Erotica/Erotic romance is not normally a genre I gravitate towards. However, Kit Rocha/Moira Rogers' characters and world building seems to really wor...moreErotica/Erotic romance is not normally a genre I gravitate towards. However, Kit Rocha/Moira Rogers' characters and world building seems to really work for me. Wilder's Mate is the first of the books in their Bloodhounds series, and said world building also happens to be the best/worst thing about this book.
The world itself is quite interesting and has this dystopian Old, Wild West, danger-lurking-in-the-shadows vibe. Immediately, I wanted to know more about this setting. That was the plus.
However, it was very vague. I spent more than half the book trying to figure out exactly what it was that a Bloodhound was, which, IMO, is a fail, considering that our hero is supposed to be one. Additionally, I would have liked to know a bit more about the world. Vampires exist. How/Why/Where? What exactly is the Guild? Why/How did they start? Just how powerful are they? None of this was made clear. That was the minus.
Satira and Wilder were interesting and vivid, but I didn't spend too much time invested in them because I was trying to figure out what exactly the stakes were and the lay of the land.
Oh, and the use of the c-word startled me, even more so when Satira would use it (to denote anatomy, that is - not as an insult).
Conclusion: it was interesting. I just needed a lot more information. But the story I read was good enough to make me want to read the next book. (less)
Hmmm. I am not sure my rating accurately reflects how I feel about this here story, so lemme attempt an explanation.
Joss, business man extraordinaire,...moreHmmm. I am not sure my rating accurately reflects how I feel about this here story, so lemme attempt an explanation.
Joss, business man extraordinaire, enters into an arranged marriage with the stepdaughter of a mogul from the Middle East. The guy gets to use Joss's influence and in return Joss gets some land for oil fields that he'd been eyeing. Leila agrees to the marriage because she wants to get away from her controlling stepfather, who's emotionally abusive.
Most certainly the best thing was the heroine, Leila. When Joss called her a survivor or a fighter or a strong character, I could believe it. She stood her ground, and would not allow herself to be disrespected by Joss, or anyone else, at anytime. And even in the situations where she was helpless, took ownership of her circumstances. She agreed to marry the stranger, instead of waiting another year or so before she could legally come into her own. She chose her life as best she was able, and that alone makes her magnificient.
Less good was Joss. He was most definitely less of a douchebag than a great many HP heroes have been, but was a curiously flat character. Perhaps I can talk like this because I've never experienced it, but it was sooooo weird to hear him deride all women because his mother was selfish and swear off family because his parents were horrible. I didn't see him pop off on men because his dad was a douche- it was just women (because his mom was a douche). I also found it strange that in this whole wide world of 7 billion people, he hasn't come across any couple or any family that made him want one, or at least made him understand that happy families exist, or that good men and women populate the planet too. He inner-monologued about how untrustworthy and mercenary women in his past were, but never demonstrated to me any reason why they wouldn't be. If you only seek out women for flings and give them stuff (read: money and expensive things) later, why should I be sorry that you only met women who were interested in financial remuneration? You weren't offering them anything but money in exchange for a good time, why should they offer you any more? You ain't worth it, dude.
Additionally, St. Leila. I love Leila's character, but she was the sole paragon in the book. Joss's mother was mean; his poor helpless sister we're told, became anorexic; the other rich men's wives were trophy wives and plastic human beings, not worthy of respect. All but St. Leila. Eh.
Finally, while I liked the initial period of adjustment Leila and Joss had, I do think the declaration of love and ensuing scenes were a little rushed. We definitely needed more time to let it sink in. But then, there's only so much you can do in 192 pages.
I quite enjoyed myself, even if my rating doesn't reflect it. Too many problems to let it slide by on just enjoyment. But still recommended :)(less)
Three stars do not accurately reflect my feeling/appreciation of this entry in the Jane Yellowrock saga, but more than three stars ignore the many pro...moreThree stars do not accurately reflect my feeling/appreciation of this entry in the Jane Yellowrock saga, but more than three stars ignore the many problems that plagued this book.
This series has been something of a surprise to me from the beginning, and after reading I am still very impressed with the scope of the plot Ms. Hunter has created. I find myself reading to find out what has happened, which is out of character for me- I usually read to follow a character, not the plot.
However, Jane changed in this book- and not for the better. Janie now has a God-complex, blaming herself for any and everything, including not being omniscient. In addition to making Jane sound immensely egotistic (EVERYTHING is my fault) it absolves blame/shifts the focus from the people who are really responsible for all the havoc- like Leo for withholding necessary, crucial information, the other vampires and their cruel practices, and the bad guys for being plain evil. So yes, not focusing on evil and wrong so you can be self-centered is NOT cool.
Additionally the 'love' in this book/series squicked me clean out because it is just unhealthy. All of it: Beast's love for just about every XY chromosome Jane sees, Jane's uneven relationship with Rick (along with that fake declaration of love)....don't even get me started on Bruiser! Ugh! After what he did....no. Just no. Leo....ugh!
The relationships in this book bugged me to no end, and severely affected my enjoyment.
In the end, although I find myself having been impressed by he plot, I feel sad and wanting because my Janie is not there. I miss the severely flawed, cool, sensible character we had and am bewildered by this nincompoop who is severely narcissistic and makes self-confessed "stupid mistakes" all the time. Fail.(less)
All the romantic suspense by Sandra Brown (that I've read at any rate) seem to follow a very particular stylistic pattern. That is all well and good,...moreAll the romantic suspense by Sandra Brown (that I've read at any rate) seem to follow a very particular stylistic pattern. That is all well and good, but once you begin to notice the pattern, it is quite annoying.
Anyways, Britt wakes up next to a dead police officer, who happens to be something of a local treasure in their city, along with three other fellow police officers (for their heroic actions in a fire 5 years before). She has no memory of the previous night, although she knew he'd meant to tell her something very important. She belatedly realizes that his death was not accidental, she was being framed for it, and that she could very well be the next intended victim.
Enter Raley Gannon, recluse, who left the city in public disgrace, the reasons for which are tied to the fire that made the four police officers heroes, and Britt, incidentally. He's out to clear his name and get his revenge. So he teams up with Britt and they race to find all the answers, and exonerate themselves before they end up dead and our bad guys can go scot-free.
But like I said previously, the stylistic pattern drove me nuts. A scene would start, and then just when it was getting interesting, fade to black, only for Ms. Brown to pick it up somewhere else and narrate the scene in flashback. IT. IS. ANNOYING. I understand that it is supposed to create a sense of mystery and tension, after all, this is romantic suspense, but all it does is highlight, IMO, the lack of tension. If you have to break scenes up and narrate them in flashback to create suspense, then the story by itself isn't very suspenseful now, is it?
Where the real strength of the book lies, I think, is not so much the story (we have already established that it isn't very mysterious) as it is the protagonists. I was interested. I was rooting for them. I wanted to know what happened to them and that it would be resolved okay. I wanted them to be vindicated, and for Raley to get his triumphant entry. That to me, is what Ms. Brown writes best - characters.
So yeah, I enjoyed the book. And I will be reading more of Ms. Brown's suspense novels, even with all the fade-to-black-retell-in-flashback scenes. Good escapist fun. (less)
I put off reading Stephanie Laurens' Cynster series because I somehow had it in my head that I am not quite a fan of her writing style. I b...more3.5 stars.
I put off reading Stephanie Laurens' Cynster series because I somehow had it in my head that I am not quite a fan of her writing style. I bought the ebook upon a recommendation at Dear Author, and......
I am glad I did buy it. It does not quite hold a candle to more recent historical romances, but it is not bad at all, and I suspect that had I read it when it first came out, I would have thought it was wonderful. As it is, it is still quite a good read.
The heroine's name, however, is awful: Honoria Prudence Anstruther-Wetherby. Why?(less)
In the final analysis, I quite enjoyed Lord Morninghall and Lady Simms' story, even if it meandered all over the place and took me a good whi...more3.5 stars
In the final analysis, I quite enjoyed Lord Morninghall and Lady Simms' story, even if it meandered all over the place and took me a good while to finish reading.
I did feel the plot was a bit too detailed on life aboard the prison hulk and all the military duty it entailed. I understand that it was important for building up the story, but while it wasn't superfluous, it took up too much time and so consequently didn't focus on our main characters as much as I'd have liked.
And they were good, strong protagonists too, especially Lady Simms. I enjoyed them, which is the least one can demand of any story- and it delivered.(less)
It was a nice story, and one that I enjoyed despite myself. The heroine and the hero were not TSTL per se, but that makes it ev...more3.5 stars, rounded up.
It was a nice story, and one that I enjoyed despite myself. The heroine and the hero were not TSTL per se, but that makes it even more annoying, when perfectly sensible people act like doofuses. It made the conflicts seem contrived. Even so, the story was well-executed.
Unfortunately, while I liked the main couple of this book very much, I am not inclined to go looking for the other books in the series, especially since the idiot brother is the hero of book 2. But book 1 was good fun. (less)
I got it because a friend liked a glowing review that landed on my timeline. It sounded like it would be as good as one of...moreI don't know what to think.
I got it because a friend liked a glowing review that landed on my timeline. It sounded like it would be as good as one of my all-time favorite HPs, also by Ms. Reid, so I bought it.
And I read it. I really don't know what to think. A far as angst goes, it was a very good, very angsty read, so if you're in the mood for that kind of an HP, go for it.
As for the characters, I don't think I liked the heroine very much, and the hero.....pfft. But then I wonder if I am just being too hard on her and too lenient with him. I dunno.
If I didn't have hangups about not rating books, I'd leave this one unrated. I really don't know what to think. One thing is for sure, though. It is definitely not going in my top favorite HPs - by Michelle Reid or anyone else!!(less)
NB: This rating is only for Can't Get Enough by Shelly Laurenston
Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. It was good, but not as good as I expected it to b...moreNB: This rating is only for Can't Get Enough by Shelly Laurenston
Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars. It was good, but not as good as I expected it to be, given how interesting Shalin and Ailean and their backstory are in the snippets we get in the other books in this series. Okay now that was an exceedingly long run-on sentence, but you catch my drift.(less)
I liked the characters in the first book a bit more than these two. I was also a bit tired of Gwenvael being hit all over the place...more3.5 stars, I think
I liked the characters in the first book a bit more than these two. I was also a bit tired of Gwenvael being hit all over the place - that lost its charm after a while. Still a laugh-out-loud funny book, though.(less)