Too much telling and not enough showing, not enough character development and I couldn't stand Holly. Honestly that's why I rated this so low, I couldToo much telling and not enough showing, not enough character development and I couldn't stand Holly. Honestly that's why I rated this so low, I couldn't stand Holly....more
Another story that would face benefitted a longer format. Interesting and full if promise but falls a bit shirt in character development in this formaAnother story that would face benefitted a longer format. Interesting and full if promise but falls a bit shirt in character development in this format.
Eh. Too crazy intimate too quickly with little character development. Also lost me at ass play. I mean you don't know this guy don't do stuff raw. SmhEh. Too crazy intimate too quickly with little character development. Also lost me at ass play. I mean you don't know this guy don't do stuff raw. Smh
The first one, "Lock, Stock and Jingle Bells" was a pretty good story, some editorial fixes needed to be made but satisfactory.
So far "Bah Handsome" tThe first one, "Lock, Stock and Jingle Bells" was a pretty good story, some editorial fixes needed to be made but satisfactory.
So far "Bah Handsome" the second story really got me. The writing was fresh, witty and sexy and I liked the two main characters enough to wish that there had been a longer book on top of that I liked the secondary characters enough to wish that there had been another book about them. Sheesh, I'm going to have to find more from this woman because our writing styles are similar (except she's more polished) and I've never read a love scene in the freezing cold that was as sexy as hers.
I couldn't read the third one because I just couldn't get into it.
All in all this anthology is a 3.5 and that's primarily due to the Jill Shalvis story. Looks like I've found myself another romance writer to check out....more
Such a cute/good Christmas novella. So happy that we got to revisit the "Wallflowers". Hannah was a very good character, and in a longer story she wouSuch a cute/good Christmas novella. So happy that we got to revisit the "Wallflowers". Hannah was a very good character, and in a longer story she would have been more developed - perhaps a cross between Lillian and Annabelle - but for a novella, she was perfect. As for Rafe a part of me wanted to slap him for his forwardness, the other part wishes she was Hannah....more
I love Nora Roberts. I do, it's true, I say it loud and I say it proud.
The first story is classic Roberts. Flawed characters, a sense of betrayal, AlpI love Nora Roberts. I do, it's true, I say it loud and I say it proud.
The first story is classic Roberts. Flawed characters, a sense of betrayal, Alpha male, unassuming female, family conflict, plot twist, love at first sight, and an eventual happy ending.
It's a comfort book. You don't put much thought into it, you simply pick it up, read it and hope that your brain hasn't gained any weight with all of the saccharine that its just been subject to. No one writes cliche/obvious romance like Nora Roberts and I don't think it's an insult. She does it well. Her characters are the only things that really set the stories apart and you know what? She sells books for a reason.
Now enough about Roberts. The first story "First Impressions" is about Vance and Shane to complete opposites. Vance is running from his life and his past mistakes and trying to lay low - why? He's a millionaire, a widow and he's lost himself. So in the little town that he settles in, he hopes for anonymity and just pure honest work. He's good with wood and in his position of President at a globally successful construction company, he doesn't get to work with his hands very often. Oh, and his ex-wife was a complete gold-digging jerk, so he's off woman.
Meet Shane. Transparent, trusting (but not naive), stubborn, fiery and determined to make her dreams come true. She's funny, laughs at inappropriate times and things (I love this)and she's warm and generous and she manages to get under Vance's skin. She's got her own demons but they come in the form of her mother. She loves Vance almost immediately and while it takes a little while for Vance to hop on the love boat, we can see why.
They are, perhaps, one of the most realistic couples I've met in a while from a Nora Roberts book. There is arguing, short tempers, a shove or two (not in a scary domestic violence way) and sweet patience. Of course there were a few unbelievable phrases, but come on people, this is a romance novel!
The second story, I'm about in the middle of it, is not as interesting as the first but it's still decent enough to allow me to finish the story. "Blithe Images" (a name I really don't like) is about a beautiful Kansas girl, Hillary, who becomes a very successful model in NYC and the man, Bret, who wants her. He's the owner of Mode Magazine (ring any bells, "Ugly Betty" fans?) and he is arrogant, commanding and sexually charged. Dangerous in all the right ways. Plus, did I mention, handsome and rich?
I'll let you know how the rest pans out but I can probably tell you there is a happy ending.
This story is incredibly dated. Beware. Also, the Bret's dialogue patterns - I laughed for all the wrong reasons. I say skip this one if you can unless you want to be amused along with the Alpha Male strong-arming.
I needed a comfort book and despite how much this review may sound like I'm ripping on this book, I'm not. It's the book that you take to bed with you or read on a very cold Winter night. If you can get your hands on it and you are looking to be soothed - you can't go wrong with a bit of Roberts Romance Balm....more
Right off the bat I'll let you know that this book is not a "World According to Garp" but it has a charm and a fuzzy feel good warmth that just begs tRight off the bat I'll let you know that this book is not a "World According to Garp" but it has a charm and a fuzzy feel good warmth that just begs the reader to read this book under a blanket with a glass of wine on a cold winter night.
Chloe is a human, well ok, half0human half-magick, only thing is she hasn't come into her powers and she's thirty years old. Seems that though she takes after her father non-magick side, she is exactly like her mother in everything from looks, her knitting and the fact that true love will be the key to awakening her dormant powers. Oh, and throw in the fact that her gorgeous fae best friend is in love with her while his mother is on a complete and utter power trip - and and let's not forget the whip cream on this "uh-oh" sundae- her best friends are trying desperately to keep her away from the new, and only, police office - Luke Mackenzie. Why? He's human and the town, in order to protect its magic inhabitants and magic capabilities, needs Chloe to fall for and procreate with someone that is magick.
Enter Luke. Stage left and with the spotlight directly on him, Luke is human and completely over his head. He holds up well and he doesn't freak out and unfortunately he's in town because one of his childhood friends has been murdered in a town that boasts no deaths. Curious huh? Luke is a homicide detective used to thinking linearly and without gray areas. What's a guy to do when he finds himself wondering why his car won't start, lightning happens when it snows and Chloe Hobbs is the one woman he can't stop thinking about?
Think Practical Magic meets a cozy mystery and add a nice dash of New England personality and you've got yourself "Casting Spells"....more