This is just an 'okay' anthology for me. None of the novellas really stood out.
LKH's novella felt familiar until I realized I had read it somewhere el...moreThis is just an 'okay' anthology for me. None of the novellas really stood out.
LKH's novella felt familiar until I realized I had read it somewhere else. (Can't remember where though). Still it was a nice JC fix so I'm not complaining.
Harris' novella was an 'aha' moment. I realized its the missing link between two of her main novels (too lazy to dig up the titles). I wish authors won't include important plot points in novellas and then published them in anthologies.
Davidson's novella was quirky and funny. I like the two main characters, and it was interesting to see Betsy and Sinclair.
Knight's novella was typical PNR fare. Ancient vampire knight paired with novice witch in a battle against evil forces.
Taylor's novella, say to say, annoyed me so much, I think it tainted my overall enjoyment of the whole collection. I found the characters irritating and couldn't really find sympathy for their plight.
Unconventional heroine. Powerful and slightly anti-social hero. An instant attraction. A mystery to be solved.
The Perfect Poison is classic Amanda Qui...moreUnconventional heroine. Powerful and slightly anti-social hero. An instant attraction. A mystery to be solved.
The Perfect Poison is classic Amanda Quick and I love it. Her writing can be called formulaic by most, but because I enjoy her style so much, I will be very disappointed if she deviates. For me, she is my number one comfort read author, no matter what pen name she uses.
This book is another great installment in her Arcane Society series, and its cool to learn where the name Jones and Jones came from. (less)
Still reeling from the death of Mason from the previous book, Rose is facing her last year before graduation, and what a year it will be.
This book is...moreStill reeling from the death of Mason from the previous book, Rose is facing her last year before graduation, and what a year it will be.
This book is a roller-coaster with so many things going on. We have ghosts, political intrigue, love triangles, forbidden love, unconventional powers, blood battles and unexpected death. I have to admit I have a hard time summarizing the events without putting out spoilers, but let me just say, the book left me slightly stunned.
I think this is the best book in the series so far...so I'm excited to see if the next book can top this one.(less)
Strange behavior from a co-worker. A insistent request for help from an old friend. A sexual dilemma on what to do with her relationship with Seth. Ou...moreStrange behavior from a co-worker. A insistent request for help from an old friend. A sexual dilemma on what to do with her relationship with Seth. Our favorite succubus' plate is full in this second installment on Mead's Georgina Kincaid series.
With Mead's easy-to-follow narrative, I had fun following the adventures and mis-adventures of Georgina as she try to be a friend, a lover, a good employee, a good person -- inspite of being a demon. Somehow in order to do that she has to take down a god, a self-righteous advocate of morality, and Seth's inhibitions. And our sexy succubus is definitely up for the challenge.
Wicked, funny, irreverent -- I enjoyed reading this book.(less)
When I finished City of Bones, I felt that I enjoyed the experience but I was in no hurry to continue the series. Now that I've...moreHmmm....what can I say?
When I finished City of Bones, I felt that I enjoyed the experience but I was in no hurry to continue the series. Now that I've read the second book, I felt a slight urgency to continue. Obviously that is a good sign, that City of Ashes is an improvement over the 1st book.
I like the world Cassandra Clare had created. I enjoyed the conflict and even the villain. However, I'm sort of blah with the love triangle in the story. I really have no opinion about Clary, and Jace is just too arrogant for my taste. As for Simon, I already had a feeling what will his role be, so I'm not even putting him in the running.
To put it mildly, I will continue to series, mainly for the action and the resolution of the Valentine conflict, and just as an afterthought to find out whether I was right about the pairings.
Cry Wolf picked up right where the novella from On the Prowl ended. (By the way, if you haven't read that novella, don't start reading this book.)
Anna...moreCry Wolf picked up right where the novella from On the Prowl ended. (By the way, if you haven't read that novella, don't start reading this book.)
Anna's world is changing rapidly. Her abuse in the hands of her pack had ended, and her wolf had found a mate with Charles Cornick's Brother Wolf. Now, she is on her way to the wilds of Montana and must adapt to a new pack and to a man in her life. Never did she know that this new place will bring its own dangers.
Charles Cornick had long been his father's enforcer. He had almost given up finding a mate, and finding Anna was an unexpected surprise. Burdened with her own demons, Charles must find ways to soothe the wounded woman even as their wolves demand their togetherness.
Together, Anna and Charles have to define their relationship as they try to overcome their own awkwardness with each other and all the pitfalls of a new romance. To make matters worse, there is a rogue wolf, a crazy witch, and a danger that threatens the very heart of their pack. In facing these challenges, Charles and Anna had to find the strength to overcome their enemies and learned to trust each other.
I love this book. I adore Charles and Anna, and I like the way Briggs give their relationship this slow build up, complete with awkward scenes and tender moments. There are also many intriguing characters, including Bram and Aziel, even Walter.
Once again, Briggs easy prose lend to a highly readable book. There is more romance here than the Mercy books, and I think I found a favorite new couple.
I have been looking to get my hands on this book for so long, that when I finally had the chance to read it, I was so excited.
In a lot of ways, this b...moreI have been looking to get my hands on this book for so long, that when I finally had the chance to read it, I was so excited.
In a lot of ways, this book delivered exactly what I was looking for. Having read some books from this series (thinking that Megan's Mark was the first book...only to discover that it's not), I finally got to see how it all started.
Just like any Lora Leigh's book, this one is hot, hot, hot. It's highly erotic and edgy. Using the 'mating heat' idea, she gets to pen a lot of sex scenes in the book. Even though that's primarily what the book is all about, it has enough information and plot to allow me to enjoy it. Once again, I'm reminded about how brutal and tragic the life of the Breeds were.
This book also made me interested in Kane and Sherra's story, and I think I'm going to skip ahead and read their book.
After reading Tempting the Beast where I met Kane and Sherra, I decided to skip over the other books to read this one. I have been intrigued by this c...moreAfter reading Tempting the Beast where I met Kane and Sherra, I decided to skip over the other books to read this one. I have been intrigued by this couple so much that I couldn't wait to read their own story.
Sherra and Kane's book is very readable. The tension is high, the sex is hot and the anguish is real. My only complaint is that it took a while for Sherra to finally accept Kane, but then the sniping and growling sort of made it fun. I really enjoyed Kane's name-calling, especially with the other Breed males. He is so bad-assed for such a human.
Now, after reading this book I just want to jump ahead and read Dawn and Seth's story. What is wrong with me? I usually want to read most series in order but when LEigh introduces a new couple I just want to read their story next.(less)
Being a part of the eccentric Hathaway family, Poppy Hathaway had always wanted something safe and ordinary. Our English beauty had her heart set on a...moreBeing a part of the eccentric Hathaway family, Poppy Hathaway had always wanted something safe and ordinary. Our English beauty had her heart set on a respectable peer, Michael Banning and is more than willing to wait for him until he can get permission from his father to marry Poppy.
But fate intervened in the form of a mischievous ferret and Poppy found herself in the sights of the mysterious hotelier, Harry Rutledge. Just a few minutes in Poppy's company and Harry knew what he wants - he wanted Poppy Hathaway. And thus started a pursuit that involves some major scheming, a hint of scandal and a precipitous wedding.
I love Harry - his mechanical mind, his single-mindedness, and his cluelessness when it comes to the tender emotions. Poppy is a great match for him, and I adore Poppy for not holding a grudge too long against Harry. It was fun reading about the other Hathways, and the emerging relationship between Leo and Miss Marks, whose past we are given glimpses of.
Another five-star read from LK, and I can't wait to read Leo's story after that little teaser at the end of this book.(less)
Leo Hathaway: renowned scoundrel and black sheep of the Hathaway family.
Of course, trust Lisa Kleypas to transform him into a sexy, wicked hero.
We al...moreLeo Hathaway: renowned scoundrel and black sheep of the Hathaway family.
Of course, trust Lisa Kleypas to transform him into a sexy, wicked hero.
We all know who his heroine will be ever since they started trading insults with each other, but to finally read the book where witty Leo had to contend with the acerbic Marks, I know I'm in for a exciting read.
A lost love had transformed Leo to a man on the brink of disaster, only to totter on its edge temporarily for the love of his family. What will it take to bring him over the safe side? Nobody would have guess that it would take the spinsterish, acid-tongue, mysterious Catherine Marks to wake him up, as our lovable cad is slowly revealed to be a genuine hero, when it was his turn to talk her off her own ledge of disaster.
I was charmed and delighted as I read this book. I love Leo and his wicked wit, his 'dirty' mouth, his overall irreverent attitude. My heart goes to Catherine, for all the things she had endured. I enjoy their bickering, but I totally melt during their romantic moments. Just fabulous! : )
Again, this installment of the Hathaway series lives up and more to what the series had become...a guaranteed 5-star read for me.(less)
The final book of the delightful Hathaway series is about its most eccentric family member, Beatrix. With her menagerie of animals, unconventional beh...moreThe final book of the delightful Hathaway series is about its most eccentric family member, Beatrix. With her menagerie of animals, unconventional behavior and highly-perceptive mind, I have always wanted Bea to have a hero befitting her.
When I first originally read the blurb of her book, I was not impressed with Christopher Phelan as a fitting match for her, and the deception involved with the letter writing made me hesitate for a bit. But I should have trusted Kleypas more.
The missives between Bea and Christopher were funny and poignant as we're given glimpses of how war can change a man. Returning home as a war hero, and eager to find the girl whose words had kept him going through his terrible ordeal as a soldier, Christopher was at first, angry then enchanted to discover that his penpal was nobody else but that Hathaway girl whom he previously thought as appropriately belonging 'to the stables'.
But Bea, with her talent of soothing injured animals, had taken it upon herself to heal both man and his dog, Albert (who will steal your heart in this book), and refused to give up, despite their original refusal for help.
I enjoyed reading this book, and I'm sad that this series has finally come to an end. The Hathaways and their partners are characters that I will always remember with fondness. (less)