October 14, 2013
If you haven’t figured it out by now, I love paranormal romances. This is a vampire series I hadn’t come across before, until I won a prize package from the author.
In this series, the vampires are referred to as Night Walkers. Calisto has waited centuries for his true love Tala to be reborn. Kate doesn’t remember her previous life as Tala, but has continuing nightmares of the events leading up to Tala’s death. When Calisto and Kate cross paths, he recognizes her instantly, the woman who he became immortal to love again. She feels drawn to him, but doesn’t immediately make the connection. As they spend time together, she begins to have good dreams of their time together and eventually remembers her previous life. This couple experiences many obstacles along their way, including a jealous assistant, an unexpected pregnancy (no spoiler there, I knew a long time before Kate figures it out), a group out to get Calisto, and a crazed monk who wants to be a god. In the end, they get their HEA, and you are happy to see them get it.
But there is a little hook at the end to make you want to read the next book, which I will be starting as soon as I finish this. . .
September 24, 2013
At a recent book discussion I attended, one of the members was raving about this book, though it is unusual and quite different from what she regularly reads. I received an advance reading copy of the book and decided to give it a try. The book is written as if it is the journal of the main character. We get to know her thoughts and her perspective on what is happening around her. She writes it as if writing a letter to the boy she pines after. The story starts off to be almost a little confusing. You don’t know exactly what happened to her, or where the story is set or even the time period it is set in. Though you do eventually find out what happened to her, you never really do find out the where or when of the story. It could be in the past, possibly in colonial times in America, or it could be some type of alternate reality or post-apocalyptic time. Not knowing doesn’t really hurt the story. The book is a very compelling read, hard to put down once you have begun, as you really want to know what happened to Judith and if she will ever get together with Lucas. I don’t really want to give away much of the plot, so I will just say that she got abducted and mutilated, is now assumed to be mute, she is looked upon with much suspicion, and eventually needs to find her “voice” to save herself and the one she loves. This book is a must-read that I would recommend for both YA and adult readers. There is a small element of romance to it, but I would not categorize it as a romance; it is actually hard to categorize. There is also a good dose of mystery to it to. If you are looking for something a little “different”, make sure you give this one a try.
September 9, 2013
I loved Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series, and so had high hopes for Afterburn (and its sequel Aftershock); I was a little disappointed by this book. I didn’t really find that I cared a whole lot for the main characters Gia Rossi and Jackson Rutledge. They had a previous relationship that they end up rekindling after Jackson gets involved in her business dealings. I didn’t really understand his involvement, I didn’t understand why she gets so upset with him at the end of the book, and I really don’t understand why this story is in two parts instead of one whole book. Not really sure it was worth the money or the time it took to read, but I have the sequel pre-ordered so I guess I’ll read the second part anyway.
September 9, 2013
I hadn’t read a Harlequin paperback in a long time, but I picked this one up at the ALA Conference and didn’t feel like bringing my Kindle out by the pool, so I picked it up off the pile and read it. Reading it reminded me of being a pre-teen or teenager getting that first taste of reading romances. Average girl dating a prince, something comes between them (in this case, her infertility so she can’t provide an heir), an unexpected preganancy, and the question of whether they will end up with a loveless marriage to give the baby a name or if they are really in love and she can get past his original rejection. It was a quick read that I enjoyed for what it was – a Harlequin Romance.
August 12, 2013
After reading Amy’s Forbidden Fantasy, I decided to try another book by the same author. I got this book for free and then bought the rest of this set. Elizabeth and her husband Mark come to Las Vegas to celebrate their first wedding anniversary. Elizabeth wakes up tied to a bed, naked and blindfolded. She finds out that her captor also has her husband captured nearby. What she doesn’t know is that her husband arranged the whole thing with a nontraditional “sex therapist” to restart their sexual relationship which had gone flat. Elizabeth’s captor awakens in Elizabeth the knowledge that though she is a kick-ass take-charge woman in her career as a lawyer, she really wants a man to take charge in the bedroom, and that neither she nor her husband were expressing what they truly wanted out of their sexual relationship. In the end, even when Elizabeth finds out that Mark arranged it, this encounter is good for their relationship.
August 12, 2013
Amy’s Forbidden Fantasy was a book that was free on Amazon when I bought it. I was undecided as to what to read last week and the cover intrigued me, so I chose to read it. There is not much story here so it is a very quick, but pretty well-written, read. Basically Amy wants to participate in a gang-bang and her lover decides that will be her birthday present, even though he is hesitant to let her do it or to participate in it. It happens and when it is over, she has gotten it out of her system and they go on with their relationship. Not much here in the way of story, but not a total waste of time to read. I actually liked the writing enough to try another book by this author.
August 12, 2013
Previous to this I had read Beth Kery’s Because You Are Mine series and enjoyed it, so I was excited to read another novel by her. As I started it, I realized that I had read the first chapter of the book as a preview (probably in the last book in the other series). And when I had read it, I hadn’t been sure about reading this novel because in that chapter, the heroine has just found out that she has cancer. That knowledge is one of the things that leads her to do something totally out of character with an unknown actor whom she had been painting a body tattoo on. But since I had the novel, I decided to give it a try and I am glad that I did.
Following that scene in the first chapter, the book skips ahead to the following year, after her treatments are finished, where Joy realizes that that “unknown” actor was actual superstar Everett Hughes. Everett has not let his superstardom go to his head, but he has a lot of trouble convincing Joy to trust him and their developing feelings for each other. Joy must learn to live with the fame that comes with dating a superstar if she wants the relationship to continue, and must learn to trust that he is as genuine as he seems to be. But when a cancer scare returns, she reverts to her old ways and runs, and he must figure out where she is and prove to her all over again that he will stay by her side through the good times and the bad, even if she doesn’t want him to have to go through the bad times with her.
I liked that the hurtles in this relationship weren’t just a jealous ex-lover making waves, but a situation that could happen to anyone. Joy’s love for Everett makes her not want him to have to experience what she went through caring for her mother dying of cancer. It just made this book seems very real, while still portraying a dynamite love story.