There were a lot of things that really bugged me about the heroine in this one. I liked how hard she worked and how willing she was to help out, but tThere were a lot of things that really bugged me about the heroine in this one. I liked how hard she worked and how willing she was to help out, but the way she cycled through the brothers really icked me out. It was too Legends of the Fall-ish for my liking. All the in fighting between the brothers over Jaxi was disturbing.
And the scene at the bar when she let the twins grope her and get her off right in front of Blake to try and jumpstart his possessive instincts--just no. I lost a lot of respect for Jaxi right there and never quite gained it back throughout the rest of the book.
However, I did like the author's voice and was warned ahead of time that this book isn't nearly as good as the next, so I'm digging into that one next. ...more
I rarely leave a review that's less than a three star read for me, but I felt I had to with this one because this book made me an2.5 stars rounded up.
I rarely leave a review that's less than a three star read for me, but I felt I had to with this one because this book made me angry. Bottom line, I didn't like Ben. At all.
And when he did the inexcusable just before the halfway mark in the story, I was done. I almost didn't finish the book. What he did to Ainsley and how he treated her in that scene pushed him from merely unlikeable to someone I disliked intensely. For him to use sex as a punishment when she was helpless and trusting him was cruel and unforgivable. I'm not sure which bothered me more--his treatment of Ainsley, or the way she just dismissed it and forgave him like it was no big deal, then immediately took up where they'd left off.
I was speechless and I'm surprised more readers haven't felt that way. How can I be the only one that felt so outraged on Ainsley's behalf? For Ben to punish her that way destroyed any bond of trust that had been forming between them. It was inexcusable, in my opinion. He felt badly afterward, but so what? He'd still abused her, had still violated her in ways that by rights would leave most women with at least some psychological damage. Not exactly hero material.
After that he never redeemed himself in my eyes. ...more
The author has a very strong, unique voice. I loved that the heroine wasn't a twenty-something and that she had to face her insecurities and3.5 stars.
The author has a very strong, unique voice. I loved that the heroine wasn't a twenty-something and that she had to face her insecurities and sexual needs.
The story started off well and quickly built steam, but then floundered for me. I found the hero to be too controlling, to immature and possessive at times despite his penchant for dominance. I kept questioning why the heroine would want to be with someone like him, but there were several other intriguing plot lines that hinted at more books to come. I would definitely read more from this author....more
In my opinion, this is Ms. Sinclair's best book of the series. Her writing style is fabulous and she keeps me reading even when some of the m4.5 stars
In my opinion, this is Ms. Sinclair's best book of the series. Her writing style is fabulous and she keeps me reading even when some of the material makes me really uncomfortable.
Master Raoul is so delicious and tender (um, most of the time), that even in the final, harsher love scene where I was cringing at what he was doing to the heroine--and in front of their friends--he still gets a big five star rating from me as a hero. He was tender, considerate, strong and loving.
The only reason I gave this a 4.5 star rating instead of a 5 was because of the whole pain play dynamic between a few of the secondary characters. I don't "get" it and never will, and it makes me so uncomfortable that Ms. Sinclair is one of the only authors that can keep me reading through those scenes. Still, to give the author credit, she writes incredibly well and stays true to the characters.
A wonderful read, but not for the faint of heart....more
Note: I've only read the stories by Anne Calhoun in this anthology, because she's one of my very favorite erotic romance authors.
Transfixed: 3.5 starNote: I've only read the stories by Anne Calhoun in this anthology, because she's one of my very favorite erotic romance authors.
Transfixed: 3.5 stars It's a short story, so it's no easy feat for an author to write a cohesive work in such a tight word count. As always Ms. Calhoun's writing style is purely hypnotic. There's a rhythm to her words, an underlying poetry that enchants me every time I read her work. Each word is like sampling a delicious morsel from a five star restaurant.
The only reason this book didn't score higher with me was because of the content, NOT the writing. The heroine's icy exterior and enjoyment of inflicting pain on Cole made me uncomfortable, yet it suited her character. And there was no doubt the hero was in that situation willingly.
But for Transformed, the story that follows the progression of the relationship...WOW. Big 5 stars from me.
Cole is a deliciously complicated hero, and having been unsatisfied at the end of Transfixed, I adored seeing him take control and break through Marin's protective shields to expose the vulnerable woman inside. I loved that he took the time to undo her carefully, winning as much as demanding her ultimate surrender. My toes were curled the whole time. It's an erotic and tender story, Anne Calhoun at her best. Loved it!