Innocent in Death is number 24 of J.D. Robb’s “In Death” series and my introduction to the books.
It’s the year 2060 and lieutenant Eve Dallas has takeInnocent in Death is number 24 of J.D. Robb’s “In Death” series and my introduction to the books.
It’s the year 2060 and lieutenant Eve Dallas has taken a case involving a young teacher’s murder. The case seems like a standard poisoning, but Eve is having trouble building a good list of possible suspects. The young teacher seemed honestly well liked in the community with no real enemies. On the home front, Eve is battling her own insecurities as an old flame from her husband’s, path has suddenly returned.
I devoured this book in less than 24 hours, it was pretty spectacular. I loved the futuristic and gritty world. It gave everything a great almost film noir tone to the story. The hard edge really complimented the eclectic cast of characters.
Eve was the highlight of this for me. She’s a spectacular heroine who has a slightly skewed perspective of the world compared to everyone around her. I liked that in this installment we saw a vulnerability in Eve that offered a balance to the tough and highly competent homicide detective.
While I loved this as an introduction to Eve Dallas and her world, I’m not sure if I would’ve enjoyed this story as much if I had already been familiar with everything. I really enjoyed how all the drama between Eve and Roarke played out. However, the main mystery lost my interest toward the end. Call me cynical, but when the villain was unveiled I couldn’t drum-up the expected horror over it. So, the drawn out ending centered around the murderer bored me.
Despite this, I really enjoyed Innocent in Death and can’t wait to pick-up another book in the series....more
Unbearable Desire is the fourth book in Vivi Andrews Lone Pine Pride series. After reading and enjoying Andrews' Serengeti Shifters series, I was pretUnbearable Desire is the fourth book in Vivi Andrews Lone Pine Pride series. After reading and enjoying Andrews' Serengeti Shifters series, I was pretty excited to dive into this one.
Over a decade ago, Moira had a brief fling with Hugo, a fellow bear shifter. When he invited her to join the Lone Pine Pride, she had believed that he was inviting her to share his life. Her hopes were dashed when she arrived on his doorstep a week later. Hugo hadn't meant to give Moira the impression that they would be together, because his heart already belonged to another. Despite the rejection and humiliation, Moira decided to stay with the pride and to build a life for herself. Over ten years later, Hugo is starting to regret his decision but isn't sure how to go about mending fences.
Unbearable Desire is about crushed expectations, which is one of my favorite tropes. When Moira first met Hugo, she had dreamt of a happy future with him and quickly found that she had put the cart before the horse. Hugo, for his part, let the idea of a grand forbidden love blind him to any other relationship. I liked that both parties were, essentially, in the wrong and that Moira didn't spend all the intervening years pining away for Hugo. While she's still attracted to him, she has ruled out the possibility of them having a relationship. So, she's a little baffled and pretty bitter when Hugo suddenly seems to change his mind after all these years.
I only wish this had been a little longer to give Moira and Hugo more time to work things out and ease into the relationship. Things were pretty rushed once Hugo decided to pursue Moira, with a lot of things happening in quick succession. The pacing made the catalyst at the end feel like a rash decision for Moira, rather than one she came to naturally and would stick to. While I felt Moira may regret her decision, I was positive that Hugo wouldn't. Andrews did an excellent job of showing Hugo get closure with his long term obsession.
All in all, Unbearable Desire was a great quick read. If you like Vivian Arend or Dana Marie Bell, you'll find something to enjoy here.
***ARC provided by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***...more
A cute series of comics centered on the author's various experiences with the dating scene and people's perceptions of her single status. The style reA cute series of comics centered on the author's various experiences with the dating scene and people's perceptions of her single status. The style reminded me a little of Kate Beaton. I would recommend this to people looking for a quick read and a few good laughs. ...more
Radiance by Grace Draven is the first book in her new Wraith Kings series. The book had first been published in short installments on her blog beforeRadiance by Grace Draven is the first book in her new Wraith Kings series. The book had first been published in short installments on her blog before getting released as an ebook.
Ildiko and Brishen, are the royal spares in their respective families. Each only important enough for a marriage of convenience to strengthen the relationship between the Kai and humans. Issue is that humans tend to flee in terror at the sight of Kai, who are armed with sharp teeth and claws. The Kai are equally off-put by human features, believing the way their eyes roll around in their sockets creepy. Despite their misgivings, Ildiko and Brishen are determined to be allies against a brewing battle over trade routes and the poisonous atmosphere of court.
It’s hard not to gush about this book because there was just so much that I adored about it. The slow build-up of a relationship between Ildiko and Brishen was wonderful. I loved how honesty between them was often painted in a courageous light and was the foundation they built their relationship on. Watching them overcome their knee-jerk reactions to each other’s appearance was also a delight. It’s hard to find a romance where both parties think the sight of each other is disturbing and rather hideous. The funny thing is that Draven did a great job of making the things the Kai found creepy about humans believable. Quite a few times in the story I sat there going “huh, I guess that would be a little odd.”
Aside from the relationship, there was also an intriguing political plot occurring in the background. From the epilogue (which acts as more of a teaser for the second book) it seems this will be more of the focus for the next book. It’s the political machinations at work that often had me thinking that things will never be smooth sailing for Brishen or Ildiko. Too much is at play and working against them in ways neither expected. So, I’m on the edge of my seat to discover how they’ll manage to continue forward and remain happy.
I can tell that this is going to be a book that I continually try to force people to read. If you like high fantasy with a strong romance, then I suggest you check this out. I’m already stalking Draven’s website to see when the next novel will be released....more
First Drop of Crimson is the first spin-off novel set in Jeanine Frost’s popular Night Huntress universe. It's a standalone that focuses on Denise andFirst Drop of Crimson is the first spin-off novel set in Jeanine Frost’s popular Night Huntress universe. It's a standalone that focuses on Denise and Spade, who are two reoccurring side characters from the main series.
A demon has slowly been killing off members of Denise’s family. After she witnesses the demon murder her cousin, he makes her a deal. Find the relative who skipped out on a bargain with him and she won’t meet the same fate. With Cat and Bones out of country, Denise enlists the assistance of the only other vampires she knows, Spade. With Spade’s help, Denise has to track down her errant relative, who is hidden in the vampire community, before the demon runs out of patience.
It’s been a couple of years since I read a book set in the Night Huntress world. While I adored the early books in the main series and loved Eternal Kiss of Darkness, I can’t say that I felt as strongly about First Drop of Crimson. It fell firmly in the “it was ok” category for me.
The main reason for this is that Spade and Denise were pretty plain characters. They had very little to make them standout when surrounded by memorable characters, like Ian and Mencheres. It didn’t help that the snarky vampire, Ian, was given the best lines or that Bones' appearance breathed some life into a plot that had started to feel meandering. It got to the point where I was reading more to catch glimpses of the other characters than to find out what would happen to Denise or Spade.
All in all, First Drop of Crimson wasn't bad, just nothing really stood out about it. This works as a nice side story for fans of the series. However, I wouldn't recommend it to people who are looking to get into the Night Huntress books. If you're contemplating starting the series, I would suggest to just take the plunge and begin with the first book, Halfway to the Grave. ...more