I've read the reviews of the Plum books. I know some die-hard Evanovich fans don't care as much for the Between the Numbers books. Me, I like them. Th...moreI've read the reviews of the Plum books. I know some die-hard Evanovich fans don't care as much for the Between the Numbers books. Me, I like them. They're quick reads. They're ridiculous reads. They're fun reads. And, in particular, I like the little touch of the supernatural/impossible. Maybe I'm an oddball. When I pick up one of these books, I don't expect to be challenged by a complicated who-done-it type of mystery, or even a edge-of-the-seat suspense. I expect some of the charming elements I enjoy most in the Numbers books...and Diesel :)(less)
**spoiler alert** After downloading this free story, and seeing the page count, I was expecting one, and maybe two, hot sex scenes. I settled in for a...more**spoiler alert** After downloading this free story, and seeing the page count, I was expecting one, and maybe two, hot sex scenes. I settled in for a short, hot read. What did I get? A lot of promises, some great banter, a minor hissy fit...and no sex. That's not to say the story was bad. I enjoyed it--I really love the author's voice. The dialogue was snappy and the characters are a lot of fun. But it seemed to lead up to the Big Moment, their first time together as husband and wife, and then...The End...? Did someone accidentally delete the final chapter?
However, if this story was meant to promote All Jacked Up--and there just happens to be an excerpt of the book at the end of Slow Ride--I think it served its purpose well. You bet I'll be reading Keely and Jack's story now.(less)
I have been waiting a loooong time for this book! When I heard Janet E. was launching a new paranormal series, I was over-the-moon thrilled. That mean...moreI have been waiting a loooong time for this book! When I heard Janet E. was launching a new paranormal series, I was over-the-moon thrilled. That meant my expectations were high, like Mt. Everest high.
Did this book live up to my expectations? Well, not quite. I've read some of the other reviews of this book. Some I agreed with; some I didn't. Is this Evanovich's best work? No. Are the characters doppelgangers of Stephanie Plum et al? In some respects, yes. They use a little less colorful language and aren't as funny. I missed one character in particular--Grandma Mazur.
Now, regarding the plot: I've found in reading the Stephanie Plum books that I shouldn't expect a true follow-the-clues type of mystery. Such was the case here. The dangerous villain ended up not being so dangerous. The buildup to the Big Moment at the end wasn't much of a buildup. And the end felt rushed. It was over in a paragraph. And one question wasn't quite answered to my satisfaction. Am I disappointed with the plot? Maybe a little. But, frankly, I don't devour Janet Evanovich's books for the edge-of-the-seat plots. I read them for the laugh-out-loud ridiculous situations. And there were some of those. In particular, I loveloveloved the effect the charms had on Lizzy.
This book had some great elements and some that fell flat. IMO, the good and bad were about equal. But know, as you read this review, what my expectations are and take that into consideration as you decide whether to shell out the $27.99 for the hardcover. I think I'll buy the next one in ebook.(less)
There were good and bad points about this book. The most obvious good is Ral, who is uber alpha, snaps an enemy's neck with his hands, but is gentle a...moreThere were good and bad points about this book. The most obvious good is Ral, who is uber alpha, snaps an enemy's neck with his hands, but is gentle and patient with "his woman", his "bound." I really liked how he committed to her immediately and stayed true to his commitment later, when they return to his home planet. The worldbuilding was also interesting. In this book, we visit not one but two foreign planets, and they each have unique characteristics.
The bad: I'm going to be honest here. So many folks really liked this book, and I'm not saying it isn't an enjoyable story. I may get some backlash from this review. I hope not. First thing, I was not a fan of the plot. I felt it rambled, presenting the H/h with a series of hurdles to jump, but not building any kind of sustained tension. And the writer's voice was another issue. I found the writing choppy and distracting.
The neither good nor bad: I found the sex scenes to be steamy but not particularly unique. There isn't any fetish, no menage a trois, none of the kink I've come to expect in erotic romance. It's vanilla hetero sex. (less)
This is a super-short read, a mere 33 pages long. At that length, it's no easy feat to set up a pair of engaging characters and develop some kind of p...moreThis is a super-short read, a mere 33 pages long. At that length, it's no easy feat to set up a pair of engaging characters and develop some kind of plot. The author did a good job balancing the two, but I still came away a little unsatisfied. There are events and people mentioned that seem to have little to no impact on the outcome of the story. In addition, the story spans some length of time, so much of the love story is "off stage/camera". The vast majority of the wordcount/pagecount is sex.
I will say, however, that the sex scenes, while mostly vanilla (there is one anal scene) were steamy and well written.