(Oct) 3.5* I loved the first book in the series - Pushing the Limits - and think it, and Echo and Noah, have been the best book and couple in this YA(Oct) 3.5* I loved the first book in the series - Pushing the Limits - and think it, and Echo and Noah, have been the best book and couple in this YA series. Each book has subsequently been a little less enthralling and each couple a little less compelling.
Haley is a former kickboxing champion who left the fight world after a non-competition fight with her boyfriend Matt. Her father has lost his job and his way and their family is living with a cruel uncle. West is a rich kid who does not get along with his father and is drowning in guilt after his sister is in an accident that leaves her in a wheelchair. They meet, there is instant attraction, and a relationship slowly (really slowly -the book was waaaay longer than it needed to be) develops. There are secrets being kept on both sides, and way too much teenage angst for my taste.
I don't like sports. I think fighting is incredibly dumb (and how hitting each other is a sport I'll never understand). I found the training scenes dull and draggy. Less of that and more background would have helped move this book along for me. I felt there was too much alluded to and not explained. I would have liked to understand exactly what happened between her and Matt - they argued, there was a fight and he hit her and she freaked out and stopped fighting. I'm not sure I get exactly what happened or why she was so freaked out. She hit back, so not getting what the big trauma was to her. I also think all of West's family drama, when the big secret was revealed, sort of came out of left field. Overall, I felt like I was missing something (and at the end - she didn't get the scholarshp? I think that's what happened - it was a bit vague, IMO). I did like Jax and Kaden, but if they get books, that means more fighting and ugh! As for Abby - what is her deal? She seems to know way too much to make sense, and others here think she is meant for Ethan (West's brother - there are 2 others as well - I hope KM does not plan books for all of them, they don't need them, they are sort of blank characters) but I'm not sure why people think this will be the next couple in the series. But still, not bad overall, and I will probably read the next one.
(Sep) I loved this! In Death is my favorite series, and while I get that people are getting tired of the repetitiveness of the book, to me they remain(Sep) I loved this! In Death is my favorite series, and while I get that people are getting tired of the repetitiveness of the book, to me they remain incredibly readable and really enjoyable. I'm not a mystery/thriller reader as a general rule, but I find watching Eve figure out the who/what/where/when/how/why of each case interesting and the supporting cast of characters remain quite solid. I loved the beginning of this book - seeing them in Ireland, with family, always brings a smile to my face. Some say this case is a rehash of a previous book, but with 30 books in the series before this one (as well as many short stories), I can't believe people can remember. I really enjoyed this particular case - the last one with the video gamers was not my taste.My only issue was it was wrapped up too quickly. I wanted more out of the ending - I like seeing Eve get in the face of the bad guys and I felt like something was missing when she didn't get to confront them both. I also question how Rourke manages to run his business when he's constantly working as a police aide. But still, as long as there are Eve and Rourke books, I will be along for the ride. ...more
(Sep) This was a nice book, albeit a bit dull. Sebastian is a wounded war veteran, who came home to find his father gone mad, his property mostly gone(Sep) This was a nice book, albeit a bit dull. Sebastian is a wounded war veteran, who came home to find his father gone mad, his property mostly gone, ditto his family money. A wounded leg makes it hard for him to get around, but he manages. The villagers think he's potenitally mad, like his father, and he's been accused of being a theif by the father of his former best friend. There are also whispers that he's a murdered, as his father disappears one night and is never seen again. Abigail is a charming girl from a good family who has bought the estate adjoining Sebastian's property. They meet, and he's struck by her beauty and her sweet personality. Slowly, he emerges from his shell and develops a flirtation with Abigail. While the description of this book makes it sound as if there is a love triangle, the second character, Sebastian's former best friend Benedict, does not even meet Abigail until about 60% through the book. She never seems that interested in him, and not surprisingly, Abigail and Sebastian, after one small misunderstanding, find their way to love and a HEA. It appearsas though Abigail's sister Penny and Ben might star in the next book, but I think CL will have to really write well to make Benedict less of an ass in my opinion. Sweet, not too steamy, a good but ultimately ordinary and forgettable HR. ...more
(Sep) I still think Wife by Wednesday was the best so far of this cute series. Gwen has had a crush on Neal for ages. She's 31, but hard to believe th(Sep) I still think Wife by Wednesday was the best so far of this cute series. Gwen has had a crush on Neal for ages. She's 31, but hard to believe this as she is treated and acts like she's maybe in her mid 20s. Neal is a big burly bodyguard who has feelings for Gwen but hides them as he feels he's not good enough for her. Neal was involved in a hidden mission for the government years before, and it has haunted him all these years. Now it appears something from his past is back to wreak havoc on his life. He and Gwen go on the run from danger, give in to their attraction to one another, and the romance takes a back seat in the second half of this book to the danger they face.
The first two books in this series are definitely cute contemporary romances, but this one crosses the line into romantic suspense. It's good, but not great. I think Karen's whole storyline dragged the book down a bit and could have easily been saved for her own book (which is next) - the only reason I can see for CB to add that to this book is she needed Gwen to be living alone so the danger she faced could be more apparent. ...more
(Sep) This was a sweet "prequel" to the Psy Changling series. If I'd paid for it, I'd be annoyed, but luckily my library had it to download. Emmett me(Sep) This was a sweet "prequel" to the Psy Changling series. If I'd paid for it, I'd be annoyed, but luckily my library had it to download. Emmett meets Ria when she's attacked on the streets of San Francisco. He's immediately attracted to her, and vice versa. Ria's family was fun, and it was nice seeing Dorian and Lucas among other favorites from Dark River. There's a bit o' sex, the bad guy gets what's coming, and their instalove becomes their HEA. ...more
(Sep) Ok, so I'd heard about twincest - I'd even read a Dear Prudence (advice column) letter about it a year or so ago. But I wasn't sure about readin(Sep) Ok, so I'd heard about twincest - I'd even read a Dear Prudence (advice column) letter about it a year or so ago. But I wasn't sure about reading it. Finding it no longer for sale on Amazon made me think it wasn't supposed to be. But then I found it on B&N, and it was cheap and I figured "why not?"
Kevin and Kyle and 19 year old sexy high school football-player identical twins. One night, on the bus ride home from a game, Kyle is feeling pent up and needs release. Kevin is sitting next to him, tells him to go for it, and next thing you know, Kyle is pumping and Kevin is slurping and we're only on page 9! Mercy Celeste writes hot sex, there is no doubt. And for those who complain that the boys telling one another "oh you're so hot" is narcisistic - if you are truly good looking you know it. And while neither seem to give much thought to their own looks, they appreciate the other's looks - seems fair to me. Anyway, so while their parents are away taking care of an ailing grandmother, the boys take their sexual experimentation farther and farther. Kevin admits he's gay and has a bit of experience, but both are virgins. A lot of sex happens, but they are really incredibly careless and they end up getting caught.
There was something really sweet about this story, which really doesn't make sense when you think about the topic. But while the boys were kind of bland in the personality department, they were both sweet and sexy and in love. What can you do? I give MC credit for infusing a bit of a plot in what otherwise could have been just a balls-to-the-wall sexfest. But for me, the plot was weak. Jerk father, marriage falling apart, friends and adult figures not only find out but accept w/o any real judgment, evil cheerleader bitch...just seemed like MC created stock characters to fill pages.
This ended w/a HFN, which is about as realistic as a book like this can get. If they were just brothers, they could hide their connection and just be boyfriends. But where can they go (except maybe a Maya Banks conceived land where anything goes as long as the relationship is loving!)where they won't be judged? And also - why is it whenever you read a GFY or just coming out type of book it turns out that everyone they know is also gay, has just been hiding it, or it's all around them? Maybe I'm uber sheltered, but at 50 I've had one outwardly gay friend for about a year right after college, and know maybe 2-3 other gay people. My kids' don't have out gay friends, nor do they have friends w/gay parents. Am I missing something?!...more
(Sep) So, here we are, finally, the end of the Colter series. Colter's Woman was one of my first (or maybe my first?) permanent menage book. The story(Sep) So, here we are, finally, the end of the Colter series. Colter's Woman was one of my first (or maybe my first?) permanent menage book. The story of 3 brothers who fell in love with one woman was so not-to-be-beleived, but Maya Banks writs so earnestly, you want to beleive families like this exist out in the open (and away from Utah) and can have a lovely HEA. The series continues as the 3 Colter sons follow in their family's footsteps and also marry a single woman to share among the 3 of them. Daughter Callie marries a single man, Max, in her book, but she also becomes his collared submissive. And now we have Max's sister, Lauren,
Lauren ran away from an abusive relationship with a very bad man. She's taken refuge in Colterville (or whatever is the name of the town!)and is working, living on her own, and pretty much adopted by the Colter clan. Liam and Noah were hired by Max to help get his sister away from Joel (bad man) and protect her. Fear led Lauren to lie to Noah and Liam about Joel, so for 2 (!) years they've been on a wild goose chase,trying to find this guy. They find out about him, and go to see Lauren. Both of them fell for Lauren when they met her, but they never made any moves. All bets are off now that they are back with her and once she learns that Joel is still up to his nasty business (drugs, prostitution rings, murder), she decides she has to stop him. Meanwhile, Liam and Noah confess to her they both have feelings for her and would like her to consider a Colter-type relationship with them both. There is a bit more violence than we usually see in a MB book, but there is, of course, a HEA (along w/a lot of sex!). There is even a little mini epilogue included, which ends with Noan and Liam gainfully employed and married (they never say which one she legally marries) to Lauren..and fade to black.
One thing...MB has been writing her male main characters more and more emotive over the past several years. Hey, it's fine for a guy to be in touch with his feelings and to even have one or two heartfelt speeches, but here, as in her past several KGI books, the guys emote all over the place to the point where it's nauseating! ...more
(Sep) I was actually surprised by this in that I liked it! Ok, to be fair, I don't truly dislike the never ending saga of Stephanie Plum, but the last(Sep) I was actually surprised by this in that I liked it! Ok, to be fair, I don't truly dislike the never ending saga of Stephanie Plum, but the last several have blended together and have been really boring. For some reason, this one kept me - well, not exactly on the edge of my seat but interested.
Because it is a SP book, there are destroyed cars, donuts and chicken, Lulu being sassy and wearing clothes that don't fit, Mama Plum drinking and ironing, funerals w/cookies at the viewing, Grandma Mazer saying wacky things, naked skip traces who don't want to come in, guns going off, apartments being destroyed, Bob, Morelli, Ranger, etc. But besides all of that, the main case SP is working on - trying to find suspected killer Jimmy Poletti while protecting very annoying little man Randy Briggs - kept my interest. Plus, there was a lot of Ranger, who found himself in danger this time around. Of course, there was a bit of kiss and grope, but nothing new. IDK, for me this one worked.
Now, as I've said before, if someone would just point me in the right direction of some well done FF w/Steph, Joe and Ranger together (or Ranger and Joe w/o Steph is fine too!) I'd be mighy obliged!! But meanwhile, I'm not ready to give up on this series yet. ...more
(Aug) 2.5* What did I miss?! I read this book waiting for the story to start(which, IMO, it never did!). I also have been wracking my brain trying to(Aug) 2.5* What did I miss?! I read this book waiting for the story to start(which, IMO, it never did!). I also have been wracking my brain trying to figure out how they made a movie out of this, since there is no story, no plot, no character development, no romance, no anything! Basically Mia has a happy family life, great hip parents and younger brother and bff, and a boyfriend she loves, for reasons that escape me. She's a crazy talented cello player, he's in an up and coming band. In the first few pages her family is wiped out in a horrific car accident, with Mia the only survivor. She is rushed to the hospital and the rest of the story (very short, more of a novella) is told in flashbacks that Mia remembers while she sort of floats between life and death, deciding if she should stay or go (were it me, my whole family gone, I'd go!) We see Mia become friends w/ her bff, see various times in her family life, and we see her and Adam's relationship develop. We are told they love each other but I don't see it...to me their relationship seems awkward and strained, we never really see any happy times between them. The whole thing was tedious and boring.
I was at 77% on my kindle and all of a sudden the book just very abruptly ended. I "flipped" pages looking for something else ( or some emotion or feelings or tears...why would anyone cry?!) but the rest was acknowledgements and commentary and questions and 2 chapters from the sad sounding sequel. I can't imagine there is anything new there but more musings and angst and a HEA - or not. Either way, I for one will pass.
(Aug) While others have been disappointed in the last few KGI books, I've been ok. Sure the last couple have been a tad too estrogen filled, and our s(Aug) While others have been disappointed in the last few KGI books, I've been ok. Sure the last couple have been a tad too estrogen filled, and our stalwart and manly Kelly boys and their compadres have suffered from excessive, cloyingly sweet, so-in-touch-with-their-feelings-their-middle-names-should-be-Oprah, non-stop espousing of their emotions, but I'm ok with that. I've still enjoyed the stories, the characters, the sex and the action. In WDB, however, for the first time I felt like MB was just phoning it in.
Swanny hs a large facial scar that makes him feel ugly, like a beast, like he has no chance of a happy life because he is so scary ugly...yet he refuses to have it fixed because a) it's a reminder of his torture and captivity (like he'd forget?!) and b) he's not that vain (but he is obviously that stupid, to martyr himself to his misery). Eden is a gorgeous flower of virginal perfection, voted World's Most Beautiful Woman. She is sweet, gorgeous, talented, a total angel. She is also way out of Swanny's league...just ask him, he'll tell you ad nauseam (and her saying she could not understand how he could possibly feel that way comes across as quite disingenuous).
Eden's family is afraid that as a delicate woman of 24, she can't handle the truth - her mother's death was no accident, but was payback for a botched mission her father was on years ago. Swanny and team are sent in to protect her after Pops finds out there is a death threat against Eden (yet he still won't tell her what is going on so she could, ya know, not take chances and help with her own protection and overall be treated like an adult. One day RS authors will realize how insulting it is that to RS heros,women must be protected from anything even remotely upsetting and are treated like small,slightly stupid children). Swanny falls hard at first meeting and so does Eden, something Swanny refuses to believe for most of this book's 300 pgs.
Eden spends half her dialogue saying "I'm not usually bold or forward but I want you, you are the most beautiful man in the world, do me." Seriously, she talked and talked and talked! I love dialogue, but come on! She yammered on and on, filling the air with inane chatter that was so boring.
"I'll totally have her send you over something as well," Eden volunteered. "Can't have you wearing the gorgeous concoction we found for the parties. I'll ask for casual chic. She'll know exactly what wil look perfect on you. Especially when I explain the occasion. Boutique salespeople have to have an expert eye. It's what sets them apart from all the other hundreds of independent boutiques. And they have impeccable memories so you'll be in good hands letting her pick what you'll wear for tonight."
Every time she spoke it was blah, blah, blah! I mean, "gorgeous concoction?" Find me a 24 year old who talks like that! And she's a 24 year old virgin model superstar with no friends and not a bitch bone in her body? Ok.
Swanny is a nice guy. We hear he has nightmares, but never see evidence of them. I'm not sure what he looks like, because other than his insecurities about his looks, he's not well described. I knew just enough to kind of like him (and just enough about Eden to find her slightly annoying). He can't believe Eden likes him or that she's "gifting" him with her virginity (one of my biggest pet peeves...virginity is not a gift!). He also natters on (he who has been so silent until the wonder that is Eden enters his sad lonely life and fills it with inane noise...uh, I mean sparkles and rainbows!) about his feelings and whatnot.
This book is so the epitome of instaluv based on nothing more than physical attraction. "Ooh, he's a beautiful scarred warrior, I'm so attracted, and now I love him." "Ooh, she's so gorgeous and look how hard she works as a model,lust, lust, she'll never care for me but I love her!" This all happens in like a week total. And there are a few explosions (weirdly, after the first, Swanny ends up talking to the intriguing Edge...an RPG (which I had to look up...rocket propelled grenade) has just hit their car caravan and he and Edge have a talk about Edge's background and how he was an MMA fighter, how he moved on to KGI...um, time and place, guys! This seemed to be filled with a lot of infodump backstories, as well a repitition. By page 200, it'd been mentioned 3 times how Steele's team was short handed because he was down 2 guys because one had betrayed Steele and put his woman in danger and the other died when Mama Kelly was kidnapped from the hospital while visiting Dad Kelly when he had a heart attack. 3 times, almost verbatim.
Overall lazy writing and a story that could have easily been shortened for an anthology. Not quite ready to give up on this series...Joe, Edge, Skylar, and a few of Rio's and Steele's team members need stories, and I'm certainly not going anywhere until we get Rusty and Sean's story, but I am hoping for better writing, more testosterone, less instaluv (some dislike or bickering or getting to know one another or relationship issues) and flowery sharing of feelings, hotter sex (sex here was boring and rote, I KNOW Maya Banks can do better!) and more action with stronger women in future books.
(Aug) 3.5* This was a nice little book. There was really no conflict, no issues. A big deal was made about how they could not be in a room without fig(Aug) 3.5* This was a nice little book. There was really no conflict, no issues. A big deal was made about how they could not be in a room without fighting, but other than one or two small exchange of words, they got along beautifully. He lusted after her, she lusted after him, he's uber rich and handsome, she's pretty and smart and in Witness Protection but that whole pesky "worry about my life so stay under the radar" goes out the window pretty quickly. Carter and Eliza (Lisa) are supported by their bffs Blake and Sam, a really nice cop, and Gwen, Blake's sister (and star of the next book). Eliza seemed to adjust to having an honest life out in the open, quitting her job, being the Governor's wife, and I don't expect to see much of her in the next couple of books. The danger she was facing seemed to disappear pretty quickly, but that's ok - it wasn't really that important. Light and fluffy (but not as good as the first, Wife by Wednesday), I will continue this series because, heck, why not?...more
(Aug) Usually I don't care if historical romances are that true to the times - I always say as long as they are not driving cars or using cell phones,(Aug) Usually I don't care if historical romances are that true to the times - I always say as long as they are not driving cars or using cell phones, it's fine with me. However, this was the first time I can honestly remember reading a historical romance thinking "now I know why people always grumble about so called wallpaper historicals!" From the way Annabelle knew to wash hands and use alcohol to avoid "infection" (a word and concept that did not come into being until around the 1800s?) to the time she thinks of her sister as "sexy" (really - while not specifically stated, this book takes place somewhere between 1100-1300!), there was just no true feel for the time period.
But - I love Lynsay Sands' historical romances! They are always light and fun and the heroines are always likeable, as sre the heros. Annabelle wsa shipped off to a convent at 7, only to be dragged away by her parents 15 or so years later, fixed up, and married to a stranger. Turns out her sister was slated to marry Ross Mccay, but she ran away with the stable boy. Annabelle is nervous because she knows nothing about being a wife or running a keep, and she's afraid of what will happen if her husband finds out. She proceeds to charm her husband's men, find friends at the castle, and other than the fact that someone is trying to kill her, life is good! I think I sort of saw the villian coming, but it was still a bit of a surprise. Looking forward to reading the next one. ...more
(Aug) 3.5* Definitely better than the last couple in the series, this book focuses on 800 year old vampire Zoltan and timeless (literally) beauty Neon(Aug) 3.5* Definitely better than the last couple in the series, this book focuses on 800 year old vampire Zoltan and timeless (literally) beauty Neona. She lives in an isolated valley with several other women, all of whom have been taught to hate men. He has been searching for his father's killer - which really doesn't make sense, as he sort of hated his father and his father died 800+ years ago. Whatever, just go with it. Their story is nice, sweet and a bit spicy, and plenty of the other vamps and shifters from earlier in the series make an appearance. Meanwhile, the Big Baddies who our friendly bottle-blood drinking vamps have been after make an appearance but once again, while there is a battle and some death, the Biggest Baddies manage to escape yet again. That's ok, there should be a few more books in the series to go as there are a few unmated males still running around. I do hope she is planning on ending it all soon, as the series is getting quite tired. One last thing, the ending...
(view spoiler)[Um...she seems to have inadvertently unvamped Zoltan! So if he can be outside in the day and he can eat food - that also means he loses his super human speed and his ability to trace and his entire sense of self that has lasted him 800 years; meanwhile she's immortal? That whole thing was glossed over and rushed and come on, really - no fall out? Didn't he love being a vampire? Maybe we'll see more of his life in the next book. (hide spoiler)]
(Aug) 3.5* “I’ve kind of gotten used to things not making sense. I’ve decided the only way to stay sane is to just roll with the punches.”
That pretty(Aug) 3.5* “I’ve kind of gotten used to things not making sense. I’ve decided the only way to stay sane is to just roll with the punches.”
That pretty much sums up my feelings about this book. I’ve always had a hard time wrapping my head around the concept of time travel. I remember seeing the movie The Philadelphia Experiment in high school and I just could not get it. I understand time travel as Claire did it in Outlander – going back in time. Or even going forward – as long as you stay put and don’t mess with the overall time line life of most people. But when you get into a book like Timebound, with multiple jumps, multiple time lines, etc. – well, my head spins. But, even though I didn’t necessarily understand all that was going on, I enjoyed this book just the same.
Kate is a normal 16 year old who live part of the time w/her mom and part of the time w/her dad. Her grandmother comes to town wearing a medallion that glows – although Kate soon realizes that she is the only one who can see the glow. Turns out Grandma is from almost 300 years in the future and has been stuck in the early 2000s due to the nefarious dealings of her former husband. Kate gets pulled into trying to help Grandma, but before she can make much progress, there is a “time shift” and her reality is no more. Her mom is gone, her dad is married to someone else and has kids, and Kate meets a boy who she tells the truth – he believes her and in between Kate’s prepping to save her original time line, she and Trey have a sweet romance going .
There were a ton of different time lines going at once. There were multiple jumps. There was murder over and over (not sure if I can even figure out how you can die in one time line but not another – when do you die for sure – only in your own time line?). There are bad guys, evil relatives, religion gone wild, missing friends, and the obligatory YA love triangle (although I am kind of rooting for both boys!)etc. I am not sure I understand how Kate became embroiled in Kieran’s grown up time line – did I miss something? I would be completely freaked out to think another version of myself was out there doing things I don’t know about, but others do (like Kieran – so if she was involved with him in her former time line – is she still a virgin in this time line?!!). But, while there were some slow parts and some parts that were a bit too descriptive for what it was (escaping the horror house was way too detailed) I really found myself liking this. The fact that I read Devil in the White City and was familiar w/serial killer H. H. Holmes, who played a role in this book, made this story seem all that more real! I didn’t expect to say this even 40% of the way through the book, but I am looking forward to reading the next couple of books in this series (although if it goes past 3 or 4 books I think I’ll be really over it!). ...more