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Roped (Chimera Club Stories Book 7) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B07C1TKVGT
- Publisher : IDREAM PRESS LLC (June 21, 2018)
- Publication date : June 21, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2222 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 330 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,904,027 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I’m a huge fan of this series, eagerly anticipating each new release, and I jumped at the chance to read an early copy of Roped, as well as preordering my own copy as soon as it was available, and weeks before the release date. I tell you all this to not only show my enthusiasm for the Chimera Club series, but to demonstrate the faith I have in this author and her ability to produce a masterful work that touches the heart and stirs the soul. She has set her own bar quite high and yet still manages to surpass her previous benchmarks with Roped.
There are so many wonderful elements to this novel. From profound, poetic prose like, “To be seen is the rarest and most intimate of things that can pass between two people,” and “life happens in between the big moments we can’t control,” to a physical, emotional and spiritual connection between two people that transcends any earthly experience, Daphne and Morgan’s story will leave its mark on your soul. They have the indefinable “it" we all strive to find with another human being, to find the one person you’ve been waiting for your whole life, that one whose soul joins with yours in a bond that outlasts any physical existence.
We also get a bit more insight into Thomas Meenan, Draven's right hand man. It’s a good thing I have a soft spot in my heart for Meenan because seeing him through Daphne's eyes was enlightening. She’s absolutely right that he’s a master manipulator, devious, underhanded, and will do just about anything to accomplish his purpose. If you’ve read any of the series, you've seen the lengths he'll go to, and if you’ve read enough of the books, you understand what drives him. We get a small bit of information regarding the mysterious, nefarious Constantine, but Morgan and Daphne's connection hints to all this being part of a much greater picture, having a new puzzle piece introduced by way of an ancient prophecy passed down in Morgan's family.
There are still some questions at the end of this book, as there have been with all the books in the series, but Daphne and Morgan's relationship and happily ever after are firmly cemented and beautifully resolved, especially with an epilogue nearly a year later. I loved both of their characters and delighted in their love story, and I get the distinct impression we'll be seeing a good bit more from them in the future, which I’m eager to see. I gleefully anticipate more crackling exchanges between Daphne and Meenan, and I can’t wait to see how all the pieces of the puzzle we’ve been collecting along the way fit together. One thing about Cybill Cane – she gives you a story with an amazing amount of heart and emotion and puts a beautiful bow on an immensely satisfying love story, but dangles enough threads that you’re dying to pull, leaving you eagerly anticipating and desperately wanting more. If you haven’t read her work, you’re really missing out because this is one of the best series in romance writing today. So start with Roped, or any other book in the series, but start it today. This is some phenomenal, beautiful writing by a truly gifted wordsmith that you don’t want to miss.
*I reviewed this book freely and voluntarily, having made no commitment to provide a review and receiving no compensation of any kind from any source for this review.
This series is full of intricate parts that come together like a favorite TV show. Think along the lines of Revenge and The Vampire Diaries (without vampires...). Each story is about a different couple, but also gives us a peek into other couples, and Thomas, and an overarching storyline that is shaping up to be E P I C. There is a lot of intrigue, questions are posed & then answered & then connect to new questions. There is a mystery to solve... But, each book is also its own self-contained story, meaning you can enjoy each couple for just THEM, if you'd like.
I love the way Daphne & Morgan's brains work separately, and the way they fit together. Their working relationship & friendship build a great foundation, and when they finally admit their feelings of love & take that next step - BOOM!
This may be one of my favorites in the series, because we get even more insight into Thomas Meenan, and I am (once again) SO looking forward to the day he gets to tell his story & we get to peel back more of his layers. Two thumbs up & 10+++ stars!! : )
This is a full length novel in the Chimera Club Series. What's that, you ask? Well, when I started reading Cybill's books I thought that Chimera Club was just something Thomas Meenan dreamed up to be difficult- because that's something he would do. But no, it isn't that at all. Yes, Meenan would definitely be difficult, and sexy, and opinionated, and stubborn, and sneaky, but Chimera Club is a whole new world from an author who is extremely good at worldbuilding. You see, the Chimera series, especially Roped, is set in this world with characters who are larger than life. These are characters who have flaws, emotions, and triumphs just like real life people. They don't have super powers or paranormal powers (we're not talking about Annie here - oops, different Chimera story) and she's not telling you what powers Meenan has (I'll bet she saves that till last but I can only hope about what he can dish out). Instead she's made people that you and I, as readers, can understand and come to know as friends.
The book is the story of Daphne and Morgan. We met Morgan briefly in Delicious (he was the voice on the phone wanting James Draven to come back to his company and leave Switzerland). But we didn't know him, not the way you'll know him when you read this book. And we'd never met Daphne before, and once you're about half way through you'll feel like you've known her almost all your life. She's a strong woman with love that runs deep, a woman that Morgan depends on and already loves from Page 1 on. The most appealing books to me have always been when a strong woman meets an equally strong man on equal terms. That is this book-hands down. But don't think that this is "just" a love story, because it is far more than that. It is a woman's exploration of her love and trust in that ONE MAN who is her mate. And that man? He learns that it isn't enough to just depend upon that woman but to trust her and love her as deeply as he's ever loved anything.
This is a continuation of James Draven's story, but at the same time it isn't. You'll see other Chimera characters in this book (Stacey for one, and I DARE you not to laugh as he's explaining about the walking taco - in fact, if you can read that paragraph and NOT laugh, you need to get some serious counseling-you'll understand when you read the book), but it isn't necessary to read the previous books to enjoy this one. And as an added treat, at least it was for me, this book brushed up against paranormal which added a twist that I wasn't expecting. If you don't care for paranormal, don't worry, it doesn't take over the book, its just a whisp of interest. Speaking of the other books in the series - Poker Face, Escape, Haunted, Delicious, All The Colors of My Heart, Desire, and Roped. That's the reading order, and while you can start anywhere you want, if you want to grow with the characters, start at the beginning.
When I picked up this book, I expected a great book about two people who come together in an internally explosive way, because Cybill's previous novel and novellas were like that. Wonderful plots, strong characters, and lots and lots of romance and love. This book turned out to be MORE, and I love MORE (if you've been reading any of my latest reviews, you know MORE is more important to me than almost anything except romance). And Cybill is putting the romance back into this genre. We aren't talking wham, bam, thank you m'am here. And the characters aren't getting it on in the first 10 pages. They WANT to, don't get me wrong, but they build their own suspense and enjoyment, just like in real life.
The Chimera Club books are a fascinating series about strong men and women who love hard, play hard, and tell a story you're going to want to read more than once. I love books, I've read since I was a child when my mother decided I should know how to read in full sentences by the time I was five. I don't just read one genre and I expect the authors I love to write maturely, to understand human nature and dialogue, and to be able to create characters that I would want to have dinner with.
And lest you think the story isn't steamy, oh my hot god, no worries there. Between cowboy hats, western shirts, cabins, and red silk scarves, you'll have no problem enjoying the steam. Actually, the scene with the silk scarf took me by surprise. Cybill isn't an author to delve into the kind of kink that I enjoy and I've never had any complaint about that. I'll read erotica when I want to, so when Daphne shows a side of her that is experimental and just a little teensy bit kinky, I was both surprised and pleased. It fit - it fit the story and it fit the charactres. It isn't forced and it flow right into the story without the reader blinking and wondering what happened.
So, wait. Did I convince you to read the book? No? (Deep breath here) then I need to try harder. If yes, what are you waiting for? Get your copy and settle down with a cup of tea, coffee, beer, or port (actually a nice glass of chocolate port or perhaps 30 year old scotch would fit this book perfectly - Meenan and Daphne can keep their tequila). I don't believe you will be disappointed with this book, whatever you choose to drink while you're reading. Cybill Cain understands that the fantasy of the fiction must be tempered with the reality of the human characters. Cybill does word-play and character-building well. And in doing so she paints her characters with multi-colored emotions and wraps them in strength, love, and romance. Her word play leads the reader down colorful sentences full of interesting dialogue and narrative. She truly does put the romance back into Contemporary Romance. And no, this has NOT been an advertisement for the book, although it probably sounds like it. It is just my enthusiasm showing through for a really good book that deserves more than five stars anywhere you see a review. This book was a labor of love - how do I know? Just read the pages, you'll be drawn in also. Five stars with tails!!