So I may have let the ball drop. As in, I haven’t posted anything in a significant period of time. And when I say I’ve let the ball drop, I mean I let it cascade down Mount Everest, freezing time every few seconds to elongate the duration of the ball’s voyage. My apologies. My excuse? School and community outreach. And then that one time that my computer died before I saved an entire drafted post, which made me cry a little bit before collapsing in despair. But enough of my stupidity, onto the goodies!! I’ve been reading a lot of things lately, mostly short things, and more often than not things I haven’t enjoyed. Bummer, huh?
Let’s begin with the disappointments:
Undeniably His by Christa Wick, Rating: This started out okay, but then…no. She cries every time they have sex, which makes me uncomfortable and therefore unable to enjoy the story. The tears appear to stem from humiliation so….ehhhhh. She doesn’t get off on humiliation, and she’s humiliated because she enjoys submitting to him. Not to mention the tone across the three parts feels very uneven, especially by the third part. They go from fucking like rabbits with the promise of more to fucking like rabbits in an exotic location which suddenly introduces high drama to the middle of bumfuck nowhere with the main guy groveling but not really groveling with all his dominant tendencies sucked out of him. Another huge problem: character development (or even just traits) introduced way too late in the story to feel consistent. All in all if I hadn’t read the three parts in succession I wouldn’t have recognized this as a series.
Betrothed by Jill Myles, Rating: Love the author, did not love the book at all. I’d be extremely hard pressed to tell anyone why the characters are “in love” by the end of the book. Mutual physical attraction? I don’t know. And again, not too fond of either partner here.
Not My Wolf by Eden Cole, Rating: Not bad, cute, although I’m leery of “I wasn’t gay until you” stories for the most part. But I’m a sucker for werewolves, especially really persistent loyal ones.
Gateway to Heaven by Beth Kerry, Rating: Interesting topic to take on, the background of the heroine. Her past gave me food for thought on obsessive babying of victims, among other things. I had a difficult time with the main characters, though, not particularly liking either of them.
Pirate’s Price by Aubrey Ross, Rating: Not bad, not my cup of tea. I enjoyed the space pirates angle, and I’m not opposed to erotic space pirates at all, but there’s a menage scene at the beginning that turns my stomach, probably because the sexual heroine does not enjoy the sex–not something I like to encounter in romance, erotic romance, romantica, or erotica.
Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter by Jessica Sims, Rating: Very cute, enjoyed the story. Loved the hero, and Jill Myles/Jessica Sims/Jessica Clare really (and I mean really) knows how to write a virgin hero.
And the WICKED good:
Natural Law: 2 (Nature of Desire) by Joey W. Hill, Rating Really, really enjoyed this one. And I have to say, I was relieved when the villain(s) were revealed. I have a few firm lines, and just…ick. Love the main characters though, and the twist on Violet’s job totally surprised me. I really loved seeing both Violet and Mac’s layered inner selves come together (heh).
Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Rating: Definitely a good book, I understand why the series is so popular. Looking forward to reading book two, which I bought during the massive sale.