In a Flutter: Yessss!! Finally Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: As always, it’s aReview originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Mar 30 2016 :
In a Flutter: Yessss!! Finally Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: As always, it’s a pleasure to return to the Dark Kings world. Characters: Kins and Ryder finally opened up about their fears and desires, though it took some effort and angest on both parts – understandable. I really love the way Kins interacts with the rest of the Dragon Kings, especially Con *har~har*. He’s kind of an asshole, a bit, and I love how she does her best not to cower before him, even when she finds him slightly scary, lol. Plot: Finally! I mean, cra-cram, so on the romance tangent, Kins amd Ryder finally acknowledge their need for each other, so hurrah! But the Balladyn and the Dark plot thickens, and Ulrik just keeps me guessing. Exciting and intriguing story! Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV. Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb, auto-buy author name!
Finally! I think my suspicions are confirmed. I think I know who Ehi’s ex is. I think, lol. Can’t be sure yet. I’m so looking forward to a confrontation there. Or maybe there won’t be any. But these Reapers! I want mooooore!...more
In a Flutter: Emotionally intense Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The rich worldReview originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on MAr 24 2016:
In a Flutter: Emotionally intense Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The rich world of the Dark Kings series is delicious. Characters: I loved how strong Kinsey tried to be, despite having her heart broken. She’s one tough chick, I’ll tell you that, for all her vulnerabilities, she managed to keep up with these intimidating guys pretty well! Ryder might be acting tough, but the guy is pretty much a big hug-able teddy-bear when it comes to Kinsey. It was so romantic, the way he yearned for her presence. How he couldn’t stay away now that she was under his nose. Also, yey for them working together to clear Kinsey’s name. Plot: On the romance front, I felt both of them were realizing what the other meant to them, and what effects their separation had. The Ulrik plot only thickens, of course – it always does! – and I’m dying to see what happens with Balladyn and the Dark, and the Reapers have to start acting soon, and… okay, I’m very excited about the story, lol, obviously! Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV. Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – autobuy author name :D
As a side note, not that I’m obsessed or anything, but I just feel it in my bones that we’re close to finding out who Rhi’s ex is!! I have a suspect, lol, but… we shall see. On to part 3!...more
In a Flutter: Exciting! Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: It’s always a pleasure to return to the Dark Kings world, full of paranormal elements – shapeshifters, druids, spells&curses – and fantasy elements – fae, dragons, other worlds -. You can never get bored in the Dark Kings world, that’s for sure. Characters: I loved Kinsey and Ryder, and tbh have been expecting them to be reunited for a while now. They felt like such an obvious mating match, plus they make purrfect sense together, have hot chemistry, and a really fun-to-follow interaction. I loved how Kinsey could empathize with the Kings (all of them), and I feel this is going to be a great story because she’s thinking things I’ve thought too, giving nuances to the simpler good guys/bad guys dichotomy. I love nuances, and I love Kinsey for picking up on them. Plot: While on the romantic front there wasn’t much happening in this installment aside the ex-lovers actually meeting, I felt it was a strong moments for them both, hence a fun one for me. In regard to the overall Dark Kings story, I feel we’re preparing for yet another plot twist – and I looking forward to finding out what it is! Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV. Awesome writing, as usual, conveying emotions in such a clear and simple way, without falling into the trap of overstating things. Curb Appeal: Cool cover, interesting blurb, auto-buy author name – compulsive buy material.
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again. I recommend Donna Grant’s Dark Kings series for all lovers of PNR with shapeshifters, particularly dragons, and to lovers of complex worlds and interesting intrigue. Can’t wait to read the next one!...more
In a Flutter: Thought-provoking Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The New York (plReview originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Mar 25 2016 :
In a Flutter: Thought-provoking Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The New York (plus, lol) setting was interesting, though outside the sense of power-due-to-wealth and the murder scene in Joe’s case, I can’t say that it made much of an impression on me (I’m not saying that it should have, mind you). Maya’s investigating took me to other places too. Characters: Maya was a strange creature, in my opinion. I didn’t dislike her, but I didn’t like her either. There was this non-human-like efficiency about her that I respected, and she had guts to spare for sure. But I can’t say I liked her. I admired her loyalty to her loved ones, her swiftness when it came to taking action – probably a soldier/ex-soldier thing -. But I didn’t outright like her. I didn’t find her charming, or charismatic, or intriguing. She had secrets, that was clear to me from the beginning. She was haunted by some things from her past. I empathized with her. I just couldn’t like her, not even when I admired the toughness of choices she made. I loved Shane, though I got to see little of him. He came off as…human. Very human. I liked Eddie. I even liked Claire, and I only got to see her through Maya’s eyes since Claire, her sister, is dead during the story. But Maya…I found her unsettling, in a non-fascinating way. Keep in mind I’m a fan of badass chicks, and that she was. I respected the hell out of her for that. Plot: The mystery at heart of the story, one might think, is Joe’s murder. Except it’s not, actually. The actual mystery consists of a few other murders, his coming as a conclusion of sorts. Or an intermezzo. There’s another death in the novel, a significant one. I’m not spoiling it for you. There’s a lot tension and a bit of confusion as we follow Maya, but I pretty much got the picture about Joe’s, Claire’s, Andrew’s murders quickly. I wasn’t so sure about the death of Andrew’s and Joe’s school-mate, but it didn’t shock me. And boy, that ending! Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, mainly Maya’s POV (with one notable exception). I was tempted to say the style was a bit dry for me, maybe, but then came that last chapter that I didn’t find dry at all. Which made me realize it wasn’t the style I didn’t like, but Maya. Curb Appeal: Cool cover, interesting blurb – impulsive buy material for my thriller moods.
Fool Me Once was a really interesting read. It made me think, the clues were satisfactory and had a nice tempo, there was enough action and tension to keep me excited, and had a pretty kickass ending. I think the reading experience is even better if you happen to like Maya, which I didn’t. But it was still a thought-provoking read, even so. I recommend it to fans of thrillers that involve murder mysteries and investigations, to fans of soldier/ex-soldier stories too – even if her career is not heavily featured in the story, Maya is most definitely a soldier, start to finish....more
In a Flutter: Fun & interesting! Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: I loved retuReview originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Jan 20 2016:
In a Flutter: Fun & interesting! Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: I loved returning to the world of the Dark Kings series. Dragon shifters, magic, all sorts of fae – yummy! All the more yummy, I’m particularly interested in the 3rd kind of faw making an entrance! Characters: I loved Sophie and Darius, because they’d both lost someone dear and had to overcome mistrust and fear in order to be together. I felt like they had a deep connection, and it was interesting to see them come to terms with their love. I also loved the new angle they made me see Ulrik from, as he too lost someone dear – and the way they each reacted is interesting. Plot: The romance was fun and hot, as they ted to be in the series. I love the grander intrigue though, the Dragon Kings vs Ulrik thing. Also, who is Rhi’s ex? Who? Whooo?? I wanna know now, lol!! Writing: Third person, his and hers POV. Curb Appeal: Hot cover, hooking blurb – definite impulsive buy material.
I recommend Smoldering Hunger to lovers of paranormal romance with the true mates trope, dragon shifter enthusiasts, and fans of UF too since there’s always more action than simply romance. Also, who is Rhi’s ex??...more
In a Flutter: Light and funny Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: It was a fun LondReview originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Jan 21 2016 :
In a Flutter: Light and funny Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: It was a fun London contemporary setting, and the race to end the loneliness of today\s lives felt very current. Characters: Catherine, Rachel & Sarah were very fun characters, and very current. I felt the represented different types of women of our days, involved in different careers but ambitious, driven, passionate about what they’re doing, and single for one reason or another. The race to end that singledom was hilarious, and authentic. I loved the RecycLove site idea and the way it put things into perspective for all three of them. Plot: The three stories were fun and had me giggling at times, and the relaxed tempo of events was engaging but light. I can’t say I was riveted, but I’m used to reading UF-like stories, with action, fighting scenes, all that. But light and easy is fun too, from time to time, and this time it certainly was. Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, from the POVs of the three friends. I loved their voices and the humor they all had. Curb Appeal: Cool cover, but it was the blurb that hooked me – definite impulsive buy material for my light reading moods.
Match Me If you Can was a fun, light read, that made me laugh and was touching at times too. I recommend it to Chick-Lit readers by large, but also to say lovers of Contemporary light and fun reading. It was a page turner, and kept me up all night – that’s how fun it was!...more
In a Flutter: Fun! Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The Manhattan setting was fun,Review originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Apr 6 2016:
In a Flutter: Fun! Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The Manhattan setting was fun, and I loved the Irish-American community the novel portrayed. Characters: Kieran was an interesting character. A bit of a scaredy-cat maybe, though she tried to act tough for everyone around. I loved how loyal she was to her family, though she lost her moral compass strikingly easily when it came to loved ones – and I would have expected more from someone on her field of work, I guess. But she was a fun heroine. Craig was an interesting hero, not coming off too alpha-vibe despite the FBI agent thing. He made me laugh a few times, with the disguises particularly. He was a good match with Kieran and they were a cute couple, sort of sweet vibe, even. Plot: The story was pretty fun, but I can’t say I was riveted though I was engaged all through. I think I was expecting a bit more excitement for some reason; though it was an active story, it was pretty tame. Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his and her POV. Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – good impulsive buy material for my romantic suspense craving.
This was my first Heather Graham read, and I liked the experience. I was a bit under the weather when reading it, and it took longer than it usually takes me to a read a novel (meaning in one sitting), so maybe that influenced my reading experience breaking a bit the flow of the story. But I really had fun reading Flawless, and I recommend it to lovers of light romantic suspense, based on interesting ideas not agitated action, and with romance that’s not too angsty or explicit....more
In a Flutter: Hot but not as exciting as #1 Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: TheReview originally posted at Butterfly-o-Meter Books on Feb 17 2016 :
In a Flutter: Hot but not as exciting as #1 Fluttering Thoughts: Worldbuilding: The story continues in London, where some of society frowns upon the freedoms Evelyn and Savage take and try to push them back into line. I enjoyed this element of the story. Characters: I felt Evelyn and Savage evolved as characters in this novel, but perhaps not as much as I would have liked them to. It felt a bit like Savage Nights suffered a bit from the second book in the series syndrome, where there are interactions and characters show some development but it feels like a liaison to the third, more important book in the trilogy. I can’t say there was too much development, aside more sex. Which is good, lol, but without the layers of tension present in the first book, while hot in itself, it fell a bit flat for me in terms of catching my interest. What could have given an extra layer of interest to the cast of characters (and story) was the antagonist, Blackledge, but I felt his presence was too discreet to actually make an impact. More scheming could have made things more fun, for me :D I am a shamelessly evil reader. Plot: Another point that didn’t keep me riveted was the story; but then again I tend to lose interest in romance trilogies when it comes to #2. It always feels to me like the important events take place in #1 and #3. While the sexual action was plentiful, I wasn’t gripped by tensions or conflicts much, and just when it was starting to get more interesting, the novel ended, lol. Writing: First person, past tense narrative, Evelyn’s POV. I liked the writing, as I did in the first novel, it was one of the novel’s strong points. Curb Appeal: Nice cover, hooking blurb – but I was already invested in the series due to Lord Savage.
All in all, I wasn’t as taken with Savage Nights as I expected I would be. Lord Savage set the standard very high though. I’ve sort of fallen out of love with stories that focus on romance and have no other strong plot going aside that. But I think lovers of historical romance with power-play themes would love Savage Nights, so I do recommend it for them. I think Mia Gabriel is a good writer and perhaps the novel would benefit from reading right after the first, when the passion of Evelyn and Savage’s union still holds the charm and tension Lord Savage built....more