The third book in the series, about Tegan and Elise. I (like many others, it seems) was waiting for Tegan's story. He was an intriguing and magnetic cThe third book in the series, about Tegan and Elise. I (like many others, it seems) was waiting for Tegan's story. He was an intriguing and magnetic character from the beginning. The book was good. As with the other books in the series, the story and characters were well developed, believable, interesting, strong, etc. Definitely worth reading. The only thing I found disappointing was that I felt there was a lot of potential to explore the jealousy that Chase would have felt at the development of Tegan and Elise's relationship. I felt like that was brushed over, and it could have been really interesting. I would expect there to be continuing animosity between Tegan and Chase throughout the rest of the series, and it just wasn't really addressed in this book other than one brief scene that occurred before the two lead characters ever even got together. I felt like that storyline could have been so much more than it was and I was little disappointed....more
3.5 stars. This could be a 4 star book if my main reaction weren't "Huh?"
Basically, Karen Chance tried to cram waaaay too much information into one boo3.5 stars. This could be a 4 star book if my main reaction weren't "Huh?"
Basically, Karen Chance tried to cram waaaay too much information into one book. She has created a very complex and very interesting world that would be fun to read about it if she gave it out in doses instead of cramming it down the reader's throat right away.
My other complaints: 1. The main character, Cassie, is really bland. She has no real personality; I couldn't get a real feel for her at all. 2. A lot of the vampires are real people from history. For example, you have Jack the Ripper, Raphael, Rasputin, Dracula's brother, etc. This would have been interesting if she had picked one or maybe two. But it got a little silly after awhile.
Overall, a really interesting premise and okay action - would have been better if she hadn't stopped a million times to give backstory. (And the endlessly interrupted sex scene other reviewers have mentioned? Arrggghh! That was really annoying.) It was just too much of an info dump. I think the book may have been more successful if she had started a little earlier in the timeline; to when she first met Tomas, perhaps.
Hopefully the subsequent books in this series won't suffer from the same problem. I'm interested to see where the story goes.
**Re-read, Dec. 2009** I'm not going to change my rating or review because I think my initial impressions are still valiad, but I will say this was much better the second time around. Great series! ...more
This was a book that required some patience. I read the first hundred pages or so and pretty much hated it. There was no story and the characters wereThis was a book that required some patience. I read the first hundred pages or so and pretty much hated it. There was no story and the characters were all extremely flat and stereotypical, borderline annoying. I was ready to throw in the towel, but it just so happened that I had no other books over the weekend and I would find moments where I just wanted to read something, even it was crappy, so I continued.
I was glad I did. While I didn't end up absolutely loving this book, it got much better. The characters remained fairly one dimensional but did become more likeable. The storyline picked up, as did my understanding of the world the author was creating. The dialogue throughout had a tendency to be over the top (particularly the lead characters' declarations of love, which leaned toward nauseating), but there was also some witty dialogue and humorous moments here and there which balanced things out. And of course, the super hot sex scenes didn't hurt. :)
Overall a decent start to a series I'll continue to read. A nice break from the overkill of vampire stories I've drenched myself in lately....more
When people refer to urban fantasy or paranormal romance books as "light, quick reads" I always sort of roll my eyes and think, "Well, naturally." I dWhen people refer to urban fantasy or paranormal romance books as "light, quick reads" I always sort of roll my eyes and think, "Well, naturally." I don't think anyone's expecting a UF book to be dense or change their lives. They're all light, quick reads. But this book... this really earns that description. One of the quickest books I've ever read, with a pretty simple plot. Not a lot of subplots (actually, I'm not sure there were any...), not too many secondary characters, not a lot of twists and turns, complex mythology or character development.
And yet.. I really enjoyed this book. The quick simple story was fun and interesting. It was different from a lot of what I've read of the genre (i.e. no vampires, werewolves, fairies, etc.) and I appreciated that. And while there weren't a lot of twists and turns, there was one twist at the end that actually took me by surprise and that's always fun.
Another good thing about the book was the writer's willingness to go places that a lot of writers of the genre don't go. (At least not that I've seen so far.) For one, two of the main characters in the book were gay, and they weren't glossed over or treated as stereotypes. They had a relationship. They kissed and had sex. It was awesome. Second, S&M was a big theme, which is always good.
However, on the flip side, I think the writer thought she was being edgier than she really was. The main character (the book was written in first person) kept calling herself a "tough broad" (gag)... because she has ear piercings and one tattoo on her lower back...? Wow, what a badass. And yeah, she took the S&M route, but it was probably the tamest S&M ever. There's a point in the book where the characters go to an underground S&M club, and the big kinky thing that everyone's watching is.... a schoolgirl fantasy? A schoolgirl fantasy and some spanking aren't exactly hardcore.
So if mentioning S&M turned you off from this book, yeah, you may not like this one, but be aware it's not super kinky or disturbing at all.
Bottom line: really good, fun, light read with a certain amount of edge, but not as much as the author thought she was doing. :) If you like urban fantasy, read this one. It's good....more
Okay, so this series has gotten a lot better. Either that or I finally got on board. After the fourth book, I was about ready to give up, but I continuOkay, so this series has gotten a lot better. Either that or I finally got on board. After the fourth book, I was about ready to give up, but I continued reading book 5 and it started to get really good. I think the actual storylines (the crime aspect) have gotten much better, and the main character has gotten progressively less promiscuous, which is nice. I've actually reached a point where I'm hooked. I don't want to wait until March to find out what happens! I almost gave this and the previous book 4 stars, but couldn't quite bring myself to do it when I thought about other books I've given 4 stars to. But 3.5 for sure. *Potential Spoilers* I'm not sure if I'm quite on board with the whole two soul mates thing... But does anyone else think that if Riley does have a wolf soul mate, it may be Cole? Even though he's a shifter, not a were.... I think if we can take her conversation with Ben to be foreshadowing (which I'm not sure we can..), then Arthur may be pointing to Cole. I'm really curious. Makes it hard to wait for the next one....more
Just a warning to anyone who may be hoodwinked by the fact that this book and series have been labeled as paranormal romance - you will not find any rJust a warning to anyone who may be hoodwinked by the fact that this book and series have been labeled as paranormal romance - you will not find any romance here. At least not by my definition. I would be more likely to call this way oversexed urban fantasy. The writing is average, the story pretty good, and the characters are interesting if not a little underdeveloped. But the core of the book (and series) is sex. It's kind of like the writer created this really interesting urban fantasy world, filled with creatures and mythology that fans of the genre will love, and then thought hmm... what is a way I could twist this so that it's perfectly okay for the main character to be a raging slut? So she made an incredibly high sex drive and incredibly low inhibitions part of the nature of the character's race, and boom, now she can have indiscriminate, emotionless sex with anyone she wants to. And she can just walk around naked all the time. It's totally cool. You get used to it after awhile, and it can be hot (although a little redundant. If you continue to read the series, you'll find that most of the sex scenes seem to have been copied and pasted in. The wording tends to be almost exactly the same from scene to scene.) The book is entertaining enough, and while I'm not a huge fan of the rampant sex, it wasn't enough to completely turn me off. I'm about halfway through the third book, and still no romance, and the writing keeps getting worse bit by bit, but the overall story keeps getting better and better, so if you're an urban fantasy fan, you will probably really enjoy this series. It's enough to keep me reading. Just wanted to warn people who thought they might be getting a love story... uh, no....more
Great book! I have a new series to follow. My two favorite things about this book: 1. Mercy. Mercy is a great heroine! She is smart and sensibl4.5 stars
Great book! I have a new series to follow. My two favorite things about this book: 1. Mercy. Mercy is a great heroine! She is smart and sensible and uses her head most of the time. She is not one of those "too-stupid-to-live" heroines in leather pants running out to kick ass all the time without thinking and putting herself and everyone else in danger every five minutes. It was really refreshing. She was down to earth and easy to like. She's not a mercenary or a bounty hunter or a police detective or anything like that. She's an auto mechanic, who just happens to get involved in some sticky stuff because of her circumstances. 2. A good chunk of this book took place in Montana, which never happens. I was so excited! I get really homesick. MT's a little too rural for me right now; I've gotten used to the conveniences of my current, slightly more urban location. But that's really the only thing keeping my from moving back; I LOVE Montana and miss it a lot. So reading about it in a UF book was awesome and I hope they have plenty of opportunity to go back.
Also, I think this is a good book to recommend to your slighty more conservative friends who don't read UF or PNR. There was no sex, very little language (in fact, there are a few instances of men curbing their language because they were in the presence of a lady...) and Mercy may actually be the first UF heroine I've ever read about that was religious. (Don't worry, she's not scary religious and if you're not into that, you'll still be okay with this book.) I may make my sister read this one and see what she thinks......more
Can you drop a book a star if you loved the whole thing and hated the last 10 pages? I decided no so I gave it five stars, but wow did I hate the veryCan you drop a book a star if you loved the whole thing and hated the last 10 pages? I decided no so I gave it five stars, but wow did I hate the very end.
I read the two books of this series over the course of a weekend. If you enjoy paranormal romance or anything with vampires, you will love this series (at least I think so!) Not only are these good old fashioned super hot PNR books, but they're also excellent urban fantasy. There are likeable, believable characters in the midst of a very action packed and compelling story. The dialogue is good, the writing is creative.. these books are nearly perfect. Steamy sex scenes, gory action scenes, laugh out loud moments, everything you could want in a PNR/UF novel. I highly recommend both books in the series. If you liked the first one, you won't be disappointed by this one.
Or you might. The story itself was wrapped up nicely and I wasn't disappointed by the true ending, but then in the last few pages, an earlier thread that was seemingly resolved "came back" as it were, and I found it to be over the top. Frost had flirted with the line between great fantasy and "oh, please" so successfully throughout these two books, but then took it way too far at the very end. I was very annoyed and nearly threw my book across the room.
I'm willing to forgive and will certainly read the third book when it comes out at the end of December, but I'm hoping the complete riculousness of that last bit isn't a portent of things to come.......more