Although not her first novel written, according to Wiki, Tender Triumph is her first one published. A pioneer in the romance novel industry, McNaughtAlthough not her first novel written, according to Wiki, Tender Triumph is her first one published. A pioneer in the romance novel industry, McNaught has a way of tearing your heart out with big misunderstandings, sweet, smart, likable heroines who fall for broody billionaire, alpha to the point of jerky heroes. (And you thought 50 Shades was original somehow??)
With Tender Triumph, much of this is toned down. The big misunderstanding is not so big as the heroine already knows something’s up by the time all is out in the open. Secondly, though manipulative, McNaught has written bigger asses for heroes. Oh the shadow of her later characters are here but that’s all they are, pale comparisons. Combine this with the outdated attitudes and it becomes definitely one of my least favs from this author.
That said, there was something utterly engaging about it. Though Katie Connelly is snotty in her opinion of Ramon, the foreign looking man who came to her rescue outside a singles bar one night- (singles bar? Do people even call them that anymore?)- he somehow sees through all her snobbery to the genuinely caring person she is inside. At first they have nothing in common, he’s all old world chauvinistic and she’s all modern independent woman making a good living on her own. This is what keeps her holding back a large part of herself with him. Well, that and her crappy short lived first marriage to a cheating abusive asshole.
But he isn’t all he says he is either, and something in her knows it. So, though she eventually capitulates and agrees to marriage after not even knowing him for a week, (which is just weird imo), the struggle between them is very real. Until the end when the author flips the script.
If you think this heroine is gonna quiet down and stay in the kitchen where a woman belongs you’d be wrong. But you’ll be surprised by how much you don’t even care by the end.
This one is for the superfans of Judith McNaught- it’s too dated and she certainly hasn’t hit her stride as an author yet- still, it ended up being a fun read for me…
OH and one more thing- although heated at times, these two never make it to the bedroom. It's is all above the waistline touching in this novel, although the throbbing manhood gets mentioned quite a bit... :P ...more
An old Mexican folk tale retold by John Steinbeck, The Pearl is a morality lesson- a little bit of "what does it profit a man, if he gains the world bAn old Mexican folk tale retold by John Steinbeck, The Pearl is a morality lesson- a little bit of "what does it profit a man, if he gains the world but loses his soul" and a little bit "be careful what you wish for."
The story begins with Kino and his wife Juana desperate to find help for their baby who has just been stung by a scorpion. Of course the fatuous, repugnant white doctor dismisses them in their poverty. However, fate turns the key and heals the baby without medicine... and delivers the biggest pearl the natives have ever seen into Kino's hands at the same time.
The pearl, as large as a seagull's egg, seems the answer to all their prayers. Kino and Juana can finally have a huge church wedding and their boy can have an education and they will never be at the mercy of the oppressive white man again.
That isn't what happens, of course. No, rather, the pearl brings out the worst in everyone- from greedy pearl appraisers, to envious neighbors and finally in Kino himself. Kino becomes obsessively fearful someone will take the pearl from him... and he has reason too.
After the small village appraisers offer a ridiculously low price, he decides to head to the city hoping for a fairer deal. Juana, already aware of the evil following the pearl, decides to rid her little family of the cursed pearl, by throwing it in the ocean. But Kino stops her and beats her mercilessly.
Worse evil haunts the pearl and it's a broken Kino who finally agrees with Juana by the end of the tale, as he lobs it back into the depths from which it came.
Sad story, but one we see often enough, with every Hollywood actor who's star starts to fade and goes off the deep end- and some even during the height of their fame, as recent headlines have proven- as well as every lottery winner who ends their life by taking it not long after the big "win".
I do know this: whatever your pearl may be, be it wealth, fame or dreams come true, you better be darn sure your character's ready to handle it. It may seem all your prayers will be answered when it hits, but evil crouches right behind it, waiting to catch you unaware.
John Steinbeck is a master of atmosphere. You smell the salt of the gulf, feel the dry dust as they hide along the road and taste the fear as they sleep at night in this little book. Love that about him.
Since I never put a review up for this one: my thoughts on a second read thru...
(view spoiler)[I like adams reactions when he feels helpless and she mSince I never put a review up for this one: my thoughts on a second read thru...
(view spoiler)[I like adams reactions when he feels helpless and she might be in danger
The pack girls on Christy's side? Screw them. I hope they leave or die
Zee and crazy king fae at odds- nice. Btw, i heart the walking stick.
I love how briggs makes mercy's assault still a part of her life- too often in stories where this happens, after some drama and healing sex, ::roll eyes:: you never hear about it again. Post traumatic stress is real in these situations- as real as it is for any war vet, i like that its real for mercy. not that I like she has it....Just that it's still part of her story and she doesnt let it stop her.
The pack needing a submissive- i like that and i like zach.
Omg the first meal with christy and she acting like it was her house. I would want to run too Mercy... Or throw up. Adam's sympathetic pat on christy's shoulder would have had me running. I love Mercy even more for her fortitude during that time.
Ah yes a coyote brother skinwalker in prison. I like that she has a 'brother'
Hubby's ex answering his personal cell for him. Uh huh. Some makin up to do on that one Adamboy. Cause you know if things were reversed..
Like the info we get on mercy from her now confirmed half-brother... She's got a little longer life span then she thought... If she doesnt end up killed or sommit. Foreshadow much?
Christy helps Mercy et al figure The mysterious dog thing going on with Christy's former lover turned stalker. “I’ll let Adam know, too,” Christy said brightly. “He’ll be glad I figured it out.” Ughhh
My first thots with this whole dog thing and Christy's former lover? Ah jeeze i hope this isnt another evil man capturing wearwolves for sport fighting plot...because for the life of me I can't remember who he actually is??
Omg Adam would SO be going ballistic if the shoe was on the other foot with Christie worming her way into the pack again and squeezing mercy out. Ive also realized im so connected with Mercy that I feel like its happening to me. Briggs? Is a master.
Again, This is a reread but danged if i can remember who and what the killer is... Im so dammned upset about the ex.
“Did you tell that to the police?” Christy looked at me brightly. “That you wouldn’t have been able to tell if it had been a half fae?” Ie "see, you dont know everything." Biotch
"It wouldn’t have bothered me if he (adam) hadn’t given Christy a tender look as she threw her head back and laughed. She had a beautiful laugh. I got up from the table, taking my plate and glass." Sonova... Kill maim destroy. But i would have done the same thing in the end. Just leave.
Ah finally the truth- its more about the pack siding with Christy. She knows Adam is hers. I think Mercy's ready to do battle. Finally!
Oh snap, now i remember the evil bad. ::groan:: that's why i didnt retain it. Laaame
The fight in the garage...epic.
The pack watching her fight the thing in the garage via security cam- and cheering her on? Yessssss! Finally
“Damn, lady,” said Zack, looking at me from the corner of his eye. “Damn, but you don’t have any quit in you at all.”" Aaaand thats why we love her
"because Adam and his wolf were united in their dedication to justice, and its defeat could send them off in a rage." Mercedes athena Thompson hauptman
"I like Adam. He’s what an Alpha is supposed to be and so seldom is." Gary Laughingdog
Aaaand that's why we love him.
Okay the end drawth nigh. The pack thinks big evil lava deity is at one place but he's actually coming to get his luuuurve Christy. Adam and power gang is at another place- mercy is with the weaker packmates less one or two strongys left to protect... whomever shall win? Mercy of course! Just barely. I think she was mostly dead for awhile, but thankfully she has a deity for a father too. (hide spoiler)]
That's where it's going to end? Really??? REALLY???!!! ::whiplash::
Okay I wasn't real crazy about the big bad- and Adam sure was being an idiot at times siding with Christy too much. But I sure did love this book as I always love them. :)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
The setting is around the turn of the century 1900. The hero is wounded as is the heroine- her's invisible to the eye. Of course their love heals themThe setting is around the turn of the century 1900. The hero is wounded as is the heroine- her's invisible to the eye. Of course their love heals them both.
I love how this author continually goes off the beaten path... And impresses me. As one reviewer said, she can write any hero and do it well, be it alpha, gamma or, as in this book, beta.
Her books are tamer than some but still, it's romancey, and that's good enough for me.
Deborah and Trey are gems. The introduction of the automobile juxtaposed with the running of the town paper, and the fact Deborah came into her own while writing for said paper, makes it even more enjoyable.
My favorite Viking romance, Hearts Aflame has two of the most hard-headed Heroes and heroines since… well since the heroine’s parents' story.
KristenMy favorite Viking romance, Hearts Aflame has two of the most hard-headed Heroes and heroines since… well since the heroine’s parents' story.
Kristen Haardred the beloved daughter of a Viking lord and a fierce celtic mother, knew she would marry for nothing less than true love. Almost forced into marriage by a determined suitor and facing an arranged marriage, she sneaks onto her brother’s ship headed east for trade. Only they weren’t’ headed for trade- they were going-a-viking.
Unfortunately rather than gold and glory on the voyage, they encounter an unexpected force- and one that quickly routes them.
Now, a prisoner and her beloved brother thought dead at the Saxons' hands, she burns for revenge.
Lord Royce Wynhurst has hated the Vikings from the sea these last five years, having lost his father and brother and his wife raped in front of his eyes before her throat was slit during a brutal raid. He hated the Danes but he was not cruel and so when he discovers a woman cleverly hidden amongst the prisoners, he brings her into his home.
And so the battle of wills begins. Helpless attraction builds, but stubborn pride just about destroys them both.
Until Kristen’s family comes to the rescue. Finally free to go home, Kristen realizes she’s captured by something far more binding- true love.
I have read and re-read this romance novel for years and every time, I’m sucked in as soon as Royce and Kristen meet. Their chemistry leaps off the pages and though they fight it, passionate love is their only conclusion- well, that or killing each other. Plus, there’s no big bad in this one except their unwanted desire for each other. Love that. Kristen is truly strong, in body and spirit- made strong by the knowledge that she is truly loved by her family. Royce is her match in every way and Lindsey is faithful to the characters through the entire story. Love that too.
One of my favorite of IJ’s old hist-rom’s, Lion’s Bride is still a good read, even after all these years.
The story opens at the gates of ConstantinopOne of my favorite of IJ’s old hist-rom’s, Lion’s Bride is still a good read, even after all these years.
The story opens at the gates of Constantinople (another reason I love IJ’s old hist-rom’s? Exotic settings).
Thea of Dimas is taking her life back by escaping her slave master- who just happens to be her father.
Found in the desert by an exiled Scottish Lord and his Arabic friend, she’s frightened she’s gone from the frying pan to the fire- until she’s taken to a secret keep and treated as guest. Deciding the barbaric lord’s keep was as safe as any place, she sets about building her trade- silk. Armed with worms and dreams, she’ll never be a slave again.
At first, Lord Ware of Dundragon saw no need to rescue the girl, battling demons of his own and in hiding for his life. But the something about the girl pulls him and soon enough she comes to mean more to him then anyone ever has.
Determined to keep her safe from his adversaries, he turns her into the thing that frightens her the most- a prisoner.
An old Templar legend threatens them all now, and she’s become the very thing that can finally destroy him.
A bold heroine- one of my favorites because she's so what I admire- fierce, determined, and independent- and a hottie, possessive Hero- pffft it's a no-brainer. Plus the intrigue and medieval, arabic setting is kinda fun too. I've re-read this one from time to time through the years and it always pleases me.
Gonna have to go with amazing. 5 stars from me. (I hear the follow up The Treasure is not near as good, but I'm gonna read and let you know.)...more
Coming upon a coach accident after hearing a gunshot, Colt Thunder pulls out of the wreckage the talkingest white woman he ever met. After being beateComing upon a coach accident after hearing a gunshot, Colt Thunder pulls out of the wreckage the talkingest white woman he ever met. After being beaten to an inch of his life for falling for a white woman in the past, the last thing the halfbreed needed was being in the presence of a English lady- and a rich one at that. But there’s something about this one that causes a strong pull... which is why he makes his escape as soon as her entourage shows up.
Still, Jocelyn Flemming, Her Grace the Duchess Dowager of Eden,is anything if not resolute and she is determined to have Colt Thunder join her as guard and guide through the west. So, not being able to gain Colt’s acceptance, she talks circles around his kid brother and gains his acceptance instead, which means of course- she gets Colt too.
And then attraction starts its work. Both helpless toward it, a battle of wills begins and the more the fires of lust draws them together, the harder Colt pushes away- until the man after The Duchess and her money catches her unaware and places her in serious danger.
Though Colt was not there when it all went down,(remeber, he's doing his best to avoid her), he was all over her rescue through the help of a friend.
After this lastest attempt on her life, because there has been many, Colt decides to get her to their destination on his own. He has no idea, however, the journey has more to do with healing his wounded soul then any destination in the long run.
I so enjoy JL’s old historical romances, despite their cheesy titles, and it's been fun rereading them for review purposes. These books are more about sexual tension and falling in love then titillation like their more modern counterparts- though I still find the sex pretty darn hot. Although the hero is rather harsh with the heroine early on, the prologue set up his reason why quite nicely. (I love that Jocelyn later becomes his perfect revenge for the horrendous treatment he endured- in all the best ways.) Memorable story and enjoyable re-read. ...more
I love Shannon Mckenna’s books. This one was a little different in that it’s actually three short stories in one BUT the romantic suspense plot threadI love Shannon Mckenna’s books. This one was a little different in that it’s actually three short stories in one BUT the romantic suspense plot threads through all three. Honestly, I coulda gave a fig for the rom-suspense bit- totally over the top, per usual- for me it was all about the men who fell in love with the three sisters. Hotties everyone and uber protective, and yes, none of Mckenna’s trademark possessive sexin’ is missing.
I didnt want to put the book down- and it's a biggie. ::sigh:: I heart big books that suck me in.
Ah I miss Ten and Rose- that’s why I lept at the chance to listen to a, as yet, untold adventure of their’s on Audible. In this short stThe Stone Rose
Ah I miss Ten and Rose- that’s why I lept at the chance to listen to a, as yet, untold adventure of their’s on Audible. In this short story, (About 2 and ½ hrs listening time), part time Time-Traveling Doctor’s companion Mickey Smith shows The Doctor and Rose something odd at the museum- a perfect replica of Rose as the Goddess Fortuna in marble… from 1st Century Rome.
Realizing that’s Rome is their next trip, The Doctor takes Rose back in time with him to discover the creator of the statue. The thin plot thickens later when we discover the true source of the piece of art- altho, any fan of BBC’s Doctor Who can figure that out pretty easily. Slightly less difficult to wade through is the amateurish prose with the Doctor saying and doing some rather odd things- wehll, for Tennant’s Doctor anyway. Also the somewhat conspicuously missing TARDIS (The iconic time traveling machine masquerading as Blue Police Telephone Box from 60’s era London) once they land in Rome circa 124 AD didn’t help this story much either. (I kept saying, “use the TARDIS. Why aren’t they using the TARDIS- USE THE TARDIS DUMMY!” But then, I suppose that would have made this novel even shorter. )
It gets even weirder by the end- I can hear Davies and Moffat groaning from here- BUT with some nice gentle touches of Ten/Rose ‘shipping and the fact that, (hold your breath Tenth Doctor fangirls), David Tennant narrates the tale hisself ‘fank you very much luv’…
Screw the plotholes and silly prose- this book gets 5 stars from me! heh heh
And that my friends is what it means to be a Whovian- wehll, a Tenth Doctor Whovian anyway. :)
(btw, Billie Piper does NOT narrate in this one, by Tennant does a fab job of voicing all the characters mimicing their chav'ian accents just fine.)...more
After all these years, I still seriously enjoyed this one. One of my old favs from the 80's, Night Magic features an almost washed up super spy and aAfter all these years, I still seriously enjoyed this one. One of my old favs from the 80's, Night Magic features an almost washed up super spy and a plucky romance novelist thrust together because of the big bad Soviets- that's Russians for the youngin's. (Interesting how Russians still feature prominently as bad guys in many a romance novel, however now as drug dealer/mobsters rather than enemies of the States. These guys do bad good I guess.)
John "Jack" McClain is all but out of the spy business, forced into Desk Jockeydom after a deal gone bad antecedent to a breakdown. Yet, he somehow becomes embroiled in a game of cat and mouse to catch a major Soviet sleeper agent who is about to attempt to assassinate the Secretary of State.
The book opens with Jack daringly escaping the bad guys- with the help of dolphins oddly enough- and making his way to a hospital. At the hospital they catch up with Jack and blame the melee that ensues on him so that the cops believe he's a renegade psycho they need to bring in.
Meanwhile Clara Winston, romance novelist having just completed her latest book, is ready for some down time at her remote family home, having no idea the trouble about to rain down on her head.
They come together when the bad guys, believing that Jack is her boyfriend because of a dedication in one of her previous novels, break into her house and threaten her life. Jack, having followed the bad guys to her place assumes she's with them till she comes running out of her house and right into him. They escape, together with her mean old fat cat, Puff (as in The Magic Dragon)- who is as memorable as the H/h- now on the run from the bad guys AND the cops.
Considering herself stolid and stay at home, Clara wants no part of this madman who obviously gets high on danger but is now in it up to her neck. (Besides he infuriates the crap out of her!) Their willy nilly flight from danger will test her mettle- and she is just as surprised as Jack with the steel in her spine that results. Oh, they do discover who the man is pulling the trigger, thanks to some microfilm, (::snort:: microfilm), but not till after being chased by police dogs, going over a falls and sleeping in a hollowed out log in the woods- and capture, torture and escaping again!
Ok, this book is a tad over-the-top, but hey it was written in the 80's, everything was over-the-top in the 80's, from our hair to our clothes to our bad guys! It was a hoot reading it once again, thirty yrs later O_O, with the outdated references,and still it worked for me.
Clara and Jack are great together, as they mutually prejudge and bicker with each other, from the very beginning. They go toe to toe like the best of romantic/comedy couples, creating tons of sexual tension which the author relieves quite fittingly. ::srsly thought some hot stuff there for the age of this novel::
There is also a scene where the bad guys torture her to get Jack to talk that stuck with me as much as anything in this book because of the way the author "went there" which, believe me, NOBODY did in romance novels back then. (She wasn't raped, thank God, but how the authored played it was very effective, imo. His and her actions, I still feel, seem believable. Well, for a romance novel anyway...)
It's a great book, though I think I'm pretty much alone on thinking so. Don't know why it does it for me, but I'm glad it does. (I'm totally gonna go back to some of my other old favs and see if any of them still strike the same chord too!)
What I liked about this one, I liked quite a bit- enjoyed the voice the author gave her main character Marnie- surprisingly the potty mouth worked forWhat I liked about this one, I liked quite a bit- enjoyed the voice the author gave her main character Marnie- surprisingly the potty mouth worked for me- really liked the love interest(s)- interesting twists and turns. Didnt like all the witchy stuff and MAN is she fairly graphic- in fact, if I was watching this, i'd be covering my eyes. But then, can zombie-like ghouls be anything but gross, I mean, really?
Marnie, recently retired paranormal consultant is sucked back in with the gory death of a young girl that has much of the paranormal involved. If it were not for the fact her one time f!ckbuddy is the one who's re-recruiting her, she'd be a little less reluctant.
But jump in she does, and the person- and reason- behind the murder is much more involved then she ever imagined- and much more surprising.
Like I said, I liked the characters, enough to want to read the next book, but this first one has a few issues- too much meandering and I was a bit startled with where she went relationship-wise. Not sure I'm okay with it, BUT she didnt close doors AND surprising this jaded reader is never a bad thing.