Walk on the Wild Side - The Others, Bk 5 Author:Christine Warren Kitty Sugarman is a lot tougher than her name implies. Still, she's content with how her small-town life keeps her removed from all the changes happening in the world-like the Unveiling of the Others. That is, until a near-tragedy strikes and Kitty discovers she has abilities ... thanks to a father she never knew was alive. He also happens to be... more » a were-lion and leader of one of the most powerful Prides out West. When Kitty heads to Vegas to find out more about her father, it's his sexy, seductive second-in-command or baas of the Pride, Marcus Stewart, who commands her attention. Now that she has tempted Marcus's hunger for a mate, Kitty finds herself stuck in a vicious struggle for her father's fortune, while deadly unrest stirs within the pride. Kitty's rivals won't rest until she's gone for good, but Marcus will fight until his last breath to save her even if it means going against the pride.« less
This was my very first The Others book that I read. It did very well on its own for my never having read any more of the series. I stayed intrigued in the book till the very end. I plan on reading more of this series.
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Helpful Score: 5
This may be my favorite book in this series so far. I found Kitty very interesting trying to come to terms with being the Other she never knew she was.
The first four books in this series are connected with an ongoing storyline and a small group of people with the main characters from some books being supporting characters in others. However, this book is set mainly in Las Vegas, and none of the prior cast of characters shows up at all. I think it could be read quite easily as a standalone or before the other books.
I think it was better than some of the other books in this series. The reason she didn't respond to being slapped by Nadalie was because Martin started to get anxious and was making his machines go off. I think that had she responded to that, it would have made matters worse, and Kitty knew that. As for being called an idiot, he was joking with her and I think she knew that. I think Kitty was a very strong character, maybe not so much as some others that jump in the face of danger at any given moment, but she was able to hold her own and handle herself at most times. I'd recommend this book, even if you didn't really enjoy the other books in the series, it can be read as a stand alone, and it was very good.
To be honest I didn't finish this one. The book is about 330 pages long, I made it through about 290. That was the point when I realized I didn't care even the faintest amount what happened next and was probably wasting my time forcing myslef to continue. So this review is based on the first 90% of the book.
To begin, I've been on the fence about this series since I started it. For the most part I rated the first four novels (I have not read any of the E-books) as average--good premises, decent characters, but weak or downright sloppy execution. I continue trying anyway. I think part of that is that, like many people, I like the series factor--repeating characters, continuity, etc. So my first caution to readers about this book is, if you are thinking of reading based on it's value of fitting into the series you are going to be disapointed right off the bat. It takes place in Las Vegas and has none of the same characters or plot threads introduced in previous books that I'm aware of.
The premise of this book is actually very interesting. Kitty finds out that she's a werelion, a trait inherited from a father she never knew. She travels to Las Vegas to meet him and learn what it is to be a Leo. She her father, Martin, and discovers that he's dieing. She meets and falls in love with Martin's second in command, Max. Martins family are hostile toward her, she struggles with her new and comlex emotions, and tries to find a place for herself between the human and Leo world.
I liked Kitty. I liked Max. I didn't feel that either one underwent a tremendous amount of developement (which is disapointing, considering the plot) but at least I liked them. The romance is even decent. I can't say spectacular, because frankly the instantly in love and choosing you as my mate thing has been done in the genre way to much. As it appears in this book, it seems like a cop out for the author--it means she doesn't have to take the time to actually build the chemistry and the relationship. But I can live with it, because it's sexy in it's own way.
The best way that that I can explain this book is that it's a lot like a soap opera. There is in fact a scene where Kitty looks at the melodrama unfolding and thinks just that, that everyone is behaving like soap stars, and its ironically accurate to the entire book. At the core of this are the "villains" Drusilla, Nadia, and Peter--Martins ex-wife and two children respectively. They are so much like fairy tale stepmother and siblings that it's laughable. Shallowly written, painfully simplistic one dimensional characters who exist only to make the heroine's life difficult. The problem with this is obvious--the character's are flat and predictable, so the conflicts are flat and predictable. Again, I think the author chose to show that these people are just plain bad, rather then showing them as layered complex characters who change and develope. I was pretty disapointed that the relationship between Martin and Kitty, the one conflict with a lot of interesting potential, petered off without what I would call satisfactory resolution. Nope, everything is surface level, mindless,simplistic. Why bother?
This book may have finally ended my efforts to continue with this series. I had hoped it would only get better.
This is a stand alone from Warren's The Others series. I really think it was well done. It really shows how much Warren has improved as a writer. For me, the books in this series was a hit or miss. This one is definitely a hit.
Kitty was such a sweet and spunky character. I thought it was interesting that Warren didn't make her into the "kick butt" kind of girl (in fact, she made a point to let readers know that physically Kitty was weaker than the other leos) but she is still very strong. Max was funny but high handed, sometimes a tad bit too much for my taste, but it's understandable since he will be felix soon. Kitty and Max were a great match. Unsure why Warren decided to make sex so painful for Kitty though. That scene kind of ruins the mood for me. But I liked the epilogue a lot where Max has to come into Kitty's world.
Great book by Warren. Hope she writes more like this.
One of my favorites in the series so far. At times it reminded me of Pretty Woman (small town girl in the big city) and at others of Amanda Quick's quirky historical heroines. Both leads were very likable, the attempts on her life added excitement, and it was pretty steamy too!
Love this book, but really didn't seem like part of the series. No reference to the previous books, then no reference in the next book. Stand alone - unless I missed something. Still a nice love story.