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After being swept off my feet with Ian & Beth's story in the first book in the series, my main worry in continuing with the series was that I didn't have a vacation lined up to do some serious marathon reading/listening. However, the second book in the series was a complete disappointment even though I really like Mac & Isabella. Jennifer Ashley really messed up with the second book in my humble opinion and all that did for me was linger and hesitate to read the rest of the series. UGH!!! I LOST SO MUCH TIME!!! Why?---Because "The Many Sins of Lord Cameron" was freaken amazing!!
Let me break it down:
I. A Romance to Savor:
This is a book that I would put in the category of "an author's gift to readers" lol. The reason being that this book delivered at every step of the burgeoning romance between Cameron MacKenzie and Ainsley Douglas.
Now, this couple eased into their romance. First, when Cameron and Ainsley met she was married & refused to cheat on her elderly husband even though there was this crazy-amazing connection between the both of them (ultimately, this was good because Cameron really respected her for it). The second part of "taking it slow" came through the courtship-era...lol..not sure what to refer to it as..um their "getting to know each other stage?" However, there was nothing SLOW about their sumptuous rendezvous that were STEAMY & just fabulous. Why?-- Because there were so many combustible moments between the two...just a few come to mind: wrestling in Cameron's bed, unbuttoning buttons in the woods, stolen kisses and touches in the study, the billiards' room....and that was just in the very beginning! As the story progressed so did the HOT romance. In fact, the romance maintained the main focal point of the book (I know that should be expected, but that doesn't always happen in novels when authors decide to write sloppy).
II. Sweet Moments between other MacKenzie couples:
If you love the MacKenzie clan than this book is going to spoil you! Especially, if you love Ian MacKenzie....
~Loved where Mac surrounded Isabella with kisses and put his hands on her pregnant belly from their second child.
~OMG, there is this scene where Cameron is talking to Ian and Ian walks away without finishing the conversation (typical autism behavior) because he is pulled to Beth whom Cameron describes as Ian's "anchor" and the "conduit" in which Ian is able to understand the joys of life (this was because Beth was radiantly smiling as she enjoyed the fireworks).
~Ian and the honey jar....LOL. I can't say more..that scene was just a treat as Ian ushered Beth out of the dinning room as the complete MacKenzie family were eating breakfast. Haha...LOVE it!
~OK, I had not warmed up to Hart MacKenzie, but this book won me over to him. There is more information about how much Hart has fought and sacrificed and is ALWAYS there for his brothers & family. But, the scene that almost made me topple over in my chair was between Hart MacKenzie and Lady Eleanor Ramsay in the train....whoa, that was just lovely....lovely indeed.
~Ok, Beth Mackenzie is still pretty powerful in my view. There is this part where Ainsley is summoned by the queen & leaves abruptly. She wasn't able to say goodbye in person to Cameron and right before he has a panic attack (well, at least it seemed like he was going to have a panic attack...LOL), Beth gives him the most powerful, soothing words ever..and it completely calms him and feeds his hope and trust in his relationship with Ainsley.
III. Marriage is Just the Beginning
What I really liked and enjoyed was how the story did not end when Cameron and Ainsley got married. They really had to work things out. On a huge positive note, they were able to finally love without restraint...which equals wonderful love scenes. I liked how Cameron gave Ainsley cute nicknames like, "mouse, ferret, devil woman, & vixen." Believe me...in context they are so cute!
Ok, what really made Cameron and Ainsley's story absolutely amazing is the complexity of their persons. Jennifer Ashley really knows how to write characters/leads in which there is a reason for the madness and the connection to a soulmate. Ainsley completes Cameron because she is what he needs due to his traumatic first marriage and fears that he carried into their relationship. Cameron is all the man that Ainsley needs as well. Also, I have to say that I loved the horse Jasmine. And, the ending of the book was perfect. I loved how Ainsley made a way for all of Cameron's dreams to come true (yes, even the unspoken ones).
NARRATOR: Angela Dawe is a perfect narrator for the series. I don't know what people are thinking when they have given her unfavorable reviews. She has created the most sultry, deep masculine voices with a twinge of Scottish accent (because after all these men are English too...or at least educated & immersed in British society). Also, I really like the female voices she creates for each of the characters.
Now I get it when women seem to be swooning or fanning themselves when they mention Gideon Cross in reviews. This book was all Gideon Cross-sumptuousness! Oh how I loved it! I felt like Gideon and Eva's relationship emanated a strength and security that was further exemplified in the last 2 hours of this audiobook....OMG! What developments and direction this book took!!!!---Totally unexpected, and for me, that's because Gideon Cross is unexpected. He sweeps Eva off of her feet and always seems to surprise her with his reactions and demands which perpetually put her at the top of his priority list. I adore the way Gideon loves Eva...it's a desperate, insatiable, needy, all-consuming kind of love, and of course that love is reciprocated. There are steamy love scenes, and every development in this story brings Gideon and Eva closer together.
Regarding the secondary characters, I'm mixed about Kary (sp?), Eva's best friend. I hate his relationship with Tatiana, but we'll see what happens there. OMG, and Eva's parents kill me!!! I think their story is so sad, but I just know that in the next 2 books something good is going to happen to them...I have that feeling, even though their situation is depressing and lost right now. Eva's friend, Maouby (sp?)---well, there is something weird and suspicious about her, or her boyfriend.....I can't put my finger on it. I'm curious to see what washes up on the shore of past relationships for both Gideon and Eva in the next book. So far, every past relationship, for both has been deemed irrelevant. I hope that continues to be the theme as we go forward in this series.
Regarding book 4, which follows, I can't wait till November when it is released!!! I just hope that Gideon and Eva do not regress in how far along they have come in their trust and love for one another. Eva does tend to misread Gideon's brooding and quiet moments. When she thinks the worst, it tends to turn out that Gideon is even more committed to her than she realizes. I'm hoping that this is the worst type of situation that will occur in the next book. I don't want to be pissed about Gideon or Eva cheating, or anything like that. Well, the fact that I'm pontificating just proves how this series can really get in your head.
UGH, I'm hoping to survive the wait for the release of the final 2 books in this series.
To GIDEON AND EVA, AND THE ADVENTURES & HOT SEX THAT AWAIT THEM!
Narrator: Jill Redfield is incredibly talented. Her performance is excellent. I love what she does for Gideon's voice......she makes him sound so irresistible! She does a great job for all of the characters.
This was a nice georgian romance with a narrator that enhanced the story. I enjoyed Justine Eyrre's performance. Her female voices were feminine and clear, and the male voices were perfectly masculine and razor sharp.
This book got better as the story progressed. It's an interesting concept where the female and male leads somewhat switch traditional roles. Elizabeth was engaged to Marcus Ashford and broke her engagement to him after catching him in a suspicious situation. Yet, it was so hard to conceive how Elizabeth was able to get herself hitched to another man the very night she broke off her engagement to Marcus. What the????? Many questions came up right away for me. Why didn't Elizabeth give Marcus the time he needed to explain his predicament? How did she arrange to marry another so quickly? Well, these questions are pursued and explored by Marcus throughout this book as he returns to London in a poignant time in Elizabeth's life when she is both in danger and a widow. Marcus steps in to help solve the mystery surrounding her husband's murder as well as to protect Elizabeth as her fate is connected to the existence of a journal by her late husband. And so this love affair continues after being suspended for 4 years (from the time Elizabeth broke off the engagement to the present).
I really liked how both leads went through huge transformations throughout this book. In the first half of the book, Elizabeth is almost intolerable. She came across as a Type A personality and control freak to me. She also seemed hollow. In contrast, Marcus was a dream! Bless his heart, I felt so much sympathy for him because he fell in love with a very hard woman to love. When Marcus first saw Elizabeth at a debutante ball, he fell hard for her. She made an indelible impression that almost bordered on obsession for him. Marcus has not been well since Elizabeth jilted him. I loved to see how Marcus' relentless persistence turned this relationship into an incredible, insatiable love affair. He really did save Elizabeth, as a person. She didn't even realize how miserable she was until she opened up her heart to him. Lastly, the ending was very satisfying as well.
OMG!! I finally read/listened to this book! I read the 1st book quite a few months ago and told myself I could wait until all 5 books in this series were released, as my need for instant gratification would drive me crazy-nuts waiting. The other reason I didn't read this book quickly after the 1st, was because of Corinne.
In the previous book Magdalena (Gideon's "Friend") was totally dismantled and disarmed as a womanly threat to Eva, however, a new threat was introduced in Gideon's ex-fiance, Corinne. I felt so jealous for Eva that I didn't know if I could handle (without getting seriously pissed) all of the shenanigans Gideon takes on with Corrine in this book (well, I got that idea through reviews I had read). But, let me tell you.....after reading this book, there simply are NO other womanly threats PERIOD....it's ONLY Eva for Gideon. Corinne was a very minor distraction in this book, hardly noticeable to me, since I was so enthralled with Gideon and Eva's love affair. From the back seat of limos, to concerts, to hot tubs, to beach getaways to office surfaces and lastly his place, or hers....Gideon & Eva's red-hot smoldering love for one another took on a sexual napalm quality, while layering on the deep roots of a love forged in the heart. But it wasn't just about the women in Gideon's past trying to seep themselves into his life, Eva also has a past that impacts this relationship. I liked that Gideon also had to deal with a possible threat of a previous lover wanting Eva back. Whoa!!! Hot-stuff!
Yet the biggest threat to Gideon and Eva's love seems to lead back to a secret. Gideon holds, closely to his breast, a bold secret. Consistently, Gideon asks Eva to trust him when things look suspicious. Yet, not only does Eva have to exert these super-power trust abilities, but so does the reader. And when that secret is revealed it has an explosive impact that underscores how committed and crazy in love Gideon is for Eva...how he will stop at nothing to protect and secure her love.
WOW!! This book was simply incredible! I love the way Sylvia Day writes..her prose is almost lyrical, and these characters she creates...OMG, unforgettable!
On a side note, I think it was funny how Eva seemed to describe everyone in her social orbit as drop dead gorgeous: her mother is gorgeous, her father, her friends, her rivals etc. You get the picture. Yet, I thought if an average-looking person fell into Eva's social circle, she would probably describe them as having model-quality looks as well, that's how exaggerated her comments about people's looks came across to me.
Narrator: Jill Redfield is a narrating goddess. She is one of the best! She really makes these interesting characters come to life (especially Gideon during the love making scenes...lol...pretty crazy performance...haha).
*** Sigh, I wish all 5 books were out already......
Well, I took one more chance and read/listened to his book, even though the 1st one was a relational nightmare ("Take a Chance"). Overall, I enjoyed this book, and that happened once I forgave Grant (for being an ass in the 1st book). Harlow is one of the most forgiving, sweet and mentally strong heroines in this series. I suspect that's because she grew up with rock and roll and learned to accept people for who they are. There are many revelations in this book that I can't divulge, or it would ruin it for readers/listeners. But, I will say that the love story (I can finally call it a love story) between Grant and Harlow took on a very sentimental and loving quality in this book. Grant works hard to redeem himself, and I felt that his transformation was real and came from the heart.
I enjoyed the involvement of previous characters in this series (Rush, Blair, Woods, Dela etc.) who were all pertinent and quite supportive of one another. I hope they make a book about Mase (Harlow and Nan's half brother), who is Kiro's only son. I really liked him! Bethy, is still lost, and even though Nan steps out of character and does something heroic, I still DO NOT like her. And, I REALLY hope Glines does not make a book about Nan. I think I will draw the line there and stop following this series.
One aspect of Glines writing that I find fascinating is that even though some of her characters make BAD choices with devastating consequences, they can still find their HEA...that's what she's doing for Bethy in the next 2 books in this series. And, that's what she did for Grant in these 2 books (although what Grant did was so mild in comparison to Bethy's behavior).
For Harlow and Grant, I really liked how they finally found their flow with one another. Harlow's letters nearly KILLED ME!!! OMG, I really teared up! And, Kiro's love for Emily and his love for his daughter Harlow warmed my heart. Grant really manned up in this book and became a wonderful lover, husband and father to their sweet daughter. Yet, the way this book finished was kind of off to me. Where was Kiro? And, what ever happened to Grant's parents??? Any follow up? For me, the end was too abrupt, we only got a bird's eye view of the last event in this book. I needed more.....maybe I'm too greedy, or just need more things to finalize to make me feel that all loose ends were tied up.....
Narrators: Shayna T. and Jack D. continued to do a very good job!
I already knew I was going to have a hard time with this story because of the reviews, but I have really enjoyed the Rosemary Beach series, so far, and simply needed to keep going. So I recruited the help of a reading buddy to read/listen along with me so we could be a support group to one another...lol, Crazy right? Well, let me tell you that I needed that support throughout this book because about 20 minutes into it, it was an almost DNF. In fact, it was an almost DNF up until about 60% of the book.
Glines really took a chance in writing Grant and Harlow's story because of Grant's tangled previous relationship with Harlow's half sister Nan (who is a bonafide biotch of the first degree). Harlow and Nan are half sisters and the daughters of rock star legend, Kiro, and along with that connection, there were so many relational aspects of this story that did not make sense to me. For instance....why would Kiro have Harlow (his favorite and beloved daughter) live with Nan (his venomous daughter who HATES Harlow) in Rosemary Beach, in the SAME house????? I NEVER understood that completely. But, the hardest part was how Grant got involved with Harlow after his relationship with Nan began to disintegrate. I know that he had an instant attraction to Harlow, and she made him feel things he had never experienced before but, Oh MY GOODNESS, really??? You're going to fall in love with your EVIL-BITCHY ex-girlfriend's half sister???? Now if that wasn't a doozy, the hardest part of the story between Grant and Harlow is HIS behavior after he was with Harlow. UGH, that infuriated me beyond belief!!!! Look, I really do like Man-Whores, but only after they STOP Man-whoring after they find the love of their life!!!! What the heck Grant???? His excuse was fear....wow...that dam fear.....
Anyway, I don't think I will ever get over how badly Grant messed up on Harlow after being with her!!!! UGh!!! And, I really liked Grant from previous books. He was the fun and very caring playboy of the group of gorgeous men in Rosemary Beach.
Well, the reason I finished this book was because of sweet Harlow. I mean, I needed to see the girl through this mess! Also, because of her cowboy, half-brother Mase who was so awesome and protective--Loved Him. Lastly, because of the the incredible story that was revealed about her mother, Emily and Kiro's amazing love. OMG, that took my breath away!!!!!
Even though this book does not end well, I'm pushing to the next book because I'm an optimist and hoping Grant redeems himself, especially in light of Harlow's secret coming out.....
Narrators: Shayna T. and Jack D. did a very nice job with this audiobook. It took me a while to get used to Shayna's voice, but overall, I believe she did a good job.
You know, I'm not sure how Kirsten Ashley (K.A.) does it-----How she keeps creating these very compelling, insanely beautiful and deep books about characters who are gripping & full-bodied. This book has so many layers that you will find yourself tearing up, feeling elation, triumphant and indignant, at times. You have vintage KA hero & heroine: the hero Chace Keaton, detective-badass who tends to speak in phrases (no pronouns needed), and a heroine, Faye Goodnight, who is cute, sweet, innocent and classy….who needs extra moments to process compelling information, signaled by an extra "blink" or a "pardon" or an inquiring, "I'm sorry?" LOL---That's just classic KA writing. Oh, but regarding the heroine--OMG, isn't her last name so cute??? And, she's also a geek…definitely an adorable, sexy geek. I adored the references to Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars and even Game of Thrones in pockets of the book.
I loved the leads….OK, yes, they had to look like a gorgeous couple--Chase with his vivid blue eyes, dark blonde hair, athletic build, and Faye with her brilliant blue eyes, auburn hair and hourglass figure, but more than that, they fit emotionally, psychologically and chemically….Haha… I loved how Chase fell for Faye in the aisle of a grocery store, while her nose was in a book. But, I felt happy for Chase when he began to bask in his love with Faye because he suffered so much previously. In Faye he found an "angel" to heal his wounds and carry his "dark." In the previous book, Chase was such a mysterious character with a lot of bad crap surrounding him with the good cop/bad cop history he had. Yet, I couldn't help but feel that Chase was always the man who was like someone outside of a house looking in through a window longing for a life he could never have, when he gazed upon the happiness of other couples. So, Chase and Faye's realization of their love was passionate, powerful and an all-engulfing sentimental affair.
Like any of KA's book in this Colorado Mountain series you have a community that comes together to help save the day, you have a band of alpha males who talk "man-talk," and a fabulous group of women who show concern and are extremely supportive of one another. I mean if Carnal was a real biker town with the characters KA describes, I would totally love to come and hang for a long time…LOL
Lastly, the additional subplots were emotionally gripping….who could forget the boy who found comfort in books, and the beginning stages of healing of a father-son relationship long past damaged. Yes, this book hit on all of my heart strings. Bravo KA!!! Another excellent book in this series!
Narrator- Emma Taylor is excellent and always does a wonderful job in her narration.
This story had a lot of elements that were good. You have a gorgeous, hot & kind hero in professional hockey player Jason “Ryke” Ryke, and a sweet heroine, Kate Camden who met in group grief counseling environment. Both Ryke and Kate had experienced loss in their lives and this is the cement which seemed to bind them together. They had good chemistry and I loved how Ryke pursued and had so much patience with Kate. Ryke was definitely the best part of this book. For me, the issue was with Kate, as she was too hot & cold. I felt like she kept Ryke on a leash and pulled it when she wanted. Yes, I understand she was grieving, but a lot of her evasiveness was too much. She didn't want him to see other girls, but avoided him etc. Also, when Ryke intimately shared about aspects of his previous wife that caused problems in their marriage, well, I couldn't help but feel that Kate exhibited some of the behaviors that were similar in his deceased wife. She was definitely super moody and Ryke really had to work for her affection. Lastly, I prefer more heat in my novels. When their only love-making scene was 26 minutes before the end of the audiobook, well....um...that's just not good enough for me. They did share a chemistry and bond, but Ryke and Kate never really seemed to completely enjoy that love in this book. I kept checking to see if this was an abridged version, but no, it's the whole book. This book felt half done because I needed to have more moments of bliss between the couple aside from the frustration of their budding relationship.
I'm not planning to read/listen to the next book..the heroine was just too frustrating. Sorry Ryke!
On a positive note, the narrators, Chris R. and Kirsten L. were excellent. They performed the alternating POV's very well.
OMG, what an incredible, unpredictable, beautiful love story this was! The first scene between the leads was rather shocking as it was devastating and quite broken. Then, the author took the reader back to the past, to build the story and smoothly landed in the present tense. The blend of incredible leads, secondary characters, great writing style, as well as the fabulous performance of narrators made this an awesome listen!---Actually, a superb listen! Shirl Rae is one of my favorite narrators and she did so well in her performance in this one, and Marc Bachmann's voice was sexy as hell.
Maverick Hart IS "badass personified" as a Navy SEAL. Yes he is a man-whore, but in broader terms he's a part of a brotherhood that was wonderful and so touching to explore. I loved Maverick's POV! He had such a crude, dirty mouth, especially with his SEAL brothers...but it all felt like a realistic depiction of their masculine world. You can’t help but admire and fall in love with these fierce SEAL brothers!
Maverick is a very strong man who leaves no challenge unanswered, and is thrown into a tailspin when he is rejected by the beautiful, but guarded Windsor Forbes. Yet what started as a game between predator and prey turned into an intense, extraordinary, deeply emotional love. I loved Maverick and Windsor together so much, especially their sassy humor, electric chemistry, witty banter, and hot-torrid love! There are so many powerful and romantic moments that Maverick, the adrenaline-seeking, tough as nails, yet soft as velvet, Navy SEAL hottie gave to Windsor.—Seriously, very beautiful MUCH ANTICIPATED love scenes, and romance at it’s purest. *Sigh*
Overall, this book drew out a great depth of emotions in me. I was angry at both Maverick & Windsor’s decisions, at times, but more than anything I was enchanted with how they never gave up and worked things out, reaching a satisfying HEA. There is also tragedy, and I cried noisily while I was driving to work, and had to pull it together. This brings me to the next book, all I can say is that I am going to be greatly conflicted at heart when I read it. Boy does Robinson have a feat ahead of herself with Morganna’s book!!! I was so impressed with this book as her debut, that I know she will not disappoint! What a great start to a series!!!!
EXCELLENT AUDIOBOOK! LOVED IT!
Wow! I'm really taken aback by this series...I'm loving it, and at the same time on pins and needles due to the dangers. In this series, you get the continuation of previous characters that are further built up (Ephraim & Madison's family, etc.), with the dimension of the addition of new characters, including our hero, Caine and beautiful heroine, Danni.
Caine and Danni's romance is a deep and powerful one. Caine is a 900 year old Pyte who was endeared to a bossy little girl, where they lived in the Sentinel compound. After noticing that the girl was rather neglected by her Sentinel parents, Caine became her protector and friend until the day he abandoned her when she was about 17 years old. However, quite a few years later, Caine and Danni get saddled together through the ploy of despicable villains. Caine's love for Danni is his weakness and the enemy knows it....even before Danni does.
In "Tall, Dark, and Heartless" you get a love between Caine and Danni that is filled with hilarious moments, hot-insatiable sexual need for one another, and so much danger and challenges that you feel the weight of it. Yet all this couple really wants, is to be together. No worries though, they do get an HEA, but you just know that their story will continue to be told in the next books in this series...So, definitely more to come for Caine and Danni!
Well, after my rant about the male lead in the book that preceded this one, I was so happy that Mathewson redeemed Chris Williams and his relationship with his mate, Isabella in this book. Chris made a permanent change in his outlook and we got to witness the sweet, devoted husband and father in him come to life. The lives of other characters, including a risky budding romance, between Jill and Logan, were explored in between the scenes with the leads, almost as commercials.
Overall, I love how Matthewson creates these hilarious characters and their love relationships that allow a lightness in this dark and dangerous world where despite the supernatural qualities of the characters, danger always seems to follow & with a vengeance.
Can't wait to read/listen to the next book (hoping it will be released soon)!!
Narrator: Stella Bloom has really come into her own with this series. She's doing a fabulous job in her narration.
OMG! After reading the 1st book, I was so excited to read/listen to this second installment in the series. What a let down! I know this may sound more like a rant rather than a review, but what the heck was R.L. Mathewson thinking when she created the male lead????
Chris, the adopted son of Madison and Ephraim was a total SOB, jerk, A-hole....you can add any expletive and it would fit. His treatment of the heroine, Isabella was not acceptable! He was so awful to her till about 95% of the book, when his turn-around began. Ugh, so many times this was almost a DNF for me, but it's the stubbornness in me that made me listen till the end.
Chris had been awaiting and dreaming about his Sentinel "mate" for years, which seemed to have been plenty of time for him to build up expectations. Well, when fate unites him with his Sentinel mate, Isabella, although she is a beautiful woman (green eyes, great figure--the whole package), he rejects her. Chris rejected Isabella because she lacked fighting instincts. I had such a hard time with Chris and his mistreatment of his lady, especially because Isabella did not deserve that from him. Isabella did not have an easy upbringing....no one EVER showed her love, and for most of this book, Chris could be added to the list of people who did her wrong in her life.
For most of the book, the relationship always felt 1 step ahead, while 3 steps back. When Chris finally started pursuing Isabella sexually, well, they had smoking hot sex, but you couldn't even enjoy those parts because it was sandwiched in with his cheuvonistic, regretful behavior. Even when you thought Chris was making some progress in his feelings for Isabella....BAM, he responded in a way that was appalling and gut-wrenching.
EVEN THOUGH I LOVE R.L. MATTHEWSON'S WORK, I'M SERIOUSLY PISSED WITH HER FOR THIS BOOK. OMG, and when you consider how Isabella was so powerless in the relationship, and was tossed, pulled around and used by Chris....it made me feel sick. There were a few times I felt like crying for her & I had to remind myself this is just a silly novel.
If the relationship between the leads was better this would have been an incredibly fun, and action-packed book. In this book more of the Pyte/Sentinel world comes to life and you learn more about the dangers caused by demons, minions, vampire and were wolves. You also get a great update with the other characters in the book.
UGH, SUCH A DISAPPOINTMENT!!! I'm not sure if I will take a chance with the next book in the series......I'll have to find a way to calm down after this one!!!!
Narrator: Stella Bloom did a good job in her narration.
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