It is really hard to find out that someone you care for cares for someone else. Kate has to confront this head-on and she does so in what is a Review:
It is really hard to find out that someone you care for cares for someone else. Kate has to confront this head-on and she does so in what is a most drastic way: endeavoring to interrupt a wedding.
That she succeeds in interrupting the wrong wedding is the impetus behind this short story.
I have to give Our Heroine props for courage and enthusiasm as she embarks upon this adventure. She is brave enough to pursue the man she loves, then is gutsy enough listen to a quick proposition from a man who seems like the answer to a much different problem - and she's willing to go along with it, showing a public smile to cover her private concerns and nerves.
Twists abound, however, even after Kate ties the knot (in Vegas!) with Our Hero, the wealthy Chad Leida. He kind of drags her from pillar to post, not always telling her what's happening as the news of their marriage hits the media. This was irksome. He does, though, settle down to a sincere sort of fellow and Kate can't help but find herself responding.
Which is all we need for a sweet "compelled romance" short story, right? But wait, there's more!
And...I can't really tell you what that more is without spoiling all the twists that author Brooke Williams has prepared for you. Sorry!
What I can say is this: I think that this story deserved more air time than it got, here. We get a glance at a romance in the making with Kate and Chad, a glance at a relationship that might have been with Kate's original love-object, Brian, and glimpses of some interesting secondary characters (like the in-laws!). Kate had a lot to do in this story and, as Chad does in the story itself, she drags us back and forth as she hits all the major plot points.
What is satisfying is that Brooke Williams doesn't leave us with a predictable story. She lets Kate explore the workings of her heart, and lets her experience highs and lows as consequences of her choices. We also have characters who aren't perfect - and I really appreciate imperfect people as protagonists. So I'm grateful to the author for giving them to us in this Cinderella-interrupted tale.
If you're looking for a sweet story this holiday season, an eStocking Stuffer perhaps, this does fit the bill. And perhaps you, like me, will want to read more of the author's work to follow her active imagination in a longer format!
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The opening to this adventure tale is terrific. Immediate action. In this series, that means the messy destruction of the undead. Zombies. There are nThe opening to this adventure tale is terrific. Immediate action. In this series, that means the messy destruction of the undead. Zombies. There are numerous other terms these creatures are referenced as - something that undoubtedly is better is explained in the first book - and Flacco shows a good deal of creativity as he shares them.
Using a more-or-less omniscient third person perspective, Flacco allows the reader to gain insight into a multitude of characters in limited ways. He also provides wry foreshadowing and moments of humor.
“Either he would put the dragger out of its misery or Ranger would die a victim of his own beloved truck’s anger. He couldn’t see himself dying because of a zombie attack, but he’d rather have his faithful truck eat him whole.”
A dragger, by the way, is one of the book's words for zombie.
“Once this is over, we should go out and grab a bite to eat.” “I don’t think there’ll be anything open. ”
Quite a sensible observation to be made when one is doing one's best to defend the world!
I was often reminded of Stephen King's work, such as in The Stand, while I got into this Alien Invasion. Flacco brings characters together from different points, with their own agendas and internal turmoils, together for a greater purpose. Also, characters do die in this book - it's for younger folks, but that doesn't mean a character's continued existence is assured.
Though the title indicates there is an alien invasion—and there is—this is still a zombie story, complete with constant attacks by the walking undead as well as government cover-ups and entirely human bad guys. Ranger and the teenagers he finds himself working with do their utmost to keep people safe from all that threatens them. Very heroic. All the way to the end.
I enjoyed the author's infusion of humor into a grisly landscape; for a reader like me, this was essential. The dialogue was good, too, and made me feel that Flacco knows his teens.
What I found harder to get through, though, was the heavy use of adjectives. They slowed down the pace of what could and should have been a faster action/adventure tale. There were other technical issues, too, but as my copy was an Advance Reader Copy, I know that it is likely improvements were still being made when it was compiled. I hope they're ironed out in the final edition.
Overall, a sturdy follow-up to Jack Flacco's first Ranger Martin story. If you like zombies and all the brain-eating, skin-sloughing fear they represent, you should consider checking out both of the Ranger Martin books.
The author provided me with a complimentary copy of his book for review. ...more
Wow. This book was a real education for me for I had little grasp of who Genghis Khan was, never mind his descendants, and I certainly wasn't aware ofWow. This book was a real education for me for I had little grasp of who Genghis Khan was, never mind his descendants, and I certainly wasn't aware of the extent of his influence into the modern world.
This book was an eye opener and I will undoubtedly find myself reading it again to further internalize the world as it was changed by Genghis Khan and his descendants. I was terribly saddened and angered as I read about how the reputations of the Mongol people were ruined by uncaring others, and how prejudice slaughtered so many - in their lives and in their own reputations. A devastating outcome to what had once seemed so shockingly strong.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in the development of civilization in Eurasia and the Middle East, and for those who want to learn more about Temujin - the man who would be Genghis Khan....more
After my favorable experience with Christie's book And Then There Were None, I decided to try another one of her more famous stories.
I hadn't done soAfter my favorable experience with Christie's book And Then There Were None, I decided to try another one of her more famous stories.
I hadn't done so before because, honestly, the tale seemed so very contrived. And so it proved to be.
But it HAD to be, as one discovers when Poirot gave his final summation.
I believe that a good mystery writer has to approach the task as Vincent Bugliosi has stated he approached his court cases - one has to have the final summation created first, because it requires perfect preparation.
So is this case here. Hats of to Agatha Christie. Again. ...more
Full marks to Tommie Lyn on her research for this title. She created a hero in Ailean (pronounced Alan in English) McLachlan (sorry - just went EnglisFull marks to Tommie Lyn on her research for this title. She created a hero in Ailean (pronounced Alan in English) McLachlan (sorry - just went English on that one, too) who begins our story as a teenager in Scotland in a time of tired crofting fields and a time when the Clan Chief's word was law.
Ailean had to grow up - to leave behind dreams of battle glory and adventure - when he falls for a pretty girl and settles down. But still, the dreams linger, teasing him, and when his chief calls he follows. To battle and eventually the Field of Culloden in 1745.
History buffs will no doubt ascertain how that went for the Highlander.
To avoid major spoilers, Our Hero eventually finds himself in the New World, pursued by an enemy who has hated him since their youth when they played a game now known as shinty for the honor of their different clans. A Campbell, the Villain follows Our Hero even across the ocean to seek vengeance for injuries real and imagined.
My heart hurt for Ailean, even when I wanted to smack him once or twice. And I felt like scowling at the author, too, for all that she did to Ailean. But she provided us with the terrible side of war and that needed to be shown. She did it and did it thoroughly.
The Grand Sophy is regarded by many to be a classic Georgette Heyer Regency Romance.
The elements are all in place: The Heroine (whom we don't meet 'tiThe Grand Sophy is regarded by many to be a classic Georgette Heyer Regency Romance.
The elements are all in place: The Heroine (whom we don't meet 'til chapter three, though we hear much of her) who is unconventional, wealthy, smart, and endeavoring to do good for all in her sphere. The Hero (whom we meet immediately, though we may hardly countenance he's the romantic hero), who is of excellent character, managing his family, a noted whip, and even respect by Gentleman Jackson...!
Alas, he is betrothed. To a virtuous harridan.
Sophy (Our Heroine) is quite an amazing woman. Not a beauty, no, she is still striking and has money to do as she likes, along with a continental upbringing that has brought her to know many notables. When she comes to stay with her Aunt Elizabeth in London while her father - a diplomat - is in Brazil, she unsettles everyone.
All this, one can ascertain from reading the blurb.
As a romance, The Grand Sophy (to me) lacks the attention to the emotional responses of hero and heroine that I prefer to read. As a romp of a story, involving all kinds of colorful people and as a tale in how one managing female might arrange the lives of those about her, it's top-drawer.
Still not my favorite Heyer. In fact, if I had read this one first, years ago, I might not have read any of her other "romances". It is amusing, dashing, fast-paced, and a grand read. It just doesn't feel like a romance, even if everyone is all pleasantly established by the end of the book.
I'm giving it four stars, on the basis of its value as a story. ...more
When I received a complimentary copy of this book, the author warned me that it was dark. And it is, very much so. But that's not all that Black RoseWhen I received a complimentary copy of this book, the author warned me that it was dark. And it is, very much so. But that's not all that Black Rose is, and I found myself enjoying the triumphs herein, as well as shaking my head at the main characters on occasion.
For this, I won't apologize. I'm a cop's kid, at bottom.
You can read the blurb - It's accurate. This is a tale of women who are abducted, imprisoned, and abused by a man who uses them for his own needs. This part of Black Rose is terrifying, sure, but it's also edged in hope due to the heroine: Lillian (Lee) Locke.
I liked her. Lee is bright, beautiful, athletic, and spirited. When she is imprisoned, she is determined to fight. Not only for herself, but for the others locked up with her. Even though she was sometimes foolish in her taunts to their sadistic captor, she meant well and I respected that.
She also had to pay the price for it, in more ways than one. (Not gonna spoil it for you, honest!)
I also liked the hero, Richard. He's a solid young man, determined and passionate. Reading about what was happening on the outside—the search for the missing women, the agonies their friends and families were enduring—was a huge part of this story. This helped to give us readers—also trapped down in that place with Lee and the girls—hope as much as Lee herself did.
So while this is a dark story, it is also a story of strength under terrifying adversity. It's the desperate need for there to be a light in the dark, and for making that light burn enough to share it.
Sometimes, the protagonists behave foolishly. One understands that, while reading, but I cannot help but wince and tell them they were stupid.
What I felt cheated of, here, was the "after" part. There is a six month jump in time. An enormous amount of life happens in six months. How Lee had to claw her way back to herself, how Richard had to try to figure her out. (He should have been seeing a therapist, or someone, and I never got the sense that he did.) I didn't need a day-by-day, but checking in with these two would, for me, have been good.
To me, the creepiest parts of the whole novel were (view spoiler)[the interrogation of the villain and the trial. Hearing his motivation, his gloating, his wallowing in the sufferings of his victims was the worst. (hide spoiler)]
The end was not entirely satisfying to me, but it works as closure for this story.
Warning: There is extremely graphic violence against women, clearly, in this book. You can't really get around it, as it comprises a hefty chunk of the storyline. Know this going in and it'll be easier to read, in my personal experience.
And if you do, bring a light with you. It's dark down there.
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Like all of Heyer's books, this novel sparkles with wit and vivacity. Her secondary characters are some of the most vibrant in the Regency genre and tLike all of Heyer's books, this novel sparkles with wit and vivacity. Her secondary characters are some of the most vibrant in the Regency genre and they are what make this book jump out and keep my attention.
Which is great. And...not so awesome.
Because I read a Regency romance to swoon along with the hero and heroine and in The Nonesuch...? I didn't feel like I had that opportunity. I kept trying to get into Sir Waldo's head... but only caught glancing moments that didn't help me know him well at all. And Ancilla? She was our primary perspective-holder and I did feel I knew her well—until she made the classic misinterpretation (of course, right?) that had me thinking, WHAT? Really, Ancilla? How could you even think...?
Anyway. This was a quick romp, but not one of my favorites. For that, see Devil's Cub 3.5 stars....more