And by GD I mean Goddamn! You have to read SHAME ON YOU, Tara Sivec's latest novel, to understand this inside joke.
Anyway, SHAME ON YOU is like The First Wives Club invited Stephanie Plum for cocktails and decided to open a private investigation company. The novel opens with Kennedy and her BFFs/business partners, Paige and Lorelei, bashing their respective former husbands for cheating hence the series title. Then it moves to the ladies picking their cases with Kennedy's leading the pack. Kennedy's case led to a string of hilarious situations which includes an alien chaser, a dog-napped chihuahua, a Germedishuthuanian hairdresser, a vapid collegiate, a bathroom quickie, a weed dealer, a back-door-busting special and so much more. This 140 paged novel is packed with the funnies and tightly coiled sexual tension between Kennedy and Griffin, SHAME ON YOU is a big bang for your time and precious buck!
Review includes Marie Hall's character interview with the Hatter
Chrysalis pretty much stayed in the shadows with her madness well established. At one...more
Review includes Marie Hall's character interview with the Hatter
Chrysalis pretty much stayed in the shadows with her madness well established. At one point, I even compare her to Smeagol (LOTR) when she was talking to herself at the reflection pool. However, I didn't really feel much for our heroine aside from sympathy and that throbbing fear that Aeric might not be able to save her in time. Aeric on the other hand wowed me. Since HUNTSMAN'S PREY is told in his POV, we really get to know him. Aeric's character is similar to the Huntsman archetype, on top of that, he's what you can consider a tortured hero because of an unfortunate event involving a woman from his past. That relationship brought a curse down Aeric which left him jaded and non-receptive in love. At the same time, I love the mish-mash of fairy tale MHall used to make up his character. The monkey wrench is Lissa. For the most part, I kept thinking if MHall is veering off the expected H/h HEA because of Lissa but then she pulled this surprise in the end that is simply ingenious! I'm still thinking of the resolution long-term, it's unconventional but since it's in the Kingdom world, "normal" doesn't really exists.
The world building is Wonderland-based with MHall's fanciful additions. There's no insta-love unlike in the previous novellas because the build-up is good. And as I've hinted, there's a love triangle but it was executed in such an interesting way. You actually won't see it play out until the end, leaving a LOT to the imagination. It'll make sense once you've read HUNTSMAN'S PREY. My only critic is I wish there was more to Chrysalis than her madness. I wanted to empathize with her plight but all I felt was sympathy for our heroine. The revelation also felt a little rushed for me, all the info regarding the conflict coupled with the backstory was poured in one blow my head was reeling with info, I have to reread the confrontation part slowly.
The resolution is very... interesting. I'll give it away if I saw more. So I'll just leave you with: read HUNTSMAN'S PREY if you love fairy tale retelling. It's sexy, suspenseful, mind boggling and every bit a fairy tale except that it's tailored for adults instead of a bedtime story for kids.(less)
Following the events of Part 2, THE PROFESSIONAL: PART 3 opens with much debauchery. Here they finally work out the emotional kinks of...moreTalk Supe review
Following the events of Part 2, THE PROFESSIONAL: PART 3 opens with much debauchery. Here they finally work out the emotional kinks of their relationship with much Drama, pomp and circumstance. And as usual, the angst was maddening to the point of frustrating.
And because this is the final installment, this will be part summation of THE PROFESSIONAL. We all can agree that Kresley Cole knows how to turn up the heat in the triple digits ans she was relentless in dishing out one sexy scene after the next which was consistent in all three installments. The plot of THE PROFESSIONAL is really good and unique and I love the combination of suspense and erotica, it sure made things interesting. I mean it's the the Russian mafiya people?!
The reason why THE PROFESSIONAL didn't win me over is the lack of emotional intimacy between Natalie and Sevastyan. They got too busy outdoing each other sexually that it barely left enough space for them (and me) to bond with them emotionally in an organic/believable way. In other words, these two were hoping to fluck their problems away literally and though I appreciate all the smutty moments, I was hoping that they'd address their emotional issues on a more normal setting.
They eventually did it, post coitus, but it felt rushed which made the resolution weak for me. Sevastyan finally told Natalie his sordid backstory and after a few comforting words from her, it ended happily ever after. Now I'm not sure if the next book in the series would still be about these two because in THE PROFESSIONAL: PART 3, we meet one of Sevastyan's equally dysfunctional brother, Maksim, and I have a feeling that his story might be next with Natalie's BFF as his future partner(?). If that's the case then I would be mildly disappointed because I'm not satisfied with how things ended between Natalie and Sevastyan, I feel like things weren't tied tight enough for me to buy their supposed HEA. (less)
As this is a serial, THE PROFESSIONAL: PART 2 is in close conjunction with Part 1. Natalie and Sevastyan have yet to figure out what t...moreTalk Supe review
As this is a serial, THE PROFESSIONAL: PART 2 is in close conjunction with Part 1. Natalie and Sevastyan have yet to figure out what the heck their relationship is. Even if her body's roaring for Sevastyan, Natalie is still on the fence because of the former's emotional unavailability.
I was hoping that I would form a connection to Natalie at least but that still didn't materialize in THE PROFESSIONAL: PART 2. Clearly these two have issues, especially Sevastyan, and clearly they're trying to find a solution to their lack of emotional intimacy through extreme "petting". I find it outrageous that Natalie is still holding tight to her virginity mid-point because it's nothing but a technicality. It's value has greatly diminished in Part 1 and it's no longer a valid bargaining chip as of the moment. The angst is unbelievable which intensified the tension but to me it felt so over the top I was rolling my eyes on a lot of their bondage scenes. There was a great tragedy that happened towards the end of THE PROFESSIONAL: PART 2 causing Natalie to finally cash in her V-card followed by a cliffhanger which forced Natalie and Sevastyan to reevaluate their relationship. (less)
WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT ended the Blud series remarkably. Although part of me wished that it was Tish and Ciminy who'd send us on our w...moreTalk Supe review
WICKED AFTER MIDNIGHT ended the Blud series remarkably. Although part of me wished that it was Tish and Ciminy who'd send us on our way, I'm still happy that DSDawson ended things on such a high note. I love the amalgam of magic, wickedness, romance and technology and how it fired up my imagination. The series as a whole remained very romantic not just on the emotional side of things but the imagined world of Blud as a whole. The fantasy part wasn't too hifalutin and the paranormal aspect wasn't too heavy to limit its readership. It just had the right amounts of whimsy to brighten the landscape which made for a wonderful escape more than anything. Like I said, I compare it to Alice's rabbit hole and I wish I could will myself to Sangland while I sleep so I can see this universe DSDawson created first hand and maybe apprentice in Criminy's caravan.(less)