Monday, October 15, 2007

QB's Quickies


"So, read any good books lately?"
"What did you think of...?"

Here's the Quickie answers to those questions. Click on the Links for more info.


Jean Johnson - Sons of Destiny

1. The Sword (see previous commentary) - Saber and Kelly
2. The Wolf (see previous commentary) - Wolfe and Alys
3. The Master - Dominor and Serina

Category: M&Ms - a bit lighter and/or not quite as satisfying as Peanut M&Ms, but still Oh-So-Enjoyable! (B,B-,C+,C)
Flame Height: 6.5” out of 9”

Damn, that cover isn’t exactly how I pictured Dominor, but… DAMN, it is NOW! [Update: No wonder I like that cover so much, it's Nathan Kamp! The long hair threw me off.] Most of this one takes place off Knightfall Isle, so we get to learn more about the fantasy world Jean Johnson has built. But we also get to learn a bit more about the mysterious brother, Rydan, and we meet Evanor‘s future Destined Mate. Maybe I don’t remember seeing it before (entirely possible), but this book tells us about The Curse in addition to The Sons of Destiny Prophecy -- somehow the two are tied together and one must be fulfilled to break the other. Okay, I’ll go with it, these aren‘t heavy stories, they‘re potato chip reads. Johnson also gives us another memorable heroine in Serina, she’s super intelligent, matter of fact, and can give all the brothers (except maybe Morganen) a run for their money when it comes to wielding magic. Dominor didn’t stand a chance. This is my favorite of the books so far, although I STILL can’t wait for Rydan’s book.
Piquant Opines: RT, RRT, RJ,

Elizabeth Amber - The Lords of Satyr

1. Nicholas - Nicholas and Jane

Category: M&Ms - a bit lighter and/or not quite as satisfying as Peanut M&Ms, but still Oh-So-Enjoyable! (B,B-,C+,C)
Flame Height: 7.0” out of 9”

WOOT! Nakey Boy Alert! Another nummy cover, although this one pushes the “can read it in public” envelope. This fantasy historical set in Italy centers around three brothers who are neither human nor fey, but Satyr/shifters who guard the passage between Elseworld and the human world. It seems the King of the Fey is dying and confesses that he fathered daughters on three human women 20 years earlier, but they have no idea they are half fey. He commands the three Satyr brothers to find his daughters and marry them to protect them from the upheaval that will occur upon his death.

Of note in this series is that the brothers sport an extra peen when in Satyr form and are known for their sexual appetites (they ARE Satyrs, after all). Nicholas’ behavior towards his new bride, Jane, is period appropriate- he “bothers” her as little as possible and sates his lust elsewhere. Until Jane asks him to teach her how to be his mistress instead of just his wife. The ending felt rushed, and Jane’s nipples glowing blue for Nicholas only was a bit off the wall, but I WILL be buying the next book in the series. I’ve gotta say that I haven’t read THIS story before!
Piquant Opines: RT, RRTE, RJ,

Julia Templeton - The Bargain

Category: M&Ms - a bit lighter and/or not quite as satisfying as Peanut M&Ms, but still Oh-So-Enjoyable! (B,B-,C+,C)
Flame Height: 6.5” out of 9”

Holy 54DD Man Titty, Batgirl! Apparently a sequel to another book since prior events are mentioned, but the first book isn’t listed. Nonetheless, it wasn’t too hard to figure out what was going on in this lusty Norman-Knight-seizes-the-Virgin-Heroine's-castle story set in Northumbria in the year 1069. We have the feisty, brave heroine, the feared yet honorable knight, the big deflowering/dishonoring, the king who fucks around with (and fucks up) everyone‘s lives, and a satisfying HEA. What more could you ask for?
Piquant Opines: RT, RRTE, RJ,

Julia Templeton - Return to Me

Category: M&Ms - a bit lighter and/or not quite as satisfying as Peanut M&Ms, but still Oh-So-Enjoyable! (B,B-,C+,C)
Flame Height: 6.0” out of 9”

Scottish Highlands vampire finds reincarnation of his dead wife in Regency England thanks to his bisexual horn dog twin brother and his brother‘s lover who is also the vampire that sired them. How could I resist?
Piquant Opines: RRTE, RJ,

4 comments:

jade_kristen said...

Oooo thank you Bev! I had Nicholas on my to buy list for this month. I can't wait to get my hands on it. The premise did look different to me and thats what attracted me to this book. Return To Me looks good too.

QB said...

*waves to Jade*

Both books were a little "lighter" than I had hoped, but they are definitely worth buying because they were pretty damn enjoyable.

Devon said...

Glowing blue nips? I don't think I can stop giggling.

Curious about Jean Johnson. I don't think I've heard of her.

QB said...

The Jean Johnson Sons of Destiny series is actually very entertaining, not heavy duty, but fun, sexy, and often funny. I suggest you start with the first one though or you'll be lost. There will be at least 8 books- one for each brother.

And yeah, the blue nips were really weird. And they only glowed for Nicholas, not for his brothers.