Okay, so if you're in the mood for a good sob...check this one out.
We've got two parts to this book. The first part is Ash growing up. This consists...moreOkay, so if you're in the mood for a good sob...check this one out.
We've got two parts to this book. The first part is Ash growing up. This consists of him being tortured in various gruesome manners for 21 years. Why did I enjoy this? I'm not sure. We start off with Ash being born to a woman who is not his mother, and into a family who despises him and takes every opportunity to tell him as much and show him as much. The only person who shows him any kindness is his "sister," Ryssa. Now, I don't dislike Ryssa, but I don't love her either. She was a bit of a weak character, and also selfish. I feel like I say this alot about characters, but it really is true. She would occasionally stand up for Ash, but other times...when Ash had been imprisoned in this tiny little cell the size of a small dog crate...first of all, she didn't even realize he was there for about a million months, which I suppose isn't her fault, but, really, if she paid any attention to her surroundings, she would have figured it out. When she does find out, she goes to visit him...and proceeds to be cruel. Now, Ash hasn't eaten for weeks and has been stuck hunched over in some hole in the dungeon, so when Ryssa tries to speak to him, he's so weak he can't respond to her. What does she do? Screams at him and tells him she hates him and that he's awful etc..then storms off and leaves him there to rot. Nice.
As for Artemis. Can I kill her? After I torture her? She's evil. She uses Ash as a plaything and cares naught for his feelings at all. I mean, at one point she allows him to be castrated and while he's lying there sobbing, she just shrugs, snaps her fingers, puts his parts back, and says something like, "There, all better." Of course, this is after expressing her disgust with "eew" etc...She doesn't even do this to help him; it's so she can continue to practically rape him for however long he stays attractive, then she'll dump him away like garbage. And this b*tch gets no comeuppance!? What IS that!?
Also...I was very upset with what happened to Ryssa. I just...didn't like it at all.
Onto part two, where we get to know Tory. I like her a lot. She's strong without being annoyingly stubborn. She's judgmental, but who's perfect? She's also kind and loyal and stands up for what/who she believes in/loves. I loved the way she defended Ash and chewed Arty out. I also liked her reaction to Ash's revelation about who he was/is. I do think Kenyon could have gone into more detail about Tory's reaction to Ash's past. I just wish they could have discussed it a little. I know it happened a billion years ago, but...I'm sure it doesn't feel that way to Ash. I enjoyed the way Tory and Ash met. It was pretty funny. I also adored how Tory could make Ash clumsy, when that is so the opposite of who he is. He's all powerful and graceul...sort of...so to see him falling off a ladder looking at Try was pretty cute. I didn't think Ash got too sappy or corny, like some others. I mean, Ash was always a really nice, caring person, so...why shouldn't he be happy?
What really ticked me off though, is that Apollo the evil jerk-off and Artemis the idiotic witch didn't get their comeuppance. AT ALL. I loved the scene during which Ash's mother goes all apocolyptic. I was actually rooting for her to kill everyone, I was that pissed about what happened to Ash. Apparently, Apollo and Artemis can't die or the world will end or some such, sooo can they perhaps be imprisoned and tortured for all eternity, please??(less)
**spoiler alert** Well, well, well. You'd think I'd have written a review for this, considering Fang is my favorite hero in Dark-Hunterville--ever. I...more**spoiler alert** Well, well, well. You'd think I'd have written a review for this, considering Fang is my favorite hero in Dark-Hunterville--ever. I love him like no other, and this book just made me love him even more.
Aimee and Fang. I like it. A bear and a wolf. Why not? Sounds good to me. Plus, Fang and Aimee had real chemistry. I believed in their relationship--especially since Aimee had never really liked wolfweres, until Fang. They're definitely one of my favorite couples, and not just in this series, but of all time.
As for plot, there seemed to be a lot going on. We've got Fang trapped in some kind of purgatory. We've got Aimee and her family/mating issues, and Aimee trying to kill the demons, and we've got Fang dealing with his new "job," and Fang's relationship with his brother(s). So there were no lulls or boring spots, despite how it recaps parts of Vane's and Wren's books.
It was amazing to see Fang change so much. After he got his soul returned to him, he was just....different. He wasn't the loud-mouthed, smart-assed, never-think-before-you-act Fang. He grew so much. And not just mentally, but also physically. He gained power, and also learned to fight better in his human form--he can even compete with Vane now, which makes me so happy. At first, Vane's pathetic failure to aid his brother created a rift between the two, but eventually, after Vane proved he cared, I actually think their relationship strengthened. I mean, Fang actually told Vane he loved him! When does that happen between brothers? I did want to murder Vane for a good 3/4 of the book for being so mean to Fang, and saying such hurtful things when Fang needed him the most, though.
The whole thing with the bears at the end didn't make me sad. I guess it was meant to, but I never liked Nicolette, or her husband, so them dying didn't affect me. Savitar pissed me off in this book. Just saying.
I like Fury a lot, too. I'm glad he's Fang's brother, and I'm glad the two of them accepted each other. They really are so much alike--I can imagine why they wouldn't get along. That big fight between them was funny, because you know they don't actualy want to kill each other.
Aimee. I just want to talk about her for a minute. She really only annoyed me once in the whole book. This was when she said that all wolves should be gathered up and executed or some such, while Fang was standing right there. Not very smart, Aimee. You really hurt him, there. Sure, she apologizes, but what's done is done. Other than that...I was very impressed with the way she went all-out to save Fang. They both loved each other so much, and it was clearly displayed, not just told.
So yeah, I love Fang. This is my second time reading this book--my first DH reread. That says something.(less)
Okay, so Wren! He was so much sexier than I thought he was going to be!
Characters: Maggie: I really like her as a heroine. She is a nice person, not fu...moreOkay, so Wren! He was so much sexier than I thought he was going to be!
Characters: Maggie: I really like her as a heroine. She is a nice person, not full of herself or anything, being a senator's daughter, but she is a little self-pitying and she is weak when it came to her father. But I enjoyed reading about her and actually cared for her. She works really with Wren, and the two of them balance each other out nicely. They have real spark from the very first moment they meet.
Wren is awesome. He really acts like how I would expect a tiger in human form to act, and yet he is also a good "person." I think Maggie even makes him a better person, brings out the best in him, which is awesome.
The plot...what is the plot? Baddies plotting to have Wren killed for some green? Yeah. Nothing much special about it, to be honest, yet it was entertaining and tasted like chocolate (hehe). I liked the scenes that took place in the past, and getting to see Wren when he was little, and I wish I could have seen more of them. I liked what happened with Wren's dad, but, honestly, I can't forgive him. I'm glad he and Wren got a chance to work things out, though.
Maggie's relationship with her father is very thin. Her father seemed a little fake, but I didn't mind, since he isn't exactly a big part of the story. Kenyon really focuses on the fantasy aspects, which I like.
The ending has a nice twist. It is wrapped up rather abruptly, but I didn't much mind that, either because the characters had already been through enough.
Really, the best part of this story is the relationship between Maggie and Wren. They spend a lot of time together, and they are well matched. Plus, some of the things they said to each other were adorable. I especially loved the scene where they went to McDonalds and Wren ordered something like ten Big Macs, five Filet's-o-Fish and a bunch of other things. So funny. He had no idea there was anything weird about eating that much food.
This is definitely the best Sabrina Jeffries book I've ever read. Those who are familiar with her know her books are on the light, fluffy side, so you...moreThis is definitely the best Sabrina Jeffries book I've ever read. Those who are familiar with her know her books are on the light, fluffy side, so you have to keep that in mind before you pick this up.
I LOVE when villians in previous books become the hero, so of course I was excited that this one was to be about the Scottish Scourge, who had previously tried to rob Amelia and Lucas, the main couple from the first book.
Characters: Lachlan. I LOVE him, even more than I expected to. It was refreshing to have a hero that actually cares about what the heroine thinks of him. I don't think I've ever read that in a book before--they always end up caring by the end, but Lachlan cared from the very beginning. Everything he does is for the good of his clan. There is nothing villianous about him. As for Venetia, I liked her a lot, too. She's not one of those "I know everything" heroines who goes about doing things just to prove she can. She has a big heart. It did take a LONG time for me to feel her love for Lachlan...in fact, for some reason I was able to feel that Lachlan loved her, but I didn't sense her return feelings. She did all the "required" things someone in love will do, but it didn't come off the pages.
Story: The basic premise is that Lachlan kidnaps Venetia, holding her for ransom to get money to support his clan. I know the whole hero kidnapping the heroine thing has been done many times, but somehow it felt new here. I think it's because Lachlan and Venetia knew each other as children, so that gave it a different feel. She had really liked him, and it wasn't her being taken by some scary, mysterious guy she'd never met before. Also, Lachlan was completely good to her the whole while, and Venetia never REALLY feared him. She claimed she did, but it's obvious she didn't. It was fun to see Venetia eventually figuring out that Lachlan actually is a good guy.
What bothered me though, was the end. It seems as if every romance novel ends with the hero having to come to some decision, or realize that he can't live without the heroine (especially in Sabrina Jeffries' books); this is getting old. Can't authors come up with a new climax? And it's silly here, too, because he had already figured out that he was in love with her, and ADMITTED it to her, so for him to just try to give her up like that...it felt really fake. I don't believe Lachlan would have acted in that way. I understand why he suposedly did it, but I just don't think it was a good enough reason.
Other than that, I really enjoyed this one. I just wish that ONCE an author will not make the hero out to be the stupid idiot/bad guy toward the end, even after it has been established that they love each other. Even in historicals, where the heroines are almost always painfully naiive, the hero has to suddenly become a blind dummy. Why? They spend a good part of the book being intelligent, and then BAM! Their IQ decreases. (less)
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 old...moreWow. 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.
This is a cute book with pretty good characters. What made it for me, though, was the humor, which was fantastic.
The beginning, with Susannah buying...moreThis is a cute book with pretty good characters. What made it for me, though, was the humor, which was fantastic.
The beginning, with Susannah buying Ian as a slave was interesting (annoying, the way she tried to lead him around on a leash, but she became nice pretty quick). I found it irritating how she wouldn't believe a word out of his mouth. In fact, I hated Susannah. I liked Ian a lot though, and wished he would have had the sense to dump her and get with someone actually worthy of him. She insulted him at nearly every turn, and was basically awful and beyond snappish, but she didn't become this way until the end--she got progressively meaner and more idiotic.
The middle of the novel, with Ian learning how to work on a farm was funny and endearing. He was so cute, trying to get eggs from the chicken coop and then running away in terror. I just wish the end wasn't so...ridiculous.(less)
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'...moreThis 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.(less)
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 ev...moreI'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!(less)
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 th...moreI 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.(less)
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 great...moreI 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).(less)
I can't say there was anything really special about this book or it's characters, but I liked it well enough. The setting was the type that pulls you...moreI can't say there was anything really special about this book or it's characters, but I liked it well enough. The setting was the type that pulls you right into the pages, but not so with the characters. I liked Blue a lot (it was so cute how he always forgot to wear shoes) but Ellie was just blah and extremely selfish.
The "mystery" aspect of the story was a total surprise, which was good, though, to be honest, I didn't find the mystery itself interesting, so...it didn't wow me or anything.
The only three things that really annoyed me: 1. Ellie kept referring to Blue as a mentally insane person on a downward spiral, which, frankly, confused me...because he was pretty damn normal. He had a fear of losing people, since he lost his parents and wife, but crazy? No. Downward spiral? No. 2. Ellie not once considered Blue. She kept thinking how she didn't want to have a relationship with him because his sadness would be too much for poor, royal self. I wanted to like Ellie. I really tried to. But I just couldn't. Perhaps if she had some serious problems of her own to contend with, I would have understood, but she didn't... 3. Everyone in the town kept saying Blue "wasn't a catch" and that Ellie was way too good for him, but I never understood why. His wife died, and afterward he didn't want to have a serious relationship, so he had a few MUTUAL flings with women, and now he REALLY likes Ellie, wants to be with her, so why is he so bad?
Other than that, it was an enjoyable read...(less)
Rosalind and Stephen worked well together. They were nicely developed and likable. It was very refreshing how the two actually LIKED each other throug...moreRosalind 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. (less)
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 h...moreThis 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.(less)
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 it...moreI 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.(less)
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 got...moreI 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...(less)
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 was...moreSo, 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. (less)
I would have enjoyed this so much more if only Ric and Annie were either eliminated from the book completely, o...moreJules + 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.(less)
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 mo...moreWell, 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.(less)