After a so-so start, I really hoped this series would pick up pace, especially since the blurb promised a kick-ass heroine. Well, Eve was kick-ass, buAfter a so-so start, I really hoped this series would pick up pace, especially since the blurb promised a kick-ass heroine. Well, Eve was kick-ass, but she was also annoying as hell.
I hate it when authors cannot create some exciting tension between the leads without resorting to the almost-nonexistent-for-so-much-use and cheep ploy as the "big misunderstanding". And I hate it even more when they let that misunderstanding fester and fester and go on ad infinitum, gobbling up the rest of the story. Because the "big misunderstanding" used in this instance was so overdone it was pitiful. Do you really expect me to believe a strong, resilient, self-made, ex-Secret Service woman would hold a grudge for fourteen years against the man who took her virginity and then never called her again? It's been (only) ten years for me and if I met the guy on the street I wouldn't even recognize him. But that's real life for you. In real life I don't even remember his name, he was Dutch, I think. And even that's pretty much TMI for those reading this review. As I said, that's what happens in real life. In Romancelandia I'd have a voodoo doll stashed in my apartment full of needles, wishing the pox on the poor soul.
I loved the hero, though. He was quirky, funny, truly a triple-A, and probably something along the lines of faccia da schiaffi as the Italians would put it. But I loved him to bits. Pity he got the annoying end of the stick in the heroine department.
Again, kudos for the mystery, though the reader is again left without the pertinent clues and the big reveal comes with a huge "huh" factor. And the Tiffany scenes were redundant if you ask me, put in to stretch the (almost) nonexistent plot for a couple more pages.
A disappointing excuse for a book, if you ask me....more
After four sweet, "uncomplicated" contemporaries without a single dead body I needed something to get me back on track with my second-favorite genre.After four sweet, "uncomplicated" contemporaries without a single dead body I needed something to get me back on track with my second-favorite genre. Judging from the reviews, I thought I found the perfect author and series to do the job. Unfortunately it wasn't meant to be.
This book suffers severely from three major book illnesses - firstbookinaseriesitis, annoyingheroineitis and annoyinheroitis. While the first one could be ignored, because I was intrigued by the "world-building" and the staff and (future) going-ons at E.D.E.N Inc., the other two were a bit too much to overcome. At first it was the heroine that went on my nerves with her childish tantrum-throwing behavior when she didn't get what she wanted, her denial, her general attitude. Then, just as she finally became a worthy heroine, it's the hero that does the annoy-fest. I love me a brooding guy like as much as the next girl, but Nolan went overboard with his poor-peasant-me 'tude. Sure, he had some issues, sure, he was entitled to a good guilt-trip, but enough's enough.
The only redeeming quality—and I'm not talking about the ending—was the mystery. I thought I had it all figured out, rolled my eyes at Nolan for barking up the wrong tree, and then realized, though I wasn't barking up the same one as him, I too was wrong. The downside of that? No one could've been right, because we were given no clues as to the real villain's identity. It came straight out of the left field.
Though my expectations weren't that high, I can safely say this was a bit of a letdown....more
A rescue mission turns steamy in Cherry Adair's Tropical Heat as counter-terrorist operative Sam Pelton hustles a small-town GP from the military/terA rescue mission turns steamy in Cherry Adair's Tropical Heat as counter-terrorist operative Sam Pelton hustles a small-town GP from the military/terrorist through the thick African jungle. This was a pretty straightforward RS novella...Boy likes girl, but said girl is going through a divorce, so boy hangs back in fear of being the rebound lover, but when girl gets kidnapped, boy doesn't hesitate in taking a trip into the middle of Africa to rescue her and win her heart in the progress...Nothing much to say, really.
Another rescue mission turns steams (and squeeze-deadly) in Lora Leigh's Atlanta Heat when a Navy SEAL and the woman he's been lusting for for the past two years are forced to share very close quarters. This one was almost the same as the first novella of this bunch, except the setting was in Atlanta and instead of the jungle the pair was stuck in a "panic room", there was an anaconda though. Out of the entire cast I liked Drack, the pet snake the most. Macey wasn't my favorite hero, he was a just a tad too much of everything, while Em...I just wanted to slap her. Hard. Many times. Yeah, the conflict was there, the steam was there...It just fell a little flat.
In Cindy Gerard's Desert Heat a peaceful, charity-oriented hike through the Grand Canyon turns deadly when an old drug-lord decides to exact his vengeance on the DA and the cop that sent his boy to prison. Now, this was a nice respite from the whole, "we were rescued, let's get in the sack". Well, Elena and Seth did, eventually get in the sack, but the rescue didn't come until the end...I liked Elena and Seth together, they truly made quite a pair, and with their shared sense of humor they really grew on me. The romance did seem a bit rushed, but those were extraordinary circumstances after all. I appreciated Elena's backbone, unlike the other two heroines in this collection (one was afraid of birds and the other of snakes and the authors went into quite a discourse on those fears), she at least gave the impression she wasn't scared of anything. She sucked it up and moved forward...Well, in the end, she turned up to be as much a coward as the next gal when faced with the possibility of having her heart broken. Oh well, we can't have everything. By the end I had a goofy grin plastered on my face, though. A cute finish to a good story....more