This story was adorable. I'm not sure I will ever be a steampunk fan all the way, but this was incredibly imaginThe Blushing Bounder by Meljean Brooks
This story was adorable. I'm not sure I will ever be a steampunk fan all the way, but this was incredibly imaginative, fun to read and with a sweet, sweet romance. I would not have called it particularly Wild or Steamy, actually, but I enjoyed it so much that it really didn't matter. I definitely want to read more romances by her, if only I can get over my aversion to the creepier aspects of steampunk.
Vixen by Jill Myles
This was the one story of the group that I felt lived up to the title in that it was both wild and steamy. I had some problems with the heroine in that her characterization felt uneven (deep in some aspects and too shallow in others) and also that I didn't like her much. The plot also faced some problems, most because of the heroine's actions. The hero(s) were perfect to the point of 2-dimensionality. (view spoiler)[The heros come to protect the heroine who is extremely snippy toward them. She repeatedly endangers herself, just for fun and whims. Meanwhile they clean up around the house and make her food. She felt immature and they felt like the kind of laid back dudes who get along with everyone but don't stick around for long. (hide spoiler)] I couldn't buy in to the romance, and the sex was hot, but not hot enough to make up for that.
Kitten-tiger & the Monk by Carolyn Crane
This story alone blew me away. The heroine didn't start off as particularly likable, but she was interesting, and the writing was good. By the end I was sold on her as a flawed but ultimately good individual, with a true hope for redemption with the hero. I love the depth of emotion she was able to swing through in such a short time period. Not only that, but there was a certain intelligence to it - to the hero, the heroine and the complexity of the story, that all managed to intertwine. The word that comes to mind when I think back on this story is well-crafted. I am definitely planning on reading more by her.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I've read a couple of books by Evangeline Anderson and liked them, but this one, unfortunately, was a disappointment. It even had a beauty and the beaI've read a couple of books by Evangeline Anderson and liked them, but this one, unfortunately, was a disappointment. It even had a beauty and the beast theme, and I still didn't like it. The hero was interesting, although I thought he needed quite a bit longer to go from zero to sixty with the heroine ((view spoiler)[he wanted to make her his queen after ONE round of sex (hide spoiler)]). The heroine was basically TSTL for me, despite being a somewhat likeable stupid girl. And there were a zillion plot holes in the wrap up. I am definitely planning on sticking to Anderson's contemporaries from now on, and even then, warily....more
It took me a long, long time to verbalize why I disliked this book. I guess, in particular, this one stuck with me because I have heard so many peopleIt took me a long, long time to verbalize why I disliked this book. I guess, in particular, this one stuck with me because I have heard so many people exclaim this to be their favorite of the series, to my continuing surprise. It wasn't exactly that I hated it, it just left a bad taste in my mouth.
1. Mary is a middle aged, plain looking woman who has cancer. Her looks were never great enough to attract male attention, and now she is past her prime, as well as too thin and pale due to the sickness. I am not picturing someone ugly, but definitely someone not very attractive, but maybe with a dignified elegance due to her inner strength. Then we have the hero, Rhage, whose nickname is Hollywood. He's incredibly hot, almost unbelievably so, so much that even his homophobic buddies have to mock his beauty. He has sex with multiple very sexy women in the club ALL THE TIME to help tame his "inner monster", which is his curse. Now, we know from little hints that he actually craves a deeper connection, and a woman who wants something more than a fuck, but still - we're waiting for that turning point.
Then he meets the heroine, in a moment when is literally blind. Just based on her voice and her smell, he lusts after he like crazy, practically ravishing her in the middle of the hallway. And everyone is like WTF - I think in no small part because Mary is not the kind of girl he normally goes for. But anyways, then we get to the part where they are going to meet where he can see her for the first time. Mary is nervous because, although she does not know he sleeps with hot chicks all the time, she is very aware of the disparities in their looks. As the reader, I was also nervous for this moment. I believed in his hero-potential, so I felt sure he could pull it off, but still, it was a big moment.
In fact, first coming into the restaurant, Rhage goes up to the wrong woman, and only finds out it's not Mary when he hears her speak. Then he sees her, and stiffens... and a silence draws out. I mean, whoa. So then we cut to his POV and I'm desperate to know what he's thinking, which is this: "Oh, she was lovely. Nothing he'd expected, but lovely nonetheless..." He goes on to talk about the specifics of her looks, the "pale and smooth" skin and "delicate" bones, but.... I just felt like it was a cop-out. It's a major conflict of the book, this disparity in looks, and it's a real thing. Hollywoods don't fall for middle-aged sickly women. I mean, I'm all for it happening, but right there - that minimized the conflict. It said: "Yes, if you're a good enough guy, you can have sex with the hottest women around all the time, then find a non-hot woman with whom you have chemistry, and all of that is out the window." So what's the point of the conflict? What's the point of making her plain and too-skinny if it doesn't even matter? It is a fake-out and I don't like it.
2. (view spoiler)[So toward the end, Mary is going to die due to her cancer. Rhage is desperate to save her, and calls upon the goddess person. She agrees to save Mary, but at a price. Mary will live, but she cannot be with Rhage. In fact, she will forget she ever met Rhage. This doesn't seem like much of a real sacrifice for either of them, honestly, considering what they are getting in return. That's a no-brainer if you love someone. But okay.
So then the goddess person learns that Mary is sterile - she can't have kids. She says whoa, that seriously sucks for her. In fact, I'll count that suffering as "enough", and let you guys be together, sans kids. Wait.... what just happened? First of all, she'd been sterile all this time, it wasn't a new development. So how is that relevant to ANYTHING? Second of all, way to victimize sterile women everywhere. If you can't have biological children, then your life sucks so bad, it's the equivalent of being alone forever and never having your true love. Thirdly, wouldn't a goddess person have known this BEFORE she made her initial pronouncement? There is nothing at all about this that makes any kind of sense. (hide spoiler)]