Maisey Yates is my go-to lady when I am in need of a sexy sheik. And man, does she deliver with Zafar. A man made hard by betrayal, wild by years in tMaisey Yates is my go-to lady when I am in need of a sexy sheik. And man, does she deliver with Zafar. A man made hard by betrayal, wild by years in the desert and strong by his duty to his people.
Ana, our sassy heroine, is the perfect foil for Zafar's wildness. Fair where he is dark, refined where he is wild. However, for all of their differences, there are commonalities. Both are driven by a sense of rightness and duty. Each has been betrayed by one they trusted.
ne of the things I love about Maisey's writing is her ability to show differences and similarities within the hero and heroines strengths and weakness. Ana has grown up wealthy and privileged, Zafar had to raise himself in the dangerous and unforgiving environment that is the desert. These seem to be completely unrelated, but have resulted in the characters having very similar purpose; to do right by others, to do their duty and to make up for the perceived errors in their histories. They both withhold their emotions, but for different reasons.
Part of Ana's role in the storyline is to "civilise" Zafar (which results in a VERY HOT shaving scene. WHOA). Without realising it, Zafar helps Ana to rediscover her inner wildness. I love how Maisey balances they way the characters give and take from each other. Unconsciously, they are providing each other with EXACTLY what they need to be whole. Which is a wonderful metaphor for romance and relationships, isn't it?
Part of Maisey's writing style is the hero using a culturally relevant endearment to the heroine. I've noticed it in a lot of her books, and I have to say, I just LOVE it. It's done with a delicate hand, there is always a reason that the hero uses it instead of the heroines name. For Zafar, it's easier to call all women Habibti (My Love) then remember names, but this slowly changes over the book. It brings a bit of the Arabian Desert into the story and feels genuine and authentic.
I loved this book. Strong characters meet a storyline that is well developed with intricate back story, plus delicious love scenes and authentic dialogue. Maisey Yates has another home run on her hands. I recommend you buy this book IMMEDIATELY. Seriously, right now. Go. Now.
The ultimate nerd meets the bad boy cowboy she never even dreamt about. Pity he's her big brother's arch-nemesis. Maisey Yates takes you back to SilverThe ultimate nerd meets the bad boy cowboy she never even dreamt about. Pity he's her big brother's arch-nemesis. Maisey Yates takes you back to Silver Creek, where the cowboys are hot and the girls are pretty.
Lark is a grade A nerd, known for her ability to snipe a zombie at a hundred paces... in her computer world. Sick of feeling smothered and babied by her loving, if somewhat over protective, big brothers, she takes a job setting up an IT system at a local ranch for troubled boys. She just doesn't realise that it's run by Quinn, the man who almost killed her brother.
Quinn is the boy your Momma warned you about. Bad to the bone, sexy as hell and ruthless as all get out. He wants to get even with Cade, Lark's older brother, and he's not afraid to use the man's little sister torment his adversary. Well, he thinks he isn't, until he actually meets her.
Maisey has included all my favourite elements in the story. Bad boy who isn't really as bad as he seems. A Geek Goddess who is not afraid to let her nerd flag fly. Brothers who aren't afraid to punch a man for getting to close to his baby sister. Add a good dash of sexy times and feature some Firefly merchandise and I'm hooked.
There are some secondary characters that I would like to highlight. Sam and Jill have been married for twenty-three years and things have stopped working the way they used to. I love that Maisey has included some characters who are dealing with the reality of love, when work, children and everyday life have to be acknowledge. It's easy to be swept up in the romance of the first flush of a relationship, but to see characters deal with everyday love and how to keep it burning has been masterfully done. It was great to see the established relationship along side the new relationship.
I can't recommend this book enough. I loved all the elements, particularly the scattering of snark and nerdy references. A great way to get a feel for this book is to watch the youtube link below. Cowboys and Angels, by Dustin Lynch is the official soundtrack of Untouched.
A Sheikh who isn't trained to lead meets a mother who never intended to mother. Can they find a way to co-exist for the good of the future king?
MaiseyA Sheikh who isn't trained to lead meets a mother who never intended to mother. Can they find a way to co-exist for the good of the future king?
Maisey Yates specialises in delicious men who have experienced trauma in their pasts, and Sayid Al Kadar is no exception. Scared, physically and emotionally, by his past, he can no longer feel emotion, good or bad. Chloe James would rather not feel anything, and feels much safer in the world of science, where logic rains supreme. But now they've met each other, and the walls are crumbling down...
Jackie Ashenden's debut book is intense and passionate.
Best friends, one who has gotten hurt and hidden away, the other who has loved from afar and giJackie Ashenden's debut book is intense and passionate.
Best friends, one who has gotten hurt and hidden away, the other who has loved from afar and given up hope. Can they hope to help each other without getting burnt? Will their friendship ever be the same again?
Well developed characters, intense dialogue, steamy sex scenes are mixed with vulnerability, secrets and misunderstandings all finished off with a grand gesture to beat all gestures to create an unforgettable read.
Disclosure: I did want to smack characters heads together at different stages. This made the characters very real for me, as I have often have the same feelings towards my friends!
Can't Get Enough - Shelly Laurenston (Dragon Kin 0.5)4 stars
I really enjoyed the Novella by Shelly Laurenston (4 stars)which tells the story of AileanCan't Get Enough - Shelly Laurenston (Dragon Kin 0.5)4 stars
I really enjoyed the Novella by Shelly Laurenston (4 stars)which tells the story of Ailean the Wicked and how he falls for and gets Shalin the Innocent (the parent's of Bercelak) and reveals why Bercelak (and his siblings) where raised the way they were!
I am in love with the writing style of Laurenston. She is able to create a fabulous world of dragons that makes sense. The dialouge is always sharp and funny without pulling away from the serious action or romance of the story. I have devoured this series.
Spellbound - Cynthia Eden 3 Stars.
Cynthia Eden's witch story was a pretty good read. Nicely written characters with a believeable crisis.
Turn Me On - Noelle Mack 2 Stars.
This Sci-Fi was just not my thing. I found the revelation of the hero's origin to be stilted. ...more
Cougar meets Cougar and sparks fly. I'm a huge fan of Vivian's work and she has kept up with her high standardTangled Tinsel by Vivian Arend (4 Stars)
Cougar meets Cougar and sparks fly. I'm a huge fan of Vivian's work and she has kept up with her high standards. Intrige, cops, crazy family members and a sting operation plus some sizzling love. Whats not to like?
No Angel by Vivi Andrews (DNF)
I had trouble getting into this world and unfortunatley couldn't get through the first couple of chapters. More due to the Angel world rather then the author's writing ability.
Freeze Line by Moira Rogers (4 stars)
Warm Wolf meets freezing Witch. I love the work of the two girls who make up Moira Rogers and they have kept it up with this one! Great world building, particularly because its a novella! Enjoyed every minute of it.