Kaldar Mar's book. I have a thing for thief heroes, so I really adored Kaldar. Kaldar is sent on a mission by the Edge's version of the FBI to retriev...moreKaldar Mar's book. I have a thing for thief heroes, so I really adored Kaldar. Kaldar is sent on a mission by the Edge's version of the FBI to retrieve a powerful magic weapon that was stolen. His search leads him to ex-conman Audrey Callahan, who he promptly blackmails/guilts into helping him on his mission. Lots of bloodshed, cons, and pickpocketing results from their partnership. My only problem with this book was the inclusion of the children, George and Jack. While they weren't annoying, I just got bored when POV would switch to them and whatever they were doing. I also would've liked more relationship development between Kaldar and Audrey as it seemed that Audrey's decision to be with Kaldar sprang up rather suddenly towards the end. Other than that this was a really fun romp. Can't wait to read the next in the series!(less)
There are a few elements to Michaels's books I can always count on and that's light touches of humor, strong heroines, and fantastic side characters....moreThere are a few elements to Michaels's books I can always count on and that's light touches of humor, strong heroines, and fantastic side characters. Andrea doesn't disappoint as a heroine, she's a little more uptight than I'm used to coming from Michaels, but you understood why she was that way. If you like gothic mysteries you'll enjoy this. (less)
**spoiler alert** This is a great young adult book. I loved the world Jones developed here as well as the idea of placing the heroine, Sophie, under a...more**spoiler alert** This is a great young adult book. I loved the world Jones developed here as well as the idea of placing the heroine, Sophie, under a curse that aged her to look and feel like an old woman. But that it didn't crush her spirit and instead gave her courage to start doing things for herself. The other main characters, Howl and Calcifer, were fantastic as well. I rather enjoyed how foppish Howl was and the bantering that went on between him and Sophie was amusing. (less)
Technically, this is the second Mary Russell book, but its the one I began the series with. I started with this book because the mystery involving a c...moreTechnically, this is the second Mary Russell book, but its the one I began the series with. I started with this book because the mystery involving a church run entirely by women really interested me. Plus, I had been told that King does a good job of subtly incorporating women's history into her story-lines. This really intrigued me as I was curious to see what aspects of the 1920's era King would incorporate into the narrative.
The novel begins with Mary about to turn 21, an age she has eagerly been waiting to reach as it means assuming full control over her inheritance and no longer having to rely on the whims of her aunt. In addition to her near birthday, Mary is also close to receiving her degree in theology from Oxford. So when a friend from the university joins a church run exclusively by women Mary is fascinated. Agreeing to attend one of the sermons, Mary acts as a skeptical observer watching Margery Childe, the leader of the church, speak to and interact with her congregation. Wrangled into a private interview with the woman, Mary quickly finds herself talked into returning to the church on a regular basis in order to teach Margery another language. During these lessons, Mary begins to notice some odd occurrences involving the church and Margery. Slowly the deaths of several church members, written off as accidents, begin to surface, along with strange reports of Margery miraculously healing herself from extensive injuries. All of which leads to Mary investigating the church and its leader.
Mary was pretty kick-ass in this one. She spends a lot of the book working by herself on the case with Holmes only popping in and out of the narrative until close to the end. This is largely due to the fight they have near the beginning of the novel, but also because both Mary and Holmes are at an odd moment in their relationship and neither seem to know what to do about it. I loved Mary's internal struggle around Holmes. It really fit her character to be so up in the air concerning the potential shift in the dynamics of their relationship. Holmes own realization that Mary is seeing him differently is pretty on-key as well. Aside from all this, Mary also goes through a pretty traumatizing experience that really allows the strength of her character to shine. I was pretty impressed with how King used that experience to incorporate one of Holmes demons into the narrative without making it feel contrived or forced.
My only problem with the book came from how, at times, it lagged. Mostly, this came when the theological discussions would get a little too dense for me, but things generally picked back up pretty quick. Really, this was just an awesome read. Highly recommended.(less)
One of the biggest things that annoyed me about this book is how easy everything seemed to be solved for Julian and Grace. It just seemed like wheneve...moreOne of the biggest things that annoyed me about this book is how easy everything seemed to be solved for Julian and Grace. It just seemed like whenever the two of them found themselves in a bind, some god or goddess would throw something at them to help. I wanted to see Grace and Julian work through the curse more by themselves and not with all these random gods throwing them helping hands along the way. But the way Grace and Julian interacted with each other more than helped make up for that. I loved how much quiet time they spent together and it made their developing relationship seem much more believable. By the end of the story I was convinced that Julian and Grace’s relationship would last and that they wouldn’t be trying to curse each other into a book after a week.
Grace was good character and she managed to hold her own in the book, but I have to say that I really really liked Julian. One of the main reasons I liked Julian so much was that despite the fact that he was a Spartan general back in the day, he manages to see Grace as an equal and doesn’t go into “Me Tarzan, You Jane” mode.
This book doesn’t go very far into the dark hunter world, but you could see that Kenyon was starting to set up things that will be addressed in later books in the series when we start to get deeper into that world. Her site says that you don’t have to read the books in order and I don’t doubt that at all, but in my opinion I think it might be better if you did start from the beginning. So you can see the world building evolve instead of just being thrust into everything like I was in Unleash the Night. All around though this was a great story and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series. (less)
**spoiler alert** Rosalind Hawkins is screwed. She had been in the middle of getting her masters degree when her father died, leaving behind a mountai...more**spoiler alert** Rosalind Hawkins is screwed. She had been in the middle of getting her masters degree when her father died, leaving behind a mountain of debts and no way to pay them off. Now all Rose has to her name is a couple of ratty dresses and handful of worthless mementos. And since this is 1905 her options of employment are pretty limited. So when Rose receives a job offer to be a governess for the railroad baron, Jason Cameron, she accepts it and moves to San Francisco. But when Rose arrives at Cameron’s estate she finds the place strangely devoid of human life except for Cameron’s creepy valet. She also discovers that the governess position was a hoax and that what Cameron really needed was someone who could read several ancient languages. This is fine with Rose seeing as she never really wanted to deal with a bunch of screaming kids anyway and she’ll be able to use her college education. Plus there are also the added bonuses of a big check, a new wardrobe, and plush living quarters. All for just reading to a disabled guy via speaking tube every night.
There was too many things going on at once between Rose and Jason’s developing relationship, the mission to find a way to reverse Jason’s wolf-iness, the valet creeping around, the other fire master trying to take Jason down, and the list goes on. It was still a really great story, but it felt too rushed for my tastes. The main villain was supposed to be the other fire master in the area and yet we hardly ever saw him. So I didn’t really get a chance to build up a nice big chuck of hate for the character. I disliked the valet a hell of a lot more than the main villain and the valet was just a pawn. So that kind of took away from the big showdown between Jason and the other fire master. -That showdown was still pretty awesome though.-
Despite the off stage main villain, all the other characters were awesome. Rose was smart and didn’t freak out over every little thing that Jason pulled with her. And Jason was awesome, even though he did have a bit of a stalker thing going with his being able to use mirrors to see what other people were doing. He watched Rose constantly, but that mostly because he didn’t trust her too much and then because he was vicariously living through her. This was fine by me, seeing as he didn’t build a shrine to her or start sniffing her underwear. Jason also had a great back story and was just a great character.
I was kind of disappointed when Jason didn’t find a way to reverse what happened to him. I think it’s because so much of the plot was about him trying to find some way to change him self back that I felt cheated when he didn’t find a cure. Also the way the plot was set up I think I would’ve looked at it more as him being redeemed from his past arrogance, etc.(less)
I solemnly swear that I will try my hardest not to gush over this book like a rabid fan girl, but I have to say that I loved this book. Poison Study w...moreI solemnly swear that I will try my hardest not to gush over this book like a rabid fan girl, but I have to say that I loved this book. Poison Study was a unique read and the characters and world Snyder builds up in this are absolutely amazing.
After rooming with the rats in the dungeons for a year, Yelena’s execution date has finally arrived. And she’s escorted upstairs to be read her last rights and have a chance to confess her sins before execution. Only the man she’s taken to offers her a choice, she can either swing in the breeze or become the food taster for the Commander of Ixia. -who is pretty much like the king of the kingdom.- Yelena’s not an idiot and knows that either way she’s choosing death, the only difference is how and when she’s going to die. Fast and now, by a noose or slowly and who knows when by poison. After a bit of consideration Yelena decides that with the poison at least she might have a chance of escaping.
Yelena’s lessons on poisons start immediately and this job is anything but easy. She not only has to deal with the fact that some assassin may try to slip the Commander poisoned food and end up poisoning her, but also that Valek, her teacher and the Commander’s right hand man, is known to test the food tasters by slipping them poisons every once in a while as well. Her plans of escaping have pretty much been squashed too, because Valek slipped a little insurance into her drink and now she has to get an antidote from him every morning or die a slow and painful death. And things just keep on getting better and better for Yelena, because the owner of the orphanage is pissed that she isn’t being executed for killing his son. So his cronies are running around the castle trying to kill her and there’s a rat in the servants quarter who is feeding her enemies information. There’s also the fact that something strange is happening to the Commander and she’s starting to develop a bit of a crush on Valek. Which shouldn’t be happening since the guy is likely to kill her if he ever gets even the slightest notion that she’s not working out as food taster.
I loved the world Snyder is building here. You get the sense that this place is kind of medieval, but then they have some modern conveniences as well. There’s a feud going on between the south and north countries that is really interesting as well. When Ixia was taken over by the Commander he banished all magic people and they went to the south. Now anyone who’s born with magic in Ixia is executed unless they can make it to the south before anyone reports them to the authorities. This is another problem Yelena faces when her magic powers start to emerge.
Yelena is probably one of the most tortured heroines I’ve read about in a long time and I absolutely loved her character. She had crappy life before she was imprisoned and things just keep getting more awful for her every day, but she handles everything that’s thrown at her really well. She knows how to think things through and instead of being broken by all that has happened to her, it’s only managed to make her stronger. She’s someone who can make it on her own and is smart enough and resourceful enough to survive pretty much anything.
Valek was another great character even though I think I made his character sound a bit darker than he is in the book. Throughout the story you’re a little leery of him and his motives because you can tell he’d do anything to keep the Commander safe and he isn’t exactly Mr. Trusting when it comes to other people. Both Valek and Yelena are really layered characters and I loved watching their relationship grow and watching their interactions together. And the minor characters in the story are great. The Commander was surprisingly a really interesting character and I would’ve liked to have seen more of him.
When I finished this book I was a little annoyed that it kind of ended on a cliff hanger. It wasn’t a huge one or anything. All the problems that were introduced in the story at the beginning were resolved and I felt content the story ended for the time being. Snyder just introduced a few small problems at the end in hopes of leaving us wanting more and kind of giving us a taste of what's going to happen in the next book. And it worked. I highly recommend this book to anyone who's listening.(less)
After reading In the Dark of Dreams I was a little worried about going into this one. The previous book in this series, just didn’t really click with...moreAfter reading In the Dark of Dreams I was a little worried about going into this one. The previous book in this series, just didn’t really click with me. However, I was sucked into the story the moment I read the first line of, “A dragon slept beneath New York City.”
When she was twelve, Lyssa watched her parents murdered for their powers. Feared and cast out of the shapeshifter community because of her mother’s heritage, Lyssa has no one to turn to. In order to survive, she has been living on the streets hiding her erratic powers and avoiding others. However, the murder of the one person who knew what Lyssa was leads her parents’ killer straight to her, but it also sends Dirk and Steele pyrokinetic, Eddie, as well.
Eddie has always had trouble controlling his powers and his most recent flameout was caused by news that his sister’s killer has been released from jail for good behavior. He wants nothing more than to hunt down her murderer, but finds himself assigned with the task of finding and protecting Lyssa. Working with the gargoyle, Lannes, he discovers that Lyssa is not the helpless little lamb that they had been led to believe. Instead, he finds himself faced with a woman who everyone, Lannes included, seems to instinctively fear and hate. Soon enough, he finds himself the only one willing to help Lyssa take down her parents’ killer.
Eddie has been a reoccurring character in the series since the very first book, so I was pretty thrilled to see him get his own story. He hasn’t had it very easy, with his powers constantly flaring up and, once or twice, almost killing him. He also didn’t have a very great childhood, growing up with an abusive step-father and then living on the streets for a little while. What I loved about this, though, was how his past experiences made it easier for him to understand where Lyssa was coming from. He was understanding of her predicament, but also knew when to push at the walls she put up around herself.
Lyssa was another of Liu’s great heroines, but I think she was also one of the most vulnerable. Don’t misunderstand when I say vulnerable for lacking backbone though. The girl has some serious guts; she just has been on her own for a really long time and it shows. So, to have Eddie pop into her life and then refuse to abandon her, even with everyone saying that he should, both touches and scares her to death. She’s petrified that he’ll die either by her own hand or by the person who’s hunting her. Eddie, for his part though, is a stubborn mule and refuses to give in. I rather adore him.
One of the things that I really love about this series is how Liu incorporates her side characters into the series. She never makes them flat and when she brings in main characters from past books, it’s always to serve a purpose. She did that in this one with Lannes, the hero from The Wild Road. He was a pretty prominent figure in the story, but he wasn’t exactly the good guy in this book, which I just loved. He had reasons behind his motivations and seeing how much he feared and hated Lyssa highlighted just how prejudiced the paranormal community is against her. Because seriously? Lannes is such a sweet character that seeing animosity and distrust from him was pretty shocking.
My only complaint, which really isn’t a complaint but me pouting, is that Koni didn’t make an appearance in this book. I missed the crow shifter. He’s the character that I always look forward to seeing in these books. Since Eddie got his own book I’m hoping and praying that Liu will eventually give Koni his. And, after reading this story, I also kind of want to see Roland get more page time. He had a pretty kick ass moment here.(less)
**spoiler alert** Celia Sands has just been given a part that could launch her entire acting career. But the reason she’s been offered the part isn’t...more**spoiler alert** Celia Sands has just been given a part that could launch her entire acting career. But the reason she’s been offered the part isn’t because of her talent, it’s her name. Celia shares the same name as the famous actress who vanished before she could play the lead role that was written for her. Now the grandson of the play write, Alex, is attempting to put on the play at his grandfather’s enormous house in Italy, Il Piacere, which conveniently happens to have a theater on the grounds, and he wants Celia’s name on the playbill for some publicity. When Celia finds this out she isn’t exactly doing a jig in joy over landing a lead role. In fact, she’s determined not to take the part at all until Bryan tells her how much it would mean to Rupert, who will be directing.
Bryan and Rupert, aka Roo, are pretty much Celia’s parents. They raised her since she was a baby and it’s them she considers family and it’s them who she turns to when she needs help. I absolutely loved Roo and Bryan. The relationship they had with each other along with the relationship they had with Celia was just amazingly well done.
So with the thought of pleasing Roo and of spending some father/daughter time with him, Celia agrees to go. Unfortunately, the play they’re to put on is supposedly cursed. And from the moment Celia and Roo step foot on the grounds of Il Piacere it seems that might very well be true. Two of the household staff vanish the day Celia and Roo arrive.
My main complaint about this book has to do with the plot. There were a lot of things going on in this book, they never got confusing, but there isn’t really a big focus on one main mystery. Instead there seemed to be many small ones floating all around. And the one that ended up being the “big climax” of the story wasn’t all that interesting. It seemed like it was just thrown in there at the end so things could wrap up. It felt like the plot should’ve revolved more around whether or not the play was written by D’Ascanio and what really happened to the first Celia Sands.
Now the characters are what really drove this book for me. Every single one was marvelous and with their own personalities and voices. I loved Celia. She’s one of those rare heroines who pull off being a kind and caring person without coming across as being a wimp or push over.
Anyway, I recommend this book to fans of Barbara Michaels and gothic mysteries. Even though I think I might go as far as to recommend this to people who aren’t huge fans of mysteries either since this seemed more character driven than mystery driven. Read this book, it’s definitely worth the time. (less)
I fear that I’m in deep trouble of turning into a rabid fan girl about this series. I loved this whole freakin’ book. So much, in fact, that I was sad...moreI fear that I’m in deep trouble of turning into a rabid fan girl about this series. I loved this whole freakin’ book. So much, in fact, that I was sad to see it end and actually made myself start reading it slower. Anyway, this is series I don’t recommend reading out of order, because Magic Study picks up almost exactly where the previous book left off.
Yelena has once again gotten the shaft in life. Just when she has made friends and started to feel all cozy in Ixia she’s forced to leave because of the whole “all magicians will be killed on sight” rule. So now she has no choice but to go on down to Sitia, where she’ll start learning about her magic abilities and meet the family she was supposedly stolen from years ago. Only her welcome isn’t too friendly when she finally arrives on her lost family’s doorstep. Her brother has decided that she’s an impostor who was sent to Sitia to spy for Ixia and he’s determined to see her punished for it. So he starts taking every opportunity to rattle off his theory about her to anyone who will listen.
This, of course, doesn’t make Yelena the most popular girl in Sitia. In fact, she’s back to being shunned by everyone around her except for a few people, but even they are leery of her and her strange powers. Then there’s the fact that one of the people who have listened to her brother’s ramblings about her is the lost prince of Ixia who sees Yelena as his golden ticket into reclaiming the throne. And if that isn’t enough, Yelena also finds herself getting more and more involved in Sitia’s problem with a crazy ass guy who’s romping around near the plains, abducting young women and then stealing their souls.
It was great to dive back into the rich world that Snyder is building in these books. Once again she manages to not go into information overload, but still give us enough information where we can see the differences between both Sitia and Ixia. I think I would’ve liked to have seen more about the politics of both countries, but I also believe it would’ve interrupted the flow of the book if Snyder had tried to cram more information in.
Sitia is a really laid back country when compared with Ixia, so it was interesting to watch Yelena trying to adjust to the different customs and laws. The hostility between both countries is still going strong, so Yelena ends up taking a lot of crap from people who see Ixia’s ways coming out in her actions. And the bad vibes and rumors only increase around Yelena with the arrival of Ixian representatives in the place where she’s studying, which apparently is kind of like the capital of Sitia.
This, of course, brings some characters from the last book into the midst of things, which I was really happy for. It was great to see the power twins, Valek, and the Commander involved in this book’s plot. The new characters that were introduced were also great. They all meshed together nicely and none of the characters just felt thrown in for the sake of having fresh meat in the story. I also really appreciate the fact that everyone under the sun doesn’t adore and love Yelena to bits, I really don't like it when series end up doing that. The worse part about this book is that yet again, it ends with giving us a taste of the plot for the next book leaving me wanting the next one now. (less)
I love Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series so when I found out that she had another series I had to check it out.
Nadia Stafford is a hi...moreI love Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series so when I found out that she had another series I had to check it out.
Nadia Stafford is a hit-man with a moral compass. She used to be a cop, but because of a mistake she had to retire. Now she runs a wilderness lodge and finances it through taking hits put out on unsavory characters. Nadia is a wonderful, well rounded character. She's someone who has seen the court system fail too many times and has had one of those times touch her life too closely. This has made her into a vigilante type, even though she struggles against becoming that kind of hit-man. She views what she's doing as only a temporary way to make ends meet. But when her mentor, Jack, presents her with the chance to take out a serial killer she can't resist. The way the serial killer plot is incorporated into the storyline was fantastic. The suspense was high as the characters were constantly racing to prevent the killer from taking his next victim. Also, I loved Jack. Nadia and him team up to take down the killer and its clear that they view each other more as equals rather than teacher and student. Nadia is competent and intelligent and Jack recognizes that. So, thankfully, there's no damsel in distress moments where Jack has to swoop in and save her.
Overall, this was great read. I can't wait to read the other book in the series!
This is the first book in King's Mary Russell series, but I actually didn't pick it up until after I read the three novels that follow it. Honestly, I...moreThis is the first book in King's Mary Russell series, but I actually didn't pick it up until after I read the three novels that follow it. Honestly, I think I preferred it that way as this kind of read like a prequel for me. This was primarily because the first half of the novel is a little episodic, focusing mostly on Holmes and Mary getting to know each other.
After her parents and younger brother died in a car wreck, sixteen year old Mary Russell is sent to live with her aunt in England. Unfortunately, the aunt is an evil tyrant who only keeps her niece around because of the allowance she receives for taking care of Mary. In order to escape the toxic atmosphere of the house, Mary typically roams around the countryside dressed in her father's old clothes and reads. On one such romp, Mary stumbles across a man closely watching a small cluster of bees. After a brief conversation, where they both manage to insult each other, Mary figures out that she's in conversation with the legendary Sherlock Holmes. Impressed by Mary's aptitude in deducting not only who he is, but also exactly why he was watching a group of bees, Holmes convinces Mary to let him teach her his trade. Over the years, Holmes and Mary become close friends with a low level spark of attraction between them. But, being the magnet for danger he is, Holmes is soon targeted by an old enemy and Mary finds herself entangled in the whole affair.
I really adored this book. The beginning is compiled of small adventures that Mary has while learning from Holmes. It was fun watching Mary, during these parts, really come into her own and make the effort to differentiate herself from Holmes' larger-than-life personality. One of my favorites moments was her subtle flaunting of the fact that she's pursuing a degree in theology, much to Holmes' annoyance. However, the book didn't really pick-up and gain focus until the second part when the main mystery plot is introduced.
Part two begins when the people close to Holmes become the targets of an assassin, leading him and Mary to begin a long search to find the person behind the attacks. There's a lot of attraction that hums between Holmes and Mary in this section of the book, which I really loved. You can feel Holmes constantly trying to resist exposing his feelings about Mary while, at the same time, battling the attraction due to their age difference. This was just a really fantastic read, but I'm up in the air on whether or not I would recommend reading this later in the series or in chronological order. Most of the books in the series can stand on their own, so its really up to you on what order you read this series.(less)
Hawke and Sienna's book! Like everyone else who reads this series, I was really anticipating this one. Hawke and Sienna's relationship has been brewin...moreHawke and Sienna's book! Like everyone else who reads this series, I was really anticipating this one. Hawke and Sienna's relationship has been brewing in the background of this series since the very first novel. Sienna is an X-cardnial Psy. X Psy aren't known for having long life spans, their powers typically cause them to die a fiery death long before they reach their mid-twenties. So when Sienna feels her powers slowly slipping out of her control, she knows she'll eventually have to leave SnowDancer or risk taking the entire pack down with her. In the meantime, she's determined to keep trying to reinforce her control, but the angst filled relationship she has with Hawke is not helping matters. Hawke has always caused her emotions to erupt into chaos and the confusing signals he's been sending her has just been adding fuel to that fire. Sienna has loved him for a hella long time and everyone at SnowDancer seems to be hellbent on shoving them together. Unfortunately, Hawke refuses to act on his attraction and Sienna is done waiting around for him to change his mind.
Oh man, I loved this story to bits. Hawke has been a favorite side character of mine ever since he showed up in Slave to Sensation and went out of his way to annoy Lucas. I really loved seeing that playfulness in his character expanded in this story. There's some really cute scenes centered on him "playing" with Sienna and I loved that she was able to hold her own against him. However, in the beginning of this book his stubbornness concerning her was pretty annoying. Hawke had a kind of "kid in the playground" mentality about Sienna. He didn't want to play with her, but no one else was allowed to play with her either. This combined with their relationship throughout the other books, made me really wish that Singh hadn't gone the virgin route with Sienna. Going into this book, I had hoped that Sienna would've slept with Kit or someone before this story. It was kind of a damper to see Sienna able to match Hawke everywhere and then suddenly play the shy and naive virgin in the bedroom. She eventually gets out of that, but it still broke the tone of the rest of the book to have to sit through that "first-time" scene.
Aside from the main romance, this one also had the benefit of a pretty great action side story. The Psy are organizing some pretty brutal attacks against SnowDancer in an attempt to weaken them so they can eventually be wiped out. The suspense of organizing defensive maneuvers and counter attacks was pretty awesome. I also really enjoyed that this installment seemed bloodier than the others in the series, it made the brewing war seem more imminent and important than it has been in the other novels.
My only real complaint is that I feel like Lara and Walker got short changed. Like Sienna and Hawke, their story has been quietly building over the course of a few books, but they got slotted as the secondary romance in this one. Lara and Walker's relationship was nicely done, but it faded a lot into the background in comparison to the other major plot threads such as: Hawke and Sienna's relationship, the Psy attacks, and Lucas and Sasha's baby. Because of this I really wish that they had been given their own book or at least their own short story.
I would recommend this book if you're a fan, but not to someone looking to start the series. This book really needs to be worked up to in order to appreciate the relationships and events that are at the center of the story. (less)
The hero in this book is based off of the character Gregory House from the tv show House M.D. This made me really unsure of picking up this book. I lo...moreThe hero in this book is based off of the character Gregory House from the tv show House M.D. This made me really unsure of picking up this book. I love House, but I was afraid that this book was going to read like some really awful fan fiction. But luckily that wasn't the case. The book is very light and humorous and the characters are all engaging. There's a few homages to the tv show casually thrown in (such as the mention of a patient with the last name Cuddy) but they weren't as annoying as they could have been.
The thing that really made this book enjoyable for me was the amount of time the two main characters actually spend together. Its a nice change of pace from most of the other historical romances where they're forced into a marriage and then spend half the book trying to avoid one another. Instead, Linnet and Piers spend a lot of time together over the course of the book and you get a sense of why they would be drawn to each other. Also, the way Piers didn't have a real sense of personal space boundaries was pretty amusing. The morning scenes when he'd come to wake her up to go swimming where probably my favorite parts of the story.(less)