This is a series that just keeps on going, giving us new characters and revisiting old friends. At this point in time, there isn't a lot of suspense iThis is a series that just keeps on going, giving us new characters and revisiting old friends. At this point in time, there isn't a lot of suspense in the story itself, but meeting the people from previous books is always fun. And Ms. Sands has introduced us to a new "big bad" since the capture of the previous one 2 books ago. New characters have been introduced, and we are waiting to see who their lifemate is. I'm still enjoying the series, so I'll go on reading it and recommending it. It's nice to have something to read when you don't feel good and want something to take your mind off it. The Argeneau Vampire series is a good way to spend a couple of days when that cold is making you totally miserable and all you can think is--I really wish that I had those nanos right now....more
Ok, I'm going to say right up front--I have mild OCD, which causes me problems with poorly edited/written works, and well, this one had me totally peeOk, I'm going to say right up front--I have mild OCD, which causes me problems with poorly edited/written works, and well, this one had me totally peeved.
The story (novella length at best, but slightly longer than a short story) could have been a fun read, but the author needs to take a few classes to learn more about their craft. The "feel" of the characters was off--the MC, who is supposed to be an adult about the age of 27 or so, acts and feels more like a high schooler. She also refers to her father as "the old man" about half the time, which very few woman/girls do. At one point in the middle of the story, when she's talking to the H, she doesn't know why her father gave up his job as an attorney, when it says right at the beginning of the story that he'd had a heart attack, and decided to "stop and smell the roses" essentially. The H is supposed to be a famous actor who is about the same age as the MC, but he sometimes acts like he's closer in age to her father than to her.
The author should have sprung for a professional editor for this work. He/she uses the wrong words a lot (their instead of there, two for to or too, etc. etc. etc.) There are partial sentences that run into other sentences. Sometimes to the point where you are left wondering what the heck the sentence is supposed to actually SAY. Run on sentences, improper punctuation, misspelled words (this is in addition to the use of the wrong word previously mentioned) and sometimes forgetting what sex the person talking is (the MC is a "he" in one sentence while the H is a she in a different place in the book.)
However, you will notice that I did give the book 2 stars--those stars are because I could see the promise in the story. And, if I didn't have the issues that I do with my OCD, I might have enjoyed it a great deal more, but those issues kept me from getting totally lost in the story. And they slowed down my reading time tremendously as well. I am a 350-400 page book-a-day reader normally, and this 76 page story took me 3 days to get through because I kept having to put it aside while I got over the OCD issues.
If you don't have those kinds of issues, I think you might enjoy the book. On the other hand, if you DO have the issues, stay away from this book. ...more
It's been many years since I read this book while in hospital. A friend brought me a big bag full of old romances (Harlequin Presents/Boons & MillIt's been many years since I read this book while in hospital. A friend brought me a big bag full of old romances (Harlequin Presents/Boons & Mills/Barbara Cartland) and left them for me to read while I was recovering from a major surgery and receiving the therapies that I needed to help me heal. She wanted me to have a lot of books that didn't require a lot of concentration (so no War & Peace or Anna Karenina included) and instructed me to leave them behind when I finally left the hospital so that they could help others get their minds off of what was happening, which is what I did.
This was well before GR and even the Internet, so I have no idea of the titles of many of the books that I read those 3 weeks, and also very little memory of the books themselves. This book I remembered because of the heroine. She was emotionally damaged as a result of something that had happened to her as a teenager and the response of those around her, especially her parents. Unfortunately, also at that time, what she went through was very common. I had friends that had been through similar events and was impressed by the author's ability to try to show what the results of that event (view spoiler)[she was gang raped as a 16 or 17 year old (hide spoiler)] were. The author had the handicap of having to have an HEA for her heroine and hero, so she used a few short-cuts to get it, but that was to be expected from a romance. Still, she did a good job of showing the emotional damage that had been inflicted on the heroine, and that was what I remembered. While the story itself is pretty cookie-cutter, I gave this book the 4 stars simply for the author's efforts to help educated people. ...more
This is a collection of previously published short stories and novellas that Lackey put together into one easy to find volume. I have to admit, havingThis is a collection of previously published short stories and novellas that Lackey put together into one easy to find volume. I have to admit, having SKitty and her family easily at hand is nice. And 2 Diana Tregarde short stories, also nice. (Although one was the basis for Children of the Night).
Still, I do enjoy her writing, so to find this collection was great. ...more
While Ms. Harper does a good job with this book, it doesn't measure up to her others. I'm a dedicated "Half-Moon Hollow" fan, and have been since theWhile Ms. Harper does a good job with this book, it doesn't measure up to her others. I'm a dedicated "Half-Moon Hollow" fan, and have been since the first book, Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs. I loved Jane and all of her adventures. And of course, all of the family and friends that surround her. This book, while it has no vampires, does have a couple of ghosts and a haunted house. It just seemed to be a little bit like she was having to squeeze the story out, rather than having it flow together. Still, with no new book set in Half Moon Hollow due out until March, 2015, it will give you a little bit of a fix while waiting....more
The newest of Laurenston's Pride books. In this one, we have grizzly/tiger hybrid Vic and honey badger Livy getting together. This is definitely a matThe newest of Laurenston's Pride books. In this one, we have grizzly/tiger hybrid Vic and honey badger Livy getting together. This is definitely a match made in Blayne's fevered brain. It still has the snarky fun that we expect from Laurenston with fun characters, and, of course, the always popular--and manic--Blayne. ...more
This is both a stand-alone AND a series book. The stand-alone part is the change of pov of the MC. The 2 prevBoy-bands, drugs and break-ups oh my. . .
This is both a stand-alone AND a series book. The stand-alone part is the change of pov of the MC. The 2 previous books involved our current MC's step-uncle and his girlfriend/wife. It also deals with how an "ordinary" girl gets involved with someone famous and what happens in their life. Although, to be honest, the "ordinary" girl in this book isn't really "ordinary" since she IS the niece of a famous actor. However, she does get involved with a "boy-band" member while summer interning for the film crew that is doing a documentary on their latest tour.
I didn't like this one quite as much as the 2 previous ones, but that might be because I didn't really like the heroine. Or the hero, for that matter--or the other guys in the boy-band. Or the director of the film, the mother/aunt of the boy band members (they are all related) or. . . Well, you get the idea. But E. M. Tippetts does do a good story, even when the main characters aren't that likeable. I debated a 2, but, well, I do like Tippetts writing style, so I decided to go ahead and give it the 3 because we do get momentary glimpses of our hero and heroine from the previous books and our MC in this book does seem to grow up some during the course of the book....more
Interesting but dated book. Altho I have to admit--"seeing" how a magazine was put out back in the day was the most interesting part of this book. TypInteresting but dated book. Altho I have to admit--"seeing" how a magazine was put out back in the day was the most interesting part of this book. Typewriters instead of computers, no cell-phones. . .just a reminder of how recently these items have taken over our lives. ...more
This was a "freebie" that sounded interesting. The vamps in this book are more akin to the true "traditional" vampires. Able to go out in the sun to aThis was a "freebie" that sounded interesting. The vamps in this book are more akin to the true "traditional" vampires. Able to go out in the sun to a limited extent, tortured, handsome, requiring a "sire" to become vampire, a sire that then kept tabs on them, but didn't demand that they stay right there under his/her thumb. . .
But they were also interesting in their differences. The "older" vampire being "married" to a younger vampire in order to help each other with staying safe and "alive." That was interesting, since I don't believe that anyone else had used this particular idea before.
I'll have to see about reading another one in this series to decide if I do or do not like the author's writing style.
Oh--and, as a bit OCD, the editing, while not the best in the world was still OK. I wasn't continuously having the urge to throw my Nook at the wall, because of the horrible typos, the misspellings, and the general lack of a competent editor. So, if you too have this problem--this book is "safe" to read from that stand-point alone. ...more
Cute finish to the series, but, well, I didn't think it was quite as good as the first book. But perhaps that was because the first book was new and iCute finish to the series, but, well, I didn't think it was quite as good as the first book. But perhaps that was because the first book was new and interesting.
Still, we did get a wrap up on all the characters that we were introduced to in the first book. The bad guys got their come-uppance, the good guys got rewarded.
And, as I said, not quite as good as the first book, but still a rewarding read. ...more
Another in G. A. Aiken's (aka Shelly Laurenston) Dragon Shifters series. This one features another Royal dragon (Braith of the Darkness) falling in loAnother in G. A. Aiken's (aka Shelly Laurenston) Dragon Shifters series. This one features another Royal dragon (Braith of the Darkness) falling in love with one of the Cadwaladr dragon males (Addolgar the Cheerful). I have to admit--I do love the Cadwaladr's. They are a brawling, fighting, fun loving bunch and have no problems with accepting what they are.
And Braith, being a friend of Princess Rhiannon the White, who is the Queen dragon--and mother of most of the dragons in this series thus far in most of the series--is honourable, fearless and a deadly fighter, although she isn't trained at it.
I enjoy Aiken/Laurenston's humour, and her way with a story--she keeps the action flowing while having her H/h grow and expand as the story goes on.