Holy Bitter Betty! Damn, I thought I was jaded and cynical but I've got nothing on this chick! Jillian our leading lady has some serious man-hating isHoly Bitter Betty! Damn, I thought I was jaded and cynical but I've got nothing on this chick! Jillian our leading lady has some serious man-hating issues. Marcus, the leading man who gets to deal with this little ball of joy has his own issues. He so charmingly puts women into three categories: cock teases, cock lovers, and cock haters. Be still my heart! So yeah these are the two main components that are suppose to come together and create a wonderful love fest. Color me surprised when it didn't happen, AT ALL. Let's take a moment and think back to Susan Elizabeth Phillips and her Chicago Stars series. Now think about one of those stories, any one (I'm hella sure you've read them all because frankly who hasn't, well except the side book about Cal's bro. I haven't read that one but really it shouldn't count as part of the series I say!) and take a moment to sigh wistfully about how a man and a woman can be feisty, snappy, and sarcastically fun with each other. Now while you are lost in awesome sexual tension land add all the hate, bitterness, and vitriol you can to the witty, fun, snarky conversations those leading characters had. Now times all that hate, bitterness, and vitriol by ONE MILLION and you have 97% of the dialogue to Catch a Mate. To add to this wonderful setting the first half of the book is written in short choppy sentences. Marcus thought this. Marcus thought that. Kyraryker thought UGH!!! Every time I stepped away from this book it was super hard to pick it back up. All the "I super-duper hate you but oh wait feel this sexual chemistry" was completely exhausting. The dialogue was harsh to my eyes and grating on my ears. For two over the top jaded cynical people apparently one week is all they need to fall in love, sign over half their business, and move in together with plans to get married. Insane trust issues? Forgetaboutit! Two nights of hot sex cures all!!!! Jillian's trust issues come about because her dad cheated on her mother and at the end of the book she decides to forgive him. These two pages describing Jillian breaking down and forgiving him were powerful and the only part of the book I respected. There is a side romance between Jillian's bro Brent and Georgia that I think was suppose to be cute and funny. It was dumb. All the reader sees Brent do is call Georgia everyday and beg her to dump her boyfriend. This man is suppose to have LOVED Georgia forever but all he does is call her; dude it's 2010 put the phone down and try facebook. Geez. Anyway, I read this book because I saw a lot of wonderful reviews on how funny/witty it was. Bullshit. Just bullshit. I don't believe anyone really liked this book. I almost want to shove this book on friends and be like "read this, read this" (said maniacally) and dare them to say it's good. This book had lead characters who are extremely cynical, only know each other for a week but still plan to get married, when only until the last 3 chapters or so of the book do they speak civilly to each other (oh excuse me that was foreplay). Oh yeah, and apparently just calling someone everyday is tantamount to a Mecca trip. I've read books before (aforementioned SEP) where the leads are snarky with each other and enjoyed it immensely. The dialogue here wasn't funny or witty to me, just grating. I didn't quite give it a F because before every chapter there were cute/dumb pick up lines that were fun to read; I swear these gave me the energy to keep reading. Anyway, it turns out that I do like some actual romance in my romance books, so thank you to this book for helping me discover that about myself :)
Well, this is definitely starting off to be a different kind of story. The male lead character is undead and needs to do good in order to get into heaWell, this is definitely starting off to be a different kind of story. The male lead character is undead and needs to do good in order to get into heaven while the female lead was raised in a convent and is moving to a town in Texas to face the age old dilemma of becoming either a teacher or prostitute. It took until around chapter 8 for me to get into this story. I just didn't feel connected to the characters until then but I am finally starting to warm up to them. For all its otherworldly components, this is basically a tried and true western. The fast draw looking for redemption in a wild west town who houses the evil rich rancher and damsel in distress. Ms. Rogers puts just enough spin on it to keep it different. There were times when I was really into this story and others where I skimmed through the words. The story was never consistent enough to keep me entertained. Whenever I would stop reading and come back to it, it took a couple chapters for me to immerse myself back into what was happening. I don't know what else to really say about this story, it was never really good or really bad. I do feel as if I wasted my time with it though. I guess I would just say move along folks, nothing to see here.
First off I just have to say I'll be damned if I can figure out why I liked this story. So I guess I am saying be prepared for a confusing review. HahaFirst off I just have to say I'll be damned if I can figure out why I liked this story. So I guess I am saying be prepared for a confusing review. Haha I like how Georgiana says Ashdowne might be the "healthiest man she had ever seen". Is this the regency equivalent of "sexy"? New word alert "Botheration". Ooooh I'm so excited to use this word in conversation now! At the beginning I saw Georgiana as very immature in her actions and thoughts. So naïve. A little bit of "is she really that stupid?" But towards the end of the book, I felt a shift towards my feelings for this character. Georgiana still acted "blonde" many times but she became likeable. Sweetly naive maybe? I don't know but when I started to accept Georgiana for how she was I began to enjoy the book more. I definitely felt like there were times that Ashdowne was in over his head! I liked how Ashdowne accepted Georgiana for who she was and just rolled with the punches and her wild antics. I said at the beginning I liked this book and really didn't know why. It is completely different from the dark books and characters I usually lean towards. This was very fanciful with sugary story and characters. However the last 60pgs or so of the story was really good and intense. I feel like I was kind of captured by the characters. I mean how can anyone not fall in love with how Ashdowne allowed Georgiana to be herself and helped her follow her dreams. So anyway meh to the whole storyline of Georgiana searching for who stole Lady Culpepper's emeralds and bravo to the chemistry and relationship between Georgiana and Ashdowne. Definitely saved the story for me. They were fun characters to read about and played off each other spectacularly. This book is definitely a fun romp read, some funny situations but don't expect much of an engaging storyline. I wish Georgiana and Ashdowne were put into a more supporting story. However, as a couple they were a blast to read about. I guess my final word is this book is a curiously charming story about how it is ok to be yourself and being lucky enough to find the hero to accept you just the way you are. I realize I didn't say much about the story but really it's just Georgiana thinking she can become a Bow Street Runner and Ashdowne doing his damnedest to keep her out of trouble. I would probably compare this book to the movie "The Princess Bride" (loved that movie). Silly but romantic.
First off I read this book in like 4 hours, so you could say I was into it. The story is told completely from John's point of view. Normally I don't lFirst off I read this book in like 4 hours, so you could say I was into it. The story is told completely from John's point of view. Normally I don't like books where I only get to read one side of the story; I like to get into characters heads and know/experience their emotions. As you can see by the A grade I gave this book it didn't bother me. The writing style of Nicholas Sparks is so good it wasn't a problem and the character John talks about other characters in a way that as the reader you can visualize what they are thinking or feeling. Oh how I loved the character of John. He was so real to me. He wasn't an over the top hero that appears in usual romance books but realistically flawed. John is almost too hard for me to describe. He is so normal but so extraordinary at the same time. The lead character of Savannah I wanted to slap. She doesn't cuss or drink and seems so goody/innocent. She would be very judgmental at times and then be like "Oh I shouldn't say that, but I just can't help it". She was incredibly naive so much so that it really annoyed me. When her upbringing is discussed I softened more towards her because honestly this chick was sheltered to the point of being detrimental. I had to remind myself she was very young 22 or so I think the 9 months she has to wait for John to come back the U.S. seems like eternity for her while I'm like it's only 9 months why can't you wait for him!? John's relationship with his father was as big a part of the story as the romance with Savannah. Savannah helps John discover his dad has Aspergers. When John learns this he is able to create more of a relationship with his father. This storyline of John trying to connect with his dad who is somewhat emotionally stunted is heartwrenching. I cried so hard for them. I don't want to give to much away with regards to the ending but I will say my anger towards Savannah lessened. Her age and naivety worked against her and by the time she got a taste of the real world and grew up a bit her life was on a path she couldn't get off of. I'm just upset John had to pay for her immaturity. This book made it so clear that strength and maturity are needed for love and relationships to work. Definitely a "real" life story here and I hope any soldier who receives a "Dear John" letter finds someone who is strong enough for them. Whenever I see the preview for the movie now I instantly feel weepy. I think I am going to want to see the movie and I hope they keep in all the story of John and his father. I don't think I want them to change the ending, ruining the essence of the book and all that jazz, but after The Lovely Bones I could stand for some happiness.
Why can't they make movies from non-depressing books? My vote is for the "Crazy Hot" movie. oh please, please! :)
A (but not a keeper because I will never read this story again, I am not a masochist) ...more
It's weird but I feel like I started reading in the middle of the book; it just starts off kind of awkwardly.
The writing style is a little immature a It's weird but I feel like I started reading in the middle of the book; it just starts off kind of awkwardly.
The writing style is a little immature and low quality. The author never digs deeply into her characters and they are definitely not multifaceted. This story wasn't even what I would call a guilty pleasure read, you know the fast, dirty, but not particularly intelligent read with quality writing. This whole story was dull.
This was an "eh" book for sure, not even positive I would call it enjoyable. If you were going to a doctor's appointment and needed something to read though, I would totally recommend this for you to read during your two hour wait. You won't ever get too terribly involved with the story and characters and if you get pulled away from reading it's super easy to pick up and read again without forgetting what happened.
**Ok, so I had to go to amazon to get a summary for this book, I am waaaay to lazy to come up with my own, and there were 5 reviews and all of those 5 people gave this book 5 stars! WTF, I read through what they said but I completely do not see what they do. This is a "Desire" read from Silhouette so maybe people were expecting less than I was. I personally think these reviewers are amateur romance readers or relatives of the author. Oh and saying a character is a pitcher in the MLB does not make a sports story my friends, especially if you don't compound on this and have the professional athlete breaking a contract that is worth millions. I'm really feeling bitter and mislead by this book now...