Guest Blogger Review of Lover at Last

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Lover at Last (Black Dagger Brotherhood # 11)  by J.R. Ward

Book Description

Qhuinn, son of no one, is used to being on his own. Disavowed from his bloodline, shunned by the aristocracy, he has finally found an identity as one of the most brutal fighters in the war against the Lessening Society. But his life is not complete. Even as the prospect of having a family of his own seems to be within reach, he is empty on the inside, his heart given to another….

Blay, after years of unrequited love, has moved on from his feelings for Qhuinn. And it’s about time: The male has found his perfect match in a Chosen female, and they are going to have a young—just as Qhuinn has always wanted for himself. It’s hard to see the new couple together, but building your life around a pipe dream is just a heartbreak waiting to happen. As he’s learned firsthand.

Fate seems to have taken these vampire soldiers in different directions… but as the battle over the race’s throne intensifies, and new players on the scene in Caldwell create mortal danger for the Brotherhood, Qhuinn finally learns the true definition of courage, and two hearts who are meant to be together… finally become one.

Book Review

This is a book you either really love or don’t. The reviews are strong in both directions. In other words.. it is up to you.

I was disappointed. I was confused. I felt a little let down by the author.

LAL was disappointing because I had a preconceived idea of how I hoped this book would unfold and it just didn’t do it. I wanted a lot more of Blay and Quinn and less side threads. That was not what I got. Quinn did not let me down, however, because he was the star of that thread and Blay took a bit of a backseat in the storyline. Blay’s parents made his story thread a success.

The love scenes between these two were very energetic and well described but they lacked the passion I had hoped for. This was due to the lack of emotional commitment on the parts of each of the lovers. Something always held them back just that last little bit. The HEA wasn’t bad, but again missing a sense of completion. There was a ring, there was a party, there was a ceremony but NOT the way you would think for any of them.

I was confused because the book had more than seven character threads running at the same point in time. The dictionary Ward provides at the beginning served no purpose in clearing up the confusion I had in the early stages of reading. There was a thread for Quinn, Blay, Layla, Assail, Trez, Sola, Brotherhood of Bastards, Xcor, the Lessers and a few others. Do you remember Trez’s story or what a shadow is? If so, you may be fine with the story. I found all of these threads both confusing initially, and detracting from Quinn and Blay. Beth, the queen, played a bigger part in the story and it was nice to spend some time with her. The multiple story lines left some endings dangling so the desire to read more BDB is definitely there.

All in all to me, Ward didn’t do Blay justice, barely did Quinn justice and just tried to do too much in one book.

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Giveaway & Review of Fate (The Timeless Trilogy) Book 1

 

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Currently Free on Amazon: Timeless Trilogy, Book One, Fate

Fate: Timeless Trilogy, Book 1 by Tallulah Grace

Book Description

Death stalks Kris in dreams and in reality. The target of a cunning serial killer, Kris must defend her life and her love. Visions prepare her for what’s coming, but is knowledge enough to change the future? Or will demented mania claim victory over fated love?

The good things in life are coming together for Kristina Collins. She’s found her ideal home, her career is on track for mega success and the man of her dreams has finally come back into her life.

In Fate, the first installment of the Timeless Trilogy, Kris Collins discovers the benefits and risks of having precognitive visions while being stalked by a serial killer. Her friends can’t help her, the FBI can’t save her; she must save herself.

 The Timeless Trilogy heroines, Kristina, Veronica and Cassandra, each deal with paranormal abilities as they discover and rediscover eternal love

*****

Book Trailer

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Book Excerpt

The edge of the blade felt like ice against her skin. One breath too deep, one movement—ever so slight—would give the knife a taste of her blood. It’s a part of the nightmare, she thought, even as she felt the breath of her attacker lightly touch her face.

The nightmares that had been plaguing her for weeks warned of this moment. Images, too terrifying to be real, flashed quickly across her mind’s eye in an instant replay of her recent night terrors. Running down a long, empty hallway, filled with doorways on either side, chased by some unknown monster that knew her deepest fears. Running towards a movie, scrolling incessantly with images of those she loved most trapped in a fiery hell. Sepia-toned faces, twisted in pain, were a stark contrast to the blue, red and yellow of the flames engulfing them. The echoes of their screams filled the dark, never-ending hallway. She couldn’t look away and she couldn’t stop running; her only escape was straight ahead, towards the horror show.

So far, the nightmares ended with her sitting straight up in bed, breathing hard in a cold sweat. He hadn’t caught her yet.

The all too real feeling of cold steel pressed against her neck gave the nightmare an alternate ending. Kris tried to control her breathing so her attacker would think she slept. Her mind raced as she tried to think of a way to reach the loaded SIG waiting beneath the extra pillow beside her. She didn’t always keep a gun so handy, but recent events, including the dreams, made it a necessity.

“Wake up, Sleeping Beauty.” The familiar voice spoke the words softly in her ear.

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Book Review

The protagonist Kris seems to have it all: a house on the beach outside of Charleston, South Carolina, a rewarding job as a video editor, and two best friends Veronica (Roni) and Cassie who are always there for her. She also has the unusual gift of being precognitive. All of her life she has had premonitions in the form of dreams or visions of events to come. With this gift, she has the power to step in and alter the outcome of these premonitions.

As the story opens, readers learn that Kris has been having nightmarish dreams in which she is a participant. This has never happened to her before and puts her on guard. She can’t seem to shake the feeling that she is being watched. However, she dismisses these feelings even though she is being constantly observed.

Unknowingly, she has a stalker named Damien.stalkerHe is obsessed with his new “beauty” and is unable to resist the temptation to introduce himself to Kris while she is walking along the beach. Kris’s intuition tells her this man may be dangerous when she shakes his hand:

“Kris dropped his hand like it was hot. Her senses were suddenly on full alert. Trying to be casual, she turned and started walking away, more quickly than necessary. A small voice was telling her to run, but she ignored it.”

Initially, Kris tries to ignore all of the signs that she is being stalked, even when Damien moves beyond merely watching her. He begins leaving her roses on her doorstep and car, making late night phone calls telling her they will be together soon, and even breaking into her house to install video cameras, so she is constantly under his surveillance.

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The author provides Damien’s point-of-view to provide insight into his twisted mind.  However, I think the story line would have been stronger if readers weren’t given this access to his perpective. His character is a clichéd villain. He never provides any real understanding of his motives for kidnapping and killing or why he chooses Kris to become his latest “beauty.”  Although his thoughts do indicate his obsessive nature, they also contribute to the predictability of the plot.

In the midst of this drama, the author expands the story line to include a romance that ensues between Kris and her old college love, Nick. Fate has intervened through Nick buying the house next door to Kris, thus reuniting the couple.

As they meet over an initial dinner, the reason for their breakup is revealed. In the past, miscommunication caused each of them to feel betrayed by the other. Now, their honesty with each other opens the door for a potential future together. I, somewhat, expected that they would continue to keep their bitterness about the breakup to themselves, creating further conflict between them. I was pleasantly surprised that they were able to discover what really happened in the past and move beyond it, realizing that now they have been given a second chance ten years later.

The story progresses with Nick becoming more prominent in Kris’s life. As they spend more time together, it is obvious the two want to be together. my heart cant tell you no

Unfortunately, the chemistry and sexual tension that so often enhances a romance is lacking between these two. Both characters want to move slowly in the relationship to see how much has changed between them, and this may contribute to that lack of “heat” that I hoped to be present.

I really liked Kris as a heroine. She faces reality head on instead of living in denial. Once she realizes she has a stalker, she confides in Nick and doesn’t hesitate to involve the police. She also has the foresight to learn to use a gun for protection, keeping it with her at all times. I also appreciate the fact that, overall, both Kris and Nick listen to police investigator, Dylan, who is in charge of Kris’s case.

Once Dylan discovers Damien is a serial killer, he brings in the FBI. Now, even though I am by no means an expert in police procedure, I did find fault with some aspects of how the FBI handled catching this killer. One primary example of this is allowing Kris stay with her friend, Cassie, instead of going to an undisclosed safe house. Investigators are already aware that Kris has been to visit Cassie in the past, and Damien could know of Cassie’s location since he has been stalking Kris. Even though Kris does have an agent to protect her during her stay at Cassie’s, the agent stays in a guest bedroom and goes to sleep, as well, at bedtime. Damien’s profile has revealed that his MO is to kidnap victims in the middle of the night while they are asleep, so it is unbelievable to me that the agent would fail to stay awake and guard Kris.

One aspect of the book that I most enjoyed was the periodic visions that Kris experienced. They were descriptive enough to foreshadow events to come, yet also elusive enough to prevent the particulars of the plot to be exposed and keep readers in suspense as to when the events will occur and how much Kris can alter the outcome of these premonitions before they become reality.

Overall, I am glad I read the book. Another editing would have cleaned up some minor grammatical errors, but they are few and did not distract me from the reading experience. The ending seemed abrupt to me, and after such a climatic outcome, I didn’t expect to move straight into an epilogue, but the author does provide resolution.  In Fate, the author provides enough details to interest me in reading the rest of the trilogy,  with each book focusing on Roni’s and Cassie’s stories respectively.

I received a copy of this book from the author via Goddess Fish Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Rating

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Music to Complement the Book:

Peaches & Herb “Reunited”

 

Police “Every Breath You Take”

About the Author

Tallulah Grace is an aficionado of anything paranormal, loves to read a good thriller and creates characters that become friends. Tallulah was born and raised in a small southern town located in the foothills of the vibrant Blue Ridge Mountains. When she’s not developing characters and weaving stories, Tallulah enjoys antiquing and bead-weaving.

Personal Links

Website: http://www.tallulahgrace.com/

Blog: http://www.tallulahspeaks.com/

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Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Tallulah-Grace/e/B0054XXL36

Book Links

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B0054QZNRA

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/timeless-trilogy-book-one-tallulah-grace/1104729281

https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/timeless-trilogy-book-one/id454533167?mt=11

http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/66643

http://www.kobobooks.com/ebook/Timeless-Trilogy-Book-One-Fate/book-AGyrHX17p0yENAS0mnawxg/page1.html

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Consider reading the Entire Trilogy

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Purchase on Amazon:  Timeless Trilogy, Books One, Two & Three

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Giveaway

Tallulah will be awarding winner’s choice of a backlist eBook to a randomly drawn commenter at every stop. The more you comment, the greater your chances are of winning. Tour stops can be found by clicking on the following link: 

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