I am becoming disenchanted with one of my favorite authors. I love all of her series but this one did not come even close to the previous bachelor booI am becoming disenchanted with one of my favorite authors. I love all of her series but this one did not come even close to the previous bachelor books. I am torn because honestly the last few books I've read by Jackson have left me wanting. Her books usually have a lot of fire and the characters are perfectly matched. The books steam in your hands. Unfortunately, Darcy and York didn't even seem to connect except in bed and even those scenes didn't have the same fire. I'm not going to comment on the storyline. Most romance premises have been used and abused so, being a romance reader, I just look for the subtle or glaring nuances to each book. Only there was no chemistry. York and Darcy could have been a one night stand. There was so much that could have been done with York's bruised ego over having been shut down by Darcy. There was not much angst which is prevalent for romance novels. After having waited a whole year for this book, I am sort let down.
I will give BJ kudos. In the past I had commented on her over use of phrases such as "as well" and "to the ___ kind" and in this book I noted a notable absence or decrease. I maybe a little picky about that but I won't apologize....more
Whew I love the Steeles!! I truly enjoyed Eli's story. It was cute, short read and left me wishing for more. I think I chuckled through the whole bookWhew I love the Steeles!! I truly enjoyed Eli's story. It was cute, short read and left me wishing for more. I think I chuckled through the whole book. Eli is the perfect example of how men are more stubborn than toddlers. Why else would a guy go into a gift shop and buy a pack of gum every day except he's interested in the person in that store. I laughed right along with Galen when he told Eli he was in love and Eli about had an aneurysm.
Stacy was not as spunky a heroine as I'm used to seeing in Jackson's books but she fit Eli. She put him through enough grief and put him on front street about his intentions. I like that she held him to his edicts because in so many romance novels the women just let the men slide.
I loved this book and I am still a great fan of Brenda Jackson!...more
I love Brenda Jackson. I am a huge fan of her Westmoreland, Madaris, and Forged of Steele series. But this book didn't do it for me. The characters weI love Brenda Jackson. I am a huge fan of her Westmoreland, Madaris, and Forged of Steele series. But this book didn't do it for me. The characters were disjointed and I never really felt a connection while reading. The love scenes are usually inspiring but this time they kinda just were. I figure it's probably a little harder to write a book when you're given a premise instead of developing your own. As this is a part of a series with books written by other authors, the story has to flow through them all. I just feel cheated because Lucien and Jaclyn's story held such great promise. Their conversations seemed stunted and their fall into a relationship seemed more of an afterthought. There's also the repetitive use of "as well" and "the ____ kind". I'm missing the imagery and fantasy I fell in love with when I read my first Westmoreland book. I want back the hot, can't stop reading it love scenes from Irresistible Forces. Bring on the intrigue and mystery that fills the Madaris books from end to end.
I still love BJ and her books are always a must buy for me. I feel each book has it's own chemistry. But the last two, I've felt some chemistry missing....more
I was pleased and ecstatic to be introduced to Jason. Jason kind of reminds me of Quade and Ian. He has Ian's intensity but Quade's charm and easy going persona. Like all the Westmoreland men, he has a strong sense of honor and doesn't hesitate to go after, with a single minded determination, the woman his soul connects with.
Bella is not like the other wives. She's not as spunky or brassy but she has a charm all her own. She is a good compliment to Jason, in that a stronger woman would have changed who Jason is. She's meek to his unassuming but there is no doubt if need be, she would be a force to be reckoned.
For a serial romance, it is a really cute and captivating read. Sometimes I wish the Westmorelands were written on the Arabesque line with the Madaris family so their books could be a little more meatier. I could imagine so many directions to take with Uncle Kenneth and the controlling parents. It's the only reason I won't give this book five stars. I wanted more!!! Great work Brenda and I anxiously await the next book. Will it be Bane, Bailey or Zane????...more
This book was very sweet. I love the way the Madaris men love their women. Although I cannot remember Reese making an appearance in previous books, IThis book was very sweet. I love the way the Madaris men love their women. Although I cannot remember Reese making an appearance in previous books, I am glad to have met him. This story was special to me in that I've been horribly attracted to several men who saw me only as a friend. It made me wonder if I had missed some sign early on and doomed myself to the fate of being the best gurl(a chick who is like a good guy friend) friend. Ah well...
Reese is an even tempered intellectual who recognizes the beauty in all women. Definitely a good guy who's almost oblivious to his affect on women. He's the type of guy all women would chase simply because he's not parading himself as God's gift.
Lakenna is the average woman. She's looking for love, knows where it is but determined she can't have it. She chose to settle for being a best friend instead of fighting for her man. Her insecurities override her common sense.
the difference in this and all over Madaris books is the suspense story took back stage to the love story. The drama and danger was not directly centered on the heroine. It was sort of a red herring. Not sure if it helped the story but it gave me a chance to visit with Drake and Tori. I love them and their sick, twisted personalities!! Because of this, I feel the portrayal of Reese and Kenna working out making a transition into a committed relationship could have been more intense.
All in all i enjoyed this book as much as all over Madaris novels and I can't wait to read Lee's book. Assuming Mama Laverne is right again ...more
I liked this book. I would have liked it even better if there had been one character who was really a great example of the handbook. Especially considI liked this book. I would have liked it even better if there had been one character who was really a great example of the handbook. Especially considering the author of the handbook meets the woman who makes him want to change his way. I also would not recommend this book unless you are a believer. Jackson makes more references to religion than in any of her books I've read and I believe I've ready 95% of them....more