While the book was stunning, even without true romance, I can't give it five stars.
The last chapter ruined it for me. Not because how it ended but the way it ended. While I cheered for the MCs, I could not connect with that reality.
Don't want to say anything else for the fear of spoilers, I already gave away too much.
@Monica - thank you, my friend, for the amazing rec and gift :) *hugs*
3.5 stars. It's not the book, it's me.
Two MCs are thrown together for a month or so, sharing a cabin. I get claustrophobic :(
Two guys basically in a lock-down, stuck with each other. I like to see how enemies-to-lovers situation progresses but feeling claustrophobic-and-bored at the same time? O.o
So sowwyy...... (stars flying off) *cringe, cringe*
I want to see how a character bends and twists and changes and reveals him/herselves in different circumstances. Close quarters are too sheltered, too stagnant, imho :/
The first half was OK, I was thinking 3-3.5 stars, but second part was full of info dumps and unnecessary details.
Uber convenient magical abilities and handy magical artifacts popping up at the times of need don't add stars either.
The rating will most likely depend on whether you read this story as a stand alone or withing the series. As a part of the series, it might easily fetch 5 stars.
The book starts in a humorous fairy tale fashion, pulling you right in: the characters are somewhat familiar, the setting is typical, the story is easy to follow. You know this set-up, you move along, quite sure of yourself and the boys in the tale.
However, just as you begin to think "oh, I know where it's going!", the unusual (especially where the puzzled Prince is concerned) turn of events shifts the story line and you find yourself as puzzled as the Prince himself. Series of hot, steamy and very passionate almost - but not quite! - dub-con scenes follow, with still enough plot and humor to go around.
In the end, all parties get what they deserve and want.
No kittens, tigers or babies were actually hurt (much) during the production of this book :D
Not as good as the first time around, maybe 3.5 stars.
Insane amount of characters with nick-names, titles and birth-names drove me almost to the mad house this time. How did I keep up in the first place, I have no idea - this is clearly some kind of name porn read. Chadwick, Coldwell, Cony, Jeremy, Jensen, Benson, Braxton.... what the hell happened to all the other letter in the alphabet? Why so many of them have to start with the same letter?
In contrast, Nate calling Aiden "boy" in the second part drove me crazy, too. It's your spouse, you moron! And a prince! Show some respect! :/ Arghhh!
On sci-fi side... why not install GPS on your lift/car or a tracker app on your tablet?
There are inconsistencies and holes in the story, but - whatevers, it was still a fun read :)
This book is about a bunch of overgrown teenagers with raging hormones, irrational, stubborn and angry. There is no reason to their actions, no logic in their thoughts. The writing itself is on immature side. Disappointed. The rating is for the 40% I've suffered through.
2013, 2014 & 2015 were very productive years for me challenge-wise.
According to GR Statistics - which currently doesn't work and shoves Alice in your face, dare you click on the link (cause UPDATES for the good of the masses!) - sorry, got distracted and carried away by GRawsomeness which is GRAmazon.... forgive me.
Anyway, according to GR Statistics I read more pages this year than in 2013 or 2014 or 2015. Yet I could barely make it to 189 book count mark. In 2013 I read 237 books, 2014 - 236 and 2015 - 206.
This, I guess, sort of a rhetorical question, since I don't really expect an answer from BL and even less so from GR:
Should we have a choice of displaying our challenges in books and/or pages?
OK, maybe I do want to brag a little bit, but it really is interesting for me to compare how many books and pages and even chapters I read.
Quick fun no-brainer read. Not very detailed, which is a bummer. Mpreg got me by surprise and hate to love progressed too quickly for my liking, but I did enjoy the book and would love to read the second one.
There is "not enough" trend in this book, IMHO.
Human Bart's not sick enough the way his illness is described.
Pest does not care enough & not emotional enough. He is detached and doesn't spend enough time with Bart.
Pest and Death talk about secrecy but they are not secretive enough. In fact they can't seem to keep their mouths shut.
The whole falling in love process is not convincing enough.
The whole case of pandemic about to explode is not believable either.
I don't get Levi/Darius, sorry. There was nothing between them bar pure hate for the longest time, and all of the sudden there is an orgy and a half, butterfly kisses and
ribbons and kittens and even the L word. Nope. Not working for me.
I also don't get why Levi had to lie about Ian not showing up for the reunion, along with the stupid decision on Ian's behalf not to pick up a phone call to clear up the situation. You can listen, you don't have to meet face to face, that's the benefit of a phone call, right? So, one silly thing after another after yet another... That's the way of the book. Which leaves me with a shrug and 1.75 stars.
Писательское мастерство автора, да в мирных бы целях.....
What Laddie said
Нудная середина и нудный конец. Я ожидала больше, чем "она его за муки полюбила, а он ее за состраданье к ним".
The "comfort" bit of hurt/comfort was overdone, trying to compensate for falling in love, I guess. Once Callisto's new charm was in place to stabilize his condition, everything slowed down to a crawl.
There have been three brutal attacks with multiple victims, but so far @60% the MCs have just one sorta kinda maybe theory. Instead of investigating, they have unrelated to the investigation talk, drink tea, hang out with relatives, have more tea, more talk, hang out here and there again, insult each other on occasion, talk and drink more tea.
If a casual hang out drinking tea and having conversations thing butters your cucumber sandwich, then this story is for you. However, I am done.
1 star. Sorry, JD, this simply is not my cup of tea.
One of the best series I've ever read.
By the looks of it, there is going to be a #6 and a good chance for a #7 =)
Best part, don't worry about gaps in between the books if you can't read them straight up. This one is so easy to remember. There is only a handful of characters and a simple universe where anything goes. If you manage to remember a (dead) Witch Council, 2.5 MCs (cause very prominent zombie dog for a pet) and 4 secondary characters, you are golden! Oh.... and Donald
Drumpf Trump. He is a part of this book, and you just cannot forget THAT character, no matter how much you try.
yeah, now you know why I tagged this book "horror" and "humor" at the same time
PS I just want to mention: this series is urban fantasy at it's finest truest purest self. A major city, Indianapolis, to be precise, is housing all kind of magical creatures that human population is not aware of. A human detective along with his friends - a few humans with and without psy abilities and paranormal/magical creatures - battle the dark forces. It's not simply taking action in a city, it sticks to the tradition. An extra star just for that. And that makes it SIX
A little weak on mystery, I think. George didn't impress me either. 3.75 stars, all courtesy of Jefferson, whom I liked quite a bit.