***IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE SHADOWS, THEN THIS DISCUSSION OF TODAY’S Q&A AT THE SHADOWS SIGNING, with deets about The Beast and the series in gene***IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE SHADOWS, THEN THIS DISCUSSION OF TODAY’S Q&A AT THE SHADOWS SIGNING, with deets about The Beast and the series in general, WILL SPOIL YOU***
Always a great time at the Ward signings; today was no exception. I attending with Liza of Blogging by Liza and we did our best to live-tweet, take notes and correct each other where we could. It was especially difficult to hear this time around because the audience members weren’t passing around a mic during Q&A, so we’d often hear an answer without hearing the actual question. Sometimes the questions were repeated; other times they were not. Even JR’s assistant who was furiously transcribing the event begged, “Repeat the question!”
As usual - UGH - no food or drink allowed in the ballroom. But also as usual, that didn’t stop fans from working through several bottles of champagne during the hallway pre-gaming hehehe :)
I interviewed some fans before the signing to post later on YouTube and...surprisingly...no one I spoke with was raging over Selena’s death. I was expecting to find at least one person to commiserate with. While everyone admitted it brought on the sads and lots of tissue, they seemed to understand the decision and were just super psyched to have lots of scenes with the original brothers in The Shadows. I’m glad about the latter, but I couldn’t even properly experience Selena’s death because I was in COMPLETE denial about Selena’s death, even after she was burnt to a crisp. I think I had 5 minutes left on my audiobook when I realized, “wait, she’s really dead?” But back to the Q&A coverage, with some of my tweets from this afternoon tossed in for good measure :) There's a ton of stuff I didn't get that's covered in JR's post. And there's stuff here that's not there. I'll let you sort that out ;)
Next BDB hardcover book: The Beast (Rhage & Mary) (Liza yells at me, “I KNEW IT! I WAS RIGHT!”)
Q: Can you elaborate on what’s going on with Rhage? (People all around me “He seems like he’s PMSing") Tweet: "'Rhage is too big to fit in a small package' ;) Hence no longer a novella. Rhage has survivors guilt." JR: He has lots of survivor’s guilt (referring to his shellen living while other shellens have died). Then she closes by mentioning an aspect of their life coming to fruition. (Of course we’re all thinking baby....What what I REALLY find interesting is the Twitter theories this afternoon. Most readers think they’ll adopt the baby from the shelter in The Shadows. But after JR’s comment later in the afternoon, about trouble ahead for Rhage and Mary, and how with as many women as he’s f*cked, that’s bound to come back and bother you...That perhaps he knocked up one of the past hookups and THAT’S how Rhage and Mary end up with a baby....To me, this is pretty much the ONLY way I could see a past woman/past fling becoming a problem. Because right now, Rhage and Mary and so OVER that garage from his past.)
Tweet: “JR: ‘Next Question!...Are you gonna tell me to F*ck Off?" I KNOW people are pissed. I respect that.’” Next questions is a comment, and it’s actually about exactly that. Q: There’s a lot of haters for this book, but you handled it perfectly. (basically echoing everyone I spoke with in the line today) JR: She tells us a funny story about the time she went to see Steel Magnolius in the theaters, thinking it was just a Southern comedy. Then she left the theater extremely pissed, feeling she’d wasted her time and her mom’s $$ on a “piece of shit where the bitch died at the end” LOLOL! So yeah, she gets why people are pissed with The Shadows but that’s what happened in her head. Lover Unbound was the last book where she tried to interfere with what was happening in her head, and she said that Lover Unbound sucked as a result, so she didn’t want to mess with it again. So basically a kind of reiteration of her recent Facebook post where she explained that she wrote what she saw and the characters made her do it.
JR: “Questions! Would anyone ELSE like to tell me to Fuck Off?” LOLOL! (lots of laughter of course)
JR loved the Mercedes scene with Fritz (Me, too!!!)
Q: Will we see more of s’Ex? JR: In the course of giving her answer, she says, “I love s’Ex” several times and giggles afterwards. We’re all laughing, too. Then she jokes about the men in the audience thinking her husband is a lucky man :) She loves s’Ex a LOT. Someone says something I can’t hear about his now-dead baby. And JR’s like yea yeah that was horrible and adds that her boss had said, “You killed the BABY!” and JR’s said, “You think THAT’S bad? Wait for it....” LOLOLOL #DEAD She’s SO f*cking funny. But I digress.
Q: Will Rhage be pardoned by the Scribe Virgin? JR: SV can’t get out of her own way. Tweet: “Keep reading on whether Rhage gets pardoned by the scribe virgin.”
Q: Will Darius and Murhder come back into the books? JR: Darius is NOT coming back. He’s kind of back in JM. I though Murhder was coming back in this book, but he didn’t. Probably the next book. Tweet: “When Murhder comes back, that re-tees JM/Xhex. And that's gonna be some shit. In Blood Kiss that fact that Butch fucked Xhex comes out.” (yup I TOTALLY forgot about that)
Someone comments about golden retriever hair found in their virtual signing book so JR apologizes*g*
Tweet: “Don't hold her to it, but she thinks Layla and Xcor will be after THE BEAST.”
JR: Lash will absolutely be back but we’re not there yet.
Q: will we learn more about Throe’s family? Then someone adds, “What’s the name of his sister again?” (trying to play it off as if it’s information that has already been given to us - sneaky bitch - I loved it!) JR: What was the name of his sister? “FUCK” and “YOU” LOLOLOL *cue the uproarious laughter
Q: Can bonds be unrequited? JR: Yes
Q: Will the humans find out about the vampires? JR: The shooting on the roof from way back when? We’re going to find out that it was YouTubed It’s coming out over the next few books.
Tweet: “Anything significant about Creag's parentage? Keep reading.”
Tweet: “We probably won't see Shellans joining the training camp.”
Tweet: "Lassiter will absolutely get a book." (My friend can only envision his mate as another male...Ditto.)
Tweet: “I think it's a LONG way off but I think Trez will fall in love again. Selena kind of gave him permission.”
JR: I think the “Cunt Devina” will be in Lash’s book.
Tweet: “Most fearsome male in the sack? Probably Rhage. Zsadist. Wrath....WRATH."
Tweet: “On Layla: ‘She needs to have those babies. We need to move that along.’” Agreed!
Q: When Rhage is flipping out, why didn’t his Beast step in and say, “Dude, calm the fuck down?” LOL JR: The Beast can’t talk.
Tweet: “Now that you turned my man into a crackhead is he going to need rehab? JR: Assail's going to be fine. He just needs his woman”
Tweet: “Why can't the Brothers smell Xcor on Layla?? She's pregnant that's why. But once she drops that load, that’s ova!”
Tweet: “The Brothers are going to rip the recruits new Assholes. Saxton's HEA will come in...Can't Answer. I'll get in trouble.”
Tweet: “Butch and Manny ARE connected. That baby daddy's been out there. (I think this is not new news right?)”
Tweet: “Will Lassiter hook up with a sister? Answer: Do you think a beautiful proud African American (woman) would put up with all that stuff?’ LOLOL!
JR can’t wait to see when Zsadist finds out Nala has a boyfriend.
Tweet: “On Butch and Xhex: "Butch was all UP in that shit. Dirty public sex. I think john Matthew will have a hard time with it." (from the back, against a bathroom sink, is consensus around me)
There’s lots of discussion and debate about Xhex’s sexual history and what JM does or doesn’t know (between JR and an audience member and also the audience with each other, whispering). Consensus with the girls sitting around me: V found out about Butch fucking Xhex and V got jealous (?!?!) For me, as I’ve completely forgotten about Butch f*cking Xhex, I’ve also completely forgotten about this “V jealously” thing as well.
JR: There would have been no HEA for Iam if Trez had stayed in the Fade.
Tweet: “JR's assistant: "I don't care what you have to do, no more deaths. If you kill one of Layla's babies, I'm going to f*cking kill you!!" (based on JR’s impression, assistant's tone/delivery was initially super sweet and sugary, but turned straight up angry demon at the “I’m going to f*cking kill you!!” part, LOL)
Q: Why did Qhuinn only see one baby? (lots of chatter around me about Qhuinn only seeing ONE baby with multi-colored eyes) JR jokes (I HOPE): I can’t answer but I’ve been told I’m not allowed to do that anymore. (alluding to my tweet about her assistant's threat)
Tweet: “Asked @Katiebab’s question: ‘will Saxton's HEA be one of the recruits?’ She did a cute little jig dance, ‘I know something YOU don't know!’” Tweet: “Then she said ‘I'm not telling you G*d damn thing. You're not gonna get ME in trouble.’”
Tweet: “Hollywood bought rights to The Bourbon Kings. BDB series being looked at again. But she thinks BDB would be so much $ to do right.”
JR refuses to comment when Liza asks about the sex of Layla’s babies.
Bourbon Kings signing likely in July and likely in Nashville. Blood Kiss signing in December.
Cute moment where she takes a live question from one of her VIP fans currently in Dubai and allows her answer to be videotaped for him. It’s the question about the Scribe Virgin. I only caught the stuff about deities losing power if no one worships you. JR goes into better detail on her Facebook transcript.
Q: Any chance of a women in the Brotherhood? JR: (Takes a suuupper long time for her to answer) Yes.
JR talks again about Rhage’s survivor guilt (for what happened to Mary/Mary getting to live/other shellans - Wellsie...Selena...not so much)
Audience member comments that she appreciates that unlike Tohr, Trez got some closure by speaking with Selena in the Fade.
Tweet: “Rhage and Mary and gonna have to work some things out. All that pre-Mary f*cking Rhage did? She thinks that's going to come up.” This lead to lots of audience moans and grumblings, of course. Then JR tried to reassure us to not worry, and that it would be fine. Then she hilariously added, pretending to be US speaking to her: “You have NO credibility; you’re a F*cking murderer; so F*CK you” LOLOL! (looking at JR’s chat transcript tonight, I think I misunderstood and that my tweet’s inaccurate....It’s not the PRE-Mary women that becomes an issue, but rather it’s the fact that he f*cked another woman when he was WITH Mary)
Legacy books will be more focused; more traditional HEA’s
Is that the same model from Poison Princess' cover that I didn't think was hot enough to be Jackson? I stand corrected because the longer side swept hair he's rocking now makes ALL the difference...My "head" Jack still reigns though ;)...more
Fever Series Scoop from Karen Marie Moning's June 22, 2013 Sarasota, Florida Fan Event
One of my book besties is at Karen Marie Moning's "Maniac" fan gFever Series Scoop from Karen Marie Moning's June 22, 2013 Sarasota, Florida Fan Event
One of my book besties is at Karen Marie Moning's "Maniac" fan gathering in Sarasota, Florida RIGHT NOW. During the Q&A, Ms. Moning told the crowd that Dani won't be 14 for much longer - she will be 17 in Burned! YAAAY!
Now this is me, not KMM talking: This is a DARK FANTASY fictional world so basically?...RYODAN CAN GET ON THAT! And I am dying for some Ryodan/Dani hooking up, ok? :) Deal with it.
Additional Updates from June 22, 2013: (YAY! girlfriend texted me more deets)
-We will learn more about Dancer. Dancer is NOT a part of the Unseelie King.
-We will learn more about the Nine, but the Nine will NOT be paired up like the Black Dagger Brotherhood series with books for each of them.
-We will get Mac's POV in Burned. KMM has TWO versions of Burned right now. She's trying to decide how she wants it to go. SHE PLANS TO WRITE 2 MORE MAC BOOKS AFTER DANI'S TRILOGY IS OVER, but those plans could change. The last 2 Dani books and 2 Mac books may get combined into 2 books....Then she may write 3 more Fever books...Depending on which way KMM goes in Burned, "we may get 4 more Fever books or 7 more Fever books."
(Huh????? I'm so bloody confused, lol - We're getting more Mac books? :) I didn't know but apparently my girlfriend already did. That's awesome!! But still, this "combo" book talk raises questions for me: Will the next two Mac books take place during the last two Dani books, but from Mac's POV? Well, no matter WHAT, I know the books are going to kick ass and be awesome and I'm ready to go where KMM takes me)
Had to talk it out with friends and work out the math: --"We may get 4 more Fever books" - means the 2 final books in Dani's trilogy (Burned and Flayed) PLUS 2 new Mac books --"Or we may get 7 more Fever books" - means the 2 final books in Dani's trilogy (Burned and Flayed) PLUS 2 new Mac books PLUS the "I may write 3 more Fever books" KMM mentioned today" <---We don't have any indication yet as to the H/h for those 3 additional Fever books she's contemplating.
-KMM won't say when Dani loses her V card!
-More of Mac AND Barrons in Burned.
-Someone in the audience asked KMM when she would free Cruce. KMM responded, "When would you like me to?" :)
-KMM asked the reader attendees why everyone was so pissed off about Jo and Ryodan. One person answered, "We're jealous!" another answered, "Jo's not good enough!" KMM responded by saying something like "ALL of us aren't good enough, but which one of you would say no to Ryodan?" Then an older women (maybe about 65 years old) at one of the tables raised her hand and said if Ryodan is waiting for Dani, he should not be cheating at all (not just with Jo), and then the women added "I want my shot with Ryodan!!" LOLOL!
-KMM will not be at Dragoncon 2013 (my girlfriend asked since KMM was originally slated for it in 2012). And KMM is also a "no" for RT 2014 in Nola (Darn! I was hoping on that one). She's asking for a year off.
Update June 24, 2013: (My girlfriend remembered a few additional tidbits from Saturday's event)
-Movie option for the Fever series has expired, but KMM is happy about that. She would rather have a Fever television series and have more control. She cited Game of Thrones as a good example of book-to-television. She also mentioned that TrueBlood has veered far off from Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series and how that’s something she would not want to happen with her Fever series.
-KMM also said she is not signing any more contracts. She hates being under deadline. She wants to put out a great story.
-A women in the audience asked KMM if men were intimidated by her. A man in the audience shouted “NO!” :)
(Me: George R.R. Martin and Charlaine Harris’ have very different contracts with HBO. Charlaine Harris is not a TrueBlood producer or writer, and she’s repeatedly stated in interviews that HBO doesn’t tell her how to write her books, and she doesn’t tell HBO how to write TrueBlood. In contrast, GRRM is a Game of Thrones producer and writer…which explains why the adaption is unparalleled and, in my opinion, television at its absolute finest. Author control of a film adaption a la E.L. James can happen, but I think E.L.’s background as a television producer was very helpful in maneuvering through Hollywood and demanding nothing less than what she wanted. And P.S.? I think hiring Sam Taylor-Johnson as the Fifty Shades Director was kind of brilliant)
If you haven't read Possession, there are major Fallen Angels spoilers. Some I wish I could unhear as I'm only about 25% through the book. It was a great event. Very relaxed. Maybe about 150 people? She personalized multiple items for everyone.
Many of the deets below have already been posted on JR's Facebook page. But some stuff was excluded, especially the additional details on s'Ex. And a few of her funny quips.
-Tohr's book fast forwarded the BDB world 1 year, so BDB and Fallen Angels books are no longer on the same timeline.
-It feels like forever, but Eddie's only been dead for 1-2 week.
-At the end of Possession, when Sissy goes into the mall and sees the guy with the long ponytail? That's not Eddie.
-Someone ACTUALLY wasted a question on "Is John Matthews Darius?" *sideeye*
-Lots of John Matthews in The King. Darius made the deal with the Scribe Virgin in order to have a relationship with his daughter...JR will use The King to show us what their relationship is like (Darius/John with Beth)...but JR added that "I can't put everything in there" Then JR quickly added under her breath, "That's what she said")...Audience uproar of laughter and JR was in tears...If you need some help on that one, JR was talking about Wrath's cock *g*
-She won't tell us the name of Beth and Wrath's baby.
-Why did Sissy stay on earth rather than go up to the mansion of souls? JR jokes Jim wouldn't be able to bang someone he liked...then gave serious answer that there are two souls left and it should be PAINFULLY obvious who the two souls are...Keep reading.
-The halos that Sissy sees identity The Soul In Play. (But Sissy and Jim still need to figure out the significance of the halos)
-The only way Havers is getting a mate is over JR's dead body.
-The Angels' house...Very interesting...Someone asked a really detailed questioned, talking about heavy drapes and vampire comment made in relation to that (I only 25% threw Possesion - I had no clue about what they were referring to)...I didn't catch everything, but basically, people wanted to know about the origins of the house. JR won't tell us about its origins right now. But she does tell us this: Eddie is in the attic...It's Eddie's sheer presence that's renovating the house.
-The crazy clock in the Angels' house? Some "mystical shit going on with the clock"
-If Eddie is able to regenerate the Angels' house, can Eddie can come back by regenerating himself? JR thought this question was way off.
-JR used Rehv's book - the first hardcover - to really go "balls-to-wall" and do what she wanted to do with the series. That's why it had a different feel to it.
-Is Devina a completely lost cause? J.R. "She ends up with Lash" (major screaming and applause ensued)...JR added, "Bitch needs a man and he needs some of that"
-It's about time for Muhrder to come back, but he's not in The King.
-The women that always asks about the Hoe Patrol and getting the Chosen laid :) She asked again today. JR says they're gonna get some, but not all at once *g*
-Trez very much into Selena, but she has issues
-Hardest scenes for JR to write? JR names several, including Rhage coming back into the bedroom and sitting on the edge of the bed...after he'd just banged another chick, Tohr listening to Wellsie's voice on the answering machine then the brothers appear to tell him she's dead, and Bella running out of the mansion screaming in Lover at Last as she realizes Zsadist is in the plane.
-Nigel is really and truly 100% DEAD. He did kill himself, but it was brilliantly done-->Nigel is always about the game, 1st and foremost, even before Collin. Now JR is worried about Collin....
-There's a followup question about Nigel popping back up? JR joked, "Bitch! What part of dead do you not under..." LOLOL!
-The Scribe Virgin favor that Wrath owes? It might have something to do with her return, but it must be something extraordinary to make her come back.
-JR refuses to tell us what BDB book will follow The King, but she does tell us the next Fallen Angels will is titled "Immortal"
-She now finally knows the answer to whether Lassiter's book will be a BDB book or a Fallen Angels book, but she won't tell us.
-Will there be a conthest between Xcor and Throe? Keep reading
-s'Ex is the Enforcer for the Queen of the Shadow. He's terrifying/awesome. JR is super excited about him, and now, I am, too. He wears a robe with a hood, like an executioner from the Middle Ages. Initially, you'll think he has a white tattoo all over his body. But actually, s'Ex has been injected with poison to prove his masculinity. The poison has turned his skin white, but some of his darker skin underneath shines through in some areas. The white/poision induced skin is all over, head to toe, because s'Ex is a badass and had the poison injected all over his body and endured so much pain to do so. JR tells us of this awesome conversion where I fell in love with him a little...s'Ex is having a conversation with iAm. He's trying to talk iAm out of doing something, and he lets him know, "If you do this, I'm going to murder your parents. I'm going to shave your mother's hair, tie her down, rape her, kill her, and then make what I do to your father make that seem like a cakewalk." s'Ex doesn't want to do this, but he will if iAm makes him. The conversation is about something iAm wants to do to get his brother back from Saheev? <--spelling? I had no idea on that last word, but that's what it sounded like :) JR is clearly in total lust with s'Ex :) JR added that she's happily married, but she "needs some of that"...This s'Ex stuff will be in The King.
-JR is a huge Duke fan - yes, he'll finish medical school.
-JR won't answer "Will Jim will have to take Nigel's place and who will be the new savior?"
-Question: I feel like we're gearing up for something big...Will we lose any of the Brothers in The King? J.R. looks troubled, starts to pace with her head down, then she says, "No - I can't..No" like she wants to answer and she's on the verge of answering...The questioner begs JR Ward not to kill her baby daddy. (JR is familiar with the question asker---she knows which Brother she is referring to when she says "baby daddy"...I unfortunately do not...More on that later)....People begin to BEG for an answer to this question....Then one of JR's people up front (Publisher? Beta Reader?) - I don't know who - but this person firmly yelled at JR, "WATCH IT!"...Then JR apologized to us and said she couldn't answer. Then the questioner started whining about her baby daddy, so JR reassured her, "I told you it's not your baby daddy - What The Fuck Girl?" LOL....
My personal speculating into this...The word choice..."it's not your baby daddy"...So if it's not the "baby daddy"/favorite Brother of the question asker...does the way she phrased her response imply that a Brother does die, just not this particular Brother? And also...who in the Hell is this "baby daddy?" :) Because clearly, this dude is apparently SAFE, so now I want to know who he is. So yeah, I feel the word choice in JR's response may have given something away. Hope I'm wrong though~
-Layla and Xcor DO hookup. I piggy-backed on someone else's question and added, "Just them?"...I had threesome with Throe on my mind. JR answered that Layla is "somebody's baby mama now"/she's not gonna do all that crazy kinky sex like JR's infamous dirty fireplace scene.
-Wolfen is a subspecies, like the Shadows.
-I heard the questioner ask, "Are Xcor and Tohr brothers?" - and JR pretended like she couldn't hear the question (basically a "Keep Reading" answer)...but on JR's facebook page, the wrote the question, "Are Xcor and Throe brothers"
-Duke is on the Possession cover
-There's talk about the BDB and Fallen Angels series catching up with each other. 2 options for end of FA series: (1) Jim loses (obviously not going to happen since BDB world is still around). (2) Jim wins, but is the end closed or open?...Different possibilities for Eddie... JR speculates - Can Eddie come back in FA book 7? Or will he be resurrected by Lassiter? She doesn't know.
-Assail is very much in The King. He's basically on a killing spree for the last quarter of The King, so much so JR worried it was too much. She likened all the kills to video game hits.
-Saxton has a huge role in The King. JR originally thought he would die, but now she thinks there's someone he ends up with (Yaaaaay!)
-The Twins are in The King. Their scenes are some of the funniest parts of the book.
-JR is almost finished with Rhage and Mary's novella.
-Payne's regenerating abilities create a problem for JR as a writer. If Payne can regenerate everyone, then the "stakes are in the shitter." So Payne has diminishing abilities (JR likens it to a draining battery). She laid her hands on George - he'll live for 900 years....Boo doesn't need Payne's abilities.
-JR Ward is doing a new series in a new universe. She refuses to answer whether this new series will be PNR (paranormal romance), but she does promise it'll have "plenty of good hard men."
-Muhrder never bonded with Xhex.
-Discussion about awesomeness of "Ad torturing Devina" scene and her ending up at her therapist as a result.
-When Jim told Sissy, "You're Mine", but that he'd regret telling her that - what was up with that? JR: Jim missed a soul because he's more focused on Sissy in this book, rather than saving everyone's soul.
-One question asker is creeped out by Jim/Sissy age difference. JR discusses how the wall has changed Sissy and how Sissy's suffering felt like an eternity to her. She might still have the bodyof a 19 year old, but she is not the same girl.
-Butch and Marissa news? - He's still hot. They're fine. She hopes to revisit them. Someone piggy backs - Any kids? JR says she doesn't know, then discusses how not everyone wants kids and that's fine.
-Same city for The King's book signing! March 29th at the Millenium Hotel (that's downtown). They're working on getting a block of rooms. After the Q&A session, one of JR's assistants said they're working on having some of their official merchandise there for purchase.....**If you were like me and got a case of the SADZ when you realized the bar at the back the Music Hall ballroom (Lover At Last signing) did not serve alcohol, Please Note: There is a bar at the Millennium Hotel :)
-Last question/answer was a doozy and a perfect way to end the Q&A "Will Beth have a human or vampire pregnancy? JR: I was completely surprised and shocked by the kind of pregnancy Beth has. Half breeds like Beth can "pull from both sides" "...what if there's a third option?"
Alien baby? I'm clueless. One of my girlfriends at the signing thought it meant Beth would have twins - one vampire and one human, and one is born later than the other one. I don't know, but we're having fun guessing :)...more
This author was rec'd by Kitty Thomas. Also? The Goodreads warning totally sold me :) "WARNING: If you like your romance sweet, your vampires gentle,This author was rec'd by Kitty Thomas. Also? The Goodreads warning totally sold me :) "WARNING: If you like your romance sweet, your vampires gentle, and your heroines flawless---this isn't for you. This is a dark, unconventional love story meant for readers who prefer morally ambiguous tales."
I DNF'd this audiobook. I only made it halfway through the 2nd of 9 discs. I was very bored and didn't enjoy the narration. It's a miracle that I evenI DNF'd this audiobook. I only made it halfway through the 2nd of 9 discs. I was very bored and didn't enjoy the narration. It's a miracle that I even made it to disc 2. I'm going to just stick with the movie on this one...
Since I didn't even come close to finishing it, I didn't rate it. I'm not sure about the mechanics of the Goodreads rating system. Will not rating it at all default with 0/5 stars, and hurt the book's overall rating? If so, I will move this to my "to-read" shelf. ...more
If there was ever going to be a book to make me make good on my New Year’s resolution to update Goodreads more...it was goiI want his Russian Filth :)
If there was ever going to be a book to make me make good on my New Year’s resolution to update Goodreads more...it was going to be this book. I need an intervention. It’s barely been out 1 month; I’ve already read it twice; and I’m dying to do it again...It was THAT kind of awesome.
#10 (Malkom and Carrow) was one of the best in the IAD series, so Cole had already proven that she can still crank out the hits. And while I also loved #11, I wanted more pages dedicated to hot Regin and Declan smut. So for Lothaire, the ultimate, witty, scene-stealing bad boy, who often had the best lines in other Loreans’ stories, the expectations were extremely high. I was hella nervous, almost afraid to ask my speed-demon reading girlfriends what they thought. And what does Kresley Cole do? She gives me one of the hottest and entertaining PNR books I’ve ever read. And also one of the funniest books I’ve ever read, in any genre.
To pair the arrogant vampire with a human girl born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains resulted in comedy bliss, like Lothaire and Ellie’s discussion on why she can’t possibly be his fated mate:
"Because fate would not slight me so unspeakably. I'd seek a noon-day sun if I were paired with one such as you." "Such as me," she repeated blandly. She'd been mocked too often over her lifetime to take offense. Her skin was as thick as armor. "Yes, you. An ignorant, mortal Kmart checkout girl." He took the sharpest knife from his place setting, absently turning it between his left thumb and forefinger. "Kmart? I should have been so lucky. Those jobs were hard to come by. I worked at my uncle's outfitter shop." "Then you're even worse. You're an outfitter checkout girl with aspirations for Kmart."
I. F*cking. DIED. And there are just countless moments and interactions like this throughout the book. Even during an immediate re-read of Lothaire, I found myself laughing just as hard the 2nd time around.
And wow....The Sex...There was no formula here. No major impediment to the “big claiming scene” that doesn’t come until the end. NO. There was wicked hot sex throughout. This is the HOTTEST IAD book, period. Loved the love scenes, including the creative feeding. Whoever works for her publisher, Gallery, and ok’d this? Needs to stay assigned to Cole’s books.
The Audiobook. Let me tell you, I don’t care if you have the hardcover already. Get the audiobook, too, just so you can hear narrator Robert Petkoff’s killer job on Lothaire’s Russian filth. The way he...[excuse me]...*fanning myself*....There’s reading “F*ck! Hot little piece!” and “Fuck Elizavetta!” on the pages of a book...and then there’s hearing Petkoff’s renditions that are so good, you think to yourself, “did things get awkward in the recording studio?” He’s that good. In full disclosure, I’m not a huge fan of Petkoff’s IAD heroine voices, but his Scottish Lachlain and his Russian Lothaire are so fantastic they more than make up for his girl voices, which in my opinion, sound a little too much like a guy trying to sound like a girl.
Nucking Futs Nix. Very touching and revealing moments between Nix and Lothaire. Getting to learn about their entire history was a welcome surprise and part of what made this book so perfect and complete. Lothaire stayed true to character, deadly and sinister, all the way through to the very last line! The only thing that bothered me in this book was Ellie's nickname for Lothaire. I wanted to strangle her after she butchered up his name like that...other than that? Perfection. I’ve always listed IAD as my 2nd favorite PNR series. I think Lothaire pushed it to the top.