Cry No More was a heart wrenching story of Milla, a mother who is desperately trying to hold onto the hope of finding her son who was stolen literally...moreCry No More was a heart wrenching story of Milla, a mother who is desperately trying to hold onto the hope of finding her son who was stolen literally out of her arms a decade earlier.
I didn't quite know how to react to this book. I am not a big fan of romantic suspense and I really would categorize this one as more of a action/suspense novel with the romantic elements being barely a sub-plot. But despite my normal discrimination against non-romance books I really did enjoy it.
I am not a parent. I can only imagine the torture it would be to have a child stolen from me but I actually felt Milla's pain in the way Linda Howard described it. She did an amazing job of animating Milla's grief. I cried, I admit it. For those who have read this, how could I not cry?
I felt the need to knock this down from a 5 to a 4 star read because first off, it IS categorized as a "romantic" suspense and I really thought the romance part lacked. I was almost 200 pages into the book before a romantic element was even touched on and even then it was waaaaay in the background. The other thing that I felt was missing was the overall mystery/suspense involved was a bit shallow. We knew pretty early on who the bad guys were, and they were very horrible people but I guess I like my villain's evil deeds fleshed out with a bit more detail. Then when they were found out all we hear is "they were arrested". We never find out what happened to them beyond that. If I'm going to dive into a suspense novel I want more depth.
Overall I enjoyed Cry No More. I'd recommend it to anyone interested in a tug-at-the-heart strings tear jerker. (less)
J R Ward's Fallen Angel series is a very pleasant surprise. Arrested and thrown in jail Isaac finds his only hope to get out and escape his past is hi...moreJ R Ward's Fallen Angel series is a very pleasant surprise. Arrested and thrown in jail Isaac finds his only hope to get out and escape his past is his beautiful public defense lawyer Grier Childe. Grier is pulled into Isaac's life by her bleeding heart and obsession to help save those in need. While Grier and Isaac are fighting for their lives escaping Isaac's evil boss, Jim Herron heaven's newest fallen angel and the world's only hope for rescue from evil, is trying to keep the demon Devinia away from his charge.
Fast paced the emotional roller coaster you jump on when starting to read Crave is a wonderful change from the normal day to day romance we've been seeing so much of lately. There was not a dull moment being so full of action, the plot is interesting and mysterious, and the characters are love (and hate) able. I absolutely love Ward's writing style. I cannot wait for the next one in this series.(less)
Naughty books are occasionally a guilty pleasure for me. Their One and Only had been sitting on my Amazon wish list for quite a while and the other ni...moreNaughty books are occasionally a guilty pleasure for me. Their One and Only had been sitting on my Amazon wish list for quite a while and the other night I finally gave in and bought it.
Overall I was a bit disappointed and my biggest let down was the characters. First, the heroine was mapped out a bit weak for my taste. Both in personality and description. She didn't hem and haw too much over having two brothers being her "husbands" and what that might mean to her life. And the sex scenes didn't quite make up for her lack of character to me. The heros Sam and Tyler though they were painted out as hot and protective alpha males they didn't quite meet the mark for me either. They were identical twins that despite the very minor personality quirks that separated them as individuals, to me they mine as well have been one man with 4 hands and 2 penises (was that the whole idea and I missed it?). I guess you could look at it as a twofer, but I couldn't warm up to the idea of the two of them being so alike. I am a huge fan of the alpha male, but having TWO of the same guy telling me what to do does not sound like fun to me.
The things I did like about Their One and Only that landed 3 stars from me was the suspense plot. I thought the author did a great job of fleshing out the story. The suspense was really great, a lot of emphasis on the "who done it" kept me reading.
I guess my main disappointment was I definitely did not buy this book for the suspense but I liked it enough to buy Trista Ann Michael's work again. (less)
I am not sure where the band wagon for Nightfall began but I picked it up because I saw it appear on several of my GR friends to-read sh...more4 1/2 stars...
I am not sure where the band wagon for Nightfall began but I picked it up because I saw it appear on several of my GR friends to-read shelves. I followed the the group on this one and not for the first time this year I was pleasantly surprised.
Within the first few pages of Nightfall Jenna was abducted by scary muscle man Mason. Mason owes Jenna's late father a life debt which he intends to repay by keeping Jenna alive. The world as we know it has changed. Technology is gone, anything that requires the use of computer chips has been rendered useless and the world has given a new meaning to the term "survival of the fittest". Rabid dog like beasts are now roaming the country desperate for food and humans sure are tasty. When 5 strangers stumble upon Mason and Jenna in their secluded cabin Jenna offers them safety and shelter against Mason's orders.
Nightfall was a dystopian post-apocalyptic story of strangers who in the direst of circumstances find themselves having to trust one another. Most of these characters weren't given the opportunities in normal times to have someone to depend on and trust. So when the world as they knew it comes to a cataclysmic end and they are forced to work together to keep each other alive, each person has to work through their own individual struggles to survive. I loved all of these characters. Focusing on Jenna and Mason there were times throughout this action packed story that I couldn't help but picture these two as real people. The authors did an excellent job of bringing all these characters to life.
Non-stop action, blood, guts, great characters, alpha male, kick ass heroine with some romance thrown in, Nightfall was just shy of perfect for my reading tastes. I would have liked a bit more romance thrown in, but that is just personal preference and takes nothing away from the author's abilities to write an excellent book. I also thought the Epilogue left something to be desired but that's what sequels are for.
Overall I would categorize Nightfall with books like The Hunger Games, only for adults. I feel a reader who enjoyed The Hunger Games would enjoy this as well. This book makes me want to join a gym. If the time comes I have to outrun crazy man-dog-beasts I don't want to be out of shape! Kudos to the ladies who make up the author Ellen Connor I am anxiously awaiting your next book. (less)
The next time I have an urge, I need to remind myself that all though my trusted Goodreads friends rate a book very high, Romantic suspense just isn't...moreThe next time I have an urge, I need to remind myself that all though my trusted Goodreads friends rate a book very high, Romantic suspense just isn't for me. (less)
There were several things that drew me to Because of You. I love the big brooding hero, I love reading about characters that overcome huge obstacles a...moreThere were several things that drew me to Because of You. I love the big brooding hero, I love reading about characters that overcome huge obstacles and come out shiny on the other side. The biggest thing that drew me to this book was the fact the the heroine was a breast cancer survivor.
Shane is a soldier to the bottom of his soul. He is responsible for the men who are assigned to him and he takes that responsibility very seriously. So when soldiers are injured in a bombing while on patrol, he feels that he is at fault for their turmoil in the aftermath. The fact that he was injured in the same explosion doesn't even occur to him. Those men were his men and he let them down. Being stuck in a bed and later in a wheelchair only adds to his failure as a soldier and as their leader. Jen is a nurse assigned to the floor which Shane resides on in the hospital. Jen and Shane have a short lived past in which they shared a kiss the night before she was the nurse who deployed him. While working with Shane, Jen tries to help him through his guilt and his pain and it is discovered that though Jen talks a big talk on what Shane should be doing in the aftermath of a life trauma, she should practice what she preaches. Jen is a survivor of breast cancer who has physically recovered from her illness, but she is far from overcoming the scars it left behind.
I got choked up a few times reading this book. Being a breast cancer survivor myself I tend to gravitate towards books with heroines who are survivors. With this in mind, my own life experiences also make me very critical while reading such stories. I have yet to read any book that describes the after affects of breast cancer treatments better than Jessica Scott has. Though everyone is different, and everyone deals with life's drama differently I feel the "meat" of the reaction is the same. And being healthy yet not completely "whole" at the end of an illness or accident, no matter what it is, is going to leave someone not only physically but psychologically scarred as well. Self pity, insecurity, anger... These are all universal emotions. It's how a person reacts and moves on once all their initial shock has receded. You move forward with acceptance, or you shut down with self pity. In both Jen and Shane's case, they were shutting down. Until they looked at eachother and realized this beautiful man/woman loved him/her not despite the scars, but because of the strength they represented. Neither Jen or Shane ever really saw themselves clearly. This was all excellent character development and execution. I respect and admire any author who can create such realistic character emotions.
Now, what brought my rating down from a 5 to 4 stars. The ending... I was reading along, happy as a clam and all of a sudden... BAM!!! Epilogue. Granted, the story is a series, and this particular book had a HEA. But there just seemed to me to be a gaping hole between the realization that "hey we love each other and we're going to make it" and the end. It just ended a bit too abruptly for me.
Overall I really enjoyed Because of You. I love character driven books and the author really created a group of both secondary and primary characters that are lovable. (less)