I hoard my Jennifer Crusie books, y’all. The few I haven’t read yet I try to save, because she is one of my most treasured authors. Bet Me is one of m...moreI hoard my Jennifer Crusie books, y’all. The few I haven’t read yet I try to save, because she is one of my most treasured authors. Bet Me is one of my all time favorite books. I am happy to report that Manhunting more than lived up to the high standard I have come to expect from Crusie!
Kate Svenson is super successful. She has made a lot of money, and has some great friends. What she doesn’t have? A husband. Three failed engagements down and this girl is ready for desperate measures. Her best friend convinces her to head to a Kentucky resort where the rich flock to for vacation. More than a little wary, she hits the road (not without a list of strict guidelines for the future Mr. Svenson).
So what happens when flannel-wearing-fishing-is-the-highest-form-of-ambition Jake Templeton hits the scene?
Oh, I will tell you what happens. You guys, Manhunting has one of the best slow burn, heart tingling, happy making romances I have ever read. It nails the just met leads to friendship leads to sexytimes plot line like you wouldn’t believe.
For the majority of Manhunting, Jake and Kate are oblivious to being anything other than fishing buddies. When the heat finally catches up with them? Well…sexytimes are had. That is all I’ll say about that. (You know, besides WHOA MAMA!)
Seeing them try to fit together extreme laziness with high powered career at the end is nothing short of crazy satisfying (especially since neither of them are exactly what they seem). Even though the end was not exactly a surprise (hello, this is a romance novel), when things started getting rocky my heart squeezed just a little.
Sigh, Jennifer Crusie? You are a rock star.
Y’all, Manhunting is a book definitely worth reading! Super satisfying romance with fantastic side characters? Check. The expected laugh-so-hard-you-choke Jennifer Crusie trademark moments? Check. Plus: it is a really quick read! My copy was exactly 250 pages. Definitely worth your time (and money! The Kindle edition is less than $4.50).(less)
In the first book of this series, Opal got herself into a heap o'trouble. Even though she makes a lot of mistakes, she learns as she goes, and as I sa...moreIn the first book of this series, Opal got herself into a heap o'trouble. Even though she makes a lot of mistakes, she learns as she goes, and as I said in my review of Storm Glass, I love watching her character develop.
In this book, she ends up very confused as far as her personal relationships go. The love square she is trapped in doesn't just puzzle her - it puzzled me for quite awhile as well. I didn't pick a team until the conclusion of the trilogy.
Also in this book, Opal is exploring her new-found powers, and that has her pulled into several different directions as well because so many different people want things from her. There is a magical issue (body switching) that she is trying to prove - but no one will believe her, not even Yelena! I was surprised about that, because of all people, Yelena should understand how it feels when you know something is true but everyone else thinks you're crazy.
Anyway, this was a great middle book of the trilogy, and leads up into one fantastic conclusion! Review of Spy Glass to come.(less)
This is just an easy, sweet story. None of the outcomes are hard to guess, and most of the characters are ridiculously perfect...but I had a lot of fu...moreThis is just an easy, sweet story. None of the outcomes are hard to guess, and most of the characters are ridiculously perfect...but I had a lot of fun reading it just the same.(less)
Well, I got about two-thirds of the way through this sucker, and then set it down for over a week and a half. I wasn't bored exactly, the Roland flash...moreWell, I got about two-thirds of the way through this sucker, and then set it down for over a week and a half. I wasn't bored exactly, the Roland flashback just had a rather long lull, and I felt the pull of the many other books in my TBR pile.
Before I picked it back up, I had pretty much made up my mind to forget my usual review policy of trying to give series a blanket rating...because I didn't think I would be able to give a book I could set down for a week and a half 5 stars.
Then I started it reading it again and changed my mind.
Roland is such an amazing character, and as much as I loved him before...I am putty in his fictional hands now. I firmly believe that if you've had your doubts about him in the past, this book will change your mind. Not only for the story he tells about his past, but also for the things he says to his ka-tet near the end of the book.
I also loved the way King admitted how much he was dreading writing the flashback, because he is no romance writer. Once I was reminded of that fact, I appreciated Roland's love story much more, lull and all.(less)
I don’t believe in “guilty pleasure” reading because: hello, I don’t feel guilty about anything I read. But I bet anyone that uses the term frequently...moreI don’t believe in “guilty pleasure” reading because: hello, I don’t feel guilty about anything I read. But I bet anyone that uses the term frequently would definitely say The Irish Trilogy by Nora Roberts classifies…
Seriously you guys, I have reread these books so. many. times. Mostly when I was in high school, but still. They are constant fall-back comfort reads to this day.
Jewels of the Sun brings Jude Murray to Ireland. She is recently divorced and in need of a break from her life. She certainly finds that in the little Irish village of Ardmore. She quickly begins to settle into her cottage (borrowed from a family member) and make friends. Many of those friends stem from the Gallagher family’s pub around which our trilogy is centered (especially the oldest brother in this case…).
Besides Jude’s growing relationship with Aidan, the biggest part of the book focuses on how Jude learns to fit in her own skin and appreciate herself. I don’t think she ever had the right people around her in her ‘old life’ for that to happen. The book definitely makes it seem like Ireland is her perfect fit! I loved watching her character figure out what it feels like to have real friends and a real relationship, both of which she can depend on.
Tears of the Moon is my favorite of the three, and the one I’ve – by far – read the most often. Brenna O’Toole, tomboy extraordinaire, has loved the other Gallagher brother basically forever…but he never noticed. But really, why does the man always have to make the first move? (Answer: he doesn’t.)
Brenna shocks Shawn to no end with an intriguing proposal (not of the marriage kind), but the longer he thinks about it the better it starts to sound.
Brenna is seriously one of my favorite characters ever – funny, smart, loyal and above all: really really brave about fighting for what she wants. I don’t know how anyone could read this book and not absolutely fall in love with her.
Heart of the Sea is, in my opinion, the weakest link. Probably because the heroine, Darcy, appeals to me the least. She is the only sister of the Gallagher trio and she is pretty darn self-confident. She is also seemingly very shallow. She does have a lot of depth to her, but I think the shallow card is played a little too well.
Trevor comes from America as the owner of a large company building a theatre addition to the Gallagher’s pub – Darcy is always up for gallivanting around with a rich man so things heat up for them pretty quickly. (See? Shallow!) When they both start feeling attached, things start getting a little rocky…
Okay, so now we’ll get to the crazy-cheesy part of the whole thing that I’m not so fond of. The books all feature an old legend surrounding the town of Ardmore about two doomed lovers from the past (the guy was the prince of the faeries who didn’t know how to properly show the woman he loved her). Her ghost haunts Jude’s cottage and he constantly shows up in the graveyard where she is buried and where our trilogy’s heroes constantly turn up. It turns out that once all three of our happy couples fall in love the curse will be broken.
Now, I’m obviously by no means a paranormal/fantasy hater but in my opinion, these books don’t need this element. There is something timeless and mystical about both the characters and the setting without bringing actual magic into the mix.
Jewels of the Sun, Tears of the Moon and Heart of the Sea are fantastic contemporary romance reads in their own right, and to be honest I usually skip the scenes that the prince of faeries shows up in when I reread them. Does anyone else that has read these books agree with me?
Anyway, that being said – I obviously still think The Irish Trilogy is worth reading, weird paranormal elements and all. These characters will grow on you quickly and you’ll want to see them all through to their happy endings!
If you’re a fan of contemporary romance, you’re probably already familiar with Nora Roberts. But if you haven’t read The Irish Trilogy, I definitely think you’re missing out!(less)
*smacks lips* I feel like I just indulged in an entire carton of ice cream. This book was delicious...and mindless...and...everything it was supposed...more*smacks lips* I feel like I just indulged in an entire carton of ice cream. This book was delicious...and mindless...and...everything it was supposed to be, really. Sure it was cheesy and predictable-but who reads these books thinking they will be the next great American classic? I think this series will stay my stand-by guilty pleasure for a very long time. I am about to go and immediately start on the second one. (less)
The whole reality movie aspect of You Look Different in Real Life is what really drew me in – and I’m sure that’ll be the case for a lot of people. I...moreThe whole reality movie aspect of You Look Different in Real Life is what really drew me in – and I’m sure that’ll be the case for a lot of people. I mean, dude. We are all about the reality TV in this country. Even though Project Runway and Duck Dynasty are about as far as I go these days…it is pretty much pick a channel, any channel. Chances are you’ll come across a camera following somebody around. (OMG, I just got the best idea ever. Project Runway/Duck Dynasty mash-up! I would die.)
I was so impressed with this conclusion to the trilogy, you guys. The plot got so fascinatingly complex and twisty! So many dangling plot threads – fr...moreI was so impressed with this conclusion to the trilogy, you guys. The plot got so fascinatingly complex and twisty! So many dangling plot threads – from small to large – get picked back up in the most interesting ways. Characters from both the first and second books all come together and…man, it’s just so great. The payoff of following this story to the conclusion is as grand as it is satisfying! I won’t spoil anything for you, but seriously. If you are at all a fan of paranormal romance with a rich, engaging plotline that isn’t just window dressing? This trilogy is worth your time!
Well, if you keep track of things on Goodreads, you might have noticed that I plowed through this series in just a few days. I got really caught up in...moreWell, if you keep track of things on Goodreads, you might have noticed that I plowed through this series in just a few days. I got really caught up in Faythe and the shifter world that Vincent created. However - that doesn't mean I thought the books were perfect, because I had a lot of issues with them (although those pop up mostly in later books).
First of all (and, honestly, the reason I hadn't read the books sooner): the name Faythe. I thought that was dumb. I can't stand the way it is spelled! Literally through all six books, I would cringe every single time I read her name. I know it's weird I'm so fixated on it...but really. Bugged the life out of me.
Moving on. I loved Faythe as a character for the simple fact that she often got on my very last nerve. She has a lot of growing up to do, and often made bad decisions (or just really annoying ones) over the course of this book. If I'm making that sound like a bad thing...let me correct that now. I loved it! Finally we have a heroine who isn't perfect. This is a series people, which means the MC needs to somehow grow over the course of the books instead of popping out of the womb without a flaw. And all those annoying flaws I'm talking about did not keep me from appreciating and enjoying her - she is still a great character.
In fact, you can't really blame her for being so annoying/"fight the establishment," seeing as how the world she lives in doesn't think much of females beyond their breeding capabilities. She stands up for herself and what she wants for her life, and even though it made the book drag on in some parts, I respect that.
(Speaking of the book dragging on...it did sometimes. It was long. Too long. But if you can muster the patience to deal with it I think the payoff is worth it.)
Next, the world that Vincent created and the system of the shifter community - awesome. I loved the Pride vs. Strays set-up...and even the Pride set-up. I really like reading books with organized supernatural systems, and Vincent definitely delivers 100% on that front. Also cool that they're werecats vs. werewolves...adds another layer of originality (even though the only real difference is that now I picture Bagheera in my head instead of Fang after swallowing a large dose of Skele-gro).
I also loved Marc, the love interest/BAMF. He has a lot to do with F's (don't make me say her full name please) contradictory emotions as far as "I love my family" but "I don't want to be trapped" goes. Like I said, I totally understand her need to stand up for herself - but sigh, Marc ends up with the short end of the stick and you can't help but feel sorry for the guy. The plot between Marc and F will probably remind you a lot of Kelley Armstrong's first Women of the Otherworld book, Bitten, if you're familiar with it.
The plot in this book, ignoring the slow draggy parts, was awesome. Lots of suspense and tense moments (both sexual and otherwise)...plus, not everything is wrapped up with a neat little bow for every character you're rooting for. Make the story much more realistic.
Anyway, overall I liked this book a lot! If you're an adult paranormal romance/urban fantasy fan...I definitely recommend reading these. (less)
You guys, I don’t think it’s possible to love a series more than I do this one. Also, I swear – each one just keeps getting better! No one – and I mea...moreYou guys, I don’t think it’s possible to love a series more than I do this one. Also, I swear – each one just keeps getting better! No one – and I mean no one – can write seduction like Laura Florand. The writing is so lush and gorgeous and sexy.
Yeah so...this book was awesome. If you're a Supernatural TV show addict, you should probably mark your calendar. If you aren't a Supernatural TV show...moreYeah so...this book was awesome. If you're a Supernatural TV show addict, you should probably mark your calendar. If you aren't a Supernatural TV show addict, you should probably mark your calendar anyway.(less)