I wanted to like this book more but for me something was missing. It was a great idea but by the time everything amazingly fell perfectly into place II wanted to like this book more but for me something was missing. It was a great idea but by the time everything amazingly fell perfectly into place I was wishing the author had done something more with the story. ...more
This is your typical romance. I didn't find anything overly original about it, but the characters were likeable even if a few times you wish you couldThis is your typical romance. I didn't find anything overly original about it, but the characters were likeable even if a few times you wish you could hit them. Regardless of their stupid mistakes these two characters belonged together and it was nice to see them come around to that realization themselves. Plus I'm always a sucker for second chance romance....more
If I'm being honest this isn't my favorite second chance romance. It was good and the author didn't jump right into forgiving any wrongs from the pastIf I'm being honest this isn't my favorite second chance romance. It was good and the author didn't jump right into forgiving any wrongs from the past. I liked that it was well written and didn't have any of my major writing hang ups. So I'm left not being able to put my finger on exactly what kept this from getting four or even five stars. But in the end I hadn't forgiven the wrong and just when I was about ready something else happened. After that everything seemed to be tied into its nice bow quite easily and quickly. So a good read but it left me wanting something more. ...more
I'm a firm believer in it takes two to make and break a relationship, I admit this is over simplifying a complicated subject and will move on before aI'm a firm believer in it takes two to make and break a relationship, I admit this is over simplifying a complicated subject and will move on before adding complicated examples etc. Michael and Jolene have a normal marriage with normal life problems. They are living a life taking all the obstacles life throws at you. The downward spiral of their relationship isn't one of those events, that would seem unimportant on its own, it's the accumulation of many little normal life problems. There isn't even anyone truly at fault here, while I'll admit to taking Jolene's side in the early part of the book and even into the later, both Michael and Jo played their own parts in their marital troubles. I loved that Hannah chose to make their lives so natural. It's always nice to read a story where the troubles are some anyone could have.
I'm a military wife and I found no major issues with the way this life was portrayed. It wasn't perfect but to be honest I've not read a single story that is. Military life varies from base to base and from branch to branch. Every military family has different experiences. So when reading I try to just take it as what it is, fiction. I was happy with the change from the typical choice of the man as the military member. We rarely get to read about a woman military member in fiction and I enjoyed the change. The deployment and difficulty after Jo's return are typical plot devices so not overly original, but not bad for this story. It added an extra dimension for this couple to overcome and to be honest it's not an impossible issue. Many military families have marital struggles, as do other Americans, and sometimes they happen around a deployment. It takes a lot of work on both sides to come through it all still together. I have to admit some surprise at Michaels lack of knowledge about his wife's career after such a long marriage. Maybe in a short marriage, but I was surprised he even knew her rank considering his total disregard for the whole military. It seems hard to imagine a marriage of such a length where even a reluctant spouse didn't get to know something.
A downside in the character development for this book were the two children. The teenage daughter is so stuck in the negative aspect of teen girls as to make her unlikable. Her character could have been developed better to show more sympathetic sides to teen girls. She was going through difficult issues and exploring her issues in a more multidimensional way would have made it easier for readers to like and sympathize with her better. Not to mention understand the struggles of a teen girl with a deployed mother. The young daughter who starts the story at four comes across very young. While some actions that lean toward a younger age could be natural it was overly done for me in this instance. I suppose I would just like to have seen some change from the flatline actions for both girls from start to finish in the book. It made them feel like just another ploy in the relationship issues.
With family members in many branches of the military I'm always a sucker for military drama and there are several military issues that always trigger my tears and yes this hit some of them. But my emotions with this book came from the normal life stuff too. I laughed I cried and I felt this families feelings. I enjoyed struggling with them as they found their way to not exactly a HEA, this is more real life than that. But a happy for now and acceptance that marriage takes work and they are both going to do better.
Another good story for the Los Lobos series. I found this story light fun and easy to read. While this is sort of second chance love Gracie's historyAnother good story for the Los Lobos series. I found this story light fun and easy to read. While this is sort of second chance love Gracie's history with Riley is a little crazy stalker, but she fully admits that and has grown up since then. In the end I have to say Mallery made this work. I liked the progress of their relationship and I loved the characters. Considering the crazy past for these two this book is still a very light read. There are no real overly emotional ups and downs. There are family issues and growing up issues, but Mallery kept it light and easy....more
Not my favorite in the series. It may be the expectations after the previous books, but for me this one didn't completely live up to it. I did like thNot my favorite in the series. It may be the expectations after the previous books, but for me this one didn't completely live up to it. I did like the book and it had some great parts and I'm so happy El and Hart finally ended up together and happy. One of my biggest complaints is these two make up an older couple. I expect them to show the maturity of a life lived regrets and realizing the cost of their actions. At times I thought they did, but at times it seemed they may make some of the same mistakes as before. Hart spent the majority of the book worrying about El finding out his dark sexual desire. Over and over he worried about this. Since most of England knows about his dark desires that's a fullish idea of something to keep from her. Then to find out she has an idea although not the full understanding of it. He even knows that. So I found the issue fullish and didn't support the intelligent man he is suppose to be. It seemed a little of a let down. And after all that worry it was downplayed in the end....more
I personally have a love hate relationship with Ward's writing. The parts I love I absolutely love. It's what keeps me coming back for more, but it haI personally have a love hate relationship with Ward's writing. The parts I love I absolutely love. It's what keeps me coming back for more, but it has been a very long time since Ward has written a story that I didn't find myself wanting to skip sections.
As far as the main romance I love Blay and Qhuinn and I'm without a doubt pleased that Ward decided to give them there own full story. They deserved it. The parts of the story with them and about them were the parts I really enjoyed. Although since we have seen them at odds in one since or another over their relationship, lack of relationship, and friendship I would have liked to see them have some more happy moments in the story. They were at their most content in this story when they were well having sex. Because of their history, miscommunications, and lack of communication things were more in turmoil the rest of the time. Both of these guys were guarded and afraid and it kept walls between them a lot. But that was their story and we got to see these two come through all that with a HEA and I'm glad of that.
As far as the rest of the story goes. We have a few moments in the POV of the new Lesser. I'm still not overly impressed being in those guys heads. Never have been a fan of cookie cutter bad guys. It's just boring. World domination and doing all manner of bad things to achieve it. No areas of grey no real character. That has always been the lesser MO and it's nothing new. This one wasn't as bad as some of the past POVs, but still ahh I don't really care for the Lesser POV.
Xcor our newest bad guy leader is much more what I like. His is a much more complicated issue. Don't really like him because of course he is the Brotherhoods enemy. But I can't completely hate the man either. I think he has a complicated history and it is so much better getting his POV than the Lessers. I do want him and Layla to have a HEA at some point, but I think it will be a hard won HEA. Romeo and Juliet opposite sides is a classic.
Our other big storyline was from the man who took over Rhev's place on the drug market. Assail has something going on with some new assassin Sol and there section isn't so bad either. I'm sure they will have an interesting story. I find Assail and Sol both interesting and wouldn't mind reading about them.
The negative for me and it really hurt this story is while there are all these interesting POVs and I think I could like a lot of these characters for me they had no place in the middle of Qhuinn and Blay's love story. It didn't fit and it just felt shoved in there to try and force us to get to know new characters. I like to think better of Ward than to try and force new story lines in order to continue the series. Even more so because I find several of these characters interesting and would want to read their stories, but not in the middle of this book or for their books to contain tons of story lines that don't move the main story along. I'm not sure I've ever seen so many wasted words in my life and I read a lot. I hate to love and hate a story so much. I once heard a very good author say that if it can be taken out of a story it probably shouldn't be in the story and the whole time I read this story I kept thinking of that. There were over a hundred of pages that could have easily not been in this book. ...more
A light easy read with plenty of humor. I'm enjoying the family dynamic Stacey has developed in this story. While overall I did enjoy the story and evA light easy read with plenty of humor. I'm enjoying the family dynamic Stacey has developed in this story. While overall I did enjoy the story and even mostly like the leading characters I didn't really feel their mutual attraction. And we have to be realistic these two were together eighteen years ago. They are nearly forty, not a problem for me reading wise, but I do like them to show some growth and maturity. The set up and way they interact is as if it hadn't been more than a couple of years. In eighteen years people change period. I think this would have been better for the characters to recognize their past love, reconnect, and fall in love with their more mature new self.
I enjoyed the side romances. They had a little more depth and Stacey isn't pretending that life is easy once they get married. Marriages are work and even the best couples have occasional road blocks. It's the working it out that is important....more
An interesting plot. Both are damaged characters who have issues to get over. They both unwittingly hit right on each others issues. I like damaged leAn interesting plot. Both are damaged characters who have issues to get over. They both unwittingly hit right on each others issues. I like damaged leads add to that having both of our leads damaged and I expect the story to get complex and emotional. The story went a little to slow for me to get very emotionally involved. Long periods of time with no progress of any kind between our leads. I don't know that I want to read about their settling into long ruts of putting up with each other even when they are not doing anything to stand up for themselves or make things right. Plus there are a few times that I felt like something important happens off script and I'm feeling a little left out. Why do the good moments in this book never get page time. The transition from POV to POV at times could have been smoother and the transition in large gaps of time could have been smoother. I was also disappointed that the only one who's problems seemed to be really addressed were Cole's. I would like to see them really work through their problems. While there were some emotional moments we didn't get that really involved feeling and our characters working things out didn't involve them talking about everything. I hate instant happy moments. I think it requires some work. I was glad with the talk at the end with Rini's "Babysitter" It was long over due. ...more
I have to say this book just didn't really work well for me. I like the basic idea, but once it was put into the book not much else made me enjoy theI have to say this book just didn't really work well for me. I like the basic idea, but once it was put into the book not much else made me enjoy the book. Most of the characters were pretty flat. We have a villain of a mom who every man seems unable to keep from falling for or at least two very important one's and who seem to let her walk all over them. A town who in turn allows her to walk all over them. No one stands up to her. When a sixteen year old girl runs away and she orders them to drop the subject and never look into it again. They all just listen? I can get some of them. But there isn't a single soul in that town who can't keep from worrying enough to look into it? Then even the girl's saviors turn out to be a cartoon villain. Why? Everyone around this one poor girl seems to be completely lacking in conscience. Then we get to our leading lady. This girl has had it rough I'll give you that, but her behavior is stupid. She doesn't even think things through. Then contradicts herself. Her character should have been more rounded. We should have been able to feel her emotions. The pain and betrayal that would come with finding out the big conspiracy behind her birth and how she was raised. That was the one thing that kept me reading trying to find out all the details to the big conspiracy and who was involved. I knew the basic parts and even had it put together mostly. But I wanted to know for sure the answer to the whole secret. ...more
Another good installment for the Fool's Gold series. This one was a bit corny at times and I'm not sure what to say about the whole part Cat played inAnother good installment for the Fool's Gold series. This one was a bit corny at times and I'm not sure what to say about the whole part Cat played in this story, the relationship, and the town. There was a good base for this couple and I was enjoying them work around their past and through it. But there were some situations once Cat returned to the picture that just took away from the story. It was just a little to ridiculous at times. In a world where we have some slightly over involved home town made up of mostly women that probably seems like an unlikely complaint. But I've learned to accept the town and it's oddness and just enjoy the romance in each story. For me the overplaying of Cat into this romance didn't really work.
I also enjoyed the two side romances. They worked out a little more smoothly than our main romance, but still had some ups and downs. It's obvious there will be another in the series although I would like to see this series start winding down myself. ...more
I had mixed feelings on this story. It was well written if a little overloaded with descriptions and information. The mistakes these two characters maI had mixed feelings on this story. It was well written if a little overloaded with descriptions and information. The mistakes these two characters make are pretty unforgivable. Especially Dean, I just had a hard time accepting what happened with the two of them. All the way to that point I understood how they had gotten to where they were and how everyone around them was screwing up their relationship. But what he did was so unacceptable I keep trying to convince myself it is okay that the two of them ended up together, but for me and my personal opinions on the subject I just can't work it out as forgivable. We all have choices and no matter what the regrets are he made a very poor choice. Even if Emma was everything everyone said she was it still wouldn't have been okay. It seemed like his remorse was over the fact that she wasn't what he thought in that moment not that he did it regardless.
Sorry about my little rant and it was a well written book and I don't regret reading it. Minus a few parts I had to skim through I was entertained. It kept me wondering what would happen next....more
I enjoy Dodd's books. Some are better than others. This one runs about average.
I really enjoyed the Di Luca brothers. They have some similarities andI enjoy Dodd's books. Some are better than others. This one runs about average.
I really enjoyed the Di Luca brothers. They have some similarities and some differences. I hope she maintains their different personalities in each of their books. I love that Rafe and Brooke have a very complicated back story and have their on and off moments throughout years. This may be more like third chance love than second. But while I love the fact that they have so much history and found myself at times curious about more of it in the end I'm glad Dodd chose not to spend to much time harping on the history more than needed. These two had great chemistry and I'm so glad they got together in the end. They had good interaction and relationship development. I totally enjoyed the romance in this story.
I wasn't as thrilled with the mystery or the suspense part. There were good parts to it, but mostly it came off comical. The choices these otherwise smart characters made just didn't fit. Then the obvious bad guys are completely overlooked. And while some secrets that would have helped being kept made since others were just kept without any good reason. Then add that all of these smart people make no effort to more than mention maybe Nonna wasn't just rambling it must have something to do with whats going on and still chose not to find out what it is she is keeping secret.
Overall a good book. I'm really looking forward to Eli's story. With the ending to this one we can see the type of complications he is going to have. It should be interesting....more