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
Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, hSynopsis:
Fortitude Scott’s life is a mess. A degree in film theory has left him with zero marketable skills, his job revolves around pouring coffee, his roommate hasn’t paid rent in four months, and he’s also a vampire. Well, sort of. He’s still mostly human.
But when a new vampire comes into his family’s territory and young girls start going missing, Fort can’t ignore his heritage anymore. His mother and his older, stronger siblings think he’s crazy for wanting to get involved. So it’s up to Fort to take action, with the assistance of Suzume Hollis, a dangerous and sexy shape-shifter. Fort is determined to find a way to outsmart the deadly vamp, even if he isn’t quite sure how.
But without having matured into full vampirehood and with Suzume ready to split if things get too risky, Fort’s rescue mission might just kill him...
I really enjoyed this book. Got sucked in and read it straight through.
Fort is most definitely not your typical hero alpha male. He's not alpha at all. People tend to take advantage of him a lot, actually. Most of the people he knows are horrible, but he's determined to protect humans from himself being that he's a vampire. Just not fully. Still, he does have a part of him that thinks the way that a vampire does. Fort just pushes it down whenever he can. It doesn't keep him from having to drink his mother's blood, though. If he goes too long without it, he gets weak. He can't stand that he needs it or that he wants it and he really doesn't like going home to visit his family. Once I saw what happens when he's there, I really couldn't blame him. Especially with his older sister there. He really doesn't like being around her. Considering what she did when he was 9, I don't blame him for that, either. His brother Chivalry and his mother Madeline do seem to love him, but they still think very much like vampires do and they don't understand Fort any more than he can understand them.
Fort's family and other supernaturals that he runs into all seem to recognize that for a vampire, Fort is pretty strange. He doesn't have that whole vampire self-interest thing going on. Fort genuinely cares about protecting others. Too bad that since he hasn't transitioned, he's not at all strong. It doesn't stop Fort from trying to track down a visiting vamp so that he can rescue the little girls that he's abducted. No one understands why Fort wants to do this. Not even Suzume who gets hired to guard him after he pisses off Luca, the visiting vamp who is a lot stronger than Fort is. At first, Suzume mostly gets on Fort's nerves. She's a shapeshifter, specifically, a kitsune and she does love to cause trouble. We actually learn a bit about Madeline's alliance with the kitsune thanks to Suzume and Fort learns about other supernaturals be hanging around her, too. He's always avoided other supes and it totally shows. He gets a bit of a crash course in this book. He and Suzume actually become pretty good friends, but she doesn't get why he's so set on rescuing those human girls from Luca. She's mainly along because she's being paid to keep him safe.
When Fort eventually has no backup, he goes it alone and nearly gets himself killed. Something happens, though and some backup does show up, but Fort is the one that saves the day. What happened was somewhat expected, but happened in a way that I certainly didn't see coming. The explanation that he gets about it later was very enlightening.
I do like that Fort gets some character growth in this book. Hanging out with Suzume seems to have gotten him to stop letting people take advantage of him. Hopefully, he'll get some better people to hang around. And I hope his next job isn't so crappy, either. Because Fort is damned poor and that's a shame. After the events he's just gone through, though, I think he may just start trying to turn his life around. I'm looking forward to the next book....more
Riley Cooper is on the run. Misha Tokarev, the love of his life, turned out to be an assassin for the Russian mob, and when it comes to charaSynopsis:
Riley Cooper is on the run. Misha Tokarev, the love of his life, turned out to be an assassin for the Russian mob, and when it comes to character flaws, Riley draws the line at premeditated murder. Alien armor system McClane is also on the run, for reasons that include accidentally crashing a space ship into Earth and evading U.S. military custody. A failed prototype, McClane was scheduled for destruction. Sabotaging the ship put an end to that, but McClane is dubbed a bone rider for good reason—he can’t live without a host body. That’s why he first stows away in Riley's truck and then in Riley himself. Their reluctant partnership soon evolves into something much more powerful—and personal—than either of them could have imagined.
Together, they embark on a road trip from hell, made all the more exciting by the government troops and mob enforcers hot on their trail. Misha is determined to win Riley back and willing to do whatever it takes to keep him safe. When hitman and alien join forces, they discover their impressive combined potential for death and destruction. It will take everything Riley has to steer them through the mess they create.
This book was so much awesome fun to read. A serious adrenaline rush! It's like being in the middle of a blockbuster action movie. Bodies falling and explosions everywhere. And this time, the good guys are technically the bad guys.
I wasn't sure of what to make of things at first. It's actually a while before we meet the main protagonist, Riley and a little bit later when we meet Misha, the man he's on the run from. First, we meet the being that ends up being the cause of all of the hoopla, System Six-later named McClane-while he makes his bid for freedom and survival. Too bad that bad resulted in a lot of dead aliens and American soldiers alike. The next thing you know, a manhunt is on for an escape alien armor and weapons system. Once the military has realized that said alien has hitched a ride in a new host body, that host is considered already dead and expendable. Thus, Riley's already unsettled life grows a whole lot more unsettled. It also gets really fucking weird once he realizes his body has a hitchhiker in it. Despite everything, Riley and McClane end up growing pretty close. Those were some hot and kind of weird sex scenes, but you won't find me complaining about them.
Before you know it, Misha's guy has gotten a lock on Riley, but so has the military and things REALLY go to hell. Firefights, explosions, dead soldiers, dead Russian mobsters and dead survivalists start littering the pages and it was fun as hell to read. My heart was steady pounding, I was so excited. I probably should have felt more upset that so many military guys were dying, but they started the mess. Granted, Misha, Andrej and Kolya made it worse, but the military started it by going in guns blazing the moment they found Riley! If they had just tried to talk to him, things might not have gone so badly. Seriously, the body count in this book is pretty high.
But it was just fun to read and I wanted so badly for Riley, Misha, McClane and their mafia escort to come out in one piece on the other side. I won't say if they do or not. You'll have to read this to find out. I got pretty attached to a few of the characters. Some of them on Riley's side, some not. I was surprised by how many POVs there were in the book, but considering the type of book this is, I feel they were necessary to get the whole picture. I don't know if there will be a sequel. The ending is done in such a way that there could be one, but if there isn't, it's still a good place to end. I will definitely read more from J. Fally when she gives us a new book to read....more
Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He’s thirty, slightly overweight, and his besSynopsis:
Do you believe in love at first sight?
Paul Auster doesn't. Paul doesn't believe in much at all. He’s thirty, slightly overweight, and his best features are his acerbic wit and the color commentary he provides as life passes him by. His closest friends are a two-legged dog named Wheels and a quasibipolar drag queen named Helena Handbasket. He works a dead-end job in a soul-sucking cubicle, and if his grandmother's homophobic parrot insults him one more time, Paul is going to wring its stupid neck.
Enter Vince Taylor.
Vince is everything Paul isn’t: sexy, confident, and dumber than the proverbial box of rocks. And for some reason, Vince pursues Paul relentlessly. Vince must be messing with him, because there is no way Vince could want someone like Paul.
But when Paul hits Vince with his car—in a completely unintentional if-he-died-it'd-only-be-manslaughter kind of way—he's forced to see Vince in a whole new light. The only thing stopping Paul from believing in Vince is himself—and that is one obstacle Paul can’t quite seem to overcome. But when tragedy strikes Vince's family, Paul must put aside any notions he has about himself and stand next to the man who thinks he's perfect the way he is.
This book was hysterical and I loved it to pieces. Paul is a neurotic mess and Vince is such a sweet thing. Kind of dumb, but smart in his own way and just so sweet that it's impossible not to love him.
There wasn't anything about this book that I didn't love. I laughed out loud multiple times and they were hard laughs. I couldn't put this down because I just had to know what crazy mess would come out of these peoples' mouths next. All of them are certifiable. Just plain fucking nuts these people. I loved every character, including the two legged dog and the homophobic parrot.
Paul tried so hard to fight what was going on with Vince while Vince was immediately certain. Paul's friend Sandy was determined that Paul not ruin his chance and amazingly, Paul hung in there even though he was terrified out of his mind. He discovers something wonderful and learns that love at first sight really can be real.
A lot of the book involved various characters trying to convince Paul that he deserves the best and to be happy like every one else, but he doesn't really believe them. Once he does, though, Paul really becomes a strong person. I loved how he was there for Vince when Vince needed him. He just became even more awesome.
Their romance was a quick one, but I still believed it. I'm not sure I would if it happened to me, but I hope so.
I wonder if we'll get a book for Sandy/Helena and Darren. I'd read it....more
A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding loveSynopsis:
A New Adult Dark Contemporary Romance, not suitable for people sensitive to grief, slavery, and nonconsensual sex. A story about finding love in the strangest of places, a will of iron that grows from necessity, and forgiveness that may not be enough.
“My life was complete. Happy, content, everything neat and perfect. Then it all changed. I was sold.”
Tess Snow has everything she ever wanted: one more semester before a career in property development, a loving boyfriend, and a future dazzling bright with possibility.
For their two year anniversary, Brax surprises Tess with a romantic trip to Mexico. Sandy beaches, delicious cocktails, and soul-connecting sex set the mood for a wonderful holiday. With a full heart, and looking forward to a passion filled week, Tess is on top of the world.
But lusty paradise is shattered.
Kidnapped. Drugged. Stolen. Tess is forced into a world full of darkness and terror.
Captive and alone with no savior, no lover, no faith, no future, Tess evolves from terrified girl to fierce fighter. But no matter her strength, it can’t save her from the horror of being sold.
Can Brax find Tess before she’s broken and ruined, or will Tess’s new owner change her life forever?
Despite the blurb, I don't consider this to be a New Adult book. The subject matter is way too adult and graphic for that label, I think. Tess's age can't be the only thing to make it New Adult, so I'm sticking with an adult label.
This is not a happy book most of the time. There are certainly moments where Tess is happy despite everything happening and you have to wonder how that is considering what Q is like. She starts off not knowing a thing about him, but she gets glimpses and it turns out that he's not all bad. There's a reason Suzette kept telling Tess that Q is the best man she's ever known. You have to wonder why that is. When you do, I wasn't that surprised. Q's got a darkness inside, but he keeps a pretty tight leash on it. Tess sets him off, though and it's harder for him to control himself. He tries, but you see him struggling. Tess sees it, too. She doesn't quite get it, but she does see it.
There's a lot that happens in this book. I really connected with Tess. I felt that I could strongly identity with her in some ways. There are some awful things that happen to her, but she's able to move past them and keep the core of herself strong. Yes, she does cry plenty. Sometimes in situations where you don't think she should be crying, but the circumstances she found herself wanting to stay in gave her reason enough to cry.
Q is practically an enigma. I wondered why he only called himself Q, but after the flashback in the epilogue, I'm pretty certain as to why. This is a man who knows what he wants and hates himself for wanting it. He holds back, but he sooooo doesn't want to. As much of a monster as he is, he's also a good person. He's done a lot over the years. It explained why the people in the city reacted the way they did when Tess tried to tell them what happened. I ended up falling in love with Q myself a bit. He's fucked up and he's done some bad shit, but he cares and he truly does a lot of good. It frustrated me how he could be so on and off with Tess. I kept wanting to know why he wanted to know her name so badly, I think I figured it out. There's still a lot more to know about him and with the deal he's put in place with Tess, I'm interested in seeing how they maintain a relationship.
I just know there's more fucked up shit to come. Especially with what Q wants to get up to now. Plus, I want to see how much further he will go. Will he allow himself to take Tess without her true consent? If he does, can Tess handle it? There is so much potential for shit to go wrong here. I'm actually looking forward to the train wreck....more
Logan Crane’s life changed dramatically the day a blind fit of temper resulted in him accidentally injuring his wife. Although he’s now in anSynopsis:
Logan Crane’s life changed dramatically the day a blind fit of temper resulted in him accidentally injuring his wife. Although he’s now in an abuser counseling program, Logan cannot face the real source of his unhappiness: he’s always been attracted to men but has refused to accept it since witnessing an act of violence.
During his therapy, Logan meets Nick Zales, a counselor at a shelter for victims of domestic violence. Nick is understandably suspicious of Logan despite an immediate attraction to him. Logan feels the same attraction and faces a critical internal struggle as he finds himself falling in love with this enigmatic man.
Both men are haunted by unacknowledged ghosts and abuse in their pasts. How can they help each other heal if they continue to ignore their own wounds?
Goodreads was a bitch and ate my original review. I am not happy about that. What a pain in the ass. I'm too lazy to type it all over again, so I'm just going to say that I very much enjoyed this book. The subject matter was handled very well and Logan was not allowed to just gloss over what he did. He had to face it and own up to it and I think he did that. It took him some time to do it, but that was to be expected. Normally, I'd be of the mind that once an abuser, always an abuser, but I fully believe that it isn't Logan's nature to abuse someone in that way. He flipped out very badly and he had no right to do what he did. It was only right that he had to confront what happened and come clean about quite a lot.
The relationship aspect of the book unfolded nicely. It didn't overshadow Logan--or Nick--dealing with their issues. Because they both have issues. We get to see them working through them, though. Together and apart, Logan and Nick both manage to better themselves and grew a very sweet love. I love how they are together. That they both open up to each other when they never would have to anyone else and become so close made me quite happy. Plus, I love how into the sex Logan was. He was really, really into it. I have no idea why that made me so happy, but it did.
I'd definitely read another one of Felicia's books in the future....more
Chase Summers: Golden boy. Beautiful girlfriend, good friends, and a promising future.
Nobody knows the real Chase.
Chase Summers has a razor bSynopsis:
Chase Summers: Golden boy. Beautiful girlfriend, good friends, and a promising future.
Nobody knows the real Chase.
Chase Summers has a razor blade to his wrist and the smell of his lover’s goodbye clinging to his skin. He has a door in his heart so frightening he’d rather die than open it, and the lies he’s used to block it shut are thinning with every forbidden touch. Chase has spent his entire life unraveling, and his decision to set his sexuality free in secret has only torn his mind apart faster.
Chase has one chance for true love and salvation. He may have met Tommy Halloran in the world of gay-for-pay—where the number of lovers doesn’t matter as long as the come-shot’s good—but if he wants the healing that Tommy’s love has to offer, he’ll need the courage to leave the shadows for the sunlight. That may be too much to ask from a man who’s spent his entire life hiding his true self. Chase knows all too well that the only things thriving in a heart’s darkness are the bitter personal demons that love to watch us bleed.
I'd had this one for a little while before finally buckling under and reading it. Amy Lane made me cry like a little bitch when I read The Locker Room and I wasn't ready to go through that again, especially since so many people talked about how they bawled reading this book. Surprisingly, I didn't. I assume that's probably because I'm sick and dehydrated as all get out. Still, I felt it deep inside every time Chase said something that made it so obvious that he hated himself.
I would have liked to be pissed at Chase. He was a cheater and what he as doing was hurting the hell out of Tommy and destroying himself. I couldn't hate Chase or even be mad at him because no one hated Chase more than Chase hated Chase. It was insane how much he couldn't stand his real self. He even somewhat turned himself into his best friend a little. The worst part of it all was that no one other than Tommy could see that something was wrong with Chase. It was sad that he couldn't even open up to anyone but Tommy. The first night they actually had a real meeting and talked, Chase told Tommy that thing about his mother that he'd never told anyone else. And he'd known his best friends Kevin and Donnie for nearly his entire life. Yet, there he was, telling Tommy. It wasn't a lot, but it was way more than he'd ever told anyone else.
It's still hard to believe that everything that went down between Chase and Tommy all started because Chase saw the crazy ass look Tommy had in his eye when he was getting fucked by another man on a porn set. If that had never happened, who knows how much longer Chase would have held out before doing what he did near the end of the book. I hate that it came to that for him, but I love that he got past it. That he finally started to heal. Because Chase needed that. Badly. It was something that he should have gotten years before, but never did because no one saw that something was wrong with him.
But don't go thinking that Tommy was perfect. He most certainly wasn't. He had his own issues even before he met Chase. That was something I did not see coming. When Chase found out about that, I got scared for Tommy. And it turns out I was scared for a good reason. Who knows what would have happened to the guy had Chase not gone over there that morning?
In the end, though, they both got help. And they finally get to be happy. There were plenty of surprises along the way, but it all felt so real. Amy Lane is always making me feel so much. Even making porn stars feel like they could be my friends. Honestly, it's sad the issues all of these guys have. I really liked them, though. Especially Dex. He's awesome. I want him happy. I can't believe he ends up with Kane's hyper ass, though. And then there's Ethan who so obviously wants and needs love and a home. I hope he gets it....more
Jaenelle Angelline now reigns as Queen-protector of the Shadow Realm. No longer will the corrupt Blood slaughter her people and defile her laSynopsis:
Jaenelle Angelline now reigns as Queen-protector of the Shadow Realm. No longer will the corrupt Blood slaughter her people and defile her lands. But where one chapter ends, a final, unseen battle remains to be written, and Jaenelle must unleash the terrible power that is Witch to destroy her enemies once and for all.
Even so, she cannot stand alone. Somewhere, long lost in madness, is Daemon, her promised Consort. Only his unyielding love can complete her Court and secure her reign. Yet, even together, their strength may not be enough to hold back the most malevolent of forces.
This book was an even more emotional one for me than the last one despite how awful it was reading about Daemon when he was trapped in the Twisted Kingdom in . Every one was on edge in this book. Jaenelle knew what was coming and was trying to prepare. Daemon was struggling with Jaenelle's apparent rejection of him. Then Jaenelle's relatives from Chaillot decided to come a-calling and make a nuisance of themselves. Most of these things could have been more easy for the Court to handle if not for all of the schemes still going on. Right off the bat, Dorothea and Hekatah start putting their plans in motion to get Terrielle to go to war against Kaeleer.
Anne Bishop plunged into dark fantasy with her first book, Daughter of the Blood. She described a world where Blood Witches have always ruledSynopsis:
Anne Bishop plunged into dark fantasy with her first book, Daughter of the Blood. She described a world where Blood Witches have always ruled, drawing males to their courts through seductive power. An ambitious High Priestess destroys more powerful females before maturity and has enslaved the strongest males, weakening magic and corrupting natural bonds between men and women. Sexual violence permeates Terreille. Jaenelle, born to be Queen, is vulnerable until adulthood. Though guarded by male Warlord Princes, Jaenelle is violated. Daemon, her destined Consort, rescues her but is convinced he attacked her and goes mad.
In Heir to the Shadows, Jaenelle's vampiric, adoptive father, Saetan, and her foster-family of demons shelter her. To restore her memory and emotional balance, they move to Kaeleer, where Jaenelle befriends the kindred--animals with magical and communicative powers--and gathers a circle of young Queens. She also heals Lucivar, Daemon's half-brother, who offers a brother's love and a warrior's fealty. As she recovers strength and memory, Jaenelle resolves to restore Daemon and cleanse Terreille.
Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her web of dreams and visions. Now the Dark Kingdom readSynopsis:
Seven hundred years ago, a Black Widow witch saw an ancient prophecy come to life in her web of dreams and visions. Now the Dark Kingdom readies itself for the arrival of its Queen, a Witch who will wield more power than even the High Lord of Hell himself. But she is still young, still open to influence-and corruption.
Whoever controls the Queen controls the darkness. Three men-sworn enemies-know this. And they know the power that hides behind the blue eyes of an innocent young girl. And so begins a ruthless game of politics and intrigue, magic and betrayal, where the weapons are hate and love-and the prize could be terrible beyond imagining...
I don't even know where to start with this review. I just know that this book was insanely intriguing, dark and even sweet. I also know that I loved it.
There's something about the worlds and characters that Anne Bishop creates that make me feel so addicted to her books so much so that I can't stop reading unless I have no choice....more
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who always takes care of her own—no matter the cost....
When Evan Trueblood blows into town looSynopsis:
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who always takes care of her own—no matter the cost....
When Evan Trueblood blows into town looking for his wife, Molly, he’s convinced that she came to see her best friend, Jane. But it seems like the witch made it to New Orleans and then disappeared without a trace.
Jane is ready to do whatever it takes to find her friend. Her desperate search leads her deep into a web of black magic and betrayal and into the dark history between vampires and witches. But the closer she draws to Molly, the closer she draws to a new enemy—one who is stranger and more powerful than any she has ever faced.
Another hit for me. I really love this series.
Jane is back and it doesn't take long for things to start going wrong. To Jane's surprise, Evan Trueblood is on her lawn demanding she send out his wife. Jane is pretty much flabbergasted because as far as she knows, Molly still hates her guts. Soon, Jane, Evan, Eli and The Kid are on an all out search for Molly and having a horrible time of making any progress. If that's not all, Katie wants Jane to track down some of her missing girls as well. And if that's not all, Jane has to deal once again with being in the middle of vamp politics and problems without Leo divulging the whole story. Plus, her love life still sucks.
I felt like Jane really starts down the path to personal growth in this book. Honestly, it's about time. From the start Jane has carried around loads of guilt over enemies she's killed and grief for those who have abandoned her or just plain done wrong by her. After visiting Aggie One Feather and giving up some of her long held secrets and learning about the Warrior Women, Jane seems to have finally accepted the truth about herself. As well as accepting that she and Beast are better together.
There's plenty of Leo in this book. I know some fans of the series can't stand him and he's done some fucked up shit to Jane on more than one occasion, but I adore Leo. He's one of my favorite vamps. He embodies what he is without making apologies or excuses. Except this time, he actually does. I was as shocked as Jane was over that one. We also learn something about the binding that was unexpected. It was handled in this book, so I think we're done with that particular storyline. Jane had better watch her back, though. Katie seems to think that Jane is moving in on her turf with Leo. Jane can barely tolerate Leo, so I doubt Katie has much to worry about there. Leo would definitely jump at the chance to jump Jane's bones, I'm sure. But at this point, I don't ever expect it to actually happen. I was surprised at how tender he was with her when she was falling apart over Rick yet again, though. I don't think that was in any way calculated. Of course, it doesn't stop him from withholding important info from Jane--Leo will be Leo, after all, but I think he cares for her in his own way. Perhaps that's what Katie is so worried about. She's so smug about her blood being more superior to Jane's, but whether it is or isn't, I don't think Katie could handle Leo and Jane sleeping together. I could talk about Leo forever, but I think I'll stop here.
Bruiser was his usual sexy self. I really hope Jane quits dragging her feet with him. He's still damned determined to have her and she no longer has a reason to resist. His situation with Leo has changed once again. How will this affect his involvement in what goes on with the local vamps? Is he truly no longer tied to Leo? What the hell will he do now?
And of course there's Rick. Does what happened at that shindig put the final nail in the coffin for anything Jane could have had with him? I want the answer to be yes because all of the back and forth with them drives me insane! I can't help but wonder if that was really that African werelion's only way of helping to finally get through his change. I'm suspicious! All I know is that whole thing broke Jane's heart something fierce. She says she won't grieve for him anymore, but I know it'll take her time to get past it.
Angie baby's powers just keep on growing. That little girl's power is scary. Molly, Evan and Jane better watch her like a hawk because it won't be long now before someone outside of their little group realizes how powerful Angie is and tries to take her to use her or take her to just plain take her out.
I was very surprised with how things played out with the bad guy this time. Everything was connected though it seemed like it wasn't. And something from way back in book four had come back to bite them all in the ass. I'd totally forgotten all about that battle between the Everhart sisters and Evangeline. Not to mention that damned blood diamond keeps coming back to suddenly kick Jane in the ass. I truly hope she finds a way to destroy that thing.
The immediate issue was resolved by the end of this book, but there are definitely going to be some on-going threads. How will Molly cope with the way her magic has gone now? Jane is now responsible for what is basically a baby vamp. How will that play out? Also, Jane's house is awfully crowded. How long will all of those folks stay in there? Will the European Vampire Council try to take Leo out? When will Gregorie come home? And why did that thing like Soul try to kill Jane? Where did it go and when will it be back?
Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents' latest sSynopsis:
Ellie Watt is used to starting over. The daughter of a grifting team, Ellie spent her childhood being used as a pawn in her parents' latest scam. Now she's much older, wiser and ready to give her con artist life a rest. But returning to the dry desert town of Palm Valley, California means one more temptation than she bargained for - Camden McQueen. Once known as the high school weirdo, Camden is bigger and badder than the boy he used to be and a talented tattoo artist with his own thriving business. Ellie's counting on Camden still being in love with her but what she's not counting on is how easily unrequited love can turn into obsession over time. When Camden discovers Ellie's plan to con him, he makes her a deal she doesn't dare refuse, but her freedom comes with a price and it's one that takes both Ellie and Camden down a dangerous road.
**WARNING** This book contains graphic language, sex and violence. Readers who are sensitive to sexual scenes, violence and a lot of cursing should refrain from reading this book.This is not YA or NA. 18 and above.
This is one insanely intense read. And really, really fucked up. Seriously. These two characters are some messed up people and in dealing with each other, end up in an even more fucked up situation. It seemed bad enough in the beginning and somehow, it got worse. I knew the past would come back to haunt Ellie, but I didn't realize it would go so wrong so fast.
We first meet Ellie when she's trying to get out of a bad situation. She conned a guy and he hunted her down. She managed to get away, but she's broke and needs somewhere to go and someone to turn to. She believes her uncle Jim in Palm Valley whom she lived with during her high school years is the one to help her. Only, when she gets there, he doesn't want her and he's as broke as she is. Ellie, after deciding that she's going to go legit, tries to find a real job and runs into an old friend turned enemy. And man is he hot! And damn successful. He sure seems happy to see Ellie again after all of these years... But what are those dark looks she catches him making sometimes? They happen so quickly that she thinks nothing of it. She should have listened to those feelings of unease.
Turns out, that despite being really attracted to Camden now and their horrible past history, Ellie is going to con him anyway. She wants some fast money. Only, it turns out that Camden is not the kind of man that you want to screw over. Especially if your name is Ellie Watt.
From the moment that everything went to hell on Ellie and Camden's true intentions came to light, things got intense. I was waiting the entire time ever since she decided to screw him over for shit to go wrong and when it did, man did it ever. Not only is Camden scarier than Ellie could have imagined, he's got his own trouble with some bad folks that he wants to escape. And he wants Ellie to help him do it. Only things take a bad turn when Ellie's past shows up in town and they end up on the run.
I really, really enjoyed this. I have to wonder about myself, though considering how much I fell in love with Camden. He's scary and unpredictable, but man can he be so sweet. Yes. I am aware that that sounds like one of those excuses people use for staying in an abusive relationship and I don't even care. He's seriously passionate. And when he can't hold it back anymore and tells Ellie that he loves her, I swooned. I swooned a few times over the things he said.
I was not a fan of Ellie's at all. I wanted to smack the hell out of her for doing what she did despite everything that happened between her and Camden. I actually felt satisfied when Camden blackmailed her. Then the really scary people showed up and she handled herself pretty well considering how terrified she was. And when she decided to trust Camden, I started to like her. She was obviously such a lost soul who just needed someone she could count on. Everyone else, aside from her uncle Jim, had betrayed her. She justifies this as it being okay to do the things that she does to people. It really doesn't make things okay. Still, I got why she was that way. And I got why she did what she did to Javier. I can't really blame her for it. It was just the wrong person to do that to. In the end, she does the right thing. No matter how much it terrifies her to do it and no matter how much it hurts her heart to leave Camden.
I cannot wait to see what happens for these two next. I can't imagine that Camden won't try to get her back. I know Ellie won't run, though. She's making her amends the only way she knows how. I just hope she doesn't suffer to much in trying to do what's right....more
Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy LeaguSynopsis:
Twenty-four-year-old Olivia Taylor Jones has the perfect life. The only daughter of a wealthy, prominent Chicago family, she has an Ivy League education, pursues volunteerism and philanthropy, and is engaged to a handsome young tech firm CEO with political ambitions.
But Olivia’s world is shattered when she learns that she’s adopted. Her real parents? Todd and Pamela Larsen, notorious serial killers serving a life sentence. When the news brings a maelstrom of unwanted publicity to her adopted family and fiancé, Olivia decides to find out the truth about the Larsens.
Olivia ends up in the small town of Cainsville, Illinois, an old and cloistered community that takes a particular interest in both Olivia and her efforts to uncover her birth parents’ past.
Aided by her mother’s former lawyer, Gabriel Walsh, Olivia focuses on the Larsens’ last crime, the one her birth mother swears will prove their innocence. But as she and Gabriel start investigating the case, Olivia finds herself drawing on abilities that have remained hidden since her childhood, gifts that make her both a valuable addition to Cainsville and deeply vulnerable to unknown enemies. Because there are darker secrets behind her new home and powers lurking in the shadows that have their own plans for her.
I really enjoyed this. It doesn't take long for things to kick off. Once Olivia's true identity comes out, things just keep going wrong. She ends up in a place called Cainsville and then the mysteries really begin. I was intrigued. I didn't want to stop reading. I had to know what was going on. There seemed to be a fae angle and I'm 100% sure there is one now... I'm just not entirely certain as to how it ties into everything else. Then some stuff involving the CIA and mind control and I was wondering how it tied into to everything. There are still some questions, but it seems it relates back to Cainsville and the fae somehow. But how? Why? Were Olivia's parents set up? We learn something at the end, but there's still so much more to learn.
I love that Kelley Armstrong inserted third person POVs from other characters and they give their thoughts on Olivia and her situation. Especially the chapters from Gabriel's POV. Damn, that guy fascinates me. I can't wait to learn even more about him. He's not as bad as I thought he was in the beginning. There's a reason why he's so closed off. He let down that wall a little a few times. Olivia obviously affects him and gets under his skin. How long until something happens between them? I'd love to see passion from Gabriel. It'd be beautiful.
This series is as much of a mystery series as it is a paranormal one. After reading it, I definitely wouldn't call it a PNR. It's more of a slightly UF series with a strong mystery streak. There's definitely paranormal elements in it, but there is no romance in this first book. The main characters do seem to be attracted to each other, but neither seems inclined to make a move at this time. I'm excited to see if something does develop between them. That'd be an interesting match up. I can't wait for Gabriel to tell Olivia about what he talked about with James. Will she be hurt? Will she doubt what he did for her at the end of the book? She's finally feeling like they're really partners. Will it matter to her that he'd decided to end the arrangement with James before all of that mess went down? He'd have protected her anyway. I don't want her to doubt him.
I'm really looking forward to seeing Olivia's paranormal abilities develop some more. I want her to get to a point where she truly accepts the omens/portents that she's seeing instead of trying to deny them. Hopefully, Rose can help her more with that. I'd really like to see some more clarification about the town council members. Are they the original Cainsville elders or descendants? I get the impression that Patrick has been there since the beginning, but I'm murky on Ida, Walter and Veronica, though. I really want to know why they seem to be so keen on Olivia coming to Cainsville. She comes from old blood, which I took to mean that her family line has fae blood in it from when the fae used to mix with humans. The elders seem to have some kind of hope for her and so does Patrick. I don't think he wants the same thing that the elders do, though. They can't stand him and vice versa. Why does he care if Olivia is close with Gabriel and Rose? There's still so much to learn.
I'm looking forward to the sequel quite a bit....more
Another solid installment in the Charley Davidson series. I still really liked it, but I didn't completely love it because there is a big issue that IAnother solid installment in the Charley Davidson series. I still really liked it, but I didn't completely love it because there is a big issue that I want to see resolved that just seems determined not to go all the way there.
The story starts out with Charley as a shut-in (in Cookie's apartment, not her own) with lots of crap bought from TV infomercials and no plans to ever leave the apartment building. She has not heard from Reyes in over two months. She also not spoken to her father in pretty much that same amount of time. Charley's friends and family are understandably worried. She finally leaves the building when she decides she needs to get paid by Reyes for finding his father after Cookie explains to her just how broker she is.
Charley is a bit different in this book. The snarky comments and habit and naming things that don't really need to be named were still there, but Charely has acquired something that she's never really had to deal with before. Fear. Because of the attack she suffered at the hands of Earl Walker, Charley has become deathly afraid of just about every thing. I was proud of her for going out and doing what she had to when she got a case, though. She took a gun everywhere, but at least she went out. Of course, confronting Reyes gives Charley the knowledge that humans can be possessed by demons and that they really want to find her and kill her. The fear she now carries around attracts them to her, so finding her isn't all that difficult. Reyes being Reyes, he still protects her despite believing she wants him to stay away from her. He doesn't want what will happen to happen should Lucifer and his gang get their hands on her.
I loved, loved, loved the info Reyes gave Charley about what she is and where she came from in this book. That's the most info he's parted with since the very end of book 1. It was about time. There's still quite a lot Charley doesn't know (although I think she knows more than she did before about what she's capable of now, thanks to the end of this book), but she still learned quite a bit from Reyes. Speaking of him, I'm wondering how much truth was in what Hedeshi (and Garrett) said about why Reyes was really up on Earth. That info comes from demons, so can it be believed? I just don't know. I don't think Reyes does, either.
The way Charley's case played out was bittersweet. I knew that was what the deal was with her client, but it still jolted me a little. The culprits were a huge surprise and I felt so awful for Art and Harper's family. Which makes me think about Charley's family. I understand why her dad did what he did at the end of book 3, but it was still so messed up. And then that scene in Charley's office in this book was nuts. Charley's dad is definitely a true believer, but that was overkill. It also seemed to cost Pari a potential girlfriend. Charley feels that they will likely make up at some point, but it's likely to take a while. Her dad needs to chill out a bit, I think.
My biggest disappointment is that there still seems to be no real resolution between Charley and Reyes. With that ending, it seems like there is high potential for things to go smoothly between them, but I really am not sure where they stand. They are so hot and cold. One minute they're having hot monkey sex and then one of them pisses the other off and I don't know what's going on with them. Pick a side you two, pick a side and stay on it!
I'm looking forward to the next book. I want to see if the demons are telling the truth. I want to find out more about what happened to Garrett, too. Plus, how will Charley deal/live with what she did to that guy at the end of the book? I really want to see how things play out....more
I was too immersed in this book to make status updates apparently. I did not want to put down my kindle, so I didn't! Which was awesome because I wasI was too immersed in this book to make status updates apparently. I did not want to put down my kindle, so I didn't! Which was awesome because I was able to read straight through. I love doing that, but now I'm sad the book is over. Thank goodness there isn't a crazy ass wait for book 4. October 30th, I'm all over you Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet.
Charley's case this time around had her knowing who the culprit was as soon as the case began. Only, it had quite the twist to it and watching Charley figure it all out was amusing as usual. Man, that guy was such a douche! But at least, Charley was able to reunite a family by taking on this job.
Too bad her other case didn't go so well at all. First, Charley gets tricked into helping Reyes with his prison escape, then she's on the case to finding his not so dead Dad, Earl Walker. That ended quite horribly and angry Charley got quite angry. (view spoiler)[And Swopes nearly got dead, again. I'd quit hanging around Charley if I were him. She's gotten him shot twice in the space of a few weeks. Take a hint, Swopes! (hide spoiler)] I had no idea Charley could do what she did when her anger went buckwild when she was in that hospital room. I can't blame her for being so angry. People keep neglecting to inform her of extremely pertinent, life-saving information. Her Dad did not have to do what he did to her, though. He may very well have lost his daughter for good this time. What he did in the last book was bad enough and Charley worked past that feeling of betrayal. I'm not so certain she can do it again. Not so quick on the heels of last time. And not with her anger at Reyes mixed in. Not to mention her now lowered self-esteem, (view spoiler)[speaking of which, where is this thing with Donovan going to go? Reyes seemed so very genuinely hurt when she kissed Donovan in front of him. But how can you care for a person that much and not trust them? (hide spoiler)]. I do hope that those two can work things out somehow, but I don't think they can do it too soon. I wonder if he'll come around to check her progress considering the war that seems to be right on top of them. He might be too hurt to do it, though.
We now have a bit of prophecy, too. Apparently, angels like to gossip and a nun tends to overhear them. Things are going to get bad for Charley and crew since the demons seem to have a way of tracking her. At least she seems to have a guardian (view spoiler)[ghost dog! (hide spoiler)] now. I hope to see more on that front. Charley has a lot to learn, but no one will tell her what she's supposed to be able to do. She's done some amazing things a couple of times now, but surely, there's more that she can do. But for some reason, no one can tell her what these things are or how she's supposed to do them. I don't blame her for being frustrated about that.
I hope Charley won't regret too much the way things stand with Reyes right now. I wonder how close she'll allow Donovan to get? I have a feeling she'll be hanging with those bikers from time to time.
Ah Charley, things haven't been going your way, but I still love ya.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I enjoyed this book even more than the first one. I just love Charley.
We start off with a week having passed since the events of First Grave on the RiI enjoyed this book even more than the first one. I just love Charley.
We start off with a week having passed since the events of First Grave on the Right. Reyes is missing and Charley is determined to find out where he is. Especially after the condition she sees his incorporeal body in when he happens to fall on top of her from her ceiling. When he's lucid, he tells her that he's hiding where she'll never find him and he's determined that she never will since demons from hell are after him to get to her. They go back and forth on this a lot and piss each other off constantly. They care about each other in their own fucked up ways, though it seems more like an obsession. Like they can't help but want each other. Charley seems to have developed deep feelings. I am never sure exactly where Reyes stands since every time he shows up, he immediately starts trying to have sex with her. I know he can get jealous when Garrett flirts with her and based on some things his friends told her once she tracked them down, it seems as though something could be there on his end, but I'm still not completely certain. (view spoiler)[He didn't kill her when the demons saw her like he said he would, so something must have been there, not too sure on that now that Charley went and bound him to his corporeal body without a way of unbinding him. (hide spoiler)] Too bad things with them stand where they do now. Here's to hoping those two won't have such a volatile, unhealthy relationship forever. As it is, it seems like Charley should start thinking about moving on.
As to the case that Charley was working on, the outcome of that shocked me. I honestly did not see that coming. I still can't believe those guys were Secret Service.
The other surprise was the thing that was going on with Charley's father and that parolee. When they listened to those tapes, I understood why he didn't want Charley to be there. And she was so upset. I get why he did what he did, but like Gemma said, he should have warned Charley that what happened was a possibility. I was so upset on her behalf. It's lucky for him she didn't let it come between them. And how is it that everyone understood what he did, but Denise just couldn't get it? *smh* That woman irks me. That part made me cry.
I sure can say this, Darynda Jones sure knows how to write an engaging story. I never want to put these books down.
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line...
The Master of NatcSynopsis:
Jane Yellowrock is a shape-shifting skinwalker who’s always up for a fight—even if it means putting her life on the line...
The Master of Natchez, Mississippi has a nasty problem on his hands. Rogue vampires—those who follow the Naturaleza and believe that humans should be nothing more than prey to be hunted—are terrorizing his city. Luckily, he knows the perfect skinwalker to call in to take back the streets.
But what he doesn’t tell Jane is that there’s something different about these vamps. Something that makes them harder to kill—even for a pro like Jane. Now, her simple job has turned into a fight to stay alive…and to protect the desperately ill child left in her care.
More Jane for me to love. And even with all of her emotional issues, I do love Jane Yellowrock.
It's been a few months since the events of Death's Rival and Jane has been in a funk. Despite the fact that she's been moody and not taking on any jobs, Eli and Alex Younger are still working for her and living with her as well. Jane has been very depressed and hasn't been shifting because she's terrified that Beast will go straight to Leo and started purring like crazy considering the current state Beast in with that whole being bound to Leo, thing.
When a job that sounds pretty good to Jane comes up, she decides to take it. And it's a good thing that she did because it seems that the Younger brothers were on their way out of the door to go work for Rick. Who Jane has been missing and is still beating herself up over messing up their relationship when she accused him of trying to kill her. Considering what he had threatened, I still don't fault her for thinking he was aiming that gun at her in Death's Rival. I'm ready for these two to move on from each other. There's too much back and forth and unless Rick can rid himself of were-taint anytime soon, they can't really be together, anyway.
Unlike Bruiser, whom Jane also still has relationship issues with. I can't blame her for not being able to totally get over his role in that forced feeding that Leo and Katie made him participate in against her, but I want her to at least try. It looks like they had a breakthrough moment, though and he obviously still wants her and she still wants him despite everything. She just needs to work past on moving on from that trauma. Not forgetting, but forgiving. He sincerely feels awful about it, but none of it was his fault. However, considering what he went through, it seems Bruiser is a changed man. And not nearly so bound to Leo as he once was. Still loyal, but not tied so tightly. Jane better take advantage of this. I need Jane and Bruiser together. I want it badly. She better do it before Soul decides to take a go at him. Bruiser can't be expected to wait forever.
My favorite moments, though, are of Jane with Eli. They are so much like a family and I love that the Younger brothers see her like family. She even thinks of them as her brothers. I love the way the three of them play off of one another. My other favorite moment was at the end of the book when Jane and Big Evan finally have it out. It looks like the Truebloods may yet become a part of Jane's life once again. They were the first family that she ever had, so I want this for her. She needs this and I want this for her so badly. I love that the Youngers are another family for her, but she needs the Truebloods in her life. I think that will help her to stave off some of the darkness in her.
Speaking of which, that was brought up a number of times in the book. A number of people commented on Jane's darkness. Is she in danger of becoming a Liver Eater like the skinwalker she killed in book 1? I hope not, but Jane has a lot of darkness in her. The people that are in her life have the potential to keep her from going to the dark side, so I hope they stay there. She's got herself a pretty good team.
I'm very much looking forward to the next book. I'm sad the release schedule is being slowed down, though. I was loving the new book every 6 months thing. Now there'll be a 9 month wait. *cries*
Faith Hunter, please give me a Jane/Bruiser scene soon. I am begging you....more
Short introduction to the Lords of the Underworld series. We see here how the Demon Lords escaped from hell. There was an attempt to keep them from doShort introduction to the Lords of the Underworld series. We see here how the Demon Lords escaped from hell. There was an attempt to keep them from doing by the Goddess of Oppression, Kadence and the Guardian of Hell, Geryon, but it was not to be. However, the two found love and happiness with each other. Quite the unusual HEA....more
So, I read this as a buddy read for one of the groups I'm in and I hate that this book disappointed me. The cover totally had me ready and excited toSo, I read this as a buddy read for one of the groups I'm in and I hate that this book disappointed me. The cover totally had me ready and excited to read this, but it just didn't do it for me ultimately.
It honestly started off pretty well. A rich guy showing interest in a young woman trying to make her way in the big city. She's determined not to get involved with him, but he manages to pull her in, anyway. I really didn't mind how quickly they started a relationship and I enjoyed that aspect of the book until sometime near the end when (view spoiler)[Sydney runs from her relationship with Nolen after they have a fight. I hate it when heroines do that. (hide spoiler)] What turned me off, was the things that were going on around Sydney and Nolen.
There was this complete ho/bitch of a friend of Sydney's named Portia and her sweet but damaged friend Trish. Portia sleeps with a photographer to try to land herself a gig. He totally blows her off and then the story starts to go downhill. Nolen makes some mistakes by not revealing that the photographer, Todd, is his friend and Trish ends up getting involved with him. I know why he did it. He didn't want to interfere because it had nothing to do with his and Sydney's relationship. Understandable. (view spoiler)[When she went off on him about this when it came out, I thought she overreacted. His passionate pleas to try to make her understand they could get past it really stuck with me. I liked Nolen ever more for that. (hide spoiler)] Anyway, Portia becomes a huge Jerry Springer/Maury Povich archetype and I just hated her. Mynx tries to redeem her later and make the girls all make up, but I'm sorry, that just did not do it for me. Portia is a selfish bitch and losing everything was the only thing that could make her change her ways? I'd have cut that ho loose long before Sydney did.
There was a secondary relationship with Trish and Todd that actually turned out really sweet. I was highly against this at first, but it worked. Although, it did bug me how close they got so soon. It was a cute relationship in the end.
My main gripe with this book besides Portia's ho-ness is that the drama seemed incredibly contrived. Trish's past, while horrific, was expected and no surprise at all. Her parents showing up followed by Todd's dad showing up was drama for the sake of drama and all of the dialogue there just didn't feel right to me. My other gripe was that little diatribe Xenia went off on Sydney before Nolen cut her off. That shit was so typical of women that have no self respect for themselves that it was one of the beginnings of my dislike for this book. There were other things as well, but if I go on too much longer, I'll never stop.
I really wanted to love this book. The cover just got to me when I saw it. Despite my dislike of the book overall, I still really liked Nolen. He wasn't the best kind of person and he kept secrets and manipulated situations, but when he put himself out there for Sydney, I just loved him. He was a bad boy through and through, but he was loving and he was good to Sydney. He was hot too and seems like a lot of fun in the bedroom.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I can see why this book was really hit or miss for fans of the Fever series. If I didn't like Dani all that much in the original five books, you wouldI can see why this book was really hit or miss for fans of the Fever series. If I didn't like Dani all that much in the original five books, you wouldn't enjoy reading a book where she's the narrator for pretty much the entire thing. I didn't particularly enjoy the few times Dani narrated in the couple of original series, but since I knew going in that this was going to be all Dani all the time, I didn't have a problem with it. Dani is pretty much the same way she always was, so if you didn't like her then, you wouldn't like her now and you would be better off not reading this book unless you want to be able to read the next two Mac books when KMM is done with Dani's series.
I actually really enjoyed this book. It's not a favorite like the Fever books were, but it was really good and got things off to a decent start. I've read pretty much all of the theories that have been getting thrown around, but I'm not sure which ones I agree with. I am fairly certain, however, that Cruce is going to get out of his ice cage by the end of the Dani books, though. He'll have to and they will have to deal with him once and for all in the end. As far as who Dani's HEA might be? I hope it's a fixed Christian. I don't want it to be Ryodan. I'm not even sure Dani's HEA will happen by the end of her series. She's still too young. I don't get the feeling that we're going to get much of a time jump unless Dani loses some time in faery or something and comes back aged the way Christian did. Anyway, I liked Dani in this book. Even with her incessant need to be a superhero and call herself "The Mega". She's a really smart girl. There are a few times where she doesn't realize what the adults are up to, but she's 14. How is she to know that (view spoiler)[Ryodan is going to fuck Jo (hide spoiler)]? But for the things she didn't see, she sure saw a lot of other things and made some extremely great observations while investigating the iced scenes with Ryodan. It became quite obvious as to why the book was called Iced. That mystery wasn't quite as thrilling as it could be since the perpetrator was more of a what as opposed to a who. Still, it was interesting enough.
I was not expecting her to find out about what's up with Ryodan and Barrons (and the rest of the Nine) so soon, though. She doesn't know the whole story, but it took Mac nearly the entire original series to find that out and now Dani already knows (view spoiler)[that Ryodan and Barrons can come back from the dead (hide spoiler)] and they didn't kill her for knowing it. They were all in favor of killing Mac when she found out and she was able to keep them from deciding to do it and Ryodan said that his men would kill Jo if she found out, but when Dani asked why she was allowed to know, he doesn't answer her. What's up with that?
My favorite parts of the book were actually the POVs from Kat. She is totally awesome and I felt for her and her struggle and what she had to deal with. When she realized the truth of what was going on, I loved her for speaking up about it and taking the situation as in hand as she could. I also like that she stands up to Ryodan as best as she can even when he puts her in a position she can't maneuver out of. Why did he do what he did to her and Sean? Ryodan's motivations are pretty much completely shaded at this point. I do know that he wants to run the city his way, but is there any particular reason for it or does the man just like power? I'm also confused as to just how the Nine work. Seven of them call Ryodan boss, but I never got the feeling that Barrons does. It seems that Barrons is always apart from the rest of them except for when he needs them for something.
Speaking of the Nine, Lor is the best and I adore him and his sense of humor and need to stir up trouble. He's still dangerous as hell, though. I'd hate to be the one he was out to kill. Still, more Lor, KMM? Plzkthx.
It is hard to see Christian the way he is now. He was trying so hard at the beginning of the book to be himself, but he's so dissociative now. It doesn't even seem that he always remembers some of the things he's saying when he's in Unseelie prince mode. He said a whole lot of freaky, romantic crap to Dani at one point and then insists not even a minute later that no one said any of it. I'm willing to believe that Christian can be redeemed, though. I still really like him. Looks Dani is going to have to go find him in book 2, though. What a great thing he did at the end there. He's likely in for a world of hurt right now, though. That Crimson Hag is a nasty ol' thing.
We finally get to meet Dancer in this book. He's an interesting kid. If Christian isn't Dani's HEA in the end, I wouldn't mind Dancer being that person. Of course, that is all quite dependent on whatever his deep, dark secrets that even Kat can't read are. Whatever it is, I'm not sure Ryodan even realizes he has them. What I do want to know is why Ryodan wanted to kill Dancer so badly even before he forces Dani to work for him. I don't want to think that that extremely grown ass man is jealous of a 17 y/o boy. Something is up there. Maybe Ryodan does know something. He seems to know everything else. Talk about a nosy mofo.
Then we have glimpses of whatever the hell is going on with Mac and Barrons. Dani is still convinced Mac wants her dead, so she keeps a hell of a lot of distance between herself and Mac. I didn't think Mac was still holding what Dani did against her, but then that cliffy happened and I'm not sure what to think anymore. (view spoiler)[How did Mac sneak up on Dani, anyway? (hide spoiler)] It seems some weird fae are following Mac around, but they also seem to be afraid of her. Wtf is up with that?
I already can't wait for the next book to see where things will head with these characters next and just why Mac did what she did at the end of this book. Will Cruce escape? How will the Crimson Hag be dealt with? Will Dani lose her virginity? Will Lor finally get laid and not have to babysit Dani all the time?
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