Completely ridiculous (so 80s soap opera I can't even tell you), but I loved EVERY. FRICKIN'. WORD. I was helpless to resist the catnip that is this book. I read my library's copy, but seriously, I love it so much I'm thisclose to buying my own to read whenever I need to be hip-deep in overbearing Greek tycoon land.
The only reason this book doesn't get five stars is because I know how off-putting some of Chrysander's actions come across. I rolled my eyes--A LOT--but the utter joy I had reading this made the eyerolling more of the, "Oh, Chrysander! You silly man!" kind instead of the, "Oh my god, you are the WORST PERSON EVER. She's a woman, not a THING" kind. It was like putting up with that one friend's, uh, quirks, even though you know people who don't know your friend would find him slightly irritating. Or infuriating. You know, <i>that</i> friend. The one you love despite herself.
Lauren was at times TSTL, I didn't totally buy into the chemistry between the H & h, I've encountered paperclips that are more alpha than Royce, the red herrings were so red they immediately ceased being red herrings, and the way the bad guy thread played out felt inconsistent.
In the end, I felt I spent too much time rolling my eyes and wondering about weird loose ends.
23%: Yet another UF where the author seems to equate cursing with grittiness. Cursing isn't world building, authors. I find it so grating, and I swear like a sailor.
37.0%: "You still believe in God? After what they did to you? Falling to earth and all that?"
I don't think the author understands how belief works. Or non-belief, for that matter. These seem like concepts she needed a better grasp on before trying to tackle.
39.0%: Ok. Morgan may be TSTL.
39.0%: Oh, Luniel agrees with me! Huzzah?
39.0%: "He'd done that to himself for her? To heal her injury?
Whatever. It didn't mean anything."
She's also ungrateful and insufferable. JESUSAGE."
39.0% DNF. I can't even.
Morgan is the definition of mercurial. And that wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, if she weren't stupidly mercurial. When it occurred me to that I would actively cheer her death-by-stupidity, I realized I needed to give up the ghost. DNF.
For the record I had other problems with the text that kept me from enjoying the book. The constant swearing: WE GET IT. YOU ANGELS ARE EDGY AND DARK. OOOH. (seriously, "hellshit"? Weak.) The first time we meet Michael: SUBTLE.
Things I did like? Jadzia. Her story I am maybe interested in enough to give another book a try. Assuming she gets her own book.
Yep, so that's pretty much all I liked. Everything else was par for the (poorly-executed) PNR/UF course.
I really cannot express how compelling a read I found this. There were times over the weekend where I resented going out and having to be away from reading. I had two successive book hangover days because it was so hard to put down at night. This book has given me a new benchmark for gripping writing; I suspect I'll not find anything to challenge it for some time, if ever.
My big hangup: some of the human characters. And not because they were awful. Well, of course I didn't like them being awful (natch); what I didn't like was their terribleness being so one-dimensional. I actually resented being emotionally manipulated in such an unsubtle manner, and found myself angry at both the author and the characters in those moments. The baddies from Gann, however, felt more properly developed. Not perfectly, some were just as poorly drawn as the humans, but at least I was (and still am) curious about the main bad guys, even while I was repulsed by their actions.
I sometimes also found myself hugely frustrated by Amber. She's strong, and independent, but that's not a good thing (at times). That sounds, oh I don't know, anti-feminist or like I'm victim blaming, and I suppose I may be. I mean, I suppose you can do or say anything you want in a survival situation, but there will be reactions. How you approach the matter, uh, matters, even more so in a desperate survival situation. Shorter version:
The Last Hour of Gann is an amazing read. One well worth the time investment, and one that I'm already thinking of reading again. Very highly recommended.
Warning: the main characters have some truly awful things happen to them, Amber especially. There are also stories told of some pretty brutal events. This isn't a story for everyone.
There are good bones here, but overall I thought it was a little too short and was a little too purple prosey at times for me to really dig it.
I had big problems with Reese in the beginning. The point that's drilled into us several times in the text is that opposites attract. I fail to see how the opposite of uptight & straight-laced is "complete dick", but that's what we get here. And I didn't think there was really any character growth from him that addressed his being a total dillhole. It just sort of eased off. The author laid it on very thick in the beginning, and then instead of Reese having an epiphany that being a jerk for the sake of being a jerk is, well, jerky, he just stops being a jerk. Sort of.
If it weren't for the epilogue, I wouldn't have bought the ending in the slightest. Even with the epilogue, I have dubious face about it.
Still, I enjoy the writing, the story was engaging, the characters felt mostly real (if a bit irritating, but real people sometimes are), and the sex scenes were yummy. Good stuff, and I'm totally on board for the next installment.
I was a little lost at first. I borrowed the Kindle edition from my library, not realizing that Locked in Silence is the fifth book in a series. The prologue meant absolutely nothing to me, and then it took a while for me to figure out what it had to do with the rest of the book. Eventually I got it, and ended up enjoying the story for the most part.
The world building was a little lacking, however, I'm sure that is due to this being part of a well-established series and the author wanting (rightfully) not to repeat herself with every book. If I had been reading this series from the beginning, I'd be annoyed if she did a full explanation of what's going on in this world in every book. Sometimes you just can't win. Sorry, authors!
Silence and Vanya are both very likable. Silence's true identity (OR IS IT?) is handled so casually it's almost a throw-away, and really, I'm not sure it was even necessary to include. He was pretty interesting before that, and for a brief moment, all I could picture him as was(show spoiler)
which is not a good thing in my book. (I'm weird, I know. I just do not get the appeal.)
Anyway, a quick, easy, all-around enjoyable read.
There's something about Grace Burrowes' writing that always draws me in. Every time I read a book by her, it's like getting a textual hug. The pacing of the prose, even her dialogue, I find instantly soothing. I know lots of people dislike the anachronisms in her writing, but she's the historical romance version of Kristen Ashley to me.
While this lovely quality was found in this book, as expected, I still felt vaguely let down, and I can't quite put my finger on why. I liked everyone well enough; I even teared up on more than one occasion (I love the Windhams, like seeing them happy, and my heart hurts for them when they hurt.) All the characters were eminently reasonable, sweetness abounded, there were no ridiculous plot twists to create conflict where there was none--things that should make me deliriously happy as a reader. After all, sometimes there's nothing more I want than to find a safe, sweet, angst-free read, and this is definitely that. Perhaps too much that? Is that a thing? Because if it is, Lady Jenny's Christmas Portrait fits the bill.
Maybe the pacing was too slow. Or maybe it was that the romance was such a slow burn I found it slightly miraculous it took at all, and even then I wasn't entirely sold. Elijah mused on Jenny's passions, but I never found them in evidence. Maybe that's it: In a family of characters, Jenny, in her book, is kinda, well, boring. Elijah's not much more interesting. They're likable enough, sweet even, but ultimately, boring.
All-in-all, I finished the book and felt vaguely dissatisfied. One of my favorite authors, with writing quality on par with expectations, but definitely not my favorite of her books.
I'm throwing in the towel a little over halfway through this one. I just don't care about these people, and there isn't anything plot-wise that's piqued my curiosity enough to keep me reading. I have too many other books in my TBR pile to keep feigning interest in one that has me bored out of my skull. DNF