This book took me a long time to get through, but really the storyline was flawless. There were clues and innuendos that kept the emotions coming and...moreThis book took me a long time to get through, but really the storyline was flawless. There were clues and innuendos that kept the emotions coming and going. The part about Dog made me smile; and Mathias and Mels was gut wrenching... And I am worried about what Jim is up to with Devina ... And Sissy Barten. The foreshadowing of XOps and Jim being marked orange was a good hint at another book, and the exposure of XOps was a good "way out" in case JR Ward wanted to wrap the series. I recommend this book and this series to fans of the Black Dagger Brotherhood and action/suspense novels. (less)
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"Dagger Brotherhood series continues as a vampire warrior crosses the line between life a...moreCaution... here there be spoilers! But hidden below synopsis.
"Dagger Brotherhood series continues as a vampire warrior crosses the line between life and death…into a world of dark dreams and darker desires.
Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been a heartbroken shadow of the vampire leader he once was. Brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel, he fights again with ruthless vengeance, unprepared for a new tragedy. Seeing his beloved in dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld—Tohr turns to the angel Lassiter to save his former mate. The only way to rescue her is for Tohr to love another. As war with the lessers rages, and a new clan of vampires vie for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between an unforgettable past and a hot, passion-filled future. But can his heart let go and set all of them free?"
Lover Reborn follows the life of Tohrment, after the death of his Shellan, Wellsie. It has been more than a year since she and their unborn son were murdered, and he learns that she in fact has not moved into the Fade as he believed, and is stuck in the In-Between. Lassiter, angel who has fallen from grace with the maker has been tasked with getting Tohr back on track, but doesn't tell Tohr right away the condition Wellsie is in.
It also tracks a little bit of the marriage of John and Xhex, and her Mahmen, No'One. No'One is a rape survivor, that Xhex was a product of. Upon birthing her babe, many years ago, she had taken Tohrment's daggers and slain herself. She too did not go into the Fade, nor did she go into Dhunhd. She was sent back, and never knew why.
Full circle, back to Tohrment who saved her, and then couldn't save her from her own hand. She has spent years punishing herself, being the victim, until months after she has fallen head over heels in love with Tohr, and the evening after her needing period ended... and he came in screaming honesty at her that she just wasn't ready to hear.
Turns out, everyone is in their own sort of In-Between in this book. I was actually surprised at the depth of emotion in some places. Each of the brothers has their issues, but dealing with the death of a spouse AND recovering your life and learning to let go and love again - Well Done, Ward, Well Done. I like how it was laid out and explained, and we got to see inside the heads of No'One, Tohrment, Lassiter, Xhex, John, and even Xcor. I found it to be very interesting.
There were so many... moments in this book, like the first time there was any sort of intimacy between Tohr and No'One and the words & kindness he had for her; genuine understanding... I loved the way it was done. Ward always writes these as a roller coaster of emotion, but sometimes the sex can overwhelm the story, not this time. It is a perfect balance amongst all. You can see yourself inside the mansion, see Fritz walking down the hall, listen to Lassiter yell at Maury, and feel the winds of change blowing with Xcor and his Band of Bastards. Then, you are at Wellsie's fade ceremony, and listening to Phury recite these beautiful words, and you feel yourself openly weeping with the brothers and their Shellans. You feel them share in his pain when they slice their arms, to drip into the pitcher. You feel your heart shatter into countless pieces, when Tohrment is branded, and screams her name, and you may even have to put the book down when John is branded twice, for the loss of his adopted Mahmen and the brother he never knew - and the screams, from Tohrment, on behalf of his mute adopted son - that lasted longer than his own. The emotion is so real and so raw, that you can't possibly not be sucked into it, every last syllable.
I was thrilled in the last few pages of the book, when Qhuinn FINALLY made eye contact with Blay, and didn't look away, and let all the emotions play across his face... It's about time. Seriously. And worthy of more than honorable mention is Lassiter, in his redemption on No'One - for all the right reasons, and his decision to go back to earth where he could do more good (and watch Maury...) ...and once again, full circle, brings Big Macs.
5 stars, and I can't wait for the next installment.(less)
Seven deadly sins. Seven souls that must be saved. One more no-holds- barred battle between a fallen angel with a...moreThis is an unexpectedly great series.
Seven deadly sins. Seven souls that must be saved. One more no-holds- barred battle between a fallen angel with a hardened heart and a demon with everything to lose.
Isaac Rothe is a black ops soldier with a dark past and a grim future. The target of an assassin, he finds himself behind bars, his fate in the hands of his gorgeous public defender Grier Childe. His hot attraction to her can only lead to trouble-and that's before Jim Heron tells him his soul is in danger. Caught up in a wicked game with the demon who shadows Jim, Isaac must decide whether the soldier in him can believe that true love is the ultimate weapon against evil.(less)
**spoiler alert** I liked the ending the best, honestly. Back on page 201, I made a note stating, "I don't care for how it switches narratives chapter...more**spoiler alert** I liked the ending the best, honestly. Back on page 201, I made a note stating, "I don't care for how it switches narratives chapter to chapter, although I see the point. I hope it goes forward soon, instead of constantly backwards. It is reminiscent of a prequel, even though it is not." I still feel that way. It was neat, if you're into this sort of thing, to go backwards through all those lives, although I don't feel it was necessary, it was more like filler. I don't see where Luce learned anything that she didn't already know, she was just being selfish and bratty and having her version of a fit, stepping through announcer after announcer and trusting the ENTIRELY OBVIOUS AND ALL TOO CONVENIENT gargoyle that just so happened to be Satan *cough* Honestly. And Daniel falling for the same thing?? COME ON!!! I feel that passion was not as good as it could have been, or should have been, it was a whole lot of filler. The last few pages were great. Why not have reversed it? Had no more than 3 chapters of background, then the realization of what Satan was trying to do, and then the "coming together of the fallen" to be an actual story? I was gravely disappointed, and I hope Rapture is much better. I read this book in 3.5 hours.(less)
A must own must read series that is as breath taking as is heart and shattering to the worlds. A few of my favorite quotes:
"He tasted like snowflakes...moreA must own must read series that is as breath taking as is heart and shattering to the worlds. A few of my favorite quotes:
"He tasted like snowflakes and wine, like winter, Will, and London." -Tessa Gray; p.540
"Most people are lucky to have even one great love in their life, you have found two." -Magnus Bane; p.562
"When two people are at one in their innermost hearts, they shatter even the strength of iron or bronze." -Inscription on the back of Jem's bridal necklace to Tessa once, and 130 years later... Still. P.564
"Bie zhao ji, bie zhao ji..." (Don't worry don't worry.) -Tessa, to Jem ... After all those years. P.567
Synopsis: Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of i...moreSynopsis: Nora Grey's life is still far from perfect. Surviving an attempt on her life wasn't pleasant, but at least she got a guardian angel out of it: a mysterious, magnetic, gorgeous guardian angel. But, despite his role in her life, Patch has been acting anything but angelic. He's more elusive than ever and even worse, he's started spending time with Nora's arch-enemy, Marcie Millar.
Nora would have hardly noticed Scott Parnell, an old family friend who has moved back to town, if Patch hadnt been acting so distant. Even with Scott's totally infuriating attitude Nora finds herself drawn to him - despite her lingering feeling that he's hiding something.
Haunted by images of her murdered father, and questioning whether her nephilim bloodline has anything to do with his death, Nora puts herself increasingly in dangerous situations as she desperately searches for answers. But maybe some things are better left buried, because the truth could destroy everything - and everyone - she trusts.
Crescendo is book 2 of Becca Fitzpatrick's "Hush, Hush" series. This was my second time reading the book, and I enjoyed it immensely more than I did the first time - and the first time I really liked it. For some reason everything sank in more this time.
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Nora is 17, has lost her father to a brutal murder, and is given every reason to believe that her love - Patch - is the "black hand" that killed her father. She doesn't want to believe it, and her heart is torn apart at the thought.
Confusion, and anger and jealousy cloud her heart and mind to the point she begins to lose all sense of reason. She finds herself in perilous danger time and time again, and this time, barely makes it out alive.
The surprises just keep coming. Her best friend fell hard for Rixon, Patch's best friend. Nora tells Patch she loves him - then breaks up with him the next day because he couldn't return the sentiment, and finds herself shattered emotionally and wanting nothing more than to cling to Patch for dear life. Circumstance after circumstance fall into play that make her question what was ever real, and what wasn't. She thinks she's lost Patch to Marcie Millar. Vee has Rixon. She has no one. Feeling more alone and on the fringe of life, everything starts falling apart. Throw in Scotty the Potty and the Black Hand as wild cards in this tragic game of life, and Nora is in a tail spin.
Someone is trying to kill her. Persistently. She is more alone than she's ever been, with no one to trust, no one to turn to, and no vehicle. The police thinks she is crazy, and she fired her guardian angel in a fit of anger that she didn't really mean, and now, it's just her, and someone who is trying to kill her. When it comes to a wrap, and the would be murderer is revealed, it further saddens her, and complicates her life, although she survives, he is sent to hell, and Patch is forced to do something that forever compromises their lives, and their love.
When she discovers who her father's murderer truly is, and that her father wasn't her father at all, but instead is also the father of her life long enemy Marcie Millar - her world begins to crumble around the edges. Her dad, the man she thought was her father, died to try to protect her and the man that held this secret. Now, this man, who her dad died for, her biological father, comes calling on Nora to seemingly seek vengeance for the death of Chauncey. Is it possible he meant more to her than his own daughter? She who shares his own mark.... Only book 3 will tell us.
It's well written and fast paced, easy to follow, and a great read.(less)