I've really been wanting to read one of Jennifer Ryan's books after seeing a couple blogs I really like rave about her books. When I saw a chance to rI've really been wanting to read one of Jennifer Ryan's books after seeing a couple blogs I really like rave about her books. When I saw a chance to review Her Lucky Cowboy I jumped on it. It took me a few chapters to get into it but once I did I didn't want to put the book down.
I felt so bad for Bell and the way she was raised. It's always so hard to imagine people treating their own flesh and blood the way her father and grandmother treat Bell. What's even more amazing was how well Bell did coming from such an environment. She's brilliant and while she may be socially awkward at times she is the sweetest person. I have to admit I would have been sorely tempted to just pay someone else to come take care of her grandmother if I were in her shoes.
Dane is also an amazing hero. I loved watching him woo Bell and introduce her to all the things in life she missed out growing up with her grandmother. I also really enjoyed the glimpses we got of his brothers and their wives. It definitely makes me want to go back and read their stories.
There were two minor issues that kept this from being a 5 star read for me. One being I found it hard to believe the police weren't able to find the villain considering how drunk and sloppy he was for pretty much the entire book. Second the pace of Bell and Dane's relationship seemed to move along really fast once they started dating. It felt like within a matter of days she was ready to move in with him despite it taking weeks to even consider going on a date with him.
Still neither detracted too much from my admiration of Jennifer Ryan's story telling. Her Lucky Cowboy is an a thrilling and heart warming story that readers won't want to miss....more
I love the Fool's Gold Christmas stories. They are always so sweet and are perfect to put you the holiday spirit. This one was a sweet, stead3.5 stars
I love the Fool's Gold Christmas stories. They are always so sweet and are perfect to put you the holiday spirit. This one was a sweet, steady read with no real highs or lows but is an overall pleasant read. I liked both Jonny and Madeline's characters and it was fun watching the two work together on Jonny's sister's wedding. I will say the one thing that did bother me and took away from some of the enjoyment was being beaten over the head with how much Jonny was treated like any other person in Fool's Gold. At times it felt like every 10 pages there was a scene of Jonny thinking "Oh gee, they're treating me like an ordinary guy and not a movie star." It got to the point where I felt like shaking him and saying we get it! You're a famous movie star used to always being the center of attention. The other minor thing was that the issue keeping Jonny and Madeline apart was so minor it didn't seem like they had to do much to overcome it. While that was nice it didn't have the same high when you see a couple overcoming some huge obstacle and realize how perfect they are for each other.
Still this is a quick, sweet read that fans of Fool's Gold should be sure to pick up....more
This book caught my eye because of the Egyptian mythology but I was a little leery since it can so easily be messed with. I passed on it but when a frThis book caught my eye because of the Egyptian mythology but I was a little leery since it can so easily be messed with. I passed on it but when a friend raved about it I had to pick it up. Sadly I was underwhelmed and found myself irritated throughout most of the book.
Amon got on my nerves for probably 3/4 of the book. Even allowing for the fact that he is a prince used to getting his way the manner in which he commands Lily around against her will grated on me. Then what was even more irritating was how little protest Lily puts up against it. Yes, she's irritated but that turns amazingly quickly to "I'm undeniably attracted to this man who literally makes me do things again my will" AND she gets all possessive over him when other women flock around him. Then when he shoots her down when she wants to make out with him she falls into a self-pity party thinking something is wrong with her. Uhhh, could it be he's a mummy brought to life to save the world and then going back to being dead for another 1000 years?
The ending seemed way too easy as well and was kind of a let down. Overall this was just a frustrating read....more
The premise of this book was fascinating and I was so intrigued to find out how it would be implemented. The world building was interesting b2.5 stars
The premise of this book was fascinating and I was so intrigued to find out how it would be implemented. The world building was interesting but the main character was such a turn off I had a hard time finishing the book. I kept reading thinking it was going to be one of those books where the heroine grow and not be so irritating by the end of the book. Sadly that didn't happen. From beginning to end Noll was so self centered and concerned about her love she could never have. All of her actions stem from this infatuation and it's hard to believe someone could be so focused on herself that even when she ends up hurting others she still circles back to how unfair things are for herself. I even felt bad for the supposed villain in the book because I actually feel her actions were so much worse than his. I kept telling myself she was young but I find it hard to imagine even someone so young being that self involved knowing the consequences of many of her actions especially since in this world they seemed to be raised from a young age to be more responsible.
The series has potential in that like I mentioned, I thought the world building was well done but Noll definitely needs to stop being so self-centered....more