Treasure Keeper by Shana Abe

The first thing I must start off with is this book is not romantic. If you’re looking for a sexy romance this is not it. This book was a little hard to follow and I was pretty much bored throughout. The story and the characters never drew me in and I had to force myself to continue reading. I’ll be honest, some skipping did happen.

The book starts off with a very long reading of Zoe’s diary from childhood to adulthood, which I thought was odd at first, and actually became irritated when it just went on and on, but toward the end I understood and appreciated the journey the author had just taken me on. Unfortunately that was nearly the only thing I appreciated about this book.

Zoe grew up envying all the boys who could turn into dragons. Girls of her race rarely ever gained powers of their own, and if they did they were forced to wed the upper class and breed. Throughout the diary we find that Zoe realizes she not only has a gift but she must hide it or else she will be forced to wed Rhys, the clan leaders son. Zoe thus develops a relationship with another male who is very regal and never shows or expresses love for her—or even kisses her. But she convinces her self that she’ll be happy with him because *puke* she wants to be able to chose her own husband.

When her soon-to-be husband disappears while on a mission for their clan Zoe defies her people and leaves the safety of her home to save him. Of course she has no knowledge of the outside world and has to learn as she goes. Zoe has no idea where or how to find her man so she just wonders around for a bit until she runs into Rhys who was also sent to find her soon-to-be husband.

What I mostly don’t like about the whole thing is that Zoe resents Rhys, and only gives into him because it’s expected of her by their dragon society (and the fact that her soon-to-be husband conveniently dies). Rhys maintains that he’s loved Zoe from the start but Zoe never reciprocates the feelings…ever.

Since childhood Rhys has been in love with Zoe and when he discovers her powers he attempts wooing her but she never really gets wooed. Oh, she has sex with Rhys but there’s no emotion in the act and I kind of felt that Zoe was physically unable to feel emotion in any way. I mostly felt sorry for Rhys.


Destiny Kills by Keri Arthur

The book starts off a little slow. Destiny finds herself on a beach, naked, with a dead guy, and no memory of how she got there or why he’s dead, although she does recall how to say the sacred words that will allow his soul to travel safely into the next life. Convenient for the dead guy. I know what you’re thinking: How can a book that starts off with a guy already dead be slow? Well it was for me.

Destiny instinctively knows she’s not quite human but we don’t get to find out what she is until a little later in the book. Searching for clothing, Destiny breaks into a cottage, but is soon being chased by the police. I felt the police came a bit unexpectedly. The only way I can figure they’d know she was there, is if the cottage had a high-tech silent alarm. Okay, I’ll play along.

During the chase she is almost run over by Trae, the very man who is looking for her, though it’s not clear how he knows it’s her, since they’ve never met. Maybe it’s a dragon thing. Trae is a fire-breathing air dragon, and Destiny is a water controlling sea dragon. Slowly, as the story progresses, Destiny regains her memories. She, along with a few others, had been imprisoned by scientists. Not the nice scientists who teach you how to make an egg fit through the neck of a bottle without breaking.

My favorite part of the book is when Destiny shows a little bad-assedness and kills one of the evil guys chasing her, though I find it odd that she’s not okay with killing any of the others. The book is titled Destiny Kills, so I was expecting a little more, well, killing.

As a side story, Destiny’s father is dying from diabetes, and she needs to get to him before he kicks the bucket so she can help his soul move on. I could have done without this part personally, but it adds a tenderness and backstory to Destiny’s character. Conveniently, the day Destiny reaches her father, he dies. I felt this happened a bit quick, but maybe it’s a dragon thing. Anyway, now Destiny and Trae set out to free the other trapped dragons.

The attraction between Destiny and Trae is a little too instantaneous without much of an explanation why, perhaps there are destined mates in the dragon world and you know your mate when you see them, but that was never explained. The comedic banter between them makes up for it though, they had me laughing.

Master of Dragons by Angela Knight

I just finished Master of Dragons and have mixed feelings about it. The beginning was good and moved at a decent pace, but then it just started to drag. Something started to be repetitive, while others just felt like empty filler.

It may be just me, but I don’t like it when a story deviates from the main characters and here’s why; I’m not interested in what the other characters thing or feel, I don’t need a side story that could have been left out and not been missed.

The story is about Nineva, who is prophesied to one day free a goddess trapped in a sword. She grew up believing, and accepting that she would die to free the goddess. But the goddess must be strengthened first and, because she’s a fertility goddess, Nineva must have sex to do it. But not with just anyone, with Kel, a dragon from her nightmares.

Kel and Nineva must hump like bunnies to feed the goddess and free her. This is where I get a little disconnected. Storylines where the characters must screw, in order to save the world, just weird me out. You might like it though.

So they have sex a lot, and then fly off to elicit the help of dragons who hate Kel, and really, really hate things that walk on two legs. So easy peasy right? Of course not. We are led through a long scene where Kel and Nineva try to convince the dragons to help, which could have been much shorter in my opinion.

Eventually the dragons help, because someone stole the magical egg that power their god. O_o Anyhew, by this time I’m getting a little bored with the whole plot, and it’s supposed to be the best part—Nineva and Kel are falling madly in love, despite the turmoil happening all around them, I just had a hard time losing myself in the story.

Soul Deep by Lora Leigh

I ordered and read this book based on Amazon reviews. I never thought that Amazon reviews would do me wrong…but they did. Big time! I’ve read a lot of romances but I’ve never read a romance with such blatant and repetitive crude language. In nearly every paragraph the words P*ssy and C*nt are repeated multiple times as the only description for the sexual intimacy between the two main characters. The author—who I’m convinced is really a man based on the language and plot, which I will get to in a minute—didn’t seem to have a very diverse vocabulary.

The plot makes me believe the author has a grudge against women. The premise is that when the heroine (Amanda) gets kissed by the hero (Kiowa a coyote breed) a chemical invades her body and makes her go into heat for the hero. If she refuses to have sex with him her body will become increasingly uncomfortable until the point of debilitating pain. Only when she gives in and has sex with the Kiowa does the pain go away, only to start the process all over again. Also, if the Amanda is touched by another man besides Kiowa she feels excruciating pain, even if the other man is only trying to help her.

The amount of pain Amanda goes through throughout the book is disturbing. The lack of communication and intimate connection between the two main characters is irritating and unromantic. The hero really doesn’t care about Amanda’s pain throughout the story, and often threatens her when she doesn’t cooperate. Plus, when Amanda is drugged into having sex with Kiowa for the first time she’s a virgin! But she acts like a pro, and afterward doesn’t mention it or even think about her drug induced lost virginity, which was more like rape since she was tied up at the time and out of her head. The whole thing is skipped over and forgotten, and (Hello!) losing your virginity is a huge deal.

Another thing I just couldn’t swallow (hehe =^-^=) is the fact that Amanda is the daughter of the president of the United States of America but her language is as crude as the authors. I guess the author just couldn’t separate himself from a prissy, rich, virgin female.

Never does Amanda and Kiowa act like they love, like, or can even tolerate each other, Oh, except when Amanda is in horrific blinding pain from not getting her sex on. There was absolutely no romance and I really hated the fact that Amanda never had a choice, she didn’t invite the kiss that sealed her fate, and if she doesn’t stay with Kiowa she’ll die from pain.

This book definitely felt like a male’s fantasy: There’s no way Amanda could ever cheat on him because she’d experience only pain, Kiowa can touch other women whenever he wants without pain, and Amanda has to have sex with him weather she wants to or not.

In the end the story is poorly patched up with the main characters somehow deciding that they like each other, but I never got it, and I wish I could wipe the whole thing from my memory.


A Hunger Like No Other

This is the first book in the series Immortals After Dark. For me this book sparked an obsession with paranormal romance. Kresley Cole is, in my opinion, one of the most innovative and creative romance writers known to humankind. She writes compelling plots, never boring charters, and is always thinking ahead. Many of the books in this series intertwine in such a way that you would benefit from reading them all in order but you don’t necessarily need to.

The book starts with Lachlain (king of the Lykae) escaping his 150 years of imprisonment and torture at the hand of the vampire hoard. As a result he harbors a deep hatred for vampires, not that he hadn’t hated them before his torture.

When he finds is fated female, Emmaline Troy (a half vampire half valkyrie) Lachlain goes ballistic, thinking fate had given him a lowly vampire for a mate. Assuming he has gone insane from his long torture he decides to keep her with him to wait and see if his mind has made a terrible mistake and hopes that she is not truly his mate. As he holds her prisoner he wars with himself over wanting to treat her like the vile creature she is and wanting to love her.

Emmaline is, for a vampire/valkyrie, extremely timid and fragile. Her aunts have kept her vampire state hidden from the rest of the world, fearing the vampires would want to claim her for their own. She has been sheltered and coddled by her loving aunts. But as she grows older she becomes restless and wants to find out who her vampire father was, or is. So she takes herself to France to start her search. There she finds out living on her own is much harder then she tough and is loathe to crawl back to her aunts and admit defeat. But before she can make a decision to go home or not she is captured by a powerful and frightening male. His treatment of her is erratic and she never knows what he will do next. Will he kill her or let her go?

Throuought the book we witness Emmaline gain courage and self esteme when it comes to dealing with Lachlain, and we see Lachlain soften and eventually grow to love his wee valkyrie with her wee fangs that drive him wild with lust when she drinks from him.