Well, I seem to be doing a good job reading and a poor job of rating and writing reviews for the books I’ve read. Grr. I’m going to try to make amends to that – and quickly!! Normally, I like to do one book per post, but in the interest of getting back on track, I’m going to combine a couple.
First up is Blood and Sand (Elemental World #2) by Elizabeth Hunter. I fell in love with B and Gio of the Elemental Mysteries series. That love now continues with the characters featured in the Elemental World series. This time we got an in-depth look at Baojia, and what a fascinating character he is! Natalie was the perfect match for him. It was nice to see the cool and calm Baojia become a nervous, possessive wreck when it came to the stubborn reporter. The underlying murders and the inclusion of several of my favorite characters kept me glued to my Kindle.
I didn’t expect to become so focused on or intrigued by the quiet Baojia, but it happened. I really liked this read. Really. This is a must read for anyone who likes fast-paced vampire stories with sexy hotties and their tough as nails females.
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5 out of 5 stars!
The next book featured here is Forged in Steele (KGI #7) by Maya Banks. I just finished reading it last night so it is fresh in my mind. This was the story of Mr. Quiet-Show-No-Emotion Steele. He has played a role in several of the other books so the reader had a good idea about his character.
While I love the KGI series and the Kelly’s, this one didn’t do it for me. I’ve been thinking about what bothered me, and I finally decided it was the dialogue between Steele and Maren. For being the “ice man” Steele sure professed his emotions and feelings in great lengths as the book progressed (as in gag, I don’t think I’ve heard a man ever say half of what Steele professed to Maren). To me it didn’t fit his character. I also wished Ms. Banks would have given us more about his childhood and the loss of his family. It felt like she mentioned it (more like glossed over it), and that was it. I wish more time would have been spent on that as it made him the man he is.
The rest of the KGI bunch was in on the sap-fest. Rachel had the twins while the entire KGI clan (teams included) hung out in the waiting area of the hospital. I have a hard time believing all those bad asses were content to wait while she went through labor. Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad they showed their support, but it was a bit much.
Hancock was a surprising bright spot in this book. I’m very intrigued by what makes this man tick and for whom he works. He is an enigma in the midst of happy-happy-joy-joy. Sorry, I really did like Steele and Marin, but I didn’t buy into their quick relationship or the less than worthy villain.
I’m going to be the “bad guy” and give this one 3.5 out of 5 stars.