"The Siren" is an engrossing, memorable read. Utterly honest and heartfelt. No tricks or shortcuts here: this book has life and blood. It's not "roman...more"The Siren" is an engrossing, memorable read. Utterly honest and heartfelt. No tricks or shortcuts here: this book has life and blood. It's not "romance" and in my opinion it's not even "erotica". It certainly has romantic and erotic elements, but it's also more than that.
Tiffany Reisz has real talent. Along with a distinctive voice and top-notch writing, she has the rare gift of creating three-dimensional characters (well beyond the hero/heroine dynamic), and making you care for them.
I am very fascinated by the spiritual side of her characters, something that is usually missing in modern-day fiction. I'm even more intrigued by the BDSM side, which is far more real and nuanced than the usual reads. I mean, this isn't some "naughty spanking fantasy" presented as "BDSM". It can definitely shock readers who have rarely strayed from romance (especially since there are many who think of 'erotica' only as a subgenre of romance- WRONG).
Nora is the heroine every smart reader was waiting for. She's witty, beautiful and confident, but she also has a vulnerable side. I am team Søren all the way: I need to know *everything* about him, his past and the psychological dynamics behind his role as a dominant. I also fell a little in love with Zach. The free-read "The Teacher" was great, but I would love an entire book about him :D
I'm so glad I've found a new favorite author, and I can't wait to read the next books in the series. Particularly Book Number Five(@_@) (less)
I got this book only for A Lady's Pleasure by Robin Schone, which deserves at least 4.5 stars. It's a heartfelt romance with vivid characters and enga...moreI got this book only for A Lady's Pleasure by Robin Schone, which deserves at least 4.5 stars. It's a heartfelt romance with vivid characters and engaging love scenes. By contrast, the stories written by the other three authors come off as mustily old-fashioned, irritating, ridiculous and (in Thea Devine's case) downright amateurish. Thankfully, the romance genre has come a long way since the days of Bertrice Small...(less)
"Ravishing the Heiress" is a haunting and heart-wrenching read-- too bad it feels incomplete. The "real" romance basically starts on page 280, and the...more"Ravishing the Heiress" is a haunting and heart-wrenching read-- too bad it feels incomplete. The "real" romance basically starts on page 280, and the book ends on page 283. It definitely needed a few more chapters.
We do need more historicals with angst, but in the later chapters the reader should be rewarded with fulfilling, heart-warming romance. Some rushed "I love you's" and a dry note from the author is not my idea of a fulfilling romance. Sorry.
I don't think it was a smart idea to keep going back and forth with the past and present storyline. Since the plot becomes *very* engrossing in chapter 4, it's annoying to be continually dragged back to the early part of the story.
When it comes to writing style, Sherry Thomas is among the very best (I could sell my soul to be able to write like her*_*), but plot-wise she tends to be a little sadic with the readers... I still recommend reading "Ravishing the Heiress"-- if anything you'll appreciate more the next typical and fluffy romance. (less)
Huge disappointment. I had really enjoyed the first book in the series, and also loved many other books by Loretta Chase. Sadly, Scandal Wears Satin f...moreHuge disappointment. I had really enjoyed the first book in the series, and also loved many other books by Loretta Chase. Sadly, Scandal Wears Satin feels hollow, contrived and repetitive-- I couldn't even finish it.
I have no trouble suspending my belief, so the farfetchedness of the story (i.e., seamstresses marrying noblemen) isn't an issue for me. What troubles me is the characterization. Two words: paper-thin. Sophy is surly, Longmore is dull. That's it. I couldn't understand why they were even attracted to each other.
Several elements of the story were too similar to the previous book: it might have been wiser to keep Silk is for Seduction as a stand-alone. But marketing imperatives being what they are, I suppose even the author had little choice in this matter.(less)