The front page says "In Collaboration with Wendy Corsi Straub" so we know Fabio didn't actually write this book, but the best part is that he "wrote" more than just one book!
I can't do this book justice in a review, so I'm posting all my tweets and status updates as a review for you guys. (I saw this review here and had to pick it up when I saw it for a dime)
My review, sort of:
The cover: The bike and leather tells me he's Dangerous, but the hunky Fabio abs tell me he's sexy too
I see nothing but the smoldering look he's giving me..read me, love me, I am Italian studmuffin Fabio
Fabio thinks Fabio has sexy abs. You want to touch Fabio. Come here and run your fingers on Fabio
*yes all that mane of hair that blows in the non-existent wind.
*I think Fabio's manly sexiness was too much and she swooned
*this book is so awful, but soo funny
*No! I haven't met him, but if I ever see Fabio I will talk to him in only third person "Laurie loved Fabio's book. Laurie would like a pic"
*anyone who thinks Fabio actually wrote this is crazy. We all know he stood around looking all Fabio-ish in his open Pirate shirt, showing his man cleavage and wearing leather pants while some poor woman tried to make sense of his words.
*I can't take Fabio seriously, I just can't!
*I'm sad, not once has anyone said "I can't believe it's not butter"
*Fabio thinks Fabio has sexy abs. You want to touch Fabio. Come here and run your fingers on Fabio
*it reminds me of a Saturday night live skit. It's like the book makes fun of Fabio and he's so intense and serious about it!!
*Fabio knows romance-I give the ladies not just 1 but 2 Fabios! because if 1 Fabio is sexy, 2 Fabios are double the sexy
"please, let me make love to you." her reply was a single heated word:"Yes." oh the cheesy Fabioness of it
This was a super fun read. Oh, don't get me wrong the writing was awful, and Fabio's ideas of what passes for a romance novel + romantic suspense plot were just crazy, but it was so fun to read. If you see this one for cheap, pick it up for the tongue-in-cheek entertainment value.
Don't take this book seriously, you will be disappointed....more
Duncan works for the FBI, but even though he’s human, he knows what goes bump in the night. And he knows it isn’t good. The Para Unit has been Duncan’s home away from home for years.
I thought it was neat that there are certain humans who are predisposed to being able to take the wolf bite and survive. When Duncan was bitten, his body was not only able to handle the bite, but his alpha tendencies were magnified (not just because of his personality either, but I don’t want to give away that part!). But he didn’t want to become a wolf, he’d always figured if he got bit, his partner would shoot him. But there are other factors at play here. His partner can’t do it, and his boss won’t let anyone else do it.
His boss (quite a piece of work, btw) brings Duncan in and has Holly, their team doctor, help him through his transition. There’s something special about Holly, and if anyone can help Duncan, it’s her. But Duncan has always been attracted to this shy little doctor, and now that his body is becoming that of a werewolf, he’s afraid of what he’ll do to her. Besides, now that he’s such a monster, she wouldn’t want him anyway, right?
Holly has wanted Duncan for years, but she’s kept her distance for personal reasons. Now that he’s strong enough to handle her, should she stay away? Duncan and she can’t seem to stay apart, so...
Holly and Duncan have a few hot and heavy moments that I loved, but then there’s a huge twist in the plot that takes Duncan to Purgatory (think Alcatraz but for Paranormals). This is where I feel the book either needed more pages, or needed to rework certain parts.
Something big is brewing and we get to see the beginning, but it borderline feels out of left field. It’s important though, so it can’t be cut out of the story, and it shows where the series will be going too, I don’t know. The plot up until the last bit was just fine as it is, but I don’t think it needed to be shaken up that way. What I mean is that it seemed like there was a lot going on, and then about the last quarter of the book something big started to happen, but we didn’t have the page count to sustain that part of the plot.
I liked this story and I really liked the plot, but I wish we’d had more time spent in Purgatory since that’s a huge part of the plot, even if we don’t realize it until later. I’m really excited to read the next book to find out how they can prevent the big thing they’re trying to prevent (<--yes I had to say it that way so I don’t give any spoilers away! Lol)
Final verdict is that this is a series to watch, I absolutely can’t wait to see where it’s going from here, and it’s a steamy, sexy read. ...more
4.5 I loved this book. Want to know a little known fact about your Highland Hussy? I played hockey for my university team, on a men’s team (we had no women’s team, so there were 4 of us girls), and I played in House Leagues. Those leagues are super competitive. Not that college hockey isn’t, but it’s a different vibe, so to speak.
In Offside, we see Billie Jo being pushed out of her pro league team in Sweden due to injury and coming home to her small town of New Waterford where hockey is god.
Billie has played with these guys her whole life, she’s played pro, you’d think they’d welcome her into their “Friday Night beer league” with open arms and a bunch of “Hell Yeahs!” but realistically, it’s not like that. It’s a men’s league, and they don’t want no wimmenfolk on the ice.
I brought about my own experiences to just lend a bit of credence to the book. Billie is treated abominably. Her car is keyed, her tires slashed, she’s roughed up a lot, and she’s got to deal with jackwagons giving her crap all over town. Not just on the ice. (I had my cute little Neon keyed, sprayed with silly string, shrink wrapped with layers of shaving cream in between each layer. And how did they get the shrink wrap under my car and around the top? Seriously) And this is just what I remember.
The man she’s been in love with since she was a kid is there, and she’s no longer a kid. The only problem in getting close to Logan is that he slept with her sister Betty Jo since high school. Oh, and she’s a triplet, so the fact that she looks exactly like Betty doesn’t make her feel any better. Does Logan want Billie for Billie? Or is he still lusting after Betty, but taking Billie as a substitute?
But they do get close, and they have some pretty steamy times, add to that another Barker sister, Bobbi Jo (whose story I soo can’t wait for), and there’s a lot going on in this small town.
I loved the hockey aspect, and I think that the steamy scenes would make the ice melt.I loved watching Logan fight his love for Billie, and I loved watching Billie try to distance herself from Logan (which obviously didn't work! lol). But how can they fall in love when each has a big secret that could ruin it?
Their secrets are not on par with "The Big Misunderstanding" we so often get in contemporaries. Oh no. This is much more intense, and so much BIGGER. when those bombs are dropped, the whole book became so tense my heart was pounding! But then it was cleared up. It was a bit too fast for me. I think they had a whole lot of drama and I felt cheated at not seeing that play out.
But that notwithstanding, this is still the best contemporary romance I’ve read in a long time. Juliana Stone’s writing is always good, and this lady can write an intense plot! If you want a steamy, sexy contemporary romance, this is for you!
This book was hysterical! Thanks for the rec, Pam! I cracked up! I actually had to keep taking it from my 7 year old so that I could read it to the babThis book was hysterical! Thanks for the rec, Pam! I cracked up! I actually had to keep taking it from my 7 year old so that I could read it to the baby....more
A couple years ago, several friends recommended this book to me. The back of the book makes it sound like something I'Read this review on Got Fiction?
A couple years ago, several friends recommended this book to me. The back of the book makes it sound like something I'd love! So I downloaded it, but before I read it, another friend told me she thought it read a lot like one of my books. That sort of turned me off, but it still sounded really good. So a couple years later, here I am.
I will say, it reads a lot more like Kresley Cole than it does Laura Hunsaker. In fact, many many reviews mention the similarities. But the book has enough differences that it can stand on its own. Mostly. Someone described it as IAD lite. I'd agree with that.
There is very little world-building, which kind of stinks because it's an interesting world. Humans are extinct, or at least very close to, and it's only immortals who remain. We are seeing the Campbell clan and the Kerr clans mainly in this. There is a glossary at the end, I'd suggest reading it before you start.
Kelvin Kerr is a Pookah-he's a razorback pookah...I guess there's different types in this book, Razorback, Wolverine, and Bear. I always thought pookahs were mystical horses who lured people to their deaths in the waves of the ocean, but hey, PNR needs something fresh, and this was a neat direction to go.
Now this is where I began to have trouble with the book. Kelvin is very much like Kresley Cole's Lykaes. There's even a sentence in there that felt the same. "I know my female's tone," is straight from Bowen and Mariketa, and in the same kind of situation, Kelvin says, "I'm beginning to recognize that tone." BUT with that being said, that's not really what I had trouble with. He's not honorable. I really had a hard time liking him.
Kelvin is an asshat. he's not just pushy, he's mean to her. And he's been killing innocent people for centuries. He may be weary of it, but he still does it for his 'revenge.' When it's been several centuries, it's ok to stop. You got the guys who killed your father, isn't that enough? He and his brother spend centuries exterminating the Campbell line. Izel comes along, he knows she's his female, and he still plans on killing her for no other reason than she's a Campbell. It seems too contrived, and seriously, he's going to kill a woman, the last human on earth, a woman he's admitted is his only chance at happiness and is innocent of everything, for a vengeance sworn centuries ago. It's too much. and he realizes this too, but not til the end, because priorities.
Izel has come to Scotland to meet up with her grandfather. She is blonde, and thin, and pretty. But she has no emotions. She has never had any emotions, ever. And as she walks into her grandfather's cabin, she sees Kelvin (who is there to kill her) and she is both hit with emotions, and then her body and face change. She's dark-haired, olive-skinned, and curvacious now. I hate how she changed in appearance. No emotion, drab appearance, gets emotions, bam is a knockout! It was unnecessary.
But, it turns out she is also full-human. Her mother was an Incan queen with a lot of power, and Izel is rumored to have inherited power from all three castes of her clan. She is just a Poet, but her words have no power yet, but they will...
I could look over the eye-rolling similarities to IAD, but this was too much. Who wants a hero who kills innocents? The only reason he doesn't kill Izel is because she's his one fated mate. Not because he thinks it's wrong, not because she's innocent, not because she has nothing to do with his sworn vengeance and feud. Because killing her will make him lose his one chance at happiness.
Now, I do get that he's so old, and immortals can hold long grudges, but it didn't seem as if there was any honor in killing off the entire Campbell clan to fulfill a vengeance sworn on a battlefield hundreds of years ago. I think that my feelings on this book are mixed. I really enjoyed the writer's style. There are many authors who have that fun and sassy voice like Cole does, so I don't think she plagiarized anything. But I don't know why her editors didn't have her just pull out the too-similar parts and run with it! This story has so much going for it! I may not have liked Kelvin, but the story itself and Izel and the whole living without emotions had a great set-up for the series! I would read her again, if only to see where she goes with it.
Unfortunately, it doesn't look like book two every happened. Her website hasn't been updated since 2012, her twitter has the last tweet as 2012 as well, she was writing more books, but nothing ever came of this series. I see very VERY few bad reviews, so I really don't know what happened. She hasn't answered my email, I'll update if she does.
This book has compelling writing, although right off the bat you are bombarded with clichés. That may not bother some readers, but if it is a pet peeve of yours, then I promise that by the third chapter, the author really hits her stride, and the clichés are gone.
I have had a few of my friends telling me to read this one for weeks, since our tastes are similar, I downloaded from netgalley and was completely underwhelmed by the blurb. If it hadn’t been a buddy read, I probably wouldn’t have pushed it to the top of my TBR list. I’m really glad my girls bullied convinced me to read this book, I absolutely would have missed out on a new talent whose voice works the gothic vibe. The beginning was ok, but then, something changed. I can’t put my finger on it, but the writing is just so compelling, it pulls you in.
Miranda is a great heroine. She has a power, she’s a fire starter, and no one can explain why or how, so Miranda hides it. After her sisters have been married off, Miranda is still at home. Why is that? (My lips are zipped, but you'll find out)
Lord Archer is back in London, after being abroad for years, and his first order of business? To kill Miranda’s father. But he’s stopped by the sounds of a couple young lads swordfighting. Since no one uses swords anymore, Archer halts, and watches, both intrigued and amused by the talent demonstrated in the boys. He follows one home, only to witness the boy get into a scuffle with some tough street boys. Archer is then completely blindsided by the beauty of the “boy” (yep, it’s Miranda). He saves her, although she may not have needed saving, he hints at things to come, and he doesn’t kill her father.
Instead, he sets things in motion to marry Miranda.
I loved how they got to know each other. Archer wears a mask at all times, and his reputation is one that makes ladies swoon with fright as his coach drives past. But Archer has cultivated this reputation for a reason, and Miranda wants to ferret out all his secrets. At one point where she overhears something about her husband, the book has the potential to have a Big Misunderstanding, but Miranda is much too smart for that. I give the author credit for handling several sticky situations without taking the easy way out.
The gothic feel of this Historical Paranormal Romance leans to more of an Urban Fantasy vibe, and it really works. I can’t get over how intense this book was for me. There is this amazing mystery, the lure and pull of the mystery draws you in, and it does not let you go. I was kept guessing, only to be proved wrong over and over. I can’t wait for Moonglow.
The only thing I think is that if someone spoils the mystery for you, it might detract from the overall enjoyment of the story. This is why I haven’t put anything pertaining to plot in this spoiler-free review.
***ARC courtesy of Forever Romance and netgalley.com...more
This was awful. Absolutely awful. I DNF'd it but I also skimmed to the end to see if the hero ever changed, or the horrible ex-wife got her comeuppancThis was awful. Absolutely awful. I DNF'd it but I also skimmed to the end to see if the hero ever changed, or the horrible ex-wife got her comeuppance, and nope. They are awful people who deserve each other.
So very few people on GR have given this less than 5 stars, and I'm shocked, because the hero is an asshat and the heroine is a doormat. For once, I'll tell you guys to read the amazon reviews over goodreads. They tell in great detail with many examples why this book is full of WTfkery.
(view spoiler)[Seriously, when the "hero" allowed his ex-wife, who btw cheated on him, left him, took half his property, he let her stay with him and the new wife. Then, this is what killed it for me, he BELIEVES the ex over the new wife in everything. In one review, it says that the ex drugged him and made sure the current wife sees them having sex. I read this book to see how accurate the 1 star reviews were...People, believe the one star reviews...they aren't lying. (hide spoiler)]
This book is being deleted off my kindle.
Also, mah girls who made me read this, you two need to add your ratings so I'm not the only one here
This is probably my only highly-rated rant, but the one thing that bothered me, keeping this from being a 5 star book, was a big deal to me.
Last nightThis is probably my only highly-rated rant, but the one thing that bothered me, keeping this from being a 5 star book, was a big deal to me.
Last night around midnight, I read a friend's review of this book. I had it on my nightstand, so I picked it up to see what was so fabulous about it.
I read til about 1 am (I think I made it about 115 pages) before I was forced to pry the book out of my own hands and set it aside for the night.
The book was fantastic, all except for one thing.
The dichotomy that Duncan faces over his dual roles, was great. His inner turmoil was really well done. But the heroine Amelia is so incredibly naive. At first I liked that part of her since it made sense. But the more in depth we got into the story, the more she kept trying to get him to lay down his weapons and not fight anymore.
This bothers me for a few reasons. At several points, everything she has ever believed in is thrown into question. Amelia is forced to throw off her blinders of polite English society and realize she's been kept quite sheltered. She is forced to see her fiance in a new light. She is forced to see the whole of the British army, the Scots, and even her father-a great soldier, all in a new light. The minute she recognizes that her father had been a soldier, and had more than likely killed people, I really thought she'd "get" it: That fighting is sometimes necessary. Especially during the Jacobite Risings.
The reasoning was that she wanted him to stop being "The Butcher" and to start living and move on. The reasoning wasn't bad, but it was very black and white. She had no understanding at all of the fact that while she hated war, she (and he) had no choice in the matter. he might have to fight. At one point she is nearly raped by a British officer and his soldiers that she'd run to for help. I liked how she finally FINALLY understood that it was possible her precious Redcoats weren't all men of honor. I thought for sure she'd finally get over telling him to stop fighting. But no. She kept on with her telling him not to take his vengeance out on a man (her fiance Bennett) who had raped and murdered Duncan's wife-to-be.
I get that she was looking out for him, and she wanted him to be safe, she wanted to help him save his soul from the dark. I liked that-but she never relented. She cost him a good friend, and while he'd always been divided on how to gain peace for Scotland, or at least his role in that endeavor, Amelia had helped him realize he didn't want to fight anymore. I think that's such a naive viewpoint for that time period, especially by a Highland laird who was nicknamed the Butcher. Idealism is one thing, but the idea that she was okay letting her ex-fiance continue raping and killing and murdering made me so angry! She had almost been raped and yet she was willing to subject other women to that? Duncan only wanted a fair fight with Bennett, and she wanted to let him be. When Bennett actually came to get her back, she felt if she told him she was happy with Duncan, that he would only want what was best for her and go on his merry way. Are you kidding me?! This was towards the end when Amelia had become more worldly and supposedly grown up. she even admitted she saw lies in Bennett's eyes, yet she still was all "let the courts take care of him." Even her Uncle told her he'd probably get acquitted. She still couldn't trust Duncan to do his duty to Scotland, to protect his people, to be laird. She actually told him she would only marry him if he laid down his weapons!
I really enjoyed Duncan...until he got to their destination (won't spoil because you might guess the twist). I felt like he changed from this very sure warrior to what Amelia wanted him to be. I'm very big on respecting one's partner's wishes, but also not changing yourself to be what they want. I felt that's what Duncan did.
The witty banter was fun and cute, but felt way too contemporary. Many authors have well-written historicals without the accents, so it's not that I necessarily need a Scottish accent, but I don't want to read an historical romance that feels modern.
Moving on, the book is very easy to get caught up in. The story is an enjoyable one, and I liked the constant teasing of Amelia by Duncan.
"How long was I asleep?" "Over and hour," the Butcher replied. "An hour? Surely not." "Aye. You were moaning my name and saying 'Oh Duncan, yes, Duncan, yes, yes. Again, again...'"
and at the beginning when he steals her from her bed, he gags her. Behind the gag she is trying to tell him that she won't scream if he takes it off. His response to her unintelligible sounds?
"What was that? You think I'm very wise? Aye, I think so too."
So my final verdict? I really did enjoy this book, up til the end. And I would absolutely recommend it to others, I just had that one thing that really bothered me. But I still rated it a 4, which makes it a good book for me. I read it straight through- lack of sleep and lots of coffee were side affects of this book :) ...more
This series has been a good one. It's got some paranormal elements, and this is the third sister, Hannah who has visions when she touches certain objects. When I say Paranormal Romance, I think we all think shifters or vampires. This is more along the lines of psychic gifts and ghostly visitors. There's also a suspenseful element that definitely had me guessing for the whole book.
Hannah has gotten visions since she can remember, and since being separated from her sisters when she was younger, her visions have never steered her wrong. That's why when she has a vision leading her to Tidewater, she heads back. But she drags her feet once there, not actually wanting to meet her sisters, who have both made their way back to Tidewater as well.
Hannah needs to earn some money, so she picks up a serving job at a restaurant. This is where the mystery picks up. she's washing dishes and when she touches a knife, she "sees" a murder. But she tries to hide her "quirks" from her new boss. Her new boss who coincidentally is someone she's met before.
Niall is just trying to regain his footing after leaving the Marines, and he's taken over the family restaurant. But his brother is less than helpful, his restaurant should be thriving but isn't, and he can't stop thinking about his new hire. Especially since he and Hannah had a night of red hot passion but she gave him a wrong number. Now that she's back in his life, he's annoyed she gave him a fake number, but he still can't get her out of his mind.
For her part, Hannah didn't realize she'd given him a wrong number, but more than her hunky boss, this vision of a murder keeps haunting her. The big question is whether she can get Niall to believe her.
The main thing that bothered me with this book-the fact that the sisters have been looking for her, and she knows they're there, but she doesn't want to go through with it. I felt like it was such an important part of the past couple books, that it shouldn't have been pushed aside like it was.
The mystery was well-done, because I sure didn't catch on! I like how Niall believed Hannah early on, and that the Big Misunderstanding wasn't dragged out. I've enjoyed this series, in general, and I like how each sister has her own memories of their mother, but when they put all of them together, the memories paint a bigger picture. I wouldn't mind seeing more books set in Tidewater, I think it would be fun.
I loved this book! I liked the first one but it was only okay. This was awesome! Which says a lot since I didn't love Theresa before but do now! And sI loved this book! I liked the first one but it was only okay. This was awesome! Which says a lot since I didn't love Theresa before but do now! And still love Satan( my Catholic upbringing just shuddered at that) but this Satan is just a smitten kitten:)...more
This was a different take on SK's usual Dark-Hunter style, but it was really cute. Her short stories are always good. 4 stars I skipped LA Banks' storyThis was a different take on SK's usual Dark-Hunter style, but it was really cute. Her short stories are always good. 4 stars I skipped LA Banks' story since I don't like her. The other story "the Gift" by Susan Squires was good as well. 4 stars The last story, Wild Wulf of London #4 (btw, read them in order! I goofed and thought this was the last one. oops) is my favorite of the bros. Merrick is a bastard Wulf, but doesn't know it, and he meets Lady Anne, Jackson's first love, and the sparks fly. Loved the short story, loved the fact that Merrick gets a Scottish accent, and loved the whole of it! 5 stars...more
My GR buddies, What kind of friends are you guys? How come no one told me how amazing this book is?! You guys should kick my butt into gear w/this serMy GR buddies, What kind of friends are you guys? How come no one told me how amazing this book is?! You guys should kick my butt into gear w/this series!
All joking aside, a great book. It's 2am and I won't get any sleep. Totally worth it though. Review to come......more
I swear I read this when I went on a Lynsay Sands kick last year, but for the life of me, I can't remember anything about it! I guess that sums it up.I swear I read this when I went on a Lynsay Sands kick last year, but for the life of me, I can't remember anything about it! I guess that sums it up. But I remember being annoyed with LS for creating overly-naive heroines that to me, all feel interchangeable. For the last 4 books I've read by LS, all the heroines are naive to the point of stupidity. I know that LS is known for her humorous situations, but it's the same situation every time! Just new names and new storylines. Same joke. Once, it's funny. After that it's like when a little kid tells a joke, you laugh at it once, so they think it's funny 10 more times....more