This book tops the first in the series which I already thought was a five-star story. Gritty, rough and raw perfection. It's real life laid at the reaThis book tops the first in the series which I already thought was a five-star story. Gritty, rough and raw perfection. It's real life laid at the reader's feet and it doesn't always leave you feeling happy....more
L-O-V-E-D It. Roll your eyes if you must but I can't get enough of these dominant, uber-wealthy, slightly wounded, alpha men. And the story was writteL-O-V-E-D It. Roll your eyes if you must but I can't get enough of these dominant, uber-wealthy, slightly wounded, alpha men. And the story was written so tightly, there was nothing to bog down the flow. Fabulous!...more
Far different than a traditional romance in that the author deals with the issue of losing a lover readers have met in a previous book. Now the heroinFar different than a traditional romance in that the author deals with the issue of losing a lover readers have met in a previous book. Now the heroine is learning she can move on. Powerfully moving....more
I've heard some say this series is like Black Dagger Brotherhood, Dragon-style. I'd agree in that it's just as well-written but Callahan's dragons defI've heard some say this series is like Black Dagger Brotherhood, Dragon-style. I'd agree in that it's just as well-written but Callahan's dragons definitely have their own unique style. Still, anyone who likes one will surely like the other....more
Exciting, riveting, suspenseful and still tender… Cover of Darkness by Kaylea Cross is all of these things and more. I was hooked from the very beginnExciting, riveting, suspenseful and still tender… Cover of Darkness by Kaylea Cross is all of these things and more. I was hooked from the very beginning and am certain any fan of romantic suspense will be just as taken. The biggest question I have is why this author hasn’t gotten more serious PR. Cross is fabulous and readers are going to miss a quality series if they haven’t heard of her. So here is my shout out to a little known but well crafted author! The reader is immediately dropped into the story of Bryn McAllister who has been targeted by a terrorist cell. She survives a bombing at the U.S. Embassy in Beirut while at a function with her father; but is kidnapped and left to die in a desert cellar. Her tenacity during her captivity shows amazing resourcefulness and allows the reader an appreciation for inner strength. In just a few pages, the reader has no doubt that Bryn is a commanding female lead. She demonstrates strong physical endurance along with emotional control which allows her to be measured up against all of the strong alpha males she encounters without being overpowered. When she is rescued by Navy SEAL Lieutenant Declan McCabe and his team, Bryn is weak and has to rely on them to get her and her father to safety. Dec is a dangerously hot alpha male whose authoritative, commanding nature leads him to take charge of any situation. He is genuine, solid and loyal – the perfect hero for such a strong heroine. Though they form a bond during Bryn’s rescue, they part ways when Dec is called back for another op and Bryn is hospitalized for her wounds. Then a family friend, and the legendary CIA operative Luke Hutchinson, recruits her and Dec to work as part of the team tracking down Tezharri, the terrorist mastermind guilty of the attack and kidnapping. Tezharri was a seriously scary psychopath with no redeeming qualities. The excerpts that bring the reader inside his thoughts are startlingly menacing. Having more experience with terrorists like Tezharri, Dec realizes more than Bryn the danger she is placing herself in. Though Dec thinks her joining the mission is a bad idea, Bryn is determined to see the terrorist brought to justice and Dec is determined to protect her. However, bound by the code of the Navy SEALs, Dec fights the attraction between them so that he can focus on his job and keep her safe. While their feelings for one another grow, they maintain a safe distance until spurred on by the fear of loss. But when Bryn is captured again, Dec makes the difficult choice between his duty as a Navy SEAL and the life of the woman he loves. You will never guess what happens. This is my favorite thing about this book. I was on the edge of my seat every second because there was never a part of the story where I could guess what was coming. Cross is an author who really knows the topic she’s writing about, including incorporating her own skills of karate and belly dancing (loved that scene – you go, girl!). It was clear that she’d also done her research on the Navy SEALs or other soldiers in the Special Forces. She created a strong storyline with the military aspect of the plot as strong as their growing romance. Cross really gets what romantic suspense should be about - the romance is crucial to the action, and the action is crucial to the romance and never should one get in the way of the other. That’s the formula Cross uses and it works beautifully. I am so glad I found Kaylea Cross. Now that I have discovered her, I have already downloaded the next in the series (Cover of Darkness is the second book) and am off to read it. ...more
If I had to choose, I would say that Lora Leigh's Coyote’s Mate is my favorite Breed book. I read all of the Breed books, one immediately after the otIf I had to choose, I would say that Lora Leigh's Coyote’s Mate is my favorite Breed book. I read all of the Breed books, one immediately after the other, over the span of six weeks. I started in order (always recommend you do that with a series!!) with the Ellora's Cave books which were steamy, had a basic premise that held me but the story was woven around sex scenes as opposed to the sex scenes being integrated into the story. Still, yummy reads – I can’t deny I didn’t eat them up. But then came a change in the publishing company and Lora Leigh’s Breed books focused more on the story of the Breeds, their pasts, their struggles, their need to build a community and be accepted. I really liked this shift since it draws the reader more into the characters... and Coyote's Mate became my favorite because it has a unique storyline with strong, real characters including a few hilarious girlfriends to make you laugh.
The story of Del-Ray and Anya gives readers their first look at the Coyote Breeds with their similarities and differences from the other Breed groups. Finally the Coyote Breeds are taking their place beside the Feline & Wolf Breeds at Haven, one of the protected Breed communities. Yummy coyotes!
I can’t help myself; I need a strong Alpha Hero (who knows how to love his woman). While Del-Rey is far from my favorite of Lora Leigh’s heroes, he is a strong alpha male. Though his arrogance is like other Breed males, his disregard for his mate’s needs at times is unprecedented. I was angry with him throughout the book but assumed his struggles with assimilating into a loving relationship are because of his early life in the Council lab. Still, Del-Ray defines “stupid male”.
Del-Ray is the Coyote Alpha who survived Council captivity and now rescues others. When Anya approaches him with information on a Council coyote lab, he works with her to eliminate any traitors and plan a raid while steadily growing attached and possessive of her. But as a typical Alpha Breed, Del-Ray’s arrogance and cluelessness about women leads him to do just about everything wrong. Herein lies the premise of the entire book.
How stupid is he? Let me count the ways… first, he lies to her, then he mates with her so forcefully that she is terrified, injures her father, kidnaps her and steals her virginity. Then he leaves her with his pack only to return and claim her, denounces her as his mate and Coya, but expects her to act as his mate in private. This is the part of the story when I threw the book across the room only to quickly pick it up again because the book has great action and mystery which I love. I can’t help myself; I want action, mystery and suspense. Coyote’s Mate has it all. The story moved fast and every page was a turn in their love story.
I can’t help myself; I need to feel the love to love the book. Despite everything they go through, the reader can sense the connection and love between Del-Ray and Anya. Anya is similar to many of Leigh's heroines... young, beautiful, and of course, she’s overwhelmed by the loss of control brought on by the mating heat. But here’s what I loved about her: Anya was the first heroine to stand up to the hero for what she believed in and was willing to walk away to stay true to herself. Her strength was amazing, helping to free the Breeds, stepping into the role of Coya and fighting for her mate while still doing what is right. I found myself wondering if I could’ve been as strong as she was. Anya intrigued me. And I figured if any woman can deal with a man like Del-Ray it would be her.
Hot alpha sex, murder plots, suspense, good secondary characters, quick action, the full emotional spectrum and a happily ever after - it’s all here.
The Darkest Hour has made my top books list for 2010. I was already tickled when we chose Maya Banks as our book club’s first author but then add to tThe Darkest Hour has made my top books list for 2010. I was already tickled when we chose Maya Banks as our book club’s first author but then add to that it was the first book in her new romantic suspense series. I had been craving a series just like this one since I’d finished Leigh’s Elite Ops series; and Maya didn’t disappoint. I can’t help myself; I judge a book first by the hero. And Ethan was the perfect hero for me. He felt genuine, an alpha male that had emotions and wasn’t too much a man to show them. (yum!) I could see why Rachel fell in love with him – heck, I nearly fell in love with him. Watching Ethan deal with his guilt over how he treated Rachel before she disappeared, his joy at finding her, and his fear of losing her again gave depth to his character. I connected immediately with Ethan as the book opens with him mourning the death of his wife. He is overwhelmed by his guilt and does his best to shut out the world. When Ethan receives proof his wife is alive, he turns to his brothers who run KGI, an intelligence agency, for help rescuing Rachel. I fell into the fast paced, action packed scene when the brothers raid the jungle camp in search of her. They find Rachel drugged and without her memory. I can’t help myself; I need to feel the love to love the book. When they returned home and began weaning Rachel off the drugs, her memory comes back slowly. Maya knows how to develop a strong character, and instead of appearing weak, Rachel’s struggles give her a soul. Rachel and Ethan reconnect, and Rachel begins to remember that her marriage had not been as perfect as she first remembered. Rachel’s isolation was heart wrenching and Ethan’s sincerity warmed my heart. Their tender love scenes were sweet. I was praying for their happily ever after. More a romance than a suspense though, The Darkest Hour was centered on the relationships of the characters, something Maya is skilled at and demonstrates in all of her books. The relationships between all the characters felt genuine and immediately drew me in. (I want a family just like theirs!) The Kelly family is terrific. Their interactions felt genuine, and it was like peeking in on a real family. The brothers make jokes, punch each other, and throw each other in lakes. It was nice to see a group of bad ass military-type men doing something other than just plotting and scowling at each other. I can’t help myself; I want drama, mystery and suspense. My major contention with the book is the story line on Rachel’s abduction and the continued attempts on her life which I felt was weak. She is being hunted by this mysterious man and when we finally learn what’s going on, it seemed like just an afterthought. And what about those bad ass, military-type men? Seems to me they would be overprotective to a fault and wouldn’t have let so many mysterious attempts happen on her life. Come on, Kelly men, do your jobs. I am also holding out my opinion on the sub plot with Marlene taking in Rusty, the homeless teenager. It was one of only two things I had an issue with because I didn’t feel it connected to the rest of the story. I wanted more between her and Rachel. I thought a lot more could have been done with her character, but my guess is that Maya was setting up something to happen later in her series so I’ll quietly wait to see. Neither of these two issues bothered me enough to ruin the story because the rest of the book was so strong. I am counting the days until the next book (December, where are you?). The Kelly brothers and their family will have a special place on my favorite books list, no doubt about it.
** audiobook ** I love the Falke brothers. This second book in the series is just as rich in detail with a compelling story line and solid characters.** audiobook ** I love the Falke brothers. This second book in the series is just as rich in detail with a compelling story line and solid characters. Especially fun on audiobook....more
Hunting Human is now sitting on my favorite books shelf. As Amanda Alvarez’s debut book, Hunting Human places her among some of the best paranormal wrHunting Human is now sitting on my favorite books shelf. As Amanda Alvarez’s debut book, Hunting Human places her among some of the best paranormal writers. Her writing style is smooth, the story flowing easily from suspense to romance. It is an emotional and compelling story, tainted with horrific scenes, that I just couldn’t stop reading.
Her books keep getting better - and more intense - as they go along. JR Ward is an author who doesn't seem to lose her edge as the series goes along.Her books keep getting better - and more intense - as they go along. JR Ward is an author who doesn't seem to lose her edge as the series goes along. Loved it....more