As much as it pains me to say it, "Bound by Duty" was a tediously mediocre read for me. After reading so many glowing reviews, my expectations were hiAs much as it pains me to say it, "Bound by Duty" was a tediously mediocre read for me. After reading so many glowing reviews, my expectations were high. However, I found the main character whiny and self absorbed always touting about how she needs a let of her own; yet, too fearful to do anything more than hide away from the world. There was little to no action and the plot sputtered along with little progression. At times I didn't think I would finish it.
With that being said, I will not be going on to the next book. This series just wasn't for me. As always, read books for yourself and decide....more
When I first read the book summary for "The Bones of Others" I was uncomfortable with the idea of reading this book. You see, I do not enjoy books thaWhen I first read the book summary for "The Bones of Others" I was uncomfortable with the idea of reading this book. You see, I do not enjoy books that deal with rape and degenerate behaviour towards women; yet, the premise for this series had me intrigued. So, I decided to take a chance and read it. Boy, I am glad I did. Although the read was uncomfortable at times it also had me on the edge of my seat.
Twelve year old, Skye Cree was taken by pedophile, Sonny Whitfield. After raping her, Skye managed to escape. After the police captured him and the DA was preparing for trial, another tragedy struck Skye: her parents were killed in a car accident. Skye was handed over to her over religious Aunt and Uncle who treated her like she had the plague. They refused to allow her to testify against Whitfield so he got off with a lighter sentence.
Now, Skye is an adult on a mission to take down pedophiles in the Seattle area. She has managed to save the lives of three girls and unbeknownst to the public, she has a spirit guide in the form of a silver wolf who helps her hunt for the victims and the victomizers. Her ability to save others has earned her a reputation.
One night Skye rescues Joshua Ander, geek game writer and entreprenuer, from three muggers. Although Josh is stabbed, he refuses to go to the hospital. Skye takes him back to his place where she attempt to patch him up. Josh is fascinated by Skye and wants to help her in her vigilante quest. Soon they are working together and Skye begins to discover she is a woman who has needs and is not defined by the tragedies of her past. But, with so many culprits out there searching for innocence, Skye and Josh just might end up victims themselves.
I enjoyed this read even though I had to read it in small doses. There was plenty of action, intrigue and unsavory characters; yet, there were joyful moments as well like the time Skye saves a teenager and returns her to her parents. I will admit that I did have a problem with the way the author has Skye somewhat eagerly embark on a romantic relationship. You would expect a rape victim to have more trouble with intimacy. I felt the author could have used this moment to educate people on the problems associated with rape victims trying to get back to a normal life. That is the reason I only gave this book 4 out of 5 stars. I think author, Patricia Briggs, is a master at handling this tough issue in her Alpha and Omega series.
Would I recommend this book? Absolutely; but, if you are as skemish as me with the issue of violence against women and more specifically girls, you should be aware that this book addresses it. Read it for yourself and decide....more
I find when selecting Romance Nov, it can be a hit or miss thing. Sometimes the storylines aren't really there and the book reads like really bad pornI find when selecting Romance Nov, it can be a hit or miss thing. Sometimes the storylines aren't really there and the book reads like really bad porn. Other times, you stumble upon a jewel of a good read. This is the case with "Last Will and Testament." I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book.
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Brandt is a self absorbed bratty college student who thinks nothing is skipping classes, screwing another girls boyfriend and drinking too much. l of this comes crashing down around her ears when she discovered in Trevor's dorm room when the police come to inform her her parents have been killed in a car accident.
Before Lizzie can attempt to come to grips with the news, she must arrange a funeral, take custody of her two younger brothers, try to restore her grades so she doesn't lose her scholarship and avoid the upcoming onslaught of troubles she created for herself by sleeping with another girl's boyfriend. There is only person she can even remotely turn to and that is her history TA, Connor Lawson. However, Connor is not about to Lizzie off the hook lightly.
Soon the tutoring sessions and the assistance Connor provides with her two brothers will leave them both vulnerable to gossiping, innuendo and potentially the loss of everything they both love. The resulting drama is so intense that the pressure is e Pugh to bring even Hercules to his knees.
This book took me totally by surprise because it contained so much I despise in a book; yet, I really enjoyed it. What do I mean? Well, normally I don't like books where I dislike the main character and at first, I honestly didn't like Lizzie. However, The character of Connor had the 'remarkable ability to bring out her best, her vulnerable and human side while she enhanced the remarkable man he already was. This made their joining even more sexy.
So, if I enjoyed this book so much why did I only give it four out of five stars? Well, the ending was little too anticlimactic for me even though I know this is the first book in this series. However, do not let this one issue stop you from picking up and savoring a roller coaster ride of a story. It is intense, though provoking and quite frankly hot!...more
(1.5 Stars) I think I've been reading too many romance novels lately because they are all starting to read with such predictability that they've become(1.5 Stars) I think I've been reading too many romance novels lately because they are all starting to read with such predictability that they've become a bore. "Scandal With a Prince" is one such predictable reads.
The events in this story of occurred so quickly that the end result was less than believable for me. Two people run I to each other after a decade of separation and within hours the man is confessing his love for her and asking her to marry him. Of course the fact she confesses she is the mother of his child ( also revealed within a few hours of seeing each other again has nothing to do with their unwavering love! Yeah, right!
This book just wasn't my cup of tea so I definitely won't be going on to the next book in this series However, read it for yourself and decide because looking at the other reviews many readers enjoyed it....more
"November Lake: Teenage Detective, Book 1" is an unusual read. It is about an eighteen year old girl who is attending an academy to become a police co"November Lake: Teenage Detective, Book 1" is an unusual read. It is about an eighteen year old girl who is attending an academy to become a police constable in Britain also while he investigates the unsolved murder of her police constable father. This first book is a compilation of three novellas entitled "Dead Girl in the Room, The Kidnapping at Blackwater Farm and The Menacing Stranger." In some ways, November Lake reminds me of a British Veronica Mars.
I enjoyed the character of November as well as the novellas but wished it had been a full blown story instead of mini ones. The shorts cause the world building and flow of the read to be choppy, thus my reason for the four stars. I hope that book two is an actual novel otherwise I doubt I'll continue with the series....more
I must confess, I am still digesting "Sweet Blood of Mine." There we're aspects of this read I truly enjoyed such as the unique storyline a(3.5 Stars)
I must confess, I am still digesting "Sweet Blood of Mine." There we're aspects of this read I truly enjoyed such as the unique storyline and the characters but there were also things that I felt were mediocre.
High School student, Justin Case is a nerd, chubbette. He is virtually invisible at school but he has a big heart. When a girl he has had a crush on for years is attacked by one of the football gods, he comes to her aide even though he will be pummeled. Although she is grateful, she soon turns on Jason and then the strange Goth girl takes an interest in him.
If all of this is not enough, Justin's parents begin acting strangely, he begins undergoing a strange physical transformation, and a strange vampire like woman is threatening to eat him all and rock his world. Justin quickly realizes things are definitely not as they seem and what he thought he knew about himself couldn't be further from the truth.
There are some truly fun moments in this book filled with plenty of humor, wildly creative characters and tension galore. There is also plenty of action. However, where I had problems was the overly delayed big reveal about Justin's secret. There were times I felt as though the author was stalling rather than moving the plot forward. I purchased the two book set so I will go on to read the next book in this series but a couple of my favorite authors have recently released new installments of series I enjoy; so, I will read those first....more