This one one of those books that I knew I was going to love as soon as I finished the first page. It was perfect! I was rooting for the hero and heroi...moreThis one one of those books that I knew I was going to love as soon as I finished the first page. It was perfect! I was rooting for the hero and heroine the entire time. Maybe not the entire time. A tiny part of me wanted to throw Evie off a bridge and steal Sebastian for myself, but... whatever. What can I say about the love scenes? *Slurp* Let me wipe the drool off my face, first. Yeah. They are definitely going to the 'recall later when needed' section of my brain. *sigh*(less)
I enjoyed this one, but not as much as some of the other Kleypas books that I've read. I didn't think her description of Cam was quite to my liking. N...moreI enjoyed this one, but not as much as some of the other Kleypas books that I've read. I didn't think her description of Cam was quite to my liking. Nothing was wrong with him, just not quite my taste. For one thing, Cam wore a lot of jewelry, including a diamond stud in his ear. I don't think it's wrong for men to wear jewelry or anything, it's just a personal turn-off for me. Beyond that, I just didn't find Cam all that sexy. I don't know why. I really liked him as a person, but... Maybe that's why I couldn't get interested in the steamier passages of the book. I can't believe I'm saying this, but I actually skimmed the sex scenes. Blah, blah, taut nipple, blah, blah, she whimpered, blah,blah, lickity lick, blah, blah, giant erection, blah, blah, and we're done. Possibly, I need to take a break from romances and come back to them later. Nah, that's just crazy talk. At any rate, I truely did like both Cam and Amelia. I thought they belonged together. The fact that he was a gypsy didn't even factor into her decision to turn him down the first few times, and I think that was an important part of their story. I loved the part where he stuck his ring (one of his many rings, I might add) on her finger while she was asleep. It was pretty funny when she woke up and couldn't get it to come off. I also loved that he never seemed to doubt that she would come around and decide to marry him. On some men this would come off as 'I'm a creepy stalker', but with Cam, it came off as 'I'm adorable, and you know you want me'. Another thing I enjoyed was the 'ghost story' that was playing out in the background, between Leo and Laura. It was a nice touch. I'd like to read more about Leo when he gets it together. Preferably, when he is no longer 'bloated and puffy' from drinking like a fish. I have a feeling when he drys out he'll probably be a good-looking guy. I've heard through the grapevine that there is a Great Debate going on about whether Cam should have ended up with Daisy (from the Wallflower books) instead of Amelia. For what it's worth, I think Amelia is a much better choice for him. I know Cam kissed Daisy a few books ago, but I don't think it was ever meant to be anything but a side note for either of them. It was also nice to see some familiar faces in the book, including Evie and St Vincent. Ahhhhh. St Vincent. (less)
I waffled back and forth between 1 and 2 stars for this one, before finally deciding I couldn't possibly give a book that was so annoying more than 1...moreI waffled back and forth between 1 and 2 stars for this one, before finally deciding I couldn't possibly give a book that was so annoying more than 1 star. What happened?! Betsy Books used to be cute and funny. This book? Not funny. Unless you happen to like being force-fed stupid puns with every sentence. If you do, then this book will be right up your alley. I know, I know. ALL of the Betsy books are full of stupid puns, but this one was ridiculous! MJD lost her mind with Undead and Unfinished! It was like she thought she had to pack every single sentence full of goofy quips. The only thing that was truly funny about the whole book was the fact that MJD still hasn't updated that retarded picture of herself on the book jacket! And then there was the ending. Or should I say epilogue? If you've read this book already, then you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't read it yet, let me just warn you right now, MJD evidently can't decide whether this is supposed to be a humorous fluffy read...or a sinister horror novel. I'll be honest, if I hadn't already come to hate every single character in this book by the time I got to the end, I would have been freaked-out. Instead, it just made me giggle. Is she serious? Is that the end? Hmmm. We can only hope.(less)
I. Loved. It. I loved it! This is a great contemporary romance, with some of the funniest scenes and dialogue that I've read in quite a while! Julie J...moreI. Loved. It. I loved it! This is a great contemporary romance, with some of the funniest scenes and dialogue that I've read in quite a while! Julie James is definitely going onto my list of Favorite Authors!
Finished a re-read of this a few hours ago, and I'm still smiling. sigh God, this is such a cute story!(less)
A little show to start off with, but it turned out to be a pretty fun romance. I ended up loving Heath. Anabelle was a little hard for me to get into...moreA little show to start off with, but it turned out to be a pretty fun romance. I ended up loving Heath. Anabelle was a little hard for me to get into at first, because I couldn't decide whether she was spunky and cool, or insecure and self-defeating. I ended up liking her more towards the end, but I still kind of found it hard to picture her with Heath.
My favorite part was when Portia ended up looking like a Smurf. The side story between her an Bodie was pretty cute and unexpected.
I really liked Phillips' writing style, so I'm sure this won't be the last of her books that I read.(less)
I'm not really sure how to rate romance novels. They are not a normal part of my reading list, and I don't think I've even picked one up since high sc...moreI'm not really sure how to rate romance novels. They are not a normal part of my reading list, and I don't think I've even picked one up since high school. I've been reading a lot of Urban Fantasy books lately, so I thought I'd take a little detour. Ok. A big detour. I was walking around in the Fiction section of my local library and saw the cover of this one poking out. Calling to me, if you will. I blushed, grabbed it, and stuck it behind a more respectable Agatha Christie mystery I was also getting. I made a beeline for the librarian behind the counter and checked out. I felt giddy when I finally got into my car with my chick-porn safely in the seat beside me! I could hardly wait to get home and start reading! I was sure that my prize was chock-full of nothing but raunchy sex, sex, and more sex. Naughty me! Ok, here's where I was disappointed. There were only two sex scenes in the whole thing. The rest of it was an actual story. Not that the plot was all that bad, but come on! I'm not reading a book like this for the story! On a side note, the hero in the book was a shapeshifting wolf. Remember how I said I had been reading a lot of Urban Fantasy books? Strange, huh? I mean, what about the cover of this book says "werewolf"? Anyway, like I said, it had a plot that wasn't half-bad. I did think the author seemed to be a little obsessed with the the word pantaloons. She used the phrase "his skintight black pantaloons" so much, that I was starting to giggle out loud by the end of the book. I guess I would have to say, that in the end, it was a fast, fun, and fluffy read. Still, I'm not sure it totally scratched my itch for a dirty romance novel. I may have to, (cough-cough) pick up another one the next time, just to...you know...be sure. Ahem. (less)
This could have been a cute paranormal romance. You know, something light and fluffy to take your mind off of things. Could is the operative word here...moreThis could have been a cute paranormal romance. You know, something light and fluffy to take your mind off of things. Could is the operative word here. Vampire Next Door was a hot mess. It was just a whole lotta crazy rolled into one story. The main plot line is about a vampire who is still in mourning over his dead wife, and a witch who is afraid of the dark. Supposedly. Unfortunately, this was one of those books that introduced too many twists and wacky side stories. Worse, most of the new twists were resolved within a few pages, and with little or no effort on the part of the characters.
Also, most of it made no sense in any reality. For example, Mr. Vampire needed to make some money. Obviously there would be limitations on what he could do, right? I mean, if he's going to burst into flame when sunlight hits him, being a lifeguard is probably out of the question. Still, I can't possibly fathom why he would take the advice of the witch's hillbilly cousin, and try to set up a still in order to sell moonshine. Moonshine? Really? That's the honest-to-God best thing you could come up with!? What about a night watchman? Cab driver? Convenience store clerk? Or, better yet, since he evidently roamed around at night as a freakin' crime fighter, why didn't he just steal money from the bad guys?! But, no. His only option was to become a bootlegger. Riiiiight. That makes sense.
Then there was the witch. She's not only afraid of the dark, but she's also afraid to leave the building they live in. M'kay. This probably should have played a larger part in the story, but after a few panic attacks, it sort of floated to the background. I'm assuming they'll get her some professional help at a later date.
The hillbilly cousin I mentioned earlier was one of the more annoying characters in story, so (naturally) she played a large role in what passed for a plot in this thing. Note to all non-rednecks: Y'all is plural. Not singular. It refers to more than one person. Was the author trying to be cute when she had the character refer to every single person as y'all, or was she just trying to make the bimbo sound even more idiotic than she already did? The world may never know.
Here's the short list (in no particular order) of small grievances I have with this book:
1) When the pregnant chick went into labor, why was it a big deal that her husband's flight home got cancelled because of snow? He was a shape-shifting bird for Christ's sake! Fly yourself the f@!#% back home!
2)Why did they have to go get the Dragon-lady (that they barely knew) to help them set fire to Mr. Vampire's evil maker? Was there a shortage of gasoline and matches?
3)Speaking of the Dragon-lady... The back-story was that if she didn't get sex on a regular basis, she would sneeze fire. So (naturally), she had to become a prostitute. Because apparently there is not only a shortage of gasoline and matches, but also of men willing to have meaningless sex...without paying for it. She couldn't have a boyfriend, I guess. I mean, who would want to settle down with a woman who actually needed to have lots and lots of sex, right? Yep. That must be it. *bangs head on desk*
4)If the sex scenes were any cheesier, I could have eaten them on crackers. Fang me, Baby! Seriously? Yes, seriously. She actually said that when he was getting ready to tun her into a vampire...while they were having sex, of course. And, NO. I don't care if that was a spoiler for someone. I think of it as a public service to warn people when they are about to read something that damn dorky.
I guess I could keep ranting about all the other stupidity in the book, but I feel much better now that I've gotten some of this off of my chest, so I think I'll call it a day. If you decide to read this, consider yourself warned! (less)
I have to hand it to Perkins, she can really make the n...more3.5 stars It wasn't quite as adorable as Anna and the French Kiss, but it was still really good.
I have to hand it to Perkins, she can really make the nice guys irresistible. She has a gift. It's not that I dislike reading about bad-boys, but it's great to see the sweet guys portrayed as something other than the third wheel in a love triangle.
She also has a gift for making you care about people you have nothing in common with. Take Lola, for example. On a normal day, I'd probably find her to be the most annoying heroine ever written. She wears wigs, tiaras, and false eyelashes as part of her everyday costume. Me? I hate mascara. Why anyone would purposely put effort into dressing up just to...be, is totally beyond me. And yet, I liked Lola. Even though I didn't understand her need to wear itchy stuff on her days off, I really liked her.
As a bonus, Anna and St. Clair are characters in Lola's story. Awww. I just can't get enough of those two!
As a mystery novel? No. As a cute and funny chick-lit novel? Yes.
I asked my librarian to help me find a book that was good, but not sad, violent, or a...moreAs a mystery novel? No. As a cute and funny chick-lit novel? Yes.
I asked my librarian to help me find a book that was good, but not sad, violent, or about animals (What? I don't like sappy books about animals.) I wanted something mind-numbing to pass the time. Something kind of funny maybe? She gave me this book and told me, "My mother really loved it!". I really tried to smile at her when she said that. There's a possibility it looked more like a grimace. But I took it anyway, because it's just been one of those weeks. Well, I guess I need to send a Thank-You note to her mother, because it was exactly what I was looking for.
The plot is...hard to explain, and the mystery isn't really all that engaging. It's basically just a story about a nutty family of Private Investigators, and all of the good-natured damage that they do to each other. It may not sound like much, but I really enjoyed reading it. Definitely going to check out the rest of the books in this series!
Very entertaining, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one! But. I think the thing(view spoiler)[ finding out that Michael was not a virgin (...moreVery entertaining, and I'm looking forward to reading the next one! But. I think the thing(view spoiler)[ finding out that Michael was not a virgin (hide spoiler)] Mia flips out over in this book is not in any way realistic. I can't imagine a 16 year old girl freaking out over that 200 years ago...much less now. ["br"]>(less)
First of all, how cute is the name?! When I saw the book was called Pride and Petticoats, I figured it would be way over the top...and it was. I loved...moreFirst of all, how cute is the name?! When I saw the book was called Pride and Petticoats, I figured it would be way over the top...and it was. I loved every minute of it! (less)
Awwwww! This was such a cute series, and I'm so glad I read it. I was satisfied with the way Cabot ended it, too. (view spoiler)[ I liked that Lilly f...moreAwwwww! This was such a cute series, and I'm so glad I read it. I was satisfied with the way Cabot ended it, too. (view spoiler)[ I liked that Lilly finally redeemed herself, and that Michael and Mia finally grew up and made it back to each other (so sweet!). (hide spoiler)] It was nice to see Mia acting a bit more mature, even though she still had (in quite a few cases) that Mia-like cluelessness that sort of made me want to smack her upside the head. But, I guess that's kind of what makes this series what it is, so I can't really complain.["br"]>["br"]>(less)
I enjoyed Edge of Reason a bit more than the original. I think it had a little more depth (and I use that term veeery loosely) than the first Bridget...moreI enjoyed Edge of Reason a bit more than the original. I think it had a little more depth (and I use that term veeery loosely) than the first Bridget Jones book. She grows a tiny bit as a character, and finally seems to come to terms with what it means to be an adult in love. Again, she grows a tiny bit...we're not talking about any huge spiritual epiphany here. This is, after all, Bridget Jones we're talking about. As a big fan of the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice, I also found myself smiling quite a bit at the references to the movie...and the whole connection to Colin Firth in general. *sigh* I'm a little Bridget-ish about him, too. (less)
I'm still in love with Mia and her Diaries! This book deals with her Prom obsession, Lilly's newest cause (a hot busboy), and her mother's impending d...moreI'm still in love with Mia and her Diaries! This book deals with her Prom obsession, Lilly's newest cause (a hot busboy), and her mother's impending due date. Also, even though her grandmother is still a hideous crone, you can really see some chinks in her armor now.(less)