I don't know what to make of this book. The plot sounded so intriguing, and I was in the mood for a good thriller, plus the cover was beautiful and inI don't know what to make of this book. The plot sounded so intriguing, and I was in the mood for a good thriller, plus the cover was beautiful and interesting enough, and yet for the first 100 or so pages I simply couldn't get into the story. Couldn't even connect with the main character, Eleanor. She's seen her mother die when she was six years old, has some repressed memories about that terrible day, and everything comes to the surface when she discovers a body eighteen years later, exactly at the spot her own mother was killed in the woods..Intriguing, yes? Well, yeah. But I can't say Eleanor was the most relatable heroine ever. And not for the lack of having a connection to her mind. The narration is first person, so we get a pretty good picture of what Eleanor is thinking at all times, but it's also how the book dragged in those first hundred pages. We see too much of what Eleanor is thinking. After the initial finding of the body, Eleanor drags us around with her while she shares her thoughts about her friends that adds nothing to the mystery if you ask me.
After I got through those pages that I admit didn't interest me at all, we finally make progress about both Eleanor's mother's unsolved case, and the one concerning the body she had just discovered. We already know the two cases are related, but it seemed to me like the author took the route to solve Eleanor's mom's case first, and then relating that to the current one. We got our clues through Eleanor's hypnotherapy sessions, where we go back to the day her mother was killed, and get one clue at a session. Was it nice? Yeah, it was interesting. I like the breadcrumb take to solving a crime, but it only tells half the story. The current murder needed more police work that I didn't see here. And the fact that Eleanor kept so much to herself didn't help matters either. It only made me dislike her more. I understand making wrong decisions in situations like these, but though she shouldn't have, with every action she chose to take, Eleanor came off as pretentious.
As for the cases and the result, I have to say it wasn't enough to satisfy me. I thought there were plotholes left here and there, and the motive was not good enough for me. I didn't see the connection between the cause and the effect, and that's all I can say without spoiling the story for anyone. I think the idea was there, and it was a good one, one I liked most of the time, but the execution wasn't right. Lots of details could be left out so we could focus more on the psychology, and the building tension. The book was too cluttered for my taste in that sense.
With a potential to be a good thriller, this just didn't reach my expectations. ...more
This was en emotional read that hit me at a particular period in my life. It was both easy and difficult to read this book. While some terrible thingsThis was en emotional read that hit me at a particular period in my life. It was both easy and difficult to read this book. While some terrible things have happened to the characters that threatened to rip my heart out, there was such powerful love and strong bonds that made it all okay.
This was the first time I ever read something by Melissa Foster so I wasn’t familiar with Tru from any other books, but I never felt estranged. I think it’s safe to say that Tru and Gemma convinced me to give other Melissa Foster series a try. I hear there’s a whole world out there for the taking.
TRU BLUE tells the story of its namesake who, after getting out of prison for a crime he didn’t commit, suddenly finds himself taking care of two infants. Single parent theme is one I’m very fond of, involvement of children is very endearing to me, so when I read the blurb, naturally everything appealed to me. In this regard, I loved this book. I loved the way Tru stepped up to the role of father to his brother and sister, loved the broken way he tried to make it all better for the other brother he once had to leave behind. So many issues Tru faced, one couldn’t help but respect the kind of man he was. He was dealt a bad hand but he found a way to turn it around, and boy, am I glad he met Gemma when he did and found his happiness. And Gemma, she fit Tru’s life like the perfect puzzle piece. You know that famous completing each other thing? I think this was the perfect example of that. It was as if these two were made for each other, and not everyday such people can meet, so this was a satisfying story.
While I loved the family theme and found the romance sweet, I couldn’t help but wish there was more challenging situations throughout the story. I can almost hear what you’re thinking, isn’t the blurb challenging enough for you, ye who calls herself a lady? Yes, yes it was. But with Tru’s situation with his little siblings, his prison past and Gemma’s own world and her own personal demons, I thought the book itself would be packed with obstacles. The majority of the book was Gemma and Tru being parents to the children and falling in love, and while I liked those parts, I also waited for more emotional action. Didn’t I get the closures I wanted in the end? Yes, I did. But that’s exactly where I got them. Towards the end. I don’t even like drama and angst all that much, but I do look forward to it when such serious matters are thrown at me in a book. And I’m sure Melissa Foster was very much capable to give me a satisfying struggle.
A sweet story of love and forgiveness, TRU BLUE will play with your heartstrings but it’ll still be worth it. Oh, and one last thing. Can I just point out how wonderfully sweet that cover is?!
I don't know what I was expecting when I started this book. Don't get me wrong, I knew what I was getting into, a thriller about a missing young womanI don't know what I was expecting when I started this book. Don't get me wrong, I knew what I was getting into, a thriller about a missing young woman who leaves no traces behind. From its cover to its plot, this was enough for me to be curious. What I didn't expect were the multiple points of view of several people who are involved in the case. There was, what I sensed as, a main voice of DS Bradshaw, a member of the team who investigated the missing woman case. But other than Bradshaw, we heard the voices of some other key people, including the missing girl's mother. I admit, I did find this a bit odd at first, thought it was even perhaps a wee bit unnecessary, but later, when I thought it through, perhaps this was a way to let us see different sides in a crime like this. Since there weren't many leads, we were left with the emotional trauma the case has caused. How these very opposite characters dealt with things.
The storytelling first scared me with the multiple points of view. But I quickly got the hang of it, and besides, the case was too interesting to be stuck on such a detail. Following the case through different characters made things a lot more interesting. Everyone added something else to the missing girl's character, revealed something different about her, and that was the pleasure of it all. To find out about the victim and putting the pieces together.
This was a really enjoyable read, and a good example of a thriller. This is what I like about this genre. There's a world of different styles and you don't have to follow a certain template, so authors experiment. This one, I think, has succeeded, and I'd definitely love to see more of this author. ...more
Of course, no, this is not how it happened that I read this book. It just so happens that I met Tag's broI was Tagged by a Crane, so here's my review:
Of course, no, this is not how it happened that I read this book. It just so happens that I met Tag's brother Reese before, and was convinced to read this book. Well, okay fine, this is not exactly how it happened either. We all have someone in common, and she was the one who got us all together. Thank you, Jessica Lemmon, for helping me meet these rich, sexy, romantic and thoughtful men. Now that I think about it, maybe curse you a little too since they all end up being taken by women who are not me.
After we left Reese and his ex wife/wife Merina to do their thing-yeah, it's complicated and yet so fun if you haven't read them yet- we caught up with Tag, the fun loving, always single and happy about it Crane and his own personal challenge in love, Rachel Foster aka dog walker aka bartender aka smart businesswoman.
I have to admit, it took me longer than I intended to finish this book. But only because I was a bit sick and wanted to soak it all up so I had to take a break between bouts of sneezes and runny noses. Heh. It did put a dent in my concentration but wasn't enough to dim my enjoyment of the story.
I liked Tag's fun loving, easygoing personality. He possessed none of the high maintenance and rigidity I'd expect from a billionaire. I know this is me discriminating against billionaires, but if I haven't mentioned before, I kinda have bad experiences with them. No, not in reality but in fiction. Me and billionaires don't run in the same circles unfortunately, let alone sexy, considerate ones. And yes, Tag's older brother Reese, the previous book's hero, was also sweet and caring so being a true romance hero kinda runs in the family. As opposed to Reese though, Tag was more freedom loving. He had a business head and he took his work seriously, but he hid that highly responsible part of himself better than his brother did. I did admire his dedication to his work, and his respect for Rachel's ideas and criticism for his business only made me love him more.
As for Rachel, as a woman once burned in the business world of men, she held her head up high-as she should- and worked hard to start over on her own terms. She was also a determined character, her feet were firmly on the ground. She did go down, but she was smart and confident enough to get back up again. Together with Tag, they made a good team in both business and, okay yes, romance too. There, I've said it. At the point where many a woman may have crumpled, she stood firm and tried to keep the balance between relying too much on Tag and pushing him too far.
A fun, romantic read, this billionaire sure had me with his charm. I'm waiting for the next brother with so much excitement, you have no idea. Because as much as I love a charming man, and am wary when it comes to a rigid, cold billionaire, this next one gives me the shivers with its potential. I know by now that Jessica Lemmon will not disappoint, and that, folks, is making me climb the walls. ...more
There's a certain way Tessa Bailey tells her Romancing The Clarksons series, and it sure is one I find it somewhat poetic. The words don't flow as easThere's a certain way Tessa Bailey tells her Romancing The Clarksons series, and it sure is one I find it somewhat poetic. The words don't flow as easily as I find some other writings, but still I read them in a trance. I can't quite explain it, but I found this book's language very intriguing and mesmerizing. Perhaps it was Grace's unique personality that added its touch, or Aaron's sad detachment that warmed my heart, but there it was. This book became poetic to me. I had to find a quiet, peaceful place so I'd be alone with these characters and not be disturbed in any way.
The series from the start signaled the Clarkson siblings' fall off from the road trip they started on, and the second book takes Aaron off and pairs him with the free spirited Grace with the crazy hair. I gotta say, I loved Grace from the moment she appeared in front of me. It was one of the easiest things to imagine her with her ribboned hair. I found her character a breath of fresh air, a little crazy to some, yet definitely unique in every way. Her past fit poor Aaron's present so snugly, it was sweet to read it. And Aaron was such a brilliant character in his own way. He surprised me in a pleasant way. The kind of personality I expected from Aaron depending on the previous book was so different than the one we got to know here. Somehow, all that Grace has been through, Aaron, to me, seemed the more damaged among the two. From the start I felt so much for Aaron, as a reader I couldn't be happier that Tessa Bailey found someone like Grace to-yes, I'll say it- complete him. There, I've said it.
A sweet, sexy-because the sexual tension between Grace and Aaron was flying up high- and deep story between two people who needed to find each other to find themselves, this one ranks high in my liked reads. As was the case with the previous book, the main couple wasn't the only one to keep my interest. The rest of the Clarkson clan, and their one extra passenger kept appearing and intriguing me. I'm guessing the coming books will be just as good as the first two. I sure can't wait for them. ...more
This was a light, easy read that had all the elements to strike my interest. A small town as its setting, this book already had one point in its favorThis was a light, easy read that had all the elements to strike my interest. A small town as its setting, this book already had one point in its favor as far as I was concerned. With the existence of an inevitable group of friends who'll later have their own books, a sweet old lady who happened to be the glue that smacked the hero and heroine together initially, this story slowly made its way to my reader heart.
I have to be honest, I wasn't exactly sure how to rate this book at first. I meant what I said about this being an easy book, its tone light despite some of the heavier themes that revolved around Gabby and Ethan. But these issues weren't center stage, so this considerably lightened the mood as opposed to what it might've been. Now, I'm usually one who doesn't mind a little angst along with her romance, 'little' being the operative word, but the fact that the author didn't delve into some of the issues here didn't bother me. The main focus was Gabby and Ethan and their pretend relationship for the sake of Ethan's grandmother anyway.
I liked the timing of the fake relationship turning into something real. It wasn't rushed, but it didn't drag either, I think it was just the right amount of time Gabby and Ethan spent together to slowly fall in love. I thought Gabby was a capable woman who stood up for herself long before we met her, and Ethan, albeit a bit teenage-like sometimes, was a charming and caring man. His past had more memories that we could've delved into, but like I said, for this one time I didn't mind that we didn't, for no other reason that it would've probably dragged the current story a little.
This was a nice, interesting start to a new series that I will definitely be on the lookout for. I can already see the future couples, and from what I could read between the lines here, they're going to be good ones. ...more
I don’t think falling in love with your best friend had ever been this sexy or sweet. I firmly believe this because this book was those and more. I feI don’t think falling in love with your best friend had ever been this sexy or sweet. I firmly believe this because this book was those and more. I fell in love a little bit with Deke myself every time he appeared. My heart broke for Fitz, so much so that I wanted to get inside the book and try and become another friend to her. And when I’m this invested in the characters, their lives, it’s a no brainer I’ve enjoyed this story. So so much. How can I not? Not only was I already crazy looking forward to it, but I also knew that there was a small town involved-which, by the way, became almost a requirement for my choice of romances lately, I won’t lie- and a friends to lovers story that was one of the deepest, most complicated yet simplest I’ve ever read.
For those of you who haven’t yet read the first book, my advice is to change that fact immediately. I was so excited for this series, and it seems like it’ll only get better so it’s better to start from the beginning. And for those who’re familiar with the tight knit crowd of Inspiration, yeah, you’ve got a sweet ride waiting for you. Especially if you’re a fan of friends to lovers stories because let me tell you, this is the king and queen of those rolled into one.
I’ve already said it but I’ve loved both Deke and Fitz from the first book. Although we had clues as to the nature of their relationship-which is purely friends only plus a dose of chemistry- the intensity of their friendship and care for each other was palpable in their own book. We knew the background of Fitz since she was the step sister of the previous hero, but clearly we were only scratching the surface. The deep emotions she had buried inside, the hurt she carried all those years..I’ve never felt sympathy with the likes of this for a character before. Fitz and Deke’s friendship was something to envy too. Everyone should have someone like Deke in their corner, let me tell you.
As emotional as this book was, it was also very sexy. There’s just something enticing in two friends slowly falling for each other. The secret glances, the odd reactions, the self delusion phase of friends with benefits..It worked out so well, so sweet and sexy that it was impossible not to fall in love along with them. Yep, that’s what I did, folks, I fell in love with this couple. Individually, they were okay, they got by and they dealt, but the real magic was when these two were together. Their actual strength came through when they stood up for one another, when they were alone, existing in their own world. That was the kind of strong bond I thought they had and it was beautiful. Kinda made me feel like a third wheel invading their private moments.
I don’t have any more words to tell you how much I loved this book. This was a deep story, one of love and trust, friendship and love, forgiveness and understanding. It was a kind of friends to lovers story I’d want to read. One I definitely recommend....more
A battle worn MMA fighter and an emotionally drained, caged socialite sounds like an almost impossible match if you live outside of romanceland. But tA battle worn MMA fighter and an emotionally drained, caged socialite sounds like an almost impossible match if you live outside of romanceland. But thankfully we all do, so when I came across the plot of this book, I thought this kind of opposites attract story would be the perfect thing to read. Apart from the feeling that it started from the middle and paced pretty fast for my idea of romance, this was a good book. One that had much action in it to keep my interest.
Knox is a fighter that sweats and bleeds under the man known as X. This X is an asshole who uses and abuses his fighters and deals with much more illegal things outside the rings. Natalie seems like a happy, perfect young woman on the outside, yet she fights a different kind of battle in her own world, one that’s quite a lot different than Knox’s. Their paths collide under what I can only call fate induced circumstances, and they find themselves in a fight against many enemies where the prize is their freedom and the loser gets the death penalty. Tough life. Not very good odds.
Like I said in the beginning, this book felt like it started from the middle, and we missed the part where Natalie and Knox get acquainted. I don’t mind instantly falling in love, or being affected by one another, but even then I want some sort of transition. A few sentences that are rightly chosen can help me let the instant love thing slide, and I can concentrate on the rest of the story. I didn’t think I got that here. Not that I didn’t buy Natalie and Knox’s feelings for each other, but trust was a very delicate thing for these two and I thought they gave that to each other too quickly.
As fast paced as their romance, the action these two had experienced was very much so too. And that’s where I had the feeling this would’ve been great as an action romance movie. A bit more delving into the development of the romance and the book would’ve been taken up a notch. But perhaps the action left no room for that, I don’t know. It was exciting though, to see what was happening and what was going to be next. I wouldn’t be lying if I said I kinda looked forward to that more than I did Natalie and Knox’s romance. Heh. That, and Knox’s past with X. I liked that it was revealed bit by bit how Knox got tangled up with X from the start, and how he ended up trying to cut all ties with him. I love to read character pasts if there are deep issues with them. It helps with my understanding the character, plus it’s fun.
A good book to pass the time and enjoy if you like action along with your romance. And of course if you don’t mind the hero and heroine instantly forming a bond and going from there. While it’s not normally my cup of tea, it didn’t bother me that much either....more
Konusu itibarıyla ilgi çekici, ancak uygulama bakımından darmadağın bir kitaptı ÖLÜLER DE YALAN SÖYLER. Seri katiller, cinayetler, genelinde polisiyeKonusu itibarıyla ilgi çekici, ancak uygulama bakımından darmadağın bir kitaptı ÖLÜLER DE YALAN SÖYLER. Seri katiller, cinayetler, genelinde polisiye romanlardan son derce zevk alan ben, maalesef düzeltilmemiş imla hataları ile süslenmiş bu kitabı okurken biraz dağıldım.
Arka kapakta yer alan, burada da konu olarak yazılmış kitaptan alıntı öylesine ilgi çekiciydi ki, kendime engel olamadım, kapağın da beni ayrıca çekmesi sonucu bu kitabı eve getirdim. Kitap aslında konu olarak türün sevenlerine hitap ediyor, ama okurken yazım hataları bir yana, karakterden karaktere atlayan bakış açısı insanın başını ağrıtmıyor desem yalan olur. Olay örgüsü de bu bakımdan biraz dağınıktı. Evet, genel konu olarak başarılı ve ilgi çekiciydi ama kalabalık kriminal ekibin üyeleriyle ilgili bırakılan ve sonradan çözümleneceğine inandığım ipuçlarının çoğunun sonu gelmedi. Birçok şey havada bırakıldı, kimi duygusal geçişler ben ne olduğunu anlayamadan oldu bitti derken bir baktım kitabın sonu da küt diye geliverdi.
Çok daha akıcı bir dille yazılabilecek, belki daha az ama öz olarak anlatılabilecek bir kitaptı ÖLÜLER DE YALAN SÖYLER. Belki eldeki davayla daha yakından ilgilenseydi yazar, çok fazla karaktere bölünmeden, zaten merkezde olduğu belli olan birkaç kişiden ilerleseydi daha tatmin edici olurdu. Puanım 2/5...more
This book was sweet. And not just sweet-as-pie sweet, but sweet in its romance too. The characters spoke to me, the setting was my all time favorite-aThis book was sweet. And not just sweet-as-pie sweet, but sweet in its romance too. The characters spoke to me, the setting was my all time favorite-a small town- and the romance was sexy and delicious. I’ve never read anything by Marina Adair before, but I will rectify that immediately. Here’s to yet another series to wait for anxiously, ladies!
Kennedy, with her unfortunate streak and her determination to make it through, with her ambition and strength covered with vulnerabilities, what can I say, she spoke to me. I felt a kinship with her from the very first page. She was the sort of heroine I love to read in romances. Not only did she speak to the woman in me, she also very clearly spoke to my tummy. Seriously, people, this book should not be read with an empty stomach, especially if you have a sweet tooth like me. It was like torture I tell you. With the many pies, and their creative names, Kennedy made me reach for a spoon and my Nutella jar more than once.
And what better way to wash all that pie down than a bottle of good cider, eh? Luke, the hero with the cider business, as you can imagine, was the perfect guy for Kennedy. I mean, if that is not a match made in heaven, I don’t know what is. All joking aside-though pie making is no joking matter folks- Luke really was the perfect guy for Kennedy. He must be one of the sweetest guys I’ve read in romance, and no matter their businesses clashed and complicated matters, he was there for Kennedy. An overall wonderful hero that I wished was cloned so we could all have a shot of something like what Kennedy had. Luke’s loyalty and good heart is hard to find these days, and that made reading him all the more pleasant because of that.
I loved the interactions, loved the other characters, already found the next couple to root for too. There was a solid background to both Kennedy and Luke’s current personalities that made them whole people who I could relate to, and I really liked that. I enjoyed finding out bits and pieces about them as I read. It made me feel connected to them with each passing chapter and that was a great experience for this reader. Always a pleasure.
A top notch start to a new series that is easily going to be one of my many favorites, I’m already trying to figure out how to pass the time until the next book comes. Perhaps in the meantime I can explore some other worlds Marina Adair has created and be obsessed a little more....more
Oh dear. It’s been quite a while since I finished this story but I put thoughts down right after I finished lest I get lost in the expected-yet-no-lesOh dear. It’s been quite a while since I finished this story but I put thoughts down right after I finished lest I get lost in the expected-yet-no-less-affecting emotional turmoil later. This was a sweet story. One of the biggest and sweetest suprises for me was one of the heroes, calm and collected Evren. He happened to be Turkish, and guess who else could relate? Yep, reading a character from your own country is, as you might expect, not something I come across in my reads. So yeah, that was a nice surprise. So far in the books I’ve read, I’ve had to decipher Scottish dialect, ask my sis for translations of French words, tried to use my rusted Italian to understand words in Spanish, but this was the first ever in a book there were foreign words, so to speak, and this reader knew their exact meaning. What a pleasant feeling.
It should be no secret that I really love Annabeth Albert’s Portland Heat series. I’ve been reading them since book one, and what I expected to be sweet, short and to the point, pleasant romances turned out to be deeper than they appeared. I think in almost all of them I must’ve gotten teary eyed at least once, and simply had that connection with the characters that every reader looks for. And KNIT TIGHT was no exception. Never mind Evren being Turkish, though having seen firsthand just how difficult it could be to be a gay man in the country, I also felt a great deal of sympathy for Brady. He was a young man who tried to stay upright under the pressure of a family on his shoulders-three little kids and a teenage sister.
These two meet at the most tumultuous times of their lives, and try to make it work in a maze of emotional drama. I admired their strength, and adored their friendship-despite Evren’s initial struggles against it- and their romance....more