Originally posted at Herding Cats & Burning Soup Damn do I love a man that knows what he wants and doesn't play games. Rio was just what I look forOriginally posted at Herding Cats & Burning Soup Damn do I love a man that knows what he wants and doesn't play games. Rio was just what I look for in a hero. He's a freaking badass smoking hot alpha male that's in control, sexy as hell and under that tough guy exterior a very sweet man with a past that haunts him. Not only was Rio an awesome hero but Grace was a killer heroine. I love a strong woman who beats the odds. Especially one that had to struggle like hell to survive and has earned her stripes. And Grace has earned every single one of hers.
"And don't you dare cry on me either," he warned. "A woman who's survived all you've survived doesn't cry. She holds her head up and dares the world around her to fuck with her."
I loved Echoes at Dawn. There's mystery and suspense, romance and some excellent twists and turns along the way. I know a lot of people don't like it when authors add paranormal elements into a series that's non-PNR but Banks does such a great job of it that it really feels natural and believable.
You already know I loved both the hero and heroine and together they were just as fantastic. They really played nicely off one another but at the same time weren't overly romantic. Still, they had one of my favorite "first" times. Had me falling even more in love with Rio. ::happy sigh:: He's really rather dreamy :)
The plot was completely crazy and a carry over from the previous book in the series, Whispers in the Dark. Usually the bad guy makes me want to squish him like a bug but Banks pulled me in two with this one. Oh the bad guy was most definitely a bad guy but the motivation just about breaks your heart.
Echoes at Dawn was a fantastic addition to the KGI series. The ending was something else. It had my gut churning, some very unladylike things coming out of my mouth and my eyes brimming with tears. Banks never fails to deliver a emotion packed read and characters you can't help but adore. I can't wait to grab up the next book in the series, Shades of Gray, and finally get PJ and Cole's story. Love those two! January feels like a very long time from now......more
So. Yall know, I love me some Kelly brothers. Absolutely love them. These guys are pretty much everything I look for in a hero or fictional family. I'So. Yall know, I love me some Kelly brothers. Absolutely love them. These guys are pretty much everything I look for in a hero or fictional family. I'm always pretty damn excited when a new one hits the shelves. So it's pretty incredible for me to actually be typing this but After the Storm has joined the minuscule list of books I've DNF'd.
There were things I liked, of course. I mean, it's the Kelly family, hello! They're amazing! Sexy and alpha and all make-a-girl-swoon amazing. And there were some nice scenes at the beginning that really had my heart pounding. But it was the romance that had me calling this one quits by the 50% mark.
The big issue here, like I said, was the romance. Donovan has always been the geek behind the KGI operations and the one that most longs for a family of his own. He's a total champion of women and kids. He's geektastic and panty melting at the same time, right?
So when he sees Eve and her siblings are in need of help it's a pretty perfect situation, really, and understandable that he could eventually see them as a package deal and want to make them his family. I am all on board at that point. Great set up in my opinion. A man who craves a family and a family that desperately needs someone to love them and that they can trust and love in return. Excellent!
The problem was that from the moment they lay eyes on each other until there are declarations of becoming a family and of the L word it's about 48 hours give or take a few. And in that time they're actually in each others physical presence maybe 4 hours? Of which she and her siblings are either terrified or suffering from severe injuries. Even for romantic suspense--where love and passion are lightning fast-- it was just...absurd. And not done in a way that was believable or convinceable at all.
Adding to the issue is that Eve and her siblings have been abused. Her little sister has been molested by her father, fears all men and strangers, yet hardly knowing Van is asking if she can call him Daddy and clinging to him. Hrm. It just...really did not work.
I was just so disappointed and got to the point I was forcing myself to turn pages. And I just had to call it quits. From too much telling and not enough showing, to Donovan's constant thoughts on how much he loves/wants/cherishes this family--with no real explanation or reasoning behind it other than they're in need of rescue-- to editing blips and confusing scene transitions this just isn't one I could or would recommend--even to hard core KGI fans.
I'll read more from Banks--because really one book does not negate the dozen others I've read and a secondary storyline going on was awesome!--but I'll definitely be more cautious from here on out. Hopefully this was just a fluke read.
Wow that is one seriously bad cover. I love Banks and look forward to her reads but dang. Can we PLEASE move AWAY from covers like this? Random objectWow that is one seriously bad cover. I love Banks and look forward to her reads but dang. Can we PLEASE move AWAY from covers like this? Random objects and color splashes just aren't appealing at all.
While I wasn't wild about the cover of this one what was inside the pages of Giving In totally made me ::shiver:: and in such a deliciously good way.
The gist is that Jensen and Kylie work together. And they drive each other mad...in different ways. Jensen has been totally flummoxed and enthralled by the closed-off prickly Kylie and Kylie...well, Jensen just sets her on edge and pushes all her buttons. And not in a sexy fun way until a work dinner ends with a horrible flashback that sets the two on a heartbreaking, sweet and sexy new path as they deal with undeniable attraction, losses and all of the things from their pasts that have left them both so very damaged.
"I won't play games with you," she whispered.
His eyes lost the playful, flirty glimmer and his expression grew suddenly fierce and very serious.
"This is no goddamn game, Kylie. Not to me. Never to me. You are not a game. You aren't a challenge, a notch in my bedpost. I don't fuck around. I haven't fucked my way through countless women and I'm not some bored bastard who sees getting with you as a victory."
She was speechless. Utterly speechless. Her hands shook so hard that she had to put her water glass down because liquid sloshed over the rim, spilling onto the table.
"What do you want from me?" she croaked.
His gaze was direct and unflinching. Grim and unrelenting. "You. Just you, Kylie. And everything you have to give."
I really wasn't sure about Kylie. This girl is broken. And she lashes out and is just a hard women to love and after meeting her in the previous book...yeah I wasn't loving her. But as Jensen starts to break down her walls...I fell. She really ended up breaking my heart a bit. She's had a hard life from the start. Lost everyone that meant anything to her and is really trapped emotionally by abuse she suffered when young. Flashbacks, panic attacks, and doubts she's worth anything to anyone anymore. I mean. Broke my heart. But she has a strength to her too and I liked seeing her try. Seeing her overcome parts of her past and trying to get past everything. And when she did start to come out of her shell she really shined and was a pretty great heroine.
And then there's Jensen. Who honest to god I wanted to lick. All over. Holy freaking hot hero. *swoon* with a side of *pant* Banks just writes incredible heroes. Jensen is a quiet one. He sits back and observes and pretty much everything that comes out of his mouth will turn a girl into a puddle. He wasn't perfect and had a major freak out at one point (and I so wanted to shake him even if I got it) but I really adored him and that he knew what he wanted and was willing to do whatever it took to get it. He was patient and understanding, sweet and tender and just sexy.
He stroked her face again, pushing her hair back as he stared into her eyes. "It means that if we decide to take that step that I will willingly put myself in a vulnerable position so you feel absolutely safe. Whatever that takes. But baby, it doesn't have to be now. It doesn't have to be soon. It will be whenever you're ready for it to happen. I don't want you to ever be pressured to offer me something you're not ready to give. We have all the time in the world."
"You'd wait that long?"
She tried to keep the doubt from her voice but knew she failed miserably. Still, he didn't look offended or angry at her skepticism. If anything his look grew even more tender.
"For the right woman, I'd wait forever."
I really liked these two together. They both have a somewhat off sense of humor and compliment each other nicely. The heat and chemistry between them were nice though a little different. While the physical intimacy of the relationship moved slowly things outside of the bedroom relationship-wise moved very quickly. That wouldn't always work for me but with them already knowing each other some of that near instant emotional connection was believable and worked for me overall.
This one is BDSMy in a way but not your typical BDSM read. The D/s is more emotional in bent instead of physical since that would be a trigger for Kylie and her past. I liked the different feel of the sexual side of things. Things were sexy and heated up even if they went slow at the same time. If fit the two and their situation. There were some harder scenes as triggers were hit for both of them and they definitely got my pulse pounding as they dealt with the fall out and trying to work around each other's triggers. It made for some very interesting scenes as Jensen who was a total Dom gave up control to help Kylie feel safe. Different but, again, I liked it and it worked for me.
Overall, I enjoyed Giving In quite a bit. Banks surprised and delighted me with a sexy and emotional romance as two damaged souls found each other and started to slowly heal one another. I'm definitely looking forward to the final story in the trilogy and seeing what's in store for the next couple. I think fans of Banks will enjoy this one.
Oh . Yes. Dominant sexy men abound! Be still my heart. Letting Go was a fun, sexy and emotional start to the Surrender Trilogy. I loved the c3.5 stars
Oh . Yes. Dominant sexy men abound! Be still my heart. Letting Go was a fun, sexy and emotional start to the Surrender Trilogy. I loved the characters, the set up of finding love in an unexpected place, the little bits of humor and the delicious steam that heated up the pages as Joss and Dash figured out their new relationship and everything that came with it...
The quick of it is that 3 year ago Joss lost her husband in a car accident and has grieved the loss ever since but she's ready to live her life again and move on. And that includes exploring her desires for being in a dominant/submissive relationship. Surprise, surprise her husband's best friend-- and the man she's gone to the last few years for support--just happens to be one dominant alpha male who is madly in love with her and wants to be the only man in her life.
So Joss. I loved her. I know, I usually have issues with heroines. But not Joss. She's a pretty amazing woman. I really admired her and that she went after what she wanted even knowing her friends might have trouble with her decisions. While she's not always sure of her self she's a strong woman and I enjoyed seeing her embrace her submissive side. And when things called for it--standing up for herself.
"And now?" he prompted. "Do you feel it now? For me?"
"Oh yes," she breathed. "It shocked the hell out of me. I never expected to feel this way about you. Never imagined wanting you so badly. But there it is."
"Thank fuck," he muttered. "Glad to know I'm not the only one suffering here."
She grinned. "Then how about we do something about that suffering?"
He looked shocked. So much so that she regretted her forwardness. Embarrassment crept up her neck, a wave of heat that flooded her cheeks.
Then he let out a low growl, leaning down to claim her mouth.
And Dash. Lord love him. The man is smitten with Joss and has been since the moment he met her years earlier. And he's pined for her this whole time. I really enjoyed his character as well even if he did screw up in one gloriously horrifying to watch moment. Lordy this man does not do anything half force. lol Loving her, taking care of her, screwing up, smexy bedroom times. I mean. He goes all out. And, most of the time, it's damn fun to watch. Even his mess up I appreciated. I liked that while he's in control so often and supposed to be sure of himself he has insecurities and struggles he has to work through as well. It was nice being able to see both sides to each of them.
The sexy times are indeed steamy and worthy of a little lip biting. There are some very intense moments, some that are sweet and tender, some a little more daring. And it worked. I loved the combination and that it wasn't the same throughout.
There were a couple blips for me though. There were some scenes that felt rather forced--blow ups with friends that just didn't flow quite right, some repetition and-- well, this one is just me being me and a blood thristy bitch--wanting that man to grovel a hell of a lot more there at the end LOL.
Overall, even with the blips, I really enjoyed Letting Go and the first taste of the trilogy. It's an interesting group of characters that have formed a family together and I'm really looking forward to hearing the stories of the other two ladies in the group and their men--one who doesn't trust men do to childhood abuse and one whose marriage is having a rough patch.