Each book in this series has gotten better and longer. I think the author is getting more attached to her series and wanting to expand it. This is the...moreEach book in this series has gotten better and longer. I think the author is getting more attached to her series and wanting to expand it. This is the best one so far. I love how tormented Liam is and how he doesnt think he deserves a mate. And like his twin, Rory, he was friends with his mate before he realized it was her. But unlike his brother's mate, she knew that she was his mate. But she didnt tell him to protect him from the mages. I also like how the author changed things up for the mating ceremony, because I said in my last review that they were starting to all seem the same.
I am looking forward to the last book in this series. At first I was wondering why there was a fifth book with someone named Daric, since there are only four Hale brothers. But now that I know who he is, it should be good.(less)
I think I liked this one best so far. Nathan is the oldest and most serious of the brothers. Also the most controlling. I think its great that his mat...moreI think I liked this one best so far. Nathan is the oldest and most serious of the brothers. Also the most controlling. I think its great that his mate is also a little controlling and doesnt always let him get his way. :P Although the stuff with the mages felt kind of contrived. But it is a novella so it isnt easy to develop the story to its best with so little pages. Also, with a mating scene at the end of each book, it might get kind of hard to make them all unique. They are starting to seem kind of the same. (less)
This one actually had a little bit more of a romance to it than Ethan's Mate did. I liked the fact that Rory and Callie were friends before he realize...moreThis one actually had a little bit more of a romance to it than Ethan's Mate did. I liked the fact that Rory and Callie were friends before he realized that she was his mate. It was really cute how much he cared for her even though he had absolutely no sexual desire until he touched her.
So Rory was the fun brother, and I usually enjoy those. Next is Nathan, the darkest of the brothers. The one who probably needs the love most. I look forward to that one too.(less)
These books are pure smut. There isnt much else to it. A series where the vampire mythology gives each vampire a mate who is distinguishable by a mark...moreThese books are pure smut. There isnt much else to it. A series where the vampire mythology gives each vampire a mate who is distinguishable by a mark that matches the vampire's family crest. And once they find their mate they have to claim them in an almost violent mating ritual which is witnessed. Yeah, it sounds like it is just trying to hit all the marks to be a smut, and thats it. The first two I have read so far had little to no romance. But they are short easy reads and I dont have time to read a full length book right now, so I am probably gonna finish off this series anyway. (less)
I think this may be my favourite Vampire Warrior Kings book because I loved Henrik, plus I like the idea that Kaira was sort of kidnapped. :P I get a...moreI think this may be my favourite Vampire Warrior Kings book because I loved Henrik, plus I like the idea that Kaira was sort of kidnapped. :P I get a thrill out of that sort of story. Although I did find that their love did not seem to develop as naturally as the others, and this is the first book in the series not to actually show the bonding ceremony, which I would have preferred. (less)
I enjoyed this one more than Poisoned Web, and almost as much as Tangled Web. The thing I loved so much about book, and that this one also had, was th...moreI enjoyed this one more than Poisoned Web, and almost as much as Tangled Web. The thing I loved so much about book, and that this one also had, was the tension and level of danger in Galerius' mmission. The scene in the tunnels at the end really had my heart racing.
Galerius and Claudia were as strong characters as the previous leads, and I cant really say who my favourites are. I love them all. I think I may have a soft spot for the brooding Galerius though. I am so happy that he got his HEA. He deserved it. So did Claudia. Its hard to believe that she is the same person who was trying to steal the Emperor from Azurha in book one.
The story in this one was well developed and I loved see Galerius' slowly unraveling Hostilius' plot. And the romance was perfectly paced. At first I was thinking it was all just sex, but before I knew it I could see their relationship developing into something so much deeper. It may have been too long since I read Tangled Web (exactly one year ago), but I think perhaps the relationship between Galerius and Claudia is my favourite of the series. The make a perfect pair.
I absolutely adore the beautiful world Crista McHugh created for this series, and although I think the story is done being told, she could always write more set in the Deizian Empire, and I would not be apposed to that. :) A story about Marcus would be nice.
I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.(less)
So this was the final installment of this amazing series, and it was a great way to go. This series has always been non-stop action and thrills, with...moreSo this was the final installment of this amazing series, and it was a great way to go. This series has always been non-stop action and thrills, with dozens of characters and constant changing of settings. So much is going on that it feels like an Urban Fantasy. But with the amount of romance in it, it also feels like a PNR.
I love McKenzie as a heroine. She held her own against the fae. She couldnt beat them in a fight, but she could keep her wits about her, and she was never afraid to do what she had to for the fae she sided with. But her number one trait, is the fact that she made a decision in regards to the love-triangle at the end of book 1, and she never went back. She never regretted it. She never even bent a little bit. Even though she may have loved them both once, she will never betray the one that she chose. More YA heroines need to be more like her.
I love this fae world and the idea of shadow readers and the fae powers. It was a combination of the familiar fae world and the new. Basically I feel the exact same about this book as I did the first two in the series. Either of my other reviews could be applied to this one. I highly recommend this book to fans of fae, strong heroines, and action-packed romance.
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Ace, in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I havent read a lot of Urban Fantasy in the past, but I saw this on NetGalley and I decided to try it because the premise sounded unique, and I read a...moreI havent read a lot of Urban Fantasy in the past, but I saw this on NetGalley and I decided to try it because the premise sounded unique, and I read a lot of PNRs, and how different can that be from UF, really. UF is a pit more mature, darker, more violent, and a little less romantic. But I still loved this book, it was a lot of fun, action-packed, and still a little romantic. I love John. He was so funny and just a fascinating person, after everything he has been through that he turned out the way that he has. Sad and cynical but still full of jokes and willing to fight for a future for himself.
This book was really cleverly written. I loved all the characters, and the dialogue, and the way that John's narration knew it was a narration, and would sometimes address the readers directly. There were so many wonderful, quotable moments. A large amount of this book is highlighted on my Kindle.
But I should be more specific. I loved all the characters beside Dvornik. He was a complete "ass-hat", as John called him. It really bugs me that I dont understand how he ever had a relationship with Sig. Its not just that I dont like him, but I dont think it was explained well enough. I really dont get it and it took away from my enjoyment of the book a bit. I wish their relationship had somehow been made more believable.
The romance in this really surprised me, since there usually isnt a lot of romance in UFs. There wasnt as much as in the average PNR, but it was still romantic and totally cute. I loved the way that John and Sig acted like teenagers around each other. Probably because of the fact that Sig already had a boyfriend, it made them shy and hesitant, like teenagers who are afraid of admitting their feelings. I am really looking forward to what will happen between them now. I will definitely be reading the next book in this series!
ARC provided by NetGalley on behalf of Orbit Books, in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I still love this series and the complex world Adrian Phoenix created. I love it as much as I did after reading book 1, A Rush of Wings, and being tot...moreI still love this series and the complex world Adrian Phoenix created. I love it as much as I did after reading book 1, A Rush of Wings, and being totally blown away. And I love Heather, and Dante, and Lucien more and more with each book. But I am giving this a 3.5/5 because I feel like the story is really getting drawn out.
Its just been a constant stream of Dante being kidnapped and tortured by vampires, psychopaths, evil angels, the government, other branches of the government, eviler angels, etc, etc. I am really getting tired of it. I guess this is all leading towards pushing Dante into becoming the Great Destroyer and then probably being saved by Heather, but I dont like seeing quite so much of it. Its starting to all seem the same.
Although the more Dante is tortured and pushed to his limits, the more I love him. I LOVE DANTE SO MUCH!!! But its not even in a swoony book-boyfriend kind of way. I just love him so much as a person and admire his strength. I sort of have two separate lists of favourite heroes in my head. One is book boyfriends, and one is just heroes--male leads whose romantic relationship, or lack thereof, has no effect on my love for them. Dante would be on the latter, along with heroes like Ender and Eragon. But make no mistake, I am most certainly swooning and drooling ALL OVER his daddy. ↓↓↓↓↓↓↓↓ (At least, this is how I imagine him in my head)
I love Lucien and I look forward to seeing him protect his son further, now that Leviathon has awakened. I also want to learn more about Annie's baby. That wasnt really addressed at all in this book. Is Annie the only one who knows who the father is? As well as the father. He seemed to have figured it out real quick. Things could get interesting. But please, dont focus the next book on kidnappings and failed rescue attempts! It took all of this book for Heather to track down Dante after he was kidnapped at the end of the last one. It was so frustrating!
Edit: I contacted the author and she said that the end of the series is not in sight for her. That she will continue writing the series as long as she can keep the story interesting. I guess I can live with that. Not like I really wanna leave these characters yet anyway. (less)
At the very beginning of this story, Raleigh wakes up in the trunk of a car next to her friend's body. They were hit by a drunk driver who, along with two others, put them in the trunk of their car to dispose of the bodies, not realizing she was still alive. Once they realize she is still alive they lock her in their basement while they try to figure out what to do with her. Kaden, one of her kidnappers, stands up for her against the ringleader, Ray. He keeps some of her secrets, prevents the others from raping her, gives her food, and he eventually makes it clear that he wants more from her. She agrees in exchange for his continued protection. But things get complicated when feelings get involved and they both begin to want so much more than their situation can allow.
"You protected me and gave me reason to hope..."
Kaden is certainly not free of guilt in this. He has done some terrible things to Raleigh, worse than Ray in a way. And at first I assumed any feelings he had for her were the result of delusion and instability, and any feeling she may have had for him were the result of Stockholm and fear. But as time went on I could not believe that I was beginning to see Kaden in a new light, and by the end of the book I felt like they really did love each other, which has me really surprised. I really, really enjoyed seeing the incredibly unique way I was brought to this point. I have never read anything like this before; it was a memorable experience and it had me crying in a few places. The constant inner battle I had with myself, warring over whether or not what they were doing was healthy, whether or not I should be wanting it to happen at all. It was a wonderful experience and I definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fan of unconventional romances.
"Against my better judgement and sense, I love you..."
Just FYI, this is not a BDSM as it is currently labeled. There is violence and abuse as a result of the kidnapping, but nothing else. Although there is some semi-graphic sex. Maybe about the same level as an NA novel. Although this is not NA. Both leads are grown adults. (less)
I really enjoyed this book and still love the world of the Deizian Empire. Modius and Izana make a great pair and I just loved them together. Izana wa...moreI really enjoyed this book and still love the world of the Deizian Empire. Modius and Izana make a great pair and I just loved them together. Izana was such an interesting character. I loved how confidently she seduced Modius despite being a slave. She was a very strong woman, but she was very different from Azruha. She wasnt physically capable, but she was incredible brave and self-sacrificing. Willing to do anything for the people she cared about and the empire.
Modius was a great character too. He was both highly educated and physically capable due to his previous military training. But he was also so loving. I think that was probably my favourite thing about him. How easily he accept Izana and opened his heart to her. He had no hesitation due to the fact that she was a slave.
This story wasnt as action-packed and intensely suspenseful as Tangled Web, but it was still a great part of the story of the Deizian Empire that is told in this trilogy, and I cant wait to read Galerius and Claudia's story. I really didnt expect the last story to be about them. I was thinking it would be about Marcus. But I definitely look forward to learning more about the glowering Galerius and seeing Claudia redeem herself.
I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.(less)
This book was just as amazing and epic as Guardian of Time, but also so different!
This is set 400 years after the events of Guardian of Time. It may h...moreThis book was just as amazing and epic as Guardian of Time, but also so different!
This is set 400 years after the events of Guardian of Time. It may have just been too long since I read it, but I dont remember it being mentioned that Margariete and Raeylan had such long lifespans. They spent the last 400 years searching for Esilwen, traveling the shards, many of which had advanced technology. So when we meet Margariete and Raeylan again, they are already somewhat familiar with technology and aren't completely out of their depths. And we also meet Kyleren. I missed Kyle in Guardian of Time, and was glad to see that this book was his story. And I expected to see how he ended up with Margariete. Unfortunately they didnt get that far. I am glad that their relationship is one that grows over time. It will get more time and focus than Raeylan and Esilwen, but I was still a little sad to see them hating each other to begin with. Its like Daemon and Katy without the random hot make-out sessions. Just lots of glaring and smart-mouthing. I look forward to seeing their relationship grow to what it was in Phoenix Angel. I am just worried about the chronological placement of the next book. Dont skip another 400 years! I have to see them falling in love!
The magic and mythology in this series grows even more complex in this book, with so much depth and more of Kirion's plans revealed. Its so hard to believe he is the same person as Carter from book 1. But I enjoy a villain who isnt black & white. There's a lot more to what is going on than just "evil". I am usually hesitant to start a long series, and I was skeptical when I heard that this series was planned as 6 books, but now I know that the story will need at least that many books, and I wouldnt want it to be shorter anyways. I love all these characters so much. Margariete, Raeylan, Esilwen, and Kyleren. Even Kirion and Farrelblade in a weird way. And the new introduction of Gene. He was kinda funny in his awkward way and I hope he sticks around.
This story encompasses more than all of the known universe, it spans millenniums, and features elves, gods, kings, assassins, and genetically engineered soldiers. There is no way that it wont have something for you!
I would like to thank the authors for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.(less)
I was expecting to like this more than Mirrorlight, but I didnt. At least in this one they could speak and had somewhat of a relationship along with t...moreI was expecting to like this more than Mirrorlight, but I didnt. At least in this one they could speak and had somewhat of a relationship along with the sex. But they had sex before even speaking. That must have been one horny soldier, to just have sex with the first woman he sees after being awoken. Good thing she didnt mind.
But I also preferred the story of Arik (I think that was his name) and his background and how he had to be saved from his time, over Titus and having to be saved from the curse of being a statue. Arik was more interesting and tragic imo.
These stories are brief smut. The relationships really have no time to develop and are only an accent to the sex, so go into this with the right mindset.(less)
This is more like 2.5/5. The first 100 pages or so were good. I laughed a good deal, although not as much as I expected. The banter was good, and I co...moreThis is more like 2.5/5. The first 100 pages or so were good. I laughed a good deal, although not as much as I expected. The banter was good, and I could see their relationship going places. But it didnt. It stagnated for so long. Why the hell did they decide to be just friends? I dont get it. They knew how much they liked each other. It was frustrating and so drawn out. I stopped reading at about 35% and started skimming.
Like most ppl I was annoyed by the way she personified her ability to orgasm. It was just weird, but luckily she didnt refer to it too often and I could forget about it most of the time. It didnt ruin the book for me. What ruined the book for me was that it was so damn long! Needlessly long. The middle 300 pages of this book were the same. All you really need to read is the first 100 and last 100 pages and you get the whole story.
This is a lame review but I am just ready to move on.(less)
I loved how in this book the hero did not corrupt the heroine. In the first two books there was a lot of sex, and excuses for not being able to be together or marry until the very end. In this one, Simon and Lucy marry less than half way through the book and dont have sex until after. I liked seeing that their relationship could be so intense and passionate without being scandalous or forcing Lucy to give up her principles.
But the whole conflict of the book seemed a bit pointless to me. Why did Simon have to duel? Why did he find it so absolutely necessary? Even de Raaf told him it was not worth losing his wife over, but still he would not stop. Until he did. He just suddenly came to the realization that he did not enjoy it and had lost his taste for blood. For no apparent reason. I really thought Lucy would save him in the end. That she would run out into the duel at the last moment and say something profound that would finally snap him out of it. But she didnt. She had nothing to do with it. It seemed like such a waste. I was also sad that Simon lost his friendship with Christian. But besides his stupid dueling I loved Simon. He was so much more fun than the other two heroes in this series. And I also enjoyed Lucy for being so incorruptible, despite the husband she chose for herself. :P(less)
I would like to give this 3.5/5. When I asked for recommendations for High Fantasy Romance, this is not exactly what I had in mind. Romance was about...moreI would like to give this 3.5/5. When I asked for recommendations for High Fantasy Romance, this is not exactly what I had in mind. Romance was about 2% of this book. This was a High Fantasy court intrigue through and through, with a touch of magic.
I really liked the main character, Cazaril. He was intelligent, loyal, humble, unusually kind and selfless, determined, and brave when fighting for who and what he believed in. But as a love interest? He was not at all what I look for in a love interest. He was bookish, quiet, and sickly. He was also 16 years older than his love interest.
The romance in this was by no means a focus. There were a few random moments that were enough to make it known that Cazaril had feelings for Betriz, but it was not an epic love. It was a common love. The kind that is good in real life, but not in books. In books its rather disappointing. Its the kind of love that is mostly respect and fondness. The kind that results when a modest girl finds a good husband who will take care of her and provide for her.
The story was somewhat epic though. The story of Cazaril, the most loyal servant anyone could ever ask for, risking life and limb, risking his very soul, facing long avoided enemies, and traveling across mountains and countries to protect his mistress and free her family from the shadow of a curse. And of course, Cazaril is not particularly imposing or physically capable. The fact that he can barely walk and usually vomits after a day on horseback perhaps makes it more impressive that he does it at all.
So, if you cannot tell by now, I think that Cazaril carried this book, but even he wasnt enough to make me care about the "romance", if you can even call it that. All in all, it was engaging, if a bit slow. I was very invested in his character, and it had a pleasing HEA. But I will not be continuing the series, or perhaps, ever reading any more books by this author. They are not really up my alley. (less)
I ended up enjoying this a lot more in the end. The first half of the book was so slow that I was struggling through it and thought there was no way I...moreI ended up enjoying this a lot more in the end. The first half of the book was so slow that I was struggling through it and thought there was no way I was going to enjoy it as much as book one. But the second half of the book really picked up and ended up being better than book 1. So it evens out and I am giving it the same rating.
Overall I dont think I care enough about this series to give it a proper review, but I love the depth of emotion that everyone has in this series. How much Rain and Ellysetta love and need each other. How much Gaelan loves and cares for his sister. How much Gaelen and Bel care for Ellysetta. The Fey are full of so much devotion.
(view spoiler)[I am so glad that Rain and Ellysetta are finally married. Their need to resist each other was getting pretty tedious, as was the wedding planning. Although that was her mother's fault. As much as I hated Lauriana and as glad as I am that she is dead and out of the story, I still cried at her funeral. I think I was crying for Lorelle and Lillis. I cant wait to see Rain and Ellysetta complete their bond. I assume it will be pretty epic. I also really want the Fey to find out about Shannisorran and Elfeya. (hide spoiler)]
I am going to be taking some time off this series. I wont be ordering King of Sword and Sky from my library right away. I would probably frustrate myself too much, knowing that book 3 wont progress as much as I'd like. But I look forward to reading it some time in the future. At the right time to appreciate it.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I found this extremely slow until the last 50 pages or so. I was so bored that I would put it down for days before going back to it. From the time I s...moreI found this extremely slow until the last 50 pages or so. I was so bored that I would put it down for days before going back to it. From the time I started it until I finished it, I had read four other books in between. There was nothing bringing me back except determination.
An obvious problem was that Ellie was a horrible person. Ugh, I really hated her, till the end. She was so selfish and didnt care who she hurt. It was disgusting. I didnt really like Camden either. I mean, I love his look, but sometimes he kinda scared me. Like that scene by the pool when he flipped out because she refused to wear a bikini. Its like he was trying to be "the man" or something, but it just came across as a bit schizo.
I'm still Team Camden though. I wouldnt have known I had to say that and would have thought that it was obvious after reading this book. But I have seen some girls saying they were Team Javier, so I figured I should specify too. Javier is a murder-suicide waiting to happen. And the sex in this was not very romantic. I prefer sex to be more meaningful. I wont be reading book #2.(less)
I enjoyed the concept of this, but it moved way too fast, and I really hated Muffin. I know not everyone can write a romance in less than 100 pages as...moreI enjoyed the concept of this, but it moved way too fast, and I really hated Muffin. I know not everyone can write a romance in less than 100 pages as well as Laura Kaye, but I really had trouble believing their relationship. Their second meeting and she strips for him, their third and they have sex. And these meetings are brief, so nothing else really happens besides the stripping and the sex. Plus they cant speak to each other. I think this would have been much improved if they could speak and had a few conversations at least.
As I said, I also hated Muffin, and Muffin is the one thing, beside time travel, that links the books in this series together. She really bothered me and brought the book down IMO. But it was brief and I really enjoyed the concept. I love romance and time travel and this is the lowest rated in the series, so I intend to give the rest of the series a try.(less)
I didnt end up enjoying this as much as I thought I would in the beginning, but it was still pretty awesome. I think that the series will focus on the...moreI didnt end up enjoying this as much as I thought I would in the beginning, but it was still pretty awesome. I think that the series will focus on the same story for all 5 books as it slowly develops. Not a lot actually happened in this one as it set up a lot for later, and maintained its focus on Ellysetta and Rain as their relationship develops, also slowly.
I really enjoyed this world, their form of magic, and the concept of truemates. But the story wasnt as epic or engaging as I had expected, and there was no clear climax or resolution. It just ended. As I said, I expect this series to be one story spread out over 5 books, so I am sure it will get better later.
Not that it wasnt already great. It has a lot of characters and a large world that I loved, and Ellysetta and Rain are great and I cant wait to read more about them. (less)
This book was so great and a perfect ending to Korum and Mia's story. I was amazed by the Korum POV content. I was surprised by all his inner workings...moreThis book was so great and a perfect ending to Korum and Mia's story. I was amazed by the Korum POV content. I was surprised by all his inner workings. He is really an extraordinary man and I love him so much. I loved him before but mostly because of how mysterious and deliciously intimidating he was. But now that I know what is inside of him I just melt. His world revolves around Mia. He would and has done almost anything for her. Her wish is his command. I love how it was said that the greatest force for peace between the Ks and humanity is Korum's love for Mia. Wow! Thats some Homer sh*% right there!
"Her huge blue eyes ... made him want to slay dragons..."
Korum and Mia's relationship is amazing and tumultuous and I loved seeing it come all this way. It was the HEA to end all HEAs. Not only were they happy and in love and going to live HEA, but then they (view spoiler)[discover a way to restore Mia's memories (hide spoiler)]. And as if that werent enough, Korum's gotta (view spoiler)[go and propose! And then they have the biggest wedding in the history of Earth and Krina (hide spoiler)]! Then they find out (view spoiler)[that they can have children (hide spoiler)]!? OMG! Then the cherry on top is (view spoiler)[the Elders granting Mia's family immortality (hide spoiler)].
"I enjoy you, Mia--you enhance every moment of my existence. Your smile, your laugh--even your stubbornness--make me happier than I've ever been before."
This book had some tension at the beginning with the mysterious K who I wont reveal to you, but after that it was pretty smooth sailing. I was sort of missing the tension that I loved so much about the first two books, but I am happy that Korum and Mia are have such a bright future ahead of them. And I cannot wait for what else the K and Anna Zaires have in store for me in The Krinar Captive!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I really enjoyed the concept behind this but some parts were a bit sloppy so I would give it 3.5/5. Chastity seemed to be constantly confused about wh...moreI really enjoyed the concept behind this but some parts were a bit sloppy so I would give it 3.5/5. Chastity seemed to be constantly confused about who Thane was. Half the time it seemed that she knew he was a fey and the he was the stranger in the maze, but other times she didnt. And when he fully revealed his identity to her she seemed shocked while I would have sworn she already knew. It was pretty confusing.
I also didnt really enjoy how vulgar it was at times. I dont mind erotica, but this was not always portrayed as elegantly as it could have been. I agree with another reviewer, that the cover image of Thane is not hot enough, and they posted a picture of what they imagined him to look like. But I didnt really agree with their image any more than the cover. So here is mine.
But I totally love the concept of the seven cardinal sins being embodied by seven Unseelie fey princes, who need to find the mortal woman who embodies their opposing virtue in order to break their curse. Its fascinating and incredibly original. I loved the other princes that we met and I cannot wait to read their stories, especially Kian and Niall. I really hope Charlotte Featherstone gets around to writing them, since she is taking a break from writing I dont know when, if ever, the rest of the series will be released. (less)
This was a unique and captivating romance. Adrian, a dark hero who daily struggles aga...moreA version of this review also appears at: A Match Made in Heaven
This was a unique and captivating romance. Adrian, a dark hero who daily struggles against his darker nature, and only just defeats it through the devout worship of god and constant prayer. But his darker nature wins out when he sees the beautiful and free Miriel who he cant resist. He attempts to cage and control her and make her his. It takes a long time but eventually he learns the error of his ways, and Miriel eventually learns that there is more than one side to her captor and would-be lover.
This book had me conflicted over my feelings for Adrian. He was so tormented and tried so hard to be good that I felt bad for him. But at other times he was so bad it was hard to accept him as a love interest for Miriel. It was a wonderful storm of emotions that I enjoyed immensely. I was as torn and confused as Miriel. This book was not full of warm fuzzies and I loved it for that. But it still had an HEA. That is a must for me no matter what kind of book I am reading.(less)
Since I feel so neutral about this, I feel like I should give it 2.5/5. I should really have learned my lesson with contemporary romances by now, but...moreSince I feel so neutral about this, I feel like I should give it 2.5/5. I should really have learned my lesson with contemporary romances by now, but I loved Kylie Scott's other books so I figured I had to read this. But it is contemporary, so it doesn't mater who wrote it, my chances of loving it were still low.
This book was really absolutely nothing special to me. Same old, same old that I have read in almost every contemporary romance. I mean, sure, David is hot and he loves her, but really, I need more than that. And I feel like the lost memory of a night in Vegas was used as a gimmick to draw us in, but then the story ended up actually not being about that at all. By the end of the book, I totally forget that that is how they met or that Evelyn doesnt remember marrying him.
Plus there is the inevitable drama. That is always the #1 thing I mention when reviewing a contemp. I cant stand the drama! When Ev busted in on David and Martha it was absolutely obvious that she misunderstood the situation. It was absolutely obvious that walking away was the worst thing that could happen to him, but she did it anyway. And then he never really explained anything else that she accused him of besides the kiss. Why keep the house? Her earring? Her job? After their rules about being honest and everything, they still really screwed things up and I dont think he should have been forgiven so easily. Its so frustrating. I prefer it when the only things a couple have to fight is zombies or aliens, instead of each other. I need a break from contemps. *sigh*(less)
I would probably have to give this more of a 3.5/5. It would have been a solid 4 if I was judging by the first half alone. I really enjoyed the first...moreI would probably have to give this more of a 3.5/5. It would have been a solid 4 if I was judging by the first half alone. I really enjoyed the first half of this book. I loved the survival element. It was really interesting seeing them try to catch fish with earrings, building a little house, day-to-day life of trying to live on a deserted island. I have never read a book like this before and it was great. Not that I wanna go and read survival books now. Romance always makes me care about characters more so I wouldnt have been so interested in their lives if it werent for the romance.
I didnt realize how much time they would be on the island, although I guess maybe I suspected, considering TJ was only 16 when they crashed. I love how the romance developed so slowly. At first, Anna didnt really see TJ as a man. Its not like she was waiting for him to grow up before having a relationship with him. It didnt even cross her mind until he was already grown up. It felt really natural for her to just see him differently one day. I think he was already 18 by the time she thought about it, and he was about a month away from his 19th birthday before anything happened between them.
Nothing really happened in the story and that is part of the reason why I loved it so much. I love low drama in my contemps, and the first half of the book was just life on the island and I cant think of it as anything but a pleasant read, despite fighting sharks and dengue fever. But I did not expect the second half of the book. I would have been much happier if the book had ended when they were rescued and then skipped to the epilogue. So much unnecessary drama and "you deserve better" bullshit! The second half of the book drove me crazy and I did not enjoy a moment of it. Its split into two extremes and I have a hard time distinguishing my feelings about it.
I definitely enjoyed The Education of Sebastian more. Not because of the smut, but because of the dynamics of a relationship with such a large age gap, and there was zero unnecessary drama. The gap in The Education of Sebastian is actually 2 years smaller, but Caroline didnt wait until Sebastian was of age and I guess I should maybe hold that against her, but maybe not. Maybe the day that Sebastian became a man was sooner than the law thought. Anna had a moment when she suddenly looked at TJ differently and she was lucky he was 18, and maybe Caroline just could not control when that happened. Although Sebastian and Caroline still had all their ridiculous drama in book 2. (less)
I enjoyed this more than Reckless, and would have enjoyed it more than Ruthless if it weren't for the imprisonment business.
I was completely pulled i...moreI enjoyed this more than Reckless, and would have enjoyed it more than Ruthless if it weren't for the imprisonment business.
I was completely pulled in by the story in this one, and by Simon and Alys. They were amazing and Simon is by far my favourite Anne Stuart hero so far. He was absolutely wicked and irresistible. I was told this was one of her best books, and I can see why someone would think so. But it is just my personal preference that I didnt like how Alys was imprisoned. After finally admitting their feelings and have some beautiful moments in the rain, they were torn apart, leaving Alys doubting Simon. I really did not enjoy that. I wanted to see more of them enjoying each other. Plus, at the end, Alys didnt even leave a note so her sister would know she was ok. Likely everyone would worry about her. It wasnt an entirely happy ending when you think about the people they left behind.
And that brings me to another issue. I could not stand Claire! OMG what a spoiled brat. Even after everything I still could not stand her. She drove me crazy to the end and I think Thomas deserved better. This book had another secondary romance, like the previous two Anne Stuart books I have read. It must be standard for her. Another standard must be that the villain is a relative. Next time I read one of her books I wont trust anyone's family. :P
Although I seemed to have a lot of issues with this, Simon and Alys made this book and I want to love it more because of them. Especially Simon. Gosh I love him! Alys was awesome too. Definitely better than Charlotte. Maybe not Elinor though. Elinor kicked ass. :P (less)
I still really enjoyed this although it gets one star less than Ruthless for a few reasons. The time span was much shorter in this one. Charlotte and...moreI still really enjoyed this although it gets one star less than Ruthless for a few reasons. The time span was much shorter in this one. Charlotte and Adrian had only spoke a few times before falling in love, not including the casual social interactions over the years. They had been guests at some of the same parties but didnt really know each other. They had the one meeting at the abbey, the incident at the park and in his carriage two weeks later, then they didnt see each other again until Monty's where they had the rendezvous in the nursery and he asked her to marry him. A bit quick? Also, there was a lot more sex in this one. The first was very sexual with it being an almost constant topic of conversation. But it only had the one sex scene which was nothing particularly inventive. This one was decidedly smut, which is not really what I was looking for.
But, I enjoyed the same combative, push/pull, love/hate relationship and even the occasion kidnapping. :P Adrian was much like his father and I was glad to get what I was looking for from the hero. This also had a secondary romance, as Ruthless did. It was a bit fun, all of their arguing, but Lydia and Charles from Ruthless were much cuter.(less)