I picked this book up for free and because it came up while I was looking at Roxanne Snopek's books, which I love, so I thought why not give2.5 stars
I picked this book up for free and because it came up while I was looking at Roxanne Snopek's books, which I love, so I thought why not give it a try. It unfortunately included one of my biggest pet peeves. I don't like insta-love or in this case from an unreasonable dislike to all of a sudden in love with each other.
It started off promising enough and I was curious to see how Tori and Jed were going to fall for each other. Tori took an immediate dislike to Jed due to a misunderstanding which was fine. So I waited to see how they would over come that and waited and waited. Then all of a sudden they're kissing and Tori is in love with Jed. I swear it felt like I must have missed something. I would have guessed they spent maybe a total of 2 hours together if you put together all their encounters so I'm not quite sure why or when they fell for each other. Tori is pretty much a shrew to Jed the entire time and while Jed initially seems like a nice guy he ended up totally turning me off by the end of the book. He had this insane jealousy and insecurity issue that never goes away. Even the resolution isn't because he overcomes his insecurities, it's because the other half of the problem goes away. So we don't see any real growth in his character.
My attention is caught by any story with a highlander and the cover and blurb reeled me in BUT sadly the book didn't live up to my expectatio2.5 stars
My attention is caught by any story with a highlander and the cover and blurb reeled me in BUT sadly the book didn't live up to my expectations. It was hard to get into and I never truly came to like either the hero or the heroine. The most irritating part about the hero was his determination to return to sea and thus he was set on not pursuing Catherine. Then all of a sudden when she says the kiss they shared should never be repeated all of a sudden he foists himself upon her every chance he gets. It's almost like a child being told he can't have something so all of a sudden he HAS to have it. I didn't get any sort of build up to why he was so over the moon for her. Another issue is that other than some references to his clan and his sister's disdain towards the English I also didn't get the feel of a highlander about Alexander. His presence doesn't seem to cause any of the "riot" referenced in the book description or the terror he strikes in the ton other than a moment or two where he intimidates a few men. Honestly he could have been any old Englishman and the story wouldn't have been much different other than his outlandish sister.
Then there's Catherine who just irritated me and her character seemed to be all over the place. She had no spine and seemed more of a foil to help other characters shine. Mary Elizabeth, Alexander's sister, is so overboard crazy that it was initially off putting but when seen in constant comparison to Catherine I really came to like her so much more.
The story itself was a little disjointed and never completely drew me in which is honestly probably because I didn't care about the couple. I did end up skimming the last 20% or so just to finish it....more
I've heard great things about Samantha Chase and thought it was about time to dive into one of her books. I was slightly disappointed though I will fuI've heard great things about Samantha Chase and thought it was about time to dive into one of her books. I was slightly disappointed though I will fully admit I didn't check and didn't realize this was part of a series.
While for the most part you can follow the story line I'm hoping Zach is slighly more likeable if you've read the earlier books. While I enjoyed Samantha Chase's writing style I never truly came to like Zach. Yes he was in a horrific accident, yes it's hard for anyone to know what he's going through and yes he deserves some self-pity time BUT from what I can tell he's been a jerk since before the accident. Watching the way he treated Gabrielle made me want to give him a swift kick in the you know what. He is cruel and again I may have excused it if we didn't keep hearing about how he's treated her horribly for years. What kind of guy has a temper tantrum the way he did that lasts years AND makes him feel justified in being degrading and insulting to another human being because his feelings were hurt?
That leads me to Gabrielle who I really loved EXCEPT for the fact that she put up with Zach's abuse for years. She's brilliant, talented, sweet and obviously an asset anyone would appreciate so even crushing on Zach I find it hard to believe she would take his behavior for years is unfathomable. Then he really tops his deplorable behavior in the end. While I knew Gabriella would eventually forgive him I wish he had had to work for it more. It seemed way to easy for him.
If it weren't for Zach I would definitely have rated this book higher. I loved Zach's family and friends and definitely want to go read Summer's story as I already love both Ethan and her....more
I love Highlander stories so despite this being a novella (which I normally don't read) I decided to give it a go. It has one of my pet peeves which iI love Highlander stories so despite this being a novella (which I normally don't read) I decided to give it a go. It has one of my pet peeves which is the insta-love but I was willing to put that aside because it is a novella so not much space to develop the relationship. That said the writing style engaged me but I found Magnus hard to like. From the opening page he is pretty much a self-admitted man-whore which again I accepted because I was expecting him to be truly reformed once he fell for Effie. What did get to me was the fact that he can't decide which sister to marry and ends up having sex with both. That was a bit much even for a guy who gets around. The scene with Effie's sister made it seem like he had absolutely no control and it wasn't really his fault that they had sex. Really?! Really?! There are a few other surprises as the story progresses but while Magnus started to grow on me I never came to truly adore him. I loved Ellie so I'm glad she gets a second chance at love but I have my doubts of Magnus's ability to remain faithful since obviously what's in his pants controls his actions more than his mind.
Kimberly Killion's writing style was engaging enough that I am still curious to try a full length read from her and hopefully a more developed relationship will sit better with me....more
I am a huge fan of Marina Adair's books so I was looking forward to this read. Unlike her other books I have to admit this one started off a little slI am a huge fan of Marina Adair's books so I was looking forward to this read. Unlike her other books I have to admit this one started off a little slow and I initially didn't care for Dax. He was too cocky for my tastes and seemed kind like a jerk for pursuing Emerson when he knew he didn't want to stay and she was the type of woman who needed more than a one night stand. Once the story started picking up though he did start to worm his way into my heart. He really was a sweet guy and I loved seeing him working with Emerson and her sister's Lovely Ladybug troop.
I loved Emerson's character from the beginning and felt sorry for the burden she had to carry. I can only imagine how I would want to strangle my father if he did the things he did. Then to add the aggravation of him encouraging Emerson's sister to behave ridiculously. You can help but admire how calmly Emerson handles all this while running her own little business and working towards expanding her food cart into a full blown food truck.
The story itself was cute and fun to read once things picked up. I would have liked an epilogue or a little more at the end to tie things up but overall another great read. Readers really can't go wrong with the St. Helena books. They are all filled with quirky characters and great romance!...more