I was excited to read this legal thriller about a female lawyer fighting for women's rights. When I first started reading the book I was overwhelmed I was excited to read this legal thriller about a female lawyer fighting for women's rights. When I first started reading the book I was overwhelmed by the amount of important characters. However, the more I read the easier it was to keep track of them because they were all very well developed.
Maggie is a successful lawyer and partner of one of the top Wall Street law firms. She has just lost her husband to a terrible accident and her best client for the same reason. She begins looking for new clients when the chairman, Andy Anderson, asks her to be a part of a committee to find out if women are being sexually harassed in the workplace.
At first Maggie despises the task of interviewing women about harassment in the workplace. That is until she finds out just how many women are having trouble with the male partners at the firm. As Maggie digs deeper into the troubles of the women she begins to doubt that Andy is looking into these incidents for the right reasons.
Initially Maggie tries to help the women but still ends up siding with the firm. However, when she walks in on a shocking incident where a partner is literally caught with his pants down she begins to wonder if her big law firm is all it's cracked up to be.
Maggie desperately tries to find out what Andy's motives are while trying to help the women in the firm. She's knows she's running out of time when Andy is nominated for Attorney General. But just when she thinks she might lose the battle Maggie learns something interesting that may blow the entire coverup out of the water.
I found Maggie to be a strong, confident woman who had a good head on her shoulders. She was a believable character because while she wanted to help the women at her firm she kept thinking of her job first. Maggie does begin to change her mind and her ways after speaking with the women and seeing just how arrogant and selfish the male partners can be.
I also found the underlying message about women's rights to be important but not over the top. It's a prevalent topic that led to a lot of conversations between me and some of my female friends.
This book is well written and keeps the reader engaged until the very end. More and more details come out in each chapter so I kept wanting to read more. There were a few side stories involved in the book which also kept me interested.
Casey is a private eye who will do whatever it takes to solve the case. When Felicity enters his office and talks about her dead husband, Casey is in Casey is a private eye who will do whatever it takes to solve the case. When Felicity enters his office and talks about her dead husband, Casey is intrigued. When Felicity runs out of the office in the middle of their conversation he decides to get to work.
The novel follows Casey as he pumps Ian, his best friend the cop, for information on an old case. When he doesn't get the information he needs there he goes to the witnesses. Even when they aren't willing to talk he somehow manages to see them and get some more details about the murder. When he starts asking questions about Tiny, the owner of a bar, he ends up on top of a roof in a fight for his life.
I found Casey to be egotistical and a bit annoying. He never shuts up throughout the entire book and often talks about how great he is. He has two girlfriends but apparently that isn't enough because he gets some action from a few of the witnesses as well. He has a flashy Dodge Viper which he also likes to talk about.
I had some difficulty keeping track of the secondary characters in the book. They were brought up multiple times but in different situations which made it confusing for me.
The story itself and the mystery were interesting. There are a lot of clues, information on the murder, and twists in the story you are never really sure who murdered Felicity's husband. While there is some action in the book, the conclusion leaves something to be desired.
I liked Gina from the very beginning. She is fun, smart, and doesn't put up with anyone's crap. Throughout the book she helps her friends with person I liked Gina from the very beginning. She is fun, smart, and doesn't put up with anyone's crap. Throughout the book she helps her friends with personal issues and investment issues. She is having a great year and it looks like she'll be able to retire as a multimillionaire...until Andrew shows up to town.
Andrew is everything Gina's boyfriend Johnny is, and more. He's attractive, strong, and wants to make a deal that Gina shouldn't be able to refuse. He's offering a price on her stock that's six times more then what she paid. Gina smells something fishy and refuses to sell the shares of the bank Andrew wants. The bank just happens to be her boyfriend Johnny's and he's not looking to sell.
Suddenly Gina and the other ladies in the Bloody Mary Club begin receiving threats and Gina is clubbed over the head one night and her personal bank book is stolen. They can't call the police so it's up to the 4 women to get the book back and stop Andrew in the process.
I found the book fun to read and enjoyed hearing the banter between the ladies in the club. They like to tease each other, can be brutally honest, but have each others best interest at heart. I also enjoyed the scenes between Gina and her investment partners as well as the scenes with Gina and Johnny. They seemed honest and realistic.
The only thing I had some trouble with is this book is the stock market talk. I didn't understand some of the things they were talking about even after Gina explained them. It was a little confusing and some of it had a large part in the book which made it harder to understand.
Overall the book kept me interesting and wanting to read on to find out what was going to happen.
The book opens with a determined Cat going for an interview with Roger Aiken, the Buffalo Soldier's manager. In the middle of the interview the manageThe book opens with a determined Cat going for an interview with Roger Aiken, the Buffalo Soldier's manager. In the middle of the interview the manager gets a call that his troublemaker daughter is in trouble at her college...again. With a press conference coming up in hours he sends Cat to deal with her.
Cat gets the bratty Paige in the car and back to her father. Seeing how firm Cat was with Paige, Roger gives Cat a chance to work with the Soldiers...but there is a catch. She has to fly to Santo Domingo and write about the Latin American training facility. Cat is excited until she learns that Paige is coming along as well. Not only will Cat be a reporter on this trip, she's also there to be Paige's babysitter.
The two start out disliking each other but throughout the book you can see them growing on each other. Even though Paige seems spoiled and bratty she really grew on me and showed personal growth at the end of the book.
Cat is a strong willed, smart, and sneaky reporter who will do anything to bring down the bad guys and keep the baseball players safe. Together Paige and Cat begin snooping around when a baseball recruit ends up dead and a slimy agent, Chance Hayworth, acts as though he didn't know the boy even though they had a contract.
Throw in an old flame of both Cat's and Paige's and things heat up quickly in Santo Domingo. This pair is such an odd couple but it really works in this book. They seem to despise each other on the surface but when push comes to shove you can tell they care about one another. Their insults to each other kept me laughing throughout the book.
I read this book quickly and it kept my interest throughout. I'm not a huge baseball fan, but I found the baseball references to just be another part of the book and I actually enjoyed them. The characters are realistic and the interactions were so spot on that I could picture them in my mind.
I hope I see more of both Paige and Cat in the future as they make a great team and end up catching the bad guy at the end.
I found this book to be a quick and mostly enjoyable read. The book opens with Sam being called to a murder scene where he recognizes the victim as anI found this book to be a quick and mostly enjoyable read. The book opens with Sam being called to a murder scene where he recognizes the victim as an old fling from spring break. Soon Sam is a suspect in the murder and unfortunately there's more death to come.
Sam is a likeable character who is completely devoted to his wife, Rachel. Rachel is bound to a wheelchair because she has MS. Rachel is a very level headed character who is both sweet and realistic. They have two children, Andy and Beth. Andy is the father of two rambunctious boys and has been away at war. Beth is a single mother who is gay. I enjoyed the variation of the characters and the well developed backgrounds.
After the murder of his old fling, Sam feels the green marble in his pocket glow with warmth. The marble is his connection to his brother Billy. Billy passed away as a child but now is connected to Sam by the green marble. Whenever he needs to see the past, Billy is able to whisk Sam away to see details needed to help him figure out what is going on in the present.
I found the time travel element to interesting. However, I almost immediately knew who the killer was because of the time travel. It was easy to figure out though the reason why the person killed was not.
There were several ups and downs in the story which kept my interest. In the end there were 3 murder victims, each one more devastating then the last. After the third murder Sam is so upset that he winds up in the hospital under a doctors care. While his family and the doctors try taking care of him all he can think about is going back in the past to change what has happened.
I found the time traveling and the changing of the past to be a little too far fetched. It was interesting to see how each travel backwards changed the future but I thought it lessened the credibility of the story to a point.
In all I enjoyed the book. It was a quick, light, and fun read.
The second book in the Desolation series by Ali Cross begins where the first book left off. Desi and James are living in Lucy's apartment where they The second book in the Desolation series by Ali Cross begins where the first book left off. Desi and James are living in Lucy's apartment where they begin trying to live a normal life. The problem is that Desi continues to have dreams about Michael living in Hell. When Desi' best friend Miri begins to have dreams about a horseman from Hell coming to claim the Earth things begin to change.
The Hallowed meet and begin to prepare for the coming of the horseman. Unfortunately Desi begins to be pulled by her Shadow and feels as though when she lost Michael she lost her golden spark as well. When the horseman finally comes he manages to pierce Desi's heart and Lucifer enters for good.
Desi soon embraces her Shadow and is ready to become the daughter her father wants her to be. Michael and Miri desperately try to get her to find her golden spark but they may be too late this time. Will Desi finally Become the princess of Hell?
Desi really begins to grow up in this book. She feels responsible for Lucy's death and Michael's eternal punishment in Hell. She is depressed and feels as though she has no where to go and no one to help her make it all right. She tries to fight off the darkness but has difficulty locating her light. This is such a real struggle that teens face everyday of their lives and that made this a realistic struggle.
I really loved the ending of this book and can't wait to see what happens in the third book in the series. I'm glad that Michael is back in the picture and that James and Miri have become Desi's closest friends. I can only hope that Desi chooses what is right in the third book.
The book begins like a typical teenage romance with Ronnie and her friends having a crush on the older, and mysterious, Drake. Things seem normal unt The book begins like a typical teenage romance with Ronnie and her friends having a crush on the older, and mysterious, Drake. Things seem normal until the animals in the neighborhood begin disappearing. The girls find one of the missing cats in a pet shop and the owner said that Drake brought him in.
Soon one of the girls, Jasmine, is found in Drake's yard unconscious. When she wakes up in the hospital she doesn't recognize anyone. Ronnie and Katie decide to find out what happened to Jasmine at Drake's house. The only problem is they have to stay away from Drake's evil cousins.
The girls aren't able to solve the mystery and soon Ronnie's brother and his best friend are missing. Will they ever see him again?
I thought the basis for this story was interesting. The girls seem like typical teenagers laughing, being silly, and crushing on boys. I could tell that they care about one another and want to keep each other safe.
I also liked how mysterious Drake and his family were. The girls begin to think he is a vampire but Drake lets them know that isn't the case. Throughout the book we're never quite sure what the family is and we never find out. It's mysterious but it works with this story.
The one thing I didn't like about the book was the lack of emotions from the characters. When Ronnie's brother goes missing she simply goes to bed. There are several times when the author makes reference to her mother's eyes being red but Ronnie keeps on going to netball practice, hanging out with her friends, and never once seems upset that he is missing. It was very unrealistic to me.
I enjoyed the book and thought it was an easy read but that it needed a little more depth and explanation as to what exactly was going on in the Demonto house.
Cheyenne was just a normal girl living with her single mom until new bad boy Denver bit her. Suddenly Cheyenne finds that her mother isn't her motherCheyenne was just a normal girl living with her single mom until new bad boy Denver bit her. Suddenly Cheyenne finds that her mother isn't her mother at all but simply a guardian put in place to watch her until the time came for her to learn about her powers. As she waits for people at the Vala School to arrive she begins hearing things and realizes the flowers are talking to her. Before she can freak out too much she's whisked away to the mysterious Vala School.
Once there life is much different for Cheyenne then it had been in her prior life. Where she was shy, prone to panic attacks, and didn't have many friends before, suddenly she is popular with more friends and events happening in her life then she thought was possible. Her roommate Halyn is a sweet, caring witch who has high energy and quickly becomes Cheyenne's best friend.
Then there's the overwhelming amount of boys in her life. Cheyenne first meets the William's twins who are not only the most popular boys at school but they are cute too! Anj is intelligent, mysterious, and blind, but his magic allows him to see. Zes is nervous, sensitive, and adorable. I couldn't help but like both of the twins. Then there's Denver; he's apparently a student at the school and while he pretends to not care about Cheyenne there's a sexual tension between them that made me blush.
Finally we have Lucien, a dark angel and resident of Hell. He thinks he's reincarnate of Hades and Cheyenne holds the spirit of Persephone the First, who is of her bloodline. Lucien will stop at nothing to make Cheyenne his bride and finally unite the underworld with the Divine.
This book was a quick read that was very enjoyable. The characters are all very likeable and I felt as if I knew each and every one of them. There's so many mysteries to uncover in the story and it's fun putting the pieces together to understand what is happening in the school.
There were two things I didn't like about this book. I hated that Cheyenne left her guardian, whom she thought was her mother, and never spoke to her again. It made me sad for both Cheyenne and her guardian. I also thought that the ending of the book was abrupt. I would have liked to have had a few more pages written to know what was going on before it simply ended.
I will say I can't wait to read the next book in this series. There's so much going on and so much more I want to know about. I don't yet know what gifts Jewl, Anj, and Zes have. I want to know who Cheyenne will choose to date. I also want to find out what will happen between the demons and the Divine. I hope the next book has as much action and romance as this one did!
The story begins with Jonathan, old, alone, and miserable, he is living is a home for elderly adults. He is more then ready to die but when his nurseThe story begins with Jonathan, old, alone, and miserable, he is living is a home for elderly adults. He is more then ready to die but when his nurse tells him that he has a surprise visitor coming the next day Jonathan can't even begin to imagine who it would be. He begins thinking back on his life and we see flashbacks of his life with Philip from the very beginning.
Jonathan and Philip are both loveable characters who are totally in love and deeply devoted to each other. Their lives seem almost perfect; they have love, they have a gorgeous home, and they both have amazing jobs. The only thing missing from their lives is a baby but that dream was gone once Philip found out he had cancer and received radiation treatments that left him sterile.
Then Philip's college friend Angela enters the picture. She has lost a ton of weight and is now beautiful, funny, and the perfect friend to both men. After spending many months together going to dinner, hanging out, and getting to know each other again, the three decided to have a child together. It seems like the perfect solution to the one thing all three of them want.
But after Angela gets pregnant everything changes. Her true colors begin showing and soon Jonathan and Philip are worried that the woman carrying their baby may be seriously crazy. As the months creep along Angela gets meaner and needier until something finally snaps.
I could not stand Angela from the beginning. She was mean to her friends, awful to her boyfriend, and seemed to care about no one but herself. The fact that she played the part of sweet and innocent Angela in front of Jonathan and Philip infuriated me. I knew that there was something sneaky about her but when I found out what she was really up to I hated her even more.
The characters in this book had very clearly defined personalities which made them easy to like or hate. The fact that Angela is somewhat crazy added an air of suspense to the novel because I never knew what she was thinking or what she might do next. She was unpredictable which was both exciting and nerve-wracking.
The one thing I had difficulty with in this novel was the shift between past and present as well as the shift between the time periods in the past. It jumped around a lot which was confusing at times. Otherwise I really enjoyed this suspenseful novel and the twist at the end was just crazy enough to be believable. ...more
This is a fun book about shapeshifters, werewolves, and librarians. It's an unusual mix of characters but it seems to work in this book. The shapeshifThis is a fun book about shapeshifters, werewolves, and librarians. It's an unusual mix of characters but it seems to work in this book. The shapeshifters come from a long line of librarians while the werewolves come from a line of book burners. The human librarians get caught in the middle of an ancient feud in this novel.
I had some difficulty getting into the book initially. There were a lot of characters and I didn't quite understand what the connection was between the characters. After about the first fifty pages or so it all began to come together and I flew through the rest of the book.
Liberty, the main character, is a librarian determined to go the extra mile to have her new library be a show piece full of every book imaginable. Unfortunately, once the new library is open someone begins to steal the books. This is when Chronus, a shapeshifting sheepdog, enters the picture. He reveals himself to Liberty and the two begin to work together to stop the book burning, and book stealing, werewolves.
On top of the situation with the stolen library books, Liberty learns that Chronus and the other shifting dogs are trapped in the library by a curse werewolf pack leader Elsie put on them. The werewolves will stop at nothing to make sure the dogs aren't able to break the curse. This includes fires, fights, and plotting against both Liberty and the shifters.
While the fight between the evil werewolves and the librarian dog shifters is the main theme the book does have something for everyone. The budding romance between Chronus and Liberty is sweet and fun. The "Dewey Speak" that comes from the human librarians adds some humor to the tense situations in the book.
I think anyone who is a fan of books, dogs, and the paranormal would enjoy reading this book....more