I have enjoyed every single book in the Season for Scandal series by Kelly Bowen. In fact, I think this one was my favorite. It features Alex Lavoie,I have enjoyed every single book in the Season for Scandal series by Kelly Bowen. In fact, I think this one was my favorite. It features Alex Lavoie, the male member of the Chagarre and Associates team. He's also a spy of sorts and owner of a gaming hell. That is where he meets our heroine, Angelique.
She is something of a card shark. Brilliant with math. And it's that skill she hopes to use to save her family from complete destitution. Both of her parents are dead and her brother, though a peer of the realm, is young and stupid. He drinks and parties and cares nothing for the fact that they don't have enough money to run their household. So Angelique tries quietly to earn it at the card tables. She stays under the radar for the most part, but Alex has a sharp eye, and he is intrigued by her.
Instead of being angry that she keeps winning, he hires her for his club to help make him money. That's how he gets wrapped up in her family drama. It's drama that only gets worse when her brother gets accused of a crime he did not commit, and she has to turn to Alex and his special skills to figure out what's going on and save her idiot sibling. In the meantime, of course, they fall in love.
I really enjoyed Angelique as the female lead. I liked that she uses her brain to solve her problems. She is very smart and she never whines or simpers about her dire straights. I liked unraveling the mysteries of Alex. I liked that there is nothing too huge and dark in his background for a change. Yes, he's had some life changing circumstances that are worth exploring, but I've almost gotten to a point where in every book I read, there is a huge deep dark secret in the hero's past and well, Alex's backstory works quite nicely. I also enjoyed that while he fought against falling for Angelique, he didn't fight all that hard. It was sweet to see him head over heels for this woman who society had rejected. He saw the beauty that so many others missed.
One other thing that I thought was cool, without giving away too much, was the fact that I did not figure out who the villains were right away. It completely made sense, but it's fun when the mystery isn't too obvious. There was one big clue as to why Angelique's family was targeted, and that was enough to let you figure out just enough to feel smart and still be surprised at the same time.
The plot move quickly, the romance with satisfying, and the sex was good. Now all I need is a happy ever after for King. If you aren't reading this series, it's totally worth checking out.
A Promise of Fire was one of my favorite books of last year. I have been anxiously awaiting this sequel, and I'm happy to report that it absolutely liA Promise of Fire was one of my favorite books of last year. I have been anxiously awaiting this sequel, and I'm happy to report that it absolutely lived up to my expectations. It is not exactly like its predecessor. The core of what makes it so good is still there. The heroine is still feisty and loyal, powerful yet vulnerable. The hero is fierce and sexy and completely in love with her. The world building is fascinating and the secondary characters are rich and interesting.
So what's different? Sex. Lots and lots of sex. In fact, the first 20% or so felt like it was entirely about the hero and heroine getting it on. That's not the worst thing in the world. The scenes were hot and satisfying. But it was definitely a departure. And I'm not sure everyone will love the change in equal measure.
This book started right on the heels of the last one. And we see Griffin finally learning the truth and reacting to Cat's hidden identity. It was rough. So rough, I kept waiting for it to be a nightmare she woke up from. Spoiler alert: It wasn't. After that, is where all that sex starts.
About a quarter of the way in, the book really takes off. And it is such a fantastic ride. There's so much action and heart. The Greek gods are there and the Beta Team is there and there are so many obstacles to overcome. And it was totally awesome. I don't want to spoil all of the great plot points, but suffice it to say, I did not want to put the book down.
Cat and Griffin are such a great power couple. But I really loved spending more time with Kato, Flynn, and Jocasta. And I'm excited for the possibilities getting to know Cat's sisters and uncovering even more secrets about Cat's destiny and her ties to Persephone... and what the deal is with Selena.
I absolutely cannot wait for book 3 to see Cat take over the world and put her mom into the ground. My only small plea to Amanda Bouchet is to please cut the number of gah's down by 99%. Trust me, you'll make so many readers happy.
I haven't read a good PNR book from a new author in a long time. So many of them barely scratch the surface of any kind of emotion. They are rarely veI haven't read a good PNR book from a new author in a long time. So many of them barely scratch the surface of any kind of emotion. They are rarely very dark. It's usually some kind of Insta love-at-first sight/ mate bond/ fated whatever. But I am excited to say that not only did I find this book good, I found it very good. And it was super dark. The hero was super tortured. And I enjoyed it from start to finish.
This book got me hooked from the very first page with an extremely compelling first chapter. Now if you are put off by torture, this may not be right for you. But it is necessary to the story because it is the fodder that drives our hero's story. Blaze is a human-vampire hybrid. He endured seven months of abject horror at the hands of a powerful vamp. It's been years, but it still haunts him. Now he works with his band of brothers, the Order of the Senary, to put down as many vampires as possible and to use their special hybrid gifts to keep humanity safe.
Our heroine, Valerie, is a human cop. She is driven by the death of her sister at the hands of a vampire. She and Blaze come together when he is framed for a murder she is investigating. She did not even know that hybrids existed. Most of the world doesn't. But everyone knows about vampires. They are the bogeyman of the world that they live in, a world that in many ways has been pulverized by their existence.
I really liked Blaze as a hero. He has been through so much and he is hanging on by such a slender thread. He is so powerful, yet so broken. And Valerie is the missing piece that puts him together. I liked her fairly well, though there were times, one time in particular, that she frustrated me. I know she has reasons for her hang-ups, but I just wanted to wrap up Blaze in bubble wrap and save him from ever being hurt again.
I'm fascinated by all of the hybrids. Obviously they are a treasure trove of characters designed to fill books to come. This is book one in the series, but there were times I felt like there was backstory that I had missed in a previous book. Maybe the author was just trying to deepen the history of the characters to give them more depth, but it felt like maybe I had missed some things.
That small niggle and the one time I wanted to nut-punch Valerie aside, I really enjoyed this story. The writing was really good. The characters were so fleshed out. And I cared what happened to them. That means the author did it right. Can't wait to jump in to book two.
It took me a little while to get back in the groove with this series, though to be fair, I didn't really feel all that connected to the characters inIt took me a little while to get back in the groove with this series, though to be fair, I didn't really feel all that connected to the characters in the first book, either. I did get more interested as I kept reading and the story built, only for it come to an abrupt end. Basically, the rhythm of story progression felt... off... and I'd imagine it would be a substantial challenge for a new reader to jump in to the series here.
This book picks up where City of Light left off. Tiger is determined to save the remaining children who have been kidnapped for experimentation, but she plans to do it on her own, without the help of Nuri or Jonas. Only, her resolve is short lived. In virtually no time at all, they're all working together again to get inside the lab where the experiments may be centered. In the meantime, she is using her gifts as a lure to seduce a high ranking official who could give her insights that could help the mission.
I like Tiger ok. She is at her best when she is interacting with her ghost children. It shows the emotion she is supposed to be lacking and allows us to see the love she is capable of. The same goes for her determination to save the kidnapped children. Unfortunately, her romantic entanglements left me cold. We're getting the groundwork for a relationship with Jonas, but she is actively sleeping with another man for the entire book. And while Tiger and Jonas make baby steps here, it's decidedly meh.
The book is most engaging when Tiger is being heroic and basically sacrificing herself over and over for her mission. Those were times I cared about her and those were the scenes that made me want to keep reading. The world-building is interesting and I'm particularly fascinated by the ways Tig can manipulate her own body. I want to see her succeed.
Overall, I found this to be pretty on par with the first installment of the series. If you liked that one, you'd probably like that one too. But be prepared for the book to end before it feels like it was supposed to. Not exactly a cliffhanger, but definitely in the middle of something. It felt like there should have been more.
I am such a huge fan of Elizabeth Hoyt and her Maiden Lane books. I feel like I say that every time I read one, but they’re just so good! This installI am such a huge fan of Elizabeth Hoyt and her Maiden Lane books. I feel like I say that every time I read one, but they’re just so good! This installment is one of my favorites, and that is thanks to a heroine unlike any of the others.
We’ve met Alf in the previous books, a street urchin who pretends to be a boy for her own protection. She procured information. She was cocky and sure. She knew how to keep herself alive. And now… she is the Ghost of St. Giles.
I love this for so many reasons. The Ghost storylines were always my favorites and having Alf in the role makes me want to do a happy dance. I love that this little woman is now the savior of others. I love that she has pulled herself up through the horror of living on those streets to become a powerful force. And I love that Godric trained her, that he was the only one who knew her secret and trained her to replace him without hesitation.
The story begins with her saving the hero, which is awesome. And then stealing a kiss before disappearing into the night. It’s always so cool to turn the tropes on their ear. Alf had met the Duke of Kyle before, when he wanted her to spy on her master. She dumped a plate in his lap. But she feels an attraction for him she’s never felt with another man, and she feels empowered when she acts on it.
Kyle is investigating the terrible Lords of Chaos and feels like the attack on him is tied to that. He hires Alf as an informant, having no idea she is the fiery woman who saved his life and kissed him –having no idea she is a woman at all. But I loved the tension when she is around him, both as herself and as the Ghost. I loved waiting for it all to come out. And I was totally satisfied when it did.
Alf is such a great blend of hard cynicism and loving warmth. You see her other side when she interacts with children, like Kyle’s boys. Kyle is an ok hero. He is sexy and doesn’t do anything particularly stupid. He has a solid moral compass and he fights against evil, so I was happy to root for their HEA.
The sexy times are steamy and satisfying. The ending gave me everything I wanted. And the setup for the next book has me excited. I’m always down for a scarred hero!
I wrote this book and therefore have no idea how to review it objectively. But I can say there is some steamy sex, at least one character you'll loveI wrote this book and therefore have no idea how to review it objectively. But I can say there is some steamy sex, at least one character you'll love to hate, and possibly some crying before it's over.
If it sounds like your cup of tea, I hope you'll give it a try!...more