"Now I understood what Kai tried to get me to see: There was nothing healthy about desperately wanting something you couldn't have."
Sweet Evil instant"Now I understood what Kai tried to get me to see: There was nothing healthy about desperately wanting something you couldn't have."
Sweet Evil instantly captured my attention in the prologue where we watch helplessly as a child is being born, while her mother tragically dies during childbirth and the father is immediately arrested for drug trafficking. Sounds exciting right? Yes, well that's how I felt.
Sweet and innocent Anna reluctantly accompanies her best friend Jay to the watch a local band play, and instantly finds herself mesmerized by Kaidan the drummer. I'll admit that I too was equally as captivated by this bad boy rocker as well. He's a flirt, he's a heartbreaker, he's everything your momma warned you about yet, he tugs at my heart strings the entire time I read it. From the moment Anna and Kaidan meet I couldn't out this book down, I just had to known what happened with their story, because it was obvious this wasn't going to be a fluffy love story. This story was dark, and gritty and just the way I prefer my reads to be.
"We can never be friends, Anna. Get it through your head now. There can be nothing."
At the beginning I put this book down because I don't like goody characters without much depth to their story, but thankfully I chose to pick the book back up because Anna grew on me. She started off as too wholesome for my taste and this quote almost caused me not to finish. Kaidan quickly begins teaching Anna the lifestyle as a nephilum, because they're are rules, with dangerous consequences if broken. In this fascinating world Wendy Higgins has created they're are twelve Dukes and Kaidan and Anna's dads hold two of those coveted titles. The Dukes are bosses of the evil on earth, and they are the only demons capable of possessing a human body.
"Now I was leaving messages after he'd made it clear he wanted zero to do with me? Next thing I knew I'd be frequenting his shows to give him psycho stares from the back, and then doing late night drive-bys to see what girl he was bringing home."
These two embark on a road trip seeking guidance from an angel, and visiting her father that is currently incarcerated for drug trafficking charges. Kaidan's fathers the Duke of Lust, and that makes Kaidan be irresistible. Yes I said lust and he's so Demon-Licious! He oozes sex appeal, and the females around him are helpless against his charm. he reveals to Anna that her father is the Duke of addiction, which doesn't sound as exciting as Kaidan's intoxicating charisma, but she's a cute, funny, and relatable.
"I was in Love with him. In that moment of realization, he turned to me and stared. My emotional guard was down. I snapped my mind back into hiding mode but it was too late"
While on their way across country these two get to know each other, and we get a glimpse of just how tortured Kaidan is, as Anna slowly unravels his character, secrets, and soft spots. Anyone that knows me, knows its instant love for me and a tortured character. The more flaws the better and that's most likely why Kaidan left me with a heavy chest many times while reading. The magnetic pull between these two is captivating and at times I felt I was a voyeur watching something sweet and devious at the same time. My only wish to this story is that we're an an adult paranormal romance read so I could experince this story without the sexual tension because it drove me mad, but it was incredibly sexy.
"I wish, just once I could see your colors," I whispered. "We'll, I'm glad you can't. And I wish I'd never seen yours." He'd been right when he said the truth could hurt far worse than a lie."
These two learn the hard way, that you can't always have what you want, however you can't make your heart do something that it doesn't want to do. I was instantly enthralled in in this breathtaking Starcrossed lovers story involving Angels and Demons. The magnetic pull between these two is captivating and at times I felt I was a voyeur watching something sweet and devious at the same time. I would recommend this book for anyone wanting a unique world involving angels and demons, and love when it's out of your reach. Wendy Higgins is an evil genius for ending this story with me wanting the next book immediately!
"I didn't know if I'd ever see "----" again, or when, but I knew I would love him all my life. We would always have our memories. The sound of each others laughter and the feel of each others lips. I'd always know he'd be willing to die for me. Nobody could take those things away."
From the moment I opened Dreamless I was sucked in, even though the beginning was a bit slow I read it in almost one setting. This book was much fasteFrom the moment I opened Dreamless I was sucked in, even though the beginning was a bit slow I read it in almost one setting. This book was much faster paced than Starcrossed and with excitement on each page turned. I'm going to make this review short because there's so many exciting things happening in this book that to be honest they all feel like spoilers to me, and it's best if you discover them for yourself.
Dreamless starts shortly after the sudden and devastating events that occurred in Starcrossed, which I won't mention in case you haven't read because it's a huge spoiler. I started this book with the expectations of all the heartbreak and anxiety I felt over Starcrossed to me washed away with a simple revelation, I was sadly disappointed.
"One look from Lucas and she felt stronger. Alive again. She could hear him chuckling to himself as he walked on, almost smug, like he knew exactly how much he affected her. "
Helen and the Delos family discovers that she is the only person capable of going into the Underworld and come out alive. Even though this task is treacherous and scary she must go each sleepless night in an attempt to prevent the Furies from further bloodshed and destruction and free the Scions. Lucas begins to pull away from Helen and therefore she loses his support and with that crumbling it left the door wide open for another love interest to be introduced. My heart stays broken as Helen is broken by her distance from Lucas and I become angry at the discovery of a new character being brought into the story because I cared about Lucas and I didn't want a love triangle. No matter how desperately I fought this, Josephine Angelini showed no mercy with introducing a character that I wanted to hate, yet I liked him, though not as much as Lucas.
Orion was a interesting, funny and charismatic addiction to the story however I like him as friend for Helen and not a boyfriend. In my opinion Lucas and Helen already have such a huge obstacle against them, why burden them with another. Also Helen's mom cannot be trusted, and I think she is deliberately causing the suffering of Helen and Lucas and I'm hoping to get some closure on that issue and discovery why her mom would lie about something so important knowing that Helen is going to suffer immensely?
“Look, do you really want to argue all night about whether or not girls ever return clothes they borrow from guys? Because from what I’ve noticed, one night can be an actual eternity down here.”
This book was exhilarating and loaded with excitement! Much better than Starcrossed!! I recommend this book to lovers of Greek Mythology, love triangle's, and a hero and heroine you can't help but root for their future together when all the odds are stacked against them. Warning this book ends on a cliffhanger so be prepared!! I cannot wait to what's in store for us involving Helen and Lucas in the final chapter in this series.
"Come arrest me if you're feeling upto it. But I'm telling you right now, the second you lay a hand on me, I'm busting this glass over your head and u"Come arrest me if you're feeling upto it. But I'm telling you right now, the second you lay a hand on me, I'm busting this glass over your head and using it to split your lip."
"Do you know these foolish humans at her school voted her the sweetest out of all of them?"
Of Poseidon begins with Emma and her best friend Chloe on vacation in Florida a few weeks before they're due back to New Jersey to spend their senior year together. While on the beach Emma stumbles into the ubber sexy, and rich Galen and shes instantly attracted to him. Shortly after the introduction she meets his sassy sister, Rayna who instantly dislikes Emma, and perhaps anyone that's human. Unfortunately this vacation meant for a last exhilarating vacation before heading into their last year together at school ends in tragedy, sending Emma home devastated and Galen fascinated with getting to know her, and Rayna devoted to persuading Galen not to pursue this desire.
Luckily for Galen; he and Rayna are wealthy, royalty stemming from a well respected affluent Syrena family, so he not used to being told no. He's an alpha male, and he gets what he wants, so he he does what any other male in his position, right?! He purchase an extravagant beach house on the Jersey Shore, purchases a red sports car, has a friend pose as his mother, enrolls in Emma's school, did I mention in ALL seven of her classes?! LOL. It's a bit stalkerish but it didn't bother me because he's very behind on social norms, and as a part time sea creature I can overlook it.
"I already told you that I don't have secrets. And I don't swim." "There's plenty to do at the beach besides swim." Then he pulls me by the hand so close I think he's going to kiss me. Instead, he whispers in my ear, "I'll tell you where your eye color comes from." As I gasp, he puts a gentle hand on the small of my back and propels me into the classroom. Then he ditches me.
As Galen and Emma become friends he begins to unravel secrets about her she never knew existed. This part captivated my attention from the beginning, the author intertwines a legendary sea creature story filled with politics, rules, war, rebellion and old fashioned mating between the two separate species and classes of The Syrena and Poseidon sea creatures. Galen's brother Grom is in charge of The Syrena as well as anything Poseidon that effects Syrena lives.
But Rayna doesn't know what beyond-pissed-off really means--and I'm about to school her on it.
I've outstayed my welcome here. I will never be invited back. My chances with Galen ended when I tackled his sister. And when I punched her. And just now, when I kick her so hard she dry heaves.
So when she says, "Is this what you did to Chloe when you had her under the water?" I have nothing left to lose. Which is why I drive my shoulder into her rib cage, hoist her off the floor, and bulldoze us both through the glass wall, into the storm outside.
My most favorite characters while reading Of Poseidon, I would have to say we're Rayna and Emma. They're both sassy, feisty, stubborn, and BadAsses. These two can get into an overwhelming amount of trouble together but I found it endearing. I enjoyed these two and their escapades. Rayna and Emma were either fighting like men, Yes these two through down like grown men, not even like women or at Keats not the women I know, lol....Yet within minutes their planning a devious way to explore independence, and rebel against the men that try to establish a few rules even if it is for their safety. Galen is a charmer, I truly liked his character, and all his Alpha behavior. Something about Alpha males makes me want to GROWL with excitement.
"Now what did you say? Or is it not worth repeating?" "I said not yet. You haven't even begun to feel pain. Yet. But if you don't take your hand off of her leg---"
Toraf is the promised mate to Rayna to her dismay. Toraf is a powerful tracker amongst the Syrena, and he's hopelessly in love with Rayna. With his preternatural skills he can track any creature once they're in the water, yet he can't catch Rayna, where in matters most; in the heart. My least favorite character was Emma's mother. She was too overprotective at times and surprisingly relaxed on issues she should have been overprotective over. Something about her grated on my skin, and each time she had a scene, I wanted her to have an accident so I wouldn't have to read the non sense that came out of her mouth. I think I may be the only one that feels this way, so please don't take my word for this.
Anna Banks definitely knows how to tug at my heart strings and she was heartless at those tugs in this book, luckily those are the reads I most prefer. Also this book was hilarious!! I was non stop laughing many times throughout this book.
To those curious, this book leaves us on a cliffhanger. These evil authors that make us suffer with these cliffhangers, lately I've read too many of those. To be quite honest I knew this book had a cliffhanger before I read it and everyone was upset about it, but in regards to the cliffhanger I'm not sure I cared much about it, but it will be a major plot in the next book. Overall this was a good mermaid story, a few issues I had with a bit of the plot focusing on a bit faster pace than I wanted however, it was a quick, easy read and I'm intrigued and I WILL read the sequel.
"He kissed me." The confession makes her crack up all over again. "All I saw was Toraf, my sister's mate, my best friend, kissing my....my...." "You're what?" "Student" Obsession.
Never Acknowledge the Dead, Never stray far from hallowed ground, Never associate with the haunted, and never tempt fate.
In the second installment ofNever Acknowledge the Dead, Never stray far from hallowed ground, Never associate with the haunted, and never tempt fate.
In the second installment of the Graveyard Queen series, Amelia Grey discovers the consequences of her choices and actions. Overall I was very excited to see Devlin in this book since I missed him dearly in The Kingdom yet it was a long wait. Many revelations and secrets are revealed in this book and honestly I was fascinated with how Amanda Stevens brilliantly unravels these details without any clues whatsoever, leaving me shocked, dismayed and disgruntled that I didn't guess them myself, yet the subtle clues were so mysteriously intermingled into the story it's impossible to guess, and that's what I appreciate the most about her writing.
"I didn't kill him, Devlin said Darkly. But I had a motive. The oldest one in the book. He was having an affair with my wife."
We met the ghost Robert Fremont in The Kingdom and it's in that book that we discover he has the ability to instill fear yet, he can easily fool one into believing he's not a ghost and just a normal man. Robert also referred to as his monicker The Prophet has asked Amelia to help him find his murderer. He asks her yet he leaves her no choice but to comply with his wishes if she wants him to leave her alone. As a ghost with the rare ability to appear as any other human those abilities can easily allow him to haunt her and make her life most uncomfortable. As she progresses in the investigation Amelia funds herself fascinated and equally appalled when she discovers the truth behind Robert Fremont's murder. The Prophet was murdered the same night as Devlin's wife Mariama's and his daughter Shani. While investigating Robert Freemont's murder Amanda Stevens leads Amelia as well as us readers in an unknown territory guessing the murderer's identity until the very end.
"Go inside Amelia. Hurry! Do not tempt fate."
Darius Goodwine is Mariama's uncle and he gives a new meaning to haunted man. While I always knew Devlin was haunted, he takes haunted to an extreme and expanded level. Though I'm not surprised he's such a haunted and troubled man being that he is related to Mariama's as her uncle. As we learn more about she and Devlin's past history together, I'm frightened for the life the poor child Shani lived prior to her tragic and sickening death. It's very sad when I think the poor child probably has a much more stable ghost like than she had being raised by her ruthless mother, and while watching the tumultuous relationship of her parents evolve into shambles.
I don't want to spoil any more of the plot so you can be shocked, spooked and delighted just like I was while reading The Prophet!! Although this book didn't frighten me as much as I was during The Restorer, I was still scared many times while reading this book. Sometimes I just delight in a spooky, chilling love story.
"Little Dickly Dilver Had a wife of silver He took a stick and broke her back. And sold her to a miller The Miller wouldn't have her so he threw her into a river."
"Don't like verbena, do you?" "Not many Lycans do. It burns something fierce." "I shall keep that in mind, in the event you decide to get out of line."
D"Don't like verbena, do you?" "Not many Lycans do. It burns something fierce." "I shall keep that in mind, in the event you decide to get out of line."
Daisy Ellis Craigmore is the sassy widowed sister of Miranda Archer the heroine in Firelight. It's been slightly over a year since her hateful, old, abusive husband has succumbed to death, and she is finally attempting to live the life of freedom and excitement she yearns for. We were introduced to her in Firelight, and immediately I knew that she was going to be a heroine I would enjoy; spoiled, feisty, wealthy, and beautiful.
"Till my last breath."
When Daisy attends a party she is attacked by a werewolf, fortunately she is rescued from the attack by Ian Renulf, the Marquis of Northrup. When we were first introduced to Ian in Firelight, I wasn't a fan, he came across arrogant, undesirable, and reluctant to stop the pursuit of a married woman Miranda Archer (Daisy's sister) even though she belonged to his one time friend. However, with all this in mind I knew that Kristen Callihan had a surprise up her sleeve and that she was going to leave us swooning after the completion of Moonglow, and she did not disappoint.
"Now that that is settled, there is one more bit of business before I'm done ye." He turned back to Northrup. "Payment for Alan." A ripple of excitement went through the hall, and Daisy's stomach clenched, for it held the taint of violence in it. Fangs lengthened, and the rangy scent of wolf grew deeper. All of it directed at Northrup. Northrup didn't flinch. "Get on with it then." "As you wish." Conall's black eyes found her, sending a chill of ice down her spine. "And let the lass watch."
Ian Ranuof, the Maruis of Northrup, has long ago abandoned his Lycan clan after suffering a devastated loss of someone he loved dearly. With the desire to live a "normal life" he has been clan-less and doing a remarkably good job at being a loner, with not much of a desire to get close to a human "mortal" woman. His seventy years without leading his fathers clan has left him incapable of showing or even developing emotion for anyone or anything besides himself. That was once true until Daisy Craigmore becomes the object of his affections. Even his desire for Daisy's sister Miranda in Firelight was simply a display of carnal desires towards her without any emotional connection whatsoever.
Strengthened by it, Daisy pulled herself up. Fear me. Beside her, Conall looked at her as if seeing a ghost. She smiled with grim satisfaction, the feeling of fearlessness like a drug in her veins. Runaway, little wolf, or I shall kill you.,
We also meet Ian's brother Conall the leader of the Ranulf clan, and he's portrayed as the villain, but I found myself loving him a bit more with each scene because he didn't come across as evil, he came across as a villain that was only one because he ruled with fear not with love because that was all he knew to keep his pack under control at the risk of losing them to his brother Ian.
I know who you are, he wanted to shout. You are brave, funny. Fresh air in this smothered town. And utterly blind if you cannot see what I am.
Upon rescuing Daisy, he discovers this wolf is attacking women that wear her perfume, which becomes a puzzle to Daisy as well because this is a specially designed perfume for only Daisy. They must unravel the mystery of how these women are obtaining a perfume that only Daisy should have in her possession, and why would this wolf only desire to attack women wearing her perfume. Upon this discovery Ian decides that he must take Daisy under his protection in his home while he tracks down the murderous werewolf and protects what is quickly becoming "his" as reluctant as Daisy is to accept his protection.
"I couldn't bear it, Daisy, if you died. I don't want to live in a world without your light. Letting my wolf free did not matter if it saved you."
I fell in LOVE with Ian!!! He's such a passionate hero and his protectiveness made him be irresistible. Daisy and Ian were an ideal match because she's feisty, stubborn, vulnerable and loyal to those she loves. They both hold secrets and are tortured souls and when these secrets are slowly revealed, it brought them closer together and made it much more apparent as to why this hero and heroine belong together. Their romance is not instantly revealed thankfully, but it becomes a slow and simmering seduction that made Moonglow unable to put down. I couldn't stop reading it from the moment I opened the first page, I was captivated by this beautiful world that Kristen Callihan was adding to what we already were introduced to in Firelight.
"However, I doubt that you could handle me. Somehow I think you prefer your women either unavailable or subservient. I am neither."
Miranda, is not in favor of this romance between her sister Daisy and Ian yet she fails to become acquainted to the Ian that Daisy is falling for, and he saves this romantic and passionate side for only his "Daisy-Girl". These two had such lovely and vigorous banter between the two of them, that while I found myself laughing out loud with upon reading their banter it became quite obvious that their banter was built up sexual tension filled with lots of heat. The sex scenes in Moonglow will leave you blushes but most certainly satisfied because they're incredibly sexy and hot.
If she treated him with pity, he'd howl and leave her standing alone on the street, but her pert chin merely lifted. "If you've land to swoon simply so you can look up my skirts, I'll kick your head and leave you where you lay."
An exciting supernatural introduction belongs to the GIM's (Ghosts in the Machine) and I was fascinated by these creatures. These GIM's have the Steampunk element that is often introduced in the historical romances, yet they are quite unique and I hope we have more appearances from them in the next installments by Kristen Callihan. I have a favorite GIM but you'll have to wait to read Moonglow to decide if you have a favorite one as well.;)
"Daisy-girl, I cannot tell you how much it pleases me to hear that you can defend yourself when threatened. But if ye think that such revelations will cause me to take leave of my senses and put you in direct path of danger, then ye've gone as daft as a wee loon."
Moonglow has succeeded all of my expectations, and after reading the gloriously seductive and scorching hot debut Firelight, my expectations were extremely high. If you have yet to read Firelight I suggest you do because both books are simply amazing!
I recommend Moonglow for lovers of paranormal romance with a heavy historical romantic world. The supernatural creatures in this romance is fascinating. If you love a Victorian England theme, steampunk, werewolves, vampires, shifters, tortured heroes and strong, fearless heroines then this is the romance that you will be glad you picked up. Moonglow is a must read on release day!!
He broke the kiss first, but he didn't let her go. "Hasn't it seeped into your thick head yet, Daisy-Meg," he whispered, his hands roaming her back, neck, shoulders, "there isn't anything you can do that will make me stop loving you. You might break my heart, but it is yours anyway."
The ending of Moonglow left me desperately wanting to read Winterblaze immediately as Callihan did a incredibly awesome job of introducing the next hero and heroine and I'm eager to see how that obstacle will play out.
DEI DONO SUM QUOD SUM "By the grace of God I am what I am."
"Morganville, Texas, isn't like other towns. Oh, it's small, dusty, and ordinary in most ways, but the thing is, there are these Vampires...They own t"Morganville, Texas, isn't like other towns. Oh, it's small, dusty, and ordinary in most ways, but the thing is, there are these Vampires...They own the town. They run it. And until now they've been the unquestioned ruling class. "
That is until the Draug showed up.
There's a reason why after reading Twelve books in this series I'm still obsessed with it! Rachel Caine has one of the most vivid imaginations out there in the fantasy writing world. Her imagination never ceases to amaze me, how her stories just more complex and amazing with each book.
Black Dawn picks up immediately where Last Breath leaves us with the Draug, planning to destroy the Vampire and take over Morganville. Even with the vampires ruling under a ruthless strict policy, it appears to be a blissful dream compared to what the Draug have in store for the citizens of Morganville, Texas. Unfortunately Vampire Amelie the Ruler of Morganville is powerless against the Draug with her injury she sustained in Last Breath, and with that the future of the town is left to he residents of the Glass House; Claire, Shane, Michael, Eve, and of course with the help of my favorite Insane Vampire Myrnin. Claire continues to get more BadAss with each book and her best friends are such outstanding supporting characters I've grown to love and without them The Morganville Vampire series wouldn't be the same.
If you haven't had the pleasure to read The Morganville Vampires then I suggest you do because Rachel Caine is a genius at world building and even though this book is not left on a cliffhanger, she still manages to set us readers up for another action packed, adventure with an even darker path than its predecessor.
"You go on, take care of your sister. I'll be fine."
He closed his eyes for a second. "No," he said. "If you go, I go, too. I'm coming. Monica, just get inside and stay there." "No way. I'm not letting you run off to get killed somewhere without me, jackass."
"Shut up" Eve said flatly. "We have zero time for you and your bullshit dramatics." "Or what, you'll bleed on me, Emo Princess of Freakdomonia?"
Claire stepped forward and got Monica's attention. She didn't know how she looked, but Monica seemed to shift a little, as if she was considering taking a step back. "Fine. You come with us." At the very least, Monica was a rabbit to throw to the wolves, and she wouldn't hesitate to do it if it was the difference between life and death for Shane. "If you get in my way, I'll kill you."
My one and only gripe is that I want more Myrnin scenes lots of them, and unfortunately I'm greedy so there's never enough. But I can say that Myrnin fans will love him in Black Dawn. Even with the death of a beloved character I would still say this is one of Rachel Caine's best and I'll be impatiently patiently waiting for Bitter Blood. If you're a fan of dark, gritty, series with vampires, and a Kick-Ass heroine then I suggest you read The Morganville Vampires, it's a favorite of mine and there's a reason why it's on the New York Times best selling list!! An easy 5 stars! It was unbelievably exciting I couldn't put it down. Once again Rachel Caine continues to be an auto-buy author of mine.
"I was dying. I was dying, and this stranger-this vampire- was offering me a way out.Die as a human, or become a bloodsucker."
Have you read a book bef"I was dying. I was dying, and this stranger-this vampire- was offering me a way out. Die as a human, or become a bloodsucker."
Have you read a book before, and wondered if there was any chance you received a completely different review copy than your friends?? Well that's how this book felt to me. I really had high hopes and expectations for this book. Several friends of mine were raving about what an amazing book this was so I downloaded it from Netgalley. Needless to say I regretted the 400 pages I forced myself to read. I'm not familiar with Julie Kawaga's Iron Fey series so I have nothing to go on with comparisons of her writing except that to me it's drags on too long. Many times while reading I fell asleep and i fought to finish this book I really did. After page 400 is where I began my skim marathon. Well this book is almost 500 pages long, and it seemed to me that it could have been shortened and became a much more satisfying read. Makes me wonder if she if she was given a page limit requirement for this book?
"I was a vampire. And despite everything, I still wanted to live."
In the beginning the heroine Allie who is fearless at times is attacked and chooses to become the very thing she loathes to save her pitiful life, a Vampire. These vampires are fascinating because they're ruthless, evil and have long ago put aside their humanity. Allie decides she wants to cling to whatever humanity she can still grasp onto after the change and for that I admired her. She leaves behind her vampire maker Kanin to go on her own and find safety away from those willing to kill her. She then meets a rogue group searching for cure for the disease that leads to rabids and teams up with them seeking shelter and refuge yet she must hide who she really is for fear they won't accept her. I found this to be sad, and I hate the thought of anyone having to hide who they truly are for the sake of friendship or love. Though for me the story is very slow paced this is where you could say it begins to reveal itself.
However, I didn't hate Allie but I didn't love her either, nor did I care for any other characters, especially not Zeke. Perhaps I'm being too harsh on Zeke because I prefer Alpha men, but he didn't impress me nor did Allie. Quite honestly they both could have succumbed to fatal disease in this book and I wouldn't have shed a tear, even at the end I didn't. Basically I didn't connect with the characters AT ALL and that is so rare for me. So of I cannot connect with the characters then I cannot fully appreciate a story.
It''s no secret I prefer a dark, and gritty read, and this book is gritty but just not what I expected and it just didn't live up to the hype for me, as it did others. For those of you interested in this book please don't let me lead you astray because many friends of mine enjoyed this book and several of my friends did not enjoy it, but you just might!
I will not be continuing on with this series, however I know this book will be a tremendous hit amongst YA Vampire lovers, and perhaps Julie Kawaga fans.
On a side note this cover caught my eye originally and I thought it was stunning, and beautiful, however after reading this book I'm highly disappointed in it. Allie the heroine is of Asian decent so why is the cover model white? Usually I take no issues when the cover model doesn't fit the characters description, although when she's of a completely different race I found this cover to be in poor taste.
He spread his arms wide in entreaty before letting them fall. "I lied. I lied when I said your beauty does not affect me. I look at you, and I'm breatHe spread his arms wide in entreaty before letting them fall. "I lied. I lied when I said your beauty does not affect me. I look at you, and I'm breathless, dizzy from it. I want to kneel at your feet and worship you. While the baser part of me......" You'll just have to read to find out the rest....... ;)
What a brilliant beginning to a SIZZLING new series that paranormal romance readers can't help but fall in love with.
Firelight is a unique and gritty story that makes me nostalgic for The Phantom of the Opera and a gothic version of Beauty and the Beast! Kristen Callihan's poetic style of writing mesmerized me from beginning to end!
The mysterious Lord Benjamin Archer has a brief encounter with the feisty yet stunning Miranda. He's under the impression that she cannot protect herself so when he steps in to rescue her in a dark alley, her sassy attitude draws in him, and for that he decides to one day make her his. Luckily he's familiar with her fathers monetary weakness and three years later, he makes Hector Ellis an advantageous offer for Miranda's hand in marriage knowing she will soon become his. This scorching romance has me captivated from beginning to the very end. I just couldn't put this book down. There's a killer loose in this dark and gritty tale and all the bloody fingers are pointing to Archer being the prime suspect. Kristen Callihan weaves this magnificent gritty love story, while simultaneously taking us readers on a suspenseful murder case that will leave you guessing until the bitter end!
"Leave now, " she demanded, unmoved, "Or I'll turn you both into cheese on toast.
Meet Miranda, she's a fiery red head with a blazing secret of her own. She can ignite a fire with just a mere thought, and I not speaking of romance flames. Miranda is the last of her siblings to finally marry, her independence important to her. Though she's unaware that Lord Archer is the mysterious man she met in the alley three years earlier, she agrees to marry him. With her misconception that she herself is a monster, she is without prejudices and easily becomes as hypnotized by Lord Archer as he is with her. Her sassy attitude yet gentle character makes her so easy to love, and I found her a breath of fresh air.
Lord Archer possessed the sort of virile body that would catch many of a lady's eye and hold it, we're it not an avoidable fact.
The charming Lord Benjamin Archer is a delicious force to be reckoned with. He's rich, he's powerful yet he has an unsavory disfigurement that has left him hiding behind a mask, in shame, preferring to scare others as if he were a monster than be rejected. Yet he is no monster at all...he's a lust worthy male that in my opinion puts the capital "S" in sex appeal regardless of his disfigurement. He's tortured yet those are my favorite heroes, and I found myself captivated by each and every words that came out of his mouth. when I wasn't reading it I was fantasizing daydreaming about Lord Archer and what underneath that oh to enticing yet devious mask. Though Lord archer is fierce, and protective and has deliciously devious side to him, when he's in Miranda's presence his demeanor melts and he becomes the most gentle spellbinding hero.
"Miranda....."She blinked upon hearing her quietly spoken name. His skin was ashen. Beads of sweat covered his jaw and ran down from beneath his mask, but his eyes were steady."It's only a simple handstitch." "But it is on you." she said with a weak voice. His hand fell over hers. "I promise not to cry." *swoon*
Daisy, is Miranda's bawdy yet delightful sister. While I adored Miranda's character Daisy was equally intriguing yet in an inappropriate manner. The banter between Miranda, Daisy and their other sister Poppy. Miranda could easily be described as kick-ass, Daisy the incorrigible, and Poppy as the mellow one.
Daisy grinned saucily."Admit it. Lord Archer cuts quite a delicious figure. I'd overlook the mask to ride such a body. How very wicked to be a masked man." "Oh good God, Daisy Margaret!"
What I especially enjoyed was Miranda's detective skills. At times I was laughing uncontrollably while other times I was cheering her on. I admired her protective side and her unwillingness to relent when it came to her beloved Archer's well being and safety. Granted he's perfectly capable of protecting himself yet she can't allow him to do it alone. Lord Archer may hold the key to her heart, however she still holds the key to her bad-ass attitude.
"Know this," she said in harsh tones, "if anyone should find my husband," she swallowed past a lump of nausea, "appetizing. Should one hair on Archer's head be harmed, I shall leave little more than ash of that unfortunate fellow."
Kristen Callihan takes us readers on a thrilling journey about survival, love, betrayal, murder, passion, and the ultimate sacrifice to save the one you love. I would recommend this for paranormal romance readers looking for a unique story with a scorchingly hot hero and sassy heroine you can't help but love.
"How am I to resist the one thing I've ever truly wanted?"
Now the only negative is that I'm eager to get my hands on the next installment Moonglowwhich will feature Daisy and the manipulative Ian McKinnon.
“Ember? I did something bad this morning. You’re gonna be so mad.” Dreaded words from a five-year-old, but I already knew what she’d done.
Seventeen ye“Ember? I did something bad this morning. You’re gonna be so mad.” Dreaded words from a five-year-old, but I already knew what she’d done.
Seventeen year old Ember McWilliams life changed significantly two years ago when she died....yes she died along with her father in a car crash. However, Ember is far from dead since her baby sister Olivia used her magical "gift" to bring Ember back to life. However, as a nasty side effect of her not being dead, Ember is covered with disfiguring scars, pale blue ghostly eyes, oh and I almost forgot....a she must wear gloves because she kills everything she comes into contact with. Unfortunately she has accidentally tested this deadly touch theory on her pet cat :( and various plants. Not only has Ember lost her father in the car accident but her mother has become an unresponsive recluse forcing to become the sole caretaker of herself, her mother and her five year old precocious baby sister Olivia.
"Allen Lewis was the only person in Allentown High who hadn't stopped talking to me after the accident. Sandbox love-that's what we had-but it wasn't like I could tell him I was late because my little sis had dug up her dead hamster this morning and brought him back to life. I kind of wanted to keep him as a friend."
Embers life is lonely without the touch of others, especially since she's become labeled a freak at her school by hateful classmates, spiteful ex boyfriends and strangers alike, however she has succeeded in keeping one best friend amongst her peers and that's Adam, he's a great supporting character that I adored. She's lonely and yearns for the touch of anyone and especially a boy that not only tugs at her heart strings but also challenges her, and uplifts her. Yet, as gorgeous and mysterious and oh so drool worthy as he was Hayden Cromwell is its difficult to pull for him in the beginning because he *gasp* kidnaps her along with her mother and sister. Quite frankly I'm unsure whether or not I can trust him or his powerful and cold stepfather Mr. Cromwell whom is also the town mayor with a few secrets of his own. It's difficult to unravel his intentions whether or not they're honorable as well as if he can be trusted. Together these two Cromwell men insist they only wish to assist her in controlling her gift, after she accidentally kills a bully while he was attempting to snap pictures of her nasty scars when he suddenly touches her bare stomach only to drop dead. As Ember peels away details from her past she also discovers secrets from her deadly crash two years ago, only leaving her vulnerable and unsure who to trust.
"Do you think I'll look at you differently? That it would somehow change you?" Needing no other invitation, Hayden gathered the hem in his hands and began tugging it up and up. He pulled the hoodie over my head, exposing almost all my secrets.
Soon the story takes an exciting direction when Ember meets other members of the Cromwell house because they really do not take well to new members which I found fascinating considering they are outcasts as well. Phoebe is gifted to feel emotions, Parker can get into minds, while Gabe can move objects.Cursed is unique to Jennifer L. Armentrout's Previous other series which I LOVE but equally engaging. Each exhilarating page I turned kept me glued because I just simply couldn't put down Cursed until I knew just how Ember and Hayden were to end up. I found Embers life to be full of heartbreak, and several times I was left with a heavy ache in my chest at all the torture and revealed secrets that she must endure :(. Jennifer L. Armentrout has another incredibly fascinating love story on her hands, and I think fans of her will easily enjoy this romance, with mystery, a swoon worthy male, and plenty of supernatural gifts to blow your mind.
"I'd never allow it. The facility isn't evil, but they have their own methods of training. They're harsh at times, demanding. To them, being gifted is everything. Their motto, 'What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.'
The story is suspenseful and quickly paced and never left me bored. The mystery intertwined into the plot was probably my most favorite aspect to Ember's story. Even though Cursed is a standalone, it can easily be the debut novel in a paranormal romance series and I highly suggest that Jennifer L. Armentrout explore that issue because I think she will have a large following of fans of Ember's life. I recommend this book to fans of Jennifer L. Armentrout, mysteries, paranormal romance, cute adorably irresistible five year old sisters, and tortured heroines. Do yourself a favor and read Cursed today and you won't regret it.
"I know you do, because I wouldn't want to...to kiss you if you didn't have a soul." I froze. "You...you want to kiss me?" His gaze lifted as he learned in, placing his mouth an inch from mine. The air was sucked right out of the room, and I felt dizzy again. "Ever since I first saw you." He moved so that his mouth was angled with mine. "And right now I want to so badly it hurts. You have no idea, Em, but I don't want to hurt you."
"What are we going to do, Kitten?" My toes curled at the deep octave of his voice. "I don't know." "I have a few ideas."I cracked a grin. "I'm sure you"What are we going to do, Kitten?" My toes curled at the deep octave of his voice. "I don't know." "I have a few ideas."I cracked a grin. "I'm sure you do.""Wanna hear about then? Although, I'm much better at the show part rather than the tell.""Somehow, I believe you." "If you didn't, I could always give you a teaser." He paused, and I could hear the smile in his voice. "You bookish people love teasers, don't you?" I laughed. "You've been doing your research on my blog." "Maybe," he replied. "Like I said, I've got to keep an eye on you, Kitten."
So when I finished Obsidian which absolutely blew my mind, I was sure that Onyx could never live upto my expectations because well it seemed impossible. Yet to my utter amazement Jennifer L. Armentrout has astonished me because Onyx blew doors off of Obsidian (which I rated 5 SHOUTY stars) It was incredible! I love my gritty, darker reads, and Onyx brought a darker sinister side out for me to frolic in.
"Very bad Kitty....."
Obsidian was the hottest YA I've had the pleasure of reading with the sexual tension so incredibly hot, and now it has lost its title because Onyx stole it because it was so unbearably hotter that readers and bloggers around the world (including myself) are probably pregnant right now with alien babies....No joke, for reals!
"How can you still want me?" I said. Daemon pressed his forehead against mine. "Oh, I still want to strangle you. But I'm insane. You're crazy. Maybe that's why. We just make crazy together."
Onyx begins shortly after the previous events that occurred in Obsidian and Katy (my most favorite fictional blogger babe) is putting all her effort into pushing the ubber sexy Alien- Licious Daemon Black away for fear that his attraction to her is based purely on their alien connection that was formed in Obsidian. I myself would have jumped at the opportunity to date Daemon Black , but not Katy because she's too smart prideful to allow Daemon to charm his way into her heart without proving his devotion to her. Katy's feisty attitude is completely understandable considering the humiliation, betrayal, hurt and emotional distress he has burdened her with.
"I'm not going to let some punk-ass human talk about you like that, especially him or his friends."
However, Daemon Black is not the kind of alien to easily walk away taking NO for an answer and so he relentlessly pursues Katy and showers her with affection and symbolic treats while leaving himself vulnerable if Katy will open her heart to him. He's beyond swoon worthy!
Just then, the double doors opened, slamming off the white cement walls. Daemon came through the entrance, head lowered and eyes like glowing orbs. Even in my state, I could feel the power radiating off him. Not a Luxen power, but a human one- one born of desperation and pain. He looked at *---* and quickly dismissed him. His gaze found me and stayed. A multitude of emotions flickered across his face.
So, poor broken, yet determined Sizzling hot Daemon Black *RAWR* is anxiously waiting for Katy to declare her eternal love to him, but he has the obstacle of proving to her his feelings are sincere and not being manipulated by their freaky alien bond that is coveted by sexy alien lovers worldwide right now!
A boy walked in, wearing a vintage PAC-Man shirt-which was made of awesome. He was new, obviously. His brown hair artfully messy, like it was styled that way on purpose. Good looking, too, with golden-colored skin.
As unbelievable as this sounds there's another male that shows up as a contender for the object of Katy's heart. He's a surfer, human, and shares a love for blogging so Katy views him as the "safer" choice and on paper he seems like a catch. Honestly though I didn't dare cheat on Daemon for even a second. When I chose a male love interest I stay loyal to the final page. I mean who wants normal when we can have sexy, intelligent, powerful, incredibly charming, charismatic and oh yeah *cough* he lights up like a bulb when he's around too? I know who would want that??! No worries Katy ill take that handful Daemon off your hands if he's too much of a hero for you to handle. ;) *wink*
"Daemon was staring. Not at me, but at the boy next to me. There wasn't anything friendly in the hard line of his jaw or his sharp jewel-toned eyes. Daemons gaze slid to mine. There was an utter deep in my chest. I tried to draw in a breath, but I felt pierced. My lips tingled. There was definitely no competition there.
Blake seems to be occupying much of Katy's time and since he's ell aware of the Lux (Aliens) she feels she can trust him, but honestly any guy coming in between my Katy/Daemon time regardless of his qualities MUST GO!!! LOL.
"Fine!" I threw my hands in the air. "Yes, you mean something to me. What you did for me on Thanksgiving-that made me...." My voice cracked. "That made me happy. You made me happy. And I still care for you. Okay? You mean something to me--something I can't really even put into words because everything seems too lame in comparison. I've always wanted you, even when I hated you. I want you even though you drive me freaking insane."
Oh Jennifer L. Armentrout, I'll admit you held my heart stings in the palm of your hand during most of this read. You're writing is so sensational that although Onyx is told from the POV of Katy, I felt as if I could feel Daemon's passionate emotions emanating like a beacon off each page sending me into a frenzy. What I find admirable in Katy is that she doesn't loose herself in a guy just because he declares his affections to her, she's smart and plays it safe until she knows it's genuine. These two are beyond adorable together as their witty banter and fiery sexual tension melts off each page, leaving me fascinated and oh so envious of Katy! *sigh*
My breath shuddered in my chest. I squeezed my eyes shut and swore. What I was feeling wasn't right. The last time I'd been this jealous was when all the bloggers went to a book conference last year and mom wouldn't let me go. Hell, this was worse. I wanted to scream. I wanted to run back in there and pull out every strand of Ash's hair. Jealousy I had no right to coursed through my veins, blinding any rational thought trying to tell me I was being stupid. But my blood was boiling.
The DOD has become an obstacle to Katy, Daemon and the rest of the aliens and their presence has caused an uproar of unease throughout Onyx. We also learn much more about the events of the disappearance of Bethany and Dawson and I was blindsided when the facts came to light. The building tension set up the most unexpected twist in the story that left me sad, angry, and terribly heartbroken, but don't let that scare you because the plot is woven beautifully. Jennifer L. Armentrout has the clever ability to intertwine disastrous outcomes, engaging plots, passionate grand gestures and mystery which I reveled in like it was ultimate "Brain Candy".
I kissed him softly, sliding my hands into his silky locks, letting the pieces slide through my fingers. I tasted in him my own rising desire, my own need and heartache. Thrilling. Frightening. I pulled back. "Kitten," he said again, voice strained. "You don't get to do that and then stop. That's not how it works." I stared at him, my breath stalling in my lungs. "Not when you're mine." Daemon backed us up and slid down the wall, pulling me onto his lap so I was straddling him. "And you're mine."
If you're looking for an incredibly sexy, and riveting new installment in the richly addictive Lux series then I highly suggest you read Onyx on release date don't wait!! ! Onyx is a MUST READ for fans of Daemon Black, Katy or sexy Alien-Licious guys that we can't resist. I was mesmerized from the first page of Onyx and even though I read it recently I'm yearning for another re-read immediately. How can you pass up an electrifying plot with a passionate love story that sizzles off the pages? I recommend Onyx for everyone! Do yourself a favor and pick up this sparkly gem and work yourself into a frenzy as I did. Thanks to Jennifer L. Armentrout I'm sitting here plotting a way to get from my home in California to West Virginia in desperate search for a Daemon Black of my own. The most disappointing part of Onyx was the end and although it's not too far away, I'm obsessed with these gorgeous aliens and I want to read Opal now instead of waiting four torturous months for its release date of December 11, 2012.
"This reaper dude sounds like my kind of guy. He gets to kill people for a living." "Don't forget. There are cooler things out there than fallen angels and dead guys. Just saying." He winked.