I liked the story of second chances and how both characters matured after looking back. Instead of drifting apart, Libby and Quinn's relationship was...moreI liked the story of second chances and how both characters matured after looking back. Instead of drifting apart, Libby and Quinn's relationship was strengthened after they both realized their mistakes, and I liked how Quinn tried hard to speak up about his feelings and where they both went wrong. With a Lorelei James story, the hot, spontaneous, raunchy sex is just icing on the cake.
Though this is fiction, Ms James was able to tell a story of a long-time married couple's relationship and how stale it became until they temporarily separated. Of course, pride is the main issue and Quinn is a stubborn jackass (though he made up for it really well), and their lack of communication. These things happen in real life, failed marriages not because of unfaithfulness or financial probs, but because they don't see eye to eye and the couple refuses to discuss it, like the big elephant in the room no one seems to notice.
For a short story, it had all the right elements I was looking for, nothing was rushed and it has a feel good ending.(less)
A great and enjoyable read, the writing style is fluent and always kept me guessing. I couldn't put it down, I had to wonder what happens next, Sarah...moreA great and enjoyable read, the writing style is fluent and always kept me guessing. I couldn't put it down, I had to wonder what happens next, Sarah Addison Allen really knows how to capture her readers and keep them hooked. I love the magic in the sense of mysterious and inexplicable things, it's comparable to her first novel Garden Spells. I loved her first novel better than this but it's an interesting read as well. Josey is the typical ugly duckling turned beautiful swan and her relationship with her mother is quite saddening. It's great everyone has her own happily ever after, and good triumphs over evil. Unlike typical stories, the bad person is personified as someone who's drop-dead gorgeous and has a magnetic force, it's as if he's the devil. I liked the symbols used in this book, the plot and the events that happened, it's a feel good book too.(less)
1st review: Suspense and romance in one sizzling book! Sexy and thrilling, would make you wonder what would it be like since the characters were very...more1st review: Suspense and romance in one sizzling book! Sexy and thrilling, would make you wonder what would it be like since the characters were very interesting and unpredictable
2nd review: Read this the second time and I still loved it! Since I've read the first two books in this series, I now understand the story better. Pepper is still my favorite of the three sisters but Kate also has that heroine quality in most books. She's independent, has a good head on her shoulder, not a quitter, and definitely not a pushover. It's great that Teague's background and character was well written and blended well with the Prescott family reunion, and his relationship with Kate gradually developed into something more serious. I loved the recurring characters and how consistent they are with the story. Excellent suspense and drama, a little action and it's great that no matter how tense the atmosphere is, Christina Dodd could set something that calmed my nerves, because this book is nerve-wracking. No loose ends here, just happy endings.(less)
I liked this better than the first, whatever the first book had, this book contained twice as much. The suspense never let up once Pepper ran for safe...moreI liked this better than the first, whatever the first book had, this book contained twice as much. The suspense never let up once Pepper ran for safety in a little town in Idaho, where she fatefully met her old flame Dan Graham. Pepper is the opposite of her sister in attitude and physical looks, she's definitely stronger and she matched perfectly with Dan. There is little humor in this book but I still enjoyed their arguments. The drama and their life-defining moments brought tears, and their love for each other was just strengthened by their experiences. Their love scenes were sizzling and over the top. Both of them are wounded people who found comfort with each other and filled each other's missing piece. When Pepper reunited with Gabriel and Hope, it was really emotional. She's very lucky to be loved wholeheartedly by a man whose soul was almost ripped apart by her. There's a happy ending for everyone until we wait for the next and final book in this series. (less)
This was an easy read, not much action but a love story where two people met in unusual circumstances and fell in love despite the spiteful words and...moreThis was an easy read, not much action but a love story where two people met in unusual circumstances and fell in love despite the spiteful words and lies. Hope was not the spunky heroine I always liked but she had attitude, a warm heart that endears everybody. Zack was the stiff and heartless corporate bastard whose life was changed by a woman on the other line. It's amazing how some of the ice around him slowly melted because of Hope and there's a little humor here so I enjoyed reading it. Since this is fiction, fast-paced attraction wasn't really realistic in the long run. The story had drama, a little comedy, suspense, and action, there were a lot of touching moments here, the love scenes were passionate but didn't really sizzle, and the writer really introduced the characters well enough, some of them were just one of us normal people and when a good deed was done, it would certainly come back to the doer tenfold. It's a good read I finished it in one sitting.(less)
After the two previous books (Trouble in High Heels, Tongue In Chic) disappointed me, it took awhile for me to pick up this book and read it. It staye...moreAfter the two previous books (Trouble in High Heels, Tongue In Chic) disappointed me, it took awhile for me to pick up this book and read it. It stayed unread for more than a year in my shelf and I became wary of the other books in the Fortune Hunter's series. Given all that, I didn't have any expectations in this book, which was a good start.
After reading the first few chapters, I was hooked. I didn't expect to like the characters, but what pulled me in was the location (New Orleans) since I've read interesting stuff about it in other novels. This time, Christina Dodd didn't disappoint. Her writing style was more fluent and direct to the point. Although I could say I still liked her Lost Texas Hearts series better than this, the storyline was decent and had a good plot.
There were drags, cops, robbers and mayhem during Mardi Gras and the bank robberies were perfectly timed. This was a light read, nothing serious, not too much emotion, not much sex, but a lot of characters and character development. I liked Gabriel Prescott from the start and I can't wait to read his story in the next installment, Danger in a Red Dress.(less)
This book is a fun read, very entertaining and though the tone is light, it carries heavy meaning. The story is very refreshing, although it reminded...moreThis book is a fun read, very entertaining and though the tone is light, it carries heavy meaning. The story is very refreshing, although it reminded me of Practical Magic, the sisters are not really witches but they do have certain gifts. The town they live in is extraordinary because the families have a long history of being known for a certain thing (e.g. Clark women are good in bed, Hopkins men always marry older women). The main character is a Waverley and there's always something mysterious behind them. Garden Spells also reminded me of "The Little Prince" because it's a simple story with lots of aphorisms. Everything is extraordinary but this book has just one message: you can't escape fate. The writer's style is leisurely and fluid. She introduces characters gradually and not just put them there. I love everything about this book I'm gonna read it again, and try her other novels.(less)
It was an OK read, I loved the plot and there were a lot of interesting points but I don't believe the guy was transformed, he was just made aware of...moreIt was an OK read, I loved the plot and there were a lot of interesting points but I don't believe the guy was transformed, he was just made aware of womenspeak and he could convert to menspeak anytime he wants. It's a feel good book and it's a rise-fall-rise again.(less)
First story I really liked, although the plot is not entirely new, the way the story is told and the not-so-perfect characters, I enjoyed reading it....moreFirst story I really liked, although the plot is not entirely new, the way the story is told and the not-so-perfect characters, I enjoyed reading it. Ms Kenyon's writing style is fluid and vivid that she takes you there. Love scenes were sizzling and passionate, erotic to be exact and the conciseness of the story is superb. In 10 chapters or so, she was able to introduce the characters and put a little mystery to them before doing so. 5 stars.
I didn't quite like the 2nd and 3rd stories, especially the 3rd one because it's somehow similar to the movie "Kissing A Fool". Of course I was really taken by surprise with the turn of events but it made me say "I've seen that one before". The 2nd and 3rd stories didn't have a solid plot, characters were weak and weren't introduced and expounded.
The 4th story is just ok. I like fantasy stories and it was refreshing, still I give the 2nd-4th stories 3 stars only, while I give the first 5 stars, because it's the type of literature I know I'd read again.(less)
I liked this, but didn't enjoy it as much as I did the other Nerd books. It had a decent storyline, the plot was always predictable, and there's a cer...moreI liked this, but didn't enjoy it as much as I did the other Nerd books. It had a decent storyline, the plot was always predictable, and there's a certain pattern or formula in these books.
The hero is obviously a nerd, usually methodical, logical, and deep down the geek is a hot bod that would easily make it to the porn mags. Mitch is no different, in this case he's a bodyguard/PI and he's using the nerd look as a disguise when ironically it comes naturally to him.
The heroine is always a hottie, but a no-nonsense character who's worth more than her good looks. I like Ally's down-to-earth and isn't the stuck-up brat because she's an heiress.
There's always the bad guy in the grand scheme of things and it turns out it's Ally's uncle. This time, it's his girlfriend who's the ultimate evil and there's no mystery this time. This is the conflict part and I guess there's the undercover thing.
There are fewer sex scenes here than in other books and that's OK, given that Mitch and Ally didn't really get off to a good start. They eventually settled their differences and discovered they have chemistry, and were sexually attracted to each other. (less)
This is the heaviest book in the series and a gloom surrounded it. I would just like to comment on the writing style of Stephenie: it was brilliant. G...moreThis is the heaviest book in the series and a gloom surrounded it. I would just like to comment on the writing style of Stephenie: it was brilliant. Given the first person point of view, she was able to make me feel Bella's pain of losing, depression, and being dead while being alive. While others whined on and on about how bad this book is, it's all about perception. Without Jacob in this story, she might not have survived all the ordeal she went through. This book is definitely a teaser about Jacob's origins and Stephenie really prepped it for a sequel.(less)
I read it the second time and was able to understand it more and compare it with the movie. Suspenseful in the right places, engaging and would defini...moreI read it the second time and was able to understand it more and compare it with the movie. Suspenseful in the right places, engaging and would definitely leave you craving for more.(less)