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Yet another book I just couldn't bring myself to finish. But with this one I admitted defeat even ea...more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
Yet another book I just couldn't bring myself to finish. But with this one I admitted defeat even earlier. I just couldn't get into the story. The heroine has issues from the get go. Especially with chauvinistic men. Since the hero didn't strike me as that much of a chauvinist, the result was skipping to the middle of the story. There I discovered the depth of heroine's issues, so I skipped to the end (thinking that maybe she comes around in the end and that'll make me read the entire book from the start). Nope. I went with chapter 13 (out of 16) and was slapped in the face by the same issues. And then she ran. She blamed her father, she blamed her ex, she blamed everybody for her issues but herself...And I wanted to choke her. She finally came around at the very end and even then the hero came to her and not the other way around.
Sam Kelly, Marine sniper, died five years ago in Afghanistan. The same day Sam Kelly died, Jack Stone, NSA operative was born. New face, new identity,...moreSam Kelly, Marine sniper, died five years ago in Afghanistan. The same day Sam Kelly died, Jack Stone, NSA operative was born. New face, new identity, new past...Old memories. Filled with one woman, Sophie Moreno. The same woman who now works for a company the NSA is investigating as being possibly involved with smuggling of biological weapons. Jack is called in. To get close to Sophie, his boss orders, and find out what she knows.
It seems she knows a little too much since someone is taking shots at her...
Sometimes impulse buys pay off, and this book is one of them.
Well-written, well-paced, great characterization (the hero was just so 'wow', and though the heroine turned a bit annoying toward the end, I'm glad she wasn't whiny and swoony in the middle of all the action), wonderful action, good intrigue, nice romance...What more can I ask from a romantic suspense novel? I especially liked the new identity/new face ploy. And the fact she (or her subconscious) recognized him. Awww. Be still my romantic heart.
I'm looking forward to the next books in this series, hoping Jack's friend Levi gets his own story. And yeah I think, Wesley Burkhart, the big bad boss, deserves his own book as well.(less)
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Val Grayson has been the rock of his family, sacrificing everything, even sometimes h...moreThis is a very short version, for the full review, visit my blog.
Val Grayson has been the rock of his family, sacrificing everything, even sometimes his personal life, for his brothers, after their parents died. He’s the staid, calm, and silent Grayson brother, the oldest one by just a few years, but more of a father figure than brother to Cole, Seb, and Theo.
And even now, when they’re all grown up, leading their own lives, happy with their women by their sides, he still thinks like a daddy. Keeping them focused, keeping them centered, building a nest egg “just in case”. And they know it, they love him for it, but they all feel it’s time he thought of himself first and of them second.
If I had to sum this book up in two words it’s be something along the lines of: Oh. Wow.
I know I gushed about the first and third book in this series being great. But they don’t even come close to the older Grayson boy’s story. And, sorry Seb, Theo, and Cole, where I’m concerned, you simply cannot compete with your older brother.
I was looking forward to the suspense angle of this story, the resolution to the drug-trafficking case that was first mentioned in the first book, brushed against in the second, and featured more prominently in the third book in the series.
And the same goes for the Lorelei mystery and the three keys Lexie, Avery, and Julie found. The discovery was nicely done (maybe a little deus-ex-machina-ey) and I’m glad Ms. Barrett decided to go a different path than the full-on treasure chest.
As the previous book, the writing and narration were great, and the characters wonderfully drawn. The plot was tight, the different elements (romance, suspense, shipwreck) were well-woven in, and I loved every single page, every single minute I spent reading this story.
I’m sorry to see Star Harbor, its people, the Grayson brothers, and their women go, but I’m sure I’ll re-visit them soon.(less)
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The four Grayson brothers have gathered in their home town of Safe Harbor for the anniversary of the...more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
The four Grayson brothers have gathered in their home town of Safe Harbor for the anniversary of their father’s death. Sebastian Grayson, the famous chef, was the last to join them, and he’s feeling a little cranky without proper coffee. So the Grayson four fill into LMK (Lexie Meyers Kitchen), the local diner/restaurant, where Seb is immediately taken by the owner, Lexie Meyers...And her amazing coconut cake.
Lexie knows who Seb is. She also knows of his reputation with the ladies. So there’s no chance in hell that she’d give in to his seduction. Her last relationship has made her gun-shy and, well, there’s also the fact Seb’s living in New York City. There’s absolutely no future for them, right? If she was willing to give it a shot, that is.
Well, she never counted with Seb’s determination, that’s for sure.
Boy am I glad I requested this on NetGalley. And the publisher accepted that request. Otherwise I probably never would’ve read this one. And that would’ve been a pity.
One word came to mind as I deleted it off my eReader. WOW. I loved it. Absolutely loved it.
Wonderful characters (especially Seb *grin*), great story-telling, rather tight plot, some culinary delights (I wouldn’t mind tasting that incredible-sounding coconut cake), all safely tucked into the wonderful, cute little community of Safe Harbor. There’s just something about (some) small-town set books I adore. Everybody knows everybody, everybody butts into everyone else’s business, and the townspeople take care of each other. And every small-town in fiction has one or two bad boys that somehow find their way back into the bosom of their hometown, meet the right girl, and “mend their wicked ways”. And Safe Harbor in this instance apparently has FOUR of those bad boys. And I’ll most certainly read their books. Because if this first book in the series is any indication, I’ll love each and every one of them.
Because this one was almost perfect, with just a few hiccups that bothered me a little along the way. Like the whole stalker thingie that ended up in a ‘huh?’ moment or the psycho-angle that somehow didn’t fit into the overall story (did we really need the suspense sub-plot when everything else seemed to work just fine?), and the produce-warehouse serving as something else (that yet again somehow didn’t fit, but will feature in the next books, judging by the blurbs).
Still, these were little hiccups that didn’t prevent me from enjoying Lexie and Seb’s story. They were great together, the chemistry was palpable, the hotness super-hot, and the slow slide into love a real treat to read.
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So cute! This is one of those stories that you read with a constant smile on your face. I just could...more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
So cute! This is one of those stories that you read with a constant smile on your face. I just couldn't help it. Whether it was the hero's blog posts or the hero's attempts at coming clean with the heroine...I just smiled.
It was cute, it was sweet, it was short, and it was PG (don't judge this one by the cover). I didn't mind the blog post chapters (not all of them were like that). The only problem I had was with the heroine (but the problem was minor, more of a hiccup). I didn't get her reasoning—at first, she didn't want a jock, then she panicked when she thought the guy hated sports. Talk about running hot and cold.
Another awwww-sound-inspiring sex-fest shorty. Once you get past the mattress rumba, this one also had a story, and some news about the couple from th...moreAnother awwww-sound-inspiring sex-fest shorty. Once you get past the mattress rumba, this one also had a story, and some news about the couple from the previous book. Gracie and Steve are married...and expecting. Yay.
Anyway, this one was the story of Gracie's friend Carol who decided to seduce the guy she was secretly lusting for. But since her inferiority complex made her think the hunky detective wouldn't go for unassuming, shy librarian, she decided to dress up as a hooker, put in some colored contacts, and give him a fake last name.
They set the bed on fire and suddenly the guy, forgetting all the rules of one-night-stands, decides he wants to see her again. What is a girl to do? She makes a date, he stands her up (he had to work!), and she calls it quits...Leaving the poor guy searching for her for THREE WEEKS. Until her best friend takes matters into her own hands, and invites him to the school library, where he, naturally, immediately recognizes the librarian (he's a cop, for crying out loud, he ain't stupid)...
I'm going to stop now, though I'm sure you all figured out what happens next. Cute, short, hot, and sweet.(less)
Okay, what can you expect from an erotica short story? Page-to-page sex fest. And this one was no different. But, unlike many other page-to-page sex f...moreOkay, what can you expect from an erotica short story? Page-to-page sex fest. And this one was no different. But, unlike many other page-to-page sex fests, this one actually had a story. Somewhere in the background, that is, but a story, a plot nonetheless.
A pretty tight one, which I actually enjoyed, despite my adversity to page-to-page-sex-fest stories. I rather disliked the heroine and her 'animosity' toward heroes—stereotyping all firefighters/search-and-rescue officers/etc. because of her father dying at thirty was just wrong. And almost cost her her man. And, as usual, it took a near-death experience (not hers) to conk her over the head and make her see reason. I loved the fact it was the guy who took the plunge first, and wouldn't take no for an answer. Made me go awwwww.(less)
And JAK does it again. Again. If there's an author that succeeds in blending suspense, romance, and paranormal in an engrossing, believable, rather re...moreAnd JAK does it again. Again. If there's an author that succeeds in blending suspense, romance, and paranormal in an engrossing, believable, rather realistic, and understandable book, it's her.
Though I haven't seen this book mentioned as part of the Arcane Society series, it's safe to say it's a spin-off. Because you'll find all the Arcane elements in it. Instant attraction between H/h, a bond forged by their intertwined psi, both H/h are strong talents (though their talents aren't categorized as they are in Arcane), some sinister crystals are mentioned, a twisted villain is shadowing their every step, there's a red-herring toward the end, lots of dead bodies, lots of gripping suspense, and lots of hot, psi-infused sex.
I absolutely loved it and can't wait to read more about the Coppersmith family, which I suppose will feature prominently in the future books since Sam (the hero) has a sister, Emma, and a brother, Judson, who are still single.
A great start to a great new series (trilogy?).(less)
I have a problem lately with the contemporaries in this series. I don't know why, there seems to be something missing. Don't ask me what, it's just a...moreI have a problem lately with the contemporaries in this series. I don't know why, there seems to be something missing. Don't ask me what, it's just a feeling. That doesn't mean I don't like books written by JAK, and that especially doesn't mean I didn't like this book. Because I did. A lot, I just wish it was written by her alter ego, I think it would've worked better as a historical.
Why? Because it had a rather Old World feel to me. First with Fallon's impeccable manners, his being a little of a throw-back into the Victorian era (the guy carried around a handkerchief, for crying out loud), second with Isabella - she too seemed a bit out of place in the particular time, and third with the setting, isolated, special...It all felt a bit Victorian, if you ask me. That's why everything else seemed a bit jarring when it intruded in this special, little world. The suspense, the intrigue, the change of setting...Somehow it didn't quite gel.
It wasn't the suspense that made this book work - though it wasn't bad, once I got past the "intrusion", but it were the two leads. In my opinion, this was the first Arcane contemporary, that concentrated more on the two leads than the suspense and the mystery. And it worked. I've been waiting for Fallon's story since the beginning. I was fascinated by this reclusive, mysterious character living like a hermit somewhere "in the wild". And I wasn't disappointed when his story has finally been told. From the beginning of the series I've been watching him through the eyes of others, now he finally got a voice of his own, and the recounting of others didn't do him justice. He was this utterly misunderstood soul, everybody thought he was going nuts, becoming a conspiracy theorist of the worst kind, and it took a real conspiracy theorist to enlighten Fallon and the rest of his family and coworkers, that the guy was as sane as they come, relying on logic and detective work to fuel his "conspiracy theories" instead of guess-work and blind luck. Yep, it took a special woman to show the reader, Fallon and the world, just what a special kind of guy this hero was.
The rest was pretty much predictable - the romance part, I mean, since it was obvious in that one scene in Fired Up just where Fallon and Isabella were heading romance-wise. It's such a cliché, the whole boy-meets-girl-boy-falls-for-girl-and-vice-versa and its paranormal twist (their abilities are completely compatible, so thy must be soul-mates) even more so, but it works. Every single time it works.
The only unpredictable thing in this book was the suspense. The villain came out of the left field, the Nightshade is back in business (I've forgotten about them), and the Bridewell curiosities were a nice touch (I hope to read more about them in the second book in this trilogy). But the suspense was just a side-dish, a garnish for the story of Fallon and Isabella.(less)
Hmmm. To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement. Because after “meeting” Quinn in Fragile, I was really looking forward to his story. I bet i...moreHmmm. To say I’m disappointed would be an understatement. Because after “meeting” Quinn in Fragile, I was really looking forward to his story. I bet it would be great, gripping, intense, very Quinn-like. Because, well, it’s Quinn.
Unfortunately, it didn’t work out that way. Sure, I got a good dose of Quinn and Quinn-ness, but there wasn’t that much dwelling on his past, the army, the Elena incident, his bond with his twin. Instead I got a helping of an annoying heroine (a SW first for me). She was hiding something and wondering about it, coupled with those little flashbacks from her past was intriguing, providing a great little mystery. Sara was strong, resilient, smart etc.
Until Quinn discovered everything, and she did a complete about face and turned into a surly, whiny little bitch. She felt betrayed, she was angry, she was hurt that he didn’t trust her, didn’t believe her, jumped at his own conclusions. But she never stopped for a second to realize he didn’t have a choice in the matter. She didn’t give him a choice. She lied, she tried to run from him, she didn’t trust him. He wanted her to trust him. He wanted her to tell him the truth. He wanted to help her. And she wouldn’t let him, because he wounded her tender sensibilities by not believing her. Sheesh, I really hate heroines like those. They can effectively ruin a book for me. And Sara succeeded in doing that in the second half of this book.
While the story was well-written, nicely-paced, and the plot strong, I just couldn’t get past that “little” hurdle with Sara. And the ending, though good, didn’t redeem her.(less)