Okay, I'd like to start off this review by saying that if Lily were alive in this day and age, this would be her fave T-shirt:
She invades this book wiOkay, I'd like to start off this review by saying that if Lily were alive in this day and age, this would be her fave T-shirt:
She invades this book with her sexist bitchiness, always blabbing on about how men are "useless creatures" and "easy to manage" etc... It's a wonder she actually decided to marry a man, what with the way she loathes them.
Moving on from Lily.
So, Derek. He is my man. I love his guts. Seriously. Lily claimed he was a heartless, uncaring man, when, obviously, he was not. Lily's problem is that she thinks she's God and prances about trying to control everyone's lives while giggling about how men are like pets blah blah blah. Wow, I thought I was talking about Derek! So. What I like about him is that he actually acts like a man, and not just a woman's version of a man. He's imperfect, and I love him all the more for it. On top of that, he's not afraid to nigh-on strangle a woman to death just because she's a woman. I mean, come one, the lady was a psychotic, murderous bitch and he deserved to defend himself! And underneath all that sexy swagger, he was adorably vulnerable.
About Sara. I like her. Truly I do. HOWEVER, I'd like to point out that she is an enormous hypocrite. She goes off for weeks and makes out with a near-stranger, despite being in a relationship with another man. I consider this cheating, whether they were married or not. Then she goes back to her home town and gets pissy with her man because he's the typical pompous a-hole that all the potential-but-not-meant-to-be-husbands are in romance novels. Then she agrees to marry him, despite the fact that she is in love with someone else and had cheated on him numerous times. Now, would Sara have been mad if she found out Perry had been trading spit with another woman? Um, yes. But, you know, it's okay for her to cheat, because she's a woman, and women are exempt from all blame, as they are all innocent angels, and because her potential-but-not-meant-to-husband is a bit pompous and rude.
This is how I picture Sara:
Now, don't get me wrong. I found Sara to be a likable heroine, because she's kind, accepting, understanding, and sweet. Unlike Lily, she seems to like men, and she's actually nice to Derek, whereas Lily wants to keep her husband, Alex, as a pet. Poor Alex, having to be in love with that witch. Plus, Sara shot a man to save Derek's life, which is badass, for a country girl!
An aspect of this book that I really liked was that, for once, it was the hero who had the stalker! NOT THE HEROINE!!!! This was me when I found this out:
I'd just like to complain about the fact that I once read for an entire hour without the hero showing up, and, frankly, I grew bored of Sara, since she is boring. I do like her, but...I'm generally more interested in the man, and this was very much Sara's story, despite the fact that Derek was the interesting character. However, Lisa Kleypas is fond of her heroines, so...I was forced to muddle through.
Derek's "rejection" of Sara got old after a time, because the whole "I'm not good enough for my heroine" is beyond old. Also, it took waaay too long for Sara and Derek to get together--and I don't mean sex. I just mean...they never really had a relationship. However, once they did get together, it was beautiful to watch. Oh, and Sara actually had nice, likable parents! It's a miracle!!! I was so glad that they FINALLY gave into their love for each other, and I was actually treated to a couple hours of lovely love! Yes, it took too long, but at least when it came, it didn't vanish.
Also, two scenes in this book were taken up by various people attempting to rape Sara. Both times, Derek beats the culprits to a pulp. This is what happened when SpongeBob and Patrick glanced at Sara the wrong way:
Poor lads! But that's what you get for coming in between Derek and his wummun.
Kleypas has lots of different insulting names for men, my favorite being "bucks," since she gets her giggles off degrading men. There were quite a number of bucks attending the balls, and I must say, I'm shocked! How could they allow bucks into the ballroom? Haven't they heard of Lyme Disease? Guess not.
^ See that fella up there? He and his buds tried to steal Sara from Derek, but he wasn't having any of that. Poor guys became a hat-hanger.
Tears, people. Tears.
But for real, I didn't hate this book. It was just a bit slow and boring and not up to par with, well, anything. I was a big fan of the ending, when Derek finally admitted his love for Sara. It was actually really beautiful, and I thoroughly, completely believed him. As an added bouns, we got to see him interacting with his baby girl in the epilogue, which was adorable, because he proved Sara wrong (she'd thought he'd be sort of an aloof father). Also, Kleypas has a thing for heroines named "Lily." She loves them, I hate them. They're always ee--vi--all bee--atch--ezz. ...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.
I want to give this two stars, but I'll be generous.
Honestly, I don't think I could have been any more disappointed with this book. I thought it was aI want to give this two stars, but I'll be generous.
Honestly, I don't think I could have been any more disappointed with this book. I thought it was actually quite bad.
Bella. I don't like her at all. She was whiny and weak and unlikable. She cries a lot, and spends 99% of the book in some weak state, needing to be cared for. She also wishes that she was in love with Phury instead of Zsadist, and that pissed me off beyond belief. There was just nothing I liked about her in this book. I didn't like her when she fed Phury or when she insulted Z or was just so self-centered that she made him do things that caused him anguish just because she felt like it. I can't think of a heroine I could hate more than I do Bella. She ALWAYS puts herself before Z, and she can be really cold and uncaring and just cruel, and she doesn't remotely seem to care about Z. Now, don't hate me, because I know for some reason everyone loves Bella, but I loathe her to no end.
Zsadist. I love him, and that just makes me sad, because everyone treats him like crap and everyone calls him soulless, and no one is smart enough to EVER realize that he actually has a heart and is not some evil psycho. His problem is that he feels he isn't worth anything, not that he's doesn't care. No one realizes this. And certainly Bella doesn't, either, even though she's his heroine and SUPPOSEDLY loves him. Because, you know what, she doesn't act like she loves him at all.
Phury. I don't like him. He's annoying. He is always ready to think the worst of Z, no matter what, and it also bothered me that he went after Bella when he KNEW his brother cared for her. He accuses Z of raping Bella, and that made me want to kill him. He also goes all pity me pity me and gains lots of sympathy from everyone, because he has to "deal" with his soulles demon brother. Gag me. He's always doing something to get himself hurt and gain yet more sympathy.
John Matthew. Boring. That's all I have to say. And there was more of him than Z and Bella.
Bella/Zsadist. Utter crap. First off, they spend literally no time together. Maybe 50 pages or so in the whole book where they even remotely like each other. They had no chemistry whatsoever. Bella did not Love Z at all. Not at ALL. I felt nothing between them. It was flat, and seriously, there was waaaaay more of John Matthew and Phury than of Bella and Z. They had no role. It was as if this wasn't even their book. I was so pissed, too, because I wanted Z's romance to be great. I mean, how can they be a couple and how can this be a romance if there is no romance in it. They do not have a SINGLE nice moment together. I was almost so shocked that I actually fainted at how poorly written their romance was. I honestly can't imagine Ward doing a worse job than this with a romance. It's just so crappy I want to cry. Even when they said "I love you" to each other, I didn't believe it. Where was the romance? Where was the getting to know each other? Where was the spending time together? A few pages at the very beginning and end? Gag me yet again.
Absolute. Misery. Is what I feel after reading this. Why did it have to be so awful? I was literally pissed the entire time I was reading. There was maybe ONE scene in the whole book that I liked. Other than that, every single page, every sentence, I hated. Even the rescue scene at the beginning where Z saves Bella is such crap. She's unconscious at the time, and barely remembers it. This whole book was one big disappointment. I almost wish I could erase it from my mind, that's how bad it was. Oh, and it says in the blurb that Bella heals Z. Are you kidding? This whole book is about him taking care of HER. She does nothing whatsoever to help him. If anything, he heals himself. Bella played no part in it....more
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.
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All I want to know is...why in the heck does Cian love Moira? She's dull and whiny and unlikable, where Cian is the exact opposite.
Also, I can't beliAll I want to know is...why in the heck does Cian love Moira? She's dull and whiny and unlikable, where Cian is the exact opposite.
Also, I can't believe we don't find out how or why Cian stopped drinking blood. I waited the whole freakin' trilogy for this, looking forward to it, but his character ended up barely developing. I am hugely annoyed. I wanted more details about Cian other than, oh yeah, he slept and killed a few "whores." Really? Ugh....more
This book drew me in from the very first. It had this really eerie feel to it that almost made me shiver, and I completely forgot I was in my own homeThis book drew me in from the very first. It had this really eerie feel to it that almost made me shiver, and I completely forgot I was in my own home in 2010. Such a cool beginning. And the way Caire kept saying "Good evening, Mrs. Dews" was so creepy! I could just hear his voice, all low and ominous.
From there, it just kept getting better. There were no moments I found dull or wanted to skip through, though, honestly, I could have done without the subplot about Silence, Temperance's sister. It was a little depressing. The whole Ghost of St. Giles thing was inriguing. I really want to know who he is! I usually am good at figuring things like this out, but not this time---same goes for the murder subplot. I didn't see that coming--but, really, I didn't give much thought to who it could be, because I was just so interested in the relationship between Lazarus and Temperance.
From what everyone was saying, I was fully prepared for Lord Caire to be much crueler than he actually was. Compared to some of the other romance heroes I've read about, he is an angel! He isn't particularly normal, and didn't understand what love really was for most of the book, but that just makes him all the more interesting. I also wasn't as bothered as some others by the fact that Caire's touching issue had no real source. Not everything has to have some big, bad intense source. Some people just have weird things about them, myself included, without any real reason for them. I really liked that Caire wasn't the typical romance hero, in both looks and character. Although, it was bothersome that at the end he played the whole "I'm not good enough for you" card. Why couldn't that sentence have just been cut out? It's getting so old!
As for Temperance...she had both good and bad moments, but I ultimately liked her...didn't love her, though. At the beginning of the book, I really liked her. She seemed to truly care about those around her--and then, as the story went on, she became...a tad annoying. She really showed a selfish streak. Now, that doesn't make me hate her, because humans have flaws and I didn't expect her to be perfect. What really irked me was a scene toward the end where she lets Caire run into a burning building by himself and doesn't go after him. Maybe I'm being too harsh about this...I mean, the action in itself wouldn't have seemed so bad, but it sort of didn't make sense...it made her love for him seem less real. I feel like if she really loved him, she would have went after him, instead of sitting there crying and wishing to be dead. If she wants to die anyway, she might as well go in the building and see if she can find him! However, I still find myself liking her. She was tender and affectionate and I liked that she could control her temper. I also found it a bit irritating that Temperance didn't call on Caire to see how he was doing after realizing he was ill from his wound. I know she cared for him that night, but I thought she'd at least want to know how he was fairing the weeks afterward where she didn't call on him. And it's not as if she was ashamed to be seen at his home, because she had no trouble storming in there later on in search of hot sex so she wouldn't have to think about her responsibilities. Anyway...
Their relationship was believable, and I could really feel the sparks flying, which, unfortunately, has become quite rare in romance novels for whatever reason. I actually understood why they loved each other. Plus, their characters were both well developed, which made their romance that much more real and believable. The resolution of Caire's relationship with his mother was rushed and frankly absurd. All of a sudden he loves her? I didn't feel it at all. But overall, I really enjoyed the book--even up to the end, where Lazarus is trapped in a burning building that collapses on top of him, then walks out miraculously unscathed (I decided to suspend reality a little for that).
Looking forward to the next book in the series and hoping we eventually get to learn more about Temperance's siblings. Besides Silence, who I sympathized with, but don't really want to know more about. Oh, and Concord, who was really annoying and ape-like, and every time I heard his name I would think of grape juice....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 had an interesting start...Then it had a very good beginning, but once I got into the middle of the book, it started to go downhill and becoThis book had an interesting start...Then it had a very good beginning, but once I got into the middle of the book, it started to go downhill and become boring, repetitive, and not at all unique in any way. It went a little something like this:
I really liked Nick...I found him to be an intriguing hero, and liked the fact that he'd ony had one lover before he met Lottie. He is also enormously kind to Lottie. You could really tell he loves her--though I didn't feel that Lottie loved Nick at all. Lottie would say all these hateful things to Nick, but he'd never get angry with her. He'd just smile and continue to be extremely tender. He never tries to control her or anything annoying like that. He sticks up for her to her awful mother, and comforts her when she cries (which is a lot).
Weird how Lottie says the only reason she's agreeing to have sex with Nick is so she won't have to dread it, and he isn't at all bothered by this...very strange...almost as strange as her calling Nick the most unscrupulous man she's ever met, yet she agreed to marry him to get away from an evil, child-molester. Apparently, the child molester has more scruples.
Also annoying how Nick's sister says he's not nearly good enough for Lottie. I'm just getting bored of statements like that. I don't think that's something one sibling should say to another, even if they think it. It's just rude and I don't find it amusing. I'm getting tired of the whole "big bad man" meets "perfect innocent woman."
Lottie suffers from multiple personalities, sometimes nice and tender, others mean and callous (this is the usual), such as when she says she won't be "fortunate" enough to have Nick die. And when she says it, it isn't as a joke, either. She actually means it--I don't care if she apologizes afterward...I mean, if it had been the man who said that to the woman, I bet a lot more people would have been bothered by it. I know Nick is supposedly this awful crime lord blah blah blah, but I haven't seen any examples of it--and anyway, he's so kind and nice to Lottie, I just don't think it even matters. Also irksome, is how Lottie gets drunk virtually every time they go anywhere. It makes her seem...not very smart? Because she never means to get drunk, but she keeps drinking and then is surpised at her drunkenness. I felt it a little silly.
I feel I should have been bothered by the fact that Nick's troubled past was dismissed so easily--I mean, he had nightmares every day practically his whole life, and then they suddenly stopped just because he told Lottie what happened? Give me a break. But, somehow, it didn't bother me, because I never felt like his problems were real. I never felt like ANY of his past was real, for that matter.
And what in the heck is up with the ending? It made no sense. The villian's demise was so random and absurd, I actually gaped. It was so stupid and anti-climactic.
While Worth Any Price was good enough to keep me reading, I found it extremely annoying and don't wish to read it ever again....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 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
So, the book was simple and pretty short, kind of a surface book, but I liked it a lot.
The characters were likable and had great chemistry. Lucy wasSo, the book was simple and pretty short, kind of a surface book, but I liked it a lot.
The characters were likable and had great chemistry. Lucy was a pretty typical heroine, snarky and proud and stubborn and bad-tempered. Blue was pretty original. I liked that he didn't talk much to anyone except Lucy. That was adorable. I really liked hearing about the relationships between Blue and the other Navy SEALS, and wish they all could have played a bigger role. The prologue seemed completely irrelevent to the plot, which was wrapped up to fast in an ending that hardly made any sense, though that didn't much bother me. One thing that annoyed me was Aly's obsession with Blue and Jenny-Lee. He not once acted like he still loved her, yet she refused to believe he didn't.
It was an entertaining read, kept me turning the pages and wondering what would happen. ...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
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
This book annoyed the heck out of me. I can't say I hated Laura, but she was a self-pitying, overdramatic idiot. The entire story got bogged down by hThis book annoyed the heck out of me. I can't say I hated Laura, but she was a self-pitying, overdramatic idiot. The entire story got bogged down by her drama queen acts and wah wah poor me declarations.
The plot itself was rather ridiculous, though admittedly unique and entertaining. However, I really wished Ian could have done better than Laura. She was just so pathetic.
What really bugged me was how Ian had been trapped in a hole underground for two years with no sunlight and very little food, and yet he was utterly and completely healthy. Really? Hmm. And, of course, after this, he developed a fear of the dark and closed spaces which--ta-da--miraculously goes away when he's trapped in a cave-in. Really? Also, it annoyed me that 90% of the book was spent addressing Laura's ludicrous self-imposed problems with Ian patiently helping her overcome them, and then, bam, the last ten pages Ian is suddenly fine. Yep. And I was looking forward to Ian's story, which turned out to be Laura's iant pity party and nothing more. Dissappointing....more