You know that feeling when, after having many, many, many debates with yourself, you finally decide to sign up for the gym, and meet your personal tra...moreYou know that feeling when, after having many, many, many debates with yourself, you finally decide to sign up for the gym, and meet your personal trainer who just so happens to be one of the most caring, sweetest, sexiest men on the face of earth, who not only likes you for who you are from the start, becomes your friend and helps you get your confidence back, but who also helps you better yourself and understand your own body's needs-both health wise and carnal- instead of having you give up your favorite foods, and finally falls in love with you and breaks his own rules for your sake? No? Me neither. Lucky Melissa does though.
If I have to state only one problem with this book, it would be its length. It read more like a novella than a novel. When I first realized the number of pages it's got, I wanted to make sure if that was right, like I could get only half of the book-silly me I know- but it turned out this book was a little shorter than its predecessors. And although I think it could've worked, the subject matter of this book along with the lovely romance, required more pages to tell its story. Melissa is a woman with a size a notch bigger than what is accepted fashionable these days, and she's been tormented by people in the past for the way she looks. So, she not only wants to get healthier, but her story is also about her coming to love her body the way it is, and seeing herself as a sexy woman. Her eyes and anchor in this, is Jake Sawyer. Personal trainer and gym owner extraordinaire, I know he must be the last of his kind.
I liked the romance blossoming between these two characters, and I liked how Jake already set her aside from other women when he first met her, before her journey to a healthier life. I would've loved to read about their friendship first, before delving into the romance, but still, their story was satisfying and sexy. I could relate to Melissa, and adored Jake. They had their own personalities that meshed together nicely. There were also a few people, and thus relationships, around Melissa from her less healthy past, and that's where my previous statement of the problem with length comes from. As much as I would've preferred more Jake and Melissa interactions-not that what they had was not enough but you know how, once the couple is cute and sexy you just can't get enough of them- but I also would've loved to see Melissa's relationship with some of those less understanding people in more depth. That's all about the only criticism I had with this story. Except for maybe it is not being mine, but let's just forget about that.
A lovely story between two people who are happy to be themselves and love each other for who they are, this one reminded me that a gym is not the torture chamber I keep thinking it to be, but perhaps a fit place-can I snicker here? Please?- where one can also find love with a sexy man if they're as lucky as Melissa. I wish you guys all such luck. Can I be persuaded to join the gym now? I'm not sure, since I already know all the guys from my previous gym and let me tell you, they were no Jake. I guess I gotta look for love elsewhere. Oh well. (less)
I always get a little more excited when I start a new series that takes place in a small town. I think it's a sign that one of these days I should get...moreI always get a little more excited when I start a new series that takes place in a small town. I think it's a sign that one of these days I should get in my car and leave for such a town, one that's named something like 'Harmony', or 'Happiness', or, you know, 'All The Sexy Men Are Here'. Something simple and just for my needs. For this series though, I have to make do with Rosewood, hometown to one famous singer named Ivy Hudson, who caught the fame train for her well known break-up songs, and one ex-NFL player, now coach to the local team, Blake Chamberlain. I'm not a big fan of second chance stories, but this one was different. Not only was the story funny and the characters likable, but the whole second chance plotline takes place years away from the first one. So I was able to make my peace with that. And you know, because this is a small town where everyone knows everyone else, people stick up for each other, and there's a big family line with potential heroes for future books. Plus, the town festival. I'm a sucker for those.
I had a lot of fun reading this. It was surprising how fast I liked the characters, it normally takes me a few chapters to get the hang of things and make a connection. But with everyone in this one there was an instant kinship. I laughed out loud a few times, shamelessly enjoyed the hard time Blake had with Ivy's best known song-the one she wrote after him-, constantly imagined myself in Ivy's shoes, and not just the designer ones too, and simply wished I lived in a place like that. Alas, this one's taken too, so I should now take a map and start playing 'point your finger anywhere'.
I strongly recommend this book. If you like small town romances like me, and when I say 'like' I mean get super excited when you see one, and you don't mind having your fun and laugh in the expense of the heroes and heroines' hard times-they do get their happy endings after all-, then this one's for you. Even though the ending was just a tad-and I can't believe I'm going to say this- too romantic, it still was a great read that I immensely enjoyed. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up, you never know, you might find yourself wanting to bake a pie, enjoy your local diner with a hottie or even be tempted to write a song of your own for one of your exes. It's worth a try, right? My only problem, I may not be as talented as Ivy, but all I can think about when considering writing my own song is Phoebe's Smelly Cat from Friends.
Smelly cat, smelly cat What are they feeding you? Smelly cat, smelly cat It's not your fault
I broke into at least ten little pieces reading this book. A part of me kept chanting the old saying 'too good to be true' the Ian version, another th...moreI broke into at least ten little pieces reading this book. A part of me kept chanting the old saying 'too good to be true' the Ian version, another thought Tiny wasn't the Tiny I came to know in the first book, then there was that little piece that kept wondering just how the hell was this whole thing going to end, whether Ian and Tiny would get their happy ending, would they resolve their issues, settle their emotions and move on, what was the deal with some of the supporting characters as the part of me concerning them was dying to know, and well, would the bad guy get his much deserved, hopefully painful, end? Rest assured, I get all my answers. Or, perhaps, more like I get all my answers concerning Ian and Tiny and their connected problems, feelings, their shared bad guy. So all the basic answers I need to close the book, give out a little sigh of relief and settle for a good night's sleep for all is right in the world. Except for the moment those supporting characters I felt sympathy for come to my mind and I wonder how they're doing. Well, that nagging thought is only slightly regrettable since I did get my happy ending. For Ian and Tiny of course, I'm still waiting for mine. Hear that, fate? Or whoever deals with this stuff? How about you, the guy who's going to rock my world, I'm still waiting for you.
The story starts where it left off, and though I don't want to spoil those who haven't read the first book, it's pretty clear in the blurb what our hero and heroine is dealing with here. And by the way, if you really haven't read the first book, go do it. It'll be painful at times to read about a guy pretty much perfect with someone not you, but hey, it's worth it. This second book was emotional, sexy, so damn sexy, and it even had a lot of action to go with Ian and Tiny's adventure. Stock markets, money changing hands, vengeful society people trying to ruin one another, men and women with guns and the ability to kick some ass, jealousy and resentment, all is here. But most of all, there was love. Lots and lots of love between two people who are not perfect-despite my earlier fangirl statement about Ian, make no mistake he's far from perfect- but still pretty damn close. At times I was surprised by the intensity of Ian's love and devotion for Tiny, at others annoyed by his overprotective and possessive manners that could've tipped the scales in favor of him being a brute but with one gesture, one look, one sentence, one burst of emotion tipped it right back to 'good hero'. Gotta be honest, whenever he made me cringe a little, I remembered this is the kind of guy he is, and that he actually tried hard to be a man worthy of Tiny, and besides, I already said he's not perfect right? Pretty damn close though. Pretty damn close.
A satisfying conclusion to the Kerr Chronicles series by Jen Frederick, this was a roller coaster of a ride for me. I read good people doing bad things, bad people taking a step back, and nice things being born off the ashes of nasty situations. I'm a little sad to let Ian and Tiny go, but then again, it was time for them, and who am I to wish they linger? (less)
You know how it feels like when you come across a book or a series every now and then that makes you wonder just how is it that the author came up wit...moreYou know how it feels like when you come across a book or a series every now and then that makes you wonder just how is it that the author came up with such funny and smart dialogue, witty and interesting characters and an extremely intriguing plot line? Well, if you don’t, then I say give this series a try because you won’t be disappointed. I felt the joy of finding a gem when I read the first book, and now having read the second, I relived that same joy. I didn’t know how time passed between an animal cemetery slash Crossroads for animal spirits-not Stephen King style, mind you-, ectoplasmic dead dogs and cats that have already used up seven of her lives. One minute I was trying to remember who was who, and the next, I’m rooting for a trio whose names’ first letters form ‘WTF’. How awesome is that?
Those who are lucky enough to have met Foxtrot and her gang will have yet another blast reading this story. This time, the ever workaholic and resourceful Deirdre ‘Foxtrot’ Lancaster has to solve the murder of a unique animal with a lot of fans looking to make him theirs. Before a decision can be made about who the animal-a liger, a mix between a lion and a tiger which is magnificent- will go to, he’s found dead and a few potential suspects are at hand. It is up to Foxtrot and her gang to not only solve the crime and find the culprit, but also prevent a potential catastrophe that could endanger every single spirit currently using the Crossroads. What a plot, right? Though I’m not so good with elaborate descriptions, the blurb gives all the necessary information and if that doesn’t get your attention, I don’t know what would.
I was already a fan of Foxtrot and her gang before starting this. In fact, I was so looking forward to it, you have no idea how high I jumped when I was given the opportunity to read this title by the publisher. In case you’re wondering, it was pretty high for someone as athletically challenged as me.
Foxtrot is a strong and capable character who does things her way, only occasionally might annoy people, though in her defense, even when she herself acknowledged she was annoying I never got that impression, and she’s definitely one of my favorite heroines in urban fantasy. Although she’s smart and all that, she has her limitations, her fears and most of the time she’s a dork. And I mean this in the highest level of respect. To be that good a workaholic and still successfully manage to be a dork, that requires talent. And she has that in spades. As for her sidekicks, though to call them sidekicks is not really fair and doesn’t do them justice in the least, they have their own personas-that are awesome if you must know- and they add a wonderful balance of intellectual and sassy banter into the story. This series wouldn’t be what it is without them which is why I take back my earlier reference to them as ‘sidekicks’. Sorry guys.
A brilliant and funny addition to the Whiskey, Tango and Foxtrot series, I cannot recommend this book, and the previous one, enough. If you want a genuine laugh, a good mystery to make you want to curl up with a cup of hot cocoa even in the heat of summer, a good band of interesting and amusing supporting characters, and hell, even a little bit of romance and a lot of friendship, then give this series a try. Really, I could beg you for it. I’ll throw in a muffin too, for dessert. And a cup of coffee? Or tea? C’mon, you know you wanna.(less)
Oh what a great read this was. This series was definitely one of my best choices this year, I can't thank the author enough for this fun. Chemistry? C...moreOh what a great read this was. This series was definitely one of my best choices this year, I can't thank the author enough for this fun. Chemistry? Check. Likable and relatable characters? Check. Hot, kinky sex? Check. Adorable couple and well meaning intervening people? Check. Real friendship, troubled families and a love to envy? Check, check and check. What more can a gal ask for?
We already met Abby and Brody when the girls moved in next door to one of the McCauley brothers, and we knew that both of them had a thing for each other from the start. I was prepared to read a lovely story, one that was funny too, depending on the previous book, but man, this was so much more than that. For one, I can't believe how wonderful, and when I say that I also mean dreamy, Brody was. I wouldn't be exaggerating when I say he was close to perfect as a hero. He was considerate, loving, thoughtful, caring, and very very sweet when it came to Abby. Really, it's worrying how jealous I am of a fictional character. And Abby, well, she definitely fits the bill for my ideal heroine. She was a tiny bit clueless when it came to men and chemistry, but surprisingly that much forward when she wanted to be. And she does the work of my dreams and writes. Erotic romance. Yes, you can imagine how much Brody helped her in her research. As wonderful and sympathetic they were as individuals, they were even more so as a couple. I loved the chemistry between them. Sparks were flying all over the place whenever they were in each other's vicinity, and when things escalated, the sex was just as steamy as I expected. They helped each other out in tough times, and though each tried to push the other away at some point, with the help of their family and friends, they wouldn't give up on each other. It was nice to see that although the couple makes everything better for one another in the end, the influence of their loved ones played a role as well. It made their story all the more real and sweet.
I would give this book an extra star and bump it to six if I could. Not only the romance was one I loved-Abby and Brody definitely are on the top of my list of favorite couples in fiction- the characters, the side plots, the brotherly banter, the difficult families, even that ugly big dog-let's face it, it's impossible not to love that dog- they all made this an excellent reading experience. I highly suggest this series to those who'd love to read sexy romance and fun characters. And those wouldn't mind being jealous of fictional women, because let me tell you, there will be moments when you'll curse these men and women for their perfect relationship but then quickly take it back because they're so adorable and lovable and funny. (less)
Seems like the Montgomery Manor folk know the how to of easy banter. Having already met Jake and his flirtatious ways in the previous-and very much fu...moreSeems like the Montgomery Manor folk know the how to of easy banter. Having already met Jake and his flirtatious ways in the previous-and very much fun- book of the series, I knew what I was getting into. What I didn't expect was the whirlwind that Rebecca was. I don't know why, but when it comes to overly seductive men I always figure the one to bring them to their knees is going to be a prim and proper woman. Maybe it's the opposites attract thing that lures me into this way of thinking, but this is what I expect. And Rebecca is no prim and proper woman, let me tell you. As seductive and overly friendly-not at all in a creepy way though- Jake was, Rebecca was all those things as well. From the first page on, we get the kind of crazy character she is, though maybe crazy is too strong a word here since we do discover an inner layer to her that's hidden from everyone else. But with the careless way she handled things around her and her impulsiveness, I thought she wouldn't complete Jake's irresponsible character. I was wrong.
This is the point where I'll say that we met a new Jake in this book. Those of you who read the previous book will know how much of an overgrown child Jake was, but in this book I saw that he matured. Or perhaps we only saw what he wanted the people in the first book to see, but I wasn't prepared-though pleasantly surprised- by his development. Seems like lately I'm pleasantly surprised by a lot of good things, and this makes the obsessive reader in me very happy. From the first moment Jake and Rebecca come together, there's a balance between them that puts Jake, of all people, in place of the caretaker. He saves Rebecca from a potentially scandalous situation only to be plunged into an even bigger one together-though through no fault of his. He sees through Rebecca and tries his best to organize the mess-and I mean this in the sweetest way possible- that Rebecca's life is. And her life isn't easy either. I never paid much attention or interest to the lives of high society, but I figured it must be a tough one. Sure, they have all the money and fame, but it comes with a price tag that I know I wouldn't be able to afford. Being followed everywhere by men who mostly want to catch you doing or saying something scandalous, or adapting situations in such ways to make you look your worst. It must be tiring. So, even though at first I thought Rebecca was a bit silly, I think this was her coping mechanism with her past and present, and her possible future, and I can respect that.
I liked the way Jake and Rebecca fell into an easy friendship and even easier romance, though they both couldn't see it that way in the beginning. They fell for each other almost instantly-or maybe they've been in love for a long time and didn't even know it- but opted to bury the feelings deep down instead of facing them. They were, in every sense of the word, cute together. They clearly loved each other, they were both protective over one another, and it was- yes, it's that word again- cute. And I liked reading about them growing up a little together. I'm saying only a little because in the end I like to think that they both preserve their inner children.
A fun addition to the Montgomery Manor romantic adventures. Almost made me wish there were more snippets later to tell us of the life of Jake and Rebecca. I'm sure they'd be able to make me laugh even though every muscle twitching means more sweating in this heat. I can't wait to read about the big brother too, the workaholic Monty to find his way in the love department. I say it'll be yet another pleasure to read. I mean, clueless men make great heroes, right? (less)
I’ll have you know, this book did serious damage to my sleep cycle. I was forced to live half a life of a vampire and half of regular homo sapiens, an...moreI’ll have you know, this book did serious damage to my sleep cycle. I was forced to live half a life of a vampire and half of regular homo sapiens, and full insomnia. As per usual when trying to write a review for a book I so enjoyed, this is going to be a struggle for sure, considering I’ve been waiting to read it for a long long while.
I made a wise choice before starting this and went back a while, mostly to remind me of the new characters that joined the ranks of the Order after the twenty year time leap into the future in the previous book. So far, these men and women had to fight other Breed members and then their otherworldly fathers, and now, with enough time having passed for new threats to form and flourish, they face, yet again, a potential war with an enemy that can very well cause the end of their world and peace.
I don’t know if you’ve read the previous books of this series-if you haven’t, I highly recommend that you do, for this series was an obsessively pleasant and sexy read- but if you have, then you’re well aware that the human women who can bear Breed children and live a long life with their mates had their own genetic secrets that were slowly being revealed. Now this plot is thickening and many more mysteries and action await us from the looks of it. I was already intrigued with these women and their origins and how they became so special, and it seems like I might just get my answers after all. I get a special kind of pleasure when an author has the ability to surprise me and keep me on my toes with an endless list of ideas for plot lines, and Lara Adrian is an expert in that. Of course it also means there will be more questions along the way, but since it also means more books to enjoy, I’m cool with that.
Should I move on to Nathan now? Start ooh’ing and wow’ing and generally being lost in my own fantasies involving this hard, cold, ruthless and yet so so caring and so damn sexy man? Maybe not, as it’d take me off course of the purpose of this post which is to review, not to worship. But damn, Nathan was worship worthy. When we met him in the earlier book as a grown man, he already showed signs of a caring side he surely had to possess to be a hero. But I was pleasantly surprised to see that he also hadn’t lost much of his edge and dangerous aura, and was a very passionate and dominant lover, as in bend you over a desk and take you with ruthless abandon. Intrigued? You should be. I think I’ll forever wish for a Nathan of my own.
I have to admit, I wasn’t as sure about Jordana once I started reading this book. She wasn’t the spoiled, shallow socialite by any means, but she didn’t seem to be the kind of heroine to add to the story either. This was all first look though, and I found that I was mistaken, and though she did present a strength and determination that made her worthy of being a heroine, I think some of her power might’ve been caught up in the sexiness of her and Nathan together. Not that you’ll see me complaining much, except that I don’t have a Nathan of my own. Did I say that already? Oh well. Plus, we got the plot moving forward and it’s always a pleasure to read a book with substance.
With a time leap as far as twenty years, a completely new plotline and set of characters, this series is only getting better. There are no repetitions, the heroes, so far, have been more aggressive and passionate, and the heroines are much more involved, which was never a problem with this series anyway. But it deserves a mention as it’s one of the best aspects of these books for me, along with delicious and sexy men with hearts as big as their..well they have big hearts. You get the gist.
New challenges and problems await this crew no doubt. And though a part of me feels sorry for the struggles they’ll have to face along the way, this reader is more than happy and excited to be a part of the journey.(less)
And here I am, adding yet another series to my 'follow the hell up' pile. I'd say this has got to stop, but it shouldn't, instead, I should be given a...moreAnd here I am, adding yet another series to my 'follow the hell up' pile. I'd say this has got to stop, but it shouldn't, instead, I should be given another lifetime to read all these books. Troublemaker Next Door is the first book of the McCauley brothers series, and a damn good start. We meet Flynn, your friendly neighborhood plumber, charming the pants off Maddie, a somewhat workaholic who's hell bent on never needing anyone.
I was completely set on neutral when starting this book, but right on its first page, it got me laughing and tipped the scales and, well, I was hooked. The relationship Flynn had with his brothers and his nephew was genuinely funny. I enjoyed reading the easy banter between him and his family. He was the kind of easygoing character that I enjoy in contemporary stories. He was funny, serious if need be, laid back, sexy and so, so thoughtful and caring. And he was kinky too. I mean, the guy could talk dirty and play out a nice little pretend game, bend you over the couch or the dresser, have hot phone sex, and let you tie him up. Anything more you need from your romance hero?
As easy as it was to like Flynn, it was also easy to like Maddie. But then again, heroes are always the easiest to warm up to for some reason. I like the big and brooding as the next gal, but there's a sexiness to a man like Flynn, who's not just hot and makes you melt, but who's also more than a few grunts for words, and can get possessive but not domineering. The first time we meet Maddie, however, poor girl's having a bad day so one should cut her some slack. Even though she started out seeming like she hates all men, we quickly know her reasoning behind this, as well as her constant panic attacks about her financial situation, and her mood swings about her relationship with Flynn. I know when I say it like this, it sounds as if she's the heroine from annoyingville, but trust me, she's not. She was funny, creative, thoughtful and strong. And she wasn't shy in trying new things, taking a step forward.
The relationship between Flynn and Maddie grew step by step, and page by page. The pace in their intimacy, their friends with benefits arrangement that later turned into actual friends and lovers, was really convincing and not rushed at all. I didn't even care how many pages it took for them to take a big step forward, all I knew was that they gradually fell in love and I liked it.
As par with series books, it's important how you feel about the rest of the characters who'll potentially have their own books, and there was no shortage of any McCauley brothers whose stories you'd be damn curious about. We already have Flynn's best friend who's practically another brother, and the one I'm most looking forward to, the single dad, big brother Mike. Stories that involve children are a weakness of mine, and someone help, I might be falling hard for this one.
A great series starters that was fun and sexy, it had everything that would make a gal come back for more. (less)
Have you ever had a one night stand with a tourist passing by the small town you live in, moved on with your life, and just when you're doing okay hav...moreHave you ever had a one night stand with a tourist passing by the small town you live in, moved on with your life, and just when you're doing okay have her knock on your door to drop the child you didn't know you had in your hands and leave? No? Well, can't say the same for Ben Harland, Due South resident brooding 'teddy bear' of a guy. Having already met Ben in the previous book, we already knew he's got the hots for teacher Kezia Murphy, she of the single mom. I might've mentioned this a few hundred times or so, but stories involving children, they're an instant case of smitten for me. So I was very excited to start this book and see how Ben, what with him being a man of a few words and a grouchy manner, would cope with a surprise the size of a nuclear explosion. Well, nuclear family variety anyway. Not only has he got to deal with his feelings for Kezia and her daughter, but he has to deal with responsibilities of taking care of a child too. A child that he had no idea he fathered, a child that he already missed a lot with, not to mention the fact that Ben lives the life of a single man, not single dad.
I was already halfway loving these characters by the time I started reading this, so it wasn't so hard to be invested in Ben and Kezia's romance. With his clueless ways about raising a child, Ben was endearing. He may have started out as close as one could come to screwing things up beyond repair, but with the help of Kezia and his own family, he was able to right it all up in no time and form a steady and loving relationship with his daughter. I just wished the transaction from their awkwardness to their father/daughter dynamic would've been smoother and more detailed. It felt as if one minute they were shy and reserved around each other and the next, all the big steps were taken and the only thing that remained to me was smoothing the rough edges. But this may be because I just love children in romance so maybe I was looking forward to spending more bonding time with Ben and his daughter.
Kezia on the other hand, was the complete opposite of Ben in a lot of ways. She was damn good with children for one thing. She has a daughter herself, and together they've been through some hard times so she's got a steady and tightly knit relationship with her. I couldn't help but think she was pretty close to perfect, but instead of this potentially annoying me, I realized I didn't mind characters being close to perfect sometimes. Well, you know what they say about opposites attracting and all that. Without realizing, they completed each other in such a way-I salute you, Jerry Macguire- that it was impossible to look at the four of them and not see a family right away.
I'm warming up to this New Zealand town and its residents more and more with each book and looking forward to the next one. In this summer heat it's a nice cooling air that makes me smile, reading these books. (less)
Didn't think I'd travel to a New Zealand town without the company of hobbits. So glad to have picked this book up, it made me imagine cool waters in t...moreDidn't think I'd travel to a New Zealand town without the company of hobbits. So glad to have picked this book up, it made me imagine cool waters in this summer heat.
Piper and Ryan 'West' Westlake have been friends since childhood. West is Piper's brother's best friend, considered as another son by her family, so they charmed me right from the start. I might've mentioned this a few times-or a thousand, but who's counting?- but friends-to-lovers is one of my favorite romance themes. There's a different kind of sexiness when it comes to two people who already know the best and the worst of each other. But as sweet and promising Piper and West's romance was, I had a few problems with it. Piper, for example, is a tough woman. She's strong, she made a life for herself after a tragedy had her leave her small town and become a police diver. She's a woman who proved herself in a profession that consists mostly by men, and she's good at what she does, and yet I've never read a heroine being so self conscious about her bra size. Don't get me wrong, women can have their hang ups about some things-I know I do- but for a big chunk of the book she's complaining about her small, boyish breasts and how West must not like to touch or see them, and how off putting they must be. I can see this coming from a young girl who's only just experienced her first love, but not from a woman who's established a life for herself. Especially during and/or after she's already slept with the man of her thoughts.
The book contains a somewhat mystery about what happened in Piper's past that made her desperately want to leave, and how and why things went south for West and her, and although I could understand what happened with West, things relating to Piper's reason behind leaving were a bit blurry for the most part. I understand keeping the reader in the dark and constantly guessing, but the back and forth approach between how much of the things that happened were West's fault and how much were Piper's, or whether they were at fault at all, was frustrating. When we finally got the whole story in the end, it was better and somewhat satisfying, but by the time I got the whole picture, I think I lost a bit of my curiosity.
I liked most of the other characters, in fact, I do look forward to Piper's brother's story, but just like Piper and West, they surprised me at times. I think for the most part people gave the wrong reactions in the wrong moments and it made them appear irrational. More than once a character said a word or acted in a way that seriously threatened the understanding they displayed earlier in the book.
I can honestly say it was hard for me to rate this book. On the one hand, I loved all the characters, but on the other, I found myself interested more in the systematics of free diving than Piper and West's romance. But in the end I did enjoy reading about the people in Due South, and already looking forward to a few of the friends' stories, so I'm going smack in the middle, and giving this three stars. All things considered, I wouldn't mind going back and dive into the cool waters a few more times with the friendly people and the white sharks. (less)