I really enjoyed Money, Honey--the author's debut novel. In Money, Honey, we met Goose, the heroine of this novel.
I can't quite put my finger on why t...moreI really enjoyed Money, Honey--the author's debut novel. In Money, Honey, we met Goose, the heroine of this novel.
I can't quite put my finger on why this is "just ok" for me. I may not have been in the mood for flowery prose. Sey tends to use too many adjectives and over-describe/use too many adverbs. Sometimes the moment and characters just call for all those words. And sometimes run-ons can just get too annoying.
It wasn't just the prose, though. I could not connect with Goose, the heroine, who seemed a little too arbitrary and schizo.
I'd say if I was on a really long flight and there was nothing else to read, this would be fun. But if you have indie in-flight movies, watch that instead.(less)
Can you believe this is my first listen to Karen White? I have been saving this listen until I can savor, and it was definitely vacation-worthy.
While...moreCan you believe this is my first listen to Karen White? I have been saving this listen until I can savor, and it was definitely vacation-worthy.
While this installment in the US Atty series won't make it to my desert island, Julie James is on my (ever-shortening) auto-buy list. I'm a sucker for reunion/the-one-that-got-away stories, and this one delivers Kyle Rhodes and Rylann Pierce who come back together after missing their first date 9 years ago. Except this time Kyle is an ex-con, having served time behind bars as the Twitter terrorist, while Rylann is an Assistant US Attorney and works for the office that convicted Kyle.
Both are snarky, smart-ass, sarcastic and young upcoming professionals. There is no suspense element to this story, unlike the previous two in the series. Instead of some external threat (bad guys) that keeps them apart, it's Rylann's passion for the law, Kyle's previous record against it, and each of their internal convictions (Kyle was betrayed by his previous girlfriend) that each need to resolve. Once their characters get over the internal conflict, they see they're perfect for each other.
Karen White offers distinct true-to-character voices, and it was easy to get caught up in this story. Her timing is impeccable, especially with snarky lines like these characters have!(less)
This was a fun but ultimately forgettable read. I'm not a paranormal/urb fantasy fan. I read this because Linda Howard is a co-author. I also read that...moreThis was a fun but ultimately forgettable read. I'm not a paranormal/urb fantasy fan. I read this because Linda Howard is a co-author. I also read that Raintree series where she was one of the 3 authors. This book is on that level of entertainment. (less)
SOA Listening Challenge 2012, Track 4: Contemporary 1/4
This is a fun but forgettable listen: while you run, do dishes, drive, basically, while doing s...moreSOA Listening Challenge 2012, Track 4: Contemporary 1/4
This is a fun but forgettable listen: while you run, do dishes, drive, basically, while doing something else.
PLOT: FBI Agent Roman DeWinter goes undercover at a bed-and-breakfast inn on Orcas island to uncover a counterfeiting and smuggling ring. Suspicion is on the Inn's attractive upbeat owner, Charity Ford, who is heavily involved in all aspects of running the Inn.
It becomes quickly clear to Roman that Charity is not a suspect. He finds she is full of charity herself, and falls in love with her. He stays his Secret Agent self, however, even after confessing love to each other, in order to discover and trap the villains.
NARRATION: This is my first listen to Christian Rummel. He was great with the villains. He got threatening and fearful all at the same time. And when the villain is whining, he totally got the grating intonation down. For the hero Roman's voice, though, the narration was jarring. I kept hearing a smirk. Maybe Roman is supposed to be smirking all the time. It might have been meant to be sardonic, but man, it came across as smirking. (less)
SOA Listening Challenge 2012, Track 4: Historical 1/4
If you've read Julia Quinn before, you've probably heard of the Smythe-Smith ladies' musicale. Th...moreSOA Listening Challenge 2012, Track 4: Historical 1/4
If you've read Julia Quinn before, you've probably heard of the Smythe-Smith ladies' musicale. This novel goes behind the scenes of those infamous musicales, and features Lady Honoria Smythe-Smith (she of the violin).
The story itself is likeable and fun, there are no contrivances and annoying tropes. Honoria and Marcus Holroyd, Earl of Chatteris, have known each other since childhood. Marcus is the best friend of Honoria's brother Daniel. Before Daniel went into exile 3 years ago, he asked Marcus to look after Honoria.
The drama of Marcus' lonely childhood, Daniel's exile and resulting emotional abandonment of Honoria by her mother, could have turned into a sappy soap-opera. In the hands of Julia Quinn, we get a light romance with witty dialogue and likeable characters who have depth.
Rosalyn Landor's voice for Marcus was spot on. He is supposed to be shy and serious (but not stuffy). She especially does his internal dialogue (which is actually quite hilarious) well for his character, with just the right touch of being self-deprecating.
Landor's narration can be a little stiff (though I would not call it a monotone!). This can be jarring with the effervescent and sometimes flighty characters (eg some of the Smythe-Smiths).
I enjoyed Honoria and Marcus' journey as their relationship evolved from a deepening friendship to falling in love, and that came across well in the narration as well. (less)
SOA Listening Challenge 2012, Track 4: Contemporary 2/4
PLOT: 4 stars NARRATION: 4.5 stars
I was debating whether to add this listen to my SOA challenge....moreSOA Listening Challenge 2012, Track 4: Contemporary 2/4
PLOT: 4 stars NARRATION: 4.5 stars
I was debating whether to add this listen to my SOA challenge. I don't actually read or listen to that much Nora Roberts, but am an avowed devotee of Susan Ericksen's narrations of her In Death series. As I was going through my garage for books to post on PaperbackSwap (they swap audiobooks there, too), I found this CD and decided to listen.
And, boy, am I glad I did. I've still got lilting Irish accents in my head. The narrator for Three Fates, Bernadette Quigley, was new to me. She got that lyrical Irish dialogue and subtle nuances spot on. Her pacing and timing was great, too. How come I've never listened to her before?
It's almost sacrilege to me to rate an LMR 3-stars. I love her alpha heroes. Her heroines are almost uniformly too-good-to-be-true gorgeous on the out...moreIt's almost sacrilege to me to rate an LMR 3-stars. I love her alpha heroes. Her heroines are almost uniformly too-good-to-be-true gorgeous on the outside and even more beautiful inside. The conflicts are almost all external, a psychotic and/or sociopathic bad guy, sometimes a slightly-sympathetic sociopath bad-guy.
Nightfire features an alpha male (Mike) and too-good-to-be-true heroine (Chloe). Chloe is Harry's sister from Protectors#2, long-thought to have died at age 5. Chloe is reunited with her brother Harry in Nightfire. Mike is instantly smitten with her.
What makes Mike different from other LMR heroes is his (relatively) more prolonged internal conflict in getting to "this woman is mine. I must make her mine." A mistake leads to Mike being a suspect in a woman's beating the same day he meets Chloe. This incident leads Mike to think there's something broken in him, which led to his "industrial-level fucking" prior to meeting Chloe.
It takes Mike 6 months of penance and an attack on Chloe to finally make the moves on her. The rest of the story is resolving the external conflict that led to the attack on Chloe.
Mike's reasoning for not moving on Chloe is somewhat convoluted. Their friends observe that it would have been a disaster had they actually gotten romantically involved 6 months ago, and that now the timing is right. This sounded more like LMR/narrator's voice explaining rather than showing. It's this part of the plot development and character arc just didn't do it for me; hence only the 3-stars.
Other than that, you know what kind of ride you are in for with an LMR. And, yes, you get the hot sex-all-night scenes, overprotective hero, and lovely gentle heroine smoothing his killer edge. One also gets to revisit old couples and their (productive and reproductive) HEAs.(less)
the H/h are def insatiable. . . there is an elevator scene that is super hot, i am still fanning myself
Shawn and Rachel have known each other practica...morethe H/h are def insatiable. . . there is an elevator scene that is super hot, i am still fanning myself
Shawn and Rachel have known each other practically all their lives and are each other's bff's. Their families think they are perfect for each other, and as wealthy stalwarts of their community, think they should marry each other and have perfect little babies to carry on the dynasty.
Rachel is most resistant; her lifestyle and some choices are rejections of her family's money and legacy. Shawn would actually like to do what their families want, but more because he loves Rachel as both a friend and a lover. Rachel doesn't see it. She had a teenage crush on Shawn, but Shawn rejected her overtures.
A reunion with Rachel's first love spurs Shawn to make his move. Shawn and Rachel indulge their lust--this is def an erotic romance, people, not drama. Lust turns to love, and they live HEA with a tragic bump in the road.(less)
SOA Listening Challenge 2012, Track 4: Historical 2/4
This was my first listen to narrator Polly Lee. The narration is not bad, but not great either. S...moreSOA Listening Challenge 2012, Track 4: Historical 2/4
This was my first listen to narrator Polly Lee. The narration is not bad, but not great either. She's a bit . . . breathless. If that reading style annoys you, don't listen.
Plotwise, the hero Lord Sebastian and heroine Audrianna's first encounter at an inn is such a throwback to bodice rippers. Audrianna vows to clear her father's name and is at the inn to meet with some mystery man who might have information. Lord Sebastian seems intent on destroying Audrianna's family's honor. They meet, he grabs her, they grapple, and they share a passionate kiss. In walks the mystery man, a shot is fired, they are discovered in a compromising position.
The second half is actually quite reasonable. And the attachment they form for each other, despite the forced marriage, lets one see their HEA. It's sweet but seemingly disconnected with the first half. (less)
Mouth to Mouth is an interesting title. She's deaf; he doesn't communicate very well. But, boy, can they communicate with their mouths. and eyes. and...moreMouth to Mouth is an interesting title. She's deaf; he doesn't communicate very well. But, boy, can they communicate with their mouths. and eyes. and hands. and arms. .. and their whole bodies
i was in just the right mood for a read like this. hot but not overly gratuitous sex. untortured H/h. a little of internal and external conflict to keep things moving.
con artist is after her money but he's not life-threatening. the internal conflict felt true to the characters and gets resolved when con artist's arc meets H/h's. Hero Russ is a midwestern police detective who works fraud cases (note: not more violent forms like homicide), has custody of a rebellious tween brother, still dealing with own parents' death, not ready to settle down, a good guy, well-adjusted hottie who knows what he wants and his place in his life. meanwhile heroine Laurel is a relatively wealthy heiress, sheltered in part due to her deafness, but ready to break out of her shell, a good girl who wants some excitement but doesn't really know what she wants. she's a very happy beautiful inside/outside person.
if you're in the mood for a light hot read, without too much violent drama, grab this
It's no high literature. The crime/suspense is not gritty enough to hold you on the edge of your seat. The myster...moreIt's official. I am FATALly addicted.
It's no high literature. The crime/suspense is not gritty enough to hold you on the edge of your seat. The mystery is not a mind-bending puzzler. The heroine Samantha is no kick-ass fleshed-out Eve Dallas, and Nick is not quite as "real" as Roarke. But that is why these books are so entertaining! Nick is so good. I think of him as the thinking woman's perfect hero.
Nick is (of course) handsome and H.O.T. (lovely pecs), smart (he went to Harvard on academic scholarship), grew up poor and unloved but despite this is very well-adjusted. He also happens to be a flaming liberal (e.g. he has gay friends and, as a politician, advocates for the unempowered--poor, immigrants, women, children). When he figures out he wants Sam, he doesn't howl and act out fearing the loss of his "freedom." He recognizes Sam is the one for him, and sets out to convince her using words and seduction.
Sam: I've dragged you into a nightmare. Nick: I'm exactly where I want to be--where I've wanted to be since the night I met you. And, about halfway through the book: There's nothing you could tell me that would make not want to be with you. Nothing. I love you, Samantha. I've loved you from the first instant I ever saw you [...] so there's nothing, nothing at all, you could tell me that would change my mind about you or what I want from you.
Nick is so sure, so steady; he wants Sam. Forever. No conditions. And if it means he has to rearrange his life, those are details. "No buts. You're the key to everything. I knew that years ago when I first met you, and I know it even more now [..] You're what I need most. We'll figure out the rest."
And, by the way, Nick just happens to be a high-powered super-busy politician (and ends up becoming a U.S. Senator at the end of this book). Also, Samantha is a detective who ends up promoted to a Lt. in charge of the detective squad in Washington D.C.
The two had a one-night encounter 6 years ago, but due to misunderstandings, ended up not pursuing a relationship. They meet again when Nick discovers the Senator for whom Nick is Chief of Staff, and who also happens to be his best friend, murdered. Samantha is the detective in charge of the investigation.
Sparks fly. Nick realizes he still wants Sam, articulates his feelings, and they end up starting a relationship (despite the hot water Sam lands in by dating a witness/potential suspect) while solving the murder and facing threats to their own lives.
Sigh . . . what woman can resist a hunk of a man who just so plain wants her, needs her, who just plain loves everything about her. And, most importantly, articulates all that need to you. I'm tellin ya, he's the thinking woman's Roarke. He actually talks about FEELINGS . . . (less)
OMG, who shot JR? This series is fast turning into a soap opera. While still enormously entertaining, and Nick remains ever-more my version of a thinki...moreOMG, who shot JR? This series is fast turning into a soap opera. While still enormously entertaining, and Nick remains ever-more my version of a thinking woman's hero, I'm beginning to get annoyed by how melodramatic the turns and twists in the lives of our hero and heroine and their friends and families are. Like, Nick might become a U.S. President!?! Then of course there's the suspense part. There's not even a real mystery here, as most readers will probably figure out who shot who early on. But, Marie Force is not a force on Kindle for nothing. She spins a good yarn and entertains. It's like those daytime soaps and you can't unglue your eyes from the tube even though you have piles of laundry to fold or other work to do. You just have to find out who shot JR.(less)