Upper Tantallon, NS, Canada | Member Since 2011
Even the socially inept need love but sometimes it takes a major felon to get them out of the lab. Great story with a few more, very welcome, twists than usual from Lynsay Sands. It quickly became one of my favourites in the Argeneau series. It was nice to see a more average than adonis male character for us male readers with a less than sculpted physique.
I wonder who the Argeneau Grand Dame will turn her match-making x-ray vision on next.
In a daring twist with the series, the hero of this story is the former #2 Bad Guy. It turns out he's Regan's one and only. Regan is one of my favourite characters, in moderation, she's good for the occasional funny quip, over the top action, or stupid "Val" trick but too much Regan is like an "ice cream" headache.
The back story lists the circumstances that drove Regan's man to the dark side and while tragic, to me, they didn't excuse his past atrocities. Typically, the men in this series, indeed this genre, are larger than life, super tough, mega-Alphas. The narration was great, I just couldn't get behind a normal, sort of anti-hero.
Elves have come out and it's easy to see how a long, protracted war with the demons could have happened. What isn't clear is which party was the most aggrieved - history is written by the winners and it looked to me like the winners were the elves. Trent's character continues to be fleshed out and he is proving to be a most atypical elf. It appears that Rachel and Trent with their small group of friends are the only obstacle stopping the destruction of two worlds.
I love this series but I gave this book only 4 stars instead of the usual 5 because I felt the increased complexity of the story line came at the cost of the involvement, volume and depth of the interpersonal interactions of Ivy and Jinks within the story line.
This is one of the better series I've found in recent years. Each new installment improves on and builds on the last one so the series is one that really must be enjoyed in order
When I finished listening to "Godess with a Blade" years ago I had two thoughts.
1 - Fantastic Story
2 - Where's its sequel?
Finally "Blade to the Keep" has been released and I couldn't be happier. The setting moves to the vampire world providing an interesting look into Rowan's early life growing up with vampires. It's a great sequel.
A complex narrative following the rotating capture and loss of a group of standing stones called "The Heroes." The lives and actions of several characters on both sides of the conflict are followed and I had difficulty determining who to cheer for. The narrator was ok but he didn't add anything for me and I found the lack of difference between characters confusing; reducing my enjoyment of the story.
If you're earning 7 figures a year don't bother reading this book but for everyone else out there this is a must read.
Although Thom Hartmann's book concentrates on the situation in the United States, since Multi-national corporations are just that, the material is applicable in any country that still has a middle class. For all those people out there who believe Unions have out-lived their usefulness, find out why Unions are the middle classes' most important defence. If the situation doesn't change our children may have better odds becoming a rock star or a professional athlete, than achieving a successful business working career
Take JR Ward's Brotherhood or Lara Adrian's Breed, blend with "Bladerunner" to exchange vampire for cyborg, punt them into space, and you have a good idea what to expect from Laurann Dohner's new Cyborg Seduction series.
Cyborgs were created by Earth scientists and when the cyborgs proved to be too powerful, the Earth Authority sends them on suicide mission. When cyborgs begin refusing these "missions," the Earth Authority terminates All cyborgs. Or so they wish everyone to believe...
Fast forward several decades and the surviving cyborgs have established a tenious toe-hold in the Galaxy. Space Salvage is a major component of their survival resulting in cyborgs in space. The format of the story progresses along this kind of story line. A strong Alpha Male character cruises through space fighting "space pirates" and the Earth Authority and despite incredible odds, finds his corresponding "soul-mate." But finding her is just the beginning of the tale and getting to their "happy-ever what-ever" has its own set of obstacles.
I don't want to go into specific details but I'm a real fan of the self-contained happy conclusion novel. I enjoyed not only this book but several other books in this series so I can confidently recommend this book (series).
I'm a sucker for positive endings so sue me
It's an interesting twist on the traditional paranormal soulmate story. I enjoyed and 'liked' all the characters, even the bat guanou crazy ones. I didn't find the sex over the top or out of context. The wide variety of species calling Maggie's Grove home bodes well for an interesting future
Things are really starting to get interesting in Maggie's Grove. There was a lot more action in this book compared with the first book in the series. While I really liked this book and I feel it's better than the first book in the series; I agree with reviewers saying the story is missing something. IMHO, while there have been excellent villians so far, the series needs an arch-villian; some one or some organization that can't be defeated in a single book.
Looking forward to the next one
What a great start. I really look forward to listening to more writing by Vicky Loebel. "Keys to the Coven" bowls strike after strike on the way to a perfect game. The characters are flawed, interesting and engaging. They are solid, well-developed, and vibrantly described while maintaining their own personal areas of mystery and leaving plenty of room for future growth. The narration was great and I'm a real fan of using two (male and female) narrators. I don't want to reveal my favourite scenes because I would hate to spoil this book in any way for anyone.
I will mention two things. First, I hesitated purchasing this novel because of the strong over 18 warning but honestly I didn't think the story was that raw. There were some intimate scenes but I found them completely in keeping with the story line and never gratuitous. Second, the last hour, hour and a half, of the book are really action packed, so I would strongly recommend saving the end of the book for a quiet time because you don't want to be interrupted or distracted while listening to it.
Looking forward to the next one!
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