Oh, where to start. I blew through this book. And not for any good reason. I just had to finish it Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
Oh, where to start. I blew through this book. And not for any good reason. I just had to finish it so that it would be done. That's a little general and with so many people loving this book, I do owe a big explanation. I mean, I'm definitely in the minority here. So maybe I'm just being super sensitive or picky because I just read something that was not my favorite ... I don't know. But here it is.
Let me start off from when I found this book. I haven't read anything by this author and I was looking forward to finding a new Romantic Suspense series to get hooked on. The premise of Full Throttle was really interesting and I loved the idea of the daughter of the POTUS falling for one of her "protectors" and all of that. But then I started reading.
Man. From the very beginning, I just got this undercurrent of immaturity just flowing VERY freely. Most of the comments coming from the characters and their inner thoughts sounded juvenile and ridiculous. There were all of these weird terms for shit and I just don't have time to check out the Urban Dictionary every five seconds to look up this awkward phrase when I should be enjoying a novel. Now, before you start in on me, yes. I realize that this is a New Adult novel. I get that. I've read dozens of New Adult novels and none of them have felt quite as patronizing toward that age as this one has. Come on. No self respecting twenty-year-old is going to talk like this and it just felt forced and completely insincere.
There were also tons of weird substitutions for saying crap or shit. It's just unnecessary. Well, it wouldn't be unnecessary if this was one of those books that didn't curse. I don't have a problem with books like that. More power to you, saint authors! But not cussing and thinking up weird shitty words and phrases is kind of negated when you are talking about a dude's junk in every other paragraph.
And that's another thing. I'm beginning to wonder if this was actually written by a horny 15 year-old. Now that's saying a lot!! I read tons of Historical Romance novels, now THOSE are filled with smut. Old smut, mind you, but smut none the less. And I love them. I love those trashy romance novels but the thing is, you know what they are when you pick them up. You know it's going to be a trashy romance novel and that isn't how it was with this one. I thought I was picking up a suspense novel and instead, I picked up a novel about a chick who when she gets into danger isn't thinking about survival, she's thinking about getting laid and the "rescuer" is thinking about his raging hard-on that he's had for years. Every two pages, there was a reference to this dude's penis. I'm okay with dick talk. It doesn't bother me but what does bother me is when it feels like that kind of thing is derailing the story. When you're reading a book, you can kind of feel where the novel is going to go next ... there's just this natural flow of things and man ... this book was like watching salmon try and get up that river only to be stopped by some dude swatting at them like baseballs with his junk.
Anyway ... not a fan. I probably won't try another one from this author. I've learned my lesson.
Like I said, I am in the minority with these views and the book comes out soon, so you should at least check it out. But keep in mind that I fully reserve the right to say "I told you so" if the need arises....more
I was lucky enough to receive this book from Goodreads. I sure do love a good historical romance no Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
I was lucky enough to receive this book from Goodreads. I sure do love a good historical romance novel!! This is my first Elizabeth Hoyt novel but I've had my eye on a few of her works previously so I was pretty excited when this one arrived in the mail.
First impressions? Dude. There are similar names that REALLY threw me off at first. The only similarity was the first letter but it made it a bit confusing at first ... like Phoebe and Penelope, Artemis and Apollo, Blackbourne and Batten and Brightmore, just to name a few. Come on, I know that there are only 26 letters in the alphabet and that there are tons of first initials that are the same but when you're first diving into a book, you don't expect for there to be soo many that are similar right from the get-go. Well, at least I didn't. I think that it just added some unnecessary confusion at first until you get through the first few chapters and kind of have a handle on what is going on.
Anyhow ... the novel is really well written. It held my attention and kept me interested throughout the whole thing. I didn't find any parts that were long winded or boring, I didn't have to skim anything and all in all, it was a good book. The characters were intriguing and I really enjoyed reading about Maximus and the journey that he has taken in his life. I do wish that there was a little more back story to the heroine, Artemis, of the story but that very well could have been in some of the previous novels of the series. That being said, I didn't feel the need to go back and read the previous 5 just to know what was going on in this one, it could definitely be a stand alone novel.
All in all, a good book. I'd be interested to see what some of the other Hoyt novels are like because I really enjoyed the mystery and intrigue in this one....more
This is the first book that I've read by Melinda Leigh but it most certainly won't be the last. If Check out my other reviews at Little Miss Bookmark!
This is the first book that I've read by Melinda Leigh but it most certainly won't be the last. If the rest of her novels are anything like this one, she is definitely one of my top ten favorites!! I just absolutely adored just about everything having to do with this novel. There is one exception but I'll cover that after the good stuff.
I really love the romantic suspense genre. To me, it has the best of both worlds! Other than that, I don't really have any reason to love it. I just do. Anyhow, I have super high expectations because of the sheer number of romantic suspense novels that I've read but this one is right up there with the best of them. Let's see ... first thing ... the beginning of this novel is going to rip your heart out and then stomp on it and just to had insult to injury, a bird flies by and craps on you. It was pretty shocking to have this kind of scenario happen in a book and then for it to be right in the beginning, I just knew that this author was made for me.
My emotions were pretty much all over the place with this one. I was devastatingly sad and then mad and then scared and happy and everything in between. The author has really fine tuned her craft - to be able to elicit such STRONG emotions from a reader is, I would think, the main reason behind writing. And man. Melinda Leigh is good. She's REALLY good.
Another awesome thing is that not only do you become extremely attached to the characters, but they are believable and you can't get enough of any of them. You know, some authors just can't get the voice of a child or teenager down onto a page ... they end up making the character sound ridiculous and unbelievable but Leigh was just completely spot on. She could go from the child talking to the Major to the teenage girl and the villain and you could really distinguish between each character's voice. It was refreshing. Love!!
Now ... there's that one exception to my love that I spoke about earlier. It's really not that big of a deal but it is bothering me and so I have to bring it up. The cover. It's great. Until you look at the person running. For some reason, I can't look at the person's hair without seeing Chewbacca's face!!! It just really bothers me. Totally inconsequential but there it is. I hope that you don't see the same thing now that I brought it up. Well, that's not true. I don't want to be the only one.
Now Hour of Need doesn't come out until December 9th. Defintely put it on your list to read. You'll blow through it, I promise!!...more