4.5 stars. Wow, a great realty-based, action-packed romance suspense story. It kind of reminded me of those movies starring Jodie Foster, you know the4.5 stars. Wow, a great realty-based, action-packed romance suspense story. It kind of reminded me of those movies starring Jodie Foster, you know the ones with edge-of-your seat action and suspense, a smart and realistic heroine running for her life, and a tight realistic plot. No Navy SEALs or damsel in distress in this story. The heroine is trying to escape the clutches of her drug lord ex-husband, who wants her dead and their son as an heir to his illicit business. The hero is an FBI agent who has been working undercover for years trying to bring the drug lord down. The romance starts slow as the book focuses on the plot and action, but about half way things begin to heat up to sizzling. I can't believe this was a debut. I enjoyed it!!
A wonderful story. Win and Merripen were a great couple, and their story was fun and steamy in that traditional Kleypas style. This book is a big imprA wonderful story. Win and Merripen were a great couple, and their story was fun and steamy in that traditional Kleypas style. This book is a big improvement from the previous book (Mine Till Midnight) which I did not like. Win could easily be one of my favorite Kleypas heroines as she was likable, smart, and best of all was willing to take risks without ever pulling a single TSTL moment. The rest of the Hathaways came across as more likable too, even the brother Leo who I loathed in the first book. He was actually charming and funny, and will eventually make a great gamma-male hero of his own book someday I assume. ...more
4.5 stars. A great chilling romantic suspense, and an author to watch.
Edge of Midnight is for romance fans who like their stories with a good dose of4.5 stars. A great chilling romantic suspense, and an author to watch.
Edge of Midnight is for romance fans who like their stories with a good dose of nail biting suspense, a strong emotionally charged romance between the H/h, and a great deal of attention to the details.
Crime reporter Mia Hale escaped the evil hands of a serial killer, but she has no memory of what happened. Special agent Eric Macfarlane with the FBI enlists her help to find the man that is kidnapping and torturing women before dumping their dead bodies.
This is the kind of story that just sucks you in as you try to figure out what happened to Mia, what will she remember, and how are they ever going to find enough clues to bring down the serial killer? Nail biting stuff! The story spends a lot of time piecing together the evidence as well as building a profile for the killer. We also learn that Eric has deep personal ties to the serial killer, and that Mia’s abduction may not have been random at all.
Edge of Midnight was a great balance of romance and suspense. Eric and Mia’s attraction and eventual relationship was well blended into the suspense part of the story. This is the best kind of romance suspense (IMHO). It is a multilayer story where more and more stuff gets revealed as we read on, has a believable romance with passion and steam, plus a great ending that wasn’t overly predictable. I read this one out of order, and had no problem what so ever. This is a great author, I can't wait to read what she writes next.
Wow, even better the second time through! So much happens in this story that it's easy to miss many of the details in the first read. This time I sawWow, even better the second time through! So much happens in this story that it's easy to miss many of the details in the first read. This time I saw the story unfold from a very different perspective as I knew what was ahead of them. It made me really appreciate the talented Suzanne Collins. She created an amazing futuristic dystopian world, then showed it to us from the point-of-view of a seemingly insignificant young lady named Katniss. (Who turns out to be anything but insignificant).
If you haven't read it, don't write it off simply because it's classified as a young adult read, or worse because its being compared to the teen favorites Twilight and Harry Potter. I hate those comparisons, and in this case they are completely off the mark. I personally don't consider it a young adult book even though many of the lead characters are all teens.
Despite the YA classification, The Hunger Games addresses some very adult topics and is for mature minded people. It has a darker tone that will pull on all of your human emotions. It has a lot of action and violence, but not in a gratuitous way. It will make you think about the value of a human life, and how even great triumphs can be bitter sweet and come with a devastating cost.
Now I have to go re-read the final two in this book. Even though I know how it all ends, it feels like a fresh new read the second time around as I can see all of those clues more clearly, understand the strategies a bit better, and visualize the world with more depth. I loved this one, and I sure hope the movie does it justice. ...more
4.5! I've been hearing this author mentioned a lot lately, and now I know why. This historical romance is easily on par with some of the best authors4.5! I've been hearing this author mentioned a lot lately, and now I know why. This historical romance is easily on par with some of the best authors of this genre - Balogh, Quinn, Kleypas...etc.
I think the one thing I enjoyed most about this story is how I got to see the romance evolve from a cold and simple business association to a deeply warm and passionate friendship all the way to a heart stopping love. Both characters evolve emotionally as well, when they realize the circumstances of which they created may not have the intended outcome.
A Lady Awakened was a great tale that kept me fully engaged, with a strong storyline and two well developed, interesting characters. I will definitely be reading the next in this series soon. ...more
A great character driven story that brings the roughness of the wild west to life. It had a slow pace to it, especially in the beginning, but it justA great character driven story that brings the roughness of the wild west to life. It had a slow pace to it, especially in the beginning, but it just worked. I especially enjoyed the way the H/h could laugh and enjoy each other despite all the crazy hard times going on in their world. The dialogue between H/h was especially funny at times, and the story was told in a way that made you feel you were right there in the old west. I will read the next in this series for certain. Hope you enjoy it! ...more
I think they call this kind of a book a 'sleeper', where it slowly creeps into popularity one review at a time until it becomes a bona fide and populaI think they call this kind of a book a 'sleeper', where it slowly creeps into popularity one review at a time until it becomes a bona fide and popular hit. Written in 2002, published in 2005, and it just now seems to be finding its reading public. In the last year this book was recommended repeatedly both here and at Amazon, and I am so glad to have read it. Simply wonderful, and what a surprising and strong epilogue! Sniff, sniff...
I thought it lived up to the hype. If you like historicals with a southern charm, a small town simple kind of setting, and an emotional storyline that will pull out some tears, this one is for you. I was impressed. ...more