Shorty Reviews! (Kaye, Hanson, Ashley)

Time for a quick rundown of some notables I got the chance to read. (Sometimes, it's nice to "get to the point" and keep it simple!)

Forever Freed by Laura Kaye
This is a standalone vampire story (about love--romantic love, parental love--and friendship) with a great deal of character development. In fact, this is all character driven. The mood is subdued, and actually starts out very, very slowly, but there's a wonderfully fleshed out romance that builds steadily throughout the book. The protagonist Lucien begins as a character of questionable morals and ends up completely identifiable and lovable. Indeed, I ended the tale with a big smile on my face. (4 of 5 stars)

Love is Darkness by Caroline Hanson
(Valerie Dearborn, #1)
This was an incredibly fun story, with a feisty (and sometimes really moody) heroine, and two majorly sexy male suitors. ^_^ It'd be higher, but I can't--cannot--ignore the fact that the book was in dire need of a copyedit/proofread. The story was great, lots of fun. But it was seriously riddled with errors of all types, almost inexcusably so. A crying shame, because the story is full of awesomeness. The one thing that kept this book from being a favorite of mine w Oh, and a couple of distracting plot holes. But this is a series to look out for, especially if the follow-ups are given more technical polish. (3 of 5 stars)

The Many Sins of Lord Cameron by Jennifer Ashley
(Highland Pleasures, #3)
What a pitch-perfect historical romance! The main couple is so endearing, a perfect match--two life-hardened, wounded souls crashing into each other time and again. Unlike the previous two books in this series, this story is less event-driven and more centered on the protagonists, who are both multi-faceted and intense. While standalone, it also does great buildup for future installments. Drama and levity in excellent proportion. (5 of 5 stars)

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