**spoiler alert** What the fuck?! Pardon the language, but that's what was going through my head (on repeat) while reading this book.
Where is the seri...more**spoiler alert** What the fuck?! Pardon the language, but that's what was going through my head (on repeat) while reading this book.
Where is the series I've followed since the beginning, where are the heroes and heroines I've come to expect, where is the compelling story, where is the narrative flow?
What the fuck?!
I was looking forward to Zev's book ever since he's appeared in the series, and judging from the snippet found in the end of the previous book I was in for one hell of a ride.
Unfortunately the preview promised what the book couldn't possibly deliver, and instead I read through almost 400 pages of a disappointing excuse of a book with an abusive hero (no matter the fact Ms. Feehan tried so hard to make me see Branislava was okay with it), an idiotic heroine for putting up with the bastard (lifemate or not), rehashed prose, repetition to no end, cringe-worthy sex scenes, more repetition, more rehashed prose, rehashed action sequences, and an appearance from the past that was the first time the 'what the fuck?!' line was uttered.
I'm sick and tired of Xavier, the High Mage, but now he's suddenly a triplet. And his sicko of a brother is named Xaviero. What the fuck?! Original much. Not. And the third brother is Xayvion (or something like that). Ooh, originality, welcome into the Carpathian world.
When the author has to resort to inventing triplets out of thin air and doesn't even bother with giving them more or less original names, it's obvious she's still writing it only for the money.
And it's high time for me to stop reading. When I started this book, I kept thinking to myself that this was probably the last one in the series. And while I was a little sad, because I loved most of it, I also understood why it was time to end. But when Xaviero (I still can't get over the name) was mentioned, I knew this was the end only for me.
So, thank you Carpathians, for keeping me company through all these years, but it's time we part while the parting is still amicable enough.(less)
Don't let the rating fool you. I liked this one. It was just too short, and written as a case file (from Fallon Jones' point of view), and I didn't re...moreDon't let the rating fool you. I liked this one. It was just too short, and written as a case file (from Fallon Jones' point of view), and I didn't really know how to rate it, so I took the middle ground.
It was great revisiting Fallon again, since I have a soft spot for this chaos theorist. And for Scargill Cove where the man's hearth is.
The narrative style offered a special glimpse into the man's psyche and thinking patterns (he was a hoot in this one), we're presented with a small investigation in Scargill Cove during which we learn there are no coincidences, and in the end witness the first meeting of Fallon and Isabella from his point of view.
Now I'm itching to re-read In Too Deep and get to see the two of them interact all over again.(less)
This one started iffy for me. I just didn't get the whole searching-for-kidnapped-mother thing. I gue...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
This one started iffy for me. I just didn't get the whole searching-for-kidnapped-mother thing. I guess it might've been elaborated in the first book in the series, but since I didn't read it, I cannot be sure. And since I haven't read the first book in the series, I had a feeling I'm in the dark somehow. I know it's tough in series' to concisely summon up what had happened so far for those reader who haven't been with you from the beginning without sounding boring to those who have, but there was nothing. I was simply thrown into the story without much explanation.
Still, I might've stuck around if it wasn't for everything else. It was all tell and no show to me, I didn't like the voice, the story lagged, the characters were boring (yes, boring!), and after 80 pages I just didn't care what happened anymore.
I read the last chapter (and the epilogue), because sometimes those can convince me to continue reading, but it didn't help.
Even with the world already built, Ms. Castle keeps adding more and more, but without overdoing it, without piling up too much or maybe descending int...moreEven with the world already built, Ms. Castle keeps adding more and more, but without overdoing it, without piling up too much or maybe descending into 'ridiculous'. There's just enough old to keep things familiar and enough new to keep things interesting.
The fact that each and every story, although set in the same universe of a far-and-away planet, Alien catacombs, paranormal powers, suspense and intrigue, is different, and I never get the feeling of being-there-read-that, is a major plus.
This story was no different. The suspense was great, and I had no idea who all the bad guys might be, which is always wonderful news to me, the romance was the usual fare as far as romance on the planet Harmony goes (the instant attraction on both sides of the spectrum, the initial knee-jerk reaction on one or both sides, the inevitable slide down that slippery slope, the scorching coming together of two so very different talents that nevertheless end up complimenting each other...), there was even more info as to what makes Rainshadow island so very different (I can't wait to read more about the Wonderland)...One thing I missed was more involvement of the Shadow Bay residents. I've become accustomed to the eccentricities of the town and its inhabitants, and the fact they were pretty much absent in this story, was a bit say.
But there was too much going on, so I'm not disappointed. How could I be with yet another great addition to the series. I'm looking forward to the next installment.(less)
On the worst day of her life Kate gets fired, dumped, and then convinced by her friend to dress up li...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
On the worst day of her life Kate gets fired, dumped, and then convinced by her friend to dress up like a hooker and go to a bar to maybe hook up with a bad boy for a bout of rebound sex. Luckily one of the patrons of said bar is a gentleman and decides to rescue her from her folly. Unfortunately said patron is also the guy who fired her...And even more unfortunately, the guy who fired her is hot as hell.
Well, it didn't end up the way y'all think it did. To know how the encounter in the bar did end up, I suggest you read this book. Because you won't be sorry.
For the first (less-than-a) half it reads like a romantic comedy and I had a smile plastered on my face for the first 80 pages or so (out of 224 shown on my eReader). Then the story loses the ha-ha fun and turns into a straightforward romance with a bit of drama (okay, more than a bit of drama) and a pinch of angst thrown in. But it all turns out fine in the end. I don't feel like that's a spoiler, since this is a romance we're talking about and every romance turns out just dandy.
Maybe there was a hurdle too many for my taste, the hero was occasionally too much of a dick and the heroine occasionally too much of a 'girl', but they were cute together, and the differences worked, so I'm a happy camper.
I liked the voice, I liked the flow of the story (even with a hurdle too many it didn't slow the narrative down), the main characters were nicely fleshed-out, the supporting cast wasn't there just as a background ornament, the 'hurdles' and both the hero's and heroine's 'plight' were realistic...
What more can I add but the fact that I liked it? Nothing. I liked it.(less)
As with the previous installment in this series, and the last addition to Ms. Quick's bibliography, The Mystery Woman, this...moreWell, this happened. Again.
As with the previous installment in this series, and the last addition to Ms. Quick's bibliography, The Mystery Woman, this one didn't impress me either.
Though there were some similar reasons for me remaining rather cool about this book, like not feeling the attraction or affection between the two leads (because I didn't feel it not even in the end, when they confessed their feeling to each other), there were some 'improvements' from the its predecessor in the heroine and hero department. Unlike many of Quick's heroines, Amity didn't grate on my nerves (at all), and Benedict, was (again) the usual hero fare when it comes to this author.
There was no paranormal aspect, which didn't bother me that much, although I adore those from Ms. Krentz and her two alter egos, and the suspense was great, with the utterly insane serial killer (!), and the spy subplot.
But somehow that didn't help. Maybe it was the fact the blurb promised something that wasn't actually in the book. But it was probably the voice factor. In the beginning this didn't sound like an Amanda Quick book. It sounded more like a print-on-demand first novel by an unknown and an inexperienced author. Later the Quick-voice was somewhat back, but the damage has been done (and kept on being done in some scenes, like the one in the cottage—I've come to expect a certain degree of awesomness when it comes to Ms. Quick's writing of seduction scenes, and that awesomness was glaringly missing in that particular one *shudder*).
It wasn't bad, far from it, especially thanks to the suspense part, but it wasn't as great as I've come to expect from this author.(less)
I usually have a hit-and-miss think with Ms. Roberts' books, because of her heroines. They're always strong and independent...moreOh, wow. Now we're talking!
I usually have a hit-and-miss think with Ms. Roberts' books, because of her heroines. They're always strong and independent women, but sometimes they come across as too strong, too stubborn, too independent, and I end up not particularly liking them, and not particularly understanding what the appeal is for the hero. And sometimes the heroine is just perfect, with 'perfectly proportioned' strength and vulnerability, steel and mushy core, her sense of humor is right up my alley, and she's so cute and adorable trying to wiggle out of the 'thing' with the hero I just love her to bits.
Lila was one of the latter. An amazing heroine, a great NR heroine. Funny, smart, stubborn, capable of taking care of herself, sometimes closed-of, sometimes afraid, caring, giving, sexy without knowing, a writer, and a gipsy. I won't lose words about Ash, the hero, because the guy was a typical NR hero. Not in a stereotype, cardboard cutout kind of way, but he had that NR-hero vibe, that air about him. Strong, silent, sometimes broody, all-the-time protective, and falling head over heels for the heroine in a chapter or two. Unlike NR heroines, I never find any fault in NR heroes, because they're 'normal'. Not overly alpha, not overly beta, but just the right mix to knock you off your feet when you least expect it.
So, with the heroine and hero just perfect, the story could not have been any less. It was pretty much a typical NR suspense fare (again, not stereotypical or predictable, but...just right). There was a hunt for rare objets d'art with some great research on the Romanov family and the Fabergé collectibles thrown in (perfect for a history junky), a murder or two, a crazed killer for hire, a transatlantic trip, a weirdly large family, two wonderful friends, a few pets, great H/h, and, of course, the romance.
The suspense part was edge of the seat, biting of the nails action in parts, the romance was heartwarming, because I just love how Ms. Roberts writes romance (and everything that goes with it), and there was the requisite humor (I love the one-liners Ms. Roberts characters deliver).
I just can't seem to get enough of NR's romantic suspense novels, and I can't seem to write a decent review of it without using stupid superlatives or starting to repeat myself.
Suffice to say, this one was a perfect package. One of those books, you want to read all over again as soon as you finish.
It was a good romantic suspense specimen with the requisite brooding, I-don't-deserve-happiness hero,...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
It was a good romantic suspense specimen with the requisite brooding, I-don't-deserve-happiness hero, a spunky heroine (that actually acted like someone untrained is supposed to in circumstances she was thrown in and didn't turn into a warrior princess like rom-suspense heroines often do), a psychotic killer, and the right kind of atmosphere. Unfortunately it was too predictable for my taste, hence the rating.
This is the series prequel...Before Lucas met Sascha (and all hell broke loose), Emmett met Ria (Lucas' human executive assistant in later books) and...moreThis is the series prequel...Before Lucas met Sascha (and all hell broke loose), Emmett met Ria (Lucas' human executive assistant in later books) and fell—hard—like changelings do...read more (external link)(less)
Nine years ago she left the town of Neptune behind and her old life behind. She'd tried living the normal life on the other coast; college, promising...moreNine years ago she left the town of Neptune behind and her old life behind. She'd tried living the normal life on the other coast; college, promising law career, boy-next-door boyfriend...But one phone call, a voice from the past, brought her back...
Now she's running her father's PI business, trying to make end meet, when a missing person's case is dropped into her lap...Quickly followed by another, bringing with it another ghost from her past. But when it turns out both cases might be tied to a drug cartel, Veronica Mars just might be in over her head.
"A long time ago, we used to be friends, but I haven't thought of you lately at all." That's how Veronica Mars title song starts. A long time ago me and Veronica used to be friends as well. In the sense that I was a huge fan of the TV show (or at least its first two seasons), but unlike the song, I have been thinking about her lately. All because of a movie.
I wasn't one of the backers (I heard about it too late), but I did see it...Multiple times. And I loved it, convoluted mystery, TV show feel, and all. So when I heard about the book (series), I had to read it, because I wanted to know what happened next. Was Veronica really staying, would she and Logan really give it another go, was Keith going to be okay, was Lamb going down...? I wasn't ready to let go yet. I wasn't ready to let go of Veronica yet. Because if she were real, that's the kind of friend I'd kill to have. A prickly little marshmallow.
I wasn't really expecting much from the book. Well, I was expecting something akin to a TV show episode scenario or screenplay. So I was pleasantly surprised at what I ended up with. A solid, fast-paced suspense novel with a pretty tight plot.
The mystery was intriguing, filled with red herrings, and kept me guessing until the very end. I love it when, at the end of a book, I can say "I sure didn't see that one coming." I honestly had no idea who the (final) baddie was. Kudos to Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Graham for that.
Beside the main mystery, we returned to Neptune, hung out with old friends, got a deeper (and longer) glimpse into the heroine's psyche and inner workings that, at least me, we didn't get to do via the other medium (TV), etc. And I loved the fact we got to experience the entire story through the eyes of only one character, instead of jumping back and forth between POVs. And the fact the book, despite the one POV, wasn't written in first person narrative was an added bonus. Thank you again, Mr. Thomas and Mrs. Graham.
Some who saw the move kept 'complaining' about it being made mostly for fans, how non-fans wouldn't be able to grasp all the nuances, catch all the Easter eggs etc., and they might have been right (I can't say for sure, because I am a fan), but I can say that's less true about the book. There was enough information (at the beginning and throughout the story) given as far as backstory and main characters was concerned, so the reader didn't have to scratch his/her head wondering about those 'details', and the mystery itself had nothing to do with the plots of either the TV series (except for one character) or the movie, although the story is some sort of sequel to the movie.
This is a book for fans and first-timers alike that will keep them entertained, intrigued, and guessing until the end.(less)
Thirteen years ago Lucy Sheridan was dragged from a party by Mason "Nobody messes with Mason Fletcher" Fletcher, her aunt ushered her on an airplane h...moreThirteen years ago Lucy Sheridan was dragged from a party by Mason "Nobody messes with Mason Fletcher" Fletcher, her aunt ushered her on an airplane home, and Lucy hasn't been in Summer River since. Now she's back as her aunt's heir, determined to find out what really happened to her aunt Sara. And the person who could help her find out the truth just might be Mason Fletcher. He's still overprotective, he's still taciturn...and he still makes her blood sing. But the latter isn't important. The discovery in her aunt's fireplace is, and the sudden odd behavior by some Summer River's residents.
I loved it. It had everything. Romance (which was rather realistic, if you ask be, albeit quick), drama (of the family kind), humor (especially the discussion of vegans and murder), and loads of suspense. I loved every single part of it, but I especially enjoyed the suspense. Because it was suspenseful, there's no way around it. I kept wondering and wondering who the bad guy was, even went so far as to think that the ghost might not be a ghost after all, the possibilities were endless, and so were red herrings.
I love a good mystery, I love good intrigue, I love it when the author keeps surprising me, keeps me guessing. And that's exactly what happened in this story. I didn't know the culprit until the end, and in the end it actually made sense as to why a person did what they did. Everything else, although good, pretty much took a back seat to the suspense part. Which was more than fine by me. I was itching for another good suspense novel.
There were strong romantic elements involved, a great cast, a rather quirky heroine, a brooding, (over)protective hero, some drama, some creepiness (what was truly going down on that party thirteen years ago). All nicely wrapped up in a tightly-plotted suspense package. What's there not to like?(less)
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This was a cute little read, different from the previous four books by Elisabeth Barrett I've read s...more***copy provided by publisher through NetGalley***
This was a cute little read, different from the previous four books by Elisabeth Barrett I've read so far. There was no suspense, no drug-dealing, no killers...Just a couple of strangers coming together for a Christmas weekend in Tahoe and getting a lot more in the bargain that they've expected.
Cute, sweet, short...It hit just the right buttons.(less)
Sixteen years ago she'd been the frumpy nondescript woman who's apparently ruined his younger brother...more***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
Sixteen years ago she'd been the frumpy nondescript woman who's apparently ruined his younger brother's life and convinced Dominic's live-in girlfriend to abandon him and their nine-month-old son. His family has been blaming her for everything from that point forward...Oh, and she's a lesbian (though his mother expresses herself more harshly in that regard).
And she's back in town, renovating a house, and stirring all kinds of feelings (and other stuff) in Dominic. As if he doesn't have other problems on his mind. Like keeping his sixteen-year old from earning enough money to buy a car...
It doesn't happen often that I stumble upon a decent read in the "ReadNow" section on NetGalley. But this one was a great respite from other not-so-stellar attempts. It had humor (as Kyle observed, bickering adults resemble teenagers), a feisty heroine, a drool-worthy hero (that often came through as a jackass, very realistic, I believe), a wonderful 92-year old grandpa in search for love (he had more luck in that department than his granddaughter), a very believable romance, a small town, two crazy families, a resilient house and loads of rats.
If that doesn't make any sense, I guess you'll just have to read it.
What I appreciated the most was the age of the two protagonists. They weren't teenagers or a foxy lady and a hunk in their twenties or thirties. He was going on fifty and she was pretty much close behind. I love it when authors decide to make their leading couple more mature. It shows us that love and romance truly is possible at any age. Which doesn't happen a lot in Romancelandia (unless you're reading a paranormal romance with vampires or long-lived werewolves).
The pacing was good, the story never got boring, the supporting cast was just right (with that 92-year-old GP the greatest of them all, and the fact he swore in Italian made him even more endearing)...The only hiccup that prevented me from giving it 5 stars was the final hurdle the two mature lovebirds had to go through. It seemed a bit too much in the end, a bit over the top, and seemed like it didn't really belong there and was added just so there could be more drama.
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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.