Overall a light romance story with a silly plot, quirky characters and a too-good-to-believe ending. There is some cheesy moments where the dialog get...moreOverall a light romance story with a silly plot, quirky characters and a too-good-to-believe ending. There is some cheesy moments where the dialog gets so flowery I had a hard time staying with the book, but overall it kept me entertained enough to finish. But this isn't the type of book I normally like, and for that reason I probably wont read this author again. (I like my romance books with some spice -- hot and steamy, but this story was barely warm.) (less)
wow, a very powerful story! I listened to this one on my iPod. I tried so hard not to cry (especially toward the end) but I finally had to pull over a...morewow, a very powerful story! I listened to this one on my iPod. I tried so hard not to cry (especially toward the end) but I finally had to pull over and wipe my eyes when it ended. So much grief, redemption and joy. A fantastic story that drew me in and kept me glued.
Its a historical romance set in mid 1800's gold country region of California. Angel is a damaged young woman working a brothel and struggling with many horrors from her past. Michael is a devout Christian who believes God wants him to marry Angel - a soiled dove.
Apparently this is a retelling of a bible story. I think this may be only the second Christian themed novel I've ever read, which means its the first one I ever finished. While it was very inspirational it refrained from being preachy.
Its not a light read, and at times was even depressing. But the writing was so spot on and the characters so real I couldn't stop. And it does end with a great ending. I can't tell you how many times I wanted to crawl into the book to talk with Angel, hug Michael, slap his brother, kill a bad guy, shelter a person down on their luck...etc. I can see why it has such high ratings by sooooo many people. But my next book will be a light read. I don't think I could take two books like this in a row!(less)
4.5 stars. A wonderful high-adventure story that takes you on a wild chase through the South Pacific island jungles as our H/h try to out run the Brit...more4.5 stars. A wonderful high-adventure story that takes you on a wild chase through the South Pacific island jungles as our H/h try to out run the British Navy to prove the hero's innocence of a crime committed 10-years earlier. It had it all: Cannibles, volcanos, burial caves, rope bridges over deep canyons, crocodiles, sharks, ship races, tretchory and lies, great local native characters...etc. I half expected King Kong to enter the story, it was such a wild adventure ride. The action never let up, and the romance was so touching. The romance is a PG-13 (warm), but overall very satisfying. The book reminded me of Indian Jones, King Kong, The Mummy...etc. kind of action and romance. My mind was hearing big orchestra music through many of the scenes! Fun book. (less)
Whew! What a fecken rush!! Just finished it! (NO SPOILERS, just my thoughts.)
Love the series and this book! Despite it being nearly midnight here, I d...moreWhew! What a fecken rush!! Just finished it! (NO SPOILERS, just my thoughts.)
Love the series and this book! Despite it being nearly midnight here, I don't think I'll be able to sleep for several hours as I need to clear my mind and decrease my heart rate. If you've already read this book, you know how hard that is going to be!
The paranormal elements of the series is really starting to intensify, with more creatures, magic, danger and worldly realms. I am completed sucked into this world.
The story picks up were we left off in Faefever, so these books absolutely need to be read in order. (I think you could start with Faefever as that book provided a lot of backstory, but Dreamfever just jumps into the continuation and assumes the reader already knows quite a bit.)
In Dreamfever you will get a lot of answers to many earlier questions, and you will form new theories and opinions as to who/what everyone is and what they really want. But you will also be left with a large handful of new questions to ponder for the next book! Oh man!
SO am I sorry that I didn't wait until all books were published before reading the series? Heck no!! It's a great series, and its fun guessing and forming theories. After reading Faefever I was 99% certain who/what Barron's is, and after this book I am now 99.99% certain.
Another great read by Maggie Osborne. If you like stories of a heroine dressing and living as a man, this would be a great book to read. For five year...moreAnother great read by Maggie Osborne. If you like stories of a heroine dressing and living as a man, this would be a great book to read. For five years Samantha Kinkade lived as bounty hunter Sam Kinkade, with the single quest to kill the man who killed her mother and destroyed her family. To help flush out the bad guy, she captures his brother - who just so happens to be on his own personal quest to find and kill his brother! IMHO, not quite as good as Silver Lining or The Promise of Jenny Jones, but still really good. Sensuality was kisses only, which was a bummer because the tension was strong between hero/heroine. So when the story skipped over the bedroom scenes I felt a bit cheated as it really built up that part of the romance. (MO's other books do not skip over the bedroom scenes.) (less)
Rating is for 'Under the Christmas Tree' by Robyn Carr(Virgin River, #8) only. Never read the others.
I just love this series. This was a great, sweet...moreRating is for 'Under the Christmas Tree' by Robyn Carr(Virgin River, #8) only. Never read the others.
I just love this series. This was a great, sweet romantic story that brings us back to Virgin River. A handsome vet falls for a country girl hair-stylist as they work to save eight little abandoned puppies. Nathaniel Jensen was nothing short of yummy, and Annie McCarty was someone I'd very much like to be friends with. These two were great together. I only wish this story was longer as I would have enjoyed to spend more time with these two.
Amy, an 18 y/o Malory neice, has designs on her 36 y/o American cousin-by-marriage and spends much of the bo...more2.5 stars. Listened to this one on audio.
Amy, an 18 y/o Malory neice, has designs on her 36 y/o American cousin-by-marriage and spends much of the book trying to seduce him into marrying her. Cute at moments, but I am not into stories that star a silly girl as a heroine. She is a naive, TSTL heroine who needs rescued from her own stupidy repeatedly. Warren, the hero is a brooding, mean humorless man who thinks taking a switch to someone will cure wilfullness. And yes, he spanks her good in one scene. The romance was actually missing, it was just her trying to seduce him while he refused her over and over until, (ooops!), they have sex. Nothing romantic. The story was so predictable, a complete stretch, and not one I'd like to read again.
The audiobook reader was actually pretty good, so I'll mention that. My only issue was the characters CONSTANTLY laughed at their own jokes, and the readers laughing was like nails on a chalkboard. (less)
Ravishing in red finished strong with a clever mystery and some interesting characters, but the slow and boring start (that spanned the first half of...moreRavishing in red finished strong with a clever mystery and some interesting characters, but the slow and boring start (that spanned the first half of the book!) had me nearly quitting many times. It was hard not to get distracted and just do something else instead of read, but as everyone points out the story does eventually speed up and will hold your interest. It took me nearly a full week to read this one, and I normally burn through three books in the same amount of time. So given how much effort I put into reading this one, you can only imagine that I am not feeling inclined to continue with this series, at least not right now. (less)
Pure boring. This audio book should come with a warning “Don’t listen to while operating moving vehicles, may cause severe drowsiness.”
I now know WAA...more Pure boring. This audio book should come with a warning “Don’t listen to while operating moving vehicles, may cause severe drowsiness.”
I now know WAAAAAY more about wedding planning and passive/aggressive relationships than I ever cared to know. Where was the entertainment, the spark between hero/heroine, and the romance in all that page filler?
It started out pretty good, but degraded as it went on. It became just one stupid self-imposed conflict after another, sandwiched between way too many inane conversations about wedding planning. Mac (the heroine) had a mother who drove me up the wall. She should have had a much lesser role as she was just pure annoying.
The romance was flat and predictable, but I did like Carter. He was too good for Mac though. As the book continued I found myself liking Mac less and less. She was a twit with little common sense. By the end I was hoping Carter would meet someone else. I doubt I will continue with series. (less)
3.5 stars. I liked it, but didn't love it. While it was a romance between AJ and Alison, the main character was really James - AJ's 101 year old great...more 3.5 stars. I liked it, but didn't love it. While it was a romance between AJ and Alison, the main character was really James - AJ's 101 year old great grandpa's ghost. No, this isn't a paranormal romance. It is a straight contemporary romance with a ghost who helps (and helps, and helps, and HELPS!) to solve murders, rescue dying people and relay messages among the living.
The ghost (James) had a great back story that was interesting when he was alive, but his incarnation as a ghost who 'returned' to set the story of his life straight was tooooo convenient, and much of the story's progression relied on James’s mystical involvement one way or another. He was always in the right place and the right time, had a full grasp of today's lingo and technology, and was conveniently projected to scenes that would help him solve the big mystery, capture the bad guys, keep everyone safe, or even dole out his timely wise relationship advice. OK, sure.
AJ and Alison's romance was pretty simple. AJ isn't convinced he is really seeing great gramps ghost, but after a few weeks of persuasive tactics he goes to Arizona where Alison is working on a movie about James's life. Alison and AJ lock eyes, and sparks fly. Soon, clothes fly too. Then Alison learns that “perfect man” AJ was once an alcoholic (ten years sober) and he see's ghosts, which thus begins Alison’s long wishy-washy 'I can't decide what to do' diatribe that lasted through most of the book. Meanwhile, AJ realizes Alison's life is in danger so he enlists the help of James to keep Alison safe while at the same time trying to convince her that they are meant for each other, and not just for the hot sex they keep having.
Overall, it was good but not great. It is a stand alone, and there were no story arcs like we are used to in her Troubleshooters series. And while I am still waiting anxiously for the next TS book (Izzy’s story!!), I don’t think I’d be inclined to read anymore of her ghost stories – that is if she writes anymore.