Yes I liked this book. Yes, it was degrading, yes both the heroes in this story were complete IDIOTS. Yes, the heroine**comes out from under the bed**
Yes I liked this book. Yes, it was degrading, yes both the heroes in this story were complete IDIOTS. Yes, the heroine was a simpering mess and made some pretty lame choices.
That being said, I still enjoyed this book. It was degrading, unbelievable, and made me want to beat every character. Yet, I found myself not wanting to put this book down. I still think it was well written, and although a darker romance, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. IT'S FICTION. Not real-life. It was an escape for me, and an enjoyable one at that.
In true bodice-ripper fashion there is love, kid-napping, adventure, villians, exotic locations and in the end a happy ending (if you like the kidnap, rape, seduce, beat, rape, seduce, escape, chase after you, but I love you anyway sort of thing)
It was an entertaining read and that's all I can ask for in a book. and *GASPS* I'll probably read it again.
**promise you won't throw too many tomatoes at me please**
Rating: 4 stars Warning: Kidnapping, Rape, Torture, Love Triangle...more
Cassandra is a world class pianist that suffers from agoraphobia.
Neo is a Greek Tycoon who has just been given a years worth of piano lessons from CasCassandra is a world class pianist that suffers from agoraphobia.
Neo is a Greek Tycoon who has just been given a years worth of piano lessons from Cassandra won by his partner that were won in an auction.
Having not experienced mild/moderate agoraphobia, I have no idea how unusual it might be for someone suffering from this to actually be able to auction themselves off like that. Her anxiety levels were to up and down to be believable.
The book read fast, but when I made it half-way through I wondered "where is the conflict?" I finally discovered conflict tucked away neatly on page 178 - which was then very quickly resolved by 184.
Rated: 2 stars because it wasn't bad, but it wasn't what I would call a satisfying HP read. Warning: this is a no-conflict romance
I don't know what inspired me to read this book again. I remember reading this book at 15 and thinking that Calhoun was the perfect hero and I hoped tI don't know what inspired me to read this book again. I remember reading this book at 15 and thinking that Calhoun was the perfect hero and I hoped to someday meet someone like him. Now - 20 years later, re-reading this I feel sorry for all teenage girls who think that older men who fall in love with them will fulfill their need for a father figure as well as provide them with true love. I wanted to slap the hero with a dead fish many times in the novel. His hot&cold attitude with the heroine annoyed me more than anything else. The fact that he was her guardian was just plain creepy. I give him props for at least attempting to keep his predatory instincts under control. Palmer does give us a present in this book though: In the end we are left feeling relieved and satisfied that although the heroine is taken-advantage of rasvished from time to time in the book, we never actually have to witness Mr. Sex-Predator take the heroine's virginity. The last-laugh is on me though. Despite it all, I still enjoyed reading this book and it was a fun trip down memory lane. Being the glutton for punishment I am, I'll be moving on to Justin's story soon. ...more
Okay I guess I am ready to write my review for this book. Reading it was definitely a labor of love for me. I feel as though now that I've read my firOkay I guess I am ready to write my review for this book. Reading it was definitely a labor of love for me. I feel as though now that I've read my first Woodiwiss novel I can officially label myself a fan of the bodice-ripper genre.
That said, never in all my years of reading have I encountered a heroine I wanted to slap more than Alaina "Al" MacGaren. Admittedly, one of my biggest pet peeves in a story is the whole "girl-in-pants" deal. I can't wrap my head around the idea of a woman passing off as a man for any long period of time. I didn't buy it in the movie Just One of The Guys, and I didn't buy it in Ashes in the Wind.
The book starts off with Alaina fleeing her home dressed as Al because she is being accused of being a rebel spy. She journeys to her Uncle's home and along the way has an encounter with Cole Lattimer, the heroe of the story. He believes her guise as Al and gives her a job at the hospital he works at in New Orleans. She is able to keep up this sham for a good portion of the book. Being that as I stated earlier girls-in-pants don't do it for me, it made for a VERY long first half of the book.
In the 2nd half of the book Cole & Alaina eventually come together, but in true bodice-ripper fashion she makes every stupid cliche mistake a heroine could make. She's stubborn, runs away a lot, puts herself in danger and finally realizes almost too late how much she loves our hero Cole. Really she treated him like a piece of garbage for 75% of the book. It was like a really bad 80's horror flick, only bodice-ripper style. I kept waiting for Freddy Crueger to jump out from around the corner.
And the hero Cole... sigh. I had very little respect for this man. He was bullied into a marriage he didn't really want in the beginning, and was very much the tortured "big-baby" hero for most of the 2nd half of the book. I just can't believe he was so blind and stupid he didn't figure out that Al was a actually a girl. And I hated the way Alaina treated him. He doesn't really pony up for me until the end, where it seems too little too late.
Part I and Part II of this book really felt disconnected to me. They felt as though they were almost two completely different stories. Although I was completely bored with Part I, Part II really picked up the pace and was a much more enjoyable read. It was however, so completely over the top that it left me breathless at the end... I felt like I had just run the mile in highschool (that seems to take forever) and then just like that its done and time for a cold shower in the locker room with no cool-down time before its time for my next class.
In the end I don't think this book was a complete waste of time for me. It did leave me with some enjoyable moments. It will not however, be a book that I will be re-reading any time soon.
Rating: 2.5 stars. I'll rate it 3 stars here for the fact that the last 200 or so pages were VERY entertaining and true to the art form of bodice-ripper writing. Warning: Rape scene...more
I dragged myself through this book last night. Finished it up in two sittings. I know Harlequin Presents are very "not every-day life" but this storyI dragged myself through this book last night. Finished it up in two sittings. I know Harlequin Presents are very "not every-day life" but this story was completely out there and I wonder what was going through the author's head as she wrote this story. The intimate scenes were delicious, but that's all it had going for it. The first half was very slow until they came together. The second half and the way it all fell in place at the end was just very bizarre. The hero borderlines being shoved onto my craptastic hero bookshelf, just for the way he treats the heroine. I don't know why he bothered me so much - I've encountered much, much worse heroes in bodice-rippers who I tolerate. This guy for some reason was just creepy to me. I adored the heroine for the first half - she was your typical spit-fire. But something happens to her in the 2nd half of the book and she's the simpering heroine that gets walked over. I'll give the author props though - this was one of the more creative story-lines I've read in a while... I honestly think this would've made a better novel than a quickie harlequin, the lack of space to elaborate on the characters and what was going through their heads is probably a big reason they come off the way they do.
Rated: 1 star because I really didn't like it and don't plan on keeping the book. ...more
Karie MacAlister never fails to please me. I found this book to be an entertaining read filled with romance, passion and slapstick comedy. I had no trKarie MacAlister never fails to please me. I found this book to be an entertaining read filled with romance, passion and slapstick comedy. I had no trouble at all relating to the heroine Tessa. I found myself laughing throughout the whole thing, especially when it came time for her to put on her period dress. Her love interest Max is the typical male romance character that you want to just shake some sense into. All in all a great light read that is on my permanent shelf. ...more
I'm a homeschooling mother of 3. I found myself constantly referring to this book at the library when trying to find books to engage my 7 y.o. This boI'm a homeschooling mother of 3. I found myself constantly referring to this book at the library when trying to find books to engage my 7 y.o. This book has been instrumental in generating his interest. I know that series books are constantly evolving, but this is a great resource tool. I used it so much that I ended up purchasing a used ex-lib copy from amazon. Well worth it! ...more
Its been a long time since I've read a book that at times made me laugh so hard I cried. Shuffle Up and Deal really delivered in that respect. This isIts been a long time since I've read a book that at times made me laugh so hard I cried. Shuffle Up and Deal really delivered in that respect. This is a great erotic romance that had a rocky beginning, but ended with a bang.
The beginning of this book was pretty painful to read. The heroine gets walked all over by her family and finds herself in some pretty embarassing situations. Because of this I *almost* put the book down. However, after throwing it against the wall, I picked it up an hour later to finish reading. After all, I did win this on a GR give-away and the author took the time to write a brief inscription and sign it for me. Thanks Ms. DiPlacido!
I am SO glad I picked the book back up. What followed was a journey into the world of professional poker playing. I think it should be mentioned that I have NEVER played a hand of poker in my life. I know NOTHING about the game. I cannot attest to the accuracy of the card-playing in this book, but after looking up some poker wiki I can tell that the author did her research.
The premise of the story is that the 30-something heroine Izzy is a travel writer and has the opportunity to visit a poker competition featuring Nick Nolan, a poker player that she has a celebrity crush on. After a chance (um FREAKish) encounter they wind up together on a high stakes poker adventure that takes them to poker rooms across the country.
For me what makes a good erotic romance is when the plot of the story comes first and the erotic portions come second, and are not the focus of the story, but just naturally fall into place during the course of the story telling. In this story, the encounters did not seem forced into the book and are very well placed.
I think my only criticism in this book is that it was written in the 1st person p.o.v. It is a little confusing because it goes back and forth between being from the hero and the heroine's p.o.v. and it makes it harder to identify with the characters. I'm not sure though how difficulty it would've been to tell this story from the 3rd person because so much of the humor is from being able to read what is going through the character's head.
Izzy and Nick's relationship is full of ups and downs, and the relationship between Izzy and her family is unbelievably hilarious. If you are looking for a steamy romantic comedy, this is the book for you.
Rated: 3 stars for an enjoyable read. Warning: 1st person p.o.v., erotica, exhibitionism
Why is it that almost all the books Love-Inspired I love seem to revolve around food? Maggie is a young entrepreneur who wants to open a coffee shop iWhy is it that almost all the books Love-Inspired I love seem to revolve around food? Maggie is a young entrepreneur who wants to open a coffee shop in the already saturated city of Seattle. What makes hers stand out? She wants to open a Christian coffee house. Will is the stuffy banker who has to make the decision whether or not to approve Maggie's loan.
The first half of this book started off pretty slowly, but it really picked up during the 2nd half. There were a few unexpected twists and turns to get to the HEA that I was not expecting and made the book a little less predictable - earning its 4 star rating.
Rating: 4 stars for a little bit of an unusual story-line and comedic relief Warning: be careful when reading the 2nd half of the book. You're liable to spit your coffee out of your mouth at places whether it be from the humour written into the story or the cheese-factor towards the end. ...more
I wanted to love this book, but the more I read it the more I couldn't relate at all to it. I thumbed through and1* didn't like/possibly not finished
I wanted to love this book, but the more I read it the more I couldn't relate at all to it. I thumbed through and read a few of the stories but in the end closed it up. DNF.
5*****I loved this book, consider it an all time favorite 4**** Thoroughly enjoyed the book and will recommend it 3*** I liked it well enough, 2** Brain Candy - It was okay. Writing mediocre, will keep/re-read if part of a series 1* didn't like/possibly not finished...more
Wow - I just loved this book. It was such a sweet, innocent romance. This is the first book in Hart's McKaslin series and its off with a bang! Karen iWow - I just loved this book. It was such a sweet, innocent romance. This is the first book in Hart's McKaslin series and its off with a bang! Karen is working in her coffee shop, dealing with a broken engagement and still mourning the loss of her sister/business partner. Enter Zack (of course the bad boy is named Zack!), the town "bad-boy" and local mechanic. This story tells their romance from their start as friends, to their budding romance and then to their HEA. Enter in a grandma who is having a late-life crisis/makeover, some nosy sisters and this book is just a fun fun read.
For me the biggest plus of this book is that there is not a lot of FORCED focus on the spiritual lives of the characters. I wouldn't read the Love-Inspired line if I didn't want some Christianity in some of my reads, but oftentimes its very poorly written and feels like its being shoved down your throat - like listening to a really bad preacher. Hart is one of the few Love-Inspired authors that I feel really has found a good balance in her writing. She is able to write a solid clean romance reflecting her Christian values without going overboard with it.
As said in previous reviews about Jillian Hart, she has definitely earned a spot on my auto-buy list.
Rated: 4 stars for a sweet, well-balanced romance. Warning: There are a record number of chaste kisses in this book! I stopped counting at 7 or 8... that has to be a record of some sort for Love-Inspired! lol...more