Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Montant Grant lost contact with her mother many years ago. Now as she struggles to lead her late father's shipping company, she's also dealing with the sudden reappearance of her mother. The frail woman is spouting nonsense about Mount Olympus, immortal warriors and long-standing curses. But after suspicious activity puts the company's future -- and possibly Montana's life -- at risk, she decides to take her mother's last bit of advice...
When Montana asks Quinn Tanner for help, she confronts the sexy, security executive about his secret identity: he's a Taurus Warrior. Quinn denies it, but he can't deny his powerful attraction to the high-power heiress. With worldwide peace in the balance, it's up to Quinn to help Montana rise to her destiny -- even as they're falling in love...
MY TAKE:Eirene, Goddess of Peace, Daughter of Themis and Zeus knew the price for giving up godhood for love.
Warrior Betrayed takes place about six months after Warrior Avenged. I like how evenly space “time” is between books, not too much time separates them, just enough to let the characters settle before another problem arises or their nemesis strikes again.
Few issues Quinn had in the previous book crops back up here mostly guilt on his part. It added to the flavor of the story, gave his character more depth, showed flaws and it really hammered that even though he’s immortal, in no way is he “perfect”. He was pinged for Taurus!
Montana in the beginning I was not quite sure how I liked her character. In no way was she weak and clingy but neither was she snarky, kick-ass take names type of character I generally like. She was sort of in-between which was sort of refreshing.
This book had more humor than the previous two. Book Two had humor; I found that I giggled with Ava and Ilsa’s interaction. Now combine those two with Montana. I giggled and grinned which got odd looks from my children because I was enjoying the interaction and the story unfolding. I found that, after reading this, that I have a fondness for the word “asshat” and want to use it even more (which ironically I do use it especially when my hubby is being a jerk)
Ah and we cannot forget Montana’s personal assistant Jackson whom I adored his character.
Really books need to come with a warning: Be prepared for some sleepless nights. The book was so engaging for two nights I did not get to bed until three am. Every time I tried to sneak a read during the day I got way-laid.
We also get to meet some new members to the Zodiacs. I profess I am curious about the relationship between Drake and Emerson, the witch. The suspense about the nymph Callie has me curious and needing more information.
Definitely give this book a definite druid approval. Thank you Addison Fox for letting me win this ARC, and for a rousing and engaging story.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux is hired by the dangerously beautiful Archangel Raphael. But this time, it's not a wayward vamp she has to track. It's an archangel gone bad.
The job will put Elena in the midst of a killing spree like no other - and pull her to the razor's edge of passion. Even if the hunt doesn't destroy her, succumbing to Raphael's seductive touch just may. For when archangels play, mortals break.
My thoughts and views : Relatively new to Nalini Singh (this year) the author has wowed me with the clear cleverness of her world-building, the depths and strength of her characters, and how expertly she weaves the plot line.
She grabbed me from the beginning. Here is a woman, with a unique beauty, but with a painful secret. The tortured aspect of her character makes her interesting, to bond. She is "beyond" perfect
Now Raphael was a harder sell for me. To put it lightly, he was a straight up, cold, asshole. His interactions with Elena left me floundering. Then, the more Elena worked on him, the more I started to like him.
ARCHANGEL's KISS By Nalini Singh
Vampire hunter Elena Deveraux wakes from a year-long coma to find that she has become an angel-and that her lover, the stunningly dangerous archangel Raphael, likes having her under his control. But almost immediately, Raphael must ready Elena for a flight to Beijing, to attend a ball thrown by the archangel Lijuan. Ancient and without conscience, Lijuan's power lies with the dead. And she has organized the most perfect and most vicious of welcomes for Elena...
My Take: Archangel’s Kiss starts off a year after Angel’s Blood. The epic fight against the sociopathic bloodborn Uram has left its mark on both Raphael and Elena. The Archangel and Hunter may be bruised but they are very much alive. They are also adapting to the recent changes in their lives:
She is not the only one that has changed, has grown since the fight with Uram. Elena’s influence has continued to “humanize” Raphael. Some in the angel and vampire circle see this as a weakness to exploit, but Raphael sees this more as a strength. Elena grounds him, keeping him from ever becoming the monster they witnessed with the other Archangel.
Singh is a true “Bard”, a skilled story-teller with no real parallel. She does not “feed” or “tell” the facts of her unique and beautiful world. It literally blossoms inside your head from the characters on the page that you understand it a bit more, letting it digest way easier than the telling.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
The heroine and hero are both “tortured”. And yes, I DO love a good tortured hero/heroine book. Why I read so much of Eve Silver’s gothic historical. It was nice to see yet another author allow not only the hero to be tortured but the heroine.
Mainly we focus on the heroine’s past, the way it shaped and molded her into the woman she became. Plus, her past really went neck and neck with the plot of the story. Now Cynthia did not leave out the mystery of what drove the hero neither but unlike most books it was not the main focus. Though their tragic backgrounds forged them into two different weapons, Luke and Monica were the perfect match. They meshed in the perfect balance due to their personalities.
Monica, despite what happened came out to be a strong person not about to become a victim again. Luke I loved his determination and perseverance where Monica was concerned. The overall effect gave us a thrilling, on the edge of your seat, adventure with hot, steamy romance.
I will definitely be reading Deadly Heat and Deadly Lies (because well I do have a penchant for connecting with the underdogs and minor characters in books, and well, I somehow liked Samantha. She stuck out on me) in the future.
This visionary druid gives this books two thumbs up.
Sunday, April 3, 2011
My Thoughts: To put into simpler terms how much I enjoyed Larissa Ione’s “Eternal Rider”: Holy Shit, that was freaking AWESOME!
Yup! Those six words sums it up nicely. I do have to admit that it had been a month or two since I got that worked up over a book, got that absorbed that time seemed to not exist. The last time that happened to me was in January when I read Singh’s Psy/Changeling books.
In the beginning I will admit that I was uncertain on how to react to Cara. The types of heroines I usually like and connect to are like Sin, Limos. The tough as nails, hold their own amidst males, and snarky. I LOVE snarky (even in my heros!)
Cara may have started off weak which normally annoys me. Somehow Cara didn’t. I really sympathized with the woman, all that she went through. Then, as the further we got into the book, and Cara’s inner strength is revealed, I really started liking her.
Ione has a gift on making her heroines likeable (okay maybe that’s me.) Okay, more than her heroines, her heros too.
Cara was the perfect “fit” for Ares. Really I could gush on and on, go all fan-girly but I won’t; especially since I do not write reveals too often (but this book deserved it). I will say it again, each Ione book, even this spin off, gets better and better!
For those who really liked the past characters will be in for a treat. Yeah we see Kynan a lot in there, Reaver too, but we get to see Shade’s brother in law Arik more in this book. So yeah, it was a treat to see all those characters we loved in the Demonica series here. And Wraith never changed! Shhh! Can I say that I have a thing for Than? The entire celtic thing really snagged me. Okay so anything celtic is hot to me. Okay I’ll shut up and say “I CANNOT wait for the next installment!” This Visionary druid gives Eternal Rider two thumbs up...