Note: References to plot from previous book, Feed.
It has been a year since Georgia and Shawn Mason were following the trail to the Presidency and blogNote: References to plot from previous book, Feed.
It has been a year since Georgia and Shawn Mason were following the trail to the Presidency and blogging about it. A year since Shawn lost his sister at the hands of a zealot, knowing he didn't act alone. Watching Shawn continue on without Georgia was heartbreaking, although she never seemed too far away with him constantly talking to her in his head, or out loud. His colleagues think he is crazy, but then so does Shawn. It doesn't stop them from working well together. When Shawn is approached by a doctor convinced that the government is hiding work that could help find a cure to the zombie virus, he knows this could very well lead to the people who killed his sister.
The action never stops in this book. I enjoyed the opening chapter, which mirrored Feed with its zombie-teasing. With vehicles and explosions and chases through buildings, Shawn and his crew have very little down time. I also enjoyed seeing more of the crew, with Maggie and Becks being brought forward to adapt to the roles left by Georgia and Buffy. This is not a book for romance seekers, although the idea is touched upon briefly more than once. However I think that would have detracted from the story and am kind of glad there is no real interference from emotional ties stronger than those that already bind the group together.
I have been waiting anxiously for Deadline to be available, and once it was finally available for download to my Nook I devoured it. Now I cannot believe I will have to wait another year for the last of the trilogy! The ending blew me out of the water and sent me screaming on Twitter. I haven't had that kind of reaction since Jim Butcher's Changes, and now I have to wait another year for Blackout....more
Lady Lucinda Grey is getting old (because the age of 26 is ancient in this time period) and knows that if she wants to settle down, she may have to acLady Lucinda Grey is getting old (because the age of 26 is ancient in this time period) and knows that if she wants to settle down, she may have to actually settle. Her best friend found love, and all of London expects her to do the same. Lord Randall, the Duke of Clairemont, has been happy in his rakish ways and his undercover work for the Corinthians, but when faced with having to place himself close to Lucinda, in order to protect her from a ruthless French kidnapper and assassin, he wagers not only his prized horse, but his heart as well. Lucinda, along with her three aunts, well-known across the city as "the Furies", are determined to have the thoroughbred, even if it means dealing with "Iron Will" and his notoriety. As the courtship becomes real, the truth comes out. Lucinda and Will must face the danger of both the enemy and their emotions to survive.
Have I ever told you how much I love Regency romance? While Sloane brings forth a well-told storyline of "secret spy protects young heiress with fake courtship that turns real", it is one that is supported by strongly-detailed characters. In Lucinda we find an intelligent, beautiful woman who is willing to parlay with a rake for her family business, in Will a strong protector with somewhat battered soul who is looking for love and does not realize it. The book is filled with several supporting characters, especially the family members of Lucinda's aunts and Will's mother and brother. It's everything you want in a romance: solid characters, descriptive scenes, and a "love conquers all" attitude.
Stefanie Sloane brings a smart but sweet romance the first of her Regency Rogue series. I am looking forward to reading the others. ...more
After being saved by her mother in Late Eclipses, Toby is now working on finding balance again: with her strongerReferences to previous storylines....
After being saved by her mother in Late Eclipses, Toby is now working on finding balance again: with her stronger Fae abilities, with her new title as Countess of Goldengreen, and with her reblooming relationship with Connor. When the news comes that the sons of the Saltmist Duchy have been taken, Toby is tasked with discovering where they are before war begins between land and sea. When the task becomes personal, Toby will stop at nothing to save the children - no matter the cost.
I thought that it would be difficult to top Late Eclipses, but I should have known better. This book builds upon everything that Toby has been through the past stories and keeps leading her down the path of change. This is definitely a pivotal book, as relationships with many characters begin, end, and transform. McGuire's ability to make Toby strong and vulnerable shines in One Salt Sea, and her continued relationship with children, her own and others, show the parallels to Toby's own views on her relationships with her mother, her foster families, and the one she is creating around her.
It isn't only Toby that amazed me in this book. The triangle of Toby, Connor and Tybalt comes into play and demonstrates how she can feel so "differently the same" about two men. The Luidaeg, Quentin, Sylvester, May and others all are woven into a strong story of how one person can be tasked to stop a war between races, but can continue to find others to fight. The hints at the end of what we will see in the next stories leave me anxiously anticipating Ashes of Honor next fall....more
When Aidan York and Kate Tremont parted ten years ago during a lover's quarrel, neither expected circumstance to turn it into such a dramatic parting.When Aidan York and Kate Tremont parted ten years ago during a lover's quarrel, neither expected circumstance to turn it into such a dramatic parting. Kate has escaped from a forced marriage in Ceylon to become a businesswoman in England. Aidan, told Kate died all those years ago, has used work, alcohol and women to fill the space losing Kate has left. After a chance reconnection, Aidan knows that his feelings are as strong as ever. Yet Kate insists there can be nothing between them. What is Kate hiding, and how will Aidan handle when her past comes to confront them?
Beyond the incredible "of all the coffee shops in all the coastal towns of England we run into each other here" point of meeting, Kate and Aidan's story is romance at its core. Torn away by fights and family, presumed dead, a past to hide from and secrets to be discovered. All of this wound around two people jaded by their last ten years of life, wanting to believe in love but having to overcome the walls of hurt.
It's Always Been You is a light historical romance with a dash of intrigue. Those who are familiar with Victoria Dahl's contemporary titles will find this a change of pace, but a nice addition to the York Family series....more
Christine wakes up in a strange bed, with a strange man, every day. What is worse, she has to face a woman she has no memory of: herself, in the mirroChristine wakes up in a strange bed, with a strange man, every day. What is worse, she has to face a woman she has no memory of: herself, in the mirror. A traumatic head injury has caused Christine to forget her daily life and most of her past twenty-five years. Each day is faced with pictures of the past and present, with her husband Ben explaining what is going on, with the knowledge that it will all be gone in the morning and she will have to begin again. When a phone call from her doctor brings her journal back into her hands, Christine begins a journey towards discovering what she has forgotten may not be as important as what she is not told to remember.
Watson does a terrific job of telling the tale from Christine's perspective. As much of the book is relayed through her journal entries, we start over again with the same forgotten - or in some cases, remembered - information that is touched upon again and again. The reader does not become an observer, but participates in each day's revelations, whether new or repeated. The suspense builds not only from knowing what has already happened, but not knowing what the next morning will bring. Having a life on a continual loop would try any person's sanity and I suffered along with Christine as she tried to put together a puzzle that was missing so many pieces. While some may be able to pull the clues together before the end, there are enough twists to keep all the answers from being revealed until the last moments.
S.J. Watson's suspenseful debut will keep readers enthralled. ...more