DNF at about 30%. I can't say that this is a bad story, or that it's badly written. I just can't get into the writing style. It's written in a journalDNF at about 30%. I can't say that this is a bad story, or that it's badly written. I just can't get into the writing style. It's written in a journal type fashion that just isn't doing it for me. ...more
This father/son collaboration wasn't really close to everything I dreamed it could be. My problem could be that it was merely a short story, I'm not aThis father/son collaboration wasn't really close to everything I dreamed it could be. My problem could be that it was merely a short story, I'm not a huge fan of Novellas, but I have the highest of expectations with these guys and they left me unfulfilled. The story was limp and was just plain missing something. I love Stephen King and I loved Horns by Joe Hill. A combo of the two??? I thought I hit the jackpot! Maybe not.
The characters were great, even the grass was a character unto itself. I just felt the story was a bit flat and I wanted more. ...more
**spoiler alert** This was my first Tillie Cole book and though it didn't quite do it for me as much as I would have hoped, I'll read her again.
The p**spoiler alert** This was my first Tillie Cole book and though it didn't quite do it for me as much as I would have hoped, I'll read her again.
The premise of Raze is based on our hero (Raze) who was forced (basically slaved) into the underground fight world, escapes and seeks his revenge on the man who betrayed him. This is all well and dandy, but Raze doesn't remember why he is seeking his revenge, he only knows that he is. As a matter of fact, he doesn't remember anything from his life before he entered the fighting slave world. Upon his escape his memory slowly starts coming back with the help of Kisa. The other half of his soul.
This was a really great character driven story. Tillie Cole did a great job of "showing" us what was going on instead of merely "telling" us. Both Raze and Kisa were wonderful characters that you really want to see get their happily ever after. Same with the character development of Alik. You really hoped that he got what was coming to him.
My problems came in a couple areas. The first and main issue being the way the plot unfolded. Raze just conveniently begins to remember things pertaining to Kisa. He was this huge bad ass killing machine that is now vulnerable to the world and looked only to Kisa for protection and guidance. This was explained away just too easily and completely out of the character of Raze that we were initially introduced to. I'm not saying that Raze's life was easy, just that there was no depth to the story beyond that point. No complex unfolding. Just wam bam thank you mam and now we love each other. My other area was with the editing. The book needs to be edited... Lots of typos, mis-spelled and over used words to the point that it was a bit distracting.
On that note... Within my reading I can set aside my disdain for the word "cunt". It is a strong word that can be used to express a harsh emotion. Fine, I accept it. But in the context it was used here, it just grated on my nerves... And not in the way it normally would when it's used towards a woman. Both Raze and Alik used it repeatedly when referring to the other. I don't know if you could exactly use a thesaurus in that instance, but the over utilization of that particular word was something that stood out to me.
I don't want this review to reflect too negatively because I did enjoy the book. My reading preferences sway totally to the character driven style of writing and overall I think Raze did satisfy my reading mind in that regard. ...more
Worth the Fall was a very surprising find for me. A navy SEAL meets a pregnant mother of 4 and after never being in a real relationship before, fallsWorth the Fall was a very surprising find for me. A navy SEAL meets a pregnant mother of 4 and after never being in a real relationship before, falls hard for her. Come on, how unlikely is this???!!! A manly man such as a Navy SEAL wants a woman pregnant with another man's baby? Not to mention 4 other kids hanging on her dress...
I prefer my romance to be (semi) realistic. I'm not a fan of ridiculous, over the top fluff. I need a great heroine who is vulnerable but takes care of her business without being too shrewish. And I also need a swoon worthy hero that shows his woman what a real man is but isn't constantly beating on his chest like a gorilla. And most importantly I need a supporting story that blooms for me gradually. Letting me know who's who and what's by SHOWING me their story instead of just telling me about it. And that's exactly what I got!
I truly enjoyed everything about Worth the Fall. The characters (all of them, even the kids) were wonderfully lovable and most important, realistic. These weren't perfectly put together characters who went on their merry way onto their happily ever after. No, they were flawed wonderfully and perfectly imperfect people just trying to figure it out like the rest of us are. I don't think I could have liked them more. The love story also came together very well. A bit rushed, but you wanted them to come together and be a couple so bad that you had no choice but to route for them to get it figured out quickly.
The only negative I could say is that there were a few occasions that some of the dialogue was a bit confusing. There would be a "quoted statement" but no explanation as to who made it. So it was a bit confusing at times as to whom was saying what.
Overall the small negative was definitely not enough to distract from the overall story. A very well put together character driven story. Which are always my favorite!...more
I will read anything Alessandra Torre writes. After The Girl in 6E, Sex Love, Repeat and now Black Lies I have committed myself to this fact. Her voicI will read anything Alessandra Torre writes. After The Girl in 6E, Sex Love, Repeat and now Black Lies I have committed myself to this fact. Her voice as a writer is captivating and I cannot deny that I am pulled into her stories as if I am actually inside them. She is a master in writing when it comes to "showing" the reader what is going on as opposed to just telling us.
With the above acknowledged, Black Lies was not my favorite Alessandra Torre book. All though I love her writing style and usually her characters are off the charts wonderful, I couldn't really relate too much Lana or really get behind her in her conquests. And since we were mostly reading her and her views on what was going on in her man(men's) lives, I had a hard time staying focused during her monologues. My slight dislike towards one of the if not the main character brought my rating down.
Lee didn't really do it for me either. I could never quite understand why a guy like him would want a woman like Lana. For anything other than sex I mean. He was a manly man who dated and screwed bored housewives and teenie bopper bimbos. He wasn't really an endearing character and I felt that in the brief encounters when he showed some vulnerability, it was out of character for a brute like him. Didn't really fit into the equation how in the end he showed his true feelings for Lana. That to me felt forced and didn't fit the storyline. (view spoiler)[ Almost as if the story had to end and Lee was being rushed into something and then accepted it too easily. (hide spoiler)]
One thing that was present in Black Lies was a great main hero. Brant was one of those guys you couldn't help but root for. I continued reading at some points and gave this book 3 stars for him alone. I fell for him within the first few pages of his entrance into Lana's life. I wanted him safe and whole and most of all happy.
I think I can mention without bringing a spoiler into the mix that this story has a pretty big twist. A reader will most likely be able to tell what the big secret is before the reveal which is about 70% in because it is huge. I was on board with this twist, fully invested in loving it once it was played out for me. But it kind of crashed and burned on me. mini (view spoiler)[ The thing is... the plot surrounding this twist is quite obviously not realistic. There were aspects involved that just couldn't realistically happen this way. I'm not a professional in that field but I could identify that! As a reader I can totally handle that! This is a work of fiction... I acknowledge that. If I was looking for "real" I'd pick up reading Nonfiction. I love this author and will read what she writes. But this one didn't quite work for me. I just couldn't 100% fully buy into it. (hide spoiler)] Things were just a bit too over the top to convince me the characters would respond in the ways that they did and everything could/would fall into place that way. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Absolutely loved it. I don't want to make too much of a spoilerish review and the blurb and other reviews sum up the plot wonderfully.
I can't rave enAbsolutely loved it. I don't want to make too much of a spoilerish review and the blurb and other reviews sum up the plot wonderfully.
I can't rave enough about the character development. And how Alessandra Torre created a lovable heroine out of a murder obsessed internet sex kitten I have no idea, but she did. A great heroine is a must in any of my 5 star reads and Jessica/Deanna was just that. She is rude, crude, and at times absolutely psychotic, but I rooted for her. I wanted her to have her day in the sun. To be able to find at least a semblance of peace... Her spunk and fight was so admirable you can't help the knots that form in your belly when she's just about ready to snap. I wanted to scream at her "NO, DON'T DO IT!!!"
This was written in mostly first person with some third person view points thrown in as well. Everything flowed perfectly. I was never lost, never confused as to where that character was going. I couldn't say any part of the character flow that could have been done better. Even the supporting characters were either wonderfully lovable or sickeningly disgusting. Each one of them added their own special part to Deanna's tale. Special words for Jeremy need to be mentioned. This isn't a romance, not by any means. But maybe Jeremy, the wonderfully, hot, patient guy that he is will bring Deanna what she needs to realize that she's not as bad as she thinks she is.
Again, loved it! Not at all for the faint of heart, the word "dildo" may have been mentioned multiple times along with the word "blood". Any book that can take those two things and put them together to create an absolutely riveting character and story has me as a repeat reader! ...more