Tuesday, May 17, 2011
This is the 7th book of Cast's Goddess Summoning series.
Im not sure what my mental block with P.C. Cast is, but this is my very first book of hers Ive ever read, and it was only because i found it at Salvation Army on half off day (a very good day in my world). I knew I could take it to my local 2nd hand book store and trade it in for credit (a very good reason to buy any book if you ask me). My block is now gone.
This book tells the story of King Arthur, Lancelot, Guinevere, & Isabel. Really, you just have to take everything you know of their original tale and throw it out the window. Isabel is a 40 something (i LOVED that she was older!) photojournalist back from the war. The Lady of the Lake needs someone to help her rouse Merlin from an eternal sleep and Isabel becomes the chosen one. When Isabel drives her car off a mountain rode, crashes into a lake and dies, she awakes not in heaven but rather in the woods outside of Camelot. Her mission? To seduce Lancelot so that Arthur and Guinevere can have a happily ever after. The problem? Lancelot is a boy while Arthur is a man. Isabel has to fight an insane attraction to the famous king and soon realizes that he too is fighting his feelings towards her.
I like this book - it was fun. It was not a book to look at too closely and get all pissed off over "inaccuracies". Isabel has a mouth like a trucker, and has no problem swearing, at times rather drastically, at King Arthur. She also is a bit of a smart mouthed brat at times. I am a huge fan of having older heroines, and while she was described as being in her 40's her actions paint her as more of a 20 year old and they are consistent throughout the entire book.
I want to read the rest of the books in this series.
Amazon: After her car plummets off a bridge, Isabel, a world-weary photojournalist, struggles between life and death when she's saved by the Water Goddess-with one tiny caveat: Isabel must travel to another time to seduce the legendary Lancelot du Lac away from Queen Guinevere.
The handsome knight is a dream for any woman in any century. But Isabel is the one who's seduced by King Arthur. For Isabel, a deal is a deal. Now, the King watches as fate takes from him the mysterious beauty he has come to worship, knowing all too well that any interference on his part could destroy the kingdom he loves.
Anne Stuart. Those two names side by side and I automatically think of sex, violence, control, desire, ruthlessness, and commitment. This book had all of those things. A very bad boy "Hero" who we see playing with and sleeping with other women while the heroine is in the very same house he is. He also kills in cold blood, is known as the King of Hell, and the master of an elite group of perverts known as The Heavenly Hosts. He is beautiful, cunning, rich, suave, and dangerous. He is no match for Elinor, the eldest sister, on her way to spinster hood with no qualms about that all. She is poor, tall, too thin, has a nose that is most prominent, carries the weight of her families survival on her shoulders as well as her own emotional baggage. A perfect Match! Anne Stuart writes strong characters and the Hero almost always tends to ride the line of "is he a good guy or a bad guy"? It is, in the end, the Hero's commitment and yes, love, of the heroine that tips the scale to the side of good, but just barely. You really must read her Ice Series (first book is Black Ice) if you are looking for some seriously intense alpha heroes.
Amazon Publishers Weekly: In 1760s Paris, penniless British noblewoman Elinor Harriman is struggling to support her family when her ill mother runs away to an orgy held by Viscount Rohan, a mysterious libertine known as the King of Hell. This sets in motion a chain of events that draws Elinor and Rohan into a fierce contest of wills and desires. Stuart's writing is crisp and quick, and her characters are finely and memorably drawn, but Rohan's often violent and predatory treatment of Elinor goes well beyond what most readers will find acceptable in an ostensible hero, especially given Elinor's traumatic childhood.
First of all - look at this cover! Doesnt that make you want to read it?! Actually, one of the main reasons I never read romance before was because of the horrible covers, and it is one of the reasons now that I am so thankful for the invention of ereaders. However, this book also now looks like this:
That's a bit more appealing isn't it? Though now the title doesn't fit the picture. Oh well, no one ever wins at these kind of things. On to the story itself!
Not one of her best, but it was good. Johanna Lindsey, while at times can take a bit long to get around to the actual happenings of a book, this one, while lacking a bit in the romance department- i felt like they were together for a long time without much happening in their relationship. I'm not a huge fan of drama drama sex drama drama drama drama and then an HEA.
Hero (White Thunder aka Colt Thunder - honestly i couldn't help think that White Thunder sounded like some horrible skinhead name) is half white half Indian during the late 1800's in the wild west and has sworn off "white women" after receiving a near fatal whipping a few years prior because he was courting a "white girl" and never told anyone he was a "breed". Okay, so enter missJocelyn Fleming, a red headed widowed duchess on the run from some maniac who wants her money, after her MUCH older husband dies shortly after their marriage. The Duke unfortunately was not able to ever consummate the marriage so Jocelyn is left a widowed virgin. She and her travelling companion Vanessa decide that Jocelyn absolutely must lose her virginity to keep her husbands name protected and so Jocelyn can remarry if she were to ever choose to do so. Enter Colt. (you get where this is going right?)
So after the usual good guy vs bad guy drama, a few duals, kidnaps, murders, and an angry "breed" coming to terms with himself and the woman who loves him, you find yourself with a happy ending and another book in the series to read thereafter. This is the second book of Lindsey's Wyoming trilogy.
Amazon Summary: The story pairs a quintessential Lindsey heroine and hero, but the sparks don't fly. Jocelyn Fleming, a young English widow traveling across the U.S. to escape a murderous detective, and Colt Thunder, a half-Cheyenne drifter with an implacable hatred of white women, never quite become convincing characters. The plot, obstacle-heavy and motivation-thin, fails the duo and never tests the mettle Lindsey clearly intends each principal to have. Neither narrative nor romance is sufficiently robust to sustain the long, long trek through the still-wild West.
I must, Must, MUST remember to post as soon as Im done with a book, or else I end up 5 books behind like I am right now. It wouldnt be so bad if maybe I didnt read so fast, or maybe if I only read one book at a time, but those things just arent going to change. I have a book on my kindle app of my iphone, a book in the living room, and a book by my bed at all times. So I will now attempt to catch up as much as I can before I have to put the kids to bed.
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Known as a "classic romance" & the "best medieval romance ever written", Kathleen Woodwiss's The Wolf and the Dove is a tale of overcoming hardships, strength in the face of adversity, and being raped every night by the man you love. Lost you at that last part? yeah, me too. So having read Woodwiss's The Flame and the Flower I knew what I was getting into with this book - Hero rapes heroine, cheats on her, is emotionally, mentally, and verbally abusive for awhile, but eventually they fall in love. Dont get me wrong, this book had all of that, though it also had the hero raping the heroine for the first 400 pages or so. Now, I will give Wulfgar the benefit of the doubt in that after the first few times she did start to enjoy it even before she knew she loved him, but she never willing selpt with him, and afterwards she would cry herself to sleep. Aislinn was a bit into mind games herself though - after she was able to admit her passions to herself she would do everything with Wulfgar except willingly spread her legs, and again in Wulfgars defense he was only rough with her a bit the first time. Oh boy.
I had to take some breaks while reading this as the actions and thoughts of both the H & h were starting to drive me nuts. I dont know what it is about these "old classics" that required both abuse and the ability to not communicate be front and center, but apparently it was. So, if you like well written tales of Normans and Saxons, war, lusty wenches, betrayal, bastards, rape of innocents, head games, and a HEA that requires alot of pain to to achieve, then this is your book!
From Amazon: When the Normans invade and sweep across Saxon England in 1066, lovely Aislinn of Darkenwald watches her father murdered outside her home. Wulfgar, the Iron Wolf of Normandy, arrives to rule Darkenwald, and one look at Aislinn leads him to claim her as his own. She hates the Norman conquering forces, but Wulfgar awakens a consuming passion in her that she can't deny. As she struggles with her growing love for Wulfgar, she does what she can to aid her conquered people and her bereaved mother. But a jealous lord conspires with Wulfgar's spoiled half-sister and Aislinn's very life is threatened before Wulfgar can admit that the woman he conquered has in truth, conquered his heart.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Feeling a bit risque? Lora Leigh is an author known for steamy novels, alpha hero's, and strong love stories. I don't like when I don't read a series from book #1 til the end, but for whatever reason Leigh's Elite Ops series and I cant seem to get on the same page. This is the third book in the series that I have read (completely out of order) and I loved it. Nik Steele is a 6'5" golden god of danger, death, and sex. A member of the Elite Ops Nik is hired to help clear the name of a high powered business man when he is accused of murder by Mikayla Martin, a petite bridal shop owner. One thing that I really like about this couple is their height difference - she's described as being 5'4" if that. Ok, so I'm partial to short heroines - sue me, I'm 5' tall, I like short chicks who get the guy.
While I do enjoy Lora Leigh's writing style, I have to admit that her contemporary books don't blow me away. I actually blame Shannon McKenna for this for she is my all time favorite suspense/contemporary/borderline erotic author. That woman can write a sex scene that literally lasts for an entire chapter and its not the kind you want to skim over. Hate when I read a book that has scenes I want to skim. Lora Leigh thankfully is not that kind of author - hers you read - but Shannon McKenna, in my eyes, shes not. So if were to give a rating on this book I would say 3.25 out of 5 stars. A definite read for those of you who like big bad ass heros, tiny sexy strong heroines, a bit of gun fire, a who done it theme, and of course great sex.
Summary from Lora Leigh's website: As a bridal shop owner, Mikayla Martin helps make women's wedding dreams come true. Her own life, however, has become a nightmare since she witnessed a murder--and got an up-close-and-personal look at the killer. What's worse: She knows she knows him. But the police, after doing an alibi check, don't believe her. It's up to Mikayla to prove them wrong...and do whatever it takes to solve the murder by herself.
Elite Ops agent Nikolai Steele, code name Renegade, is asked to pay an old comrade a favor. This friend swears he's no killer--and Nik believes him--even though he's been mistaken as one by Mikayla. So Nik goes to set her straight...but the moment he lays eyes on the fiery and determined beauty, he knows he's in too deep. A woman this irresistible can only mean trouble and, sure enough, after sticking her nose in one too many places, someone wants Mikayla dead. Now Nik must find a way to keep her safe, clear his friend's name, and find the real killer, who remains on the loose...
Monday, April 18, 2011
I do believe that I did say I was going to start reading this series after thoroughly enjoying The Darkest Kiss (Lucien's story), so I'm starting from the beginning and working my way through (thankfully DK was only the second book in the series so I didn't throw myself off too much).
The Darkest Night is the story of Maddox - half immortal warrior, half demon of Violence. As condemnation for the role he played in the opening of Pandora's Box, Maddox has lived the last thousand years of his life being viciously murdered by his friends only to wake up the next day (after spending an agonizing night in hell) and do it all over. Ashlyn Darrow is a human with the ability to hear conversations from years upon years ago - a talent that not only drives her mad but also is being used by Hunters (humans who know of the Lords existence and want them dead) though unbeknown to her.
Again, love the tortured hero that Maddox is. While his looks are dashing the physical torment he endures definitely qualifies him. A typical girl meets demon, falls in lust, then falls in love, and then saves the day story. Im already reading book # 3.
Summary from genashowalter.com:
All her life, Ashlyn Darrow has been tormented by voices from the past. To end the nightmare, she has come to Budapest seeking help from men rumored to have supernatural abilities, not knowing she'll be swept into the arms of Maddox, their most dangerous member -- a man trapped in a hell of his own.
Neither can resist the instant hunger than calms their torments . . . and ignites an irresistible passion. But every heated touch and burning kiss will edge them closer to destruction -- and a soul-shattering test of love . . .