Erica is a recent Harvard grad with her own startup social networking site. Blake is a handsome, dominating and controlling-- can you guess it? -- bilErica is a recent Harvard grad with her own startup social networking site. Blake is a handsome, dominating and controlling-- can you guess it? -- billionaire. They meet when Erica trips over herself and falls into his arms. As coincidences would have it, Blake just so happens to be at the sales pitch Erica goes to to receive funding for her little venture. He shoots her down, both humiliating her and making her fall head-over-fashionable-heels gaga over him.
I have a strong dislike for fashion, clothes shopping and other typically girly endeavors so I had to try and put aside my boredom factor regarding Erica's online social site, Clozpin (a fantastic name for such a site!), but it was hard to do because the author did not successfully convince me that Erica was even interested in fashion. The character admits to the fact she gets her fashion sense from her friend who literally picks out her outfits. Just because Erica has nude pumps and knows when to wear them does not a fashion diva make. Also, Erica goes on and on about how much work she does for her business but there is no evidence to support that. Besides going to meetings, most of which are with guys trying to get into her pencil skirt, she barely sits down to check on her site, and when she does, it's down, and Ms. Harvard grad has to call upon her live in male minion to fix it.
Also, am I the only one who is fed up with gorgeous billionaire love interests? Perhaps I'm a weirdo but I prefer my male leads to be more realistic. This relationship did not work for me in Fifty Shades of Grey and it works even less for me with Erica and Blake. Zero chemistry between the couple and no discernible reason why they fall for each other. Both characters are what I call Dopey Dismals. Not enough meat on the bones in the personality department. Actions make no sense. Boring. Drama prone.
I was so furious with the obvious similarities with 50 that I almost stopped reading. I am happy to say, at least with book one, the story does become its own once it gets over bashing you about the face with the correlations. Whether or not it becomes its own interesting story is another question.
I don't understand the need authors have to make Alpha males into sex-obsessed control freaks whose actions belittle the women they claim to care so much about. Yes, they are both damaged little flowers who will bloom together by the time we get to book 5. But I'm not sure I care enough to watch their journey. They fall in love instantly and there's not enough character exploration to make you understand why. The sex is constant but oddly flat. The power plays don't work because I'm not convinced Erica is a strong, confident and powerful woman. I'm told she's this strong willed CEO but I see a flailing, lackluster, no-personality, scared little kitten. I can't buy this woman running a successful company or a successful relationship.
I was happy that this heroine eats food. Like, all the damn time. Way more description of food and restaurants than fashion which made me wonder why she doesn't run a food related social network. All she does is go out to eat and cook gourmet food. But she lets some dude she barely knows order for her? Yeah, no, makes no sense.
The writing style is fine but there are a lot of continuity mistakes that I would think an editor should have caught. In one scene, they're cooking bacon and eggs and then they have sex and there's no mention of anything burning on the stove. They meet in Vegas, come home to Boston and it seems like weeks go by but then Erica will refer to it being a few days ago. That kind of thing happened way too frequently for me. Also, too much telling and not showing.
After reading the first three books in the Jessica McClain series in rather quick (for me) succession, I have the same general complaints for every boAfter reading the first three books in the Jessica McClain series in rather quick (for me) succession, I have the same general complaints for every book.
I know a lot of people love the constant action in this series but I would prefer a little less. The piling up of action scene upon action scene results in :
1) Lack of character development. Although I will say some of minor characters are more developed than the main couple. I feel like all I know about Jessica is that she’s the only female werewolf, she is strong willed, and she has these ever increasing powers carrying the plot around. I don’t really know her and I know Rourke even less. 2) Not caring about Rourke. As mentioned in complaint #1, I know nothing about him except he is the last of his kind of shifter, he is Jessica’s mate, and he’s really strong. No personality to speak of. After the sexual tension is finally sussed out, there is nothing. I just do not feel the connection and I don’t care about the romance. Something is wrong when I am crushing on Jessica’s father, James, Tyler, and Danny, but not on Rourke. Also, why can’t she call him by his first name? Really, really impersonal. 3) Jessica’s powers are a constant deus ex machina. Every time she’s in a tough situation, she pulls these powers out of her ass to save the day. Yes, she is a kick ass character. I’m not saying she doesn’t have that spark. But in the end, it’s her unknown-never-heard-of-before-in-the-supe-world powers that move the plot along. 4) Telling not showing. The dialogue is clunky. Every time there’s a heavy action scene where time is of the essence, Jessica and pals stop to have ridiculously lengthy conversations. Because the action is non-stop, this is needed to explain what’s going on and unfortunately, it doesn’t work in the slightest. There was one time I remember, I think in book 3, it is actually explained to the reader that despite being told repeatedly how little time there was, we now had a few minutes for this long, drawn out discussion. This nonsense happens in all three books so far and it really pulls me out of the story. 5) Cartoonish antagonists. Although we are told that each Big Boss is practically unbeatable, they are actually beaten relatively easily (powers to the rescue!) and I never once felt like Jessica or pals were in any real peril. ...more
Okay, I can suspend disbelief enough to accept a woman falling in love with a blue alien who materializes, naked, in her house and proclaims he is herOkay, I can suspend disbelief enough to accept a woman falling in love with a blue alien who materializes, naked, in her house and proclaims he is her leader but, seriously, who irons their underwear? Also, I don’t care how much Star Trek or X-Files I’ve seen, an alien, blue or otherwise, appears in front of me and I’m going to scream bloody murder not stand there bemused yet sassy. Also, this is the fourth Eve Langlais book I’ve read and she has an odd view of women. Most of the women in her books are described as argumentative or mouthy in some way but if anything, they don’t voice themselves assertively enough. The definition of argumentative is not someone who asks questions or states an opinion. This is the problem with most romance type books I’ve read, the women are almost always supposed to be strong, independent, feisty, etc. But they’re not. Hey, I have no problem with chest beating alpha males. I like alpha males. I just wish these books had more realistic characterizations. Let’s get back to screaming. I would be. Loud, frantic wails would erupt from my argumentative mouth if some dude appeared in my house. I don’t care if you have no family or friends and you have a shitty job you won’t miss, leaving your planet is a huge deal. Who would calmly accept such a fate? Even if I were to someday fall madly in love with Mr. Blue Alien, I would not go down easily. It would be a struggle that would probably takes months or years. And WHO IRONS THEIR UNDERWEAR!?
Kor’s planet has a shortage of women. The best of the men are chosen for the chance at getting a mate from another planet, selected by an Oracle and ancestors in spirit form. Kor specified he wanted a docile mate but Diana is anything but. (Snarky feminist reviewer grumbles “bullshit” in an argumentative tone, knitting her eyebrows together in a scowl. She then proceeds on writing this review with mirth.)
Diana is pleased to find there are plenty of other Earth women on Kor’s planet and all seems right in the world. Until ::dramatic music:: Kor’s brother Kil appears and it seems he’s about to muck up the works. Deus ex machina. The end.
Snarkiness aside (what an incorrigible, argumentative female I am!), why am I rating this 3-stars? For whatever reason, I enjoyed this book. In fact, I’ve found all of her books I’ve read so far enjoyable. Perhaps it’s the sex. Or perhaps not as it’s certainly not the best erotica I’ve read either. However, cute they are. And still better love stories than Twilight. Quick and easy to read; pure fluff.
I think Langlais (much like Stephenie Meyer) raped a thesaurus and used no protection. Here’s an example of the STDs that thesauruses clearly carry: Diana, her relief over her safety and his assuaged, leaned back. That sentence makes no kind of sense. In addition, there is an abuse of question marks when there’s no question asked? As well as an apparent confusion on what a question actually is. For example: “I didn’t think you’d come back,” she whispered, cradled in his arms. Now that bliss had mellowed and reality returned, she asked. She asked what!? There was no question there. ...more
The best of the series so far, by far. The plot is miles ahead of the last two entries. There are a lot more characters in this one. We get3.5 stars.
The best of the series so far, by far. The plot is miles ahead of the last two entries. There are a lot more characters in this one. We get to enjoy more of the Greyson family and we’re also treated to a second romance. There are still mistakes galore but I think the more intriguing plot kept my nitpicker side preoccupied because I’m having difficulty remembering specific examples. Freakn’. That’s all you need to know. Apostrophes denote a missing letter, FYI for those of you who slept through school. It should be freakin’ or if the author wants to get cute and sassy: freak’n’.
Um, I don’t know which one makes me want to hurl puppies off a cliff more…
Chris (Naomi’s –from the 1st book- brother) does not want to share his mate when he finally finds one. It may work for Naomi and Francine but he wants nothing to do with it. And then he is hired to build a gym in a basement and his mate answers the door. Too bad she’s already freakn’ mated! Chris’s only hope is that it appears Jill is not happy in her marriage to Jack. Yes, that’s Jack and Jill…
Jill and Jack, you see, have a secret. They aren’t really Jill and Jack. And they aren’t really mated/married. But Jill cannot be with Chris because she must remain in her fake marriage lest the big bad man from her past finds her.
In the meantime, Chris’s cousin Gina steps in to distract Jack. And wouldn’t you know it… it turns out they’re mates. Neither one is about to admit it to the other. Jack’s main focus is to keep Jill away from Chris even though he would love for the both of them to be able to live a normal life with their newly founded mates.
There’s a lot of Naomi and Francine, from book 1 and 2 respectively. As well as the rest of the family, especially mama Meredith who kicks major ass. ...more
I think the author is going for cute with the misspelling of freakn’. It’s about as cute as “alot”, which is not cute at all. It would be one thing if I think the author is going for cute with the misspelling of freakn’. It’s about as cute as “alot”, which is not cute at all. It would be one thing if it were just in the title but freakn’ is used throughout the whole book. There are also Apostrophe Catastrophes, Grammar Shenanigans, a wrong name used at least once (Javier instead of Alejandro), and countless annoyances that even a high school level editor should have been able to pick out. Oh, and I can’t forget the fact that the title is used in the story not once, not twice, but multiple times. I stopped counting how many times the author worked the phrase “jealous and freakn’” into the story. (Side note: Still a better romance than Twilight…)
Why have I given it three stars? Well, like the first book, Delicate Freakn' Flower, Jealous and Freakn’ is inexplicably cute. In fact, as I write this review I’ve already started book 4. I am a slow reader and yet I’m flying through the Freakn’ series so freakn’ fast. Just call me: Freakn’ Annoyed and Lovn’ It.
Jealous and Freakn’ has more of a plot than the first book. But the three-way romance feels more forced and isn’t as satisfying as Naomi/Ethan/Javier from Delicate Freakn' Flower. Mitchell (Naomi’s brother) is jealous and freakn’… and thick. I’m not talking about his schlong. I’m saying this boy is thick as in dumb as a box of plastic nipples. Francine has known forever and a day that Mitchell is her mate. Mitchell, however, convinces himself that he sees Francine as a sister and goes out of his way to stay out of her way. Poor Francine is left suffering from a broken heart for years. Until she meets Mate #2.
Alejandro (Javier’s brother) is on his way to Naomi’s baby shower when he sees a hot redhead clearly in need of a ride. In no time at all, they are hot and heavy for each other. But Francine is up front about her love for Mitchell. This does not dissuade Alejandro. He suggests Francine use him to make Mitchell jealous. It works like a charm and finally, after a ridiculous amount of time, Mitchell gives in to his mate fate. He’s not keen on sharing but it turns out Alejandro is Francine’s mate too. Will Mitchell change his attitude regarding a threesome mating? Hmmm, what do you think? ...more
I work for a publishing company/book distributer type place in Boston. And I love Jackie Chan. Coffee too. That’s why I put this book on my TBR severaI work for a publishing company/book distributer type place in Boston. And I love Jackie Chan. Coffee too. That’s why I put this book on my TBR several years ago. What took me so long to read it? Well, I’ve read good chick lit and bad chick lit. Either way, I find it almost impossible to relate to the women in these books. They are nothing like me so my reviews are often full of ranting about bubble-headed women who shop too much. I only read chick lit or women’s fiction when I’ve overdosed on other genres and need a break. Blah, blah, blah. I’ll shut up now and say this is the best chick lit I’ve ever read. And not just because the chick likes Jackie Chan.
Nicci Bradford is lost and lonely and unfulfilled. She is at a job she doesn’t love and is surrounded by people she has nothing in common with. I can relate.
She becomes involved with a man who she has nothing in common with other than great sex. Then there’s the man the reader knows she’s supposed to be with and you want to reach into the book and slap a big WTF sign on her forehead. Sure, the storyline is predictable enough. But the romance(s) are refreshingly lacking in sugar sweetness. That’s left for the coffee (and tea). ...more
ZERO holes barred in this erotic paranormal brouhaha. Heh, I said holes instead of holds. No holes barred… get it? Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk!
ONE feisty wolf inteZERO holes barred in this erotic paranormal brouhaha. Heh, I said holes instead of holds. No holes barred… get it? Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk!
ONE feisty wolf intent on living a “normal” life preferably with a boring human male who won’t break her butterfly collection.
TWO hot shapeshifting lacrosse players because WHY NOT !!??
THREE-way sex. XXX
What a mess of horrific grammar, numerous typos, awkward dialog, and overused words such as “cleft.” Never mind the redonkulous plot and the fact that the last few chapters felt like a too rushed and-then-this-happened conclusion. That being said… I liked it. My feminist side is very disappointed but my inner Snarky Sally is delighted to write this review.
It’s wish fulfillment, pure and simple; although not. Because in real life I think a threesome relationship would be an emotionally unhealthy, logistical nightmare. But, hey, maybe that’s just me.
Naomi is a wolf shifter with a mind of her own. Growing up with a house full of brothers and a father who were prone to violence and breaking things was enough to put Naomi off forming a relationship with one of her own kind. Naomi wishes for a life free of the aggressive outbursts common among shifter males. She has her own place with delicate things and she wants to keep her life, and her furniture, pristine and unbroken.
Naomi goes to a shifter Lacrosse game. Despite the fact she can’t stand jocks, she cannot keep her eyes off two of the players. When one of them makes eye contact, he misses catching a ball and it hits her in the head. Ethan is sure the woman he hit is his mate and he tracks down her name and address to go apologize. His BFF, Javier, goes with him and when she comes to the door, he realizes she is his mate too. How cozy.
Ethan, a Kodiak bear, and Javier, a jaguar, must convince Naomi that they can provide her with a life that isn’t all drama and chaos. Naomi is against being mated to a shifter never mind two of them and she FURiously resists. Until she realizes that she likes them. And I’m left scratching my head on how exactly a wolf, a bear, and a jaguar are going to mate. I mean, I get it but… I don’t get it. The crossbreeding possibilities are dizzying.
Louise loves fashion, especially vintage fashion. She imagines the lives of the women who wore the clothes that she admires. One day she receives an iLouise loves fashion, especially vintage fashion. She imagines the lives of the women who wore the clothes that she admires. One day she receives an invitation in the mail to a Traveling Fashionista Vintage Sale. She cannot wait to find the perfect vintage dress for the upcoming dance. The dress she chooses takes her back in time and she finds herself a passenger on the Titanic.
Light and fluffy does it. There's a lot of information that most casual history buffs already know but I suspect many younger readers will actually learn something here. There are far too many people in this world that think Titanic was a fictional movie and not a real event. Louise actually Googles the Titanic at the end and we're filled in with the official confirmation of everything she just experienced. ...more