This was a really fun and incredibly exciting romantic suspense novel. While it is number two in a series, it does very well as a stand alone, so don'...moreThis was a really fun and incredibly exciting romantic suspense novel. While it is number two in a series, it does very well as a stand alone, so don't let the fact that you haven't read book one stop you.
Becky was an interesting combination for a character. As a former beauty queen she knows all the tricks - how to walk, how to smile, how to make her hair do that really cool blowing in the wind thing (even when there isn't wind) - and it drives Logan crazy. But what drives him crazier is her attitude. She's a tough cookie that will do anything to protect the very little family she has left, her baby. When an ex threatens her she finds herself thrown in with Logan in a very unusual way, but it may just work out well for both of them.
Logan has a strange past as well, and it wraps up with a contract saying he has to be married by the time he's 30 to inherit the land his father promised him. That's a problem until Becky shows up and a plan begins to form in his mind. She needs protection, he needs a wife - perfect - until they start to fall for each other (it is a romance after all).
What I liked best was that neither of them fell too hard or too fast. They both held back and they did get to know each other a little before diving into a more serious "real" relationship. I also enjoyed Becky's little girl - she's a doll and I can just see her come to life in every scene.
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This contemporary science fiction was very subtle at first. We know that Amery is part of a special program, but we aren't entirely sure what it is at...moreThis contemporary science fiction was very subtle at first. We know that Amery is part of a special program, but we aren't entirely sure what it is at first. Her life and history are revealed in pieces as we need to know them. She seems to be quite the average teenage girl - boy troubles, school troubles, parent troubles, but to top it all off she's not actually human.
I loved that the book didn't dwell to much on her accepting the fact that she was different. She had already done that and moved on. This was a unique look at prejudice and how it can make people over-react. The Organization is dead set on having an aliens make their home on earth - especially when it's so hard to tell them apart from the humans. They want Amery dead, and are willing to do anything to make it happen.
My biggest problem with the book was Lochie - for several reasons both big and small. One, I had no idea how to pronounce his name and no matter how I tried it out it sounded silly to me - petty, but that can make a difference on a very small scale. He also seemed to just happen to be places, know something, or have some tool on hand to make things way easier a few too many times. He seemed to just be Amery's "get out of jail free card". Anytime a situation came up they couldn't get out of, he magically pulled a tool out that would solve everything! He was also a bit one dimensional and overly trusting. If I had rescued some girl over and over and she didn't tell me why people were after her I would be mad, I don't care if I loved her, I would be mad.
The story overall was very interesting and had just enough action to make it very well balanced. I do want to know what will happen next. While we have a fairly good resolution at the end, there is much left undone and unsaid to encourage you to read the sequel. I know I'll be getting it soon, I really enjoyed this version of alien life on earth.
This book will make absolutely no sense unless you have read book one - which was beyond amazing!
What can I say - Pirate Dave & His Randy Adventu...moreThis book will make absolutely no sense unless you have read book one - which was beyond amazing!
What can I say - Pirate Dave & His Randy Adventures was as horribly awful as I expected - it was beyond hilarious and can totally see why it was a career killing novel. Seeing the whole story in one piece makes me love How Hard Can It Be even more. Please keep in mind that this book has done exactly what it was supposed to. It wasn't supposed to be a work of serious literature (or possible be considered literature at all). It is a spoof at it's best and I laughed the whole way through.
You must all go and read book one (which is a really amazing romantic comedy) so can chuckle along with me when you read this one.
The third book in the Speak of the Devil series is epic - as in end of the world apocalypse epic. Faith just can't seem to keep her life normal - or a...moreThe third book in the Speak of the Devil series is epic - as in end of the world apocalypse epic. Faith just can't seem to keep her life normal - or a least normal for the youngest daughter of Lucifer. Things just keep spiraling out of control and getting even more crazy.
I love Faith more and more with every page. She is such a riot - her entire family is, but she really stands out as such a unique person. A lover of children and a nurse, finding herself the Angel of Death is quite the life changing bummer, but she tries to deal with it. Her way of dealing with it leads to a series of "accidents" and "incidents" that lead to the beginnings of the legendary apocalypse.
Through it all Matt remains loyal - willing to do anything to make their relationship work. He's a great guy, but we really didn't see much of him in this one. We do get to see more of her roommate Lisa and a lot of Howard the ghost. All of these side characters are fantastic in their own way, but when put together the way Patricia Eimer does, they really take off and become very memorable.
This series should be a must read for lovers of snarky, smart-ass, sarcastic demons with a very, very non-traditional family tree. I loved every minute of it.
Enemies on Tap was a really fun read. Miranda Sweet comes from the wrong side of the tracks in a small town and hightailed it out as soon as she could...moreEnemies on Tap was a really fun read. Miranda Sweet comes from the wrong side of the tracks in a small town and hightailed it out as soon as she could. She comes back to flip the family brewery - it needs to make a profit in less than three months or she loses not only the brewery, but her job. Miranda is a no-nonsense type of girl that isn't afraid to speak her mind, unless it's how she feels about the golden child of Salvation, Logan Martin. They have a history that goes back to high school that neither one has really let go.
Miranda has a lot going against her. Most of the town hates her family for good reason. They have always been troublemakers - and the brewery was poorly managed. She tackles the uphill battle head on, until things get out of control and someone tries to sabotage all her plans. Logan wants to fight fair, but has a lot of pressure to do whatever it takes to get the Sweets out of town.
There's a bit of action and a lot of attitude in this story. There were some slow spots, but Avery Flynn does a pretty good job of moving the story along and keeping it interesting. Miranda is one of three triplets so I'm hoping to see more of her sisters in future stories in the series. There are quite a few interesting side characters that I would love to see matched up with someone.
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This is a sort of romance - the romance with a HEA all happens in the background. The players are all very important to both Faith and Matt, but they...moreThis is a sort of romance - the romance with a HEA all happens in the background. The players are all very important to both Faith and Matt, but they are definitely not the main attraction. Faith and Matt are center stage with another angelic/demonic "incident", and it's tearing them apart. When Matt's ex-girlfriend shows up at their door wanting to get him back - Faith tries to handle it well, but it all backfires horribly.
To top it all off Faith's ex-boyfriend is also in town and her brother was demon-napped just days before his wedding to her best friend. Sounds like a lot to handle, but it's just the tip of the iceberg. Matt and Faith's love for each other will really be put to the test - time and time again.
This has a much more urban fantasy feel to it, but there are two HEA's involved, so it could be called a romance as well. I loved continuing the story of these two hilarious families who seem to be constantly wrapped up in some sort of disaster. Lots of very humorous situations again that had be grinning through the pages. Still loving this series.
I have always loved Phantom of the Opera - the story, the music, everything about it. Lesa Howard has done a fantastic modern re-telling of this class...moreI have always loved Phantom of the Opera - the story, the music, everything about it. Lesa Howard has done a fantastic modern re-telling of this classic tale. Christine is a great ballerina that has earned a spot in a prestigious Academy. She's on the verge of making into their company, but she's missing just that little extra something that could help her make it all the way. When a mysterious tutor offers to help, but refuses to show himself, she takes him up on his offer to help her dance better. And so starts our Phantom.
Christine is not your typical teenager. She attends high school online and her dance career is her life. But she does have some of the typical teenager concerns. She wants a social life and a boyfriend. She wants to experience everything life has to offer without having to give up her dream of dancing. It's a delicate balancing act that she struggles to maintain. Throw into that some family issues and she has a lot on her plate.
Eric, our phantom, is a mystery. And knowing that it is a re-telling, I sat in anticipation for him to make his move. When he does, it's a big move and I was really shocked. Parts of this story aren't for the faint of heart. There are some adult topics that are very important, and while I'm not sure I approve of the way Christine handled all of them, she handled them in a very real way.
There are a few unexpected twists as their story unfolds and Lesa Howard's writing was beautiful. I fell into the story and the characters completely. Christine's life was fascinating. It's amazing how grueling her training and life was and how intense her training was. This is a great read for lovers of Phantom or contemporary young adult.
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