Archive | March 7, 2014

Cold Iron, D.L. McDermott


Cold Iron

Cold Iron, D.L. McDermott

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.

I was really excited to see this, Jeaniene frost is one of my favourite paranormal authors, and I just love books involving Fae. So opened it eagerly and dived in.

Its an easy to follow read, and has characters including the supernatural ones, that feel real. That you feel you could talk to and understand. The Fae abilities too are clearly set out โ€“ I hate those where some new unheard of power taps in just at the right moment…

Beth, her Ex Frank was a real jerk, they’re working together and as usual he’s taking advantage of her talent. He’s a user of people, discarding them when he has no further use and fitted really well into the story, giving us a male it was fine to dislike ๐Ÿ™‚ we need people to dislike as well as those to love. Beth, she was sweet, she’d clawed herself up from a poor background against her families wishes, and though Frank ridiculed her abilities he was happy to use them. When they uncover a Fae site and release Conn there’s all sorts of potential problems. Conn starts off as you’d imagine, typical unfeeling Fae, ready to use and abuse humans. Then he meets Beth, and falls in love, and seeing how she works and helps people gives him an insight into how times have changed since he was entombed, and how he needs to change too.

There’s an extraordinary battle between Fae, humans, other Fae and Druids. Beth’s life is in danger and she seems to just escape from one situation, only to be caught up once again. Along the way she’s learning more about Conn and the Fae, herself and her abilities. Conn does his best to help even when it means seeking out an old enemy, Miach who is a Fae sorcerer and very dangerous. They find though that this time they need to be on the same side. The scene is set for a cast that can carry further novels in this series, which has a fantastic blend of sensuality and sex, action and adventure, fiction and fantasy, but wrapped up in a core of reality that makes it feel as though this could really happen. Overall โ€“ loved it ๐Ÿ™‚ and look forward to more.

Priced at ยฃ3.99 for 259 pages Iโ€™d have liked it to be a bit longer, the storyline could have carried it as its so full of drama and detail but…that’s me and my love for looong books ๐Ÿ™‚ ( Iโ€™ve shadow of night to read next at nearly 600 pages โ€“ goody!)

Stars: 4. Excellent start to a new series, and a bit longer to expand the story and Iโ€™d probably have gone for five.

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The One, Bel Ami.


The One (The Only One)

The One, Bel Ami.

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.

So, this interested me but I hadn’t realised its not a standalone โ€“ Iโ€™m still unsure of whether its a duo or trilogy, Bel says on Amazon that the sequel The One and More will be out later this year, and my assumption is that this means a duo. I do wish authors would tell readers what to expect and when โ€“ I hate the trend for these serialised romances that have cliffhangers ( though thankfully this one stops at a natural break) and novels broken up into parts, released at times and prices unknown…I think they’re doing readers a disservice.

Anyway โ€“ got that whine off my chest so back to the book! Its well written and complex, full of separate incidents that you just know are going to collide somewhere along the line. The characters are great too โ€“ very well put together to provide for the drama thatโ€™s inevitably going to come out.

Miles is an arrogant B, and yet…I liked him. His plans with the awful sister Karolin were cruel, but made out of love for her. Then he fell in love with Adelia and all plans were off..but the bitch wasn’t giving in that easily. I felt once he got to know Adelia he found a softer side to himself, he didn’t ever expect to fall in love and be loved, and it shocked him. Although he’s treated people shallowly and without consideration, he’s also got a different side as evidenced in the beginning with Helene where he doesn’t want to use the crop, and how he helps her after their interlude. OK, maybe Iโ€™m just making excuses ๐Ÿ™‚ but I love Miles, and can’t help feeling ( hoping?) there’s more behind his actions than we know. Karolin, twin sister and two faced bitch extrodinaare is a perfect foil to him, she’s a terrific actress playing a part to get what she wants..and to her she always gets what she wants, no matter the cost to others. She knows Miles loves her, and thinks that will transcend any wrong doing of hers. I think she’s wrong in this case – but we’ll see come the next book ๐Ÿ™‚

Adelia, I loved her, kind and loving, devastated at her parents death and fallen totally in love with Miles. She reaches out and is a good friend to Karolyn, letting her take over the wedding etc just to keep her happy even though her plans would be so different. The detective David Weiss โ€“ well, to me he was like a lap dog, trailing Adelia for crumbs. He’s looking into her parents death as she asked, but really it seems to me its just an excuse to be round Adelia, he doesn’t make any moves or anything and then is irrationally jealous when pipped at the post by Miles. You can see in the Miles v David whose side Iโ€™m on ๐Ÿ™‚ but after the black mailing, bitterness, secrets we know but Adelia doesn’t, secrets we don’t yet know, such as who is involved in her parents death can they ever get past their separation and find a way back. Especially when David is just looking for a chink to move in on her…

Its an action packed novel, full of promise, with openings for lots of different endings so keeps me guessing…and the sex. Yep, lots and lots of that as promised โ€“ mostly hot and heavy, steamy and sensual, but there were a few times when the dialogue got a bit too โ€œickyโ€ for me. Some things are best left to the imagination to kept between couples not the onlooker ๐Ÿ™‚

It’s priced at ยฃ2.45 for 243pages, so reasonable but again my pet peeve of not knowing what book two ( and more) will cost gives me reservations having been caught before when a trilogy became a five part series and novels where pt one well priced, but a steep hike in parts two and beyond. Its why I tend to wait til all parts out now before buying, which of course could lead to a catch 22 where author hasn’t written the rest and doesn’t due to poor sales. Write it all and release in parts close together, at times and prices specified ahead โ€“ or write as one book for preference . That way readers know what’s to come and when and how much and don’t have that awful situation where they lose the momentum on a book due to the long wait. If I read a duo/trilogy I find they’re best enjoyed read back to back when the story can just flow naturally, and I don’t have other stories cluttering my brain and detracting from that one.

Stars: 4. I’ve done a lot of ranting but that’s format related not content, the story shows lots of promise and I really enjoyed it. .

ARC supplied via Netgalley

Kissing with Fangs. Ashlyn Chase


Kissing with Fangs

Kissing with Fangs. Ashlyn Chase

Review from Jeannie Zelos Book reviews.

This sounded a fun read and I was looking forward to reading it. Though I like my deep and dark paranormal I also enjoy a more light-hearted look at the genre sometimes. However, I found myself putting this book aside too often though, as I just couldnโ€™t get properly โ€œintoโ€ it, then picking it up, forgetting who was who and restarting.

I found it a bit too light-hearted, too trivialised to be honest, the plots seemed contrived and over complicated, while the characters were very OTT and didn’t feel real. Even in a paranormal I need the characters to feel as if they could be people I’ve met or know. It was full of attempts at humour, but it fell flat with me for some reason. I just didn’t care about the characters, and didn’t really bother about the potential dangers. It was just a meh book for me. As ever though Iโ€™m only one person, and what I enjoy and what someone else wants may be totally different things, so please bear that in mind. The book itself is well written and edited โ€“ its just that its not one for me.

Stars: 2.5.

ARC supplied via Netgalley

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