There's nothing really wrong with this book. The writing is serviceable and the characters are likeable if totally predictable. BUt that is the proble...moreThere's nothing really wrong with this book. The writing is serviceable and the characters are likeable if totally predictable. BUt that is the problem for me. I've read this basic plot many, many times, and there wasn't enough here to make it stand out as special or different.(less)
This is a little more angsty than Mayberry's usual fare, but I still enjoyed it. Leah has been the perfect daughter all her life bowing to the pre...more3.5*
This is a little more angsty than Mayberry's usual fare, but I still enjoyed it. Leah has been the perfect daughter all her life bowing to the pressure of a very manipulative mother by entering into a surgical residency. At the beginning of the novella Leah has decided to quit that residency to study immunology. Her compliant personality has trouble dealing with the resultant anger from her parents, and she takes solace in a friendship with a handsome musician who moves in next door.
Will has as secret he doesn't want to share with Leah, even though he is slowly falling for her. The story is about how they deal with all the issues and disappointments and find love. Being a novella it only skims the surface of some of the issues, but it's still a lovely story.(less)
The plot is ridiculous and makes no sense. There also seemed like a lot of unresolved backstory, but I guess we get that in book 3. I don't get th...more2.5*
The plot is ridiculous and makes no sense. There also seemed like a lot of unresolved backstory, but I guess we get that in book 3. I don't get the "This is my sister so don't get near her" thing, either. The romance is okay and I liked the characters, but this book felt unfocused for the most part.(less)
The concept is not very believable, but it's interesting and different, and the writer pulls it off quite well. I had to suspend disbelief to think an...moreThe concept is not very believable, but it's interesting and different, and the writer pulls it off quite well. I had to suspend disbelief to think anyone would place such an ad, or that anyone would answer it, but once I simply accepted that, the story became quite compelling.
One reason the story works is that it gives you a odd sense of time and place, actually feeling a little like a fairy tale. Part of the reason for that is it's written in first person present tense. Now, I admit FPP is one of my least favorite styles, but here it works. In fact, it not just works, it helps set the whole slightly surreal feel to the book. By keeping the reading "in the moment" the author succeeds in keeping you just a little off balance. You're right there with the narrator, but you really aren't, and I felt that disconnect. That off-balance feeling is the reason I don't like first person singular for humorous contemporary romances. For me, the humor rarely comes off right because the tone of the book feels "wrong." However, in some books it's a perfect fit. I remember feeling this way when I read Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight.
One criticism I have is the way the novella ended. It stops abruptly and gives the patient reader no real closure. That feeling is perhaps worsened by the fact that the book ended at the 85% mark on my Kindle, so I was expecting a lot more.
This is a wonderfully readable "small town" contemporary romance. I'm not a huge fan of small town books, but I enjoyed this close knit community...more3.5*
This is a wonderfully readable "small town" contemporary romance. I'm not a huge fan of small town books, but I enjoyed this close knit community on a smallish island in the Outer Banks of NC. The writing is smooth, although the POV changes a little abruptly at times. There is always a page break to keep the reader clued in, however.
The story is perhaps predictable to some degree, but the characters were still well done. Some time is spent on secondary characters that are going to show up in later books, but they were woven into this storyline very well, and about the right amount of time was spent on them. One subplot of this book involving a young girl named Taylor isn't resolved here and will obviously be picked up in later books. But it doesn't feel like a cliff hanger so much as a snapshot of real life, were not all issues and and stories end on the same day.
I did think the ending somewhat abrupt, but we'll get to see Alison and Matt again in future books as well, so we're not leaving them forever.
Good book that I read quickly and enjoy from start to finish. I can't wait to read Carolina Girl.(less)
Peter Berkrot is a new-to-me narrator and I wasn’t sure of him at first. He has a slightly gravelly voice that can’t be called soothing, but it did fit the suspense setting. As I listened, Peter’s voice became part of the story, and each time I came back to audiobook, the quality of his voice pulled me right back into the plot. Some narrators add to a story, some take away from the enjoyment, and there are still others that do neither. I would add Berkrot, at least for this book, to the last category. A listener may come to enjoy the gravelly voice as I did, but Berkrot’s inconsistent character voices and the occasional inability to distinguish between characters during conversations can be an issue.
Eli Landon comes back the Whiskey Beach to take care of Bluff House while his grandmother is in Boston recuperating from a fall. For the past year Eli, a former defense attorney, has been under suspicion of murdering his estranged wife. With his personal and professional lives in tatters, Eli wants to move on with his life. When it becomes clear the police don’t have enough evidence to bring charges against him, he is ready to escape the constant strain of Boston for the peace of Bluff House.
Abra Walsh has been his grandmother’s housekeeper and yoga instructor for several years, although Eli has never met her. Abra moved to Whiskey Beach for her own fresh start after a personal trauma. Their lives become intertwined while Eli lives at Bluff House’ and even more so after Abra is attacked by an intruder in the house one night. As the mysteries deepen, both around the recurring incidences at Bluff House and the murder of Eli’s wife, Eli and Abra become attracted to each other and tentatively start a relationship. Abra brings new life to Eli, and Eli brings trust back to Abra.
I like the way Nora Roberts writes suspense, and anyone who does is going to enjoy this latest effort. It has good characters, vivid descriptions, and enough twists and turns to keep a mystery lover happy. Whiskey Beach isn’t as good as The Witness; it feels a bit long and at times one doesn’t know whether the main plot is Eli’s recovery or solving the various mysteries, but perhaps that’s just as it should be. There is a cardboard character in the book named Detective Wolf that could have been left out, and a few other small plot issues, but the relationship between Abra and Eli is sweet and satisfying. I especially appreciate that when Eli and Abra are on the verge of a “big disagreement,” the author has these adult characters act like adults and actually talk. That scene is real, and the characters act believably. I wanted to high-five Nora Roberts right then!
The combination of Nora Roberts and Peter Berkrot worked well for this book. I would definitely listen to him again, just as I will definitely listen to future suspense novels by Nora Roberts.(less)
A fluffy piece of fun. well written, with entertaining characters. I thought the descriptions of the games and contestants was well done and often...more3.5*
A fluffy piece of fun. well written, with entertaining characters. I thought the descriptions of the games and contestants was well done and often funny. Like many other reviewers, I'm not a fan of "survivor" type reality shows, but I did enjoy this. One caveat is the misunderstanding- it was realistic in many respects, but still not my favorite trope. Great sex scenes! ;-)(less)
A very typical JAK contemporary romantic suspense. And that's not a bad thing. While she can write amazing books (Sweet Starfire), she generally write...moreA very typical JAK contemporary romantic suspense. And that's not a bad thing. While she can write amazing books (Sweet Starfire), she generally writes entertaining-yet-forgetable books. I often go to JAK (or another of her pen names) when I just don't know what to read next.
Sharp Edge was entertaining as hoped, but didn't wow me and probably won't last long in my memory. The two central characters were fine, but they didn't generate a lot of chemistry. The plot was decent and the secondary characters were well-done.
Recommended if you like JAK, can get it cheap or free, and need a nice generic beach read.(less)
This is a surprisingly well-written book. The author makes the 26 yr old virgin heroine seem reasonable and she deftly handles the awkwardness of the...moreThis is a surprisingly well-written book. The author makes the 26 yr old virgin heroine seem reasonable and she deftly handles the awkwardness of the situation. The heroine hires a male escort to relieve her of her virginity and an interesting relationship begins. The sex scenes are numerous and well-done, although towards the end I was skimming them. The dialogue was superb, and that is were most of the character development happens. There is just a little sappiness toward the end, but I forgive it. ;-)(less)
It's difficult for me to review this book without giving away the plot. Suffice to say that Eve's reasons for not getting involved with Brian again ma...moreIt's difficult for me to review this book without giving away the plot. Suffice to say that Eve's reasons for not getting involved with Brian again make NO SENSE. She's an idiot. Below in the spoiler I will detail a few things I hated. IT WILL GIVE AWAY THE PLOT! You've been warned.
(view spoiler)[ Eve was hurt when her boss, who was married but separated, went back (at his wife's request)to try to revive his almost 20 year marriage. Eve had fallen in love with him, even though they'd never talked about it or acted on it in any way. Two years later he's back, his marriage has finally ended after trying counseling,etc. Now he wants to see if he and Eve have a chance. She's so mad at him she won't even see him at first, even though she's still in love with him. Are you getting this? She loves him, he loves her, and yet she will ruin both their lives because she can't get over herself. She also thinks he should have chosen her over his wife. I'm thinking a man who cares about honor and loyalty is a man I'd want to grab and hang onto forever! Who do YOU think is the better bet for long term commitment? A man who leaves his wife flat, or one who tries everything he can even though he sees someone else he maybe could love. Then there was Eve's decision for one night of sex. This is a common romance ploy to allow the author to write a sex scene. It's silly and transparent. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I almost didn't download this even though it was free, but I'm glad I did. Although there is the usual HP over-the-top sexiness i...more3.5* rounded up to 4*
I almost didn't download this even though it was free, but I'm glad I did. Although there is the usual HP over-the-top sexiness in the hero, there is also an engaging story and decent writing. I'll have to check out other titles by this author.(less)
We all need a bit of whimsy in our lives, and The Girl with the Cat Tattoo is guaranteed to add it. I wasn't sure about getting so much of the book fr...moreWe all need a bit of whimsy in our lives, and The Girl with the Cat Tattoo is guaranteed to add it. I wasn't sure about getting so much of the book from the cat's POV, but I love Max's voice. He isn't a person in a cat suit, he's so cat-like! Weir gets cats. ;-) Max's perspective on things is often a bit off and almost always funny. Being a novella, the character development isn't a deep as I'd like, but still good. The slight suspense story is interesting, but it's the romance that predominates. What steals the show is Max's sometimes wise and sometimes totally off-based way of viewing things.
Recommended for anyone wanting a light, fun romance with a decidedly different POV. Also recommended for anyone needing a smile today. (less)
I enjoyed this romantic suspense book by Laura Griffin, as always. I didn't care for it quite as much as some because the romance between the lead...more3.5*
I enjoyed this romantic suspense book by Laura Griffin, as always. I didn't care for it quite as much as some because the romance between the leads didn't work for me. Gage was physically attracted to Kelsey, and obviously fond of her, but not until the end did it feel like there was any real commitment. That was too little--too late for me to readily accept.
The suspense was good except that last twist was a little over-the-top, especially that Gage, Kelsey, etc., would figure it out so quickly.
Anyway, fun and definitely worth reading, but more ordinary than many of the other books by Griffin. Still, she's such a dependable author and I enjoy her writing style so much. She's one of the few authors that I can actually say I've read everything she's published.(less)
I'm somewhat on the fence about this book. It was definitely engaging, but somehow not completely satisfying. I think it's a good thing I hadn't read...moreI'm somewhat on the fence about this book. It was definitely engaging, but somehow not completely satisfying. I think it's a good thing I hadn't read the first two in the series recently, because Heiress for Hire is a favorite of mine and I don't think this stands up to that one. Seeing is Believing lacks some of the believable angst and the charming humor of the other book.
It's 15 years after Heiress for Hire and Brady comes back to Cuttersville after losing his job in Chicago. Piper is still there, now teaching school and living with her parents while she finds a place to live. Brady immediately notices what a lovely woman piper has grown into, and Piper is just as aware that she still has that long-time crush on Brady.
Piper suffers some PTSD due to her early childhood, and Brady has issues of his own. I felt like neither of those things were explored enough. I also felt the ending was a little abrupt and left us guessing about a few things (although not he HEA).
On the other hand, McCarthy does a good job of showing both Brady and Piper as well-developed characters, with flaws and good qualities. the "mystery" was interesting if easy to solve, and the relationship between Piper and Brady was sweet.
This is a good quick beach read, or a book to cleanse you palette after a difficult or angsty book. Worth reading and enjoyable, but not the best book by this author.(less)
I know going into it that a Harlequin Present book has certain requirements for a story: -billionaire alpha male (check) -virgin heroine(check) -often s...moreI know going into it that a Harlequin Present book has certain requirements for a story: -billionaire alpha male (check) -virgin heroine(check) -often set in foreign country (check)
HP's don't generally appeal to me, but I've read some that I have enjoyed, plus I like this author. So when I saw this one for free I got it. All I can say is I'm glad it was free. The plot makes little sense and the heroine Jessie has even less sense than the plot. She is an idiot. Jessie immediately decides everything Silvio does for her is because he's embarrassed by her, or trying to buy her, or he feels sorry for her. Anything and everything except maybe he likes her?! Obtuse woman! "He's buying me a beautiful dress to wear to the party! Oh NOES! He must think I'm a hick and is trying to dress me up! I should flee!!"
Silvio isn't a great character either, but he mostly follows the HP mold. Dashing billionaire who has dragged himself up from the streets to oversee an empire while really being this great guy who helps others. He's brooding, he's dangerous, and he's inexplicably drawn to this mealy-mouthed woman.
Why two stars instead of one? Because Morgan's writing is good enough to make me want to finish the book and see how Silvio finally makes Jessie she the truth. Since I was compelled to finish the book, I give the author two stars. I'll definitely read Morgan again, but I may choose a little more carefully. ;-)(less)