Romance

Letters to Juliet (2010)


Letters to Juliet (2010)

Director:

Gary Winick

Starring:

Amanda Seyfried

Gael Garcia Bernal

Vanessa Redgrave

Christopher Egan

Plot:

Sophie dreams of becoming a writer and travels to Verona, Italy where she meets the “Secretaries of Juliet”.

Review:

I was in the mood for a light Romance and this just popped up on Amazon Prime movies so I figured why not. I watched this years ago and remember it being really romantic. I’m not sure what I watched all those years ago but I did not feel much romance. Maybe I was in the wrong mood?

The setting and plot are all super romantic, Italy, finding a long lost love, but the two young leads had almost no chemistry. They also just sort of happened. Amanda Seyfried’s character was engaged, her fiancé was just sort of there, it was clear they weren’t working. She argued with Christopher Egan’s character a lot, he was a pessimistic ass, but it’s okay because he’s a lawyer for human rights. It was all just sort of eh.

The best part was the ending. Finally, all the passion and chemistry I expected made itself known, though, Seyfried was a bit flat in the buildup. Whatever, it was something sweet to have on in the background.

3/5

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Silver Silence

Silver Silence (Psy-Changling Trinity #1) By: Nalini Singh

Plot:

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence–her mind clear of all emotion–Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…

Review:

Now this is what I wanted! The previous book, Allegiance of Honor, was basically a combo epilogue for the Psy-Changling series and a prologue for the Psy-Changling Trinity series. It showed you all the couples from the previous books and it set up the world for this new series. It was alright, but honestly too long for what it was, but whatever.

Silver Silence is about the Psy Silver, who is head of the EmNet, which is a humanitarian organization that helps out all the races. She has chosen to remain Silent because she feels that’s the only way to control her incredible power.

Valentin is the alpha of the bear clan in Russia. I loved the bears so freaking much. There better be more books about them because they were so much fun. If I was a changling that’s who I’d be. Family was everything, which is normal in a changling clan, but they’re also very in each other’s lives more than the other changlings we’ve met so far. As the alpha Valentin was all the bear traits cranked up to eleven and I liked him a lot. I did find it kind of weird that he liked to put his hands around her neck, but he never choked her so eh.

The couple has great chemistry and their romance was so awesome. By far the best part of the book was them and their interactions with the bears. I thought that the issues that began to arise with Silver’s power felt kind of contrived and the solution very abrupt, but it did give us Part 2 of the book which was just so sweet so I don’t know.

We were given a little hint at the leader of the Consortium, even though the bad guy in this wasn’t working strictly under their desires. You got to really see the struggles that are going to shape the world and I kind of understand why we haven’t gotten a human Psy relationship yet, at least not one that I remember off the top of my head.

I’m looking forward to the next book, it doesn’t come out till later this year, so hopefully I’m able to stay caught up this time.

4/5

When Beauty Tamed the Beast

When Beauty Tamed the Beast (Fairy Tales #2) By: Eloise James

Plot:

Miss Linnet Berry Thrynne is a Beauty . . . Naturally, she’s betrothed to a Beast.

Piers Yelverton, Earl of Marchant, lives in a castle in Wales where, it is rumored, his bad temper flays everyone he crosses. And rumor also has it that a wound has left the earl immune to the charms of any woman.

Linnet is not just any woman.

She is more than merely lovely: her wit and charm brought a prince to his knees. She estimates the earl will fall madly in love—in just two weeks.

Yet Linnet has no idea of the danger posed to her own heart by a man who may never love her in return.

If she decides to be very wicked indeed . . . what price will she pay for taming his wild heart?

Review:

Linnet, Beauty, is gorgeous and she knows it. I appreciate that, it annoys me when beautiful characters on her level somehow magically don’t realize it. What makes her even better, she doesn’t abuse her looks. She uses them, of course, but they haven’t made her a horrible person. She’s fun and smart and witty and once she got away from her family the book was great to read.

Piers, the Beast, is going to be a duke and due to a childhood incident he has muscle damage to his leg which causes him to be in constant pain. Think Dr. House. He’s an ass, but he’s so much more redeemable than House is, he can be mean but he’s never intentially cruel. Well, once but he was hurting so it was forgivable.

The ending is very climactic, I was on the edge of my seat, and I cried a few times. Also, holy cow Eloise James sex scenes are…well they’re very good.

I liked this book a lot even though I was prepared to hate it since Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite movies. After looking ahead in the series, though, I’m kind of concerned because the upcoming stories have no appeal to me. I will get to them, but I’m not in a rush.

4.5/5

Allegiance of Honor

Allegiance of Honor (Psy-Changling #15) By: Nalini Singh

Plot:

The Psy-Changeling world has undergone a staggering transformation and now stands at a crossroads. The Trinity Accord promises a new era of cooperation between disparate races and groups. It is a beacon of hope held together by many hands: Old enemies. New allies. Wary loners.

But a century of distrust and suspicion can’t be so easily forgotten and threatens to shatter Trinity from within at any moment. As rival members vie for dominance, chaos and evil gather in the shadows and a kidnapped woman’s cry for help washes up in San Francisco, while the Consortium turns its murderous gaze toward a child who is the embodiment of change, of love, of piercing hope: A child who is both Psy…and changeling.

To find the lost, protect the vulnerable—and save Trinity—no one can stand alone. This is a time of loyalty across divisions, of bonds woven into the heart and the soul, of heroes known and unknown standing back to back and holding the line. But is an allegiance of honor even possible with traitors lurking in their midst?

Review:

This book and series really, reminds me of the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Both started out as basically Paranormal Romance, girl and guy meet, fall in love, danger, sex, happily ever after. It was a formula I loved and what made these two women stand out were the worlds they created along the way. They were interesting and complex and well thought out. However, both of them have sort of dropped the Paranormal Romance, or put it on the back burner. It’s there, but not as big a part of the story as it used to be. Instead we’ve got history and politics and seeing what happens after happily ever after. Their casts have become so large and people want to see all the past people that the book becomes, basically, a look at all the past couples. It’s a bit frustrating as a fan of the original format, but I’m not sure if what either series has become is a bad thing.

Allegiance of Honor did not have a romance in the normal sense. There were letters sprinkled throughout from a human that lost his love years ago and searched for her but failed to find her. Until the end of the book when he finally does. The rest of the book was almost like a massive epilogue. It peeked into almost every single couples lives that we’ve met since the first book. It’s about their lives and the allegiances they’re cultivating. It was interesting, but not what I wanted, it was also kind of confusing because I honestly don’t remember everyone’s name and story at this point.

There is an author’s note at the beginning of the book where Singh explains that the previous book, Shards of Hope, is the end of an arc and that Allegiance of Honor is the beginning of a new one. It made sense, Shards of Hope wrapped things up pretty well. There were still questions about the world, but you knew things were going to be alright, because everything always is in Paranormal Romance. If she’s moving past that, though, people are going to have to start dying. People we’ve become invested in and that’s going to suck.

I was hoping that this book would be a return to form, that we would be given a new pair of people to watch as they fell in love while they protected their loved ones. I was hoping for humans and that’s what I got, kind of, they just weren’t given any time.

This is a great series, the world created is amazing and intricate, this is not the book to start with, though. Even though I was disappointed I plan on continuing the series, but I really hope she returns to the original formula.

3/5

Side Note: I am not caught up with the Dark Hunter’s series so it’s entirely possible that Kenyon has returned to her previous formula and clearly I’m not caught up on Singh’s series either.

A Kiss at Midnight

A Kiss at Midnight (Fairy Tales #1) By: Eloise James

Plot:

Miss Kate Daltry doesn’t believe in fairy tales . . . or happily ever after.

Forced by her stepmother to attend a ball, Kate meets a prince . . . and decides he’s anything but charming. A clash of wits and wills ensues, but they both know their irresistible attraction will lead nowhere. For Gabriel is promised to another woman—a princess whose hand in marriage will fulfill his ruthless ambitions.

Gabriel likes his fiancée, which is a welcome turn of events, but he doesn’t love her. Obviously, he should be wooing his bride-to-be, not the witty, impoverished beauty who refuses to fawn over him.

Godmothers and glass slippers notwithstanding, this is one fairy tale in which destiny conspires to destroy any chance that Kate and Gabriel might have a happily ever after.

Unless a prince throws away everything that makes him noble . . .

Unless a dowry of an unruly heart trumps a fortune . . .

Unless one kiss at the stroke of midnight changes everything.

Review:

I’ve been meaning to read an Eloise James book for years, I’ve actually had this one on my kindle for a while, but for whatever reason didn’t get around to reading it until now.

Kate is treated like a servant by her step-mother but isn’t quite sweeping cinders in the fireplace. She’s smart and opinionated and kind. She’s stuck where she is because she doesn’t want to leave the people beneath her without protection from her step-mother.

The prince, Gabriel, is stuck in a moldering old castle with all his batty relations because he’s the only one that can take care of them because he’s a prince. His reasoning is kind of weird and I guess you’re just supposed to accept that people in that time relied on others to take care of them, even though they themselves have a social standing.

Anyway, they meet, tease each other, fall in love, have sex, she runs away for reasons, he follows over a month later, they live happily ever after.

Sorry, I actually liked the story, except that when Kate and Gabriel have sex for the first time it’s while his fiancé is downstairs in the ballroom dancing at the party for her arrival. I realize he’s only just met her that day, but it doesn’t say anything good about either of them that they couldn’t restrain themselves.

The whole night was supposed to be their only night because he had to marry for money. Only, after she runs away he realizes that he can’t live without her and finds a way to make it work. Of course, Kate ends up having her own massive fortune and he didn’t need to figure anything out, but still. If he loved her so much that he couldn’t be in her presence without getting a boner why couldn’t he take the time to figure out the finances and just send his fiancé on her way?

Oh well. It was an entertaining story and I want to read the next.

3/5