Tuesday, August 14, 2012

A Kiss At Midnight

A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales, #1)A Kiss at Midnight by Eloisa James
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bought this after one of the authors I follow gave it a rave review. I am so glad I did! I had never read Ms. James' work before, but now I'm going to dive in head first to the rest of her works.

This book is a retelling/reinvention of the Cinderella fairy tail. Cinderella's name in this book is Kate, and Kate has to pretend to be her step-sister since her stepsister has found herself in a compromising situation with her betrothed, and the only way she can marry him is if he gets permission from his cousin, the prince.

Well, needless to say, since Kate has been working as a servant in her own home for several years, she is discovered, and she and the prince manage to fall in love.

This book is charming, witty, and the sex scenes will make you weak in the knees. Ms. James makes her scenes so intimate, and so romantic, it just makes you want to sigh. The book is also really funny. All of her characters have their own wit, and reading Kate and Gabriel's (the prince) bantering was one of my favorite parts.

This book is a definite must-read. I finished it in just a few hours, and I will definitely be reading it again!

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Lady D


Sought (Brides of the Kindred, #3)Sought by Evangeline Anderson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the Kindred series, and it is about Kat O'Connor, and her Twin Kindred, Lock and Deep.

All Twin Kindred are born as twins, as the name suggests, but not just twins, as there is a dark twin, and a light twin. These don't mean evil and good, but rather describe the twins as a whole. For example, Deep, the dark twin is dark of hair and eyes, and he does have a darker personality overall, but I for one, fell in love with him. Lock, the light twin, is pale, in looks, and has a charming and uplifting personality.

Kat, in the last book, attempted to be the focus for Lock and Deep's finder/seeker relationship. It worked wonderfully, but left them with a partial kindred bond. This book is her dealing with this partial bond, and learning to deal with Lock and Deep as well.

This book is not my favorite of the series to be honest, but that's only because I don't like M/F/M relationships. I'm definitely a monogamous person, and I prefer reading about monogamous relationships. I have nothing against them, however, as evidenced by my rating of this book.

The sex scenes were wonderfully hot, and delicious, and the whole book, the learning to love and trust not only your partner(s), but yourself made it a book that I really connected with and enjoyed. The next book is on my wishlist, and I can't wait to dive into it!

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Lady D

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Gunmetal Magic

Gunmetal Magic (Kate Daniels, #5.5)Gunmetal Magic by Ilona Andrews
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is another great example why Ilona Andrews is a wonderful author. This is Andrea Nash, beastkin extraordinaire and Kate Daniels' best friend's book.

Andrea is called upon by Jim to help on a case dealing with her ex-boyfriend's business, and in the process, deal with her own demons, as well as the issues with ex. Andrea runs across some interesting snakes, and a Russian volhv that has the hots for her.

Andrea struggles against who she is, and it's really fun watching her discover herself, and realize that she likes her true self. It's also fun to see the romance that is in there, and the sub-romance plot that makes its way into the story.

This book will not leave you disappointed. It takes place in the Kate Daniels world, but it stars Andrea, not Kate. Ilona Andrews once again plays on her readers' emotions, and we are all pulling for Andrea to succeed.

While you don't see a lot of Kate and Curran, they do make the occasional appearance, and this is Andrea's story anyways. This book could've turned out really awful, as some "spin-offs" have a tendency to do, but never fear, Ilona and Gordon once again pulled off a magnificent read. Oh, and when you pick up this book, either on Kindle/Nook, or in paperback, be sure to flip to the back and read Magic Gifts first, as it takes place before Gunmetal Magic.

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Lady D

UTC Update #8

Category 1: Vampires:
1. Twilight-Stephenie Meyer (reread)
2. Once Burned- Jeaniene Frost
3. Hunted- Evangeline Anderson
4. Lover Reborn- J.R. Ward
5. Lothaire- Kresley Cole

Category 2: Angels and Demons:
1. Envy- J.R. Ward
2. Mark of the Demon- Diana Rowland
3. Crave- J.R. Ward
4. Fallen- Lauren Kate
5. Speak of the Devil- Jenna Black

Category 3: Fae:
1. Bound by Darkness- Alexandra Ivy
2. Bloodfever- Karen Marie Moning
3. Night Seeker- Yasmine Galenorn
4. Grave Witch- Kalayna Price
5. Faefever- Karen Marie Moning

Category 4: Shifters and Werewolves:
1. Fair Game- Patricia Briggs
2. Gunmetal Magic- Ilona Andrews
3. Magic Slays- Ilona Andrews (reread)
4. Under Her Skin- Jeaniene Frost, Meljean Brooks, Ilona Andrews
5. The Dragon Who Loved Me- G.A. Aiken

Lady D