Another awwww-sound-inspiring, sex-fest with a pretty solid plot. I seem to have found another solid author to keep me company with her short stories....moreAnother awwww-sound-inspiring, sex-fest with a pretty solid plot. I seem to have found another solid author to keep me company with her short stories.
This shorty was cute, incredibly unrealistic (come on, who falls in love after two days of boinking in the woods?), but sweet nevertheless. I want to know if this Cooper Valley truly exists, because if it does, I'm on my way there. It seems to be the town with most eligible, hunky, caring, sexy, one-right-woman men in the US. And they all seem to work either for the fire department or for the police force.
Out of the three stories I've read in this series, this was by far my favorite. It didn't have a stuck-up or mercurial heroine, it had plenty of humor, some outdoor sex, an ugly dog, and a HEA (in the making).
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)
Nora Roberts sure can do her job right. Well-researched, well-written, wonderfully paced...This review I’m attempting to write can n...moreGo Zulies!
Nora Roberts sure can do her job right. Well-researched, well-written, wonderfully paced...This review I’m attempting to write can never do the book justice.
It was typical Nora. The “picture painting” was awesome, I really felt like I was there, in the middle of the wildfire, in the black, waiting for the siren to scream, walking the base alongside Rowan and Gull, running on the track...It all felt real, from the flaws and imperfections of the characters, the banter (God, how I loved the banter), the danger, the thrill...
Not many authors have the ability to write a story that can suck me in like this one did, and I loved every single moment of it. It was long, but I actually wanted it to be longer. I never wanted to stop reading.
It wasn’t just for the romance, which is the main reason why I love romantic suspense. Don’t get me wrong, Rowan and Gull (and even Lucas and Ella) had a wonderful romance going, explosive tension, gripping attraction, smokin’ hot passion...And they were great together as well as separately. I loved Rowan and her snarkiness, her sarcasm, her “butch” attitude, and I adored Gull and his idiosyncrasies, his vocabulary and his ability to use it, his seemingly bottomless well of seemingly unimportant knowledge, his protectiveness, his sense of humor... What this story was about, almost leaving the realm of romantic suspense, was the smoke jumpers and their love/hate relationship with her, the fire, the dragon. Because you have to love it a little to be good at what these men and women do. And I’m talking real people, here, not fictitious ones.
Nora Roberts made me appreciate these daredevils even more. Putting their lives on the line to preserve the wilderness, save lives even at the cost of their own. I’ve always admired firefighters, but these smoke jumpers, boy, they’re in a league of their own. Can you imagine hurling yourself into the fire? It must be a mix of excitement, dread, terror, exhilaration... And Ms. Roberts, with her book, delved a little deeper into the “would-be” psyche of such characters, revealing what might make them tick, their secret love of the chase, of the jump, of the danger...of the grueling work it went into “killing the bitch”.
Gosh, I really loved it. So loved it, in fact, it took me quite a while to finish, since I kept going back, re-reading some scenes, reliving the thrill.
Enough with the inadequate review. Go read this book!(less)
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 no...moreChick-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).(less)
I just can't stop repeating just how great this series is. You'd think that something written in the nineties wouldn't ring "right" nowadays, sounding...moreI just can't stop repeating just how great this series is. You'd think that something written in the nineties wouldn't ring "right" nowadays, sounding a bit backwater at the least, but this series is just timeless.
This was yet another winner with a strong, stubborn, determined female lead, and a hunky, yummy arson investigator as leading man. Throw in an arson mystery, some explosive chemistry, a visit from much-loved characters, a little twist of insecurities, and a villain you won't see coming, but is still believable...and what more can someone want.
An über-annoying heroine with a huge chip on her shoulder, a bland hero, no chemistry, and flimsy suspense.
(view spoiler)[And what was with the firefi...moreAn über-annoying heroine with a huge chip on her shoulder, a bland hero, no chemistry, and flimsy suspense.
(view spoiler)[And what was with the firefighters' resentment toward Kansas at the end. You'd think they'd be happy the firebug had been caught. Even if it was one of their own. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
A quick, funky, sweet, sexy, funny, and smokin' hot story of two friends secretly lusting for each other, but afraid to risk their relationship with s...moreA quick, funky, sweet, sexy, funny, and smokin' hot story of two friends secretly lusting for each other, but afraid to risk their relationship with sex. All they needed was a little push and a whole lot of lovin'. Hunky firefighter for a hero didn't hurt one bit.
Yes, finally Sean's story. Yes, he's finally gotten his act together. And yes, finally not a disappointing book.
I don't know about you, but I was gett...moreYes, finally Sean's story. Yes, he's finally gotten his act together. And yes, finally not a disappointing book.
I don't know about you, but I was getting a little fed up with Ms. Davis and this series. I mean, what's there not to like about a bunch of hunky firefighters, a bit of suspense, and a whole lotta lovin'? Well, if the delivery sucks it all goes down the drain. And I'm sorry to say Ms. Davis' delivery sucked more than it was good where this series is concerned. Fret no more, this book delivered and it delivered nicely. Pity it's the last one in the (firefighters) series, but if there's a spin-off about the three law-enforcement guys so far playing second fiddle, I'm with Auntee on this one, sign me up!
I'm glad Ms. Davis decided to get her act together with Sean's book, because the guy more than deserved it after all he's been through (and put us readers through). We didn't get the privilege of meeting him when he was the man everybody admired, but instead got the beginning of a wreck which we followed to lowest ring of Hell in the previous book when Sean finally hit rock bottom. The second intervention worked, though, and Sean is back. Clean, sober, and working his ass off trying to get his life back on track and regain his friends' trust.
The journey to hell and back has been agonizing, tiring, dramatic, dangerous, and the future at the end of the previous book looked grim for out firehouse captain. But he came back with a vengeance, determined to get his life in order, not to disappoint anybody...And with the help of his friends, but mostly a newfound (old) flame, he made it. It was a bitter-sweet story, filled with ups and downs, fears and joys, heart-rendering moments, tears, and laughter. The characterization was great, the drama of alcoholism taken head-on, the pacing was good, and it was great seeing all the firefighters and their significant others we met in the previous books. Pity, they "felt" more real to me in this one as secondary cast than they did in their respective books.
The only bone I have to pick with Ms. Davis is the suspense plot. Is it just me or did the firefighters of station five see more action than there is in a "gangsta" flick? What is it about hunky firefighters attracting bad guys like honey? And they all work together! Sheesh. The suspense in these books always seemed a bit far-fetched for me, a little too convenient to put the male and female together, tie up loose ends at the end. Sorry, I just don't buy it. As I didn't buy it in this book. Yeah, the revenge plot was rather good, but everything else going on with it (that never really came to fruition) left much to be desired...Also, these guys were supposed to be tight, despite Sean's downfall. Was it too much to ask for Tommy to mention the villain's name after his happily-ever-after? All it would take would be a name for Sean to put two and two together immediately. But then we wouldn't have had a story. Oh well.
The rant is officially over. The verdict: this was the best book in this series. Seeing it didn't get five stars is says a lot.
Keeping my fingers crossed to get to see more of Shane, Taylor, and Dominic. Keeping my toes crossed not to get disappointed by their stories.(less)
An arson investigation soon involves dead bodies and IFO and Homicide have to work together, forging a temporary partnership between arson investigato...moreAn arson investigation soon involves dead bodies and IFO and Homicide have to work together, forging a temporary partnership between arson investigator Lieutenant Reed Solliday and Detective Mia Mitchell and as the arson/murderer escalates, so does the tension between the two partners…
Well, the string of good-book-bad-book has ended with two good books in a row. This should be commemorated.
You’ve probably deduced I loved this book. The pacing was spot-on, the plot well-developed, the characterization was wonderful, the suspense chilling, the villain strangely fascinating, and the little romance sub-plot perfectly balanced the tension-filled suspense.
I absolutely loved Mia, which is a great exception in my usual I-hate-the-heroine “demeanor”. In fact, the hero was the one frustrating the heck out of me. I just wished someone would’ve smacked him upside the head or something. Because his sticking to the past was bloody annoying. Lucky for Mia and the readers he saw his error in time, before I started ranting of my hero-hate to the world.
There were many sub-subplots in this book, some previous characters paid us a visit (“whew” for Abe, and “congratulations” to Dana and Ethan), but the story didn’t seem clogged and crammed with too much of everything. All this little cameos (even the Reed-daughter-subplot) provided some much needed respite between the suspense scenes.
Four college students start a fire in a condo under development, accidentally killing an innocent teenager. Now, not only are they victims of a serial...moreFour college students start a fire in a condo under development, accidentally killing an innocent teenager. Now, not only are they victims of a serial blackmailer and guilty of arson (despite their motives being "good"), they also have the cops on their tails. But as in all KR books, those cops are the least of the foursome problems, since they're forced to do the blackmailer's bidding, setting more fires, digging their holes deeper and deeper.
The random fires won't be random for more, though, not with the FD and Hat Squad working together. The two forces will quickly start looking for links, though there appear to be none, and despite the grave circumstances of their joint investigation, both departments just might create a new and strong link...If they all get out of it alive, that is.
This was yet another winner by the awesome writer that is Karen Rose. Equal part thriller and romance with some major angst, dark secrets, broken hearts, and drama thrown into the mix to create that elusive perfect blend of genres that distinguishes Ms. Rose's writing from the rest.
With wonderful characterization (as always), a twisted villain, touching romance, hot'n'steamy scenes, great mystery, chilling thrills, a hot firefighter, a determined lady detective, and two meddling senior citizens to provide some humor, this book is a great way to spend a few hours. I loved both David (he finally moved on) and Olivia (she finally got her man) in this one, their shared past was wince-inducing (David, Davis, way to go, my man), and I absolutely adored the main villain (does that make me weird?), though at times I thought there were a bit too many twists and turns in the suspense plot. There were some pretty intense and heart-rendering scenes in this one (for both firefighters and cops), but they were nicely balanced out by the thrills, romance (sweeeet), and those little touches of humor David's tenant Glenn provided.
Hmmm, yet again, this series just doesn't seem to click very well with me. Sure, it's hot (at times), sure it's sweet (at times), sure it's suspensefu...moreHmmm, yet again, this series just doesn't seem to click very well with me. Sure, it's hot (at times), sure it's sweet (at times), sure it's suspenseful (again, at times), there's just something there, which I cannot put my finger on, that doesn't work that well for me.
The pacing was good, the characters were nice, the plot was rather tight, I just didn't feel it. I also didn't "feel" the connection between the two leads, I didn't really understand Tommy's decision toward the end, and Shea's initial "reluctance" didn't gel for me. I would've understood it better if it were toward every man, not just a certain type.
Buy hey, maybe it's just me.
The only really good thing that came out of this book was the small scene in the last chapter with Sean accepting that soda and the final cliffy with the phone-call and the softly-spoken taunt. I'm afraid I'll be disappointed with the last book as well, though.
Yes, I wouldn't mind reading about Shea's twin brother or the tall, dark, and handsome FBI agent, but, yet again, I fear the final result. But hey, maybe that's just me. ;)(less)
Five years ago he convinced her fiancé to leave her at the altar and now he’s back in her life to disrupt it yet again. First because she still loathe...moreFive years ago he convinced her fiancé to leave her at the altar and now he’s back in her life to disrupt it yet again. First because she still loathes him, second, by telling her just why she was jilted, and third…Because she’s attracted to him.
But her control issues and a murderous arsonist just might keep them apart forever.
This story was hinted at in the previous installment of this series. Nate Houston convinced Robin’s fiancé to leave her at the altar, but she never learned the reason why. It’s normal, then, that she hates this fire investigator’s guts, and it’s more than normal she has quite a few reservations to work with him. But slowly, slowly, he gets under her skin…
I liked the premise, not so much the execution. The story was fast-paced, but the plot with a killer, serial arsonist at times seemed a little outlandish, the heroine at times was more than annoying (stubborn when it came to her hate of Nate, but not stubborn when it came to learning the truth, she gave up asking her ex about his reasons after one year, and hated Nate for five), Nate was just your typical Harlequin hero – alpha with commitment issues (justified!), but with a heart of gold, and a complete about-face when he fell for the heroine. Not much to say on that front.
A decent suspense story with a decent romance and decent writing. In one word – decent.(less)
Someone is meticulously killing homeless criminals using an ingenious method. He burns them.
The most likely suspect is firefighter Walker McClain. His...moreSomeone is meticulously killing homeless criminals using an ingenious method. He burns them.
The most likely suspect is firefighter Walker McClain. His motive is irrefutable. Two and a half years ago his wife, carrying his unborn child, died in a brutal mugging by a homeless man with a scar across his knuckles. And Walker hasn't stopped searching for him. Such a mindset could easily turn him into a vigilante murderer. He has the motive, the knowledge and the means.
But if he's really guilty needs to be determined. And this is where Jen Lawson, undercover firefighter IA plant, comes in. She has to get close to Walker to discover whether he's the infamous Payback Killer, but she isn't prepared for the attraction between them to pull her closer than she intended.
After the disappointment of Ms. Cowan's previous Hot Zone book, The Private Bodyguard, I was ready for the worst, so the unexpectedly good story came as a huge surprise for me.
I loved every aspect of it. The pacing was nice and steady, the writing and style has improved, the heroine was someone I wouldn't mind being friends with, and the hero, despite the cliché of a dead wife and in search of her killer, ridden by guilt for even taking notice of another woman, was utterly lovable and totally yummy hunky-firefighter material.
Despite the shortness of the book the romance between Jen and Walker didn't seem rushed. Their misgivings about the attraction between them were endearing, and very plausible, the passion was explosive, and even the implosion as the aftermath of the truth was believable, comprehensible, and heart-breaking. And thanks to the villain showing up at the opportune moment, the anger and sense of betrayal didn't last long. Don't you just love it when the villain knows just the right moment when to make his/her appearance?
This book had a great suspense subplot as well. Nicely-crafted, well-developped, and very well-written. Though as the reader I knew the hero wasn't really the killer, the author managed to convey a sense of suspicion and ambiguity in everything he said to the heroine, making even me doubt my conviction. And the fact I didn't see the villain's identity coming until the heroine figured it out was an added bonus.
Another story with the hero coming back from the dead, and while some of those are pretty good, this one simply tanked.
The plot was a bit far fetched...moreAnother story with the hero coming back from the dead, and while some of those are pretty good, this one simply tanked.
The plot was a bit far fetched and had more holes in it than a chunk of Swiss cheese, the hero, while the author did strive to make him appealing, came through one-dimensional, and don't get me started on the heroine. Reading about her and her "mixed feelings" about the hero was like watching a very uneventful Ping Pong game.
This was a quickie, light-weight Christmas-themed anthology with three hot little stories. Santa's younger brother, Damon Claus, is fed up with the wh...moreThis was a quickie, light-weight Christmas-themed anthology with three hot little stories. Santa's younger brother, Damon Claus, is fed up with the whole Christmas cheer and decides to imbue the season to be jolly with a little naughtiness…His (un)fortunate victims are former high-school sweethearts that rekindle their flame thanks to some healthy Christmas decorations competition, an arson investigator and a firefighter joining forces to find the secret admirer that is sending her sex toys and porn flicks wrapped in naked Santa paper, and a woman who hates Christmas doing "time" at a tree farm for slugging a mall Santa for copping a feel that falls for the Christmas-loving tree farm owner.
What all three stories had in common was an emotionally scarred/insecure/challenged heroine finding the right guy that made the transition from skittish to totally, head-over-heels, starry-eyed in love. Since everything happens in a span of a few days (if not hours), execution and style is everything to make is believable (and likable). Unfortunately the first two stories lacked in said execution – the second even more than the first. The real gem in this anthology was Rhonda Nelson's contribution with the Santa slugging woman finding her appreciation for Christmas, an addition to her family, and love on a tree farm.
Cute, quick, sweet and hot.
P.S. I wished one of the stories was about Damon Claus, Santa’s naughty little brother, but alas my wish didn’t come true. I would’ve loved to see him squirm receiving some of his own medicine.(less)
Though I couldn’t escape the feeling of déjà-vu (I read Sun Stroked by the same author a day earlier), this was still a hot little number of an anthol...moreThough I couldn’t escape the feeling of déjà-vu (I read Sun Stroked by the same author a day earlier), this was still a hot little number of an anthology – also thanks to the firefighter factor. And yet again, the middle story wasn’t for me (I don’t like ménage plotlines – I just can’t get the whole sharing-of-the-person-you-love thingy, but that’s just me).
While the second one didn’t exactly play to my tune, the first and the third more than made up for it. Now, if only the firemen in my town possessed one of those "special phones in their sleeping quarters". ;)(less)