Not really a fan of the plot, but I thought I might give it a try. Advice - if you don't really like the sound of the book, don't waste your time. I fNot really a fan of the plot, but I thought I might give it a try. Advice - if you don't really like the sound of the book, don't waste your time. I found the book emotion-less and honestly, boring. I skimmed through the last two thirds of the book and felt I didn't miss much. The book really lacks passion, and although I am comfortable with the Lyon, Hope is just a little too distant for me. Because of the aforementioned lack of passion, it felt to me that Lyon and Hope were not the best pair and I guess that ruined the whole book for me. ...more
Oh I love this book. This is Michelle Reid at her best. The Markonos Bride is one emotion-filled, soulful romance that maintains its realism in a beliOh I love this book. This is Michelle Reid at her best. The Markonos Bride is one emotion-filled, soulful romance that maintains its realism in a believable plot and even more credible characters. ...more
Saying this book tested my patience does not even begin to cover it; it truly exhausted every ounce of whatever pReviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.
Saying this book tested my patience does not even begin to cover it; it truly exhausted every ounce of whatever patience there was in me. While I admit I was intrigued about its premise at first, and was thoroughly excited at having the book in my hands, eventually I had to get rid of it or risk insanity.
For the record, I actually did not finish the book. So whether or not you'd take my review as accurate, I'll leave it for you to decide. However, note that I did try to read as much of this book as I could possibly endure. But it just was not possible to finish the book.
The protagonist, Julia, narrates the story and this pretty much guaranteed it's downfall for me. She's a whiny character, one that comes across as stupid more than naive. She's also rather weak in character and I was especially put off with her incessant pining after Nicholas.
So the guy heroically saves her and she falls head over heels in love at first sight, granted. But when Nicholas fails to show up after his saving her, she acts as if her life has suddenly lost its purpose. She goes through the five stages of grief, as though she has lost a lover. She begins blaming him, acting as if Nicholas owed her a lengthy explanation for promising to show up and somehow failing to do so (sure, a promise is a promise - but when a stranger promised something to you, do you honestly fall into a depression when it's broken? Aren't you more likely to be surprised if that stranger actually fulfilled a promised visit?). She also actually gets into the point where she tells herself to finally 'move on' from Nicholas. Move on? As if they ever had a relationship in the first place? It was just too pathetic.
Of course a good mystery and even more mysterious hero is always welcomed in my book - but as I waited for the mystery to unravel, there was nothing else to sustain the plot other than Julia's never-ending pining for Nicholas. Not only did this lack of subplot resulted in the dragging of the storyline, it also made it boring, and Julia's narrative practically killed it for me. Being annoyed to death by this character overshadowed my reading experience so much I can hardly comment on the book's writing and structure.
So sadly, despite my initial enthusiasm, Emerald Talisman turned out to be rather unbearable...more
I was rearing to read about ass-kicking couples a few days back and this book called out to me. Not only does it have romance at its heart, which I coI was rearing to read about ass-kicking couples a few days back and this book called out to me. Not only does it have romance at its heart, which I couldn't obviously seem to live without, it also has some targetted violence and that makes one interesting combination!
Reading Married with Zombies was such a breeze. I loved the characters. David and Sarah are as real as can be, and they are the type of characters that you, as a reader, immediately feel comfortable with. Their married life can be seen in many others and their problems are real-life. But they are nonetheless a phenomenal couple! They are both hilarious and fun characters and once can deduce that despite their differences, they married each other for a reason and that reason is very much alive.
While I'm tempted to say that the action part of the book is unexciting, that isn't entirely accurate. Yes, the action is toned down, but I'm glad it's not one of those books with too lengthy and wordy a sequence that's almost hard to follow. In Married with Zombies, action is light but it isn't detrimental to one's imagination. What is most important I felt was that the book translated the couple's isolation as humans in the field of zombies as well as the excitement and thrill that goes with their attempts of escape. Besides, it also fits the humorous tone of the book, which by the way is another of charms.
Secondary characters aren't hugely important in this book, apart from being foils, perhaps. It's really David and Sarah that matters most and they are such fabulous characters. It's easy to hitchhike in their adventures and I am looking forward to more from this couple! I do hope it's a lengthy series, for I don't think I'll get bored with these two.
Of all literature genres, romance is probably my favourite. Of all the romances, historical is what I definitely favour. And of all the historical romOf all literature genres, romance is probably my favourite. Of all the romances, historical is what I definitely favour. And of all the historical romances I adore those which feature couples finding unexpected love in marriages. So right off the bat you know that Wedding of the Century is just my type of book!
These three stories are so terribly romantic they make me want to swoon by just thinking about them. I dare say it appeals very much to my feminine sensibilities to read about a hero who loved the heroine first, rather than other way around. This being one of my favourite plots, reading it in three fantastic stories was pure heaven. I felt so indulged! Granted, it would eventually have been tedious had the stories not executed beautifully, but I only have praises for the way the three authors delivered their craft. I not only wanted the stories to be longer I wanted more!
I do love all three stories - but if I were to choose a favourite, I'd definitely go for Jesse's Wife by Kristin James. It was such a romantic story! Because the setting was contained to the couple's residence, it really highlights their blossoming romance and the peace of their married life. There were not many subplots to distract the reader from the very essence of the story - the romance. Because the stories were short, I find it important to condense the plot so the romance was given enough room to develop. These three stories did just that and were never once boring.
I can't recommend this book enough. It's a heart warming, romantic anthology that I am sure I will never tire reading over and over and over again. And I'll probably swoon in giddiness every time too!...more
Oh wow. Rachel Vincent just keeps pulling me deeper and deeper into her Soul Screamers series with each succeeding book. Third in the series so far, MOh wow. Rachel Vincent just keeps pulling me deeper and deeper into her Soul Screamers series with each succeeding book. Third in the series so far, My Soul to Keep is a keeper that will not only surprise, but also pull at the heart strings of its readers. Compared to the previous book, My Soul to Steal, this one is particularly circumventing Kaylee and Nash's relationship.
When the addictive drug Demon's Breath (and that is literal) finds its way into the hands of her schoolmates, Kaylee takes on the quest of finding how and why the Netherworld drug somehow defied the boundaries of this world and the other. Along the way, the author delivers the plot with twists that will leave you shocked, breathless and aching for more. I can hardly put it down - and I am so very impatient to get hold of the fourth book!
Kaylee and Nash's relationship is put to the test quite heavily in this book. Admittedly, Nash is not the character to mention. He changes into a possessive, unpredictable character who not only confuses but also hurts Kaylee. As much as I like Nash, I am and will always be behind Kaylee. She is such an amazing character - sound, relatable and one of those closest to my own personality. So understandably, I stand where she does - and when betrayal hits, not only was I engaged in the book, but I also understood the paths which Rachel took her characters towards. In many ways, Kaylee matures quite hurriedly in the book. She realises her priorities, develops the relationships she is tied to and just generally determines the direction her long life should lead to. I've always seen Kaylee as both responsible and reckless, and in this book both these characteristics endear me to her.
It worth mentioning I think, that I adored Tod and Addy in this book. Followers of the series would know that Tod is shaken by the events in My Soul to Steal, so he only really plays a part towards the end of the book. However, I'm glad that the Tod everyone has come to know and love came back with a vengeance. And if I were to award a character for being so chivalrous, brave and sacrificing, Tod would have it. Screw Nash, Tod is the character of this book. Addy's presence is heartbreaking - but she is a foil that strengthens Tod, and through her we see so much more of the reaper.
Endless surprises, action and a flurry of romance - the Soul Screamers series is just getting better and better with each book. ...more
This is a classic Penny Jordan read. As such, it is both predictable and pleasurable. While it is undeniably made from the same yarn that threads throThis is a classic Penny Jordan read. As such, it is both predictable and pleasurable. While it is undeniably made from the same yarn that threads through any other Penny Jordan book, it is also bears the characteristics of a good romance novel, which of course makes a PJ book irresistible. While I would not go so far as to call it unique, because of course the plot is well over-used, it is a cracking read all the same.
What a smashing ending to a brilliant book! Gutted it wasn't in the book, really, because daaaaang this epilogue is emotional, gripping and completelyWhat a smashing ending to a brilliant book! Gutted it wasn't in the book, really, because daaaaang this epilogue is emotional, gripping and completely and utterly romantic! <3...more
I'd like to think I'm a reader who do not demand perfect characters. As a matter of fact, I like finding the faulReviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.
I'd like to think I'm a reader who do not demand perfect characters. As a matter of fact, I like finding the faults in the characters that makes them so human. However, when I come across a character who barely has any redeeming quality, I also do not hesitate to flog the aforementioned character. And Max Archer is such a bastard of a character I swear he more than deserves some serious flogging.
I don't think the book executed the plot well at all in itself, but by God the characters! Weak, laughably ludicrous and without any ounce of self-respect! Max, in particular was an arrogant ass who revelled in the knowledge that he has two women in his bed. One, his wife Celine. The other, his mistress Kate, a younger work colleague. For goodness' sake how many times do middle-aged men have to be warned about their endless attraction to ambitious, independent women decades their junior? They never learn, do they? Max certainly did not get the memo, because this cheating husband did not only get himself the stereotypical mistress, he threw his wife to the gutter and thought himself in love! His complacency about the severity of his infidelity sends the wrong message, as well as his poor treatment of both Celine and Kate. His actions show no regret or payment for it, only self-confidence that he can apologise once and with clever words ease what he did to Kate and that a little wooing would earn him back his wife. Sorry, life doesn't work that way. Sorry is only too light a word. He seemed completely assured that because his wife is a woman without a pride, he can easily go back to the way things were. Like I said, no redemption. I was utterly disgusted by his behaviour - if he was a real-to-life person and I was in Celine's shoes, I'd divorce him without ado and file an injunction against him! What a despicable character this one is.
Celine - although the victim here - is no better. By God woman, have some dignity! She is so blinded by her love for Max - which, in turns out, she only realise when he left - that she simply continually begged him to come back. Really begged him to come back. Her pride is practically inexistent, and she cannot seem to function without Max. Pathetic. I happen to find it very difficult to find some women like her, who is content to grovel when she has all the resources to move on with her life, forget the episode and find someone who deserves her more. Celine is portrayed as a pushover with no real power in this book, and I think as a female reader that is seriously degrading. And Kate - well, Kate has no real presence in the book, only at the beginning and end. Although I think she is also a victim of the disgusting Max, nothing whatsoever justifies breaking up a marriage like she did (and moreover, begging Celine to let Max go). For goodness' sake, how many times do we also need to remind young, ambitious females to keep their hands off a married man? Motives be damned, if you have enough decency you'd know that ruining a marriage is one of the worse kind of sin!
Since the main protagonists are abhorrent, well the secondary characters are just as bad. They seem to be all happy and contented the marriage eventually gets back on track - no talks to Max about anything, or lectures or what nots. Nothing. Very disappointing - everybody was just oh-so-ready to let every wrong slide.
As much as I love historical romances, there is only so much of the history I can take. Which explains why perhapReviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.
As much as I love historical romances, there is only so much of the history I can take. Which explains why perhaps, I did not enjoy this book as much as I thought I would.
If I'm not mistaken By Arrangement is my first Madeline Hunter read, and I chose this not lightly - because when I checked her website I loved almost all the blurbs of her books! They were exactly what I would want to read about. Surprisingly though, I seemed to find more than I bargained for, because this book at least just doesn't fit the blurb! I mean, it does in a sense, because fact of the matter is, it has what it says in the tin. But it isn't quite all that it has, and the heavier, more important element - that is the political intrigue and mystery - has not been mentioned in the blurb. As I was expecting something entirely, it was quite a bore reading all those parts. I'm open to a bit more content in any book, but when it overwhelms the plot ... it's not very nice. I think that sums what I did not like in it entirely - the political intrigue/mystery overshadowed the romance a lot and I was tempted to flick through the pages and just read through the parts where the romance play an integral part.
Having said that, I think the author did an excellent job with the characters. More than anything, the book shows a path to romance that is beyond the 'love-or-lust-at-first-sight'. Christina and David learn to grow accustomed to each other, then trust each other and finally love each other. Like any couple, they go through misunderstandings, but their coming together is handled very excellently. A little humour, misconceptions and tears made the book more interesting too! The incomplete ending aside, this is an entertaining read, particularly if you like romantic mysteries....more
Wondering why I'm reading a romance novel as old as I am? Clearly, because I think romances are timeless (hey, whReviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.
Wondering why I'm reading a romance novel as old as I am? Clearly, because I think romances are timeless (hey, which is why I read a lot of romances!). But also - because old stories are ultimately more focused on the emotional rather than the sexual aspect of a relationship. Many older romances are very very good, and this is just one of them!
A very dramatised marriage and divorce, including the secrets and reasons for the above, but a surprisingly good book. Despite being a little predictable, everything ties up wonderfully and I am much impressed by the female character in this book. Abby is a strong heroine with the perfect sense of self!
Initially, Nick appears like every kind of playboy. I also thought that he would be a stereotypical hero, who uses seduction to capture the heart of our heroine. Fortunately for Nick, he is well-redeemed in the end. I am quite happy as to how this turned out, because he grows likeable as the book progresses, while not moving away from the ruthlessness that characterised him all the way through. This guy is peculiarly over-dramatic with his antics, but he grows on you. He really is a flawed character, but great nonetheless.
As I have mentioned, I admired Abby greatly in this book. She has a backbone, and knows when to stand up for herself. Unlike other heroines, she isn't immediately seduces, nor does she lose her head when ex-husband Nick is anywhere close. That just seemed mindless to me, and Abby I'm glad is not. I think the author has shown in Abby a good balance of pride, dignity and love and longing. While Abby maintains her cool and clings on to her self-respect, it is also clear that she yearns for Nick. It's a delicate balance and one not easy to trek - but Jacqueline Baird managed it perfectly! I have all respect for Abby.
With two great characters, and a great, twisty and close-to-reality plot, Shattered Trust is a wonderful book to pass time with! ...more
I've been gorging on historical romances as of late, and this one had many recommendations so I jumped right in tReviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.
I've been gorging on historical romances as of late, and this one had many recommendations so I jumped right in the midst of it. It's supposedly a tender romance, but the warm flutters it gives the readers, if any, stem not from tenderness but from insane jealousy from both bride and groom! This should be renamed 'Jealousy' because the theme runs through out the book.
This book has every element of romance one would expect of a romance novel, and it makes it so generic, I almost disliked it. There is also the tendency of both John and Claire to infuriatingly spend all their time together snapping at each other in jealous rage. Although, technically, only Claire has the right to be. There is emotional cheating in this book by John on his boss' wife and his ex-fiancee, Diane Calverson. John spends majority of the novel half in love with Diane, but as one might expect, he suddenly finds that as time passes this diminishes and his affection on his wife grows unexpectedly deeper. John often times acts beyond his right, given his obsession with another woman, and his easy reparation kinds of makes one less fond of him. He also hurts Claire repeatedly with his words (although in his monologue he is of course only confused - he only really doesn't know what to say/how to react in the circumstance) but some of these were insults hard to stomach. The author tries to redeem him at the end, but that does not cover all the damage, in my opinion. So John Hawthorn isn't one character I care about.
Claire was another thing altogether. She is a little too forgiving for me, but she is also a character with a backbone, which I absolutely loved. I am so used to romance novels where whenever the heroine is jealous all that come out are tears - not in this case. As I have already mentioned, Claire has strength, bravery and frankness that she never fails to hide. She lashes out when she wants to and stands up for herself. What a little vixen she is! Her actions makes her a very real character, and she deserves recognition for her defiance and strength. She's also defined by her love for automobiles - scandalous at the time, of course - and this cements her as a strong character ready to fight for her due.
Generally a textbook romance - it has all the elements required of a romantic novel - but I'm certain I can't be called overly fond of it. ...more
Two Texas Hearts is my first J.T. read and I find this one very tender romance. That's to be expected in my caseReviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.
Two Texas Hearts is my first J.T. read and I find this one very tender romance. That's to be expected in my case as it's been recommended from an Amazon thread that was about sweet & tender romances. Having said that, my impressions were that there were lots of conflicts and cattle (yes, cattles) in this book, but not enough romance for my liking!
As I've said, there's a lot of farm-related conflicts that affect our protagonists, and most were rather confusing. I didn't think they developed the characters much, only acted to extend the plot, more like. There weren't any twists also, so that kind of bored me a little. The characters were rather confusing and inconsistent, and although this romance is one sweet and gentle loving, I don't feel much as to how the author built up the affection between these two. Between the characterisation and that I think, this book could have been so much better.
There is however, secondary characters Jamie and Cheyenne, which I have adored! Such strong, three dimensional characters, although one might say a little untamed. They give vibrance to the story and truth be told, I'd have loved to read more about their I-hate-you-but-I-love-you romance. Delightful! Shame the protagonists were not these two!
For the reason above, the inconsistent characterisation and the myriad of unnecessary conflicts, I'm afraid this one is not on my keeper shelf....more
Infidelity, being the ultimate betrayal, is terribly difficult for any couple - let alone family - to face. So imReviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.
Infidelity, being the ultimate betrayal, is terribly difficult for any couple - let alone family - to face. So imagine if it happens to two very close-knit families: The Maxwells: J.D. and Teke, their children Leigh, Jana and Michael. And the Popes, Sam, Annie, and Jon and Zoe. It all begins one afternoon when Sam and Teke loses themselves in a moment of passion. Worse, Michael walks in on them and runs away, only to get hit by a truck, which results in a coma. Now, if that drama isn't heavy enough, the truck's driver happens to be Grady, the love of Teke's life.
This book really evokes intense emotions from the readers, because the crushing betrayal is aggravated by the fact that the families are so close, and MIchael being hurt is a direct effect of the trauma of seeing something that should never have happened. Pain and resentment abound, and I shed a lot of tears for Annie in this book, because I felt she deserved the most sympathy. The emotions of the characters are compelling and it is easy to get to know each character and their motivations. The characters are really varied and well-differentiated, and each of these differences dictate the path of the story.
What isn't easy to understand though, are the reactions of the adults to the infidelity. Annie for me was too forgiving - she was such a martyr! I guess she's real enough in that you always hear about women who forgive husbands/boyfriends who have cheated on them. Personally for me, although not vindictive per se, forgiveness comes hard and long and forgetting may never happen. So I felt Annie forgave too easily. I hated how the offending parties, Sam and Teke, tried so hard to brush off their sins under the "it's a one time mistake", "it's in the past", and the one I hated most: "we did not have an affair" umbrella of worthless excuses. As if that changes things! No mature, rational adult is vulnerable to their excuses because they were shallow, appalling and very, very flimsy. I've always hated that 'blinded by lust' excuse that authors use, because well, it's unrealistic!
It really threw me off how both of them downplayed the relevance and gravity of them cheating. It was as if they were trying so hard to make it look as if it never happened because it apparently meant nothing to both of them - but come on, cheating is cheating no matter what, and it is a big, big mistake even if it 'meant nothing'. They consistently hid behind the fact that it 'was not an affair' - are we to take it lightly because it was not? The book never really justifies it enough, and that's even worse because of the closeness of the family.
Sam also had the guts to be all condescending to their children, which was ironically immature of him to do because they were teenagers and not six years old! They don't understand not because their young, but because there's nothing to understand. Sam was such a typical male - expecting to be forgiven because he had admitted the sin and apologised. Bollocks! He didn't even try very much. He also dared to excuse his unfaithfulness by saying that he wasn't unfaithful at all because he was making love to Annie in his mind! And that he only used Teke's body. You know what that sounds like? It sounds like a well-thought, well-practiced excuse. Who comes up with that s***? What really got to me was when he was doing it with Teke, he said "Jesus, Teke" - which does not support his excuse of thinking of Annie, and also makes it known that he knew who it was he was screwing. I really lost respect to him after that, and once you lose respect for a character... it's hard for him to redeem himself again.
Teke is just as bad, because she was so self-absorbed, always thinking about Grady. Instead of redeeming herself to Annie, she only called on her to again, talk about Grady. How very unrepentant! And although by no means her fault, the book seems adamant to excuse Teke's behaviour due to troubled past - as if that gives her the right to cheat! So really, I felt that Sam and Teke got off very lightly in this book - it was very frustrating. Sure, J.D. is cruel and doesn't seem to deserve his due damage (he also cheated, by the way), Annie deserves every bit of grovelling from Sam and Teke! Having said that, Teke is a devoted mother - she did suffer her own share in her marriage, and more after her indiscretion, especially from J.D. who had absolutely no moral right to judge her. After a while it's hard not to sympathise with Teke, but I don't feel she apologised to Annie in particular, which given that they were the best of friends, should have done so in the first instance.
There were two redeeming characters in the book for me - Grady and the children. Grady is one very interesting character, and although he is often on the edge of the main picture, he has a very solid presence. The children were the most rational of the bunch, and in a book about infidelity by the parents, that says a lot.
More than Friends is slightly predictable - it ultimately revolves around the ramifications of infidelity on two different families, and the outcomes that result from said consequences. It's also about forgiveness and starting over. It shows how people cope very differently to an indiscretion; how it changed lives, how it strengthens bonds and how to ultimately live with it.
Sadly, it seems to me that wanting to re-read the book doesn't stem from the desire to wallow in the message it conveys, but from the pleasure of seeing those who should have been more tormented suffer repeatedly.
More than Friends is a painful, frustrating read - the characters are flawed and does grate at one's nerves. But it also does explore family life and values, and despite not liking the characters much, I don't regret reading the book...much.
I don't understand - how stupid can a character get, really? Practically all the characters in thReviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.
I don't understand - how stupid can a character get, really? Practically all the characters in this book are shallow, dumb and infuriatingly scatter-brained. I wanted to tear my hair out all the way through; I wish I hadn't wasted my bloody time reading this pathetic excuse for a romance! Let's not even talk about sub plots and secondary characters, because I don't think I can stomach talking about them.
Yes, it's that bad.
Let's focus on the general lack of brains of the characters, if you please. Almost a decade ago, Breanna is happily engaged to Troy. But Troy has a one-night stand with Breanna's best friend Meg and gets her pregnant. Of course, that is not only so cliche, the book does not even bother explaning what the hell happened there. You'd think that at least Breanna is given a measure of comfort by a heartfelt explanation on what really happened and why but no, of course not - the author decided it's better to leave it blank! To make matters worse, Troy goes 'round to eloping and marrying Meg. Then he had the guts to call Breanna - who at the time was only about to tell him she is pregnant with his child - and drops the bomb. Hurt, Breanna leaves town to build a life for herself, but miscarries the baby.
Any rational reader would place the sympathy on Breanna. But guess what? Apparently she's in the wrong! Troy gets all self-righteous and blames her for not telling him about the child! Her father and sister labels her a coward for running away! Plus, we are told that her father is actually the one who encouraged Troy to marry Meg, because he understood Troy wanted to do the right thing. Even if Breanna's father didn't know she was pregnant at the time, what rational father would be all friendly with the fiance who cheated on his daughter?! He was not even mad! He'd rather hurt his daughter than punch the fiance in the face - quite an insult to fatherhood I'd say. But then again - later we find out that he was also a cheater himself. Now, maybe that's why.
And then, to make matters worse - Breanna thinks so too! Pride? What pride? She's a pushover! She does things half-heartedly and is content with Troy's inexistent apologies. When every stupid one of her friends pushes them together, she's like a giggling teenager trying to pretend she's against it when she's really rearing to be pushed towards the person who betrayed her in the worst possible way. Ironically, the book tries to portray her maturity but damn, I've never seen such a dismal failure as this before.
Troy is a bastard. How can you blame the fiance you cheated on for not telling you she's pregnant when you ran off to marry her best friend, pregnant also with your baby? Or, more accurately, how dare you?! He's a cheater. He doesn't have the right. He was not even in the least apologetic about it! He continually goads Breanna, takes liberties and struts around town as if he had the right to feel deserted and be angry and act all possessive around Breanna. Yeah sure, he looked sullen when he found out she had a miscarriage - but instead of grieving for his lost child what does he do? His ego gets stroked for fathering two children by different women (also best friends!) and stakes his claim of fatherhood. What. an. ass.
And let's not forget - after a little teasing, a few kisses here and there, and seduction of course, Breanna forgives Troy and all is happy again! What a pair of idiots - they deserve each other!
So please, don't read this book. You'll only give yourself an apoplexy. ...more
I am especially picky with the books I read - and I usually immediately chuck the book when infidelity begins toReviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.
I am especially picky with the books I read - and I usually immediately chuck the book when infidelity begins to show itself. I made an exception for this book however, because if there's anything I love more than a man baring his heart to his woman, it's a man grovelling for forgiveness. A thread on Amazon recommended this book as one with a lot of grovelling so I thought I'd give it a try even if the reason for said grovelling is infidelity. Guess what? I was disappointed.
Call me shallow, but I picked this one up because it was supposed to show, grovelling aside, regrets, new beginnings and much-needed realisation in part of the characters. So I expected to be indulged - but there was little to make me happy. Grovelling? What grovelling? The hero was arrogant, self-righteous and would rather have the graces of the heroine through seduction rather than apologies! I disliked Joe because if there was anyone who had absolutely no right to act as if the past just erases itself, it's him. It did not help that the heroine was as weak as a newborn - a typically weak-willed heroine easily seduced by the hottie even though she despises his guts. How cliche could it get?
Add these characters to a equally cliche climax (other girl involved, but of course a total misunderstanding...) and you get something that isn't at all worth reading. It's as cliche as can be! There were several subplots that have no volume whatsoever - they'd make you wonder if they were only added in to garnish the plot because God knows it needs it. The only redeeming quality of this book I think is the part where Trish digs deeper into her own emotions. Her realisations were quite well explained and generally fits the plot.
I'd say do yourself a favour and skip this - but it seems some people like it, so there you go. ...more
Ah, a book about infidelity. Normally I'd rather suffer through watching Big Brother than read it, because the foReviewed @ Girls Without a Bookshelf.
Ah, a book about infidelity. Normally I'd rather suffer through watching Big Brother than read it, because the former at least would make me feel better about my mental faculties and the latter I'm sure from experience would only upset me so. But I have always shunned these books and really, it was time to give one a chance.
Glad I did. Sure, the topic is painful, sensitive and emotional, but ultimately what carries the book for me I have realised is not the reasons for the infidelity that the characters give, but how the couple handles it after the bomb explodes and puts everything into chaos. And in a marriage with children involved ... well it gets a hell of a lot more complicated. There could have been a thousand wrongs waiting to trap this book as I am easily irked by the littlest of actions/reactions from the characters in situations like this, but fortunately Rachel and Daniel are characters moulded from reality. Each of their reactions, reflections and feelings are genuine and portrayed effectively and with great accuracy. Rachel will earn the readers' sympathy, perhaps even empathy, just as Daniel shall earn the scorn he deserves.
There is no instant forgiveness for Daniel - because he did betray Rachel after all. He is contrite and is shamed by his behaviour, and does a lot of grovelling for his wife's forgiveness. He also does suffer for his mistakes. His reparation is long and admittedly satisfying. Rachel is a strong character - she's not a pushover, but someone who knows she is wronged and the gravity of the betrayal. She does take a little blow to Daniel here and there but the book really shows the depth of her affection for her family. There is enough drama to glue you into the plot, and with these great, real life characters, this book is one you should read!
The Ultimate Betrayal is a great read - one that focuses on the asking and granting of forgiveness, on the building of a broken trust and on re-valuating a marriage. It's also about making mistakes, regrets, and knowing one's priorities in life. In The Ultimate Betrayal, I seem to have found the star book about the one topic I hated to read most in romances!
Old book indeed, but awesome nevertheless. I wished more romances were like this, with a lot of focus on emotions, trust and love, rather than just sexual tension. This really should be re-issued!...more