Have you ever read a book you wanted to be great, but it just missed it’s mark? Wild The Pack of St. James by Noelle Mack has been that book for me. F...moreHave you ever read a book you wanted to be great, but it just missed it’s mark? Wild The Pack of St. James by Noelle Mack has been that book for me. First, let me say that although I didn’t love the book, I did like it. I know that Ms. Mack needed to set up the plotline for her continuing series with Kyril’s brothers, but unfortunately for me it was at Kyril’s and Vivienne’s expense.
As soon as the novel starts, we are in what feels like the middle of Kyril’s and Vivienne’s relationship. I felt like I had started in the middle of the book, and that I had missed something important… like why they connected, and why their feelings were as strong as they were. Honestly, I felt kind of cheated when I read about them throughout the book. One moment they are thinking about consummating their relationship…the next they are in love, then they don’t see one another for a long period of time. What made them connect? What drove their attraction to one another? Why didn’t they communicate better with one another?
Please don’t get me wrong, I liked both Kyril and Vivienne. Kyril is a strong, handsome leader. He puts his pack first, and rules it with a firm but compassionate hand. He is interesting and funny, and I totally understood why the ladies and gentlemen in the novel were drawn to his self-assuredness and masculinity. Vivienne is also very notable in her own right. She has had to take care of herself in any way she can to survive. She is smart and likable, but somewhat naïve at times.
What didn’t gel for me is… when Vivienne’s life is in danger because of her relationship with Kyril, he felt like he couldn’t keep her safe, so he sends his cousin in his steed to take care of her. I know he wanted to protect her, but Kyril was the leader of the Pack…isn’t he supposed to be the one everyone relies on, especially when others are weak and in danger? Shouldn’t he be doing everything in his power to keep his loved ones safe himself, instead of sending others to do his job?
Kyril and Vivienne’s relationship definitely took a back burner in this book. Please don’t get me wrong, there are some great moments between them, but they are few and far between because there is so much else going on. I felt cheated. But, on the plus side the relationship Kryil has with his brother’s and cousin was wonderful. He definitely is a well-established leader and I enjoyed the camaraderie the men had between them.
Even though I was a little disappointed, I am still looking forward to reading the next book in the series. The world of the Pack of St. James is still interesting with it’s Russian culture and the traditions of the St. James werewolves. So, Wild The Pack of St. James was a good read, I am hoping that the next book Wanton, which features Kyril’s sexy brother Marko will be released in July of 2008.
As with other Noelle Mack novels, if you are offended by strong language and explicit sexual situations, than this novel if not for you.
This is the second book in the Agency of Extraordinary Mates anthologies. I really enjoyed this book, but I honestly didn't like it as well at the fir...moreThis is the second book in the Agency of Extraordinary Mates anthologies. I really enjoyed this book, but I honestly didn't like it as well at the first book. I really want to rate it at 3.5 stars. Some of the characters were more cookie-cutter to me, and a couple of the stories were not as developed, but it was a nice, quick read. The backstory is Paranormal beings are seeking mates. They seek out mates by sponsoring possible matches. There are very sexually explicit situtation, including m/m interplay. If you are offended by this and dirty words, this book is not for you.
I am a sucker for a good anthology book. Sometimes I don't want the commitment of a long novel. So I eagerly started this one and finished it in one s...moreI am a sucker for a good anthology book. Sometimes I don't want the commitment of a long novel. So I eagerly started this one and finished it in one setting. All of the stories are written by different authors. All are erotic and kept my interest, and they gave me a couple of hours of enjoyment:) The backstory to all of these stories are Paranormal beings are looking for Mates. There is a resort where they "sponsor" their potential mate after doing some extensive research on them. Many times, the potential mate has no idea they are being set up on the ultimate blind date...they just think they have won the vacation of a lifetime. Finding Magic by Kate Douglas This story has a "twofer" love story in it. Amanda is a very famous actress who is suffering from burn out. When her homosexual assisant-who is also her best friend- pushes her to go on vacation, she gives in reluctantly. When she runs into a handsome, but arrogant Lorcan she is attracted to him despite her first impression of him. Lorcan is a shape-shifting Dragon Prince who must find a mate. When he meets Amanda for the first time he is immediately smitten, but seems to always say the wrong thing to her. Determined to have her he sets out to woo her and hope that she will give her heart and body to him, even though he is a Dragon. If you have read any Kate Douglas stories, you know what you are in for. There is some mild BDSM between the secondary love story-Amanda's assistant and Lorcan's man in waiting. There are also some M/M interaction between the secondary characters. Honestly, I liked all of the characters in this story, so the M/M contact didn't bother me. This may not be for everyone though, so I thought I would warn you. 4 Play by Eve Vaughn When Trina wins her dream vacation she is ready to get away from it all. She is a strong, hard working heroine who has been down on her luck for awhile, so not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, she jumps at the chance to escape for a while. She is surprised when she is persued by not one but three men all claiming they are her mate and they love her. Between the undivided attention she recieves from them and the hot sex, well this turns into the vacation of a lifetime. This has Menage scenes and some strong language in this story. I liked all of the characters the Heroes are very sexy, likable shapeshifting lions. They definately know how to treat a lady...no wonder Trina fell so hard for them...lol Sea God's Pleasure by Alice Gaines Gloria is an art dealer whose bad attitude and well for a better word Bitchiness is driving her employees crazy. When she "wins" a dream vacation her employees insist on her taking it or they will quit. So despite her reluctance she agrees to go. She has always been attracted to a painting portraying "a sea god's pleasure" for some reason it has always spoken to her on many levels. So when she spots the most beautiful man she has ever seen coming out of the ocean to her, she is spellbound because he looks just like her object of desire. Quarian the god of the sea can only have one mate. When he sees Gloria, he knows immediately that she is the one for him. But will Gloria's stubborness and unwillingness to give her heart away being him eternal loneliness? I really loved Quarian. I didn't care for Gloria much. I really thought she was well...a bitch, but I was willing to overlook her shortcomings because I liked him so much. He is noble, strong, smart and sexy. How could I not be drawn to him? I enjoyed this book and I am looking forward to reading the second one in this series! If you are offended by dirty words and hot sex, this book is not for you.
Bryn Royden had a very bad marriage. She and her best friend Claire own a local bookstore, and she has devoted herself to work. Her self-esteen has ta...moreBryn Royden had a very bad marriage. She and her best friend Claire own a local bookstore, and she has devoted herself to work. Her self-esteen has taken quite a beating by her ex- husband so she is surprised and half afraid of the attention given to her by dominant and VERY attractive Logan Sutherland. Logan knew Bryn was his mate the first time her saw (smelled) her. An Alpha in his pack, he has the role of the mediator, and keeps peace between rival packs. He is strong, thoughtful, loving, stubborn and fights for his mate. Here is what I loved about this book:
Even though he is a werewolf and she is a human there was no BIG MISUNDERSTANDING. He was upfront with Bryn pretty early on in their relationship, and she takes it pretty easily, and doesn't hold it against him, or try to make him be ashamed, or change that part of him. I really liked the way they communicated with one another. With him being a big communicator in his pack, he followed through with that at home. They didn't argue and bicker much. Plus, I really believed that they liked and loved one another. There was a romance. There was love. Not just sex...but it was good too...lol
The only thing that disappointed me with this book is her hesitation later on about a semi-major thing (won't tell) but she comes around. I hated to see it end. I read the next story about her sister, but it is an EBOOK. I liked it as well-Bryn and Logan play a pretty big part of it-but I liked this one better. (less)
This is a 3 story anthology with 3 different authors. I have never read anything by any of these authors, and I was pleasantly surprised. This book was...moreThis is a 3 story anthology with 3 different authors. I have never read anything by any of these authors, and I was pleasantly surprised. This book was good...not great but good. I am fairly new to New Concepts Books, and if you think the editing in Ellora's Cave books is bad, I think New Concepts is worse...but if you can overlook that ( I did, but it was noticable) this book is enjoyable.
Darkest Desire by JC Grey
Morgan has a pretty calm, steady life. Her job is to promote, research and display different artifacts and new exhibitions at the museum she works at. Having been promoted less than 6 months ago, she has something to prove. Lately, the Morgan and the other staff have been trying to convince Hunter Riley, a successful archaeologist, and discoverer of the Celtic artifact of Cernunnos-a little known Celtic god-torque encased in gold,that is centuries old. The museum wants to promote this in their "More than Myths" exhibit, and leaves Morgan in charge of handling the paperwork and negotiations with with Hunter. The only problem is not only she attracted to the sexy-down to earth Hunter, she is haunted by these dreams of the Horned Warrior Cernunnos chasing her, capturing her and ravishing her (I used ravish for you Julie...lol) Hunter Riley has been waiting on meeting the low-key Morgan. Reading about her in a magazine and deciding to what he must to meet her, he is more than glad to meet Morgan's demands. I liked this story. Hunter is a take-charge hero. He wants Morgan and actively persues her, despite her misgivings. Of course, there is a big misunderstanding, and the legend of Cernunnos that keeps it interesting also. Morgan was wishy-washy to me, but Hunter kept the story interesting. (Gotta love the quiet ones)
The Djinn by Marie Morin
This was my favorite story in this book. I liked both the hero and the heroine and it went pretty smoothly. It felt a little rushed at the end, but it was still satisfying. Elise Beauchamp comes across a vial at a local flea market. The vendor tells her that this will bring her, her one true love...and since she is a young widow and not really looking to get into another relationship, just laughs the vendor off, but buys it anyway. She unintentionally summons Raheem and at first thinks she is either going crazy or is dreaming when tells her he is there to grant her fondest wish. Raheem is not amused by the interesting human that summoned him from his world. When she sends him on a wild goose chase he is intrigued by her intelligence, humor and beauty. Soon, they become friends and fight the attraction they have for one another... because a relationship is forbidden between them. This story had some laugh at loud moments to me. Also, I liked both characters and was pleased to see them work out the kinks in their strange relationship.
Gypsy Nights By Mandy Roth
This story was the hardest to get into. I think it would have been much better if it had been a novel instead of a short story. There was just too much going on and it was too rushed for me. But, I really liked the hero. He was a very interesting, sexy vampire-so what's not to like? By the way it ended it leads me to believe that this is the first story of a series. I would read it probably, if it isn't as short as this story was. 30 years ago Master Vampire Sebastian Rolle disobeyed orders and tried to save a pregnant gypsy's life. The woman dies, but not before telling him that the baby girl will be his future mate. Sebastian gives the baby to her grandmother and returns only to be punished for helping the gypsy. He seeks her out 30 years later and is immediately in love and protective of her. Gitana is immediately drawn to the handsome stranger before her. She uncharacteristically invites him to her home and trusts him without knowing anything about him. Having just divorced her husband (who is a werewolf) she is surprised by the physical and emotional attraction she feels for him. The story then involves witches, werewolfs, immortals, gypsy's, half vampires and so on. I really wish it could have been longer and not so conjested, but can't have it all I guess.
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This book consists of 4 stories. 3 really good stories and 1 not so good.
The Countess's Pleasure by Emma Holly First, let me say I am normally not an E...moreThis book consists of 4 stories. 3 really good stories and 1 not so good.
The Countess's Pleasure by Emma Holly First, let me say I am normally not an Emma Holly fan. I have read a few stories by her, and some are better than others..having said that, I really liked this story. Set in victorian times in a place called Bhamjran...Georgiana, a young widow, travels there for adventure. She comes across a show in which a very handsome Yama or Demon is performing. Amazed by him, and his sensual performance she gives him an offer he can't refuse. I only wish the story had been longer. I really liked the hero and heroine together, but even though the story is short, it is well written and very enjoyable.
The Breed Next Door by Lora Leigh This story is the reason I bought this book. I am a Lora Leigh fan, and she does not dissappoint with this one! I only wish the story was longer. I really enjoy the breed books and anyone who likes this series will really like this story. What sets it aside from the others is the humor. Tarek and Lyra really have a great rapport and find humor in the way they communicate with one another. This story also shows how difficult the breeds may have fitting in the outside world.
The Blood Kiss By Shiloh Walker This story started off a little slow for me, but quickly picked up the pace and I ended up really liking it also. Roman is king of the werewolves. His brother has been kidnapped by the King of the Vampires. Vampires and Werewolves are sworn enemies. To save his brother, Roman decides to kidnap the Vampire Kings daughter...Julianna. Instead, he ends up befriending her and since she does not approve of her father's behavior, she sets out to help him. Once again, the relationship between Roman and Julianna is very sweet and sensual. This story will not disappoint.
The only story I had problems with was Falling for Anthony by Meljean Brook. It just didn't hold my interest. It needs a larger format than a short story premises. I hope ya'll give this book a try. Even those who don't like Paranormal books will enjoy this one. It was well worth the read and quite enjoyable-especially for an anthology.