4.5 stars! Not quite hitting the five star mark, more for plot reasons than for the writing. The writing was AMAZING. I was right there with Liberty,...more4.5 stars! Not quite hitting the five star mark, more for plot reasons than for the writing. The writing was AMAZING. I was right there with Liberty, through her trials, heartbreaks, failures and successes. I felt the hot texas heat as it beat down on her and associated with the awkwardness of meeting a cute boy while she wore dirty clunky plastic-rimmed glasses.
This novel is supposed to be classified as a contemporary romance novel, and I'd say that maybe the last 35% of it fits into the genre. Most of the book follows a young half-mexican girl, Liberty, dealing with life in a poor trailer park in Texas. Those were my favorite chapters, the first few, where she adjusts to life there and meets Hardy Cates.
(view spoiler)[Now the rest of the book... as soon as she agreed to move in with Churchill, gave up something she had apparently "loved" for an easier life, that's when I started to lose interest in the book. Don't get me wrong, I liked how things developed with Gage, how he was basically an ass at first and eventually came around. I really liked the scene when Liberty went to Gage's apartment when he was sick, it was a very cute scene, with him coming around to her like that.
I won't say I didn't like how things ended up with Hardy... I can believe Hardy would have done what he did and then probably lived to regret those stupid decisions for a very long time. I just... ugh, it was so picturesque and it felt so right in the beginning! When Liberty finally said goodbye to Hardy, I sort of bawled my eyes out. I think it mostly rankled me, that this woman had two handsome, devoted men in love with her and she strung them both along for a while. Some of us women would like to just get one man to love us, and I think that's what doesn't sit right with me!
I'm relieved to know that the next book is about Hardy though... but I am not sure if I'll ever be able to associate him with the Hardy in the beginning of the first book. I think I will distance myself a bit from the series, before continuing on though :) (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Second more clear thoughts: I was blown away! The author is just so outrageously talented at conveying feelings...moreFirst thoughts: Wowowowowowowow.... wow!
Second more clear thoughts: I was blown away! The author is just so outrageously talented at conveying feelings, it's insane. I will say that I truly regret reading the book summary, it prevented me from enjoying the first 10% of the book because I was dreading what was bound to happen. If you trust my rating at all, READ THIS BOOK, and just skip the summary ;)
(Side note: In a completely inconsequential story I was writing but at an impasse, this book gave me the perfect idea on how to continue it.)
In the beginning of the novel, I was just as drawn in by the delusion of Rebecca as Lindsay was. I was just as outraged at Lindsay, as Anais was. Even seeing both sides, I was still totally with each character on their disgust, their clear emotions, they're awful decisions.
I was as irate at Anais as Lindsay was, about not telling Lindsay about their daughter. Gah, at that moment, I was right with Lindsay at wanting to dump the woman. And I was bawling my eyes out as Lindsay kept smoking the opium and reading that note from Robert. Then bawling my eyes out at the situation, of how they would never be able to get their baby back.
It reminded me of someone I know, and made me see the situation from a whole new perspective. The thought of losing a child... or giving up a child, Christ, I don't think I would survive something like that :\
Jeez-louis, what a novel! Emotionally exhausting, yes, but totally, totally amazing! And that's not even touching the naughty scenes with a ten foot pole... and MAN, the naughty scenes! I have read a lot of racy stuff, but holy crap!(less)
The start was GREAT, it really just jumped right into hot Scottish fun from the get go! I laughed out loud for a good portion of the first one hundred...moreThe start was GREAT, it really just jumped right into hot Scottish fun from the get go! I laughed out loud for a good portion of the first one hundred pages. Once we got into more of the issues later in the novel, I could totally understand Kathie's inner thoughts, but it didn't stop me from being slightly annoyed at how she liked to play coy a lot of the time.
Can I also say that it's a bit ironic that the author's name is Katie and she chose to name her main character Kathie! Haha, I also swooned when I found out that Kathie's full name is Katherine Ann, as... that's my name!! I had a nice giggle-fit over that one! Also, especially since her best friends name is Cait, as that is my best friends name. XD
I wasn't thinking myself in the role or anything.... but whens the next mystery writers convention in the UK? (just in case ;D)(less)
I love this series. This one was done in Caroly's perspective and I love seeing their shifting points of view between each installment. I never though...moreI love this series. This one was done in Caroly's perspective and I love seeing their shifting points of view between each installment. I never thought I would like a series with a french man as the romantic and handsome protagonist, but this author definitely hooked me! I can't wait for the next one to come out!(less)
I was going to give this 4-stars but after sitting and thinking about it for a little while, I have to say that I really liked this book. If you read...moreI was going to give this 4-stars but after sitting and thinking about it for a little while, I have to say that I really liked this book. If you read the plot, it is obviously an erotic novel. A woman is 29, a virgin, and an American living in France, is sick of trying to find the right man to lose her virginity to. She goes to a male prostitute, a very gorgeous man in his early 30's, because she is just sick of waiting and does not want to be a 30-year-old virgin. She goes to him at first because of his beauty and her own attract, but eventually finds herself for more interested in person he is, rather than his looks.
I thought the book would be raunchy, but I saw that it was short and a guilty part of me just wanted to try it out. It was not what I thought at all, I ended up really really liking both characters and enjoying the non-erotic parts of the story a great deal. I loved how introspective the main character, Caroly was, and how open Didier was with his profession. I appreciated his frankness and could relate to Caroly.
It was a fast and enjoyable read, and I can't wait to pick up a few more of the novellas.(less)