Kiss of Midnight

Kiss of MidnightKiss of Midnight Format: Paperback
Source: Self-Purchase
Goodreads
three-stars
He watches her from across the crowded dance club, a sensual
black-haired stranger who stirs Gabrielle’s deepest fantasies. But
nothing about this night–or this man–is what it seems. For when
Gabrielle witnesses a murder outside the club, reality shifts into
something dark and deadly. In that shattering instant she is thrust
into a realm she never knew existed–a realm where vampires stalk the
shadows and a blood war is set to ignite.


Lucan Thorne
despises the violence carried out by his lawless brethren. A vampire
himself, Lucan is a Breed warrior, sworn to protect his kind–and the
unwitting humans existing alongside them–from the mounting threat of
the Rogues. Lucan cannot risk binding himself to a mortal woman, but
when Gabrielle is targeted by his enemies, he has no choice but to
bring her into the dark underworld he commands.


Here, in
the arms of the Breed’s formidable leader, Gabrielle will confront an
extraordinary destiny of danger, seduction, and the darkest pleasures
of all . . . .

Blast from the Past Review

My Initial reaction to this book was not a good one. To be honest, I tried to read this book a few months ago, and upon beginning it, I saw the word alien and closed the book. I literally took the book, and put it on paperbackswap and it was gone in less than a day. So what made me pick this one up again? Well, I was goofin off in a chatroom one day, one completely non related to reading and someone was talking about it and I asked questions. She assured me that they weren’t green goblin aliens but it all made sense. So she raved so much I went out the next day and bought all three books. I’ve been reading book one on my lunch hour at work for the last week and a half and it’s actually really good. I judged too harshly and quickly and I was certainly mistaken.

Our story revolves around Lucan and Gabrielle and a little something called The Breed. My biggest gripe of this book is that it is incredibly similar to the J.R Ward series. In Lara Adrian’s favor, however, is the fact that the J.R Ward series is really great, so the similarity didn’t bother me so much. It did, however, make me laugh out loud a few times. But that is neither here nor there.

Lucan is a gen one vampire. I’m not gonna go into the alien bit because I am still vehemently against that bit. Lucan is pretty damn hot, and he is also the eldest of a group of warrior vampires that live in a secret compound and come out to battle the rogue vampires. Sound familiar? I’m tellin ya, it’s a lesser plot than the JR Ward series.

Gabrielle is a photographer, and she is also a breedmate. She doesnt know she’s a breedmate, but she does know that Lucan is hella hot and that the sex between them is astounding. And it is, Lara Adrian can write some sex. Gabrielle ends up under breed protection when she witnesses a murder and in the arms of Lucan, who fights his feelings for her up to the bitter end. Literally.

The plot, like I said, is like the Ward series. But the story is entertaining, and I honestly do want to read the next two books, and will even preorder the next book and have it delivered from Amazon. So I would recommend the books, as I have been told that they get better with every story. I look forward to seeing if that’s true. Entertaining and hot, the characters are vivid and easy to relate to. The story, will grow the more we get into the series, of that I know. Lara Adrian’s first book, overall was really good.

Wicked

WickedWicked by Gregory Maguire
Published by HarperCollins on 2009-09-29
Genres: Fiction, General
Goodreads
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic tale, we heard only her side of the story. But what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious Witch? Where did she come from? How did she become so wicked? Gregory Maguire has created a fantasy world so rich and vivid that we will never look at Oz the same way again.

Well after well over a month, I finally finished Wicked. I don’t really know why it took me so long but I would venture to say because it’s not my preferred method of reading. Far more fantasy based than I like.

However, that didn’t make it a bad book. It wasn’t a bad book, but I really didn’t think it was a great book at all. I thought that too many LARGE sections were boring as hell and it made me want to skip all over the place.

The concept, wonderful. I just didn’t think that the book had all the gusto that people said it did. Anyone who says this is a great book, or one of the best books they’ve ever read (and I’ve read that line a LOT while reading reviews for it) well, I don’t get it. I don’t get how anyone can say this is an amazing book, because it isn’t. It’s interesting, yes. VERY interesting in the way he wanted to work it, but over all, it really wasn’t worth the hype for me.

However, I loved Elphaba. I loved how he made her a character that you didn’t want to see die at the end. I enjoyed that part, but that was really the only part that I truly enjoyed. The rest of it was 500 pages of blah. I can’t say that I would recommend the book at all, but for a true Wizard of Oz fan, I just may. I dunno. Torn. Loved it and hated it all at the same time.

ON ANOTHER NOTE

If you have the opportunity to see the Wicked Stage Play… I encourage you to do it. It is beyond amazing and a beautiful piece of work. I saw it despite not loving the book and it was worth the time and money to see this and I would do so again in a moment. You absolutely MUST see this if given the chance!!

Tears of the Moon

Tears of the MoonTears of the Moon by Nora Roberts
Published by Penguin on 2000
Genres: Fiction, General, Historical, Romance
Format: Paperback
Source: Self-Purchase
Goodreads
four-stars
With over one hundred and twelve million books in print and forty-two New York Times bestsellers to date, Nora Roberts is indisputably the most celebrated and loved women's fiction writer today. Tears of the Moon is her second book in the enchanting Irish trilogy featuring the Gallagher siblings of Ardmore, Ireland. In this splendid story Nora Roberts evokes a land filled with magic, music and myth, and captures the secret dreams and enduring passions of three extraordinary siblings. A talented songwriter, Shawn Gallagher spends his days lost in reverie and wonder, oblivious to the wiles of woman and the ways of the world. He claims that he's content with his life, but his music tells a different story-one of loneliness and desperate longing? No one understands why Shawn doesn't put his musical gift to profitable use-least of all Brenna O'Toole, a fiercely independent tomboy who has been secretly in love with him for years. But it is only when Shawn gives in to the mysteries of magic that he gets the chance to fulfill his destiny as a man and a musician.

The Characters: I loved both of these characters, but I admit to a certain liking of Shawn Gallagher. There was something about him that made me think of Jerry, from PS I Love You. Such a great, charming man, he was. I loved how he just took things as they came and didn’t really push for anything more. He was all about taking things as they came and not rushing through life. He was so much the polar opposite of Brenna O’Toole.

Brenna was a delightful character as well. I loved that she was unconventional. She was a worker, loved to use her hands and seen as a tomboy by most of the world around her. She was strong in her mindset, no matter what the subject came to, but she was kind to everyone also. She was just someone that I could see myself being friends with.

I feel like Nora Roberts writes about Ireland with a strong passion. Granted, I have never read any other NR books, just the one before this one, but the way she paint’s a picture was really great. In fact, only six pages into the book, and I read the following passage, which made me put down the book and sigh:

God, he was pretty. The errant thought popped into her head, and she immediately hated herself for it. But it was hard not to notice, after all.

All that fine black hair looking just a bit shabby, as he never remembered when it was time for a trim. Eyes of a quiet and dreamy blue–unless he was roused by something, and then, she recalled they could fire hot and cold in equal measure. He had long, dark lashes that her four sisters would have sold their soul for and a full, firm mouth that was meant, she supposed, for long kisses and soft words.

Not that she knew of either first hand. But she’d heard tell.

All in all, he had the face of some fairy-tale prince come to life. Some gallant knight on a quest. Or a slightly tattered angel. Add that to a long, lanky body, wonderfully wide palmed hands with the fingers of an artist, a voice like whiskey warmed by a turf fire, and he made quite the package.

Damn, doesn’t he? Roberts describes someone so wonderfully that I was just in awe. And that was page 6. She draws a picture so plainly that the story becomes a movie in your head and you have no problem picking what someone looks like because she does it perfectly for you.

The story had one point in it that made me think. In a scene with Brenna and her father, he tells her this:

“Girl, if you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answers always no. If you don’t step forward, you”re always in the same place.”

What a great thing to consider when you’re looking at your life and where it is vs where you want it to be. I think we can all take that fatherly statement and run with it.

Brenna and Shawn’s romance was a nice one. I liked that he knew before she did what he wanted. I liked that he was willing to go to such quiet lengths to appease her ways because he knew her so very well. I loved that they meshed so well, despite the fact that they had known each other all of their lives. I really just liked the book. I will say that it’s not as good as the first, but admittedly, I was distracted by a book I’ve been wanting to read.

Read the book, you’ll like it.

Guilty Pleasures

Guilty PleasuresGuilty Pleasures Series: Anita Blake
Format: Paperback
Source: Self-Purchase
Goodreads
three-stars
Anita Blake may be small and young, but vampires call her the Executioner. Anita is a necromancer and vampire hunter in a time when vampires are protected by law–as long as they don’t get too nasty. Now someone’s killing innocent vampires and Anita agrees–with a bit of vampiric arm-twisting–to help figure out who and why.

Trust is a luxury Anita can’t afford when her allies aren’t human. The city’s most powerful vampire, Nikolaos, is 1,000 years old and looks like a 10-year-old girl. The second most powerful vampire, Jean-Claude, is interested in more than just Anita’s professional talents, but the feisty necromancer isn’t playing along–yet. This popular series has a wild energy and humor, and some very appealing characters–both dead and alive.

Blast From The Past Review

When I first started this book, I was really into it. Then I hit a rough spot, and I just couldn’t get into it. In fact, with less than 100 pages to go, I was ready to throw in the towel. It seemed to really drag on and on for me and then it got to the point where I didn’t even care what was going on, and that is not a good place to be when reading a book.

When I was really into it, it was because everything around was so vivid. Anita Blake wasn’t, but the supporting cast was really good. I liked Jean Claude, I liked Nikolaos, and Phillip, but I just didn’t seem to care for Anita herself. I know she’s supposed to be some sort of bad ass, but maybe I just need a little bit more to my main characters. I understand why she is how she is, but I’d like to think that there is just a little bit more wrapped up in her that is aching to come out.

I thought that Nikolaos was brilliant. What an great way to make a scary character than to make it virtually a child! I just loved that evil little girl, who wasn’t a little girl at all but was over a thousand years old… Nikolaos was awesome. Plain and simple. The most unique way to make someone so very powerful, and one that you would not ever expect.

There were a few times when I was not going to finish the book. I was going to come to peace with the fact that Anita Blake wasn’t for me. In fact, I was even starting to write a ‘why I didn’t finish this book’ review. But then something told me to go read some more, and I have to admit that I am glad that I did. Once it picked back up, it really picked up. Once I fell into the story again, I decided that the lull in the story was just something to pass the pages.

Overall, Guilty Pleasures wasn’t the book I hoped it was, but it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. I can understand the appeal now, and can definitely see how the series has come to be as long as it was. I was originally very against reading anything from this series because I kept hearing how the latest books were all about Anita Blake’s sex life. Go figure. I have to admit that I found myself highly disappointed that there was nothing of the sort in this book, but also had to keep reminding myself that this wasn’t a romance novel like I am used to.

Will I keep reading from this series? Yes. Despite the weird things, like ratmen (how strange is that?!?!), I will keep reading it because, damnit, I WILL get more of Jean Claude. I loved his character, and now that he’s master, I really expect there to be more of him.

All in all, not a horrible read. Great secondary characters and I loved the little sarcastic moments at the end of each and every chapter. They made me chuckle.

Review: Executive Package

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Executive PackageExecutive Package by Cleo Peitsche
Series: Office Toy #6
Format: eBook
Source: Self-Purchase
Goodreads
five-stars
Elle’s domineering billionaire bosses introduce her to the world as theirs, unleashing public scrutiny that she’s not prepared for. As if that weren’t trouble enough, they want her to choose which of them to marry.

Cunningham—brooding, controlling and dominant. Jonathan—confident and playful with movie star looks. Nolan—spoiled playboy who knows Elle better than she knows herself.

It’s an impossible decision, one that’s destroying Elle. She’s been submitting to her bosses for months, but she’s never felt so helpless. Deep down, who does she love the most?

Executive Package was the book I’d been waiting for in this series. It was the book that tied it all up and, while it wasn’t that I wanted the series to end, I was curious as to how the finality of it all was going to go down. Executive Package, in my opinion, shows a good expansion on the writing of the author because I felt there was far more to this than just sex, which was how I felt in a few of the other books. This one had feeling to it and as a romance reader, that’s what I’m always hoping for with Erotica.

I’m not going to give away any secrets to the ending at all, but I just have to say that the way she wrapped the storylines up with Elle having to choose between all three men as to which she wanted to marry (even though she would still be with all three of them) was nothing short of brilliant. I loved it. I thought it was absolutely perfect and I hope that someday, somehow, Cleo Peitsche reads this and knows that I thought she did a fantastic job with that ending and it was the best scenario that I, as a reader, could have wanted for the group.

Executive Package really felt to me like the best edition in the series, and I think that’s because it was longer. There was just more ooph to it. This is something that I hope to see from the author a lot more down the line. All in all, this made me feel like I hadn’t wasted my time on the last two books which I wasn’t very happy with but as a whole, I liked the series and I will be curious as to what else the author puts out as she promises that while this series has met it’s conclusion, there will be more office style writings in her future.

I sincerely hope that to be true.