There's a difference between determined and brave and just plain stupid, and unfortunately, heroine Katie crosses the line in this romantic suspense.There's a difference between determined and brave and just plain stupid, and unfortunately, heroine Katie crosses the line in this romantic suspense. Though the book started so promising with fast dialogue, witty hero/heroine interactions, steamy, steamy passion and some fun car chases, the plot became increasingly frustrating as the book neared its end.
Katie transforms from spunky and smart to clichéd and "I want to push you off a cliff" stupid, rushing into danger with no combat training, skills, or logic because she just needs to participate. She puts everyone in danger and by doing so turns herself into a damsel in distress, which is sadly not empowering or even remotely dramatic. Furthermore, she then has an internal rant asking why everyone thinks she's stupid...um Katie, sweetie, maybe it's because right now you are.
So I was very disappointed. I started out really loving this new Carina release, and ended with me literally throwing my e-reader across the bed in angst and ranting to my roommate. That said, I do think the author has promise and definite talent. She just needs a smarter heroine who understands that being stubborn does not equal being empowered....more
Sweet, sexy, small towns. What's not to love? Sanctuary Island is just one of those enjoyable reads that sucks you in and doesn't let go. The chemistrSweet, sexy, small towns. What's not to love? Sanctuary Island is just one of those enjoyable reads that sucks you in and doesn't let go. The chemistry between Grady and Ella was just right, and the supporting cast really added depth and emotion to this heartwarming romance. After reading this and the Billionaire Brothers e-novellas by Lily Everett, I'll definitely be adding her to all my future To Read piles....more
YA is filled with paranormal romances. Girl meets guy. Guy is vampire/were-creature/god. Love is thwarted. Evil threatens everything. Good triumphs juYA is filled with paranormal romances. Girl meets guy. Guy is vampire/were-creature/god. Love is thwarted. Evil threatens everything. Good triumphs just enough for there to be a sequel. And honestly, I'm tired of the whole thing. So imagine my surprise when I read "Fated" and loved it.
Noel's newest book is fresh, fun, and sexy. Convinced she's crazy, Daire Santos leaves behind her glamorous life as the daughter of a Hollywood make-up artist to move to small town Enchantment, New Mexico with the grandmother she's never met. Only, turns out those visions she's been having? Yeah, those visions are real, and Daire must learn to embrace the heritage she never knew existed. The supporting cast is great. And Daire's love interest, Dace, is honestly a nice guy--something a little rare in the bad-boy littered YA world. A fun read perfect for a summer day by the pool. Or even a spring day cooped up inside due to rain....more
Book two in a the Lords of Vice series, TILL DAWN WITH THE DEVIL is one of those rare blends of sweet, sexy, funny, suspenseful, and likable. The heroBook two in a the Lords of Vice series, TILL DAWN WITH THE DEVIL is one of those rare blends of sweet, sexy, funny, suspenseful, and likable. The heroine is never TSTL (Too Stupid To Live), and the hero doesn’t cruelly seduce her for his own benefit outside of marriage, ruin her reputation, and then be pig-headed about “not wanting to commit." Plus, the villain's sinister, unexpected, and awesomely dangerous. Not to mention crazy.
The book follows Lady Sophia, a young noble woman enjoying her Season in London, despite the fact that her two brothers–-also her caretakers-–are less that attentive. Oh and one little thing, Lady Sophia is blind. Or partially blind as a result of a almost-deadly blow to the head she suffered when she was six the night both her parents were shot and killed.
Then in sweeps our hero, Gabriel “Reign” Housely, the Earl of Rainecourt. A man devoted to vice and sin, Reign suffered one short-lived and ill-fated marriage in his youth, and with the mysterious death of his unfaithful wife, he vows never to marry again. Obviously he does not keep that vow. From the first moment Reign sees Sophia at a ball, he knows he wants her. Even after he finds out her true identity, cause guess what? Reign and Sophie’s families have a little bad blood there. Dun dun dun.
Read it. There are some twists and turns and fun little happenings that I just can’t get into but all I have to say was that I loved it. A whole lot....more
Kleypas really brings her characters to life in this well-crafted Regency romance. Cam and Amelia are characters readers can really relate to, and theKleypas really brings her characters to life in this well-crafted Regency romance. Cam and Amelia are characters readers can really relate to, and their romance is passionate, nicely paced, and filled with just the right amount of sexual tension to really get you hooked. Furthermore, in a genre bursting with Dukes and Viscounts, Kleypas' refreshing common hero and heroine stand-out from the pale English beauties. Cam is a rakish half-Irish/half-gypsy self-made man, who cares little for the material things--despite his Midas-like success in business. While Amelia is the bossy, overprotective daughter of a scholar who's just a touch too smart. Combined their interactions are fiery, combustible, and sweetly romantic as the two fight their growing attraction. Plus, it was nice to see the Wallflower character make guest appearances. ...more
If you're looking for a fun, passionate, sexy read with a paranormal twist--and if you like possessive, dark heroes--then I suggest Feehan's Dark SeriIf you're looking for a fun, passionate, sexy read with a paranormal twist--and if you like possessive, dark heroes--then I suggest Feehan's Dark Series. And as the 21st book in this series, Dark Peril delivered exactly what I expected--and wanted: hot sex, blinding passion, uncontrollable love, and a pleasant escapist read.
Hero Dominic balances that line between protective and domineering quite well, and heroine Solange is a competent, tough woman. Sometimes the heroines in this series are a little...repressed by their men, but thankfully, as a follow up to DARK SLAYER--where the heroine is, well, a dark slayer--Feehan gives us another strong woman, who knows her strengths and weaknesses....more
Fun, sexy, and a little bit dangerous, The Devil Wears Plaid is a romance definitely worth picking up. Set in historical Scotland (date unspecified),Fun, sexy, and a little bit dangerous, The Devil Wears Plaid is a romance definitely worth picking up. Set in historical Scotland (date unspecified), author Teresa Medeiros combines the allure and mystery of the Highlands with sizzling passion and a plot filled with intrigue. Readers will relate to heroine Emma Marlowe, an intelligent and spirited young noble woman forced by circumstances to accept the marriage proposal of a much older man. Medeiros skillfully balances Emma's vulnerability with her passionate and spitfire attitude, creating a strong, multidimensional character, and not some martyr or wilting violent. Furthermore, Emma's sharp tongue creates great dialogue and steamy chemistry with Jamie Sinclair, the sex-on-a-stick hero with a dangerous, hard edge. A great historical read!...more
What can I say about this book? Firstly, it is utterly ridiculous. Quite terrible actually. I picked up Wild Orchids at Walmart looking for a quick weWhat can I say about this book? Firstly, it is utterly ridiculous. Quite terrible actually. I picked up Wild Orchids at Walmart looking for a quick weekend read, and I figured I could trust one of Robards' books to be relatively enjoyable. Oh man was I wrong.
The premise? Teacher Lora Harding's dream vacation to Mexico takes a horrible turn for the worse when a tall, dark, and muscular stranger commandeers her car at gunpoint taking her hostage, forcing her into a world of danger. Max, our hard as nails hero, is cold, menacing, and aggressive. He threatens Lora with death, rape, and overall violence, and yet, our dear Lora finds herself oddly attracted to him. Can someone say Stockholm syndrome? Why yes, actually, Lora herself recognizes the symptoms, and yet despite the fact that Lora knows her attraction is wrong, she still falls in love with murderer Max, who underneath his tough-guy exterior apparently has a heart. Could have fooled me when he tied her to a bed nude and threatened to rape her or what about that time he chillingly promises to kill her and a family with small children if she tries to escape? Yeah, Lora, a heart of gold there. I mean what was Robards thinking? Rape. Not cool. Killing children. Not cool. A hero who seriously threatens both? Not cool at all. Of course Lora rationalizes that many men would have done much worse than threaten in that situation. Oddly enough that did not cut it for me. For some reason, I found the fact that our hero is not as bad as some heartless and violence criminals to be a great defense of his character. Real hero? He wouldn't have even threatened to rape her. Thank you very much!
Add to all this, a female lead who has no commonsense panics at everything, is always screaming in fear, and is overall just Too Freakin Stupid to Live...Yeah. This book? One word. Terrible. ...more
Though characters are generally likable, "The Bride's Baby" has some serious trouble spots within the narrative that keep it from being truly more thaThough characters are generally likable, "The Bride's Baby" has some serious trouble spots within the narrative that keep it from being truly more than a two star rating for me. The story is hard to follow and by the end of it, I was so frustrated with the over-the-top miscommunications and misunderstandings that I wanted to scream.
The plot follows wedding planner Sylvie and her relationship with Billionaire Tom. The two have one heated encounter and awkward moment after, leaving Sylvie alone and pregnant. This is all in the first few pages of the book. From there we watch as Tom and Sylvie progress to first-name basis and attempt to navigate miscommunications, misunderstandings and mistakes. However, despite the easy story-line, Fielding jumps around from past to present to past with no warning. These shifting perspectives really are confusing and blur the already weak links between Sylvie and Tom's past relationship.
It was an okay read. Not really sexy. Not really believable. But not really bad....more