Jan 22, 2013

REVIEW: Beneath This Man (This Man, #2) by Jodi Ellen Malpas

I am sadly kinda' disappointed in this sequel to "This Man." I admit that even with Jesse's CONTROL FREAK issues, I had enjoyed the first novel in this trilogy but this one made me pissing mad more than gushy and romantic. I hate giving bad reviews because each novel is like an author's baby and who am I to bash on someone's hard work, right? So I'm not going to bash but I will honestly express how I felt about this book and why. 

I will be the first to express how very much I love reading novels with ALPHA male heroes. They're the sexiest heroes to read about. Since "Fifty Shades of Grey" and then the Crossfire series, I've been a bit obsessed. Frantically searching for more stores with males like Gideon and Christian.I even enjoy Lynda Chances' obsessed and even stalkerish heroes. But Jesse Ward takes ALPHA to a whole other level and honestly not in a very good way. I'd be almost afraid if a man like him wanted me, gorgeous or not. 

I was okay with Jesse's "issues" in the first one. His relentlessness, though annoying was tolerable and even endearing at times but instead of true positive character development of this hero, we get much more of the same except this time he's more controlling and supressive than ever. Yes, supressive and the fact that Ava is blind to that and tolerates this man's high-handedness speaks volumes of her character as well. To add insult to injury, it's clear that Jesse is an alcoholic and needs help with this problem but everyone brushes it off and does nothing. Are they all blind? The man clearly needs an AA support group and maybe some psychiatric help too.

Ava O'Shea. My God! I even liked Ava in the first novel and by the end I gave up waiting for her to grow some backbone and let Jesse stop treating her like an errant child. He tramples on every aspect of her life and she lets him. I don't know why she even tries to defy him and she does it on purpose sometimes, when she knows how he'll react. Ever heard the saying, don't poke a sleeping bear, Ava?

When Jesse got his way things were great. I was enjoying the story in those moments. There weren't enough of those moments. The sex scenes thought a plenty and very counterproductive to a romance story, were hotter than the first novel and unique especially the gym scene, Still way too much sex and not enough story.

Okay so aside from the very little characterization in this book here's what else happens:

  1. We find out Jesse's real age. (Finally!)
  2. Ava loses her birth control pills for the third time. 
  3. We find out how Jesse got his scar. A very sad story.
  4. Jesse is an alcoholic. Okay so they don't cop to that but it's true!
  5. Jesse has deep seated issues. I mean he comes across really needy and desperate. I mean how many times does he need her reassurance? If she hasn't run for the hills from his crazy ass already, she probably won't be running anytime in the near or  distant future.
  6. Ava comes across as completely spineless. She lets Jesse trample all over her. You're a grown woman and you let a man that you've known for the span of a few weeks tell you to retire from your job at twenty-six. He's trying to get you pregnant so you can't leave him. He shows up at your most important client meeting and figuratively pisses all over you to mark his territory. When you try to have your own way which happens like never, he fucks some sense into you to get you to do what he wants. WTF!
The few times emotional issues that come up in this sequel were very few and far between for me to feel any true connection. It's hard to feel that connection when all they do is fuck. I'm not just saying that. That's what they do. I mean Ava and Jesse have to be addicts because as soon as the sexing starts she's as compliant as a well fed kitten. It's physiological that she'd be sore after so much sexing right? Way too much sex in this book, it needed a balance. With other books there's a balance but Ava and Jesse have no real conversations because he always wants his own way and getting information out of him is like pulling teeth. She has to literally tie him to the bed to even get him to admit his true age.

Jesse says a few things that make me melt at certain points. He tells her he loves her and says things that women always want to hear from the man they love but his personality screws it up for me.

“I knew you were the one the second I laid eyes on you."

"The one?"

'The one to bring me back to life.” 
― Jesse Ward, Beneath This Man

Everyone says he's laid-back but I couldn't see Jesse being laid-back  There was a moment or two when you kind of glimpsed him being less than his control freak self but they were fleeting.

One scene that would have been a deal-breaker for me, was when she found out about him sleeping with other women in the week they were apart. He loves her so much that he gets busy with any woman who throws herself at him. Oh and he's drunk off his ass while he does this and Ava has unprotected sex with this man! Crazy. Did he even remember to use a condom with any of these women while he was drinking and fucking his pain away? Oh Ava, you poor, delusional and completely naive girl. 

Ava made me proud though at one point. One huge redeeming moment for her was her standing up to Sarah and staking her claim on Jesse. I was so proud. I loved this moment. I cheered for her here because I hate Sarah just as much as she does!

Jesse though a huge control freak, I can understand that some people may have these issues. I'm relating. People might have these issues especially with him not ever having a real relationship. I felt though that instead of feeding his ways, Ava should have made an effort help him tone down his ways. Make him understand why he couldn't be so controlling and overbearing. It's seriously not an attractive quality. They love each other so much, he should be open to making concessions when needed. Even though she loves his possessiveness, she knows it's crazy sometimes. Do something to make him see the error of his ways, woman!

I loved the end though with Jesse's surprise for Ava and the proposal. Best scene for me actually. Really loved it. Made me smile a plenty! The end saved it for me. Jesse was better I think after what happened at the Manor. He was kinda' different and I liked it. So much more than his actions for most of the book. The last two chapters/last chapter . . . I think saved the book for me. Made me start liking Jesse again (don't make me regret it) and made me love him for what he did with her family and his impulsive but sweet second proposal.

I didn't completely dislike this book. I liked this book, well parts of it. It just wasn't as great as I thought the first book was. I was just thoroughly disappointed with a lot of things that happened with this one. I will follow through and read the last book "This Man Confessed" to see how it ends.

3/5 stars!

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Jan 13, 2013

Mile High (Up in the Air, #2) by R. K. Lilley

I'm probably in the minority here but this one was a bit lackluster for me compared to the first. I was disappointed. It wasn't bad, it just wasn't what I was expecting. I wanted progress but all I got was a more amplified version of an already total ALPHA male (I mean his jealousy really got to me in this one. Really hard to admit because I really loved James in "In Flight") and Bianca well she became more docile in this one. She let James take more control of her life and I'm not sure she realized that she was letting her independent girl slip away.

James though his jealousy gnawed at me was still the high point of "Mile High." I mean I already knew his character going in from "In Flight" so I wasn't surprised anything he did. Bianca was the one that hurt this novel for me.

BTW for a novel named "Mile High" and having a heroine who's a flight attendant, there was little work and mostly play in this book. Lots of sex in this one more so than the first. Lots more kink and even sex on horseback. WTF though I'm impressed (made me blush but it was hot). I really wished they developed their emotional relationship more. There was just so much sex and really you couldn't call it making love but "f#cking" because that's exactly what it was.

James' jealousy drove me nuts. I understood that he wouldn't want her with any other man but his blatant jealousy for every male that she comes in contact with just . . . sigh. It screamed trust issues. If a relationship doesn't have trust, how can it last? She was practically the same way. Constantly asking him if he'd slept with every woman he spoke to (Insecure much?).

“I can’t change my past, Bianca. All I can do is be honest with you, and I've done my best.” 
― James Cavendish, Mile High

And her constantly saying the wrong thing when it came to their relationship status. The man basically declares his intentions for you laying everything at your feet and you still doubt him. He's done everything short of saying I love you. I didn't understand why she continued to act like they weren't anything serious when they actually move in together. If you're not in a serious relationship, what are you doing with him? It sure isn't just sex for him. The man wants to marry her, have children with her and she just gets squeamish with all that. But she loves him right? She needs him? What I wanted to know was where she saw them headed.

“There you go, belittling us again. You must know by now that I've never done any of this for anyone else. I was a slut once with my body, but I've never been a slut with my heart.” 
― James Cavendish, Mile High

When he says things like:

“You’re my angel, Bianca. You've exorcised my demons. I don’t have nightmares when I’m with you. I don’t have to work seventy hour work weeks to keep my mind distracted. My life has become more than work and emotionless affairs. You make me a better man.” 
― James Cavendish, Mile High

You can see where this is headed right? How can she still not know if it's serious? Even when she says stuff like this she still reluctant to commit fully to him. Though I think at the end, I have to give her some kudos that she's finally seeing something serious between them. I mean you don't just say these things to someone if you don't see it going anywhere. She's seems to finally be catching on that James is looking for permanence from her.

"I gripped his silky hair in my fists. “I missed you, too. It’s scary just how much. I don’t know how it happened so fast, but you feel like home to me, James.”
― Bianca Karlsson, Mile High

The troubles from her past with her dad took a relative backseat in this one though she had extra security and what not. Big revelation at the end concerning her past. I'm looking forward to see what happens with this part of the story.

Bianca was really my only hang-up as you can see from my ranting. I really love James in all his kinky dominant glory and I totally love Javier because Stephan has someone. And from my review on "In Flight" I know you already know how adorable I think Stephan is. I am looking forward to the third and final installment to see how their story wraps up.

3.5/5 stars

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REVIEW: In Flight (Up in the Air, #1) by R.K. Lilley

REVIEW: In Flight (Up in the Air, #1) by R.K. Lilley

This book read very Fifty Shades for me. I loved Fifty Shades and Christian and Ana. This is a book meant for fans of Fifty Shades fans and fans of extremely possessive and sexy billionaires who go after the inexperienced and very submissive types girls.

James Cavendish is the epitome of an Alpha male hero. Bianca has so many names to describe him; beautiful, arrogant, kinky, very insatiable, desperate, stalkerish, relentless and very, very mercurial. I could go on. The list is endless to describe this man. He wants the very beautiful and unbeknownst the very inexperienced Bianca Karlsson. Think I may have left off the most important adjective to describe James; he's dominant as in a DOM. Yep, there's BDSM play in this one. James doesn't mess around with his kink.

They both have haunted pasts. Bianca's past only her best friend Stephan knows about. I adored Stephan. The platonic closeness these two share was really great to read. They always had each other through everything. They always counted on each other. In many ways (as I think Bianca said) they were both an extension of the same person.

"There was no question that he was the most important person in my life. When I heard the word family, I thought of only one person, and that
person was Stephan."
― Bianca, In Flight

There is an undeniable sensuality in the air whenever Bianca was near James. She thinks he's the most beautiful man she's ever seen and I'm inclined to believe her with her physical description of him.

"Perhaps it was his deep golden complexion, combined with his sandy brown hair, which hung straight, just hitting the collar of his crisp white dress shirt. It was that light brown color that sat somewhere between blonde and brown, choosing neither, but somehow hit a shade that was lovelier than both. And his deep tan belonged on a surfer, or at least someone with dark hair and eyes. But his eyes weren't dark. They were a bright turquoise and stood out starkly with his unusual coloring. And they were so damn piercing…I felt as though he knew things about me with just a look, things he couldn't possibly know."
― Bianca, In Flight

Bianca doesn't have an easy time resisting this impossibly determined billionaire. He's adamant that he'll have her and gosh can you blame her? I mean even after he finds out about her V-card, he says the sexiest thing to her. Her innocence doesn't deter him in the slightest. Like I said; very determined. I think this may be the best and the sexiest line in the book: 

“I’m going to ruin you. I’ll be your first, and I’ll f*ck you so thoroughly that I’ll be your last too. You won’t want any other man after I've gotten my hands on you.” 
― James Cavendish, In Flight

Yep, sigh!

There are sex scenes aplenty in this book. So very steamy. BDSM play, James openly admits to Bianca that he's a sadist. He's never wanted anyone like he's wanted her and she has never felt the need to be with someone physically till him.

“Even masochists need lovers. What would a girl like me do without someone like you? Perhaps everyone is good for someone.” 
― Bianca, In Flight

This book has it all. A sexy billionaire Dom who has an insatiable need to possess this inexperienced young woman, deep dark and scaring secrets from both sides, an inability to commit and not from the character you may think (yep, it's Bianca running from commitment), the sweetest BFF anyone can ask for (adore Stephan), secrets coming back to haunt and eventually cause a rift into there already rocky and sort of non-existent relationship.

"You’re the most gorgeous creature on the planet. How do you not know that you've completely ruined me for other men?” 
― Bianca, In Flight

I loved that Bianca tried to retain her independence and not submit to James in all aspects of her life except the bedroom. But her persistence in doubting everything he said about them being together to mean nothing more than a fling, that he'd be done with in no time annoyed me to no end. I understand she has issues but the man is professing how different this is to anything he's had before and how serious it is to him but she continually belittles it.

“If you are having trouble understanding, let me spell it out for you … This is serious, Bianca. I've never been more f#cking serious in my life.” 
― James Cavendish, In Flight

All in all a good book and James Cavendish is one sexy man!
New book boyfriend.

4/5 stars!
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Jan 12, 2013

REVIEW: Fight With Me (With Me in Seattle, #2) by Kristen Proby

Was not disappointed with the sequel to "Come Away with Me" because it was terrific. I loved Nate from the Prologue and what a hot Prologue it was! Nate and Jules have a hot steamy romance in this sequel, I was fanning myself a lot through this one. Very sexy scenes between these two.

Nate is going on my Book Boyfriends list because this guy is seriously smoking hot! He's tatted, has glorious long hair (like my sexy Gideon from "Bared to You") and he's pierced in a place only a lover is allowed to see. Oh and did I forget to mention that he is an ex-MMA fighter? Oh yea! He's also very Alpha and very possessive of Jules.

Him being her boss would have undoubtedly been an obstruction but these two were determined to make things work. Nate *sigh* the things he would say to her, the man has a mouth on him. AH! Julianne couldn't resist him in all his sexiness if she tried.

There was next to no angst between this couple. The few fights they did have were very quickly resolved. I did feel though that their last fight was blown way out of proportion due to a very melodramatic Jules. She could have let the man explain, I mean she loved him right, didn't he deserve that much?

I loved that we got some Will and Natalie in this one. I really enjoyed their book so having them in this one was a treat and Jules' brothers? I'm looking forward to their stories. Especially Will's and Caleb's.

Though I really enjoyed this one, I had one hang-up, I really wanted more emotional scenes between these two so you could clearly see the depth of their love and its formation. There was a lot of sex. A lot. I really didn't think I'd complain about that but there was maybe too much sex. The sex was hot don't chew my head off but they had sex in every chapter if not more than once in a chapter. I needed more conversations to flesh them out as characters more and show the more emotional build-up of their relationship.

That was my only negative for this book but I did really enjoy it and look forward to more from this author because her writing promises only good stuff for the future. I am super excited though for the next book which will be Will's book. 

4/5 stars

Favorite Quote:

“No one else will ever know the strength of my love for you. After all, you’re the only one who knows the sound of my heart from the inside.” 

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Jan 10, 2013

REVIEW: Stalk Me (The Keatyn Chronicles, #1) by Jillian Dodd

A really good start to what promises to be a very interesting series. Keatyn Douglas has it all, famous parents, popularity and the best boyfriend. She beautiful with her long blonde hair and beautiful blue almost purplish eyes. She moves in the most elite circles and well she basically has everything any girl could possibly dream of. Or does she?

Keatyn scripts everything in her life in her imagination of what she wants her life to be like. How she wants things to happen but even though it seems that she has everything a girl her age could want, it's just not right.

I have to say I was TEAM CUSH all the way through. Screw Team Sander and Team Brooklyn. Totally loved the 'Cushman.' When Keatyn and Cush get together she seems to be getting everything according to her script but her lingering affections for Brooklyn, the sexy surfer complicates things. Not to mention the fact that someone's stalking her mother.

"So, you're single. I'm single. Let's mingle” 
― Cush, Stalk Me

Then there was the very mysterious older guy that wanted to make a movie with her. My instincts screamed at me all the way that there was something fishy about 'Vincent' from her first meeting with him. What would a grown-assed man want with a sixteen year old girl? Asking her to make a movie is all well and great if he'd made it seem more legit but the lingering cheek-kissing and asking her to dinner for 'work-talk'? Yea, I didn't believe him.

Stalk Me basically shares the story in the life of a teenage girl and all the problems that come with growing up especially when it comes to boys. Well, the life of a teenage girl if she lived on the upper east side and was called Blair Waldorf or Serena VanderWoodsen. And because I totally love GG (I miss u), I really enjoyed this book.

Stupid me was looking for a happy ending. No such luck, this was the first of a I think, I'm not sure but a five (or six) novel series. Still TEAM CUSH though.

A wonderful start to a promising series. Well laid out plot and I'm looking forward to seeing what happens in The adventures of Keatyn in book 2 "Kiss Me."

4/5 stars

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April 15, 2013

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COVER REVEAL & LOVE: Facade (The Games Series, #2) by Nyrae Dawn

Loved Cheyenne's and Colt's story in "Charade." Really looking forward to Adrian's story.

Official Cover:

So hot! Can't wait for this one. This is a new cover, Dawn had previously blogged a different cover but this one is just as hot!

Official Blurb:  

No one knows who twenty-one year-old Adrian Westfall is behind his fa├žade. After what he’s done, he deserves to live alone with his pain, even if he’d do anything to forget. Anything for a moment of quiet without his past haunting him.

Eighteen year-old Delaney Cross wants nothing more than to absolve her family from her father’s sins. To keep her suicidal mom off that ledge, and help her brother Maddox get the light back in his eyes. She thinks their road to freedom is through Adrian.

Adrian and Delaney are bound together by tragedy… Only Adrian doesn’t know it.

As their lives intertwine, they find a solace in each other they never knew existed. Laney knows she needs to tell him—to come out from behind her smoke screen, but to say the words could mean losing him.

Two people. Two disguises. True love.

Will it be enough to save them when all secrets are bared?

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Jan 7, 2013

Romance Mills & Boon 2013

REVIEW : Her Shameful Secret by Susanna Carr

First off, what a pretty cover. This is the second novel that I've read by this author. It was a very good read. It was emotional, angsty and steamy all at once.

Isabella Williams is pregnant with the Rossi heir! But which Rossi? Not the Antonio Rossi that she'd spent months with when she visited Rome? No it was his ever competing and spiteful brother Giovanni . . .

I have to admit, the conditions that Bella was living in prior to Antonio finding her again was appalling. I couldn't imagine what she could have been going through, working herself to the bone to provide for her and her baby and living in perpetual squalor.

Antonio doesn't understand why Gio left Isabella so much in his will. He believes Isabella was unfaithful with him an the issues between these two brothers could make a therapist rich. 

I understood Antonio's reluctance to trust that Bella never meant for anything to happen with Gio. That she was love-sick over him. He'd been burnt before by his brother. He cared more about Bella than he cared to admit and after finding  her again, even pregnant with his deceased brother's child, he isn't letting her go.

This was a really beautiful easy read. I absolutely adored Antonio and Isabella was a strong heroine. They had many issues to work out before they could reach a common place where they could spend the rest of their lives together.

The epilogue was the sweetest thing! 
A great way to start off 2013!

REVIEW: The Petrelli Heir by Kim Lawrence

Thoroughly enjoyed this one from Kim Lawrence. Have read many of her books and haven't been disappointed. I loved how Roman and Isabel met. They were both at a place where they just needed comfort, to lose themselves with someone else. 

One night of unbridled passion then went their separate ways, not so much as knowing each other's names. But fate had other plans for these two. Its two years later and Roman has learnt he may never father a child but gets the surprise of his life when he meets his mystery woman again and she has a daughter that's the exact replica of himself.

Isabel was a fiercely independent heroine but she couldn't resist the blatant and searing chemistry between her and Roman and they cohabit in an effort to be parents to their child. They didn't expect to fall in love but they did.

A really nice, sweet and steamy read.

REVIEW: The Incorrigible Playboy by Emma Darcy 

What a sexy, sexy cover! An even sexier hero. A fun and very well-executed plot. I loved Harry from the get-go. He's been trying to get a chance with his brother's Michael PA Elizabeth Flippence for years but Elizabeth is hung-up on his brother.

I felt really sorry for Elizabeth at the start. Imagine putting yourself out there on your 30th birthday no less to finally get the man you desire to notice you and then your sister comes for a visit and totally eclipses you off his radar.

Harry ever intuitive about Elizabeth, sees her pain in seeing her sister Lucy and his brother hit it off and offers her a reprieve in coming to work for him. 
Harry finally sees an opportunity to get Michael out of Elizabeth's mind for good and into his bed and as his woman. I really loved how caring and considerate he was to her feelings even when he knew how she hurt over his brother wanting her sister. She's always been the conservative one, the strong one and Harry offers  her the chance to have some fun. To be with him. The brother that's always wanted her.

A really fun, romantic story and introduction to the Finn brothers. Looking forward to Michael and Lucy's story.

REVIEW: Beholden to the Throne by Carol Marinelli

This one is a follow up to Banished to the Harem - Rakhal and Natasha's story. This one is King Emir who is the ruler of the neighboring country of Alzan and the Royal nanny Amy Bannester.

 After his wife Sheikha Hannah died after giving birth to twin girls, the King has been drowning himself in work while Amy cares primarily for the girls along with the aid of a native nanny.

Amy is the only one strong enough, bold enough, to stand up to the King about his responsibilities as a father. She's in love with him and his baby girls and it kills her because she can't have children of her own. He must take another wife in order to carry on his line, for in his country only a male can carry on rule.

This breaks Amy's heart but he wants her, not just as a body to seek comfort in, he respects her too much for that. He wants her to be his wife, his Queen Sheikha. They don't see how it will work as she cannot produce any heirs. The girls already love her, calling her the Arabic word for 'mother.' It breaks her heart for all she cannot have.

But King Emir doesn't give up. He loves this woman and he wants her to be at his side always even if it means the line ends with him. He wants Amy as his wife, his queen and mother to his children.

A wonderful story as always with this author. Emotional and touching and sexy all at the same time because the king and this Royal nanny have serious chemistry. I love how this all works out and they get their HEA.

Some Great Titles coming out from Mills & Boon for January 2013 . . .

Get "Her Shameful Secret" by Susanna Carr here

Get "The Petrelli Heir by Kim Lawrence here 

Get "The Incorrigible Playboy" by Emma Darcy here

Get " Beholden to the Throne" by Carol Marinelli here


Jan 1, 2013

COVER LOVE: The Keatyn Chronicles by Jillian Dodd

Been searching out books that are going to be released this year-2013. The Keatyn Chronicles have been on my radar for a while and I wanted to make sure I had ample time to devote to these. It would be my first Jillian Dodd novels and the blurb sounded really good. 

Two books have been released already; "Stalk Me" and "Kiss Me" with the third "Date Me" scheduled for April 2013. But what I really made this post about? How absolutely freakin' gorgeous these covers are. The fourth and fifth books; "Love Me" and "Hate Me" respectively already have their covers and their so beautiful. This is cover love guys!

The first book "Stalk Me" will be my next read after I finish the book I'm currently reading; "Behind the Tears" by Marita A. Hansen.

In the meantime I just wanted to share these beautiful covers with you, maybe you've already seen them or maybe not but you should definitely read it cuz' they've been given great reviews.

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REVIEW: Shadow's Claim (The Dacians, Realm of Blood & Mist, #1) by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole never fails to make me love paranormal romances with fated mates and ever so possessive Lorean males no matter their kind. The Dacians spin-off from the IAD series takes us into the world of the most mythical of Loreans who reside in a world that no one knows about; The Realm of Blood & Mist, the kingdom now ruled by The Enemy of Old Lothaire.

We really got introduced to the Dacian clans in Lothaire's book and Trehan, The Prince of Shadow was the first out of these to have his story told. His story is told concurrently with Lothaire's.

Trehan's fated mate is a halfling, half demon, half soceri. Soceri don't really have fated mates so it was a challenge for Trehan to claim his mate. Her being from another kingdom and set to be Queen also made things difficult. Him as a vampire of the mist, would have to expose himself and be banished from his kingdom if he chose to take her. But their biggest obstacle to their HEA? His Princess Bettina of Abbadon was in love with another, a very young and very attractive demon, Caspion.

I seriously wanted to smack Bettina at times, she really made me so angry. How could she want a male that shows absolutely NO interest in her. I get that saying that the heart wants what the heart wants. Doesn't matter the circumstances but she was very naive. It made her jealous but didn't dampen her pursuit of this demon even when she knew he spent his nights as Salem her PhanTom says "pile-driving" prostitutes in a brothel.

Her unwavering loyalty to Cas was exasperating. The demon saw her as nothing more than a friend, a sister even. You really want a man that thinks of you as a sister? That's zero sexual chemistry between these two. But her and Trehan? Sexy! Very sexy!

There wasn't a lot of sex but what there was of it was pretty hot. Trehan was just sexy! Nothing like a man who would give up everything and expose himself to the Lore world to win his Bride's hand in a competition. Still she often disappointed me when in moments that should have been theirs alone, she would bring up Caspion. I'm like, girl what more do you freakin' want.

“Take care, lest you lose a male who'll desire only you - and gain a male who'll desire only others.” 
― Trehan Daciano Shadow's Claim

Closer to the end, things went to crap when actions were misunderstood and Trehan felt weary of trying to fight for a woman who wanted another. While Bett was finally figuring out how she felt for him and letting go of her feelings for Cas. Total misunderstanding.

"The Vamp basically told her, 'I'm in a weird place in me life right now, and I need some space.' Of course, he told her that by pointing a bloody sword at her whilst bellowing, 'I forsake you!' in front of the whole kingdom.” 
                                                       ―Salem, Shadow's Claim

Salem was a fun character. I want more of him and his snarkiness. He said the funniest things. And we got some Lothaire and Lizvetta. Lothaire's book was actually my favorite of the IAD series with A Hunger Like No Other a close second, so I'm biased to him and his Bride. 

“A king of a kingdom no one fucking knows about! I'm the tree in the forest that silently falls--when no one is around to be crushed!” 
― Lothaire, Shadow's Claim

All in all, a pretty good start to an already promising new series. I love Kresley Cole's work and I'm looking forward to the next one.

4/5 stars

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"I am obsessed with you, angel. Addicted to you. You're everything i've ever wanted or needed, everything i've dreamed of. You're everything. I live and breathe you. For you."— Sylvia Day