I really liked the concept here, but the execution wasn't there. I honestly had no idea if she was going to end up with Sam or Nick and that botheredI really liked the concept here, but the execution wasn't there. I honestly had no idea if she was going to end up with Sam or Nick and that bothered me. In addition, the book was very action-focused and we spent so much time moving from event to event, we never got to have a quiet moment with any of the characters. Things got a bit convoluted at times as I tried to keep track of who was a bad guy and who wasn't.
There's something about Damschroder's work, though. This is the second book I've read by her and I feel she has a distinctive voice. It's like she just hasn't met the right story yet. She focuses so much on the action, she gives the emotional development the short end of the stick. I'd be interested in seeing her write a straight-up contemporary where the heroine's biggest problem is a persistent leak in her sink. ...more
3.5 stars, but that may be more personal preference than anything.
I wanted to read this because I was intrigued by the premise of two child sitcom sta3.5 stars, but that may be more personal preference than anything.
I wanted to read this because I was intrigued by the premise of two child sitcom stars being all grown-up and falling in love. However, this is not a famous person romance. There were very few mentions of being on the sitcom and no descriptions or flashbacks. There is one minor, very brief, encounter with a fan, but Abby spends most of the book talking about how she hated the life, how she never wants to go back, how she wants to never speak to her horrible stage mother again. I was initially sympathetic, but after awhile, it was like, 'I get it already!'
The plot is centered around the fact that Zach fell in love with Abby from the moment he laid eyes on her and Abby is too clueless to pick up on this. Walker does a great job of capturing unrequited love. I could feel Zach's pain at times and it was clearly that he was deeply devoted to Abby. However, everyone in his life has trouble with the fact that Abby hasn't noticed and I too began to be, like, 'How does she not see this? Is she really that self-involved?'
I did find it interesting that Zach's a tattoo artist, an occupation that's usually associated in romance novels with badass-ness and alpha-hood, but Zach is very passive when it comes to Abby. Zach has his moments of pure maleness during the steamy scenes, but he's usually content to let Abby dictate the terms of their relationship.
In short, I couldn't relate to either characters and I didn't get the plot I wanted. Honestly, this was probably more of a 2.5 book for me, but I gave it an extra star because aside from the typos in the ARC, it's generally well-written. It was just like getting oatmeal raisin when I wanted chocolate chip. ...more
A coworker talked me into going to the SmartBitches Sarah/Julie James signing and I'm glad I listened. The event was very enjoyable, with lots of humoA coworker talked me into going to the SmartBitches Sarah/Julie James signing and I'm glad I listened. The event was very enjoyable, with lots of humor, and James recognized me from past romance events, which is always cool. James said last night that she deliberately writes her books as stand-alones so that the reader can drop in at any point, and I was a little skeptical because authors always say that and it's not always true. However, after reading Love Irresistibly, I have to say that I agree. Past characters make appearances like Rayleen and Cameron, but I didn't need to know their stories in order to understand their roles in Irresistibly.
I also liked that the men in this book felt very real. Ford, in particular, sounded like a guy. In one scene, he's attempting to comfort the heroine, Brooke, about something, and he says such guy things, you're like really?. I found it easy to believe in these characters, like they could really be walking around Chicago somewhere.
Overall, this was a great book to read on a lazy Saturday. ...more
I'd heard mixed things about this book so I waited until I could get it from the library. However, once I started reading, I began cruising along andI'd heard mixed things about this book so I waited until I could get it from the library. However, once I started reading, I began cruising along and I really enjoyed it. Mainly because I liked the emotional connections between Eva and the various people in her life and the sex scenes were so hot, I started to feel uncomfortable reading this on my lunch hour.
However, Entwined with You will make absolutely no sense if you haven't read the preceding books. It picks up almost immediately after the events of Reflected in You and I was disoriented for a bit because it's been over six months since I read that book. In addition, I, personally speaking, was reminded several times of the Fifty Shades series as some of the things that occurred in Entwined with You echo what happened in the other series. Also, there is a ton of angst, drama and misunderstandings. Gideon and Eva still take the time to talk things out, showing understanding for each other's hang-ups, but the situations usually take just a few sentences to resolve after pages & pages of emotional crises.
Since this is no longer just a trilogy (at least two more coming) and more books in the Crossfire series are on the horizon, Day left some plot threads purposefully hanging. No true cliffhangers, but the fate of one character remains a mystery and that niggled at me a bit. I do think Day could have wrapped this up successfully in three books, but I'll still be picking up Captivated by You when it comes out. I'm invested now. ...more
I love shifter romances and I have a definite soft spot for stories that deviate from the normal wolves or cats. I especially enSnagged via Edelweiss.
I love shifter romances and I have a definite soft spot for stories that deviate from the normal wolves or cats. I especially enjoy heroes that have a quirky flaw or two. A werebear with an addiction for pastries definitely fits the bill. Howard's focus on strategy made him an interesting hero and I liked how he was determined to 'woo' Elsa. His celebrity crush on Elsa was also very cute.
There were some problems with this book, repetitiveness, for example. I'm not entirely sure as to why Sparks chose to feature two of Shanna's POVs since the book focused primarily on Howard and Elsa. It made things a bit jarring and the ending was a bit abrupt as well. On a whole, I thought Wild About You worked pretty well.
Still, I thought this worked as a decent introduction for anyone who wanted to try one of Sparks's books and didn't want to start at the beginning. Pretty much every past hero and heroine ever makes an appearance in Wild About You, but they are either background or explained.
If you are a fan of Dana Marie Bell's Bear Necessities, you would enjoy Wild About You....more
F-k me. I don't know how to rate this one. I snagged an E-ARC from Edelweiss, dropped everything else I was reading, and dived into it. The date on thF-k me. I don't know how to rate this one. I snagged an E-ARC from Edelweiss, dropped everything else I was reading, and dived into it. The date on the ARC file is July so it's entirely possible the book has been modified by now. I hope the book has been modified. I had to read the very first sentence about three times before I realized the word "was" should have been swapped with "meant" or "represented." There was a lot of that type of awkward phrasing in the ARC, lines that tripped me up and yanked me out of the story.
As for the story itself, well, *sigh* Part of what I loved about Laid Bare was watching them all fall in love. In Tart, (view spoiler)[we learn early on that Cal is bisexual and a serial monogamist, committing to both men and women. Dane has Gideon reflect about his time in the "big city," where he has his first experience with a man. So it's clear right away that the men are going to be open-minded about the eventual triad. Gideon and Jules start dating, and, via a textual time jump (i.e. one month later), they're in love. Cal starts to get panicky about losing Jules from his life so he puts the moves on her. She goes to Gideon to be like 'So this just happened,' Cal tags along, and Gideon kinda shrugs & goes 'Eh, I'm okay with it.' There are the beginning growing pains and then, with another textual time jump, everybody's in love! They're moving in together! They go on dates, group & m/f! Before you know it, the relationship itself fades to the background as the book focuses on family drama. I felt cheated, like Dane skipped over the best parts.
In addition, a lot of time is spent on Gillian's wedding to Aidan. It's like the main event that propels the whole book because Jules is the maid of honor & baking the cake. While Never Enough was my favorite Brown Siblings book, Gillian and Aidan weren't why I picked up Tart. Erin was also heavily featured as she dispenses wisdom and advice for Jules about her new triad. However, Ben and Todd don't have a similar scene with Gideon and Cal. It was like a cop-out. (hide spoiler)]
In a nutshell, go into this expecting more of an erotica than a contemporary romance. Gideon, Cal, and Jules are a true triad so there are m/m, m/m/f, and m/f sex scenes and those scenes, in my opinion, were what saved the book. Unlike Laid Bare, there are no bondage or d/s elements. You don't need to read "Sway," the novella (published in the Cherished anthology) that's marked as the series opener, because Daisy's barely in this. However, since the Browns are heavily featured, I recommend you read Laid Bare and, more importantly, Never Enough. ...more
Went to my public library today to use their wi-fi, and I made it a point to buy this bk plus the next one in the serieA Hurricane Sandy Reads review.
Went to my public library today to use their wi-fi, and I made it a point to buy this bk plus the next one in the series. Haven actually stands alone fairly well. There are a few minor typos, but it's like Arend distilled the story down to its essence and gave us that. It's only about 174 pages, but I'm at a loss to suggest where anything could be added. It's pretty complete albeit compact. The sex scenes are hot hot hot, although fairly tame, the perfect thing to distract a body from how freaking cold it is with no electricity or heat. ...more
I must confess that I bought this because I mistakenly thought it was the sequel to Carolina Home by Virginia Kantra. Sea Glass Winter is, in fact, anI must confess that I bought this because I mistakenly thought it was the sequel to Carolina Home by Virginia Kantra. Sea Glass Winter is, in fact, an entirely separate series, set in an entirely different part of the country, and written by an entirely different author.
It took me longer than I'd care to admit to pick up on this.
However, despite not having read any of Ross's previous Shelter Bay books, I enjoyed this one. I'm home sick today and this was the perfect book to be read while you are lying miserable in bed. It also had some of my favorite romance elements: glass-blowing artist heroine, sports-involved hero, and budding romance between two teenage supporting characters. And cute lil' doggies.
Not having read the previous books didn't hamper me in anyway and I'd be open to going back at some point to read some of the older titles in the series. I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for the next book. For real, this time. ...more
The acquisitions librarian is basically standing over my shoulder, waiting for me to hand it over before she leaves for the Thanksgiving break. So I sThe acquisitions librarian is basically standing over my shoulder, waiting for me to hand it over before she leaves for the Thanksgiving break. So I shall type quickly, yeah?
I don't know what's in the water over at Berkley these days, but The Seduction of Elliot McBride features yet another main character with PTSD, specifically, the aforementioned Elliot McBride. While I sighed a bit at that, I still eagerly read on, especially because the book opens with Elliot being head over heels for the heroine, Juliana. I adore books where the hero's a goner and has to coax the heroine around to his way of thinking.
However, the book was really more about Elliot and his PTSD than the relationship between him and Juliana. I liked that Juliana wasn't the saintly 'I'll shall accept you however you are' type (that was reserved for Elliot's manservant). She didn't like the fact Elliot had PTSD because of the impact it had on their relationship and what he had to endure in order to get it. She was determined to 'fix' him. I also liked that the other characters in the book reacted to the PTSD as appropriate for the time. Post-traumatic stress disorder wasn't officially recognized until 1980 so it makes perfect sense that Scots in 1884 would be kinda O.o at Elliot's behavior.
By the end, though, Ashley lost me. I think this is akin to a doctor reading a medical category and being, like, 'No. Just no.' I have PTSD so I knew quite well when the Fictional Magic Pixies arrived to help smooth things out. I did enjoy this, but, overall, I felt it lacked the wonder and pop of the first three books.
I'll say this, though, Ashley writes killer first chapters. The beginning of Seduction really pulled the reader in and the excerpt for The Wicked Deeds of Daniel Mackenzie was fabulous. ...more
I wouldn't have pegged Black Moon as the book that ended my 'great reads' streak.
If you haven't read the other books in the Alpha Pack series, do NOTI wouldn't have pegged Black Moon as the book that ended my 'great reads' streak.
If you haven't read the other books in the Alpha Pack series, do NOT bother with this one. There's very little character introduction or world explanations. Since Mac's and Kalen's relationship actually began in a previous book (which one I don't remember), there's also barely any relationship development. The whole book basically revolves around Kalen and Malik, with Mac kinda wedged in there for the sex scenes or to slap bandages on someone. (view spoiler)[The Pack even took down the "last" research facility and rescued another team member, but it was completely and totally anticlimactic. It was like "Hey, it's the guy! Let's rescue him!," then things suddenly blow up, Kalen briefly goes berserk, and then we're back at headquarters. (hide spoiler)]
Black Moon read like Tyler felt the need to wrap up every single loose end, just in case she didn't get a contract for book 4. I can't help but compare this to Eileen Wilks's Blood Lines, which did a very similar plot-line much better. I do want to read the next book, Hunter's Heart, because I'm hoping it will kind of reset the series....more
Snagged from Edelweiss after some shameless namedropping. One does what one must.
So let's just get it out of the way, huh? Reflected in You is not asSnagged from Edelweiss after some shameless namedropping. One does what one must.
So let's just get it out of the way, huh? Reflected in You is not as good as Bared to You.
Reflected picks up almost immediately after Bared ends. However, it focuses very narrowly on their possessiveness and jealousy for each other. We do find out more about the sexual abuse Gideon suffered and one of Eva's major issues is resolved. However, Carey still remains the same, despite going through a traumatic event in Reflected.
Part of what I loved about Bared to You was Gideon's and Eva's honesty with each other. They know they're messed up and they're willing to face their demons in order to be with each other. That honesty is lacking in Reflected and they make very little forward progress. There's very much an element of sameness through the book. It'll be interesting to see where Day takes them in the third book (if this still remains a trilogy) because I feel like there's a lot to be resolved before Gideon and Eva can move into the future.
It's still a good read, though. I've been running around trying to get ready for a vacation I'm leaving on tomorrow, but I spent a solid two hours reading Reflected in You straight through. I wanted to know what was going to happen for Gideon and Eva, I was rooting for these characters. Reading Reflected won't be a waste of your time, but I'd say library it instead of buy. ...more