This is not a serious read, but I really enjoyed Clayton's playful, casual writing style. Her unique metaphors, similes, and silly alliteration givesThis is not a serious read, but I really enjoyed Clayton's playful, casual writing style. Her unique metaphors, similes, and silly alliteration gives Wallbanger a certain charm. I look forward to reading more books by Clayton. ...more
This short novel has a lot more realism in it than the typical adult romance book. Sometimes I became irritated with the decisions the characters madeThis short novel has a lot more realism in it than the typical adult romance book. Sometimes I became irritated with the decisions the characters made, but those decisions were the decisions real people make every day. With serious topics like alcoholism and verbal abuse the situation does not magically get better like it does in most fiction. I enjoyed this novel because, while it is witty and charming it also has that touch of realism and seriousness. ...more
This book wasn't bad. My main and only complaint was how long it took to get to the climax of the story. Black made the internal dialogue so long and
This book wasn't bad. My main and only complaint was how long it took to get to the climax of the story. Black made the internal dialogue so long and elaborate that most of the story occurred in the character's heads.
I like that I learned a few new terms in reference to Dom/Sub relationships ;}
I think this series has run its course for me, while typically charming the characters in a connected series like this tend to follow a similar patterI think this series has run its course for me, while typically charming the characters in a connected series like this tend to follow a similar pattern. When I begin to find it difficult to finish a book I know it is time to move on. I'm not saying the Play by Play series is sub-par, I just began to find this book a little redundant....more
Alana is not a very strong character. She is extremely naive when it comes to her expectations of her father's family and I cannot understand why sheAlana is not a very strong character. She is extremely naive when it comes to her expectations of her father's family and I cannot understand why she doubts her visions when they always come true. Alana also makes rash decisions and snap judgements without care of the impact they will have on other characters. These attributes endear her to me even less. Ian of Islay is also extremely indecisive. He trusts Alana, and then he is accusing her of betraying him. I can understand him suspecting her after her first admission, but as more of the truth emerges he continues to turn on her again and again proving his fickle nature. I enjoyed Joyce's antagonists, especially Buchan. He is one of the vilest characters I have encountered in modern literature. I also liked how Joyce modeled some of her characters after real figures in Scottish history. Her explanation at the end (of the paperback copy) taught me a little more about European antiquity....more
Maybe Banks exhausted this series, I just did not enjoy this book as much as I did the others. I felt less of a personal connection with the characterMaybe Banks exhausted this series, I just did not enjoy this book as much as I did the others. I felt less of a personal connection with the characters, in the previous books there was more of a build up before the sex, where the reader became more comfortable with the main characters. Perhaps because Cole is in the past five books Banks decided to jump right into the action, but she lost the personal aspect of a novel by doing so. I also found Cole and Ren repeated themselves an awful lot during their weeks together. Cole constantly reflected on his 'mistake' from 10 years previous and Ren continued to claim she did not blame him. I got to the point where I had to walk away from this book for a while because this seemed to be all they talked about. I will not say this book was terrible, but I believe it lacks the charm the other books in the Sweet series have. Regardless of my disappointment I am glad I can say I finished the last book in the series. ...more
This book was good, I have no major complaints. Tara did get on my nerves a little because she used her career as both a mother and event planner as aThis book was good, I have no major complaints. Tara did get on my nerves a little because she used her career as both a mother and event planner as an excuse for not forming relationships outside of her workplace. I also gained the impression she wanted to sabotage her relationship with Mick, because each time he did something she did not like she immediately thought the worst of him, which was irritating. I think Mick was too forgiving of her as well, but honestly I did enjoy reading this book. ...more
I was getting a little tired of the lack of every day happenstance but from when the plot gets crazy (I cannot say too much or I will ruin the surprisI was getting a little tired of the lack of every day happenstance but from when the plot gets crazy (I cannot say too much or I will ruin the surprise) to the very end I enjoyed every word. The way Banks worded the ending was especially cute....more
I know I should be raging about how quickly the protagonists fell in "love", but honestly, this one time, it is okay with me that it happened. I feel
I know I should be raging about how quickly the protagonists fell in "love", but honestly, this one time, it is okay with me that it happened. I feel submission, especially the more intense submission scenarios, takes a lot of trust, which is a great relationship builder. After being in a situation where they are with each other all day every day doing everything together I can understand how blossoms of affection and and respect can grow. Falling in love after a few weeks is a little iffy for me but I can see how the protagonists started down that road and it is not so unbelievable to me.
I must say Maya Banks has a gift for creating physical reaction in her readers with her sultry sex scenes. Wow, talk about a loin twister. Some of her wording made me half embarrassed to be reading the novel and I am sure I drew more than one curious look while I giggled and grinned at Banks' forwardness like an idiot.
Overall I really did enjoy this novel though I wish Julie would have hooked up with Micah in this book, though I have a feeling Banks was saving that story for a later book.
I really give this novel a 3.5. The main character and I actually have a lot in common in terms of growing up with all boys and being the child of a dI really give this novel a 3.5. The main character and I actually have a lot in common in terms of growing up with all boys and being the child of a divorce but I don't understand why she's so defensive towards her mother who occasionally tries reach out to her. Belly's mother is also unlike any mother I've ever met she takes so little interest in what her daughter does (even though she's at the ripe age of sixteen where you start to learn all kinds of stuff) and when she does try to be a parent her actions aren't firm enough to produce real results. She asks Belly to stay home when Belly starts hanging out with Cam too much and she asks her not go to that party with him but she doesn't TELL her. I believe the mother's character is too weak for a girl like Belly who believes herself to be older than her age. Belly also strikes me as really immature for a girl of sixteen, her insistence that she's "grown up" enough to not need the boys to watch out for her and her refusal to listen to Conrad because she believes he's "bossing her around" tells me that she's not grown up or mature enough to be on her own at all. She does a lot of lip flappin' but not a lot of showin' me that she's really the young woman she tries to present herself as and that is irksome. REALLY irksome. And she's ridiculously naive, everyone knows not to catch a ride with someone you don't know, especially from a party, which she tried to do (idiot) so yes she did need the boys to look out for her because she doesn't know squat. Belly is also really whiny, I mean what sixteen year old threatens her brothers (essentially they all grew up together so Jeremiah and Conrad could be called Belly's play brothers) with "I'm telling mom" because they won't do what she wants?? Seriously????? When you grow up with boys you learn quick that kind of stuff don't work, and they can do a heck of a lot more to you in the time it takes your mother to interfere. Grow up kid and start pushing back and if they're being jerks then go off and do your own thing. Belly's problem is she doesn't know how to be alone and that's why she follows the boys every where treading on their heels but she has to accept that there are some things they can do (because they're boys and they're older) that she can't. I find her jealousy of the relationship her mother has with her best friend stupid. If she's so jealous and overcome with feelings of being "left out" (I swore if she said that phrase one more time I was going to kill someone) then GET SOME FRIENDS!!!!!!!! You stay a frikin' beach house EVERY summer for YEARS AND YOU DON'T MEET ANYONE UNTIL YOU"RE SIXTEEN, REALLY?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!!? There is something seriously wrong with that picture. If she had gone down to the beach more often instead of hanging out in the backyard pool (because you totally go to a summer beach house to swim in the pool) or trailing after the boys then she probably would have met other people her age and she could stop being so obnoxious. News flash sweetheart if you act like a kid (whining and showing other signs of immaturity and not having a life outside of emulating theirs) then they'll TREAT YOU LIKE ONE... I don't understand what's so confusing about that. Geesh. Belly's quick admission of "love" is also not believable. I'm already a skeptic and this is why! She's just a kid (and I can say that 'cause she's not mature) she has this glorified vision of Conrad and she's never experienced anything or been with someone so HOW DO YOU KNOW WHAT BEING IN LOVE FEELS LIKE??? Ahhhhhhkfnslldljnslnvnsl!!! So, other than the complaints above I legitimately did enjoy this novel but when I reached parts where she claimed to "love" Conrad or was ridiculously disrespectful to her mother I wanted to shake her. Violently. The idea of the story is alright but the progression of the story needs to be smoother in order to maintain my interest and enjoyment of the book. ...more