I LOVE Krentz but the audio for this one fell short for me. Or maybe the book would have too. Legacy is one of Krentz's older titles and it definitely shows with a hero/heroine dynamic that verges on rape/forced sex and an insane case of insta-love as some manipulations bring Con into Honor's life in his quest for vengeance over his father's long ago murder.
Okay so these two. Again I don't know if it was partly the narration but Con came off as really needing anger management classes. He pushed way too hard, threatened, didn't give the heroine choice (kind of the we're going to have sex and you need to accept that kind of thing) and really had some serious mood swings from somewhat good guy to holy shit he's nutso. The heroine. Well Honor was okay. A bit of a push around, though, which is so annoying. I really didn't feel much for her at all. When they were acting normal they were fine as a duo. But the rest of the time...yikes. Yeah they probably shouldn't be in a relationship at all. lol
The mystery was fine. It moved along at a decent pace as they tried to figure out who was stalking her and the truth about their father's deaths from years ago. Both think the other's parent was involved in something shady and thus the reason they'd ended up being killed. A couple little surprises along the way with that made it fairly interesting and not totally as I thought it would pan out. ...more
Well damn. Had my review almost done then it deleted. *hangs head* I enjoyed it. Wasn't the best from her but was entertaining. Full review to come...Well damn. Had my review almost done then it deleted. *hangs head* I enjoyed it. Wasn't the best from her but was entertaining. Full review to come...once I get over my grrr. lol...more
I just love Amanda Quick. She's one of my comfort authors and the first I binge read when I started reading a few years back. They've got it all. A biI just love Amanda Quick. She's one of my comfort authors and the first I binge read when I started reading a few years back. They've got it all. A bit of mystery and danger, a bit of romance and humor, unique characters that are a little quirky and entirely lovable. They're just fun, light reads and Mistress definitely hit the spot with all of the above.
The quick of it is that Iphiginia--yeah weird name, right?-- decides to pretend to be the mistress of an Earl--one she's never met and she thinks is dead-- so she can infiltrate society and try to draw out the person blackmailing her auntie. And of course--much to her dismay--the 'missing' Earl decides to show his face and claim his "mistress". Ahh the best laid plans.
Iphiginia and Marcus were a lot of fun. They're both pretty stubborn and hard headed and they tend to go at it about who's right, etc and it's just kinda snort-worthy as they go about pretending to be a couple and solving the blackmailing mystery and, of course, falling in love. He's got the broody thing going on and she's got the feisty innocent thing happening. And it works for them. They're just cute in how they exasperate each other. The romance was fun and the ending perfect for them and who he was.
One of my favorite things about Quick are her deflowerings. omg she has the BEST deflowerings. They're always an absolute disaster and rather funny because of it and just make me chuckle and snort. It was a bit ludicrous this time around but really for the time period and lack of any experience I could see it happening.
All in all, a fun and light historical romance. It took me a little while to figure out the mystery and in the end, while this wasn't my most favorite of Quick's books I really liked how everything fit together with both the mystery and the romance.
I love Jayne Ann Krentz. Absolutely love her books as Krentz and Amanda Quick. I was so stinking excited when I heard there was a new series coming ouI love Jayne Ann Krentz. Absolutely love her books as Krentz and Amanda Quick. I was so stinking excited when I heard there was a new series coming out and that it would be a paranormal. Unfortunately I didn't really love this one. Maybe I built it up too much? No clue but it just didn't do anything for me or have that little something I love about her stories and writing.
The storyline itself wasn't bad but I was expecting something new. This felt so much like the Arcane Society series. Same paranormal ideas, phrases, etc. It could easily be added to that series and you wouldn't really question it other than the family connects through the generations were absent. Abby and Sam were likable enough but I never felt the spark between them that was apparently there from the very start. They felt forced and like they were only being pushed together as a couple so we could get a couple steamy scenes. They did work well together though and I liked them as a team. This is one case though where I think they would have made better working partners than a couple and it would have been more believable. The side characters left a lot to be desired. Usually I enjoy the secondary characters and how they add to the story but these all fell flat. Her family was pretty awful and though his family was supposed to be likable I didn't feel a thing for them. Her friends left me with an 'eh' feeling too. They weren't in the picture all that much but in other books by Krentz/Quick where characters have just had brief appearances I've been more intrigued and left wanting to find out more about them.
The storyline was decent enough even though it did seem somewhat familiar. The hunt for a decades old lab notebook that was extremely dangerous and could only be opened by Abby and her talent. Sam coming in to protect her from everyone looking to use her to open the book. It was really predictable though. The surprises weren't all that surprising and everything rather easy to put together. Overall I just wan't impressed with this book at all. I didn't feel connected to the characters or their journey. I'm just glad it was a quick read and I can move on. I'll still probably pick up the next one in the series just to see if this was a fluke and hopefully it will be. This was a hard review to write since I hate to give one of my favorite authors a negative review but so far this is my least favorite of JAK's books and was quite the let down.