I love the new adult genre mainly because of the explicit sex, but the heroine (anti-heroine) in Safe With Me was just way too skanky for me to finish...moreI love the new adult genre mainly because of the explicit sex, but the heroine (anti-heroine) in Safe With Me was just way too skanky for me to finish the book. I couldn't suspend disbelief enough to accept that a guy as hot as Tyler Campbell is described to be, would fall crazy in love with a chick who has slept with many of his friends/acquaintances, who has no regrets for seducing the boyfriends of her own friends, and who lies to him throughout their relationship about who she is and what she really does for a living. Yep...tune in to the XXXcite channel and look for a voluptuous blonde who naively thinks she is incognito in a dark wig.
If you don't mind the skankiness of the leading lady, then by all means read this book - if for nothing better than to enjoy the intelligent, long-haired, hard-bodied, well-hung, half-Indian hottie of a hero!
I have read just about everything Toni Blake has written as herself and as Lacey Alexander...and loved it all until Willow Springs. The heroine is abs...moreI have read just about everything Toni Blake has written as herself and as Lacey Alexander...and loved it all until Willow Springs. The heroine is absolutely pathetic - she has no life, no personality - and the idea that she is going to snag the hot guy is totally unrealistic. I couldn't make it past 80 pages.(less)
I thought the storyline sounded okay...42-yr-old divorced romance author hooks up with the 30-yr-old model who graces the covers of her novels. But th...moreI thought the storyline sounded okay...42-yr-old divorced romance author hooks up with the 30-yr-old model who graces the covers of her novels. But the prudish author with very little personality pushed my willingness to suspend disbelief past the boundaries. With her 2 teenaged children staying the summer with her cheating ex and his new gf, Kelly Michaels plays the prick tease card with Derek during their stay at a romance writers' convention. Why? She has insecurities (which are understandable), she worries that Derek is only in this for a fling (and the problem with that is?) and she insists on being a June Cleaver role model for her children. Unfortunately, that lasted over half of the book and I just wasn't feeling the sexual tension that I am sure the author intended to project. When the couple finally made love, it was rather unremarkable.
The second half of the book did pick up as Kelly's inhibitions began to melt away; however, what bothered me was that Kelly, her ex, Alan, and their 2 kids together presented quite the dysfunctional family. First of all, while at the convention, Kelly learned that her 16-yo daughter, Mia, was seeing a 19-yo guy and promptly grounded her from 3000 miles away - even though Mia was staying with her father who had given his permission. In a state of rebellion, Mia slipped out of her dad's home, got drunk, had her naval pierced and promptly laid the guilt at Kelly's feet. When Alan brings the kids home & finds Derek at the house, Alan starts in with the insults about Kelly's "boy toy", Mia hurling remarks about Kelly being a hypocrite and wailing that she wants to live with "daddy". Infuriated, Kelly picks up "the first thing she can find" and throws the box of kleenex at Alan. Good thing it wasn't a paperweight. Later, Derek punches Alan when he boasted that his new gf taught him what good sex was because Kelly was such a dead lay. Alan storms over to Kelly's house to show her what "the neanderthal" did and Mia scowls at Kelly with contempt...urging her father to press charges. Kelly raises her hand to strike her ex but at the last minute refrains.
Ladies and gentlemen: June Cleaver has left the building...
...and this family needs some serious counseling! Derek, the package of total perfection...what is he willingly getting himself involved in? And, more importantly...why?
At this point, having listened to 6 hours of the 9-hr audio book and not being any more invested in the story than I was at the onset, I pitched the book into the dnf pit. Thunk!(less)
I enjoyed "Holiday Sparks" by Shannon Stacey and "Unwrapped" by Megan Hart. Both were "feel good" romantic stories that just served to remind me why I...moreI enjoyed "Holiday Sparks" by Shannon Stacey and "Unwrapped" by Megan Hart. Both were "feel good" romantic stories that just served to remind me why I enjoy everything both of these authors put out there. "All She Wants for Christmas" by Jaci Burton was my first read by this author; and even though I didn't care for the story, I liked JB's style and plan to try something else she has written. "Believe" by Lauren Dane was the reason I purchased this audio book in the first place. It is the sequel to "Second Chances" which I recently read and thought was excellent. Unfortunately, someone other than Gabra Zachman (who narrated SC) narrated Believe and it was all wrong. Light BDSM is an integral part of the sexual relationship between the H/h in this story and while it worked so well in SC, it sounded way too kinky and borderline creepy in Believe. Perhaps I would feel differently if I had actually read both books rather than listen to the audio versions, but switching narrators midstream was IMHO a big mistake. It was a dnf for me.(less)
Aside from the narrator's poor attempt to give everyone in the book a southern accent *grinds teeth, y'all*, the stud & the skittish colt do not w...moreAside from the narrator's poor attempt to give everyone in the book a southern accent *grinds teeth, y'all*, the stud & the skittish colt do not work for me as a couple. No doubt Brandi had experienced some type of sexual trauma (rape? beating?)in her past, which made her extremely wary of the hottie her sister had "bought" for her at a benefit auction (complete with a 5-day stay at an exclusive couples resort); however, 100 pages later (and going on day 3 of the vacation) Brandi is still holed up in her separate bedroom...quite possibly the only female left on this earth that doesn't realize Sebastian is about as perfect a hero as an author can conjure up.
An audio book tends to lose its worth if it puts the listener to sleep, but the heroine's incessant internal babbling in that "'little girl lost' with a bad accent" voice, just about did me in.
dnf - 1* for the format & 3*** for Sebastian = 2** (less)
Getting through the first 100 pages of this book was a struggle...all I could think about was restructuring the sentences so that the story made more...moreGetting through the first 100 pages of this book was a struggle...all I could think about was restructuring the sentences so that the story made more sense. Then I wanted to recreate the characters to make them more believable (starting with the eye colors - hers were purple & his were tawny). I skimmed the second 100 pages hoping things would get better. They didn't. Ho hum...I skipped to the end. Okay, I realize this book was written 25 years ago, but this "dramatic" climax killed me:
It would have been like a scene from a farcical film if it weren't so real! But it was real, Derrick and Lyon out on the balcony of Derrick's eighth-floor apartment, Lyon bent back precariously as the other man tried to force him over the railing. It was worse than Shay had expected, more than she had hoped for; Lyon still alive even if his life was threatened. She knew she had no time to lose!
You can picture the scene, right? Like in a cartoon.
'Lyon, you can't die,' Shay groaned, tears in her eyes as she heard the life begin to choke out of him. 'Lyon, please don't leave me like your child did. Yes, Lyon, we had a child,' she encouraged desperately as she gave a strangulated cry. 'I can give you other children, half a dozen if you like. Lyon, please please don't let him take you from me.'
Nice time to tell the guy he knocked you up and you miscarried.
'Come any further and I'll snap his neck in half,' Derrick told them coldly. 'And don't think I can't do it, I've been training in martial arts.'
Puh-leese. Chitchatting away while still holding the guy over the railing?
By chance I've intrigued you with this snippet, I won't give away the ending. Just remember, however, what would happen when Popeye was in a similar situation and someone fed him a can of spinach! hehe 2** for the effort