I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team
Letters to Emily was a fast-paced erotic novella, yet had a depthI received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team
Letters to Emily was a fast-paced erotic novella, yet had a depth of emotion you usually cannot capture in so few pages. The reader does miss out on some character development, which makes a character feel 3-dimensional and real, in order to fit so much story in a novella. The love story develops fast, bordering on insta-love even with the backstory, because of the quick pacing and the length. However, I feel the pacing was excellent, and I don't feel like I missed out on anything. When I reached The End, I felt satisfied and entertained.
Steamy romance filled with angst, grief, and a broad definition of love. An emotional and sensual novella, which tells an entire story.
Would I recommend this title: Yes, to open-minded erotica readers who enjoy menage and m/f/m. There is taboo subject matter, which I thought was written in a way to remove the 'perverted' bent. Would I read more from this author: Yes. ...more
I received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team
Heart-pounding and thrilling, One Love's pacing was dizzying. TherI received a free copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team
Heart-pounding and thrilling, One Love's pacing was dizzying. There were no starts and stops- no passages to sit back and catch your breath. One Love's predecessor was a slower pace, where you just kept waiting for the other shoe to drop. There was no such wait with this installment. On every single page was something horrifying, emotional, kick-a$$/bad-a$$, and brutal.
The only thing I can say about this type of pacing in a book, is that I wasn't given time to process one event before getting smashed in the face with the next; with each event more horrifying than the last.
The jet-speed pacing was the difference between a 5 star read and the 4 star I gave One Love. There were moments I was confused, moments where my mind couldn't catch and fully comprehend the words I was reading. I became numb to the action, the misery, the horror, because I didn't get time to savor it. I didn't get time to think to myself, "Oh, my God. Did that just really happen?" before I was thrust into another similar scene.
This series is truly about choice. The wrong choice leading you down the wrong path. How once you make one wrong choice, you'll undoubtedly make another. Until it's compounded to the point that you've come full-circle and you find yourself buried beneath your bad decisions. In this, both Dornan and Juliette are to blame, in equal measure. Both flawed in the same way. Both acting and reacting in the same fashion.
I doubt I'm the only one, but I always have a thing for the psycho of the story.
St. Germain dubbed Dornan the anti-hero of the series. I tend to agree, but I also feel Julz is as well. I think I found the scenes our anti-heroes shared the most intriguing. They were basically the male and female equivalent of each other.
While their ages were 20 years apart, it made the reader wonder how Julie would act and react if she reached the age Dornan was currently at. Especially now, when she had no qualms of killing, maiming, torturing, and finding delight in watching the defilement and harm of others- someone who has been there, and knows exactly how it feels to be degraded like an animal. At 21, Julz isn't a budding sociopath; she's already there.
Yes, we feel her pain, her emotion, her regret. But oddly enough, I felt that from Dornan as well. He was 20 years our heroine's senior, and his heart was equally as hardened as hers. I doubt the Dornan of 21 behaved as the Juliette of 21...
One Love was and wasn't about the undying love between Jase and Julz. As I read the series as a whole, I felt there was a anti-romance happening beneath the surface.
In the author's note to readers at the end of the story, I agree with her statement. The anti-romance deserved the scene-time because it was more potent- raw. Powerful.
Jase and Julz are getting a full-length novel, we can explore their relationship then. Which I'm thankful for, because I had periods of thinking Jase was weak, nowhere near strong enough for Julz.
I give mad props to St. Germain for causing me to fall in love with her anti-hero, for finding myself siding with those causing wrong. My philosophy: In war, both sides are in the right (for their own gain). In this series, all parties were simultaneously right and wrong, and I found myself rooting for both, knowing there could only be one victor.
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
From Viscount of Vice to Viscount of Virtue.
The novella started off mid-sceneI received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.
From Viscount of Vice to Viscount of Virtue.
The novella started off mid-scene, with V of V being a naughty boy indeed. Over the course of the story, he slowly evolved into a man of respectability.
While the 'love' may seem instant, there is a good backstory shown in glimpses of inner monologue, making a believable connection. Fast-paced, sweet and endearing, with bursts of mystery and suspense, Viscount of Vice is an entertaining read, guaranteed to put a smile on your face while delving into the deeper issues of the human condition- addiction.
I would describe this novella as a 'clean' story. While there is sexy, witty banter, and a few instances of many liberties being taken, the reader is never privy to the coupling between the H/h.
I was highly entertained by this little gem, and look forward to reading more from this author.
NOTE: Even knowing this is a prequel in the series, it felt as if the heroine's brother somehow has a book out there, with all the details of his life that were shown, as if the reader should just know- like jogging our memories. It was as if I was missing an entire story arc, that I sensed was intriguing with the mention of how he had obtained his wife, and is now a new father. ...more
4 stars. This title would have been a favorite of mine. A best of its genre. Yet I have no idea why Kleypas ruined the pacing at the ending, drawing a4 stars. This title would have been a favorite of mine. A best of its genre. Yet I have no idea why Kleypas ruined the pacing at the ending, drawing an engaging and perfectly paced book out into a chaotic, boring mess of unnecessary information.
In the beginning, I was ecstatic while reading. The heroine felt kindred to me. The dry witty interactions between the H/h had me giddy, glued to the page. But the last portion... just killed it for me. It was one of those books which would have benefited by being shortened to maintain its charm. A book I adored suddenly turned into a book I was checking the percentage, wondering when it was going to end, and because of that, I feel sick, sad, disheartened.
Suddenly You was going to be one of my favorite books. Sadly, I'm going to have to pass. The first half was the perfect book for me, the last half felt unnecessary. The last 15% were paragraph-length scenes of sheer nothingness, intermixed with a few sentences of sex. I don't understand... *frowns* It's like another author picked the book up to finish it. ...more
I received an ARC of What a Wallflower Wants to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team
I will preface this review by stating that What a WallflowI received an ARC of What a Wallflower Wants to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team
I will preface this review by stating that What a Wallflower Wants is darker than most Historical Romance, yet still encompasses the feel-good, puts a smile on your face, level of romanticism.
Rodale gave a 5 Star effort in regards to the emotions behind those assaulted. Book after book, where the heroine's past is violent, the author will write the character 'out of character', actions and reactions belying their inner monologues. Meaning, more often than not, the wounded heroine will be too trusting, too quick to forgive, and a starry-eyed innocent who instantly falls in love.
Maya Rodale shined with the slow, patient trust that was built over time through interaction between the Hero and Heroine of this tale. Prue was skittish, afraid, slow to trust, and this was true to real human behavior of those who have survived a traumatic experience, making the book feel true-to-life.
Prudence was a real heroine: strong, just, intelligent- not putting her needs beneath or above those around her, but as equally important. Prue was courageous and inspiring- a great role model- yet equally flawed.
John was patience personified in a genre of stories where more often than not, the Hero's strength is through domination or status of position, not through the strength of intelligence, integrity, and physicality.
Both the Hero and the Heroine expressed how we should view people through their actions and reactions, instead of by their title or position. It was a refreshing change.
While the trust and love was built slowly, over time, and with great patience, this slowed the book's pacing down considerably. A reader who loves a fast-paced, thrilling read will be slightly bored at times, waiting for the action to start.
What a Wallflower Wants is more character-driven, story-driven, than by exciting conflict. Not that there weren't exciting bursts of action scenes, steamy scenes, and moments of great conflict. But it was interspersed with a slowly evolving storyline.
While above is my glowing review, I only have one gripe. I'm not a fan of 3rd person narration. I'm not lessening the story because it was in 3rd person. However, there were times where I was confused by the multiple POV changed ups on a single page. In the beginning of the story, it was cut and dried, who's mind we were getting a glimpse inside. Nearing the end, it could be a sentence, or a paragraph later, and we would be thrust inside another character while still in 3rd person. (I versus She/He versus Character names) I would have to reread passages to get a handle on who's inner voice I was reading. This was easier when it was just Prue & John (She & He). But when the other Wallflowers, their husbands, Lady Dare, and the villain were all thrust together within pages of one another, it became chaotic and difficult for me to read. Ejecting me from the story itself, forcing me to interpret or decipher who was whom. Especially during the final two pages of the final chapter before the epilogue. It was a just a mangled mess of YESes, intermingling single sentences of what others around town were doing. I was thrown by this, and I hope since this was a un-edited review copy, that this will be changed in the final published edition.
Burning question to the author: What happened to the fiance? I would have loved to know what happened to him after the highwaymen. While we hear of gossip used against Prue because of his letter to his mother, we never actually find out if he is still alive, where he is, or what happened to him. Why wasn't his mother confused at the appearance of her son's affianced, yet not concerned about her son's whereabouts? This was a storythread left hanging; one I'd like to read its conclusion.
Overall, I enjoyed What a Wallflower Wants. I'd recommend it to Historical Romance fans, especially those who need a bit of darkness, the raw reality of life, to combat the oft sickening sweetness that accompanies the genre.
I will gladly read more by Maya Rodale. Thank you for allowing me to read and review your work. ...more
What a title, eh? *snickers* In regards to the Harlot issue, it's more of a misunderstanding, a cuteness, than what comes to mind when you read the tiWhat a title, eh? *snickers* In regards to the Harlot issue, it's more of a misunderstanding, a cuteness, than what comes to mind when you read the title. I almost didn't read it. If I hadn't picked it up as a Kindle Freebie, I might not have. I have a thing about titles turning me off, or in this case, embarrassing me when they pop up in my feed or on FB & Twitter.
I gave the book a chance, not thinking I'd read long. Some time later, eyes slowly closing, I'd realized I'd read 75% in one sitting and it was 4 am & I better catch a few winks. 5 hours later, I'm quickly typing up this review, researching this author, and then I'm diving back in......more
enjoying this episodic series. Warning: 1 page is off on the POV. I had to read it over several times. In the H's voice, yet started saying "HE said".enjoying this episodic series. Warning: 1 page is off on the POV. I had to read it over several times. In the H's voice, yet started saying "HE said". Either the 1st person, past tense changed to 3rd, or the author was writing in the h's voice during the H's POV. other than that mixup, I'm thoroughly entertained....more
sweet. fluffy. 14+. accurately portrayed the typical, insecure mean girl, who is so flawed in her perfection you still connect with her. (girl who wilsweet. fluffy. 14+. accurately portrayed the typical, insecure mean girl, who is so flawed in her perfection you still connect with her. (girl who will turn into a bitter, emotionally stunted woman if she doesn't change (I'd read THAT)) the main character was likable, easily identifyable, and a good role model. the main guy was sweet, kind, and dumb in a teenaged boy kind of way. (grown men have this issue too) the conflict was his fault but not. I can see why he'd be intimidated by the beauty while unsure of the one he truly wanted. as for readers who get preachy; kids act like kids. look around at the adults in you life; they act even more immature, insecure, and their actions are ruled by both- just as our 'mean' girl in this story. overall, a very good book....more
Perfect for 13+. the pov is from the boy, which is a refreshing change of pace. while fluffy, gushy, & slightly sounding feminine (not 18 yo guy),Perfect for 13+. the pov is from the boy, which is a refreshing change of pace. while fluffy, gushy, & slightly sounding feminine (not 18 yo guy), the underlying message is great for youths & adults alike. a quick, cute, not too deep young adult romance that will thrill teens & the young at heart....more
The overall premise is amazing. What kept this from being a 5 star read for me is the pacing: the flow of information is very, very slow. With the BlaThe overall premise is amazing. What kept this from being a 5 star read for me is the pacing: the flow of information is very, very slow. With the Black Angel storyline being exciting, it's a strange feel to have so... stalled when dealing with other parts of the story. ...more