I could not have chosen a better book to venture back into the realm of historical romance. It had i***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
I could not have chosen a better book to venture back into the realm of historical romance. It had it all—good, tight plot, flowing narration, humor, drama, romance, a little angst, a wonderful hero that wasn't an ass, a great heroine that wasn't an idiot, the baddie in the form of the heroine's grandparents (the hero should be made a saint for his patience with the grandmother), a clandestine pregnancy, a vegetable of a friend that decided to wake up from his near catatonic state at the most inopportune moment...
I loved it and I can't wait to read more. I already have the "prequel" on my Kindle, and am impatiently waiting for Xavier and Jane's story.
Ms Ridley offered (me) a breath of fresh air on the genre with the story and H/h that veered just enough off the template to keep things fresh, yet not so far to make it all appear foreign. Loved it....more
This one started iffy for me. I just didn't get the whole searching-for-kidnapped-mother thing. I gue***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.
As with the previous installment in this series, and the last addition to Ms. Quick's bibliography, The Mystery Woman, thisWell, 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....more
This was a cute little novella that serves as introduction into the author's Renegade Royals series t***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
This was a cute little novella that serves as introduction into the author's Renegade Royals series that will feature four (?) bastard sons of the princes of England...And the person that will connect the four books together, spymaster Dominic Hunter.
Dominic is only a fourteen-year-old in this novella and doesn't get much 'screen-time', and though the series will apparently deal with spy-stuff, there was no intrigue, no suspense, no murder, no traitors in this little introduction. Just your 'usual' historical romance.
A historical romance with two wonderful protagonists and a little twist to the template-y historical romance plot of boy-meet-girl-they-fall-in-love.
Cute, sweet and just long enough to satisfy yet make the reader interested for what might happen next. And the blurbs for the next two books are there at the end, oh-so helpful. ;)
P.S. I had a little problem with the title, though. Yes, we are talking about the Renegade Royals series and the future books will feature illegitimate sons of said royals...But the protagonists of this novella weren't of royal blood (pure or diluted). So what's with the title?...more
I tried. I swear I tried, but I just couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the two protagoni***ARC provided by publisher through NetGalley***
I tried. I swear I tried, but I just couldn't bring myself to care what happened to the two protagonists. She was annoying as hell, and he came off as an utter idiot. I didn't feel the connection between them, didn't get the animosity she felt toward him...And the plot about the ghost in the woods wasn't appealing, either.
I gave up somewhere in the middle, but read the last few chapters, hoping a good ending might help me change my mind and finish the book properly. Unfortunately I didn't get my wish.
This came completely out of the left field for me. The story simply didn't suck me in as Ms. Quick's novels usually do.
Let's start with the title—TheThis came completely out of the left field for me. The story simply didn't suck me in as Ms. Quick's novels usually do.
Let's start with the title—The Mystery Woman. That was supposed to be the heroine. To me, she was no mystery. I would've preferred her secrets to be revealed more slowly, not giving it all up front (to the reader, that is). She was also the usual Quick-heroine that often annoy me with their behavior, notions and convictions.
The hero also wasn't of much help to make me enjoy the story. Though he was (at least in appearance) the usual Quick-hero, the rest simply fizzled. Though the new approach Ms. Quick chose with him not believing in the paranormal was indeed refreshing, it quickly turned annoying.
Also, I didn't feel the connection between them, not the attraction, not the affection, not the love, not the sex. Nothing. It just didn't work.
The suspense part of the story was also incomparable with Ms. Quick's other novels. Maybe it was the fact the main reason the villain wanted to kidnap Beatrice (the heroine) was utterly out there—yes, the guy was completely nuts, but still. Maybe it was the fact I didn't much care what happens to the heroine (or hero), but I had a really hard time getting though the book. Kudos for the other villain, yet it took me way too long to finish this one.
Still, the writing was good, the plot also (despite everything I've listed), so I decided to give it three stars. I'm quite disappointed, though. I expected more. ...more