This book was an absolutely brilliant blend of the best aspects of historical romance and pReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.
This book was an absolutely brilliant blend of the best aspects of historical romance and paranormal romance. I love the masquerades and other parties, gentlemen's clubs, forgotten propriety and general atmosphere of historicals. Gleason fit those all in seamlessly with my favorite paranormal aspects; a dark, cocky vampire hero, heart racing plot, seduction and especially the heroine's discovery of another world. This is the first historical paranormal romance I've read. I was expecting the different halves of the book to clash and stand out from one another. Instead, everything flowed wonderfully and I was left completely immersed in a supernatural regency England. I would definitely recommend this to any readers familiar with one genre and looking to try out the other, you won't be disappointed.
Not only was this new England as pleasure to read about, but I also fell completely in love with Angelica and Voss. Often times when the hero starts out as a rake, he doesn't remain in character after meeting the heroine which many readers find frustrating including myself. Gleason did an amazing job keeping Voss true to himself, allowing him to grow and not torment the reader too much while doing so. Angelica was a dream come true to read about. I adored her. She was funny and unbelievably caring. She wasn't weak but at the same time I felt she was very true to the time period.
I have very few complaints about this book. First off, I hated Chas and Maia and I think we were supposed to like them, especially since the sequel features Maia. I found her annoying and obnoxious. I liked Chas until he actually appeared in the story, then he became an inconsiderate, self righteous jerk. Maybe the reader is meant to feel this way, because I certainly don't see anything redeemable about him. Several pages from his 'POV' lead me to believe otherwise though. I really trudged through those pages though, definitely didn't need a love scene for a character I hated. My last, very minor issue, was with the prologue. I actually enjoyed it after I got a few chapters in, but I was very confused at first and that through me off. I'm not sure a reader who picked up the book in a store who reads the first few pages is going to get a feel for how the book really is.
Anyway, the negative aspects of this book were easy for me to ignore since the rest of the book was absolutely amazing. The masquerade was perfect. I haven't read anything so heart pumping and delicious in ages. The entire book could have been confusing and poorly done, and I still would have loved it just for this single scene.
To end this review, I want to briefly touch on the conclusion of the book, without spoiling anything of course. The last few chapters literally made me squeal. I loved it. The ending was deeply romantic and I've never encountered that type of solution to the blood lust issue before....more
To her great displeasure Maia Woodmore finds herself and her sister under the guardianshipReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.
To her great displeasure Maia Woodmore finds herself and her sister under the guardianship of Dimitri, Earl of Corvindale. He is rude, cold and worst of all, one of the only people who knows about the incident that could destroy her upcoming marriage with scandal. While Maia is battling Corvindale at every turn, she's also about to find out that she and her sister are in grave danger from ruthless vampires determined to kidnap them to entrap her brother. Dimitri couldn't be more annoyed. Up until the arrival of the Woodmore sister, he had spent his days quietly researching ways to break his covenant with Lucifer. Since Maia's arrival he's not only had to fight off other vampires to keep the Woodmores safe, but he's also had his sanctuary disrupted with open curtains during daytime and rearrangements of his library. Dimitri has his own painful secrets and no matter how much Maia pries or helps out, they will remain buried.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that The Vampire Dimitri starts at about the same place in time that The Vampire Voss did. I was expecting The Vampire Dimitri to pick up where the other left off. I enjoyed reliving a few scenes from the previous book in new POVs and seeing some of what was left out of the book. However, these scenes left more like outtakes since they often had gaps in time between them and much was left out that was included in the first book. I think these scenes won't make nearly as much sense if you haven't read the first book. Once the book gets caught up to the end of The Vampire Voss, the book runs much more smoothly.
I really struggled with the first half of this book. I hated Maia in the first book and my hatred transferred over to this one. Every time she opened her mouth I wanted to stuff a sock in it. About midway through, I began going back and forth practically every page on whether I found her amusing/likeable or whether she still made me want to toss her off a bridge. If you make it this far, there is a huge beacon of light at the end of the tunnel. Maia gets unbelievably better. In fact, by the end of the book I adored her and found her mouth endearing.
I loved Dimitri. It didn't matter how brooding or emotionless he got, I always enjoyed his character. Many of this thoughts and actions made living with Maia in the first half of the book bearable. He was of much the same opinion on the surface as me, “Maia should not be seen or heard.” There were several times when I had to laugh at how Dimitri dealt with her.
I thought the ending to this book was even better than the first's and I loved the ending in the first book. I liked that they were similar but unique enough to keep things interesting. I can't wait to see what The Vampire Narcise brings!...more
I love cowboys and horses so the summary of this book really interested me despite the pregReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 3½ stars.
I love cowboys and horses so the summary of this book really interested me despite the pregnancy storyline which I was quite hesitant about. For nearly the whole book I was anxious in regards to that conflict, which is one I don't care for, and how it would be handed. I think Eagle did a great job addressing it then moving on. It wasn't drawn out and painful like many authors would have made it. I think that made the book a lot smoother and enjoyable read for me.
I liked Skyler. She was fun, smart, interesting... And I liked Trace even more. Definitely loved the cocky, sexy cowboy image he had going on. Their relationship just didn't work for me though in the first half of the book. Passionate moments felt cold and other than great one liners, I never felt them connect in conversation. However, I did love their instant attraction. Sure the build up can be fun but it often contains some angst or denial, neither of which I find enjoyable. I really liked that there was no pretense or nonsense between Skyler and Trace in regards to attraction. They liked each other so they let it happen. The second half of the book was a whole different rodeo; it was a wild ride and I loved every second of it.
The love scenes can go either way. If you're looking for something explicit and detailed, you won't enjoy the sex in this book. If you're looking for something a little more subtle then you'll really enjoy what Eagle's got in store for you.
Something about this book didn't feel modern, it felt more like something from the mid-eighties. I think it was a combination of the author's narrative language and the dialogue given to the characters. Some lines had a current witty and cleverness but much of it had an older feel. This wasn't a problem for me, but it was a surprise that took some adjusting to.
Lastly, many people aren't going to get the rodeo or equine talk and it isn't really explained. It's not necessary knowledge for the story but it will be frustrating to encounter that type of language not knowing what's going on considering both characters' lives revolve around horses....more
The Watch still hunts the Order, a group trained to protect and use relics filled with anciReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4½ stars.
The Watch still hunts the Order, a group trained to protect and use relics filled with ancient powers. Galen, desperate and angry, and his young apprentice, Raffi, are making their way towards certain danger. There's been a rumor of a relic in a small village that's frightening the people and they need to secure it before the Watch does. Both keeper and apprentice are concerned it's a trap, however, but the possibility of a relic in the wrong hands is enough to drive them forward. And such begins Galen and Raffi's journey away from what little safety they've maintained. Soon they'll find themselves journeying towards The Wounded City in hopes of returning an even more precious treasure to the Order before the Watch gets their hands on it.
Fisher is an amazing storyteller. Once I got into The Dark City, I literally didn't put the book down once. The story was unique and action packed. The characters' troubles and hardships become your own, I really enjoyed this since it's rare to find such a connection with a middle grade book. World building is what Fisher is truly a master at though. I was in awe of the places she created, each one more unique and stunning than the last. The book isn't packed with detail, which might bore a young reader, but each city, village and swamp is painted so clearly that you're there with the characters.
I enjoyed the way The Dark City was told, from a third POV with our heroes as well as Carys Arrin's first POV journal. I thought it was very clever considering Carys is a young agent of the Watch. I became so immersed in both stories and quickly found good and evil becoming unclear.
It was impossible for me not to compare The Dark City to beloved classics like The Lord of the Rings, the Prydain Chronicles and the Dark is Rising series. All of them contain an old world fantasy and charm as well as that fateful journey for the greater good. I found myself relating it to a young version The Lord of the Rings the most. Galen was very Gandolf-y to me, the overall fantasy world similarities and the relics reminded me of the rings, dangerous but necessary. The Dark City isn't the same caliber as those favorites but it isn't any less entertaining.
The ending was phenomenal. I'm always hesitant when starting series that don't have the following books out for purchase because endings are often abrupt or riddled with cliff-hangers to encourage one to buy the next book. Not only was was the end of The Dark City ridiculously amazing, but it also completed the storyline arc. I will continue reading the series, can't wait for book two!, but I'm very happy with where the plot is currently at....more
Pink Satin was a quick, heartwarming romance. The book remained lighthearted and fun even iReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.
Pink Satin was a quick, heartwarming romance. The book remained lighthearted and fun even in the face of more serious topics like insecurities and a potential stalker, both of which I usually find tedious and annoying. Greene is a wonderful writer and I will definitely be returning to her books since I enjoyed this one so much. Her writing style made the book flow very easily but it was the voices she gave her characters that drew me in.
The chemistry between Greer and Ryan was tangible, very satisfying to read about. It was easy to picture the two of them as my neighbors and their romance actually playing out. The craziness to their situation and the circumstances of the relationship only added to the believability. Greer keeps receiving creepy phone calls from The Breather and to alleviate her fear, she seeks out company. Enter Ryan, a new neighbor, who ends up sprawled across Greer's robe clad body then somehow talks his way into her apartment for dinner so that he can protect her. A normal beginning, their situation is certainly not but it fits them perfectly. Ryan was a very sexy hero and not just because of his looks. His protective and caring nature are what made me find him delicious. What woman wouldn't love a man who played chess in the apartment's hall to calm her down, stormed into her apartment whenever he heard the phone ring to protect her or carried her cat about between apartments even though he dubbed it his nemesis just to keep her happy?
There was a slight plot to Pink Satin other than the romance. It definitely took the backseat but it was still interesting and held my attention. It was also well integrated into the romance, they never felt like separate entities....more
Never would I have expected historical romance to blend so well with steampunk and the paraReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4½ stars.
Never would I have expected historical romance to blend so well with steampunk and the paranormal. Cindy Spencer Pape accomplishes not only that in Steam & Sorcery, but she also creates a full, rich plot, scorching hot romance, and lots of lovable characters. Despite being a quick read, Steam & Sorcery has all the elements I hope for in longer novels and the book never felt rushed or confusing.
Sir Merrick was a wonderfully unique hero. I loved reading about a magical knight taking on five magical, or equally hazardous, orphans. It was always humorous to hear his thoughts on the rag tag family they became and I couldn't help but fall in love with him considering how sweet he was to each of them. The plot was centered around Sir Merrick's secret organization and the possible disaster a steampunk machine could cause by giving vampyres the illusion of humanity. It was just as fun to read about him with the kids as it was when he was completing a mission or trying to avoid Caroline. Caro is another very unique character. I don't want to say much on that as the discovery and what that's about is integral to the plot. Caro is the most obvious deviation from a realistic historical (besides the paranormal and steampunk) as she's very forward thinking. I don't think this took away from the book's credibility and it certainly didn't diminish my enjoyment. Just because Miss Dorothy, Nell, Wink, Tommy, Piers and Jamie were secondary characters didn't make them any less fleshed out or lovable. Dorothy was the cliched matchmaker. I didn't mind her in this role at all though, in fact she brought something new to the role. The orphans... they completely won me over. I could read a twenty book series on them and never get bored.
When I began this book, I expected it to be like a typical romance; heavy on the build up, a few love scenes then suddenly the plot threatens to separate them. Steam & Sorcery is nothing like that typical mold. Instead, the storyline and the romantic aspects worked as one to deliver a wonderful book. I loved both of them. This is definitely an adult book, yum, but I think even nonromance readers would enjoy it. I am looking forward to the next book in the series!...more
This is a little DNF review that I wanted to post, I will someday read the whole book but these are my initial feelings/thoughts:
I read all of the conThis is a little DNF review that I wanted to post, I will someday read the whole book but these are my initial feelings/thoughts:
I read all of the contemporary romance portion of the book (Piper/Mick) and loved it. I loved how the story was told using the historical romance part of the book as a diary that Piper finds. This was a huge surprise to me, a very welcome one though as I've never encountered this in a book before. That said, I just couldn't get into Ophelia/Sir's story. The sex was scorching hot, unlike Piper and Mick's, yet that was all it brought to the table for me. I'm not into the sex for freedom instead of emotion that I encountered at the beginning of their story and I couldn't get past this. I did spoil the ending for myself, of course since I read all of the other story, so I know that I eventually want to read the historical romance side. It's not high on my priority list, however, considering how put off I was from its beginning....more
Sally Sin traded in her life as a spy for the United States Agency for Weapons of Mass DestReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 4 stars.
Sally Sin traded in her life as a spy for the United States Agency for Weapons of Mass Destruction after nine years for the life of a stay at home mom to her three year old son as Lucy Parks. Sally faced some of the worst criminals in existence, all of whom wanted her dead, as well as regular kidnappings from her very own nemesis. Sally eventually met a man and finally wanted out of her life of danger, however, one of the conditions was the possibility of being called on for a mission should her expertise be needed. Caring for her son has been her mission for the past several years and it's been no less troublesome and difficult. How is Lucy going to come out on top when her old boss shows up unexpected and unwanted claiming that Ian Blackford, the nemesis, isn't as dead as they thought and that he is looking for her?
There are lots of wonderful things I can say about Original Sin but only one thing really matters. It was hilarious. Laugh out loud in public and not even care that people are looking at you like you're crazy, hilarious. Many books are meant to be humorous but either it's not my kind of humor or it just isn't funny. I was expecting Original Sin to be lighthearted and cute, both of which it was at certain points, but I wasn't expecting to be giggling to myself every page I flipped. My favorite humorous aspect of the book was that there were so many simple everyday mom truths that normally you never think twice about, but Sally makes them hilarious with her sarcastic, witty inner monologue.
The book didn't really have that much in common with the USA show Covert Affairs but I often found myself comparing it to that tv show. Both have a fabulous female main character who is clever, witty and a little bit sarcastic. They both have the same tone and while both have an enjoyable story, it's really more about the more subtle aspects; relationships, character growth, dialogue etc. Maybe it's because both characters were picked up by 'the agency' for their language skills and ulterior mysterious motives... anyway, couldn't get the similarities, however little they were, out of my head.
I fell completely in love with Sally's character. Not only was she so much fun to read about but she was a competent agent. I've read about so many wonderful, hilarious incompetent characters (think Stephanie Plum) but I don't think I've read about a single competent one. McMullen manages to keep the humor despite this which I think is a spectacular achievement. Yes, it's funny witnessing the struggles of a character who is probably making the same mistakes you might, but I love that Sally is skilled yet still human with her own struggles and flaws.
While I loved seeing Sally's life before she quit the agency, there were a few flashbacks too many for my tastes (probably half the book). I enjoyed everything we saw and it flowed pretty well but there were basically two stories going on which was a little distracting.
I am already eagerly awaiting the next installment in Sally Sin's adventures. McMullen has me enthralled in Sally's story of espionage and humor. Original Sin is a must read for anyone looking to laugh but will be especially appreciated by mothers and those who have experienced the terrors that are small children....more
When You Dare exemplified the perfect and completely unique storyline, characters and writiReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 5 stars.
When You Dare exemplified the perfect and completely unique storyline, characters and writing I've come to expect from Lori Foster. I've read many of her previous books but this one managed to blow me away. I simply couldn't read it fast enough and didn't want the story to come to an end. Foster is truly a master at her craft and this romantic suspense was a pleasure to experience.
When You Dare begins by introducing us to Molly who was kidnapped by human traffickers and taken from her home to Mexico. Lucky for her, hunky Dare Macintosh happens to be rescuing a friend from the same bad men. But what would a thirty year old 'plain' woman be doing grouped in with a bunch of young statuesque women? Molly can only assume that someone wanted her hurt and out of the way, but she has no idea who and there are too many suspects to count. It could be could be her father, ex-boyfriend, one of her angry fans... Surely this means Dare will agree to act as her protector for a little longer and if the attraction becomes to hard to fight then so be it.
Dare was an absolute dream to read about. I loved him from the very first sentence. Him being a big man with a bigger gun yet having a sweet, gentle side completely endeared him to me. There aren't many hulking mercenaries that would take the time to brush out a woman's hair when she was too weak to do it, especially when he barely knew her. And that's only the beginning of what I adored about it. He was so protective and intense when it came to those he cares about. Being an animal lover was just the cherry on top.
Molly was an amazing, stand out heroine. She had such beautiful inner strength and her emotions were always so believable and genuine. I did have a love/hate relationship with Molly's career though. Molly happened to be a romantic suspense writer with a movie deal in the making. This was difficult for me for reasons completely unrelated to the book, but I was anxious for a long time because of it. Jennifer Crusie's Welcome to Temptation features a script writer and when she wrote a personal life experience into her film, which I was constantly fearing Molly might do, the book's hero freaked out and that was the cause of much strife and agony for the characters and myself. I should have known Foster would never put her readers through that though. Once I finished the book I really appreciated how she integrated a writing career into the plot. It was very well done, never felt like she was writing herself into the book and it made the story even more unique.
I'm eagerly awaiting the next book in this new Men Who Walk the Edge of Honor series. If the upcoming book manages to have even a fraction of the chemistry and steam Molly and Dare shared, I know I'll love it....more
Flor is having an exceptionally odd day. While buying a pie for her mother like she does evReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 1½ stars.
Flor is having an exceptionally odd day. While buying a pie for her mother like she does every day, Dr. Pi tells her to get two since she will be having guests at dinner. He also scolds her for not paying attention during math earlier that day. But how could Dr. Pi know what would happen in the future or what she was doing in school while he was making his fantastic pies? Flor soon becomes immersed in a whole new world of magic when Dr. Pi confides that someone is desperate to steal his formula and needs a favor only she can fulfill.
I don't enjoy writing an unfavorable review for The Secret Spiral. I wanted to enjoy it so much but the book and I just never meshed. Part of the problem, I believe, is that I am older than the target audience (elementary school kids). The rhyming and word play is probably something that will keep kids entertained and interested but all it did was grate on my nerves. There was so much of it that at times I was confused and lost. The storyline was cute but I don't think it will appeal to a very broad age group. I think even middle-grade children will find it to not be their thing.
I love it when media gets kids excited about learning or other things they should be doing. For example Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign is brilliant, love it and love her. The Secret Spiral shanghaied me with math. I will admit that it was pathetic of me not to pick up on it when reading the summery what with names like Dr. Pi and Flor Bernoulli but kids aren't going to pick that up either. In a time when reading and literacy are struggling movements, I found it difficult to read a book also pushing math. Math, that I have to say, I never learned in school.
So at this point in the book I was a little frustrated but still enjoying the magic and some silliness. And then we met Flor's father. I absolutely had to force myself to continue reading after this point, which was difficult because I didn't connect with any of the characters so nothing that happened to them was something I cared about. Anyway, I did however loathe the father who couldn't be bothered to be a part of any of his daughter's life simply because he missed France and never contacted her even once because he assumed she never thought of him. Is he a complete idiot?! Then Flor is forced to witness his now perfect life. I honestly wanted a meteor to take out all of them and couldn't understand how Flor was accepting it. Maybe it was an overreaction on my part but absentee 'parenting' is a huge pet peeve of mine and I felt the characters were saying it was okay.
Oh, the ending is a ginormous cliffhanger too....more
Aint liking way book been written. Willo's 'voice' took me a very long time to acclimate toReview originally posted on Bitten Books and given 1½ stars.
Aint liking way book been written. Willo's 'voice' took me a very long time to acclimate too and I'm honestly not sure I ever truly fell into the book like I feel like this writing style intended. I found myself constantly rereading things because I didn't understand what was trying to be said. I'm really torn on this; I can appreciate Crockett's choice to write the way Willo thinks and speaks because it feels more authentic, but I didn't enjoy it. It's like how people see movies that were nominated for Oscars and think 'yeah, these are amazingly well done' but no one enjoys them.
I think this book will be hugely popular for the right niche. I can't stand the books selected for Oprah’s Book Club, but tons and tons of people obviously do. After the Snow would actually fit nicely as one of those books. I guess a better way to describe it is by comparing After the Snow to five star restaurant food; it's exotic, rich, probably amazing to people with refined taste. However, I'm an unidentifiable meat kind of girl; give me a bologna and cheese sandwich and I'm happy. After the Snow has literary merit and will probably win some crazy awards but I just didn't enjoy it. It wasn't fun for me to read. After the Snow reminded me a lot of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer, which I found to be an powerful read but didn't enjoy a single moment of.
Willo and I had a love/hate relationship going. Most of the time I couldn't connect with his character at all. Willo struggled with emotion, big time. He couldn't identify what he was feeling and often times decided that it didn't matter or that he felt nothing. This was a problem for me when he mentions his 14 year old sister having a child with a creepy old man and when he stumbles upon two starving children who have someone he believes to be their father dead in the shed. I liked seeing him eventually struggle with both of those issues but because he originally didn't care, I found myself hating him. Willo also wears a dog skull on his head and the dog 'talks' to him. Most of the time I found this disturbing but a few times the dog ended up being my favorite 'character'. Willo is also incredibly bloodthirsty and not just for revenge against Geraint and the government. Willo constantly talks about his knife, killing animals and how much he wants a gun so that he can kill more. This is obviously a trait due to circumstance but it still upset me as someone who goes out of their way to help any and all animals.
The third and final part of the book almost made up for the first two. It was intense and interesting. Full of deception, betrayal and action. It broke my heart too. I knew the book would depress me after reading the very first chapter but I still had a smidgen of hope. I won't say anything more because there's plenty of different things I could be sad about and I don't want to spoil the book but I do want to say that the depressing, ominous feeling you get at the beginning of the book stays with you and you aren't wrong. You're right, horribly right....more