REVIEW OF ABRIDGED AUDIO: FEBRUARY 23, 2014: 2 STARS
I liked the book even more this time - 11 years since I last read it!
Why 2 stars, then? Because t...moreREVIEW OF ABRIDGED AUDIO: FEBRUARY 23, 2014: 2 STARS
I liked the book even more this time - 11 years since I last read it!
Why 2 stars, then? Because this is an abridged version and missing the secondary romance between McCord and Sam. McCord is the hotshot lead investigator assigned to the Logan murder case and Sam is the newbie cop who is put in his team.
I specifically picked this title for my oldies reread because I recall liking the secondary romance very much. If you've never read this book and are curious to try the audio, DON'T listen to the abridged version! The entire romantic subplot between Mack McCord is missing! Which makes me wonder why they left that one last bit where McCord tells Valente near the end of the book that he and Sam are getting married. Since there was nothing to even suggest they were attracted to each other, this bit of info comes out of left field. Unless you've read the book before, you'll be going backwards trying to find out what and how you missed these two cops having the hots for each other. I mean, really - Not. A. Single. Word throughout the audio and suddenly, just before the story is about to end, comes McCord's announcement.
This abridged version was narrated by Jan Maxwell and is 4 hours and 33 minutes long. Ms Maxwell's performance was good enough, though in parts I found it hard to differentiate who was speaking if the persons were all male.
The unabridged audio was narrated by Barbara Rosenblat and published by Recorded Books. That was 15 hours and 45 mins. I have searched everywhere I could but have not been able to buy a download. The only thing available are cassette tapes (!) and CDs, both costing over $123.75. I wrote to Audible, asking them to try and make it available. I know I'll just get the canned response but at least I made a request.
My opinion of the rest of the book remains, surprisingly unchanged except that I found the first few chapters excruciatingly slow this time but am less critical of Leigh taking up with Valente so quickly. I do still think she's the blandest heroine to ever make it to a romance, though, and can't buy into her romance with Valente because I can't, for the life of me, figure out what he sees in her. Despite all this, I still enjoyed the audio but will never listen to it again, now that I know there is an UNabridged version just waiting to be re-released.
---------------------------------------------------------------------- REVIEW OF PAPERBACK: DECEMBER 1, 2001: 4 STARS
I'm one of those who loved this book even though I thought it started to drag a little in the first few chapters. It was taking forever for Logan's body to be discovered and I didn't know whether this title was going to be a 'romantic' suspense (which is why I bought it) or I was going to end up feeling cheated because it was going to turn out like an Iris Johansen or Tami Hoag straight suspense (which is why I no longer read their books).
But once Sam Littleton (a secondary character) met Mack (her superior in the investigative team) I couldn't stop turning the pages! These two just stole the show from Leigh Kendall, who must be the blandest heroine to come from McNaught! Her romance with Valente was completely overshadowed by Sam and Mack's. I find her ability to switch her feelings to Valente so soon after her husband's murder rather improbable, especially since McNaught portrayed Leigh as being deeply in love with Logan. So I had this heroine, supposedly deep in love with her husband but falls for another man before the dead - cheating - husband's body is cold in the ground. Surely, Leigh would be at least cautious, cynical and too deeply hurt to be thinking of a new romance?
Having said that, STWOM is a McNaught I'm still thankful I read because I absolutely loved what she got going between Sam and Mack! They, and not Leigh and Valente, ought to be have been the main protagonists.(less)
REVIEW OF REREAD NOV 2012: Six years after I first read this, my star rating is still a 3-star meh. In fact, I couldn't even be bothered to get halfway...moreREVIEW OF REREAD NOV 2012: Six years after I first read this, my star rating is still a 3-star meh. In fact, I couldn't even be bothered to get halfway because this time round, it did sound like chick lit. This time I couldn't find anything to enjoy because there was nothing to attract me to either MC - the heroine was bland and so was the hero and six years after the book was released, the online dating plot device is so old that the only thing that could have saved the story was if the MCs were interesting.
RG has been a hit or miss with me since this book. More miss than hit, unfortunately so there won't be anymore attempts to reread any of the other titles.
1ST READING REVIEW FEB 2006: I thought Gibson wrote chick lit so I stayed away until the synopsis for this book caught my attention. It had a hint of mystery in it so I decided to live dangerously and bought it.
Not chick lit at all though it's hard for me to actually define what that is. It's one of those things that I know when I see it, know what I mean? Anyway, SL&OD turned out to be an enjoyable contemporary romance with a tiny bit of mystery to spice things up. (less)
REVIEW OF 3RD READING & AUDIOBOOK; JUNE 2013: Kaleo Griffith did great job but I was still as bored with this book as the first two times:(
The onl...moreREVIEW OF 3RD READING & AUDIOBOOK; JUNE 2013: Kaleo Griffith did great job but I was still as bored with this book as the first two times:(
The only thing's that changed in my conclusion is that I was unjust in my criticism of Reece Sheridan. He didn't come off sleazy under Kaleo's talent so it was obviously me at fault when I read the book earlier in '05 and '11.
I've bought several audiobooks by now, listened to a fair number but this is the first one that's made me fast forward and skip all the internal monologues about how one felt for/about the other and all the lusty thoughts. The romance and sex, what little there was, bored me so I skipped them to get to the suspense. Since my opinion on that (environmental disasters) is still a yawn, this first installment of the I-Team series was a decided miss.
I'm so glad I didn't give up on the series, though, because the rest of the books are very much better.
I find it hard to believe I finished this book back in 2005. I couldn't even through a quarter of it this second time around and had a difficult time trying not to roll my eyes or gag every time Kara or Reece spoke or thought about each other.
I'm finding it trite and '80s-Harlequinish' in that both Kara and Reece aren't even true to character. Kara's supposed to be this hotshot investigative journalist but on every other paragraph she's dithering over a date with a senator. Said senator, on the other hand, supposedly suave and sophisticated doesn't come across at all like that. Instead, despite his respectful approach towards Kara, I still feel the sleaze oozing out and I'm annoyed because it's not his fault. Reece isn't sleazy nor is Kara is small-town prude but the author has made them come off the pages as if they are.
I had to stop because both MCs were totally unappealing. Plus, environmental issues bore me. They are serious, life-and-death-my-planet's-future serious but it still bores me.
I was expecting two mature, highly professional characters, both passionate about their work but every page annoyed me with their constant mental lusting and ambivalence. Even with a boring topic like environmentalism, if the lead couple are hot together, they could be stuffing envelopes for all I care. In EE's case, both Kara and Reece are the sort of romance hero and heroines I'd outgrown too many years ago to count:(
EE put me off so much I'm giving the series a break and have moved on to reread James Buchnan's Taking the Odds trilogy, and the first book is burning up my reader. Whoot!
When I've gotten over how bad EE is, I'll venture back to reread Hard Evidence, which I saw I gave 4 stars to. I'd like to know what it was I found in Tessa Novak and Julian Darchangelo that I totally missed in Kara and Reece.
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOk 2014: TO COME ------------------------------------------------------------------------- REVIEW OF EBOOK; DECEMBER 2011: DNF
I...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOk 2014: TO COME ------------------------------------------------------------------------- REVIEW OF EBOOK; DECEMBER 2011: DNF
I didn't care for this one and didn't finish it. Two stars for what little I read of it. Unlike the first book of Mitchell & Associate, Tough Customer was unable to hook me from the start. Dodge was much less interesting here than in the first book and I never got far enough to figure out whether this is his and Caroline's story or their daughter's. Maybe both. (less)
I started this and was liking it but due to a personal situation I'm going through currently, I started skimming the sex scenes then stopped reading a...moreI started this and was liking it but due to a personal situation I'm going through currently, I started skimming the sex scenes then stopped reading altogether because I wasn't convinced that this novella was justified.
After a few days, I gave it another try, starting all over from the beginning. This time I read most of it (I still skipped some of the sex) and I did like it very much.
Hot sex aside, this novella does set the tone for Javier and Laura's reunion in the main book and I'd recommend not missing it if you intend to read Striking Distance. In the Author's Note, Ms Clare says it can be read before or after the main book. I read it before and I highly rec before rather after because in First Strike, you do get the sense that both Javier and Laura spent such a wonderful weekend together, that they both felt it was more than just sex but for whatever reason, chose to keep it a no-strings encounter.
When they both go their separate ways, I did feel the loss and that heightened the anticipation for Striking Distance to begin. This was a five-star start to the latest I-Team installment!
That said, I still think First Strike should have been made a part of Striking Distance. Not as a prologue but Part One, perhaps, and as a flashback rather have me buy two books.