Old bookie friend reminded me I never reviewed this one even though I've re-read it often so here goes after a recent re-read...
One of the best of Gar...moreOld bookie friend reminded me I never reviewed this one even though I've re-read it often so here goes after a recent re-read...
One of the best of Garwood’s old historicals- it features a heroine who bravely finds a way out of an abusive situation- and, fortunately, into a lovematch. A hero who is gruff, but noble. And an intrigue plot featuring kings and conspiracies.
Okay, okay, it’s a romance novel plot, solved with a perfect Happily Ever After ending, accompanied by men too amazing to be believed and women who every woman wants to believe they can be, but whatever, that’s what I love about JG old historicals.
Johanna has been beaten and told she’s less than dull-witted cattle in God’s grand scheme of things- but she’s never believed it in her heart. When her husband is lost and thought dead- she ensures her release from her enslavement- for that’s what her marriage was- by blackmailing an annulment out of devious King John. Thinking her independence secure, she’s less than pleased to say the least when her beloved brother secures another husband for her- mostly she’s scared witless. But she moves ahead determined to be courageous.
Garbriel Macbain is the Laird of a renegade Scottish clan formed from the merging of two. His new wife- and the land that comes with her- will help with the merging but she needs more than a husband, she needs a protector- for she has a secret that will change the destiny of kings and countries.
The Macbain is a strong leader, but his little wife is stronger and when they come together- as partners in life as well as love- they become a force to be reckoned with. She may have started off as a means to an end, but she actually becomes his saving grace.
This is one that sticks with you- sometimes between re-reads I'll forget a plot point or two but certain aspects will remain. Saving Grace I always remember as- "The one where the heroine sews two plaids together". (If you read it, you'll understand why it stuck with me.)
Bounty Hunter Sam Mckade can hardly believe his good fortune when he spots a sexy Miami showgirl headed threw the airport- one he knows for certain ha...moreBounty Hunter Sam Mckade can hardly believe his good fortune when he spots a sexy Miami showgirl headed threw the airport- one he knows for certain has a bond on her head. Thinking this could be the catch that could put him where he needs to be financially to fulfill a long held dream he follows her to her destination and grabs her before she slips away again.
Only the showgirl claims she isnt who he thinks she is, that she is in fact the guilty party's exact twin! But he's not falling for that one even if she seems a bit more clever than he first assumed as she does her best to slip his guard on their long trip back to Miami.
Catherine McPherson cannot believe she is once again embroiled in one of her twin sisters screwups, and the lunkheaded Bounty Hunter dragging her across the country- by Greyhound no less- refuses to believe he's got the wrong woman.
Still, there's something about the man that draws her and despite the fact he believes her to be hardened dim-witted liar, she finds herself wanting to protect him as much as her sister.
Somehow she's got to find a way to get away from Sam Mackade and help her sister out, before her sister's trouble catches up to them and kills them both.
I love Susan Andersen, she writes endearing likable characters whose interactions feel genuine and original. I loved Catherine's sweetness as well as her witty ways of frustrating Sam's plans to keep them on schedule. Sam is one hot ticket but it was his kindness to the old lady on the bus that won me over- as well as the heroine= altho I felt she left him off the hook to easy when he came to the realization he was wrong all along!
Andersen's one of my favorite contemporary romance writers and if you havent tried her yet, this is where you should begin.
Rather simple but I enjoyed it. An idependent minded woman meets a pirate with a nobel heart and they...eventually... Live happily ever after.
Seriuos...moreRather simple but I enjoyed it. An idependent minded woman meets a pirate with a nobel heart and they...eventually... Live happily ever after.
Seriuosly, if you like these sorts of novels, and you suspend a good amount of belief, its a goodie. Not very anxty, a likable herione and sexy kind hero, oh and the end is rather annoyingly rushed, but completely romantic. (less)
I love Morsi's old historical romances. They're so homespun, yet so very real, filled with quirky characters you immediately fall in love with.
Wild Oa...moreI love Morsi's old historical romances. They're so homespun, yet so very real, filled with quirky characters you immediately fall in love with.
Wild Oats is no exception. The story starts out with the local mortician desirous to sew some wild oats with the notorious Mrs. Cora Briggs who lives on the outskirts of town, ostracized from society for being a divorcee.
Jedwin gets more than he bargained for when Cora actually takes him up on his odious offer- just to get back at Jedwin's harridan of a mother for spreading all kinds of rumors about her. However with one condition- he has to romance her of all things.
Of course- he agrees, because Jedwin's been in love with Mrs. Briggs since the moment he saw her. In the process they fall in genuine love and Jedwin eventually decides he means to marry her... allowing long held secrets in Dead Dog, Oklahoma come to light.
I loved this book- I always say that Morsi writes a great Beta hero, but really they are not. Jedwin, (short for James Edwin-love that name!) knew what he wanted, her, and he got it, no matter what society thought. He also, from the very beginning, knew who he wanted to be, and he didn't give in to his mother's pushing the opposite direction one iota. (Unlike Cora's first husband- but that's a secret for the reader to discover!) And he gently wooed the quirky divorcee to his side- despite his lack of experience. That is a hero who knows what he wants and goes after it with integrity and that is my definition of worthy alpha male.(less)
I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's a suspense thriller and though it's got a psycho killer baddie, (just tired of that old plot line), I consider it...moreI thoroughly enjoyed this one. It's a suspense thriller and though it's got a psycho killer baddie, (just tired of that old plot line), I consider it a good read. If Law and Order SVU's BD Wong character is played by a woman (the heroine) and her "love interest" would be Hartigay's character- only a man( the hero cop)- you would have this book. It's told mostly in first person, from the heroine's pov but when the psycho is on the scene it's third person. I liked this one because Morgan Snow, the heroine, is a consuler/therepist/psychologist specializing in the sexual arena. I love getting into the nitty gritty of why people do things the way they do, which is why I didn't mind the info. dumping. (Next time Show, don't tell, M J.)
There's also an entire send up on high-powered women involved in a secret club that caters to their "dominance" desires. Not out right S&M, but women who treat men like men have been treating women through the ages- in other words, women as the dominate gender-especially where sex is involved! Difficult to explain but i'm totally digging the author delving into this area of the human psyche! The pyscho killer part comes in when the male members of their club- the men who enjoy being "dominated", are being killed off. The scenes from the "club" were highly erotic, though not necessarily plentiful or explicit. I also enjoyed the romance between Morgan and her cop- although it certainly took a back seat to everything else going on.
This is a follow-up to The Halo Effect, but you can read it as a stand alone just fine. (less)
Typical me, I read The Delilah Complex, the second in this series, first. Fortunately, other than a little more background on Dr. Morgan Snow's (the h...moreTypical me, I read The Delilah Complex, the second in this series, first. Fortunately, other than a little more background on Dr. Morgan Snow's (the heroine) relationship with Det. Noah Jordain (the hero), there really wasn’t a need to read them in order. And, as I found out, I enjoyed the second more.
Both are well written- 1st person from Morgan’s POV. Both have engaging side characters and a plot reminiscent of the tv show Law and Order SVU, (I love that show!). However, TDC's central theme I found edgier and, well, titillating, making it a better read, imo.
In The Halo Effect, Morgan, a sex therapist/occasional forensic psychologist ala BD Wong’s character in SVU, finds herself in the middle of a ritualistic-serial-killer-who-targets-prostitutes investigation, when one of her clients disappears. Her client, the infamous yet discreet Madam, Cleo Thane, had just started to let Morgan into her confidence when she disappeared, and Morgan suspects the tell-all book Cleo was about to publish contains the key to the disappearance. Fortunately Cleo gave her a copy of the manuscript, and though ethical reasons keep her from giving the copy to the police, Morgan uses it to conduct her own investigation. Things get more complicated for Morgan when she begins to realize that Cleo's disappearance very well could be connected to the serial killer that the police are desperate to stop.
The details from the tell-all are interesting reading, however not as erotic as one would suspect from a high class "Madam" like Cleo. But then I suppose, that is the point. Ultimately, men who procure prostitutes at that level, are looking for the thrill of a kink that’s slightly off- something that their significant others wouldn’t understand or even consider performing - more than the depth of depravity.
Still, one of Cleo’s regulars is guilty and though the author gave us plenty of specific details to figure it out early on, the fact that she made the otherwise sharp-witted Morgan obtuse enough to overlook the killer, irritated me. I realize it was for dramatic effect, after all, you can’t reveal the killer too early in a suspense thriller or the book would be over before it began, but C’mon- Morgan overlooking what was obviously before her just didn’t make sense. Huge drawback, in my opinion.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m really enjoying this series. I’m fascinated by the psychological implications of people’s sexual peccadilloes, and Rose does an excellent job of allowing Morgan to sort it out for us. I’ll be picking up the third as soon as possible.
In the end, I’m giving this one 3 out 5- For making the heroine imperceptive when it really wasn't necessary.(less)
Storm Front is first in the poplar Harry Dresden series and an introduction to Harry and his assortment of co-horts, magical and non. Harry’s a wizard...moreStorm Front is first in the poplar Harry Dresden series and an introduction to Harry and his assortment of co-horts, magical and non. Harry’s a wizard by trade and from the looks of it- one powerful wizard. He’s also a private detective of sorts- he puts his shingle out for anyone who needs a hired hand in the magical realm and though his business is an unpredictable way of making a living, it works for him.
At almost the exact same time his next client walks in the door, he’s called to assist the local police in solving a murder. (A hired consultant, he helps them from time to time when his particular talents seem warranted.) On this case, a couple is gruesomely murdered- and from the looks of it, by some pretty powerful black magic. It doesn’t take Harry long to encounter a mysterious figure called the Shadowman who is serious about stopping Harry from investigating further. Solving this one is gonna take him into the territory of evil magic, mobsters and demons- but solve it he must, because he’s shot to the top of the likely suspects list and that will mean certain death because aside from non-magical laws, he’s on probation from using that sort of magic from his kind as well!
I’ve heard such good things about this series, I was anxious to start it- however I found myself less then enthused as the story drug on. Don’t get me wrong, I get the appeal of self-depreciating Harry- Wizard and Hard Boiled Detective- but I felt like I was just following him around as a silent ghost. :/ I'm thinking, the first person narrative didnt help much in this one, because there was too much inner dialogue and not enough with the other characters. But then he is sorta of a lonely sort.
Perhaps its because there was much backstory that happened off page, well before this story. I didn’t get to walk with him as he was put under the Doom of Damocles (the magical probation referred to before) or establish his friendships and that sorta left me feeling less than engaged. Me? I like to feel what the characters feel, taste them. Never happened much here… until the very end when he battled his own nature against the lure of power.
I also liked the mystery and how the plot- well, it just fit, like a good puzzle. Nothing wrong with that. But again- I need more character development to keep my interest, so much of the middle of the book was just “meh” .
In the end, I liked Storm Front, it simply suffered from freshmanitis too much to be really good.
A friend mentioned that the series doesn’t really pick up till later- so I’m skippin on to the fourth book for my next venture into Harry’s world I think. ::shrug:: or not. We’ll see. (less)
Remarkable in so many ways. The plight of the two main lead heroines all the more moving for the ring of truth- for one, the ending, even more so.
Sti...moreRemarkable in so many ways. The plight of the two main lead heroines all the more moving for the ring of truth- for one, the ending, even more so.
Still, bless the author for giving us a-as much as can be expected- HEA for the other.
As a woman, you need to read this book. Some of us who work in male dominated arenas in the western world think we have it bad at times … try being a woman in a culture such as this. What’s sad is the sexism/ glass ceiling we experience, spring from the same rotted root. (Hatred of women.) Some of our sisters are just in a place where it's at it's barbaric, full out, extent.
Western men trim it back to make it look more civilized and call it good, but, I'm tellin ya, it's the same root. The entire thing needs pulled out and I for one believe it can be done.
Lara is a healer and, in her eyes, that takes precedence over her royal blood. By simply being who she is, she finds herself sold as war booty to appe...moreLara is a healer and, in her eyes, that takes precedence over her royal blood. By simply being who she is, she finds herself sold as war booty to appease a warlord about to overtake her weak brother's kingdom.
And yet still, she is who she is, and her healing ways make her just as beloved by the people in the warlord's camp as she ever was in the Kingdom of Xy. Because she will not compromise her beliefs as a healer, she's about to change two kingdoms, for the better.
Loved every minute of this chick-fantasy. (And guys? This book is so "girls only". You just wont get it. ((two words. War. Lord... but a non threatening one.)) :P) I thought for sure the hero was gonna end up being a shape shifter, I've read so much PNR, but I was wrong, and yet still it was so good.
Since it's first person we're not in the heroes head at all but I love that his actions are enough. Same actually could have been said about the heroine even though it was told in her voice. I'll give, She is a bit naive for believing in the bad guy for so long, but I'll forgive her that for her wonderful selflessness and standing up for what she believes in. Plus, her favorite things are her books and helping others. I was so in.
The romance is tame but still kept me interested. Personally the "big reveal", as some other reviewer's have called it, really wasnt much of one. What really makes this book work is the Warlord's culture and his desire to merge with the Warprize's very different culture.
Society has evolved to a place where a home can babysit and raise your kids for you, with a nursery that will bring to life anything your child imagin...moreSociety has evolved to a place where a home can babysit and raise your kids for you, with a nursery that will bring to life anything your child imagines. George and Lydia Hadley were happy to purchase their Happylife Home so affordably, where lights turn on as you walk in a room and the house clothed and fed and rocked their kids to sleep. But something is awry in the nursery. The room is stuck on an African Veldt land with lions feeding and vultures looming- and this imaginary world feels all too real.
When George asks the kids about their African playground, the kids deny that’s where they’ve been and when Wendy, his daughter, quickly runs ahead of George and changes the scenery, he knows they are hiding something.
Realizing that giving the kids everything they’ve ever wanted probably wasn’t such a good idea, he begins to shut things down- including the nursery. But too little- too late, and at the end of the tale, George and Lydia finally realize why the screams coming from the nursery every night sounded so familiar.
Bradbury never fails to strike me with his descriptive wording- even in a short short story such as this.
“The hot straw smell of liongrass, the cool green smell of the hidden water hole, the great rusty smell of animals, the smell of dust like a red paprika in the hot air.”
“Like a red paprika...” Hunh. Love that.
I’m also sensing, Bradbury really didn’t like modern entertainment and the direction it’s heading. He must have felt that eventually it would atrophy the brain and spoil the kiddos.
I did enjoy this book. I'm a sucker for allegory and this children's tale is full of it, altho heavy handedly. Written in the late 50's early 60's, ac...moreI did enjoy this book. I'm a sucker for allegory and this children's tale is full of it, altho heavy handedly. Written in the late 50's early 60's, according to the author, she had a difficult time getting it published because the powers that be felt it was too difficult for children to grasp. While writing the book, she would read what she had written that day to her own young kids and they anxiously anticipated each reading so she knew it would fly. Finally she was able to get it published and the rest is history.
I loved the protag Meg, covered under glasses and braces this 13 yr old has an enormous amount of emotions and cleverness- just not so that everyone can see. When her equally odd genius-but in a different way- little brother leads she and a new friend to three even odder old ladies, they had no idea that they were about to embark on an adventure through space, time, and dimensions of other worlds into the heart of darkness that shadows the soul of earth.
Typical Christian themes run throughout the rest of the story- themes of faith overcoming fear, acquiring the ability to see what is not seen, and most importantly... love and sacrifice will always conquer evil. CS Lewis did it better of course with The Chronicles of Narnia, but this one did make me tear up a bit in the end.
As a side note: Oddly this book is on the Frequently Challenged/ Banned books list, because idiots who obviously have no ability to understand below the surface of a thing, (and believe me when I tell you this one aint that deep!), look at some of the characters and think "on no they are witches, they must be of the devil" rather than the angels they really are! (ugh) Apparently also a bit disturbing to them was the fact that Jesus is mentioned in a category of importance along WITH other religious figures and important people throughout history ala Buddha and Shakespeare. Small minded idiots, because this book was the most pro-Christian book I've read in a long time! (People need to actually READ a book before they start challenging stuff. UGH)
I listened to A Wrinkle in Time on audio, read by the author herself, which I always like because you get the idea of the characters real voices... unfortunately she has a lisp and its rather hard to ignore it at times to pay attention to the story! BUT I'm so glad I finally can cross this one off my list- and sadly do wish I had read it as a kid because I think I would have been spellbound!(less)
I picked this one, because A) its a shifter story, and B) so many loved it here at GR. Unfortunately it was too uncomfortably close to Laurenston’s Be...moreI picked this one, because A) its a shifter story, and B) so many loved it here at GR. Unfortunately it was too uncomfortably close to Laurenston’s Beast Behaving Badly- one of my favorite stories. Not in plot- that was a bit too much like Lora Leigh’s Breeds- (government using baddie’s personal motives to kidnap shifters for experimentation so they can build a super army).
No, the heroine’s shifting ability was waaay to familiar- I might not have thought much of it except for it’s bizarreness. Because it was so unusual, it brings to mind another character that was abnormal as well with similar traits- the only other shifter I've read with similar traits- this makes it way to easy to think of it as a copy cat and if there’s anything the written world can't stand- it’s exact copying. And though I really did like the hero, even he was a copycat! (Bear's with prehensile lips anyone?) And to finish it off for me? There's a side character named Bo, (Hero of Beast Behaving Badly.) I get it- homage and all that- but, C'mon, really? You couldnt have done it in passing?? Subtlety thy name is Sir Not-Appearing-In-This-Book.
Listen I get that when a formula works there’s a band wagon thing that happens, in fact I’m even ok with it, because lets face it, our favorite authors cant crank ‘em out fast enough as far as I’m concerned. But when it makes me think of another story the entire time I’m reading it and I think to myself “well it’s obvious who her favorite author is” AND it has little individualizing flair? (Talk about predictable- I knew there was gonna be a traitor and I knew who it was as soon as they came on the scene.) It makes me uncomfortable and slightly disgusted.
So, despite the shifters- which I love- and the attempt at humor- which I love too if the author can make it work (sorry, not this one. the heroine works for FUC “Furry United Coalition” ::eyeroll:)- this paranormal romance is an epic fail.
Armageddon has happened and with the death of Gabriel, The Archangel- apparently at the hands of humans- the earth plunges into a prolonged war with t...moreArmageddon has happened and with the death of Gabriel, The Archangel- apparently at the hands of humans- the earth plunges into a prolonged war with the Angels. In a post-apocalypse world, a girl and an angel with his wings torn off make their way through decidely uncivilization, meeting a resistance movement and gangs of roving thugs- and some rather creepy creatures we don’t fully grasp until the end. Through it all, remains Raffe, the fallen angel (or is he??), and Penryn on their determined mission to find her kidnapped little sister (for her)- and an Angel surgeon (for him). When she finds her sister in the abode of Angels turned slave masters- it's the very place Raffe will get his wings back. Suddenly, Penryn’s destiny transforms from just trying to survive, to warrior goddess and angel slayer- and I suspect, future demon hunter.
Altho not crazy about the 1st person present narration, this author is hell on wheels in setting. Not overboard, as a lot of fantasy authors are want to do, her world is so crisp and clear, I followed it like a movie. *Heart* Penryn- strong but not bitchy and OMG RAFFE! Already in love, I want more of these two.
Fantastic Urban Fantasy- and apparently there is STILL a long wait for the next entry? ::pout:: (less)
This honestly had alot going for it- loved the levels of hell the author had the H/h go thru to rescue the herione's son's imprisoned soul, reminded m...moreThis honestly had alot going for it- loved the levels of hell the author had the H/h go thru to rescue the herione's son's imprisoned soul, reminded me a bit of Good Omens by Terry Prachett & Neil Gaimen which i consider the funniest book ever- but the author tended to info dump backstories and had the most awkward segues into a sex scene i've ever encountered!
But again, at no time did i want to dnf it- so there is that. The parts i considered eye rolling might not bother some so i'd recommend this one for a different sort of pnr read!(less)