Wednesday, January 30, 2013

The Hob review

I have been eagerly anticipating the release of The Hob by Dana Marie Bell* ever since I read the first of the Gray Court series books. It was finally released on January 22 by Samhain Publishing.

I LOVED this book - not that I doubted I would - but I seriously devoured it in one sitting. Robin has been my favorite character of Bell's since I first read about him. In fact, I loved The Hob story and Robin's character so much that I struggled to write this review because there is so much to say!

Let's start with Robin himself. He's sexy, he's funny, he's protective of and loyal to those he considers his own, but he's a little wounded, a little lonely, and little jealous of the bonded relationships he sees among his makeshift family. How could I NOT root for the guy to find his perfect match?

Then there is Michaela - oh, boy! She's human but gives Robin such a run for his money that I almost fell over laughing several times. Michaela has a sort of sixth sense for if someone has bad intentions toward her or not. She's caring, dedicated, fun loving, and totally accepting of those who are "good". Her ability to gain the loyalty of those that Robin considers dangerous is both endearing and entertaining.

No Gray Court book would be complete without appearances by the Dunne/Joloun/Blackthorn family members. Additionally, we see more of Oberon than we had in the past and learn more about him and his future mate - an intriguing story that I'm eagerly anticipating. And the introduction of Raven MacSweeney is one of those great twists that Bell is so good at and that leaves me hoping fervently that he'll get his own book in the not too distant future.

All in all, if you haven't read the Gray Court series, you seriously need to go get it RIGHT NOW! It will suck you in from the first book and you won't be able to stop until you finish The Hob, book 4 in the series, and it will leave you wanting more in this fun and adventurous world!

*As noted in a previous review, I know Dana Marie Bell and find her to be a great person and author.


Robin Goodfellow has met his match.

The Gray Court Book 4

When the Black Queen kidnaps one of the White Queen's nephews, Robin Goodfellow is sent to ensure that the young prince safely returns to the bosom of his family. True to his role as Oberon’s Hobgoblin, he is ready for anything…except meeting his truebond, the very delicious, very human Michaela Exton.

Michaela has dreamed about a flame-haired rogue named Robin Goodfellow since she was a little girl, but everyone knows Puck doesn’t really exist. In real life, it’s a dark-eyed man named Ringo who makes her heart beat faster.

She is closer to her dream man than she thinks, and nobody knows it better than Robin, who wears the guise of Ringo. But there’s competition for her love in the form of Lord Raven, who holds a secret that will rock the foundation of Robin’s world. As a Black Court delegate does the unthinkable, leaving an enraged, grief-stricken Robin hanging onto his humanity by a thread, only Michaela has the power to bring him back from the killing edge—if she survives.

Product Warning: This book contains explicit sex, graphic language, Robin Goodfellow and... Really. Do I need to say any more?

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