I was pretty excited to read this book. I know the author's wife through my mom. She talked with us about how weird it was that her husband could writI was pretty excited to read this book. I know the author's wife through my mom. She talked with us about how weird it was that her husband could write these murder mysteries so well. I think she may have even used the word "disturbing". I was immediately intrigued and absolutely had to read it. I love a good thriller and if there are segments from the villain's point of view it's even better.
A man ready to end his life sits down the gun to solve one more case, and it just may be the one that makes him feel like life is worth living. Jack Harden is a very troubled Texas Ranger looking for an even more troubled murderer. Someone is killing literary agent, by the book.
This was a very interesting read and I wasn't disappointed at all with the purchase. It went by quick and I really enjoyed it. If you like a good thriller with an end that surprises this is a book for you....more
I really enjoyed this novel. Hannah, whose life seems to be coming unraveled at the seams, is searching for answers, but she's not even sure what theI really enjoyed this novel. Hannah, whose life seems to be coming unraveled at the seams, is searching for answers, but she's not even sure what the questions are. She's at an inexplicable loss as to what is missing in her life. She looks to her mother and the other barefooters for answers but they are such a fiercely loyal group it's like trying to crack a vault.
When Hannah goes to Captains's Island she feels like the answers are right in front of her, if only she knew what she was looking for.
The author gives us flashes of the barefooters' childhood through the stories they tell Hannah, and in flashes we see the secrets lurking under the surface of this idyllic island community.
The truth that Hannah has been looking for comes out in a dramatic climax and a very satisfying resolution for the reader.
Tara McTeirnan's Barefoot Girls is reminiscent of Kristen Hannah's beach themed novels, and just as poignant. I definitely recommend it!...more
This was an engaging read. The author caught my interest from the beginning with the character of Ted McCormick. We learn pretty early on that Ted hasThis was an engaging read. The author caught my interest from the beginning with the character of Ted McCormick. We learn pretty early on that Ted has chosen his modest profession as an escape from some corporate falling out in his past. There is obvious tension in his marriage and his work puts him in some pretty interesting situations.
There are several very intriguing characters in this novel. Mr. Smith, the aging and overbearing man who hires Ted to clean out his father's home is certainly distinct and seemingly paranoid. Henry, a older gentleman with a quirky disposition is a refreshing character, someone you'd like to encounter in your own life.
The plot of this novel is full of drama, and I personally was waiting to see what would happen between Ted, Janet and Mary. I struggled throughout with what I wanted to happen, while I felt Mary was possibly too hard on her husband, I felt that Ted should have more respect for his wife, and Janet was too smart to be playing with fire.
I would have never guessed that Mr. O'Connor could write a resolution that satisfied me without being cheesy or too contrived. I really enjoyed this book. I definitely recommend it for anyone who enjoys a little mystery with plenty of twists and turns.
This was Mr. O'Connor's first novel and I hope there will be more to come....more
This was a very interesting novel. The novel opens in San Francisco after Jordan's break-up when she first meets up with her friend Karen. Jordan is lThis was a very interesting novel. The novel opens in San Francisco after Jordan's break-up when she first meets up with her friend Karen. Jordan is looking for her brother who we realized she hasn't seen in years, and hasn't heard from in months. We quickly learn that Jordan's family is not a cookie cutter suburban family. They have an interesting set of dynamics. When she finds her brother living with an eclectic group of people and working in a food truck on the streets of San Francisco, she also finds herself getting in over her head trying to "fix" his problems.
The next couple of months turn into an adventure and a journey that Jordan O'Malley never expected. She finds herself on her own in Nepal searching for her brother and his travel companions to try and convince him to come home. Her time there is literally life-changing. I really enjoyed this novel. The characters were colorful and convincing, the family dynamics were complicated and real. I only wish we'd gotten more information about Jordan and Cam's childhood. I still had some questions when the novel ended about their history.
I really enjoyed this book though. It was a story of self-discovery and the limitless love of family. I would definitely recommend it!...more
I really enjoyed this collection. I love the stories of passion that are driven mainly by emotion. I love romance, and I love hot sex. This anthologyI really enjoyed this collection. I love the stories of passion that are driven mainly by emotion. I love romance, and I love hot sex. This anthology has both in spades! Kristina Wright did an excellent job picking out stories of heated passion whose characters had a deeper connection.
This collection is geared to M/F romance, but I would definitely recommend this to any reader who enjoys erotica. All of the stories were great, I had a hard time picking my favorites. As always though, there are some that stuck out more than others.
My three favorite stories in this collection:
Drive me crazy by Delilah Devlin Memories for Sale by Angela Dale Honey Changes everything by Emerald ...more
I enjoyed this novel. This novel was about three grown women whose paths crossed in college and they have gone on to live very different lives. They sI enjoyed this novel. This novel was about three grown women whose paths crossed in college and they have gone on to live very different lives. They share a dangerous secret though, and one of them has more to lose than the others if that secret were to ever come to light.
This book was written in short chapters and we shift between the points of view of these three women. It was a very quick read and I very much enjoyed it. I was a little surprised by the resolution, but I was satisfied with it. My only regret was to not understand more about the character of Jude. I felt as though perhaps there was some kind of mental illness or personality disorder that lead to her actions and behavior, but I never could figure out exactly what it was. Albeit we did learn about her childhood, and perhaps that was supposed to be our explanation.
A quick, engaging read, this novel shows us what happens when a woman is brave enough to do what many want to, and the effect of that decision on her life as well as those around her....more
I really enjoyed this book. It isn't often that I listen to audiobooks, but I'm glad I've started. I have always enjoyed books with multiple points ofI really enjoyed this book. It isn't often that I listen to audiobooks, but I'm glad I've started. I have always enjoyed books with multiple points of view. I enjoy hearing the same story told from different perspectives. The fact that this recording actually used four different women to read really added something for me.
I loved the story line. Surrogacy has never been a controversial topic for me, but I began to see how it could be. For these women, the stereotypes and stigmas associated with it had a real effect on their day to day lives.
Annie was mu favorite character, a young mother left wondering if there had been more out there for her, wondering what it would be like to go to college. Her yearning for things that many of us take for granted really tugged at me.
I didn't like Bettina. She was spoiled and judgmental, but by the end of the novel she had grown up a lot. I could see how going through the awkward teen years without a mother could mold her into the bitter adult who doesn't trust anyone. In some ways she doesn't have the maturity that an adult her age should have because she grew up with everything she needed. She has a very narrow view of how things are, and I wonder if that ever really changes for her.
It was a new look at a topic I've never spent a lot of time thinking about. I really did enjoy it, and I would definitely recommend it....more
I enjoyed this book! There was a lot of suspense and twists and turns. Just when you thought you'd figured out the bad guys, there was another twist iI enjoyed this book! There was a lot of suspense and twists and turns. Just when you thought you'd figured out the bad guys, there was another twist in the plot. Courtney is a likable heroine, she's vulnerable, but not a pushover. I thought this was a debut novel when I first started reading it and I later realized that there was a first novel, Wrong Number. I'm eager to read this one as well. I really did enjoy this book. It was an easy enjoyable read and I definitely recommend it to anyone who enjoys the twists and turns of a suspense thriller....more
I read the first four books in this series when they first came out. Due to contracts and such, I had to wait a whole year for this book! I thought II read the first four books in this series when they first came out. Due to contracts and such, I had to wait a whole year for this book! I thought I might die waiting! So when I saw it on Net Galley I simply had to request it!
A little background on the series; Hell's Eight are a band of Outlaws turned Texas Rangers. The eight men survived an attack of Mexican Army as young boys and once they grew into mean they hunted down the mean who killed their families. Rather than waste energy and men trying to arrest these skilled killers, the government offered them jobs as Texas Rangers. Together they have worked hard to establish their ranch and work to keep peace in Texas. No longer outlaws, they still aren't above using necessary force. Once by one the men of Hell's Eight encounter women who turn their worlds upside down and change their way of thinking.
The first four books of the series were Caine's Reckoning, Sam's Creed, Tucker's Claim, and Tracker's Sin.
Tracker's Sin ended with Shadow Ochoa shooting a man in front of the US Army. Now a wanted man, Shadow is on the run after escaping his captors. He has cut himself off from his brother and the rest of Hell's Eight. Along the way trouble continues to find him as does Fei Yen, a young Chinese American woman who is looking for a quick husband that can help her with her current predicament.
There are a few slow spots in the book but I really enjoyed it on the whole. Shadow has already been portrayed throughout the series as the most dangerous of Hell's Eight but he has always been on the fringes. We finally get to know him and learn that he may also be the most damaged of the group. Fei Yen is also a very interesting character. She isn't necessarily my favorite heroine in the series, but she is very likable. Her culture is different and that is always fascinating. This series is full of diversity as far as the heritage and backgrounds of the characters.
My copy had a lot of typos and errors but it was an advanced copy so hopefully most of those will be taken care of before the final print.
A point worth making for those who have read the previous book in this series is that this book was published under the HQN imprint as opposed to the SPICE imprint. The first four books, published under Harlequin's SPICE Imprint, were real sheet scorchers and I loved them! Now all of the 'SPICE' books are being published under the HQN imprint. Does that mean they will be tamer on the whole? Time will tell, but this one definitely had a lot less steamy sex scenes than it's predecessors. That's not to say I didn't still like it! But fans of the series will notice the change.
Overall impression? I really liked it, and I will continue to read this series, and I have a feeling that Fei's cousin Lin will be making another appearance. Maybe? Who knows. I recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sexy cowboy book. Because if it's place in the series you could read this book without having read the others before it, but I recommend starting with Caine's Reckoning and working your way through....more
This was yet another step outside of my normal reading habits. I enjoyed it though. Rose is a sweet spirited girl until she discovers that she can tasThis was yet another step outside of my normal reading habits. I enjoyed it though. Rose is a sweet spirited girl until she discovers that she can taste feelings in food. From that point on her life is dramatically different. I wanted to cry for the little girl who knew so much more than any child should know about her mother. The idea that she couldn't enjoy food anymore because the majority of the world around her was so unhappy! I imagine it would be awful.
One of the things that makes this book so different is the detachment of the characters. You have Paul, the dad, who likes to have his normal organized family, and goes through the motions even when things aren't so great. You have Joseph who prefers to be alone all of the time and very rarely engages with the family. You have Rose who, before long, avoids cooked foods because there is too much emotion there. She sticks to processed snack food so that all she tastes are the methodical factories that produce the food. Then there is Lane, the mom. She is so sad and so empty. We know more of her emotions than any other character because it is the one thing that Rose can't avoid. She tastes it in every meal. She is so sad, and lonely.
The book was well written and definitely creative, but it left me feeling empty as I read it. The emotions are conveyed beautifully by the author.
I will be honest, there is a secondary plot line involving Joseph that is kind of out there. For most of the book he goes through these spells where he disappears. We don't know why, and we don't know where he goes, but we know that something is off. When this begins to resolve it gets a little different. It was actually the part of the book that we spent the most time talking about at book club. The majority could only use the word 'weird'. I leaned more towards 'interesting'. This book is in the genre of magical realism so you have to be willing to accept that a lot of it isn't really explained in concrete satisfactory terms. It's about the emotion conveyed through the story.
This was a story of loss innocence for a young girl. Once she grows up she realizes that by avoiding the emotions in food, she has avoided emotion all together. When she sees what that detachment has done to her brother she sets out to find herself, and really live her life for her. The book ends in the middle of Rose's new beginning and I was left with the feeling that she was going to be ok, even if the path that brought her there was a little bumpy.
I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it for people who like something a little different and aren't bothered by the unexplained mystical elements. If you don't really like books where there is not a clear concrete explanation it may not be for you....more
This book was a story of a "normal" family's struggles with a rebellious teenager and how her actions effect each member of their once picture perfectThis book was a story of a "normal" family's struggles with a rebellious teenager and how her actions effect each member of their once picture perfect family.
I don't know if you can call it a heart-warming tale, it's more heart-wrenching. In the beginning of the book Will and Zoe have two ambitious daughters with promising futures. Leah is a star soccer player chasing an athletic scholarship and Justine, their younger daughter, is very very smart. She is one of the best in her class.
Then Leah gets involved with the wrong guy and everything begins to unravel. The author does a brilliant job showing the inner battle of a teenager who loves her parents but wants to do what she wants to do. So many times you think that Leah is on the brink of turning things around and making the right choices, only to see her turn back into all of the wrong choices.
What is true in real life is true in this book. Some families are perfect only because they haven't dealt with any real problems yet. Early on Zoe flashes back to another time in the families past where the parents picture perfect marriage wasn't perfect at all. We start to see the shaky foundation this family has and you worry at any minute that it all may crumble.
I shed a lot of tears over this book. I really felt for Justine, the "good" child left behind in the wake of her older sister's destruction. I could easily substitute families and people I know in the roles of these characters.
It's a book worth reading, especially for anyone who wants to read something about what families really go through when they try to keep it together but can't quite find a good grip....more
This was my first zombie book AND my first steampunk book. I always thought I would hate anything that had to do with zombies but with all the zombieThis was my first zombie book AND my first steampunk book. I always thought I would hate anything that had to do with zombies but with all the zombie craze I read in the blogosphere I knew I had to at least give it a try. To my surprise, I really enjoyed this book. I'm not going to re-summarize because the above synopsis is pretty thorough.
I loved both Nora and Pam. Two young girls growing up in a society that has the ideals of the Victorian era where the girls are expected to marry young and marry for money. They bucked the system and I like that. I also really loved Bram. Dead as he might be, he was incredibly loyal, and had a very kind heart.
I also really loved the whole steampunk thing. I figured I would, I love the wardrobe anyway, but it was really interesting to see the two themes combined.
One thing that I loved with this book is that I never got confused. When you are writing in a different time and almost a different world, it can be confusing. It helped that the girls were students and it really flowed for them to give us the "how we got here" explanation by way of school conversation.
I also really loved that they explained the zombie phenomenon as a disease. My only experience with zombie related entertainment was too stupid to be funny for me, and definitely too funny to hold any real terror.
A love story between the living and the walking dead, how do I start. When I first caught that this would be a love story I became incredibly skeptical. How? I didn't understand at all. The fact that they bring up the reality of the situation, acknowledging that there will be no forever and (thank god) that zombies can't be intimate helped me frame this in a way that I could still enjoy the book.
So while I can't say that I will now love all things zombie, I really loved this book. I look forward to reading the rest of the Gone with Respiration Series....more