Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lynn Viehl-- "Shadowlight"

A novel of the Kyndred
With just one touch, Jessa Bellamy can see anyone's darkest secrets, thanks to whoever tampered with her genes. What she doesn't know is that a biotech company called GenHance has discovered her talent, and intends to kill her and harvest her DNA. When GenHance is poised to strike, Gaven Matthias is forced to take action. After months of tracking Jessa, he abducts her himself so he can protect others like her, but Jessa has a hard time believing the one man whose secrets she can't read. She senses he's hiding a terrible truth, and yet his touch ignites a passion she's never know. As a monstrous assassin closes in and forces them on the run, Jessa will have to find another way to discover whether Matthias is her greatest ally....or her deadliest enemy.I

***This story started off confusing, it didn't seem to flow. But about 100 pages into it, it all made sense. It is not a very romantic story, but this is the first in this series, so there was a lot of "set up" that had to happen for the rest of the series. I liked it, didn't love it as i did the Darkyn series, but some of the Darkyn play minor roles in this series as well. I WILL be waiting for the next installment.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Rhyannon byrd-- "Primal Instinct Series"

Edge of Hunger
Edge of Danger
Edge of Desire

The basis of all 3 stories is that centuries ago there were "other" species inhabiting the planet. Everything from vampires and lycans, to species call Marrick and Casus. The Casus were a violent breed literally eating up humanity when they were captured and held in another dimension called Meridan. They are now escaping, and each time they do the last of the Marrick bloodlines awaken to fight them. These 3 stories are the awakening of the first 3 and there war with the Casus.

***overall not a bad read. It was an interesting take on the paranormal romance genre. It is very much about primal instincts between the couples. And i will definitely read the next 3 in this series.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

J.R. Ward-- "Covet-a novel of the Fallen Angels


Redemption isn't a word Jim Heron knows much about. His specialty is revenge, and to him, sin is all relative. But everything changes when he becomes a fallen angel and is charged with a saving the souls of seven people from the seven deadly sins. And failure is not an option. Vin diPietro has surrendered himself to his business, until fate intervenes in the form of a tough talking, Harley- riding, self professed savior, and a woman who makes him question his destiny. With an ancient evil ready to claim him, Vin has to work with a fallen angel not only to win his beloved over... but to redeem his very soul.

***If you are a reader of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, you will recognize the city of Caldwell, and a few of the side characters. The prologue did nothing to help me understand this book, it didn't make any sense until chapter 5.

"Seven deadly sins. Seven souls swayed by the sins. Seven people at a crossroads with a choice that must be made. You enter their lives and affect their path. If they choose righteousness over sin, we prevail."
"And if they don't...."
"The other side wins."

If you are looking for a Black Dagger Brotherhood kind of story, think again. This book was slow and tedious, and it's about 150 pages to long. I really wanted to like this book because i love J.R. Ward, but it was a struggle from the start. Fallen angels? The main character was not an angel, he was recruited because both sides of the "battle for humanity" decided he was a middle of the road player to play the part. The whole story was confusing and the ending didn't leave me impatiently waiting for the sequel. The love story has its own sub plot with a stalker thrown in that has nothing to do with the story. I even tried to explain the plot to a friend, and i couldn't make enough sense of it to describe it. I own all of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books, but this series is not a keeper for me.