1. Sea Witch by Virginia Kantra. I loved this book. The selkie legend is fresh – not too overdone in today’s crowded paranormal market. I loved the heroine and the hero. There were no TSTL moments. Sex was hot. The emotion was real. The setting was three-dimensional Definitely loved it – I’ve bought the others in the series.
2. Making Waves by Tawna Fenske. This one has had a lot of press; I’ve seen it mentioned all over Twitter and blogs so I bought it. There are some cute lines – really cute lines – and it’s a cute, fast read. I thought it was perhaps a little too slight, though. I skimmed some of the last pages, and didn’t feel like I missed anything when I picked it back up at the end. I gave it three stars on Goodreads – it’s not my favorite, but this is a new author with a lot of promise. I’ll buy her next one.
3. Fade to Black by Shannon McKenna. I should preface this by saying I love Shannon McKenna’s books. I’ve read all of them, and I plan to continue reading them. That said, I want my money back for this book.
Before I get to the substantive stuff, I’ll point out that McKenna is in dire need of an editor. This book had typos all over the place. “Lights shown from his eyes.” “He as dead.” “Have gave.” “Incounter”. Are you effing kidding me? I paid $8 for this book – I expect it to be a little more polished than your average internet rant. Also, my version of the book isn’t listed on Goodreads – this was a mass market and it was 616 pages, about 200 pages too long.
Unfortunately the bad presentation could not be assuaged by an amazing book. The premise was wonderful and I loved the “idea” of the book. But the execution failed. There was a weird lack of heat between Edie and Kev. Normally McKenna’s sex scenes are scorching. Not so in this book. What really drove me crazy was the inconsistent characterization. Kev was an amazing character at first . He was gentler and more relaxed than his brothers from the other books. Not an alpha asshole hero. But then one time, he pulls that “I don’t want to have sex with you because I won’t be able to stop” crap and it just ruined it for me.
Their fights were ridiculous and stupid. Completely contrived to give conflict to the plot; I didn’t believe a word of them.
Ugh, I’m just so frustrated with this book. What happened to Shannon McKenna? Where is the Shannon McKenna of the almost perfect prose? The Shannon McKenna who grabs you by the throat and doesn’t let go? The Shannon McKenna who makes you swoon? Where ever she is, she’s not present in this book at all.
I have Blood and Fire, the book after this, in my TBR pile and frankly I’m afraid to pick it up.
4. Ten Ways To Be Adored When Landing A Lord by Sarah MacLean. I fell in love with this series with Nine Rules To Break When Romancing A Rake, which was only the second five star rating I’ve given to fiction on Goodreads (the first was to 1984 by George Orwell.)
This sophomore book did not fail. As richly detailed as the first, Ten Ways To Be Adored absolutely delivers believable characters, a scorching hot romance, and shocking tenderness.
One particularly appealing aspect was though the characters from the first book made an appearance, it was not overdone. Nor was it the treacle we get from a lot of follow up books.
I could not have asked for more from this reading experience. It just totally works for me.
Eleven is in my TBR pile and MacLean’s next book (release date in April, I believe) has been pre-ordered. She is an auto-buy for me. Love her, love her, love her.