DNF'd at 50%. Oh boy, I tried but I am just not in the mood for reading stilted dialogue and silly plotting. Not even for an erotica fluff piece which...moreDNF'd at 50%. Oh boy, I tried but I am just not in the mood for reading stilted dialogue and silly plotting. Not even for an erotica fluff piece which promises some hot sex scenes. This book would be great if you just want to read some sexy banter and some naughty sex scenes, and if you don't expect much depth or a believable story. I could have enjoyed that but sadly the dialogue was filled with a lot of double-speak innuendos that felt a bit cheesy, and the so-called attraction felt more forced and cold than genuine and warm. The plotting was not working for me either. The tours, dinners, games...etc. didn't transition smoothly. It might have picked up, but for now I need something more solid to read. I am just not in the mood for this kind of fluff. (less)
Full Review to come (maybe), but in short this was ~40 pages of an author whining about reviewers. Despite some truth to what he shows in examples, th...moreFull Review to come (maybe), but in short this was ~40 pages of an author whining about reviewers. Despite some truth to what he shows in examples, there is nothing new or insightful with his findings. There are no reasonable solutions offered either, just a lot of sweeping comments like "Amazon shouldn't allow..." or "reviewers should never...." about certain reviews he found objectionable. In truth, many of those examples are not allowed. Just report them. But others are far too difficult to measure, and his call to remove these reviews is only meant to put balm on an authors hurt feelings. He propses doing away with honest reviews that he deems to be too negative. And while he might find supporters, defining which reviews are 'too negative' would be highly subjective.
I will agree with him on the point that some reviews are harsh and ugly and fail to add even one possitive comment, but as long as they review the book, review sites will not delete or ban the reviewer simply because they hurt an authors feelings. And how would one even define and draw the line for these reviews? What defines acceptable? Who would get to play the rule maker in deciding which of these reviews should be deleted? Whose moral compass must reviewers follow? You won't find any good answers in this book.
Bottom line, this book read like an author who just needed to vent about his bad reviews, and by doing so ended up with a long blog post he decided to just publish as a book instead. I was hoping for something insightful, but after reading it I failed to see why anyone would want to pay to read this. But if you want to read about an authors total dismay with the review system in a pain-stakingly wordy tomb, this is your book. (less)
This was a really good freebie political/suspense thriller with treasure hunting, a secret political club with deep control over world affairs, and la...moreThis was a really good freebie political/suspense thriller with treasure hunting, a secret political club with deep control over world affairs, and layers upon layers of intense plotting. There is no doubt the author has deep knowledge about all things nautical. She did a great job blending facts with fiction, including the historical search for an actual missing WW2 submarine lost over 60-years ago.
If you are a romance fan like me, you should know that is does have a strong romance element but this is not a traditional romance book. The ending leaves us open for a sequel, so we might see more of Cole and Riley. (view spoiler)[(One mildly steamy romance steam, some great chemistry between two likable characters, the 'L' word is used, and the possibility of an HEA still exists by the end). (hide spoiler)]
Cole and Riley find themselves working together to locate a missing WW2 submarine that was lost over 60-years ago, and which Cole believes holds the secret that got his father killed just three years past. To make it more enticing, he is certain there are gold coins on the submarine as well.
It was a beefy read at over 500 pages. I really enjoyed it, especially given that this isn't my normal type of read. It did have its weak moments at time with the plotting, and I did question some decisions that were made, but mostly it was a tightly woven suspense thriller. There was also quite a bit of 'bad guy info dumping' that I get frustrated with. ((Why is it bad guys always have to give a full confessional before they can kill the hero or heroine, only to be foiled because they spent so much time talking?)) I also had some issue with the ending, and I don't mean the wild coincidences that occur. (view spoiler)[Toward the end of the story, with a bad guy out to kill them they a) return to the exact spot the bad guys will find them, and then b) they split up instead of staying together. Riley is out of sight, on her own, with only radio contact available. It worked for the high-action ending, but I did not believe for a second these characters were so careless to make this deadly, stupid decision. (hide spoiler)]
Overall, this was a really good political/nautical suspense/thriller read with complex plotting and intrigue. If this is your cuppa, my guess this is one of the better books out there in this genre. If you prefer reading romances, this might be a disappointment but it wont miss the mark completely.
Lastly, I got this one for free at Amazon, so a big thank you to the author for the great opportunity to find it and read it. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
A cute contemporary sports romance, it even had an interesting secondary romance. The author has a nice writing voice for this genre and I would read...moreA cute contemporary sports romance, it even had an interesting secondary romance. The author has a nice writing voice for this genre and I would read more, but this one lacked a bit on the story. I'm not a fan of secret baby romances, especially when the secret tends to linger far too long. It wrapped up with a good ending, so I'd recommend it if you like light contemp romances and don't mind the 'secret baby' plot device. (less)
3.5 - If you like 'Beauty and the Beast' romances, you might enjoy this one. (It is free today too.)
After six-months of non stop snow and rain that is...more3.5 - If you like 'Beauty and the Beast' romances, you might enjoy this one. (It is free today too.)
After six-months of non stop snow and rain that is causing her village to slowly starve, Triselle ventures out of her cottage and finds herself at Earl Vanir's castle. Rumor has it him and all of his servants have not been seen for six-months, but what she finds there startles her.
Lord Vanir was a cold-hearted and uncaring Earl before his curse, but six-months of solitude and misery as a cursed beast has made him all too aware of what a monster he truly was. So when a beautiful young woman stumbles into his curse, he can't help but desire her.
This was a cute fairytale type romance with a few steamy scenes. At only 40 pages it was an enjoyable twist on the Beauty and the Beast story. (less)
A light BDSM erotica short story with an older woman and younger man. She's never been a sub, and he has a thing for being a dom. This had some pretty...moreA light BDSM erotica short story with an older woman and younger man. She's never been a sub, and he has a thing for being a dom. This had some pretty good chemistry and sizzle for only being about 10-15 pages. (less)
A cute romantic tale of two people meeting and finding some hot attraction.
This veeeerrrrry short book would actually make a great chapter 1 to a ful...moreA cute romantic tale of two people meeting and finding some hot attraction.
This veeeerrrrry short book would actually make a great chapter 1 to a full size book. In these six short pages I already fell in love with the small Montana town, and the H/h had much to like too. You could feel the heat building, but sadly that is where the story ends. Very cute though. The author has a nice writing voice, I could read more by her. :-)(less)