I have no idea what is with me and books on romance and dogs but oh well! I picked this one up on a whim. I love Evanovich and am never disappointing...moreI have no idea what is with me and books on romance and dogs but oh well! I picked this one up on a whim. I love Evanovich and am never disappointing in any of her books even when I an skeptical about it.
In this book we meet Daisy, an over worked and underpaid and way to many jobs. I guess you could call her a workaholic. So right off the bat I am drawn to this gal, understanding the too many jobs and underpaid for all of them and not knowing how to say, "no!"
The story itself was fun and funny, very predictable as romances of the 90s go. Not that they are to much different then modern romances but it is the trend I have been seeing.
Now Steve at times bugged me, I did like him but he bugged me. Reasons are that 1, he seems fake. What guy really sees a girl and says, "I am going to make an honest woman out of her!" Okay he never said that but the end result is still what he wanted. To me this seems needy and a drama queen and I have a hard time seeing a HEA ending.
Another was that he would do things thinking that this will help make her mine! Anyone who goes and buys a dog, a car, or anything else along that line cause they think someone would like them more tends to bug the living daylights out of me, making them live a lie and trying to make someone fall for that lie. I think the worse part was that it was so obvious and Daisy never addressed it but she addressed something else that happened later.(less)
Anyone But You is about a woman who was more alone in a mirage then out and runs into a boy, or a young man and feels that she is just to old for him,...moreAnyone But You is about a woman who was more alone in a mirage then out and runs into a boy, or a young man and feels that she is just to old for him, but like any romance the boy feels other wise! And like every woman out there that found someone they want to be with more then their next chocolate bar -but knows better then that, the title drew me into this book. And I am glad it did for I feel that I found a gem of a book!
This is a great "coming of age" novel as well as an "age doesn't matter", a woman who has just hit the big 4-0 and is reminded almost every she turns that she is not as young as she once was and now has to start life over again with a new house, a new job, and her new lovable dog with no plans of ever falling in love again!
One of the many things I loved about this novel is that the author's use of a side character to help move the readers to thinking a bit deeper into her book. Charity, the fun loving friend helps with that by making a book and living with what people think of it and sadden when they miss the point of the story. I was already digging deep into the story on my own but Char help put me over the edge in love with this book by her thoughts on the matter!
I also loved Max (Alex's older brother), by the end I almost wished that Nina would fall for him. I know I did! True, Alex is a child at many points in the story and Max tries to help push him in the how to win her when even his own life isn't all that perfect! (I would LOVE for Jennifer Crusie to do a book based on him!) I feel like he knew Nina more then Alex did, well at points I thought Char knew Alex more then Nina too.
I love how the characters grow in the story and just, "this is the way I am so get over it!" but more, "I see where they are coming from and I want to fix this." Every person in this book had that moment not just the main cast.
A flaw I found in this book was that it dated itself, other then that it could be read as a modern book of the 21st century. Now normally I think that is okay but the problem was that it gave an end date but no start date so a joke would be lost. ie:(view spoiler)[when he pretends to be in collage and that he is very slow at it and could take a few years to graduate and he said he would not be done till 1999. (hide spoiler)] Yes, this book came out in the 90s, 1996 really so saying all that at the rate he is going would be really funny for someone who read this book then but not so much now and that made me sad.
Over all. I say if you are in love with someone, older or younger you would like this book! And since more and more women are going with younger men now, not sure why but I think it is great! I feel that this book will help with those feelings they might have. This is not the norm for most cultures I believe and definitely not in the states and NOT in the 90s! This book is a revolution to romance I feel. I know there are others out there like this but this one was done in the 90s and it had flair!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Even though I liked this book and the idea of an atheist professor who teaches about religion -mainly Christianity, I found myself drifting in and out...moreEven though I liked this book and the idea of an atheist professor who teaches about religion -mainly Christianity, I found myself drifting in and out of the story having to reread/listen to the book. Maybe if I read the book itself I wouldn't of drifted in and out so easy, but in audio I found it quite easy to do. *note: most books I do now a days tend to be in audio do to lack of time and to many books!*
I like that the hero ran all around only to go back to where his own nightmares started and in search for his daughter he finds himself, cliche but I still liked it. Another think I thought was kinda of a neat idea was using Paradise Lost as a way to move the story for clues and so forth making it like the Da Vinci Code in a small way.
One thing I didn't care for, and this maybe from zoning out, but there was a lady that shows up early in the book with a business deal and I don't remember him being paid for that deal or that she ever showed up again, through she is mentioned many times later. I have read some reviews saying that this book was "Scary" and others that it wasn't. I am Going to agree with the others, a little on the creepy side but I did not think with was scary at all and slept like a baby after I was done. (less)