My first Lisa Kleypas, you guys! This is a historical romance and it was deliciously fun and addictive. I often struggle with this genre, but Kleypas...moreMy first Lisa Kleypas, you guys! This is a historical romance and it was deliciously fun and addictive. I often struggle with this genre, but Kleypas had just the right amount of tension and romance coupled with enough back story to make me actually care for the characters.
The leads in this one are the kind of antagonistic coupling where they goad each other on in this love/hate kind of thing. She's wild and fun and unpredictable and he's a hot and brooding alpha male type. It's also just a little bit hot ;)
I'll be reading more Kleypas, and very soon. (less)
Have to confess, the beginning few chapters of this one were a little tedious/painful but the book got much...moreI really do love reading Sophie Kinsella.
Have to confess, the beginning few chapters of this one were a little tedious/painful but the book got much better as it progressed. Kinsella is the master of embarrasing/humliating her heroine, but in such a fun way. I was (surprisingly) touched by Sadie's tragic love story :'(
And, as always, Kinsella's leading men bring on the swoon. YUM. (next time, Kinsella don't wait until page 120 something to introduce the love interest! I could always use more of Ed). Also, best meet cute ever, haha. Still chuckling.
If I were the editor, I would have pared some of the superfluous scenes down (especially in the first half). However, this book is as crazy, silly and fun as her other novels and is the perfect rainy day comfort read.
I am seriously craving some more Kinsella now, can't wait for her 2012 release :)
Reading this book was exactly like watching a romantic comedy.
I like reading books like this for indulgent relaxation. For some swoony/fun times. For...moreReading this book was exactly like watching a romantic comedy.
I like reading books like this for indulgent relaxation. For some swoony/fun times. For the romantic in me (I guess, haha).
I don't expect depth. It's the kind of book that is predictable just after reading the back blurb. A guilty pleasure indulgent read.
The thing is, I am not the hugest fan of romantic comedies. As much as I want to love them, they more often than not frustrate me. Still, I continually go back searching for more (weird).
In some ways, this book delivered exactly what I wanted. In other ways, it annoyed me.
Here's what I loved: Nick. He was hot, in the way you want your leading man to be. He oozed sex-appeal, charisma and general hotness. He is a dream-man ~ caring, romantic, intelligent, genuine, often too good to be true ~ even his flaws are ones that can be romanticised to swoon-factors. He is what kept the pages turning for me. His sardonic wit, his alpha-maleness, his unreadable gazes, etc. You know the drill.
He had a great chemistry with Harper (love the name)
Here's what had the eyes rolling: Harper. She frustrated me. I get that she needed to have hang-ups to provide a character arc and to wedge some tension in her relationship with Nick ~ but it was so overdone. No subtly at all. She was overly intense in her weaknesses. Not sympathetic at all, and often I was wondering just why did Nick love her?
Here's what grated, but was to be expected: the secondary characters. They were all caricatures. Painted loudly and over the top. Just like in those screw-ball romantic comedies (movies) where the side characters are just too much: overbearing, making ridiculous decisions, being completely unrealistic people (parodies of themselves) running around presumably for our amusement. It's just not my sense of humour.
overall: I think Higgins wrote the relationship between Nick and Harper well. She knows how to create (oodles) of sexual tension, how to steam up the bedroom, how to bring out the swoon. The rest of the drama/characters I could do without (although maybe that kind of screw-ball, ridiculously unbelievable cast of side characters is a staple of this genre? Which is why I can only handle these kinds of books in small doses...) Weirdly, I think I will go back for more of Higgins at some point, LOL. Even though I know up front I will probably only ever "3 star" her books, sometimes 3 star reads like this satisfy*.
*I sound contradictory I know.
Any other recs along these lines, pass them on :) (I am out of my depth in this genre = no idea)(less)
girl best friends, one girl in love with the others (forbidden) twin brother
a fateful tragic summer evening
idyllic childhoods, promises and broken hearts
the whole leaving childhood behind thing
watching devastating consequences play out...
People on the island still talk about what happened in the summer of '04. They sit on bar stools and in porch swings and spout opinions, half-truths, making judgements that aren't theirs to make. They think a few columns in the newspaper give them the facts they need. But the facts are hardly what matter... (page 2)
Night Road is commercial fiction, and while literary is my first love, commercial is my guilty pleasure. I often need a book that doesn't require anything of me but to curl up and get carried away into a story. Which is exactly what I did with Night Road. I read it within 24 hours and it was deliciously satisfying.
Night Road has perfect cross-over appeal for young adults looking to dabble in adult fiction. As the story opens, Lexi, Mia and Zach are 14 years old and meeting for the first time. By chapter three, they are seniors in high school and for a good chunk of the book they are teenagers.
Plot-wise ~ I always enjoy books that follow characters through their lives a little and this one spans from early teens to mid-twenties. There's some foreshadowing so that some of the events that take place are predictable. I enjoy that kind of foreshadowing as it creates tension and expectation. What, however, is not predictable is the way the events will play out (!). Oh my gosh! Kristin Hannah really puts her characters through the wringer...
Which is why I managed to get the unputdownable sucked in feeling half way through.
I found the book incredibly easy to sink into and once the Main Event occurs (just past a third of the way in) I was completely addicted and utterly engrossed.
And that's what defines a guilty pleasure for me: when I know a book doesn't have the greatest literary merit (you know what I'm saying here...) but I am completely sucked into the story anyway.
The prose is nothing to get excited about (it is rather effortless and smooth) and at times characters and plot points are a tad cliché. Some of the characters felt a little two-dimensional, but it didn't particularly faze me as it is more a plot-driven than character-driven novel.
To go with an analogy, it was like that addictiveness of made-for-tv movies: not as brilliant or block-buster-y as Hollywood A-list movies ~ but completely absorbing and just plain good times (well, despite the tragedy of it all). Also, sheepishly, I even found myself tear-y at one point towards the end (!)
As for what I got tear-y about? The story is kind of haunting and sorrowful and devastating and hopeful, full of dreams (that get dashed) and it's also a little bit tender. It stars some really infuriating characters (those ones you love to hate...). It also featured a side plot (nicely done) that always always gets me ~ the neglected little child...aww.
I had a good good time reading this and I have already added more of Kristin Hannah's titles to my to-read list. She is similar in style/feel/genre to LESLEY PEARCE and perhaps LESLEY LOKKO (although, IMO, superior to LOKKO).
Also, my review ~ whoa, brackets all over the place (haha), I keep interrupting myself in my own review :D (less)