The plot was obscured by the relationship for most of the book which wouldn't have been bad if the book had been a pure romance. As it stands, I wa...more3.8
The plot was obscured by the relationship for most of the book which wouldn't have been bad if the book had been a pure romance. As it stands, I was into the plot and the time period but I felt like the potential to have this be awesome was there but not explored.
I love Jenn Bennett, love the Arcadia series and look for more from her all the time. While I enjoyed this book, and the steamy sexy scenes, I felt like this book was struggling between being a historical romance and a historical mystery with romance. It had tons of potential, and ruined to serve into the lane it was meant to be in, buy it kept swerving.
The plot went in and out and only kicked in toward the end of the book.
Also, Aida, the famous freckled lady (or so it seems), had moments of completed idiocy. She talked a big game about being tough and capable but went flying off the handle at the merest hint of confusion.
Not to mention that Winter had a hard on a lot throughout the book. At times I thought it should be renamed Winter's Erection.
However. I still enjoyed the book. Despite my complaints, despite what should have happened, I ended up enjoying this. I just hope that the next book figures out what genre it wants to be in.(less)
I missed something because this book doesn't deserve a close to 4 rating
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First off the...moreI missed something because this book doesn't deserve a close to 4 rating
This review has gifs and language not suitable for church ladies.
First off the bat there's a lot of victim blaming on the part of the Duke, who is a right jerk, so it's pretty funny (in that not funny way at all) that Fallon and Dom end up together.
Fallon, who is actually not all that pretty (according to herself, which I can't tell if that's her being self-deprecating or she really isn't)is constantly getting fired due to two things; her jerky bosses who tend to try and sleep with her when she doesn't want to and her inability to keep her opinions to herself. These are two separate issues and only one is in her control.
There are a few occasions where the consequences of your actions, in which you would be a victim, are your fault and could've been avoided. DUI? Your fault. Getting into a fight? Your fault. Getting hurt while crossing a railway track knowing full well the train is coming but you're not looking to commit suicide, you just want the thrill of crossing? Your fault.
Being sexually harassed? NEVER YOUR FAULT.
So, having Dominic make snide remarks, even while angry or tormented or whatever he's supposed to be, about how Fallon is constantly putting herself in a position to be taken advantage of makes me want to punch him in the balls. Since he loves using them so much, I feel this would be a suitable punishment.
That's not sweet, romantic or cute, blaming your intended victim lover for being the victim of a crime.
Stick to porking whores, you insensitive damaged clod.
Also, Dominic, for all that he's tortured is a one sided character. You get no real depth as to what happened to him as a child other than a few comments about Mrs. Pearce and his Grandfather and then you are in the passenger seat of his demise. Oh goodie. A lout, a libertine and a rake and I don't have any reasons for it. If he was a secondary character then sure, this makes sense. I don't need that much background but even Hunt had a better backstory and developed sense than Dominic!
Fallon was no better with her pity party of one. Oh, my Da died. Oh, I can't get over it. Oh, I can't manage to stay away from the Duke. Oh, blah blah blah blah blah blah
Her senses of grief and anger was stymied by her stubbornness and pride and for that I lost the little respect I had for her. It also didn't help that her emotions regarding this bit of her past were vague and almost paltry. I just didn't get the connection that she claimed to have with her father. Why? Because it took such a backseat to everything else. Her indecision, her insecurities, her ruses, and her general lack of common sense trumped anything and everything else that would made her a better character.
Her friends seemed to be the only solid and interesting thing about this book and they simply didn't get enough screen time.
Fallon's reaction to Dominic was spot on the first time she met him. She isn't a woman that needs saving and at first it's her backbone and determination that makes her stand out and stand up. She seems awesome when we first meet her. She is not impressed with Dom until about three seconds after meeting him. He's immediately stricken with lust and in order to tease her, takes the breast of one of his whores and teases the living daylights out of Fallon.
Is this hot? No.
Is this skeezy as all hell? Yes.
I would've jumped and rolled from that carriage as fast as possible despite how "beautiful" the Duke is.
I don't get the relationship between the main characters. Forget social status, because I've read enough historical romances to know it can be done when it's done right. In this case, I .... don't know if it worked or didn't. I was too busy wondering why Fallon kept coming back to a man whose overtures were borderline rapey. (view spoiler)[ her first time. Let's take that as an example. I don't know about you but the idea of being cornered in a kitchen, given very little opportunity to get away, and fucked roughly on a kitchen table isn't the ideal first time. I mean, to each his own I suppose but in the case of Fallon, I just didn't see it. This is more of a second time. (hide spoiler)]
Also, Fallon's not knowing what she was about was enough to make me scream. You hate the Duke, you love the Duke, you're scared of him, you want to be devoured by him.
Pick an emotion and a path and stick to it Fallon because by the second time it's old and tired. Dominic is not exactly a catch. With his lifestyle I wouldn't be shocked if he had syphilis. And that's another thing! If you're going to start screwing a man who has such an adventurous, and recent, past, you're an idiot if you think you're not gonna catch something. I mean, there isn't exactly a cream for whatever you're going to get and as a 'prim' woman, you'd think Fallon would've thought of that. If not the clap Fallon, at least think about the possible pregnancies!
But apparently Fallon's philosophy is simply:
There were just so many times that this book could've worked and simply didn't.
Didn't particularly love this one like I have the others.
Nola was difficult to get a bead on and was also pretty ineffectual as both a leader and a c...moreDidn't particularly love this one like I have the others.
Nola was difficult to get a bead on and was also pretty ineffectual as both a leader and a clue gatherer/mystery solver. Things and objects either fell in her lap through the work of Jane and Co. (Yep, Jane and crew are a big part of this story and others from the series are either referenced or have a bit part - which is weird considering they are part of this series) or through no real work of her own.
Jed and Nola have chemistry but it wasn't singe my eyebrows off chemistry, in face I felt like I was told they had chemistry as opposed to actually feeling it.
I more or less saw most of the twists (not the BIG one but most) and still couldn't really dredge up much of an interest in the search or the result. It's all because of Nola though. Not the writing. Harper has her trademark sarcasm and humor with her little Easter eggs (there's a Princess Bride reference for ex) but there was something about this heroine that I didn't fully warm up to.
I will say this is a decent introduction to Jane's series if you haven't read her yet but there are tons of spoilers. So, if you plan to read the Nice Girls series and haven't done so yet; hold off on this installment in the Hollow series and start on Jane.
*** If you read the "Sublet" novella: Nola's story should have been a short story while Tess' story should have been the full length.(less)
I don't quite know what I just read. There was a lot of information and life events thrown into one book with very little time lapse.
I just...and then there was a supernatural element. I...don't know.
Plus, I could never understand what seemed like personality changes/disorders that were either brought in at the eleventh hour or glossed over for the sake of furthering the relationship. I mean when we meet Rand, he's throwing things out of a window and calling his nurse a bitch. Sylvan is tough and sassy and then....it's like her soul got sucked out.
I really wanted to like this and Dodd isn't a horrible writer so I don't know what happened to this one.(less)
I had been super excited to read this but this is a bit slow. It begins about halfway through Audrey's story so not only are we left hanging about Jac...moreI had been super excited to read this but this is a bit slow. It begins about halfway through Audrey's story so not only are we left hanging about Jace's condition until about 67% into the story.
It wasn't bad but it could have been so much better. I didn't need the beginning of their relationship but how it was at the end of the previous book.
Also I felt like Leah and Gage weren't as fleshed out as they could've been.
Not bad but unfortunately not my favorite (as I hoped it would).(less)
I did not expect this book to be so good. I really didn't. The first couple of pages were sort of 'meh' but once you get past it you are on a roll...moreWow.
I did not expect this book to be so good. I really didn't. The first couple of pages were sort of 'meh' but once you get past it you are on a rollercoaster of humor, romance and some steamy smexy times.
I can completely relate to Haley, the outwardly introverted pushover with a passion for video games, the Yanks, beer and baking. I may not be such a complete pushover as she is but I've had many an awkward situation in which I've merely shaken my head yes even if I knew someone was taking advantage. I've also had the 'fists of fury' moments. So, Haley, being slightly geeky, adorable and a pushover finally snaps when her neighbor from hell, Jason (the good-looking playboy with a penchant for late night parties and property destruction) starts ripping up her prized tulips. She goes from quiet to straight up Xena.
Due to tulips, bees and a Yankee game, the two start to bond and become friends. Which is something neither one of them would have thought could ever have happened if you had asked them a week ago.
Haley discovers Jason's weird obsession with food - especially her chocolate peanut butter brownies - and his bottomless pit of a stomach. Oh and his ability to do whatever the hell he wants and not care about the consequences. Jason sees that being friends with a girl, especially one as smart and funny and just plain cool as Haley isn't a bad thing.
They both grow because of their friendship, each finding qualities within themselves that they never nurtured or knew that they had.
With the constant spending time together (at work and at home), they begin to become dependant on each other, not in a weird cokehead dependant relationship, but it seems their minds and bodies know that they want each other (when I say they are a great complement to each other, I mean it) it's just their hearts are a little reticent to recognize what it is that it needs.
There were a few things that bugged me about this story. Some parts jumped ahead too quickly leaving me a bit confused for a second as there was no real indicator how long time had passed. Also, most likely due to the fact that this is a shorter story, certain things felt a little pushed (not forced but like someone took the plot and gave it a nudge in the small of its back. It then stumbled but then quickly uprighted itself) and the constant re-use of words in a short length of time threw me off.
The writing was a bit clunky at times, word choice and usage could have been better, and span of time could have been delineated clearer. However, the story itself makes up for all of it. The characters are delightful (although Jason baffles me with his use of the word 'woman' constantly) the relationship feels real and the smexy scenes are downright steamy.
Seriously the best book of 2012 thus far. There were a few bumps and a couple of purple prose incidents but all in all, you would be an idiot to skip...moreSeriously the best book of 2012 thus far. There were a few bumps and a couple of purple prose incidents but all in all, you would be an idiot to skip out on this book.
Strong allusions to Psyche & Cupid, which I found more prevalent than Beauty & the Beast (view spoiler)[ especially the scene when Miranda lights up the room and corners him and he cowers in fear and shame. Very Psyche & Cupid minus the whole being punished for looking upon your husband (hide spoiler)] with its own touch of mystery, sensuality and presence.
It almost gets a five but there were parts of the story where the scenes were being choked by purple prose and could have been edited down. All in all, great story, strong hero and heroine (who are emotional but not fragile)and a HEA that is well deserved. I look forward to the next book, I'm just sad that Miri and Archer are not the mains.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I really wish that I liked this book as much as some of my buddies but for some reason Penelope aka The Grape (from annoyed me. I didn't like her...more2.9
I really wish that I liked this book as much as some of my buddies but for some reason Penelope aka The Grape (from annoyed me. I didn't like her in the previous book and I found her passivity and acceptance of said passivity to bug me.
Plus, not having grown any sort of backbone or thick skin surrounding the ton's gossiping about her and her broken engagement and then her marriage to Michael, I wanted to shake the crap out of Penelope more often than not.
When she finally grew a backbone, I warmed up and enjoyed her immensely. Even though there were certain things that just didn't make sense with her sudden change of heart. But, that's why the book is rated the way it is. Because the second half of the book really played up the new Penelope and the chastened Michael.
I have to admit, I liked Michael. When done right, flawed, cold and slightly dangerous men are sexy as hell. MacLean knows what she's doing. It doesn't hurt that he does have a heart lurking behind his revenge. And you know what? It (view spoiler)[ it served him right to not have Penelope believe him when he confessed his love. That's what you get for jerking people around (hide spoiler)]
What I didn't like was Penelope's basically loving him on first sight (though we learn later that this isn't the case) and willing to give up everything to be with him. Meh. I didn't like this pining trembling aspect of her character nor her 'woe is me'.
I also didn't like the sudden "Michael becomes a poet" when he starts spouting all the reasons he loves Penelope. It seemed a bit out of character. I really did like him though. More so than Penelope.
I also enjoyed The Scoundrels that run the Fallen Angel. A veritable motley crew of disgraced nobles they are.
I'm very much looking forward to Pippa's book. Which, to be honest, is the only reason why I read this one.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
The puns killed it for me. Absolutely murdered this book. I could give you examples but I don't have too, the book is littered with them. It's enough...moreThe puns killed it for me. Absolutely murdered this book. I could give you examples but I don't have too, the book is littered with them. It's enough to drive a person to distraction.
Plot wise, the mystery was interesting until the poor wrap up and thin motive.
With the h/h I felt they were stock characters who could've been easily replaced by another set of characters. Honestly, Cameron was the only character that had any spark.
I didn't find it all together that sexy because I didn't really care about the characters. Alexa bordered the gamut of being annoying and TSTL and brave. While Connor was either a brooding jerk or an Alpha asshole.