OFF THE MOON explores the life of Ryan Reynolds, a young rock star soured on 'the life-style', and his unusual and unlikely meeting with a young girlOFF THE MOON explores the life of Ryan Reynolds, a young rock star soured on 'the life-style', and his unusual and unlikely meeting with a young girl soured on...life. LK. Hunsaker hooked me with the first chapter. Very raw. Very intriguing. I read this before I had my Killer Kindle and the ensuing Killer-Kindle-Addiction that followed. Meaning, when I settled down to continue reading the book, I finished OFF THE MOON in one sitting. At the kitchen table. On a laptop. With my arse going to sleep on a hard wooden chair.
Yes, the story is THAT compelling. In places, the pacing threw me off a little. I did speed-read through scenes here and there, but with Hunsaker's skilled characterization, and realistic dialogue, she takes the relatively implausible and makes it a reality. A reality you want to see through to the end, even though some of the details are quite dark. The author took risks with content, and I applaud her for that. The risque subject matter only adds to the realness factor I found so appealing in this tale. The freedom for both authors and readers to explore such content--the topics that don't fit neatly into any 'genre niche'--is the reason I embrace my Kindle with both hands and seek out Indie authors.
I would have liked to see a bit of the heroine, Kaitlyn's POV, but ultimately, the male mc carried the story. Riveting Ryan Reynolds riveted me from the beginning. The author knows her character and this pop star/white knight is consistent throughout. His bodyguard, Daws, is an equally intriguing and likable character. I'd definitely follow Daws into another story. Especially if we still got the happily-ever-after ending Hunsaker achieved with OFF THE MOON without sweeping real issues under the rug or making them magically disappear.
If you're in the market for a real and really entertaining story, I recommend OFF THE MOON. ...more
ENEMIES AND PLAYMATES weaves together the perfect balance of suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat and family drama and romance that grabsENEMIES AND PLAYMATES weaves together the perfect balance of suspense that keeps you on the edge of your seat and family drama and romance that grabs you by the heart strings.
Darcia Helle introduces some very difficult subject matter--abuse, adultery, addiction--but the story flows with such simplicity and raw honestly that I didn't find anything too jarring. Although the thread of suspense kept me turning pages, it was the characters that didn't allow me to set the book down.
Alex Covington's perfect public persona is a mask for a misogynist. He is physically and verbally abusive to his wife, his staff, his girlfriends, but the author skillfully implies that he either thinks more of, or possibly fears his daughter, Lauren. Until a series of events shows just how far out of bounds this conscienceless man is willing to go.
Lauren is a beautifully nuanced character. At first she appears timid, but as the story progresses and her father's behavior escalates, Helle shows us the inner strength it takes for Lauren to protect those she loves while she struggles to keep the peace. While we do get to know Lauren and witness her growth as a character, the author has the talent to retain the ideal amount of distance or disconnection that sets Lauren apart and shows how much she hides. Anyone who has had the misfortune of a brush with abuse will recognize how very real and easy to relate to this makes Lauren.
Jesse Ryder is a hero with a heart of gold. We know right away that he is perfect for Lauren--except that his past entanglements with her father threaten to make the happiness she so deserves elusive. Jesse's determination to make Lauren happy AND set things right is admirable and I really enjoyed watching their love blossom despite the dark events surrounding them.
What an enjoyable story! I won't summarize the plot because the author and other reviewers have done a great job of that. What I will say is...outsideWhat an enjoyable story! I won't summarize the plot because the author and other reviewers have done a great job of that. What I will say is...outside of the cooking network, I'm not much of a reality TV fan. (I know *cringe* not a popular confession) BUT, I am very curious about reality TV and what draws the participants/watchers.
Stacy Juba's SINK OR SWIM gave me a wonderful, honest glimpse behind the curtain of reality TV--the participants and the viewers. The author obviously knows her subject, and her ability to weave a fictional tale around the potential risks and rewards of reality TV is a true talent. Characters are nicely fleshed out and have all the proper motivations to make them believable. I especially enjoyed that although the premise of SINK OR SWIM is a 'dramatic hot topic', the author didn't use the crutch of melodrama to get her point across. The tightly woven plot and character development kept me turning pages.
For anyone who enjoys real characters dealing with a bit of romance and suspense, SINK OR SWIM is a must read! ...more
In Cutting the Fat, Maria Savva and Jason McIntyre offer up Nestor Maronski, a book reviewer reviled by Indie authors everywhere.
Savva and McIntyre sIn Cutting the Fat, Maria Savva and Jason McIntyre offer up Nestor Maronski, a book reviewer reviled by Indie authors everywhere.
Savva and McIntyre skillfully insert just the right amount of examples and backstory to show a reader Maronski is so vile, so deep in the bone cruel, thoughtless and unkind that within a few pages a reader is invested and mentally chanting 'Down with Nestor the Nasty'.
Thanks to an eclectic cast of characters this rotten reviewer has wronged, Nestor does go down...but not in the way you're led to suspect!
Although not a full-length novel, the authors offer ample motivation for every player in this fun revenge romp. For me, co-authored books can occasionally read a tad choppy, one author might 'know' certain characters better, the other may have a 'voice' better fitted to the tale...Not so with Cutting the Fat. McIntyre and Savva are both right on top of the cast and their 'voice' blends so seamlessly I wonder if even they can go back and figure out who wrote what.
One idea, two authors from different genres and walks of life, in the case of Cutting the Fat equals one terrific story!
If you've ever received a review that cut to the quick, if you've ever read a review so cutting and caustic you wished you could cut the reviewers fingers off--or at least give them a sharp smack with a ruler--then you need to read CUTTING THE FAT! ...more
Just as the title and book description suggest, FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE is like settling in with nearest and dearest friends for a coffee-catch-up--aJust as the title and book description suggest, FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE is like settling in with nearest and dearest friends for a coffee-catch-up--a heartwarming and by times hard to accept for the heartfelt honesty catch-up.
I was sold on Marilyn Brant's writing after I read her first release, ACCORDING TO JANE. Brant has an incredible talent for inserting the sort of details that make you feel as though her characters are the people you went to school with, but, as another reviewer mentioned, FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE is Brant all grown up.
This book is an entertaining, enlightening and by times mildly disturbing look at marriage, but more than that it is an exploration of female friendships. The author honestly and shamelessly explores the importance women have in each others lives, and the importance of being honest enough with yourself to be honest with your friends. I want to be at that cafe Friday morning at nine. I want to call these women my friends.
THAT is what a good story should make you feel! ...more
**spoiler alert** What a unique book! Edie Ramer knows cats, that's for sure. Must admit, I started this book with a bit of trepidation. I'm more a 'r**spoiler alert** What a unique book! Edie Ramer knows cats, that's for sure. Must admit, I started this book with a bit of trepidation. I'm more a 'reality romance' kind of reader, and usually don't care for (don't hit me) 'shifters'. But Edie's cat/human 'shifts' in such a fun Freaky Friday kind of way I didn't find the transition nearly as disturbing as I feared I might.
I enjoyed how almost every character in the story had a 'story of their own' rather than just the addition of secondary characters to fit plot. And the fact the happily-ever-after wasn't reserved strictly for the main characters was an added bonus.
I really don't know what to say about this book. I thought it started out with a bang, but then wandered a bit too aimlessly for my taste. The authorI really don't know what to say about this book. I thought it started out with a bang, but then wandered a bit too aimlessly for my taste. The author asides also irritated me.
I never really connected with the main characters, nor did I have a clear sense of who they were or what they were after. Characters I did connect with kept dying off, and the 'bad guys' were...exaggerated.
The ending was...anticlimactic. Overall, just not one of my favorite King books. I'd call it a 2.5. ...more
We..ll. I finished. For that, I suppose it scores a 2. For the most part I found this a too-many-pages snooze-fest of coffee drinking and sandwich eatWe..ll. I finished. For that, I suppose it scores a 2. For the most part I found this a too-many-pages snooze-fest of coffee drinking and sandwich eating. The good thing about that is that I never had a problem putting the book down, so it was a suitable bedtime read.
The bad is that I took so long to reach the finish line on this one I can't even say what I liked/disliked. Although Salander crept toward intriguing in spots, the characterization never carried through well enough for me to feel 'connected'. No idea why so many ladies were eager to mattress mamba with Blomkvist?
Just feel an all 'round 'meh' about this one.
The hype? I don't get it. And I know I won't rush out to get the next two books....more
I enjoyed this story. A perfect Sunday escape. But I do admit I was far more drawn in by the 1900's portions--Rose and Eliza--than by Nell or CassandrI enjoyed this story. A perfect Sunday escape. But I do admit I was far more drawn in by the 1900's portions--Rose and Eliza--than by Nell or Cassandra's parts of the tale.
I'll definitely seek out other stories by Kate Morton....more