I am in love with this new series. Absolutely in love! Christopher Holmes is an apathetic drama queen and J.X. Moriarity is a long-suffering gem. A fuI am in love with this new series. Absolutely in love! Christopher Holmes is an apathetic drama queen and J.X. Moriarity is a long-suffering gem. A fun story and a good mystery. What I liked best of all --BEST-- was that Holmes wasn't obtuse or half-blind. He ran through the same thoughts and theories I had, even the far-fetched ones. Nowhere did he just not see something or not think it. Brilliant! The characterizations are fab, the dialogue is sardonic and witty and hilarious. And Christopher is just dented enough that you love him for it. If I wasn't already a die-hard Lanyon fan, I would be now!...more
This was a wonderfully told story! I'm a big Lanyon fan, but even I wasn't sure how a fantasy written by him would work out. Well, it does, and in a biThis was a wonderfully told story! I'm a big Lanyon fan, but even I wasn't sure how a fantasy written by him would work out. Well, it does, and in a big way. I truly enjoyed every moment in this. I admit in the very first few pages, the book stuttered a bit on the place names and people since I wasn't at all familiar with the geography or history. But once it gets going, it goes. Especially once I caught onto the correlation to India and Britain. Very clever.
As always, the characters are strong and well-driven. However, I have to admit to being very surprised at Valentine Strange. A different type of hero than I am used to from Lanyon, and I loved him.
This was a really, really good mystery. Lanyon has been slowly converting me to the mystery genre for years, but I still think I'll probably only everThis was a really, really good mystery. Lanyon has been slowly converting me to the mystery genre for years, but I still think I'll probably only ever read his. Once again, it twist and turns and there are red herrings and big huge question marks hanging over too many people. Speaking of people, the characterizations were perfect, making each character distinct and different.
In this book we also get to see the continuing relationship of Christopher and J.X.. They are a fun couple to watch, with matching wits, personalities that balance each other, and a dash of Lucy and Ricky Ricardo energy. I adore these two. Neither is perfect (however, J.X. is close enough to perfection it doesn't matter) and it's their imperfections that make them so lovable and so perfect for each other.
What I really enjoy, is the feeling that Lanyon had as much fun writing this as I did reading it. It comes through in every word.
Oh, and the sex is stellar. Absolutely heartfelt as well as steamy. This was such an excellent read, I know I'll be enjoying it again really soon. ...more
What an absolutely charming book! I am completely enamored of Jonty and Orlando. Anyone who knows me and my tastes in this genre may find this hard toWhat an absolutely charming book! I am completely enamored of Jonty and Orlando. Anyone who knows me and my tastes in this genre may find this hard to believe, but I love this sweet couple.
First of all, being a historical, I have to pay homage to the main characters of Time and Setting. Cochrane did a perfect job of pulling me right into St. Bride's college in Edwardian England. I loved hearing Jonty and Orlando speak, I loved their activities, and I just genuinely enjoyed seeing all of it.
Second, though this is a mystery, the intrigue did not hijack the romance. The two went hand-in-hand beautifully. And what a romance! It was slow and sweet and I just wanted to eat these two up with a spoon. Both characters were rendered with crystal-clear precision. They were living and breathing. I enjoyed their wit, their banter with each other, their weakness and foibles, and their strengths, both individually and together. These two make a complex yet tenderly loving couple. It could have been so easy for this to be full of angst, but it wasn't. Love was gently kindled and softly declared. And as close as it could have come to it, never once did it move into sickeningly sweet fluff, a feat I didn't know could be achieved in romance.
Excellent move to make this a freebie on Amazon. Having gotten a taste, I'm off to buy the rest of the series. Whee!...more
I enjoyed the hell out of this book! It was angsty, sexy, had traveling, and a very sexy trucker. Made me wanna hang out at truck stops.
The emotion wI enjoyed the hell out of this book! It was angsty, sexy, had traveling, and a very sexy trucker. Made me wanna hang out at truck stops.
The emotion was high throughout, and I think only at the very, very end did it tip into a little fluffiness. Otherwise, it was intense, as it needed to be for this story. What I appreciated the most in this, is that Mitch is a tough guy, an experienced guy, a guy you could trust, but he isn't a perfect guy. It made him real and even sexier.
Other than the unfortunate typos, this was great read!...more
This book is nearly twice as long as Special Delivery, but that was because of the metric ton of melodrama the author added. That was disappointing siThis book is nearly twice as long as Special Delivery, but that was because of the metric ton of melodrama the author added. That was disappointing since this book dealt with the roguish Randy. I get that even rogues have soft inner cores, but this book made him nearly goo in the center. It made this book heavy, for me, and the Disney-Hallmark ending didn't help it. If you're into the Hurt-Comfort and Fluff, this will be right up your alley. But for me, Special Delivery, with the original, more realistic Sam and Mitch, is much more my cup of tea. ...more
One of the most heartfelt books that I've read of Lanyon's. Truly beautiful.
I bought this book without reading an excerpt. Josh Lanyon is on my automOne of the most heartfelt books that I've read of Lanyon's. Truly beautiful.
I bought this book without reading an excerpt. Josh Lanyon is on my automatic buy list and he has yet to make me question that in the slightest. When I first started it, I saw the classic duo: the writer and the cop. I like that, it's fun, it's Lanyon. But this time, it changes. Not only because the writer is a poet, or because the cop is a Chief this time. No, this time, our lead hero has more fragility than any other character of Josh Lanyon's that I've read. Swift is smart, yes. But breakable. He isn't whipping out witty comebacks, or rolling his eyes at the world, or stressing over his career. Swift knows that the important things in his life are his relationship with Max and his career as an instructor, and he doesn't take them for granted. In fact, Swift takes very little for granted and often remarks on the more hidden aspects in life, such as leaves in the wind. And it isn't just 'cause he's a poet.
Max, the Chief of Police of a small quiet town, is, I think, one of the more... hard characters that I've read from Lanyon. Which is kind of funny since he's written special spy agents and many other cop or cop-type characters. But Max is different. Swift describes Max as being black and white and I think that's where Max's hardness lies. He's good at what he does, and he knows how things should be. He doesn't lie, not even nice lies. He isn't unsure of what he wants in life or of who he is. He just is and does and that's the way it will be. In the end, though, it is that hardness, that solid as a rock character that Swift needs and wants and appreciates.
I ended this book with a heartfelt and breathy, "wow." A lot of heart in this novel. I hope to see more of Swift and Max soon, only so I can check in with them and make sure Swift is ok. (Funny how emotionally involved we get. And how nice.) But with the emotional door-opening ending, I can't imagine not getting to visit them again.
I've read books that were technically ok, but the story wasn't that great. And I've read books where the story was awesome, but the writing wasn't allI've read books that were technically ok, but the story wasn't that great. And I've read books where the story was awesome, but the writing wasn't all that good. For me, this book was the worst of both worlds. It was shallow writing, flat characters, and a story that didn't do anything other than take up space on my ereader. They say that these stories in the series can be read as stand-alones, but that isn't true. Mainly because of the sloppy writing. A ton of characters, stars of their own books, are thrust into the pages with relationships clearly already established, but with no real explanation as to who they are. Or what they do. The only thing I gathered, is that these 14 dudes sit around playing video games and pool all day. They're referred to as sentries and warriors, but they don't actually do anything. Hell, they don't even turn into wolves. But my biggest beef is with the stars of this book. Can I just say it was creepy to read this? It was pedophilia. The author knew she was crossing that line because she brought it up in a, "Oh, hey, this probably looks like pedo, but it totally isn't. Isn't that weird?" scene. The top calls himself Daddy, carries the other guy around constantly, wipes his tears, buys him pretty pink things, sits him on his lap constantly, and takes care of him just like a toddler. This would be okay if this was clearly a role playing style of relationship. In that context, knock yourself out. But one of the characters is designated as mildly mentally retarded. Maybe I'm over sensitive because I've worked in the disabilities field, or maybe it has to do with the fact that Johnny is clearly childlike in a lot of ways (however, his characterization, like much of the book, was sloppy and not put together well). But whatever it was, it left me feeling creeped out.
I bought this solely because someone was willing to show that the disabled need and deserve love, too. I knew going in that there was a really big chance that the book wasn't going to do a good job of it, but I didn't think it would go this badly.
This book needed depth, it needed characterization, it needed editing and spellcheck, it needed a couple of beta readers to ask the questions that I, as a paying reader, was asking, like, "How in hell did a week pass while Johnny was locked in the bedroom?" and "Well, if they weren't at the brother's, where were they and why didn't Johnny wonder why they were in a strange home?" And "What the hell do these guys do for a living other than sit on their asses all day?" And, hey, how about, "Does Johnny even know these guys are werewolves??" To be fair, I wouldn't have known these guys were werewolves and I'm not mentally disabled. This was a shoddy book and a waste of money. Even worse, I paid more for this one than the new one from Josh Lanyon.
Not a good read, at all. I completely blame the publisher for not bothering to look at the work. If this is the quality Siren Bookstrand is putting out, I'll be steering clear of their catalog....more
First of all, hot and sexy, right from the start. But after that, it remained hot and sexy but threw in great emotion and an intriguing murder mysteryFirst of all, hot and sexy, right from the start. But after that, it remained hot and sexy but threw in great emotion and an intriguing murder mystery.
Nick works as a Gaming agent, or, he's a computer nerd who works on regulating gaming machines for the state of Nevada. Buchanan explains everything in fairly easy to understand speech, but it's still pretty technical, involving International regulations and the inner workings of slot machines. I figured I'd get pretty bored with it quick, but, strangely enough, I didn't! It flowed into and through the story seamlessly, without feeling forced. I never once thought, "Yeah, yeah. The author read a book and now wants to impress us." No, it was good info, most of it needed, and told in an easy voice. I was very impressed.
The relationship was a good one. I really enjoy Buchanan's character's because they are so very real. They live and breathe in between those pages. I got pulled into their emotions and bumps and highs. You better believe that I am very excited that there is more to these two. There is a lot more to be explored and enjoyed....more
Pros of this book was the attention to details in how Ernest viewed the world, which was much different than we would. That's important, because the rPros of this book was the attention to details in how Ernest viewed the world, which was much different than we would. That's important, because the reader will. if well written, identify with the character and put themselves in he or she's shoes. So it's important that the idea of eating was thoroughly explored from Ernest's point of view so I, the reader, could better understand. The shunt was also explained and explored very well.
The only cons were the very atypical occurrence of typos in a JCP book. Words or groups of words were repeated as if a cut/paste had gone terribly wrong. I didn't catch any outright spelling errors, just editing snafus. I admit, they kept throwing me out of the story.
Other than that, this was a very good, futuristic read. ...more
I danced around this book for probably a year, unsure about it, but I finally just went for it.
I'm a bit torn over this book. While it definitely hadI danced around this book for probably a year, unsure about it, but I finally just went for it.
I'm a bit torn over this book. While it definitely had my attention throughout most of it, it was only because I had to gloss over the abundance of over information. Tons of characters with difficult names and mini-back stories were thrown in throughout the book. I stopped trying to figure out who everyone was a third of the way though.
The political intrigue was good and I love that kind of stuff. I feel most books that deal with royalty just gloss over the function of a country and limit their intrigue to jealous but shallow lovers. Sacred Fate delved further into the politics of being a leader of a country and I truly enjoyed it. However the over abundance of information began to drown me. Too much history, too much geography. If I can't see a map, I can't keep provinces and borders straight, so inundating me with this information just becomes useless words on the page. Referring to lands and clans and families became too much. I couldn't keep up with most of the ensemble characters, so there was no way I could keep straight the peripheral stuff.
I think, over all, this story suffered from a lack of editing. Many places needed to be tightened up and even cut. This was most apparent toward the last third of the book. It began to repeat it self in certain instances, causing the story to drag. I hate to admit it, but I started to become a bit bored in places.
However, even with all that, I still enjoyed it. I loved the world, the characters (the ones that I remembered, anyway), the biology, and I admit I am interested in reading more. The writing was done well, I only spotted about three typos, and the creativity of the book was delightful.
Not a great read, but a decent one. I'm looking forward to more by this author. ...more
Wow. Good, good book. Intense, strong characters and plot, and a deep and stable setting. It's true the book opens without any handholds for the readeWow. Good, good book. Intense, strong characters and plot, and a deep and stable setting. It's true the book opens without any handholds for the reader. You jump in and swim and acclimate as you go. I'd say I had a good hold of things by about twenty or so pages in. But even when I wasn't sure what was going on, I was completely engaged in the characters enough to keep on going to find out what happens to them.
Excellent read. I am very, very happy this is a series. Although, that cliffhanger at the end is a doozy. Whee!...more
This story continues to enthrall me and hold me in the palm of its hand. I am in love with the setting, the mythology, the politics, and especially thThis story continues to enthrall me and hold me in the palm of its hand. I am in love with the setting, the mythology, the politics, and especially the characters. The only downside to this book is that it ended. An absolute great read. ...more
I couldn't finish. Made it to the twentieth chapter before giving up. It was the 'dear one's, little one's, youngling's,' and all the other pet namesI couldn't finish. Made it to the twentieth chapter before giving up. It was the 'dear one's, little one's, youngling's,' and all the other pet names that finally had me cut bait.
This is a free read, so I won't mess with its rating. I appreciate the writer's time and effort, but this was not my cup of tea. ...more
This was a good book, but it went on a little too long. The oomph was lost and I ended up wandering away for over a week, forgetting that I was readinThis was a good book, but it went on a little too long. The oomph was lost and I ended up wandering away for over a week, forgetting that I was reading it. But I enjoyed the main characters (the side characters got a bit annoying and interchangeable), the setting, and the situation. ...more