This was short and sweet. I am not really sure how long it was since its Kindle only, but it felt short.
There was an instant and supernatural connect...moreThis was short and sweet. I am not really sure how long it was since its Kindle only, but it felt short.
There was an instant and supernatural connection between Roman and Evie, so there wasnt a lot of time for their relationship to develop. It was pretty much insta-love, but I am ok with that when an explanation is given. They are like soul mates, so tis all good. But still, would have preferred more scenes between Roman and Evie. The plot was really interesting though, and the world it created. And that scene in the last chapter! OMG! (view spoiler)[Roman turned Evie while having sex. (hide spoiler)]. Damn! That was hot.
But I am a little confused about where the series is going. The next book is called The Phantom King. In The Vampire King, it was prophesied that all of the 13 kings of the supernatural races would receive queens, and Roman was first. So does that mean the next book will be about Thane (the Phantom King who we met briefly in this book) finding his queen? Because there were still lose ends, and what happened in the epilogue to deal with. Will we see those resolved through Thane's POV? They concern Roman and Evie, so I would prefer having them back. It is likely they will be back, in part at least, since this book had several alternating POVs. I guess I am just a little wary about series that stray from character to character. But I still look forward to reading The Phantom King. Not for young readers.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
This book wasnt really for me, although there isnt really anything wrong with it. It was very similar to her book The Vampire King, which I did love....moreThis book wasnt really for me, although there isnt really anything wrong with it. It was very similar to her book The Vampire King, which I did love. But it was just too aggressive for my tastes. And I am not just referring to all the killing, but the sex as well. This was skirting the edges of BDSM. I have never read true BDSM, and never intend to, so I dont have anything to compared to, but there were a few small things that bothered me. Such as, when the villain was strangling the MC, it turned her on. And when she and Daniel finally had sex it hurt and she liked it. It was so squick.
And I didnt like the hero in general. He was far too aggressive and he was hardly any better than Cole, the first villain (there were two, consecutively). He even said it himself, he was just as mean, selfish, and arrogant as Cole. The only thing that made him better was that he actually loved Lily. But again, that is mostly just my personal aversion to possessive bad boys. The book over all is good, and I would still recommend this to people who are not as squeamish as me. And do plan to read the sequel, The Strip. I read the blurb and it does sound a bit like a rehash. Two alpha werewolves again fighting over a mate. But this time it will feature Cole, and although he may be just as bad as Daniel, he has a very tragic story, and I have a great weakness for tragic heroes. I would love to see him finally get the chance at happiness that he was trying to get from Lily.(less)
I would give this 3.5/5, I dont think there is really anything wrong with it, its just not for me. I was uncomfortable with Dragos' possessiveness. An...moreI would give this 3.5/5, I dont think there is really anything wrong with it, its just not for me. I was uncomfortable with Dragos' possessiveness. And I expect a little sex in an adult PNR, but this took it further. It wasnt more descriptive, so it wasnt erotica, imo, it just happened so often that it felt like that was the only purpose of the book. Dragon Bound actually had a pretty decent story and an interesting world, but the sex was so much more frequent than was necessary, that I would say this is for a different audience than normal PNR. And it happened so quickly it was ridiculous! They knew each other less than a day before they were having crazy animal sex.
I mostly really enjoyed the characters, though I would have preferred Dragos to be less intense. That is only my personal preference and I know the caveman alpha types are very popular with most woman. And Dragos is definitely that.
"He had been born along with the solar system... His massive bones and flesh must have been formed along with the planets."
He is a shape-shifting dragon who is the oldest being in the universe, and in the modern world he is a billionaire businessman. And the dragon still loves to hoard treasures.
"Have I been added to his hoard?" "No, cupcake. I'm pretty sure you've replaced it."
Pia fights him all the way. She hates the idea of being possessed but he doesnt know how else to handle her. He is a monster who has never loved anything before in his long life. He just wants her to stay with him, and to keep her safe. The only way he knows how to do that is to own her. I cant even guess how many times the words "You're mine" were said in this book. It was borderline creepy, but he meant well.
I really liked Pia. She was a really strong, independent heroine. She had a big secret that she had kept from everyone her entire life. And it was driving Dragos crazy that she wouldnt tell him either. In this world, all magical creatures can shape-shift into human form. Pia has never shifted because she is a half-breed and doesnt have enough magic to shift on her own. She eventually lets Dragos help her, and a split second before they revealed what her true form was, it just clicked in my head. What would be the most ridiculous thing for her to be? I was right, and it was hilarious and ridiculous and awesome at the same time.
So the romance was pretty intense but really funny as well, as Pia struggles to understand and deal with such a great beast in her life. It takes pretty much the entire book for them to understand each other. And Dragos' employees and friends that are in their life are just amazed at their boss' changed behaviour and it can be pretty funny at times. I am sure a lot of people would really love this. I don't plan on reading the next book in the series, mostly because it's about a different couple. It's one of those series where each book is about a different couple set in the same world. I'm not a fan of those. If it was about Dragos and Pia again I am not sure if I would read it. Maybe, maybe not. (less)
This book was great for the most part. It renewed my faith in the series after Apollyon which I found to be a big disappointment and pretty uneventful...moreThis book was great for the most part. It renewed my faith in the series after Apollyon which I found to be a big disappointment and pretty uneventful. But a lot happened in this one and it was exciting. I really enjoyed Perses and I hope he is in The Return. And I loved Seth in this one.
This was possibly Seth's best book. This one or Pure. I was Team Seth from the beginning until Deity. And Elixir was definitely Aiden's best book. After those two there was really no denying how much they belonged together. But I still loved Seth and I am pretty happy about how things turned out for him. Except for the him-being-sad part. :(
But overall, I'm not a huge fan of the ending. The final battle was anticlimactic and unfolded exactly as was expected. And the ending for Alex was weird and unnecessarily confusing. It reminds me of the ending to the Evernight series. It was not really a bad ending, but it wasnt entirely satisfying either.
At first I preferred this series to Lux, but after a few disappointments, and how Origin blew my mind, I am not sure if that is still the case. We shall see after Opposition. But this was an amazing series either way. Alex is still among my top 5 heroines and Seth is still a great character and I wont forget him anytime soon. It was an incredible world and an incredible story. I always feel a sense of relief after finishing a great series which I am ready to move on from.(less)
I'd like to say this was an amazing, beautiful ending to an awesome series. But its not the end! There is another book! How is this possible? How can...moreI'd like to say this was an amazing, beautiful ending to an awesome series. But its not the end! There is another book! How is this possible? How can we go on from this? But regardless, this was unbelievable. The best in the series so far.
I know that I must address the love-triangle. It gets all the attention around these books and I would really like to add my opinion on the matter, so I will get right to it. The first two books in the series focused on Ren and Kishan respectively, and although I loved Kishan after Tiger's Quest, there was no sign that Kelsey would. She remained faithful to Ren. But once I read Tiger's Voyage I was pretty torn. I grew to love Kishan even more, and I was pretty upset at Ren for how he handled the situation. He gave Kelsey up way too easily in my opinion. But Kelsey clearly still loved him, so I had to give him credit for that. Although it almost seemed like she had no choice in the matter. She loved him beyond reason. And I found Kishan to be a better person, far more grounded, easier to talk to, and a lot of fun. But it was Kelsey's choice, not mine, and I guess Ren was more her type. More sensitive and fond of grand gestures. But, although he had lost his memory at the time, I felt like he had no right to be upset over her relationship with Kishan, when he was the one who gave her up. He had still loved her at the time, memory or not.
But then we get to Destiny, and I start to see where the Kelsey hate comes from. I still love her. She is one of my fave heroines because she is so incredibly brave, determined, stubborn, and smart, and even a little snarky at times. But she seriously mistreated Kishan. I understand if she didnt want to be with Ren. Because he hurt her. Because she was afraid. Because she felt she didnt deserve happiness when so many others hadnt found it. But that did not mean that she had to pretend to love Kishan more than she actually did. She could have decided to be alone. She could have waited until their journey was over before deciding on either brother. She could have done so many things besides leading Kishan on, when it was so clear that it was not going to last. She could barely get through the day without Ren. How could she think she could get through forever?(view spoiler)[ And agreeing to marry Kishan?! That is forever, but their situation was not. I dont understand why she thought that she would feel the same way about herself and her situation a year from then, ten years from then. She could have told him it was too soon, to wait until after their final journey. There is no excuse for committing yourself to someone, when you are in love with another. It was a promise she would never have been able to keep. (hide spoiler)] Kishan deserved better.
And Kishan is the one that made the sacrifice in the end. Kelsey always said that Ren had a superhero complex, but he didnt. He only risked his life for her, never for the mission, for their destiny, or for Durga. Ren is just as bad as Kelsey if not worse when it comes to all-consuming love. And I'll admit, grand gestures arent my thing, but Ren could be really sweet. I did love him first, in Tiger's Curse. I seriously swooned when he gave her the fireflower in the fire world. And I was really moved when he leapt in front of the gae bolga, and I saw the severe pain he was going through, all because he loved her. And Ren was extremely brave and was amazing in battle.
But Kishan is still my hero in the end. The more noble and selfless brother. I would never want to diminish Kishan's love for Kelsey, but he was willing to look at the bigger picture, willing to make the sacrifice that Ren refused. But I'm sure there was still a part of him that only did it because he knew it was what was best for Kelsey. And that is why I think the ending was so perfect. (view spoiler)[I knew that Kelsey would end up with Ren in the end, it was inevitable, but I really didnt want to see Kishan hurt. This way, the choice was Kishan's, not Kelsey's, and he eventually found happiness. I really appreciate that we got to see the letter from Kishan to Kelsey and Ren, and how he said that part of him loved her for centuries. As I said before, I dont want to diminish Kishan's love for Kelsey. I would have felt betrayed if he had found someone that he loved more than her. Colleen found the perfect alternative. (hide spoiler)]
This series, and this book in particular, is so emotionally engaging, with characters that I love so much. It was so important to me that the ending be just right so that my heart would not be broken, and Colleen nailed it. I cant even say how much I loved the love in this book. A few poor decisions on Kelsey's part cannot overshadow the depth of the characters and the love that all three have for each other.
I feel like there isnt much else I can say about this book. Everyone who has read even one book in the series, knows the reason it is so appealing is the unique focus on eastern mythology and its amazing adventure. And Destiny continues that trend and took it further. Their visit to the fire world was reminiscent of the journeys in book 1 and 2, but their journey to the past and their final battle against Lokesh was epic and amazing. The action and the fulfillment of destiny was breathtaking. Colleen really outdid herself and I really really hope and pray that Tiger's Dream will be a worthy successor, because I really cant think of a better way to end this incredible series. Thank you Colleen for officially writing my second favourite series of all time.
I liked this more than The Heat. The story was much more interesting and very tense and action packed. And as I suspected, Cole was a much better lead...moreI liked this more than The Heat. The story was much more interesting and very tense and action packed. And as I suspected, Cole was a much better lead than Daniel. He was much more sympethizable. Daniel made a few small appearances and he was an ass as usual. Cole has much more heart and a soft side, but at the same time he is so fierce and demanding. If I was suddenly forced to marry one of them as Lily and Charlie were, I would rather it were Daniel. He is an ass and he would probably drive me crazy, but Cole is a bit terrifying. But in fiction, it makes for an extremely enticing combo. Luckily for Charlie, she like dominant men.
This book was even more violent than the first with a really disturbing torture scene, and the sex scenes made me squirm uncomfortably at times. I know that that is just me and this is probably mild compared to a lot of popular books. But I could help but enjoy myself anyway, mostly because Cole is so delicious. I am looking forward to reading The Spell. I am also looking forward to checking out Heather Killough-Walden's Kings series, and her YA series, Sam I Am.(less)
This was great! Each book in the series has gotten better so far. I cannot wait to read The Hunt and see if it follows this trend.
Lucas is the sweete...moreThis was great! Each book in the series has gotten better so far. I cannot wait to read The Hunt and see if it follows this trend.
Lucas is the sweetest of the guys so far too. Way better than Daniel (didnt like him too much), and even better than Malcolm, who I loved. Although Lucas is an alpha like the first two, he is more gentle. He is the first in the series so far to mark his mate with her consent, and there was far less explicit content in this one. When Lucas turned Danny they had sex, which I think is a necessary part of the process, but it was far more brief than in the first two books, and more... strait forward. Yeah, things got a little weird sometimes in the first two. I think that might be what Heather Killough-Walden was trying to add with the lesbian sub-plot, but it didnt bother me like the bondage in The Strip. Not because I was into it, but because reading about two girls getting it on has zero effect on me.
The action and danger were back for this one, and so were Gabriel Phelan and Seth, as well as a new warlock baddie. Everyone was back really, Lily and Charlie, Daniel and Cole, even Kavanagh and Jesse Graves. Everyone was needed to save Danny from yet another man obsessed with the wrong woman.
I really liked Danny, or Dannai. She just sounded so beautiful. All three of the dormant alpha mates so far were described as beautiful, but something about Danny made me like her for no other reason than her looks. Lily is blonde, Charlie is redhead, and Danny has black hair, dark skin, and multi-coloured eyes that glowed like a rainbow once she was turned. I dont know what her ethnicity is and I dont think she does either, because she was adopted, but I imagined her looking something like super gorgeous ladies Kat Graham and Jessica Parker Kennedy. But I liked Danny as a person too. Again, more gentle than the first two. Willing to help anyone, and risk herself for others. She had a big heart.
And OMG the Epilogue! Wow. Wow! I cannot wait to read The Hunt. I dont know who the lucky lady is gonna be in the next book, but we got to meet the next alpha wolf at the end of this and it was great! I wait to read more about him and his situation and how he got there. It is gonna be so exciting!(less)
I really loved the characters of Byron and Kat, and the romance did not disappoint. This series is amazing for chemistry. But I was expecting more of...moreI really loved the characters of Byron and Kat, and the romance did not disappoint. This series is amazing for chemistry. But I was expecting more of a conclusion. Such as the destruction of the hunters. Maybe it will be followed up in the spin-off Kings series. I already read The Vampire King but it was a long time ago and now I feel like I should re-read it. There were probably things I didnt catch, and some familiar characters.
I think The Spell was probably my favourite of the series. I still really enjoyed this but there were so many characters it was a little hard to keep track of everyone. And who was the vampire with the multi-coloured eyes? These books are very action packed with some seriously bad villains. I look forward to reading more from Heather Killough-Walden.(less)
Wow, this book was so amazing and intense, my head is still spinning! It picks up 7 months after the events of The Mayfair Moon, and Adria and Isaac a...moreWow, this book was so amazing and intense, my head is still spinning! It picks up 7 months after the events of The Mayfair Moon, and Adria and Isaac are a solid couple, doing regular couple things. But before that, there was a somewhat confusing prologue that begins to make sense over time.
Ever since Adria's kidnapping in The Mayfair Moon, she has felt different. Not only have her wounds healed abnormally fast, but she has been having dizzy and fainting spells, and she assumes the worst. She obsesses over figuring out what is wrong with her for most of the book. We are introduced to fascinating new paranormal creatures with a connection to Adria and her best friend Harry. They give her some insight into what is wrong with her, but the pieces still dont fit. It isnt until Isaac gives us a revelation at about 80% that everything falls into place and the last 20% of the book just blew me away! The revelation was not a revelation for me personally, but it was for Adira. I had guessed this was what was going on from pretty much the beginning. But I loved all the emotions that came with it since I knew it wouldnt come between Adria and Isaac. I would noramlly hate uncertainty, but there is nothing uncertain about Adria and Isaac. Nothing could come between them. Their relationship is intensified tenfold in this book, when it was already bordering on obsession. Ok, lets face it, it was a full-on obsession.
We have more of J.A. Redmerski's amazing writing in this book. I dont know how she channels werewolves to write those painfully captivating transformation scenes, but the one in chapter 28 outdid everything in Mayfair Moon! Maybe she is secretly a werewolf. J/K. ;) There was just so much emotion in the last few chapters that I am overwhelmed. It all started with chapter 24, which I have to warn you was surprisingly explicit for a YA. Likely the most explicit scene I have ever read in a YA. But it was absolutely perfect, and beautiful, and it was even raining and everything.
Unfortunately it was awkwardly cut short, as if they forget what they were doing and started having a conversation. It was weird, but moving on.
We got to know Harry even better in this book and I love him! Zia was another of my favourite characters in Mayfair Moon, but unfortunately she seemed like somewhat of a cookie cutter character in this book. I look forward to seeing how Harry's role will change in The Ballad of Aramei. There was one scene that got me particularly excited for it, where Adria says "a storm is coming", and it reminded me of Harry Potter. The last few shorter chapters were also amazing and beautiful, of Isaac taking care of Adria. It was reminiscent of the prologue, but now, the situation was reversed, and she couldnt hurt him.
"He never leaves my side. And I know he never will."