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 hThis 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. ...more
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 dialI 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. ...more
This book is not one of her best, but I still liked it. It drew me in rather quickly and kept my interest. It's probably more like 3 1/2 stars, but heThis book is not one of her best, but I still liked it. It drew me in rather quickly and kept my interest. It's probably more like 3 1/2 stars, but hey, it's Catherine Coulter, one of my favorite authors -- I had to go in the positive direction.
She does have a lot of books that are better, and a few that are worse. But overall, if you haven't read her, I would definitely recommend it. I just wouldn't start with this one.
In fairness to those dissenters out there, I partially agree with some of the negative comments. The dialogue is not up to her expected standards, but it's not that bad; it didn't make much of an impact on my enjoyment of the story.
--The story was choppy in places.
--Some of the characters and subplots were not deep enough for me; it's like she just stuck some things in to prolong the story or add some spice.
--In parts, it pushed the reality meter to the limit. I give a lot of license for realism. However, the idea that the bad guy is really clever didn't go over very well. This is because, he/she got away with a lot just because the good guys being really stupid -- Kevlar vests, anyone? There's some really shoddy police work going on and even Savich and Sherlock are in on one of the "good guys are stupid scenes".I found it hard to get on board with that one. This is standard police work, people! Maybe because it's an older book, they didn't do it the way I expected them to, but I got over it.
Overall, I found it fun and engaging. Not one that I couldn't put down, but enjoyable. ...more
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 poI 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....more