Clara Dawson is in heaps of trouble and is being chased through New York City after seeing her boss murdered. In order to get away she attaches herselClara Dawson is in heaps of trouble and is being chased through New York City after seeing her boss murdered. In order to get away she attaches herself to an unknown man at a train station. Little does she know the man is Ted Harper, one of the richest men in the country. Convinced this woman is a swindler, Ted decides to help this apparent damsel in distress in order to get to the bottom of her plan. What follows is a good old fashioned train mystery/romance.
I always struggle rating books... I try to be sparing with my 5 star ratings, but I enjoyed this enough to say more than 4. Let's just say 4 1/2.
I amI always struggle rating books... I try to be sparing with my 5 star ratings, but I enjoyed this enough to say more than 4. Let's just say 4 1/2.
I am a fan of romance novels, I've never denied that. I am also a fan of shows like The Walking Dead. So a few months ago a wire crossed in my brain and I thought, "Why aren't there any post-apocalyptic romance novels?" Don't get me wrong, I can see where that kind of environment would make it hard for your average romance novel relationship blossom, but I still wanted to give it a go. When I saw this book at Barnes & Noble I jumped right on it. I'd read some of Zanetti's other books and enjoyed them, so I was hopeful that it wouldn't disappoint. (I had personal feelings about whether or not a romance novel could survive the apocalypse.)
Now, this is in no way a zombie apocalypse. Zanetti wanted our hero and heroine to have real and intelligent enemies. So instead, her virus did decimate 99% of the population, the rest it left changed; some hardly human anymore, and others more intelligent and less emotional than before with, in some cases, enhanced abilities. The story starts out with a CDC head hancho and former lab rat since the infection, Lynne Harmony, sets out to find Jax Mercury, one of the toughest men left alive to seek shelter from people looking to bring her back in for their own purposes. What follows is an action packed (and steamy) ride that will leave you waiting in earnest for the next novel releasing August 30, 2016.
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and I plan on getting it's sequel as soon as it comes out. I also really love that each chapter begins with a quote, often times by someone famous (Albert Einstein) and sometimes by her own novel's characters. I've always been a sucker for quotes. ...more
It is so hard to rate any Julia Quinn book. The thing is, I read it (three times now), I laughed, I cried, I got caught up in the characters (all of It is so hard to rate any Julia Quinn book. The thing is, I read it (three times now), I laughed, I cried, I got caught up in the characters (all of whom I always wish I knew personally), so my head is always screaming, FIVE STARS, FIVE STARS! The problem with that though is that it makes it hard to differentiate between the ones I can firmly say, 'I like this one, better than that one.' For that reason alone, I have to give this four stars, but because I am loathe to do it, I'll say 4.5 stars.
Daphne Bridgerton is the fourth in line of eight siblings, and the oldest of the girls. Having three older brothers has made he somewhat tomboyish and sure of herself. This has also however caused all the men of the ton to see Daphne as a great friend, not as a desirable woman. Since Daphne wants her own large family someday, this has started to vex her greatly, until Simon Basset (her brother's friend from school) returns to London and together they concoct a scheme that will improve her chances at finding a husband and keep marriage minded society mothers off his back.
Simon Basset, the new Duke of Hastings, doesn't want marriage in any way, shape, or form. He fully intends to let the dukedom fall out of the family upon his death. Upon returning to London though with the new title of 'Duke,' he finds himself barraged by the mothers of the ton's marriageable ladies. To save himself the hassle of the ton's ladies, and to make other men of the ton see Daphne in a new light, and let's face it, because he has so much fun in her presence, Simon enters into a false attachment with Daphne. She will save him from having to deal with so many of the ton's mothers harassing him everywhere he goes, and he will raise her status simply because if a Duke wants her, everyone else will follow suit.
What I love most about Julia Quinn's books is that more often than not the enemy or obstacle to overcome is some ghost of the past or internal thought process. I always find those struggles more fulfilling to read about than your standard "bad guy" obstacle. If you enjoy the historical romance genre, I've never met anyone who didn't fall in love with Julia Quinn's books....more
1) Julia Quinn is one of my top three go to romance authors 2) I love the Bridgertons
It felt verySo I have slightly mixed feelings here...
1) Julia Quinn is one of my top three go to romance authors 2) I love the Bridgertons
It felt very recycled
Knowing it was a "prequel" of sorts, I still wanted something fresh and new. I thought, "Ohh, new time period, maybe it will feel a bit different." It didn't. Other than mentioning a debut at court (but not actually getting more than Billie remembering it), you still had a head-strong spinster who defied convention to help her father with his lands and the "boy next door" who abhorred how she broke the mold yet everyone still loved her. Naturally the two grew up loving to needle each other.
All that being said, I did manage to finish it in a day and a half which is faster than anything else I've read in ages.
Also, with things being left as they were in the book... Please, please, please tell me that there will be a book in this series set in the Americas durring the Revolution. That would definitely be something that would feel a bit different but still have Mrs. Quinn's singular flare.
I am admittedly not generally into the Harlequin series books, but I keep giving them a shot, and I'm glad this time that I did.
Laney and Logan, chilI am admittedly not generally into the Harlequin series books, but I keep giving them a shot, and I'm glad this time that I did.
Laney and Logan, childhood friends, are thrust together when Logan runs into Laney as he is running from police and killers alike. After Logan explains that he is trying to clear his name Laney decides to help the childhood friend who helped her leave behind abusive parents. Together the have to face the past and decide whether or not to share a future.
I always love a second chance romance and while there wasn't really a "romance" when they were younger friends, it feels like the same genre of romance. There was just enough action in this title to not feel like, "here we go again" and the build up of romance was realistic and not over-the top (it is from the Love Inspired collection after all).
A note to those who usually avoid the religious romances, the "God talk" wasn't overwhelming either. It was like a, "Please God, keep Laney/Logan safe" now and then. ...more
As always, this is my favorite Bridgerton novel, possibly by favorite Julia Quinn novel.
Why? Well, it is a widow story, but not like all the others.As always, this is my favorite Bridgerton novel, possibly by favorite Julia Quinn novel.
Why? Well, it is a widow story, but not like all the others. Where most widow stories involve a widow that has been poorly treated or abused in some way, Francesca Bridgerton dearly loved her late husband and what's more Michael Stirling was her husband's cousin and best friend as well as hers.
The greatest obstacle of this book isn't some jilted would-be lover or angry would-be heir, it is the guilt of moving on by those left behind. It is a powerfully moving story of loss, love, and moving on after the loss of a great love. ...more
Again, it was not something I probably would have picked up if it hadn't been in the box, but it may have cI received this book with my July Lit-Cube.
Again, it was not something I probably would have picked up if it hadn't been in the box, but it may have caught my eye in the right circumstance. The story was okay, but the cover models don't look much like described, while that isn't a big deal, it was something I noticed. Something else I noticed: The amount of typos, missing words, duplicate paragraphs, was astounding.
All that aside, if you're into mermaids and romance novels, I'd recommend this book over some others....more
I was hesitant about reading this book. The truth is I just thought the first book in the series was "okay." I'm glad I picked it up though because thI was hesitant about reading this book. The truth is I just thought the first book in the series was "okay." I'm glad I picked it up though because this second book in the series was filled with a lot more character development, emotion, and a greater depth of story. I cared more about these characters and their fates.
Now I'm very much looking forward to the third book in the series. If momentum is any indication than it will be well worth the wait....more