Like most Blazes, this one was a little disproportionate. It seems like in all of these, half the book is spent introducing the characters and getting...moreLike most Blazes, this one was a little disproportionate. It seems like in all of these, half the book is spent introducing the characters and getting a feel for their personalities, and the other half has to fit emotional tension, a conflict and a resolution in a very short span of time. This one wasn't as noticeable as others I've read, but I would've like to see this one expanded into a longer manuscript.
The one thing that was nice was the way LaBrecque had us learn about the characters. She didn't tell us every aspect of their personality and expect us just to believe; we learned it as each one jumped to conclusions about the other and had those conclusions tested. We learned them as they learned each other.
This was a very short sexy read, and a definite testament to LaBrecque's talent. B(less)
The third book in the Men of Pride County series was well-worth slogging through the first two: The Outcast and The Outsider and makes me...more4 1/2 stars.
The third book in the Men of Pride County series was well-worth slogging through the first two: The Outcast and The Outsider and makes me glad I read this series.
Major Noble Banning has spent three long years fighting for the Confederacy when his troop is betrayed by one of their own and they are ambushed. After spending months in a Union prison camp, Noble and his men are offered a deal: freedom as long as they will go fight out West with the Union Army. Noble - unwilling to see any more of his men continue to die in the harsh conditions of the camp - reluctantly agrees when he finds out that his new commanding officer, Colonel John Crowley, knows who the traitor in Noble's men is. He heads to New Mexico territory with nothing more than vengeance and eventually freedom on his mind.
That quickly gets put aside when he meets Juliet Crowley, the Colonel's outspoken and practical daughter. Juliet is reluctantly attracted to Noble, but she doesn't trust him an inch. How can she, after all? He betrayed his own country by fighting with the Confederacy, and she sees him as just another spoiled, indolent Southerner. When she sees Noble's willingness to serve her father and his honor in the field, however, it doesn't take long for her to fall hard. As for Noble, Juliet is everything he believes would make a bad lawyer's wife, but he can't help falling for her either.
I loved Noble - he was so torn about making the wrong choices, but he never tried to pass the responsibility or stand accountable for the consequences. Juliet's confusion over her attraction for Noble, and her willingness to stand with her father and take care of him no matter what the cost was touching. And her realization that she and her father were both hiding behind their respective duties to each other hit close to home for me.
A shining star in a series that has been somewhat frustrating so far. A-(less)
When Lt. Quint Tyler of the Union Army is wounded in battle, he is offered a chance to travel to Nassau to try and infiltrate the blockade runners tha...moreWhen Lt. Quint Tyler of the Union Army is wounded in battle, he is offered a chance to travel to Nassau to try and infiltrate the blockade runners that are supplying the Confederate army, including the mysterious Captain Sherwood. Little does Quint know, the captain is actually simpering Southern belle Lily Radford, who is posing as the captain's mistress. As he tries to use her to get closer to the captain, Quint quickly becomes enraptured with her, and though Lily fights it, she can't deny the connection. Both come perilously close to forsaking their beliefs about the war that has put them on opposing sides.
Quint is an interesting character; he's not a spy at heart and spying makes him extremely uncomfortable and guilty. But he also has a good reason for fighting for the Union Army, even though his Southern-sympathizing family is a major landholder in Kentucky.
Lily has her own reasons for siding with the Confederacy, murky as they are. I didn't quite understand how her need for vengeance against one captain pushed her to get revenge against the whole Union army, but it wasn't something that stopped my enjoyment of the book. This was a fast, easy read that showed a very interesting slice of the Civil War that's not often featured in romance novels. B-(less)
Third book in a week I've picked up with adversarial protagonists. The strained dialogue did this book in, which is a shame because I usually enjoy Kr...moreThird book in a week I've picked up with adversarial protagonists. The strained dialogue did this book in, which is a shame because I usually enjoy Kristin Hardy's books.
Main issues: heroine assumes she knows everything about the hero because he has a rep, and even as she gets to know him, continues to assume the worst. Hero is too proud to set her straight, and even though he doesn't want to be known as a player, he keeps making heavy-handed moves towards her instead of, oh I don't know, getting to know her? Courting her?(less)
A cute fast read, although compared to the 500+-page Troubleshooters books, it's like a Brockmann hors d'oeuvre.
Dr. Marsh Devlin has been in love wit...moreA cute fast read, although compared to the 500+-page Troubleshooters books, it's like a Brockmann hors d'oeuvre.
Dr. Marsh Devlin has been in love with his best friend's sister as long as he can remember. But to Leila Hunt, Marsh's cool, composed Englishman manner has always rankled her. They can never be in each other's company for more than a few minutes without arguing. And when Leila comes home for a two-week vacation to Sunrise Key, FL, nothing has changed. Until one New Year's Eve throws her whole life plan into turmoil. The only problem is that she doesn't realize it was Marsh who gave her the kiss of her life, and Marsh is terrified to tell her and risk her scorn or amusement. So he decides to use the two weeks to show Leila that everything she knows about him is wrong, and that she was made to live in Sunrise Key with him.
I couldn't put this one down last night, and I finished it in less than two hours. It was a wonderful, light, fun read, with all of Brockmann's insight and verve as a writer. B+(less)
I'm tossing this one on the DNF pile. It's not bad, I just can't get up the enthusiasm to finish it. I might set it aside for a time when I have nothi...moreI'm tossing this one on the DNF pile. It's not bad, I just can't get up the enthusiasm to finish it. I might set it aside for a time when I have nothing else to read and have the desire to focus a bunch of will and attention on it, but that's not right now.(less)
Cute, but a little too chick lit for my tastes in spots. Also it takes place in a laughably short amount of time (three or four days, I bel...more3 1/2 stars
Cute, but a little too chick lit for my tastes in spots. Also it takes place in a laughably short amount of time (three or four days, I believe) and that made it very unbelievable that these two had gone from being adversaries to in love forever.