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This was a very good story. It's about Madison, who is attracted to 2 men, Dante (a master Vamp) and Tom (and Alpha Wolf shifter) but she finds herself torn because she can't choose between them. This goes on for a while until the men decide that if she wont choose they'll have to share her. As they're exploring this possibility there's a threat to Madison that ends up threatening them all before it's over. It was a very enjoyable story with a satisfying ending. :D
This was a really good story. I liked Aurora and Brigham and was really drawn in to their story. It was interesting and engaging enough that I had trouble putting it down until I was done.
Aurora is a Lady but due to bad circumstances (both her parents dying) she's been taken in by her uncle who treats her like a slave. He and his wife find any reason to beat her and even make reasons so they have an excuse to do so. One night when it becomes clear that her death at her uncle's hands is close, Aurora decides she has no choice but try to escape. She escapes in the middle of the night with the help with her trusty maid, Nate.
Brigham is a Barron and a hard man with a vicious reputation. He's had to fight hard to be accepted because he was illegitimately born but he's made a good life for himself. He was married once but to a horrible woman that ended up dying and leaving him a widower. Brigham never intended to marry again, even to beget an heir. Things slowly change when he meets a feisty wench while he's on his way to a friend's wedding.
Aurora is travelling to her best friend's wedding, sure that she and her betrothed will help her stay out of the grasp of her evil uncle if she can just get there. She and Nate make their way together but at one point when Aurora is out alone to find food, she runs in to some trouble in the form of Brigham. He believes her a "light skirt" (aka whore) and wont believe her when she says she's not. With the constant threat of violence she's lived with over the past year, Aurora's first expectation is danger and when Brigham doesn't seem to be taking no for an answer she's afraid he'll force her and/or beat her. In order to save herself, she catches him unaware and manages to escape him by kneeing him in the groin and also steals his horse. Brigham is determined to find her and make her pay. Aurora is sorry for the hurt she caused Brigham but is too desperate to get to safety to let it stop her. Aurora heads to the safety of her best friend and gets to the keep in time for the wedding and is promised she'll be protected from her uncle. She's finally relaxing and checking out the stables when she meets up with Brigham again, who also is there for the wedding. Brigham is very surprised to see Aurora and is determined to make her pay for the harm she caused him. This starts a challenging time between them, as Brigham decides to try seducing Aurora and she tries not to be seduced. Unfortunately for Aurora, Brigham's touch tends to make her forget where she is or anything but wanting him to touch her more so she's at a disadvantage. She finds that avoiding Brigham works well but when he manages to track her down things go bad. They're caught in an intimate moment and Aurora is compromised and her reputation is threatened. Brigham ends up offering to marry her to solve things. Aurora doesn't want to marry Brigham but really has little choice in the matter, especially when her uncle comes to try to claim her and Brigham refuses to believe her uncle's lies or give her up.
Aurora isn't thrilled about her marriage, especially because she thinks that Brigham is only doing it because he has to and doesn't really want her. Little does she know that Brigham is feeling a lot more for her than he wishes and he is all for the marriage. They go in to the marriage with some mis-understandings between them but both are willing to work at things to make it work. Immediately after they're married, Aurora and Brigham head back to his keep. When she gets there, Aurora and Brigham spend their nights (and some points during the day) indulging in their physical relationship and she doesn't realize it at first but after about a month or so, she realizes that she's fallen for Brigham somewhere along the way. During the days, Aurora has a lot of work to do that keeps her occupied because the keep hasn't had a lady looking over things and lots of things need her attention. She's doing well but doesn't understand why a lot of the servants seem to have reservations about her. She ends up unexpectedly finding out about Brigham's previous wife and how horrible she was which leads her to understand some of the reasons that Brigham is the way he is. She admits her love for him, realizing he needs her to say it to him and she also realizes that he loves her in return but will probably never be able to tell her. She accepts this and is happy with her life and with Brigham. Things are going very well for them but danger does show when they're least expecting it and Aurora is kidnapped. Brigham and his men rush to find her, hoping to save her before she's killed. There's some stressful times but things turn out well in the end and Brigham is able to save Aurora before she's too hurt. Aurora and Brigham have some tender moments while he finally admits his feelings to her and they get their HEA back on track.
This was such a good story. I really liked Aurora and Brigham. They both had some moments where I was wondering what the hell they were thinking but overall they did pretty well and didn't have me wanting to smack them through my Kindle. I liked the historical aspect of the story, it didn't have a lot of historical details so I didn't really have to wonder if the story background was historically accurate or not. Overall, I really liked the story and I kind of wish this wasn't a stand alone, if it was part of a series I'd be reading the 2nd book in the series next. I'd recommend this story. Thumbs up! :D
* note - The narrator did a very good job on the audiobook. I liked her accent and thought it worked well for this story.
This was a pretty good story. I really liked John and Suzanne and enjoyed their story. This was the first book I've read by this author and based on this I'd try more of her work in the future.
Suzanne is an interior designer in Portland, OR. She also owns a building that she's renovated. She lives and works out of one side and decided to rent out the other side. When she sets up an appointment with a business man interested in her property, she's not expecting the man that showed up as he's rough and dangerous looking, seeming like a hunter with her as his prey. She finds herself attracted to him but still kind of scared at the same time, not scared that he'll hurt her but of the intensity of the feelings he rouses in her.
John is an ex-Navy SEAL and now runs a security business after an early retirement due to injuries. He settles down in Portland but have been very busy with his new security business, things going so well that he has to expand his offices. He is seeing about the new office space when he meets Suzanne. He likes the office space and is very attracted to Suzanne so he decides he'll have both of them and John is good at achieving his objectives.
John and Suzanne get through their initial meeting and come to an accord about the rental. Suzanne even has some designs already drawn up for the space that John decides are perfect, feeling like she could have made the designs specifically for him. John also makes Suzanne realize that her current security system is crap (by breaking in to prove his point) and promises to install a new system as soon as he gets moved in to the building. John wastes no time and asks Suzanne out that very night, managing to get reservations at a very exclusive place where they have a good night. John is much more forward and blatant about what he wants than Suzanne is used to and she has some problems adjusting but yet she's very attracted to John and there's something more that draws her to him. When he takes her home, their goodnight kiss explodes in to a bout of hot sex, after which Suzanne freaks out a little and distances herself from John overnight. John is way in to Suzanne but is struggling because he wants to be gentle for her and worries that he might hurt her inadvertently during sex. When she freaks he worries that's why but is determined to not let go of her and get back on her good side. They see each other the next morning and John shows his overprotective side a bit but overall they get things on a better level between them.
Suzanne has a busy day with her work and then goes home, settles in for the night but can't sleep. This ends up being a fortunate thing because it means she is up and realizes when someone breaks in to her home and seems to be coming after her with a gun. She calls John and he saves her but after a second attempt is made on her life soon after, John decides to take her in to hiding until things can be figured out. They end up out in a cabin the the middle of the boonies where they should be safe. During their time out there, Suzanne and John get back to their physical relationship but also start feeling emotions for each other. Suzanne is shocked by how much John's willing to do to keep her safe, taking down assassins gunning for her and leaving his business and all to help her at a moments notice. Even though he's much rougher than most men she's known, she sees the good guy beneath through his actions. John is also going through a lot of emotional changes as well as he finds he feels a lot more for Suzanne than he ever expected. John has never even been in a relationship before and he realizes that Suzanne is the kind of woman that deserves a lot more than rough sex. Regardless of their differences, they work well together and find happiness being with each other. Then the bomb hits when they finally (with very bad timing) figure out what Suzanne knows that caused killers to be after her and it's bad! Things don't look good and it looks like Suzanne and John will be separated for good but John isn't willing to let Suzanne go and takes matters in to his own hands. Maybe not the "right" solution to the issue but I found I was good with the way it worked out. Once John does his thing, he and Suzanne are reunited and he takes her home for their HEA to begin.
Overall this was a pretty good story. I liked the characters and enjoyed the story. The story does take place over a very short time so it's a bit of an insta-love (or maybe not insta but very quick) situation but it works for the story. I liked this one enough that I plan to read the next book in the series that revolves around Bud (a cop introduced in this book) and Suzanne's best friend, Claire. I'd recommend this book. :D
This was a very enjoyable story. It's not a full story but more of a holiday short that lets us Molly Harper fans see our favorite characters for Christmas and get some of Gigi's story.
This story is told from the PoV of Gigi, Iris' (from The Care and Feeding of Stray Vampires) younger sister who has been away at college. Iris turned vampire while Gigi was away (a planned turning) but has been very nervous of attacking her and so Gigi hasn't been home in months, finally getting to come home for the Christmas holidays.
The story basically entails Gigi and Iris reconnecting and finding themselves again as sisters now that many things have changed. Meanwhile, Gigi is interviewing for a job with the Vampire Counsel (which none of her family is happy about) and she has to handle her declining relationship with her high school sweetheart, Ben. Not to mention she believes she's being followed by a vampire that can disappear in to thin air...either that or she's going nuts. It gives an interesting glimpse in to Gigi's head and also we get to see all our Half-Moon Hollow favorites for the holiday.
The story does leave off with some unanswered questions about things coming up in Gigi's life that gives a good indication that she'll probably get her own book soon. This was a humorous holiday story, everything we'd expect from Molly Harper. Amanda Ronconi did a great job on the narration as usual. I'd recommend it but it's probably best for people that have some familiarity with Molly Harper's book set in Half-Moom Hollow. :D
This was a very good story. I really liked both Claire and Carter and Gavin is great. The story is fun and a little outrageous at times yet sweet. It's not only a romance but also a story of a family coming together. It's the first book I'm read by this author but I liked it enough that I'll be trying the next book in the series.
Claire is a good but slightly neurotic woman. She never planned to have kids but those plans change when she has a drunken one nighter at a Frat party in college. She ends up pregnant and can't find the guy she was with that night, which she really ends up regretting because they'd made a connection and she can't seem to forget him. She ends up leaving college, moving back home and having her baby.
Carter is a great guy. He and his best friend crash a Frat part and he met the girl of his dreams. They have a drunken night together but he can't find her the next day or later when he keeps looking. Carter moves on with his life but he never forgets the girl that night, is obsessed with her smell and wishes he knew her name and could remember her face.
When the story begins, it's 5 years later and Claire is working as a bartender and raising her 4 year old son, Gavin. She never was able to find Gavin's father and so she's understandably surprised when she finds herself face to face with him in her bar. What's worse is that he doesn't seem to remember her so how does she tell him he's a father?!?! Carter doesn't remember Claire (at first) but he's drawn to Claire and and wants to see more of her. Claire takes this as a good chance to see what he's all about and if he would be a good influence in Gavin's life. This goes pretty well but the truth does come out and admittedly, Carter is a bit freaked at first. He handles it though and decides that he wants more with Claire and to get to know Gavin. Carter makes an effort to integrate himself in to Claire and Gavin's life. Claire is happy to get to know him while juggling her life, including a new business she's starting up with her best friend Liz.
Claire and Carter start dating and introducing Carter in to Gavin's life. They don't rush things and have some interesting times with friends and family adding to making things interesting. The story was very humorous with fun coming from all areas. Their friends and their interactions with Claire and Carter as they start to go out had some very funny moments. Also, Gavin has a tendency to say and do surprising things that make life both interesting and funny. I think the part that was the funniest in the book was Claire and Carter...they both have unusual minds and tend to go towards strange places and weird conclusions so when we get some insight on their thoughts it frequently ends up being "laugh out loud" moments in the book. The book is sweet as well, with Carter, Claire and Gavin slowly merging in to a family unit. Claire and Carter build on the connection they both have felt for each other since their one night stand years before and as they date, those feelings build and become stronger the more they see each other. With time and no small amount of effort, they work things out together and become a family. Things end with Claire getting her business off the ground and Carter and Claire (and Gavin) starting their HEA together.
I really enjoyed this story. The characters are great (and not just the MCs). The story is interesting and very humorous, making it hard to put the book down. I found the relationship parts sweet and fun and I enjoyed seeing Claire and Carter get things worked out. I'm intending to read the next book in the series because I'd really like to see how things go for them in the future. I'd recommend this book. Thumbs up.
* note on the performance: The narrator did ok but she didn't distinguish between the men's and women's voices very well, which made things confusing at times. Also, sometimes the editing wasn't the greatest, not leaving gaps when moving to a new section of the story which also was slightly confusing at times. Overall it wasn't too bad though and I enjoyed listening to it but the narration/editing could have been better.
This was a great book! I really loved Brock and Tess and enjoyed the story immensely.
Tess is a very sweet, straightforward woman. She has spunk when needed but knows how to pick her battles. At the start of the story Tess has been dating a man for 4 months when she gets hauled in by the police & DEA for questioning about her ex-husband (He was a drug lord but she didn't know until she got hauled in). This is a bad situation but it gets worse when she sees the man she's been dating (Brock) with a badge and realizes he was undercover and that's why he had asked her out. She takes off and wont talk to Brock about their relationship. He lets her go but when she doesn't talk to him for months he seeks her out. She's not pleased with him but Brock manages to convince her that he has real feelings for her and to give them a chance without the undercover thing hanging over them.
Brock was introduced in book #1 of the series, Mystery Man. He was undercover then too (different assignment) and ran in to Hawk, Gwen and a few others. Because of these past issues everyone is against Tess giving Brock a chance. I didn't get it because Brock is a good man. He made a tough (and maybe wrong but maybe not wrong) decision in the previous book and is just trying to get back to having some sort of life after working under cover for a year and a half. I really like Brock and think he's great with Tess.
There are issues for Brock and Tess from all sides, her friends, his brother, her ex-husband, his ex-wife... Fortunately Brock and Tess do very well even with the adversity. Something I love about Tess is that she says what she means and doesn't hold back. She doesn't hide her feelings from Brock and he returns that. They don't play games with each other and after the first issues (right after he comes back in to her life) they support each other. There's no "I hate you/I love you" back and forth and (while that can have it's place to a certain extent) it was nice to see a loving supportive couple that's straight up about things.
A lot of the issues dealt with in this book are dealing with Exs, family and friends (and each other) but there is some action in the end where Tess is put in danger. I liked how she handled herself in the situation, she stayed calm and took action when needed.
This was a great book. I really enjoyed it and will be going on to the next in the series. I'd recommend it. 2 thumbs up! :D
I read this the first time in ebook format and just completed a reread by listening to the audio version of this book. It's still just as great of a book the second time around. I really love Tess and Brock. At times I though that maybe the narrator's voice might have been a little young for Tess but she did a good job overall and I thought the book did well in audio.
This was a really good story. I loved Beauty and Shadow and really enjoyed their story. This one has made it to my second favorite of this series (I can't help it, Valiant is still my fave).
Beauty is a NS (New Species - people that were made in a lab with human DNA merged with animal DNA) female but also has the misfortune of being a "Gift" female (the NS females that were made smaller and weaker than most NS and given away to the financiers of the lab that created them). This meant she was put through some really bad stuff by a man that saw her as a possession. Fortunately for Beauty, she was rescued and taken to Homeland (a compound owned by the freed NS people) where she recovered and learned to live free. The problem is that since the "Gift" females as seen as weak, they're highly protected. The NS males aren't even allowed to talk to them and their movements (even within the compound) are very restricted. Most of the "Gift" females don't mind because they have no interest in males but Beauty is different. Beauty is trying to get over her past abuse and wants a relationship with a male. Kind of hard to do when you're not even allowed to talk to them. One night when she's feeling very restrained by her circumstances, she leaves the women's dorms and goes for a run, not expecting to get tackled when she's mistaken for a human.
Shadow is a NS male and has been through a rough past in the labs which has him avoiding females (intimately). He has been working with the human task force that goes out to capture the fugitives still out there wanted for crimes against the NS people and also saving any NS people that discovered being held captive. He's best friends with Wrath and envies him his mate but doubts he'll ever be able to want a female (human or NS) or ever have a mate. Things change when he captures what he thinks is a human intruder in Homeland and she ends up being a "Gift" NS female instead.
When Shadow captures Beauty, there's a bad storm that comes up and as he's trying to get her protection from the rain, he takes them to a storage shed in the area. As soon as they get inside, hail starts up and it's too dangerous to go outside for a while. When it's safer, Shadow wants to go call a female NS officer (standard procedure with a "Gift" female) but Beauty doesn't want him to leave. She's interested in the big NS male and convinces him she'd be too scared if he left her alone (a bit of an exaggeration) so he wont leave. They start talking and share a bit of themselves. During this time, Beauty brings up her feelings of feeling captive by the rules set in place to keep her safe. This is unthinkable to the NS because they were kept captive for so long. She tells Shadow how lonely she is and would like for someone to hold her and sleep with her in their arms. While the storm still rages outside, Shadow decides he'll give her the night in his arm (it's only platonic though). The next morning they're found as they're waking up together and (since being alone with her is really against the rules) Shadow has to go with Security and account for his actions. Breeze goes to talk to Beauty and finds out what happened and also Beauty's need for more than she's allowed by the rules around her. Breeze brings this issue to the attention of the NS leaders and they decide that Beauty and Shadow should spend some time together.
Shadow and Beauty are given a chance to bond by being sent to Reservation (another NS compound) and they have 2 weeks together in a secluded cabin. Beauty is interested in Shadow but is very shy and wont make the first move. Shadow at first is rather pissed that they sent him there without actually asking him but does finally admit his return interest in Beauty. The problem lies in the fact that Shadow doesn't know a lot about females and because of what he was put through in the lab, he's afraid he might hurt Beauty if he does try to share sex with her. Things don't go well at first but eventually Beauty takes the bull by the horns and get them talking, which eventually leads to other things...thing that work out very well between them. There are a few stumbling blocks but everything starts going pretty well between Beauty and Shadow. Things get disrupted when mercenaries manage to get on to Reservation, hired by Beauty's previous captor and sent to bring her back to him. They cause a lot of problems but things do get handled and Beauty shows some real courage in handling herself and not being the weak female they all thought her. There's a little stress at the end until Shadow and Beauty are able to talk things out after the danger has been handled and all but they do talk (Beauty showing more courage in not being afraid to speak up for what she wants) and decide they want to stay together. They become mates and start their well deserved HEA.
This was a really good story. I loved Beauty and Shadow and seeing them work through their pasts to be together. It was a very good romance but I also liked the story it told about Beauty overcoming how she's seen, both by others and herself, striving to be more and showing a lot of courage when facing danger (both physical and emotional). Shadow did well too but I felt Beauty handled it better than Shadow overall. LOL. I can't wait for book #10, Moon's book (I <3 Moon). I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up! :D
This was a great story. I really liked Blayne from the last book and liked her even more in this book. Bo is really great too and the perfect match for Blayne. This was a great addition to the series.
Blayne is a shifter that's a combo of wolf and wild dog. She's a little cooky and very sweet, charming most everyone she runs in to. She tends to believe the best of people, which usually causes her problems when it comes to choosing men. When she sees Bo for the first time after 10 years, she's convinced her luck hasn't changed since she's convinced that Bo's secretly a serial killer and wants to take her to his "basement of pain".
Bo is a shifter that's a combo of Lion and Polar Bear. He's a star player in the shifter hockey league and isn't well liked by the other players (even on his own team) as he tends to be rather brusque and not very in to the niceties of polite behavior. He dates but has never found a woman that kept his interests for very long. He saw Blayne once when she was in high school and knew she was too young for him then. He never forgot her though and when (10 years later) he sees her in New York, he takes a contract with the local hockey team so he can find her again.
To be honest, I'm not sure where the description gets that Bo is a smooth-talker because the he really isn't and the first time they "met" they didn't even talk...Bo just stared at Blayne for a while until she got freaked and ran off. The second time they met he stared at her more and she didn't run this time but was still weirded out by him. She still thinks Bo is a serial killer looking at her as his next victim though and is unsettled when he comes to find her to ask her out. She doesn't accept his invite to coffee (because she doesn't like coffee) but thankfully, she figures out he isn't a killer and so doesn't fear him any more. Soon after, she finds that her roller derby team isn't happy with her efforts and there's a finals game coming up soon so she decides she needs to work on her performance. While practicing on her own, she ends up running in to Bo again and comes up with the idea to get him to coach her. Bo isn't sure he's willing to help her as he's very schedule oriented and likes being organized and knows she'll probably bring chaos to his life. However, against his better judgement, Bo can't resist Blayne (she's just too adorable) and agrees to help her. In return, she tells him that she'll help him with his lack of social finesse (not that he really feels he needs it). This is the beginning of Bo and Blayne starting an unusual and frequently misunderstood friendship.
Bo and Blayne start out their friendship and he helps her work on her game. While all this is going on, Dee-Ann (Smittie's cousin) is shadowing Blayne as protection because there's a group that's been kidnapping hybrid shifters to use in "dog fights" and they know Blayne's name was sold to the bad guys. Unfortunately, Dee-ann makes her own assumptions about Blayne and acts like a real pain through most of the story. She also doesn't do a very good job of protecting Blayne because, just when Bo finally convinces Blayne to go on an actual date with him, they're attacked, drugged and almost kidnapped. Bo and Blayne fight off the attackers but are taken to safety after the attack by other bear shifters who end up shipping Blayne and Bo back to his home town. Due to unforeseen issues that make Blayne feel she can't trust some of her friends back home (Dee-ann), Blayne and Bo end up staying there until the authorities are able to take down the bad guys that are after Blayne. There's some interesting times in Bo's home town as she charms all the bears and Bo as well. With some time to themselves, Bo and Blayne are able to explore their relationship further and things get much more serious between them. There ends up being some action and drama at the end as the group that's been kidnapping the hybrids is found and Bo and Blayne attempt to settle in to their relationship. The story has a great ending with some reasons to celebrate and Bo and Blayne happily starting their HEA together.
This was a great story. I really loved Blayne and Bo. They're so different but yet so perfect for each other because of those differences. The secondary characters do keep things interesting, adding fun and sometimes angst to the story. Although Dee-ann wasn't my favorite character in this book, I'm still planning to read book #6 (Ric and Dee-ann's book) because I do love the series and Laurenston usually does well at making characters that were annoying in other books, likable in their own books...so I have high hopes. I'd recommend this book. 2 thumbs up! :D
This was a good story and I liked the characters. I liked the concept of the story but it was short and felt it. Go in to it expecting an insta-love situation as the story takes place in about a 24 hour period.
Tina is a nurse and a strong , caring woman. Her mother died in childbirth and her father wasn't known so she ended up in the foster system her whole life. Because of this she's never had anyone to rely on and worked hard to make a life for herself, putting herself through nursing school and becoming the best nurse at her hospital. One night when she's sent tot he scene of a fire to help out, her whole life changes.
Ethan is a half demon/half angel mix. His parents were killed by another demon that hated mixed marriages and half-breeds. The demon then cursed Ethan so that any woman he loved would suffer a horrible fate. Since Ethan's demon half is a lust demon, he must have sex to satisfy the needs from that half but he only gives each woman one night, knowing he can't fall in love or he'll doom the woman he loves. He never thought he could fall in love with someone after just spending a few hours with the woman.
Ethan and Tina meet at the scene of a fire and feel an attraction to each other. Ethan seduces her but only intends them to have sex and then he'll move on. Her touch affects him more than any other woman's though and he finds he want to stay and hold her afterwards instead of leaving as soon as they're done. When he stays he realizes that he's falling for Tina and leaves. When Tina wakes up, she's upset that Ethan has gone but figures he's just like everyone else in her life...someone she can't count on. She can't help but feel hurt though, since she really felt a connection to him and thought he felt it too. They end up meeting again and Ethan tells her about the curse and Tina realizes it's already affecting her as she's feeling bad. They think all is lost but the bad guy that put the curse on Ethan shows up, wanting to gloat over his victory and to attempt to take both of them out. Much drama ensues but things work out and Ethan and Tina end up being able to start their HEA.
This was an enjoyable story but I'll admit it felt a bit rushed. I liked the characters and the story was alright but some of the story points didn't come together in a totally believable way (I did have a few unanswered questions at the end). This was the first book I've read by this author. Based on this book I may be willing to try more of her work in the future.
* note - The narrator did fine. Her men's voice wasn't the greatest but I've heard much worse and it wasn't bad enough to mess up the story.
This was a pretty good story but I will admit I had some issues getting in to it at times. TBH, I love Kristen Ashley and this is the first story of hers that I haven't given 5 stars. For me, this story was good but only reached 4 stars as I read the last part of the story, esp the epilogue (Overall, for me it rated around 3-3.5 stars so I'm giving it 3 stars).
Gwen is a cosmo girl. She isn't stupid and is very nice but tends to spend too much on cloths and drinks Cosmos with the girls a lot. For me, she seemed to be a little less than the other KA leading ladies I'm used to (less deep, less evolved, I don't know...). I liked Gwen's spirit but felt there were things she should have said or asked about that she didn't. I liked her but she didn't pull me in the way other leading ladies have in other KA stories.
Hawk is a macho commando and acts it. TBH at the beginning of the story I didn't really like him. There were some things he did that pissed me off and he was very one-sided in her relationship with Gwen (pushing her to give him all of her but not doing the same in return). However, he did grow on me and as some things got explained further and Gwen and Hawk spent more time together I liked him (and them together) more and more.
This story has a lot of action. Gwen is constantly getting hassled by bad guys who want her sister (Ginger). This puts her in contact with the pres of the Chaos MC, Tack and a police detective, Mitch Lawson (both of whom are smitten at once and try to get Gwen for themselves which I never really got but went with it). Hawk had been a night lover and nothing else but when she was in danger he came to see her acting supremely bossy and arrogant. Hawk tends to act this way a lot which causes Gwen to try to split up with him multiple times (which doesn't work) but gives Tack and Mitch opportunities to try to pull her away.
In with the love quadrangle (?) there are drive bys, firebombings and other issues to deal with. Along the way Gwen and Hawks relationship makes halting progress and then backslides and so on. Fortunately around 80% into the story things steady out for them and we get to see their relationship mature a bit. There is some more action and drama but it gets worked through the story ends pretty well. I really liked the epilogue, it really made the book and there were some happy tears as I finished. It was worth the read (regardless of any issues I had) and I will be reading the next in the series. :D
11/13 Just finished a reread, which was actually a re-listen because I bought the audiobook of it. The narrator did a good job and I think the book did well in audio format. I still had the mixed feelings about the book and Hawk and Gwen's relationship that I noted above but it does end well once they get past all the crap. :D
This was a pretty good story. I really liked Obsidian and Alli and was rooting for them to get past the people/issues trying to keep them apart. I really love this series and this was a good addition to it.
Allison (Alli) is a doctor at the NSO (New Species Organization) site called Homeland. She's a good woman and a good doctor and cares very much for the New Species. She has a NS male (known by the number 880) in her care that's in a coma and she has come to care about him more than she should since he's her patient. It's unhealthy for him to be in a coma for so long and the other NS are considering "pulling the plug" but they wont let her try to wake him through unusual methods. In desperation, she formulates a plan and manages to steal away with 880 in an attempt to save him.
Obsidian (who was known as 880 until he chose a name) is a NS male lost his mate when he was still being held captive in the labs of Mercile Industries. He harmed himself in an effort to get at the people that killed her and was close to death when the facility was found and raided and the NS people were saved. He was in a coma but started to slowly wake up, finding that there was a female there (Alli) that was caring for him. He didn't wake up all at once but slowly recovered use of his body. He's pulled the rest of the way out of it when he hears Alli screaming in pain.
Alli had stolen Obsidian but left a note for the NSO to let them know why. They found her and Obsidian and weren't gentle with her while capturing her, causing her to scream. Obsidian comes to her rescue but then is shocked to find she's human and thinks she's a technician from Mercile. When he meets other NS people he finds out he's free but has trouble believing it and believing even the other NS people he encounters. He gets some encouragement to see Alli and once he knows how much she did for him and how much she risked, he wants to talk to her. Once he sees her again he decides he wants to keep her. He's rather conflicted though since he still feels guilt over not being able to save his mate during his captivity (even though they didn't have an emotional bond like most mates, they just relied on each other). Alli knows that she shouldn't' agree to stay with Obsidian when he asks (more like demands) that she stay with him. She cares too much for him to say no though and though she's not sure what to make of him or what exactly he wants, she stays and they start to bond. This gets a little problematic because others keep causing problems for their relationship. Destiny (a NS male that wants Alli for himself) as well as others that aren't convinced that Obsidian is completely alright (mentally) after his captivity and coma. These thoughts aren't helped by his aggressiveness trying to keep any other males from Alli (but considering the loss of his previous mate, his over protectiveness is rather understandable). Fortunately they have a few friends that are on their side.
Obsidian and Alli don't have a smooth relationship because at first Alli isn't sure just how sound Obsidian's health and mental state is and isn't sure of his intentions towards her. She worries that he's trying to use her to replace his old mate or that he's only wanting her because she's familiar and all he knows. She starts to fall for him and is worried that he will regret being with her once he gets used to his new life. Obsidian has started to bond with Alli and although he doesn't really know enough to consider it love, he's firm enough in his feelings that he knows Alli is who he wants no matter what he learns or who he meets in the future. There's also the fact that Allie's future is unsure since she's still waiting to find out her punishment for stealing Obsidian, which might get her sent to prison or at least fired and removed from NSO property. Just when it seems like things are working out, Destiny decides to be a jerk and challenge Obsidian for Alli. They fight and Obsidian hurts Destiny badly. This gives the resident head-shrink the fits and he tries to insist that Obsidian be put down as dangerous. That doesn't happen but there's a lot of crap that goes on that ends up splitting Alli and Obsidian up. Fortunately, Obsidian and Alli are reunited and find that they missed each other terribly, they love each other and wont be parted again. Then they get to start their well deserved HEA.
This was a pretty enjoyable story. I really liked Obsidian and Alli and was happy to see them get together in the end. Breeze and Moon were both great friends to the couple in the story. I'm looking forward to Moon's book and I hope Breeze gets a book of her own. I also hope Jericho gets his own book. He seemed really sweet and unfairly treated by the NS women (because he has strange colored eyes mostly), he needs a nice human girl to make him feel loved! I'm really looking forward to more books in this series. I'd recommend this book.
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