(May) 4.5* I loved this book! I have found each Hathaway book getting progressively more enjoyable as the series has gone on (so glad I picked this up...more(May) 4.5* I loved this book! I have found each Hathaway book getting progressively more enjoyable as the series has gone on (so glad I picked this up when it was a completed series!). I'm amazed at what a good job LK did in making Leo into one of the most enjoyable heros I've come across in a long while, considering I could not stand him in the first book! He was smart, funny, sexy, and I enjoyed every minute we get to spend with him. Cat was a pretty good heroine - she of course had a secret, and she of course was afraid to trust her feelings, but still, I liked her. I was a bit surprised that she didn't step up to the marriage plate if for no other reason than to help this family save their home after all they'd done for her. I loved the kissing questions, but would have enjoyed a bit more bickering as well. Glad we got to see more of Harry and the deepening of their sibling relationship. The ending was a bit trite - I'm kind of over kidnapping plots, but at least no one was outwardly compromised in this one! Wondering about Bea's book - I kind of expected her to end up with a stuffy Duke who would not know what to do with her, similar to the relationship Wulfric Bedwyn had with Christine. However, there are enough good reviews of Bea's book that I'm anxious to get started. One last thought - if all ferrets are this cute, I'm going to seriously consider getting one!(less)
(August) 1.5* I really didn't like this book at all! It was, IMO, a convoluted mess! There were parts that were pointless, parts that made no sense,an...more(August) 1.5* I really didn't like this book at all! It was, IMO, a convoluted mess! There were parts that were pointless, parts that made no sense,and the ending - huh? I still am not sure I get the whys and wherefores of the mystery. I'm not a mystery reader as a general rule, but still -it was really confusing as to what exactly the "bad guys" wanted, why they did what they did. The entire parts that took place in India were poitless as was most of the storyline w/Dickens still alive. I found most of it painful to read and would not recommend this to anyone! CnC review: 2.75*(less)
(August) 14 pages of crap - I mean, other than typos, grammar errors, etc. - there was NO story! Kelly sets up women w/gigolos - she contacts a gigilo...more(August) 14 pages of crap - I mean, other than typos, grammar errors, etc. - there was NO story! Kelly sets up women w/gigolos - she contacts a gigilo for an older woman, meets the gigilo, falls for him, decides she needs a fling w/him 3 days before her wedding, they agree...and book over. Huh...what? Took me all of 10 minutes to read - and I'd like those 10 minutes back!(less)
(May) I hate when I get to the end of a series, because it is like saying goodbye to friends. This book was charming and sweet and a complete joy to r...more(May) I hate when I get to the end of a series, because it is like saying goodbye to friends. This book was charming and sweet and a complete joy to read. I wish we'd seen Poppy and Harry - they really did not appear at all, nor did Win (and I think Merripen only spoke a handful of lines). I also think while the teaser about the elephant was mentioned, it would have been great to have Beatrix explain the story to Christopher (maybe even have them go visit him at his sanctuary). I also think the ending kind of came to an abrupt ending. I would have liked to see Beatrix help Christopher get over his PTSD, rather than have it just sort of go away w/o any real effort. I knew Audrey's ending would be as it was (no spoiler there!) and think at least a short story in an anthology would be nice, in order to see her get her HEA w/her very appropriate hero! I was actually a bit surprised that more of Bea's animals didn't play a bigger part, but Medusa was cute and Albert was pretty awesome! Of the five books, I'd say that Leo's was my favorite and Cam's was my least. I'll miss the Hathaways and hope that LK decides to write another historical series soon.(less)
(2011) 4.5* Loved this book. The sequels are good but this one is the best IMO. The relationship is believable and sweet and awkward and works for me....more(2011) 4.5* Loved this book. The sequels are good but this one is the best IMO. The relationship is believable and sweet and awkward and works for me. Definitely recommend.(less)
(Oct) Thought this would be right up my alley, but unfortunately, not so much. I didn't like the characters, I didn't find it sexy, and I didn't like...more(Oct) Thought this would be right up my alley, but unfortunately, not so much. I didn't like the characters, I didn't find it sexy, and I didn't like the ending. (less)
(March) 4.5* **Mild Spoilers** If a book gets 5* based on how gripping you found it and how much you think about it afterwards, this book might be mor...more(March) 4.5* **Mild Spoilers** If a book gets 5* based on how gripping you found it and how much you think about it afterwards, this book might be more of a 5* read for me. I felt like this book was very real, very "this could happen." I can't remember the last time I felt as badly for a character as I did for Lochan. He's only 17.5 (a year older than my own son) and to have such pressure and responsibilities and anxiety - it's a wonder he didn't have ulcers and gray hair! Many people felt the dual first-person narrative was confusing as they felt Lochan and Maya were very similar - I did not see that at all. Lochan was a realist - in his fondest wishes he wandted his HEA but knew that could never happen; Maya, on the other hand, frustrated me to no end. She would say and think things and I would want to yell "stop being such a child, grow up!" and then I'd remember she IS a child. At 16.5, she would believe in romance and "this is how it should be, you and me we can fight the world" - but sometimes she was selfish too - all typical for a 16 year old girl. The differences between her "wishful thinking" and her mother's behavior - who is a grown up and supposed to be past the "I wish" stage I felt was very well presented. My only issue is the end. Not THE END - that was really the only way it could end and I found that if I'd not known what was going to happen before reading this (heard about it) I would have believed the "fake out" that the author was setting up. I felt the epilogue was a bit too abrupt, and that is probably the main reason I didn't give it 5*. I want to know how they found out - what happened immediately afterwards to Maya, what did they tell the other kids? How did the mother get the key? When did Kit tell her (for most of the book she was so incredibly unreachable via phone!). **SPOLIER** And how will Kit live with himself when he relizes he essentially killed his brother (and will he find himself stepping into Lochan's role of father and start to develop feelings for Maya or are they too far apart? Will he feel he needs to replace Lochan in her life out of guilt?). Overall, though, a really well done book. (less)
(July) One of my goals this year was to read several series I'd yet to start, series that I've heard a lot about but had yet to begin. I've had this f...more(July) One of my goals this year was to read several series I'd yet to start, series that I've heard a lot about but had yet to begin. I've had this from the library for about 5 months - it had such mixed reviews that I was just not excited about starting it. I loved The Raven Prince, but the subsequent Serpent and Leopard Prince books didn't thrill me as much. Her writing is a bit darker than what I like in a historical romance, and when I first started this, I was just not captivated by the storyline or the characters. After a couple of false starts, I finally let myself get caught up in the story of Temperance, a widow who works at a charity home for orphans and Lazarus, a noble (although we never learn his title)who is on the search for his mistress's killer. Reading this book was interesting - I was not liking it all that much (but being a bit ADD when it comes to books, I have an extremely hard time quitting!) until all of a sudden I realized I was more than half way through and I was liking it quite a bit.
Laz feels both physical and mental pain when touched by others, which has led to his "unusual sexual proclivities" - he likes to tie up his partners. I can see why this is considered so risque in the mid 1700s - not really much today but back then, well, I'm sure he felt like a bit of a sexual freak. Temperance is unnerved by her own sexual desires, having been taught that women should not have these types of urges. In exchange for his agreement to help her find a new benefactor for the home, Tempe acompanies Laz around the worst part of London, (she lives on the outskirts), helping him meet people who might be able to help him find the murderer he seeks. I wasn't really on board for this entire part of the story - didn't really make much sense that he would need her help - but I liked seeing him fall for Temperance. He does not seem to understand his own feelings, having no connection to his own emotions or feelings - at one point he thinks about how he likes to hurt her (w/words, not physically) just so he can comfort her - and then wants to do it again so the can once again comfort her. He definitely grows throughout the story, and I found myself liking him quite a bit by the end.
The sub-story, w/Tempe's sister Silence (and really, those names...blech!) was completely unnecessary in this book - I get it, she'll get her own story w/Charming Mickey, but that entire storyline could have been saved for her own book. Not sure what to think of the rest of Tempe's famiily, but I guess I'll find out if I continue reading - right now, not sure I will. (less)
(October) 2.5* You know, I really wanted to love this book – I’m a huge Joey W. Hill fan. Mirror of My Soul is one of my favorite books, a gorgeous 5*...more(October) 2.5* You know, I really wanted to love this book – I’m a huge Joey W. Hill fan. Mirror of My Soul is one of my favorite books, a gorgeous 5* read. Natural Law and Rough Canvas are awesome. JH’s Knights of the Board Room have mostly been fab. But this one…not so much. I found myself so bored while reading it (short book but took me 3 days to finish it – when I put it down I was not inspired to pick it up again) – there was so much psycho-babble that half the time I had no idea what they were really saying. Towards the end, Brendon kept asking Chloe to “say those two words” – I swear I had no idea what words he wanted! Even Marguerite and Tyler bugged me a bit in this book – they were both so all knowing and all seeing and all consuming in their interference in everyone’s lives - it was all so Master-Grasshopper that it just grated on my nerves (and every time Chloe said "Oh Goddess" it drove me nuts – hate that!). The whole carnival scene didn’t really fit – it was a whole lotta nothing, really. And later on, I really wanted to see Chloe say “F You” to Tyler and shove him out of the way on her way to her car, instead of let him convince her to go talk to Marguerite!
Suggestion for anyone considering going to college to become a psychiatrist or psychologist…skip the $$ that it will cost you and instead dive into the BDSM world – because it seems like everyone in that world has amazing insight, can help even the most screwed up person, and always knows the right thing to say and do! But…how did it never occurred to anyone that Chloe needed someone to talk to, some sort of counseling after the attack – they saw for months she was falling apart but other than Marguerite saying “get better soon or you’ll move in w/me and Tyler” no one did anything.
When I read 50 Shades I remember thinking “this is a book I’ve always wanted to read…one where one person is very into the BDSM lifestyle and the other isn’t – how do you make that work?” This book also told that story – but in 50 his giving up that lifestyle made sense to me, while in this book I just don’t see Chloe really making Brendon happy in the long run, as I don’ t think she can truly satisfy his needs. He’s a sub, she’s not a domme – this pairing just did not work for me. (less)
(Dec)A great way to wrap up 2013 - I loved this book! I usually avoid graphic mystery/murder type books due to an overactive imagination when alone, b...more(Dec)A great way to wrap up 2013 - I loved this book! I usually avoid graphic mystery/murder type books due to an overactive imagination when alone, but I figured this one, featuring a 17 year old protagonist, would be a bit more palatable. Well, it was and it wasn't. Jazz is the son of the most notorious serial killer of the last many years. With 124 kills under his belt, Billy Dent honed his skills on his many victims - one of whom was his son Jazz. While Jazz was not a murder victim, he was still a victim of Billy's - he was raised learning how to melt bodies in acid, clean up and organize "sovenirs" taken from the murdered, was witness to his father skinning alive his beloved dog - just because. Once Billy was jailed, Jazz tried to live a normal life, with a girlfriend and a best friend. However, he is very aware of the murderous impulses within himself, and is constantly assessing himself to see if he is in fact normal or damaged, average or a killer-waiting-to-happen.
As the book opens, Jazz spied the cops finding a dead body in a field. He is sure it is the work of a serial killer, but it takes much convincing and a second body before the cops begin to believe him. Living w/his crazy Grandma, worrying about his past and his future, and trying to stay one step ahead of both the cops and the murderer takes a toll on Jazz, but still, he perseveres.
There is humor and angst in this book, and the ending, while satisfying, definitely leaves you wanting to read on. I'm a bit nervous about reading the sequel, as it sounds more gruesome (which I don't like - why is it people who like to read graphic sex are thought of as pervs but those who like detailed murders are considered quite normal?!) and more mind-messing - and appears to end with THREE plot cliff hangers! I will probably bite the bullet and try, and just hope afterwards I can sleep through the night!
(June) 3.5* Not quite as good as the original - nice to catch up w/Holly and her men, but their sons are just not quite as intense. Of course, these b...more(June) 3.5* Not quite as good as the original - nice to catch up w/Holly and her men, but their sons are just not quite as intense. Of course, these books are so over-the-top-never-gonna-happen (but if they did seems to me they can only happen in a small town in the middle of nowhere!) - but they are fun - and hot! (less)
(Dec) I thought this was a very well done sequel. Caleb and Maggie needed to have their story finished and I like how SE got them together with the ot...more(Dec) I thought this was a very well done sequel. Caleb and Maggie needed to have their story finished and I like how SE got them together with the other kids whose lives had been adversely affected by driving under the influence. Maggie continued to show growth while Caleb managed to get his home life settled. I was glad they were not portrayed as being older than they really were - a pet peeve of mine in a lot of YA/NA books lately (no talk of marrige right away!). (less)
(Dec) A lot of the critical reviews here complain that this particular sci fi book was just not plausible. Funny, even though these take place in the...more(Dec) A lot of the critical reviews here complain that this particular sci fi book was just not plausible. Funny, even though these take place in the future and have some sci fi elements, I've never thought of these as paranormal or sci fi romances. To me, these are romantic suspense. I guess because the paranormal (future) or the sci fi (off planet stuff, cars that can fly, auto chef) are inconsequential to the overall story line, which is usually Eve and Co. solving a murder - in fact, more often than not, these are mystery novels w/some "extra" elements and one or two good lovin' scenes (earlier books in the series were definitely hotter).
All that aside...I'm not a gamer. I absolutely do not get the whole Virtual Reality gaming concept. I have never played a video game other than when I used to hang out at the skating rink and play Centipede! My son spends hours in the basement playing Xbox and PS2 and I've never even bothered to watch! So, much of the intricacies of this plot were just a lot of gobblty-gook to me. Didn't matter, though. I got Roarke and Eve, I got Feeney and McNab, I got Mavis and Nadine and Galahad and lots of great lines from Peabody. The plot was interesting even if I couldn't really follow it, and I finished w/my usual complete satisfaction. 30 books in, and I can only think of one I didn't love (the one w/the priest). I'm behind about 5 or 6 books and a couple of short stories, but I read these slowly and only parcel out a couple each year as to stretch the series as long as I can. If I had the time, I'd totally dive back in and start from #1 (well, #2 probably since I reread #1 often!). (less)
(Dec) You know, I really liked this book - but there were so many things that bothered me about it that I shouldn't really have liked it as much as I...more(Dec) You know, I really liked this book - but there were so many things that bothered me about it that I shouldn't really have liked it as much as I did! I liked Maddie way more than her sisters (who got on my nerves, especially Chloe), and Jax was swoon-worthy. While small towns usually are not my thing, I liked Lucky Harbor and will definitely revisit (assuming Tara and Chloe are less annoying in their own books). What really bothered me was two things - first of all, Maddie knew Jax two weeks and was hurt that he'd not divulged his inner most deep dark secrets and feelings to her. Really? The book I'm reading now the H/h have been together two years and she still finds him a closed book - but she's willing to wait until he is ready to share. Maddie seemed to want it all NOW! The other thing that really irked me was their mom Phoebe. I don't like neglectful mothers -and she was pretty horrible - pretty much abandoning all her girls. And I was really bothered by the ending.
**SLIGHT SPOILER** So she's been a horrible mom and her solution to that is to leave her daughter's a broken down, mortgaged-to-the-hilt inn but no money to run it - that she leaves to her granddaughter who she's never met, which is just weird and, to me, an insult to her daughters. And Jax holds the mortgage because they got money to help the granddaughter - who has been adopted and there is no indication that it was an open adoption, so why would Tara even know the girl was sick - and why was it her sole responsibility to come up with the money for surgery? That whole part of the story made no sense and really didn't fit in. Would have made more sense if the money was gone because Phoebe donated it somewhere or lost it gambling or whatever.
But...whatever. I just pretend that didn't happen - and the rest of the book really worked for me! (less)
(June) 3.5* I'm just pretending that the prologue did not exist - it never happened, poof, gone! This book was good but not at good as earlier ones. J...more(June) 3.5* I'm just pretending that the prologue did not exist - it never happened, poof, gone! This book was good but not at good as earlier ones. Jessie kind of made me a bit nuts - she was supposed to be a shy goodie girl but she seemed pretty tough to me. Glad Casper finally got put in his place, so to speak. Always fun to catch up with the McKays. Very...acrobatic...sex (almost too many sex scenes, found myself skimming towards the end). I liked Landon - a very realistic description of a 17 month old! Overall, good, but not great. I will, of course, continue reading these books! (less)
I saw this being talked about in 2011 and was surprised to find it a Nook freebie at the time, so I gave it a shot. I'm not sure what I was expecting,...moreI saw this being talked about in 2011 and was surprised to find it a Nook freebie at the time, so I gave it a shot. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but overall I was kinda "meh" about this book. To paraphrase Ridley: it's not sexy enough to be erotic, not twisted enough to be a true psychological torture/terror book, there is not even a hint of romance/love - and overall I found it kind of boring. I kept waiting for something really hot or really horrible to happen and at the end of the book (I did approve of the ending, made sense) I felt like I was still waiting. The "hero" (ok, not a hero - male lead?) to me was a somewhat twisted baby, not very masterful - and really, of all the girls in the world to kidnap, he finds one that, unbeknownst to him, **spoiler** could read and speak ASL? I agree w/Holly - he is f'd up, but there was nothing to like - or dislike - about Emily. I've read non consentual stuff by Claire Thompson (and others) that I found much more disturbing (and sexier/hotter/etc.). I found myself bored w/KT's Tender Mercy too - I don't think she is the author for me. (less)