Review: I'm a big fan of Kate Meader's other books so when I heard that she was writing for Entangled Brazen (of which I have enjoyed more than a fair few), I was really excited.
This book had a lot of what I love about the author's writing, namely the banter and the quips. Unfortunately it also suffered from one major flaw: I just didn't warm to the main characters. I don't know what it was but my heart just failed to connect with Hunter and Tess and wasn't invested in their backstories or their relationship, even though the "fake relationship" trope is usually right up my street. I also couldn't help but feel that both Hunter and Tess had far too much baggage to realistically go from hate to lust to love in one weekend. However, I liked what little we saw of Flynn and Brody and will therefore definitely be coming back to find out how they get their happy-ever-afters.
So, big fan of Kate Meader, moderate fan of this book but most importantly, looking forward to Brody/Emma's story....more
Review: This book was a really hard one to rate and review because it was a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand it was a real pag
Review: This book was a really hard one to rate and review because it was a bit of a conundrum. On the one hand it was a real page turner and I couldn't stop reading it but on the other hand it was obvious who the killer was before we'd even got halfway through ..... so why did it manage to keep my interest?!
Then there's the fact that I loved the main characters of Maggie/Nick but then most of the other characters were chauvinistic pigs that I wanted to slap.
I think this book is a product of its time. I mean the way that Nick was so confident that you couldn't go accusing a Catholic priest of abuse and murder and the fact that he was so sure a priest couldn't have done it .... well that's definitely a dated opinion given what has been in the news in recent years!
I would very much like to edit the whole thing to bring it up to date to get it wow-worthy for 2015....more
Positives: The second half of the book was where I really started to get into it and care about the characters getting their happy-ever-after.
Negatives: The first half dragged a bit and I could have done about learning about Nick and Maddie's past relationship a lot earlier on which would have helped explain their feelings about each other. ...more
Positives: I liked that the author turned the trope
ARC received from: Netgalley
Chemistry Rating: Low boil
Positives: I liked that the author turned the trope on its head by having the guy admit his feelings for the girl whilst the girl remains clueless. It's usually the other way round.
Negatives: Just like Mac had a hard time believing that Lexie's sudden realisation of feelings wasn't just because she was jealous, I also had a hard time believing that her feelings were real. The whole time frame from realisation to acceptance to declaration was just far too fast for it to feel real. ...more
Review: This book is a really hard one to review. On one hand it had relatively interesting characters and a good set up but on the other hand there was like this giant disconnect and I felt like I was missing half the picture.
Where was the ~connection~ that made Sara willing to hang around with a strange man? What was that game they were playing whilst the were drunk and how exactly did they end up married to each other? Why would Ethan convince Sara to move with him to LA and then keep her hidden from everyone? What were the purpose of James and Zoe? Why was James giving Ethan a good talking to one minute and the next Ethan was explaining the plan to hunt down Sara's ex-fiancé the next? How is that Sara and Ethan were proceeding with their platonic relationship and then the net minute they were in bed with no build-up? How exactly does an ex-fiancé go about planning a wedding with one woman and then substituting the bride at the last minute and then coincidentally run into the jilted bride and her new husband in a completely different city?
I feel like someone went through the book and ripped out half of every chapter. I finished this book feeling confused and bewildered. Was that a story I just read or a half-worked basic plot outline? ...more
One-Sentence Summary: Two members of the wedding party are forced together by a manipulative bride
Review: There are a number of things which didn't sit well with me in this book but the top two were Jamie's overbearing jackass parents and the way he went to commitment-phobe to proposing in a blink of an eye. Don't know how Dani could trust him with her heart again....more
One-Sentence Summary: Emily is just trying to adapt to a life on an island with a small child when
Chemistry Rating: Simmering
One-Sentence Summary: Emily is just trying to adapt to a life on an island with a small child when the perfect guy enters her life
Review: Sarah Morgan has wormed her way into my favourite 'must-read' authors list in the past year. After the perfection which was the "O'Neil Brothers" series I was so sure that nothing could possibly top that. Well, the first book in her new "Puffin Island" came darn close!
I just loved everything from Emily's vulnerability to Lizzie's cuteness (I know who would have thought you would hear me extolling the praises of a kid) to Ryan who made me feel all gooey inside to the secondary characters to the setting to the perfect pacing and writing.
I do have a question though: are we ever going to meet Ryan's other siblings and do they have issues over the fact that Rachel was clearly Ryan's favourite?!
I can't wait for Zach/Brittany's story next as I love a good reconciliation romance.
Review: Well, here's a warning to you all: there's a scene early on in the book will have every modern woman cringe and I am fairly certain that the moment that (view spoiler)[Viv strips off in the middle of her office in order to get Jarod to pay attention to her (minutes after meeting him for the first time) and take her seriously (ha!) so she can reform his playboys ways (the irony!) which will in turn get her a promotion (hide spoiler)] single-handedly erases the decades and decades of blood, sweat and tears that women everywhere have put into getting themselves taken seriously in a male dominated environment.
If you can get past that moment then the rest of the book plods along pretty much as expected. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more