More of a mystery than the second one and I think that between the examples of writing from the first and the second, the third will be a very nice3.7
More of a mystery than the second one and I think that between the examples of writing from the first and the second, the third will be a very nice blend of character and mystery.
A few things that ticked me off though:
Still no description of Rita and Sullivan. If there were then it wasn't done with enough panache to make me remember.
Nestor is a jerk. It's very hard to sympathize with a jerk and I felt that if we had learned some of the things about Nestor that made him more human, earlier, than maybe I would have cared more that he was (view spoiler)[ innocent (hide spoiler)].
Not enough Sullivan. I think this guy has potential and there is definitely some sort of spark between Rita and him but the sexiest thing he did in this whole book was watch her work and then push off the wall with his shoulder. Not enough romance for me.
Gabriel, the bartender, seems like a slightly shady character but one with potential interest that so far I don't see for Sullivan. However, I don't know his age or anything else about him. Not good enough.
Not enough Miss Frankie. I missed that crazy gal.
We got to some of Sparkle in this book and she also has potential for something awesome. Sad to say everyone else didn't get enough screen time. I want to know more about Isabeau and Abe.
Not enough was established about why people were answering Rita's questions. Percy's reaction would not have been mine.
I wish we had found out more about Judd.
(view spoiler)[ It was also very heavy handed that Rita kept overhearing conversations. Once, yeah maybe. Three times? She's either a snoop or very unlucky. (hide spoiler)]
We explored more of Rita in this installment and she grew more as a character. She asserted her independence and is exploring her dominance and she is also discovering that men can indeed be yummy. But we also explored too many of her insecurities. The readers needed to be shown not told. That tends to be a bit of a problem in most cozy mysteries but I was hoping that it could've been avoided in this one.
New Orleans is becoming a bit more than just a second-string character and once again we got to see the city in glory.
I gotta tell you, the story was good and the mystery was stronger than the first and by the end of the book, I was craving a King Cake.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Predictable and surprisingly light considering the things that happen. It's sort of a lighter version of "Silver". Though predictable it has it's momePredictable and surprisingly light considering the things that happen. It's sort of a lighter version of "Silver". Though predictable it has it's moments. I just wish there had been more characters development and less time on the road....more
Wow. Just wow. Good meaty story with reluctant love, a backstabbing and awful (if a bit one note) villain and a great supporting cast. I wish there4.8
Wow. Just wow. Good meaty story with reluctant love, a backstabbing and awful (if a bit one note) villain and a great supporting cast. I wish there had been an epilogue!! This is ole skool romance (no graphic sex scenes) done right....more
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 lCute 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.
The writing gets increasingly better but again, the length hurts the story. I also didn't like who Fang ended up being and I was disappointed that morThe writing gets increasingly better but again, the length hurts the story. I also didn't like who Fang ended up being and I was disappointed that more time wasn't spent on her family, especially given the circumstances.
Also, there is a lot of judgement passed on woman in these books. Sam is always using perjorative terms like "slut" or "whore". I mean, I understand why she might've used those terms toward the homewrecker but to pass judgement on everyone is sort of annoying.
The boy-crazy attitude she has is starting to grate on me as well. If she is attracted to every male she meets than she needs to stop complaining about not having had sex for six years and jump on the pony.
I find some of her responses improbable and not as nuanced as it should be but she is still a kick-ass take no prisoners lady. The fight at the of the book had me both grossed out but also happy. The bad guy got what was coming to him by her hands.
So, the same complaints - the characters could be more developed, the plot could be less rushed and then bad guys/good guys could be less two-dimensional.
Oh, and another thing The fact that Sam has had six years to deal with her condition should also stop her from calling herself a ghoul or a monster and then wondering what God thinks. There was no basis for her to start wondering about that stuff because it was never established that she was religious. I'm not sure what the author is trying to make the reader believe about Sam. I need more backstory and development and like I said with my first review of the first book, if this is ever re-written for a mainstream audience, I would definitely buy it
There is very little romance in here so it's more of an Urban/Paranormal Fantasy and I gotta say I wish there was some more kissing and stuff. The description of the men doesn't help. Kingsley keeps getting bigger and bigger in each book and he is starting to remind me of a cross between the Juggernaut and Beast from the X-Men, while Fang is reminding me of a hairy very creepy Cyclops. I don't particuarly get a good image of either guy.
All in all, the execution could've been better and the story a little less jumbled. It won't stop me from finishing the series though....more
More developed than the first and a bit more of development on the part of Sam. Justice was served even if the road there was bumpy in both a writingMore developed than the first and a bit more of development on the part of Sam. Justice was served even if the road there was bumpy in both a writing and plot. Still needs to be more developed and again the story suffers from the length.
Not a bad read though. I'm still hooked and can't wait to read the next installment especially since we left it on a cliff hanger....more
The storytelling was intriguing and appealing and kept my interest but it also felt a little rushed. Perhaps that has something to do with the over2.8
The storytelling was intriguing and appealing and kept my interest but it also felt a little rushed. Perhaps that has something to do with the overall length of the story (not quite a book not quite a novella) but I wish more time had been spent on the characters and development.
The technical aspect of the book is what kept me from rating this any higher.
There was a lot of telling v showing, there were some continuity errors (Wendy's wrapper vs Burger King wrapper) and there was quite a lot of repetition under the guise of something new (a lot of it is Sam waxing about her new life and how confused she was).
The characters had potential, even Samantha wasn't as fleshed out as she could've been. If this book ever gets re-written for mainstream release I would hope that everyone gets fleshed out that way the reader can care a little bit more about their outcome (view spoiler)[ Kingsley and Sam end up together but I didn't feel any sense of magnetism more like a polite interest. So, when he says he's falling in love with her I was quite confused. The two characters had spent very little page time together. Kingsley had the making for a great Alpha male -- a little like Roarke from the "In Death" series - but aside from his cunning remarks he had very little to recommend himself in terms of a love interest. I do hope that the next book molds this character into something fully formed (hide spoiler)]
The sister and the anonymous web friend I could've done without. They were definitely not as necessary as they could've been.
The one thing that stuck in my side in terms of pacing (view spoiler)[ was when Danny took the kids and there was a strange sense of relief for Sam. Maybe it was the way it was written (I don't think so) but I felt it was too soon for her to recognize that she had freedom (this was a few chapters later). After having read the past few chapters with her saying she would be gutted if they were taken away. Not only that, a few paragraphs before she is nearly killing her husband with the idea of him taking the kids of away (hide spoiler)].
This was an interesting book and I would definitely read it again if ever gets rewritten but as it stands now it is a half-formed story with awesome potential. The length of the story really didn't do this justice. It should've been longer and more detailed with a nice helping of more showing and less telling.
To note, this story has some pretty easy-flowing dialogue which is always a plus for me and the heroine is pretty kick-ass. I will be reading the rest of this series because she has me hooked.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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 JacI 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)....more
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 ofThis 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....more
This is a cozy so with that you must take with it a grain of salt.
However, despite the unrealistic predicaments that Abby finds herself in (m3.9 - 4.0
This is a cozy so with that you must take with it a grain of salt.
However, despite the unrealistic predicaments that Abby finds herself in (most people would've been like 'uh oh' but then, we wouldn't have a story now would we?) she is still a feisty, spirited and take no prisoners heroine.
In this installment, Abby is training under Angel Molina to become a PI for Adopted children. She is currently on the case of a woman who wants to meet her adopted mother before her wedding. Unfortunately what should be a fairly easy case becomes quite messy and complicated when lies and betrayals are uncovered and murder becomes the order of the day. When Meagan's father is found murdered on her wedding day, Abby is the first to come to the rescue and she makes a damn reliable witness.
Due to Abby's personality and the trust she inspires in people, plus if you're in the position of PI most people assume you can do anything, Meagan (her client) begs her to find out who killed her father and why.
Between finding the missing mother and hunting down a murderer, Abby's got a lot on her plate.
Throw in a police chief with ties to Abby's boyfriend, a green eyed monster, a trip to Jamaica and two bat-shit crazy teens and what you have is a very well-rounded story that will hold your interest.
There were a few editing mistakes but only one that jarred me out of the story and if you likeyour cozies to be puritanical (read: very clean. This is not a judgment but a statement), then you won't appreciate the cursing (very minor imo) or the implied "sessy timez".
Otherwise if you want a fun read with a sassy heroine, this is a cozy you should bump up on your list....more
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 rollWow.
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.
I'll be honest, I usually love Jo Goodman but there was something off about this book. I couldn't tell what it was but there was something just slightI'll be honest, I usually love Jo Goodman but there was something off about this book. I couldn't tell what it was but there was something just slightly left of center.
Like knowing that you need to add an ingredient to a dish but not knowing which one.
Thea annoyed me at first, and I'll be honest, I do not like her name. Even with all of her issues I still found her bland. Mitch was a bit of a hothead but I still came away with him being my favorite character.