Oh man I could not finish this which makes me sad cause I'm a big fan of SEP and is the reason I grabbed this book. I'm surprised cause this got a...moreDNF
Oh man I could not finish this which makes me sad cause I'm a big fan of SEP and is the reason I grabbed this book. I'm surprised cause this got a lot of high ratings.
SEP's typical style of heroes are known to be arrogant, suave, a tad chauvinistic and sexist in the beginning of her books but they change or show a different side that wasn't there before as the story progresses. I'm totally fine with arrogant alpha-male heroes but this time I just could not get into the hero of this book. I was at first not crazy about him but then immediately got turned off by him with his lazy self-centered immature attitude. Characters have flaws I'm not asking for the perfect guy cause that would be boring as hell but here it was just too much and just blah. The whole airport scene where Kenny is supposed to pick up Emma just made me go really?? THAT'S the hero?? I'm supposed to root for him? He just came off so unlikeable to me and was just......blah. Plus the way he carried himself and acted was a tad too immature for my taste. He came off sounding like a spoiled teenager then a thirty-something-year old man. It just didn't click for me. His whole demeanor and how he acted around Emma turned me completely off. And that says a lot cause I'm usually more lenient and forgiving toward heroes then I am with heroines.
I tried to give him and the story a shot but none of the characters were interesting enough. I managed to skim through the ending (which I usually don't do) and of course there was the expected climactic moment where the hero suddenly has the 'aha' moment where he realizes he does love the heroine after all. Oh brother. I just didn't buy it. I probably have no right saying that cause I didn't read the book in full but I just could not get into it or be interested enough to read it.(less)
Missed the boat completely on this one. Bummer. I went into this with somewhat high hopes expecting something similar to Nothing But Trouble but didn'...moreMissed the boat completely on this one. Bummer. I went into this with somewhat high hopes expecting something similar to Nothing But Trouble but didn't happen. RG didn't bother showing much character growth with a hero who has a history of chronic careless cheating. Rob didn't seem to show a lot of guilt over it and that bothered me the most. Instead the author seemed to focus more on the ONS he had with a deranged lunatic who tried to kill him instead of the fact that he cheated on his wife when it happened. I liked Rob but I wish we got more self-reflection on his part and showing more remorse over the fact that he kept cheating. The cheating factor seemed like a non-issue, big mistake there IMO. Just because you are a man with 'urges' and you were a young stud hockey player on the road, it didn't give you the license to sleep with Hockey bimbos left and right, bucko. Just saying. He really doesn't address the reasons why he kept cheating when he talked about it with Kate, it just seemed like background noise that wasn't really significant. And the nasty Fatal Attraction incident plays a big hand in his phobia against marriage and being in a stable relationship.
As for the heroine Kate, she didn't have much of a personality and what little there was seemed very inconsistent. For a former Private Investigator she had the tendency to get very defensive and hung up on certain things. Like obsessively hung up. Very insecure, sensitive and uptight for someone who supposedly is so independent and obstinate. And some of her observations and reactions to certain things came across juvenile & petulant which I didn't understand. I just couldn't connect with her. And excuse me, I know Rachel Gibson loves name dropping her designer labels but how in the world does someone who has no job manage to breezily order a Tiffany's diamond bracelet, clothes from Neiman Marcus and rhinestone-studded lingerie from Frederick's of Hollywood without batting an eye?? Tiffany's? Nice fantasy but get real. The inconsistencies with this character were just laughable.
I also wasn't in love with the ending to this. When the heroine pretty much forces the hero's hand into proposing on the very last page it doesn't really scream romantic HEA. It rubbed me the wrong way how Kate had to corner him into addressing the topic of love and getting married and having to give him an ultimatum. And I didn't get the warm fuzzies how he came to his miraculous realization either. He realizes he can't live without her when he goes fly fishing alone and Kate isn't there to share his moment of glory when he catches a giant fish. -__- I'm all a flutter I tell you.
Lastly, RG needs to be careful with her 's's. I don't know anyone who has more than one jaw or more than one bottom lip. She kept pluralizing body parts that don't come in pairs or when describing one part of a pair (ex: nipples on a breast). It seemed intentional rather than mistakes. (less)
First book of Teresa's I read and I fell in love. This was recommended to me and I read the synopsis and I was intrigued. I'm glad I took the recommen...moreFirst book of Teresa's I read and I fell in love. This was recommended to me and I read the synopsis and I was intrigued. I'm glad I took the recommendation. I was honestly expecting to hate it given the plot and deception on the heroine's part but I was pleasantly surprised. This was very eerily similar to a storyline I watched on a soap (yes go ahead and laugh) same EXACT plot only the woman who pulls off the lie and tells the guy she's his wife I wanted to strangle, her desperate lying and scheming I couldn't stand. Which is why I was REALLY hesitant to read this but surprisingly enough I ended up enjoying this.
Medeiros way of handling a tricky story set-up like this was really well pulled off. The story and characters and dialogue made me fall in love. The story may not be for everyone so fair warning. And what the heroine does is pretty scheming and while I didn't agree with it I understood her reasonings behind it. I couldn't hate her. Love the hero Sterling! Yum. :) Love him and how he dramatically yet slowly changes from an arrogant cold-hearted shut off man to compassionate and understanding and humbled one. The tension and struggle between him and Laura is really suspenseful and dramatic and just delicious. I could have easily hated Laura for what she did but her reasons behind it and her actions I completely understood and sympathized with her. The pull between them and struggle to fight off the feelings and passion is really angsty. Very passionate, vulnerable, raw love story. So good! I loved everything about this book. All the characters are fully developed and just fun to read. 5 stars from me hands down!!!! (less)
Omg. There are awful books and then there are just plain awful books. This is one of the latter. I had so many issues with this book from start to *ne...moreOmg. There are awful books and then there are just plain awful books. This is one of the latter. I had so many issues with this book from start to *near* finish. I tried finishing it, don't even ask me why. Good lord the dialogue and non-existent plot just put me to sleep and don't get me started on the ridiculous hi-jinx plot points and bizarre dialogue. This was just a 'Oh good g-d, what in the HELL is this??' kind of book for me. Just awful. So incredibly awful I don't even know where to start...
I'm not sure if this was supposed to be meant as 'humorous' but if so, she completely lost me. It doesn't take much to make me laugh or amuse me but this book was just all kinds of weird for me and near painful to read. It was just bizarre. I almost thought I was reading a spoof on a HR story or a skit from SNL, a campy skit intentionally done over-the-top just to get laughs. I have no idea. I've read Regency/historical romance books with humorous dialogue or tone and this definitely wasn't it. None of it came off as humorous to me but rather ridiculously silly and contrived and really embarrassing plot points to humiliate the heroine for g-d knows what reason. What? To make the bafoon idiot hero play hero and be all manly? Uh no. Fred Flinstone is more of a man and 'gentlemen' then this moron Paen. And while I'm at it, I just could not understand why the author was so adamant in putting the poor clueless heroine through stunt after stunt of mind-numbingly humiliating 'incidents' just to create some kind of 'misunderstanding' between her and her husband Paen. It just made both characters look incredibly TSTL. And yes the fact that someone was behind it was obvious but lost my interest quickly because I was losing patience with how many times the heroine was humiliated in front of her husband and his family. Give the poor girl a break. Because of this, both characters just came off looking idiotic, silly and not even remotely interesting.
And speaking of TSTL, I knew I was in trouble when in the second chapter the heroine's mother thought it was a brilliant idea to BIND her daughter into her wedding dress which was like 2 sizes too small just because the other dress (and ONLY other dress) was wrinkled. And of course if that wasn't enough, trying to get her to trudge along all the way to the church on foot while she was literally turning blue, gasping for breath and about ready to faint. Here's a better idea...if the dress doesn't fit her let her wear the other one. Duh.
But the thing that just really galled me and annoyed me the most was the ever oblivious hero, Paen. The most flat lifeless hero I've read about. I pretty much knew nothing about him while 2/3rds into the book. Not a good sign. He grunts and mumbles throughout the story barely spending anytime with his new wife believing she's inept, frail, uneducated, clumsy, etc. etc., so instead of helping her like any other husband would do he keeps running to his parents asking for their advice and getting them involved in nearly everything. I mean really?? His wife asks him simple questions and he acts so horrified and shocked he runs off to ask his parents for advice like a schoolboy. He came off as a complete brute to me, a completely clueless, insensitive, boring brute with no personality whatsoever. The only interest he shows in his wife is when he can bed her. RME. And the heroine thinking her gallant husband is 'oh so brave and sweet!' while trying to save her when he thinks she's drowning is not even remotely funny or cute, considering the fact that he parades her around in front of everyone BUCK NAKED with her ass up in the air on top of a horse. Hhhhell NO.
But the final line for me (you would think after that awful idiotic horse incident it couldn't possibly get worse RME) that turned me off completely was the scene where Avelyn asked Paen where the servants were in the house and in his ever graceless patronizing way tells her upstairs-- as if she's a halfwit, stairs which mind you are are clearly broken and missing some steps. Instead of helping her up that walking death trap like a decent human being with a brain he just grunts an answer to her and goes off to his business. Uuuum what? Exactly what part of this book is supposed to be romantic or funny for that matter?? I seriously struggle to understand what author would expect any reader to find this shit funny or cute or even remotely romantic. Complete tosser for me. I could not understand the characters who were all completely one-dimensional, dialogue boring as ever with some major grammar issues or just confusing as hell to understand and plot points that were more loosey goosey and cringe-worthy then 'funny'.
And another thing that bugged the crap out of me is why every. single. chore and activity of the characters' had to be described in full detail (including taking trips to the river to go to the bathroom uh WTF?) I mean..are you kidding me? Meanwhile, the hero and heroine barely got any alone time together or actual interaction. So ridiculous. Total headscratcher for me. The author spent sooo much time on the most mundane stupid things and dragged out descriptions for no reason when nothing really happens instead of having the H/HR interact. Can I ask whhyy??
I try not to be too harsh or offensive in reviews but really, I don't understand what the author's intention was with this story at all. There wasn't much of a plot to begin with, a bunch of dialogue and a lot of summarization but very little action. I was 300 pages in and nothing really happened except for a string of humiliating incidents b/w H & HR. At least flesh out the hero and heroine, I have no idea what Paen even looks like except he has dark hair, is a giant and is well endowed. pfft. Come. On. So silly. Give a little more love to the characters you create and maybe then I'll love them in return. (less)
I went into this with high hopes simply because of the premise and reviews. I was surprised at what I got. Certain characters where somewhat more enjo...moreI went into this with high hopes simply because of the premise and reviews. I was surprised at what I got. Certain characters where somewhat more enjoyable than others. Lady Isabel Pelham and Lord Gerard Grayson were a perfect match for each other...but not for the reasons I was hoping for. lol They both agreed to a marriage of convenience that after four years turns into something more. The plot and set up were there and had a good start but I found it lacking in some areas. It just was missing something for me. I found myself loving some parts then getting bored in other parts where I was almost tempted to skim through the pages. For starters the heroine's complete nonplussed reaction to the things her husband would or wouldn't do, her lack of emotion to anything and refusing to believe he loves her and sometimes patronizing attitude towards him (because of the age difference that is brought up in every other conversation... good grief) just grated my nerves. Yes technically they start out as just friends but seriously when this gets dragged out through more than half of the book it looses steam. If it wasn't for all that ridiculousness I maybe would have enjoyed these two more. Maybe. I guess a big part of it is because of their arrangement and how they interacted through most of the book I had a hard time buying these two being anything more than good screw-buddies. Lust? Yes. Love...no.
Aside from that, the thing I enjoyed the most I have to say was the side-story of Isabel's brother Rhys finding love unexpectedly with the quiet wallflower Abby Hammond. I found their budding romance more charming and endearing then I did Isabel and Gray's story. It was a nice break. Only thing I have to say that weirded me out was the description of Abby's nipples being described as 'long'. Her long stretchy nipples...Really?? -__- It's emphasized repeatedly with Rhys constantly tugging and pulling on them, spouting flowery prose over them like they are the sexiest thing ever. Uh..no. *shudders* Wish Day found a better adjective because the visual in my head was so NOT sexy. Ick. Anyways, these two saved the story for me. If it wasn't for this nice interlude I probably would have given this a lower rating. I wanted more of Rhys and Abby then I did Isabel and Grayson. I could have cared less about the hero and apathetic heroine.
But overall my biggest problem and what gave me pause was the author's style of writing, the language was way too modern for a historical setting. It confused the shit out of me. I understand this was more of a erotica book but given it's setting in 1815 England, words like ass and fuck (which yes I know the word fuck existed back then) used continuously through the book seemed really weird and for me really unrealistic. And I'm sorry but the last time I checked the English peerage in those days never used the word 'ass'. Uh hello?? Please authors do research or pay attention to the dialogue you use and make sure it correlates to the freaking time setting of your story! I don't know if the author chose to gloss over that intentionally or what but it was a glaringly obvious error that kept popping up everywhere given the number of times it was used. It just went into the unrealistic, inaccurate area for me. I mean never mind the steamy sex scenes, that's a given but to casually use the phrase 'fuck' in conversations in mixed company (and with your family members no less) was a little weird for me and not appropriate. I lost count how many times I read the phrase 'fine ass' when Isabel was checking out her hubby's butt. Very inaccurate and distracting to say the least.
And sometimes it went into the cheesy area for me in the descriptive words used. I'm all for smut and steamy love scenes--yes please!-- but in this it just got to be kind of redundant. I felt the same conversations were brought up and I had a very hard time buying them falling in love since all they do is hump each other instead of actual talking. Meh.(less)
Really fun playful read. Second book I've read of her's and I loved it which surprised me. Thought it was better then the previous book in this series...moreReally fun playful read. Second book I've read of her's and I loved it which surprised me. Thought it was better then the previous book in this series. Loved the main characters Reid and Lori. Reid was just adorable and fun to read about. The sexual tension and chemistry between them is enthralling. How they try so hard to fight it off with the whitty sarcastic banters/arguments is what makes it so fun. I loved how raw their relationship was, how real and intense it becomes and how Reid changes through it all. I thought Lori was a perfect match for him. For a contemporary piece I was really surprised with how intense it got and heartbreaking. The loss near the end totally caught me off guard and brought me to tears which was frustrating cause I was so not expecting it. Books don't usually bring me to tears and Mallery totally did in this. lol Great book! (less)