Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships�rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens mSynopsis:
Bingtown is a hub of exotic trade and home to a merchant nobility famed for its liveships�rare vessels carved from wizardwood, which ripens magically into sentient awareness. The fortunes of one of Bingtown's oldest families rest on the newly awakened liveship Vivacia.
For Althea Vestrit, the ship is her rightful legacy unjustly denied her�a legacy she will risk anything to reclaim. For Althea's young nephew Wintrow, wrenched from his religious studies and forced to serve aboard ship, Vivacia is a life sentence.
But the fate of the Vestrit family�and the ship�may ultimately lie in the hands of an outsider. The ruthless pirate Kennit seeks a way to seize power over all the denizens of the Pirate Isles...and the first step of his plan requires him to capture his own liveship and bend it to his will....
I really enjoyed this more than I expected. It can be difficult sometimes going from series to series yet set in the same world with different characters. I tend to get attached to the ones that I meet first. In the end, I discovered that I'm pretty attached to some of the characters that will be appearing throughout this trilogy as well.
For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But that iSynopsis:
For fifteen years FitzChivalry Farseer has lived in self-imposed exile, assumed to be dead by almost all who once cared about him. But that is about to change when destiny seeks him once again. Prince Dutiful, the young heir to the Farseer throne, has vanished and FitzChivalry, possessed of magical skills both royal and profane, is the only one who can retrieve him in time for his betrothal ceremony--thus sparing the Six Duchies profound political embarrassment...or worse. But even Fitz does not suspect the web of treachery that awaits him or how his loyalties to his Queen, his partner, and those who share his magic will be tested to the breaking point.
When this starts out, a lot has changed. It's been fifteen years and for quite a while, Fitz has been living in an out of the way hut with Nighteyes and a boy named Hap that Starling had dropped off with him some years before. Things are mostly going okay for Fitz. He's a bit lonely and he's still hungering for the Skill, but otherwise, he's content. But then Starling comes to take Hap to Buckkeep for Springfest and suddenly, Chade comes to visit Fitz. He wants Fitz to train Prince Dutiful in the Skill, but Fitz refuses to return there and get sucked into political intrigue again. Chade leaves, but Fitz is feeling restless as though he should go out and do something. Then the Fool comes to visit. This is a visit he really wasn't expecting. But he's glad for it. Still, even when the Fool asks, Fitz does not go with him to Buckkeep. Not until they get a message from Chade that Fitz is need urgently at the Castle and so they go.
Fitz soon discovers that there's a lot he doesn't know about what's going on while he's kept himself apart from nearly everyone. We do get to find out what he was doing for all of those long years and while he isn't excited about being back at Buckkeep, seeing Kettricken again makes him happy. Sucks about the circumstances, though.
Eventually, Fitz, Lord Golden (the name Fool is known by now) and Kettricken's huntswoman Laurel set off to find Prince Dutiful and bring him home. It's almost time for his betrothal and he must be there, so they're on a time limit as it is. Turns out, the situation is a lot more twisted than any of them realized.
A lot happens in this book even though a lot of it is spent traveling. Fitz and Dutiful really don't get along initially, but if Dutiful had been more himself when they met, maybe that wouldn't have been the case. Later, though, Dutiful seems to come around. He kind of latches on to Fitz. Honestly, it's not surprising. They are actually quite a lot alike. They both end up sharing the same loss, too.
(view spoiler)[I can't believe that happened! I cried! Robin Hobb made me cry all over again! I knew it was inevitable. I knew it was coming. That doesn't lessen the pain of it. I can only hope that his friendship with the Fool and training Dutiful will help him cope, at least a little. Since Starling turned out to be a bitch and Chade and Kettricken can't act like they know him too well, Fool and Dutiful are about all he's got left. Hap is still around and Jinna's friendship is genuine, so at least there's that. Still, the companion he's had the longest is now gone from him and that bond ran deep. It's not going to be an easy thing for Fitz going forward. (hide spoiler)]
There's still a threat out there. Too many people know Dutiful's secret. I'm worried about that. I get why those Old Bloods let that group go, but they know too much. And they despise Fitz. This can't be a good thing.
I'm worried about how things will go. I just want one good thing to happen to Fitz and for just one good thing to go right for him for once. I think that just may be a long time in coming....more
King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz--or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and hisSynopsis:
King Shrewd is dead at the hands of his son Regal. As is Fitz--or so his enemies and friends believe. But with the help of his allies and his beast magic, he emerges from the grave, deeply scarred in body and soul. The kingdom also teeters toward ruin: Regal has plundered and abandoned the capital, while the rightful heir, Prince Verity, is lost to his mad quest--perhaps to death. Only Verity's return--or the heir his princess carries--can save the Six Duchies.
But Fitz will not wait. Driven by loss and bitter memories, he undertakes a quest: to kill Regal. The journey casts him into deep waters, as he discovers wild currents of magic within him--currents that will either drown him or make him something more than he was....
Ah, but this book left me not quite sure how to feel. There's a lot that happens and the ending may or may not work for you. I honestly cannot see how it could have ended any differently. Still, if I did not know that there's more to Fitz's story, that ending would have chafed even more. I want more for Fitz than what he got. And while Verity got what he wanted, I want more for him, too.
The Skill-dreams Fitz had of Molly revealed much to him. For a time, he was content that they were safe even if Molly believe him dead. And even if Burrich eventually came to believe it as well. He was glad Burrich was there to keep safe what he held dear. Until that last Skilling and he saw that they had both moved on from him. That broke my heart. Then it broke again when he thought he knew what he was offering Verity, but it turned out to be something quite different. I know why Verity did it, but Fitz didn't know how to really deal with it.
A lot happens in this book. Fitz does manage to get revenge, but in a way I did not expect. Disaster does get averted, but it feels that for everything he lost, Fitz really didn't gain anything. At least he still had Nighteyes who as always, was awesome. I'm really thankful that Fitz has him.
I'm also happy that Fitz has the Fool. Despite how their last meeting ended, Fool was happy to meet with Fitz again. He'd thought he'd failed in his duty because he believed Fitz to be dead. Finding out differently restored him. Fitz and the Fool grow closer once they all set out to find Verity. That certainly made me happy.
Overall, I was pleased with the way things took place. Fitz suffers, but when is Fitz not suffering? I always want to hold him and shield him, but I know it can't happen. He does get a bit of what he wants, but it's a bittersweet thing.
Fitz has survived his first hazardous mission as king’s assassin, but is left little more than a cripple. Battered and bitter, he vows to abaSynopsis:
Fitz has survived his first hazardous mission as king’s assassin, but is left little more than a cripple. Battered and bitter, he vows to abandon his oath to King Shrewd, remaining in the distant mountains. But love and events of terrible urgency draw him back to the court at Buckkeep, and into the deadly intrigues of the royal family.
Renewing their vicious attacks on the coast, the Red-Ship Raiders leave burned-out villages and demented victims in their wake. The kingdom is also under assault from within, as treachery threatens the throne of the ailing king. In this time of great danger, the fate of the kingdom may rest in Fitz’s hands—and his role in its salvation may require the ultimate sacrifice.
She fucking did it again. Wrenched me all around. Made me smile. Made me shiver. Made me cry. Made me pissed the hell off. Made me happy. Freaking Robin Hobb jerking 'round with my emotions!
Alone in a world on the brink of war…two unlikely allies will discover a love greater than time.
Exiled from her home, powerful oracle CosminaSynopsis:
Alone in a world on the brink of war…two unlikely allies will discover a love greater than time.
Exiled from her home, powerful oracle Cosmina Cordei holds the key to uniting those protecting mankind from evil. But just as she makes her way into the holy city to perform an ancient rite, the enemy closes in for the kill…
Drawn by a destiny he won’t accept, elite assassin Henrik Lazar detests the mystical curse handed down by his mother. But when the sorcery in his blood is activated and past pain comes back to haunt him, his new abilities come into play and he must learn to control them.
Rescued by Henrik in the heat of battle, Cosmina must decide whether to trust the assassin who loathes the goddess she serves or face certain death on her own. Forced into an untenable position, Henrik is left with a terrible choice—protect the magical Order he despises, or deny destiny and lose the woman he loves forever.
4.5 stars rounding up.
I'm really enjoying this series. For whatever reason, it just works for me. It's not the most unique PNR and it's got the usual tropes that make a paranormal romance what it is. However, I'm still loving the series despite that. I like the characters and I like the magic. The men are all pretty sweet with their women and they just want to be loved, even when they think they don't deserve it. The women try hard to depend on no one but themselves, but they can't seem to help themselves when the guys come along. It's usually because they've landed in an impossible situation. They don't have much choice but to accept help. That's not to say that they lose all independence and cannot defend themselves, because I don't consider that to be the case. The Blessed are not helpless. They may not all be warriors, but they usually have some way of defending themselves.
Cosmina was a good example of this. She's pretty damn good with throwing knives as well as using them in close quarters combat. She's just unlucky that the Al Pacii are the ones that have been made her enemies now. Even still, she's determined to see the mission the Goddess gave her through even though she's practically bleeding to death thanks to an arrow in the arm from Halal. If Henrik, Shay and Andrei (with Tareek and Kazim as backup) hadn't tracked their former comrades to White Temple, Cosmina would have been a goner. As it is, her mission is a success and she even ends up helping the guys despite barely being able to stand on her own and ending up temporarily disabled. The thing Cosmina struggled with the most is over the way she wanted to rely on Henrik despite having lived on her own for the past five years. She's used to being cautious and keeping her guard up, so trusting Henrik so soon seems wrong to her. However, thanks to her gift, she comes to accept this on her own and without too much annoying introspection. Once she does accept it, even when she wants to cling, she refuses to. She goes balls to the wall and with no remorse. I admired that about her. And when Henrik does do something to hurt her, she doesn't wallow in bitterness forever. She also doesn't mope. She continues her mission and saves one of her fellow Blessed. When Henrik does come to his senses, she doesn't forgive him easily. She makes him tell her how he feels. Good for her.
I adored Henrik. I liked him from book 1 and his character was pretty consistent here. We learned some more about his past, though I would have preferred that he revealed in to Cosmina directly instead of the way that she found out. I'm glad that scene wasn't as angsty as it could have been, though. Thanks to Cosmina, Henrik was able to overcome a lot of bitterness with regards to the Goddess of All Things. It doesn't happen right away, so it felt right to me once it did happen. Having someone like Cosmina love him went a long way to helping him heal. He'll likely still have some issues (for a strong guy, Henrik has some strong fears), but at least he isn't alone anymore. You could really tell how alone he'd been feeling when he felt relieved not to be the only guy stuck with magic. He never wanted magic, but now that all of the others seem to have it, too, I think he'll better adapt to his new abilities. It helps that he doesn't detest the Goddess anymore, for sure. My main problem with Henrik is that he fell into the same trap that Xavian fell into with Afina. He thought he wasn't good enough to be with someone like Cosmina. It made him think a little too much. I wanted him to just decide one way or another and stick with it. He was really sweet with her, though and he wasn't overbearing. He was alpha, but not in a really annoying way. Plus, I liked that he enjoyed bantering with her and really seemed to get into it when she took control.
We also got POVs from Tareek, Cristobal, a Blessed named Nairobi and Halal in this book. Halal gets himself upgraded, but so far, it hasn't given him too much of an advantage as the Seven have been upgraded as well. Plus, those dudes have three dragons on their side. Still, I'm sure Halal will get some licks in soon enough. He probably won't lose all the time. I really dislike that guy and the Prince of Shadows can go kick rocks. Tareek is still fiercely protective of Henrik thanks to their history, but he's got scars of his own that he has to overcome. He starts to begin to here, but I'm sure we will see him grow more over the course of the series. We get a few POVs from Cristobal as well and at first, he's terrified of the changes he's going through. His are really invasive, but the end result is pretty deadly and incredibly useful. It seems he's also got himself a connection with Cruz and I'm sure that will come in handy, especially now that Nairobi has arrived. Is she the one the voice Cristobal was hearing was telling him to find? With the way he was acting towards him after Cosmina saved her, I'm inclined to think so. I'm assuming that their book will be next. Nairobi seems like a pretty self-sufficient type of woman and headstrong, too. I have a feeling that Cristobal will have his hands full with her.
I'm glad that we got to see all of the guys get some decent amount of page time in this one. In book 1, I kept completely forgetting about Kazim and Razvan because I'm pretty sure they didn't have any speaking lines in that one. We actually get to see a nice deal more of Kazim and I rather like him. Razvan I'm not sure about yet because while we got see his awesome new abilities, we didn't see a whole lot of him. That should change as the series progresses. I was happy that there was plenty of Andrei and Shay. I really like those two. I wonder what Andrei's issue with water is, though. I'm really looking forward to when he finds his own mate. He didn't think Henrik getting attached to Cosmina was a smart move, so I'm wondering how hard he will try to resist falling in love. I really want to see him fall hard. I also look forward to seeing what type of woman Shay will fall for. He's the youngest of all of them, but he's damned deadly still and I like his sarcasm. I also like that he took to his new magic really well. So did Kazim and Xavian. I can't wait to see what happens next....more
In AD 1331, warlord Vladimir Barbu seizes control of Transylvania. But in spite of his bloody triumph, his claim to the throne remains out ofSynopsis:
In AD 1331, warlord Vladimir Barbu seizes control of Transylvania. But in spite of his bloody triumph, his claim to the throne remains out of reach. The king of Hungary opposes his rule, the Transylvanian people despise his brutal ways, and the high priestess needed to crown him has vanished without a trace. But Barbu hasn’t come this far only to be thwarted by a woman. He unleashes his best hunters to track her down and bring her to him—dead or alive.
For Xavian Ramir, killing is the only life he has ever known. Torn from his family when he was a child, he was trained from an early age to be an elite assassin. But now he longs for something more, vowing to start anew after one last job. The bounty on his target’s head is enough to set him up for good—if he can resist the long-dead conscience that stirs to life when he meets his beautiful mark.
Afina Lazar never wanted to become high priestess, but the brutal murders of her beloved mother and sister leave her no choice. Now she is running for her life, desperate to protect the magical amulet entrusted to her care. But when Barbu’s assassin comes for her, she realizes her only chance of stopping the warlord’s rise to power is to convince this enigmatic—and handsome—hunter that she is more valuable alive than dead.
Dramatic and fast-paced, Knight Awakened is a stirring love story between two people searching for a second chance in a magical world of assassins, warlords, unearthly beasts, and nonstop adventure.
Giving this 4.5 stars and rounding up.
I really enjoyed this and got sucked into it pretty quickly. I enjoyed Xavian and Afina quite a bit. They frustrated me at times, but that's pretty much to be expected in a PNR and it's better than them never doing anything wrong. Besides, I really liked Afina, so I was quite happy that she didn't do typical dumb heroine things. Xavian had some typical alpha male hero tendencies, but I still really liked him.
The story starts out with Xavian right outside where Afina has been hiding out with her sister's two-year old daughter Sabine. Xavian has been sent to retrieve Afina for the man who wants her. Xavian doesn't know why Vladimir Barbu wants Afina and he shouldn't care, but he gets curious. It also turns out that another man has sent Xavian after Afina (though this turns out not to be what he expected) and Xavian isn't too sure about what he's going to do exactly until he does it. The next thing you know, he's stealing Afina and Sabine away to take them to his keep Drachaven. In the beginning, Afina is both drawn to Xavian and terrified of him. She doesn't know why she wants him and berates herself for it on more than one occasion. What she is sure of, is that she has to take Sabine and get as far away as possible. She's being hunted and for all she knows, Xavian is taking her to the man that is hunting her. The one time she does try to escape, she gets herself into some serious trouble. Lucky for her, Xavian knew she would try and was following her when it happened. That's when we really start to learn what it is about Afina that makes Vladimir want her so badly.
For Xavian's part, he could be hot and cold. He really, really wanted Afina, but felt he had no right to her. So when (view spoiler)[they sleep together the first time and he discovers that she's a virgin (hide spoiler)]man is he pissed. To him, she's been lying the whole time and Xavian cannot abide by lies. He isn't nice to her after that. He was doing it on purpose because he was pissed that what he felt was a lie caused him to break his oath, but he was pissed at himself, too. Luckily, Afina gets herself into trouble after that and he rescues her and that doesn't last too long. He does try avoiding her later on in the book even after learning about the connection they have because he seriously thinks that someone like him doesn't deserve someone like her. Afina sets him straight on that front, though. I was proud of her for that. She wouldn't let him hide from her.
There were a couple of unexpected discoveries. I was especially surprised by Henrik's connection to everything. I wasn't actually expecting the Goddess they talked about to interact with them, either. So now we have a band of former assassins fighting the good fight. Somehow, all of the women they'll end up will be helpful to that in some way, I'm sure. I'm looking forward to getting to know more of the Seven better. So far, I've got a little bit of a handle on Cristobal, Henrik, Andrei and Shay, but I totally forgot about Kazim and Razvan unless they were mentioned during a fight. We never really saw Xavian interact with those two. I am really curious to know if the dragon shifters will get their own books. I'd love to see Garren especially fall in love.
I'm sure we'll be seeing more of that bastard Halal. I don't like his POVs because I just don't like him, but they at least add to the story. He'll probably be around for the whole conflict as other than the Goddess's nemesis, he's the Big Bad. I hope that Xavian and his crew can keep too many more boys from falling into that asshole's hands, but I'm sure there will be setbacks along the way.
I'll be following along to see what happens. I just hope there won't be too long of a wait between the rest of the books like there was between this one and book 2. Nearly two years!...more
For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy...
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the troSynopsis:
For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy...
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.
Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.
But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.
As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.
Color me surprised. I found this book entirely by accident. I'd never heard of it before, though a couple of my GR friends have read it. Possibly, I just wasn't paying attention because I haven't read anything YA in like a year. I'm so behind on all of my YA series it isn't funny. I wasn't truly looking to start yet another series, but after reading two books in a YA series that took me completely by surprise by how much I enjoyed it, I ended up on the hunt for more. I wanted something paranormal-ish like the Allison's Story series I began this week, but then I ended up with a dystopia and then this more fantasy than paranormal read. This book gave me the same level of enjoyment as The Elect and The Vanguard and I just couldn't put it down just like the both of those books. I started reading this as a sample and ended up buying the full length book before I even got to the end of it.
This story starts things off at a gallop and I felt the momentum remained throughout. I adore Cecile. No whiny, wilting flower of a heroine here! She starts off terrified and certain that she's going to do and transforms into a girl who is brave and determined to save herself. She can be impulsive as Cecile tends to be ruled by her heart. She is quite capable of using her brain, however. Thanks to some quick thinking, she's actually able to get out of some tough situations. She does get tripped up by troll manipulation from time to time, but this is by no means a stupid girl. I love the way that she loves Tristan. It isn't easy being bonded to him. They sometimes hurt each other, but they have a strong love even though it is fragile and new. At the end of the book, they get split apart, but Cecile is determined to save her man.
I really liked Tristan as well. At first, I didn't know what to make of that dude. He was rude and condescending. As the story goes on, though, we see different sides of him. I was really thankful for the chapters told in his POV, though there aren't a lot of them. They provided some much needed insight, though. Cecile could tell Tristan was up to something and it isn't too long before we find out just what he is up to. It's a while longer before Cecile gets an idea of it. Tristan isn't the most trusting. Trolls can't lie, but humans can. And though trolls can't lie, they can find ways to say things in such a way that they may as well be lying. Looking back on it, I should have picked up on the true nature of the trolls much faster than I did. It wasn't until Tristan let on that they originally came from somewhere else that I understood what the trolls really are. Cecile still doesn't know, but I'm sure she will eventually. The most surprising thing about Tristan is how deeply he loves. He started out not wanting to love her, but then he just couldn't help himself. He ended up risking everything for her. I'm worried about what he's going through now. I hope Cecile can save him.
I liked a lot of the other characters, too. Marc, Vincent, Victoria, Elise and Zoe were all great. Anais was iffy for me, but she really was a good person. Just more devoted to Tristan than anyone or anything else really. Tristan's father I hated. Angouleme, too. I wonder what Angouleme will try next. He wanted to expose Tristan, but it wouldn't have helped much. I can't believe how badly they all got played. Amazing.
Seriously, all is not what it seems in this book.
I absolutely cannot wait for book 2 in this series....more
When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta, and causing a rift between agentsSynopsis:
When a series of bombs go off in a Therian youth center, injuring members of THIRDS Team Destructive Delta, and causing a rift between agents Dexter J. Daley and Sloane Brodie, peace seems unattainable. Especially when a new and frightening group, the Order of Adrasteia, appears to always be a step ahead. With panic and intolerance spreading and streets becoming littered with the Order’s propaganda, hostility between Humans and Therians grows daily. Dex and Sloane, along with the rest of the team, are determined to take down the Order and restore peace, not to mention settle a personal score. But the deeper the team investigates the bombings, the more they believe there’s a more sinister motive than a desire to shed blood and spread chaos.
Discovering the frightful truth behind the Order’s intent forces Sloane to confront secrets from a past he thought he’d left behind for good, a past that could not only destroy him and his career, but also the reputation of the organization that made him all he is today. Now more than ever, Dex and Sloane need each other, and, along with trust, the strength of their bond will mean the difference between justice and all-out war.
Another winner from Charlie Cochet for me! I am seriously going to have to get caught up on her backlist. This particular series, though, is a new favorite for me. I am addicted and I do not apologize for it. I'm sad already that Rack & Ruin isn't out until November, but at least that's closer than it could have been. I will never tire of reading about Dex and Sloane and Cael and Ash and Calvin and Hobbs. Love these characters so much. Rosa and Letty and even Papa Tony are awesome, too.
The action in this one pretty much gets started right away. When we see Dex again, he and the team are on an assignment. He and Sloane seem to be getting along pretty well, though outside of the job, things definitely aren't perfect. Still, Dex is determined to take things one day at a time like he told Sloane he would. He can't seem to help feeling frustrated over the whole thing. He wants Sloane to open up to him, to trust him. He wants whatever they have to be something more. Part of him doesn't want to feel that way, but it's basically too late for Dex already. He's totally gone over Sloane and he's finding it more and more difficult to hold himself. Dex, though, remains his awesome self. He has a way of anticipating Sloane's needs pretty damn well despite there still being so much he doesn't know about him. He can't help believing in him, though. That's not to say he doesn't still get pissed at the guy, 'cause he does. Especially after that reprimand. Man am I glad that they made up after that. I was feeling sad for both of them. Stubborn ass men.
Sloane is still trying to come to terms with how much he feels about Dex. He sometimes embraces it, sometimes runs from it. He knows he wants Dex in his life, but he feels that he doesn't deserve him. He thinks that Dex would drop him if he found out about his past. I think part of Sloane knew that Dex wouldn't do that, but he couldn't help but to worry about it. Sloane has it pretty bad for Dex even if he doesn't always admit it. By the end of the book, he seems to have accepted it and is more willing to acknowledge that he and Dex are dating. He does say to Dex that it's more than just sex between them and it is. Dex brings out a lighter side of Sloane that I really like. Sloane really struggled in this book. He seems to have reached a good place now that he's unloaded on Dex a bit. I hope they get to be happy for a while.
Of course, our other potential couples seem to be making some progress, too. Dex is finally aware of Cael's crush and he didn't flip out near as much as I was expecting him to. He did warn Cael against falling for a straight guy, but it's too late for Cael in that regard. Plus, I agree with Cael, Ash doesn't seem all that straight, at least, not when it comes to Cael. It's more than just wanting to protect him. Cael isn't a kid no matter how small or young he looks, yet Ash is quick to rescue him from unwanted dudes hitting on him. Cael does need to be careful, though because at the very least, Ash is deep in the closet. I'm glad that Dex seems to be willing to not give Cael too much crap about Ash as long as Ash makes him happy. Dex really will rip Ash a new one if he ever hurts his Chirpy (=D), though. And then we have Calvin and Hobbs. It seems things between them have been going on for a while, but I think this is the first time that one of them has done something about it. I'm looking forward to seeing how that plays out. Hobbs is so fucking adorable. I love him. I was surprised to find out about the past relationship between (view spoiler)[Hobbs' older brother Seb and the teams Medical Examiner Hudson (hide spoiler)]. I definitely wasn't expecting that. I wonder if things will rekindle with those two?
The case makes some considerable progress as well, but things are definitely not over. (view spoiler)[At least that asshole Isaac is dead! I hate what he did to Dex and everything he put Sloane through! (hide spoiler)] They've got new problems now, though and it won't be so easy to get the city back under control, but I'm sure Destructive Team Delta is up to the task, so long as they don't fall apart due to relationship troubles.
Also, I'm looking forward to more hot Sex sex, heh.
C'mon, Charlie! Don't you wanna let me review book 3 early? ;]...more
When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frSynopsis:
THIRDS: Book One
When homicide detective Dexter J. Daley’s testimony helps send his partner away for murder, the consequences—and the media frenzy—aren’t far behind. He soon finds himself sans boyfriend, sans friends, and, after an unpleasant encounter in a parking garage after the trial, he’s lucky he doesn’t find himself sans teeth. Dex fears he’ll get transferred from the Human Police Force’s Sixth Precinct, or worse, get dismissed. Instead, his adoptive father—a sergeant at the Therian-Human Intelligence Recon Defense Squadron otherwise known as the THIRDS—pulls a few strings, and Dex gets recruited as a Defense Agent.
Dex is determined to get his life back on track and eager to get started in his new job. But his first meeting with Team Leader Sloane Brodie, who also happens to be his new jaguar Therian partner, turns disastrous. When the team is called to investigate the murders of three HumaniTherian activists, it soon becomes clear to Dex that getting his partner and the rest of the tightknit team to accept him will be a lot harder than catching the killer—and every bit as dangerous.
I really, really enjoyed reading this book. I got sucked in and couldn't put it down. Dex and Sloane really got under my skin. Neither of them have been having a good time of things lately and their first meeting really was a disaster. It takes some time, but their partnership really does improve. There's some back and forth there, but Sloane always comes around in the end. For his part, Dex is very much a class clown, but there's a smart man beneath all of those quips and smartassery. It actually doesn't take too long for Dex to get in the good graces of the rest of the team. Save for Ash who hates him just on GP, I think.
For most of the book, Dex is still settling in to his new role as a THIRDS agent. He does pretty well which some of the team obviously did not expect, but they come to respect him. Sloane especially begins to open up to him, though I suspect that he really did not want that to happen. He still had a tendency to snap on Dex when Dex got too close to him, but he almost always apologized to him. For Dex's part, he really came to care about Sloane. He could see there was a lot of pain in the man. When he found out why, he wasn't thrilled about it, but he understood it. I was happy that Dex didn't try to force Sloane out of his grief, but he wouldn't let him dwell on it, either. surprisingly, Dex figures out how to handle Sloane pretty damned well. Sloane even knew that's what Dex was doing, but he let him keep at it, anyway.
I find the other characters in this series to be interesting as well. I wouldn't mind getting to know more about Letty and Rosa. Those are some kick ass chicks. And of course there's Dex's brother Cael who may or may not have something on with Sloane's best friend Ash. I really think there's something between those two. It may not have started yet, but one or both of them wants something to start. Ash can't seem to handle whatever it is he feels about Cael when he isn't drunk, but it's definitely there. I'm just surprised that Dex hasn't seen it, yet. I hope he doesn't try to cock-block once he twigs to it. Dex and Ash don't care for each other much, but if Sloane and Cael like him, Ash can't be all that bad. We also have Calvin and Hobbs who are either already sleeping together or will be soon enough. I understand why they're so close, but it's affecting their job. I really wonder just how deeply they feel for each other.
The case took a somewhat surprising turn. I had a feeling it might go that way, but I wasn't expecting that level of insanity or that particular tie-in. I definitely wasn't expecting that ending. It has me seriously anticipating book 2. Thank goodness that comes out in a few weeks or I might go a little nutty. It looks like Sloane is going to have a blast from the past. I can't wait to see how that plays out....more
The Special Forces team JC2 was created by the police to combat violence and drug crimes in Juxtapose City. Lieutenant Black, an intense younSynopsis:
The Special Forces team JC2 was created by the police to combat violence and drug crimes in Juxtapose City. Lieutenant Black, an intense young man with a mysterious past and a hatred of the drug Bliss, is the leader of the team which frequently targets psypaths, those with psychic powers. When the empath Calyx Starr is pulled from the streets and forced onto his team as part of the police captain's secret agenda, Black must deal not only with Starr's relentless attempts at seduction but also a dangerous telepath with a deadly grudge who has targeted the empath and JC2. This is an m/m romance.
It's insane the way that I got sucked into this story. I loved it....more
In the battle between good and evil, humans have never been more than collateral damage. Now they are prey. Mankind doesn’t need a hero. It nSynopsis:
In the battle between good and evil, humans have never been more than collateral damage. Now they are prey. Mankind doesn’t need a hero. It needs a sinner.
Corrupt. Wicked. Nefarious. Contemptible....
The Baddest Boys in History are back!
You read about them in school. Now learn the truth. Real men. No vampires, no werewolves, no magic. Just down and dirty raw power—sin to sin, evil to evil, bad to bad. They fight for humanity. It was that or eternal damnation.
They agreed to risk their souls. No one told them they would lose their hearts.
THE BASTARD Vike died in blood, in battle, in betrayal. His ruthlessness was second only to his brutality. Now one woman makes his blood sing and he’ll stop at nothing to save her. He only has to face half of Hell to do it.
Lacy is unknowingly descended from an ancient Holy line. Someone is slowly destroying her life and wants her dead. A fierce Viking comes to her rescue, and in his arms, she finds more than safety. If Vike can’t protect Lacy, he’ll have to kill her. And for a bastard, what’s one woman worth when the entire world is in jeopardy?
It looks like it took me a long time to read this book, but it really didn't. I started in June, but wasn't up for M/F then and put it aside. I re-started it on July 18th and finished it the very next day because this book is awesome like that.
I really enjoyed Lacy and Vike together. They weren't too mushy and they didn't have unnecessary fights. There was a misunderstanding near the end of the book, but that was due to outside forces and it wasn't over something stupid. Lacy saw something she shouldn't have, but it wasn't her fault that she saw it. I'd have believed my eyes if I'd seen that, too. She womaned up and went to Vike when things got cleared up, so that's what matters most to me. Lacy was really likable to me. Maybe a bit too perfect girl, but she was real enough. She didn't just automatically accept things when the whole truth came out. I didn't like that she ran, but that really wasn't an unexpected human reaction and it could have been so much worse. When she slept on it and thought about it, she realized that she'd already gotten to know these men, so what they did in their First Lives didn't tarnish what she knew of who they are now. Plus, I liked that she stood up to Zale. As much as the guy intrigues me and I even like him, he can be a douche. I understand his motives, but he goes about things the wrong way. Except for with Annie. He's good with Annie. I wonder how long before they get paired off.
And of course there was Vike. He was a badass, but such a softy for a good woman. He could be so tender with Lacy, but still knew he wasn't a good man. History called him evil, but he wasn't really. Just easily led by his heart and the Berserker rage he can fall into. Those aspects of him in the wrong hands can lead to a lot of bloodshed. In Lacy's hands, I think Vike can do a lot of good. There were some moments when Vike really needed to cool off or even try to keep Lacy out of his head and focus, but he's still damned handy to have in a fight. He's also loyal if you show him loyalty. Vike trusts his fellow Forsaken, save for Zale, but then Zale didn't exactly make himself trustworthy to Vike. I can't wait to see how Vike reacts when Zale falls hard for a woman. If that woman turns out to be someone other than Annie, I'll be shocked. That should make things even more interesting since Annie is Lacy's sister. I can't imagine Lacy or Vike being too pleased if those two hook up.
I really like all of the other Forsaken as well as Sela. Sela is a fierce and badass leader, but I hope she gets a love of her own as well. She's a Vangelus stuck on Earth leading the good fight and she has her men, but it's not the same. That Righteous of Michael's seems to really have a thing for Sela, so I'm really interested in seeing that play out. I really want to know who the hell that guy even is. Then of course we have Rex, Nomad, Dray and Myth. I already talked about Zale and these guys are just as interesting. When their identities were revealed, I was surprised. They really are some of history's baddest. Nomad was the only one that I wasn't surprised about. Dray and Rex I really should have guessed. Probably even Myth, too. Zale was a complete surprise. I really look forward to seeing the type of women that will make these guys fall hard the way that Vike did. We get the meet the woman for Rex next and I can't wait.
Samael, our villain, can go get bent. This guy is evil. He's also pretty sick. The dude and his Chiefs have some nasty sexual habits. I'm not looking forward to his revenge on the Forsaken and Sela. After they kept him from turning Lacy, his vengeance is going to be insane, I just know it. There really isn't anything likable about it. He is a villain through and through.
Michael, the Vangelus leading the Righteous is a total prick. I can't fault Sela for carrying a grudge against him for millennia. Not with the way that he acts. After that stunt he pulled when Sela went to him for help after what went down with Lacy, I hope at least some of his Righteous will realize that Michael isn't so great. Speaking of the Righteous, most of them seem like douches. Perhaps will meet more less douchey Righteous warriors than the one that I'm sure will be the love for Sela since the Forsaken are about to have a lot more contact with those dudes (and ladies!) than they usually do. Rex training them to take over fighting the Soul Leeches while the Forsaken make sure they keep all Scions safe should get really interesting. The Righteous don't know shit about modern fighting as they've been in Paradise guarding some gates that don't sound like they get run on by Samael's people very often. They were all warriors in life, so maybe it won't be too hard for Rex to whip them into shape, but who knows? Good luck, Rex. I wonder if one of the Forsaken will hook up with a female Righteous. That could get interesting.
Then of course, there's a traitor Vangelus running around helping Samael. I have no idea who it is, yet, but whoever he is, he's an idiot. He really thinks Samael just wants to go home and is fighting some kind of good fight. No fool! He's torturing souls! He wants to rule over all! When this fool gets found out, I hope Sela kills him.
The fight against Samael has a ways to go and I'm not sure how long this series will be, but I plan to ride it all the way out. I at least want to see all of the Forsaken and Sela find their loves. If any of the Righteous get their own POVs and I get to like them as well, I hope they get to find their loves, too....more
An ancient pact was once broken by the theft of Summer’s prince. Now, the Red King has found him. To live, to love, they seek the dark side oSynopsis:
An ancient pact was once broken by the theft of Summer’s prince. Now, the Red King has found him. To live, to love, they seek the dark side of the sun…
A thousand years ago, Milesian invaders gained ownership of Ireland from Summer’s Queen through trickery. Since that day, the green isle’s native sidhe have been imprisoned in their hidden kingdom, bound by their ancient pact with the Milesians. Now, the treaty has been violated. The Milesians have stolen Bran Fionnan, the son of Summer’s queen. Trapped in the human world with no way of returning home, Bran is held under a death threat that forces him to work for his captors. He must forge weapons the Milesian huntresses can use to slay their new foe—the Red King.
The Red King is Macsen Cadoc, a vampire—a hunter who cannot stand being hunted. He seeks vengeance for the Milesian attacks in spilled blood—Milesian blood, and the blood of the sidhe traitor who has forged their weapons. When the one he finds is a victim, not a traitor, everything changes.
Bran Fionnan is the Milesians’ most valuable prize, but from the moment Macsen sees him, he wants him…and the Red King is not accustomed to being denied—by anyone. What begins with desire may end in extraordinary ways, but first there are questions that must be answered.
What is love? Can it help Bran overcome lost ties and a lifetime’s worth of anger? Can it help the Red King gain more than the satisfaction of his lusts?
Private investigator Mackenzie Williams’s newest client is everything he’s looking for in a guy—charming, beautiful, intelligent, and successSynopsis:
Private investigator Mackenzie Williams’s newest client is everything he’s looking for in a guy—charming, beautiful, intelligent, and successful. There's only one itty bitty problem—the guy’s not exactly gay. In fact, Jordan Channing is looking for a PI to follow his fiancée. The smart thing would be to thank Jordan for his time, turn Mr. Perfect away (don’t let the door hit you on the rump, thank you very much), and forget he exists.
Of course, Mackenzie has never been accused of doing the smart thing. Being smart aleck is more his MO. Relationships aren’t up his alley, never have been. So why’s he so inexplicably drawn to his new client?
Jordan has always been the high achiever, a man who lives in a focused, controlled, and carefully constructed manner. But for the first time in his life, he has to admit the impossible—another man is getting his engine running on all cylinders. Despite Jordan’s denial, it’s not long before he can no longer resist the strong undercurrents pulling them together. Now Jordan must decide if he can go against everything he’s ever known to have the only love he’s ever wanted.
This book sucked me in and wouldn't let go. I started reading it as a sample, bought it before I got to the end and proceeded to read until 3:30am even though I had to be up and out of bed by 5:30am to get ready for work. Needless to say, I felt like shit when I woke up. Still, I was mad that I had to go to sleep and stop reading. Me reading this book is all the fault of Armi. I blame her. Still, I'm really glad that I read it. I ended up loving it. It has it's issues (mostly those are all on Mackenzie's end), but I loved his snark so much that I automatically fell in lust with this book. There's a lot of sex. I mean a lot of sex, but I didn't mind. I will admit that it seemed a little weird that Jordan was such a natural at having sex with another man when he'd never done it before, but I'll chalk that up to his enthusiasm and crazy lust for Mac. I loved Jordan, too. He was actually pretty honest and open, too. He was a bit selfish in the beginning and he probably should have (view spoiler)[broken things off with Rachel sooner. He was doing the same thing she was, really. (hide spoiler)], but I still loved him, anyway. Anyone that could put up with Mackenzie's issues and still love him is a winner to me.
I'm really hoping for a sequel to this. Mackenzie still has things to work through when it comes to love and I really would like to see him meet Jordan's family. Plus we still need to know the outcome of Rachel's crisis. I'd definitely be all over a sequel if one comes out....more
Ever since superspy Cillian moved into Prophet’s building, their game of Steal the Couch has been funny to Prophet, but a thornSynopsis:
Truth or dare.
Ever since superspy Cillian moved into Prophet’s building, their game of Steal the Couch has been funny to Prophet, but a thorn in Tom’s side. Then Prophet gets bored one night during an ice storm and insists on playing another simple game with Tom: Truth or Dare. In exchange for one of Prophet’s truths, Tom steals the couch one last time.
But Prophet’s truths are never easy—Tom should know that by now—and this one raises questions neither of them quite know how to answer. In response, Tom finds himself laying claim to Prophet in the most basic way he knows how. And also finds that he doesn’t mind it in the least when Prophet returns the favor.
I do so love this series. I know people have their issues with it, but I'd choose Tommy and Prophet over just about all other M/M couples. I love these two that much, it's true.
This novella is straight couple affirmation for these two. They've completely claimed one another now.
It was hot as hell and sweet, too. I can't wait for the last book in the series, at the same time, the thought of it ending makes me want to cry....more
Before Prophet Drews can have a future, he must first put his past to rest.
Prophet Drews is a man on the edge, and he’s pulling Tom BoudreauxSynopsis:
Before Prophet Drews can have a future, he must first put his past to rest.
Prophet Drews is a man on the edge, and he’s pulling Tom Boudreaux, his partner on the job and in real life, right over with him. When his old CO calls in a favor, Prophet asks Tom to join the off-the-grid rescue. But the mission raises all of Prophet’s old ghosts: CIA assassins, the terrorist Sadiq, and most importantly, John—traitor, former teammate, and Prophet’s first love.
To help bury those ghosts for good, Prophet and Tom gather the members of Prophet’s former SEAL team . . . and a spook named Cillian who’s been tailing Prophet for years. In the process, Prophet is forced to face his team’s shifting loyalties, ghosts who refuse to stay dead, and scariest of all, his own limitations.
With everyone’s lives in danger, Prophet and Tom must unravel a tangled knot of secrets, including their own. Prophet must decide how much to reveal to Tom, while Tom must decide how far he’s willing to go to help Prophet lay his ghosts to rest.
I read this straight through. That's no surprise because this is Tommy and Prophet after all and I am a big fan when it comes to Tommy and Prophet, especially Tommy. When the book started and Tommy rolled Prophet in the doorway and proceeded to fuck him right there on the floor, I knew I was in SE Jakes's good hands once again. How I do adore the things that woman writes and I love her for bringing these two (and Mal and Cillian) to life, especially.
Prophet's ghosts have been haunting him since before the series started and he's been on a path of laying them to rest for a long time. Now, though, the end is nigh. Prophet and his team's plans for taking down John and Sadiq are really moving along and they make quite a bit of progress in this volume. Part of that is thanks to the work we saw Mal doing in tailing Cillian in Dirty Deeds and the rest is just due to the team being damned good at what they do. Not all of them are happy with Prophet including Tom in all of this and not all of them think Prophet can ultimately kill John. It causes some contention in the group, but they all still manage to work together really well when they make a big move at the end of the book.
Tommy and Prophet do have some relationship troubles in this book, but then, they usually do. They get through it, though. I think they solidify even more as a couple in this one. One of Prophet's ultimate secrets comes out finally and I think Tom handled it pretty well. Prophet's ultimate fear was unexpected, but I believe Tom will stand by him, not out of obligation, but because he loves him. Neither of them are entirely sure what they want to do when this whole mess with John has been put to rest, but I'm pretty sure that they do want to be together.
We also see a lot of Mal in this book. Of course, Cillian is not too long behind him. The thing that struck me the most is that Mal confides in Tom. I know why he doesn't tell Prophet the whole story about what's been going down between him and Cillian, but I'm still surprised he told Tom. Even though the both of them are pretty damned similar. I was like Tom and had never realized just how alike they were, either. I thought it was hilarious how Tommy freaked out when he came to the realization. Prophet and Mal had apparently always known it. I wonder if that's why Mal talked to Tom about it. Mal and Cillian definitely have a lot to work through, but they both seem to have seriously fallen for each other. I'm looking forward to their next book to see how they get past the hurdles.
As for John, Prophet has confirmation that he definitely isn't dead. They really get thrown for a loop when they discover Prophet's flashbacks aren't what they seemed to be. I'd been thinking it ever since Tom found that sand by the window, but when they went outside? That was some serious shit. Why would he do that? What was the point? And none of them knew... I really can't wait to see what comes next....more