Lord John and the Hellfire Club was a short story, one I would've loved to see expanded. It covers the time period immediately after John leaves ArdsmLord John and the Hellfire Club was a short story, one I would've loved to see expanded. It covers the time period immediately after John leaves Ardsmuir. Lord John is still in quiet turmoil over Jamie Fraser, not helped by the murder of a man who bears a great resemblance to him.
Because I don't want to be done with this series, I've started over,beginning with this story. The ending was abrupt, but on second time around, I understood and enjoyed more....more
Both A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows and The Space Between fit within the "must-read" category for fans of the OWhat a great collection of stories!
Both A Leaf on the Wind of All Hallows and The Space Between fit within the "must-read" category for fans of the Outlander series. Both offered insight and surprises into moments in series canon. Leaf on the Wind was bittersweet, and left me near tears. If you like Roger, you'll want to read this one. The Space Between picks up a thread begun in Echo, with Michael Murray and Joan MacKimmie. We also get a particularly interesting happening with Master Raymond and the horrible Comte St Garmain, along with a bit of Mother Hildegard. Those who've read Dragonfly In Amber will be interested to see these characters again. I'm so, so hoping in future books, Gabaldon continues to pull the thread we're given in The Space Between. I need more Michael and Joan! Those two broke my heart!
The Custom of the Army and Plague of Zombies are both part of the Lord John Series. Neither are absolutely pertinent for the series arcs, but both fill in nice, little details for the series as a whole. I was surprised by how much I liked Plague, given that I didn't thoroughly love Jamaica in Voyager. But Custom of the Army, it was terrific! So much happens in this novella, most memorable is that we learn how and when John meets Manoke (readers of Echo will recognize that name).
I truly enjoyed each story in Trail of Fire, and am already anticipating a reread. Highly recommend....more
That was his moment in Leningrad, on an empty street, when his life became possible—when Alexander became possible. There he stood as he was—a young RThat was his moment in Leningrad, on an empty street, when his life became possible—when Alexander became possible. There he stood as he was—a young Red Army officer in dissolution, all his days stamped with no future and all his appetites unrestrained, on patrol the day war started for Russia. He stood with his rifle slung on his shoulder and cast his wanton eyes on her, eating her ice cream all sunny, singing, blonde, blossoming, breathtaking. He gazed at her with his entire unknowable life in front of him, and this is what he was thinking… To cross the street or not to cross?
The Summer Garden is my favorite book in my very, very favorite series. It is my Island book. If you haven't read this series, I don't think you can possibly understand how deeply, profoundly I've been moved. The Bronze Horseman is a story of death, devastation, and a young impossible love. Tatiana and Alexander is a story of perseverance, sacrifice, faith and a love that won't be forgotten. The Summer Garden is the story of a LIFE. Shattering, shocking, messy, ugly, and unbelievably beautiful. For me to even attempt to put how much I loved this story (I read it twice, back-to-back), how I smiled, swooned, and cried, would probably lead to me trivializing. I could write for days and still not touch how truly EPIC this series is. I feel lost now that I've finished. Tatiana and Alexander are Everything.
To cross the street. To follow her. And she will give your life meaning, she will save you. Yes, yes—to cross. “We’ll meet again in Lvov, my love and I…” Tatiana hums, eating her ice cream, in our Leningrad, in jasmine June, near Fontanka, the Neva, the Summer Garden, where we are forever young....more
"Though much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are— Unyie"Though much is taken, much abides; and though we are not now that strength which in old days moved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are— Unyielding. Barrington, Leningrad, Luga, Ladoga, Lazarevo, Ellis Island, the mountains of Holy Cross, their lost families, their lost mothers and fathers, their brothers in arms and brothers are etched on their souls and their fine faces and like the mercurial moon, like Jupiter over Maui, like the Perseus galaxy with its blue, imploding stars they remain, as the stellar wind whispers over the rivers all run red, over the oceans and the seas, murmuring through the moonsilver skies… Tatiana… Alexander… But the bronze horseman is still."
BEAUTIFUL, BRILLIANT, EPIC PERFECTION. No words needed. This book, series, speaks for itself. ...more
Dancing Back to You was another fun installment in the London Loves series. I always appreciate a breezy sexy story to help e unwind. Thus fit the bilDancing Back to You was another fun installment in the London Loves series. I always appreciate a breezy sexy story to help e unwind. Thus fit the bill perfectly. ...more
"Lazarevo drips you into my soul, dawn drop by moonlight drop from the river Kama. When you look for me, look for me there, because that’s where I wil"Lazarevo drips you into my soul, dawn drop by moonlight drop from the river Kama. When you look for me, look for me there, because that’s where I will be all the days of my life."
I am wrecked. I don't know if I will ever be able to talk about this book in a coherent manner. TBH is truly beyond my words....more
This was a cute story. Kind of surprising, in that under all the drama and fun, there was a very nice message about self-worth and love. I really missThis was a cute story. Kind of surprising, in that under all the drama and fun, there was a very nice message about self-worth and love. I really missed reading about Sam and Verlaine, but Romancing the Real You wound up being a charming story....more
Like Driving Me to Christmas, Driving Me to You was not a perfect book. But, it was a fun, sexy read, and in this case, that makes up f** 3.5 stars **
Like Driving Me to Christmas, Driving Me to You was not a perfect book. But, it was a fun, sexy read, and in this case, that makes up for the over-the-top wackiness and villain, and the over abundance of (sometimes odd) metaphors. I don't honestly care. Like I said, this book was a lot of fun.
Verlaine and Sam are a truly charming couple, and it was nice to go back to their beginning. Same with Paul and Scott. Though they've been together for many years, their relationship isn't quite as solid here and I liked seeing them overcome challenges in their relationship. I was surprised by how unlikable Sam's sister Gemma was here, but did like seeing her soften towards her sister, and meet her future husband.
I'm still enjoying the sexy in the series (especially Scott and Paul!), even when some of the wording does strike me as a bit odd. It's funny that my usual pickiness doesn't seem to be a factor in these books. I keep flying through the pages with a big smile on my face....more
I've bought several of Ashworth's books because of my friend Amanda's (LuvMyHootie) reviews. When I was searching my kindle library for a quick holidaI've bought several of Ashworth's books because of my friend Amanda's (LuvMyHootie) reviews. When I was searching my kindle library for a quick holiday read,I came across A Gift for Jarod and thought "Hmm.... I could go for some Yuletide kink." I definitely got that, and then some.
Gift was both a naughty read, and a truly thoughtful, well-explored character study on a man who's lived a life in denial and shame, and the holiday he truly found himself with the help of Madam Macie. Fun fact: Madam was a teacher at Jarod's high school!
I really liked A Gift for Jarod, and look forward to reading more from this author....more
This is my first foray into the London Loves series, purchased as a freebie and opened when I needed a holiday read.
Look. This book was kinda over thThis is my first foray into the London Loves series, purchased as a freebie and opened when I needed a holiday read.
Look. This book was kinda over the top. Not necessarily in a bad way, but it was pretty melodramatic and crazy at times. I mean, the heroine was way too gullible (this is coming from a notoriously gullible woman), the "villains" (the hero's ex and her mother) were so obvious it was laughable. The writing employed a lot of telling instead of showing and a plethora of exclamation marks (again, this is coming from a woman who loves exclamation marks).
I can't deny that I REALLY enjoyed Driving Me to Christmas. This is a 498 page book that I read in a matter of hours. I've struggled to read book that big in a day, and lately, they take me nearly a week to complete. I think that says a lot about the story. It was like crack, I couldn't put it down. The H/h were both sweethearts who were madly in love,and I rooted for their relationship. Their best friends Paul and Scott were an adorable and sexy couple too, and these friends go above and beyond. Which leads to the sexy.
Driving Me to Christmas was a pretty sexy read! Sam and Verlaine were so hot for each other, and it showed. There's even a bit of voyeurism with Paul and Scott, a sexy couple in their own right (which is why I gave this a m/m tag).
All in all, DMtC was a lot of fun, and I will likely give the rest of the series a go....more
I've bee seeing good things about the London Legends series. When I was looking for quick holiday reads,and saw Unwrapping Her Perfect Gift was on salI've bee seeing good things about the London Legends series. When I was looking for quick holiday reads,and saw Unwrapping Her Perfect Gift was on sale, I decided to give it a try. Great decision,because Unwrapping was a wonderful read. In John and Gwen, Latham offers intensely likable characters, with a whirlwind romance that was actually believable. The added thread of John's awkward,tentative relationship with his daughter, and how Gwen helps bridge that divide, enhanced the heart of the story. The hot, hot chemistry and steamy scenes between John and Gwen were a much-appreciated bonus!
Kat Latham, you've found yourself a new reader. ...more