I remember when this series started, Anita was a bundle of problems, she could have kept a shrink in business for the rest of their life. Her ability to be competent at her necromancy job, and pretty darn good at helping the police with their paranormal murder mysteries, while still hanging on to her integrity, made for interesting books.
I loved the attraction between Anita and Jean Claude, it was scary and sexy at the same time. I even liked her love for Richard in the beginning, how she didn't want to sleep with him until she was ready, sure of their relationship. Her dilemma sorting out her feelings between the two men was exciting and believable It took 5 books before that issue was resolved. I remember when she and Jean Claude finally had sex, that was such an erotic scene, one of the best I've ever listened to. The way it was written, the music in the background, Kimberly Alexis made it something to remember. Then Micah came along and I thought, we'll, I can see how hard it was for her to resist him, he was something new, her animal to call and their attraction was very sweet. And now Micah is bi-sexual but only with Nathaniel, I guess this is so LKH can have a readily available Ménage à trois when needed. Really??
I also agree with a previous reviewer, because I have thought it myself, that LKH decided to make Anita like Merry Gentry. But, the premise for MG is that she is a fertility goddess, having sex with lots of guys was always part of the story, it wasn't for Anita, Anita has lost her way, probably about the time she started having sex with Nathaniel, yuck! She was supposed to be someone who offered him help and stability, but not as a sexual partner, he was just too damaged, to young mentally. That relationship has always felt wrong to me. Don't even get me started with the 16 year old she's recently added to her stable (whatever his name is). Double yuck!
And the arduour.... well, I could have accepted it thru a book or two, as long as it finally resolved itself, but we're still having to put up with this crap. I guess it's so LKH can roll out the screaming orgasm's, the oral sex with limp dicks, and multiple partners that Anita has no emotional commitment to, and neither do the readers.
Now, auto erotic asphyxiation is introduced as a new way to have sex. Really?? This dangerous practice has been around a while, causing death when men try having orgasms while partially hanging themselves. Showing it as couple sex is even worse, it's sick. This is not something the Anita Blake we used to admire would do, she was a smart girl, had some common sense, even with all her insecurities. I am real disappointed LKH went there. I have actually started skipping over the sex scenes, they aren't sexy anymore, just boring and/or disturbing.
Now for the positive, I was happy to find that the actual zombie story held my attention. I liked having Edward coming to her aid, his presence always cranks up the crazy fun. Too bad the story only gets a few lines and all that I don't like takes up so much space.
And finally, QUIT PREACHING to me, i'm an adult and don't need your views stuffed down my throat. If you to want to broaden your readers horizon, make it an interesting concept in the story, try being subtle, we aren't stupid. And find all these guys their own women, let Anita and Jean Claude be the hot couple, give the girl a rest!
I look forward to each installment like a kid on Christmas Eve waiting for Santa. As far as I'm concerned, Faith Hunter will NEVER stop writing about Jane Yellowrock. Such a wonderful cast of characters, I love them all. Khristine Hvam is Jane/Big Cat aka Beast. She narrates these books as if she wrote them herself, so damn beautiful. She brings each of the many characters to life, I don't know how she keeps up with everyone. No other narrator should ever read these books, I would not buy the audio, I would just have to read the book imagining Khristine's voice. I love the southern accent she uses for Jane, most people, who aren't from the South, overdo the accent, making me laugh/cringe, not Khristine.
I want to learn more of what the angel, Hael, gave Beast, she is very wise now, and not telling Jane everything she knows now. Beast also makes me LOL all the time, especially when she leaves Jane to wake up in uncomfortable places, like right in front of a gator! I look forward to Jane introducing her to Bruiser. And speaking of that sexy, damn near perfect, man, thanks for giving Jane Bruiser, and kicking pretty boy Ricky Bo to the curb, I never was that fond of him. He always treated Jane like he expected her to fall into his arms, like every other woman, Bruiser treats her like a a rare gift. Jane deserves a real MAN! If you haven't read the short story, Dance Master, from Bruiser's POV, in the Cat o' Nine Tales book, you are missing out. I certainly can't leave out the Younger brothers, they add such love and richness to Jane's life, she was really alone before they came along. I believe living with them, trusting them enough to share her home and her Company, is what opened her heart up, especially since the Molly, and her family, have let Jane down, more than once. We learned a lot more about Leo this time, he is always so mysterious (and sexy :o). Leo, Leo, Leo, each time he is in the book, the excitement level goes way up. The previous book had the Best shower sceen ever! Eat you heart out Psycho! This time around the Big Bad, SOD, lived up to his title, and I bet his brother will be featured in Book 10, and he will be pissed! I am now waiting impatiently for the next installment...it's gonna be long year!
I can't believe I listened to 11 chapters before I finally said ENOUGH!!! of this crap. I can't believe all the 5 stars given to this book either. The dialog is atrocious and the story is just.....ridiculous. If my mother was raped and burned to death while my home was set on fire by an invading army, and the town I grew up in was raised to the ground, the last thing on my mind would be flirting with man. The female lead is written and read as if she is a 14 or 16 year old nitwit, flouncing around calling the hero insufferable every time he calls her on her stupidity. And yet, she's pretty, and he's got hots for her and our so called 35 year old adult male falls for her...whatever. The fact that this was written in 1979 is no excuse for such drivel. Consider yourself warned.
Since I paid for the first 2 books, I felt like I had to give the second book a try. Sometimes, the first book can be bad but the 2nd book shows that the author can grow and do a much better job. Unfortunatly, that didn't happen. Don't waste your money, I'm asking for mine back.
God, I so disliked Trudi. I just can't find one redeeming value in her character. She will tell a lie when the truth will do just as good, she is weak and a coward. So, she runs into her long lost childhood friend Jake, who is now a famous rock star. There is instant lust/obsession, remembered love, blah, etc...Trudi has boyfriend of 2 years who she cheats on, but she's too lame to be honest with him, drama ensues.... oh hell, just read it if you like this kind of bull$hit triangle drama. Good thing she's beautiful, 'cause we know that's the most important thing about her anyway, otherwise, I can't see why any man would put up with this insecure, idiot, who hasn't matured since she was 14.
I read most of the reviews and agree that this was a admirable start to new Urban Fantasy series. I just finished the first book and am waiting for the 2nd to finish downloading while I write this review. This book it has it's own world building concept that doesn't compare to any other that I've read before. It's a gritty, interesting story that has plenty of action and suspense, characters I liked, with some romance that I hope will become more a part of the story in future books. Xe Sands did an exellent job with narration, as always. So, give it a try, it will entertain most people.
I've never read any of the "rock star" type romance books before, I'm more of the SyFy, Fantasy genre kind of girl. So, I bought all 3 of the Stage Dive books because they were on sale and listened to them this weekend. I was pleasantly surprised to find how much I enjoyed them. I decided give each book 5 stars, not because of the literary content, these books aren't War and Peace, but who cares, I loved each one. I actually stayed up all night long Saturday night listening to Play, I just couldn't turn it off.
Each book is dedicated to one of the guys in the band Stage Dive. Lick, was about David, the sensitive, sweet, sexy, guitar player, Play, was about Mal, the funny, hyper, laugh out loud, sexy drummer, and Lead was about Jimmy, the damaged, break your 'f-ing heart sexy lead singer. And each is given, the perfect woman to win and the journey for each couple to find there way to each other is so much fun. I did tear up a time or two but spent much more time smiling or just laughing out loud.. I guess Ben will be next. Enjoy!!
This book annoyed me so much, I want my measly $4.95 back. Tessa was a nitwit, Max was a jerk, and the story was non existent.
I bought both of the Renegade Angels books because they were on sale. But as occasionally happens I got lucky with a really good story. If you like interesting characters, it's got that, if you like a lot of sex, it's got that, (I actually got kinda tired of it all), if you like good love stories, you got that too, but if you need a real good story that will keep your interest to prop up all that love and sex, well you definately got that also (surprise!). I just wish Ms. Day would hurry up with the final book.
Another perfectly wonderful Charley Davidson book!! Pleeeaze don't make me wait a whole year for the next book!
This is a fun, well written book for adults and young people. It's not geared to children at all but there is no language to overlook and no sex. Now if that sounds a bit boring, don't let it turn you off, because Kristen Britain is a wonderful story teller and Ellen Archer is a fabulous narrator. She does multiple voices, each very different, well acted. This is a first book that has lots of room to grow in the future. The concept of the Green Riders is new and it mixes women and men together so it can be enjoyed by both. It has lots of intrigue, fast paced adventure, and fantasy. I am so glad there are 4 more books to look forward to!
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