I am a long time fan of the Anita Blake series of books but I have reached my saturation limit with this book. It begins with sex, not unusual, but there is no real build up and it rehashes old plot threads to the point that it is almost boring.
I love all the main characters, love Jason and sometimes Richard when he is not being a complete pill, and I always like Jean-Claude, but there comes a point when enough is enough. The Ardor, the group sex, the constant agonizing over the rightness or wrongness of having the sex, and all that preaching about having sex has overwhelmed any plot, or adventure, or simple goal of climax and resolution that was once the primary joy of reading the books. Anita cannot add another animal to call, cannot add another man to her roster, cannot have another 'I cannot be your woman' argument with Richard, without being boring.
This is a fun book and the narrator, Tavia Gilbert, is great. So many reviews mentioned that they didn't like her voice doing Bones' English accent that I almost didn't spend the credit on it. She does a great accent. Bones is supposed to have been raised in an 18th century brothel on the streets of London. His accent is straight London gutter snipe and perfect for the character. The plot is fast paced, filled with all the paranormal adventure you are expecting, but twisted in a new way.
If you like kick-ass heroines with love interests that aren't cookie cutter, you will enjoy listening to this book.
I am usually a fan of Crusie and I loved, until Wild Ride, the combined writing of Mayer and Crusie. This book is similar in style to Gods and Goddesses, and I came away from the story with the same unsatisfied reaction. I believe that Crusie should NOT try to write the paranormal. It is a popular genre that authors like Harrison and Harris do spectacularly well with quirky characters and humor. Crusie makes demons and magical beings in general seem like funky wannabees, rather than the ruthless, cunning, but lovable characters we have all grown to enjoy in the paranormal genre. This is not a bad book, but it is not a great one either. Read Welcome to Temptation, if you haven't already, for a more gratifying read.
Do you remember how self absorbed Bridget Jones' mother was? This plot has a whole book of them. The protagonist is irritatingly clueless and devoid of ambition. She is a British Barbie doll. She does grow, and eventually she awakens to a more truthful self, but it is a tedious journey. She is also surrounded by equally vacant characters who are excruciatingly self delusional. The group reads a little like an English sit com, abounding with stereotypes. I had to force myself to finish the book. Not a one of them was mature, or strong, or, well, likeable.
All Megan Harts books have deep emotion, often twisted from rough handling that she explores ruthlessly through sex, sensuality and love. Though some of her themes stem from the darker parts of the soul, this is the only one of her stories that is really sad, however. The fantasy aspect is believable, and almost more credible than the choices Bess eventually makes. Bess as an emotional doormat is too far fetched. Some of the mistakes are just not realistic. Andy is too awful and the other characters? Some of their actions are too shallow to keep the reader sympathetic. Maybe the fantasy is meant to be the real part.
Regardless, this book is quintessential Hart. She writes books so well that you cannot go wrong picking this up. I would not recommend this be your first novel to read. Strangers is my favorite. Dirty and Tempted are good too. Read them first.
I hope audible offers the Order of Solace books sometime, too.
Towner is an example of an unreliable narrator. From the beginning you suspect that her judgments of the events from the past and the present are distorted. The ending was a surprise that I didnt see coming. It was riveting as much as it was hard to stomach. I would recommend this book to anyone familiar with the North Shore and Salem lifestyle and history, but only if you can stand a virulent plot thread of meanness, murder, and the foulest of abuse. The authors genius is the tapestry of images that is woven as a back drop to the story. The Eastern Yacht Club, Hamilton Hall, Derby Street, the witches, the tourists, the common, even the restoring of the ship off Pickering Wharf, it is all there and described so well that I could smell the sea air mixed with street vender sausage and peppers.
Jennifer Crusie is one of the cleverest, and funniest of the modern romance writers. This book is a sequel to her book, Welcome to Temptation, and continues the story of the Dempseys with Davey Dempsey coming heart to head with a similarly bent family, the Goodnights. He meets his match in Tilda, along with the art world, which, bar none, is filled with more con artists and tricksters than even the Dempsey clan could imagine. This is a very entertaining book, especially if you are at all familiar with the art world. Read Temptation first, but do not miss this continuation.
This is a clever, witty book. The dialogue is quick and intelligent and the plot is surprising. I love the way Jennifer Cruisie writes. This is one of her best. The characters are wonderful, quirky and real life funny. I would listen to and read it more than once.
Whoever sold Ms. Moning on the episode format for her "Fever" books did a disservice to her usual good writing. This is part of a book, not a whole book. Be prepared for too many rehashing reminders of plot threads from previous books, and a very irritating cliffhanger that dumps the reader in the middle of the climax. This format is better left for television, wherein an audience does not have to wait months to find out what happened.
I recommended this book to my book club. It is wonderfully read by the author, who is as talented as the character she writes about. I suspect a great deal of the author is in the main character. Pippa Dunn is a dynamic narrator to her own story of being adopted by an English family only to discover her birth parents are Americans. This is a book for all Anglophiles. Alison Larkin does amazing things with her voice during this reading. She is able to do a male Scot, a male New Jersey, a female Carolinian, a Washingtonian AND a variety of English dialects that are charming. I loved this book.
The audio version of this book is superbly performed. She does both the Canadian and the Southern accents required very well. I was very pleased listening, because this has always been one of my favorite books by Kelley Armstrong. The characters of Elena and Clay are as true to what I would imagine a werewolf couple might be like. Clay is humorously recalcitrant and Elena struggles admirably against the inevitable acceptance of her stubborn nature. I hope audio picks up the other two books that feature them.
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