A solid 4.5 book. A great story that includes original ideas, funny snark, a loving couple, characters that grow, a supporting cast that contribute inA solid 4.5 book. A great story that includes original ideas, funny snark, a loving couple, characters that grow, a supporting cast that contribute interestingly, etc... I look forward to the next in the series. There were some editing issues but no serious complaints.
It's a must read for those that typically love Supernatural stories unless extremely sensitive to editing issues. I would not read this without having read the first one. I signs not have a problem suggesting it for anyone who loves a good m/m story....more
Nice extra stories. Better written than most of the main stories. I didn't even know about them until I realized events had happened between 3 and 4;Nice extra stories. Better written than most of the main stories. I didn't even know about them until I realized events had happened between 3 and 4; I had somehow missed them, so I looked and found these two add-ons bundled together. Definitely could have triggers for those sensitive to abuse....more
I thought each of the previous books showed improvement. I enjoyed the really "over the top" plots of the 1st two despite the atrocious editing and muI thought each of the previous books showed improvement. I enjoyed the really "over the top" plots of the 1st two despite the atrocious editing and multiple other issues. The 3rd story was not to my taste, and I found it boring; but the writing and editing seemed better. For me, this one went backwards in every sense. I was thrown out more times than I could count due to typos and editing. Some were piddling like know for now, but they build up. Others were confusing like when it was stated that Miles would just keep answering questions, but all be was doing was asking them. I had to stop reread multiple times to make sure I hadn't missed something.
There were so many plot holes that could have at least been addressed, including one at 13% that seriously had me thinking WTF. Really? An all powerful magic man and shifters can't find a man's scent even when they stay the night with his pack? Lots of parts felt like filler and contrived. Way too much time spent not trusting the mate bond like the previous book for Troy's twin, but it happened twice in this one with great detail. The action was practically ignored with one of the most anti climatic rising actions and "climaxes" I've ever experienced. Everyone goes missing. No real explanation to how they were taken & then is all over in like a page once they mount the rescue. I felt almost cheated. I love the characters. The world is interesting, but I feel this author is having to churn books out too quickly to do the stories any justice....more
This should have hit most of my happy buttons, but it didn't. It had so much potential, yet I couldn't wait for it to be over (and it's not very long)This should have hit most of my happy buttons, but it didn't. It had so much potential, yet I couldn't wait for it to be over (and it's not very long). It felt contrived, unoriginal, and too insta-love; which is not even a pet peeve of mine like many readers. I could not stay in the story. I have a head ache from rolling my eyes. The characters were very well drawn to start. She was extremely interesting in her complexity. I love twins. I liked them. It started off really hot and interesting. Again, it should have worked, but for me it didn't....more
A large part of this is the same review I've used for the last two Hauser books. This is my last for the Action Series. It was a nice reunion with soA large part of this is the same review I've used for the last two Hauser books. This is my last for the Action Series. It was a nice reunion with so many of the guys from the other books. Billy & Alex get their mostly private wedding. I think I want to end believing these guys continue to love and work towards healthy relationships, within their current boundaries. I will take the mostly HFN and pretend they eventually find their HEA.
I'm always at a loss with Hauser's books, yet something keeps pulling me back into them. I enjoy than as a whole, but when I try to analyze them I have so many issues with things like the editing, the total and complete suspension of belief that is required for a none sci-fi / werewolf type of book, the lack of depth etc... So basically, there is something about the characters and world she creates I like, but I just can't tell you what it is; other than a very guilty pleasure. If you are new to this author, I highly suggest you read many reviews from both ends of the spectrum to get a feel....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 really liked the story. I do not have the same complaints as many of the other reviewers. I've been contemplating the reasons: 1) I might have lowerI really liked the story. I do not have the same complaints as many of the other reviewers. I've been contemplating the reasons: 1) I might have lowered my expectations. Though I don't usually read the reviews right before starting, this time I had. I was pleasantly surprised as I kept reading. 2) I may just read a lot more Smut. I expect a lot of sex with most m/m books even more so the shifter ones. I actually thought it had a lot more plot than I might have expected. The m/c's are males, college age, & mated. Don't get me wrong, there is a lot of sex but many scenes were implied or abbreviated as the story progressed. 3) I'm a laid back reader. I'm not a grammar/editing aficionado. It has to be repeated & really obvious for it to throw me out of a story. I don't have a preferred POV or writing style. Nor do I have certain plot themes that are almost immediate dislikes for me like "Gay 4 U", "Chicks with Dicks", "Insta-love", etc... The only thing that will regularly ruin a story for me is the lack of a HFN/HEA which does not apply to this story. 4) As for it being simplistic or obvious, maybe I'm just obtuse. I thought it was clever how Jack became Alpha. There were never an over abundance of traitor suspects basically just two, so you always had a 50/50 chance. I guess the author could have tried to throw out more red herrings. I was surprised by one person who wasn't involved.
One issue I did have was that I felt the resolution with his mate's dad was abrupt & rushed. I felt it didn't really add to the plot, wasn't very logical, seemed borderline out of character, & could have been handled much more deftly.
I could see how others were thrown by the constant "pup" reference. Though it didn't bother me, it came close.
Overall I enjoyed this story. I loved the characters including the supporting ones. I thought Salem was especially great. There were some nice twists on the werewolf lore. I felt the relationship was fleshed out well. It was a nice solid read....more
I loved the 1st book in this series. Even though in unusual move for Ms. Dane, it felt like it took forever for the 2 m/c's to actually have sex. I'veI loved the 1st book in this series. Even though in unusual move for Ms. Dane, it felt like it took forever for the 2 m/c's to actually have sex. I've read most of her books. She often manages to touch that needy place in me. Though I haven't loved them all, she hasn't written one I've completely disliked. (I must admit, I've been avoiding one out of fear of it being the 1st.)
Books 2 and 3 of this series were not favorites. This one comes really close. It was definitely 5 stars for me which has been a lot harder to come by lately. The sex was hot. I can see how some might find the sex scenes overly long, but at least they are well written. If they are not your thing, then it's easy enough to skim and skip a majority of those pages.
I loved the m/c's. Their characters' growth and personal battles were beautifully drawn The details and world building were well written. The brother of the missing socialite was absolutely heart breaking. The mystery did not take as much of a back seat to the romance as in some of her other books. There were elements that were both predictable and surprising.
Personally, I'd have loved to see more of Adam and Rhone especially with Jamie. It just seemed a perfect way to let us catch a glimpse of them, considering Adam's background of how he came to Quinn in book one.
There were parts of the end with Logan's fears that reminded me of the end of the 1st Foster Siblings book. The theme was similar but each m/c stayed true to his character thus making it different. There were times too that Logan reminded me of Cade from the Hawkins Ranch series; as did Nate's backstory with his BF. I loved Cade, but Logan definitely was not a "reincarnated" version of Cade. They just shared some similarities.
For me this one had the right mix of romance, sex, growth, and mystery. I do feel reading the other books in the series would be beneficial though not absolutely necessary, especially the 3rd one, "I do". I would have no problems recommending this book to anyone unless they were uncomfortable with m/m books....more