This was my first Jennifer Crusie novel so I am not sure if this book reflects her usual writing style. The romance in this novel was not well developed and more attention could have been given to the central relationship. The hero is under developed as a character and the unfolding mystery plot overwhelms most of the book. As a mystery/ghost story it's not a bad read but fairly tame if your a diehard paranormal mystery fan. Overall the book held my attention well enough for a sleepy Sunday but it wasn't anything to rave about.
As this is number six in the series, I'm going to assume you're already familiar with these books by the time you purchase this instalment. Given this, you'll probably understand what I mean when I say, after finishing this all I could think was I WANT MORE!!!
Magic Rises is another fantastic fast paced, action packed Kate Daniels novel. Highlights include: a look into the European shifters, a clearer picture of Hugh Deambre and Kate performing some neat new tricks with her magic. I'll state the obvious, this was definitely worth the credit.
Like many Anita Blake fans, I am disappointed by Hamiltons apparent fixation on Anita's sex life. At first I thought the ardeur concept was probably just a convenient way to add a few more sex scenes to the books, but I feel like its the only issue addressed in recencent Anita books. The sex scenes go on for chapter after chapter and are followed by long, tedious examinations of Anita's ever increasing sexual appetite. I loved the first 9 books or so in this series and I'm really hoping that the series will improve again
The plot was fairly interesting but the romance was a bit juvenile. It was nice in a 'little girl dreaming of her knight in shining armor' kinda way, but it was a bit lame.
I have really enjoyed this whole series, but I thought this installment wasn't as good as the other books. The main characters (Brock & Jenna) were not well developed and the plot failed to pick up the on going 'Dragos vs The Order' theme. It seemed almost as if the author has written this book without a clear idea of where she intends the series plot to go.
The series is similar to the Black Dagger Brotherhood but not as intense. Adrian has kept a good balance between fantasy and romance in these books which, in my opinion, makes them more engaging then the BDB series. Enough romance to keep me caring about Lucan and Gabrielle's story, but enough action to keep their story interesting.
Another fantastic SEP novel, its a pity Colin was read with possibly the worst English accent I have ever heard.
I really liked the other two books in this series, so I was really surprised by this book. The heroine of the story put me right off. Perhaps if her character was better explained or if she came across as anything but completely emotionally shallow the book would have been tolerable.
I have loved all of this authors books so far. This is why I was disappointed to realise that this book has an almost identical story line to SEP's It Had To Be You. SEP wrote a fantastic book and Rachel Gibson has written a really good imitation.
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