It was a great journey through Emma James’ Hell’s Bastard series. I have a little mixed feelings about the last book, hence “only” four stars, but it was a great book nonetheless. Finally, Whisper and Edge find their way to each other, something the reader has been waiting for through the first four books. A real plus point here, because I’m not a fan of insta-love, and Emma did a great job at making those two work real hard to find their happiness and overcome their past. As I already pointed out in my reviews for the other books, I love her writing style and the way she puts her thoughts into words. As an author who’s just starting out, I learned a lot from her. She has that “show, don’t tell” down to an art.
What annoyed me a bit were the repetitions. Something happens and is told from Edge’s POV, then Boxer (who made furious at some points with his constant concerns and his hate for Edge) tells the same story from his POV, and then you get to hear the same thing from Whisper again. It made the story drag sometimes and the book longer than necessary. One point deduction also for Emma’s struggle with quotation marks that are misplaced a lot in the book and seriously confused me at some points, but that’s just a matter of editing and has no impact on the story.
All things considered, I enjoyed the series and will put her other books on my to-read list 😉 Thanks Emma, for the entertainment!
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Award-winning author Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series continues with a woman on a quest to be the heroine of her own story and the duke in shining armor she rescues along the way…
New York City socialite and perpetual hot mess Portia Hobbs is tired of disappointing her family, friends, and—most importantly—herself. An apprenticeship with a struggling swordmaker in Scotland is a chance to use her expertise and discover what she’s capable of. Turns out she excels at aggravating her gruff silver fox boss…when she’s not having inappropriate fantasies about his sexy Scottish burr.
Tavish McKenzie doesn’t need a rich, spoiled American telling him how to run his armory…even if she is infuriatingly good at it. Tav tries to rebuff his apprentice—and his attraction to her—but when Portia accidentally discovers that he’s the secret son of a duke, rough-around-the-edges Tav becomes her newest makeover project.
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Another great book by author Emma James. Book4 Entwined was even better than Book3 Contorted because finally, finally, Whisper is found and the enemy defeated (at least, they think so). I was already getting super impatient after it took Emma 3 whole books for Edge to find Whisper and get her out of her hell safely. To be honest, I think she prolonged the inevitable a little too long, and I already feared I’d have to wait for the end of Book 5 and more enemies would come. I like how Emma handles all these different POV’s. It’s already a challenge to write from the 2 different POV’s but writing from so many and including them into the storyline so flawlessly requires some serious talent. I also like how she can put personality into each character and give them each an agenda. Sometimes, I got seriously confused with all these names and new people, e.g. when Phoenix told Whisper all about her friends and family. Not sure if this was just a “text filler” as it wasn’t really important to the storyline.
Anyway, great book, gorgeous series, already bought the last one!
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Salvation, Pennsylvania. The commune located in the small town was advertised as a modern Utopia: a place to live, share, and learn with other like-minded young people. Cate Pendleton’s sister was one of them. Now she’s dead—and Cate won’t rest until she finds out who killed her. Stonewalled at every turn, she approaches a DC Fixer for help and ends up with Damon Knox, a mysterious man with a secretive past. But Cate soon discovers that she not only needs Damon, she wants him, which isn’t good—for the attraction brewing between them will only lead to complications that can turn into danger . . .
Damon has tried to erase the hellish memories and the evil that happened in Salvation ever since he left a long time ago. Still, he can’t turn his back on Cate. As Damon works with Cate to uncover her sister’s killer, he finds himself drawn to her more and more. But how will she feel about him when she learns about his connection to the place?
Joining forces to uncover the truth, they must stay one step ahead of a cunning killer who’s bent on not being exposed.
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I am not a hero, Cate.” He tried to pull away.
She held on, resting their joined hands against her chest. “Never said you were. You’re a flesh and blood man.”
And this close, she could smell the soap on his skin and see the darker streaks in his green eyes.
“Very much so.” His breath seemed to hiccup.
“So . . .”
When his voice trailed off she got a taste of what it felt like to have someone drop the end of important sentences like she often did. But she didn’t think he tried it or that he was playing games.
“Now you’re the one who should finish the sentence.” Her voice came out in a breathy whisper.
“We’re in a tense situation. Stress sometimes disguises itself as something else.”
The words crashed into her brain, wiping out every other thought. She pulled back a bit, but kept holding his hand. “What are you talking about?”
His gaze traveled over her face now, landing on her mouth. “How much I want to kiss you.”