From the moment I started reading this story I was drawn into the characters and their respective storie...moreCari Hunter hits another one out of the park!
From the moment I started reading this story I was drawn into the characters and their respective stories. As a reader I really enjoyed how we were introduced to each character individually and that there was just enough of a back story for the reader to understand that both Alex and Sarah are incredibly scarred both literally and figuratively; without that becoming the entire story.
The other great thing is despite the fact that there is some romance in the story, this is not the stereotypical “romance”. There is plenty of action and for me a bit of intrigue. Normally I would say I’d like to see these characters again but I don’t think there is one more thing that could be thrown at these two, barring an apocalypse. However, I think it would be interesting to come across these two later as supporting characters in another story. Oh and if Cari Hunter did write a story around an apocalypse I’d read that too. (less)
Right out of the box let me clearly state that this is just my own personal opinion and yes I have seen several reviews of this story where it was hig...moreRight out of the box let me clearly state that this is just my own personal opinion and yes I have seen several reviews of this story where it was highly rated. Unfortunately for me, I hated this story and it had very little to do with the actual writing. There are a variety of characters with various subplots that all intersect with the major underlying mystery of who killed Billy Carlson.
The problem for me as a reader was that I hated the characters. The majority of them are self-centered and self-absorbed.
Kath Branch is the stereotypical music personality who cheats on her partner and sleeps around while on the road. Meredith Carlson wants her 15 minutes of fame by solving Billy’s murder even if that means steam rolling her husband’s wishes. Meredith is convinced the killer is Kathy Branch and will do whatever it takes to prove that. Ellen Walker isn’t nearly as self-absorbed but she is also not a sympathetic character. If the opportunity arises for a fling with Kathy, she’s taking it and has informed her husband that she’s going to do just that. What the heck, he owes her a free pass since he’s cheated on her in the past.
I just hated them, all of them. It got to the point where I couldn’t stand reading about them. In fact, I abandoned this book several times. The only thing that kept bringing me back to finish reading it was that I committed to reading the entire story, but it was hard.
Normally such a complex plot with all the inter-related storylines would keep me intrigued but by the time I hit the 50% mark I’d lost all interest in who actually killed Billy Carlson and never really got interested in the mystery again. My only goal was to just finish the thing. Finally there was a turning point in the story where I actually started to enjoy the writing, so much so that I made a note. It was at the 93% complete mark.
I don’t really want to discourage people from reading this story, but it turned out to not be my cup of tea. Maybe because if I knew of these people in real life I would not want anything to do with their drama and would be sorely tempted to smack them upside the head.
Having said all of this, despite hating this particular story, I would give something else written by Lynn Kear another try because the writing itself was ok, I just didn’t like the plot/characters of this particular one. (less)
I enjoyed this story but I have to admit that I almost gave up on it several times in the early few chapters. In part I hung in there because I really...moreI enjoyed this story but I have to admit that I almost gave up on it several times in the early few chapters. In part I hung in there because I really like the author. I was about 25% into the book on my e-reader before I started to get into the plot.(less)
I would classify this as a fluffy beach read. The "romance" aspect offers is just enough cover allowing the reader to let go of any potential guilt th...moreI would classify this as a fluffy beach read. The "romance" aspect offers is just enough cover allowing the reader to let go of any potential guilt that might arise from reading the sex scenes.(less)
First let me just say that I did enjoy this book and I will look to read other items by Yvonne Heidt. I think it’s just unfortunate happenstance that...moreFirst let me just say that I did enjoy this book and I will look to read other items by Yvonne Heidt. I think it’s just unfortunate happenstance that just finished reading “Whispering Pines by Mavis Applewater which had an almost identical premise; Haunted house, sisters-in-law who are lovers, evil husband, death/murder… well you get the point. So although Sometime Yesterday was a good read and enjoyable, I somehow felt that it was a lite version of Whispering Pines. I also know that if I had read them in the reverse order I’d be saying “Sometime Yesterday” was a fun beach read. Surprisingly I didn’t find Van that interesting but I was intrigued by Natalie and her Mom and I would love to see a follow up that developed both Natalie and Mom. I admit it, I want to know where here art work is going next.(less)
The story opens immediately with the killer attacking his next victim, who we quickly learn is the wife/partner of the FBI Assistant Director in Charg...moreThe story opens immediately with the killer attacking his next victim, who we quickly learn is the wife/partner of the FBI Assistant Director in Charge. Needless to say this results in a very specific and personal interest in having this case resolved as quickly as possible with Special Agent Jordan Gray and her partner being asked to work the case “off the books” because the FBI doesn’t have any specific jurisdiction. I enjoyed the story but there were a few moments where the story felt a little disjointed, where I actually stopped reading and tried to figure out how we got from point A to point C. I was able to move on from it, but it happened enough that it stuck with me. The only other thing I was disappointed with was the use of certain language when describing the sex scenes.
This is really a personal preference, but I find that when authors/characters use certain phrases it comes across, in my opinion, as if a male porn star were talking. Again, for me, this detracts from the overall story. Then again, I know there are lots of people who would be un-phased.
If Syd Parker comes out with another “Foxx Files Thriller” I would give that one a try because I liked both Jordan and Rebecca, there characters have lot of potential, and I’d like to see what comes of them. (less)
The book contains 3 short stories: Call of the Wild Puppy Dog Tale The New Two-Piece
Each is approximately 10 - 12 pages long and is written in typical...moreThe book contains 3 short stories: Call of the Wild Puppy Dog Tale The New Two-Piece
Each is approximately 10 - 12 pages long and is written in typical Georgia Beers fashion. Reading them was a fun way to spend my lunch break. They were a quick read so that I could get sucked into the story and complete the story in a timeframe that didn't interfere with my going back to work. It really was a nice break.(less)
Ashley Giraud lives her entire life by a set of incredibly strict rules that give her the ability to control every aspect of her life, or at least the...moreAshley Giraud lives her entire life by a set of incredibly strict rules that give her the ability to control every aspect of her life, or at least the illusion of control. Her need for such extreme control stems from her childhood experiences.
The book goes into enough detail to know that Ashley was sexually abused as a young girl by a woman she trusted and in a juvenile way believed she loved. The book does not go into graphic detail describing the abuse, for which I am thankful, but it allows the reader enough insight to fully grasp the situation.
Needless to say Ashley’s life revolves around controlling her inner demons and insolating herself from the world. Which is funny since she has a career which makes her a public figure, but we quickly learn that being a public figure works perfectly into the rules she lives by and the persona she wants to portray and never really allowing anyone to see the real person.
There were points in this story where I wondered if Ashley even knew who the “real” Ashley is.
Early in the story Ashley meets Julia, who I will say has the patience and understanding of a Saint. I have to admit, that sometimes her level of understanding and patience irked me but then again I have the patience of a gnat.
The story is written in a way where it seems to make small leaps forward in time and this actually works well for the overall story because lord knows the book would be the size of War and Peace if it documented every aspect of Ashley and Julia’s journey.
Here’s the one thing that disappointed me with the story. It felt like it just ended. KG MacGregor gave an ending that allows the reader to assume things continued to progress in a positive manner but it left me wanting to know definitively that Ashely and Julia had worked through the last major stepping stone in their relationship; which, as I type this, makes me realize that I was more invested in the characters than I originally thought. (less)
I'm not sure if this falls into the erotica or romance genre but it was a quick easy short story. I liked it but I'll admit that part of what made it...moreI'm not sure if this falls into the erotica or romance genre but it was a quick easy short story. I liked it but I'll admit that part of what made it enjoyable was the fact that it is a short story. Otherwise I think I would have found the main character, Ada, wickedly annoying.(less)
I’ve read most, if not all of Gerri Hill’s books and I have to say from the very beginning this is NOT a typical “fluffy” Gerri Hill story. It feels g...moreI’ve read most, if not all of Gerri Hill’s books and I have to say from the very beginning this is NOT a typical “fluffy” Gerri Hill story. It feels grittier, edgier, and it’s definitely creepy. My usual modus operandi is to read a Gerri Hill in one or two sittings. In part because they tend to be light, easy, enjoyable reads. This one took me a few days, not because it was less enjoyable but because it required more active participation on my part to track the story; which means I had to think while reading. I do think that Gerri Hill managed to keep enough "romance" in the story to keep the die hard romance readers happy and it was intermingled in nicely with the weirdness going on in Hoganville.
If you are going to get hung up on the weirdness of the things that happen in the story and whether they could be real or not, maybe this isn’t the story for you… BUT if you like a creepy mystery with creepy people, which I do, then this is definitely a nice change of pace.
I actually hope we see some more of Paige and CJ. (less)
I’m a little late coming to the Code Name Verity party but here I am jumping on the band wagon. This is definitely on the top 3 books that I have read...moreI’m a little late coming to the Code Name Verity party but here I am jumping on the band wagon. This is definitely on the top 3 books that I have read in 2012. The story is based during WWI and revolves around two women, their friendship and the roles they play during the war. One ultimately becomes a British spy and the other is an airplane pilot.
The story is written in two parts, the 1st half of the book is narrated by the captured spy’s point of view and the second half is narrated by the pilot. I’m not usually a big fan historical stories but the story has a great flow and as a reader I was quickly drawn in. The difficulty in reviewing the story is that I don’t want to spoil the plot, so generically there are a few interesting plot twists and a few places where you definitely need a tissue handy. This was well worth the read. (less)