Started out pretty good and went down hill fast. I don't understand why some heroine have to get all b!tchy and snippy towards a hero - who they are★★★☆☆ Started out pretty good and went down hill fast. I don't understand why some heroine have to get all b!tchy and snippy towards a hero - who they are attracted to - when he let's them know he is attracted to them, too....more
The penthouse rooftops of Fontvieille and its new harbour in Monaco on the French Riviera.
This one is full of angsty goodness badness. Who wants to sThe penthouse rooftops of Fontvieille and its new harbour in Monaco on the French Riviera.
★★☆☆☆ This one is full of angsty goodness badness. Who wants to sleep with someone you hate – or who hates you?
Clearly Zac had been surprised by his desire for her and shocked by the level of his need, but he despised himself almost as much as he despised her. When he released her she swayed unsteadily and for one horrific moment she actually thought she was going to be sick.
And Freya thinks this is lust? Or love?
But wait, there is more:
“My brain tells me you’re a tramp, but my body isn’t so fastidious—it’s just hungry,” he said grimly as he slid his hand under her bottom, lifted her and effected one deep, shockingly powerful thrust that made her gasp in awe at his potent strength.
Uh…er… No, thanks.
Besides, in this day and age the average person knows that vasectomies don't always take. That's why you check things out before you go around impregnating the world. Especially when so much is at stake.
And Mr. DouchBag doesn’t grovel enough when he finds out he really is poor little Aimee’s father, which is well over half-way through the book.
(view spoiler)[Add in and illness for the toddler Aimee, momma Freya almost drowning herself in the bathtub, because she is so tired, and Zac having to ‘rub her down’. How else is she to get is back into his bed for the third—or is it forth time? It is all just too much of a soap opera for me. (hide spoiler)]
Oh-why-oh-why didn't I check out my GRs friend’s review of this one before I picked it up at a Friends of the Library sale? 50¢ down the drain.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...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 is a review of the audiobook.) I’ll be honest and say it took me several attempts at this one. After failing three times, I just puAshmole 782?
★★★★★ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I’ll be honest and say it took me several attempts at this one. After failing three times, I just put the audiobook in the car; I figured there I would be a captive audience. I was really beginning to wonder how this book ever received GoodReads’ Romance of the Year Award. However, I ended up loving it and wanting to go out to do my errands just to listen to the story. Eventually, I had my iPod in my ears while I did my grocery shopping. It is wonderful. Yes, I borrowed the Kindle version from my library to reference certain sections; while there is just one plotline going on, it is complicated.
While the story is spellbinding, Jennifer Ikeda’s fabulous narration is something I didn’t appreciate until the book started introducing so many international characters. Ms. Ikeda does a great job on all the accents: American, English, Indian, Australian, Scottish, French, Italian . . . I lost count of them all in the 24 hours it took for her to read this novel. When there are multiple people from one dialect, she manages to differentiate their voices, which is no small task. Regardless of a character’s mood or tone, she doesn’t slip. She elevates the whole book, IMHO.
I loved Diana and Matthew’s love story! And I loved Diana’s gradual unearthing and acceptance of her heritage after her serendipitous discovery of a palimpsest known as Ashmole 782 among the eleven million rare manuscripts in the Bodleian Library of Oxford University.
Can’t wait for July and the next book in the All Souls Trilogy!
I was trying to decide if I should listen to this one audio or not. Going to the Brick & Mortar Public Library is a pain, now that I've been spoiled by downloadable audiobooks. Plus, I would have to transfer all those CDs (twenty!) to my iPod/Touch. Then Xe sent me the link to this blog review: The Oddiophile. Some people are just so darn clever! LOL! Thanks Xe!
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Who knew Barbara Rosenblat had so many funny voices? There is a “Newfie” in thisEffrijim: AKA Jim [image error]
★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Who knew Barbara Rosenblat had so many funny voices? There is a “Newfie” in this book that she anthropomorphizes with a hilarious “woe is me” tone in his voice – oh, excuse me, a Newfoundland, as Jim prefers to be called! This first in the Aisling Grey, Guardian series is a hoot! Ms. Rosenblat sounds completely different than she does in the Amelia Peabody Mysteries.
Still, I enjoyed this book more than I should have and laughed at all the silly set-up scenarios that contribute to all of Abaddon and the Paris Otherworld chasing after Aisling. Of course, maybe this is worth squabbling over: (view spoiler)[ Gold Dragon or. . . “An aquamanile is a form of ewer, usually made of metal, used for the ritual washing of hand by a priest or other liturgical person. They were very common in medieval times.” (hide spoiler)]
I have no idea if Ms. Rosenblat’s French and Hungarian accents are spot-on or not, but I loved listening to them, both male or female. I’ll definitely continue with the series on audiobooks. . . (view spoiler)[if only for more of Jim! LOL! Yes, Drake, the hero, is yummy, but Jim made me laugh. Book #4.5 below is just a short story, featuring him. (hide spoiler)]
Update: 5/17/12 Rosalyn Landor has been nominated for the Audie Awards 2012 “Solo Narration-Female” category for her narration of The Winter Sea.
SlaUpdate: 5/17/12 Rosalyn Landor has been nominated for the Audie Awards 2012 “Solo Narration-Female” category for her narration of The Winter Sea.
Slains Castle as it was in all its glory...
Slains Castle now...
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I love to listen to the talented Rosalyn Landor read a book. Her elegant narration is perfect for this lyrical, atmospheric book. Ms. Landor does the accents nicely, especially the Scottish. She does a great job of the male and female voices in this sweeping, emotional novel, switching between the sexes seamlessly. Ms. Landor can be anyone, from an innocent young woman who feels like a fish-out-of-water, to a worldlier writer piecing together a historical account of memories of the Scottish Slains Castle and its inhabitants that haunt her. So, it was easy for one of my GoodReads groups to talk me into doing a “buddy read” of this one.
This author can write! No doubt about it, it is superb, along with being well researched on the Jacobite uprising of 1708. However, I was expecting a romantic book, and I quickly realized this was deeper and darker than I was in the mood for, at the time; therefore, I set it aside for a while. Consider that when looking at my rating. Some of you are definitely going to give this book a five star rating.
This is a “parallel” manuscript, telling two stories 300 years apart, alternating between a contemporary setting and the past. It wasn’t a lot of fun holding my breath, wondering which one was going to end badly (though I quickly figured it out). Then I held it again, wondering how bad it was going to be. Nevertheless, some of you will love the angst of that. Personally, I felt myself distancing myself from the heroine, as I didn’t want to get too attached. Still, I ended up crying.
P.P.S. (view spoiler)[ The thing that I felt was left unfinished was the motivations of James Douglas Graham, 4th Duke of Hamilton. There was an implied threat that he had a vendetta against Lieutenant Colonel John Moray, making this feel like a big loose-end, not a little one. (hide spoiler)]
Not a lot of depth to these characters, but I liked it enough to continue with the series. (view spoiler)[ It lost a star b/c they killed off one of★★★✩✩ Not a lot of depth to these characters, but I liked it enough to continue with the series. (view spoiler)[ It lost a ½ star b/c they killed off one of the dogs. **sigh** (hide spoiler)] Pretty good narration by Julie Briskman on the audiobook....more
Edmond Dantés, AKA: Robert Donat (1934), Richard Chamberlain (1975), Gérard Depardieu (1998), James Caviezel (2002), Emily VanCamp (2011)
(This is a reEdmond Dantés, AKA: Robert Donat (1934), Richard Chamberlain (1975), Gérard Depardieu (1998), James Caviezel (2002), Emily VanCamp (2011)
★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Okay, it took me over three months to listen to this classic, that was very well narrated by Englishman Richard Matthews, who speaks French with aplomb. So much so, that his narration kicked it up a notch (from three ★ to four). I could NOT have gotten through it without him. Still, I must admit, I used ever form of media I could find: Kindle freebie from Project Gutenberg, Wikipedia, Cliff Notes, and movies. My favorite was from Pink Monkey's Study Guide of TCOMC.
I think I’ve seen ever movie version ever done of this one, and I can remember my mother reading it to us when we were young. This is the über-revenge classic of all time, made all the more intriguing because of Dumas’ father’s background, leading one to wonder how far to separate fact from fiction. Alas, I was bogged down by this work that was released in serial format back in 1844. This was written back in the day when books were scarce, and let me tell you, this one has some convoluted plotlines. Man-oh-man! Just take a look at this complex interrelationship among the characters.
I read this as a “buddy read” for the Happily Ever After Café GoodReads Group. Why? I don’t know (even though I nominated it); because there certainly is not a HEA for Edmond Dantés and his former fiancée Mercédès’. Nevertheless, I am glad I listened to it, if only to know that every time I read a romance book that describes the hero as having “hair as black as a raven’s wing,” I can smile to myself, knowing from whom it was plagiarized. Plus, I guess you could say there is a HEA for someone: (view spoiler)[>Dantés allows Mercédès’ son, Viscount Albert de Morcerf, to have his. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
(This is a review of the audiobook.) This was a “re-read via audio” for me. I can’t believe how much I had forgotThe match lit by the passionate Win!
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) This was a “re-read via audio” for me. I can’t believe how much I had forgotten about Kev and Win’s love story. I have always enjoyed the appearance of these two in the other books in the Hathaways series more than in their own volume. However, on listening to the elegant Rosalyn Landor narrator this one, it is kicked up a ½ star. She is so versatile on the voices and the infection of tones and nuances for the many dramas that take place. I can’t believe I forgot the wardrobe scene, Dodger’s part in it all, Amelia’s pregnancy, and also all the secrets we learn about Kev and Cam. Well worth the “re-read” via my ears.