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
5 stars do not come easily to me anymore, and it's been years since I added a book to my 'Best of its Genre' shelf. *Crosses fingers* Every time, book5 stars do not come easily to me anymore, and it's been years since I added a book to my 'Best of its Genre' shelf. *Crosses fingers* Every time, book #2 disappoints me, without fail. I hope this series breaks the string of bad luck.
Undone by A Duke was a pleasant surprise- a book I quickly chose without much research since I had a few days left on my Amazon Prime Borrow, and had to pick something. I absolutely loved it. It hit on every emotion, making me feel right alongside the characters: laugh, cry, feel frustration and anger. But mostly it just made me feel good and put a smile on myself without coming off as cheesy.
The end of the book went a bit off course, making me want to shake Jonathan, and it felt as it should have ended sooner... but I didn't mind.
I would recommend to fans of Regency Era Historical Romance, and to the Scottish fans as well, as the book takes place on Scottish soil. Will I read more from this author: Most definitely. Will I read more of this series: Buying book #2 as soon as this review is finished. If it doesn't disappoint, I will immediately buy book #3 thereafter, and it's only a few weeks' wait for the next in the series (I believe book 4 is the conclusion. Unless the author thrills me by giving the parents' their own book. I'd love to read that)...more
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team
I began reading, and I was slightly confused, asking myself who theI received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team
I began reading, and I was slightly confused, asking myself who the narrator was in relation to Bully. I couldn't place Fallon. So I stopped reading, and began debating if I should reread Bully, since I initially read it so very long ago. After consulting a book bud who read this prior to me, I was told Fallon was new to the reader. So, if you read this review before reading the book (something I do) then you've been schooled.
I was gripped by the story immediately. Fallon was a kick-ass sort of girl. Her internal monologue had me busting a gut, as well as tearing up a time or two.
Madoc was easy to love, and he was written as so very male. I say this because sometimes books with a dual perspective sound like the same voice no matter the narrator (the author's natural voice). Fallon and Madoc each had a distinct voice of their own in Rival. Thank goodness for their voice, or I'd have been even more confused. (I will explain this in the con section of the review)
I loved Bully, as I did its sequel. I laid in bed, planning on reading a few chapters, and ended up reading it from start to finish. Rival is NOT a tiny book. It took me over 7 hours, and I didn't finish until the sun was rising. I was thankful that I finally found a book that clicked with me after so many disappointments as of late. I've read book after book of smoke and mirrors, hiding the fact that it lacked in story behind scene after scene of mechanical sex. I cannot express how many times I've used the phrase I don't want sex with a side of story. I want a story with sex as the decadent dessert.
Proving less is more. Rival is very HOT. Smoking hot, yet done in a way to slowly build a banked fire that turns explosive. I haven't read a lot of erotica books that got me as bothered- squirming around uncomfortably- as Rival had me. Proof that when sex is the dessert, not the main dish, you appreciate the taste on the back of your tongue.
Rival was filled with everything I love in an addictive book: angst, angst, and more angst. Frustration. Love/Hate back-and-forth banter, while often mean, it's just as humorous. A great side cast of characters that add to the story but never overpower the main couple. Chemistry. Emotion.
We continue to see the developing/evolving relationship between Bully's co-stars, keeping us connected, as well as several other sets of characters.
Jax? Are you the next book? Goodness, I hope so. Rival sets up the next book perfectly, creating a rabid reader, thirsting for more. If it's Jax's turn, I'm excited. That book will rock. Hard.
Okay, now for the cons. I only have 2. I was being picky with all those DNFs I've experienced, but I don't have much to complain about with Rival. But it does need to be said.
1: Formatting. I don't know if this is because I received a reviewer copy from Netgalley, or not. But the formatting was wonky, making it difficult for me to read. Several times over, I had to guess or reread to determine the narrator. Yes, the author placed their name as a subheading beneath the chapter. But with the formatting screwy, it was tucked in tightly, hiding, and the same font and size without bolding to distinguish it from the rest of the wording.
In fact, there were no page breaks, so I'd be reading along, not realizing I'd started another chapter. I know this makes me seem dim, but the lines were so tight, it was easy to overlook. The chapter was literally at the end of the previous chapter's last sentence.
Next, scene skipping. From one sentence to the next, we were in a new scene. I cannot express how many times I reread a page, trying to figure wth was going on. The character would be doing one thing, and then BAM! There was no extra spacing or anything to denote a change of scene. It was discombobulating.
Lastly, with the crunch, dialogue was pressed together. "How are you?" Fallon said to me. "I'm great," I replied. this happened a lot. With long dialogue, I'd be reading along, confused as to why a certain character was saying something, only to decipher it was the reply. After reading it over and over again, many times, I would deduce from the he said/she said what was going on.
While this doesn't detract from the story, it DID pull me from the story more times than I can count. I didn't change my rating because of it. But I thought I'd bring it to the author's attention, in case it wasn't just the Netgalley Kindle copy. It was very, VERY difficult to read.
2: Length of the book. It was a long book. I'm not necessarily saying that's a bad thing. I write epic-length books. I'm only stating this because it started to drag when I felt like it should have met its conclusion chapters ago. Fast-paced lovers may become bored, and even I began to skip to get to the conclusion. I loved the story, eager for whatever the author would give us. But near the last 3/4th, I was asking myself what role the scene I was reading played out in the bigger picture, and whether or not it could have been crunched down into other scenes.
Rival was a huge book packed with even more story, raw emotion, with a strong connection between the characters, and a great supporting side cast.
I'll read whatever Penelope Douglas writes. Thank you for allowing me to read for free, and for proving there are still great books out there to read. I began to lose faith during my book slump. I've been renewed, and now I'm hungry to hunt down another read.
I'm not a blastphemer. I'm invoking the name of the Lord & Savior as protection against this u4 stars Adult Fanfiction Status: complete
I'm not a blastphemer. I'm invoking the name of the Lord & Savior as protection against this unholy book. Oh, Passhenette1, you need to find me if you read this review. You and I are soul mates in our perversions. I write some wicked shit, but I hold back what's really going on in my head. But I won't from now on, since I found a location to post what would be banned otherwise.
Once you get past the beginning of the book, the incest becomes not-so taboo because you're desensitized to it. I'm not one for gratuitous sex. *cough cough* So yeah, there was little else, and it was the most perverse sex on the planet, with little or no rules of morality <-- which is why I ate it with a big spoonful of sugar, and left my 'no gratuitous sex' qualm behind. Don't expect any females in the cast of characters. You start to wonder where the book is gonna go... more sex? Just end on a sex scene? Where could it possibly go? & then Quinton finally enters stage left and changes the whole motherfuckin' orgy on its head.
There is something wrong with me as to why I become weak-willed for the psycho in this tale. Quentin is like the unholy alliance of every single one of my lunatic, sadistic, abusive characters. So intriguing in their wrongness.
I. Am. Fucked. In. The. Head
Wow, what a ride. My ass feels sore, and all I did was sit on it as I read this ass-ripper of a tale. ...more
3 1/2 stars. Solid Urban Fantasy, hitting all the points: world building, paranormal creatures, warring factions, super-human abilities, and action &3 1/2 stars. Solid Urban Fantasy, hitting all the points: world building, paranormal creatures, warring factions, super-human abilities, and action & danger sequences. The usual sidekicks: hot alpha male, hot villain/could-be good guy, flighty new bff after years of never having a female friend (always annoying yet flirty, semi-dim), a surprising villain (usually female)that was thought to be on your team.
I'm unsure why, perhaps my mood, but the story didn't grip me and keep me interested. Maybe it was because the book hit all the points, making it cookie-cutter, insert character traits here, and predicable without bringing anything new to the genre. I love being surprised while I read, and that was missing for me.
I was able to put the book down, over and over, and it didn't matter if I finished the story or not. I didn't connect with the characters. Some essential spark was missing for me. I enjoy UF because romance is not front and center but slightly hiding in the background. While there were several characters that could become Sabina's future love interest, I felt no emotion, no chemistry at all.
I don't want this to be perceived as a negative review. My reading tastes are dictated by my mood. The Sabina Kane series hits all the points in the Urban Fantasy genre, the writing was solid, and the characters were authentic. The book just wasn't for me.
Will I continue on with the series: maybe- when I get a craving for more UF.
Would I read more from this author: I will read a few more books by Jaye Wells before I determine if the writing style is for me. so, yes.
I would recommend this series to readers of Urban Fantasy: Vamps and Mages and Demons, oh my!
By far my favorite part of the entire book, anything dealing with Sabina's pet demon- Mr. Giggles pulled my lips into a smile a few times, and even made me laugh out loud. ...more
Best of the series by far! Absolutely loved it. Cherished every word, and didn't skim a single one. The year long wait for the finale will be painful,Best of the series by far! Absolutely loved it. Cherished every word, and didn't skim a single one. The year long wait for the finale will be painful, but not as agonizing as reading the ending of one of my favorite series. ...more
Loved the book. Read the majority of it when I should have been sleeping. Couldn't put it down. What made it a 4 star vs a 5 star book for me was theLoved the book. Read the majority of it when I should have been sleeping. Couldn't put it down. What made it a 4 star vs a 5 star book for me was the lack of contact and connection between the 'heroine' and the 'hero' because of the amount of POV change-ups. If you can call the change of narration when it was in 3rd person a POV change-up. A better way to describe it: there were too many people being narrated about, taking away from the main characters. Yes, I want to connect with the characters that will grace subsequent books as the protagonists, but not to the detriment of the current one. Too much going on in the setup of the series. It needed to be weeded out and simplified (I can understand complex storylines.;) too many cooks in the kitchen, so to speak)
Highly recommend to lovers of Historical Romance.
Yes, I will continue on with the series, as well as finishing off Ms. James' backlist of works. I've got a lot a reading ahead of me to tackle that list! :D...more
I loved all the characters and the main storyline. This book was a 5 star read for me until the 70% mark. It went off course, slowing the pace, and adI loved all the characters and the main storyline. This book was a 5 star read for me until the 70% mark. It went off course, slowing the pace, and adding storyline filler. I don't mind if a book is shorter if it ensures a more endearing and exciting read, especially when the added material doesn't lend to character development. I understand Balls and such because of the Historical Romance genre. But up until the 70% of a book, this was devoid and solely storyline based, so the addition felt like massive filler. The 'bear' storyline was just ridiculous and didn't push the story to its conclusion. Eye-roll worthy, I almost removed 2 stars because of this. Overall, I loved the book. I found myself smiling, feeling good, and anticipating the climax.
Kleypas is hands down my favorite Historical Romance author. ...more
DNF! The beginning starts out with so much promise: funny, quarky, not really dark- more dusk. The female MC was humorous and ditsy, and the Male MC wDNF! The beginning starts out with so much promise: funny, quarky, not really dark- more dusk. The female MC was humorous and ditsy, and the Male MC was intriguing and reserved(he maintained that edge until I DNFed- go, Daniel! Woot!). I was all, "Hell, yeah, this is going to be a 5 star read." I was excited and smiling and intrigued and IN the story...
...& then there is a shift in the writing style. It went from smooth to chaotic and disjointed. The change is during the week (only a paragraph in the book) between when he tells her to leave and when she stomps back to his house(because that's the rational thing to do when someone tells you to LEAVE)- turning into a psycho.
My apologies in advance- I just don't know how to write this without the snarkiness. Sorry. I've read all the other reviews and I just don't understand why no one pointed this out: Sofi is the psycho of the pair.
She stomps back to his house after the week absence. He vaguely explains why HE WANTS HER OUT OF HIS LIFE. He storms out of his house to get away from her. So instead of leaving, Sofi BAKES cakes and cupcakes. As a girl who bakes... it takes hours to make one batch of cupcakes, let alone several cakes and cupcakes- fully frosted w/inspirational & institutional sayings. Plus, she had to go buy the supplies(which meant she left, and then came back), and then make DIE! DIE! DIE! cupcakes??? Am I missing something here? Did I get the wrong book at this point, did the manuscript get messed up?
The catalyst: she hears a phone ringing (in his walk-in closet, in his bedroom, in a jacket pocket with her sonic hearing from the kitchen) all the while she's trespassing like a f'n psycho, baking cakes like Crazy Crocker. A woman answers on the other side (of course)- so she starts making DIE! cupcakes and smashing wine bottles?!? Um, did I miss this commitment talk somewhere between him telling her to get the f out and never come back and the part where he says he's broken... so she takes it upon herself to fix him with DIE cupcakes and drink his booze and smash the bottles in his kitchen?? Did I miss something, here. Where did Sofi go and when is the Priest scheduled for an exorcism visit.
Oh, and when he comes back, she has the nerve to ask him where he was?? F'n bloody hell, psycho woman. I'd call the cops on your ass at this point... and then he says, 'that girl was from before I met you...." as in LAST F'n WEEK??!??
I stopped reading after that...
I'm so disappointed right now I could cry *pouts* I was really liked it until Sofi went Fatal Attraction. Somewhere in the rest of the book is a bunny in a pot, I just know it....more
DNF for me. I was hooked for the first 20%, avoiding the pitfalls that were annoying me. I enjoyed the premise in the beginning, almost wishing the MyDNF for me. I was hooked for the first 20%, avoiding the pitfalls that were annoying me. I enjoyed the premise in the beginning, almost wishing the Mystery Man thing was drawn out a bit more for sexy comedic fodder. I was grinning and smiling, laughing and entertained when he showed up at her front door.
I found it hard to swallow that every man the protagonist met found her hotter than lava but she was boyfriend-free and it took Mystery Man a year and a half to tie the girl down. Her best male friend was in love with her but never told her this while dating other girls and wondering why she didn't figure out he was in love with her supernatural mind-reading skills. I literally mean that EVERY. SINGLE. MALE. She came in contact with was head-over-heels in love with her even without a conversation. Like 10 different men- instant want Possessive want. This made the storyline contradictory in the EXTREME that she was single or that her ex-husband treated her like shit, cheating on her. Why did every other man think her Goddess but the ex?. Instead of laughing with the book, I began laughing at the book while rolling my eyes.
Then when the middle lengthened with no conclusion in sight with the storyline not progressing- stalled-, I began to get very bored. A lot of girl talk that rehashed the previous scene and a lot of scary scenes that weren't scary and repetitive, and none of it was progressing the story. & A bored Erica means an Erica that will nitpick the book to death and will no longer be entertained- at all. I found myself in the land of skimmage, eye rolls, and scoffing for the past 5 days, wanting to know the end but then deciding it no longer mattered.
After yet another ambush, fire-bombing, drive-by, house fire, kidnapping. Two incidents, three tops, for excitement is thrilling, more than that and I get numb. I was like, "get hurt already, dammit!" "What are you made out of? Bulletproof Teflon?" For a bumbling, cosmo-drinking, lil black dress-wearing, female editor, she was always 5 steps ahead of the military, police, DEA, the mafia, and the Bikers but she was just sitting around and not actively trying to solve the crime that was plaguing her at every turn. Actually, she never even questioned what the hell was going on or why. Hawk said I didn't need to know... okay! let me stare out this window!. Destroying her home, her parents' home, and she just didn't give a flip! "Let's go out to dinner or girl chat!!!" "I'll fetch my lil black dress and let's drink cosmos. I don't care that my sister could be dying out right now. She's only my half-sister afterall."
She was staying at her parents after the first invasion. Then firebombed, so they were staying at her home that was drive-byed. Um... Girl, don't you give an F what happened to your parents after you literally moved in with Hawk? Were they in a hotel?
What a dutiful daughter.
Another point of irritation: WELP. Squishy. Yowsa... and the rest of their kind. Especially in the middle of a serious conversation or a sex scene. It broke up the emotions- utterly removed it.
While there were parts I enjoyed, they could not overshadow the overuse of the word BABY. Baby is a boundary you don't cross with me, along with grown women giggling (I don't hear cute girls or toddlers, I hear Eddy Haskell's cackle or malicious teenaged girls evilly giggling while pouring blood on Carrie). The narrator called everyone Baby, and everyone else called everyone else Baby. On one page she called Hawk baby, both girlfriends baby, where the girlfriends in turn called her baby... and then Hawk called her baby. ONE PAGE! When the protagonist called her own mother Baby, I was done. Kindle cover closed DONE! It's an endearment. If you call everyone the same endearment how much emotion can possible be in the word? It's no different than saying, "Hey, YOU!"
See, a bored Erica is a nitpicking Erica. Nitpicking
I'll stop myself before I keep up the mouth spewage.
I do recommend this book and the author to romance lovers- I truly do. I'm just a serious gal who needs depth- a LOT of depth- to keep interested. The book is sexy and hot, but I'm a weirdo that doesn't care how hot or sexy it is without some serious chemistry and buildup. I also need angst. Other than the days of the week, there was no angst. I like humorous as much as the next person but I'm too serious because sometimes humorous feels like juvenile to me- acting out of character or beneath your chronological age (not just in this book but most humorous romances). Grown women do NOT giggle. Well, they hardly EVER giggle.
If you own a house, a business, live your own life, are anywhere in the vicinity of 30 and over, you do not act like a naive teenaged idiot. Your innocence poofed when your ex tore you to shreds- ya know, made you put that wall up between you and everyone else. So when you never showed the wall other than Hawk saying there was a wall. I was like, "what freakin' wall? She's just following your lead- EVERY-Freakin'-Where!"
I need my current read to elicit emotions out of me, make me bleed, and entertain me, whether a tear or a laugh.
I give all DNFs a 3 star rating because they were clearly not for me. It has nothing to do with the genre or author or the writing. The book was just obviously NOT for ME!
Truly, comedic romance, contemporary romance, romantic suspense readers will LOVE this book and author...
If anyone reads this review that has read the series, please comment on whether or not any of the other books are more serious or emotional with some depth, please. I'd appreciate it. If so, I'd make an attempt to finish this novel and try out the next.
As a writer by profession, I could create an eloquent review, but after reading Undeniable I don't think I can create a cohesive sentence, especiallyAs a writer by profession, I could create an eloquent review, but after reading Undeniable I don't think I can create a cohesive sentence, especially one that isn't littered with curse words. First, I will say a few words about our protagonists. I wanted to lodge Deuce's sac somewhere in the vicinity of his throat. Eva was in need of a thorough bitch-slapping to gain some self-respect- repeatedly with a closed fist. *Hands Deuce & Eva some self-respect* Other than the main characters being a trainwreck and the overuse of BABY & BITCH *shudders in revulsion* I was highly entertained, smirking, sometimes ignited while blushing at Deuce's nasty talk, and laughing at a good portion of the dialogue. The book started perfectly, grabbing my ass in its rough fingers and not letting go. The initial encounters, both platonic and sexual were outstanding. It did wane a bit from the mid-point until the end where the characters were simultaneously acting in&out of character- confusing the f outta me. It was like, Why? How is this driving the story forward? Why do I as a reader have to figure out Deuce's motivations when I'm in his head during his narration? Why is he acting and reacting differently that his thought pattern? I would've liked to hear Deuce's fears instead of guessing that it was the case; I hope it was the case, anyway. Because if not, he was pretty irredeemable otherwise. But I forgave that because I had to know what was coming next even if it was predestined to end a specific way. While I was highly amused at the various ways the word F*ck was utilized, *truly, I was a dirty sailor in a past life* the feminist was clawing, screaming, dying to dig its way out of my throat and throw my beloved Kindle across the room. Yeah, I'm mighty big on respect for a woman, both from men and towards oneself. HUGE trigger for me, that. I understand the dynamic of their world and that women aren't respected as equals. I said I understood it... I didn't say I have to f'n like it, now did I? Second: I pretty much read the book in one sitting and immediately purchased UnBeautifully. Annoyingly frustrating or not, the characters engrossed me, and I loved the storyline for the most part. Curious to see where this series evolves, and do plan on reading the rest of Sheehan's work... just lay off the babies, will ya, PLEASE? I can't swallow that shit. Just can't. Drives me f'n batshit cray-cray. 'k, baby? ...more
I was impressed. Speechless. Scorched. I was looking for a book that would pull me in, hook me, trap me, and engage me from page one until the end &I was impressed. Speechless. Scorched. I was looking for a book that would pull me in, hook me, trap me, and engage me from page one until the end & Beyond Complicated did just that! Twisted with a very taboo subject but so highly addicted. BC made me laugh as much as it made me squirm and sweat. I will say that this book would have been spectacular without the overuse of BABY. Baby distracted me, almost pulled me from the story. I believe the word shouldn't have been uttered by anyone outside of the triad, and it shouldn't have been spoken more than every page, not a few times per paragraph. While some of the dialogue was cheesy-romantic and the baby-babies were spewed like a benediction to God, the storyline overpowered the negative. I'm not into saccharine romances, and a few times BC dipped into that territory, but I forgave BC.
Highly recommend to m/m readers and fans of pushing the limits with taboo subject matter. ...more
While I enjoyed the Wallflower series, I'm engrossed by the Hathaways. The premise is stronger, more exciting, real- less saccharine. The tie-in withWhile I enjoyed the Wallflower series, I'm engrossed by the Hathaways. The premise is stronger, more exciting, real- less saccharine. The tie-in with the Wallflowers made this series easier to get into. The strong yet humorous familial connection is more endearing than the simple friendship of the Wallflowers. I see a difference in Kleypas' writing from one series to the next, a growth that makes the reading experience more entertaining and less trite, the character building more complex with deeper connections between the characters. All in all, I've highly enjoyed this series but saddened that I only have one more book to read. I hope Beatrix's book doesn't disappoint as she is my favorite character! ...more