Oh what a good installment in the Bridgerton's series.
Here you have Penelope who throughout the books has been quiet, mousy and not someone I even mu...moreOh what a good installment in the Bridgerton's series.
Here you have Penelope who throughout the books has been quiet, mousy and not someone I even mustered up excitement for to read. Then Colin, who is my favorite Bridgerton (who is actually losing that spot to Hyacinth) is even better in this book. Just....wow.
Two people who didn't follow the same tired cliche's in this story about falling in love with your best friend's brother.
The dialogue was perhaps my absolute favorite of this whole book and it's pretty up there in terms of historical fictions that I've read before.
Brava Ms. Quinn, you made me smile and giggle and I was surprised and happy with how it all turned out. It felt very real. Both parties realized that they were acting in weird ways (one instance in which Colin and Penelope argue, but both aren't wrong really and Colin says that he knows he doesn't have anything to apologize for but that he should because somehow that word will make some of the tension disappear. Luckily for us, Penelope feels the same way thus saving the readers from a decidedly milquetoast characteristic of the hero).
Also, as a writer myself, I understood the jealousies and the frustrations and the fear of rejection....that was a bonus to the story, making it shine just a bit brighter for me.(less)
For the final volume this could have been better and maybe a bit longer. What happened in those ten years? How'd they end up in Japan? What happened b...moreFor the final volume this could have been better and maybe a bit longer. What happened in those ten years? How'd they end up in Japan? What happened between Narumi and Ochiai?(less)
Despite having a bit of what I like to call the "Usagi" syndrome (see Sailor Moon) , Haine is a likeable character that you can't help but root for. N...moreDespite having a bit of what I like to call the "Usagi" syndrome (see Sailor Moon) , Haine is a likeable character that you can't help but root for. Now that there us some mystery regarding the Shizun's as well as some surprises from Haine's old family, the story is definitely heating up.(less)
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)
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.