"I so adore my arrogant dragons, and Briec the Mighty is no disappointment! Aiken's characters are vibrant and easy to love. She does such a wonderful job of painting them, that you become attached and look forward to reading each one's story. Her humor is infectious:
"The large, round, and juicy fruit slammed into Gwenvael's head with unrelenting force. 'Ow! What was that for?' 'Accident,' she snarled."
"Fearghus's tail slapped him so hard in the snout, he actually saw stars for a moment. 'Ow! What was that for?' 'Accident.'"
"Reaching up, she grabbed one of his nipples and twisted. 'Ow! What was that for?' 'Accident,' she bellowed.."
"I couldn't stand the anticipation for Ash's story, so I skipped quite a few books. The references to the skipped stories were minimal, so it didn't hurt my reading experience. It's definitely one of my favorites in the Dark-Hunter series.
This story is at times just too much... the suffering Ash went through in his human life is beyond comprehension. I felt at the time that this part of the story could have been minimized and more made of his finding love, but when you get there, it does make his ability to trust again more poignant. I did feel like the ending was rushed a bit, which is saying a lot because the book is really long. It didn't feel long while I was reading it, though."
"Sometimes I feel like a broken record, as each book becomes my favorite in this series. Ian is my favorite vampire by far. To see him come full circle after being stuck in a 15 year old body for so many centuries, made his story unique and heartening. The angst of the hero and heroine did not go overboard, as I didn't find myself rolling my eyes and wishing they would shut up already, like some books I've read. I really enjoy the world Sparks has created for her vampires."
"I had this on my wish list until I ran across it at my favorite used book store. I was hoping this series wouldn't disappoint, and the first book didn't! Alyssa Day does a wonderful job of telling the story of Conlan and Riley, as well as setting the stage for the series, without detracting from either. I fell in love with all the warriors and can't wait to read their individual stories."
"I love the Warriors of Poseidon. Book 1 is still my favorite so far, but 2 & 3 were still good. After reading the short blurb for book 4, I can't wait to start reading that one next! The characters are easy to get attached to and I'm excited to see each one's story."
"I love this series by Sparks. It's easy to fall in love with Angus, and the author refrains from making the heroine too annoying, which oft seems the case sometimes. Her heroes are not too tortured either. She finds a nice balance. This one also had me laughing out loud during a few scenes. I highly recommend these!"
"OMG! I'm still fanning myself. This book is NOT for the faint-hearted. If you can't handle steamy, graphic sex, pass this one up. If you can, it's a must read. All the stories seemed stunted to me, but Lora Leigh's has me signing up for her Breeds series. It's obvious the story would be better if you read what came before... and it's enticing enough to hunt down what came before."
"I just love Alexandra Ivy's Guardians! Watching as her arrogant, over-bearing alpha's get tamed by their females is fun and sexy. She has a way of making a character completely unlikeable in one book, only to make you love him when she tells his story - as was the case with Salvatore's story in this one. It's not necessary to read them in order, but as is usually the case, it's best if you do - especially with the 4 sisters plot."
"I was really looking forward to beginning this series of books, as I'm from Texas. Unfortunately, it was difficult to get through. It picked up towards the late middle, but it still seemed like a chore at times. There is so much Spanish, that it's cumbersome and distracting.
I feel like I missed something - like there were gaps in the story. I don't know... it just really didn't do it for me. Even most of the steamy parts made me go, "Um... yeah.""
"I really like the premise of this book - writers being brought into the fantasy worlds they created. I've read and loved books from both Diane Whiteside and Angela Knight. Maybe I just couldn't stretch my imagination enough, but parts of both stories just seemed a little silly - which is why I don't give it 5 stars. Besides that, it earns the other 4 stars easily."
"A nice change of pace for a storyline. I still marvel at writers' imaginations. Where do they come up with this stuff? In any case, I enjoyed the book, though I think the tortured soul of the hero was dragged out too long before it was explained. You don't know why he hates what he is so vehemently until almost the very end."
"So nice, I read it twice. Janet Chapman is one of the first "time travel" authors I read... this series, as a matter of fact. I kept seeing them come up on my home page and finally decided to grab book 1 again and see if it still delighted. It did! I love the way Chapman writes, and this one sets the stage well for the rest of the series. I'm excited to start them all over again!"
"I feel reduntant lately... I don't know if it's me, or if each book really is better than the last one... and I'm only on #4. I like that each character, while the same in that they are Dark Hunters, Kenyon has made each one completely unique in their origins and back-stories. Definitely no redundancy there. Gotta go find #5 now!"
"When I put this book on my wish list, I was something like #525 in line. Evidently, I'm not the only one who loves Sandra Hill's books... and it was just released in what, November? *sigh* I was browsing through "3 for $4" bundles at a local book store, when to my great surprise, there it was, wrapped in red ribbon, nestled between 2 other books I may not read. Fate, she has a sense of humor.
Which is why Hill is one of my favorite authors - her sense of humor. Her stories are woven pleasantly with it and oft times, it mirrors real life. Dark Viking is the latest in her Viking II series. As with most series in this genre, it's not necessary to read all those written before it, however, there is something special about a mention of a previous character forming an immediate picture in your mind. It's like a group of friends gossiping about one person in particular, with a knowing look passing between two of them... everyone else feels like they're missing something.
In the author's words to her readers, she contemplates the inevitability of a series running it's course. While her characters are interwoven to maintain the series, she does an excellent job of creating unique characteristics for her Vikings & her heroines. However, I tend to agree with her musings of repetition in this case. I found myself having feelings of deja vu as the modern, independent woman is thrust into a primitive society, and forced into some humiliating situation of some sort - one encountered in at least one other book in this series. I thought, "Surely he's not going to make here do that?!" And when he does, "Well, there goes the love story." But no, the heroine forgives him and moves on, just like the other story. While I think any intelligent woman would understand that "when in Rome..." applies to any situation involving another culture, it's a little too much for me to swallow in some cases. Maybe it's just me, but I'd probably be punished to an unspeakable extent for my "unseemly" behavior.
That aside, no one does an ancient Viking better than Sandra Hill. Her heroines are always average people like you and me, although, in this case, in much better physical condition. Since that is an integral part in maintaining the SEALS/WEALS angle of her 2nd Viking series, AND tall, dark & Viking refers to her as "too thin for my tastes", it can be easily forgiven."
"OMG! I couldn't stop crying near the end of this book. My daughter poked her head into my room to see what was wrong with me. Even though I felt the tortured soul bit went on too long, it obviously didn't matter if it moved me that much. Any author who can move you that much is a master."