The premise behind the book gets three stars. The whole sex-bonding sub-plot is too contrived for my tastes. However, the book gets four stars for not...moreThe premise behind the book gets three stars. The whole sex-bonding sub-plot is too contrived for my tastes. However, the book gets four stars for not only being well-written, but for taking the contrived "bonding" sub-plot in a new direction. Soren doesn't end up a knuckle-dragging alpha male. He's a hero with honor and compassion, and self-control. Cyani is also a character worth caring about, loyal and courageous. Since Ms. Granger has managed to take a cliched plot line and leave out the cliches, I give this book four stars, and plan to read the next book set in this universe...and I hope there is a next one!(less)
I liked it okay, but for most of the book I couldn't stand Miranda. Okay, so she has the obligatory "Aha!" moment. For me it was too little too late....moreI liked it okay, but for most of the book I couldn't stand Miranda. Okay, so she has the obligatory "Aha!" moment. For me it was too little too late. Her character made me so mad, it took away from an otherwise engaging story. Here was a woman treating her almost 20 yr old brother like a wayward 10 year old (threatening a curfew and "lights-out" policy??), telling herself she was doing it for him (even when he clearly told her what he wanted/didn't want). She honestly felt she knew better about everything. Miranda was manipulative, and for me this wasn't a tough independent woman. There is another term for Miranda's personality. She was even willing to ruin a man's character and career, a man she knew to be a good person who cared about her, for her own ends.
Ms. Edwards writes well, and many of the characters in the story were well-drawn and multifaceted. I don't have to have, or even want, a goody-two-shoes character, but I can't relate at all to one whose underlying personality is so unlikable. Because of that, the attraction between Miranda and Adam only made sense on a physical level.
Since I liked Ms. Edwards writing other than the character of Miranda, I'll give this author another try when the next in the series comes out.
I think I could have retroactively forgiven Miranda if her moment of clarity had come from something other than the life-and-death situation. If she'd worked through it on her own and changed, I could have believed and respected her change of heart. As it was, I felt like she might have changed her mind on one or two things, but overall, she was still the same. (less)
Rated 4 stars in print in 2009 and 2011. Bought unabridged audiobook 3/2012.
Listening on audio was as much fun as reading the book. Decent narrator ma...moreRated 4 stars in print in 2009 and 2011. Bought unabridged audiobook 3/2012.
Listening on audio was as much fun as reading the book. Decent narrator made it an enjoyable reread. Good characters, witty dialogue, creepy villain, great balance of humor and angst. Great book, even if it is a little dated!(less)
I originally read this book over three years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I recently...moreOriginally read Nov 2008.
A-/B+ Narration by Deborah Hazlett 4.5*
I originally read this book over three years ago and thoroughly enjoyed it. I recently bought the unabridged audiobook from audible. The narration bu Deborah Hazlett is excellent. She does the Alabama accents well, and really gets Daisy's personality. Her voice sounds just like a smart but somewhat shelters southern woman should. Daisy is a great character, somehow blending prim-and-proper with backbone and humor. After deciding to change her life with a make-over and new clothes, our inexperienced librarian vacillates between outrage and curiosity over the advances of police Chief Jack Russo. Russo is a big-city Yankee outsider who is trying to get used to living and working in a small southern town. At first he is mildly intrigued by Daisy, then decides if she's looking for a man, he's the one for the job.
I like the suspense story that's woven into the story, although the serious subject of human trafficking doesn't always fit well into an otherwise lighthearted story of a woman on the verge of spinsterhood breaking free and and learning to live. But overall the plotting of the suspense plot is well done and interesting.(less)