Oct 26, 2011

Review - No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Wednesday, October 26, 2011 1 comments
No Proper Lady by Isabel Cooper
Released: Sept 2011
Rating: 3.75 out of 5
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 352
Sexual Content: A couple of sex scenes
Source: Purchased from bookdepository.com

GoodReads Summary:

England, 1888. The trees are green, the birds are singing, and in 200 years demons will destroy it all. Unless Joan, a rough-around-the-edges assassin from the future, can take out the dark magician responsible. But to get close to her target she'll need help learning how to fit into society.

Simon has his own reasons for wanting to destroy Alex Reynell, and Joan may be his perfect revenge. But as each day passes, Simon is less sure he wants her anywhere near Reynell. Because no spell in the world will save his future if she isn't in it.

My Thoughts:

Overall a good PNR read, I will probably purchase more by this author.

+ Story:

Loved the overall story line. I really seem to enjoy time travel books, and I'm glad I'm finally seeing some in the PNR and UF genres. I think in the past it's been more of a Sci-Fi thing, but lately there has been a lot more cross over in genres it seems to me.

+ Lore:

The demons and the way the dystopian future world that Joan was from was described well. There was enough info for me to imagine it in well enough detail. Since the story pretty much all takes place in the year 1888 there didn't need to be too much description of this and I think there was just enough given for the reader to enjoy.

+ Romance:

I liked that Simon and Joan held off getting together, even though it was obvious to both of them that their was chemistry right off the bat. I hate it when the main characters get together to quickly and I found the timing for this right on. Overall I enjoyed both of the main characters. Joan especially she was committed to her mission and she took all of the changes through time traveling in stride.

-/+ Side Characters:

I don't really have a good or bad opinion of the side characters I don't really have any complaints, nor do I have any over whelming love for them. They were just kinda there.

- Sexual Content:

It seemed to me there was a lot of thoughts about sex thrown in that really didn't need to be there. For example Simon is doing spells alone and the magic gets him all hot and heavy, I figured this would tie in later with some kind of sex scene but it doesn't..I just felt there were a couple of instances like this that weren't necessary.

Nit Picks:

The hero, Simon, seemed to think about his cock a lot. The author really seemed to like this word, as it's mentioned quite often. I didn't like that.

Favorite Part:

Joan learning how to be a lady, being from the future she didn't understand a lot of Victorian England's customs, but she took it seriously because she would do anything to complete her mission.


Appears to be a stand alone. But there is another book being released by the same author called No Honest Woman due out April 2012

Oct 11, 2011

Review - Dead Undead Or Somewhere In Between by J.A. Saare

Posted by Rebs @ Book-Rants at Tuesday, October 11, 2011 0 comments
Dead Undead Or Somewhere In Between by J.A. Saare
Released: April 2011
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 212 Pages
Sexual Content: One sex scene
Source: Purchased from BookDepository.com

GoodReads Summary:

One bad corpse can ruin your whole day.

No one knows that better than Rhiannon Murphy.

She left behind the flash and sass of Miami for the no-nonsense groove of New York City, eager for a clean slate and a fresh start. A bartender by trade, a loud mouth by choice, and a necromancer by chance; she managed to keep her nifty talent hidden from those around her—until now.

The deliciously good-looking vampire, Disco, knows her secret. When he strolls into her bar to solicit help investigating the mysterious disappearances of his kind from the city, Rhiannon discovers he’s not the kind of person that appreciates the significance of the word no.

But in a world where vampires peddle their blood as the latest and greatest drug of choice, it’s only a matter of time before the next big thing hits the market. Someone or something is killing vampires to steal their hearts, and unlike Rhiannon, this isn’t their first stroll around the undead block.

My Thoughts:

Overall a good UF read, I will be purchasing more in the series. This review won't be too detailed, I've been swamped at work so I haven't much time to write full reviews. Don't let the lack of detail deter you though, I highly recommend to UF lovers, especially those who enjoy Lilith Saintcrow.

+ Story:

The summary does a pretty good job of describing what happens in the book, so there isn't too much more to elaborate there. I enjoyed the pace and the twist at the end!

+ Lore:

Liked the lore. It has similar elements to most other UF stories, so nothing too new here. I did enjoy that most vampires seemed to have a unique extra ability specific to that person. Vampire, Paine, could see someone's past and future by touching them. Joseph could meld his memories to someone else's etc and they all seemed to have some magic type ability like glamours and such.
I wasn't a huge fan of the fluids in the bodies of the vampires being replaced by blood and if you read the book you'll know what I mean....

+ Romance:

Rhiannon and Disco - Their romance was nice, and while I thought Disco was a little too perfect a gentleman, I did overall like their relationship together.

+ Side Characters:

Goose - I found a little on the annoying side.
Paine - I liked...A LOT, I found him very hot and I kind of hope there is some Rhiannon/Paine interaction in the next one.
The Rest of Disco's Family - Enjoyed their brief appearances.

+ World/Setting:

Loved New York City, lately I've read some books that take place in made up cities. It's nice to have a change and read a book that has real places that I actually might want visit some day.

Nit Picks:

I thought Disco to be a little too perfect, he was a gentleman and honorable and everything a hero usually is in your standard historical romance novel, and while I don't mind that particularly it's just not something you normally see in an UF book. Generally the men tend to have some kind of flaw.

The shower scene, I hated this scene, it's just after Rhiannon and Disco have sex for the first time together and he pulls her into the shower, he then proceeds to wash her body and hair. It was a tad on the creepy side, especially since for the entire book up until this point Rhiannon has made a point of taking care of herself and being on her own. I don't think that sex with someone would change this and I think that the Rhiannon I know from this book would have been pissed if someone tried that. If this scene was modified or gone completely I would have given this a 5 out of 5.

Favorite Part: Probably the last line which references Back to the Future, it's one of my favorite movies and the line was just perfect.

Questions For The Author:

Was Disco's mind reading ability specific to him or could all vampires do it?

Rhiannon's Law Series

Book #1 Dead Undead Or Somewhere In Between
Book #2 The Renfield Syndrome
Book #3 The Ripple Effect


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