This book truly did not work for me. I found it too difficult (impossible?) to connect to either the characters of the plot. The writing itself *is* gThis book truly did not work for me. I found it too difficult (impossible?) to connect to either the characters of the plot. The writing itself *is* good--but the pacing and plot left a lot to be desired, particularly the end-of-the-book "plot twist" (it isn't really a plot twist, but I'm not sure what else to call that thing that comes almost-but-not-quite out of left field that makes little to no sense at all.)
I don't want to write out every single issue I had because that feels too much like beating up on the author when clearly lots of other people *did* like the book. I personally found no connection to the characters, did not understand their motivations most of the time, and found too many discrepancies between what I think real people would do in a given situation and what these fictional people did in those situations.
This is one that just simply hit on all cylinders for me. A touch of angst, old scars, fear, love....genuine, real, beautiful love.
Oh yeah, and blissfThis is one that just simply hit on all cylinders for me. A touch of angst, old scars, fear, love....genuine, real, beautiful love.
Oh yeah, and blissfully hot--and blessedly *realistic* -- BDSM
Yes, there were times I wanted to smack Kane (and not in a way he would enjoy) for being an idiot--but you know characters are real when they get under your skin and piss you off a little (or at least that's what does it for me).
Definitely one of the better BDSM romance books I've read and *definitely* the best one I've read in a while! ...more
It's no secret I'm a huge fan of this particular trilogy--or at least the first two thirds (still awaiting the final book: *drums fingers loudly againIt's no secret I'm a huge fan of this particular trilogy--or at least the first two thirds (still awaiting the final book: *drums fingers loudly against desk*)
Warning: contains very minor spoilers (but nothing other reviewers haven't remarked upon)
Blood and Ghosts takes us even deeper into Shira Anthony's intriguing world of vampires, hunters, and immortals--a world that breaks some of the usual tropes in surprising and delightful ways (although I couldn't help but grinning, as a long time Vampire the Masquerade fan when things got a little topsy-turvy, timey-wimey--can anyone else say "True Brujah" with me? Probably not. I don't think the game has been popular in ages and I'm pretty sure Shira never played, I was just geeked to see someone else come up with vampires with the ability to manipulate time.)
One thing Blood and Ghosts *doesn't* do is suffer from the dreaded "middle book of a trilogy" syndrome. The tension is high, the story is solid, more of Adrien's family history is revealed, some subplots are resolved while others thicken. Shira Anthony does an incredible job of managing multiple timelines as well as juggling multiple characters (keeping each unique/true to their own voice and character) and their individual story lines.
The ending is satisfying, even if we know it's not *really* the end. There are still mysteries to solve, a timeline to unravel (maybe? I guess that's up to Adrien) and that wretched Pellitier (sp? sorry, I don't have the book in front of me) still has to get his. (Back to drumming my fingers on the desk.) ...more
Most of us have at least "one that got away" in our past--and for most of us, the chance never comes to see what might have happened if we'd made diffMost of us have at least "one that got away" in our past--and for most of us, the chance never comes to see what might have happened if we'd made different choices. A chance encounter on the subway gives Chase and Mitch the opportunity, maybe not to see what *might* have happened (after all, a lot has changed since high school) but a chance to see what might happen *now* that that they're both older and wiser....and have experienced one or two bad break-ups. Low angst, but loved it just the same (anyone who knows me, knows I tend to go for the angst-riddle, tear-your-heart-out stories :) ) Sweet and satisfying with lovely, hopeful, HFN ending. ...more
I'm at 84% but I refuse to go any further until I have time to sit down and start the second book in the trilogy (and unfortunately, that won't be forI'm at 84% but I refuse to go any further until I have time to sit down and start the second book in the trilogy (and unfortunately, that won't be for a while). I wrote up a more detailed review on Amazon, but suffice it to say, I'm hooked. ...more
4.5 stars bumped up to 5 for the sake of rating--and because the only thing that I felt "lacking" was a more solid happy ending. Don't misunderstand,4.5 stars bumped up to 5 for the sake of rating--and because the only thing that I felt "lacking" was a more solid happy ending. Don't misunderstand, the ending *was* happy, but I tend to prefer my HFNs to end just a tiny bit more solidly.
Flawless seems to be one of those books that readers either really liked or really didn't. It's pretty obvious which camp I fall into :)
I don't usually care for rich guy/poor guys stories, but Gil and Steve are solid, real, and believable--and while Steve is financially well-off financially, his path to wealth is solid, real, and believable. This was the first book of Cat's that I've read, but it most certainly will NOT be my last.
Things that personally stood out for me as awesome were:
Dialogue. Good, believable human speech. This is a total nit-pick area for me, and when an author nails it, they win me over for life.
Exploring socio-economic differences openly and honestly and not turning this into a Cinder-fella story. Sure, Cinder-fella stories can be fun; there are quite a few that I've enjoyed. But I love the realism and the honesty of Gil and Steve.
Ditto on exploring ethnic diversity. Hooray for a multi-cultural cast!
I didn't start reading this until sometime after I'd bought it--i.e. enough time to forget the blurb, so the "big reveal" was truly a big reveal for me and I loved it. (I've gone back and read the blurb, and a bunch of the reviews, so I guess it wasn't really meant to be a total shock to the reader *G*). I've also just discovered (in going back and reading the blurb) that this is part of a series, so perhaps there will be hints about Steve and Gil's future in some of the other books, which would personally, make me a very happy camper. I don't need it all tied up in a neat little package, I just want to see a little more of their future life together. (Okay, so I'm a sap.) However I genuinely enjoyed and appreciated a story about a transgender man that seemed to me (as a totally cis gender woman) to be handled with care and authenticity.
I think this one is my favorite so far. Yes, there were times when I wanted to smack both Cam and Galen, but...wow. (Sorry, just finished it, so IWow.
I think this one is my favorite so far. Yes, there were times when I wanted to smack both Cam and Galen, but...wow. (Sorry, just finished it, so I'm collecting my thoughts for a proper review. Suffice it to say, I'm blown away).
There were some major angsty moments (for me) when I really wasn't surShort version: I freaking loved it!
Longer version: I REALLY freaking loved it.
There were some major angsty moments (for me) when I really wasn't sure this was an HEA. I mean, I never buy from the "bittersweet" category, but that didn't mean I wasn't having an airheaded moment or something and maybe did so accidentally. (I bought this one so long ago, I could only barely remember the gist of it when I decided to crack it open on my kindle over the weekend).
Rest assured, the ending is happy, but the boys have to work really hard to get there, and I love it.
I'm going to be completely honest, I'd started Peterson's "Pup" but didn't finish it (the writing is perfectly solid and the characters are *very* likable, but there are a couple of tropes employed, all of them very common in BDSM stories, that I have a hard time with and I just couldn't deal with them--yet again--at the time), so I wasn't sure how I was going to feel about Plan B. Needless to say, I was worried over nothing (and will probably go back and try to re-read Pup--and keep an eye out for Peterson's other novels as well.)
I absolutely loved both Danny and Lance; they're mutlti-layered, three dimensional, wonderful characters. The cast of supporting characters were equally well written, believable, and engaging. ...more