I liked all these though the 2nd was a little boring at point, the 3rd was the best for me, Hugh's story, and the first was too quick to be really gooI liked all these though the 2nd was a little boring at point, the 3rd was the best for me, Hugh's story, and the first was too quick to be really good but it was a very nice love at first sight. Both the 2nd and 3rd were friends to lovers, so more easily believed though I didn't really like the premise of the 2nd, man having been left as chaperone and that being the issue.
The first was good even though they got together quickly. He realized they had chemistry and if he didn't act, someone else would, or he would lose the chance. The 3rd had some issue of fear of dying, which I thought was more heart felt. Since the story is one big story that goes from one couple's POV to the next but all at the same party, I'm not sure who wrote which other than to guess the order. I am listening to this from the library's streaming app, so maybe the book would have had some indication of change of author.
Definitely worthy the listen for historical romance fans, especially if you like novellas....more
Sebastian was pretty good but too short and not developed enough. The over arc still going nicely. Reny is an FBI agent and has amnesia of her childhoSebastian was pretty good but too short and not developed enough. The over arc still going nicely. Reny is an FBI agent and has amnesia of her childhood. I don't see that happening, too much of a security breach. The twist of her origins was good but not developed totally and obviously she is related to the traitor Hiss. Who in the end will be forgiven since he has his own book. 3 stars
Aristide not as good. The woman, Kat, is too much keeping information to oneself even when you have no bargaining power and you realize you are completely wrong. Even being blackmailed, it just didn't jive. And then Hiss being a traitor that just doesn't care when we know that his book is coming... hmm... I might be getting tired of the series. Too much flip flop and forgiveness of the unforgivable. Between 2 and 3 stars ...more
Still have to say, take this review with a grain of salt as these books are pure fluff and PNR on the erotic and I am rating them as such. A 4 stars hStill have to say, take this review with a grain of salt as these books are pure fluff and PNR on the erotic and I am rating them as such. A 4 stars here doesn't compare to a four star Patricia Briggs or Ilona Andrews for me, and I doubt that this series could ever go to the wonderful 5 star range, so for fluff, this is pretty good. Not quite a 4 but better than a 3.
So my main issue with this book, and pretty much all the books, is that you know who the bad guy is in advance, you see it coming, and it is frustrating that they don't. I like that they had an explanation for not seeing who it was in the form of mind manipulation.
The other problem was that this "doctor" of urology is a bit stupid. She doesn't recognize immediately what his "growth" was. I guessed it also from the beginning though there was a twist. (view spoiler)[ I figured it was diphallia (two penises) just as some people get 6 fingers or toes, it happens. A guy wrote a book about it recently Double Header: My Life with Two Penises but although 1 in 5.5 million males are born with two penises, few are born with two working penises. (paraphrasing). So I was wondering how it was going to go from a "growth" (or none working) to a penis but could not understand why a doctor didn't recognize the issue. The twist with it growing once mating and being part Satyr was pretty good though. (hide spoiler)] So Maya was just not believable as a doctor. She was air headed and a bit idiotic. Not like any doctor you would ever meet. That she didn't recoil was good but still, she is a urologist how could she not have at least an idea... OK, so I mostly liked the characters though I wish Maya was made a bit brighter and thought of depressing the button before using the chart. (You will understand when you read it) I mean I did as soon as I heard button.
I don't know in some ways, I feel I'm being talked down to reading these books. Like they are written for a low common denominator, maybe not the lowest, but low. This is why I am calling it fluff. It has a nice twist (I saw some of coming) and the main over arc was predictable. I really like the support characters and the main characters did have chemistry. So pretty good PNR erotica. Though the erotic starts late in this one. I think I'm going to have to make a fluff shelf.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Although the premise was better than the first it ended up being on the low side of 3 stars in the end. There was just too much assumption, miscommuniAlthough the premise was better than the first it ended up being on the low side of 3 stars in the end. There was just too much assumption, miscommunication, and keeping the truth to oneself. The first ones I could accept because the couple didn't know one another but then even in the middle and the end it was just more and more of the same. (view spoiler)[ There was assuming all vamps were bad even though she was saved by Amaury, there was Amaury trusting her without talking to her first, there was not explaining, there was thinking she was bonded without thought, there was not telling Luther the truth after years and misunderstanding, there was everyone blaming her, etc... (hide spoiler)] It just gets tiring especially since you see each scene coming and pretty much know what is going to happen. The end was obvious, too obvious, so really OK to good. The chemistry was good but the story just got tiring by the end. Still like some of the characters and would like to know more but the misunderstanding of this one made less sense than the first book. I'll have to think whether I'll read on. Really wanted to after the 1st, not so much after the 2nd....more
The really is the end of the last book. She goes on a quest for a jewel of power. We meet all new people and as predicted, she does meet a new love inThe really is the end of the last book. She goes on a quest for a jewel of power. We meet all new people and as predicted, she does meet a new love interest. One of the great points of these books is that Alanna doesn't stop who she is for the men that come and go in her life. She has a mission though she is unsure of what she will do after the mission, and she sticks to it. Her new companion seems perfect, except he never will/or can accept her magic. Now that Alanna is older, she no longer suppresses her magic, in fact she used it as the shaman of the bahsir, so she accepts it. So this is a sticky point. They travel and meet another group of exiles, one being a princess that was once a choice for Prince Johnathan as a wife. That choice never happen and her Kingdom in contention. As a female, she doesn't inherit and she has no say. She flees to not become a pawn. Her group of highly train guards (women) join Alanna and friends to retrieve the stone.
The final pass to get the stone is one Alanna believes she needs to travel alone. None of her companions are happy about it when she is returned. All of this is the first half of the book and although give another glimpse into the strength of Alanna to make her own decisions. It does drag in places quite a bit during this first 1/2 though I think the skills she gets and the strength of conviction of who she is makes it worth it.
When they get back to Tortall, I don't understand the acceptance of what her brother did or of the person he brought in. Why aren't they isolated and apart. I don't get it? This was my biggest problem with the whole book. Once we are over that, I the story line grips you and makes you want to see how they will overcome. Much of this book though, and even the ending was, Alanna knowing her life was on a new course, and wondering if one of the 'friends' she has had would end up fitting in her future.
I've really liked this series and think it shows a strong girl turn into a strong woman, who takes care of herself but I have to ask... do you have to compete with the men, on the men's terms to be a strong self supporting woman? I think she had a couple of others like George's mother, but most of the women, where we saw them, either were conniving or controlled by the choices of their males. Still I think Alanna is an ideal that is great for young girl to read about.
This one was more YA than children though the sex would end up being close to "he joined her in her tent", so safe for the children too....more
I liked the premise, I liked the storyline, but the couple didn't fly off the pages. They were cute, they seemed somewhat attracted to one another, buI liked the premise, I liked the storyline, but the couple didn't fly off the pages. They were cute, they seemed somewhat attracted to one another, but each of their sex scenes fell a bit flat, either they were interrupted or they talked through it. It was cute in some way, but not hot at all. So this is a historical romance and a good one at that. The plot and mystery, although a bit convoluted was pretty good too. The couple seemed like a great team together... well until the end where she (view spoiler)[ decided to place a bet without his input and sneak off without talking to him. (hide spoiler)] she had more back bone than that throughout the whole book so I just couldn't see it. Loved the ending though....more