Ilona Andrews: Magic Bites: I’ll have to re-read this at some stage because I don’t remember a lot of the first half. While I was reading, I liked it fine, but my concentration was atrocious, and I was never in a hurry to get back to it. I had a lot of personal stuff going on, which probably affected my reading.
Kate Daniels might be what’s known as a “man with boobs” – basically a female with personality traits more commonly associated with men. She’s sharp-shootin’ and straight-talkin’, never without her trusty saber named Slayer (compensating for something?). Because this alternate reality Atlanta involves a lot of magic, it left me confused. What kind of magical abilities does Kate have? Without her weapon, would she survive? Am I supposed to want her to get together with Curran? (I don’t.) Because there’s a lot I don’t remember/don’t understand, I can’t give much of a review. Sorry, readers, maybe next time.
Anya Bast, Jodi Lynn Copeland, Lauren Dane & Kit Tunstall: What Happens in Vegas…: This anthology contains four novellas set in the infamous Las Vegas. I was expecting an erotica collection, so I was somewhat disappointed to read that they were more like erotic romances – but to each your own. Not a fan of romances, this obviously clouded my perception of these stories:
Jodi Lynn Copeland: Hot for You: Too much focus on the romance, and the author needs to find a synonym for cream. Otherwise fine.
Lauren Dane: Stripped: Characters pissed me off (so he’s rich and she’s not – get over it already!), and far too much romance – the most romancey story in the collection. Don’t think I’ll be reading more.
Kit Tunstall: Red-Handed: Ah, now this was a lot better, definitely in the top two.
Anya Bast: The Deal: Also in the top two. And it actually mentioned a Vegas wedding, complete with Elvis impersonator/Justice of the Peace.
I think what really pissed me off was that none of the characters were flawed; everyone was beautiful and kind-hearted… I need characters I can believe and relate to, and thus flaws are a must. Do I believe that romance novels give women unrealistic ideas of love? Unfortunately, I do. More erotica, less romance – it’ll make for better fiction in my opinion.
Stephenie Meyer: The Host (no longer under embargo, so you can read my review now)