Well, I wanted to give this a 3 stars but just could talk myself into it. OK it was mildly entertaining and starts out fun and possibly good but then....moreWell, I wanted to give this a 3 stars but just could talk myself into it. OK it was mildly entertaining and starts out fun and possibly good but then... every time there was something entertaining there was something irritating, and I mean really irritating.
Here's an example, when you are having sex with someone you are lusting after you do not start obsessing about everything else. One the sex sucks and reading about it is even worse. (view spoiler)[ This was with secondary characters as the main characters don't until the last chapter. (hide spoiler)]
Another no, no for me, when the characters never talk to one another about what is going on after many, many miscommunications or non-communications. You don't get married for a month and not talk about why there is no bedroom play, especially when there was play before the marriage. (view spoiler)[ The only communication happens in the bed, after sex, and at the very end of the book (hide spoiler)]
OK, the erectile dysfunction and how he handled it didn't work for me. I really didn't like the characters in the end because as long time friends, they should be at least talking a LITTLE to one another.
The multitude of other relationships that are happening in this book are actually more intriguing than the main characters and all those stories have their issues too.
Finally, stupidity, I just cannot abide by complete an udder stupidity by the heroine of any romance. A guy has his hands inappropriate places and is constantly invading her space, and she knows it is calculated, one does not go anywhere alone with this man. Not to be daring or any other reason. When a person gives one the willies, you avoid them and turn the other way.
So, the best thing that can be said is that it was a quick read and mildly entertaining. The only problem is the whole story kind of kill the enjoyment of the entertainment.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
3- 3 1/2 stars OK... well, I really liked it at first but... it got boring, tedious. It was the same tournament, fighting, m...moreWas so waiting for this one
3- 3 1/2 stars OK... well, I really liked it at first but... it got boring, tedious. It was the same tournament, fighting, meeting, romancing, and then repeat almost through the whole book. It is not the norm for Kresley Cole. Usually the books travel and the scenes change and the plot twists. This really didn't have any major plot twists. It was fun at points, sexy at points, and had some good characters, but it didn't have excitement and change ups like most of her books do. I liked the beginning, until I started to wonder when something different was going to happen, and read, waiting, and then at the very end, when finally something different happened it ended. Too bad the something different at the end wasn't more complex. I feel a little like this was a set up for Melanthe's book. So over all... I liked it, didn't love it like I normally do. Was a little bored more than 1/2 the book, waiting for something more to happen. It is the most emotion, romance driven, of any of the books I've read so far.
For those reading Immortals After Dark, this is an IAD book. It happens almost completely outside of the Dacian realm. It has several characters from the IAD show up briefly. And overlaps Lothaire's story in timeline, extending it just slightly further out. I like that Cole decided to use Romanian as the language of the Dacians instead of making up one, especially since Dacia was where Romanian is today. For an Immortals After Dark reader, it should be read as it continues the overall story arc.(less)
I like this series, The Warriors of Poseidon, as one can tell by my rating of the earlier books. They are entertaining, have a good romance usually, a...more I like this series, The Warriors of Poseidon, as one can tell by my rating of the earlier books. They are entertaining, have a good romance usually, and a good story that furthers the overall story. The problem with this addition to the series is that it wasn't up to the others.
It was just an OK and parts of it were outright maddening/bad. The two main characters lacked real chemistry and their love/trust of each other seemed forced and rushed. It was a very simplistic story line compared to the other books, trying to research and shut down the experimental laboratories.
Tiernan, the heroine, is all ready to go into battle, yet when she is attacked and kills someone, she has a freakout. Then she whines over and over about killing, even when there are more pressing matters, and it was self-defense, and it was an "accident". Still she whines over and over about it. She gets in the way during the battle and is only a liability, argh.
Brennan, now here we really could get an interesting character but instead, self blame for something he was overly punished for. Tiernan points this out but it still gets harped on again and again. I understand vengeful God but... get mad, not self loathing for choices you didn't even make.
OK what made me truly not like this book was the non-ability to fight in situations, letting yourself get captured, and then not being able to break free, even when they are torturing your mate or himself. Then after being tortured, having her tortured, he suddenly has the ability to fight because she gets touched? Really? Then they get waylaid again, and he lets them take her, not for rape in front of him, but torture and death in the chair and he does nothing because??? He thinks they are not going to kill her? They already proved that death by a bullet would be preferable.
Oh, and the 2nd time caught, why didn't he just kill the guy and the vamp out-right. Because they were going to hurt Tiernan, they were going to do that anyway and already had. Also they are lost in the maze and just happen upon these 2 people? They weren't even looking for them and didn't know they were free, it was just dumb luck, and he couldn't do squat again? Argh! (hide spoiler)]
Sorry this might have furthered the story slightly, especially for Daniel but it is not worth reading. I would skip it and go to the next one. Christophe's story, the next one, is great, GREAT. Read a synopsis of this one.
I got through it and didn't hate it altogether, I just didn't like it and there were definitely parts that I disliked greatly.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
4 1/2 stars, solid, really hard to bump up or down.
OK, I really enjoyed this. When I got reading time, this came out and I read through it, one night...more4 1/2 stars, solid, really hard to bump up or down.
OK, I really enjoyed this. When I got reading time, this came out and I read through it, one night (until past midnight), and one evening, not even 24 hours. So the romance kept my attention.
This was a true romance with sexy erotica all through it. Having said that, the complaints that this is from a "feminine" POV or not realistic? Really? What romance is realistic? Almost all romance or erotic romance is written by women and read by women whether m/f, m/m, m/f/m, etc... I've noticed more men in the m/m sub-genre but still... so, is it from a feminine point of view? Damn right and it was damn good.
The good of it-- There is a lot of fun between the characters throughout. There are a lot of laughs out loud moments, yet it is not a comedy. The characters are both sweet and sexy with lots of chemistry from the start. Jordan doesn't fight his new found gay side like so many GFY (gay for you) novels do, and this was refreshing. He tries to use it. He had a whole other set of demons to fight- being addicted to the 60 hour work week, making money, and high stress NYC life. Ryan teaching him to give up control, not in a BDSM sort of way but a letting go, and letting life goes where it takes you way.
Some people have said that this is opposites attract story but... Ryan is more like Jordan than Blake ever was. Ryan came from that same high stressed city life of making money, he got over it. And this story was getting Jordan to get over it and to let go too.
There were a lot of emotional moments mostly centering around saying good-bye to Blake. I really like the little twist in the end. I loved the one scene with Samantha and would probably like to read her story. I wonder if Mia Downing has any thoughts on where that character might be heading? And the ending left me satisfied.
So why the indecision on the 1/2 star, well I'll probably go up but... The love came so fast and it was a little too talkative. Not that I don't like the love at first sight (lust at first sight) but the trust that really makes the love was too quick on Jordan's part. In three days, he really trusts Ryan. Also this was of such a top 1% with both the main characters richer than Midas, that it was out of my frame of reference. Luckily mostly it revolved around real work at an island resort, so I could relate there. I don't know if I'll do a re-read and that usually is my decision on 4 or 5 stars, even if for just certain parts.
I love this series, and that said... it was great, just not as great as some of the others. This is a total judgem...moreRe-reading in prep for Shadow Claim.
I love this series, and that said... it was great, just not as great as some of the others. This is a total judgement compared to her other books in this series. I just didn't get the chemistry as with some of the others, with them as it ran so hot/cold and there was a loll in the story where I was just trying to get to the next interesting/exciting bit. Other than those complaints, it truly was great 4 1/2 if I could have a half star. The end made the whole story more than worth it any loll. It was one of the absolute best endings with lots in the air, woo hoo! More books to come.(less)
Better than the 1st one which I put solidly at 2 1/2, too bad there isn't 1/2 stars. This one was almost good. I think that this writer is just a litt...moreBetter than the 1st one which I put solidly at 2 1/2, too bad there isn't 1/2 stars. This one was almost good. I think that this writer is just a little... slow... not much going on and not enough for all the drama in the end. Her books, at least the two I have read, star really promising, then the last 1/3 (in this book, I think the 1st was 1/2 of the book), just seems like it barely has a story.
In this book, both the hero and heroine have phobias, one being thunderstorms and the other being bees. Well the 1st 1/2 of the book dealt with the couple disliking one another. I have no idea why Anthony decided he was not going to take a mistress in the end, after he was married, as he still was on about never fall for his wife. The couple has good reason to dislike one another as one is standing in the way of the other choosing the wife of his choice, and the other is a rake, with mistresses which he vows not to give up, and is trying to court the sister of the other. A very fun beginning with a bit of wit thrown in. We get to see more of the wonderful Bridgertons... briefly. But then around 1/3 through, as they are starting to like each other, (view spoiler)[they get thrown together. This is where it breaks down for me. They already really like one another, lust/love, whatever, and it is just learning how they deal and come to terms with their feelings and their phobias. (hide spoiler)]Kind of boring.
This was almost a solid 3 but... not quite. For 2 books in the top 100 of many best of romance lists, I find them slow. Hmm, this one is a little better than the last, I might try another but probably not. I have the 3rd on my bookshelf and I hate to give it away without reading it, but... I don't know if my reading time is worth it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
So this is the first Anita Blake that I was ready to read the next one right afterwards. Usually they are so edgy and dark that I have to have a cooli...moreSo this is the first Anita Blake that I was ready to read the next one right afterwards. Usually they are so edgy and dark that I have to have a cooling off period. This was that way also but there was more to Anita for me, and personally I liked that she finally came off her high horse with sex. Still it seemed like she just fell into it, like sex was going to clean off the gunk. I'm not sure that is what she is really going to get in the end and the relationship story is just starting I'm sure. Still, this could also be considered a great stopping point to the series also. She has chosen... who she is and also who she will be with. It could be so easy to stop here.(less)