Many, many, moons ago Shelly Fredman contacted me about her book, No Such Thing As A Secret, and asked if I’d be willing to read and review it. AfterMany, many, moons ago Shelly Fredman contacted me about her book, No Such Thing As A Secret, and asked if I’d be willing to read and review it. After reading the synopsis I dove into the book and I have been a fan ever since. I have made other readers in my life fans as well. There is just something so loveable about Brandy and these books; they’re just the right kind of comfort reading. I always feel like I am reading about and visiting with good friends.
In this 5th book, Brandy is witness to a cop being shot and while trying to save him she is forced to defend herself and ends up shooting the gang member who later dies. This gets Brandy wrapped up in 100 kinds of trouble. Luckily, the hunky men in her life, past and present, are there to help pick up the pieces and kiss the hurts. (If only we all had a Nick and Bobby at our sides *purrs*)
While there is a healthy dose of humor, this tale was more emotional to me. I don’t know if my empathy levels are off the charts but I was crying and worrying and feeling everything that Brandy was feeling. Some of it, like the jealousy and the hopelessness and doubts, wasn’t easy to swallow, but so real to life and true to the integrity of the book and characters; it only enhanced my reading experience.
Every time I read one of these books, I am left grinning and wanting another one, soon. The author, unfortunately, likes to torture me with long waits between books! That’s OK though because I’ll enjoy rereading these while I wait.
If you’ve never read a Brandy Alexander Mystery, do yourself a favor and start with the first book in the series. If you, like me, are a returning fan, you won’t be disappointed. Shelly Fredman makes a habit out of topping herself. I loved it!
No Such Thing as a Secret No Such Thing as a Good Blind Date No Such Thing as a Free Lunch No Such Thing as a Free Ride No Such Thing as a Lost Cause
Four women who have been lifelong friends are all at a crossroads in their lives. They are in different phases and stages in their relationships withFour women who have been lifelong friends are all at a crossroads in their lives. They are in different phases and stages in their relationships with men, and one of them is even facing her own mortality, again.
This story focuses on each individual friend and dissects their current state of mind and problems. Cassie has been on a lifelong search for Mr. Right. Julie struggles juggling the finances and her over fertile body. Marty has lost the spark in her marriage and is feeling taken for granted. And then there is Beth, who from the outside seems to have it all, except her health.
This book touched me on so many levels. I think there isn’t a female out there who couldn’t relate to at least one of these characters, or maybe all of them in different stages of her life. Robyn Carr really has a unique ability to write really relatable characters. This story is heartwarming and touching. It was like reading about so many women I know, myself included.
My one complaint was Cassie’s consistent and incorrect stereotyping. She finally meets Mr. Right and spends 90% of the book hung up on his looks. I wanted to punch her. She was such a caring and lovable character and then where Walt was concerned she turned into a snob. I hated that. Had Cassie eased up on her judgmental BS, this totally would have been a 5 star book.
I am a huge Janet Evanovich fan; this is not one of her better stories. The book jacket summary sounded very intHot Stuff Left Me Cold, April 9, 2007
I am a huge Janet Evanovich fan; this is not one of her better stories. The book jacket summary sounded very interesting to me, it had real potential to be a lighthearted, intriguing romance. The book started out decent enough, I immediately liked the main character, Cate, and fell for her and her crazy Irish family. At the same time I was falling for the Madigan's I was introduced to a not so loveable character, Patrick Pugg. This guy is so annoying it really takes away from the rest of the story. I feel he was inserted into the story to garner some laughs; unfortunately he had the opposite effect on me. He constantly refers to himself in the third person, everything is "Pugg this" and "Pugg that." It was exhausting and exasperating to read! He had absolutely zero redeeming qualities; any normal person would have sprayed this guy with mace and taken out a restraining order. For you Plum fans, think of all the faults and quirks of the character Albert Kloughn, add a few more, than multiply and magnify by 100.
The rest of the characters were endearing and likeable. Kellen McBride is a loveable hero and it's easy to see why he and Cate are so attracted to one another. The whole mystery of the missing drag queen roommate and the other surprises (don't want to spoil anything) also had some potential, but ended up falling flat for me. The ending and the wrap up of the mystery was completely unbelievable and ridiculous. And just when I'd think it couldn't get any more far fetched, it would. While I know this is fiction, and I appreciate the land of make believe, I always prefer a little reality in my books.
The humor and the dialogue seemed really forced and childish to me. Nothing in this book made me laugh out loud, like I normally do with a Janet read, I barely smiled at some parts. Another problem with this story was the introduction of yet another dog. I was happy this one didn't resort to the normal dog antics, but the dog thing is getting a bit stale for me. Not the worst book I have read, but far from the best. If you're dying to read this book, I recommend borrowing it from a friend or your local library. ...more
I really wanted to love this book, but the truth is, it's just OK.
Jennifer Crusie writes an action/spy novella In Hot Toy. Trudy is sent out on ChrisI really wanted to love this book, but the truth is, it's just OK.
Jennifer Crusie writes an action/spy novella In Hot Toy. Trudy is sent out on Christmas Eve to purchase the latest Hot Toy for her nephew. Of course the toy isn't in stock as everyone wants one. While going through other shelves hoping for a misplaced toy, she runs into a guy she dated 3 times. She thought he was the one. He never called back. The two get mixed up in spy game when they toy she finds contain secret Chinese codes. I thought her's was the best as it was entertaining and the couple's relationship was beleivable. Plus there are quite a few laughs thrown in. If it was just Jennifer Crusie's story I had to rate I would probably give it a 4.
In Lori Fosters Christmas Bonus you have Maggie who has recently taken over her fathers company upon his death. Eric is the employee everyone thought would take over the company. Eric and Maggie both have loved eachother secretly since they met. Eric stumbles upon some evidence of Maggies feelings and decides to act on it. I thought the plot was good, but the story just didn't live up to all it could have been.
In Carly Phillips Naughty Under the Mistletoe you have Toni, a woman who decides she is going to make the moves on her soon to be ex-boss at the Christmas Party. She ends up kissing his twin instead. I am a Carly Phillips fan and this story just fell flat. The couple fall in love after a one night stand. I just couldn't buy it.
These are 3 quick easy reads. Each has entertaining value, but it might be a book you want to check out at the library or borrow from a friend instead of buy. ...more
First I have to say that I am a HUGE Janet fan. I have all her books and have read and re-read them a zillion times. When Metro Girl came out I was exFirst I have to say that I am a HUGE Janet fan. I have all her books and have read and re-read them a zillion times. When Metro Girl came out I was excited... I was not thrilled with Metro Girl, but I liked it. I felt like it was a rushed book, not the greatest but good. Then she started Motor Mouth and kept pushing back the release date so I thought she was really taking her time with this one and it was going to be better. I was wrong! My sister and I bought the book on it's release date. My sister called me later that day to say she disliked it so much she wasn't even going to finish it. It usually takes me no longer than a day to read her books because I can't put them down. This one took several days because I had to put it down, several times. The plot is so unbeleivable and ridiculous and gets more so as it goes on. The dialogue and humor is forced... Everything seems to be recycled from her previous books, right down to the dog, another version of Bob from the Plum series. It is revealed early in the story that Hooker, the hero, has cheated on Alexandra, the heroine of the story. He is so nonchalant about the whole thing you want to deck him... But Alex is just as nonchalant... It just isn't realistic. I wont be rereading this one... And I wont be rushing out to buy the next in the series.
Brandy Alexander, amateur sleuth and investigative reporter, has a new gig at her local television station in Philadelphia. Unfortunately every one atBrandy Alexander, amateur sleuth and investigative reporter, has a new gig at her local television station in Philadelphia. Unfortunately every one at work resents her because she took the place of a beloved co-worker who was fired. While she tries to make nice with everyone, unsuccessfully, one person on the team reaches out to her. Tamra and Brandy have the beginnings of a decent friendship, until Tamra turns up dead. The cause is an apparent suicide but Brandy isn't buying it.
Despite the fears and nightmares she is still nursing from her previous life threatening ordeal, Brandy can’t let it go. She can’t be the person who turns her back on a friend in need, even if that friend is already dead.
I fell in love with this series last year and have since gotten my sister addicted to them as well. I have been waiting impatiently for the release of this third book and when it arrived yesterday I dove into it and put everything else on hold. Husband, kid, dogs… they were on their own while I visited Philly. When I finished the first two books, I absolutely loved them, there wasn’t a thing I would have changed or have had the author do differently. Yet somehow this one still surpasses the first two, I am wowed.
The mystery had me jumpy and scared, anxious and edgy. It’s a solid and suspenseful story, and I really had to fight not to cheat and read the end, my sister on the other hand called to tell me she lost that same battle. She had to peek at the end, she said, in order to relax and fully enjoy the story. Patience isn’t a strong suit in our family.
Brandy is uncovering clues and finding herself in more and more danger. All the while she’s getting help from the men in her life; her ex-boyfriend and police officer, Bobby, and her current infatuation and man of mystery, Nick, creating a healthy dose of sexual tension.
This book is a little darker than the first two, emotionally speaking, as Brandy is pretty much at the end of her rope. The incidences that occurred in the first two books are really starting to wear on her fragile psyche. Everyone around her is worried, but Brandy insists she is OK. She really has to face some harsh realities in this book.
Like the first two books in this series, mixed in with the riveting mystery, colorful characters, emotional drama and sexual tension, are some of the most hilarious scenes on paper. Books that make you laugh out loud, repeatedly, are so rare, yet Ms. Fredman has managed to write three of them.
What I like best about these books is that they are so well rounded; they have romance, humor and suspense and each aspect is done to perfection. Brandy Alexander has cemented herself as one of my all time favorite heroines, and Ms. Fredman as one of my all time favorite authors. These are books that you can read over and over again without losing any of the original pleasure. I think Ms. Fredman is a truly talented story teller and I long for the day when the rest of the world discovers what I already have. Highly recommended.
I’m not going to give a book synopsis. What I am going to do is say goodbye to one of my all time favorite series. The last couple of books have beenI’m not going to give a book synopsis. What I am going to do is say goodbye to one of my all time favorite series. The last couple of books have been horrible, silly and ridiculous; this one was no exception.
The characters I once loved and look forward all year to hearing from are barely visible. The little quirks that used to make them unique and funny are now taking over their entire persona making them slightly moronic. The dialogue that used to be naturally witty seems forced and contrived. Jokes, gags and antics that once made me laugh have been recycled and reused so much, it’s sad.
No one in this series is growing or getting anywhere, they are all just going in circles. I want Stephanie to get better at the bounty hunter thing; I want her to grow up. I don’t want her or Ranger or Joe to change, but after so many years you expect SOMETHING of substance to happen.
I barely got through this book. Janet has provided hours of entertainment for me in the past with this series and for that I will always be grateful. But I can’t for the life of me see myself shelling out the big bucks for these hardcover books filled with drivel anymore.
I hope that Janet rethinks what she has been doing with this series lately and gives it a much needed overhaul. The last couple of books have seemed rushed and phoned in, a huge departure from the earlier books in the series.
My days of rushing to the bookstore on release dates are over. When book 15 comes out I will wait to read reviews, first. If the reviews make the book look promising, maybe I will read it. But from where I sit now, I don’t see me opening another ‘new’ Plum adventure. I will reread the older and much better books in the series if I need a Plum fix.
Waverly is not without faults, and the reader gets to see her make mistakes, get laughed at, laugh at herself, learn and grow. All the while, the authWaverly is not without faults, and the reader gets to see her make mistakes, get laughed at, laugh at herself, learn and grow. All the while, the author makes sure you don't want to set the book down, ever. The dates she goes on are hilariously horrifying and, unfortunately, some are hauntingly familiar. Ladies, I challenge you not to find at least one of your former dates in this book.
As intriguing and wonderful a heroine as Waverly is, this story is also enhanced by the supporting cast. It's really not just about Waverly, but about her relationships with her best girlfriends, male friends, work chums and even her father, and how each relationship shapes her in some way and how she finds and sees herself among them.
This is one of the best books I have read all year. I laughed so hard, so loud and so many times throughout this book and when I wasn't laughing, I was smiling. Waverly is easy to identify with and the friends she surrounds herself with are as unforgettable and just as lovable as she is herself.
At the beginning of each chapter in this well-told tale is a sampling of Waverly's Honey Notes. I found myself looking forward to that as much as I was looking forward to the actual story; they are witty and funny. This book is everything I love about "chick lit" and so much more; a hilariously fun escape. I am looking forward to reading more from this author; she has made a new fan!...more