Usually I like romances, and I LOVE Jennifer Crusie. However, lately I've been in a romance slump, where the characters and situations in the books ju...moreUsually I like romances, and I LOVE Jennifer Crusie. However, lately I've been in a romance slump, where the characters and situations in the books just piss me off. I had to read a romance for my library's summer reading challenge, so I thought a Crusie would be more amenable to me. Sadly, I didn't really like it: the characters and the situations pissed me off. I wanted to reach through the pages of the book and slap the characters silly for some of the stuff that they did. For example: the two main characters felt like they weren't compatible, as she is a hippy and he is a Republican - and I get that, as that's me and my husband (except I'm not a hippy, but I am more liberal than him) - but they focused waaaaaay too much on their differences, so they were surprised when they fell in love. I can attest that opposites do attract (I'm a little bit normal, my husband is a little bit geeky), but it seemed like their whole relationship was based on mutual lust. I don't know. Maybe if I was in a better mood, then it would have been a better read. Honestly a 2 1/2.(less)
Eh. It was ok. I read her contemporary story that goes along with this and absolutely hated it, but I thought this was better (which is not to say tha...moreEh. It was ok. I read her contemporary story that goes along with this and absolutely hated it, but I thought this was better (which is not to say that I loved it). It was very much a drinking game, though - every time the word "wallflower" was used (and yes, I know that with a title such as The Wicked Wallflower there would be SOME mention of wallflower-dom, but I feel the author used the word waaaaaaay too much). I liked the guy fell in love with the girl first (usually it's the other way around), but I have a hard time believing in reformed rakes. I also didn't like the part of The Fortune Games, as I felt it was a rip-off of The Hunger Games. I get that it was a parody, but to me if felt like the author was too lazy to come up with her own ideas.(less)
I found this as a freebie from one of the many emails I get. At first, I was excited - I've been on a romance kick lately, and I felt I needed to read...moreI found this as a freebie from one of the many emails I get. At first, I was excited - I've been on a romance kick lately, and I felt I needed to read something contemporary. There were so many things wrong with this that I don't even know where to start. It's sad, really, as it had so much potential. Ok, ready? Here we go with what I disliked:
1. That it was only a third of the book. When I downloaded it, I didn't realize that it was the first in the series. I'm really not liking the way authors and publishers are starting to do that. I know it's so they're hoping you'll be hooked by first installment so you'll want to read the others, but it didn't work in the case, because....
2. The writing was atrocious. I've never been one for pop culture references in my books, and the first few chapters were littered with them. Also, there was too much "OMG"s for my tastes. The editing was poor, too. On one page, it was champagne, but on the next, it was Champagne. Is it too much to ask for to get a little consistency? Also, editor, if your author is starting a sentence with a number, it's spelled out: Forty-six people, not 46 people.
3. The main character, Jane. Oh, Jane. Where to being with her? First, I'm getting irritated that whenever an author needs a shy, unassuming character, they pick librarianship as the chosen profession. AUTHORS: not all librarians are quiet, meek, stick-in-the-mud wallflowers like you portray in seriously all of your books. A lot of us are vibrant, engaging, funny, and outgoing people. Hell, some of us even have tattoos and piercings. I have been out with my coworkers where we're the loudest people in the restaurant. The way you depict librarians is demeaning, so cut it out (end rant). Also, it's weird to me that a 28 year-old professional doesn't know how to use Facebook. My grandfather can figure it out. Additionally, I didn't like how clingy Jane got towards Duke. She knew it wasn't a real engagement, yet she got very needy with him after only knowing him a week. Maybe it changes later in the series, but I wasn't impressed enough to go read those (so I guess I'll never know!).
4. The plot is unbelievable. I mean, INCREDIBLY unbelievable. We first meet our heroine at a party at the New York Public Library. Ok, I get that. Events happen at libraries. However, this seemed more like a club party than something a library will host. I've never been to New York or the New York Public Library, so maybe they do hold events like this. I was willing to dispend my belief until this: Jane enters the special collections room, and notices tons of empty glasses and drinks lying around, plus two people going at it in the stacks. No library, nowhere will EVER let this happen in their special collections room. There is a reason why those items are in that room, mainly because they are rare and fragile and shouldn't have things like alcohol or semen accidentally spilled on them! At my own library, there is a special code to get into the room. I can just imagine the higher security that NYPL would have. And then, there's this: the day after Jane meets Duke, he sends her a Facebook friend request, and then her friend changes her relationship status to engaged with this guy. I know of NO ONE who wouldn't be weirded out by something like this, especially with someone they barely met. Most guys would be like, "Bitch be crazy" and then block her as fast as possible.
I'm actually very disappointed in this, because it seemed like such a cute idea (an engagement is announced without either person really knowing each other and then romance ensues). However, I don't think it works with the technology of today. I am interested in reading the book that Jane is supposed to be writing (also by Maya Rodale) - it's a Regency novel and in it, the announcement appears in the paper without either participant knowing about it. I'll give that one a shot, but I'm done with the contemporary version.
I just read over this, and my review is almost longer than the installment I read! (I'm being facetious.)(less)
Before I begin my review, let's talk about this cover, and how it is seriously the best cover of all time. Seriously. I loved this cover YEARS before...moreBefore I begin my review, let's talk about this cover, and how it is seriously the best cover of all time. Seriously. I loved this cover YEARS before I even read the book. So let's break it down (and if you're not looking at the mass market paperback, go back and look at it NOW):
First of all, the positioning of the characters is GREAT. It cracks me up that her boobs are being smashed in his crotch - if very definitely lets you know what the book is about (and also a great discussion starter for when your kid brings this book to you and says, "Mom, what are these two people doing?"). Second, the looks on their faces are priceless. I mean, the passion between the two just oozes off the book. Third, I love that he's completely naked and standing in... is that sagebrush? Um... obviously the the illustrator has never seen sagebrush close up, because it's not something you really want to stand naked in (or maybe you do. You might be kinky like that). I give this cover 6 out of 5 stars.
And now, on to the book: this is the first book by Johanna Lindsey I've ever read, and I was pleasantly surprised. I could definitely tell that it was written in the 1980s (e.g., the names didn't seem to belong in the time era), but it wasn't enough distraction to the book. Sharisse actually reminded me a lot of Nicole Kidman's character in Far and Away: both were redheads, inept at doing basic household chores, and prone to saying things like, "Oh, I could just scream!" Thankfully, Lucas didn't remind me of Tom Cruise at all. I very much liked the characters, and I really liked the ending. After the surprise at the end, I went back and reread several parts of the book. This is one I'll definitely keep around and read several times.(less)
I owned the first one of this series thanks to Free Nook Friday, and I liked that one well enough I didn't mind shelling out $3.76 for this one. (I ju...moreI owned the first one of this series thanks to Free Nook Friday, and I liked that one well enough I didn't mind shelling out $3.76 for this one. (I just saw that there are 9 in the series and my library doesn't have any of them, so I'm not sure I'm going to continue with this series - I'm not made out of money, you know!) Anyway, I read this one just as fast as the first (and have the bags under my eyes to prove it). It was enjoyable, although if Beth was truly a nomad, she would have left without telling Kevin about the baby. Personally, I think she was ready to settle down, although she didn't know it.
As a side note, this book was a little weird for me at first, as the main character's name was Beth Hansen, which was my maternal grandmother's maiden name, and the other main character's name was Kevin, which is my father's name.(less)
I needed something very light and engaging, and this was perfect for it. I liked the humor in it - not quite up to Jennifer Crusie, but it's definitel...moreI needed something very light and engaging, and this was perfect for it. I liked the humor in it - not quite up to Jennifer Crusie, but it's definitely close. The only downside to this book was that I lost precious hours of sleep because I could not stop reading it.(less)
I was getting bogged down with the two books I'm currently reading (both are very heavy in subject material), so I needed something light and refreshi...moreI was getting bogged down with the two books I'm currently reading (both are very heavy in subject material), so I needed something light and refreshing before I continued on with the other books. This book was perfect for that. I read it all in one evening. As always, I love Thomas' writing: she definitely has a way with words and I love all the vocabulary she uses. Plot wise, it was only ok. She apparently loves the theme of misunderstandings in marriage, and so I felt that this was like many of the others I've read by her. Still, a nice escape.(less)