I read the first novel in this series and really enjoyed it. But I didn't really connect with the characters that were...moreLove the cover... seriously. A++
I read the first novel in this series and really enjoyed it. But I didn't really connect with the characters that were to be featured in the second novel, so I skipped it. But this one looks really interesting.(less)
This was pretty good until it just... ended. I can't tell if I've lost the last half of the book, but it certainly seems that way. This is the last bi...moreThis was pretty good until it just... ended. I can't tell if I've lost the last half of the book, but it certainly seems that way. This is the last bit:
“I thought you would never ask.” She took the arm that he proffered and they wandered into the dining area, oblivious to the jealous gazes that pierced their flesh. They had eyes only for each other, and if they had noted the hostility, they may have been spared much pain."
Uhh... does that sound like the end? No, that sounds like the beginning of a date. What hostility? What pain? WTF!
Jesus, that was long. I really need to check book length in the future.
The good thing about the length is that you really see the relationship develop...moreJesus, that was long. I really need to check book length in the future.
The good thing about the length is that you really see the relationship develop. The bad thing about the length is that it's mostly due to Elli being a completely insecure, stubborn freak of a woman that has no idea what healthy thinking is. Holy crap, I wouldn't be surprised if readers develop mental issues themselves after reading about Elli.
The saving grace of this book is Shae. If there is an award for Sweetest Guy ever, Shae would win it hands down. I really have no complaints about him at all. But I wish he really had tied Elli down and forced her to listen.
I adored Shae and the romance was amazingly sweet, but Elli was psycho. I liked the basics of her character, but Toni Aleo took her to the extreme. Extremely stubborn, extremely insecure, etc. Even extremely drunk. o.O I just felt like she took it too far. She was too hurtful towards Shae when they got into a fight. She was too naive when it came to her mother and sister. She was too paranoid about her weight. She was too hung up on the past. She spent too long making Shae wallow. It was overwhelmingly annoying.
I hated Elli. I loved Shae. I loved the ups of their relationship and blame Elli for all the downs.
I won't recommend it, but I'm curious to see how other readers feel about Elli's neurosis.(less)
I avoided reading this sooner because of the 1st-person POV. I don't like sitting in somebody's head while they ruminate over their...moreEdit at the bottom.
I avoided reading this sooner because of the 1st-person POV. I don't like sitting in somebody's head while they ruminate over their doomed love life - it touches too close to home, ok? :p
But I was tired of Harlequin romances and decided it might be time to delve back into the world of vampires for a few days. And I'm glad I did. While I undoubtedly have a couple complaints, the overall read was great! I'll be starting the next book as soon as I finish this review... and possibly some McDonald's since I probably won't leave the couch for the rest of the night.
First, my complaints:
Everyone is a boy, nobody is a man. Not even a guy or dude. I stopped referring to males as "boys" around the time I stopped referring to them as "icky"... let's say 12 years old. Then it was "guys" until I became old enough to realize what I really wanted was a "man"... around 19 21 years old. This character is 28 years old. Not only is she way past the age at which referring to a member of the opposite sex (who you are not babysitting) as "boy" is appropriate, but she's talking about 400+ and 70+ year old vampires. Those are anything but boys, honey. It grated on my nerves every single damn time she used the word and she used it a lot. I kept feeling like I had accidentally picked up a YA novel. But while it was annoying, it didn't ruin the story. It just underminededededed (seriously, you try to figure out how many ed's there are supposed to be on the end of that word) Merit's supposed level of maturity.
The love-hate thing between Ethan and Merit is understandable, but I felt it should have taken one more step before the end of the story. I didn't get a good feel of where those two were at when I finished the book. But reviews of other books have eluded to a romance between them and Amber is obviously out of the picture. So I guess I know where it's going. Can I also say, I'm not sure how I feel about Morgan? Like, he seems genuine one second and then manipulative and sketchy the next.
Otherwise, and those are two SERIOUSLY minor complaints coming from me, I had a great time reading this story. There was a bit of time spent on world development and explaining the way vampire Houses work, but it was explained in such a laid-back, conversational manner that I didn't get bogged down and desperate for the action. The information wasn't dumped on you - you got it in manageable doses. I really enjoyed that. Sometimes the time spent world building just wears me down until I'm not interested in the story anymore. Not so with this novel.
I didn't give it 5 stars because the ending just kinda... happened and then we were done. Not much of a wrap up. No temporary or minor resolution with Ethan & Merit. "Boy" used too often. I couldn't say I loved it. But I will be reading the next book and recommending it to others, so I'd say that the author succeeded exceedingly.
Of course I'll recommend it! I just said I would, didn't I? :p
Edit: I read books 1-3 before checking out blurbs & reviews for the 4th book. Since the story is headed in a direction I'm not interested in, I'm not going to continue reading the series. So, I can only recommend the first three books. But who wants to start a series knowing that they're not going to finish it? So, I recommend reading the blurbs for all the books in this series. They will tell you enough to know whether or not you're going to be okay with the twists, but they won't ruin things. Knowing the general idea of the whole series shouldn't take away from these books. They're fun reads, but I'm stopping before I start to hate them.(less)
Again, a really interesting concept that got kinda lost in the nonsense of a fickle female mind. Shit, I already forgot her name. Emma is a good chara...moreAgain, a really interesting concept that got kinda lost in the nonsense of a fickle female mind. Shit, I already forgot her name. Emma is a good character, but the author spent entirely too much time on her mental flip flopping and self-recriminations. I was constantly like "Just stop thinking, girl. You're doing it wrong." Over and over again with calling herself a slut because she wanted to sleep with Thor. Then continuing on after she slept with him but refused to do so again. Back and forth between loving him and blaming him, hating him and craving him, calling herself a slut while convincing herself that Thor wasn't interested in anything but a one night stand as payment for his work? What the fuck? That would make her a whore, not a slut.
The main story, though... the plot, the world building, the characters... I enjoyed that. It was interesting and kept me reading even though Emma's conflicting emotions seriously cut down on the enjoyment factor. I quite liked Thor, though. I felt he was appropriately flawed and perfect in his own way that was just right to stay short of annoyingly arrogant.
But the back and forth over the self-slut-shaming (I guess that's pretty accurate), the total lack of knowledge about sex expressed one moment and total wanton abandon expressed the next, and the total backasswards way she behaves makes Emma an entirely unbelievable character.
And while it may sound insulting, I don't intend it to be... but for one of these books, it's decent. These books are your Ellora's Cave, Devine Destinies, etc published novellas that the authors bang out every month and never cost more than three bucks. You're not gonna find these books on NYT Best Sellers List. You probably won't even find them at a book store. Regardless, they're cute and mindless reads that eat up a couple hours of your afternoon while you're waiting for your laundry to finish. So, for one of these books, I liked it.
I really enjoyed this story until we got to the end, where Roman's big secret was revealed and Charity flew off the handle and stormed off wi...more3.5 stars
I really enjoyed this story until we got to the end, where Roman's big secret was revealed and Charity flew off the handle and stormed off without hearing his side of the story. This happens in too many stories and it's wearing me down. Especially in this circumstance, where the secret couldn't be revealed due to law enforcement involvement. That's a perfectly reasonable explanation and had I been in Charity's position, I probably wouldn't be all that upset. I certainly wouldn't torture myself and Roman for weeks out of stubborn pride.
Other than her ridiculously typical reaction, it was a cute story. I would call it 'sensual', but not 'sexy'... *shrugs* It wasn't Nora's best. (less)