Meh...A slow, overly long, slightly PWP-ish story with bland, one-dimensional characters—the hero was a cardboard cutout, the heroine an overly confidMeh...A slow, overly long, slightly PWP-ish story with bland, one-dimensional characters—the hero was a cardboard cutout, the heroine an overly confident, extremely annoying creature full of false bravado—weak suspense, and a villain without much potential.
After ten years, Jason Law is back in Quiet Valley. But seeing his first (and only) love again after all this time, isn't easy, especially since she bAfter ten years, Jason Law is back in Quiet Valley. But seeing his first (and only) love again after all this time, isn't easy, especially since she broke the promise she gave him before he left. Faith didn't wait for him, but married someone else, bore another man's baby...But Christmas is a time for miracles, and just maybe both Faith and Jason might get what they always wanted.
This was a wonderful story of second chances both in life and love. A little bittersweet, and a whole lot of lovely with two lovers reunited after a decade finding happiness together at last.
The "big secret" wasn't only predictable, it was out in the open, but I didn't mind. It worked perfectly well. The characters were well fleshed-out, their story tugging at the heartstrings at appropriate moments, the small town feel was just right and perfectly complimented the story, although I could've done without the missing-kid scene. It wasn't bad, but the story could've easily done without it.
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For five years they've been in a passionate marriage of convenience sharing only a bed and a name***story available as a free Harlequin online read***
For five years they've been in a passionate marriage of convenience sharing only a bed and a name, now, having fallen in love with her husband, but knowing he didn't return her feelings, Lucy wants out. Their divorce will be final the day after Chrismas, but her husband wants one last present...
A pretty redundant story, since the big misunderstanding would've been easily resolved with a simple conversation.
The heroine was an idiot for being angry with the hero for giving her what she wanted in their marriage—her space and her own bed. She resented him and wanted a divorce because he obliged her. Go figure. The hero was one-dimensional and bland, seemingly only wanting the heroine because he was attracted to her, she was good in bed, and because she was getting away. And that last, overdue discussion, didn't convince me they had anything remotely similar to genuine feelings for one another.
Six chapters in and nothing happened. Nothing. They found the headless corpse at the beginning of chapter one and then spent the next six trudging thrSix chapters in and nothing happened. Nothing. They found the headless corpse at the beginning of chapter one and then spent the next six trudging through the jungle...Where nothing happened.
One of Sara’s students is acting a little weird, so Sara uses the opportunity of a parent-teacher conference to info***copy provided by the author***
One of Sara’s students is acting a little weird, so Sara uses the opportunity of a parent-teacher conference to inform the boy’s father of the fact. But Garrison Taggart doesn’t take her offer of maybe providing the child with professional help easily and Sara, despite her misgivings about the child’s wellbeing, thinks this is the end of it.
Little does she know she’ll soon be embroiled in a feud between two families. A feud that might prove deadly...
I don’t know what to think about this one. And I have no idea how to classify it.
It wasn’t a suspense, since the villain is out in the open, only his motive (beside being crazy) remains a mystery. It wasn’t truly a paranormal, since the hero had a completely useless ability that came conveniently handy only toward the end in a very deus ex machina move. There was a paranormal element with the villain (the babbling could be discounted, because he was a psycho), but I couldn’t help shake the feeling of having read a similar scene in one of Christine Feehan’s many novels. And it wasn’t a romance because there wasn’t a romance to be found. Or at least, I couldn’t find it. I felt no vibe between the characters beside attraction (and even that, squint and you miss it). I didn’t know what drew the two of them together but lust—he probably hadn’t gotten laid since the wife left him, and she thought he was hot. There appeared to be no emotion behind it.
The guy was an asshole. After the first scene, I thought he was only having a bad day. Turns out, he had a bad life, because he was a constant asshole. Trust issues or not. As hot as he might be, in a few years that hotness will cool, but he’ll still be an asshole. Yes, he loved his son, but that was pretty much the only redeeming quality he had. The heroine was an idiot. There’s no other was to say it. Selfish, spineless, insecure with issues disproportionate to what her life story is supposed to be. She had no idea what she wanted, she was inconsistent in her actions, behavior, and thought, and she had no agency. She was in the story in addition to not because of. Take her out of the equation, and everything still happens. Maybe not the same, but it still happens. The feud was there before she appeared, the plot involving the child was in place if she was there or not...She seemed to be an addition to the plot to create more conflict, to provide “relaxation” for the hero and another focal point for the villain. The villain who, instead of creepy, intense and ominous came across as merely crazy. A template for an abusive ex who can’t accept the new guy in the woman’s life. The added paranormal twist to the guy somehow didn’t work for me, gave me a feeling of déjà vu, appeared heaped on top of everything else, and made the story even more overblown that it already was. The rest of the characters were simply there, once again with no agency, just extras on set.
Combine all of the above, add to it the stop-and-start pacing, and I couldn’t wait for the story to end. It’s not good when reading becomes a chore....more
Charlotte Sawyer’s stepsister Jocelyn has gone off the grid for a month, holing up on a Caribbean island, so Charlotte does what all stepsisters do—shCharlotte Sawyer’s stepsister Jocelyn has gone off the grid for a month, holing up on a Caribbean island, so Charlotte does what all stepsisters do—she waters Jocelyn’s plants and collects the mail and opens just the stuff that looks important. One day she opens an important-looking envelope that turns out to be from Jocelyn’s best friend, and contains a cryptic message and a set of keys to the friend’s storage box.
Charlotte goes to investigate and finds out Jocelyn’s friend is dead. The police has ruled it an overdose, but the friend’s cousin doesn’t buy the easy theory and has hired a private investigator—Max Cutler, a former profiler, whose gut tells him the death was no accident. His gut also tells him Jocelyn isn’t where she’s supposed to be, so Charlotte, despite her better judgment, joins the investigation. First order of business: check the storage locker.
Little do Max and Charlotte know that what they’ll find, albeit seemingly insignificant documents and maps, will prove to be much larger and will put them in the path of a dangerous killer willing to do anything to keep his secret.
This book continues the latest Jayne Ann Krentz (and her alter-egos) slump. Although, if I may be frank, this is the worst of the bunch. Formulaic, template-y, with rather bland characters, a very slow start and stilted, uneven pacing. What bothered me the most was the narration style. It didn’t seem like a Krentz (et al.) book at the beginning. It felt like it was written by someone else, someone not that good at writing. And the plot and characters suffered for it, with the heroine coming across as a too-trusting imbecile, the hero a card-board copy of the heroes from previous books (in all three time settings), and the plot so boring that the first remotely interesting and intense scene happened around 40% in. Only later, the narration became “Krentz-ish”, and the pacing quickened, the plot thickened, the suspense kicked in, and the heroine got a quick personality change (for the better). Unfortunately, the hero remained rather bland and template-y, and the chemistry between him and the heroine practically non-existent (they didn’t even hit the lukewarm temperature), making their “relationship” appear forced.
The plot, once it thickened and got a little more “meaty”, was interesting and gripping, but, as in the previous book it became a little overblown and overcomplicated toward the end with multiple villains, their reasons for perpetrating their villainy, secrets from the past, secrets from the present, and that one added subplot revolving around the hero that had nothing to do with the main story, and, instead of adding layers and weight to the hero’s character, only bogged the story down, contributed nothing to the overall plot, and made little sense in the bigger picture.
It definitely had potential, but was too long, too bland, and too overblown to really shine....more
It took me a mere paragraph to realize the heroine is an idiot. But, in the spirit of sisterhood, I decided to***eBook available for free on Amazon***
It took me a mere paragraph to realize the heroine is an idiot. But, in the spirit of sisterhood, I decided to give her a chance. However, she turned into an even bigger idiot by the end of the first chapter, and that final scene was it for me. I'm done after one measly chapter of a short story.
I have no idea why she was at the bar, because aparently the explanation comes in chapter two, but I don't care. Big mistake that, posponing the explanation for the heroine going all idiot in a bar. Especially when the heroine goes all over-the-top idiot.
Sure, it was free, but I don't care...Moving on....more
In Love at First Date Gina finally dropped her boyfriend of ten years because he wouldn’t fully commit (t***eBook was available for free on Amazon***
In Love at First Date Gina finally dropped her boyfriend of ten years because he wouldn’t fully commit (to Gina, full commitment is marriage and kids). Now, she’s single, but still living with her ex, since he won’t move out. Kristen, one of the bridesmaids at her friend Ellen’s wedding has a solution. Gina would move in with her and Kristen has the perfect guy to set her up with. Newly single and utter marriage material.
Gina is determined to give it another go. First with a new roommate and second with a new guy. But, you see, there’s this another guy, a soon to be ex-coworker that’s sort-of roped her into a pretend date. Of course, it’s pretend. Chris is a serial dater, and Gina is looking for a serious commitment. Chris definitely isn’t a serious-commitment kind of guy...So why can’t she stop pretending to be his girlfriend?
This would’ve been a very good story if it wasn’t for the heroine and her fixation on marriage and children which she saw as serious commitment. Come on, she’d lived with her ex, was in a monogamous relationship...And what is it with the idiotic mentality that a woman must have a guy and/or be married with kids to feel fulfilled? A mentality subtly enforced by romance novels, if you ask me.
Anyway, Gina and her idiocy annoyed me like heck, since she kept pushing away a great guy. A guy who wanted the same thing as her, mind you, but she wouldn’t stop prattling (aloud or in her head) about serious commitments long enough to listen to him, to see what he was trying to communicate. Also, as in the first story in the series, the stringing along of two guys at the same time bothered me, although in this one a little less, since the other guy was a complete bore.
Still, could’ve been better by scaling down on the heroine’s fixation....more