Easy read, but once again there were some things that had me scratching my head going really? Here it was more prominent given the heavy subject matteEasy read, but once again there were some things that had me scratching my head going really? Here it was more prominent given the heavy subject matter it deals with. (view spoiler)[I found it reaching and contrived reasoning why Becca's scumbag ex wanted them to 'pretend' to be in a relationship again just to appease and push her protege little brother into performing again. <_< Seriously? I didn't find that believable and a real flimsy excuse for him to corner and strong arm Becca into sex. And her ex's parents finding out what he did and coming forward out of nowhere a year later? I had a very hard time believing that, it just screamed contrived way to wrap things up. And that bothered me the most. (hide spoiler)] I found the back story a little convoluted. The pieces for me didn't fit.
And I'm sorry but why in the world would you have the heroine who is suffering from her own family problems and abuse sympathize and even enable Sam's dead beat father? Why why why?! What? because she's just kind-hearted and sweet that way? GMAB. That to me was ridiculous and a cheap cop out to get readers to quickly sympathize and like a character who is unlikable and a total sleazy lout. What he did to Sam was unforgivable. He made Sam's childhood a living hell and Shalvis using her formulaic approach to 'resolve' the family drama in a matter of a week? was just too much. You can't slap a band aid on these kinds of deep rooted childhood traumas with patronizing dialogue. It just rubs me the wrong way. Same goes for Becca's parents' shame-faced apology at the very end that Sam pretty much fed them to say word-for-word. Are you kidding me? Totally unrealistic and so contrived.
The alpha thing. I almost want Shalvis to look up the definition of alpha because these guys to me are not it. I’ve had a problem with this since the beginning of the series because I don’t agree with the labeling. I know Shalvis loves her alpha guys, who doesn't? I just don't see these Lucky Harbor guys that way. *ducks head* Alpha men to me are domineering, controlling, power driven men who tend to push to get their way. They want control in every aspect of the relationship. None of these guys fit that criteria, especially Sam. And if a character is an alpha you show it, don't tell readers by sprinkling it all over the dialogue so liberally. It's a big pet peeve of mine when you have all the females in the stories pointing out how bone-melting killer gorgeous and alpha the guys are on every. single. page. Just...Stop. The more it was used, the more annoyed I was. The Lucky Harbor men are typical stubborn bossy guys but are big teddy bears who are sweet and considerate and never push or overpower to get their way. They are the perfect ideal men. I don't have anything against Shalvis's heroes, I just think it's a total mislabel. And there's nothing wrong with Beta or Omega heroes. Just saying.
The insta-love in here was outrageous. Given Becca's history and Sam's closed off guarded personality it gave me whiplash how quick these two jumped in the sack. I was expecting something major to happen after they hooked up so fast but nope nothing. Also the jarring familiarities came out of nowhere. He barely shares more than ten words with her the first time they meet and the next day acts like he knows her inside and out and can tell how 'sweet and warm she is behind the wall she puts up' and she can tell how sweet and wonderful he is. Huh? YOU DON'T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT EACH OTHER. Felt like I was missing something here. And concerned fussy foster mom Amelia worrying about Sam and mentioning Becca by name asking if she’s the women for him when she hasn’t met Becca or know of her was just a major WTH? And again Sam only met Becca two days prior to this. Was this a serious editing hiccup? Because it came completely out of nowhere and didn’t make a lick of sense. Amelia never met Becca and has no reason to even bring her up. Most of Sam and Becca's interactions happened away from prying eyes and very isolated unlike the previous couples so I had trouble understanding the quick jumps in conversation and how even geriatric town snoop Lucille managed to take 'snapshots' of them on the beach and so close? Is she now the town's paparazzi? Yes the lady gets around but she's not that fast or resourceful. Can this character retire? lol
And Sam on a boat that's not his, not planning to have sex with Becca based on their ‘deal’ magically having a condom with him when the mood strikes? <_< Come on. Same thing happened in a couple of the previous books. These guys are always carrying a condom on their person when it’s completely unplanned and spontaneous (ahem Jack whipping out a condom when all he’s wearing are his swim trunks and in the hot tub??).
I did like Sam he was sexy and so sweet and a little different for me. Just wish things happened more organically between him and Becca. The fast pace kinda ruined moments that could have been even sweeter and more poignant. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
1.5 star Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe in that very much. But I struggled here to see beauty of any kind in Evangeline, the prickly h1.5 star Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe in that very much. But I struggled here to see beauty of any kind in Evangeline, the prickly heroine. To be blunt, she's a complete bitch. And for no other reason except her morally superior belief that she's suffered some imaginary horror and needs to take it out on everyone else--men in particular. This did absolutely nothing for me. A man-slut hero who bends over backwards to get the heroine's approval endlessly and reform his rakish ways while she turns her nose up in the air continuously. The whole time I'm wondering what an Adonis sex-crazed intimidating creature like Ben sees in a rail thin big-nosed hairy-chinned shrewish plain spinster masquerading as a man who does nothing but ridicule and snarl at him every chance she gets. Really didn't see what he found so attractive or endearing about her and probably the most far-fetched thing in this entire story I'm sorry to say. Evie was insufferable and just cold-hearted. The most hateful miserable self-righteous selfish judgmental character I've had the displeasure of reading about. Someone who loves to pass judgement on others because of their vices while they themselves make money off other people's suffering & exploits does not give them room to be judge jury and executioner. Get off the damn throne dear. That is not a noble crusade of any kind so please spare me.
I had trouble understanding why this woman went to such lengths to skewer Ben through her newspaper The London List for 2 years when she was the one who coldly rejected him when they were young and in love. I mean I was just waiting for someone to point this out to her, Ben in particular: Her motivations made no sense and poorly justified. And we are never given much insight or guilt for that matter on the heroine's part for her rejection of Ben 10 years prior when he proposed to her. I had to sit through reading the heroine degrade and insult the hero at every turn thinking him useless, stupid, insipid and an idiot. Hey he's great for a few good screws but marriage? Never! Oh please spare me. Pot meet Kettle. And a woman who has no problem fitting into the role of a man and believing gay men were born that way is a little too modern thinking for me for a 1800's time setting. It was lovely idea but I felt Robinson went leaps and bounds to make this heroine revolutionary in every possible way and it was just overkill.
And why the author didn't bother to divulge the hero's ugly abusive childhood to the heroine makes me scratch my head. Total missed opportunity and was needed to disillusion our uppity austere heroine. This was something I felt Evie really needed to understand and know about since she was so set on making him out to be some reckless useless unfeeling fool. I really don't like judgmental people especially ones who are so narrow-minded, holier-than-thou and hypocritical about it. Evie had no problems lifting her skirts when she was 22 for Ben, she seemed to keep forgetting that tidbit in her blood bath crusade against him. RME. Just because your father was a reckless gambler who didn't protect you doesn't excuse your own up-bringing, behavior or nasty attitude. It bothered me to NO end how the heroine's loose up bringing was breezily justified yet the hero is a moral-less monster who needs to repent because he had mistresses?? There's a wallop of double standards & hypocrisy that I had no patience for. Just...UGH. ...more
Interesting characters but the pacing and writing was all over the place and just ruined it. This was in serious need of editin2.5 stars Story: 2 stars
Interesting characters but the pacing and writing was all over the place and just ruined it. This was in serious need of editing. MAJOR editing. A good 150 pages could have been knocked out. This is a 637 page book and a good portion of which added nothing to the story or character development. Mundane repetitive conversations that take up 10 pages with no end just dragged the entire story out for no reason. And why Carlyle thought it was necessary to summarize so much and have the h/hr grow a year long friendship entirely off the page I don't understand. An entire year passes in a few sentences and it was the most jarring thing to come across. The abrupt time jump was so unnecessary and a waste. Because of this LC managed to make a relationship that was sensual, affectionate and passionate come off very contrived and shallow. You can't tell your readers to believe something when we don't see any of it play out on the page. They go from complete strangers to very close trusted friends in a matter of 2 chapters. No rhyme or reason for this. I thought it was a shame and wasted opportunity to not see Rance and Anisha's friendship grow and blossom into something more on the page in real time.
And the bisexual/paraphilia undertones that was teased endlessly in here seemed very random and poorly handled. I didn't understand the point of this? It was just plain confusing and bizarre. The author didn't do a good job of explaining why the hero had this obsession/near lust over his nemesis. It was also alluded to more than once that Anisha's brother and his friends used to have similar tastes. What exactly does that mean? You cannot tease something like that or word it in such a way that implies more and not divulge later on. (view spoiler)[And having an erotic dream about another man giving you erotic asphyxiation while giving you a hand job really messes with readers heads and demands an explanation dammit. (hide spoiler)] This was treated as a complete afterthought and when Anisha finally confronts Rance over his obsession with the annoying journalist, his contrived explanation made it no better and made absolutely NO sense. To me at least. If there was a good reasoning for this or build up to it I wouldn't have minded it as much. This just seemed very out of place and strange.
The sensual love scenes and kamasutra experimenting between Rance and Anisha were playful, raw and sexy. Loved it. This was the only thing I enjoyed from the entire book. I gave the extra star solely for that. Everything else was just one long-winded blurry boring mess. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
My first Maggie Robinson read. Wow. What a little gem this is. Was really impressed with the writing quality and attention to detail. Superb! Very we
My first Maggie Robinson read. Wow. What a little gem this is. Was really impressed with the writing quality and attention to detail. Superb! Very well-rounded flawed characters. And very realistic portrayal of alcohol addiction and the PTSD dealings of a sexually abused victim. Very real, the author captured every nuance on the page beautifully. So much so that I wanted to take the hero and heroine and hug them to my chest. Really well done.
I'd definitely recommend this to HR fans, Lisa Kleypas fans in particular who like dark gritty stories with a passionate couple. I couldn't help but see some similarities between Gareth and Annie with Evie and St. Vincent from Devil in Winter (my babies <3). Not just in physical traits but characterizations as well. You have a stammering flame-haired freckled beauty who tames a brooding handsome rakish ex-soldier who has nothing to live for. Sound kinda familiar? My kind of recipe. ;P The light humorous moments in here are hysterical and fun, Gareth certainly isn't afraid to show how he feels. lol There was a real nice balance of comedic humor and dark angst that just pulls you in. I was really delighted with the amount of depth the story had, from the setting, to the characters, to their individual hardships and personal demons they try to battle and overcome.
And this is my first read with a Welsh hero, loved the Welsh backdrop and language barriers. I found it enchanting. Everything just leaped off the page from page 1. Wonderful read! ...more
-The author waited till the very end of the story for the hero to tell the heroine about his time in prison. Why?2.75
A few things I struggled with...
-The author waited till the very end of the story for the hero to tell the heroine about his time in prison. Why? Why why WHY? It’s a big thing to keep a secret and was one of the reasons that kept them apart for years and she didn’t know about it and kept thinking he abandoned her. Drove me nuts.
-Jax was in prison for 2 years in Central America. He was beaten, whipped and punished severely. Where the hell are all his scars? You can not tell me he didn’t walk away from that without a few physical scars. I was waiting for Kelly to see one and ask him about it but...nope. It was very conveniently missing. Contrived and totally disregarded detail of the hero’s past history.
-The hero is a total sweetheart, he’s romantic, affectionate, sexy and leads with his heart and just wants the woman he loves. Nothing wrong with that. But I felt he was a little *too* emotional at times and his reactions were a bit much in some cases. I guess I wouldn’t have minded it as much if the heroine didn’t keep pushing him away and coming off so cold and detached. I honestly didn't see what was sooooo wonderful about Kelly that had Jax jumping through hoops to get her to give him a chance. *shrugs*
-Hated the hero’s name. Tyrone Jackson Winchester III. Blech. The poor guy’s name is a mile long and the countless nicknames he goes by in this are no better and all over the place. He likes to go by Jax which is lovely but for some inane reason the heroine prefers calling him Tyrone or T. Jackson (cause that sounds so much better RME), or just T in some cases. What the hell kind of name is T. Jackson anyways? Hated it. So there’s Tyrone, T. Jackson, Jax, and T. The author kept flip flopping with all the different nicknames in the dialogue. It’s very inconsistent. And why Kelly couldn’t stick to calling him by one name irritated me more.
-The dialogue and plot were a little too corny for me. I would have loved the love letters if they weren't in present tense and summarizing everything in 1st person narration. Meh....more
The last 20 pages surprisingly made up for an otherwise dry boring predictable story. And kudos to the art department for that stunning cover. A+ VeryThe last 20 pages surprisingly made up for an otherwise dry boring predictable story. And kudos to the art department for that stunning cover. A+ Very accurate and so gorgeous. ...more
This was okay. Loved Grace and Torr, they are the reason I picked this series up again. It was great to see the3.5 stars Couple: 4 stars Story: 3 stars
This was okay. Loved Grace and Torr, they are the reason I picked this series up again. It was great to see them finally get their much anticipated HEA. I gave this an extra half star just for them. I loved the idea of the hero trying to get the heroine to remember who he is and make her fall in love with him all over again. Oh the angst.
The entire story takes place in another world, on another planet far from Earth and the daily drama in Dabyr. I didn't have a problem with this like so many other readers did. I honestly found some of the subplots Butcher puts in her books mundane and distracting at times. *shrugs* So this was a nice change of pace. However, what made the story lose it's shine was the slow dragged out pacing. Since there were no other side stories or multiple POVs to focus on, the pacing was very stagnant. The dialogue especially suffered from this with all the repetitive monologues from Torr of his longing for Grace. It started to get long winded and very redundant fast. Which surprises me the most given the couple are running around through an exotic jungle battling giant lizards and freaky creatures, the suspense and excitement of the story was very tepid. Nothing super exciting happens and the romantic angst was like trying to wring water from a damp towel. Sloooow. I felt Butcher missed out on a great opportunity to go all out. The setup was all there. I mean what could be more tempting then having your couple stranded in the middle of another planet by themselves?
A few other things that I had issues with or found odd: -Grace not putting two and two together or asking questions about the metal disk once she discovers that Torr is wearing one just like hers was utterly ridiculous. Come on. For someone so smart and observant this made her come off so careless and oblivious. If a mysterious man shows up in my world wearing the exact same disk as me and I'm missing my memories I would be drilling him with 50 questions over it until I got answers. All the obvious clues were there but Grace didn't pick up on it or even ask questions. She would just shrug things off. Dumb. Butcher watered down her characters a little for the sake of the dragged convoluted out plot. Not necessary.
-Brenya as a character was all over the place. I did not understand the motivations of this woman. I found her very inconsistent. She's fiercely protective and managing of Grace-- not wanting a hair on her head out of place by Torr-- but at another point she's willing to sacrifice Grace to save everyone else and then even confesses to knowing Grace's future the entire time near the end. Whaaat? She manipulates those around her to get what she wants but uses lame excuses to explain her actions. I also found the entire plot and reasoning to keep Torr on Tropecia for Brenya's use convoluted and illogical. She needs him to extract crystals from stones that will help deactivate/detonate the sentinal stones the Solarc's Masons built. With all her endless power and skills she can't do it herself because the Solarc will pick up on her power waves if they die by her hand and will find her. She needs Torr to do it instead. So she can’t kill anyone fine, but she can heal Grace and the other women and the Solarc can’t pick up on any of that? <_< Really? Uh huh. Doesn't add up.
-Brenya is supposedly the creator of the Sentinal stones.....sooooo the Masons who build Sentinal stones with their hammers to open portals are for what exactly?? If she's the creator then what the hell are they doing? Unless I missed something in the explanation Brenya gave, she pretty much contradicted herself there on the same page. Butcher doesn't explain things very well or tie up the loose ends so the gaping holes end up showing.
-And again the descriptions of some of the monsters Butcher describes didn’t make sense. The Hunters are assassins made out of black glassy rock, they can run on four legs but have fish-shaped bodies. O_o Huh? Fish shaped? This is just more of personal taste. I just find her descriptions of some these monsters in the series...off and anatomically not possible....more
Missed the boat completely on this one. Bummer. I went into this with somewhat high hopes expecting something similar to Nothing But Trouble but didn'Missed the boat completely on this one. Bummer. I went into this with somewhat high hopes expecting something similar to Nothing But Trouble but didn't happen. RG didn't bother showing much character growth with a hero who has a history of chronic careless cheating. Rob didn't seem to show a lot of guilt over it and that bothered me the most. Instead the author seemed to focus more on the ONS he had with a deranged lunatic who tried to kill him instead of the fact that he cheated on his wife when it happened. I liked Rob but I wish we got more self-reflection on his part and showing more remorse over the fact that he kept cheating. The cheating factor seemed like a non-issue, big mistake there IMO. Just because you are a man with 'urges' and you were a young stud hockey player on the road, it didn't give you the license to sleep with Hockey bimbos left and right, bucko. Just saying. He really doesn't address the reasons why he kept cheating when he talked about it with Kate, it just seemed like background noise that wasn't really significant. And the nasty Fatal Attraction incident plays a big hand in his phobia against marriage and being in a stable relationship.
As for the heroine Kate, she didn't have much of a personality and what little there was seemed very inconsistent. For a former Private Investigator she had the tendency to get very defensive and hung up on certain things. Like obsessively hung up. Very insecure, sensitive and uptight for someone who supposedly is so independent and obstinate. And some of her observations and reactions to certain things came across juvenile & petulant which I didn't understand. I just couldn't connect with her. And excuse me, I know Rachel Gibson loves name dropping her designer labels but how in the world does someone who has no job manage to breezily order a Tiffany's diamond bracelet, clothes from Neiman Marcus and rhinestone-studded lingerie from Frederick's of Hollywood without batting an eye?? Tiffany's? Nice fantasy but get real. The inconsistencies with this character were just laughable.
I also wasn't in love with the ending to this. When the heroine pretty much forces the hero's hand into proposing on the very last page it doesn't really scream romantic HEA. It rubbed me the wrong way how Kate had to corner him into addressing the topic of love and getting married and having to give him an ultimatum. And I didn't get the warm fuzzies how he came to his miraculous realization either. (view spoiler)[He realizes he can't live without her when he goes fly fishing alone and Kate isn't there to share his moment of glory when he catches a giant fish. (hide spoiler)] -__- I'm all a flutter I tell you. Sorry but nothing about this scene made my lady parts buzz.
Lastly, RG needs to be careful with her 's's. I don't know anyone who has more than one jaw or more than one bottom lip. She kept pluralizing body parts that don't come in pairs or when describing one part of a pair (ex: nipples on a breast). It seemed intentional rather than mistakes.
ETA: There seems to be a serious time jump between Book 2 and this one?? So confusing. Totally disconnected and very random. Just finished See Jane Score and there is no mention of Rob's scandal or getting attacked, he's still married and roughing it up on the ice. And man I never realized what a muscle-headed knob Rob is. *cringe* To be honest if I had read Book 2 before this one I would not have felt motivated to pick this one up at all. Yikes.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Enjoyed this enough, I just don't know how to rate this one. I would have loved it more if I didn't keep picturing the heroine Cate as a 153.75 stars
Enjoyed this enough, I just don't know how to rate this one. I would have loved it more if I didn't keep picturing the heroine Cate as a 15 year old scamp tomboy the entire time. :/ And I tried, really really tried but the visual in my head kept getting in the way of fulling connecting with the love story. And the number of times Gregor has to remind himself she's a grown woman and how adorable and cute she is didn't really help. I don't know I just couldn't get passed the way she's described as the impish orphan Gregor takes in 5 years ago. The way she carries herself, gets in scruffles and sighs dreamily over the most handsome man in Scotland wasn't really enticing for me personally. I've always loved the 'guardian falls in love with his ward' trope and the fact that the heroine was the pursuer this time was a very nice change of pace. I liked that. But I wasn't 100% sold that these two fit well and that bugged me. At times it came off a *little* forced especially on Gregor's part. A big part of that was probably Cate's 'I love him and we are meant to be together and I'm gonna make him see that' determined mind set. It's a tricky angle to work with. I actually liked Cate, she had her bratty stubborn moments that were annoying but she was brave, independent and kind. Gregor was his usual gorgeous rakish arrogant self with a sweet playful heart. It was interesting to see him brought down a peg or two.
The two things I didn't really care for were the homeless orphans forced in here and the stunt Gregor pulled to prove Cate wrong. Orphans are the bane of my reading experience. Ugh how I loathe it. They are 99% of the time used as red herrings to paint the heroine in a favorable light and it never really works for me. It's underhanded and manipulating your readers. I have nothing against kids or babies in stories if written well and they add something to the story. Here it just did absolutely nothing and only managed to make Cate look high handed and controlling and Gregor the big mean growly brute for 'scaring' the wee foundlings. RME. Having the heroine force housebroken orphans on an unsuspecting put upon hero and giving him the wounded puppy look for daring to not go along with her plans was a little rage inducing. It just toes the line of manipulative and selfish for me. I personally couldn't stand bratty Pip or his sob story and the grief he gave Gregor. I didn't buy Cate's excuses of him being misunderstood and I certainly didn't appreciate the reckless 'cover up' story she used to keep the 3 kids in Gregor's home. So selfish and childish. You don't do that to a man you supposedly love and respect. SMH. And as for Gregor's big no-no moment it did color my opinion of him and made the story lose some steam for me. I got tired of the you did me wrong I'm gonna get you back song and dance between the two, it came across petty and juvenile. ...more
I don't know what happened but this was a far faaar cry from A Dangerous Beauty. I read that 3 years ago so maybe my tastes have changed or Sophia NasI don't know what happened but this was a far faaar cry from A Dangerous Beauty. I read that 3 years ago so maybe my tastes have changed or Sophia Nash did a major overhaul in her writing.
Since the characters had an obsession with listing everything in this story I'll write my review in the same format.
1. There was absolutely ZERO chemistry between our hero Rory and heroine Verity, one with the atrocious name, even uglier hats, and an absolute hate for green peas (something the author made sure we never forgot). These two have known each other for years and Verity has secretly 'loved' Rory from afar since her girlhood and he pretty much ignored her until one drunken night of debauchery he ends up in bed with her. There was zero build up and aside from being friends all flowery words Rory poured on her came off so forced and not genuine. I did not get the lovers, soulmates etc.. vibe from them at all. I had the hardest time believing he fell in love with her since the sexual tension and connection was severely lacking. I felt nothing from these two other than friendship. And please dear authors: Can we stop with the ‘she knew he could never love her as deeply as she loved him’ bit? I’m sick of it. It’s a tired excuse I have never been a fan of. How do you know the man you love could never love you back when you never gave him a chance to begin with? It’s selling him short.
2. For a sensible practical heroine, Verity was a martyr of the highest order. The whole silly nonsense surrounding her missing diaries and willing to leave her life behind to 'save' her loved ones I found utterly ridiculous and so melodramatic. She blames herself for everything under the sun, her mother's death, falling in love with a scheming seducer, putting Rory and her family's reputation in danger etc. etc...She is literally convinced the printed excerpts from her stolen diaries would cause an upheaval and a revolution--yes a revolution-- because her brother's gang of friends happen to be the Prince Regent's 'royal entourage' and her nattering diary entries spying on their drunken revelry will somehow cause riots. -__- Riots? Give me a break. I just found the whole thing overblown and histrionic. And I'm still scratching my head trying to understand exactly who the culprit is who sneaked into the Prince's house and stole her diaries. The explanation/reveal of who the Diary bandit was was so unbelievably jumbled and poorly handled in the end. Nash tried to be coy and build it up for dramatic effect with the 'who dunnit' mystery angle but the scene where Verity 'discovers' the truth made absolutely NO sense. That last chapter was one big ambiguous confusing mess.
3. There were countless plot holes in this, the size of craters. The conveniently missing diaries (this was one of many excuses why Verity could never marry Rory) are used as a source of tension for the couple throughout the book with a whole bunch of misleading secretes and guilt being passed back and forth between the two. It made my head spin. I honestly felt the author teased a handful of false 'secretes' that were never explained or revealed just to create more manufactured angst between the two. It just made for a shallow read IMO. For one, I'm still trying to figure out what the hell the panic over finding Verity's stolen diaries had anything to do with her abigail Miss Amelia Primrose? Verity kept mentioning and fretting over an affair coming out and Amelia's situation being dire and her reputation on the line if the diaries weren't found (Amelia is a lady's companion and former governess I didn't think her reputation was in such peril). Nothing came of it of course. It was a thin plot device used just to have Rory chase Verity around the country while she was on her 'important errand' saving her friend. Another secrete that was half approached was Verity's past with a gentleman who took her innocence, she admitted to not telling Rory the full truth about what happened. Well??... What was the rest of it? The author never revealed that and left readers hanging. And third, there was a clear indication that Rory and Prinny shared some kind of past besides the war, the Prince clearly is in debt to Rory that much was a alluded to more than once. But the back story to that was left untold and I felt it was used to make the hero come off more darker and mysterious. I just found it contrived. Also the plot and pacing of this story was very sloppy, the scene breaks & POV shifts were so disjointed and lacked continuity. One minute you have Rory and Verity having a conversation and the next chapter you have Verity running away in near tears which didn't make sense. I got whiplash with the abrupt changes.
4. The most distracting thing about this was the awkward clumsy dialogue. I thought Nash’s choice of phrasing things to be very odd and superfluous:
“For the life of him he couldn’t remember any of the events leading to this splendidly awful state of postinebriation, but he knew the only recourse was to remain like a petrified oak until his former military batman, now valet, made an appearance, carrying a crystal snifter filled with the hair of the mongrel that had bitten his arse to the bone last eve.”
“There were a few times in Verity’s life in which she would have liked to disappear into thin air. Usually those periods had been while her ear had been pressed against an abominably thick door, behind which her brother and his friends communed on the altar of bachelorhood. This was one of those times that thin air appeared very breathable.”
Communed on the altar of bachelorhood?? <_<
And just plain confusing:
“Cheever bowed and left one hell of a lot more amused than he had ever been in service to the last duke.”
“A marriage with him, and a future filled with myriad similar moments, was one of the minor reasons she would never agree to this proposed match made in a spinsterish ape leader’s hell.”
And phrases like 'shock and surprise paid a call,' 'she took her decision in a rush' and 'wading into this quagmire' were cringe worthy at best. It just didn’t read right and I got the feeling Nash tried in vain to insert big clunky words to make her characters come off sophisticated and charming. It wasn’t necessary and it didn’t work here. It just made for some purple prose as some like to call it. Nash also had the annoying tendency of having her characters use redundant phrases like 'by the by' and using French phrases that I had no idea what they meant. And the endless ‘1, 2, 3, and 4’ lists the characters kept making became very redundant and read confusing. Those lists fucking irritated me the most because you aren't sure whether all the events listed actually happened or just one of them did and the rest are hypothetical scenarios. Made no sense. Be clearer.
And5. I find the whole premise/theme behind this series obnoxious and shallow. The ‘royal hangover’ bit used in every book as a plot device (and tagline) makes the heroes sound like jackasses. Sorry I just don’t find it attractive when a group of guys are shackled with ladies they don’t want all because they spent one night getting hammered/piss drunk and end up paying the consequences. And to top it off Prinny wants to make sure each Duke is married off. It just comes across as juvenile rather than funny, especially when it’s the driving force behind every book in this series. I'm not even sure if every book starts off following the same night or separate events but even so...do these guys make a habit of going on drinking binges to the point they don't remember shit and the whole town knows about it? And all because they happen to be the Prince Regent’s entourage? Seriously?? How...charming. -__- Sorry it just comes off pretentious. ...more
What I liked: -Revisiting the Duke of Villiers one of my favorite EJ characters from this series and seeing his family dynamics with Eleanor and a growWhat I liked: -Revisiting the Duke of Villiers one of my favorite EJ characters from this series and seeing his family dynamics with Eleanor and a grown up 'Tobias' a.k.a: Thorn. -The love triangle in this made the dragging somewhat-stale-predictable plot more interesting in the last quarter of the book. -Vander. Oh sweet sweet sexy Vander. Thorn's best friend and the 'other man' vying for India's hand in marriage. I really hope the next book is for him, he deserves it. His presence in here was very magnetic and I loved how he didn't back down from Thorn and went after what he wanted with honesty and caring for India's feelings. And can we please go back to him having icy blue eyes? They go from blue to warm brown by the end of the book. ;P
What bothered me: -EJ pretty much used the same plot in here that was used in Villiers's book. Thorn is insistent on finding and marrying the 'perfect' woman for him and he's convinced that woman is Laetitia a.k.a. 'Lala' Rainsford (what the hell kind of name is that?). Never mind the fact that the girl cowers in fear every time she's near him and doesn't say a peep in his presence or anyone else she doesn't understand. And Thorn doesn't notice any of this. Like father like son. Ack!
-I found the chemistry between the main couple a little lacking, or forced is more like it. I tried to be swept away by them and their story but really couldn't. This was the case of "I can't stand you but you secretly turn me on" a trope that didn't really work for me here. The constant bickering and arguing was used as a form of foreplay and supposed sexual tension but I struggled to see it. There has to be more than hurling insults on the page to convince me it's chemistry. If it wasn't for Vander's involvement in the last quarter I would have been bored out of my mind to be honest. He managed to make things much more interesting and genuine.
-The heroine's character motivations kept changing like her mood swings. Didn't like the dramatic wishy washy self-indulgent mind games India kept pulling in this. And it was used to gain sympathy with readers near the end which confounded me more. India lies to Thorn 2 times, both times to intentionally deceive. Emphasis on intentional. The first to get what she wanted--sex (view spoiler)[she lies to him about not being a virgin (technically she isn't but there's more to it) just so he will have sex with her (hide spoiler)] and the second to get him to cry off from feeling 'obligated' (in her eyes) to marry her. He accepts both lies, never mind the fact that he questions and fights her later on about it when he learns she lied to him. Nope. That doesn't matter to our heroine. Too little too late! She then turns around hurt and moaning about him not seeing through her lies and feeling betrayed, crying that he never knew her and just wanted to use her. Oh how could he?! He tupped me in the closet like a loose housemaid without using protection even though I was panting and crying his name and clinging to him like a dog in heat. He has no respect for me! I lied to him and he didn't see through it! -__- Are you serious? I felt like I was in the twilight zone with the abrupt 180. I'm sorry but she strung him along the entire time knowing exactly what she was doing. This bothered me greatly since it was used to paint the heroine as the wounded betrayed victim and the hero as the careless rake who used her. Nope, didn't buy it. Oh and apparently she was testing him this whole time. Really?? Where? When? I must have missed that part. I have no interest for these mind games. I saw no point or reason for her to act so put-upon and morally offended or scorned by any of this when she set these lies in motion and had zero problems seducing him and letting him take her against a wall without any protection. Girl please. It takes two people to tango. Take responsibility for your part and the mess you made. I really hate when authors try to force sympathy on characters whose words don't line up with their actions. Acting like the wounded party when they set everything in motion is a little ridiculous and contradictory. It's clear flip flopping. You can't manipulate your readers that way.
-The heroine technically isn't a virgin. That's not shocking. But this is: (view spoiler)[ When she was 12, her hymen broke when she went horseback riding without a saddle and riding astride (hide spoiler)] Seriously? I know this was an old-wives tale in those days but was this even actually possible? I have a hard time believing this. How could you break your hymen that way?
-India is a voluptuous curvy woman but acts like it's a curse. This is more of EJ's typical character trope and I usually enjoy it when it's written well and more subtle but here it got a little annoying. Her endless sighing over having ‘too much hair’ and too full lips and ‘overly generous breasts’ came off so melodramatic and self-victimizing. Everything you eat goes to your breasts? Boo hoo darling. That’s not something to complain about. I get it, it’s a different time setting where society’s views on beauty were much more severe but it became eye-roll inducing seeing this woman lament over it like it’s a miserable problem. Give me a break. India is a walking siren, don’t act like it’s a hardship.
-India's short temper. This girl goes from 0 to 100 in less than a minute. She's a fireball and very set in her ways. I found her reactions to every little thing Thorn would say or do a little bit much and overly dramatic. She veered into shrew territory a few times for me with her constant reprimands. Calm down girl.
-Why didn't we see any of Villiers's other children? I was hoping to meet Theodore all grown up, I wanted to see how the twins were faring 8 years since the last book. I really wish we got to see the rest of Leo and Eleanor's brood and was honestly expecting to see them considering the big part they played in the last book. :( I was a little disappointed by the no-shows. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
What I liked: -The attention to detail and accuracy to the Western trail made the story so vivid and engaging. Brava Anderson! -Hunter's endearing rela What I liked: -The attention to detail and accuracy to the Western trail made the story so vivid and engaging. Brava Anderson! -Hunter's endearing relationship with little Amy and his nieces Blackbird and Pony girl was adorable. I loved how such a rugged brawny Warrior like Hunter was so gentle, patient, protective and boyishly playful with these kids. Adorable, enchanting and stinking cute! -The continuous use of Comanche language and Western slang was so realistic and wonderfully handled. The Comanche dialogue in particular was great and came off very real. The voice inflections, pronunciation of things and mannerisms just leaped off the page. The attention to detail Anderson paid as far as the Comanche culture and particular traditions was brilliant. I could picture their conversations, traditional Indian garments, lodges, friendly banter, war garb vividly. I especially loved how Hunter was depicted, the epitome of an alpha male in physical presence and spirit. The sights, sounds, smells of the Indian campsite were beautifully described down to every pebble and wrinkle. I loved it! -Loved when this FINALLY happened (view spoiler)[(hide spoiler)] -The hero and heroine overcoming their prejudices and intolerance of each others race and accepting each other. Loretta in particular who started out as a haughty intolerant little thing learned a few things which was a Yureka! moment. She finally came to understand that love and acceptance should overcome hate and vengeance. I really liked how she finally had the courage to stand up for what's right and defend Hunter's people. This quote summed it up beautifully:
"She realized now that there was no good or bad, no right or wrong, just people fighting for their lives. Wonderful people, who lived and loved and laughed."
What I didn't love: -The story was severely weighted down by the continuous meandering never-ending back and forth between the hero and heroine coming together than drifting apart. It just made for a very long winded story that dragged out too long to come to an ending. It was understandable in the first half, but in the second half having Loretta constantly leaving the hero and flip flopping over reasons they can't be together got very redundant and contrived. First it was because she didn't love him, then it was because they were from two different worlds, then it was because she wanted to be his only true wife, then it was because she feared marital intimacy with a man, then it was because she couldn't live in the same camp as her parents murderers then it was because Hunter wanted her safe away from him while he seeked revenge on the tosi tivo who killed his loved ones.... @_@I'm dizzy just typing this out.
-There was little to no love scenes in this which I found surprising and very underwhelming. It's a Western Romance and Anderson doesn't hold back in the gruesome graphic moments (view spoiler)[a 12 year-old girl is gang raped (hide spoiler)] yyyyet...no love scenes?<__< Really?? I found that odd and disappointing. There's pretty much only one full love scene that is quickly rushed through with some oral sex Hunter finally persuades her into and then glosses over the important parts following it. It's safe to say I felt gypped considering the amount of time it took for these two to finally get there. All the other lovemaking moments are alluded to through FTB or Loretta reflecting back on it which at some points I found confusing (there seemed to be some timeline inconsistency).
-Loretta's constant continuous lack of faith and unreasonable fear in Hunter really put a damper on the love story for me personally. Every time something goes slightly off kilter this girl is barreling down on Hunter shrieking animal!heathen! and tries to run away. It just got very tiring very quick. She's quick to believe the worst of him when something goes wrong and uses it to flee and that grated. I was never crazy about this romantic trope where the hero is chasing after the obstinate heroine and forcing her to stay with him and it happens here in 90% of this book. So much so I had trouble believing if Loretta could ever come to truly love Hunter and not resent him.
- This didn't read like a romance story when more than half the plot the heroine is scared shitless, spitting, biting and running away from the hero. This is quite a popular one amongst CA's work, but I don't think this is her best work or most 'epic romance'. Far from it. It's riddled with contrived angst, repetitive dialogue and an unnecessary heavy plot. Anderson dragged out the story too long and stretched the couple too thin with all the stifling tension, misunderstandings, mis-assumptions and lack of faith between them. It dulled the shine off moments that should have been sweet and magical. Their tender moments were very fleeting and sometimes came off very forced, on Loretta's part in particular. It's not my thing when the prudish heroine has to be persuaded, cajoled and tricked into giving in. Meh. I can sympathize with heroines being raised with certain morals and don't know any better but honestly? Reading about the heroine freaking out every time her guy tries to cop a feel, see her naked or kiss her there isn't really fun. It's not romantic nor sexy. I was tired of it half way through. I believed she loved her man in the last few chapters with the lengths she went to for Hunter and his people but at that point I was mentally exhausted. It was like beating a dead horse with a stick with the number of times Hunter's honor was questioned by the gullible naive Loretta. All the stalling just screamed as last minute foot shuffling to find contrived reasons to prolong these two from coming together. I just started to feel manipulated when the misunderstandings kept happening till the near end of the story.
This one is hard to rate. Really liked the hero and heroine in this. But it took a while to get into their story.3.5
Characters: 4 stars story: 3 stars
This one is hard to rate. Really liked the hero and heroine in this. But it took a while to get into their story. It took me a while to actually fall for them as a couple or believe they're in love. I don't know why. I also thought Julian's double-life story arc was a little bit contrived. He disguises himself as a working class man by donning glasses & gelling his hair yet nobody recognizes him? :/ Really?? I found that hard to swallow. ...more
Taking half a star off for all the unnecessary waffling that goes on in the last quarter of the book. The story had such a strong start and s4.5 stars
Taking half a star off for all the unnecessary waffling that goes on in the last quarter of the book. The story had such a strong start and so much sexual tension and explosive chemistry between the hero Jeremy and the heroine Lucy I don't understand why Dare thought it necessary to force all that tension between them with all the constant misunderstandings, unspoken feelings, and distance. The couple deserved so much better than that. I'm a big lover of angst when it's necessary and adds to the story, here it came off like foot shuffling and stalling.
Lucy is not the kind of heroine I usually root for or have patience for given her stubborn headed personality but she really grew on me and I ended up loving her. Damn I really loved this girl! Her free spirit and fearless courage to go after the things she wanted I found charming and admirable. Her eccentric tomboyish reckless personality made me love and sympathize with her, she cracked me up countless times in here. Her struggle to try and be a 'lady' in order to fit in and be a proper wife I found myself relating to in many ways and endeared me to her. The whole Toby drama was a little bit infuriating but I liked that she realized it was a girlish infatuation and accepted it and went after who and what she wanted with open eyes and an open heart....Jeremy. That was the real saving grace for me, she quickly realized who she wanted and loved and went after it with pure guts and heart. Yay!
Oh Jeremy. *sigh* There's just something about black-haired ice blue-eyed guys that make me all...
Guh-guh-GUH. Weak in the knees and woozy in the stomach. Jeremy was no exception. His stony brooding personality yet incredibly vulnerable tender passionate heart made me fall for him instantly. Oh and the fact that he seemed to be the only one out of the 5 friends with sense and reasoning! lol Like a typical Dare hero (I'm sensing a pattern here) he carries some major guilt, shame and self-hatred over a tragic family loss. I thought his shame and self-recriminations while understandable were overblown in some areas like seriously get off the damn wood darling! but I'm just glad he had Lucy there to make him believe he deserved to love and be loved in return. He deserves a life of happiness and know what it's like to be loved and share emotions. Telling Lucy to stop loving him? Oh honey don't even. He made my heart ache with what he went through as a young lonely boy. :( I absolutely adored how Lucy fought for them, for her, for him and refused to give up on him. I have to say it was a refreshing change from the typical HR template.
As for secondary characters, I do want to read Miss Sophia Hathaway's book because she's a painter & a dreamer but I wasn't overly thrilled with her near the end of this. Like my friend Beanbag mentioned in her review of Sophia's book, she's selfish and I saw some of those selfish instincts come out more than once in here which irked me and raised some red flags. The whole letter fiasco for one and letting Lucy take the fall for it while she cowered behind her shiny new fiance and didn't say a word to save or defend her. Didn't jive with me. And her whiny 'you're so lucky I hate you' teasing on Lucy's wedding day grated my nerves. I know it was meant to be chiding and playful but to me it came off self-centered and petulant. She reminded me of that one Debbie Downer in a group of friends who gives out insincere congratulatory wishes and is constantly giving you grief over your happiness. Like knock it off. You got your dreamy fiance now pipe down! And let's not forget that she jilts said fiance at the very end to find her own happiness. On their wedding day. -_- You couldn't have done this before the announcement was made? The girl had plenty of time to cry off while she was busy moaning and groaning to Lucy that she wanted passion. Just saying. I hope she grows up some more in her own book.
Overall, great story and wonderful loveable couple!...more
*2 depressing WTF sad stars* Ouch. This hurts. :( What in the hell happened?? I just...can’t even form words to whaTorin
Keeleycael, the Red Queen
*2 depressing WTF sad stars* Ouch. This hurts. :( What in the hell happened?? I just...can’t even form words to what a complete disaster this was. What happened to the emotions? The angst? The suspense? It pains me to do this but damn this was a disappointment all around. The most disappointing book out of the entire series for me honestly. It's freaking Torin, Tor Tor and he got royally shafted (no pun intended). I have been waiting for his story since Book 1, I even made fanart for this one gosh dammit and I don't do that often so yeah there was a lot riding on this one. Gah! What amazes me is that nothing worked for me, a complete first. Even when I’m not crazy in love with the h/hr I can always count on Showalter to give me a little bit of everything or just bits and pieces that hook me in from page 1. Here everything dragged, nothing major happens except the couple going in circles playing hot and cold, threatening each other or trying to bone. I just wasn't feeling any of it.
Torin & Keeley My biggest fear was that Tor would be saddled up with a heroine undeserving of him and my fears were horribly justified. I could not stand Keeley. Nothing about her moved me, interested me or convinced me she was the perfect match for Torin. She's catty, vain, shallow, hot tempered-to the extreme, bratty and the most insecure watering-pot you could possibly imagine. For a supposedly all powerful most-feared ancient being, Keeley has the emotional depth and maturity of a 9 year old. She acts like Anya and talks like Viola, wonderful combo no? She brings an entire building down if she doesn't get her way...literally. She's hypersensitive to everything and everyone around her. What exactly am I supposed to find sympathetic about this creature? Her poor sad 'woe is me' attitude and nobody likes me or wants me, I'm tootally misunderstood! sob story just chaffed even more. Been there, done that, a hundred times over. Is that supposed to automatically make me like someone who is unlikable Gena? NO. I got tired of this girl's constant posturing and throwing corny threats every 5 pages. In the words of her 'majesty' herself: Ugh. I mean are you kidding me? Bring Mari back! I truly felt Keeley was too selfish, self-absorbed and flighty for someone like Torin. The guy I know wouldn't give someone like her the time of day. Period. This was not who I pictured him ending up with much less bending over backwards and groveling forgiveness over the dumbest things, things that were entirely out of his control. *whimpers* Going centuries without human touch and this is what he gets? It's really bad when you keep wondering what the other options would have turned out like. I kept wishing Mari hadn't died or wondering what the first & second drafts of this story would have turned out like before Gena decided to rewrite the whole thing. Why Gena? WHY? And I never get hung up on shit like this. Ever. I always let the author lead me where they want to go and just enjoy what I can. But this disappointed me, saddened me and pissed me off like nothing else could.
And I want to know what happened to my lovely Torin? Did he get a personality transplant? What happened to the sweet shy computer-savy sexy nerd with the warped sense of humor? He's supposed to be the most even tempered sweet guy out of the bunch. Not here. He's now magically turned into a hot tempered, mean, self-described 'villain' (WTF?) who craves destruction and bloodsport and who's the perrrrfect match to Keeley's screeching mercurial behavior. AS IF. Get real. It gets under my skin like nothing else when character idiosyncrasies are changed to fit within a pairing the author is trying to sell. And now he's magically wearing leather gloves instead of his signature latex gloves??
I honestly felt this couple was shoved down readers throats too much. Everything about them was incredibly forced and is a big part of why I struggled with this. You have a handful of characters who have to prop Keeley to make her redeemable and it just didn't work for me. Never mind the fact that badass Hades and broody Galen adore her, you have giants and immortals pissing their pants and Torin endlessly spouting sappy poetry about her. I got really tired the number of times he kept telling everyone and himself how perfect, sweet, and pure of heart she is and how he doesn't deserve her. Right. The woman who eats hearts as a hobby has a pure heart? O_o Um...WHO ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT? But besides all that, I did not see any chemistry between them and that just ruined everything for me. I felt more sexual tension and pull in that one scene between Cameo and Torin then any scene with these two. It's never a good sign if you keep wishing your hero was paired up with his best friend instead of the heroine. It's one thing if I can't stand one half of the pairing but if I feel the chemistry and the sexual tension then it's another thing entirely. Here it was non-existent. Zip, zilch, zero. Everything quickly became all about Keeley, how to please Keeley, how to win Keeley, how to get her to help the Lords, how to not make her cry, so on and so on. There was no fair balance. And strong arming your friends into accepting your girl when she's given no reason to trust her and looks down her nose and preens and postures at every turn doesn't win her any points from me. I didn’t care for Keeley’s treatment of Torin’s friends. The show she put on in front of a recovering heartbroken Cameo just to mark her territory? I wanted to scratch her eyes out! Like Bitch STEP OFF. I did find it ironic and slightly amusing that Anya out of all people didn’t like Keeley considering they are clone copies. RME. The whole situation with Cameo was ridiculous and suited for High School melodrama. Keeley throws her typical temper tantrum and threatens to leave Torin when she sees him fussing over and taking care of his near DYING best friend Cameo. Why weren’t you paying any attention to meeeee Torin? You couldn't take your eyes off her! SERIOUSLY?! I cannot with this self-centered twit. That was the final nail in the coffin for me.
And the whole brimstone/ward thing was convoluted to me. Keeley who is a Curator, is tied to the earth and it’s elements, she draws her powers and strength from the earth. But brimstone is her kryptonite, if she touches it she is weakened and if someone else is scarred by it her powers are blocked. Is anyone else catching the contradiction here?....If she draws her powers and strength from the earth, wouldn’t brimstone be one of those elements?? I didn’t understand how scarring yourself with it would block her powers? This didn’t really click for me. Same goes for the bonding thing, there seemed to be some contradictions. And the whole concept of her being given a body by Hades as a 'present' creeped me out supremely. Curators are spirits with no form, Keeley was given her body that used to belong to Persephone. Freaky much? I get this is the LOTU world and using bodies as a host may not be that shocking but I wasn't feeling this one. And I still would like to know why she's called the Red Queen?? So random.
The writing was also another factor to my rating. There was nothing organic about the plot or story momentum. The choppy manic writing was all over the place with the story picking up in a frantic mess that made no sense. This lacked flow of any kind with arbitrary jokes and innuendos being shoved in at the most random times. Jokes that have absolutely nothing to do with the conversation that's taking place or the inner dialogue. It was like the characters had ADD. It just screamed ‘Oh look I got jokes! Wanna hear them? let me shove it in here. Har har har! -__- We get it Gena, funny moments are fun but this many? MAKE IT STOP. Please. It becomes unbearably hokey.
As far the side plots go, they were more interesting then the main couple but..there wasn't enough of it.
William & Gilly Yes yes I still want them. *sigh* William sure did a 180 in here, going from overprotective growly guardian trying to keep his distance from Gilly in the last handful of books to giving her outright heated smoldering looks that everyone in the house is picking up on and pointing out. I was kinda surprised by this abrupt turn and can't help but feel like the rug is gonna get pulled out from under us. I’m a little scared what Gena has in store. This book is the perfect example that GS is notorious for changing her mind for storyline/plot directions and who to pair up with who. And she's been verrrry tight lipped about William and Gilly. I swear if this is another psych! red herring I’m gonna scream. It seems everything is building up to Gilly’s 18th Birthday party. There were giant anvils being thrown around that something big is gonna happen when Gilly turns legal. I hope it's something good, like this girl finally getting a POV and some character growth.
Lazarus & Cameo The couple that stole the show entirely. Lazarus completely stole Tor’s thunder. Oh boy did he ever. And just by 3 measly too-damn-short scenes. I’m obsessed with these two now. I’m waiting for sexy Lazarus to barrel down the door of the fortress, take Cameo and carry her off fireman style and make her his love slave. Oooooh Lazarus... Gawd damn he’s a SEXAY BEAST! Like can I be his sex slave? Cameo’s reaction to seeing Tor happy broke my heart. At least Gena was consistent in that regard by addressing the history and feelings between Torin and Cameo. It was bittersweet. I wanna see Cameo happy and Lazarus is the perfect specimen to make that happen. In more ways than one. Unf.
Galen & Legion I really hope Gena gives this guy his HEA. It seems he's switching sides maybe? and I'm totally fine with this. Really great potential and great character growth for this anti-hero. I love him with Legion a.k.a Honey (by the way hate this new name). He played a bigger part in this and seems genuinely concerned and set on winning Legion's trust. I hope he succeeds. I want more of Legion's POV. Give them a story pleeease!
Baden Probably the most random WTH? side plot inserted in here. Correct me if I'm wrong but the last time we heard from Baden he was content in Heaven when Aeron 'died' no? I know he definitely wanted to come back and asked his brothers to help save him. That was in Book 5. So what the hell is he doing stuck in a random realm in here? How did he get there? I felt like this was a pretty big plot hole and haphazardly shoved in here. Or maybe I need to brush up on my history and forgot something that happened in the last book. How did Torin find out about him? Everything was wrapped up a little too easy and quickly with him in here to interest me. We haven't heard from him in a long while so I was expecting his rescue to be a little more climactic.
Overall: I'm just here for the 3 couples I mentioned, that's it. Anything else I don't care for at this point. I love these guys but I feel like this series has run it's course and is starting to get very mechanical. The passion and intensity that was there in spades in the beginning has all but vanished and characters are taking on the roles of cartoon-like interchangeable caricatures. Her Angels of the Dark series is picking up footing and steam where this is starting to fall apart....more