For the most part, I enjoyed debut novel, Dark Paradise. From the opening chapter, I was engaged in the mystery of what happened to Lainey Prince. Wit...moreFor the most part, I enjoyed debut novel, Dark Paradise. From the opening chapter, I was engaged in the mystery of what happened to Lainey Prince. With voodoo, ghosts and possible murder, you have all the makings of a good book. The story is told in alternating points of view between Mala and Landry. I did like that aspect of the story. I also liked the solution to the murder. What I didn't like was the way everyone kept getting angry at each other and then were happy go lucky the next. It got a little tiring after a while.
Mala was a good strong character. I felt bad for her. She is trying to do everything she can go make something of herself and things keep happening to prevent that. I didn't quite see the attraction between Landry and Mala, especially when he keeps accusing her of having something to do with Lainey's death. In the end, I was also a bit disappointed in seeing the makings of a love triangle. We will have to wait and see how that plays out in the next book, Dark Sacrifice. (less)
I was really expecting a mystery, but instead I got a glimpse into both sides of a teenage runaway situation and the dangers of not paying attention t...moreI was really expecting a mystery, but instead I got a glimpse into both sides of a teenage runaway situation and the dangers of not paying attention to how our children use the internet. The story is told from both Rachel's and Marley's point of view. Rachel struggles with the reason that Marley would want to runaway. What could she have done differently and would it have mattered. I did feel badly for Rachel. She has often been manipulated by her husband and her "friend" Michael. She has kind of lost herself and has forgotten how to be a good parent. Marley came across as a exactly what she is...a naive and troubled 14YO little girl who thinks she knows everything.
Overall, I liked the story. It's a great commentary on how much social media plays in our perceptions of people. Also in how nothing is private anymore and if you open yourself to the World Wide Web, it could come back to haunt you. I was a little unsatisfied with the ending. I felt like it was a little abrupt and would have liked to see more of what happened "after". But, I do recommend the book. It's well written and kept me engaged through to the end.(less)
I can't really say what made me finish listening to this book. It's probably because Linda Howard is one of my favorite writers and I have loved most...moreI can't really say what made me finish listening to this book. It's probably because Linda Howard is one of my favorite writers and I have loved most of her early romance books. Not this one. I know it was written in 1982, but I can't for the life of me understand why anyone would think a book where the man is a major A-hole through the entire book is worth reading. As I listened to the audiobook, I kept urging Sallie, the heroine, to kick him in the balls whenever he grabbed her to kiss her. Yes, the story kind of pissed me off.
I detested Rhy throughout the entire book and never felt like he redeemed himself. Rhy and Sallie are separated for 7 years. Why not just get divorced? Throughout that time, Sallie gets a backbone and makes something of herself. When Rhy finally tracks her down, he continues to manhandle and manipulate her in order to keep her from leaving or divorcing him. Instead of being disgusted by his behavior, Sallie, the not so Independent woman, keeps falling into his arms because he seems to have some magic power over her libido. By the end, I just couldn't buy into the HEA that I supposed to like. It just left a bad taste in my mouth. So, I'm sure you can guess that I won't be recommending this one. (less)
If you are looking for a sexy story with a fantasy bad boy, then Fake It is the story for you. Anna has been passing Jake's garage for months. He is w...moreIf you are looking for a sexy story with a fantasy bad boy, then Fake It is the story for you. Anna has been passing Jake's garage for months. He is what her fantasies are made of, so when she needs a fake boyfriend to take to her friend's wedding, he is just the guy for the job. He is also the guy who can move Anna out of her comfort zone and show her how to really 'live".
I loved Jake and Anna together. He was so good for her. She has worked so hard to make sure everyone is taken care of and that she never has to worry about money. The problem is that in doing that, she has buried herself in work and doesn't really "live". Anna in return is able to show Jake that he has a lot of good in him and a big heart. While the ending was more of a HFN, I still loved it!
I highly recommend this book. I haven't read Rock It yet, but it's on my TBR Pile for sure! (less)
Find My Way Home is an enjoyable and cute debut novel. It's the first in a series about the town of Harmony. Bertie is an interior designer who is als...moreFind My Way Home is an enjoyable and cute debut novel. It's the first in a series about the town of Harmony. Bertie is an interior designer who is also everyone's go to person when they need something done in town. Everyone loves her, but she wants to leave town to start a new life. Keith has moved to his Aunt's town to try to make a new life with his daughter. When Aunt Francesca hires Bertie to renovate Keith's new home, the sparks fly. The problem? Bertie doesn't fit the quiet "motherly" image he thinks should be a new mom to his child.
I thought these two were cute together. It was fun to watch them try to fight their attraction to each other. Bertie is larger than life with a really big heart. I loved her character and she was just the thing that Keith needed. The only thing that annoyed me about the story was the amount of times that Keith mentioned Bertie's generous breasts. After the 4th or 5th time, I think I got the point.
There are other characters that round out the story nicely. I wish we could have gotten more of Cal and Liza's story. That looked to be intriguing, but we only get a glimpse of them getting together. Maybe there will be a novella? Anyway, this is a cute read and one I recommend trying out. (less)
The Sweet Spot actually take place before Big Girl Panties (my review). We first met Chase and Amanda in Big Girl Panties. They were a fun couple and...more The Sweet Spot actually take place before Big Girl Panties (my review). We first met Chase and Amanda in Big Girl Panties. They were a fun couple and this is the story of how they got together. Amanda is an independent, strong willed restaurant owner. Chase, a famous baseball player, is smitten the minute he meets her.
There are a couple of things that I loved about this book. I loved the way Chase sets out to woo Amanda and prove to her he is all in. I also loved the open communication between the couple especially when it came to their bedroom play. I always think that is important for any couple to be open and honest about what they want. That being said, their "secret" was kind of off for me. It didn't really go along with anything the normal dom/sub relationships I am used to seeing in books. But then, Chase always did say they were writing their own rules.
I loved the ending. I thought their wedding was so perfect! This is another hit from this author! I definitely recommend reading it and I can't wait to see what she comes up with next!(less)
I enjoyed The Body in the Woods and definitely recommend it. It is a book I would have loved in late middle school and even into high school. I was a...moreI enjoyed The Body in the Woods and definitely recommend it. It is a book I would have loved in late middle school and even into high school. I was a fan of Christopher Pike and I this had the same feeling. I liked the suspense as I thought it was intriguing enough to engage the YA level crowd.
I also liked the characters. None of them were perfect or from the "beautiful crowd". The face and person they projected to the outside world was so different from who they really were. I felt like that would really resonate well with the the teen readers. (less)
The Cursed is the 12th book in the Krewe of Hunters series. I'm pleased to say that even after 12 books, the series is still very enjoyable. I really...moreThe Cursed is the 12th book in the Krewe of Hunters series. I'm pleased to say that even after 12 books, the series is still very enjoyable. I really enjoyed this one. The characters were strong and fun. I loved that they didn't get a long at first. That always makes for good tension. In the end, I thought Hannah and Dallas were perfect for each other. The mystery was well written. I didn't guess the killer until the very end.
What I loved most about the book was that is took place in Key West which was the setting for her Bone Island trilogy. In fact, Hannah is related to one of the characters from that series. It was fun to see some old characters show up. I love when authors do that sort of thing!
Supreme Justice is just the thriller you want to read this summer. I flew through this book as it kept me engaged and guessing the whole way through....moreSupreme Justice is just the thriller you want to read this summer. I flew through this book as it kept me engaged and guessing the whole way through. I loved Joe Reeder (Peep to his friends). He is a great character and detective. I thought his ability to read people was intriguing. He is a character I would love to see in future books.
I thought the mystery was well laid out with a surprise at the end. I love books with red herrings that keep you turned around until you don't know which way is up. With the murder of a couple of Supreme Court Justices and the potential for a huge political conspiracy, there are a plethora of suspects. I highly recommend this book for anyone who likes political thriller. It's definitely a must read for 2014.(less)
Hold on Tight is a well written and often heart wrenching read. Mira and Jake have a brief affair that results in their son Sam. Unable to track Jake...moreHold on Tight is a well written and often heart wrenching read. Mira and Jake have a brief affair that results in their son Sam. Unable to track Jake down in the military, she moves on with her life raising their son on her own. A chance meeting 8 years later gives Mira the chance to tell Jake about their son. From the beginning, I was rooting for this couple. It was clear that they belonged together and needed to be a family.
What I loved more about this story was the realistic way the author dealt with the emotions and reality of a soldier returning from war. The weight of survivor's guilt and the grief over the loss of his friend really holds Jake back from figuring out what his future should be. I also loved how the subject of the new life of an amputee was handled. Not only day to day, but in the bedroom as well. Those scenes came across as honest and realistic to me.
This is a fairly quick read and one I highly recommend. I know you'll fall in love with Jake and Mira like I did!(less)
2.5 stars Hard as You Can picks up pretty much where Hard as it Gets left off. I really liked the first one, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed...more2.5 stars Hard as You Can picks up pretty much where Hard as it Gets left off. I really liked the first one, but I have to say I was a bit disappointed in this second one. I felt like this book was a little longer than it needed to be. After the length of this book, I was disappointed that they team had not really gotten any further along in clearing their names and bringing down the bad guys. I was hoping for more progress. The upside was that the camaraderie between the men began to get back to what it once was especially between Nick and Shane. Their conversation at the end was wonderful.
As for the romance between Shane and Crystal it was a bit fast and a bit forced. I had a hard time buying the "I love You" so fast since they didn't actually spend a lot of time together. I could see the infatuation, caring and lust, but for me the love was too quick. I also felt like Crystal had too much baggage after what she went through and really needed to do a lot of work before she could commit to anything or anyone.
So, in the end it was just an OK read for me. I will probably continue with the series because I like the characters. Hard to Come By is Marz's story and comes out later this fall.(less)
Not even being a big fan of Sandra Brown's could make me want to finish this book. I got halfway through and finally gave up on it. The main character...moreNot even being a big fan of Sandra Brown's could make me want to finish this book. I got halfway through and finally gave up on it. The main character was a major douchebag. Now, I know that a lot of the time, the "hero" is an alpha male who comes across as a jerk at first, but then redeems himself about halfway through the book. In Sunset Embrace, that never happened. Beware, I'm going to spoil the book for you!
(view spoiler)[Ross berates Lydia from the beginning, calling her awful names. I get that in those times, men probably thought that a woman who had a baby with no husband was loose. I can forgive that. What I couldn't get past was the rape scene. Yes...he rapes her. The worst part? The next day, Lydia decides that it wasn't all that bad. Wait, what??? She had bruises, was bleeding and he ignored her pleas for him to stop. Then she decides it wasn't all bad? I just couldn't read anymore. (hide spoiler)] I can't recommend this one. I say skip, unless you are into that sort of thing.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I have really enjoyed the Marked Men series by this author. So when I saw a new series...moreReview will be featured on From the TBR Pile on July 26, 2014.
I have really enjoyed the Marked Men series by this author. So when I saw a new series starting by her, I was excited to dive right in. While I enjoyed the book, I didn't love it as much. To start, this series is a bit darker than the other one. In the foreword, the author says she wanted to create a truly "bad boy". Being an ex-con, Shane is a bad boy. Recently released from prison, he finds out his best friend has gone missing. With the help of Race's younger sister, he tries to track him down to reconcile what happened the night he was arrested.
I liked the mystery part of the book. The hunt for Race and the truth of what happened 5 years before was well written and intriguing. I liked the little twist about the bad guy at the end. I also thought that the last scene was pretty intense and made me hold my breath.
What I didn't like too much was the chemistry between Dovie and Shane. It never really went beyond lust for me. I also got tired of Dovie always talking about Shane vs. Bax. By the end, I think I got that he could act like two different guys. It got a little old. The epilogue did go a long way toward making me buy into the relationship a lot more.
So, if you are going into this series expecting the boys and vibe that you get in the Marked Men series, you won't find it here. I think fans will like this book. I'll check out the next one. I was a bit disappointed in end with Race's decisions. I'm just hoping that he has a change of heart in the next book. I'm not sure how I will like a truly bad boy who can't turn himself around.(less)
The Longest Night is the debut novel for Ms. Braden. It's a well written and touching story about two hurting people who find healing in the...more3.5 stars
The Longest Night is the debut novel for Ms. Braden. It's a well written and touching story about two hurting people who find healing in the power of love. Ian heads to Canada to work on his addiction to painkillers. His brother sends him to Cecily's remote cabin away for a long needed respite. There he finds more than he bargained for.
Despite being opposites, Cecily and Ian were a good match for each other. I enjoyed reading their love story. I especially liked how Ian was able to help Cecily work through her anxiety and the PTSD from her time in the military. While the book ends with more of a HFN ending, I was satisfied with it. I hope that these two show up in the next book, The Deepest Night. This is a good debut and I look forward to seeing more from this author.(less)