I finished this yesterday and yet it feels like weeks since I've read it. Not sure what that means.
First of all, I'd have given this book four starsI finished this yesterday and yet it feels like weeks since I've read it. Not sure what that means.
First of all, I'd have given this book four stars if Putney knew how to write anything realistically--which she does not. Granted, it is partly my own fault, because I know from past experience that I don't generally enjoy books by her with tortured heroes, simply because the heroes aren't actually tortured. The characters in the book claim the hero is tortured, and so does the hero himself, but this is not displayed at all in the actual story. I have no problem with non-tortured heroes, but if you're going to write a TH, then at least do it right.
I am reminded of Ian from another Putney book. He spent years in dungeon which was literally a hole dug into the ground. When he was freed, he was in perfect health. Mildly underweight, but otherwise in tip top shape. We are told he is claustrophobic, but he doesn't exhibit as much. Perhaps he thinks, Damn, this darkness kinda sucks-- oh well! - It's not that I wanted him to suffer, but how am I supposed to get into his character when he feels so unreal? Same thing happened with Grey. Imprisoned in solitary confinement for TEN years. Despite this, he is in pique physical condition-- he is slightly underweight, but only by a few pounds or so, and is in stunningly perfect health. Yes, I want him healthy, but not at the cost of accuracy.
I'm supposed to believe he spent ten years in a French dungeon and can just pop out back into society totally healthy mentally and physically? Oh, sure, he claims he's insane, but is there any proof? No. Supposedly, his temper is the proof. Okay. Also, he has a mild distaste for crowds now. Whatever that means. It just felt like his character post-prison was just slapped together at random. Oh, gee, he should be scarred. Let's see...how about he wants to beat up a few people and gets a bit irritated in crowds! Perfect!
On a high note, I found Cassie a pretty likable heroine. I found it refreshing how she wasn't the typical naive virgin - not to mention the fact that she could kick major butt. Plus, she actually showed affection to her hero-- I know, you'd think romances are full of that, but really it's mostly the heroes drooling and caressing the heroines. I like some equality myself.
As for Grey, nothing new or special here. He felt like a generic hero to me. I did however enjoy the fact that he readily admitted to needing Cassie and to wanting her around. He knew what he wanted from the beginning, HER, and he wasn't afraid to tell her so. He actually asked for her to go places with him because he wanted her support. It's fairly typical for the heroes to defend the heroine's name, but it's rarer to find the alternative. Cassie, for me, is that. I loved how she wouldn't let anyone badmouth Grey, not even his own mother. She respected him and cared about him as a person, and he did the same for her. In fact, the best part about this book was that the H/h liked each other--and ADMITTED to it.
Low points include: The reunions. Grey and Kirkland...meh. It was okay. Grey and his family...below average. I just didn't feel the emotion at all. It felt distant. Not to mention that his brother immediately did the whole (view spoiler)[ boohoohoo my bro's back from the dead, now I can't be the heir! (hide spoiler)] thing, which is just dumb. I'm getting bored of the "crappy family members care more about titles than loved ones" scenario. Especially in this case, since (view spoiler)[ his brother didn't even want the title! He wanted to be an actor! And of course immediately after Grey says he'll support Peter in his acting career, Petey Boy is all glad Big Bro is alive again. Whatta guy. (hide spoiler)] Also, the male friendships here should be a major point, but they came off as weak. For a guy who spent years trying to find his friend, Kirkland's reaction to his return was ho-hum. I get that they're men, but come on. ...more
And yet one more BDB book with a hero that did nothing for me. But I must be fair, and not base my rating on this fact.
Vishous. Um. He's oAnd yet one more BDB book with a hero that did nothing for me. But I must be fair, and not base my rating on this fact.
Vishous. Um. He's okay? I never really felt much for him, and I still don't. He's rather closed-off, even from his brothers, and...I don't know...for some reason it didn't bother me that Z was closed off, because I understood him and just liked him more than I do V. It was still vaguely interesting to find out about V's past, though, truth be told, I found myself a little bored and not caring over much what had happened to him. Something about him just put me off. Also, I find it necessary to point out that I don't find possesive violence an attractive quality. I understand that mated males are crazy loons, but that doesn't mean I have to like it. And, you know what, V really didn't change at all in this book. After he met Jane, he loved her, but he himself didn't change.
Jane. Now, here we go. She's what I like in a heroine. She was tough, smart, kind, caring, sensitive, loyal and loving all at the same time. Her reaction to being kidnapped by V was actually realistic! And she was totally ready to defend herself, even as she couldn't stop herself from helping someone in need--in this case, V. I love how caring she was toward V and even Phury, when he was injured. She just seems like a sweet person, and she was beautifully accepting of V and all of his issues, too. She didn't imply that she was better than V, or that he had to earn her or that he didn't deserve her, but she loved him anyway. She loved him and loved loving him.
Phury. You know what, yes, he is self-sacrificing, but damn, no one asked him to be! He does this with his own free will. Being celibate? His choice. Did Z ask him to give up his happiness? No. Z WANTS Phury to be happy, and the characters in the book don't seem to realize this. Now, if he didn't constantly think of Z as a burden or a pet, I think I might actually like him, because other than his annoying obsession with Bella and need to sacrifice himself ALL the time, he's a good guy.
John Matthew. Ugh. I hate him. He's self-pitying, annoying, boring, selfish, self-centered, and he thinks he is the ONLY person in the universe with problems. He can't comprehend that ANY other person in the world has a life that isn't perfect. He begrudges V his happiness with Jane, and actually went as far as to wish that Jane hadn't ended up with V, because he's jealous of their relationship. First he complains about how small he is, now he complains about how clumsy he is and compares his body to a bag of water. Seriously.
Relationships: Vishous and Jane. Although they fell for each other REALLY fast, I somehow still felt it. I thought they had chemistry and worked really well together. Plus, they actually talked. They talked about their pasts with each other and actually got to know each other. They shared with each other, and it made their love seem genuine. They really didn't spend much time together, but somehow I still belived in them.
As for John Matthew and Blay and Qhuinn...we get a bit more of them here, and I still don't get why either of them would want to be friends with John, but apparently they are, so, fine. Anyway, I'm more interested in both Blay and Qhuinn than in John, and it is sweet how the three of them protect each other.
I was kind of sad that the friendship between Butch and V fizzled out. I'm aware that V no longer believes he's in love with Butch, but still, I was sad to see it take a toll on their friendship. I could tell Butch still really cared for V, but after V got with Jane, it's like he didn't care about Butch anymore. Maybe I'm being too critical, but, hey, read the username. Critical is my middle name.
Highlights: Toward the beginning, when Butch was ready to keel over, but he still refused to allow anyone to help him carry V out of the hospital. I love their close friendship, and was sad to see it dim. John Matthew finally went through his transition; now, this didn't make him any less annoying, but at least I don't have to hear about his thumb-sized penis anymore.
Anyway...I like this book, but read it again? Nooo......more
That about sums up my reaction to him. He is offically my favorite romance hero of all time. He is funny, caring, warm,All right.
That about sums up my reaction to him. He is offically my favorite romance hero of all time. He is funny, caring, warm, hard-working, sexy as hell, loving, and on top of that, he's described as not being handsome, which made me very happy. Yeah, that sounds weird, but it's true. His interactions with Hero were swoon-worthy. Also, he's such a sweetie to his mother, which is adorable. On top of this he works his beautiful butt off to support his family while his ass of a brother sits on his ass, complaining and being all pompous and narrow minded and stodgy and boring. I just love Griffin, love the way he fell for Hero so fast and wanted her and only her, but most of all I just love him. I will not abide ANYONE saying a bad word about my baby.
Hero. For once, I found the heroine likable and not annoying!
Toward the beginning, she was a tad stiff, but it was nice to see her come out of her shell with Griffin's help. Griffin definitely unlocked her inner passion. Before she fell for Griffin, she was very obedient and prim, but he changed everything, and I'd like to think he brought out the real "Hero." Despite her denials, I KNEW she loved Griffin, because it was so clear in her actions and in her thoughts. Notice how everything I like about Hero relates back to Griffin??
Thomas. Thomas the Ass. Or Thomas of Asslandia. Ugh. This man disgusts me. He spent years and years treating his brother like crappio, all because his dumb-bitch wife said Griffin had seduced her. Of course, the Ass automatically believes her, because, you know, there's no such thing as lying, and refuses to believe Griffin. Even yearssss later, he says to someone, "I refused to give him the satisfaction of believing him." Okay, so he refuses to believe Griffin because it would satisfy Griffin? Are you kidding me? Is that a joke? He's the suckiest brother ever, and hates Griff because he's jealous of him. His type annoys me. I'm onto him and his ilk. I. AM. ON. TO. HIM! Now, don't confuse the Ass with asses. This is an ass.
This is a nice, sweet ass who deserves love and kindness. Now this is THE Ass.
It's too bad he gets to be happy in the end. *pouts*
Also, this is how I picture Maximus the Gorilla of Jerklandia.
The Gorilla threatened my Griffy-Poo, and this was me when he did:
Yep. That was me.
I liked quite a few of the side characters, too. Phoebe, Hero's sister, and Megs, Griffin's sister. I'm still wondering if we'll see more of The Makepiece siblings. I liked Winter better in this book than the last. And I still want to know who the Ghost of St. Giles is.
I still like Silence, and, as I did in the previous book, I feel very, very sorry for her, and I'm looking forward to her book.
Ohhh, the chemistry between Hero and Griffin was electric. As Griffin said, they are like bread and butter: they go together so, so well. And their love-making was...hot. There were quite a few of lervin' scenes, but not too many (I know, I know, but I don't like when there's a sex scene on every page), and I enjoyed them all because, well, Griffy-Poo was invloved, so... Additionally, their love was so potent, so obvious, that it jumped off the pages, and when I was not reading this book, I counted down the minutes till I could read it again. I thought about the characters even when not reading, and they also felt like real characters--people I'd actually want to know.
There's just something about this series. It's haunting, beautiful, ugly, awful, wonderful, dark, gritty, funny, and not at all cliche. I wasn't once bored while reading it, and that's rare for me. I am VERY PICKY, as I point out all the time, but this book...it just really did it for me. The writing style sucks me in for some reason.
I LOVED the end of this book. Thomas did not redeem himself in my eyes, because he's the Ass and is mean to Griffy-Poo. However, Griffin is happy and in love and Hero is very worthy of him, so I'm happy. Squeee! Although, I just want to say that I wish things could have worked out better between Thomas and Griffin, because I spent the whole book waiting for them to sort of make-up. *sad face*
Oh, and there was only ONE mention of a single "buck" in this book, so props to Elizabeth Hoyt for that.
Mary. So, I wasn't expecting to like Mary, but I really did. She's kind, loyal, smart, caring, tough, sweet, and just everythinOoookaaaay.
Mary. So, I wasn't expecting to like Mary, but I really did. She's kind, loyal, smart, caring, tough, sweet, and just everything I like in a heroine. If she's made a mistake, she admits it. She's very insecure around Rhage at first, and I could completely relate to her. It was great watching her slowly fall for Rhage and slowly start to believe that she's worth it, and that, to Rhage, she is beautiful. The way she could tame his beast...amazing. So sweet. I just really liked her and liked reading about her and genuinely cared about her.
Rhage. In a word: yum. Okay, but shallowness aside, I adore Rhage. Seeing his POV was very elightening to me. We find out a lot about how he feels about all the woman he sleeps with, and I really began to sympathize with him. He just seems like a genuinely good guy, despite his fiery temper. Every time he came back from his beast form, I just wanted to hold him close.
Bella. So far, I really like her. She's very gutsy, and I couldn't believe how well she stood up to Zsadist. Those two are gonna make a great couple. She seems caring as well, and I can tell she's the type to go after what she wants no matter what.
Zsadist. I was pretty excited to get some time in Z's head. I already knew he wasn't the soulless monster every thinks he is, but it was still awesome to have it confirmed. He's just so interesting. I want to know everything about him.
Just a little rant about Phury. I know I'm supposed to feel so bad for him b/c he has to deal with Z, and I do sympathize with him, but I think he crossed the line when he said Zsadist was ruined and blah blah blah there's no hope for him...they just have to wait till he dies....etc...Sorry, but I really didn't like that shit. Please don't bite my head off for saying this!
John Matthew. Hmmm, I have some suspicions about him. Anyway, he's all right so far. He's currently sort of pathetic and pitiable (and I don't blame him for that), so I can't wait to see how he develops.
And a little bit about Butch here. I actually liked him in this book. I can't lie. After that scene toward the end where he talks to Z...I just like him better now. That is all.
Mary and Rhage. Perfect. Seriously perfect. And I thought Wrath and Beth had chemistry? These two are so perfect for each other I can almost taste it. I just think they make such a great couple. I actually really liked that the brother everyone says looks like a model ends up with the not-too-attractive Mary and really makes her believe that she is beautiful. These two help each other so much. She accepts him for who he is and helps with his beast, and he does the same for her--minus the beast. When I think of love, this is what comes to mind. It did take Mary quite a long time to finally admit she loved him, but I wasn't too bothered b/c it was just so obvious throughout. She had a few tstl moments, but other than that, only once was I bothered by her. This was when Rhage needed to feed and Mary was skeptical. She actually considered telling him not to feed, which I think was stupid, since he'd die otherwise. I think she made too big of a deal about that whole thing. I get why she was uncomfortable with it, but the fact was he had to do it to survive, and she shouldn't have made him feel so bad about it.
I can already see the chemistry between Bella and Zsadist and can't wait to start their book (in twenty minutes).
I want to say that the Scribe Virgin pisses me off. She's creepy. Had to get that off my chest. Seriously, if I saw that broad, I'd run away screaming.
Four stars because it's THIS series, but if it were another series...it would get three stars, max.
1. Eden is an immature, stupid, impulsive child. IFour stars because it's THIS series, but if it were another series...it would get three stars, max.
1. Eden is an immature, stupid, impulsive child. I expected her to mature in this book. I expected her to beg for Izzy's forgiveness. Instead, Brockmann throws in a bunch of excuses that supposedly let her off the hook. And, Izzy does SO MUCH apologizing to Eden!!! Over and over he has to apologize to her! She does completely stupid things and then he has to apologize to her for calling her on it. Any time she doesn't get her way, she runs away, often into danger. Izzy deserves better. All she has to do is cry (which happens in pretty much every scene)--AND, Brockmann constantly tells us that Eden is "stoic" and hides her emotions.--um, in what world are you living!?!?!?!! This "woman" bursts into tears every five minutes and then runs away, slamming doors like a toddler.
2. Ben. He was fine at first, but then he started acting all self-righteous, bossing people around and telling them how to live their lives. One of my biggest pet-peeves is when a side character butts into the business of the two MCs, telling them how to act, and it's even worse when it's a freaking KID telling them! What right does he have??? AND THEN, there's the thing he does toward the end: (view spoiler)[Goes out to get himself kidnapped! The idiot! HE KNEW baddies were after him. (hide spoiler)]
3. The cliches. In 99.99% of romance novels, at least one character threatens the life of the hero - "I'll kill you if you hurt her" etc... Why does that have to be in EVERY book? I find myself waiting for it to happen. Is it in some rule-book?
HOW TO WRITE A ROMANCE NOVEL 101
Step 1. Make the heroine a whiny, I-turn-independence-into-bullheaded-idiocy, immature b**ch.
Step 2. Have at LEAST one character threaten to murder the hero for no reason whatsoever.
Step 3. Throw in a stupid kid who acts more like an adult than the heroine, then have him boss the MCs around, telling them how to live their lives (since we all know 15-year-olds know EVERYTHING about relationships and totally have the right to tell adults what to do, since they clearly are smarter).
Step 4. Remember that heroine? Yeah, make sure she bursts into tears in EVERY SCENE! You can't have a strong heroine unless she also has a vulnerable side, aka she tends to act like a 10-year-old. Also, be certain that the heroine's tantrums lead to the hero begging for her forgiveness, even though he's done nothing wrong.
Step 5. If you're going to have two couples, this is what you should do: Make ONE of the men likable, and ONE of the women likable. You CANNOT have more than TWO likable characters. This is important. You don't want your readers to like or relate to the characters.
Step 6. The UNLIKABLE hero, aka Hero #2. Make sure he's an a-hole up until the VERY LAST PAGE. Have him hold onto irrational anger and hatred for no reason. He needs to INSULT his heroine, too, and make her feel insecure. Also, he absolutely HAS to hate the other hero and heroine for no reason. Preferably, have him call the other heroine a whore or slut throughout the book.
Step 7. Let the "other" heroine get her revenge on Hero #2. What you want to do is set it up so she thinks Hero #2 is physically abusive, and have her accuse him of this to his face for extra drama - be sure the whole situation is unrealistic. For example, set the scene up like this:
Hero #2 is attempting to push his heroine out of his path, but then somehow he accidentally punches her in the face. Now, we know that her shoulders are not on the same level with her face, so we also know this is borderline impossible. Perfect! I know I grab someone's shoulders with clenched fists! All the better to GRIP onto said shoulders!
Step 8. Continue the theme of Heroine #1 throwing pity parties for herself, and have this lead to the hero apologizing to her some more. Now, this is very important, so read carefully: It is ESSENTIAL that the heroine come off as ridiculous, self-pitying, immature, whiny, stupid, and ungrateful. AND construct it so your readers are on the hero's side, but then have him grovel anyway. Why? Readers LOVE when books make them so mad they want to rip out their own hair. In addition, have the heroine say something like "You are not allowed to look at me anymore" while screaming at the top of her lungs in one of her tantrums, but ALSO have her boss the hero around to make her a hypocrite, 'cause who doesn't love a hypocrite? AND, have her say "I hate you" to her hero over and over, like a little kid. Remember, make her A TOTAL witch. Have her cry while she's being a witch so no one can get mad at her for said witchiness.
Step 9. Throw in an irrelevent subplot just because you can, and also to add more drama and force the book to be bulkier. Have the subplot be really, really annoying, and have it go nowhere until the VERY end. Make sure each time you switch to the subplot, you essentially write the same scene over and over. For example:
Create a little illegal immigrant girl. Have her evading baddies. Every time she's on the scene, make sure she's either A. running away from baddies, B. running away from the good guys, or C. spying on the baddies. Try to make all the scenes feel the same, and make the girl have the same exact thoughts during every scene, too, because readers like to be bored and annoyed at the same time.
Step 10. Sprinkle in little things here or there that are sure to annoy your reader. Have your likable hero portrayed as the bad guy and your unlikable heroine as the good guy. Have your likable heroine forgive your unlikable hero for everything he does after he says "sorry." Don't have him elaborate.
Step 11. Your unlikable heroine must also be REALLY FULL of herself. She must constantly think about how beautiful she is. Have her dwell on how she can never get a job, because no matter where she works, guys will be pawing her. Have her say the only two places to work are McDonalds or a strip club. No other stores exist. Now, we all know pretty women go to work all the time without getting pawed and having hands stuffed up their shirts, but that doesn't matter because we want this to make no sense. We want readers to be thinking: Well, I'm considered pretty...why don't I have this problem? Or, I know someone gorgeous, why not them? WELL, because NO ONE is as beautiful as EDEN! DUH!
Step 13. Give the unlikable heroine a long, drawn-out, extremely ridiculous sob-story so all the characters will think she's awesome! As a bonus, have every single male character in the book, save for Hero #2 and his little gay brother, be a pervert who forces the heroine (view spoiler)[into some type of sexual situation. (hide spoiler)] Have these sexual situations be unavoidable and make her be seen as a hero.
Step 13. In the end, have your unlikables both be just as unlikable as they were at the start. Maybe give them a few moments of nice, smart, kindness, but then forget it! They're back to being jerks.
Step 14. Have this book be the last in the series (for now, at least) so that people will already like the series, and won't be able to give it a low rating, since, well, THEY LOVE YOU!
Love Izzy and Jenn. Hate Dan and Eden. I did enjoy the book because I love this series and like I said, Izzy and Jenn. Dan had a few redeemable moments, while Eden had maybe one, but all the same it WAS interesting, and there were moments I really enjoyed. Plus, Izzy is hilarious. It so completely annoyed me, though, hence my 101. That being said Brockmann's talent is in creating unique, stand-out characters, whether they're annoying or not. I've NEVER read about characters like ANY of the ones in this book--or this series, for that matter, so three stars for that alone, really, and one more for Izzy. No doubt she's an amazing author and I'll pick up anything she writes in the future. Oh, and despite what I said about the subplot, I do love Nisha. I want to adopt her haha.
I really don't mean this review to be totally negative. It really isn't a bad book. ...more
So, I'm not even sure what I really liked about this book. I think, in a way, it was boring, but somehow...not...at the same time. Okay, nothing reallSo, I'm not even sure what I really liked about this book. I think, in a way, it was boring, but somehow...not...at the same time. Okay, nothing really happened in this book, but it was hard to notice with such interesting and unique and REAL characters. I loved that, for once, it was the woman with the cool temper. Brianna was great that way. Yes, at times it was a bit annoying and you just wanted to shake her, but she stayed true to her character, and it was a breath of fresh air to have a heroine who isn't screaming at the hero every chance she gets.
Now, onto Gray. So, I don't even really like him at all, and yet he was so interesting and so damn sexy, I loved reading about him. He was weird, gruff, angry, rude, mean, moody, dark, and even kind of scary. But that's what made him feel so real. When he was writing, he wouldn't even allow Brianna in his room and he'd sometimes go days without eating and I just found that so...I don't know...I can't put it into words, but I liked it.
It was nice to have Maggie and her husband, Rogan, in this one, too. I really like Rogan, and he was a great calm, non-interfering balance to Maggie, who is basically a crazy fiery lady that's always mad about something for some made-up reason or another.
Anyway, I read Nora Roberts for her characters. I don't always LIKE the characters, but they're always so amazingly interesting that I forget their not real. The characters, the humor, and the great dialogue, even when the heroine is being obtuse and annoying!...more
First of all, great characters. Loved both Clare and Nicholas. I loved that Clare didn't look down on Nicholas likeStarted off slow, but grew on me.
First of all, great characters. Loved both Clare and Nicholas. I loved that Clare didn't look down on Nicholas like the rest of the town did, and loved that Clare put Nicholas and her love for him first, even if she didn't really realize it at the time.
The plot itself...not crazy-exciting, but entertaining with all the Fallen Angel side characters, like Michael, who (though I love him) I wanted to knock over the head with a vase. The dialogue was appealing and funny at times, and somehow Putney managed to portray the severity of the harsh lives of mine-workers without making the whole thing depressing.
So, a great romance with great chemistry. I wish I could have delved a little deeper into Nicholas, and Clare too, but...still very good....more
This book gets four stars because I was so shocked by the fact that the killer's main objective was to torture the hero and not the heroine (I've neveThis book gets four stars because I was so shocked by the fact that the killer's main objective was to torture the hero and not the heroine (I've never read a romantic suspense like this ever) that I was able to overlook the absurdity of the whole story....more
Well, my only complaint is that this book spent way, and I mean waaaaay too much time with Decker, whose book this is not. In fact, I'm pretty sure moWell, my only complaint is that this book spent way, and I mean waaaaay too much time with Decker, whose book this is not. In fact, I'm pretty sure more time is spent with Decker and/or Sophia than with Jimmy and/or Tess. It bugged me, because I'm practically obsessed with Jimmy, so...yeah....more
I liked this one a lot. It starts off in the past...with a million page long prologue that...turned me off, I must admit, but once the real story gotI liked this one a lot. It starts off in the past...with a million page long prologue that...turned me off, I must admit, but once the real story got going, I enjoyed. I like the idea of a haunted old house on the bayou. Mainly, though, I loved the characters. Ramey was awesome. I wish he was my best friend! And his wife was adorable too, very sweet. I loved how she tried to baby Declan.
About Declan...I love this guy! He's extremely hilarious, and very manly. He's not easily discouraged and goes for what he wants, which, here, is Lena. As for Lena herself...I liked her. I found it interesting that she had so many of the characteristics typically associated with heroes rather than heroines. She was aloof without being cold, if that makes sense. I could tell she loves Declan, even if she refused to admit it to herself. Plus, she's a bartender...I don't why, I just liked that. I'd never read a heroine like this before.
The plot itself is very simple...though there is a twist near the end; I was surprised at first, then realized just how much sense it made......more
Rosalind and Stephen worked well together. They were nicely developed and likable. It was very refreshing how the two actually LIKED each other througRosalind and Stephen worked well together. They were nicely developed and likable. It was very refreshing how the two actually LIKED each other through out the whole book, and never got mad at each other. Yay!
I loved Stephen! He was such a different romantic hero. He was kind and nice and not overbearing or bossy. He was genuinely a really good person. I felt SO protective of him. And I loved his brother, Michael. Their relationship was sweet.
Rosalind's sob story was a little silly and pointless and overdone. It was a bit too much for my tastes, but...wasn't bad enough to knock off a star. The whole thing just felt too overdramatic. ...more
This was a pretty cute, simple book. I liked both of the characters quite a lot. Lindsey wasn't likable at first, with her obsession with shoes and clThis was a pretty cute, simple book. I liked both of the characters quite a lot. Lindsey wasn't likable at first, with her obsession with shoes and clothing, but she grew on me pretty quickly, and turned out to be less shallow than I'd thought. Rob was...if not interesting, likable. I liked that he wasn't a charmer, but more of an awkward man. Cute. I must admit, though, I found him a tad boring.
The romance was...not hot, but believable. I could tell they loved each other, though I can't say I really know why. I guess it was fun watching the opposites attract. I loved how Lindsey did little small things for Rob, like when she specifically wore animal print (you'll know what I mean) and a couple of other things...
Rob's "secret" was a surprise for me, though there was another twist I saw coming right from the start.
The ending was rushed and silly, but the very end was good. I saw it coming, but I was still glad it did.
It's more of a fun, cotton-candy type book than a cheesecake (aka a surface book), so if you're in the mood for deep or moving or something to make you cry, this isn't it, but it's a quick escape from reality....more
I loved this book, despite its perfectly corny ending. (I kind of like corny endings, though, so I was pleased).
First of all, the beginning was greatI loved this book, despite its perfectly corny ending. (I kind of like corny endings, though, so I was pleased).
First of all, the beginning was great. It really hooked me in and made me want to keep reading, plus it was laced with my kind of humor. We really dive straight into the story without getting huge info-drops or long-winded background stories.
I ADORE Rachel. She is one of my favorite heroines. The way she stood up for Johnny made me want to give her a hug. She was strong, but also kind and loving and affectionate. And don't get me started on Johnny. Could he be any sexier? And on top of that, he's a really great guy who truly loves Rachel with all his heart. He's also really good with kids, which is something I always like in a guy. Plus, while he was all macho and everything, he was still vulnerable and actually showed his emotions, which is something I don't see much in romance novels.
I remember one scene where Rachel said Johnny wouldn't like her anymore if she were fat, and he said he still would and that, in fact, she'd be cute fat, like a little "dumpling," I think he said. I don't know about everyone else, but I thought that was soo sweet!
As for the murderer...I figured out who it was pretty early on, but I was never CERTAIN who it was, so it wasn't too disheartening.
The only other character I really liked was Glenda, one of Johnny's old friends. She was really kind and caring and a great mother. Rachel's mother and sister weren't exactly well developed, but they were still interesting all the same.
I also really liked how Rachel defended herself against the killer, managing to escape on her own (she's no damsel in distress, thank God, I'm getting tired of that theme)....more
I liked this book a lot. The main characters were great. Luke wasn't anything unique, though I still liked him--the most unique thing about him was thI liked this book a lot. The main characters were great. Luke wasn't anything unique, though I still liked him--the most unique thing about him was that, for once, he actually SHOWED his emotions. I liked that, since men in romance novels tend to be emotionless drones.
I really liked Catherine. She was kind and loyal and affection and sweet without being weak. I loved how it was SHE who defended Luke--on multiple occasions. She was awesome--it was great how she was willing do defend all those she loves, including her friends, not just her man.
I felt the sparks between them, and could really tell they loved each other, and the love ran equally both ways. They both gave and they both recieved. They were a really good couple.
I'd read this book again, though not right away....more
This book had a better beginning and middle than end.
First off, the characters are likable. I love Ian. He's such a unique character. The way he won'This book had a better beginning and middle than end.
First off, the characters are likable. I love Ian. He's such a unique character. The way he won't meet anyone's eye--the way the only person who could make him laugh was Beth. Very sweet. It was also really interesting how he would look at something, like ink dripping from a pen, and just be so fascinated that he couldn't look away. Plus, he was so sweet and caring with Beth, even though he sometimes had trouble understanding her.
As for Beth...I guess some would consider her a little too perfect and not particularly strong, but I think she was strong in her own way. In the way she stood up for Ian to both Fellows and Hart. It made me really like her. As for perfect, I personally didn't think so. She made mistakes (like when she locked Ian in a room, even though she knew had a fear of that)...I know that's not some huge, awful mistake that makes her evil, but why does it have to be? I kind of like having a nice heroine AND hero for a change. They both liked each other throughout the entire book, which made it enjoyable. Made it feel like an actual romance.
That said, I thought the ending was a little too dramatic. I felt like JA was trying to add...action? I mean, Beth was a little stupid for getting herself into that dangerous situation to begin with, but since she was doing it for the man she loved, I forgave her lapse of common sense. It wasn't horrible or anything, just felt a little forced.
Good book, interesting characters, sweet romance, worth a read....more
Wow. This was so much better than Featherstone's previous book, Addicted. Honestly, my hopes weren't high as I started this one, expecting all the oldWow. This was so much better than Featherstone's previous book, Addicted. Honestly, my hopes weren't high as I started this one, expecting all the old chiches: Woman loves man but man is too stupid to realize he loves her, everyone warns woman away from man, man is not worthy of woman etc...
Were they in this book? Only a tiny bit.
This one follows Lord Wallingford and Jane Rankin, a nurse and Lady's companion.
Yes, I've read countless books where heroine nurse heals hero and they fall for each other, but this one was unique. When Matthew falls for Jane, he has this dream of what she looks/acts like, so when he finally meets her outside of the hospital, in daylight, he doesn't recognize her, and, he in fact scorns her. From that moment on, I was hooked, having not been sure what with the slow start.
Matthew and Jane were such likable, well developed, uniquely real characters, and so well suited for each other. Their love was practically flooding off the pages. Matthew does start of as the cliche rake who will eventually meet the one woman to change him, but there's something else about him that makes him unique from any other hero I've read about in a romance. His reasons for being the way he is were horribly sad, but the way they were portrayed through his actions with Jane was perfect.
There was one small twist that I guessed pretty early on, but I must say I was kind of happy with it. It's relating to Sarah, Matthew's...sister. I won't say any more on that.
The relationship between Matthew and Jane developes slowly, with neither of them trusting each other, and with both of them confused on who the other really is. In Jane's case: was Matthew Matthew, or was he Wallingford? And in Matthew's case: was Jane Jane the nurse, or Jane the lady's companion? They both took the time to truly get to know each other, to discover each other's secrets, which made them feel that much more real. I could truly fathom why they were in love. And I liked how Jane called Matthew "Matty." Adorable.
I was ecstatic that the hero did not once say, "I don't deserve you." And not once did the heroine imply such a thing. Thank you.
Complaints? Not many. I would have liked to have seen a little more of Miranda, Matthew's step mother. I would have LOVED to see Jane stomp on that horrible woman's foot at least once. And a little more on the rest of Matthew's family would have been nice, not that they were likable, but I felt like I wanted to know every little detail about Matthew because I loved him so much. He felt so real. Oh, and one more: The typical plain heroine + sexy, handsome, muscle-man hero. Can we maybe once have a hero that's, I don't know, lithe, perhaps? Why do they ALWAYS ALWAYS have to have huge muscles? I mean, really. Everyone kept calling Matthew a giant and I wanted to punch their faces in defenfing him.
As for the ending, I've read lot's of complaints that there's no HEA. Well, in my opinion, there is an HEA--just not the traditional "And they married and had three babies" kind of HEA. But I kind of liked that. It was happy without being cliche. In fact, hardly anything about this book was cliche.
Hands down the best romance I've ever read. Wondering if you should read this? Yes. You should. You won't regret it. It's pretty dark, yes, but there's light in it, too. And an added bonus: Lindsay's character was totally different in this book than in the first one, Addicted, now that he's off the opium, and MAN, he's a different person! So happy and talkative. He wouldn't shut up for half a second! It was cute.