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
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.
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
I would have enjoyed this so much more if only Ric and Annie were either eliminated from the book completely, oJules + Robin = yay! Ric + Annie = yuck!
I would have enjoyed this so much more if only Ric and Annie were either eliminated from the book completely, or if they had a very, very small role. There just wasn't enough Jules/Robin here, and I couldn't have cared less about either Ric or Annie, who both spent the entire book fighting with each other. No thanks. Robin and Jules didn't even see each other until almost halfway through the book :(
Sooo I had to take away a star for Ric and Annie's unfortunate existance....more
I seriously loved everything about this book. First of all, it was mostly about Nate, which was AWESOME! NR NEVER writes books about the hero! And itI seriously loved everything about this book. First of all, it was mostly about Nate, which was AWESOME! NR NEVER writes books about the hero! And it was soooo refreshing. On top of that, I ADORED Nate. He is seriously everything I want my future husband to be. How Nate sat with the little boy for breakfast every day was sooo cute. It made me want to kiss him. I loved spending time with him as he adapted to life in Lunacy.
Okay. I loved the setting of Alaska, because I pretty much knew nothing about it beforehand, and found it very interesting. Plus, who doesn't love a town called "Lunacy" whose residents are called "Lunatics?" Really. All of the characters were fully developed, including the secondary ones, which I liked, because it didn't take away from the development of Nate and Meg and their relationship.
Another thing I loved was that it was the heroine who had a nick name for the hero. That never happens. Every time she called him "cutie," a smile would spread over my face. It was new and awesome to have people warning the hero that the heroine might break his heart. Loved that.
I even liked the characters that I didn't like, including Charlene. I really ended up feeling for her and her struggle with getting old and her love for the husband that left her. I didn't like Jacob either, but found him intriguing. The mayor was cool, too. Annoying, but likable. I also liked all of Nate's police team. They worked well together. It was so cute that Nate refused to shoot the moose. Could he be any more perfect? About Meg. I didn't LOVE her, but I have to say I liked her because she was so unique. She was a little cold and selfish, but she got over it in the end, so it was all right. I actually thought she and Nate worked well together. She really brought out the fire in him. :)
I thought the emotions of the characters were so true and real, like when one of the characters died. Very realistic reactions.
Following Nate as he adapted to life in Lunacy and dealt with the residents was soo fun. I wasn't bored for one second. Seeing him trying to work through the major blizzard was great, too.
As for the killer, I had no idea who it was. I never suspected this person. It was good, because there were so many characters and so many people it COULD have been.
Basically, I REALLY hope NR writes another book w/ the hero as the main character.
And Nate, will you marry me, please? Thank you....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
I'm sorry, but just because a woman is pregnant, that does not mean she's so ill she cannot walk without passing out while she pukes 24 hours a day evI'm sorry, but just because a woman is pregnant, that does not mean she's so ill she cannot walk without passing out while she pukes 24 hours a day every day. She's pregnant not dying. Exaggerate much? Pregnant women are not invalids! They can remain conscious! I mean, she's not even showing for goodness sake!...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
You know, all romance novels are the same. The heroes pretty much always say, "I do not deserve you" to the heroine, and, honestly, I'd like JUST ONCEYou know, all romance novels are the same. The heroes pretty much always say, "I do not deserve you" to the heroine, and, honestly, I'd like JUST ONCE to read a book in which the heroine says that to the hero. It's as if women authors think all men are less worthy of love than women, that men as a whole are bad, and women as a whole are good. Well, news flash: not ALL men are bad. Some men are, in fact, worthy of love. Seriously, no matter what the heroine does, no matter how bad, all the secondary characters excuse her behavior and call her an angel and say the hero doesn't deserve her. Yet, if the hero makes a single, small mistake, he's an absolute beast not worthy of love who should thank God every day that a woman ACTUALLY condescended to love him and so he should therefore grovel at her feet daily.
Yes, in case you're wondering, there is a similar theme in this book, and it MADE ME SO MAD!
The first 1/3 of this book was so boring I almost fell asleep, the rest was only entertaining because it annoyed me so much I felt like beating someone up! And then the end is resolved so quickly and suddenly that I felt jypped, because I spent the whole book waiting for the end.
This whole story felt so pointless. The two mains ruined each other's lives for over a year for pretty much no reason, and all their silly drama could have been avoided. It felt contrived.
Also, it was very sad and depressing and some of the characters, at least five, seem to be suffereing from dissociative identity disorder, because their personalities changed within every chapter (i.e. Ann, Lord Weatherbee, Anais, Wallingford, Anais' dad etc.)
The sudden resolval of Garret and Lindsay's friendship was...ridiculous and out of place. All of sudden they were all lovey lovey I never meant to hurt you. Oh, no? Then what was with all the constant death threats? Really.
It also annoyed me that it took Anais the ENTIRE book to come around and actually try to HELP Lindsay, the man she supposedly loved, with his addiction.
Oh, and what REALLY ticked me off: Anais kept saying something like "I love Garret so much, only not in a physical way," and that she "loved Lindsay in a physical way." Okay, is it just me, or is that really disgusting? She's basically saying that she loves them both equally as much, only her love for Lindsay is physical. No. That's not what love is. There's a romantic type of love and a friendship type of love and then there's lust. Romantic love does NOT mean the person ONLY loves the other person more than a random friend simply because they're more physically aroused by them. Honestly, I kept wanting her to say she loved Lindsay MORE than Garret, but she wouldn't. No, she had to say she loved them both the same, and that if there was no physical attraction between them, she could easily trade one for the other. I'm sorry, but isn't love supposed to be more than that? Isn't it supposed to be about loving the actually PERSON, and NOT their body?
All Anais ever thought about was how handsome she thought Lindsay was, while he saw the person inside of her.
Did anyone ever notice how the heroes in romance are always really hot and the women are usually not? Ugh. It's getting old. Just once, I'd like to have a regular looking hero with a beautiful heroine. Anyone know of such a book, or a book in which the heroines says "I don't deserve you" to the hero? ...more