Evangeline Anderson's erotic sci-fi romance series- Brides of the Kindred- are like mac and cheese; comfort food the whole way. She's my favorite "forEvangeline Anderson's erotic sci-fi romance series- Brides of the Kindred- are like mac and cheese; comfort food the whole way. She's my favorite "formula read" author. She always delivers the same flavor and I know what to expect and love going into the read with that precept. Anderson manages to insert enough variance in plots that there's plenty of surprises along the way to keep it interesting. She has a real sense of humor, especially about food. Keep writing! ...more
Absolutely Five BIG @SS stars; gritty, smart writing, different narrative voice all rolled into hot sex scenes and hard-to-the-wall pacing. Loved it.Absolutely Five BIG @SS stars; gritty, smart writing, different narrative voice all rolled into hot sex scenes and hard-to-the-wall pacing. Loved it. No formula writing!...more
I'm going to sit back and watch as this book goes into the top 100. It's that great. CitD has the stamp of Win- dead-center. This work isn't just goodI'm going to sit back and watch as this book goes into the top 100. It's that great. CitD has the stamp of Win- dead-center. This work isn't just good, it's phenomenal. Captive in the Dark is firmly in the [dark] Erotica genre but has so much more than that one-dimensional moniker implies. Fifty Shades of What? Fifty Shades of Captive is what I say. This work will no doubt be compared to that as they both deal directly with BDSM. However, it is the delivery by Roberts that grips us and disallows even the thought of a good night's sleep. This is dark, gripping and terribly beautiful. There were whole passages when I was blinking back tears at the internal monologue of Livvie, the MC as she wrestles with her captivity and her evolving feelings for her captor. In the latter third of the book, his (Caleb's) POV was no less engaging and the terrible beauty of their humanity is revealed in a type of storytelling that was raw, tragic and utterly, un-put-downable.
Livvie is eighteen and the eldest of a bushel of siblings created from multiple father's of her indifferent and neglectful mother. She feels unloved and unnoticed by all. After a pivotal turn of events when she is thirteen, she becomes even more invisible to the only parent she knows and it shapes her behavior in a pathetic attempt at redemption that is beyond unsuccessful until the fateful day when she is captured by a brutal man who is a key player in middle eastern sex slave trading. Nothing more than a pawn in an elaborate scheme of revenge she will be the catalyst for, Livvie finds that maybe everyone is not so indifferent to her as she believed. Her kidnapper, a victim of the most vicious and tragic abuse a person can possibly hope to stomach; Caleb finds his carefully constructed wall of ice melting before her innocence and quiet bravery. He is shattered as he finds the first true emotions of his life brought to the surface by a young woman he must train as submissive. Caleb finds he can love when he thought it was impossible. Can he fulfill his obligatory plot for revenge by using the only person he can ever remember caring about?
Sex is used liberally in this work, extremely disturbing sexual interaction. However, it seems like a backdrop to the real story. Two broken people finding solace in each other. Two halves of a whole. Meant to be together despite how they came to be. It's a fascinating read and holds all the elements that I look for in a book: dark, engaging, can't-put-it-down and lastly, voice and imagery.
This book will offend some, I'm not going to lie: it's brutal, honest and downright breathtaking. If beatings and submissive/dominance is disturbing to you, don't read this. If you loved 50 Shades (that was a solid 3-star for me) you might think this is over the moon. The quality was here that was lacking in Shades. This is real, it feels touchable... it edifies a reader's soul. Powerful.
I will begin reading book two tonight!
Genre: Dark Erotica Sub-genre: Suspense, Thriller, Drama Elements: Extreme and disturbing sexuality, Abuse against women, Profanity Age: 18+ ...more
I've already admitted to being a fan of Ms. Young, having read two of her paranormal books in two of her different series. When this new contemporaryI've already admitted to being a fan of Ms. Young, having read two of her paranormal books in two of her different series. When this new contemporary romance was released I wasn't as interested because I'm generally not a straight romance reader. However, The reviews and buzz gave me whiplash and ODS got sent to the top of a skyscraper TBR list. I dove in and finished it in two nights. First, let me say that the genre does not exactly fit the book: it's not strictly romance, it's actually erotica that has romance as well. An erotic romance novel. This is mature, steamy, edgy with a lot of emotional dynamic that is borderline dysfunctional and not meant for anyone under eighteen. That said, I hope every person over eighteen reads it. Ms. Young has outdone herself with this work.
Jocelyn "Joss" has recently graduated from college with a terrible past hurt that irrevocably changed her life, which she carries with her. Stoic and guarded, Joss lives her life with everyone kept at a safe distance and that's just how she likes it. When events transpire to force a change of scenery, she chooses a gorgeous new life and feels a clean slate has been put before her. Soon, her perceived future peace is shattered by a instant chemical attraction to a man she meets by pure chance. Braden isn't someone she wants to get close to. He represents everything she's worked so hard to avoid in the eight years since the tragedy of her family's sudden death. At this point I'm thinking: Okay? It is awful but.... then Young covertly introduces all these subplots that were so engaging I didn't know what new thing she'd land on the pages as I faced a new chapter. I loved the different friendships and supporting characters but what I loved most was the internal monologue of Joss. She would think something and then respond out loud with something different than what she really felt. That was her modis operandi. As the book progressed we begin to see her internal thought processes slowly sync with her verbal manifestations. Her struggle to become whole after her years of self-imposed denial and solitude made her reversal to health all the more sweet. As the reader I was really rooting for her character. I haven't said anything about the sex yet. WOW. It wasn't just sex scenes guys, it was in-your-face, HD TV live stuff. Joss is sucked into a bat of chemistry that she simmers and stews in. The description! The language! It was all so raw but told in a whisper. I don't know how she did it but it was never cheap, just real. Hats off to you, Ms. Young. You showed us and didn't tell.
Overall, with the glut of recently awesome contemporary romances out there: Flat-out Love, Beautiful Disaster, Easy, On the Island... if you thought those were great, this one is sure to be great for you as well.
Okay, so the only biased thing I'll mention is how much I personally LOVE the cover artist for On Dublin Street! The author deserves attention for this fantastic, earth-shattering romance in addition the cover artist who showcases it so well. ...more
This is really closer to a 4.5 but again, the half star omission on all sites. I LOVE the Kindred Series. It is a becoming a formula series that has tThis is really closer to a 4.5 but again, the half star omission on all sites. I LOVE the Kindred Series. It is a becoming a formula series that has the *exact* recipe I love. I feel confident, as a reader, when I begin a Kindred installment I'll enjoy the following: hot romance, alpha-males coming out of my ears, action, intrigue, sci-fi and evil plotters who get theirs in the end. How could one ask for more?
What I loved: the Alpha males! Wow! They're just so over-the-top male and I especially loved the introduction of the less-than-perfect Merrick and the twist at the end that makes me want the next book. Now they're the kind of couple I want to read about! I also enjoyed the "new evil" that Anderson has foreshadowed. The plot turns and twists kept the tension right where I like it to be; taut. I don't like "boggy" reads and Anderson never disappoints, keeping the pace on a tightwire throughout the entire read. Love it!
What I wasn't as keen on: Rask and Nadiah. Meh. They were okay and I loved how Anderson did a slow reveal on his background but there was something kind of "blah" with Nadiah and their whole romantic entanglement didn't read "true" enough for me and seemed rushed (even though the book is 130K!). But, that said, Anderson is terrific at giving a spotlight to other characters via introduction in the storyline, making us want to see the continuation of their story. I can't wait to read Merrick and Elise's' story!
Fans of the Kindred Series are going to love this installment!
Readers that like J.R. Ward and the BDB Series and also want that sci-fi vibe should really love these stories. They can't be beat for the price!...more
Wow~! Best Kindred! I loved the angst and romantic tension offered in this book. LOVE THE LENGTH! Anderson continues to introduce new characters and iWow~! Best Kindred! I loved the angst and romantic tension offered in this book. LOVE THE LENGTH! Anderson continues to introduce new characters and intrigue through sub-plots that are super-enjoyable. I can't wait until she writes books 5&6! I'm a big sci-fi/paranormal fan and this author includes all that's fun with that: world-building, warring, protection, good vs. evil, it's all there in a book for $3. She's RUINED me for more expensive books! Nice.
Lauren is the long-lost cousin of Liv and Sophie and finds herself the "cure" for the Scourge. Inhumanely held prisoner aboard their spaceship, she establishes a tentative bond with the son of her captor, Xairn. His Kindred blood wars with his Scourge side as he yearns for the love she offers him. Can he overcome his violent genetics to love her?
This was a great installment that made my Kindle hit my face again (that'll happen at 1AM). I finally finished it this morning and cannot wait for books 5&6 next year. Maybe I can actually get a good nights sleep finally!
I love the Kindred Series! It was fantastic and I cannot wait for books 5&6 that Ms. Anderson has promised her readers. This was my "least" favoriI love the Kindred Series! It was fantastic and I cannot wait for books 5&6 that Ms. Anderson has promised her readers. This was my "least" favorite of the series. Although I loved Kat's personality I didn't really connect with her character that much. I loved all the world-building that Anderson does and she continues to deepen our understanding of where the Kindred males hail from and that is interesting and fun to read.
Kat is best friends with Liv and Sophie and is really independent. She needs to help her friend when she is in danger so she uses a pair of Twin Kindred. Acting as a "focus" she is able to pinpoint where Sophie is and help with her rescue. Unfortunately, the intimate bond established with the pair cause her physical and mental malaise that only one thing can assuage...but will she accept the solution?
I like that Anderson is using non-traditional heroines, as is the case in this work and the subsequent Kindred, "Found." It's fresh, different and interesting. Readers can sure use a dose of that!...more
I literally couldn't put this book down! Ugh! These are not a "one-sitting" read. I tore through the entire series in one week and feel like I lost myI literally couldn't put this book down! Ugh! These are not a "one-sitting" read. I tore through the entire series in one week and feel like I lost my best friend when I finished! They have all the features I like in a book: length, romance, intrigue, tension, strife/conflict and...you got it, alpha-males. If you're looking for a book that's a predictably good read, you can't go wrong with this series. Having read all four, I can say they all have similar themes, but each one gets a little better. Anderson continues to develop and improve her skills, the pacing, dialogue, comedic responses and unveiling of the sci-fi technology become fuller and more deeply realized with subsequent books. This one is no exception.
Sophia is a reticent elementary school teacher with a tragic secret. Vowing never to trust again she finds herself in a race against what would pit her in the position she promised herself she'd never be in again. Because of events beyond her control, Sophie has to accept and have faith in someone she deems as "not safe." When in fact, he turns out to be the safest of anyone.
This was my favorite Kindred so far. Loved it~!...more
I love a new romance series that includes all the "biggies:" tension, intrigue, fighting, alpha-males and a dash of mystery. Anderson is adept at suppI love a new romance series that includes all the "biggies:" tension, intrigue, fighting, alpha-males and a dash of mystery. Anderson is adept at supplying those things in equal doses throughout the novel. She doesn't skimp on length either. Very good value for the money spent. The flavor of these books remind me a lot of the BDB by J.R Ward. How could she go wrong?
Olivia is an early-twenties, just-graduated nurse that is on the threshold of her life beginning. In comes the "draft" from the Kindred "mothership" that will wreck the plans she has so carefully honed for her career. Liv determines to keep the male that wants to take her as his "bride" at arms-length, but biology and circumstance collide to make the challenge a difficult one.
I've read all four of the Kindred series so far. Books 5&6 will be available sometime in 2012. Can't wait! ...more
This is a 3.5 stars for me. Again, I am left to lament the lack of half star options on all sites! This is a book I've been *dying* to read since it fThis is a 3.5 stars for me. Again, I am left to lament the lack of half star options on all sites! This is a book I've been *dying* to read since it first came out. The buzz and excitement for this book and the rest of the series gave it the sufficient allure for me to blow my money on the higher price tag (I hardly ever go over $5 due to how many books I read). However, I wish I had done a little homework and dug a little deeper to ascertain its sub-genre before I purchased. If I had, it would have given me pause. So my entire review is probably a lower rating because it's not my "flavor." What flavor is that? Well... BDSM erotica...That said, I'm clearly in the minority! So MANY readers love this book to pieces. And mainly what I didn't love didn't have much to do with its taboo subject matter but different things entirely.
Anastasia is a self-contained young woman that is ambitious, loyal, clever, with a sly sense of humor. She is pressed into service when her friend becomes ill and interviews a wealthy fox-of-a-guy and feels an instant attraction upon meeting him. The tale progresses with these two very different people attracted [in part] because of those differences. Ana soon discovers that Christian is more than he seems and worldly in ways she can't fathom. The entire book boils down to love and choice. Does she love him enough to compromise herself for the relationship?
What I liked: James is terrific at love scenes and the surprise that the innocent Ana feels as she maneuvers through a non-traditional mine field of first time romance that is anything but simple is so well done. She's also decent at tension. Tension in the love scenes, interaction of friendship, and past the 50% mark, terrific at pacing. I really liked the latter part of the book the best (it moved my star rating up to the 3.5 it currently sits at).
What I loved: I LOVED the email/text message passages in the book. They were absolutely relevant and clever down to the finest detail. The headers, salutations and all. Terrific! This is not easy to describe but there was something "delicious" about the way that Christian took care of Ana. There was an almost frenetic quality to his watch care and it was fascinating. I also dug the intrigue behind the man. Why was Christian this way? What had shaped him? There were tantalizing tidbits thrown out like bread crumbs that were interesting to discover along the journey of reading. It was fun to read about a lifestyle that few live: the gliding plane, the extravagant gifts. Fun vicarious reading!
What I didn't care for: although James is a brilliant author she uses vocabulary that is distracting to the story. Throwing in the occasional four dollar word does not, in and of itself, make it a better story ( for me as a reader).
Without knowing anything about the story, I began reading and about 10% through I pulled away and scratched my head, thinking: Bella and Edward from "Twilight." I'm not sure why? If it was the parallels of Ana's ditzy mother or the interaction of her world turning on its axis because of meeting Christian? There was just that "echo" of the other work and it pulled me out of the originality of this work. Finally, there were a few scenes that were so disturbing that it left a bad taste in my mouth like I'd just chugged a diet pop in thirty seconds flat. The two scenes that almost caused me to stop reading were the first time Ana was with Christian and the last (at the very end of the book). Ick and eew...I know, technical terms!
I recommend this first book and the subsequent installments for fans of BDSM/erotica works who also enjoyed the romantic interaction between Bella and Edward of "Twilight" fame. In case anyone thinks that I couldn't stomach the novel because it's not my normal fare, I had just finished "To Command and Collar," and I rated it a 4-star. There was this "vile" thread running throughout FSofG that I didn't care for. So how could I even give it a 3.5 star? Because James is a fine writer and did a lot of great things in this work. Some of them just weren't for me. I think it will easily be a 5-star for those that follow my recommendation listed in the first sentence of this paragraph....more
I didn't realize that the sequel to "Surviving Passion" was available or I would have been ON IT! All the little loose details that had gnawed at me dI didn't realize that the sequel to "Surviving Passion" was available or I would have been ON IT! All the little loose details that had gnawed at me during the first book were neatly wrapped up with a bow on top. We were finally able to get a pulse on the male lead, Dan. His POV was really needing to be expounded and deepened in the storytelling and Underwood delivered.
Selena has begun a romance with her once-captor, Dan. Having been nomadic in the post-"crash" dystopian Midwest for years since the death of her parents, Selena feels an almost claustrophobic suffocation in transitioning to her new "settled" world with Dan. His overwhelming need to protect and possess her ( wow, did I dig this Alpha-male angle), heightens her sense of unease. When a wandering family invades their lives and a large traveling group of Grazers come near to their dwellings, motivations of all parties becomes suspect. Dan has a goal of civilization, unity and security with Selena's protection the prime motivator. Dan is reticent and has difficulty expressing his feelings and Selena doesn't want to appear like she lacks faith or is weak. Their challenge of effective communication causes [good] tension throughout the book.
What stands out with this author are the love scenes don't have that "formula" or "contrived" feeling. Her romance/sex/erotica sections are generous and read fairly real. She avoided almost all the "cliche" phrasing and descriptions that I am bored-to-tears with.
People that enjoy survivalist undertones/dystopian/adventure/western themes should really be pleased. This is billed more as an erotic romance but for me, it was a mixed-genre blend of the above. I love something that holds my attention. As an aside, it is obvious that Underwood has either spent or researched outdoor/naturalist/survivalist living. That especially rang true.
I feel like the characters are alive and not just in a book. I love when a book can make me feel realism to that degree.
I'm a big Ward fan...so when I received "Unleashed" for my birthday I was completely stoked! Unlike the preceding installments, this dealt a lot lessI'm a big Ward fan...so when I received "Unleashed" for my birthday I was completely stoked! Unlike the preceding installments, this dealt a lot less in back story and the interaction amongst the Lessers (within their own group) was absent. It was a relief not to read through the group's interaction; it had become tiresome.
A new group was introduced that got my full attention and upped the ante of tempo and interest. Also of interest was a new, erotica "direction," with a spicy scene involving new characters that is extremely mature and different for Ward...more. She also included a crime/murder investigation sub-plot that was very intriguing. With the new elements added and the omission of (what I considered) the redundancies, I was captivated.
I enjoy Wards continued use of imperfections/challenges and flaws that her cast of characters must overcome (some do not, they just deal with it as best they can). It allows the reader to connect with them in a more real way and that is what is needed to maintain interest in a series. The revelation at the end with Manny was anticipated but it came full circle and tied things together that had been a mysterious loose end in the preceding book.
*sigh* this is worth the full price! (I'm unfailingly frugal!)...more