I was magically pulled into a world full of suspense, treachery and betrayal. A pl...moreThis book is absolutely amazing!!!
“Love makes a fool of all of us.”
I was magically pulled into a world full of suspense, treachery and betrayal. A place where prophecies are told, where a king can no longer trust those he calls friends , lovers, or allies. A kingdom, that causes the hair on the back of your neck to stand, and sends shivers down your back. A fantasy land, that turns those you trust and love into the enemy, a place that neither I nor you would survive.
Adrastes is one of my favorite characters, he is strategic and brilliant, and his character leaves you no choice but to envy/love his strengths. I for one do not believe he is an evil king, perhaps misunderstood. Here is a sample of that strength
“But I’ll live. Pain means nothing more than there’s still fight left in this body.”
We all must make sacrifices for the greater good, and I can see where Kendras may think that Adrastes is doing everything for his own greater ambition. But I see more than that, perhaps I may see things play out the way I want them to. Maybe I’m truly blind to the tyrant that Adrastes has become. I believe that Widow had said enough “Remember what I said about lovers? Love makes a fool of us all.”
Since this story is told in Kendras point of view, I have no clue what’s actually happening behind the scenes. I still will hold out hope that Adrastes is playing a game of sorts and is genuinely looking out for the kingdom to make it stronger and peaceful.
Widow is so mysterious; I for one wouldn’t dance with him in the pale of the moonlight. He truly is a scary creature. His character gets my spidey senses tingling and I don’t trust him. He seems so sneaky. Yup, he has an ace up his sleeves. He just hasn’t used it yet. Oh, for the sake of all that’s holy, please be on Adrastes side. Widow and the Lady Protector seem to be connected to the hips. Interesting.
Now, to the man that I’m angry with, I will try to stay partial but no promises there.
Kendras, I was a bit unnerved by his character in this book and I noticed that his loyalty was waning in book two but I did not expect him to completely and utterly pull a move like that, of all the characters in this book I didn’t expect that of him. Yes, love truly does make us do things and of course our loyalty is to the one that has our heart at that time. Kendras claims that above all he’s Officer first to the Scorpions but he put his men in danger and made traitors of the lot.
Being a leader is not an easy task: choices, decisions and consequences can be a huge burden to carry. Sometimes we need to do things that can be cruel and unjust, but it’s all done for the greater good. Kendras realizes that in a way, Adrastes taught him to be the Officer he understands what that entails especially now.
This entire book was absolutely amazing, of course being a die-hard Adrastes fan. It seemed like a hard pill to swallow at times, but I still loved it and a weird part of me feels like this is my story too. Now if I could find a way to kill off Commander Graukar and Shadow I’ll be a happy camper, a girl can dream, can’t she? Bravo! Alek, on another fabulous story, I can’t wait for more (Widow, Adrastes, Amash, Lady Protector, Runner, Dev, Selvan etc. all need stories**Hint, Hint)
Can you imagine your whole life changing in a blink of an eye…? The face you see in the mirror, a face you once adored, suddenly seems foreig...more4.5 Stars
Can you imagine your whole life changing in a blink of an eye…? The face you see in the mirror, a face you once adored, suddenly seems foreign, alien-like. That man that’s staring back at you moves just like you, tilts his head the same way you do, is mimicking everything you do. You can’t seem to comprehend how something so grotesque could possibly be you.
Accepting the reality that hiding in the shadows is the only way, you can be seen, knowing that light is your enemy and that it can reveal something you abhor. The darkness is the only place that makes you feel safe; you’re essentially hiding from the world, where solitude is your only comfort. I just described the “tragic” life of Ara.
Ara was a narcissistic, cold-hearted man who was unforgiving and cruel. He was the epitome of selfish. He gloried in the power that is beauty. He believed that others coveted it and, because of that, he could control them. Beauty plus power was too much of a gift for this man to handle, and so the powers-that-be took one away.
I formed a love/hate relationship with this one. It was mildly irritating, but well written. I found it to be intense and...more*** Contains a few spoilers**
I formed a love/hate relationship with this one. It was mildly irritating, but well written. I found it to be intense and thought-provoking. But, the characters disputations/attitude just didn’t work for me. (view spoiler)[Why was a third needed? I still can’t answer that. I also didn’t feel like the dynamics of the relationship were equal. They didn’t love Kerry, he may have been the Band-Aid that held them together and may have even pointed out the cracks that were visible in Mal's and Charlie's relationship, but once those two worked everything out, it still didn’t explain the need for Kerry. I didn’t buy the whole I need a house boy or the, I want to indulge someone. I don’t have to obey to the I want to be a dominate also and everything that came thereafter . . . I didn’t understand (I’m slow) (hide spoiler)]
It did drag a bit, but then it picked right back up. I liked the premise of this, I really did. It was the character (Kerry) that made this one unenjoyable, also a few things here and there. Such as: (view spoiler)[Jenny, Andrew. The reasons he stayed with Mal and Charlie, just the minor things (hide spoiler)]
Don’t get me wrong this is not a bad or a horrible read. I’m clearly stating that when I read a book I devote myself to its characters. If I can’t relate to them, then the book won’t do it for me, if a character doesn’t have one redeeming quality then it ruins it for me.
How I perceived the characters Kerry: I found him to be a disrespectful, insecure whiner with selfish tendency. To be honest he wasn’t my favorite character, in fact I despised him.(view spoiler)[ He believes that people take advantage of him but in all reality it’s reversed, yet, he doesn’t seem to realize it.
He believes that he should be entitled to things, because of his upbringing or lack thereof. WTF!!!! He’s not the only one who has ever had to coach surf or be strapped for cash. If you hate being broke and not having a place to call your own, then find a real full-time “fuckin” job, it’s not that complicated. I get it, he thinks his life is shit.. Well, cry me a mother fuckin’ river… (Suck on those curse words Malcolm) (hide spoiler)]
Malcolm : to sum him up, lost and broken. I don’t believe he knows what he wants. His character confused me. He also has a hard time communicating with his partner/sub.Half the time he didn't know if he was coming and going, that in itself got annoying. He may have been protective/possessive but he was not attentive. And he didn’t see; truly see Charlie and what he needed. Instead he saw what he wanted. He thought he knew what Charlie needed and what was best for him, But he had no clue.
Charlie was lost but not broken. I liked his character, he was not without fault, he didn't know what he wanted.It was like he was saying and doing one thing, but meaning something completely different.
I loved it!!! This story was absolutely amazing. Kade Boehme hits this one out of the ball park. I fell in...more **contains mild spoilers**
Buddy Read W/Anya
I loved it!!! This story was absolutely amazing. Kade Boehme hits this one out of the ball park. I fell in insta-love with these characters, they were realistic and believable. I treasured this story immensely and will be rereading it in the near future.
A little bit about the characters that captured my heart
Gavin my new book boyfriend **sigh** I love me some Trouble. (view spoiler)[ the promiscuous little devil, that he is, (hide spoiler)] without a doubt claimed my heart.. I will admit in the beginning of this story his actions were that of an absolute douche bag. (view spoiler)[ Please, explain to me, how anyone can get up from an outstanding blow job and walk away, without reciprocating the favor, while leaving poor Davy there with blue-balls. What an inconsiderate rat bastard.. My sweet Wallflower didn't get the chance have his phallus be worshiped and tenderly adored.. Who the fuck does that shit?? (hide spoiler)]
“Well, it means us and sex are incompatible. You got a wicked mouth on you man. But, uh, this is obviously a mistake.”
Really?? You've got to be kidding me.. Oh, No, Gavin!!!
Davy: was a bit awkward, shy and suffers from Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD). His character was endearing and I fell hard for him too. The only downfall was that he was a bit naive due to his mother having agoraphobia, which then leads him to being socially inept. He’s your typical wallflower. He seems to calm Gavin with his silent strength.
Opposites due attract, I love these characters together they seem to balance each other out perfectly. I truly couldn't find any fault with this pairing.
Grandpa Ray OMG!! This man was a trip. Everyone needs a grandpa Ray in their lives. I haven’t laughed so hard in my life. The relationship he shared with Gavin was so beautiful and loving, it made my heart thump. He was a pillar of strength, a blunt man who tells the truth and shames the devil.
“You look like you stuck your pecker in a blender, boy. I know you well enough to know that means you did something dumb.”
The only character that made me nauseous was Carmen, her actions were appalling, the best thing she did was (view spoiler)[leave Ollie with Gavin (hide spoiler)] I’m not fond of selfish people in general but this lady took it to a whole new level.
The ending was bittersweet, I cried and laughed. Why did it have to end?
**spoiler alert** This is an unquestionably great read. It had everything I look for in a book such as sex, mystery/suspense, criminals and cops. The...more**spoiler alert** This is an unquestionably great read. It had everything I look for in a book such as sex, mystery/suspense, criminals and cops. The characters were engaging and likable. I was truly drawn to Mahir’s character because his inner voice was quirky, sarcastic, and downright hilarious. I found that I liked the majority of the characters except for Gene Lombardi, but I will concede that without him as the antagonist, this book would have gone nowhere, fast! Because of his criminal activities, my guys got to meet and have incredible, rough, hot sex. Yes! It’s always about the. . . Oh, my God! My panties are drippin’ kinda sex. Therefore, here’s a big fat THANK YOU to Gene Lombardi… the good for nothing lunatic.
The setting of this story mainly takes place at a club in Seattle. I was intrigued by the way the club was run and how it all worked from the bouncers, to Gene and then the slowly unraveling truth of the couriers. I have no clue how true or believable those situations are. Either way, the collaboration of these authors drew me in to the point I was able to relate and believe the situations were undoubtedly true. What I loved most was the use of an ethnic character as well as interracial coupling. I will be so bold as to state that I hardly come across that in my novels and when I do, it’s a treasure and a treat. I don’t know why it doesn’t happen more often in books. My theory is that it comes down to fear and these two amazing authors didn’t hold back. Although I did cringe at times when I came across racist remarks that made me uncomfortable, I will acknowledge that when it appeared in the character’s dialogue it did indeed fit with the conversation/situation that was taking place at the time.
Mahir decided to take the undercover assignment in parts because he was angry that three of his brothers in blue were killed in the line of duty while covering that same assignment. He truly wanted to prove himself, feeling he was looked down upon by his brothers in law enforcement due to his ethnicity as well as his religious beliefs. During the process of his investigation family problems arose and Mahir became stressed using his sexual encounters with Ridley as his personal stress reliever.
Ridley was portrayed as a badass lunatic, who would pull the trigger without a moment’s hesitation. His main goal is protecting the girls, club and when his boss called for it, putting men to ground. Ridley’s job consisted of putting potential new hires to the test but more importantly, keeping undercover cops out.
Mahir didn’t move. “I’m not a cop.” “So you say.” Ridley inclined his head, drawing them just a little closer. “The last three undercovers left this place in body bags.”
Yeah, the verdict’s out, Ridley’s dangerous!
The ending of this story left me feeling satisfied. The epilogue was sweet with a little humor. I would recommend this read to anyone who loves mystery/suspense, and toe-curling sex in their books. (less)
**spoiler alert** Wow, I have no idea how to review this one... I have so many questions and to be plain at this point I don't trust any of these char...more**spoiler alert** Wow, I have no idea how to review this one... I have so many questions and to be plain at this point I don't trust any of these characters so many lies, secrets and deception.... I don't know what crawled up Kendras ass... He was no better with his lies and deception, people who live in glass houses, shouldn't throw stones....
I have no reason to distrust Adrastes character at this point... I'm not sure what his ultimate game plan is but so far it seems legit...
"If you cut out a weed, you have to burn it."
Graukar: I don't trust him for the life of me.. I have a feeling Kendras is a chess piece to him, and so far he's playing it well checkmate... Here are some quotes that sent warning bells...
"Sometimes, an attack hurts the attacker more than the defender. Make sure the defense is weak enough to be attacked” (by building a wedge between two people or a group)
“Now, remember—if you want to take a noble lord hostage, shoot the horse or a leg, though I’d aim below the knee; sometimes they bleed out too fast if you hit the thigh. If you’re facing a group, kill the one who’s giving orders first. You may only have one shot, so make it count.” ( Did they not shot behind the sun) hint hint...
This book doesn't disappoint I loved every second of it... I must be frank I just want to get to the bottom of all this madness already... So man new characters that I might not remember when the third book is released to be honest I forgot a lot of characters when I begun this book but my mind did catch up about 15 percent in....(less)
I love reading anything/everything Mary Calmes. I’m not sure exactly what it is, that drives me to read her books like a m...moreGroup Read Buddy Read w/ Anya
I love reading anything/everything Mary Calmes. I’m not sure exactly what it is, that drives me to read her books like a mad woman,(apparently, she is my own personal brand of heroin, gotta love the smack) but there is something about her characters and writing style that keeps on drawing me in. It may be the familiarity of her stories or my obsessions of her past characters. Whatever it is, I don’t care because all in all, I love them..
**I know what to expect and that is not necessarily a bad thing.**
At the beginning of story, I felt a bit lost and confused. I had to reread the blurb. (view spoiler)[ it felt like Breck the Wreck was Trace’s love interest, I was like oh, hells no.. It’s supposed to Cord the cop (hide spoiler)] there also was a few things that irked me the wrong way… and I will use this platform to rant my exasperation.
Breck: WTF, Really??? I despise him; I don’t think I’ve ever hated a character, as much as I hate his… When Breck told Tracy (view spoiler)[ “It’s her baby. You’re the only one I’m having a family with.” ** eye roll** and then proceeded to say “I told her I didn’t want it.” I had enough. He was a wreck (hide spoiler)]
My first thought was
Tracy: was a hot mess, I pitied him a time or two. The situation that he was put in was unrealistic to me at least, but it didn’t detract the storyline.. I loved how is character was all over the place and his monologue had me laughing..
Brandt family: they were the cutest, I loved them….
Cord the second most enjoyable character in this story…the only downfall was that I wished his character had (view spoiler)[a bigger role in the story, for the majority of it, he was non-existent (hide spoiler)] but what little there was I liked.
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Ugh... Funny when a character is described as rich, sexy and masculine it's not considered abuse when he beats his girlfriend/ wife or any other femal...moreUgh... Funny when a character is described as rich, sexy and masculine it's not considered abuse when he beats his girlfriend/ wife or any other female characters in the story, instead it's described as hot, sexy a major turn on, or worse women are dreaming for a man like that to enter their lives, WTF!!! LET'S REVERSE all this.. When the HERO is described as broke and ugly and beats his woman, then it's considered assault or domestic violence and so not cool... Where is the f*cking logic in that.
The last time anyone took a belt to my butt was when I was 14 and in return I beat him over the head with a Tonka truck.
I hate, hate, hate weak heroines in my novels... especially a heroine who confuses love with gold digging...These twisted bitches are in it for the love of money, lets get that shit straight right of the bat... Who would subject themselves to this type of behavior other wise.. Sick, sick, sick
Nothing in this book delves into Taylor past or why she excepts Sebastian's torture and psychological mind fucks... I would slit his throat-while he was sleeping
Buddy read with my sissy, next time I'll be picking the book(less)