I've been waiting for this book for a long time. This is one of my favorites series, so my expectations were high. Unfortunately, this was a bumpy ridI've been waiting for this book for a long time. This is one of my favorites series, so my expectations were high. Unfortunately, this was a bumpy ride. It started off with a bang! The first 40% was CP at its finest. Then it took one hell of a drop with only a few rises in between. I think I'm being harder on this book because of my high hopes and how amazing the first two books were, especially the second.
To me, this book felt very different from the first two. At certain points in the book I felt a detachment, both with the characters and with the writing and this is something I hadn't experienced in the previous books. I missed the action and twist and turns. Plus, the author was repetitive in her character and scenery descriptions.
There was a lack of tension. I needed more of the subtleties, intrigue and raw suspense, not the forced drama and angst that this book had. There were times when I thought we were going to get a plot twist or two and my anticipation grew, but then I would be disappointed by the simplistic resolution. This ended up taking on a typical romance formula and it became predictable. (view spoiler)[ I hated the baby arc and the convenient way Jokaste was cleared. (hide spoiler)] Laurent was OOC and Damien was just dense, plus I wanted more from the secondary characters. I missed the cunning, take no prisoners Laurent. Damen has always been righteous and honorable, but I expected more from him. He is the true King. He took control in the beginning, but he didn't step up when he was needed the most.
I will be the first to say that I wanted the romance to develop between D&L, but NOT at the expense of the plot. This is what happened here.
So, there were some parts that I loved and some parts that that didn't work at all, but I will always love L&D (just more in books 1 & 2)! ...more
I couldn't get into this one. I liked the characters, especially Nik, but I'm afraid not enough to ignore the plot holes. I thought Nik was a
I couldn't get into this one. I liked the characters, especially Nik, but I'm afraid not enough to ignore the plot holes. I thought Nik was a well-developed character and he carried the story for me, but everything seemed so OOT that I had a hard time believing the situations they found themselves in.
I still haven't changed how I feel about this series. The same problems I had with the first book still exist in this one. The writing is melodramatic I still haven't changed how I feel about this series. The same problems I had with the first book still exist in this one. The writing is melodramatic and doesn't fit the characters. Even though I like the world, I don't believe their turbulent past, and as a result, I can't get behind their present relationship....more
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. Round up, round down. I'm not sure yet. How could I love something so much and hate it at the3.5 Stars
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. Round up, round down. I'm not sure yet. How could I love something so much and hate it at the same time? Well, let me tell you. The characters and the plot get 5 stars, holes and all and there were many. But I still freakin loved it!!!! The non-stop action, the humor, and the freshness, it all kept me completely engrossed. I can ignore most of the holes, however some bugged me, like when (view spoiler)[ Misha and his boys left General Young alive in the parking garage. No way would the mob do that. Yes, they needed him for cover but since he was out cold anyway why leave him alive as a liability? (hide spoiler)] Plus, I had many eye-rolling moments by the stupid decisions made by the Military/Government. One was when they (view spoiler)[ opened fire in a diner parking lot jam-packed with people, using heavy explosives, and of course there were no repercussions. The author tried to explain this by using the government’s strong-hold on the police and media but some things go too far to believe and this was one of them for me. Also, I could not believe that the government’s first instinct was to destroy the alien. Yes, they did rethink that decision and go with capture first but this was not their first choice. This seemed very strange to me. (hide spoiler)] You really have to suspend disbelief with this book.
I could also ignore the OTT action scenes because it was fun to read. Again, suspending disbelief. It did flash me back to a ton of sci-fi/action movies, good and bad.
The worst part of the book and what I could not ignore was the multiple POV’s. Now, I don’t mean 3 or 4, I mean at least 6 or more. Some completely unnecessary. What was the point of hearing from Misha’s sister or even the doctor for that matter? We didn't need their back stories. We didn't need to hear from them at all! It was boring and for me deterred from the story. It broke up the tension. I didn't feel like it moved the story forward or brought anything to it.
The funny thing is, I really like all the side characters. Young was a great character and I especially liked Andrej and Koyla. Oh and I loved the dialogue. McClane is a witty little devil. They all had their own twist on humor and individuality. I had so many laugh out loud moments, I can’t even tell you. There was so much camaraderie and love in this book. Each relationship was special and you could feel how much these men cared for one another. Misha and Andrei, Misha and Riley, Riley and McClane, Anjrei and Koyla and of course JC. Each different and brought depth to the book.
GAH, there was so much good and so much that made me smile! It saddens me because this had all the potential to be a 5 star book but I just couldn't get past the POV changes :( ...more
This book had potential, but unfortunately it pretty much fell flat. The beginning intrigued me, and I saw the Cut & Run similarities, but I was c This book had potential, but unfortunately it pretty much fell flat. The beginning intrigued me, and I saw the Cut & Run similarities, but I was constantly wanting for more. More characterization, more chemistry, more depth. There was so much going on with the characters and the plot, but it went nowhere. Like Cillian, for example. Why was he even in this story? We got zero explanation. To me, he was thrown in just (view spoiler)[ so he can end up being the white knight that saves the day. Let's not forget how his flirting with Proph made Tom jealous. Really??? That's all there was. (hide spoiler)] It felt like a contrived plot device that was added for dramatics, and it made absolutely no sense to me.
The thing is, I didn't dislike either of the MC's, it's just that there wasn't enough for me to latch onto. I didn't feel their connection. It seemed more like they were going through the motions. So we get from point A to point B with no development. It was all superficial.
Oh well. If I thought book 2 would be more focused, I would give it a whirl, but for now it's up in the air. ...more
Lying With Scorpions picks up right where book one ends. Adrastes is on his way to claim the throne of Dalman with Kendras at his side. Adrastes and tLying With Scorpions picks up right where book one ends. Adrastes is on his way to claim the throne of Dalman with Kendras at his side. Adrastes and the Scorpios are walking into a mess of trouble. The fear of political power games, the lies, conspiracies, assassination attempts, revenge, betrayal, are all very real threats. This is a journey that both Adrastes and Kendras have to take, both together and separately. Adrastes was born a leader but he now needs to figure out how to become a King that the masses will follow. As leader of the Scorpions, Kendras has to learn to trust his decisions while trying to deal with his past and how he and his men fit into Adrastes' plans. He is pulled in many directions. You can feel the war within himself and his struggle with his feelings for Adrastes.
Now on to the details. Where the first book takes off from page one, this book has a slower pace. In fact, the beginning was too slow for my liking. Adrastes' political dealings dragged a bit and Kendras' inner thoughts were a little repetitive. I wish he didn't doubt himself so much. This got annoying at times. I was hoping that he found that inner strength sooner.
Around 40% the book changes. We get the action and tension akin to the first book. There are twists and turns and unexpected reveals. The emotional impact of the second half of the book hits hard.
Book two brings many new characters, plus more of my old favorites and some romance! I was so happy when Widow came into the picture. I love all his craziness! Of course Selvan also has a very special warm place in my heart. He is always there when Kendras needs his calming presence. I wish we saw more of Kendras with his men, especially Selvan. I love him.
Voinov brings great characters to this series. He deals with race, gender, and sexual identity like no other. My favorite new character was Amrash, the Jaishani Ambassador. There's a deadly quiet, mystery, and power that surrounds Amrash. Then there's Runner, the new badass female Scorpion recruit. I can't wait for this to be explored more.
Finally, there's Graukar, the Commander of Eagle’s Test. He's wise and passionate and in many ways brings a very real threat to Adrastes. At first, I thought Graukar could have his own agenda, which I liked, but then it seemed like his character flattened out. It's funny because he brought so much to Kendras but I lost the mystery behind him. I really hope there's more to him in the next book because I really like him. (view spoiler)[He wouldn't have stepped back from this if it destroyed him, or Graukar, or both of them. It felt rather like two fires uniting and eating into each other -- they ceased to exist, yet flared higher and brighter than they would have on their own. And there was glory in burning. (hide spoiler)] Beautiful!
Never kneel and mean it. If you have to crawl, be the scorpion under the rock — ready to strike at the hand turning the stone.
Kendras must now find his own path. I can't wait to see him become the leader he was meant to be! ...more
I love these guys together but a few things bugged me.
First, I needed to know more behind Kelly's attraction to Ni So close to a 4 so I'm rounding up.
I love these guys together but a few things bugged me.
First, I needed to know more behind Kelly's attraction to Nick. Kelly was far too eager to jump into this. I could see how they were drawn to each other and I felt every bit of their chemistry but I still wanted more of a buildup.
Secondly, (view spoiler)[ I really got sick of both of them blaming the drugs. (hide spoiler)] I got it after the second time it was mentioned. No need to bring it up every single time they contemplated their relationship.
This was still fun and I can't wait to have more of them. They were scorching hot together. Oh and a huge plus for the dirty talk!
I have mixed feelings about this one. I enjoyed the historical backdrop and the romance, but unfortunately a few things fell short. First and fore3.0
I have mixed feelings about this one. I enjoyed the historical backdrop and the romance, but unfortunately a few things fell short. First and foremost, I wish we saw more of John and Hagen in enemy mode. They are sworn enemies and it constantly felt like they were right on the edge of real animosity, but they never took that leap. Their hatred seemed watered down and nothing unexpected really happened. The interrogations were a bit trite, and everything fell into place way too easily.
As far as the characters go, it was one sided for me. All the love goes to Hagen. Beyond the fact that John's an interrogator, there wasn't much else to him. There were many references of John breaking Hagen but in reality it didn't take much. I really wanted more of their mind games and something to back up the fact that John was suppose to be this cruel and callous interrogator, because it never fully came through. The mind games and the sexual play never pushed the boundaries.
Hagen, on the other hand, has this vulnerable, innocent quality to him. He continuously struggles with his loyalty to the SS versus his integrity as a person. There were some really great moments with Hagen. I loved when he remembered (view spoiler)[ his brother telling him how their world is changing and not to throw his life away for something he cannot change or reverse. Powerful words that saved Hagen more than once. Another powerful moment was when Hagen removed the Iron Cross. That gave me chills. (hide spoiler)]
Even though I enjoyed the romance aspect the story, I still felt some uneasiness in the beginning. Their instant attraction and lust took over and everything else seemed to fall by the wayside. I really wanted the bitterness and anger to last longer than it had, but there was no doubt about the passion they felt for each other and sparks flew when they were together.
Basically, I enjoyed the book but certain aspects only seemed to brush the surface when I was hoping for more. ...more
Meh, it was ok. As I mentioned in my update, I liked the world-building but the characters didn't do much for me. I thought they were one dimensional Meh, it was ok. As I mentioned in my update, I liked the world-building but the characters didn't do much for me. I thought they were one dimensional and had little depth. I did feel a slight spark in Armise and he does have me curious, but other than that I didn't feel any emotional tie to them.
What bothered me the most was that this book was repetitive and Merq's inner dialogue didn't fit the character's actions. The author kept telling us that these two men were mortal enemies and that Armise was a killer, but the scenes that were meant support this were brushed over and didn't have any substance to them. They were enemies for 13 years and we were inundated with language that tried to convey this but their actions fell flat. It felt like the author was trying too hard to evoke emotion in the characters.
Armise was the lightning strike in my storm. He appeared without warning—a violent burst, and brilliant flash, lighting up the night sky—then retreated in a cacophonous crash, leaving me dazed, unsteady and blinking back stars from my vision. He was unpredictable. Unstable. Deadly and hypnotic. And yet it was like I stood defiantly in the storm, rifle lifted towards the churning sky, and challenged him to strike me. As if I came alive in that moment of impact.
You would think these words would depict passion, violence, Armise as a deadly force, and an intense history, but instead the words felt hollow to me. I never got a sense that these men had a turbulent history. Yes, it was said over and over, but unfortunately I never felt it.
I heard the series got better and since I already have the second work, I'll probably read it but I hold very little hope that the author can turn this around for me. ...more
Everything takes off in this volume of Captive Price. There's political intrigue, suspense, intense battle scenes, and crazy sexual tension. Everythin Everything takes off in this volume of Captive Price. There's political intrigue, suspense, intense battle scenes, and crazy sexual tension. Everything I love. Oh and Laurent! We finally get to see some cracks in his cold exterior and a slip or two in his control. What can I say. I was instantly fascinated and drawn to him in volume 1 and now I love, love, love him. I've also grown to like Damen's character more. His loyalty and honor ooze from every pore. In this volume, the characters and plot become wore intricate and everything comes together.
This gave me chills:
The truth was marching towards him. His past was coming to Ravenel, a steady, unstoppable approach. Damen and Damianos. And Jord was right. There had only ever been one of him.
Part of me is terrified for Laurent to find out who Damen really is but part of me believes that he already knows. My bet is that he does. Please, please let him know. ...more