Zoe Archer: Stranger

Poiler Really ReallyThe first 3 books of this series were fun adventures with some adult time thrown in for good measure34 of this book had 2 of the horniest adults constantly ogling ach other despite being in constant life threatening situations I realize I started this series because I belonged to a book club called Vaginal Fantasy but this was so much chaos plus smushy gushy gooey Childrens Phantasies eyes that I had to force my way to thend and only bc I d read 3 books up to this pointBleuph Double bleuph If I could go back in time I would smack Warrior out of my naive little hands There is much better smut adventure out there I could go into way detail about how this book wasted my LIFE but I m going to move on Gemma Murphy has been following Catullus Graves and his friends for some time now After first seeing him in the Northwest Territory of Canada she now finds herself on a boat to England A reporter she loves to investigate and she knows Catullus and his crew have many secretsCatullus is a member of The Blades of the Rose a secret organization that protects Sources those items that hold magical power throughout the world from the v Overall I thought it was njoyable but I did start to struggle at around the halfway mark I d give it a 35 to 4 stars I really missed the balance of reality vs paranormal that the other books had This one was pure over the top fantasy world like Alice in Wonderland or something along the lines of an acid trip ie16 feet tall imaginary historical characters coming to life Nothing felt real about this story so it wasn t what I was The Soviet Union expecting or hoping Also didn t really love the relationship between Catullus and Gemma A bit too syrupy sweet And for three books now we hear all about his great inventions skill so you would think we would see a lot of that in his book But not much A battle scenearly in the book implies his ingenuity but we don t see much Gods and Heroes else Still the series rocked as a whole and I am a solid fan of Zoe Archer Love this series love this author This was not my favorite but still solid Read for Halloween 2017 Reading Challenge Steampunk category Now I realize this book was not particularly steampunky while the other s in the series lead themselves to steampunk light But I wanted to read it so I counted it as such Judge me I m good with that Synopsis This series is an ongoing fight between the Blades of the Rose and the Heirsvil men bent on using magic for the so called greater good of mother England By this book they have found the Primal Source of magic and intend to use it to conuer the world Cat and Gemma met in the previous book and Gemma has been following Cat and his peeps to get a story After all she is a reporter and a story begs to be written The two fall in lust later followed by love and are reunited with the many of the previous Blades to beat back the Heirs before world domination is theirs Cue a trip to fairy land and some serious battles and a dragon and we have an adventure folksWhy it did or didn t work for me It was fine Just weaker than the three previous books I didn t feel as much love and attachment between the MCs as I did with other Blades books Science, Technology and Culture especially the first which is my favorite of the series Just in case you actually cared This was a fun walk through a great adventure And truth be told the adventure fighting magicing and all that business was my favorite part of the book A goodnding to the series No complaints on my part Signed Zoe Archer you re still one of my favorite authors While I loved how Catalus and Gemma s romance really flourished and grew with this book the book dragged in places But since this book was the last in the series it stood to reason it was going to be bigger I was surprised at what magic the Heirs brought forth but in the No Beast So Fierce end ZA managed to make it work for me It was a good wrap up to the story and that series. People who love him find him a little odd But after meeting a certain redheaded scribbler he's thinking of other types of science Inconvenient given that he needs to focus on preventing thend of the world as we know it But with Gemma's insatiable curiosity sparking Catullus's inventive impulses they might set off something xplosive anyw.

This one was a little disappointing to me after the fabulous three books before it Having said that there were some things I really really liked about it and I appreciate that the last in a series is sometimes very difficult to writeSome things I really liked about this one The hero and heroine are both great really great All the heroes and heroines in this series have been xcellent and these two are no different Neither of them is one dimensional and the hero in particular is complex than most of the other heroes in the series He s a scientist Trigger warnings racism violence misogynistic bullshitIs this series ridiculous Definitely Is it also a crapton of fun YES There are two main things that I love about this series1 It features protagonists of colour2 It s set in fun locations around the worldI mean the magic and the way mythology comes into the story is super fucking fun too But those are the two main things that stand out to me So I was a liiiiiiiittle disappointed when this one turned out to be set predominantly in England but considering the male love interest is a black man who s an inventor and highly respected by his peers I managed to overcome my disappointment This is probably my favourite of the series The relationship between Gemma and Catullus is adorable Catullus is an awkward little suish and I love him I loved that the protagonists from the Last Chance Bride earlier books in the series come back for the big final battle Etcetera I had one big fuck off sized gripe with this book and that was that King Arthur who turns up in the course of the story is referred to throughout as Your Highness DEAR AMERICA HIGHNESS PRINCEPRINCESS MAJESTY KINGUEEN IT S NOT THAT FUCKING HARD JESUS CHRIST WHY DON T AUTHORS OR EDITORS UNDERSTAND THIS OH MY GOOOOOOOOOOOOD Anyway This was a lot of fun and a very satisfyingnd to the series But if I have to read one book where a king or ueen is referred to as your highness I mma fucking cut someone Although this one is the same insta love and continual lust preoccupation of the other three volumes I Whos Cheatin Who? (Thoroughbred Legacy enjoyed both the two lead characters so much that I didn t mind Until they got to fairyland where I completely and utterly lost patience with them Ok imagine this the world is going to be destroyed as you know it unless you save it swiftly Do you hang out with you new lover kissing speaking words of lovetc Lawman Lover (Outlaws, etc or do you get off your ass and save the world already Sadly the author s answer is too much of the former There is a heroine in this novel Her name is Gemma That is all I m going to say about her Not that she s not a nice person but really who really cares about her when Cattulus Graves is around I mean reallyI don t get it when my on line book buddies start talking about how much they love this hero or that hero I think they need to get a freakin life Once I hit my later teens I was never one to go gaga over movie stars music stars or the like maybe because I knew it was all a fa ade If I was going to be in love I wanted to know the real person So I was above that groupie mentality When I see the ladies on line talking about books boyfriends I roll myyes and move on City Girl in Training especially when I read the book and discover that the hero that they re going gaga over acts like a total boneheadThen I met Cattulus Graves Even though he s been around since the first book my love was a gradual thing My admiration grew in the second book my love grew in the third and he became my soul mate in STRANGERIt was like Zoe Archer went inside my head pulled out my ideal man and wrote about him just for meA handsome black man with an above average intelligent who has a passion for what he does andveryone looks to him for guidance Mystery at Kittiwake Bay except me because he knows that I am the only woman who sees and accepts him as he is and he knows that he can lean on me when the pressures of trying to lead the worl. He protects the world's magic—with his science Butven the best scientists can fall prey to the right chemistryLooking For TroubleGemma Murphy has a nose for a story—even if the boys in Chicago's newsrooms would rather focus on her chest So when she runs into a handsome man of mystery discussing how to save the world from fancy pants Bri.

D wears on him While he is a geek and intelligent he can still kick butt and defend me and others with skill that far surpasses anyone yet he all does it with a sense of class and style He dresses to the nines and doesn t mind that I don t but all he can think about is all the things that he s going to get me if we manage to win the battle and save the worldBTW STRANGER has a plot and it s very good but I must admit that I was in too much of Cattulus high to pay attention But don t let my fascination deter you This is a great book but I was in too much of Cattulus high as you can tell he totally delievered LOL But if you really want me to talk about the plot here you go They save the world and live happily Dangerous Waters (Cold Case Files ever after Now all I have to get is remove Gemma from the picture and put myself sigh It s always so sad to say goodbye to a series But it s also wonderful at the same time Seeingverything tie together and resolve itself is great This book was no The Husband (Smytheshire, Massachusetts, exception We got to see all the previously mentioned characters draw together to fight the ultimate battle against the Heirs It was really nice getting to see the previous heroes and heroines and reaffirm that they are happy togetherCatullus is the one constant character through all the books in this series He is a brilliant particular man that caught my interest from the very first meet I ve been really looking forward to his book and am glad that I finally got to get a closer look at his personality I only wish that I had gotten to see of the person he was described as being dedicated inventor with a hard time staying interested in people before his mind wandered back to an invention instead of just being told about it He really seemed stunningly normal here when you look at his actions and ignore what we re told about him I don t know what changed between the first two books and the last two books but something did The first two books werexcellent but the last two books were increasingly less interesting for me I actually had to take a couple week break in the middle of this one in the hopes that absence would make the heart grow fonder Luckily it did so it nded up being average instead of a complete disappointmentOne thing that has really bothered me is the way the supernatural part developed I absolutely loved it in the first two books but then the third book confused me by branching out into shapeshifters And then this one completely blew me out of the water by including the mythical Arthur and the Fae It just got too weird for me It s not my series so obviously the author can do what she wants but as the reader I got a certain impression of what this series would be like in terms of magic from the first two books and I had a hard time adjusting when that changed I don t know why some magic was believable for me and some wasn t but I really had a hard time njoying the direction this book tookAdded to my lack of interest in the plot this time around I really had a hard time caring about Catullus and Gemma once they got together I don t reuire a tempestuous relationship by any means but they were both a little too sweet and pleasant to keep my attention One of my friends used the term Disney An Italian Education esue to describe part of the relationship in the last book and that seems apt here too They were just too sweet and too good and too accepting ofach other for me to care at all I didn t dislike them but I didn t find them interesting at allThe author s skill with detail and plotting was still there but without a story I cared about it was really hard for me to work my way through this book I Protecting the Colton Bride Coltons Cowboy Code enjoyed seeing the Heirs finally confronted on a large scale and loved seeing previous characters that Injoyed but I was rather disappointed on the whole I also was incredibly irritated by the convenient way view spoilerGemma was able to share magic with Catullus hide T conspirators she's sensing a scoop Especially when he mentions there's magic involved Of course getting him on the record would be Look-Alike Lawman (Texas Twins, easier if he hadn't caught heravesdroppingLighting His FuseCatullus Graves knows what it's like to be shut out his ancestors were slaves And he's a genius inventor with appropriately Daddy Wanted eccentric habits soven.

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Zoë Archer is a RITA award nominated romance author whose stories are about smart capable heroines and the heroes who love them She is the author of the acclaimed Blades of the Rose series as well as the Hellraiser and Nemesis Unlimited series among others She also writes Regency set romances as Eva Leigh Visit her on the Web at