Not quite sure how to rate this one. Definitely a typical Ellora's Cave erotic story. Mostly sex or thoughts about sex. A little story thrown in. I th...moreNot quite sure how to rate this one. Definitely a typical Ellora's Cave erotic story. Mostly sex or thoughts about sex. A little story thrown in. I think it was written well and I liked the premise.(less)
This was a good story, lots of action and interesting bits. But I did find it a bit of a struggle to read because of the wording. I understand why it...moreThis was a good story, lots of action and interesting bits. But I did find it a bit of a struggle to read because of the wording. I understand why it was written that way, it was just hard on my brain. Lol(less)
**spoiler alert** Warning... I'm going to sum up the series in one review for myself.
I just finished reading through all of the books so far in the se...more**spoiler alert** Warning... I'm going to sum up the series in one review for myself.
I just finished reading through all of the books so far in the series #1 through #22.5 Around book 18 things dragged a bit in places. I think that's mostly because the series is so long, and has so much of it, that the author has to rehash a lot of previous bits in order for the story to make sense to a person who just picked it up out of the blue and not read the previous ones. That got really old.
A lot of the same phrases, sex bits, etc. are repeated towards the last books and I found myself skimming through... screams, nails, multiple orgasms, yeah yeah I got it already.
The author has a great gift for story telling, though. There's always something happening and very rarely is there downtime. The earlier books were very good at bringing tears to my eyes, making me think "Oh, no!", and really drawing me in to the sex scenes because of the power and passion of them. The later books just seem to be getting old. Anita has so many beautiful men around her that they're just all blending together now. The later books are also missing the big powerful character that Anita needs to touch and feel and be really passionate about.
The author is really good at the police murder mystery that weaves through many of the books. But, again, towards the end the same phrases kept popping back up.
The author also tends to go on and on about the color of someone's eyes and even rehashing the same paragraphs in other books.
The polyamory thing is a hard sell for me. I have a hard time knowing that her closest "sweeties" as she calls them sleep with other women. So my emotions are getting in the way of the story for me. I kind of wish the author would just stop beating the subject to death by having Anita try to make people understand it. I wish it would just be there, not shoved in your face, and focus on the parts of the story that need it. Like focus on the murder or predator or whatever but don't keep beating the subject to death.
The full length books are worth reading. The little separate short stories I didn't think were valuable.
I think the book "Michah" was the least interesting. There's just something about him that's just turned kind of dull for some reason.
It would be interesting to delve deeper into some of the other characters instead of them being there just for Anita to have sex with.
I'm kind of dreading the whole Jade storyline because I can tell it's coming. I don't mind the MM but FF is just not my thing.
If the author came out with a pure mystery or police procedural series, I'd read those, too, because the stories in these are really great. So, if the sex scene is a little blah, there's always the storyline to keep it interesting.
All in all, though, I will definitely re-read this series again and again. (less)