"California Poppy Field," by Granville Redmond circa 1926.
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I enjoyed T"California Poppy Field," by Granville Redmond circa 1926.
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Story = ★★★☆☆ Narrator’s Performance = ★★★★☆ Overall = ★★★½☆
I enjoyed Therese Plummer’s narration of the first in Robyn Carr’s Grace Valley Trilogy. She differentiates the characters nicely, her pacing is good, and you can tell she has some fun in spots with her tone and inflection.
Nevertheless, this book is billed as a “romance” and it doesn’t quite live up to that claim. I’m not talking about the “one foot on the floor” love scenes. (That didn’t disappoint me at all.) I mean the amount of time devoted to the romance between the heroine and hero. This is June Hudson’s story; her daily life and dedication to Grace Valley and its inhabitants; the sound of her “ticking biological clock” in the background. The hero seemed to be almost a footnote. While I liked their “meet cute” and the idea of how to handle their budding romance, (view spoiler)[considering his occupation, (hide spoiler)] I was less than impressed with the amount of time they spent together.
Miss Carr is great at sucking me into her story-lines with her variety of believable characters - both good and bad - and sub-plots within a small community. However, these didn’t pull me in like the Virgin River books have done. While Miss Carr seems to focus on one main issue in her books, here there was a little too much domestic violence and poverty for me. Though I don’t expect my protagonist to be perfect, I didn’t feel like the good doctor, nor the sheriff, showed the kind of judgement I expected of them.
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Beautiful pictures of Isle of Skye. I think the there is something about the lighting in that part of the world.
(This is a review of the audiobook.) HBeautiful pictures of Isle of Skye. I think the there is something about the lighting in that part of the world.
★★★½☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Hmmm. I don’t know about this one. Several of the people I did a “buddy read” with in the GoodReads Western and Medieval Romance Lovers Group LOVED this highland romance (with several 5★); however, they read it while I listened. I certainly had to get used to Robert McNab’s narration. He did great job on the men. Nevertheless, since he has a deep baritone, he made Christine’s voice a falsetto; this made her sound even younger and more immature than she probably was in the book. (Though the age difference between the hero/heroine is greater than a decade; also, Tor, the hero, has been married before and has children well on their way to adulthood. She has been quite sheltered.) In addition, the love scenes are pretty explicit (the H/h get a little playful, too); I’ve found not just any male can read those scenes to me.
There were things I LOVED (view spoiler)[(but not as much as this author’s MacLeods of Skye Trilogy) (hide spoiler)] -- and things that made me wrinkle up my nose. Some of the sentences Ms. McCarty writes are wonderful; others are repetitious. A few of the set-ups, and the dialogues that follow, had me going WTH? For example, Christine’s father forces her into to Tor’s bed to cement an alliance (huh?). The father’s reasoning was the biggest hurdle for me to overcome. I know marriage alliances were important, but what about when they were only one-sided? Later, when Christine goes back to rehash with her sister the disaster that took place in his room, this the interchange:
“I told you what he said. He doesn’t want to marry me.”
Beatrix cupped the side of her face in her hand and gave her an indulgent smile, looking more like a mother than a sister. “He’s angry. Give him time to think. He’ll see that you had nothing to do with our father’s trickery and do what is right.”
WTH? How is he going to know this when she did agree to slip into his bed, though only to spare her sister. That, and she was too naïve to realize the depth of her father’s deception (view spoiler)[he was supposed to burst into the solar in time to prevent anything from going too far (hide spoiler)], not to mention Tor’s desire: he walks around with a hard cock a lot and isn’t ashamed who sees it, LOL! (view spoiler)[Even if it has virgin’s blood on this impressive apendage. Also, I find it hard to believe that a young girl, who is almost brutally rape earlier that evening, finds lust in her soul when she crawls into bed with him. (hide spoiler)]
Luckily, another carrot is dangled in front of Tor as a marriage inducement; otherwise we might never have our HEA.
Still, maybe I’m being too harsh, because I’m sure I’ll continue with the series. However, I don’t know if it will be on audio. Maybe.
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Usually in sleek, black business suits for court, here is Rylann in worn flannel.(view spoiler)[Those who have read the book will know why. (hide spoUsually in sleek, black business suits for court, here is Rylann in worn flannel.(view spoiler)[Those who have read the book will know why. (hide spoiler)]
★★★★½ Enjoyed this one a lot, despite it being a bit chick-lit-ish (not my usual genre). Ms. James is one of those authors who ‘writes great heroines’ – and Rylann Pierce is certainly such a specimen. Some people described her as snarky (or boring); I found her intelligent and articulate.
Ooops! I did something I rarely do and peeped at that end, which caused me to set down this volume. Still, I enjoyed the story when I came back to it later, reading late into the night; that’s saying something, when a book can still hold your attention after that.
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(This is a review of the audiobook.) I liked this one. I didn’t love it, like I thought I would, but I liked it a lot. (view spoiler)[I[image error]
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I liked this one. I didn’t love it, like I thought I would, but I liked it a lot. (view spoiler)[I felt the heroine jumped into a new relationship too soon after her break-up with her current boy-friend. (hide spoiler)] But, with the hero as yummy as he was, maybe I would have, too.
Some of the humor didn’t work for me, but some of it did. In fact, there were a few laugh out loud moments. Maybe this can be credited, in part, to Kate Reading’s wonderful delivery. Love listening to her narrations. She does a great job of Jack’s American accent.
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(This is a review of the audiobook.) If you follow my reviews, you know I just adore this series. I was so disappointing that tBlooming Night Jasmine
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) If you follow my reviews, you know I just adore this series. I was so disappointing that the previous narrator wasn’t narrating this one; however, Justine Eyre does a fine job with the inflection, accents, tone, and male/female voices! I’ll definitely listen to her again.
I was also worried that I wouldn’t like a story surrounding the Hellfire Club, but this one was excellent. Lady Charlotte Lansdowne, wearing “rose-colored glasses” firmly upon her cute little nose, and Robert, the prodigal Duke of Dovedale, uncover a plot to kidnap ‘mad’ King George. Is it all connected the the bouquet of spies all bearing flower names? There are several twists and turns and a red herring or two thrown in the mix. A couple of returning characters from previous books make this even more fun....more
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Kate Reading narrates the audiobook perfectly! I can’t believe this one is even better than the first in the Pi
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Kate Reading narrates the audiobook perfectly! I can’t believe this one is even better than the first in the Pink Carnation series.
It’s not easy to pull off a “time warp” book, running two timelines in parallel, but Ms. Willig does it with aplomb. Not only that, but this novel is really two genres: historical romantic suspense (with a ton of humor), and a contemporary chick-lit romance. It is witty and clever and sophisticated. So much so, I had to get the paperback, so I could actually read the words after I had already just listened to them. Such a delight! Sure, some scenes have been done before – ad infinitum; however, these are written so well, they are like a breath of fresh air. And there is always a twist! Making the “buddy read” I was in ever more fun! Can't wait until we read the next.
P.S. I could totally picture Cary Grant in the hero, Miles Dorrington’s, role. He is an actor who could get away with this degree of humor and sophistication. Alas, Miles is a blond Adonis and I wouldn’t dye a hair on Cary’s head.
This series just gets better and better. Love the detail and the wit. I feel as if I’ve gotten to know these wonderful characters (though some are in★★★★★ This series just gets better and better. Love the detail and the wit. I feel as if I’ve gotten to know these wonderful characters (though some are infuriating!) and at the same time they keep surprising me. Ms. Carriger had me on the edge of my seat for chapters, laughing out loud, wanting desperately to learn what happened next ー yet conversely wanting to savor each word. Wonderful. Can’t wait for the next installment....more
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★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Sometimes I think listeners of audiobooks have a distinct advantage over readers of hardcopy. If they are well narrated and well directed, as this one is, they can bring to life what the author intended, as tone, inflection, and reaction between characters and how they dialogue is so vital. Such is the case in the fourth installment of Ms. Singh’s Psy-changeling series, which is read by Angela Dawe. She does an awesome job on this one and it is no surprise she is a finalist this year for her narration in another audiobook (The Watch That Ends the Night: Voices from the Titanic) by the Audio Publishers Association’s: the prestigious Audiobook of the Year and Distinguished Achievement in Production Award.
In Mine to Possess Clay and Talin have a quite a past. He killed for her; she vomits at the mere thought of violence. He is violence personified; she faked her death to avoid him. Several readers are not too fond of Talin, the heroine in Mine to Possess, and think she owed Clay a little more groveling time. Be aware, I tend to sympathize with my heroines more than other readers, so I found my heart breaking over Talin’s abusive past. For me, these are two equally tortured individuals who separate and come together again through violence. I like seeing Clay and Talin recalling their former childhood relationship, while warily getting to know each other as adults. That said, I must admit that by more than half way through I was ready to jump into the pages of this one and straighten these two protagonists out. Enough flip-flopping, suspicion, and self-doubt already!
Still, Ms. Singh is an excellent writer. I love the way she can turn a phrase to make me gasp, hold my breath, cringe, laugh, and sigh. She knows her characters and lets us get to know them. Others individuals – from past and future books – are presented seamlessly into the storyline, not just thrown in to appease fans. You want to know what makes her wicked evildoers tick and her ferocious heroes protect. Her world building is convincing, intriguing, and – more important – consistent. Her sensual scenes have a palpable chemistry that is there because she sets up her characters so perfectly. Plus, she is great at creating a sense of foreboding; while each installment in this series gives us a little satisfaction, it dishes out a little more dark mystery that is an integral part of her magical Psy-Changeling World.
This is a review of the audiobook that was well narrated by Renee Raudman. It took me a little longer than my usual to get used to Ms. Raudman’s voic★★★★★ This is a review of the audiobook that was well narrated by Renee Raudman. It took me a little longer than my usual to get used to Ms. Raudman’s voice and Texas accent, but once I did, I quite enjoyed it. I think what won me over completely was when (view spoiler)[she did Haven’s voice with an injured jaw, still managing to convey emotion (hide spoiler)]. This second book in the Travises series by the fabulous Ms. Kleypas is one that I’ve read before; however, I got even more out of it by listening to someone else tell me the story....more
Geez. Another 3 star read out of the fascinating author-duo. I thought for a while it was going to make a full 4 stars, because I absolutely could no★★★½✩ Geez. Another 3½ star read out of the fascinating author-duo. I thought for a while it was going to make a full 4 stars, because I absolutely could not stick with the “buddy read” schedule (in fact, I failed abysmally **hangs head in shame** and finished early). There is something here in the making of this post-Apocalyptic world series that keeps me turning the pages compulsively and rapidly, making me want to repeat myself from my review of book #1, Nightfall: it is the best 3 star read of the year and for that I’ll kick it up another ½ star.
The few problems I had were with Chris, Our Hero; his character from the first book has been completely over-hauled. I was looking forward to all that ‘geekadeliciousness’ and, instead, he is a new person. Granted, he’s been through a lot in the last five years, but still. It wasn’t that I minded his becoming a kick-ass warrior, but some of his personality changes made me say, “Shut the front door!” out loud. Still, the old-Chris popped up every now and then.
Also, I waxed and waned on liking Our Heroine, Rosa. She put me off and pulled me close, much like she did to Chris. Is she hard, is she soft? Is she Madonna or whore? She did make me ask myself if a female dictatorship was better than a democracy in a world that has gone all to hell ー when some people are too freaked out to think humanely. But then, she revealed a lack of that characteristic herself… so, nah.
All this is not going to stop me from reading the next in the Dark Age Dawning series: Daybreak. It comes out in December, 2012!
The audiobook was very well narrated by Justine Eyre; I’ll be looking for more with her reading.
I totally loved this second in the Braxton series fe ★★★★½ The audiobook was very well narrated by Justine Eyre; I’ll be looking for more with her reading.
I totally loved this second in the Braxton series featuring headstrong heroine, Genisse Braxton, oldest child to Harry & Diz, and dangerous expatriate, Jim Owen. I love a good “road trip” as well as a good “masquerade” – so this was a “two-fer” – with tons of fun and action to boot. I adored that Jim found Genisse magnetically attractive when others didn’t; sometimes there’s no accounting for the chemistry between two people.
There were plenty of plot twists and character development to keep me entertained – and guessing. Nothing earth-shatteringly new, mind you, but it was so well written. I was totally in the mood to escape to Egypt for a while; Ms. Brockway pulled me right into this exotic locale of RomanceLandia. Sometimes your mood is half the battle. So many great quotes in this one, but how about this:
“Because every time you said my name, it would touch your lips. . . Like a kiss.”
(Review of audiobook.) This fourth installment of Mercy Thompson’s series is very well narrated by Lorelei King. Ms. King certainly haswalking stick
★★★★✩ (Review of audiobook.) This fourth installment of Mercy Thompson’s series is very well narrated by Lorelei King. Ms. King certainly has cemented her voice as Mercy’s in my brain and she delivers nicely for this first person narrative. Love her Italian accent for Stefan, who features prominently in this volume.
As far as the story, it is so great to hear Mercy “rise above” what had happened to her and do so realistically. (I was pretty upset after Iron Kissed. I wanted to give the series a rest because yes, I’m a wuss! The third one drew me into it so deep! With what is going on in my life right now, I didn’t want to deal with Mercy’s “recovery.” Thus, I was a little leery.) However, I was lured back to this marvelous series by people wanting to do a “buddy read” – only to have them have crises and other Real Life commitments take them away after the first four chapters!
Well, if Mercy can be brave, so can I. Therefore, I persevered on my own; so glad I did! I should have known the wonderful Ms. Briggs, with her nifty storytelling capabilities, would handle it with just the right touch of humor. Here Mercy also reinforces her relationship with her chosen mate. We also get vampires, werewolves, fae, ghosts, humans, and – zombies! In addition, we get a couple questioned answered too, which is quite neat.
A couple of noteworthy comments:
◈ Man-oh-man! I detest Marsilia. I know we are supposed to, but I really, really hate her. Ms. King voices the Vampire Queen B!tch of the Universe with a perfect sneer in her accented tone, making me hate Mistress Marsilia all the more.
◈ I was very worried when Mercy’s necklace went missing. I can be a little dense when it comes to the Urban Fantasy genre, so if someone could tell me (view spoiler)[who took it; who retuned it? Did the young ghost John, on command from James Blackwood, AKA, The Monster? (hide spoiler)], I’d appreciate it.
◈ Ms. Briggs isn’t very explicit in her sex scenes, but man can she convey the heat between couples. Don’t you agree?
◈ I had a small medium-sized beef with one thing (view spoiler)[ a ghost can drink blood? WTH? (hide spoiler)], but that really was the only one.
◈ I have to figure out how to space out the next two books so that I am not sitting on the edge of my seat for book #7.
*Thanks to all of you from various groups who voted in my poll for what the necklace should look like. Several people agreed it was more three dimensional than this one. But I think this won because, as Sandra (from SOS) said, “I just pictured something cute so the vamps wouldn't think anything of it.”
This is a review of the audiobook, narrated by Lorelei King. Ms. King does a wonderful job of reading Native American “Walker”* Mercy’s POV in this t
★★★★✩ This is a review of the audiobook, narrated by Lorelei King. Ms. King does a wonderful job of reading Native American “Walker”* Mercy’s POV in this third installation of the Mercedes Thompson series. She does a nice job on differentiating the voices; but more than that, I can’t help but feel she speaks for Mercy.
Love this series. This was a hard one for me to rate, as I did not like so many things that happened to our headstrong little coyote heroine, Mercy, when she is called upon to repay a favor to the Fae. Yet, they were dealt with a deft and subtle hand. Nevertheless, don’t kid yourself! That won’t make them have any less poignancy on impact.
Ms. Briggs has a gift for telling a story simply, while managing to get a tenacious hold on the reader’s (or listener’s, as the case may be) complex emotions. She imbues her protagonist with compassion, courage, dignity, and a strength that inspires readers. All in all a wonderful storyteller and, though I may step away from the series right now, I know I’ll eventually continue on. Once I get over the shock and anger. (view spoiler)[Yes, actually, I was pissed. Does every urban fantasy I pick up have to have rape in it, eventually? Once I calmed down, I realized how well it was all written. It wasn't until composing this review that I cried. I have every confidence that PB will handle the aftermath as well as she did that horrible incident. (hide spoiler)] Then again, maybe I should jump right into the next adventure to experience more of Mercy’s indomitable spirit. See my rating dilemma?
*A “Walker” is a Native American shapeshifter, who is not influenced by the moon.
I listened to the audiobook and it was well narrated by Lorelei King. She did the VW bus driving vampire’s, Stefan’s, voice and another vampire’s in★★★★½ I listened to the audiobook and it was well narrated by Lorelei King. She did the VW bus driving vampire’s, Stefan’s, voice and another vampire’s in that “I want to drink your blood…” cadence that was a bit amusing – and confusing, as they both sounded similar. Still, she did a good job overall and I like her voice as Mercy.
Just love this series! Love Mercedes, her world, and so many of the secondary characters. Three things you should know: 1) I’m not a big Urban Fantasy reader; 2) I’m not fond of love triangles. However, since this isn’t a true romance book it is handled realistically with an authentic feel; 3) Ms. Briggs sure writes a compelling storyline with a mystery that holds my interest – which makes her one of the biggest “surprise-to-me-authors” of this year!
I also had a ton of questions, but luckily I was in a “buddy read” and they helped me along. I was glad I had the eBook for referencing. It gets a little gruesome in parts and you see cold-heartedness in some of the secondary characters – vampires and lycanthropes – but nothing most aficionados of UF can’t handle.
Can’t wait for the next read – or listen.
The following books contain shorts by Briggs and are set in Mercy’s world, but are not about Mercy. (Thanks Regina!)
This is a review of the audiobook, which is very well narrated by Lorelei King. I’m so conflicted about this book. It started out great and was a lot★★★½✩ This is a review of the audiobook, which is very well narrated by Lorelei King. I’m so conflicted about this book. It started out great and was a lot of fun ー for about two thirds of the book. However, it had some major plot holes a mile wide and, worse, toward the end it lost that sense of fun – even ending on a bit of a downer.
Make that several downers. I’m tempted to rate it lower by another ½ star. The dilemma of rating with a ½ star is: do I round up or down when I click on the GoodReads stars? I’ve changed my mind half a dozen times because I know there will be people out there who will LOVE this book. I’ll generously give it the benefit of the doubt as I plan to continue with the story, since I really like Charley Davidson. Nah. Maybe I won’t.
Why? What did I like dislike? Well. . . I didn’t quite get the whole Reyes thing. His personality was too elusive for me. At times he was really H.O.T. At others, I was like, “Well, I like the strong, silent type, but this is ridiculous.” But I guess that’s the point ー and the allure. (view spoiler)[ Reyes certainly held my attention; but then again, I wanted his character firmed up a bit more. Why are Charley, his sister, and a prison doctor the only ones who know he has a strong core of good in him? For that matter, why does he have a strong core of good in him, considering his eons of history? What made him change? I mean, he was(view spoiler)[a general in Satan’s army. (hide spoiler)] Why do all the ghosts fear him? Yeah, yeah. I get who he is, but he has only done good things since he has been “human”. Well, except kill those who tried to harm Charley. Oh, and he did threaten to rape Charley when she was a teenager, but I figure he did that to scare her off, so I’ll give him a pass on that one. Why, when this is so not like me? I don’t know! Do you see why I’m conflicted? (hide spoiler)]
This book is an amalgam of urban fantasy, paranormal romance, murder mystery, and chick-lit all thrown together to make a nice premise that doesn’t quite pull it off at the end. (Wow. I just realized ー that’s just like the characters. Each is an amalgam, and too much so.) Perfectly amazing secondary characters go to waste and some of the decisions made by the major (and minor) characters made me go, “Huh? If he could do that, why didn’t he do it sooner?”
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I had to “re-read” this one via audiobook, it was that good. Ashford MacNab does an excellent job of narrating this one. Here is the link to My GoodR★★★★½ I had to “re-read” this one via audiobook, it was that good. Ashford MacNab does an excellent job of narrating this one. Here is the link to My GoodReads Review of the Paperback....more
Wow! All I can say is this book is cool. I just love “Anna Latham Cornick, mate of Charles Cornick, Omega of the Aspen Creek Pack. Wolf. Sister. Daug★★★★★ Wow! All I can say is this book is cool. I just love “Anna Latham Cornick, mate of Charles Cornick, Omega of the Aspen Creek Pack. Wolf. Sister. Daughter. Lover. Beloved.” Remember, knowing a person’s name is powerful magic. And that is all the hint of this plot you are going to get out of me! This one is delicious. Just enough clues sprinkled throughout for me to guess some of them and still leave enough mystery to unfold. Plus, enough realism in the human relationship between two lonely, insecure souls verses their newly established mate-bond to be fascinating. Not to mention, the cover actually looks like Anna and Brother Wolf. Finally.
Don’t miss the fun. Start this one with the novella to get the full effect. I can’t wait for Fair Game, coming out February, 2012.
& a Wow! It took me awhile to write this review; the fabulous Ms. Patricia Briggs had wowed me beyond words. Dare I say this is her best work to
★★★★★ & a Wow! It took me awhile to write this review; the fabulous Ms. Patricia Briggs had wowed me beyond words. Dare I say this is her best work to date? I guess I can’t, since I haven’t read everything she’s written – yet! But, I’m willing to place that bet.
With the third installment of her Alpha and Omega series, Ms. Briggs has proven she is a master of her craft and draws us completely into her paranormal milieu of werewolves, fae, vampires, ghosts, witches, humans, an occasional zombie, and now serial killers, with subtle skill. How does she do that? Unsurprisingly, right from the start! No splashy opening for her. Nope. It is a subtle seduction, a peep into her world in the opening prologue, where she grabbed me and didn’t let go until the very end. Actually, I’m still enthralled. Her amazing characters – paranormal or human, virtuous, average, or twisted-sick – held my attention and continued to maintain my enthusiasm for this series.
Charles is burning out and Anna, who is definitely coming into her own as Omega, appeals to her father-in-law, Bran Cornick, to listen to her. Charles needs a break from being his father’s assassin, especially since his duties have dramatically increased after the werewolves went public. Bran refuses, so she appeals to Asil, that wily old werewolf, who knows the way to make the Marrok listen to what he already recognizes. When the FBI calls, asking for help in Boston, Bran realizes he has the perfect reprieve for Charles – and himself – because he sends the pesky Anna with him.
King’s Chapel, 18th century structure at the corner of Tremont Street and School Street in Boston, Massachusetts.
King’s Chapel boasts the oldest graveyard in Boston.
As you know, where sociopathic serial killers go the FBI is sure to follow, and this novel becomes, to a large extent, a procedural for a murderous villain, who metes out rape and torture to the human, fae, and werewolf communities, regardless of paranormal ability or gender, so it is not for the faint of heart. Now the question becomes not just why – but by what means? And how cool is it to bring a 300 pound werewolf to a crime scene? On a leash with a flimsy plastic collar? That’s what the unflappable Anna does with Brother Wolf, and it is a memorable scene just for its audacity. It is neat to see the two of them work this case together (when he isn’t indulging his wife by playing tourist with her).
Regardless of the gradual, pulse-pounding escalation to an adrenaline-rush climax, it is at heart a romance between fated mates, Charles and Anna, as they find a way to make him completely hers again and not brokenhearted and tortured by his personal demons.
All in all, a GoodRead!
By the way, I loved the hardcover copy. Is it red? Is it bronze? Depends on how the light catches it. Cool. They have finally gotten these last two covers right, this one perfected down to sweet Anna’s freckles.
Deliciously witty book, but I loathe cliffhangers and this chapter in this delightful series has a HUGE one at the end. The only thing that saves it★★★★✩ Deliciously witty book, but I loathe cliffhangers and this chapter in this delightful series has a HUGE one at the end. The only thing that saves it is that, by the time I had read this volume, the next book in the series had already been published....more
stars! After I switched gears and realized it was an erotic novel, I loved it. Not you standard “hook-up” and nothing too kinky for me. Just lots of★★★★½ stars! After I switched gears and realized it was an erotic novel, I loved it. Not you standard “hook-up” and nothing too kinky for me. Just lots of smoking words that burned up the screen on my computer. This one had an intriguing premise and a story with some punch when I least expected it. Favorite line:
She was the lump of chocolate and Russ was a warm radiator.
Man-oh-man! Juliana and Jill you've done it again. First time I’ve read anything by this author and it definitely won't be my last. I've heard The Reluctant Nude supposed to be even better....more
I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the first in this series. There was a lot of political world-building that I believe will come in handy down★★★★✩ I enjoyed this book, but not as much as the first in this series. There was a lot of political world-building that I believe will come in handy down the road in this series, but I wadded my way through it. I kept waxing and waning on Tiago, too; sometimes he was perfect, and then a poop, and then perfect again. Pretty volatile; but then, I get it; he’s “stormy” – right? I’ll definitely be reading the next by this newly discovered favorite author....more
What a wonderful read! I just love a good western and this one is great. Kaki Warner is a new-to-me-author and I havBlake Shelton, as Declan Brodie.
★★★★½ What a wonderful read! I just love a good western and this one is great. Kaki Warner is a new-to-me-author and I have to say, she delivered. By the end of this book I felt I really knew these characters. I found plenty of pain, grief and drama here; but, there was also unexpected humor, joy, love and growth in the depths of these amazing people.
For probably the first time in Edwina Ladoux’s life, she steps out from behind her protective half-sister’s petticoats and decides to take the bull by the horns. Even if that bull is in Colorado! It is five years after the Civil War; Edwina has admitted defeat and finally sold her family’s Louisiana plantation. She wants to find a place where there is not so much hatred and strife – and where her half Negro sister, Prudence Lincoln, and she can feel safe. She’s off to Heartbreak Creek, Colorado, to become a mail-order bride to one, Declan Brodie, who has four children, an isolated ranch, and several of his own demons to fight.
To say Edwina’s sister, Pru, is better suited for the role is an understatement. Along the way (on the train – it’s a western!) they meet two other women; cynical Lucinda Hathaway, a Yankee (poor thing), and Madeline “Maddie” Wallace, a cheerful English photographer in America determined to capture the Wild West in black and white. All of them are starring in upcoming novels by Ms. Warner. The dialogue between these ladies is wonderful, and the sisters’ loving relationship realistic. The kids are not too precocious. And Declan? Well, he is perfect as written. Here is a bit of dialogue between him and Edwina’s sister, Pru:
”How about we send her back and you stay on?” he offered.
She almost smiled. “You thinking to marry me now, Mr. Brodie?”
“Hell, no. I’ve already got one wife too many. But I’ll pay you.”
“To do what?”
“Cook. Clean. Ride herd on my kids. Tend a garden.”
“Pay me how? You just said you have no money.”
“Shares on the cattle.”
The smile broke into a chuckle. “I need cattle like you need another wife, Mr. Brodie. No, you strive for patience and give me time to train her.”
You can see Declan falling in love as he goes from calling Edwina “Miss Priss” to “Ed”. Oh, and he has a half Cheyenne Indian friend, Thomas Redstone, who is just perfect for Pru. I mean, Edwina and I can see that, why can’t she? It will be fun to see why each of these women earns the label of a “Runaway Bride” in a series by the same name. I’m eagerly looking forward to the next one, Colorado Dawn, coming out in January, 2012.
Jay Tavare, as Thomas Redstone.
*My thanks to my GoodReads friend, Jill, in Australia, for this recommendation. You did it again and picked another winner for me! **My special thanks to my GoodReads friend and “Buddy Read” partner, Sans, for helping me cast ♥Declan♥ and ♥Thomas♥. **sigh** And your intelligent observations on life. :)