OMG. I just...I can't just...it just....WHY?! Why, why, why you evil, evil thing you Kresley Cole. Why with the devastating cliffhangers? I need the nOMG. I just...I can't just...it just....WHY?! Why, why, why you evil, evil thing you Kresley Cole. Why with the devastating cliffhangers? I need the next book. I must have the next book. Right. Now. Ahhh! Okay. Breathe. There were parts of this book that I have been waiting the whole series for and that I literally held my breath for the entire page while reading. It was magical. Absolutely magic. I foresaw what was going to happen near the end. I did. I just hope, hope, HOPE that what I also think might happen won't Please, no. I can't bare it. Nope. This book was everything I hoped it would be. I'm not dissapointed in the least, and I am on pins and needles for the next two books in the series. And.... #TeamDeath . That is all. Full review to come...maybe. ;) ...more
I loved returning to the world of Shadow with this collection of novellas, that I have been wanting to read for a long time now. Though I didn't feelI loved returning to the world of Shadow with this collection of novellas, that I have been wanting to read for a long time now. Though I didn't feel the connection between Cam and Ellie as intensely as I did between those in the Shadow and Shadow Kissed series, I still really enjoyed their story.
It kills me to give this book a two star rating because Kat Martin is one of my all-time favorite authors. I have read and loved just about every bookIt kills me to give this book a two star rating because Kat Martin is one of my all-time favorite authors. I have read and loved just about every book she has put out from historical to romantic suspense, but Into the Fury fell short of my many expectations. Full review to come...but a few things that turned me off;
1. The heroine(s) of the story. I just did not like them - at all. Being models, you would think that since women in that profession are often seen as being vain and empty-headed that they wouldn't be so judgmental of others but sadly, that is not the case. They take one look at the hero(s) and start coming to conclusions about the type of men they are - and keep on right up till the end of the book! Val's back and forth over Ethan, and again her preconceived notions of him, were just exasperating.
2. This. Story. Dragggeeedddd.... It took me four days to get through this book when it shouldn't have taken me more then two. 3. There is a secondary romance. We have a main couple and then a second couple who get a good amount of page time, including sex scenes, yet they still have their own book to come... This took away from the main couple of the story and disconnected me further from those characters.
4. Too many plot twists. The author does a wonderful job keeping it all straight but I felt that it was a bit overdone. There was more then one bad guy to suss through, and way too many complications to be believable.
5. Ethan's ex-girlfriend and daughter. I liked that Ethan had a daughter, it softened him up a bit. But the entire situation with his ex seemed to be thrown in there to add another climatic element. A few situations between the two, as a parent myself, were unbelievable and by the end I'd be making darn sure if I was Ethan, to never let the other parent around my child again until they got themselves straightened out. ...more
I was excited to read Rebecca Zanetti's new post-apocalyptic series, and while I enjoyed Mercury Rising, I didn't love it. The book moved so slowly, i
I was excited to read Rebecca Zanetti's new post-apocalyptic series, and while I enjoyed Mercury Rising, I didn't love it. The book moved so slowly, it felt like to took me forever to finish. I am looking forward to the next book in the series though, Raze's, he seems like an intense character and I am curious about his intentions. You can see Kimberly's full review of this title at Reading Between the Wines Book Club!
3.5 Stars The Bradford family saga continues in The Angel's Share with deceit, scandal, and drama aplenty! Ward amps up the crazy in this second insta3.5 Stars The Bradford family saga continues in The Angel's Share with deceit, scandal, and drama aplenty! Ward amps up the crazy in this second installment, and though I thought it lacked the jaw-dropping, heart-pounding theatrics that I found in The Bourbon Kings , there was just enough twists and turns to keep your head spinning. I'm interested to see what's in store for these Bourbon Kings next. Full review to come......more
So touching, and exciting, and sweet, and hot, and I loved it so much! I can't wait to see what is in store for the Brothers next and me thinks VishouSo touching, and exciting, and sweet, and hot, and I loved it so much! I can't wait to see what is in store for the Brothers next and me thinks Vishous just might have another book coming in the future as well...hmmm....<3 ...more
D.N.F. I was SO looking forward to this book! The cover and synopsis more then captured my interested and I could not wait to dive in. Unfortunately, tD.N.F. I was SO looking forward to this book! The cover and synopsis more then captured my interested and I could not wait to dive in. Unfortunately, the pages in between could not live up to my expectations. I finally DNF'd the book at 70%. :( The premise of the story was fantastic but the delivery left much to be desired, and I believe that the author's writing style just didn't jive with my tastes (which happens). The plot itself moved very slowly and was written with a technical hand when I prefer a more impassioned one. I also felt that the suspense side of the story dragged. There was not enough, puzzle pieces I guess you could say, given to keep me trying to piece together while the rest of the story carried on. I often forgot about that element in between the rehabilitation of Atlas (our K9 hero) and the developing romance between Lyn and David (our heroine and hero.) I could't connect with the characters either, and the heroine for one, bounced around so much with her feelings and thoughts I had no clue where she stood half of the time. David on the other hand, I did enjoy more as a character but he had his inconsistencies as well. Especially when it came to Lyn. For the life of me, I couldn't get into their heads enough to relate to anything they did or keep my own head in the story. All in all, Extreme Honor just did not work for me and the entire story fell flat. That being said, if you dig military romances with detailed writing over anything whimsical, and don't mind a drawn-out love story, you might want to give this one a try yourself.
J.R. Ward delivers with the first book in her Black Dagger Brotherhood spin-off, Blood Kiss! With writing reminiscent of what had readers falling in lJ.R. Ward delivers with the first book in her Black Dagger Brotherhood spin-off, Blood Kiss! With writing reminiscent of what had readers falling in love with the original Brother's, long time fans will not be disappointed!
The Brotherhood is opening their doors and taking in trainees, sixty in fact from all walks of vampire life. But not all will make it through the rigorous initiation process. Paradise, daughter of the King's first adviser, hopes to make it to the end - whatever that may be. When the male, Craeg, that she'd only met once before but hasn't been able to forget, walks into the room Paradise's focus is divided. That doesn't stop her from conquering every obstacle the Brother's put in front of her. Why can't she have them both though; the training and this new feeling of connection with Craeg? The only person standing in her way is Craeg himself. The Brotherhood's training is all Craeg has left in life. With no family and no money, vengeance has fueled his days since the Slayer's attack on vampire families. He doesn't have the time, or anything else, to offer a female of worth like Paradise.His body has other plans however, and soon Craeg can no longer deny his affections. More then one person is hiding a secret though, and some of those secrets could not only put an end to training, and any romance blooming, but put an end to someone's life as well...
Now this, THIS is the kind of J.R. Ward story that I love to read, and Blood Kiss is some of her best writing yet! Dark and sexy, every page left me craving for more!
The Black Dagger Legacy is a spin-off but it's still immersed in the BDB world. The easiest way to explain it I think, is thinking along the lines of Blood Kiss being a novella in a long-standing series. One that covers the romance of interesting side-characters from the series, and expands the world just a touch more, but still giving readers plenty of interaction with the series's main characters that you know and love as well. But BETTER because it is FULL-LENGTH! I thought that Blood Kiss also had a new adult edge to it, which was great and very progressive.
With Paradise and Craeg, it's a story of two unlikely hearts colliding. Paradise, an aristocrat in vampire society, wants so much more then what her rigid upbringing allows and what her father expects. I really enjoyed her grit and determination. While Craeg, an average citizen from a blue-collar family, despises anything to do with the glymera and blames them for his family member's deaths. Craeg is a tough-talking male that I could easily picture fitting along-side any one of the Brothers. He has the build. He has the attitude. He has the drive. I found myself captivated by both of these characters early on into the story, which surprised me, because I wasn't sure what to expect or how I would feel about another new character in this already complex world Ward has created.
The tension sizzles between Craeg and Paradise from the onset. If you remember, they first met each other in The King and Paradise was instantly intrigue while we didn't know much about Craeg. Craeg fights his attraction for Paradise tooth and nail, but obviously it's a loosing battle. Can you really call it loosing when you end up winning it all though? When these two begin to experiment with their chemistry it is down-right hot, and will leave you tingling in all of the right places!
All of the aspects about the original Brother's stories are back in full-force in Blood Kiss. The camaraderie between the Brothers, the raw wit and snarky exchanges over last meal, all of the off-the-wall antics. I couldn't get enough! Rhage, V, Butch, and even Lassiter put the trainees through their paces. Blood Kiss very much exhibited a feeling of coming home. Along with Craeg and Paradise's romance, there was a secondary story-line featuring Butch and Marissa. This couple has some underlying issues to work out that they keep trying to burying but eventually spills over when a female is found brutally beaten outside of Marissa workplace. Butch and Craeg's story-line's merged seamlessly together with the mystery of the female and her assailant, without overpowering the main romance between Craeg and Paradise. Did you hear that? That was the sigh of relief heard around the world! And even though there was the tiniest little hint early on about who the bad guy of the story was I was still surprised when it all came out.
Bottom line; Blood Kiss was a fiendishly good addition to the Black Dagger Brotherhood Legacy. I am so glad that Ward branched out without loosing the heart of this beloved series and I can't wait to see what happens next, and which trainee it happens to. Five wine glasses filled to the brim for Blood Kiss, I simply dare you not to love a Brotherhood book!...more
3.5 Stars Rachel Van Dyken entices with her world of the Dark Ones, and in her latest installment of Untouchable Darkness, delves into the dark, viole3.5 Stars Rachel Van Dyken entices with her world of the Dark Ones, and in her latest installment of Untouchable Darkness, delves into the dark, violent, and poignant world of the King of Immortals - Cassius.
With thirty days to win over the heart of Stephanie and teach her all he can about being a Dark One, Cassius knows his chances of succeeding are slim. His human emotions constantly outweigh his logic and his passions consume his intellect. When a sinister darkness rises and threatens the world of the immortals, it is more important then ever for Cassius to gain control of his new, human body, and teach Stephanie to master her own abilities. But will her mastery also bring his death?
Dark & sexy, I really liked Untouchable Darkness, and was left craving more of this world of Dark Ones. Cassius was such a great character. I was intrigued by his shadowy, brooding, and frigid attitude in the first book, Dark Ones, and was so glad when I realized the next book would be his story. His is story forged in fire and I couldn't help but feel for him and his experiences. When he sacrifices his immortality to save Stephanie, we see a new side of Cassius. His protective, take-charge attitude endeared me to him all the more, just as his naivety did when it came to all things romantic.
With Stephanie, however, I spent most of the book irritated with her every thought and action. Raised as a Siren and being in love with Cassius for as long as she can remember, you would think she would be receptive of Cassius' new attitude and clarity in feelings. That was not the case though. Stephanie was too busy living in the hurts of the past to see the potential happiness for the future. The tension between Cassius and Stephanie eventually reaches the boiling point though and Stephanie has to decide to either put her trust in Cassius and risk being hurt again, or letting him go forever.
The group dynamics between the ruling body of immortals is entertaining as always in Untouchable Darkness. Each of the Cassius and Stephanie's fellow house-mates and friends are intriguing, and I love the witty dialogue between them all. The world building of the Dark Ones is phenomenal and I am so looking forward to see where Rachel Van Dyken takes readers (and Alex) next! ...more
3.5 Stars Forgetting August is my first read from author J.L. Berg, and a captivating story that I could not put down. Full of angst, turmoil, mystery
3.5 Stars Forgetting August is my first read from author J.L. Berg, and a captivating story that I could not put down. Full of angst, turmoil, mystery, and thrills, the story follows a young woman named Everly who escaped a controlling, borderline-abusive relationship and has found a second chance at love. But when her ex wakes up from a coma, that second chance becomes somewhat...convoluted...