I wasn't sure I would like this book. The blurb is really not descriptive of what it is.
After reading the third in the series 'Demon Night' I went andI wasn't sure I would like this book. The blurb is really not descriptive of what it is.
After reading the third in the series 'Demon Night' I went and backtracked to this and loved it. I devoured this book in one day. Could. Not. Put. It. Down.
It really is far to nuanced and complex to explain in a few words. Let's just say there is a fantstically thought out world which the characters inhabit. The characters themselves are flawed and damaged and heroic and all kinds of other things. The sex is hot. All in all a fantastic book, which I will have to go back and read again because I didn't so much as savour but devour it.
Let this be one book you don't judge by it's cover (for it is U-G-L-Y!)...more
What can I say? I have a total fan-girl crush on Meljean Brook. She can do no wrong and I will love any book she writes with a fiery passion.
I loved tWhat can I say? I have a total fan-girl crush on Meljean Brook. She can do no wrong and I will love any book she writes with a fiery passion.
I loved this book, much like I loved Demon Angel & Demon Night. She took a pompous and vain male lead, Colin, and managed to make him warm, witty, self-deprecating but still vain and a tad shallow. He made me laugh.
Savi, I also loved. I completely identified with her. Her curiosity, her forgivness, everything.
Again, I devoured rather then savoured this book so I am going to go back and read the whole series again. Bliss.
So I bought this book because I am a huge fan of Meljean Brook and her Guardians series.
I'm not a big fan of anthologies in general simply because I lSo I bought this book because I am a huge fan of Meljean Brook and her Guardians series.
I'm not a big fan of anthologies in general simply because I like a good, long story you can get your teeth into and because I really don't think the short story lends itself to the romance format. It's just not long enough to get invested into characters.
But as this short from Meljean takes place in her Guardians world with characters we know and love, it doesn't feel like a short, more like a continuation or a b-plot we didn't get to see in one of the novels. It's like an easter egg on a dvd, deleted scenes and a b-roll!
This short centered around Guardian, Selah, and nosferatu born vampire, Lucas. A demon has been trying to turn the gate to Caelum into a gate to Hell (and thereby re-opening Hell) by sacrificing vampires in an old ritual.
Selah is sent to liase with Lucas and the vampire community and help protect them until they find the Demon. Lucas' consort Olivia was one of the victims so he is living on animal blood.
What follows is Meljeans trademark complex emotional characters and plots interspersed with hot sex. But it's never gratutious. Even during the sex something important is being revealed, some plot point or character moment. All very satisfying indeed.
Marjorie M Liu has a short in this as well which I will read as soon as I have finished her 'Dirk & Steele' series. I am reading and loving it as we speak.
I will get round to reading the other two soon. Check back for thoughts later.
So I read this book after seeing it on many recommended lists.
I liked it, I didn't love it.
Things I liked.
1. The world which these novels inhabit. YouSo I read this book after seeing it on many recommended lists.
I liked it, I didn't love it.
Things I liked.
1. The world which these novels inhabit. You can tell a lot of thought and energy went into the world building here.
2. The actual Brotherhood and the easy banter of the Brothers. They felt like comrades, brother-in-arms.
3. Beth. For once I liked the female character more than the male protanginist. She was smart, capable and although she fell madly in love with no reason at all (apart from all the fabulous orgasms!) not stupid.
4. That the Vampires were modern. I'm not a big fan of the vampire myth, I've never been fascinated with them. I like that that have chosen to live in the present instead of wallowing in the past. They speak in a modern way (except when in ceremony) they listen to modern music and wear modern clothes (although the biker leathers and tight muscle shirts are a tad stereotypical and not my thing baby!) I'm so glad they aren't all wearing white shirts with lace at the throat and trying to de-flower virgins. It's sooo Bram Stoker! :)
5. Butch. I love Butch. Nuff said.
6. The butler. He was sweet and funny
What I didn't like.
1. First and foremost, the names. Man this author needs to do something about naming her characters. They are just AWFUL. Wrath, Rhage, Tohrment, Phury, Zsadist Vishous...I mean COME ON! It took me out of the narrative every time a name appeared. Awful, awful names.
2. Wrath. He did absolutely nothing for me. Biker leathers and long hair. Nope. So the romance part was a bust. For me. I was much more intruiged by Marissa & Butch.
3. The baddie never felt like a threat at all. Not once. And he had a crap name. Again.
4. The sex was beyond weak. But maybe that was because I wasn't into Wrath.
But for all it's sins, it was an entrertaining read which I enjoyed and it was enough to keep me going onto the second book, but more to see how the plot unfolds and hoping to bump into other characters again. ...more
SO I am re-reading all the BDB books because I devoured them the first time I read them and I'm not really sure if I took everything in the first timeSO I am re-reading all the BDB books because I devoured them the first time I read them and I'm not really sure if I took everything in the first time round. However, after re-reading this book, I can safely say, WOWZA. Again.
This book knocked it out the ball park for me in terms of the series.
We had the romance which was amazng. The 'baddie' who was suitablely unhinged, some backstory and foreshadowing for other characters and tragedy which all managed to move along at a cracking pace and slotted into place with the rest of the world.
Things I loved about this book.
1. Zsadist. I mean, how can you not? They guy had been through so, much was descibed as 'ruined, not broken' by his own twin. It still amazes me how Ward managed to create such a fantastic and moving love story for a character who I thought was completely irredeemable. I mean, even his other brothers don't trust him around the ladies.
2. Mr. O - What a fantastically creepy fruit-loop he turned out to be. Fucking awesome. I wish he was still around.
3. Butch. But then I love Butch in all the books.
4. John Matthew. It had just the right amount of JM stuff in it this time.
5. Rehvenge. After not really liking him at all the first time around I have warmed to him.
6. The needing. It was great to see a needing in action (so to speak) finally and see how Phury, Butch and Vishous dealt with it. Hmm, who wouldn't want to wake up in a tangle of naked limbs the next morning....Heh.
7. Zsadist's handwritten note. It slays me everytime.
Things I didn't like.
1. I miss Tohrment, although I am sure he will be back he seems to have been almost forgotten in the preceeding books.
2. I would have like more info about Revhenge and what it means to be a sympath. It's all been very frickin' vague so far.
3. I wanted to see Zsadist and Bellas mating ceremony. Poop!
4. I think I would have preferred Phury to have jumped over the ledge into addiction rather than become a slightly watered down version of Zsadist that he has morphed into.
There wasn't much about this book that I don't love though and both times I have read it I spent the last hundred pages or so, bawling and crying my eyes out. It's just so frickin' tragic I love it!
I'm now off to read Lover Revealed for like the eigth time. I love Butch. *sigh*...more