My overall impression was eh. I preferred Danielle to Lyse. I would have been interested more in a story about hUnfortunately this was a miss for me.
My overall impression was eh. I preferred Danielle to Lyse. I would have been interested more in a story about her. And I liked the idea of Weir more than I liked the actuality of him. That whole thing just came together fast and unrealistically. It actually felt uncomfortable for me. All of the relationships and the plot (including the blind promise) felt very contrived.
Also, not only did I not like the prologue, I also didn't like all the random flashbacks. I understand why they were necessary, just that maybe there was a better way to go about them. In addition to the flashbacks, there were too many POV's. Between both of those problems the story felt really choppy and together was probably the majority of what made me struggle with getting invested in the plot.
Also, as much as I was excited to read a book written by Amber Benson, I was turned off a little by the writing style. In the same sex scene she would flip between words like 'manhood' and 'cock'. It would be traditional romance, or it read like a modern day romance. The flip flopping kept ripping me out of the story to go 'huh?'. The writing just didn't flow the way I like it to.
I thought the kids were cute, but they were in it so little that (I agree) it wasn't enough to keep me reading. Actually, I think the two most interesting characters were Lizbeth and Danielle. I may read something about them. May though, because I actually didn't think that the book was well written. It felt very amateurish.
Thank you Netgalley and Ace Trade for providing an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review....more
(Now, THAT cover is much better. Sure, still it’s a nakey man, but it suits the title and it’s hot without being cheesy… and I have to say, I like the(Now, THAT cover is much better. Sure, still it’s a nakey man, but it suits the title and it’s hot without being cheesy… and I have to say, I like the typewriter in the corner too, very ‘Jessica Fletcher’. I see that it looks as though perhaps Josh Lanyon self-pubbed this one? If so, great cover selection.)
Do you know what my worst 1st world problem is? A book hang over! When you find a really awesome, totally addicting, series and you plow through them so fast and then you’re forced to realize that it’s over. You realize that, at least for now, (please Mr. Lanyon let it only be for now!), there’s nothing more! Except you’re not ready to let go. You clutch your kindle/book to your chest and you debate rereading the whole thing, or even your favorite parts, despite the mountain of TBR books that continues to grows like your own personal real life Hydra. Yep, that description right there is me in a nutshell at the end of The Boy with the Painful Tattoo. To say I was distraught is to put it mildly.
This book was spectacular. Great plot, creepy villains, again with a really awesome main character and his really sexy lovah! What makes this book that much better was the fact that I feel like Kit and JX act like real people. They are pushy, they can be insensitive… they’re both a little bit self-involved… and yet, they weren’t those things on a level that made me dislike either of them. For as insensitive as Kit can be, he’s trying very hard to stay attuned to JX’s feelings. On the flip side, for as self-involved as JX can sometimes be, it’s obvious that his love for Kit exceeds the love of his own needs. I actually think I’ve said all this before, but I feel like I need to say it again because it was so much more obvious in this third installment. Holmes and Moriarity are a perfect match.
There are a two additional characters that I am going to mention because I’m hopeful that they’ll be sticking around for any future books, (please Mr. Lanyon, let there be future books!). First, Emmaline the new neighbor and her cat Pinky. It was a cute little quirk in the story to surprise Kit by making her the real life embodiment of Ms Butterwith and Mr Pinkerton, from Kit’s cozy mystery series. Also, JX’s nephew Gage, but mostly because it was really cute and funny watching Kit attempt to interact with a young child.
Sadly, as I said above, I haven’t anymore of these marvelous books to read. I have a feeling it won’t be long before I’m rereading these books again and savoring each little witty joke or tender moment. Love them.
“This is Bayshore Security. We’ve just received-” “Hurry up and send someone,” I gulped out. “There’s an intruder.” “The police have already been dispatched, Mr. Moriarity. Is the intruder in the house?” “No.” “Is he trying to break in?” “No. Yes. I’m not sure. He’s standing right there staring through the window. He’s not running. I’m not sure what he’s doing.” “Is the intruder known to you? Can you describe him?” “No. I mean, no, he’s not known to me. He’s big.” That much was for sure. I felt around for the nearest drawer, rifled through the silverware and pulled out… a butter knife. Great. I could make toast while I waited for rescue.
Okay, so the cover… I suppose I think it’s a step up from the first books coverAnother really awesome fun read!
Back with Homes and Moriarty review #2!
Okay, so the cover… I suppose I think it’s a step up from the first books cover, but only one step. For me, it’s still a little too cheesy but then I’m not a huge fan of the whole typical romance cover of half naked people, then add to that that I don’t think either of those guys up there looks anything like Holmes or Moriarity! It is a little bit better this time around, though.
Anyway, I digress…
I’m addicted. Obsessed. I rarely read a series back to back like this, but each time I finish a book I just want more! The downside? There’s only three books in the series right now, unfortunately that means I now only have one left. I can’t even stop myself from starting it immediately. I need more Kit and JX!
In this one the set up for the mystery is a little bit different. It wasn’t so much like those 80’s Murder Mysteries. The ending was more surprising than that. It wasn’t formulaic like the first one. For a cute little cozy mystery it had a dose of realism to it that made it even better, I thought. And we got to see that, after the events of the first book, JX and Christopher’s relationship didn’t just take off without a hitch. Christopher has some serious hang ups and I loved that he didn’t just toss all those thoughts aside and dive right in without worry. And I loved that JX wants him enough to try to go at Christopher’s pace.
Anyway, this was a good installment. Solid. I think I perhaps liked the first one just slightly a little bit more overall, when taking into account not only the mystery but the relationship too. Just slightly though, and even then it’s probably only because it was so new and I felt like I had just stumbled on something really great. It is pretty damn great, though. You guys should read it. :) Pretty please?...more