EligibleEligible by Curtis Sittenfeld is an adaptation of Pride & Prejudice. My first reaction when I heard about this book was to jump for joy. I love Pride & Prejudice, have since I was seventeen years old. Well in this adaptation the Bennett family is in present day and all the sisters are adults, no young teenager insight. The story will follow all the sisters but of course will focus more on Liz.

Alright, my first thought after reading the book was that it was long. Second thought was I liked it. Was it my absolute favorite adaptation of Pride & Prejudice, no, but it was good. This book is very much the same and very different at the same time of Austen’s original story since it was being told in a modern world. What I noticed in Sittenfeld’s book was that the characters were very flawed and they were in the original story but their flaws are much more pronounced and up to date with issues that are dealt more commonly in today’s world. Though with these flaws also came some humor of the situation and I thought Sittenfeld wrote those parts well.

I think what threw me was Liz and what she does with Jasper. It made me think less of her but I was still waiting for her to realize her mistake. Also I will say that the romance between Darcy and Liz was something that almost happened out of thin air. Though Sittenfeld will make sure that a romance does happen because what would an adaptation of Pride & Prejudice without Liz and Darcy.

The Vampire With The Dragon Tattoo

The Vampire with The Dragon TattooA few years ago Dougal Kincaid lost his hand in battle and now he has a new hand that is controlled by his mind. Dougal finds it is hard to handle especially as he is distracted with the new scientist who he knew as his first love three hundred years ago.

Leah Chin is a brilliant doctor who will learn very soon that vampires are real. She will be drawn towards Dougal at the first sight of him and doesn’t understand it. She will be drawn into danger as she follows her heart. Leah will find out more when the enemy gets too close.

The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo is the fourteenth book to Kerrelyn Sparks series Love At Stake. I have started this series a while ago and got hooked on these quirky characters. Lately Sparks has been leading her characters down the path that is a little darker. It is not just happy/quirky characters finding love which gives the book a little more.

I was intrigued from the start with the idea of past life of Leah Chin. I was wondering if it was true and if it was would she remember. The drive to know what was to happen was one thing that kept me going. Another was of course the instant draw that Dougal had which pulled you into the book. I wanted to know more about him and his tattoo that was not anything normal.

The enemy, Master Han, is actually pretty vicious. It was interesting how Sparks used the scenes between himself and Leah to change the book and the fate once again for Dougal. The misery wouldn’t last too long for him as the ending will eventually give him and Leah a second and third chance for happiness that was ripped away from them.

The fifteenth book will not come out till April so its going to be a wait but I will definitely be back to read the next one.

When Beauty Tamed the Beast

When Beauty Tamed the BeastMiss Linnet Berry Thrynne is in the middle of a scandal that is not her fault or even true. Her family’s plan is to wed her to an Earl who can’t have children. Linnet will go to Piers and immediately know why he is called a beast but Linnet wants the challenge.

Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant detest all things about his father and that would include his fathers choice in brides, but with one look at Linnet he feels a lust pulling him. Piers though has no time for woman or a wife and will do his best to push her away from his castle.

Going forward with the second book of Eloisa James’s Happily Ever After series I found myself loving When Beauty Tamed the Beast. With a title like this it is obviously from Beauty and the Beast and I thought James does a good job keeping those key elements into her story. Now Piers is not really a beast and Linnet does not burst into song like in the Disney version but she is a great beauty and Piers has a fierce temper. I liked that she put these two characters at odds throughout most of the story even as they were passionate with each other. It was never dull with their banter back and forth. I was happy to read as well that Linnet was not a wallflower and had a backbone when dealing with Piers. Now when it came to happy endings James throws in wrench and puts the breaks on for these two characters. She gives Linnet and Piers a new challenge which to overcome and once that happens happiness is in store for them.

The Duke is Mine is the next installment of the Happily Ever After series.

Dark Summer by Iris Johansen

A working veterinarian, a lone man and his dog are about to be tangled in a very complicated web.

“Devon Brady is a devoted veterinarian working in a makeshift hospital on a remote search and rescue mission.  When a man arrives with his wounded black lab, Ned, she has no idea that she is about to be plunged into a whirlwind of terror and destruction.

Jude Marrock is out for revenge and has no choice but to involve Devon in a high-stakes cat-and-mouse game with an escalating body count.  She doesn’t trust him one bit, but when the shots start flying and her friends start falling, she finds herself with nowhere else to run.  And there are innocent lives, both human and animal, at stake, including those of Ned and his mysterious pack.  Is Jude Devon’s salvation or her damnation?  Are the secrets he’s protecting worth killing for…or dying for?”

The story dialogue kept you turning the page in this fact pace thriller that Iris Johansen brought to text.  The characters in “Dark Summer” will amaze you and kept you entertained as you turn the pages.

Devon Brady is a veterinarian and has many animals that she has rescued in her life.  She has some good friends and a horrible ex husband but everything gets very complicated when she meets Jude and his dog Ned.  I love the fact that Devon is an animal lover and is able to rescue them.  I am a big animal lover, especially of dogs.

Now the great thing about Ned is that he is not your avenge dog.  He is being hunted because Ned is special.  He has the ability to heal and live longer.  Because of this trait anyone around him will be hunted.  Jude is the owner of Ned and protects Ned with his life and now Devon is going to be thrown into the middle of the warfare.

Jude Marrok is a very strong character that you want to succeed in his endeavors.  He takes Devon to help protect all the dogs with the special abilities but gets her tangled up with the villains who are after him and Ned.

The two characters, Devon and Jude are perfect together with their fierce protectiveness towards the animals and towards those they love.  The friends and people who work for them are entertaining and you sometimes do not know what side they are really on.

The end will surprise and excite you.  It was something that I didn’t exactly expect.

I have read most if not all books of Iris Johansen.  She is one of the authors I started a couple years ago.  I found one of her books and just started reading everyone I could get my hands on.  Reading her books I am always impressed by her dialogue, plots, characters and all the action which was intertwined within the pages of the book.