*4.5* What a fantastic start to a new series! There’s almost non-stop action that was truly engaging to read. But what I enjoyed the most was the verbal sparring between Hugh and Elara. Both didn’t trust the other but an alliance between them was needed.
I love Elara … she’s close to a perfect heroine for me. As for Hugh, I somehow wanted more from his character from a relationship standpoint but I know that would be a departure from his character if he’s suddenly spouting love words. Even if I wanted more from him, I was very satisfied with the development of his story arc and I was glad the author removed a doubt in my mind about Hugh and Roland.
Excellent secondary characters as well.
We are left we several questions, but the biggest one is: What exactly is Elara?
This author-team can’t write fast enough. I’m still looking forward to more Rogan and Nevada, but now I want more Hugh and Elara.
I’ve been craving the need to read outside my typical genre to cure a recent reading slump. I didn’t think I would like the Tier One series because I like some romance with my action, but I didn’t miss it here at all. 🙂
The problem in defense is how far you can go without destroying from within what you are trying to defend from without.” ~ Dwight D. Eisenhower
From page one, this book drew me in and didn’t let go. I like that I didn’t get lost in the acronyms or the jargon, most of them are familiar and there’s a glossary at the end of the book. The action was written in a way that non-military readers will appreciate, and yet I’m certain to readers with military background it would read authentic.
Jack Kemper/ John Dempsey isn’t the typical alpha hero I’m used to, but he is an ultimate badass. I am also intrigued by his boss, Kelso Jarvis. Their team Ember is black-ops outside the normal chain of command.
The action part was an adrenalin rush while the spy-games part got my cogs turning. What prevented me from giving this five stars was the sections involving the villain. I skimmed some of it because I felt it was a stereotypical portrayal and I didn’t find it as interesting as the rest of the book.
Twist and turns, direction and misdirection it’s a combination of a summer popcorn movie and a spy thriller.
I am vested in the Ember gang and can’t wait to read more of their rush to save the world.
I adored this book! The writing was tight and flowed well for me which enabled me to enjoy the story. At first I thought this was an ugly cry book, and though there were parts that made me teary-eyed, I would say this book was very uplifting. It showed that you can move on from the past. I love second chance romances. It’s like catnip.
Poppy lost her husband five years ago, and in fulfilling her husband’s birthday list she encountered Cole again—the man who had to inform her of Jamie’s death. Cole had always been attracted to Poppy, and for Poppy, that second encounter gave her something of an awareness to the hero. Not an instant lust or love and though this was a slow-burn romance, it wasn’t frustrating, but infinitely swoony because of Cole. Could there be a more perfect man? No doubt he was alpha, but he was also kind and understanding. Were there instances where he was jealous of the dead husband? Of course there were, but he knew he had to be patient and take it slow with Poppy. In the process of checking off Jamie’s birthday list, they spend time together and fall in love. And the way it happened had me grinning from ear to ear.
I loved the cast of characters. Friends and family all take part in helping Poppy fullfill the list. I especially love Jimmy who is Jamie’s grandfather. He and another cranky old man provided some laughter in the book.
This wasn’t sad. The theme of this book is hope and second chances. There were coincidences and everything came full circle to a satisfying end.
I love Cole so hard and that he was a man-in-uniform? Loved him harder!
I was excited for this book, so I pre-ordered and woke up early (5:30 am) and skipped my workout to to read it. LoL!
I’m really torn on how to rate it. The first 30%, I wasn’t too optimistic that I was going to like this installment. I felt there was too much internal monologue—and it could be a personal thing, because I’m not a fan of this. But then the book picked up and I couldn’t put it down. I did stumble some along the way. The interruption of one chapter shifting to a different scene when there was anticipation of action at the end of the previous one somehow messed with the momentum. Also, I felt Dani and Ryodan’s relationship jumped to a declaration of love too fast, I was taken aback. If Ryodan wasn’t such a badass, I would have thought it was too emo-boy and sort of out of character. However, I was thrilled with Dani’s transformation to her ultimate potential. I thought that storyline went very well.
So, I would say 3 stars for 50% and then 5 stars for the rest for a 4 star average rating.
What I didn’t like:
Highlight for spoiler: * The reason I love this series is because I’m intrigued by the nine. For them to be missing for 30% of the book was disappointing especially when nothing was really happening. *End Spoiler*
This series is not finished. There’s still a war brewing. We do get closure with Dani and Ryodan’s relationship arc, unless something else happens in future books.
Here’s the thing. I loved Devil in Spring. It was in the top five of my 2017 reads. I had high hopes for this one, thinking Lisa Kleypas has gotten her groove back because the first two Ravenels were an uneven experience for me. Hello Stranger was well-written and it was obvious that a lot of research has gone into it. The beginning was promising, I especially loved how Ethan watched over Garrett, and there was a scene where he taught her self-defense that was cute, funny and hot. I did have an issue with the heroine “somewhat” the pursuer of the relationship, but make no mistake that Ethan was already smitten with Garrett, but there were circumstances that stopped him from being with her. There was no relationship angst that I felt and I’m a lover of angst.
I think where the book kind of stalled for me was the abundance of medical play by play. A bit too much information for me to process when there was a conspiracy plot already going on. I did like that tidbit about blood types though. All in all, I did like this installment, but I didn’t love it. Ethan and Garrett were extremely admirable characters, and Ethan was a swoonworthy hero.
Now, I can’t wait for West’s book. Loved him in this one. 🙂
*4.25* Oh, the delicious angst. I wasn’t sure I was going to enjoy this book because from the blurb, we’re going to have a pining heroine, but the second chance aspect drew me in. I couldn’t put the book down from page 1. The flashbacks didn’t bother me and helped build such endearing characters.
I loved Daisy despite me wanting her to really hook up with some other guy when Quinn was being an ass. But the author’s writing was so good, I kind of understood her and I felt her pain. Quinn took waaaay too long to get his act together. And so, the cheating (also warned in the blurb) happened when it shouldn’t, and the fall out ensued that hurt Daisy. I think that was what pissed me off the most.
I did enjoy his semi-groveling afterward. Now, when I have to make excuses for conflict because of their age,it affects my enjoyment of the book.
However, I’m seeing so much growth in Field’s writing and I love the way she weaves the angst in her books and still create such likable characters that I sure will be clicking her next book.
re: Toby and Pippa => I adored Pippa, not sure I like Toby
Can we have a Callum and Reva book also, I think that would be angst overload as well. 🙂
*4.5* This is one of the most well-written HP romances I’ve read. The characters are very rich, especially Raul. He was ruthless in the beginning, but the way he cared for Luisa made me swoon. I like it when a hero doesn’t know he is falling in love and then when it hits him … 🙂
Deducting half a star for Luisa’s insecurities, but she was still a very likable heroine.
*4.25* I was so glad I read this. I have never read this author before and I’m finding how I like her writing. I was immediately drawn to Megan from the very first scene. It’s refreshing to be compelled to read a book because of the heroine, and although Theo was mysterious, I still felt Megan was the central character. Theo was rude, but it didn’t bother me because I kinda knew he was hiding something. There were clues from the beginning of the book so I wasn’t sure if that was supposed to be the mystery. What I really loved and helped me accept what he was doing was that Megan did not take his crap and yet she gave him enough chances to explain his actions. I find I have a lot of leeway for asshole heroes as long as the heroine is not a doormat.
I really thought this would be a five-star book. There was humor, and a smattering of poignant moments and definitely more than a touch of paranormal. What I didn’t like was the way everything was resolved. There was the revelation, and then an event that was another coincidence and then when that got resolved everything else was explained in the epilogue. I just needed a bit more.