This story, wow, loved it. I love the way we got to see their personalities and relationship grow as they realised they were worthy of love. I love thThis story, wow, loved it. I love the way we got to see their personalities and relationship grow as they realised they were worthy of love. I love the fact that they had insecurities and good reason for it. I love the way they both craved affection but weren't sure how to ask and yet it never seemed needy or clingy or unhealthy.
This story, I just loved it. I love the voice, the characters, everything. The historical aspect felt realistic and natural. ...more
This was a really cute story. I do sort of wish that we had learned who had been doing the pranks and if Mr. Milton was going to be handled but overalThis was a really cute story. I do sort of wish that we had learned who had been doing the pranks and if Mr. Milton was going to be handled but overall well written, it flowed nicely and all of the main characters were quite likable. ...more
This was a fun read, more of a big book about three different romances than an anthology, especially since the first story is the only one that reallyThis was a fun read, more of a big book about three different romances than an anthology, especially since the first story is the only one that really felt like a thought out storyline for the main characters themselves.
There are some pretty major plot holes [she buries her mother but then her mother shows up in the Sandlands] and the 'bad boys' are as far from 'bad' as you can find. I mean, they're like puppies instead of pumas and everything really feels like a strange drug induced dream, even the conflicts don't make sense.
And like Lois pointed out, they were all set to go to war against brunette humans who didn't speak their language who were *from* their land, but they considered these strange women from another planet gorgeous and wonderful, even the black girl even though she's just as different from them as the 'warmongers' or whatever.
Still fun light read if not well thought out. ...more
I really enjoyed this book. I loved Louis the mortician just for the fact that I found his scenes and her reactions to him hilarious. I will admit thaI really enjoyed this book. I loved Louis the mortician just for the fact that I found his scenes and her reactions to him hilarious. I will admit that she got on my nerves at parts. I mean, how can you be so deluded when it comes to a user like Mark? Regardless of how charming he is, it was like she just had no common sense when it came to him and ignored the part of her [Michelle Obama part] who knew better.
Which was another thing I didn't really like, her creating characters for her self. Michelle Obama and Betty Boop? Wasn't feeling that.
But I liked the main character quite a bit, she was usually competent and likable and was someone I wouldn't mind being friends with.
Ian was great as well, even if he was extremely closed off in the beginning. I do wish we could've seen a bit more of him so we could see him break down a bit more.
I don't want to see him bawling but a bit more glimpses that showed he was shy not stuck up would've been nice. The ending was eh to me, like it wasn't bad but I don't know, it just felt like she went backwards a tiny bit.
Overall I really enjoyed this book, it made me laugh and I cared about the characters and believed her relationships with most of them. ...more
Full Disclosure: I won this in the draw that the authors had on their blog a few weeks ago.
I got this on the 16th and wanted to jump in right away buFull Disclosure: I won this in the draw that the authors had on their blog a few weeks ago.
I got this on the 16th and wanted to jump in right away but decided to save it as a reward for actually getting my work done. Two weeks worth of assignments later I finally got to read it and it was worth the wait.
As usual the writing style was amazing and the world itself was brilliantly described with just enough detail to pull you in without overwhelming you.
Claire was a strong character who we got to see not only at her strongest but also at her most vulnerable, taken from a world where everything seemed to be shades of gray to one where everything, and everyone, was bigger than life. She has to hide the part of her that she was used to defining herself through and it's just wonderfully done. We got to see her conflicting emotions as well as her struggle to stay in a life she was growing to love while pining for someone she thinks she can never have.
Venturo wasn't as fleshed out for me but what we got to see through Claire's eyes showed someone that was a worthy hero. I love that Ilona was able to let us see that he liked her as more than just a secretary but in a way that I could believe and understand her inability to see it/believe it.
I did not like the ending though. I felt as if the story had ended ten pages too early and the little wrap up near the end made it worse because it summarised so many things I actually wanted to see.
Overall though, the book was a great read, I would love to read more set in this world, although hopefully a full length novel or one with a definite ending, lol. ...more
One of the things I really enjoy about Jayne's stories is her ability to maintain the personality of previous characters. I was really looking forwardOne of the things I really enjoy about Jayne's stories is her ability to maintain the personality of previous characters. I was really looking forward to this and I love that fallon came of in a way that fit hiw he was portrayed in previous books and still highlighted his personality and how he views himself.
Isabelle was wonderful and I love that she comes from a family of conspiracy theorists so knows that Fallon isn't one. I also enjoy the way she was able to handle him without it feeling manipulative....more
I only read Ilona's addition to the anthology and I loved it. I love the fact that she managed to take a nonconventional heroine and make her kickassI only read Ilona's addition to the anthology and I loved it. I love the fact that she managed to take a nonconventional heroine and make her kickass without her actually having to hit anyone. She's smart, she's resourceful and the fact that she uses her brain to save the day is full of win for me. The romance is especially cute since you would think they didn't match. ...more
This story was a cute and light read and even though the misunderstand could've been cleared up if they would have just stopped and spoken to each othThis story was a cute and light read and even though the misunderstand could've been cleared up if they would have just stopped and spoken to each other I felt that it worked with the way the two characters had been set up. ...more
So, I've been rereading some of Shelly's books and lovign it and I decided to give this another read since it's one of the few books of hers that I enSo, I've been rereading some of Shelly's books and lovign it and I decided to give this another read since it's one of the few books of hers that I enjoyed but read all the way through only once.
I sort of wish I hadn't reread it because on a reread, the original issues I had with it (putting it down and forgetting about it) popped back up. Except this time it didn't get better.
I don't mind the characters but the plot didn't work for me. Maybe it's because I've gotten so familiar with her writing style now and I can see the improvements a lot better but this just isn't close to the quality of work in her Pride series or even the G.A Aiken books.
The sex didn't flow with the relationship. Big Bad Beast had a couple where one was in love with the other for ages and it worked really well and the sex was believable. This felt like it was sex for sex's sake and I just couldn't with it.
I think that was an issue I had with the Magnus Pack books as well although those I can still enjoy. This not so much, even the plot didn't work for me.
The subplot felt all over the place and the POV switches weren't very smooth.
I'm dropping my review from a 4 to a 2.5 stars because I had to really, really push to get to the end.
ORIGINAL REVIEW - April 2, 2011 - Four Stars I've tried to read this book quite a few times since I really like the other books by this author set in this world [the Pride and Pack books] but for some reason, about three chapters in I'd put it down and forget about it. This time I decided I'd push through and I'm glad I did.
I really like the fact that we have a male lead who should for all purposes be alpha-mine! and he's actually a nice guy, even if that worries him, lol. I adore the fact that he's the one who has been in love with her since forever and she's the one putting up boundaries because she thinks she gets enough companionship from her sisters.
For people who haven't read Shelly there are quite a few threats thrown around at friends and a bit of cussing but the female relationships are solid. I think it would have been interesting to seen Neecy's relationship with the shyer/quieter Crow play out a bit more just because she was such a contrast from the others and it would've been cool to see a more nurturing friendship instead of just the kick-ass one that they have.