This is actually my fourth time reading The Nerd Who Loved Me, and I still adore it! The story wasn't quite as good as I remembered from the first timThis is actually my fourth time reading The Nerd Who Loved Me, and I still adore it! The story wasn't quite as good as I remembered from the first time, but I do see why it's one of my favorites from the Nerds series. It was my introduction to Chick Lit, so of course it will always hold a special place in my heart. In addition to that it's just a good time! The author has created an amazing cast of characters and put them in an exciting story. Lanie is on the run from her ex, and gets the help of Harry, the accountant at the casino she dances for. He in turn brings in help from his mother, her retired showgirl friends, and her possibly Mafia connected boyfriend. Together they vow to keep Lanie and her son safe, as well as push Lanie and Harry together.
Yes, the plot sounds super cheesy, but it definitely held my attention from page one. The Nerd Who Loved Me opens up with Harry having to climb out of a second story window with Lanie's son on his back while her drunk exboyfriend, Joey, beats down the door. From there the action never stops. The adrenaline is running high for Harry and Lanie, but that doesn't mean they can't find romance along the way. He's been crushing on her since she arrived at the casino, and he's snuck into a few of her late night fantasies. It's only natural that they act upon these feelings while alone at a resort together. Of course the sex is pretty hot. I'm never disappointed when it comes to this author's steamy scenes!
While the plot is fun, and the sex is good, where The Nerd Who Loved Me really shines is with the characters. Harry is super lovable! He may not be the most physically strong man, but he's determined to keep Lanie safe. His mother and her friends--who call themselves the TITS--are hilarious! I hope when I'm old, my best friends and I are even half as spunky as these ladies! Dudley, the bumbling resort salesman and self-proclaimed snake expert, also provides a lot of comedic scenes as he tries to convince our heroes to purchase a time share. I even liked Lanie's son, Dexter, and I hate kids! He's a genius, and more like a mini-adult anyway.
I just loved this book. I'd have to to have read it so many times. I know these kinds of stories aren't for everyone. Yes, it's totally mindless fun but sometimes that's exactly what I need. Chick Lit fans should definitely check out The Nerd Who Loved Me if they can!
The stakes keep getting raised! Pun intended. The best way to describe Blood Promise is intense. It was my favorite book the first reading this seriesThe stakes keep getting raised! Pun intended. The best way to describe Blood Promise is intense. It was my favorite book the first reading this series, and while Spirit Bound stole that spot this time, I still love it to pieces! Rose has been through a lot, and she goes through even more. It starts out pretty slow. Rose is aimlessly wandering around Russia, either hoping to run into Dimitri or find someone who can point her his way. Eventually she does end up in his hometown, and stays with his family for a while. It's an emotional time for everyone, but she knows she can't stay and heads back out on her journey. It doesn't go how she's rehearsed it in her mind, because who can really prepare to face down the love of their life with deadly intentions?
Dimitri! He is the highlight of Blood Promise for me (and to Rose for a little while). I don't care that he's evil and doing bad, bad things. There's still that spark of Dimitri-essence in there that cannot be ignored. For three and a half books, we're told how evil Strigoi are and that they are no longer the people that they were. Well, Dimitri kind of proves that wrong, and Rose falls for it for a time. He's just so...persuasive. The venom from his bites help some, but still. I'm probably a very, deeply disturbed person but I love Strigoi Dimitri. The biting and the making out and the hunger for power and...SWOON! Then that scene on the bridge! My heart! I know what happened between them was wrong, but I loved every moment of it.
Given the massive size of Blood Promise, Dimitri (at least in his current form) is actually a very small part of the book. We're introduced to a whole mess of new characters as Rose travels through Siberia. She meets other rogue guardians, Dimitri's mother, grandmother, and sisters, an Alchemist, a Moroi mobster, and another Moroi-Dhampir bonded pair. It's a lot to take in, and most of them aren't really that important to the overall story. But they're all important to Rose's character growth. They each provide her with something that helps her in some way. Sydney, the Alchemist, is probably the most important one since she's the star of Bloodlines. I hated her the first time I read this, but I think since I knew what to expect, her rudeness didn't shock me as much.
Even though Rose is across the world, we still get to see what's happening back at the school with Lissa and Adrian. It's actually pretty interesting stuff, but I won't go into it. Let's just say, some spirit users shouldn't be allowed out in society. But all of this pales in comparison to Dimitri. Seriously. Blood Promise is all about Dimitri, even when he's not around, and I loved it.
After the intensity of the previous two and half books, Last Sacrifice was a bit of a disappointment. I still really enjoyed, but it wasn't quite as gAfter the intensity of the previous two and half books, Last Sacrifice was a bit of a disappointment. I still really enjoyed, but it wasn't quite as good as I think it could have been. As far as finales go, this one had a lot of build up, only to fizzle out in the end. Everything was dragged out overly nearly 600 pages, and then was wrapped up nice and neatly. I love happy endings, but I wish there had been more consequences for Rose to face rather than getting off scot-free.
Last Sacrifice does start off with a bang! Literally. There is an explosion. This sets the tone for the first part of book, which is very much an action packed, daring escape. Rose and Dimitri are like the half-vampire Bonnie and Clyde. Their lives are literally on the line, but they also have other problems to deal with. Eventually things do slow down as they're hiding out and coming up with a plan. Then things slow down even more, so Rose spends a lot of time using her bond with Lissa to watch what's happening at Court. It's mostly a lot of politics, like the upcoming election for a new king or queen. I ended up glossing over a lot of this, because it was boring the first time I read it and I didn't feel like doing it again. However, even from hundreds of miles away, Rose manages to shake up the election process.
Of course, Rose and Dimitri spend a lot of time together in Last Sacrifice. It was torture watching them be together without actually being together. Rose really is trying to get over him and move forward with Adrian, but obviously that is just not meant to be. I don't think that the romance was as strong in this one though. Rose and Adrian have some sweet moments together, but most of the dream meetings are focused on finding out who really killed the queen. Then Rose and Dimitri are running for their lives while trying to find someone who can be useful to Lissa, so they don't have time for any reconnecting. Until...things happen. I love them together, but I don't like what Rose does to Adrian. I love him to, and it was really thoughtless of her. At least he tells her off instead of just letting it go.
Rose saves the day and possibly the world, and lots of things change. Mostly for the better, despite all of the death, destruction, and heartbreak she's caused. I do think I would have liked Last Sacrifice a lot better if some things hadn't changed, so that Rose's life wasn't going to be all sunshine and rainbows. There's one thing in particular that happens, and the explanation for it is pretty flimsy. It's far too convenient. Anyway, this is still one of favorite series and I'd still read it again, although not in hardcover because my wrists are killing me!
Spirit Bound is my favorite of the series now! I had forgotten just how emotionally intense it was. I felt like I was on the verge of a heart attack aSpirit Bound is my favorite of the series now! I had forgotten just how emotionally intense it was. I felt like I was on the verge of a heart attack and an emotional breakdown, and getting closer with each page I read. It was all too much. My heart hurts for Rose and Dimitri even though I know what's to come. I just can't help it! Just so you're warned, this review focuses on the romance(s), since that's what I paid the most attention to, and in fact it dominates the plot. So yeah.
Of course, I need to start with Dimitri. He's after Rose and knows that once she graduates, and is away from the school, he can get to her. Or get her to come to him. Spirit Bound is mainly focused on Rose's next insane plan to save him or destroy him. She goes to incredible lengths to get to the one person who can help her. This part is super fast and action packed. Then things take an emotional turn and I was almost overcome with tears...again. Then my heart broke for Rose. And then I think my heart stopped during Dimitri's heartfelt speech about how things are different now. I just can't take much more of this! I want my happy ending already!
Regardless of the fact that Spirit Bound is the best book in the series, it also contains my favorite scene. You'd probably assume it has to do with Dimitri, but you'd be wrong. This is a Rose and Adrian scene and I had been eagerly anticipating rereading since I started book one for the second time. It is seriously the greatest thing to come out of this series. It's hot. Really, really hot. It's nothing graphic, but holy hell. I actually really loved seeing Rose and Adrian's relationship. Even though he jokes around a lot, Adrian is clearly is a very kind and understanding guy. I have no doubt that he'd be faithful and give Rose the world, but I can't see them ever being together long term. It's simply not where her heart is. Adrian deserves someone who will put him first, and that is not Rose. But still, favorite scene. Even if it makes me feel kind of like a pervert.
Spirit Bound has a lot of other stuff going on, such as vampire politics which are seriously getting heated! There's also the matter of a convicted criminal on the loose, the fact that there's a new way to fight Strigoi, and Lissa getting her place on the royal council. It's all in preparation for the final book where everything blows up! Including my heart. Of course, it also ends on the most epic cliffhanger ever, so be sure to have Last Sacrifice on hand.
Reread Note: Definitely loved it more the second time!
I know there was a lot of drama surrounding this book, but I wanted to read, so I read it. I wasReread Note: Definitely loved it more the second time!
I know there was a lot of drama surrounding this book, but I wanted to read, so I read it. I was intrigued by the "The Hunger Games meets The Bachelor" comparisons, although the only similarity to The Hunger Games was that the people are defined by a number. Instead of that number representing their district, it was their caste level. America's number is 5, so she's closer to poverty than to royalty.
I'd say that The Selection is more of Dystopia-lite. There's too much glitz and glamor, and it's quite fluffy and fun. The cattiness of the girls in the competition is entertaining, and I had a great time reading it. I did find myself question the world that this is set in though, but it didn't bother me too much. By the end there was more excitement and danger, so I'm looking forward to the next one.
America is a bit of an inconsistent character, constantly contradicting herself. One page she'll say that she's plain, then two pages later she "feels pretty" in her pajamas! One moment she's perfectly sweet, and the next she's kneeing the Prince in the crotch! She was just every back and forth with everything. She did grow on me a bit as the book moved on, but I would rather her have been either sickeningly sweet, or super feisty, not a flip-flopper.
I know a lot of people hate love triangles, but I'll admit that I mostly love them. Sure, the one in The Selection is the definition of forced, it was at least unique. America has a boyfriend at the start of the novel, Aspen, who she hopes to marry despite him being a caste below her. Unfortunately, like most men, he has a hero complex and can't stand the idea of her providing for him rather than the other way around. Then of course, she's selected for the Selection and is in the running to marry Prince Maxon. She may claim to hate him in the beginning, but it's obvious she'll grow to care for him. Their interactions were very sweet.
Prince Maxon is very stiff. Everything he says feels very scripted and rehearsed, even when he's off camera and in private. It was hard to get a sense of who he was, other than just the Prince and the token of 35 girls affections. I did like his vulnerable side that came out with America though. It was kind of cute.
Basically, I loved this book despite its flaws. It was fun, highly entertaining, and had just the right amount of Dystopia-ness to not be overly fluffy. I flew through it in one day and now I'm eager to get my hands on The Elite!
My heart hurts! Even though I knew what was coming at the end of Shadow Kiss, I still couldn't believe that it did. Plus, I had forgotten almost everyMy heart hurts! Even though I knew what was coming at the end of Shadow Kiss, I still couldn't believe that it did. Plus, I had forgotten almost everything leading up to that one moment, so I was anxious as I furiously flipped through those last several chapters. I loved this one even more the second time around. It just tugged at my heart until finally ripping it out. Richelle Mead is an evil genius, and I both love and hate her for it.
Shadow Kiss takes events from the previous two books and puts them back in the spotlight. Instead of being their own contained story lines, they've become more important and actually a solid part of the overall story. First up, there's the problem of Victor Dashkov's trial. Rose and Lissa assumed he'd already been found guilty, so the possibility of him going free is a huge source of stress for both of them. Victor also has some very interesting information for Rose regarding something strange that's happening to her. He may be one of the bad guys, but he is smart. The other thing is that Rose is seeing Mason's ghost. Some think she's suffering from PTSD, but Rose knows that's not it. Mason is visiting her for a reason, and it's not something anyone could have prepared for.
One thing I hadn't noticed before, but became very clear in Shadow Kiss, was how Rose and Lissa's relationship mirrors the struggles between Moroi and dhampirs. Guardians are always told that the Moroi come first, always. Rose has always put Lissa first because of this and because she's her best friend and they have that special bond. However, Rose is forced to actually think about this relationship and try to imagine what she wants out of life. At the end when Rose has a mission she's set on, Lissa tries to use this all against her to make her stay. But Rose is finally putting Rose first. I really liked this scene, since it showed just how much Lissa depends on Rose. Now she's going to have to stand on her own two feet.
Rose and Dimitri! Those two make me very, very happy in Shadow Kiss, but they're also the source of my heart ache. The romance level is definitely amped up in this book, but it's still not so in-your-face. Dimitri has realized some things, and it's allowing him to be more open and affectionate with Rose (away from prying eyes, of course). This is the book where everything changes for them. I was giddy as heck, because I LOVE them together! LOVE! Then I was in near tears, because why is this happening to me (again)! Emotional overload.
The only part of Shadow Kiss that I didn't like was how info-dumpy it felt at times. There are no several page long dumps, but Rose does explain a lot of new things to us. The main one being the field experience for the novice guardians. She's in the midst of that, so of course we get to learn all about it. Then we're given even more information about vampire politics, Anna and St. Vladimir, and spirit. It's a lot to take in, and I didn't think all of it was necessary, but it didn't bother me enough to rate down.
The end of Shadow Kiss is the turning point for the series, at least for me. It's where things go from great to amazing. There are a lot of a little details that I hadn't noticed the first time. The author throws in scenes that may seem random or like a distraction, when in reality they're somehow super important and change everything. She's a genius. That ending killed me though. Of course, I know how it all turns out, but that didn't keep me from getting pulled in like it was my first time reading it. From here on out, things are intense.
Frostbite is a sequel which is much stronger than its predecessor. While Vampire Academy focused on world building, Frostbite actually started establiFrostbite is a sequel which is much stronger than its predecessor. While Vampire Academy focused on world building, Frostbite actually started establishing the overarching plot for the series. It also had its own self-contained plot which was much better than the first's. There are Strigoi out and about, and they've made their presence known by killing entire households full of Moroi and their guardians. Plus, they've gotten some help from humans, which means the Moroi are no longer as safe during the day. With the holidays upon them, the powers that be at St. Vladimir have decided to send all of the students away to an exclusive ski resort to get away from danger and to be with their families. Of course, this doesn't stop certain teenagers from sneaking away and trying to prove themselves in the real world...
The author does a great job of recapping what happened in the previous book at the start of Frostbite. There's a really annoying prologue in which Rose goes over everything that went down. This is actually great if it's been awhile since you read the first book, or just don't have a good memory, but if you've read it recently, it's okay to skip over. In addition to this, there are little bits of recap scattered here and there, which are actually enough without going overboard, and make the prologue unnecessary.
Like I said, Frostbite sets up for the bigger picture of the series which is not only the looming threat of Strigoi, but the tension between Moroi (especially the royals) and the Dhampir (specifically, guardians). With the Strigoi organizing into large groups and getting humans to do their dirty work, more vampires are being killed than ever. Moroi are already a diminishing race, but there still aren't enough guardians to protect them all. Some think that Moroi should be taught to fight and learn to use magic offensively, while those opposing believe that they need the teens to graduate earlier and that the dhampir women--who have chosen to raise families--should be brought in and trained as guardians. It's a big mess, with everyone arguing instead of actually doing anything. No wonder under-trained teenagers take off to kill Strigoi on their own.
Frostbitee is also where we meet one of my favorite characters, Adrian Ivashkov. I am firmly on Team Dimitri, but I still adore Adrian. He may be a royal from the most prestigious family, but he still does his own thing. He's kind of a bad boy, but not really. He's just...Adrian. All of his scenes made me smile. But he still does not come close to Dimitri who made my cheeks hurt from the huge grins he caused! I love, love, love Rose and Dimitri together! I cannot get enough of them! Even when they're not doing anything particularly romantic, I still love how they interact. They're just amazing and meant for each other.
Speaking of the men of Frostbite, I have to mention Mason. He's such a sweetie and he's funny. I really enjoyed getting to know him better (again) in this book, and the way Rose treats him really upset me! She's not a bad person, and I actually found their odd relationship quite realistic, but still. He deserved so much better than than! And that ending! Nooo! How could I have forgotten that happened?!
So Frostbite is a winner in my book, for the second time. If you struggled with the first book, or found it incredibly shallow (which it kind of is), I'd highly recommend giving this one a try. It expands on the world introduced, but it takes on a darker tone as the actual problems come to the front. The plot doesn't really start until the halfway mark, but it's still enjoyable before then. However, this series does get better and better!
Twilight is a hard book for me to review. I’ve read it twice and enjoyed it a lot both times, but there’s so much about it that bothers me, that I feeTwilight is a hard book for me to review. I’ve read it twice and enjoyed it a lot both times, but there’s so much about it that bothers me, that I feel like this might read as a negative review rather than a positive one. It’s just hard to put into words how much I do like this series, despite its obvious problems. It holds a special place in my heart though, since it’s the book that got me back into reading.
For such a thick book, it’s a surprisingly fast read. That’s probably mostly do to the writing being very easy and everything just flows nicely. Is the writing particularly good? Well, no, in fact it’s extremely repetitive. It also doesn’t help that Bella has a one track mind: Edward, Edward, Edward!
On my second read through, my immediate first (second) impression was that Bella is actually quite unlikeable and has no real personality. She’s only memorable because she’s Bella Freakin’ Swan! She’s extremely judgmental and complains about everything, and I believe she’s a closet mean girl. She silently thinks she’s better than everyone around her, and smarter, too. She also manages to be quite manipulative when she wants something.
Then she admits that she doesn’t like to make decisions, but when she does make up her mind she sticks with it whether or not it was the right one, and then whines about being depressed instead of doing anything to change it! She also has absolutely no reaction when Edward admits that he wanted to kill her and everyone around her to get to her blood. No reaction at all! Same when James is after her. All she can think about is being with Edward. She’s barely present in her own life. No wonder her only goal seems to be to get into Edward’s pants.
I think I ended up liking Edward better this time around though. Sure, I still found it extremely creepy that he broke into Bella’s house almost every night since meeting her and watching her sleep (something else Bella no reaction to other than being embarrassed that she talks in her sleep!). He does attempt to get to know her though, once his big secret is out, and they can be together publicly. I noticed that all Bella wanted to know was how to become a vampire, rather than learning anything about Edward as a person. So bonus points to Mr.Cullen!
As for the plot…well, there isn’t much of one until the last 100 pages. Even then it seemed like kind of an afterthought. There was no real reason or explanation as to why James was so adamant to kill Bella. He’s a tracker, so what? What does that mean exactly? This desperate situation didn’t have any sense of urgency about it. There was some tension when Bella was out of town, but that’s probably due to having no idea what James was up to. Then it just ends abruptly. Edward saves the day without even breaking a sweat. One page Bella is dying, and the next she’s healing in the hospital. Not very exciting.
Basically, Twilight is nothing more than a very intense love story with the worst possible female role model. It’s so much fun to read though! There’s some very funny moments sprinkled through out that kept a smile on my face, and I couldn’t help but grin like a maniac whenever Charlie or Alice made an appearance. I must say that I definitely prefer the movie.
Vampire Academy is a book that I read a few years ago and loved, and upon finishing my second read through, I think I love it even more! Of course myVampire Academy is a book that I read a few years ago and loved, and upon finishing my second read through, I think I love it even more! Of course my opinion might be biased, since I was able to connect a lot of little details to events in later books that I hadn’t been able to notice the first time. Aside from that though, it was a super fun read and I absolutely love the vampire world that the author has created. It’s also full of a cast of diverse characters, some of which I like more than others. However, the plot is very simple and not really the focus, which may turn off some readers.
You know all of those brown haired heroines who think they’re plain and ugly? You won’t find one of those in Vampire Academy! Rose is pretty much the opposite. She’s confident in her looks, almost to the point of being cocky. She’s foul mouthed, impulsive, and has a bit of an attitude problem. I can definitely understand why many readers dislike her, but I think she’s feisty and refreshing from the usual. She’s also super kick ass, although not quite as good as she thinks she is. Rose is fiercely loyal to her BFF, Lissa, whom she’ll be a guardian to one day (assuming she graduates). Lissa is a great balance for Rose, and vice versa. I absolutely love their friendship, even when Rose is being a meddling bitch, which Lissa does call her out on.
The plot definitely takes the backseat to the world building, and is actually structured in a way that lends itself to even more world building! Vampire Academy essentially gives us a crash course in vampire history and politics which I found fascinating. This is definitely some of my favorite vampire mythology. Rose is a dhampir, a half vampire. Dhampirs serve two purposes in this world: guardian or blood whore (someone who freely gives their blood, probably during sex). Rose is hoping to become the former, but with her record she may end up disgraced as the latter. Then there’s the Moroi, who are the good vampires. They can wield magic from the elements, but are mortal. Finally, there’s Strigoi, the evil, immoral, and immortal vampires. Of course, there’s also all kinds of social structure and history involving all three groups, and we get it all! I didn’t find it info-dumpy at all, but there is a lot of information to keep straight.
For most of Vampire Academy, we see Lissa and Rose trying to get back into the swing of things after a two year absence from their special vampire school. In addition to the general vampire politics at play, there’s also a ridiculous amount of high school politics. I had forgotten all about this. It is a bit silly, but I found it entertaining. Lissa is working her way up to being queen bee since that’s what is expected of her, while Rose is trying to keep slutty rumors at bay. The teenage social hierarchy wouldn’t be complete without a blonde mean girl, and a broody, misunderstood loser (whom I love to pieces!). Then there’s some instance where dead animals are left for Lissa and no one knows who’s leaving them until the last 50 pages or so where the action and plot pick up.
Vampire Academy is a world building dominated introduction to a fabulous series. I’m so glad that I reread it, since now I can appreciate the following books even more. Do not let the weak plot deter you from reading this series! It gets so much better after the vampire society is established. Rose’s attitude is also taken down a notch by the end of the book, making her more likeable. It also has the start of one of my favorite romances ever! I will admit that I am totally in love with Dmitri and I’m still rooting for him to get the girl despite being much older and her mentor!
I remember reading the first couple of chapters of this on Amazon several years ago, but then I got distracted by Twilight. Now I've finally read theI remember reading the first couple of chapters of this on Amazon several years ago, but then I got distracted by Twilight. Now I've finally read the whole book, and I have to say I'm quite impressed!
Claire is a great protagonist! She's super smart, starting college at 16 (so did I!), and is a complete outcast for it. She's tormented by the girls in her dorm, led by the utterly vicious Monica. Vicious is probably an understatement though; that girl is psychotic! The rest of the cast is great and entertaining as well. Eve is gothic, and spunky, and I adored her! I want her to be my friend! Shane is goofy and fun, but very sweet and protective when the situation requires. Now, Michael is very intriguing. He has some secrets and I found them fascinating. He's not what I was expecting.
In fact, Glass Houses wasn't what I was expecting at all. I figured that I would enjoy it, but I ended up really enjoying it! I love the set up of having a small town corrupted by vampires, with some humans under protection and some not. What the author came up with for when a vampire fails to change someone was really interesting, too. This book keeps a relatively fast pace, so there's never a dull moment as Claire and Co. try to stay on the good side of the Morganville Vampires.
I'm very happy to have found another series to give me my vampire fix! I just wish I had the second book, since damn that cliffhanger!
Mermaids are far from my favorite mythological being in novels, but I was hoping an adult romance novel would change my mind about the genre. While IMermaids are far from my favorite mythological being in novels, but I was hoping an adult romance novel would change my mind about the genre. While I did enjoy The Last Mermaid, it failed to wow me, and it didn't present anything new about mermaids/sirens. It sticks pretty close to the classic mythology, which is fine, but not altogether interesting and engaging. The Last Mermaid actually contains three separate love stories spanning from ancient times to modern, all linked together by the tale of the original siren of Kell. I loved how little details from each story trickled down into the next one, further connecting them. Like any good tragic love story, it starts with a betrayal followed by a curse. Kell may be a beautiful, uninhabited island, but it's history holds dark secrets.
531: Ione and Aedan This first story follows prince Aeden who is captured during an attack, then thrown overboard near Kell. Ione, the last mermaid of her time, rescues him and immediately falls in love. However, Aedan wants nothing more than to get back to his home in order to continue fighting in the war and save his people. Ione's loneliness blinds her to the fact that Aedan doesn't truly belong to her, so he's forced to brave the rocky waves on his own. I liked Ione and Aedan's story a lot because she is the one doing all of the rescuing and fighting. There are no damsel's in distress and she can certainly hold her own against men much larger than she. I definitely think there needs to be more stories with women saving the man and making death defying escapes! I also loved all of the descriptions of the island. It reminded me a bit of The Little Mermaid (Disney version) because the castle on Kell is full of treasures and trinkets collected from the sunken ships just off of the reef.
1721: Ronan and Leila I didn't enjoy this story nearly as much. I was bored for most it, and didn't really get into until almost the every end. I did like how Ronan was the mermaid heir in this case, but he's been living as the Earl of Kelmere and as his own heir for several generations. Leila is another tough heroine, an assassin contracted to kill Ronan. I had no idea why someone wanted Ronan dead until the very end and this nagged at me the whole time. I was also confused as to why Leila was an assassin in the first place since she didn't seem to enjoy it much and was attempting to get out of the business. There also isn't much romance. Ronan discovers she's hired to kill him, takes her back to Kell, then hires her to assassinate the man who hired her to assassinate him, then they lived happy ever after. Boring.
2004: Ruriko and Ian Finally, the modern day story is quite different. Ruri is the siren of Kell, but she doesn't know it. In fact, she's living in the US, far away from Scotland until Ian contacts her about buying the island from her. She's had no idea it's been in her family for centuries and agrees to sell it, but Ian wants her to see it first. I found this story really interesting, since Ruri has "nightmares" about the ocean, but really they're distant memories of her life on Kell which Ian hopes to unlock. Their story had also bits of the original tale inserted in, which I also enjoyed. It definitely all came full circle in the end.
I'm taking the GRE in less than a month, and I had absolutely no clue what to expect until I started reading this. I can tell that the tips in this boI'm taking the GRE in less than a month, and I had absolutely no clue what to expect until I started reading this. I can tell that the tips in this book are going to very useful, since they give a starting point for working on each type of question. I'm less nervous about taking the exam now that I know what I need to look for in each problem and how to approach them. The practice problems throughout each chapter were very helpful; I got quite a few right, and for the ones I got wrong I was able to see exactly why I got it wrong. Now I just need to apply all of the tips to the practice exams, and finish studying the vocabulary lists, then I'll be ready to tackle the real thing!...more
This was very sexy and exciting (in more ways than one)! Shayla Black eases the reader into a D/s relationship in the same way that Jack eases MorganThis was very sexy and exciting (in more ways than one)! Shayla Black eases the reader into a D/s relationship in the same way that Jack eases Morgan into one. Wicked Ties is a good starting place for those who want to try out more explicit erotica, since it starts out slow then gets quite kinky. The stalker and revenge story lines added another element of excitement and were pretty good plots. I'm glad I picked this one up....more
I was going to give this 4 stars, but I had to knock one off because Lauren got on my nerves for way too many pages. "I want to believe he loves me. HI was going to give this 4 stars, but I had to knock one off because Lauren got on my nerves for way too many pages. "I want to believe he loves me. He says he loves me, but if he does X that means he doesn't love me, and if he doesn't do that same X it means he doesn't love me, but I love him and he says he loves me, but there's no way he loves me..." Seriously, just shut up and love the man! Other than that, this was a cute love story and hot sex! This was my first real experience with erotica, and I think I'll have to seek out some more. ;)...more