This is a feel good Christmas story that moves at a fast pace. The heroine is a veterinary tech in a very small Kentucky town who works for her fatherThis is a feel good Christmas story that moves at a fast pace. The heroine is a veterinary tech in a very small Kentucky town who works for her father and the Hero is a reluctant veterinarian supply salesman whose previous job was as a Computer support tech for a law firm in NY. Hero rolls into town when it begins to snow and his car ends up against the wall of the local honky tonk. with his car wrecked he has no place to stay, so when he is released from the hospital, the local garage gives him a clunker loaner and he goes to the vet clinic where he meets the girl who got him out of his car. He repairs her computer and a machine he was supposed to be replacing with one from his company. When the heroine discovers he has no place to stay, she offers him a room in the home she shares with her father. He accepts her offer and the relationship takes off with lightning speed from this point. When the heroine's father has to stay overnight with a client's animal, the relationship moves to the bedroom, then it's over by Christmas eve or is it? The characters in this novel are interesting and sympathetic. I just wish the story had been longer as I would have liked a bit more of the backstory of each character. Would I recommend? Yes. It's well worth spending the time to read if you like quick romances....more
I believe the authors missed the opportunity for a truly great story. The opening was good and drew you right into th I received an ARC from NetGalley.
I believe the authors missed the opportunity for a truly great story. The opening was good and drew you right into the story. A single sheriff in a town with lots of unmarried women, and a beautiful female doctor, an anomaly during that period in history, who doesn’t want to get married pretend to be engaged to keep away the unwanted attention of marriageable males and females.
Here’s where I think the authors excelled: 1. It appeared the heroine was based on the first female physicians, Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell who were more interested in women’s health and medicine than in marriage. Elizabeth the first female to get admitted to medical school in NY graduated with the highest grades. 2. The writing was excellent. Plotting and subplots were good. 3. The characters were well drawn and the setup was good for future stories in the series.
However, here’s where I think the authors missed the mark: 1. Greenville, Mississippi in 1868 was in the middle of reconstruction after the war between the states and the era of the carpetbaggers had begun. The thriving hamlet, a center for large cotton plantations had been destroyed during the siege of Vicksburg but was rebuilt when soldiers returned home. The Mississippi river was important to the hamlet for transporting cotton from the plantations beside the river. However, none of this historical information was used in the book. As close as the authors got to this were mentions of one of the brothers owning a gambling boat and another about Natchez and Vicksburg. In fact, the story read more like a western than a post-civil war novel and the struggles of the southerners.
2. Once the agreement was reached by the H/h to a pretend engagement, the story morphed into a full-fledged modern sexual relationship with graphic sex. There were even mentions of the h having several previous relationships. The H would not have disrespected a well-bred woman in this manner. Women were expected to be virgin brides unless they were widows and were expected to be reluctant but compliant partners after marriage. The h in this book acted like a prostitute and in my opinion her behavior took away from the likeability of the character.
Would I recommend? Yes, if the reader doesn’t mind about the lack of accuracy about the setting or the breech in social and moral behavior of the historical period.
I found this book hard to read. If it is to be believed,I would be more fearful of our country's future than I was before. The arrogance of the politiI found this book hard to read. If it is to be believed,I would be more fearful of our country's future than I was before. The arrogance of the political candidates shown by the authors is amazing. There were many instances of the authors using deep point of view for the people they were writing about. How was it possible for them to be inside the mind of, say, John McCain? But they wrote this book as if they were. Their portrayal of Sarah Palin and Hilliary Clinton was sad. If I had known the book would lack credibility, I would not have purchased it....more
Review of Chrysalis: Tribulations ( Book 2: Chrysalis series) The fae opponents are once again menacing half mortal, half magical Bree in M.L. Lacy’s lReview of Chrysalis: Tribulations ( Book 2: Chrysalis series) The fae opponents are once again menacing half mortal, half magical Bree in M.L. Lacy’s latest mesmerizing adventure into an alternate world. This is the second book in the series and is certainly as impressive as the first. By adding layers of complexity to her characters and their world, Lacy has taken her gutzy heroine, Bree, through enormous challenges that show her evolution into a very different magical world . As the newly declared “Chosen One” of a magical realm, Bree continues to build her magical powers and is tested with some of the expectations of her vampire protectors. At every turn, she is forced to protect herself and those close to her from Esmeralda, her opponent who wants control of the clan. In addition, many of her own clan are filled with animosity towards her. She can trust no one, so must rely on her developing magical powers of mind reading, visions and support of her soul mate Stephen. Will this be enough to save Bree and her clan, or will stakes this high force Bree to make choices that will change everything for her magical realm? In Chrysalis: Tribulations, M.L. Lacy has created a rich complex fantasy world and a satisfying and enjoyable read. Bree’s voice is painfully honest and one finds they are emotionally invested in her growth and evolution as “The Chosen One” and her success with her clan. As she grows into the role, the tension in the story heightens. Plot twists, and action move the story along at a fast pace. This is highly recommended to those who enjoy fantasy novels.
This was a poorly edited book. The first two paragraphs were so bad, I had difficulty reading the book. The scenes were ones I'd read many times in otThis was a poorly edited book. The first two paragraphs were so bad, I had difficulty reading the book. The scenes were ones I'd read many times in other novels. Truly not worth the money. I expected better from a NYT bestselling author....more
Harlan Coben writes thrillers and books about a sports agent named Myron Bolitar. In this book he combines the two and it dosen't quite work for me. MHarlan Coben writes thrillers and books about a sports agent named Myron Bolitar. In this book he combines the two and it dosen't quite work for me. Myron gets a call from a lover of two weeks, whom he hasn't seen in seven years, and rushes off to Paris with just a message saying, "Come to Paris". He is then thrown into a James Bond world with international and global terrorism. Lots of plot, twist as always, but too many threads not answered. Harlan is a great writer, but this book clearly does not measure up to previous books....more