Lovely cookbook for anyone interested in baking. Incredible recipes plus a ton of helpful hints, explanations and information on different types of teLovely cookbook for anyone interested in baking. Incredible recipes plus a ton of helpful hints, explanations and information on different types of techniques and desserts. ...more
Oh yeah. I am always up for a little romantic suspense. Throw in a second chance at love, militaPrettied up review at herding cats & burning soup.
Oh yeah. I am always up for a little romantic suspense. Throw in a second chance at love, military men and some sweet letters exchanged while he was deployed years earlier? And I'm in heaven! Bound by Danger was quite the ride as Maria's life is thrown into serious danger after overhearing a terrorist plot and becoming the only survivor of one of their bombings. The it's thrown into even more emotional turmoil when the man who comes in to keep her safe is none other than Cade. The man she loved years ago and who had vanished from her life without a word. Gah!
Okay so I had some quibbles with the suspense aspect of the book. There were some things that hit some of my hot buttons but might not bother others. I typically prefer a more balance rom-suspense and this one leaned heavier towards suspense and from the start you pretty much know the whos and whats and whys of the bad guy. So it was a little anticlimatic even with some decent action. It made it drag for me a bit here and there. I also didn't love that the terrorists were almost made out in a way to garner sympathy towards them and I just really didn't care for that.
So I had some issues on the suspense side. But the Romance side. Oh man. I loved it! It was so working for me. That these two had some history with the beginnings of a romance years earlier then the two started exchanging letters--that were so perfect and sweet--while he was deployed overseas. And that crashed when tragedy struck--stealing someone they both loved--and Cade mucked it all up by turning tail and running. Just made for a fab romance.
It was pretty entertaining watching them deal with all that. Edging around his abandonment and what they still meant to each other after all this time. There was some oh-so-very-nice chemistry happening and a little bit of sheet time that while it wasn't too hot and heavy was working too.
I seriously loved that their letters back and forth were included. There is just something so powerful about written letters. I really looked forward to the ends of chapters when they were included and, okay, I may have skipped ahead sometimes to read just the letters and then gone back for the story. I am a total sucker for "real" letters like that.
I really liked both of them as well. Cade's all yummy alpha male and sexy as all get out. Capable, sweet, rocking some decent moves. Works for me! And Maria was a strong heroine that only on occasion had a tstl moment. I did appreciate that when she had those moments she usually got called out and realized oh hell that was really stupid. lol But other than that I liked her and the fire in her. Two two really paired off nicely. There was a little bit of humor thrown in which tickled me :)
All in all Bound to Danger was a nice read. While I wasn't completely won over by the suspense side of things the bits and pieces that did work for me way outweighed my quibbles and left me still wanting to go back and check out the first book in the series. So, not bad...more
Disappointing to say it but DNFing this one for now at 50%. It had potential but just nothing about it is working for me other than the hot cover. YouDisappointing to say it but DNFing this one for now at 50%. It had potential but just nothing about it is working for me other than the hot cover. You definitely need to read the other book in the series--even though it's not labeled as a series here--before this one. There's too much carry over from book one's suspense that it just made my eyes glaze trying to figure it out. It was like coming in to something mid-conversation and trying to play massive catch up but really not caring because you're so far behind in what's happened.
The romance side I thought I would love. But again potential but not grabbing me. Older hero-younger heroine who have been eyeing each other. She's ready to make him "see" her so propositions him to just a sexual relationship no strings. But then...she makes strings and gets all bratty when he has to change plans because of work. Or doesn't call her first thing in the morning to make plans because, you know, he's actually working and it's kind of life or death. And then he apologizes for taking her for granted and not calling first thing. Are friends with bennies really able to take each other for granted? Because at this point they've slept together once and had a grope in a parking lot. And the sex scene wasn't all that fab. Dirty talking attempt that fell short.
Maybe it's just my mood today or frustrations over the suspense side but the chick crossed over from bold assertive woman who knew what she was agreeing to to childish brat way too quick. Yeah. She wouldn't even let him make plans with her when she confronted him but told him he better text her and make plans within the hour. They'd see if he could actually follow through with that this time. Thus proving he didn't take her for granted. Gripes. No thanks. Can't do another 150 pages of that. ...more
Well that was just a fabulous read! I just have one question...will Montgomery have a book?! Because omg I seriously love him and his manipulative selWell that was just a fabulous read! I just have one question...will Montgomery have a book?! Because omg I seriously love him and his manipulative self.
Full review to come but...it was a pretty enjoyable Christmas read. I had a good bit of trouble getting into it at the start with trying to figure outFull review to come but...it was a pretty enjoyable Christmas read. I had a good bit of trouble getting into it at the start with trying to figure out who everyone was and with the authors writing style but by the mid-point I was settled in and really enjoyed the read, the characters and the holiday spirit. ...more
I really, really wanted to love Sea Panther. Like really wanted to. It has so many of my favorite things-Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.
I really, really wanted to love Sea Panther. Like really wanted to. It has so many of my favorite things--kitty shifters, vampires, tortured hero, heroine on the run, neat location--most takes part on a ship--and I enjoyed it quite a bit at first but the more and more I got into the story the more it fell apart for me and in the end I just wasn't wowed at all despite a couple things that did work for me.
The quick of it!
Kimberly's ex set her up to take the fall in a financial disaster and one of her clients has supposedly put a hit out on her so she needs to get away and spots a help wanted ad for a sailboat in need of a new crew member that's headed South. So she joins them and their Captain--who is a vampire shifter searching for a cure for his disease--as they journey South and try to escape those out to get her.
What Worked for Me!
The Characters-- They were pleasant. Kimberly needing to flee after her life turned to hell and a hit man was sent after her. Robert being her protector and struggling with his inner "monsters" aka his vamp and shifter self though that did get old after a while. And the crew were charming as well as they joked and teased and were there for each other.
The setting--Most of the book was spent with Robert and Kimberly--and the other crew members--sailing down the east coast to their next destination. I enjoyed that. I haven't read too many with boat scenes to this extent.
The concept--I love the vampire/shifter combo in the hero and his sister and the battle between the three halves.
What Didn't Work for Me
Pretty much everything else.
The villain--It was so obvious and not all that inspired. Nor was the hitman he'd hired who just happened to be everywhere they landed-- even secluded secret alcoves--along their journey with no explanation how but was too inept to actually pull off the hit. There was also a secondary villain unrelated to Kimberly's issue that magically appeared places as well. It really didn't add anything to the storyline and never went anywhere other than to add a couple attacks for drama but the root of it was never explained really or dealt with.
Self loathing--Robert hates the beasts within him. He's been a vampire shifter for like 300 years and still hates himself and what he is. And I couldn't really figure out...why. He's so afraid of the beasts but they save Kimberly again and again and no real negatives were shown. It got old. She accepted his inner beasts would have been nice of him to as well.
Time Travel--At one point they decide to cure him they need to go back in time to when he was cursed and prevent it. Okay. That's fine. But then it just wasn't thought out. He comes back to his regular life in the present as a mortal instead of an immortal and everything is still the same. His contacts, his property, his wealth. But really if he never turned immortal--which was prevented--he wouldn't have any of that when he time jumped back to present day. It was just frustrating
Editing--There were some editing blips and things that consistency-wise just didn't work and needed to be tightened up or explained better to make work. This included transitions. Some would jump to a later time to gloss over some action which was jarring and had me scratching my head to figure out what happened when it was finally explained later on. It took me out of the story when that happened.
It dragged then went too fast?--I had to really force myself to not skim starting at the 70% mark. It just dragged then things went warped speed and wrapped up all "tidy" before I knew what happened.
Too much telling but not showing--These two fall in love...and I couldn't figure out why. It happened quick but there wasn't really anything that led up to it. They just all the sudden are in love. And that didn't work for me. I need to see that spark and magic happening.
So really while Sea Panther had so much potential it was just not a hit for me. It wasn't developed enough storyline wise and too often took the easy way out of things without the rich world building or scenes to make them actually happen--ex like the hit men after her magically appearing everywhere they stopped. That needed explanation in my opinion other than they were just that good. If you can just go with the flow and don't care about major details being glossed over to get to the end result it may work for you. It's gotten stellar ratings on Amazon and Goodreads so far...other than me. I won't be continuing on with the series. ...more