**spoiler alert** An excellent look into the world of gold mining and the hostile takeovers that the corporate big dogs are capable of doing. But... a...more**spoiler alert** An excellent look into the world of gold mining and the hostile takeovers that the corporate big dogs are capable of doing. But... as interesting as all this was (and it was!) the best aspect of this book was getting to know Nikolai Krasnorada, who many of us remember as the shy, timid little boy that was Vadim's son in Special Forces.
At first, the appeal and motivation to read this story was to revisit one of my favorite characters, Vadim Krasnorada, and see how he has been. I always wonder how he is doing and I couldn't wait to find out. However, after three pages, Nikolai really became my focus and by the end of the first chapter, I couldn't wait to learn more about Henri, as well.
This story gave me everything I wanted (and more) to settle my curiosity about how Vadim is fairing but it also opened up another hunger for the younger (and much saner) Krasnorada.
The ending of this book, the last few chapters, felt a bit rushed to me, as if there was a lot of information that had to be given within a very short space/time. If I didn't know Aleks better, I would think he was under a length restriction but maybe the way Aleks wrapped up Nikolai's story will open the door for a sequel. I know there is more to Henri (what's with the self help books? Can't just be because of the drugs...can it?) and I would love to see how Henri could help Nikolai with his own issues. There there is the side of Henri that begs to be submissive....And of course, there is the fall out from LBM and Henri's Uncle that could affect all of their futures. So much more to know!
I guess we will just have to wait and see... Great job again, as always Aleks! *hugs*(less)
**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book. It was a great coming out story and smashed the stereotypes that all jocks are tops and all brainy-acks...more**spoiler alert** I really enjoyed this book. It was a great coming out story and smashed the stereotypes that all jocks are tops and all brainy-acks are bottoms. This was a well written and rounded out story.(less)
I have to say that this is the first book of Aleks that I did not give 5 stars. But, I want to tell you all why.
I am a huge fan of Aleks and that was...moreI have to say that this is the first book of Aleks that I did not give 5 stars. But, I want to tell you all why.
I am a huge fan of Aleks and that was the reason I read this, his latest work. So, why didn't I give him 5 stars? Well, I am not a Sci-Fi fan. Many of you would say that I might be being unfair then but to be honest, I wouldn't know good Sci-Fi if it bit me in the ass. However, I do know good writing and Aleks never disappoints. As per Aleks norm, the characters are in depth and suck you right in. So much so, that where the book ended, I felt like there was more to the story to be told. Maybe there is and we just do not know it yet?
I found the plot to be intriguing (but not enough to become a sci-fi fan!) and would read more if a sequel were released which I guess says something in and of itself.
So, because of my lack of knowledge about Sci-Fi books and what makes them good or not, I gave this 4 stars. I didn't feel like I was reading a lot of techno-babble (and that was a bonus) so even though sci-fi is not my thing, I enjoyed the book. But then again, I tend to enjoy Aleks work.
If Sci-Fi is your thing, check out this book because is is a good read. :o)(less)
An interesting twist on superheros and use of the Zodiac. Had I known this was a superhero book, as opposed to a paranormal book as the cover and cove...moreAn interesting twist on superheros and use of the Zodiac. Had I known this was a superhero book, as opposed to a paranormal book as the cover and cover quotes led me to believe, I would not have read it. I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed it but not enough to buy the rest in the series. However, if superheros, zodiac signs, and strong female characters are your thing, you will like this book. (less)
I have become increasingly disappointed as this trilogy progressed. Several times through this novel it seemed as if the plot was totally forgotten an...moreI have become increasingly disappointed as this trilogy progressed. Several times through this novel it seemed as if the plot was totally forgotten and it took forever to get back on track. The book could have ended much sooner several times but seemed to drag mindlessly on. By the time you got back to the main plot of this book, you had almost forgotten what the plot was. It really seemed as if there just wasn't enough plot to make the third book of this trilogy so the author filled it with sex scenes that were not even relevant to the story.(less)
**spoiler alert** Perhaps I am more read, being an erotic pansexual author, than an average reader because I do not understand what all the hype is ab...more**spoiler alert** Perhaps I am more read, being an erotic pansexual author, than an average reader because I do not understand what all the hype is about the book. I can only think that most romance readers have never been introduced to the Dominate/submissive, BDSM world. If my theory that this is what all the hype is about is true, then all the hype starts to make more sense. Or maybe it is the frequency of the erotic sex? *shrugs*
The story is told from the perspective of Ana, a soon to be college graduate who also happens to be a virgin when she does a favor for her best friend and room mate and interviews billionaire Christian Grey. It is well written from the view of someone who is innocent (but not stupid) and knows nothing of this type of lifestyle.
I really enjoyed that included in this first novel were documents (rules & contract) that are exchanged between a (responsible) Dom & sub. These documents could easily be printed out and used. Whomever the author used as a source, really knows their stuff and lives this life. It is obvious to "those in the know." I also enjoyed how the reasoning behind these documents and the lifestyle verbiage was explained within the context of the plot. Although this story is fiction, this information is factual.
I normally do not care for stories told in the first person but the author has done a wonderful job in this aspect and I can't see that the story could be told as well otherwise. Ana & Christian are fleshed out on the mental and emotional scale so well that they become real to the reader... so much so that they may remind you of someone you may know (in or out of the lifestyle!)
If you like stories about D/s, BDSM, erotic sex (with a plot) or want to learn about the D/s, BDSM lifestyle, this is a book I would recommend. It's not a "how to" guide but will give the reader a lot of real factual information about the lifestyle as the fictional plot carries you along.(less)