Carson Steele was a loner in high school who was abandoned by his mother and abused by his dad. The bright spot in his life Carissa, whom he had a4.5*
Carson Steele was a loner in high school who was abandoned by his mother and abused by his dad. The bright spot in his life Carissa, whom he had a secret crush on. But Carissa was with Aaron. When things got too bad at home, Carson left before finishing high school. And of course he left Carissa behind. Big mistake.
Fast forward about 8 years, and Carson has returned home a mechanic who creates beautiful bikes and cars. He becomes a member of the Chaos MC and is named Joker. He meets up with Carissa again when he coincidentally stops to change her tire. He recognizes her, but she doesn't recognize him.
Carissa is now a divorced mother of a baby who works in a grocery store and has been screwed over financially by her ex-husband Aaron. As she gets to know Joker, she falls for him. But what will happen when she learns the truth of his identity, which he's been keeping from her? And what fresh hell will Aaron torment Carissa with?
I loved this book almost as much as I LOVE the cover! keep in mind that model from the cover as you read about Joker and you'll be fanning yourself all through the book.
I loved Joker. He made something of himself out of a horrible home life. He was wise beyond his years, protective, sexy, and good with Carissa's son. He was incredibly patient, and knew what true love was.
Carissa was adorkable. As described by Joker, she was the kind of happy young woman who would hop and skip around with a constant smile on her face. She was a klutz and a goofball. She was also smart and sensitive and sassy. She wouldn't tolerate swearing from Joker, yet liked naughty sex. Because she lost her sister and mother, all she ever wanted to be was a wife and mother. She was an excellent mother. Her son was cute and his antics were funny.
The main thrust of the story was the love story of Joker and Carissa. It was beautiful and touching. The troubles she had with her ex- ended up being quite poignant.
A word about Kristen Ashley's style: you have to roll with it. She writes in a mix of 3rd, first, and omniscient points of view, and has many POV characters. Don't let it ruin the story for you or you'll miss a great love story....more
This review assumes some familiarity with the Midnight Breed series. If you haven't read the series yet, what we you waiting for?!
Nathan is a Gen4.5*s
This review assumes some familiarity with the Midnight Breed series. If you haven't read the series yet, what we you waiting for?!
Nathan is a Gen One Hunter, a Breed bred and trained to be an emotionless killer. 20 years ago he was rescued by Hunter and Corinne. Now he's captain of his own squad for The Order under Sterling Chase in Boston.
Jordana Gates is a Breedmate and a darling of Boston of society. She is a curator of a museum and heavily involved in the opening of a new exhibit. Her adoptive father is adamant that she be mated to a suitable male by the time she's 25--just a few weeks away. But her father's choice doesn't make her blood run hot like the controlled Nathan does. There's more to Nathan than shows on the surface.
The plot is full of mystery, lethal danger, deadly secrets, and secret identities. Once it grabs you, it doesn't let you go. The love story between Nathan and Jordana is hot, gut-wrenching, and wholly satisfying. Did I mention hot? It bears repeating. You'll fall in love with Nathan right beside Jordana.
My guess is that the events in CRAVE THE NIGHT will ultimately be crucial to the overall story arc of the series. It's going to be an interesting adventure. Don't miss this book or the series!...more
Seven months after the events in Dragon Bound, Pia reflects on her relationship with …
"Dragos, who was primitive, powerful, domineering, calculating,Seven months after the events in Dragon Bound, Pia reflects on her relationship with …
"Dragos, who was primitive, powerful, domineering, calculating, manipulative infernally clever and tactless, and who she adored with all of her heart. Dragos, who created as many problems as he solved, and who loved her too, fiercely, so much so he had mated with her. Their lives had become inextricably entwined, and they had to work together for things now.
Which meant they needed to figure out how to be partners …"
But how could Pia, a young woman in her twenties, become a partner with one of the oldest creatures on earth? A Powerful Beast who had never been a partner with anyone before? Neither Pia or Dragos knows the answer.
Their partnership is tested when Pia travels to South Carolina to meet with the Elves. When Dragos pursued Pia in Dragon Bound, he broke many treaties with the Elves. Relations with the Elves need to be repaired because there is border strife and a crippling trade embargo. Pia's negotiations with the Elves are delicate and crucial.
Dragos can't travel with Pia, and he is beside himself with worry, as they've never been apart. To add to his concern, Pia is pregnant with their Powerful son, "Peanut."
Dragos must stay in New York because he is hosting the Sentinel Games. He lost two of his Sentinels—Tiago and Rune— when they found their mates. They are to be replaced in elimination matches between hundreds of contests over many days. Even Dragos's current Sentinels must compete.
Negotiations with the Elves don't proceed according to plan. Pia finds herself in the middle of a deadly situation that threatens not only the demesne of the Elves, but the world …
Lord's Fall is a beautiful love story that will warm the hearts of fans of Dragos and Pia. There is tenderness, comedy, page-turning action, and hot smex. Did I say hot smex? Let's just say that you'll never look at a man in a designer suit and sunglasses the same way again.
Thea Harrison not only advanced the overall story arc of the series, she gave a gift to readers. And the greatest gift comes at the end of the book. Don't miss it.
I'm going to allow the book to speak for itself. Here are some of my favorite quotes:
Dragos: "Her pearly luminescence filtered through his dark lashes and lit all the dark corners inside of him."
Pia: "You can take the girl out of a Target store, she thought, but you can't take the Target store out of the girl."
Dragos to Pia: "'I'm vulnerable in ways I've never been before … But in ways, I'm stronger and better with you than without.'"
Pia to Dragos: "'Because you're the meanest, strongest, toughest, son of a bitch I know...and I mean all of that as a total heartfelt compliment.'"
Dragos: "She had come into his life to steal from him, and in the process she had given him everything she had."
If you're a fan of the Elder Races series, Lord's Fall should be next on your TBR pile. If you haven't read the series, start with Dragon Bound and enjoy!...more
It's now twenty years after the hysteria of First Dawn, when humans learned that the Breed existed. The current peace between Breed and humanMy recap:
It's now twenty years after the hysteria of First Dawn, when humans learned that the Breed existed. The current peace between Breed and humans is tentative and uneasy, and there is an underground war going on between the Order and anti-Breed rebel factions.
Mira was a child during First Dawn, known for the visions that people could see in her naked eyes. Now she is a warrior for the Order, captain of her squad, and an unmated Breedmate. Kellan Archer—her childhood friend, and her only love and lover—was killed in a rebel explosion eight years ago. She's been in mourning ever since, and hates rebels with a vengeance.
Walking the line of vigilante justice, Mira breaks one rule too many and is demoted to security duty. She is to escort an eccentric, young, genius scientist to an awards ceremony. She gets caught up in his kidnapping by a rebel group. When taken to their headquarters, she discovers that the group's leader is none other than Kellan Archer. Alive and well. Her best friend and lover has become her enemy.
Kellan had his reasons for disappearing after the explosion eight years ago. Reasons that he believed were valid and that would keep Mira safe from a horrible fate. But now he is reunited with the only woman he has ever loved and destiny has been jump-started. Their love for each other is rekindled, and they are faced with the insurmountable task of reconciling their opposing missions and saving Kellan from a rebel's fate with the Order.
Keep the tissues handy, because Edge of Dawn will both warm and break your heart early and often, not letting up even at the final, poignant line. It's a touching, tender love story played out on the backdrop of truly impossible odds in the fight against a heart-rending fate. I believe it's the most moving Midnight Breed book Lara Adrian has written.
In the beginning of the book, Mira is someone we don't recognize. She's not the playful, wise-beyond-her-years child we knew from previous books. She's hardened by Kellan's loss. She's a fighter, but for all the wrong reasons. After eight years of bitterness, she's lost her way.
Kellan has made mistakes in judgment and is full of regrets. But he still has a steely core of honor that drives him, and is an admirable man in spite of being a rebel. His love for Mira never died, but he knows that he and Mira can never have a future together. He has kept his distance for that reason, and believes he must continue to keep his distance.
You'll be sucked into Mira and Kellan's love story, their fight against destiny, and the mystery surrounding the kidnapping that sweeps them up into a sticky web. Some will want to savor the book, others will want to devour it. All will want to turn page after page to see what happens next.
Fans will be delighted to catch up with all the warriors of the Order—and their families! Lucan Thorne plays a large role and his son, Darion, is introduced. We see Mira's adoptive parents, Nikolai and Renata. Tess and her son and daughter have their parts to play. But Edge of Dawn ushers in a new era for the Midnight Breed series. There is a new generation of warriors, a new and unusual enemy, and a new mission. The next book is Crave The Night, and Adrian has said that she's sketched out 6 more novels after that. We have much more Midnight Breed to look forward to!...more
Uilleam MacRieve is a Lykae who is haunted by a past that cost him his childhood and his parents. He feelsMy recap (I'll try not to spoil too much.):
Uilleam MacRieve is a Lykae who is haunted by a past that cost him his childhood and his parents. He feels responsible for that loss, even though it wasn't his fault. When he is captured and tortured by the anti-immortals Order under Commander Webb, he also loses his beast's Instinct. His inner guiding force. Once he escapes, he's a drunk and is contemplating suicide.
Chloe Todd is a professional soccer player trying to make the Olympic soccer team. But lately she hasn't felt like herself. Then her normally supportive father becomes mysterious. He hands her The Living Book of Lore and disappears. She's left adrift.
Until she's kidnapped. And put up for auction to immortals as Commander Webb's daughter. She's to be used—and abused—as bait for his capture.
MacRieve attends the auction, like thousands of others, to bid on Chloe. But his Instinct roars to the surface as he catches a whiff of his fated mate. He follows the scent … to Chloe.
He rescues Chloe from the auction, but gets more than he bargained for. As the past repeats itself, she turns out to be his worst nightmare. And he could be her death.
As one-half of the Lykae twins "Hot and Hotter," MacRieve is HOT. Or is he Hotter? Whatever. He burns up the pages with his good looks, his brogue, his muscles, and his dirty talk. He's also badly, almost irreparably damaged. He's a vulnerable and sympathetic character. Your heart goes out to him for all that he suffered. He has a long, difficult journey in this book. But he's a true hero.
In a word, Chloe is spunky. She's a kick-ass athlete, a fighter, and a winner. She's a cute, funny, "smart-arse" with a fan-boy following. She turns into MacRieve's worst nightmare, but she doesn't act like his nightmare. You'll be rooting for this plucky heroine throughout the entire book.
I give MacRieve 5♥s because it's an emotional roller-coaster ride. The best books are. There are a number of tense, heartbreaking scenes, and problems that seem insurmountable. Thankfully, there is also plenty of signature Kresley Cole humor to lighten the way. Including Nucking-Futs Nïx.
MacRieve's twin, Munro (Hot or Hotter), plays the important role of the serious, wise man in this book. The Epilogue sets up his grueling story. I assume that story will be IAD #14, but I don't have confirmation of that at this writing. Next up is The Dacians #2.
Until then, enjoy MacRieve! I hope you love it as much as I did!...more
Welcome back. I see the assassins have failed. --T-Shirt
When Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet opens, two months have passed since Charley was tortured byWelcome back. I see the assassins have failed. --T-Shirt
When Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet opens, two months have passed since Charley was tortured by Earl Walker. Charley has hidden herself away with her dead aunt Lillian in Cookie's apartment, and is bingeing on the Buy From Home Channel. Financial troubles force her to get dressed and leave the apartment, and she stumbles upon Harper Lowell. Harper believes that someone is trying to kill her, though everyone around her thinks she's just trying to get attention. But Charlie believes Harper, and takes the case.
Also, Uncle Bob contacts Charley about consulting on a series of arson fires. And there are a series of bank robberies by a group known as the Gentlemen Thieves. Somehow, they look familiar to Charley.
But above all, Charley has a bold idea for getting out of financial trouble. She's going to present Reyes with a bill for her services, even though they are angry with each other. She finds out where he is working, and visits him at his surprising new job. There she discovers that she is in mortal danger. Charley and Reyes are thrown together, with explosive results. Can they work with each other to keep Charley safe? And what will happen between the two of them?
I just needed a minute to gather my wits. They were always running amok, wreaking havoc. --Charley Davidson
Though she would deny it, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet is the story of Charley's PTSD in the aftermath of her torture. Only Darynda Jones could take such a serious subject and lighten it without actually making fun of it. From Charley's droll friendship with Cookie, to bunny slippers as legitimate footwear, to boxes from the Buy From Home Channel piled high in her apartment, to an intervention that only Charley's friends and family could come up with and much more, you'll snicker out loud. (I know I did. On a cross-country flight, no less. I hope my seatmate didn't notice.) And yet your heart will also bruise and break along with Charley's. You won't want to miss a word as the book keeps you reading "just one more chapter ..."
I don't want to give away any spoilers regarding the relationship between Reyes and Charley. Let's just say that it takes a turn. Or two. Or a few.
There are many surprising revelations about a number of characters, including Charley and Reyes. Charley learns some things about her origins that are life-altering. She also hears some talk about Reyes that she doesn't know whether to believe. I think that these revelations will form the foundation for the future story arc.
Not all questions are answered at the end of Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, no doubt leading into Fifth Grave Past the Light. That book is due to be released July 9, 2013. A sixth book, Sixth Grave TBA, is also planned.
In the meantime, enjoy reading Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet!
Some days the light at the end of the tunnel is a train.--T-shirt
Charley Davidson, private investigator and grim reaper, is virtually mainlining coffee in order to stay awake. She's been awake for almost two weeks straight as the book opens. If she falls asleep, she inadvertently summons the sexy son of Satan, Reyes Farrow. And Reyes is angry at Charley because she bound his spirit to his corporeal body to prevent him from committing suicide. Both revenge and seduction are on Reyes's mind.
Charley takes a case searching for the missing wife of a doctor with a suspicious past, and has a run-in with a biker gang at a haunted asylum. Series-changing events and betrayals by those she loves turn her world upside-down.
I strode toward Mr. Coffee with lust in my eyes. We'd had a thing for quite some time now, Mr. Coffee and I …
Third Grave Dead Ahead is stuffed full of Darynda Jones's signature humor, much of it surrounding Charley's efforts to stay awake. You'll find yourself bursting out laughing and then sheepishly looking around to see who heard you.
[I]t was a good two-hour drive from Albuquerque, which explained why it took me a little over an hour to get there.
And, as usual, Charley is a kick-butt heroine who gets her butt kicked on a regular basis. The predicaments and danger that she gets into will keep you turning page after page long after you should have put your book or e-reader down.
Never trust a man with a penis.
The case of the missing wife takes a back seat to the real meat of the book, which is the way Charley is used by those she loves. The actions of those characters (unnamed to prevent spoilers) and the results of those actions shake up her world. Although she gains a surprising ally, irreparable damage might have been done with others. Thank goodness for the humor that provides comic relief, because the book is also a tear-jerker. Keep your tissues handy.
Looking ahead, Reyes and an ongoing character who gains special insight warn Charley of an upcoming war. As of this writing, it's going to be a long, difficult wait until October 30, 2012, when Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet comes out.
4.5s Charley Davidson is hilarious and kick-butt, and yet she gets her butt kicked on a regular basis. She's sarcastic and yet has a wonderfully soft4.5♥s Charley Davidson is hilarious and kick-butt, and yet she gets her butt kicked on a regular basis. She's sarcastic and yet has a wonderfully soft heart. And Reyes? Well, I literally can't get enough of Reyes.
If you're an urban fantasy fan, this is a must-read. Even if you're not an urban fantasy fan (and I'm not!), this is a must-read. Don't miss it.
Lethal Rider is a gallop through the dark with a sexy, dangerous Horseman. Hang on tight--peaks and valleys are ahead!
Thanatos is the fourth HorsemenLethal Rider is a gallop through the dark with a sexy, dangerous Horseman. Hang on tight--peaks and valleys are ahead!
Thanatos is the fourth Horsemen of the Apocalypse, and the one who will become Death if his seal is broken. For almost five thousand years he believed his seal was his virginity. In Immortal Rider, Thanatos was seduced by Regan Matthews, a demon-slaying Aegis Guardian. Regan was convinced that if she had a child with Thanatos the child would save the world from the Apocalypse. Thanatos, believing he was betrayed by Regan, went ballistic afterwards. He destroyed Greenland, and had to be subdued by his brother and sister with hellhound saliva. Although these events are recounted in Lethal Rider, you'll want to read Immortal Rider for the full impact if you haven't already.
As Lethal Rider opens, the world has gone to heck in Pestilence's hand basket. Pestilence has done his worst, and it's bad. Really bad. Demons are running rampant.
Thanatos has been kept paralyzed by Ares and Limos for eight and a half months to keep him calm, though he doesn't understand why it's necessary. He remembers little of what happened and is unaware that Regan is pregnant with his child. What he does know is that he needs to make her pay for her betrayal. One day, when the paralysis wears off, he escapes.
Regan is full to bursting with their baby yet eaten up by guilt over what she did to Thanatos. She is kept safe at Aegis headquarters until Thanatos tracks her down there. He kidnaps her and takes her back to his keep. His initial plan is for her to pleasure him for the eight and half months he lost, but then he sees that she's pregnant. He also finds out that Regan isn't the person he thought she was. But they have many enemies, including Pestilence, who want to kill the baby. Can they defeat their enemies and save the baby…and themselves? ~~~~~ "Arik snorted. 'Thanatos? Understand? Have you even met him?'"
As the bringer of Death, Thanatos is the ultimate tortured hero. He's a lonely man who has to live with the awful things he's seen and done. He's a sexy, alpha hero. Regan is a brave, tough Guardian. But she's also consumed with guilt over what she did to Thanatos, cries at car commercials, and is obsessive-compulsive when stressed. She's a heroine you can like and root for.
Some of Ione's dry humor relieves the darkness of the story. And the story gets very dark. I'm shameless when it come to crying over books, and I cried a couple of times.
For fans of the Demonica series, we see a number of Demonica characters in Lethal Rider. Kynan plays a large role, but we also see Eidolon, Shade, Wraith, and Idess, among others.
Lethal Rider is a dark story, full of danger for Regan, the baby, and Thanatos. Heck, the fate of the whole world hangs in the balance. It's a riveting book that will keep you reading just one more chapter…one more chapter…one more chapter…
I don't think it's a spoiler to say that both Reseph's story, Rogue Rider, and Reaver's story (Untitled), are set up at the end of Lethal Rider. Those books have already been announced.
Although Lethal Rider can be read as a standalone book, I highly recommend reading the first two books in the series for the greatest enjoyment. In fact, I recommend that you read the Demonica series before Lords of Deliverance. You'll be glad you did.
Naughton caught me up in Enraptured on page one, and didn't let me go for 416 pages! Sleep? Who needs sleep when Orpheus and Skyla are up against a waNaughton caught me up in Enraptured on page one, and didn't let me go for 416 pages! Sleep? Who needs sleep when Orpheus and Skyla are up against a wall--literally and figuratively! I couldn't put my Kindle down.
Orpheus is a hero to die for. Really. You'll see. He's smokin' hot, and has a streak of honor a mile wide even though he can't see it. Skyla is his match. She's a true warrior and will not be deterred when she decides on a course of action. She's a real kick-ass heroine who also has a tender side to her. She truly completes Orpheus.