This is the first book I have read by this author, and I am disappointed. I did finish the whole book, though, so I could write a fair review. The onl...moreThis is the first book I have read by this author, and I am disappointed. I did finish the whole book, though, so I could write a fair review. The only reason I gave this two stars is because the beginning was funny and I liked the heroine. She had spunk and she was quite amusing. Otherwise, it would have been an easy one star rating.
I found two major turnoffs for me in this novel.
First, I thought the hero, Conner, was a dud. His character started off well, being amused and appreciative of Gillyanne's efforts to stall him and his companions from whisking her off and marrying her for her land.
After marrying her, glimpses of Connor's feelings were few and far between. Not knowing how to treat a woman has been used before in historical romance, but here it just doesn't work. If anything his character seemed to regress into a neanderthal ignorant oaf, an alpha male wannabe, and close to one-dimensional. Wow, that sounds really harsh, but I haven't run across such a total unlikable hero in a long time. Maybe I need to read more.
Anyway, this leads to beef number two. Despite his lack of expressive feeling towards her she falls in love with him anyway, and way too soon in the story. Ironically, Gillyanne is supposed to have a gift that lets her sense what another is feeling, but she cannot sense his. Could it be he doesn't really have any? I think it would have been a lot more interesting if she could sense them, and then maybe falling for him so fast might have been somewhat believable.
I'd like to end with a positive note, so as to balance the review out a little bit. I liked some of the other characters very much, and her family has some dimension and appeal. Since this book is part of a series, perhaps the others are better. I'll be taking a pass, though. (less)
This book was boring at times, but did pick up at the end. It is my least favorite Heather Graham book so far. I'll definitely keep reading her though...moreThis book was boring at times, but did pick up at the end. It is my least favorite Heather Graham book so far. I'll definitely keep reading her though, as I've enjoyed some of her others very much. (less)
The best part of this book is the twist and turns, a real roller coaster ride of suspense, surprising clues, and amazing revelations. Truly a fun book...moreThe best part of this book is the twist and turns, a real roller coaster ride of suspense, surprising clues, and amazing revelations. Truly a fun book to read. I listened to this one and found the rendition excellent. It was read by two women and they both did excellent jobs with their respective parts. Again, the men are always a challenge to a female reader, but I could distinguish between the characters. My only complaint about the D.D. Warren series in general is that I don't find her a very likable character. We see a lot more tenderness from her in this book, as well as her regular asshole persona. It's a welcome edition.
The style of this book is similar to The Neighbor, my favorite in the series up until this point. This one is running neck and neck with the former, and have yet to decide which one I prefer. Both are excellent and I would recommend both. (less)
This one was good for me, but now awesome. Very well written like almost all Linda Howard books, but for me sometimes tedious. The characters were gre...moreThis one was good for me, but now awesome. Very well written like almost all Linda Howard books, but for me sometimes tedious. The characters were great and the story idea a interesting one from the standpoint of the reader. If you enjoy stranded type stories and learning about surviving a plane crash on the top of a very cold mountain with no rescue in sight, then you'll love this book. The explanations of everything they did to survive is done in great detail, but it was just too much for me. The ending was kind of lame as well; I can't say anymore without introducing spoilers.
A lot of people have and will like this book better than I did. It's just simply not my type of book. I really wanted more time spent on the mystery, but the majority was spent on the two characters surviving. The romance was nice and Cam is a hunk, so that's all good. I actually listened to the the audio, and that was nicely done. (less)
This book was ok. I gave it three stars instead of two because I did read it in one day. It started off good, but mostly I just wanted to finish it. M...moreThis book was ok. I gave it three stars instead of two because I did read it in one day. It started off good, but mostly I just wanted to finish it. My mother adores Sharon Sala and she and I have similar tastes, but this book was a little flat overall. The heroine was crying almost the whole book. She may have had the right to the tears considering the circumstances, but it really became annoying after a while. I liked Tony, but the romantic dialog was mostly corny and unbelievable at times.
The mystery was interesting and probably the best part of the book. I did realize who the murderer was, but it took me awhile. The best part was the character of Aunt Lorett; I wish we'd seen more of her.
This is my first book by this author, and I'll probably try one more. I always give new writers two chances and then I'm done. Hopefully the next one will be better. I know a lot of people love this author and I mean no disrespect for their opinions. Everyone has their own tastes.(less)