I remember being required to read this book for a college lit. class and literally trying to "hold" my mind in place, keeping it from wandering a dozeI remember being required to read this book for a college lit. class and literally trying to "hold" my mind in place, keeping it from wandering a dozen times every minute of every sentence. I'd rather watch paint dry than be subjected to this book again.
Never in my life has such a short book given me such a torturous reading experience. It's almost hilarious that I can understand each word and yet, still be incapable of summarizing this book. At the end, I remembered nothing and took away nothing. In short, as someone who needs to be engaged when reading and cares about characterization and plot, this classic is not for me and never will be....more
I'm in the minority as I loathed reading these books. I had to get through this whole trilogy in one night since I picked it for summer reading back iI'm in the minority as I loathed reading these books. I had to get through this whole trilogy in one night since I picked it for summer reading back in high school and put it off to the last minute. BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER...it was agony just to get through the first few chapters as I remember very well the author dedicating pages and pages describing the ornaments on a door. Nonetheless, I slogged through 2 books and partly the 3rd before going to sleep -it was pure torture as his writing couldn't engage me and I found most of his characters very flat (really wasn't able to become attached to anyone).
I love the movies, esp. the first one since all the characters were working together towards a common goal and I just dug their dynamics. In my opinion, I felt the movies did a much better job telling the story than the books did: Their take on the narrative was engaging and got me to care for the characters and their quest.
I highly respect Tolkien for redefining the fantasy genre, but his writing just doesn't do it for me.
I also both envy/admire the majority of the population who became captivated by this series, but I'm in the minority. It has nothing to do with the content and everything to do with the writing, which failed to draw me in. With books I love, the writing itself draws me in and makes me forget I'm actually reading. Instead, I'm living and breathing the book world. But with LOTRs, I was forever the outsider, desperately trying to get in, but unable to for some unfathomable reason. Tolkien's writing couldn't engage me, couldn't seduce me into its book realm -I found it really long-winded and boring.
This is just my opinion and again, I wish I got the magic of this series like the majority of the population, but sadly I didn't. I'll never forget my night of torture trying to read all 3 books in one go. It's not the difficulty of the writing either, as I stayed up all night reading Pride and Prejudice a year later at age 16 and absolutely loved it.
I guess Tolkien's style of writing just isn't agreeable to me....more
Would have liked to see more of a process before the HEA. That's the only qualm I have about this series -the leads trusted4.3 Stars for the trilogy:
Would have liked to see more of a process before the HEA. That's the only qualm I have about this series -the leads trusted one another too fast and their whole relationship happened a little too smoothly. Still, I loved the characters, the independent strong-willed heroine (truly strong and tenacious), and the hot H who's so obsessed with her. He loved her to the point of being willing to give up an important part of himself as he can't live or function without her. Man did I feel his need/love for her...swoon!!
There were also supporting characters I grew to care about and overall, this series was successful in engaging me as I became thoroughly engrossed. The writing was beautiful and the leads' happiness made me giddy!...more
Overall, I enjoyed Marcus and Emma's story and couldn't put the books down. I loved how obsessive and possessive Marcus was of Emma: He truly4.4 Stars
Overall, I enjoyed Marcus and Emma's story and couldn't put the books down. I loved how obsessive and possessive Marcus was of Emma: He truly couldn't live or breathe without her.
My only qualm was how Marcus seemed to focus on their newborn son more in the epilogue, at the exclusion of Emma. The author seemed to want to paint Marcus as a remarkable father that I felt Emma became the third wheel in the family. In a romance, I usually hate how children are used as they almost always take over the leads' love and make me want to roll my eyes. I just didn't like how Marcus seemed more into their son at the end than Emma and didn't find that very romantic. In a romance, I always want the h to be the H's number one....more
Loved the entire series! This author's writing is wonderful (loved her other Krinar chronicles which also features an OTT obsessive H) and she reallyLoved the entire series! This author's writing is wonderful (loved her other Krinar chronicles which also features an OTT obsessive H) and she really knows how to write an alpha "evil" male who's absolutely obsessed and helplessly enthralled by the h. Her books only got better and by the start of the second book, I became attached to our lead couple and their unhealthy cravings for each other. Julian is definitely one of the most controlling and obsessive males I've ever read about and I love him for that in romance land. He'd put trackers in Nora and have hourly reports on her because there's a constant need to know where she is at all times. He's terrified of losing her and it's so endearing to see how besotted he is by her despite his high-handed and insufferable ways.
Anyway, I loved both leads and couldn't put the books down, so the whole series is a winner for me!...more
Wow, this was a really hot and well-written book!!! Although there were many graphic scenes, somehow I didn't mind because it was woven seamlessly witWow, this was a really hot and well-written book!!! Although there were many graphic scenes, somehow I didn't mind because it was woven seamlessly within the plot and is very much connected with the obsessive feelings the two leads harbor for one another.
Loved the strong h who spoke her mind and wasn't afraid to butt heads with the H when the situation calls for it. I also loved the conflicting emotions the H harbored and how possessive/obsessive he was over her: Even the possibility of the h being a spy couldn't deter his overwhelming need for her and to keep her by his side. He wanted to be with her so much (very alpha about it too, my fave) and wouldn't allow anyone to get in his way, not even her...swoon!...more
I liked that this book had an H who was madly in love with the h and would get all possessive over her. But there really was not much else to this booI liked that this book had an H who was madly in love with the h and would get all possessive over her. But there really was not much else to this book as the plot's kind of thin (a problem with most Lynda Chance books) and I just got really bored and ended up not finishing....more