Jayne Ann Krentz wrote over fifty New York Times bestsellers in a variety of genres under three different names. That kind of experience can’t be bougJayne Ann Krentz wrote over fifty New York Times bestsellers in a variety of genres under three different names. That kind of experience can’t be bought or faked, and we as readers are lucky to reap the benefits.
Trust No one is another in a long string of successes for this author. I love her paranormal stuff, but this type of romantic suspense is what I go for when I want to relax and stop thinking about everything else. Murder and romance are what Krentz does best, and she did it even better than usual in this latest novel.
Our heroine is Grace, a young, intelligent woman famous for saving a child from a vicious killer in her teens. Grace is strong, but she is still traumatized and somewhat reluctant to allow people to get too close. Paradoxically, she is a bit too trusting in her professional life and she tends to focus only on the good in people. When she finds her boss’s dead body in his mansion, her life gets turned upside down. Her past and present suddenly collide and it seems that someone, probably the killer, is completely focused on her.
With so many walls around her personal life and her heart, Grace has never had a man she could trust. That all changes when her best friend sets her up on a blind date with Julius Arkwright, a successful yet utterly bored businessman. Sparks fly between the two, and despite being extremely careful, they manage to find common ground.
Once again, Krentz took us on an insanely exciting ride. The danger felt completely real, and Grace’s stalker seemed to be everywhere and nowhere at once. Add to that one dead rat, two thugs and a knife and you’ll get 320 pages of well-built suspense.
This is an author whose work I’ll never get tired of reading. Her books don’t necessarily stand out, but they are reliably good with clever plots and delightful romances. Highly recommended.
I usually tend to avoid novellas written by unfamiliar authors, but this time I made an exception simply because I liked the cover. My proble3.5 stars
I usually tend to avoid novellas written by unfamiliar authors, but this time I made an exception simply because I liked the cover. My problem with novellas is that they don't give me time to form any sort of emotional connection with the characters, but that was not the case with Served Hot. Annabeth Albert painted these characters very well and their emotions came through loud and clear - the grief, the insecurities and all the fear.
While not perfect, this e-novella is well-written and the characters are fairly memorable. It's a great choice for a slow afternoon read. ...more
I've seen and heard so much praise for this book, and I understand why. It's great for New Adult fans, with two severely damaged characters, some healI've seen and heard so much praise for this book, and I understand why. It's great for New Adult fans, with two severely damaged characters, some healthy voyeurism, plenty of one-on-one time and a pretty well-constructed story.
For me, however, it just didn't work. I've read some pretty great M/M New Adult lately (the best being Fever Pitch by Heidi Cullinan by far) and this simply pales in comparison. I thought it was too long and somewhat repetitive, the characters needed more work, the emotional moments didn't quite reach me, and in the end, it was all a bit too easy and a tiny bit unconvincing.
Also, I'm a one-person-one-person kinda gal, so the stories that start with one of the MCs sleeping with someone else (let alone a series of random people) rarely work for me. It's a personal issue. Those of you who aren't bothered by such things will probably like this one a lot more.
Definitely worth reading, but far from being what I'd hoped. ...more
In this day and age, very few topics are more important than intersex and/or transgender children. The world is changing right now and diverse books wIn this day and age, very few topics are more important than intersex and/or transgender children. The world is changing right now and diverse books will certainly help us reach a positive outcome. Aside from being a beautiful book, Alex as Well is also a step in the right direction. I can’t remember any other recent YA books about intersex teens, and we can’t deny the necessity.
Alex was born with intersex condition, anatomically both female and male. Her parents were advised to watch her carefully and make an informed decision about her gender later on, but in their wish to have a normal child, they decided to treat her as a boy from the start. This was, as it later turned out, a much premature decision that ultimately led to a bitter divorce and a lot of pain and insecurity for Alex.
Short blog entries written by Alex’s mom (and the accompanying comments) were inserted between the chapters and they were the only thing that truly bothered me about this book. As one of the most important characters, Alex’s mom needed more nuance, but instead I felt that she was almost cartoonishly selfish and mean. I really felt that some struggle on her part would have added significantly to the story.
On the other hand, I thought that Alex’s voice was poignant and occasionally funny. I really felt her pain, but I admired her bravery as well. She was portrayed as a truly extraordinary 15-year-old with a strong sense of self, even if said ‘self’ is actually two people in a single body.
Alex as well is a beautiful book; not free of flaws, but free of anything that couldn’t easily be forgiven. It’s a valuable book that raises awareness and increases sensitivity to those that are in any way different. I highly recommend it.
Having read this author before, I knew to expect a whole lot of angst from this novel, and I wasn't wrong. Heavy drama oozes from the pages and some vHaving read this author before, I knew to expect a whole lot of angst from this novel, and I wasn't wrong. Heavy drama oozes from the pages and some very difficult subjects are addressed with different levels of success.
Harper was just released from prison after serving ten years for something he didn't do. He was accused of commiting a hideous, unforgivable crime and the consequences are severe even after his release. Harper's life will never be what it once was, and the only thing he has is a very old house in desperate need of repairs.
Malachi's life hasn't been quite as hard, but it hasn't been easy either. At the beginning of this story, we find him more or less at his personal low. Things can hardly be any more humiliating, but Malachi is a fighter and he's constantly finding ways ti build up his life.
The romance between these two happens rather quickly, but I felt it was justified consiering both their circumstances. Their feelings for each other came through loud and clear, and their relationship was entirely believable.
The plot, however, needed much more work and planning. Harper's story was far-fetched and a serious suspension of disbelief was required in order for me to enjoy this story. Aside from poor planning, predictability was also a huge issue seeing as I guessed the villain almost at the very beginning.
What saved this book, however, and made it memorable, was Malachi's wonderful sense of humor. I must confess that I didn't expect so much great humor from Elsborg, but that boy had me laughing out loud on every other page. I found him and his view of the world quite endearing and I hope we'll get to see him again in this series.
All in all, Falling wasn't without its problems, but it's still a worthy begining to what promises to be an exciting series. Angst isn't really my thing, but Elsborg does it well. I'll certainly be reading her future releases. ...more
I expected more from these two authors, but the characters were underdeveloped, the romance just didn't work, and I didn't understand the attraction bI expected more from these two authors, but the characters were underdeveloped, the romance just didn't work, and I didn't understand the attraction between Christian and CJ at all. CJ had no empathy whatsoever and he kept behaving like a selfish brat. I couldn't understand why a 40-year-old man would be attracted to him, especially a deeply religious, (view spoiler)[virgin (hide spoiler)], who is also his professor and advisor.
I thought about DNF-ing halfway through and only finished reading because I'm so stubborn. ["br"]>["br"]>...more