If you're a fan of wacky chick-lit, a la MaryJanice Davidson's Alaskan Royal Family series, this book is for you. There's a lot of totally unbelievablIf you're a fan of wacky chick-lit, a la MaryJanice Davidson's Alaskan Royal Family series, this book is for you. There's a lot of totally unbelievable shenanigans in this one. After Lilly is left at the altar, she goes on her honeymoon alone. What follows is that she suddenly becomes a totally different person who does all sorts of absolutely insane things. She faces all her fears, even the totally rational ones, over the course of one crazy week. Despite all that, Lilly is a completely lovable character. You would never actually want to be her, but you are pulling for her the whole time. The hero is technically flawless, although of course there's that one thing that might keep them apart. This debut novel will be perfect for vacation this winter, as it's very light and easy to follow if you have a lot going on this holiday season. I love the premise of this series, and hope to watch Jo Watson's writing blossom as her career goes forward....more
i want to open with the fact that I have not read a ton of romantic suspense, and even less of the military variety. I only mention this because I knoi want to open with the fact that I have not read a ton of romantic suspense, and even less of the military variety. I only mention this because I know there are certain expectations for some subgenres, and I don't know what they are for this one.
First of all, this book has an incredibly high heat level. It jumps right from sexual tension to sex pretty quickly. This doesn't bother me in the least, but if you're looking for a sweet romance, maybe this one's not for you. Second, I love the alpha hero thing, but I'm not always happy with the damsel in distress cliche. There are no damsels here. Penny is a kickass heroine who just happens to stumble across a guy more alpha than she is. She's very adult Katniss Everdeen. As for the plot, it keeps you on the edge of your seat. I thoroughly enjoyed the South American drug war storyline. There are a lot of not entirely unpredictable, but not incredibly obvious, either, plot twists. And it moves fast.
If you're looking for a fast-paced read with plenty of suspense, this book is for you. I absolutely recommend it for fans of M.L. Buchman....more
This beautiful novel delves deeply into grief: the different ways we handle it and how we come through the other side. It deals in extremes, but it alThis beautiful novel delves deeply into grief: the different ways we handle it and how we come through the other side. It deals in extremes, but it all still feels very realistic, like it might be happening to you.
I cannot express enough how much I loved this book. Given the nature of the narrative, I may have never picked it up at all had it not been from the glowing recommendation of a respected literary friend. I hope you have such friends, or that this review is the push you need. It breaks your heart, but then it puts it back together again. Look for it on all the award lists this year. Definitely for fans of Did You Ever Have a Family? and Dept. of Speculation by Jenny Offill....more
I adored this book. It covers so much ground. Grief is covered poignantly and delicately. Family bonds are investigated with vigor and honesty. In casI adored this book. It covers so much ground. Grief is covered poignantly and delicately. Family bonds are investigated with vigor and honesty. In case you like a good adventure story, or books about sports, it has you covered on both fronts. It deals with broken hearts and first loves and the horror of moving in high school. While all of that sounds super heavy (except maybe the part about adventure and sports), it’s not an intimidating, slow read. I started it as I was waiting to be called for jury duty, and thank goodness I was released, because I don’t know that I could have put it down for a trial. It’s fantastic, and everyone should read it....more
While this is clearly a first book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll start with the issues: Because there are two organizations that both claim the otherWhile this is clearly a first book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'll start with the issues: Because there are two organizations that both claim the other is trying to destroy the world, I feel like a better job could have been done distinguishing them from each other. Also, the relationship of the two main characters could have used a bit more delving into. That aside, though, this is a compulsively readable book. Despite the fact that I'd thought I was over dystopian novels, this one was fresh enough that those elements didn't bother me at all. I love that the main character was conflicted in her choices, and also that she wasn't necessarily gorgeous, as so many young heroines are these days. If you're a fan of young adult science fiction, pick up this book....more