Just as adorable & funny as the anime. There are a few parts where the translation could have been phrased more appropriately, but aside from thatJust as adorable & funny as the anime. There are a few parts where the translation could have been phrased more appropriately, but aside from that, very enjoyable!...more
Enjoyed this very much. A proper mix of humor & serious. I would like to read more from this author, especially if it's about these characters agaEnjoyed this very much. A proper mix of humor & serious. I would like to read more from this author, especially if it's about these characters again....more
3.5 dropped to 2.5 stars because of (view spoiler)[ that stupid ass (har) tattoo she gets. It makes it only mildly better that he got one, too, within3.5 dropped to 2.5 stars because of (view spoiler)[ that stupid ass (har) tattoo she gets. It makes it only mildly better that he got one, too, within the same sort of line. (hide spoiler)] Cute, light, fluffy read. Don't read too much into it, just go with the flow. The intimate scenes were decent overall - only a few were "hot" enough to where I really took note. A lot of cliches, and it was often easy enough to guess where the next page would take the story, but still fairly enjoyable. I've already grabbed a few more novels from this author, and plan on getting The Reynolds Brothers #2 when it is out on July 14th. ["br"]>...more
Woo. I really enjoyed this one. Just the right balance of sweet and hot. It was a fun relatively light read. Not really any drama, just a bit of tensioWoo. I really enjoyed this one. Just the right balance of sweet and hot. It was a fun relatively light read. Not really any drama, just a bit of tension, and didn't rely heavily on misunderstandings like a lot of romance novels tend to. The intimate scenes were hot! but did get a bit repetitive as the novel wore on. As with a lot of romance tales, you can't really compare it to "real life" too much - I don't know anyone with half a brain who would do what this PhD student did - but the characters all felt like real people I could possibly know in my own life, and I liked that. I could relate to Ashlyn, and I liked the author's writing style enough that I've already purchased Liz's story, and plan to keep reading more from her. Recommended if you're looking for a fun break that you don't want to think about too hard!...more
**spoiler alert** I am so confused. :l Forgive my scathing, critical attitude - It is only that Taste was so precious to me and this falls short of th**spoiler alert** I am so confused. :l Forgive my scathing, critical attitude - It is only that Taste was so precious to me and this falls short of that.
I guess I would give this 3.5 stars, really. I had to look up on the author's site whether this was actually tied to Taste at all... I adored that book with every part of my heart, and this one (more or less because of that) seemed to fall a bit flat. I liked reading about the characters again, but somehow they seemed like pale shadows of themselves. The question is never really answered as to "what" exactly they are - Zhamvy? Human? Or seeming to lean toward ... Witches?? Ugh. As infuriating as Phoenix could be in Taste at times, at least she seemed like a "real" person. At the end of everything, I liked her. I liked that she chose Demitri because it seemed to fit. I hate that it got twisted into her being uncertain and having been with Luka up until recent events in Savor. No, no, no! In this book, she mostly just comes across as a way to advance the plot. Dray got turned into some eccentric child-boy-thing with perhaps a hint of autism? Or something. Demitri seems to just be there for muscles and occasional comedic relief. Yana is much more intense (see: bitchy) and prone to fits and "screeching." And poor Luka. Luka was turned into some oozing sexpot that can get away with anything - any fit of rage or pouting or acting like a spoiled brat even more unforgivably than in Taste - just because he's pretty. "No, but really - he is SOOO sweet!" Ugh. Luka in Taste intrigued me, pulled me in. His complexity and many facets and the reasons for those truly peeked through in Taste. Luka in this one made me want to vomit more often than anything. And despite how Dakota keeps saying how "sweet" he is, there are too many times he crosses a very real line and falls into the camp of true violation for it to be swept under the rug for me. I did like Dakota's character, which came as a surprise. She came across as someone real, which is hard to do when you start off with making her a photography student with an eyepatch. She has flaws, but that made her more human. She had backbone, despite that she caved to Luka entirely too much for my taste (especially when he took her eyepatch off without her permission. WTH.) The one thing he said that I have to agree with - she is a woman who knows what she wants.
I will keep reading this series because of my fondness for Taste, and a curiosity for where this new world of theirs will go, despite feeling like the essence of the characters in Taste has been bleached away. I did enjoy this book, but there is also a lot I have beef about, sometimes out of disappointment over that fondness not carrying over to his new universe and bare-bones similarities of the characters, sometimes with fault in the book itself. I guess I will have to be patient and wait and see if it gets better or worse, since there is no true sequel to Taste coming, from what I have read. :( ...more