A very unique book in many ways. Not perfect, but definitely a cut above the rest especially for those who love vampire stories. I was a little confusA very unique book in many ways. Not perfect, but definitely a cut above the rest especially for those who love vampire stories. I was a little confused by Santos and his behavior toward Adin in the hospital. The snark was great with hilarious gallows humor when it's either laugh or cry. The love story in the journal was both beautiful and heartbreaking. The characters were well developed including most of the minor ones. Definitely more plot than sex though plenty of that. I would have liked to have known more about the 3rd buyer that ended up with the Journal before it was retrieved. I liked how vampires were never really portrayed as completely tame and how Adin's faith disturbed D....more
I'm not sure I can rate this on Goodreads. I can't bring myself to give it a 3 or a 4. It was a very solid 3.5. There were things I loved that reallyI'm not sure I can rate this on Goodreads. I can't bring myself to give it a 3 or a 4. It was a very solid 3.5. There were things I loved that really set it apart from other books pushing up to a 4.5. There were things I hated which made it hard to connect to the characters or story. Both ends have things making it hard for me to be objective while reviewing / rating.
SOAP BOX TIME: I feel strongly ratings on sites like GoodReads, Amazon, ARE, ... should be as objective as possible. I shouldn't rate something a five if I can't tell you why, plus I find lots of flaws with it. I save those for my personal ratings. The reverse is also true. I feel I shouldn't rate something a 1 or even a 2 if I can't tell you why, and I didn't find flaws in the writing etc... The opinion part should come in the review not the rating IMHO. I read a very specific genre. I don't often read reviews before a book unless it's a new author, publisher, or I have concerns (Example; I typically don't like historicals. If I see one with high numbers of high ratings, then I read reviews to see if I think I might like it. A truly good story is a good story no matter what the genre.) What I personally find disheartening is seeing a low rating with a comment along the lines of "great writing etc... I just hate this______" (fill in the blank like m/m/m stories). I think that shouldn't effect ratings. The same is true for the reverse. The exception being if there are a lot of ratings already. This is one of the reasons, I've been diligently trying to back track through my books that were uploaded to GoodReads. Those were my personal ratings like what's now on my Kindle. Not ratings of the actual book/story itself. Some of my all time favorite books, I know have serious flaws. If I can't tell you why they deserve 5 stars then many I've rerated or at least explained why the 5 stars remain (life 5 stars for the hot sex alone). It's a slow process but worth it to me. So, this brings me back to this book.
I have no idea what to do with it. My obsessive side will probably make me rate it. I'm just glad it's got a lot of ratings, so mine won't matter. Plus, it's an older story which means probably no one will read this anyways ;o)...more
I reread this book, and I still really liked it. Though, I seem to be in the minority by looking at the ratings. The best part was it stuck with me. NI reread this book, and I still really liked it. Though, I seem to be in the minority by looking at the ratings. The best part was it stuck with me. Not the title but the story. It's not as easy to find books you've read on GoodReads as Calibre. I have been periodically adjusting my ratings especially from my earlier books. I was thrilled to find the title, and quickly found it on my Kindle again. After a 1000+ m/m books, It gets harder and harder for a book to stick even stories I've loved at the time. I found the world building impressive and loved the unique take on shifters. I haven't actually read the other reviews yet. I don't usually, not wanting it to affect mine. If I had to take a guess, a lot of people probably had problems with the poly theme. Not my favorite thing, but not necessarily a problem when done well, even less so for cat shifters. There was definitely a pushing of the envelope which probably bothered others like rough sex after nearly being raped. But again, the m/c knew what he wanted and was never pressured. He was confident and powerful in his own right. The jaguar and the bear shifters were interesting. I loved all the unique personalities of the crew. I thought it a very interesting enjoyable read (both times)....more
Okay, if you are reading the m/m for hot sex this is most definitely not your book. If you want an original, interesting, read under the fantasy genreOkay, if you are reading the m/m for hot sex this is most definitely not your book. If you want an original, interesting, read under the fantasy genre, then this should be a good read. The story lags mildly in some places, but otherwise it held my interest well. The world building was phenomenal. The stasis was terrifying. The Chief's youngest son had some painful growing up to do, and it was handled deftly by this author especially as he became more aware of the plight of slaves in society. I'm interested in seeing how the story progresses. The changes in Lark were heartbreaking as were the details of their mother's death....more
I love shifter books. This was a fine story with no fatal flaws. I loved the two m/c's insecurities and all. Yet, I never became fully vested. For somI love shifter books. This was a fine story with no fatal flaws. I loved the two m/c's insecurities and all. Yet, I never became fully vested. For some reason, it just didn't draw me in and hold me. I kept finding my mind wandering to other things. The Andy thing just didn't seem as well developed as the rest, or it just didn't flow as well to me. Those that love shifter books will be fine maybe even love it. Others might want to read reviews very carefully to decide if it's for them....more
I actually liked this one better than the 1st. I liked the M/Cs and how they learned to deal with living together. I thought the other cast of charactI actually liked this one better than the 1st. I liked the M/Cs and how they learned to deal with living together. I thought the other cast of characters were very interesting. Many of the sarcastic remarks were hilarious. I was surprised by who drove the red Escort. This was a quick, fun, easy read. Great brain candy with both love and adventure....more
This is a reread for me. I 1st read it around early 2010 way before I used GoodReads (much less used it with any regularity). I always used databasesThis is a reread for me. I 1st read it around early 2010 way before I used GoodReads (much less used it with any regularity). I always used databases like Calibre, so my ratings were more for me and on my personal preferences. I uploaded just over a 1000 books using Calibre's export to GoodReads a few years ago. Lately I've been periodically trying to go back and either rerate books more objectively and/or reread books to see what I think now. Since about 2009, I've been strictly reading m/m (though I started reading m/m in early '08). A 1000+ m/m books makes those 5 star ratings much harder to come by than they used to be when it all seemed so "new and shiny". Another even more recent change is I actually have started trying to review too which is not easy for me. A wordsmith I am not. This is one of those stories I loved the first time around and just now reread. I think within the m/m genre that a majority of the stories are relationship intensive (especially those of the novella length or less) and thus usually heavy on the sex. This is where I feel many publishers and big book sellers like Amazon do buyers a disservice. The sellers that cater to the the romance buyer, like ARE or Ellora's, often have heat indexes. That way a buyer knows the emphasis on sex when buying. If I buy a 75 pg book with 5 flames, then basically I know I'm buying at best PWP (Porn with Plot). I can understand how a seller like Amazon, that sells literally everything, can't do that. So, it falls on the publisher to make those things clear in its description on both the length of the story and heat level. I often want stories heavy on the sex when reading m/m BUT not always, and not much makes a story more unsatisfactory than getting one type when in the mood for the other. I want to read a story with the heat level to match my mood. That way I'm not disappointed in a story over something it was never meant to be. I get so frustrated FOR reviewers (not at reviewers) that complain because of the level of sex in a book whether it be too much or too little since most m/m books fall under the romance genre. So... now to get off my soapbox. This book is still a favorite of mine, so personally it would still be a 5 star book. Though objectively, I can see flaws that don't make me comfortable rating it higher than 4 stars on GdRds. There is lots of hot sex. I love the world that includes dragons with werewolves and vampires etc... The family dynamics are interesting. I also liked the strange twist of them running a huge international conglomerate of funeral businesses as dragons. There are parts that feel contrived, but it's relatively well written and definitely hot....more
First, it is a m/m/m+ book. If poly is REALLY not your thing, then you might want to avoid. Three of them are in a very committed relationship. 2nd, iFirst, it is a m/m/m+ book. If poly is REALLY not your thing, then you might want to avoid. Three of them are in a very committed relationship. 2nd, if you haven't read the 1st book, I wouldn't read this one yet. It is the 2nd in a series about the same main characters. Its focus has not moved onto another relationship in the same world.
All the rest: There were some editing issues nothing too major for me, but I am typically a relatively laid back reader ;o) I loved the world the authors created. I would have liked a little more explanation on how a human can be changed; other than it can only be done by a hereditary shifter. That was an issue in the 1st book too. There were moments Sasha did seem TSTL (Too Stupid Too Live), which again was another issue some had with the 1st. Personally, I think he was just being a stupid male. One that was tired of being treated as weak. I have met plenty of those in "real life"; ones that think they are invincible. Definitely at times "eye roll" inducing, but not what I would consider a flaw in the book. There were some other minor issues, but overall it didn't interfere with my enjoyment of the book. It was a hot m/m/m story with both sex and adventure. There are some light BDSM themes. Nothing I feel would cause discomfort except for possibly those with the most opposed sensitivity. Taking in the above considerations, I think it's a nice bit of escapism especially for those who love shifter stories....more
Thoughts: - Even though I haven't read other books in the series, I did not feel out of the loop. It works fine as a stand alone. - It appears that theThoughts: - Even though I haven't read other books in the series, I did not feel out of the loop. It works fine as a stand alone. - It appears that the other books from this series are f/m or f/m/m. This story had a slight "chick with dick" feel to it and that may be why. I think it will be fine for most readers, except those who are sensitive to that concern. - It feels very formulaic which isn't necessarily bad in itself. It's a fine story for when you want an easy read, i.e.; brain candy. Those that don't find themselves enjoying formulaic authors or assembly line series may want to steer clear. - At times the back and forth about the lack of memory etc... seemed tedious, though I tried to put myself in Kiran's place. - A little "insta-lovey" though it tried not to be especially for a shifter book. Again, not necessarily a problem, unless a pet peeve. Shifter books are the one genre it makes more sense to me. - Not sure what the purpose was of Kiran being a white tiger or able to communicate with animals telepathically. But, it was cute especially the others' reactions. - The mate bond was not fleshed out well. It stated they had a new sense of each other open up / deepen, yet it never really manifested itself; nor did it seem to help them at the climax of the plot. - It was an average story. I didn't feel overly engrossed nor did I struggle to stay in the story. I thought the storyline was a little above average interesting but not the execution. - There was one thing I thought set it apart by injecting some realism into it; that sometimes everything is not okay even after the bad guy(s) have been defeated. Yet, it was not really dealt with at least in this story. It does look like it comes up in a future book of the series....more
I loved the premise of this story. I really loved the characters. I was surprised and pleased with the twist on the killer. My problem was that I keptI loved the premise of this story. I really loved the characters. I was surprised and pleased with the twist on the killer. My problem was that I kept getting thrown out of the story with the overuse of metaphors, similes, and/or descriptive language. I'm not a terribly critical reader. I usually just let go and read, so if I'm noticing... One example; "And right into a man who, in the heat of the city, smelled of evergreen and ocean and the blue heat at the heart of the flame, of Amber and a sexuality so primal and yet so pure that it made Tag want to fall on his knees in praise of the Lord and Lady at the same time he wanted to fall on his knees and do something far naughtier." This quote is only one example and not even the best example at that. It was just the first at 3%. As someone who struggles with being wordy and conveying thoughts on paper, an editor or Beta reader with a strong ability in being concise might help. I still enjoyed the read overall, but for me it hit dead center of that Bell Curve (neither good nor bad). I would try the author again especially within Sci-fi which is my favorite. I see tons of potential....more