Midnight Crossroad was a light, quirky read that kept me fairly engaged and entertained throughout. I thought the book centered around Manfred BernardMidnight Crossroad was a light, quirky read that kept me fairly engaged and entertained throughout. I thought the book centered around Manfred Bernardo (whom I fondly remember from Harris's excellent Harper Connelly series), but the story actually contains multiple points-of-view. Midnight Crossroad is not heavy on the paranormal, which I do expect more of in the next book. It is a nice series introduction and a surprising mystery.
While I did find the book fast and entertaining, I was aBecky Bloomwood, I believe I've outgrown you.
(I'm going up to 4 stars, for sentiment's sake)
While I did find the book fast and entertaining, I was also really stressed this time around. I guess 30-something me did not find Becky's utterly ridiculous schemes as funny and believable as 20-something me. I did really enjoy Luke, though.
I may or may not continue on with my series reread, but if I do, it will be after a good, long break....more
As a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell's adult fiction, I was interested in reading her take on younger characters. I wasn't sure the subject would be for meAs a huge fan of Rainbow Rowell's adult fiction, I was interested in reading her take on younger characters. I wasn't sure the subject would be for me —at this point, I'm not into NA-age characters or the fanfic world —but I felt certain I would at least enjoy the writing. That is exactly what happened in my reading of Fangirl. I thought it was a good (not especially great or life-altering) story, and the writing was great.
-I really liked Cath's character growth -adored Levi -was frustrated by Cath's take on appropriation of her favorite author's series-in-progress, but appreciated her changing actions/opinions late in the story -Yes,I realize the title is Fangirl, and the MC writes fanfic, but I wound up skipping most of the passages from Carry On, as well as Cath's fanfic —I was more interested in Levi/Cath and Cath/her family than I was in Simon and Baz and it was frustrated to be pulled out of the story. -loved and appreciated Rowell's realistic portrayal of the college experience. These characters actually had homework!
Overall, I enjoyed Fangirl quite a lot. The audio narration was really good. I'm looking forward to more from Rowell....more
How to Knit a Love Song was okay, fine, but I didn't love it, or even enjoy it that much. Abigail was a decent heroine, didn't annoy me** 2.5 stars **
How to Knit a Love Song was okay, fine, but I didn't love it, or even enjoy it that much. Abigail was a decent heroine, didn't annoy me as much as other readers. I liked that she was obsessed with yarn and creating beautiful objects with great yarn. She was way impulsive and prone to falling all over the place. Cade, on the other hand....
I could not stand the man. He was rude, judgment, prone to jump to stupid conclusions, and not above using another woman to hurt Abigail. I did not get his appeal and I was not in board with the romance.
As for the narration: I've definitely heard worse, but I didn't think this narrator was a good fit for the story and characters....more
I dove into The Great Christmas Knit-Off because I've always loved Brit Lit, was in a rare holiday mood, but mostly because I am very into crochet—kniI dove into The Great Christmas Knit-Off because I've always loved Brit Lit, was in a rare holiday mood, but mostly because I am very into crochet—knitting's less attractive stepsister. And in those respects, the story met those desires. It was a cute book that focuses on friendship and finding a new life path when it is least expected and most needed.
I had fun reading the first half of Great Christmas. Sybs was an engaging MC at s give crossroad in her life, and I liked where the author was taking her. But then, I felt like there was too much filler. There were so many secondary characters, some I enjoyed, the rest just added too much unnecessary detail to the book. I wanted introspection from Sybs, and more investment in what was supposed to be a budding relationship with Ben. I also felt that several of the secondaries were more caricature, particularly her twin Sasha.
On the whole, The Great Christmas Knit-Off was a lighthearted, fun story. And while I had some issues, I think many readers will enjoy over the holiday season....more
Welp. Break Me Down may as well be subtitled "I Did the Prep Work Guys, You're Welcome" because this was a hot one. Every time I read a Loving On theWelp. Break Me Down may as well be subtitled "I Did the Prep Work Guys, You're Welcome" because this was a hot one. Every time I read a Loving On the Edge novel I know I'd better be prepared and this installment was no exception.
I don't remember much about Gibson and Samantha from earlier instalments in the series, other than Gib was an excellent brother to Kade (my fav), but wow, these two make a huge impression. The impression they made was not only with the sexual side to the relationship, but the emotional and the mentality that drove their sexualities. Yes, the framework to their relationship was started in prior novels, but the author did such a wonderful job of expanding and fully developing the issues that drive and shape Gib and Sam. Break Me Down is a shorter book, but it does not leave the reader feeling shortchanged.
When I think of and recommend erotic romance series, particularly those with BDSM, Loving on the Edge is the first I'd recommend. I highly recommend this book, but beware, you will feel the heat after reading Break Me Down....more
Scandal Takes the Stage has a lot to offer historical romance readers. I deeply appreciate that Eva Leigh has a series of heroines who** 3.5 stars **
Scandal Takes the Stage has a lot to offer historical romance readers. I deeply appreciate that Eva Leigh has a series of heroines who buck the traditional role of women in Regency-era England. Eva from Forever Your Earl runs a gossip publication, and now we have Maggie Delamere, a playwright. I like that switch-up. A lot.
And I liked Cam and Maggie, particularly together, even if I didn't quite get his characterization. Cam is heir to a Marquis. He is rich and handsome and a bit of rake, and he's very nice. Although he has everything going for him, has never had his heart broken, and is surrounded by happy marriages, Cam is certain he will never have love in his life. Why? I don't know. And we never really learn his reasoning, other than a few pity parties Cam indulges in, here and there. I thought we might get a good grip on this with Cam's longing to be a playwright himself —a non starter for a nobleman—but that plot thread was dropped after a brief time. Luckily, Cam gets over his surety and does fall in love, but like I said, I didn't quite get him.
Now Maggie... I think the author did a pretty great job with her. Honestly, I think her reasons for avoiding Cam, and romance, were much easier to explain and sympathize with. She had a great back story, making her snarky evasiveness, and desperation to succeed very easy to get behind. I have to say that Leigh gave these two great chemistry and when they finally get physical, it was delicious.
The plot of Scandal Takes the Stage held my interest, though I never felt overly compelled to read until the last 25% of the book. I don't know why I've struggled with this series. On paper, it is totally my wheelhouse, but in reality, I just like them. Maybe it's me, who knows. But, I did get enough bait in the form of Cam's cousin, a vicar, that if he gets a book, I'm totally down....more
The Wrong Bride was a cute, fast-paced story. I enjoyed it, but...the entire "wrong bride" bit could have actually been solved if Hugh McCallum actualThe Wrong Bride was a cute, fast-paced story. I enjoyed it, but...the entire "wrong bride" bit could have actually been solved if Hugh McCallum actually opened his ears and listened to what Riona *repeatedly* told him, which was he had the wrong bride. Lack of communication is a big, bookish pet peeve of mine. The real bride was actually her cousin, same name, same home, same room, which is what led to the wrong bride being stolen. I told you it was cute.
Though I wasn't overly wowed by The Wrong Bride, I think it has a good bit working for it. The author's use of Scots dialect and culture was great. I liked both Hugh and Riona, and thought their "courtship" was very endearing (particularly the tying of legs before bed). I really appreciated that despite this lifelong betrothal, there was an honest effort to make the marriage a true one. The secondary characters' stories were a nice touch, especially Maggie, Owen, and Brendan.
With a fun plot and a made-to-order perfectly tied ending for Hugh and Riona, I think many readers will find The Wrong Bride very enjoyable....more
I've meant to try a Kearsley book for a few years now. I didn't love Named of the Dragon. I did enjoy the setting, and that it had a distinctly GothicI've meant to try a Kearsley book for a few years now. I didn't love Named of the Dragon. I did enjoy the setting, and that it had a distinctly Gothic feel. I don't remember reading anything else based on Arthurian myth, which is a nice bonus. I think my problem is the way the myth blended with reality, which, in my opinion, was choppy. I don't know if it wasn't enough myth, or that what was used was too vague, but I didn't feel a strong sense of "rightness".
So, Named of the Dragon wasn't a win for me, I did enjoy Kearsley's voice and look forward to revisiting her work soon. ...more
"This is what I do. Provide a screen for men like you to project their fantasies on. It's not about the sex —if it were just about the sex you'd be ha"This is what I do. Provide a screen for men like you to project their fantasies on. It's not about the sex —if it were just about the sex you'd be happy with a quick wank. It's all about the fantasy, Ben, age you're paying me not to let the reality of myself intrude on that."
I really enjoyed Untouchable! I wasn't quite sure what I was getting in to when I began, but I did believe it had the potential to be a fascinating read. And it was, in my opinion. Untouchable provides a stark depiction of the life of high call escorts, who are paid hundreds of dollars/hour for their time and body. The book never tries to downplay the immorality or become judgmental, it's just...real and messy (ha?), and I liked that.
What Untouchable really is, though, is a thriller. When a fellow escort is murdered, with no trace of a killer, Stella/Grace reluctantly but resolutely decides to find justice for her friend. What ensues is a trail of corruption and shady dealings involving some of the most powerful players in government. And they don't take Grace's personal investigation too well. I thought the thriller aspect of the book was great.
I will point out that there were a few times I became really uncomfortable reading Untouchable. There were a few times the lines between paid sex and assault were crossed, but only in order to serve the story.
I did have some difficulty grasping the big mystery of Grace's past. The details are sparse throughout most of the book. I'm not sure the "equation" totally adds up, but it wasn't enough to completely lose me in the end.
Untouchable probably won't be the book for everyone, but for me, it was a very good read....more
Forever Your Earl was a good book. Eva Leigh is a really good writer. I liked that her heroine was a business owner and writer, with a** 3.5 stars **
Forever Your Earl was a good book. Eva Leigh is a really good writer. I liked that her heroine was a business owner and writer, with a strong sense of self and purpose. She was not ashamed of her slightly scandalous work. FYE tackled the struggles of women in Regency England, as well as class inequality, all without feeling heavy handed. As a man, Eleanor could get into any variety of trouble. She could go literally anywhere without fear. No one would question her presence or catcall her. She was free. Free of the burden of womanhood, where every shadow contained a threat and numerous doors were closed to her. Not tonight. Tonight, she could do whatever she wanted.
“Women apologize too much. Always begging someone’s forgiveness for the smallest trifles. You catch a cold and apologize for being ill. Take a breath, and it’s, ‘I’m so sorry for using your air.’ ” “Because we’re taught to,” she replied. “Men just take and take. Like they’re the world’s rude houseguests. You’re not going to eat that, are you? I’ll just spread my legs and arms out in the omnibus and take up every last inch of space. And we’re harridans and harpies if we point it out. I suppose no one has ever said the word no to you.”
At last, he tore his gaze away from her breasts and up to her. “The hell did you expect?” he demanded. “You show up in a dress like that and suppose I’ll stare deeply into your eyes?” “Ah, so it’s my responsibility to control your response?” She tsked. “How very sad, that you’re so weak of will, you require someone else to regulate your actions.”
“There haven’t been enough men in Parliament arguing for the welfare of veterans,” Eleanor said darkly. “Former soldiers see and endure such horrors. That changes a man. Yet they’re expected to return to civilian life as if waking from a dream, leaving all that behind them. An unfair demand.”
While I thought Forever Your Earl was a good book, for me, it lacked oomph. It was fine, but never a true page turner.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series, featuring a female playwright and a really naughty aristo....more
(I fell asleep and accidentally deleted my original review before saving it, so this is going to be short and sweet)
The Rebel Pirate was a great stor(I fell asleep and accidentally deleted my original review before saving it, so this is going to be short and sweet)
The Rebel Pirate was a great story. Sarah Ward's and James Sparhawk's story was loaded full of action and adventure, intrigue and betrayals; and a love story that was complicated by politics and duty, along with a wicked twist. Family plays a strong defining role in the book, be it Sarah's strong and loving family, or James's horrific background. Add all that to the fact the story is a sweeping historical fiction set during the days before the American Revolution, and you've pretty much turned my crank into high gear.
I loved how the author is able to weave history with fiction, combining what was with what might have been. I also liked that The Rebel Pirate was set before the first book in the series, Turncoat, so that a dangerous/manipulative/badass character was able to appear in Sarah and James's story. She's the thread —and the powder keg—in the series, and I hope to see her again.
I didn't love The Rebel Pirate quite as much as Turncoat, but that honestly was a tall order. The climax was a bit abrupt, though ultimately satisfying. Renegades of the Revolution is turning out to be a favorite Historical Fiction series. I cannot wait to dive back in....more