33 books into the In Death series and JD Robb continues to impress the hell out of me and leave me excited for more. I love the world she's created, t33 books into the In Death series and JD Robb continues to impress the hell out of me and leave me excited for more. I love the world she's created, the characters and finding out a little more about them--I'll admit it's my comfort series and one I can't get enough of and New York to Dallas? It was a little different than the rest of the books in the series--starting with the title, how things played out and the location since this time nearly the entire book took place outside of New York--and it was incredible.
One of my favorite things about this series is that it's Eve and Roake throughout. I love watching their marriage and how they deal with her cases, with their pasts and when things between them are...not so perfect. The series, I think, has really been building towards this book for Eve. There are so many unknowns about her childhood and so many horrors she deals with because of her early years and her current case taking her back to her "home" was really something else. My gut was absolutely churning over her memories and what being there did to her emotionally.
"You're fucking welcome," he called after her.
She answered by stabbing her middle finger into the air before she slammed the bedroom door.
"Oh aye, back at you, darling."
I adore Roarke. He's one of the best heroes out there--if only he were real! And I loved his emotions in this one. How hard it was for him to watch Eve struggle with new revelations about her past. How strong he could be. How caring--the man is such the mother hen and I love that he takes care of Eve even when she's deliberately trying to pick fights with him or wanting to be left alone. That man adores her like nothing else and stands by her through everything. And, damn me, when he lets his temper come out it's pretty damn sexy too.
And even with tempers and emotions flaring this...
But she walked back to him first, wrapped her arms around him. "I'd rather be screwed up with you than smooth with anybody else."
I mean. I just love these two.
My only complaint--and what kept this from getting a full 5--was that for the most part the secondary characters that are usually a big part of the storyline were almost completely absent or had very minor roles. And...I missed them. So much. Robb is freaking genius when it comes to using a support cast and getting you invested in them and damn I missed getting to see all of the back and forth between them.
New York to Dallas was pretty damn close to a perfect read and was really a great addition to the series. It was tense, emotional, disturbing--it really hurts seeing Eve having to battle not only the current case but the ghosts of her past. But as hard as that was it was also wonderful seeing her and Roarke--even if things weren't perfect--deal with it and hopefully find some closure. I really can't wait to see what happens next with them.
Shelter Mountain, book two of Carr's Virgin River series, was a fantastic read. Carr really doesn'Originally posted at Herding Cats & Burning Soup
Shelter Mountain, book two of Carr's Virgin River series, was a fantastic read. Carr really doesn't hold back and takes you on an emotional ride in each of her books. From spousal abuse to teen pregnancy, dealing with miscarriage and life altering injuries. Her characters experience so many difficult things and do so with such grace. They're people you quickly grow attached to and ones you can't help but find yourself caring about and worrying over. The world she weaves is one that feels honest and believable and easily draws you in and leaves you wanting more. The relationships aren't too hot and steamy right away but more of a slow burn and in Preacher and Paige's case a really slow burn. I actually like the change of pace and getting to see the hero/heroine spending weeks or months getting to know and trust each other before the relationship develops into something more.
I loved Preacher's character in book one so was pretty excited to read his story. He's a huge bear of a man. Intimidating, solitary, quiet, and shy when it comes to women. Then Paige and her son Christopher stumble into the bar on a rainy night and everything changes for him. I loved getting to see Preacher change as the story went along. To soften a bit, realize he wanted more from his life than just being a cook and hunting. Carr did an amazing job getting across the emotional state and frame of mind of Paige who was a battered wife and on the run with her young son. How much fear and how little hope she had because of the abuse she suffered was heartbreaking. Pairing her with a woman-shy Preacher who was there to protect her but didn't push her relationship-wise was fantastic. I loved the two of them together and how their relationship developed. And that he'd do anything to protect and care for her and her son even if it meant her walking out of his life.
“Can't any of us stand up to those women?" "Nope," said at least three men in unison.
My only disappointment was the use of secondary characters. I usually love when they come back into the picture and you can see how they're doing but in this case they ended up seriously overpowering the main couple. Half way through the book it was almost as if Carr lost inspiration for the main couple leaving them with hardly any part in the storyline. She'd get back to them with a paragraph here or there but having major events taken place behind the scenes. [highlight for spoiler] Like the freaking proposal! We don't even get to see that happen. Just get told about it after the fact. That was pretty disappointing. The second half of the book is basically a continuation of Jack and Mel's HEA, a set up for future characters and a chunk about teenage Rick's life. It was all beautifully and emotionally written and I loved seeing all of the other characters but I was expecting a full novel about Preacher and Paige and felt a bit jipped how their story amounted to being more or less a novella. So a little disappointment for me but I'm still loving the series and the emotional reaction her writing brings out and am looking forward to diving into the rest of the series. ...more
Okay, yall know I love Erin McCarthy. She's become one of my favorite authors and I've really enjoOriginally posted at Herding Cats & Burning Soup
Okay, yall know I love Erin McCarthy. She's become one of my favorite authors and I've really enjoyed almost everything I've read of hers but gotta admit this wasn't one of my favorites. The basic premise was great. A down on his luck FBI agent, Derek Knight, who is on the verge of taking down a group of corrupt drug companies but runs into a couple complications, namely reporter Reese Hampton who wants to break the story and advance her career. The main characters were nice. I really liked Derek who is 10 years older than Reese and doesn't have the smoothest moves but is rather sweet and endearing. There's a big age difference between the two but that doesn't usually bother me. Reese, though I liked her in general, was rather immature and just didn't think things through which I found rather frustrating. She couldn't seem to grasp how her interference and determination to break the story NOW would damage the case and likely let the bad guys get away. She came across rather thoughtless towards Derek and a bit selfish in that regard.
There's a serious case of insta-lust going on between the two from the very start. And the next 269 pages were basically a sexfest for the two with the FBI investigation against the drug companies playing a very, very small role. Every other page these two were going at it like horny teenagers. There was also a really odd scene where they brought Derek's gun into the play that was just....weird and kinda creeped me out . It sure worked for them though. But damn it was just so bizarre.
I think my main disappointment was that while McCarthy's books usually have the hot and steamy going on in them the storyline is balanced out nicely with an actual relationship outside the sheets or or a decent plotline. This one leaned just a little too heavily towards that bedroom and didn't have enough other stuff going on to keep me all that interestd interested. While this wasn't my favorite read it would be great for a beach read where you just want a good romp and not too much of a plot. ...more
Hhmmmm. Tempting the Beast is the first in the lengthy Breeds series by Lora Leigh. I read a bunchOriginally posted at Herding Cats & Burning Soup
Hhmmmm. Tempting the Beast is the first in the lengthy Breeds series by Lora Leigh. I read a bunch of reviews before jumping into the series and honestly wasn't sure what to expect. People seem to either really love it or really hate it. I ended up being kinda in the middle. It didn't blow me away but something about it will have me picking up the next book in the series. There are some aspects that I liked but there were also some parts of the story that drove me up the wall.
Tempting the Beast is paranormal erotica so you can pretty much expect instalust and a sexfest. I really didn't mind either. Like I said, it was pretty expected. The barbed penis? Not so much but I figure if I could wrap my head around Elizabeth Amber's heroes that have two penises then I could handle this too and, well, it seemed to work for the heroine so why not. The language is a little iffy on this one. If you don't like the C word then steer clear. It's used. Liberally. Eh. What got to me though were things like nubbin and frothing. Ya know? Just not sexy words. I'm thinking the intent wasn't to send me into a fit of giggles or ick me out but really what were they thinking?!
I did love the premise behind the series. A group of genetically engineered human/animal hybrids that were created to be killing machines. In hiding and being hunted by the very people who created them. And a group of reporters, the heroine's family, determined to expose the atrocities carried out against the Breeds. Not bad. I'm a big fan of kitty shifters too so I loved that the Breeds involved were all some type of cat. I also really enjoyed Callan, the hero. He does go a bit caveman but it's part of his nature and he's at least consistent and knows what he's doing even if he can't seem to stop himself. He also really cares about the people around him and will do anything to keep them safe.
"You will drive me insane." His voice was resigned.
Merinus was quiet for long moments. Funny, her father and brothers used the same tone of voice and the same words often. What the hell did she do?
Yeah, I pretty much felt the same way about Merinus. She's one of those classically too stupid to live heroines and annoyed the hell out of me for most of the book. She's incredibly naive and full of contradictions. She's brave and pushy then suddenly weak and petrified for no real reason. Is a complete sex kitten and a pro at oral sex her first time out but can't figure out how to masturbate. Really? She's terrified of Callan and stupidly putting herself in danger by running away and then *screeeecch* 180 and she's suddenly telling him she loves him and refuses to leave him. Teasing and completely unafraid of him. Uh, huh?! I swear I heard tires squealing in my head. Was a total WTH moment. I even flipped back thinking I'd missed a good chunk of pages. I still don't know what the hell happened. And then after that she's almost normal and stable with her behavior. Was such an odd transition in their relationship.
Government cover-ups, betrayal, strong family bonds. I could have done with a little less sex and a bit more storyline but for PNR erotica it wasn't bad. I'm not quite 100% on board with the series but I'm going to give the next couple a try. Leigh did do a good job of getting me curious about some of the side characters like Merinus's brother and setting up potential storyline arcs. ...more
So, I had some mixed feelings going into Head Over Heels. I loved all the glimpses of Sawyer in thOriginally posted at Herding Cats & Burning Soup
So, I had some mixed feelings going into Head Over Heels. I loved all the glimpses of Sawyer in the past books so was really excited to finally get to read his story but Chloe, Chloe got on my nerves a bit the last two books so I wasn't all that sure I'd really enjoy this one. I should have had a little faith, though, because Shalvis just writes a damn good book and I should have known she'd be able to win me over completely. And pretty much right from the start too.
On the outside esthetician Chloe Traeger and Sheriff Sawyer Thompson seem like polar opposites. She's the "wild child" and has always been on the move, skirting responsibility, a goes-where-the-wind-blows-her kind of woman. Sawyer on the other hand is hard working, responsible as all get out, and doesn't do anything too wild or crazy these days.
But man were these two perfect for each other regardless of what anyone else might think.They're both haunted by their pasts and feel trapped by how people see them because of it. It really hurt to see how little faith Chloe's sisters had in her and that no one important to her took her seriously. The pain she felt over that was just heartbreaking. And Sawyer. Even though he's become a good and decent man his misspent youth and a rather hateful father keep him feeling inadequate and trying to make up for his past. Lord these two really just got to me and made me ache for them. Ack, I know that sounds rather dark and moody but oh it was so good getting to see them heal and overcome their insecurities because of each other. They really were a good pairing. Funny, sweet, caring. I loved their interactions over silly things and things a bit more serious.
“She ran her gaze over his chest with frank appreciation. Then he shivered, realizing he hadn't really considered the weather. It was forty-five degrees max, but Chloe was giving him a go-on gesture with her hand. "All I have left is my pants," he said. "Yes, please." "It's cold, Chloe." She tilted her head. "Are you worried about shrinkage?" Well, he was now.
I really liked how Chloe's severe asthma and how it impacted her daily life was used in the storyline. The limits she was under, the dangers and especially how Sawyer reacted to her condition. That he wasn't scared off by it and went proactive on his own. Doing all kinds of research on ways to help her through her attacks and how to prevent them. Was so amazingly sweet how much he cared about her and added a nice layer to their relationship and the story in general when it got the best of her.
One thing that was a little different in this one was an added story arc outside of the couples relationship. In this case a criminal element that wound up involving both Chloe and Sawyer and dragging parts of his past out into the open. Was an interesting addition to the peaceful and gossip filled town of Lucky Harbor.
I was actually a little sad for this one to end. I've really fallen for this set of sisters and their men so it's a bit bittersweet to have hear all of their stories. I'm really glad there are going to be more books in the series and with the town folk and am curious to see where Shalvis goes from here. If the sisters and their men will still play parts in the next books and how she'll introduce the new heroes/heroines. Should be interesting... ...more
Love the cover on this one! Really all of the covers in this series are lovely and make me want tOriginally Posted for Herding Cats & Burning Soup
Love the cover on this one! Really all of the covers in this series are lovely and make me want to sigh just a little.Chasing Perfect is a light, quick read and perfect for when you have a bit of down time and want something nice and easy. The set up is pretty unique. Charity Jones is new to the small town of Fool's Gold and it's her job to deal with one of their biggest problems....a man shortage! Seriously. ::smirk:: Love that! While getting settled into her new life Charity's path keeps crossing with town heartthrob and resident bad boy Josh Golden. He's exactly the type of man she's trying to avoid so of course the sparks fly.
Even though Charity and Josh seem like complete opposites, she's a quiet city planner and he's a famous cyclist, they complimented each other very nicely. I liked the easy/comfortable way the two related and supported each other while working through baggage from their pasts. There were some awkward relationship moments but even those felt right somehow.
"I ran out on Marsha. I have to say something to her. Explain." "She knows you were overwhelmed. That's why she called me." "The neutral third party?" "The brilliant and hunky guy who will distract you." Charity managed a smile. "Oh, right. Sill me."
Loved that Charity and Josh weren't joined at the hip and we got to see them in their own worlds and not just as a couple. It brought in a nice element with Charity getting to know the other women in town and creating friendships with them. I'm looking forward to seeing some of their stories later on. And then there was Josh who is struggling to overcome his fear of racing after being part of a tragic accident years earlier. Charity is there to support him but we also get to see him working through it on his own. Those were some of my favorite moments in the book. I loved watching him overcome his panic and gain faith in himself again. It was just heartbreakingly sweet to see his triumphs along the way and finally realize that the people in the town really loved him regardless of if he was able to race again.
One thing I wasn't all that wild about were the secondary storylines. 1) the town's man shortage being researched by a college student and 2) the theft of a huge chunk of the town's money. They really didn't add anything to the overall story and ended up feeling underdeveloped and just unnecessary. Background noise that left me wondering what the point was. Eh.
Overall I enjoyed Chasing Perfect but will say that it ended up missing that magical spark for me. You know that little spark that has you deliciously tingly, completely captivated and knowing your reading world has been completely rocked. That's not a terrible thing though. Like I said it was a nice, sweet read and one I enjoyed. Sometimes you just need that quick easy break and this was perfect for that.