I love Japan. Beautiful place setting for this book. I love how descriptive Anne was with the scenery and I felt as though I was right there smack inI love Japan. Beautiful place setting for this book. I love how descriptive Anne was with the scenery and I felt as though I was right there smack in Japan. One problem: the stupid characters.
"Fire and Ice" contained an angry no-self controlled insolent boy and a prudish uninteresting girl who distrusted each other from chapter one. I find Jilly to be a stupid adolescent girl and Reno a conceited bumbling asshole. Anne uses the same plot and storyline in each book: the male is attracted to girl but hates her but wants to have sex with her but is so cruel and so unlikable that it made me sick.
Women who disregard their self-worth will find men who don't have any self-worth to begin with.
I couldn't root for Jilly no matter how much my sensible side wanted me to, I just couldn't. She was supposed to be an intelligent 22-year old woman but all I could see was a 10-year old stuck with a beautiful face and an IQ of a brain. She couldn't stand up to him without getting too angry or too horny when what she should had done was simply leave his dumb ass for some other fool.
Jilly and Reno couldn't have one decent conversation without hurling angry sentences full of "I hate you! Die!" and childish foreplay. It got tiring for me. It was like watching a couple, who hated each others guts, going through a divorce. How do couples make a relationship work when 90% of the time is spent being angry and deceitful?
There were times when I wanted Jilly to appear in front of me so I could give her a much needed couple of slap and tell her to grow up. I wanted to dismantle Reno limb by limb while preaching to him about how to treat a real woman. It's hard to love or even like characters who you can't relate to and when you view them as immature kids being portrayed as adults.
I couldn't fool myself into believing their love was real. Hell, I even spent precious time re-reading the blasted book to find exactly when and how they fell in love with each other to only give up in the end. I would had believe the plot more if Jilly went to psychiatrist for all the abused she got from Reno. She's bound to have SOME scars from him instead of a false happy ending full of suddenly "I love yous" and hero worshipping. Truth be told, I'm tired of angry and emo heroes these days. They're so unattractive and annoying. Reno is an example of that.
Amazingly, the only time I could pity Jilly was knowing her sister Summer and Reno's cousin Takashi warn Reno to stay away from virginal Jilly. I felt that Summer and Takashi were hypocritessince their relationship was horrible from the start; full of angry rants and distrust and for them to preach about how "bad" Reno was for the "goody-goody" Jilly made me wanna throw up.
If Summer and Takashi hadn't warn Reno, then I believe Jilly wouldn't had become a semi-virgin giving her virginity to a Half-Chinese man who couldn't go all the way and maybe, just maybe, Reno and Jilly would had had a more stable relationship. But this is just a WHAT IF moment and doesn’t change the story one bit.
I felt disorientated after reading "Fire and Ice." It's really sad that a good plotline went bad because of some crappy characters that had horrible personalities and an even crappier dialog. There have been times when I wonder if authors go back and re-read their "masterpiece" 1000 times before sending it to get publish. Do they actually like these characters they produce from their imaginations or do they simply think women would like these kinds of characters because they're a popular author? I wonder if these authors grew up wishing their man would abuse them and hate them when they grow up?
I love reading about a great strong Alpha male and a smart witty female but God damn, those are hard to find these days. How many times do I had to read that people who fight constantly are the only ones who can have a stable marriage and fall in love?
The majority of contemporary and historical books these days tend to have the hero and heroine fight like two warring clan members in order to keep a storyline from falling apart. What has happen to good old honesty and respect for each other? You have to look everywhere and under rocks to find those kinds of romance books these days.
There are limits to what I find acceptable in a male hero and in his actions. Anne's male characters crossed over all of them and it wasn't pretty when they left. Skip this one, it'll just leave you mentally scarred....more
I had friends recommend this book to me. I was thrilled to read about a virgin hero you can't find those these days
I prepared myself to like it and umI had friends recommend this book to me. I was thrilled to read about a virgin hero you can't find those these days
I prepared myself to like it and um....yeah, I don't like it. I gave it two tries before finishing the whole book. I tried to convince myself that I like it but I was never good at denial. It’s not my thing. I like to call things as it is. Boring is boring and frustrating is frustrating.
I can relate to Leda to some point. She's really old-fashion, prudish, kind, not judgmental, and gives Samuel the kindness he needs. Oh god, am I really like that? *shudders* The beginning of the book really drew me in. I saw Leda as a near-poverty woman trying to survive and Samuel as this mysterious man who is somehow sneaking into Leda's room. The interaction between Leda and Samuel was sweet and at times awkward for both of them--being virgins and all after all--
Then, I read past the half-point when I suddenly became restless. How can two creatures who have been hurt in the past and are trying to survive in the future be so frustrating?!? There were times when a conversation between them could had solved MANY things but each time there was a connection, one or both of them would pull away. It felt like Samuel didn't want to open up to Leda and Leda was too "lady-like" (and I use this term loosely) to try to accept Samuel's affections. I was near to tearing out my hair. I wanted to lock them in a room for a week until they finally have some kind of chemistry between them that's not uncomfortable. No wait, make that a year.
Samuel went from a gentle and mysterious man to an irritating one. Sure, it's ok to fantasize about Kai, his "friend/sister" and about marriage with her but for more than 3/4 of the book? That's what Leda is for!!! And god, Leda. I thought she would pull away from the meek and "don't swear" church lady act by the time the book end but nope. I was wrong. She called Samuel "dear sir" and "sir" all the freaking time!!! Even when they were married and up to the LAST chapter! It was like she felt that she didn't deserve Samuel and it wasn't her right to stand next to him as his wife. That was the final blow for me.
The only reason why this book has two-stars instead of one-star is because I felt the beginning was great. I just had a problem with the things that occurred after that. I did, however, like the part when Samuel and Leda slept--no sex--in each other's arms for one night. That was the only "romantic" part in the story. The rest was utter b.s.
I can take many things when reading a book but "The Shadow and The Star" left me really on edge. Their love felt forced onto the readers and there was rarely any gentleness between them. Maybe, if they had another book, like a sequel, then I can forgive and perhaps forget--but it doesn’t and I can't. ...more
Can anybody say eew? Ok, make that eeeeeeeeeeeeeew. So basicly Jane wants a baby who won't become smart in other words be dumb as heck and wants "stupiCan anybody say eew? Ok, make that eeeeeeeeeeeeeew. So basicly Jane wants a baby who won't become smart in other words be dumb as heck and wants "stupid" Cal to be the sperm donor. Chaos ensure as he finds out about her plan and she finds out that he's actually intelligent. Gasp!!!
Some Things I Learn From This Book:
A) If you want a baby then it dosen't matter who you hurt as long as you get what you want and the consequences be damned
B) When he yells, it means he love you "Damn you! Come back here so I can a#!$@jkjk you and dkfd&*$# you, cause I love you!"
C) And lastly, when he finds out you're pregnant he's most likely to marry you and not condemn you for having his baby--well, at first he will of course but after some sessions of sex he'll forgive you, because dear God, every man want to be trick into having a baby to find his One True Love...more
I really anticipated reading "Highland Warrior" from the reviews I got. But after reading it lemme tell you one thing: DO NOT FREAKING RSPOILERS AHEAD
I really anticipated reading "Highland Warrior" from the reviews I got. But after reading it lemme tell you one thing: DO NOT FREAKING READ THIS STUPID BOOK AND IF YOU DO THEN YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
Oh, I admit the beginning of the book draws you in but then it reaches the middle of the book and everything fell apart.
The female lead Caitrina is an irritating, untrusting, heartless little b***h. Throughout the entire book I wanted to shake her until her head pop off and stuff a sword down her throat. I know, kinky. She lives in this glass house full of tinted roses and can see no fault with her father and brothers whereas she nit-picks everything about Jaime. Typical spoil bratty princess who can’t do anything for herself and believe me—she plays her part well.
The male lead is Jaime who is supposedly to be her clan’s enemy and Caitrina has been taught at a young age to hate him but she can’t help but be drawn to Jaime oh stuff a tissue with it little girl. Jaime is one of those guys you like to have sex with but at the same time you probably don't want to live with him. EVER. Sure at first he’s honorable, has a knight-in-shining-armor feel to him, desirable, and is terribly steamily sexy but then you realize he’s too stupid and too infuriating to be a hero—falling in love with a stupid woman only makes him as desirable as a worm on a gold stick.
These two lovey dovies—hint the sarcasm—probably do deserve each other. They distrusted each other, can't seem to have a decent conversation without fighting and getting their panties in a bunch, and only needed each other for sex. In the book Caitrina's family is dead because of Jaime’s brother and she is "force" to marry Jaime and they can’t help it but use angry sex to get it across that they love each other, yada yada yada. The plot was so boring and predictable that it had me wanting to read my math textbook.
It amused me that McCarty made them confess that they love each other while they were fighting over not trusting each other. Oh, that's funny. I thought "Love means trust. You can't have one without the other." (Jaime, pg 294)
Wow Jaime, you're so smart. If only you and your little girl listen to your advice. No wait, you’re too busy ripping each other’s clothes off and whining about how you can’t trust anyone.You can tell that TRUST is a major issue in "Highland Warrior"
Even at the end Caitrina and Jaime fights for the LONGEST time then they have sex and everything in the world is just peachy. Oh yeah, Caitrina said she'll try her hardest to trust Jaime's and not jump to conclusion and vice versa. Yay! I can see why the love each other! NOT. Keyword: TRY. Ah, hello Ms. Author, aren’t the two lovers suppose to trust each other already?
Blah, waste of two hours I want back with a vengeance. ...more
I can understand a cynical, emotionless, greedy, manipulator asshole for a hero. In fact, sometimes I prefer my men to be the “monster” SPOILERS AHEAD
I can understand a cynical, emotionless, greedy, manipulator asshole for a hero. In fact, sometimes I prefer my men to be the “monster” rather than the everyday hero. It gives them a edge and an outlook on life that is both refreshing and realistic. Miles is everything I described but something about him irked me like no other. Miles' a selfish bastard and I would had preferred if he had stay that way instead of changing himself because “he fallen in love.” Then, he would had some character and I would had like him more. However, his development left a bad taste in my mouth especially with his abrupt change and the way it was just threw at us. BAM! “By God, I've changed and seen the light!”
And, don't get me started on Alice. Women like Alice annoy the hell out of me. We are told that she is strong and honest but from what I read she's nothing more than a simpleton woman who flutters around thinking she'll resist Miles but once he puts his kissable lips or strong hands on her she turns to mush and can't think of anything else but banging this bad boy. Granted, this is the same man who broke her heart a year ago and left her for a mistress while pursuing her with empty promises. I believe that I would had liked Alice more if she wasn't so much of a doormat and had a back bone or some kind of “oomph” to show me that she was much stronger than what Miles thought.
Especially because when Miles would tell her in the cruelest way that he was just using her to save himself from his debt and wouldn't hesitate to bed her if he had the chance you would think that this woman would grow up and move on with her life. But no, she fancied herself in love and thought that when Miles did something “honorable” it meant that he cared for her and was changing himself to become a better person for her despite knowing his true nature.
She lived in a black and white world. I just didn't find myself caring for her. I wanted to see how she would change as I read more but instead she stay the same and had no character development. I would had preferred it if she had picked herself up, threw away the excess baggage, looked into Miles' eyes, saw him as the ass he was and told him to go to hell. That she was going to find a real man who appreciated her, would walk through fire for her AND if he was going to manipulate her to at least be better at it because she wouldn't put up with that shit.
I'm going to reveal the climax, which was also the spot where I stopped reading. (This is done from memory as the book is no longer in my possession out of fear that I would had shred it into pieces.)
So, Miles' mistress (the same one he left Alice for one year ago) shows up and kisses Miles at some party or other. Alice runs away because she's heart broken because we are told she loves Miles—though Lord knows why. She wonders off somewhere and Miles runs after her and tells her that because he is honorable and that because he changed-gasp!-he's going to release Alice from their Blackmail Engagement. Alice decides that even though this asshole manipulated her and broke her heart, she wants to give her virginity to him to show him that she loved him or something. So they banged on the cement floor.
Then the magistrate or someone comes in and tells them that our “hero” Miles told him she's a thief who stole the dress that started this Blackmail Engagement (which she did.) Instead of lying and manipulating the facts like he's always done before our “hero” finally decides to tell the truth and said that yes indeed, Alice did stole the dress. So, Alice is sent into jail right after f*cking this man she so loves. He gets her out of jail and expects her to be grateful that he saved her from death. She's mad that he didn't lie to protect her. Then he had the nerve to tell her that he changed-gasp- and he decided to tell the truth because of her influence instead of protecting her. Instead of cutting this asshole out of her life she realizes that she can't resist his charms (gag me please!) anymore and why stay mad at him when you can f*ck him instead?
I just quit there. I hope that whoever was trying to kill Alice succeeded because I truly hated this girl. ...more
How the hell do you go from the so-called hero getting a blow-job from a whore dress as a nun after walking away from the heroine who had been tryingHow the hell do you go from the so-called hero getting a blow-job from a whore dress as a nun after walking away from the heroine who had been trying to seduce him but pretending to not be interested in him so he wouldn't know that she wanted to in fact married him so she learn the art of seduction from a courtesan to only have him find out she has been playing him this whole time so he goes and get a blow job from a whore dressed as a nun and she witnesses it and somehow they get engaged and he tries to win her back because now she thinks he's a scroundel but he tries to convince her that he wants her for her body and by God! they will make this bloody marriage work because this "chit" will share his bed and somehow she gets marry to this walking STD. Confused? So am I. Let's go grab a drink. And I kid you not, he calls her "chit" so many times I wanted to scream.
I can so imagine this book as one of those over-dramatic plays that you just cringe at but can't stop watching because it's so terrible.
Our-so-called-I can so imagine this book as one of those over-dramatic plays that you just cringe at but can't stop watching because it's so terrible.
Our-so-called-Heroine: "Trust me because you know me for only a week and I already betrayed you but in all honesty you made me change my mind because of your dark wet kisses that has made me feel this tingle tingle feeling I've never felt before.
-Tell me everything about yourself because I just have to know why you're this brooding dark hero who's angry at the whole world so I can turn you into my ideal lover who's whipped like cream to my cupcake and leave the thought of revenge behind because fighting equals bloody bad.
-I'm an independent strong woman who will never bow to a man and I will fight you like a hellcat until you paw my breasts and give me orgasms with your large dick and I can even imagine myself in love with you after just three romps."
Our-so-called-Hero "I couldn't and wouldn't love you but God damnit, your magically vay-jay-jay just made me a believer."...more
I hate, hate, hate it when the hero/heroine has a brother/sister they're trying to protect or hide throughout the whole book. It's annoying as hell anI hate, hate, hate it when the hero/heroine has a brother/sister they're trying to protect or hide throughout the whole book. It's annoying as hell and just make the book a bored to read.
"Oh no, I have to protect my precious brother even though he's a jerk, rebellious, and dosen't give a rat's ass about me. But! If I save him then that'll prove that I'm a part of this family and maybe he'll learn to love me. Oh no! The hero is giving me googling eyes. My breasts are heaving heavily and his arms are around me bending me over the table. His dark skin is so dark against my pearly milky skin. Oh no, I must resist him but his magically kisses are making me forget about my brother. Oh no! I must not fall for temptation! He's only kissing my kissable lips because he wants to know where my rebellious brother is. No matter how long he starves me and "tortures" me into confessing where my brother is, if he learns of my dark past he'll become my gentle hero and he'll save my brother! Oh no! Is this LOVE?!?"
Ok, ok, I must have slightly exaggerated on some parts (because I was skimming by the half-way point) but the heroine who is trying to save her brother is such a turn-off in books. Grow up women! He's still going to be the lousy brother he always was no matter how much you try to talk some sense into his over zealous head. ...more