by Ashlynn Monroe
In a history very different from our own, the Civil War rages on in Texas. Zeppelins fill the air, steam power vehicles battle horses for space on the roads and bodies lay strewn through the wreckage of the Sisters of the Merciful Truth Convent, innocent victims of a local turf war. Three sisters, raised in the convent, emerge from the horror to find their lives of family and devotion over, and their separate lives of crime about to begin.
In lawless times, where faith and love battle doubt and hate, Justice now sees the world from behind the barrel of a gun. She falls in with a handsome and mysterious miscreant as she attempts to carve a place in the ruined world and search for her lost sisters. But when her life of crime catches up to her, Justice will learn the meaning of true love, and family ties.
The first couple of paragraphs reminded me a bit of some other books I have read however it quickly changed. The descriptions of the scenes really bring the stage to life. You feel as if you are there and its all happening in front of you. The change between the first two chapters is so what jarring however it drives home the difference between the settings and works to make the story more alive rather that bumpy and disjointed. I liked the addition of the steam punk elements. A motorcycle with a coal boiler lined up next to horses at a hitching post. I really enjoyed the world this author has built. By the end I was finding myself wanting stories about the other characters. The only disappointment for me was that the story wasn’t long enough. I felt that this could have been a full length novel with all the different elements and characters.
By JR Ward
Rehvenge is used to living in the shadows and dealing with the roughest night walkers around-including the Black Dagger Brotherhood. As his secret identity as a sympath is threatened, he turns to the only light in his ever darkening world- a female vampire untouched by corruption, who’s the only thing standing between him and eternal damnation.
Normally a book would take me a day or too, if its really long. I am talking a super novel. But an average novel takes me less then a day.
This book took me from the day it was released until tonight, March 20, 2010 to read the entire thing. Yea that is like 6 months or so. I was rather disappointed the first time I tried to read it I was looking for something completely different. Last night I promised myself I as going to finish it if it killed me. And it almost did. I head hurts and my eye burn but damn it its done. And after going back through it and rereading some chapters and pretty much the begining again I have to say it was a whole lota book. We have plots and subplots, angles from everywhere and bad guy good guy reversal and the dead being brought to life. Old characters that we missed are making an appearance. And it just wasn’t about two people trying to find their love through horrible times, it was the onging saga of the Brotherhood, and now the Sympaths. The family is getting bigger.
The thing I find that I liked about this book, is that it felt like I was on a rollercoaster from hell. I was pissed off, hungry for more and tearing up at the same time. Yeah that is a lot to pack into a book.
Now I have to let you know I bought this book as a HC and I think for the price I paid for it I believe it justified the expense. There was love, anger, jealousy, betrayal, anguish and distrust. And it was great.
I recommend this book in paperback, the hardback is huge and made it diffcult to sit and read. If you have an ereader that is better. Either way read it.
ONE NIGHT IN BOSTON
by Allie Boniface
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Can anything really change in 24 hours? Can everything?
Maggie Doyle is about to lose her home, her business, and her last grip on sanity unless she comes up with fifteen thousand dollars to pay off the bank. Her only option? Forget the pain of one life-altering night, find the stepbrother she hasn’t spoken to in years and ask him for help.
Everything in Jack Major’s life is going according to plan. He’s rich, powerful, and about to marry Boston’s most successful attorney. There’s just one problem: he can’t seem to forget his first love, the one who left him in college after a whirlwind trip to Vegas with a secret she couldn’t trust him to keep.
When Maggie and Jack meet up at a high-profile charity ball, past collides with present and the sparks fly. But is it too late for a first love to ignite again? And if Maggie reveals the reason she left Jack all those years ago, will he be able to forgive her?
A single night in Boston takes Maggie and Jack from the glittering lights of the ballroom to the windswept city streets and back through the years to relive old memories. Will morning light bring new hope for their future together? Or are some secrets too deep to ever truly overcome?
This was a hard read, not a “can’t get through it” read but a “it was so sad and depressing in the beginning I didn’t think anything else could crap on her” read; I was so tearful on some pages. I didn’t think I could take to much more depressing stuff.
Other than the beginning mood, I really loved the characters. They were flawed, had baggage and they grew within the story; It added substance to the book and made it a nice well rounded story. The novel was overall, was good. It seemed to cut-off at the end though. I felt there could have been more added. I enjoyed it and will continue to follow this new to me author.
The Mage– Jean Johnson Book Eight in the Sons of Destiny
I was looking forward to this book because Morganen has been such an integral part in all the other books. He came across as a character that was kind, charming and always looked out for his brothers and those around him while keeping his own talents a mystery. Unfortunately it didn’t live up to what I was expecting. Even though I have read the other seven books in this series, I was confused with the first chapter of this book. I sat there as I was reading going “huh?” Even after it switched back to “present day”, I felt like I was being jolted around. There were parts I loved, like when Morganen goes to retrieve Hope and ends up in a mage fight. I really loved that whole chapter. To me it was Morganen finally coming into his own. However the ramifications of the fight were basically ignored and only seen as asides thereafter. There were parts I really disliked. Like when Hope steps across the veil she blurts out her big secret without any prompting and the others all dealt with it as if it is no more than a pesky fly. Overall the book came across as disjointed. The author was trying to tie up loose ends and it seemed to me that she rushed it through. It was hard to get into and follow the story and I was disappointed. This book unfortunately moved the series from my keeper shelf.
by Cate Masters
in ebook from Eternal Press
and print from Amazon (May 7, 2010)
When Diana Taylor changes jobs, she doesn’t expect it to change her life. Meeting Cal opens up a new world of passion. Her love overwhelms her, blurs the line
between reality and dreams. But is it love or obsession?
Fever Dreams is an extremely long tale of a woman trapped in a cycle of office romances. I found myself wanting to scream at her ‘Stop dipping in the co-worker pool!’ The many attempts at profound poetry left me yawning. I know good pros don’t need to always rhyme like Dr. Seuss but
poetry was frustrating and completely unnecessary. The book was hard enough to finish without adding length by nearly empty lines.
The symbolism of dreams in this story were tedious to say the least. I think you’d need to be in a hallucinatory state to want to read this particular work by Cate Masters. Just my humble opinion.
by Brenda Jackson
Hot, sexy, steamy, raunchy. Did I mention that this book is hot? Unusually in this book, the man, Xavier, is truly in touch with his emotions. Not in an Alpha male take no prisioners way, but in a steady quiet way. He has fallenin love and is determined to see the same level of love and commitment returned from his chosen partner.
His partner, Farrah, has baggage from her ex husband that she allows to dictate her actions. This novel is a journey of her overcoming her own inhibitions. While she might admit to herself that she is falling in love with Xavier but for her to voice it out loud is a whole differnet kettle of fish.
I really enjoyed the öld school ”sex scenes”. There was no jarring crash words to throw you out of them. There is a nice flow to the story but I did find myself wishing we knew more about how the two of them got together first time around. Perhaps that’s just human curiosity.