I had very mixed feelings on How to Kill a Rock Star. There were parts I absolutely loved and parts that I almost couldn't continue because I hated th...moreI had very mixed feelings on How to Kill a Rock Star. There were parts I absolutely loved and parts that I almost couldn't continue because I hated the direction it was going so much.
Eliza is a music journalist. When she lands a great job at a music magazine she jumps at the opportunity to move to New York and be in the same city as her brother. Because Michael (Eliza's brother) and his wife's apartment is so small, Eliza moves in with Michael's best friend Paul, the talented singer in her brother's band. Eliza and Paul quickly fall head over heels for each other all the while pushing a deadline for Paul to get the band signed onto a contract before Michael has to quit and get a real job. Things turn sour for the couple when Paul finally gets the band noticed and they are set to go on tour. The tour will have to be traveled by airplane, a situation Eliza is deathly afraid of after both witnessing a plane hit one of the towers on 9/11 compounded with her parents dying in a plane crash when she was a teenager.
I absolutely loved the male characters. Paul, Michael(s) and most especially Loring. They all loved so deeply and were fleshed out so well that they kept me reading when I wanted to toss the book across the room. I could never quite understand what exactly Loring saw in Eliza but I guess that's the luck even a crappy heroine is blessed with.
Eliza was a dumb ass. I don't know what other way to put it. I tried very hard, because I do realize there are some people who have such debilitating fears that it can be not only ruinous to their happiness, but their very lives. So I tried to detach myself from reality and think what I would do if I had a fear as terrifying and irrational as hers. The first thing that popped in my head would be SEE A DOCTOR!!! Therapy, drugs, hell even a good drunken stupor would have been more logical than what she did. She immediately turned me off and I hated her from that point on. For months and months Eliza made herself and Paul miserable. And not ignoring the fact that she dragged Loring into it from the beginning and then later even when she hated herself for it, she continued to use him. She disgusted me. I hate heroines that are surrounded by great guys, shit on them, and then act dumb about it.
This was a strong character driven book and the characters were very well developed. All of them. Though I hated Eliza I thought the writing itself was really good and isn't creating some type of strong emotion what reading is all about? Even if it is strong loathing? (less)
Meh, this was a pretty cookie cutter billionaire heiress falls for the cop. I thought the romance developed too slowly and I skimmed a lot. Too much f...moreMeh, this was a pretty cookie cutter billionaire heiress falls for the cop. I thought the romance developed too slowly and I skimmed a lot. Too much focus on wine. I can appreciate and respect an author's abilities to research the subject matter, but not at the expense of the actual love story. (less)
I was a little disappointed in Simple Jess. I really loved the main characters however the secondary characters didn't do it for me and they totally s...moreI was a little disappointed in Simple Jess. I really loved the main characters however the secondary characters didn't do it for me and they totally stole the show. I didn't read the first book The Marrying Stone and realize we were being informed of the towns people themselves, but I felt that Jesse and Althea were a bit robbed of their story.
With the raving reviews on this book I was hoping for a lot more. And honestly I feel bad for saying that because I loved Jesse so much. He was pretty close to the perfect beta hero. (less)
Outcast Colley Rawlins has been trained from the time he was very young to be a strong, hard ass SOB. His grandfather beat into him young that love fo...moreOutcast Colley Rawlins has been trained from the time he was very young to be a strong, hard ass SOB. His grandfather beat into him young that love for anyone or anything is a weakness. And Colley's grandfather "Devil" as everyone calls him, does not tolerate weakness. Colley lives up to Devil's expectations until as a young teenager he comes across Elaina Thorne, the daughter of Devil's farm manager John Thorne. Lainie shows Colley that caring for another is not a weakness and as they grow older Colley and Lainie fall in love.
Colley's grandfather is not the only obstacle standing in Colley and Lainie's way. Lainie's father John does not want his daughter associating with Devil's white trash bastard grandson either. After years of trying to stay away from each other Colley and Lainie finally give into their love and agree to be together, until something horrible happens that Lainie can never forgive Colley for.
Sleeping at the Magnolia was extremely slow moving for me in the beginning. I set it down several times, for several days. The first 200 or so pages could have been whittled by half. We are not introduced to the pure love that Colley feels for Lainie until then, we are simply given little teaser flashbacks that barely satisfy the urge to continue reading. After we learn what it is that Colley did that was so horrible to hurt Lainie (he doesn't cheat) and why they really can't be together my heart went out to them and I had to keep reading.
In the end this turned into a sweet satisfying read (more like 3.5 stars). I loved Colley, he was a rough, tough farm man but when it came to Lainie he let all his emotions pour out only for her. Very sweet once you get past the first 200 pages of set up. (less)
I am normally a very big fan of Shiloh Walker. I was however disappointed in Beautiful Girl. Del was a teenage princess who experienced horrific, repe...moreI am normally a very big fan of Shiloh Walker. I was however disappointed in Beautiful Girl. Del was a teenage princess who experienced horrific, repeated sexual assaults by her step father. Blake was Del's high school boyfriend who has held a candle for his lost love ever since she took up and left town without a trace while he was away for summer vacation. Del has come back 12 years later to face her demons (and a high school reunion). Blake and Del try to reconnect and get past the hurt they caused each other, and the trauma both have suffered in the other's absence.
I felt that given the tortured characters and the subject matter surrounding their torture the author should have made me as the reader feel their pain. I did not. I felt Ms. Walker left out detrimental elements that should have pulled harder at my heart strings. There were holes in the development of both Del's and Blake's emotional scars. Del was a sexually abused woman who hasn't let a man so much as kiss her in 12 years, but she's willing to sleep with Blake within a week of seeing him again after 12 years. I just can't buy that. And Blake was a tough, cancer surviving cop whose experience with fighting cancer made him... What? I didn't feel that if Blake's sickness was important enough to mention it should have played a bigger role in who he became as an adult. Besides his never being able to grow his hair back after chemo. This is very rare.
There was just not enough description in the emotions of these two main characters for me. (less)
**spoiler alert** This is probably the first book that I have ever given 3 stars to that I had more than a ho humm feeling towards. Actually I had ver...more**spoiler alert** This is probably the first book that I have ever given 3 stars to that I had more than a ho humm feeling towards. Actually I had very strong feelings towards the characters in Deeper by Megan Hart. Unfortunately not in a good way. Deeper is written in contrasting present and flashbacks in Bess's mind. She skips around between "then" and "now". Then being a summer she spent working at a restaurant on the beach, now she has gone back to the beach and starts a relationship back up with her summer fling of "then".
My only problem with Deeper, which was a pretty major problem was I couldn't stand the main characters. Bess is torn in her flashbacks between her boyfriend Andy and her summer fling Nick. Bess, being the main character is a wishy washy whiner with no backbone. This thoroughly annoyed me. Andy, her boyfriend of 3 years was a complete ahole. He ignored her, cheated on her and overall treated her like crap. Nick, her fling was a decent enough guy but refused to show her any emotion to the point of they had "f@#&ed" (that was another thing, maybe the use of a thesaurus to look up other verbs for that particular act would have helped) multiple times but they never kissed on the mouth during it? What is this, Pretty Woman? And Bess put up with all of this. From both guys.
In the "now" Bess is married to Andy, going through a divorce, Nick returns from the dead and they f#$k like bunny rabbits. I never could really think of Nick as any more than a glorified vibrator. I didn't feel the emotional pull between them.
The reason I gave this book 3 stars and not 1 because all though I did not like, nor respect the characters I so admire Megan Hart's writing. She did make these people real. I didn't like or agree with one decision Bess made, but she was created to make the decisions a real woman would. Not the glorified happily ever after decisions my favorite romance book heroine would make. I give Megan Hart credit for that. She truly is a gifted writer and I enjoy her writing style. I just didn't enjoy the decisions, or the personalities of these particular characters. (less)