This is yet another brilliant book by Abigail Barnette. As many other reviewers have said, this is not a stand alone novel. You must read the entire sThis is yet another brilliant book by Abigail Barnette. As many other reviewers have said, this is not a stand alone novel. You must read the entire series, in order, to appreciate the story/character development. This entire series is exceedingly well written erotic romance...but the truth is this series is really well written...period. Genre just gives you a heads up about some specifics that will be included...but in every good book about people there are relationships and if the book is written for adults, about human beings that are not children, there will most likely be sex, explicit or otherwise. So the point here is...the Boss Series is just really well written and worth your time and energy. They are not necessarily easy reads. The best writing is demanding. These are demanding in that the characters are so well written that you can't help yourself but become invested in them and their lives. This installment of Sophie and Neil's story is the most difficult so far, but then life is like that right? Sometimes tragedy strikes, sometimes people hide how hurt and broken they are, sometimes all that pain and fear overwhelms, sometimes you absolutely positively hate the person you love the most in the whole world. Sometimes it is so hard your think your teeth will shatter. That's what I mean about not an easy read.
You will get some of everything you expect from this writer in this book but most of all you will get story of great depth, of demanding truth, of difficult love and most of all battered, but still standing, hope. I don't think there could possibly be any compliment better that to say that a book affected me, it left a mark on my heart. This book affected me and that is why I read...to be affected, to be changed, to be more than I was before the world was revealed to me in a new and different way at the hands of a gifted storyteller....more
This is a wonderful, clever retelling of more than one fairy tale though Sleeping Beauty is at the heart of it. Stacey Jay has done a brilliant job ofThis is a wonderful, clever retelling of more than one fairy tale though Sleeping Beauty is at the heart of it. Stacey Jay has done a brilliant job of creating an interesting and true world with a very strong young woman as our heroine. This is an adventure fantasy wrapped around a lovely complicated romance. I will be recommending this book to everyone!...more
Love this book. I am a huge Ilona Andrews fan. I have enjoyed everything Ilona and Gordon have written. This book continues of some their favorite theLove this book. I am a huge Ilona Andrews fan. I have enjoyed everything Ilona and Gordon have written. This book continues of some their favorite themes: Family relationships, working class vs. privilege, the effects of military service on Vets, duty and ethics. The family relationships in their books always ring so true for me. The conflicts are always right sized based on the history of the families. Nothing feels manufactured beyond what makes sense based on what we find out about the members of the families and what they have done to or for each other. This book has a fairly complex world of magic users of varying levels of power/talent and non-magic users. The magic system is understandable and presented pretty quickly without distracting from the story itself which is always about the characters and the situations that are putting them into each others orbit. One of the aspects of Ilona Andrews books that I really appreciate is how clearly the characters that like each other go about showing that affection. The main character, Nevada Baylor, at different times describes or reflects on her family members. In those descriptions you so clearly see what she knows about them and loves about them. It endears her and her entire family to you and creates a powerful investment in what happens to them in this book and, for me, in all the upcoming books. As for the other main character or love interest if you will, Mad Rogan, well he's well on his way to becoming a standard by which UF dominant male characters are judged. Rogan is tightly wound as a result of a level of magic power that is pretty much off the charts coupled with a rough history of military service. I'd say at this point in the over all story it appears that, while he does have his own internal ethical compass it's not necessarily the one most ethical people have. Rogan experiences something with Nevada Baylor that he has never experienced before and it's a pretty big deal. It has him drawn to her and wanting her, but it remains to be seen if it's something that is powerful enough to remake his internal landscape enough to make him empathetic enough to convince Nevada that he's a good bet for risking her heart and her life. Really looking forward to this ongoing story. I HIGHLY recommend this book if you enjoy UF with fast paced action, great characters, fantastic world building and a nice splash of romance. ...more
Love this entire series. This is the final book and I found it to be filled with some great tension but better than that there is all this lovely unexLove this entire series. This is the final book and I found it to be filled with some great tension but better than that there is all this lovely unexpected affection between some of the characters. Not totally unexpected but more along the lines of stuff that you knew was there but didn't think the characters would manage to open up enough to show each other. I loved loved loved it. I will miss this series and I'm quite certain I will re-read it eventually. Kat is one of my favorite writers and I'm looking forward to what is working on next!...more
This is the second book in this series and I really like it. Jaye is one of my favorite writers and I really like the gritty urban setting of this serThis is the second book in this series and I really like it. Jaye is one of my favorite writers and I really like the gritty urban setting of this series. The characters are all interesting and I really like the relationship between the main character, Kate Prospero, and her partner, Drew Morales. I also appreciate that she has women in her life. In this book her relationship with her best friend is rocked to its foundation and there is real tension and possible loss there. There's a great balance in this book between Kate's personal struggles and her professional struggles all mixing together the way they do for most of us. Kate is a strong main character and I'm looking forward to more of her story and her journey to discover a new relationship and practice with her magic and her chosen life as a cop....more
This is a wonderful retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This is the second book I've read by Grace Draven and I have to say one of things I have reallyThis is a wonderful retelling of Beauty and the Beast. This is the second book I've read by Grace Draven and I have to say one of things I have really enjoyed in both books is how much the characters who like/love each other really seem to like/love each other. I think it might be reaction to having read a few traditional romance books recently where you always have characters that are in conflict with each other as part of the dramatic tension. I didn't realize how much I was tired of it until I quite literally felt relieved at how much the main characters in this book like each other and do not fall victim to irritating misunderstandings. The conflict comes from external sources, more than one and there is very real concern that our couples (yes there is more than one in this version) may not both prevail. I enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it....more
I'm not the sort of reviewer that is going to tell you the story of the book. I will tell you that this is a very well crafted book with a tight plotI'm not the sort of reviewer that is going to tell you the story of the book. I will tell you that this is a very well crafted book with a tight plot and excellent world building. But where it really shines is with the characters. The main character is a young woman named Story. Right out of the gate I loved that name. I won't explain why that is her name, read the book and you'll find out. She's smart and independent and is doing everything she can think of to make her way in the world against some pretty daunting odds. Even when it looks like she is truly behind the 8-ball she keeps thinking and trying to figure out how to save herself. All the characters are fully realized and interesting. The magic system is clear and also interesting. I loved the politics of the plot but it didn't get bogged down in politics. This was a story about a young woman in a bad spot and a city/world that was about to have a very bad time of it depending on how things played out. The book has great pacing and takes some left turns I didn't expect and I LOVE IT when that happens.
I HIGHLY recommend this book if you enjoy fantasy. I also think this book is completely appropriate for both adult and YA readers. I will be handing it off to a couple of my teenage godchildren to read....more
This is a really strong start to a new Urban Fantasy police procedural series. As per usual with Jaye Wells the world building is fantastic and the chThis is a really strong start to a new Urban Fantasy police procedural series. As per usual with Jaye Wells the world building is fantastic and the characters are well developed with clearly defined personalities and struggles you can relate to even though they are living in a world with active magic use. I really feel like there is a good balance between the gritty police reality and the gritty urban fantasy reality and the normal life of a single woman taking care of a teenaged brother. I also love that in truth she is NOT doing all this alone. Kate Prospero has a best friend who is part of her and her brothers world of people, along with a cranky old neighbor lady. One of my complaints with UF is that too often the main characters are isolated except for the lovers they are either in bed with or in conflict with...functional people have friends, they develop families of choice if they don't have functional families. I like that Jaye has created a character that has people in her life who help her in big and little ways. I highly recommend this book. I'm looking forward to the next one!!...more