Synopsis: Welcome to the sensual world of the Lupine, where the burning drive to mate claims all…
Arianna Sanders doesn’t remember everything that happened to her when she was 12. All she knows is a savage monster left her terrified of sex and a freak among Lupines, werewolves known for their sensual nature. Her guardian is the only male she trusts, the one she secretly desires. Arianna longs to overcome her fear and make love with the sexy, mysterious shifter. But Kyle Morgan harbors a dark secret, one that if Arianna knew, would send her screaming into the night.
The fiercely protective Kyle hungers for the voluptuous Arianna, who’s been teased for her generous backside. He thinks she’s perfect and dreams about consummating the passion smoldering between them. When Arianna makes a lethal mistake and is told she must mate before the full moon or face execution by the powerful Silver Wizard, Kyle knows the time has come. He must tame the savage, sexual beast inside him before he can claim the woman he’s vowed to protect from all harm.
But a greater threat emerges when Kyle and Arianna find three missing Lupine children stolen by humans. Vowing to protect the children with their lives, they must band together to fight a growing evil that threatens the entire Lupine population, an evil that will reignite Arianna’s old terrors…
Why? I didn’t like Kyle, especially with how he handles Arianna, or the scene where he tells Arianna how he helped another couple find the ability to conceive a child. That whole telling disturbed me. I just didn’t like him as a male lead.
Connor Buchanan from Vampire Mine (Love at Stake #10) by Kerrelyn Sparks
Synopsis: Nothing on earth can make this vampire fall in love . . .
After 499 years of existence, Connor Buchanan has arrived at an inescapable conclusion: he is a cold-hearted SOB. He’s been watching his friends—those poor romantic fools—plummet off the cliff into love like a dazed herd of sheep. But not Connor. He knows that love leads to nothing but heartache.
Until Marielle . . .
She is an angel cast down from heaven for disobedience. Trapped in mortal form, she finds a protector in Connor, a Scottish vampire haunted by a dark past. Marielle hopes to heal his broken heart and earn her way back home, but suddenly she has these . . . feelings. This strange yet pleasant physical yearning—for a vampire! Is this the work of a demon luring her into hell, or has this angel found heavenly bliss?
Why? I usually like guys in kilts, and throw in a vampire in a kilt and I am set, but for some reason when I read this one it wasn’t sexy, it was funny in an awkward just didn’t work sort of way. I couldn’t take him seriously.
Synopsis: Caldwell, New York, has long been the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and owner of a notorious night club that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he’s approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King and leader of the Brotherhood.
Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood—even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him—and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.
Why? Rehv is a character that is around for the whole series, so when his book finally came I was looking forward to his happy ending. But his book just fell short, I wanted more from him and was disappointed in the whole story for him.
Madam Bovary from Madam Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
Synopsis: When Emma Rouault marries Charles Bovary she imagines she will pass into the life of luxury and passion that she reads about in sentimental novels and women’s magazines. But Charles is a dull country doctor, and provincial life is very different from the romantic excitement for which she yearns. In her quest to realize her dreams she takes a lover, and begins a devastating spiral into deceit and despair.
Flaubert’s novel scandalized its readers when it was first published in 1857, and it remains unsurpassed in its unveiling of character and society.
Why? I read this in college and it was one of those that moved really slowly and it was like watching a car accident happen from beginning to end. The main character just was never happy with what life gave her and she just kept looking for happiness and never found it. The last chapter was good, but for the most part I had a hard time getting behind the main character.
Margetta from the Blood Rose series by Caris Roane
Why? She is the antagonist throughout the whole Blood Rose series and she just doesn’t stand up on her own, she always comes across as weak and the protagonists are always far stronger and can stand on their own. She isn’t a capable villain.
Synopsis: When Kalith geologist Jora b’Larth notices strange seismic activity occurring around the underground energy barrier in Yellowstone National Park, she realizes someone otherworldly has been siphoning off energy. Keeping her identity under wraps, she reaches out to the enemy Paladins for help. When Paladin Penn Sebastian shows up, ready to investigate her allegations, Jora is unexpectedly attracted by his handsome face and intense blue eyes. And as they work together to solve the rift between their two worlds, something surprising happens: the two sworn enemies begin to fall in love.
Why? Out of all the books in the series, this one moved too quickly and fell short. The characters weren’t strong in this bok=ok. I believe Penn shows up in books prior to this and I expected more and was disappointed in his book.
Synopsis: A warrior on a mission
Kirek of Rystan’s objective is to destroy the Federation’s deadliest enemy, but he needs help. When assistance comes in the form of a sexy and irresistible space pilot, he takes on a second goal–to win her heart.
A woman with a plan
Captain Angel Taylor’s going after the biggest salvage haul in her career. Fiercely independent, she can’t imagine a life with Kirek, a traditional Rystani warrior with extraordinary psi powers — but he has seductive skills she can’t resist.
Teaming up, Angel and Kirek risk their lives to fight the evil Zin empire — but Kirek’s biggest battle of all is to win Angel’s love.
Why: I was disappointed in the 4th book. Kirek is a character that grew through each of the previous books, so I looked forward to his story. He went through a lot in the 3rd book, but in this one he isn’t that different than when he was in the previous books. He could have been a much more dynamic and complex character and I wanted more of him. He went through some things, but had no scares that affected his decisions when it came to Angel. Angel was more dynamic. I just found myself getting bored with the book. I wanted it to be more and it fell short.
Sebastian St. Ives and Amelia Hadwell from My Lord Immortality (Immortal Rogues #3) by Alexandra Ivy
Synopsis:In this mesmerizing tale from the author of the Guardians of Eternityseries, a traitorous vampire is determined to destroy the Veil that has long separated vampires from human blood–and the passions it ignites. Only the Immortal Rogues, three vampires charged to protect their kind, can hope to stop his deadly rampage. . .
Amelia Hadwell has no time for London’s nightlife. Not when her beloved brother’s odd ways have their family threatening to institutionalize him. And not when she is questioning her own sanity after being confronted by a murderous shadow creature–then being saved by a captivating stranger, a man who belongs to a world she cannot imagine.
Reserved and scholarly, Sebastian St. Ives has been content without human desires–until they are reawakened by the delicate, brave Amelia, whom he is meant to protect. For the young woman has no idea she possesses the key to a ravenous vampire’s dark victory. Now Sebastian must shield her from both a killer and his own growing attraction–or bond with her completely, and forever. . .
Why? This whole trilogy fell short with me. I expected a lot more from Alexandra Ivy and this series left me frustrated and unsatisfied. The male leads just didn’t come across as strong.
Synopsis: On the night of her twenty-fifth birthday, alone in her apartment, Air Force Sergeant Christine Canady wished for one thing: a little magic in her life. After drinking way too much champagne, she performed, of all crazy things, a goddess-summoning ritual, hoping that it would somehow make her life a little less ordinary…but she never believed the spell would actually work.
When her military plane crashes into the ocean, CC’s mission overseas takes an unexpected turn. She awakens to find herself in a legendary time and place where magic rules the land—occupying the body of the mythic mermaid Undine. But there is danger in the waters and the goddess Gaea turns this modern, military gal into a beautiful damsel so that she can seek shelter on land.
CC is soon rescued (literally) by a knight in shining armor. She should be falling in love with this dream-come-true, but instead she aches for the sea and Dylan, the sexy merman who has stolen her heart.
Why: The story moved slowly and at the end when it got better there wasn’t enough of the last scene. I wanted so much more from the conclusion. The Goddess of Spring was far better and the ending left me so much more satisfied. This just needed more.
Trusting Her Was Unthinkable…
Lady Isabel Adair is the last woman Sir Duncan MacGruder wants to see again, much less be obliged to save. Three years ago, Isabel broke their engagement to become the Earl of Frasyer’s mistress, shattering Duncan’s heart and hopes in one painful blow. But Duncan’s promise to Isabel’s dying brother compels him to rescue her from those determined to bring down Scottish rebel Sir William Wallace.
Resisting Her Was Impossible…
Betraying the man she loved was the only way for Isabel to save her father, but every moment she spends with Duncan reminds her just how much she sacrificed. No one could blame him for despising her, yet Duncan’s misgivings cannot withstand a desire that has grown wilder with time. Now, on a perilous journey through Scotland, two wary lovers must confront both the enemies who will stop at nothing to hunt them down, and the secret legacy that threatens their passion and their lives…
Why? The synopsis reads like it will be an awesome book, but the male character bores me. I had a really hard time finishing this book and it disappointed me because there was potential.