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review 2015-11-27 13:00
Blacque/Bleu by Belinda McBride
Blacque/Bleu - Belinda McBride

GR Cleanup Read February 2011

 

This book was fabulous. I, for a change, have no complaints. The paranormal aspects were a living part of the story, the closeted werewolf hero and the sexy, tormented vampire hero magical together. The secondary characters weren't lost in the shuffle either, they were well developed and added to the story. I'll definitely be looking for more from this author in the future.


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review 2014-10-28 12:31
Bitten - Kelley Armstrong

Bitten!  Have you seen it?  I accidentally stumbled across the series while watching Face Off on the Syfy network and decided to DVR the whole thing to watch while folding laundry.

 

Seeing as I read the book well over a decade ago and didn't remember a damn thing I knew it wouldn't annoy me if they changed things (and they always change things, don't they?). Considering the network, this was a pretty decent show. The cast is gorgeous and perhaps that is blinding me to some of its faults but after a few episodes, I was pretty well hooked. The actors who play Clay & Elena have incredible chemistry but, as is with the book, I found myself annoyed with Elena's flip-flopping which is finally explained near the end of the season. The middle of the season episodes were full of fun kung-fu fighting scenes and the gore/romance are evenly balanced. Check it out if you've got some laundry to fold!

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review 2014-10-28 12:30
Bitten by Kelley Armstrong
Bitten - Kelley Armstrong

I read this in 2003. and just recently caught up the tv series Bitten on the Syfy network and from the little I remember of the book it seems they've done a pretty good job!  Have you seen it?

 

Hmmm, I had an odd experience with this book. I didn't particularly like either main character. Elena, the only female werewolf in existence, as we're told time and again, or Clay, the super alpha wolf with the Chippendales looks. They just weren't that likable. But I still manged to find the story compelling despite them. 

Elena despises Clay (but loves him too) and only wants to live a normal "human" existence. Clay, born and raised a werewolf, can't figure her out. He wants her, she wants him, so what's the problem? Well, for starters, Elena lives with another man whom she claims to love yet diddles around with Clay when she's in his turf. Elena is so wishy-washy about this and it continually annoyed me.

Character flaws aside, I did enjoy the book. As it moved along, I understood Elena's quandary a bit better (though she still annoyed the hell out of me at times) and Clay's ruthlessness and possessiveness was nicely balanced by the whole "mating forever" thingy that happens between wolves. I still felt bad for the poor human sap Elena was stringing along but whatever . . .

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review 2014-07-10 13:00
Primal Heat by Donna Grant
Primal Heat - Donna Grant

I read this awhile ago and am still fixing/updating my GR reviews one by one. 

 

Primal Heat is a sex fueled novella about a werewolf “tracker” and the woman who haunts his dreams. Orrin and his partner have arrived on earth in their spacecraft supposedly to save the human race from extinction at the hands of alien werewolves who can’t control their bloodlust. But Orrin gets a little sidetracked by sexy Krista and her lush bod and sex and bloodshed happens.

The reviews were pretty good across the board for this story so I went in with high hopes but as they say different strokes and all. I didn’t like it much. Maybe I’m just a grouch but it started out telling rather than showing and the heroine just put me off from the get go and I never did warm up to her.

The story zooms in on the danger and the sex and has very little in the way of character or romance development. That’s all fine and good, this is a shortie after all, but then it brings out that worn out old “fated to be” cheat that drives me mad because it has been so overdone. That’s one of my hot buttons. Another is a stupid heroine. And, I’m sorry folks, but any 20-something, confident professional with a fab job who caves in to peer pressure to fit in with people she doesn’t even like just screams insecure and not too bright to me. She wasn’t someone I could get behind, lush bod or no. Accepting a silly dare and visiting a haunted house ALONE, at midnight, without a get-away car and without telling ANYBODY? Well, honey you are just asking for trouble and titillation of the sexual kind. Ok, so maybe I’m guilty of reading too many Black Lace novels but come on. Is this not ninny behavior?

There are some interesting ideas here with the scary space travelling werewolves and the Tracker’s but I would’ve enjoyed it all more if it had been expanded a bit and some of the ideas fleshed out in better detail. Which brings me to the sexy scenes. They weren’t bad, and if you haven’t read a lot of m/m, erotica or super-hot romances then this might do it for you. But I’m the wrong person to ask. I need emotion or at least some kink in order for it to work for me. I had neither here so even those bits were “meh” for me and they were too brief.

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