I picked up this book on a whim while I was perusing the shelves at the public library. The book was a quick read. I finished it in a day. It was enteI picked up this book on a whim while I was perusing the shelves at the public library. The book was a quick read. I finished it in a day. It was entertaining and it held my attention. I may read the other books in the Vegas Vampires series. I don't think I would actually purchase the books but on my next library trip, I will look to see if they carry the rest of the books in the series....more
I have discovered yet another great series! I’ve been told by my tweeps (that’s twitter peeps for you non-twitter people out there) that the ImmortalsI have discovered yet another great series! I’ve been told by my tweeps (that’s twitter peeps for you non-twitter people out there) that the Immortals After Dark series is a must read. I decided I’d check it out since my tweeps have yet to recommend a book or series that sucks. A Hunger Like No Other was no exception.
When I started reading A Hunger Like No Other, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like Emma. Even though she’s a vampire, Emma is very timid and non-confrontational. She’s scared of her own shadow and I wasn’t sure I would like a weak heroine. Especially one when she’s going to have to go toe-to-toe with a thousand year old Lykae. Throughout the book, we see Emma come into her own and by the end she is no longer Emma the Timid.
I found Lachlain to be a bit of a bully in the beginning. Lachlain escapes his prison and kidnaps Emma. When he discovers that his mate is a vampire – an enemy to his clan and to his kind – he treats her badly Emma is destined to be his mate and he does not want her to slip away. He has waited over 1,000 years for his one true mate and will do anything to keep her with him even if she is a vampire. Lachlain is very aggressive with Emma. He wants her to be his like yesterday. He almost forces her to have sex with him.
But instead he makes her do other things that make Emma uncomfortable. He thinks that she’s like all vampires – an aggressive, pathological killer. Imagine his surprise when he realizes that she’s the exact opposite. I enjoyed the banter and dialogue between Lachlain and Emma. There is definitely a generational gap between them. Because he was imprisoned for so long, Lachlain is not up to speed with the 21st century. He has to learn the technology, the clothing and the language. The language barrier provided moments of levity throughout the book. “Her tone defensive, she said, “I’m immortal, too, usually, but if I get in a wreck and get knocked out till morning, that sun allergy card my aunts make me cart around won’t do jack. Okay?”
“I understood fifty percent of that,” he observed calmly.
Emma and Lachlain are very sexy together. Emma tries to fight her attraction and who can blame her. She’s been kidnapped, assaulted, insulted and bullied by a man who hates and kills vampires. But you can’t fight destiny. Or a sexy Lykae with a Scottish brogue that’ll make you cream your panties.
A great cast of characters are introduced in A Hunger Like No Other. It made it a little difficult remembering who was who but by the end, I had it figured out. Hey, better late than never. Emma’s aunts were a wild and weird bunch of characters that got on my nerves with their meddling. But they’re her family, so you wouldn’t expect anything less.
A Hunger Like No Other is a great introduction to the Immortals After Dark series. There’s also a novella that provides more background information. I didn’t read the novella but was still able to follow the plot. I loved the mixture of mythology and lore. This is the first paranormal romance I’ve read that included Valkyries. This was a great read and I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series. I would definitely recommend A Hunger Like No Other to fans of paranormal romance. ...more
This was a long ass book. But I stuck it out. Lots of people love this series so I'm going to stick it out. Not every first book in a series is goingThis was a long ass book. But I stuck it out. Lots of people love this series so I'm going to stick it out. Not every first book in a series is going to be great. Just look at Magic Bites. I DNFd that book originally and then a year later, decided to give it a 2nd chance. It still sucked but the books after were fantastic! I'm hoping that will be the case with this series.
I like Rachel and the side characters. I want to know more about Ivy and Trent.
Good narrator. I zoned out more than a few times but it had more to do with the book dragging and not the narrator....more
I’ve heard nothing but great things about this series. I decided last year to finally read the Kate DaReview originally posted at Love To Read For Fun
I’ve heard nothing but great things about this series. I decided last year to finally read the Kate Daniels series. 10% into Magic Bites, I DNFd it. I couldn’t get into the writing or the story. I was kinda bored. I chatted with a friend about how this series might not be for me. She told me to give the book a chance; that the series gets better. I was like thanks but no thanks. I moved onto something else. Fast forward to a month ago and everyone is raving about Magic Rises, the latest release in the series. I feel like I’m missing out. But I can’t for get how I couldn’t get into Magic Bites. Everyone on twitter assures me that the pay off is worth trudging through book 1. I decide to give Magic Bites a second chance. I’m glad I did.
Magic Bites was still boring to me but I managed to finish. I immediately liked Kate Daniels. Her character is tough, smart and snarky. I’m down with a snarky heroine. The glimpses that I had of Curran made me anxious to finish Magic Bites and move onto the rest of the series. I couldn’t tell you the specifics of the plot. All I remember is that Kate was hunting for the killer of her mentor, Greg. What I liked most about Magic Bites are the characters. Each and every one stood out.
At about the 43% mark I started skimming. A lot of parts were slow and boring. All I cared about was Curran and Kate being in the same room together. That’s when my interest piqued. I loved their banter. They made me laugh. They have great chemistry.
I’m glad I finally finished Magic Bites. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of this series. So happy I gave it another chance....more
I am a huge fan of Sylvia Day's historical romances and thoroughly enjoyed The Stranger I Married.
Gray and Isabel get married for all the wrong reasonI am a huge fan of Sylvia Day's historical romances and thoroughly enjoyed The Stranger I Married.
Gray and Isabel get married for all the wrong reasons. Well, in the beginning for them it was for the right reasons. Gray doesn't want to be married so he thinks the best way to please society and his mother is to marry Lady Pelham. Isabel is widowed and her affairs are known. Isabel doesn't want to remarry having been burned by her first marriage. She agrees to Gray's scheme thinking that they can have the best of both worlds. She will be married to her dear friend and she can keep having her affairs. A perfect set up until Gray leaves her after two days of marriage and returns four years later, wanted a real marriage with his wife.
I loved the push and pull relationship between Gray and (Pel) Isabel. Gray is an extremely likable character. He is determined to do whatever it takes to convince Pel that their marriage should not be in name only. During the four years he was gone, Gray took stock of his life, realizing how selfish and immature he was. A more mature and self-aware Gray is hard to resist but Pel fights a good fight.
The Stranger I Married is full of great dialog, chemistry and smoking hot sex scenes. I enjoyed watching Gray pursue his wife and try to convince her that his commitment to their marriage is real. There's also a great side story involving Pel's brother, Rhys, and his infatuation with an American heiress. I enjoyed his story as well and it did not detract from Gray and Pel's romance. I would say that my only complaint is that we are only given vague information about Gray's whereabouts during his 4 year absence. I would have liked to know more about what he did and how he matured. But other than that, I loved the book.
The Stranger I Married is a wonderful steamy romance with wonderful characters and a great plot about a husband trying to win over his wife.
Take Me has been on my radar and wishlist for a year. I wanted to read this book so bad but I wasn't willing to pay $11.99 for an ebook. I kept hopingTake Me has been on my radar and wishlist for a year. I wanted to read this book so bad but I wasn't willing to pay $11.99 for an ebook. I kept hoping that eventually the price would drop and thankfully it finally did! I bought the book and started reading it immediately. And OMG, all I have to say is that reading Take Me was definitely worth the wait!
Lily was friends with Luke and his twin brother, Travis. But when Luke and Travis's mother died, Travis changed. He went from being one of her best friends to being a virtual stranger. Travis ignored her, ridiculed her. Lily grew up always conscious of her weight. As an adult, she doesn't want to be seen so she dresses in ugly, shapeless clothing. When her sister asks Lily to fill in for a model at the last minute, Lily resists. But she is always there for Janica so decides after several glasses of champagne, she won't have any problem walking the catwalk. Travis is in the audience and when Lily struts out onto the stage, he takes notice. He'd never seen Lily look so beautiful and so hot.
Travis and Lily have so much chemistry that it should be illegal. Take Me is smoking hot with some of the best and hottest sex scenes I've read to date. But not only is Take Me extremely sexy, it is also very emotional. Even though Lily is constantly heating it up with Travis, she is very insecure about her size. No amount of extremely hot sex can rid Lily of years of hurt and ridicule. And the person that she loves most was part of that. Lily wants to believe that Travis doesn't care about her size and that he truly likes her for her, but she is constantly on edge, waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Lily's low self-esteem and self-doubt was very frustrating. But I understood that growing up feeling unattractive and being called fat takes time to get over. I wanted to yell at Lily, "stop sabotaging yourself!" Just when Lily started to think that Travis was legit and was giving into her feelings, Travis puts his foot in it. This is when Take Me started being more about trust and security and love. I was so emotional while reading the last 25% of the book and my heart broke for both Travis and Lily. Even though they have sexual chemistry in spades, they both had to navigate through emotional landmines in order to realize that they were meant to be together.
I absolutely loved Take Me. When I finished it, I was ready to read it again if only to read one of the hottest bathroom scenes EVER! Buy Take Me now if you haven't already!
I decided to read Push when I heard it was being made into a movie. Before the movie, I had never heard of the book. The story is about Claireece PrecI decided to read Push when I heard it was being made into a movie. Before the movie, I had never heard of the book. The story is about Claireece Precious Jones an illiterate 16 year old who lives in Harlem with her abusive parents.
This book is difficult to read. The author describes the abuse that Precious experiences in graphic detail. There were many times where I had to stop reading the book because it was getting too intense.
I'm not sure if I'm going to go see the movie. The trailer alone makes me cry every time I see it. And now that I've read the book, I don't know if I want to experience Precious' struggle through the big screen. ...more
Where do I start? When the book started with Passion and Mark having anonymous sex behind a screen, my first thought was,"how is this going to be a loWhere do I start? When the book started with Passion and Mark having anonymous sex behind a screen, my first thought was,"how is this going to be a love story?" By page 12, Mark is asking Passion if her "cunt is weeping for his cock." Again, this is supposed to be a great love story? But the story of Passion and Mark is more than about sex. It is the love story of all love stories. It is about finding true love when you least expect it and fighting for that love in the face of blackmail and sacrifice. And I loved it!
I could not put the book down. For me, that hasn't happened in a while. I was so afraid that I'd lost my reading mojo but with Passion, I got it back. From the first page I was engrossed in the characters and their romance. It didn't hurt that the main characters were instantly attracted to each other and had hot, monkey sex in a very public place on several occasions. I read Passion at every opportunity. Even if it was for 5 minutes before getting in the car, I'd inhale as much as I could. I couldn't get enough of Mark and Passion's romance and I dreaded the moment when I would get to the end of the book.
Mark and Passion first come to together to fill a physical need but you soon see that they fulfill an emotional need as well. As you're reading, you see the emotional connection between Mark and Passion grow. The physical attraction is a given and the sex scenes between them are scorching hot! But the love that develops between them is what makes this book so great. With sacrifice and family working against them, I was rooting for Mark and Passion to get their HEA that they truly deserved.
Flutter factor: Passion is definitely a historical as well as erotic romance. The sex scenes are plentiful and hot. At one point the descriptive sex was a little bit too much. Apparently Mark has a penis the size of a baby's arm and hasn't been able to fully "please" the women he's been with. The author goes into great detail describing how Passion was able to "accept" Mark's large appendage. This description I could have done without but it didn't take away from the book. For me Passion was all about the romance. Can I say again how I absolutely LOVED this book! I haven't read a great romance in a long time and Passion definitely delivers....more
When you first meet MacKayla, she's spending her day lounging around the pool, working on her tan. You can tell she's a girly-girl and takes pride inWhen you first meet MacKayla, she's spending her day lounging around the pool, working on her tan. You can tell she's a girly-girl and takes pride in her appearance. Mac can be off-putting. She's about as deep as a 2 inch puddle. Until her sister is murdered. Against her parents' wishes, Mac travels to Dublin to find her sister's murderer. Not only does she have to face the horror of her sister's murder but also has to come to terms with what she is and that her life as a 22 year old Southern belle no longer exists.
I loved Darkfever. And I loved Mac. I was hesitant about her being the heroine of this book because of how her character was portrayed at the beginning of the story. But in true heroine fashion, she realized she is important in destroying the Fae and that she needed to get it together and do what was needed to learn and train. There were moments of whining and complaining and of course, denial. It didn't last too long to the point of being annoying. I loved Mac and Barrons' relationship. I'm glad that it didn't develop into a romance (yet) because I think it would have undermined the gravity of what they were up against. Barrons' sardonic comments regarding her appearance provided many laugh out loud moments. My favorite is when he referred to her outfit as a "perky rainbow." I loved how he continually referred to her as "Ms. Lane." I kept waiting for the Superman reference but didn't get one. Maybe in the next book? The book ended with no real resolution. No tidy ending where everything is rainbows and sunshine. At first I kept pushing the next page button on my Kindle, thinking this surely can't be it! I'm looking forward to reading Book 2 - Bloodfever. I have plenty of time to get caught up on the series before Book 5 - Shadowfever - is released in December. ...more