Okay I liked the beginning with the kind of messed up heroine who needed to find herself, but the further I got into the book the less I was into it.Okay I liked the beginning with the kind of messed up heroine who needed to find herself, but the further I got into the book the less I was into it. One Hayden is supposed to be a love interest but while I can tell you a couple of his interests I've finished this book not really feeling like I know him. Two I didn't really feel like much was resolved at the end. It sort of read to me like the author was saying that her whole life was wrong and therefore everything in it must change and that's not really the sort of ending I was looking for. Outside of Gia most of the characters seemed a little under developed and I didn't feel like I knew them well when the book was over. It's an okay story, it's just not really my cup of tea....more
Wow there are a lot of damaged and dysfunctional people in this book. That said I adored it and found myself engrossed in the story from beginning toWow there are a lot of damaged and dysfunctional people in this book. That said I adored it and found myself engrossed in the story from beginning to end. The only thing I might have liked to see a bit more information on is the exact cause of the scar and the what exactly happened in detail while New York was occurring, which I'd explain but I'm trying not to give spoilers to those who haven't read the book. Anyway if you're keen on books with emotionally damaged leads and pretend relationships you'll love this one. Highly recommended....more
This wasn't exactly what I was expecting when I picked it up. It was listed on one of those Goodreads best of lists as a Fake Relationship story and IThis wasn't exactly what I was expecting when I picked it up. It was listed on one of those Goodreads best of lists as a Fake Relationship story and I've been in a mood for that sort of plot recently hunting for the next good one. Which this included a fake date, not so much a fake relationship. It was more of a unlikely friendship between two damaged people becoming more and even thought it wasn't what I was looking for, it was worth every second spent turning the pages and getting lost in this story. At first Hannah bothered me because I sort of felt that a rape victim would be a little more... shell shocked than she came across but as I continued to read I realized that she probably was a few years ago when it all went down. She's seen a therapist, removed herself from the situation and allowed a multiple years to pass before we actually meet her so I guess she's right in the place she should be after that experience. Okay that didn't sound right, nobody, not even a fictional somebody should have to face that experience and recover from it, what I'm trying to say is that after reading a bit I realized she's probably where she'd logically be in real life emotionally.
Once I realized that, understood that her harsh experiences weren't recent, the story started to flow a lot better for me and I really enjoyed being a part of the emotional roller coaster that is The Deal. To be honest it reminds more more of Beautiful Disaster than it does of a fake relationship story and I think fans of that book will also enjoy this one. Regardless it was a great read that I'd definitely recommend....more
A cute quick read that I definitely liked. The opening definitely created an original take on the well known fake relationship plot which set the scenA cute quick read that I definitely liked. The opening definitely created an original take on the well known fake relationship plot which set the scene for an amusing adventure...more
I liked this story, but not quite a much as the others in the series. Like most it has a lot of coincidences and unlikely scenarios, which didn't realI liked this story, but not quite a much as the others in the series. Like most it has a lot of coincidences and unlikely scenarios, which didn't really bother me in the first novel, but this novel also has a lot more slower periods than the other books. It definitely begins and ends with extremely exciting scenes, but part of the middle where you're going through the day to day of new life changes with the characters were in my opinion a little on the slow side which I didn't care for. Also Rob Carmicheal and Sarah Clarke-Townsend first appeared in the very beginning of the series, having been either mentioned or having appeared in most of the books I guess I was just expecting so much more from their characters and for their story. Also after Kiri's story and Cassie's story with just nonstop action and danger I'd sort of gotten used to this the excitement never stops pace in the series and while like I said it has some great opening and ending scenes there was a large section of the middle that wasn't so much a lot of action. Overall I liked the book, I just liked the previous books in the series a lot more. I would however recommend it to lovers of Regency romance that don't mind I guess suspending belief in favor of enjoying a good story. ...more
Like most of the plots in the Lost Lords series, I find them a bit unlikely to be plausible, however I didn't pick up a non-fiction research novel looLike most of the plots in the Lost Lords series, I find them a bit unlikely to be plausible, however I didn't pick up a non-fiction research novel looking to take notes, I picked up a Regency Romance looking for a good story. Like all the other books in this series Putney doesn't fail to deliver a great story which is a page turner from beginning to end. The characters are delightful, well developed and multi-layered and the plots though a little unlikely are exceptionally interesting. Definitely recommended....more
I'd say I don't normally read these types of books but looking back at my reading history this year clearly I read them a lot more than I realized. ThI'd say I don't normally read these types of books but looking back at my reading history this year clearly I read them a lot more than I realized. That's said I really enjoyed this story. No, there really aren't a ton of surprises because it's a story line that many contemporary romance readers both adults and teens are familiar with, but Harris definitely brings her own flair to that which I enjoyed.
For one the story offers not only a first person point of view, but a dual character first person point of view. Not only do we get to know what Aly is feeling and suffer through all of her agonies with her, but we get to know what Brandon is thinking and feeling which is an element I personally haven't seen done before with this plot line. Additionally not only does Harris manage to bring to life fully layered and recognizable main characters that I enjoyed spending time with, she managed to created layered and fully fleshed out secondary characters that I want to know more about. I thought this showed an impressive amount of talent because first person point of view often neglects the supporting characters in the story. This story didn't do that and there are a couple of characters in this book that were not only exceptionally fleshed out, but that I want to know more about and who I hope to one day read their stories.
I'll also admit that even though the fake relationship plot has been done numerous times in romance it always has been and probably always will be one of my favorite story lines and this story has been no exception to that. Definitely recommended....more
So I accidentally read these out of order, but in my defense I'm reading them from the bundle file and apparently I'd checked out the other covers theSo I accidentally read these out of order, but in my defense I'm reading them from the bundle file and apparently I'd checked out the other covers the last time I closed the file so it opened to the wrong book in the series and considering I spent a good portion of my day stranded on the side of the road I wasn't looking for much other than a distraction from a really bad day when I opened the file on my phone and started to read while I waited.
That said what I found was an enchanting adventure with spies traveling through dangerous France into England. I seriously enjoyed this story and finished after I got home because one you start reading this one you don't want to stop. The reason I'm not quite comfortable with giving it a perfect rating is that I'm not sure I find the characters and circumstances exactly believable for the time period. Besides the kick ass female spy (a character I adored even if I wasn't sure she could have existed in that time) the instant acceptance by her long lost family even though by the time she was returned to them she was by their standards thoroughly ruined and probably wouldn't have been accepted by polite society was kind of hard to find realistic. Additionally there's *SPOILER* eventual marriage between Cassie and Gray *End obvious spoiler* which I don't see actually happening since he's the heir to an earldom and her virginity was long gone before the two of them ever met. The story is from a time period where things like a woman's virginity matter and losing that before marriage could for a woman mean permanently losing her station in life. I doubt it would have mattered if he loved her or not, I can't see them realistically having married in that time period.
However if you can suspend belief of those things the story is really enchanting and a page turner from beginning to end. I'd definitely recommend it....more