The parts of this book I liked were because I liked Cait and her story and her journey. If this was women's fiction, and just about her, I would haveThe parts of this book I liked were because I liked Cait and her story and her journey. If this was women's fiction, and just about her, I would have liked it. However, this is romance, and I hated the "romance" in it. Finn was a dick, didn't deserve Cait, and treated her like crap. He didn't redeem himself to me and I glossed over his supposed grovel because it was BS. I didn't believe that the relationship would last, or that it was good/healthy for her....more
Gets on my romance theme "heroines-looks-weight" shelf because the heroine is obsessed with being too pretty. A reasonable worry, since a governess whGets on my romance theme "heroines-looks-weight" shelf because the heroine is obsessed with being too pretty. A reasonable worry, since a governess who attracts men does not last long in a household. Still, her discussions of how difficult it is to be pretty wore on me after a while, even if they were legit. She was also a bit of a sop, winning over the oldest child with her sob story, rather than by being awesome, and then teaming up with the kids to sabotage their father wanting to propose to some lady. I'm not even putting this on my folklore themed shelf, since the idea that it's like Cinderella is very tenuous and not fulfilling. Belongs in the inspiration line because it is a sweet romance with characters who pray, go to church, and wonder about God's plan and forgiveness, but never preachy. Good for someone who isn't really into "Christian romances" like me.
Overall, a nice bit of fluff, and enjoyable in that I like the governess theme, but I didn't really believe that the hero loved her before he discovered that she was beautiful, nor did I consider the heroine hiding her beauty to be a real lie, or any sort of impediment....more
Not a bad book, just not the book for me. I found Savannah to be whiny, despite the fact that I wouldn't judge a person in real life who acted the samNot a bad book, just not the book for me. I found Savannah to be whiny, despite the fact that I wouldn't judge a person in real life who acted the same way. I can see how someone with real life experience with cancer might be drawn to this book, but it did nothing for me....more
I didn't properly finish it on my latest (2014) reread. I like this book and it's a fitting end to the series, but so much happens off page in betweenI didn't properly finish it on my latest (2014) reread. I like this book and it's a fitting end to the series, but so much happens off page in between the books (which is disappointing) and then so much craziness is shoved in for little reason. ...more
I think I like this book more than the first, as Tess becomes a more complex character.
In The Decoy Princess, all of the action takes place quickly. TI think I like this book more than the first, as Tess becomes a more complex character.
In The Decoy Princess, all of the action takes place quickly. Tess discovers that her entire life has been a lie, and has to outwit and outfight trained soldiers in order to save her kingdom from a deranged younger son. Before she is even able to process her identity, she is told about the world of "players" and "pieces", the true powers behind the throne, and her actual importance as Kavenlow's apprentice.
As Princess at Sea opens, Tess has had time to figure out what this all means, what she wants, what her life will be like. Life as a player means constant danger, no childbirth, and loving people will only leave them in danger as well. These thoughts make Tess much more interesting to read.
When I first read this book (I think when it first came out), I was annoyed by the major plot twist ((view spoiler)[ Duncan's betrayal (hide spoiler)] , but during this reread, I looked for it from the very beginning and agreed. It didn't feel out of character now, although I still would have liked it to be gentler. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Not really a "housekeeper" book, if that's why you want to pick it up. They're already friends and attracted to each other when he offers her the jobNot really a "housekeeper" book, if that's why you want to pick it up. They're already friends and attracted to each other when he offers her the job as a favor. There's an almost Betty Neels feel to it, as Sarah is unappreciated and overworked by her well meaning but self centered family. Would have done well expanded rather than as a HP title, but that's more my preference. I like the stories longer. The misunderstandings were reasonable and I loved that single mother Sarah was able to keep her pride AND allow someone else to help her. None of that romance heroine illness where she would rather die than be in anyone's debt. ...more
I almost didn't request this book from NetGalley, because the premise sounded so silly, and not at all like something I am into. But I did anyway, andI almost didn't request this book from NetGalley, because the premise sounded so silly, and not at all like something I am into. But I did anyway, and I started reading it because I thought it would be something light and silly for me to read while I also read a book of short stories. A few hours later, I was so deeply involved that I wouldn't go to bed.
I knew Megan Hart was a pretty big name, and have had several of her books on my radar, but hadn't gotten around to reading them. I'm glad that this is the first, though, so I had no ideas going in. There's a lot about this book that is literary fiction, the erotica bits are very good, and necessary in many ways, but if the publisher wanted to, they could probably easily be toned down and have this sell to a larger audience. It shows the commitment to the genre that it wasn't (or maybe just shows that romance sales continue to skyrocket even when other genres sales plummet). There are some clear ties to other major works, most of these ideas aren't new at all, but the book acknowledges that and moves past it in an enjoyable way. I don't read much erotica compared to the amount of romance I read, so I do love when there is still a clear focus on the relationship and the romance. Emm and Johnny were a good couple with real problems and real reactions. He seemed like a genuinely good guy who worried about being too old for her and worried about his newly connected family.
I think I may have liked Emm as much as I did because of the way she talks, just like me. It became almost embarrassing that we say so many of the same phrases, "for realsies" and other cutesy crap. This sort of realistic speech can often get to be too damn much, but it stayed on a reasonable level for me, again possibly just because it is how my friends and I talk. The only issue I had was with how often Jen said "girl". And not even just "hay gurl hay", which is another thing that everyone I know says, but "GIRL" all the time in a way that made me feel like she was a stereotype, even though her skin color is never mentioned and there is a good chance that me assuming that Jen is black and therefore all of this is offensive probably just makes me racist.
At the end of the day, the back of the book blurb about a woman who has blackouts and is in the seventies is pretty inaccurate. There are big chunks of the book that are of the "I went to work. I came home and made some tea. Then I went to bed" variety, but I was interested and engaged the whole way through. The romance between now-Johnny and Emm was beautiful, but almost incidental to the story of a woman fighting her blackouts, feeling betrayed by her body, alternately wanting her parents to let go but still need her, etc. I will very likely buy this, and I would recommend this to people who don't like erotica as a great book anyway, provided that they aren't the type to faint at the word "cunt"....more
A good two book series, better, I think, than the Truth series, which I read first. I would love for the author to return to these, but it seems as thA good two book series, better, I think, than the Truth series, which I read first. I would love for the author to return to these, but it seems as though she's found a lot of popularity under her Kim Harrison name, and I doubt she will look back.
Due to a prophecy, Princess Tess is more versed in self defense than the average princess. She's clever and a good shot with poison darts, but she is still fragile and empathetic, and caring for her people and desperate for love as any other gently raised woman. It turns out that she is merely the princess' decoy, chosen because she was the one of three infants to survive an assassin attempt, and her mentor, Kavenlow, actually raised her for a different, more dangerous purpose.
I have an odd relationship with this book. Like every other devotee of the Hunger Games, I eagerly awaited the release date. I had an Advanced ReaderI have an odd relationship with this book. Like every other devotee of the Hunger Games, I eagerly awaited the release date. I had an Advanced Reader of Catching Fire, so it had been absolute ages since I had new adventures in Panem and I was rabid that Scholastic didn't give out ARCs at ALA Annual 2010. They really didn't need to in order to get the buzz going.
So, I should have been excited as hell to get my book in the mail from Amazon Preorder, I should have sat there reading (with no breaks) until I was done. Instead, my mother died. My entire world shattered, and I didn't enjoy anything to do with life for a really long time. Especially not reading. Especially a book about death. I am really good at avoiding spoilers, and I managed to do so, possibly the only thing I actually managed to do whatsoever that entire year. I handed the book off to my husband to read, as he was tired of waiting for me.
Finally, I was ready to read again, and I re-read the series finishing with Mockingjay in May 2011. And I loved it. But I will never, NEVER be able to separate this book in my mind from the fear, anger, and overwhelming desperation I felt on August 24, 2010. It felt like a cosmic joke, that I had been looking forward to the day for so long, couldn't wait for it to arrive, and it became the worst day of my entire life. I almost can't forgive the book, as if that had anything to do with it.
I am telling you all of this, because books affect your life. There are experiences tied to every word and sense memories. I can remember where I was sitting when I first found out who murdered Roger AckroydThe Murder of Roger Ackroyd, and I can tell you what I was frantically eating to keep me sane during the stress of Into Thin AirInto Thin Air. This is a good thing, usually. And in this case, I sympathized with Katniss as her world came crashing down. I felt bad for her, because as my world fell apart, I was able to cling to my husband, and she didn't have any one person she KNEW was hers. I understood the desire to die in order to save and protect the ones you love. In the madness of grief, I felt one with her.
Some people didn't like this book. I agree that it is not my style as much as the other two, since I prefer the survival stuff over the political stuff, but this 2012 unemotional reread really helped me see how well crafted it is. (view spoiler)[I think many people were angry at Prim's death. I wasn't, I kind of expected it. It makes sense, thematically, that Katniss entered this entire situation not to start a rebellion, but to save her sister and in the end, needed to lose her sister in order to save the rebellion. I was never too emotionally attached to Prim, I was much more upset by Finnick's death. If things had gone a different way, and Peeta died, I would have LOST IT. (hide spoiler)] I still think the epilogue sneaks up on you and goes too quick, but it does kind of make sense in Katniss' voice.
I loved, loved, loved, this book. I can't even really describe why, it just had the main characters acting like decent people who didn't do anything sI loved, loved, loved, this book. I can't even really describe why, it just had the main characters acting like decent people who didn't do anything stupid and deserved to fall in love and were perfect for each other. It's actually kind of difficult to find this in a romance novel anymore.
Not much about the concept "sounds" too original, but it is handled in a wonderful and new way. The heroine wants to do these risky, adventurous, unfeminine things, but at no point does she go about them in a stupid way. She actually does her research, accepts help when it is given (or somethings thrust upon her), and never goes running into trouble just to be a brat. Her family is supportive and sweet, there are definitely two books that will be coming out of characters we meet here (not counting Nicholas' story, which I did not care for) and I am wildly looking forward to them.
The hero is supportive and very sweet in that he helps out the heroine with her list and asks very few questions. He doesn't badger her or force her to tell all of her secrets when it isn't his business. This happens all the time in romance novels and DRIVES ME CRAZY....more
My first Betty Neels! I had no idea what I was in for.
Emily is rather spirited for a Neels heroine, not the usual doormat. Her bitchy sister gets whatMy first Betty Neels! I had no idea what I was in for.
Emily is rather spirited for a Neels heroine, not the usual doormat. Her bitchy sister gets whatever she wants mostly because she runs away before Emily can do the shouting she plans to do. She's working too hard to support and care for her niece and nephew, but it's shown to be because her sister and brother-in-law are in quite a jam, and they are properly appreciative when they return on the scene. The hero is a bit of a dick, taking bitchy sister out and not really showing Emily much attention, but I did like him fussing over the twins. I also liked him grumpy, near the end, complaining to his grandmother that Emily wants a career....more
While I really liked this book, it does not serve well as a first Heyer. It begins VERY VERY slowly, the hero and heroine are not meant to be terriblyWhile I really liked this book, it does not serve well as a first Heyer. It begins VERY VERY slowly, the hero and heroine are not meant to be terribly sympathetic, and the humor in ridiculousness is more subtle than Austen. In other words, it's a great one once you read a few Heyer's and get a feel for how her novels flow....more
Very very cute, I loved the world that played by fairy tale rules, and the fun plot allowed me to ignore some confusing bits (the whole scarecrow thinVery very cute, I loved the world that played by fairy tale rules, and the fun plot allowed me to ignore some confusing bits (the whole scarecrow thing for a while etc). ...more