Mac was acting silly in this one. She would pretend to pout and stomp her feet when she didnt get her way. And there was also lots of giggling. I real...moreMac was acting silly in this one. She would pretend to pout and stomp her feet when she didnt get her way. And there was also lots of giggling. I really cant see a powerful and successful man like Matt being into a woman who is so silly, whether pretend or real.(less)
I really loved Maximus in this one. He was so serious in all his earlier appearances so I was so happy to get to know him better. Artemis as well. She...moreI really loved Maximus in this one. He was so serious in all his earlier appearances so I was so happy to get to know him better. Artemis as well. She was always in the shadows and once she got some focus she was so much more amazing than I would have guessed.
I am looking forward to to Apollo's book, and I am glad when I learned at the end of this one that he is friends with Asa Makepeace. I have really been missing the Makepeace family lately. I feel like they are central to the story but they havent been in the past few books. Maybe Asa will get his own book some day. I would also really love for Phoebe to get her own book, and if the series last long enough for him to grow up, maybe one day we can have a Joseph Tinbox book. Is it weird that I think he could make a very dashing sailor? :P (less)
Oh! This is definitely my favourite in the series so far. My goodness! Perhaps it deserves more of a 4.5/5. It was a bit uncomfortable at first readin...moreOh! This is definitely my favourite in the series so far. My goodness! Perhaps it deserves more of a 4.5/5. It was a bit uncomfortable at first reading about Temperance and Silence's brother. Like first reading about Meghan's little brother in The Lost Prince, but worse (or better, depending on how you look at it) since there is sex in this one.
But it wasnt even about the sex. It never really is in these books for me. It is just like an accent to the story. The gravy but not the meat. But in this one I hardly even remember the sex. It was actually pretty awkward because Winter was a virgin, but it is his passion in their daily interactions that I will remember. When she first rescued him, during their tutors lessons, when they met again at the opera. Oh my goodness the heat was just burning off of them! There were so many scenes where my heart was beating so hard that I was feeling a little light-headed. Including the final chapter, of course. That was such an amazing scene. *happy sigh*
And I love Winter. He ended up being so complex. He is my new favourite hero of the series, as well as this being my favourite book. Mickey was my previous favourite, but now I think it is Winter, Mickey, Caire, Griffin. Not that there is anything wrong with Griffin, but the others are just spectacular. But although I have nothing against Isabel, my favourite heroine would still be Hero or Silence.
I have now caught up to the one book in this series I read last year, Lord of Darkness. But I will be re-reading it to keep continuity. Plus, I may enjoy it more now that I know so much more about these people. I am very much looking forward to it even if I am tempted to jump to Duke of Midnight. Each book ends with an epilogue that tells you who will be featured in the next book, and when I finished Lord of Darkness it left me wanting to read Duke of Midnight so badly! But it wasnt released yet at the time, and I thought I should read the first 4 book first before moving forward. And now I am almost done and I am so excited and anxious at the same time!(less)
I think Mickey is my favourite hero in this series so far. I love the way he is described as so pretty, with curly black hair. I love pretty men. :) I...moreI think Mickey is my favourite hero in this series so far. I love the way he is described as so pretty, with curly black hair. I love pretty men. :) I also love funny men, and I think he was kinda funny.
This was a great story, and I am sooo excited for Winter's book!!!(less)
This is another great addition to this series. I think I am gonna try to binge read this series. I dont do that often. The only other series I have bi...moreThis is another great addition to this series. I think I am gonna try to binge read this series. I dont do that often. The only other series I have binge read is the New Species series by Laurann Dohner. I find I love the series where each book is about a different couple who you have already gotten to know well. Some series follow couples who we only saw in one scene or something. But in this series we know them a lot better than that by the time they get their own book, and it really encourages me to keep reading and to get there for the characters that I have already grown to know. The same goes for New Species.
I dont feel the need to write a full review for this book since I feel very similar for it as I do for the others. I did find some trouble feeling attached to the characters at first. I felt that their relationship was a bit rushed in the beginning, and I was bothered by the fact that Hero was already engaged. But the book was long enough that as time passed it all came together well. I was even happy for Thomas and Levinia despite hating him for hitting Hero.
I enjoyed Hero. It was interesting to see that the heroine was the more jaded one than the hero for once. Usually it is the other way around in historicals. Even though Griffin was still the rake, he had no problem admitting he loved Hero once it happened.
I am very excited to read Silence's story, and I am really curious who the Ghost of St. Giles is. I learned from reading Lord of Darkness that there is more than one. For awhile there in book 1 and 2 I thought it was Winter, but he honestly seemed confused about it at the end of this one. It could still end up being him later. I shall see soon enough if I continue to power through this series. (less)
This book is amazing and unique like absolutely nothing I have read before. It starts with this dedication:
"For all those who didn't want a story about a man who acted like a caveman, but a story about an actual caveman!"
Shay Savage also proceeds to explain to us that Ehd is not a real form of caveman. He is not historically accurate. He looks like a homo-sapien, but he has absolutely no ability to communicate through language or signs. So you have to be able to suspend your disbelief.
The entire book, minus the epilogue, is written in Ehd's first-person POV, so that is another reason to suspend your disbelief. He cant form a sentence or understand anything that Elizabeth, Beh, says to him, but he can think very eloquently. Although, I can accept that this is what he sees and feels, if he were able to describe it. But perhaps it would have been better written in third-person POV. Either 1st or 3rd, I love that it is solely from Ehd's POV, it gives us such a unique perspective. When we first meet Elizabeth, its clear she is from the future from the way that Ehd describes her jeans and eyeshadow, but we have no idea where she came from or who she was. I suspected she was young because of the blue and pink eyeshadow. She yells and shouts at Ehd when he takes her back to his cave, but we have no idea what she is saying. I can imagine why she is afraid, but we can only guess from Ehd's observations. As time passes, we know exactly how Ehd feels about her. How she has become his #1 priority. How everything he does is the provide for her and protect her. But we can only guess how Beh feels, as Ehd does. She isn't afraid of him anymore, but she sometimes cries, and we can assume it is because she is homesick, but we don't know. Ehd thinks she must be missing her family. She must have gotten lost in the forest and separated from her tribe so he just hugs her and rocks her till she stops crying.
"I want her to be here with me. I want her to be close to me as I work or fish, and I want her to lie next to me in the furs at night. In my mind, she is with me always and forever. Finally, its clear to me that I want her for more than children."
Elizabeth tries to teach Ehd a few words but it just does not work. Apparently, among Ehd's people, people have designated sounds. So, when she tries to teach him her name, the best he can come up with is Beh. When he first tries to mate with her she yells no so he learns that that is a bad sound. When she makes that sound she is mad. Even though in the future she uses the word in innocuous ways, he always thinks it means she is mad. She eventually tries to teach him the word kiss, the best he can come up with is khzz, and he knows that if he makes that sound she will kiss him, but I don't think he understands that the sound is the kiss. And lastly, she tries to teach him the word love. The best he can come up with is luff, and I don't think he understands that sound at all. But he knows that when he makes it, it makes her smile, and he loves to see her smile. So, in a way, when he says it to her he is doing exactly what the word intends, and showing her that he loves her. *swoon*
"In the darkness of the cave, there is a light inside her eyes that makes my heart beat faster. I know the emotions I see there are also reflected in my own gaze though I have never felt this way before. Beh softly repeats the same three sounds, followed by my name-sound."
The relationship between Ehd and Beh is just so amazing. The fact that they cannot communicate means that all their love has to be shown through actions. Ehd is always trying to provide for her. Hunting, fishing, collecting wood. Beh cooks for him, bathes him, brushes his hair. Its all so basic but effective and beautiful. I felt and saw their love so much that I cried often. There was so much love that it was just bursting out of me. And I don't just mean a little bit of tears. I mean have a box of tissues handy. It wasn't quite ugly crying either, but at one part I was gasping and I had to put the book down for awhile to recover.
Although there was a lot of sex at the beginning of their relationship, enough to probably garner an erotica label, it isn't all about the fast, passionate stage of their relationship. The book covers their entire life together and eventually the sex is no longer described, as their life expands and begins to encompass so much more. Its too large-scale and epic of a love story to really be an erotica. It surpasses what that label can contain. It is one of the greatest love stories I have ever read.
"If she doesn't wake up, then I will just lie with her until I don't wake up either." (less)
This one left me wondering what McKayla sees in Matt. I really liked him for the first two novels. But now I am not sure. I cant believe she slept wit...moreThis one left me wondering what McKayla sees in Matt. I really liked him for the first two novels. But now I am not sure. I cant believe she slept with him again even though she broke it off because he refused to have a serious relationship. She couldnt stay away. Have some control woman! He is giving you nothing! But then he gives mixed signals by showing up at the hospital to comfort her after her mother is in a car accident. Hmmm.(less)
This continues to be interesting, but so brief. I find Matt interesting even though he seems to be treating McKayla so badly. He seems to be in some s...moreThis continues to be interesting, but so brief. I find Matt interesting even though he seems to be treating McKayla so badly. He seems to be in some sort of emotional pain. But I am still glad that she told him it was over. He needed a reality check. I hope she doesnt give in to his sexiness again unless he tells her what the hell is going on and gives her a chance at a real relationship.(less)