WOW! An erotic romance that is raw and no so dirty. :) Dirty is character driven. Dirty is about one woman's struggle with her demons. Dirty is about...moreWOW! An erotic romance that is raw and no so dirty. :) Dirty is character driven. Dirty is about one woman's struggle with her demons. Dirty is about overcoming and ultimately healing! Refreshing, superbly written and will strike a chord in everyone who reads it.(less)
I read this as a beta reader and I absolutely loved it! It was such a fresh take on a paranormal fantasy for New Adults that it was like opening a Chr...moreI read this as a beta reader and I absolutely loved it! It was such a fresh take on a paranormal fantasy for New Adults that it was like opening a Christmas present and with every corner of the wrapper that I "tore off" and got a peak at the gift inside, I got even more exited.
The characters are loveable and genuine. Dyllin does an amazing job of developing realistic characters who you love to root for. The male protag, Bryn, is to die for and our female MC, P.J., is spunky, heartfelt and fun. Dyllin provides a great, well-rounded cast of characters who interact smoothly and sometimes not so smoothly which provides for great conflict and typical (and not so typical because this is fantasy after all <3) teen/tween drama that hits the mark perfectly.
The story is fast paced and it keeps you turning the pages. It's original, which I LOVE, and there's plenty of action and romance to feast on. P.J. (the main character) has her work cut out for her and the by the end of the first book the reader is left with the stage set for plenty of action and conflict in book two. Dyllin ties up many of the questions raised and leaves us wondering how P.J. will deal with the situation she's left in. I can't wait for book two!
Dyllin is great at her dialog; witty and quite realistic. There is a lot more to writing good dialog than most people know, and she's nailed it as well as using it to help capture the age of the characters superbly.
Dyllin's writing style is original and fun, she has a solid handle on the craft and is comfortable and adept at tackling multiple plot arcs. This is a wonderful story and character driven novel for "new adults" as well as those of us in the older crowd. (less)
This is another novel that has followed in the footsteps of 50 Shades. At first I had a hard time getting into the main character. I think it was the...moreThis is another novel that has followed in the footsteps of 50 Shades. At first I had a hard time getting into the main character. I think it was the voice of the author but she felt a bit bland and I had a hard time connecting with her. I liked the flight attendant aspect, which was new and interesting. I also liked the romance and the BDSM play. What I found repetitive and tiring was the MC, Bianca, would come on command, literally and all the time and just like Christian was always murmuring (in 50 Shades) and Anna was biting her lip, Bianca is constantly moaning during sex scenes. (less)
This was a nice story. The main character, Honoria, was driven to desperate measures to take care of her family and I truly felt the poverty surroundi...moreThis was a nice story. The main character, Honoria, was driven to desperate measures to take care of her family and I truly felt the poverty surrounding them. The author has an original take on vampires and their hierarchy that I found interesting and the romance was sweet.
Why I rated this book as 3 stars... I found the dialog annoying. "Ain't nothin' less interestin' than a man who keeps repeatin' 'imself..." This is how the male protag, Blade, speaks through the entire book. Normally I don't mind some of the dialog reflecting an accent but within reason. I found that this to be too distracting and it actually made me dislike Blade a bit because it made him sound like he was uneducated or stupid. If McMaster had toned it down some, I'd have been fine with it. The other nit I was the main character's name, Honoria. While it is period correct, all I could think about every time I read it was, gonorrhea. I realize this may have just been my problem, but for me, it was a valid distraction. Also, there was a slight juvenile quality to the writing with wordy discriptives when the author could have painted us her pictures without telling us. i.e. "The sheets pooled around his waist and he realized he was naked..." could have been The sheets pooled around his waist sliding over bare flesh...." or something of the sort. I realize it's impossible to avoid telling certain things. "The touch of her hair was soft as he stroked it." I have a couple of problems with this sentences. For one it's a little awkward, and two it could have been about showing us instead of telling us..."He stroked her hair, the strands slipping through his fingers reminding him of silk. He wanted to bury his face...blah, blah, blah..."
Needless to say the story was still engaging, and I may go on to read the next books in the series. McMaster has talent, I can't wait to see how it develops.(less)
This was a well written book. Fast paced action and mystery. I had to read it simply because it contained Navy SEAL's, talk about yummy. While it is a...moreThis was a well written book. Fast paced action and mystery. I had to read it simply because it contained Navy SEAL's, talk about yummy. While it is a romance, the focus was mainly on the action and mystery. There were two sex scenes between the main characters and both were minimal and light, though there was plenty of emotional conflict to be dealt with. What I was most impressed with was the realistic feel that Griffin was able to convey surrounding her SEAL characters. It was great! I've read several non-fiction and biography books about true Navy SEAL's and the author did a spectacular job of using the proper lingo as well as capturing that tough "do what needs doing" and "never give up" attitude and integrity element that embodies what a SEAL is. Wow. That aspect alone stands out nicely compared to other romances involving Navy SEAL's I've read that fail completely to capture it. Another aspect that Griffin paid heed to was the one that all SEAL's and their families struggle with. Deployment and the possibility of getting the phone call that they won't be returning home. This book actually does right by the SEAL's. I have no complaints about the writing other than I wouldn't have minded some more heated scenes between the two main characters. Definitely will be reading more of Laura Griffin.(less)