When Amity Doncaster saves the life of Benedict Stanbridge, she unwittingly becomes the target of a deranged serial killer knoOtherwise Engaged 4 Stars
When Amity Doncaster saves the life of Benedict Stanbridge, she unwittingly becomes the target of a deranged serial killer known only as The Bridegroom. Narrowly escaping the madman’s clutches, Amity must join forces with Benedict to stop the killer’s reign of terror before he strikes closer to home...
Anyone expecting something innovative and original from JAK is bound to be disappointed as Otherwise Engaged follows the same formula as the majority of her historical romances written under the pseudonym Amanda Quick. That said, readers interested in a light and entertaining book with enchanting characters and a touch of suspense are in for a treat.
Reader’s familiar with Quick’s books, will rapidly recognize the characters. Amity is a well-educated, independent woman with a yen for world travel and Benedict is the sexy yet slighty bookish Alpha male on the trail of a Russian spy. While their chemistry isn’t exactly off the charts, it is subtle and engaging.
The serial killer plot is gripping with an action packed climax and a satisfying resolution. The secondary plot involving the Russian spy is, unfortunately, not as good and the book would have been better without the unnecessary complexity.
All in all, Quick demonstrates that predictability is not necessarily a bad thing in this delightful historical romance. ...more
As an innocent 16 year old, Lucy Sheridan was rescued from a wild party by Mason Fletcher, the older boy who always made her pulse beRiver Road 4 Stars
As an innocent 16 year old, Lucy Sheridan was rescued from a wild party by Mason Fletcher, the older boy who always made her pulse beat faster. Now, Lucy returns to Summer River and realizes not only that her attraction to Mason is still going strong, but there was more to the events of that night thirteen years ago. When the body of Summer River’s resident sociopath is discovered in the house of Lucy’s late aunt, she and Mason set out to discover the truth. But someone is just as determined to stop them at any cost …
A light read with likable characters and an engaging romance. Nevertheless, the suspense plot is rather predictable.
Lucy and Mason have great chemistry and the slow built up to their relationship makes it all the more satisfying when they do ultimately give in to their attraction. Mason has a mile wide overprotective streak and there are moments when he seems on the verge of jerk territory, but manages to avoid this pitfall by realizing that Lucy is strong, intelligent and quite capable of dealing with whatever comes along as evinced by the action packed finale.
The suspense and romance are well balanced yet the mystery is rather obvious and it is easy to guess the identity of the villain at one specific moment of the story when it becomes evident that it couldn’t be anyone else. The motive is a bit more complex and not all that plausible and there are one or two points that remain unexplained, but these do not detract from the overall effect.
All in all, a well written and entertaining read recommended for fans of JAKs books....more
Continuing where Double Cross left off, Justine Jones is preparing for her wedding to Mayor Otto Sanchez and trying to ignore the feelHead Rush 3 Stars
Continuing where Double Cross left off, Justine Jones is preparing for her wedding to Mayor Otto Sanchez and trying to ignore the feelings and clues that something is dreadfully wrong. Her friends and her fiancé appear to be keeping secrets and the city is under martial law due to rampaging sleepwalking cannibals and a rash of crimes that are eerily reminiscent of previous High Cap attacks. Adding to all this is Packard, now a fugitive wanted for murder, who insists that he is innocent despite Justine’s memories. Not knowing who to trust, least of all herself, can Justine unravel the mystery before it is too late?
Although the ending is ultimately satisfying, the journey toward the resolution is rather tedious and predictable.
Unlike the previous installments in which the Disillusionists and their activities are front and center, this book focuses on the mystery of Avery’s death. Unfortunately, as the reader is well aware of the guilty party, Justine’s bumbling about until the stumbles across the truth is both boring and annoying.
The romantic aspects are also problematic as Justine’s intimate moments with Otto are exceedingly icky given what we know about him. Thankfully, Justine comes to her senses sooner rather than later and her romance with Packard kicks into gear, which manages to compensate for the slimy Otto to a certain extent. Speaking of Packard, one cannot help feeling for the poor man - (view spoiler)[it is heartbreaking watching him hope that Justine will remember even a little about the day they spent together (hide spoiler)].
The second half of the book and the ending are better and Otto thankfully gets his just desserts. I would have been exceedingly irritated if he (view spoiler)[had been Disillusioned or redeemed (hide spoiler)]
All in all, a fun series although books #1 and #2 are better than #3. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Evan Trueblood calls on Jane for help when his wife and her best friend, Molly, disappears without a trace. It is soon revealed thatBlack Arts 4 Stars
Evan Trueblood calls on Jane for help when his wife and her best friend, Molly, disappears without a trace. It is soon revealed that something strange and untoward is going on when two of Katie’s ladies also vanish and a number of newly risen vampires die under mysterious circumstances. Add into the equation an attempt on Jane’s life and the appearance of a new rival to Leo’s control of the city of New Orleans and Jane has her hands full.
Series note: The plot of this installment is directly connected to events in book #2 Blood Cross. As such, it is highly recommended that the books be read in order for the specific backstory as well as the developments in the overall story arc since then.
Let’s begin with the problems … #1. Rick “the SOB” La Fleur. Can you tell that I despise him with every fiber of my being and it is incomprehensible to me that Jane would not only give him the time of day but actually grieve when he betrays her once again! When is she going to realize that Bruiser is a far more worthy option! *Sigh*
#2. Molly Everhart Trueblood - after her actions in the last couple of books, I find it difficult to care one way or the other that she is missing and whether or not she is found.
#3. The overtly religious elements in the story are inappropriate in this genre. If I were interested in inspirational literature I would read it. As it stands, I dislike having religion shoved down my throat.
Now on to the good stuff...
#1. Jane and her Beast are fantastic and there are one or two truly wonderful moments between them that set the stage for the future of their partnership. That said, it would be great if Jane occasionally tapped into her Skinwalker abilities and shifted into other creatures as she did in the first couple of books.
#2. A couple of scenes between Leo and Jane makes reading this book an absolute must! The first left me shaking my head in incredulity while the second put a huge smile on my face.
#3. Bruiser - enough said!
All in all, an intriguing addition to the series and it will be interesting to see where Hunter goes from here with the European Council of Vampires coming to New Orleans. Moreover, one can only hope that we have seen the back of Rick the Scumbag and that Jane will finally come to her senses and jump Bruiser’s bones. Hope springs eternal… ...more
Series note: This is book #27 in The Mighty Quinns series, but the first in a 4 book story arc. My usual preference iThe Mighty Quinns: Malcolm 4 Stars
Series note: This is book #27 in The Mighty Quinns series, but the first in a 4 book story arc. My usual preference is to read in order, however, this fit into a challenge so . . .
As the oldest son of Maxwell Quinn, a well respected adventure guide who went missing on Mount Everest, Malcolm Quinn has followed in his father’s footsteps. Now, 20 years later, Max Quinn’s body has been found bringing a slew of slathering reporters to Mal’s doorstep. Amy Engells is eager for an exclusive, but Mal has other ideas and offers her the adventure of a lifetime . . . will she risk everything she has always worked for and succumb to her heart’s desire?
A light, simple and sexy romance.
Mal and Amy are two sides of the same coin. Mal embraces the wild side of life with fearless intensity while Amy is more subdued and a bit of a klutz. Nevertheless, they are both struggling with the effects of their fathers’ influence on their lives, and help each other recognize that this has been holding them back professionally (Amy) and personally (Mal).
As a couple, Mal and Amy are cute and their chemistry sizzles. There is potential for the silly misunderstanding trope given Amy’s profession, but she is thankfully up front and honest with Mal from the get go, which means that the romance focuses on their emotional and physical connection rather than any angst.
All in all, this is a lovely and charming story and it has made me want to go back and start from the beginning. ...more
A fully fledged disillusionist who uses her health neurosis to force criminals to see the error of their ways, Justine Jones facesDouble Cross 3 Stars
A fully fledged disillusionist who uses her health neurosis to force criminals to see the error of their ways, Justine Jones faces an ethical dilemma when she begins to question both the efficacy and the effects of her actions. Equally problematic is the fact that she is torn between two men - Sterling Packard, the enigmatic leader of the disillusionists whose past misdeeds haunt him still, and Otto Sanchez, the powerful mayor of Midcity, whose philosophy of the “ends justify the means” may have disastrous consequences for Justine and those she cares for…
A good sequel despite some problematic elements.
The basic plot revolves around the investigation into a team of serial killers known as the Dorks, who are targeting High-caps. Nevertheless, this storyline takes a back seat to the developments in Justine’s relationships with Otto and Packard.
Otto and Justine's romance is definitely the worst aspect of the book. Not only is he a whiny douchebag, but his smarminess makes me decidedly itchy and uncomfortable. Moreover, the images of he and Justine together are shudder inducing even before the (view spoiler)[revelation that he is a murdering scumbag! The idea of Justine marrying him and having sex with him again is giving me the heebie jeebies! (hide spoiler)]
In contrast, Justine and Packard are amazing together and the shared dreams trope, which is a favorite of mine, only increases the intimacy of the incredible sexual tension and chemistry between them. Unfortunately, Justine is annoyingly obtuse when it comes to realizing Packard’s feelings for her. Yes, he is manipulative, but that doesn’t negate the fact that he is smitten and she is in denial both about her own emotions and his.
Now for the biggest issue with the book - the ending. Not only are there several shocking revelations and disturbing events, but the story ends with a cliffhanger that leaves the reader hanging. It is a good thing that the final installment is already available so that no waiting is necessary to find out what happens next. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Sebastian St. Cyr comes to the aid of his friend, anatomist Paul Gibson, who has discovered that his newly acquired “specimaWhere Shadows Dance 5 Stars
Sebastian St. Cyr comes to the aid of his friend, anatomist Paul Gibson, who has discovered that his newly acquired “speciman” is, in fact, a murder victim. As an employee of the Foreign Office, Alexander Ross’s death leads Sebastian to the upper echelons of the diplomatic corps with suspects from Turkey, Russia, Sweden, France and the United States. What would be important enough for these people to risk war in order to conceal?
The mystery returns once again to the political arena with numerous complex and crisscrossing clues that are difficult to follow at times, but ultimately lead to an exciting climax and a fairly cohesive resolution. Harris’s writing is immersive and her attention to historical detail draws the reader into the time period.
On the character front, it is Hero who grabs the reader’s attention. She is simply incredible - intelligent, witty and resilient. This woman can wield a pistol, a knife and a pot of scalding hot water like nobody's business. Do NOT get on her bad side :0)
Sebastian and Hero take their relationship to the next level and it is obvious that although they are more than compatible in the bedroom, there is still a long road ahead before they achieve the emotional attachment that is hinted at so subtly.
In sum, Where Shadows Dance is my favorite installment in the series so far and I am eager to find out what happens next with Sebastian, Hero and the rest of their friends and enemies. ...more