2.75 stars I don't know, didn't love this one like I did Luke's book. The whole 'suspense' angle in this fell really short and predictable for me, esp2.75 stars I don't know, didn't love this one like I did Luke's book. The whole 'suspense' angle in this fell really short and predictable for me, especially when comparing it with Book 1. I just really didn't care for the (view spoiler)[on the run from abusive husband trope (hide spoiler)] been there, done that. And it fell flat in comparison to the gritty dark premise and suspense that happened in Fragile. There is a twist and I will give it to Walker for the reveal here, it was quite clever, a little predictable, but still clever. The main thing that bothered me was the amount of time Walker spent having the hero and heroine freezing each other out. I just found it tiring and really silly especially how it was dragged on for sooooo long near the end. Like damn... talk about bullheaded. Both Quinn and Sara have secrets but regardless they still managed to be compassionate, patient, cute and loving until Quinn finds out the truth about Sara. All the sudden they go from sweet, sexy, understanding, to closed off, talking in circles, stone walling, too prideful to freaking TALK it through. I just had no patience for this. The number of times these two 'put on a blank mask' to shut the other out drove me up the wall. Like...ENOUGH. It was like pulling teeth with these two near the end and made me honestly want to take a star off because of it. I was honestly psyched to read this because I fell hard for Quinn, the stoic, quiet monosyllabic twin who doesn't trust easily and had an awful horrific childhood. My heart broke for the little boy who had to hide his books from his lunatic abusive mother. Those flashbacks were brutal. Oy. But I felt with someone with his background and outright fear of trusting others I thought he fell for Sara a little too quickly. Just a little bit. And the whole trust thing becomes a huge issue between them, with good reason. But I felt the last 100 pages to be too much with the heroine digging her heels in and acting hurt & betrayed over something she did in return to Quinn but didn't want to see it. Her 'I don't need your help' stubbornness I found a little bratty as well. And not wanting to tell him anything because he questioned her after realizing she lied to him was stupid to me. I don't know I wanted to love Sara, she was kickass and didn't let anyone run over her but still, something was missing for me. I couldn't get a good feel of her through most of the story and that was most likely due to her keeping everything tightly close to the vest, with her being on the run and hiding and all. We finally get to know the real her, but it was a little too late for me, like the last 10 pages and it just didn't sync well. Because of that I didn't love them as a couple as much as I wanted to. I felt Quinn gave more even with his reservations and fears than Sara gave in return. And that little punching incident annoyed me. (view spoiler)[ I honestly liked her better as mysterious Sara than huffy snappy Sam *shrugs* (hide spoiler)] It was still a pretty steamy sexy read but story and relationship wise? Eh. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
DNF @ 40% I guess my DNF shelf was feeling lonely with neglect. Well here shelfie....TAKE IT. This was probably more of 'too many books not enough tiDNF @ 40% I guess my DNF shelf was feeling lonely with neglect. Well here shelfie....TAKE IT. This was probably more of 'too many books not enough time, I have no patience for this' kind of deal. I usually never have trouble reading Highlander books and I probably could have finished this one. I could...if I had the patience or care. For some reason nothing here was clicking for me. I felt nothing for the hero, no matter how gruff and ruggedly handsome he sounded. The lack of depth to the characters and loose careless world building also didn't help matters. But what really cinched it for me was the insufferable tstl heroine Clarrisa. I just wanted someone to drop this haughty little know-it-all on her head and be done with it. Good grief. She is the perfect example of what authors should not do when they try to write an independent out-spoken heroine. Having your leading lady question, challenge, and argue every. single. thing. the hero says simply because she sees it as her right is not brave or courageous to me. It's down right idiotic especially when said heroine argues & questions the hero at the most inopportune times--like saving her ass from the clutches of a sex crazed perverted king. Oh no. She needs to wave her flag and stand her ground cause that's what brave lasses do in those days, don't you know? With endless thrusts of her chin and a toss of her head (is this woman a horse??..please stop) she's just pure fire, bless her heart. And she knows the way of men. She overheard it from the maids before her elders spirited her away to her ivory tower. BUT SHE KNOWS EVERYTHING. I'm sorry but this trite cliche never worked for me. I need more than haughty chin thrusting and waspish retorts to convince me someone is courageous and brave. I tried numerous times to just keep trudging on but Clarrisa's mouth made it impossible. Lawd this girl had more sass than common sense and reason.
And what era was this supposed to be set in where the English heroine wears her hair down in long braids and wears a hat?? I found that odd. And the hero who is a Scottish laird wears a bonnet which I'm assuming is a beret of some kind. Isn't that specifically for only high ranking military formal uniform? Like I said the details are super loose and all over the place. And I don't know why but the visual of these huge Highlander warriors lifting their 'plaids' up over their heads to sit on the ground gave me a serious case of the giggles. Yep. That's all I got. ...more
First let me just praise the cover. The guy model? WHO are you sir and are you single? I mean.... Ooof. *fans face* I kept catching myself staring aFirst let me just praise the cover. The guy model? WHO are you sir and are you single? I mean.... Ooof. *fans face* I kept catching myself staring at the cover and wanting to rub my face on it like a lunatic.......
Aaaaanyways, this is my first book by this author and it won't be my last if the writing is anything to go by. Her wordplay is seriously one of a kind and nothing I've seen. I would seriously give a 5 stars just for that. It's so fluid and organic, she manages to go dark and humurous at the same time which I liked and haven't seen before in a CR setting. And by dark I mean dealing with a hero who is still greiving over the death of his wife. The wise cracks and ribbing that bounces off the brothers and group of friends is so much fun and so natural. Nothing is trying too hard. There were some lines that really made me LOL and re-read and other moments that just made me go YES! I know that feeling exactly.
Years of fantasies could not have prepared her for the reality of Connor's lips on hers. It was new, and it was familiar in the most beautiful way. Like Christmas. Different all the time and somehow the same. With surprises and tradition all wrapped into one. That was kissing Connor.
She wanted a customizable menu of options with boxes she could check. Access to his finer feelings? Check. Awkward self-consciousness? No. A solid, unshakable friendship? Check. Crippling loneliness and despair? No. Consequence-free orgasms on tap? She would double check that.
"Right," she said. "Probably should've just grabbed your penis again instead of trying to talk about feelings."
Connor sputtered, coffee sloshing over the edge of his mug. "What the hell, Liss? You can't just say stuff like that."
"Now is not really the time to get precious. The horse has left the barn, run across the pasture and trampled the daises. If you go after him now, he'll just get spooked and kick you in the head."
The 'I'm in love with my best friend' theme here was executed wonderfully. I liked the fact that the author was conscious of the couple's long standing friendship and the hero's personal struggles to move on from losing his wife. I like that none of it was brushed under the rug and played a big part in the tension between the hero and heroine. It made the dynamic and HEA that much more realistic and plausible. The fact that Connor could *finally* accept that he will always love his wife and it's ok to move on and love someone else was so simple and honest yet bittersweet. It was a real struggle for this character and it made total sense especially given that the heroine has been his best friends for 18 years. That's a lot of history right there. And I have to say Liss, the heroine, really surprised me the most out of the two. Her no-filter personality and blurting whatever she thinks was a real hoot and so refreshing. It could have easily turned into an obnoxious quirk but it wasn't here. I loved how she kept Connor on his toes and left him speechless. I definitely want to read the next book with playboy Jack and Connor's little tomboy sister Katie. Another interesting dynamic with a lot of potential. I really recommend this author because her comedic timing is really great and her wordplay is divine! ...more