Book Hoarders Anonymous

I have too many books. There, I admit it. I'm working on it though.
Wicked Wonderland - Janice Maynard, Luann McLane, Susanna Carr

Well...it wasn't bad. OTOH, it wasn't really good either. Two flings and a coworker who came across as sexually harassing when you get down to it.

 

The first tale...dingbat heroine manages to miss the train because she's too busy shopping at a gift shop to notice the whistle. Of course, dumb kid running the gift shop has the sensitivity of a brick. She's saved essentially by the artist who carved the items she was admiring. And...I have to ask, was she looking for paint goobers and stuff? The train had left 30 minutes prior when the kid approached her to ask her to leave. I can't imagine staring at a display that long, and apparently she was there far longer since she had the time in the first place. H/h went into it with the idea of a fling, and well, fortunately I guess, they let it morph at its own pace.

 

The second - h had a history of bad decisions and had made a concerted effort to clean up her life. If that meant buttoning up and covering up, so be it. H had all the appearance of being another bad decision and well, in typical oblivious bad decision-appearing male fashion, pressured her, contrived to be around her, etc. She made a few bad decisions there in that she had sex, several times, *in the office* with him. She finally decided she needed to get away, at which point he shows up to drive her to the airport. She should have kept quiet and just called a taxi. Of course, she never explained herself to him that I recall, and he was too obsessed with getting in her pants to actually talk to her.

 

Third - I was mostly ok with it until the H started getting pushy about the relationship. The h is currently unemployed and managing a friend's parents B&B as a favor (and well, she needs the money). In Alaska. A 2 week job. She knows it. He knows it. He presses for a relationship and well...she backs off. In the end, she's ready to leave, he's upset, she gets a call asking her to stay longer and...he finds this all convenient and is unhappy. Ummm...ok bright boy, what exactly do you propose she do with all her spare time? Yeah...those last few pages, I wanted to hit him with a clue-by-four.

 

Come to think of it, two of the heroes in this needed that clue-by-four. Even if a relationship is a possibility, IT'S NOT ALL ABOUT YOU (mutter)

His Purrfect Mate - Laurann Dohner

After the first book in the series, I half dreaded this one. Fortunately, the H - Anton - is a sweetheart. He and his inner canine are momentarily taken aback by the heroine when she climbs him, and moreso when he finally notices the feline scent BUT... it doesn't take long, like more than a few minutes of conversation while waiting for a packmate to fetch him clothes, for both man and varmint to be all aboard as far as the h is concerned. Still, he takes her back to her home and leaves her alone.

 

He comes back a few days later while she's filing a police report against someone who utterly trashed her apartment. Turns out it was a few idiot younguns who didn't take heed to his warning, along with a couple of rogue shifters. So he takes her home with him and puts her under his protection.

 

Much sex later (and a bite, etc), his mom finds out about him being with a part feline and well...

 

I would just like to say, for a devious and ambitious woman, she (mom) is pretty stupid. She seems unaware that all but her youngest son actually resent her a bit, and doesn't seem to grasp that by taking what appears to actually BE her son's mate and disposing of her, she's crossed a line there's no going back from.

 

Now, what I didn't like about this book - everyone talks too much. I expect nervous chatter from a scared part cat in wolf territory. The 4 brothers and cousin though? Gaaah! They'd take 3 sentences to explain something that could have been told in 1.5, and the explanation of what the h was going through when they rescued her from being a kitten farm (what mommy dearest signed her up for) came across as an overly detailed info dump.

Mate Set  - Laurann Dohner

Well... for once one of the author's Hs wasn't thrilled to find his mate. There's some sort of irony that in the worlds she's created where they don't actually mate, they grab random *human* females by their hair and drag them off for a lifetime of being a living blow up doll. This one, where mating happens, the guy resists it.

 

I hate it when that happens. If you're going to have matings, don't have the prospective mates acting like jackasses about it.

 

So here we have Dumb and Dumber - I'll leave that up to others to decide which is which but... the h knows her uncle is a werewolf, knows this little town is a shifter town, and doesn't really bother to check with him before arriving. Upon arrival, she's told by him DO NOT GO OUT AFTER DARK. What does our genius do? Yup. Never been an issue before so why now? I mean; he told it her everyone was in mating heat, so it wasn't like she wasn't warned. Nearly got herself gang-raped in the first chapter. Later, after the H is stuck guarding her (her uncle should have packed her arse back on the plane, but then again, if she was smart, she would have cut the trip short herself), she flirts, dresses provocatively, etc., because she wants to bang the hot werewolf (who is also dealing with mating heat but...). At no point does she ask if he's involved with anyone. Several days later, cabin fever (stupidity actually) sets in and she gets him to take her to the bar he runs where...she runs into an employee he's nailed in the past (talk about pissing in your own sandbox), then an alpha from another pack who pretty much backs the H into a corner as far as claiming her is concerned. At this point, it's a foregone conclusion he's going to be nailing her every chance he can get. Then after all this, she gets pissed off and upset to find out he'd actually planned to spend time with a female he was considering claiming. Uh... Should have asked beFORE you all but humped his leg dummy.

 

That's her.

 

He...never bothered to tell her he was seeing someone else, something he should have informed her of when she was in entice mode (of course, seeing as how he also had no qualms about banging an employee...). He also had made it no secret to any of his acquaintances that he had no intention of ever mating with a human. They all wasted no time in telling her of this. He'd act all pissed that he'd almost lost control and claimed her. Wanted to bring in another male for a 3-some (to diffuse the urge to claim her for real)...and wondered why she was pissed off. Then he did bite her and threw a freaking tantrum, which is irritating in a 2 year old but with a 200 lb werewolf?! He gutted her bedroom...then ran like a rat. She was ready to leave town then, which was when enlightenment finally hit him and he enlisted his family's help. Still...

 

Oddly enough I do believe in the HEA but DAMN that was painful.

Haunting Blackie - Laurann Dohner

 

It's been a while since I've read one of these. This one was released in the middle of EC's meltdown and while I wanted to support the author, I, like many other readers, wasn't about to reward EC for screwing over so many of their authors.

 

Getting out of the habit of autobuying meant that it was several years after Ms Dohner got the rights back and self-published it before I got a wild notion to revisit. Also meant that I was kinda...puzzled...about who Blackie was. I was thinking he was someone else. Unfortunately for me, the rest of the series is packed away and inaccessible so I couldn't refresh myself with a quick reread (because they're not really a deep series here).

 

Anyway, seems he was rescued by the h many moons ago when she and her pack (for want of a better word) helped the cyborgs escape. The leaders of the cyborg rebellion made the conscious decision to abandon their co-conspirators because they had dog DNA and they(the cyborgs) didn't want that blood contaminating their gene pool. Unfortunately for our H, that meant they left behind a female that had bonded to him (and vice versa). So he's been adrift and avoiding getting into a family unit because he has little interest.

 

The h's pack was all but wiped out in retaliation - it's just her and a half sister...sortof. They escaped at some point, and have been living in space as bounty hunters. They get ganged up on by pirates, and rescued by the ship the H is assigned to at the moment...because they're female. Unfortunately, there are 3 cyborgs who knew of their existence and want all evidence of their abandonment wiped out. One just happens to be in command of the ship. H and several allies spend much of the book protecting her and her sister from those who want her silenced.

 

Unlike many in this series, I actually felt like this was a couple. A lot of her heroes, I'm unsure at times if they even see the h as a sentient being beyond sexual compatibility. Also the h isn't quite human. It's kindof a failing I think that nearly every heroine has to be at least able to pass as human, particularly when the females of the H's race/species/whatever seem to be written as vicious harpies which no man in his right mind would want. Uh...really?

 

Regarding the h... A friend, after bad experiences with untrained, ill-mannered JRTs, referred to them by the acronym FSFAR - Football Shaped for a Reason. The h, for all that she's a grown-ass woman, is undisciplined, reactionary to the point at times of being almost rabid, and...yeah. Her sister is even more so, in addition to acting like she's 15 at times. Hard to like them. I mean; some of their conversations were funny but they went on too long, were too verbose with replies.. snark and sarcasm work best as one liners, and really, one doesn't have to explain every detail when one is doing something hairbrained that they've done before. For that matter, why did they have to explain - or do everything - when the A-team worthy diversion should have been self-explanatory and as easily done by the two cyborgs (instead of them guarding the door while ordering the women to hide and bitching because they didn't).

 

Eh, much of its failings are because a) I like to think I'm not the only one who can do this, whatever it is and b) I can't deal with chicks who have little self-discipline.

 

As an aside, because this irritates me a bit.  A cyborg - cybertronic organism - is a meld of man and machine, in this case, genetically engineered man and machine.  They are NOT a separate species.

February and March in Atlantis - Alyssa Day

I am glad that I waited until March was finally released before acquiring February, even if my reason was that I wanted a physical copy. The two read like parts 1 and 2 of a book rather than 2 novellas.

 

With that in mind... Jake, H in the first, was a drifter of sorts until Poseidon decided he'd drifted enough. A sea fae may have been involved. He's now a part of Denal's group, whether he wants to be or not. The h... I had issue with. There comes a point when wanderlust starts to look less like a life of adventure than an avoidance of responsibility. Her defensiveness towards her parents - who wanted her to stop wandering (considering where she wandered, I can certainly understand that. No parent really relishes the thought of their daughter ending up in a sex trafficking ring or well, dead). The two seem like the perfect match. Just hope they don't reproduce...

 

Lucas - H in the second - is the son of the traitor in the first handful of the Atlantis books. He's had to live with the results of this - even his own mother apparently views him with suspicion. The h...once upon a time, she fancied herself in love with a wolf shifter alpha who was an abusive douchebag. She finally ran - after figuring out she was preggers. Much of this one takes place in a car as the two of them go on a cross-country trip to get her kid back.

 

While the first half read as one story, the second half didn't. It split between the two couples, particularly near the beginning. Read as *a* book, it mostly works. There's some repetition there right at the beginning of March, that if eliminated, would have made things flow better. I do understand though that with the two halves being published independently, it needed to be there.

A Mermaid's Kiss - Joey W. Hill

I have some issues with the world building here that made it difficult to really immerse myself into the story. Those are my own though and had I taken the time to do some preemptive skimming prior to purchase rather than smirking at the mermaid angle and making sure it wasn't a three-some tale...

 

The h - Anne - is the great great granddaughter of Ariel. Yes; that Ariel. The spell that originally allowed Ariel to walk on land got twisted somehow when the seawitch attempted to remove it and her descendants have been cursed. At least one was a siren. None have lived past their 21st birthday - not because of disease either as Anne's mother killed herself.

 

The H - Jonah - is an angel who has lost his way...and in the beginning, his wing. Just one. The h finds the wing, hunts him down, and takes him to a safe place as per his directions.

 

The sea witch has a descendant too - Mina. Mina is also dark spawn - half dark one. She fights it and tries to help Anne.

 

It's an odd blend of fanciful fairy tale, sex that is often somewhat crude, and well, the emoting of an angel who needs to get over himself. He knows he's lost his way, and is reluctant to find it. Near the end, when the goddess tells him the origins of humans, he revolts. The h manages to heal his mind and heart, things happen, dark ones blow up, he mourns her passing (yes; she does die, but she wasn't supposed to, so gets a reprieve), has a good cry, and finds her again. The end.

 

Things I didn't like, odd world building or no - that finalish scene where she goes to a turned Jonah to try to bring him back to the light. It was so drawn out as to be ridiculous. She goes up to him, he punches her. She crawls back, he breaks her arm, she gets back up and tries again, he speaks in an evil voice that drives her down...again. She gets back up and tries to sing to him, upon which he punches her *again and this time kicks her. So she tries again. How I don't know. I was sort of wondering how she was still alive as she'd been hit twice by an angel. Anyway, he has his sword out with the tip resting on his hand - no, I don't know why a warrior of any sort would do that - and she climbs Mt Jonah again, kisses him, nearly cutting herself in half in the process, and while he's distracted, combines their blood for a bit of joining magic which finally gets his heart back in his chest where it belongs (it's in a jar, don't ask). Then she artfully dies.

 

His obfuscating and toe dragging. He's avoided the goddess for half a century. It's not clear why he stopped. The questions on how he got to this state in the first place. How was it none of the others noticed?

 

I'm sortof curious as to who the next one is about, but not sure I can sit through that much navel-gazing.

First Mate's Accidental wife - Eve Langlais

well... Ok then.

 

I confess, there is a trope that is often used in futuristic/fantasy/time travel sorts where the "H"(and I use that term loosely), through chicanery gets the h in a position where she's considered married to him and thus subject to his laws, such as they are, and I hate it. Because every damned time it happens, the h is forced to give up everything she knows and is expected to just...get over it...because he's so hawt. (eyeroll).

 

And while I'm not in favor of the reverse happening either, in the hands of an author known for humor, the results can be very entertaining - as I've just discovered. Note, the author has had her fair share of heroines stolen away and expected to go along with it. She's also the only author who has ever had an even vaguely realistic reaction from an unhappy, and very reluctant female. Granted, it was off-page, but the blue guys (mentioned once in this book) discovered the hard way that women really prefer to have a choice.

 

And now we have... the H - first mate and not really wanting to hold the position of captain, and the h - daughter of an intergalactic mob boss, kidnapped with intent of a forced marriage by a race of octopi, and rescued (sortof) by said H... She ends up rescuing him by virtue of conned marriage, and well, he's not pleased when he figures out he's actually married. There is a bit of mayhem, and eventually, consummation which, in keeping with the impression of being a harlequin presents spoof, is not nearly as detailed as much of the author's other works.

 

In the end, daddy is happy for her because she chose a guy she cared for rather than going for wealth...and there's the set-up for the next in the series. Hmmm.

Enthralled -  Meljean Brook, Alyssa Day, Lucy Monroe, Lora Leigh

I am relatively sure the only reason I bought this was the Alyssa Day. I'm equally sure I waited until I found it cheap.

 

The LL... Thoughtful look. It's been a long time since I read a Breeds book. The inability to keep anyone/thing straight was maddening to this somewhat ocd reader. The "heroes" who were more controlling alphhole than alpha didn't help. Her short stories are generally easier for me to digest, and this one is no exception. The h - recessive breed - figures out what she is when her breed genetics suddenly kick in and she ends up in the ER. How she ended up like this is not really answered satisfactorily - either her grandfather was a douche who schemed to get his son's and his son's wife's eggs/sperm from a fertility clinic for malicious reasons, or the old saying that the road to hell is paved with good intentions holds true. The story gives you the feeling the author couldn't make up her mind...or changed it. Whatever the case, the h is rescued from an assassination attempt, and she is separated from her parents. As to the why of that, well, we're never told but knowing how the breed mind seems to be written, it seems a deliberate attempt to force her into the fold. The H is somewhat aware of his attraction but is put off by her age and doesn't want her around. She forces the issue and other than one kidnapping attempt, they spend the rest of the book boinking. Out of the bedroom, the rest of this group of merry men (and Jonas is absent as they seem to be a group of security folks who only vaguely answer to him when they feel like it) are playing head games with each other and the would-be kidnapper.

 

The Alyssa Day contribution... too short I thought. I wanted to read more about the h and H. This is probably a good thing.

 

Meljean Brooke... I've read a couple of novellas from this series, and have the first book in Mt TBR. I'm still unconvinced though as to the appeal of steampunk. And well, in light of everything, I can't help but wonder why the H, as soon as he figured out the bad guy was going to kill them anyway, didn't act then. Or how the bad guy knew he survived, or HOW he survived for that matter.

 

Lucy Monroe's contribution - cute but didn't really catch my interest.

FaceOff - M.J. Rose, Ian Rankin, Heather Graham, Lee Child, David Baldacci, David Baldacci, Linwood Barclay, Joseph Finder, Peter James, T. Jefferson Parker, Linda Fairstein, Raymond Khoury, Lisa Gardner, James Rollins, Douglas Preston, Michael Connelly, F. Paul Wilson, R.L. Stine,

well..that's interesting. Granted, I'm not actually familiar with most of the authors...or characters. Not really the genre I follow.

 

I do kinda wish similar existed in romance if only to see how other authors do characters.

I suppose I should admit I reread Caressed by Ice as well, huh.

 

I just had this wild hair to do so.  Perhaps that wasn't the brightest idea as all 4 of the rereads were of the sort where you look at the clock and realize it's really really late.  I think it was 4:30 this AM when I discovered just how late I'd stayed up.  Thank God for coffee.

Rescued by the Marine - Julie Miller

Hmmm... I was pleasantly surprised both to discover a new release from the author and that it wasn't a part of her Kansas City series. I'm not too terribly sure about this one though.

 

Lessee... heroine. Socially awkward, smart but dumb, rich heiress with 2 degrees who is currently working on her phD. 20 years ago, her mother was kidnapped and killed by militia, the leader of which was executed. Her parents have arranged an engagement party for her and her slimy boyfriend on the anniversary of her mother's death because reasons.

 

Hero - former marine with PTSD, works in SAR. Not stated that he was special forces, surprisingly enough (most ex military heroes are SEALs, Rangers, Green Berets, etc...).

Characters were ok. Basic plot was ok - heroine gets kidnapped while leaving the hotel following breaking up with a douchebag. It went downhill from there.

 

First, there's the meeting between the H and a fellow SAR team member and the heroine's parents. It's in the local bar where everyone hangs out, including the son of the late, unlamented militia leader and all his cousins.

 

Then there's the lack of any real armament beyond a basic handgun and a hunting knife, going along with the team member to do this under the table rather than contacting their employer for aid.

 

He figures out where the h is being held, based on the video they'd sent her father and is disturbed that he didn't know they were so well armed. Uh... with the distinct possibility the militia were involved - there was motivation there - why wouldn't he expect it?

 

His team member/helicopter pilot is dead when they reach the rendezvous point and he's pondering who might have known. Well duh. They knew he was involved because they were at the bar when he arrived.

 

At some point he takes off on a forced march downhillish and gets over 150 yards away from the h. Really?! He was that sure they'd lost their pursuers/no bears or other varmints/etc.?

 

Heroine is smart but dumb - she chatters non-stop "to fill the dead air". Hon, when you're up in the mountains and people are hunting you, you keep that up, there might be more things dead than air. Then, when he leaves her in the hunting shack (why, I dunno), she repairs the radio - sortof, and tries using it. She can't receive, nor can she change frequencies, so she has no way of knowing who is listening in.

 

Final kicker - what sort of lame-ass background check did the owner of the security firm the heroine's dad employed run that he missed that one of his employees was a nephew to the guy who'd killed his client's wife?

Legend of the Highland Dragon - Isabel Cooper

Interesting. A historical PNR with dragons.

 

The h inadvertently finds out what the H is by virtue of inviting herself over to visit with the housekeeper. She's working class...actually, that might be a stretch seeing as how some of her siblings are maids, etc. So there is class disparity between her and the H - who is titled. That said, I get the feeling that where dragons are concerned, it's less who's appropriate and more who will adapt.

 

She has attitude - he calls her Cerberus more often than her name. I thought that a bit odd considering said class disparity. Also thought it odd that the H would back off. Then again, perhaps the attraction was behind that.

 

Eventually the bad guy figured out how to separate them and grabbed her. The H went after him with a good deal of interest, showing him for sure what he was but he didn't come out of that confrontation alive.

 

I think...I may pursue this one further.

Vampires Like it Hot - Lynsay Sands

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, this series was actually funny. Now it seems to rely on making a character out and out stewpid for laughs. I skimmed over it when I first got it, and have spent the last day or so (while reading it) mentally ranting.

 

So let's see...our heroine (spineless professional student who can't seem to tell people NO up until near the end) is in Punta Cana for a "destination wedding" (code speak for bridezilla not being too terribly concerned at how bloody inconvenient it is for a bunch of college students to just pull $$$$ out of their arses for airfare, lodging, and of course passports just to sit there and "ahhh" for a 15 minute ceremony that probably will end in divorce). She's suckered by the bride to be to keep up with said bride's sister who, judging from everything said, apparently spent her childhood alone while her dad threw money at her to shut her up. Said sister catches the eye of (cough) vampirates. Heroine, taking her responsibility a bit too seriously (really, the girl is an adult. Let her go) runs after her and catches the eye of the captain.

 

Captain caveman seems to live in a timewarp where it's apparently acceptable to override a potential lifemate's objections by kissing her senseless. He and heroine keep getting interrupted by the babysittee who flogs the heroine instead of the jackass. He gives up briefly and drags her off. Heroine takes advantage and bails through the porthole.

 

Enter the "dashing" Raffaele who complains about as much as the babysittee (so maybe he should have been paired with her instead.). Honestly, I knew about as much about him at the end of the book as the beginning. he's 2 millennia old, has been a teacher, and a pianist, and is now an architect. That's pretty much all we ever know about him. Why? Because the entire book was focussed on the heroine's drama (at least some of which she brought on herself).

 

So he rescues her. She's so exhausted she faints, has noodle legs, etc. Yet somehow she marches to the main building lobby to report her cousin being missing, takes off again for her room intending to wait on said cousin, still manages to go eat. Where does she get the energy? Oh, gets better because...she gets another room key, goes back to her room where she finds all *her* stuff is missing, and only manages to stop darting off in 40 directions like a hyperactive toddler after the H's cousin puts the notion to sleep into her head. Frankly she exhausted ME.

 

So the next morning, she wakes up after one of those lifemate dreams and... sneaks out of their suite (which I call BS here - how is it all their super senses don't pick up a blundering twit waltzing her way around in their suite). She then proceeds to go upstairs to her room - the one Captain Caveman has already moved her out of - and starts to take a shower. Of course he finds her. This is all a set-up for the "laugh" scene where she's dangling 4 stories up in nothing but a pair of well-worn bikini bottoms. The H finally wakes up where he's been napping in the chair beside the sofa-bed she'd previously occupied (really, he was right beside her and slept through her getting up, grabbing her room key, and leaving) and manages to rescue her from herself. Should have let her fall.

 

More stewpidity - they don't know any better than she does on how to get out of the country with no passport. After all, it isn't an issue with them. So rather than calling the front desk, reporting the theft, and finding out where to get aid, they just locate the main embassy. They have yet to tell her that they're "vampires" too (really, the harping on the distinction is getting old). She finds out inadvertently because once again, supersenses don't hear things like a knock at the door, someone wheeling in a fridge, and carrying on a conversation that shouldn't happen 4 feet away from a snoring vampire. She bolts. Of course she does. She just...takes off straight to the embassy where...they tell her she needs an appointment. And since she's once again on her own even though Captain Caveman is trying to get her in his clutches and she should know better than to take off like that (idiot), she ends up in a taxi with two of his friends who take her to his boat.

 

H and co are hot on their tail of course. So when she finally manages to learn the word "no" (gosh. I'm so proud of her), and Captain Caveman finally figures out he has competition, which he takes off to fetch, it's not too long before we get to read the most drawn out info dump in the history of this series.

 

Epilogue - She's invited captain caveman to the wedding to introduce him to Marguerite so she can find him his very own lifemate. Well... I guess that's a really good thing seeing as how often a spare lifemate leads to tragedy.

Love Is Murder - Sandra Brown

The best way to think of this is a pricy collection of publisher's samples. You know - those things they normally give you for free in hopes you'll buy the actual book?

 

Some of the stories were surely standalone, but a lot of them weren't. There's a B.A.D. entry, and a Belador entry, for example. And a lot of them weren't my cuppa. A few fell into the category of "what the hell did I just read?". All of them were about the length of the average term paper too, so even if you did enjoy it, it was just long enough to well, make you want to buy the book (which may or may not exist)

Maverick - Cheryl Brooks

I missed the Zetithians...

 

My issues are... I don't remember the joy juice causing the reactions that way. Granted, it's been a few years since the last one. Still... Not sure any of the previous books are where I can reach them though to double check. Oh wait - one was a freebie on kindle once.

 

And... I generally don't find it that interesting to read up on the now adult offspring of previous H/h pairings. Actually, most of the time I find it uncomfortable, particularly if the author has let me see v. much in the growing up of said offspring.

 

The H and h are offspring of the two couples on the Jolly Roger, namely a son of Jack and Cat, and a daughter of err...whatever her name is, and Leo. There's a bit of side romance after a fashion in the form of a couple from the Statzeel/Zetithian breeding program. I was a bit... Ok, it's been a while since I read Manx's book so I must have missed the negotiations where he and Leo donned rubber gloves and grabbed mason jars. I knew about Cat's contribution as that happened in the first book. Apparently this is ongoing and I have to wonder - did it occur to them at any point that their lifestyle wasn't really compatible with Zetithian mating habits?

 

Whatever. It was interesting, particularly that the hybrids don't always function quite the same as the purebloods. Also interesting that it has occurred to someone that these guys have the potential to wipe out other races just by interbreeding.

The Duke with the Dragon Tattoo - Kerrigan Byrne

You know, I half expected this to be the revelation that there was yet another MaKenzie bastard. To be honest, I'm not entirely sure he isn't - even when he remembers who he is (he's had amnesia for a L.O.N.G. time), there's no mention of who his father was to assure us otherwise.

 

Anyway... much like "Dorian", he'd met what would be the love of his life some 20-odd years prior and now he's back to claim her...any way he can.

 

Things don't really add up - he knows how her brother was to her, made absolutely sure her menagerie was taken care of, yet thinks he can ignore her tears or fear or whatever to claim her? Eh? Mixed signals there. In any case, he eventually gets his head straightened up...shortly after the latest run-in with "Dorian"...when all his memories are handed to him on a platter...and we find out the real reason Morley has been jonesing to hang "Dorian"

 

To tell you the truth, there were moments I got this and Jennifer Ashley's Mackenzie series mixed up. But only during this book. The others have not given me that bit of confusion. Maybe it was the whole brothers thing. Or being hit in the face so much with all the half siblings.

 

The heroine was...a heroine? The object of his obsession. She had a limp from her arsehole brother breaking her leg and her father not getting a Dr to set it "because what would people think?" She was, in a way, completely forgettable. And that's actually odd. The other heroines have made impressions. Mostly all she seemed to do was argue with him about who he was. I think maybe even the author had difficulty writing her since her sister-in-law actually got page time listening in on (and spying on) the H's first mate doing a ho. She rescued animals but there were no animals to rescue on a ship. Her brother was dead - killed by the H right before he kidnapped her.

 

And we spend close to a quarter of the book in the past, setting the stage. Almost all of the books have had some portion of backstory literally back in the day, but this was ridiculous.

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