Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone—until Tom Boudreaux became his partner....moreSynopsis:
When a tornado meets a volcano, nothing is safe.
Soldier of fortune Prophet Drews always worked alone—until Tom Boudreaux became his partner. But when Tom walked away three months ago, ostensibly to keep Prophet safe, Prophet learned the true meaning of being alone. Everyone knows that Prophet, a Navy SEAL turned CIA spook turned mercenary, can look after himself. Which means he must’ve driven his lover away.
Even with half a world between them, Prophet can’t get the man out of his head. Maybe that’s why he’s in New Orleans in the middle of a hurricane, protecting Tom’s aunt. But the only looter around is Tom, bursting back into Prophet’s life. It turns out that Prophet’s been stuck in Tom’s head—and heart—too.
Their explosive reunion gets even hotter when Tom is arrested for murder. As they fight to clear his name, they delve deep into his past, finding enemies among everyone they meet. Staying alive in such a dangerous world is hard enough, but they soon discover that fighting to stay together is the most difficult thing they’ve ever done.
I can never get enough of Tommy and Prophet. I've been thinking of them ever since I finished Catch a Ghost back in September. I was dying for this sequel and I wasn't disappointed.
We start out finding a bit of what Prophet has been up to since Tommy decided to partner with Cope. We also find out that Tommy has basically emailed Prophet every day for four months without a response. But when Prophet gets as far as he can go in his current situation, he finally checks out all of these emails and ends up going to Louisiana to protect Tom's aunt during a hurricane.
Everything is going just fine and then Tom shows up and they're immediately going at it like rabbits. Talk about your sexy reunions. They went at it a lot. I certainly am not complaining about that. They still argued a bit because Tom still has that tendency to interrogate Prophet about things. That doesn't stop Prophet from helping when Tommy ends up set up for a murder.
There's a lot of running around the bayou after that. Some alligator wrestling, Tommy's asshole father, someone trying to kill them, more arguing, opening up about the past and sex, too. Great sex. How I love the sex Tommy and Prophet have.
It's so obvious that they've fallen hard and deep for each other, but there was so much they didn't know about the other. Prophet knows a whole lot more about Tommy now, but there's still a lot for Prophet to open up to Tommy about. He does give him some things, but it's hard to open up when you're so utterly devoted to keeping the man you're in love with safe from your past, despite the fact he's already on the radar. In the reverse, Tommy wants to help Prophet with his past in order to keep HIM safe. Really, they just both want to keep the other safe. I love the way they take care of each other. They seem determined to make a go at the thing between them and I want nothing more than for them to be happy. They seem to say 'I love you' best through sex. I want them to finally say it with their mouths. That, I can't wait to see.
I liked that we learn a little more about Mal, too. I can't wait for Dirty Deeds to come out and see how Mal and Cillian handle each other. Cillian still wouldn't mind getting in Prophet's pants, I'm sure. How will he handle Mal, who by all accounts, is even crazier than Prophet is? That I really can't wait to see how it plays out since Mal can't speak. I wonder if Cillian knows anything about Mal? He always seems to know everything else.
I also liked the cameos from Mick and Blue. That was awesome.
It looks like there are at least two more books in this series and that makes me damned excited.
Very good first novel in Jeaniene Frost's Night Prince series, a spin-off of her Night Huntress series. I had expected Vlad to get his own book in the...moreVery good first novel in Jeaniene Frost's Night Prince series, a spin-off of her Night Huntress series. I had expected Vlad to get his own book in the Night Huntress World spin-off like Spade and Mencheres, did, but he got his own series. After reading the book, I think that's appropriate. Vlad is too complex of a character to have his issues and HEA told and resolved in one book.
I found the book very absorbing story-wise. One thing I was happy about is that Vlad was resolved from the get-go to seduce Leila. He didn't pussyfoot around about that. Vlad has always been blunt in his honesty and I've always loved that about him. He tells her what things will be like between them from jump and it's up to her whether or not she will deal with it or not. She decides to go for it once it becomes clear that she can't resist him the way she wants to. And she's all in. Really all in. She hates it when she realizes that. In the end, though, she becomes determined that she won't be the only one to feel so strongly and I say, go for it girl! I think she's good for Vlad and really like her as a heroine. She does do that run off on her own thing once, but she wasn't stupid about it. So at least she didn't have any of the annoying heroine tendencies that can piss me off. I was glad when she came to embrace her abilities. She was ruthless in using them, but anything less and she'd have been extremely dead. I hope the darkness she now recognizes in herself will be explored more in the next book.
Vlad wasn't quite the comedian he has been in the main series, but in this book, we see him in a different setting than what we are used to. In this book, he's surrounded by his people and we've only seen a glimpse of that once in the NH series when Cat was staying at his place for a while. Still, I thought he had his moments of sarcasm and I loved them. He was still his charmingly frightening self. What isn't there to love about Vlad?
I loved the story basically starts right away. We got some background on Leila and then the craziness got underway. I liked that there wasn't unnecessary build up. There was a break in things before the story really amped up, but that is normal. Vlad's enemy that started all of this turned out to be an interesting person. The ending was also interesting. It was definitely a Happy For Now as people described, but that's not surprising considering this is to be a trilogy. I wonder if the HEA will be delayed until the very last book. I also wonder if JF will go the route of her other heroines and have Leila changed over so that she can live forever with Vlad.
Definitely looking forward to the next book in 2013.(less)
The Special Forces team JC2 was created by the police to combat violence and drug crimes in Juxtapose City. Lieutenant Black, an intense youn...moreSynopsis:
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.(less)
I can't believe she did that. I can't believe she went there, but Jennifer Lynn Barnes went there and then some. I turned into a crying, snotty mess r...moreI can't believe she did that. I can't believe she went there, but Jennifer Lynn Barnes went there and then some. I turned into a crying, snotty mess reading this book. There's a reason this is my second favorite shifter series and Barnes proved that so much while I was reading this book.
I don't even want to say too much because there's just too much that is too easy to spoil. Besides, just thinking about it makes me start crying again.
All I can say is, that the book picks up a few months after where Trial By Fire left off. At first, there's no trouble, but then that douchebag Shay (and no matter how much of a douche he is and how much I despise him, he's still a favorite villain. He was consistent.) calls a meeting of the Senate. While there, Bryn discovers there's a rabid killing humans around the No Man's Land of various territories. Shay tells them that this rabid is a female. Of course, all the male wolves, save Callum, want to go find this female and force her into joining their pack. This of course fills Bryn with dread, because the only female this can be is Maddy, who she allowed to leave her pack because of the crap that went down with Lucas. Bryn and Callum come up with the theory that they need to find Maddy first, so Bryn, Chase, Lake, Caroline and Jed set out to find her.
So very many things are revealed. Some incredibly shocking things. Barnes surprised me over and over again. And just when Bryn was resigned to having to do yet another horrible thing and sacrificing more of her humanity, she gets a break. The problem with the rabid is solved in a way no one expected to be possible. Too bad something even worse happened after that. That's when I started with the waterworks and pretty still haven't stopped. I have a feeling that I will tear up any time I think about this book.
Callum told Bryn before the hunt for Maddy that she would have to be human for this, but of course, he never told her what "this" was. And now, she can never forgive him. (view spoiler)[Shay may have gotten what he deserved and Dev is an alpha of his own pack now, but Chase (Omg I can't believe she did that!) and Jed are still dead, Bryn has lost her mate and Dev, too since he's no longer a part of her pack. (hide spoiler)] I know he kept it from her to keep her alive, but it's still so awful. I love Callum and I always will despite his manipulations. I know he loves Bryn, but she keeps getting her heart broken and I feel so terrible for her every single time. This was almost too much.
I suppose her Change was always meant to happen this way and this is why he kept her waiting, but I have to wonder what it cost him. He knows she feels nothing for him anymore. He was practically her father. He has to be hurting. Man, what I wouldn't do for Jennifer Lynn Barnes to write something from Callum's POV.
It is going to suuuuuuuucccccccccckkkkkkkkkk waiting for the fourth book. Seriously, I'm so anxious for it already. Honestly, I love this series, but it breaks my heart. I stayed up until 5am to finish reading the book and writing my review. The series is just so addictive and really good. But Jennifer Lynn Barnes, you are killing me.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Everyone knows that Prophet—former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass—works alone and thinks only about the trouble he ca...moreSynopsis:
Everyone knows that Prophet—former Navy SEAL, former CIA spook, full-time pain in the ass—works alone and thinks only about the trouble he can cause. But his boss, Phil Butler of Extreme Escapes, LTD., has just assigned Proph not only a new partner but also a case haunted by ghosts from Proph’s past. Suddenly, he’s got to confront them both head on.
Tom Boudreaux—failed FBI agent, failed sheriff, full time believer in bad luck—is wondering why the head of a private contracting firm has hunted him down to offer him a job. Still he's determined to succeed this time, despite being partnered with Prophet, EE, LTD’s most successful, lethal, and annoying operative, and even though the case is also resurrecting his own painful past.
Together, Prophet and Tom must find a way to take down killers in the dangerous world of underground cage matches, while fighting their own dangerous attraction. And when they find themselves caught in the crossfire, these two loners are forced to trust each other and work together to escape their ghosts . . . or pay the price.
Oh. My. God! I loved this book. The comparisons to the Cut & Run series are pretty accurate, but it still manages to be it's own series without feeling like a copy. I fell completely in love with Tom and Prophet even though these dudes have issues on top of issues. Some fucked up pasts, here.
I was on edge for pretty much the entire book. I had no clue what was going to happen or how it would play out. I just knew it was intense to read and the sex between Tom and Prophet was hotter than hell and I fucking loved it.
Tom was more of a bad boy than I'd expected. He was fucking hot. And scary. That man has a lot of anger in him. But I think he likely has a lot of love, too. And if Prophet would just let him, Tom would likely love him a whole, whole lot. Still, Prophet is right about Tom's anger issues. He needs help. Keeping all of that shit bottled up is not helping him and when he was supposed to be taking car of Prophet, Prophet ended up having to take care of him.
Then of course, there's Prophet. This guy is fucked up in his own way, too. He's walking violence and a smartass extraordinaire. And he's got some pretty thick, high walls around himself. He's damned hot, though. He's also got a disease that I'm guessing is hereditary and he's keeping that pretty close to the vest. I can't wait for Tom to find out about it...
The case the guys get sent on is pretty intense. And it ties into Prophet's past in an unexpected way. I was shocked. And even more shocked by what happened in that warehouse. And even more shocked when someone showed up to rescue them. And even more shocked that this dude must be as into Prophet as Tom is. It's the only reason I can think of that Cillian hit Tom to get him out of the warehouse when he could have just used a pressure point to knock him out. (view spoiler)[And that dig about being the one Prophet was talking to while Tom was in Prophet's bed was a low blow (hide spoiler)]. I'm intrigued by Cillian, but if Prophet sleeps with him, I think I'll lose it.
I really love the hot chemistry between Tom and Prophet. They were beating up my Kindle like crazy. And Tom's tats and piercings? Mmmmm..... I love that moment where Tom says that Prophet is ruining him for anyone else. I wonder if Prophet feels the same about Tom.... If he sees Cillian face to face again, will Prophet really take him up on the offer for sex? Will he be able to go through with it?
I cannot wait for book 2 and thank goodness book 2 comes out at the end of October.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to li...moreSynopsis:
After winning the trust of the terra indigene residing in the Lakeside Courtyard, Meg Corbyn has had trouble figuring out what it means to live among them. As a human, Meg should be barely tolerated prey, but her abilities as a cassandra sangue make her something more.
The appearance of two addictive drugs has sparked violence between the humans and the Others, resulting in the murders of both species in nearby cities. So when Meg has a dream about blood and black feathers in the snow, Simon Wolfgard—Lakeside's shape-shifting leader—wonders whether their blood prophet dreamed of a past attack or of a future threat.
As the urge to speak prophecies strikes Meg more frequently, trouble finds its way inside the Courtyard. Now the Others and the handful of humans residing there must work together to stop the man bent on reclaiming their blood prophet—and stop the danger that threatens to destroy them all.
This series continues to please me. I love Anne Bishop for creating it. I am a total fangirl for this series and I love and adore Meg, Simon and all of the Others. A lot of the other human characters have really grown on me, too. I didn't remember a whole lot about them from the first book, but most of them really proved themselves in this one despite everything going on and the scariness of the Others. The Others are pretty damned pissed off in this book and humans pay dearly for it. I don't know why they do not understand that their actions have consequences. They came to Thasia and the terra indigene allowed them to stay, as long as they stayed where they were told. Now some of them want more and are going to extremes to get it. The retaliation of the terra indigene is swift and brutal. If humans aren't more careful, they'll be finding themselves wiped out. Especially with creatures like Tess and the elementals walking the planet.
My favorite parts of the book aside from the Others being their scary selves were Simon and Meg's interactions. I totally fell for Simon in book 1, but I fell even more in this one. Simon's feelings are growing and he doesn't understand them and it makes him angry. A confused Wolf is an angry Wolf. He doesn't unnecessarily take his frustrations out on Meg, though. The other members of the courtyard warn him about becoming too human, so it looks like Simon will either have to find a balance or make a choice either way about which way he most wants to be. Somehow, I think his feelings for Meg may influence that choice the most. Monty sees what's happening, but he's smart enough to keep it to himself. I don't think Meg understands how Simon is feeling and considering the way she's lived up until she came to Lakeside, that's not really surprising. She does realize that things changed when (view spoiler)[Simon got into bed with her naked after changing to human form (hide spoiler)] even though that was a bit of a misunderstanding. He needed to talk to her, so he shifted. It didn't mean what she was afraid it meant, but when he told her that, it upset her and she doesn't understand why. Meg is likely not completely aware of her own feelings, but she knows things are different. Especially after that whole incident in the bathroom with the blood and the licking. I like that this is building slowly, though and that the two of them are still friends. They seem to feel the most comfortable with each other, but how long will the other Wolfgard and the rest of the terra indigene let Simon get away with it?
The other parts of the book that I really liked were the interactions between the terra indigene of Lakeside and the Lakeside police. Monty, Burke, Gesher, Kowalski, Debany and Doctor Lorenzo were in some tight spots, but they mostly proved themselves to the Others even more in this book. After taking such good care of Meg after what happened to her during the attack on Lakeside, Simon and some of the others trust them more. After helping with everything that they helped with in this book, I hope that relationship improves even more. There were a lot of POVs from Monty this time around and considering what's going on with his wife and daughter, I expect there to be plenty of him in book 3.
The terra indigene finally find out what was making them sick in book 1 and made them easy targets the times they were attacked in this book. The cassandra sangue really are Namid's wonderful and terrible creatures. Funny enough, I think that the terra indigene will take better care of girls like Meg than humans ever did. Not all of the humans are so bad. We meet a group of humans in this book that shed some light on where the cassandra sangue likely came from. I like the Intuits. I hope we get to see more of them in the future. I'm glad that something was able to be worked out for the cassandra sangue in this book, but those that use them for power aren't going to be giving up so easily.
We learn that all over the world there seem to be humans starting shit with the Others. They get surprised when they get hit back hard, but I'm still worried about what might happen. There's human on terra indigene violence, terra indigene on human violence and human on human violence. Those Humans First and Last types tend to be real assholes. They're getting people riled up and war is coming to Cel-Romano likely faster than the terra indigene over there realize. Will that war be humans against humans or humans against the terra indigene? Who knows, but I'm sure it won't be long before the residents of Lakeside feel the effects and get dragged into it. Like Jean said, Meg is a pathfinder. I just hope Simon can keep her alive long enough so that she can eventually get on a smooth one.
Book 3 is oh so far away. I will pine away for it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake...moreSynopsis:
Bodyguard Celia Graves has definitely accepted her share of weird assignments, both human and supernatural. But her newest job takes the cake. Guarding a Prince from terrorists and religious fundamentalists is hard enough, but it seems like the entire supernatural world is after this guy too. When she is betrayed by those she is employed to help, and everything goes horribly wrong, Celia wakes to find herself transformed.
Neither human nor vampire, Celia has become an Abomination—something that should not exist—and now both human and supernatural alike want her dead. With the help of a few loyal friends—a sexy mage, a powerful werewolf, and a psychic cop—Celia does her best to stay alive. On the run from her enemies, Celia must try to discover who is behind her transformation…before it’s too late.
I ended up enjoying this book more than I expected to. A few of my GR friends read the series, but I've put it off. I didn't think I'd like it much. Turns out I was wrong. Go figure.
I actually ended up liking Celia quite a bit. She's a pretty strong heroine. She has her vulnerabilities and faults, but they don't seem to get in the way of what she needs to do. She's very professional in her job even when she can't stand the client. It turns out that she should have gone with her first instinct and not taken the job because the night ends really damned badly. When she wakes up, she's changed. Not completely, but enough so as to have some people consider her a monster because she's now an abomination. Despite that, Celia has remarkable self-control and keeps from attacking others despite getting hungry or angry. A childhood trauma and the therapy she's taken in the past seem to responsible for that. Lucky for Celia or she'd like have ended up losing her head. There also seems to be another aspect to her that helps her out as well. When her grandmother finally fesses up about it at the end of the book, safe to say, Celia is shocked. It doesn't stop her from using her new-found abilities when she's in a pinch, though. Granted, she's been using them since she hit puberty, she just didn't know it.
There are quite a few things going on in this book. Celia needs to find her sire before he tries to kill her or finish changing her. She ends up getting more involved in the plot surrounding the events of her change, though. We actually only ever saw her sire try to contact her the once and then I practically forgot all about him. When he was taken care of, it was in a way I sure didn't see coming. The offer that came with it was the same way. The way the plot surrounding the royal family from Rusland came to a close was exciting and definitely a close call. It seems, demons are on the move. I wonder what they have planned?
The secondary characters seem interesting enough. I'd have liked to actually get to know Celia's best friend Vicki. We really only see her through memories and then (view spoiler)[as a ghost. She seems like she was a good person, but as readers, we don't get to know her for ourselves. Kevin intrigues me. He's got lots of secrets. I want to know what he's been up to and what he's up to now. Bruno seems like a good guy, but he didn't wow me. I was surprised we didn't see the vampire Edgar again since Celia took out two of his companions. Jones is someone I want to know more about, but I get the feeling he may not be a major character in the series. Dawna is sweet and a good friend. I hope she gets the help she needs. I'm guessing we'll see John Creed again. He seems to be into Celia, so that should be interesting. I don't really give a rat's ass about Celia's mom, but for Celia's sake, I hope someone can get through to that woman. And of course after meeting Celia's cousin in the last few pages of the book, I'm definitely interested in that side of Celia's family. Not sure if I'll like Adriana, but she could turn out to be interesting.
There are things that I want to see play out, so I may continue the series. I haven't made up my mind mainly because some of the Amazon reviews I read make me a bit leery, but I like Celia as a character and I'm curious to see how she continues to handle her condition and the knowledge of what she's been all along although she just didn't know it. I'll probably come back to the books, but not right away despite how much I enjoyed this one. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
She knows what it means to be Elect. The Vanguard are an entirely different breed.
In the wake of tragedy, Allison Noble finds herself surroun...moreSynopsis:
She knows what it means to be Elect. The Vanguard are an entirely different breed.
In the wake of tragedy, Allison Noble finds herself surrounded: hunted by enemies she never knew she had, protected by strangers she isn’t sure she can trust. Her options are limited. She can stay, and put her life in unfamiliar hands…or honor the promise she gave her mother to track down Phillip Noble.
Questioning friendships, testing loyalties, Allison strikes out on her own. But as her powers grow, and new potential is revealed, the danger she ran away from is never far behind.
I really, really enjoyed this sequel. I read it straight through in just a little over five hours. I am very much looking forward to book three and will certainly be on the lookout for future series from Ms. Todd.
This book picks up just over a month after the end of the first book. Allison is depressed and doing all that she can to stay numb. With the Vanguard around, that's easy to do. However, it isn't long before Ally begins thinking of vengeance. She'd kill every Elder out there if she were able and if she had to. She makes moves to do just that, but her planning isn't so good. She goes on the run and has an unexpected tag-along in Ryan to accompany her.
Ryan would do anything for Ally. She has a hard time trusting him at first, but she slowly lets him in. If only she didn't have the bad habit of pushing him away constantly. That dude puts up with a lot of that from her, but I don't think he can do it for much longer. I think it's what she's given him so far that keeps him around, but I believe him when he says that he won't chase her. Both Ryan and I need her to make up her mind for once and for all when it comes to their relationship. I understand why she feels she should stay away from him, but she's hurting the both of them by playing keep away.
Ally gets herself into a lot of trouble in this installment. Some of it, really isn't her fault, other times, she clearly does wrong. She just doesn't care. She appreciates the consequences a little more by the end of the book than she starts out with, but considering her current plan she's embroiling herself in when this book ends, I'm even more worried for her future.
There are some revelations revealed in this book that Allison did not react well to and that I didn't expect. Maybe I should have, but I was pretty surprised. I hope that Ally gives her remaining family a chance. None of this is their fault. I think the possibility is there now that she had a chance to see things from Phillip's POV. I really hope Ally gets a chance to be somewhat herself in the future as well. She's stronger now, but she hasn't been very nice since what happened at the end of book 1. She at least realizes that she's changed. She hasn't corrected her behavior by much, but I think those good parts of her are still there. I really hope she doesn't do anything too crazy, but I'm not putting it past her at this point. I'm worried, but I really can't wait to see what comes next.(less)
I found myself enjoying this book. It did take me a little while to warm up to it at first, but I really wanted to know what all was going on.
Megan wa...moreI found myself enjoying this book. It did take me a little while to warm up to it at first, but I really wanted to know what all was going on.
Megan was an interesting character. Just the right amount of snark. Greyson is just the right of mysterious and Lif, Malleus and Spud are the right amount of awesome and win.
I enjoyed the storyline, though there were a few moments where I felt a little disjointed. Something would happen and then it felt like the scene changed abruptly. However, it wasn't difficult to figure out what happened. It looks like now Megan has herself some new demomic responsibilities. Should be interesting to see where it goes.(less)
This was interesting. An assassin who gets partnered with the CIA's top vamp assassin. Jaz and Vayl make a pretty good team. Although, they do have pl...moreThis was interesting. An assassin who gets partnered with the CIA's top vamp assassin. Jaz and Vayl make a pretty good team. Although, they do have plenty of secrets between them. I'm glad that most of that came out before you get too deep into the series. Especially when we find out what happened to Jasmine on the night that completely changed her entire life.
I found myself really liking this book. Jasmine frustrated me at times, but what heroine doesn't make you feel that way? She sure is adept at sabotaging any potential for something more between Vayl and herself. I still don't get why she kissed Cole. That was just stupid and it sure didn't make Vayl happy. She really blinds herself to what's there with the two of them. I got the impression easily that he cares quite a bit about her. I know she's afraid considering what happened to the last man she loved, but I hope she doesn't keep sabotaging things this way for too much longer. Reminds me of Anita. At least now Jaz knows what happened to her on that night. Maybe it will help. I hope so. I hope she gets to repair her relationship with her brother as well. Looks like there's potential for fixing her relationship with her Dad as well.
I can't believe the way this whole job turned out for our MC. That shit was nearly out of their league. Seriously, they basically went up against a goddess. Scary. It was interesting how things tied together. I like the characters that were introduced as well. I know they'll show up again, so I will definitely be reading book two. I want to know more about the psychic and magical things going on between Vayl and Jaz.(less)
Allison Noble never liked the Baileys. They were too good-looking, too popular, too charming to be legitimate. For most of their high school...moreSynopsis:
Allison Noble never liked the Baileys. They were too good-looking, too popular, too charming to be legitimate. For most of their high school career she avoided the pair, convinced their outward affability was just a ruse to disguise their true character. Okay, yeah, she’s a little neurotic. Even so, she never suspected that what they were hiding was dangerous. It never occurred to her that they might have abilities based more in fiction than reality. Why would it? People can’t produce fire with their bare hands. There are no such things as mind control and telekinesis. Except, she discovers, there are.
The Baileys are Elect, gifted with supernatural powers Allison is able to not only sense, but use herself. In the history of the Elect, there has never been one such as she, and with good reason. Because she wasn’t born to such power, she has a difficult time controlling it. Accidents happen, putting them all at risk. As others draw near—some who wish to protect her, others who want to destroy her—she is forced to uncover the secrets of her past, and face the consequences of being what her own kind refers to as an abomination.
I find myself pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. I wasn't really expecting to be in the mood for a YA novel as it's been a really long time since that last time I've read one. I downloaded a sample for this book over the weekend because it was featured as a possible BOM selection for one of the groups that I'm in. Last night, I started reading the sample because I was bored with the adult CR I was reading and needed something paranormal. I got hooked on finding out what would happen to Ally and Delaney and how Ryan, Nate and Jeremy would play into things.
When Ally had her first encounter with weird powers the day she caught Jeremy, Nate and Ryan playing with fire the night they all broke into the school (for different reasons), I was already interested. It was a while before something happened again, but I became even more interested the night of the bonfire. It became really interesting when Ally was able to resist Nate's Pushing and then again even more so when she Pushed back. They all thought it was strange that she had more than one ability when it turned out she was just as fiery as Jeremy. They didn't know why, but their theory was a good one. I had the same idea, early on. It isn't until the very end of the book that we find out what's really going on with Ally.
There is some romance in this, but it's not a huge part of the plot. Ally doesn't do the usual YA heroine thing of mooning over a hero and there isn't a love triangle, so there's none of that wishy washyness you tend to find in a lot of YA these days. There are some typical high school mean girl antics, but even that wasn't so prevalent that it annoyed me. Ally didn't think that much of herself when it came to people liking or noticing her, but she pretty much just accepted things as they were. She didn't dwell on it or really let it get her down, so when one of her newfound guy friends starts crushing on her, she doesn't even notice. It takes some real convincing on his part to get her to accept it or to even accept that she likes him in that way back. By that point, there isn't a lot of hope for a relationship between these two considering what happens afterwards.
I really like the ending to this book even though it's a bit of a cliffhanger. It's a good thing I've got book two ready to go because I really can't believe that happened. I cried a bit. I really can't wait to find out what will happen next. Ally is in a pretty big mess and I'm assuming a lot of trouble based on the things her mother told her. What will happen to her now? Will Delaney, Ryan, Nate and Jeremy find out what happened? Will Ally find her father? So many questions.(less)
So, I ended up enjoying this book more than I thought I would. I mostly really wanted to know what was going on. I figured Callum was probably setting...moreSo, I ended up enjoying this book more than I thought I would. I mostly really wanted to know what was going on. I figured Callum was probably setting up Bryn for Big, Big Things once The Event went down and Ali dragged her butt out of there. So while that wasn't a big surprise or especially original, I still enjoyed the way things played out.
I did like Bryn, despite wanting to strangle her a few times. She knew she was doing stupid things, but did them anyway. Granted, if she hadn't done much of what she did, the story wouldn't have progressed. Plus, she was playing into how Callum wanted things to happen. She was brave and she did do the right thing, even when the right thing was the stupid thing. Now she has a big responsibility on her hands. I'm sure she'll do her best.
Here's hoping we get to see more of Chase's personality in the next book. As it is right now, he barely has one. He and Bryn are bonded, so their attraction seems to come more from that than any real attraction to each other of their own. I do hope that changes a bit. Luckily, there doesn't seem to be a love triangle. I don't really mind them, but I don't think this series needs one. Especially since there needs to be a little more character development. Still, I think the series is headed in an interesting direction. Not only is Bryn an incredibly young Alpha, she's human. I wonder if she'll stay that way for the duration of the series. I know she'll likely have to deal with Shay again. Can't imagine that will be pleasant. He so obviously does not like her. I wonder if Ali will leave Katie and Alex as Stone River pack or if they'll be able to become a part of the Cedar Ridge pack at some point.(less)
In a future where the United States has split along party lines, Agent Matt Tennimore’s job is to get people out of...moreSynopsis:
Task Force Iota, Book One
In a future where the United States has split along party lines, Agent Matt Tennimore’s job is to get people out of the Confederated Red States, whether they’re captured special ops agents from his own country or gay CRS citizens who’ve petitioned for asylum. He never expected to have to retrieve his high school crush, aka the guy who ostracized him for being gay.
Rescuing James Ayala isn’t going to be easy: he’s crawling with tracking nanos and has a cybernetic brain implant that’s granted him psychic power he isn’t sure how to control. That’s the good news. The bad? The implant is compromising James’s mental stability.
So they’re on the run, avoiding surveillance by AI aircraft and hiding from enemy militia. Then James confesses he tormented Matt in high school because James wanted him. Matt can’t resist the temptation James offers, but he wants so much more than sex, assuming they ever make it home alive. Is James really a good bet when he’s got a ticking time bomb in his brain and there’s the question of how much he’s actually changed?
I seriously liked this one. It was different and has me all in a mood for M/M scifi stories. I really liked the futuristic aspect, but it was also similar enough to our own world that I didn't feel lost.
I thought it was interesting that in this world, the gay gene is a reality and the US has truly been split up between red and blue states. I also really liked that Matt's family was made up of military and contractors that went into red states to extract people asking for asylum into a blue state. The ideologies were pretty polarizing, but it was pretty reminiscent of the way things are today sometimes.
I really liked Matt. He was cute and had a nice sense of humor. He could be insecure at times, but he was definitely a great guy. I liked James, too, though not quite as much as Matt. He really came around after a while and I liked the way he would take command at times. He could really bring out Matt's inner submissive.
The sex scenes were hot. Anne Tenino really knows how to write a sex scene. It takes a little bit before the two of them finally give in and let loose, but it was worth the buildup.
I enjoyed the humor, too. Sister Benigna was a dumb little bitch, but she was good comedy. So was the horse.
I'm still debating on reading the second book. Some of the reviews I read say that a lot of the humor was lost in it as well as Matt and James's chemistry, but I will probably get around to it one of these days.(less)
**spoiler alert** My goodness, all the political maneuverings in this book were crazy. Shay is not a likable character in the least. And I don't feel...more**spoiler alert** My goodness, all the political maneuverings in this book were crazy. Shay is not a likable character in the least. And I don't feel bad over what happened with Lucas. Broken or not, he forced her hand. I understand why Maddy had to leave. She'd just gotten her mate and then he was dead within minutes. Not Bryn's fault, but if she had stayed, everything would have been much worse. This book was more intense than the first to me. There was more of a sense that some of the Cedar Ridge pack wouldn't make it and indeed, one of them died, Bryn was forced to kill Lucas and Maddy left.
The psychics weren't much more likable than Shay is. Even if they were being mostly manipulated. Even if in the end, they feel bad about it. I just can't feel sorry for them. Anymore than Bryn could feel sorry for whatever it was that Caroline was feeling. According the Bryn, all of the psychics except Caroline and Jed left. Does that mean we'll be seeing more of them? I'm sure Shay will be hanging around to cause more trouble, too. Especially since he seems to want Lake so badly.
It seems that Bryn and Chase can argue after all. I still want to know more about him. It's obvious he feels Bryn is her mate and they admitted to loving each other, but it still seems it's mostly the mate bond that has them feeling that way. And will Bryn resent Chase again when he chooses her over the pack? He won't ever be upset that she chooses the pack over him. She is, after all, supposed to do that. Neither of them can help those parts of themselves. I admire Chase for his honesty. And for placing the pack above himself for Bryn's sake. He'd die for them. Not because of any innate sense to do so, but because Bryn wants the pack safe more than anything else. Also, he seems a little better at reading people than Bryn does. He never trusted Lucas and he was right not to.
There was a lot of us versus them this time around. Humans versus Weres. Bryn finally coming to terms that she can't continue on as if she is a normal human. She's not as physically strong as the rest, but she certainly isn't a normal human. I knew at some point, she would be asking someone to Change her. I just wasn't sure if it would be Chase or Callum. Seems she'll still be human for a while, though. I knew that She-wolf in her dreams had to mean something. I agree with her, though. As long as she remains human, alpha or no, other wolves will see her as weak and breakable. The wolves in her pack won't challenge her. They chose to be there. But she'll probably think twice before taking in any outsiders again. Harboring Lucas brought nothing but trouble and in the end, cost her 2 pack mates and a friend. Hopefully now she'll realize she really can't save everyone. Some people really can't be rescued. Bryn's a sweet girl. Loyal. But it seems she's going to have to lose more of her humanity, her naivete and grow up real fast in order to survive and keep her pack safe.
I'm really wondering what's going to happen in book three as I'm not seeing what can happen next. I'm sure it's going to be a whole lot of trouble, what ever it is. (less)
How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember?
Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor w...moreSynopsis:
How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember?
Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past—a gun, a sword, and a piece of paper with his name on it the only clues to his identity. Since then, he’s discovered he’s a powerful sorcerer and has used his magical abilities to become a successful thief for hire.
But those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet: when they cause a job to go bad and threaten a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her. With his enemies closing in and everyone he cares about now a target for their wrath, he must choose between the comfortable life he’s built for himself and his elusive past.
As the barrier holding his memories captive begins to crumble, Nate moves between modern-day London and fifteenth-century France, forced to confront his forgotten life in the hope of stopping an enemy he can’t remember.
I seriously enjoyed this book. It was awesome and I am totally a fan of Nate's.
When we meet Nate, he's on a job to steal a book. He doesn't know why someone would pay so much for a book, but it doesn't matter, because that's what he does. Nate steals things. At least, that's what he's been doing for the last ten years because he can't remember what he was doing before that. The only thing he does know about himself is that he's a sorcerer and his own name. It doesn't take too long after that job is done for things to start getting weird.
When some random blonde woman brushes his hand, Nate has a dizzy moment and not too long after, he discovers that he's a pretty damned good fighter. He had no idea that beating someone near to death wouldn't bother him in the least. The fact that it doesn't bother him barely even bothers him. Giving his friend Holly's brother a beat down like that gives him motivation to try to find out who he used to be, though. Turns out, it isn't so easy. At least, not until he gets another job.
On this job, he ends up face to face with someone that used to know him. And then he ends up face to face with that someone's exploding head. Before long, he's waking up and being given directions to go somewhere and save a girl. A girl that turns out to be his neighbor's daughter.
Throughout the book, we get flashbacks of Nate during 15th century France and his run in with a long-time enemy of his, Mordred. We find out through these flashbacks just what it is that Mordred is up to and it isn't good. Too bad present-day Nate isn't working with a full set of memories. He ends up running around a lot without knowing what to do. It becomes a close call in the end, but thanks to the sacrifice of a friend, he's back in action and kicking ass. Some bad guys get what they deserve, too.
There isn't much by the way of romance in this book, but Nate does get it on a few times. It's a shame he had to leave Holly behind, but that was probably for the best. I'm really looking forward to seeing what kind of trouble Nate finds himself in next. I want to get to know him more. Nate's pretty badass, but not so much so that he comes off as invulnerable. He's also a killer, but he isn't an asshole. I like him a lot and have a feeling that he'll become one of my favorite male characters.(less)
Victor Bayne, the psychic half a PsyCop team, is a gay medium who’s more concerned with flying under the radar than in making waves.
He hooks up with handsome Jacob Marks, a non-psychic (or “Stiff”) from an adjacent precinct at his ex-partner’s retirement party and it seems like his dubious luck has taken a turn for the better. But then a serial killer surfaces who can change his appearance to match any witness’ idea of the world’s hottest guy.
Solving murders is a snap when you can ask the victims whodunit, but this killer’s not leaving any spirits behind.
I enjoyed this glimpse into the PsyCop world. It's certainly an interesting premise and has me interested enough to read more.
The case isn't overly complex, but I was interested enough to want to know wtf was going on. I probably should have seen that coming. I didn't figure it out until Vic did, though.
I liked Vic, though I want to know more about him and get to know him a little better. There wasn't quite enough here for that, but I think I could come to really like him.
Jacob through me for a loop a little because he comes on to Vic so strong on their first meeting. Maybe he has really good gaydar. I'm still unsure of just where his interest is coming from, though. He seems to be interested in Vic for more than his just being a psychic, at least.
Lisa's ability certainly is interesting. I wouldn't mind being able to do something like that.
The sex scenes were hot and the ending was pretty sweet. I'll definitely read the next book.(less)
OK, so that was fairly boring and a sucky way to end a relationship that has been the staple of series, especially one book away from the end. Honestl...moreOK, so that was fairly boring and a sucky way to end a relationship that has been the staple of series, especially one book away from the end. Honestly, it felt like Harris basically wrapped up everything in this book. She pretty much beat us over the head with how unhappy Sookie is with being involved in supernatural messes and how she's envying the lives of her human friends more and more.
We barely even saw Eric on page and when we did, his interactions with Sookie were brief as hell. Sookie spoke more with Sam and Bill than with anyone else, except for maybe Dermont (who I already miss. I loved Dermont). With the way this book went, I cannot fathom anything remotely interesting or exciting happening in the last book next year. I find myself trying to remember why I gave 4 stars to the last book. I'd joined GR months after I read it, so I must not have recalled what it was that I read.
I understand now why so many fans were disappointed with this book. It wasn't the slightest bit interesting. It seemed like Sookie spent the majority of her time driving around either Bon Temps, Shreveport or Monroe.
And it seems like Eric is just going to disappear to Oklahoma. I'm assuming Pam will go with him? Bill will probably still be around, but I guess having Eric leave and Sookie hook up with Sam is one way to get her out of vampire business. I doubt she and Eric could have had a lasting relationship anyway. She was determined not to turn vamp and all those life and death situations would have gotten her dead eventually.
I am disappointed that Eric expected Sookie to use magic to get him out of that stupid betrothal. I see why Niall told him about it. He knew what would happen. I was disappointed in Claude. He wasn't the nicest guy, but I didn't want him to be up to what it turned out he was up to. Sad. And now, no more Dermont and Bellenos. Sookie was creeped out by Bellenos, but I liked him.
Of course, I'll read the last book because, it is the end of a series. This is actually the series that got me started reading UF. I started Anita Blake and Black Dagger Brotherhood because of this series. It's a shame it's going to end on a whimper like this.(less)