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LoonyAlana

Crazy Bibliophile and Book Pimp (Not So Anonymous)

I am a mother of two boys and avid reader; I practically live and breathe books. If I could sustain my life on just reading, I would live forever. I'm weird, and proud of it. I have traveled to many places: Mexico, St. Marteen, Prague, England, Cozumel, and Canada to name a few. Many moons ago I co-hosted "Welcome to Insanity" radio show on a micro radio station in TX- but our show was played via streaming internet in coffee houses in Amsterdam. I have a BA in theater. I used to be "the finder of lost things" but I think my last child robbed me of my gift. Now I just have a large collection of useless information... it goes with my growing mountain of "to be read" books

Currently reading

The Hooker and the Hermit
Penny Reid, Luci Cosway
The Suicide Princess
Anthony Bryan
Rise of the Magi (Lila Gray, #3)
Jocelyn Adams
Caged (Holloway Pack, #3)
J.A. Belfield
Darkness & Lies: A Brotherhood Novel (#1) - Brandi Salazar Hmm... where to begin. I don't want to rehash the plot, but let's just say adventurous virgin and her band of friends, gates of hell, and 'brotherhood' of (essentially) immortals guarding the gates at the request of the Gods. Overall, I really liked it. Action, hot guys, a dash of romance, a spoonful of bedroom antics, Gods, mythology, adventure, demons... it seemed to have a little of many good things which made it an interesting read. It is more action and urban fantasy based, rather than a bodice ripper. Don't go into this book expecting sweep-me-off-my-feet romance, because that's not what this books is about.

I really enjoyed the depth of the mythology and the past history of the characters. It seemed well researched, and logical about how this urban fantasy 'worked'. There was only one point of contention I found in regard to the mythology of the book. Persephone was the main Goddess (aka B*tch in this book) and one would expect that being the bride of Satan himself. But I seemed to remember in my mythology studies that she only had to reside in Hell a certain number of months out of the year (hence winter months when she was away from her mother.) Unless she has like a split personality and we're only seeing the 'winter' side in this book, it seemed odd to only have Persephone portrayed as a cold-hearted, evil goddess. But in the overall scheme of the story, this is a minor point. Just something that I wondered while reading.

The battle of wills between Cheyenne and Erias was epic. Both attracted to each other, but both seemed to fuel some sort of fire of malice as well. Instead of the seduction Erias initially had planned, they are literally fighting like two betas stuck in the same bowl. There was an odd love/hate thing going on with them.

The past history between Cheyenne and her friend Kris- he still holds a torch for her- at times was nice because it added another level of depth, but also at times was difficult because it felt like a love triangle was trying to be forced upon the story as well. I know that sounds confusing, but sometimes I liked it and other times I was just ready to stop hearing about how bad Kris felt about ruining his chances with her. And the set-up of Cheyenne and her friends seeing mythological sites and having yearly adventures... I did not fully 'buy' their story. It just seemed like added drama that was unnecessary, in my opinion.

Finally, while there is no mention (that I can find)about this being the first book in a series, it certainly reads that way. And after the ending... no HEA here, there darned well better be a book two. If there is, I will most definitely read it. If not, I will be spitting mad like Cheyenne was with Erias at first. While I try to look past grammar/spelling/formatting errors in eBooks, there was so much that even I couldn't help but notice it. Missing words, wrong character name at one point, it didn't detract from my enjoyment but was impossible to fully ignore.

A beefed-up version of this actor is what I had pictured in my head for Erias: