Oh, man, was this GOOD! I have to say that I had just tried to buy this one on my phone the night before receiving a message from C.D. Hussey asking i...moreOh, man, was this GOOD! I have to say that I had just tried to buy this one on my phone the night before receiving a message from C.D. Hussey asking if I'd like to read and review Unexpected Oasis for an honest review and of course I said YES (who wouldn't, if you've read her before?). As expected, there was nothing - not one single word! - in this book that prevented me from remaining her biggest fan. I was spellbound and devastated by her description of Afganistan and what it means to those contractors working there, but I was repeatedly spellbound and devastated by her characters. I admit to wanting to smack around our heroine for passing up the man-meat Jason (ooh-la-la! No way would I have skipped that!),however I understood her feelings stemming from her recent divorce. So much more realistic than most contemporary-romance I've read.
How can an engineer-by-trade be such an exceptional writer, I wonder every single time I read a C.D. Hussey book? I just wish she'd write faster :) She is every bit as talented in this genre as my other favorite authors like Roxanne St. Claire and Cindy Gerard. Pacing, plot, word choice, everything. Someone at a major pub house should be sitting up and taking notice asap.(less)
As usual, Ms. Gerard has outdone her competition and written a book that kept me up all night with angst, suspense and romance. This book is the secon...moreAs usual, Ms. Gerard has outdone her competition and written a book that kept me up all night with angst, suspense and romance. This book is the second of the One-Eyed Jacks series and as far as I'm concerned, she can't write these fast enough (please update us on your website, dear author, because I totally freaked last night when I checked it and there was no mention of a date for #3)! Even tho this is part of a series, feel free to enjoy it without reading its predecessors as it suits as a stand-alone too; but then clear your schedule to read the rest as you'll want to right away. Especially the first in this series. Oh yeah, for her die-hard fans: the book features all your favorite Bodyguards and Black Ops heart-throbs in the second half!
Not gonna write about the book itself, as you can read its synopsis yourself. Just rest assured, it is up to Ms. Gerard's usual high standards, has excellent proofing and copy editing, and is simply a JOY to read. I'm actually kinda depressed now, now that its over, because there aren't many other authors that I hold in such high regard so whatever book follows hers will suffer for it. Sucks to be them.
P.S.: Please let this series be optioned for movies, PLEASE!!!(less)
It's not the fault of the author that I could not finish this book by the time it was due back to my library. The writing was masterful and suspensefu...moreIt's not the fault of the author that I could not finish this book by the time it was due back to my library. The writing was masterful and suspenseful but I couldn't handle the subject matter. I pray that I never will. (less)
Angst was invented by Mercedes Lackey, even tho many current authors such as Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan have improved on it over the years....moreAngst was invented by Mercedes Lackey, even tho many current authors such as Sherrilyn Kenyon and Christine Feehan have improved on it over the years. Mags had the toughest life imaginable but Haven became exactly that for him in this Herald's tale. I love these books and hope Ms. Lackey keeps to these.(less)
A great read, quick and adventurous. I loved all the characters and believed their actions. There were a couple places where poor editing made me have...moreA great read, quick and adventurous. I loved all the characters and believed their actions. There were a couple places where poor editing made me have to do a re-read but I got over it. Would love to read more stories about the secondary stars - especially IZZY!(less)
This could be my new substitute for the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. I loved the tension between the characters, the fast-paced plot and the worldb...moreThis could be my new substitute for the Hollows series by Kim Harrison. I loved the tension between the characters, the fast-paced plot and the worldbuilding - oh so gently done, Sharon! Loved this book.(less)
This book is a re-read for me and I am really glad I pulled it out of my old books and gave it a whirl! I think I got so much more out of it the secon...moreThis book is a re-read for me and I am really glad I pulled it out of my old books and gave it a whirl! I think I got so much more out of it the second time around. Certainly I had a different appreciation of it simply because of the health of my father at this time of my life; I understood Robin's father and his various mood swings more now.
This is book one of a trilogy about 3 daughters and how their 55 yr. old father wants to fix everything that he sees as wrong with his beloved girls now that he himself has been given a fatal cancer diagonosis. As many men do, he had spent his entire adult life working on his career and running his business. Because he was so uninvolved with his family, they loved him but left him to his work. He gave them wonderful things and thought that was enough; now that he sees the end coming, he also sees that he may have given them the wrong things all along. Of course, being a man, he figures he can just fix their problems and everyone will be happy. Try again, buster! Luckily there is a lot of love in this family to get them through this period.
Robin is the eldest daughter and the only one to work in the family business. Unfortunately she has no clue what she is doing and is a real prima donna to boot. She is the quintessential rich girl except that she has no idea she's perceived as bitchy, snobby and stuckup - even by her friends - or that her father had created a cushy job for her somewhat isolated from the main company so she couldn't do too much damage. When Rob finds out, pretty much all at once, that her father is dying, her office has just burned down, her friends agree that she's a diva, she's cost the company its very first client because she was shooting for a mega new one instead, and to top it off, the hunky general contractor she's hired to gut and redo her house is the same guy she spouted off to while waiting in line to pay her fines in Municipal Court (she'd just gotten out of the slammer after talking back and smack to the police officer who stopped her for speeding)! Wow! Robin was not a lovable character at this point but we could see she was in the clouds and clueless. Clueless equals hope: there was hope that she could regroup, learn to be nice, etc.
I loved seeing Robin rework her habits and open up to show what was really in her heart. I loved Robin for hanging in there for her dad. With the pain and sickness from the cancer drugs, he wasn't all that great himself. But he also learned how to express himself and how to help his daughter in valuable ways; his life teacher happens to be in the form of his ex-wife, a very smart lady who raised inherently good girls and who jumps in to help her ex-husband deal with his end life. Oh, I cried! There was so much love in this book, even tho half the time no one recognized it. Most importantly, there were people ready to help other people. And that probably made me cry the most. What a blessing others are for us!(less)