Written in first-person POW which I mostly hate (not countI read the first chapter and went "Oh...Wow".
Read the rest of the story and went "Oh...Eew".
Written in first-person POW which I mostly hate (not counting the Fever series), no plot to speak of, one-dimensional characters...Okay, it's erotica smut, so who needs plot and realistic characters, right?
Well, sorry, but I do. When I read something, I expect for it to have a meaning and it was not written just so the author could write bad porn filled with dominance, submission, and punishment themes, crude language (less is more, people!). I might have given it a higher rating (a star more, maybe) if the 10-inch meat sporting hero would not have STOLEN the heroine and conditioned her to stay with him. Stockholm syndrome, anyone?
Sorry, it just wasn't for me. And if it wasn't that short I might not have even finished it. *shudder*...more
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Ten years ago, during a family vacation, Lily's sister drowned. And now, on her way to college, Lily***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
Ten years ago, during a family vacation, Lily's sister drowned. And now, on her way to college, Lily's car breaks down on the outskirts of the town where tragedy had struck.
I really hate not finishing books. Hate it. But in a way I did finish it, I just skipped the middle. Actually I skipped most of it. I read the ending to see whether I'd be compelled to go back and read the book in its entirety.
It just didn't work for me. Mostly because it was written in first-person POV, which more and more appears to be my nemesis. It's just too limiting for my taste, granting the reader only a limited view of the story, a view through only one eyes. And that, with only one exception, really bugs me. And the fact the story was told from a twenty-year-old 'girl' didn't help matters. But it wasn't just the first-person POV that bugged me with this story. The author's voice simply didn't appeal to me, making the narration and flow of the story stiff.
The mystery was also very disappointing to me. First of all, it took too much time to get to the point, to what the mystery actually was, and since I stopped reading at the end of chapter six, I also didn't get the entire picture. And I stopped at chapter seven because of the above-mentioned 'issues' and the fact I realized who the killer was. Of course I didn't believe I was actually right, so I went and read the final few chapters. And lo and behold. I actually nailed the killer's identity. And since I discovered the killer in chapter six (of 56!), that doesn't really seem a very good incentive to go back and continue reading from chapter seven.
I'm sorry to say this just wasn't the right book for me....more
Beastly For someone who doesn't particularly like YA books and doesn't particularly like first-person narrative (if it isn't the Fever series, of courBeastly For someone who doesn't particularly like YA books and doesn't particularly like first-person narrative (if it isn't the Fever series, of course), this story pleasantly surprised me.
Not in a OMG-I'll-read-only-YA-from-now-on way and not even OMG-what-a-wonderful-story-more-stories-should-be-like-this kind of way (the kidnapping angle ruined that for me).But if you do look at this 'modern Beauty and the Beast retelling from a straight fairy-tale point of view, it works. If you look at it from a normal 21st century point of view, it doesn't. Especially not since it's a YA book. You usually find kidnapping-is-an-aphrodisiac themes in those pesky Harlequin and Silhouette novels.
Still, it was a nice little read, if you forget the major plot element....more
This would’ve worked better as a shorter story, written in third person, and with a heroine that wasn’t such a bitch. But since we cannot have everythThis would’ve worked better as a shorter story, written in third person, and with a heroine that wasn’t such a bitch. But since we cannot have everything we want in life, I was stuck with the heroine from hell, a long story, and a bunch of crappy reinvent-your-life-through-sex teachings.
Someone should’ve strangled Paige the bitch as page one and written a better story....more
This book is second in Ms. MacKenzie’s Shades of Fury series, but the first I’ve read…And I don’t think I’ll come back for more. Don’t get me wrong, IThis book is second in Ms. MacKenzie’s Shades of Fury series, but the first I’ve read…And I don’t think I’ll come back for more. Don’t get me wrong, I went in very little expectations, but the promise of the blurb constantly on the back of my mind. Unfortunately, the book didn’t meet those measly expectations or kept the promise of the blurb.
Though not really a fan of urban fantasy, I am a big fan of mythology, so I was naturally curious to see a “real-life” fury in action. Unlucky me, I got a strangely chic-lity book with a sassy, overly-self-talking heroine that despite her big “Rage” spiel, didn’t show it that much. And for someone who’s the boss in the magical investigative division, she was strangely blind as to what was going on around her - mostly in the villain department.
For the rest...What can I say. As far as romance goes, this was definitely an urban fantasy novel, since the boyfriend thing didn’t strike me as overly sincere. I didn’t feel the chemistry, I didn’t feel the connection. I was told there was, but I didn’t “experience” it. The suspense part was quite good, but, once again, the big bad magical investigator almost blew it. The supporting cast added a rather humorous tone, which was good, the fighting scenes were good, but the pacing seemed a little off, since the book really picked up speed only in the second half....more
When I first heard about this book (series), the heroine's occupation intrigued me (okay, there's also the British hunk, but let's pretend it was justWhen I first heard about this book (series), the heroine's occupation intrigued me (okay, there's also the British hunk, but let's pretend it was just the heroine's occupation that intrigued me). Unfortunately, as I started reading, I got a crash, super-quick course in book-binding and book-restoration, that continued throughout the story, and I didn't understand two thirds of what was going on.
But let's leave my stupidity aside and concentrate on the rest of the story. It didn't exactly work for me.
What didn't work: 1. It was written in first-person POV, which is a hit and miss for me. This time it was a miss, because instead of a mature woman telling us a story we got a barely-out-of-her-teens chick retelling "funny" anecdotes about her wacky family, feeling slightly sorry about herself, talking about how much she likes to eat, and feeling rather self-important. 2. Said heroine, which, judging by what went on in her head wasn't capable of a single normal, coherent thought, went on an quest of uncovering the killer - someone who's killed at least two people. Where is her training, where are her credentials? She's a bookbinder, for Pete's sake! A bookbinder, with a wacky family and warped brain, investigating a murder. 3. She actually found out who the killer was. Because she followed the clues. Blind luck, most likely. 4. The killer was a complete surprise. And I don't mean in a grudging way like the-heroine-discovered-the-identity-and-I-didn't. Nope, I mean someone completely out of the left field, with a motive so outlandish it wasn't even funny.
What (marginally) worked: 1. The supporting cast - and I don't mean the wacky family. The best friend, the neighbors, the ex-fiancé, the first murder victim...Even the heroine's "arch nemesis" (I don't know where she got that idea, but you know, she did come from a wacky family) Minka LeBeef - though she quickly started to annoy me with her one-dimensional set-up. I didn't really get why she was there, maybe to keep the story from stalling. 2. The British guy, Derek Stone. Though I also didn't exactly know why he was there - or why he wasn't always there when the heroine needed him. I guess as fodder for the continuation of the series, though I didn't really feel the connection, I was merely told it was there.
What else? Right, the pacing was choppy, the heroine was a mess, the plot was good (but everything that didn't work ruined it)...And the whole Gabriel thing, too Stephanie Plum (not that I ever read that series, but I heard there were two guy vying for the heroine's attention).
Well, it was a rather quick read, so that's a plus....more
It always pains me to say this after a book, but this was a waste of time. I guess zombies are just not my cup of tea.
This anthology obviously tried tIt always pains me to say this after a book, but this was a waste of time. I guess zombies are just not my cup of tea.
This anthology obviously tried to "be funny", but failed miserably. Out of the four, I marginally liked only one (the last one about carb-craving zombie women high on a plastic surgeon's come-made "botox"), but even that one wasn't much.
I'm not a big fan of 1st person POV, but my enjoyment of the narrative style mostly depends on the author. Some of them (Kristan Higgins and Karen MarI'm not a big fan of 1st person POV, but my enjoyment of the narrative style mostly depends on the author. Some of them (Kristan Higgins and Karen Marie Moning are among those few) actually make me forget I'm reading a book written in such a "restrictive" style and enjoy the ride. Many don't succeed in that effort where I'm concerned...and some write a narrator as a emotionally-cowardly bitch (or worse), so even though I'd want to, I cannot enjoy the ride. And LLM (and this book) was one of those.
Yes, there were other aspects of the story I actually liked—the supporting cast (Tony and Emma among them), the suspense sub-plot, and the mystery slowly unraveling throughout the story, but I couldn't get past the female lead narrating the story and her annoyingness, to be able to give this one a higher rating. Luckily she got better toward the end, thus earning her story a star more....more
**spoiler alert** There are plenty of better chick-lit out there (and this from someone who isn't exactly a fan of the genre).
A cliched, cringe-worthy**spoiler alert** There are plenty of better chick-lit out there (and this from someone who isn't exactly a fan of the genre).
A cliched, cringe-worthy tale of a forty-something career woman cum wife becoming disillusioned with her life, and using a prospective (old) lover as an excuse to diet and change her life around.
Which could've worked if it wasn't for the cheating part. I truly hoped she wouldn't go through with it, and when she did, it just ruined more an already rather bad book. Sure, she had a log for a husband, but there are plenty of such women out there. Women who decide to diet for themselves, to make them feel better, to make them give a new energy to embark on the quest of making their husbands notice them once more. And many of those women do no cheat on their logs of a husband. And those who do, their logs don't just take them back....more
Chick-lit is hit-and-miss for me. First person POV chick-lit even more so—okay, not counting Kristan Higgins it’s mostly a miss. And this book was noChick-lit is hit-and-miss for me. First person POV chick-lit even more so—okay, not counting Kristan Higgins it’s mostly a miss. And this book was no exception.
I hated the heroine’s guts and given the book was written in her POV I hated the book. Some fellow reviewers say she was written that way to make us see her growth toward the end. I didn’t see it like that, and I didn’t see any significant growth. Lauren spent the entire book feeling sorry about herself, mostly to do with her hair, using parentheses when parentheses weren’t needed (I never think in parentheses and I don’t think inner monologue needs parentheses when the entire book is mostly a giant inner monologue), and feeling sorry about herself some more. I kept waiting for someone to slap her, maim her, kill her...But it didn’t happen.
And because it was written in whiny Lauren’s POV I also didn’t get to enjoy the supporting cast of characters, mostly the hunky firefighter hero. Because they were all drowned in the whiny-Lauren-feels-sorry-for-herself crap.
P.S. And I have a big bone to pick with the author on the whole hospital/sprained ankle scene. I’m not in the medical profession or anything, but I do have some experience with sprained ankles, X-rays, and behavior of medical personnel in such cases. I sprained my ankle 9 times in my life, five of those times required me wearing a cast for a month, and I’ve never come across a nurse/doctor/whoever that wouldn’t first give me some sort of protection when I came to get my X-rays done. It just isn’t done. And the nurses in my case(s) never behaved like I was faking it, because if the doctor sent me in for an X-ray I probably wasn’t faking it. Gee, my ankle was swollen like a balloon and they knew it hurt and they strove not to pain me more than was necessary.
I don’t know what Ms. Lockwood tried to accomplish with the scene, she only drove home the fact the heroine was a whiny, petulant, spoiled little child that actually loved feeling sorry for herself.
P.P. S. I watched the TV movie with Richards and Cain and that little that I remember it was much better than this (even though I cannot claim either of them can really act)....more
Well, it wasmuch a little too long for comfort and the writing style needed some getting used to, but it wasn’t as bad as I feared. A bit too preachyWell, it wasmuch a little too long for comfort and the writing style needed some getting used to, but it wasn’t as bad as I feared. A bit too preachy at times, but at least it didn’t have that usual young-adult-y feel. I’m not sure I’ll read the rest of this trilogy, but I guess many YA authors could learn something from Ms. Adornetto....more
Now we're talking! Phil Gigante IS THE PERFECT Barrons in my book. Oh. My. God. I absolutely love this guy's voice. Makes you want to run away. Makes yNow we're talking! Phil Gigante IS THE PERFECT Barrons in my book. Oh. My. God. I absolutely love this guy's voice. Makes you want to run away. Makes you want to run toward him. Makes you want to do anything he tells you to do.
Yep, perfect Barrons.
And Ms. Ross does a way better Mac than her predecessor. Sorry, Joyce Bean fans, but she does. Her voice is much more suited for a 23-year old, though her Irish accent could use some work.
But Phil Gigante as Barrons. Cannot. Get. Over. It.
It sure didn't seem so long when I read it, but it was so worth it just to hear Barrons' voice. I simply cannot get over it. Will probably listen to sIt sure didn't seem so long when I read it, but it was so worth it just to hear Barrons' voice. I simply cannot get over it. Will probably listen to snippets of book #4 and #5 again and again.