16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2011
I've been a fan of Christine Warren's series of "The Others" from the beginning - but this latest novel fails to deliver... Overall the book is short with a lack of storyline. The characters are not very engaging and the intimate moments are definitely lacking (compared to other steamy scenes in her previous stories). There is absolutely no build-up of the relationship between the two main characters, which gives no anticiapation/excitement and no feeling of chemistry between the two. The main female character comes off very "bitchy" and not very likable. Also quite a few spelling errs?? which totally threw me off... I'm still hopeful that her next novel will be a triumphant come-back (ala ~ Missy & Graham in Big Bad Wolf)
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
When your Queen gives you an assignment, regardless of your thoughts on the matter you go. For Luc Macanaw that meant crossing utilizing a portal to go from the land of the Fae to the human world and retrieve the Queen's nephew who decided to party on the other side.
Luc is a leader who always takes his assignment seriously letting nothing deter him from his objective. So meeting Corinne D'Alessandro and being thrown off his game is a shocker he never saw coming. Luc should not be attracted to Corinne for pity sake she is human. The other problem is she is chasing down the same object from a different perspective though as the reporter assigned to figure out what is going on. Corinne already knows about the non-humans on earth staying under the radar and swore to stay away from a relationship with any of them. She never expected any spark with a non-human but Luc is definitely pushing every go after him button she has with some red flags but mostly passion on all fronts. Could they have something together or is this an attraction Luc has conquered up from his bag magic?
The task is difficult for the two of them even working together as the witnesses start showing up murdered or missing. It is difficult to trace a lead under the best of circumstances but not even having a verification of the facts makes it almost impossible. The Others existence must be kept a secret so the pursuit becomes even more critical when more people start to notice the unusual activity but Luc knows Corinne has the same agenda and trust is not an issue.
This book is so much more than demons with secrets it is a romantic interlude that will enchant as well as romance you. With a well-defined and detailed storyline, this book makes for a great read, as you are able to feel the passion and the danger all at the same time.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2012
Not your Ordinary Faerie Tale, Book #12 of the Others series
Author: Christine Warren
After her two best friends marry a blood-sucking vampire and furry-faced werewolf, Corinne D'Alessandro is making a vow of her own: NO interspecies dating. But when her editor asks her to investigate "leprechaun" sightings, the sassy New York reporter finds herself on the trail of the hottest story of the year--and the sexiest man alive...
His name is Luc, and he's as gorgeous as any Prince Charming in any bedtime story. There's just one problem: He's not human, he's fae. A captain of the Fae Queen's Guard, Luc is on a dangerous mission--and he could use the help of a certain leprechaun-hunting reporter. But when their two worlds collide, the sparks begin to fly. If Corinne and Luc can't control their lust--and focus on the villains in this story--their faerie-tale romance won't end happily ever after...
Our Review [by Michelle L. Olson - LITERAL ADDICTION's Pack Alpha]:
This book came up in my Amazon recommendations list. I snatched it up because it looked good, only to read it and find that it was the best Fae book I had ever read.
Christine Warren is an amazing story teller. Her characters are witty, strong, independent, and identifiable and her story is well crafted and fluid.
I found out after starting this book that it is actually the 12th of the Others series, but I wasn't lost at all (though I did read somewhere that this was actually a rewrite of a story done with Ellora's Cave and therefore was more standalone than the other of the series).
Corinne is a reporter with multiple friends who have become involved with or married members of the supernatural community. She has basically sworn that while she loves them, she will never be one to date outside of her species.
Luc is the captain of the guard for Queen Mab of the Summer Court. He is sent to the human realm to find and bring home the queen's nephew, Seoc, before he can cause too much trouble and spill the secret of the Others.
The minute Luc sees Corinne he feels something he has never felt before, and 1 touch is all it takes for him to know that it's more than just idle attraction. Once some things are brought to light, Luc can no longer deny that Corinne is his heartmate and he knows that he'll do anything to keep her by his side.
Corinne plays coy and puts on a good poker face, but she can't deny the feelings that Luc imparts. After teaming up to find Seoc together, thus getting her story for her boss, keeping her friends safe and helping Luc with his mission, one things leads to another and she is helpless to do anything but feel.
LITERAL ADDICTION gives Not your Ordinary Faerie Tale 5 skulls and would recommend it to everyone - Paranormal Romance lovers, Urban Fantasy readers, and anyone who likes strong, witty female leads, sexy, alpha, sensitive male leads, and a story with just enough twists and turns to keep you engaged from the 1st to the last page.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 14, 2011
I discovered Christine Warren in an airport book shop two years ago and have been a fan ever since.As an author myself I appreciate a richl imaginative tale and Ms Warren certainly provides that. I like her wit, her hilarious one liners, her 'take' on the other species genre. My only qibble is... please can we have a reprint of "Fur for All"... I have been waiting too long for this.
I get a lot of books for review.. most are dull, some informative, a lot are so lost in 5/6 syllable wordage it takes a lot of coffee to get through them. So , for relaxation I read
Fantasy and what a rich world it is. Faerie is not the sweet Victorian world of Titania and Peter Pan. There are some nasty elements in that world and you'll come across them in this book. The concept of The Others is Ms Warrens on going love affair with fantasy.. long may she continue, I'm a devoted fan.. but PLEASE.. where is 'Fur for All' ?? Are you feeling low in spirits (?).. what to laugh, enjoy some sexy bits, and how to tell one Fae from another, kick off your shoes ladies, pour a glass of wine and enjoy this Faery Tale.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 26, 2013
This was my first Warren Faerie Tale and it was okay. Clearly, Warren is an inordinately talented author, has a wonderful command of the language, and can write a love scene that packs a punch. That said, the story felt familiar. I guess I've read in books/watched on television too many 'other wordly' characters who fall for a human and then live to cherish and protect her. Yeah. Yeah. Don't get me wrong. Luc is good--almost too good. Corrine is tough and edgy, so it's hard to imagine herself allowing anyone--even the gorgeous and commanding Luc--to wrap her so tightly in his protective embrace that he treats her like a child. This author's Luc was reminiscent of Evanovich's Diesel character, but I preferred Diesel. Anyway, not bad reading to wile away an afternoon.
on May 24, 2012
"Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale" is a great ride. This is a very enjoyable, fun fantasy romance.
Human, Corinne D'Alessandro a New York Chronicle reporter is asked by her boss to do an investigation on elf sightings around Manhattan, and write a story on it. Corinne knows about the secret group known as "The Others" who maintain a veil of secrecy that protects them from discovery by humans. Two of Corinne's best friends are married to "Others". Even though she dislikes being around "The Others" out of conscience she goes to the head council leader, shifter, Rafael De Santo to report the elf-sighting lead. There Corinne meets Luc, (Lucifer) Macanaw, the Fae Captain of the Faerie Queens guard sent by the Faerie Queen to Ithir (Earth), to find and bring back the Queens nephew who has left Faerie without permission and may cause harm to both realms by exposing what he is to humans. Both Corinne and Luc feel an instant gut deep elemental attraction to one another at first sight. Working together they begin to fall in love while trying to stop the rogue Fae from opening a door to both realms that could spark an inter-dimensional incident of epic proportions.
This is the first Christine Warren book I've read. It wont be my last. I really enjoyed her writing style and her wonderful use of word descriptive imagery. Here is a small example of her writing. ~ Luc kissed her..."Electricity seemed to arc between them, surging through her body in a current that could have resurrected Frankenstein's monster. A force this intense could power a star, not to mention start a heart beating. Corinne feared it might have stopped her own." Ahhhh! "Not Your Ordinary Faerie Tale" is an entertaining and fun book. I could not lay it down. Highly recommended and a keeper! Enjoy!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 9, 2011
I love her books I have read most of the (Other Novels) and it is hard for me to wait for the newest one(s). I have past all of her books (except for her four newest ones) on to my friend, and she past them on to her daughter to read. b
on March 15, 2013
I read this book not really realizing that it was a book of a series at first, and not the first book. I must say that there were parts in which I knew there must have been a back story or at least something that happened before, but it was nothing that made me confused or frustrated by missing. The author did a pretty good job making this book a book that could be read as a stand alone book. The plot was quite interesting and there was plenty of paranormal mystery to keep you reading on. I enjoyed the characters, especially Luc, who was very easy on the readers eyes when picturing him. Corinne could be a bit much at times, but I think it added to the development of who she was as a character. I did find there to be some slow parts, but they seemed to pick up again in a timely fashion, so they weren't too bad. The romance of the story was great as was the erotic parts of the book. The author was great when it came to descriptions and making the reader feel like they were in the book or watching a movie about the book. I could see it all plain as day in my head. I have to say one of my favorite descriptions was of the Pink Pillow sex shop, I couldn't stop laughing at the description and how it looked. Burning her retinas to look at, as a description was so perfect for the description that followed. All in all, I enjoyed reading this book and may pick up the other books in the series some time, but it wasn't my favorite of all times, book. It did keep me intrigued though and wanting to read on and it was well written and had great characters that I came to just love.
on February 24, 2012
This book is another installment of the Other Series. I have found that some of the books are either hit or miss. This one was just okay for me. I was captured by the fact that the story involved Faes- I mean who can resist, right?
The hero, Luc, was a very likeable character. I liked the fact that he fell for the one thing he could not stand--a human. Said human he fell for- Corinne D'Alessandro. I, however, did not fall for her. Honestly, I did not care for her character in the past books. I thought I would like her more since she got her own story-NOT. The plot of the story was a little boring for me since it was about finding a character that the reader does not know anything about. Many of the previous characters are reintroduced in this book but it also causes a timeline issue for me. I read about one of the characters in an earlier book where she met her mate, however, in this story it has her single and no mention of her mate.
I have read all the books in this series with the exception of Black Magic Woman. With that being said I will probably continue to read future books in this series.
on March 9, 2014
I'm pretty sure i like this book. There were areas I was just not into and I feel like it was missing something. I mean it was a huge deal this fae nephew of the queen was out and about but yet that actually played a minor role in the story.
Luc is the leader of the queens guard, he's been sent to earth on a mission to protect and retrieve the queens' nephew. What he doesnt expect to find it Corinne.
Corinne is friend of Missy and Reggie. She like Ava wants to date a normal man, not someone who is of another species. All of that is blown out of the water when she goes to Rafe with news of a story she is suppose to investigate.
I liked Luc's character and to a point I like Rinne. However she was really really really bitchy. I liked she wasn't pushed around, She was stubborn but i felt at times it was a bit much. I can't wait to read the next one thought.