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A one-weekend stand seven years ago resulted in a kid. A kid with a dead father...Only that father s...more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
A one-weekend stand seven years ago resulted in a kid. A kid with a dead father...Only that father seems rather alive as he's wrestling (not in a kinky way) with the nanny in their kitchen.
If this was longer than 85 pages it would've remained unfinished. Because although it tried to come up with a plot about a ghost operative secretly watching over the woman he loves and his child, while also trying to apprehend a similar ghost operative who're apparently stolen some top-secret shit...I just didn't buy it. It read more like a not-very-well-written PWP short story, catering to readers who like spank-related "storylines", badly disguised as a romantic suspense novella.
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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)
Two years ago she split after their one night together and his confession of love, now she's back in...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
Two years ago she split after their one night together and his confession of love, now she's back in town, and despite everything that happened, despite knowing her, he's pulled back into her orbit...
This was a cute little story with one important distinction from the rest of romances out there (view spoiler)[—there was no sex until the end (hide spoiler)]. The story flowed nicely, though I could've done without the few scenes involving Jett's (the hero) sister, but those were probably groundwork for the next book (as Jett and Nikki's 'one-night-stand' featured in the first book in the series, or so I've gathered from the reviews), the romance was sweet and cute, the added suspense mini-cameo served its purpose nicely (to make the heroine see reason), and the characterization was very good.
Now, speaking of characterization, and this being me, I have to talk about the heroine. Because Nikki Logan should be featured in the dictionary alongside the term 'issues'. Yes, plural. The girl had ISSUES. Self-destructive, self-deprecating, using anger and spite as protective mechanisms, completely blind to the real feelings people might hold toward her, utterly convinced she didn't deserve kindness or love...And like all such heroines, she needed a near-death experience (literally!) to make her see reason. For the better part of the story, I was rooting for her hero, Jett, to pull his head out of the sand, see what she was like, and run for the hills. Of course he didn't, which makes him the perfect romance hero (at least perfect for this book and for this heroine). Because he's loved her for years, he stuck around, and once she sashayed back into town was determined to keep her there. By any means necessary. Even mastering 'the most boring game in the world' (his words, not mine).
Once I realized that any reaction toward the heroine (even dislike) was better than none, and glimpsed the real Nikki her through Jett's eyes, I ended up really enjoying this story—Nikki's bristly nature, Jett's composedness (seeing him lose that cool was something else...wow) and protectiveness, their interactions and relationship...This really was a wonderful story.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Written in first-person POW which I mostly hate (not count...moreI 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*(less)
A killer is waiting on the periphery of a ranch in Wyoming, stalking the Dillinger family. Because no...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
A killer is waiting on the periphery of a ranch in Wyoming, stalking the Dillinger family. Because now is the perfect time to strike, with all the Dillingers gathered on the ranch to attend their father's wedding.
This book started off great, thrusting the reader straight into the mind of the killer...Unfortunately it quickly fizzled after that.
At the beginning I was rather apprehensive because of the three-author collaboration. Such stories don't often work for me, because it's rather obvious which author wrote which part. This one helped matters by clearly delineating which part was written by which author...And the fact each part dealt with a different couple (for the requisite romantic storyline).
Unfortunately I was only interested in one couple (the first one—the part written by Lisa Jackson), and the way that conflict was resolved left much to be desired. Actually, it required too much suspension of disbelief for me. (view spoiler)[Eighteen years ago he split, leaving her heartbroken (she was 18 at the time, he 20). He's obviously moved on since then, married, had a kid, though they both died in a car crash. Now he's back (EIGHTEEN years later), finds out he has a kid from an short affair after he skipped town (the kid's mother is marrying the guys' father), and is determined to try again with his first sweetheart whose apparently carried a torch for him for half of her life. And she's actually okay with it, boinking him two days after he returns to town. And contemplating marriage at the end of the book. Sorry, but there's just something not very okay with this picture for me. (hide spoiler)] The other two stories involving the first story 'hero's' sisters and their intended somehow didn't measure up to the first one.
Now, onto the suspense which was the strongest point of this book. Or so it seemed from the beginning. There were snippets of the killer's POV thrown in between everything else (the romance, the investigation, the dysfunctionality of the two rival families, the Dillingers and the Kincaids), and although those snippets were short, they were 'sweet'. And I was really looking forward to discovering the identity of the killer and his motives. Unfortunately they both came out of the left field for me. I just couldn't buy it and since it all ended rather iffily, if you ask me, it made the entire book end on a very 'meh' tone.
Maybe if it was shorter, more concise (there were just too many story-lines in there) and if the suspense resolution was a bit better though-out and executed...I don't know. I just expected more. The prologue and first chapter were promising, but then it all went downhill. Pity.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
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She's been hearing his voice in her head for her entire life. But recently he's become a real pain,...more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
She's been hearing his voice in her head for her entire life. But recently he's become a real pain, preventing her from getting a life (read: love life). She really needs to get this guy out of her head.
And he has a solution—travel to Mexico and free him.
Mexico, Mayan ruins, ancient gods, ancient god-feuds, an ancient god with a hunky voice (and later on a hunky body). Seems like my sort of book, right?
I just couldn't get into the story, but I refused to let it become yet another DNF, so I persevered, hoping it might get better, it might pull me in. Nope. Didn't happen.
The constant changes in narrative modes (jumping between first-person POV of the heroine and third-person POV of the hero) annoyed the crap out of me from the get-go. Chose one and stick to it, please.
The changes in voice, maybe slight, in different narrative modes also bugged me.
I just couldn't grasp the concept of a seventy-thousand(or something)-year old god using modern language.
All the 'screaming' done in this book (even the male characters screamed!) got on my nerves.
I just didn't 'get' the whole lets-destroy-the-world scenario. Maybe my attention was already shot by that point and I simply didn't care, I don't know.
I. Loathed. The. Heroine. I know, I know, feeling something about the protagonists is better than not feeling anything. But this went beyond normal obtuse, somewhat TSTL Romancelandia heroine. She was a whiny, bratty, bitchy, selfish, idiotic, jumping-to-conclusions, self-centered bitch, and I simply couldn't understand the fascination a GOD (!) could have for her. I just couldn't see it.
I didn't really feel the hero either. Yeah, he was there, I was told he was the hero, he received much 'screen-time', but I just didn't get the 'hero' vibe. He was supposed to be a god, for eff's sake, but he acted like any other guy out there with all the chest-thumping, keeping the chick at arms length, yadda, yadda, yadda. He wasn't even badass, and I've come to expect major badassery from a god (or a romance hero). This one was just meh. Average Joe, even.
There was just so much crammed into the story—romance, suspense, world-building, gods and goddesses, the links/bonds between the deities and humans, the destroying of the world etc. There was too much of everything and it ended up clashing instead of 'working together' to form a coherent story.
It just didn't work. Not even the humor, sorry. Didn't even crack a smile. I guess I was just too busy rolling my eyes.(less)