I really enjoyed this novel. There were definitely parts that were hard to read. I saw a bit of my own great-grandfather in the 90 or 93 year old Mr....moreI really enjoyed this novel. There were definitely parts that were hard to read. I saw a bit of my own great-grandfather in the 90 or 93 year old Mr. Janowski. I felt that Sara Gruen did a great job describing the grit and grime of the circus, and the the horrifying realities associated with it. There are tales of animal cruelty that might be hard for some people to read.
I would have liked to see more personality in Marlena's character. I know that it was Jacob's story, told from his point of view. I still would have liked to know more about the woman he was in love with, aside from the fact that she was beautiful. But I know that I have a preference for strong female characters.
I was a little disappointed with the end of the book. I kept hoping for something great. I can think of a few ways I might have rather she wrapped it up.(less)
This book is about a young woman, Anastasia Steele, who is just graduating from college. She meets a wealthy business man when she helps her friend wi...moreThis book is about a young woman, Anastasia Steele, who is just graduating from college. She meets a wealthy business man when she helps her friend with an interview for the school paper. Christian Grey is young for the wealth he has acquired. He is only in his late twenties though his strict professionalism makes him seem older. He is fascinated with Anastasia as she is with him. They begin to see each other and Anastasia is introduced to the world of BDSM. Christian wants her to become his submissive, but inexperienced Anastatia isn't sure. As Chrisitan shows Anastasia what it's like to be submissive, she has to examine herself to determine if she can handle this intense "relationship"/
This book has been marketed towards the general public. I know that many moms, teachers, and bloggers have raving over it. I've noticed that reviewers who primarily work with YA books seem to be loving the 50 Shades series, while more seasoned erotica reviewers are critical.
The writing is pretty straight forward. There is not a lot of flowery descriptive language, and the author has some key phrases that she repeats over and over. There isn't much variety there. There is a lot of dialogue in the book as well as e-mails between the two characters. All that being said, it was a quick and easy read. I read this 540 page book in 5 evenings before going to bed at night.
While the sex was hot, this book didn't get into the BDSM themes quite the way I expected. However, this is only the first book, so I will probably finish the series to see. The writing style and descriptions were fairly uninspiring, but the chemistry between the characters was well written. The plot is a little weak for me, but the dialogue kept it entertaining and again, it was an easy read. I will probably finish the series, but I doubt I will re-read it as so many have.
If you are a seasoned erotica reader, don't expect to be overwhelmed by this novel. If you are new to the genre then give it a shot, you may really enjoy it. But this novel is clearly written for the hot sex and novelty of the subject. Don't expect a great literary work.(less)
This book was a perfect ending to the series. On the romance side of things I was so happy to see Law finally find someone, and become a little more c...moreThis book was a perfect ending to the series. On the romance side of things I was so happy to see Law finally find someone, and become a little more confident in himself. In the first book I saw him as a sad little puppy dog who couldn't get the girl. In the second book he was like a big brother looking out for Hope, but Nia brings out his stronger side and he does a little more taking charge in this book, and I really liked that.
Nia is a really interesting girl. I love the bad ass persona she has, albeit the grief stricken gun wielding girl from the second book had me nervous. She's leveled out some in this book though. She comes back to Ash because she simply isn't satisfied that her cousin's murderer is really Hope's dead ex-husband. She starts digging around and finds some pretty disturbing facts.
When we discover who the killer is, and find out the totality of his MO, it's incredibly disturbing! I was excited that the killer was who I suspected though. That's my favorite part of reading a mystery, trying to figure out "who done it" before the author tells us!
This was an incredible series, I highly recommend it! My book club is reading If You Hear Her for March's meeting and I can't wait until they get into this series so I have more people to talk about it with!(less)
I really enjoyed this book. I was a little disappointed that the synopsis tells us why she and Cullen broke up to begin with. I think I would have lik...moreI really enjoyed this book. I was a little disappointed that the synopsis tells us why she and Cullen broke up to begin with. I think I would have liked not knowing from the beginning. The novel starts when the two meet in high school and works through the summers that they spent together until their break-up. Part Two, which is probably about 70% of the book, picks up just before they meet again. Finding Cullen's daughter is only the first obstacle to overcome.
I am so afraid of giving too much away in this review. I hate to include spoilers for a book that I recommend because I don't want to ruin it for anyone! Taige's personal struggles with her gift evolve and change throughout the book and the woman that we meet at the beginning of Part Two is an exhausted shell of a woman.
She continues to dream about Cullen but even in her dreams she can't let her guard down. She was so hurt by him, and yet she still loves him completely. Taige, like many romance heroines, has a hard exterior but it barely hides the vulnerability of a broken woman.
The connection between Cullen and Taige is so strong it's hard to ever believe that they won't end up together. It's hard to believe that Cullen was ever married to another woman. He even admits that he didn't love her as well because he was still in love with Taige.(less)
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 I...moreI 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.(less)
I love Nora Roberts! This series is one that I really love and if I understand correctly there are pieces of the Inn that resemble the Inn that she ow...moreI love Nora Roberts! This series is one that I really love and if I understand correctly there are pieces of the Inn that resemble the Inn that she owns? Which is really cool to see come through in this work. I love the secondary story line with the ghost that lives in the Inn, I can't wait to learn more about the history of "Lizzy".
I grew up with a single mom and I really loved Clare's character. She is a fun character. I also really love Avery, Clare's best friend who runs the pizzeria. The next book in the series is going to be her story and I'm excited to read it. If you like romance set in a close community with lots of interesting characters you will enjoy this novel. It's a great character driven novel and I look forward to the rest of the series!(less)
This was a really cute book. I enjoyed the whimsical premise and the vivid imagery of Lizzie's dress and her flashbacks. She seemed like a neat charac...moreThis was a really cute book. I enjoyed the whimsical premise and the vivid imagery of Lizzie's dress and her flashbacks. She seemed like a neat character. I would have liked to have gotten more from Drew's character. I didn't feel like I got a good feel from him at all. He seemed all over the map at times.
I was never confused about what was present and what was past, which is a good thing, I will say I would have liked to have seen more of the characters that allowed me to distinguish their past selves from their current selves.
The build-up of the story was really good, I was definitely trying to figure out how she was going to resolve the story. There are a few unfinished plot lines that I imagine will be addressed in the next book this author is releasing, Vengeance.
This was a very lighthearted quick read with a fun premise. I was fascinated by the idea that a music video inspired the plot. (The author was inspired by the music video for Taylor Swift's 'Love Story'.) I am guessing that it was actually the dress in the video and not the video as a whole, now that I have read the book, but it was definitely fun.
I would give the book a 3.5 if I didn't try to keep to whole numbers. My only complaints were that the characters could have been developed a little better, and while there was a lot of build-up, if felt like there was a lot left out of the resolution that isn't likely to be addressed in a story from Chelsea's point of view.
I enjoyed it! I will likely read the next book in the series to see what happens with Chelsea and Lizzie's friendship.(less)