Contemporary romance isn't my thing. I like my YA romance with a paranormal or more recently a dystopian plot. However, last year I picked up a contem...moreContemporary romance isn't my thing. I like my YA romance with a paranormal or more recently a dystopian plot. However, last year I picked up a contemporary YA (Where The Stars Still Shine) and I loved it. It turned out to be one of the best books I read all last year. I kept seeing Harlequin Teen retweeting things about this series, so I figured what the hell.
I'd give it a shot. And I'm glad I did cause wouldn't you know? I loved it to pieces. Fantastically written, gripping plot. I liked Echo right off though it took me a while to warm up to Noah and I still think he's a bit of an ass, but I did wind up really liking him. The story was amazing, and difficult at times. And I must admit I shed more than a few tears.
There was some wonderful descriptive writing. Engaging characters. Thoroughly engaging and amazing story. Looking forward to the rest of this series. (less)
**spoiler alert** I received an ARC from the publisher, an invite to view the title via Netgalley.
Review contains some plot spoilers.
I lov...more**spoiler alert** I received an ARC from the publisher, an invite to view the title via Netgalley.
Review contains some plot spoilers.
I loved the first book in the series, so much I pre ordered the second book from iBooks. Then a few months ago I got an email with an invite from the publisher to view via Netgalley and did a little happy dance. I was dying to continue this series.
The publisher asked that reviews not be posted until release date. Ok. I was going to be on holiday on release day so it would make good plane reading. Didn't quite manage that. I didn't cancel my pre order either. It wasn't until the middle of December that I actually started. I don't know what it was...for some reason I couldn't get into the second novel on the kindle version I had. I have since bought both books in this series in paperback and it's the paperback I finished.
The second instalment focuses on Gustav and Serena in New York where her photography career is taking off. The first book left off on an awesome cliffhanger. (view spoiler)[Cousin Polly's new boyfriend was Gustav's estranged brother Pierre (hide spoiler)]. This takes the drama up a whole notch. There was a big ass argument between the two brothers, and Serena throwing her own two cents in. Serena has several new commissions in New York which lead her down a whole new level of sexiness and voyeurism.
While I enjoyed the story very much, the first half seems to be about Gustav and Serena testing boundaries and the strength of their relationship in the desires and delights that the creme of the crop of New York have to offer, I didn't find the plot as gripping as the first novel. Some of the sex was smouldering. Gustav is as sexy as ever. Dominant without being a jackass. And smart enough to know how to handle firecracker Serena. The sex was fun and some of it was extremely hot. Though I found myself getting a little bored with it in this second instalment.
There wasn't so much Serena and Gustav. (view spoiler)[He gives her free reign to try new delights whilst doing her sexy photography commissions within certain boundaries. I think he gets the impression that if he tells her no she will want to try the sex stuff more. They talk a few fantasies and things happen and of course it all goes hideously wrong when Pierre hires her for a commission of a theatre and burlesque group he runs (hide spoiler)] I think that was what made it dull for me. I understand where Gustav is coming from and admire him immensely for it.
The latter part of the novel kicked off in the drama. Not putting too much in about Pierre as that would be some major major plot spoilers. Gustav's terrible ex-wife Margot plays a huge part as well all though she's never really seen. The threat of her is still a heavy presence.
Either way, I certainly had fun reading it so a huge thanks to Avon for letting me view the title. I',m dying to read the final book in the series. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This series is becoming one of my favourites. I loved this book so much I read it from cover to cover in a single day. I read an insane amount of book...moreThis series is becoming one of my favourites. I loved this book so much I read it from cover to cover in a single day. I read an insane amount of books and never somehow manage to sit down and focus on just one. I had one day of holiday left (even on holiday I had several books on the go at once) so that last day had my by the pool with this gem.
This one picks up some time after the last one, Kate is still getting to know the Revenants world, and finding herself more and more in love with Vincent, who is as dreamy as ever. The numa are being suspiciously quiet and two somewhat creepy newcomers to the Revenants are brought in to help with finding out what the numa are up to.
Its still got some pretty sweet and fluffy moments between Kate and Vincent, but there's always that pesky Revenant thing hovering over their heads and each are trying to find their own way around it. The more Kate digs into the Revenant world to find answers, she accidentally unleashes more trouble.
I enjoyed following Kate's journey into the Revenant history, and I still love the Paris setting. There's something fascinating about this world and all the characters, even the ones I don't like much. It's intriguing and impossible to put down.
And then there's a rush of action and a gut wrenching cliff hanger at the end. Luckily for me I bought this an If I Should Die at the same time, so I don't have to wait ages for the finale to this fantastic trilogy. (less)