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Another long time reader who read romance novels in her teens, then took a long break before started back again about 15 years ago. She enjoys historical romance/fiction best, likes contemporaries, action- adventure and mysteries, will read suspense if there's no TSTL characters and is currently reading very few paranormals.

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  1. Las
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 14:27:34

    I think I’m starting to get my romance reading mojo back…I managed to finish a lot more romances that I have in months!

    Silk is for Seduction – Wonderful. I think from now on I think I’ll stick to Chase books that feature experienced heroines.

    Captive Bride by Bonnie Dee. I really liked it. I had some issues with the plot but nothing major.

    It’s Always Been You by Victoria Dahl. Another one with some plot issues. I felt some things that were huge problems were brushed off. But I really enjoyed the characters and it was wonderful to see the York family again, so much so that I reread A Little Bit Wild and fell in love with that book all over again.

    She Knows His Secret by Racy Li. Got this one based on a recommendation here (I’m drawing a blank on who). I felt the world-building and plot was a bit disorganized with too much going on. And this might be the first story I’ve read where I skimmed and sometimes skipped over some sex scenes. But overall a fun read…until I got near the end and my brain exploded because THAT IS NOT HOW VACCINES WORK! Ah-hem. I’ll remember this author’s name and look up her work in the future.

    A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran. With so many tropes I like, of course I loved this one.

    Muscling Through by J.L. Merrow, another DA recommendation. I had no intention of buying this and just planned to skim a few chapters on my NOOK while at B&N, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed it, and when I got to the part where Al said his mother makes him get tested for STDs every year I was sold. I figured anything that made me smile so hard needed to be read. Wonderful story.

    Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight. Several commenters on SB recommended this one. Beautifully written but the romance didn’t work for me. I’m normally indifferent to first person POV but I think this story suffered because of it. There were a few times when I felt that I missed out on some important events and conversations in favor of reading yet another rehash of the characters’ thoughts. The story just dragged on several places and I just wanted it to be over already.

    I just started reading The Gentleman and the Rogue by Bonnie Dee. So far so good.

    I have no idea what’s next…I’m unaware of any new releases by authors I like, and nothing has caught my eye. I think it’s finally time to go through by wish list.

  2. Carin
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 14:44:48

    @Las- I REALLY liked a Victoria Dahl’s A Little Bit Wild and was all ready to read the next one, but I’ve read some really negative reviews and have been holding off. It sounds liken you liked it overall. Did you think it was as good as the first one?

    I also read Captive Bride this summer and liked it. It turns out Bonnie Dee has a huge backlist, and I picked one for my TBR list but haven’t gotten to it yet.

    I just finished Tangled Threads, book 4 in Jennifer Estep’s Elemental Assassin series. I can’t wait for the next book, which I think is the end of the series. It comes out at the end of September. Gin is such a great UF heroine. So tough and so good at what she does. It pains her that others can’t accept what she does, but she’s not looking to change herself because of it. So cool.

    I finally read Thea Harrison’s Dragon Bound and can’t believe I waited so long to get on board this series. On the upside, there’s already a next book for me to read!

  3. Las
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 15:14:33

    @Carin: Not as good as ALBW, no. But really, I don’t think anything could beat the delightful breath of fresh air that were Marissa and Jude–I really love their story. I did enjoy It’s Always Been You overall though–I liked the characters and there interactions with each other very much, and scenes with Aiden and his family were wonderful. I wasn’t crazy about the plot though…there was such a huge sense of urgency throughout the book and then everything got resolved a bit too easily. The scene with Kate and her mother annoyed the hell out of me, and Dahl really needed to spend a lot more time on that family and their motivations, I can see why many people would dislike the book, but it’s problems aren’t huge peeves of mine, and the good parts made up for most of the bad. If I had to grade it I’d give it a B. I liked it, but I won’t be rereading it.

  4. Ros
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 15:32:00

    I’ve been trying to find some good self-published books. I bought Under the Kissing Bough by Shannon Donnelly on Smashwords, assuming it was self-pubbed because of the cover, but apparently not. Though the publishing company appears to be tiny – I could only find two authors listed with them. It was… okay, I suppose. Competently written without too many of the hideous anachronisms that make Regency romances so often unreadable. But I didn’t believe the romance at all. Even at the end when he said he loved her, I didn’t believe him. Which… is not very romantic. And although I thought she might love him, it seemed a lot more likely that she just had a teenage crush on him that would wear off very quickly.

    My second choice was definitely self-published. Another dreadful cover for The Mudlark by Delle Jacobs. I started reading the free sample of this and after the first couple of pages was almost ready to give up (I really don’t think there was anyone called Hank in England in the early 19th century). But I persevered and by the end of the free sample I was in chapter six and hooked. I liked this a lot. The plot is ludicrously thin and the secondary characters are somewhat inconsistently drawn. And I will be happy never to read a ‘please teach me how to kiss so I will be ready for my husband’ scene again. But I liked Izzy and I liked Tristan and I wanted them to be happy together, and by the end they were. This one was worth every one of the few pennies I paid for it.

  5. Renda
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 16:12:59

    Just read “Chasing Fire” by Nora Roberts yesterday. Since I have tons of work work to do I decided that the best use of my time would be reading this and then commenting.
    I liked it, but I like all of Nora’s stuff. The heroine was gorgeous, well rounded, well loved and cellulite free. The hero was gorgeous, well rounded, well loved and cellulite free, with the bonus of having big bucks and a desire to parachute into fire. As always, Ms. Roberts researched an interesting profession, gifted it to BOTH her heroine and hero and then just gave us a little story around it that made you want to keep reading. The suspense part was not that suspenseful. You can figure out from the jump (pun intended) who the bad guy is. But well worth using my time on. There was a secondary story involving the heroine’s father and his love life and that added a little bit of fun.

    Earlier in the month I read “Attachments” by Rainbow Rowell because of a rec on this site. Loved Loved Loved this one. Pretty sure the heroine has cellulite, but I still loved her. The premise was a little off putting to me, but I gave it a try and am glad I did. Everything just felt right about this. The time of the setting was perfect. Just far enough back to have warm feelings about the era, but still good enough memory of what hysteria Y2K caused to make the setup believable. The hero’s job is to read e-mails sent on the office intranet to make sure people aren’t breaking the rules. He stumbles upon the heroine’s e-mail conversations with her BFF and is entranced and keeps reading her e-mails.
    You don’t get the stalker vibe because, really, Ms. Rowell does such a great job letting you know the hero is really a good guy. I am not good at visualizing settings, wardrobe, scenes, but she did a great job of drawing the picture so that even I could get it.
    And oh, my, the last chapter and a half or so was well worth price of admission (again, plot-reference pun intended). I got this through Overdrive, but as soon as the paperback comes out, I will be getting it for my keeper shelf.

    Also dove into Ellora’s Cave for the first time, thanks to their $1.49 sale. Got a mixed bag. Got The Write Man for her by Christie Walker Bos and really enjoyed it. This heroine was likeable and believable. The premise was good. The hero is in a wheelchair with no hope of getting out and no miracles of spine regeneration occurred, which sometimes happens in books but not in real life so much. The topic was handled, I thought, well and the story was interesting. It could have used a good editor or at the very least a half-way decent proofreader, but the problems weren’t enough to rip you out of the story. I really liked Ms. Bos’s writing style. I picked up two others of hers but haven’t read them yet.
    Also got and read Christmas with Sarah by Cricket Starr from EC. Meh. I got a sample and liked it well enough to buy it. It had all sorts of plot issues. Again, heroine with no cellulite but lots of artistic talent and a hero with no cellulite and lots of money and largesse and family. Much more in need of a proofreader, but I wasn’t pulled out of the story because of the issues because I wasn’t really that into the story. Lots of snorts and “yea, right”s were inserted from my side. But again, was worth the $1.49.

    I will probably look closer at EC stuff based on the samples I downloaded. So that sale did serve them well.
    Sorry for the rambling.

  6. Tina
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 16:45:00

    August turned out to be a really good month reading wise for me. No real clunkers.

    My favorites this month:

    The Question by Zena Wynn. It is the story of a woman who becomes the surrogate for her best friend and her best friend’s husband. A little soapy, but really interesting. This is one of those where I just picked it up, had no preconceptions and found myself absorbed and wondering where the time went.

    First Grave on the Right by Darinda Jones. Funny. Hysterical. Hysterically funny. Loved the dead people, loved how super snarky Charley is. Not so in love with her super-human mystery boyfriend who appears out of nowhere all the time to save her. I’m already reading the follow-up Second Grave on the Left and am hoping the author doesn’t cliche on me with a love triangle. There is a bounty hunter who seems to have a thing for Charley and since the Joe/Stephanie/Ranger crap was the number one reason I stopped reading the Stephanie Plum series, I am wary of getting too involved.

    Other stand out mentionables:

    Skin Game Cara McKenna. I love how un-categorizeable this story is. It was just fascinating to me. I really felt like I was watching a reality program in real time with all the attendant emotions that comes with that.

    Goddess with a Blade by Lauren Dane. Yet another surprise for me. Dane is hit or miss with me. I love her erotica sci-fi stuff, especially Relentless which had a story of class war-fare that really sold the romance of the two main characters. I enjoyed her first couple of Brown sibling books, but was really meh as the last couple. Hated The one Chase brothers book I read. and was bored by the one or two Cascadia Wolves books i tried. This one was fun, fun, fun. There was a little Eve Dallas/Roarke vibe going on with the two main characters, but it was also full of great humor. Once in awhile I felt there was a ‘trying too hard’ with the whole bad-ass flippancy of the main female protag that made me roll my eyes a few times. But overall, great read. Hope there is a sequel.

  7. Moriah Jovan
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 17:06:39

    @Renda:

    Got The Write Man for her by Christie Walker Bos and really enjoyed it. This heroine was likeable and believable.

    I loved this book. This is the book that convinced me e-publishing was real and had a heavy hand in putting me on the path I’m on now.

  8. ShellBell
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 17:14:46

    This month I have been reading, and enjoying, books by Laurann Dohner (Cyborg Seduction series and her new series, New Species) and Fyn Alexander.

    Next up for me is Gena Showalter’s Dark Taste of Rapture and then Laurie McBain’s Tears of Gold which has recently been released as an eBook.

  9. Carin
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 17:45:15

    @Renda – you recommended Got The Write Man for her by Christie Walker Bos. Is it really The Write Man For Her? I can find this title by the author you listed and the blurb sounds like it could be the same. (This book sounds awesome and I want it!)

  10. Carin
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 18:34:47

    Ok, it took me coming back to reread to see that Got was capitalized because it was the first word in the sentence, not the title. Sorry!

  11. JB Hunt
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 19:15:01

    Excited to jump into Thea Harrison’s STORM’S HEART, Zoe Archer’s COLLISION COURSE, and Ann Patchett’s STATE OF WONDER.

    I loved the latest from Chase and Duran. Terrific, as always!

  12. Renda
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 19:30:08

    @Moriah Jovan

    I can see how The Write Man would be the sort of book to show that e-pub can have quality. It was the first sample I downloaded and based on it, I spent quite some time looking at others by Ms. Bos as well as other writers for EC.

    @Carin

    Oops, I guess I needed a half-way decent proofreader myself. Sorry I didn’t quote the title or italicize it.
    I did really enjoy it. I kept waiting for it to weaken and it never did. There was a scene near the end that stretched belief a bit, but not so much as to make me stop reading, or even slow down.
    There were no magic fixes to their physical problems. She walked into the relationship with her eyes open. It was just well done, I thought. For those looking for a male protagonist that is an unusual hero, this would be a good place to start.

  13. Mary G
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 19:31:00

    I was blown away by Devlin & Garrick by Cameron Dane. Right now I’m being wowed by Too Hot To Touch by Louisa Edwards.

  14. Chelsea
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 20:06:12

    @Mary G:

    I read and reviewed Too Hot to Touch and really enjoyed it! I adore cooks and cooking competitions. So much fun!

    Right now I’m reading Dime Store Magic by Kelly Armstrong (my god I’m behind in this series). I’ve also got a rather large list of samples on my Kindle to go through. Too many books, not enough time.

  15. Barbie
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 20:42:02

    Since this month I have decided that I didnt want to read from my kindle software I choose some classics from Penny Jordan. The books that I read were “Second time Loving”, Mission makeover and Silver.
    I enjoy reading books from the early 1970 to late 1990’s from HQ. In fact the next book I plan to read is from Vicki Lewis Thompson called ” Sparks” from late 80’s. I dont know why I enjoy books from the time periods before ipods and cellphones.

  16. Becca
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 20:55:29

    I’m looking forward to the new Laura Griffin book that should be in the mail to me from Amazon as we speak. A review of one of her books on this site turned me on to her, and I’ve glommed all her backlist. Only one of her books didn’t work for me, but I love the others.

  17. JenM
    Aug 28, 2011 @ 20:58:35

    My most surprising read of the month was Master of Crows by Grace Draven. It’s a fantasy romance, which I don’t tend to read much of because I’m not a fan of quasi-medieval settings. However, I loved this book. It had a great hero and heroine, and enough magic to make it interesting without being complicated.

    Aside from that I also read a couple of Regencies at $.99 that were definitely worth the price – Shattered Dreams by Laura Landon, and A Season for Love by Blair Bancroft. I think these were both backlist books. Another Regency that I picked up at a good price was Sally MacKenzie’s The Naked King. I really enjoyed it and will have to read more of hers. I also was lucky enough to get an ARC of Tessa Dare’s newest book – A Night to Surrender and loved it. The leads were both intelligent adults, there was a good balance of comedy and drama, just all around a good read.

    My most eagerly anticipated UF book for Sept. is Spider’s Revenge by Jennifer Estep, unfortunately not out until the end of the month. In Regencies, I can’t wait to get my hands on Rose Lerner’s newest, A Lily Among Thorns, and Ashley March’s new book, Romancing the Countess.

  18. Shannon Stacey
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 06:27:48

    If you’re looking for good self-published romances and/or you’re a Survivor fan, I highly recommend Wicked Games by Jill Myles. It was my Tropical Storm Irene read and I really enjoyed it. The heroine gets sucked into doing a Survivor-esque reality show and it’s a fun, fast, sexy read. Usually I avoid first-person (I like the hero’s POV) but in Wicked Games it worked for me, especially with the quotes from the hero opening each chapter.

  19. DS
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 08:19:08

    Last month I was enthusiastic about Ben Aaronovitch’s first Constable Peter Grant UF novel– Midnight Riot in the US (bad title, bad cover) and The Rivers of London in the UK. The second one, Moon Over Soho also rated highly with me although a friend wasn’t to keen about the woman that Peter becomes involved with in this book. Remember it’s definitely not romance so no HEA. The next one is coming out in March 2012.

    Audible also needs to license the audiobooks for the US. Kobna Holdbrook-Smith who does the narration has an wonderful voice.

    I also just finished The Janus Stone by Elly Griffiths, a mystery not a romance. This was my second try at this one. The female protagonist is an archeaologist who gets called in to help the police when they have to excavate a site. A review of a building site prior to being built on reveals the headless bones of a child buried under the doorstep of a house that used to be a catholic children’s home. Not as good as the first one in the series. The archeaological part is overwhelmed in the plot. I’m not sure how many people read mysteries for the archaeology. .

  20. Jane
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 08:21:07

    @JenM I have that Draven book from long ago. I should read it.

  21. Jane
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 08:22:15

    @Becca Snapped is great. In fact, Snapped was the first Griffin book that I read and it made me go back and buy (and read) the three other Tracer books and the two Glass sister books. I am staying away from Griffin’s first two books. Jayne has reviewed all the Griffin books but one and she didn’t like the early Griffin book. Which one didn’t work for you?

  22. Jody W.
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 11:22:55

    Just started reading Super Zero by Rhonda Stapleton, and it is a HOOT! I adore spoofy superhero stuff.

  23. MaryK
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 15:22:03

    Harlequin released another set of about 70 Treasury titles. The release date is August 22. You can search the Kindle store for Harlequin Treasury and sort by publication date to bring them to the top.

    ETA: Oy, some of those old covers are painful! I checked Harlequin’s Treasury page but didn’t see the 8/22 titles listed.

  24. Jane
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 15:51:00

    @MaryK I’ve a spreadsheet. I’ll see if i can get that formatted and posted later today.

  25. Estara
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 16:33:07

    This month has loads of interesting books for me, though I’m doing a re-read for the chronicles of the Kencyrath, because Baen has released the e-ARC of the newest book, Honor’s Paradox, at Webscription.net.

    Then this month has the last of the Hidden Kingdoms novels by N.K. Jemisin coming up, the next Elantra Chronicle Cast in Ruin by Michelle Sagara West (I did a re-read of the whole series this June, because it’s a comfort read: secondary world epic urban fantasy with exquisitely developed characters and races like all her books).

    Meljean Brook releases the penultimate book, Demon Marked, in her Guardian series, which are also auto-buy paranormal romances for me. Then Kate Elliott has the follow up to Cold Magic, Cold Fire, and the newest J.D. Robb will be released as well. Then there’s Kimi ni Todoke 10 (which I know from reading ahead has the resolution of the big, completely believable misunderstanding between Sawako and Kazehara) – this info for the people who also read manga, heh.

    So next month is by far one of the best bookwise this year for me ^^. Yay!

  26. Moriah Jovan
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 16:43:54

    Lessee…did a bit of reading this month and these are two that knocked my socks off:

    Something About You by Julie James

    The Charm School by Susan Wiggs

  27. LauraJ
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 17:15:14

    September will be a tough month for me. Now that Borders is closing, I will have to be way more discerning about the books I buy. I relied heavily on Borders coupons and rewards bucks.

    My September buys are:

    Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Blade (I’m not wild about this series but I liked Dimitri and everyone says this is a great book with a great romance)

    Sins of the Angels by Linda Poiteven. I don’t know a lot about this one. It’s UF with an interesting story, and reviews on goodreads were decent so I pre-ordered it.

    Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins (YA sequel to Anna and the French Kiss)

    The other books I’m interested in will have to wait for more reviews to come in. They’re mainly YA novels but since I’ve been so disappointed in the past, I must wait for great reviews before I buy.

  28. RKB
    Aug 29, 2011 @ 21:56:24

    If you want to read a great YA self published book, go read Heart on a Chain by Cindy C. Bennett. It deals with child abuse but it has major has romantic elements and a HEA. I honestly hadn’t enjoyed a regular fiction book this much in awhile (I usually read SF/F.)

    Right now I’m just waiting patiently on two books that Amazon shipped today but haven’t arrived in my snail mailbox yet – Circle of Enemies by Harry Connelly and Soul Thief by Jana Oliver. Harry Connelly’s Twenty Palaces series is one of the best UF series out there, period. If you want to read the first book in his series, it’s 99 cent via Kindle – http://tinyurl.com/3hlvtwu is the shorter link.

  29. Jan
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 10:32:21

    I’m looking forward like crazy to Dahl’s Good Girls Don’t. (Publishes today I think). I read a couple of Dahl’s this month and I really like her.

    I also was totally smacked down to the ground with the absolute awesomeness that is Terrible from the Downside Ghosts series. It’s a really hard series to read, because of the addict heroine (not to heroine though), but I loved, loved, loved them – precisely because they were so unforgiving about the whole addiction and downwards spiral the heroine is stuck in.

    I read Beast by Judith Ivory last week, and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. I’m angry and frustrated and teeth grinding, but I think this book might actually be so great because of the strong emotions reading it evoked in me. I’m still not sure how I feel about it.

  30. LauraJ
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 13:40:45

    @Jan: I just ordered Unholy Ghosts and it should arrive in a few days. I decided not to read the first book when it was published because I’d heard about how gritty it was, but I’ve been hearing so much praise about it. THen I read Stacey Jay’s Dead on the Delta, which I thought was pretty gritty, but loved, so I gave in and ordered Unholy Ghosts. I’m looking forward to reading what all the fuss about Terrible is about!

  31. Jan
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 14:48:59

    @LauraJ: I read them back to back, so it’s possible that the true awesomeness of Terrible shines through later on, but I think he’s already quite fantastic from the beginning on.

    If you like the first, I’d advise to get the other two together, because damn is the second one heartbreaking. Awesome, but devastating.

  32. LauraJ
    Aug 30, 2011 @ 16:45:48

    @Jan: Thanks for the heads-up/warning. I’ll definitely buy the second and third at the same time if I end up enjoying the first.

  33. BlueRose
    Aug 31, 2011 @ 04:13:37

    @Renda I enjoyed Chasing Fire, I really liked the snappy dialogue – yes her hero/ines are always too perfect but she writes a good story and Ive never regretted reading any of her books :)

    Incubus by Carol Goodman is a new venture into steamy fantasy (she flirts on the edge of historical fantasy with her standalones already) and the beginning of the Fairwick Chronicles. I enjoyed it, a bit much wangsting in the middle but manageable

    Melanie Rawns The Diviner (prequel to The Golden Key) is waiting for me to read it

    Ghost Ship by Lee & Miller – latest in the Liaden series – was a bit of a letdown – story continued but didnt have the punch I usually expect from them

    Ghost Story by Jim Butcher – again lacking somewhat in overall punch, clever take on the story and worth the read but left feeling…..unsatisfied

  34. Shana
    Sep 01, 2011 @ 12:22:23

    Susan Sizemore has a new ebook, an alternate world (non-magical) fantasy, Memory of Morning. It opens with a naval battle.

    And for Kindle users, nine of Roberta Gellis’ historicals are availabe for $1.49 each.

  35. Teresa
    Sep 02, 2011 @ 19:46:40

    Looking forward to:
    Archangel’s Blade – Nalini Singh – can’t wait to meet the woman that capture’s Dmitri’s heart
    Jane and the Cantebury Tale – Stephanie Barron – not a romance but it’s a Jane Austen mystery and I’m addicted to the series

    Recently read:
    The Knife of Never Letting Go and The Ask and the Answer – the best YA novels that I have read in a while, the connection between the boy and the girl in the series is amazing. I need to read book 3 of the series
    The Kingdom of Gods – N.K. Nemisin – Loved this book but book 2 of the series was a DNF
    Nell Sweeny mysteries – P.B. Ryan – Enjoying this historical mystery series a lot

  36. shel
    Sep 03, 2011 @ 00:00:02

    Ann Aguirre’s Aftermath was a fast read. Just wish I had checked the publication date for the next/last of the series before I dived in. It’s not due until next year, so I’ll need to be patient for a while.

  37. MaryK
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 18:46:51

    I’ve just been over at the Ilona Andrews website catching up on blog posts. There are a couple of excerpts from Silver Shark, a SFR they’re self-pub’ing soon. I couldn’t find an ETA but I’m gonna be lining up for it when they start uploading.

    Ilona called it “a play on HP Billionaire Boss and His Humble Secretary.” From the excerpts you can tell the Secretary isn’t humble; she’s just pretending. :)

  38. Amy
    Sep 19, 2011 @ 01:36:53

    I just finished books 1 and 2 of a new paranormal series this weekend by previously new-to-me author Dee Tenorio: Tempting the Enemy (book 1) and Deceiving the Protector (book 2). I discovered this author after buying a $2.99 anthology(?) of 4 short stories, Undercover, and finding I enjoyed Ms. Tenorio’s story the best.

    This new series (“Resurrection” per her website) involves three races: shifters, Sibiles, and Humans. On its face, it has elements from Nalini Singh’s Psy series — the three races, one being shifters and another being beings with psy-type powers. However, the world-building isn’t done as well as NS, and the reader actually doesn’t get a fuller intro into this world until book 2.

    I enjoyed Tempting the Enemy (and bought the second book right after I finished) because of some interesting elements:

    1. The shifters have been victims of a genocide, and the ones who are left are trying to survive via an underground route to a secret haven.
    2. There weren’t any TSTL moments with the female lead.
    3. The mating aspect of the relationship was done well. I’m getting pretty tired of the old “you are my mate so I can’t help but think and act with my dick NOW” plots. Here, the male is totally blinded by need while the woman was in heat, but he acted the way a “hero” should act — he does his best to think with his head and backed off repeatedly so the female can actually choose.
    4. I enjoy reading about a powerful female lead and this chick has some kickass powers.

    The key cons for me:
    1. Yet another virgin female lead.
    2. The world building was kind of slow.
    3. Um, couldn’t we have had a few more days of a relationship before they declared their love? Seriously, I think everything took place in 3 days or something like that.

    The second book, Deceiving the Protector, was not as enjoyable for me.

    Cons:
    1. I didn’t like the female lead through at least the first 1/3 of the book, mostly because she sounded like she had what was akin to the battered girlfriend syndrome, and it wasn’t until some plot reveals later that I began to understand and have some sympathy for her actions.

    2. Yet another virgin!! And this one makes absolutely ZERO sense given what you discover about where she has spent the last few years!! (Think labs, experiments, etc.)

    3. The number of days before the love declaration — just as short as the first book.

    Still, I remain intrigued about this new world, and I look forward to the next book in the series. I just hope Ms. Tenorio doesn’t create yet another unbelievable virgin, and she gives the couple more than a few days before they fall in love.

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