I normally run in the opposite direction when I read in a blurb that the hot love interest is a musician, usually a "rock star", as it just seems to tI normally run in the opposite direction when I read in a blurb that the hot love interest is a musician, usually a "rock star", as it just seems to translate to "narcissistic sweaty douche-bag" in my head. But having read this author before I knew that wouldn't be the case here. Richard actually writes incredibly sweet male characters, sassy-cool females, and hot (but not porno-gross) love scenes. (How's that for a sweeping summation of someone's work?).
This was no exception to those assumptions, though, I'm pleased to say, and I actually enjoyed the fact he was a singer/songwriter (and that Harper had no clue who he was!). The song he writes and sings for her becomes a pivotal part of the story.
The way the story is told is quite fun too. We sort of start in the middle at a tense moment, then circle back to the beginning and so all you can think while reading is - what's going to happen to lead us back to that opening scene?! Griping stuff!
As I've come to expect with this author, she knows how to write romance just the way I like it - sensual love scenes, sweet dialogue, and some heart-stopping moments that kept me flipping pages well into the night.
All in all, a really great read and a highly recommended contemporary romance series!
4 Stars ★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
Sidekick Returns follows former spoilt rich girl socialite turned wannabe superhero sidekick, Bremmy St James, as she stumbles admirably, if humouroSidekick Returns follows former spoilt rich girl socialite turned wannabe superhero sidekick, Bremmy St James, as she stumbles admirably, if humourously, through her new and dangerous life. That of noble crime-fighting badass - complete with mask and catsuit.
It had been a while since I'd read the first book in the series, Sidekick, so I was slightly fuzzy on the details going into this sequel; I just knew I'd enjoyed it. As soon as I went back to look at the phenomenal cover of book one, with its amazing "glum superhero" depiction, it brought a smile back to my face.
Heading into this book, it wasn't long before all the good things came crashing back to me. Firstly, there's Bremmy, of course. An irresistibly quirky, self-doubting and irreverent lead character. She is absolutely hilarious, and the best thing about the series for me. Her narration is nothing short of joyful. I'm sure I must have read the whole book smiling. In this respect, I'd say this series would be perfect for fans of Darynda Jones, Molly Harper and other such hilarious literary ladies.
Then, of course, there's super-hot, slightly nerdy journalist, Pierce, as the potential love interest. We were treated to some very interesting developments (not all good) in that department.
Also, there's the developing story arc from book one. You may recall, if you read book one and haven't read eleventy-nine million other books since then, like me, that Bremmy has a wheelchair-bound twin sister and a maniacally evil scientist father with far too much money and power for anyone's safety. Some clever twists and excellent writing has kept this area just as fresh and exciting as book one, if not more so.
And finally, there's Bremmy's mentor and inspiration, Dark Ryder. An actual superhero and everything Bremmy wishes she could be. While desperately trying to regain her attention, and point-blank refusing to believe she might be avoiding her on purpose, she stumbles upon something that's going to test her sidekick "skills" to the limit.
A thoroughly enjoyable read. Can't wait for more.
5 Stars ★★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review....more
I'd never read anything by this author before Queen of the Deep, but a quick read of some of her other book's What a thoroughly imaginative concept!
I'd never read anything by this author before Queen of the Deep, but a quick read of some of her other book's reviews informs me that worldbuilding is certainly not an area she struggles with. The brain that came up with this particular idea must have a few extra corners, nooks and crannies that normal brains don't have, that's for damn sure.
Not only does main character Jane travel to another realm, a realm not fully understood by even its own denizens, but the fantastic use of elements from our own world (though a few centuries out of date) mixed in with some wholly original elements, make for a truly unforgettable stage.
I tend to find that authors whose books show me something new and different, and those with the most expansive worldbuilding, stick in my mind the longest. But what's equally essential is good characterisation, and Queen of the Deep definitely has that. I was particularly pleased by the story arc of two of the secondary male characters, and that they both took me nicely by surprise!
Even though I mostly loved this book and certainly applaud the originality of it, some of it I just found plain odd, hence the 4 stars over 5. But I imagine people who like their fantasy books a bit "out there" à la Terry Pratchett, would absolutely lap it up.
Also, it's worth noting that although the YA vibe is strong on the cover, it's not a YA or even NA book, but adult contemporary fantasy (with a teensy splash of romance).
All in all, a memorable stand alone fantasy read I would definitely recommend.
4 Stars ★★★★ A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. ...more