I feel like this is the right length of book for this author. Sometimes she kicks out a novelette at 60 pages and it feels like boilerplate. I find II feel like this is the right length of book for this author. Sometimes she kicks out a novelette at 60 pages and it feels like boilerplate. I find I much prefer this novella length from her - I enjoy her stories so much, the novelette length just doesn't do them justice with so few pages.
This series in particular is great! #s 4-7 have been some of this author's best work, and I say that having read everything she's published. Everything. Her Terrans and aliens hold a special place in my heart, but I'm loving this focus on magic so much.
And I'm enjoying it enough to forgive the fact that Minerva is a God-Mode Mary Sue. She's tall, strong, beautiful, hypernova powerful, can do anything, blah blah blah. But you know what? I don't even care. She was great. Her dragon-mate was great. It's always fun to see the Grangers again. And honestly, her origins story was fucking awesome. You could seriously run an entire series of books off that shit. I thought there was an opening to continue Minerva's story in another book. I mean, how could you create all that power and not really use it much? But it looks like the next book will be about another character so *fart noise*.
I'm kinda confused about this one because it was totally unnecessary, but still enjoyable. I liked the characters, same as last time. But it felt likeI'm kinda confused about this one because it was totally unnecessary, but still enjoyable. I liked the characters, same as last time. But it felt like we were just rehashing everything that happened in the end of the previous book. Frank is after Em, Cormac wants to save the day but can't, Em is freaked out and scared, the guys at the gym are horn dogs, etc. It's the same stuff as before. But I liked that stuff in the first book, so I liked it in the second, as well. The trial drama and Frank's craziness was probably the best part. Definitely this book's saving grace....more
Before reading this book, I was unfamiliar with Susan Hatler. But I am now certain that most of her backlist will be added to my "to read" shelf. ThisBefore reading this book, I was unfamiliar with Susan Hatler. But I am now certain that most of her backlist will be added to my "to read" shelf. This was a well-written, engaging story that had me running the full gamut of emotions.
Wendy was equal parts admirable and annoying sometimes. Oh my, more than once did I want to shake some sense into her and break down her walls of protection. I cried. Also more than once. I fell in love with Max, a strong and believable character that was everything Wendy needed. The secondary characters - Wendy's BFFs - were fantastic and I can't wait to see how everyone finds their own forever love in future books.
The plot, the legend of the bay, the inn, the characters, the romance... it was all so sweet and heart-warming! My only complaint is that I wish things were a teeeeensy bit steamier on the romance front. The story doesn't at all suffer from a lack of naughtiness or anything, but that's my personal preference.
Would definitely recommend and I look forward to reading more from Susan Hatler in the future!...more
I read this days ago, not sure why I didn't review it. And now it's not fresh enough in my mind to write a decent review. So I'm just going to bitch aI read this days ago, not sure why I didn't review it. And now it's not fresh enough in my mind to write a decent review. So I'm just going to bitch about one little thing, it's really the only negative I can think of. I did enjoy the rest of the story, I remember that much at least.
So my problem is that Emily is off at college, kinda hiding from her evil step father. She keeps thinking he's gonna find and kill her. It's pretty dark and she has reason to believe he'll come after her. The issue is that she thinks "I'm in so much danger, I should keep to myself and stay alone and not make friends." She seems to think that her step father can just come get her and drag her home, like she's not an adult? If I were in her shoes, I would make sure that everyone I knew was fully aware of my evil step father, that he's not allowed around here, that he's dangerous, etc. Keeping yourself alone is keeping yourself vulnerable. "I can't bond with anyone because he'll be coming for me eventually!" NO! It should be "I need to bond with everyone, surround myself with people, because he'll come for me eventually and if I'm alone, who is there to know or care that I've been kidnapped? Who will seek justice for me?" Now, don't get me wrong - she eventually WAS surrounded by friends and protectors, just like she needed to be. But she didn't make the effort, she gathered people almost in spite of herself.
So yeah, I had a problem with that backwards thinking. Otherwise, I really enjoyed this story. AND NOW I REMEMBER WHY I DIDN'T REVIEW IT! My brain-bulb just clicked on. I was going to read the sequel and then review both of them, because it's a continuation of this story - not another romance focusing on another H/h pairing. I need to track that down ASAP....more
I like these novelettes, man. Just enough story and character development to make it worth reading when I don't have enough time to sit down with a fuI like these novelettes, man. Just enough story and character development to make it worth reading when I don't have enough time to sit down with a full-length book.
Sam was great. Steamroller alpha. I like it....more
I chose to read this one out of the series because it's supposedly has the least page time dedicated to the heroine obsessing over her body. I don't cI chose to read this one out of the series because it's supposedly has the least page time dedicated to the heroine obsessing over her body. I don't care if the heroine is curvy, chubby, whatever. I just don't want to hear her rag on herself and how nobody could love a whale like her, blah blah. You know what I mean. So this heroine was pretty good about it. She was self-conscious, but not obsessive. I felt like I could relate.
Really long sex scenes with multiple POV changes, I got a little tired of it. It was hot, especially the dirty talk, but they felt like they went on forever.
The star of this show is the plot, though. From Charlotte's reactions to the alien warrior Kristoff, to their developing relationship, the assassination attempts, the trials, the coup, the betrayal.. Oh god, it was a wild ride and much more entertaining and intriguing than I usually expect from erotica.
I've liked other books from this author, though most of them are a little too kinky for me - I'm not into menages. But I'll have to dig through her backlist and see if I'm missing any other gems....more
A whole lot of "oh baby" in here. Way too many. Nobody actually says that unless they're mocking bad porn.
The plot and characters were both good. My mA whole lot of "oh baby" in here. Way too many. Nobody actually says that unless they're mocking bad porn.
The plot and characters were both good. My main complaint is the flowery and cheesy declarations of love. It didn't pair with the raw and raunchy dirty sex scenes.
The chick, Corinne I think, had a TSTL moment that almost made me DNF the whole thing. I was reading with my jaw on the fucking floor because I just could not believe what she was doing. But feeling that level of shock was almost entertaining, like a super huge plot twist. But the twist is that Corinne is a fucking moron. Surprised!?
So minus one star for the ridiculously purple prose and another star for Corinne being dumb as a bag of Legos. I still liked her, though, so don't let my previous statements mislead you.
Would I recommend it? If I could run a find and replace on every utterance of the phrase "oh baby" and substitute "oh fuck", then send you that version of the book... Probably. ...more