Susan Elizabeth Phillips is must read author. This book is about Bobby Tom, baseball player, now retired due to an injurie, and Gracie, an unappealingSusan Elizabeth Phillips is must read author. This book is about Bobby Tom, baseball player, now retired due to an injurie, and Gracie, an unappealing woman trying to find her way near the thirties.
Gracie is a really, really good person, a determined and kind soul. She will have your loyalty from moment zero. But what sets this book apart is Bobby Tom, with his arrogance, impudence, gall, and his unselfishness, gentleness and overwhelming hotness.
I have a soft spot for little town settings, second chances and ordinary people. This book has the three plus a witty writer who delivers really funnyI have a soft spot for little town settings, second chances and ordinary people. This book has the three plus a witty writer who delivers really funny dialogues.
This is the story of Maddie, who leads a boring life with a cheating husband (Brent) and is planning divorce. C.L., who had a crush on her,comes back to look into her husband business and it turns out he still is holding a torch for Maddie.It turns out his husband is not only cheating her, and a suspens plot develops. The plot is… unbelievable but funny. Maddie begins telling lies and the truth becomes more and more tangled each time. Definitely this book won’t stand out as a masterpiece of suspense, but it left me with a warm feeling without being overly sugarcoated.
While it’s true that the plot lacks credibility, characters have it in spades. Emm, Maddie’s daughter, is probably the most challenging character since she faces radical changes in her life. The author understands her characters and makes them react accordingly and that makes the emotional plot highly believable, which, ultimately, it’s what I enjoy in a romance. ...more
This book is the umpteenth installment of Ms Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. And it’s good, which is a feat considering the number of books alreadThis book is the umpteenth installment of Ms Cole’s Immortals After Dark series. And it’s good, which is a feat considering the number of books already written. The author’s imagination seems endless.
It features, as usual, an interracial couple: one sorciere (funny, resourceful and a bit insecure of herself), and a verkenner (an overbearing, diehard winged demon). Their main challenge comes from the fact that he is virgin (he mated with her while he was a boy), whereas she is not.
The relationship evolves between four different worlds that enclose dragons, a sex-world, a stomach-world, an under-ocean world, with a gamut of monsters. I loved the adventurous plot. While a little childish, it was a lot of fun.
In short, well-drawn characters, good relationship development, good erotic scenes and all wrapped up in an amazing adventurous plot. ...more
The premises of this book are quite ridiculous and far-fetched. Lexi, prom queen, happily married, renowned cook, comes back to home with a failed marThe premises of this book are quite ridiculous and far-fetched. Lexi, prom queen, happily married, renowned cook, comes back to home with a failed marriage and on the verge of bankruptcy. Marco, who is both her and her ex-husband best friend is there to witness her downfall. He is a womanizer, and hot, and caring, and…did I mentioned him being scorching hot?
I always complain when a romance is too obvious. In this case, while it is obvious for the readers how will it end, H/h do not know. I believe that the key of a romance is when the story is not told, when it is showed. Here you get to experience through their eyes their relationship, to see how it develops and grows, and to feel their sky-rocking attraction. And it is all enveloped in light-hearted and hilarious situations. There’s nothing revealing or enlightening, but it is a story very well rounded, set in a quaint village, full of endearing secondary characters. A pleasure to read.
I do not have words. I am absolutely awestruck with Marissa Meyer. I find fascinating this idea of re-making old fantasy characters in empowered heroinI do not have words. I am absolutely awestruck with Marissa Meyer. I find fascinating this idea of re-making old fantasy characters in empowered heroines. I love it. Cress is much more naive than Scarlett or Cinder, which is refreshing.
Cinder has a small crew... but what a team! It would be unforgivable not to read this series... Go for it! ...more
Above avarage romance book. Exceptionally well written.
Main character is bipolar and posh. His lover is beautiful, nice and tacky. This, it's no saidAbove avarage romance book. Exceptionally well written.
Main character is bipolar and posh. His lover is beautiful, nice and tacky. This, it's no said, it's shown: in the way they talk (boy, did I wish I could speak like Ash), the way the look, the friends they have, their work. Their differences are endlees, and yet, against all odds, there's hope for them.
The author finds a nice balance between humor and sadness, that makes the "ugliness" of Ash's illness bereable.
I highly recommend it: it's one book you will remember....more
Jamie is shy, with very low self-esteem. She has lived all her life as a recluse, but she is going to change it: she has a list. She is terrified of gJamie is shy, with very low self-esteem. She has lived all her life as a recluse, but she is going to change it: she has a list. She is terrified of going through it, but she is not but determined. The first thing on the list is signing with a publishing house (she is both an editor and a best-selling author). Nick is a self-centered man, a jerk and a flirt, but what he wants above all things is to success as an editor, and this implies... working with Jamie.
They find themselves together in a tour, where Jamie will explore lots of things... with Nick. Characters are adorable, both of them fully flawed but good people at heart (even the jerk). The relationship evolved at a believable pace. However the more the plot advanced, the less believable it was.
Anyway, not a bad way to spend your time. I enjoyed it....more
Three very different women marry the same man at different cities. Following his husband Juliette finds Clara, his second wife, and both of them willThree very different women marry the same man at different cities. Following his husband Juliette finds Clara, his second wife, and both of them will find Julie, her third wife. Juliette is this starch class lady, Clara this bold German woman, former owner of a boarding house, and Julie a beautiful blue-collar woman who wants to be a lady, ashamed of her mining roots, and who, like Clara, know what to do to survive. The three of them have different motivations to find their common husband: explanations, money and revenge. The pursuit of their husband brings them to Alaska, sometimes under conditions of extreme hardship.
This book is a joy. You will enjoy three different characters three different women, and see how they change for the better (well, all except Clara who, form the beginning, is a prize). It’s also an hilarious book. I also liked to see three different kinds of beauty.
The only weak point is that, at some point, the romance changes to comedy (.e.g. sex scene between Clara and Bear). It would have worked better for me without the exaggeration.
I loved this book, it is much better than Playing for Keeps, which wasn’t bad either. Characters feel real and are very different from your usual romaI loved this book, it is much better than Playing for Keeps, which wasn’t bad either. Characters feel real and are very different from your usual romance. Their relationship develops at a credible pace, and their attraction is strong.
Zoe is a plump girl with a shitty job that she loses on an extra-shitty day. She shares a town-home with her landlord’s nephew who is a jerk. Trevor is THE jerk. He is self-centered, superficial, self-absorbed, a conceited misogynist... and he is a Bradford and that means he eats like a whole rugby team but he has the body of a God (this is the paranormal facet of this series). He has this list of how his perfect woman is going to be (a ten body, etc.), and let me tell you that Zoe isn’t it.
The dialogues are hilarious and the character’s antics are charming. I liked the message: finding perfection in the imperfection (for both of them). I liked it a lot. I’m fed up with perfect -but usually clueless- heroines, or perfect but tortured heros.I needed this book. ...more
This is the last Rock chick to me. This book begins with a different female character: an Ice Princess, who has developed this character to survive buThis is the last Rock chick to me. This book begins with a different female character: an Ice Princess, who has developed this character to survive but now she finds she is absolutely alone. The beginning is good and the challenge to the leading characters great (Hector or Hispanic Hotty and Saddie), but then the author transforms Saddie into another clone of the Rock Chicks. Let me give you one example of how this lady, who impersonned an Ice Princess becomes absolutly brainless:
(...) the paint guy squirted some dye into cans, shook the big buckets in a killer, wild, shaking machine that I liked so much, I told Hector I wanted to buy one (this made Hector burst out laughing for some reason I did not get..).
The Rock chicks are this bunch of absolutely crazy ladies that are best friends just because, who get drunk and get shot and all of it it’s hilarious. As I said in previous reviews of this series, I don’t find hilarious irresponsible people who put their lives at risk, and as a result, those of those who love them.
Usually I like this author so I tried the next one and the next one. Bad decision. This series is definitely not for me. Boys, previous rakes, just decide that you are “the one” and that’s it, just like vampires or werewolves. It doesn't ring true to me, and I would have loved to see someone authentic, someone who felt real, flawed and wonderful. ...more
This book is about a Indy and Lee. The have had a crush since forever. But, due to a misunderstanding they don’t do anything about it until ten yearsThis book is about a Indy and Lee. The have had a crush since forever. But, due to a misunderstanding they don’t do anything about it until ten years later, when Lee decides that enough is enough. There wasn’t any relationship development: they just hit off their relationship and this is it.
In between something happens (someone shots Indy in her shop) and Indy decides that she can do a better investigative work that her boyfriend Lee who is a private investigator or her father and other friends who happen to be cops.
I am not fond of people who put their own lives and those of who love them in danger just for the kicks. I didn’t find this amusing, and not only I didn’t care too much for Indy, I felt that the plot and the secondary characters were far-fetched, exaggerated. Nothing rang really true to me....more
This book is sweet and nice, but main characters act stupidly and the only real mystery is when Julie is going to realize what happened in the family.This book is sweet and nice, but main characters act stupidly and the only real mystery is when Julie is going to realize what happened in the family. And, actually, the most surprising event is that this discovery takes forever.
SYNOPSIS: Julie Seagle finds out that the off-campus apartment she rented in Boston it really has never been built. Luckily , her mother's old college roommate, Erin Watkins, invites her to move in and her son, Matt, goes to collect her. In spite of being a welcoming family, though freaky bright, one fact is absolutely distressing: Celeste hauls around a life-sized cardboard cutout of her oldest brother almost everywhere she goes. Julie wants to help her, will her succeed?
WARNING: the spoilers of this review would really spoil the reading (they refer both to the mystery and to the ending.
July is smart, witty and bright in her studies. She likes people, tends to think always positively about them, she is socially accomplished and knows flirting. But it takes her forever to discover what happened, and, in the end, it annoyed me (view spoiler)[ It is absolutely unbelievable that she needs an academic year to guess that Flynn is dead, when any reader guesses that in the first third of the book. I also do not believe that a person who is on the verge of growing out of adolescence has not yet realize that her father ignores her completely and is an ass. This is inconsistent with her brightness (hide spoiler)].
And Matt, oh Matt. I like him. He is a geek, smart, with a great sense of humour, always bantering with Julie, absolutely devoted to his studies, his sister and it is quite obvious that he is also devoted to Julie. But he deceives Julie quite unnecessarily and acts stupidly (view spoiler)[Cyrano de Bergerac had a reason to deceive, but which reason has Matt? What was Matt thinking making up a character more interesting and funny than himself? (hide spoiler)]. I really can’t figure out why he doesn’t explain Julie what happened, not at the beginning but towards the end. Again, what he does (stupid things) is inconsistent with who he is (because in spite of being a geek, he isn’t a nerd).
Consistency in characters is the number one of my pet peeves list, so that’s why, in spite being a quick and pleasant reading, I’m not comfortable giving it three stars. But if you don’t share this pet peeve, go away, you will enjoy the reading. ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
This is a nice, funny reading about an eccentric and not very sincere seventeen years old girl, who is dating a rock player but who has never got overThis is a nice, funny reading about an eccentric and not very sincere seventeen years old girl, who is dating a rock player but who has never got over her first love: the boy next door.
The characters are quirky, sparkly, funny, and definitely different (refreshing with a point of not credibility). Lola’s and Cricket’s love is nice, but you get to see little of it because she is with Max. However, from the very beginning, you are aware she is not going to finish with Max (he doesn’t live next door, Cricket does), so you keep turning pages wondering when they are going to finish their relationship. And this brings me to the main drawback of the novel. At the beginning Max is this tattooed guy who cares for her and goes to pains to be with her, facing her Dads each Sunday; but as Cricket appears, Max turns into an ass out of the blue. I didn’t sit well with me that Max needed to be bad for Lola ending with Cricket.
I liked how the author devised Lola’s family dynamics, whit her Dad’s, and especially how they all tackle with her mother (this was quite realistic). On the whole, it is a light reading that leaves you with a good flavour. I read it in one day. ...more
I’m sick to death of nail-tough heroines, so when I find one who is a fighter (as accomplished as life lets her) but also a vulnerable human being myI’m sick to death of nail-tough heroines, so when I find one who is a fighter (as accomplished as life lets her) but also a vulnerable human being my heart melts. Edwina, a former southern lady, and now an almost destitute one, has backbone enough to take a very difficult decision and apply for a sturdy-wife-job in order to give a future both to herself and her half-blood sister.
Thought I liked she performed as she was brought up(expecting to being served, shocked when Big Bog expected her to sleep in the wilderness, etc.), I was worried Declan should/would fall in love with her sister (who is beautiful and a hard-worker). In my opinion, the transition from worthless (flowery pot) to hard-worker goes a little too smoothly, and so does the children’s change of heart, but I see that going into detail would make for a much longer book.
On the whole, main characters, especially Edwina but also Declan, are well-drawn, different, compelling, flawed, vulnerable, worthy. The plot is well grounded and spins smoothly and encompasses more than a love relationship. Several interesting characters are presented (the children, Pru, Thomas, Edwina’s friends...).
Favourites’ parts of the book: the travelling to the ranch (how she fares with her fears, the discomforts and her misconception about Big Bob) and how she decides to resolve her bedding fears towards “consummation”. Least favourite part: Pru, I usually like complex characters, but I just couldn’t get the woman (however, is she has a book, I’m going to give her a chance). ...more
**spoiler alert** Kristan Higgins has a knack with humour stories. Her characters are endearing and the ones from The Next Best Thing are not an excep**spoiler alert** Kristan Higgins has a knack with humour stories. Her characters are endearing and the ones from The Next Best Thing are not an exception.
This is the story of Lucy, a young widow of a family of widows, that decides to re-make her life, and for that, she needs to finish her business with hmmm with the brother of her deceased husband.
The plot is well done, and the relationship with Ethan very credible and sweet. You can understand Lucy doubts and fears, but until a point. In the end, her doubts become tiresome, and I had the feeling the author dragged out the story unnecessarily until you get annoyed with Lucy.
But on the whole is a good reading, full of emotions, and it will make you giggle, chuckle (specially during the first part of the book) and get your eyes misty. Sounds good, doesn’t it? ...more
Kaylee is a magnet of bad luck. All kind of monsters will try to kill her, but she is also a great warrior, and her “spider” sense allows her to detecKaylee is a magnet of bad luck. All kind of monsters will try to kill her, but she is also a great warrior, and her “spider” sense allows her to detect enemies before they strike. An alien, Talree, mates her. And then the weirdness escalades: his snake penis that disappears in his stomach, the talking spiders, or when she telepaths the whole universe her having sex with Talree (gross).
Lots and lots of action that mainly involves fighting monsters. Nothing really makes much sense but it kept me turning pages, which is why I give it an OK.
The best of all is the story’s moral: if we are invaded by Coletti (Talree species), they are going to mate with us and turn us into vampires, but, hey, it is way cool, you are going to live a thousand years and kick-ass, and plus, you are going to love making love with their awesome snake-like penis. Hoor ra!!!! ...more
Niniane , former Wyr fairy public relationship, is the only remaining legitimate heir to the recently deceased Dark Fae King. She is quite childish buNiniane , former Wyr fairy public relationship, is the only remaining legitimate heir to the recently deceased Dark Fae King. She is quite childish but absolutely charming. She loves people, clothes and parties. So becoming a Queen, and going back to the land where all her family was slaughtered and where she can’t trust anyone is not exactly her dream. After the first murder attempt, Tiago, a very old Wyr sentinel, is sent to look after her and a strong attraction develops between them. But there isn’t future for them because the Dark Fae will never accept a Wry in their kingdom, or will they?
This is a book where you will find lots of action, gorgeous and likeable hero/heroine and entertainment. But do not look for either character or plot consistency, they are quite lacking. I kept remembering a kid saying while reading about Niniane: “if Niniane is a Queen, I’m mother Theresa of Calcutta” or Queen Elisabeth, you get my meaning. She just doesn’t fit. She knows absolutely nothing about her people or culture, she doesn’t speak or behave as a Queen, and what is more she doesn’t have the “strong” factor that should be required by a Dark Fae ruler. On the other hand, she likes to be liked and she truly likes people, which make her absolutely right to rule a Light Fae Kingdome (if this Kingdome were to exist).
The suspense plot about her murder attempts keeps the plot running, although is quite surprising the Wyr inefficiency in its resolution. Really, what is Tiago thinking to assign a human as a bodyguard for Niniane? A human against Dark Fae, Wry, vampires, witches? In a land where the weapons either not work or misfire? And he is the chief of security? Come on...
So if you want entertainment and not much more go for it, it won’t let you down. ...more