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- BOUND (#1 in The Crystor Series)
on Dec. 11, 2011
(3.5 stars) BOUND begins with Kira and Lydia in gym class on a seemingly ordinary day. By the weekend, though, everything has changed and the reader is swept quickly into a fast-moving tale that involves characters who aren’t what they seem and a history that belongs to another world.
I was pulled quickly into the story and it held my attention easily. I was interested in the history of Lydia and Octavion and I’m looking forward to learning more about their world. It looks like book two will take place on Ophira so readers will have the opportunity to learn more about Lydia and Octavion’s home world.
I liked seeing the growth of Kira throughout the book from an unwanted, unloved and abandoned child to a strong young woman who won’t give up without a fight. Lydia was fascinating with her own internal struggle balancing two spirits. Octavion was a little frustrating for me, at least at first. As the dangerous, even ferocious, young prince of another world at times he felt a little cliche, but by the end of the story he was really growing on me.
I know I’m invested in a story if I get to the end and keep flipping pages as if more story will magically appear. BROKEN, book two in The Crystor series, is scheduled to be released in Spring of 2012.
BOUND is an interesting story that left me wanting more. Readers who like to read YA Fantasy and YA Paranormal will enjoy BOUND.
This review originally published on LDS Women's Book Review: http://www.ldswomensbookreview.com/wordpress/2011/11/17/bound-by-c-k-bryant-dark-c-a-r-m-a-blog-tour/
Content: A few incidents of swearing limited to “he–” and one occurrence of “a–”; kissing but nothing too graphic; a bad guy attacks a main character and touches her breast but is stopped.
- The Cinderella Project
on Aug. 30, 2012
I LOVED this book. I had such a great time reading it. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this contemporary romance written by a man. The story is told in first person from the hero’s point-of-view. The reader gets the chance to hear the male main character’s internal dialogue as he struggles, succeeds, fails and recovers.
Grad student Nick is working on his dissertation and after hours of observing couples in romantic situations, watching hundreds of romantic movies, reading dozens of romance books, and studying nearly a thousand brain scans of couples in various stages of love, he is almost done with his research. When a beautiful woman that is not his fiancé shows up at the lab requesting to be hired as his research assistant, Nick is hesitant. He doesn’t want anyone potentially tempting him and distracting him from his devoted commitment to his fiancé, Ella.
Nick is a hard worker, a good student, and a great guy. I really liked him. He has a few thoughtless moments of being a jerk, which only made his character more believable to me as he stepped in it a few times trying to make up for those moments. He gets confused when his fiancé becomes overly emotional at times while planning their wedding, but makes a serious effort to keep the peace and show his love for and devotion to Ella.
I loved how the friendship between Nick and Moiré developed. I appreciated how devoted Nick was to his fiancé even though there were a few times I wanted to knock him upside the head. I loved the scene at the Italian restaurant, and the tuxedo shop, and the outdoor mall, and the park, and the cathedral. I laughed whenever male ego reared its head. I wanted hug Nick when he was hurting and frustrated.
The Cinderella Project pulled me in from the start and I enjoyed it even more than I expected. It was refreshing to read this male-written romance from a male point-of-view. I hope that it won’t be the last. I would love to read more books like this one.
If you like good, clean, entertaining romance I highly recommend The Cinderella Project. I gladly add this book to my “Favorite Romances” list and look forward to reading it again in the near future.
Review originally published on www.ldswbr.com
- Going Back for Romeo (A Highlander Time Travel Romance)
on Sep. 18, 2012
I have a confession to make: I have a weakness for time-travel books involving handsome Scottish Highland lairds. It is complete and utter escapism, and I love it.
I've read Going Back for Romeo twice now and enjoyed it even more the second time. It has everything I like: a strong heroine, a tough-yet-tender Scottish laird, and a pretty believable time-travel catalyst. There are good kisses, lots of romantic elements, and side characters with personality and depth.
There is a spot somewhere in the middle where I felt a bit disconnected, but I haven't been able to figure out why. It passed quickly and I was pulled back into the story for the remainder of the book. The writing is smooth and I really like the flow and voice. There were a few typos and small formatting issues but I got past them easily as I was pretty caught up in the story.
If you like a good time-travel romance with some laugh-out-loud moments, toe-curling romance, and a bit of adventure, then there's a good chance you'll enjoy Going Back for Romeo.
Content: There were a few swear words (heck, dang); some light innuendo and references to the hero wanting to "bed" the heroine; there is no premarital sex; there is one scene where the heroine comes downstairs in a "towel" to heat bath water in order to shock the hero; after marriage the reader knows they are consummating the marriage but there are no graphic descriptions and references to what is happening are vague and tender.