For the longest time, I told myself that I was mostly a fantasy fan that would occasionally indulge in romanc...moreThis review will begin with a confession:
For the longest time, I told myself that I was mostly a fantasy fan that would occasionally indulge in romances as a guilty pleasure...one that I usually hid from my friends because I didn't feel like hearing any comments about bodice-ripping. Once in a while I would let it slip that I was reading paranormal romance, but my regencies and historicals I kept to myself. I'm finally ready to admit it. I'm a romance fan. I like paranormal and fantasy romances, yes - but there is a spot in my heart for historical romance that I just can't deny anymore ;) No longer will I hide my books in my purse or under more acceptable titles. Long live the happy ending!
Okay. All joking aside...I have never really purchased straight to ebooks, because I was afraid the quality would somehow be substandard to a real print book - I'm not talking about self published books (which I still avoid unless they're by an already published author), I'm talking about books like this one and some of the others I've read recently. Aside from a few minor typos and spots that could have used a tad more editing because of redundancy of vocabulary or what not, these ebooks have turned out to be really good reads.
I really like the premise of this one, which is an "old maid" making a marriage bargain with a known scoundrel all for the purpose of revenge. I kept laughing to myself because the heroine was only 40, and the hero was in his early 30s (i think). I am so glad I live today, let me tell you. Being a woman in 2013, while not always easy or fair, certainly is a hell of a lot better than being a woman during the times of the romances I have grown to love.
The romance between the Devil of Devlyn and Sophie was very sweet, and this author has a gift for conveying an emotional truth in her writing and characterization. The ending of this book was perfect - just what the hero and heroine deserved - and by far one of the happiest out of any I've read so far. This is the first romance over which I have become verklempt, so kudos to the author for that. If you read this book, I hope you will root for the couple as much as I did.(less)
Wow. To think I was hesitant to read this one because there was no Criminy except for a teeny tiny cameo. Although I missed Criminy because heck, he's...moreWow. To think I was hesitant to read this one because there was no Criminy except for a teeny tiny cameo. Although I missed Criminy because heck, he's the best character ever, this book soooo exceeded my expectations. The character development of both Casper and Anha was nothing short of amazing, and the slow build of their relationship was delicious. Ms. Dawson certainly has a knack for characterization. I know I'm gushing, but I just love, love, love, love this series and can't wait for the next book. This book was better than the first - that's right, I said it - even without my favorite top hat wearing, naughty magician. And after Wicked As She Wants, you'll appreciate the song Hey Jude in an entirely new way.(less)
For those of you who want an erotica in the lines of 50 shades, you will enjoy this book. Although it is basically the same story, the prose is actual...moreFor those of you who want an erotica in the lines of 50 shades, you will enjoy this book. Although it is basically the same story, the prose is actually well-written. You're not going to experience anything new with this book, but it certainly is entertaining and that's all that really counts.(less)
I wish I could give 5 stars to the character of Criminy alone. Seriously, I love this man...er, bludman. I totally love the beginning of the book with...moreI wish I could give 5 stars to the character of Criminy alone. Seriously, I love this man...er, bludman. I totally love the beginning of the book with the carnival and all its fantasic eccentricities, and did I mention that I love Criminy? I did have a few problems with the plot overall, though. I thought Leticia accepted the alternate world of Sang way too easily. I know if I woke up in another world, even if it was next to a man like Criminy, I'd be terrified. Leticia is just kind of like, hey, it's all cool. It was a tad unbelievable. Also, the love triangle with Casper seemed extremely contrived. I know Casper is in the sequel, but the love triangle was absolutely unnecessary and forced, in my opinion. However, the world was fantastic, the story was unique, the characterization overall was splendid...and did I mention Criminy?
This book is definitely worth a read, and I'm going to read the sequel.(less)
This book is by far one of my favorite paranormal romances that I've read so far. Let's face it, the tormented demon thing has been done to death, but...moreThis book is by far one of my favorite paranormal romances that I've read so far. Let's face it, the tormented demon thing has been done to death, but Ms. Ione made it new and interesting again. I know the book is five years old, so maybe she was one of the first to write demon paranormal romances. I'm not sure. Either way, her premise stands out to me amongst a sea of alpha male creatures. I absolutely love the hero, Eidolon, and love that he is the chief doctor at a hospital run by demons. How fantastic! At the beginning at least, it really reminded me of a demon version of Grey's Anatomy. It took me a while to like the heroine, Tayla, mostly because she is so similar to many of the other female leads in paranormal romance and urban fantasy. There was a time a few years ago when I thought it must be some kind of requisite for a heroine to be a bad-ass with a bad attitude. After a while, these gals become a Mary Sue of their own. Tayla, however, grew on me, and the details of her past really gave her dimension. I prefer books with less POVs than this one--there had to be at least five or more--but in the end it didn't detract from the story.
This book is fast paced, and for me that's a great thing. The sex starts off pretty much in chapter two and doesn't let up until the end. Did anyone mention there's sex. Yeah, lots of it. This book should actually be classified as paranormal romantica because the sex is definitely more erotic than romantic. No purple prose here, but its all very tasteful. And super duper steamy. Basically, if you are offended by frequent, graphic depictions of sex, this might not be the book for you. I personally enjoyed it (uh...paging Dr. Hellboy...) especially because the sex was integral to the plot and not merely a plot device.
I have read a lot of reviews that express more interest in the brother Wraith (don't like this name!), but I'm actually more interested in Shade. Hmmm...what agony lurks beneath that cocky attitude? I guess I'll just have to keep reading to find out. Good thing his story is book 2!(less)
Ahhh...Crispin. I think he may be my new favorite romantic hero. Who wouldn't love a uber-talented, smart-alecky sculptor who only wants to be appreci...moreAhhh...Crispin. I think he may be my new favorite romantic hero. Who wouldn't love a uber-talented, smart-alecky sculptor who only wants to be appreciated for what he is inside. This book has some wonderful dialog, and the romance is sweet and convincing. This Kindle book is a great value and a great read. (less)