Very listenable despite leaving me not knowing the actor as a person apart from being a horndog. I didn't find the coverage of his movie career, fromVery listenable despite leaving me not knowing the actor as a person apart from being a horndog. I didn't find the coverage of his movie career, from tv actor to award-winning director, tedious as some reviewers did. On the contrary, Marc Eliot had a style which kept the biography moving quickly.
In the end, though, I was left knowing technical data but not much about the man behind the ambitious, driven professional. I wanted to understand, to whatever realistic degree, why Eastwood placed so little value on monogamy, not just be told that he valued his freedom to sleep with whomever he wished, even when he was married. I wanted to know what his friends - and enemies - thought of him. I did not get that at all. I wanted to understand why he found Sondra Locke so appealing and why this relationship failed but all I got were glimpses in the relationship timeline that impacted Eastwood's career and nothing about the personal aspect.
Still, I wasn't bored, to my surprise, and may even be roused to watch a movie or two he starred in. I've only watched a handful of Eastwood movies since I'm not a movie buff but I do know the Man With No Name character and I do think he was hot when he was in those spaghetti westerns, of which I only saw one - the Good, the Bad & the Ugly....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 26, 2015 Narrator: Jonathan Young
The story is set in Perth, where I lived for several years, but apart from some mentions oREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 26, 2015 Narrator: Jonathan Young
The story is set in Perth, where I lived for several years, but apart from some mentions of Sydney and Western Australia, I couldn't tell it was an Aussie-based book. I was very thankful for that as I'd avoided this book because I was afraid it would be like another one I'd read some years back where the hero referred to the women as 'sheilas' and other Aussie talk.
Nothing like that to pull me out of the story here and I found most of the book rather delightful. BUT...I have some quibbles. I felt Patrick's character turned out very contradictory to what I had been led to believe at the start. The way the book opened, the way I was introduced to Patrick's character, had me expecting someone irascible, unreasonable and cranky - like another 'Light' titled story, Letting in the Light. Patrick was a toothless tiger compared to Fae Sutherland's Finnegan. This inconsistency (in the reader's mind) could have been avoided if Jake had not believed everything he was told about Patrick, if he had given Patrick the benefit of the doubt. As it was, I happily believed all the bad press about the poor guy so that even when Patrick explains why he was annoyed, angry, dissatisfied, with the previous housekeepers, it failed to dispel the perception (and expectation) I had of his character.
When Patrick turns out to be a really warm, caring, sweetly caring man, some of the oomph was lost. I'm sure if I didn't have those Finnegan-like grouchy guys or a May-December romance in my mind when I started the story, I might be giving this 4, if not 5 stars. As it is, even though the author corrects Jake's (and my) perception, the effort was lost on me.
There were also a couple of other things that did pull me out of the story, too. This may be due to the fact that I do not know any blind people and its just my ignorance of their world showing, but I did wonder what was the point of Jake telling Patrick what he looked like, and answering "An average, regular man, actually. I’m white, with short, sandy-brown hair and brown eyes...". If Patrick was born blind, how would he know what any color looks like? Or a freckle, when Jake tells him he doesn't freckle? Another one is getting distracted by the world of the blind. I got so distracted by Patrick saying "I don’t have a car because I don’t know how to drive...Learning to drive will be going to the top of my “Things In Life To Do” list." that I stopped listening and started googling about vehicles for the blind. That led to reading about the world blind people inhabit, and I got more interested in that than the story.
Anyway, this turned out to be sweet romance, albeit with an icky part - Jake being present at his mother's labor, as she gives birth to the baby she wanted to give to Jake and Patrick. Yeah. Icky even though Jake says he did not look at his mother's privates.
I could have done without that entire scene, that whole idea of Jake's mom getting pregnant so she could give her son and his lover a child. In second thoughts, I could do without the mother completely. She added a weirdness to the story that shouldn't be there. I suppose, like the inconsistency in Patrick's character, there's inconsistency to the overall tone of the story, too. The mother added that squick factor to what was supposed to be a regular, feel-good, comfort romance. Then again, that's just my perception and not what the author was aiming for.
Narrator: I enjoyed this far more than I thought I would and Jonathan Young's narration was okay. There were several instances where he did not give the correct tone and expression. For example, Patrick is said to say something in a weak voice because he's sick and has a sore throat; the man looks like death warmed over and sounds it, yet Young has Patrick speaking and answering Jake's questions in a cheerful, loud voice. But at least Young's Aussie accent wasn't overpowering....more
Narrated by JM Badger, it was scary listening to it at oh dark hundred hours. I stopped and resumed the next day and it ended up not scary at all withNarrated by JM Badger, it was scary listening to it at oh dark hundred hours. I stopped and resumed the next day and it ended up not scary at all with a perfectly normal explanation for the mystery....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 2, 2015 Narrator: George Newbern
I haven't read/listened to the Isaacson version but those who have read both seem to preferREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 2, 2015 Narrator: George Newbern
I haven't read/listened to the Isaacson version but those who have read both seem to prefer this one, based on the reviews I checked. I was expecting to be bored by the techy talk but Schendler and Tetzeli made this biographical account of the iconic Jobs an easy, enjoyable listen.
Told from the 1st Person POV of Brent Schlender, the two authors, aided by the competent narration of Newbern enabled me to while away the hours sitting beside a loved one undergoing interminably long medical tests, dialysis sessions, etc. Since there are several reviews about this version of Jobs and his beloved Apple, I'll suffice it to say I'm thankful for the Tantor voucher I won which enabled me to get this audiobook....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MARCH 28, 2015 Narrator: Rob Lowe
I would have liked a bit more - okay, a lot more - warts in this autobiography but Lowe has suchREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MARCH 28, 2015 Narrator: Rob Lowe
I would have liked a bit more - okay, a lot more - warts in this autobiography but Lowe has such an engaging style that his narration of what seems like a rather unHollywood lifestyle kept me listening to the end. This is admirable, seeing as in this past week I must have tried listening to half a dozen MM and MF audios and set them aside after five minutes or less.
I'm not a movie or tv buff and I only know Rob Lowe from the episodes of The West Wing, a series I watched only because my son was raving about it. I don't know Lowe from anywhere else and though I've heard of some of the movies he mentions, I have not seen them. I just happened to pick this autobio audiobook because I wanted some non-fiction audiobooks and my local library has tons of them.
I am in full agreement with Jane Stewart about Lowe keeping a lot out, so much so that even as I enjoyed his narration, his autobiography doesn't quite ring true. Perhaps biographies are more candid than autobios?...more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 14, 2015 Narrator: Joyce Bean
Plot had potential and would have been a good thriller under the hands of a real thriller writeREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; APRIL 14, 2015 Narrator: Joyce Bean
Plot had potential and would have been a good thriller under the hands of a real thriller writer, rather than a romantic suspense one. It is books like these than make pure-suspense readers treat romantic suspense with disdain.
Warning: If you haven't read this book and plan to, DO NOT read the hardcover version blurb. I made the mistake of doing that and it's a big reason why this book failed for me. I'm surprised Goodreads allowed a book blurb to contain such a huge spoiler.
The story is rather poorly told. It's a pity because, as I said earlier, there's potential here. But I was bored by the repetitive thoughts from the heroine, annoyed by the implausible scenes, sex and romance at odd times (the heroine is near hysterical, lots of mental hand-wringing over the hero - is he the good guy or bad guy - but on the next paragraph they are kissing).
The partial amnesia trope went on so long - but then, they always do - and was truly tiresome. By the time anything substantial happens and you think you're getting somewhere, it's so far into the book you've forgotten what the Prologue was about and why it was there. Don't worry because as prologues go, this one was rather lame, as is the book title.
For those who have read amnesia (partial or full) stories, it's easy to guess what happened BUT...the explanation at the end of the book on how they got away with it wasn't quite believable for me. I had to give a lot of allowance for this to work and once the author makes me do that, it's lost a star, if not more.
I listened up to chapter 28 (of 30). Towards the end, I couldn't be bothered to waste precious audio time so I skim-read the last 2 chapters from my Kindle.
Amnesia stories are so passé and I stopped checking them out after the 90s. I also do not like plots that revolve around the hero/heroine waking up and sensing something is not quite right about his/her appearance nor are his/her surroundings. Despite that, I chose to try Obsession, hoping to discover another Mirror Image by Sandra Brown. Comparing these two books cement SB's place on my Top Ten Authors List (if I had such a list)....more
I would have given this installment 5 stars - because I enjoyed it very much - but am giving it 4 stars for my overall enjoyment, because even thoughI would have given this installment 5 stars - because I enjoyed it very much - but am giving it 4 stars for my overall enjoyment, because even though Henry is in his early 20s (or 25, as he claims), I can't help seeing him in my mind as a college kid.
Since Henry can't be relied on to tell the truth about himself, he could very well turn out to be 18 or 19 later on, so I'll see. Then again, Henry could seem like a teenager only in contrast to Mac who, at 31, comes across more like a grouchy, weather-beaten cop in his 50s.
That said, the banter between the irrepressible Henry and Mac (ah, so that's why he's called 'Henry'. 'Henry' works for last names and accountants. Not sexy romance heroes:P) is one of the best I've read in a long time. Henry (the author) and Rock had me chuckling on every other page and I haven't been so well-pleasured in such a long while...bookwise, of course.
Great sexual tension, but unlike Ami, I do like to have at least one full sex scene in my first installment. Here, the authors had Henry run out on Mac - again - just when poor Mac is so ready and leaking. Personally, as I said, I would have preferred them to get it on, then have Henry run out on Mac in the early hours of their post-coital cuddling. I think that would have made Mac truly pissed and Henry shaken to the core, since neither would have ever indulged in cuddling. Not after sex, anyway.
As it was, Henry's vanishing act did get just a tad old by the time this installment ended and for this reason, too, I can't give it 5 stars. I've started on Book 2 and may just finish it in one sitting. My prediction: 3 or 3.5 stars. ...more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MARCH 7, 2015 Narrator: Sean Crisden
Lanyon's not an autobuy but he's got memorable books on my Fav List (Adrien English) and someREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MARCH 7, 2015 Narrator: Sean Crisden
Lanyon's not an autobuy but he's got memorable books on my Fav List (Adrien English) and some (apart from AE) are comfort listens - The Dickens With Love and Fairgame.
I can now add Cards on the Table, which I only bought yesterday. Mystery-wise, it's typical lanyon - I drifted off during the MC's internal monologue about whodunit or when the astrology stuff is discussed but overall, I enjoyed it. Compared to the Dangerous Ground series CotT is a 5-star read like my other favs. I didn't mind the short length - 3 hours - and I'd say this was one of Crisden's best narrations. It was very easy to differentiate between Tim and Jack, Jack being given a deeper, sexier timbre.
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MAY 28, 2015 Narrator: Karen White
I like Karen White when she's doing Julie James. I really do. So it must be the book because thiREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; MAY 28, 2015 Narrator: Karen White
I like Karen White when she's doing Julie James. I really do. So it must be the book because this installment was a chore to listen to. I'm being generous in giving it 3 stars because much of the time I was bored.
Quite a bit of time is spent sitting in on Victoria's therapy sessions. God, were they a yawn.
There was a baby. A crying baby. Unwed mother - Ford's sister - with her baby who Ford, incredibly, offers to babysit so that the sister (who got knocked up having a one-night stand while drunk) can go out on the town with her girlfriends. Victoria was impressed. I wasn't.
Whatever JJ magic that won me in her early books was gone for me (from Book 3, Love Irresistibly)and has, sadly, not returned. JJ fans will, no doubt, love this since they loved Book 3 and 4 as well. I, however, am curious as to how I could adore her earlier books and have her plummet down my personal fav author ratings so sharply so I'm going to find space to relisten to Practice Makes Perfect, Just the Sexiest Man Alive (and the 3 FBI-US Attorney). If I no longer like them then it's me, not the books....more
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; FEBRUARY 6, 2015 Narrator: Sharon Williams
The Narrator: Williams wasn't as good as Ericksen, who narrated the previous booREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; FEBRUARY 6, 2015 Narrator: Sharon Williams
The Narrator: Williams wasn't as good as Ericksen, who narrated the previous book, The Maze. Her voice for the little girl, Emma, was not very good. Emma sounded like a teen rather than a 6 year-old girl.
The Story: I always try to separate the story and characters from the author so just because I hate a certain character or book, doesn't necessarily mean there's something 'wrong' with the author. For example, many years ago I came across a romance by the now-defunct Liquid Silver Publishing, where the heroine had her tongue pinned to the tabletop while she was being fucked. My friend was horrified and I agree there ought to have been some kind of warning. I thought that was the publisher's fault rather than the author, though I can say I never went near that author again. Other readers, I've noted before, post nasty personal comments about the author, something I've never done and would not think to do.
But in the case of this book...I admit I come close to thinking Coulter must have been a moron and the publisher/editor taken to task for allowing this to be offered to the public. Why? Judge Ramsey Hunt is hiding out in his mountain cabin to chill, as the blurb says, when he stumbles across a little girl, 5 or 6 years old, he’s estimated.
Ramsey is as horrified as the traumatized kid and carries her back to his cabin. From the blood and what he can see of the injuries, he’s guessed the kid has been tortured and raped. And this is where I just had to wonder where the heck was Ms Coulter’s brains when she wrote this scene: “She was covered with bruises and welts, some of them crusted with dried blood. Blood was smeared between her legs. Oh, God. He closed his eyes a moment. He bathed her thoroughly, examining her as well as he could.” Instead of driving the kid to the nearest hospital and calling the cops, Judge Ramsey bathes her? Thoroughly? Never mind about washing away evidence, didn’t he even stop to think about the damage an adult erect penis does to as 5-6 year old girl, violent rape or not? She’d be torn up inside and …omigod…it was just unbelievable that someone I considered an experienced writer could make her hero such a dummy.
Judge Ramsey doesn’t take the kid to the hospital, or call the cops, because hey, he brought his favorite rifle but so he could leave his cell phone at home, right? Or so it seems. We learn why that rifle is special to him but not why a judge (as opposed to a cretin) would think there’s no need to bring his cell phone, or know where the nearest hospital is, or whether the town has a sheriff. You’d think this is basic info you’d have – and the cell phone – before you take off to a remote cabin in the mountains, one you’ve never been to before.
Next day, he tells this traumatized, injured kid to take a shower so whatever evidence that he didn’t wash away yesterday is now gone. She was too injured to even walk yesterday, hasn't talked, but he has her going to the bathroom on her own and taking a shower? Even more unbelievable, after keeping her for four days, he takes her into town and they go shopping!
Then someone starts shooting at them but does Judge Ramsey call the sheriff? No, because every time he mentions the sheriff to the little girl, she makes frightened noises. Now, really…if you came across a 6 year old girl all bloody and evidently raped, would you be discussing options with her instead of just calling the cops or driving her straight to the town’s doctor? Would you take her shopping instead?
So now we have an injured kid and an injured judge holed up in his cabin. To add insult to injury, you find out next that Judge Ramsey is a friend of Dillon Savich, who, in Ramsey’s own words, ‘might even know about her if she’d been abducted. Ever since the Lindbergh baby’s kidnapping back in the early ’30s, and the resulting tragedy, kidnapping had been the purview of the FBI.’] I really went WTF! Ramsey and Savich are friends yet instead of calling him immediately, Ramsey takes Emma shopping instead? When he finally calls Savich (in Chapter 8!), he doesn’t even tell him what happened. Okay, I love that he has friends in the FBI who don’t ask questions when told to run a number plate but it is ludicrous for Judge Ramsey to not tell Savich what was going on (he only does that about halfway through the book).
Of course there’s more idiocy – but I think this is enough to show how absurd this book is. I get that an author wants to build suspense and create the idea that there’s more to it than meets the eye, but the way Ms Coulter did it here was just not plausible. I just cannot buy into the idea that a judge, who has a good friend, the Dillon Savich, chief of the Criminal Apprehension Unit at the FBI, would not call him immediately, and when he does, does not tell him what happened.
I checked the other reviews and saw my own complaints echoed so it’s not me nitpicking. What surprises me, too, apart from Coulter getting away with publishing this (1998 isn’t exactly the Dark Ages) is that some of my GR friends gave this 5 stars. Unfortunately, they did not include reviews or I would have gone in more prepared.
Oh, I forgot - the romance. Absolutely NO sexual chemistry between the MCs, IMO. Next to no romance either. Even Molly knew Ramsey wanted to marry her because it's her daughter, Emma, that Ramsey loves. Their so-called romance is best described by Molly herself in the closing chapters of the book - “Ramsey loves her so much. Maybe someday he’ll even love me.” That.Is.SO.Sad.
This book has made me think twice about reading/listening to the other installments. I'm pissed because I like the type of storylines found in this series and so far I haven't found any other romantic suspense author who writes them, except Sandra Brown. But not one to give up so easily, I'll comb through the review of the later books to see if I can find one that won't disgust me as The Target did....more
Enjoyed it. Mostly. Would have been 5 stars if not for the slapstick comedy provided by Sidewinder. I love humor and baREVIEW OF EBOOK; APRIL 12, 2015
Enjoyed it. Mostly. Would have been 5 stars if not for the slapstick comedy provided by Sidewinder. I love humor and bantering between my team guys but it was way overdone here. Every time those Sidewinder guys are in the scene, I felt as if I was watching a clip from The Three Stooges. This did nothing to win me over to the Sidewinder series so I won't be looking out for it, if there's even one coming.
I was in two minds about the ending but I suppose it's in character for Ty. He'd be certifiably insane if Bricks & Mortar was all he was going to have in his life. Then again, as far as his state of mind goes, it may be too late. My personal preference would be for them to be completely out of the covert ops game because I don't want either of them to go through the emotional wringer as they have done throughout the series.
But...that's not realistic, considering Ty's personality. So I have to be content that they do run a bookshop most of the time and Ty gets to have Jiminy and Cricket.
All the stars belong to Ty and Zane and none for Sidewinder. I like Nick but I haven't taken to the Nick & Kelly pairing. Kelly is still a nonentity to me. I enjoyed seeing Julian Cross and would love a sequel to Warrior's Cross.
Overall, this has been a very good series - it's the only MM true romantic suspense series that's gotten this amount of attention. There are several MM RS series out there but none have garnered the kind of obsessive devotion T&Z have. I'm glad it's come to an end and now I have the audiobooks to look forward to - if Riptide gets off its ass and concludes the negotiations. Then it's a take-it-from-the-top for me - nine whole audiobooks to lose myself in.
P.S. - the short at the end of the book, Bricks & Mortar, is an epilogue. Why didn't the author just title it so instead of separating it from the main book and giving it its own title? Unnecessary to confuse me like that (because some reviewers are bound to mention it and readers like me are bound to want to know how it fits) The reviews/comments that mentioned it, made it sound like a side story that was not connected to this current installment and those I asked weren't sure if it was an epilogue or not. Well, it is an Epilogue. It takes place some months after the main story ends....more
2.5 stars. It got repetitive after awhile as we go through the motions of the serving boys in The Dining Room. Having to read about what the other cli2.5 stars. It got repetitive after awhile as we go through the motions of the serving boys in The Dining Room. Having to read about what the other clients, including the MC (!) were doing with their serving boys didn't do much to get me emotionally invested with the main couple.
In the end (80-85%)I got bored and did not bother to find out how Jeremy and Brice get their HEA. Some 3-star books that I DNF'd get a chance of my rereading them to see if it works the second time around. I will not be giving this one another try.
This is more erotica with romance - which I can like if the story is engaging. This one wasn't....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DECEMBER 28;: 1 STAR for the heroine 4 STARS for the murder mystery Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
The story began well - like an old SanREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DECEMBER 28;: 1 STAR for the heroine 4 STARS for the murder mystery Narrator: Marguerite Gavin
The story began well - like an old Sandra Brown Southern romantic suspense, albeit updated. Then it went a little downhill for me because the author (who write other series under Christy Reece) chose to let the Big Mis run on for way too long:
The first part of the book was great. It told the story of Zach Tanner and Savannah Wilde (rich girl/poor boy) and how they met in their teens. Savannah gives her heart and her body to Zach and then he has to leave. The arrangement is for him to come and see her one last time before he leaves town but Zach never turns up.
Because of this, Savannah has held fast to her wounded heart all these years. When she has to return to Midnight, ten years later, she's still pissed off at Zach (now the police chief) and hasn't forgiven him. Even when they start kissing or things look like they're going to pick up where they last left off in their teens, the annoying Savannah is torn apart inside because she can't forget that Zach broke his promise and did not turn up that morning so she can never ever trust him again. This went on for half the book! Innumerable times Sav is ruminating over the fact that she gave her cherry to the town's bad boy and he never turned up the next morning like he said he would.
So just ask him what happened, wouldn't any normal girl? But no, the author chooses to stretch this out so long it became so unrealistic. And I don't mean just not asking that simple question, "why didn't you turn up that morning?". I mean when Zach tries to explain (because he knows he owes Savannah an explanation), what does she do? She wants to fuck first, talk later. Now, I normally would agree but in this case, I wanted to get the explanation out of the way so that Savannah could rest in peace and make love in peace. But no, the author decides she needs to stretch this out longer and make Savannah torment herself further.
It was a great way to turn a 5-star story into a near 1-star book. I'm spitting mad, because the Prologue was good, how Sav met Zach was lovely, the murder mystery was intriguing. In fact, everything except Savannah's internal whining about why Zach did not turn up that morning, was very good. I am especially annoyed because the last Karen Rose (Closer Than You Think) was such a disappointment and I have removed her from my Watchlist. And every romantic suspense out here is either about a serial killer or a covert operative more intent on getting it on with the heroine than the mission. I'm so starved for a good ol' murder mystery without a hint of a serial killing and this could have been it, if not for Savannah.
And guess what: Zach's reason for not turning up was so justified. All Savannah had to do was ask, or better still, let Zach tell her because, omigod, the poor guy did try but Savannah didn't want hear it! Not yet, she keeps telling herself and Zach. Because the author wants the reader to suffer a little longer.
I don't appreciate such tactics. It gets in the way of the story. Letting the couple resolve this romantic problem early would NOT have detracted from the story but would have enhanced it.
But don't let my rant stop you from reading this. Just ignore Savannah and focus on the small-town atmosphere, the delicious bad boy-turned-police chief, and the whodunit.
The Narrator: Marguerite Gavin, was excellent here. I did not like her work with the Karen Rose books but I'm now so over KR, I don't care. Gavin narrates the second book in the series, so good news for me, but after what Grace aka Reece did with Savannah, I'm leery of starting Midnight Lies for fear a similar thing happens. ...more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DECEMBER 17, 2014 Narrator: Susie James
The start is as if KR just copied and pasted one of her previous opening scenes - serial kiREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; DECEMBER 17, 2014 Narrator: Susie James
The start is as if KR just copied and pasted one of her previous opening scenes - serial killer, basement, victims...sigh. Why doesn't she do something different with the basement? Build boats or something like NCIS Special Agent Gibbs?
So, KR's latest is the same ol', same ol'. Same old, unnecessarily convoluted plot, dump on a ton of unnecessary info, litter the story with so many characters to make it feel complex and rich, but is really just luring the reader into a shoal of red herrings.
My happiness at seeing a different narrator other than Marguerite Gavin was shortlived. Susie James gives absolutely NO differentiation to her characters and I had a hard time knowing who was speaking. It's not so bad in a print book as I can back up and trace the dialogue. Still tiresome but can be easily done. I don't want to have to do that in an audiobook! I don't expect the narrator to be able to juggle many voices, but I do expect to be able to tell the male protagonist from the female. I couldn't here.
The only good thing I can say about this book is that the romantic element is stronger here than the previous books. It's more the older Karen Rose romantic suspense where she hasn't tried to shake off the romantic connection. Suspense purists are annoyed, as is to be expected but then, the should stay away from the RS genre and stick to pure suspense.
The sex is also more explicit, IIRC, with longer scenes.
I found the details impossible to follow. I don't know why Ms Rose thinks reeling every little bit of info, dragging in every character she can come up with, will make her book better. It doesn't. It makes for very exhausting reading and listening. The f******g audiobook is 22 hours long. I'm interested in Deacon; I was intrigued by him in the previous book, Did You Miss Me? and was excited to find out this is his book. Ms Rose did him a disfavor by giving him such a poorly-written book.
So why am I still buying Karen Rose books? I stopped for awhile then started again. I'm going to have to stop again. I like that I never have to worry about having to deal with one or both MCs' sexual thoughts about the other as most RS authors tend to do. I like that her MCs are professionals who are focused on their jobs and even if they are mentally drooling over each other, I'm not forced to read or listen. BUT...a suspenseful, gritty police procedural, or murder mystery, does NOT have to be a convoluted mess masquerading as a thriller.
Yet, CTYT is actually quite straightforward. It's the author making me feel it's complicated because she makes her characters have a hard time figuring out what they are dealing with.
One word to describe this book: CONTRIVED.
Nor does it have to have a serial killer every time. But if serial killers are KR's specialty, that's fine. I would still buy her books. Just please believe that there is a way to write an exciting romantic thriller without making it so hard for me to follow....more