The heroes are like Barrons with the added ability to admit when they're wrong and apologize. I know! Flawless!
This gryphon here in the preview for the third plays WoW. I love how the heroes in modern paranormal romance do so many totally mundane things, like leave their shit all around and on the way out to San Francisco to pay back a blood debt log in to get in a few more hours of play time in because no doubt the vampire queen he owes is going to keep him busy for a long time.
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Oh and also the very important death that Barrons is trying to bring about will be solved via some other means.
Allyson James' Shareem series is good and I want someone else to read it so I can eyeroll over the constant "He's a Level Three!" absurdities. STFU about that already. She writes historicals under the name Jennifer Ashley, and wrote that one a while back with the autistic hero who'd been consigned to an asylum, The Madness of something or other. The Shareem books feel nothing at all like that one, though they're all good.
Oh, and lord_v is halfway through Dragon Bound! His reading list the past six weeks or so has been the *entire* Immortals After Dark series, *Lord of Scoundrels*, and now Dragon Bound! And The Quantum Thief but that doesn't go along with my theme.
A series called "Cougar Falls" is probably about...
B. Older women/younger men
Cheating means Googling, Amazoning, or being NewAttitude.
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I'm SO glad you are enjoying Thea Harrison.
It is my job sometime in the next week or so to actually go back and find her earlier books because I just can't believe that someone went from writing Harlequins when she was 18 to popping *this* kind of book out.
I want to see what she started as.
I will report back my findings.
Plus he didn't like it that in Dragon Bound they have sex the first time "In the dirt. While running. From *goblins." He just kept repeating that. Blah blah oh and also, in KC they don't have sex in the dirt while running from goblins.
Have you or NewAttitude read the Chicagoland Vampire series by Chole Neill. It has a Barron-esqe character and I love the main female. I told my hubby he should read some of these books, but he won't. He calls them my sexy books . Who writes the Immortals after Dark series?
I have one of the Neill books in my TBR pile so I'll move it up the queue.
She was very 18.
And they were written in the 80's.
She is starting to lose her luster with me.
All of her female characters are beginning to seem like different versions of Anya.
I didn't read the last LotU. I just was not interested in Amun's hook, and the chick he was paired with was the one I thought *Strider* was going to be paired with, because why do the bounty hunter/sexy fugitive thing and then give her a different hero? WTF?
Just waitin' for Paris. He's 6'8, you know! I told lord_v that it's a romance rule that when a guy is abnormally tall or has a Penis of Unusual Size and numbers are given, really, just roll both back by four inches. 6'8 is 6'4 in real boy terms. 12" (egad, *wince*) is 8" in real boy terms.
I have to remember that rule as I read the Shareem series (recommend!) since they were all grown in a lab and are 7' tall with 12" dicks. Just go ahead and roll those back 4" and envision that, that's really what the author *means*, she just knows if she says 6'8 and 8" we will mentally subtract 4" and that will not produce the desired results.
I really wish specific penis lengths wouldn't be mentioned at all. It's inevitably an absurd length and then I can't enjoy the sex scenes because I have too much information.
Oh, and I read the Nauti books by Lora Leigh! Aside from having major name issues with the cousins and I had them in PDF, no less, which means I couldn't find and replace their stupid names and never really figuring out why a bunch of dudes were so taken with that particular spelling of "naughty," it was really good! Much better than that companion series about their cousins, which was so gang-rapey I had to put it down halfway through the second one. She sure does like her incest, though, doesn't she? She's a native of Kentucky, these books are set in Kentucky, and incest is a go-to backstory/villain motivation for her? This is like if I wrote a series set in Florida and my go-to backstory/villain was something about conventionally attractive young blonde teachers molesting their teenage students.
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Fast forward to last week when he returned from Europe and a business trip. He tells me how he was showing his colleagues all the neat things he can do with his iPad, including access the Kindle app. And look, he says, it even shows you your archived books....
And then he begins telling me the top titles that were on the list. He was laughing so hard I thought he'd pee on himself, and I was ready to crawl under a table and hide.
It's one thing to have those random, sexy conversations with the hubs about the books. It's entirely another to learn that his colleagues know his wife has a large collection of BDSM (and other interesting topics)novels.
I'd DIE (but I can laugh since it happened to you and not me! lol)
But what a sweet memory for you two to have together... even if it is embarrassing.
My H likes to tease me about reading 'woman porn' and then he looks at the covers and makes up his own titles. It is hilarious what he comes up with. Then he will come up with a character and ask me something like if the 'French Vietnamese Hemophiliac Horse Training Spy' is in this one.
First off, the female lead is a trainwreck of a human being, living in a slum by choice and popping pills by the handful, pretty much unapologetically so--certainly unself-pityingly so. She debunks/dehaunts (depending) hauntings for the Church, which has replaced all religion and pretty much all government since The Haunting some 25 (?) year earlier, when all the ghosts rose, and were pissed. Two thirds of humanity died, so your basic dystopian dark urban fantasy, but not boringly so.
There are three so far, and they're *surprisingly* good for the genre. And she gets better with one, so she's on the upswing. I suspect the author of being *much* smarter than she writes. Little things jump out--surprising nuance, the odd breath-takingly beautiful turn of phrase-and then dive back underground. The plot is more mystery than romance, but there is the requisite Tragic Male, but he's not interested in Healing by Vagina, because she's a trainwreck (though he saves her ass when brute force is needed, he's totally impressed by her cool witchy skillz). He works with her on her mysteries. And he's the enforcer for her drug dealer.
Still stinky cheese, but more Époisses than Limburger.
I swear, I can't read about any of these men without putting his face/bod on them -- so he's been cool with me reading them and I've had no guilt.
In Lord of Scoundrels, I do picture lord_v, because he ticks off many of those boxes. Good and bad.
I had been *highly* resistant to the Richelle Mead Succubus series, even though I loved the Vampire Academy series. I guess I felt that I had put up with enough humiliation from her when I read Vampire Academy (yes, the first is titled exactly that) *on an airplane* in *full view of humanity* because it was *in trade paperback* while being *an overweight brunette female in her late 30s* and thus *falling into Stephenie Meyer's actual demographic* which *makes it much more embarrassing*.
But! The first in the VA follow-up series (ADRIAN!!!) came out Monday, so I read that, and I thought you know, I've been reaaaally species-ist about the Succubus series, let me look into that. Then I discovered the sixth and final volume was being published *yesterday* so I took this as a sign from the universe and read them all yesterday.
It. Was. Awesome.
I can't believe she had me on board with the human over the nephilim. Nephilim are my favorite immortals and are never done right. It's an adorable series, and she really goes all-in with the supernatural hooker thing. I was surprised, that takes nerve.
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