"Sometimes you just run across a gem and AMBUSHED is one of those. This is a new author, and series, for me, but I thought, WTH, I'll give it a try. The Chance family is one you used to visit every week, back in the day. Reminiscent of Bonanza and The Big Valley, et al. I have the next two books in the series and you can betcha it won't be long before I'll be cracking the covers on those two."
"Alright, I admit it - I caved. I usually don't follow the crowd and read what is popular. I don't know Bones from Barrons from Curran. Now don't get me wrong, I'm not totally in the dark - LOL! It's just that there is sooo much to read and only so many hours in a day. So, yes, I caved after reading all of the press about FSOG and decided to give BARED TO YOU a shot. Really? Seriously? What was all the fuss about.
Eva and Gideon belong to the very exclusive - filthy rich, beautiful people club. There is a catch though; both of them are psychotic having suffered traumatic abuse during their childhood. Eva has (and still is) getting professional help but Gideon, nope, he has a long way to go. Eva's abuse is spelled out, but it is never clear what Gideon is struggling with. Throw into the mix Eva's bisexual, self-destructive (and gorgeous no matter what he wears) roommate, Cary; her looney, but just as gorgeous Mother; and all the other beautiful people in their circle, and you have a prime-time Manhattan drama in the making.
Gideon has commitment problems; then he has issues with possessiveness and jealousy. Eva wants a relationship, but has she self-esteem issues. She'll get jealous or upset and instead of trying to talk it out with Gideon, she runs. And Gideon, well he doesn't talk about problems very well either, he uses sex. There was quite a bit of make-up sex - hot 'n heavy taking place in the shower, the limo, the home library, the office.
The turning point for me was when Eva laid this gem on Gideon:
He pressed a kiss to the crown of my head. "I can't stand the thought that you're waiting for this to end. That's what you're doing, isn't it? That's what you sound like."
"We just have to make you feel secure." He ran his fingers through my hair. "How do we do that?"
I hesitated a moment, then went for it. "Would you go to couples therapy with me?"
The stroking of his fingers paused. He stood silently for a moment, breathing deeply.
"Just think about it," I suggested. "Maybe look into it, see what it's about."
"Am I doing this wrong? You and me? Am I f*cking it up that much?"
I pulled back to look at him. "No Gideon. You're perfect. Perfect for me, anyway. I'm crazy about you. I think you're-"
Excuse me - I think you're perfect but you need therapy!?! After two weeks (or less) of "dating", whose asks that? But it didn't change the caliber of the story for me. It was still misunderstandings, jealousies, SOS - different day, hot sex and a HFN to be continued in the next installment, DEEPER IN YOU.
One more thing, if you please. When I turned the last page of this book, I found a Readers Guide with Discussion Questions. Ah hell, I should have known better. Any book that ends with essay questions instead of an epilogue is not for me."
"It doesn't matter what romance genre (or name) Ms. Tabke chooses to write: Erotic (Hot Cop Series), historical (Blood Sword Legacy Series), or paranormal (L.O.S.T Series). You can be assured of an intense story with expertly crafted characters that will have you captivated.
Falon always knew she was "different" from everyone else; something inside her just wasn't right. After running away from a foster home at a young age, she barely survives on her own. Her initial meeting with a Slayer "Conan" is also her first introduction to Rafael. Once Rafael takes care of the Slayer, he takes Falon with him. After all, the slayer wanted her for some reason; she must be important. And thus, the ride begins!
Let's get this straight....There was nothing – NOTHING – that I didn't love about this book. It starts out with a bit of background to get the story rolling. How the Lycans and Slayers came to be; their ongoing feud; necessary stuff like that. At times, this is a violent story. The violence plays an integral part of how the characters develop. This is one hot, steamy, sizzlin' read. The only reason I didn't give BLOOD LAW the highest sexual rating is because of the almost ménage. (Hey, you're going to have to read it to find out!) Now, a few of my highlights.
Falon: the growth of this character is astounding! She begins as a weak, fearful girl and develops into a strong alpha; oh, so deserving of her alpha Lycan.
"Complicated?" she shrilled. "You hold my life in your hands and all you can tell me is, it's complicated?" He stood quiet, unable to defend himself.
"I don't want to die. I will not die because of your Blood Law. If that messes with your day, too damn bad."
Rafael, the alpha leader of the Vulkasin clan. He does whatever is necessary for the survival of his clan. Even if it means sacrificing his happiness and the destruction of his chosen one. Rafael is the "light" brother.
Lucien is the outcast; the "dark" brother, alpha of the Mondragon clan. Although he and Rafael are identical twins, it is easy to tell the difference between them: Light and dark, day and night. When Lucien's chosen one is murdered, he claims Blood Law.
There are concurrent storylines running in BLOOD LAW. The war between the Lycans and the Slayers. The hostility between the brothers. The blooming of Falon and her relationship with Rafael. The survival of the Lycans. All of them are intertwined with one another and turns BLOOD LAW into a howling fantastic novel. Also, there is a bit of knowledge concerning Falon's heritage that has yet to be discovered, along with what "destiny" has in store for the brothers.
BLOOD LAW does not have your typical HEA, but what it does have will blow you away!"
"After a series of complete failures, I was hesitant to pick-up another new author, another new series, another historical romance. *groan* But I did - I plucked it off of the back of my towering TBR and gave it a shot - WTH. And what a gem it is!
The story and the characters kept me engaged from page one. Jane, Lady Sherringham, is a courageous young woman who dares to enters "The Club" to find her missing BFF. The Club being a gentlemen's club where all types of debauchery can and will be experienced. She encounters "Lord Wicked", Christian Wickham, at the club. He has returned home from India to rescue his sister.
Jane suffered under the hands of her late husband and must learn how to love and trust again. Christian believes he is tainted because of his heritage. Yet, watching these two begin to love and trust again is like watching a moth being drawn to a flame.
The Club is a delicious blend of erotic, mystery and the romance I look for in a well written story. Ms. Page is now an author I won't hesitate to pick-up and read."
"I didn't know how I would like this book. A tale of two women told concurrently: One set in the Regency and the other at the present time. And I usually don't like tales such as these and I can give or take a contemporary romance. So, I began reading with a bit of trepidation. I am so glad I was proven wrong, but I will admit I did enjoy The Blackbird and Sir's story the best and if it wasn't for that, this book would have been mediocre. The chapters skip back and forth between the time periods but that does not distract from the storytelling.
Piper works for a museum as a historical curator and when she stumbles upon a set of journals and starts reading them, the words literally turn her world upside down.
An arranged marriage, "a transaction", has Ophelia determined to be her own woman.
This novel is a breathtaking discovery of freedom in its many forms by two women from different centuries. It will have your emotions in a tailspin."
"Kresley Cole's "Untouchable": Murdoch Wroth and Ice Queen Daniela's story was a wonderful and well written tale. Also, it is good to see that the Wroth brothers are now all together with their Brides. As always Ms. Cole spins great dialog with intriguing characters. I liked the way she developed this story within the background of finding the other brothers.
Gena Showalter "Tempt Me Eternally": This one on the other hand seemed forced. Aleaha Love is colorful and feisty, but come on: What she did to Breean to get away from him? I'm sure that could have been written a different way."
"A first-rate whodunit debut for Ms. St. Claire's new series, The Guardian Angelinos. It is heavier on the suspense than the romance, but you will not be disappointed. The story is well defined and engaging, making this a page turner that moves quickly. Although many family members are introduced, they are easy to differentiate from each other due to Ms. St. Claire's excellent writing. Each character comes alive on the page.
The ground work for the family business is being laid in this first novel and you get to know the dynamics of those relationships. A peek at just a few of the family members... Vivi is Zach's twin sister: She is the one who has the brainstorm of The Guardian Angelinos. Uncle Nino is the patriarch and stabilizing force of the family. Marc and Gabe (brothers) are cousins of Vivi and Zach: Marc, former FBI; Gabe, spook. Gabe's brief appearance here will have readers clamoring for his own story .... and soon. I AM!
Three years ago Sammi Fairchild was left broken and sobbing. No words were exchanged then and none since. Now, she has to depend on him to keep her safe from a murderer.
"I won't lie and tell you I knew I loved you when I got on that plane to Kuwait."
Her eyes, even lit by the candles, showed he'd made a direct hit.
"But I think I did by the time I landed."
Zach Angelino returned from war a scarred man; less than a man. Because of past mistakes, they continually doubt themselves, but together they learn to overcome these obstacles.
Now, one problem I did have was right after a harrowing incident for Sam and Zach. SPOILER ALERT! They are soaking wet, clothes clinging to them, they are cold, and Sam has lost her shoes and socks. They are taking refuge in a dilapidated barn. Sam's feet are torn and bloody. Miraculously, Zach's wallet, with condom still intact, survived the submersion. A romantic interlude ensues. I guess gratuitous sex was needed just then."
"By far the best of The Guardian Angelinos series. After SHIVER OF FEAR, I was a bit leery of picking up and continuing with the series, but I did want to read Vivi and Lang's story. WOW - What a ride! Ms. St. Claire did not disappoint.
These two, Vivi and Lang, would be voted the least likely to succeed: Opposites attract. Vivi has kept a dark secret from her family for many years and it has affected her relationships with men. Slim to none would be the case. Lang's previous partner was KIA and has had a lasting effect on him. Although, from the first opening sex scene you wouldn't think so. The way Vivi seduces Lang just so he won't say her name. Well, now, it goes way past a lap dance!
Add in to this emotional quagmire a serial killer, a body double, and a man on the FBI's most wanted list and you have a story that will keep you riveted till the last page turns.
Ms. St. Claire touches upon a topic in FACE OF DANGER that is rarely approached in the romance genre. Granted, she does not delve deeply into the subject (that is for another forum), but I give her kudos for bringing it to the forefront of her audience; even if briefly.
The characters are vividly drawn and the reappearance of a few of the Angelino and Rossi family members only add to the enjoyment of FACE OF DANGER. Ah yes, Gabe Rossi makes a GRAND entrance. I'm hoping Ms. St. Claire is furiously penning his story next."
"It was okay. Going in I didn't know what to expect about goblin mythology.
THE GOBLIN KING is basically a retelling of beauty and the beast. Where Beauty, Eliza, needs to see past the Beast, The Goblin King, Roan, and his solid heart of gold. The Beast must forget his own selfish desires before he can become a man once again. There is a twist added of an unscrupulous fiance, Steve, added into the mix.
I will admit, I found reading about the goblins interesting because I usually avoid most druid stories. However, since this type of creature was new to me, I learned quite a bit about goblins. But not enough to continue on with the series. It just doesn't have the spark that I need to keep me hooked."
"Whenever I want a light, quick read or know I won't have the time to delve into a heavily involved read, I can always count on Harlequin to deliver a thoroughly enjoyable romance.
When two complete opposites attract, the story sizzles. Yes, Adam and Eva is a bit silly, but it works. And Eva is so spunky, she'll have you grinning in spite of yourself. In addition to wondering if you have a fiery sacral chakra."
"The "Beautiful Bastard", Soren, now feared because of the scars he carries from wounds he suffered in battle and the vengeance which spurned him to live.
Sybilla, blinded by the brutal force of Soren's invading forces, she must somehow try to protect her people - even though blinded - and married to the man who came to destroy her.
Soren is absolutely wonderful *sigh*. Scarred, tortured soul that he is. Soren realizes Sybilla will experience the same things he did with his recovery and he helps her through them. The beginning of the softening of the Alpha. A steamy/hot story but not explicit.
What a wonderful tale with a bit of history blended in. This is the last of Ms. Brisbin's The Knights of Brittany Series, but it can be read as a standalone. Be sure to read the Author's Note at the end, as that will explain a bit about the battles and the people of the time."
"This is exactly the type of read that I need every now and again. Both of the stories in the book had a down-to-earth story line with strong characters and a few secondary characters to pull it all together. It doesn't hurt that the heroes were hot Italian alphas and the sex was smokin'!
I have never been disappointed with the work of Ms. Tabke and she will continue to be one of my auto-buy authors. ITALIAN STALLIONS completes my library of her work.
Ms. Alden is a NTMA but WHOA! Not for long. I will be looking forward to reading more by this lady!"
"JABRIL doesn't skip a beat and picks up right where RAPHAEL ended. Cyn, suffering from a broken heart and wanting to put distance between herself and Raphael, heads to Houston, Texas, when she is offered a job from the powerful Vampire Lord, Jabril Karim. Unfortunately, when she meets Jabril, she is disturbed at what she finds.
Lord Jabril hires Cyn to find his runaway "ward", Elizabeth. He is also aware of Cyn's connection with Raphael. Jabril is a sleaze. He is cruel and uses his minions and blood slaves for his nefarious, selfish purposes. Cyn accepts the assignment to find "Liz" and secretly decides to get Liz's sister, Mirabelle away from Jabril.
Liz and Mirabelle have been under Jabril's care since the death of their parents many years ago. Mirabelle was turned into a vampire by Jabril, but Liz was not. He needs both sisters for one thing: their inheritance aka money. These sisters are as different as night and day. Liz has a strong backbone, learns to take care of herself, and has managed to stay away from Jabril for the most part. Whereas, Mirabelle has become sacred and cowed, submissive to a point of slavery.
Cyn is ever the badass heroine with a heart of gold. She does get Mirabelle away from Jabril and back to LA at the peril of her own safety and heart. She has to call on Raphael for his protection for Mirabelle, and Mirabelle must formally ask Raphael's permission to live in his territory. The reconnection of Cyn and Raphael begins (read "hot and bothered"). As Raphael opens up to Cyn and reveals a bit of his past, he makes a confession. It is a tender and moving moment when Cyn realizes just how vulnerable love has made Raphael.
"So, having at last met a foe I could not defeat, I fled," he said in disgust. "Rather than face you in my weakness, I thought to leave you behind, to forget about you, which I thought was surely possible. After all, how could one human overwhelm me with feelings in such a short period of time?"
JABRIL is captivating with the evolution of Mirabelle and the development of Cyn and Raphael. But the shit hits the fan when Jabril decides to intercede and make his play. That is when the action really starts and our girl Cyn comes to life. Beware: bloody, gory vamp violence with a bit of good ‘ole human know-how mixed in to even the odds. I expect nothing less from Ms. Reynolds! JABRIL ends with a superb twist I sure didn't see coming!"
"I couldn't help it: This book put a silly grin on my face.
Edie and Tyler are as different as night and day. She's a city slicker from NYC; he's a southern boy from Texas. He's uptight, starchy, closed-fisted; she's a fly by-by-the-seat of your pants gal. But the one thing they have in common is that both of them are emotional wrecks. Tyler keeps his emotions locked tight as a drum inside. While Edie covers hers up by trying to help everyone else with their problems.
This time he shoved a hand through his own hair and began to pace. "I'm not talking about sex, Edie. You said you would teach me all the crappy emotional stuff. Don't get me wrong, I love the sex. I adore the sex. I want the sex, but my last girlfriend cheated on me, and all you want to do is jump me, and now I'm worried that you were right and I'm a brick. I'm tired of being an emotional brick. Bricks are not good."
When it comes to matters of the heart, Edie and Tyler take a journey neither one intended."
"WOW - For a debut novel, I am impressed! Ms. Staab manages to lay the groundwork of her world without it getting shoved down your throat or put in your face. She weaves it into her story in such a way that before you know it - SHAZAM!! - everything just falls into place.
I couldn't help but chuckle over the chosen name of Thad Morgan for the hero/king of the story. That sounds more like a college prep boy than a Vampire King. But Ms. Staab makes it work. Thad turns out to be the rare alpha/beta hero that is so hard to find these days.
As with any new series, we're introduced to a handful of main characters that play central roles in the continuing story line; along with a plethora of minor ones who become just as important. Oh my, my, my. . . Siddoh and Lee *sigh* Even the maybe (?) evil wizard Anton holds secrets.
There are a few loose ends in KING OF DARKNESS, which I am assuming Ms. Staab will address in Book #2. Question is - WHEN? How long do we wait until we find out about Lee, Tyra, Alexia, and Anton?"
"This is the only one in the Kings of California series that I've read. I knew what I was getting when I purchased this book and I wasn't disappointed. When I am looking for a quick romantic read that I don't have to invest a lot of time or emotion in, I like to read Harlequin.
Yes, the storyline (secret identity) is one that has been told many times, but haven't they all in one form or another. What I liked the most about this story is how the H/h develop. They finally let down their respective barriers and learn to trust and love."
"The last book in the Hellions of Halstead series presents the story of Lady Celia Sharpe and Bow Street Runner Jackson Pinter.
Jackson has resisted Celia for so long now, but when she hires him to investigate her three chosen suitors, it's the last straw. He can't begin to imagine how their lives would ever mesh with their stations in life being different; yet he loves her and can't bear to deny her. Celia begins to see beyond the "Proud Pinter" and the man he really is. Jackson is a proud man, an honorable man and he refuses to ruin or shame Celia. When Hetty, the ever-meddling Grandmother, interferes one too many times, Jackson backs off to ensure Celia won't lose her inheritance.
It took Celia a bit to finally stand-up to her Grandmother, but in the long run she did. Being the youngest of five and having to watch your siblings being pushed into marriage and knowing your turn is next to find someone "suitable" wouldn't be an easy task. Celia's emotional growth, especially when it came to her scenes with Jackson, were exceptional.
A LADY NEVER SURRENDERS is a splendid final chapter to the Hellions of Halstead Hall."
"What was she thinking? Don't bother reading this one. It lends nothing to the continuation of the SBC fighters on-going story and you won't miss a thing. The plot is typical and I knew half-way through what was going to happen. Don't bother adding to your collection. Check out from the library if you have to read this one."
"A solid romance set during the time a bit before, during and after the Waterloo Campaign, set in Brussels and England. Major Hal Carlow, rake and scoundrel, doesn't know what to do or how to act when he is extremely attracted to the proper young lady, Miss Julia Tresilian. Add a tad of a family scandal, and you have a well-written story with solid characters."