Gemma Murphy has been following Catullus Graves and his friends for some time now After first seeing him in the Northwest Territory of
she now finds herself on a boat to England A reporter she loves to investigate and she 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 evil Heirs of Albion The Heirs now have the primal source and have plans to use it for world domination The Blades are hot on their trail and are willing to sacrifice whatever it takes to stop themThe first time Catullus set eyes on the red haired freckled beauty in Canada it stirs him A genius inventor Catullus has a very scientific approach when it comes to romance which means he isn t uite the ladies man Soon Catullus becomes aware that Gemma is following them and when the Heirs spot her with the Blades her life becomes endangered She wants to prove to the Blades she is a competent fighter and she wants to break down Catullus s serious ways and show him just how wicked romance can beStranger is the fourth book in Zoe Archer s The Blades of the Rose series and held much anticipation for me to discover Catullus whom we meet in great detail in book three Rebel Catullus is reserved a bit shy and awkward when it comes to women He loves fine waistcoats and is extremely smart His match Gemma is just the ind of woman who can break him out of his mold She has spunk and spirit yet she is very ind and from the start understands who this man is Although Catullus is black she never once sees his skin color as a deterrent I absolutely adored their romance The uncertainty Catullus has in the bedroom is very endearing and once he gains confidence watch outThe adventure in this one weaves in the King Arthur legend as the Blades rush to prevent the Heirs from using the primal source I didn t love the adventure as much as the
Canada she now finds herself on a boat to England A reporter she loves to investigate and she
previous books Besides an evil form of King Arthur being resurrected for some time Catullus and Gemma find themselves in books Besides an evil form of King Arthur being resurrected for some time Catullus and Gemma find themselves in an alternate fairy world It just didn t grab me like the other books did I did thoroughly enjoy the banter between Catullus and other blade members Bennet Day and Nathan Lesperance and their spouses The pages where all of them are working together are some of my favorite And of course the pages with the hot smex in a tree houseAfter finishing this series four books in four months I can say they have been a joy to read With the mixture of historical paranormal and adventure Zoe Archer brings something different to these books I really hope we get Blades in the future and Catullus has just made his way onto my boyfriend listRating B 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 cons. He protects the world's magicwith his science But even the best scientists can fall prey to the right chemistryLooking For TroubleGemma Murphy has a nose for a storyeven 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. Tantly ogling each other despite being in constant life threatening situations I realize I started this
SERIES BECAUSE I BELONGED TO A because I belonged to a club called Vaginal Fantasy but this was so much chaos plus smushy gushy gooey eyes "That I Had To Force My Way " I had to force my way the end 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 sigh It s always so sad to say goodbye to a series But it s also wonderful at the same time Seeing everything tie together and resolve itself is great This book was no 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 now what changed between the first two books and the last two books but something did The first two books were excellent 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 ended 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 No Capital Required know why some magic was believable for me and some wasn t but I really had a hard time enjoying 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 toeep my attent. T conspirators she's sensing a scoop Especially when he mentions there's magic involved Of course getting him on the record would be easier if he hadn't caught her eavesdroppingLighting His FuseCatullus Graves nows what it's like to be shut out his ancestors were slaves And he's a genius inventor with appropriately eccentric habits so even. ,
Ion One of my friends used the term Disney 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 of each 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 enjoyed seeing the Heirs finally confronted on a large scale and loved seeing previous characters that I enjoyed 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 spoiler There is a heroine in this novel Her name is Gemma That is all I m going to say
her Not that she s not a nice person but 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 newabout her Not that she s not a nice person but
it was all a fa ade If I was going to be in love I wanted to now the realwas all a fa ade If I was going to be in love I wanted to now the real So I was above that groupie mentality When I see the ladies on line talking about books boyfriends I roll my eyes and move on 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 and everyone looks to him for guidance except me because he nows 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 world wears that he can lean on me when the pressures of trying to lead the world wears him While he is a geek and intelligent he can still ick 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 ever after Now all I have to get is remove Gemma from the picture and put mysel. 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 the end of the world as we now it But with Gemma's insatiable curiosity sparking Catullus's inventive impulses they might set off something explosive anyw.