I really loved Valerie and Justin together. I thought they were good for each other. I felt kind of bad for Valerie because she has a bad reputation aI really loved Valerie and Justin together. I thought they were good for each other. I felt kind of bad for Valerie because she has a bad reputation around town that she can't seem to shake. Itdoesn't help that her father is a prominent business man in town. I was happy when she kept standing up to him. Their HEA was really sweet and the ending perfect!...more
I would have to say out of all of the books, this one was my least favorite. I have never really been a fan of hidden pregnancies. I always feel reallI would have to say out of all of the books, this one was my least favorite. I have never really been a fan of hidden pregnancies. I always feel really bad for the father because of all of the time he loses out on with his child. I think it is incredibly selfish of the mother to keep it a secret. I have a hard time respecting anyone who would do that, especially if the father is a good guy. Gemma did end up redeeming herself in the end. But, it was a little too late for me to like these two together.So, this one was just OK for me. ...more
In Accept This Dandelion, Renee finds herself accepted as a contestant on a dating show. Initially, she is in it to make a name for herself in order tIn Accept This Dandelion, Renee finds herself accepted as a contestant on a dating show. Initially, she is in it to make a name for herself in order to get noticed for the AM slot at her radio station. No one with Ben's reputation would ever go for a woman like her. But, she quickly finds that the heart doesn't always have the same plan the mind does.
I have never watched the Bachelor on TV, but I have heard about how backstabbing and brutal it can be. If the show was more like the one in the story, I think I might actually watch it. I thought his was a really cute romance. Ben and Renee are both using the show for ulterior motives. She wants a new job and he wants to change his playboy reputation in the press. They instead end up finding something that they didn't expect. I thought they were cute together. I also liked how they both stayed true to themselves throughout the book.
This is the first book I have read by this author. I definitely recommend giving it a shot. I know I'll be seeking out her other books!...more
This was a random download from my library. Sometimes I have great luck and other times I don't. In this case I didn't . To be honest I'm not even surThis was a random download from my library. Sometimes I have great luck and other times I don't. In this case I didn't . To be honest I'm not even sure why I finished listening to the book. It wasn't a long book, so maybe I was hoping it would get better. It never did.
The premise is a store much like IKEA called ORSK where weird things begin to happen. The executives decide to have 3 employees stay overnight to see if they can catch the culprit. It quickly turns into a nightmare as they realize the store was built on top of a prison. Sounds like it would make for a great ghost story, right? Wrong. It was really kind of boring. It reminded me of a really bad indie movie with no name bad actors. You know the type I mean.
None of the characters were likable and I really wasn't rooting for any of them to survive. The other thing about the book that got old was the descriptions of furniture that began each chapter. The names of the furniture were weird and very distracting. There really isn't much I can say other then this book was so bad. I can't recommend it. It's 6 hours I won't get back!...more
Another good segment in the Dinah Pellerin series. I liked the Norse mythology that was included. I also didn't figure out the killer until Dinah did,Another good segment in the Dinah Pellerin series. I liked the Norse mythology that was included. I also didn't figure out the killer until Dinah did, so I liked that. The only thing that I didn't like was the amount of suspects. I had a bit of a hard time keeping them straight....more
Last year I read The Absence of Mercy and enjoyed the mystery. So, I was looking forward to reading The Forgetting Place. For the most part, I enjoyedLast year I read The Absence of Mercy and enjoyed the mystery. So, I was looking forward to reading The Forgetting Place. For the most part, I enjoyed the book. It definitely drew me into the story right away. Lise Shields is a doctor at Menaker State Hospital and receives a new patient who has no back up information about him. His story is intriguing and ends up with her on the run trying to save his life.
This is a kind of hard book to review because I don't want to give away the major twist. It would ruin it. I did figure out what was going on about halfway through the book and if you pay attention you will too. But that didn't take away from my enjoyment of watching Lise figure things out. I just got there ahead of her. That being said, I was a little disappointed in the ultimate result because I feel like I have read this plot and seen the movie before. I'm not saying it was bad, I just was hoping for something a little more original.
I would recommend giving this one a shot. If you like psychological thrillers, you will like this one. I look forward to seeing what this author comes up with next....more
The Thing About Great White Sharks is a quick read with a mix of odd short stories. The stories range from sci-fi/ futuristic to mysteries with a paraThe Thing About Great White Sharks is a quick read with a mix of odd short stories. The stories range from sci-fi/ futuristic to mysteries with a paranormal twist. I'll start by saying that I definitely think there is an audience out there for this type of anthology. There is something for every reader in the book.
Having said that, I'm not sure I was the right audience for this book. Starting off with the first story, "Sheila" (which was really sad), I found the tone of the book to be dark and kind of depressing. Normally, when I read an anthology I can find at least one story that I would call my favorite. I'm not sure I can really say that with this set. If I had to pick the one I liked the most, it would have to be "Orchids". I thought that was an interesting mystery. A few of the stories were a little confusing and I'm not sure I "got" them. And a couple, especially the story that the book is titled after and "The Space We Share" felt unfinished. I wanted more out of them.
I would recommend giving the book a shot. It wasn't for me, but it might be for you....more
I did finish it, but it ended up being just OK. I had a hard time buying their love story. Paul was a major douche through the entire book. After theI did finish it, but it ended up being just OK. I had a hard time buying their love story. Paul was a major douche through the entire book. After the first time he forced a kiss on her, I almost didn't finish it. What a jerk! I also found Olivia to be way harder on herself than she needed to be. Her reason for dropping out of school and taking this job was a bit lame. I felt like it was an extreme choice. But, I gave it 2 stars because she did change a lot toward the end. ...more
Below the Belt is the third book in the Worth the Fight series. It's the first one of the series I have read. I was able to read it without having toBelow the Belt is the third book in the Worth the Fight series. It's the first one of the series I have read. I was able to read it without having to read the first two. It does work well as a stand alone. Below the Belt is Tony and Francesca's story. Tony has wanted to take Francesca out for months, but she has always resisted. One night at a wedding changes things for the both of them.
For the most part, I liked the couple together. They both have some major baggage to work through before they can fully trust each other. But, they definitely bring out the better side of each other when they are together. The thing that I didn't like about the two was the way both flew off the handle too easily and automatically thought the other was cheating. Not a good sign for a long term relationship if you ask me. But, I found myself rooting for the couple. I liked Tony. For a tough fighter, he had an endearing soft side, especially when it came to Francesca.
I definitely enjoyed this book enough to go back and read the first two books, Against the Cage and Full Contact, before the next one comes out. ...more
For me, it was just an OK read. I pretty much had it figured out by the 6th disc, so there were no real surprises for me in the end. I thought it was For me, it was just an OK read. I pretty much had it figured out by the 6th disc, so there were no real surprises for me in the end. I thought it was a good debut effort, but not totally deserving of the hype it has received.
I thought the book was kind of depressing. None of the characters are very likable and I found myself not sympathizing with them much. That includes the dead woman. The story waffles between the present and about a year before. I did find the switch pretty easy to follow. I did like that the audiobook was narrated by three different women. ...more
Midnight Fantasy is the first in a throwback series by Ms. Chastain and the first I have read by this author. I was intrigued by the premise behind thMidnight Fantasy is the first in a throwback series by Ms. Chastain and the first I have read by this author. I was intrigued by the premise behind the book and for the most part, I enjoyed it. Joe has extreme guilt over the death of his best friend in a boating accident. Annie has been sent to try to bring him out of hiding and back into life.She has been hired by a secret agency who sends "angels" to people when they need them the most. Annie harbors a secret of her own and may just need Joe as much as he needs her.
I thought the romance part was cute. They two of them got along well and I believed their attraction. The thing I was on the fence about was the time line. Both of the characters have huge problems that they need to overcome and I didn't buy that one week would be enough time to overcome them. The other thing that disappointed me was the lack of information about Mac and how his "agency" came about. I kind of felt like I was missing back story on that aspect. As this is the first book, I was surprised and would have liked more background.
The epilogue sets up the next book, Sinner and Saint. I have it in my TBR pile, so keep an eye out!...more
Fiance by Friday is the third in the Weekday Brides series. I have been enjoying this series so far. This installment was no exception. Gwen has movedFiance by Friday is the third in the Weekday Brides series. I have been enjoying this series so far. This installment was no exception. Gwen has moved to America and taken over Alliance, an exclusive matchmaking firm. Neil is her brother's bodyguard and security expert. Gwen has known him for years and has also lusted after him for years. Someone from Neil's past is trying to kill him and Gwen is put in danger because of it.
I thought this was a good romance. I liked Gwen and Neil. He fights his attraction to her for so long and it was fun to watching him finally give in. I enjoyed them together because they had known each other for a while. I like friends to lovers stories as you all know, so that made me enjoy this one even more. This was definitely more a romantic suspense than a straight contemporary. They have to go on the run for a while to hide from the threat. I was surprised at who the bad guy turned out to be. There were also some very tense moments that added to the suspense. ...more
Trigger Warning is the latest anthology out by Neil Gaiman. The book is made up of older stories that have been previously published as well as some nTrigger Warning is the latest anthology out by Neil Gaiman. The book is made up of older stories that have been previously published as well as some new content. Die hard fans will probably recognize most of them. There is also a special treat for Doctor Who fans and fans of his American Gods series. I do recommend reading the introduction by the author. In it, he includes background behind each story. I found that really interesting and it was glad I took the time to read it.
Personally, this author has always been a hit or miss for me. I can't say that I have loved everything I have read by him. That is how I felt about this anthology. I will be honest, I didn't love everything in this book. Some of the pieces I just didn't understand and actually re-read one to see if I missed something. Despite that, there were a couple that stood out to me. I liked the creepy story, "Click-Clack the Rattlebag". I would have to say that one was my favorite. I also liked "The Thing about Cassandra". That has a cool interesting twist to it.
I would recommend picking this up. There is definitely something for everyone in here. That is the great thing about anthologies. You can always find something to fit your mood....more