This is my second time reading this novel but since I never marked it as read I wanted to reread to have a date of reading it. My biggest complaint is...moreThis is my second time reading this novel but since I never marked it as read I wanted to reread to have a date of reading it. My biggest complaint is that it's not long enough and I wanted more of these interesting characters Langlais has created in this series.(less)
In all fairness I was looking for something different when I picked up this title. I expected more of a romance and plot involved and this is more ero...moreIn all fairness I was looking for something different when I picked up this title. I expected more of a romance and plot involved and this is more erotica than anything else. I felt it relied too much on flashback and moved too quickly through any sort of scene that involved plot. I also didn't feel that some of the reactions were realistic. Literally like what 10 minutes after seeing the guy for the first time in eight years she's giving him a peep show and playing with herself while he watches? I can't see anyone realistically doing that unless they've taken a decidely different career choice than the one Lana is supposed to have taken. If you're looking for a story that's heavy in graphic sex scenes this is the book to read, the thing of it is when I picked up this book that wasn't what I was looking for and it didn't offer enough outside of sex scenes for me to really care for it.(less)
The story offered a little bit more insight into Ash, but is he anyone's favorite character in this series? He's certainly not mine and he just doesn'...moreThe story offered a little bit more insight into Ash, but is he anyone's favorite character in this series? He's certainly not mine and he just doesn't have the emotional breadth that Jared or Kami offer. He's too logical, too needy for approval and it's like he doesn't understand how to be human in my personal opinion.(less)
Beyond the outside narrator which created the same distance in the first short story, I think this story also tried to encompass too much time too qui...moreBeyond the outside narrator which created the same distance in the first short story, I think this story also tried to encompass too much time too quickly for me to connect with it.(less)
While it's interesting to see Jared from an outside perspective, it's not as good because it lacks the interaction between Kami and Jared that made me...moreWhile it's interesting to see Jared from an outside perspective, it's not as good because it lacks the interaction between Kami and Jared that made me love the Lynburn Legacy series so much. Because the narrator is distanced from Jared the story reads a bit distanced and I'm actually glad that I learned about the short stories in this series after I read the books because I don't think I would have been as excited about reading The Lynburn Legacy Trilogy if I had read the connected short stories first.(less)
I love these stories, they're funny with enjoyable characters that make me smile and are quick reads for me. The only thing I don't really like and th...moreI love these stories, they're funny with enjoyable characters that make me smile and are quick reads for me. The only thing I don't really like and this is true about a lot of romances is that you don't really get to see the characters fall in love, you see them lust for each other, get it on a few times and then they announce their undying love within days of meeting each other. Call me a cynic but I find this unrealistic. When an author creates such lush, and intriguing characters as Langlais does with each of those met in this series, it's especially disappointing that she doesn't allow the time to show what takes their relationship from a hot roll in the hay to true unabidding love. That's my main complaint about the stories is that the jump from lust to love is just too quick to be realistic, granted considering who and what the characters are it's going to be slightly unrealistic anyway but I think the realistic characteristics of the story should actually be realistic. (less)
On the positives I really liked the glimpse into Lucas this story offers as for the first time in the series he becomes more than Lorenzo's doppelgang...moreOn the positives I really liked the glimpse into Lucas this story offers as for the first time in the series he becomes more than Lorenzo's doppelganger, but this story changes the direction of the series in a number of ways, we're presented with another doppelganger in the form of Cat's surprise brother who looks just like the older brother Alessandra left behind in the past. What we don't see is Reyna other than in a short scene at the end which hints that something more is to come but she won't be a part of it and we also don't see any other fantasy style elements. There is no time travel, and there is a lot of emotional drama but I guess compared to the second book I found it a little lacking. Reyna's scene at the end was probably the best part and it left more questions than answers so this series better have another book coming or I'm going to be severely angry.
Additionally on the drama scale I'm torn between thinking there was too much going on to give it proper development, thinking it should have been longer to offer that development and wondering how we went from a fantasy series to a contemporary one. Somehow at the end of this Cat and Random, who don't know each other even exist at the beginning of the book, now have this close relationship and lets be honest that development wasn't shown. Their reaction to each other wasn't normal, yeah they have a crap mother, but a lot of us have crap biological parents, that doesn't mean that when some random sibling you've never met shows up out of the woodwork you instantly feel some sense of connection or become close. From experience I can tell you that bond that siblings feel having grown up together just isn't there when you meet a sibling that didn't grow up with you in your teens or later. You may see family resemblances but it's awkward because it's this stranger in front of you that may share some physical traits but is still a stranger and as a person that someone left behind as a child you don't instantly let people in because experience has taught you you'll only regret that in the end. It takes time and I guess proximity to develop any sort of bond if that develops at all because sometimes you learn it might have been better not to shake those missing siblings out of the family tree. While the reaction Cat had for her mother was somewhat realistic the bond with Random just wasn't, it wasn't developed enough to explain why these character would bond. You don't meet some random family member and instantly feel the sort of loyalty and closeness that comes from sharing the history that normal siblings do. Or maybe that's just me and I'm jaded from my own life experiences but I can tell you having experienced similar meetings minus the Hollywood aspect it sure didn't happen for me. Family is more than blood it's bonds established through shared experiences. Love and that sort of caring doesn't just randomly hit you because you've got some shared blood, it's something that develops again from shared experiences, proximity and I guess it's hard to explain but I hope my point is understood.
Also while I loved the glimpse into Lucas if you're going to present a doppelganger of Alessandra's brother I think both the brand new brother and Alessandra should have had points of views presented as well. This character is a relative stranger who's extremely underdeveloped in this story. Hailey, the supposed best friend, sort of seems like a background extra as well since she's hardly in any scenes. Unless your best friend is a long ways away for some reason they're involved in a lot of your life even as a teen and you don't keep massive secrets and heartaches from them. They are your best friend because they are the person you turn to when your world is falling apart and you need someone to listen or a shoulder to lean on or someone to just tell you you're not crazy and you're not going to fall apart even if they have to follow you around with superglue putting the pieces of you back together. That is what a best friend is and Cat really should have even been given a best friend if her only role is to make dresses and bring coffee, that's what most people call an assistant.
And again this story especially with it's ending still feels like people being placed like pieces on a chessboard for something and have offered no clues as to what. Normally what saves these stories is the time spent developing the characters and that just wasn't offered her, it was like watching one of those teen drama stories where all you really get is emotional trauma and reaction from multiple characters. Like Lucas, we learn that he had an older brother whose shoes he'd tried to fill since the brother died and that his Dad didn't see him and no time is really spent on that problem it just ties itself up in a neat bow at the end of the story. In the last book Austin has a father who neglects him and again it's just a couple of short scenes. I don't understand why Harris is stacking up this baggage for these character in passing but not taking the time to delve into that baggage in the same way that I don't understand the point of the fantasy aspects of her previous series works. Okay you've mentioned this so it must be important in someway but you never take the time to tell the readers why or see the characters work through it. Lucas is jealous of Lorenzo and for good reason because he is the guy's doppelganger but he never tells Cat, he just keeps it hidden. I don't see the point in creating the issues and the weird coincidences without both developing the issue and letting it play out and providing a reason the issue was presented in the first place.
This story in my opinion leaves you with more questions than answers and I sincerely hope there's more to come in the series if for no other reason than providing a why to the whole series plot. (less)
I liked this one better than the first, it definitely had drama and it felt I guess a little more intense but I guess I'm still searching for some gre...moreI liked this one better than the first, it definitely had drama and it felt I guess a little more intense but I guess I'm still searching for some greater reason for it all. Maybe I'm expecting something that's never going to come, but it just feels like the characters are sort of like pieces on a chess board being brought together for something bigger. Harris has present two tales of time travel, backward and forward, two doppelgangers, and one mysterious magical gypsy and created the sort of emotional bond to link the four characters together what she hasn't present yet was something beyond personal growth and emotional drama for these characters to face. While I like the series it doesn't completely make sense to me yet. I like the series for the characters because that's definitely a strength for Harris, creating strong well developed and emotional characters. I guess I just feel like what it's really missing is an enemy, a purpose. Why were these girls, this family chosen to meet and move back and forth in time? What makes these boys they're drawn to important because both stories read as if their love interests aren't random, but chosen. Magic gypsy who drop people in other time periods don't just show up when a girl needs a nudge toward personal growth,if that were the case we'd have all had our own little time travel jaunts and I think the why them and what for really needs to be present in this series and stands as it's biggest drawbacks.(less)
The story wasn't bad by any means, and is certainly filled with emotional turmoil, but I guess considering it was a time travel story I was expecting...moreThe story wasn't bad by any means, and is certainly filled with emotional turmoil, but I guess considering it was a time travel story I was expecting a little bit larger of a conflict for the heroine than romance and a potential unwanted arranged marriage. While Harris definitely brings the drama factor to this story, there's really nothing in the plot that NEEDS the time travel element she added in order to create the emotional scenes portrayed. I can't help but hope that this novel is somehow back story for something bigger in the future in this series because if it's not then I'm a little confused as to why the plot involve time travel. Usually if time travel is used in a story there's some reason, beyond how to embrace human relationships, as to why the character was sent there. And that's my biggest problem with this story is that even though I enjoyed it I couldn't really find the reason for it all. However I will say that I'm intrigued enough that I'll continue reading the series in hopes that reasons start to reveal themselves.(less)
This is the second time I've read this charming story and it's been teasing around my mind for weeks as I remembered bits of the plot but not the titl...moreThis is the second time I've read this charming story and it's been teasing around my mind for weeks as I remembered bits of the plot but not the title or author and kept searching and searching with each little bit I remember to learn what book it was that was tempting me to read but wouldn't reveal it's title in my memory. So happy to have rediscovered this hidden gem to enjoy again.
The delightful thing about this story is the way it combines both a regency romance with just an air of fairy tale, more specifically just a hint of Cinderella and the fairy godmother. But Quince isn't the Disney, make your life perfect sort of wish granter, instead when Charlotte, a proper but mousy daughter of society wishes to be the woman who her best friend's older brother Sebastian loves, she wakes up as his mistress living on the wrong side of the tracks with all of the male side of society celebrating her and all of the female shunning her. As she steps into shoes she, with her sheltered life, has no idea how to fill, you're presented with a humorous and delightful tale of true love and being very careful what you wish for.
My only disappointment really is that now that I've come back to the series I've notice that there's only one more book about the Marlowe family and I really was looking forward to spending a lot more time with them. :)(less)
Not really a review but I had to comment that my favorite part of this charming tale was the epilogue and the behavior of the Duke, if you can close t...moreNot really a review but I had to comment that my favorite part of this charming tale was the epilogue and the behavior of the Duke, if you can close this novel without a smile on your face I'd be shocked. :)(less)
I've said before in the reviews I've written on the 39 Clues Rapid Fire Series that I just don't feel Riley was prepared to add to this series before...moreI've said before in the reviews I've written on the 39 Clues Rapid Fire Series that I just don't feel Riley was prepared to add to this series before publishing these books. He doesn't follow the same I guess pre-established rules that have been created by the main authors of the series and he doesn't seem to fully understand the personalities pre-established for the characters by the other authors. While this story doesn't use pre-established characters because it takes place long before the clue hunt of the original characters just the description alone says it doesn't follow with the pre-established history of the family.
In the main series books it's established that basically only the Madrigal branch of the Cahill family know that the Vespers survived past Damien to go on to become this vast criminal organization, Rupert's a Lucian so the word Vesper shouldn't be included in a description. That said I'll admit that the only place Vesper was mention was in the description, not in the actual book.
But the whole set up just doesn't follow with the family history. This rescue had nothing to do with finding a clue and what's previously been established is that the older four branches of the Cahill clan could have cared less about each other so a Lucian, Tomas and Janus would not have teamed up to rescue an Ekat.
I read this series because it relates to the Cahill Family and on the off chance information provided in these stories will be mentioned in the core series I want to understand the back story if that occurs and after having read Rapid Fire I expect these discrepancies before going in to a Riley novel, the particular Riley novel I have to say was one of his worst. Normally my three star ratings are mostly to do with the discrepancies and Riley provides a decent story otherwise. The beginning of this story is like embarrassment gone wrong in a bad teen movie. The lead character has no real self awareness whatsoever and because of this seems to embarrass himself repeatedly which makes it uncomfortable for me as a reader to even read through. Basically the lead character is a spoiled little brat and it's hard to relate to him or find him likable. The story doesn't start to get good until the last maybe 20 pages and even then it just doesn't fit with the rest of the pre-established Cahill history. I was extremely disappointed with this story which is the main reason I've taken the time to share my thoughts. If you're looking for a good Cahill Family story, it's not to be found in this novella. (less)