Alright MacLean, I'm giving you one more try. Since Seraphina is the only Talbot sister I liked and the situation with her husband is messy, dark andAlright MacLean, I'm giving you one more try. Since Seraphina is the only Talbot sister I liked and the situation with her husband is messy, dark and tormented, my curiosity is piqued. I like messy, I like anti-heroes and I like angst, so you have my attention... ...more
Ok, ok, I give up. UNCLE! >.< There is nothing that bothers me more than wasting my time trying to read a book where it's literally a cDNF @ 50%
Ok, ok, I give up. UNCLE! >.< There is nothing that bothers me more than wasting my time trying to read a book where it's literally a chore to get through one page. This was that unsuccessful for me. I tried and tried again but nothing was clicking. Honestly had I known the heroine was a privateer shipmaster who reads bed time stories to her crew of sailors and has them sing to her I would have skipped this in a hot second. It's just not my cuppa at all. It's so unrealistic and way too gimmicky. The tomboy aspect that I was looking forward to didn't exactly play out like I was expecting. And the heroine's hang up on her girlhood crush was too mind numbingly frustrating and uninteresting. For someone so smart and "experienced" she had tstl moments. How many times does the girl 'see stars' from seeing the hero smile? <__<
The hero Jin Seton was a standout and I tried to keep going for him but the slow-as-shit dull pacing and obscure writing worked against him unfortunately. If I'm not sure about a book I usually wait it out till the first intimate scene to make my decision and that cinched it for me here. The world building the author tries to create is......*hiccupy* for the lack of a better term. Things are not clear enough and described inconsistently and that's a big deal breaker for me, especially if the story is on shaky ground. She names parts of the ship like the reader is supposed to know what she is referencing to, therefore you have no idea how and where on the ship characters are moving about. Because of this everything comes off flat, hazzy and not well explained. When I can't tell who is on top and who is on bottom during a sex scene and what surface they are going at it on (the stairs of the ship....I think?) then that's a big problem. She goes from being on top to later being described as being underneath him. >.< Annoying as all hell.
So sorry Jin, it wasn't you. I'm giving an extra star just for him. And I still couldn't figure out if he is Egyptian or not. This character's origins is still unclear to me since everyone referred to him as 'The Pharaoh' pirate. But his parents were English and American? *shrugs* So what was with the moniker? No clue. Like I said, things are too blurry. ...more
Oh man did this take my breath away and I honestly wasn't expecting it. Finally FINALLY. A book I devoured *5 beautific the drought is ovah! stars*
Oh man did this take my breath away and I honestly wasn't expecting it. Finally FINALLY. A book I devoured in 2 days and kept fighting to put down. Huzzah! I totally forgot how that feels, it's been that long. And characters that get to you so much you feel kind of (really) envious and sighing over how wonderful the story is. I HAVEN'T FELT THAT WAY IN SO LONG. I have not given a 5 star rating in a loooong time so this should say enough.
He was who he was. Just as she was who she was. The hardened rake and the tenderhearted innocent shackled together for life because of a single imprudent act.
Hands down my favorite HR book I've read this year and this reminded me why I loved Mrs. Warren's writing so much. I honestly forgot the depth to her writing, her characters are so layered from the emotions to their actions to their backstories, and Warren creates real conflict and angst that makes sense. If you are new to Tracy Anne Warren, her writing reminds me of Gaelen Foley (Knight Miscellany series) and her characters remind of Lisa Kleypas’s characters, particularly her well known Hathaway family. And this trilogy is a spin off from TAW’s unfinished The Byrons of Braebourne series which I loved. I didn’t even know this was little Esme Bryon’s book until I cracked it open. She’s the Beatrix Hathaway to the dynamic family of 8 and I fell so hard for this girl. She kept reminding me of myself in so many ways that I couldn't help but feel immediately connected to her. From her adoration & rescuing of animals to her love of art and always carrying a sketchbook around, kindred spirits! And the fact that she knows her stuff with master painters and is seriously skilled I loved even more. Her 'menagerie of pets' is too cute and added charm to her 'wild girl of the earth' character. And seeing Edward, Cade and Mallory & Adam again was so fun and made me itch to pick up their books again. I loved how protective and loving this big family is of their baby sister. And to see her go toe to toe with jaded rakehell Gabriel was such a delight. Oh boy the sweetness and sexy naughtiness that goes down in here…..
She was used to handling wild, unpredictable creatures, used to gentling, even taming them. But Gabriel Landsdowne was an entirely unknown quantity; a force unto himself, he was unique and without equal in her experience.
I simply have to draw him.
Yet there was something majestic about him, as if a dark angel had fallen to earth.
"Be careful, little girl," he warned. "Or else the big, bad wolf might just change his mind and decide to eat you, after all."
Gabriel glanced up and found himself unable to look away, struck by her fresh, guileless charm and radiant beauty. She was simply effervescent; it was as if a sweet spring breeze had just blown into the house and back into his life.
She met his gaze, reminded again of how much his eyes looked like those of her hawk--beautifully golden, piercing and predatory.
She barely even felt her feet leave the ground when he picked her up and wrapped one strong arm under her bottom to her hold her against him. Her arms went around his shoulders to anchor herself as their kiss continued. He pressed her against the wall, then pressed himself her against her. Her fear returned. He was too much, this man. Too experienced and worldly. Too carnal and passionate.
She’d claimed him last night, every bit as much as he’d claimed her…..
No one had ever bought him anything simply because he liked it. No on had ever given him a gift meant exclusively to please and which demanded nothing of him in return. What a sad childhood he must have known. What an emotionally isolated life he must have spent since.
I love you. Her whispered words resonated in his mind, chiding him even now. A secret part of him had thrilled to hear them, wanting her softness, craving her comfort and devotion.
Something about him called to her, like one of her wounded beasts, and she could not turn him away. She needed his name and protection in order to keep from being cast out of Society. But strangely, she realized, he just might need her even more.
He'd almost forgotten what it was like to be near her. She was as bright and radiant as an August sun, bringing light and warmth into even the darkest places. And yet the darkness was comfortable and familiar to him; he understood the dark, for all its bleak failings. It was the light that puzzled him, the light that could make even the bravest of men afraid.
But she and her love warmed him from the inside out, and he could no longer do without either one.
These two slayed me so much with the passion and honest vulnerable moments packed into this. Seeing such an honest love story where both sides are floored by it but give it everything, hangs up and all, is a rarity. Gabriel with all his faults seduced me right along with Esme, so much so guess who is being added to my Harem List? >:D Yes indeedy. Oh Gabriel why you so delightfully naughty? He comes with a lot of baggage and a dark back story (of course) but his complete absorption and wonderment of Esme even when he’s running scared really drew me in. I fell hard for this guy. With both characters. And I forgot how that feels. Esme is guileless yet mature beyond her years, she has an open pure heart and patient kindness that a jaded libertine like Gabriel isn’t used to and doesn’t know what to do with. He’s so cynical, closed off and lonely that he’s always expecting her to disappoint him and not believe in him like everyone else, and to see him realize again and again that she’s an exception was so sweet and gratifying to see.
She knew there was more to him than the blackhearted hedonist he’s spent years convincing the world that he was. Perhaps he even believed it himself. But she didn’t. She knew there was a goodness buried inside him, a kindness he tried hard to conceal. She’d felt it. There was love inside him too; he only needed someone to help him find a way to let it out.
This had all the HR elements I adored. The marriage of convenience, the sheltered ‘eccentric’ inexperienced heroine, the cynical older hero with a black reputation, lustful appetite and lonely vulnerable heart. Seeing Esme bring Gabriel to his knees was a sight to see and I loved every minute of it. She didn’t let his arrogance and intimidating presence push her past her boundaries when she wasn’t ready. The fact that she managed to run his household & get rid of the interfering interlopers by herself was really great and showed the strength, intelligence and resilience of this character. There were one or two moments that Gabriel teetered towards chauvinistic entitled attitude but Esme rose up to the challenge and didn’t run off and kept humbling him. This is the kind of give and take dynamic that I enjoy and always look for in my reads. And to readers, both new readers to TAW and her fans I definitely recommend this one. It can be read as a stand alone and if you love opposites attract couples then this would be the perfect example of it. You get a little bit of everything....more
This is going out unread. Summer cleaning and I just can't bring myself to read this. I bought this too and immediately regretted it. That's how indifThis is going out unread. Summer cleaning and I just can't bring myself to read this. I bought this too and immediately regretted it. That's how indifferent I've become to JQ's work. I have a towering to-read pile and little patience on wasting my time with 'meh' books. ...more