Devil’s Cut (The Bourbon Kings, #3) by J.R. Ward

Devil's Cut (The Bourbon Kings, #3)Devil’s Cut by J.R. Ward
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

4 “Bourbon, Kentucky, Lies and Love” stars

Wow! Just wow! If this is how the Warden does finales…I’m on fucking board ya’ll!

Ok so Devils Cut takes place right after Angel’s Share (The second installment in the trilogy) so I can’t say much on the plot because it’s all just a continuous spoiler at this point.

I’ll start off by saying that this is the first time The Warden has given us a finale…her other series are still going on so that’s was a new thing for her and it didn’t disappoint.

A lot of people are hesitant in picking this up, because it’s so unlike her other series and also because they’re just used to JR ruling and rocking the PNR world.

But honestly, this series just cannot be missed. Period. FULL STOP.

I enjoyed this immensely! The first chapter was gripping and engrossing. JR’s magnificent atmosphere building made an appearance in this book, as usual; so all three books are of the same quality in writing. This book is very much..a last book it just feels like you’re at the end of puzzle and you think you already know everything you need to know and then BAM another reveal BAM BAM BAMMM. This book was nonstop REVEALS so many secrets that were being kept throughout the first 2 books reached their peak in this book. There was no lapse and no warning its just reveal, secret reveal, her reveal, his reveal….oh you thought this ….SYKE ..oh you thought you knew he was..oh SKYEEEEEEE oh you think I’ve surprised you well guess again. That’s is was I think JR’s inner monologue was like while writing lol.

This book focuses a lot on the whole Samuel T stuff (I’m being vague because or spoilers) and I’m very happy how everything turned out but I do feel like this was such a big part of this book that other couples’ HEA had to be compromised. For example, Edward and Sutton, out of all the couples in this series, this one is near and dear to my heart. Compared to the destruction and dysfunctional angst of Gin and Samuel T and the Romeo and Juliet romance of Liz and Lane; Edward and Sutton transcend all of them. They were the only couple who was never a couple and the tension is amazing, coupled with Edwards current state..oh my. Every Edward and Sutton POV in all three books I was at the edge of my seat and with this book I couldn’t wait to see the progression to their HEA..but all we got was 1 fucking meeting between them and then the next was the HEA> excuse me…QUE that was so disappointing! I wanted so much more. Don’t get me wrong I’m over the moon that they’re finally together and happy but damn we got so much of liz and lane and even wayyy more of Max and Tanesha ( Max who just showed up in the end of the last book!!!) and just that little bit of the best couple..hands down..I was aggravated to say the least. I was going to 3 stars until the book made me cry.

JR really threw some curve balls with this book, you can so tell that everything was nicely planned before she even wrote the first book.
Yea, I cried twice. Each time at the Samuel T story line; it was very personal to me and it was all just amazing. Its sad that I won’t ever get to read about the Bradfords, there is defiantly potential for a spin off or novellas with so many couples but this conclusion was top notch so good. If you’ve been waiting for the series to be complete before starting…you have no excuse now..Go and DEVOUR.

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The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels, #1) by Kerrigan Byrne

The Highwayman (Victorian Rebels, #1)The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

“I was thinking” he said some time later as she paused for a drowsy yawn. “Since ye donna have any family to love anymore, ye could love me…”

I want to start off by saying that this had one of the most beautiful prologues I’ve EVER
But that’s pretty much the only thing enjoyable about it.
2.75 stars

I don’t enjoy writing bad reviews, I know how hard it is to write and I’m also taking into considering that this is the first in a series and I think the first book this author has written.
What is this book about? Well if you didn’t read the synopsis I’ll just said that it’s about a beautiful Fey like girl who gets kidnapped by a terrible cad who’s also terribly rich and terribly bad. But things aren’t what they seem and slowly Farah discovers the pretenses behind her capture and comes to terms with her past and well as her future. If that sounds good to you go read it! Everyone reads a book differently, I may not have liked it or really recommend it but anyone could read this and love it and others …not so much. Well, after that disclaimer..this is my review.

After the prologue the book becomes a tangle of Anachronism while following Farah’s life in London many years after the prologue. At one point she had a croissant and mentioned that she lived in a bohemian section of London….no…not in Victorian London, you didn’t do ANY of those things. And also the main characters name…is Farah, that isn’t very realistic because ‘Farah’ is an Arabic name and I doubt that many aristocratic Victorian families would name their children an Arabic name, but hey that’s just me. That was what started my distancing from the story and characters. But I willed on because one of my favorite authors recommended this series.
I was glad for a time that I continued because after Farah is with the love interest again, we had a couple of solid chapters of tension and excitement. But after the sex scene the whole book plateau-ed and I found myself not caring to go on and not caring about the couple or the story; I lost interest. The major pull in the plot is finding out if her capture is Dougan which is enough to grab many readers I’m sure but I discovered the truth very early so that excitement was gone from my reading experience.

Much can be said for the writing it is very smooth and well put together. I had no qualms with grammar just the plot devices, which was riddled with so many tropes that are just overused in this genres. It’s so important to try to be original in HR because this is a genre that heavily relies on troupes, which in many cases are great! But…just not in this one. We have, the man who can’t be touched, hidden identity, broody Scottish man, blonde special snowflake heroine. Just all the troupes that are so overused and I, in particular, am so tired of finding in almost every book. Also, toward the end of the book another villain appears and just the whole situation because so Disney villain like…it was cringe-y bad to me. I understand the story needed one more thread of tension but oh it could have been anything else. I kinda hated the direction it took in the end.

I have to say that this does include very time appropriate mentalities, funny enough; since it had so many things that didn’t belong in the time period. This also had some pretty awesome sexy scenes. I wish everything else measured up because it could have been such a good read. I have faith that the series will get better so I will be continuing but this one gets a 2.75 stars.

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