Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Welcome back to Weekly Musings! This week I'm going to talk about what draws us into a book. Is it the cover--so many of which are sooo delicious, or is it the book blurb? We probably all have different feelings about this. Personally, for me it's a combination of the two. I love book covers. I must admit, they are what initially draws me to a book. Some covers I love
I love this kind of cover because it's so romantical. Yes, I probably made up that word, but it really encompasses this cover. The colours, the way the heroine has her eyes closed, that sweet kiss being pressed to her by the hero. Totally romantic! Covers like this just suck in me and make me want to know more.
By the way, this was a great read. Check out my review.
This kind of covers calls to me because it's got that element of fantasy and wonder to it. It's just a damn gorgeous cover in my opinion and it makes me want to know what is going on inside the book. Which really, is the job of a cover I think, to make you want to read the book. This one grabbed me immediately.
And if you are looking for wonderful YA, I highly recommend this read.
I think the power of this cover is obvious. Sexy man with rock hard abs? Sold! What I also love about it is the colour, how bright it is and how the this (as well as eight pack there) is used to draw you in. That, and that leopard in the background make me wonder about the story. Thus, I'm loving this.
And it was a great PNR too, so what's not to love? Check it out here.
I love A.L Jackson's covers. There's something about them that just pulls at the imagination. Who is that woman? Is she caught in a storm? What's her story? Is she in pain? In ecstasy? Who is she colliding with--or what? I love the way colours are used too, muted and yet vibrant as well. I'm drawn in by covers that spark my imagination like this one does.
A book I'd highly recommend; you can read my review here.
I love seeing couples on the front of romance books, and a cover like this just does something for me. I love the plaid in the background, the way the couple are touching and looking at one another, the gorgeous dress, the show of skin. It makes me want to know their story.
Which was really romantic I thought.
I love the covers Nancy Gideon has for her Moonlight series. It's not just the sexy hero featured on the front, I mean, not just his hot bod. It's more him. The way he's looking out from that cover, all broody makes me wonder what's going on in that handsome head of his. The colours make me think mystery, and I wonder, what's he hiding?
A big secret, and this is a book you ought read.
I do love this cover! I like the colour, the way the light explodes all over it, the silhouette of the girl. You got to be asking yourself, what's happening here? Why this huge burst of light? The girl looks like she's running and it gets your mind up to all sorts of racing thoughts about this book.
A thrilling read to be sure.
You have to love the passion in a cover like this. It promises steam. It promises a HEA. It promises romance. Lots of promises in a cover like this one! I like the way Evangeline Anderson's covers are done for the Brides of Kindred series, each one is unique but there's no doubt what series you're looking at! And the way the space matter is used to blend colour and text together into one glorious and yummy cover is just awesome.
This was a four star read for me, and I cannot recommend this series enough.
I'm currently reading this, and it's really incredible. An urban fantasy, Anne Bishop is building a fascinating world. But let's zero on the cover--it's one that makes you asks questions--who is the woman looking at? Why the subdued, dark tones for the cover? What role does the wolf play in the story? And geez, this cover just makes me feel like she's running--from what?
Well everyone, that's my Weekly Musings for today! If you have comments, please don't hesitate leave them in the comments section below.
Sunday, March 09, 2014
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published November 20th 2012
by Evangeline Anderson Books
Lissa is madly in love with Saber and it seems he returns her feelings but she has a problem. She and the man of her dreams both come from the same clan of the Touch Kindred. By the archaic laws of their people, they are too closely related to be bonded. Which means that even though there is no blood tie between them, they are doomed to remain apart.
But their personal dilemmas will soon be the least of their worries. Sacred scrolls, vital to the defense of the Kindred people, have been stolen and sold to a collector on the barbaric slave planet, Yonnie Six. To retrieve them, Lissa and Saber must go undercover as Mistress and slave on the savage world where domination, submission, and kinky sex are the order of the day. Will the love between them survive this trial by fire? Or will Lissa lose everything and be Exiled from the one person she loves above all others?
A timid priestess turned Mistress...
A proud warrior posing as her slave...
Will their love blossom on the savage world where domination, submission, and kinky sex are the order of the day?
Or will Lissa be Exiled from the one male she loves above all others?
I'm nearly all caught up in this series, and have absolutely loved every single book. Lissa wasn't a character I was much drawn to in other novels in this series, but I really loved her and Saber's story.
Lissa is a timid and very sheltered young woman. All her life she's been taught that any feelings she might have for Saber are disgusting, unnatural and dirty. But the fact of the matter is, no matter how much she tries to deny her feelings for Saber, she just can't. The mission to Yonnie Six brings not merely those feelings to the forefront where they can't be denied, but forces Lissa and Saber into situations where they have no choice but to touch--and these touches are far from innocent.
Saber was a character I thought I'd like a bit more than I did. There wasn't anything to him that I really objected to, he's your standard issue Kindred male, and he desires Lissa no less passionately than Kindred usually desire their brides. But I thought that the theme of his submission to Lissa would develop differently, and that Saber would be INTO it in a big way. He was, but then things really changed when they are caught out by the ambassador and Saber is forced into submission. This causes him to doubt himself, how Lissa feels about him and for a time, he does push Lissa away while he gets his head space straightened out. I have to admitt, that what I do like about Saber is that he's a somewhat flawed character who rejects Lissa for a period of time because of his pride
The novel is steamy, the characters are life like, and it didn't disappoint me. Lissa comes into her own, and both she and Saber are willing to tweak their noses at tradition and expectations and fully acknowledge their love for one another. These characters grow over the course of the novel, and by the end you can see how far they've come, especially Lissa. When she stood up to the women on Yonnie Six and told them exactly what she thought about how they treat their males I was very proud of her though I knew she was treading dangerous waters. However, I do think that everything that arose from that made Lissa and Saber a stronger couple in the end.
Another solid romance in the Brides of Kindred series.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
ebook, 433 pages
Published March 24th 2011
by Kristen Ashley, via Smashwords
Cash meets Abby, who is posing as a paid escort, and the minute he does he knows he’s willing to pay for more than Abby being his pretend girlfriend. A lot more. Abby needs the money or the last thing that links her to her dead family and husband will be gone. The deal is struck but both Cash and Abby get more than they bargained for.
Cash realises very quickly that Abby isn’t what she seems and while he changes strategies, Abby discovers that Cash’s legacy, Penmort Castle, is like all the tales say – very, very haunted. Making matters worse, the ghost in residence wants her dead.
Abby’s found herself in the battle of her life so she enlists Mrs. Truman, her nosy neighbour; Jenny, her no-nonsense friend; Cassandra McNabb, white witch and clairvoyant with a penchant for wearing scarves (and lots of them); and Angus McPherson, dyed-in-the-wool Scot (which means he hunts ghosts in a kilt) to fight the vicious ghost who has vowed that she will rest at nothing to kill the true, abiding love of the master of Penmort.
Well, I really enjoyed a later book in this series, Lucky Stars, so I had decided to read the entire series from the start. Penmort Castle is the first in the Ghosts and Reincarnation series. The premise of this book is very promising, and the opening chapters drew me in like a moth to a flame. The characters are sharp, vividly portrayed and I was blown away with the circumstances Abby has found herself in and not quite sure what to make of our hero, Cash.
I was stupid. What was I to make of him? That he's awesome. Kristen Ashley paints a strong character in Cash, he's determined, driven, hard headed but intelligently so and his word. Is. Law. Period. Abby crosses him several times, but each time she realizes even as she does so that by doing so she's picking up a beehive and shaking it. Hard. Cash is formidable and everyone knows that. And yet, Abby dares.
This isn't to say exactly that she's a daring, or independent character who stands up to Cash on principle. This is just Abby--she doesn't always think before she acts and while she's thinking, this is stupid she just keeps on with whatever she's doing. She's cute that way. At least, Cash thinks so. I honestly thought her vulnerability, her determination to hang on to her memories, her kind heart made her an endearing character. But I also thought she was a bit of an idiot too. She's made some bad choices in the past, and I think she was lucky Cash was such the sort of man who was perceptive and caring because the situtation she puts herself in is nothing short of stupid. Girl got lucky with this hero, let me tell you.
The ghost story line is more of a side story, but it was well done and I liked how the author really interwove her plot lines. She's smart that way, not a stray fray out of place in that respect. My big compliant against this book was length. At at about seventy percent through the novel, I started to feel like it dragged. The romance that had been sweet and endearing started to feel repetitive. I thought a lot of it could have been cut out and the ghost story line (and thus the novel) wrapped up more quickly. But, the novel was well written, smart, full of sassy, fun and wonderful characters that I just loved and brought tears to my eyes.
3.5 glittering stars
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Welcome back to Weekly Musings! Dear followers and readers, a lot of time has gotten away from me since the holidays. It's nearly Valentine's Day and I think I've read all of five books this year. Five books!! ONLY FIVE BOOKS! What is going on?
Frankly, it's time. I love reading, I love writing, but of late life has taken over and more time passes than I ever thought possible before I get a chance to pick up a book. Le sigh. It's rather heartbreaking. I miss all my lovely books.
But things are looking up, and I ought be able to get back to more regular posts. Thank you all for checking in with the blog and I look forward to bringing you more Devastating Reads very soon!
Sunday, February 09, 2014
Kindle Edition, 454 pages
Published June 20th 2012
by Evangeline Anderson Books
Merrick is scarred both inside and out, a half-breed with a brutal background, at home nowhere in the universe.
Now they are tied together by an unstable bond which could kill them both.
Their journey will take them to the lawless planet of Rageron—the wildest of all the Kindred worlds. There, in the deep blue jungles of an alien world, Elise must bare her soul and relive the horror that nearly killed her. Can she and Merrick make each other whole or will Elise run from her pain?
If she does, Merrick cannot help but chase her…Elise is being Pursued.
This book was amazing. It's everything I love in paranormal romance--two broken characters coming together through horrors and finding peace in one another. Le sigh.
I absolutely loved this story. It seems to start off simply enough, Merrick and Elise have formed an artificial bond between them and need to dissolve the bond because it's neither natural or healthy for either of them. Since they both have such strong emotions towards one another, it seems a rather cruel trick that Fate has played on them when they discover that their feelings aren't really...real. And the plot thickens more cruelly when Elise remembers that she has a fiancee. How does a girl such a fact? Well, in Elise's case it's because of trauma. And because she found herself enduring a very unusual sort of trauma, sort of a double whammy since she was being victimized by being forced to watch a previous trauma of her own being played on a memory screen by the AllFather. I would also say, she probably forgot about her fiancee because I doubt she ever had any real feelings for him.
But I digress. The story has a lot of little such plot twists that seem to drive Merrick and Elise farther apart from one another, and yet, also ironically enough, pull them together. Because there's nothing Merrick wouldn't do to help Elise, even though sometimes doing what she asks him to is hard. He hates watching her in pain, but he can't push her to share her past because he doesn't want to hurt her. All in all, it was hard to read their story in places because I just ached for what each of them was going through--always trying to sacrifice themselves for the other. And what Elise ultimately does for Merrick, opening up her vault of traumas and secrets, knowing full well they could break her, was brave and an act of pure love. It also proved to be an act of healing--for them of them.
This was one romance that was sweet, and tender and raw and totally devastating.
5 glittering stars.
And it goes on my favourites shelf ♥