You would think that by book 10 of a series, that there wouldn't be that much to write about considering the location is the same.
This is a revi...moreYou would think that by book 10 of a series, that there wouldn't be that much to write about considering the location is the same.
This is a revitalization of Lucky Harbor and I am so happy about it ;D
I really liked Becca, in fact, minus her tragedy, I could possibly be here. Oh, and I don't play instruments. Or have a tendency to Peep, but you know what I mean; she is just so relatable! She's strong, witty, not afraid to help others and her vulnerabilities are actually appealing and not pathetic or pat.
While she's approachable, she's also got some walls that she's built. She's had to take care of everyone but herself for nearly her whole life. It throws her balance off when no one is around to take care of her when she really needed it.
It makes sense that Sexy Grumpy Surfer, aka Sam, would be bother wary and terribly attracted to her. He's a man who has been abandoned but still expected to take care of the man who couldn't care for him. He's never believed in the words "I Love You" and is more of the demonstrative type. But sometimes, people need to hear it.
The journey of opening up, building a better self and letting go of the past is an interesting ride to take with these characters and it's also entertaining.
I've never wanted to try Ranch flavored popcorn before BTW.
This sets up a great new trilogy and I can't wait to read about Tanner and Cole (Cole is next).
Cute, light and sweet. Could've used a bit more depth but still a great beach read.
Though I liked Hayley, her worrying made me anxious. It seems li...more3.7
Cute, light and sweet. Could've used a bit more depth but still a great beach read.
Though I liked Hayley, her worrying made me anxious. It seems like she has some undiagnosed anxiety issues. Also, while I really like her character I think that she may have forgiven Finn a bit too quick in terms of her character.
As for Finn, I understand why he did what he did (professionally at least) but I think maybe he should've hinted at something a lot sooner (other than that vague warning at the beginning). Other than that, he was a nice pairing with Hayley. The ganache to her yellow cake. I do wish there had been a bit more development with him especial in terms of exploring his relationship with Tommy.
All in all, if this were a cake it would be a light vanilla cake with a buttercream frosting with caramel drizzle.(less)
There was a lot of dialogue and short sentences but very little real exposition. No one likes a bunch of expository paragraphs but in this case, it...moreMeh
There was a lot of dialogue and short sentences but very little real exposition. No one likes a bunch of expository paragraphs but in this case, it would have helped. Petra wasn't as developed as she could've been. Maybe if she had, I wouldn't have raised a brow at some of her decisions and reactions.
Perhaps then I wouldn't have wondered just what the hell was going on with her and Galen so damn quickly (view spoiler)[ getting head after knowing the man for a few hours makes me go "what?" (hide spoiler)].
I don't mind insta-lust, if it's done right. I can handle insta-love if it's handled right too. I will say with this book, the insta-lust was handled correctly to a point.
Galen was too perfect by far. I know he's a demi-god but come on, give him some damn flaws. I love imperfect characters and it seemed that Petra had all the issues while Galen had none. Very unbalanced and made me want to slap Petra upside the head at times.
I have to admit that I really liked Shirley and Kosta and (view spoiler)[ am rooting for a sub-plot romance with these two (hide spoiler)]. Rodger seemed whiny and annoying at times and Marius was a bit of a bitch. Until all of sudden he does a 180 toward the end of the book (ex. of Galen being perfect).
Even with all of its flaws,there is something about this book that kept me reading. Even when I was like "Are you fucking with me?". Don't kid yourself though, this is a beach read. There are things that going to annoy you and make you wish that there had been a better content editor but you'll still read it. Because you sort of want to know what happens. I mean, the war itself seems a bit stupid and the idea of a prophecy that (view spoiler)[ actually seems to have less to do with Petra than originally thought (hide spoiler)] is a bit "eh" and all of this could've been done better. But! It's an interesting premise with forward and fast paced dialogue and action. You'll be halfway through the book before you know it.
I love M*A*S*H. I used to hate the reruns when I was a little kid but as I got older I began to appreciate it. It doesn't hurt that my maternal grandpa is cousins with Alan Alda. So I have a sentimental reason to love that show.
Fox did a great job bringing the elements of the show that made it funny, endearing and poignant into the book. There is a feeling of paying homage, not blatant ripping off, so kudos to Fox.
This is a beach read. It's fun and flawed. Take that advice for what it is and don't go in expecting Pynchon.
I ask myself over and over and over why I read this series. It's not that great, the characters aren't built up properly and the main character seems...moreI ask myself over and over and over why I read this series. It's not that great, the characters aren't built up properly and the main character seems to be the town and not the mains. The sex scenes are flash forwarded and washed over (and sometimes a bit boring) and there is always some cockamamie mystery that gets solved in about five seconds.
But damnit there is something about the relationships and the inter-personal connections these folks have that keep sucking me in. These are perfect beach reads or perfect Autumn reads when you don't want to think too much and you just want a HEA without question.
Like I said in my first review, don't expect too much and you're golden.(less)
I didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous one. I found Etta to be too prickly, without enough a reason to be. She was supposed to be tough but I...moreI didn't enjoy this one as much as the previous one. I found Etta to be too prickly, without enough a reason to be. She was supposed to be tough but I just found her a little bitchy.
Some of the third string characters were stock but the best characters in the bunch were Donny Joe, Beulah and Daphne. I have to admit that I thought Donny Joe could've done better than Etta.
While I admit that there were certain parts of this book that could've been fleshed out more (view spoiler)[ Emma/Trixie's desire to change her nam...more3.6
While I admit that there were certain parts of this book that could've been fleshed out more (view spoiler)[ Emma/Trixie's desire to change her name, the actual dating of Sam and Emma (hide spoiler)], this was still a book that made me sigh with happiness when I closed the book.
Emma has had a crappy life, abandoned by a selfish unfit mother to a man who can't love her as a father should, she has one true friend - Sam Cheek. The kind of boy that all of us would love to have had had as a friend and the boy that most of us would have fallen in love with. Kind, steady and with an unflagging belief in Emma, it makes sense that they fall in love at the age of 14. But as childhood often is, adult decisions separate them until 12 years later when Emma is down and out and Sam is a widowed father of a mute boy.
They meet and it's pretty steamy, the tension between them, I just wish there had been more conversation about Emma's reluctance. It seems that while Emma can 'rattle' Sam's cage, Sam doesn't really shake her out of her belief that she is unworthy of love and family. Granted, Sam is a kind, patient and calm kind of guy (He's a small-town vet) and Emma is an exuberant struggling actress so it makes sense if I think about their personalities. However, Sam changed his personality a bit and I still would've liked to see it. Maybe a bit more talking and a little less banging (although, it was pretty hot).
I could've used more Charlie too. He really could've been a vehicle for Emma to face her own issues.
I felt the ending was a bit rushed and this is going to sound odd (view spoiler)[ but after they had sex, I feel like Sam sort of became a one dimensional character. Maybe it's because their dating wasn't completely fleshed out and it was all about their sexy times, but I felt like I lost Sam and then he became flat, which sucks because he was a pretty good hero. I think if the last third of the book had been fleshed out and the characters not made into passive footnotes in what must have been a mad rush to the deadline, then I could've given this book a proper four (hide spoiler)]. Despite my reservations about the ending, it was still worth the read. A great beach read actually.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
It had it's moments but between the spelling errors and the too detailed shopping scenes, this book was not as good as it could have been. The writer...moreIt had it's moments but between the spelling errors and the too detailed shopping scenes, this book was not as good as it could have been. The writer has talent but the plot reminded me of a goofy Lifetime movie complete with ad placement and a predictable plot. It also didn't need to be part one of a series.(less)
Cute but I could've used a bit more chat yet development and a bit more "getting to know you time". With someone like Josh, I definitely expected at l...moreCute but I could've used a bit more chat yet development and a bit more "getting to know you time". With someone like Josh, I definitely expected at least one real date or even a conversation (they had the obligatory "I've been hurt" talk).
Still, I felt the attraction between this couple and I really enjoyed the Scott's.
It was a pretty clean copy for an ARC so the problem isn't with the grammar or the type setting. My issue was that there were a lot of...moreThis was an ARC
It was a pretty clean copy for an ARC so the problem isn't with the grammar or the type setting. My issue was that there were a lot of things glossed over. Important things. It made the story, while interesting, seem very rushed.
I wanted to know more about Neal and Thea's friendship, more about how they fell in love, more interactions between them other than the house party. I didn't feel an attraction between them until that house party so it seemed very ... stilted to have them suddenly...well, I'll let you read it for yourself.
Also, how Thea suddenly went from Scully to Mulder in her belief about the curse. I like her spirit but she did play the typical heroine in distress at one point and it just seemed out of character. I get that love makes you do stupid things but it still seems out of her character.
Will I read the next one? Probably. It's a good premise even if the execution wasn't all that spectacular.(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.
This is the perfect book to read on the beach or by the pool because there is little to no thought required with this book.
Everything is spelled out a...moreThis is the perfect book to read on the beach or by the pool because there is little to no thought required with this book.
Everything is spelled out and ordered and there are very little surprises.
That doesn't mean this is a bad thing. Sometimes you just want a fluffy fiction book.
This book suffered from a few things, lack of a built up backstory, little tension between the leads, too many switches of POV to Hal, not enough Steffie and Beck, old-fashioned dialogue (what thirty something says "Oh you!") and an indecisive genre (is it romance? is it mystery? is it romantic-thriller?).
Vanessa, the main character, has had a bit of a rough past. Two abusive marriages and a shitty mother (think of the mother in Hitchock's Marnie only less physically abusive and not a prostitute) she is in St. Dennis, Maryland after finding her half-brother and his father and creating a second family with them. She has her own store, her own home and a variety of friends. Most importantly, she is her own woman now and she has her family to support her.
Good for her.
Except she's a bit boring.
Grady, the male lead, had the potential to be pretty damn awesome but he ended up just being a stock grieving-widow-with-deep-familial betrayal-and-less-than-perfect-marriage-that-turns-the-wife-into-a-bad wife-so-it's-ok-to-sleep-with-and-have-a-new-relationship-with-someone else. And all without enough backstory for me to care about whether his wife was truly nuts or not.
About halfway through the book, all the little tiny instances (that would have had me connecting the dots and telling my police family) that make you go hmm, explode and the book becomes a mystery (?). The romance is rushed and the sex scenes were pretty clean and boring and the mystery (?) was easily solveable because there wasn't really a mysterious villain.
I know it sounds like I might be shitting on this book but I'm not. I plan on reading the rest in the series.
Just don't expect too much from it and you're good.(less)
This book actually surprised me. I've had this on my shelf for the past year (maybe?) and finally took it out because I was in a Cozy Mystery mood.
Gla...moreThis book actually surprised me. I've had this on my shelf for the past year (maybe?) and finally took it out because I was in a Cozy Mystery mood.
Glad I bought it on a whim (or drunken expenditure, who knows) and even happier that I read it.
It's a fairly quick read and the pacing is fast enough that you don't realize that you're seventy pages in. Also the book does not get bogged down with tips and tricks even though it's a cozy. I liked that, it allowed the reader to stay focused on the characters and the mystery.
When it came to describing the characters it wasn't exactly done with enough description that I truly got any idea of what people looked like. I know Kate is a red-head and Derek is sort of blonde (and sexy) but do they have any other interesting attributes other than blanket statements? And the main character, what does she look like really? Does she really look like Tinkerbell? Also, I'm unclear if she has curly or wavy or just plain frizzy hair. If that's the case why the hell is she brushing her hair upside down until it crackles? As a mixed-race person with curly hair that can be unmanageable on my worst days and annoying on the best, hearing that made me cringe. All I imagined was some weird 70's hippie hair that was neither cute or sexy.
Also, knee injuries tend to take longer to heal.
Other than that, it was who-dunnit that I didn't see coming. There was a decent amount of suspects in the stew with just enough suspicion cast on all of them. The tension between Derek and Avery was just right and I was rooting for Avery the whole time. So, if you can root for your heroine, you know you're on the right track.
Anyway, while the writing could be spiced up just a bit, it was still an enjoyable book with a cast of characters I will be visiting again.
I will say that this book made me want to learn how to do a mosaic.(less)