Ooh, didn't know this was a popular book when I randomly picked it from a library shelf. Well, not completely randomly- I was already debating betweenOoh, didn't know this was a popular book when I randomly picked it from a library shelf. Well, not completely randomly- I was already debating between two other books before I saw this one and being the sucker for beautiful dresses/ball gowns that I am, I put the other two down in favor of this. LOL, I kept taking out the other books in the series and admiring their covers as well. I feel so shallow OTL....more
Haha, as soon as I started it there was so much unrelated info about William and Elizabeth that I instantly wondered if there was a previous book wri Haha, as soon as I started it there was so much unrelated info about William and Elizabeth that I instantly wondered if there was a previous book written about them. Sure enough, there was. Anyways, putting aside my spidey senses, this was a pretty good book.
Although it was a romance novel, it didn't feel like romance was the main focus. It was more about our protagonist's hopes and dreams and freedom and future. I really liked Hope's character, and totally supported her in fighting for her future. She was born into the lifestyle of a prostitute, and after fighting so hard to overcome her childhood she became an esteemed courtesan.
In comes Robert, who, despite the author repeatedly calling to attention his handsomeness, did not in any way make me swoon. Hope's and Robert's relationship seemed to be mainly sexually focused, and I honestly don't remember any good conversation they had where they got to know each other. And him choosing revenge over the only happiness his life had ever seen at the end of the book kinda made me lose much of the respect I had for him, although thank goodness he came to his senses. I get it, though. It was the misunderstanding they had to have before they both realized they loved each other before anything else. Overall, great ending for a book with a good story. Probably would read the other books in the series if I came across them....more
Seeing as how I loved the author's other work, the fever series, so much, I really had so many expectations for this book. Maybe that was part of theSeeing as how I loved the author's other work, the fever series, so much, I really had so many expectations for this book. Maybe that was part of the reason why it didnt work out.
While Mac's character is totally cute and relatable, I did not like Adrienne at all. Looking from afar, one would think she was a smart and strong female lead, but really, she didn't know herself, was super stubborn in a stupid way, and she refused the wrong people- yes I'm talking about Hawk. He had done no wrong, really, and I remember the first 60% of the book just being her trying to deny him. He was a bit of a really bland character as well with the whole mindset of "she's stubborn shes different she doesnt instantly love me like all the other wenches i love her so much asdfghjkl." Not to mention all he seemed to care about was sex smh. NO. Their "love seemed so unbelieving fake, even one of those cheesy stories would have been more interesting.
Only in the last 40% of the book did something actually story worthy happen, and I did like that part, actually.
Nonetheless, I will most likely read the next book in the series because it is not about these two>b and I still love Karen Marie Moning. ...more
FUDGEEEE THAT TWIST AT THE END THO, WHILE MY HEAD WAS STILL REELING FROM THE TWIST BEFORE IT :O Wow wow what a steamy book. I don't think I was ever notFUDGEEEE THAT TWIST AT THE END THO, WHILE MY HEAD WAS STILL REELING FROM THE TWIST BEFORE IT :O Wow wow what a steamy book. I don't think I was ever not totally into it while reading it. Persephone is an awesome main lead, and she definitely knew how to play them boys, even if she actually never realized it. Her and Azriel were so charming and there was actually a lot of unexpected humor between them. Talk about humor, THE ANIMALSSSSSSS <#3333333 The way Fergus describes their actions and reactions had me grinning and wishing I had my own three adorable faithful courageous animals. Sigh, I was hoping that her animal harem would increase and she'd somehow be loved by all the animals at he court (and possibly kingdom), but no matter. And oh Mordecai. *shudders* I'm definitely adding him to the list of super evil (actually evil evil) villains, for goodness, he was so delusional and blood thirsty and heartless and just UGLY. (view spoiler)[And to think he became absolutely nothing at the end of the book! (hide spoiler)] And the setting was so realistic I couldn't not imagine every second of the book in my head. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more