As far as I’m concerned, this series has a real considerable drawback: there are so many characters and intermingling plots, that between one install...moreAs far as I’m concerned, this series has a real considerable drawback: there are so many characters and intermingling plots, that between one installment and the next, I lose track of them . In this one we will see four stories that are not really interlinked: Beth and Wrath (sorry, not my favorite couple), Assail and Sola, Selena an Trex, and Xcor and Layla (these last three rock and promise). They happen to be at the same time, and involve more or less the same place (the compound).
I confess that I tried a search in the last book with one of the couples to remember when and how their relationship began (with Selena), and I just couldn’t find it. Problem is, I even can’t keep track of which was the previous installment to the previous one, and as they also mix so many stories it’s impossible to read them in one sitting. What a mess. Which was the prevailing feeling at the beginning of this book. I found myself wishing that a charitable soul would disentangle each story from the books in order to be able to read them as a whole and not as a piece-by-piece lost in a labyrinth of sub-plots.
However, as allways, J.R. Ward delivers, and halfway the book I was absorbed by the character’s angst and rooting that, against all odds, they could find their happy ending (not going to happen for most of them until the next 1-3 installments?). And yes, I’m dying again for the next installment.
So that’s why I gave 4, because I’m addicted to the BlackDagger Brotherhood.(less)
This is an amnesia plot. Samantha appears in a forest, she is running from something, and yet she doesn’t know from what, she is scratched and probabl...moreThis is an amnesia plot. Samantha appears in a forest, she is running from something, and yet she doesn’t know from what, she is scratched and probably wounded. When, eventually, she is found, she discovers she disappeared with her best friend the night before. She has rich parents, a tween, a boyfriend and, what’s even more puzzling, she appears to have been the queen bitch of the college. Now she is a different person and she neither understands nor bears her past self.
What I enjoyed more is the suspense plot. Her best friend, allegedly with her, hasn’t appeared. Some weird notes appear and it is not clear if she is in danger or if she is disturbed. The attraction to Carslon was also very vivid: you could feel it.
Samantha’s character is, from my point of view, the weakest aspect of this book. She isn’t consistent. She is living firsts. To me it was quite sudden that the first kiss was also the first let’s make love. Then, when she remembers, I would have expected some weird moments there, due to the fact that she was really a mean girl, or remembering her best boyfriend. But there isn’t weirdness whatsoever. It didn’t ring true.
To sum up, good pace and good suspense plot, but not well developed main character. (less)
Sizzling hot erotica m-m. Not for the faint-hearted. But it's not only this, it also has a good suspense plot and an interesting love triangle. Jack,...more Sizzling hot erotica m-m. Not for the faint-hearted. But it's not only this, it also has a good suspense plot and an interesting love triangle. Jack, Gray and Jan are different (one is submissive yet a “macho man”, another is a dominant, and the third one is an unexpected vanilla character.
I have only one misgiving: Jan is a little inconsistent (view spoiler)[ and, at the end, I just couldn’t understand either his feelings or the others towards him. Him being labelled as the interpreted it sound to me as he was an enabler and hence, once his work done, expendable. (hide spoiler)]
I kept comparing it with Troubleshooters books, from Suzanne Brockmann. In Troubleshooters there is steaming...moreI did not finish it. I wasn’t in the mood.
I kept comparing it with Troubleshooters books, from Suzanne Brockmann. In Troubleshooters there is steaming romance (sometimes more than a couple), action and characters feel more real, they are flesh and bones characters. Furthermore, main characters face real challenges (age-gap, inter-racial, social, etc.).
In this book I just couldn’t relate to the characters. They are drop-gorgeous. They are extra-smart, super-loyal, super-everything. And I just like characters with some defects, more approachable to my humble safe. Anyway, I think that, at another time, I would have finished it. It is what it promises: a special forces romance, with a very hot hero, action and a steamy romance. (less)
This book kept me awake until late hours of the night.
The heroine is an exceptionally gifted girl but socially awkward, she doesn’t do innuendos, she...moreThis book kept me awake until late hours of the night.
The heroine is an exceptionally gifted girl but socially awkward, she doesn’t do innuendos, she is literal. This, and her sterilized upbringing by a detached mother makes her an unusually interesting leading character. The novel also has a set of interesting and well drawn secondary characters.
The beginning,which frames the suspense plot, is exceptional. Then the romance begins and the story loose a little bit its grip and the pace slows down. I loved Brooks, he is a very male and determined softie (he cares about people and lets it show), different from the usual “chief of police” character. But, even though I was glad for Elizabeth, I just didn’t fall for his sudden commitment to develop a relationship with her, she is too awkward, too reserved.
(view spoiler)[ My main criticism is that, in the end, everything it’s too easy. I also would have liked to see a face-to-face confrontation. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book it's about a normal woman!!! Normal as in different, particular, distinctive. After months being fed up of reading about the same kind of...moreThis book it's about a normal woman!!! Normal as in different, particular, distinctive. After months being fed up of reading about the same kind of woman, I have had the opportunity to know a nice, starchy, innocent southern lady, a librarian who doesn’t knows how to dress nor how to make up her face (hey, I’m not the only one), but who decides to make over her life, because, just face it, when you are 34 years old, virgin and no-men pays attention to you, something has to go.
I had a really good time with this book. Lots of funny things happen around Daisy. There’s also suspense. I liked she had prejudices, stupid ones, like her instant dislike towards Jack, the town sheriff, because he is a Yankee, because he works up and he crowds people. And I definitely liked Jack. Looking them interact, reading their dialogs is really fun. Don’t miss it!
This book is about a Indy and Lee. The have had a crush since forever. But, due to a misunderstanding they don’t do anything about it until ten years...moreThis book is about a Indy and Lee. The have had a crush since forever. But, due to a misunderstanding they don’t do anything about it until ten years later, when Lee decides that enough is enough. There wasn’t any relationship development: they just hit off their relationship and this is it.
In between something happens (someone shots Indy in her shop) and Indy decides that she can do a better investigative work that her boyfriend Lee who is a private investigator or her father and other friends who happen to be cops.
I am not fond of people who put their own lives and those of who love them in danger just for the kicks. I didn’t find this amusing, and not only I didn’t care too much for Indy, I felt that the plot and the secondary characters were far-fetched, exaggerated. Nothing rang really true to me.(less)
This installment has a leading female character who promised being more interesting than the previous one (at least to me). The first part of the book...moreThis installment has a leading female character who promised being more interesting than the previous one (at least to me). The first part of the book is about Jet: she is a normal girl, not exceptionally gorgeous or smart. She is very sensible and serious because she is the one holding her family together. Her father is a gambler who left them when she was young, her sister a famous stripper who works far from home, her mother has had a stroke and needs rehabilitation. Then, Eddie decides that she is interesting. I had high expectations for her...
But alas, this didn’t work out: yes, he got the hot, yummy, macho alpha, but she transforms herself into an irresponsible being taking absurd risks, just like Indy. And not only that, as it turns out she isn’t normal, she is gorgeous (just clueless about it), and the family responsibilities... she needn’t have worried so much. A waste of an interesting character.(less)
It is even a week I read this book and I hardly remember what it is about: a bear founding a mate (a werewolf), and some problems caused by a bad wolf...moreIt is even a week I read this book and I hardly remember what it is about: a bear founding a mate (a werewolf), and some problems caused by a bad wolf who wants to create his own clan and wants to rape the bear werewolf.
The pace is ok, there is some suspense with some werewolves. The characterization is shallow, none of them stand-out.
The world-building was a little far-fetched or poor credible. There were were-pumas, were-bears, were-foxes, but mainly the main point was gorgeous studs being with witty and impish pretty were-females. (less)
Good suspense plot: you will see intermixed 4 points of view. The pace is amazing and the main characters are really interesting:
- Caroline was 16 wh
...moreGood suspense plot: you will see intermixed 4 points of view. The pace is amazing and the main characters are really interesting:
- Caroline was 16 when, pregnant, married her husband. After eight years of a terrifying relationship she managed to disappear. Six years later, we will find her building her life. - Rob, her husband, and a cop. He is a monster and very, very clever. You will suffer seeing how he goes hunting Caroline when the car Caroline used to escape is found in a lake. - Max, Caroline’s new boss, who was a basket legend but a tragic accident changed his life forever. - Steven, also a cop, but a good one, morally and professionally. Widowed and father of three sons.
Another plus of the book: an amazing set of secondary characters. Dana, Caroline’s friend and the head of a safe-house for women; Tom, Caroline’s son; Ross, the black police chief and others.
Weak point: I don’t connect with instant love relationships. I understand instant lust, but not instant love. To me, the romance plot isn’t well developed, Max’s instant commitment just didn’t feel believable enough.
Quick and entertaining reading. I’m looking forward reading the next book in the series: is about Steven!(less)
Mila's son is stolen, and, ten years later, she still is looking for him. Someone puts Diaz in her path, and it seems he is just going to change her l...moreMila's son is stolen, and, ten years later, she still is looking for him. Someone puts Diaz in her path, and it seems he is just going to change her life upside-down again.
Diaz is an alpha hero, but is so different from others that I can actually remind him. Her mother thought he was had autism, because he doesn't relate, or doesn't seem to relate to other people.
I love Linda Howard pictures Mila's love relationships. They are highly different, and both of them so sweet. I think that Ms Howard accomplishes also to describe what a very brave and determined mother would do in the same desperate circumstances. My favorite part: how Mila copes with her depression, it’s very realistic and masterfully written. (less)