Beckett has had the hots for Sierra for a long time. She is the sister to his best friend, so he never intends to act on the urge. As a military man, and a good friend, he has kept himself away from temptation - until now.
Sierra has wanted Beckett for such a long time. She knows he has started to look at her differently, but she also knows he is avoiding her as well. Her brother's best friend is a fine specimen and she means to have him.
This story classifies as a slow burn. The heat is there. The want is there. The mutual feelings are there. I loved the characters loyalty. I loved how clear the feelings and worries came across. Good sold story and a great read. I give book a 3/5 Kitty's Paws UP!
***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review, by Netgalley and its publisher.
I think this book takes place in London but I'm not 100% certain so I'll put this in the "Free" space.
Behind Her Eyes by this same author was a five star read for me (and yep, I LOVED that ending) but this one was not. I’m giving it a three and that makes me sad because I was so looking forward to another amazingly nasty little read.
CROSS HER HEART started out great. It’s a story of dark secrets and lies and murder. That kind of thing screams my name but I can’t give it a high rating because I saw most everything coming before it was revealed. I am NOT good at the sleuthing and I am not afraid to admit it. I never figure out the murderer or the twisty twists on any of those mystery shows and I’m even worse with books. So, either my brain is getting better at detection, or this book was a little too heavy handed with the clues. I’m guessing it is the latter but it also could be because the characterization was so well done that many little clues stuck in my forgetful brain.
The story is about a woman named Lisa. Lisa has a dark past she’s desperately trying to keep hidden now that she’s built a respectable new life and is the mother of a 16 year old daughter named Ava. But someone is haunting her and taunting her with tidbits that remind her that this someone knows all of her secrets and may expose her past misdeeds and ruin her life at any moment. The story is told from the point of view of Lisa, her best friend Marilyn and daughter Ava. I loved the three different point of views because we soon realize that all of these ladies have a little darkness in their lives and are very good at secret keeping.
And that’s all I’m giving you. To say more defeats the purpose of reading the book. Lies are eventually revealed, characterization stays intense and there was plenty of crazy to keep my attention but the fact that the plot reveals, the twists, and the murderer were all so obvious and the stalkers motive so weak, I found myself a very disappointed reader by the end of it all.
This one is going into the Free Category.
9/1 Classic Horror
9/5 Cozy Mystery (not on my card)
9/7 New Release
9/9 Southern Gothic
9/11 Terrifying Women
9/13 A Grimm Tale
9/15 Modern Masters of Horror
9/17 Creepy Carnivals
9/19 Relics and Curiosities
9/21 Diverse Voices
9/23 Murder Most Foul
9/25 Amateur Sleuth
9/27 Genre: Suspense
10/1 Ghost Stories
10/9 Terror in a Small Town (not on my card)
10/11 Darkest London
I've Read These (none called):
Slasher Stories: THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY
Spellbound: BABY TEETH
Read & Called!
Murder Most Foul: BIG LITTLE LIES
Terrifying Women: THE GRIP OF IT by Jac Jemc
Suspense: PREDATORS by Michael Brent Collings
Supernatural: IN THE MOUTH OF THE DARK
Doomsday: PATIENT ZERO by Jonathan Maberry
Free: CROSS HER HEART by Sarah Pinborough
New Release: WE SOLD OUR SOULS
I read 13 books in September!
Lucifer Book 3 by Mike Carey 5*
We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor, narrated by Ray Porter 4*
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson, narrated by Bernadette Dunn 5* (HB)
Drawing Blood by Poppy Z. Brite, narrated by Matt Godfrey 3* (HB)
Cockblock by C.V. Hunt, narrated by Ramona Master 4*
ARCS/Reads for Review
Cross Her Heart by Sarah Pinborough 4* (HB)
Doorbells At Dusk edited by Evans Light (Anthology) 4*
Thirteen Days at Sunset Beach by Ramsey Campbell 3* (HB)
We Sold Our Souls by Grady Hendrix 5* (HB)
The House by the Cemetery by John Everson 3.5* (HB)
Slimer by Harry Adam Knight 5* (HB)
The Devil's Fingers by Hunter Shea 4* (HB)
Hex by Thomas Heulvelt (Buddy read with Lillelara) 3* (HB)
Horror Aficionados Mount TBR Challenge:
Challenge: Read 40 Books Already on my TBR
(I'm failing miserably)
1. City of the Dead by Brian Keene
2. The Warblers by Amber Fallon
3. October by Michael Rowe
4. It's A Bad, Bad, Bad, Bad World by Curtis Lawson
5. Bad Pennies by John Leonard
6. Cold in July by Joe Lansdale
7. Sea of Rust by C. Robert Cargill
8. Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
9. Hex by Thomas Heuvelt
Running Total: 122
Books read for Halloween Bingo: 9
by Nora Roberts
Book #1: Morrigan's Cross | Rating: 2.5 Stars
Book #2: Dance of the Gods | Rating: 2.0 Stars
Book #3: Valley of Silence | Rating: 2.5 Stars
Series Average Rating: 2.33 Stars
This series reminded me of the Cousin's O'Dwyer trilogy. I know that this one came first, but I read that one first, and the similarities in dialogue, narration, and even the awkward timing of the dialogue, as well as the overall awkwardness of the dialogue itself is much too similar to be ignored. To be honest, I kept getting the distinct feeling the characters weren't sure which time period or what genre of book they were in.
Honestly, this entire trilogy probably could have been cut down to one book, although I then suspect that we wouldn't get to showcase each couple as the front and center. But the romances weren't all that great, so I'm not sure if that's really an issue. The couple who had the best chemistry were Glenna and Hoyt in the first book, but even then it felt lacking. The couple with the worst chemistry happened to be Blair and Larkin--those two just didn't mesh at all and I couldn't figure out how Blair even fell for Larkin, because he annoyed the crap out of me.
To each their own, I guess.
The last book might have been the best one, but due to certain factors, it was still graded an average 2.5 Star 'Meh' Rating. There were too many things wrong with the way the book, the entire series, really, was set up and outlined.
Anyway you see it, I've read better Nora Roberts books.
As I've stated above, there were a lot of things about this book that bugged me, least of all were the similarities to the Cousin O'Dwyer trilogy I read a couple years back, the first book of which had been read for Halloween Bingo 2016. While the premise seemed interesting and promising enough, I can't say that the execution of the entire ordeal was really that great.
I was a little overwhelmed that so much was thrown at us in this first book, including all the six players, their thoughts and histories and conflicts, as well as more to grow on. There was a lot of predictability to the actions, and also a lot of frustration with these characters. And, as I'd felt with the Cousin O'Dwyer trilogy, the dialogue just feels too unnatural, too poetic, to feel real--it's a bit jarring.
Nonetheless, I found myself enjoying this book and interested in following the rest of the trilogy to the end. It would be interesting to see what comes of Cian, as the one and only vampire in this army of vampire slayers.
On a side note, I was a bit ecstatic when Blair pops into the picture and her introductory was actually quite kick ass--so I find myself hopeful for the second book wherein Blair's kick-ass self will be expanded upon!
All of my hopes for this series picking up with Blair's inclusion pretty much shattered with this second book. This isn't Blair's fault, however, as I still think she's pretty kick-ass, and I like that she comes to the circle as 'The Warrior.' Of course, she seems to have a little bit of Buffy in her, but there's nothing wrong with that.
What was wrong with this second book was that it truly contributed nothing new to the series. It was entirely a bridging book, created for the sake of having a second book, and for the sake of giving Blair and Larkin their romance. And if the romance had been any good, I probably would have been okay with it, even as the book was quite draggy.
But Larkin annoyed the ever-loving hell out of me, and I can't even really pinpoint why. He was always flirting and always trying too hard to be charming. Why that annoys me, I'm not entirely sure. While Blair is trying to organize a fight with the vampires, he's acting like a teenager who's playing some game, having fun with his training, seeing the sights of the modern world, and flirting with every female he comes in contact with.
The fact that the romance started developing before I could even pinpoint where the chemistry was coming from didn't help.
And finally, Larkin's shape-shifting abilities remain fully unexplained for 90% of the book, and everyone just kind of goes with it. Because, you know, sorcerors, witches, vampires... people from another world. Obviously no one ever questions why any of these people exist, which is not surprising. But I think I would have liked to have had Larkin's shape-shifting abilities brought to light more than the simple one paragraph flashback that was given to us at the end.
At least we got to see Blair's journey starting as an ordinary girl living in a demon hunting family, to becoming a full blown demon hunter. There was more depth to her background than Larkin's, though I'm not sure I like that her conflicts weren't really addressed.
While the entire series isn't really much to write home about, I'd say that Valley of Silence was the best of all three books. Not that that's saying much, because it didn't receive more than a 2.5 Star Rating from me anyway. It was 'Meh', though certain aspects of this book probably should have yanked the book's rating down to 'It was less than Meh and didn't do anything for me.' There were things in this book I'm not sure were handled very well.
Secondly, I didn't really like Moira all that much. She wasn't irritating, nor was she a speshul snowflake. She was just there... and she was kind of flat and boring.
In contrast, I loved Cian's relationship with the other two women in this book, even as just friends. He regards Glenna with endearment; and he seems to have some sort of rapport with Blair. In contrast, I'd noted that neither of the other men in the series had much to do with the other women in this series who weren't their significant other. I would have expected Hoyt and Blair to at least have something to talk about, but they barely did. I figure it's because Blair and Cian are so much alike when it comes to their ultimate goal and mission, because they both understand the ruthlessness of their enemy and the fact that they also need to act towards the bigger picture of things.
I liked that Cian understood that both men and women were equally necessary in the war. Whereas Larkin and Hoyt spent more time playing the big, neanderthal of a macho man.
And I suspect that this has a lot more to do with which time period each of these people come from. Hoyt, Larkin, and Moira come from a land where honor is held much more highly than Cian, Blair, or Glenna would see it. The latter three come from a land where--not that it isn't held highly--but in the face of war and survival, sometimes honor needs to take a back seat, and emotions can mean either life or death in a millisecond.
Hoyt and Larkin come from a land and time where you protect women and children and babies and the elderly... which really doesn't leave a whole lot of population to fight a war, but whatevs. Meanwhile, the latter three, more modern characters come from a world where everything should be equal opportunity. Which also helps the former three time-bound characters understand that everyone needs to learn how to protect themselves and those around them, rather than just having the women rely on all the men to do the protecting.
I suppose that's why this circle sort of works--they balance each other out, I guess. They're all even paired as such romantically.
Anyway, the conflict in this book was a little deeper, if only because of Cian. He made this last book work for me. Meanwhile, the romance between him and Moira did not work for me, because, much like the previous book, I couldn't find that chemistry between them.
The ending was too abrupt for my liking, and while there were some emotional feels towards the end of the book, there still seemed to be a feeling of unsatisfied incompleteness. And I'm not sure if it's just because the series itself was a bit lacking.