Quite different from the first book in good ways. And more than one twist I did not see coming. Magnus is not exactly likable most of the time. He's rQuite different from the first book in good ways. And more than one twist I did not see coming. Magnus is not exactly likable most of the time. He's really cocky and demanding. I know part of it is being an alpha werewolf and a famous Scottish rugby player. He didn't take Tara's rejection well, sure that they are fated as mates, and not able to understand she is running from their bond. I liked that Tara did have a legitimate reason for not wanting to mate with Magnus, and the reveal is really fascinating. Tara has a lot of layers to her that Magnus had to work to develop. It was good, though. He was used to getting everything he wanted easily. But that's how it works with your mate. While that bond is fated, that doesn't mean that your mate is not worth any effort and emotional commitment. And Magnus had to decide if his pride was worth more than losing his mate (ironically his father faced the same choice).
I liked that this wasn't a predictable book. Werewolf romance has some formula to it (as much as I love it), but Taylor did a good job of keeping things innovative.
It's not a five star because I didn't love Magnus. I really liked Tara a lot and she had a lot of dimensionality and strength to her, beautifully complex....more
Not your typical historical fiction. I liked that it was about an African queen of legend, and there's plenty of mythology and folklore and magic inteNot your typical historical fiction. I liked that it was about an African queen of legend, and there's plenty of mythology and folklore and magic intertwined. Some aspects of the story I didn't care for, but it was certainly a well-written, involving story.
This was definitely the weakest of the three I read. Having said that, I did enjoy the book. It's for fans of instalove and insta-obsessed heroes whoThis was definitely the weakest of the three I read. Having said that, I did enjoy the book. It's for fans of instalove and insta-obsessed heroes who have some questionable behavior in expressing their love/lust for the heroine. I didn't think the writing was as high caliber as the other two books I read, so I had to give this a lower rating. I'll still check out more by this author though....more
I read this because it's part of a series about royal weddings that I stumbled across on Kindle, and I enjoyed The King's Spinster Bride, so much. It'I read this because it's part of a series about royal weddings that I stumbled across on Kindle, and I enjoyed The King's Spinster Bride, so much. It's very different from that book. It's a contemporary romance. The only connecting theme between books is they're about an arranged marriage and the hero is a king. I gave this five stars because it hit the marks on the three things I really look for in a good book: character, emotion, and story. The arranged married is a tried and true trope. It works because it throws two people together into instant intimacy and they have to figure out how to make that relationship work. This book deals with the emotional component of that in a way that's insightful and to my mind, true.
Victoria has spent most of her adult life waiting for her arranged fiancé to remember that they're supposed to be marrying. She's about to get done with waiting when Maximilian finally is ready to marry. But he hasn't been playing around and avoiding marrying her the whole time. He's been busy trying to rebuild his failing country and it's been a lot of long, hard work. He's finally at the point where he can devote himself to a wife and being a husband. I liked the aspect that Maximilian wasn't a playboy. He wasn't sowing his wild oats. He was doing meaningful, important work, and he's honored his betrothal, being faithful to his fiancee the whole time. Having said that, Victoria still has some emotional damage because she's viewed his lack of attention to her as disinterest and being dismissed, even though that isn't the case. Maximilian has to show that he values her as a unique person and not just as his future queen, mother of his children. I loved how the book shows their courtship.
This book is very sexy and it has some really frank sexual language. They use all the words you would imagine to describe sex, the body parts and the things that go along with it. It was done in a manner that I thought was successful, although it did throw me how salty Maximilian's language was. I didn't expect that from a king, but I guess that goes along with having been in the military.
I love a hero who's celibate and sexually faithful, but just plain horny for the heroine. He was Victoria-sexual. That definitely is one of my favorite tropes for heroes. I found Maximilian wildly appealing. He acts like a grown man. Knows his business and I loved how he cements their relationship. Victoria was class A as well. I could identify with her sense of hurt about being ignored for twelve years. She wasn't petulant or mean about it. It was authentic feeling, but Victoria acted like an adult about it, and learns that she has the right to advocate for her needs.
For a shorter novel, this had a lot to offer. The sex scenes are off the chart, but they are safe for readers who don't go for the more non-vanilla kind of erotic content. Just plenty of descriptive scenes with plenty of 'dirty talk.'
I'll read more by Kati Wilde.
I've had so much going on lately, I haven't had much time for pleasure reading. This book really encouraged me to get back into reading for fun, especially romance, which is my favorite genre, but I just haven't felt as invested in lately. I recommend it to readers who like the arranged marriage/royalty trope, and folks who like Harlequin Presents type books but with more steam, just not anything too out of their comfort zones....more
This was kind of weird. It was a skewed version of the Wonder Woman origin story, but instead of their patron goddess being Hera, it's Aphrodite. YouThis was kind of weird. It was a skewed version of the Wonder Woman origin story, but instead of their patron goddess being Hera, it's Aphrodite. You can imagine how that could change a few things. It has a lot more overt sapphic tones than I've seen with Wonder Woman (but hardly surprising or shocking). I mean its a Utopian all female society, so why wouldn't the women pair up together as partners and lovers? I was fine with that. I think some of their rituals were on the verge of kinky if I'm honest. I've always been leery of sex and violence together thought.
I did like that Steve Trevor was black in this version. The relationship that Diana has with him is undefined. Since Wonder Woman has a lover already, I wasn't sure that there were any romantic undertones in her relationship with Trevor as it was written.
When Diana comes to the world of men, she is portrayed as very dominant with an edge of cruelty. I didn't love that about her characterization. I don't see Diana as being that kind of person.
The storyline where she encounters the sorority girls on a wild spring break trip and bonds with a particular girl was a bit odd. I know it was a way to group Diana and teach her the ways of the modern world. I didn't much care for it.
Honestly, I was glad this is Earth One. While I didn't mind the aspect of Diana being queer, and I liked that Steve was black, I didn't care for other aspects of the storyline. It wasn't terrible, so I would still give this three stars....more
Somewhere along the way I became obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. Not quite sure when and why. Well, I think it's the weirdness and the color of theSomewhere along the way I became obsessed with Alice in Wonderland. Not quite sure when and why. Well, I think it's the weirdness and the color of the world. The darkness is there, but this book definitely brings it to the forefront. I am continually looking for more stories built on the Alice in Wonderland concept. This really fits the bill.
What if there truly was a war between the Red Queen and the White Queens? What if being queen endowed the ruler with unfathomable powers of imagination that can be used for good or bad? What if two sisters became mortal enemies, even to the degree that one would plot and execute a bloody takeover? That's the plot of this book.
I liked how Alice in Wonderland is treated as a real story that was wrongly interpreted. Alyss is taken by her bodyguard (when Wonderland falls to Queen Redd's assault) to Victorian England through a magical fountain to save her life. She's separated from her bodyguard and has to fend for herself in England. Initially she has her power of imagination but it fades the longer she is away from Wonderland. She ends up getting adopted by a vicar's family and goes under the name of Alice Liddell (the girl to whom Lewis Carroll first told his Alice in Wonderland story). She tells her story to another young vicar who plagarizes and changes some information. For instance, Alyss's name was spelled wrong. Alyss's bodyguard is Hatter Madigan, sort of what would happen if the Mad Hatter was a ninja and used his hat as a glaive spinning weapon. That part was really cool. I liked Alyss. She's young and strong-willed, and grows a lot over the course of this book. She was a bit spoiled at first, but tremendous loss shapes her into a young woman who will be an excellent ruler.
This is a dark and bloody read. Queen Redd is irredeemably evil. She wreaks a lot havoc due to her corrupt, hate-filled heart and need for revenge and constant adulation. She has no qualms about murdering her family, including her young niece. She makes a lot of people miserable, even when she doesn't kill them.
I liked how Beddor takes the story of Alice and Wonderland and creates his own series around it. Most of the elements are there, but with nice twists. The romance aspect is new to this story, but it was likeable, as well as the character of Dodge Anders, who is Alyss' love interest. The Cheshire Cat becomes a genetically modified assassin with nine lives who claims more than a few lives. The White Rabbit is a learned adviser to the Queen. The playing card army is divides into two factions, one loyal to the original queen and become freedom fighters in Alyss's name, and the genetically modified and degenerate creation of Queen Redd's black imaginations.
This is a good book for tweens and teens who like this sort of fantasy. It's too scary and bloody for younger readers. It has a lot of good action sequences and that magic of Wonderland is exquisitely illustrated through the narrative. I enjoyed listening to it, and I will pick up the next volumes on audiobook as well....more
I knew this wasn't the first book in the series, but I decided to check it out from the library and listen to it anyway. Very enjoyable. Miles is an aI knew this wasn't the first book in the series, but I decided to check it out from the library and listen to it anyway. Very enjoyable. Miles is an appealing lead character. I loved that Miles isn't your typical hero as far as looks. He's not very tall and he has medical issues that have affected his looks. It doesn't matter at all, because he has presence. And I love a smart guy who's solving mysteries. Miles is more or less a space detective. I like detective in any setting, but it was fun to read a science fiction book with detectives in it. I read this while I was working on my final painting for my class, and it more than kept me company. The narrator was good, he had a pleasant voice, sort of like an older English butler. It worked for me.
The story involves corporate corruption and cryostasis. Quite a combination. I liked how multicultural the cast of characters were. It sort of reminded me of how in Firefly, the Chinese culture has dominated and its reflected in the dialogue and names of people. In this case, there is a good mix of various Asian cultures, along with other ethnicities. There is plenty of suspense, but a lot of wry humor, which is always welcome. It didn't mess things up for me that I hadn't read the first book. Instead I am intrigued to read about Miles' parents Aral and Cordelia, and fortunately I do have that book.
I know I'm not giving this book justice in this review. My brain is pretty fried, so this will have to do.
I saw Captain America: Civil War and it majorly kindled my interest in T-Challa, who goes by the guise of Black Panther. T'Challa is the king of WakanI saw Captain America: Civil War and it majorly kindled my interest in T-Challa, who goes by the guise of Black Panther. T'Challa is the king of Wakanda, and he is also the latest Black Panther, a costumed fighter and righter of wrongs. Wakanda has incredible natural resources, being the only location in the world that has a store of vibranium, a very powerful metal (and what Captain America's shield is made of).
My trusty library had a copy of this, so that was fortuitous. I read the foreward, and the writer's thought processes made a lot of sense. He used a unique POV to tell this story, an unlikely and in some ways unreliable narrator. This adds a sense of absurdity to the story that I wasn't sure I liked. I did like the fact that this narrative device was used as clever way to maintain mystery about Black Panther. One side effect is that it makes this book more of a satire and leaves it up to the reader to divine who and what T-Challa is. I feel that a lot of narrative assumes that the reader has prior knowledge about his backstory and some parts of the Marvel Universe that are pertinent to his character. That made some aspects confusing.
I found the glimpses into Wakandan culture interesting, and a spotlight on the complex social issues going on in Africa with a focus on how they impact Wakanda, and vice versa. I would have liked more of that. There was a plot of intrigue about a charity sponsored by Wakanda and some ugly dealings including the death of one of the children it helped. Of course, we go to see Black Panther do some buttkicking. I like his style. I like his female bodyguards very much.Not only are they gorgeous, but they are lethal.
I love the idea of T-Challa, and what I appreciate about him from this read. I would like to read more about him, and I'm supremely jazzed about the movie that was greenlighted, which will again star (the may I say scrumptious) Chadwick Bozeman and the lovely Lupita Nyong'o. I hope to read more of his series.
I enjoyed this slightly less than the first book. I think this had too many poems and songs for my taste. While I enjoy poetry, I'm not a big fan of it taking over a prose narrative. A number of the scenes were quite funny, and I found myself laughing as I listened to this working on my Design project today (I laughed more with the first book though). The interactions between the three queens (including Alice) went a little too long for my tastes, but I did enjoy some of her other adventures, including the soldier who kept falling off his horse.
After the clever storytelling in the first book, this one feels like more of an afterthought. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't found the recitations tedious. I do love Alice though. ...more