As much as I love Cherry Adair's earlier T-Flac books and writing overall, I struggle with her PNR ones. This was a reread attempt sinc**DNF at 52%.**
As much as I love Cherry Adair's earlier T-Flac books and writing overall, I struggle with her PNR ones. This was a reread attempt since I had read it when it first came out back when Adair was still on insta-buy for me. I really miss the days when she wrote straight-up romantic suspense. This isn't a completely bad book though (and please don't base your opinion on whether to buy/read it on my views). At times I enjoyed it well enough, but… then some woo-woo stuff would happen (invisibility, teleporting, bad guys disintegrating into black powder, etc) that made me want to throw the book at the wall. My ability to suspend disbelief is not very good so I think it's best I walk away from this book now before it gets any worse for me....more
• Liked • Adair did an awesome job fleshing the characters and world out. I loved Jack! Charming, witty, strong, capable, funny and realistic. Even tho• Liked • Adair did an awesome job fleshing the characters and world out. I loved Jack! Charming, witty, strong, capable, funny and realistic. Even though Sara was a hypocrite… I’d still hang out with her. She has good fashion sense, and she can be funny when she wants to be. We wouldn’t be BFF’s or anything, but she’s okay.
As for the environment, it felt like I was there. I could feel the humidity of the jungle, smell the earthy smells that Adair was describing, etc. It pulled me in and made it seem like instead of reading, I was experiencing right alongside the people. Not many authors can do that for me, I mostly stay detached from what I read.
• Didn't like • I could have done without a lot of the woo-woo magic stuff personally. But then, I guess, it couldn’t really be called a paranormal romance in that case. Honestly, I bought the book because I was familiar with Adairs early works, and didn’t bother reading the back blurb. It was good, don’t get me wrong… but I prefer books that have some semblance of realism in them. Also, the overuse of acronyms seriously got on my nerves by the end. It would have been fine if it was a characters thought or dialogue, but since it was neither… it was fail. And finally, the cover. Not my cup of tea. Too dark.
• Final thoughts • Hmm, It was hard rating Black Magic, but I think I’m being fair giving 3 stars. I’d recommend it to fans of paranormals, Cherry Adair, and adventures though....more
Despite my dislike for Cassie (TSTL), I thought this was a greaAlex: 9/10 Cassie: 4/10 Romance: 7/10 Humor: 4/10 Pace: 9/10 Action/Adventure/Suspense: 7/10
Despite my dislike for Cassie (TSTL), I thought this was a great book. A decent page turner. And I was completely fascinated with the paleontology aspects of the story. I always enjoy reading Michele Albert's books. I recommend One Way Out to anyone who loves suspense with a healthy dose of steamy romance....more
This was my second reread of this book. Great story. I immediately connected with DulHero: 4/5 Heroine: 4/5 Romance: 5/5 Humor: 3/5 Pace: 4/5 Suspense: 2/5
This was my second reread of this book. Great story. I immediately connected with Dulcie. It took a little longer for me to connect with Julien, but not much. It was a fairly emotional read. Which is why I didn't read the book in public… my eyes had a tendency to spring leaks while reading this. It was a bit long although the pace isn't bad. I tried to skim some scenes, but I failed at that and so just read like normal.
As I've said many times before, Michelle (Albert) Jerott is one of my favorite authors. She's the author that got me hooked on reading romances. When I grab one of her books I know I'm going to get a great story with intense situations and vibrant characters that seem to come alive. This book is no exception. The suspense is pretty tame and we're focused more on the deep/dark emotions of the characters and the romance in this one. I really, really liked this book. Even as a reread I was still sucked in and enjoyed the book. I'll be putting it back on my 'Favorites" shelf....more
I loved the writing and the plot/sub-plot so hard. The humor was a bit more subtle than I normally go for, but it really works well in this book. TheI loved the writing and the plot/sub-plot so hard. The humor was a bit more subtle than I normally go for, but it really works well in this book. The descriptions of places and people was on point. Which I, of course, love. For someone with such a weak imagination like myself, it really is great when there's descriptions of things… it's one of the main hooks that pull me in a story and when it's neglected, I may as well be reading an instruction manual in Japanese.
Anyway, the pacing is decent throughout the book and really picks up at the end. There were no awkward, bored moments ever. The plot and sub-plot were so intriguing that when I did have to put the book down it was with a lot of reluctance. The characters were so great! I loved them all, but Lily was the favorite. She has a quiet, understated strength that works so well. She's also spunky, sassy, and sharp as a tack. I'd love to have her as a friend.
Matt is equally impressive, but he has a shy, self-conscious streak that I'm not a fan of. I suppose Lily's flamboyant side makes up for that though. He is awfully cute, sexy and charming but things got rocky for him during the end conflict. But he so redeems himself! Their romance was truly beautiful. Believable in the natural progression of their feelings for each other I thought.
Overall, this was a great read. The plot is intriguing, the characters endearing, the ending is sheer perfection in my eyes (even though I did need a couple tissues). So many memorable scenes and moments that take your breath away, I couldn't help but root for Lily and Matt to get their HEA. And I just love the prologue when we catch up with everyone 5 years later....more
4.5*'s. Would have given 5, but the ending kind of got a touch cheesy for me. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Daisy is probably my most favorite4.5*'s. Would have given 5, but the ending kind of got a touch cheesy for me. Still, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Daisy is probably my most favorite heroin ever. Strong, capable, stubborn, and a smart-ass. Nick is great also. He tended to bounce back and forth between beta and alpha hero. Although I'm sure he'd take offense at being called a beta. I thought it was a wonderful, fast-paced read, by one of my favorite authors that I would happily recommend....more
I love Susan Andersens writing style, it just seems to flow perfectly for me. Which is probably the biggest saving grace in this book. I also liked thI love Susan Andersens writing style, it just seems to flow perfectly for me. Which is probably the biggest saving grace in this book. I also liked the romance between Char and Kev (even though it was only hinted at). The dialogue between J.D. and Dru was enjoyable.
But it was difficult to get into the book, and then once in, hard to stay focused and care. It was kind of boring. And the characters weren’t all that memorable. J.D. struck me as anti-social, paranoid, distrustful, ungrateful and insecure. Not exactly how I prefer the heroes I read about to be portrayed. He did seem to be slightly more endearing when he was with Dru or Tate… but not much.
As for Dru, I didn’t like her at all. I can’t pinpoint what it was about her other than she was completely uninteresting. And I don’t like when a heroine fancies herself in love after one round of sex. Which Dru did… and J.D. was on his way there pretty fast too. And at the end she turned into a manipulator. Ugh… that really ruined it for me....more
DNF at 11%. Boring, wordy and slow. On chapter 3 and haven't even connected with the characters yet. Why was this on my keeper shelf? Into the donatioDNF at 11%. Boring, wordy and slow. On chapter 3 and haven't even connected with the characters yet. Why was this on my keeper shelf? Into the donation box it goes....more
I love this book. Aside from pacing issues early on, this is a really great read. The characters are great. Believable, endearing. They all did some qI love this book. Aside from pacing issues early on, this is a really great read. The characters are great. Believable, endearing. They all did some questionable things, but I feel that that made them more human for me. They weren't perfect, or too-good-to-be-true.
The writing — hello? Susan Andersen? — is excellent. Even though Shadow Dance was originally published in 1989 it was brought enough up to date where it's not noticeable at all. And being Andersens first novel, I'm blown away at how well it's written. Love it!
Overall, I love this book. This is one of my yearly re-reads. I've read it every year for the past 9 years. And I plan to continue that tradition. It's like a giant bowl of chicken soup for my soul, constantly reminding me of what I really enjoy in a story. Definitely one of my comfort reads. The suspense is raw, the "bad guy" chilling. An intriguing, smart, gripping novel that never fails to deliver for me. I highly recommend this one to fans of Andersen or romantic suspense novels dealing with a psychotic serial killer....more