I don't like 'Big Mis' romances and secret babies and this book was just too difficult for me to get through. I couldn't wait, literally, for Daisy toI don't like 'Big Mis' romances and secret babies and this book was just too difficult for me to get through. I couldn't wait, literally, for Daisy to tell Jack why she left 15 years ago, why she took off with his best friend, of all people, why neither of them told Jack a thing all through the fifteen years, yadda yadda......more
A little slow-moving after a promising start. Clare's and Sebastian's romance takes awhile to develop, perhaps too long for someone like me who's beenA little slow-moving after a promising start. Clare's and Sebastian's romance takes awhile to develop, perhaps too long for someone like me who's been reading a lot of erotic novellas lately! Still, it was a refreshing change to have a couple who takes the time to know each other, to deal with their issues before letting their genitals take the lead.
Lucy, one of Clare's author-friends, is the heroine of Sex, Lies and Online Dating. It's been some years since I read that but it was my first Rachel Gibson. Lucy and Quinn's book is better....more
I still prefer Truly, Madly Yours, though TC is a close second when it comes to Gibson's books. While I enjoyed her more recent ones likes Tangled UpI still prefer Truly, Madly Yours, though TC is a close second when it comes to Gibson's books. While I enjoyed her more recent ones likes Tangled Up in You, it lacked the emotion that those Gospel books had....more
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 halfwayREVIEW 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. ...more
This book opened the way for me in my own journey. Took me a couple of years but, utilizing Greek mythology, I was able to devise a therapy for myselfThis book opened the way for me in my own journey. Took me a couple of years but, utilizing Greek mythology, I was able to devise a therapy for myself and with my therapist, the road to wholeness was an exciting, even delightful, one despite the inevitable emotional potholes along the way....more
REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK & REREAD; JANUARY 2014 Narrator: Jennifer van Dyke
This did not work for me at all:(
The Narrator: van Dyke's voice for Chloe anREVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK & REREAD; JANUARY 2014 Narrator: Jennifer van Dyke
This did not work for me at all:(
The Narrator: van Dyke's voice for Chloe and the narrative portions was alright but - and it's a huge 'but'...I was pulled out of the story because it struck me I was getting agitated and breathless listening to the audiobook. I knew it was connected to the book but the story wasn't suspenseful or that exciting so I listened carefully and realized it was the narrator. Her breathing could be heard at intervals, audible enough so that her narrating comes off as if she's been jogging. It's not that loud, unlike the awful wheezing of Roy Wells who did the Victor Banis book, but it's throughout the book and made for very uncomfortable listening.
That, however, is nowhere as dreadful as the voice van Dyke gave Bastien. He sounded truly ghastly - all nasal and cartoonish with a French-accented English that made him sound more like Pepe Le Pew on a bad day. If there were a contest for worse audio characters, van Dyke's Bastien would win hands-down, IMO.
The Book: After five chapters, I remembered one of the reasons why this book didn't work the first time I read it - the dialogue was like something out of a British Mills & Boon romance, complete with virginalvirgin-like heroine and arrogant full-of-myself hero. I actually don't mind those type of characters so what made this book horrible for me was that it all came across very dated, the dialogue being the main culprit. Read the way it was, every word Bastien uttered made me cringe because he sounded not only theatrical and eye-rolling lame, van Dyke seemed to do her best to make him sleazy. One reviewer said the narrator made Bastien sound like a bad Dracula! LOL!
So it was a double-barreled thumbs-down for me: terribly dated dialogue and ghastly narrator. I'm going to have to return this. The rest of the book are narrated by a different people. Haven't decided if I want to try another AS, though.
---------------------------------------------------------------------- REVIEW OF BOOK; JULY 2005 I have never read this author before and I'm still trying to figure out how Black Ice got such rave reviews. Some unrealistic scenarios are to be expected in this genre but Black Ice is so implausible that it prevented me from enjoying any part of it.
Stuart makes Chloe Underwood sound more like a heroine from an early Mills & Boons novels. Think virgin schoolmarm on her first trip abroad and totally clueless about everything. Everything about her is inconsistent and I couldn't help but wonder if Ms Stuart bothered with Chloe's character at all.
Chloe is from a rich, over-achieving family and is multi-lingual. Yet Ms Stuart's portrayal makes her naive and stupid. Nothing wrong with the heroine not wanting to follow the footsteps of her family and become a doctor; nothing wrong with her choosing to work in a publishing company. But I found everything wrong with the author making her heroine bored silly with her career and not doing anything but mope about it.
As for Bastien, his only redeeming quality was in knocking Chloe out to keep the twit from making too much noise and alerting the villains. The romance never develops. Bastien is too busy trying to figure out if Chole is out to kill him and when he realises she is too stupid to be an assassin he is too busy trying to get her back home to the U.S.
As for the oh-so-dangerous villains, why would this group of powerful, dangerous and wealthy arms dealers hire an outsider to translate their discussions for them? Isn't it more plausible that they would have their own resident translator, someone who's part of the group or works for them? Instead they bring in a stranger then worry about whether she's a spy or an assassin!
There is absolutely no chemistry between Bastien and Chloe whatsoever. But how could there be when Chloe spends most of the time in a state of shock? If there's supposed to be sexual chemistry, I didn't see it much less feel it.
I've read books given glowing reviews and agreed with them mostly but this was one of the few I'm scratching my head over. Which is a pity because it had all the right ingredients for an erotic suspense - dangerous situation, dangerous group, dark hero, multilingual heroine with full breasts, romantic setting. But it turned out like one of my pathetic attempts at baking - all the right ingredients but the result is something even my dog wouldn't eat....more
I had given this trilogy 4 stars but that was based on my hazy memory of the books when I read them more than a decade ago.
I finished my reread last nI had given this trilogy 4 stars but that was based on my hazy memory of the books when I read them more than a decade ago.
I finished my reread last night and am giving it 3 stars. Not because it's an okay read but because I finished it. Maybe if this were an MM romance, I might have given it 4 stars, 3 1/2 at least. But I'm much more demanding of my MF romances.
I don't have any issues with Lucky. He is what he is - a womaniser, nice-guy, suffers from 'white-knight syndrome', as the heroine snidely puts it. I do have issues with Devon, however. Man, does that woman know how to carry on. I already hate stories with virgins who do that morning-after blues and groaned when I realized this was one of them. Sure, Devon had a very good reason for her post-coitus attitude - she's married - but it still made for very annoying reading. She remained unlikeable right to the very end of this very weak offering from Sandra Brown who, back in those days, was an autobuy.
I was planning to read the trilogy but this first book has changed my mind because, apart from having to encounter Devon in the next two books, 1) I don't like the idea of Marcie taking Tanya's place so soon after her I just read about her death; 2) Sage is irritating in the worst pain-in-the-ass way.
If I hadn't had the chance to meet Chase's wife, Tanya, and known how much in love she and Chase were with each other, I could have read it. As it is, even though Chase and Marcie's story takes place two years after Tanya's death, it's been only a few minutes for me. I assume when I first read Chase's book, it was a year after Lucky was published - enough time for this reader to let Tanya go but now, 20 years later on this intended back-to-back read, Not Possible.
As for Sage, she made me run back to MM so I'm now enjoying Mia Watt's Handcuffs & Lace series which I've been meaning to read for ages....more
REVIEW OF AUDIO & KINDLE: MARCH 28, 2014 Narrator: Tom Stechschulte
Probably my favorite Nora Roberts, for now. NR, like Linda Howard, is a hit-or-mREVIEW OF AUDIO & KINDLE: MARCH 28, 2014 Narrator: Tom Stechschulte
Probably my favorite Nora Roberts, for now. NR, like Linda Howard, is a hit-or-miss with me, unlike Sandra Brown, whose books I usually do well with.
The Narrator: Stechschulte, or Tom (easier to spell!) is every bit the seasoned and excellent narrator he is. I'd heard him once on a Christine Feehan Ghostwalkers series which he also narrates but Carnal Innocence shows off his skills a lot more. Tom's Tucker Longstreet brings across the man's Southern charm very effectively and while the rest of the male cast are also southern-accented, I had no difficulty differentiating him from Dwayne, his brother, or Burke, the sheriff.
Tom's female voices were especially good - sounding like husky, warm-voiced women, lending a sexiness that I might not even, otherwise, feel about the heroine. I enjoyed Tom's performance here so much that I just might start listening to the rest of the Ghostwalkers even though I'm not a super-soldier-paranormal fan.
The Story: I did not realize I'd read this book (would have been in the early 90s when NR was an auto-buy) until I reached the part where Billy T and friends were about to lynch Toby March, and then I remembered who the murderer was. It still didn't diminish my enjoyment and when I finished, I was wondering if there are anymore old, classic Roberts like this one. I've read quite a few but I don't recall liking any as much as CI. And I'm talking about her books written in the early to mid 90s. She was still an auto-buy, despite being in my 'B' list, because there were only a handful of contemporary romantic suspense writers at the time - Howard, Krentz, Brown, and Lowell, who dropped off my radar a long time ago, as did Krentz.
Tucker is easily the star of this book and while I never did warm up to Caroline, I thought she gave Tucker back as good as he dished out. I like them enough as a couple to wish there was a second book where I could revisit them and see how they're doing a few years down the line. I can so easily picture Tucker's enjoyment of the various places he'd visit as he accompanies Caroline on her world tour. I know Tucker would make a hilarious tourist whose audio blog (if there was such a thing) I would follow!
Overall, I found this NR a very satisfying balance of romance and murder mystery suspense, even if I am currently surfeit with serial killers....more