Read this in the previous century but still remember the chemistry between Adam and Maggie as it built up slowly over the previous installments to exp...moreRead this in the previous century but still remember the chemistry between Adam and Maggie as it built up slowly over the previous installments to explode here in their book. Whew...fanning myself still...and back then there were no "cocks" and fingers being inserted in quivering assholes.
Um, sorry...different genre that last bit. Different genders, in fact. I'd like to do a reread of the Codename:Danger books but they are terribly uneven. Some are good but many are mediocre and a few just plain bad. Lots of these paperbacks somewhere and Lovelace is one of the few category romantic suspense authors I bought even as I followed her into her single titles.(less)
REVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; AUGUST 9, 2013: ONE STAR! Narrator: Dick Hill
Narrator Review: Not Hill's best. He was very good in Breath of Scandal (1991...moreREVIEW OF AUDIO & EBOOK; AUGUST 9, 2013: ONE STAR! Narrator: Dick Hill
Narrator Review: Not Hill's best. He was very good in Breath of Scandal (1991), the two audiobooks being released in 2008. Perhaps the Southern accent - it came across rather twangy and nasal for all the men here - was just too much for me.
Book Review: Horrible, horrible. I was leery of this because the idea of 3 men all desiring the same woman then said woman's daughter desiring one of those men just didn't sit well in my gut. Throughout most of the book, I had a sick feeling and much as I tried, I couldn't be comfortable with it. This is one of the reasons I don't like romances from the 80s. They have weird shit like that.
However, worse than the incestuous feeling I got from Alex's desire for Reede was Alex's character. She's one of the most unlikeable characters I've had the misfortune to encounter. I felt exactly the same way about her as another reviewer,Blood Rose Books. Alex's obsession with finding her mother's killer turned her into a self-serving, shortsighted, pathological screw-up of a woman! Why authors would even think to have someone like that be the heroine of a romance beats me. I love SB's books but this one was downright nasty.
At first, I thought the reviews mentioning the 3 men's feelings towards Celina (Alex's mother) were inaccurate and misleading, and I was pleased that I did not let those reviews stop me from reading the book. Having finished it, I wish I had believed those reviewers! I was feeling rather relieved - until the last lap of the book - to find out that neither Junior nor Reede had slept with Celina and that Angus, Junior's Dad, regarded Alex like a daughter, his son's childhood friend. So while I hated Alex, at least the noises about incestuous overtones were exaggerated. Umm...don't want to spoilerize so let's just say those reviewers do have some grounds for complaint.
Why did I finish the book, then? Because , it is Sandra Brown and she's able to make me continue reading, even if I'm gagging all the way to the last page. I did want to know who the killer was and was willing to suffer Alex's nasty personality as well as the rather unappealing Reede. Honestly, I don't get how Alex could be panting after Reede, knowing full well he was in love with her mother and she, with him. Reede was no different but then he's a man and I guess back in them bad ol' 80s, they could be excused for anything just because they had a pair of danglies between their legs.
I have more old SB's that I've not read but I'll have to check the reviews carefully - and heed their warnings this time!
PS: I'm curious as to what SB's view of this book would be if she were asked in an interview today.(less)
This was a 5-star read back in '93 but I tried rereading it a couple of years ago and it was a DNF, unlike Sandra Brown's, whose backlist I'm thorough...moreThis was a 5-star read back in '93 but I tried rereading it a couple of years ago and it was a DNF, unlike Sandra Brown's, whose backlist I'm thoroughly enjoying.(less)