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Bowen is a member of the Lycae werewolf clan. For 180 years, he has been in mourning for his dead mate. Worse than the loneliness is the guilt he carries over how she died. When she watched him change in the moonlight, Mariah of the fae was terrified. Running away in her fear, she fell over a ledge and was impaled. Bowen has lived as an empty shell ever since. A Lycae can have only one mate in his lifetime, and a male can only make children with his mate. Any dreams of having a family died with Mariah.
Every 250 years, members of every species are invited to participate in the "Talisman's Hie", a scavenger hunt that only the most powerful and ruthless beings can play to the finish. The prize for this hunt is a magic key that grants it's holder the ability to time travel twice. If Bowen can win the key, he can go back and save his mate. However, he has several competitors who want the key for themselves. One is a young witch named Mariketa.
Mariketa is prophesied to be one of the "Queens" of witchcraft. At only 23 years of age, she has not yet mastered her powers. While her species waits to see how her powers unfold, Mari wants to prove that she is worth their wait. Winning the Hie is the perfect opportunity. She is holding her own in the hunt until Bowen traps her in a cave. Believing her to be a powerful witch, Bowen is sure Mari will soon free herself. Trapping her will only give him a head-start to the next round. As he drops a boulder over the cave's only exit, Mari throws one of her few successful spells at him. Bowen doesn't realize that he has trapped her for weeks with 6 undead incubi.
At the end of the Hie, Bowen is one of the last two competitors. He is devastated when he loses at the last second. For the past weeks, his body has been unable to heal itself. He is sure the witch put a spell on him. His body has literally fallen apart. Being immortal, his injuries can't kill him. But they have weakened him to the point that he cannot win the final round. When he gets his hands on the witch, he'll destroy her for stealing his chance to save his mate. But first he must force her to remove the spell.
Bowen is shocked to learn that Mari never escaped the cave. Something is making him desperate to save her. His need to rescue her is as keen as that of a mate. He is certain the witch enchanted him. Having already lost his mate, he knows Mari can't be the one and only chosen for him. When he finds himself desperate to free her, Bowen begins to believe she must be his mate reincarnated. After she has suffered torture at the hands of the incubi, he faces his greatest challenge in convincing her to forgive him and give him a chance to win her. While escorting her back to civilization, Bowen will hunt for her, care for her, and keep her safe from the elements. He'll do whatever it takes to impress her and make her happy. Believing he has his mate back, Bowen could not bare to lose her again. When they discover that an evil sorceress is attempting to kill Mari and steal her powers, Bowen feels utterly useless. Such evil magic is the one thing his strength cannot defeat.
Robert Petkoff was outstanding in the delivery of the story
Drew is all that I love in a jerk hero: cocky, full of himself, brash, egotistical, too handsome for his own good, but, worst of all, he's a man-ho. And I so don't really go for that guy, not at all, even if it is fiction. I prefer jerk over womanizer any day, but this author did something magical with Drew. She really did. She made me love him, care about him, and want to see him redeem himself. And Drew does do that, in a big, sweet way. Not only do we see all the questionable sides of Drew's personality, we also see that he is charming and endearing and ultimately lovable. I think when a man like this does fall in love, he falls very hard, and that makes reading that hero's story much more enjoyable and much more romantic to me.
I loved the chemistry between Drew and his Kate. They argued, they bickered, they flirted, and it was great to read. I loved the verbal foreplay, and I was just waiting for that charming womanizer to get knocked out by love. Not only is this a sweet and sexy read, with some very sigh-worthy romantic moments, and some great groveling as well, this story is also incredibly funny, the kind of laugh-out-loud funny that makes people ask you what you're reading over there. This story is told in first-person completely from Drew's POV. I love having the male point of view in a romance, and here that is all we get, all Drew, all the time, go big or go home. He holds nothing back, no ground too sacred, no truth untold, no secret not confessed. He tells the reader everything, and it was refreshing, unique and hilarious.
I think the author did an outstanding job voicing this male character. Drew felt real, he sounded real, and he was this story, front and center. I loved him. As I read his male POV, all his tidy insights, all his guy thoughts, I laughed, I cringed, I gasped, I even agreed at times, and then I laughed some more. I lost it over the black-olive incident at Thanksgiving dinner, and the "What would William Wallace do?" speech!, and Billy roaring up in his Totally 80's T-bird; just one funny thing after another, either worthy of a chuckle or a straight-out, snorty laugh. Some of what Drew says is crude, maybe even offensive, but I mean, really, he was funny. Yes, not PC all the time, but I have to say the guy was spot on most of the time for me.
The writing is smooth but sharp, effortless and easy to read, just very clever, fresh and fun from page one. I was caught up in the story, the character, the humor, and the romance. This author perfectly balanced the rom with the com; nothing felt short-changed to me. If this is a debut book, well, I don't know what to say, except maybe, when's the next one? And will the fantastic Dee-Dee get her own story? I sure hope so. TANGLED is going right on my keeper shelf, under 'books that make me happy.' This book made me feel good, made me laugh and smile, and it made my heart feel lighter and my mood brighter. Big smile and big love for this hero and his story. This was an awesome read. Loved every minute of it!
Kresley Cole's writing is superb as I was emotionally tired right along with Natalie when it came to their relationship. I do not know how many times I was begging for Natalie to run away from Sevastyan and find her self because in reality I needed her to do just that so I can have a bit of piece of mind with her. Now that they are together it is a one sided relationship. He expects her to give and accept him the way he is but not vice versa. He is emotionally unavailable. He has always had one night stands and has never been in a relationship or know how to love. All he knows is she is his weakness and he can not let her go. This all goes back to his past and let me tell you once that was revealed I was jealous that Natalie got to be the one to sooth him. All I wanted to do was jump in my kindle and be the lover to take away his pain. His past broke heart and made me understand why he is emotional unavailable and why he does not drink.
Their journey to HEA is raw, dark, mixed in with some BDSM. There was no teasing, leaving me hot and bothered like Part 1 and Part 2. No this is truly a full blown erotic and scorching-panty changing. Loved every minute of it and thought Kresley Cole did a sexy job with her first erotic novel.
I do have one complaint I really wanted the airport scene to go the other way. I really would of love to seen how that played out if it did. I was shocked the direction it took because I really thought it was going to go another way. I could not justify dropping my rating down a star because of this. I still loved how it went as is flowed nicely through the novel.
Sevastyan has skeletons in his closet that when one in particular came out I was freaking Mouth- Drops-Open shocked. I am hoping that this turns into a series because I really want to know more about Masksim and I think it would be kick butt. Kresley Cole you will never read this but if you do, I am begging you turn this into a series.
The story picks up right where Part I left off. Literally. The ending of Part I was Sevastyan and Natalie riding their horses to a sauna house to get out of the storm and Part II starts with them in the sauna. I did have to go back to the first book and read the ending again to get my bearings.
Whereas the last book we were on the edge of our seats wondering what the Russian Mafiya would be like and what that meant for Natalia, this one is more relationship building with Natalie and Sevastyan. She likes her time in Russia getting to know her father. Things aren’t so scary for her except for the fact that if anything were to happen between her and Sevastyan they’d be expected to get married. Which Sevastyan is all on board for but Natalia… not so much.
This was a great follow up to Part I. I don’t want to say too much but there’s also suspense in this one when betrayal within causes Natalie and Sevastyan to go into hiding. Plus we get more of those steamy scenes between the two. This is a great erotica story with a lot of backbone to it and I for one cannot wait until part 3 comes out.
Sid Halley is back. The one-handed ex-jockey-turned-investigator is at Cheltenham Races on Gold Cup day when three deaths occur: one horse and two jockeys, one of whom is found murdered in the parking lot. Huw Walker's death merely fuels the rumors he was involved in race fixing, and it looks like his boss, trainer Bill Burton, may have done it. When Bill is found dead in his home, the police want to rule his death a suicide, brought about by guilt over having murdered his jockey, but Sid believes Bill was also murdered. When Sid's girlfriend, Dutch beauty Marina van der Meer, is threatened, Sid is certain Huw and Bill were killed by the same person over race fixing, but he's sure there's a bigger reason why. Those he loves are now in harm's way as Sid tracks down clues that lead to a cold-blooded killer.
Dick Francis could write a great book in a coma, and it's obvious he was wide awake when he wrote this. His unique, distinctly English writing style is like sitting down for drinks by the fire with a cherished friend you haven't seen in ages, dear and familiar. As usual, he makes me long to take a tour of every English racetrack on the map, bringing the racing world vividly to life. They mystery was also well-woven, presenting a list of suspects and planting a trail of clues. I was grateful that Dick Francis got back to work, and this book was not a disappointment after the long wait. He's been publishing since before I was born, and I hope he continues to do so for a long time to come.
I LOVED this book!!
Great story, great characters! I can't fault the contents of the book at all, I liked Natalie and I liked the Siberian!
This would have been 5 stars if only it wasn't such a short book!! I can't stand listening to something in a matter of hours then itching for more only to find the entire series are all very short novellas !!! I'd rather buy all the books together as one book!
I didn't purchase the second book because of my annoyance but I know I will NEED to know what happens to Natalie!
So for those looking for a good long read - avoid this.
If you don't care how long a book is and like to be teased with what felt like a long intro to a good book then it ends - get it!
Hope is afraid of police because she was harassed and mistreated by them in the past. She was innocent but was a murder suspect for awhile. Hope's friend Kay went to Italy to run a school teaching English. Kay was hit by a car and is in the hospital. Kay asks Hope to come to Italy to manage the school temporarily. Hope is living in Kay's house. Someone has been trying to scare Hope by damaging property and slashing the tires on her car. Kay convinces Hope to talk to Franco, the local police chief. It's love at first sight for Franco. He arranges for police to provide around the clock security for Hope. He personally handles the night shift, sleeping with her.
REVIEWER'S OPINION (WITH MILD SPOILERS):
This was pretty good, but not as good as the author's other books. I suggest you read her other books first, and if you like her style then consider reading this. The hero/heroine characters are similar to those in her other books. My biggest problem was "stupid actions by Hope." A few examples of this were: Hope chased an armed bad guy while she was unarmed. Franco asked his friend to take Hope away from an area for her own safety, but she incorrectly assumed that Franco didn't like her anymore. Then she turned her cell phone off when it was supposed to be on for her security.
My second problem was more subjective. Somehow I wasn't as excited about the characters, their chemistry, and their relationship as I've been with the other books.
Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: strong/erotic. Number of sex scenes: 7. Setting: current day southern Italy.
We're told that Gerard Doyle was understudying a role on Broadway when he received call from his agent saying that an Irish voice was needed to narrate an audio book. Doyle readily admits that he knew little about audio books, but thought, "No matter. I can do that. I'm an Irishman." Do it he did, so well that he won an AudioFile Earphones Award for his debut That was five years ago and since then he has garnered enough voice performance awards to cover several mantels.
Doyle is not only an Irishman but also a trained actor, which has given added veracity and dramatic effect to each of his narrations. This is especially true with his reading of an arresting dark tale by Adrian McKinty, FALLING GLASS.
Ever notice how frequently life seems to be playing a trick on us? Just when we think we have it all together, when we're happy, content, suddenly things seem to fall apart. That seems to be the case with Richard Coulter. He's a mega rich Irish business man whose budget airline is outdoing any competition; he's married to a gorgeous woman who is pregnant; has a growing casino interest in Macau, and a home to die for recently featured in Architectural Digest. What could Coulter possibly want? For starters, he wants to find his former wife and two children, and calls on Killian to accomplish this.
A 40-year-old enforcer, a debt collector, Killian is weary. He's a one-of-a-kind enforcer because he had learned to use his wits to get the desired results. While he could use force his preference was to convince by verbal persuasion - he did have a silver tongue. Unfortunately the recession affects him just as it has everyone else, so he accepts the job with Coulter. After all a half million isn't easy to come by and that was Coulter's offer.
It looked like an easy case - just find the woman and children. However, when Killian does locate them he discovers much more than he bargained for in the form of danger and a Russian hitman.
Once again McKinty has crafted a non-stop action thriller that will simply leave readers/listeners wanting more from this master of the darkly mysterious.
I really enjoyed this story. The writing was on the wall that these two would end up together, so it was a fun journey watching them get there. Olivia is a beautiful girl that is yearning for love; Nate is a gorgeous guy who has suffered loss at the hand of love, well really they both have. They formed an instant friendship, and shared an easy camaraderie that created an extremely strong bond between them. Olivia trusted her friend and felt that they could share anything with each other, so who better to ask help her attract Benjamin, the cute guy that she sees at work. What she lacks in confidence, Nate makes up in his bravado. They agree to him helping her with her "flirting" skills, and finding her inner sexy goddess. At Joss and Braden's wedding reception, after indulging in some liquid courage, Olivia confides to Nate her sheer lack of experience with men, and before you know it, the private lessons in the art of seduction become physical between them, and that is when things get a little complicated.
I enjoyed the humor, witty dialogue, and getting to see our friends and couples from the previous reads; we also had the stage set for Hannah and Marco's story along with getting a glimpse at Cole in what I hope to be a future story as well. What I thought would have made the story perfect, was if we could have gotten into the head of Nate; he was struggling with some real pain, and I was obvious that he cared deeply for Olivia so I would have loved to read his thoughts. Maybe we will get more of this couple in the future, I sure hope so.
When I first found out that On Dublin Street was going to have a second book, I was extremely excited since I absolutely LOVED it. When I read the synopsis, I was disappointed because it wasn't about Joss and Braden, and Jo was just a blip in the first book. Sure she seemed to be a friend to Joss but really Ellie was Joss's friend. Reluctantly, I purchased the book and decided to give it a chance. Let me just say there is a lot of Joss, Braden, and Ellie in this book, so nothing to be disappointed about!
Johanna `Jo' in my initial impression was a gold digger, shallow, and manipulative. She dated only rich men, allowed them to buy her things and lavish her. Not exactly what I look for in a female lead character. However, Jo is anything but those things. She is strong, selfless, and is one of the most loving and admirable women characters. She always puts her brothers' care in front of her own, as a mother would do. By the end of the first few chapters I found myself as Jo's biggest fan! Anyone who has a child knows that your biggest mission is to protect them, and she ensures her brother never feels neglected.
We start off in the beginning where Jo is dating Malcolm. Jo thinks that she is in love with him, and tries to be everything that she believes he wants. She is the ultimate chameleon, and I don't think she even knows who she is. Her walls are so high to ensure she can't be hurt. She is at an event with Malcolm where she meets Cameron `Cam' McCabe. Cam is hot and the sexual tension between them is instant! However, Cam is there because he is dating Malcolm's ex Becca. (AWKWARD) When Cam realizes that Jo is there for Malcolm, his attitude switches from hot and bothered to irritated and pissed off. Cam's assessment of Jo is that she is using Malcolm and is sure to let her know how he feels about gold diggers.
"Look, I know your type well. I grew up watching a parade of gorgeous bimbos walk in and out of my uncle's life."
Trust me he doesn't stop there! Despite Cam's bad attitude and nasty words Jo decides to help him by getting Cam a job at the bar with her. There are parts where I was literally laughing out loud because their banter is hysterical. I loved how snarky they get with each other. I also loved how Jo had no problem calling Cam out on his crap. If he is an ass she lets him know it!
Their story really changes when Cam moves into the flat below Jo and learns that he really has no idea what Jo is really like. They become friends, and Cam and Jo can no longer pretend that their feelings and chemistry can be ignored. They each end the relationships with Malcolm and Becca, which is when I was jumping up and down screaming... YES! I loved them and loved how Cam was able to break down her walls. He refuses put up with her fake s*** and he tells her how it is going to be.
"If we're doing this, you're going to be straight with me. In every way - including in bed. I'm not some guy you're trying to hold on to for dear life - accommodating him and forgetting about yourself and what you want. We're in this together and I just took what I wanted. Now you take what you want. So what do you want?"
The sex is H-O-T and so is their love, but it is not easy. Jo has deep emotional issues of abandonment and fear of not being worthy. Cam pushes her to be who she really is, and wants no pretenses. They fall very hard for each other, and Cam is swoon worthy! Of course nothing is ever easy, and this is especially true for Jo and Cam. They have to fight for their love and decide if Jo can trust not only Cam, but herself to be worthy enough. I definitely enjoyed their story and Cam's sexy talk!
I have already downloaded Before Jamaica Lane the next book in the series.
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