Terrific book, lot of twists and turns, and I really like this author. The audio book is great too. Susan Erickson is one of the best readers out ther...moreTerrific book, lot of twists and turns, and I really like this author. The audio book is great too. Susan Erickson is one of the best readers out there. Would definitely recommend. (less)
Although I have never read any of her bride series, this books sounds like it might be interesting because of the mystery twist. As for the audio book...moreAlthough I have never read any of her bride series, this books sounds like it might be interesting because of the mystery twist. As for the audio book, not really sure - reader is ok, we'll see.
Ok, I'm on to disc 2 and I'm hooked. I have heard this reader before and I like her enough to believe in the characters and where they take me.
Now on Disc 6 and really enjoying the story. Strong characters, intrigue, mysteries and a little fantasy thrown in.
I have one more disc to go in this story - Enjoying it.
Well, I finally finished it, and here the results:
I liked the characters, although some of them were not used to the extent they should have been, in my opinion. For such a long book, I would have expected a little more character development, and a slightly more complicated plot.
The fantasy angle was interesting and held my interest up until the end, where it kind of fizzled out a little. The end confrontation was a little anti-climactic.
The reader was enjoyable enough to make the characters distinct and so there was no trouble there.
Overall, I enjoyed the story and the characters. The hero's stepmother was such an unpleasant woman and had a couple funny scenes with the heroine and an ancestor's ghost. Although ghosts are not the main aspect of the story, the ghost was a nice addition I enjoyed, especially for the humor. (less)
I had to downgrade this book from three stars to two; the ending was weak. There was a lose end that really bothered me and would have been interestin...moreI had to downgrade this book from three stars to two; the ending was weak. There was a lose end that really bothered me and would have been interesting had it been explored. There was a conflict between Mary Lisa, the main female character and her mother. The reason was finally alluded to near the end as well as some kind of resolution, but there was never any final scene with her mother that would have added nicely to the story. The romance came on rather awkwardly and too quick, making it a little unbelievable.
The good things about this book were Mary Lisa and the interaction between the three girls. Mary Lisa is a lovable character and more time could have been spent on her and her friends relationship. Perhaps I am asking too much, as this was obviously meant to be a light, amusing book as described on the back cover, but it certainly doesn't live up to what I expect from Catherine Coulter, who is one of my favorite authors. (less)
I really wanted to like this book. I am a fan of Catherine Coulter's FBI series and I love Savich and Sherlock. But around page 300 or so, I just fina...moreI really wanted to like this book. I am a fan of Catherine Coulter's FBI series and I love Savich and Sherlock. But around page 300 or so, I just finally gave up. I just could not get into it. There are actually two story lines going on, and it should add interest, but it seems to make the book choppy, and the dialogue seems choppy as well. The book just does not seem to flow. I am really at a loss about this one.(less)
I love Catherine Coulter and the 1st three books in this series were excellent. But I was disappointed with this one. The character development was po...moreI love Catherine Coulter and the 1st three books in this series were excellent. But I was disappointed with this one. The character development was poor. I didn't really feel any connection to any of the characters, except Sherlock and Savich who are repeating characters in the series.
The romance was flat and just all of a sudden, it was there. Also, I found the fact that as soon as Mac started the romance, he seemed to forget about his sister, who was missing.
The mystery thriller aspect started off great, but then it became rather boring and totally unrealistic.
It's getting a two star rating because it was a fast read, and just ok.
I would suggest to someone who hasn't read Coulter before to give her another chance. This one is definitely not one of her best. The Cove is the first book in the series and excellent. The Maze is even better.(less)
I really liked this book. It almost reads like a farce and reminded me of the British Series, "Dr. Who", with Tom Baker (my favorite doctor.)
The dial...moreI really liked this book. It almost reads like a farce and reminded me of the British Series, "Dr. Who", with Tom Baker (my favorite doctor.)
The dialog is quite hilarious, and after the first chapter, I was hooked. Along with this almost quirky romance, there is mystery, intrigue, and some fantasy thrown in for good measure. Rohan, the male lead is purported to be a great womanizer and is chagrined to find out that his brother, George, who he always thought to be studious and dull, had married and fathered a child he never knew about. He finds the woman, Susannah, and feels he must make up for his brother's shortcomings. When someone kidnaps Susannah, the intrigue and mystery begins. Rohan's mother, Charlotte, is an interesting side character and has some very witty dialog. She is thrilled by the reputation her son has acquired, firmly believing that a good marriage exists if both partners adore and respect each other, but also have other lovers.
I laughed out loud at several parts, especially when Rowan was doing the thinking. He was quite a character. The end is a bit fanciful, but since the book is uniquely odd, I didn't find it a problem. (less)
This was one of those books that I liked and didn't like. It was not boring and I finished it pretty fast, but the amount of sex and let's be honest h...moreThis was one of those books that I liked and didn't like. It was not boring and I finished it pretty fast, but the amount of sex and let's be honest here, almost continuous raping of the heroine tainted my enjoyment of the story. It seemed like the author was going for a book similar to The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss, and yet this book did not have the heart or the character of the other.
The alpha male, who purported to be in love with the heroine his whole life, proceeds to kidnap her the eve of her wedding to another man, and rape her until her passion for him convinced her she could love him too. I don't know if that says love to me, forcing her time after time.
I really like Catherine Coulter and have enjoyed many of her other books, but this one is kind of odd. (less)