You meet Constantine Xenakis in the book before this, HUNT HER DOWN, but IMHO, you won't need to have read it or any of the other Bullet Catcher books...moreYou meet Constantine Xenakis in the book before this, HUNT HER DOWN, but IMHO, you won't need to have read it or any of the other Bullet Catcher books to enjoy this one.
Con's a former employee who's given a chance to earn his back a place in the Bullet Catchers; his mission is to go undercover in a dive ship and secure the treasure uncovered as well as figure out who has either been stealing/leaking information about the dive ship. On his first night there, he catches Lizzie Dare (fellow diver) breaking and entering... and within minutes, there's sizzle in both the figurative and literal sense. (Seriously. There's acid involved.) It's one of the more sly-snicker-worthy of a hero-meets-heroine-first-time scenes I've read in a while, so that's all I'll say on that.
Like I said, we meet Con in the book before this--but his background comes out in bits and bites that had me liking him easily. There were one of two aspects of his background that I had expected to be explored more (e.g. his brother), but with a telling mention here and there, I'm not even at all disappointed in having missed out a full sad info-dumpy story. The way I learned about Con worked and I liked him.
Lizzie Dare, however, lacked the depth Con had. Not much, but I think her personality--her tendency to see Con with the best filters on--rubbed me a little raw. That said, her ability to see Con's best may be what made her his match.
The characters are the main focus in this story--which pleases me fine--but it does play against treasure hunting --fun stuff--and one or two subplots. When the main villain finally revealed him/herself (not going to spoil it for ya), the DUM DUM DUUUM wasn't playing in my head, but felt more of a "Huh. Okay. Oh, moving right along." I was a tad underwhelmed.
The story does complement Con and Lizzie's developing relationship--and the story's ending has a nice touch to the series as well as the characters.
So, I enjoyed my read (and would have given it a full four stars had I only liked Lizzie more --but that's my personal preference in heroines) and would definitely recommend this to both Bullet Catcher fans and new readers alike.(less)
**spoiler alert** If you're familiar with the Bullet Catchers series, then you know the company's boss, Lucy Sharpe. And if you know Lucy, then you kn...more**spoiler alert** If you're familiar with the Bullet Catchers series, then you know the company's boss, Lucy Sharpe. And if you know Lucy, then you know about her right-hand man Dan Gallagher. And you've probably wondered whether they'll find love with each other.
This book picks up where NOW YOU DIE ends. If you don't know by now, that's Lucy's story. And it was wonderful and is my favorite Bullet Catcher book, but it also led to "Oh no, poor Dan! What happens to him now?"
So, I was thrilled when I learned Hunt Her Down was Dan's story, and even more excited when I heard rave reviews left and right... So, I don't know if I let my expectations run wild and rampant ahead of me, but... I only found this to be mediocre. It wasn't bad and I enjoyed it enough, but I was looking for more.
I understand that this had to be Dan and Maggie's story, but I felt that the story brushed off Lucy's impact too quickly and too easily. Like one previous reviewer said, in all the previous Bullet Catchers books, I was convinced that Dan loved Lucy. While I loved Lucy's story in Now You Die, I ached for Dan even as he (and I) seemed to agree Lucy's choice had been the right one.. Then, in the first few pages of Hunt Her Down, the way he brushed it aside rang untrue.
Perhaps that jarring gap is what prevented me from loving this book.
Take away that, though, I think most would be able to enjoy this read. It is fast paced, easy to read and there are quite a lot of fun scenes.(less)
This started as an easy read, with me nodding along, and going "huh, that's /exactly/ it", then it started to poke into my head and began to dig deep...moreThis started as an easy read, with me nodding along, and going "huh, that's /exactly/ it", then it started to poke into my head and began to dig deep whispering hard questions that I'm still trying to come to grips with, and before I knew it, I'd finished the book-- the second "writing" book I've ever managed to finish so far, and I have shelves full of 'em.
Anyone who has struggled to write, wondered why they subject themselves to the madness, and yet kept coming back as if unable to stop needs to read this book.
This is not so much of a how-to or a commentary, but a sort of chat with a fellow writer. A chat that reassures the solitary writer (the internet has helped in that regards, but when we're writing, it's really just the writer and that blank page) that they're not alone... and that courage (or the "chops") to write isn't a matter of fixing things so you're no longer afraid/struggling... it's to write through it. To sometimes embrace it. Or trick it. Maybe minimize it for a time. But really, to acknowledge that it's there...and that perhaps, it's /supposed/ to be there.(less)
Gibson returns to the world of ice hockey and the Seattle Chinooks -- just a few years after SEE JANE SCORE* (which I enjoyed well enough) -- where Vi...moreGibson returns to the world of ice hockey and the Seattle Chinooks -- just a few years after SEE JANE SCORE* (which I enjoyed well enough) -- where Virgil Duffy, the team's owner, has just died. The new owner? Widow Faith Duffy, who, for all intents and purposes, appeared to be his trophy gold-digging wife who was half a century younger than his 81 years of age. Her former status as Playmate of the Year doesn't help change that popular assumption.
Ty 'Saint' Savage is the team captain who's deadset on winning the Stanley Cup this year.
True Love's written well enough. Both Faith and Savage are likeable enough that I wanted to cheer them on, and there were hints to Faith's and Savage's backgrounds that made me interested. Faith brought with her a Playmate history, a hedonistic mother with a neurotic dog, and a marriage to a much older man. Savage had his own legendary father.
And then in addition to the father, mother, and dog, there was Faith's assistant Jules with his interesting sense of fashion and a cameo by Jane from See Jane Score.
The cast was decent and the dialogue was kind of fun, like this exchange between Ty and Jules:
"Do the other guys think I'm gay?" Ty shrugged. "Because I use hair product?' "No." He stepped into his underwear. "Because you say 'hair product'."
This story had all the ingredients of a decent story, and was paced well enough, but in the end, I felt as if I'd waited for a cake to come out of the oven... and it had fallen flat.
A lot of the things things that made this story seemed interesting were never really explored, resolved, or just plain taken advantage of. I could point to Faith's mother, Savage's father, Jules, Jules and Bo, but at the end, I'm just sitting here, going, "Huh?" Why tell me just enough to get me curious, and then... do nothing with it?
Even the ending climax was somewhat anti-climatic. The main problem was introduced roughly twenty pages from the end. Around ten pages in (and ten pages away from the end), I began to seriously wonder how on earth the story was going to resolve itself satisfactorily. Only to find that it didn't. Not quite. I kept wanted to be invested in the story, in the stakes, but somehow, it wasn't enough.
True Love is a sweet story in a sense that Faith and Savage are two decent enough characters you don't mind seeing get together, but I found True Story lacked punch when it came to its climax or resolution or fulfilling what it seemed to hint at.
* Note: TRUE LOVE is actually book 4 in the series, following THE TROUBLE WITH VALENTINE'S DAY -- but I've yet to read that one.