Spinner by Ryssa Edwards What I thought: This was a nice little story, very sexy and I liked how everything felt...moreThe stories that I enjoyed the most :)
Spinner by Ryssa Edwards What I thought: This was a nice little story, very sexy and I liked how everything felt very sober and hard. The softeness came through in the end and I loved the protagonist. I kind of wanted to give him a hug ♥ sweet, when I didn't expect it to be :)
Seedy Business by Damon Suede What I thought: Oh. This was so, so, wicked, in the true mischevious sense of the word you know? Loved reading this one and you'l be pleased to know that you can also read the sequel to this (which I did, in the wrong order lol). I loved finding out about Ox's brother. And this was erm, well, absolutely filthy hot and out there. Loved it!!! *_*
Moon Over Montana by Lydia Nyx What I thought: Shapeshifting cowboys? Wel yes please because it worked very very well in this short story and I loved it! I really felt for Cooper and understood his frustration. Nicely done :)
Plug and Engage by Valentina Heart What I thought: So, so, sexy. This is about two sex buddies who end up becoming more and neither of them even saw it coming. There's a little BDSM and a lot of naughty. Loved it all :D
You and a Billion Blue Tiles by Missy Welsh What I thought: So, so sweet and softly sexy. I really enjoyed this, a short coming out of story that just became something lasting. I loved the ending, I was all warm and happy. Just, a really nice read!
This has been my favourite of the Don't Read in the Closet volume series. Loved this one! Definitely give this one a go, it has some real gems in it!!! *_* (less)
Short and sweet with a nice touch of sexy, impossible not to like. I loved little Kevin and his meddling ways and thought he did a fine job of match m...moreShort and sweet with a nice touch of sexy, impossible not to like. I loved little Kevin and his meddling ways and thought he did a fine job of match making. I love this author, hasn't let me down yet :)(less)
Love this book, recipes are easy to follow and so unpretentious - every dish is amazing and often, just really simple but done in exactly the right wa...moreLove this book, recipes are easy to follow and so unpretentious - every dish is amazing and often, just really simple but done in exactly the right way. Kudos to Miss Khoo, it's my favourite cook book to date.(less)
Ahh that cover certainly catches the eye, am I right?
I have to admit that I have grown weary of romance. Maybe I sort of indulged myself too much? Too...moreAhh that cover certainly catches the eye, am I right?
I have to admit that I have grown weary of romance. Maybe I sort of indulged myself too much? Too much of a good thing they say. I took a long break from the romance for a long time. It didn't help that the first book I picked up after my long break, did not impress.
Luckily, this is not that book.
Let me start by saying that I am not a fan of too many different POV's in one book. It can get messy and often I think half of the POV's can be done without. Yes this story is told from a few different POV's but I think the author kept me from being put off simply by her ability to story tell.
It was very easy to fall into the world Altenburg created, the way it was drawn out for the reader, it had such a lovely touch that I was just happy to go along for the ride. The setting, also not what I expected, something resembling more the backdrop of a western, complete with the heat and deserts. It felt new and exciting to me, as did the awfulness of Freetown. The author managed to invoke such an oppressive feeling, it made me feel claustrophobic, like there was nowhere left to go.
The history of the world too, was enchanting and bittersweet, matching the premise that lead to our two main characters.
See how I mentioned the POV thing? The story telling wasn't the only thing that kept it from bothering me. The two main characters more than did their fair share at keeping me entranced and not only them, but also the antagonists. No one in this book was black and white, wholly good or bad—although one of them was downright rotten, and not who you'd think it would be either.
Airie is our leading lady. What I liked about her was the core of strength in her and her quiet dignity. She has a temper that gets out of control sometimes, something that goes a bit too far because of her heritage. She is not to be taken lightly or underestimated, and her love for her mother broke my heart because I could only imagine what she was going through, watching as the only person she cared about became frail, weaker as time went by, knowing that soon she wouldn't have her anymore. I love that for those she cared for, she was capable of ruthlessness, and that she didn't shy away from the darker part of her nature despite the way it left her conflicted. There was no whining from Airie. She knew what she had to do, and she would tilt her chin back, head held high and do it. It's something I admired greatly admire in my favourite heroines.
Then there's Hunter, the Demon Slayer who doesn't let anyone in, but is all rough edges from having grown up and seen tragedies that influenced his way of life. He's capable of cold-heartedness and when he sees reality, he just accepts it for what it is. Reality. He faces the ugliness of the world he lives in head on and in part, this is of course, what makes him such a great match for Airie. They complement each other well.
They're matched equally; their skill sets seem to cancel each other out, leaving a nice balance so that there's no upper hand of power over one another, which is a nice change for me. In this case, Hunter is very well aware that Airie can take him out, can be a serious threat to him if he isn't careful. But he is still a character worn by the world, more knowing about the people that live outside the world of the mountains. It was great to see how the two of them interacted and grew to care for one another.
Also. Chemistry! I loved the chemistry, especially in the first stages of their relationship. It was fantastic because beneath the wanting, there was a true distaste for one another and what they each represented. I was rooting for them both all the way. Hunter's friends were wonderful, and of course little Scratch! I loved Scratch!
I have to say though, that my favourite character was the Demon Lord. So tragic. Yes, he was a demon and not exactly a good being (implied by the fact that he's a demon…) but out of all the characters, I felt he was the character with the most layers, the most inner and outer conflict. This didn't in any way distract from the main characters and their struggles and goals, but I found myself looking forward to his POV, to learn more about him. He's one of those characters that sticks, one of the characters that makes you think 'what if', and what if's for me are always haunting.
The Demon's Daughter is fast a paced read with solid and memorable characters. The tale of how things came to be, alone, makes this book worth reading and the characters just brought it all to life. My one negative comment would be, once again, on the many POV's. I felt that Desire's POV was unnecessary, that her introduction and our insight into her during the Prologue was enough. But, again, that wasn't a deal breaker for me.
I look forward to the next book in the series and plan to keep an eye out for it, I hope we bump into these characters again in the future :)