Sunday, April 20, 2014
The Engineered Throne by Megan Derr 4*
BLURB: Lord Vellem is a man desperate for escape. His father hides from his problems in alcohol, his mother hides from her misery in drugs, and his brother fled to the relative safety of the royal palace. Vellem eventually found solace in the Royal Army Corp of Engineers, but still could not entirely escape. Then his brother provides him with an unexpected chance, and now Vellem's marriage to the young prince of a neighboring kingdom is only months away.
The marriage promises not just a fresh start in a new land, but a challenge to his famed skills in building roads and bridges. But before he can settle into his new life, tragedy strikes, and Vellem isn't certain he's up to rebuilding the ruin left in its wake.
My Review: I would have given this one 5* if not for the poor copy editing. There were words missing in sentences and wrong words used or even double up of words where only one was needed. Apart from that though, this was an excellent story of how a humble engineer becomes the Regent of an enemy country and ends up in a war with his native country. There is a small hint of a romance between the prince and the engineer but mostly it focuses on the politics and strategies of war with more than enough action to keep most readers happy. What made this one even more enjoyable for me was the inclusion of dragons and a plethora of really well written secondary characters. I especially liked the brother and his wife.
Friday, April 18, 2014
With Pride (Princes of the Blood #2) by Megan Derr 5*
BLURB: When his sister falls ill, Kristof is ordered to assume a duty never meant for him: become the Duke of Stehlmore and marry a notorious Prince of the Blood. It is one of the oldest honors and duties undertaken by his family, but Kristof feels only resentment that he must leave behind all he knows to serve an arrogant half-demon.
His resentment must be set aside, however, when evil is found lurking far too close to the castle—an evil that has many pieces, controlled by someone they cannot find and who always seems one step ahead of them. Someone who seems to think that demons are little more than toys …
My Review: This is the second book in the series of Princes Of The Blood but it actually takes part before Of Last Resort. I actually was quite happy about this as I liked the couple in the book and was glad to read their story in this one. It was an interesting read with half Demons and Paladins and the evil magics which they have to fight against whilst learning to trust each other. My only complaint is that I am always left wanting more from Megan Derr's books as they all seem so short. They aren't, but she writes in such a way that I speed through them too quickly!
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Wolf in Gucci Loafers (Tales of the Harker Pack #2) by Tara Lain 5*
BLURB: Socialite Lindsey Vanessen wants someone to love who will love him back — an impossibility for a gay, half-human, half-werewolf. Too aggressive for humans, too gay for wolves, and needing to protect the pack from human discovery, Lindsey tries to content himself with life as a successful businessman. But when someone starts kidnapping members of wealthy families, Lindsey meets tough cop Seth Zakowsky—the hunky embodiment of everything Lindsey wants but can't have.
Seth has never been attracted to flamboyant men. What would the guys in the department think of Lindsey? But intrigue turns to lust when he discovers Lindsey’s biting, snarling passion more than matches his dominant side. It might mean a chance at love for a cop in black leather and a wolf in Gucci loafers.
My Review: When I read the first one in this series (The Pack or the Panther) I really loved the character of Lindsey. I was delighted when Tara Lain decided to write him as one of the heroes in her second book in the Harker Pack series. He is a truly effeminate man but also a half breed werewolf in one very intriguing package of good looking rich guy. Seth on the other hand is a no nonsense cop who doesn't actually like effeminate gays and can't understand why he is attracted to Lindsey. The background story of kidnappings of rich children brings the two men together in a lovely clash of personalities and heated lust. I won't spoil this for anyone who hasn't yet read it, but I will say it's worth every penny I spent on it. Oh and, when you read it, you will thoroughly enjoy the character of Super Granny too.