle but I had assumed that there would be more to it than that.
Wow! This book hits the ground running and doesn't stop (even at the end)! I don't even know where to start my review . . . but I guess I'll try!
I wasWow! This book hits the ground running and doesn't stop (even at the end)! I don't even know where to start my review . . . but I guess I'll try!
I was immediately drawn to the main character, Winter. She is strong, independent, stubborn and bitter. She's a natural born leader and is loyal to her people. She will fight to the death if it means protecting the people she cares about. But beneath the facade of her stone exterior is a woman who longs to be (and yet is afraid to be) loved, cared for, protected. She is drawn to Marcus but fights his advances tooth and nail. She has no interest in letting a Nightwalker into her life, let alone her heart.
Marcus is the alpha male. Sexy, strong, dominant, possessive and protective. He knows Winter is "his" and pursues her despite her strong objections to his advances.
The cat-and-mouse pursuit between Winter and Marcus is volatile and incredibly sexy! Add in the danger and violence that surrounds them and the passion that ignites is as intense as it gets.
The story line drew me in, too. From Winter's transition into a hybrid, to the attack, to the ensuing battles between the demons and the alliance of Hybrids, Lupines and Nightwalkers. The author also starts developing side characters, too, allowing readers to get a glimpse into other relationships in the group. The end of the book left me wanting more (in a good way) and wondering what happens next. The cliffhanger was almost unbearable! But I can't wait for the next book and I will certainly be picking it up on release day!