Kaya has been working at Kyohei's place as his midnight secretary for a month when this volume starts. It seems he has a habit of interrup...moreMy Thoughts:
Kaya has been working at Kyohei's place as his midnight secretary for a month when this volume starts. It seems he has a habit of interrupting her while she's working so he can feed. Kaya is extremely busy and while she's ready to go back to Tohma so that she can work on getting back to being Kyohei's executive secretary, they both seem to be as happy as they can be with the current situation. Kyohei, though could be happier. That man really doesn't like to share.
Kaya is impatient with trying to get back to Tohma for work. Especially when Masaki and the president of Erde want to offer her a permanent position as the office manager at Erde. Kaya tries to make herself seem dispensable at Erde and indispensable at Tohma as Kyohei's secretary, but it backfires and she ends up making herself look like an even better employee. Kyohei apparently knew what she was up to the whole time. He even tells her to wait for him and believe in him that he'll take care of things. He can't believe that words like that came out of his own mouth, but Kaya tries her hardest to be patient. Then Kyohei resigns from his position at Tohma and basically goes ghost which devastates Kaya. Until he finally shows back up and tells her what he's planning. I'm looking forward to seeing how they go forward.
I'm really looking forward to the both of them getting it together and admitting how they're feeling. Kyohei has seemed to have accepted his own feelings, but he hasn't mentioned them to Kaya. He's still feeling shocked that "a mere human" can have such an effect on him. Kaya has embraced her feelings as well, though she tries like hell to keep them buried when she's around him. I'm not sure if Kyohei realizes how in love with him Kaya is or not. They really should just say it out loud now. They certainly know how to have hot sex together, so they just need to get the communication part down. I can't wait to see what these two get up to next.(less)
This volume starts out with Kaya still performing her duties as Kyohei's secretary as well as his sometime blood source. She can't seem to...moreMy Thoughts:
This volume starts out with Kaya still performing her duties as Kyohei's secretary as well as his sometime blood source. She can't seem to keep herself from falling for him which causes her quite a bit of emotional turmoil. She does her best to bury her feelings, but after Masaki finds out Kaya knows Kyohei's secret, he approaches her and gives her the option to end her position as Kyohei's executive secretary. She has a difficult time scheduling his trysts/meals with other women and Kyohei doesn't seem to notice that. He's got problems of his own, though.
It seems that Kyohei has a bit of an attachment to Kaya, though he won't admit it. Vampire pride is a hell of a thing. He gets pissed when Masaki removes Kaya as his secretary, but he isn't any happier when he finds out that Kaya requested it. He isn't very nice to her after that and yet, he doesn't really leave her alone even when he tells her to stay out of his sight. He leaves her, but still consider her his. He doesn't like it when she's performing secretarial duties for someone else.
Kaya's heart continues to be in turmoil, but she accepts the fact that she's in love with Kyohei. When it's brought to her attention that Kyohei hasn't been feeding properly and working himself to exhaustion, she goes to him her blood. His pride won't let him accept it at first, but Kaya soon makes sure that he can't refuse. And she gets herself a very nice night. That was seriously hot. IT seems that Kaya will be returning to work as Kyohei's secretary, but only at night. Things should continue to be pretty interesting.(less)
Kaya Satozuka prides herself on being an excellent secretary and a consummate professional, so she doesn’t even bat an eye when she’s reassig...moreSynopsis:
Kaya Satozuka prides herself on being an excellent secretary and a consummate professional, so she doesn’t even bat an eye when she’s reassigned to the office of her company’s difficult director, Kyohei Touma. He’s as prickly—and hot—as rumors paint him, but Kaya is unfazed…until she discovers that he’s a vampire!!
I've wanted to read this manga for years. Years ago when I first started reading manga, friends would mention this series from time to time, but I never read it because the series wasn't licensed at the time. I haven't kept up with my manga buying these last few years because I've reading lots of regular stories on my kindle so I nearly forgot about this series. Until I got an email from Viz a few months back just before volume 1 was going on pre-order. I finally got around to buying it last week and I'm glad I did.
Kaya is pretty amazing. She's doing her best to make enough money so that her mother can live comfortably because it's just the two of them now. Despite now being the executive secretary for an arrogant, rude, womanizer, Kaya is determined to make her boss Kyohei acknowledge that she is a top notch secretary. She works really hard and I found myself really liking and admiring Kaya. I love how fierce she is about protecting Kyohei. I hope she doesn't end up with a broken heart. It would be very easy for Kyohei to take advantage of her. Good luck, Kaya!
For his part, Kyohei really is a bastard. He seems to go out of his way to be a bastard, especially towards Kaya and his older brother. Though, there also seems to be a thoughtful side to him, too. And after a while, he really comes to depend on Kaya and appreciate her as a secretary. He doesn't hesitate to remind her that she's plain, though. Until he sees her all dolled up and notices that she really isn't plain at all. She goes out of her way to make herself look severe because she's self-conscious about her baby face. It isn't long before something happens between them. Kyohei doesn't seem to know how to deal with it and just when I think he's figured it out, he makes it about her blood. I think there's more to it than that, but I wouldn't be surprised if Kyohei doesn't understand his own feelings when it comes to something other than sex or drinking blood.
I'm really looking forward to seeing how these two progress.(less)
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, h...moreSynopsis:
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.(less)
We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? We...moreSynopsis:
We’re Supernatural Protection & Investigations, known as SPI. Things that go bump in the night, the monsters you thought didn’t exist? We battle them and keep you safe. But some supernatural baddies are just too big to contain, even for us…
When I moved to New York to become a world famous journalist, I never imagined that snagging a job at a seedy tabloid would change my career path from trashy reporter to undercover agent. I’m Makenna Fraser, a Seer for SPI. I can see through any disguise, shield, or spell that a paranormal pest can come up with. I track down creatures and my partner, Ian Byrne, takes them out.
Our cases are generally pretty routine, but a sickle-wielding serial killer has been prowling the city’s subway tunnels. And the murderer’s not human. The fiend in question, a descendant of Grendel—yes, that Grendel—shares his ancestor’s hatred of parties, revelry, and drunkards. And with New Year’s Eve in Times Square only two days away, we need to bag him quickly. Because if we don’t find him—and the organization behind him—by midnight, our secret’s out and everyone’s time is up.
I was so hooked by this book. I likely would never have known about it if not for the recommends from Amazon on my Kindle Fire HD. I kept seeing it there on my home screen and thought, "I need to check this out." I'm very glad that I did.
The book is told entirely from McKenna "Mac" Fraser's POV. I found myself liking her a lot. She's not a complete badass. She pretty much only ended up working for the SPI because they realized she was a seer and they needed a new one. She has no training whatsoever. All she's really supposed to do is check to see if some misbehaving supernatural is hiding behind a veil or a glamor and let the big boys and girls come in and clean up the mess. This time, though, she manages to land herself right in the middle of a horrific murder mystery with some odd espionage to boot.
It doesn't take long for things to just start going wrong and keep going wrong. All Mac wanted to was catch a nachtgnome for a friend, but she ends up--along with her partner Ian--finding a really nasty dead body instead. And of course, a monster is involved. Not just any monster, either.
It doesn't help that the bad guys are always a step ahead of them. The identity behind the mastermind came as a surprise. I never would have seen that coming. The other aspect of it was a shock, too. I was pleasantly surprised by how this all played out and who all was involved. Vivienne and Ian both get some unpleasant blasts from the past and you know they'll really be out for blood next time around.
I like the interaction between the characters. Mac and Ian get closer as partners over the course of the book and genuinely seem to care for each other. There's no real romance, yet, but I'm sure that will develop. The seed has definitely been planted. I also really liked Yasha, Kenji, Calvin, Rolf, Roy and Vivienne. I'm very much looking forward to seeing them all again in the next book. I read this one straight through, so I'm hoping I'll enjoy the next one just as much if not more.(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)