Overall I was disappointed in this book, Yes bits and pieces I liked but not enough to bring the book up to IMO Susan Andersen's usual standard. It fe...moreOverall I was disappointed in this book, Yes bits and pieces I liked but not enough to bring the book up to IMO Susan Andersen's usual standard. It felt while reading that this story had just been slapped together, in some areas incredibly pushed. The chemistry between Jake and Jenny was missing to me. I will admit however that the sex scenes were funny and sweet, which kind of didn't fit he couple at all to me. Although I liked the flow as far as the characters having a real time span for the feelings to grow, I just see how they could have.
My second bout of disappointment came from Jake alone, I had the hardest time finding something to like about him and the only thing I could was his growing relationship with his half-brother Max. Not even his relationship with his Son could deter my feelings about the (so called) Hero. I just kept waiting for there to have been forces beyond his control that kept him from his child, but it kept going back to and ultimately boiling down to his own selfishness, young father be damned.
I liked Jenny though; her character was like a shining light in the book. I rooted for the HEA just for her. I liked that she was fiercely protective over Austin and thought it killed her think of him leaving she did what was best for the kid. I would like to see her best friend get a story. I think she would be another great leading Lady.
I think I will like Max as a hero better than Jake, and think it would be fun to see how the brother are doing in his story.
Now for my finale disappointment that put this book in the 2 star shelves for me was Austin. Don't get me wrong I know Austin had the crap end of the stick and it wasn't Austin's character that I didn't like really but the way he was written. He wasn't a relatable 13 yr old; though the author did try she just tried too hard. With that said My hope is to get a grown up Austin story in this series.
Because I do know Susan Andersen's usual standard I am going to give this series and stab with Max's book. o_O here's hoping it works in my favor. (less)
I loved the general concept of this story, and had high hopes for it. Even though I didn't read the whole story there were things that I found great a...moreI loved the general concept of this story, and had high hopes for it. Even though I didn't read the whole story there were things that I found great and would have loved to have seen expanded upon, and things I found not so great, which enviably had me not being able to finish it and just largely skimming through.
I will start with the great things I read that could have made a great story I feel if only expanded upon, or sadly to say maybe if a little bit more thought had been put into it.
- Dayna Sterling because her character was NOT that stupid over reacting female who made stupid decisions and put herself in danger because of some stupid idiotic logic.
- The world building was in my opinion well done(and probably the best part of the book) in the beginning, and I felt while reading it that it made sense and was explained easily and molded into the story without feeling overwhelming or that you would get lost in it.
- I loved the idea of being bonded and what it meant for him to be bonded, and the need for them both was instant and strong and neither one of them had to play the I don't know if he/she feels the same way game.
- I loved the fact that Dayna felt confident in her sexual prowess and that she knew she was seducing T.J. and that it worked without him smirking at her or embarrassing her, as you sometimes see in other books. Also her power that shocked them both also worked for me.
- The love scenes were greatly done and had the right amount of steam, but mostly the amazing detail of the bond they shared.
- Of Course I liked T.J. too, thought he was great Alpha Male and Hero, and who wouldn't love it when a man's power goes on the fritz when his woman is around.
Now for the not so great things that led me to not finish this book in its entirety, that I felt were either nerve grating or maybe the pace was just too slow for me.
- If I read the word witch once, I read it 1,000 times in multiple forms. Such as: Witch, Witchy, Witchstory, Witchfolk, Witchmade, and I am sure there are more but really I think we get it. The story is about witches.
- Then there was the word Magic and is multiple forms, which was used to explain everything seemingly unexplainable in book about Witches. Or wait was it suppose to be MAJIK?
- I also hated that everytime something MAGIC/MAJIK happened Dayna was always surprised, shocked, or agog with disbelief that Magic/Majik would/could actually happen around Witches and Warlocks.
- I also didn't like that Dayna didn't know who she was and that she didn't find out until the near end of the book. With that said it kind of irked me how she all of a sudden and her powers full force when she found out. Like just because she had a super title she believed in herself.
The ending was lack luster and although I am happy they ended up together I felt the whole event they were leading up to should have somehow been bigger, and more important feeling. I feel as if it was just put there to close out that story line and that it wasn't every really as important as the love story. (less)
First I want to say that this was my first book by Author Anne Stuart, so I went into it not really knowing what to expect, it sure wasn't the almost...moreFirst I want to say that this was my first book by Author Anne Stuart, so I went into it not really knowing what to expect, it sure wasn't the almost hatred I had going on for the Hero most of the book, or the shock of how far the author was willing to go when it came to the Heroine and the trouble she found herself in. I don't want to give anything away, so I am trying my best to cryptically explain my views on this book.
This book was fascinating for me because not only was the plot edgy and dark, the actual love story between Chloe and Bastian was just as dark and edgy. The HEA was a little twisted and raw, you kind of felt like it were more real because there weren't too many if any sweet moments yet you felt it. You felt the emotions vibrating off the page.
I will admit at first I hated Bastian because I thought he was a pig and just cruel, but once you start learning his back story and seeing him through Chloe's eyes you start looking at him differently. By the end of the book I wasn't in love with him but I trusted with him with her. I know it sounds silly because it's just a book, but that is what makes a great story.
I also liked how Anne Stuart didn't sugar coat the scary stuff, that she allowed it to happen and because it did, it proved Chloe's strength which helped the HEA because it made it that much more real and easy to believe. I liked Chloe's character a lot because she was fragile enough to fall apart but strong enough to keep going.
I would definitely suggest this book to others and look forward to reading the next in this series. (less)
In the front of this book we get a message from the author letting us know why she was driven to write this book and one part of the message really st...moreIn the front of this book we get a message from the author letting us know why she was driven to write this book and one part of the message really stuck out to me and became the whole reason I wanted to read this book. "...So I told my Editor that I wanted to write a book in which the Hero and Heroine sleep together the first night they meet only to become platonic friends and then fall in love..." I couldn't wait to dive into this book because I thought it was different from anything I had read before, and it was but it wasn't what I thought it was going to be either. This left me both happy with the story and strangely disappointed as well.
There were great moments that made the Hero Charlie Tenniel stand out and make you love him, such as his aloof demeanor and attitude, and how he reacted to Joe and felt comfortable with him. I liked Allie McGuffey too because she wasn't over the top, and her behavior and even the way she was described like looks wise was simple and soft and believable. Of course there were moments that I genially felt like laughing out loud and felt like I wanted to jump in the story and eat Chinese, pancakes, or have a movie night with them myself.
But even with the all those happy moments, and with how much I liked the HEA I just couldn't bring myself to truly like the book. I thought the whole reason for Charlie coming to the station was so far off in left field that there truthfully wasn't any purpose in that at all. That however wasn't even the biggest turn off for me, because no matter how much I tried to look past it or justify it in my own head I couldn't do it. The Biggest reason I didn't like this book was because I hated how the author made them become platonic. I didn't see except for at night when they were eating Chinese while in bed before the whole thing started that they were even friends during those platonic weeks. Every time you got to the beginning of either of their point of views they were saying how much they were able to avoid each other (which by definition means they were not talking) when at one point I believe during Allies point of view that it was mentioned how much they talked but I didn't feel that way or believe it. I never believed the friendship because the whole time they weren't sleeping together they were thinking about how much they wanted it or how to avoid each other.
This book had so much potential but it just fell short. (less)
This book was a heavy double edged sword to me, there were many moments of laugh out loud hilarity, melt your heart sweetness, and rev your engine hot...moreThis book was a heavy double edged sword to me, there were many moments of laugh out loud hilarity, melt your heart sweetness, and rev your engine hotness. Then there were many moments of knock your head against the wall frustration, was that really needed irritation and worst of all, the why was that even mentioned confusion.
I had questions about like why did Breanne it have to happen 3 times when once was bad enough (it actually made it a little harder for me to like her) and then why did her brothers get mentioned so often when they were truly no benefit to the story?
I was rooting more for the Shelly and Dante than the actual HEA and thought that seemed a little corny that the other two were shaking up too.
I love Jill Shalvis and her writing style as far as the banter between characters goes and usually her characters are what keep me glued to the book, usually for those reasons I can look past the unanswered questions and holes in the story. This time it's harder, I want so much to be to say I love everything about this book, but I can't. It was definitely cute and I don't hate that I read but it's definitely not one of my favorites. (less)
This book was up and down for me. The clown costume was a little silly for me, and totally unbelievable as a Las Vegas showgirl act. I also didn't li...more This book was up and down for me. The clown costume was a little silly for me, and totally unbelievable as a Las Vegas showgirl act. I also didn't like the Hero as a stripper, I found it took away from his alpha status and that didn't appeal to me at all. This book had its moments but all in all it wasn't memorable. (less)
Okay I won't lie I totally had no idea that Out of Eden was the first book of 2 and read Into the Wild first. But I have to say that I loved it. Beth...moreOkay I won't lie I totally had no idea that Out of Eden was the first book of 2 and read Into the Wild first. But I have to say that I loved it. Beth Ciotta has a cute way of telling a story and her style is that perfect balance. I told my friend she totally PG-13 she gets stars for the adult but also for not going too far with it. I loved that this book was more about the characters which were amazing by the way. Once I figured out that Kylie was Spenser's little sister it made the best friend and younger sister thing that much more intriguing and funny. I loved Kylie from the first page. It took not time at all for me to warm up to her character. This is a wonderful book and if you like this you will truly like into the wild as well.(less)
Forgive me if this review seems undersized or not very informative, as it has been a minute (months) since in read it. I have to say that this wasn't...moreForgive me if this review seems undersized or not very informative, as it has been a minute (months) since in read it. I have to say that this wasn't the standard from Julie Garwood that I am accustomed to but it wasn't bad. I quit enjoyed myself reading this book.
I love the H/H and felt that they had real heat, but were allowed a believable timeline for the feelings each had to develop. Ellie was my favorite hands down, not only because she very relatable but because she was one of those few and far between bright shining heroines that didn't make stupid choices. Which could be why she as so relatable. Max was a solid good guy, with a strong need to protect Ellie.
The secondary characters were great and I am not sure if this was Julie Garwood's intentions but I liked the HITMAN much more that her SISTER. In fact I don't believe that Ellie should have been as nice to her as she was.
No for the reason I felt that this book wasn't exactly what I am used to by Julie Garwood is that the last half of the book seemed rushed, cramped, and little too much. For all that was going on the suspense was less than par. Over all it was a fun and enjoyable read. (less)
This was my first Beth Ciotta book. I wanted to me adventurous and step out of my normal authors. I liked this book. I had no idea that it was book 2...moreThis was my first Beth Ciotta book. I wanted to me adventurous and step out of my normal authors. I liked this book. I had no idea that it was book 2 of 2 and that there was another one I should have read first. It however turned out that it really didn't matter. This was a cute read however very entertaining and adventurous, it was also crazy farfetched. I know that was probably the point to certain extent and I did my best to remember that. It was just that there were certain things that just didn't work for me. I would found it a better read had those certain things been left out. Still if you are looking a fun, adventurous book it's worth a read. (less)
I loved this book and the characters were fun and interesting. I had been waiting a long time to get Ava's story. I do however feel that the ending wa...moreI loved this book and the characters were fun and interesting. I had been waiting a long time to get Ava's story. I do however feel that the ending was rushed. Still worthy of read thought, with its light and airy fun and small suspenseful moments. I secretly hope to may be a story about Beks!!!(less)
This was a special book for me; I fell in love with it. I had no idea just how entwined it was with her other books and that just added to the amazing...moreThis was a special book for me; I fell in love with it. I had no idea just how entwined it was with her other books and that just added to the amazing charm of this story. I read Fancy Pants and I read Glitter Baby, in fact Glitter Baby is what made me give Fancy Pants and chance, and then of course Lady Be Good. What I loved about this story is that I feel as if I actually grew up with Teddy and to see him grow into the man he became and to find love was the icing on the cake for me. I had no idea when I started reading this book that Meg was the daughter of Glitter Baby, and even though I didn't know her I fell in love her character as if had. And because I didn't know just how entwined this book was I now am going to go back and read all the other books leading up to this one. For anyone who has not read Susan Elizabeth Phillips, I whole heartedly recommend that you do. She has this amazing ability to give you a book that you can read on its own, and be fulfilled. But if you were to read them all from start to finish she gives you a glimpse in to a family or Families in this case that you would just know that one book couldn't be the end of it. She allows you as a reader to become a part of that family. (less)
I had wanted to read this book for some time. The description on the back of the book sounded right up my alley. It for the most part was, except some...moreI had wanted to read this book for some time. The description on the back of the book sounded right up my alley. It for the most part was, except something didn't really fit for me. I loved the characters, so it wasn't that. I don't know I wish I could narrow it down but I can't. All I can say is that the book on a whole disappointed me. Still thought give it a try because there were funny moments and even cute ones. This book may work for you, and I could have just read it at a bad time. (less)